‘Secret Sauce’: How Seattle plans to create perfect NHL franchise

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‘Real Super Mario’ who reluctantly inspired franchise dies

Mario Segale, the man who Super Mario was named after, has died aged 84.
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Pokémon Let’s Go Will Be The First In The Franchise I Can’t Play

On November 16, the Nintendo Switch will be graced with its first quasi-traditional Pokémon adventure. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!  will aim to reimagine the first generation of the hit series through everything from improved graphics to updated battling.

Wild battles and random encounters have been removed to reduce the sometimes-tedious grind; Pokémon can be ridden if they’re large enough, or follow behind you if they’re not; and motion-controlled capture mechanics have been added to help immerse players within the exotic world.

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Which Real Housewives Franchise Is Your Guilty Pleasure?

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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Seems to Be a Game at the Top of Its Franchise

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” hopes to live up to its name, but not by having players re-experience the trials and tribulations of Odysseus as told by Homer, but rather by giving players a chance to create their own epic tale, their own odyssey during a time much later and more volatile in Greek history than the […]



Becca Kufrin Reveals What Inspired Her to Find Love Through The Bachelor Franchise

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Why six teams believe they might have their future franchise QBs

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‘Avengers,’ the Most Lucrative Movie Franchise Ever, Is Wrapping Up. Why?

The Russo brothers pushed to bring the Avengers series to a close — in a two-part extravaganza beginning with “Infinity War” — and Marvel listened.
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Everything you need to know about the 2018 franchise tag

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Franchise tag predictions for all 32 teams

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Matt Lauer’s Firing Leaves NBC’s $500 Million Franchise in Crisis

Matt Lauer’s abrupt exit from NBC News after an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior ends a storied tenure that made him the face of morning television, leaving the network with a huge hole to fill and its most important franchise in crisis.
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Ten Franchise Teams for ‘League of Legends’ North American eSports League Unveiled

Riot Games announced the 10 teams selected for the permanent partnership structure of the “League of Legends” North American League Championship Series — including four backed by NBA teams — starting with 2018 play. The pro eSports league, which the video-game publisher first launched in 2013, has previously operated under a promotion/relegation model (similar to […]



Why Arie Luydendyk Jr. Might Just Be the Refresh The Bachelor Franchise Needs

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Seven Ways Destiny 2 Evolves the Franchise

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2014’s Destiny made quite a splash, turning even the most jaded gamers into armchair Guardians. Of course, the game’s gatekeepers at Bungie love a good challenge, so they’re not only delivering a sequel that polishes, refines, and pretties up what previously worked, but one that also ambitiously expands on the original experience in a number of key ways.

Whether you’re craving a deeper narrative experience, looking for fresh ways to frag your friends, or seeking a progression path that doesn’t punish solo players, Destiny 2’s got your back. Guardians of all stripes should appreciate these seven ways Destiny 2 is improving upon its predecessor.

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Sharknado Stars Ponder Their Franchise Futures After That Epic Global Swarming Ending

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How Derek Carr became the Raiders’ first franchise QB since Rich Gannon

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‘Transformers 5’ Endures Franchise Low As Indies Perform Well At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty.

As of Sunday morning, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $ 69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $ 70.5 million in 2007. “The Last Knight” carries an estimated $ 217 million production budget.

This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. In China, the big-budget action sequel made $ 41 million in its opening day alone. The projected international come through Sunday is $ 196.2 million, powered by $ 123.4 million in China.

“The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue ― Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $ 1.3 billion domestically and well over $ 3.5 billion worldwide.

The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager ― who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014′s “Age of Extinction” ― and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Together, the team works together to save the world. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it ― it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Last Knight” was uncontested at the box office this weekend, but a few indie releases showed traction. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” remake from Focus Features played at four theaters this weekend, and should gross $ 240,545 with a strong per screen average before it expands to over 500 locations next weekend.

“We’re thrilled by this opening,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ distribution president. “This is Focus’ third collaboration with Sofia and she’s created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera.”

And Kumail Nanjiani’s critically adored romantic comedy “The Big Sick” should earn $ 435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations ― that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far.

“Kumail and Emily’s true story provided audiences of all ages a much-needed alternative to the summer blockbusters,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ distribution chief.

Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, and holds onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. This weekend, it should earn an additional $ 25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $ 318.4 million. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman ― a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.

Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3” also looks to earn $ 25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $ 25 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $ 100 million mark in North America by Monday.

“Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.”

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Cowboys’ life after Tony Romo smoother than most replacing franchise QBs

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Franchise tag after 25 years: Looking back at best, worst decisions

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New Movie Franchise Coming from Deadpool Creator

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is partnering with Shangai-based Fundamental Films to develop an Extreme Universe movie franchise.

Extreme Universe consists of several comics published by Liefeld’s Extreme Studios that are all set in a single universe. There are a total of nine comic book titles that include characters such as Bloodwulf, Kaboom, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Lethal, Re-Gex, Nitro-Gen, and Cybrid. They’re all written in a similar subversive style as Deadpool, the character that Ryan Reynolds’ and Fox turned into the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever.

The Wrap reports that Liefeld, who’s also credited with creating Marvel’s Cable and X-Force, will produce the films along with Brooklyn Weaver (Extant, Run All Night), Graham King (Allied, Tomb Raider), and Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower), with Goldsman in charge of the scripts and writers room for the entire franchise.

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How Leia could live on in the Star Wars franchise

If you’ve watched the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One, its final scene now seems poignant.
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Sam Taylor-Johnson Leaves ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Franchise

The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” sequel needs a new director, as Sam Taylor-Johnson announced her departure from the franchise late Wednesday night.

“Directing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement to Deadline.com. “I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota [Johnson] and Jamie [Dornan]. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.”

Notably absent by name in Taylor-Johnson’s note is E.L. James. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” author clashed with Taylor-Johnson during production, a battle that was detailed throughout the film’s press tour earlier this year.

“I kept trying to remind myself that they hired me for a reason. Some people said to me, ‘I’m surprised you haven’t quit,'” Taylor-Johnson said to Vanity Fair. “I was like, ‘Why would you think I’d quit?’ I never quit anything. Not without a fight.”

In that same piece, Taylor-Johnson said she and James “battled all the way through.”

“There were tough times and revelatory times,” Taylor-Johnson said. “There were sparring contests. It was definitely not an easy process, but that doesn’t mean to say that it didn’t come out the right way.”

Audiences would likely agree with that assessment: “Fifty Shades of Grey” has grossed more than $ 558 million at the worldwide box office. But despite the film being a success, Taylor-Johnson’s departure from the franchise seemed inevitable. In an interview with HuffPost Live, Taylor-Johnson said she had not even heard from James about the film.

“I think we will get to the end of this — we’ve been moving at such a pace — [that] hopefully when we get to the end of this, that will happen,” she said of a possible conversation.

According to Variety, “Fifty Shades of Grey” screenwriter Kelly Marcel is also making an exit from the sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker.” Per the trade site, James herself could be brought on to write the screenplay adaptation of her own novel.

For more, head to Deadline.com.
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Knicks’ 12th straight loss ties franchise mark

Mike Conley scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat New York 105-83 on Monday night, sending the depleted Knicks to their record-tying 12th straight loss.
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Ready to let go of “Let It Go” ? Disney isn’t. Mouse has five year plan for “Frozen” franchise

You’ve no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that Frozen has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. Frozen sold over $ 240 million worth of tickets in that country before it was finally knocked out of the top spot. Ironically enough by another Disney movie, “Maleficent”). But were you aware of how well the Frozen soundtrack has been selling?

To date, an estimated 2.78 million units of the Frozen soundtrack have been sold. More to the point, this Walt Disney Records release has topped the Billboard 200 album chart 13 times since January.


And since Disney executives dearly wants to keep this billion dollar franchise front-of-mind with consumers for years yet to come, they’ve now decided to use Frozen‘s songs as a way to keep the public excited about this property.

Don’t believe me? Then check out the all-new music video version of “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” which debuted on the Disney Channel just last night. Twenty-six Disney stars came together last month to record an all-new arrangement of this Bobby Lopez / Kristen Anderson-Lopez song which Marco Marinangeli put together. All with the hope that this new music video would then help keep tweens excited about Frozen‘s tunes.


Or — better yet — how about the “For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” show. This live stage show is presented seven times daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of this theme park’s summer-long “Frozen Summer Fun” promotion. And given the hundreds of little kids & their parents who now stand in the blistering hot Central Florida sun for hours daily just to get the chance to sing along with Anna, Elsa & Kristoff inside the Premiere Theater, these songs still clearly have a powerful hold over a huge audience.

At least what’s the folks who run the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood are hoping. Given that they’ll be bringing the sing-along version of Disney Frozen back to this classic movie palace for two weeks starting on August 22nd.


And on the consumer products side of the Mouse House, Disney believes that its Frozen karaoke album (which just debuted in Billboard’s top 20) will be a big seller. And starting in late August / early September, look for a brand-new wave of Frozen -themed merchandise to hit stores which will then attempt to capitalize on the continuing popularity of this film’s soundtrack.

These items include the Frozen Crystal Kingdom Vanity from JAKKS Pacific (which includes a musical feature where Anna & Elsa magically appear in this vanity’s mirror and then singing excerpts from this Academy Award-winning film’s score), a “Frozen Sing-Along Storybook” from Disney Publishing which includes a CD as well as the lyrics to this movie’s song, a Frozen Cool Tunes Sing-Along Boombox from Kid Design as well as a Frozen Sing & Swing Olaf plush from Just Play.


And let’s not forget about Disney on Ice presents Frozen, the music-filled arena show that will be premiering at Orlando’s Amway Center on September 4th before Feld Entertainment then sends it off on a year-old Northern American tour. Not to mention the stage version of Frozen which Bobby & Kristen are reportedly already prepping for Disney Theatrical to produce in the not-so-distant future. And then there’s the Frozen ride that the Imagineers are reportedly prepping as a replacement for Epcot’s Maelstrom attraction.

And all of this is being done because Disney CEO Bob Iger — during a recent quarterly earnings conference call — identified Frozen as one of the Company’s top five franchises. “So you can expect us to take full advantage of that over the next at least five years,” Iger told investment analysts.


So while you personally may be ready to let go of Let It Go, The Walt Disney Company certainly isn’t. So you should probably look for the Mouse to seek out all sorts of new ways (EX: Next summer’s “In Summer” promotion. Given that Olaf has now been identified as Frozen‘s break-out character, look for all sorts of snowman-themed beachware to show up on store shelves for Spring of 2015) to extend Frozen‘s current hot streak.
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Mae Whitman doesn’t want to Tinker with the way Disneytoon Studios has been running its “Fairies” film franchise

It was early 2008 when Mae Whitman got this mysterious call from her voiceover agent, Melissa.

“She was telling me that Disney had this very important project but that they wouldn’t tell Melissa what it actually was. All she knew that that they were eager for me to come in and audition for this part,” Whitman recalled during a 2012 interview.

So Mae went in for this audition. Where — once she got in front of that mic– Whitman discovered that she was just supposed to read a couple of very vaguely-written lines. There were nothing on these pages that gave Mae any information about the character that she was supposed to be voicing. Even stranger, the guys behind the glass in the recording booth were being very tight-lipped as well.

“I got none of the guidance that you typically get in a voiceover recording session. ‘Could you please say that line again only faster?,’ ‘Could you make your character sound more excited or happier?’ They just sat back and listened,” Whitman continued. “And since I’ve been doing voiceover work since I was five, which is why I’m very comfortable in a recording booth … Well, I just decided to be myself. Read those lines in my normal speaking voice.”

Ah, but what Mae didn’t know was that this wasn’t just any audition. After announcing back in June of 2006 that Brittany Murphy was going to be the official voice of Tinker Bell for a new series of Disney Fairies home premieres, Disneytoon Studios had now decided to go another way with this character. And the reason that they’d called Whitman in was that they were now considering her as someone who could possibly voice Peter Pan’s pixie pal.

“From what we’ve already seen of Tinker Bell in Disney’s 1953 animated feature, we knew that this character was curious. That she’s fun. She’s feisty. She’s super-loyal to Peter. Not to mention able to get angry. So we really needed to find a voice that could capture all of those emotions that we already knew about Tinker Bell without her even speaking,” explained Peggy Holmes, the director of Secret of the Wings & the soon-to-be-released The Pirate Fairy. “So we needed to find an actress that could portray that range of emotions. And Mae Whitman — thankfully — had that range. She can work onstage. She can work on film. She can work on television. And she can work in voiceover. And it’s all that experience that gave her the depth that we need for this iconic character.”


And when Whitman found out that she was being offered the opportunity to voice Tinker Bell, she freaked.

“Now you have to understand that — when I was growing up — Peter Pan was my favorite Disney movie. So to now be part of the team that gets to go back to Never Land and have all these new adventures with characters that I’ve loved since childhood … Well, it’s honestly like a dream come true,” Mae enthused. “So for me, this job is definitely filled with love.”

Mind you, at this point, Whitman now has six Disney Fairies films & TV specials under her belt. And having spent all that time in Pixie Hollow, has the pixie dust now begun to fade for her?

“To be honestly, no,” Mae stated. “What’s great about the people at Disneytoon Studios is that — with each of these projects — they’ve then built out the world of Pixie Hollow bit by bit. With each film, they’ve brought in new characters. Better yet, they’ve allowed Tinker Bell and her friends to change and grow.”

“I mean, in the first Disney Fairies film, Tinker Bell didn’t even want to be a tinker. She wanted to change her talent. But at this point in the Disney Fairies film series, Tink is hugely proud of being a tinker fairy. She wouldn’t change her talent for anything in the world,” Whitman said. “That’s what I love about working on this series. The lessons carry over from movie to movie. More to the point, Tinker Bell herself changes from film & film. She’s always changing and growing.”

And speaking of growing … After spending the past five projects exploring this one teeny tiny corner of Never Land, the folks at Disneytoon Studios have decided to use The Pirate Fairy as an excuse to finally leave Pixie Hollow and go off & explore more of the island.

“The initial idea was to do a road trip adventure with Tinker Bell and her friends and this adventure dealt with a rogue fairy who was experimenting with pixie dust,” explained Jeffrey M. Howard, the screenwriter on “The Pirate Fairy.” “But once we had the idea of putting pirates into this ‘Disney Fairies’ film … Well, it only seemed natural to include the most famous Never Land pirate of all, Captain Hook.”


Now do keep in mind that this is a far younger version of James Bartholomew Hook than we saw in Disney’s 1953 version of Peter Pan. But the story team at Disneytoon Studios actually turned this to their advantage by making The Pirate Fairy the very first time this Disney Villain fought using a hook or got chomped in the butt by Tic Toc the crocodile. And if you sit through the credits of this Disney Fairies film, you actually get to see that fateful moment where Hook first meets Mr. Smee.

And for someone like Mae Witman, who’s been a Peter Pan fan for as long as she can remember, doing voicework on a film where Tink and her friends actually visit Skull Rock and then do battle on a flying pirate ship that’s being powered by pixie dust … Well, you just know that this has to be a thrill.

“I just love that I get to be a part of this legacy at Disney,” Whitman admitted. “I mean, back in September of 2012, I got to be part of this D23 event which honored 75 years of Feature Animation. Which was where I was supposed to be paneling with Margaret Kerry — who was the live-action model for this character back in the early 1950s — and Ginny Mack — who Walt personally chose as the face model for Tinker Bell.”

“Now I’m backstage with Peggy Holmes, waiting to go. And just then it hits me that I’m now actually part of this Disney legacy. That I’m now one of the women who’s been entrusted with keeping the character of Tinker Bell alive & magical,” Mae remembered. “And I got so emotionally overwhelmed at that moment that Peggy actually had to walk me around for a little while and calm me down a little.”

“I just hope that — 60 years from now — when Disney’s putting together panels to promote the new holographic Tinker Bell movies that they’ll be making then that I’ll look as good as Margaret & Ginny did at that D23 presentation,” Whitman laughed.
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