Archive for March 13, 2020
Netflix announced it would suspend production of its scripted TV and movies in both the United States and Canada for at least the next two weeks. The streaming service is the latest to put measures in place to hinder the spread of the coronavirus. NBCUniversal has already suspended production on 35 of its shows, and Disney has put many of its upcoming movies and TV shows on hold. Seemingly, the only productions and releases that are still on track are Marvel's long-awaited Black Widow movie and DC's upcoming Wonder Woman: 1984.
Productions and release dates aren't the only things in flux right now as the entire entertainment industry is in a gradual state of shutdown. Beginning with the NBA, every major sports league from the NHL to Pro Golf has delayed their schedules, and New York City's Broadway theaters have shut down to limit the chance of their patrons' exposure. The festival and convention circuits have also fallen into disarray with major events like South by Southwest and E3 being canceled outright.
The New York Times's John Koblin revealed Netflix's production status via his personal Twitter account. The shutdown will affect dozens of shows, including Stranger Things, the Ryan Murphy film The Prom, Sex/Life, and Grace and Frankie. Check out his tweet below:
Fans are clamoring for confirmation on which other US shows have been impacted, such as the upcoming season of The Umbrella Academy, but as of now, Netflix has yet to release a complete list of production halts. Oversees shows will probably also eventually hit a production roadblock as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Europe. For example, The Witcher's second season is underway and is currently filming in the United Kingdom. It will also likely have other locations around Europe as it did in season one. The lack of an announcement regarding their oversees shows is surprising, but they may be taking it on a case-by-case basis.
At this stage, Netflix is keeping with the precautions taken by the rest of the industry; however, an unfortunate side effect will be the vast amount of crew members out of work - with no source of income - as this national crisis continues to unfold. Still, it is a comparatively small step next to Disney's indefinite production delays and NBCUniversal's shut down of its entire slate. Either way, there are still countless unseen ramifications to all these production delays that are sure to impact the entertainment industry for months to come.
Source: John Koblin via Twitter
It never feels good to be in an MMO raid group that wipes on a tough boss, but in the case of one recent WoW Classic group, it at least happened in a novel way. Old-school raiders have been returning to World of Warcraft’s most iconic raids for months now, with some guilds clearing bosses within a week of the game’s release.
WoW Classic launched last year after high demand from players to return to what many saw as the golden days of the MMORPG. The vanilla version of the game was so popular that it doubled World of Warcraft’s subscriber count at launch, according to Blizzard. WoW Classic’s popularity has persisted since then, with Blizzard continuing to add content from early WoW patches to replicate the experience of being on the game’s servers.
Raids, difficult dungeons meant to be tackled by huge groups of players, are some of the most popular content in WoW Classic, and victory in their toughest battles is celebrated today just as it was more than a decade ago. At the same time, it’s just as painful when one mistake leads to a full wipe of the raid party. Reddit user Gromek999 recently shared one such moment with an unusual twist. While the group was attempting to take down Vaelastrasz the Corrupt, a boss of the Blackwing Lair raid added in February, the group’s main tank suddenly disappeared, leaving the rest of the group to get obliterated in seconds. As Gromek999 explains with a gif, the main tank was under the influence of a debuff called Burning Adrenaline when they accidentally used their Hearthstone. Since one of the effects of Burning Adrenaline is to make all spells cast instantly, the tank was immediately teleported home, rather than having the chance to cancel the spell during its usually lengthy cast time. With the main tank down, Vaelastrasz was able to pick off the squishier members of the party without any trouble.
For players who’d rather play the most current version of World of Warcraft than look to its past, the Shadowlands expansion revealed last year is still on its way. Scheduled for release in 2020, Shadowlands will take players to World of Warcraft’s version of the afterlife where they’ll align themselves with one of the factions that rule the realm.
Raiding in MMOs can get pretty serious, but the unfortunate Blackwing Lair group seemed to take its unusual wipe in stride. If nothing else, it shows that WoW Classic content can still surprise players years after it first appeared.
WoW Classic is available now on PC.
Sons Of Anarchy season 6 episode 7 saw the simmering feud between Gemma and Tara come to a boil, and nothing would ever be the same again. Sons Of Anarchy is the brainchild of former The Shield writer Kurt Sutter and revolved around the biker gang SAMCRO. The show could be unrelentingly violent and graphic but it also featured fantastic actors - including Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman and Kim Coates - and great characters.
Sons Of Anarchy ran for seven seasons in total and given the bodycount amassed in the final season, a revival is doubtful. Jax Teller's (Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim) character arc also ended on a perfect note, so it's probably best to end it on a high. That said, the show continues in the form of spinoff Mayans MC. Kurt Sutter acted as co-creator but was later fired by FX following the second season and reports of his behavior behind the scenes.
Sons Of Anarchy season 6 episode 7 "Sweet And Vaded" finds Tara putting a plan in motion to finally get Gemma out of her life. Season 6 sees Tara wanting out of the SAMCRO life after being released from prison in connection to Pamela Toric's death. She doesn't want her children to grow up around the club, and with the threat of further jail time, puts together a plan to get Jax's mother Gemma off her back. She fakes a pregnancy and in "Sweet And Vaded" goads her mother-in-law into a confrontation. Gemma back away from a physical fight, leading Tara to rapture a bag of blood she stuffed in her dress by hitting herself off a desk.
This makes it appear she's suffered a miscarriage, with Jax and others soon pouring into the room. The obvious implication is that Gemma assaulted her, leading Tara to miscarry - though she's not really pregnant. Sons Of Anarchy season 6 episode 7 is the culmination of Tara's plan to drive a permeant wedge between Jax and Gemma, and as later episodes proved, it works; though Gemma isn't going to let Tara win. Elsewhere on "Sweet And Vaded," the imprisoned Nero convinced Gemma to help his friend Venus Van Dam (Walton Goggins, Justified) rescue her nephew from her monstrous mother Alice, played by Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog).
The most disturbing scene in "Sweet And Vaded" finds Venus explaining her past to Jax and SAMCRO when as a child she revealed her transexual nature to Alice. This led her mother to molest her and led to years of horrible abuse, which Venus fears will happen to her nephew Joey. SAMCRO later save a drugged Joey from Alice's horrific pornography business. Joey is also revealed to be Venus' son from before her transition and the gang talks Venus out of killing Alice, only for Jax to eventually shoot her out of disgust. Sons Of Anarchy season 6 episode 7 ends with Gemma in prison and Jax signing a restraining order against her to keep his mother away from his wife and children.
This June’s Action Comics #1024 assembles an all-star team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson to take on the Last Son of Krypton as a new Superman arrives in DC comics this summer. This one has it all! DC Comics’ June solicitations reveal a Metropolis under siege by villain Lex Luthor, as turmoil over the truth of Superman’s secret identity continues to grip the city. And reporter Clark Kent is back on the beat at the Daily Planet, in an all-new Superman saga starting this summer.
The events of Brian Michael Bendis run at the helm of Superman have created new circumstances and a new mindset for the Man of Steel. Louis Lane and Clark Kent have both lost their parents and their son is off to university, bringing a shift in perspectives for the two. And, complicating concerns is the recent revelation of Superman’s secret identity, events captured in Bendis’ Superman: Heroes and Superman: Villains. With this sudden truth brought to light, past foes are newly emboldened and old friends grapple with a shocking reality.
John Romita Jr.’s trademark pencils on DC’s Superman title and 2019’s Superman: Year One with Frank Miller capture a range of Krypton’s favorite son from his youth and across the span of years as defender of Earth. Romita’s dynamic and stylized technique on display in Superman has often been complemented in the DC series by the peerless inking of industry-legend Klaus Janson. The combined artistry of Romita Jr. and Janson is immortalized in rival publisher Marvel Comics’ twisted Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z from 2012 and the artists’ shared history enhances expectations for this summer’s star-studded Superman collaboration.
This June, the fallout from Lex Luthor’s sustained attacks and the emergence of a secret criminal organization threaten to destabilize Metropolis in DC’s Action Comics. Will Luthor’s terrorist attacks draw out a newly-liberated Superman and bring all-out war to Metropolis? Or will this Invisible Mafia topple the City of Tomorrow from the inside? Only the combined might of Bendis, Romita Jr., and Janson could possible tell a tale of this magnitude.
- ACTION COMICS #1024
- Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
- Art and Cover: John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson
- Variant Cover: Lucio Parrillo
- Wonder Woman 1984 Variant Cover: Frank Cho
- The city of Metropolis has been rocked by Luthor’s latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman’s truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege! The fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time.
Action Comics #1024 hits stores this June 24th, in DC’s summer of Superman!