90-Yr-Old Gaming Grandma Holds World Record for Oldest YouTube Gamer

90yr Gamer
(Guinness World Records)

Last time we checked in on the Guinness Book of World Records they were celebrating a hero for his massive video game collection. Well, Guinness is still keeping score of the extraordinary, and the newest addition to their esteemed book series is Hamako Mori, a.k.a.

GAMER GRANDMA.

(Guinness Book of World Records)

The 90-year-old Hamako’s YouTube channel has amassed over 274,000 subscribers, making her the site’s oldest gamer.


Hamako’s love of video games started 39 years ago when her curiosity piqued at the sight of some boisterous children playing one. “It looked so much fun,” she told Guinness. “I thought it’s not fair if only children played it.”

Her first console was a Cassette Vision, which was essentially the Japanese version of an Atari 2600. This beast:

(Wikimedia Commons / Evan Amos)

She now specializes in Playstation 4, noting that action games have become “visually spectacular” in recent years. “They often use actors for characters,” she obsessed. “So I’m really obsessed with it now.”

Her current favorite game? Grand Theft Auto V. That’s right. This sweet old lady’s “knitting” is simulated vehicular mayhem.

(Guinness World Records)

Hardcore.

But at the end of the day, she says it’s all for the fans.

“I receive a lot of comments saying don’t work too hard. Everyone is so kind. Their comment leave a strong impression on me, and makes me want to make more videos that people enjoy. I still look forward to everyone’s comments.

They also say watching my video gives them hope for the future. I feel so happy. That’s why I want to create lots and lots of videos. That’s my dream.”

Aw. So wholesome and good. You can subscribe to Hamako’s channel right here, and watch her jack an armored truck in GTA V right here:

The ‘Snyder Cut’ Is Real and HBO Max Is Going to Release It

Snyder Cut Being Released
(Twitter/hbomax)

It’s the fanboys’ world now, and we’re just living in it. For years, even since the release of Zack Snyder’s superhero team-up Justice League, fans have been complaining that the movie, which wasn’t the triumph they were hoping for, was botched by the studio. They insist that Snyder’s original version of the movie is that triumph, and they want to see it.

The #ReleasetheSnyderCut hashtag has become both a rallying cry for fans (and some of the actual actors) and the butt of a joke for those who dislike Snyder’s vision and a fanboy culture that feels entitled to see their favorite stories get told exactly the way they want them to be told. Similar movements sprung up around the last season of Game of Thrones or Rian Johnson’s Last Jedi. The Game of Thrones petition amounted to nothing, but the anger at the Last Jedi seems to have resulted in the hollow fan-service of The Rise of Skywalker. (Sonic the Hedgehog also owes the vocal online fan culture for its makeover).

Now not only did we get confirmation that the Snyder cut actually exists, but the fanboys devoted to freeing it from WB’s vault will finally get to see it! HBO Max announced that they will be releasing the fabled Snyder Cut of Justice League on their new platform in the summer of 2021.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that it will be released as either a four-hour version or in a six chapter installment.

They also spoke to Snyder, who says he’s getting the crew back together to edit and score the footage of what he says “will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from [the theatrical release].” Snyder added that the version we’ve all seen only features maybe “one-fourth of what I did.”

The director endured a personal tragedy during the filming of Justice League that forced him to leave the film before completion, whereupon Warner Bros handed the reins to Avengers director Joss Whedon. Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is best known for his quippy dialogue and overall sense of fun, something many felt the DC movies needed after the grimdark disaster that was Batman v. Superman and the success of the brighter, goofier Wonder Woman and Aquaman. The resulting movie is a bizarre mishmash of Snyder’s darkness and Whedon’s light touch – not to mention Henry Cavill’s digitally repaired upper lip – that has its moments but was not the rousing spectacle many were hoping for.

For years rumors have swirled that Snyder’s version is the real deal and when released will redeem the director’s dark vision for the DC superhero universe. The time may even be right after Todd Phillips’s even darker Joker took the box office by storm and went to the Oscars. Maybe audiences are more willing to accept the darker tone that Snyder brought to some of our most beloved superheroes.

In 2021, we’ll finally find out. And who knows, maybe this will lead to more disappointing movies and TV shows getting a do-over. We may never see an original piece of work again!

Hellraiser to Become HBO Series From Director Behind Halloween Reboot

HBO Hellraiser
(Entertainment Film Distributors)

The content just keeps coming! With so many streaming platforms, it’s no wonder every day brings new movies and TV shows to our homes. Of course, even though production has been delayed on many projects, deal-making hasn’t stopped. Hollywood is going to be ready to put on countless shows – once we’re all allowed to put on and attend shows again.

HBO has been one of the big players lately, loading up on deals to fill their forthcoming HBO Max platform. They recently announced new Justice League Dark and Shining-based properties from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, and now they’re diving further into the horror pool with a new series based on Clive Barker’s grotesque Hellraiser franchise.

If that wasn’t enough of a horror pedigree for you, David Gordon Green, who helmed the successful Halloween reboot, is running the show and will be directing the pilot and several other episodes. If you don’t know, Hellraiser is the movie franchise that brought us Pinhead, and several other creepy-ass monsters, known as Cenobites, who reside in a terrifying alternate dimension.

The show won’t be a reboot. According to Deadline, it will assume that people are familiar with the Hellraiser universe. But how many non-horror geeks are? I’m not a huge horror guy, and while I remember seeing the first Hellraiser flick, I mostly just remember a gory skinless dude, Pinhead, and a box that somehow unlocks the hell dimension. Also somehow, there have been TEN Hellraiser movies!

And apparently there will be more. Because on top of Gordon-Green’s HBO series, a separate movie project is also being developed with zero relation to the show.

So get ready, fictional horror fans! Once this real-life horror-show is over, you’ll have plenty to look forward to!

Full ‘Space Force’ Trailer Launched, Countdown to Binge in T-10 Days

Full Space Force Trailer
(Netflix)

Netflix’s highly anticipated sitcom, about a general’s efforts to mount the space-based branch of the military, debuts at the end of the month. So far, we’ve had set photos and a teaser, and today we finally get a full trailer of hijinks.

The show premieres on May 29, comes from Greg Daniels, the co-creator of The Office, features John Malkovich in what looks like a scene-stealing performance as Carrel’s straight man, co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Ben Schwartz, (and Fred Willard, RIP) and is hopefully saving its best jokes for the episodes.

Percy Jackson Finally Getting a Do-Over With Series on Disney+

Percy Jackson Disney Do Over
(Disney)

These days, everything gets adapted.

There’s nothing Hollywood loves more than existing intellectual property. It already has a fan base ready to spend money on something they love, and piggybacking on someone else’s creativity is easier than starting something from scratch. Add today’s constantly multiplying streaming services, and there’s nary a book series, a graphic novel, a video game, even a podcast that hasn’t been converted into a TV show or movie.

Not everything gets adapted twice. Usually, if your favorite book series makes its way to movie theaters, you have to hope the first movie is successful or you won’t get the rest and that’s likely your last shot. Not this time.

Percy Jackson, the mythological Harry Potter who began as a bedtime story from prolific author Rick Riordan, had his shot. In fact, two movies were made from Riordan’s Gods of Olympus series, 2010’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and 2013’s Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. Logan Lerman starred as Percy, the half-human some of Poseidon who has water-based magical powers, and neither film was particularly good.

The movie franchise, which was managed by Disney without any input from the author himself, petered out, and for years fans have been clamoring for a do-over. My 9-year-old son included.

Now they’re getting their wish. After years of hoping and months of hinting (and a Broadway musical in the meantime), Riordan got a new adaptation off the ground, this time as TV series for Disney+. He made the announcement on Twitter.

“Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you’ve worked hard to champion a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson’s world,” Riordan wrote. “Some of you have even suggested it would be a good series for Disney+. We couldn’t agree more!”

Riordan, like many fans, was unhappy with the less-than-faithful theatrical adaptations of the first two books in his series, and it’s clear he’s thrilled to have a shot at a do-over, this time with him being “involved in every aspect of the show.” It will follow the storyline of the five-book series, which sees Percy learning of his heritage, training at Camp Halfblood, and making friends with satyrs, centaurs, and various other demigods as he goes on various adventures.

After Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters, Percy appears in The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian, as well as several spin-offs from the series. Disney+ appears to be tackling all five of them, and if it goes well, he has a lot more material to mine, including series based on Egyptian, Roman, and Norse mythology.

My son has read every single one and based on the ecstatic online reaction to today’s Disney+ news, he’s not alone. Here’s hoping they get it right this time.

You can sign up for Disney+ for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

Broadway Sensation Hamilton Coming to Disney+ on July 3rd

Hamilton on Disney+
(Disney)

July 4th weekend just got some fireworks courtesy of Disney+.

As soon as the quarantine hit, movie and tv studios have been doing what they can to help people survive their lockdowns by providing us with as much content as we can handle. Many of them have been releasing movies to streaming platforms when they were supposed to only be in theaters.

Disney has been at the forefront of this, releasing the Pixar movie Upward to Disney+, putting Frozen 2 on their platform before it was meant to be available at home, and now they’re dropping what has to be one of the most anticipated pieces of entertainment of the last decade onto streaming more than a year early.

On Tuesday morning, Disney announced that they’d be releasing a filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation and 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton on Disney+ on July 3rd.

“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of ‘Hamilton’—an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful,” said Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind ‘Hamilton’ to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”

This isn’t a film version of the musical but is instead a filmed version of the stage play, which was captured in June of 2016 and features the original cast.

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

If you are one of the countless people who’ve been unable to snag tickets during the musical’s run on Broadway in NYC and in various cities across the country, this is more than good enough. Especially since it wasn’t planned to premiere for another 15 months.

Come July 3rd, you’ll no longer have to wait for it.

You can sign up for Disney+ for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

Not Only Is National Treasure 3 in Development, so Is a TV Series

National Treasure 3 + TV series!
(Disney)

People really love the National Treasure movies!

Not only were fans thrilled when Disney+ announced its recent debut on their streaming service, but they were also over the moon when news of a third installment of the trilogy was announced. Clearly Disney is shoring up their content, and adding another movie to an existing franchise with dedicated fans is a surefire way of doing that.

Which is why they’re also making a National Treasure TV series!

I don’t know if the draw is Indiana Jones-style adventures around American history or just hearing Nicolas Cage say ridiculous things (“I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence”) but I guess we’ll find out. Because while the new movie will feature the gonzo star, the TV series will not.

In an interview with Collider, producer Jerry Bruckheimer spilled some info on the studio’s plans for the franchise.

“We’re certainly working on one [National Treasure] for streaming and we’re working on one for the big screen. Hopefully, they’ll both come together and we’ll bring you another National Treasure, but they’re both very active… The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It’s the same concept but a young cast. The one for theatrical would be the same cast.”

It’s unclear if that younger cast will be playing younger versions of the movie characters or if they’ll merely be involved in the same sort of adventures – the latter of which might leave the door open for cameos from Nic Cage and company – but either way, the National Treasure universe is expanding. And both projects are coming along quickly.

“The film version is being written right now. The television version is in process. We have a pilot script done and an outline of the future episodes,” Bruckheimer added.

The more I think about it, the more I want to see the TV series tackle younger versions of the movie characters. It’s time we find a new Nicolas Cage with which to weird out with!

You can sign up for Disney+ for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

Watch the entire interview:

John Wick Is Livestreaming for Free, Tonight at 9 PM ET

John Wick Livestream
(Lionsgate)

First things first: this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Don’t blow it, guys!

Of course, Mother’s Day isn’t until Sunday, so you have some time to grab that last-minute gift – and to squeeze in some decidedly non-Mother’s Day activities.

There aren’t any sports this year, thanks to the pandemic, but there are plenty of action movies. But watching them alone can be pretty boring, so why not watch with a crowd, all while safely ensconced at home? This Friday, before we all settle in for a weekend of mimosas, marigolds (do moms like marigolds?), and long-distance phone calls, we can come together to get some adrenaline out of our systems with a modern action classic.

This Friday night at 9 pm ET, Lionsgate Studios is hosting a free live stream of John Wick on their YouTube live stream channel. They’ve previously aired The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, and La La Land – and this time it’s Keanu Reeves’s first outing as taciturn hitman hellbent on revenge against the Russian mobster who murdered his dog. Talk about Mother’s Day weekend counterprogramming!

The movie will air on Lionsgate’s YouTube livestream to raise support for theater workers who’ve been out of work while cineplexes across the country are shut down to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s the official description of the event: A star-studded celebration of the theatrical filmgoing experience hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and brought to you LIVE. Benefitting the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, dedicated to helping people who work in the motion picture industry and currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Host Jamie Lee Curtis is joined by Keanu, Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, and Asia Kate Dillon, plus filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.

I have no idea why Jamie Lee Curtis is involved, but hey, the more the merrier!

Unless your mom, or your lady, is keen on dozens of vicious gunshots to the head, something tells me this will be a largely dad-centric affair. But you’ll make it up to her on Sunday.

Rick Moranis Discusses ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ on Disney+’s Prop Culture

Rick Moranis Prop Culture
(Disney+/Prop Culture)

2020 will be remembered for a lot of things, many of them – the coronavirus, murder hornets – not so wonderful. But something else is happening this year, something that’s been a long time coming, and it’s a lot more welcome than a global pandemic and killer insects.

I’m talking about the Moranissance. After 20+ years away from the business, Rick Moranis, the beloved star of SCTV, Ghostbusters, and the Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise, has returned to Hollywood. The actor left the industry to care for his children when his wife passed away from cancer and is currently involved in a legacyqual – a reboot and set in the original timeline/universe of the first film – the Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise.

Josh Gad will star as Nick Szalinksi, one of Moranis’s character’s grown children, from whom he’s become estranged over the years. Before we get that movie, Moranis appeared on Disney+’s Prop Culture show, a new series exploring some of the studio’s classic films, to discuss the original Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

The actor discussed how different the movie might have been if it been made with today’s technology.

“If that were made today, it would be made very differently, probably just with green screen and computer-generated stuff,” Moranis told Prop Culture‘s host, Dan Lanigan.

He also talked about what the experience of making the movie and working with director Joe Johnston, was like. “He had the vision of this in his head,” said Moranis. “And on that movie, I was really an actor. I think I drove him crazy a couple of times trying to get more comedy into it because I was always looking for how to disrupt and get some more jokes in, and poor Joe just wanted to make his movie.”

Something about it worked because the movie was a hit that spawned sequels and the forthcoming legacyquel, which was slated to begin production this year for theatrical release. Whether that timeline has changed, thanks to coronavirus, has yet to be seen.

Either way, the Moranissance has begun, and it’s great to see the actor and dedicated family man back on camera. We can’t wait for more!

You can sign up for Disney+ for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

Stranger Things Season 4 Will Showcase Chief Hopper’s Backstory

Hopper's History
(Netflix)

The other night, I was watching the new Netflix movie “Extraction” starring Chris Hemsworth. About halfway through, David Harbour shows up, and it was very confusing, because Extraction takes place in India, and we already know that Chief Hopper is in Russia!

Obviously, Harbour is an actor, and he is not playing his Stranger Things character in this new action movie that is decidedly grittier than his adventures in Hawkins, Indiana. But it’s a testament to his performance as Hopper, and to the place “Stranger Things” holds in popular culture, that he will forever be associated with the role. And it seems like we’re going to be getting more Hopper than ever in the next season of the show.

During a video that was aired at the Liverpool Comic Con, Harbour discussed what’s in store for Chief Hopper in season 4, and how a tease from season two will play into the next round of episodes.

“In season two, Eleven goes into the basement of the cabin and there’s five boxes, one of which has Brenner’s stuff from Hawkins Lab, one of which says ‘Dad,’ one of which says ‘Vietnam.’ One says ‘New York.’ So there are these three things that we’ve established in the season that if we don’t pay off, it means that they’re bad writers. And the Duffer brothers are very good writers,” Harbour explained. “So I know specifically that in Season 4 we will give you a big, huge reveal about Hopper’s backstory.”

The actor is clearly excited to dive into his character’s past, especially, perhaps, since his character’s present seems to involve a Russian prison camp!

“I’m so excited about revealing this aspect of the character,” Harbour added. “It’s one of the things that I’ve known since the first frame of the first shot, and we haven’t expressed it yet. And finally, we’re gonna express it in a big way. It’s my favorite thing about him that you guys don’t know about him yet, but it has to do with these backstories of New York, Vietnam, and dad. And I’m really excited for you guys to know more about that, and it relates, of course, to things he’s doing with Eleven and Joyce and things like that.”

We know Hopper lost his daughter to cancer, but the stuff Harbour is teasing sounds like something new. Here’s hoping it’s as exciting to us as it is to him!

Check out the full video, in which Harbour also discusses his role in the MCU:

Space Force Trailer Gives Us Steve Carell, Space, and the Beach Boys

Space Force Trailer
(Netflix)

Soon after the announcement of a Space Force U.S. military branch some of Hollywood’s funniest people turned it into a project of their own, and not only is it getting off the ground more quickly than the government version, it has The Office’s creator and star behind it, so it’s no laughing matter.

Just kidding. It’s very much a laughing matter! Greg Daniels is behind the new Netflix show Space Force, and Steve Carell stars, alongside John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and many others. A few weeks back we got our first glimpse of the show through a collection of official photos, and now Netflix has dropped the first trailer.

It looks out of this world!

Sorry.

It definitely looks funny, with Carell playing a 4-star general put in charge of “militarizing space,” dealing with his rebellious daughter, and singing the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” to decompress in his office.

Take a look:

Justice League Dark and The Shining-Based TV Series Coming to HBO Max

Justice League Dark
(DC/Warner)

Over the past year or so, streaming platforms have been multiplying at an exponential rate. We’ve got Netflix and Disney+, Amazon Prime and Hulu, Apple TV and YouTube Red or whatever it’s called, not to mention CBS All Access, NBC’s forthcoming Peacock service, and every single cable channel having their own platform and countless other smaller platforms you may or may not have heard of.

There are almost as many streaming options as there are cable outlets! Of course, there’s an upside to the proliferation of platforms, and that’s more content. Much of it not necessarily stuff that would have been made without so many services to fill.

Justice League Dark has been percolating inside Hollywood for a decade. There have been several failed attempts at mounting a production, including a movie from Oscar-winner Guillermo Del Toro, but none have materialized. Until now!

It’s based on a comic series that focused on DC’s darker (sorry), occult oriented characters, including John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Shade, the Changing Man. Those are some of the characters who may be featured in this new production – there are many to choose from, and there’s no information on which ones will show up – from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, set to appear on HBO Max.

HBO Max and Abrams are also teaming up for a show called Overlook, which is inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining and will explore the untold stories of the famously haunted Overlook Hotel.

“What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie [McGrath],” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV, announced via Variety. “What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic I.P. from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”

HBO Max is clearly homing in on some genre-related material, with the horror of Stephen King and the superheroes of DC. They have two other DC-related series in production, one about the Green Lantern, the other an adaptation of “Strange Adventures.”

There’s a New Seinfeld Stand-up Dropping on Netflix Next Week

23 Hours to Kill
(Netflix)

What’s the deal with this quarantine?

Nobody really knows when it’s going to end, and we’re all desperate for ways to pass the time. we have plenty of options, especially when it comes to stuff to watch, but nearly two months in, it’s not so much content we crave. We have plenty of that. We’ve got new movies, old movies, returning tv series, old tv series, etc. We can watch nearly everything at any time.

That stuff gets old. What we want are events! Like Tiger King. Or The Last Dance. Exciting bits of content that need to be consumed immediately, because everyone else is consuming them at the same time, and if you don’t hop on the bandwagon quickly you’ll get left in the dust.

Netflix gets it, and to that end, they’re unveiling a brand new comedy special from Jerry Seinfeld. It drops next week, on May 5th, and while the next James Bond movie has been delayed, maybe this will scratch that itch as well.

Here’s the official description of 23 Hours to Kill:

Jerry Seinfeld finds himself in a precarious situation as he’s preparing to go on stage for his new stand-up special. 23 Hours to Kill, the all-new stand-up special from comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld, streams May 5th, only on Netflix.

And here’s the 007-inspired trailer: