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METAL GEAR OSCAR: Oscar Issac WILL Be Solid Snake

Oscar Isaac To Star As Solid Snake In Sony’s ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movie – Deadline:

Sony’s long awaited Metal Gear Solid adaptation looks to have gained some major momentum as sources tell Deadline that Oscar Isaac is attached to play Solid Snake in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Metal Gear Solid. The film is currently in development at Sony Pictures with Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.

The film is based on the Metal Gear Solid video game created by Hideo Kojima and published by Konami. The script is written by Derek Connolly. Avi Arad is producing. Peter Kang is the executive overseeing for the studio.

Between this and Moon Knight, Oscar Issac is appearing as all of my favorite heroes. This absolutely rules.

BOMBSHELL: Warner Bros’ Entire 2021 Release Schedule to Hit HBO Max Same Day as Theaters

‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Dune,’ 2021 WB Slate Debuting on HBO Max and in Theaters – Variety:

When Warner Bros. announced that “Wonder Woman 1984” would land on the streaming service HBO Max on Christmas, the same time it debuts in theaters, many expected it to be an isolated case in response to an unprecedented pandemic.

Instead, the studio will deploy a similar release strategy for the next 12 months. In a surprising break from industry standards, Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 slate — a list of films that includes “The Matrix 4,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation of “In the Heights,” “Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” and “The Suicide Squad” — will debut both on HBO Max and in theaters on their respective release dates. The shocking move to simultaneously release movies day-and-date underscores the crisis facing movie theaters and the rising importance of streaming services in the wake of a global health crisis that’s decimated the film exhibition community.

This was, in short, an absolutely stunning bit of news to hit midday today.

With the Disney+ release of Pixar’s Soul and the HBO Max release of Wonder Woman 1984 hitting on Christmas Day, I had a feeling one of the studios was going to start testing the waters for this type of move next year — COVID numbers and vaccine response pending — but I didn’t think we’d see an announcement this big, this soon.

For those wondering the full scope of the WB schedule of next year, here’s more movies to come:

Warner Bros.’ 2021 release slate also includes Denzel Washington’s thriller “The Little Things,” biographical drama “Judas and the Black Messiah,” a remake of “Tom and Jerry,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” video game adaptation “Mortal Kombat,” “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “Reminiscence,” James Wan’s “Malignant” and sports drama “King Richard.”

Potential hit after potential hit, and you can get them all at home…with the caveat that they’re only on the service for a month…and then they’ll go through the standard home release/after home release shell game until they return to…HBO Max.

This definitely cannot be good news for theaters. I mean, word came today that AMC was going to have to sell even more stock to stay afloat (again), so, unsurprisingly, the CEO of AMC, Adam Aron, hates this news.

“These coronavirus-impacted times are uncharted waters for all of us, which is why AMC signed on to an HBO Max exception to customary practices for one film only, ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ being released by Warner Brothers at Christmas when the pandemic appears that it will be at its height,” he said. “However, Warner now hopes to do this for all their 2021 theatrical movies, despite the likelihood that with vaccines right around the corner the theatre business is expected to recover.”

Aron said his chain, which operates 659 locations as the largest U.S. exhibitor, is being asked to subsidize HBO Max.

“Clearly, Warner Media intends to sacrifice a considerable portion of the profitability of its movie studio division, and that of its production partners and filmmakers, to subsidize its HBO Max start up. As for AMC, we will do all in our power to ensure that Warner does not do so at our expense. We will aggressively pursue economic terms that preserve our business. We have already commenced an immediate and urgent dialogue with the leadership of Warner on this subject.”

I’ve got bad news for him. 

Paramount is already selling their movies off — see Borat 2 and Coming 2 America going to Amazon.

And Disney? The crown jewel? They’re “focus[ing] on streaming”, and they’ve got more to announce on December 10th.

Tick-tock, theaters. The future is here. And it may not involve you.

Sony Aims to Help Adults Complete More Games With PS5 Activities

Internal Sony Docs Explain How “Activities” Became a Cornerstone for PS5:

The problem, Sony proposed, was that people don’t have enough information to determine when and how they should play a single player game. Alongside being able to jump around between different quests, Sony’s activity feature would suggest how long it will take to finish a quest, allowing players to find something that fit best with the time they have available.

I had a hunch this was the focus — besides killing off the traffic to walkthrough sites like GameFAQs or video walkthroughs on YouTube, but seeing it spelled out from the internal Sony docs really nails it.

“In an ideal world, every player has the time to spend hours per day, every day, playing games,” reads a slide on top of a photo of a man holding a baby and a cup of coffee. “In reality, most people have jobs. Or kids. Or school. Or all of the above. Often, free time comes wedged between other obligations. An hour before bed. A 30-minute break between homework assignments. A few minutes before your online MP [multiplayer] match.”

I relate to this so hard. We’ve come so far from suggesting that we start making to-do lists for our games, haven’t we?

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’s Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Next PREDATOR Movie

20th Century Studios Taps Dan Trachtenberg To Direct Next Predator Film – Deadline:

20th Century Studios has engaged 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg to direct the fifth installment in the Predator series. The script is being written by Patrick Aison, whose producer-writer credits include the series Kingdom, Jack Ryan and Treadstone.

The definition of “something I didn’t know I wanted, and now I do.”

How far we’ve come from The Totally Rad Show. #DanIsAMan

Apple Unveils Next Generation of Macs

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Introducing the next generation of Mac – Apple:

On a momentous day for the Mac, Apple today introduced a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini powered by the revolutionary M1, the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac. By far the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, M1 transforms the Mac experience. With its industry-leading performance per watt, together with macOS Big Sur, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before. And with M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac. With amazing performance and remarkable new features, the new lineup of M1-powered Macs are an incredible value, and all are available to order today.

In many ways, the world of laptops and desktop computers has remained relatively stagnant, with the biggest innovations (to the casual observer) occurring on the higher end — such as Apple’s ridiculous Mac Pro and the latest family of Nvidia graphics cards for gamers.

Otherwise, the most someone would raise an eyebrow is with bizarre, left-of-center computing options, like Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2.

Based on today’s presentation, I think this new line of Macs will speak to everyone, with dramatic increases in power, performance, battery life, and, get this — little to no heat.

It will remain to be seen how these play out when they get out into the real world, but on paper? These computers will be massive hits.

I’m already trying to find an excuse to get myself a new Air.