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  2. (Last Updated : 25-06-2021) Please comment the details in the plain text format (No Screenshots, please), so it will be easy to add to the list. Tracker Name: 3DTorrents Tracker Name: ABtorrents Tracker Name: AlphaRatio Tracker Name: Aither Tracker Name: Anasch.cc Tracker Name: AnimeBytes Tracker Name: Anthelion Tracker Name: Aussierul.es Tracker Name: AvistaZ Tracker Name: Back-ups Tracker Name: BaconBits Tracker Name: Bemaniso Tracker Name: BitHDTV Tracker Name: Blutopia Tracker Name: Brasil Tracker Tracker Name: BWTorrent Tracker Name: CinemaGeddon Tracker Name: CinemaTik Tracker Name: CinemaZ Tracker Name: CrazyHd Tracker Name: DigitalCore Tracker Name: Emporium Tracker Name: eStone Tracker Name: Exitorrent Tracker Name: Extreme Bits Tracker Name: FileList Tracker Name: FluxZone Tracker Name: Funky Torrents Tracker Name: HD-Atmos Tracker Name: HDBits Tracker Name: HDMonkey Tracker Name: HD-Olympus Tracker Name: HD-Space Tracker Name: HDZone Tracker Name: LinkoManija Tracker Name: IPTorrents Tracker Name: M-Team Tracker Name: MyAnonamouse Tracker Name: nCore Tracker Name: Nebulance Tracker Name: NorBits Tracker Name: Oppaitime Tracker Name: Orpheus Tracker Name: PterClub Tracker Name: PTN Tracker Name: PTP Tracker Name: PixelCove Tracker Name: PolishSource Tracker Name: Polish Tracker Tracker Name: Pretome Tracker Name: PrivateHD Tracker Name: PTFiles Tracker Name: Resurrectthe.net Tracker Name: SecretCinema Tracker Name: SpeedApp Tracker Name: Speed.cd Tracker Name: Sportscult Tracker Name: TeamHD Tracker Name: TheShinning Tracker Name: TLZ (The Leach Zone) Tracker Name: TorrentDay Tracker Name: TorrentLeech Tracker Name: TorrentSeed Tracker Name: TV-Vault xThor Thanks for your support @Achelous & @kardashian09.
  3. ➥ Tracker Name: 420Project We've zero'ed everybody's downloaded amounts and no longer track that shit. Only upload amounts are kept from here until forever. But, remember to seed as best you can or we will take your stash. ➥ Tracker Name: BitHUmen Hit & Run history is included in the user profile for informational purposes only. It disappears automatically after 24 hours of seed time. There are no penalties for torrents deleted before the 24 hour deadline. ➥ Tracker Name: BroadcasThe.Net We require that you seed torrents to at least the minimum time requirements for that torrent type (24 hours for individual episodes & 120 hours for the season packs) OR to a ratio of 1:1, within 2 weeks of starting the download. ➥ Tracker Name: Carpathians With each download started, more than 1 byte will record 1 hit & run point. If a torrent you downloaded no more than 28 days ago is deleted for any reason, your hit & run point (if any) will be credited. If, for any reason, the torrent is deleted within 24 hours of uploading, the points entered will be deducted. Redeem points: 1. By redistributing the downloaded quantity 1: 1. 2. With time in Seed: 150MB under 48 hours, 500MB under 15 hours, 1.5GB under 18 hours, 5GB under 21 hours, 5GB over 24 hours 3. Uploading a regular torrent (minimum size 25MB), there is no size limit for uploading a book category! 4. For every 10GB upload, if you have a hit & run point, one will be credited. If not, nothing happens, the score does not go down! ➥ Tracker Name: CGPeers Only Upload is counted in this tracker. ➥ Tracker Name: DataScene If you download a torrent of 1 GB and you will seed it 5 days (120 hours), you will receive a bonus of 1 GB (or the amount of the torrent downloaded). If you will seed 10 days (240 hours) you will get 2 x 1 GB (or 2 times the amount of the torrent downloaded). ➥ Tracker Name: ExigoMusic Exigo is a ratio-free tracker. All torrents are marked free and no download statistics are being counted. That means if you are a new user, you will never have any ratio whatsoever. However, note that not requiring any ratio does not mean good behaviour is not required and expected. If you download from the initial seeder, please stay with them. Hitting and running is definitely frowned upon! Please be considerate, frequent hit-and-rin abusers will be dealt with by the staff (and we don't like banning people, so people avoid it!) ➥ Tracker Name: FunkyTorrents Always Freeleech. ➥ Tracker Name: GigaTorrents The maximum duration of the seed obligation is 2 days! The seed obligation is valid from 1 byte download and works with a percentage system! So if you downloaded 10 Megas from 100 Megas Torrent then your Seed Time is 10%! You have 4 weeks to meet your Seed obligation. So 48 hours of seed time must be achieved in 4 weeks! Seed obligation measurement is only valid for active torrents! So the client has to go otherwise it remains a seed-bound torrent! Once downloaded, you must seed your torrent for 1 hour! All users can access the list of torrents under the seed obligation by clicking [Seed obligation] next to [logout] in the status bar. Violation of these rules will result in a warning or loss of download rights. ➥ Tracker Name: iNSANE For each torrent , a redistribution ratio of 1 OR 24 hours of seed time OR a proportional combination of these (eg 0.5 redistribution ratio with 12 hours seed time, or 0.33 redistribution rate with 16 hours seed time, etc.) is the expectation. There are 2 weeks from the download to complete! ➥ Tracker Name: inTheShadow Always try to give back what you took. Seed every torrent to at least 72 hours (no need to be contiguous). Hit & Runners will not be tolerated. ➥ Tracker Name: Libble Never Hit & Run. Seed as long as you can. Downloaded torrents need to be seeded for 72 hours after the download is finished within 1 week. ➥ Tracker Name: Majomparade The torrent can be removed from your list ahead of time in two ways: (1) You redeem for bonus points. (2) You redistribute the torrent to a ratio of 1, or you complete the 48 hour seed time. The two values trigger each other proportionally, so if you upload a torrent to 0.5, the remaining seed time will decrease proportionally. ➥ Tracker Name: Milkie SITE-WIDE FREELEECH! No hit'n'run or ratio requirements as of now. Seeding is still very much appreciated. Download stats will be reset if the rules change. ➥ Tracker Name: Morethan.tv We at MTV have a gentleman's agreement in place, what that means is we do not have any restrictions regarding minimum seedtime, HnR, or ratio, we simply ask that you seed back as long as you possibly can, and not limit your upload speed. To be clear, this is no way an encouragement for bad practices and behavior, it's meant to be taken at face value, as an symbol of trust we the staff have in the community that has formed here. If any time we feel this trust has been misplaced, we will be forced to rethink our agreement, and instant some harsher rules. Staff reserve the right to take action against a user if they feel that user is being particularly abusive to the agreement. ➥ Tracker Name: nCore All torrents of which a minimum of 5% or a minimum of 200 MB has been downloaded (which was previously accessed) are subject to a seed obligation. There are basically two ways to fulfill this obligation: - With the amount of data downloaded ( 1.0 ratio ) - With time spent in Seed (minimum 48 hours depending on torrent size) ➥ Tracker Name: Nebulance Tracker is completely ratio-free. Episodes must be seeded for a minimum of 24 hours (1 Day). Seasons must be seeded for a minimum of 120 hours (5 Days). If you download more than 10% of a torrent but less than 100% you have to seed what you downloaded per Episode/Season rules. ➥ Tracker Name: PirateTheNet Seed back what you download to at least a 1:1 ratio or at least try to. If it's impossible for you to seed to 1:1 ratio, then you must seed according to your user class within 21 days of completing the torrent. Failure to do so will be marked as a hit and run, and will be dealt with, accordingly. ➥ Tracker Name: PiXELHD You must seed each torrent for 72 hours after the torrent is complete, or a 1:1 Ratio (1.0). These requirements are required within 1 Week of starting the torrent in your client. The consequences of Hit and Running are pretty severe. We will not detail the number of HnR's allowed on PiXELHD before a Warning is give. Nor we will rever to the number of torrents before an account is banned for abusing the sharing system. ➥ Tracker Name: PolishSource Downloaded Torrents must be seeded for 48 hours within 14 days. If you receive at least one HNR warning, you will not have access to: buy bonus points, Bookkeaper, BlackJack, adding more positions, sending invitations. If you have 8 HNR warnings you can not download new torrents. If you have 10 HNR warnings, your account will be blocked/banned. How to get rid of a HNR warning? There are ways to do this: - Seed all the positions for 150 hours. - Win in one of the contests where a reward is a HNR removal. - Delete a HNR warning by sending a text message / spending bonus points. - Buy any one of the packages from the shop which include HNR removal. - Buy a Donator class which gives you the power to delete HNR warnings and you will not have to seed any more positions for 30 days plus this class has a few more upgrades. - Join the PS Club. ➥ Tracker Name: PreToMe You must seed back to at least our requirements of 60h total seedtime or a 0.75 ratio on each and every torrent. Accounts with a global ratio of 0.05 and below may be put under review for seeding improvement or disabled. ➥ Tracker Name: Retro Within The download count is paused, and only upload is being counted for the last couple of years. No Hit & Run rules & Partial downloads are allowed. ➥ Tracker Name: Secret Cinema Our ratio requirements are really very simple, None! But we expect you to keep your downloads seeding for sometime or staffers will consider you ONLY a snatcher & delete your account. ➥ Tracker Name: torrentHR The obligatory seed duration is up to 1.0 or 72 hours of sowing within 14 days from the end of the torrent download. ➥ Tracker Name: TVStore After downloading, stay seeded for at least 1-2 hours! Design by: @HOCD1A035 (Last Updated On: October 18, 2021)
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  5. ◈ Tracker Name: AlphaRatio The IRC Bonus rate increases based on the number of users in the #AlphaRatio channel. IRCBonus is also effected by the SiteWide Bonus Booster, example is when Donations hit 100%. ◈ Tracker Name: BeyondHD A bonus of 1.5 BP/hour will be applied if the Member has a 2FA enabled. ◈ Tracker Name: DigitalCore You can earn points by joining IRC and idle in #digitalcore. For every hour you receive +0.4p. ◈ Tracker Name: FunFile Come to #funfile.org and you will receive 1 cr. for every 15 minutes you spend in the channel. That's 2976 credits per month. ◈ Tracker Name: GazelleGames The IRC Bonus: 4.5 Gold an hour. Two Factor Authentication: 12 Gold per day. ◈ Tracker Name: HDME.eu There is a bonus for being online at IRC, for every hour you are online at IRC (using the same nick as you do on the tracker!) we add 40MB upload to your stats. ◈ Tracker Name: M-Team 10% + Bonus if 2FA is enabled. ◈ Tracker Name: MyAnonamouse You will receive 0.2 points per 10 minutes or 1.2 points per hour for time spent in IRC, provided that you are logged into IRC services. ◈ Tracker Name: PiXELHD 5 bonus points are also awarded for each 15 minutes you are in our IRC channel. ◈ Tracker Name: PolishSource Every hour idle in our IRC channel is 10000 points. Points are reset once a year - New Year's Eve. To anyone without exception. ◈ Tracker Name: PreToMe Members that are in the #PreToMe channel on our IRC server will gain 0.5 cr. per hour for being there. ◈ Tracker Name: PTFiles Idling in IRC Channel = 2 points per hour (Last Updated On: October 18, 2021)
  6. This is a reminder not to share the .torrent files you download from here, they are unique to your account and sharing them with other people will put your account at risk of being banned.
  7. 'Mindset over physical preparation' for the allrounder as he makes a match-winning 96 File photo: Shakib Al Hasan made a 109-ball 96 in the second ODI There is something maddening about playing against Shakib Al Hasan in a high-pressure game. He gives you nothing. No reactions. No window into his thoughts. No hope. Shakib's stony façade is his first line of defense, and then the rest of him works in calculative movements. His unbeaten 96 against Zimbabwe in the second ODI had all those qualities. There's calmness on the outside, and deep wells of belief in his own ability on the inside. Combining the two, he reads the opposition - a batter, bowler or fielder - better than most around him. Shakib's ability to transfer pressure back onto the opponent is subtle, but effective. For example, whenever he completes one, two or three runs, he always pretends that he could have had more. Fielders end up rushing, panicking, making mistakes. Same for a bowler. Shakib, meanwhile, attacks and then retreats. He attacks and then retreats and then wins. Zimbabwe may have thought that they had the second ODI in the bag when Bangladesh were 173 for 7 in the 39th over, chasing 241 runs. Shakib was unbeaten on 63, and Mohammad Saifuddin was the last recognised batter. Shakib soaked up and deflected so much of the pressure that his batting partner was obligated to support the match-winner. After finishing the chase with a finely cut boundary in the final over, Shakib said he needed to make some mental adjustments ahead of this game. It was a rare peek into a man known for being utterly inscrutable. "I think the mindset is more important than physical preparation at this level," Shakib said. "I think I was thinking too much. I stopped doing it before this game, and a few things helped me get back my focus. I want to hold on to this focus. After playing for so long, I don't have a lot of technical problems. I think if I can win the mental game within myself, I can score runs regularly." Shakib said he had to struggle for runs in the first half of his innings, particularly on a slow pitch and with team-mates falling quickly at the other end. "It was a different wicket. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat, so one had to play shots to get the runs. There had to be a lot of adjustment as a batsman. "I took my time but I wouldn't have done much more as wickets were falling regularly at the other end. Credit goes to Saifuddin for finishing the game with me. Shakib said that his only message to Afif Hossain and Saifuddin was to stick around with him till the end. "Even when I was batting with Afif, all I was telling him was that we batsmen should be around till the 45th over. At that stage, scoring 30 runs in the last two overs becomes possible in this day and age. "We wanted to take the game close. We never talked about needing 60-70 runs, which should be chased quickly. Run-a-ball chasing in ODI cricket is now very much possible," he said.
  8. Zambia, which was suspended in 2019, is no longer a member, while Russia has been suspended The ICC now comprises 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates The ICC has announced that Mongolia, Tajikistan and Switzerland will be its newest members during the 78th Annual General Meeting. Mongolia and Tajikistan are the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe's 35th Member, with the ICC now comprising 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates. Meanwhile, Zambia, which was suspended at the ICC AGM in 2019, is no longer a member due to continued non-compliance with ICC Membership Criteria. Russia too has been suspended and, according to a release, has until the time of the next ICC AGM to demonstrate compliance or risk having its membership terminated. "We are delighted to be welcoming three new Members into the ICC family, which reflects the growth and potential of the global game," William Glenwright, ICC general manager for development, said. "All three applications demonstrated an impressive commitment to growing the game - particularly amongst women and youth - and we look forward to assisting them in achieving their potential. "As cricket activity begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are at an exciting stage of cricket's growth with ambitious plans and projects to deliver in partnership with our Members to not only navigate the impact of Covid-19 but to also help achieve transformative growth for the sport globally." The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was established in 2007. The sport was officially accepted into the National Youth Games in 2019. According to an ICC release, women account for 39% of all participants playing school cricket. In addition, Mongolia is due to host the International Youth Green Games in September 2021 where cricket has been selected as one of the participating sports. Cricket Switzerland (CS), which was inaugurated as an association in 2014, currently comprises 33 active clubs. They organise three domestic men's competitions and compete regularly in Central European tournaments. The Tajikistan Cricket Federation, which was officially formed in 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Olympic Committee, has led the development of infrastructure and the building of a domestic cricket structure focusing on women and junior cricket.
  9. The first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25. It is understood that the Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh T20I schedule was changed to address logistical issues The final leg of Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe will take place sooner than expected with both boards agreeing to bring the T20I series forward by a few days. The original schedule had the three matches set for July 23, 25 and 27 but that has now been changed so that the first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25. A press release from Zimbabwe Cricket on Monday said these changes were made to accommodate the challenges that the broadcast production company was facing. Bangladesh have dominated this tour, winning the only Test by 220 runs and are on the verge of blanking Zimbabwe 3-0 in the one-day series that's followed. The visitors might well consider the T20I series to be the most crucial part of the tour given that a World Cup is coming up in October. Bangladesh have these three T20Is against Zimbabwe, then five more against Australia in August, a further five against New Zealand in September and finally three matches against England in October to firm up their plans for the global tournament coming up in three months' time. Zimbabwe may not have such big-picture concerns, having not qualified for this year's T20 World Cup, but they will be eager for some silverware.
  10. Tabraiz Shamsi four-for fashions comfortable South Africa win in maiden T20I against Ireland Kagiso Rabada's 17 runs off the final over dragged his side to 165 Tabraiz Shamsi bagged four wickets in a T20I for the second time this year South Africa dominated Ireland in the first T20I meeting between the two teams despite a performance that would need some polishing with both bat and ball. Their top scorer Aiden Markram made 39 and there were two partnerships in the 30s, but they were reduced to 115 for 5 at one stage and appeared in danger of missing out on a score around 160. Offspinner Simi Singh and left-armer Josh Little were particularly successful in keeping South Africa relatively quiet, but the rest of the attack conceded at least nine runs an over each. However, a strong finish by South Africa's lower order took them to a competitive total. And even if the visitors were not entirely happy with their score, they had reason to be because Ireland did not look like an outfit that could come close in the chase, despite South Africa's inability to eventually bowl them out. The hosts were 38 for 4 after the powerplay, before Tabraiz Shamsi, the top-ranked bowler in the format, had even been introduced. Shamsi took four wickets for the second time in his career - also the second time in 2021 - to become the year's leading wicket-taker in the format so far. He tossed the ball up to bowl Singh, broke through Shane Getkate's defences with a wrong 'un, had Mark Adair caught on the long-off boundary and had Harry Tector stumped, as he came down the track to a googly. George Linde provided good support at the start and in the middle of the innings, but South Africa drifted towards the end with Ireland's last pair putting on 44, their highest of the innings. Openers out? No problem, we have some more Ireland would have been relieved to see the back of Quinton de Kock after he had faced only nine balls. He did some damage when he hit Barry McCarthy over long-on for the first six of the South African innings and Mark Adair for back-to-back boundaries, before mistiming a drive to mid-off to depart in the third over. But South Africa had another opener in reserve. de Kock's ODI partner Janneman Malan was in at No.3 and did not get going at all before he hit Adair to Singh at mid-on. Enter a fourth opening batter in Markram, who outlasted Temba Bavuma after the captain under-edged a reverse-sweep, and also starred in the two highest partnerships of the innings. Markam and Rassie van der Dussen put on 35 for the fourth wicket before Markram and David Miller shared 36 for the fifth, and South Africa had a solid foundation to build on. They seem to have identified Markram as someone who can move around the order, and though it leaves no room for Kyle Verreynne or Heinrich Klaasen, it allows them to play all their openers in the same XI. Kagiso Rabada hit 17 off the final over, including four boundaries Rabada, the batter South Africa's coach Mark Boucher has repeatedly said he believes Kagiso Rabada is selling himself short when it comes to his batting, and Rabada seems to have taken the thought seriously. He showed his potential and his finishing skills by giving South Africa the most profitable over of the innings, which also happened to be the last one. Rabada had faced just three balls and scored two singles before Adair delivered the final six balls, but had seen enough to know what he needed to do. He dispatched a low full-toss through the covers for four, then cleared the front leg to send a full ball through midwicket, after which he drove Adair down the ground and finally pulled a slow ball to deep square leg for a quartet of fours. Doubtless Rabada had a full house of boundaries on his mind, but he was beaten by lack of pace as he tried to heave the fifth one away and finished with a single. He scored 17 off the last over, and was unbeaten on 19 off nine balls to stake a claim for a spot higher in the order. No score for O'Brien Things are not getting any easier for Ireland's headline batter. Kevin O'Brien has played six international matches this year and has managed just 27 runs, and followed up his no score against Netherlands last month - in what turned out to be his final ODI - with a duck again today. He was rooted to the crease when he chipped the first legal delivery he faced back to Rabada for a simple catch. O'Brien's dismissal was South Africa's second wicket in seven balls after Paul Stirling was bowled by Linde the ball after hitting the first delivery of the innings for six. At that stage, Ireland were 7 for 2 with both openers gone. Drop, drop, catch South Africa's fielding standards have not been at their highest on this trip. They dropped four catches in the second ODI to lose to Ireland for the first time, and two again in the powerplay today, though they were of little consequence. First de Kock made significant ground to try and pouch the top edge off Tector's attempted scoop off the penultimate ball of Lizaad Williams' first over, but the chance popped out of his hands as his elbows hit the floor. The batters had crossed and Williams had a chance to dismiss Andy Balbirnie with his next ball when the Irish captain smacked the ball to Malan at backward point. Malan dived full stretch to his right but could not hold on. Balbirnie didn't last much longer, though. After Lungi Ngidi removed George Dockrell with the first ball of his first over, he had Balbirnie caught behind with the first ball of his second. Thus, Williams was the only bowler to go wicketless.
  11. Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali star as spinners help England to series-levelling win Stand-in captain leads way with bat before Moeen, Rashid and Parkinson share five wickets Jos Buttler acknowledges his half-century England's spinners combined to secure a series-levelling victory in the second T20I of the series against Pakistan in Leeds. Adil Rashid, Matt Parkinson and Moeen Ali claimed five wickets for 87 runs in their 11 overs combined as England defended a total of 200 to secure a 45-run win. It means the series will be decided in the third and final game to be played at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday. For much of the afternoon, this was a pitch that looked full of runs. Certainly seamers gained little joy from it, with England's total of 200 appearing little better than par when Pakistan's openers started their chase by plundering 43 from their first five overs. But England's spinners gained a surprising amount of assistance from the surface. Sohaib Maqsood and Azam Khan were both stumped off Rashid and Parkinson respectively, while Fakhar Zaman was bowled by a beauty from Moeen, which gripped, turned and took his off stump. With Mohammad Rizwan hitting a full toss back at Rashid and Mohammad Hafeez mishitting to the leg-side boundary, Pakistan lost 5 for 34 in six overs in the middle of their innings, which effectively defined the game. On a surface on which seamers experienced little other than heartache - Chris Jordan bowled only one over in the Pakistan innings - it was a performance that showed the depth and versatility of England's bowling attack and will, perhaps, provide some encouragement ahead of the T20 World Cup on the slow, dry wickets of the UAE Earlier, a high-quality half-century from Jos Buttler helped England to a competitive total of 200 on another decent batting track. Buttler had not played a game since sustaining a calf injury during the victory over Sri Lanka in Cardiff almost a month ago, but you would never have known it to watch him. Timing the ball beautifully, Buttler produced a series of conventional - if unusually sweetly hit - strokes off front and back foot, as well as scooping Mohammad Hasnain for a six over fine leg. Although nobody went on to make an especially large individual score, Player of the Match Moeen Ali's 36 from 16 balls followed by Liam Livingstone's 38 from 23 ensured the innings retained momentum and England ended the 14th over with 150 on the board. While the innings fell away a little from that point - England subsided from 137-3 to 200 all-out, managing only 10 from the final two overs of their innings - it proved more than enough as Pakistan's batters struggled against the spin. What next for Morgan? As a key character in the revolution that took England from world chumps to World Champs, Eoin Morgan's reputation is assured. He remains a figure of huge authority within the England set-up, too, and will probably remain once after his playing days are over. But his decision to leave himself out for this match was intriguing. While he had indicated ahead of the first game of this series that England intended to use it to take a look at different combinations and options, the fact is he has reached 30 only twice in his 17 most-recent international innings. And in his last 15 T20Is, he is averaging 12.10 at a strike-rate of 124.74. None of this means his place in the side is in immediate doubt. Batting in the middle order is notoriously tough in T20 cricket and England have very few contenders for the spot. Morgan has a vast amount of credit in the bank. But, given the competition for places among England batters - the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Root and Tom Banton are among those currently unable to break into the side and Ben is Stokes currently out as he continues his rehabilitation from a finger injury - and Jos Buttler's presence a natural replacement as captain, that is a run of form that is bound to start raising concerns. Moeen Ali played an aggressive cameo Imad's contribution At first glance, Imad Wasim's figures of 2 for 37 don't look especially pretty. He conceded almost 10 an over, after all, and was struck for three sixes. At one stage in his first over, he had bowled only three legitimate deliveries and already conceded 11 runs; he could have been forgiven for thinking he was in for a rough afternoon. But he also claimed two important wickets. And, despite bowling two overs in the Powerplay, delivered 11 dot balls. Nobody in the game bowled more. On another flat surface with relatively short boundaries, it was an impressive contribution and, on another day, those early wickets of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan could have proved decisive. Tailing off One of the characteristics of England's limited-overs cricket in recent years has been their commitment to the positive approach. This has routinely seen the lower-middle order continue to attack even if the top order have been blown away with batters as good as Adil Rashid (who has 10 first-class centuries) sometimes coming in as low as No. 11. Might that be changing a little? While there is no obvious alteration in England's approach - they continue to attack all the way down the order - there are, perhaps, one or two questions about the depth of their batting. In this side, for example, Tom Curran came in at No. 7 (he had only batted as high in one previous T20I) and Rashid came in at No. 9. It meant the top order didn't have quite the same safety net as before and might, in time, result in them playing slightly more careful cricket. This was not England's first choice side, of course. The likes of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes might well come into the side ahead of the T20 World Cup. But the fact that they were bowled out in successive matches for the first time in their T20I history - albeit having made 200 on each occasion - was a reminder, perhaps, about the value of such batting depth. Eyes on Livingstone So vital a player has Liam Livingstone suddenly become in this side, that even his dismissals are entertaining. Having just hit a vast six - the ball disappeared over the top of the new stand which borders the rugby ground; as big a hit as most have seen - he was run out when an attempted scoop somehow found its way to square leg. And while Haris Rauf had knocked off one bail with his elbow before completing the run-out, the other one remained in place to ensure the stumps could still be broken. The groan that went round the ground suggested that Livingstone has quickly become something of a crowd favourite - a remarkable thing for a Lancashire man in Leeds.
  12. Dhawan, Kishan, Shaw lead Sri Lanka rout after Kuldeep, Chahal shine India galloped to a seven-wicket win in the first ODI in Colombo with 80 balls to spare Prithvi Shaw played gloriously through the offside, debutant Ishan Kishan lit up the stadium with a thumping fifty on his birthday, and Shikhar Dhawan saw the chase through from start to finish, as India's second string served Sri Lanka a walloping first up. Chasing the hosts' half-decent (but far from daunting) 262 for 9, India galloped home with 80 balls and seven wickets remaining. Long passages in their innings were more a celebration of their batting depth and fearlessness than a serious contest; Sri Lanka's bowlers were unable to contain them no matter which field or angle of attack they employed. Sri Lanka's batters, in contrast, had been constricted by the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Krunal Pandya, who took grip of the middle overs and struck frequently to prevent any partnerships from prospering for long. Chahal and Kuldeep took two wickets apiece - their early strikes instrumental in reducing Sri Lanka to 89 for 3, before Krunal's miserly left-arm spin kept the run rate in check. Sri Lanka's batters occasionally found the boundary through this period, but were largely unable to keep the runs flowing in between the big shots - a reflection of their own limitations, as well as the quality of the bowling. Six batters got themselves past 20, but only Chamika Karunaratne breached 40, with his late explosion. As a team, they played out 159 dot balls. Although Kishan would hit a half-century and Dhawan top-scored with 86 not out off 95, it was Shaw's innings that was the most manic of the evening, setting the tone for India's thundering victory. He punched Dushmantha Chameera through the offside twice in the first over with sublime timing to get India moving rapidly, then hit majestic boundaries off Isuru Udana at the other end. He hit three successive fours in the arc between point and cover in the fourth over, each one seemingly more glorious than the last. When Shaw got out for 43 off 24, Kishan ensured India's scoring rate - which was over 10 at the time - would not slow down. Facing his first ball in ODI cricket, he ran down the track at Dhananjaya de Silva and launched him over his head for six, then creamed the next ball through cover point for four. In de Silva's next over, he pummelled three successive boundaries. Later in his innings, after the powerplay had ended, Charith Asalanka's offspin would be punished as well. It was with a one-bounce four off Asalanka that Kishan reached his fifty, off the 33rd ball he faced. He would eventually be out for 59 off 42, edging Lakshan Sandakan behind. Prithvi Shaw was named Player of the Match Dhawan's innings was stately in comparison. When India reached 50 in the fifth over, he was on seven. When they went past 100 in the 13th over, he was on 16. In fact, Dhawan hit only one boundary off his first 57 balls, choosing instead to turn the strike over, and look for safe runs into the outfield. It was only in the company of Manish Pandey, who made a sedate start relatively speaking, that Dhawan took it upon himself to begin looking for boundaries. When he hit the winning run in the 37th over, he had six fours and a six to his name. Earlier, Sri Lanka had made a decent start, getting to 49 for no loss after nine overs, before Avishka Fernando spooned Chahal's very first ball to short cover, and Sri Lanka's problems began. Batters made confident starts, but rotated the strike poorly, and were out looking for boundaries on what they knew was a good pitch to bat, and on which they would need a score of close to 300 to seriously challenge India. After Chahal provided the initial brekathrough, Yadav claimed the next two wickets - debutant Bhanuka Rajapaksa edging him high into the infield as he attempted to slog against the turn, before Minod Bhanuka, who had compiled a patient 27, edged to slip. Krunal's only wicket was an important one - that of de Silva, who holed out to long-off. Partly because of their frequent loss of wickets, Sri Lanka were poorly placed for the slog overs. They lost two wickets in quick succession as they approached the 40th over, and would soon lose Dasun Shanaka as well, after he made 39 off 50 in his first innings as captain. His dismissal would leave them 205 for 7 in the 44th over. No. 8 Karunaratne, though, worked himself gradually into the innings alongside Isuru Udana, with whom he shared a boundary-less 17-run stand, before exploding in the company of No. 10 Dushmantha Chameera, in the last two overs. Chameera struck a four and six off successive Hardik Pandya deliveries in the penultimate over, before Karunaratne hit two sixes - including a helicopter shot over deep midwicket - and a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 50th. Sri Lanka reaped 32 runs off the last 12 balls. Once India got going, that final fillip seemed a lot less impressive.
  13. Shakib Al Hasan's 96*, Shoriful Islam's four-for give Bangladesh the series in tight finish A 69-run unbeaten stand between Shakib and Saifuddin saw Bangladesh through in a three-wicket win File photo: Shoriful Islam's four-for restricted Zimbabwe to 240 Shakib Al Hasan put on a masterclass with his unbeaten 96 in a nervy chase against Zimbabwe, that ended up with a three-wicket win for Bangladesh in Harare. It clinched the series for the visitors in a contest that was closer than it looked on TV due to the lack of fans at the Harare Sports Club. Shakib endured two batting collapses at the other end but kept his nerve during the 69-run unbroken eighth-wicket stand with Mohammad Saifuddin. They got together with the score on 173 for 7 in the 39th over, focusing only on risk-free ones and twos, and the odd three. The home side were on the other end of the nerves scale: substitute Milton Shumba missed an easy run-out chance with Saifuddin stranded at the non-striker's end, while Regis Chakabva and Richard Ngarava dropped difficult catches. Bangladesh only scored three boundaries in the last 19 overs of their innings, but it was enough to turn the game on its head. Their effort neutralised all the good work done by Wessley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza, who put on a superb all-round show. Both took a wicket each in their tight spells, having already taken superb catches at point, and rescued their side with a 63-run sixth-wicket stand. This was only Shakib's second fifty this year, but it came just a day after he had taken a five-wicket haul in Bangladesh's 155-run win in the first ODI of the series. Saifuddin too proved his worth as a lower-order batter, not with his big hits, but by keeping his head in Bangladesh's first win in a chase since the 2019 World Cup. They got off to a boundary-heavy start, as captain Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das struck four boundaries each during their 39-run opening stand. Luke Jongwe ended the partnership by getting Iqbal to cut the ball, only for Raza to take a superb catch at backward point. The visitors slipped to 74 for 4 in the next eight overs when Richard Ngarava got one to hurry on Das who popped a catch to mid-on. Jongwe struck again when Mohammad Mithun cut one to point where Madhevere dived to his left to take the catch. Mosaddek Hossain was the fourth wicket - the most unnecessary one of the lot - when he tried to sneak a bye after Shakib left a Ngarava wide. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva struck with his underarm roll, as Bangladesh fell into further trouble. But as has happened quite regularly this year, Mahmudullah came to the rescue after four wickets were down cheaply. This time too, he added 55 runs for the fifth wicket with Shakib, having struck three fours in his 26. But Blessing Muzarabani got him caught behind off the first ball of his second spell, before Mehidy Hasan Miraz, curiously given a promotion above Afif Hossain, fell to a half-hearted slog-sweep against Madhevere. Afif himself got stumped off Raza, a point from which it seemed Bangladesh wouldn't turn the tide, but Saifuddin and Shakib had other plans in their mind. Earlier, Zimbabwe's batters couldn't convert their starts after captain Brendan Taylor said at the toss that he decided to bat first to put less pressure on his young batters. Madhevere's 56, and his stand with Raza - the latter making a comeback after a shoulder surgery - lifted them to the 200-plus score. But it was Taylor's dismissal in the 25th over that gave Bangladesh the edge. Zimbabwe did bat the full quota of 50 overs, but it was clear that Madhevere, Dion Myers and Raza had to be mindful of keeping wickets intact. Madhevere struck five fours and a six in his 56 off 63 balls. Taylor made 46 while Chakabva, Myers and Raza got out in the thirties, and quite predictably, there was very little contribution from their bottom four batters. Once again, Zimbabwe couldn't quite take advantage of being in good positions in the match, and Bangladesh showed their experience despite getting into difficult positions themselves.
  14. Daniel Craig revealed why he returned for No Time to Die, his fifth and final outing as the iconic MI6 agent James Bond. Craig first debuted as 007 fifteen years ago in 2006's Casino Royale, a much more serious take on the spy than what had come before it. Craig would go on to star in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, with the latter becoming one of the most successful James Bond films of all time critically and commercially. Overall, Craig's tenure as Bond has been marked by more serial storytelling in contrast to the previous entries in the franchise and that will be more apparent than ever in No Time to Die. The plot of the upcoming film remains largely under wraps, but Craig and those involved have said it is a more interconnected story, one that will bring Bond full circle emotionally from Casino Royale. No Time to Die will see the return of Léa Seydoux's Madeleine Swann from Spectre, in addition to Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas as new characters. Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, and Christoph Waltz are also returning, while Rami Malek will play Bond's new adversary, one that has mysterious connections to his past. This past is something that was on Craig's mind while filming No Time to Die and it is one of the reasons he returned for the upcoming film. In an interview with Games Radar, Craig said that he felt there was a story that needed to be finished regarding his version of Bond. This ties to back to Vesper Lynd, Eva Green's character from Casino Royale and Bond's love interest in the film, as well as the shadowy organization Spectre, explored in the film of the same name. Once the story began to come together, Craig realized that it was something he needed to finish. We started talking about it and I went, ‘There might be a story we need to finish here – something we started in Casino [Royale]. Something to do with Vesper, and Spectre, and something that was connected, in a way.’ It started to formulate. And I thought, ‘Here we go.’ Previously, Craig had said that Spectre would be his final Bond film, famously saying that he would rather die than do another one. Naturally, the story called for just one more film despite the fact that Spectre could've been a fitting end for the character. Bond once again drives off into the sunset with a woman, this time with Seydoux's Swann, but, as Craig has hinted, his story did feel incomplete. After Skyfall and all the ways that Craig's films have hinted at Bond's past, there was clearly more to mine there. No Time to Die has been promoted heavily as Craig's final outing, lending a finality to the film that other entires in the James Bond franchise haven't had. Many think this could mean that Craig's Bond will die and the mantle will be taken up by someone else. With studios looking to grow out interconnected universes more than ever before, it wouldn't be shocking to see No Time to Die lay the groundwork for future installments, something that has rarely been done in the franchise before.
  15. John Cena made a stunning return to the WWE at the company’s Money in the Bank event. For over a decade, Cena was the WWE’s biggest superstar, and he even crossed over into the mainstream with a rap album and various movie ventures. He holds the joint record of 16 world titles and headlined the biggest money match in WWE history with fellow wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at WrestleMania 28. However, since 2016, Cena’s WWE appearances have been more sporadic due to his ever-increasing acting commitments. The former WWE Champion stars in the latest Fast & Furious (F9), as well as the upcoming The Suicide Squad, and he recently wrapped his Suicide Squad spin-off show Peacemaker. However, despite his busy schedule, the rumors of a return to wrestling have never stopped. As WWE were gearing up for the return of live crowds and with arguably their second-biggest pay-per-view, SummerSlam, in August, the wrestling rumor mill swirled that Cena would be making his return to set up an epic showdown against Universal Champion Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. Cena himself fuelled the speculation, assuring fans it was a question of when, not if, he would return to WWE, as he stated he had not had his last match and that he could not wait to have his “next one.” WWE fans have not been able to see The Suicide Squad star since his cinematic match against The Fiend at WrestleMania last year. However, now, the wait is over. Last night’s Money in the Bank PPV, WWE’s first PPV with a full capacity crowd since March of 2020, closed with Reigns defeating Edge to retain his Universal Championship. In the storyline, Edge had been positioned as Reigns' last top-tier challenge, and after winning, Reigns grabbed the microphone to say that the whole world could acknowledge him. However, as seen in WWE’s post on Twitter, the Champion was then interrupted by a returning Cena, who made his long-awaited return to a thunderous ovation from the Texas crowd. Instead of acknowledging Reigns, the returning Cena delivered his trademark “You Can’t See Me” hand gesture before playing to the crowd to bring the PPV to a close. The WWE legend even addressed the live crowd after the show went off-air, claiming this is not a one-night return, but it’s his first night back. The return not only effectively set up a blockbuster match for WWE’s SummerSlam show, an event they reportedly plan to stack with big money matches, but it provided the company with a memorable moment that reemphasizes the importance of a live crowd on the company’s first PPV back with an arena full of fans. The now expected SummerSlam main event will be only the second match between Cena and Reigns, but only this time, instead of Reigns trying to establish himself as the top star, he’s now firmly cemented his place at the top, doing some of the best work of his career. Wrestling fans will no doubt be excited for what the two superstars will have in store for them moving forward. It will be interesting to see how long Cena is back in WWE, and despite making his return, he’ll more than likely have some time put aside to promote The Suicide Squad, which hits theatres and HBO Max before SummerSlam. Regardless of how long he’s back for, though, judging by Texas’ reaction, wrestling fans are clearly ecstatic about Cena’s WWE return.
  16. Lashana Lynch explains how her new 00 Nomi differs from James Bond in No Time to Die. The 25th Bond movie is set to be Daniel Craig's last as the iconic spy, though his sendoff has dragged on for far longer than anyone expected. No Time to Die was once scheduled to premiere in April 2020 before becoming the first major movie to delay its release amid the coronavirus pandemic. After several additional delays, No Time to Die remains scheduled for October of this year, where many hope it will finally stay. No Time to Die's delayed release has postponed several major reveals fans have been waiting for, including Craig's replacement in the 007 role. Though the next actor to play James Bond the character won't factor into the film, there have been a lot of rumors surrounding Lynch's Nomi. Revealed in the No Time to Die trailer as a new 00 who rose up the MI6 ranks following Bond's retirement, Nomi very much feels like a successor to 007 legacy. At the same time, whether she has actually taken on this code number remains unclear. In a special No Time to Die feature with Total Film (via GamesRadar), Lynch pulled back the curtain on Nomi and where she fits into Bond's world. The two are very different agents, Lynch explained, and that makes for an intriguing dynamic between the two. The actress said: “Bond has been doing this a long time, and he has a more old- school approach, where he might roll his eyes at Q’s gadgets. Whereas Nomi is like an updated double-O agent. She’s technologically advanced, which is a bit intimidating for Bond, because he’s been away from the game for a long time.” This was previously hinted in the first No Time to Die trailer, which saw Nomi lightly threatening to shoot Bond in the knee "that works." Since fans saw him last in 2015's Spectre, Bond has put aside his gadgets and missions to live a quiet life with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). As a result, the next generation of 00s have upped their skillset and gadgetry, and it likely makes for quite the shock when Bond gets back in the game. The differences between Nomi and Bond also seem to reflect Craig's departure from the franchise; he's done his part well, but now it's time for someone new. Even now, well ahead of No Time to Die's release, Nomi feels like a fascinating character who could very well lead her own story. Her clashes with Bond can provide ample conflict for the movie, though hopefully not so much that it will overshadow the larger fight with mysterious villain Safin (Rami Malek). The James Bond franchise's future plans are still unclear at this point, so it isn't even certain that any members of Craig's tenure will continue on past No Time to Die. Still, should Nomi make it through this year's installment unscathed, there could be plenty of room for her in future installments.
  17. No Time to Die star Rami Malek is adding fuel to the rumor fire that his villain Lyutsifer Safin is in fact classic James Bond villain Dr. No. The 25th installment in the ongoing James Bond film franchise will see Daniel Craig return as the MI6 agent better known as 007 for one more film after beginning the role in 2006's series reboot Casino Royale. The cast will also see the returns of Léa Seydoux as Spectre love interest Dr. Madeleine Swann, Ben Whishaw as Quartermaster "Q," Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Christoph Waltz as Blofeld, Ralph Fiennes as M, and Rory Kinnear as Tanner. The story for the film picks up five years after the capture of Blofeld with Bond having left active service, only to be drawn in as Felix enlists his help in the search for a missing scientist, putting him in the path of a villain whose schemes could result in the death of millions. Despite initially expressing hesitance to return to the role after Spectre, Craig confirmed he would play Bond for No Time to Die as his final outing. Development took a longer path than his prior outings as multiple directors came and went when Sam Mendes elected not to return, with Danny Boyle attached for a time before departing over creative differences and Cary Joji Fukunaga signing on to help rewrite and direct. With just a couple of months left until the film's arrival, Malek caught up with Total Film to discuss No Time to Die. When the conversation turned to the ongoing rumors of his villain secretly being Dr. No, the Oscar winner played coy but did say, "I would never shoot something like [those rumors] down. It’s intriguing." And, when asked which Bond films he watched in preparation for his role, Malek cheekily said, "Only Dr. No." Though Malek's teasing may not be too different from his previous comments on the film, the fact that he hasn't given up and leaned in one direction or the other is sure to be enticing for those hoping to see him portray Dr. No. With No Time to Die set to be Craig's final outing as Bond, facing a villain who is both intelligent and destructive in his actions would be a good way to send off his iteration of the character. Not to mention, given that Craig's first portrayal of the role worked as a semi-origin story for the super spy, it would be an intriguing full-circle story to see Dr. No debut in a modern setting. With Christoph Waltz's Blofeld also confirmed to return, the story definitely dictates the need for a villain who won't be outshined by the Spectre antagonist. Since Skyfall saw a completely original villain created for the films who proved to be one of the biggest threats to Bond, Malek's Safin could very well stand on his own as a new iteration of Dr. No. Audiences will be able to see what Malek's villain has in store when No Time to Die arrives on October 8 in the U.S.
  18. Craig Mazin, the writer and creator behind HBO’s critically acclaimed limited series Chernobyl revealed that Zack Snyder asked him to assist in Justice League reshoots in 2017. Mazin is also known for his comedic writing, including Scary Movie 3 & 4 and the Hangover sequels. Now, Mazin is making headway in penning and producing adaptations of popular video games. Snyder, whose other notable work includes Sucker Punch and 300, is most known for his work within the DCEU. Snyder directed his vision of 2017’s Justice League after having previously directed Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unfortunately, Snyder left the film towards the end of production due to a family tragedy. The film was then infamously finished by Joss Whedon, who drastically changed Snyder’s vision, creating an entirely different movie that was not received well by critics or audiences. Due to the lack of success of Whedon’s 2017 film, a fan-led movement emerged in support of releasing the Snyder Cut of Justice League. The whopping 4-hour-long cut was released earlier this year on HBO Max and garnered both financial success and critical acclaim. In the podcast Scriptnotes, hosted by Mazin and fellow prominent screenwriter John August, Mazin revealed that Snyder had approached him and a few other writers to assist with reshoots for Justice League in 2017. In a larger conversation about how the pandemic changed the state of movie theaters, Mazin said the writers were brought in to refine some things over a week of writing right before Snyder left the film. Mazin asserts that he always liked Snyder’s original cut—despite not being a big superhero film fan—which was closer to three hours at the time instead of four and has never seen Whedon’s version. I saw the Zack Snyder cut back when he was working on it. Because they were talking about maybe doing a week or reshoots or something like that. And so he invited two or three – I think there were three or four of us, writers, to watch the movie in the state it was in and then just have a conversation about some things that they might be able to do to tweak some things up over the course of a week of writing. And I, you know me, I’m not like a huge superhero movie guy, but I really liked it. I liked it. I thought it was really good. I thought there were a couple things, like OK here’s some suggestions and things. And then Zack left the project. And so that was it. Literally, I think he left like the next week. And I never saw the Joss Whedon version. Mazin then predicts that the overwhelming acceptance of Snyder’s four-hour-long film will lead to a greater demand for lengthier film extravaganzas made exclusively for streaming. This could certainly change the roles of screenwriters and directors in the film industry, leading to more potentially anthological films like Cloud Atlas, or more auteur films like The Irishman, without the pressure of box office numbers that could never compete with the newest MCU or DCEU film. This change could lead to more fluidity between directors and collaborating with others, akin to bringing in outside writers for reshoots and fine-tuning edits like in Mazin and Snyder’s case. As for Mazin and Snyder, they are both remaining busy. Snyder just released his most recent film, Army of the Dead, a few months ago and is set to direct an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s famous novel The Fountainhead. Mazin is currently the scriptwriter behind the star-studded film adaptation of the Gearbox video game Borderlands. Mazin is also the writer and co-executive producer of the highly anticipated HBO series adaptation of the popular video game The Last of Us.
  19. New character posters for Dune show off the entire cast in character. The adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel has faced a long road to the big screen, but it is finally set to hit theaters this October. Dune has long been thought to be unadaptable, but that did not deter director Denis Villeneuve from trying. The film will follow Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides, son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) as their house leaves the planet of Caladan to take stewardship over the dangerous and barren planet Dune. The planet is home to the coveted spice melange, the source of much of the Empire's power. Dune is only adapting the first half of the novel, much to fan's chagrin. In addition to Chalamet and Isaac, the film has a veritable cast of Hollywood heavy weights that will occupy this strange sci-fi world. Rebecca Ferguson will play Lady Jessica Atreides, wife of Leto and mother of Paul, while Zendaya will play Chani, a Fremen from the planet Dune and Paul's love interest. Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Chang Chen, and Javier Bardem also star. Now, new character posters have been released showing off the cast in costume (via Dune News). Skarsgård's poster as the Baron Harkonnen highlights his villainous role while Chalamet looks on with a serious face, teasing his eventual role as the leader of the Fremen people. The rest of the cast can be seen in their posters with their unique costumes, hinting at each character's function and fate in the upcoming movie. Dune is already one of the most highly anticipated films of the year and it seems like Warner Bros. is gearing up for the film's promotional cycle after all these months. In addition to the new posters, Dune's second trailer is coming soon and a new IMAX event clip showed off previously unseen footage from the film. Additionally, ahead of the wide release of the film, Dune will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3, giving audiences and fans an idea of what's in store for the film. With such a vast sci-fi world to explore, it's no surprise that Villeneuve is adapting only the first half of the book in the upcoming film. Dune's first trailer hinted at where the film may cut off, showing the chaos as House Atreides faces off against House Harkonnen on the desert planet and sending Paul and Lady Jessica into the dangerous sandworm infested landscape. With a few short months to go until the film is released, expect more Dune images, videos, and posters to trickle out as Warner Bros. continues to ramp up anticipation for the long-awaited blockbuster.
  20. Lionsgate acquires Kevin Smith's highly-anticipated Clerks III, which is set to begin production next month with the original cast returning. The acclaimed 1994 black-and-white comedy marked Smith's feature debut as a writer, director, editor, star, and producer. The original Clerks centered on convenience store clerk Dante Hicks and video store clerk Randal Graves as they deal with the mundanity of their jobs and customers they hate. The success of Clerks sparked not only the launch of Smith's career but also his interconnected universe known as the View Askewniverse, primarily connected with the characters of Jay and Silent Bob, portrayed by Jay Mewes and Smith. One such installment was 2006's Clerks II, a larger financial success and well-received, though not nearly as acclaimed as its predecessor. Given his love for the films' characters, Smith has expressed an interest in a third Clerks movie for years and teased script development on multiple occasions, and the time seems to be here finally. Four years after announcing the script had been complete for the project, Lionsgate has announced it has acquired the rights to Clerks III with Smith writing and directing. Set to begin shooting next month in New Jersey, the long-awaited threequel will also see the return of original stars Jeff Anderson as Randal, Brian O’Halloran as Dante, Jay Mewes as Jay, Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, and Rosario Dawson as Becky. Smith wrote in a statement: “There’s a saying from the Tao that goes something like ‘To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return.’ Thanks to Lionsgate, we get to return to where it all started with almost the whole cast that started it all! And for the first time since the first time we ever made a movie in 1993, we’re shooting the entire flick on location in New Jersey, as an ode to both the enduring allure of cinema and the resourcefulness and lunacy of its storytellers. Years ago, Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker – so now it’s time I return the favor.” The news of the threequel finally getting underway is enough of an exciting revelation, but the plot itself is actually the most enticing. Following Randal as he enlists his fellow clerks to make a movie immortalizing his life at the iconic Quick Stop after a major heart attack, the film is already feeling like one of his most personal in years. While Jay and Silent Bob Reboot may have been a fun bit of nostalgic fan service for some, it didn't really feel like it had much to say in the way of evolving the story of its titular characters or the larger View Askewniverse. Even more interesting and exciting for Smith fans is the confirmation that Dawson will be returning as Clerks II newcomer Becky. Having only reunited with the writer/director on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, her first outing in the View Askewniverse was a far more charming turn from the actress and makes her return for Clerks III all the better. With so much of the story rooted in his own life events, here's hoping the third and possibly final outing in the Clerks franchise sees Smith return in stellar fashion.
  21. Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson calls out her Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star Mark Ruffalo for not getting a matching tattoo with the rest of the Avengers cast. Both actors have been figureheads of the MCU since they first co-starred together in 2012's The Avengers. While the film was Johansson's second film playing Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the MCU since joining in 2010's Iron Man 2, it was Ruffalo's first foray into he franchise after replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk who left the franchise after starring in the Hulk's solo film back in 2008. The pair have appeared together in all four Avengers movies and were even paired together for a controversial romance in Age of Ultron. While Black Widow is Johansson's final film in the MCU, after Natasha heroically sacrificed herself in Endgame to help Hawkeye recover the Soul Stone from Vormir, Ruffalo looks set to stick around a while longer. He will be reprising his role as Hulk in upcoming She-Hulk series on Disney+ that is set for release in 2022, with Tatiana Maslany as Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters. Johansson's chiding of Ruffalo came about during her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers while promoting her long-awaited solo movie. Johansson explained that after working together for close to ten years, the main Avengers ensemble -also consisting of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Jeremy Renner- decided to get matching Avengers themed tattoos to commemorate the last time the six would work together. The only member of the cast that didn't want to take part was "Ruffalo because he’s lame" according to Johansson . She went on to explain that the group considered different options to get him on board, but the actor remained strongly opposed to it. You can read Johansson's full statement below: "We have an Avengers tattoo. The only person who doesn’t have it is Mark Ruffalo because he’s lame, basically. We tried to get him to do it. We said ‘What if we do it with like white ink? What if we did it in water and we could have the experience of all doing it together?’ He just shut it down, it was not a thing. He’s such a party pooper." It's unclear why Ruffalo would choose not get a tattoo alongside the co-stars that he had worked so closely with over the past decade, however he has previously stated that he is afraid of needles so that was likely a significant factor. Johansson's comments are clearly meant in jest however, with good-natured ribbing being a huge part of the behind-the-scenes culture in the MCU - one need only look at the hilarious feud between Anthony Mackie and Tom Holland. It's not the first time an ensemble cast have opted to get matching tattoos with one member refusing to. After The Lord of the Rings trilogy finished filming, the primary cast -including Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom, and Viggo Mortensen- all had the Elven word for 'nine' tattooed on themselves with John Rhys-Davies refusing to take part. Still, Ruffalo's decision not to take part in the group activity doesn't detract from both his and Johansson's involvement in a highly iconic movie franchise. Likewise, it doesn't detract from the close friendship between the co-stars that developed over the years which will likely endure long after the actors have left the MCU. Black Widow is out now in theaters and on Disney+
  22. The cast shortlist for the role of Barbara Gordon in DC's upcoming Batgirl movie has been revealed. Warner Bros. has been working on getting a Batgirl movie off the ground for years and, at one point, Joss Whedon was set to write and direct the film. Whedon left the project in 2018 after being unable to crack the story, but Warner Bros. has found a new creative team for the film. Christina Hodson, who has written Bumblebee, Birds of Prey, and 2022's The Flash, will now write the screenplay with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pair behind 2020's Bad Boys for Life, directing. Plot details are unknown at this time, but it is known that Barbara Gordon will be the character under the cowl in Batgirl. Barbara is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, a prolific Batman character that has been played by the likes of Gary Oldman, J.K. Simmons, and Jeffrey Wright in 2022's The Batman. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Batgirl will head straight to HBO Max, the first major DC film to do so amidst a larger effort for the DCEU to expand into original streaming series and films. Now, the shortlist for the highly coveted titular has been revealed by Deadline. Warner Bros. executives are expected to start testing a slew of actors for the role sometime this week. Among the stars set to test are Zoey Deutch, Leslie Grace, and Isabella Merced. Haley Lu Richardson's name was also mentioned, but it is unclear if she has dropped out of the testing process before the announcement. The Batgirl movie has the chance to launch any actress who plays the character to a new level. Deutch has starred in several high-profile films and television shows, including Ryan Murphy's Netflix series The Politician and 2019's Zombieland: Double Tap. Merced has several credits to her name and the actress most recently starred in the live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Grace only has one acting credit to her name - John Chu and Lin Manuel Miranda's musical In The Heights, which garnered critical acclaim earlier this year. Richardson, meanwhile, has starred in a collection of indie films. DC is clearly gunning for a burgeoning young actress instead of a big name player for the role of Barbara Gordon. This could help them lock the actress in for multiple films in Batgirl turns out to be as successful as they hope. The DCEU is still very much experimenting what their next phase of films is going to look like and while Batgirl may be a key player in that, only time will tell how well the movie performs on HBO Max.
  23. New set photos from 2022's The Flash show Ezra Miller's Barry Allen meeting with an alternate version of himself. Long left in development hell, the Scarlet Speedster's solo film finally got off the ground earlier this year alongside some exciting news about who would star. Miller will be reprising his role as the DCEU hero, as will Ben Affleck as Batman. In addition, Michael Keaton will be returning as his version of Batman from Tim Burton's 1989 film. Little is known about the plot, save for the film is likely adapting the Flashpoint comics arc, one of The Flash's most famous storylines. In addition to two Batman's, The Flash will also feature Sasha Calle as Supergirl and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Filming has been underway on the film for quite some time and set photos have slowly trickled out, hinting again at the plot of the film. The DCEU seems to be gearing up to introduce some sort of Multiverse, giving the franchise somewhat of a reset after the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League. That reset may include multiple Barry Allen's if new set photos are any indication. The Flash Film News posted photos of Miller talking with what looks to be another Barry Allen, likely from another timeline. The pair can be seen being filmed while walking down the street having an intense conversation. Developing...
  24. Nintendo might be sitting on a Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster for the Switch and waiting for its release. The three-game compilation was first developed for the Wii in 2009, and rumors that the company might bring Metroid Prime Trilogy to the Switch have circulated since 2019. Metroid Prime Trilogy features three Metroid titles compiled onto a single disk - Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The first two installments were originally GameCube games while the third was a Wii game, so Metroid Prime Trilogy developers redesigned the first two iterations to feature the Wii remote control scheme introduced in Corruption. The final result was a critical success, in large part due to the game's motion mechanics. But the years-long delay of Metroid Prime 4, among other factors, might be keeping a Switch port for Metroid Prime Trilogy off shelves. According to Video Games Chronicle, gaming journalist Jeff Grubb claimed Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch is finished - but Nintendo is deliberately holding off on its announcement and release. He went on to explain that the company is withholding the game and further information from the public due to a few key factors, with the biggest being the restrictions in Nintendo's quality assurance testing resources brought on by the pandemic. He said, "I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects at a time, and that meant that some games that were basically finished were sitting on the side." Grubb also theorized that Metroid Prime Trilogy would likely accompany the arrival of Metroid Prime 4 as a marketing tactic, but it is unclear when Metroid Prime 4 will be released after Nintendo scrapped its progress and restarted its development in 2019. As recently as this past May, though, former Metroid developer Michael Wikan took to Facebook to explain why a Metroid Prime Trilogy Switch port would never happen. He said the process to transfer Metroid Prime 3's mechanics to the Switch would be a "herculean effort" because the Switch's regular controls lack compatibility with the Wii's remote pointer controls - even with the motion controls of the Joy-Cons. He also explained that his former studio, Retro Studios, “no longer has functional editor tools to work with the Prime code base, so everything has to be ‘brute force’ hard coded.” Despite the consistent Metroid Prime Trilogy rumors and the definitive nature of Grubb's comments, it is hard to be sure that fans will see a future Switch port for the game until Nintendo officially announces its plans for its release. Speculation never hurt anyone, though, and fans can at least feel confident that a future installment of the Metroid Prime series is on its way. Until then, Metroid fans can look forward to October's release of Metroid Dread.
  25. An Animal Crossing: New Horizons fan spent hours faithfully recreating The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's bridge to Windhelm, using New Horizon's customization feature, which allows for unique in-game builds. With more updates and design features rolling out since its launch in Spring 2020, New Horizon players continue to find creative ways to achieve their island design goals. The Nintendo Switch's Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows players to customize, restructure and decorate a previously uninhabited island. The options for personalization extend beyond how players choose where to plant fruit trees or how to furnish their house. Using terraforming to tweak the terrain and waterways of the island, codes for custom-made patterning, and more, New Horizons players can make their islands adhere to any theme they desire — that is, if they're willing to put in the effort. This depiction of Windhelm Bridge joins other recent fan-made island designs that emulate other games, such as Pokémon gyms or the land of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. One New Horizons player recently set out to recreate the Windhelm bridge from Skyrim. To recreate this setting from Skyrim, which has a drastically darker tone than the sun-filled islands of New Horizons, Redditor JediElfQueen had their work cut out for them. While the user admitted that it took a couple hours to finish the in-game build, they said, "It was so fun to build I didn't even notice." Other redditors commented that JediElfQueen's Windhelm Bridge brought their two favorite game franchises together, and expressed their awe of the close attention to detail. To completely transform an island to fit a specific image in mind, Animal Crossing players will go to great lengths, even changing the seasons if weather is a notable characteristic of the final design. It looks like this user might have done this, seeing as the rendition of the bridge to Windhelm is covered in snow - which doesn't occur in Animal Crossing until winter months, unless players manually change the time and date in their Switch console settings. While the customization feature of New Horizons keeps players occupied, many are eager to see what Nintendo has in store for the game's future updates. This past June, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser announced that Animal Crossing will have new content on the way, but fans are still confused by the lack of follow-ups around one of Nintendo's best-selling games. Some are looking for new features, while others hope Nintendo will enhance those that already exist. A few months ago, there were rumors that a future update could introduce an island expansion, which would be one of the most drastic updates the game has yet seen. However, these rumors still remain unconfirmed. An island expansion could allow players to make even more impressive builds. With a larger island to work with, this player could recreate Skyrim's bridge to Windhelm and have the space lead to the actual city of Windhelm. Even with the parameters they have right now, they haven't revealed any plans to do the entire city. However, they did encourage a fellow redditor to pursue their own goal of recreating all of Windhelm on New Horizons. Whether this bridge is the final draft of this user's Skyrim-inspired island or not, it looks like the Internet could see other players busily modeling their islands after Skyrim while they wait for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons updates.
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