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'I put on 40 pounds of muscle. Holy mackerel!' Pablo Schreiber on playing Halo's ripped hero

The Guardian

And so, after 17 years of false starts, numerous failed attempts at feature films (including a Peter Jackson venture), more than 265 drafts, a reported budget of $200m and a production schedule in Hungary decimated by the pandemic, we are finally set to see a TV series of the video game Halo. Will it have been worth such perseverance? Since the release of the first video game in Microsoft's crown jewel franchise – 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved – the series has sold more than 81m games, generating in excess of $6bn. If a network sticks the landing, a Halo TV show could be a significant weapon in its arsenal. For the uninitiated: Halo takes place at a time of intergalactic war between humans and a collective of quasi-religious alien species known as the Covenant.

Tom Cruise's Existential Need for Speed

The New Yorker

On July 3rd, Tom Cruise will be sixty years old. The fact that he does not look it, at all, even in IMAX closeups so tight you can study the grain of his tooth enamel, adds a note of cognitive dissonance to "Top Gun: Maverick," the long-aborning sequel in which he's called back to mentor a squad of younger stick-jockeys who address him as Pops and Old-Timer until he wins their respect in the air. Even for a physical performer like Cruise, sixty is no longer an expiration date. Mick Jagger blew by that milestone in 2003, as did Sylvester Stallone in 2006, and, thanks presumably to healthy habits and/or medical technology dreamt of only by science fiction, they're both still out there, doing a version of the kind of thing they've always done. But the level of performance expected of a Rolling Stone or an Expendable is one thing, and the work that Tom Cruise appears to demand of himself is something else entirely.

The most watched movies of the week: New releases and some unexpected classics


Wondering what everyone's been watching this week? Well, spring is in the air and so is action, action, action! Every week, the popularity of movies across streaming might be determined by promotions, star power, critic raves, social media buzz, good old-fashioned word of mouth, or a new addition to a beloved franchise. While the reasons may vary, you can't argue with the numbers that streaming aggregator Reelgood collected from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. As it has for weeks, The Batman continues to reign supreme.

Halo review – hit sci-fi game morphs into middling $200m TV series

The Guardian

Quite how Halo hasn't made it to the screen, small or big, before this is an enigma almost as nebulous as the long-running first person shooter video game's crowded mythos. Luminaries such as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and District 9's Neill Blomkamp have all been involved in trying to get a film based on the explosive exploits of Masterchief across the line for the best part of two decades, yet to no avail. Even this big-budget – it reputedly cost more than $200m and looks like gold – TV series starring Pablo Schreiber as the genetically engineered soldier-hero of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) has been held up for two years by Covid. Never mind, it's here now, and fans of the games who just want to see their nightly battles with giant space monsters played out on the TV screen will no doubt be more than content with Kyle Killen and Steven Kane's adventurous if somewhat insipid reimagining. Unfortunately, those of us who don't recognise every re-enacted power-up bleep and helmet-cam vision of destruction will probably find ourselves wondering, much of the time, quite what is going on.

Paramount's first trailer for the 'Halo' TV series is here, and it's premiering in March


Despite video game adaptations not having a great track record, Hollywood is still trying to make it happen with a new live-action Halo TV series. Our first full trailer for the Paramount Halo series offers an extended look at not only Master Chief, but other beloved and iconic characters like Cortana from the video game franchise that launched in 2001. There are certainly enough explosions to go around, but no personality for the Master Chief to speak of just yet. So check it out for yourself to see if the hype is real for you or not. The Halo series is set to premiere on Paramount on March 24, 2022.

14 of the best movies streaming on Paramount


If you've already blown through your Netflix and Hulu libraries, maybe it's time to give Paramount a spin. Since Paramount has been making movies since 1916, its catalog of films is deep. Imagine John Wayne Westerns on the same streamer as Sonic the Hedgehog! It's madness, and we love it. Below, 14 of our favorite movies from Paramount's library to watch now on Paramount .

12 of the best shows to watch now on Paramount


Paramount came to the streaming game later than its competitors, but it's quickly become a heavy hitter. With properties like MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, CBS, and the entire Star Trek franchise, Paramount's library of shows is a bottomless chasm with something for everyone -- exactly what we TV-obsessed couch-freaks have been waiting for. For all those hoping to drown in television, to never have to come up for air in between binges, we've put together a list of the best shows Paramount has to offer, in no particular order. Don't worry, this is only scratching the surface! One of the biggest television tragedies of the last 25 years is the unceremonious canceling of this near-perfect show created by Paul Feig (the head of the Marvel-verse) and executive produced by Judd Apatow.

The first 'Halo' series trailer brings Master Chief to TV


The first trailer for Paramount ' upcoming Halo series premiered at The Game Awards on Thursday, giving us our first good look at the much anticipated show. Considering how beloved its source material is, the series has a lot to live up to. Based on the classic sci-fi video game franchise of the same name, Halo will follow the United Nations Space Command's war against the Covenant -- an alliance of alien races that consider humanity to be an affront to god. The 10-episode series will star Pablo Schreiber as Spartan supersoldier Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 -- the famous protagonist of the Halo game series. He won't be alone though.

All the best early Prime Day deals so far: Amazon devices, air fryers, AirPods, and more


BEST AMAZON DEVICE DEAL: Echo Show 5 -- $44.99 (save $35) BEST TV DEAL: Insignia 50-inch Fire TV smart 4K TV -- $299.99 (save $80) BEST APPLE DEAL: 2020 Apple iMac -- $1,499.99 (save $299.01) We're counting down the days until Amazon Prime Day (officially) starts on June 21, and in the meantime, there have already been some stellar deals to tide us over. We're of course seeing nice discounts on Amazon devices, but streaming channels, Apple products, and home appliances are already on sale as well. If you're itching to start shopping for your Prime Day haul, these are the best deals to shop early. The Echo Show 5 has been one of our favorites for a couple of years now.

Mark Wahlberg sci-fi movie 'Infinite' will stream on Paramount on June 10th


ViacomCBS did a Netflix recently by promising an original movie per week on Paramount in 2022. Before then, it's giving film fans a taste of what they can expect by pushing an exclusive Mark Wahlberg sci-fi to the burgeoning service. 'Infinite,' a futuristic action flick from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, is skipping theaters for Paramount on June 10th. Wahlberg stars as Evan Macauley, whose haunting memories are actually remnants from past lives. Teaming up with a secretive group known as the Infinites, he uses his buried skills to take on a familiar enemy who seeks to "end the cycle of reincarnation." The film was originally set for a theatrical debut, but the streaming sea change saw ViacomCBS divert it to Paramount .