ScreenRant - Feed All the latest movie news, movie trailers & reviews - and the same for TV, too. Tue, 06 Jul 2021 04:13:26 GMT en-US hourly 12 Snake Eyes Star Shares Video Of Training For Major Sword Fight Scene

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins star, Henry Golding, shared a video depicting his training for an intense sword-fighting scene. Golding is a Malayasian actor best known for his roles in Crazy Rich Asians, A Simple Favor, and The Gentlemen. Recently, he landed the titular role in the upcoming G.I. Joe origin film Snake Eyes.

The G.I. Joe film series began in 2009 with the release of G. I. Joe: The Rise of The Cobra and was followed with its sequel G. I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013. After both films received poor critical reception, the franchise took a break. Now, G.I. Joe is being rebooted with Snake Eyes as it delves into the backstory of one of the most popular members of the G. I. Joe team. Snake Eyes was portrayed by Ray Park in the first two G. I. Joe films. However, a younger actor was necessary for his origin story, resulting in Golding being cast in the role. Golding's take on Snake Eyes will be very different from the previous films, as it will take place prior to his muteness and G. I. Joe team membership.

Related: Theory: How Snake Eyes Becomes Mute In The New GI Joe Movie

Golding took to Instagram to share a video illustrating how he trained for a major Snake Eyes' sword-fighting scene. In the caption, Golding wrote, "Drill it till you're raw," and explained how the film utilized some of the best stunt performers in the world. Golding thanked the performers for their aid in teaching him and reminded viewers to hit the theaters on July 23rd for the Snake Eyes premiere. In the video, Golding can be seen re-enacting an intense fight as he vigorously swings his sword and takes down numerous other performers. Check out his video below:

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Golding's sword fighting skills are certainly impressive and illustrate the intense training he had to undergo to take on the role of Snake Eyes. Martial arts will figure heavily into the film as it follows Snake Eyes' training under the Japanese ninja clan, Arashikage. The martial arts talent on set, as Golding indicated, is impressive, featuring stuntman and Pencak Silat practitioner Iko Uwais as Hard Master, as well as Shaolin Kung Fu trainee Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow. Snake Eyes is expected to be heavy on Ninjutsu and other martial arts action. With its current talent and Golding's extensive training, the action may make Snake Eyes' backstory and Arashikage training very realistic.

Anticipation is high as Snake Eyes' premiere looms on the horizon. The film faced delays due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now release nearly two years after it was originally slated to premiere. Meanwhile, the G.I. Joe franchise has been on a hiatus since 2013, making this film very important in reviving it. How the film will fare remains to be seen, but for now, Golding's role as Snake Eyes is definitely attracting attention. The trailers and promotional images have consistently highlighted his martial arts skills and intensity, as does this new behind-the-scenes video. As Snake Eyes' premiere draws nearer, Golding's skill and dedication bode well for its reception.

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 04:13:26 GMT
Black Widow Explains What Loki Taunted Natasha About in The Avengers

The Black Widow film will reveal what Loki's taunt on Natasha Romanoff really meant in The Avengers. After multiple delays, the Cate Shortland-directed film is finally hitting theaters this week. While its primary mission remains under the lid, MCU architect Kevin Feige reveals some information about what to expect from it.

Originally set to kick-off Phase 4, Nat's solo film was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic which forced the closure of theaters and banned any public gatherings for a period of time. But now that the global health crisis seems to be showing signs of improvement, Black Widow is gearing up for a hybrid release in theaters and Disney+. Set after Captain America: Civil War, it's Scarlett Johansson's send-off project after the founding hero met her end in Avengers: Endgame. The period piece will introduce her Russian family composed of David Harbour's Alexei Shoskatov/Red Guardian, Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, and Rachel Weisz's Melina. Together, they will deal with an unfinished business that has yet to be revealed.

Related: Black Widow Review: New Character Overshadows Nat's Long-Awaited Solo Film

For Nat, personally, however, Black Widow will also tackle her history before becoming Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. operative and eventually, an Avenger. During the red carpet event for the upcoming blockbuster, Feige even told On The Red Carpet that the standalone project will reveal what Loki's comments about Nat's red ledger in The Avengers were really all about.

"When you have a character like Natasha Romanoff, who has been in the MCU for over ten years, almost everything is an Easter egg. Almost every line, every story point, has been referenced before. Particularly, there's a scene in Avengers, where Loki is behind glass on the Heli-Carrier and he's taunting Natasha with things. A lot of things that he taunts her with are things from her past that we didn't know about, that we learn and see first-hand in this movie."

For more context, the interaction that Feige is talking about is Loki listing down what sounds like Nat's worst missions before joining the Avengers. He talked about Dreykov's daughter, São Paulo, and the hospital fire. Despite ultimately being a ruse to let Loki talk, it doesn't mean that Nat wasn't genuinely horrified being reminded of these incidents. In the Black Widow marketing, it's clear that she has a lot of remorse for her actions before becoming a hero. Then again, it's not like she was inherently bad; she was trained to be an assassin and she was simply carrying out orders. The fact that she's haunted by her past self is a testament to her core principles as a person.

While it's been several years since MCU's first ensemble project, Marvel Studios' current projects are revisiting that particular time period. Aside from Black Widow further tackling Nat's conversation with the God of Mischief in The Avengers, the Loki show features the version of the Asgardian Prince who's fresh off his defeat in the Battle of New York. There's a slim chance that there's actually a significant narrative connection between the upcoming film and the ongoing Disney+ series since they tackle very different stories. But, it interesting that schedule-wise, they lined up.

More: MCU Rewatch Guide: What To Watch Before Black Widow

Source: On The Red Carpet

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:49:09 GMT
Loki Star Didn’t Know She Auditioned for an MCU Show Until She Was Hired

Sophia Di Martino, star of the MCU series Loki, has recently admitted that she “knew absolutely nothing” about what show she was auditioning for before she landed the life-changing role. Di Martino, who plays the female Loki variant Sylvie Laufeydottir in the hit Disney+ series, is an English actress whose resume up until now has largely been characterized by appearances in British television series. Since making her MCU debut, however, she has quickly become a worldwide sensation and the most popular actor on IMDB.

The third MCU streaming series to hit Disney+ this year, Loki follows the misadventures of the titular God of Mischief after his escape with the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame. In deviating from the prescribed sacred timeline, however, Loki quickly finds himself confronted by the mysterious Time Variance Authority who enlists his help in tracking down one of his own alternate timeline counterparts. That other Loki turns out to be none other than Di Martino’s Sylvie, a female variant who was taken by the TVA as a child and subsequently escaped.

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While Tom Hiddleston has spent the last 10 years playing the MCU’s fan-favorite trickster god, Di Martino’s take on the role has quickly earned herself a great deal of acclaim amongst Marvel fans. As it turns out, however, the infamous Marvel shroud of secrecy was so tightly wrapped around the show’s production that even its co-lead had no idea what show she was auditioning for. Recently speaking with Entertainment Tonight Di Martino explained:

I knew absolutely nothing. I didn't know what the show was. I didn't know about the role. I didn't... I didn't know anything… There was a very short scene between two people, Bob and Sarah, I think it was, on a train and we ended up being the train scene between Loki and Sylvie. But I had no idea what I was auditioning for…

And then you know, when they offered me the job, Kate just told me the whole story and about the character and just gave me the whole pitch. So it wasn't until I'd been offered the job that I knew what it was.

Despite walking into her audition oblivious to the true nature of the job, Di Martino has won over an army of dedicated Marvel fans in a very short time frame. While attempting to play an alternate version of a well-established, and much beloved MCU character would be a hard task for any actor, Di Martino has taken to the role of Sylvie Laufeydottir like a mischievous trickster goddess takes to sowing chaos. More importantly, she has also managed to establish Sylvie as an intriguing character in her own right, independent of her relationship with her male counterpart.

In a recent Screen Rant interview, Di Martino emphasized that while she would occasionally “mirror” Hiddleston’s performance, it was “really important to me that she's her own character”. Given the legions of fans clamouring to see more of the MCU’s latest Goddess of Mischief, it is probably safe to say that is a goal she has achieved with ease. While there is no word on whether Di Martino may eventually get her own spin-off, or appear elsewhere in the MCU after Loki finishes, Marvel fans are keeping their fingers crossed that her tenure as Sylvie will continue for many more years to come.

Next: Loki Secretly Revealed Sylvie’s Nexus Event - Theory Explained

Source: ET

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:48:44 GMT
MCU's Kang Actor Spotted With Marvel Comic Amid Ant-Man 3 Filming

Warning: SPOILERS for Loki episode 4, "The Nexus Event"

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Kang the Conqueror, Jonathan Majors, was spotted at Golden Apple Comics amid filming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Lovecraft Country’s Majors was reportedly cast as the time-traveling antagonist last September and, despite Marvel Studios’ affinity for secrecy, has been confirmed to appear in the third installment of the Ant-Man franchise. As the MCU’s Phase 4 appears poised to kick off its multiverse, many expect Majors’ villain to be the universe’s next big bad.

Four episodes into Loki, rumors continue to circulate that Majors’ will make his official debut as Kang in the Disney+ series, possibly in a post-credits scene/cameo capacity. Loki episode 4 seemed to cement the Time Variance Authority’s (TVA) Ravonna Renslayer as the series’ villain, revealing that the TVA is staffed with Variants kidnapped from the Sacred Timeline and the illustrious Time-Keepers to be nothing more than place-holder androids. As audiences head into Loki’s fifth week, all eyes are on Ravonna’s long history with Kang in the comics, insinuating Majors’ character may be the real puppet master behind the TVA in his quest to control space-time. Many have theorized that the TVA exists within the Quantum Realm, which will be further explored in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Related: Theory: Kang Is Behind The Fake Time-Keepers

Over the 4th of July weekend, Majors visited Los Angeles’ legendary Golden Apple Comics, a shop frequented by many of Marvel Studios’ creatives. In a photo posted to the store’s Instagram account, Majors is seen holding a copy of The Avengers #267 which also holds the subtitle “Kang Lives!.” Majors also signed an R2-D2 prop at the store as Kang and said that it was the first time he’s ever signed anything as his new character. Check out the post below.

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It’s worth noting that Avengers # 267 sees Kang attempt to eliminate all of his divergent duplicates, or Variants, created every time he jumped through time, from an older version dubbed “Immortus” who becomes a custodian of the timelines to a younger version who becomes the hero Iron Lad. The story also debuts the Council of Kangs, who some suspected would be the Time-Keepers in Loki. Marvel Comics has Kang traveling all across the multiverse, giving the MCU a handful of ways for Majors’ to make his debut.

Given the various themes and lore explored in Loki, it would make sense for Kang to appear sooner rather than later. With both Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness expected to be multiverse-heavy, setting Kang up as a looming big bad via Loki would be reminiscent of Thanos’ introduction in The Avengers (2012). The character could also help introduce characters like the Fantastic Four, Galactus, and Doctor Doom. Despite Majors having denied rumors he’ll appear in Loki, he’s likely sworn to secrecy given the impact his character will have in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. So, Majors’ trip to a comic book store could be part of a PR move to signal Kang’s pending arrival, or, Majors could just like comic books.

More: Theory: MCU Phase 4 & 5 Will Have TWO Versions Of Kang The Conqueror

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:35:44 GMT
Quentin Tarantino Buys Another Historic LA Theater | Screen Rant

Quentin Tarantino announced that he purchased the Vista Theatre located in Los Angeles. The Vista Theatre is the second historic LA theater now owned by the famed director, the first being the New Beverly Cinema located only a few short miles from the Vista. Widely known as one of cinema's most devoted cinephiles, Tarantino's decision to buy these classic theaters is a part of his effort to preserve the history of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Tarantino recently appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast, where he first announced his purchase of the theater. He plans to "open [the Vista] up around Christmastime" and is adamant that the theater will show movies printed on film. The director also explained how the Vista's Theatre's programming would differ from the New Beverly, saying that the Vista will "show new stuff" in addition to classic films. You can read the full quote as transcribed by Variety below:

When we opened up the New Beverly about two weeks ago, in June, we sold out every single show. And I’ll announce one thing here that people don’t know yet: I bought the Vista. We’re going to probably open it up around Christmastime. And again, only film. But it won’t be a revival house — we’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print, we’ll show new stuff. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe. The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing. So it will be the best prints, we’ll show older films, but they’ll be like older films where you can hold a fortnight engagement.

Tarantino has long been a critic of corporate encroachment in the film industry, particularly in the way that multimillion-dollar theater corporations and franchise blockbusters cannibalize the market share from independent venues and filmmakers. His decision to program classic films in his theaters may be seen as his personal act of resistance against big-budget Hollywood. With the director's next film tentatively planned to be his last, it seems that Quentin Tarantino will continue to keep busy in his retirement managing and programming for both the New Beverly Cinema and the Vista Theatre.

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Source: Armchair Expert (via Variety)

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 03:06:45 GMT
Avengers: Endgame Thor’s New Asgard Home Getting A LEGO Set

Thor’s New Asgard home from Avengers: Endgame is getting a LEGO set equipped with Thor, Korg, and Miek Minifigures. The God of Thunder has changed a lot since Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first two Thor films saw its titular character go from arrogant boy to regal and worthy warrior. However, the franchise’s self-serious tendencies led to Taika Waititi’s overhaul, Thor: Ragnarok, awarding Thor some well-earned levity and hilarious supporting characters in Korg and Miek.

Despite being one of the funniest films in the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok also featured the eponymous destruction of Asgard, leaving Thor and his people to search for a new home. At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos attacks their vessel en route to Earth, killing Heimdall, Loki, and leaving Thor for dead. After Thanos succeeds in his mission to eradicate half of all life, the dejected hero became what is commonly referred to as “Fat Thor” in Avengers: Endgame. Audiences were first introduced to this new version of the character when Rocket and Professor Hulk go to New Asgard in Norway, a step down from the golden palaces. There, they find Fat Thor drinking beer while Korg and Miek play Fortnite.

Related: Avengers Endgame: How Powerful Fat Thor Is Compared To His Past Self

Last week, a new LEGO set surfaced online dubbed “Bro Thor’s New Asgard." The miniature set is of Thor’s home in New Asgard and comes with Minifigures of Fat Thor, Korg, and Miek. The snapshot of the set shows all three characters sitting on the couch and watching television. It also appears to come with a New Asgard sign buyers can set outside the diorama. Check it out below.

Being that Avengers: Endgame is one of the biggest and most profitable movies of all time, it’s no surprise that new toys are still coming out. That said, Thor, Korg, Miek, and New Asgard will return in Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor took his late mother’s advice and decides to “be who [he is] rather than who [he’s] supposed to be,” anointing Valkyrie as King of New Asgard and leaving with the Guardians of the Galaxy, who will also appear in the fourth Thor movie.

Thor: Love and Thunder will follow the God of Thunder as his mantle is passed to Jane Foster, Valkyrie as she searches for a queen to help her rule, and feature Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. Production on the film recently wrapped and everyone from Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt to James Gunn has praised Waititi’s creativity and script. Out of his Avengers: Endgame funk, Thor will tackle a new adventure far from the comfort of his couch. Although, his time spent threatening NoobMaster69 and hanging with the boys isn’t something fans will soon forget.

More: Love & Thunder Theory: Why Thor Has Stormbreaker & Jane Wields Mjolnir

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:48:44 GMT
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Remake Box Art May Tease New Feature, Fans Believe

A closer inspection of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl box art has given birth to a new theory from fans. The long-awaited Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes were announced back in February of this year, but no new footage has been released since its initial reveal, not even during Nintendo's E3 showcase.

The reception to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has been mixed from what's known so far. The demanded remakes of two of the best-selling Nintendo games of all time is something to celebrate, but the art style of these Pokémon remakes has left room for improvement in the eyes of many. It's unknown as of yet if these remakes will implement new features similar to past Pokémon remakes such as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. All that's known is that it will be a faithful recreation of the original story, with all of the same locales, the same starter Pokémon, and the same mascot legendaries, Dialga and Palkia.

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Reddit user DJDrizzy9 pointed out a noteworthy detail about the box art on the PokéLeaks subreddit. They pointed out how in certain sections of the box art, the light emanated from Dialga and Palkia meet in some areas, mainly at the right section of Dialga and the left of Palkia. One of the top comments also points out that "no other box art implies that the legendaries are interacting with each other (in the same space)."

This detail being pointed out caused many fan theories to sprout. One of the most prominent theories is that this could lead to a possible Dialga and Palkia fusion similarly to black and white Kyurem in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 or the Necrozma variants in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon. There is a basis for this theory as far back as the original Diamond and Pearl games with the fused Dialga and Palkia statue in Eterna City. The statue was also the last shot shown in the initial trailer for the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes, showing a new version of the fused legendaries.

But at the same time, these lights could simply be an aesthetic choice to reflect the duality of space and time. These lights could be something or nothing, but Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire did also give Kyogre and Groudon new primal forms, so it wouldn't be surprising if these remakes did something new with Dialga and Palkia. If this fusion were to be brought to life, it would bring a concept all the way from the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl full circle into the modern age.

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Source: DJDrizzy9/Reddit

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:25:16 GMT
PS Vita Will Not List New Games Beginning July 20, Per Rumor

According to recent rumors, the PlayStation Vita will no longer be adding new games to its store after July 20. Although this is sure to come as disappointing news to Vita’s relatively small but loyal following, it is a far better alternative to the store being taken offline completely, a fate that the handheld system narrowly avoided. After announcing that the Vita and PlayStation 3 were scheduled to have their stores taken offline, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan wrote on the PlayStation Blog thatit’s clear that we made the wrong decision here,” reversing the decision amid backlash from Sony fans.

Often, gaming systems like the Vita and the Sega Dreamcast are adopted and appreciated by retro enthusiasts years after their first release. While the Vita sold well in the first week of its release, sales dropped by 78 percent in Japan only one week later. Sony wound up ultimately not meeting its goal of selling 10 million Vitas by March 2013, and the company has been thin lipped regarding Vita sales since 2012.

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Per a recent Kotaku article, it appears the last “new” game to be released on the Vita may be Russian Subway Dogs, a game that has players controlling stray dogs as they try to survive in the Moscow Metro. A fairly niche game, Russian Subway Dogs is now being ported to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Vita. The article mentions that developer Miguel Sternberg had actually always wanted to see his game make it onto the Vita in particular, describing the console as his favorite handheld and the port as a “passion project rather than a sound business decision.”

Despite narrowly avoiding having its store taken away, the Vita remains an excellent handheld console in its own right. It became home to entries in fan-favorite series such as Uncharted, Need for Speed, and Killzone and its ability to emulate older consoles such as the Game Boy and Nintendo 64 made it a handy console to bring on the go. Finally, the Remote Play feature made a return from the PSP and gave players a fantastic way to access their PS4s from anywhere within range.

Unfortunately, the Vita’s sales may have been a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like the Dreamcast, which many now realize was ahead of its time, it took the gaming community several years to warm up to the Vita. Interestingly, Sony may have just extended the Vita’s shelf life by taking steps to shorten it. Should the company decide to release another handheld console alongside the PlayStation 5, hopefully, Sony fans will reflect on the Vita experience and help Sony actually hit its sales goals next time.

Next: How Long PS4 Games Will Keep Being Made After PlayStation 5’s Launch

Source: Kotaku

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:19:26 GMT
Fear the Walking Dead Almost Released an Episode With Zero Zombies

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead very nearly released an episode with zero zombies. A spinoff of mega-popular The Walking Dead, which is itself an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s beloved comic book series of the same name, Fear the Walking Dead premiered in 2015 and will return for season 7 this fall. Current showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss came on board in season 4, and though seasons 4 and 5 of FTWD received a lackluster response from fans, season 6 fared better.

The show’s core group, currently led by Morgan (Lennie James), was somewhat splintered this past season, both ideologically, as they dealt with differing opinions about what type of future they should be working towards, and physically, as they faced forced separation from each other and ongoing threats by groups such as the Pioneers, led by Virginia (Colby Minifie), and a doomsday cult led by Teddy (John Glover). As FTWD focused more on the characters' interpersonal struggles, the ever-present threat of zombies largely faded into the background.

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So far into the background, in fact, that they were almost entirely left out of one episode. Goldberg shared in a Twitch live stream for TWDUniverse (via ComicBook) that FTWD season 6, episode 9, "Things Left to Do," was very nearly zombie-free. He explained that the episode was so concentrated on the human storyline that if it hadn't been for the addition of a last-minute shot, there would have been no zombies onscreen at all. Read his full quote below:

“It's a strange thing because when we approach these scripts, walkers are such a big part of it. And we realized when we got into it that we just had not put any in [Episode 609]. I think because we were so kind of consumed with the human drama between Virginia and Morgan, and sort of the final gathering clouds of the war and the storm and sort of this end of Virginia, that we watched the cut and we were just like, 'Wow, there's no walkers in the episode.'

It didn't really bother us that much, but we thought, 'It might be good to have some walker presence.' So we had to get a couple pick-ups [shots] anyway, so we decided to put one [walker] in."

Were it not for that last-minute decision, this would have been the first episode of FTWD not to feature a zombie. It doesn't seem like it's a milestone the show will reach anytime soon. Goldberg went on to explain that he felt FTWD “can't have a walker-free episode,” and that the upcoming season 7 will showcase the work of special effects makeup artist Greg Nicotero with new zombies who are weird and scary and nightmarish” as a result of the nuclear fallout masterminded by Teddy. It stands to reason that zombies will be very present in season 7, if only to help reveal the damage caused by the warheads detonated in the season 6 finale.

Looking forward, however, a zombie-free episode of FTWD makes a lot of sense. While it may sound strange at first, it has long been clear that the real threat in the Walking Dead universe is the other living people who inhabit it. Though Virginia and Teddy may now be out of the picture, the destruction caused by Teddy's actions will be catastrophic, and signs point to more trouble brewing from within the core cast of characters, possibly coming from master of survival and ethical ambiguity, Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Whoever turns out to be the next big bad on Fear the Walking Dead, the dead themselves are becoming less of a danger, and an episode without zombies may well be on the horizon.

More: Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 Ending Sets Up The CRM's Return

Source: TWDUniverse (via ComicBook)

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:06:37 GMT
Where to Find Doomsday Prepper Guides in Fortnite (Week 4 Legendary Quest)

Many of the Epic and Legendary Quests during each week of play in Fortnite Season 7 have focused on different approaches to investigating and dealing with the alien invasion. During Week 4, players have a chance to earn extra XP for experimenting with alien technologies, including flying UFOs and abducting opponents, and experiencing low gravity in the mothership. One of the Legendary Quest storylines during Week 4 of Fortnite Season 7 deals with the disappearance of Farmer Steel. The other deals with preparing for doomsday. Players can earn more XP toward their Battle Pass for foraging for food and supplies and finding a doomsday prepper guide.

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Foraging in Fortnite is nothing new, but doomsday prepper guides are new props only found in two places on the map, Steamy Stacks and Hydro 16. Players only need to pick up one of these to complete the Legendary Quest and earn XP. While players should choose the location most convenient for them, there are a few benefits and drawbacks to each one. Here's how to find a doomsday prepper guide during Week 4 of Fortnite Season 7.

The only two places to find doomsday prepper guides in Fortnite Season 7 are Steamy Stacks and Hydro 16. Steamy Stacks is a well-known location in the island's northeastern region that has plenty of loot to draw opponents. Hydro 16 is located southeast of Slurpy Swamp. It may be generally quieter but contains multiple hazards this season, including a new boss and Alien Parasites.

The doomsday prepper guides can be found in the following spots:

  • Steamy Stacks: Inside Building 3, near crates by the stairs
  • Hydro 16: In an office on the southeastern wall, between a desk and file cabinet

Players only need to approach the guide on the floor and hold the interact button until they have picked it up. The challenge will register as complete, and they will receive 30,000 XP toward their Fortnite Season 7 Battle Pass.

Both doomsday prepper guides during Week 4 of Fortnite Season 7 are both located near foraging resources, allowing players to complete both Legendary Quests in the same match. In Slurpy Swamp and Weeping Woods near Hydro 16, players can find mushrooms, and from Steamy Stacks, they can travel to Steel Farm for fruits and vegetables. Players may choose Hydro 16 to increase their chances of getting an alien parasite, which can improve their jump height and eliminate the possibility of taking a headshot. Here, they can also eliminate Zyg and Choppy, a new boss carrying the Mythic Ray Gun weapon. If players want to have a chance to wield this powerful, futuristic gun, going for the Hydro 16 doomsday prepper guide may be a better choice. Ultimately, it will be up to their unique preferences and goals.

Next: Fortnite: Where to Find Every Week 4 Alien Artifact (Season 7)

Fortnite is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Android.

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:03:20 GMT
She Would Never Know: 10 Ways It’s A Binge Worthy K-Drama
She Would Never Know is a 2021 drama that slightly strays away from the typical K-drama structure in the best way possible. Fans shouldn't fear, though, as the drama still follow many well-known tropes that make it an even more enjoyable watch. The drama generated serious buzz, as it stars a popular K-Pop idol and a veteran actor in the lead roles.

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The drama centers around two workplace employees on the marketing team of a cosmetics company. Riddled with supporting storylines, characters, heartache, and romance, a female senior employee and her junior find love. She Would Never Know is a K-drama worthy of a must-watch list.

10 The Rising Actor & The Veteran

Fans of K-dramas and K-Pop will gravitate towards the drama because of the two actors playing the lead roles of Yoon Song-Ah and Chae Hyun-Seung. K-Pop idol-turned-actor, Rowoon, is well recognized as a lead vocalist for the boy group, SF9. His first leading role was in 2019 in the teen drama, Extraordinary You, where he played the main love interest.

In She Would Never Know, he once again plays the male lead and love interest, Hyun-Seung. Won Jin-Ah is a veteran in the industry. Working in both movies and television, Jin-Ah started her career in 2015 and gained recognition for the drama Rain or Shine, also known as Just Between Lovers. Many drama fans recall her romantic role in Melting Me Softly.

9 The Age Gap Relationship

It's not uncommon in K-dramas to see two main characters fall in love that have an age gap. On many occasions, the male lead is significantly older than the female, like in Golbin. A unique twist to She Would Never know is that the drama instead does a switch and has the female lead be the male character's senior.

This age gap characteristic pushes forward the show's storyline, as Song-Ah is hesitant to date someone her junior and doesn't think it's a good idea. Her way of thinking leads her to push away Hyun-Seung and his advances. Hyun-Seung sees past their age difference, but it does lead to judgment by the supporting characters and quarrels about their future.

8 It's Based On A Webtoon

Much like comic books, teen novels, or any other form of written source material, webtoons often get the TV or movie treatment. There are many K-dramas that use published online webtoons and bring to life the characters and stories from paper to the small screen.

She Would Never Know was originally a webtoon from 2017 by Elise (Elize). The slight difference is that the webtoon's original title is Senior, Don't Put On That Lipstick. Most internet searches will bring up both the webtoon and drama under both names. Original fans of the webtoon can watch the illustrated pages come to life and fans of the drama can go back and see just how well the show mimicked the webtoon.

7 The Supporting Characters Storylines

Many K-dramas don't just focus on the two main characters, but the individual stories of the supporting characters. Audiences are in for a fun surprise when they find themselves getting just as invested in the supporting characters as they are with Song-Ah and Hyun-Seung. Not only does the drama have a deteriorating and complex relationship between the marketing department's boss and his fiancé, but the sweet love story of Hyun-Seung's older sister.

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Above all, there's a much deeper and profound supporting storyline between one of Hyun-Seung's sisters, Chae Yeon-Seung (Ha Yoon-Kyung), and her husband. As audiences are introduced to them, it becomes obvious that there's a hidden story concerning sexual orientation that needs to come to light.

6 The Already Established Storyline

In dramas like The King: Eternal Monarch or Just Between Lovers, the two main characters don't initially know each other. They have to go through the plot elements of meeting each other and developing a bond. She Would Never Know breaks this plot element and starts out with an already established story.

Hyun-Seung and Song-Ah have been colleagues for some time in the first episode. Song-Ah has been his mentor in the department for what can be assumed for many months and already developed a friendly relationship. There's no anticipation of when or how the characters will meet and it's refreshing to see a storyline develop from within, instead of outside elements.

5 The Bad Prior Ex Trope

Female lead characters are often dealt a bad hand when it comes to establishing their stories in K-dramas. A common trope often seen is the female character dealing with a bad breakup, vile ex-boyfriend, or simply down on her luck. This is certainly true for Song-Ah, but it helps establish her strong character.

It's revealed that Song-Ah was dating the boss of their department in secret and is happy. But Hyun-Seung comes to learn that their boss is marrying a female family member of the company's owner. Telling Song-Ah the truth sends her into a downward spiral, realizing that her now ex never intended to make their relationship public.

4 The Strong Female Lead

There have been many badass female lead characters in K-dramas through the years. Song-Ah is a new addition to the list for her strong character and resilience, while also having a softer and emotional side. Not only is she forced to realize that the person she thought she loved was betraying her, but she handles it with bravado and strength.

She refuses to be taken advantage of and cuts off all relationship-based communication with her ex. The only problem is that her ex is also her boss. Regardless, she holds her ground and ends it to protect herself. Audiences will praise her as she also comes to protect Hyun-Seung.

3 Not The Typical Love Triangle

At the beginning of the drama, Song-Ah is secretly dating her boss, Lee Jae-Shin (Lee Hyun-Wook). At the same time, Hyun-Seung has always secretly had feelings for Song-Ah, but never acted on them. When learning the truth about Jae-Shin's soon-to-be marriage, it creates a tense and drama-filled storyline that isn't the typical love triangle.

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Jae-Shin becomes incredibly angry at Song-Ah for breaking off their relationship and jealous of Hyun-Seung, believing they are a couple. The 'love' aspect of the love triangle only occurs between Song-Ah and Hyun-Seung, as Jae-Shin often intervenes, still caught up in his love for Song-Ah.

2 The Realistic & Constant Romance

If you're looking for the ultimate K-drama with swoon-worthy romance and kiss scenes, She Would Never Know is a must-watch. The drama will have even the most seasoned fans blushing. There's a deep and profound connection between Song-Ah and Hyun-Seung when they decide to give in to each other's feelings. At the same time, Song-Ah is wary due to being co-workers and the age gap.

Despite the age difference, they understand each other's wants and desires on a deeper level. Both understand they are adults with careers in the midst of their relationship. Not to mention, the drama has many memorable kiss scenes between the two and cute moments. When Hyun-Seung needs a hug, Song-Ah stands on a bench to at least be face level.

1 The Male Lead Is A Great Guy

Audiences will have a hard time finding a flaw in Hyun-Seung. He's in no way a bad-boy male character and instead will win over viewers' hearts with his generosity, understanding, and just by being a sincere, good guy. Hyun-Seung kept his feelings for Song-Ah hidden because of their work relationship, but couldn't find it in himself to keep the truth about Jae-Shin hidden from her.

Even when Jae-Shin would confront Song-Ah, Hyun-Seung would step in to protect her. Throughout his journey with Song-Ah, he never tried to force his feelings on her and wanted her to come to terms with it on her own. Above all, Hyun-Seung understood that she's a grown woman with her own choices to make in life.

NEXT: 10 Best K-Dramas In 2021 On Viki & Netflix, According To IMDb

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:56 GMT
The 10 Best Directors In Comic Book Movie History | ScreenRant
As comic books have shown, even a great character can be bogged down if the storytelling is not on point. Classic characters have languished for years because of the direction their stories were taken. Conversely, when a good storyteller is at the helm, they can elevate the material and bring out the best in the characters.

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The same has also proven true over and over again with comic book movie adaptations. Talented and visionary directors bring an extra dimension to their work and put a unique spin on classic comic book characters. As a result, there have been some incredible directorial efforts in comic book movies.

10 Richard Donner (Superman)

Prior to 1978's Superman, superhero movies and shows were generally treated as light, campy material. Projects such as Adam West's Batman focused on the comedic and over-the-top aspects of the source material.

This began to change, however, with Superman. Coming off of the success of The Omen, director Richard Donner pushed to treat the character with a more "reverent" approach. While certainly still light and occasionally comedic, the movie establishes a hopeful and optimistic tone in a grounded and believable way, laying the groundwork for all modern superhero movies.

9 Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 2)

Released in 2002, Spider-Man was one of several movies that helped launch the recent wave of superhero movies. However, as successful as the first film was, director Sam Raimi topped himself with Spider-Man 2, delivering a perfect superhero sequel.

By stripping the character of his powers, similar to Superman II, the director was able to tell a more character-driven story that explored the cost of heroism. This, combined with thrilling action sequences and a sympathetic approach to the villain made the movie a standout.

8 Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, & Bob Persichetti (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse)

After six live-action Spider-Man movies, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the property in a new and inventive direction. By focusing on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker and bringing together a diverse group of Spider-People, the movie was a fresh and original take on the character.

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Directors Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and Bob Persichetti brought the story to life with creative storytelling, effective meta-humor, and groundbreaking animation. Hilarious, relatable, and stunning to look at, Into the Spider-Verse is an incredible one-of-a-kind comic book movie that can only result from strong direction and clear vision.

7 Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok)

While the first two Thor movies were successful, they were considered, by some, among the worst MCU movies. Despite the talent involved, some critics felt the movies came off as stiff and boring. All of this changed when Taika Waititi stepped in to direct the third film in the series, Thor: Ragnarok.

The director infused life into the franchise with this colorful, hilarious, and visually stunning entry. Known for his comedy, Taika Waititi was able to unlock Chris Hemsworth's comedic potential, reshaping the character of Thor. Additionally, the director delivers some of Thor's best action scenes, including his battle on the Rainbow Bridge and his gladiator match against Hulk.

6 Jon Favreau (Iron Man)

2008's Iron Man was an enormous success that set up the Avengers and launched the MCU. Director Jon Favreau is easily one of the biggest reasons that the film was so successful, starting with his risky decision to cast Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role.

By combining compelling characters, great visuals, and humor, Jon Favreau was able to establish what has become Marvel's formula for success. Following the popularity of the more dramatic X-Men and Spider-Man films of the early 2000s, Jon Favreau's serious yet comedic direction made Iron Man unique and fresh.

5 Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman)

After the character was introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman marked the first solo outing for the Amazonian warrior. The film is a fish out of water story, as Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira for the first time and experiences the world.

Director Patty Jenkins, clearly taking inspiration from Superman, perfectly balances the optimism and hopefulness of the character with the horrors and violence of World War I. The result is a bright, inspiring movie that is filled with many memorable moments.

4 James Mangold (Logan)

Over the years, the X-Men franchise has struggled with consistency, producing some major hits and misses. However, the character of Wolverine has been a constant fan favorite. Taking over after the misfire of X-Men: Origins, director James Mangold got the character back on track with The Wolverine before delivering a masterpiece in Logan.

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James Mangold used a gritty, R-rated approach to the film that highlighted the character's rage and violence in a way audiences had never seen. Dark and character-driven, Mangold crafts an engaging film about loss, aging, and ultimately redemption.

3 Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)

2018's Black Panther was a pop-cultural phenomenon, achieving tremendous critical and commercial success. The film was praised for its creative Afrofuturism and visionary presentation of the nation of Wakanda. Additionally, the movie presents a surprisingly deep and nuanced philosophical debate as its central conflict.

One of the biggest driving forces behind this groundbreaking film, Ryan Coogler broke from the MCU mold, bringing in collaborators from his previous films to create this culturally significant, visually creative, and emotionally resonant film. He skillfully balanced the emotional journey of T'Challa with the big world-building elements.

2 Anthony & Joseph Russo (Avengers: Endgame)

After over a decade of build-up, the MCU's Infinity Saga finally came to a climax in Avengers: Endgame. As the culmination of the MCU, the film revisited moments from previous movies and brought together nearly every major character for a final fight against Thanos.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo managed to balance all the demands of the film and delivered a thrilling, emotional journey that left fans in awe. Ambitious and groundbreaking, the Russo brothers accomplished the unimaginable and created the largest scale comic book movie of all time.

1 Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)

Following the failure of the campy Batman & Robin, director Christopher Nolan successfully rebooted the franchise with the dark and gritty Batman Begins. He then continued his reinvention of the character with The Dark Knight.

Christopher Nolan's grounded and realistic approach to the film helped reshape the industry, inspiring many other dark and gritty reboots. Additionally, he used outstanding tension and incredible performances from the cast to deliver what is considered by many to be the best superhero movie of all time.

NEXT: 15 Reasons Why The Dark Knight Is Still The Best Superhero Movie

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:50 GMT
The Godfather: Every Major Character Death, Ranked From Least To Most Tragic
Content Warning: This article contains discussions/images to murder and graphic violence.

Where most gangster movies go out of their way to create some of the most unique and wild murders imaginable, The Godfather doesn’t do anything of the sort. Most of the deaths are natural and many of the murders are fairly realistic.

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However, they are still way more dramatic than any over-the-top and theatrical murders found in other gangster movies, and it’s largely due to the weight of the situations. From mob bosses picking off their own blood, daughters being shot in front of their own fathers, or characters simply dying of a heart attack, there are so many deaths that will leave fans shedding a tear or two. But there are just as many that are oddly satisfying.

10 Francesco Ciccio

Although the murder of Francesco Ciccio was gruesome, many fans will agree that it was well-deserved. In the final act of The Godfather Part II, Vito returns to Sicily to seek revenge on Ciccio, who murdered Vito’s whole family when he was just a child.

At the beginning of the movie, Ciccio even orders one of his men to kill Vito’s mother with a shotgun at such close range. So when Vito impales the aging gangster with a huge knife and drags it down his body, it’s extremely disturbing, but expected.

9 Sollozzo And McCluskey

Being the first big moment in the franchise, the murder of Sollozzo and McCluskey is one of the most rewatched scenes in the series. There was so much build-up and planning around the murder of the crooked cop and mafia boss that when it finally happened, it was so suspenseful. It wasn’t in the least bit tragic, as McCluskey had only ever been seen beating Michael and Sollozzo had been trying to murder Vito, so when Michael shoots them both in the head, there wasn’t much to cry about.

8 Fanucci

Though there aren’t really any good guys in the series, Fanucci was another one of the “bad guys” who got brutally obliterated. Outside of the Helicopter scene in The Godfather Part III, Fanucci’s death is the most cinematic murder of them all, as Vito climbs over rooftops, following the Black Hand leader as he walks through the Feast of San Rocco.

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They eventually end up in the hallway of an apartment building, where Vito shoots Fanucci, with a shotgun with a makeshift silencer in the form of a towel.

7 Luca Brasi


It’s hard not to feel sorry for Luca Brasi, as he was simply trying to impress Vito and get his respect. Because he wasn't as intelligent as some of the main characters, it was almost as if he was totally out of his element going in to meet with the Tattaglia crime family, and it was clear from the beginning that he was going to get murdered as soon as he walked into the clubhouse. Being the first major death in the series, the character was mercilessly choked to death.

6 Salvatore Tessio

Throughout the whole of the first movie, though he was part of the mafia, Salvatore Tessio seemed like a kind old man, and he was always there for everyone. But, at the end, it’s revealed that he was plotting to have Michael killed so he could take over the Corleone family.

It’s almost heartbreaking when he’s taken off to be killed, as he basically accepts his fate and says to Tom, “Tell Michael it was nothing personal, it was only business,” (which is one of the movie's most iconic lines ever).

5 Vito

Though he didn’t go down in a blaze of gunfire like what would be expected of a mob boss, Vito's death arrived in what should have been one of the most wholesome moments in the entire series.

What makes Vito's death worse is that it happened whilst he was playing around in the garden with his grandson. Though Vito was ultimately an evil human being, the movie tries not to portray him in a terrible light by showing that his number one priority was always protecting his family. So when he collapsed in his plants, in front of his grandson, there were a few people who felt a little bit of sadness for him.

4 Sonny


Sonny wasn’t a great guy, but he was by far the most entertaining character. Although he was known for his temper and impulsiveness, many viewers did give Sonny a bit of credit for his loyalty and the way he protected his siblings.

So, for some viewers, it was hard to watch when he was shot down at the toll booth by several men, armed with machine guns. However, as tragic as it was, his death still inspired a ton of memes due to Vito saying, “look how they massacred my boy,” upon seeing his dead body.

3 Michael

Going from a war hero to a villain, it shouldn’t have felt so tragic when Michael died. But given how the whole of The Godfather Part III was about him redeeming himself of all the bad things he had done, it was hard not to feel for him. On top of losing his daughter after the opera, Michael dies in the worst way possible.

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He doesn’t get brutally shot down or choked to death, but he dies alone, with no friends or family in sight. However, with the newly released cut of Part III, the death has been completely removed, which is one of the biggest changes to the movie.

2 Mary

Mary had a major role in Part III, as she was the one who ostensibly convinced Michael to stop being so evil and she fell in love with Vincent. Although she isn’t the most liked character in the series, her death is still so mortifying, purely because of how heartbroken Michael is over it.

He holds her on the stairs of the entrance to the theatre after she’s been shot, screaming to the heavens. And it’s all because he knows that he just lost one of the most important people in his life.

1 Fredo

It was no surprise the Fredo was going to get murdered after he tried to take down Michael in Part II, as the movie depicted just how merciless Michael was so well. Fans saw it coming, as Michael promised never to harm Fredo while their mother was alive, but as soon as she died, it was his first order of business.

Considering how he isn’t the brightest member in the family and he’s more lost in the world than anything, it was by far the hardest moment for fans to watch. And on top of that, he gets shot in the middle of saying a Hail Mary no less.

NEXT: 10 Best Gangster Films Of The Past 15 Years

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:48 GMT
10 Best Anime Like Invincible | ScreenRant
It would be hard for any other anime to be truly like Amazon's Invincible. But while its political themes and dark tone have made it like other graphic novels, such as Watchmen or The Boys, Invincible still has its own campy youthfulness that sets it apart.

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That being said, Invincible is a story about identity, responsibility, and the dark consequences of making the ends justify the means, dark themes about the human condition that are universal in media and are certainly represented in anime. Whether they match Invincible's reflective look at justice or capture the same sense of suspense and violence, there are some great anime out there that will satisfy Invincible fans.

10 My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is one of the easiest comparisons to Invincible, despite its relative faith to more PG themes. For those looking for another unique reimagining of the superhero genre, My Hero Academia is definitely one of the best out there. In a world where 80 percent of society is born with superpowers, Midoriya Izuku dreams of becoming a superhero, despite being born with none.

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However, his ingenuity and inherent heroism grant him sponsorship and powers from the world's greatest heroes. With the gift, Izuku must now prove to the world that he can become a hero. In recent years, MHA's story has become significantly darker and more political as it grapples more and more with the necessity of superheroes, pushing it closer to matching that Invincible feel.

9 One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man is seen more as a comedy series within the grander scheme of its premise. However, more than often it dips into sincerity when it wants its fight scenes and conflicts to really pack a punch before its titular character actually does. One of the best things about Invincible is how it delivers animated action and One-Punch Man has some of the best in the genre.

Most of this has to do with its line of heroes grappling with threats greater than themselves, but Saitama, the one who can defeat anything and everything with just one punch, has found ways to make his gimmick exciting and gratifying. It also helps that it's almost as gory as Invincible, with bodies exploding on every impact.

8 Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & Bunny is one of the earliest anime in recent history to really adapt and comment on the Western superhero genre for Japanese audiences. Its world is filled with greedy and self-interested heroes who compete for work and sponsorships. The story follows the titular duo after veteran hero, Wild Tiger, struggles with saving the day and must now be partnered with hero newcomer, Bunny.

This buddy cop dynamic coupled with the superhero genre makes the dialogue incredibly charming if not flat-out hilarious, as quips and catchphrases fly in the midst of battle. For those looking for something as colorful and action-packed as Invincible that still plays around with the genre, Tiger & Bunny is a good pick.

7 Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Invincible's biggest trademark is re-contextualizing a typically bright genre with a dark reality behind its world and characters. The whole "nothing is as it seems" angle isn't new to anime and there are few cases where it's had the same, cultural impact as Invincible. The major exception, though, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Magical girl anime is a treasured staple within the genre. They typically feature young girls in colorful dresses fighting off monsters and aliens with magic and the power of friendship. Madoka Magica takes these expectations and crafts one of the darkest anime around. Prepare to never see Sailor Moon the same way again.

6 Charlotte

For those who enjoyed the pseudo-X-Men /Teen Titans vibe of Invincible, (young superheroes learning to control their powers and responsibility), Charlotte is one of the biggest Japanese anime that fits that formula. After a meteor gives a bunch of kids superpowers, a program is set in place to find the kids and teach them how to properly and responsibly use them.

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Charlotte really brings in its audience when it gets invested in the various backgrounds and quirks of its main cast. It also helps that it sets unique limitations to the kids' powers, adding a layer of suspense and tangibility to the action.

5 Parasyte

Much like Invincible, Spiderman, or really any superhero story about a timid nerd who gets superpowers, Parasyte initially focuses on a wimpy nice guy who's changed by a fate, sci-fi encounter. However, more like Invincible, said hero struggles with the value of what he's saving and who he's doing it for.

Here, Shinichi Izumi manages to stop an alien parasite from fully taking over his body (just his arm) and must now learn to cooperate with it when these aliens start trying to infect and cannibalize the Earth. As the story progresses, Shinichi begins to ask bigger questions about what it means to be human and who the real parasites are.

4 Hunter X Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter is made by one of the greatest influencers of the shonen manga/anime genre, Yoshihiro Togashi, but much like Invincible, it builds on the expectations and tropes of its genre and swerves into an incredibly darker and much more violent tale. Here, Hunter x Hunter starts as a regular adventure series, full of hope for its main character, who intends to explore the world to find his father.

He learns the ins and outs of being a Hunter and challenges himself to become strong enough to handle the same challenges his father has. However, up against threats such as the Phantom Troupe, Greed Island's Bombers, and especially the Chimera Ants, Gon and the world are constantly challenged by inhuman threats that almost conspire to change his one adventurous soul.

3 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is far from a superhero story. It only roughly fits in the shonen genre. However, few series as a whole can match Invincible's suspenseful, serialized storytelling and themes of disillusionment the same way this anime can. In this story, alchemy has taken science to fantastical feats, as alchemists can practically reform their reality with their bare hands (and a few transmutation circles).

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The audience follows Ed and Alphonse Elric, two boys who had to pay a hefty price for their failed attempt to resurrect their dead mother. As they work as State Alchemists and search for a way to get their original bodies back, they begin to uncover a grim conspiracy coming from their own government.

2 Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby is a reimagining of a classic, anime series about a devil-themed superhero. In Masaaki Yuasa's version, it's hard to see the resemblance. Its main character, Akira Fudo, isn't struck by the need to fight villains. In a world where more and more humans are mysteriously turning into demons, he just wants everybody, human and demon, to get along.

Akira himself combines with a demon to help save the human race but is progressively caught between the threats against them and the demons' plight. For those who love Invincible for its violence and altruistic reflection, Devilman Crybaby is a fun next watch.

1 Inuyashiki

If one condenses Invincible down to its bare essentials, it's about the greater fight between good and evil, but with a lot of violence. In terms of the latter, there are few creators in the manga industry better at graphic intensity than Hiroya Oku. And while Gantz is his most famous work, Inuyashiki better matches Invincible's dialogue around using one's gifts responsibly.

Here, two different people are caught in a miraculous accident from an alien ship and are rebuilt with the aliens' technology. One of these people is an old man who strives to use his body's advanced technology to protect people from crime and cure disease. The other is an arrogant kid who uses his powers to wreak havoc on the world.

NEXT: The 10 Best Superhero Movies Not In The MCU Or DCEU, According To IMDb

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:41 GMT
10 Best Games To Check During The Steam Summer Sale | ScreenRant
The Steam Summer Sale is running from June 24 until July 8 and it includes a lot of great games, both old and new that are worth checking out. From survival and co-op to story-rich and horror games, Steam Summer Sale has something for everyone and for a cheap price.

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Nevertheless, out of the thousands of games on sale, some manage to stand out due to their highly positive Steam reviews, their solid discounts, and the fact that some of them are still receiving updates often.

10 Sea of Thieves (-33%)

One of the best games of the last few years, Sea of Thieves, is now on sale with a solid discount. As a highly rated game that is known for its' unique pirate multiplayer concept, it is definitely a great choice.

On top of that, the dev team is committed to releasing updates often, with the latest one being a surprising collaboration with the well-known movie series Pirate of the Caribbean, thus bringing some of the movies' best pirates to the game.

9 It Takes Two (-25%)

It Takes Two is one of the best co-op games released to date. Two players engage in a unique storyline filled with puzzles and riddles that can be solved only through cooperation.

The game's engaging story combined with its beautiful graphics and well-made co-op mechanics makes it a solid choice to check during the sale and is one of the highest-rated games overall during 2021. Now that it is on sale, it is the perfect buy.

8 Dead By Daylight (-40%)

It could be said that Dead By Daylight is the best game available in the genre of asymmetrical horror games. Five players engage with one acting as the killer and four as survivors. The survivors have to escape the map quickly and the killer has to use their special powers to stop them.

The greatest aspect of Dead By Daylight is its' replayability since it can offer hundreds of hours of gameplay with new DLCs and events being released every few months. On top of that, it offers some great collaborations with horror movies like Scream or games like Resident Evil.

7 The Forest (-60%)

The Forest is an old gem that is recommended to anyone who enjoys open-world, survival crafting games and hasn't tried it yet. With a great discount, The Forest offers a unique experience that can be played solo but becomes even better when done co-op with other friends.

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On top of that, it features great building and base defense mechanics against the unwanted visitors on the island that often attack the player.

6 No Man's Sky (-50%)

The well-received No Man's Sky is a game that has made an incredible comeback. Following its terrible launch, multiple high-quality updates have made the game one of the best in the genre of open-world survival exploration.

It offers a vast world filled with secrets that even the most faithful players might not know about. A solid sale, combined with the fact that the game is still receiving great updates makes it a solid option to buy.

5 Subnautica (-50%)

Subnautica is one of the better-reviewed games of the past decade that is still relevant to date. Even though it was released back in 2014, it offers a unique combination of story and exploration of the deep sea world that is like no other.

While it did release Subnautica Below Zero as a follow-up game, the first game is still considered the best by most fans and its' 96% positive reviews on Steam reveal the same.

4 Phasmophobia (-15%)

Phasmophobia is a unique game in the genre of online co-op horror. Four players travel to a haunted map (house, school, prison, etc.) and try to identify the ghost type that's there through ghost events like jump scares, creepy sounds, talking to it, and more.

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It also offers VR features that make the game even scarier. On top of that, with the current sale, it's available for really cheap, thus making it a great choice for horror fans.

3 Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition (-75%)

Dark Souls III is considered by many fans as the best game to play while waiting for the forthcoming Elden Ring, which has fans on edge with some great things revealed in its' latest trailer.

Especially now when its Deluxe Edition is available at a great price, players have a chance to experience both the core game and all the DLCs added. For any fan of the Dark Souls series, or anyone that's hyped for Elden Ring, this is a great option.

2 The Hunter: Call of the Wild (-76%)

One of the biggest discounts throughout the Steam Summer Sale is offered in The Hunter: Call of the Wild, a great open-world hunting simulation game. It is considered by many as one of the best games that make hunting extremely fun.

On top of that, it constantly adds new biomes to hunt in, with unique species that makes fans keep coming back through the form of DLCs that are also on sale.

1 Planet Zoo (-55%)

Planet Zoo is a great zoo management simulation game where the player builds their own zoo from scratch. They choose every pathing, facility, enclosure, and of course animals that will be added.

It allows for a lot of creativity in the way that a zoo will be built since it allows the player to fully alter the terrain in any way that they please. On top of that, it still receives constant updates in the form of DLC content that adds new animals and buildings.

NEXT: E3 2021: 10 Best Games Featured At The Event

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:27 GMT
DCEU Characters & Their Lucifer Counterparts | ScreenRant
Before the crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths came along, fans had no idea Lucifer was kind of also a part of the Arrowverse, albeit a distant one. As such, it has a lot more things in common with the superhero universe DCEU than one might have expected. In both cases, the heroes have to deal with enemies of supernatural, even godlike origin (for example, Wonder Woman with Ares, Lucifer with his siblings), and it affects the lives of non-powered people around them.

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Several similarities lie in the character of the heroes from both universes. Not just the way they are in their everyday lives but also how they behave and approach the world. So many DCEU heroes and villains also have their Lucifer counterparts.

10 Superman: Amenadiel

Superman isn't an angel but considering his inherent kindness and the effort to do what's right, he's fairly close to it. It's easy to imagine he and Amenadiel would see eye to eye, especially since they both have moments when they doubt themselves. They have to learn how to live alongside humans and they grow to love humanity as time progresses.

What's more, another major thing they have in common is that they both find a human girlfriend and have a child with her (as Lois Lane was pregnant the last time the audience saw her in Zack Snyder's Justice League).

9 Harley Quinn: Maze

Harley is much more unstable than Maze but there's no denying that Maze also struggles with keeping her emotions and temperament in check. Both women have no trouble reverting to violence when the situation asks for it.

They've also been greatly influenced by a man in their life (Harley by Joker and Maze by Lucifer) but eventually found their own path and became truly independent. Finally, they also both like women as well as men since Harley dated Poison Ivy (at least in the comics), and Maze was in love with Eve.

8 Lois Lane: Chloe Decker

Both Lois Lane and Chloe Decker have to come to terms with the realization that the world is a much more complicated place than they had previously believed. This happens to Lois when she meets Superman and to Chloe when she realizes that Lucifer is truly the Devil.

They're hardworking women who don't let other people push them around but at the same time, they're family-oriented. What brings them closer is the loss they go through - when Clark dies and Lucifer goes back to Hell, Lois and Chloe have a hard time dealing with it.

7 Sir Patrick Morgan (Ares): Marcus Pierce (Cain)

Not every villain manages to mask their true nature long enough to trick the heroes but Cain and Ares did. Other than the fact that they're both thousands of years old, what makes them similar is their initial intentions remain hidden.

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When Marcus Pierce first shows up, he seems like an ordinary man but only later reveals he manipulated Chloe and is the biblical murderer Cain. Ares then first poses as sir Patrick Morgan and even helps the heroes but he still ends up fighting Wonder Woman in the end and is indirectly responsible for Steve Trevor's death.

6 Queen Atlanna: Eve

Unlike other duos on this list, Queen Atlanna and Eve have similar destinies, not characters. They both left their home behind to be with the man they eventually loved but they were forced to return to their original homes and it took them years before they were able to reunite with their loved one.

Queen Atlanna is less emotional than Eve but that doesn't change the fact they both have good intentions, a good heart.

5 Maxwell Lord: Michael

It's true that Michael is much more unhinged than Maxwell Lord but he's also thousands of years older than Lord. What makes them similar is their ability to manipulate and charm people. Even when Chloe recognizes that Michael pretends to be Lucifer, he still makes her feel insecure about Lucifer's feelings for her.

Not to mention the fact that Michael also manipulates Maze to join his side and Dan to shoot Lucifer. Maxwell Lord then first tricks Barbara into giving him the Dreamstone and he then manipulates multiple people into wishing exactly what he wants them to.

4 Barbara Minerva: Linda Martin

Unlike Barbara Minerva, doctor Linda Martin is much more confident - or so it would seem. But as the series progresses, it becomes obvious she doesn't have that many people close to her. Barbara also isolates herself from others, albeit for different reasons, as she's painfully shy.

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What these two women have in common is that they do their best to help people even if they're in well over their heads. Linda treats Lucifer even after she discovers he's the Devil and Barbara helps Wonder Woman despite the fact it puts her in danger.

3 Barry Allen: Ella Lopez

The two most lovable characters could easily make a good couple since they have a lot in common. Both Barry Allen and Ella Lopez remain optimistic despite all the challenges they have faced in life. They value friendships and do their best to protect people.

Barry immediately joins the League when Batman asks him to do so because he's lonely and just wants to have friends. Ella, on the other hand, manages to befriend even Lucifer which is no easy task. They have a sense of humor and aren't afraid to express their feelings, whether positive or negative, it doesn't matter.

2 Shazam: Trixie Espinoza

The DCEU doesn't have that many young characters so in the end, character-wise, Trixie is closest to Shazam or Billy Batson. They're both brave and don't let other people push them around. Trixie demonstrates this when she beats the girl who bullies others in her school (right in the first episode) and Billy proves his bravery when he goes on to fight crime as the superhero Shazam even though he's still a child in real life.

They're also smart - Trixie manages to trick even Lucifer himself and Shazam defeats the highly intelligent Doctor Sivana, albeit with his friends' help.

1 Wonder Woman: Lucifer

Of all the Lucifer characters, Lucifer is the hardest to pinpoint. It's likely because he has so many facets of his personality. Nevertheless, he and Wonder Woman share some significant similarities. For starters, they're both charming and can easily make friends once they decide to do so.

At the same time, they have the tendency to pull away from others and can be loners. Diana spent decades with no friends until she joined the Justice League and Lucifer also didn't seem to have too many close people until he befriended Chloe and Ella. Finally, they're both kind people but also have a darker side to them - for example, they're willing to kill when the situation asks for it, especially when it means protecting their friends and loved ones.

NEXT: 10 MCU Superheroes & Their Harry Potter Counterpart

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:17 GMT
The 100: Each Main Character's Most Iconic Scene | ScreenRant
Shows about survival allow for several iconic moments for the main characters. The 100 featured a cast of strong characters, all of whom did their best to not only survive but protect each other. Clarke, Bellamy, and the rest of their crew significantly impacted the series, but fans believe these moments defined them.

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While not all of their choices were the best, many of these iconic moments allowed the characters to grow, adapt, and change. Others were moments written to shock the audience, pull at the heartstrings, or give fans hope that things might finally work out for the 100.

9 Echo

First introduced in Season 2 as a member of Azgeda's royal guard, fans met Echo under Mount Weather. She became a regular in Season 5, but her most iconic moment happens before joining Spacekru, back in Season 4. During the Final Conclave, Echo sneaks onto the battlefield to assist Ronan. Hiding in a building, Echo prepares to kill Octavia before Bellamy stops her.

Disgusted by her actions, Ronan banishes Echo from Azgeda and the Second Dawn bunker. While her actions were seen as villainous toward Skaikru, Echo had good intentions. She knew if Ronan failed, her clan wouldn't be welcomed in the bunker. So, she put her life on the line to ensure the survival of her clan. It displayed the kind of loyalty and fierceness that were trademarks of her personality.

8 Abby Griffin

Chief Medical Officer and mother of Clarke, Abby Griffin, had her fair share of iconic moments. As the medical officer, she was there for every major injury, likely saving nearly all the main character's lives at some point. But one of her most iconic moments is one of her last.

After arriving on Sanctum, Russell Lightbourne learns that Abby can make Nightbloods. Russell captures Madi and demands that Abby use her to turn others into Nightbloods. Abby knows the process will kill Madi. So, to save her adopted granddaughter, Abby does the unthinkable and turns herself into a Nightblood. Over the course of six seasons, Abby wasn't always able to protect Clarke the way she wanted but she steps up here, saving Madi for Clarke, even though it leads to her own death.

7 Monty Green

Monty Green saves his friends time and time again over five seasons. He hacked security systems in Mount Weather and he made it possible to stay alive on the ring for six years. Monty has always been essential to the survival of his friends. But his most iconic moment was when he had to choose between saving a friend and saving his mother.

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After A.L.I.E. took control of Arkadia, Monty encounters his mother in the woods. Realizing that she is influenced by A.L.I.E, Monty tries to get away, but his mother attacks. Octavia comes to his rescue but is overpowered so Monty has to choose, shoot his mother, or let her kill Octavia. He knows that he can't save both and chooses to kill his mother. This marks a turning point in Monty where he sees the consequences of survival, which plays a factor in his choices down the line and how he wants them to do better.

6 Jasper Jordan

After landing on Earth, Jasper had a carefree attitude that was bound to get him in trouble. But after trying to impress Octavia, Jasper Jordan became a part of one of the most iconic moments of the entire series, when the 100 realized they weren't alone.

Jasper, Clarke, and a small group search for Mount Weather. When they come to a river, Jasper swings across and happens to find a sign that reads "Mount Weather." Then suddenly, Jasper is thrown backward, impaled through the chest by a spear. This moment not only took characters by surprise, but it shocked fans and created the perfect pilot hook. Fans wanted more, characters wanted answers, and everyone wanted Jasper to survive, which he did, but suffered the trauma of this injury until his death in Season 4.

5 John Murphy

After being a recurring character of The 100 throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Murphy becomes a series regular in Season 3. Known for surviving at all costs and not really caring what side he is on, Murphy managed to be in all the important places at the right times. But his most iconic moments came in Season 7 when he decided that his life wasn't the only one worth saving.

As everything starts to fall apart in Sanctum, Murphy steps up and takes a leadership role. As Russell, now controlled by Sheidheda, the Dark Commander, tries to take over Sanctum, killing both Wonkru and Sanctummites alike, Murphy is determined to protect them. Cleverly moving people around Sanctum, Murphy manages to save dozens of lives. While he was reluctant to step up, Murphy proved that his ability to survive made him the perfect leader for the people of Sanctum.

4 Raven Reyes

As the main mechanic, weapons maker, and overall tech wiz, Raven Reyes is responsible for providing a radio connection between the 100 and the Ark, destroying Mount Weather, and defeating A.L.I.E. But her time on Earth took a toll on her.

Raven suffers seizures and hallucinations from the side effects of A.L.I.E., so she realizes she is dying and chooses to accept this fate. She suffered through so much pain and has seen too many people die and is ready to give up. But before she can, she hallucinates a friend telling her she needs to survive. Raven figures out a way to reboot her brain by submerging herself in cold water, letting her heart rate drop, going into cardiac arrest. In a moment where she could have chosen the easy way out, she instead chose to live.

3 Octavia Blake

Octavia Blake is known as being strong, ruthless, and powerful. Never feeling as though she fit in with the 100, Skaikru, or the Grounders, she always proved loyal to her brother and her friends. While she made plenty of terrible and violent choices throughout the series, her most iconic moment was one of peace.

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Octavia chose to fight for Skaikru in the Final Conclave knowing that it was the only way to guarantee the safety of Bellamy and her friends. After her win, however, Octavia did the unexpected. She allowed 100 people from each clan use of the bunker, saving as many people as possible. The girl who never fit in with a single "clan" proved that there could be peace between all because, in the end, they only had each other to rely on. At this moment, Octavia created Wonkru.

2 Bellamy Blake

Since Season 1, Bellamy Blake put himself in a leadership role. While he doesn't always make the best decisions, he grows as a character and realizes that everyone has to do better if they are going to survive.  After the Mountain Men capture the 100, Bellamy and Clarke try everything to free them.

But after negotiations fail, their only option is to irradiate Mount Weather. This moment is when Bellamy proves he is the heart of the group. He understands other people's emotions, and at that moment, he knew that Clarke needed someone to share this burden with her. So he puts his hand on hers, saying, "together" as they pull the lever.

1 Clarke Griffin

As the main character of The 100,  Clarke Griffin has many iconic moments. She always put herself on the line to save her friends even when fans weren't sure if Clarke would survive. One time came at the end of season 4.

As Praimfaya burns the world, Clarke goes to align a satellite dish to power the Ark but the dish needs to be powered manually. At this moment, Clarke realizes that the only way her friends live is if she stays behind. Knowing she is going to die and seeing the death wave approaching, she climbs the tower. Clarke is a survivor, but certain death didn't stop her as she proved that her friends are the most important people in her life.

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:07 GMT
Fear Street: 10 Things New Horror Movies Can Learn From The Series
R.L. Stine's Fear Street is Netflix's newest trilogy of slasher flicks, and despite its teen-scream inspirations, it's shaping up to be a stand-out horror experience that perfects upon the standard formula. Yes, the main plotline focuses on a group of teenagers getting ritualistically picked off by a series of killers, but what lies beneath is so much more.

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Fear Street (at least the first installment) deserves to stand alongside such smash hits as Halloween, Scream, and A Nightmare On Elm StreetIt has all the trimmings and trappings of an '80s or '90s slasher, but it improves the formula to the point modern horror films should start taking notes.

10 Characters Feel Like Real People

While the film's leads do fall into the tropes of nerd, slacker/stoner, final girl, and so on, they don't use those roles as their entire identity. Their character types are purposeful, and each has a standout personality that separates them from other horror victims. But the most important thing is that they feel like grounded humans rather than targets for the killer.

Relatability will always get a movie points, no matter the genre. And chances are, viewers can identify at least one person they know that resonates with the characters if not themselves. That way, they'll be more emotionally invested when said characters get axed off.

9 Nostalgia Isn’t A Gimmick

Netflix's Stranger Things did it first, then others followed. However, Fear Street's use of a nostalgic age isn't the star of the show, more like an aesthetic or theme. This way it becomes more of the film's identity and setting rather than its main selling point.

Apart from a few design choices and set pieces, the '90s aren't really hammered into the film or forced into the viewer's face. Little winks and nods like the Castlevania game are perfect for viewers who grew up with them, but they aren't jammed as critical points. Everything happens naturally and without much coercion.

8 The Genre Is Referenced But Respected

Right out of the gate, Fear Street knows it's a horror movie. When the opening scenes are direct references to Scream, it's pretty much a tell-tale sign of the film being self-aware. However, it leaves its meta-horror elements there and moves on. The rest is practically a respectful tribute to the slasher genre.

Some bits and bobs are callbacks to movies like Friday the 13th but it never ventures into parody territory at all. It's a film that takes the genre seriously and knows exactly what it's doing at all times, a feat hardly seen by its modern contemporaries.

7 There’s A Wider Audience Appeal

It might be inspired by R.L Stine's more mature series, but it has appeal for horror fans both young and old. The bright colors and blatant classic horror themes might bring in the younger viewers, but the graphic visuals and intense plot will keep the older ones glued to the screen.

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True, there are the typical teen-scream elements present in the first half, but once the threat of the Witch's curse takes hold, that's when things take a dark and twisted turn. It has different levels of intensity that can ease newcomers into the genre but keep long-time fans invested for the long haul.

6 A Sense Of Balance

One thing the film does that many modern slashers seem to have forgotten how to do is balance its horror elements. It's tense when it needs to be, light when it needs to be, and everything in between. It's not a constant series of grisly murders but it's not a tongue-in-cheek meta-narrative either.

It's a scary movie, but it knows it's a scary movie. That being said, it also knows its audience and what they will look for in terms of storytelling. Still, it's able to use all its elements to deliver a solid final product.

5 Confidence In Identity

This is a big win for Fear Street, as well as being one of the biggest factors separating it from other Scream knock-offs. The film knows it might be compared to other slashers, but it goes out of its way to establish its own identity so that particular pothole is avoided. By creating its own world and lore, it establishes itself outside the particular horror film.

The movie feels genuine at all times, and it doesn't rely on gimmicks or pandering. It sticks to the choices it makes and commits to the act.

4 The Curse Has Reasoning

Mixing a slasher movie with the supernatural was a bold choice to make, but not without reasoning. By having the film's group of killers being fueled by an ancient curse, the danger is given more depth than just a typical freaky night for the teenage victims.

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The curse of Sarah Fiers gives the killers a reason to exist. They aren't escaped mental patients, evil spirits, or monsters freed from a cursed book or board game, but rather puppets in a darker, overarching narrative that helps the series progress into a full trilogy. It's not forced, it's not contrite, and it helps further the story, so the filmmakers made the right call with this one.

3 The Killers Are Simple Yet Effective

No slasher movie would be complete without one masked maniac at the helm, but Fear Street gives viewers a full assortment of killers to contend with. But what makes them classic is that they all feel real within this universe, and not something created by other hands or means.

Using the three killers with the most screen time as examples, these victims of Sarah's curse are composed of what their environments had to turn them into slashers. They aren't elaborate, but they're still identifiable and definitely scary. Sometimes less is more.

2 The Scares Are Well Executed

Far too many horror films rely on jump scares and cheap tricks to get their scare factor in, but this series is shaping up to be a solid entry in terms of suspense, story, and substance for a truly classic horror film. Fear Street's kills and scares are perfectly spread and allow the audience a chance to catch their breath between scenes.

The kills and scares are balanced, suspenseful, and just gory enough without going into overkill. The old sting never dulls viewers to the new one, and everything is delivered in a sharp and precise way.

1 It’s Never Too Meta

The film is already set in the blacklight glow of the '90s and its primary killer wears a Halloween costume and sports a sharp knife. There's no way it wouldn't be compared to movies like Screambut luckily it avoids comparison by limiting its meta flavor to just the opening scene.

It knows it's a horror movie, but it's not self-aware. There is arguably some commentary present, but it isn't the star of the show. It's a horror film that sets out to be a classic slasher flick, and that's exactly what it accomplishes all in the first entry. Hopefully, the sequels will be just as enticing and engaging.

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:00:01 GMT
Marvel's Batman Just Became the Avengers' Most Dangerous Villain

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Heroes Return #1

In the finale for Marvel's Heroes Reborn, it looks as though Marvel's version of Batman has been set up to become a major threat for the Avengers in the near future. In the event's conclusion, the Avengers reassembled despite President Phil Coulson having altered reality in his own image, changing history so that his Squadron Supreme of America became Earth's Mightiest Heroes instead. However, Coulson's reality - made in service to his master Mephisto - was still destroyed and the original Marvel Universe was restored. However, the SSA's Nighthawk has vowed to bring his world back, which can't bode well for the heroes who took it away from him.

The Reborn saga culminates in Heroes Return #1 from writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness which shows readers that the Avengers and Squadron Supreme had an epic battle, effectively being a new Avengers vs. Justice League event seeing as how the Squadron Supreme of America have long been depicted as counterparts to DC's superteam. While President Coulson tried to use his Cosmic Cube from Hell given to him by Mephisto to destroy the Avengers for good, the combined forces of the new Phoenix and Starbrand were able to use the Cube's power to restore their world as it was meant to be.

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While the Avengers effectively took down the SSA before the world was restored, Nighthawk ended up being the last of Squadron standingand he wanted to make sure they knew that before reality was reset: "I want you to remember this too. How we made this world better. Safer than you even could. And remember that despite everything you did to stop us, in the end...I was still standing." Additionally, the end of the issue confirms that Nighthawk remebers the world of Heroes Reborn, and he's determined to bring it back somehow.

Out of all the heroes of the Squadron Supreme, Nighthawk should definitely not be underestimated, and it's pretty concerning that the Avengers don't seem to be actively tracking him at the moment. While an excuse could be that the majority of the Avengers don't remember the altered reality, Blade (and perhaps even Maya Lopez' Phoenix) do remember and could (and should) offer a debrief of what happened due to Coulson and Mephisto's Pandemonium Cube.

In any case, Nighthawk is a brutally determined, focused, capable, and effective individual, making him the equivalent of DC's Dark Knight. As a result, it's more than likely that he'll soon find a way to bring his world back, which will no doubt put him at odds with the Avengers once more. However, one can imagine that, given enough time to plan and prepare, Nighthawk could certainly find and exploit the weaknesses of each of the Avengers, just like Batman and his contingencies for the Justice League. Hopefully, the Avengers will be prepared as well when Marvel's Batman inevitably becomes their next big threat down the line.

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:56:05 GMT
James Gunn Reveals Inspirations Behind 5 Suicide Squad 2 Characters

James Gunn revealed the inspiration and reasoning behind some of The Suicide Squad's new additions to the Task Force X roster, including Bloodsport and Peacemaker. Part sequel, part reboot, Gunn was brought onboard to direct the follow-up to David Ayer's 2016 film, Suicide Squad. Although that film assembled a formidable group of DC villains to take on Enchantress, the film ultimately fell flat for many despite scoring big at the box office. Looking to breathe new life into the potentially huge property, DC hired Gunn after he was fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad's sequel roster is already looking be a much more formidable group of villains. A few are returning from the first film, including Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang, but Task Force X is filled with mostly fresh faces. Gunn went deep into DC lore to find some truly unique and out-there characters from Weasel to Polka Dot Man and King Shark. Why he chose these characters is somewhat of a mystery as the film still has yet to be released, but Gunn gave a peek into his thought process behind some of his choices in a new interview.

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Speaking with Empire MagazineGunn revealed that he looked to bring together "disparate aesthetics" with the different characters to create a truly unique dynamic between the team members. This includes John Cena's Peacemaker, who Gunn cites as having a 1970s sort of framework compared to Idris Elba's Bloodsport and his "grimdark" modernity. The director also took time to poke fun at the look of Javelin and the too-cool-for-school vibe of Savant before landing on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and simply saying, "Harley is Harley!"

I liked the idea of these disparate aesthetics, as if you’re bringing in each of these characters from a different movie or TV show. So Peacemaker is from a 1970s TV show; Bloodsport is more of a modern, scary, grimdark character; Ratcatcher 2 is from some Saw horror film; Javelin looks ridiculous; Savant is kind of cool, but also kind of Def Leppard in the wrong ways; and Harley is Harley! And they’re thrown together in this sort of natural, real world that we present with Corto Maltese, which is very grounded.

One of the key things for a movie like The Suicide Squad is the dynamic between its characters. While a pair like Rick Flag and Harley Quinn already have an established rapport, as shown by The Suicide Squad's trailers, others are more of a mystery. From early looks at the film, it's clear that Bloodsport is a more serious character, a stoic nature that will be contrasted against Peacemaker's more nonchalant attitude. It seems likely that more of these dynamics will be fleshed out in the film - right before many of these characters are unceremoniously killed.

Gunn has promised a high body count for The Suicide Squad and that's possible thanks to the sheer amount of characters he has brought on board. The first film's characters had a decent dynamic, but this was undermined by the lack of risk taking in the film. Fortunately, The Suicide Squad looks to be willing to take risks, from introducing a completely bonkers villain in Starro the Conqueror to the promises of its R-rated insanity.

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Source: Empire Magazine

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:30:50 GMT
Sophia Di Martino Likes That Loki Isn’t Directly Based on a Comic Storyline

Loki star Sophia Di Martino likes that the Marvel show isn't based on a comic book storyline. The latest MCU Disney+ series has been another massive success for the studio and the streamer. Loki became Disney+'s most streamed series premiere ever and it shows no signs of slowing down as it heads into its final two episodes. The six-episode series follows the titular God of Mischief after his escape during the Time Heist in Avengers: Endgame. When Loki is caught by the mysterious Time Variance Authority, he is sent on a journey that involves him and several Loki Variants, including Di Martino's Sylvie.

Loki episode 4 ended with a few massive reveals, including the mid-credits introduction of even more Variants after the God of Mischief was "pruned" by Judge Renslayer. Sylvie and Loki also discover that the Time-Keepers were actually robots, a fact that Renslayer was desperately trying to hide. As Loki gears up to release its penultimate episode this week, audiences may have their theories about how the show will end, but most of what comes next remains a mystery and that's how Di Martino likes it.

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In an interview with ET, Di Martino said that she enjoys the fact that Loki isn't directly adapting a comic book storyline. While the actress likes that certain elements come over from the comics, the fact that the show is an entirely new story is something that makes it exciting for her and the audience, as it's harder to tell what's going to happen.

It’s nice to be plying a new character with a new backstory. You know, the series of Loki is definitely inspired by the comics, but the whole story is new and everything is a new story for people to enjoy.

Marvel has always held back from directly adapting comics in their films and shows. With such a vast, decades long history of publication, the studio has plenty of content to choose from when making content. Usually, this leads to shows like Loki becoming an amalgamation of various plot threads from the comics to make for an entirely unique experience. This holds true when looking at things like the introduction of the Time Variance Authority or even Di Martino's character, Sylvie.

When Lady Loki was revealed at the end of episode 2, audiences were still unsure about the character's real identity. When it was revealed that she goes by the name Sylvie, some even thought she could be Sylvie Lushton AKA the Enchantress. It turned out that it's more of a mixture, with Loki adapting various elements of both characters for a unique take on comics lore. Like Di Martino says, this only makes it more exciting for audiences who are either familiar with the comics or familiarize themselves with the lore while the show airs, leaving them on their toes with each twist and turn.

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Source: ET

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:27:12 GMT
Black Widow Director Teases Plenty Of Story For A Sequel

Black Widow director Cate Shortland teases there could be plenty of material ahead for a sequel. At long last, the MCU's Phase 4 will welcome the release of its first movie with Black Widow. Once planned for release last year, the Scarlett Johansson-led film will roll out in theaters and will be available on Disney+ via Premier Access starting this Friday. Black Widow is a prequel set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, meaning Natasha Romanoff is currently on the run following the battle over the Sokovia Accords. When her past starts calling, Nat returns to her assassin roots to bring down the Red Room training program once and for all.

Black Widow holds an extra level of poignancy since, as the MCU stands now, Natasha is dead. She sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame so the other heroes could defeat Thanos and save the world. As a result, it remains to be seen if Black Widow will receive any follow-ups. Normally, fans expect several sequels to stem from a solo movie, but with this film being Johansson's last in the MCU, things remain up in the air.

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Still, Shortland seems to see plenty of stories ahead for the Black Widow franchise. While speaking to Deadline about the film, the Australian director was asked if she believes it will ever receive a sequel. Shortland gave a succinct, but telling answer: "I think these girls have got a lot of asses still to kick." In other words, there is definitely more story to tell.

Shortland previously said any potential Black Widow 2 would likely have to follow a different character, and her new comments seem to follow along with that. After all, she never said Natasha specifically. Instead, the best candidate to lead Black Widow 2 so far is Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, Nat's sister figure and fellow Widow. Yelena is already slated to appear in Hawkeye later this year, so it's clear Marvel has bigger plans for her. She could easily go on to lead her own movie.

There's also a chance Black Widow 2 could come to be about the other Red Room trainees. Though they'll spend much of the first film acting as antagonists for Natasha and her family, the stars of the film have said one of its biggest themes is the abuse women endure. The other Widows are just as much victims as they are enemies, and there could be a story to be found about their future. Plus, there is also Melina (Rachel Weisz), who has a storied history in the comics. Though Natasha likely won't have a hand in a Black Widow sequel, there are plenty of others who can carry the baton forward, and Shortland seems open to the idea.

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Source: Deadline

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:23:31 GMT
Bandai Namco Registers Trademark For New One Piece Game

It appears that a new One Piece video game is on the way, based on a trademark registered by Bandai Namco and Shueisha has been spotted online. One Piece is one of the most popular manga series of all time, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that it has received many video game adaptations over the years.

It helps that the premise of One Piece lends itself well to video games. One Piece follows a pirate named Monkey D. Luffy, as he travels from island to island with his crew, in search of the mythical treasure known as One Piece. It's easy to create new content for a One Piece video game, by just establishing that Luffy and his crew visited a new island between their established adventures. There are also plenty of One Piece video games that act as straight adaptations of the original story, as the battle manga format lends itself well to brawlers and fighting games.

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The license to make One Piece video games (as well as games based on all Weekly Shonen Jump properties) is held by Bandai Namco. A trademark has been licensed for a new One Piece video. According to the Shonen Jump News Twitter page, there is a report from Chizai Watch that a trademark for a game called One Piece Odyssey has been registered by Bandai Namco and Shueisha, which is the company that owns Weekly Shonen Jump and One Piece. 

There is currently nothing known about this possible game except for its name. Even the name isn't indicative of its content, as One Piece's story could match the word "odyssey" in a number of ways. One Piece is such a big franchise that it could be anything from a triple-A production open-world game, or a small, mobile game. It could go either way with a video game based on a popular anime.

The quality of the One Piece video games has varied, with the Pirate Warriors games producing some excellent musou-style experiences, while games like World Seeker were a boring slogOne Piece Odyssey can take any number of forms and it will be interesting to see what Bandai Namco's next move with the franchise is. One Piece doesn't appear to be ending any time soon, so it's unlikely that One Piece Odyssey will be the final video game journey that Luffy and the crew of the Thousand Sunny go on.

Next: 10 Video Games That Should Become Anime Series Like Netflix's Castlevania

Source: Shonen Jump News - Unofficial/Twitter

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:23:00 GMT
Call of Duty 2021 Reveal Will Decide CoD Pro Scump's Esports Future

The reveal of  Call of Duty 2021 may decide the future of one of the franchise's top eSports players, Seth Abner AKA OpTic Scump. The acclaimed competitive player noted that he's waiting for the reveal of Call of Duty 2021 before renewing his contract, signaling some unhappiness with the direction the series has been heading in from at least one pro player.

Rumors have indicated Call of Duty 2021 is in trouble, though publisher Activision has done much to combat those rumors. It is unlikely fans will find out the truth until closer to launch, but the rumors seem to have rattled pros like OpTic Scump. The longtime Call of Duty player is a fan of the series but has certainly been willing to criticize the franchise, sometimes resulting in fines from the Call of Duty League (CDL). It seems the rumors may be pushing him away from guaranteeing a return to the series, as he's not committing to renewing his contract this year.

Related: Warzone Reportedly Going Back To WW2 Along With Call Of Duty 2021

Although Activision has yet to confirm any details beyond the fact Sledgehammer Games is developing this year's title, rumors indicate that Call of Duty 2021 is a WWII title, which worries some fans. Scump voiced hesitation (via Dexerto) about this year's entry after a fan expressed excitement about his performance in the next game, noting he may not renew his contract, which expires this year.

“Dude, I’m gonna have to see – listen my contract’s up this year. I’m gonna have to see what that sh*t looks like before I sign another one… I’m gonna have to see that. I’m gonna need a gameplay trailer. Because I don’t know about all that. I gotta see that. I’ve heard a whole bunch of different things – I don’t know what to think.”

Of course, it's not clear if Scump has heard things independently of the various reports online. It's possible he's been told things directly that are even further cause for concern, but it's not known. Rumors suggest Call of Duty 2021 will be quite traditional, with reputable insider Tom Henderson even going as far to say that it'll likely feel more akin to Black Ops Cold War 2.0. Given some fans, including Scump, expressed frustration with how various issues were handled with the latest title, so that may not spark optimism.

With games like Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite releasing this year, it's possible some pro players just may not want to play a watered-down Call of Duty and would rather spend their time on something they actually enjoy. Either way, the fact that Scump is remotely hesitant is yet another red flag for Call of Duty 2021 and should prove interesting if he chooses not to renew his contract at the end of the year.

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Source: Scump/Twitch (via Dexerto)

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:00:17 GMT
The X-Men's Version of WandaVision Could Destroy Them

Spoilers for Wolverine 13 ahead!

On the eve of the Hellfire Gala, the X-Men reprogrammed the telefloronic Terra Vedeans, and in a moment straight out of Wandavision, they become aware of their brainwashing - a move that could destroy the X-Men. In Wolverine #13, on sale now in print and digital, a grave sin on the part of Krakoa comes back to haunt them, threatening everything they have worked to build.

Krakoa, the island paradise the X-Men call home, has become a major player on the world stage thanks to special medicines grown from plants found only on Krakoa. While this move legitimized the fledgling nation, it also undercut the nation of Terra Verde’s experiments in telefloronics - or nanotechnology that uses organics instead of machines - allowing for the programming of bio-weapons. This led to the creation of a race of plant-based creatures, some of whom have come to the Hellfire Gala on Krakoa, but not of their free will thanks to Beast, who is traveling down dark roads morally, the Terra Verdeans were reprogrammed into subservience. Now one has found out, and there will be hell to pay.

Related: WandaVision Concept Art Shows Early Version of the Hex 

The Terra Verdeans have become aware of what Beast has done and are understandably upset. They begin attacking guests, leading Sage to call in X-Force, who are handling security for the Gala. Wolverine fights the Terra Verdean leader, who lays the X-Men’s secrets bare, telling Wolverine that they were reprogrammed and forced to accept the treaty Krakoa gave them. The Terra Verdean leader tells Wolverine that after months of being imprisoned in his own body, the programming failed, and he woke up in control. Angered, he promises to take down Krakoa, but X-Force is able to subdue the Terra Verdeans.

The Terra Verdean leader’s recounting of waking up in control of his body after months of imprisonment echoes various characters in the television show Wandavision, who would temporarily “awake” from the fake reality Wanda had created and realize something was wrong. Vision was adept at getting people to remember, and in one memorable scene, a co-worker “woke up” while at work. He told Vision of the horrors of his existence, and that he needed help.

The Terra Verdean’s leader had a similar experience. He was forced to submit and when the programming failed for a brief second, he saw the truth. But unlike the Vision’s hapless co-worker, the Terra Verdean leader was able to break free and fight back. While X-Force was able to overpower the Terra Verdeans, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out what happened. How might other nations react to the news that Krakoa brainwashed an entire country? The world already views Krakoa with suspicion, and this revelation could only add fuel to the fire.

The X-Men have taken some questionable actions since the establishment of Krakoa and brainwashing the Terra Verdeans may be their most questionable yet. It is a horrifying scenario, one made even more so by invoking one of WandaVision’s most terrifying moments. Krakoa’s response to the Terra Verdeans threatens to undermine the nation and readers can see it in Wolverine 13, written by Benjamin Percy, with art by Scot Eaton, inks by Oren Junior, colors by Matthew Wilson and letters by Cory Petit.

Next: WandaVision Credits Scene Edited With Possible Doctor Strange Connection 

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:40:41 GMT
RDR2 Player Overhears John Marston Repeat an Iconic Line

An observant Red Dead Redemption 2 player has noticed a clever reference to the game's predecessor. Rockstar Games' open-world Wild West game, which released back in October 2018, acts as a direct prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption. The prequel puts players in the role of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and criminal associate of the first game's protagonist John Marston.

Red Dead Redemption 2 features a huge and richly detailed open world, giving players new things to discover even three years after the title's release. One lucky RDR2 player recently discovered a hidden box that is automatically refilled with money every in-game day. The mysterious lockbox is located near Shady Belle, the player's temporary hideout for one of the game's chapters. Finding the box near a graveyard swamp will let players earn some money and jewelry, and the loot is miraculously refilled every single day to keep players in the money. RDR2's open-world is often unpredictable, however, as one player recently discovered when they were assaulted by a wild deer. The hoofed assailant attacked the player in the middle of a story mission, interrupting a conversation between Arthur and fellow outlaw Sean.

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Reddit user Dr_CheeseNut recently discovered dialogue in Red Dead Redemption 2 which directly mirrors a line from the first installment. The in-game conversation has John Marston and Hosea Matthews discussing the future of the Van Der Linde gang. During the conversation, Marston tells Hosea, "People don't forget... nothing gets forgiven." This very same phrase is uttered by Marston to Bonnie MacFarland in Red Dead Redemption, which takes place years after the prequel and stars an older and wiser Marston as the protagonist.

Red Dead Redemption and its prequel form an epic narrative saga which details the decline and eventual death of the American Wild West. While Rockstar Games still supports Red Dead Online through updates and expansions, many fans have already turned their sights towards a potential Red Dead Redemption 3. This hypothetical third installment in the franchise could go in many potential directions, with many fans pushing for the return of stand-out RDR2 characters such as Sadie Adler or Charles Smith. This concept could suit a game that takes place in-between the first two games, or could also feature a story that takes place after the climactic ending of the first title.

Red Dead Redemption 2 features a deep and emotional narrative, which successfully stands alone while also expanding the world established by the first game. John Marston acts as a major bridge between both projects, as RDR2 effectively acts as an origin story for the first game's iconic protagonist. Small details in RDR2, such as Marston's use of its predecessor's "people don't forget" line, help to turn the two separate games into one epic Wild West saga.

Next: Red Dead Redemption 2 Player Recreates Almost Every Outfit From RDR1

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: Dr_CheeseNut/Reddit

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:36:24 GMT
Why Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Was The First E10+ Game | Screen Rant

For a number of reasons, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat stood out from other games upon its U.S. GameCube release in 2005. It had the distinction of being the only platformer to make use of the DK Bongos, previously used only for the Donkey Konga games. Jungle Beat was also the first game to ever receive an E10+ rating from the U.S. video game ratings board, the ESRB.

Unlike what its controller’s rhythm game roots might suggest, Jungle Beat did not necessitate players beat the Bongos in time with the soundtrack. Players simply tapped them to move DK left or right, hit both to jump, and clapped their hands above the Bongos to smack enemies between DK's palms. Flurries of punches could also be delivered by quickly hitting the drums.

Related: What A New Donkey Kong Game Needs To Be Great

According to the ESRB's website, an E rating means a game is generally suitable for Everyone. E10+ means "the content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up, and may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, or minimal suggestive themes." E10+ is therefore a medium between the E and T for Teen rating. While the E10+ rating wasn't created for Jungle Beat specifically, the game is indicative of larger gaming trends circa 2005.

The DK Bongos are much more tactile than a controller. If the player claps to have DK squash a bat, DK's hands make the exact same motion as the player's. It's reasonable to assume this direct correlation with the game's on-screen violence may have garnered Donkey Kong Jungle Beat a little extra attention from the ESRB. However, the Wii version of the game, which eschewed the DK Bongos, was also rated E10+.

Jungle Beat is listed on the ESRB's website as receiving its E10+ rating for "cartoon violence." Ahead of the game's release in 2005, the ESRB announced the creation of the new rating in a press release. The organization's president commented on the changing atmosphere of gaming: "The content of computer and video games continues to advance in terms of sophistication, complexity and graphic quality. Given this evolution, the new E10+ rating category will provide consumers, particularly parents, with more precise guidance on the age appropriateness of certain titles, fulfilling our goal of helping ensure that the right games are selected for their children and families.” In short, Jungle Beat happened to be the first instance in a larger trend of gaming.

It appears the ESRB felt Jungle Beat's violence exceeded that of a normal E game, but recognized increasing it to a T would be uncalled for. But what's peculiar is that this play-style shift had been occurring for years, since 3D gaming started becoming more commonplace. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, for instance, now has an E10+ for "animated blood, fantasy violence, and suggestive themes," but upon its initial N64 release, it received an E rating with the simple mention of the existence of "violence." It appears it took years for the ESRB to create their new rating. The E10+ press release, after all, cites that the ESRB consulted with "numerous child development experts and academicians."

Related: New Donkey Kong Game Allegedly In Development By Mario Odyssey Team

The ESRB also has a history of overreaction. Like Ocarina of TimeTwilight Princess is also listed as having "animated blood and fantasy violence" - but with no "suggestive themes." Yet Twilight Princess is rated T for Teen, and the average recommended age by parental users of popular resource Common Sense Media at the time of writing is 9+, indicating that the ESRB's rating may have been an elevated response to Twilight Princess's darker themes. Similarly, Guitar Hero 5 has a T rating for "mild lyrics and mild suggestive themes." The fact that two "mild" factors resulted in a T rating hints that there is perhaps more cultural pressure at play in some ratings than strictly an assessment of included content.

The ESRB's reasoning for its ratings may occasionally feel a bit unclear, but the quality of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is decidedly less contentious. The game received warm, positive reviews upon release and is fondly remembered by many.

Next: New Donkey Kong Game Allegedly In Development By Mario Odyssey Team

Source: ESRB (2, 3, 4, 5), Common Sense Media

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:20:03 GMT
Why The Darkest Version of Superman Had To Change His Name

Superman has fought plenty of powerful villains, but his darkest foe is actually a reflection of himself. Originally known as Superboy-Prime, this maniacal Man of Steel from an alternate universe would later change his name to Superman-Prime, but the reasons for the switch are more complicated than fans might think.

Superboy-Prime hails from another world called Earth Prime, where DC heroes exist only in comic books. However, things change in DC Comics Presents #87 when Superman from Earth-One crosses over into Earth-Prime. A passing comet causes Superboy-Prime’s powers to kick in, after which the two team up to stop a tidal wave. Being his world’s only superhero, Superboy-Prime develops a bit of a god complex, which spirals into madness following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths that destroy his whole reality. However, it was Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns that made Superboy-Prime a full-fledged villain as he breaks free from the paradise dimension to wage war on the heroes of Earth-One. The DC heroes eventually defeat Superboy-Prime, turning him over to Green Lantern's Guardians of the Universe for imprisonment, but by the next time he appeared, he was a boy no longer.

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In an interview with Newsarama, writer Geoff Johns spoke on 2007’s Sinestro Corps War event, in which Superboy-Prime had a big part to play. When the Anti-Monitor’s forces attack Oa, they recruit the displaced Kryptonian to their ranks, but this time around, he insists on being called Superman-Prime. Johns revealed that this was, in part, due to legal issues. Superboy's character had been steeped in legal trouble since his conception. Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel had actually pitched Superboy to DC in 1938 but was rejected. However, the company later decided to move forward with the idea without him, sparking a lawsuit.

The court ruled that Superboy should be treated as a separate, non-derivative of Superman from a legal perspective, but both parties eventually agreed to make the character DC’s property. However, copyright laws would continue to evolve over the decades, giving creators more chances to seek ownership of individual characters. Eventually, Siegel’s heirs attempted to reclaim the rights to Superboy in the early 2000s. Several years of lawsuits and court cases followed, and with ownership of the character in flux, comics being written at the time had to avoid using the Superboy name, hence the change to Superman-Prime.

While some progress has been made over the years, copyright laws around comic book characters can still be difficult to dissect. Disputes between Sony and Marvel Studios nearly led to Spider-Man leaving the MCU, and in the same vein, the rights to a standalone Hulk movie are tied up with Universal Studios, meaning another MCU Hulk solo film may never happen. However, as far as Superboy-Prime goes, the name switch to Superman-Prime actually made sense within the story. The character had aged an extra several years after being trapped in the Speed Force and several more as a prisoner on Oa, but even beyond that, Superboy-Prime had been hardened by his experiences. Not only was he the sole survivor of his Krypton; he was the sole survivor of his entire reality. Being called “boy” implies some level of innocence, so with all he had seen and done, it made sense for the character to go by Superman-Prime instead.

Eventually, the rights to Superboy returned to DC, causing the character’s name to switch back to Superboy-Prime in subsequent appearances. Even still, the case of Superman-Prime goes to show that the impact of copyright laws on a comic’s story can sometimes work out in unexpected ways.

More: Superboy-Prime Just Rewrote His Own Origin In DC Comics

Source: Newsarama

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:08:14 GMT
Hugh Jackman Hints at Wolverine Return in the MCU | Screen Rant

Hugh Jackman seems to be teasing that he's joining the MCU as Wolverine. Jackman has become synonymous with the X-Men character after playing the mutant for nearly 20 years. Jackman has since retired from playing Wolverine, with his character dying at the end of 2017's Logan.

While Jackman's days as Wolverine seem to have come to an end, the X-Men franchise isn't going away anytime soon. After numerous delays, last year's New Mutants ended Fox's X-Men series on a low note. Kevin Feige confirmed at SDCC 2019 that the X-Men would eventually be introduced to the MCU, and Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool is the only character not being rebooted after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox.  For the past few years, there has been speculation on who would replace Jackman as Wolverine, but now it looks like Marvel might not need to hire a new actor.

Related: Marvel Can't Beat Logan — The MCU's Wolverine Needs To Be Different

In Jackman's recent Instagram story, the actor seemingly teased that he may return as Wolverine. Two images involving Marvel appeared on his Instagram story, including a piece of fan art from Bosslogic and another of Jackman with Kevin Feige. Both of these images can be seen below, as well as his tribute to the late Richard Donner.

It should be noted that this is far from confirmation that Jackman is returning as Wolverine. However, it is odd that he would post Wolverine fan art yesterday and then post a picture of him with Feige today. Previously, Jackman said that if the X-Men were to be introduced in the MCU, he would continue playing Wolverine. When he made that comment back in 2017, it seemed unlikely that the X-Men would be involved in the MCU since the rights to the X-Men were still owned by Fox. Now that the mutants joining the MCU is a reality, Jackman's wish could come true if Disney wanted to hire him.

Even though Disney is rebooting the X-Men characters, Jackman's return shouldn't be ruled out. Fans comparing a new actor to Jackman will be inevitable if Disney decides to recast his character. Hiring Jackman would not only prevent potential backlash, but it would also be a safe bet for the House of Mouse since Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine has been well-received over the years. Marvel has even set themselves up with an easy way for Jackman to return with Loki introducing the concept of the multiverse and alternate timelines. On the other hand, Logan had a proper send-off in 2017, so it may be better to cast a fresh face. Disney is still years away from implementing the superhero team into the MCU, so it could be quite a while before the studio announces who will play Wolverine this time around.

More: X-Men: How & Why Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Looks Different In Each Movie

Source: Hugh Jackman

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:01:47 GMT
10 Animated Disney Villains, Ranked By Their Evil Laughs
A villain isn't complete unless they have a maniacal and chilling laugh to round out their aesthetic. Not all villains pass the laugh test, such as  Hades from Hercules or Mother Gothel from Tangled. Many famous Disney animated villains are well known for their devious plans and even more devious laughs.

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A good villain laugh needs to come deep from inside and have enough of a sinister tone that will have audiences quivering. Taking a look at Disney's more famous villains, some are recognizable for their laughs than others like Yzma's more pitched tone and mannerisms. Yzma is only one of many that made audiences shrink in fear over their evil laughs.

10 Prince John (Robin Hood)

The story of Robin Hood has been remade many times, from a Disney animated movie to live-actions and even a parody. In all movies, the central villain is Prince John. In the animated version, Prince John forces taxes upon his people, even the poor. While in his carriage with his newly collected money, he lets out a laugh in glee.

The laugh is unique on its own, as it doesn't have the same resonating hefty feel like other villain laughs. It sounds as if Prince John is mocking everyone as he goes, "Ah! Ha! Ha!"

9 Cruella (One Hundred And One Dalmatians)

Cruella's original laugh in the animated movie is a bit subpar compared to Glenn Close's live-action version, but the laugh still holds up when taking into account the ruthless villain that Cruella really is. When discussing buying the puppies, her laugh has a taunting feel to it.

Unlike other female villains, her laugh isn't as high-pitched, most likely due to her habit of smoking. This makes the laugh more throaty and deep which changes to be more rapid in sound and slightly higher the more Cruella gets invested in it.

8 Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove)

Yzma is known for her unique appearance with her tall slender skin and bones look, her slightly grey and purple-hued skin, and her laugh. In The Emperor's New Groove, there are some instances of her laugh that really fit the character. When devising a plan to get rid of Kuzco, she laughs with a shrill tone that creates a gurgling sound at the end.

The evil villain gets some extra brownie points when she accidentally turns herself into a cat. As a cute and feisty kitten, Yzms is still conniving and so is her laugh. The laugh still has the shrill tone to it, but, seeing as her voice becomes a bit more "fluffy" as a kitten, it's slightly less menacing.

7 Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

Angelina Jolie's laugh as Maleficent has nothing on the original animated version. Sleeping Beauty had every young fan fearing Maleficent for her witch-like character, dark and haunting ensemble, and her evil plan of having Aura in a comatose state. In the movie, the villain really showcased her evil laugh even in the face of peril.

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Her henchmen fail to locate Aurora, and Maleficent snaps into an evil laugh. It comes deep from within, and her pent-up frustration lets loose. The tone of her laugh is maniacal and shrill enough to hurt anyone's eardrums.

6 Dr. Facilier (The Princess And The Frog)

Dr. Facilier in The Princess and The Frog did the job of eliciting chills and fear into the young audience. One of Disney's most underrated villains, Dr. Facilier was a voodoo mastermind who used different forms of manipulation to get what he wanted. Not only does this villain have a dark aura of evil wherever he goes, but his laugh completes the character.

In any scene, where Dr. Facilier gets the upper hand, he tends to laugh in a haunting way. His laugh comes deep from within his chest and has a resonating echo sound to it. The laugh is downright devious.

5 Queen Grimhilde (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)

Everyone knows the evil plan of the poisoned apple by Queen Grimhilde in Snow White. Besides her nefarious plan, Grimhilde had a laugh that stuck with fans even years after. What really tied the laugh together was how the scene unfolds while she does so. After succeeding in her plan, lighting strikes creating a big booming sound.

In the midst of the storm, fans hear her shrill laugh. To make the scene even more chilling, this is when Grimhilde transformed into an old woman to fool Snow White. Her laugh ranges in tone from a low sound to a pitched sound as she smiles with her one tooth grin.

4 Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Ursula is often recognized as one of Disney's villains who might also be misunderstood, but her evil laugh is the definition of being purely sinister. After succeeding in taking Ariel's voice, Ursula's eyes sparkle, and her eyebrows peak as she goes into her laugh.

Her laugh is a bit more of a deeper tone to it that finishes in a slight pitch. Fans might notice that the laugh sounds as if her throat slightly constricts giving a gurgling sound. The laugh is complete with her crazed eyes, sharp teeth, and arching her back as she does so.

3 Claude Frollo (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a unique Disney film that's superior to most of their animated output. One aspect that fans often remember is the movie's central villain, Claude Frollo, and his laugh. The laugh is heard a few times in the movie, and the most resonating one comes when he almost kills Quasimodo and Esméralda.

RELATED: 10 Best Moments In Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

If listening closely, as he rises to his feet with a sword, he starts laughing maniacally. It's chilling and has a more deranged feel to it as Frollo is at the end of his rope. Frollo's short laugh has a more phlegmy and snotty tone than expected.

2 Jafar (Aladdin)

Jafar from Aladdin is downright evil, sinister, and everything in between, and the animated version of Jafar has one of the most maniacal laughs ever committed to film. As he goes off the rails with his villainess, his laugh is only accentuated by the bright purple and red-hued tone of the scene.

He rises in pitch and sound as he gets invested in his laugh, and fans can see why the movie dedicated a whole scene to just his undoubtedly evil laugh. The drama of the storm behind him makes it even more noteworthy.

1 Scar ( The Lion King)

The Lion King's Scar has gone down in history as one of Disney's most evil villains. He had it all: his unforgettable scar, piercing green eyes, and his hate for Mufasa. His laugh is not only memorable for its eery tone, but the overall scene in which it occurs.

At the very top of a pointed cliff, while bathed in green, purple, and blue tones of the night, he's surrounded by his followers. After his song, Scar goes into a maniacal laugh while arching his head back as everyone joins him. Fans can distinctly make out Scar's laugh, as it's deeper in tone and has a domineering quality to it.

NEXT: 10 Best Animated Villains Who Aren't Disney

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:52 GMT
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Every Movie & Series, Ranked By IMDb
It is fitting that a story literally about turtles from the sewers becoming superheroes would come from humble origins and grow to do amazing things. Initially starting as comic book series published by Mirage Studios, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was picked up for an animated series in 1987 and would rapidly grow from there as one of American media's most beloved icons.

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Blending its inherent silliness with great action, there has been a little bit of everything coming from Master Splinter's kids, and they've managed to develop an entire media empire that doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. With more than a dozen different projects between film and T.V. alone, there's currently a lot to go back to if anyone's in the mood for some half-shell heroism.

13 Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation - 4.4

Saban Entertainment is the same studio that adapted the Japanese superhero series Super Sentai (among other Japanese shows Saban adapted) into what many children and children at heart know today as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Given that franchise's propensity for having people in colorful costumes do awesome backflips, it makes sense that they'd also try to adapt the Ninja Turtles for a live-action world.

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What ensued was Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, a surreal adaptation that now lives in infamy as one of the strangest looking adaptations that almost explicitly ignores a few of the franchise's most treasured traits.

12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - 4.8

Given that the idea of kung fu turtles is already plenty novel within its own right, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III really pushed the franchise by having them jump through time.

In one of their strangest adventures yet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III sees the live-action turtles battle samurai and mystical forces in 17th Century Japan. If for nothing else, the last of the original trilogy is worth a watch for some of the film's most distinct and ambitious costume and set design yet.

11 Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 5.5

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest incarnation of the franchise to make it on home television, but it's struggled to find its footing in the wake of replacing one of the most beloved cartoon versions of the modern day.

Adapted with entirely new looks and abilities, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns Master Splinter into an old, movie star and has the classic four try to collect pieces of a magical set of armor. It's a classic formula for any action-adventure cartoon, though it didn't help one of the most unique versions of the Ninja Turtles reach more viewers, and it was inevitably canceled.

10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) - 5.8

Seeing how divisive Michael Bay's adaptation of Transformers has been, there weren't a lot of high hopes for his version of the Ninja turtles. When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released, its hyper-realistic CG more than broke the uncanny valley.

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However, Bay's over-the-top action blended well with the turtles' inherently abrasive personalities and attracted a large audience who were pleasantly surprised by how the film paid homage to the original, '80s cartoon. The same sadly can't be said for Michael Bay's adaptation of Transformers.

9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legend Of The Supermutants - 5.9

It was only a matter of time before the Ninja Turtles would become adapted into an anime, albeit a direct-to-video one that mostly advertised new toys. These specials had the turtles run through  variety of anime tropes, such as combining together, ancient spirits, and plenty of action. Though obscure, these specials showcased a rare and well-produced opportunity to bring the turtles to their Japanese inspirations.

8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret Of The Ooze - 6.0

The Secret of the Ooze was a continuation of the first film that became a breakout hit in 1990. It also doubled as a tribute to Jim Henson, who died the year prior and whose Creature Shop helped design the live-action Ninja Turtles.

The film itself was an interesting look at the turtles' origins, as they prepped to fight a returning Shredder. While still a classic, ninja turtles movie, The Secret of the Ooze did hold back its action sequences and tone to appeal to wider audiences.

7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows - 6.0

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows doubled down on the nostalgia from the previous film by throwing in even more series staples, such as Casey Jones and the evil Krang.

While the writing, tone, action had improved here, Out of the Shadows failed to meet box office expectations and was the nail in the coffin for Michael Bay's time with the franchise. Only time will tell if Seth Rogen's new movie will do the story justice.

6 TMNT - 6.2

Before Michael Bay got his hands on the movie rights, there was another, CG adaptation of the Ninja Turtles that was simply called TMNT. A rough continuation of the original, live-action trilogy, TMNT showed a dark, distant future for the brothers who have separated after their last fight with Shredder. Intense and a strong, return to form for the old trilogy, TMNT is an entertaining and underrated outing monster that could've spawned even more stories in this universe.

5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie - 6.8

Following the rising success of their '80s animated series, the turtles really hit mainstream success when they came to the big screen for the first time. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie dazzled audiences with their first look at Jim Henson's interpretation of the four as well as another classic battle between the turtles and the Foot Clan.

This movie set both a cultural precedent for the franchise as well as a financial one, as it would end up being one of the highest-grossing, independent films of the '90s.

4 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 7.1

While Batman is far from being the most powerful or visually spectacular superhero, people just love seeing him fight their favorite, franchise villains and heroes. He's fought Superman, Captain America, Dracula, the Predator, and even Elmer Fudd.

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With much weirder comic book arcs under his bat belt, Batman would have another classic bout when he went up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As part of the rising line of DC Animated films, Warner Bros. Animation collaborated with Nickelodeon to see who would win among the modern day ninjas.

3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-17) - 7.8

After nearly a decade, the Ninja Turtles returned to people's homes once again as part of their acquisition under Nickelodeon. This CG version would help reimagine the adventures of the turtles for newer audiences but in greater, sci-fi detail. Alongside its sequel, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this series became a highlight of Nickelodeon's recent animation blocks.

2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) - 7.8

While kids today grew up with a bright, CG version of the Ninja Turtles, the early 2000s brought about a darker, edgier version of the franchise that, despite being about giant turtles in masks, still managed to capture a more somber tone and create serious, compelling storylines. It would even go back to some of its lighter roots with its Fast Forward iteration and big crossover with the past iterations of the Ninja Turtles.

1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-96) - 7.9

It's not a big-budget Hollywood movie or a serious, action-adventure, but no one was asking it to be. The original '80s version of the series still survives the test of time as the most influential and impactful of any incarnation of the turtles and marked the beginning of one of the longest animated franchises still going strong today.

Its pizza-loving, catchphrase-throwing version managed to capture the pulse of its fans and became an opus for both comedic and action cartoons. It's a classic cartoon that's still fun to return to today, even if it's just for its iconic theme song.

NEXT: The Krusty Krab Pizza & 9 Other Amazing Songs Animated TV Has Brought Us

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:49 GMT
MCU: The 10 Most Stylish Characters From The Movies | ScreenRant
Although many of the MCU's heroes are best-known for one specific outfit, the style of these characters often goes well beyond their superhero suit. The MCU's great costume design helps fans to intuitively understand a character, simply by how they appear on the screen. In a rich on-screen world like Marvel's, clothing can actually reveal a lot about the character that wears it, and a character's style often correlates to their personality.

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Though some heroes stick to sweatpants and t-shirts outside of their spandex and metal, others go the extra mile and can be seen as truly stylish.

10 Valkyrie Is A King Of Style

The latest King of Asgard is also one of its most fashionable to date. Valkyrie first appears in Thor: Ragnarok donning worn but sleek leather armor, complete with a blue cape and complicated battle makeup. Of course, fans can't forget her best accessory: a ship with huge blasters.

As she evolves in the film, going from a lost scavenger to part of Thor's dysfunctional family, Valkyrie agrees to take her place among his guard once more. To cement this transformation, she dons an even sleeker, opulent, white armor, which marks her return to being a Valkyrie. Her reveal of it as she walks into battle is nothing short of iconic. It will be exciting to see what she wears as an official royal in her next MCU appearance.

9 Doctor Strange Has Fashion And Function

While Doctor Strange keeps largely to the same outfit, this sorcerer's fashion prowess comes more from the functions of his accessories than their beauty in and of itself. After all, what could be more fashion-forward than a sentient cloak that allows its wearer to levitate and fly, and on occasion, attacks their enemies for them? That is one note-worthy accessory.

Additionally, Doctor Strange wears the Time Stone around his neck throughout much of his time in the MCU. As if a cloak with its own personality isn't stylish enough, Doctor Strange takes it to the next level by wearing one of the most powerful weapons in existence around his neck.

8 Wanda Maximoff Knows How To Dress

Wanda's style was at the forefront in her most recent MCU appearance, WandaVisionThroughout the show, Wanda travels through many different decades and showcases incredible looks in each one of them. From housewife glamour to hippie chic, Wanda's outfits are one of the highlights of her journey through sitcoms.

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Furthermore, when she finally emerges from her world of illusions, she does so in a brand new outfit that marks her as the full-fledged Scarlet Witch. This stylish reveal illuminates that Wanda is finally ready to step into her own power and thoroughly embrace herself and her magic.

7 Carol Danvers Is '90s Chic

Carol Danvers brings full '90s nostalgia in her MCU film, Captain MarvelThough she sports a series of iconic looks, the one that fans can't forget involves a Nine Inch Nails t-shirt, jeans, baseball hat, and a leather jacket... And, of course, a plaid shirt tied around her hips. Fans who love the '90s can't help but feel the nostalgia when they take a look at Carol's looks.

Carol hasn't been around in the present day long enough for fans to know how she's dressing now, but her stylish haircut in Endgame certainly speaks to a strong personal style to come.

6 Hela Is Hella Fashionable

Though Hela really only wears one outfit, it's not surprising that the goddess of death makes it a good one. In true goth-goddess style, Hela is dressed head to toe in black, with emerald insets cutting across her body. The outfit is both regal, reminding viewers that she is, indeed, of the royal house of Asgard, and lethal, showcasing that she is a threat not to be trifled with.

Hela's elaborate headpiece is also a marvel of engineering and fashion. With a series of almost antler-like segments, it creates a narrative of gore and pain without Hela even having to move a muscle. That's the true power of fashion.

5 Loki Is A Design God

Although Loki has primarily been forced into a drab TVA jumpsuit in his own show, his appearances across the MCU have always been very fashion-forward. The god of mischief leans heavily into a resplendent jewel green that is own intercut with gold accents and design features that resemble jewelry. This greatly reflects his constant hunger for power, as well as Loki's complicated relationship with being Asgardian royalty.

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Loki yearns for power and yet also fears he will lose it, which explains why he emblazons markings of it into his outfits. He also has a love of black and leather, which hints at his more mischievous side. Loki's horns are less threatening than Hela's when he wears them, but don't forget, they are a part of his signature style as well.

4 Natasha Romanoff Is A Chameleon

The most fascinating part of Natasha Romanoff's aesthetic is its diversity. Natasha knows the importance of fashion when it comes to being a successful spy; looking the part is half the battle. Throughout her MCU appearances, Natasha slips into other people's skins and fashions with practiced ease but always looks stylish doing so.

It isn't easy keeping track of one personal style, let alone many, but Natasha Romanoff is up to the task.

3 Pepper Potts's Suits Say Don't Mess With Me

Pepper Potts doesn't have it easy. On the one hand, she's one of the few people who can get through to Tony Stark in the MCU, and on the other, she's the CEO of a huge company. So, it's no wonder that even when she's not in a superhero suit, she's dressing for battle. Pepper has the art of the business casual suit down to a science.

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As she became more confident in herself and her work, Pepper's looks grew more stylish and bold, making her an MCU fashion icon.

2 T'Challa Is A True Fashion King

T'Challa is undeniably a fashion icon of the MCU. Where many of the other heroes wear simple outfits outside of their super suits, as a king, T'Challa must always look regal. And regal, he looks. Often donning outfits that pay homage to African fashion in the real world, T'Challa dresses in elaborate robes of purple, white, and silver. Even undercover at a casino, his suit features interesting design features that draw the eye and stand out.

Of course, nothing is more iconic than the sandals he wears in Black Panther, which make his sister Shuri shriek.

1 Shuri Is A (Fashion) Genius

Shuri is a princess and a genius, so it's not surprising her fashion sense is unparalleled. If T'Challa is a stylish king, he likely owes it all to Shuri.  Shuri's styles are modern, almost futuristic, and bold. She is not afraid of a statement piece or a bright color, and, upon a closer look, there are always more details to uncover in her clothing.

When it comes to intricacy, form, function, color, and line, Shuri's outfits have it all.

NEXT: 8 Times Wakandan Warriors Broke the Mold

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:42 GMT
Superstore: The 10 Best Things About Jonah | ScreenRant
Superstore keeps every fan on their toes, laughing along with front-line workers. The comedy is relatable, and still outrageous, with all the wild accidents that Jonah somehow ends up either being in the middle of or cleaning up. Each character is definitely unique and totally lovable, but the star of it all is undoubtedly Jonah Simms.

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He is definitely the ‘odd’ one out when it comes to this quirky and bold crew, but that doesn't mean fans don't love everything he has to offer. There are some things that have every viewer shaking their head, from his political Halloween costumes to his awkward rambling, but mostly, Jonah is a quirky character with a big heart, and it's time to celebrate his best qualities.

10 He's Principled

Jonah might actually be the only character on the show that doesn't change their mind or decide to step on the others around them to get ahead, regardless of how silly or meaningless the issue is. Instead, Jonah takes his values very seriously. While it's hilarious for the others, it's actually pretty admirable.

He can't even figure out how to set up the display of the new 'girl boss' t-shirts because he doesn't want to convey the wrong message. Jonah is definitely a man of principle, and while it can be annoying, it's one of his best traits.

9 His Confidence

This character is definitely known for being a bit loose-lipped or overzealous, but he's also extremely confident and bold in his actions. He doesn't really care if people will think less of him or look at him strangely - he's willing to do what he sets his mind to.

From looking like a fool at Emma's quinceañera to protect her to being the last one to march around the parking lot boycotting Cloud 9, Jonah's confidence is actually pretty refreshing and admirable, and he usually does so without being arrogant.

8 He's Selfless

This character may be the punchline of a lot of jokes and get a lot of raised eyebrows, but that doesn't stop Jonah from being kind and putting others above himself. He doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, and this actually might get him in some hot water.

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Jonah wants Sandra to have the engagement party of her dreams and he wants Glenn to be respected and not stressed out. And these are only a couple examples, because everyone could learn a thing or two from his selflessness.

7 His Romantic Gestures

There's definitely a bit of cheese when it comes to this character, but it's actually pretty refreshing and sweet. Jonah cares a lot about Amy, and he bends over backward to make her happy and feel loved. He's pretty impressive with his romantic gestures.

From setting up a starry sky in the star to Jonah embarking on a huge quest to retrieve her video game, Jonah is the king of making people feel appreciated. While it wasn't exactly 'romantic', it's also hard to forget him helping her through birth and being there for her kids.

6 His Button-Ups

Fashion isn't exactly a high priority for the employees at Cloud 9, but Jonah is always looking sharp. In fact, even Garrett once said he really liked Jonah's shirt, and that's a pretty big deal for everyone. Jonah's patterns and colors are uniquely him.

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He's always been known as the handsome or perfect one of the bunch, and this is really only cemented by his professional but different shirts. Jonah might just be up there with Cheyenne when it comes to slaying fashion - and it makes him the character everyone loves.

5 He's Charming

It's one think to dress nice and be handsome, but Jonah is just as sweet as pie and as charming as they come. Every viewer of this show probably has at least a bit of a crush on this character, and it's no wonder that Amy fell head over heels for him.

And in the words of Glenn, "he looks like a panda and a Disney princess had a baby", and that sums up charming and picture-perfect as well as anything. Jonah's smiling face and kind heart make him a great catch on the show.

4 His Devotion

There's no one more adamant to create a union or stick it to the man or get things done as Jonah Simms. He isn't the best worker at the store, but he is when it comes to things he's actually passionate about. He is devoted to making a difference, and it's one of his best qualities.

Jonah wants Amy to have maternity leave and he wants everyone to have health care, and he's also devoted to making the store a better place to work and to his fellow employees. Jonah is a great friend, and he's also determined and passionate.

3 He's Genuinely Himself

No matter how many times he's laughed at by his co-workers, people have to respect that Jonah doesn't try to be someone he's not. He does like to fit in and be well-liked by people, but he's certainly not willing to actually change who he is.

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Jonah proudly dresses up as 'gerrymandering' for Halloween and stands up for himself and his values at all staff meetings. He's okay being an odd duck, as long as he is himself. Besides, he probably knows being the odd one at the store actually makes him the most normal.

2 He's Totally Peaceful

If there's anyone who is totally against violence, hate, and conflict, it's Jonah. He even hilariously lets a robber step by him in the store, because he said "excuse me". He's not afraid to bring up real-world issues - and he's unwilling to work in the gun section of the store and certainly hates any kind of violence.

It's quirky and a bit hysterical, but it is one of the key things that makes Jonah exactly who he is. It's actually new and interesting to see such a peaceful male character on television, and Jonah isn't afraid to be the one to make those waves.

1 He's Extremely Awkward

While this is the one thing that makes Jonah super cringe-worthy and has every fan closing their eyes in embarrassment or shaking their heads, Jonah's quirky awkwardness is a core part of his personality. His idiosyncrasies and weird habits are what make him the lovable guy he is.

Jonah Simms talks too much or too little and often doesn't pick up on social cues or know how to handle conflict, and there's always bound to be an awkward conversation or him making a scene. Of course, it's hilariously and outrageously one of the best parts about him.

NEXT: Amy’s 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Traits On Superstore

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:42 GMT
Grey's Anatomy: 8 Ways Maggie Pierce Has Become The Most Relatable Character
Content Warning: This article contains discussions of cancer and death.

Maggie Pierce joined Grey's Anatomy in season 10 and quickly showed fans that she was more than just Meredith's half-sister. While it has been great to see the two develop a deeper connection, Maggie has had other storylines that have explored deep topics, including terminal illnesses, grief, and mental health.

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Fans have gotten to know Maggie over the years and she has proven herself to be an interesting, intelligent, and compassionate person who takes her job super seriously. From her romantic life to the way that she acts at work, viewers find Maggie to be very easy to relate to.

8 Maggie Doesn't Have A Perfect Family Life

Maggie is an open and honest person. When fans get to know her, they learn that her family life is far from perfect, as her biological parents are Ellis Grey and Richard Webber. Maggie's adoptive parents are wonderful, but she did grow up wondering who her mom and dad were, and those questions seem to make her want to excel in work and school even more.

Maggie learning that she's Richard's daughter serves a few purposes here: it not only allows the two characters to connect in a real and genuine way, which is very moving, but it makes Maggie relatable, as everyone's family situation is different and unique.

7 Maggie Can Struggle With Dating

Maggie's dating life is a focal point of season 14, as she ends up dating a man named Clive, only to call it off when she learns he's actually married from Tinder. She also struggles with her love life throughout her time on the show, as her relationships with Andrew, Jackson, and Dean don't work out.

This makes Maggie an incredibly relatable character, as many people watching Grey's Anatomy have been on bad dates or have tried their best to make a relationship last and then realized that it's not in the cards. Maggie is a great reminder that everyone has trouble with different parts of their lives, and for some, it takes them a bit longer to meet that person.

6 People Underestimate Her

When Maggie begins working at the hospital, she's the head of cardio, but while Cristina agrees that Maggie is the right person for the job, she doesn't show her much respect. Cristina acts like Maggie isn't in charge at all, which is difficult and upsetting for Maggie.

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This storyline makes Maggie easy to relate to, as others underestimate her. In the case of her medical career, people think that she's too young and wonder if she can really do a great job. Many people have faced other people's judgments, assumptions, and expectations at one point or another, and everyone has to prove themselves in their chosen career.

5 Her Parents Split Up

While Grey's Anatomy is focused on medicine and romance, the characters' family backgrounds do come up often, and fans have gotten to know some of Meredith's great and long-lost relatives. However, fans had been really excited to learn a little more about Maggie's.

They got their wish in the season 11 episode 'Time Stops,' when Maggie finds out that her parents are breaking up. Viewers were sad to learn about Maggie's parents' marriage, but since many people, unfortunately, have to deal with their parents' divorces, this does make Maggie a relatable character. While talk of divorce is often focused on couples who have young children or teenagers, it can definitely happen when those children are adults themselves, and it's still as devastating.

4 Her Work/Life Balance Is Off

Before Diane dies, she tells Maggie to try and find a balance between her work and personal life. She also told Maggie to try her best to have more fun. This was definitely something that Maggie took to heart, as she works so much that she doesn't always think about her personal life.

This is great advice and makes Maggie easy to relate to. Many people can find themselves caught up in schoolwork or a new job, or even just the daily work of their chosen career. When wanting to work hard and do well, having a social life can fall by the wayside. It's interesting to see this idea explored during Maggie's character arc.

3 She And Winston Date Long-Distance

Since Winston lived in Boston, he and Maggie date long-distance for a while, before he eventually moves to Seattle. For many people, their relationship is quite relatable as many couples are trying long-distance relationships (perhaps if they were in college, grad school, or living in different areas).

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Both characters are devoted to their jobs but to each other, too, and it's moving to watch them balance these parts of their lives.

2 She Finds A Great Support System

From the moment she stepped into Grey Sloan Memorial, Maggie immediately formed strong bonds with her colleagues. These colleagues and family members would eventually become a pillar of support for her, helping her through some moments where she was struggling.

Jackson, Meredith, and Amelia were there to support her when she was grieving for her mother. Alex and Richard comforted her when her cousin passed away. Although they didn't interact much, even Callie comforted Maggie when she broke up with Ethan. Maggie's support system is something some fans might be able to relate to.

1 She Plans Two Different Weddings

It's wonderful to see Maggie and Winston tie the knot at the end of season 17 of Grey's Anatomy, and their wedding is supposed to be fairly tiny and in Meredith's backyard. After Richard says that they need a bigger wedding, they wait until April 2021 and have a larger gathering on the beach.

Anyone who has gotten married and had to plan a few different weddings, or who has wondered if they should go with an intimate affair or a larger party, can relate to this storyline. It's nice to see a TV character who is dealing with a lot before their big day, as IRL, the path to the altar is rarely smooth.

NEXT: The 10 Funniest Scenes From Grey's Anatomy

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:34 GMT
Arrow: 10 Unpopular Opinions About The Show (According To Reddit)
Like all comic book shows, Arrow has a big and very opinionated fanbase. For example, people either love or hate Oliver and Felicity as a couple. Also, fans continue to fight about who's the best villain in the series to this day. Overall, the show is full of controversy due to the morally grey nature of the series and its characters.

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Arrow is a heated topic for users on Reddit to discuss. Some posts about Arrow characters and plot lines are met with approval, but other Redditors have less popular opinions about the show.

10 Oliver Is Better In The Show Than He Is In The Comics

Usually, comic book fans are quick to criticize television adaptations of their favorite superheroes. For example, many viewers think that Stephen Amell's version of the Green Arrow is a significant departure from the comics. However, this Reddit fan praises Oliver's character growth in Arrow.

At first, Oliver doesn't mind killing after returning from the island. However, after Tommy dies, the Redditor says that "he changes and starts trying to not kill anyone else." So, Oliver's struggle to follow his conscience while being a vigilante adds an interesting element to the show.

9 The Crossover Episodes Are Annoying

Almost once every season, Arrow has a crossover episode with another CW show. These episodes involve The FlashLegends of TomorrowSupergirl, and Batwoman. While many viewers love seeing all the superheroes interact, this Reddit user hates it.

The Reddit user comments, "I just have to watch every episode of that particular other show to reach that certain point to understand the characters and stuff in Arrow? Not cool." Crossovers are confusing, especially when more and more shows get added into the mix.

8 "New Team Arrow" Are Unlikable

After learning that one of the team members will testify against Oliver, Felicity and Diggle help Oliver spy on the others. Dinah, Rene, and Curtis are outraged by this betrayal. So, they decide to leave and form the group "New Team Arrow."

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This Reddit user thinks that New Team Arrow "act like spoiled brats, who only see the black and white of everything." In addition, they are hypocritical, engaging in the immoral behavior they criticize Oliver for, such as attempting to kill Laurel and harming Diggle.

7 Laurel Shouldn't Have Died

Multiple characters die throughout the series. One of the most heartbreaking deaths was Laurel Lance's. She is mortally wounded by the H.I.V.E. leader Damien Darhk while fighting as the Black Canary. 

Laurel's role in Arrow was unrightfully minimized by the writers, according to this Reddit user. They argue that the show writer's reasoning for keeping other characters but killing the Black Canary "highlights how little they value Laurel." This Redditor and other fans find Laurel's treatment on the show to be unjust.

6 William Should've Stayed With His Grandparents

Samantha, the mother of Oliver's first child, was killed in the Lian Yu explosion. After her death, Oliver becomes Williams's main caregiver. But, this Redditor believes that "Oliver never should have taken custody of William."

They share many wholesome family moments in the series, but William gets repeatedly kidnapped and attacked by Oliver's enemies. Arguably, Oliver should've left William in the care of his grandparents. Perhaps Samantha was right when she hid William from Oliver, as his presence puts him in constant danger.

5 Malcolm Merlyn Isn't Treated As A Villain

Malcolm Merlyn is one of the first antagonists introduced on Arrow. Even though he commits many crimes, such as killing Oliver's father and destroying the Glades, one Reddit user thinks that Team Arrow goes too easy on him.

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Because Merlyn is Thea's birth father, Oliver frequently lets his actions slide. The Redditor says, "Merlyn needs to be less of a buddy, and the team needs to treat him as the villain he is." He's one of Green Arrow's top comic villains, but the show treats him as less of a threat.

4 The Flash-Forwards Felt Depressing

In Arrow's seventh season, the audience sees flash-forwards, which reveal that Oliver is separated from his family and doesn't save the city. A Reddit user thinks these flash-forwards ruin the show. "It kind of just makes the show feel pointless," the Redditor states. "Why watch Oliver try to fight to save the city if we know he's going to fail?"

The flash-forwards were fun for some fans, as they got to see Mia (Oliver and Felicity's daughter), William, and Diggle's son as adults. But, all the character's lives in the future are pretty depressing to watch.

3 Season Four Was Good

It's a popular opinion on Reddit that season four of Arrow was the worst. Oliver is not a vigilante at the start of the season and is with Felicity, which disappointed some fans. But, this Reddit user defends season four.

In their opinion, Oliver and Felicity's relationship was enjoyable. Also, they like how the season explores Thea, Laurel, and Diggle working as a team, making the show feel like "a comic book in real life." Additionally, it introduces Damien Darhk, who brings a magical element to the series.

2 Prometheus Should Have Joined Team Arrow

Season five centers around Prometheus, who is one of the most powerful villains. It turns out that he's actually Adrian Chase, a friend of Oliver's. Chase is obsessed with seeking revenge on Oliver, but what if he had become an ally instead?

This Redditor thinks Chase would've made an excellent addition to Team Arrow. "He helped Dig get out of jail helped Oliver out of impeachment," the Redditor reasons. Perhaps, if Chase had undergone a similar character arc as Oliver, he could've become a hero.

1 Oliver Shouldn't Wear A Mask

In the season two episode "Three Ghosts," Oliver's costume gets an upgrade. He forgoes the eye makeup and wears a mask made by Barry Allen instead. Audiences were excited to see this development. However, one Reddit user misses his green makeup. 

Oliver previously states that a mask would block his field of vision. But, he ends up wearing one despite his previously mentioned beliefs. Lastly, the Reddit post argues that Oliver's eye makeup is "so much more intimidating" to criminals than his mask.

NEXT: Ranking The 10 Best Performances In Arrow

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:25 GMT
Breath of the Wild Sequel: 10 Ways It Could Reference Older Zelda Games
Finally, there is a full gameplay trailer for the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and it has every Zelda fan talking and rejoicing. It gives enough to stir quite a bit of fanfare, yet still holds a fair amount of mystery, featuring things that were definitely not in the previous game - and things that somehow look familiar.

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Many fans are wondering whether or not the sequel will tie into older Zelda games somehow, and based on some key moments in the latest trailer, this could very well be the case. There are several plausible ways the next Breath of the Wild will reference old Zelda games.

10 Skydiving

The most notable new feature of the game is that Link will find himself in multiple situations where he'll have to skydive, which also happens to be one of the key features of Skyward Sword. As well as this, the Switch version of Skyward Sword will be releasing soon, so the timing seems very intentional.

Link isn't flailing as he falls, so it can be assumed that he's doing it intentionally. And while the Loftwings don't seem to exist anymore, this is Link being talking about, so he most likely has the situation under control.

9 Island Travel

Tying into the last entry, another Skyward reference is the fact that the map is now made up of islands that dot the sky, each with physical cues that imply Link can traverse them. These cues include bodies of water, ruins, and even enemies to fight.

Again, with no Loftwing, it's still a matter of speculation as to how Link will hop from island to island, but since this is another Breath of the Wild, no doubt the player will be rewarded for their exploration. As some say, the sky's the limit!

8 Return Of Demise

As the last Skyward reference included, many fans noted that the red material coming from Ganon's corpse resembled the mane of Demise: the primary antagonist in Skyward. His return could mean a massive number of things for the sequel's story.

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Primarily, Demise is Ganon's predecessor, so if Ganon were somehow to unleash his inner Demise, utter chaos would befall Hyrule - including the birth of yet another Calamity Ganon. It would also explain why the islands appear, creating another link between the first world (Skyward's) and the latest (the sequel's).

7 Twili Presence

Many speculated that the disjointed sounds throughout both sequel trailers were callbacks to Twilight Princess's buggy soundtrack. On top of this, the glowing symbols that appear in the trailer are also reminiscent of the Twili (although some fans have lingering suspicions that they are Zonai symbols), so there's definitely a chance the Twili might make a reappearance.

This would mean a lot to most fans, who delighted in Twilight Princess's fresh take on the series and its memorable cast of characters. The most notable way the Twilight mechanics might be implemented is in the moment Link transports himself through an island from top to bottom, just using a drop of what seems to be Twilit, luminescent goop.

6 Ordonian Fashion

As well as the vaguely Twilit goop, Link seemed to have another connection to Twilight Princess: his clothes. While he's free-falling, his outfit very closely resembles the outfit TP Link wore at the beginning of the game.

Both sport simple white tunics, a green shawl draped over their left shoulders, shorts, and sandals. Of course, there are differences, but the similarities are fairly stark. Perhaps there is a connection between the Ancient Hero and Twilight Link?

5 Time Travel

There's a lot to cover in regards to time travel...for starters, the trailer ends with Zelda's Lullaby, which is most closely associated with Ocarina of Time - a game in which Link's primary superpower is time travel. Furthermore, there is a moment where he is able to reverse the course of a spiked ball rolling down a hill, which implies some sort of time manipulation.

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Lastly, the distorted music may not actually be a TP callback, but instead, a tune being reversed. Although some fans haven't been able to make out what the reversed track is saying, it's still within the realm of possibility.

4 Hookshot Hero

The hookshot is such an iconic item in the franchise, fans found themselves missing it in BOTW. Even though there were other modes of transportation at play, it still didn't feel right that Link was unable to launch himself from pole to pole with a hookshot.

However, the introduction of Stone Talus Bokoblins might call for a re-introduction of this beloved item. The Talus is normally defeated by striking a spot on its back, yet with the Bokoblins having staked out a base over this spot, Link may need to improvise - and the long wooden beams supporting the base might just provide an answer.

3 Boss-Specific Weapons

At one point in the trailer, Link is seen fighting a plant-like creature hanging from the ceiling of a cave. A stone dragon's head seems to be embedded on his shield, and when he raises the shield, the dragon rotates, breathing a cascade of fire and rending the plant monster defenseless.

This may signal the return of boss-specific weapons - a common trope throughout the series, wherein Link finds a weapon that he could technically use outside of a boss battle, but it wouldn't make much sense (such as the slow ball and chain, or the gale boomerang). It would certainly add a challenge to the game that many players would find gratifying to complete in order to get that sweet 100%.

2 Wind Travel

Although Link can now free-fall without a problem, he is still shown to use his paraglider, coasting through the skies on what seems to be a flowing path. This implies that wind will be a major travel factor as Link traverses the skies, which is a gameplay mechanic that hasn't really been seen since Wind Waker.

RELATED: The Legend Of Zelda: 10 Remasters That Are Perfect For The Switch

While many puzzles and dungeons have required Link to think about wind-flow over the years, none have been so instrumental to his journey as the winds in Wind Waker. Players might have to think harder about how they get around as a result.

1 Dragon Tales

As mentioned before, the trailer ends with Zelda's Lullaby, and what's interesting is that it's played on an erhu - a traditional stringed instrument from China. Notably, the erhu was only used in Breath of the Wild to announce the arrival of a dragon.

Such a detail is too niche to just be happenstance, so there's a good chance that the dragons will have a more central role in the sequel. Perhaps the player will even get to see where they disappear to in the skies?

NEXT: Super Smash Bros.: Every Legend Of Zelda Fighter, Ranked

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:22 GMT
Too Hot To Handle Season 2: 5 Players Who Deserved To Win (& 5 That Didn't)
Season 2 of Netflix's mega-popular reality dating game show Too Hot To Handle just concluded its 10-episode run, declaring French model Marvin Anthony as the ultimate winner. Over the course of four weeks, Marvin bested 14 other horny housemates who were challenged to remain as celibate as possible while engaging in genuinely meaningful romances. The two runners-up included second-place finisher Cam Holmes, and third-place finisher Carly Lawrence.

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Despite breaking Lana's cardinal rule, Marvin won the game by showing the most personal growth in his relationship with Melinda Melrose. However, he had several worthy competitors that could have won as well, and some unworthy ones who never had a chance.

10 Emily - Deserving

As one of the original contestants to survive all 10 episodes en route to a spot as a finalist, British model Emily Miller deserved to walk away with the prize money. The primary reason why was her unwavering loyalty to Cam, the cheeky model from South Wales with whom she became an official couple at the end of the show.

Although she was the first to break Lana's kissing rule with Cam, she never strayed from her true feelings for him, even when his wandering eye went towards Christina and Tabitha.

9 Joey - Undeserving

It's hard to consider any player who entered the game during Episode 6 as worthy of winning. Moreover, Miami playboy Joey Joy only pursued a serious relationship with Canadian model Carly when his first option, Melinda, friend-zoned him in favor of Marvin.

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However, once he forged a bond with Carly, it became clear that the two of them shared a legitimate romance. As such, they ended the show as one of the better couples. Still, with very limited time to test his long-term celibacy, the other players endured far more painful sacrifices than Joey did.

8 Larissa - Deserving

By being the only contestant to leave the show of her own volition, New Zealand lawyer Larissa Townson proved she deserved to win in a roundabout way. After forging an apparently meaningful romance with British stripper Nathan Webb, he accused her of being more interested in the prize money than getting physical with him.

Instead of sticking around and angling for the money, Larissa decided to leave the show knowing that her only shot at true love was with Nathan. She proved that she was serious all along, much to the rueful dismay of Nathan.

7 Tabitha - Undeserving

As another short-lived player who only appeared in the last four episodes, Londoner Tabitha Cliftt hardly deserved to make it as a finalist, much less win the whole shebang. To find a genuine romance, Tabitha unapologetically home-wrecked the budding romance between Chase and Carly.

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Once Tabitha entered the villa, she and Chase found an instant mutual attraction. Chase left Carly to be with her, at which point Tabitha had zero qualms about flirting with Cam in the shower.

6 Carly - Deserving

Although she seemed to kiss every contestant under the sun at one point on the dating game show, once Carly settled down with one person, she showed tremendous loyalty and a sincere willingness to get serious. After Chase dumped her for Tabitha, Carly ultimately rebounded with the more suitable Joey.

Carly still harbored feeling for Chase when she and Joey began talking, but over time, Joey proved to her that Chase was the absolute wrong guy for her. In the end, Carly showed enough growth in the eyes of Lana to take home a respectable third-place finish.

5 Nathan - Undeserving

While his feelings were understandable at the time, Nathan's bad misreading of his situation with Larissa backfired in an inglorious fashion. While he was right to wonder if Larissa was more interested in money than love, he was wrong to leave her in the cold and begin pursuing Elle Monae without talking to her to express their feelings.

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When Larissa proved money was not the goal by leaving the show on her own, Nathan felt awful but still remained coupled with Elle. Unfortunately, after being one of the strongest players in the first half of the season, Nathan ended with a whimper.

4 Melinda - Deserving

Considering her partner took home the top prize on the guilty-pleasure dating show, it's obvious that Melinda Melrose could have just as easily been named champion. At no point in the show did Melinda waver in her undying passion for Marvin. She had legitimate feels for him from day one to the finale.

Although she could have swayed when she was pursued by Peter early on and later by Joey, Melinda never hesitated to remain faithful to Marvin. While she did break the ultimate no-sex rule, which incurred a $20,000 penalty, Lana knew that Melinda and Marvin were serious enough to avoid elimination. In the end, Marvin and Melinda became boyfriend and girlfriend.

3 Cam - Undeserving

Although the rebellious rulebreaker Cam earned a second-place finish, he's lucky to have not been evicted in the early going. Cam was the first male to break the no-kissing rule, the first to masturbate in the house, and the one who encouraged others to follow his lead to break more rules.

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Cam ultimately came around to realize what a special thing he had with Emily, despite an early date with South African model Christina Carmela and a brief shower flirtation with Tabitha. Considering all he put her through, Emily was much more deserving to win the game.

2 Marvin - Deserving

The dashing and debonair Frenchman Marvin Anthony was the clear player to beat on Too Hot To Handle 2. He entered the villa and immediately swept the women off their feet, but always remained loyal to his instant attraction, Melinda.

After breaking Lana's cardinal no-sex rule, Marvin and Melinda actively took their relationship to the next level, including a heartfelt sunset scene in which Marvin spoke about his romantic past, his love for his mother, and how he views Melinda as family. With eyes for nobody else, Marvin won the prize money and Melinda's heart in one fell swoop.

1 Chase - Undeserving

For the first half of the season, semi-pro football player Chase DeMoor showcased one of the most magnetic personalities on the show. However, once he left Carly in the dust for the newly arrived Tabitha, he showed his true colors.

After leaving Carly when things got stale, Chase did make a concerted effort to take things more seriously with Tabitha. He became a finalist as a result, but at no point demonstrated the kind of commitment to be named a winner. He even narrowly avoided eviction in Episode 4.

NEXT: Too Hot To Handle: 10 Shows To Watch After Finishing The Netflix Reality TV Show

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:08 GMT
15 Best Kid's Cartoons Of The 1980s, Ranked According To IMDb
Colorful cartoons such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers were hugely influential in the 1980s, spawning nostalgic franchises that are still creating reboots and sequels today. Most '80s cartoons followed heroic main characters that fought against armies of villains such as the Foot clan or the Decepticons, teaching valuable lessons to their audience about the nature of good and evil.

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Whether it is to sell toys, create joy, or present role models for the audience to look up to, fans can agree that these 80s cartoons are the cream of the crop.

15 Spider-Man (1981-1982) - 7.0 on IMDb

After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker balances his responsibility as the superhero Spider-Man and his everyday life as a college student. Spider-Man has had multiple cartoons, including the '60s cartoon that spawned multiple hilarious memes, but this series updates Peter Parker's character into a more modern design for the time, becoming more casual than his previous portrayals.

Each episode of this series focuses on one classic Marvel villain, including Doc Oc, Doctor Doom, Lizard, Black Cat, and Magneto. Spider-Man has been popular since his creation due to his relatable personality and daily struggles.

14 Smurfs (1981-1989) - 7.2 on IMDb

Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, this American-Belgian show follows the daily lives of the Smurfs and their various adventures, overcoming obstacles and the evil wizard Gargamel. The Smurfs have featured in several other cartoons, shows, and feature films as they are iconic and instantly recognizable characters.

The show focuses on over 100 Smurf characters that inhabit the Smurf village and is a classic cartoon that has remained timeless for younger viewers due to its easy-going and simple storylines.

13 Garfield And Friends (1988-1995) - 7.3 on IMDb

This show follows the lazy cat Garfield, the excitable dog Odie, the imaginative pig Orson, and their animal friends as they go on small-scale adventures within their hometown, such as playing pranks, watching movies together, and throwing birthday parties.

Garfield is a lazy cat that only wants to lie around watching TV and eating lasagne, but his friends and his owner Jon drag him into their adventures. The show had 7 seasons, with a total of 121 episodes. The characters have gone on to star in feature films and a soon-to-be-released production with Disney+.

12 Jem And The Holograms (1985-1988) - 7.4 on IMDb

Record company owner Jerrica takes on the persona of pop star Jem alongside her band, The Holograms. Jerrica can disguise herself thanks to the holographic computer Synergy, which projects a hologram of Jem over Jerrica's normal body. The band deals with love interests, rival bands, and keeping their identities secret.

The diverse cast and outspoken female characters set this show apart from its contemporaries, and although the show was created to sell toys, like most '80s cartoons, the characters have remained relatable and fun throughout the years.

11 He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (1983-1985) - 7.5 on IMDb

Prince Adam is part of a royal family that rules the planet of Eternia, and is bestowed great magical power when he holds up the Sword of Power and shouts "By the power of Greyskull!." Adam fights against the evil Skeletor alongside a band of fellow heroes.

He-Man has had many adaptations in comic book, film, and TV form. The show recently had a spin-off series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, that focused on He-Man's sister, Princess Adora, and her group of heroic friends.

10 Voltron: Defender Of The Universe (1984-1985) - 7.9 on IMDb

The Japanese robot anime Beast King GoLion was dubbed into English and transformed into Voltron, a show about five pilots that control robotic lions. These lions combine to form Voltron, a robot with the power to defeat the evil King Zarkon that terrorizes their planet.

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This show was the top-rated syndicated children's show during its run, and the success of the show and its massive franchise inspired Netflix's recent reboot of the show. The reboot focuses on the relationships between the characters and their lions, as well as the personal relationships between the crew members.

9 Thundercats (1985-1989) - 7.9 on IMDb

The Thundercats are humanoid cat-like aliens that are forced to flee their homeworld. The Sword of Omens has the Eye of Thundera embedded in the hilt, which is the source of the Thundercats' power. The heroes are hunted by mutants and the sorcerer Mumm-Ra as they settle on Third Earth as their new home.

The franchise spans comics, action figures, and TV shows featuring the colorful and easily recognizable cast but plans to make a live-action feature film have fallen through multiple times throughout the years. The strange concept is fun and very different from the usual human storylines featured in a lot of other cartoon shows.

8 The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (1986-2000) - 7.9 on IMDb

Bugs Bunny and the cast of Looney Tunes have had many shows throughout the years, and this particular show is an anthology of fun classic cartoons featuring most of the cast. The episodes were edited to take out characters whose inclusion was deemed insensitive to certain groups, such as Speedy Gonzales.

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The short comedic sketches are universally funny, with non-verbal sketches appealing to any audience member that is watching, regardless of language or location. Bugs Bunny is an iconic character from many people's childhoods, with some people going as far as to tattoo Bugs onto themselves, showing their love for this classic character.

7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996) - 7.9 on IMDb

Michaelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello are mutant turtles that have grown up underground with their mentor Splinter. Along with their friends April and Casey, they fight villains such as the Foot Clan, the clan's leader Shredder, and a highly intelligent brain in a jar named Krang.

The huge number of fun villains in this series is one of the many reasons it is so beloved, but the family dynamic of the turtles themselves is appealing to kids and adults alike. The series aired for 10 seasons, with 193 episodes in total.

6 Transformers (1984-1987) - 8.0 on IMDb

This show was the first in a long line of TV shows, comics, and feature films featuring the Transformers, an alien race that can transform into vehicles such as cars, trucks, and airplanes. The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, fight the evil Decepticons, led by Megatron.

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So many films are based on toys to sell them, and this is no exception, but the Transformers cartoon is an absolute classic show that kickstarted a beloved franchise that is still seeing remakes and reboots today. The divide between good and evil is made clear in this show, making it easy for audiences to root for the heroes and secretly think the villains are actually pretty cool.

5 The Wind In The Willows (1984-1988) - 8.0 on IMDb

This British stop-motion animated show is based on a 1908 novel and follows the adventures of Toad, Rat, Badger, and Mole as they go about their lives living in Mole End and Toad Hall. The characters try to combat the Weasels, thieves that try to steal Toad's fortune.

The show was made using latex character figurines and scale model sets. The main character Rat was voiced by Peter Sallis, a British actor known for playing Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, and the show was comprised of 4 seasons, with 52 episodes in total. The animal characters are reminiscent of British stereotypes, loving tea and taking strolls.

4 DuckTales (1987-1990) - 8.1 on IMDb

Scrooge McDuck, an elderly businessman with rooms full of money, goes on adventures with his mischievous grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Their adventures take them around the world seeking treasure and fighting villains that wish to steal Scrooge's gold.

Video games, comic books, and feature films have been made from this franchise thanks to the show's success, and recently Disney released a reboot of the show starring Doctor Who's David Tennant, Community's Danny Pudi, and Parks and Recreation's Ben Schwartz.

3 The Looney Tunes / Bugs Bunny Comedy Hour (1985-1986) - 8.4 on IMDb

The Looney Tunes cast are enduring characters that entertain and resonate with fans throughout the years. CBS gave up the rights to The Bugs Bunny Show in 1985 and it moved to ABC, which refused to broadcast episodes with Tweety or Speedy Gonzales featured in them and renamed the show The Looney Tunes/Bugs Bunny Comedy Hour.

In 1986, however, this rule was given up and the show was renamed The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, now featuring Tweety but not Speedy Gonzales, possibly due to negative stereotyping that the character portrayed. The characters remain in fine form, however, and deliver fun sketches that entertain audiences worldwide.

2 Dragon Ball (1986-1989) - 8.5 on IMDb

A young boy Goku befriends a teen girl named Bulma, and together they hunt for the seven Dragon Balls that can summon a wish-granting dragon, Shenron. They are aided by Master Roshi, and together they fight against various villains such as Emperor Pilaf and Piccolo. This show covers the first 194 chapters of the manga, while its sequel, Dragon Ball Z, covers the remaining chapters.

This series is a classic anime for all ages to watch, as many anime fans grew up watching this cartoon. The characters are beloved by fans and the story is fun to follow, even though the sheer amount of episodes may seem daunting to first-time viewers.

1 The Simpsons (1989-present) - 8.6 on IMDb

The Simpson family lives in Springfield, a satire on American life, and the show follows the family's adventures around their hometown and occasionally the rest of the world. These characters are instantly recognizable and iconic.

Since their beginnings as short films on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons has expanded into a massive franchise and has become the longest-running animated series of all time. There are so many moments in the show, both heartfelt and hilarious, that make this cartoon one of the best shows of its time.

NEXT: 10 Things About 90s Cartoon Shows That Would Never Fly Today

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:07 GMT
Batman’s Son Finally Faces His Destiny As Heir To The Demon

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Robin #3

In the latest issue of DC Comics' Robin, Damian Wayne is faced with his destiny as Heir to the Demon when he comes face to face with the great Ra's Al Ghul. With Damian being the son of Batman and Talia Al Ghul, Ra's is his grandfather, The Demon's Head, and the leader of the League of Assassins (or at least he was). It seems as though the mysterious League of Shadows has dark plans to potentially take over the League of Assassins, and it has everything to do with the Lazarus Tournament hosted by the even more enigmatic League of Lazarus.

While the League of Assassins and Shadows used to be one and the same in DC Comics, the Rebirth and Infinite Frontier continuities have seen them as separate and rival organizations. Furthermore, they're both seemingly connected to the League of Lazarus, the guardians of the largest Lazarus Pit ever discovered and its powerful waters to raise the dead. They're also a group Damian has never heard of until now (and he suspects that they were intentionally kept hidden from him.) Now, Damian has entered the Lazarus Tournament, being given three "lives" to prove himself before death becomes permanent amongst the DC Universe's greatest fighters, all while he's investigating the organization's secret activities.

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While there are plenty of warriors and killers for Damian to be wary of, his greatest competition is none other than Connor Hawke, the secret son of Green Arrow, and the League of Shadows' chosen champion to fight for them in the tournament.  As a result, Robin #3 from writer Josua Williamson with artist Gleb Melnikov sees Damian and Connor locked in battle, though Hawke quickly gets the upper hand and throws Robin off a cliff. However, Robin was saved before suffering any kind of serious injury. While he thought that it might have been his father Batman, it was revealed that his rescuer was Ra's Al Ghul himself, his grandfather.

Surprisingly, Ra's al Ghul is on Lazarus Island, though it certainly looks as though he's fallen from grace and no longer holds the power he usually wields as the Demon's Head. Seeing as how Damian is his potential heir, it seems logical that Ra's may have the desire to train Robin as his own lethal champion to combat the League of Shadows, turning Damian into an agent for the Assassins.

In any case, it certainly seems as though Damian and his grandfather have much to discuss, and not just about the current tournament. The former Robin is definitely at a crossroads in his life, having estranged himself from his father and wanting to forge his own path. However, will his future see him more as a Bat or as a Demon? While Ra's al Ghul will most likely be encouraging the latter in future issues, here's hoping Robin will be able to make the right choice when the time comes, whatever it may be.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:57:52 GMT
Which iPhone Models Are Waterproof & Which Are Not? | Screen Rant

Knowing if a specific iPhone model is waterproof will help to ensure the device remains usable and performs as expected for as long as possible. While many iPhone models now come with some degree of water resistance, that has not always been the case. In fact, there is a very clear distinction in Apple’s iPhone water-resistant history which should make it far easier to know if a specific model is protected or not.

It has been fourteen years now since the first iPhone was unveiled and during that time, there have been multiple iPhone models released. While the iPhone 13 series is due to come out this year, Apple has been slowly expanding the core phone selection to include a greater number of models each year. For example, the iPhone 12 series saw the introduction of the mini, with releases in previous years adding a Pro and Pro Max to the collection.

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While there have been plenty of iPhone models released over the years, only the iPhone 7 and those that have followed come with some degree of water-proofing. Therefore, a good iPhone rule of thumb is that iPhone 6 and older models should not be considered waterproof. To be clear, some older models may exhibit water-resistant qualities, but they do not come with any official resistance ratings let alone waterproofing. As for the iPhone 7 series and later, the exact degree of protection depends on the model.

Again, all iPhone models since the iPhone 7 series are considered to be splash, water, and dust resistant. However, they are not all equal in this sense. For example, the iPhone 7 and Plus, iPhone 8 and Plus, as well as the iPhone X, iPhone XR, and the iPhone SE (2nd generation), all come with an IP67 rating. In other words, they are all expected to be able to withstand submersion in water up to a depth of one meter and for as long as thirty minutes. When it comes to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the iPhone 11 series, and the iPhone 12 series, all of these iPhone models are still bound by the same 30-minute limit, but remain protected at even greater depths. Even then, these newer iPhones are not all equal.

To explain, the newest iPhone 12 series boasts an IP68 rating with the maximum depth listed as six meters. In contrast, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max boost the same IP68 rating but their maximum depth is defined as four meters. The standard iPhone 11, as well as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, all also have an IP68 rating, but their maximum depths are limited to just two meters.

Regardless of the exact model, it is worth keeping in mind that water resistance or proofing is not something that’s permanent. As a device ages, or its number of water encounters increases, it can become more prone to damage through general wear and tear. Therefore, even if it is a newer iPhone 12 model, that’s not to say users should necessarily take it swimming or use the device in the shower. Whether it's an iPhone made by Apple or a device made by anyone else, these protections are there to help when unfortunate situations naturally happen and should always be considered maximum levels of protection.

Next: Is AirTag Waterproof? Apple's Water Resistance Explained

Source: Apple

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:52:42 GMT
Loki Has Already Explained The Multiverse Of Madness - Theory Explained

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Loki episode 4.

Loki may have spoiled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, secretly revealing how the Multiverse will work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Loki episode 4, the Time Variance Authority captures Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki, putting them before the Time-Keepers. Before the pair are "pruned," which is the TVA's way of saying executed, they break free and manage to decapitate one of the Time-Keepers. It turns out the Time-Keepers are simply robots, and someone else is secretly in charge of the TVA. But shortly after the revelation, Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Ravonna Renslayer prunes Loki, apparently erasing him from existence.

A credits scene in Loki episode 4 reveals Loki doesn't die. After being pruned by the TVA, he ends up in another timeline, which appears to be a post-apocalyptic New York City. And he's not alone. When Loki wakes up, he realizes he's in front of other Loki variants that were probably also pruned. Pruning apparently doesn't kill people. It merely sends them to another timeline, and the other Loki variants are proof. The revelation could have lasting repercussions in the MCU.

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The twist in the Loki credits, which reveals the other pruned Loki variants, may explain Marvel's Multiverse. According to a fan theory (via Reddit), getting pruned is the equivalent of putting files in a computer's trash. They don't get immediately deleted, and they're recoverable. For whatever reason, the TVA hasn't been killing the Loki variants, and it's going to come back to bite the organization. All the Loki variants interacting with each other is a huge problem for the TVA. If the Loki variants work together, they could all wreak havoc on the timeline and jump start Marvel's Multiverse.


Loki has already dropped major hints that the God of Mischief is bringing about the Multiverse. According to the TVA, there's a point where nexus events, which are variations from the Sacred Timeline, can't be reversed. In Loki episode 4, Loki and Lady Loki touch each other and almost send the TVA's Sacred Timeline into chaos. If that type of disorder nearly happened with just two Loki variants, a group working together seems unstoppable for the TVA. Once the Loki variants are unleashed on the timeline, other versions of Marvel characters could start arriving too. Also, with Loki executive producer Michael Waldron also penning the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness script, an introduction to the Multiverse seems inevitable.

Though nothing is definite with Loki, the idea that Loki variants are being put in a computer trash bin works surprisingly well. Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) is a powerful A.I. that's theorized to be the villain running things at the TVA. Of course an A.I. would treat variants like computer files, sending them to a temporary holding area instead of deleting them permanently. With the Time-Keepers being robots, it's not a stretch to think a computer is actually pulling the strings at the TVA. After all, the agency already runs like a machine.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:40:52 GMT
Quentin Tarantino Thinks Some Movie Theater Chains Deserve To Close

Acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has said that he thinks some theatre chains deserve to close. The 58-year-old auteur has long been a proponent of the theatrical experience and is known for his encyclopedic film knowledge. After winning over audiences with his 1992 debut Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has gone on to a multi-Oscar winning career, which he’s repeatedly stated will come to an end after his tenth feature film.

As each new Tarantino release is something of an event, there’s been plenty of conjecture regarding what sort of film will mark the film legend’s final project. However, Tarantino is consistently followed by controversy even when he hasn’t released a film, with his 2019 effort, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood still causing headlines today. That particular issue has to do with how martial arts icon Bruce Lee was portrayed in the film, but it’s hard for anyone to remember when a Tarantino film hasn’t received some form of backlash over everything from violence to racism to sexism. For his part, Tarantino takes it all in stride, confident of the sort of filmmaker that he’s worked to become and loyal only to the concept of cinema.

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This unshakeable loyalty to film means that Tarantino has a high degree of respect for the cinema-going process and cinemas in general. But according to Variety, during an interview on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Tarantino made it clear that he’s not a fan of all cinemas and that the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic on some of these cinemas doesn’t trouble him. Going as far as to say that some of the cinemas that have disappeared over the past year “deserved to go,” Tarantino stated:

“I never like any theater closing, but some of these exhibitors that are going, they f***ing deserve to go. They’ve taken all the specialness out of movies anyway, some of these chains.”

Insisting that he doesn’t feel that a movie theatre should “recreate my living room,” Tarantino also took the opportunity to announce that he has purchased yet another Los Angeles area theatre, the Vista. Having previously purchased and revamped the New Beverly, Tarantino’s dedication to saving and preserving theatres is hard to deny. But this being the case, his stance on some of the theatres that have had to close in recent months might seem contrary. It could be argued that a cinema is a cinema, and getting people out of their houses and away from streaming content is still a win for the dying concept that movie theatres have become. But for Tarantino and many other cinephiles, the movie-going experience should be simple, straightforward, and most of all, entirely about seeing a film on the big screen. It’s this same degree of respect for cinema in general that has allowed other boutique theatres such as the Alamo Drafthouse to attract a steady and devoted clientele.

By this point in his career, Quentin Tarantino has amassed enough of a fanbase that people will flock to his theatres. At the same turn, however, he’s also smart to target that demographic of movie-goers who want something more than what large-scale multiplexes offer. Going to a cinema that delivers something more than franchise films or CGI-laden blockbusters has become a challenging task. For those who want something different in their movie-going experience, Tarantino seems to be putting his money where his mouth is.

Next: Why Quentin Tarantino's Debut My Best Friend's Birthday Was Never Finished

Source: Variety

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:40:42 GMT
Slumber Party Massacre Image Gives First Look at Upcoming Remake

Slumber Party Massacre image gives a first look at the upcoming horror remake. The original cult classic horror film came out in 1982 amid the slasher movie craze of the era and was a success with $3.6 million grossed at the box office against a budget of just $220,000. The sequels Slumber Party Massacre II and Slumber Party Massacre III came out in 1987 and 1990 respectively.

Now almost forty years after the original movie terrified slasher movie fans, Slumber Party Massacre is getting a remake with The Banana Splits Movie director Danishka Esterhazy at the helm. Shout! Studios has released a first look image from the film, which definitely cries out “slumber party” though not so much “massacre.” One of the characters does have a baseball bat though, so obviously things have already started going down in the scene in question. See the image in the space below:

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Syfy will be premiering the Slumber Party Massacre remake but has yet to announce a date when that will happen. The original movie was of course noteworthy for being a rare early ‘80s horror film written and directed by women (Amy Holden Jones helmed the film, working from a script by Rita Mae Brown). Remake director Esterhazy and writer Suzanne Keilly are keeping that particular tradition alive and will no doubt deliver an even more feminist spin on the horror genre than the original film did.

The synopsis for Slumber Party Massacre reads as follows: “A new contemporary twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 slasher cult classic just in time for Halloween. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath, as a psychotic serial killer wielding a power drill disrupts the fun.”

More: Is Slumber Party Massacre 2's Driller Killer Real Or A Hallucination?

Source: Shout! Studios

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:39:05 GMT
How VtM: Blood Hunt Handles The Masquerade Rules | Screen Rant

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt is a battle royale set in a world where vampires follow a law called the Masquerade, which involves keeping their existence a secret. If players are running around and acting like vampires in Bloodhuntthen how does the game handle the Masquerade?

The idea of vampires hiding from mortals is nothing new, but in Vampire: The Masquerade, it's key to the entire premise of the game. Imagine a game like Dungeons & Dragons, but where the players can't use any of their special abilities near townsfolk. The undead of Vampire: The Masquerade must always keep their powers in check and be wary about saying too much, which is made especially difficult by their never-ending hunger for human blood.

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There have been several Vampire: The Masquerade video games that have adapted the titular Masquerade in different ways, such as the strikes system in Bloodlines that would end with a game over if the player kept breaking the rules. Bloodhunt is a battle royale about vampires fighting each other on the streets of modern-day Prague, while openly using their powers to crush their enemies. It sounds as if the Masquerade would last about five minutes in the world of Bloodhunt, but the game does use it as a mechanic that is a major part of the experience.

In the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop RPG, the Masquerade is the first of six Traditions that nearly all vampires follow. The Masquerade is the law that states vampires should not reveal their true nature to anyone who isn't a vampire. This is the most important rule of vampire society and it's also the one that's broken the most. The Masquerade is maintained in modern times by vampires owning the media and squashing any attempt to reveal their existence before it gets out. The price for breaking the Masquerade is almost always death, with the perpetrator being staked to the ground and left to meet the sun. Luckily, there are several vampire Disciplines that act as mind control, so it's possible for accidental rule breakers to clean up their mess and make nosey mortals forget what they saw, before things get even more out of hand.

Obviously, the intricacies of the Masquerade from the tabletop game aren't easy to translate into a battle royale, but Bloodhunt makes a valiant attempt. If the player breaks the Masquerade by doing something vampire-related around the mortals on the map (such as using a power), then they become visible to all other players for one minute. This is an incredibly dangerous situation to be in, as the point of Bloodhunt is that the player can hide from their enemies in a number of different places. All it takes is to crouch behind a parked car or scale the rooftops in order to escape from the sight of the enemy. If everyone knows where the player is, then they will have painted a massive target on their back.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt is currently in development for PC and consoles, with a Q3/Q4 2021 release window.

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:37:52 GMT
Every Rule Break From Too Hot To Handle Season 2 | Screen Rant

Season 2 of Too Hot To Handle has been praised as even better than the first, largely for the more likable cast as compared to its predecessor. The show tries to get contestants to go from hookups to meaningful connections over the course of their vacation. Naturally, there were several hiccups along the way. The cast's many rule-breaks made the original grand prize of $100,000 drop all of the way down to $55,000.

Too Hot To Handle brings several attractive people to a very romantic location and gives them a chance to get to know each other before giving them the terrible news. Instead of encouraging kissing, touching, and sexual encounters, the contestants are penalized by thousands of dollars for every sexual experience by a Siri-like talking cone named Lana. Though many fans criticized how the $100,000 prize was split up in season one, this group was still given the chance to win the same amount of money. Here are all the rule breaks from the season 2 cast that cost them $45,000 total.

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In episode one, the castmates were all getting to know each other and coupling up, still blissfully unaware that they would soon be asked to form only emotional connections. By the end of the second episode, when reality was sinking in, there were seven rule breaks and the contestants had already lost $21,000! Fan-favorites Cam Holmes and Emily Miller were the first to break the rules by kissing, which they quickly learned cost them $3,000. That same night, Carly Lawrence and Chase DeMoor kissed twice, Marvin Anthony and Melinda Melrose kissed, and Cam and Emily kissed again. An unexpected rule break from that night occurred when Peter Vigilante had Melinda and Carly play rock-paper-scissors to decide who kissed him. In the end, both women kissed Peter, leading to two more rule breaks.

Much to everyone else's shock, Cam and Emily partook in a "crab grab" during the middle of the night that cost the group $4,000. Just when fans thought Cam would not be losing any more money, he had Nathan Webb and Peter guard the bathroom while he "indulged in an act of self-gratification," costing the group another $2,000. Then, serial offenders Cam and Emily were given a shot at redemption and earning $10,000 if they could spend the night in a private suite without breaking any rules. But they could not make it and lost an additional $5,000 more for self-touching and excessive grinding.

By episode five, the group had lost $32,000 with 10 rule breaks, and Lana was not happy. That did not stop the two newcomers, Christina and Robert, from kissing for $3,000 and Robert getting a "handy dandy" for $5,000. Then, in the most serious breach of the rules yet, Melinda and Marvin went all the way, costing the whole group a whopping $20,000. Carly, fresh from her breakup with Chase, quickly moved on to Joey Joy with a kiss that cost them another $3,000.

In the last rule break of the season, Chase and the latest addition to the show, Tabitha Clift, were docked $7,000 for kissing and other sexual contact. Lana was generous enough to give the contestants another chance at earning some money back, and Melinda and Marvin were able to redeem themselves. The season 2 group ended up with $55,000. However, this time, the money only went to one contestant who showed the most growth while at the retreat. Congratulations to the winner of Too Hot To Handle season 2: Marvin.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:34:52 GMT
Zelda: Link's Awakening Considered A Parody Of The Series by Developers

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening holds a special place in the history of the series as the first mobile title. As the fourth Zelda game, it came to the Game Boy in 1993, originally utilizing the system's black and white graphics before the Link's Awakening DX port brought it to the Game Boy Color with a handful of other additions. A faithful remake of Link's Awakening came to the Switch in 2019, complete with many features that the game's developers say are a result of it being viewed as something of a Zelda parody.

Link's Awakening takes place on Koholint Island, a dangerous, tropical locale existing entirely within a dream of the island's deity-like guardian, the Wind Fish, who is corrupted by a powerful nightmare. Throughout Link's Awakening, players will come into contact with many characters that seemingly come from other games. There are Chain Chomps and Goombas, Yoshi dolls, one enemy looks almost exactly like Kirby, and a man who suspiciously looks like Mario tells Link he ate a toadstool and turned into a raccoon (or a tanuki, perhaps?).

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These occurrences could be explained away by the game taking place almost entirely within a dream, but Link's Awakening's developers say differently. According to Iwata Asks (a series of interviews conducted by Nintendo's former President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, before he passed awa), the developers of Link's Awakening felt as though they were making a parody of the series. They note that the inclusion of Mario characters in a Zelda game would never be allowed today, and it was a result of Link's Awakening being unauthorized in its early stages of development.

The developers describe working on Link's Awakening as an "afterschool club" where they were experimenting with what was possible on the Game Boy. Since there wasn't an official project for the game's development, they added in other series' characters. They were clearly not removed once a Game Boy Zelda got the official green light, but it's unclear whether or not HAL Laboratory, creators of the then-obscure Kirby, gave them permission to use their character. Although character appearances now tend to be a rather serious subject legally, the developers jokingly remember how the Kirby inclusion in Link's Awakening was seen: "About that time, Kirby was still just a fledgling character, so I think people thought that it was an honor to have him appear in a The Legend of Zelda game," said Iwata.

This sort of disregard for the sanctity of Nintendo IP is what gave Link's Awakening its unique take on the Zelda formula, since it was developed in an unserious manner. The developers apparently didn't think it would be an issue, since Link's Awakening was a Game Boy game, which may have been viewed as less esteemed than traditional consoles. Iwata tells them, "Today, if [developers] just barged ahead using characters resembling Mario and Luigi - even if it were for a Nintendo game - it would be quite a problem.The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening has always stood out as a bit of an odd entry to the series, and knowing the developers felt as though they were making a parody explains some of the game's quirks.

Next: Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening: Mastering the Art of Fishing

Source: Nintendo (Iwata Asks)

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:27:13 GMT
Big Brother 23: Christie Valdiserri Cut From BB23 Cast Due To COVID-19

Christie Valdiserri has officially been disqualified from Big Brother 23 after testing positive for COVID-19 only a few days prior to entering the BB23 house. With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the production team behind Big Brother had to put in place extended health and safety practices. For instance, producers extended the pre-season sequester period for the potential contestants, and introduced recurring COVID-19 tests for the houseguests. On Big Brother 22: All-Stars, the players were also tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis in the Diary Room.

Last year, at least two potential contestants for Big Brother: All-Stars were disqualified in the sequester period due to testing positive for COVID-19. For a few months, BB19 winner Josh Martinez and BB20 winner Kaycee Clark were rumored to have been kicked out of BB22 due to testing positive for COVID-19. Initially, they denied those claims and kept a low profile. However, they did eventually confirm that those claims were true. Production followed very similar steps for BB23, and a contestant has now been unfortunately disqualified.

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During the Big Brother 23 cast reveal on Thursday, July 1, Christie Valdisierri was announced as one of the 16 chosen houseguests. Immediately, many viewers were excited to learn more about the 27-year-old professional dancer from North Hollywood, CA. However, everything changed over the Fourth of July weekend, and an official announcement - a video of Christie herself delivering the news - was shared via the show's official Instagram page. "I just tested positive for COVID and I have no idea how I got it," Christie started. "I have the vaccine and I've been following all the guidelines up to this point." Alas, Christie makes it clear that she's not feeling any symptoms, which is great news. You can watch the full video below.

In the video, Christie Valdiserri does her best to smile and stay strong while delivering this news to the Big Brother fans. However, she also doesn't hide how upset she is feeling. "It's really frustrating because I won't be playing Big Brother this summer," Christie remarked. She opened up about believing that these obstacles come into her life for a bigger purpose, but it's too early for her to understand what lessons will come from this. "I've had a roller-coaster of emotions the past 48 hours," Christie concluded. As a replacement for Christie on BB23, producers have cast Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old AI technical architect from New York City.

These are very unfortunate circumstances for Christie and for Big Brother 23 as a whole. As far as casting goes, a quick solution was found right away. On the other hand, the BB23 fans will still be worrying about Christie's wellbeing, and are disappointed that they won't get to hang out with her all summer long.

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Big Brother 23 airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

Sources: Big Brother on Instagram

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:18:51 GMT
Apple Should Look Closely At This Stunning MacBook Air Concept

As Apple fans eagerly await the debut of new MacBook models rocking a fresh design, a concept render that imagines the ultra-sleek laptop flaunting a colorful spin is grabbing attention online. Apple has carved its own unique place in the consumer electronics industry with its product design philosophy over the years. Spearheaded by the likes of Jony Ive, the classic MacBook Air in its all-metal glory from the Steve Jobs era still remains a design that Apple hasn’t deviated much from over the years, and its inspiration can still be seen on the current-gen M1 MacBook Air.

However, every design has limited longevity, and it could be argued that now's the time that Apple should give the MacBook Air’s looks a major overhaul, considering the lineup has used the same fundamental aesthetics since 2018. As per recent rumors, a new MacBook Air might make its debut later this year with some key design changes, such as better port selection, new colors, and a return of the MagSafe port. At its heart, users will reportedly find an in-house M2 chip.

Related: Fresh Leak Reveals New MacBook Pro Launch Window

The latest concept video comes courtesy of motion graphics artist Devam Jangra and shows a device rocking the flat MacBook Pro's aesthetics. The keyboard borrows some design elements from the new Magic Keyboard, down to the circular outline of the recessed Touch ID button. Although, the most captivating element is a fresh color profile inspired by the new iMac. Even when compared to the iMac portfolio, the colors on the MacBook Air concept are brighter and more vivid.

According to credible sources, including Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new MacBook Air will come equipped with a redesigned version of the MagSafe charging technology found on older Apple laptops. The bezels will be thinner while the screen size remains intact at 13 inches, which means the device will be even more compact compared to the current M1-powered MacBook Air. Apple reportedly wanted to introduce a larger 15-inch model as well, but those plans appear to have been shelved. Coming to the port selection, there will be a pair of USB 4 (Type-C) ports and a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack.

Leakster Jon Prosser also recently claimed that the MacBook Air refresh will arrive rocking a vibrant color palette akin to the iMac or the iPad Air (Gen 4). For its part, this concept video envisions the upcoming MacBook Air sporting a sea green, blue, light purple (similar to the purple iPhone 12), orange, pink, yellow, and silver. Another notable design change — which is also a callback to the iBook G3 — is that the bezels are white. Interestingly, the keycaps are also white and appear to be grey from some angles, which is another departure from the black deck on the current-gen MacBook models. Of course, these are concept renders, which means they could be very different to a final product, but Apple has lately grown fond of eye-catching colors, which also means the concept renders can’t be automatically ruled out as just another fantasy Apple product. Either way, this concept does provide everyone with a glimpse of what a MacBook Air would look like rocking some bright hues.

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Source: Devam Jangra/YouTube

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:18:25 GMT
Will Smith Celebrates Independence Day Movie's 25th Anniversary With BTS Photos

Will Smith celebrated the 25th anniversary of Independence Day by posting some behind-the-scenes photos. Released in 1996, the film follows humanity's fight against an alien invasion occurring during the 4th of July holiday. The film broke box-office records during the time, quickly becoming the most popular film of 1996 and propelling Smith into stardom.

Due to its American-centric plot and its 4th of July setting and release, the film is a favorite to reference and reminisce over during the holiday. This year in particular, though, was special as it marks Independence Day's 25th anniversary. The cast and crew reflected on the film, with director Roland Emmerich revealing he fought for Smith to be cast in the role. The studio refused Smith for his race and for his inexperience in the film industry, but Emmerich was adamant that Smith and Jeff Goldblum were the two actors for Independence Day. Eventually, Emmerich succeeded and in turn created a film that would become a classic and kick-off Smith's status as a global star.

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On the 25th anniversary of Independence Day, Smith marked the occasion by sharing several behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram. Smith captioned the photos simply, "25 years ago?!?! WOW!!" The photos featured a couple behind-the-scenes shots of Smith and Goldblum in costume, a clip of one of the film's most iconic scenes, and a heartwarming throwback photo of Smith and his family decked out in camouflage on the red carpet. Check out Smith's post below:

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Smith's post garnered over 2 million likes and several thousand comments, with fans and colleagues sharing their support of him and love for the film. His post was especially heartwarming after Emmerich's reveal of the fight to cast Smith. The studio almost cast Ethan Hawke as Independence Day's lead, but eventually, the fight for Smith was won, and he proved to be a stellar choice for the film. Smith and Goldblum meshed well as the heroes of the film, and their roles were complemented by Bill Pullman's excellent presidential portrayal. Now, every year, Independence Day resurfaces as a 4th of July favorite, along with Smith's most iconic quotes and scenes from the film.

It is always a special treat when celebrities share behind-the-scenes photos or throwbacks with their fans. However, Smith's post was particularly special as it marks a quarter of a century since he hit a huge milestone in his career. His role in Independence Day is nothing short of iconic. As one of Smith's photos illustrated, fans of the film still like to jokingly refer to July 4th as the day "Will Smith saved us from the aliens." The popularity of Independence Day both in the U.S. and overseas made Smith an internationally recognized star. If he had not been cast in Independence Day, it is difficult to say what his career might have looked like. However, today, he is a box-office superstar, and it is touching to see him reflect back on the film that started off his career. It wasn't just a personal victory to him, but a victory for minorities and newcomers in the industry, as Smith's iconic role perfectly illustrated that no one should be written off for their race or experience.

More: Independence Day's Big Clue To When The Aliens First Arrived

Source: Will Smith

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:09:45 GMT
90 Day Fiancé: Uncle Beau Debunks Rumors Of Mike & Natalie's Reunion

Natalie Mordovtseva from 90 Day Fiancé suggested she was back together with her husband Mike Youngquist by sharing a photo of his cousin, Uncle Beau, on Instagram. But while Mike and Natalie are being accused of faking their separation and fights on 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? for drama, Uncle Beau is responding to the rumors. Amidst Mike and Natalie’s April 2020 wedding shown on season eight in April 2021, Uncle Beau revealed the couple already separated off-screen. With fan-favorite Uncle Beau spoiling the storyline of Mike and Natalie, fans glued their screens to see how their marriage will end.

Season six of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? started off with Mike and Natalie happily married, but things went topsy turvy when they visited Trish Youngquist in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving 2020. Mike’s mom already tried to cancel his wedding in season 8, so Natalie was cold to Trish from the start. The chilly vibes between future actress Natalie and butter-loving Trish turned icy after she apparently called her a “hooker.” Fans predicted the split with Mike was coming next. Around the same time, Uncle Beau, who doesn’t seem to be bound by TLC contracts, claimed Natalie left Mike by lying to him about her whereabouts on Christmas Eve 2020 and running away to Seattle.

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Several clues also suggested Natalie later moved to Florida and was starring as a cast member on season 2 of 90 Day: The Single Life. Many suggested Natalie moved on from Mike, as rumors of her having found a new man in Florida did the rounds. At the same time, some also claimed her husband found himself a new blonde girlfriend. However, in a shocking plot twist, Natalie posted an Instagram story about Uncle Beau, which seemed to be filmed at Mike's farm in Sequim. The story was quickly deleted by Natalie, but eagle-eyed 90 Day Fiancé fans took screenshots at the right moment.

Mike put up his own post about Uncle Beau helping him put a fence on his property, which stayed on his story, as did Beau’s own stories featuring Nymeria the dog, who Natalie supposedly ran over. Uncle Beau was wearing the same shirt in all three of their updates, seemingly proving Natalie and Mike were together again. Fans wondered it was a coincidence, though most assumed Mike and Natalie buried their hatchet for the 100th time. One 90 Day Fiancé blogger, that_mommy_says_bad_words, happened to confront the man of the moment, Uncle Beau himself.

The 90 Day Fiancé fan page shared a story about Mike and Natalie getting back together with Uncle Beau via DM asking, “This isn’t true is it?” Uncle Beau’s reply was a “hell no” followed by “she ain’t herre.” However, given that fans seem to think Natalie always finds a way to stay relevant in the 90 Day Fiancé gossip, some have a new theory. Fans are claiming her IG story was a screenshot of what Mike posted to get people talking about her relationship status once again.

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90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? airs Sundays at 8 pm on TLC.

Source: that_mommy_says_bad_words

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:03:52 GMT
Last Of Us Remake: Every Major Game Released Between TLOU 1 & 2

More games released since The Last of Us came out than one might think. It's a classic, and it had a huge influence on the game industry with its cinematic story and engaging world. Naughty Dog is reportedly developing a remake, but just how many other titles have changed the gaming landscape since The Last of Us?

Not everyone is sold on the idea of a TLOU remake, and to be fair, the original isn't particularly old, originally released on the PlayStation 3 just eight years ago. Gaming as a whole has changed since then, most easily seen in the differences between the original game and The Last of Us Part II.

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To give some perspective, Grand Theft Auto V was not yet out when The Last of Us launched. Fortnite's Battle Royale mode wasn't ready. Seven Call of Duty games, six Assassin’s Creed games, and ten Telltale games released between The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II, in addition to almost the entire Five Nights at Freddy’s series.

This list only contains the major releases between The Last of Us' release on June 14, 2013 and The Last Of Us Part II on June 19, 2020:

  • Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Fortnite Battle Royale
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Titanfall, Titanfall 2, and Apex Legends
  • Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Origin, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Battlefield 4, Battlefield: Hardline, Battlefield One, Battlefield V
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2, Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake
  • The Sims 4
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 1-4, Sister Location, and Help Wanted
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead Season 2, Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Minecraft Story Mode Seasons 1 & 2, Batman Seasons 1 & 2, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XV
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, and III
  • Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, Far Cry 5, Far Cry New Dawn
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, Ghost Recon Wildlands, The Division 2, Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain
  • Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 0, Yakuza 6, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Judgment
  • Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Life is Strange 2
  • Just Cause 3 and Just Cause 4
  • Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal
  • Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2
  • Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Ori and the Blind Forest and Will of the Wisps
  • Hyrule Warriors and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War
  • The Evil Within and Evil Within 2
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Hitman and Hitman 2
  • Splatoon and Splatoon 2
  • Shovel Knight
  • P.T. (a.k.a. Silent Hills)
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Disney Infinity (released and was canceled)
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Dying Light
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rocket League
  • Gone Home
  • Smite
  • Divinity: Original Sin and Original Sin II
  • Persona 5
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy
  • Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Horizon 4
  • Overwatch
  • Stardew Valley
  • No Man’s Sky (and its important "Origins" update)
  • XCOM 2
  • Gears of War 4 and Gears 5
  • Civilization VI
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Nier Automata
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Undertale
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Subnautica
  • Payday 2
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Metro Exodus
  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Street Fighter V
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Outer Wilds
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Control
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Last of Us may have left a big mark on the gaming industry, but so have several other games released since then. If The Last of Us' remake is going to improve the original, it’s going to have to get with the times.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:02:54 GMT
What Neill Blomkamp’s Short Film Zygote Says About His Canceled Alien 5

Sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp was originally in line to direct Alien 5, but some of his canceled sequel plans can be seen in 2017’s short film Zygote. Arriving in cinemas in 1979, future Blade Runner director Ridley Scott’s Alien proved to be a huge hit upon release. The “haunted house in space” sci-fi horror was a critical and commercial success, earning favorable reviews thanks to its unforgettable titular monster and its resilient, resourceful heroine, Sigourney Weaver’s now-iconic Ellen Ripley.

The success of Scott’s movie was no sure thing, with the original script ruining Alien’s Xenomorphs by making the toothy beasts into mature, worldly scholars. However, once Alien did prove a hit with audiences, the movie’s outsized success soon resulted in countless rip-offs and a string of sequels of varying quality. James Cameron’s Aliens arrived in 1986, followed by two more direct sequels in the following decade and a pair of prequels in the ensuing two decades.

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In 2015, three years after the underwhelming Prometheus saw Scott return to the series, Blomkamp announced that his next movie would be Alien 5. Although 20th Century Fox soon confirmed this exciting news, the plans fell through sometime between their announcement in January 2015 and two years later when Scott’s superior second prequel Alien: Covenant, arrived in cinemas. The same year, Blomkamp released the short film Zygote, a future-set sci-fi horror that may give fans an insight into what his proposed Alien sequel would have looked like. Although not canonically associated with the Alien mythos, Zygote features two characters that bear a striking resemblance to Newt and Hicks of Aliens fame in terms of their dynamic. As such, the short could give viewers a clue to where Blomkamp wanted to take the franchise plot-wise.

With an action-packed run-time of only 22 minutes, Zygote was released in July 2017 as part of Blomkamp’s OATS Studios project. Intended as a launching pad to gauge studio interest in expanding shorts into potential feature films, the project essentially consisted of Love, Death, & Robots-style standalone sci-fi short films, each of which featured different styles and stories. The fifth of these, Zygote, starred Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Set in the unspecified future (judging by the advanced technology), the opening of Zygote sees a group of precious mineral miners assimilated into a gigantic fleshy monster when they uncover a mysterious mineral called “the quartz” from an asteroid.

Two survivors, played by Fanning and Castillo, are then tasked with killing the lumbering monstrosity, with the older man teaching his young charge to use a rifle. He eventually must sacrifice himself to save her, but not before revealing to his colleague that she is a human, not an android as she had thought, in a neat inversion of the original Alien's Ash twist. With her mentor dead, the heroine faces off with the beast and temporarily subdues the monster, although the short ends on a cliffhanger as the heroine has nowhere to go, and the beast is still hot on her trail.

As the plot summary implies, Zygote borrows a lot from ‘80s sci-fi horror classics. The snowy, remote setting and body-assimilating alien are reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing. Whereas the gruesome monster itself and its many dangling body parts are pure David Cronenberg, the mystery of whether our heroine is human or not is reminiscent of the Alien series and its secretly android characters. However, each of these elements receives an inventive twist in Blomkamp’s short film.

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While most of the Alien franchise’s androids are villainous (as proven by David’s twisted Alien: Covenant plan), Fanning’s character is the heroine of the short and spends most of its runtime thinking she is an android. This twist, along with Blomkamp’s Chappie, proves that the director could have brought a more interesting approach to replicant-style characters to the series. His Alien 5 may have taken inspiration from ‘80s sci-fi horror, but if it were anything like Zygote, the sequel would have subverted the tropes of the decade as much as it played into them.

The most compelling evidence that Zygote is a project repurposed from elements of Blomkamp’s abandoned Alien 5 plan is the fact that two characters viewers meet in the movie bear a striking resemblance to an older Newt and Hicks. Their dynamic reflects a more mature version of the gruff father figure and innocent younger girl seen in Cameron’s sequel Aliens. As such, it is possible that Zygote’s adventure between the pair was Blomkamp’s planned fate for the two iconic characters in Alien 5.

This would have retconned the duo’s fan-hated Alien 3 demises, something many fans had wanted from the series ever since director David Fincher’s movie killed off both fan favorites offscreen before the movie began with no fanfare. The fact that Castillo’s character sacrifices himself to save his younger coworker, meanwhile, is also surprisingly similar to the original fate of Hick’s in Aliens, who died to protect Ripley and Newt in early drafts of the sequel.

While there is a chance that elements of Zygote owe their inspiration to Blomkamp’s Alien 5 sequel plans, the lumbering monstrosity that makes up the short’s villain is a far cry from any version of the Xenomorph seen so far in the series. There have been many versions of the titular alien seen throughout the franchise, but thus far, none have incorporated numerous bodies into the gruesome biological melange seen in Zygote.

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It's unlikely that the Blomkamp sequel would have rewritten one of sci-fi horror’s most famous foes to be so similar to Carpenter’s The Thing when the director was given the chance to use the recognizable and terrifyingly lethal Xenomorph, as this body-consuming monster would have been a waste of the original HR Giger-designed beast and the iconic Alien Queen. While the body horror monster of Zygote proves the short film was not entirely intended to be Blomkamps’ unrealized sequel, there still may be elements of his canceled Alien 5 in the project’s DNA judging by the interaction between its two Newt and Hicks-esque heroes.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:54:05 GMT
Peacemaker Images Give First Look At John Cena In Suicide Squad TV Show

The first look at James Gunn and John Cena's upcoming TV series Peacemaker has been released. Based on Gunn's new film The Suicide Squad, the series will take a look at the origins of Cena's character Peacemaker, a hero Cena describes as "a douchey Captain America." The HBO Max show will release in 2022 and be exclusively written by Gunn, who will also direct at least five of the eight episodes.

In the comics, Peacemaker's father was a Nazi war criminal who took his life in front of his five-year-old son. From there, Peacemaker grew up to slaughter innocents until being arrested, when he was given an opportunity to join a government "Peacemaker" program in order to free himself. Now on parole, Peacemaker will kill any adult or child in order to achieve "peace" and atone for his and his father's crimes. The voices of both his father and his victims ring around in his massive, mirrored helmet, a notably humorous costume piece which Gunn describes as "a nightmare to film."

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In an Empire exclusive, Gunn and Cena give a first peek at the upcoming Peacemaker series. Gunn explains that while Peacemaker's extreme views represent a problematic portion of the populace, they can be explored in a way that "makes a lot of sense." Given that this character exists alongside Harley Quinn, Aquaman, and the rest of the DCEU, a goofier costume juxtaposed with deeper philosophical confrontations can be seen as dense, new territory for fans of the universe. Cena explains this further:

This guy is a loud, obnoxious, bro-ey douchebag. That sucks. But why? At what point did he become such a douchebag and what does that mean? There’s a lot to dive into there.

To live in a world that has a Wonder Woman and a Superman, Gunn says it's "not an easy thing for [Peacemaker] to contend with." Although no plot details have yet been released, Gunn now says the show will have "a big science-fiction story" as well as plot points surrounding real-world issues. The show is expected to be for mature audiences, like the R-rated The Suicide Squad, with Gunn claiming that if the series were edited for broadcast TV, it "it would be forty seconds long."

Similar to other postmodern explorations of superhero-dom such as Watchmen and The Boys, Peacemaker as a character echoes how the inherent ties between power and abuse apply to beloved caped crusaders. Watchmen's The Comedian was based on Peacemaker, writer Alan Moore contending that centralized powers like the Justice League are fascistic regardless of rhetoric and fanfare. Where older superhero portrayals in media labeled the greater American purpose as triumphant, heroic, and even wholesome — such as Christopher Reeve's Superman or Adam West's Batman — newer shows like Peacemaker have reinterpreted American "heroes" as grittier, nonsensically self-righteous, and hereditarily genocidal. As Cena describes it, it's "f**ked."

More: Everything We Know About The Suicide Squad's Story

Source: Empire

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:46:59 GMT
Richard Donner, Superman & The Goonies Director, Dies at 91

Richard Donner, director of beloved classic films such as Superman, The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon, has passed away. Donner had a long career as an executive producer with his wife Lauren Shuler Donner, but his last movie as a director came in 2006 with 16 Blocks. Many consider Richard Donner to be the father of the modern superhero film, with Superman inspiring current films such as Wonder Woman 1984.

Donner began as a bit part TV actor when Norma Rae director Martin Ritt convinced Donner to instead go into directing, Ritt hiring Donner as his assistant. From there, Donner directed commercials and TV episodes until he had a breakout with The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" starring William Shatner. Donner was able to go into film, starting with the 1961 Mary Tyler Moore film X-15. In 1976, Donner became a household name with the horror sensation The Omen, and finally a cinematic pioneer with 1978's Superman.

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Richard Donner passed away on Monday at the age of 91, according to Deadline. The news was delivered by his wife and his business manager. Donner and Shuler Donner had together created The Donners' Company, which produced the Free Willy series and all of the Fox X-Men properties, and earned them stars together on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. No cause of death has been announced at this time.

Donner's legendary resume extended beyond his time in the director's chair, residing as the father of the superhero movie. Prior to Superman, Adam West's Batman had a feature film released based on the TV show, though it barely made back its budget. Superhero films had been seen as non-commercial and niche properties for comic book fans until Donner broke the mold with the Christopher Reeve film. Since then, superheroes have taken over television, theme parks, and have had a near cultural monopoly at the movies.

Richard Donner remained a presence in the superhero genre, recently celebrating the release of the Snyder cut as Donner had been fired partly through creating Superman II. Donner would later release Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, similar to what Zack Snyder got to do this year with Justice League. Donner disapproved of the "darkness" of modern superhero films, though he claimed to not fully know who Zack Snyder was within all of this debate. His biography, You're the Director... You Figure It Out: The Life and Films of Richard Donner by James Christie was released in 2010. Donner may have passed, but with the number of classics he directed, the filmmaker will never be forgotten.

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Source: Deadline

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:44:51 GMT
Animal Crossing Animation Parodies The Thrill Of Collecting Bug, Fish, & More

There is a lot to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a fun new fan animation shows off all the activities players can get up to in Nintendo's widely popular island life simulator. Players can fish, collect bugs and even craft their own homes and islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, adding to its appeal as one of the Switch’s biggest titles of the previous year.           

A good bit of the fun players have in Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes from players creating their own fun tributes to various other games like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild or Pokémon, along with reenactments of classic TV openings to shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Even aside from that, there are still so many ways players can get lost in time on their own tropical island paradise, though their attempts at catching a large bug or fish might not always lead to success.   

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Earlier this week, YouTube animator Densle (who has created several Animal Crossing-related videos in the past) posted a fun CGI video titled "The Collector." In this short, Isabell announces that the end of the month is fast approaching, which means that villagers are going to be out in full force to catch all the fish and bugs on the island. Enter Kevin, who shoots down Timmy's offer to teach him crafting in favor of trying to catch bugs, which he has little to no success with due to his nets constantly vanishing. Afterward, he takes up fishing, tossing his painstakingly produced fish bait into the water by the docks in hopes of catching a big one. Unfortunately, all he catches are lower-level Sea Bass as the day winds on until he finally comes across a massive whale. He then moves on to fossils and art, which sadly go about as well as his previous attempts as the video ends with an encouragement to “keep his head up.”

Even though Animal Crossing: New Horizons was oddly absent from Nintendo’s E3 Direct showcase last month, there’s still much new content planned for the game well into 2021. In the meantime, players have been making their own special events like hosting in-game weddings or celebrating Pride Month within New Horizons colorful framework.

Densle’s Animal Crossing animation is a fun showcase for all of New Horizon’s various activities, featuring plenty of humor and polished animation as Kevin tries and fails to make it big on the island. While he might have come up short, players can have a great time fishing, catching, and crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Source: Densle/YouTube

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:42:59 GMT
Stan Lee Admitted He Created Iron Man to be Completely Unlikable

Iron Man is one of the most beloved Marvel heroes, but the late Stan Lee admitted he originally created Tony Stark as a challenge to make one of the most unlikable characters a likable figure in the comics. In an interview promoting the first Iron Man film, Lee said he dared himself in the 1960s to create a character that readers were supposed to hate, and Iron Man was the result.

Iron Man debuted in Tales of Suspense #39, introduced as a billionaire weapons dealer who turned into a hero after forging his own armor that led to his freedom from capture. At face value, Tony Stark doesn't seem like someone readers would grow an immediate attachment to, as he was a self-absorbed industrialist who sold extremely dangerous weapons to the highest bidders. Initially, Stark was a selfish egotist who rarely thought about the consequences of his actions. However, over time, Stark evolved into a beloved character for Marvel Comics - made even more beloved after being brought to life by Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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In an interview from 2013, Lee admitted he intentionally created Tony Stark to be unlikable as a dare to make readers love someone who wasn't a good guy. He said that readers weren't exactly fans of war and the military when Iron Man was created during the midst of the Cold War. In response, he made a hero who represented all of the bad things about war. Lee said he shoved Stark down readers' throats to make them like him - and it worked.

“I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military. So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist. I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him ... And he became very popular.”

Now, part of what makes Iron Man great was his redemption. While he's had his struggles and made plenty of questionable decisions throughout his time in the comics, Stark is far removed from the original industrialist who was more a villain than a hero. While he's still a billionaire and fond of developing risky technology, Tony's actions are now focused on what's best for humanity instead of just himself. In both the comics and the MCU, he's tried to make his past actions right in the present.

It was bold of Lee to create a character designed for readers to dislike and hate initially. But, the late Marvel icon knew Tony Stark's arc would see the hero get redeemed, eventually making him a beloved Avenger and hero. Currently, Iron Man is probably the most popular and recognizable hero in the Marvel Universe, and it's all because Stan Lee dared himself in a big way.

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Source: SyFy

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:39:17 GMT
Can Hulk Loki & The Other Variants Return To The MCU?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Loki episode 4.

A surprise credits scene changes Loki, hinting that other Loki variants could return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Loki premiere introduces the Time Variance Authority as the organization that oversees Marvel's Sacred Timeline. According to an instructional TVA video, the agency carries out the bidding of the mysterious Time-Keepers and is in charge of tracking down variants, which is anyone who steps off of their assigned path on the timeline. If the TVA doesn't stop the variants, the Sacred Timeline will supposedly erupt into madness. Once caught, the variants stand trial for their crimes against the timeline and get "pruned," which is TVA speak for being executed. However, Loki episode 4 may change that definition.

In Loki episode 4, the TVA brings Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki before the Time-Keepers. Before their execution, the two Loki variants manage to fight their way free and decapitate one of the Time-Keepers. It turns out the Time-Keepers are robots, and there's someone else pulling the strings at the TVA. However, shortly after that scene,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Ravonna Renslayer prunes Loki, and the God of Mischief disappears from the screen. Surprisingly, he doesn't die.

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In a Loki credits scene, Hiddleston's character wakes up in another timeline, and his scene partners help create new possibilities for the MCU. When Loki awakens in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic New York City, he quickly discovers he's in the presence of other Loki variants. These are Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) and even an Alligator Loki. These variants were presumably pruned by the TVA as well. If this is the case, it may allow Hulk Loki and other variants to also appear.

More Loki variants could be on the way in the MCU. Loki episode 2 reveals the TVA has pruned a lot of Loki variants, including Hulk Loki, Viking Loki, and Frost Giant Loki. The reveal that pruning doesn't equate to death means these variants likely still exist in the MCU. They were simply sent to a different timeline by the TVA. It's unknown if they were sent to the same timeline as Loki, but the appearance of the other Loki variants may hint that's the case. The series has already established that no two Loki variants are exactly alike, so there's potential for a number of drastically different variants to show up in the future.

The reveal has ripple effects throughout the MCU. In Loki episode 4, the TVA's Sacred timeline almost goes into chaos with Loki and Lady Loki touching each other. If a massive amount of Loki variants team up together, the TVA and the Sacred Timeline don't have a chance. This will likely feed directly into Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is also penned by Loki executive producer Michael Waldron. It appears that other Loki variants are on the way, along with that madness the TVA is trying to prevent.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:36:22 GMT
96% Of D&D: Dark Alliance's Sales In The UK Were On PS4/PS5

The UK sales data for Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is in, and it has been revealed that 96% of the sales were spread across PlayStation platforms. The response to Dark Alliance at launch has been poor, thanks to a number of bugs and glitches that sour the experience.

Dark Alliance is an action RPG that stars the Companions of the Hall, who are four of the most iconic heroes in D&D. Drizzt Do'Urden and his friends must return to the frozen region of Icewind Dale, in order to keep a magical artifact out of the hands of those who would use its power for evil. The magical artifact is a sentient crystal called Crenshinibon, which can grant incredible power to its wielder. The titular alliance of monsters wants to claim Crenshinbon for their own, which is why the Companions of the Hall must stop them.

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The sales data for Dark Alliance in the UK has been released and it presents an interesting picture. According to GamesIndustry.bizDark Alliance entered the charts at number 23, while Mario Golf: Super Rush remains comfortably in the top spot. The sales figures for Dark Alliance were spread across PlayStation platforms, with 54% on PS5, and 42% on PS4.

This might seem like a huge win for Sony, but there is more at play here. Dark Alliance launched on Xbox Game Pass, which means that anyone who wanted to play the game on PC, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X/S would be better off getting a subscription. Dark Alliance is also available on the cloud version of Game Pass, which means that lots of devices can stream the game, with a sufficiently fast Internet connection. The low entry cost for Game Pass means that a lot of people might have been convinced to try Dark Alliance through the service, rather than paying full price for the game on its own.

Microsoft's goal with Xbox Game Pass is to get as many subscribers as possible, regardless of their current platform. If Dark Alliance led to a surge of interest in the service (thanks to the D&D name and character push), then this is a win for Microsoft. These sales figures only account for a single region and it's possible that there was more of an even split in other areas, but Dark Alliance could be one of the first major titles that demonstrate a shift to the streaming game service. For now, the victory appears to be for PlayStation.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The game is available on Xbox Game Pass.


Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:34:56 GMT
Jeff Bezos Steps Down As Amazon CEO, But He's Not Going Anywhere

Jeff Bezos has officially stepped down as Amazon CEO, handing the role over to Andy Jassy. Amazon first announced the decision back in February of this year, while also explaining that Bezos would instead become Executive Chair in order to focus on new projects, including the Bezos Earth Fund, an initiative providing $10 billion in funds to scientists and nonprofits working to help the environment, and The Washington Post, which Bezos purchased back in 2013. 

Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. In the intervening years, Amazon has grown into a tech giant which offers services like Amazon Sidewalk to improve how smart home devices work together. Jassy has also served the company as CEO of Amazon Web Services and played a crucial role in Amazon becoming a force within the cloud computing arena. When the change in CEO was first announced, Jassy sent out an email to employees stating that one of the intentions going forward was to continue backing and developing Amazon Game Studios

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In the new executive chair role, Bezos plans to focus on some of the larger company-level issues, including the claims Amazon has recently faced over its treatment of warehouse workers, according to CNN. Bezos will still have significant influence on the company, especially as there's still roughly 10-percent of Amazon shares personally involved. This share investment also means that Bezos’s vote could play a huge part in any decision shareholders make. Furthermore, it seems that Bezos and Jassy share a close working relationship, so it stands to reason that Bezos’ opinion will continue to hold weight with the new CEO. Jassy previously worked as Bezos’s “shadow,” according to CNN, and has been part of Bezos' “S-team” for some time. 

Jassy will undoubtedly oversee exciting new chapters in Amazon’s story, including many of the developments that were already underway before the changeover. For example, the company recently acquired messaging platform Wickr, which offers encrypted direct messaging and a strong focus on security in general, and could showcase Amazon moving more into the messaging app sphere in the future. 

In addition to the continued influence within Amazon, it will also be interesting to see just what Bezos does next outside as well. For example, there's the spaceflight company, Blue Origin, with is due to take its first commercial flight on July 20 with Bezos on board. Considering one of Bezos' first major post-CEO projects will be space travel, it seems certain that Amazon's former CEO will continue to make world-changing moves. 

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Source: CNN

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:24:14 GMT
The Voice: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Finally Tie The Knot On July 3

NBC's The Voice royalty couple Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton got married on Saturday, July 3, in Oklahoma. The two singers first met while coaching on the singing competition in 2014. During that time, both were married to their previous partners. Unfortunately, both Stefani and Shelton divorced their spouses in 2015. After becoming close to one another during a vulnerable time in both of their lives, the two started dating in November 2015.

Although the two had an unconventional way of starting their romance, it is clear Stefani and Shelton were made for each other. Fans couldn't get enough of the two and they easily became The Voice's sweetheart couple. The country star decided to take the relationship to the next level and proposed to the "No Doubt" singer in October 2021 in Oklahoma. With close family around, Shelton proposed to Stefani by the fireplace in their new home. Stefani later said she didn't see the proposal coming, though Blake carried the ring around for a few weeks while waiting for the perfect moment.

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Shelton and Stefani tied the knot on their Oklahoma property on Saturday, July 3. According to Page Six, Shelton built a chapel on the ranch where he and Stefani could get married. The ceremony was private and intimate, much like their engagement. Pictures show Stefani's parents, Dennis Stefani and Patty Flynn, as well as other guests, hopping aboard a luxury bus that took them to the chapel on the ranch. Neither Stefani nor Shelton have publicly commented on the July 4 weekend wedding or posted pictures of the big day.

The now-married couple has kept their relationship more lowkey than other celebrities. In better words, they like to live in the moment. In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Stefani described the moments after they got engaged. Stefani said, "Everybody came running around because I guess they heard us screaming or whatever and crying, so there was no video.” She continued, “It was just like my sister-in-law-to-be was just shooting pictures and that’s that photo we put out, so it was a pretty magical moment."

They say fairytale endings don't happen in the real world but Stefani and Shelton's relationship says otherwise. From the sparkle in their eyes when they look at each other, as seen on The Voice, to creating songs together, there is no doubt that these two are soulmates. Hopefully, they didn't forget to take an excessive amount of pictures and videos of the wedding so fans can gush over another milestone in the couple's lives.

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Sources: The Kelly Clarkson Show, Page Six

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:21:54 GMT
PlayStation Studios Website Officially Removes Japan Studio

Japan Studio has officially been removed from the PlayStation Studios website. The Tokyo-based first-party Sony studio, founded in 1993, was known for titles such as Ape Escape and Knack. Japan Studio also assisted on the creation of other developers' titles, such as FromSoftware's Bloodborne.

Japan Studio was a prominent part of the PlayStation Studios family, having developed popular PlayStation-exclusive titles such as The Last GuardianKnack, and Patapon. The studio also assisted with the development of other exclusives, such as the highly-acclaimed Bloodborne and the 2020 remake of Demon's Souls. Unfortunately, in February 2021 it was announced that producers and managers had begun leaving Japan Studio, hinting at the studio's closure. Sure enough, Japan Studio was officially closed in April 2021, with the developer being reorganized and merged with several other Sony-owned studios.

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Following Japan Studio's closure earlier this year, Push Square reports that the developer has been officially removed from the PlayStation Studios website. Japan Studio's spot on the website has been filled by Astro's Playroom creator Team Asobi, which was formally a part of Japan Studio before being spun off into its own separate entity. While Japan Studio is no longer a part of the PlayStation Studios group of first-party developers, the studio was reportedly merged into other Sony-owned developers.

While the closure of Japan Studio is a hard blow for fans of series like Ape Escape and Gravity Rush, PlayStation Studios recently expanded with the acquisition of another studio. Sony recently acquired Housemarque, a Finnish studio responsible for the recently-released PlayStation 5-exclusive Returnal. The relationship between Sony and Housemarque goes back for years, with the developer creating a number of PlayStation-exclusive titles such as the 2007 shoot 'em up Super Stardust and the 2016 role-playing shooter Alienation. Recent rumors also suggest that Sony plans to acquire Bluepoint Games, a studio responsible for remaking a number of classic Sony exclusives such as Shadow of the Colossus and Demon's Souls. However, Bluepoint's Twitter bio was recently changed to confirm that the developer is still a "fully independent self-funded studio."

The closure of Japan Studio is surely disappointing to fans of the studio's popular series such as Ape Escape and Gravity Rush, and the studio's removal from the PlayStation Studios website is the final nail in the coffin. While the developer has supposedly been merged into other Sony studios, it is unlikely that the creator's signature style will be captured by these separate developers. From Ape Escape to Knack, Japan Studio has shaped the last few decades of PlayStation's video game legacy.

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Source: Push Square

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:17:55 GMT
Who Mephisto Is In Black Legend | Screen Rant

Black Legend is turn-based strategy RPG that was developed and published by the indie Belgian studio Warcave Games. Released on March 25, 2021, Black Legend takes the grim aesthetic of a dark Victorian world and mixes it with turn-based combat akin to XCOM or Fire Emblem, while still incorporating an increased level of difficulty, even for longtime strategy RPG fans. But who is the enigmatic Mephisto, a name common to German folklore and many modern fantasy properties?

For the player, the goal of Black Legend is to defeat violent and intimidating cultists who have taken over the city of Grant, which had previously been protected by its trade partners. After protection from its partners waned, the city enlisted the help of Mephisto, a skilled alchemist who becomes a key character throughout the story of Black Legend and serves as the game's main antagonist.

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Although Mephisto was hired to help the city, his supposed protection actually becomes a horrific problem instead of a helpful solution, and the player is tasked with saving Grant once and for all. But who exactly is Mephisto, and what did he do to the poor residents of Grant?

With his power of alchemy, Mephisto decided that the best way to help Grant was to create a thick, noxious fog to coat the city streets. Residents of Grant were protected by an antidote, which was also created by Mephisto, so that, theoretically, only outsiders would be harmed by the less-than-beautiful fog.

Unfortunately for Grant, Mephisto's intentions were less than honorable. He eventually leaves the city, taking the antidote with him and letting his cultists, called Mephistians, move in to terrorize residents and wreak havoc - perhaps something the city's leadership might have considered, given that Mephistopheles (and thus the name Mephisto) was a demon from Germanic myth, popularized by Faust. Of course, the player takes matters into their own hands, teaming up with mercenaries to defeat the cultists and help the citizens escape, through its strategic campaign and many battles.

As expected, Mephisto reappears at the end of the game, throwing a wrench into the whole ordeal and forcing the player to make a rather hard decision. Who Mephisto is specifically, however, is a big plot point that won't be spoiled here, especially since it's a pretty big twist. That said, Mephisto's importance and influence throughout the entirety of Black Legend are constant, despite the fact that players only knowingly encounter him once at the end of the game.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:17:55 GMT
Big Brother: Nicole Franzel Spends July 4 with Dressed-up Fur Babies

Big Brother alum Nicole Franzel celebrated the Fourth of July by dressing up her fur babies in festive outfits. She shared two photos on Instagram over the holiday weekend. In the pictures, not only were Nicole and Victor Arroyo dressed in red, white, and blue outfits, but their two dogs were as well. This is not the first time that Nicole has dressed up her dogs in matching outfits.

Nicole Franzel's personal fans, as well as Big Brother live feed viewers, know that she's a huge animal lover. Throughout all of her seasons on Big Brother, Nicole would oftentimes talk about the animals she had rescued back home. When Nicole competed during Big Brother: All-Stars last year, she revealed to her fellow houseguests that she had planned to use the money she won during a luxury competition to help animals. While Nicole's main focus has been on her fur babies for many years now, she will soon have to split up her attention between her animals and her baby boy. Nicole is expected to give birth later this month.

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Even though Nicole Franzel is nearing the end of her pregnancy, she still has time to soak up and enjoy just being a dog mom for a little longer. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Nicole shared an adorable family photo on Instagram (seen below) in which both she and Victor, as well as their two dogs, were dressed in festive outfits. They each held one dog as they smiled for the shot, and Nicole dressed the two dogs in matching blue and white plaid outfits. They even had matching hats with attached white sunglasses on them. In the caption, Nicole joked, "Practicing for matching family photos," along with a laughing emoji. She then continued to note that her two dogs tend to "act so goofy" when she puts outfits on them. Take a look at the family photos below.

Nicole and Victor got dressed for the holiday as well. Victor wore a blue shirt with white stars all over it, as well as a red baseball hat. In turn, Nicole was dressed in a sheer button-down top with red, white, and blue stars all over it. She finished off the look with two low pigtails and a white headband. The mom-to-be hid her baby bump behind her pup for the photo. In the caption for the post, Nicole revealed that she is officially 36 weeks pregnant. These family photos are soon going to get even more crowded.

In June, Nicole gave her fans another pregnancy update, revealing that she's been dealing with a few complications. She has not only been feeling very tired and uncomfortable, but her baby is also breached. While she and her doctors are taking all the measures to try to flip him, it's possible that Nicole will ultimately need to have a C-section should he stay breached. Despite initially feeling a little upset about this news, Nicole revealed that she is focusing on the positives and trying to get a lot of rest until her due date. Nicole has just a few more short weeks of being a doggie mom before she adds another addition to the Big Brother family.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:14:59 GMT
Activision Is Rushing Call Of Duty | Screen Rant

Call of Duty is one of the biggest IPs in entertainment history, it consistently rakes in considerable sums and is a huge event each holiday season. With epic blockbuster-esque campaigns, chaotic co-op modes, and a multiplayer component that delivers a quick rush of adrenaline, it's typically a great bang for a player's buck. Only that's becoming a problem for Call of Duty, and could end up being its downfall. Activision has figured out how to continually milk Call of Duty more and more, which appears to be leading to the risk of implosion for the series.

With one mainline game releasing yearly for the last 18 years, a successful mobile game, and a free-to-play battle royale, there's a lot of micromanaging of the IP. It's hard to blame Activision, especially following the franchise's heyday back in the late 2000s and early 2010s. But as time goes on, these tactics may be unsustainable. Back in 2009, Modern Warfare 2 had immense production that stretched into the tens of millions and beyond, but those costs may seem like a drop in the bucket when considering that Activision generated $3 billion in revenue in 2020 from CoD alone. Yet it can also be surmised that costs have only increased every year as games get bigger and more detailed, and Activision has increased the teams on each game to meet the annual yearly deadline.

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Fifteen years ago, Activision may have been in a better position to delay a Call of Duty game because it could rely on a new Spider-Man game, the 007 series, or a number of its other franchises to help with financials. It never did this given it never really needed to, but now that developers like Toys for Bob are on Call of Duty instead of the franchises they're better suited for, it doesn't have that leeway. As the years have gone on, Call of Duty games have had messier and messier productions.

The cracks really began to show in 2018 with Black Ops 4. It was an odd game for the series as it was the first with no campaign, opting instead for a battle royale that felt haphazardly put together, and a multiplayer component that felt like an Overwatch clone that borrowed bits from Black Ops 3. Black Ops 3 had a rough development as well, though more closely resembled a full new entry with all of its modes intact. Kotaku shone a light on the troubled productions of these two games and also broke a story about Sledgehammer being quietly pulled off of Call of Duty 2020, later named Black Ops Cold War after Treyarch took over development a year prior to launch.

Although Black Ops 4 largely got away with being a more unusual entry in the series since it was followed up by the very successful Modern Warfare, Treyarch was backed into a corner on Black Ops Cold War. It was taking over a game that was already having issues, giving the team only a year and a half to figure it out while also subsequently dealing with a pandemic, resulting in a game that many series veterans are unhappy with. A quarter of the game's maps are old Black Ops maps with little to no changes, the new maps are arguably not as good, and Warzone is likely pulling attention away from the multiplayer experience.

Now, Sledgehammer Games is developing Call of Duty 2021 and insiders like Tom Henderson are suggesting it'll be quite rough, which wouldn't be a big surprise. Activision is already reportedly mapping out some sort of recovery plan as a result, and is likely hoping 2022's title will turn things around. Part of the way Activision has sustained Call of Duty is through its three-year development cycle for each entry thanks to a rotating trio of developers, and that seems finally to be unraveling.

With Call of Duty 2021 reportedly in trouble and heavy competition between the massively anticipated Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite, this could be a year where Call of Duty begins to lose its position at the top of the holiday charts. If the rumors of Call of Duty being a mess with only two years of development are true, it's unlikely Activision will stand much of a chance against all of the competition. The day was always going to come when Call of Duty couldn't maintain its momentum, but it may be coming sooner than Activision would like.

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Source: Kotaku (2)

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:08:33 GMT
Pokemon Go: The Best Defense Forme Deoxys Counters | Screen Rant

Defense Forme Deoxys is making its return to Pokemon Go. This guide will show players how they can find and capture this legendary Pokemon. Deoxys is one of the more unique Pokemon present in Pokemon Go. While specific Pokemon have been known to have multiple variations, Deoxys enters the game with 4 different forms. When it was originally introduced in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, players were able to change between its four forms, Attack, Speed, Defense, and Normal, by interacting with a space rock. In Pokemon Go, players will need to capture them all individually. For the month of July, only the Defense Forme of Deoxys will be making its grand return. This guide will show players the best possible raid counters against Defense Forme Deoxys.

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From Wednesday, July 1st to July 16th, players will be able to battle Defense Forme Deoxys in 5-star raid battles. Once its time is over, it will be replaced by Mewtwo. The thing that makes this legendary Pokemon so interesting is how difficult it can be to take down. Since it is the Defense Forme of Deoxys, it has one of the highest CPs available for any legendary Pokemon out there. Fortunately, this guide will provide helpful tricks and counters to bring along for this battle.

Here are the best Pokemon to bring along with taking on Defense Forme Deoxys.

  • Mega Gengar: Lick and Shadow Ball.
  • Mega Houndoom: Snarl and Foul Play.
  • Mega Gyarados: Bite and Crunch.
  • Darkrai: Snarl and Shadow Ball.
  • Origin Giratina: Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.
  • Chandelure: Hex and Shadow Ball.

If players don't have any of these Pokemon, just bringing along a Ghost-type Pokemon will work wonders in this battle. Not only that, but try and participate in a group of at least 6 other players. No matter the level, this battle will be challenging with any less. This legendary Pokemon will only be available for a limited time and it's currently unknown when it will come back to raid battles so take advantage while players can.

Pokemon Go has tons of events ready for the month of July. Outside of older legendary Pokemon making a return, Pokemon Go will be celebrating Go Fest, its biggest event of the year. This time around, it's themed around a musical festival, allowing players to encounter the legendary Pokemon Meloetta for the very first time. This is one Pokemon Go event that players won't want to miss.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:04:58 GMT
10 Best Yu-Gi-Oh! Characters | ScreenRant
The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime accomplishes a rare feat; it creates a world brimming with dimensional characters. While it's easy to write off this show as just another kid's cartoon, the characters that inhabit the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! spring off the screen and captivate viewers. From the most heroic to the most villainous, they all have unique driving motivations, hidden secret pains, and deep connections to other characters that strongly impact them — some more apparent than others.

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Ranging from the delightfully sweet but never hapless Yugi, to the enigmatic spirit Yami, to the ruthless Thief King Bakura, to the sharp-tongued Seto Kaiba, and more, Yu-Gi-Oh! presents some of the best, most fully-realized characters from any genre.

10 The Duel Monsters Steal The Show

Though there are too many cards to go through each one individually, the Duel Monsters themselves are a notable part of the show. Throughout the anime, the characters rely on and even deeply bond with their favorite cards, from Yugi's Dark Magician to Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon to Mai's Harpy Lady.

And, much like in the case of the characters, the cards have hidden depths. In the cases of the most prominent "monsters," the cards are mere vessels for spirits that serve as guides for those who play them. For instance, Yugi's beloved Dark Magician actually contains the soul of Mahad, who was one of the Pharaoh's sacred guardians in the ancient Egypt timeline.

9 Teá Is Not To Be Underestimated

Teá Gardner is a character who is integral to the Yu-Gi-Oh! world. Though she can be a bit overbearing, her intentions are always well placed. In many ways, the anime's central theme is friendship and found family, and no one embodies these ideals more wholly than Teá.

Though other characters sometimes see her as soft, she often reminds them not to mistake softness for weakness. Teá is proud of the emotion she invests in her friends and proud when that brings her tears, even as she fiercely fights to defend them in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Though she may not get as much development as some other characters, fans accompany her on her growth journey throughout the show.

8 Joey's Heart Is In The Right Place

Joey Wheeler is a great example of why no one should ever judge a book by its cover. Although early in the show, he seems like a scatter-brained jokester, as the case often is with Yu-Gi-Oh!, the layers are soon pulled back. In truth, Joey carries many weights with him. His main arc of the first season revolves around winning enough money for his sister, whom he was separated from for many years, to have a necessary operation.

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Throughout the show, Joey matures and becomes a solid friend whom others know they can rely on. He goes from an immature caricature to a true leader, one who is ready to make hard decisions and put others before himself if necessary. His heart and goodness clearly drive him.

7 Yugi Is A Sweetheart

In shows that revolve around great action and big battles, there's a tendency to get caught up in how tough a character is. But Yu-Gi-Oh! wonderfully undermines these expectations by centering Yugi Mutou in its episodes. Yugi's design is formulated to make him seem unassuming. His friends tower over him, and he seems somehow younger than they are. On top of this, Yugi is always sweet and gentle; the show even reveals there's a true purity to his soul.

But despite this, he is the show's hero, and there is no one stronger than Yugi when it comes right down to it. With or without the spirit of the ring, Yugi has a strength of heart and mind and never hesitates to come to the aid of his friends or, in fact, his enemies. Though he doesn't have the snarkiest lines or the biggest muscles, there's no denying Yugi's real fierceness.

6 Marik Is As Convoluted Of A Foe As They Come

One thing Yu-Gi-Oh! is never afraid to do is to complicate its villains. Although for a time it seems like Marik Ishtar is just a hungry megalomaniac, obsessed with the power of Yugi's puzzle, it soon transpires that the truth is much more complex. Marik's family was tasked with protecting the Pharoah's secrets, but they had to make certain sacrifices to do this. Marik's father also cruelly forced him to undergo a ritual in the Pharaoh's name, which unleashed an evil force inside of him.

Driven by his pain and by revenge, Marik became heartless and cruel, but despite this, he still felt a connection to his sister and adopted brother. Throughout his arc on the show, he came to understand that the suffering he was causing was needless and transitioned instead to being an ally.

5 Mai Is Tough As Nails

Mai Valentine is an exceptional character. She is unapologetically herself and never apologizes for it. Though she protests letting others in at first, fearing it will make her weak, she comes a long way in understanding friendship.

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Mai was alone for much of her youth and then found herself a woman in a largely male-dominated world. She is wary of the gang at first, except for Teá, to whom she is kind, showcasing the connection she feels to other women. But eventually, Mai realizes the others are not just going to give up on or harm her, and in turn, she begins to see them as friends.

4 Pegasus Is Not Just A Capricious Villain

Pegasus Crawford is the show's original bad guy. At first, he comes across as wholly evil, a capricious foe with nearly unlimited power and resources who does not really seem to follow much rhyme or reason in his action, and for this alone, he is a great character. But eventually, fans learn he is not just on the hunt for power but trying desperately to find a way to bring his lost love back to him.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a show that reveals how crucial friendship and love are, but also how hurtful it can be to lose them. Flashbacks show a much more innocent Pegasus who is corrupted by pain and power beyond his control and allow the audience sympathy for him.

3 Thief King Bakura Has A Deeper Pain

If Pegasus is the show's original foe, the spirit of the Millenium Ring, Thief King Bakura, is its longest game. Throughout Yu-Gi-Oh!, the spirit of the ring emerges, again and again, always bringing with him little tastes of the evil to come. But it isn't until the final arc of the show that he really becomes centered as the villain.

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Still, in true Yu-Gi-Oh! style, the audience learns that the evil of the Ring's spirit was born of another evil, a great massacre which only the Bakura survived. As ever, the show reflects on the idea that true evil is an illusion and that there is always more to the story than appears.

2 Yami (Atem) Is A Regal Presence

The mysterious presence of the puzzle, Yami's soul actually belongs to an ancient Eygptian Pharoah whose spirit was trapped in a magical item for many, many years. The spirit, however, has no memory of his time as Pharoah and spends most of the show searing for his true identity.

At first, inhabiting a body with Yugi is not a simple thing to do. The Pharoah is more ruthless than his sweeter counterpart, but Yami learns from Yugi over time and begins to embody his more regal self. Yami becomes a calmer presence, someone the whole team can rely on to assess difficult situations and find answers.

1 Seto Kaiba Is An Incredible Anti-Hero

Seto Kaiba is one of the best anti-hero characters ever. He toes the line of being villainous but never crosses a boundary that is so unforgivable it paints him as evil. By the same token, he never fully softens to the main group of friends, either. Instead, he remains fully himself throughout the show, and that's what makes him so great.

Kaiba is an icy character. He doesn't let anyone except his little brother Mokuba get close to him, and he believes only in what logic dictates to him that he should. Fans see how much Kaiba has sacrificed throughout his life, though, and how he chose to allow himself to forgo his own childhood and innocence to preserve that of his brother's. Though Kaiba does not shift much, fans do see him begrudgingly respect, and ultimately, deeply connect with the Pharoah Atem in Yu-Gi-Oh.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:56 GMT
Mob Psycho 100: 10 Best Episodes, According To IMDb | ScreenRant
With its unique animation style, lovable characters, and intense psychic battles, Mob Psycho 100 is one of the best new anime series to come out in the last few years. In just 25 episodes, the series delivers moments that are both sweet and sad, and a few of the episodes can be already be considered classics.

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While the first two seasons of Mob Psycho 100 were both hugely successful, fans have eagerly been awaiting more episodes since season 2 ended in 2019. In the meantime, fans will have to placate their craving by rewatching some of the best episodes in the series to date.

10 Season 2, Episode 1: Ripped Apart- Someone Is Watching (8.9/10)

The first episode of season 2 begins with Reigen and Mob battling an evil spirit named Wriggle Wriggle who controls plants using its psychic powers. Back at school, Mezato convinces Mob to run for student council president, but when he's called up on stage to deliver his election speech he can't say a word.

After his speech debacle, Mob's classmate Emi asks him out, but after a week together she reveals that she only asked him out on a dare. Surprisingly, Mob is not bothered by her admission, and he even stands up for Emi when he sees some of her friends tearing up a story she is writing. In a rare moment of vulnerability for Mob, he uses his powers in front of her to put the pieces of the story back together,

9 Season 2, Episode 10: Collision - Power Type (8.9/10)

At the start of season 2, episode 10, "Collision - Power Type," Mob is still asleep, and his friends are forced to step up to protect him. Reigen manages to defeat a group of espers sent by Toichiro to kill Mob, but he meets his match in the super-strong member of the Ultimate 5, Shibata.

Thankfully, the members of the Body Improvement Club arrive to help protect Mob and the other innocent bystanders. Even with their muscled physiques, though, the members of the club fall one-by-one until only Musashi remains standing. Just when all looks lost, Dimble possesses Musashi's body and unlocks the full potential of his muscles, allowing him to overpower Shibata's unnatural strength.

8 Season 1, Episode 11: Master - Leader (9.1/10)

Season 1, episode 11, "Master - Leader," begins with Reigen arriving at Claw Seventh Division's headquarters. He is allowed entry by the espers guarding the building because they mistakenly take him to be the mysterious leader of Claw.

Once inside, Reigen continues his heroics by saving Mob, Teru, and Ritsu from a cursed room that stops them from accessing their powers. Before they can escape, they are confronted by Ishiguro, the Seventh Division leader, and the remaining Scars, Mutsuo, Muraki, and Sakurai. Reigen briefly stops Mob from unleashing his full power, but when Mob sees Reigen get attacked by Sakurai, he loses control and goes 100%.

7 Season 2, Episode 12: The Battle For Social Rehabilitation - Friendship (9.1/10)

"The Battle for Social Rehabilitation - Friendship," is the penultimate episode of season 2, and starts with Sho confronting his father, Toichiro. The leader of Claw reveals his plot to take over the world, and with the psychic energy that he'd store in the defeated Claw soldiers, he easily defeats Sho.

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Meanwhile, Mob faces Serizawa, the strongest member of the Ultimate 5, and a former social recluse like Mob. Due to their shared past, Mob convinces Serizawa that they don't have to fight and can instead be friends. Mob then confronts Toichiro, but his bid for peace falls on deaf ears. When Reigen appears, Toichiro targets Mob's mentor, which prompts Mob to go berserk and fight Toichiro with 100% of his power.

6 Season 1, Episode 12: Mob And Reigen - A Giant Tsuchinoko Appears (9.2/10)

The penultimate episode of season 1 ends on a cliffhanger, as Mob goes 100% after seeing Reigen get cut down by Sakurai. In episode 12, "Mob and Reigen - A Giant Tsuchinoko Appears," Reigen emerges completely unharmed thanks to Mob unconsciously sharing his powers with Reigen.

Reigen then begins berating the remaining members of Claw to show them the error of their ways. Enraged, Ishiguro powers up and attempts to destroy all of the assembled espers along with the entire Seventh Division. However, his attack is cut short by Sho, who quickly dispatches Ishiguro, prompting Mob and the others to leave and pick up their lives where they left off.

5 Season 2, Episode 13: Boss Fight - The Final Light (9.3/10)

Season 2, episode 13, "Boss Fight - The Final Light," features the final battle between Mob and Toichiro. Both Mob and Toichiro use 100% of their psychic abilities, and in the process, Toichiro turns into a bomb that is powerful enough to destroy the entire city. However, by showing kindness to Toichiro, Mob absorbs the overflowing psychic energy into his body and saves the city.

In the aftermath of the battle, Toichirio turns himself in to the authorities, and giant broccoli grows from a seed in Mob's pocket into the Divine Tree. With the help of Serizawa, Mob and Reigen return to their former lives exercising spirits, and things appear to go back to normal.

4 Season 2, Episode 5: Discord - Choices (9.4/10)

In season 2, episode 5, "Discord - Choices," Mob learns about the history of Keiji Mogami. Keiji was once a famous psychic, but after his mother's death, he lost the will to live and became an evil spirit. As a spirit, he possesses the body of Mob's classmate, Minori, and begins to torment Mob as Minori in his mind space.

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Mob remains trapped in this mental world and spends what seems like months in a hellish cycle full of torment and bullying. Eventually, Dimple manages to sneak in and restore Mob's memories, which causes all of the spirits Mogami has absorbed to attack Mob. Just when it seems like Mob will be overwhelmed by the army of spirits, he unleashes a burst of power that destroys the mental world, freeing himself and Minori from Mogami's control.

3 Season 2, Episode 8: Even Then - Continue Forward (9.4/10)

"Even Then - Continue Forward," begins with Mob training for his school's marathon in order to impress his crush, Tsubomi. He improves his performance from the previous year when he finished in 291st place, but he still passes out while he is in 74th place before finishing the race.

Meanwhile, Tsubomi visits Reigen with a friend to get love advice but ends up lying to Reigen to see if he is a conman. Back at Mob's house, Ritsu answers a knock at the door and is confronted by Sho. By the time Mob wakes up and returns home, he finds his home burned to the ground and his family missing, prompting him to lose control of his emotions.

2 Season 2, Episode 11: Guidance - Psychic Sensor (9.4/10)

Season 2, episode 11, "Guidance - Psychic Sensor," includes two epic psychic battles, one between Mob and Minegishi, and the other between Shimazaki and the rest of the gang. In his fight with Minegishi, Mob gets aid from Matsuo, but the esper loses the flask that holds Mogami's spirit. When the Claw espers smash the flask, Mogami escapes and lays into the assembled espers, and Mob is barely able to convince the vengeful spirit from killing everyone.

While Mob quickly dispatches Minegishi with Mogami's help, Shimazaki proves to be a much tougher opponent. Even with Ritsu's help, the gang is unable to defeat Shimazaki when he fights at full strength, and all looks lost until Reigen manages to deliver a sucker punch that ends the fight.

1 Season 2, Episode 7: Cornered - True Identity (9.5/10)

For most of the series, Reigen manages to escape being outed as a fraudulent psychic, but that comes to an end in season 2, episode 8, "Cornered - True Identity." Under increasing media scrutiny, Reigen is forced to attend a press conference to defend himself and his activities.

When a reporter asks him why he became a psychic in the first place, he thinks back to the day he first met Mob and realizes that Mob was his inspiration. After Mob prematurely ends the conference with his powers, Reigen asks why Mob still believes in him even though he knows Reigen is a fraud. In one of the best moments of the series, Mob simply answers that he has always known Reigen doesn't have powers, but that he knew his mentor was a good person.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:52 GMT
10 Best Practical Effects In 50s Films, Ranked | ScreenRant
The 1950s were a particularly innovative and important decade for cinema. The lengths to what could be achieved onscreen were expanded, at least partially in thanks to the works of Ray Harryhausen. His stop-motion special effects pushed the boundaries of what stories were possible to tell.

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It didn't stop with just one filmmaker; the 1950s left audiences with a surplus of films that pushed the medium forward both in terms of narrative and visual effects. Even with further advances in technology, there is something extremely endearing about practical effects. Fortunately, much of the time, they hold up to modern scrutiny as well.

10 The Cyclops - The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was the first of three Sinbad films featuring effects work by Ray Harryhausen, and the most impressive of the film's practical effects accomplishments has to be the cyclops. With a horn and goat legs, the memorable design went against the standard depiction of the mythical creature. More impressive yet is how Harryhausen would go on to top his work with the sword-wielding skeletons in one of the best cinematic adaptations of Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

Sinbad the Sailor must return to the monster island of Colossa to retrieve a lost lamp. To get back to the love of his life, he must evade a cyclops or two as well as a dragon.

9 Robby The Robot - Forbidden Planet (1956)

One of the more recognizable creations on the list, Robby the Robot comes from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. He has gone on to see himself referenced in numerous pop-culture classics throughout the years, such as Gremlins (1984). While Robby looks a little silly by today's standards, he has a real personality and even contributes to the narrative. He's just one aspect of Forbidden Planet that was ahead of its time.

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Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive on Altair IV to find a doctor and his daughter. In time, they solve the mystery as to what happened on the planet.

8 Ymir - 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)

All of special-effects-guru Ray Harryhausen's work in the 1950s was impressive, but Ymir was the standout. With fluid movement and a malevolent appearance, this stop-motion creation was perfect for the 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) theatrical poster.

When a manned flight crashes back to Earth from Venus, some mysterious reptilian eggs, a find from the voyage, are lost. One of the eggs grows into a horrifying monster that only a select few know how to stop.

7 The Martians - The War Of The Worlds (1953)

Before some of cinema's deadliest Martian invaders made a big impression in Steven Spielberg's 2005 War of the Worlds, they took on a similar form in this 1953 classic. No one aspect of the Martian force looks better than the rest. While the creature itself isn't revealed until late in the film, it's unique and shocking.

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When a strange, glowing meteorite arrives on earth, the local townsfolk are in awe. Soon, flying saucers emerge from the meteor and begin annihilating the town. If Dr. Clayton Forrester can't stop them, the aliens may annihilate the world.

6 Destruction - When Worlds Collide (1951)

When Worlds Collide saw its special effects given their due at the 24th Academy Awards. While the effects don't always hold up, they are intermittently startling. As the world's destruction nears, a series of natural disasters start occurring in unison. The film's depiction of the various earthquakes and volcanic eruptions looks terrific even in modern times.

An intergalactic star starts a collision course to Earth, resulting in global chaos. Humanity must make a final, desperate attempt to build an ark capable of space travel.

5 Gort - The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

Gort, the robot from 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Stillhas gone on to be a pop culture icon in his own right. While Gort's appearance is intimidating, the robot is used to subvert genre tropes. Gort doesn't shoot a laser beam from his head. Rather, he's a benevolent source of healing.

A humanoid alien arrives on earth to warn of humanity's usage of atomic power. To aid in his message, he's brought a towering, eight-foot-tall robot named Gort.

4 The Squid - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

This adaptation of Jules Verne's novel was widely lauded for its special effects and art direction. Chief among the special-effects-driven sequences was Captain Nemo's climactic battle with the giant squid. Even today, it looks just as good as any comparable CGI beast. The plot follows harpooneer Ned Land as he and the mysterious Captain Nemo hunt down a vicious beast in a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus.

3 The Gill-Man - Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

1954 gave the world three very impressive cinematic monsters, and the Gill-man stands at the middle of the pack. The last of the original Universal Monsters, the detailed costume work in Creature from the Black Lagoon made the titular Creature iconic. The wet, scaly design is aided immensely by the black-and-white cinematography as well as the alluring underwater shots. Thankfully, the movie holds off on showing the Gill-man in full, and the wait makes him all the better.

An expedition in the Amazon leads to the discovery of a mysterious fossil. When scientists are brought in to analyze the area, they find out that not only was the fossil from an unknown species, but that it's still alive.

2 Godzilla - Gojira (1954)

Before Godzilla was the subject of memes and fights against King Kong, he was an allegory. Japan's cinematic reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the monster's initial appearance in Gojira is still one of his most visually impressive. The design for Godzilla has changed quite a bit over the years, but there's an argument to be made that Toho got it right the first time.

When fishing vessels begin to go missing off the Tokyo shoreline, a team of scientists investigates what is seemingly the point of origination: Odo Island. There, they find a massive, nuclear monster hellbent on destroying Tokyo and all of Japan.

1 The Parting Of The Red Sea - The Ten Commandments (1956)

An epic in every sense of this word, this Technicolor Charlton Heston classic was renowned for many reasons. The biblical adaptation received seven Academy Award nominations, with one of them being Best Picture.

In the end, The Ten Commandments won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. While the film as a whole is gorgeous, the parting of the Red Sea was the film's visual standout.

NEXT: 10 Movies From The 1950s That Every Film Buff Needs To See

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:46 GMT
10 Things You Never Knew About NFTs And Cryptocurrencies (But Really Need To)
One of the most talked-about technological advancements in the past few years has been the advent of cryptocurrency. Since its initial development in 2007, it has risen to prominence due to its unregulated market and its ability to be used throughout the globe.

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Along with the rising importance of Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies, one of this year's biggest developments connected to cryptocurrency has been the advent of NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens. Revolutionizing the way that artists are able to sell and profit from their work, there are still many things that people don't know about NFTs and cryptocurrency.

10 NFTs Can Be Any Form Of Art

At their core, NFTs are a bundle of data tied to a token. They exist as a digital representation of a work of art and all of the information that makes up the art. Because of this, they can represent any form of digital art, whether that be a song, video, image, or even a video game.

In addition, NFTs can also be tied to physical art such as paintings or books. For these, they are akin to online representations of these works of art. They can also be versions of things that aren't traditionally considered art, such as tweets or other social media posts.

9 The Exact Identity Of The Creator Of The First Cryptocurrency Is Unknown

Since the first cryptocurrency database was established, there have been many investigations into the identity of its alleged creator, known as Satoshi Nakamoto. While Nakamoto has sporadically been active in the bitcoin community since he started coding the technology in 2007, very little is known about who he is.

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Due to some seemingly misleading statements made by Nakamoto, many people believe that Satoshi Nakamoto may be a pseudonym. While some believe that the real Nakamoto is a Japanese American man residing in California, other suspects have ranged from the creator of Silk Road to one of Twitter's most chaotic users, Elon Musk.

8 Anyone Can Mine For Bitcoin - If They Have The Funds

One of the main appealing aspects of Bitcoin is that, in theory, anyone with a computer and a stable internet connection has the ability to mine for the cryptocurrency. With no physical version, Bitcoin is created by and maintained through complex sequences of code that, when run by computers, allow users to generate Bitcoin.

However, mining for Bitcoin requires quite a bit of both time and money. Due to the massive amounts of power needed and the cost of mining hardware, it is estimated that mining for 1 Bitcoin could currently cost between $7,000-11,000.

7 NFTs Are Apart Of The Ethereum Blockchain

The most-used form of blockchain technology in the world, Ethereum and its native cryptocurrency Ether have shaken up the cryptocurrency world. With a focus on validating holdings via proof of stake methods, Ethereum hosts NFTs as well as facilitates their sales through various online auctions.

A blockchain technology known for its safety and security, Ethereum provides safe and secure transactions that are protected against fraud or interference by a third party, making it the perfect platform to support NFTs.

6 Many Major Retailers Accept Cryptocurrency As A Form Of Payment

While many were initially resistant to the idea of cryptocurrencies, as they are much more unstable when compared other forms of currency, some major players have begun to see cryptocurrency in a more positive light. The past few years have seen many companies start to embrace cryptocurrencies as legitimate forms of payment. In addition, companies such as Apple have been rumored to be developing their own form of cryptocurrency.

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Companies such as Microsoft, PayPal, Whole Foods, and Home Depot offer services that allow customers to purchase items and make payments with cryptocurrency. In addition, movie theaters have experimented with allowing guests to purchase tickets for movies, starting with the 2015 film Dope.

5 Cryptocurrencies Are Not Controlled By An Authoritative Body

Being a currency created by individuals and maintained by sequences of code, cryptocurrency is the lone type of currency that is not controlled by an authoritative or governmental body. That may change soon, as some countries are starting to develop their own cryptocurrencies.

Lack of authoritative oversight has been one of the most-discussed issues pertaining to cryptocurrency. While this differentiates itself from other forms of currency by giving the technology a strong entrepreneurial spirit, it has also led to the wildly volatile market.

4 Many Cryptocurrencies Can't Be Spent More Than Once Or Refunded

Another thing that differentiates cryptocurrency from other forms of payment is that many cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin do not allow for their coins to be refunded or used more than once. Double-spending is only possible through theft and is considered fraud.

Similar to counterfeit money, double-spending is cracked down upon due to the potential inflation that it could cause. Seeing as there are a finite amount of crypto coins, many cryptocurrency exchange platforms such as Coinbase have cracked down on this practice.

3 NFTs Make It Easier For Artists To Profit From Their Work

For years, many artists have struggled with getting profits from their works, with many of them losing out on profits due to unauthorized uses of their art. However, artists have been able to work around this issue by tokenizing their works and selling them as NFTs.

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By creating a specific token for each of their works, the artist can control who they sell their art to, as well as who might be able to use it in the future.

2 Bitcoin Mining Consumes A Massive Amount Of Energy

While many have said that cryptocurrency is more beneficial to the environment than physical money due to its lack of a physical form, others have argued against this claim. This is because of the massive amounts of energy used by some cryptocurrencies, most notably in the process of mining for Bitcoin.

A process that could last anywhere from 10 minutes up to a few years, Bitcoin mining consumes a massive amount of energy and thus leads to environmental pollution. Bitcoin mining has led to an increase of over 40 million tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 8.9 million cars, according to Bank of America.

1 The Federal Reserve Is Developing A Form Of Digital Currency

Initially resistant to the use of cryptocurrencies, the United States Federal Reserve announced in May that it will begin developing its own digital currency. Theorized to be a third form of digital currency that will exist as a tokenized version of the United States dollar, the currency is currently being referred to as CBDC, or Central Bank Digital Currency.

With a few other countries mulling this idea, this shows the influence that cryptocurrency has in the economic world. While it wouldn't exactly be cryptocurrency, this new form of digital currency would share some of the same characteristics.

NEXT: 10 Pieces Of Sci-Fi Tech That Are Actually Around The Corner

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:45 GMT
10 Best Fantasy RPGs, Ranked | ScreenRant
From the dawn of the genre, RPG games have commonly sought to explore the realms of fiction and fantasy for players to escape their often uninteresting realities. Trading in houses and humans for dungeons and dragons is a time-honored tradition amongst many gamers, but deciding on which adventure to pursue can be a quest in its own right.

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Players can save the kingdom of Hyrule, explore the farthest regions of Tamriel, or take on the demonic forces of Diablo the Prime Evil, but the question of which realm to visit first remains. There are as many epic adventures to undertake as there are sidequests, but players can never go wrong with the classics.

10 Final Fantasy

To be clear, this is referring to the original Square Enix RPG that spawned the gaming sensation fans know today. As one of the most popular franchises of all time, the JRPG genre as a whole owes a great deal to the first installment featuring the Heroes of the Crystal.

Taking more than a few notes from tabletop titles like Dungeons and DragonsFinal Fantasy was a game of mages, fighters, and random encounters that spanned across a virtual kingdom. It laid the foundations for nearly all RPGs that followed, and its simple nature and familiar setting continue to win fans over even today.

9 Baldur’s Gate Series

Dungeons and Dragons was an inspiration for several popular fantasy RPGs, but the creators eventually got in on the act and gave fans the iconic Baldur's Gate games. The titles thrust players into the Forgotten Realms with what could be considered as the closest thing one can have to a virtual D&D campaign.

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Players create their own characters, talk to NPCs, have combat encounters, and embark on an epic quest. Simply put, it has everything a fan could want out of a nightly tabletop session and then some.

8 Gauntlet

The grandfather of all dungeon-crawlers, Gauntlet is an arcade classic that helped shape the top-down adventures that paved the way for other dungeon dives and epic quests. It was also one of the first to introduce a multiplayer element into the formula with the inclusion of four playable characters.

Slash through monsters, find keys and treasure, then rush for the exit, rinse and repeat through floors of ghosts, goblins, and other fantasy monsters. It essentially checks all the boxes for a typical dungeon run and elements of the original game can be found scattered throughout a multitude of titles that followed.

7 Diablo Series

One of Gauntlet's biggest successors was Blizzard's Diablo series. The games took the simple hack-and-slash dungeon-crawler formula but added a deeper story and a more complex setting. That being said, the feeling of tearing through hordes of enemies and collecting treasure never gets old.

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Players take up arms as a character from a selection of fantasy heroes like barbarians, wizards, and demon hunters, then travel through Sanctuary on a quest to defeat Diablo the Prime Evil. It's an action-packed saga that continues to rack up new players across a multitude of consoles.

6 Dragon Age Series

Storytelling is a heavily focused element in RPGs in general, and video games are no exception. Players will find no shortage of great stories from Bioware, but their landmark title Dragon Age has all the makings of a fantasy epic that would make the likes of Tolkien, Lewis, and Martin proud.

Similar to many RPGs, players create their own custom fantasy characters and send them out on a quest to save the kingdom, but Dragon Age's focus on storytelling and interactions is what earns it a special mention. Giving the player the ability to chart their destiny is an element that will always be thoroughly explored and enjoyed.

5 Dragon's Crown

Dragon's Crown is without a doubt the most beautiful RPG on the list, and it's practically a love letter to everything that makes the fantasy genre brilliant. Everything from Dungeons and Dragons and Conan the Barbarian to Lord of the Rings and the works of Walt Disney is referenced and given glorious homage in this action-packed sidescroller.

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Like with many of its kind, players take their pick of adventurer characters and set out on a series of quests across the realms of Hydeland to protect the kingdom. Dungeons will be explored and dragons will be faced, but there's much more to this game than meets the eye.

4 World of Warcraft

Honestly, World of Warcraft isn't just a fantasy title, it's an experience that has held sway on gamers for years with little signs of slowing down. Often imitated but never duplicated, this fantasy MMORPG has sucked players new and old into the realm of Azeroth and turned them into powerful heroes with every new add-on and installment.

This game is an icon of the genre, and there are few gamers out there worth their salt who haven't at least heard of it. Because of this game, terms like raiding and the infamous Leroy Jenkins have entered the mainstream. Not only is it a prominent figure in the gaming industry, but gaming culture as well.

3 Kingdoms of Amalur

Known by many as the greatest game nobody played, Kingdoms of Amalur is an underrated gem of a game that blends the action of the hack-and-slash genre with the epic scale of a story-based adventure title to create a phenomenal title that any RPG fan, regardless of genre preference, can get behind.

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The player is forced into a war between mortals and fae but is given the ability to change the hands of fate. This ability not only grants some powerful fighting moves but also allows the character a unique fluidity of gameplay, granting the player the ease of changing classes and weapons midgame if need be. It's definitely one of the most user-friendly RPGs out there.

2 Skyrim

There is practically no excuse to not play Skyrim. The game has been around for nearly a decade and has been played across a multitude of consoles, offering nearly all players to take up the mantle of the Dragonborn and explore the mountains of Tamriel.

It's a game where the story is a suggestion, allowing for the player to have free reign. They have the option to be the hero Skyrim desperately needs, go off on their own adventures, or a pleasant combination of the two. Whatever decision players make, few games allow such freedom in a fantasy realm.

1 Dragon Quest Series

When it comes to traditional fantasy games, players can't go wrong with any of the Dragon Quest games. Players essentially have their choice of fantasy epic when jumping into one of these JRPGs, how could they not with a series containing 11 title entries. But no series has made fans get as lost in the genre as this RPG juggernaut.

Rivaling Final Fantasy in terms of popularity, the Dragon Quest series has the player controlling a party of adventurers undertaking various quests across multiple fantasy kingdoms. Yes, it ticks a lot of boxes for the genre, but its colorful, high fantasy themes are all part of its appeal. It's a classic through and through, and one that should satisfy any fan of the genre.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:28 GMT
8 Best Uses Of Popular Songs In Opening Credits Sequences In Movies
Opening credits sequences are often one of the most effective tools that a filmmaker has at their disposal to introduce the style, themes, or basic concepts of their work to the viewer. A particularly unique, daring, or jarring title sequence can stick in the mind of the audience well after their memory of the story details have faded, and the right song used in the right place can make that opening all the more memorable.

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For years, filmmakers have used popular music and performers to accompany their opening credits, and some have crafted the scenes so well that the title sequences became some of the best moments in the entire movie.

8 Watchmen - "The Times They Are A-Changin" (Bob Dylan)

Though the film was met with mixed critical and popular reception, Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the seminal graphic novel Watchmen features a clever and effective opening credits sequence. Snyder succinctly sums up the sociopolitical shifts in American and global affairs at the time. But because Watchmen takes place in an alternate timeline where superheroes exist, the credits simultaneously establish the role of heroes in this world and how their presence has affected history the audience is already familiar with.

In homage to Alan Moore — who concluded several issues of Watchmen with quoted Bob Dylan lyrics and even used them as chapter titles — Snyder selects the thematically appropriate "The Times They Are A-Changin" to accompany the slow-motion flashbacks, reinforcing the nostalgic sense of lost innocence conveyed by the progressively darker tone of each scene.

7 Grease - "Grease" (Frankie Valli)

One of the most influential movie musicals ever made, Grease deftly combines the vision of the '50s that it presents and the unequivocally '70s styling of the film itself. The opening credits sequence embodies that blend more than any moment in the film, with its retro-style 2D animated short overlaid with an original song performed by Frankie Valli.

The opening credits sequence throws together caricatures of vintage 1950s pop artifacts such as hair grease, Ford Thunderbirds, and "I Like Ike" pins, and sets them against a funk-infused, disco-rock anthem sung by one of the most recognizable voices of the '60s and '70s, creating a wildly fun genre and era mashup.

6 Pulp Fiction - "Misirlou" (Dick Dale)

Everything about the 1994 film Pulp Fiction exudes an irreverent, rock-and-roll style, and the opening credits sequence is certainly no exception.

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As Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer's characters erupt in a fit of screaming and gun pointing in a sedate Los Angeles diner, the opening scene reaches its climax and freezes. The film rockets into Dick Dale's quintessential surf-rock hit "Miserlou" just as the credits start to roll. The opening sequence that follows is simple yet thrilling, as electrifying guitar riffs reel in massive, bright red and yellow block letter title cards announcing the name of the film and its creator.

5 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - "Mr. Blue Sky" (ELO)

While James Gunn's original Guardians of the Galaxy reimagined what a superhero film could be in terms of content and tone — featuring plucky, off-beat "heroes," comedy, and a wide variety of popular '60s and '70s period music seamlessly woven into the narrative of the film — the sequel refines this unique combo into a movie that embraces the outlandishness of its science-fiction elements instead of relying on a more classic superhero setup.

This is perfectly demonstrated by the opening credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which features an adorable and appropriately named "Baby Groot"  hooking a walkman up to an amplifier and a pair of speakers in order to blast ELO's classic 1977 symphonic rock ballad "Mr. Blue Sky". As Groot dances, his cohorts desperately attempt to avoid being eaten alive by a thrashing, enormous, tentacled monster amidst a cloud of multicolored neon explosions.

4 Baby Driver - "Harlem Shuffle" (Bob & Earl)

Perhaps one of the most memorable continuous-take scenes in recent cinema history, the opening credits sequence of Baby Driver seamlessly blends every element of the acting performance and set design into the music that plays over it.

The scene follows Baby as he walks through the streets of the city, purchases an order of coffees, and returns to the building from which he originally exited, all the while listening to the "Harlem Shuffle" in his earphones and dancing along to the song. Director Edgar Wright transforms this mundane coffee run into a mesmerizing sequence. The scene incorporates the music with the environment, with graffitied words and posted signs literally spelling out the lyrics as Baby dances along.

3 Army Of The Dead - "Viva Las Vegas" (Richard Cheese ft. Allison Crowe)

The opening credits of Zack Snyder's 2021 zombie horror extravaganza Army of the Dead are nothing short of spectacular — in the most literal meaning of the word. The opening scene has all of the hallmarks of director Zack Snyder's classic style, and it establishes the blend of comedy and horror that the film embraces wholeheartedly.

The audience already knows what to expect from a Zack Snyder zombie film, but Army of the Dead celebrates the wild irreverence and absurdity of an undead-overrun Las Vegas landscape. The cover of Elvis Presley's classic "Viva Las Vegas" that plays out the opening sequence immediately establishes the atmosphere of the movie in its first five minutes.

2 Full Metal Jacket - "Hello Vietnam" (Johnny Wright)

Simple in comparison to some other examples, the opening credits sequence of Stanley Kubrick's classic 1987 film Full Metal Jacket quickly and effectively sums up the tone of the film and demonstrates the attitude of the filmmaker towards the events that are about to transpire.

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The sequence is a series of shots from the same camera position showing soldiers having their hair cut in preparation for basic training, set to the rather somber and resigned-sounding "Hello Vietnam" by Johnny Wright. The despaired, empty expressions of the privates echo the forlorn chorus of the song and reflect the tragic and often senseless cost that war takes on those who are sent to wage it.

1 The Graduate - "The Sound Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel)

Mike Nichols' seminal 1967 film The Graduate opens with a subdued, pedestrian series of shots showing Dustin Hoffman's somewhat aimless character getting off an airplane and making his way through the terminal. The opening credits are laid over a prolonged near-profile shot of Hoffman standing on an (out-of-frame) moving walkway, with the camera moving alongside him to create the illusion of static framing.

The simplicity of Nichols' composition is its greatest asset — the stark, almost monochromatic image works in tandem with Simon and Garfunkel's folk-rock masterpiece "The Sound of Silence" to capture the directionless boredom of the protagonist.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 22:00:17 GMT