Roman Originals – Faiths Pixel Patch Fri, 01 Jul 2022 05:20:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Roman Originals – Faiths Pixel Patch 32 32 Disney is offering a $5,000 Star Wars cocktail on a new cruise ship Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:15:15 +0000

Your bank account will be in a galaxy far, far away after indulging in Disney’s new cocktail.

EW has confirmed with a company representative that the new Disney Wish cruise ship is offering a $5,000 drink inspired by George Lucas star wars franchise that will be available in the new Hyperspace Lounge themed dining experience aboard the liner – the first ever star wars-thematic section centered on a Disney ship.

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Amy Smith/Disney Disney Wish cruise ship adds Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ themed experiences

Attraction Magazine was the first to report news of the concoction – the ingredients for which we were unable to confirm at press time.

A social media video from a participant who viewed the Disney Wish shows the drink being served in a droid-inspired container that apparently features smoke, lighting and sound effects.

The new Kaiburr Crystal is one of many options cruisers can purchase on the ship, along with other cocktails and drinks at a much, much lower price.

EW exclusively unveiled a first photo of the completed Hyperspace Lounge on Tuesday, which is billed as a “space-hopping tour” of the galaxy with an immersive section including an upscale bar designed like an intergalactic yacht with metallic details in the vein of Vessel from Dryden Vos to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Although it is a family attraction during the day, it is adults only at night. Throughout their stay, guests will see the ship explore the galaxy, including the Republic, Empire, and First Order, with hyperspace jumps flashing on the screens behind the cast.

Famous ships from Batuu, Tatooine, Mustafar and Coruscant will also circle the “window” behind the bar with surround sound and a holo-tube that projects models of nearby craft.

Disney Wish Disney Cruise Line

Disney Wish Disney Cruise Line

Amy Smith/Disney Disney Wish cruise ship adding Marvel and Star Wars themed experiences.

The Disney Wish will also depart July 14 with its Marvel-themed Avengers: Quantum Encounter dining experience, incorporating Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp as they embark on an interactive quest at sea that involves also Captain America, Captain Marvel, and an unnamed villain from the Marvel Universe.

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Legacy: 10 Plot Holes That Make No Sense Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000

After four seasonsLegacy just reached the series finale and with it, The Vampire Diaries The universe has come to an end. It’s undeniably a bittersweet ending, not just because it completes a beloved franchise, but also because of Legacy’ sudden cancellation.

The show took place two years after the events of its predecessor, The originals, and that followed Hope Mikaelson as she attempted to navigate tribride life at Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted. Legacy managed to put a spin on the supernatural world of the trilogy, but fans couldn’t help but notice several plot holes that made no sense and seemed to undermine the series.


Everyone forgot that Alaric is dead

Long before Legacy was born, Alaric was just a humble history teacher turned vampire hunter living in Mystic Falls. His job had many dangers that caught up with him in season 3 of The Vampire Diaries when Esther Mikaelson transformed him into an original vampire. He died then and in real vampire diary mode, he was resurrected a few years later and turned back into a human.

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The people of Mystic Falls were well aware of the history teacher’s passing, so it would make sense for Alaric to avoid the town as much as possible. But in season 2 of Legacy, he freely enters Mystic Falls High and serves as the school’s principal. So, has everyone in Mystic Falls forgotten he’s dead? And how did he cover the death gaps in his resume?

The lack of teachers

The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted seems to be anything but a school. Even though all students are supernaturally gifted in one way or another, they are still children. Yet they are always the ones who have to fight monster after monster because the adults never seem to be around.

The only adults in the entire show are Alaric, the school principal, Emma, ​​the student counselor, and Dorian who appears to be the only one teaching. But given that Emma and Dorian left the show pretty early, it doesn’t make sense that the Salvatore School is still operating as a school without teachers.

The absence of Hope’s loved ones

The originals Freya, Rebekah, Kol and Elijah meet Hope for the first time

Hope Mikaelson comes from a very powerful family. Despite the death of her parents and uncle, she still has an abundance of powerful relatives who are uncharacteristically never around. fans of The originals know very well that the Mikalesons never turn their backs on their old vow to stay together “always and forever”. Yet none of them are there when their niece is confronted by monsters or even gods. They only appear a handful of times and even then they do next to nothing to help.

Even when Hope strategizes to attack Ken, a literal god, she doesn’t even consider asking her family for help. She could have had two original vampires, a millennial witch, an entire pack of werewolves who transform at will, and an enhanced original vampire with no known weaknesses fighting alongside her. But instead, she chose to fight alongside her teenage friends and her 50-year-old school principal, which undeniably lowered her chances of winning significantly.

Black magic and its effects

Dark Josie from Legacy

Some of the greatest The Vampire Diaries facts that keep being contradicted are the effects of using black magic and Legacy changed that even more. Previously, some of the characters who used dark magic suffered no consequences while others ended up dying because of it.

But when Josie started doing dark spells, dark magic started charging into her until she developed an evil alter ego that tried to destroy the school and kill her own sister. The writers of Legacy had mountains of content on the magic of previous parts of The Vampire Diaries franchise, so it didn’t make sense to change its effects so much.

Caroline’s absence

Despite his brief appearance in Legacy series finale, fans wondered why Caroline was absent for almost the entire show. Caroline Forbes was one of the best characters in The Vampire Diaries and fans were excited about the prospect of seeing her again in Legacybut season after season passed and she was always gone.

It was mentioned that Caroline went to Europe to find a way to save the twins because as descendants of the Gemini coven they would inevitably have to do “the fusion” which would kill one of them. However, there were several occasions when Caroline’s absence made no sense. Alaric fell into a coma, Josie almost destroyed the school, her daughters were fighting monsters, and Caroline was still gone. Not to mention that when Lizzie became a vampire, it meant the fusion was redundant, so it didn’t make sense that Caroline was still looking for a solution.

Lizzie’s father Bond To Hope

Lizzie Legacy

The concept of paternal ties was first introduced in The Vampire Diaries and it was essentially a supernatural bond of loyalty based on gratitude to a vampire or the father of a hybrid. Previously, hybrids felt loyal to Klaus because he freed them from their werewolf curse. During this time, Elena formed a father bond with Damon because she was grateful that his blood had transformed her and saved her life.

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But Hope didn’t free Lizzie from a curse and it’s unlikely Lizzie felt grateful to Hope considering she was the one who killed her. Plus, how Lizzie severed her bond with her dad made even less sense. The hybrids had to turn around a hundred times until they no longer felt grateful as Elena had to turn off her humanity. But, Lizzie didn’t even have to do anything and her father bond broke without any difficulty.

The powers of hope

Hope Mikaelson is undeniably one of the most powerful witches in The Vampire Diaries universe. Not only that, but thanks to her parents, she is both a vampire and a werewolf, making her the only tribrid creature and the most powerful in the world. But his powers are very inconsistent.

Things like his super-hearing come and go when it suits you. For example, in one instance, she relied on Roman to hear Josie from across the room, but in another episode, she is able to hear a man’s heartbeat easily. Meanwhile, her combat abilities change every other episode. Sometimes she wins fights without any difficulty and other times she is outmatched by the most unlikely opponents.

Never mention Hayley

photos in the room of hope in Legacies

As much as everyone loved seeing Klaus again in the Legacy series finale, the truth is that Hope didn’t know her father very well. In The originals, Hope didn’t even really meet Klaus until he was released from captivity when she was 7 years old. And then, a few months later, Klaus took a piece of the hollow and had to move halfway around the world. They did not see each other again until the age of 13 and their reunion was interrupted by the sudden death of Klaus.

But all the while, the one person who was constantly present in her life was her mother Hayley. So it seems unlikely that Hope feels closer to her father and misses her more than her mother. The fact that in all four seasons Hope never directly mentions Hayley makes no sense. Not only that, but Hope keeps framed photos of her family in her dorm, and even there her mother is nowhere to be found.

All about the triad

The Triad was created a thousand years ago when a vampire, a witch, and a werewolf came together to create Malivore, a creature capable of ridding the world of all monsters. Later, the Triad became a secret society of werewolves, vampires, and witches that aimed to keep the supernatural world a secret from humans.

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But this story has many intrigues. For starters, fans learned in The originals that the Mikaelsons became the first vampires a thousand years ago, but didn’t begin to change people until much later. This means that when the Triad was formed, vampires were a new and fairly rare species, so it doesn’t make sense for the werewolves to consider them important enough and include them in their alliance. Additionally, the Triad came after Hope because she believed her tribrid nature made her an abomination. But if so, then they probably thought the same about Klaus becoming a hybrid and it was never explained why they didn’t go after him.

The scenario of the gods

Hope Legacies Ken Fight Beaten

It’s understandable that when the protagonist is truly powerful, the villains they face must be equally strong or at least powerful enough to be considered a threat or else the suspense is cut short. In this way, as Legacy is centered around a witch/werewolf/vampire tribride, the series’ villains somehow had to be able to go against her and stand a chance. But the story of the gods in Season 4 was messy and didn’t really make sense.

Not only the gods in Legacy all come from different mythologies but their powers were equally inconsistent. As strong as the main characters were, it seemed unlikely that a group of teenage vampires and witches could defeat Ken, the father of all gods who was supposed to be the most powerful deity in existence.

NEXT: 10 Established Facts In The Originals That The Legacies Contradict

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Oxburgh Hall is without scaffolding as roof restoration is complete Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:50:00 +0000

A £6 million project has been completed to restore the roof and facade of the medieval gatehouse of the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall in West Norfolk.

The 500-year-old building is scaffold-free for the first time in six years and the work will secure its future.

A new immersive experience has opened up in the oldest part of the building, revealing what life was like for a Catholic priest in the 16th century.

Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future. Photo credit: The National Trust (57579540)

Research reveals the possibility of an earlier structure being built on the site.

The work addressed the challenge of building scaffolding in a ditch, incorporated bat-friendly tiles, and led to important archaeological discoveries.

The restoration saw the replacement of 14,000 roof tiles, 27 chimneys and 14 skylights.

Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future.  Photo credit: The National Trust (57579654)
Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future. Photo credit: The National Trust (57579654)

Now, a new immersive experience has opened up in the gatehouse, which is the oldest part of the 500-year-old building.

Here visitors can experience what life was like for many Catholic families in the 16th century, including the Bedingfeld family, who remained devout Roman Catholics throughout their time at Oxburgh Hall.

The family’s support of the Catholic Mary I in her claim to the throne brought the family unprecedented power and prestige.

Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future.  Photo credit: The National Trust (57579837)
Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future. Photo credit: The National Trust (57579837)

With the succession of Protestant Elizabeth I, the fortunes of the family changed dramatically.

The Bedingfelds’ refusal to change their faith after the Reformation cost them dearly, both politically and financially.

Property curator Lynsey McLaughlin said: “Historical research tells us that Henry Bedingfeld’s house was raided in 1590.

Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future.  Photo credit: The National Trust (57579545)
Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future. Photo credit: The National Trust (57579545)

“Although there is no concrete evidence that this was Oxburgh, excavations of the houses of the leading recusant families were commonplace and it is highly probable that such raids took place here between 1580 and 1610. .

“This new volunteer-led guided experience will share the story of a raid, placing the Priest’s Hole in Oxburgh in its historical context.

“Visitors will now be able to step back in time to see what the King’s Hall would have looked like after it was looted and searched for evidence of Papist activity.

Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future.  Photo credit: The National Trust (57579550)
Restoration work at Oxburgh Hall has secured its future. Photo credit: The National Trust (57579550)

“Based on an inventory from 1585 and with the help of specialist craftsmen to recreate the scene of a raid, volunteers will tell the story through the eyes of those who lived it, helping to bring it to life on a very personal and emotional level.”

The new experience, which is currently open from Friday to Sunday, follows the completion of the roofing project, which came after an unexpected skylight collapse in 2016 which, upon further investigation, exposed a weakness in the roof. structure at the roofline.

The project involved the construction of very complex engineer-designed scaffolding to overcome the added complication that the 500-year-old building was surrounded by a moat. 31 miles of scaffolding tubes and 605 tons of sandbags were brought in to create a base that protected the fragile moat soil and fabric of the building, but also ensured the ecology of the moat was safeguarded throughout the project .

Dave White, Project Manager, said: “Working on historic buildings can often pose challenges when you start to lift the veil on what lies beneath.

Also, we were hitting a tipping point with the roof open, just as the coronavirus pandemic hit the headlines.

So, it’s amazing to see how far it’s come and the building now without scaffolding. Full-screen know-how and the future of Oxburgh were assured.

“During the project, we replaced 14,000 pan tiles which the 4th Baronet brought to replace the originals in the 1770s, which had become weathered, cracked and damaged.

“We gave some of them a coat of special bat paint mixed with sand, to ensure night visitors to Oxburgh could climb the tiles around the openings of their new roost.

“The ornate faux Tudor fireplaces, which had become unstable, were repaired or replaced using 12,000 handmade bricks, weighing 29 tons, which appear to have always been there.

“Part of Oxburgh’s distinctive character, each fireplace is slightly different in design, one of which was so complex the brickmakers had to turn to a 3D printer to create a special mould.”

The project was carried out by Messenger, contractors specializing in the conservation and repair of historic buildings.

Andrew Woodley, Head of Contracts at Messenger, said: “It has been a privilege to work on Oxburgh Hall.

“As we often find when working on period properties, many challenges presented themselves and it was up to our team, in particular our site manager, Wayne Gray, and his team of craftsmen, to women, subcontractors and qualified suppliers, that all have been overcome with pragmatism, aplomb and great skill, resulting in the realization of a project of which we are all very proud.”

Several discoveries were made throughout the project.

From historic wallpaper in attics to thousands of rare archaeological finds under floorboards, which included a page from a rare 15th-century illuminated manuscript, fragments of late 16th-century books, to high-level Elizabethan textiles found in two old rat nests.

The variety, age and significance of the objects found and what they reveal make this a unique find and have helped shed light on Oxburgh’s past.

The search also revealed that part of the roof structure on the west side of the building predates Oxburgh and is likely to have been reused.

This raises the question of whether this could be evidence of a structure at the site before the building we see today.

Dendro’s analysis and a structural survey in 2006 suggested as much, but the roofing work gave the experts a much clearer view, confirming their initial suspicions.

The roof project at Oxburgh Hall was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the Culture Recovery Fund, which is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England, and support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to the money collected by National Lottery players and the Wolfson Foundation.

The project has received additional support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Leader programme, the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK and the Constance Travis Charitable Trust as well as National Trust members and supporters.

Fleetwood Mac’s ’70s Christine McVie ‘enjoyed the storm’ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:48:38 +0000

Christine McVie reflected on being seen as Fleetwood Mac’s peacemaker during their turbulent years.

But in a new interview with rolling stoneshe said it had never been as bad as they claimed.

“I was supposedly like Mother Teresa who hung out with everyone or just tried to [keep] it’s all nice and cool and relaxed,” McVie said, adding that she didn’t realize it at the time. “But they were great people; they were great friends.

She noted that if being the voice of reason rattled her, she hadn’t noticed. “I enjoyed the storm,” she admitted. “Even though I am a fairly peaceful person, I enjoyed this storm. Although it is said that we argued a lot, we actually spent a lot of time laughing. So that must have been forgotten.

She admitted that she and ex-husband John McVie “used to argue occasionally, but not that often”. “I think we worked out our differences…and we got on really well,” she said. “It’s never been more melodramatic than Stevie [Nicks] and Lindsey [Buckingham]. And right now, we don’t live in the same hemisphere. He lives in LA; I live in London. But we write or call each other from time to time. … We talk a little. He’s a good man, John.

When asked when she felt happiest in the group, she replied, “I think I was happy pretty much all the time. I was happy with Bob Welch. I was happy with that I was always happy with Stevie and Lindsey and loved what they brought musically. Plus, I loved being with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell. They were a couple of great guys. J loved working with them, but Mick and John and Stevie and I all got along well, contrary to public opinion.

McVie’s Solo Compilation Songbird is out now.

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Amazon in July 2022: 130 new titles, 6 originals Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:08:01 +0000

Amazon plans to add 130 new TV shows and movies to its Prime lineup next month (July 2022), including six Amazon Originals.

New titles will include The Terminal List, an Amazon original series starring Chris Pratt as a Navy Seal haunted (and maybe more) by a failed high-stakes mission; Warriors on the Field, an Amazon original documentary about three Indigenous Australian Football League players; Don’t Make Me Go, an Amazon original drama/comedy starring John Cho as a terminally ill father who tries to teach his daughter all of life’s lessons during of a trip across the country; and Forever Summer: Hamptons, an Amazon original docudrama about a group of wealthy college students who take to the beaches for one last adventure before adulthood.

Also note in July:

* Raging Bull, the Martin Scorsese-directed biofilm starring Robert De Niro as savage middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta. Critics called De Niro’s performance one of the greatest ever on film, while the film itself is arguably considered the legendary Scorsese’s finest.

* Revolutionary Road, the absorbing 2008 drama reuniting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as an unstable couple settled in mid-1950s Connecticut.

* Rosemary’s Baby, director Roman Polanski’s chilling 1968 drama that stars Mia Farrow as a pregnant young woman who suspects a mysterious group wants to kidnap her baby. Farrow is brilliant and haunting as paranoid mother (or is she?) John Cassavetes plays her loving (but perhaps suspicious) husband to perfection.

* Jennifer’s Body, the underrated 2009 dark comedy starring Megan Fox as an evil (and supernatural) high school vixen.

Here’s the full list of new titles coming July 2022 to Amazon Prime:

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July, 1st
Alternatino With Arturo Castro S1 (2019)
The Terminal List (2022) – Amazon Original
Very Cavallari (2018)
16-Love (2012)
1UP (2022)

52 Pickup (1986)
A Wild World (2020)
A Hologram for the King (2016)
A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
Boyz Adventure (2020)

Eon Flow (2005)
Ali (2001)
Ali Director’s Cut (2001)
All Paths to Pearla (2019)
As Long As We Both Live (2016)

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Attack of the Unknown (2020)
Awaken the Shadow Man (2017)
Barry Munday (2010)
Betrayed (1988)
Blown (1994)

Blue Jay (2016)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Cadillac Man (1990)

Call of the Wolf (2017)
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Change Land (2019)
Chasing Molly (2019)
Carefree (1995)

Cofi (1973)
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
Coyotaje (2019)
Criminal Law (1988)
Cruel Hearts (2020)

Cruiser (2020)
Dark Blue (2003)
Dark Waters (2019)
Dave Made a Maze (2017)
DC Black (2019)

Dead Ringtones (1988)
Taylor Drill (2008)
Easy To Do (2020)
European Report (2013)
Eye of the Needle (1981)

Four Feathers (2002)
Forev (2014)
French postcards (1979)
Dashing (2015)
Future World (1976)

Gino’s Wife (2016)
Gladiator (2000)
Good Neighbors (2011)
Shooting at OK Corral (1957)
Behold the Devil (2012)

Skyscraper (2016)
Hobo with a shotgun (2011)
Hot Dog… The Movie (1984)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
In Action (2021)

Infinitum: Subject Unknown (2021)
Home Affairs (1990)
Into the Blue (2005)
Iris Warriors (2022)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jamie Marks is Dead (2014)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Jiro dreams of sushi (2011)
John Dies at the End (2012)
Kiltro (2006)

Lincoln (2012)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Love Spell (2020)
Thirst for Love (2014)
Mandela (1997)

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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Moments in Spacetime (2001)
No Way to Live (2017)
Party With Me (2021)
Patriot Games (1992)

April Pieces (2003)
Play the Game (2009)
Pretty Ugly People (2008)
Race with the Moon (1984)
Raging Bull (1980)

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Breakthrough Road (2009)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Runner (2018)
Say Your Prayers (2021)
Slash (2016)

Son of God (2014)
Speed ​​(1994)
Stay (2021)
Stuff (2017)
Sunset Song (2016)

Swept Away (2018)
Flashback (1997)
Arbors (2020)
The Fighter (2010)
The Temptations of Fighting (2003)

The General’s Daughter (1999)
The Gospel According to Andrew (2018)
The Honor Farm (2017)
The Hunt (2003)
The Italian Job (2003)

The Mongolian Connection (2019)
The Pirates! Bunch of Misfits (2012)
The Posthuman Project (2014)
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
The Republic of Two (2014)

The Rest of Us (2020)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Time Machine (2002)
Hidden (2018)

Unicorn City (2012)
Venus and Serena (2012)
Virtuosity (1995)
War Games (1983)
We love you, Sally Carmichael! (2017)

We Take the Low Road (2020)
When Icarus Fell (2018)
Yentl (1984)

July 2nd
Gucci House (2021)

July 8
Warriors in the Field (2022) – Amazon Original

July 15th
Forever Summer: Hamptons (2022) – Amazon Original
Don’t Make Me Go (2022) – Amazon Original

22nd of July
Anything Is Possible (2022) – Amazon Original
Fighter (2022)

July 29
Paper Girls (2022) – Amazon Original

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Paramount Streaming Chief Tom Ryan Talks Global Expansion and New Content Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:30:00 +0000

As Paramount+ is gearing up for its splashy, star-studded UK and Ireland launch in London on Monday, Paramount’s Streaming President and CEO Tom Ryan spoke with Variety about the global expansion of the renowned company’s streaming business which, in addition to being powered by original content, stands out in the field for its diverse model.

This model involves a mix of platforms and partnerships, combining direct-to-consumer and à la carte offers with a market-by-market approach. The two main strands that set Paramount’s streaming offering apart are the combination of the rapidly growing premium Paramount+ offering and its free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV, which Ryan founded.

The global rollout will see Paramount + launching in 2023 in India in partnership with Viacom18, which recently landed the streaming rights to the Indian Premier League cricket tournament previously hosted by Disney+. First launching in Asia, Paramount+ debuted last week in South Korea as a free addition to the CJ ENM-controlled television platform.

Elsewhere in Europe, Paramount+ has set firm dates to launch its standalone streaming offering in Italy in September, in partnership with Sky; and in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France in December, the latter in partnership with Canal+.

In terms of content, Paramount at the London launch announces plans to order 150 international originals by 2025 and announces its final orders from around the world, which include:

  • “The First Lady of Sinaloa” (working title). A series on Emma Coronel, the married beauty queen of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist. John Leguizamo stars and produced in tandem with prominent Mexican producer Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”).
  • “Murder of God’s banker.” A 4-part docuseries about the murder of fugitive Italian banker Roberto Calvi, known as “God’s Banker” due to his close ties to the Vatican, whose body was found hanged at London’s Blackfriars Bridge in 1982. The affair weaves together the mafia, the Roman Catholic Church and the world of international finance. Produced by New York-based CreativeChaos vmg.
  • “The Sheikh”: Inspired by true events, this show tells the story of a con artist named Ringo, played by Björn Meyer (“Tatort”), who reinvents himself as the heir to an Arab fortune. It was created by the Swiss Dani Levy (“Go For Zucker”) who produced a duet with Johannes Naber. Levy’s X Filme Creative Pool produces.
  • “Marie-Antoinette Serial Killer” (“MASK”): This YA fantasy horror thriller series is created and developed by executive producers Beth Tapper, Mitch Watson and Leila Smith (“Find Me in Paris”). Based on the novel “Marie Antoinette Serial Killer” by American author Katie Alender, the 8-part show follows four young American girls on spring break in Paris who find themselves caught up in a mysterious series of murders that quickly becomes very personal. Currently in advanced development, the series is produced by Frances’s Cottonwood Media.
  • “A thin line”: This show involves two young “hacktivist” twin sisters on a quest to expose environmental wrongdoing by any means necessary. Produced by German Weydemann Bros.
  • “Circeo”: This series, directed by Italian Andrea Molaioli and produced by Rome Cattleya, which is part of ITV Studios, reconstructs the aftermath of the crime known as the ‘Circeo massacre’ that rocked Italy in the 1970s, after two teenage girls were found in the trunk of a car in Rome, naked, wrapped in blankets and soaked of blood.

In an extensive interview with Variety, Ryan presented his global expansion plan.

In the UK, in addition to launching Paramount+ as a standalone, you are also a Sky partner. Paramount has similar partnerships in many territories. This seems to be a key aspect of your strategy.

Yes. We’re taking a similar approach to free, where we’ve launched partnerships that have really accelerated the launch of Pluto in other markets as well. Last month we launched Pluto in the Nordic region with Viaplay Group, formerly known as NENT. And then we just announced that we’re launching in Canada with Corus. This type of approach to working with great local partners ranges from free to paid.

Give me an overview of your deployment plan.

Internationally, as I mentioned, we’re in 30 markets around the world, so we’ve been able to scale very quickly. We developed Pluto and Paramount+ very quickly. I mean, Paramount+ has only launched [in March 2021]and we will be present in 45 markets by the end of the following year [2022]. We will have the service in India in 2023. And then we look elsewhere in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Pluto TV has expanded to dozens of markets in just a few years. And a lot of that is because we have competent teams on the ground that have allowed us to do that.

The stated goal is 100 million subscribers by 2024. What gives Paramount the edge that allows you to set this goal?

We have a differentiated streaming strategy. We’re the only player that really focuses on combining a free and paid streaming strategy, and we think that’s very powerful. I believe “one plus one free and paid equals three” and we are already successfully moving free users from Pluto TV to Paramount+. When ssomeone pulls out of Paramount+, of course we try to keep them and re-enable them. But we’re also promoting Pluto TV to keep them in our streaming ecosystem. In the US, our description of Paramount+ is: live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. [News is not part of Paramount’s international offer]. And we really want to be that service for the whole household, because when more than one person in the household engages with the service, the lifetime value goes up, the churn goes down. People stay with you longer once you have a second and ideally a third person in the family who starts using Paramount+ as one of their go-to apps for entertainment.

What are your current numbers?

We are at more than 62 million at the end of the last quarter, driven by Paramount+, which alone attracted 6.8 million subscribers in the first quarter. We have teams on the ground in over 30 countries. The plan is to be present in almost 60 markets with more than 60 partners by the end of the year.

Tell me about your content strategy.

Being a global media company with content that truly spans all genres enables us to deliver content from sports to news, kids, movies, reality, scripted and originals. We feel extremely well placed. We feel that we are very well positioned competitively because we’re able to take these different content engines that we have and create content for multiple platforms. Rather than taking content that we create solely for streaming, we are able to monetize that content through various distribution channels. We’re able to take our films, for example, show them theatrically, and then put them on Paramount+. And we’ve had great success with that.

Let’s talk about windowing.

I think about a year ago there was a lot of discussion about what was the right model for streaming movies, aand we were one of the first, if not the first, to bring the 45-day post-theater, which gives a lot of marketing value to the content and helps give it a big theatrical exclusive window, but then quickly brings in streaming. And we’ve had great success with a variety of movies we’ve made that way, most recently “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.” But on a broader level, we are able to monetize the content we create across a variety of distribution channels, from theater and movies to broadcast, cable, TV and streaming.

I doubt the 45-day window applies to Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

No. We haven’t decided on that [the theatrical window for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’] Again.

HBO Max Orders Animated Aztec Batman Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:32:00 +0000

I don’t know who hasn’t gotten the memo at this point, but HBO Max Latin America has ordered an original DC animated film called Batman Azteca: Clash of Impérios (Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires). This collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation, DC, Anima and Chatrone is probably one of many. Last month, HBO Max Latin America said Variety they were looking to release 50-70 originals from the Latin American branch. Deadline reported the news at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and the official synopsis says,

During the time of the Aztec Empire, Yohualli Coatl – a young Aztec boy – experiences tragedy when his father and village chief, Toltecatzin, is assassinated by Spanish conquistadors. Yohualli escapes to Tenochtitlan to warn King Moctezuma and his high priest, Yoka, of impending danger. Using the Temple of Tzinacan, the Bat God, as a lair, Yohualli trains with his mentor and assistant, Acatzin, developing equipment and weapons to face the Spanish invasion, protect Moctezuma’s temple, and avenge the death of his father.

Experienced screenwriter and director (Harley Quinn: The Animated Series) José C. García de Letona will be the director with Aztec Batman, entirely produced in Mexico. According Deadline, it’s about bringing in local talent in all aspects of production. They bring in Alejandro Díaz Barriga (a specialist in Mesoamerican studies) to ensure that indigenous representation is handled appropriately. Barriga also specializes in the ethnic history of Mexico and the Andean region (west of South America).

Give us more of this

Empires are evil and the Aztecs are no different. However, technologically and culturally, the Aztecs, alongside the Persians and Romans, have so many well-documented aspects that I can’t stand still – I’m so excited. Honestly, I’m already anticipating the bad takes of “it’s not realistic” even though 1) it’s a Batman movie and 2) maybe it’s because the civil engineering of the Aztecs was top notch . On a positive note, I’m also glad to see lectures and video essays from people in history and art pointing out things I missed.

Contrary to Batman: Ninja (which I had mixed feelings on), I hope they stay with the same cast/dubbing regardless of region and only use subtitles. I don’t know how viable it is to have a majority of the cast speaking Nahuatl (the main language), except for the Spaniards. Numbers are everywhere, but about 1.5 million people are talking about some version of it today. I say a “version” because I am technically speaking in writing in the same language as 1500s England, but also, I am clearly not. By the title alone, however, it will likely be in Spanish.

Jaime Reyes
(DC Universe)

The three-dimensional characters and story of Latinx are so underrepresented in major movies that I was truly surprised (before I was devastated) when we got to see this time period recently represented for a few very meaningful moments in the Eternals. While Marvel struggles to give us even a non-McGuffin Latinx character (not to mention Afro-Latinx erasure), DC is here with two movie projects with Latino sons. A movie starring Xolo Maridueña as 2000s striker Blue Beetle (aka Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes) will hit theaters in August 2023. Now there’s pre-Spanish (and, in this case, pre-Mexican) Yohualli Coatl coming soon now too!

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]]> Syrinthia Studer named EVP International Productions at Paramount Global Tue, 14 Jun 2022 17:00:57 +0000

Paramount Global veteran Syrinthia Studer has joined the company’s content licensing division as Executive Vice President, International Productions.

Paramount’s new business unit will develop and produce a slate of films including international local-language productions as well as micro-budget films, of domestic or international origin, for release through limited theatrical platforms or direct-to-consumer in the world. It will focus on originals and culture-specific local-language remakes from Paramount Pictures’ extensive film library. In his new role, Studer will oversee content strategy, development and production for local language and micro-budget films, reporting to Paramount Global’s Director of Content Licensing, Dan Cohen. She will lead a team of creatives in domestic and international markets and will be based in Los Angeles.

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“Syrinthia has incredible creative instincts for finding stories that audiences around the world will relate to,” says Cohen. “We are thrilled to have her join our division and look forward to the world-class content she and the team are developing.”

“Great stories know no boundaries,” Studer added. “I’m thrilled to join Dan’s team to launch this venture and look forward to working with filmmakers around the world to help bring local language, culturally rich films to global audiences.”

A veteran of the industry for over 20 years, Studer most recently served as Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films, overseeing all live and feature film content for Awesomeness and Nickelodeon’s Kids & Family Studio. Productions launched under his direction included the sports family comedy, fantasy footballwith Marsai Martin, Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland and Rome Flynn, currently in production in Atlanta; The J-Team, starring and executive produced by JoJo Siwa; and the next honor societywith Angourie Rice and Gaten Matarazzo.

Studer was previously Executive Vice President of Global Acquisitions at Paramount Pictures, where she oversaw the global content acquisition business, acquiring films for domestic and international theatrical release and distribution across multiple platforms, including streaming and digital VOD. Among his notable acquisitions are breakout comedy Reading Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen, which grossed $100 million at the worldwide box office; by Richard Linklater Childhood, for which it acquired home media rights through a multi-picture relationship with IFC Films; as well as many internationally distributed film festival favorites.

Previously, Studer held senior positions in strategic marketing and acquisitions at Paramount, in addition to new business development with the Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theater chain.

Paramount Global Content Distribution is a leading distributor of premium content across multiple media platforms in the global marketplace. The division’s portfolio includes some of the world’s most recognized brands, including feature films and television programs from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures, CBS News, Showtime Networks, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Studios, Miramax and third-party partners.

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The strange afterlife of the Vikings Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:14:41 +0000

Adapted from Brunner’s new bookFar North – A Cultural History

When Geneva historian Paul Henri Mallet began publishing Old Norse tales in 1655, he probably couldn’t imagine the lingering wave of interest in all things “Nordic” more than 250 years later. Although Old Norse tales feature the kind of wild adventure more often associated with pagans than Christians, they were written in 13th century Christianized Iceland and influenced by that faith. It is unclear what originals were used by a certain Snorri Sturluson, Saxo Grammaticus and others who took part in this effort.

After Mallet History of Denmark had been translated into several languages, European writers immediately took an interest in it. The German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder read Mallet’s book with great enthusiasm. For him, the stories created a sense of belonging to an imaginary homeland in the North. He felt he was entering new territory: Old Norse mythology as an alternative to a stale classicism that revered Greco-Roman legends and myths. Many people at the time were fed up with the South. The craze also spread to Victorians who traveled to Norway to discover their roots. Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden were seen as a large cultural unit loosely linked by Viking history. An idea even circulated that Queen Victoria was related to Odin.

It didn’t take long for ancient Nordic designs to make their way into popular culture. Stories about such a crude warrior fired the imagination. Probably inspired by the presumed clothing of the Celts or the Gauls, Richard Wagner’s costume designer Ring of the Nibelungs equipped performers with horned helmets. As we know today, the classic “Viking” bronze horned helmets, found in Denmark, date back to 1000 BCE – roughly two thousand years before the Viking Age. And there is no evidence that the Vikings, those mythical explorers and conquerors, wore them. Most likely, they only had leather or metal caps.

More recently our understanding of this legendary warrior people has become much more nuanced and many myths have been dispelled. Rudolf Simek, professor of ancient German and Norse studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, points out that we have only the thinnest evidence of what Viking-era men and women might have looked like. “There is no indication that they had any tattoos or piercings, except for the horizontally scratched, black-painted teeth, the meaning of which is unclear. As can be seen from pictorial representations and sculptures, Viking men sported all sorts of haircuts, from pot cuts to mid-length wavy hair. “They had goatee goats, mustaches and full beards, but little braids are nowhere to be found! , Viking women’s long hair is probably wishful thinking, but they certainly had long hair – the longer the more noble they were – and Irish ribbon bows that would have needed hair needles or thread ets to stabilize them,” says Simek. “As Danish female researchers point out these days, clothes, at least for the elite, were more colorful than we had previously imagined, with colorful woven ribbons and fur trim.”

Movies about these people tend to portray them as almost superhuman characters. However, in fact, measurements of Viking remains show that men averaged 5ft 7in and women 5ft 2in.

Nor is there any truth to the idea that the pagan Vikings waged a religious war against Christianity, although that may have seemed so to the Christian monks whom they brutally attacked. The Vikings were ‘only’ interested in plunder, while the monks spoke of a war of faith as a means of gaining the support of their co-religionists. In truth, some evidence suggests that the Vikings were fascinated by the figure of Jesus Christ, which they learned from their prisoners and missionaries. They even considered the “white savior” a deity equal in stature to the Norse gods, Thor and Odin.

Similarly, the myth of the Vikings’ invincibility stems less from their real technical military superiority than from their habit of launching surprise raids to get their hands on precious booty. Good timing was key. The Viking ships landed before the targets of the attack had time to sound the alarm, and they disappeared just as quickly.

Recently, Scottish comedian Eleanor Morton asked on Twitter: “When are they going to do a historically accurate Viking drama that’s mostly farming?” The question resonated with many people, most likely because they are beginning to realize that the Vikings must also have had real, “normal” lives, beyond just the progression of a spectacular battle in the other. Indeed, many scholars today believe that while certainly capable of using arms to defend their homes and honor, the majority of people known as “Vikings” lived from farming, fishing and trading and spent their lives where they were born. . In any case, the Viking raiders looked more like the highwaymen of their time, that is, exceptions, rather than typical representatives of the culture from which they came.

Did Viking women fight too? The “Birka Warrior” excavated in Sweden suggests yes. An axe, a sword, two horse corpses and a board game were found in this woman’s grave, and when it was discovered in 1878, excavators assumed the occupant must have been a man. It would take more than a century before Swedish researcher Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and her team proved otherwise using DNA analysis. The case also showed how many were unable to imagine a world in which men and women would be free from fixed gender roles, and how scientists often misinterpret archaeological evidence. On the other hand, the bones of the female warrior show no signs of sword stabs or other direct combat effects. It is possible that the woman was a battlefield commander. But critics have also speculated that she may have been buried in the wrong grave. Some scholars believe that Viking household chores were divided between the sexes and that there were Viking “housemen”, since large cooking pots and skewers have also been found in men’s graves. While the role of Viking women – including “female spears”, as the Valkyries called themselves – has generated much research interest among modern scholars, whether it remains to be conclusively proven. there was a gender division of labor or whether women and men truly enjoyed equal roles.

In his book Valkyrie: Women of the Viking WorldIcelandic medievalist Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir writes:

We exoticize them, but upon closer examination it appears that we have surprisingly much in common with the Vikings: like them, we also live in a time of changing gender roles, migration, fluctuating economies, new media and technologies, and global flow of goods – a time when the world is changing rapidly and unpredictably.

The limitless brutality of Viking films is a topic in itself, and there are even more questionable phenomena associated with the continued popularity of Old Norse tales and Norse deities. A contemporary Germanic paganism, called Ásatrú, has attracted followers for decades, spawning communities in North America and Europe. His followers revere Odin. The movement heroizes the pre-Christian traditions of northern Europe and preaches the supposed superiority of the white race. Images of Valhalla, the imaginary paradise reserved for Viking warriors, often fuel this ideology, as well as fears that Europe, as a spiritual homeland, is threatened by immigration from Muslim countries and doomed to destruction. Racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments are rife among these groups, which have clashed with the law on multiple occasions. Neo-Nazis make pilgrimages to Haithabu (from the Old Norse term Heiðabýr, from heiðr‚ “pagan” and býr‚ “court”), an important archaeological museum near the North German city of Schleswig on the site of a former Viking trading post for herring, grain and cloth. Similarly, the annual Medieval Viking Festival at the site of an ancient Viking settlement in the Polish town of Wolin in the Baltic region attracts right-wing visitors from Germany and Russia who carry shields and wear T-shirts and tattoos emblazoned with swastikas, SS skulls, and the slogan “blood and honor”. Needless to say, none of this matches the historical reality of the Vikings. Finally, the tattoos displayed by the so-called QAnon Shaman when he stormed the US Capitol – the valknut, yggdrasil (world tree) and Thor’s hammer – are influenced by Norse mythology.

What are the reasons for our obsession with the Vikings? Be it north man or Marvel Thor franchise – what needs are served by these tales of a world that no longer exists and perhaps never existed in the form we imagine? Is it cut off in times of anxiety like the one we are currently experiencing? These are questions that deserve to be asked since, as The man from the north shows, our fascination with Norse mythological figures runs deep and isn’t likely to fade anytime soon. •

]]> Ukraine complains about Israeli hold-up on defensive equipment Tue, 07 Jun 2022 16:56:59 +0000

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk today expressed frustration over Jerusalem’s alleged refusal to approve the transfer of the Spike SR anti-tank guided missile system from Germany to Ukraine.

Addressing a press conference, Korniychuk said: “Last week, as far as I know for sure, the Americans allowed the transfer of anti-tank missiles from Germany to Ukraine and Israel said no. “

The Spike SR system is produced in Germany in an Israeli-owned factory, with Israeli technology. The terms of the license require Israel to give the green light to any transfer of the systems. The fifth generation of this system has been sold to several European NATO members. It can destroy long-range targets with pinpoint accuracy.

During the press conference, the ambassador accused Israel of paying lip service to the defense of Ukrainians without offering concrete help for their protection, saying: “While Russia is slaughtering our citizens, the Israeli government remains in its “comfort zone” and refrains from providing Ukraine with minimal defensive assistance. We ask Israel for defense in the form of an “iron dome” and similar defensive tools. As Israel protects the residents of the Gaza Strip from Hamas fire, we must protect our citizens – women, children and men. The residents of Israel show us love and sympathy. The government also shows empathy in its rhetoric, but when it comes to actions, it is something else.

In addition to the request for anti-tank systems, the ambassador complained that Israel had not kept its promise of protective equipment, stating: “We asked to receive protective helmets and protective vests and received about 10% of what we asked for”. He continued: “We are asking Israel to accept ex-soldiers whose limbs have been amputated to fit them with prostheses and Israel is delaying. There is no more humanitarian aid than that.”

Korniychuk was referring to an April 20 statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry after a phone call between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov, saying, “In light of the request from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, [Gantz] approved the purchase of protective equipment of helmets and vests, which will be transferred to the Ukrainian rescue forces and civilian organizations. beware of Moscow’s wrath.

Yesterday, the US Department of Justice authorized the seizure of a Boeing 787-8 and a Gulfstream G650ER jet belonging to Israeli-Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Israel has taken its time in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has yet to adhere to Western sanctions against Russian businessmen. Europe and the United States consider supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A list of Israel’s richest citizens published today by The Marker includes Abramovich.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck yesterday. One of the issues they discussed was energy collaborations, as Europe tries to secure alternative energy supplies. Israel has been negotiating in recent weeks with European institutions on the possibility of exporting Israeli natural gas via Egypt. Israeli diplomats recently told Al-Monitor that negotiations are progressing well and a deal could be reached in the near future.