After the new series #SwampThing premiered on May 31, 2019, streaming service #DCUniverse promptly canceled the show. While the remainder of the show’s first (and now only) season will be aired as planned, no subsequent seasons will follow.
According to “Geeks Worldwide”, the decision to cancel was due to…
“WarnerMedia/AT&T executives not liking the direction of the show, not budget or performance on DC Universe (which we hear is solid). One source even says an executive wanted it to be more like the CW shows.“
However, other reports are emerging that the cancellation may due to a failure to obtain millions of dollars in tax rebates from the state of North Carolina, which was where the show was being filmed.
While no release date has yet been issued, a new trailer for the upcoming mobile game “#HarryPotter: Wizards Unite” has been released. The game is similar to the very popular “Pokémon Go” augmented reality (AR) mobile game and is, in fact, being developed by the same company, Niantic, along with Warner Brothers.
The game will be available on all iOS & Android devices soon.
Many fans of the hugely popular #HBO #fantasy series #GameOfThrones weren’t too happy during the airing of the 8th season’s episode 4 entitled “The Last of the Starks” on the evening of May 5, 2019 when what appeared to be a #Starbucks’ paper coffee cup with a plastic lid was on the table in front of the seated character Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) during a tavern scene:
“Game of Thrones”, Season 8, Ep. 4: Highlighted Starbucks Coffee Cup
How unhappy are fans with this particular episode of “Game of Thrones”? Well, on IMDb, every episode (beginning from Season 1, Ep. 1) has a rating of at least an 8.0. Many of the episodes have ratings well above a 9.0. But, how did fans rate Season 8, Ep. 4, “The Last of the Starks”? A measly 6.9. This is the first episode on the 8-year history of the series to earn a rating not only below an 8.0 on IMDb.com, but also a rating below a 7.0.
This episode also didn’t do well on RottenTomatoes, where it received a very low 57%. However, this isn’t actually the lowest rated episode on RottenTomatoes: that honor (or dishonor) goes to Season 5, Ep. 6. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, which has a very low 54% rating. But, similar to IMDb, nearly all of the other episodes have a high ratings on RottenTomatoes, typically over 90%.
Now, while we can’t say for certain whether or not the infamous Starbucks coffee cup is the reason for the lower ratings for this particular episode, it is very likely a factor as it also made the national news and was laughed about quite a bit on late-night TV shows.
From “Good Morning America”:
From Jimmy Kimmel:
From Stephen Colbert (the 2nd half of the video):
#Disney & #MarvelComics did extremely well for the opening weekend of “#Avengers: #Endgame” with a record-breaking $1.2-billion earned worldwide! Broken down, domestically the movie earned $350-million and internationally $859-million, both of which also shattered previous box-office records!
Endgame’s $350-million domestic opening weekend is nearly $93 million larger than the previous record set by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.69 million) that was set just last year and a whopping 90% of the overall weekend market share.
Here are part of the records that Endgame has broken. Most of the previous records were held primarily either by “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”:
Fan reactions to Endgame are also extremely good. On IMDb.com, Endgame is rated at 9.1 out of 10 stars. On Rottentomatoes, the movie has an audience score of 92% and a meteoritic score of 96%.
The animated TV series “#StarWars: #TheCloneWars” will be leaving #Netflix as of Sunday, April 7, 2019. The series, whose five full seasons were originally aired on the “Cartoon Network” from 2008-2013, was picked up by Netflix in 2014 and included a previously unaired partial 6th season that Netflix had exclusive rights to.
With Disney preparing to get its own streaming service up & running soon, the removal of “The Clone Wars” from Netflix isn’t surprising.
Here’s the newest trailer for “#Avengers: #Endgame”. The movie opens on April 26, 2019.
#RIP: actress Katherine Helmond has died at the age of 89. She played Mrs. Ogre in #TimeBandits, Caroline Bellefleur in #TrueBlood, Dr. Harkens in #BionicWoman, Laura Walters in #FantasyIsland, & much more, including two well known TV sitcom roles: Jessica Tate in #Soap, and Lois Whelan in #EverybodyLovesRaymond.
Our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.
Katherine Helmond (1929-2019)