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The Batman Is Borrowing Virtual Filmmaking Techniques From The Mandalorian

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 16:53

While the Star Wars films are known for flying into remote and beautiful locations to get the perfect shot, TV show The Mandalorian pioneered a brand-new type of filmmaking by shooting mostly in a studio against LED screens. Now, according to ILM's chief creative officer Rob Bredow, The Batman will be using some of the same techniques for key scenes, THR reports.

As you may know if you've watched Disney's behind-the-scenes series about the making of the Mandalorian, the show was mostly shot against a giant screen called "The Volume," which runs on Epic's Unreal Engine. The technique has been called virtual production, and the success of The Mandalorian has led to ILM creating a new production unit called StageCraft dedicated to virtual production.

Speaking at the VIEW visual effects and animation conference, ILM's Rob Bredow revealed that The Batman has used these techniques for some scenes. The upcoming DC film, which is being filmed in London, won't be using the Manhattan Beach Studios where The Mandalorian was filmed. Instead, Bredow explained, the team built an LED wall around a physical set that had already been constructed in the UK.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Has Lost Its Senior Narrative Designer

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 16:10

Cara Ellison, the senior narrative designer for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, has moved on from the project. In a statement given to PC Gamer, publisher Paradox Interactive has confirmed that Ellison is no longer involved with the game.

"We can confirm that Cara Ellison has decided to leave Hardsuit Labs and is no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2," the statement reads. "Cara brought fresh ideas to the project and many of her contributions will be present in the game launching next year."

Ellison has secured a new position--she's now a Senior Narrative Designer at League of Geeks, the Australian developer of Armello. The studio's next game remains a secret, but it will be published by Private Division.

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Phasmophobia Hackers Are Terrorizing Streamers With Jump Scares

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 15:53

Ghost-hunting game Phasmophobia has become a surprise hit since it launched in early access, especially among Twitch streamers who are getting into the spirit of Halloween. Unfortunately, the game appears to be plagued by hackers, with some now appearing to target the lobbies of players who are live on stream.

As a PVE game, Phasmophobia hasn't implemented anti-cheat, but some players are calling for it to be added to cut down on hackers who are making the game unenjoyable for others. At its most innocent, hacks can be used to increase the number of players allowed to join a lobby for those who want to play with more than three other people, but the hacking tools are also being used for harassment. A Google search currently turns up numerous YouTube videos and forums providing guides on how to hack the game.

Multiple Twitch streamers have had their private lobbies raided by hackers, who then spawn ghosts into the lobby screen to inflict jump scares on streamers enjoying a moment of rest. While the game is a horror game designed to cause a scare or two, these kinds of unexpected scares are more confronting, and can cause genuine distress for the players experiencing them.

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Jeff Bridges Announces He Has Lymphoma, Says The Prognosis Is Good

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 15:31

Veteran and esteemed actor Jeff Bridges has announced he has Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer.

He made the announcement on Twitter, referencing his character from The Big Lebowski, The Dude. "As The Dude would say.. New s**t has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma," he said. "Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery."

As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.
I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.

— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020

There was an immediate outpouring of support for Bridges, and he followed up with a second tweet where he said he is "profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends."

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Genshin Impact's Newest Playable Character Is Explosives Expert Klee

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 15:26

Although Genshin Impact borrows a lot from Nintendo's Breath Of The Wild for its open world, it's also a gacha game--which means new characters will be inbound fairly regularly. The next event banner character Klee may not be new to the game, but she's about to be summonable for the first time.

Now that Venti's banner event has ended, pyro expert Klee will be the next character you'll have an increased chance of pulling from event wishes. You'd have to spend some serious money to guarantee a Klee pull, but free-to-play players will also have a higher chance of snagging her during the event.

Klee, of course, isn't new to the game in general. She resides in "solitary confinement" in the Knights of Favonius headquarters, where a knight named Wood stands guard in front of a locked door. Klee also has a story quest available from Adventure Rank 32 where players can learn a little more about the pint-sized explosives expert.

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The Mandalorian Season 2: New Trailer Reveals Mando's Season 2 Quest

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 13:11

A new trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 has appeared, giving us a look at what to expect when the show returns to Disney+ on October 30. We've previously had a full trailer, but this "special look" gives us some more details about what Mando and his crew are up to this time around.

It seems that our hero is trying to reunite The Child (aka Baby Yoda) with his "own kind", which is exciting--Yoda's species remains a vague part of Star Wars lore that the series could potentially define. It also looks like Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) will be given much more to do this time around.

You can watch the trailer below.

The Mandalorian has proved popular with Star Wars fans--and a future movie is not out of the question.

The Mandalorian Season 2 will run for eight episodes, as Season 1 did before it. Here's everything we know about the series right now.

Cliff Bleszinski Reflects On Studio Closure And Which Games Are Inspiring Him Right Now

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:32

Lawbreakers, the first game from Gears of War director Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions, struggled to make an impact in the hero shooter market--so much so that the studio eventually closed, having only released one other game, the Early Access Radical Heights. Now Bleszinski, who retired from games and has been working in the world of theatre as a producer, is writing a book about his life--and it's leading to some reflection.

In a Facebook post, Bleszinski says that as he works through the section of his book about forming his own studio, it's bringing up some feelings for him. "In spite of it being difficult, in a way, it's therapeutic," he says. "The first two years were a blast but the tail end was extremely difficult on everyone and I've had more than enough time to reflect on my time running that studio."

"We should have started with a small, indie game FIRST before trying to make the shooter we ultimately did," he reflects, before digging into the specific issues Lawbreakers faced. Bleszinski has previously lamented how it was a mistake to release Lawbreakers on PS4 rather than Xbox One, which he reiterated in this post. "I already had a core base of fans on Xbox," he writes.

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A Famous Lord Of The Rings Filming Location Has Re-Opened In New Zealand

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 11:42

A Lord of the Rings filming location in New Zealand is re-opening to the public after 11 years, but it may be some time before people can visit it due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on travel globally.

Deer Park Heights in Queenstown, New Zealand has re-opened for public visitors, and those lucky enough to visit can walk in the same places where scenes from The Towers and The Return of the King were filmed. Specifically, Deer Park Heights is the site of the Warg attack and Aragorn's fall off the cliff from The Two Towers, as well as the refugee camp where Eowyn serves Aragorn some questionable soup.

You can see a more detailed breakdown of Lord of the Rings filming locations here at the Deer Park Heights website. The movies X-Men: Origins Wolverine and Pete's Dragon were also filmed partially in the park.

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The XIII Remake Has Been Delayed On Switch

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 11:02

The XIII remake due on November 10 has been delayed for one system--the Nintendo Switch. Publisher Microids has announced the delay, explaining that the game will now release in 2021.

A specific date or time frame within 2021 has not been nailed down.

This news has been announced alongside the release of a new trailer, which focuses on the game's weapons. If you've played the original release, you'll recognize these guns--but they look better than ever now.

XIII is based on a Belgian comic series. You play as an amnesiac killer, who awakens on a beach and discovers that they're being chased by the FBI for the assassination of the US president. The original game was published by Ubisoft for PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC in 2003.

This is not the first major 2020 shooter to be delayed on Nintendo's console--a Switch version of Doom Eternal still has not been released.

HBO's Euphoria Is Coming Back For Two Special Episodes, See A Teaser Image Here

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 11:00

HBO's drama series Euphoria, which stars Zendaya, is coming back. The network has confirmed that two additional episodes are on the way, one of which is set during Christmas. However, these appear to be one-off episodes and not the start of a Season 2 properly.

The first of the new episodes will air on Sunday, December 6, and it will be available on HBO and to stream through HBO Max. This episode is titled "Trouble Don't Last Always" and it picks up with Zendaya's Rue celebrating Christmas while dealing with a recent relapse. The episode was written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, and it also features Colman Domingo, but that's all HBO had to say. The network did, however, release a teaser image for the episode; check it out below.

Euphoria is coming back for two more episodes in 2020

The second episode remains more of a mystery--HBO will announce its title and release date at some point later on. The network also confirmed that the episodes were film in adherence with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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Call Of Duty Mobile Dev On First-Year Achievements, Impact Of COVID-19, And More

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 10:37

After some smaller releases like Call of Duty Heroes, Activision made a big push to make Call of Duty Mobile the definitive Call of Duty experience on mobile--and it seems to have worked. Released in October 2019, the game has been a huge success, driven in part by its ever-expanding lineup of content.

The game, which is developed by TiMi Studios in China, has reached more than 300 million downloads worldwide and has expanded its content significantly. The game launched with 11 multiplayer maps, and it now has 23; it had one multiplayer mode at release, and now has 27. Some of the other first-year stats include the battle royale map increasing in size by about 50%, while there are now a whopping 182 playable characters in the game.

GameSpot recently had the chance to speak with Call of Duty Mobile GM Matt Lewis about the first year of Call of Duty Mobile. In the interview, Lewis spoke about the game's first-year achievements, how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted development, what's being done to combat cheaters, and lots more. Lewis did not, however, confirm any plans to bring back Zombies, a fan-favorite mode that was removed earlier this year.

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Ed Helms To Get Lost At Sea With Unhinged Harrison Ford in Oceanic "Road Trip" Comedy

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 10:23

Harrison Ford is no stranger to playing captains and commanders, but film fans are in for a whole new take on the idea when they sit down for The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo, in which Ford will star alongside Ed Helms.

Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and Helms (The Hangover, The Office) are attached to star in the indie film together. Helms, in the grip of a midlife crisis, steps onto Ford's boat on what he hopes will be a dream vacation. Instead, he and Ford's "unhinged captain" find themselves shipwrecked together in the Atlantic Ocean. It sounds like The Lighthouse, but, you know, fun.

The indie film's script comes via a screenplay by Ben Bolea. Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon of LD Entertainment will produce alongside Kim Zubick. LD's Michael Glassman will executive produce with STXfilm's Drew Simon and Spencer Ela. No one is attached to direct just yet.

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Rocket League Haunted Hallows Event Will Deliver Ghostbusters-Themed Items

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 10:16

As Halloween approaches, live games are breaking out their spooky costumes and livery--but Rocket League will pay homage to a comedy classic rather than haunting your game with ghouls and zombies. The Haunted Hallows event begins on October 20, and it'll bring numerous Ghostbusters items to the game.

By completing Event Challenges, which will run until November 2, players of the game--which recently went free-to-play--can unlock 10 unique Ghostbusters items.

Here are the items you can unlock:

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Back To The Future's Original Ending And Opening Revealed, And They Are Completely Different

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 09:28

Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale has shared some new insight on the iconic film's original ending and opening scenes. The famous and memorable ending to Back to the Future, where Doc Brown makes a last-ditch effort to power up the clock tower to help Marty get back to the future, was almost completely different. Writer Bob Gale told Collider that he and writer-director Robert Zemeckis had originally wrote an ending that involved a refrigerator time machine and blowing up a city. And that's not all--Gale also revealed the original opening to Back to the Future did not involve Doc Brown's laboratory at all.

Here is Gale talking about the original ending:

“The idea [was] that the DeLorean was nuclear powered, literally they needed to harness nuclear energy to send the time machine back to the future. Bob [Zemeckis] and I had seen The Atomic Café documentary, a movie called The Atomic Kid which we pay homage to on the marquee of the town theater in 1955--one of the most perverse movies ever made… We were obsessed with the idea of, ‘Hey wouldn’t it be cool if we could recreate one of these towns and blow it up?’ So we wrote this elaborate sequence in and in the original version, the time machine was built into a refrigerator which was a time chamber. And that was where Marty was gonna be when the nuclear blast went off.”

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Dawson's Creek Is Finally Heading To Netflix, But It's Missing One Crucial Thing

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 09:10

Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and the whole Dawson's Creek crew are heading to Netflix, and if you don't wanna wait, don't worry--the premiere is less than two weeks out. All 6 seasons and 128 episodes will hit Netflix on November 1, but they'll be missing one crucial thing: the theme song. When producer Sony licensed Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" for the show, they licensed it for broadcast only and didn't ante up for the rights to use it elsewhere.

Dawson's Creek — one of television's most beloved coming-of-age stories — is coming to Netflix in The US on November 1
...and before you ask, the episodes won't have the original theme song (sorry)

— Netflix (@netflix) October 19, 2020

Netflix is beholden to broadcast rights just like every other channel or streaming service, and they know what people are expecting from a show and decided to nip it in the bud in their tweet. Long-time fans of the show will know that the song didn't appear on home video releases, or on the show's current home at Hulu, so this is nothing new. But with Netflix's gigantic audience, many people will discover this travesty for the first time on November 11.

Honestly, those of us tuning in to re-live the show, which aired from 1998 to 2003 on the WB network--now known as The CW--will probably miss the theme song exactly once. After that first episode, Netflix will shovel you into that endless Next Episode loop, and we'll be jumping into each episode right after the theme song.

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World's Most Expensive Ramen Created To Promote Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 09:06

To promote the upcoming western release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Sega's Australian distribution partner Five Star Games has created what it's calling the "world's most expensive bowl of ramen."

Five Star worked with the Sydney-based ramen favorite Gumshara for this unique promo. The bowl of ramen is filled with lobster, pork, and noodles, and it carries an estimated value of $400 AUD ($282 USD).

Oh my

This special edition bowl is called the "Rags to Riches" ramen, and it's meant to symbolize Yakuza protagonist Ichiban Kasuga's story in Like a Dragon.

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New Sims 4 Snowy Escape Expansion Pack Announced

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 08:40

The Sims 4 confirmed on Twitter that the tenth expansion pack, Snowy Escape, will arrive soon. A trailer with more details will premiere on October 20 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

We'll have to wait until the trailer officially streams to know what's in the pack. But from the vague winter-themed teaser image, fans suspect that the Snowy Escape expansion will include an East Asian location. Whether the pack is a living world or vacation world is also unknown at this time.

Responding to fans' speculations, The Sims 4 global community manager also clarified that owning a Seasons expansion pack will not be necessary to purchase the Snowy Escape pack.

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Avengers Cast Reuniting For A Biden Fundraiser

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:57

Did you know there's an election happening in November? A significant portion of the Avengers cast and directors the Russo Brothers will be helping get the word out for a fundraiser to support democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a virtual fundraiser taking place Tuesday at 3:45 PM PT / 6:45 PM ET. To attend the event, dubbed Voters Assemble!, a donation of "any amount" is required--funds go towards helping Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris, and the democratic ticket.

Among those slated to appear so far are: Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. The Russo Brothers will moderate a Q&A session, and also a trivia context.

Of the Avengers cast, Ruffalo has been among the most vocal for supporting Biden, recently posting on Instagram that, "We must elect champions who will fight for the Green New Deal and push Congress to pass climate action that matches the scale of the problem with the urgency our country's future demands." Fellow Avengers cast member Samuel L. Jackson recently teamed with the Biden campaign on a video focused on mobilizing Black voters for the 2020 election.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat Will Stream With DrLupo On Twitch

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:44

In a rather unexpected crossover, Borat Sagdiyev--a satirical and fictional character created and played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen--will be streaming with DrLupo on Twitch on October 20 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. The livestream will premiere on DrLupo's Twitch channel.

For the first time ever, Kazakhstan's biggest gamer will go live on Twitch.
Very nice.#Borat faces off against @DrLupo in a battle for global supremacy, tomorrow October 20 at 3pm PT on

— Twitch (@Twitch) October 19, 2020

Borat is a fictional Kazakh journalist and rose to fame as the protagonist of a 2006 mockumentary comedy film titled Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In it, Cohen takes on the role of Borat and interfaces with real-life Americans who believe he is actually a foreigner. Because Borat is a satirical figure who says intentionally vulgar statements and gleefully touches on social taboos, many of the movie's scenes are shocking, hilarious, and unintentionally expose a lot of things about American culture and politics.

To give you an idea of Cohen's content, the comedian posed as an Israel security expert and successfully convinced a Georgian politician to bare his butt and say unsavory racist statements. He also met with Dick Cheney and famously got the politician's signature on a waterboarding kit.

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Pokemon Go Removes Mega Venusaur From Raids This Week

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:25

Mega Venusaur was one of the first three Mega Raid bosses to appear in Pokemon Go after Mega Evolutions were introduced to the game, but it won't be around for much longer. Developer Niantic announced that Mega Venusaur will be leaving Raid battles this Friday, October 23 (when Pokemon Go's Halloween 2020 event kicks off), but you'll have other ways to earn Venusaur Mega Energy.

Following Mega Venusaur's departure, Niantic says you'll be able to receive Venusaur Mega Energy as a reward for completing certain Field Research tasks. The studio also teases that it will hold an event next month that will feature exclusive Timed Research tasks, and completing these will likewise net you Venusaur Mega Energy.

Other changes to Mega Evolutions are also coming in November. You'll be able to earn Mega Energy by walking with your Buddy Pokemon if you've Mega Evolved a Pokemon in its line. You can also earn extra Candy when you have a Mega-Evolved Pokemon and catch another monster that has the same type as it. This extra Candy bonus will extend to any Raid boss you catch as well, regardless of its type. You can read more on the official Pokemon Go website.

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