WWE has announced a title match and a new segment for Friday’s SmackDown on FOX.
It was announced today that SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley will appear in the ring to address last week’s attack on Sasha Banks.
There’s no word yet on if Banks will be there or if WWE will hold her off TV to sell the storyline injuries that WWE announced. As noted, WWE announced this week that Banks suffered a “severe bone bruise in her knee” and a “compressed nerve in her neck” from the attack by her former friend and tag team partner last week.
WWE has also announced that Jeff Hardy will defend his Intercontinental Title against AJ Styles on Friday night. Hardy defeated Styles for the title three weeks ago and this will be AJ’s rematch.
As noted before, Friday’s SmackDown will also see Bray Wyatt introduce a “new friend” to the Firefly Fun House.
Stay tuned for updates on Friday’s SmackDown and be sure to join us for live coverage at 8pm ET.
CS Unboxed: McFarlane Toys’ New Batman Figure Line!
McFarlane Toys has provided ComingSoon.net with a chance to unbox their new Dark Metals Earth figures featuring various alternate iterations of Batman as well as a limited bronze Joker figure. Check out our unboxing in the gallery below!
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McFarlane Toys’ Dark Metals Earth line includes Earth 32-Batman, The Grim Knight, Earth-44 Batman, and Earth – 1 Batman. The entire line is currently on pre-order at Walmart and Amazon, and it will be in Walmart in October and then in retailers internationally and nationwide in November.
The McFarlane Platinum Edition’s first figure to release is the Arkham Asylum Joker Bronze. This figure is limited to 3,000 production run worldwide and has been randomly packed into DC Multiverse cases shipping to retailers globally. There are several more McFarlane Special Edition figures from several brands releasing in 2020.
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In 2021, all chase figures released in the McFarlane Platinum Edition program will feature rare variation paint and will be showcased in limited-edition packaging with a McFarlane Toys special edition platinum label printed in foil. Every McFarlane Special Edition figure will be highly limited in quantity and will extend across all of McFarlane Toys’ lines to bring the “chase” of collecting back to fan everywhere!
A refugee story turns into a full-blown nightmare in His House, a new Netflix horror film from director Remi Weekes. The story follows a young refugee couple from South Sudan who moves to a small English town and begins to experience some sort of “unspeakable evil.” It’s a tad vague, all in the name of keeping the shocks and jolts fresh, but the His House trailer below is plenty effective as-is.
His House Trailer
His House premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and after watching this trailer, I’m sad I missed it. Thankfully, I’ll be able to see it sooner rather than later, as it’s headed to Netflix at the end of October. In His House, “After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.”
His House comes from writer-director Remi Weekes, who said at Sundance:
“For many of us who aren’t white British growing up in England, we always find ourselves torn between wanting to assimilate to fit into the primary culture and then the other side that wants to rebel and pull away from it and discover what is our place and our home. I felt that was a good starting place for this kind of story. I love movies and I love storytelling and always felt that if I could infuse the ideas I had growing up with the kind of movies I like, that would be the kind of space I’d like to make films in.”
The director added: “The two characters are from South Sudan, the Dinka tribe, so we did a lot of research into them. A lot of the ideas and myths within the film are based on the stories that are popular there. It was really fun to research. We went through the scripts again and again in terms of language and food and just little things that will butt against British things and Britishness. I think we’ve been very good in the West to sell a fantasy of what the West is and it’s really convincing. For many people who come to England, they feel like, ‘Oh, this is it!’ And that’s always very fascinating.”
Starring Sopé Dìrísù, Wunmi Mosaku, and Matt Smith, His House is headed to Netflix on October 30. Here’s hoping it finds an audience and doesn’t just get lost in the shuffle.
Divestment from affiliate production companies is the final hurdle to end the writer walkout from Hollywood’s biggest agencies
The Writers Guild of America West released a new memo on Wednesday to its members outlining the progress in its talks with William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, saying that they have requested more information on the nature of their ownership of affiliate production companies.
“In short: our conversations continue,” the Guild’s negotiating committee said. “For there to be an agreement with CAA and WME, we must negotiate divestment terms that absolutely protect writers’ interests.”
Despite a major setback for the WGA early this year when several key elements of their lawsuit were dismissed, the damaging financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought the agencies back to the negotiating table as they seek to end a more-than-year-long walkout of writer clients. United Talent Agency and ICM Partners have signed a new franchise agreement requiring them to phase out packaging fees — payments from a studio to an agency in exchange for packaging talent for a project — within the next two years.
While packaging fees were the key issue in the guild/agency standoff, it is affiliate production companies that remain the final hurdle between the WGA and CAA and WME signing a similar agreement. The Guild has accused affiliate studios of being a conflict of interest, warning that agencies could favor projects and talent connected to those studios as it would give them a greater financial benefit.
The favored nations clause in the UTA/WGA deal increased the amount of permissible ownership of an affiliate studio by an agency to 20%, but the Guild has publicly stated that it will not raise the percentage further for WME and CAA, the two agencies most involved with affiliates.
“Our concerns with each of these agencies center on how they and their private equity investors will limit their ownership of production affiliates to 20% and how they will prove over time that they remain in compliance,” the guild said. “As you would expect, reaching agreement with the two agencies most conflicted in these ways requires the utmost care. We are, therefore, consulting experienced corporate merger and acquisition counsel.”
Two weeks ago, CAA announced that they had signed a version of the WGA franchise agreement and sent it to the guild for approval, but the WGA insisted that they would not franchise the agency until further reviews were made. To this end, the Guild says it has requested further details on the agencies’ ownership of affiliates, including:
The agencies’ and their investors’ current ownership of affiliated production entities;
The current direct or indirect ownership of the agencies, and the agreements that govern their relationship with entities such as Silverlake and TPG;
Copies of existing agreements between any affiliate production entity and its direct or indirect owners;
Copies of any certificates of incorporation or corporate bylaws or similar documents of the affiliated production entities.
“This information will enable the Guild to evaluate any proposals WME or CAA may make regarding the changes necessary to bring them into compliance with the terms of the franchise agreement,” the Guild says.
Representatives for the two agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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