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Hasbro's Trading Card Game Generating Magical Earnings

It's been over a week since a quarterly earnings call revealed that Hasbro (HAS) - Get Hasbro Inc. Report subsidiary Wizards of the Coast saw a 15% bump in sales over the last year. The company owns niche hobby IPs like "Dungeons & Dragons" and the "Pokémon" and "Magic: the Gathering" trading card games. Even more impressive than the 15% growth is the fact that, according to Hasbro's CEO Chris Cocks, the majority of that profit comes from one game in particular.

It's the Cage of Enlightenment: Essential Nicolas Cage Movies You Have to Watch

Few actors are as prolific as Nicolas Cage. The guy has been in so many wild movies that he can literally make a movie in which he plays himself. You could puzzle yourself into circles, is he always playing a form of himself in every role? Is Nic Cage himself a character that Nic Cage has devised? Look, you’ll lose your mind going down that path. Instead, watch (or rewatch) any of these essential Nicolas Cage performances.

Disney, Amazon Bet Big on Huge New Shows, Movies

The covid lockdown saw film and TV production grind to an abrupt halt back in 2020. While in-person filming was difficult, the circumstances also rocketed streaming services from household convenience to survival tool, making them a more lucrative and competitive product than ever before. Slowly but surely, studios have been able to get the gears of major productions moving again. If there's any proof that the film industry is back to full force, it's last weekend's San Diego Comic Convention -

It's settled: These are the 10 best Settlers of Catan expansion packs

Settlers of Catan is one of the most prolific games for board game fans. It’s easy to learn and downright addictive to play. Players focus on growing their own resources, establishing trade, and fighting off invasion—the game has virtually endless variations on how you can grow your city. But the game is so enjoyable, that you may want to add more facets to the world of Catan. There are several Settlers of Catan expansion packs—and expansions on those expansions!

'Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils' Will Be a Historical Pirate Romp

‘Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils’ Will Be a Historical Pirate Romp The Legend of the Sea Devils Easter special promises to be a swashbuckling good time with the infamous Zheng Yi Sao. In the second of three specials before Jodie Whittaker’s departure from the show, the time gang takes to the high seas. Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils will see a legendary pirate, a legendary treasure, and the Doctor smack dab in the middle of it all.

DC Explained: From Joker's Fool to a Fan-Favorite Anti-Hero – Who is Harley Quinn?

DC Explained: From Joker’s Fool to a Fan-Favorite Anti-Hero – Who is Harley Quinn? She’s been turning our hearts to puddin’ since 1992 – in this house, we stan Harley Quinn, Batman’s cheekiest adversary turned anti-hero. Harley Quinn might be making a lot of appearances in various DC comic books – from working against or alongside members of the Batfamily to running with the Suicide Squad. But her origin story is very rare. No, not the “psychologist falling in love with a patient” thing.

Should Superhero Fans Care About the Oscars?

Should Superhero Fans Care About the Oscars? As the Academy Awards do their best to stay relevant year after year, squeezing superhero films into the ceremony feels pretty cringe. The 2022 Oscars saw the introduction of two fan-favorite categories – and Zach Snyder walked away with both of them. His zombie film Army of the Dead took the fan-favorite film award, while Barry Allen’s hits the Speed Force scored the Oscar’s Cheer Moment for Snyder’s cut of Justice League.

'Umbrella Academy' Introduces Elliot Page's Viktor, His Character Will Come Out as Transgender in Season 3

‘Umbrella Academy’ Introduces Elliot Page’s Viktor, His Character Will Come Out as Transgender in Season 3 A few months before the season 3 premiere, Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page posts a first look at his role as Viktor Hargreeves. We’ve known for a while that Page would be returning to his role in the Netflix series based on a series of comic books by Gerard Way. But after he announced his transition, it was unclear how that would affect the character of Vanya.

LotR: The Most Malevolent Jewelry in All Middle Earth – The One Ring Breakdown

The Ring of Power, Isidulr’s Bane, the Precious… The fate of Sauron and all of Middle Earth is wound around the One Ring. Here’s its story. Today is the anniversary of the day that Sauron was finally defeated. On March 25th, Frodo cast the One Ring into the fiery depths of Mount Doom. And in doing so, he destroyed the spirit of the Dark Lord and ended his evil reign over Middle Earth. In honor of this festive occasion, let’s tell the story of the Ring of Power.

'Our Flag Means Death' Puts the Gold in the Golden Age of Piracy

Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi star in Our Flag Means Death, a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to swashbucklers, outcasts, and misfits. That fandom is strong with this new HBO Max show featuring pirates, and it’s no wonder. It’s a smart, funny, semi-historical series that tickles the funny bone and the heart. Queue up that sea shanty playlist you blared on repeat in early 2020 and put on something frilly. Our Flag Means Death is the pirate content you deserve.

Doctor Who: Who Should be the 14th Doctor? No, it's Not Hugh Grant.

Any old British guy won’t do. With Russel Davies coming back to run the show, who’s in the running to become the 14th Doctor Who? Jodie Whittaker wrapped her time as the Doctor after the New Year’s Eve special. Chris Chibnall’s run on the series has been a divisive moment for the Who fandom – even though his choice of a lady-Doctor has been a long-overdue moment. For the next season, Russel T. Davies will be resuming his position as Doctor Who show-runner, we’re looking forward to his influence on the franchise, but that begs the question – who will be the 14th Doctor? There are plenty of rumors swirling around, but I’ve got suggestions of my own.

Streaming: Netflix Tests Password Crackdown, Disney+ Adds Parental Controls

Marvel’s edgier properties come to Disney+ with the addition of Parental Controls. Plus, Netflix may be cracking down on account sharing. With raises in pricing, theatrical vs. streaming release, and password sharing, streaming platforms are still a little like the Wild West when it comes to entertainment. Netflix, the mother of all streaming apps, is taking experimental steps to tame the rampant use of password sharing. Meanwhile, Disney+ adds parental controls to its service.

Ms. Marvel Trailer Breakdown – The Fangirl Gets Cosmic Powers

Kamala Khan is an Avengers stan who finds herself with some out-of-this-world powers. Here’s a breakdown of the MCU’s newest trailer. The MCU’s newest hero is a teenage Pakistani girl with some incredible powers. And in the newest trailer for the upcoming summer show Ms. Marvel, fans are getting a closer work at just how those powers work. The trailer also contains some lovable call-outs to the original comic book. Here are all the feel-good details we found in the new Ms. Marvel trailer.

Rob Zombie's 'Munsters' Adds 'Elvira' Cassandra Peterson to Cast

The shock-rock icon’s new TV-PG resurrection will feature Cassandra Peterson. The Munsters casting announcements and more! News of Rob Zombie’s new series The Munsters has added the iconic actress best known as Elvira to their production. The horror-loving showrunner has also dropped some details about the show’s content, including some surprising news for anyone familiar with his previous productions.

LotR: Elrond Explained – The Half-Elven Sage of Middle Earth

The wisdom of Elrond helped to shape all of Middle Earth. Who is this half-elven leader and where did he come from? Long before he was the Lord of Rivendell, Elrond was the son of two half-Elves whose fates were guided by the light of the magical starlight of a Silmaril. Under the tutelage of Gil-Galad, Elrond chose the way of the Eldarin, and without his long reign in Middle Earth, the age of Man would likely never have come to be.

DC Film Delays: 'The Flash', 'Black Adam', 'Shazam! 2' & More

DC’s film delays have shifted premieres for virtually every film slated for an upcoming release. But it’s not all bad news! Today, several DC productions announced the shifting of release dates, meaning fans will have to wait even longer for some of their new favorites to hit the screen. Just on the heels of The Batman‘s box-office success, DC’s next live-action release, Black Adam, has been pushed from a summer release to the fall.

DC Explained: Who Are the Gotham City Sirens?

Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, & Catwoman – the baddest ladies in all of Gotham city. Eat your heart out, Bats! It’s the Gotham City Sirens. Gotham has no shortage of memorable characters. For International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating three of the most iconic ladies to every tango with the Batman: Harley Quinn, Selena Kyle, and Poison Ivy. Also known as the Gotham City Sirens. Who are the Gotham City Sirens?
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