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Why Venom Didn’t Use Carnage As Its Main Villain, According To The Producer

Like Venom, Carnage is traditionally seen first as one of Spider-Man’s enemies, but these two symbiote-powered characters have also had an adversarial relationship over the decades. So when it was announced that the Venom movie was moving forward, naturally some fans wondered if Carnage would be the main villain, and initially it seemed that would be the case. However, the lead antagonist position ultimately went to Riot, because as Venom producer Matt Tolmach noted, cramming in two iconic origin stories would have been too much. In Tolmach’s words:

Matt Tolmach has a point. In the comics, the Venom symbiote gave birth to the Carnage symbiote right before breaking Eddie Brock out of prison, and the latter gooey alien soon latched itself onto Eddie’s cellmate, Cletus Kasady. Even if Carnage’s origin wasn’t depicted that faithfully in Venom, it would have been incredibly difficult setting the stage for him at the same time we’re watching how Eddie Brock becomes Venom. Riot may not be as compelling of a villain, but at least it doesn’t take nearly as long to establish him. It’s more important to give Carnage his proper due, even if it means putting him in the spotlight later.

Warning: SPOILERS for Venom are ahead!

Of course, as those who stuck around for Venom‘s mid-credits scene know, Cletus Kasady did show up at the end of the movie. Well, his human host did, that is. After that mess with the Life Foundation was finished, Eddie Brock traveled to the San Quentin prison to interview Cletus, played by Woody Harrelson, who was locked up Hannibal Lecter-style. After some quick small talk with Eddie, Cletus proclaimed that when he escaped, there would be carnage. Real subtle, guy.

As Matt Tolmach also mentioned while speaking with Collider with fellow producer Avi Arad, the plan was always to feature Cletus Kasady in the Venom mid-credits scene. Now that we’ve been introduced to him, the path is paved for him to become Carnage and clash with Eddie Brock in Venom 2. A sequel hasn’t gotten the green light yet, but despite receiving numerous negative reviews, Venom has been doing well for itself commercially, so surely there’s discussion happening at Sony about making Venom 2 happen as we speak.

Be sure to read CinemaBlend’s Venom review and stay tuned for any news regarding a sequel. As for what this year’s other remaining movies are, you can look through our 2018 release schedule for that information.

The PS4 Message Bug Has Apparently Been Fixed

There was a malicious bug that had been affecting some PlayStation 4 owners when it came to opening up a message and having their system get bricked. It was a really annoying and frustrating bug for some gamers to encounter, but, thankfully, the nightmare of possibly opening up a message and having your system crash has been resolved.

The news about the bug being patched out came courtesy of the official Ask PlayStation UK Twitter account. The handler responded to a user who sarcastically mentioned that, in addition to sending text messages, voice messages and screenshots through the PlayStation Network, you can also send bugs that brick the PlayStation console.

The Ask PlayStation UK account then responded, stating that the issue had been addressed by Sony, and that the bug no longer disrupts a user’s PlayStation 4 console if they receive the message.

As noted by the account, Sony didn’t label the bug as “bricking” consoles, but rather that it sent the PS4 into an infinite state loop that would eventually cause it to crash. The post notes that the issue can be fixed within five minutes by accessing the PlayStation mobile app from a separate device, delete the message from your account, and then put your PS4 into Safe Mode before restoring the console’s functionality.

However, one must question how exactly the issue could be fixed if you don’t have the PlayStation mobile app? If you don’t use the app or regularly use your cellphone for apps, how exactly do you fix the issue?

Also, if a system is sent into an infinite crash loop and you’re unable to access the system in any capacity via means of powering it on or powering it down or resetting it without third-party intervention, then it effectively means that the system is bricked.

Quite naturally, even with a fix in place to address the message bug, some users asked if Sony would be permanently banning the users who had sent out the bug to purposefully brick other users’ consoles. The account replied by noting that the Twitter account is not part of the moderation team and that you’ll need the details of the user account who sent the message in order to have their account actioned, directing users to the submission form to report malicious content.

This isn’t the first time that Sony has encountered mass reports about a bug disrupting the functionality of the PlayStation 4. There was the infamous CE-3487 error from a few years back that corrupted save game files. Then we had the typical, intermittent connectivity issues that the service experienced quite frequently around the time when the DDOS script kiddies were prevalent, and that’s not to mention the 2011 hack that netted Sony some hefty fines.

On the upside, at least Sony was quick to respond to the bug and get it fixed before it did too much damage. Of course, if you still have problems accessing your PS4, be sure to follow the steps about downloading the app and deleting the message from your PSN account.

5 Ways The Charmed Reboot Is A Lot Like The Original

What’s In A Name?

One of the biggest differences with the rebooted Charmed is that the family at the center of the story is Latin. So, instead of the Halliwell sisters, we have the Vera sisters invoking the Power of Three and trying to fulfill their destiny as The Charmed Ones. But, just like in the original show, each sister has a first name that begins with the same letter. In Charmed 1.0 were were introduced to Prue, Piper, Phoebe and (later) Paige, and now Charmed 2.0 has given us Mel, Macy and Maggie. And, in keeping with that idea, their mother is Marisol, whereas the Halliwell’s mom was named Patty. All this basically means is that anyone who loves alliteration and writes about Charmed will have their dream assignment if they play their cards right.

The Walking Dead’s Ratings Just Hit A New Low

The Walking Dead was once a juggernaut of primetime TV, setting and breaking ratings records on a regular basis. In recent years, however, interest in the zombie apocalypse has clearly waned, and the ratings trend for The Walking Dead has been distinctly downward. Now, the second episode of Season 9 has seen the ratings hit a new low. The ratings for “The Bridge” took The Walking Dead to a series low.

“The Bridge” episode of The Walking Dead scored a disappointing 2.0 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic on October 14. While a 2.0 rating is actually something plenty of other Sunday shows would undoubtedly love, it marks the lowest rating in that all-important demographic in the history of the series. In fact, it drops well below the previous holder of the series low ranking. The fourth episode of Season 1, called “Vatos,” had previously been the lowest-rated with a total of 2.4 in the key demo.

The series low comes a week after The Walking Dead‘s Season 9 premiere flirted with breaking its record for lowest demo ratings. The premiere only earned a 2.5 in the 18-49 demographic, which was a shock given that it was a super-sized episode touted as one of the last episodes starring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. 6.08 million people tuned in to the premiere, and that is a significantly larger number than the 5 million who tuned in for the second episode of the season, according to Deadline.

Given that AMC has plans for The Walking Dead to last quite a bit longer than Season 9 and even already has plans for departing cast members Lauren Cohan and Andrew Lincoln (despite Rick’s probable death) beyond Season 9, the ratings may be a significant cause for worry. That said, delayed viewing is all the rage nowadays, and the ratings that are series low in Live+Same day calculations may get a healthy bump once delayed viewership can be taken into account in a couple of days.

It’s also worth noting that The Walking Dead aired at the same time as a high-stakes MLB playoff game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros on TBS, which scored a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and won 5.6 million viewers. A baseball game really isn’t something that can be fully enjoyed with delayed viewing, so it’s possible that some Walking Dead fans prioritized baseball over the zombie apocalypse on October 14.

All things considered, it should definitely be interesting to see what happens with the ratings moving forward. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rick’s final episode — which will likely be promoted as such by AMC, if its handling of his upcoming departure in trailers is any indication — scores some big numbers from fans at least checking back in to see how the consummate survivor ends his journey. Beyond that… well, we’ll have to wait and see.

A big question might be what drove viewers away. Most shows — with the rare exception like Game of Thrones — do lose viewers on a regular basis as they get older, but not necessarily so drastically so relatively quickly. Did news of the time jump drive fans away? Or did the Negan saga exhaust viewers to the point of quitting the show? Is The Walking Dead simply too bleak for viewers after the better part of a decade? Are the upcoming departures a factor?

Only time will tell. If you’re still a viewer, you can catch new episodes of The Walking Dead (and hopefully learn who’s killing those Saviors sooner rather than later) on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on AMC. For some non-zombie viewing options, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

Behold Cardi B Using a Dinglehopper to Brush Her Hair

Life isn’t often the stuff of Disney movies, but you can bet that doesn’t stop Cardi B. Before taking the stage at a Drake and Migos show in L.A. this week, Cardi made time to zhuzh her thigh-length wig. Without a brush on hand, she grabbed the next best thing: A plastic fork. And just like that, dreams of a Cardi-as-Ariel crossover took the internet by storm. If you’ve seen the Little Mermaid, you know the iconic scene (Ariel grabs a fork and combs it through her long, red hair). So this was a dinglehopper moment for the ages, a case of fantasy inspiring reality in the weirdest beauty sitch to hit in a minute. Then again, it’s Cardi B, so expect the unexpected.

Cardi’s no stranger to the long, long wig look, so she must know that tangles are no laughing matter. Rather than risk it, she expertly pulled the fork through her hair. On Instagram, she captioned the shot, “When you don’t have a brush so you use a fork.” Her wig master, Tokyo Styles, regrammed the video and called out the Little Mermaid comparison: “When all fails use the fork aka dinglehopper …… still laid.”

He’s not wrong—the fork left Cardi’s hair looking smooth and sleek.

It might be unconventional, but waist-length hair, and Cardi, don’t live by anyone’s rules. More importantly, the clip demonstrates how much the world needs to see Cardi as Ariel. Rumor has it that Lady Gaga is in the running for Ursula’s role in the live action Little Mermaid reboot, and the only thing that could be better is if Cardi joins the ensemble. Drake could even play Flounder. A girl can dream.

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An Amy Winehouse Biopic Will Begin Filming Next Year

From Walk the Line to Ray to I’m Not There to any number of such biopics, there’s just something about the lives of musicians that makes their stories translate into compelling films. One musician who enjoyed massive fame and success in her short life was English singer Amy Winehouse. Now the recipient of six Grammy awards is getting a biopic that will begin filming next year.

According to The Wrap, Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce the biopic alongside Monumental Pictures’ Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, who will produce. Production is set to start next year. The as-yet-untitled film will be written by Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane, who will also executive produce.

Proceeds from the biopic will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up in the wake of the singer’s death to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse on young people. Amy Winehouse died in 2011 due to alcohol poisoning. She was 27 and is now part of the infamous ’27 Club’, iconic musicians who all died at the age of 27, which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

In a statement Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse said that although the family was approached about the rights many times, they never felt the time was right to tell Amy’s story until now. He noted that now they can celebrate Amy’s life and talent. He also mentioned Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s history of producing female-driven stories. Between them, the two have produced films such as Elizabeth, Suffragette, Jane Eyre and the upcoming Mary Queen of Scots.

A24 released a documentary about the late singer in 2015 called Amy, and although it was critically acclaimed, it Amy Winehouse’s family had some major problems with it. So this film will theoretically provide a different side of her story.

Anecdotally, it seems like we’re in an age of great music biopics, so now does seem like a great time to tell the story of Amy Winehouse. Films like Straight Outta Compton, Get on Up and Love & Mercy have all come out in recent years and explored the fascinating and often chaotic lives of those living rock star lives. This new Amy Winehouse biopic will hopefully continue this trend of quality.

The real trick for this film will be casting and the singing. Amy Winehouse’s soulful and sultry contralto vocals made her voice stand out among all the more poppy stars of her era, and capturing that will be important to this movies’ success. It will also be interesting to see if this film or any other upcoming music films try and recreate the authenticity that A Star is Born captured by having the actors actually sing live on set.

While you await the Amy Winehouse biopic, there’s another biopic about an iconic musician heading to theaters in just a few short weeks. Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen and legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. That film hits theaters on November 2. For all of the biggest movies heading to theaters this fall, check out our release schedule.

We Finally Know What The New Walt Disney World Pricing System Looks Like

It was revealed several weeks ago that Walt Disney World would be changing the way it sells its theme park tickets. Today, the new prices and structure went into effect. The good news is that, the new structure, which asks you to purchase tickets for specific dates, rather than the previous open-ended method, has kept pricing more or less the same, though tickets can actually be cheaper now than they were under some circumstances.

Previously, if you wanted to purchase Walt Disney World tickets, you simply decided how many days worth of tickets you wanted, then added the park Hopper option if you wanted the ability to visit more than one park on the same day. Now, you start by deciding if you want the Park Hopper option. Then you select the number of days you want to visit the parks, then which day you plan to start your trip.

The first thing that’s important is that you won’t be forced to visit the park on consecutive days. If you buy a single day ticket, you must use it on that day, but a two-day ticket can be used over a four-day stretch. A 10-day pass can be used over a 14-day long period, so you do have some flexibility if you plan to do other things on your Florida vacation.

Magic Kingdom tickets were slightly more expensive than a single day ticket to the other parks under the old system. Now, all parks will see the same prices. This means there has essentially been a price increase at the other parks, as a single day ticket now tops out at $129, which was the old Magic Kingdom max price.

However, if you plan to visit for multiple days, and let’s face it, you probably do, it’s actually possible to pay slightly less for your tickets than previously. As an example, a 6-day pass with a Park Hopper for January of 2019 (as an arbitrary date that has no personal relevance to me whatsoever) would have cost $480 before tax just a couple days ago. The same ticket today comes out to $473.31. The savings isn’t exactly mindboggling, but it is there.

If you do want to keep the freedom that you used to have with Walt Disney World tickets, you can add a “Flexible Dates” option that gives your tickets the ability to be used anytime between now and the end of 2019, though after the first day of use, additional days need to be used within 14 days. This option will cost you, however. It’s an additional $20 per ticket for a single day ticket. It’s an additional $82.11 for a 10-day pass.

All in all, the new structure looks to be a slightly better deal for the majority of guests who are going to visit Walt Disney World for multiple days. The only real downside would be if something happened after you bought the tickets and you could not make your trip at all. However, the fine print on the Walt Disney World website does say that wholly unused tickets can have their price applied to the purchase of new tickets. You can also contact Walt Disney World to change the date of your tickets up until midnight the night before the first day of your pass. There’s no fee for changing, though if you change to dates with more expensive tickets, you’ll still have to pay the difference.

This new pricing structure is designed to help guests plan their trips in advance and also give Disney Parks a better idea of how many people will be in the parks on any given day. That way, Walt Disney World can be sure that everything is properly staffed. This can also help guests plan trips better. Cheaper ticket prices mean potentially smaller crowds so if you can save yourself money, as well as hassle, by shifting your next Walt Disney World vacation a few days one direction or the other, so much the better.

Meghan Markle Broke Royal Protocol When She Met a Little Girl Who Looked Just Like Her

Meghan Markle may have found her mini-me while traveling through Australia, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

After touching down in Sydney for their first official international tour, Markle and Prince Harry did a “walkabout” (or, as the rest of us non-royals would call it, a “meet and greet”) with hundreds of members of the public who were waiting for them outside of the Sydney Opera House. One fan in particular stood out to the royal couple, and not just because she was wearing an objectively amazing T-shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything”; in addition to her feminist sartorial messaging, the little girl also happened to look a lot like a young Meghan Markle.

According to People, Prince Harry stopped to chat with the little girl. At one point, he even called his wife over to meet her—clearly seeing the resemblance between the two of them. After Markle says hello, another fan can be heard in a video shouting, “We feel she looks a bit like you.”

The duchess agreed, and replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing. And I love your shirt.”

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Prince Harry seemed to be so excited about the whole thing that he agreed to take a photo of Markle with the little girl—a rarity, considering that, according to People, he usually adheres to the royal rule of “no autographs or selfies.”

He broke royal protocol again in Australia after he hugged this adorable 5-year-old boy who became fixated on his beard:

On Monday (October 16), Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would be welcoming their actual mini-me into the world, as they are expecting their first child in spring 2019. Considering how adorably they interacted with the little girl in the crowd, we can’t wait to get a glimpse of their first family portraits. The couple will be touring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand over the next two weeks.

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Battlefield V Single Player Trailer Includes Mark Strong And Epic Action

Yesterday DICE promised that it would reveal the full single-player trailer for Battlefield V for all the world to see. The teaser contained plenty of NSFW language starring none other than Hollywood heavyweight, Mark Strong. Today, DICE followed through with the promise and released the full version of the trailer for all to see.

The trailer starts with the voiceover from Mark Strong. He gives a somber maxim about the moment of truth being the gateway into discovering who we really are. The trailer shows a collection of segments from the different War Stories featured in Battlefield V. We see a resistance fighter trekking across the northern mountains, a soldier being jailed, and some large-scale action sequences that span the breadth of Europe all the way to North Africa.

Visually the game definitely looks on point. It continues the sort of cinematic tradition that DICE began implementing into the series when it made a huge comeback in 2011 with Battlefield 3, which was the first time the series was looked at as a true market competitor for Activision’s Call of Duty series. The facial animations and general atmosphere look really good in the trailer, and it’s amazing to note that this is all running in-engine.

It’s a shame that the Frostbite doesn’t quite get the kind of mileage out of it that it could, but it’s still a nice alternative to AAA games produced using the Unreal Engine 4 or the CryEngine.

Another thing to note is that the trailer never dives into using the original theme song for Battlefield. I was waiting for the string section to kick in and the iconic leitmotif to make an appearance before the trailer rounded out, but instead there was just a build-up and swell of orchestrated music that then just kind of faded out. It was disappointing that DICE passed up an opportunity to really make the trailer shine with some of the traditional elements of the series.

The trailer’s tone was obviously completely different from the teaser trailer that the company put out the day before, which was filled with outtakes and lots of expletives being rolled out by Mark Strong. Here, the actor was more settled in and attempting to convey the gravitas and seriousness of the War Stories that will be playable in Battlefield V.

We still haven’t seen much of the actual gameplay from the single-player, but the game is still an entire month out from release, so I’m sure the single-player mode will get a little more love just like the Battle Royale mode heading into the big release.

You can look for Battlefield V to release early for Origin Access subscribers or for those who pre-order the game from the Battlefield website. For everyone else, you can look to get your hands on the game starting November 20th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Annabelle 3 Is Finally Bringing In The Conjuring’s Main Characters

As the first horror cinematic universe, The Conjuring franchise is bound together by two key characters: Ed and Lorraine Warren, based off the same-named, real-life paranormal investigators. The main Conjuring movies have focused on two of the couple’s famous cases, while the Conjuring spinoffs have delved deeper into the backgrounds of the some of the entities they’ve faced. Up to this point, the Warrens themselves haven’t appeared in any of these spinoffs, but that’s finally going to change with the upcoming Annabelle 3.

This past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Annabelle 3 would see the eponymous doll ending up in Ed and Lorraine’s hands and not just terrorizing their daughter, Judy, but also having an effect on the house’s other cursed objects. At the time, it was implied that this would mean the Warrens would appear, and Deadline has now confirmed that Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will reprise their respective characters.

This will mark Ed and Lorraine Warren’s third appearance in the Conjuring franchise, as The Conjuring 3 isn’t arriving until September 2020, a year after Annabelle 3. However, rather than being the main characters like in their earlier appearances, the Warrens will be supporting characters in Annabelle 3, as this their daughter’s time to shine.

The Annabelle doll was introduced at the beginning of The Conjuring (set in 1971), where we learned that the Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a girl named Annabelle Higgins. The first Annabelle spinoff, simply titled Annabelle, wound the clock back to 1967 and showed the doll targeting John and Mia Form, the next door neighbors of Annabelle Higgins’ parents, who are swiftly killed by their daughter and her boyfriend at the beginning of the movie. Annabelle: Creation then jumped back even further to 1955 and depicted the doll and Annabelle Higgins’ origins.

With the Annabelle doll’s past thoroughly covered the first two spinoffs, it makes sense for Annabelle 3 to reestablish ties with the Warrens. That said, Annabelle 3 will still be somewhat of a prequel, because it’s set after the beginning of The Conjuring, but before The Conjuring 2. So Ed and Lorraine Warren will be just fine, as will Judy, played by Mckenna Grace. However, Judy will be joined by her cousin and teenaged babysitter (played by Madison Iseman), so their fates are still up in the air.

Directed and written by Gary Dauberman, Annabelle 3 will scare its way into theaters on July 3, 2019. The latest Conjuring Universe installment, The Nun, came out last month, and a spinoff centered on The Crooked Man is also in the works. Make sure to also see what the next 12 months and beyond have in store theatrically by looking through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.