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Robbie Amell Joins The Witcher: Season 3
Robbie Amell is joining the cast of The Witcher for season 3, where he’ll play Gallatin, the leader of a group of fighters who eventually clash with Francesca. Meng’er Zhang, Hugh Skinner, and Christelle Elwin also join the Netflix series. Robbie Amell currently stars in the romantic sci-fi satire Upload. He also stars in the 2019 sci-fi thriller Code 8 alongside his cousin, Arrow star Stephen Amell. A sequel to Code 8 will be released on Netflix later this year. Chinese actor Meng’er Zhang made her first on-screen appearance as Shang-Chi’s fearsome sister Xu Xialing in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. She is an experienced stage actor who has starred in productions of Oliver Twist and The Merchant of Venice. English actor Hugh Skinner is no stranger to playing royalty, having taken on the role of Prince William in the comedic soap opera The Windsors. He also starred in Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs, a contemporary anthology series about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Christelle Elwin will also appear in Netflix’s adaptation of Sally Green’s YA fantasy trilogy Half Bad. New Trailer: Stranger Things – Season four part one The trailer for Stranger Things‘ season four part one episodes has just been released! Also, horror legend Robert Englund joins the cast. Season four part one premieres May 27. (Netflix) More trailers and teasers released this week: Grace & Frankie season 7 will set the record as Netflix’s longest-running original series. Stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Ethan Embry, and Peter Gallagher. Premieres April 29. (Netflix) Senior Year is a Netflix comedy in which Rebel Wilson is a cheerleader who falls off a pyramid and into a 20-year coma. She wakes up as a 37-year-old woman, ready to return to high school, regain her status and claim the prom queen crown that eluded her. Also stars Justin Hartley, Alicia Silverstone, and Sam Richardson. Premieres May 13. (Netflix) We Own This City is The Wire co-creator David Simon’s new drama, starring The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as a member of a corrupt Baltimore police department in a fact-based limited series. Also stars Jamie Hector and Josh Charles. Premieres April 25. (HBO) Girls5eva returns for a second season and the chance to become two-hit wonders. Starring Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Premieres May 5. (Peacock) The Lincoln Lawyer is David E. Kelley’s series adaptation of the Michael Connelly book that was a Matthew McConaughey movie about Mickey Heller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Los Angeles lawyer who runs his business from the back of his car. Premieres May 13. (Netflix) Candy is the fact-based limited series about Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel), the Texas housewife who murdered her friend and romantic rival with an ax. Also stars Timothy Simons, Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, and Raúl Esparza. Premieres May 9. (Hulu) The Kids in the Hall revival will feature all five original stars and be accompanied by the docuseries The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks. Stars Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Premieres May 20. (Prime Video) Hacks Season 2 will find Deborah (Emmy winner Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder) hitting the road to create new material for Deborah.Comedian Susie Essman and Devon Sawa have joined the cast for the new season. Premieres May 12. (HBO Max) David Spade: Nothing Personal is the comedian’s first original Netflix comedy special. Premieres April 26. (Netflix) Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Will Appear in the Final Season of Better Call Saul Better Call Saul’s final season premieres Monday with a doubleheader of episodes, bringing Saul Goodman closer to the timeline of Breaking Bad, the series that spawned him. And the season will also bring a pair of very special guests for season 6: Bad Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who will reprise their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Co-creator Vince Gilligan first hinted at the news during the show’s season 6 premiere event on April 8. The next day co-creator Peter Gould announced at PaleyFest that Cranston and Paul would reprise their roles, THR reported. “I think it would be odd if Walt and Jesse didn’t make an appearance. So I’m excited that we did and how we did,” Paul told THR. How they did it hasn’t yet been revealed. Fans will just have to watch the new season of Saul, starting on April 18 on AMC. More news this week: Oscar nominee Frank Langella has been fired from Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher, where he was playing the lead role of Roderick Usher in the eight-episode adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s works. The Americans alum was fired after he was the subject of an investigation that he was involved in “unacceptable conduct: on set, involving an inappropriate joke and touching of a castmate. Nearly half the series had been shot, so the actor’s replacement will have to reshoot Langella’s scenes. (Deadline) The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey star Dominique Fishback will play a “Beyonce-like figure,” the lead role in Donald Glover and Janine Nabers’  upcoming untitled Amazon series. (Variety) LeVar Burton, Katlynn Simone, Tamera Tomakili, and Tim Chantarangsu are joining the cast of Starz’ Blindspotting for Season 2. Jessica Alba will star in Confessions on the 7:45, is a Netflix adaptation of the book of the same name by author Lisa Unger, a psychological thriller about a single mom who meets a stranger on a train who wreaks havoc on her life. Black-ish scene stealer Deon Cole will star in BET+’s dark comedy Average Joe, about Joe, a blue collar plumber in Pittsburgh who finds out his father, who recently passed away, lived a secret second life and stole millions of dollars from some dangerous people before he died. Those people think Joe knows where the cash is stashed, and he and the rest of his family have to go on a frantic search for the truth (and the money), lest their recent, bloody confrontation with the baddies will not be their last. (Deadline) Delightful The Adam Project breakout Walker Scobell, who played the younger version of Ryan Reynolds in the Netflix movie, has landed the titular role in Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The live-action series finds 12-year-old Percy just finding out about his supernatural powers when he’s accused by the god Zeus of stealing his lightning bolt and forced to travel across America and find the bolt. Good Girls alum Manny Montana has joined the cast FX’s Mayans MC, where his character stirs up trouble as a member of the Yuma Mayans. (Deadline) Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña is set to play the lead in the HBO Max action series The Ledger, a half-hour series about a kid named Gabriel who travels around the country trying to help fix the lives of people harmed by the man who trained him. (Variety) Live Schreiber, Bel Powley, and Joe Cole have been cast in Disney+’s limited series A Small Light, an eight-episode National Geographic scripted project about Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family. Giorgia Whigham, Max Burkholder, and Scott Grimes will join Seth MacFarlane as the lead voice in MacFarlane’s Peacock series adaptation of his hit movie Ted. MacFarlane will also direct, write, executive produce and showrun the series. Paramount+ announced RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 7 will feature the first-ever all-winners cast. Eight former “queens of all queens” will compete for another title and a $200,000 prize, including Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon, Raja, Shea Couleé, Monét X Change, Trinity The Tuck, The Vivienne, and Yvie Oddly. Jesse L. Martin is leaving his regular role on The Flash and will star in NBC’s upcoming drama pilot The Irrational, about a respected professor of behavioral psychology who uses his abilities to help government agencies, corporations, and law enforcement teams with particularly tough cases. He will also make a few return appearances on The Flash. The New Edition Story star Elijah Kelley will star in Lee Daniels’ Hulu limited series about Sammy Davis Jr. Based on the book In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr. by author Wil Haygood, which focuses on the singer and actor’s racial identity and his relationship with the Black community. For All Mankind star Jodi Balfour will recur on the upcoming third season of Ted Lasso, playing a venture capitalist named Jack. (Deadline) https://magarila.com/robbie-amell-joins-the-witcher-season-3/
Guy Builds Life-Size Lego Batmobile, Everyone is in Awe
A couple of days ago Nathan Sawaya finished his "strenuous" "challenge" of building a life-size Batmobile out of Legos. The process took about three-months and he used around 500,000 Legos. It's around 1,500 pounds and 18-feet long and if it were a real car and not a bunch of plastic pieces, he could probably sit inside and drive it around town. It's complete with "flames" that "shoot out of the back". When I asked him [I didn't contact him I'm making this part up] about his endeavor, he looked at me with a wry-smile and said, "I know everyone will think I'm awesome. I know I'm awesome. This isn't your child's plastic building block anymore." During the rest of the interview, Sawaya was taking sips from his mug -- which was also made of Legos -- as if he was trying to tell me to ask him about his workshop (also made of Legos). But instead, I steered the line of questioning back to his Batmobile. Or at least I tried. He stood by the "flames" and kept pretending that it was real fire. He slowly inched closer and closer to the plastic fire and said, "Paul, do you dare me? Huh? Do you dare me to touch the fire?" I nodded and he touched the fire and grinned in a way that I can only describe as uncomfortable. He looked at me then said, "Do you know why nothing happened to me?" I responded that it was because the fire was made of plastic. At this point he got angry and raised his voice, "No, Paul, it's because I am a god. Do you see what lay before you? Are you in awe like all of them are in awe? [he pointed at life size Lego men and women that lined his workshop] Do you see what they see, Paul? They are all in awe." I nodded out of fear. Sawaya had a look in his eyes that I've only seen on my dog when my dog sees a small bird or a squirrel. At this point, I was scared. Scared for my own life, for the lives of others, and how he kept pointing at the Lego men and women that stood before us. "They were like you, once," he said, "they didn't believe the way I do. And I can tell, the look on your face, the way you're retreating to the exit, that you don't believe." Sawaya stared at his hands for a while before cracking a sly smile. And I heard noises groaning from the life size Lego men and women. "You know, they call me the real Batman. The real Bruce Wayne. I've built my Wayne Tower, what do you think we're standing in right now? Christopher Nolan had no idea what he's done for me. Watching those movies, his trilogy, gave me life. Gave me a reason to live. I'll be the Batman. I will." That's when he threw a life size Lego batarang at me and I got knocked unconscious. When I awoke, I was encased in Legos, with the others, unable to move. If you are reading this. Please send help. [I don't know Nathan Sawaya and none of this happened. I'm sure he's a well-adjusted individual who just likes building things with Legos.]
My 90s Toys Are Better Than Yours ;)
1) Polly Pocket Polly Pocket was seriously one of the best toys I ever had. I remember when I was a little girl, I stole one and I was too little to realize what I was doing. But I went home with a Polly Pocket and I was the happiest girl ever. Although I had an impressive world of Barbie dolls and Barbie things, I think I appreciated Polly Pocket the most -- probably because I was able to take it everywhere I went. And my imagination with wild with these toys. POLLY!!! 2) Tamagotchi Yess! I vividly remember having these in elementary school. I remember the teachers had to make the ban on them, because the students (including me) were HIGHLY addicted to them. They pooped, they slept, and they grew! Since it was like taking care of a real pet, you had to pay attention to them. If you ever ignored them for a long period of time, you came back to a shit mess, or sometimes they die. :( Can we please bring these back? 3) Bop It This is also on the list of one of the most addicting games ever. I am not even sure why I was so addicted to Bop It, but it was such an intriguing game. It's basically a memory toy. I would play this game hours on end. I remember even fighting with my sister for my turn to play the game. BOP IT! TWIST IT! PULL IT! 4) Easy Bake Oven Who was the best baker in the world? I WAS. This was the only time baking came easy. I can still remember the taste of the slightly-fake-tasting brownie. Every Time I used the toy, I definitely had to have my mother around to use it. Ever heard of the burning accidents from this toy -- I can totally believe. That Easy Bake Oven got hot. Brownies, anyone? 5) FURBY Goodness, this shit was scary. But I still played with it. During the day time I was in love with Furby, during the night time, I kept one eye open -- thanks to the 80s movie, Gremlins. And since Furby was technically a furry robot, it will go through it's weird tech-y things and do things on it's own. I still kinda like you, Furby. Kinda. 6) Super Soaker One of the COOLEST toys I had as a kid. This was freakin' fun as heck! And living in MIami where there was warm weather all year long, this toy came in handy. Who's going to get soaked today?! What kind of toys did you grow up having? My childhood was at its prime during the 1990s (I am an 80s baby!) Can I just please be a kid again???
Legos Are Now Worth More Than Gold.
Looking to invest your money somewhere safe? Well, you might want to head to your local toy store. According to a recent report in the UK's Telegraph, financial analysts are beginning to suggest that - when it comes to turning a profit - Legos are the new gold. Within the past 15 years, the FTSE 100 - an index of 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange - has increased in value by roughly 4.1%. And while gold investments have seen an increase 9.6% annually, LEGO sets kept in pristine condition have surpassed them with a 12% increase on average. Bottom line? Legos are an investment that packs one serious return. So what kind of LEGO sets should you be investing in? According to avid collector Ed Maciorowski (seen right, with lots of Legos), the money is in franchise picks - movies, TV shows, and even more specific product lines within the LEGO brand: "The neat thing is that all sets are retired at some point, and several hundred are retired each year a movie run ends, a licence expires or the Lego company wants to refresh its range. That means anyone with a set at home – large or small, it doesn't matter – could have quite an investment on their hands if it's in good condition, as this stuff appreciates very well in value." The most coveted LEGO set, for example, is the 2007 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon - which originally retailed for $500 and currently goes for over a cool $4,000. However, financial analyst Laith Khalaf warns that 'trendy' investments come with much more risk than more traditional options: "The returns from Lego look pretty awesome, but investors need to beware that the value of collectibles can be vulnerable to fads. There’s absolutely no harm in buying some pieces as a hobby, and you may well make some money, but as a main building clock for your retirement, I would suggest sticking to more traditional shares and bonds." So what do YOU think? Would you take the risk of investing in LEGO sets, or would you stick more traditional options like gold? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection!