Rock Band’s Developer Will Help Turn Twitch Into A Karaoke Bar

We haven’t heard much from Harmonix in recent times, especially after the company underwent some financial troubles. However, Harmonix is looking to come back in a big way by leveraging the massive audience of millions of viewers on Twitch in order to help turn the streaming platform into an interactive karaoke bar.

The news comes courtesy of the TwitchCon keynote speech [via TechCrunch], which is part of the TwitchCon celebration taking place this weekend. The event has seen more than 1 million people tuning in via Twitch.tv to watch the annual convention to catch a glimpse of the thousands of high-profile streamers that make the broadcasting network as popular as it is. During the keynote speech it was revealed that the company has also introduced a brand new feature in collaboration with Harmonix called Twitch Sings.

The new feature allows broadcasters to utilize a new built-in feature in Twitch to perform karaoke to a live audience. As mentioned in the article, the karaoke feature only sports non-licensed music at the moment, so don’t expect to hear anything popular from the radio being sung by your favorite streamer. Given the massive amount of cash flow at Amazon’s disposal, though, don’t be surprised if the company eventually strikes a deal with its music brand to allow for licensed songs to be played through the livestreaming karaoke feature.

The current setup allows a broadcaster and the viewers to interact with each other and take advantage of the sort of direct relationship that Twitch affords to its users. This means that it’s completely possible for users to take part in modifying the lights, or choosing the next song in the playlist, or making other changes to the atmosphere and event.

This feature won’t be rolling out to the general public for quite some time, though. According to the article the closed beta isn’t scheduled to get underway until the tail end of 2018. However, if you’re a broadcaster who would like to participate, you can do so right now by heading on over to the beta sign-up page, where you can register with your name, Twitch handle, and e-mail address. It also asks what kind of platform you’ll be streaming from, but only iPhone and Windows PC are supported at the moment. According to the drop-down menu, Android smart devices will also be added to the list at a later date.

The open beta will likely take place at some point in 2019, and that’s when we’ll see a more finalized version of the feature appear for the general public.

Given that it’s based on Harmonix’s knowledge of music as a game developer, which has been used in almost every major popular music-based instrument game on home consoles, such as the Rock Band series, the Guitar Hero games, and the Karaoke Revolution franchise that preceded both brands, it’s a safe bet that Twitch definitely found the right developer to head up this little project.

Whether or not it will blossom into something huge remains to be seen, but for gamers looking to explore their musical side while livestreaming on Twitch, the opportunity is now there to do so… assuming you sign up to participate in the closed beta test at the end of the year.

Best Horror Shows Streaming On Netflix

Netflix is the place to be when you’re in the mood to sit down and stream some TV, with hundreds of options in just about every genre available. For those who sometimes are just in the mood to have the pants scared off of them, Netflix has a variety of horror options to keep you on the edge of your seat and perhaps even haunt your dreams. Read on for our picks of the best horror TV series available streaming on Netflix!

American Horror Story

Cast: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Cheyenne Jackson, and many more

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: In case having “Horror” in the name isn’t enough of a sign that it’s a show worth watching if you want to be scared, American Horror Story manages to deliver a new batch of frights every season as an anthology. Seasons boast ghosts, witches, serial killers, “freak show” performers, and an anti-Christ, to name only some. Oh, and a terrifying clown known as Twisty, and Twisty could give Pennywise the Dancing Clown a run for his money.

Seasons Available: 7. Season 8 is currently airing on FX, so there are new scares to be seen if you binge your way through what Netflix has to offer.

Twin Peaks

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise, Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Beymer, Sheryl Lee, Frank Silva

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks spins a murder mystery that combines crime with the supernatural, all against a backdrop of a town and population that are much stranger than they initially seem. The death of Laura Palmer is far from straightforward, and FBI Agent Dale Cooper’s investigation leads him to some seriously unsettling discoveries. Twin Peaks uses horror tropes in the best way, and you should at least watch through the second episode until you meet BOB. Without Twin Peaks‘ original run from 1990-1991, shows like The X-Files likely never would have existed.

Seasons Available: 2. The 2017 Showtime revival season is not available streaming on Netflix.

Stranger Things

Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: Combining sci-fi with horror, Stranger Things takes viewers back to the 1980s when a boy goes missing. There are monsters and shady government agents and even some telekinesis to mix things up. The very first scene of the series delivers a scare, and that sets the tone for the episodes to come. It’s fun, scary, and packed with enough nostalgia that you may want to watch all over again as soon as you’re finished. Fair warning: the words “Upside Down” may forever have a new meaning for you after Stranger Things.

Seasons Available: 2. A third season is in the works for 2019.

The Haunting Of Hill House

Cast: Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen,Timothy Hutton, Paxton Singleton, Lulu Wilson, Julian Hilliard, Mckenna Grace, Violet McGraw

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: Take your pick. Is it the brilliant deconstruction of Shirley Jackson’s seminal novel within all these fabulously constructed locations? Is it the constant sense of mournful dread crafted by creator and full-series director Mike Flanagan’s masterful filmmaking? Is it the way nearly every single thing seen on the screen is not only interestingly spooky, but also integral to the storyline? Or is it the way the top-notch cast makes viewers feel like they’re a part of the tortured Crain family? Correct, it’s all of the above and more. Get lost inside of Hill House, and you won’t soon escape.

Seasons: 1, but it’s worth like 3 or 4.

Penny Dreadful

Cast: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: Penny Dreadful follows characters with names Gothic fiction fans will recognize: Dorian Gray, Count Dracula, Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and more. Entirely original characters are in the mix as well to tackle the unnerving tale of a former explorer on a desperate search for his family. More than a little blood is shed, and as you can expect from a series including versions of characters like Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, and Jekyll, things have a tendency of getting out of hand in delightfully creepy degrees. Who needs slasher films when you have TV options like Penny Dreadful?

Seasons Available: 3.

The Twilight Zone

Cast: Rod Serling as presenter

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: Who says a horror show needs to be from the last few decades to deliver the best kind of chills? The original Twilight Zone (1959-1964) is legendary for a reason, and that reason is not just the eerie opening theme tune. The show featured different stories in each episode, and they could lean into sci-fi, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, supernatural, and of course, horror. At 25 minutes each, episodes of The Twilight Zone don’t even require a lot of time, and they’ll stick with you. Whether it’s an episode tackling the concept of humanity facing nuclear apocalypse or a doll come to life, an horror fan will be happy to have tuned in.

Seasons Available: 4. A new Twilight Zone is on the way courtesy of Jordan Peele as well.

Black Mirror

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Hannah John-Kamen, Hayley Atwell, Cristin Milioti, John Hamm, Daniel Kaluuya, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, and more

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: Black Mirror isn’t packed full of axe murderers or demonic monsters, but it will definitely send shivers down your spine. The anthology series is technically near-future sci-fi, and it can get as disturbing and horrifying as anything you’ve seen with serial killers and ghouls. Not all of the installments are dark and chilling. That said, even the lighter episodes tend to have a warning message that will linger. The latest season covered a Star Trek-esque story as well as a tale about social media that may have you staying off Twitter for a bit.

Seasons Available: 4, with a fifth on the way.

Ash Vs Evil Dead

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless

Why It’s One Of The Best Horror Shows: If you want some laughs to go with your campy horror, Ash vs Evil Dead is the show for you. As the sequel to the three Evil Dead films, it picks up 30 years after the third movie. Ash is stuck in an unsatisfying job, but things get interesting very quickly when he’s called upon to attach his chainsaw hand and rip his way through armies of Deadites again, with a couple of friends by his side. Although it doesn’t hold back on the violence and gore, it also delivers humor. If you want to see Bruce Campbell destroying Deadites in his 50s as well as he did in the movies, Ash vs Evil Dead has your name on it.

Seasons Available: 2.

Head to Netflix to check out these scary series, and be sure to check out our 2018 Netflix premiere guide for what else you’ll be able to watch in the not-too-distant future on the streaming giant.

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There May Be A Problem With Changing Your PlayStation ID

One of the biggest requests from gamers for the PlayStation Network was the ability to change your PlayStation ID. After years of asking Sony for the option, the platform maker finally decided to make the option possible, but there might be some problems with changing your PlayStation ID if you decide to make the change.

Digital Trends is reporting that there’s a rather dangerous possibility you could lose a lot of your user data in the process of changing your PSN name. The site is reporting that some users who are in the beta program have reported that there are some issues with some games not accepting the change-over from the previous name you had.

So, what’s the damage you’re looking at? Well, for some games it means losing trophy support, for other games it means losing your saved data and gameplay options. In some cases it might mean losing everything and having to start from scratch, including the DLC that you purchased for the game. Yes, it’s possible you could also lose all of your digital purchases for a software title that’s attached to the PSN ID that you’re changing.

This was made clear before as a warning for gamers looking to change their PSN ID. The issue is that the way the system is setup on Sony’s end is not like the way Microsoft has it setup with the Xbox Live ecosystem where the user ID within the system is attached to a hash, and you can change the front-facing GamerTag to something else without worrying about losing any of your saved games, downloaded titles, or the DLC you’ve attached to the account or the games on the account.

In Sony’s case, some of the games are tied directly to the username that you selected, which means that when it changes you could end up losing everything.

It’s not all dire straits, though. Sony has been working with some of the publishers and developers to update the system as best it can to make the transition as user-friendly as possible.

You’ll be able to change your PSN ID for free once update 6.10 is made available. However, all subsequent changes to your ID name will require a fee. Even PlayStation Plus users will not be able to change the ID for free. You’ll have to pay out $5 for every additional name change if you’re a PS Plus subscriber. Additionally, if you are not subscribed to PS Plus it will cost you $10, which is the same amount it costs to change your GamerTag on Xbox Live.

While this may have been a highly requested feature from many PlayStation gamers, one must question if the change is worth it if you end up losing all the DLC attached to a specific game or lose all your saved data, or multiplayer progress in titles like Borderlands 2 or Call of Duty?

I suppose this is why Sony is beta testing the feature before making it widely available, so that they can reduce as much user data loss as possible when a PSN user decides to change their username.

Midnight, Texas Season 2 Spoilers: How Demon Cancer Led To A Character Leaving Midnight

Spoilers for tonight’s Season 2 premiere of Midnight, Texas can be found throughout this article. If you haven’t bitten into the episode yet, please take a look at one of our other lovely articles.

As much as viewers probably enjoyed the sight of Manfred wandering through the desert in his underwear in the opening scenes of Midnight, Texas Season 2, the really important thing to be discussing from the premiere in particular is the demon blood coming out of Manfred’s ears. The so-called “demon cancer” has been a focal point in the months leading up to the second season of Midnight, Texas on NBC. What we didn’t know is that it would directly lead to one character leaving the series. Everyone say a heartfelt goodbye to Creek, at least for now.

The episode opened up with Manfred dreaming about walking partially nude through the desert and digging graves. Only, he wasn’t really dreaming at all. Instead, he was actually possessed by a sort of demonic cancer–that blood-ish substance we saw leaking from his orifices in the finale last year. Soon, Manfred discovered he wasn’t the only person in his family to ever experience the demon residue. He capably pulled a notebook out of a hat from an old uncle and eventually was able to summon that uncle to learn more info about what happened to his own body post-Colconnar. Sometimes being a psychic really comes in handy. Per the resident ghost expert on demon cancer we learned:

Once it reaches the brain, you start hallucinating. And before long, you lose your mind.

Unfortunately, although Manfred knew that he was about to lose control of himself, he chose to keep the info to himself rather than telling his newfound friends in Midnight. Instead, during this time, he leaned on his recently returned dead grandmother for help. However, even though he was supposedly conferring with his grandmother during the episode, it was actually the demon quietly taking over his brain. Manfred eventually lost full control of himself and tied up Creek. After Olivia followed him, he grappled with her and knocked her out as well.

It was newcomer Kai (Nester Carbonell) who saved the day, effectively ridding Manfred of the demonic cancer. But it didn’t happen quickly enough and the damage was done in his relationship with Creek. We knew Sarah Ramos wouldn’t be a regular on the show during Season 2, and Francois Arnaud, who plays Manfred, told CinemaBlend ahead of the new season that Creek has just about had enough with Midnight, noting,

For sure there’s that toying with the idea that the evil comes from within. It’s about not only vanquishing demons in the outside world but within yourself. I mean, she’s been through a lot in the first season, with her brother being a psycho and her dad being a psycho apologist. So, she’s not thrilled at having to deal with a boyfriend who is sick with demon cancer. She also has different professional aspirations. She doesn’t want to be a waitress in a one-stop town for the rest of her life. I think, you know, in the books, Creek’s character is loosely based on Charlaine Harris herself. She’s an aspiring writer and she wants to study literature. At one point, Manfred considers going with her [sic] to allow her to pursue her dreams, but things always keep him in Midnight. She’ll be there, back and forth.

While Manfred’s comments seemed to indicate that wouldn’t be the last of Creek, she definitely grabbed her stuff and left Midnight at the end of the episode, pushing back at Manfred’s offer to follow her to the big city to pursue her dreams. One of the last things she told Manfred was that she didn’t “want to be serving patty melts forever,” which seems to fall in line with what Francois Arnaud was indicating would happen with the Creek and Manfred relationship. It was doomed from the start, thanks to her murderous brother combined with a desire to achieve.

Or as Creek put it:

There’s only so much a person can take before they’ve reached their limit and I’ve reached my limit with Midnight.

Meanwhile, Kai and Patience Lucero are still big mysteries now they’ve officially been introduced in Season 2. Kai showed his hand when he saved Manfred from demon cancer, proving his Crystal Desert healing powers were legitimate and not simply smoke and mirrors. (Strange, but legitimate.) However, at least some of the residents of Midnight seem to be suspicious of the couple still, and perhaps with reason.

The premiere showed Kai speaking to a strange shrunken head about vengeance hidden behind a painting in the wall. It was a nice tease regarding what is coming, and it’s certainly keeping us guessing. Just like the cast. Speaking from the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Peter Mensah, who plays Lem, told us:

There’s a certain amount of, you know, someone’s new in Midnight and the entire community has to figure out, ‘OK, are they good or are they bad?’ The audience gets to kind of watch how each Midnighter deals with the change. So as performers it’s also great to have someone new to bounce off. Now, you’ve got sort of new people in and how the characters react is what I think the audience will enjoy. Some don’t like them, some do and you just don’t know if it could be one of them or one of us that’s the real problem.

One of the Midnighters could be the real problem? That certainly has sold me for Episode 2. Luckily, there are still eight more episodes of Midnight, Texas to go following the big Halloween weekend premiere. To find out where the Friday night supernatural series is going on NBC, tune in for new episodes of Midnight, Texas in a brand new fall timeslot on Friday evenings at 9 p.m. ET, followed by Dateline.

Plus, be sure to check out what new shows still have to premiere this fall with our full TV premiere schedule.

Will You Miss Creek?

Photos courtesy of NBC.

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Black Panther 2: What We Know So Far

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going for a decade but it has arguably never had a movie make the kind of impact that Black Panther did. A blockbuster film from a black director and featuring an almost all black cast, the significance of Ryan Coogler’s film cannot be understated. Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon, ensuring that ‘Wakanda Forever’ will be more than just a slogan emblazoned on T-shirts or a point of pride shouted at the film’s stars, it is a mission statement and a prophecy, meaning that Wakanda, and Black Panther will be on our theater screens forever, or at least the next few years or so.

Which brings us to Black Panther 2, which will probably make enough money for Disney to actually build Wakanda. Obviously, like the rest of the MCU, we don’t know much about what will happen in Avengers 4 and beyond, but Black Panther 2 is coming and there are some things we do know, as well as some inferences and speculation we can make. So, let’s get started!

What Is The Black Panther 2 Release Date?

Like much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4, Black Panther 2‘s release date is a mystery. The only movie with an official release date so far is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters next July. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was supposed to be one of the films that set the stage for Phase 4, but after the James Gunn situation that exploded over the summer of 2018, that film has been delayed and presumably won’t come out till 2022 or later. That delay, coupled with Black Panther‘s incredible success could mean that we’ll see Black Panther 2 sooner than was originally intended.

Marvel has a bunch of release dates carved out for untitled films from 2020 to 2022 and it stands to reason that, for one of those, we can book our tickets back to Wakanda. One of those mystery movies was set to release on July 30, 2021 and has since been moved to February 12, 2021. Given the year-round blockbuster season and the success Marvel found with Black Panther in February during Black History Month, it seems possible that the studio could choose to not fix what isn’t broken by releasing Black Panther 2 in the same month that its predecessor found so much success.

Production is expected to start late 2019 or early 2020. So, that would put Black Panther 2 on track for that February 12, 2021 release date, or, perhaps, May 7th of that year where Marvel has staked another claim.

What Is The Black Panther 2 Rating?

This is one unknown that is really anything but. Unless the MPAA revamps its rating system (a revamp that is arguably overdue) then Black Panther 2, like its predecessor and all of the MCU movies, will be PG-13. That is the sweet spot for modern blockbusters and you can bet Disney will make sure Black Panther 2 hits it, with more prolonged sequences of action violence.

Although, truth be told, given the success of the first film, you could probably slap this thing with an NC-17 and still make a killing at the box office. Obviously, there is no concern of that, and a PG-13 rating will guarantee that Black Panther 2 will maximize the available moviegoing public to fill up theaters. As we saw with the first film, though, I would still expect some more mature and heavy themes in this film to accompany the action spectacle.

Who Is Writing And Directing Black Panther 2?

Ryan Coogler both wrote and directed Black Panther and was, thus, integral to its success, so it is encouraging that he will be returning to write and direct Black Panther 2. This was expected given the reception to what Ryan Coogler did with the first film and how it showered Disney with ticket sales worth their weight in vibranium.

But, you never know, so it bodes well that Disney made sure to lockdown the director for the sequel. The first film was very much Ryan Coogler’s vision and his returning ensures that there will be creative continuity between the two films as the director tackles his first sequel.

What Will Black Panther 2 Be About?

We don’t know exactly what the MCU will look like post-Avengers 4, but, just based on what happened in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, there should be plenty of new challenges for T’Challa and company to face. At the end of Black Panther, T’Challa revealed Wakanda’s true nature to the world. And, although Infinity War‘s Battle of Wakanda took place in the technologically advanced nation, we still don’t really know the impact that Wakanda’s coming out has had on the rest of the world or Wakanda itself.

Killmonger wanted to wage war on the world using Wakanda’s technological might, but now that Wakanda has revealed all, will other nations or parties attempt to take that might for their own? Wakanda could also face more domestic challenges as T’Challa’s choices as king are bound to face scrutiny. After all, he allowed Wakanda to bear the brunt of Thanos’ assault on Earth. Potential conflicts such as these, in addition to whatever new villain arises, are sure to make T’Challa’s crown all the heavier.

Who Is The Villain In Black Panther 2?

Killmonger’s death in the first film means that Black Panther 2 will need a new villain for T’Challa to contend with, and whomever it is they’ll have some massive shoes to fill. Black Panther‘s post-credits scenes didn’t set up villains for the sequel, so we are left to speculate about who it will be and there are several good options.

Black Panther is interesting in that he has villains that are physical, mystical and extraterrestrial. Achebe is a Black Panther villain who sold his soul to the devil, and while he is not much of a physical threat, he is a truly deranged master manipulator. Black Panther 2 could also take things more mystical and see T’Challa face off with Mephisto, the devil of the Marvel Universe who at one point tried to steal Black Panther’s soul.

Another interesting option would be the Skrulls. The shape-shifting aliens will make their MCU debut in Captain Marvel, and that sets precedence for them being on Earth. In the Secret Invasion comics storyline, the Skrulls attempt to take over Wakanda as part of their attempt to subdue the planet. This option would continue to bring in the cosmic elements to all corners of the MCU. These are just a few of the options available, and, as we’ve seen, Marvel isn’t afraid to mix things up and change villains from their comic origins.

It will obviously depend on what villain the story calls for, but two big stars have already had their names thrown about for the sequel. Kendrick Lamar, who curated the soundtrack for Black Panther, has said he wants to be Killmonger, which is probably not an option, but perhaps he could play another villain. Also, even though he has already appeared in the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was reported that Ryan Coogler was looking at Donald Glover to play the villain in the sequel.

T’Challa

Last we saw T’Challa he was dust in the wind along with half of the rest of the universe thanks to Thanos having a strict interpretation of balance. However, given the existence of Black Panther 2, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that Chadwick Boseman‘s warrior king will be back to once again ensure that Wakanda truly does endure forever.

The aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 will probably play a role in T’Challa’s Black Panther 2 story; who knows how death might have changed him a la Jon Snow. T’Challa will likely also still be dealing with the struggles of leadership, as he bears the weight of a country on his back.

Black Panther essentially saw Wakanda in a state of civil war, and just because T’Challa won does not mean those wounds are healed. He also just opened the country up to the world and there’s a possibility that not everyone is a fan of that. And, thanks to his dealings with the Avengers and revealing Wakanda to the United Nations, T’Challa now has something of a responsibility on a more global scale than he did before.

Chadwick Boseman’s character will also have to address the fact that Killmonger burned the Heart-Shaped Herb. The Heart-Shaped Herb is the source of the Black Panther’s power and how they access the ancestral plane, so it is possible that T’Challa will be cut off from his ancestors and this power if he cannot find a way to regrow it or discover more.

Killmonger

In Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, née N’Jadaka, Black Panther gave us a complex and fascinating villain who is easily in the top three best villains in the decade-long history of the MCU. Killmonger was a ferocious villain full of righteous anger and with a real emotional arc. So, it was curious that the first film chose to kill him off at the end, even if it was done in memorable and heartbreaking fashion.

You would think that would be that, and Killmonger was a one and done villain like most in the MCU. However, there have been reports that Michael B. Jordan could reprise his role as the outcast Wakandan. The script hasn’t been written yet so it’s too early to say for sure whether or not this will happen, but there is a way to bring Michael B. Jordan and Killmonger back for Black Panther 2 without undoing or cheapening the poetic ending of the first film.

Killmonger could show up in the Ancestral Plane and speak with T’Challa there. N’Jadaka is T’Challa’s cousin, so royal blood flows through his veins. He also briefly served as the Black Panther, undergoing the ceremony and visiting the Ancestral Plane himself.

This wouldn’t be the first time in a film where a hero has found himself talking to a vanquished foe and this would provide a way for Black Panther 2 to bring back star Michael B. Jordan, who sounds up for returning, and his captivating villain in a manner that is interesting and true to the story.

Shuri

Black Panther was full of fun new characters, but Letitia Wright’s Shuri might be the fan favorite. T’Challa’s little sister provided the brains, some brawn and more than a few laughs to Black Panther and audiences are eager to see more of her in the sequel. Thankfully, Kevin Feige has said we’ll see much more of the character in the MCU.

We already saw Shuri play an important role in Avengers: Infinity War and her role in that film, as well as the uncertainty of her fate post-snap, has led to Shuri being part of some fan theories that could play out in Avengers 4 as well as impacting the Black Panther sequel.

One such theory imagines that Shuri survived the snap and takes over as ruler of Wakanda in T’Challa’s stead in Avengers 4, even taking on the Black Panther mantle as she has briefly done in the comics. This could potentially create tension between the siblings when he returns, or a full on Black Panther team up.

She’s funny, fierce and makes Bruce Banner and Tony Stark look like dummies by comparison. Whatever Black Panther 2 has in store for Shuri, it’s a safe bet she’ll have plenty to do and we’ll get more hilarious one-liners from this scene-stealer.

Nakia

As T’Challa’s love interest and member of the War Dogs, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia believed that Wakanda should do more to help those in need around the world. So, when T’Challa came around to her way of thinking at the end of Black Panther, and established the Wakandan International Outreach Centre, he appointed Nakia the head of the social outreach department.

Nakia didn’t show up in Avengers: Infinity War but we’ve heard that she wasn’t forgotten and there is a plan to return to her story. I would expect to see Lupita Nyong’o’s character back in Black Panther 2.

Okoye

Danai Gurira’s Okoye has had brilliant showings in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, showing skill on the battlefield and a willingness to tell T’Challa what he doesn’t want to hear. Okoye was torn between country and family in Black Panther and I imagine that film was not the last we’ll see of Okoye interacting with her husband turned traitor, Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi.

The general of the Dora Milaje has proven how important Wakanda is to her and we saw the devastation on her face when T’Challa was snapped out of existence. Whatever challenges the Black Panther faces in the sequel, he should not have to face them alone.

M’Baku

An antagonist at the beginning of Black Panther, Winston Duke’s M’Baku quickly endeared himself to audiences with his charisma and willingness to overlook past grievances to help the king and Wakanda. He once again proved himself a badass with a warrior spirit by taking on the Outriders in the Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War.

He survived the snap; maybe by the time Black Panther 2 takes place M’Baku and the Jabari tribe will be playing an even greater role in Wakanda, having proved their loyalty to the crown.

Everett Ross

While initially an obstacle to T’Challa, Martin Freeman’s CIA operative Everett Ross proved a worthy ally over the course of the first film. Black Panther could be just the beginning for Everett Ross’ dealings with Wakanda.

In the comics, Everett Ross is a true friend and trusted ally to Wakanda and T’Challa specifically, so much so that he is appointed Regent of Wakanda. He is also T’Challa’s ally in his battles against Mephisto, Kraven the Hunter and other villains. Hopefully this unlikely friendship continues and grows in Black Panther 2, as Everett Ross is a major part of the Black Panther story.

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Kevin Hart And Chris Rock Are Teaming Up For A New Comedy

Besides being a talented comedian, actor and writer, Chris Rock has shown off his directing chops on a few occasions. It’s been three years since the last directorial endeavor, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, was released on HBO, but Rock is preparing to step back behind the camera for a new project. Next up, he’s collaborating with Kevin Hart on a comedy movie, the bread and butter for both of them.

Universal Studios has tapped Chris Rock to direct Coparenting, which was penned by Black-ish writer Yamara Taylor. The movie sees Kevin Hart playing a father who stays at home to look after his kids while his wife, a top CEO, brings home the proverbial bacon. Hart’s character is thrown for a loop when his wife initiates a “bitter divorce and custody battle.” Rock and Hart will produce alongside Will Packer and John Cheng.

THR‘s report also mentioned that Chris Rock and Kevin Hart came up with the idea for Coparenting together. (It’s worth noting that both men have first-look deals with Universal for feature films.) Hart has said in the past that Rock was a major influence on his own comedy, so having another opportunity to work with him is undoubtedly welcome. It’s unclear if Rock will have a role in Coparenting or if he’s sticking solely to directing, but either way, I’m eager to see what these two cook up together.

Chris Rock made his directing debut in 2003 with Head of State, where he played an alderman who suddenly finds himself a viable presidential candidate. He returned to the director’s chair in 2007 with I Think I Love My Wife and in 2014 with Top Five, the latter of which Kevin Hart appeared in. Rock was also nominated for an Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special Emmy for his work on Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.

In front of the camera, Chris Rock’s recent credits includes Sandy Wexler, The Week Of, an episode of Kevin Can Wait, hosting the 88th Academy Awards and his stand-up special Chris Rock: Tamborine. In August, he was tapped to play the lead character in Fargo Season 4, which will begin filming late next year.

As for Kevin Hart, he most recently appeared in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Night School. His long-awaited comedy-drama The Upside, where he starred alongside Bryan Cranston, is set to finally premiere to the public next January, and Hart is also signed on for Jumanji 3, Ride Along 3 and The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how Coparenting is coming along. In the meantime, you can plan your trips to the movie theater accordingly by scanning through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.

The Cord Cutter Podcast #53: Netflix in November

Welcome to The Cord Cutter Podcast #53! Fall is in full swing and November is right around the corner. Mick, Adrienne and Jeff are here to let you in on all the awesome movies and TV shows you can binge while sipping your hot apple cider! Netflix is, almost undeniably, at the top of the streaming food chain, and, as such, you can expect this November to bring a lot of amazing new content to site. There will be plenty of Netflix Originals coming over the next 30 days, plus movies classic and new, television shows of all stripes and reality programming you might not be able to ignore. For you, today, we’ll go over the big name releases you can expect to see plus our honorary mentions for that title, the most anticipated Netflix Originals and then, because no new month on the streamer is complete without some beloved properties disappearing, tell you what things will say goodbye in November.

Thor: Ragnarok’s Karl Urban Seriously Loved Playing Skurge

When director Taika Waititi took on the God of Thunder in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, it became an unexpected gem of the MCU, delivering loads of laughs and a fresh sci-fi adventure. Along with really taking advantage of Chris Hemsworth’s comedy chops, Ragnarok also introduced a handful of new supporting characters such as Valkyrie, Korg and Karl Urban‘s Skurge. During a panel at Dallas Fan Days of 2018, Urban explained just what drew him to play the Marvel character In his words:

Skurge’s story arc seems like it was handled with just as much care as the rest of Thor: Ragnarok, making it the fan favorite it has become. Karl Urban’s character first appeared in the movie in the opening scene when he poorly held the fort over at the Bifrost in Asgard. When Hela took control of the realm, he sided with her as she grew her army, but finally came to his senses at the end and took a selfless turn. The character follows a handful of other new and interesting characters introduced in Ragnarok, which elevated the quality of the Thor franchise.

During Karl Urban’s panel (via ComicBook.com), the actor also attributed his interest in the film because it gave him the oppurtunity to work with Cate Blanchett again. The pair both starred in The Lord of the Rings movies, but never shared scenes with one another. Ragnarok had the actors working side by side 15 years after their departure from Middle Earth. Urban also expressed his love for the Marvel Universe and deeply enjoyed his time as Skurge.

While Skurge didn’t make it out of Ragnarok alive, after Avengers: Infinity War, neither did half of the universe’s, so Skurge could potentially return depending on what happens in Avengers 4. Karl Urban would certainly be up to reprising the role and has even previously pitched an idea from the comic book character’s lore. In the comic books, he continues to live on in the afterlife as a recruit in the Grandmaster’s Legion of the Unliving.

Fans will have some answers as soon as Avengers 4 comes to theaters on May 3, 2019. The studio also seems to be halting any other Phase 4 movie announcements, such as if another Thor film will be made, until then as well.

Twilight Needs A Reboot On One Condition, According To Kellan Lutz

Hold on tight, spider monkey, because we are soon approaching the ten-year anniversary since the first Twilight movie premiered in theaters. The adaptation of the first entry in the best-selling YA series took teenagers of the time by storm as it followed the forbidden romance between an awkward high-schooler Bella and a sparkly over-100-year-old vampire, played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. In a nostalgia-hungry film industry, remakes and reboots are being greenlit right and left and rumors of one for Twilight certainly hasn’t been left out of the conversation. I spoke with Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett, about his thoughts on the possibility. Here’s what he said to CinemaBlend:

Twilight was an explosive success when it opened a decade ago, biting its teeth into $400 million worth of worldwide box office earnings. The film set off an entire franchise of five movies starring a young cast of breakout stars. Kellan Lutz played Edward Cullen’s brawny and goofy “brother,” Emmett, who just had a few lines in the first Twilight before his part grew as the franchise did.

Per Kellan Lutz’s comments, going on another five-year journey with Bella and the Cullen clan so soon does seem a bit… soon. While he doesn’t think a whole new Twilight movie series should happen, he wouldn’t mind seeing the first one remade with the same budget the rest of the films had to work with where audiences were able to see the vampires really show off their powers, and give way to the campy and cheesy feel the first one had to it.

Before the franchise found its success, the first Twilight was a risk for Summit Entertainment, which saw a string of flops before the movie put the company on the map. Director Catherine Hardwicke recently told CinemaBlend that the original script strayed quite far from the source material. Today if she was to make the film, she echoed Kellan Lutz’s opinion of adding more cool CGI effects and stunts that wasn’t possible on the lower budget she had.

The only other reason for Twilight to see a reboot would be if it was reimagined for today’s audience that is witnessing more strong female leads and diverse casting choices. That would, however, deviate from the source material, which could alienate its huge fanbase and author Stephanie Meyer.

The Twilight franchise was truly a pop culture phenomenon of the time that can still comfortably in the last decade as a success without Hollywood bloodsucking it too thin. The first Twilight is now available on 4K Ultra HD.

How Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Is Different From Riverdale

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is busy. He is not only the showrunner of The CW’s Riverdale. Aguirre-Sacasa is also behind Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. While both series focus on high school teens based on Archie Comic characters, there are some variances. So, how are the two shows different? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa weighed in, saying:

Talk about a hint of what is to come! Based on what Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed during an interview with Variety, fans should be curious as to how these differences play out. While Archie is central to the storyline in Riverdale, his fellow denizens are also crucial to the show. It is nice to hear that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will not spread itself thin with its storytelling.

Focusing on an intimate cast of characters should help the series remain centered. Different things work for different shows though. Riverdale offers an ensemble of characters, whereas Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will focus on its eponymous protagonist, as its title suggests. That is not where the differences end either. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa referred to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as “more innocent” than The CW series.

He added that Riverdale‘s teens act more like “grownups” than the teen characters in the Netflix series. So, despite the supernatural elements, the show will draw closer to the coming-of-age aspect of its story. As in, not of-age yet.

What is interesting is that you would instinctively think the dynamic of the teen characters would be reversed. The principal reason for that being that Riverdale airs on network TV. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is on a streaming platform.

Whatever the differences between the shows, the Netflix drama’s brooding spirit should appeal to fans of Riverdale. It may be more innocent but teen angst is destined to abound at some point. Even as Riverdale has experienced some surreal plotlines, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s supernatural leanings should put it in a slightly more magical reality.

As of today, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is finally available to stream. The much darker adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch will plunge horror fans headlong into the journey of its protagonist. In a far cry from the ABC sitcom’s approach to the character’s tale, Chilling Adventures will go heavy on the haunting atmosphere.

The crimson-accented cinematography underlines the visuals of Sabrina Spellman’s story. According to Netflix, Sabrina will be wrestling with her dual natures in Chilling Adventures — that of a witch and a mortal. As she works on balancing her life as a teen, Sabrina also has to deal with standing against the forces of evil. Something tells me she has a fighting chance.

The entire first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is now on Netflix. The supernatural drama is among countless series making their debut this fall on the streaming giant.