5 ways Wesley Snipes would have made a vastly different ‘Black Panther’

Before Blade, Snipes tried and failed to get a Black Panther movie made. It would have been dramatically different from new film.

Marvel’s Black Panther is poised to arrive in theaters with an opening weekend that is going to be huge (as in, upwards of $170 million huge). Having already received raves from critics, Ryan Coogler’s take on the classic comics superhero is thus bound to be viewed as an unqualified success — and proves that the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula remains unmatched in the blockbuster-moviemaking arena.

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‘Black Panther,’ already a cultural moment, is about to shatter movie business assumptions

All signs say Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” being released Thursday evening by Walt Disney Co., is having a cultural moment fueled by massive pent-up demand for what is expected to be the first global superhero blockbuster to feature a mostly black cast and an African American director.

The $200-million film — directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero — is expected to gross at least $150 million in the United States and Canada through Monday, according to people who have reviewed audience surveys, putting it on track to become one of Marvel Studios’ most valuable franchises.

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Microsoft announces $299.99 Xbox One S PUBG bundle

Microsoft announced a new Xbox One S bundle that comes with a copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, two weeks of Xbox Live and a code for a month long trial of the Xbox Game Pass for $299.99. The bundle will be released on Feb. 20.

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“The Cloverfield Paradox” Dropped On Netflix As Soon As The Super Bowl Ended

The new Cloverfield movie — called The Cloverfield Paradox — went up on Netflix right after the Super Bowl ended.

The surprise was announced during an ad in the first half of the game that promises it was “coming very soon.” Netflix then sent out an email to press that it would go up after the game. That ended the many delays in releasing this film, once called God Particle, then referred to as the untitled Cloverfield movie, then God Particle again, then rumored to be Cloverfield Station, and finally The Cloverfield Paradox.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to October

Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t make its previously announced “spring 2018” release window, developer Rockstar Games announced today. The game is now slated for release on Oct. 26, 2018, according to a post from Rockstar.

Rockstar apologized for the delay, saying the game needed more time for polish.

“We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay,” Rockstar said in a post on its website. “While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish. We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. … We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.”

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Teaser trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp has arrived

A new teaser trailer for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived.  Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters in the U.S. on July 6, 2018.

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Tom Hanks starring as Mr. Rogers in ‘You Are My Friend’ is just what the world needs

Tom Hanks is attached to star as Fred Rogers from the pioneering children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in the film You Are My Friend, Sony TriStar Pictures announced Monday.

You Are My Friend, with its title taken from one of Rogers’ signature songs, is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod is depicted as a cynical scribe who begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile article on the iconic Mr. Rogers. He finds his life-perspective transformed in the process.

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WWII Games Become a Vital History Lesson as the Greatest Generation Dies Out

Charles Scot-Brown, 94, is watching Call of Duty: WWII’s soldiers storm Omaha Beach. “It’s basically authentic,” he says. “Whoever designed that knew something about what they were doing.” And he’d know: at just 20 years old, he left his native Canada to take charge of a platoon of soldiers in the 51st Highland Division of the British Army, leading them onto Sword Beach on D-Day. He then fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and I show him the game’s depiction of that, too. “I would say it should sell,” he says.

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Media Assault: The Podcast! arriving on March 10, 2018

On March 10, 2018, Media Assault will begin a weekly podcast.

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Netflix explains why a movie like “Bright” can bomb with critics and kill with audiences

Netflix’s Bright has been watched more than most other Netflix originals, movies, or series, the company said this week, in spite of being mercilessly panned by critics and scoring positive reviews from only 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

That just shows how out of touch movie critics are with global audiences, Netflix executives said on a conference call with investors Monday.

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