Link Tank: Emma Stone Says Cruella Movie Won’t Be Like Joker

Emma Stone on Cruella and Joker, facts about Law & Order, a Game of Thrones stage play, and more in today's Link Tank!

Emma Stone in Black Leather in Cruella
Photo: Disney

After doubts from skeptics, Emma Stone clarifies that the Cruella movie will be different than Joker.

“When the Cruella trailer dropped in February, we were suddenly aware of the possibility that there could be a striking resemblance between a Disney villain origin story and a Batman villain origin story. But Emma Stone, who plays the stylish, dog-hating protagonist, says her movie and Joker aren’t all that alike.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Few shows are as iconic as Law & Order. Check out some fun facts about the behind-the-scenes of this NBC hit series.

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“At more than 30 years old, the Law & Order universe seems to have always been with us. Revolutionary when the mothership show (also known as ‘original recipe’) premiered in 1990, Law & Order debuted in an era when cable was still a baby and streaming wasn’t even invented yet.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Starz announced the cancellation of American Gods yesterday. Let’s take a look back at where it all went wrong.

“News broke yesterday that Starz has canceled American Gods after three tumultuous seasons. The company behind the series, Fremantle Media, is in talks with Starz for a possible event series or movie to finish the story and get through the remaining material in Neil Gaiman’s novel, but that’s not certain at all.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Volkswagen’s name change to Voltswagen in the U.S. turns out to be an April Fool’s joke that got published early.

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“So, apparently the Volkswagen-Voltswagen name change was an April Fool’s joke. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the company’s marketing team accidentally published a draft press release with the ‘Voltswagen’ news this week, but failed to remove it before it was picked up and widely reported.”

Read more at PCMag.

There’s going to be another Game of Thrones prequel—only this time, it’s a stage play coming to Broadway.

“These days it’s hard to keep track of all the Game of Thrones spin-offs that are reportedly in the works—none of which happen to be George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter. (Seriously, dude!) Now, The Hollywood Reporter comes to us with yet another expansion of Westeros: a stage show that is being developed with eyes on Broadway.”

Read more at Thrillist.

It’s not just gamers whose gaming habits changed during the pandemic. The creators and industry pros also saw their routines upended during lockdown.

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“We know that people were gaming more during the pandemic. The industry skyrocketed in 2020 hitting an estimated $180 billion in sales. It’s not just that people were putting more hours into games; the way we actually play changed too. Inverse spoke to nine video game content creators, developers, and journalists about how their habits have shifted during the pandemic.”

Read more at Inverse.