It’s hard to think that a device that plays such an important role in modern everyday life could be considered an addiction. The truth is that around 60 to 70 per cent of smartphone owners describe themselves as “too reliant” on them, and the average adult spends approximately from 2 to 4 hours on their smartphone every day.

From drivers using phones behind the wheel and an increase in injuries on pedestrians related to their mobiles to it impacting their social life and even mental health, smartphone addiction is a very real issue. It can also worsen our concentration, as frequent distraction from our smartphones affects the capability of the brain to maintain a longer focus in any activity.

Don’t get hooked! Social Media apps are designed to produce short-term, dopamine-driven loops on their users, so they can crave them at any time and any place. Social media stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers as much as what food and sex do. This can be especially valuable for social media platforms, as they can sell advertisers the attention of millions of people.

While there is nothing inherently addictive about mobile phones, potentially being in contact with 2 billion people around the world, and thousands of games and movies being at the reach of a person’s pocket can create a strong attachment between the owner and the smartphone. Increased levels of smartphone use can ultimately relate to anxiety and depression, poor sleep quality and risk or car accidents.

Shock! Horror! It’s time to stop and think just how much time we actually spend on our smartphones. Stop for a second there and enjoy the greenery!

The Joker has been one of Batman’s most recognized supervillains, appearing for the first time on the actual debut issue of the comic book ‘Batman’. While lacking any superhuman abilities, Arthur Fleck is a criminal mastermind with a sadistic sense of humor who dresses up as a joker and uses his expertise to try and kill his adversaries.

Joaquin Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray the Joker in a film, after Jared Leto’s and Heath Ledger’s modern interpretations of the character. For the role, Phoenix lost a noticeable amount of weight in preparation, and based his laughs on videos he studied of people suffering from “pathological laughter”.

The film is an exploration of Fleck’s disregard by society, as an impoverished stand-up comedian who seeks revenge on his detractors. It is directed by Todd Phillips (from The Hangover and Borat fame) and its script was inspired in Martin Scorsese’s films Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King of Comedy.

Joker will first be screened at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2019, and also be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019. After that, the film is scheduled to be released in the US on October 9, 2019.

A budget of $55 million is what was used for production, and experts are expecting ‘Joker’ to gross $60-90 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada. If the film performs well, Phillips would be interested in producing a sequel.

The waiting game begins to see if Todd Phillips–directed, Joaquin Phoenix–starring Joker film will be monumentally awesome of not, but one thing’s for sure: it will be an interesting flick to catch at the theater. Whatever doesn’t kill you…

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This month, Spider-Man: Far From Home became Sony’s biggest grossing movie of all time at $1.1 billion, and is also one of the biggest box office films of the year. Disney/Marvel Studios, who hold the rights to comic book characters featured in the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), have enjoyed a healthy relationship with Sony, who own the on-screen rights to Spider-Man specifically - until now.

Spider-Man is now set to exit the MCU after Disney and Sony failed to reach an agreement to extend their four-year deal where Sony financed and distributed the films. This was carefully done on purpose, as Sony owns the on-screen rights to the franchise and must commit to make a Spider-Man film every few years or the rights revert to Disney.

There are still at least two Spider-Man films planned to be filmed and released with actor Tom Holland starring as the friendly neighborhood, but he won’t be interacting with the likes of Nick Fury, Black Widow, Thor or Black Panther anymore. He will now go separate ways from the Avengers to fight against crime by himself in what Holland considers to be “something very special…very different” for Spider-Man’s future. 

The breakup between both Sony and Disney came after the latter demanded a 50% of the next films’ profit, a contract which Sony refused to accept. However, even with Spider-Man leaving the MCU, Disney will still take 100% of all the character’s merchandise profit!

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One can never get enough of the legendary Jackie Chan – and for good reason! The martial arts genius always has something up his sleeve and this time he’s back to the land of slots in the new Fire Dragon game. Fire Dragon is a trademark signature game, featuring actors from the film of the same name. Fire Dragon was released in 1983 and we can clearly see a much younger Jackie Chan constantly appearing in the reels of this prime new slot. 

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