TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK (APRIL 21, 2019)

It’s been a short week for me, with Easter and all that happening. However, there have been (at least) two main events: Game of Thrones’ season 8- premiere (yes, we in Sweden, get it Sunday to Monday night at 03.00AM) and an official confirmation for a next generation Playstation hardware.

Here are the most popular topics of the past week:

PS5 confirmed
PS5 Officially confirmed
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
Mark Cerny, the lead architect for PS4 has revealed some technical specs for the PS5 and the most exciting is the backwards compatibility with the PS4 game library.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft
Tomb Raider sequel might be in works
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
It’s reported that Alicia Vikander (who plays the main character – Tomb Raider in the reboot) has read parts of the script for an eventual sequel and likes it, making a return possible.

Netflix
New numbers for Netflix
Posted: Friday, April 19
Netflix continues to grow. There’s also a new function in works that could be lauched worldwide in a couple of months. Announced are numbers for some of the original content aswell.

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Game of Thrones Episode 8×02 Preview
Posted: Monday, April 15
Is there really anything more left to say?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Final Trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Posted: Wednesday, April 17
Last X-Men movie from FOX. The mutant are coming back to their maker. Expect details on the future of the franchise to emerge from Disney/Marvel in a couple of months.

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Gameplay from NEGATIVE ATMOSPHERE
Posted: Wednesday, April 17
The game looks and feels a lot like the DEAD SPACE- titles from Visceral and EA: horror sci-fi survival action set in space. It’s a great thing!

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‘KRYPTON’ SEASON 2 TRAILER HAS DOOMSDAY, BRAINIAC, ZOD AND LOBO

Lobo in Krypton season 2 trailer

The second season of the DC series will arrive this summer. Doomsday and Brainiac I’ve seen in SMALLVILLE, a show that aired from 2001 to 2011 and centered around a teenage/young adult Superman (played by Tom Welling). Zod I know of from MAN OF STEEL, the Superman movie with Henry Cavill as main role. He was the main villain.

Fans of this show are pretty excited over the characters and there is a certain buzz around the Internet, mainly the reason to why I wanted to post this. Much thanks to the Lobo reveal (present in picture above).

Timeweise, the show is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet – Krypton – and follows Superman’s grandfather.

The video description sais that:
Zod! Brainiac! Doomsday! Lobo! Seg-El’s enemies are closing in, and the future of his home planet of Krypton has been stolen. Join the fight to take it back when Krypton returns to SYFY on June 12.

So there you have it: you’ve got some time to catch up with the show.

The synopsis released for this season is:
What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, as a young man who fights to save his home planet from destruction. Season 2 brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) is now in control. He’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, our hero, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. Their chance at redemption is threatened however, by their opposing tactics, shifting alliances and conflicting moral boundaries – forcing each of them to individually determine how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

‘JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM’ OFFICIAL CLIP + FEATURETTE

The third installment in the JOHN WICK- saga has a stellar lineup: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Lance Reddicki etc. For more on this movie: trailers, photos etc, visit this resource.

The official clip (“Taxi”), released yesterday:

Storyline:
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons – he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘Excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.

The featurette(“The Continetal in action”), released 20 hours ago:

In US theaters 17 May.

If you’re in need of a recap or just plan to watch the movie without/not being able to watch the first two, you should then check out this video, titled – “Watch This Before You See John Wick 3“:

HAVE A FIRST LOOK AT DC’S ‘SWAMP THING’

First look at Swamp Thing

Fans can finally have a look at Swamp Thing. The teaser sets the atmosphere to perfectly reveal the character.

There are reports that the first season is cut down to 10 episodes from the initial announced 13. One day after the teaser, other rumors surfaced stating that it’s unclear if DC Universe still plans on airing Swamp Thing or not. No one can know for sure, so we should wait for an official statement from DC itself.

Plot:
SWAMP THING follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Premieres May 31. New episodes weekly, only on *DC Universe.

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MISSY ELLIOT TO DROP NEW ALBUM

New Missy Elliot album

After more than a decade (14 years, to be exact) Missy Elliot is about to release a new album.

““I just finished a long project I been working on since last year,” Elliot announced in an Instagram post. Missy’s last major release was her 2015 single “WTF (Where They From)” with Pharrell. Back in January, Elliot became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

My generation remembers hits as “One Minute Man”, “4 My People”, “Lose Control”, “Pass that duch”, “I’m really hot”, “Work it”, “Get your freak on” etc. Today she is 47 years old and it’ll be fun hearing her new music.

CAPCOM HOME ARCADE MINI-CONSOLE ANNOUNCED

Capcom home arcade announced

After Nintendo’s and Sony’s success with new mini- iterations of their classic gaming consoles, it’s now CAPCOM’s turn to reveal a similar project.

Named CAPCOM HOME ARCADE, the console is described as a “brand new plug and play console” and and it comes loaded with coin-op games from the ’80s and ’90s. Their speciality from that age – fighter and beat-em-ups will be well represented. The system is manufactured by Koch Media.

The official site lists a 25 October 2019 launch date and you can pre-order it now. Its listed price is around $260. The games announced are:

* 1944: The Loop Master
* Alien vs Predator
* Armored Warriors
* Capcom Sports Club
* Captain Commando
* Cyberbots
* Darkstalkers
* Eco Warriors
* Final Fight
* Ghouls and Ghosts
* Giga Wing
* Mega Man: The Power Battle
* ProGear
* Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting
* Strider
* Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo.

Visit the official site for more info.

‘THE RAIN’ SEASON 2 OFFICIAL TRAILER

The Rain season 2

The Rain is an Netflix original show. The second season seems to bring higher tempo and better visual effects. The Danish- produced series returns May 17.

Plot:
The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life. Set free from their collective past and societal rules the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.