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Tom Holland's Next Project Revealed As New Anthology Series For Apple

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:27

Spider-Man and Uncharted actor Tom Holland's next project has been revealed, and it's not another action movie. Deadline confirmed that Holland is set to appear in an anthology series for Apple TV+ as Billy Milligan, the first person to be acquitted of a crime due to multiple personality disorder. The show is called The Crowded Room.

It's created by Akiva Goldsman, who previously wrote and earned an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. He also wrote Batman forever and the screenplay for The Da Vinci Code. New Regency (Birdman, 12 Years A Slave) is producing the show, which will have 10 episodes.

According to Deadline, Holland will star in the entire season.

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Netflix's Thriller The Woman In The Window Gets Tense New Trailer

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:21

The new trailer for The Woman in the Window is here. The Netflix thriller stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, and it releases on May 14.

Adams plays an agoraphobic woman named Anna, who befriends Jane, the woman living in the apartment opposite. When Anna sees Jane brutally attacked she calls the police. But not only is there no evidence of a crime, Jane herself is an entirely different woman who claims never to have met Anna. The movie was shot back in 2018 and has undergone reshoots since then, but hopefully, it'll still live up to the promise of its Hitchcockian premise. Check the trailer out below:

The Woman in the Window's impressive cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore , Anthony Mackie, and Brian Tyree Henry. It's directed by Joe Wright, who previously helmed Darkest Hour, Hanna, and Atonement, and based on the best-selling novel by A. J. Finn.

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Falcon And Winter Soldier's Daniel Bruhl Says You Can't Trust Baron Zemo

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:28

The Helmut Zemo we met in Captain America: Civil War was a grounded, complex villain, a big change from the guy wearing a purple balaclava in Marvel's comic books. He seemed like a one-shot villain, and even actor Daniel Bruhl thought as much--until Marvel invited him back for Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bruhl talks about returning to the character and what to take away from his storyline.

Zemo feels different in Falcon and the Winter Soldier; he took his revenge, got caught, and has been in prison since. He has a common mission with Bucky and Sam, though, and it gives us a different look at the character. He makes jokes. He dances. Can we trust him?

"No, never," Bruhl said. "And that's the good thing. If it's hard to read and tell what somebody is up to, that ambiguity--which people always enjoy and I do enjoy--is always fun."

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Falcon And The Winter Soldier's Baron Zemo Dances The Night Away In Hour-Long Video

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 09:31

Big corporations can often struggle to stay in sync with what fans love about their shows, but once in a while, they get it right. When we spotted Daniel Brühl's character Baron Zemo dancing on the latest episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we couldn't think of anything else afterward, and the rest of the internet was right there with us. Now, Disney has released an hour-long loop of of Zemo's sick moves over a hard-driving beat.

If you're not caught up and sensitive to spoilers, stop here. Last week's episode sent Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes to the fictional southeast Asian island of Madripoor with Helmut Zemo in tow. The trio went undercover in Madripoor's Lowtown in search of the re-created and optimized Super Soldier Serum that turned Karli Morgenthau and the other Flag Smashers into Captain America-grade punchers. The boys attempt to blend in, giving us a far-too-short shot of Zemo getting his groove on.

Thankfully, Brühl let slip in an interview with EW that the moment lasted a bit longer on set. "It was a long dance," he said. "There's more to it, but they cut this little moment [for the show]."

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Disneyland's Avengers Campus Sets Opening Date For June 4

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:02

Nearly a year after it was first supposed to open last July, the Disneyland Resort has announced that Avengers Campus, the new Marvel-themed area of California Adventure. Avengers Campus will open on June 4, 2021, shortly after the park itself reopens on April 30.

The opening of Avengers Campus also means the launch of the park's new Spider-Man ride, WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, which GameSpot saw a preview of over a year ago. In the attraction, those on the ride will gesture with their hands to sling webs at enemies--in this case, little robotic spiders that are on the loose.

Here is your first look inside Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure park, opening June 4 to California Residents at the @Disneyland Resort! More details on the Disney Parks Blog: https://t.co/588h718Bjk #HeroesAssemble pic.twitter.com/YD3fBBcSCB

— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 8, 2021

Along with the new ride, Avengers Campus will include shopping and dining options, like the Pym Test Kitchen, from which we've tasted the food. You'll also be able to meet a plethora of Marvel superheroes, from Iron Man to Captain Marvel, as they venture around the campus. And when you wind up visiting the park, keep your eye on the sky as that swinging Spider-Man animatronic will be flying high above Avengers Campus. You can get a sneak peek at the land above

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Pac-Man Works Better As A Battle Royale Than Super Mario Bros.

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:00

Within one week of pulling the plug on Super Mario Bros. 35, Nintendo announced another battle royale-style game: Pac-Man 99, a 99-player take on Bandai Namco's arcade classic. As it did with Super Mario Bros. and Tetris before it, developer Arika has taken a well-known retro game and added a competitive twist to it--and even from just a few rounds with the title, it's immediately clear that Pac-Man is better suited to the battle royale format than Super Mario Bros. was.

The reason comes down to the game's immediacy. Given its roots in the arcade (where a developer's primary concern was to wring as many quarters as possible out of a patron's pockets), Pac-Man is about reflex. Super Mario Bros. also requires dexterity, of course, but it was designed for a home console. As such, it's a grander, more methodical sort of game, featuring larger stages that are rife with secrets to discover if you take the time to poke around. This makes for a more satisfying single-player experience, but it doesn't lend itself quite as well to battle royale-style competition.

This was especially evident in Super Mario Bros. 35's late game. While the playing field would shrink fairly quickly as less experienced players were winnowed out, the final stretch of a round could be a slog, especially if everyone played cautiously and stockpiled their coins for the power-up roulette. Because of this, victory was often decided by the clock, which meant that one round of Super Mario Bros. 35 could last upwards of 20 minutes--not exactly the kind of game you could casually dip into.

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New Path Of Exile Expansion, Ultimatum, Adds A Hardcore Gauntlet Mode

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:45

During the latest developer livestream focusing on Path of Exile, developer Grinding Gear Games showcased the next expansion coming to the online free-to-play action-RPG, known as Ultimatum. In the upcoming update, coming to PC on April 16 (with console launch the week after), a new league event will let you jump into a challenging activity that focuses on wave-based encounters for rare loot.

The Ultimatum expansion centers on the new NPC named the Trialmaster, who comes from the Vaal civilization. Upon meeting him in Act 2, you can engage in a new trial event, which appears sporadically across Path of Exile's maps, that tasks you with facing off against waves of monsters. After specific intervals, you're given a unique reward and the offer to continue fighting. Choosing to take the prize from your completed fights will end the trial, but pressing forward with the trial will lead to tougher battles for better rewards.

During a preview for the latest on Path of Exile, Grinding Gear Games studio head Chris Wilson explained some of the newest content and the other updates coming to existing content. The Trials in the Ultimatum expansion offer some easy rewards initially. Still, if you push yourself too far into the activity, you'll run the risk of losing your haul of rare loot. If you fail to complete the trial, you'll lose all the special rewards acquired from the challenge's various milestones. Trials can last up to 10 different milestones, with each becoming more difficult than the last.

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New Assassin's Creed Valhalla Update Fixes 4 Broken Quests

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:34

A new update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S that fixes progression issues with four quests that occur around the mid-to-late point in the game.

The four quests in question are Old Wounds in Essexe, Unholy Father in Grantebridgescire, The Thegn of Lincoln in Lincolnscire, and the Falling Stars mystery in Lunden. Each quest had progression issues where players couldn't complete them for one reason or another. For example, a bug prevented players from interacting with Estrid during the Old Wounds quest.

These issues should be resolved now. Players still experiencing problems with these quests will need to create a manual save, quit and relaunch the game, and load the manual save to resolve any lingering progression hiccups.

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Destiny 2's New Iron Banner Guns Revealed For Next Season

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:25

Bungie has revealed a set of four new weapons that'll be available in the next season of Destiny 2 for players willing to take on the challenge of its Iron Banner competitive event. The slate of guns includes a hand cannon, a sniper rifle, a machine gun, and a shotgun. The former two are weapons that previously were released in the Iron Banner in Destiny 2's first year, while the latter two are brand new.

The new guns were shown off in a This Week at Bungie blog post, but the developer didn't give much in the way of details. It didn't even tell us which guns are coming back, but the two returning weapons aren't too hard to identify. They are the 140 round-per-minute Energy hand cannon Finite Impactor and the Aggressive frame Energy sniper rifle Occluded Finality. Both were released with the Warmind expansion in Year 1.

Bungie showed off four new Iron Banner guns coming in Season 14. The machine gun and shotgun are new weapons, but the Finite Impactor hand cannon and Occluded Finality sniper rifle are new rolls of guns that first appeared in the Warmind expansion.

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New Path of Exile 2 Gameplay Shows Off Wild Builds And A More Story-Driven Campaign

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:20

After teasing new content for the Path of Exile franchise, developer Grinding Gear Games has revealed new gameplay for Path of Exile 2, the sequel to its popular and growing free-to-play RPG. During a special developer livestream focusing on what's to come with Path of Exile, the developers gave fans the most thorough look at the game yet, which hasn't been seen since its reveal back at ExileCon 2019.

The new trailer and subsequent gameplay demo focused on the Act 2 section of Path of Exile 2, which is set in a vast desert filled with demons and other supernatural entities. Set sometime after the end of Path of Exile 1, the sequel's seven-act campaign will carry forth many of the intricate character building, gear customization, and open-ended exploration across its various maps.

Just before the livestream reveal, we got to see a preview of the game with commentary from Grinding Gear Games studio head Chris Wilson, who explained what's new with the game. Much like the current Path of Exile, and other Diablo-likes, the sequel focuses heavily on the loop of finding loot and procuring new gear for your characters. However, the sequel puts a more significant emphasis on building upon the original game's content, which includes a shared endgame across both games and a more present story throughout its levels in the seven acts. The new campaign will see your character team up with key figures in the overarching story, acquiring new loot from quests, and explore the more dense environments.

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Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Is Getting A 4K Blu-Ray Release

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 05:57

More than 15 years after its initial release, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is getting a new edition--this time on 4K UHD Blu-ray. The 4K UHD version will include the additional footage added in the 2009 Blu-ray release, making this the definitive way to watch the animated follow-up to the classic Square Enix JRPG. Advent Children's 4K UHD Blu-ray is available to preorder now at Amazon for $31.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children 4K UHD Blu-ray $31

It's worth noting that if you preorder a copy now, you'll get the lowest price offered ahead of its June 8 release. Amazon often discounts Blu-rays below retail price before launch, so you might wind up paying less than the current $31 price. This edition also comes with standard Blu-ray and digital editions of the film.

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Advent Children takes place two years after the events of Final Fantasy 7 and revolves around a mysterious disease that is running rampant. The disease has even afflicted Cloud Strife. If you've only played Final Fantasy VII Remake and don't know the whole story from the original game, you may want to hold off on watching Advent Children. The movie assumes you know all of the plot points from the game.

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Elgato Cam Link Pro Is A Capture Card For Multi-Camera Streamers

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 05:11

Elgato has announced its latest capture card, a higher-end version of its Elgato Cam Link. The Elgato Cam Link Pro is a new internal HDMI interface that can ingest up to four different camera feeds. This allows for streamers to switch between four different shots on the fly, perfect for those who are shooting podcasts or studio shows. The Elgato Cam Link Pro is a high-end option for this kind of production, which brings with it a hefty price: $360.

Elgato Cam Link Pro $360

The Cam Link Pro is an internal PCIe card that requires a PCIe x4/x8/x16 slot. To use it effectively, you'll need at least a 6th-gen Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor and a GTX 10-series graphics card. It supports up to 4K30, 1440p60, and 1080p60.

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In addition to taking in each individual feed, you're able to display any number of your four feeds as one single feed with Multiview. This means you can display two, three, or even four feeds at once in a Zoom call or switch between them on the fly with the Cam Link Pro's built-in Stream Deck integration--it's not required, but you can control the Cam Link Pro's feeds with an Elgato Stream Deck.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Patch Notes For April 8 Revealed

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 05:07

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has gotten its second update in as many days. The April 8 update for the military shooter introduces a new modes in the form of Gunfight Tournaments and Gunfight Blueprints, while a new Throwback Moshpit playlist is also now in the game.

In Gunfight Tournaments, sixteen teams fight in 2v2 Gunfight matches in a single-elimination tournament that progress through four rounds. You can earn rewards for winning matches, including an emblem, calling card, charm, and a weapon blueprint. Competitors will also get XP bonuses for each match you win.

The Gunfight Tournaments are scheduled to run for a week, ending on April 15. New tournaments start every five minutes, so you shouldn't have to wait long to get involved.

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Destiny 2 Weapon Nerfs And Buffs Are Coming In Season 14

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 05:04

Bungie has provided a preview of some balance changes coming to Destiny 2 as part of the as-of-yet untitled Season 14. While numerous areas of the game will be tweaked, the latest weekly blog post keys in on changes to weapons, which will see certain swords and hand cannons nerfed, the effectiveness of certain perks reduced, and more.

Weapons feature lead Chris Proctor detailed a selection of changes, which will be further explained in future patch notes. Among the most wide-ranging changes are a nerf to Aggressive (120rpm) hand cannons. Proctor describes them as "very dominant" in PvP modes, so Bungie wants to "rein them in a bit." It's doing this by reducing the damage and aim assist falloff distance by 2-4 meters, depending on the given weapon's Range stat. Proctor says this should tone down the Beyond Light buff to Aggressive hand cannons by about half.

Vortex Frame swords like Falling Guillotine will see their effectiveness reduced, but not by decreasing their damage. Bungie is increasing the amount of ammo a full-energy Heavy attack requires from 4 to 6, so you'll need to be a bit more selective with how you attack. All swords and the Exotic weapon Bastion will also see the removal of chip damage, which is what allows you to bypass shields to deal direct damage. Proctor says chip damage causes a variety of issues, including problems with enemies in Stasis and the mechanics involved with certain encounters. (It's not all bad news for Bastion, as it will intrinsically stagger Unstoppable Champions following the update.)

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Asterix Live-Action Adaptation Lands Swedish Soccer Player Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 04:44

Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his movie debut in the upcoming fifth live-action adaptation of the French-originated and globally popular children's franchise The Adventures of Asterix, according to Deadline. Ibrahimovic joins Vincent Cassel (Westworld), Guillaume Canet (Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart), Gilles Lellouche (Love Me if You Dare), and Marion Cotillard (It's Only the End of the World) for Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, which is currently in pre-production and expected to start filming later this spring.

Ibrahimovic will play Oneofus, Canet and Lellouche will play Asterix and Obelix respectively, and Cotillard will play Cleopatra. Announcements of other actors and their roles are still expected for the movie, which has a script co-written by Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé, who also recently wrote 2018's Looking for Teddy. Canet will also direct.

As the original property, actor names, and films cited so far indicate, this will be an international story and production--Deadline indicates that production was originally expected to move forward in China, but was shelved for obvious reasons due to the pandemic, and will now take place in France and Morocco. The movie will revolve around the only daughter of the Chinese Emperor Han Xuandi, who escapes from the grips of a rogue prince and runs off to Gaul, seeking help from two valiant warriors, Asterix and Obelix.

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Sony Will Bring Movies To Netflix After Theaters, Including Uncharted And Spider-Man

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 03:07

Netflix has reached a deal with Sony Pictures to bring the movie studio's 2022 films and beyond to the streaming network exclusively following their run in theaters and home video. This includes movies like Uncharted, Morbius, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.

The Sony films will come to Netflix after the first "pay window," which means after they finish up in theaters and aftertheir home entertainment release. The "pay one" window is historically about 18 months, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix is also getting access to a library of back-catalog Sony Pictures films, including movies from subsidiaries such as Columbia. What's more, Netflix has announced it will finance "a number" of movies from Sony Pictures in the future under the deal.

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Stadia Announces 10 More Games For Its 2021 Library

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:48

Google may have abandoned its efforts to create exclusive games for its Stadia streaming service through internal development studios, but the company still has plenty of games headed to its platform from third-party developers.

Next week will see the first of ten new games headed to Stadia, starting with The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark by Akupara Games on April 15, and then a month later players can experience the joy of running their own wine-making business in Hundred Days.

These aren't the only games coming to Stadia, as Google previously announced that 100 other games would be released on its platform, including Judgment, Killer Queen Black, Street Power Football, and Hellpoint. Most of the games have unspecified release dates, but you can see what's on the horizon in the breakdown below.

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HBO Reveals Game Of Thrones Anniversary Curated Marathons

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:37

As part of Game of Thrones's 10-year anniversary this month, HBO has announced details for MaraThrone, its recently announced curated binge-watching marathon. The newly posted site offers six different playlists of episodes--or "routes"--that allows fans to relive the series all over again by hopscotching through all eight seasons with a focus on particular characters, kingdoms, or relationships.

It's worth noting that while there are technically six "routes," the first one literally recommends fans watch each season consecutively from start to finish. For the others, HBO has made eye-catching print-outs you can use as a map when navigating on the app on your preferred devices and watching environments. HBO's site is indicating that starting April 10, these playlists may be available in-app.

HBO has also indicated further announcements to commemorate the Iron Anniversary will be coming throughout the month. Earlier this week, the network cut together and released a trailer revisiting its polarizing final season, which aired back in 2019. Unsurprisingly, the clip has re-opened some wounds--and also put fuel on the fire for a renewed demand that HBO remake the final season. You can check out the clip below.

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Blizzard "From The Vault" Collection Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Limited Edition Collectibles

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:34

Blizzard is introducing a new limited series of merch based on its various franchises to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary. The "From the Vault" series will introduce new collectibles every month through November, starting today with the Lich King Arthas premium statue and a special art print.

The Lich King Arthas statue is 26 inches high and weighs more than 40 pounds, and it comes at a premium price of $1100. A Prince Arthas concept art print is also part of this month's offerings for $30, but only available for 30 days. Each month will introduce a new concept art print throughout the event, and each will only be available for 30 days.

Lich King Arthas Statue See at Blizzard Gear Store

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Massive Outriders Update Will Nerf Trickster And Technomancer Next Week

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:28

Developer People Can Fly has outlined the first major patch for Outriders that makes some tweaks to the looter-shooter, including addressing stability issues and nerfing some class-specific skills.

A disappointment to some Outriders players will come in the form of balancing adjustments to loot drops and class skills. Some enemies, like the Coldclaw and Splittooth, will drop less gear because they were being too generous with their spoils. Meanwhile, Bullet abilities (such as the Technomancer's Blighted Rounds and the Trickster's Twisted Rounds) have been modified so they feel more "top tier," People Can Fly said. This includes increasing Twisted Rounds' cooldown to 25 seconds and reducing the "Vulnerable" status effect's power to 15%. The Technomancer and Pyromancer classes have also been nerfed, with the former's "Damage Against Poison" skill getting its power reduced and the latter's "Trial of Ashes" extra damage output decreased.

A big feature for the game is cross-play between consoles and PC being re-enabled. A date for when this feature will be turned on has not been specified, as People Can Fly said there's a chance that this upcoming patch could release earlier than currently planned. In either case, cross-play will be activated next week.

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