A Surprise Nintendo Direct Is Coming This Week, According To Leak

A new leak has emerged suggesting that a Nintendo Direct will be happening later this week, although details regarding the content of said presentation are currently unavailable. The most recent Nintendo Direct was nearly two months ago, when Nintendo revealed Pokemon Sword & Shield, the first mainline Pokemon titles to arrive on Switch.

Since then, Nintendo has been relatively quiet regarding large announcements as the company gears up for a future without Reggie Fils-Aime, CEO of Nintendo America, who will be retiring on April 15 this month. The biggest presentation since then was likely the Nindies Showcase for Spring that occurred a few weeks ago, revealing a new Legend of Zelda Necrodancer crossover alongside some other major announcements. The industry is also only a few short months away from E3 2019, one of the most important conferences of the year and a convergence point for big reveals from many different companies, even those that aren’t actually giving presentations on location.

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According to GamingIntel, a reputable source in the industry, another Nintendo Direct livestream is apparently scheduled for later this week on Thursday, April 11. The surprise Nintendo Direct will contain the usual Switch and 3DS-related news that fans have come to expect, but outside of that fairly easy assumption, not much is known about the content of the presentation. That hasn’t stopped fans from speculating, though, and the presentation’s close proximity to Fils-Aime’s retirement date suggests that he could be involved in some way for an on-screen send-off.

Beyond that, there’s still plenty of news fans already know about that could make up the bulk of the surprise Nintendo Direct. Persona 5‘s Joker DLC fighter is going to release for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon, and coupled with an upcoming announcement from Atlus about Persona 5 S later this month, a Nintendo Direct could be the perfect time to reveal further plans for the Phantom Thieves on Switch. A recent Best Buy leak also unveiled the existence of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, and if those were already in the company’s inventory system, it’s possible they’re close enough to a release that Nintendo could structure a presentation around them. Finally, there’s also a chance Pokemon Sword & Shield will make up the bulk of the presentation, as many details about the world of Galar have yet to be uncovered.

Nintendo usually reveals the time and date of its livestreams pretty close to when they actually occur, so this rumor won’t be cemented until the next few days if it’s true. Still, the timing of the surprise Nintendo Direct makes a lot of sense, and it would be an appropriate platform to give Nintendo fans one last chance to see Reggie Fils-Aime in all his internet meme-generating glory before he takes a well-deserved step back from the spotlight in a week.

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Source: GamingIntel

2019-04-08 08:04:20

Cody Gravelle

Unicorn Store Review: Brie Larson Shines In Shallow Coming-Of-Age Story

Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store, has more style than substance, but a charming lead performance and important message buoy it.

The offbeat, whimsical coming-of-age comedy Unicorn Store first premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before finding a distribution home with Netflix. The streaming service has made a name in Hollywood for its feature film strategy, releasing a variety of movies that range from high profile acquisitions like The Cloverfield Paradox to major fare of their own like Bird Box and Roma. However, while Unicorn Store is a relatively smaller movie in terms of Netflix’s release slate, it comes with a few big names attached. Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store, has more style than substance, but a charming lead performance and important message buoy it.

Unicorn Store stars Larson as Kit, an imaginative woman who fails out of art school when a minimalist professor doesn’t appreciate her overly colorful and vibrant work. Kit returns home to her mother and father – Gladys (Joan Cusack) and Gene (Bradley Whitford) – where she feels like a disappointment, especially as her parents rave about Kevin (Karan Soni), a man Kit’s age who works at their outdoor camp. In an effort to prove she can be successful, Kit gets a temp job at a public relations company. But Kit’s life is soon changed when she’s invited to “The Store”, where she meets The Salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who offers to sell her a unicorn – though there are a few requirements first.

Putting aside the overly ridiculous, though arguably necessary setup of an art student failing out of art school for being too creative, Unicorn Store’s offbeat premise largely works in terms of walking a fine line between reality and fantasy. Though, this line gets incredibly messy at times. The story manages to balance the more strange aspects of the story – Kit hiring a man, Virgil (Mamoudou Athie), to build her a unicorn stable – with a parallel arc of her life at the office. However, the movie works best when Kit is forced to confront the fantastical ideas of her imagination and figure out how they can fit into the reality of her life. The disparity between Kit working to achieve her childhood fantasy while also establishing her “grown up” life is where the film finds its coming-of-age story, though some of its messaging about growing up is a bit overly obvious.

Unicorn Store does a lot of telling, rather than showing, how Kit grows up and the lessons she learns along the way: you can’t buy happiness, failure isn’t a sign of immaturity, etc. Along those lines, Unicorn Store seems to have a great deal to say about growing up as an artist and not sacrificing your voice to appease those around you, but often it comes across as the movie being more focused on its messaging than telling a good, well-developed story. To be certain, the message of Unicorn Store is important, and with a script by Samantha McIntyre (Married), the film brings a much-needed female perspective to the coming-of-age genre. Kit is no doubt a character many women can relate to on some level, as she’s forced to give up the “girly” aspirations of her youth for a more straight-laced life. However, Unicorn Store is still incredibly superficial in its depiction of Kit and her coming-of-age story.

The main reason Unicorn Store works as well as it does is the performances of the main cast, Larson in particular. She manages to ground Kit in a way that feels realistic, even as it becomes more and more difficult to hold onto that suspension of disbelief that a grown woman could believe unicorns exist. Still, Larson is charming enough to get away with it, and she carries Kit’s arc well. Further, she works well across from each of her co-stars, Jackson in particular, who goes much more whimsical than usual as The Salesman. It’s an incredibly fun performance from Jackson and helps sell the movie’s more fantastical side. The Unicorn Store cast is rounded out well by Cusack and Whitford, while Athie is a wonderful match for Larson on screen in terms of charm.

Ultimately, Unicorn Store is far from a quintessential coming-of-age story, but it does offer enough of a new spin on the genre to be entertaining. Further, anyone who’s felt like they had to sacrifice creativity for success will find a relatable protagonist in Larson’s Kit. Unicorn Store isn’t likely to be one of Netflix’s breakout hits, but the low barrier of entry afforded to movies by being on one of the most popular streaming services will no doubt mean more people are willing to check it out. To be sure, Unicorn Store is worth seeing for those already interested, but its offbeat premise and heavy-handed presentation of a coming-of-age story mean it isn’t necessarily a must-watch Netflix movie.


Unicorn Store is now available for streaming on Netflix. It is 92 minutes long.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

2019-04-05 04:04:06

Molly Freeman

Thor’s Sister is Coming to Save Marvel’s Earth

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for War of The Realms #1

The Marvel Universe has exploded into their massive War of The Realms comic event… and Thor’s sister Angela just got drafted, with her Asgardians of the Galaxy team behind her.

We’ve got the exclusive preview of that recruitment, coming next week in Asgardians of the Galaxy #8. Up until the previous issue, Angela and the team had been hunting down Nebula to prevent her from unleashing a nightmare army of the army upon the universe. But when Heimdall comes calling with word of a cosmic war breaking out on Earth, Angela won’t have any time to rest up. That will suit her just fine. The rest of the Asgardians team? We’re… not so sure.

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Technically we’re assuming that Angela will agree to accompany Heimdall, and join the defense of Midgard. But if the all-seeing watchman of Asgard has seen all of the War of The Realms so far, as he claims, then he’s going to have some terrible news to break. And once Angela finds out that Malekith’s attack has already killed Loki and her father Odin, the Dark Elf’s forces won’t be able to flee her sword fast enough. We don’t know if Angela will actually be able to turn the tide of the battle, and keep Midgard from being the tenth, and final realm to fall to Malekith. But if it’s the last fight there will ever be, she’s sure not going to sit it out.

Take a look at the preview pages embedded below:

Heimdall’s discovery of the Naglfar Beacon shouldn’t be dismissed just yet, since an army of every dead god would sure help in the coming fight (like… a lot). The Avengers and heroes of Earth can be counted on to fight until the end, and even Marvel’s version of the Justice League will be slaying the forces of darkness to keep Midgard and its many refugees safe. Angela and her Asgardians of the Galaxy could help to tip the scales… but will it be enough?

The rest of the issue will hopefully shed some light on her coming mission, but until then, read on for the full synopsis and details below:

  • Published: April 10th, 2019
  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Art: Matteo Lolli
  • Cover: Gerardo Sandoval
  • WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! Bit by bit, the Dark Elf King Malekith has been taking over the Ten Realms. Now at last every realm has fallen save one: Midgard. The invasion has begun, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will need all the help they can get. The Asgardians of the Galaxy join the battle for the Tenth Realm!

Asgardians of the Galaxy #8 will be available on April 10th, from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-04 10:04:13

Andrew Dyce

Paramount’s 2020 Sizzle Reel Hypes Top Gun: Maverick, Coming to America 2 & More

Paramount hyped its 2020 film slate with a sizzle reel at CinemaCon. Also known as the Official Convention for The National Association of Theatre Owners, CinemaCon is an annual event where studios tease their biggest upcoming movies to a variety of industry professionals and members of the press. Studios typically unveil brand-new footage (including, in many cases, first-look clips) as part of their presentations, in combination with guest appearances by the directors, cast, and producers involved with their latest productions.

As part of their showing at this year’s CinemaCon, Paramount revealed first look footage for several of their upcoming 2019 movie releases; including, the Terminator sequel Terminator: Dark Fate, Ang Lee’s sci-fi assassin thriller Gemini Man (starring Will Smith), Alexandre Aja’s hurricane and alligators horror-thriller Crawl, and the live-action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog video game movie adaptation. The studio also unveiled fresh material for their live-action cartoon adaptation Dora and the Lost City of Gold, as well as this May’s musical Elton John biopic, Rocketman. And finally, to top it all off, Paramount wrapped their presentation up with a brief sneak peek at what’s to come next year.

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Paramount’s 2020 sizzle reel included little in the way of actual new footage, but did feature a teaser for Coming to America 2 with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, as well as a glimpse at Tom Cruise on his motorcycle and a jet landing from Top Gun: Maverick. Beyond that, the video listed several films slated to arrive net year, like the monster horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part 2, the Michael B. Jordan-led Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse, Antoine Fuqua’s sci-fi thriller Infinite (starring Chris Evans), the Dylan O’Brien-led adventure Monster Problems, a film adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog, an as-yet undisclosed G.I. Joe adventure, and even the animated sequel The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge.

Compared to other major Hollywood studios, Paramount has struggled to churn out big hits at the box office in recent years. Case in point: their Star Trek movies are currently on ice after Star Trek Beyond‘s under-performance in 2016, and the studio’s attempt to launch a shared Transformers universe with The Last Knight in 2017 didn’t exactly go to plan. They’re also in the process of rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films after 2016’s Out of the Shadows disappointed commercially, and are soft-rebooting the Terminator series with Dark Fate, after 2015’s Genisys failed to win over the moviegoing masses. As such, it’s little wonder they’ve fast-tracked a sequel to last year’s hit A Quiet Place and are revisiting 1980s hits like Coming to America and Top Gun, in the hope of striking gold again.

That said, films like Dora and Sonic the Hedgehog could easily give rise to lucrative new franchises, in the event that they succeed at the box office later this year. Similarly, if Dark Fate goes over well, the intent is to use it as the starting point for a whole-new Terminator trilogy. Something like Gemini Man also has the potential to become a runaway commercial success and maybe even get some love from the Academy for its visuals effects achievements. In short, depending on how things play out over the rest of the year, the outlook for Paramount could be a whole lot rosier (or the opposite) by the time 2020 actually rolls around.

MORE: Gemini Man CinemaCon Footage Description

2019-04-04 02:04:41

Sandy Schaefer

EVE Online Has Much More Triglavian Collective Content Coming

CCP Games is introducing several new Tech 2 Triglavian Collective vessels to EVE Online as the developer teases major story beats related to the mysterious new faction in 2019 and beyond. During the keynote presentation at EVEsterdam 2019, the first of many stops around the globe as part of the EVE Invasion Tour, the developer unveiled new EVE Online content and quality of life updates that directly target issues discussed and raised by the game’s community and community representatives (The Council of Stellar Management, or “CSM” as it’s referred to as).

Coming to EVE Online this spring, developer CCP Games is adding three new Tech 2 Triglavian starships to the game – the Nergal, Draugur, and Ikitursa – based off of already existing vessels in the game. Four Triglavian ships were previously unveiled at EVE Vegas 2018. Below are details on the three new ships based on the limited info CCP was willing to share.

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The Triglavian Collective are a new faction to EVE Online, announced at EVE Fanfest in April 2018, and introduced into the game a month later as part of the Into the Abyss expansion. They brought to the game not only new Precursor ships, technology, and weapons but also new environments as part of Abyssal Deadspace – the home for new, faster-paced PvE content that’s only going to grow in the future.

For players, Abyssal Deadspace and the Triglavians add another layer to the mysterious lore that’s increasingly becoming a more prominent part of EVE Online, and while many may not have noticed, this faction has been slowly seeded into the game’s backstory for years. The mystery behind them, and other factions like the Drifters, offer a pathway for years of potential content according the devs we spoke with at EVEsterdam who are excited for what’s to come on this front. And for the developers, Abyssal Deadspace lets them play with mechanics, environments, and scenarios that don’t otherwise occur in universe of New Eden.

  • A beefier version of the DAMAVIK precursor ship.
  • It has increased defense from being Tech II.
  • It has bonuses to raise the maximum charge amount for Entropic Disintegrators.
  • It will be able to use Assault Damage Controls.
  • Is based of the Kikimora.
  • Less range than the Kikimora but can use Command Bursts and Micro Jump Field Generators.
  • Designed to be tighter, more vicious, and intense.
  • Is based off the Vedmak.
  • Similar to the Nergal assault frigate.
  • Increased defense from being Tech 2.
  • It has bonuses to raise the maximum charge amount of Entropic Disintegrators.
  • Will be able to use Assault Damage Controls
  • Feels like the Cerberus / Caracal in its design.

In addition to the three ships, as part of the in-game EVE Online story the Triglavian Collective communicated with people of New Eden for the first time, demanding humanity comply with the flow. Speculation has been running rampant for a while and the devs are loving the discussion. Also teased was another mutaplasmid, one that could be health/repair related.

How Big of A Role Will The Triglavians Play in EVE Online’s Future?

Joshua “CCP Fozzie” Bayer, Senior Game Designer for EVE Online explained that of course the Triglavians have “very big role” to play long-term.

“The Triglavians are a major force in New Eden now and that’s only going to grow over time. The details of how that’s going to happen we’re not quite ready to reveal yet although a lot of players are already speculating about that and we’re REALLY excited to watch that speculation. It was great to watch the first players encounter the new location in Abyssal Deadspace that was shown in that Scope. Some players thought it was a bug, some players just got confused because we released it off our normal cadence of release so there’d be a surprise for people.”

Bergur “CCP Burger” Finnbogason, Creative Director for EVE Online, smirked silently when I asked about how important to the long-term the Triglavians and Drifters are, and if there’s still a possibility for another faction down the road. “Well, you saw the Discourse video, you saw Scope, during the keynote. You can maybe put two and two together,” Finnbogason teased while impersonating a maniacal laugh.

The lore being teased and the mystery behind the Drifters and Triglavians are supremely interesting. These two factions alone offers years of potential storytelling but does that hinder the chances of CCP adding other, totally different factions as well? We ask since every time something entirely new gets added to EVE Online we see CCP’s creativity in the designs of new aesthetics, new technologies that come with all-new factions, something some players tell us they want to see continued. CCP Burger:

“It’s a beautiful dance introducing new things versus iterating on existing things versus pulling back and not doing anything – Not not doing anything but more like allowing things to brew and carve out their own place in space. This is something we’ve learned through trial and error, on what point do you seed stories, at what point do you tell people about what we’re doing, at what point do you not say anything and allow the world to kind of brew, at one point do you allow the tinfoil machine to take you to incredible places. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Caroline Star story when the Drifters came into null space. When we were developing that story we were actually listening to the forums and Reddit and Twitch streams, YouTubers, and bloggers. We were reading everything that came in and the fantastic thing is that when we write stories we have a general idea of where we’re going and we know the end goal but how we’re actually going there we let the community inspire us. It’s so fantastic when you open up to this and you get all this input and you can start to lean on a couple of stories and then you kind of move over to another story and you can press something down and elevate other things. It’s a really fantastic way of developing stories and storytelling to have this interactive moment with the community.

I mean, it’s super scary and it’s really difficult [Laughs] and it’s very painful – we have a lot of arguments or a lot of debate – but at the same time it creates such depth and it echoes the amazingness of EVE Online. It’s a lot of humans with human emotions doing human things in a sci-fi setting and why shouldn’t this story in part also follow that form? So it’s the irrationality of human beings and you’re like [whispers] “I could have never thought of this” so there’s a lot of back and forth and sometimes we go completely utilitarian and it’s like “no, our truth is the only truth!” and sometimes we scale back and listen and allow ourselves to be inspired by the community and be baffled by the community. Shoutout to the Discourse guys – that stuff is amazing!

CCP Fozzie adds:

“Yes, I think it’s both true that these factions leave a ton of room for growth and we build our storylines so that It can be evolved over time. Storyline writing in an MMO is a pretty uniquely collaborative effort because often you’re writing story threads that you know may be picked up by someone five years from now, and it might be a different person. We have a lot of secret notes about all of this but that leaves still a lot of room for interpretation for us to evolve in the future. Sometimes we take ideas from players where they would speculate “oh this would be great if this was this, and this was that,” and we make it happen! You’re trying to create something that has enough structure for a really cohesive storyline but also enough freedom to evolve, and the Drifters and the Triglavians are both big parts of that. They’re both story threads that we can use forever, basically, in the same way as the original EVE lore of the Jove, the Sleepers were pulled in. Even in 2003 we had writing about the Sleepers but when the wormhole space was introduced that became a much bigger deal than it had been before.”

Paul “CCP Falcon” Elsy, Senior Community Manager at CCP Games, explains that this lore has been in the works for quite some time:

“This is a storyline that’s been building for a few years now behind-the-scenes. Some of the assets put in the game go back to 2013-14 so it’s been building for a long time, with the appearance of Jovian outposts, that kind of stuff. And obviously, the opening of Abyssal Deadspace. It’s something that’s building and I think it’s going to continue for quite a few more years. There is a lot of content we have and are planning so it’s going to be pretty interesting. I just have to be careful to not spill the beans on any of it!”

CCP Falcon continued, reiterating that we should “never say never” about additional new factions in the future. “It’s interesting to see how these two NPC factions interact as well. There’s a lot of boogeyman in EVE now. There’s the drifters, Sansha’s Nation, and there’s the Triglavians now too.”

More: How CCP Games Plans For EVE Online’s Long-Term Future With New Tech

Source: CCP Games

2019-03-28 05:03:48

Rob Keyes

North America’s First Garfield-Themed Restaurant Coming to Toronto

The image of Garfield has graced every kind of merchandise imaginable, but he’s now become the face of an entire dining experience, as a Garfield-themed restaurant is coming to Toronto, Canada. This will make it the first of its kind in North America.

GarfieldEats is a mobile restaurant with a focus on delivery that’s currently operating in Dubai, where the intention is for the service to be as green as possible, with food being served in re-purposable containers and delivered on environmentally friendly electric scooters. The creators of GarfieldEats follow the concept of “Entergagement”, which manifests in the customer being able to engage with Garfield in various ways when ordering their food, such as being able to play games based on the character or watching clips from the Garfield and Friends cartoon series.

Related: What Garfield Would Look Like As A Pokemon (Including Evolutions)

A GarfieldEats mobile restaurant will soon be available in Dovercourt, Toronto. According to blogTO, the physical restaurant won’t have a cashier, as the customer will be expected to make their order using mobile phones that are attached to the walls. It’ll also be possible to order food using the GarfieldEats phone app and have it delivered. The service has the endorsement of Garfield creator Jim Davis, who recorded a video for the GarfieldEats website discussing the history of the character and promoting the service.

The menu for GarfieldEats includes cookies and pizza in the shape of Garfield’s head, several different kinds of lasagna, and skinny fries. There are also several different kinds of Garfield-inspired coffees and milkshakes, although they missed a trick by not including one based on Jon’s infamous trip to the vet where he accidentally drank something that wasn’t coffee.

Garfield isn’t the only fictional character to be the subject of his own dining experience, as there’s a business model known as “pop-up dining” that involves theme restaurants that can be easily assembled and are moved from city to city or are used for specific events. The 25th anniversary of Demolition Man was celebrated with a high-end pop-up dining experience at San Diego Comic-Con involving Taco Bell, which was featured prominently in the film. There are also cinemas that use a similar model as a promotion for certain films, such as the release of Captain Marvel prompting theaters in America to release menus based on the movie during showings of the film, as well as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema using a menu inspired by the previews of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which involved food based on the planet Scarif.

The creators of GarfieldEats want to extend the reach of the service and open more locations over the next six years. The Toronto location will be a proving ground to see if people love Garfield enough to eat food that shares the general shape of his head. The Garfield franchise is one of the most recognizable properties in the world and there are likely a lot of people who’ll be attracted to the environmentally-conscious philosophy of the GarfieldEats service, so it’s possible that Garfield might become the global face of the mobile restaurant experience.

More: Garfield Animated Movie In Development

Source: blogTOGarfieldEats

2019-03-20 08:03:58

Scott Baird

Netflix Orders Coming-of-Age Comedy About Mindy Kaling’s Teenage Life

Netflix has ordered a coming-of-age comedy about Mindy Kaling’s life. Kaling made her first big screen appearance in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which also coincided with her first appearance on TV as Kelly in the US version of The Office. Her career as a comedic actor has grown immensely since that time, and to date she’s been nominated for six Emmys.

Earlier this year, industry insiders revealed that Netflix may spend $15 billion on content in 2019. The streaming giant has already made it clear that it intends to build up the amount of original content they currently offer subscribers, and a significant part of organizing that programming is a focus on diverse projects, stories, characters and talents. Often crediting her upbringing as the child of immigrants for providing her writing with a dual perspective, Kaling has made considerable efforts throughout the years at showcasing many of the qualities that a streaming platform like Netflix is looking to support.

Related: Mindy Kaling Thinks The Office’s Kelly Might’ve Eventually Murdered Ryan

With that in mind, as well as the obvious degree of success that Kaling has found in a rather short period of time, it’s hardly surprising that Netflix would make the move to do business with her. TV Line has reported that Kaling has just joined forces with Netflix to bring a 10-episode, comedic coming-of-age story based on her own upbringing to life. Written and executive produced by Kaling, the yet-to-be-named series will mark the comedian’s first official project with Netflix.

Coming of age stories aren’t always the easiest to pull off, particularly comedic ones. For her part, however, Kaling has some solid experience with explaining the comedic intricacies of her life, having already written two New York Times best selling memoirs. And while her new Netflix series has yet to reveal any substantial casting information, the day-to-day life of a teenage Indian girl and her immigrant family is certainly familiar territory for Kaling. In addition to this, Kaling’s work as a writer on her series The Mindy Project has provided her with the much needed experience and insight that are required of a successful TV production. Taken as a whole, Kaling seems more than ready and capable to pull off a suitably entertaining Netflix series.

With all that being said, this is still the often-fickle world of entertainment, and it isn’t rare to see programs that should succeed, fail. Kaling definitely appears to have the deck stacked in her favor, as she approaches this project with the sort of qualifications and experience that should help her series become more than just a standard coming-of-age tale. But with the scale of Netflix’s original programming seemingly growing every day, and with more streaming platforms preparing to launch on a regular basis, Kaling’s new series will have to truly stand out to thrive. Fortunately for her, that’s entirely possible.

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Source: TV Line

2019-03-20 06:03:22

Mike Jones

Classic Dune Board Game Coming Back After Being Out of Print

Ahead of the upcoming Dune movie, the classic Dune board game is being re-released after decades out of print. The game originally launched in 1979, releasing five years before David Lynch’s cult classic movie adaptation enthralled audiences.

The team behind 1977’s Cosmic Encounter (Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge and Peter Olotka) were also the designers for the Dune board game.  These individuals were responsible for the creation of a game that very much reflected the underground nature of the Dune fanbase that was present ever sense the movie achieved cult status. Despite the game’s popularity, it eventually disappeared from popular culture in the 1980s alongside Lynch’s movie, as he went on to greener pastures in Hollywood. The game’s disappearance from the public led to it becoming somewhat of a hidden gem among collectors, who’d try to get their hands on any copy they could.

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Kotaku reported on the news of plans to release an an updated version of the old classic Dune board game, which was announced at GAMA, a large trade show for board games. This re-release will provide fans with their first opportunity to own the game in over three decades.

According to Tabletop Gaming, the team behind the new Dune board game is Gale Force Nine. Those familiar with the Firefly Adventure, Star Trek Ascendancy, and Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem games will be delighted to know that this same team with be at the helm for this long-awaited re-release. What’s potentially even more exciting for those who are ingrained in the universe that Dune created, is that this team announced that even more tabletop games will be coming down the pipeline that are set in that world.

With a new Dune movie being released in 2020 set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) and starring the ever popular Jason Momoa of Aquaman fame, now was likely as good a time as any to bring back the old Dune board game. The original co-designer of the game Peter Olotka confirmed in a tweet the return of the game as “better than ever“. However, further details on the re-release have yet to be revealed. No official release date for the updated version has been provided as of this moment, but one would hope that like in 1984 with the update of the original board game that coincided with the first movie, this new game can be released in time with the theatrical arrival of the 2020 remake.

More: Dune Movie Reboot Is Being Scored By Hans Zimmer

Source: Kotaku, Tabletop Gaming

2019-03-20 05:03:43

Daniel Owen

Turok Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch

Turok makes his Nintendo homecoming when Turok: Dinosaur Hunter arrives to Switch later month, with Turok 2: Seeds of Evil to follow later. The games originally released on Nintendo 64, with the former earning acclaim from critics and fans. In the first title, players must protect Earth and the prehistoric Lost Land from the villainous Campaigner, who seeks to assemble a powerful relic and dominate the universe.

For those unfamiliar, the Turok series is adapted from the comic book of the same name. It stars the titular character, a Native American warrior who hunts dinosaurs and combats evil forces. First appearing in print in the 1950s, the property gained newfound popularity when Valiant Comics revamped the series in the early 90s. That led to Acclaim Entertainment publishing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter in 1997. It became a huge hit thanks to its exceptional first-person gameplay and movement for its time. Turok went on to become one of the Nintendo 64’s all-time best-selling games. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil released in 1998, and several other sequels followed in subsequent console generations. The most recent entry was 2008’s Turok for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Related: 16 Classic Nintendo 64 Games You’ve Played… But Can’t Remember The Name Of reports that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter will appear on the eShop on March 18. Turok 2 should arrive at an unspecified later date. Unsurprisingly, the Switch ports will be the remastered versions developed by Nightdive Studios for PC in 2015 and consoles in 2018. That would be the same studio currently working on the much-anticipated System Shock remake/reboot.

The remastered Turok games sport graphical, lighting, and audio improvements. Nightdive also went ahead and polished up the gameplay and level design. Nintendo’s website currently lists Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for $19.99, which is the same as its price on other platforms. Whether or not players can eventually purchase both games together in a cheaper bundle (as you can for $29.99 on Xbox, for example) remains unknown.

They may not hold up as well as they once did, but having the old Turok games should be a neat nostalgia trip for fans. That $20 price point remains a bit steep, but these additions to the Switch will look nice next to the other remasters heading our way either this year or in the future. All that’s left is to keep waiting on the thing that some people hope these continued re-releases have been heralding: the reveal of a brand new Turok game for the current generation of hardware.


2019-03-05 05:03:14

Marcus Stewart

Child’s Play Movie Reboot Trailer Reportedly Coming Next Week

The first trailer for MGM and Orion Pictures’ upcoming Child’s Play reboot could potentially debut next week. The film is set to arrive in theaters this summer, and while two teaser posters have been released to build excitement, fans have been waiting for a glimpse at the new film, as this will be Chucky’s first appearance on the big screen since 2004’s Seed of Chucky. Despite the reboot, original franchise creator Don Mancini is still continuing his vision of the pint-sized killer doll on cable television – separate from the movie.

Originally introduced in 1988, the Child’s Play franchise has been through several ups and downs, with the lowest point being Seed of Chucky, which left the series untouched for nearly a decade. Chucky himself has evolved over the years and is recognized as one of the greatest slashers among horror icons. The killer Chucky doll has been a huge staple in the horror genre for over 30 years, and for a long time he was one of the only icons not to fall victim to the reboot/remake treatment. Shortly after Mancini announced he was moving forward with a TV show, MGM began developing their own spin on the original concept. Similar to the 1988 classic, the upcoming reboot will follow a mother who gives her son a toy doll as a birthday gift, unaware of the doll’s sinister nature. For those who have been anticipating a first look at the film, the wait could be coming to an end next week.

Related: Child’s Play Movie Reboot: First Look at the New Chucky

According to TrailerTrack, the first trailer for MGM and Orion Pictures’ Child’s Play reboot could debut next week. As reported by TrailerTrack, the trailer was sent to theaters alongside upcoming horror movie The Prodigy, which starts playing Thursday evening Feb. 7, and will screen before the movie. As such, the trailer may debut online sometime before being screened in theaters.

Fans of the killer doll’s reign of terror have been split on the upcoming project, so this upcoming preview could make or break the movie for some viewers. Many feel the reboot is unnecessary, while others are patiently waiting to see Chucky return to the big screen even if it’s not canon to the original franchise.

Even though Chucky is returning to the big screen, Brad Dourif will not be tagging along, as he will continue to participate in Mancini’s continuity. Dourif has voiced the foul-mouthed slasher in every Child’s Play film since its inception, so this will be the first movie in the franchise without his participation. Wanting to separate itself from the original concept, this new take will feature a technologically advanced Chucky doll wreaking havoc. Adding to that, several fans were concerned that the doll’s name would be changed, but the name will remain Chucky.

Despite the split reception to the reboot, MGM holds the rights to the original Child’s Play, so they can move forward regardless of Mancini’s vision carrying on or not. Fans who want nothing to do with the upcoming film can still look forward to the TV series, which will air on Syfy. However, those who can’t wait for two versions of Chucky can look forward to both and rejoice when the Child’s Play trailer arrives next week.

More: Screen Rant’s 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

Source: TrailerTrack

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