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Amazon And Blumhouse Partner To Release Eight Horror Films

12 hours 4 min ago

Masters of horror Blumhouse have partnered with Amazon Prime Video to bring eight films to the service this October under the "Welcome to Blumhouse" banner. In total, there will be eight films released, and details about the first four have been revealed.

With the first four films releases split between October 6 and 13, Amazon is really opening the door to high-tier horror films. Blumhouse is the production company behind films like Us, Split, The Invisible Man, 2018's Halloween, as well as the The Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Purge franchises.

"This collection from diverse and emerging filmmakers was a thrill to put together with our wonderful partners at Blumhouse Television," said Julie Rapaport, co-head of movies for Amazon Studios, in a press release. "These chilling stories have something for everyone--ready to fright and delight genre fans and newcomers alike--and we are excited to share them with our global Prime Video customers."

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New Lego Wall Art Sets Offer Cool Decor Featuring Star Wars, Iron Man

12 hours 10 min ago

If you think Lego sets are really cool but just can't seem to find the shelf space to display them, Lego perhaps has a great solution for you. Lego Art sets are elaborate 3,000-plus piece builds that hang as wall art. Lego has unveiled four kits in the lineup thus far: Iron Man, Star Wars, The Beatles, and Andy Warhol's famous painting of Marilyn Monroe. All four are available to pre-order now for $120 each ahead of their imminent September 1 release date--check them out below.

Lego Art Iron Man when three sets are combined

The coolest aspect of these sets is the fact that each has multiple builds that form different pictures. All of the sets come with curated digital soundtracks that you can listen to as you build. If you purchase three copies of the Star Wars or Iron Man kits, you can combine them to to make larger pieces to hang on your wall, such as a landscape portrait of Iron Man using his Repulsor or Darth Vader holding his lightsaber.

Iron Man $120

The Iron Man kit is 3,167 pieces and allows you to make Tony Stark in three different Iron Man suits, including the Hulkbuster, which appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Iron Man kit isn't available on Amazon just yet, but you can pre-order it directly through the Lego Store.

See at Lego Store Star Wars: The Sith $120

Star Wars: The Sith is a 3,395-piece set that features a trio of bad guys: Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and Darth Maul. You can assemble one of the three images at a time, then swap the bricks around to change to a different character. It's available to pre-order at Amazon and the Lego Store.

See at Amazon See at Lego Store The Beatles $120

The Beatles kit is the "smallest" of the bunch at 2,933 pieces, but you can make four different builds with it--one for each member of the legendary band: John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. It's up for pre-order at Amazon and the Lego Store.

See at Amazon See at Lego Store Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol $120

Andy Warhol's famous painting of Marilyn Monroe can be recreated with this 3,332-piece kit. Along with the default look, you can modify it with three additional color schemes. It's also available to pre-order at Amazon and the Lego Store.

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Pokemon Sword And Shield Freebie Available This Month At GameStop

12 hours 10 min ago

Pokemon Sword and Shield players in the US will soon be able to pick up another freebie for the games. From August 14 to 31, video game retailer GameStop will distribute a free Dynamax Crystal, Serebii reports. When used in the games, this crystal will summon a Gigantamax Copperajah Raid, giving you another chance to catch the G-Max Pokemon.

To claim the free Dynamax Crystal, you'll need to have the Pokemon Pass app installed on your phone. Use the app while at a participating GameStop store and you'll receive a download code for the crystal. You'll then need to input that code in your copy of Sword or Shield via Mystery Gift to download the item.

When activated, the Dynamax Crystal will summon a Gigantamax Copperajah Raid at the Watchtower Lair just outside of Motostoke. This particular Copperajah will have perfect IVs in its HP, Attack, and Special Attack stats. Keep in mind that you'll need to have a Pokemon Trainer Club account to use Pokemon Pass. You can download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

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Sony To Make A Concerted Anime Push

12 hours 31 min ago

As time has gone on, the name "Sony" has come to telegraph a foothold in more and more aspects/areas in entertainment. With music, movies, and video games already established beachheads for the Japanese multinational headquartered in Tokyo, the corporation has been making it increasingly clear that now it intends to branch out into anime as a new, fourth major pillar.

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Sony will be "leveraging the combined strength of group companies to expand its animation business overseas," or to unify its existing entertainment businesses to help an anime-focused initiative land internationally. The tip of the spear of this new strategy has technically already landed: Sony subsidiary Aniplex has already helmed an adaptation of the Demon Slayer manga, which successfully landed and found an audience via Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in 2019. Aniplex will be teaming with Sony Interactive Entertainment to develop videogame adaptations for both PlayStation and mobile platforms. This methodology will also extend to bringing future TV anime projects to the U.S., and supplemented further by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)'s exclusive record label for anime songs.

Nikkei predicts a future project, Demon Slayer, may help define the mold for how these different subsidiaries will work in concert together: "Aniplex President Atsuhiro Iwakami wants to make the series a showpiece of Aniplex's prowess," according to Nikkei Asian Review. "It has already turned the manga into a successful anime, and will now follow with a movie version due out in theaters this summer. Units of Sony will also morph the anime into games for mobile and PlayStation 4, with the possibility of promoting it abroad."

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Fall Guys Free Skins And Currency As A Thanks From The Devs

12 hours 39 min ago

A new level for Fall Guys is set to drop today on PC and PlayStation 4. And at the same time, developer Mediatonic is giving away two skins and some in-game currency.

The studio took to Twitter to announce that, as a thank you for bearing with the servers and amassing such a massive player base, Fall Guys players on both PC and PlayStation 4 will be gifted 5,000 Kudos and a Legendary Pickles costume. Meanwhile, those playing Fall Guys on Steam will be able to purchase a Team Fortress 2 Scout skin from the in-game store. Both skins are available now.

Despite only recently launching on PC and PlayStation 4, Fall Guys has already taken the gaming community by storm. Not only has the game seen tons of players in the first 24 hours of launch and garnered two million players on Steam, but Fall Guys is also currently trending as Steam's third-most-popular game.

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Red Dead Online's Game-Breaking Patch Has Been Rolled Back

12 hours 39 min ago

After almost five days of being nearly unplayable, Red Dead Online developer Rockstar is rolling back the game's most-recent update that has caused chaos for its players. The Red Dead Redemption 2 online adventure will now be restored to a previous July 28 patch.

The patch, which came just a few days after Red Dead Online's large Naturalist content drop, was aimed at fixing some issues and plugging some security holes. It instead wreaked havoc online, reducing animal spawn rates, breaking simple camp interactions, and causing it to even rain alligators in some instances.

It's unclear why Rockstar has taken so long to roll back the state of the game given how unplayable it became, but players should be greeted with a more-welcoming environment the next time they log on.

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Ryan Reynolds Launches A Streaming Service For One Movie, And You Have To Check It Out

12 hours 41 min ago

In 2020, we saw the launches of numerous streaming services from Quibi to HBO Max to Peacock. And today, actor Ryan Reynolds launched his own service, Mint Mobile+. And it's the most straightforward and funniest service to date--it's certainly the funniest.

Mint Mobile is a cell phone service, and Mint Mobile+ is a streaming service. However, the service only streams one movie, Reynold's 2003 film Foolproof for free. The actor revealed a video for the new service on Twitter, which you can check out below.

Every tech company needs a streaming service. So… introducing Mint Mobile +. The world’s most affordable streaming service!

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 12, 2020

Believe it or not, this is all real. The Mint Mobile+ website exists and you can stream a DVD-quality version of Foolproof. The film follows a group of friends that plan heists but never actually carry them out. The group is blackmailed into pulling off one of these heists by a local gangster. Aside from Reynolds, the movie also stars Kristin Booth (Orphan Black), Joris Jarsky (October Faction), and Sean Sullivan (Umbrella Academy).

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You Should Be Playing Final Fantasy 14 - A Starter's Guide To FFXIV

12 hours 45 min ago

There's never been a better time to get into Final Fantasy XIV. For almost two years, it's been my go-to game, but it's been thriving well before I started. There's so much to do and so much to see, a lot of which is now free. With the entire base game, A Realm Reborn, and the highly regarded first expansion, Heavensward, available in the free trial, you owe it to yourself to give FFXIV a chance.

I know, you probably have a lot of questions: Where do you even start? What are you supposed to be doing in the game? How are you supposed to keep up with other players? As someone who gets easily flustered by complex systems and multiplayer stress, trust me when I say FFXIV is not as overwhelming as it may seem.

I've dabbled in MMORPGs in the past, having played some World of Warcraft in its early days and liked Anarchy Online way back when, but nothing really clicked the way I hoped. But FFXIV has a hold of me unlike any other MMO or, well, game for that matter. Here, I want to help newcomers or lapsed players understand exactly what they're getting into, what makes FFXIV approachable, and why it's well worth your time.

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Tom Holland And Robert Pattinson Get Intense In Trailer For Netflix's The Devil All The Time

12 hours 53 min ago

While it's highly unlikely we'll ever see Spider-Man, Batman, and the Winter Soldier in one movie, the Netflix film The Devil All the Time gives us the next best thing. Actors Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Sebastian Stan star in the upcoming drama, and the first trailer has been released.

The Devil All the Time is based on Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same title and is set in the Deep South. It spans several years after World War II and focuses on a young man named Arvin, played by Holland, a sinister preacher named Teagardin (Pattinson), and corrupt sheriff Bodecker (Stan). While the trailer doesn't really explain what the plot is, it looks like a mysterious and gripping movie, with lots of sweaty, intense acting. And while we've all see Pattinson play dark and weird before, it will be fascinating to see Holland step beyond the MCU into a very different film. Check the trailer out below.

The Devil All the Time also stars Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jason Clarke (Pet Semetary), and Bill Skarsgård (It). It's directed by Antonio Campos, who previously helmed the acclaimed movies Simon Killer and Christine, as well as episodes of the Netflix show The Sinner. It hits Netflix on September 16.

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Disney+ Is Releasing A New Star Wars Holiday Special

13 hours 20 min ago

Disney+ has announced that this holiday season it will be premiering a hybrid sequel and winking tribute to 1978's disco-era Star Wars Holiday Special. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, as described to USA Today in an exclusive interview, "brings beloved heroes like Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron back together to celebrate Life Day." Several actors from throughout the entire film canon, still unnamed, will reportedly be reprising their roles. The new special is scheduled to premiere on November 17 on Disney+, meaning it will air on the anniversary of the original--November 17, 1978 on CBS--a network part of GameSpot's parent company ViacomCBS.

"We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original," executive producer Josh Rimes said, adding that the new 45-minute holiday special was "inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Christmas Vacation, and old Burl Ives musical cheer."

Rimes also teased that the special is "a celebration of the Saga" in which "a lot of characters will be interacting with... perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages."

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is A Complete Coming-Of-Age Story

13 hours 27 min ago

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn't a full sequel to 2018's web-spinning adventure, but developer Insomniac Games is still approaching this standalone project with the goal of telling a complete coming of age story for the newest wallcrawler in New York City.

"This is a full arc for Miles Morales that started in Spider-Man," creative director Brian Horton said in an Entertainment Weekly interview.

"We really are completing this hero's coming of age in our game. It is a complete story. When we started crafting it, we realized that, with a little bit more of a compact storytelling style, we could tell a very emotionally impactful story that would fit really well as an experience that would take Spider-Man 1 and [Miles Morales] and do justice to this character."

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Free PS5 Upgrade Confirmed For PS4's Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

14 hours 7 min ago

Ember Labs' Kena: Bridge of Spirits debuted during a PS5 showcase, but it will be coming to PS4 as well. You can buy the current-gen version with confidence, though, as the studio says the upgrade to the PS5 version will be free.

The studio addressed a fan asking about next-gen upgrade, and confirmed that it will be free. It does come with one caveat: Ember says it hasn't finalized the time limit details yet. Some next-gen upgrades, like EA's Dual Entitlement for many sports games, only apply if you upgrade to the next-gen version within a certain window. Other games, like Control, have made waves by offering less generous upgrade programs.

The debut for Kena: Bridge of Spirits showed off a lush, vibrant world in the style of Studio Ghibli films. We saw combat with magic powers and a bow, as well as the assistance of a magical woodland spirit.

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Get Free Roblox Items With Your Amazon Prime Membership

14 hours 33 min ago

Each month, Prime Gaming--formerly known as Twitch Prime--gives away a bunch of free games and in-game loot to Amazon Prime members. It's a great, and often overlooked, program that you should take advantage of. And for the next eight months, Roblox players can secure unique in-game items to customize their characters.

Kicking off the partnership is the Banandolier, a chest sling with decorative bananas, of course. The Banandolier accessory is available to claim until September 10, so make sure you grab it while you can. After claiming the offer, you can enter your promotional code on Prime Gaming's Roblox page. One new Roblox accessory will be featured each month through March 2021.

Roblox has only become more popular since its initial launch in 2006; earlier this year it was valued at $4 billion. More of an online platform than a traditional game, Roblox gives players the tools to create their own worlds and make their own fun.

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Twitch-Centric Battle Royale Hyper Scape Is Struggling To Find An Audience On Twitch

14 hours 35 min ago

Ubisoft's launched its battle royale game Hyper Scape this week, which has so far seen a lukewarm response on Twitch now that it's available to the public.

A first-person shooter that was built to compete with the biggest games on the streaming platform, Hyper Scape is designed to be more closely integrated with Twitch and provide an interactive experience for viewers who can vote on where a match takes place or what modifiers will be present within each round.

At the time of writing, Hyper Scape had around 6200 viewers tuning in and 252,000 followers. In comparison, the recently launched Fall Guys, which has its own game show spin on the battle royale formula, currently has over 184,000 viewers and more than 475,000 subscribers. Hyper Scape's primary competition (Apex Legends, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Call of Duty: Warzone) all have hundreds of thousands of viewers watching daily, and subscribers numbering in the millions.

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NBA 2K21 Major Gameplay Changes Announced, Demo Coming Soon

14 hours 45 min ago

2K Sports has announced more details on NBA 2K21, including news about a demo and how the gameplay is changing on current-generation platforms. There are some major changes coming to the controls, with the pro stick getting a significant overhaul this year, while there is a new shot meter, more shot types, and signature moves. We break down all the major changes below.

Players can test out some of these new features through a free demo will be available for NBA 2K21 on August 24 for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The demo won't be available on PC and Stadia, it seems. In previous years, 2K released a demo of sorts called The Prologue, but it's not clear if this is that or something else.

Basketball For Everyone

Regarding the current-generation gameplay updates for NBA 2K21, the developer said this year in particular it is trying to make the game appeal to a "wide range of fans." Players who want a hardcore simulation experience will have it, while the game is also aiming to appeal to newcomers.

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Fortnite Slashes Cost Of V-Bucks While Undercutting Google And Apple Royalties

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 23:49

Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced a platform-wide slash on the price for V-Bucks, the in-game currency used in its battle royale. Players will now be able to buy them for less, with up to 20% off.

The discount isn't time limited. Instead Epic Games is making the change permanent, but with a few caveats on some platforms. If you play Fortnite on PC or console--be it Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch--you won't need to change a thing. The new prices will reflect from today and work with any of your payment methods. For example, 1000 V-Bucks will cost $8 instead of $10.

It's really on mobile where the move starts showing some additional reasoning. Whether you play on Android or iPhone, Fortnite will now offer two methods of payment: using Epic Games' new payment method, or the one provided by Google or Apple respectively. If you choose to go with Epic Game's method, you'll be able to take advantage of the discount. But prices will not change if you go through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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AMC Theaters To Offer "1920s Prices" For Opening Day

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 23:42

The largest theater chain in the United States is hoping to tempt movie-goers back with ridiculously low prices on opening day. When AMC Theaters opens in the US on August 20, it will offer movie tickets for 15 cents.

The chain is calling the promotion "Movies in 2020 at 1920 prices," a reference to an era when talkies were much cheaper--along with cars, houses, and pretty much everything else. The promotional price will only apply on opening day, when AMC plans to open more than 100 of its theaters. That's about one-sixth of its locations, so check if your local cinema is planning to open before digging in your couch cushions.

The theater won't have new releases to show on opening day, so it will open with older movies like Ghostbusters, Black Panther, Back to the Future, and Grease. After the opening day promotion, those movies will remain in rotation for $5 instead.

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A Total War Saga: Troy Is Free To Own At Epic, But Only For Today

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 23:22

A Total War Saga: Troy just launched on the Epic Games Store, and it's free to claim for 24 hours. You have until tomorrow, August 14, at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET to snag the latest entry in Creative Assembly's popular strategy series before it's sold for its $50 list price.

Total War Saga: Troy's story was inspired by Homer's epic poem Illiad and chronicles the Trojan War. The trajectory of the war between Troy and Greece relies on your choice of the eight factions you control, each of which have its own story beats. Like other "Saga" entries, Troy focuses on one pivotal historical moment instead of a lengthy era.

For those unfamiliar with the Total War games, they offer a clever blend of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics combat, with a heavy emphasis on resource management. Total War Saga: Troy is exclusive to the Epic Games Store for one year. While it's only available on PC at the moment, the giveaway extends to the Mac edition of the game, which will release soon. So Mac users should claim Total War Saga: Troy even though they cannot play today.

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Metro Dev Going Multiplayer And Also Making A New IP After Sale To Deep Silver Owner

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 15:36

Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic and Deep Silver, is still on a hiring spree. The company announced a whopping eight studio acquisitions today, including 4A Games, the developers of the well-received Metro series. These latest acquisitions come after Embracer purchased Koch Media, Saber Interactive, and THQ Nordic (along with all of their own subsidiaries). In total, Embracer owns 33 game studios and has more than 4,000 employees.

The 150-plus person team at 4A Games in Malta and Ukraine will now work for Embracer Group. Additionally, the deal includes some of 4A's technology, along with the Metro IP.

Embracer is paying $36 million USD in cash for 100 percent of shares in 4A Games, along with extra pay-outs based on milestones that could pay 4A a further $35 million. The purchase was completed by Embracer's subsidiary, Saber Interactive.

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Better Call Saul Producer Hints At How The Show Might End

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 15:13

Better Call Saul is gearing up for a sixth and final season, wrapping up the now 11 season (and a movie) run that began with Breaking Bad. The show has a lot of questions left to wrap up about its characters that don't appear in Breaking Bad, including Lalo, Nacho, and Rhea Seehorn's Kim Wexler (whose Emmy snub is a disgrace, by the way). But one big question relates to the flash forwards we've seen at the start of each season--what happens to Jimmy?

Peter Gould, the show's executive producer, has talked to Entertainment Weekly about the final season, and what will happen with Jimmy McGill (hiding out in his new identity as Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic). The Season 5 opener suggested that Jimmy might be in some trouble, but Gould wants viewers to ask themselves a larger question throughout the final season.

"Anybody who watches the show carefully and is thinking about where this is all going, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is: 'What does this man deserve?,'" Gould told Entertainment Weekly. "What would be a deserving end to this? Does Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene Takovic deserve death? Does he deserve love? What would be the most fitting end for this guy--for the show?"

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