Activision CFO Fired, Might Be Joining Netflix

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Update: Durkin has been officially named to the role of CFO, which he previously held from 2012-2017. As for Neumann, Activision said in a statement that he was "terminated for cause for violating his legal obligations to the Company." The original story follows.

Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Diablo, has lost one of its senior executives. The California-based publisher announced that chief financial officer Spencer Neumann was notified on December 31 that his contract with Activision Blizzard was terminated.

The company decided to terminate Neumann's contract "for cause unrelated to the Company's financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures," Activision Blizzard said in US Securities & Exchange Commission filing.

Activision CFO Fired, Joins Netflix

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Update: Netflix has officially announced the hiring of Spencer Neumann, who becomes the company's new CFO, replacing David Wells. There's only a single mention in Netflix's press release of his role at Activision. It's unclear how soon he'll start in the new role or whether he'll attempt to prove he should not have been dismissed by Activision. The original story follows.

Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Diablo, has lost one of its senior executives. The California-based publisher announced that chief financial officer Spencer Neumann was notified on December 31 that his contract with Activision Blizzard was terminated.

The company decided to terminate Neumann's contract "for cause unrelated to the Company's financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures," Activision Blizzard said in US Securities & Exchange Commission filing. In a PR statement, it said that he was "terminated for cause for violating his legal obligations to the Company."

Here's How The Halo TV Show Is Shaping Up Right Now

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The Halo TV show, which has been in development for a very long time, hit a bit of speedbump at the end of 2018 when director Rupert Wyatt (Planet of the Apes) dropped out. Microsoft has now confirmed it is is "knee-deep" in conversations with potential replacements.

Kiki Wolfkill, the head of Transmedia efforts at 343, said in a blog post that 2018 was a "year of momentum and energy" for the Halo TV show, and this included "a few roadbumps." In better news, the project continues to move ahead, and work is being done on the scripts and even prototyping of physical props. As for who may replace Wyatt in the director's chair, Wolfkill said more details will be shared in the time ahead.

It sounds like the Halo TV show is still in the very early stages, however, as Wolfkill said she and colleague Frank O'Connor (Halo franchise director) are still building the "foundation" of the series. Whatever the case, Halo fans eager to know the project hasn't been abandoned or forgotten have some good news in this update.

New Happy Death Day 2U Trailer Kills Characters Many, Many Times

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New year, new Happy Death Day 2U trailer! The upcoming sequel to 2017's Happy Death Day is heading to theaters on Valentine's Day, with the original cast returning for a new take on its horror-tinged Groundhog Day-like premise.

In the new film, Tree (Jessica Rothe) isn't the only one dying every time the day resets. Now she's leading a ragtag group of college buddies in an attempt to stop whatever force it is that wants them all very dead. As seen in the new trailer, she's also figured out a clever way around being constantly murdered--killing herself. Whether it's falling off a building, jumping out of a plane without a parachute, or blowing herself up, Happy Death Day 2U is mixing things up when it comes to killing off its star just as much as the first one did.

Happy Death Day 2U is set two years after the original movie and throws Tree back into the time loop that started it all.. By this point, though, she's a pro as reliving the same awful day over and over, so she quickly jumps into action to mobilize her group of friends and figure out who it is that wants her so dead.

Stranger Things Season 3 Release Date Announced With New Teaser And Poster

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Stranger Things Season 3 Release Date Announced With New Teaser And Poster

After over a year, it's finally time to start getting ready for the next trip to the Upside Down. To celebrate the new year, Netflix released the first teaser trailer for Stranger Things 3 at midnight on December 31. While the quick clip didn't contain any new footage--it did include some vintage Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve imagery--it revealed when the hit series would return.

The third season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix on July 4, because what better way is there to celebrate America's independence than with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) using her mental powers to throw cars around and fight demodogs? Along with the teaser, Netflix also released the first poster which gives a hint at the theme for the new season.

In the poster, the show's stars are watching 4th of July fireworks explode in 1985, leading us to believe that the series won't just be released over Independence Day, but also be set around it. The tagline reads, "One summer can change everything," which sounds like a totally cliche '80s movie line--something that is very appropriate for the series. It would be hard enough for the show's youngest characters to enter their teenage years just as normal kids. It's an entirely different situation for them, though, given the awful hellscape of a dimension they just can't seem to get away from.

The Punisher Season 2 Release Date Revealed

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The Netflix series The Punisher has dropped a new teaser trailer for its second season along with, seemingly inadvertently, a release date. It appears that the return of the vigilante Frank Castle is right around the corner.

The brief teaser shows a hand taking a drink of liquor and then burning a full pardon for one Frank Castle, aka The Punisher--followed by the tagine "back to work." The video only vaguely teases that the second season is coming soon, but we may know the release date regardless.

ComicBook reports that the Netflix Twitter account for the Middle East and North Africa tweeted a list of release dates for new content, which listed The Punisher on January 18. That tweet has since been deleted, so it's likely that the account let the cat out of the bag before Netflix intended to announce it.

Destiny 2's Ascendant Challenge Location Guide, Week 6 (Jan. 1-8)

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Destiny 2's Ascendant Challenge Location Guide, Week 6 (Jan. 1-8)

With the new year comes Destiny 2's weekly reset, and while the game's holiday event, The Dawning, might have ended, there are still lots of ways to chase Powerful gear to get up to the new Power level cap of 650. Most notable is the rotating Ascendant Challenge, which takes you into the strange recesses of the Dreaming City. This is the end of the six-week cycle of challenges, and it's one of the most spookiest and most involved. Here's where to find the Taken portal and what to do once you're inside.

As always, the first step is to pick up the Ascendant Challenge from Petra--this is what nets you a piece of Powerful gear for completing it. Once that's done, make sure you have a Tincture of Queensfoil. With that in hand, you'll enter the Lost Sector in Rheasilvia, the Chamber of Starlight. You'll need to make your way through the entire thing, as the portal is located just behind the chest that unlocks after killing the boss. While optional, you might as well complete the Lost Sector to make things easier on yourself. With that out of the way, use the Tincture to gain the Ascendance buff, which allows you to see the Taken portal. The exact location can be seen in the video above and map below.

How 2018 Empowered Minorities To Star In Movie Blockbusters

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Back in 2016, when Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in the live-action Ghost in the Shell remake, critics balked, lamenting that such a prominent blockbuster role, which should have been performed by an Asian woman, was instead given to a white woman. It was part of a larger Hollywood trend, of Asian roles being performed by white leads, that began all the way back in the silent film era, when Mary Pickford performed as Cho-Cho-San in Madam Butterfly. Beyond that, the practice was common in theater as well.

Defenders and justifiers of this practice make their argument upon "pragmatic" concerns -- a rhetorical trick that dismisses the more complex, difficult-to-solve dynamics at play. For example: "Hollywood would create a film with Asian leads," they reasoned, "if those movies made money." "The films would not even be in production," they claimed, "unless a white lead actor signed on in the first place."

How Empowered Minorities Helmed Multi-Million Movie Blockbusters in 2018

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Back in 2016, when Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in the live-action Ghost in the Shell remake, critics balked, lamenting that such a prominent blockbuster role, which should have been performed by an Asian woman, was instead given to a white woman. It was part of a larger Hollywood trend, of Asian roles being performed by white leads, that began all the way back in the silent film era, when Mary Pickford performed as Cho-Cho-San in Madam Butterfly. Beyond that, the practice was common in theater as well.

Defenders and justifiers of this practice make their argument upon "pragmatic" concerns -- a rhetorical trick that dismisses the more complex, difficult-to-solve dynamics at play. For example: "Hollywood would create a film with Asian leads," they reasoned, "if those movies made money." "The films would not even be in production," they claimed, "unless a white lead actor signed on in the first place."