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Yooka-Laylee Flies to the Shelves in April!


Before I started blogging for MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I was busy writing blogposts for PRSSA.  I have written many posts for my school’s PR chapter and the majority of my posts revolve around the theme of entertainment.  One reason for writing blog content was to further my skills in the writing world.  Some of my work made it into the PRSSA blogpost page while others were just written for fun.

One of my writing works I did was on the announcement of Yooka-Laylee being funded on Kickstarter.  Yooka-Laylee was known as a “3D Platformer Rare-vival!” series that was created by Playtonic Games.   The creative talents behind Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie worked to create a new platform adventure game featuring Yooka the chameleon and Laylee as a bat.  It featured a dream soundtrack that was composed by gaming music geniuses Grant Kirkhope and David Wise.  Grant Kirkhope is known for composing soundtracks for Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Tooie, and Goldeneye 007.  David Wise is most famous for composing the music score for the Donkey Kong Country trilogy series for the Super Nintendo.

The game eventually hit their pledged goal of £175,000, being backed by over 73,000 users.  This game did so good in Kickstarter that they raised $1,000,000 in only 6 hours!  It was one of the most funded games and broke records on Kickstarter.  It’s been a more than a year since Yooka-Laylee broke records on Kickstarter and now we’re finally getting release date!

Playtonics Games announced that the game will launch on April 11th, 2017.  Yooka Laylee will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux, and Steam.  One minor drawback to be aware of is that the Wii U version is canceled and will instead be released for the Nintendo Switch.  Backers who asked for the Wii U version could either choose another version of the game or wait until the Nintendo Switch version is released.  Regardless of the drawback, it is exciting to see that Yooka-Laylee will be released in Spring 2017!

I am so pumped to get this game next year!  Last year I watched the trailers in the Kickstarter campaign and it looked like an incredible game.  Banjo-Kazooie was one of my all-time favorite games of N64.  This was one of those games I spent countless hours wandering around each world, collecting Jiggys and musical notes along the way.  It was so fun and adventurous that I couldn’t put down the controller, knowing that I was leaving this beautiful gaming world.

Platformer-collecting games were a big trend in the late 90s-early 2000s in the video game industry.  Titles like Banjo-Tooie and Donkey Kong 64 took gamers into a big world that contained lots of collectibles to find.  These collectibles were essential for unlocking a new level or other secret content within the game.  It’s hard to find good platformer-collective games, but Yooka-Laylee is bringing that trend back within their gaming mechanic.

Look out for Yooka-Laylee when it hits the shelves on April 11th!

CW Network/Netflix Criss-Cross Deal


Netflix provides a wide range of series from various TV networks.  From networks like MTV to Cartoon Network, there is always something for everyone to enjoy.  New series come out each month whether it is a release of a new show or an update to the current series.  Binge-watchers usually have to wait months before the latest season of their favorite series hits the digital shelves.  That won’t be the case with series from the CW Network.

The CW Network and Netflix recently announced a new agreement of a multi-year content licensing relationship.  This new agreement allows Netflix to become the exclusive subscription televisions streaming service for previous seasons of series from the CW Network.  Netflix’s new agreement will span all current series on the CW Network as well as upcoming programs for the 2016-2017 season.  Binge-watchers will be able to catch up with the new episodes just eight days after the program’s season finale.

Some of the programs that are within the agreement include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, Arrow, The Flash, The 100, The Vampire Diaries, and many other series.  The deal will also allow upcoming series from the 2016-2017 lineup such as No Tomorrow, Riverdale, and Frequency.  Fans of the CW Network will be sure to enjoy all of the content provided by Netflix.

This joint agreement between the CW Network and Netflix is a great PR move for both parties!  Both companies are killing two birds with one stone by drawing in more audiences to watch the series and increasing their brand awareness on television as well as other media platforms.  The CW Network has popular series that draw in millions of viewers each year and will only continue to grow with this strategic deal.  I really enjoy watching Arrow, but I never find the time to watch it when the episodes premiere on television.  Waiting for the new seasons to appear on Netflix hasn’t been a pain for me since there are always more series to watch.

Companies like Hulu and Netflix shook up the norms for television and movies.  Young millennials work 5 days a week, making it harder to find time to catch up on their favorite series.  With streaming services becoming the new norm of the 21st century, audiences never have to worry about missing any shows due to personal or professional obligations.  Your favorite shows are right at your fingertips, waiting to be binge-watched during your free time.

With this new joint agreement complete, who knows what’s in stores for Netflix?  Would other television networks brainstorm their own deals to stream new seasons just days after they air?  This new deal could also motivate companies like Amazon Prime or Hulu to draw up their own agreements with other TV networks.  It would be interesting to see networks like FX or Showtime stream all of their series just days after the season finale.  I would love to see American Horror Story to be up on the digital shelves after the season finale!  At the end of the day, this joint agreement between Netflix and the CW Network was a great move that will flourish both companies in the long run.

Netflix June 2016 Releases


Happy first day of June!  June has officially arrived and summer is less than a month away.  Days are getting longer, nights are becoming shorter, and that bright sunshine has been out a lot more!  It’s the start of the summer months to be outside with your friends and family.

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A new month means a whole new list of Netflix releases!  It may be beautiful outside, but sometimes you just want to binge-watch episodes of your favorite shows when it gets too hot.  So scoop up that batch of ice cream and refill that ice-cold lemonade!  It’s time to reveal the highlights of Netflix releases for June.

Scandal Season 5:  The white hat comes off again as Olivia Pope and President Fitz run into more troubles in season 5 of Scandal.  Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, leader of the crisis management firm Olivia Pope & Associates.  It’s a tale of love, vengeance, and lots of scandals all taking place in Washington D.C.  Fill up that glass of wine and see what Olivia Pope is up to with her devious ways.  Olivia Pope is back in business for season 5 on June 11th.

Orange Is the New Black Season 4:  Your favorite prison bitches are back for an all new season of Orange Is the New Black.  Taken from Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the series follows Piper’s life inside the minimum security prison of Litchfield Penitentiary.  Other than dealing with the typical problems in prisons, Piper deals with her complicated love life with Alex Vause (played by Laura Prepon).  Come back to Litchfield Penitentiary on June 17th to see what the gangs are up to.

A Very Secret Service Season 1:  Netflix has been scouting out more foreign productions for their growing library.  A Very Secret Service is a French comedy that is supposed to be a cross between the James Bond franchise and The Office.  The series follows a Parisian secret agent in the 1950s who works for an organization views France as the colonial superpower and sees threats to the power around every corner.  Not much information has been provided, but the cross-over idea certainly seems appealing!  Look for the French James-Bond comedy series on June 30th.

Spotlight:  If you haven’t seen this multi-awarded movie, now is the time to see it.  Spotlight chronicles the true story of a few journalists in Boston who followed the string of sex abuse scandals in the churches within the past 40 years.  Editor Marty Baron of the Boston Globe assigns the team of journalists to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.  Cast includes, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers & The Normal Heart), John Slattery (Roger Sterling in Mad Men), Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Live Schreiber.  Check out the shocking true story on June 22nd.

Netflix May 2016 Releases


 

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With April showers come the May flowers.  What does the month of May bring?  A whole list of movies and TV shows coming out on Netflix!  The month of May brings us a few new original Netflix series, new TV seasons, and some great flicks to watch on a Saturday night.  Here are some highlights for this month’s Netflix releases to look forward to.

Sixteen Candles: It’s the classic John Hughes’s 80s love story – Molly Ringwald stars as Samantha Baker, a high schooler who struggles through her 16th birthday because her family is preoccupied with Ginny’s wedding.  She falls for Jake Ryan, the popular and attractive senior in her high school.  A geeky freshman named Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) works his magic to try to get into bed with Sam.  This John Hughes’s classic comes out May 1st.

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Marseille: After 25 years as being the mayor of Marseille, Robert Taro is about to enter a war of succession with his former protégé and turned rival Lucas Barres.  This historic French series will premiere worldwide on May 5th.

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Grace & Frankie Season 2: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for this Netflix original series about two women who were forced to live and support each other after a shocking divorce by their husbands Robert and Sol.  Grace works as a cosmetics mogul while Frankie is a hippie art teacher.  The dynamic duo will return for season 2 on May 6th.

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Goosebumps: R.L. Stine’s classic children’s book series was released as a live action film on October 16th, 2015.  Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine, the father of the Stine family.  Dylan Minnette stars as Zachary “Zach” Cooper, a boy who meets his new neighbor Hannah (played by Odeya Rush) after moving to Madison, Delaware.  Check out this 90s fantasy horror comedy flick when it comes out on May 11th.

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American Dad Season 10: Join the Smiths family in Langley Falls, Virginia for an all new season of American Dad!  Seth MacFarlane stars as Stan Smith, a bumbling CIA agent who goes through wacky adventures with his friends and family.  Fans of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show should definitely check out the 10th season on May 17th.

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Lady Dynamite: This Netflix original series stars Maria Bamford in this mockumentary of her life.  Some guests stars who will make a cameo in the show include Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Dean Cain, Jon Cryer, and many other comedians.  Tune into Bamford’s comedic mockumentary when it premieres on May 20th.

Bloodline: It’s the family that aren’t bad people…but they did a bad thing.  Time to return to Florida to visit the Rayburn family in the aftermath of the “bad thing” they did earlier.  Most of the cast is retuning as their regular characters with John Leguizamo appearing next season as Ozzy Delveccio, a friend from Danny’s past. Netflix’s Bloodline season 2 will premiere on May 27th.

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Netflix Highlights for April 2016


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Netflix is one of the best streaming services for binge-watching your favorite shows and movies.  The company updates the playlist with chock full of TV series and movies each month.  New TV series/movies means that Netflix cleans out its playlist of old programs that audiences don’t watch anymore.  April has been a promising month for Netflix streamers, what with a few original series and classic films to binge watch.  Here are a few notable featured series/films that you’ll want to binge-watch after a hard day at the office:

The Ranch: The Ranch stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson as two brothers working in their father’s ranch in Colorado.  This original Netflix series premiered with 10 episodes on April 1st with the next 10 episodes released later on. Colt Bennett returns from the ranch after abandoning the family 15 years ago.  Bennett comes back to salvage the family’s ranch, which has been suffering some serious economic problems.  His older brother Jameson “Rooster” Bennett and father Beau (played by Sam Elliott) are shocked to see him again after not seeing him for years.  Follow the life of these stubborn ranch men in Colorado with this raunchy sitcom series.

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            Cuckoo Season 3: Cuckoo is a British Sitcom series revolving around Dale “Cuckoo” Ashbrick, an eccentric American hippy who turns his family’s life upside-down with his loving attitude and love for drugs.  Taylor Lautner takes over as Dale Jr., Cuckoo’s estranged son who moves in with the family.  It’ll be interesting to see where the series goes after a surprising departure from one of the characters! Tune in on April 15 for season 3 of Cuckoo.

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            Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2: Two words: PINOT NOIR! Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns with a new season of Kimmy’s life in the Big Apple.  Kimmy Schmidt escapes from the doomsday cult in Indiana and starts her new adventure with Titus Andromendon in New York City.  So grab your best Pinot Noir bottle and tune into the new season on April 15th.

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            2001: A Space Odyssey: For those that are looking for a classic movie on a Friday night, 2001: A Space Odyssey is the way to go.  Stanley Kubrick’s award-winning films takes viewers into Jupiter, where the meet the infamous computer HAL.  Viewers will enjoy a ride in this trippy sci-fi film that is currently streaming on Netflix.

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            A Clockwork Orange: This ultra-violent film set in a dystopian future is another classic film by Stanley Kubrick.  Alex DeLarge and his fellow “droogs” engage in acts of senseless ultra-violence in the streets of London. Both this and 2001: A Space Odyssey are currently out now.

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These are some featured series/films that are coming out this month on Netflix.  So grab that six-pack of beers and binge-watch these amazing series!