Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Was Netflix’s Most Binge-Watched Drama

Despite the show's poor critical reception, Marvel's Iron Fist is this year's most binge-watched drama on Netflix.

According to a report by 7Park Data (via Variety), Iron Fist's March 17 premiere was the most binge-watched of 2017 so far for Netflix, accounting for 14.6 percent of all Netflix streams that day. For comparison, Stranger Things' premiere accounted only for 4 percent of all streams, while Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 took up 13.8 percent of Netflix's streams.

7Park Data's numbers also show that 54.7 percent of Iron Fist's streams were of episodes three or higher, while an average hour-long Netflix drama has a binge score of 46.9 percent.

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Xbox One Users Can Download Free Comics Beginning Today

If you own an Xbox One, you can start downloading free comics right now. The new IDW Comics app brings the full IDW Comics catalog to your console, and for the first week, you can download 10 specific volumes at no charge.

The comics are available as both standard and "motion books," and you can use the app to watch trailers right now, and behind-the-scenes videos at a later date.

Here are the volumes available for download between now and April 7.

IDW Comics' free volumes. IDW Comics' free volumes.

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Alexa Bliss Talks WrestleMania and Her Harley Quinn Cosplay Look

It's been a huge year for Alexa Bliss, as the wrestler found herself called up from NXT to the WWE main roster, on SmackDown Live, and then went on to become the SmackDown Women's Champion (twice!) in just a few months time.

Along the way, Bliss has made a name of herself as one of SmackDown's most notorious heels, always ready for a sneer to the crowd or a biting comment or cheap shot at her opponent. Bliss also has stood out thanks to her ring gear, which often is inspired by comic book and movie characters, from a Harley Quinn-esque look, to her Halloween guise in Freddy Krueger-type gear.

Alexa Bliss is going into WrestleMania 33 as the WWE SmackDown Women's Champion. Alexa Bliss is going into WrestleMania 33 as the WWE SmackDown Women's Champion.

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Every Disney Live-Action Remake In the Works

Between Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland, Disney has developed quite a knack for remaking their classic animated library in live-action and letting the money flow in. And like it or not, there are plenty more live-action remakes in the pipeline for years to come... with the announcement of the Disney+ streaming service only accelerating that process.

Read on for every one of these remakes currently in development -- some are about to be released, some are still in production, and others are still in the scripting stages. From Mulan to The Lion King to Aladdin, these are the Disney movies that aim to keep the old favorites alive...


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Rock Band Guitar Peripheral Maker Mad Catz Files for Bankruptcy

After a difficult period of decline, peripheral maker Mad Catz has filed for bankruptcy.

Mad Catz "has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems," according to former boss Karen McGinnis.

Troubles became apparent last year when Mad Catz announced lay-offs during its financial report following Rock Band 4 sell-through numbers being lower than expected. Those low numbers triggered a company-wide restructuring, part of which included a 37% reduction of its workforce.

The day before its financial briefing, several Mad Catz officials resigned from their positions with the company.

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Attack on Titan: Season 2 Only Confirmed for 12 Episodes

The second season of Attack on Titan will span 12 episodes, according to the listing for its forthcoming Blu-ray and DVD sets.

In a post on the anime's official Twitter account (via Anime News Network) Season 2 of Attack on Titan will be released for Blu-ray and DVD in two sets that each span six episodes, making for a 12-episode season.

The first set will be available in Japan starting June 21, while the second half will release on August 18. In addition to the included episodes, both sets will include a VR movie, with the first also bundled with a pair of VR goggles.

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Legendary Soccer Player Suing Konami

Retired Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona has filed a suit against Konami for using his likeness without permission in its Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.

The footballer made the announcement on his official Facebook page, saying his lawyer "will initiate the corresponding legal actions" against Konami.

Maradona is now retired, and says his likeness is being used for the game without his permission.

"I hope this isn't another scam," he wrote.

The Italian government announced in 2009 Maradona owed the country €37 million in unpaid taxes, over half of which is interest incurred on the original amount.

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How Rogue One Bridged the Gap Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy

Like so many of us, Doug Chiang grew up loving Star Wars, but his path would lead to him having a huge impact on the series he adored. Thanks to his time at ILM -- where he contributed to many films throughout the 1990s -- Chiang eventually got to work for George Lucas directly on both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones as design director, and he then returned to the franchise for The Force Awakens. On Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chiang had his most crucial role yet, as one of the film's production designers, working to seamlessly blend in new elements into the iconic world introduced in the original Star Wars movie in 1977.

With Rogue One hitting Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, on the heels of its digital HD release this past week, I spoke to Chiang about his work on the film. Chiang discussed what it was like diving into such a specific and important part of Star Wars history and how the film helped bridge the gap between the prequels and the original trilogy from a design perspective.

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5 Things Joss Whedon’s Batgirl Movie Should Borrow From the New 52 Comic

The DC Extended Universe continues to grow, with WB reportedly moving forward with a Batgirl movie to be written and directed by Joss Whedon. Whatever your thoughts on the DCEU, that's a pretty exciting prospect.

Entertainment Weekly is also reporting that the movie will draw heavily from DC's New 52 Batgirl comics, specifically those written by Gail Simone. That gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new film in terms of tone and subject matter. If you're not familiar with Simone's Batgirl run, here are five ways her work could wind up inspiring the new movie.

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