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Live-Action Mega Man Film On The Way

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Apparently, videogame development studio Capcom didn’t get the memo about the general track record for videogame movies, and has announced an adaptation of their long-running series Mega Man.

Way back in July, rumours began to float that directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) had been in talks with the company to pen a screenplay for the feature, and to eventually helm the project (which will allegedly be distributed by 20th Century Fox).

Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, though Capcom has now gone on record saying that the film is hoping to capture a “diverse audience”, and to appeal to the general cinema-going public as well as die-hard fans. Mega Man will supposedly keep the “world” of the games, but redesigned with the production values and modern aesthetic of contemporary Hollywood films.

The plot of the series has been rebooted several times over, but usually follows the titular blue bomber, a young boy robot with a cannon for an arm, who was designed by the brilliant and philanthropic genius Dr. Light to combat the many colourful and varied evil robots of Dr. Wily. Each of the series’ signature villains usually act as boss battles at the end of brutally hard platforming stages. Mega Man can then absorb the powers of his fallen foes, changing his costume and weapons, to help upgrade him against other villains.

The film is part of a multi-platform push by Capcom to increase the “brand value” of their most successful and longest-running property – indeed, the franchise has been running since 1987, and the games have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. There is presently an animated series airing on Cartoon Network called Mega Man: Fully Charged, and the latest game in the series – Mega Man 11 – released just a few days ago on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Mega Man (the film) is currently lacking a release date.

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Comedienne And Actress Amy Schumer Arrested

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Trainwreck star Amy Schumer was amongst a group of over 300 individuals who were arrested yesterday at a Washington D.C. protest against the potential appointment of Supreme Court Justice judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The past few weeks have seen a furious debate over Kavanaugh’s nomination between both sides of the political spectrum in the US, with Senate Republicans attempting to complete a four-decade mission to install a wholly-conservative Supreme Court (giving them unfettered and unopposed access to rewrite key business legislation and complete jurisdiction over crucial moral/ethical debates such as gun ownership and abortion rights), whilst Democrats oppose the appointment on the grounds of the multiple sexual-assault allegations made against Kavanaugh dating back to his time as a college freshman.

A five-day FBI investigation was just completed on the matter, and the findings have been both lauded and condemned by the right and left respectively, with the former claiming exoneration and the latter arguing against the minuscule scope of the report.

Capitol police released a statement detailing that 293 protestors were arrested during or following the protest at the Hart Senate Office Building atrium, and a further nine were arrested on the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Those taken away from the scene were all arrested for the misdemeanour felonies of crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.

Gone Girl actress and model Emily Ratajkowski (inset) was also among those arrested.

Earlier, Schumer had given a speech saying: “They cannot keep us down. We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying women don’t matter.”

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian Taps Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi and More To Direct

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Jon Favreau’s forthcoming live-action Star Wars television show The Mandalorian, which released its first production image yesterday (above), has announced some of the high-profile names set to direct episodes of the hotly anticipated series.

Of note to Star Wars die-hards was the news that Dave Filoni, showrunner of fan favourite animated shows Clone Wars and Rebels, would be directing the first episode of the series. Thor: Ragnarok’s beloved eccentric director Taika Waititi will also helm an episode, along with Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard, and star of Jurassic World), Rick Famuyiwa (Hope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

A brief synopsis of the series, which has also been written by Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), was revealed by the creator on social media yesterday:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

In Star Wars canon, the Mandalorians are a fierce race of armoured warriors that exist in tribal ‘families’, and who – until the dawn of the Clone Wars – largely kept out of the way of the rest of the galaxy. Following the devastation of their kind in the galactic civil war their numbers dwindled, until few remain by the time of the series (roughly seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and twenty-three years before The Force Awakens). The race are an integral part of the Star Wars mythos, and even once warred with the Jedi Knights.

No casting announcements for The Mandalorian have been made yet, but rumours abound that Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal will be donning the iconic armour.

The show will debut on Disney Play, the company’s upcoming streaming service, and is expected next year.

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Armie Hammer Joins Gal Gadot In Death on the Nile

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Lone Ranger and Man from U.N.C.L.E. actor Armie Hammer has joined Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot in director/star Kenneth Branagh’s forthcoming Death on the Nile.

Actress Gal Gadot, who reportedly joined the growing cast last week.

The film, a sequel to 2017’s well-received Murder on the Orient Express ($350m worldwide, lest we forget), will see Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) return to the role of Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in an adaptation of her 1937 novel of the same name.

Death on the Nile follows Poirot as he journeys to Egypt and becomes embroiled in two mysterious murders.

It is presently unclear whom Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot will be playing, though a full cast announcement from 20th Century Fox is expected shortly. Shooting for the flick is scheduled officially to begin in mid-2019 however, which does cast doubt on the film’s originally-planned December 20th, 2019 release.

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