Why There’s So Many #NationalVideoGamesDays | Screen Rant

It’s National Video Games Day today, according to Twitter, and it’s time to celebrate one of the world’s most lucrative and popular pastimes. That is, of course, especially important if fans missed National Video Game Day, which is an entirely different “holiday” that takes place on July 8.

Yes, there are multiple National Video Games Days, and no one is 100 percent sure why. Twitter is pretty infamous for generating a number of fake holidays that really don’t have much of a reason behind them beyond the fact that somebody really likes something – just take a look at such luminary holidays as World Beard Day, which takes place September 3, or International Podcast Day, which is coming up September 30. Still, video games are a pretty big deal, and they’ve been a part of some huge historical moments – so why can’t people agree on when the holiday meant to celebrate them is?

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The answer is pretty complicated, but ultimately, just like most fun things on social media, its origins are pretty unclear. Here is, to the best of Screen Rant’s knowledge, an explanation of what they are and why there are multiple National Video Games Days – and why that doesn’t actually mean fans get to leave work early to jump into some Gears 5 matchmaking today.

National Video Games Day takes place on September 12 of every year. National Video Game Day, on the other hand, takes place on July 8. Neither of those dates actually have much of a historical precedent behind them, nor any sort of reasonable explanation for why they take place when they do. A video game historian named Frank Cifaldi published an article on why National Video Games Day is July 8, and the results are fantastic: it’s attributed to someone named David Earle, who was apparently the president of an organization called Kid Vid Warriors.

The problem? No one knows who David Earle is, Kid Vid Warriors has never existed (or at least isn’t documented by anyone to have existed, outside of that one mention of Earle), even historians don’t know why the date was chosen, and, in fact, there is also evidence that suggests the day is September 12, after all. That latter point is corroborated by one tiny anecdote from a book called The Teacher’s Calendar School Year (2008-2009 edition, of course), which simply states that Video Games Day happens on September 12 and is a day for kids who “love video games.”

In short, National Video Games Day is either one of the two days discussed above, or some other arbitrary day that was listed in a cookbook from 1997 that historians just haven’t discovered yet.

Basically, just an excuse for people to celebrate their love of video games and for companies to use the #NationalVideoGamesDay trend to make some sweet announcements. Here’s one from CD Projekt Red announcing a new platform for its popular digital card game Gwent:

And here’s one from Planet Zoo that’s using the opportunity to hook someone up with a sweet edition of the upcoming game:

Ultimately, the reason gamers have so many National Video Games Days is because there isn’t really a strong reason for the two dates that most people assume to be the correct ones, so there’s not really anything stopping people from inventing a few more. As it stands now, things have mostly been pared down to just the two dates, but a quick search of previous hashtags that trended in past years also identified dates like September 18, which is suspiciously close to this one, and July 12, which is also very close to the other normally accepted date.

Some of the best video games are sequels, though, so why not just have two National Video Games Days each year and try to out-do each one every time?

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2019-09-12 09:09:20

Cody Gravelle

Star Wars 9: Oh No, Looks Like There’s ANOTHER Death Star

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker appears to have yet another Death Star weapon, which could be bad news for fans, as well as for the Resistance. The original Death Star was an iconic and vital element of the first Star Wars movie in 1977 – a giant, planet-busting monstrosity taken down by a lone X-Wing to encapsulate the David and Goliath struggle between Empire and Rebel Alliance. In Return of the Jedi, Palpatine attempted to construct a second Death Star, but was once again foiled. When J. J. Abrams began the Disney trilogy of Star Wars movies, the Death Star trope was back in full force, and the same technology later appeared in the climax of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, with the First Order realizing that the giant laser was the only part worth bothering with.

Despite featuring heavily in previous movies, there have been several indications that some sort of Death Star weapon would be included in Star Wars 9. Firstly, the novelization of The Last Jedi and Chuck Wendig’s canon Aftermath novels confirm that Emperor Palpatine sent considerable resources into the Unknown Regions before his defeat and built facilities that could ensure the First Order was well-equipped to follow in the path of the Empire. This arsenal is said to include Death Star-inspired superweapons and the use of this technology on Crait proves that the days of waiting 20 years to build a giant battle station are over – for the First Order, the power of a Death Star now comes as standard.

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Furthermore, an unused subplot for The Force Awakens saw Leia involved in developing the Resistance’s own superweapon, the Warhammer. This rapid spread of Death Star technology on both sides of the galaxy’s moral spectrum suggests that a recurrence in Star Wars 9 was always likely to happen.

The latest footage from Star Wars 9 provides the strongest clue yet that the First Order have a brand new Death Star of some description. In the trailer, a giant red laser beam is seen piercing into the surface of a planet from above, and although the source of this blast isn’t shown, there are strong visual similarities to the Starkiller base laser in The Force Awakens, albeit on a smaller scale. This is likely a continuation of the miniaturized beam introduced in The Last Jedi, perhaps now attached to a regular Star Destroyer for previously unattainable mobility.

The return of Death Star tech in Star Wars 9 could prove problematic, since the superweapons are already considered by some to be an overused element of the Star Wars franchise. The parallels between The Force Awakens and A New Hope are well documented and after the original trilogy’s 1-and-a-half Death Stars, Starkiller base was the next evolution of that concept – the original Death Star on steroids. The mirroring of A New Hope‘s mission to destroy an unbeatable enemy battle station already earned Disney’s debut effort some detractors, and the issue worsened following the release of The Last Jedi.

In Rian Johnson’s film, the Death Star is not a major component of the story, but is instead used as a quick and easy way of establishing the First Order’s latest big gun as a major threat. Why should the audience believe this laser can bring down the Resistance? Name check the Death Star. At this point, the idea of the Death Star had arguably been spent, the impact of these once-fearsome battle stations diminishing with each recurrence in the Star Wars story. With Return of the Jedi‘s incomplete Death Star already confirmed to feature in Star Wars 9, the potential inclusion of another updated superweapon risks overusing the Death Star concept more than it has been already.

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Another Death Star in Star Wars 9 also doesn’t make sense from a narrative perspective. The relatively simple destruction of the original Death Star was widely mocked for years before Rogue One plugged the gap, but the Empire and First Order’s track record with giant superweapons remains extremely poor. Surely even the arrogant Kylo Ren would realize that the Resistance are constantly targeting the First Order’s grandest projects and opt to spend the Order’s resources more wisely.

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2019-08-28 02:08:10

Craig Elvy

Out There With Jack Randall Saves A Speeding Camel | Screen Rant

In an exclusive clip from Nat Geo WILD’s Out There With Jack Randall, the series star participates in a dangerous high-speed rescue of Australian camels. The series launched recently with zoologist and former Steve Irwin apprentice Jack Randall as its star. The exuberant scientist and host has been delivering information and thrills in the six-episode first season, but nothing compares to what happens when he joins a group of animal wranglers looking to save some camels from a precarious spot down under. 

It’s no easy task to follow in the footsteps of the late Irwin, and while that’s not necessarily the point of Out There With Jack Randall, it certain plays a part. But while Randall’s career ostensibly began in Irwin’s shadow, the zoologist has proven he’s more than ready to strike out on his own. In doing so, audiences have seen the beginning of what may turn out to be another globally recognizable face in the world of animal conservation and scientific interest. And if his dedication to the latter is any indication, his heightened profile would be well deserved. 

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In the exclusive clip, Randall travels into Australia’s Red Center region — which is the southern desert in the country’s northern territory — to try and save animals from drought. As the clip points out, that’s easier said than done. Though the camels may be in danger due to the environmental conditions, they’re none too eager to handled by the people chasing them, which leads the wranglers to take some unique measures in securing them. Check out the clip below to see just how dangerous it is:

“Wildlife zoologist Jack Randall and local animal wranglers give chase to a group of camels in Australia’s dry Red Center region. The team is on a mission to rescue as many of these animals facing drought as possible.”

This might be one of the few times that a wildlife series on television feels more like a scene from Indiana Jones. It’s to the show’s credit that Randall and his crew were able to capture the frankly thrilling sequence without anyone or anything being injured, but it’s even more impressive to see the lengths these individuals will go to ensure wildlife have a fighting chance in such a harsh and unforgivable environment. 

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Out There With Jack Randall airs Sunday @10pm on Nat Geo WILD.

2019-08-17 09:08:18

Kevin Yeoman

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, There Were Margot Robbie’s 10 Best Roles

Margot Robbie appears to be one of those celebrities lucky enough to get famous overnight. It’s like nobody knew who she was, then POOF! There she is, the brightest star in the sky of Hollywood A-listers. But Robbie, born and raised in Australia, had been acting for years, starring in soap opera Neighbours before she came to Hollywood.

Cut to 2019, and Robbie is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Many of her roles center around her classic beauty and indisputable sex appeal, but Robbie isn’t just another hot blonde. Her characters are poised, whip-smart, and always know more than you think they do.

Not one to be typecast, recent films have found Robbie stepping away from the blonde bombshell archetype and into roles with less glamour and more substance. The past two years has seen Robbie earn Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations. She currently stars in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Sharon Tate, another beautiful blonde with a much more tragic story. Here is: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood There Was Margot Robbie’s 10 Best Roles.

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10 Focus (2015)

In Focus, Margot Robbie plays Jess Barrett, an amateur grifter who finds a mentor in seasoned conman Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith). They begin a romantic relationship, but soon learn that in con game, it’s best not to mix business with pleasure.

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There were some eyebrows raised at the 22 year age difference between the two leads. But there’s no denying that Robbie and Smith have the sizzling chemistry needed to heat up a heist flick. What’s perhaps more offensive is the film’s constant objectification of Jess. A car scene finds a guy asking Nicky if he’s “hitting that”…while Jess is still in the car. But Robbie’s performance makes it clear that Jess is no bimbo. She’s a hustler who exploits anything and everything to her advantage—including the male gaze.

9 The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Jane Porter, Tarzan’s paramour, is hardly the most badass female character ever depicted. Her biggest claim to fame is her uncanny ability to get kidnapped. She could even give Princess Peach a run for her money.

But in The Legend of Tarzan, Margot Robbie’s Jane is anything but helpless. She’s strong-willed, with a voice and a mind of her own. Sure, Jane still gets kidnapped but she fights back with every fiber of resolve in her entire body. Not only does she surprise her captors, she likely surprised viewers familiar with the Tarzan story and more used to a docile Jane. The film garnered poor reviews and was criticized for its weak, generic plot. But if any scenes are worth watching, they’re definitely Robbie’s.

8 Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad is a bad movie. Despite its vibrant, angry colors and hodge-podge of villains haplessly dithering around, the film is just…bland. Like a box of stale Lucky Charms.

Then there’s Margot Robbie. As Harley Quinn, she fires rounds of life into this snoozer of a movie with a cinematic machine gun. She’s unpredictable, playful, and alive. This is in direct contrast to her zombified male cohorts who only seem to perk up whenever she gets undressed. Watching Harley Quinn become a helpless love slave to Jared Leto’s garish, sideshow version of the Joker is no picnic either. Yet one wouldn’t be surprised if Harley Quinn were to yell “PSYCH!” in the middle of one of these cringey scenes.

Fans who find themselves torn between loathing Suicide Squad and adoring Robbie’s Harley Quinn are in luck. There’s a bevvy of Harley Quinn films in the works, most notably Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which features a female-led creative team with Robbie serving as a producer.

7 Pan Am (2011-2012)

After the success of Mad Men, a wave of sixties-era nostalgia shows began cropping up. One of them was Pan Am, an ABC drama about a group of young stewardesses working for the famed airline. Margot Robbie plays Laura Cameron, the fresh-faced new girl on the block, who is photographed for the cover of Life magazine.

Pan Am‘s most thrilling story lines centered around the stewardesses’ espionage involvement, which Laura was largely left out of. Other than the magazine plotline, most of Laura’s story revolved around a love triangle with a pilot. But even with a fluffier plot, Robbie was a total scene-stealer. Still, in interviews, she expressed hope that Laura would become part of the show’s spy world. But Robbie never got the chance. After just one season, Pan Am was canceled before it could even take off.

6 The Big Short (2015)

Margot Robbie has had her fair share of people leer at her, but in The Big Short, she’s in on the joke. As herself, Robbie luxuriates in a bubble bath and sips from an always full glass of champagne. She’s the pinnacle of glitz and glamour, the quintessential Hollywood sex symbol.

Except she actually has something important to say. The Big Short, a film about the 2008 burst of the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis, was praised for its clever, inventive ways of explaining complex fiduciary terms. One such scene involved plunking Robbie in the bath and having her explain what subprime mortgages are. While viewers may not remember the definition, they’ll always remember the charming Robbie.

5 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

Margot Robbie earns her stripes as a versatile movie star in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. This role is a departure from the several femme fatales and ingénues featured on her resumé. Here, Robbie plays Tanya Vanderpoel, a BBC correspondent in Afghanistan. She befriends newcomer journalist Kim Baker (Tina Fey) and shows her the ropes.

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Tanya is cunning, crass, and driven. While she appreciates having another female journalist around, Tanya doesn’t allow her friendship with Kim to stand in the way of her goals. Robbie’s performance is unlike anything we’ve seen from her before. She does terrible things, yet we still like her. It’s a mark of a stellar actor when they give the viewer a true a WTF moment.

4 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Margot Robbie is sunny optimism personified, a stark contrast to the grim fate associated with her character, actress Sharon Tate. Robbie’s Tate drinks in Tinsel Town with all the wonder of Dorothy in Oz, only instead of ruby slippers, Tate has calf-high white boots. She’s at a thrilling moment in life, embracing it with both hands and wholly enjoying the present while at the same time, knowing she’s on the precipice of Hollywood greatness.

The film has been criticized for Robbie’s lack of dialogue, particularly compared to her male co-stars. And this would be a problem if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a Sharon Tate biopic. Don’t get us wrong—Robbie is so charismatic we’d have loved more scenes focused on her. But the ones we get, she knocks out of the park. Watching Tate watch herself onscreen is as enthralling as any of the film’s action sequences, all thanks to Robbie’s winning performance.

3 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

In The Wolf of Wall Street, there’s no line Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) won’t cross, no matter how dangerous, depraved, or illegal. He’ll do anything to make a buck—or a billion. But the real wolf of the film is Naomi Lapaglia. She makes easy prey of Jordan and in no time at all, he’s leaving his wife, marrying Naomi, and footing the bill for her happily ever after. But the platitude is true—money doesn’t buy happiness. Soon into their marriage, Naomi and Jordan’s bedroom becomes the UFC Octagon of screaming matches.

In her audition, Robbie actually slapped DiCaprio in the face. This wasn’t scripted and could have cost Robbie her career. But both DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese were so impressed with her performance, they knew they had their Naomi. Naomi could have been a one-note character, but with her calculated intensity, Robbie makes her pop off the screen. The Wolf of Wall Street was Robbie’s breakout movie and it’s easy to see why.

2 Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Naysayers who dismissed Margot Robbie as just a pretty face were silenced with Mary Queen of Scots. She plays Queen Elizabeth I, both the most powerful woman in the world and the most vulnerable. Wearing the crown is all well and good, but you’re a fool if you think someone won’t try and take it from you. Enter Elizabeth’s cousin Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). A battle for the throne ensues, as these two formidable women clash over country, religion, and love.

The iron-willed Elizabeth is completely unyielding, yet Robbie shows her humanity. As Elizabeth, unmarried and childless, lives with smallpox, she’s forced to watch Mary live a life of romance, motherhood, and health. The one think Elizabeth had was the throne and it guts her that Mary wants that too. Robbie was nominated for both a SAG and BAFTA for her performance, one of her most complex and gut-wrenching to date.

1 I, Tonya (2017)

Margot Robbie has hit her stride playing real-life people, and I, Tonya is a shining example. Robbie is Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater notorious for her “involvement” with the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.

I, Tonya is a warts-and-all look at Harding’s tumultuous life. As well as her skating career, the film chronicles Harding’s abusive relationships with her mother (Allison Janney) and husband (Sebastian Stan). Robbie is masterful at making any character look sympathetic, no matter how egregious their actions. But she had a tall order with Harding, who used to be one of the most hated women in the world. Her performance hardly lets Harding off the hook, but questions a world that allowed things to go so far, not just for Kerrigan, but Harding too.

Amidst an avalanche of awards recognition, Robbie received her first Oscar nomination. I, Tonya implores the viewer to always question the truth, but there’s no questioning that Margot Robbie is a Hollywood powerhouse. And she’s here to stay.

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2019-07-29 01:07:34

Liz Hersey

Zack Snyder Beat DC & Warner Bros At SDCC 2019 (Despite Not Being There)

When it was announced that Warner Bros. was sitting out Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the news was followed by a reassurance that WB and DC would still have a big presence at the show with a combined booth, but once SDCC rolled around and WB’s films had no virtually no presence, Zack Snyder and the Snyder Cut of Justice League dominated the DC movie conversation instead.

Just a few short years ago, the DCEU had a full slate of upcoming movies centered around Zack Snyder’s Justice League vision, but now, while there’s still a few DC movies releasing each year, the connectivity between films is tenuous at best and instead of simply playing catch-up to Marvel Studios (as many claimed of the old slate), they aren’t even playing at all.

Despite DC taking its proverbial ball and going home, fans of Zack Snyder’s original vision for the universe are still actively campaigning for the version of Justice League he shot and edited (along with a significant amount of other post-production work), and their passionate showing at Comic-Con easily trumped a mostly silent Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. pulling out of Hall H wasn’t initially a big shock or major cause of concern. Big events like that are becoming less and less common for big studios, as a similar trend with E3 has shown. When the internet allows trailers and other announcements to be made en masse directly to a given fanbase without all the same expense, and events like Hall H ultimately don’t have much of an impact on a studio’s bottom line, they aren’t as necessary as they used to be.

It was expected that Warner Bros. and DC would simply release a few trailers and posters directly to the internet over the course of SDCC, or even take a victory lap on Aquaman’s $1 billion box office performance, or market Shazam’s home media release, but instead, they did virtually nothing on the film side. Even the WB/DC both avoided current films entirely, focusing on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy instead of anything with Snyder’s DCEU influence or future DC films.

The only real presence from DC came from the TV side, where Watchmen and some DC Universe shows were a focus. This lack of effort made it even easier for the Snyder Cut campaign to take the spotlight. With multiple upcoming and highly anticipated projects like Joker, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman 1984, Warner Bros. could have very easily diminished the attention of the Snyder Cut at SDCC. Simply releasing a poster or a short teaser for any of those films (all of which have wrapped principal photography and are deep into post-production) would have been more than enough to generate the necessary buzz and headlines for the movies. Instead, WB sat on any potential marketing material and made no effort to control their own narrative.

Meanwhile, the Snyder Cut’s Project Comic-Con campaign generated consistent attention at the convention, on social media, and in headlines. The campaign started with a billboard popping up on a busy highway near San Diego, followed by a full bus stop wraparound ad at a location many attendees passed on their way to the Con, and then even more attention was generated by an airplane that flew over the convention center for two hours towing a banner that said “WB #ReleasetheSnyderCut of Justice League.”

On the ground, fans hosted a scavenger hunt and prize giveaway as others carried around signs a la Watchmen’s Rorshach that read some variation of the “Release the Snyder Cut” mantra, posting dozens of photos of other Con attendees holding the sign.

The reaction to these efforts was ultimately a mixed bag. While a significant number of headlines and social media reactions praised the campaign, especially the decision to donate 50% of all funds to the Association for Suicide Prevention, other reactions were more snarky if not outright negative as the effort to get the Synder Cut released, like Snyder’s films, is a divisive initiative. Regardless, good coverage or bad, every bit of attention given to the Snyder Cut and its campaign was attention not given to Warner Bros. in its SDCC silence.

Pouring gasoline on the fire, Zack Snyder also released more images from his original cut of Justice League, revealing that the plan was for Wonder Woman to decapitate Steppenwolf before he flew through a Boom Tube to land at Darkseid’s feet, teasing the next major conflict to come in Justice League 2. As usual, this generated even more headlines and social media chatter on top of the existing Comic-Con campaign.

Warner Bros. has stated it has no plans to release the Snyder Cut, but it’s clear, especially after Comic-Con, the Snyder Cut will be the monkey on the back of DC Films until it is eventually released. Especially when Warner Bros. isn’t generating buzz with fans for future projects.

While Warner Bros. didn’t do anything to hype up their own films, Zack Snyder posted an image of his Army of the Dead cast to close out the first week of shooting his new Zombie movie in New Mexico. While Snyder has moved on from Warner Bros. after his treatment during his DCEU tenure, Army of the Dead, billed as a sort of “Zack Snyder unleashed” film, is likely to be seen as a clarifying moment for Warner Bros. decision to stifle his vision. Good or bad, it’s going to be seen as a statement on whether WB was wise to move on without him instead of just letting him do his own thing unhindered.

Like the Snyder Cut buzz, the Army of the Dead image also generated excitement for his next project, showing Snyder’s legacy isn’t simply a “woulda, coulda, shoulda” as the director/producer as the DCEU’s original architect, but also as a filmmaker with an exciting future – a complete flip from WB, whose biggest film discussed was one they’re too scared to release and no talk or buzz for their future slate.

The weird thing about the whole situation is that Warner Bros. knew the Snyder Cut campaign would have a presence at Comic-Con. The campaign was very publicly organized in the months leading up to the Con, starting a GoFundMe long before Warners pulled out of Hall H. They should have known that simply not showing anything would surrender the narrative to the Snyder Cut, and yet they seemingly took no effort to avert that situation.

It’s possible Warners thought the Snyder Cut campaign was too small to be concerned about, but when there’s a billboard, bus stop ad, airplane flyover and more generating headlines, the true size of the base of Snyder Cut supporters doesn’t really matter. The absence of effort from WB to establish a counter-narrative that the next big thing for DC Films is in the franchise’s future allowed everyone to spend the year’s biggest week in pop culture talking about the studio’s biggest mistake instead of its next great offering.

2019-07-22 04:07:51

Stephen M. Colbert

Will There Be A Gotham Season 6?

Gotham season 6 may be something fans want after the show finally turns Bruce Wayne into Batman and gives Jim Gordon a mustache, but will there end up being more to the DC-based story? Premiering in fall 2014, Gotham spent part of its run as one of FOX’s highest-rated dramas. While live viewership has fallen off quite a bit in the last few years, Gotham maintains a loyal fanbase, one that was very happy when FOX opted to give the series a proper final season instead of simply canceling it on a cliffhanger as they’ve done with so many past shows.

It was officially announced in May 2018, just shy of FOX airing season 4’s finale, that Gotham would get a fifth and final season designed to wrap up the Batman prequel series. Gotham season 5 ended up consisting of a mere 12 episodes, much less than the 22-episode orders of past seasons. Still, any Gotham fan would agree that getting 12 episodes is much better than ending after season 4, with Selina Kyle shot in the stomach, Ed Nygma and Lee Thompkins bleeding out from knife wounds, and Gotham about to turn into a lawless wasteland.

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Now it’s all over, fans will be hungry for more Bat-action. Here’s what we know about the highly unlikely possibility of a Gotham season 6.

Gotham Season 5 Was The End

Gotham season 5 allowed fans to see the No Man’s Land story play out, and to finally witness Jim Gordon evolve into the mustachioed lawman found in most DC comics. Bruce Wayne also finally became Batman, the heroic protector Gotham was destined to rely on. With season 5’s finale giving fans a glimpse at Gotham after a large time jump that finishes its origin goals, there’s really nowhere left for the series to go. The finale was clearly designed to bookend Gotham’s story, leaving no real room for a Gotham season 6.

Gotham Was Jim Gordon’s Story, Not Batman’s

Once it was made clear that Gotham season 5 would end with a fully-formed Batman, many fans suddenly found themselves wishing for a Gotham season 6 that could focus on Batman’s adventures taking down bad guys. The problem here is that everyone knows that story, and Gotham was never designed to be a Batman-focused series. While Bruce Wayne played a major part in the journey, Gotham has always been Jim Gordon’s show, and was intended to chronicle his journey first and foremost. Batman’s path may well be just beginning, but Gordon’s story is told.

There Are No Plans To Continue Gotham’s Story

While quite a few shows over the years have ended only to be later revived, there’s little chance Gotham will be one of them. Gotham season 5 was crafted from the ground up to conclude the series, and there’s been absolutely zero mention of a Gotham season 6 happening. There’s also been no indication that any kind of follow-up program or spinoff is in the works. While Gotham creator Bruno Heller is shepherding Pennyworth, an origin story for Batman’s faithful butler, at EPIX, there are no plans to connect the two shows. For Gotham, this is truly the end.

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2019-04-25 11:04:30

Michael Kennedy

Why There Are Four Dragons In Game Of Thrones’ New Opening Titles

The new opening credits for Game of Thrones contain various clues for season 8, but what do the four dragons on the golden ring mean? As the series has evolved, so have the opening credits sequence. With only a handful of episodes left, there are still many questions that need answering. The Game of Thrones opening sequence could indicate which mysteries will finally be solved in the final season.

Dragons were first introduced in season 1 when Daenerys Targaryen was given three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift. By the end of the season, the dragon eggs miraculously hatched and the species was re-established into the world of Westeros. From then on, the dragons – Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion – became integral pieces to Dany’s story arc. The trio of fire-breathing dragons also gave her an advantage over her various enemies, especially on the battlefield. That stood true until they met the Night King.

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Dany’s connection to the majestic reptiles goes much deeper when considering her family history. The Targaryens had the last surviving Valyrian dragons before the species were thought to have gone extinct. Dany’s ancestor, Aegon I Targaryen, used his dragons – Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes – to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. The skulls of those dragons are still kept in the Red Keep as the story continues to be passed down to generations. There have been various other dragons kept by members of House Targaryen; it’s the theme of their sigil, after all. But could there be other dragons alive in Game of Thrones?

On one of the gold rings within the credits (1:33 mark in the video below), three small dragons can be seen in front of a much larger dragon. Considering only three dragons have made appearances in the series, the addition of a fourth on the gold ring is very intriguing. More than likely the large dragon represents Daenerys, who is also known as the “Mother of Dragons.” Even though Viserion is currently a member of the Night King’s undead army, all three of Dany’s dragons are imperative to the final season. There could also be other meanings behind the message shown in the credits.

The mystery surrounding “The Prince That Was Promised” will hopefully be solved by season’s end. The prophecy suggests that a character will emerge as a savior with a sword called Lightbringer to fight the impending darkness. In the book series which the show is based, the prince is thought to be the reborn version of the legendary figure, Azor Ahai. The prophecy specifically uses the word “prince,” but in High Valyrian, the word translates to “prince” or “princess.” Many viewers suspect that Jon Snow is the prince described in the prophecy, but it could very well be Dany. The shooting star that can be seen above the dragons on the gold ring even matches with a quote by Melisandre in the books, adding more evidence that Dany is Azor Ahai.

When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”

If the prophecy doesn’t become a focal point in the final season of Game of Thrones, it’s still possible the image of the fourth dragon has implications for the final episodes. There has been speculation that other dragons could be hiding in Westeros, possibly even in the crypts of Winterfell. In the books, there are rumors that a dragon laid eggs deep in the crypts by the natural hot springs. Seeing as the crypts are an enormous labyrinth of caverns and passageways, who knows what could be hiding in there. If any dragons are in there, now would be the time for them to come out.

Next: Game of Thrones: Where Melisandre Is (& Why She Has To Return)

2019-04-25 10:04:27

Kara Hedash

Will There Be A Voltron Season 9?

Every episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender season 8 in now available to stream on Netflix, but will there be a season 9? The reboot of the 1980s cartoon, Voltron: Defender of the Universe (which itself is a reworking of the Japanese anime, Beast King GoLion) has been a big hit for Netflix, filling a niche for serialized, action-comedy cartoons that’s been lacking on the more traditional television networks.

Created by Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery for DreamWorks Animation Television, Voltron: Legendary Defender follows five pilots – Shiro (Josh Keaton), Keith (Steven Yeun), Lance (Jeremy Shada), Hunk (Tyler Labine), and Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) – who after discovering a Lion of Voltron on Earth, are catapulted into the center of a galactic war. Each becomes a Paladin of Voltron, piloting one of the Lions and occasionally forming the giant robot defender, Voltron in order to fight against the Galra forces trying to conquer the universe.

Related: Voltron Final Season Trailer Teases A Fight For All Of Existence

Across Voltron‘s eight seasons, the Paladins – along with the Altean princess, Allura (Kimberly Brooks) – have weathered all sorts of obstacles and repeatedly saved the universe. Now it’s time for their final battle. After thwarting the Galra’s invasion of Earth at the end of season 7, Team Voltron takes the fight directly to them, looking to rid the universe of Witch Haggar and her evil once and for all.

Voltron Season 8 Is The Final Season

Voltron season 8 is truly the final battle for the Paladins. The season 8 finale wraps up each characters’ arc and brings an end to their conflict with the Galra. And while a spinoff or sequel isn’t entirely out of the question, the ending of Voltron season 8 doesn’t really hint at direction for such a series to go. Instead, season 8 is an emotional and satisfying conclusion to what’s been a spectacular series, introducing a whole new generation to the franchise with a deeper and more nuanced telling of the Voltron saga.

Netflix Is Unlikely To Make Voltron Season 9

When it was announced Netflix had renewed Voltron for a fourth season it was also revealed that the streaming network was committed to a 78-episode order for the series. With season 8’s 13 episodes, that 78-episode quota has been fulfilled. It’s unlikely, then, that Netflix will seek any more episodes of Voltron from DreamWorks, and instead will continue developing any of the other series currently coming to Netflix from DreamWorks Animation (see below).

Additionally, Voltron series creators Dos Santos and Montgomery are already moving on to new projects. Dos Santos has been tapped to direct the forthcoming Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sequel, while Montgomery is in talks to tackle the Spider-Gwen spinoff. Still, it’s hard to believe there won’t ever be another Voltron series, just not anytime soon and probably not from the same creative team.

What To Watch After Voltron’s Ending

After enjoying all eight seasons of Voltron: Legendary Defender, it can be hard to know what series to binge next, so here are our suggestions. If what you enjoy most about Voltron is the show’s visual style and how it seamlessly blends action, comedy, and heart into a compelling narrative that matures alongside its characters, then check Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra. Both Dos Santos and Montgomery worked on Avatar and Korra, and the shows’ animators even went on to found Studio Mir, the studio responsible for animating Voltron, so the similarities in look and tone between the series are far from coincidental.

If you’re more of a fan of the space setting, ships that transform into robots, and a coalition of heroes banding together to fight an alien threat, then check out one of the series from the anime franchise, Macross. In fact, Dos Santos and Montgomery are huge Macross fans and admit the anime was an influence for them when working on Voltron. Fortunately, Robotech (the American adaptation of Macross) just recently came to Netflix, but the Avatar shows aren’t  as easily streamed, so we recommend checking out one of these DreamWorks shows: another 1980’s reboot, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, or one from Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia series, Trollhunters and its upcoming sequel, 3Below, (releasing December 21st).

Next: 3Below Trailer: Aliens Are Hiding In Guillermo Del Toro’s Arcadia

Voltron: Legendary Defender is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix.

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2018-12-15 01:12:06

Six films hit the silver screen this week

‘Suspiria’Modern “Suspiria,” which adapts the cult classic of Dario Argento, revolves around the mysterious events at a dance school as a young dancer begins her studies there.Directed by Luca Guadagnino,…Click To Continue

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Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

More: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trophy List Completely Revealed

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon