Friday, December 2

Tag: English-language films

Gaming

Andor Expertly Balances Storytelling With Star Wars Fan Service

Image: Lucasfilm / DisneyAs you may know, I’m a big ol’ Star Wars nerd. And one of my favorite things in Star Wars media is all the tiny references and Easter eggs embedded everywhere. But sometimes this fan service goes overboard and derails a story in a way that alienates or bores non-fans. Andor, the newest TV show set in the Star Wars universe, not only avoids this problem, but also finds perfect ways to utilize nerdy Star Wars lore without making it tedious or annoying for folks just wanting to watch a good show. Andor, which premiered in late September on Disney+, is the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise and is set before the events of the original Star Wars film and the movie Rogue One. It follows the life of Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, as he navigates a galaxy contro...
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It Sounds Like Mark Hamill Is Playing The Joker In MultiVersus

MultiVersus has been getting tons of new characters, with drunk scientist Rick Sanchez from the time-hopping adult cartoon Rick & Morty being the latest addition to the Warner Bros. crossover fighter. The roster’s expansion won’t stop there, though, as datamining has suggested for some time that characters including Gandalf, Mad Max, and the Joker are also planned for the game. Now, however, a dataminer has seemingly uncovered voice lines for The Joker that sure as hell sound like actor Mark Hamill’s iconic take on the character, indicating the game may be getting one of the most beloved incarnations of the Clown Prince of Crime.Read More: MultiVersus Patch Might Stop Velma From Calling The Cops, Being A KarenDataminer Laisul, who has previously leaked Rick as MultiVersus’ latest fight...
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There’s So Much Assassin’s Creed Now, It’s Hard To Keep Up

Screenshot: UbisoftI am sorry if the front page of Kotaku reads like an advertisement for Ubisoft right now, but do you want to know the wildest thing about it all? That’s not even everything that the French company announced recently in the world of Assassin’s Creed during its big Ubisoft Forward event. There was so much Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft held an entire showcase for the open-world series today.We knew it was coming, of course. And Ubisoft has always been a company that has had multiple Assassin’s Creed irons in the fire. But on the other hand, there’s a reason why this is the first year a series-exclusive segment was necessary. Let’s go over it, shall we? In addition to finally ending Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a free content update that wraps up the story, Ubisoft is making a...
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Every Game At The Event

Screenshot: Disney / Marvel / KotakuAlthough it might’ve felt like Kinda Funny’s Blessing Adeoye Jr. was talking at 1.75x speed about upcoming games and world premieres, Disney and Marvel’s D23 stream event did manage to show a few games that weren’t just cinematic trailers. Here’s everything we saw at Disney and Marvel’s D23 Expo Showcase, organized in order of whether they had actual gameplay or not.Screenshot: Marvel / Disney / KotakuMarvel’s Midnight SunsHey, it looks like Marvel’s Midnight Suns got a new new release date. Seeing as how it was originally slated to release in March before getting delayed (twice) it’s nice to see that it’s coming December 2 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. We also got our eyes on a nice animated short with the likes of Blade and Wolverine tearing fools ...
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Video Games Are Eternal In Gabrielle Zevin’s Crushing New Novel

Screenshot: DONTNOD Entertainment, Feral InteractiveWe will never find the Fountain of Youth people fantasized about centuries ago, but, out of our woe, we can make games. Games let you live again and again in eternally perfect, preternaturally strong bodies, and for the friends in novelist Gabrielle Zevin’s latest book Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, this is more than enough.A “game,” to them—and to Zevin—is everything. From the 80’s to early 2010’s, Sam (mother died in a car accident, Harvard math dropout, good in front of crowds), Sadie (doesn’t believe in marriage, MIT game design wunderkind, prone to working crunch hours), and, for a time, Marx (rich, handsome, Harvard-roommate-turned-game-producer) come together because of games. To them, playtime is personal, political, and th...
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Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit Rights Sold To Embracer Group

Image: New Line CinemaThe Embracer Group, who are slowly buying any and every video game publisher and studio on the market, just announced that they have purchased Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that owns the big-and-small-screen rights to most of J.R.R. Tolkien’s most important works, including Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.Some background (and please bear with me, this gets complicated): Middle-earth Enterprises used to be a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, a Hollywood production studio that in 1976 managed to pick up the rights to pretty much everything to do with Tolkien except the publication of the books themselves. Those rights were used to make the 1978 animated feature, and ever since have only been licensed out to other companies—an operation overseen by Middle-ear...
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Morbius Returns To Theaters Because Of All The Memes

Image: Sony / Marvel / Kotaku / Andrey_Kuzmin (Shutterstock)For the past few months, a lot of people have been sharing memes connected to terrible superhero film Morbius, which stars noted method actor Jared Leto as a living vampire guy or something…look, I’ve not seen the film, okay? Anyway, all these memes, jokes, and online ha-has have been fun, but things are getting out of control. Sony—likely seeing all the renewed interest in Morbius and all things morbin’—has now brought the movie back to theaters. What have we done?Morbius was released back in April to very negative reviews. For those who aren’t aware, it’s a Sony Marvel movie, not an MCU joint. This means it can tease at connections to the more popular, successful MCU films, but will likely never be allowed to truly join in all t...