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Back To The Future: Ben Stiller's Audition For Marty McFly Is Pretty Great

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:10

Working actors usually audition for plenty of roles, but rarely does anyone get to see them. For the new release of the Back to the Future trilogy on 4K--which arrives on October 20--one of the special features showcases a few big names you may be familiar with. This includes Ben Stiller, who recently appeared in Adam Sandler's Hubie Halloween.

In the special feature "An Alternate Future: Lost Audition Tapes," six audition tapes are shown for various actors, with the most notable being Ben Stiller. While he may be a household name now, back in 1984-85, he hadn't landed a major role. Stiller was around 19 at the time, trying out to play Marty McFly. The brief video shows Stiller reading lines, and he's pretty great. Both C Thomas Howell (The Outsiders) and Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink) tried out for Marty McFly as well, but neither fit the role as well as Stiller did from the audition tapes. However, as good as Stiller seemed from the short clip, there is no one better for that role than Michael J. Fox.

However, there are other audition roles in the featurette. Billy Zane (Titanic) tries out for the role of Biff Tannen--and frankly, he's not very believable as the infamous bully. However, he ended up being in both Back to the Future 1 and 2 as Match, Biff's sidekick. Peter DeLuise (21 Jump Street) also tried out for the role of Tannen. Casting made a great call on this because no one embodied the role more than Thomas F. Wilson.

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First Details On Adam Sandler's New Netflix Movie, Hustle, Revealed

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:09

The ever-prolific Adam Sandler has another new Netflix movie on the way. Early details on Hustle indicate Sandler plays a down-on-his-luck NBA basketball scout who finds an incredible talent overseas and fights for his chances to join a team. The movie's genre has not yet been revealed, meaning it could be construed as a continuation of Sandler's drama turn in the thriller Uncut Gems--or it could be another goofball comedy.

The announced cast as reported by Deadline doesn't offer any further clues on which way the tone might be tipping: Rapper-actor Queen Latifah (22 Jump Street), Oscar-winner Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), and Ben Foster (Leave No Trace, X-Men: The Last Stand) will co-star alongside Sandler. NBA player Juancho Hernangomez and sports commentator Kenny Smith also appear in the film, lending the film's world extra credibility. Along those lines: LeBron James is a producer.

Will Fetters (A Star is Born) and Taylor Materne (Dominoes) will co-write the script, and Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals) will direct. Given the behind-the-camera talent involved, it perhaps seems more plausible that Hustle will be a drama--or dramedy.

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New Texas Chainsaw Massacre Sequel Gets Creepy First Poster

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 07:09

The 1974 classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the the most influential horror movies of all time and has been followed by numerous sequels, prequels, and remakes over the years. The ninth film in the series is due for release in 2021, and the first poster has been released.

The movie doesn't have an official title yet, but the poster has been revealed at the film's new website A link to the site was also included in the trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone's limited-time The Haunting of Verdansk event. The poster is a creepy painting of the franchise's iconic chainsaw-wielding killer Leatherface, which updates the classic intro text from Tobe Hooper's original film: "In 1974, the world witnessed one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history. In 2021, the face of madness returns." Check the poster out below:

The movie is produced by Fede Álvarez (Don't Breathe) and directed by David Blue Garcia. In August, it was reported that original directors Andy and Ryan Tohill had been fired after a week of shooting over "creative differences," and the film would be reshot from scratch by Garcia. While the last film, 2017's Leatherface, was a prequel to the original Texas Chainsaw, this next entry will reportedly be a direct sequel, set four decades later, that ignores all the films in between.

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AOC Wants To Play Among Us To Get Out The Vote

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:49

Update: Shortly after announcing her interest in playing Among Us with streamers on Twitch, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now setting up and about to go live.

Getting set up!

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 19, 2020

According to her original tweets, Ocasio-Cortez has expressed an interest in using the live stream to encourage more people to vote.

Original story follows...

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Chadwick Boseman's Final Movie Gets Its First Trailer On Netflix

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:48

The first trailer for Netflix movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, has arrived, bringing an unflinching look at blues music pioneer Ma Rainey (Davis) and her road to stardom in the late 1920s. The movie is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, who also wrote the play Fences, which was adapted into a feature film back in 2016 starring Davis and Denzel Washington.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will be Boseman's final film, following his death in August of this year. It follows his earlier Netflix release, Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, which is considered an Oscar contender. Check out the trailer below.

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New To Disney+ In November: Season 2 Of The Mandalorian Rolls On

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:31

For the month of November, Disney+ has some original programming headed your way you'll want to check out--mainly because it's Star Wars related. On top of that, there are more original series, movies, and TV shows headed your way for November 2020.

Of course, most people will be checking out Disney+ for Season 2 of The Mandalorian. The latest installment of the show debuts on October 30 and new episodes will be airing every Friday afterwards. And of course, everyone's favorite 50-year-old infant Baby Yoda--or The Child--will be returning, and we've already seen a few pictures of the lovable little scamp. Episodes 2-5 will air throughout the month of November, and if you like it, you're in luck as Season 3 will start shooting before the end of the year. Check out the trailer for the new season below.

That's not the only Star Wars content coming in November. On November 17, a brand-new Star Wars Holiday Special arrives. While the original Star Wars Holiday Special was terrible--to put it lightly--the new one will feature many stars of the film franchise in Lego form, and probably lots of jokes about how terrible the original special was.

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Fallout 4 Modders Mark New Vegas Anniversary With New Video

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:15

Fallout: New Vegas was released 10 years ago--on October 19, 2010--and to mark the occasion a group of Fallout 4 modders aiming to recreate the classic has released a new trailer of their progress. The Fallout 4: New Vegas project uses the Fallout 4 creation engine tools, with some impressive results.

The new video is just under two minutes, but in it you get a broad look at the world of New Vegas as reimagined with the prettier sheen of Fallout 4. It's especially impressive when you consider that Fallout 4 took place in and around Boston, far from the dusty and mountainous desert depicted in New Vegas.

The Fallout 4: New Vegas team has been dropping comparison screenshots on its Facebook page. The mod group hasn't given a release date or details.

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Voting Rights Group More Than A Vote Wants NBA 2K Players To Cast Their Ballot

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 05:14

Election season is in full swing, and different organizations are ramping up their efforts to get people to vote on election day, November 3. One voting rights group, More Than A Vote, has created a campaign in NBA 2K21. It's different from the typical cable network spot and is ostensibly an attempt to reach out to where millennial and Gen Z voters are.

Excited to announce we have partnered with @uninterrupted on @NBA2K_2KTV to bring you exclusive content. Premiering today in-game: @morethanavote with @MariaTaylor.
Make your plan to vote here:

— NBA 2KTV (@NBA2K_2KTV) October 16, 2020

More Than A Vote will release episodes on 2KTV--the in-game NBA 2K show--highlighting the personal voting experience of well-known sports-affiliated people, as well as the historical context of why voting is important. 2KTV can also be watched on its official YouTube channel. The show covers everything NBA 2K, including a teaser of NBA 2K21's next-generation console gameplay, as well as interviews and gaming tips.

In the first episode, ESPN analyst Maria Taylor will talk about her experience witnessing voter suppression. According to Axios, the second episode will have Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young citing his experience as an 18-year-old in the last presidential election. "This time I understand what's at stake," says Young.

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Pokemon Sword And Shield: New Details On Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Mode Revealed

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 05:10

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion launches later this week, and new details about the DLC continue to trickle in ahead of its release. We learned some more tidbits about the expansion's new Dynamax Adventures feature during a recent episode of Japanese show Pokenchi, including how Legendary Pokemon encounters will work.

Dynamax Adventures lets up to four players cooperatively explore Pokemon Raid dens together. As Serebii reports, players will battle three Dynamax Pokemon successively while exploring a Raid den. After each battle, you'll get to choose which route to take through the den, which will determine which Pokemon you battle along the way. Any HP or PP you lose during a battle will also carry forward, but you'll have the opportunity to heal your Pokemon by encountering certain characters or finding berries as you explore.

If you successfully defeat all three Dynamax Pokemon, you'll encounter a Legendary Pokemon at the end of the den. These Legendaries will have a 100% catch rate, meaning you're guaranteed to capture the Pokemon if you can successfully defeat them. Pokenchi also confirms that you can only catch each Legendary Pokemon once.

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Watch Dogs: Legion takes series to new heights with Play as Anyone feature

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 05:01

Watch Dogs: Legion is the latest and biggest entry in the series, taking you to the streets of London as criminal organizations have overtaken the city. Following the spirit of the previous two games, it’s your task to hack your way through the enemy forces and regain control. Only this time, you won’t be alone -- anyone in the city can join your revolution thanks to the Play as Anyone feature.

Play as Anyone is an ambitious, never-seen-before premise. As part of DedSec, you’re tasked to recruit citizens to stir up the underground resistance and begin causing a ruckus. The intriguing twist is that everyone has the potential to help support the cause and make these changes happen. There’s no such thing as non-playable characters. Anyone from punks and street artists to grandparents have their own array of abilities to offer.

The secret hacking collective of DedSec has always been a varied and interesting crew, but for the first time, you’re in control of choosing the new candidates that will set out to make history, inspiring others to do the same and becoming stronger together. Each potential recruit carries a personal backstory, as well as unique perks and gadgets, and it’s your mission to convince them that they can be a part of your movement by listening to their problems and letting DedSec handle the rest.

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GameStop To Close Stores Thanksgiving Day, Offer Black Friday Deals Early

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:41

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GameStop is following the lead of other major retailers, including Walmart and Target, by announcing its stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. Since 2017, GameStop has opened around 3 or 4 PM in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day to allow shoppers to start their Black Friday shopping early, so this announcement marks a return to GameStop's older practice of closing on the US holiday.

While you'll be able to shop in stores on Wednesday and Friday that week as usual, you'll also find Black Friday deals online and on GameStop's new mobile app. GameStop has not revealed when its Black Friday 2020 deals will start rolling out, but it did say in a press release that its biggest deals of the season will be available "earlier than ever before." That messaging is in line with what we're seeing at other retailers, with Best Buy offering Black Friday prices right now and Target confirming its Black Friday deals will begin November 1. GameStop will host more pre-Black Friday sales than usual leading up to the holiday weekend, so expect to see deals throughout the month of November, if not even earlier.

In addition to the Ship From Store option, you'll be able to order online and pick up your order in person during the busy Black Friday season. Same-day delivery will also be available "in select areas" for the first time this year.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Haunting Of Verdansk: Zombies, Jigsaw, Night Map, More

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:20

Call of Duty: Warzone's limited-time The Haunting of Verdansk event hits tomorrow and runs through November 3. It includes a nighttime version of Verdansk in some modes, a Zombie Royale mode where dead players have to kill to revive themselves, and a trick-or-treat reward system with special blueprints and cosmetics.

Activision and Infinity Ward released a trailer today that shows off many of the new costumes, game modes, and new elements coming with The Haunting of Verdansk. Characters from both Saw and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are featured predominantly as both Leatherface and Billy the Puppet skins are coming to the in-game store.

One of the biggest changes is a new nighttime variant for Verdansk. Certain game modes, like trios, will be available to play at night. Activision highlighted some of the environmental changes that will come alongside the mode.

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Escape From Tarkov Update 12.8 Is Here: Full Patch Notes

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:14

Escape From Tarkov patch 12.8 is now live following last week's delay. Like the last major update, there is no wipe associated with 12.8. The update size appears to be about 675 MB, which is smaller than July's update, but the changes are still significant. The addition of a heavy bleeding status effect is particularly important to note, but 12.8 also adds the compass, a handful of new weapons and skills, and more. You can read the full patch notes below or over on the Escape From Tarkov news blog.

The new heavy bleeding status effect will require its own special item, the newly added esmarch tourniquet, to remedy individually, though some medical kits will also be able to cure it. Unlike the normal bleeding status, heavy bleeding will leave a trail of blood that other players can see.

Escape From Tarkov News And Guides

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Switch And PC Releases Confirmed For Apple Arcade Exclusive Where Cards Fall

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:05

Developer The Game Band and publisher Snowman have announced that the narrative puzzle adventure game Where Cards Fall hits Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2021. An exact release date has not been confirmed.

Where Cards Fall tells the story of a nameless protagonist as they navigate the coming-of-age cycle: graduating high school, growing up, attending college, and so on. The crux of the game's puzzle mechanics revolves around cards, where you're tasked with building card-based structures to assist the protagonist in getting through the various levels' obstacles.

The game hit the Apple Arcade as an exclusive in September 2019. It was met with a fairly middling reception, sitting at an aggregate score of 69 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

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P.T. Can't Be Downloaded On PS5, Konami Confirms

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:05

Hideo Kojima's Silent Hill reboot Silent Hills will never see the light of day--at least not in the manner he originally envisioned--but the demo P.T. lives on in the hard drives of horror fans everywhere. Unfortunately, however, that's where it's going to stay. As confirmed by GamesRadar, the "playable teaser" will not be backwards compatible on the PS5 in any form.

In an email to GamesRadar, Konami said that "the content will not be available on the PS Store, so users won’t be able to re-download the content through the backwards compatibility feature to the PS5."

Generally considered one of the most influential horror games of the 2010's--despite its short length and relative unavailability, due to its removal from the PlayStation Store in 2015--P.T. continues to be the subject of analysis and study. Back in 2019, prolific hacker Lance McDonald discovered that Lisa is behind you through the entirety of the game, and McDonald managed to step into the abandoned town itself in a follow-up video. Fans continue to hope for a Silent Hill reboot, though Konami denied the swirling rumors of such a move back in March.

Amazon's The Underground Railroad Gets First Teaser

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:50

Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Dear White People) has released a new trailer for his upcoming Amazon adaptation of Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad. It's a tense, awe-inspiring clip clocking in at just over a minute where not much literally happens--but a strong sense of the show's tone and scope comes shining through brightly. Check it out below.

The Underground Railroad - Preamble from Barry Jenkins on Vimeo.

The series has been in the works since Whitehead's novel came out in 2016. In 2017, it was revealed that Jenkins would direct all 11 episodes of a limited series for Amazon, in collaboration with Brad Pitt's production company Plan B. This new teaser represents a significant leap forward for the project, which doesn't yet have a release date, but Jenkins himself revealed on September 22 that filming has wrapped. So, it's only a matter of time--and hopefully soon--that the series drops. In 2018, Jenkins told Deadline that, "Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson's novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience. Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to."

Among the show's co-stars are Thuso Mbedu (Saints and Sinners), Chase W. Dillon (The First Wives Club), Aaron Pierre (Krypton), Joel Edgerton (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), Owen Harn (Vice Principals).

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Pokemon Go Halloween 2020 Event Detailed: Mega Gengar, Shiny Spiritomb, Galarian Yamask, And More

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:50

Niantic has already hosted many October events in Pokemon Go this month, but the biggest is still yet to come. The game's annual Halloween celebration returns starting October 23, and now the studio has revealed more details on what this year's event will entail.

The Halloween event kicks off at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET on Friday and runs until the same time on November 3. Throughout the event, Ghost-type Pokemon will appear more often in the wild, Raid Battles, and eggs. A handful of new Pokemon will also make their debut during the event, including costumed version of Gengar and Sableye, as well as Galarian Yamask. Unlike the standard Yamask, which normally evolves into Cofagrigus, Galarain Yamask evolves into Runerigus, making this your first chance to get one of those in Pokemon Go.

On top of the increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic will roll out a new Halloween-themed Special Research questline during the event. Completing this will lead to an encounter with the Ghost/Dark Pokemon Spiritomb, and there's a chance it could be Shiny. Players who completed the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research will also get to take part in event-exclusive Timed Research and earn Gengar Mega Energy, which will give you a chance to Mega Evolve the Ghost Pokemon.

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Destructive Heist Thriller Teardown Coming To Steam Later This Month

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:37

If you're looking for a unique take on the concept of a physics sandbox on PC, there's a game coming to Steam soon that might interest you. Teardown certainly looks the part of a Minecraft-inspired building game--all blocky voxels and carefully-crafted environments--but it's actually much more about kicking over the digital Legos instead of building them up.

It is now official: Teardown is coming to Steam Early Access on October 29th!
Wishlist on Steam:
Game homepage and FAQ:

— Dennis Gustafsson (@tuxedolabs) October 16, 2020

The developer of Teardown describes it as a heist game where you use a variety of tools and techniques to break into heavily-fortified compounds and get away before you're caught. Players can use speedboats, construction equipment, explosives, or even lightning to breach perimeters and tear an escape route through the environment.

According to the game's official website, Teardown will come to Steam on October 29 in Early Access. The game requires a fairly beefy PC to run at a high frame rate due to its reliance on physics simulation, and it will cost $20. The developer says that the price will not change even as the game proceeds into full release. The studio estimates that the game will take at least one year in Early Access, though it will ultimately depend on fan feedback. Teardown will also include a sandbox mode and robust modding support, though not in its original Early Access release.

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Fall Guys' New Slime Survivor Playlist Is Absolute Madness

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:17

Fall Guys got a new limited-time playlist over the weekend. It's called "Slime Survivors" and only features levels where you can fall into the gross pink goo, removing team games, tail tag, and Fall mountain from the rotation. The playlist is absolute madness, resulting in accounts from players who say they've played Slime Climb three times in a row.

The playlist includes all survival rounds, including Perfect Match, Jump Club, Slime Climb, Rollout, and Block Party in the lead up to one of two finale modes: Jump Showdown and Hex-A-Gone. Rounds like Rollout and Block Party, which are normally low-stress, get a lot more hectic with a full lobby of 60 players.

Mediatonic added this new playlist after players complained that the studio's previous limited-time playlist, "The Gauntlet," only had Fall Mountain as a finale. The UK-based studio is using these limited-time playlists to experiment and figure out a way to remove team games, which many players believe to be unfair, from some modes.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Extended

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:17

The second beta weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been extended until October 20. All attachments are currently unlocked, and players can receive double XP. The game's beta weekend opened on October 15 and was originally scheduled to end on October 19. Players now have another 24 hours to test the beta content and see what the official release of Black Ops Cold War might look and feel like.

Start the week off right.
The #BlackOpsColdWar open Beta will be extended until Tuesday, Oct 20 at 10AM PT. 2XP is enabled and all attachments unlocked.

— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) October 19, 2020

The beta is open to all players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Players will need Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One and a account on PC.

The Black Ops Cold War beta provides a variety of multiplayer modes with crossplay functionality and a progression system to unlock weapons, equipment, and more. A few of the multiplayer modes are Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, and Control. Another mode, Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, features 10 four-player teams and a game objective that requires teams to collect uranium in order to destroy parts of the map with extending radiation zones. There are 12v12 games also, like Combined Arms: Assault and Domination, that task opposing teams with a fight over capturing zones and objectives.

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