DC Multiverse Arkham Asylum Batman and Joker McFarlane Toys Figures Have Launched


First announced at Toy Fair 2020, the latest figures in McFarlane Toys’ DC Multiverse lineup are Batman and Joker from the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Both figures stand 7-inches tall and come with accessories and a collectible art card. They arrive shortly after a set of two DC Multiverse figures based on Wonder Woman 1984 launched last month.

Pre-orders for the Batman: Arkham Asylum figures are live now with shipping slated for May 15th. A complete breakdown of accessories along with pre-order links can be found below.

  • The Joker – Pre-Order at Walmart (Exclusive) for $19.99: Accessories include a blaster, two chattering teeth, and a base.
  • Batman – Pre-Order at Walmart (Exclusive) for $19.99: Accessories include a Grapnel Launcher, open Batarang, folded Batarang, Bomb Cannister, alternate fist, and a base.

On a related note, the hottest McFarlane Toys figure out there right now is the Spawn figure based on his appearance in Mortal Kombat 11. At the time of writing, the only places to grab one are here GameStop for $26.99 and here at Entertainment Earth in pre-order for the standard $19.99. Shipping is slated for May on the latter, but it might get pushed back or sell out altogether. Reserve one while you can.

The McFarlane Toys MK11 Spawn figure features 22-points of ultra-articulation, a base, and a Spawn Sword accessory. You can take a closer look at the details of the figure right here.

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‘Samurai Shodown’ Arriving This Spring on The Epic Games Store

Arriving last month on the Nintendo Switch, SNK has finally announced that the PC version of Samurai Shodown will arrive this spring via the Epic Games Store. The news was revealed via a video by the official Epic Games Store Twitter account highlighting the upcoming Spring releases for the service.

Samurai Shodown is also available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.

Nike Mercurial Vapor ‘Future DNA Mercurial’

March 09, 2020 – If Undefeated’s initial Nike Air Max 90 paid direct 1990s-homage, the second effort from the LA-based outfit delivers a sneaker design version of a retro futurist approach. 

Rugged leather from edition one is replaced by myriad materials referencing the ’90s New York street scene’s adoption of technical outdoor gear. In respect for the function-first origins of those practical pieces, the shoe itself is striped down and the silhouette’s features deftly reinterpreted for 2020. 

Approach to the design began first with  fabrication, trying to mix iconic sneaker fabrics, such as nubuck leather and hairy suede, with translucent materials and technical mesh to give a modern vibe to a classic silhouette.

This approach lead to some restructuring of the shoe’s paneling to both reduce material and streamline the upper pattern. The Swoosh is thus elongated and the typical rubber “Air Max” marker above the Air-unit window is removed. Padding in the tongue and heel is also minimized, adding to the sleeker form. Additional details include a heel pull tab and tongue lacing reminiscent of the Nike Vomero 5. 

The colorways are a study in contrast — a concise, all-black look highlighting the depth and texture of the build, and a blue Undefeated exclusive, honoring past Nike ACG and Running footwear and apparel.

The Undefeated exclusive colorway was inspired by the colors and hues that came out of the golden era of running shoes — the late ’80s and early ’90s — and the pop colors of outdoor sneakers that were making noise from ’92 to ’95 in NYC.

The black Undefeated Nike Air Max 90 launches March 14 at Undefeated stores, followed by a second release March 19 on SNKRS. The Undefeated exclusive blue colorway retails on Air Max Day, March 26. 

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Most Heartbreaking Moments In Franchise History

No one could argue about the notion of the Boston Celtics being one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NBA. Having won no less than a record 17 championships to their name, the C’s are officially the most successful NBA franchise of all-time.

Nevertheless, despite all the unforgettable highs, this team — like any other side in the league — has also had its fair share of tragic occurrences in its esteemed narrative.

The End of the 2000’s Big 3 Era

When the Celtics selected Paul Pierce 10th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft, it was the beginning of a new era for the C’s. However, it arguably wasn’t until nearly a decade later that Boston became a legitimate threat to the title when Kevin Garnett arrived in 2007. True enough, this duo, alongside the likes of Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, would finally lift the title after 22 long years. The cherry on top of the cake was they did so by defeating their age-old rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.

This was arguably the most formidable team the Celtics have fielded in recent memory, but sadly, it all came to an end in the summer of 2013. Both Pierce and Garnett jumped ship, with Boston trading them away to the Brooklyn Nets. This was officially the end of the Big 3 era (although Ray Allen had already left the previous year), and with long-time head coach Doc Rivers also taking his talents to the Los Angeles Clippers, this also marked the the beginning of the rebuild.

THAT Magic John Running Hook

Few other moments in Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson’s career is more iconic than his unforgettable running hook that sealed the fate of the Celtics in the 1987 NBA Finals. There’s no need to talk up the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, but it was perhaps int he 1980’s that this was at its peak. Moreover, this was a decade defined between the personal rivalry between Magic Johnson and all-time Celtics great Larry Bird.

After going 2-0 down in the Finals, Boston was able to extend the series to Game 6 after impressively winning Games 3 and 5. In one of the most painful moments in Celtics history, however, Johnson’s game-winning hook shot with just seconds left — in Boston’s home floor — would result in the Lakers celebrating their championship over their arch-rivals.

The Death of Len Bias

Len Bias had the world at his feet. Following a decorated career in Maryland, the 6-foot-9 forward was widely regarded as one of the best young prospects of his generation. He was selected second overall by the Celtics in 1986, who were coming off another championship. Nonetheless, Bird was already entering his 30’s and Boston were already beginning their search for his heir apparent. Bias definitely fit the bill, and many believed that the torch was going to be passed to him in a few years’ time.

Tragically, barely two days after being drafted, Bias died of a cocaine overdose. He never got a chance to meet his new teammates, much more dawn the famous Celtics green. Bias is the perfect case of what could have been, and to date, there is perhaps nothing more terrible in Boston’s history than this tragic turn of events.

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Big Ed goes on bizarre Instagram rant about frogs and his love life

Big Ed shared a short video Monday, on Instagram, to talk about his reflections about his experiences on the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise. He made the video in his living room as his pet dog, Ted, lounged on the couch behind him. He seemed to be enjoying his time alone, with the show American Idol playing on the television.

Big Ed explains himself

He started the video talking about a frog, who he said made the decision to cross the street to meet up with a beautiful princess. He discussed that the frog bumps his butt like most amphibians and that this is a perfectly normal thing.

He then said how the frog got ran over because he did not look both ways while crossing the street.

He then thanked his fans for supporting him on the show. He teased that there were many exciting things currently going on in his life. He also urged people to stop bullying, in what seemed like a reference to how the show’s audience is reacting to his actions.

To end the video, Big Ed told those who viewed the video to enjoy the next episode of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” season 4. He also appealed to everyone to take care of each other as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads all over the world.

Based on the comments section of the post, his followers think that he used the story as a metaphor for his relationship with his girlfriend Rosemarie. The frog is him and the princess is Rosemarie, with the whole story representing their relationship’s failure.

His followers blasted him in the comments section of the video, telling him that Rosemarie’s anger at him was justified. However, there were also people who sympathized with his low self-esteem.

Big Ed, who stars on the spinoff series “Before the 90 Days” with Rosemarie, was criticized by fans for some actions he did on the show. This was especially true after he lied about his real height, which was a surprise for her when they eventually met.

Rosemarie shocked after Big Ed’s STD request

In Sunday’s episode of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days,” Rosemarie and Big Ed realized they have a major stumbling block in their relationship.

Rosemarie was hesitant to talk to him about her past. While Big Ed understood that she did not have to tell him right away, he also wanted to make sure she was not the type to sleep around.

He then proposed that Rosemarie undergo an STD test. She did not understand his request at first. But when she realized what he was asking, she felt offended and disappointed at him. She accused him of not trusting her. This could be a major issue between the two of them. Will Rosemarie and Big Ed be able to resolve things? Viewers will have to stay tuned to next week’s episode. Stay tuned for more news and updates on “90 Day Fiance.”

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Good Omen Season 2, Will it release in 2020? Unscramble the Release date ,Plot and Character of upcoming season

The popularity of Season 1 excited the viewers about next season and they are enthusiastic about season 2. But they have to wait for at least one year to experience the next comedy-mystery in form of season 2. Good Omen series is a comedy series based on the novel of the same name written by Terry Pratchett’ and Neil Gaiman. The series is directed by Douglas MacKinnon.



Season 2 of Good Omen probably will be released in the year 2021. The show will stream on Amazon Prime video when it will release. But it is confirmed that season 2 will be shown on BBC this year.

Plot of Season One.

Good Omen is an anecdote about an angel and devil who do their work Great plan. But both are opponents of each other. However, they become friends because of the long time they spend together.

When Antichrist was born, they agreed to work together but when they got to know that he is the wrong child they tried to identify the correct child. By the time they identify the correct child, it is too late and last they thought of their involvement had any effect.

Synopsis of Season 2??

It is predicted that Season 2 plot will be based on the novel “Good Omen” as same as Season 1. But it is also predicted that Director will unfold some twist in Season 2 which will surprise the viewers and it will be different from the story of the novel.

Cast of Season 2

It is anticipated that the Cast of Season 2 will be the same as Season 1, but it is a probability that some new characters will be introduced for different roles.

Aziraphale – Angel who owns a bishop shop.

Crowley – Devil and close friend of Aziraphale

Adam – Antichrist

Satan – Adam’s father.

So all the predictions related to the story, release date, and cast will be clarified in the coming months. So keep waiting and don’t waste your excitement about release date and story but keep it for watching season 2.

Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of Astérix, passes away

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: March 24, 2020 5:05:57 pm

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Albert Uderzo, the French comic artist and most well-known as the illustrator of Astérix, passed away at the age of 92. “Albert Uderzo died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly, after a heart attack that was not linked to the coronavirus. He had been extremely tired for the past several weeks,” Bernard de Choisy, his son-in-law was quoted as saying to AFP.

Born on April 25, 1927, he along with René Goscinny had created the enduring Asterix comics in 1959. In 1977, following the death of Goscinny, Uderzo started writing. He however retired in 2011 after 52 years of being deeply associated with the beloved comic hero. In 2014, he also buried the seven-year long legal hatchet with his daughter. In 2008, she had challenged his decision to sell 60 per cent stake in the Asterix publisher.

The Asterix series was first published in Pilote, a Franco-Belgian comics magazine  on 29 October 1959. It traces the adventures of the Gaulish warriors as they fight the Roman empire during the era of Julius Caesar. From last year, first four albums of the series — Astérix: Gaulwasi Astérix; Astérix: Sone ki Darati; Astérix: Astérix aur Gawthwasi; Astérix: Astérix Talwarbaz — were available in Hindi and were published by Om Books International.

The first four albums of the Astérix comics series was launched by HE Mr Alexandre Ziegler, the then Ambassador of France to India,and publisher Ajay Mago. The event took place at the Residence of France on March 27 and was attended by many including the co-translators Dipa Chaudhuri and Puneet Gupta.

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Making the case for Pitt’s defensive line

The 2019 Pitt football team boasted one of the best defensive lines in the nation. It ranked highly in the two metrics that typically define a front line — sacks per game (first with 3.92) and rushing yards allowed per game (12th with 108.5).

Yet in a Feb. 13 Bleacher Report article that ranked its top 10 defensive lines entering the 2020 season, Pitt was notably left off the list.

And it’s not like the article’s author, Brad Shepard, had a brain lapse and forgot the Panthers existed, because he specifically mentions them as one of the teams that just missed out on cracking the top 10. He looked at Pitt’s returning production and decided it wasn’t good enough.

When asked about the snub on Pitt’s first day of spring training, redshirt senior defensive end Rashad Weaver was all business — with a hint of sarcasm — in his response.

“I guess those top defensive lines have something we don’t, or they have some players we don’t,” he said. “I guess we’ll see in the fall when the pads come on.”

If Shepard is aware of some factor holding Pitt’s defensive line back from having another monster year, I’d love to know what it is. Because it’s lost on me.

The Panthers return nearly all of their defensive line production from last season and should only improve thanks to a combination of incoming recruits and previously injured starters returning to health.

Does that make Pitt’s front line a surefire top-five unit in college football? Perhaps not.

But top 10? Easily. The following exercise will break down just where the Panthers fit in among college football’s defensive line hierarchy.

The case for Pitt

Defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman had a breakthrough season in 2019, becoming Pitt’s first interior lineman to lead the team in sacks (10.5) since Aaron Donald in 2013. He also tied for first on the team with 12 tackles for loss, earning second team All-American and first team All-ACC honors. In Twyman, Pitt possesses the rare defensive anchor with the size (290 pounds) to clog running lanes and the agility to blow by blockers and chase down quarterbacks.

If Twyman is the Panthers’ superstar, then defensive end Patrick Jones II is their unsung hero. The rising redshirt senior was quietly dominant in his own right last season, leading the team with an incredible 18 quarterback hurries — 13 more than the next player — and four forced fumbles while also tallying 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Both Twyman and Jones II would have almost certainly been selected in the 2020 NFL Draft had they chosen to declare. They instead elected to return to Pitt and terrorize college opponents for another season.

With its top two performers coming back, Pitt has a distinct advantage over the country’s other top defensive lines, many of whom lost their best player to graduation or the draft. The Panthers only lose defensive tackle Amir Watts, who had seven tackles for loss and two sacks in 2019.

Pitt will also benefit from the return of two solid defensive ends — redshirt junior Deslin Alexandre (5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss) and redshirt sophomore Habakkuk Baldonado (four sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss) — who stepped up in 2019 and should provide great depth on the edge.

But the Panthers’ most important defensive lineman after Twyman and Jones II might be someone who didn’t even play a single snap last season — Rashad Weaver. 

Weaver was Pitt’s best defensive player in 2018, leading the team in tackles for loss (14), sacks (6.5) and fumble recoveries (three). But his 2019 season was cut short before it even began after a torn ACL suffered in preseason training camp.

On Pitt’s first day of 2020 spring practice, Weaver participated in drills — albeit in limited fashion — and scoffed at the notion he wouldn’t be 100% ready by the Panthers’ first game. If we’re to take him at his word and he can return to the level at which he once played, then Weaver could provide another game-wrecking force to a unit that already thrived in his absence.

Weaver isn’t Pitt’s only defensive lineman looking to make an impact after returning from injury. Redshirt senior defensive lineman Keyshon Camp also missed nearly all of last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury on opening day. Now healthy, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Camp should serve as a great interior complement to Twyman.

Rounding out Pitt’s 2020 defensive line is Dayon Hayes, the incoming hometown recruit out of Westinghouse High School. A four-star prospect, Hayes is far too talented to redshirt or merely play a few snaps here and there. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end racked up 23 sacks as a senior in high school, and should contribute immediately to a star-studded group of edge rushers.

The case for the competition

I’ll be comparing Pitt’s D-line to the 10 other teams mentioned in Bleacher Report’s article — Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Oregon, Penn State, Utah and Wisconsin, in that order.

Now, there’s an outside argument to be made for Pitt’s defensive line as the best in college football entering the 2020 season. On paper, this unit has nowhere to trend but up. Assuming last year’s campaign was no fluke and Weaver returns fully healthy — and taking into account a more forgiving schedule — then Pitt could again lead the nation in sacks and improve even further upon its 12th-ranked run defense.

However, things rarely turn out how they seem on paper. And for the sake of being unbiased, I’ll make some concessions that err on the side of the field at large.

For starters, I’m not even going to argue against the first four teams on the list — Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. It doesn’t matter that Pitt is bringing back greater production than Clemson, or that Alabama ranked 44th in sacks and 37th in run defense in 2019, or that Ohio State is losing the best defensive end in college football last season, Chase Young.

None of that matters because these are perennial blue-blood programs that reload each season with the best talent available at every position group. They accounted for four of the top five 2020 recruiting classes, with Georgia ranked first. Clemson nabbed the two highest-rated defensive linemen in the class, defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and edge rusher Myles Murphy.

I won’t even argue that Pitt has a better group than the No. 5 team on the list, Miami. As overrated as the Hurricanes often are, their defensive line is legit. Redshirt sophomore Gregory Rosseau is back after a dominant 15.5-sack campaign. Miami also snagged the transfer portal’s best defensive player in edge rusher Quincy Roche, who recorded 13 sacks at Temple last season. Together, they constitute the nation’s most productive returning defensive end duo.

Florida and Oregon also earned their spots on this list, adding to and retaining much of last year’s units who both cracked the top 20 in both run defense and sacks.

But No. 8 is where I draw the line, because you absolutely cannot convince me that Penn State has a better defensive line than Pitt.

Sure, the Nittany Lions had a dominant unit up front in 2019, ranking fifth in run defense and seventh in sacks. But they’re losing their best defensive end, Yetur Gross-Metos, and defensive tackle, Robert Windsor. Their most productive returnees, Shaka Toney and Jayson Oweh, combined for 11.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season, which is just one more in each category than Twyman alone contributed.

Head coach James Franklin’s 15th-ranked 2020 recruiting class does include a pair of four-star defensive linemen, as well as four-star Aliquippa defensive end Zuriah Fisher. But to imply that Penn State’s group of projects and newcomers boasts more talent than Pitt’s battle-tested front four is just disrespectful and ignorant.

As for the remaining two teams on Bleacher Report’s list, Utah is losing its top two defensive tackles in addition to star defensive end Bradlee Anae. Wisconsin, like Pitt, will bring back all of its core defensive line production from last year’s team that ranked fifth in sacks and sixth and run defense. But those numbers had more to do with the play of linebackers Zack Baun (12.5 sacks) and Chris Orr (11.5 sacks) than anyone on the Badgers’ front line. Pitt still has a better case than either team.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. If Pitt’s defensive line can maintain the momentum it started in 2019, then it will be, at the very least, among the eight or so best groups in college football — that is, assuming the season is played at all.

Contactless spending limit increased to £45 to help tackle coronavirus

The move was already being considered by the industry but has been accerlated to combat the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Getty Images/EPA)

The contactless card payment limit will be lifted from £30 to £45 next week in an emergency move to help tackle coronavirus.

The £15 increase, announced on Tuesday, is to reduce the need for physical contact with machines, with scientists previously saying the virus can stay on particular surfaces for days.

The changes were already being considered by the industry, but the process has been accelerated in the midst of ‘extraordinary circumstances’.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the last increase to £30 took two years to implement but the new limit would be working at some shops across the UK from April 1.

The contactless limit was increased from £20 to £30 in 2015 and took two years to implement (Picture: Getty Images)

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However, a spokesperson added that it could take some time before shoppers can find it at all stores, particularly those currently operating at peak capacity.

BRC head of payments policy, Andrew Cregan, said: ‘The last contactless limit increase to £30 took two years to implement but, given the extraordinary circumstances we face today, this new £45 limit will be rolled out from next week.

‘Some shops will take longer to make the necessary changes, given the strain they’re under. In the meantime, most customers can continue to make contactless payments for higher amounts using their smartphone.’

Stephen Jones, chief executive of UK Finance, which represents the finance and payments industry, said the decision to raise the limit was made following talks with the retail sector to ‘help customers with their shopping at this critical time for the country’.

He added: ’This will give more people the choice to opt for the speed and convenience of purchasing goods using their contactless card, helping to cut queues at the checkout.

‘The industry continues to work closely with the government and regulators to support customers impacted by Covid-19 and ensure that they can pay in a way that suits them.’

Increasing the limit from £30 to £45 will also mean that more transactions can be made without handling cash.

A man wears a protective mask and gloves in London, Britain, 17 March 2020 (Picture: EPA)

Health authorities previously advised shoppers to use cards instead of banknotes where possible, warning that coronavirus can remain on inert surfaces long enough to infect new hosts, although the risk is believed to be lower than human-to-human contact.

Some £80.5 billion was spent on contactless payments in 2019, UK Finance figures show – an increase of 16% on the previous year.

While the decision may spark some concern about fraud, UK Finance has said contactless fraud equates to just 2.5p in every £100 spent using contactless technology.

Contactless fraud on payment cards and devices represents just 3.3% of overall card fraud losses.

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