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AEG Invests In Popular eSports Franchise: Immortals

Add sports and live entertainment company AEG to the list of backers for one of the most popular eSports franchises: Immortals.

The company didn’t disclose the size of its strategic investment. But as part of the deal, Immortals will host its Los Angeles tournaments at AEG’s L.A. Live entertainment complex.

Immortals competes in League of Legends, Counterstrike GO, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers. Other Immortals investors include Lionsgate, financier Michael Milken, Gregory Milken, Oaktree Capital’s Steve Kaplan, Third Wave’s Allen DeBevoise and CrossCut Ventures.

In September, Immortals forged a global partnership with ESL, the world’s largest esports company. It gives ESL access to AEG’s global collection of 120+ clubs, theaters, arenas and stadiums for qualifying events, tournaments and world championships.

“Partnering with visionary sports and entertainment leader AEG is another giant leap forward for the Immortals franchise,” says co-owner Peter Levin, who’s also Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures & Games.  With access to “AEG’s incredible talent pool, Immortals is uniquely positioned to bring esports to a truly global audience.”

AEG chief Dan Beckerman says that the additional investment in eSports “is a natural progression as we continue to invest in growth initiatives that further our leadership in sports and live entertainment….Through our partnership with Immortals, we are looking forward to exploring a variety of collaborative opportunities to further broaden the global appeal of esports.”

The company says that global eSports generates attracts 115+ million regular viewers and more than $493 million in revenues — headed to $1.5 billion in 2020.

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Lawyer For Botching Investigation Denial

UPDATED with video: President Donald Trump spent Father’s Day Weekend at Camp David where, Stephen Colbert speculated, it must have been nice to get away from the Russia investigation. Last week Washington Post reported POTUS is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

“But, of course, that’s just speculation from a hostile newspaper using anonymous sources. So, naturally, Donald Trump did the smart thing and made no comment,” Colbert said.

“I’m just kidding. On Friday, he tweeted, ‘I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director. Witch Hunt’.”

“Trump’s tweet doesn’t just confirm that he’s under investigation. It also confirms he blames Deputy Attorney…General Rod Rosenstein.”

For damage control, on Sunday, Trump attorney, Jay Sekulow went on all the Sunday Beltway shows.

He said the president has not been, and is not, under investigation.  Also that the president is under investigation. And, that he does not know if the president is under investigation. And, “if I was lying, could I hold up this piece of paper!”

Colbert branded Trump’s lawyer, “the President Trump of trying to keep President Trump president.”

Sekulow and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace really tore into each other.

“Please stop fighting,” Colbert implored the two men, after playing that clip. “It’s just so upsetting to see my people – middle aged white men with dark hair and glasses – turn on each other like this. Can’t we all just work at our differences over a craft bear and Tom Petty music?”

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‘Family Guy’ Pays Tribute To Adam West

Family Guy honored the late Adam West in its Sunday night episode beginning with a photo memorializing the show’s mayor.

The episode concluded with an “In Loving Memory” image, preceding a rerun of The Dating Game, in which West appeared this season.

West, who played himself as the hilarious mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, had been a regular character on the show since 2000.

West died June 9 at the age of 88.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane posted a remembrance of West on Twitter shortly after the Batman actor’s death.

“Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend,” MacFarlane wrote. “Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show.

“He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”

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LEGO Ninjago Movie Poster Finds the Ninja Within Ya

Warner Bros. has released a new poster for their highly-anticipated LEGO Movie spin-off, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which could hint that a new trailer is on the way as well. It’s been four months since the first LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer debuted in February, so perhaps this poster could be getting fans ready for the next batch of footage. This one-sheet features several of these stealth ninja character, seem hiding high in the trees above, brandishing several different LEGO Ninago weapons like swords, nunchucks and a bow and arrow set. These ninjas are certainly not ones to be trifled with.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

The all-star voice cast is lead by Jackie Chan as Master Wu Justin Theroux as the nefarious Garmadon; Dave Franco as his young son Lloyd and Olivia Munn as Lloyd’s mom Koko. Making up the secret ninja crew is Michael Peña as Kai, Fred Armisen voicing Cole, Kumail Nanjiani portraying Jay, Abbi Jacobson as Nya and Zach Woods providing the voice of Zane. The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan. The screenplay is by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for Warner Bros., who previously collaborated on the worldwide box-office phenomenon The LEGO Movie, along with Maryann Garger and Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie). The executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone, with John Powers Middleton serving as co-producer. The film is slated to open on September 22, 2017, in both 3D and 2D formats. As of now, The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be going up against 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Entertainment Studios’ Friend Request.

This Ninjago movie was originally slated for release in September 2016 way back in 2014, just months after the highly-successful The LEGO Movie hit theaters, earning $257.7 million domestic and $469.1 million worldwide, from a $60 million budget. The release date was eventually delayed, with The LEGO Batman Movie becoming the first LEGO Movie spin-off, hitting theaters this February. The spin-off didn’t fare quite as well as The LEGO Movie but it still fared well, earning $175.7. million domestic and $310.8 million worldwide, from an $80 million budget. After The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits theaters this fall, fans will have to wait until February 8, 2019 for The LEGO Movie 2. Take a look at the new poster for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, arriving in theaters September 22.

Ninjago Movie Poster

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Justice League Poster Brings in Superman, New Trailer Drops at Comic-Con

Well, look who we have here. After a handful of posters and a whole lot of marketing material that has largely ignored the Man of Steel, Superman has officially arrived on a brand new poster for Justice League. Not only that, but a new trailer for the Justice League movie is also going to be arriving next month during San Diego Comic-Con.

The folks over at DC Extended Universe have unveiled what looks to be an official poster for Justice League which, unlike previous posters, actually features Superman. Unfortunately, he isn’t rocking the black costume, which has been teased by Henry Cavill in the past, but this doesn’t necessarily rule it out, either. The caption for the photo also claims that the second official trailer for the Justice League movie is going to debut at San Diego Comic-Con during Warner Bros. Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 22. Here’s what they had to say about it.

“Breaking News! #JusticeLeague Official Trailer 2 to debut at Comic-Con, Saturday, July 22!”

So mark your calendars, DC Fans. As for the poster, it hasn’t yet shown up on any official social media channels for Warner Bros., so it could turn out to be nothing more than a pretty solid fan poster. Though, it does look pretty legitimate and, either way, it is pretty nice to see the whole gang together in one place. The only thing that’s missing is a member of the Green Lantern Corps., preferably Hal Jordan or John Stewart, and the seven will officially be united. Maybe someone can edit Armie Hammer in there somewhere.

Justice League is currently undergoing reshoots in the UK under the direction of Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who is finishing up the movie for director Zack Snyder, who sadly had to step away due to a personal tragedy. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding just how significant these reshoots are, but Whedon and DC Extended Universe head Geoff Johns recently made some jokes about the situation on Twitter, seeming to indicate that everything’s going smoothly and that these reshoots are more or less standard practice. This is still largely going to be Zack Snyder’s movie and his vision for the Justice League. It was also recently announced that Danny Elfman, who scored both of Tim Burton’s Batman movies, is going to be doing the soundtrack for Justice League. He is taking over for Junkie XL (Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road) who had been working on the movie previously, but has sinced moved on to do the new Tomb Raider movie instead.

We still have to wait until November 17 for Justice League to finally hit theaters, so there is probably still going to be one more trailer after the new one that drops at Comic-Con. Last year, Warner Bros. unveiled some footage that was pretty much the first trailer for Justice League, but wasn’t billed as such. It was really just a way for the studio to make a very big impression. It definitely worked. While we wait for the new Justice League trailer to drop, be sure to check out the new poster for yourself below.

BREAKING NEWS! #JusticeLeague Official Trailer 2 to debut at Comic-Con, Saturday, July 22! pic.twitter.com/5ngS3RKNjy

— DC Extended Universe (@DCEUniverse) June 19, 2017

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Shyamalan Gets Cryptic with Latest Split 2 Script Update

For the past six months, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has been keeping fans posted about his progress in writing the script for his next film, entitled Glass, which will combined characters from his iconic 2000 thriller Unbreakable and this year’s low-budget blockbuster Split. The director revealed today that he has finished the third draft of his Split 2 script, teasing that this draft was written through the eyes of his characters. Here’s what the filmmaker had to say about the latest draft of his intense screenplay.

“Finished draft 3 of #Glass. Looked through character’s eyes this pass. Let them messy up the plot in any way they wished.”

The director posted this update on his official M. Night Shyamalan Twitter, where he revealed exactly three weeks ago to the day, that he finished the second draft of the script. He added that draft took him five weeks to write, and that he was giving himself a three-week deadline for this pass of the script, which he was able to hit, exactly. Unfortunately, the director didn’t reveal anything about said characters, which include Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis as David Dunn from Unbreakable, along with Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey Cooke and James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb from Split.

Fans learned at the very end of Split, during the post-credit scene, that this story is set in the same universe as Unbreakable, with a scene in a diner where a patron is trying to remember the name of a unique criminal from years ago, when we finally see Bruce Willis as David Dunn, revealing that she is thinking of Mr. Glass. M. Night Shyamalan had revealed in other interviews that he had planned on teasing in the film itself that David Dunn and Mr. Glass had actually been battling in the background of this story, but he thought it might take too much away from the movie itself.

The Unbreakable and Split sequel was officially announced at the end of April, with Universal Pictures setting a January 18, 2019 release date. The filmmaker announced on social media that it was always his dream to combine both the worlds of Unbreakable and Split. The director also teased that James McAvoy’s character Kevin Wendell Crumb was initially written in the Unbreakable script, and that there were certain scenes written over 15 years ago that were ultimately used in Split. With a release date and the returning main cast members in place, it remains to be seen how many new characters will be introduced, or when the casting process may even begin, but there is an actress who has put her hat in the ring on social media.

Annet Mahendru, an actress best known for playing Nina Krilova on the FX series The Americans, replied to this tweet from M. Night Shyamalan, simply stating, “Cast me.” Split, which opened in theaters on January 20, was the first box office hit of the year, taking in $138.1 million domestically and $276.9 million worldwide, from just a meager $9 million budget. Producer Jason Blum, who was also behind another low-budget hit this year, Get Out ($251.2 million worldwide from a $4.5 million budget), revealed that this sequel will have a much bigger budget this time around, but no specific budget figures were released yet. Take a look at M. Night Shyamalan’s latest tweet for Glass, along with Annet Mahendru’s casting plea.

Finished draft 3 of #Glass. Looked through character’s eyes this pass. Let them messy up the plot in any way they wished.

— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) June 18, 2017

cast me

— Annet Mahendru (@AnnetMahendru) June 18, 2017

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New Loch Ness Monster Movie Coming from Meg Producers

If you like monster movies, you’re in luck these days. Not only is Universal trying to get together their Dark Universe, which kicked off with The Mummy (even though it was panned by critics), but Legendary is also moving ahead with their MonsterVerse, which will eventually see King Kong and Godzilla duke it out with one another in 2020. To add to that, now we are going to be getting a pretty crazy sounding movie about Nessie, aka the Loch Ness Monster, which will be adapted from the 2005 novel The Loch.

Author Steven Alten, who is responsible for The Loch, recently spoke with Bloody Disgusting and revealed that his Loch Ness Monster book is headed to the big screen. Producer Belle Avery, who is working with Alten on the giant shark movie Meg, is reportedly working with Chinese producers to make The Loch happen. Meg, which stars Jason Statham as a man who is going to have to fight a giant Megalodon (hence the name), is going to hit theaters next year on August 10, after years of development. Apparently, that went well, since the producers are now looking to adapt another one of Altman’s books. Here’s what the author had to say about it.

“Belle Avery, the lead producer on Meg, is working with her Chinese producers to bring The Loch to the big screen. Screenwriter and director are their first priorities… and they are speaking to some serious talent.”

There have been plenty of shark movies over the years, with 47 Meters Down arriving in theaters just this past weekend, and plenty of other creatures have had their big days on the big screen over the years. But surprisingly, there hasn’t really been a true monster movie centered on the Loch Ness Monster. Sure, some movies have featured Nessie, but they have more or less been family friendly affairs. The Loch will look to amend that. In case you haven’t read the book, here’s a synopsis that explains just how crazy this movie could be.

“Marine biologist Zachary Wallace once suffered a near-drowning experience in legendary Loch Ness, and now, long-forgotten memories of that experience have begun haunting him. The truth surrounding these memories lies with Zachary’s estranged father, Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander on trial for murder. Together the two plunge into a world where the legend of Loch Ness shows its true face.”

This may be bit of a stretch, but both Meg and The Loch are pretty out there and crazy in terms of their premise and execution. Is there any reason to think these movies couldn’t take place within the same universe? Studios are trying very hard to put together cinematic universes these days, so perhaps that is being discussed with Meg and The Loch. Some sort of cryptozoology cinematic Universe? Depending on your personal palate for movies, that idea either makes you cringe or perk up with excitement. Either way, it sounds like we could be getting a proper Loch Ness Monster movie in the future.

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First X-Men: Dark Phoenix Set Photo Brings Back the Danger Room

After actress Sophie Turner revealed in February that the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will shoot later this year, it seems we’re getting closer and closer to a production start date. While it still hasn’t been confirmed when principal photography will get under way, a new photo has surfaced from the set, which seems to tease that filming will start soon. Another photo has also confirmed that Sophie Turner herself has in fact arrived in Montreal, after a photo surfaced on social media with her and a fan.

The Jen Law Films Twitter posted this first image from the set, and while there is no confirmation that this set is in fact the Danger Room, it certainly seems likely. The Twitter account, which follows all of Jennifer Lawrence’s films, also reveals that Nicholas Hoult has arrived in Montreal for the shoot, but there is still no official word on when filming may begin. Still, with cast members starting to arrive in Montreal, we may find out sooner rather than later. This comes just a few days after it was confirmed that Simon Kinberg will make his directorial debut on X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Along with these new images, star James McAvoy recently took to Instagram, with a brief video teasing that he is going to have to shave all of his hair off, in preparation to play the bald Professor Charles Xavier.

The Danger Room was featured in the final scene of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, where the new X-Men team comprised of Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) starting their training, lead by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult). The movie ends with a swarm of Sentinels emerging through the Danger Room walls. While it isn’t known how the Danger Room will fit into the X-Men: Dark Phoenix story, it seems likely that this unique training room will be featured again. The Danger Room was also featured in the final installment of the original trilogy, 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand, although it looked much different than the X-Men: Apocalypse version.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy have also been confirmed to return as Magneto and Professor X from the prequel trilogy, with the production also eyeing some very intriguing new cast members as well. There have been rumors that Angelina Jolie is in the running for a mystery role, while Universal is also wooing her to play the title character in their new Dark Universe movie, Bride of Frankenstein for director Bill Condon and star Javier Bardem. Last week, another report surfaced that claimed Jessica Chastain is being eyed to play the primary villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.

As for this new photo, the Jen Law Films Twitter also points out that the window frames that can be seen in this image also seem to hint that this particular set will be used as corridors in the X-Mansion, since the frames match up with interior shots of windows in photos from previous X-Men movies. No story details have been revealed yet, and it remains unclear if this Dark Phoenix reboot will alter the story from the original X-Men trilogy, where the Dark Phoenix story was primarily told in 2003′s X2: X-Men: United and 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand. 20th Century Fox has set a November 13, 2018 release date for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which comes a few months after the April 13, 2018 release date for The New Mutants. Take a look at these new photos from X-Men: Dark Phoenix below, along with James McAvoy’s brief Instagram video.

First pic from the #XMenDarkPhoenix movie set!#Xmen#DarkPhoenix#XMCU#TeenSpiritpic.twitter.com/Dsm8YTpf49

— JENLAWFILMS (@JenLawFilms) June 19, 2017

Ginger haired #SophieTurner and #NicholasHoult Have arrived in #Montreal.#XMenDarkPhoenix#XMCU#TeenSpiritpic.twitter.com/jlQw7hzbYo

— JENLAWFILMS (@JenLawFilms) June 19, 2017

Apparently, They’re building the corridors and dorms, btw pic.twitter.com/ynDeAHWYhG

— JENLAWFILMS (@JenLawFilms) June 19, 2017

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