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Netflix's first-ever virtual event titled TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event was a sure-fire success and it all ended with a huge bang with The Witcher being one of the spectacle's highlights. Lead star Henry Cavill along with series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich led the panel for The Witcher Season 2 and as expected, TUDUM was home to the grand debut of not just one, but two official clips from the highly anticipated fantasy series.
If that wasn't enough, Netflix also dropped the official full trailer for The Witcher Season 2 which begins streaming later this year. The said trailer gives us a glimpse of the things we can expect from the upcoming season pretty much revolves around Geralt's mission of protecting Ciri as well as the "monsters" — both literally and figuratively that he has to deal with. Check it out here:
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During the latter part of the showcase, Lauren revealed the bombshell news that Netflix has officially renewed The Witcher for a third season, something that a lot of fans have been hoping to hear. While details about it weren't disclosed, fans of the hit fantasy series based on the award-winning video game and book series can now sleep soundly knowing that we'll get to see more action from Geralt of Rivia.
If it wasn't obvious enough, Netflix has always had great plans for The Witcher franchise and it's clear from the get-go that they have complete faith in Henry Cavill who also stars in the Enola Holmes film franchise. I'm couldn't be more thrilled for him because he totally deserves it.
The Witcher Season 2 will begin streaming on Netflix on December 17.
Streaming giant Netflix finally revealed the official release date for the highly anticipated fourth season of the hit The Karate Kid spinoff series Cobra Kai at their TUDUM virtual event and turns out, we won't have to wait much longer for it to drop. The initial assumption was that the series will premiere Season 4 sometime in 2022 which makes a ton of sense considering Season 3 premiered earlier this year.
Apparently, Cobra Kai Season 4 is eyeing a December 31, 2021 release which means that we're ending 2021 with more Cobra Kai goodness. YES! Coinciding with the official announcement of its release date, Netflix unveiled the official teaser trailer for Ralph Macchio and William Zabka series and as expected, it will revolve around the impending All Valley Karate Tournament, which will see Daniel and Johnny team up to go head-to-head against Kreese's Cobra Kai dojo.
Not only that but fans of The Karate Kid: Part III will also be injected with a major dose of nostalgia and not to mention doom with the return of the movie's main antagonist, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) who is still in phenomenal shape after all these years. It's pretty safe to assume that he'll be up to no good. Check out the official trailer for Cobra Kai Season 4 below:
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Looks like Daniel and Johnny will be in a world of trouble come Season 4 with the grand return of Terry but let's not kid ourselves, there's nothing new there. One thing's for sure though, Thomas Ian Griffith's addition to the cast will lure in the OG fans of The Karate Kid franchise.
All episodes of Cobra Kai Season 4 will debut on December 31 exclusively on Netflix.
It's been a grueling wait for diehard comic book fanatics who have been dying to get their first taste of the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman's dark fantasy comic series The Sandman and while we're still left in the dark regarding the show's actual premiere date, the streaming giant is making up for it by releasing the first official clip for the series which is based on the popular DC Comics title which ran from 1989 until 1996.
Before the unveiling of the clip, Gaiman, who also serves as executive producer of The Sandman appeared during the upcoming show's virtual panel along with lead star Tom Sturridge to hype it up. Gaiman proudly said that the anticipated series will almost make fans feel like they're watching something that was taken straight out of the pages of the cult favorite DC comic and judging by the first teaser, it totally looks like it!
The clip is pretty straightforward and features a group of mortal men summoning "The Lord of Dreams" from his imprisonment. They ultimately succeed in freeing him and what we see next is a haunting and uber terrifying image of the titular character. Check out the astonishing first look at The Sandman below:
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I gotta say, even though it's still a little too early to tell how the live-action adaptation compares to its source material, The Sandman is already looking pretty promising. However, I'm honestly a bit intrigued with the decision to not have Sturridge resemble Dream's comic book appearance. You see, in the comics, Dream is depicted as a bleach-skinned enigma with dark eyes. In the series, he seems to be more human-like but still, Tom is looking pretty menacing.
No official release date has been announced for Netflix's The Sandman.
The first hour of Netflix's TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event started off with a major bang as it finally gave us our first taste at the upcoming fourth season of arguably the streaming giant's flagship program Stranger Things. Season 4 promises to be the most terrifying installment yet as it welcomes fans to the Creel House.
Netflix dropped the official first look at the upcoming season which is set to premiere sometime in 2022. The highly anticipated clip begins with a family that enters what seems to be their new abode — an unsuspecting house that might be home to “strange” occurrences as the video suggests. Turns out, it's a flashback sequence from the 1950s and we later see the Stranger Things kids appear in the clip breaking into the spooky mansion and doing their usual detective shenanigans. It all ends with an intriguing clock.
Check out the first official clip for Stranger Things Season 4 below:
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The clip doesn't exactly give away much but if you've been following the latest updates regarding the series' upcoming season, the show will introduce fans to Victor Creel, a “disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s” played by horror icon Robert Englund. Sure, we don't see him in the clip but it's already safe to assume that Victor Creel will be one of the characters fans of Stranger Things should be on the lookout for.
No official release date has been announced for Stranger Things Season 4.
The streaming experience of Disney+ users could change forever as Disney CEO Bob Chapek has confirmed the possibility of the popular House of Mouse streaming platform utilizing advertisements much like some of its competitors soon. Apparently, the idea was discussed during Chapek's appearance at the Goldman Sachs 30th Annual Communacopia Conference and by the looks of things, it's not too far from becoming a reality.
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When asked about Hulu's advertising strategy, Chapek revealed that there's an actual possibility that Disney's own streaming service could follow the same route. Chapek explains: "I think what’s driving [Hulu’s ad strategy] is that combination of great content that draws a lot of eyeballs and draws a lot of interest and a lot of viewership. But at the same time, really sophisticated modeling and technology that we have that enables our advertisers to target exactly who they want, when they want and how they want. Now, in terms of this extendibility to our other platforms, I think it's important to realize the different target audiences of the platforms."
He continued: "And for example, Disney+ has a lot of kids that watch it, and the taste for us to consider advertising on something like Disney+ would be completely different than it might be on a Hulu. So then again, you take that individual, no one size fits all type approach that we are looking at across the world. And you say where do we have that opportunity? Where do we not have that opportunity? And then how does that change over time as we look at combining things or keeping things separate à la carte?"
Concluding his response, Chapek confirmed that it’s still a little too early to tell if Disney+ will begin featuring ads but he pretty much implied that its potential is given how pleased they are with Hulu’s strategy. “Again, it’s soft clay right now. And we are very pleased with what we are seeing with addressable advertising on.”
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It's hard to deny the fact that ads are an integral part of a company's marketing strategy and when you think about it, even streaming platforms like YouTube and Peacock utilize them. However, video ads especially the unskippable ones can ruin the viewing experience for a lot of people and I don't think Disney+'s subscribers would be delighted once the service starts incorporating ads.
You can stream your favorite Marvel and Star Wars content as well as other stuff on Disney+.
I think we can all agree that Johnny Depp is, without a shadow of a doubt one of the most beloved stars in all of Hollywood and for the longest time, the screen legend has maintained a good public image and reputation amongst his fans and colleagues. This is why it comes as a massive shock to a lot of people that he's been involved in controversy over allegations of domestic violence.
As absurd as this may sound, the former star of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises has also become the face of cancel culture, a trend that has wrongfully accused a lot of actors over the last couple of years, ruining their personal and professional careers in the process. Of course, Depp is arguably the biggest victim of them all after his personal issues with former spouse Amber Heard were made public.
Depp has continuously insisted on his innocence and many of his friends and family members have defended the actor from the allegations thrown at him. Now, he is finally speaking out against cancel culture and claims that nobody is safe from the movement. During his speech at San Sebastian Film Festival where he accepted a lifetime achievement award (via Deadline), Depp said that the movement is slowly being normalized when it shouldn't be.
He said: “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe. It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.”
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What happened to arguably one of the finest actors in Hollywood is totally sad but I'm hopeful that when the dust finally settles, he'll be able to bounce back and eventually take back his place in Hollywood. Of course, it's still hard to tell at this point considering his legal battle with Amber Heard has yet to reach its climax but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it all ends. Justice must prevail.
Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is eyeing a 2022 release date.
I think we've pretty much established that there are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and Gina Carano being on the receiving end of public scrutiny every time she speaks her mind on social media. Kidding aside, it seems like the former Star Wars actress can't seem to escape controversy thanks to her opinions that a lot of fans deem questionable. If you may recall, Carano got ousted from Disney and Lucasfilm earlier this year for the socio-political tweets that have been getting her in trouble since last year.
Following her newsmaking removal from the Star Wars franchise, one would think that Carano may have finally learned her lesson the hard way but instead, her firing from the company only made her more vocal than ever about her personal opinions towards current issues.
Now, in the latest installment of Carano rubbing a lot of people the wrong way on Twitter, the ex-star of The Mandalorian is once again under fire for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to the HIV epidemic which gained widespread attention in the 1980s. Taking to Twitter, the former mixed martial arts fighter posted a quote pointing out the apparent "similarities" between the COVID and AIDS viruses.
— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) September 18, 2021
Of course, a lot of people were once again ticked off by her latest statement and they've called out Carano for wrongfully comparing the two.
You do realize that the government actively ignored the AIDs crisis because "it's just the gays, who cares?" right?
— Tanis THE GOAT (@TanistheGOAT) September 20, 2021
This is a false equivalence. Singling out LGBTQ folks, who can't choose that, is bigotry. Singling out folks who choose not to get vaccinated, is not bigotry.
There was not, and still is not, an HIV vaccine available for people to reject, so your scenario is absurd.
— Numbakrunch #BLM (@numbakrunch) September 18, 2021
So remind me, how is HIV transmitted again. . . . .
— Toowoozy (@Toowoozy) September 18, 2021
Only had to read it once to understand this makes no sense to compare an STD with a respiratory virus. …unless airports in the early 80’s served a very different group function than they do now.
— Neurogenesis (@HogueLikeWoah) September 18, 2021
Funny that you think it only affects LGBTQ+ folks.
— MJA (@MJADetBos) September 18, 2021
Wow talk about an odd perspective. One is a disease that isn’t transmitted like a cold, has available vaccines and the other doesn’t transmit like that and no vaccine. Let’s try another comparison shall we?
— Pete (@UndeadDM) September 18, 2021
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I mean, sure, we're all entitled to our respective views and opinions about things but I personally believe that Carano's recklessness is getting a little out of hand. She's still a public figure at the end of the day and if anything, she should be using the platform she was given to spread positivity and awareness. Instead, it divides people. I'm not saying she's doing it on purpose but that's how it's coming across to a lot of people.
Meanwhile, The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to begin filming soon.
John Cena's Peacemaker turned a lot of heads in The Suicide Squad and for someone who has long been considered to be a D-list character, his sudden increase in popularity is quite astonishing, to say the least. However, we found out in the James Gunn-directed flick that Christopher is more than just your average anti-hero and his suppressed aggression makes him one of the most dangerous villains in the DC Extended Universe.
Gunn, who is set to premiere his standalone Peacemaker series over at HBO Max is well aware of Christopher Smith's issues and but apparently, some people perceive him to be a "racist American hero", something that has never come to his understanding of the character. During a Q&A at TCA (via TV Line), the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker responded to a question from a reporter who pointed out just how problematic the character actually is.
Addressing the character's questionable decisions in The Suicide Squad, Gunn said: "One of the things though that made me want to tell the story of Peacemaker is that he has a lot to learn…. a lot to learn. And it wouldn’t take just one season of TV for him to learn that. But it is that ability to learn that he does have that for me makes him a little bit more likable. His blindspots in some places are pretty terrible, and in some places, they’re just him being ignorant. And I think that’s an important distinction to make."
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Peacemaker is a far more complex individual than your regular DC villain and I guess that's what drew Gunn to the character. As for his issues, I'm pretty sure John Cena's upcoming DCEU spinoff series will explore them and give fans a better understanding of why he does the things he does. The real question is, will the series actually paint him as an anti-hero or is he going to be a full-fledged villain moving forward?
Peacemaker is expected to hit HBO Max in January 2022
Marvel Studios is notorious for the level of secrecy that goes into their projects and if you've been a longtime follower of the franchise, you would know that it's been a thing since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. Of course, times are changing and more people have access to behind-the-scenes stuff that no one is supposed to see thanks to social media.
There's been an inside joke within the MCU fandom that whenever actors do interviews, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is closely monitoring their every move to avoid spoilers. As hilarious as that sounds, there's obviously no validity to them but with all the recent leaks — from Andrew Garfield's alleged set photo from Spider-Man: No Way Home to Patrick Stewart's Professor X previs for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — that have been spreading all over the internet like wildfire, Feige might as well do something about it.
Famed digital artist BossLogic has come up with a hilarious idea so Marvel Studios can finally put a stop to the rumored leaks. Taking to his official pages, the Australian artist unveiled an awesome artwork depicting Kevin Feige as the official MCU version of The Punisher. I don't know about you but I find it equally hysterical and badass. Check it out here:
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Marvel conspiracists believe that the studio itself is responsible for the said leaks making their way to social media and if anything, it's just one of their PR stunts to garner more hype for their upcoming projects. Obviously, we don't have substantial proof to back those claims up but if it's actually true, I would say it's a brilliant move on their end. Still, I don't think they're necessary because we've pretty much established the MCU's drawing power through the years and leak or no leak, fans will continue to support the franchise.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios' latest series What If...? is already streaming on Disney+.
Rumors have been circulating all over the internet for quite some time now that Marvel Studios is finally bringing characters from Netflix's non-Marvel Cinematic Universe shows to Earth-616. There's a twist though as several reports claim that the studio will retcon the said characters and ignore their Netflix past. Characters like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Punisher, and Kingpin have all been rumored to be making the MCU jump in Phase Four but as it stands, we've yet to get official word from Kevin Feige.
Now, Vincent D'Onofrio claims that the studio has yet to approach him about making his grand return as Wilson Fisk in the MCU, despite the fact that he's been heavily rumored to be Hawkeye's main villain. In an interview with ScreenRant, the Daredevil actor has once again implied that he's not appearing in any future Marvel Studios project but he did express his interest in making the jump.
D'Onofrio, who is one of the more social savvy celebrities on Twitter is well aware of the rumblings linking him to projects like Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home and according to him, he's quite flattered that fans hold his Kingpin performance with such high regard. He explains: "I do take it as a compliment. I so badly want to play that character again. I love that character. I just have to wait for Marvel to ask me. I think it's very clear that I would, and the fans know that I would jump at the chance to play again. I just need to be asked."
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Personally, I don't buy any of Vincent's claims and I strongly believe Kingpin's arrival to the MCU is actually happening. Of course, actors involved in the billion-dollar franchise have strict rules to abide by when it comes to spoiling stuff unless, of course, your name is Mark Ruffalo or Tom Holland. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it all goes down but if anything, I don't think Marvel Studios will pass up on the opportunity to have D'Onofrio on board.
Hawkeye will begin streaming on November 24 only on Disney+.