Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Finishing Moves Explained | ScreenRant

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s finishing moves won’t just be cosmetic, according to Bungie general manager Mark Noseworthy and franchise director Luke Smith. Bungie first demonstrated the finishing move system during the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep reveal, which demonstrated Guardians gaining the ability to smash targets into the ground with their fists or to rip them apart with knives to launch them off into the distance.

Since then, more news about Destiny 2: Shadowkeep has steadily trickled out, but Bungie has remained tight-lipped about how finishing moves will slot into the upcoming expansion. The new era of Destiny 2 will begin with a restricted, free-to-play version of the game called Destiny 2: New Light, which will grant players access to a limited amount of content to re-acquaint them with the franchise now that it is free from the looming shadow of Activision. Shadowkeep will also be the first major content release for Destiny 2 since Bungie split from Activision in a famous severance that many believed would never happen, with the developer now holding sole publishing rights to the franchise and its future games as well.

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While many expected Destiny 3 to emerge out of the split, however, Bungie has doubled down on making Destiny 2 into the game that many believed it could be when it launched just under two years ago. In an interview with PolygonDestiny 2 team members Noseworthy and Smith finally opened up a little more on Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s finishing moves, which won’t just be for show after all – they’ll provide tangible benefits to team members instead. According to the interview, players will be able to add mods to their armor that enhance finishing moves – which briefly render players vulnerable to attack and expend an unknown amount of Super energy – Guardians can create unique effects tailored to their upgrades. Smith’s example was generating ammunition for a Fireteam after each finishing move. Smith also explained how Shadowkeep finishing moves worked:

“When enemies get below a certain health threshold, they’re going to have an indicator that means they can be finished.”

According to Noseworthy, the team considers finishing moves closer to combat-specific emotes than truly meaningful gameplay mechanics, but the fact that they offer real boons to party members will at least mean players don’t get chewed out by squadmates for attempting them. There will be multiple different finishers each player has access to, and Bungie plans to make sure that eventually they’re able to equip multiple different finishers at once, with the execution of them randomized. That feature won’t be present during Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s launch, however.

Though the system is still very much in development, it feels like exactly the sort of infusion of fun that will benefit Destiny 2 as it barrels towards the most important expansion date in the game’s brief life cycle on September 17. Bungie prioritizing entertaining but beneficial ways for Guardians to express themselves is exactly the sort of content that Destiny 2 has lacked under Activision’s guidance, and it bodes well for the game’s future iterations, too. While questions remain about how long Bungie plans to support Destiny 2 past Shadowkeep before attempting to build a new Destiny from scratch on its own, for now, players who checked out from the game will likely want to give it another look come this fall.

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Source: Polygon

2019-07-12 02:07:23

Cody Gravelle

Spider-Man: Far From Home Release Date Moves Up 3 Days

Spider-Man: Far From Home is arriving three days earlier than previously scheduled. A sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home will also serve as the first movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, there’s a lot of secrecy surrounding the film and where, exactly, it takes place in the larger MCU timeline relative to this month’s Phase 3 conclusion, Avengers: Endgame. While it’s generally assumed to take place after, Marvel Studios is keeping its cards close to its chest for the time being.

In the meantime, Sony has been doing its part to promote the film ahead of its release this summer. The Far From Home trailers have included a special appearance by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, but otherwise focused on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he tries to enjoy a relaxing summer trip to Europe with his friends… only for Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and several elemental monsters to show up out of the blue, wreaking havoc. As it turns out, Peter will be going on “vacation” a little earlier than originally expected.

Related: Marvel Will Announce Phase 4 Plans After Far From Home Hits Theaters

Sony has announced that Far From Home will now hit theaters on Tuesday, July 2, rather than Friday July 5. That gives the MCU adventure a head start on this year’s Fourth of July holiday frame, where it’s expected to (easily) beat the competition and take the number one spot at the global box office.

While Far From Home was already all but guaranteed to become a hit, its new release date should only benefit the film’s commercial prospects. Audience attendance traditionally goes up in the summer in general, with the Fourth of July frame being an especially lucrative time of the season. As such, Far From Home has an even better shot now at topping Homecoming‘s $117 million 3-day opening take in the U.S. from two years ago. It’s still a bit of a long shot to surpass Spider-Man 3‘s $151 million domestic opening from 2007, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility, either. Assuming the word of mouth is positive (and with Homecoming director Jon Watts back at the helm, it should be), Far From Home will undoubtedly fly high financially, however it fares in comparison to the rest of the franchise.

Still, it will be interesting to see if Far From Home gets a boost, post-Endgame. Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered over the Fourth of July holiday in 2018, and it definitely benefitted commercially from being released right after Avengers: Infinity War. MCU fans may not be quite as devastated after Endgame as they were when Thanos wiped out half of all life, but they should nevertheless be in the mood for something a little more light-hearted (a la what Far From Home is promising) by that point. And what better way to let off steam than hanging out with Peter and his friends as they romp around Europe (or, in Peter’s case, save the day… again)?

NEXT: Every Phase 4 Movie in Development

Source: Sony

2019-04-17 11:04:11

Sandy Schaefer

Suicide Squad 2: Smallville Star Also Wants to Join James Gunn’s Sequel

Now that Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad 2 has a surprising new writer in James Gunn, another one of his MCU stars, Michael Rosenbaum, wants to join him. Dave Bautista expressed interest in joining Suicide Squad 2 after Gunn came aboard to write and possibly direct, which isn’t too surprising since Bautista vehemently defended Gunn on social media after he was unceremoniously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whether or not more Marvel stars will throw their hat in the ring to join him remains to be seen, but considering how beloved the filmmaker is, it wouldn’t be so surprising.

After writing and directing both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for Marvel, Gunn was slated to return for Guardians 3, but he was fired in July, after offensive tweets from a decade ago resurfaced online. Despite a number of people quickly jumping to his defense, Disney stood by their removal of Gunn, with the director’s longtime collaborator, Michael Rooker, even quitting Twitter after the firing. Disney hasn’t announced a replacement to take over Guardians 3 yet, but it seems several of the director’s stars are ready to jump ship and be a part of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Related: Here’s What Happened To WB’s Original Suicide Squad 2 Plans

Rosenbaum took to Twitter last night to express his interest in signing on for Suicide Squad 2, stating, “Sign me up too.” The actor, who played Martinex in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was responding to a tweet by Bautista, who was the first to say he wanted to join Gunn’s movie. Bautista was also among the first to come to Gunn’s defense after his firing in July, and he even threatened to quit Guardians 3 in August, if Marvel didn’t at least use Gunn’s already-completed script for the film.

Sean Gunn, James’ brother, who plays Kraglin in the Guardians movies, confirmed in September that Marvel will use James Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, but his directorial replacement remains to be seen. There was hope, at one point, that the director and studio may be able to resolve their differences and bring Gunn back into the fold, but Disney CEO Bob Iger stood behind the firing in a statement he released in late September. There had even been talk before Gunn came aboard for Suicide Squad 2 that Warner Bros. was interested in Gunn, continuing what is becoming a bit of a tradition, with Warner Bros. snatching up talent from Marvel.

The DCEU’s biggest hit, Wonder Woman, was directed by Patty Jenkins, who was once set to direct Thor: The Dark World. Warner Bros. brought Joss Whedon over from the MCU to rewrite parts of the script and direct reshoots for Justice League, stepping in for Zack Snyder. And now, WB has poached Gunn. While the first Suicide Squad wasn’t well-received by many critics, this new project is said to be a much different take than David Ayer’s original. Whether or not Gunn can turn this franchise around remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if Gunn will try to bring over MCU actors like Bautista and Rosenbaum once the project moves further in development.

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2018-10-10 07:10:00 – Brian Gallagher

The Disney-Fox Deal Will Close January 2019

The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox’s major merger is coming together faster than anticipated and will now officially be completed on January 1, 2019. Fox has plenty of success over the years through a variety of media outlets, but determined they could not properly compete in the movie and TV space. They looked to sell these branches of the company and quickly found Disney to be their preferred buyer. Comcast attempted to pull the deal out from under Disney’s reaches, but simply made them pay them pay $71 billion for Fox’s assets instead of the initial $54 billion bid.

There has been plenty of resistance to the deal because of the monopoly Disney continues to grow and the job losses that will come from it. From Disney’s perspective, they view the Fox acquisition as a great way to enhance their library of content prior to launching their own streaming service late next year. Throughout the process, it was anticipated that summer 2019 would be when the deal would close, but it’ll actually be much sooner.

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Variety shared the news that 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice told Fox employees the merger will be “ready to close” on January 1, 2019. This effectively means that 2018 will be the final year for this current look of Fox and moves up the timeline for the merger as a result.

Disney and Fox shareholders officially approved the terms of the merger back in July, less than a month after the Department of Justice approved the deal on their own. The studios have since been seeking approval in various countries around the world, while also figuring out the new hierarchy of Disney in a post-merger landscape. For Rice’s part, he’s joining Disney as a top TV executive. Disney recently made several of these types of moves official, while other executives have already found jobs elsewhere for when the merger closes.

The accelerated timetable of the deal comes after reports that a late 2018 finalization could be possible. They will miss this mark by a day it appears, as both studios now hope to become one at the turn of the calendar year. This is all barring some unforeseen mishap with the deal, but considering how well the deal has gone so far, it is difficult to imagine anything coming up now that would hinder them from completing the deal on Jan 1. After all, Rice told this to all of Fox’s current employees in a town-hall setting at their Los Angeles studio, so they must be confident that this date will stick. How quickly changes, such as cancellation of some projects or Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men, are made from then on remain to be seen. But, we do at least now know when the merger will be completed.

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Source: Variety

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2018-10-10 01:10:31 – Cooper Hood

Dave Bautista Wants to Star in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2

In a not-so-surprising turn of events, Dave Bautista is interested in starring in James Gunn’s version of Suicide Squad 2. Earlier this summer, it was announced that Gunn had been hired as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. At the time, the decision had come down from the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, but it has since been agreed to by the rest of the leadership at the Mouse House, including the heads of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company.

It was a decision that struck a chord with Gunn’s fan base as well as many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, it particularly hit the cast and crew of the Guardians series pretty hard. In an open letter, the core member of the Guardians cast expressed their support for Gunn, though that statement stopped short of calling for his reinstatement as director. However, the one person who has championed Gunn’s cause at Marvel is Drax actor Dave Bautista, who recently indicated that he might not return to the MCU after Avengers 4. Interestingly, though, it seems there’s another comic book movie Bautista can do with Gunn.

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Today, WB announced that James Gunn had been hired to write the script for Suicide Squad 2 with the possibility of directing it. And now, it seems that Bautista – who, again, has been a staunch supporter of Gunn’s – is interested in joining the movie, saying on Twitter, “Where do I sign up!” Given that this movie will reportedly be a new take on the team, though most likely with the same cast, it’s possible that Gunn could bring in Bautista for any number of roles. After all, Task Force X isn’t called the Suicide Squad for no reason; their roster tends to change… often.

However, it will be quite a while before the casting process for Suicide Squad 2 gets underway. Gunn was only recently hired to write the new script, and judging by recent reports, it’s apparent that the story will be different than the version that Gavin O’Connor, Todd Stashwick, and David Bar Katz had come up with. But because Gunn appears to be starting from scratch – or, at least, close to it – it may take some time before Suicide Squad 2 even starts filming. It will be a long process from here on out, especially since the new leadership at DC Films has been keen on getting their stories and scripts down before even thinking about anything else.

For now, MCU fans can look forward to seeing Bautista reprise his role as Drax (possibly for the last time?) in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers 4 in 2019. Then, it’s certainly possible he can hop over to the DC movie universe in the future, whenever Suicide Squad 2 finally moves out of the development stage and into production.

Next: James Gunn Is Better Suited For Suicide Squad Than Guardians of the Galaxy

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2018-10-09 02:10:21 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Hellboy NYCC Trailer Description: The Last & Only Hope

One of the most exciting events at New York Comic-Con this year was the Hellboy panel, in which star David Harbour (Stranger Things), his co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Sasha Lane (American Honey), and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola presented fans with the first trailer for the upcoming movie reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers), the movie pits Hellboy against Nimue, the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), an ancient sorceress who is hell-bent on revenge and the destruction of mankind.

Hellboy faces the challenge of winning over audiences after two well-liked Hellboy moves from director Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman in the title role, but fans seem to be open to this new take and excited to see what Harbour can bring to the role. During the panel, the actor described Marshall’s Hellboy as “a monster movie right out of Frankenstein, updated for 2018.” It will have more of a monster movie tone that emphasizes the horror elements, in contrast to the fantasy tone of del Toro’s movies. We’ve pieced together descriptions of the trailer from several sources to give those who weren’t able to attend an idea of what to expect when Hellboy arrives in theaters next year.

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The trailer opened with a scene in which Hellboy arriving at a crime scene, with cops surrounding a building. When Hellboy exits his vehicle a panicking SWAT officer shoots at him and Hellboy, annoyed, yells “I’m on your side!” The officer apologizes, replying, “My bad.” From there, the footage launched into a collection of brief clips set to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”

  • A series of clips introduce the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), which Ian McShane’s Professor Bruttenholm describes as, “The line in the sand, we fight against the forces of darkness.”
  • The BPRD arrive at their secret headquarters in England, whose front is a quaint little shop. Hellboy is skeptical, and Kim’s Ben Daimio asks him if he expected it to be labelled “Secret Headquarters.” When they go in, the old lady behind the counter asks Hellboy for ID and he asks, “Are you serious?”
  • Hellboy is asked if his Hand of Doom can do anything special. He replies, “It smashes things real good,” and then offers a demonstration.
  • Ben Daimio isn’t too happy when he first meets Hellboy, saying, “I thought we were fighting monsters, not working with them.” Hellboy retorts, “Who you calling monster, pal? You look in the mirror recently, Scarface?” In another clip, Hellboy calls Ben an “asshole.” It seems like there’ll be a fair bit of friction between these two.
  • Hellboy wonders aloud if he’s nothing more than a weapon, and Professor Bruttenholm tells him that he wants him to be the best version of himself that he can be.
  • Professor Bruttenholm gives Hellboy his gun, the Good Samaritan. Hellboy cocks the gun and comments, “Some parents get their kids LEGOS.”
  • Hellboy and Alice (Lane) are seen fighting side-by-side in a setting that resembles a factory, with Bruttenhol saying in voiceover, “You are our last and only hope.”
  • Hellboy interrupts a ritual being held by the Blood Queen, sardonically asking her, “Did I interrupt?” She replies, “No, you’re right on time.”
  • There’s plenty of action, including one particularly bloody clip of someone getting shot in the head and gore splattering towards the camera, emphasizing that this will be an R-rated affair.
  • The trailer ends with an impressive shot of Hellboy in his full demonic glory, rising from a pit with his flaming sword and crown. The crowd went crazy when they saw this.

You can expect to see an emphasis on practical effects over CGI in the movie, with Harbour even throwing a little shade at Thanos when comparing his character with the big purple villain of Avengers: Infinity War. Harbour quickly amended that by saying that he thinks Infinity War is “a great movie,” but went on to say, “I do lament that [Hollywood] uses a lot of CGI right now, and I love the practical stuff.”

Unfortunately the trailer was not released online, so it may be a while before everyone else gets a look at Harbour’s version of the character in action. However, the positive response from fans in attendance definitely has us excited for this one, so hopefully Lionsgate won’t keep us waiting for a trailer much longer.

More: Hellboy 2019: Every Update You Need To Know

Source:, IGN, Deadline, Gizmodo

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2018-10-06 05:10:55 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Director Mustafa Karadeniz moves cinephiles to tears with his life story

Telling the life story of its director, Mustafa Karadeniz, the film “Çınar” (“Planetree”) opened for cinema lovers yesterday as part of the 55th International Antalya Film Festival’s competition category….Click To Continue

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The Hate U Give Release Date Moves Forward Two Weeks

Fox has moved up the release date for The Hate U Give by two weeks, with the film now set to premiere on October 5 as a limited release and will expand the following week, then receive a wide release on October 19.

The Hate U Give film is an adaptation of the same-named book by Angie Thomas. The story focuses on Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a young black girl who lives in a mostly poor neighborhood, but goes to a rich, mostly white, school. Everything changes for Starr when she witnesses the fatal shooting of a friend at the hands of a white police officer. Starr faces pressure from her two worlds to stand up and speak out for what’s right, but it could mean she risks her own life in the process.

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Deadline reports that the initial release date for The Hate U Give was moved up by two weeks for an earlier limited release on October 5 before going wide on October 19. This decision could have something to do with the movie’s previous release date putting it in direct competition with Andy Serkis’ Mowgli as well as the new Halloween movie. Although The Hate U Give will now premiere on October 5, that release is limited, and the original full release date remains the same.

The Hate U Give also stars Riverdale’s K.J. Apa, a role he took on after Fox fired Kian Lawley. Regina Hall will portray Starr’s mother, Lisa Carter, with Russell Hornsby as her father, Maverick Carter. The cast also includes Lamar Johnson, Algee Smith, Issa Rae and Anthony Mackie.

Considering the current political climate, The Hate U Give releases at a perfect time. The actress behind Starr, though, has already faced her share of racism in Hollywood. After Stenberg was cast as Rue in The Hunger Games, the Internet exploded with controversy, with fans of the novels wondering why the character was black in the film. The outrage was bizarre considering that the character’s description in the books states that she has “dark brown skin and eyes.” Since then, though, other non-white actresses have suffered from similar controversies to the point that they decided to leave social media.

The Hate U Give novel received the 2018 William C. Morris Award for best debut book for teens, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award for the best novel by an African American author for children. It is also a relevant and current story that moviegoers should not miss. The release date move is a smart one that should give the film more attention during a time when so many other blockbuster movies are starting to come out.

More: The Hate U Give Trailer: Amandla Stenberg Finds Her Voice

Source: Deadline

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2018-09-11 08:09:19 – Robin Burks

Aquaman Movie’s Release Date Moves Up a Week in Several Countries

Aquaman will now release a week earlier in several countries. Directed by James Wan, it reunites fans with Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry after the events of Justice League. Dubbed the origin story of the DC superhero, the film follows the titular character back to Atlantis as he proves himself worthy to be the king of the underwater civilization. Warner Bros. has been slowly revving up the marketing machine for the film, with the release of its highly anticipated first trailer during last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Movie buffs have been talking about the film’s crowded December 21 release date, with four major releases coming out: AquamanTransformers prequel spinoff Bumblebee; the John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell comedy Holmes & Watson, and Alita: Battle Angel. For months, people have been discussing which film studio should give in and roll out their movie at a different time, but it appeared that everyone was willing to battle it out, until now. It turns out, Warner Bros. has quietly shifted the release date of their upcoming superhero film, at least outside the U.S.

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Reddit user awhite14 shared that in Australia, Aquaman is now scheduled to hit theaters December 13. Soon after, other fans chimed in on the conversation and said that the same thing happened in the U.K., as was previously reported. Yet another claimed that Warner Bros. also moved the release date in Thailand and Russia, a suggestion backed up by other online sources, such as IMDB.

It’s unclear if there are any plans to change the release date domestically as well, but if anything, previous reports claimed that Warner Bros. is aware of the stiff competition that Aquaman will face if it sticks with its current release date stateside. Some suggested that it would be better to move it to November, considering that the DCEU had Justice League release the same month last year (although the box office results weren’t ideal), and Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to hit theaters November 2019. While this would help the franchise plant a release date flag on said month, Warner Bros. likely wouldn’t want to risk the possibility that their two biggest releases of the year – Aquaman and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – have to vie for people’s attention.

If there are any plans to shift Aquaman‘s release date in the U.S., the best plan of action is probably to move it up two weeks from December 21 to December 7. That way, the film would have a solid week to itself to dominate the box office, before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives. It may not be ideal, given that Warner Bros. would want the film to be the talk of the town for at least a couple of weeks, but at this point, it’s probably the best case scenario.

More: Aquaman Early Screening Reactions Compare It To A Phase 1 MCU Film

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