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Ben Affleck Reacts to the Justice League Snyder Cut News

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Interestingly enough, Affleck’s praise is especially intriguing, since his Batman is purportedly the center of much of what makes the Snyder Cut so unique from the theatrical version, which was finished by director Joss Whedon after a personal tragedy forced Snyder to cede the job.

Writer Chris Terrio explained in a Q&A for Batman v Superman on Vero that several “hard” and “scary” ideas were initially on tap for Justice League that were shot down by studio Warner Bros. While Batman v Superman was packed with vexing, quasi-avant-garde moments the most notable scene was Batman’s “Knightmare” dream sequence, in which he—bearing an inexplicable clairvoyance—envisions a world in dusty apocalyptic ruin, overrun by invading extradimensional forces, all of whom worship the God-like power of Superman; a sequence that somewhat explains Batman’s motivation in the film for hunting Superman, but leaves moviegoers without key context. However, the sequence in question only seemed nonsensical because it was designed to foreshadow a major plot point in direct follow-up Justice League.

That brings us back to the Snyder Cut, which could very well revive the nixed story development in question, which primarily involves DC’s big bad, Darkseid, whose very presence—missing in the theatrical version—would differentiate the Snyder Cut. It seems that Snyder’s original cut was to have Darkseid use the Jack Kirby-concocted concept of the Anti-Life equation—designed to control all sentient life—to turn Superman evil, fueled by the apparent death of Lois Lane, thus realizing Batman’s Knightmare vision. However, with Batman now less intent on killing Superman, he and Cyborg concoct a plan to send Barry Allen/The Flash back in time to prevent the catastrophe; an idea that also explains another oddball Batman v Superman moment, in which Batman sees a vision of The Flash—who he’d yet to meet—who tries to explain how Lois Lane is “the key,” and can be heard lamenting about going too far back.

Regardless, the planned deeds of Affleck’s Batman in Justice League were excised significantly in the cutting room floor as Whedon stepped into the film with the studio’s proverbial Sword of Damocles hanging over his head. However, with an apparent additional cost of $20-30 million to the film’s already-inflated $300 million budget, the Justice League Snyder Cut seems likely to restore most, if not all of Batman’s endeavors, which might be a reason for Affleck’s positive response.

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‘Mama June: From Not To Hot’ – Alana Comforts Ella After They Flee Their Home

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Mama June: From Not to Hot co-star Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo) makes sure her little niece Ella Efird is doing okay while they’re forced to stay in a hotel. Of course, it’s an adjustment for all of them but Alana tries to make the best of it for Ella’s sake on the WEtv reality show.

Mama June: From Not to Hot Update: Alana Thompson Furious – Family Goes into Hiding

On Mama June: From Not to Hot Alana Thompson is floored that she must live in a hotel right now because of Mama June. Ever since she moved into with Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon and Josh Efird she’s been longing to go home. Of course, she misses her room and her bed and just wants to go back to Mama’s house.

And, she has homework on top of that. But, Mama’s running from bad guys and they’re all in danger. So, there’s no choice but to stay out of the apartment for their own safety. However, little Ella isn’t taking it too well. So. Alana does the best she can to make it fun for her so she won’t be upset on Mama June: From Not to Hot.

Alana Distracts Ella

Mama June: From Not to Hot celeb Alana Thompson is a good auntie and looks after Ella while they’re in the hotel. Not surprisingly, the little girl is unhappy to be out of her home and in strange surroundings. So, she’s a bit cranky and out of sorts lately.

Now, Alana takes it upon herself to keep her niece busy and make it as fun as possible. They have a blast in the exercise room and Ella seems to be in better spirits. But, of course, Alana has questions for Josh and Pumpkin. She wants to know where they go from here on Mama June: From Not to Hot.

Pumpkin Fears For Their Safety – Josh Ready to Move

Pumpkin Shannon of Mama June: From Not to Hot worries for the safety of her family. Now, she’s on her guard because they’re in a dangerous situation. At any point someone might show up at the door and Pumpkin doesn’t know who will be on the other side. Clearly, she nervous it will be the goons after Mama and Geno Doak.

Of course, Josh is there to protect them. But, he still needs to work. So, she worries about the times he’s not around. Plus, she still needs to go out to get things for Ella and Alana. So, she can’t stay in the room all the time. Clearly, they’re going to need to move sooner rather than later. Josh is adamant he’s going to get his family out of there as soon as possible.

Don’t miss the next Mama June: From Not to Hot to follow along with Alana Thompson as she and the family figure out what’s next.

Visit Soap Dirt every day for the newest  Mama June: From Not to Hot updates and spoilers.

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Travel Channel, Channel 5 partner to unearth mummified secrets

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Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel and ViacomCBS’s UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 have commissioned a six-part series set to decipher stories of Ancient Egypt’s famous mummies.

Produced by London-based indie Blink Films, Mummy Mysteries (or Mummies Unwrapped for C5) will chart a team of experts as they utilize modern technologies and criminological techniques to unveil new facts that led to the deaths of six of Ancient Egypt’s most important royals.

Each episode of the 6 x 60-minute series (pictured) will focus in on a single 3,000-year-old mummy – from the remains of Tutankhamun’s mother, to the so-called Screaming Mummy – to reveal ancient diseases, evidence of royal torture and agonizing punishments endured.

Mummy Mysteries Mummies Unwrapped is executive produced by Blink’s Andra Heritage and Justine Kershaw. It will be filmed and directed by Joseph Cunningham and Jess Reid. Michael Douglas is series editor. It was commissioned for Channel 5 by commissioning editor, factual, Lucy Willis.

“Mummies hold a fascinating appeal for people all over the world – both their physical remains and the stories behind them,” said Kershaw, creative director of Blink Films, in a statement. Mummy Mysteries will tell the gripping, eye-opening tales of some of the most famous embalmed bodies of all time, uncovering new facts and insights into the lives of the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt.”

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Extra: MotorTrend orders “Life Size”; Fugitive acquires “Mom vs Matchmaker”

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MotorTrend brings Hot Wheels toys to life in Life Size

Discovery-owned automotive multi-platform media company MotorTrend Group has partnered with toy maker Mattel and its Hot Wheels brand to launch the original short-form series Life Size.

Each episode of the series follows professional race car driver and builder Nicole Lyons (pictured) as she explores and test drives full-scale versions of vehicles from the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, an elite collection of Hot Wheels cars.

Life Size, which is streaming now on the MotorTrend app, is produced by MotorTrend Studios.

Levi Rugg serves as executive producer for MotorTrend Studios. For MotorTrend Group, Mike Suggett is head of programming and development and Alex Wellen is global president and general manager.

Photo Credit: Povi Pullinen

Fugitive to distribute Go Button’s Mom vs Matchmaker

Anthony Kimble’s Fugitive Content has struck a deal with Toronto’s Go Button Media to distribute episodes of dating format Mom vs Matchmaker.

Under the deal, Fugitive will acquire 40 30-minute episodes of the series originally produced for Canada’s OUTtv.

Fugitive is also pre-selling an additional 10 episodes for the show’s fifth season and will be representing the format internationally.

In Mom vs Matchmaker, professional matchmaker Carmelia Ray goes head-to-head with an opinionated mom to see who can pick and train the most suitable suitor for the mother’s child. Only one –mother or matchmaker – can make the winning match.

Autentic Distribution racks up Euro sales

Munich-based Autentic Distribution, the sales division of factual label Autentic, has penned a number of factual deals with global broadcasters on the heels of MIPTV 2020′s cancelation.

Anchoring the slate of deals is an 18-hour program package of history and nature titles being sent to French stations Mediawan and Ushuaia, including The Wild Andes.

The distribution house is also sending 52 hours of programming to Czech broadcaster FTV Prima. The package includes series Terror! (6 x 50 minutes), the 52-minute one-off science film Out of the Cradle and history docuseries Berlin 1945 (3 x 50 minutes, or 2 x 90 minutes).

In Poland, meanwhile, pay-TV platform ITI Neovision/ NC+ has acquired more than 28 hours of content, with At Our Neighbour’s Table (130 x 30 minutes) and the 52-minute true crime film Anatomy of Evil highlighting the slate.

Chinese SVoD service IQIYI has taken 14 hours of television, including Berlin 1945Secrets of Arabia (5 x 52 minutes, or 5 x 45 minutes) and Terror!, while Bytedance China has purchased 110 hours of content, including Magnificent Maghreb (5 x 52 minutes), web series SuperintelligenceBeyond Human (52 minutes, 7 x 15 minutes, or 45 minutes) and What Went Wrong: Countdown to Catastrophe (6 x 52 minutes).

In Austria, ORF has taken documentaries Generation Algorithm (45 minutes), Obsessed with Food (30 minutes) and Tokyo 2020: The Price of Security (52 minutes, or 45 minutes), while wildlife and travelogues Alpine Villages (5 x 26 minutes), Reinventing New York (45 minutes) and A Goal for Freedom: Women’s Football in Kabul (45 minutes) are heading to Swiss pubcaster SRF.

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