Yeah, It’s Gonna Suck – Amazon’s Lord of the Rings

Gary Boechler at Nerdrotic put this surprisingly detailed report together on Amazon's upcoming Woke disaster. There were a few hot takes that I didn't know about. First, the Tolkien Estate did not do this willingly. They got hurt in arbitration with Warner Brothers and part of the settlement is that they had to allow a Lord of the Rings. Although, they did get to maintain a right of absolute veto over everything. And when Amazon was up against...

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Friday Night Open Thread

Post what you like so long as it is pop culture-related. All others will be deleted. ****************************** Legendary Films has had enough of Warner Brothers BS. The new Godzilla series is NOT going to be streamed on HBOmax. It is going to be Apple TV+. Considering how badly Warner wanted this for HBOmax it is a fairly gigantic middle finger to the house that Bugs built. The sad truth of Warner Brothers is that if it weren't for Paramount, they...

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M&Ms Go Woke

Woke candy. It has come to this. Normally, I wouldn't bother to cover something like this here but the M&Ms mascots are a legitimate part of pop culture and thus falls within my purview. Candy is about to get more "inclusive," with the maker of M&M's announcing its famed characters are getting modern makeovers and will have more "nuanced personalities." The green M&M, previously seen in ads posing seductively and strutting her stuff in white go-go boots, will now sport...

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Daniel Cherry Hits the Silk

Apparently, it's mission accomplished for DC Comics brand manager Daniel Cherry III. He is outta here!! The big boss of DC Comics is moving on to other things, walking away from the smoldering wreckage of the brand he flew into the ground at full speed, in his wake. His tenure will be remembered as being unique in comics history. There will be endless debates over who was the best publisher in comics history. But there will be no such...

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Blizzard is Dead – Microsoft to Acquire Activision

That’s it for Blizzard.  Microsoft is buying out Activision/Blizzard for damn near $70 billion.  This isn’t that much of a surprise.  Blizzard is in such bad shape that a buyout was the only way out. (don’t click on the link, it’s from The Verge.) Microsoft is acquiring Activision, the troubled publisher of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. The deal will value Activision at $68.7 billion, far in excess of the $26 billion Microsoft paid to acquire LinkedIn in 2016. It’s Microsoft’s biggest push into...

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G4 – The Pet Cemetery Version

That really is what it feels like.   G4 came back from the dead but it came back…wrong. Last week, G4’s alternate timeline trans Justin Bieber from 2010 named, Frosk, went off on a prolonged rant on G4’s live stream about sexism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps12AWRbqpE Now according to her rant, either Frosk objects to sexism in general or she feels there isn’t enough of it being directed at her specifically, it’s hard to tell which because she’s clearly an idiot.  But the jaw-dropper was claiming that Olivia...

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Why The Book of Boba Fett Has Lost Half Its Audience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRjlJWsVaAs It's not just that the outlaw biker gang Boba Fett recruited is riding around on Vespas. It's the fact that they LOOK like the kind of outlaw biker gang that would ride around on Vespas. Wheelie and Chopper Bunch are on their hover scooters chasing around somebody's Dad in his Space Cadillac Fleetwood. And it is just as exciting as it sounds. This is Star Wars 2022. Possibly the dullest chase scene in the history of science fiction....

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Friday Open Thread

Off Topic comments go here. Write about what you want, so long as it is related to pop culture. All other comments will be deleted. Get a Social Galactic membership if you want a soapbox. **************** Who is the worst star pilot in the history of Science fiction? In theory, any landing you walk away from is a good one. And I guarantee you there is no crew chief in the existence of all time and space who would agree with that....

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Another Win for Kathleen Kennedy!!!

Part of this gig involves scanning various showbiz trade media for leads and today I saw something that gave my brain a hiccough.   “Paramount Lands the Rights the to YA Bestseller Children of Blood and Bone.” That put a jingle-jangle in my noodle because I remembered thinking years ago, ‘I have no interest at all in seeing that thing.’  And a quick check says that my disinterest dates from 2019. Most of you, my beloved Darklings, could not care less either.   But for three...

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Another Win for Warner Brothers

I'm still boggling over this one. The marketing geniuses at Warner Brothers social media came up with a real winner. I mean this was genius. https://twitter.com/DCpeacemaker/status/1480652445336358917?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1480652445336358917%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fthatparkplace.com%2Fjohn-cenas-peacemaker-ad-on-twitter-goes-horribly-wrong%2F ... No, this is for real. ... This is a thing they did. ... You knew what was going to happen. I knew what was going to happen. How did any marketing department in 2022 not know what was going to happen? ... https://twitter.com/vasiliosevan/status/1480669315439472640?s=20 UPDATE: Speaking of Twitter The Golden Globes were streamed live last night. The reason it was streamed was that no network...

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