Marvel ressurects a classic superhero team

Marvel universe is so expansive that one can except wonders to happen in the combooks. Marvel is known for twists and turns as they progress with the stories. In the final moment of Annihilation – Scourge Omega #1. 

In Omega, the heroes in the Negative Zone were getting beaten; Sentry and his Cancerverse forces have become too powerful and are putting too much of a burden on the force field Sue Richards is protecting everyone with. Then, just in the nick of time, a portal opens up and out pours heroes from every corner of the Marvel mythos. Led by Richard Rider, there’s the Shi’ar Imperial Guard led by Gladiator, cosmic mainstays like Pip the Troll, Cosmo, and the Starjammers; then there’s the New Warriors, a team Rider himself has been a part of at one point.

New Warriors, Marvels

In the beginning two-page, readers see Justice, Namorita, Rage, Darkhawk, and Firestar get together to help their old friend out. Then, throughout the remaining pages, a few additional characters like Speedball also come through, to the delight of readers.

So far as the team’s future goes — Annihilation – Scourge doesn’t give an indication of whether we’ll be able to see any additional team-ups in the future. Either ways it’s good news for 90’s kids.

The entire Annihilation – Scourge mini-event is now available wherever comics are sold.

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Sony YAY! brings in The Giant Wheel Festival for the entire family at Kolkata on 4 and 5 January 2020

The new year is around the corner and holiday season is still on! In today’s fast paced life spending quality family time is extremely limited with very few single destination options available for the family to enjoy together. To curate one such mega carnival, Sony YAY! is ready to host its first ever funday for the entire family called ‘The Giant Wheel Festival’ (TGWF) to be held in Kolkata at Nicco Park, Plaza III on 4 and 5 January, 2020.

Sony YAY! is known for its fun mix of characters on its channel and with TGWF it promises to bring together all the kids favourites under one roof. The carnival aims to bring the best of experience through adventure, learning and fun zones for a memorable experience. The highlight of the festival is specially curated art-workshops for kids which will be hosted by the much-revered Lalon – Kids favorite art genius. An array of workshops like pottery, science crazy lab and cooking workshops will enable the kids to learn something new. The flea market zone which is touted to be the hub for shopping lovers. All the fun planned for the family will be served with Kolkata’s favorite handpicked scrumptious cuisines in the nibble corner.

Sony Pictures Networks India Kids’ Genre business head Leena Lele Dutta, commented, “One often looks out for a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and craves for a one stop family destination. Our endeavour with TGWF is to curate a property to help families create fond memories together and look forward to it year on year. With TGWF, we are taking a huge leap from being the ultimate entertainers for kids to create an experiential platform that engages the whole family. What better place than the city of joy to kick off our first ever on-ground IP.”

Sony YAY! has consistently been working to evolve their consumer outreach programs with an intent to be more inclusive with kids and the key stakeholders in their lives. With TGWF, the channel has yet again innovated with a proposition for every member of the family. The first of its kind on-ground initiative – ‘The Giant Wheel Festival’ (TGWF) aims to be the ultimate destination of fun and frolic for the entire family. The festival promises to be a vibrant mix of wide-ranging activities that promise to engage, interact and entice every member of the family.

The channel has roped in Book My Show as their ticketing partner and the bookings have already started in full swing.

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What India watched on Netflix in 2019

In the recent years, Netflix has become an inseparable part of the life of the Indian milieu .Whether it is with web series like Sacred Games 2 or Delhi Crime, or the critically acclaimed Bollywood movies, the OTT platform has had us on the edge of our seats. Speaking about 2019, the year has been a memorable one for the Netflix and the platform has released a list of most popular releases of 2019 with expectedly, Sacred Games Season 2 and Kabir Singh ruling the charts.

Apart from Sacred Games 2 and Kabir Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana’s Article 15 has surprised everyone by grabbing the 3rd spot in the list in Top ten most Popular Releases Of 2019 (India). Three lists have been released by Netflix- Top ten Most Popular Series Releases Of 2019 (India), Top ten Most Popular Movie Releases Of 2019 (India) and Top 10 Most Popular Releases Of 2019 (India).

#Flashback2019: From Sacred Games 2 To Kabir Singh, Netflix Shares What Topped On Their List This Year
#Flashback2019: From Sacred Games 2 To Kabir Singh, Netflix Shares What Topped On Their List This Year

While on the web series front, Sacred Games Season 2, Bard Of Blood and Delhi Crime are in the top three, while Kabir Singh, Article 15 and Drive are the most popular in the movies’ section.

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More people are playing The Witcher 3 right now than on launch day in 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently being played by more concurrent players on Steam than it had on launch day in 2015, trouncing its own record of 92,000 by several thousand players. At the time of this report more than 94,000 people were playing the game according to SteamDB, Steamcharts, and Valve’s own statistics. Further, the two previous games in the series are both in the top 100 games by player count on Steam, with The Witcher: Enhanced Edition at 12,100 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings at 6,600.

Most anticipated games never again reach their launch day concurrent player counts, especially single-player ones, so this number is particularly alarming for an RPG. This remarkable success follows last week, when The Witcher 3 surpassed Red Dead Redemption 2 in concurrent players.

The spike of interest in The Witcher is attributable to a combination of the new Netflix series, based on the same books, and the current sale discount on the game—the lowest it has ever been at $11.99 for the base game or $14.99 for the game and its expansions.

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National Award winning animated short, ‘Maacher Jhol’ to release in theaters in January 2020

The year 2019 is going to end on a great note for Indian independent animator and national award winning filmmaker Abhishek Verma. After bagging a national award for animated short Maacher Jhol, the film is now getting a theatrical release in January 2020. 

Maacher Jhol has found a place amongst ‘Best of Kashish’, a curated program of four Indian LGBTQ short film that has won awards and acclaim at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Best of Kashish will be screened at different PVR multiplex across the country on 21 and 22 January, 2020.

An elated Verma said, “The journey of Maacher Jhol started with Kashish film festival 2017. It won the best short film award at the festival and it was the first award for the film. Post that, the film has been screened and nominated at more than 180 festivals. Infact, it has won 11 national and international awards, including the award for best animated film at 65th National film awards. Looking at the potential of the film, the director of the Kashish film festival Sridhar Rangayan decided to extend his support and included it in many film packages, he was showing and screening across the world. This gave a maximum reach to Maacher Jhol. The film which wins at Kashish also gets nominated for IRIS Prize Cardiff, where they select best LGBTQ shorts all around the world. We’re thankful to him for giving the final throttle so that film reaches the theatre and gets open to commercial model of going to theatre, buy a ticket and watch it. It is being included with three amazing made shorts on LGBTQ which is directed and made by most promising directors in the Industry. But it’s a great sign that Animation film is being included as one of them.”

Besides Maacher Jhol, the other three films are – A Monsoon Date, starring Konkana Sen Sharma that depicts the struggles of a transgender woman to find love; U for Usha which is a beautiful tale of a woman in rural India falling in love with another woman; and Ladli that portrays the struggles of a transgender woman in Delhi to lead a normal life.

Maacher Jhol or The Fish Curry is a about a father’s acceptance of his son’s sexuality. The film in a simple yet metaphoric way, describes the anxieties of the protagonist, a young man, Lalit Ghosh (28) while revealing his sexuality to his father while cooking his favourite dish – fish curry (in bengali, ‘maacher jhol’). 

‘Maacher Jhol’

Talking about the acceptance and social stigma attached to homosexuality in India, Verma added,“There is a big issue in the society for acceptance. I chose to address this theme and wanted the film to be cultural yet universal. So, I chose this dish because it’s a delicious meal that satisfies anybody’s instinct (who eats fish). Here ‘fish’ acts as a connotation and provides more space for symbolism which is interesting to tell a story in more surreal manner. In the film the father carries it from Delhi to Chandigarh. So, we were looking at the dish which can survive for four hours by bus or train and our calculation said that ‘maacher jhol’ would be best. Actually, it’s a mix setup of narrative presented through the metaphor of the curry.”

Co-written by Jayesh Bhosale, this animated short was influenced by Verma’s college friend who came out to him at the end of his college. The film is heavily research oriented and is made in a strong cultural space which was provided by food as it’s the most integral part of the Indian routine space. The film makes a strong statement in the sphere of LGBT community demanding acceptance that it deserves.

Speaking about his feelings that this relevant and important film is finally reaching to the wider cinema craving audience, Verma mentioned, “My biggest concern and heart goes with animation, and how it could find its space into a mainstream cinema, that’s equally being produced and watched. There should be the ways we can start getting little funds so that we can tell stories for mature audience in India through animation. Obviously the National Award gave a boost and there should be ways where we can start producing the film in those directions”

Verma also considers animation as a powerful medium and have been trying a lot to tell socially relevant and moving stories for a few years now. He started Media along with his friend and animator Piyush Priyadarshi for the same purpose. Their recent successful development has been crowdfunding of the short film Kitchen, which was 130 per cent successful and now the film is in production. They’re also focusing on a few other interesting projects which makes their zeal even more obvious that animation is a powerful tool to narrate a story for mature audience which is true, moving and sincere at the same time. 

Maacher Jhol is coming to Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.  

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NYVFXWAALA appoints K.V Sanjit as VFX supervisor

NYVFXWAALA (a division of Ajay Devgn Films) recently welcomed K.V Sanjit as VFX Supervisor.


VFX supervisor K.V Sanjit

With over a dozen year of experience in the VFX industry, Sanjit is a promising addition to the rapidly-growing studio. Throughout his career, Sanchit has been associated with VFX studios in various capacities across the AVGC landscape.

With regards to his appointment, Sanjit updated his LinkedIn account where many industry members and well-wishers congratulated him.

Having lent his VFX prowess and skills in groundbreaking projects like Commando 3 (2019), Gully Boy (2019), Made In heaven Amazon series (2019), Namaste England (2018), Genius (2018), Subedar Joginder Singh (2018), Sajjan Singh Rangroot (2018), 1921 (2018), Bhoomi (2017), Dear Maya (2017), Commando 2 (2017), Anarkali (2017), Phobia (2016),Sanam Re (2016), Raaz Reboot (2016), Hate Story 3 (2015), Love games (2016), KV Sanjit brings a commendable breadth of experience in the field of VFX filmcraft.

Apart from that he has also been a Sr Line Producer for Bahubali 2 (Mumbai region)

NY VFXWAALA was incorporated in May 2015, an idea initiated by Bollywood Superstar Ajay Devgn along with leading Indian VFX experts, Naveen Paul and Prasad Vasant Sutar. Within three years, the studio has won 14 awards for VFX including the 64th National Award for Shivaay and Asian Film Award (AFA) for BajiraoMastani, becoming the only Indian VFX house to have won the AFA award till date

News came after his exit from PixelDigital studio where he served as creative head and visual effects supervisor for four and a half years.

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10 game releases to look out for in January

We are nearing the end of the year 2019 and by extension, the decade too. As we stand on the cusp of the new year, here are the much-awaited games releases that will see the light of day in 2020:

AO Tennis 2–  AO Tennis 2, the second game in the official Australia Open series, tennis fans can take themselves from the outside courts to centre-stage glory in the all-new narrative-driven career mode. For the first time in AO Tennis, success for a young talented player depends as much on external events as great play on the court, which provides deeper immersion into the world of professional tennis. AO Tennis 2 includes a roster of some of the brightest talents across both the ATP and WTA, including Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Angélique Kerber and many others. All venues that will be used in the 2020 Australian Open will also be available in the game, so fans can enjoy maximum authenticity as they play along with the Australian summer of tennis. Players can once again use Big Ant’s celebrated content editor, which was loved by the community in AO Tennis, to customise every element of their game. Furthermore, all content created and shared by users since the first game from 2018 will be available in AO Tennis 2. That’s over 20,000 players and hundreds of courts that can be enjoyed by fans of the sport. The game aims to launch on 9 January .

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Switch

Yakuza: Like a Dragon: is a role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 4. It is the eighth main release in the Yakuza series and they are featuring a new protagonist and a change in gameplay genre. Yakuza: Like a Dragon can be considered a soft reboot of the series. Actors Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ken Yasuda, and Kiichi Nakai will be lending their appearances and voices to the game’s main cast members, with Kazuhiro Nakaya voicing the game’s main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga. Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi said that the new style of logo was done to reflect Ichiban Kasuga’s differing personality compared to Kazuma Kiryu.The game  is set to be released in Japan on 16 January, and worldwide later in 2020 (TBA)

Platforms: PS4

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot– is an open world upcoming action role-playing game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Based on the Dragon Ball franchise creator Akira Toriyama designed the new original character Bonyū for the game. It is scheduled to be released on 17January.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Moons of MadnessMoons of Madness are a first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game where the scientific exploration of Mars meets the supernatural dread of Lovecraft. Developed by Rock Pocket Games and published by Funcom. A player plays the role of  Shane Newehart, a technician stationed at the Invictus and one’s security clearance means that the players are completely unaware of the existence of the mysterious signal. Their job is simply to keep the lights on until the transport ship Cyrano arrives bringing with it a new team to take over their duties. The game aims to launch in 21January.

Platforms:  PS4, XBOPlatforms:  PS4, XBO

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition – The beloved classic Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles returns in beautiful HD Long ago, a giant meteorite fell on the land, and deadly miasma blanketed the world. Crystals keep the miasma in check, but the crystals’ power is not eternal. Young adventurers embark on a journey once a year seeking “drops of myrrh” to purify the crystals. These are the chronicles of brave young adventurers who journey to protect their home. These are the “Crystal Chronicles.”. the game aims to launch on 23 January.

Platforms: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices

Rugby 20  – The key to victory isn’t just a good attack plan, players will also need a rock-solid defense to regain possession of the ball. Capitalize on the enemy team’s mistakes, recover the lost ground and claw victory from the jaws of defeat! The game aims to release on 23 January 2020.

Platforms : PS4, XBOX ONE and PC.

Journey to the Savage PlanetJourney to the Savage Planet is an upbeat co-op adventure game set in  a bright and colourful alien world with weird and  wonderful creatures.

A player plays the role of an employee of Kindred Aerospace  which proudly touts  its rating  as the fourth best   interstellar exploration company . A player is dropped onto an unchartered planet  deep in a fictitious, far away corner of the universe.The player launched with high hopes but little equipment  and no real plan , the player job is to explore , catalogue  alien Flora and fauna  and determine if this planet is fit for human habitation .The games aims to launch on 28 January.

Warcraft reforged :  It is a remastered edition of the 2003 real-time strategy video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion The Frozen Throne. Though it retains the gameplay of the original Warcraft III, it adds revamped graphics, improved modding capabilities, an altered campaign, balance changes and modern online features.The game is developed and to be published by  Blizzard Entertainment .It is scheduled to be released on 28 January 2020.

Platforms : Windows and MacOS

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners: The Walking Dead:Saints & Sinners is a game unlike any other in The Walking Dead universe. Every challenge  a player face and decision they make is driven by the them. Fight the undead, scavenge through the flooded ruins of New Orleans, and face gut-wrenching choices for the players and the other survivors.  The game is developed and to be published by Skydance Interactive.The Walking Dead :Saints & Sinners aims to publish 23 January, 2020.

Platforms: Windows

Coffee Talk: Developed by Indonesian based indie developer and publisher, Toge Productions, Coffee Talk features 90s anime-inspired pixel art with colorful casts. The game also comes with over twenty tracks of jazzy and lo-fi music to accompany the late night warm drinks and conversations. Coffee Talk is a game about listening to people’s problems and helping them by serving up a warm drink out of the ingredients that the player have in stock. Completing the  recipe app with dozens of special drinks out of hundreds of possible drink combinations, create beautiful latte art on them, and see how the stories change depending on what the player have served to their customers.  The game will launch on 29 January.

Platforms : Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

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‘Avengers’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ team up in ‘Empyre’ comic

Marvel Entertainment officially announced Empyre, a comic book storyline teaming the Avengers and the Fantastic Four as they stand against an oncoming alien invasion. In a press release, Marvel editor-in-chief CB Cebulski described the event as “One of the most incredible science-fiction sagas Marvel has ever put to page!”

The event series co-written by Al Ewing and Dan Slott with art by Valerio Schiti, will be launched in April. “The story grows out of a number of key Marvel stories including the Kree/Skrull War, the Celestial Madonna Saga, the origin of the Young Avengers, and a bunch of others,” explained Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort in the announcement video for the project. Specifically, it grows out of Incoming!, the holiday issue Marvel released in comic book stores and digitally last week, which introduces  Teddy Altman, the Young Avenger known as Hulkling, a Kree-Skrull hybrid who has finally united the two alien races after years of constant conflict.

Avengers/Fantastic Four: Empyre No. 1 will be released in April 2020.

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Disney rules 2019 US box office with 38 per cent of total movie industry’s haul

Disney reigned the box office in 2019 and how! Be it in India or US.

The House of Mouse had six blockbuster films cross the $1 billion mark with possibly the seventh on the way. In total, Disney has grossed more than $10 billion at the global box office with almost 40 per cent of this year’s US box-office. In fact, Disney has beaten its own record of $3.09 billion that it set in 2018, by earning more than $3.72 billion at the box office this year, which is the maximum for any studio ever. 

Source : CNBC

As per data shared by Comscore, Disney as a whole represented 38 per cent of the U.S. movie industry’s haul in 2019 which includes its collab productions with 20th Century Fox, which the company acquired earlier this year. Warner Bros. became its closest competitor by accounting for 13.8 per cent.

Disney has been steadily increasing its market share over the last decade. After acquiring Marvel and Lucasfilm, the company has turned into a powerhouse of content and visuals. From only 10.5 per cent in 2008, Disney is now ruling the box office. 

2019 saw Disney with major releases with the launch of its streaming service, Disney+. Seven of the 10 films released solely under the Disney banner were in the top eight highest-grossing movies of the year.

Spider-Man: Far From Home was the only film in the top eight that was not distributed by Disney. However, Marvel Studios helped produce the film alongside Sony.

2020 will see another strong slate of blockbusters from Disney. The list includes – Jungle Cruise, Mulan, Black Widow, The Eternals, Onward, Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon, among others. The company will also have several Fox films like Free Guy, West Side Story and The King’s Man.

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“We’re working on it”: Ryan Reynolds on ‘Deadpool 3’ from MCU

Of all films lined up for Ryan Reynolds, Marvel fans are eagerly waiting for some information on Deadpool 3 who’s all set to reprise his role as Marvel’s favourite anti-hero. 

With this, Reynolds has become the only actor under 20th Century Fox who will be reprising his ‘merc with a mouth’ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) following its acquiring by Disney.

In a special Christmas episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Reynolds revealed that the third Deadpool movie is in the works at Marvel. He said, “Yeah we’re working on it [Deadpool 3] right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”

After Disney took over 20th Century Fox, MCU head Kevin Feige had stated that they would be careful and would take time in re-launching the X-Men and other reacquired characters in the MCU. Deadpool seems to be the beginning.

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