HBO has announced an August 21 launch date for its new Game of Thrones prequel series House of The Dragon. The release date puts it just 2 weeks ahead of the launch of the Amazon Lord of The Rings prequel series. Can television sustain two big brand fantasy epics at once? Maybe. Either way, there's bound to be quite a few frustrated folk at Amazon Prime HQ today.

On August 21, this egg will hatch and we'll hear the phrase 'Not the baby'....
‘House of the Dragon’ Premiere Date Revealed by HBO
The long-awaited ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel will arrive in August.

Bruce Willis retires due to aphasia diagnosis

Actor Bruce Willis, after an extensive career as a major TV star, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, and a back-end career as star of cheap direct-to-dvd/streaming geezer features, has announced his retirement.

Willis was diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.

While many of us have been disappointed by a lot of his output over the past decade or so (there was a whole lot of paycheck work that rarely captured his natural screen charisma), it's sad to know that there won't be that Bruce Willis comeback that seemed at least a bit possible.

Bruce Willis Stepping Away From Acting Following Aphasia Diagnosis
Bruce Willis’ family has announced the actor is retiring from the profession after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s abili…

Disney edits Falcon & The Winter Soldier

Last year's Marvel show Falcon & The Winter Soldier has quietly been edited to remove blood and other violence. A Reddit user noticed the differences.

Why the edits? It isn't known, but it seems odd when noting that the show is almost a year old now and nobody seemed to have an issue with it over the past 12 months.

The likely reason is to keep the show discoverable for younger viewers who may be prevented from watching this show from appearing once (the new feature) parental controls are set.

Disney has edited scenes in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to censor blood and violence from marvelstudios

Mad God finally finds a streaming home

Phil Tippet, the lengendary special effects and animation whiz responsible for popping your eyes on films like the Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, RoboCop, Starship Troopers, and many more (and yes, 'many more' means Howard The Duck), has been quietly working on a stop motion animated film for the past 30 years called Mad God. He debuted it last year.

Today comes word that horror streaming service Shudder will stream the film from June. It will also get a limited release into cinemas.

Mad God looks groovy as all heck, so this is exciting news for sure.

Shudder Snags VFX Legend Phil Tippett’s Experimental Animated Pic ‘Mad God’
EXCLUSIVE: Shudder has locked down rights to the critically acclaimed feature Mad God, directed by two-time Academy Award-winning artist, animator and filmmaker Phil Tippett. The experimental anima…

TeeVee Snacks

  • Once director John Carney is on board to direct a movie about the Bee Gees. Read: Deadline
  • Speaking of John Carney, his Amazon TV show Modern Love is being adapted by the streamer for Japan. Modern Love Japan will debut next year. Also announced: A revival for Takeshi's Castle. Read: Variety
  • Evil will return for season 3 June 12. Read: Deadline
  • When US reality dingus Dr Oz abandoned his show unexpectedly to pursue a US Senate seat, it left his longtime TV show staff unemployed and without health benefits. And they're a little pissed about it. Read: Page Six
  • RIP Ernie Carroll, the man behind Australian Hey Hey puppet Ossie Ostrich. Read: TV Tonight
  • RIP The Sopranos actor Paul Herman who died at age 76. Read: Variety
  • A new Spy Kids movie is in the works for Netflix with Robert Rodriguez directing. Read: The Verge
  • Italy is set to put in place a 90 day window between the release of a movie in cinemas and it being made available for streaming. Read: Variety

Trailer Park

Ronny Chieng: Speakeasy debuts on Netflix on Tuesday.

Elite returns to Netflix for season 5 on April 8.

The Sea Beast debuts on Netflix July 8.


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