News Bytes: ‘Maleficent 2’ Enchanting Teaser, That ‘Aladdin’ Clip, New Manga from ‘Naruto’ Creator & More

Godzilla Asserts Online Dominance with First Official Website
Launched by Japanese studio Toho in time for the highly anticipated feature film Godzilla: King of the Monsters on May 31, Godzilla.com commemorates the big screen monster icon’s 65th anniversary by connection fans around the world with content from more than 30 films, comics, art, apparel, toys, and a “Monsterpedia” guide unlocking the secrets of the entire Godzilla universe!

“We’re thrilled to unleash a world of content around our most beloved Godzilla. Fans have been longing for a universe that celebrates the all-mighty king of monsters and Godzilla.com delivers the most exciting news and stories about upcoming events, new merchandise and special releases as we commemorate the 65th anniversary of Godzilla.” — Keiji Ota, CGO (Chief Godzilla Officer), Toho.

AMC & Survios Announce ‘The Walking Dead Onslaught’ VR Game
Coming this fall, fans can get their aggro out by bashing virtual walker skulls in in the new official game. Onslaught putes players in ultimate survivor mode to experience two different sides of the apocalypse: an original, gut wrenching narrative and classic supply runs with randomized weapon/item pickups. The whole thing is made even more satisfying/disturbing by Suvrios’ new, multilayered Progressive Dismemberment System.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: TAAFI Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
Showcasing the best in animation artistry from around the world in one of North America’s top toon hubs, TAAFI offers awards in juried categories including Best Student Short, Best Canadian Short, Best International Short, Grand Prix, Audience Choice and Best Kids’ Short. Submissions are now open for the 2020 edition. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

‘Samurai 8’, ‘Naruto’ Creator’s New Series, Now Available on Shonen Jump
The first full chapter of Masashi Kishimoto’s thrilling new adventure Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru is available now for free through VIZ Media’s manga platform, with new chapters debuting simultaneously with Japan each week. The sci-fi samurai story is illustrated by Kishimoto’s longtime collaborator, Akira Okubo. VIZ is also adding three new series to the Shonen Jump digital vault: One Punch Man, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (first three arcs) and Golen Kamuy (mature-rated, web only). Fans can access the title via shonenjump.com or the iOS/Android app — digital membership is just $1.99 a month.

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling about This, Aladdin
People are certainly feeling some ways about the new clip of Will Smith singing “Prince Ali” that IGN dropped Monday. But… can a (truly) live-action remake really capture the magic and energy of an animated classic without breaching the borders of the Uncanny Valley? That is one for the philosophers and whoever wants to Tweet about this.

WATCH: Official Teaser | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Set several years after the first film, this dark-tinged fantasy adventure continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

The film is directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) from a story by Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, 1994’s The Lion King) and a screenplay by Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as Maleficent and Princess Aurora, joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. In theaters October 18.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

TAAFI

TAAFI

The Walking Dead: Onslaught

The Walking Dead: Onslaught

Samurai 8

Samurai 8