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The Batman 2: Robert Pattinson, Director Matt Reeves to Return for Sequel That’s Now Official

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By Press Trust of India | Updated: 27 April 2022

The Batman 2 is a go. Warner Bros. has officially announced a sequel to its recent superhero hit The Batman.

Robert Pattinson, who played the titular superhero in the Matt Reeves-directed movie, will return for the sequel along with the filmmaker.

The studio shared the news of The Batman 2 during its presentation at CinemaCon 2022 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

“Matt took one of our most iconic and beloved superheroes and delivered a fresh [film]. Matt Reeves, Rob Pattinson, and the entire team will be taking audiences back to Gotham with The Batman 2,” Warner Bros. movie chief Toby Emmerich said during the presentation.

The Batman featured Pattinson as the caped crusader, who has been fighting crime in Gotham City for two years, uncovering corruption while pursuing the Riddler (Paul Dano), a serial killer who targets Gotham’s elite.

It also featured Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.

The Batman, which released in theatres worldwide in March this year, has so far raked in over $750 million (roughly Rs. 5,746 crore) at the global box office.

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Netflix Confirms Stranger Things Spin-Off and Play Based on Original Idea by the Duffer Brothers

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By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 7 July 2022

Netflix’s wildly popular Stranger Things is getting a spin-off series and a new stage play set within its creepy supernatural world, the streaming giant said on Wednesday.

The sci-fi horror following a group of teenagers in a fictional US town as they battle monsters from another dimension is one of Netflix’s flagship and most-watched shows.

Stranger Things 4 sits atop the streaming giant’s all-time viewing rankings for English-language shows, which use a metric of total hours watched within 28 days of release.

It has clocked up more than 1.15 billion hours — a figure likely to rise as the final episodes only dropped on Friday, and is only surpassed by South Korean smash hit Squid Game.

Sibling creators Matt and Ross Duffer had already said season five would conclude the show’s “complete story arc,” but teased in an open letter to fans in February that there were “many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things.

On Wednesday, Netflix confirmed a “live-action Stranger Things spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers.”

A “new stage play set within the world and mythology” of Stranger Things is also on the way, with Stephen Daldry (The Crown) set to direct.

The projects come under a sprawling “overall deal” between the brothers and Netflix which “aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up — stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.”

“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear,” said Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos.

“They are all about the details — it’s no accident that Stranger Things has pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today.”

The news comes with Netflix facing unfamiliar pressure, having lost subscribers earlier this year after years of uninterrupted growth, and seeing its share price plummet.

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Comicstaan Season 3 Release Date Set for July 15 on Amazon Prime Video

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By Press Trust of India | Updated: 4 July 2022

Comicstaan season 3 release date is here. On Monday, Amazon Prime Video announced the third season of its comedy competition show Comicstaan is set to stream from July 15.

The eight-episode comedy talent hunt show will be judged by stand-up artists Zakir Khan, Sumukhi Suresh, Neeti Palta, and Kenny Sebastian.

The mentors are Rahul Subramanian, Sapan Verma, Rohan Joshi, Prashasti Singh, Kannan Gill, Aadar Malik, and Anu Menon.

According to Amazon, Comicstaan returns with a “reinvigorated format”, with eight contestants being guided by seven mentors across varied genres of comedy.

Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video India, said Comicstaan made stand-up comedy “aspirational”.

“We are excited to bring back this much-loved franchise, in a new, re-imagined avatar, to our audiences. The new season promises to take audiences on a hilarious ride as we find and nurture the next generation of stand-up comedians,” Purohit added.

Produced by Only Much Louder (OML), Comicstaan will be hosted by Abish Mathew and Kusha Kapila. Angshuman Ghosh is director, and Kreeti Gogia is the creative director.

Rachita Arya, Senior Vice President for OTT content at Only Much Louder (OML), said the success of the show’s two seasons motivated the team to go “a mile further”.

“In season three, we are bringing an exciting brigade of new stand-up comedians, two hosts, along with four judges and seven mentors, who will guide the contestants on different styles of comedy in each episode,” Arya said.

“We are confident that just like the previous seasons, audiences across the globe will laugh their hearts out on this occasion too,” Arya added.

Comicstaan season 3 premieres July 15 on Prime Video worldwide.

Comicstaan Season 3

  • Release Date 15 July 2022
  • Genre Reality
  • Cast Sumukhi Suresh, Kenny Sebastian, Zakir Khan, Neeti Palta, Abish Matthew, Kusha Kapila, Aadar Malik, Anu Menon, Kanan Gill, Prashasti Singh, Sapan Verma, Rahul Subramanian, Rohan Joshi
  • Director Angshuman Ghosh
  • Production Only Much Louder

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R Madhavan, VistaVerse Announce Free Movie Tickets, NFTs of Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

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By ANI | Updated: 24 June 2022

Riding the phenomenal global wave of being on the metaverse, people’s desire to merge with the metaverse and own NFT collectables has increased exponentially. Adding to this phenomenon, Vistas Media Capital incubated its own metaverse titled ‘VistaVerse’, with a collection of incredibly popular NFTs. After successfully releasing NFTs of the superhit film, Vikram, starring Kamal Haasan, VistaVerse has announced yet another set of highly collectable NFTs, this time for R Madhavan’s critically acclaimed upcoming movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.

VistaVerse’s first metaverse ‘Experience’ began at the Cannes Film Festival this year and the company has a strong and growing list of signups from major celebrities, brands, musicians, gaming companies, artists, and production houses, with an offer of a one-stop creator experience for a comprehensive yet exciting metaverse presence.

Currently, VistaVerse with the film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect plans to offer a complimentary gift bundle that benefits its community of followers and others. Free movie tickets will be provided to anyone and everyone who registers on the website, but only whilst the tickets last! This singular metaverse experience will offer benefits not just to the registered NFT users but also to those who intend on experiencing the newly acquired digital world.

All you have to do is visit the website and register yourself. After registration, you will be granted a movie e-code which is your pass to earn the free ticket to watch the film. With this, you are also entitled to earn a free NFT of the movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect and also a free parcel of virtual land, for the soon-to-be-launched VistaVerse.

Rocketry is a biopic on the life of Nambi Narayan, a one-time scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was falsely accused of being an espionage agent. The film is written, produced, and directed by R Madhavan, who is the protagonist of the film. Playing the female lead alongside R Madhavan is Simran. The plot of the film is set in Narayan’s days as a grad student at Princeton University, prior to him analysing work as a scientist and being falsely accused of being an espionage agent.

Commenting on R Madhavan’s Rocketry’s first-ever NFT drop, Abhayanand Singh, Group CEO of Vistas Media Capital states, “We are delighted to announce the NFTs of such a powerful film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. We believe VistaVerse to be the perfect destination to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to experience the metaverse and all it can do. This will surely enable a wide reach of audiences all over the world.”

Commenting on Rocketry’s first-ever NFT drop, R Madhavan said, “This movie is a labour of love. It’s a dream that I had and the entire cast and crew gave it their all to bring it to fruition. I’m overjoyed that the long-awaited film on Nambi Narayanan is finally being presented on the epic stage that it deserves. Along with the film, fans are offered a whole package deal which has allowed them to be a part of India’s rich modern history and experience the world of the film in the most gratis manner.”

To take advantage of the many benefits of this partnership, sign up and follow all social media handles of VistaVerse. VistaVerse, launched by Fantico Pte Ltd, is a subsidiary of Vistas Media Capital (VMC). VMC is a leading media content and technology company, headquartered in Singapore that operates and invests in ventures across the various ecosystems of the global media and entertainment industry. VMC’s businesses and venture investments are diversified across global content production and distribution, streaming platforms, animation & VFX studio, Blockchain technology & Metaverse applications, gaming, digital media marketing, events, and award IPs.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

  • Release Date 1 July 2022
  • Language English, Hindi, Tamil
  • Genre Biography, Drama
  • Cast R. Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapur, Ravi Raghavendra, Misha Ghoshal, Shyam Renganathan, Muralidaran, Karthik Kumar, Gulshan Grover, Dinesh Prabhakar, Mohan Raman, Ron Donachie, Phyllis Logan, Vincent Riotta, Bijou Thaangjam, Jagan, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Sam Mohan, Bhawsheel, Suriya, Shah Rukh Khan
  • Director R. Madhavan
  • Music Sam C. S., Divakar Subramaniam
  • Producer Sarita Madhavan, R. Madhavan, Varghese Moolan, Vijay Moolan
  • Production Tricolour Films, Varghese Moolan Pictures

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Netflix’s The Chosen One Suspends Production Following Death of Two Actors in Car Crash

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By ANI | Updated: 20 June 2022

Following the accident causing the death of two actors and injury to six others from the Netflix series The Chosen One, the production of the series has now been temporarily paused.

As per Deadline, the company running the filming named Redrum has suspended the production for the Netflix series with no further information on its future. As more details are awaited, Netflix has not yet commented anything on the accident.

The accident took place while the victims were on their way to the local airport on June 16. However, the injured cast members are in stable condition.

The crew members were riding in a van when it crashed and flipped in an accident near filming of the Netflix series The Chosen One, reported Deadline.

Two actors had died in the accident and six other crew members were injured, as authorities said. The victims were not initially identified. The Baja California Department of Culture later said that Raymundo Garduno Cruz and Juan Francisco Gonzalez Aguilar were the ones that succumbed to death.

The accident occurred on a desert road near Mulege on the Baja California Sur peninsula as the crew was filming in nearby Santa Rosalia.

A Netflix description for The Chosen One reads: “A 12-year-old boy learns he’s the returned Jesus Christ, destined to save humankind. It is based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Peter Gross.”

The Chosen One — based on Millar’s American Jesus — is part of a wave of titles that Netflix is adapting from Millarworld, a comic publishing house it owns.

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Game of Thrones Sequel Series, With Jon Snow, in Early Development at HBO: Reports

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By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 20 June 2022

A Game of Throne sequel focused on the fan-favourite, impossible-to-kill character Jon Snow is in early development at HBO, according to Hollywood trade reports.

Kit Harington — whose stoic warrior Snow was last seen banished from Westeros in the Thrones finale — is attached to star if the spin-off series goes ahead, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety said, citing anonymous sources.

HBO declined to comment, and Harington’s representatives did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

If the show gets a green light, it would be the latest in a rapidly expanding television universe based on George RR Martin’s fantasy novels.

Three live-action prequel series are already in the works — including “House of the Dragon,” which hits screens this August — as well as three animated prequels.

But the purported Jon Snow series would be the first to be set after the events of smash hit Game of Thrones, which bowed out with a deeply divisive final season in 2019.

While several major characters died, Snow — who was revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, a potential heir to the Iron Throne — left Westeros in exile, headed for the icy and wild North.

His character had already been brought back from death, after being betrayed earlier in the show’s run.

News of the possible spin-off drew mixed reaction from fans online, with some delighted to see more of arguably the standout character from Thrones, and others questioning the logic of picking up from the original show’s disappointing finale.

“Bro just re-do the last season at this point… We ain’t gonna get mad at you and you get to make all that money again and have a chance at a competent ending,” said one popular post on Reddit.

During its eight-year run from 2011, Game of Thrones was a global phenomenon, scooping a record 59 Emmys with its warring families and fire-breathing dragons, medieval violence and non-stop sex.

Martin signed a five-year deal with HBO in 2021, reportedly worth “mid-eight figures” in dollars, to develop shows both within and beyond the Thrones universe.

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Elista Smart LED TV Lineup Launched in India, Powered by webOS TV: Price, Specifications

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By ANI | Updated: 16 June 2022

Elista ultra-premium Smart LED TV lineup was launched in India on Monday, June 13 by the Electronics and home appliances brand Elista. Powered by webOS TV and sporting a bezel-less design, these Smart LED TVs are available in three screen sizes — 43-inch (109 cm), 50-inch (124 cm), and 55-inch (140 cm). The lineup comes loaded with ThinQ AI which engages with users in a two-way conversation and helps them in accessing the built-in Alexa to manage the device with voice commands.

The line-up comes loaded with ThinQ AI which engages with users in a two-way conversation and helps them in accessing the built-in Alexa to manage the device with voice commands.

Further, the Elista Smart LED TV line-up comes bundled with easy-to-use Magic remote with a dedicated hotkey for Netflix and Prime Video, 400nits of peak brightness, 4K Quantum Lucent, and 1.07 billion colours.

Powered by webOS TV and sporting a bezel-less design, these Smart LED TVs are available in three screen sizes – 43-inch (109 cm), 50-inch (124 cm), and 55-inch (140 cm).

Users can enjoy truly blur-free visuals through Low-Frame rate content and MEMC at 60HZ. This, coupled with Future-Ready Technology, ALLM (Automatic Low Latency Mode), gives less than 5ms input lag.

Commenting on the launch, Pawan Kumar, CEO, Elista said, “The Smart TV industry in India has been evolving at a fast pace. Consumers today are looking for a better experience, better technology and a seamless experience within their budget. Our success stems from focusing on delivering the best-performing products to consumers and offering them premium products that are within their reach.”

“We are hopeful that through our Smart LED TVs we will reach consumers willing to upgrade to an unparalleled viewing experience at a budget-friendly cost,” he added.

Backed by Dolby audio, these three models feature high-fidelity surround sound. From a connectivity standpoint, Elista Smart LED TVs have Dual-band Wi-Fi to support seamless streaming.

All the three models are priced at Rs. 48,990 for 43-inch (109 cm) and Rs. 59,990 for 50-inch (124 cm), and the 55-inch (140 cm) model will retail for Rs. 70,990 and are available at all leading consumer electronics shops and online platforms.

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