ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Set for a March Release

Following years of rallying fans and online campaigns, Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League is set to release March 18, 2021 on HBO Max.

It’s been three and a half years since Justice League hit theaters. What went wrong with the first movie? And why is there a need to release another version? Here’s what you need to know and what to look forward to:

2017’s Justice League: The Hit and the Miss

With the exception of a few films including Wonder Woman and Aquaman, DC Films has struggled to achieve both commercial and critical success. Justice League was intended to be an action-packed culmination of the ultimate superhero team-up that fans had been waiting for–and then it wasn’t. Along with criticism regarding the film’s plot and pacing, the film tanked at the box office and caused Warner Bros. Pictures to lose an estimated $60 million.

A combination of production issues, changes in creative direction, and pressure from the studio were just some of the factors that contributed towards this box office bomb. Zack Snyder served as the film’s director, after previously working for DC Films in directing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However during filming, the studio reportedly wanted to undergo extensive rewrites and reshoots to change the course of Snyder’s direction, based on the negative reception Dawn of Justice received. With most of Snyder’s version already filmed, these reshoots caused further problems going into post-production.

Due to a personal tragedy, Snyder had to step down as director. Warner Bro. eventually hired Joss Whedon to take Snyder’s place and handle all post-production duties. This drastically changed the plot of the movie and most of Snyder’s original version was scrapped. The end result obviously didn’t sit well with critics and fans alike, but we’ll soon have the chance to see Justice League’s original vision come to life.

What We Know So Far About the Snyder Cut

HBO Max and Warner Media reportedly spent $70 million on updates, including a new score and special effects. This version is set to be four hours long, without using any of the reshot footage from Whedon. Snyder’s version will also feature a different villain, Darkseid, as the main antagonist (as opposed to Steppenwolf in the 2017 film) and will even feature an appearance by Jared Leto as the Joker. In a November 2020 Interview with YouTuber Grace Randolph, Snyder teased some information regarding his cut, but not much has been revealed about the actual plot. We’ll have to wait and see if Snyder’s cut lives up to the hype.

You can check out the official trailer here

Written By: Nathalie Lum

Cover Photo Credit: The Verge