- If you are keeping your eye out on Deadpool 2, then you may have heard some scary news. A report came out earlier this week about the test screenings for the film went poorly. However, the audience loved it. Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub reports this. Weintraub explained that the audience enjoyed the movie and the reshoots are to give my screentime to characters like Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin). Now nobody has to be scared anymore that the movie would have to go into reshoots because of a weak audience reaction. Reshoots are common but can give some bad press because of the stigma or if other drama surrounds the project. From what we can tell, Deadpool 2 looks as safe and sound.
- Just this past Sunday at SXSW, audience members got a first look at the upcoming Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One which is an adaption of the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline. The fans of the book, fans of the references, and fans of the genre as a whole love the film. The film is receiving praise for its visuals, story, music, and fun adventure. As any film adapting from the book, there are some massive changes. One review from Eric Kohn of IndieWire says, “Never, ever underestimate Steven Spielberg. That’s the biggest takeaway from Ready Player One, an immersive sci-fi spectacle about a future overrun by virtual reality gaming that the world’s most famous commercial director has transformed into a mesmerizing blockbuster steeped in callbacks to the best of them. It runs too long and drags a bunch in its final third, but make no mistake: This is Spielberg’s biggest crowdpleaser in years, a CGI ride that wields the technology with an eye for payoff.” Most reviews are positive, some critiques about the film’s depth. Owen Gleiberman from Variety says in his review, “Yet the virtual world that Spielberg creates, though it just about pops off the screen, isn’t an emotionally textured place. Mostly we’re just staring at it, or maybe “riding” it. The contradiction of a video-game/VR movie is that games are, of course, awesomely immersive, whereas a movie about games is more akin to watching somebody else play one. The hoops that Wade and his team have to jump through to win each key feel arbitrary, like rules made up as the plot goes along, and you wish there were a greater sense of intrigue to it. The movie has more activity than it does layers.” You see some mixed opinions, but overall people are happy. It seems that the geek community should be satisfied with its references as long as the first of the film can hold up. The film is holding an 80% on RottenTomoatoes. Ready Player One is out everywhere on March 29.
- A leak about a new entry for the latest Tomb Raider series would be given an announcement soon. Now Square Enix has confirmed that the third entry will be called Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game will release this year on September 14th. Unlike the last title, there will not be any time exclusivity for any consoles. The game will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Given the information so far, not much is known. However, we can assume Lara is facing the Trinity Organization again. Presumably, there will be some supernatural force to go along with the story and plenty of brutal obstacles for Lara to get past to survive. A full trailer will be released April 27th along with more information coming at E3 in June. The first two titles were developed by Crystal Dynamic who are currently making an Avengers game with the help of Marvel. The studio working on this latest entry is Eidos Montreal. Eidos Montreal is best known for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. That series has been on hold because of weak sales, but Crystal Dynamic is also busy with their new title. You can watch the teaser trailer right here:
- Daniel Craig said he quit being the 007, but here he is for his final film even though the actor said he would have left a few years ago, but stayed anyway. Now the last James Bond film for Daniel Craig has some development that is rather exciting. Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) has announced that he will be directing during an interview with Gregory Wakeman from Metro UK during a screening of his new FX show Trust. The film is in the writing process and should start filming within the next few months. The release date has currently set to be November 8, 2019.
- The rock band Skillet has announced that their drummed Jen Ledger will be launching her solo project. The EP is titled Ledger and is expected to release on April 13, through Hear It Loud, a label started by Skillet frontman John Kooper and their other band member who is John’s wife, Korey Cooper. Ledger will focus on both Skillet and her project. She will launch the band by opening for Skillet on an upcoming headlining tour while still drumming for Skillet The tour starts April 12 in Amarillo, Texas.
- Take this next news lightly, but Far Cry 5 will have microtransactions. No specific details precisely except for a few details. Microtransactions will be available in every mode of the game, but will not fully impact your gaming experience. This process of microtransactions will be used to progress faster in the game similarly to Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Microtransactions will not affect actual gameplay, just a way to speed up progress and buy cosmetic items. Some details are unclear, but gamers looking forward to the game should not worry, I know I am excited and trying not to get too worried. Plus the game was announced that no internet connection would be needed as long as you are not playing with other players. Far Cry 5 comes out March 27, and if you need more information on the upcoming title, you can read my article on the game here.
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