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Samsung Will Use LG OLED Panels For New Displays - Report

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:56

Samsung is reportedly in the process of ordering millions of OLED panels from its consumer electronics rival, LG. The panels will be used in Samsung's first line of OLED TVs as it continues to move away from LCD.

Three individual reports, collected by The Verge, indicate that Samsung has planned to receive close to 1 million OLED panels in the second half of 2021, with an additional 4 million next year. The move comes as Samsung continues to move away from LCD panels, a plan that was delayed somewhat by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. These panels are being supplied by LG Display, which also provides panels to LG Electronics, Sony, Vizio, Hisense, and Panasonic for their OLED products.

This signals a significant change in Samsung's plans to continue refining its LCD-based QLED technology and compete with LG in the consumer TV market space. Samsung is reportedly experimenting with its own Quantum Dot-infused OLED panels, but it might be some time until they reach the market. An in-house test of the panels earlier this year reportedly concluded with the fact that the panels were too dim--a common problem with OLED panels that LG has been improving with each new iteration.

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HBO Max Orders The Real Magic Mike, An Unscripted Series About Getting Nude

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:42

HBO Max has given the green light to an unscripted competition series with the working title The Real Magic Mike, according to a release. The reality series is currently conducting a nationwide casting search, and is expected to debut on the streaming service later this year.

As the name suggests, the series is a spiritual companion to the 2012 film Magic Mike and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL--both loosely based on the experiences of actor Channing Tatum, who was an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa, Florida. So, it's only appropriate that Tatum and the producers behind the Magic Mike franchise are bringing about "an exhilarating and sexy series that will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes."

The show will feature "10 men who have 'lost their magic'" as they "bare their souls… evolve their bodies, learn to perform spectacular routines, and develop a new level of self-confidence." Although casting is not yet even complete and it's unknown who will star, the release promises that "as [these contestants] strip off their clothes, they will rid themselves of emotional baggage and regain their mojo."

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Resident Evil Village Map Shows Off Four Distinct Locales For You To Visit

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:29

An in-game map for Resident Evil Village has been revealed, showing off four distinct locales that you'll visit when exploring the game's new European-inspired setting.

The map, revealed by IGN, shows that Castle Dimitrescu is just one of four areas that you'll be surviving through during the game's runtime. This is similar in style to Resident Evil 7, which had a large focus on the Baker household but expanded beyond that later in its story. The other locales aren't named, but do feature images depicting a windmill, reservoir, and factory.

Speaking to IGN, director Morimasa Sato explains that each new area will introduce new mechanics and dangers for you to compete with, like how Resident Evil 4 continued varying its gameplay as you travelled to new areas.

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Robert DeNiro Was Originally Cast As Lead In Tom Hanks's Classic Movie Big

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:26

Actor Elizabeth Perkins recently revealed that Robert DeNiro was very nearly her co-star on the classic 1988 dramedy Big. On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Perkins says the only reason he didn't move forward with the role was due to "scheduling conflicts."

Perkins says she auditioned for her role opposite DeNiro, who "was more moody" than Tom Hanks, who later stepped in to play adult Josh Baskin, who is actually a young boy who wishes to be "big" and then ages into adulthood overnight. With Hanks, the movie was funny, light, and packed with many colorful moments like performing a duet on a foot-operated electronic keyboard. Perkins says a lot about how the movie would have been different with DeNiro by not saying a whole lot: "He was more moody… it was a little bit of a horror movie." Check out the clip of Perkins discussing it, shared online by the Bravo show.

Actress @ElizbethPerkins says Robert De Niro was originally cast as Josh in the 1988 film Big. #WWHL

— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) April 8, 2021

DeNiro has long been a staple impression for comedian and more recently a go-to actor to use in deepfakes--so here's hoping some enterprising soul out there with a lot of time on their hands makes a contribution to the world by creating a feature-length deepfake of Big with DeNiro's face in for the Josh Baskins role. Either that, or maybe they could do reshoots with The Irishman's infamous digital de-aging technology?

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Amazon Warehouse Sale Features DualSense And Xbox Controllers, Game & Watch, And More

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:18

Amazon has a nice batch of Warehouse deals right now, including discounts on the DualSense controller for PS5, the new Xbox controllers, and the recently discontinued Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Edition. If you're unfamiliar with Amazon Warehouse, it's the retailer's open-box and preowned section of the site. While you can't see the actual products before they arrive, Amazon Warehouse items have grades, with many of the gaming and tech products rated "very good" or "like new."

Every product on Amazon Warehouse is 10% off right now. With more than 3,000 eligible items in the video game department alone, there's obviously far too many to list here. We've highlighted a handful of the most notable deals below.

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Mortal Kombat's Classic Techno Anthem Gets A New Movie Remix: Listen To It Here

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:00

With a new Mortal Kombat film on the way this month, The Immortal's classic Techno Syndrome track that was introduced in the 1995 movie has been remastered and updated by Shazam composer Benjamin Wallfisch. Famed Skrillex and Lady Gaga music producer Tom Norris added some additional audio engineering to the track, which you can listen to below

"When I was invited to come on board Mortal Kombat, I was very aware of the responsibility that comes with scoring a franchise so deeply embedded in pop culture and with such a passionate fanbase," Wallfisch said in a press statement about remastering the cult classic track. After receiving the blessing of The Immortals to reimagine the EDM single, Wallfisch got to work alongside Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid to update the track while retaining its uplifting energy.

"Ben and I both knew that we needed to use the classic Immortals track Techno Syndrome as source material for the entire score of Mortal Kombat," McQuiod added. "But along with that we knew that an updated elevated version of the song also needed to be created. And Ben certainly delivered, I am so excited by this new 2021 version of the track, when I first heard it, it blew my mind. Actually, Ben kind of blew my mind on a daily basis through the making of this film, so we can all thank Benjamin Wallfisch for his genius and passion in creating Techno Syndrome 2021."

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March's Top-Selling PSN Games Revealed For PS5, PS4, PSVR, And Free-To-Play

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:55

Sony has announced the most-downloaded games on the PlayStation Network for March 2021 in the US, Canada, and Europe, and there are few surprises to be found.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War took the top spot for PS5 in the US and Canada, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, NBA 2K21, It Takes Two, and Rainbow Six Siege rounding out the top five. For Europe, FIFA 21 was No. 1 in March.

On PS4, Grand Theft Auto V remains a top-seller, coming in at No. 3 in both the US/Canada and Europe. It's an extremely impressive result for the game that originally released for that system 2014. Overall, GTA V has sold more than 140 million copies, and it's expected to grow bigger still in 2021 with its release on PS5/Xbox Series X and the launch of GTA Online standalone.

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Black Adam Movie For DC Casts Bodhi Sabongui Cast In Mystery Role

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:50

Bodhi Sabongui, the 13-year-old Canadian-American actor from A Million Little Things and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, has joined the cast of Black Adam, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sabongui's role is being kept secret but it's believed to be "a key role in the Black Adam-DC canon."

Keeping his role under wraps is consistent with previous casting announcements--The Old Guard's Marwan Kenzari was also recently cast in a mystery role--but also in stark contrast to Black Adam's recent addition of Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate. Aside from the movie's overall arc and role of introducing the Justice League of America to the DC movie universe, all we really know so far is Black Adam will also feature Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and, of course, Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson). A recent teaser has Johnson saying, "The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change."

Filming on Black Adam is expected to begin in April, and the movie is due out July 29, 2022--moved up several months from its original release date of December 2022. Black Adam is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson in the upcoming Disney film Jungle Cruise.

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Hotel Transylvania 4 Gets New July 23 Release Date

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:42

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, the fourth movie in the popular animated franchise, has a new release date. It'll now hit theaters on July 23.

The movie was originally set for release in December last year and was subsequently delayed to August 6. By moving forward two weeks, it will avoid a clash with highly anticipated DC movie The Suicide Squad. The only other film currently set for wide release on July 23 is M Night Shyamalan's thriller Old.

Sony has also released new title treatment for Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which you can see below:

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Sony Has An Xbox Game Pass "Counterpunch," God Of War Creator Says

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:39

Xbox Game Pass doesn’t really have a comparable service on PlayStation systems, with the streaming service PlayStation Now not offering same-day launch for Sony's games or the same selection from other companies. According to the original God of War director, however, that could be changing in some fashion.

In YouTube stream on April 8 spotted by VGC, God of War and Twisted Metal developer David Jaffe said staff at Sony had let him know about a "counterpunch" to Xbox Game Pass. He admitted he didn't know what for that would take, nor does it sound like he knows when there will be an announcement.

Jaffe hasn't worked at Sony since 2007, founding a few independent developers, though he did continue working with PlayStation exclusively in the years to follow. His most-recent game was Drawn to Death, which he directed at The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. It was free for PlayStation Plus at launch in April 2017, and the studio closed less than a year later.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Zombies Outbreak Is Getting Worse

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:29

The zombies outbreak in Call of Duty: Warzone is getting worse. A new teaser for the rumored nuke event has appeared online, alerting players that the containment levels have reached 66% and telling them not to worry as part of what is certainly propaganda and a big lie that is trying to cover up the truth of what is going down in Verdansk.

The message posted by Armistice Central Command alerts players that the zombie outbreak, while it is getting worse, is nothing to worry about.

Uh oh

"Per recent models, everything is under control," the message says. "We can assure you that the estimated threat, and physical manifestations thereof, continue to be at manageable levels. Without a full and clear picture, personal evidence of so-called 'zombie' activities from Operators on the ground continue to be speculative and anecdotal."

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Muslim Advocacy Group Asks Digital Storefronts To Ban Six Days In Fallujah

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:18

A Muslim advocacy group has issued a statement asking Valve, Microsoft, and Sony not to distribute the controversial upcoming game Six Days in Fallujah, saying it glorifies violence against Iraqi civilians and reinforces anti-Muslim bigotry.

The statement issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a DC-based civil rights and advocacy group, called on the three major games platform-holders "not to host or digitally distribute" the game. It argues that the battle that the game is based upon killed more than 800 Iraqi civilians, and that the US military's use of white phosphorous has led to birth defects in the years since.

"We call on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting 'Six Days in Fallujah,' an Arab murder simulator that will only normalize violence against Muslims in America and around the world," said CAIR research and advocacy coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz. "The gaming industry must stop dehumanizing Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq war, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life."

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint 2021 Roadmap Includes Biggest-Ever Operation

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:05

Delivering on its promise to continue to support Ghost Recon Breakpoint in 2021, Ubisoft has now outlined what's coming to the military shooter this year.

Coming up first is a new 4.0.0 title update this spring that focuses on how players interact with AI teammates. This includes "a new progression system," along with more customization options and other features requested by players.

Title update 4.1.0 will follow this fall, and it is "one of the biggest operations so far," Ubisoft said. No further details were shared, however.

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Minecraft Sounds' Surprising Origins Revealed In New Podcast

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:00

Anyone who plays Minecraft knows how unique the game's music and sound design is. Now, a new episode of the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz reveals the origins of some of the game's most iconic noises, and you can listen to it right here.

On the podcast, host Dallas Taylor speaks with original Minecraft sound designer and composer Daniel Rosenfeld--better known by fans as C418--about how he got involved with Minecraft to begin with, what he was thinking when he composed the game's music, and how many of the sound effects were created.

According to C418, Minecraft's piano-heavy score was unique among indie games at the time, which mostly featured chiptunes-style music. But the composer was inspired by an obscure game called Dwarf Fortress, a game with upbeat flamenco-style music that contrasted with its simple visuals. So he went with something melancholy and orchestral for Minecraft.

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Analogue Super Nt Has Already Sold Out

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 23:25

Update: The Analogue Super Nt has already sold out. The console was difficult to purchase right away, with the website failing to allow for checkout, but it did eventually work if customers were persistent.

Original story follows...

Analogue's Super Nt, a custom piece of hardware built to play classic Super NES and Super Famicom cartridges, will go on sale again soon. The company has announced it will open orders today, April 9, at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

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Hitman 3's Latest Elusive Target Is A Homicidal Art Collector

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 23:07

Just like the previous two games, Hitman 3 has no shortage of targets for contracts to pursue within its various stages, and this weekend will see a brand new Elusive Target roaming the Dartmoor Estate. As part of the Season of Greed, players can hunt down an obsessive and homicidal art collector by the name of Kody Haynes.

Also known as The Collector, Haynes has been on the run for the last six years after his wife discovered that he had been embezzling funds from her fast-food family fortune to help support his art-collecting habit.

Unlike other collectors though, Heynes cannot stomach the idea of his prized possessions having been owned by anyone else who is still alive, and he usually fixes that dilemma by murdering the previous artwork owners. Sounds like a problem that only a lethal master of disguise can permanently solve.

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The Last Of Us Remake In The Works At Naughty Dog, Report Says

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 23:03

A new report from Bloomberg has shed some light on the goings-on at PlayStation, and one of the most notable takeaways is that Naughty Dog is working on a The Last of Us remake. The report also mentioned that Days Gone studio Sony Bend was developing a new Uncharted game and that Days Gone will not get a sequel.

Sony's Visual Arts Service Group, based in San Diego, has typically supported other Sony studios in the past. However, the studio is said to have begun its attempts to remake The Last of Us about three years ago.

Visual Arts Service Group founder Michael Mumbauer recruited about 30 people, from inside Sony and out, to create a new division that would develop a remake of The Last of Us for PS5, Bloomberg said. The team didn't get funding or support and Sony elected to shift development on the Last of Us remake to Naughty Dog, according to the report.

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Sean Astin Asked To Play Aragorn In Lord Of The Rings

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 22:25

Actor Sean Astin starred in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series as the Hobbit Samwise Gamgee, but he apparently wasn't always guaranteed to play that role. Astin and other Lord of the Rings cast members recently spoke to Stephen Colbert for an Alamo Drafthouse event, and a few of these videos were shared with Esquire.

In one of the videos, Astin said he got the impression that he was being pigeon-holed into playing Sam when he might have had an opportunity to play a different character. Maybe that was true, but one part he was never in the running for was Aragorn.

"The way the agent and the Victoria Burrows the casting director were talking to me, all of a sudden I got this sense, like, 'Wait a minute. Are you pigeon-holing me? Is this typecasting?" he said. "'Who else could I be because this Aragorn guy looks really cool--he's got a sword! Could I play Aragorn?' And I remember them going, 'No. No, you couldn't play Aragorn."

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NBA 2K21 Player Ratings Update Revealed; See Who Rose And Fell

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:57

2K Sports has updated NBA 2K21 once again to introduce new player ratings that better reflect the real-world performance of professional athletes.

A number of players have seen their overall ratings increased due to their real-world performance. Luka Dončić and Jrue Holiday had their OVR boosted by 1 point to become a 94 and 87 respectively. Bogdan Bogdanović, who is crushing it right now in the NBA, jumped by three points to a 79 OVR. Cover star Zion Williamson, meanwhile, continues to excel on the court and saw his OVR jump by 1 one to a 90. This is the first time he's hit 90.

Not every player has moved up in ratings, however, as Jayson Tatum dropped 1 point to an 89, while Evan Fournier fell by two points to hit 81. You can see a full rundown of the "movers," as shared by 2K Sports on its blog.

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Life Is Strange Creator Is Now A Third-Party Publisher, Too

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:40

The French game developer Dontnod, which created the Life is Strange series, is growing its reach and becoming a third-party publisher. Dontnod announced this week that it will publish developer PortaPlay's new game as a co-production effort. Under the terms of the deal, Dontnod will hold the "majority rights" of this new IP.

The Copenhagen-based PortaPlay is making an "original creation." Little is known in the way of specifics, but Dontnod said the game "fits with the editorial vision and values of Dontnod." It added: "These values federate a broad audience and resonate with our very committed community of gamers around the world."

Dontnod's publishing and marketing department was established in 2020, but this seems to be the first game that the company is taking on as a publisher.

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