News: Red Dead Online Beta Details

Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode arrives tomorrow. The beta will be launched in waves for a small number of players then slowly come out to all players of the open-world western.

Owners of the Ultimate Edition will be the first to play on Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Players who booted the game up on the launch day will be the next to be let in on Nov. 28. On Nov. 29, anyone who played within the first three days will get access. By Friday, Nov. 30, everyone who owns RDR2 will be able to play the beta.

Despite no marketing for the online mode besides a confirmation, this is how Rockstar explains the multiplayer experience in Red Dead Online:

“With the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its foundation, Red Dead Online transforms the vast and deeply detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players. Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style, and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience.

Explore this huge world solo or with friends. Form or join a posse to ride with up to seven players; gather around the fire at your camp; head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole posses in open world challenges and much more.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on Oct. 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Image via screenshot captured on PlayStation 4 Pro from my review.

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News: PUBG Coming to PS4

PlayStation posted on PlayStation.Blog that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to the PS4 on December 7.

“Hey everyone, today we are thrilled to unveil the exciting announcement that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is officially coming to PlayStation 4,” writes Joon H. Choi, development project manager. “Bringing PUBG to the PS4 has been an ambitious project for us, and we are beyond thrilled to finally be sharing this news with the world.”

Four different editions will be available for pre-order. “Disc Edition” for $29.99 USD includes the base game. “Looter’s Digital Edition” for the same price and items. “Survivor’s Digital Edition” costs $59.99 USD which includes the base game, Survival Pass: Vikendi, 2,300 G-Coin Pack, and 20,000 BP, and the Champion’s Digital edition which costs $89.99 and delivers players with the same as the previous edition except for players receiving extra G-Coin.

Various exclusive skins will be available. You can view each one below:

 

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Nathan Drake Desert Outfit from the Uncharted series via PlayStation.Blog

 

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Ellie’s backpack from The Last of Us via PlayStation.Blog

 

 

Header Image via Bluehole/PUBG Corporation

Rock on the Range is Ending and Announces a Replacement

After twelve year, one of America’s biggest rock festivals – Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range – is now ending due to a split between the companies Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live. The replacement festival will be named the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival.

The split between the two organizers will direct the festival to a new direction with Danny Wimmer. Danny spoke to Loudwire on September 7 about the changes the festival will be making.

“I feel like Rock on the Range has fallen short on delivering better art installations and better food and drink options. Rock on the Range is the biggest rock festival in America that has no bells and whistles. This show deserves to have better offerings.”

The focus of added art exhibits, better food, and other forms of entertainment besides rock music is heavily influenced by other festivals. Mainstream festivals like Coachella or rock festivals like Knotfest have a wide variety of entertainment outside of their music lineups. Danny later continues by saying:

“We’ve built this to 45,000 fans a day, they deserve to get the art and the secondary entertainment. They deserve the best food options. They deserve to have the stadium look different than it does for normal events. They deserve for this to not be just another stadium parking lot show.”

Currently, there has not been a lineup for next year, but a venue and date have already been booked. People will be able to attend the festival on May 17 – 19, 2019 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, the venue that Rock on the Range was formerly home to.

Image via Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live

 

The Reason Behind Thanos Not Doubling Resources and Instead Going for Genocide

Avengers: Infinity War is still taking the world by storm even months after its release. Since the film has come out on DVD and streaming services, fans have been able to discover a lot more secrets that nobody was able to catch the first time. A part of all of this discovery is the commentary which reveals a lot about the story and characters, especially the main antagonist Thanos.

Many people tended to ask when the film came out, “Why doesn’t Thanos increase resources rather than murder everyone?” It is the proper question to ask because it sounds so obvious. In the commentary, we get a new insight into his motivations which explains why the Mad Titan chose genocide over increasing resources. Here is the answer from Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the film:

“People have asked us why Thanos didn’t just use the stones to double the resources in the universe since he clearly he has not. Well, he was told no to an idea that he felt was the only solution and then proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon. So in his messianic complex, he is now committed to following through on the idea that he had made many many years ago.”

This explanation shows more about the mind of Thanos, but more would have actually been shown in the actual movie. Drafts of the script and scenes involving Thanos were either written off or deleted at various stages of production. Scenes were meant to make it in showing his life on Titan and different other scenes involving the Mad Titan to flesh his character out further.

With one last movie with Thanos has the main threat to the universe for the Avengers, we will probably get more information about his character then since both movies were filmed back to back. Ideas for Infinity War such as a further explanation behind his motivations or his life on Titan can be shown in the untitled Avengers 4. Until then we will just have to decipher everything we can from what we have now.

Image via Marvel Studios

News: Kraven the Hunter Standalone Film Moving Forward

Sony is about to kick off their start to their own Spider-Man universe with VenomThe Hollywood Reporter broke the news about this universe and that there are some movies lined up in the future after Venom. Some have been taken off the schedule such as Silver & Black, a would have been team up between Silver Sable and Black Cat. Even though it may seem that this universe is up in the air, just recently a report came that one of Spidey’s most notorious villains is getting is a standalone movie, Kraven the Hunter.

The film is moving forward, but not much is known. Just recently Collider reported that Richard Wenk from The Equalizer 2 will be writing the script for the project. Hot off of the success of this sequel, earning an opening weekend of $36 million, which is $2 million more than the first film back in 2014.

Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, is a literal hunter whose Moby Dick is our web-swinging hero, Spider-Man. He has been featured across comics, video games, and the animated series. For fans of the comics and other properties, he has made an appearance in should know him best. He is one of the most well known and beloved villains across the many excellent villains that Spidey has faced.

The main issue is Venom. The trailers keep getting some mixed reactions from fans and people in the industry. Nobody knows how the overall quality will go down. The film is set to release this October, but not even a rating has been given to the film. A PG-13 rating would be the safe bet to get in as many seats as possible, however, rumors have been going around for over a year about an R rating. The adult rating could pay off since people have been aroused by that idea, plus it has worked for Fox with Deadpool and Logan. If Sony goes in a darker route, then they would be taking a bigger risk, but nothing is certain about the possibility of failure or success until films are released, and we see the box office numbers plus the review scores. Until then, we will have to keep our eyes peeled for any updates from Sony.

While all the weight in the world for this possible universe is on Venom, anything can happen if it is a success. Comment below of what you think. Do you think this universe that Sony has built up is a good thing? How do you feel about the possibility of Kraven getting his own film? Also, what do you think of the upcoming Venom? Discuss whatever you want about this universe and this news below.

Image via Marvel Comics

 

News: eOne Secures IP to Comic and Album Skin & Earth by Lights

The Canadian pop artist Lights has had her latest album Skin & Earth secured by eOne, the label that manages her, to allow for adaptions to both TV and gaming. The report comes from Deadline who detail that eOne, the Canadian record label, and distribution company has recently secured the IP. As of right now, Andrew Lazar from Mad Cheese Productions is set to produce the project. Other than that, no further information has been given out as of yet.

Last year Lights released her fourth full-length LP Skin & Earth. The album is her first concept album that ties together with a comic that she wrote and illustrated herself. The record and comic was well received by both critics and fans alike. The album got her a win for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards earlier this year, which is the second time she has won an award at the Junos. Lights is attending this upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to further support the comic.

The story of Skin & Earth follows a girl named Enaia, who is wandering around in a post-apocalyptic world. On her journey for hope, she is entangled with a dark spiritual friend who accompanies her on the adventure. The goal is to make a change in the world, to make for a better world to live in. Each track on the album ties into the story in an intricate way that binds the music and comic together.

Header Image via Matt Barnes

Lights has more shows coming later this year, and you can buy her album and comic below:

08.04.2018 Montreal, Quebec Parc Jean Drapeau Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts

08.31.2018 Richmond, British Columbia Richmond World Festival

09.01.2018 Whistler, British Columbia Whistler Olympic Plaza

09.14.2018 Oshawa, Ontario Regent Theatre Imagine Festival

09.15.2018 Hamilton, Ontario Supercrawl

09.16.2018 Victoria, British Columbia Royal Athletic Park Victoria, BC @ Royal Athletic Park – Rifflandia

10.25.2018 Grand Rapids, Michigan 20 Monroe Live w/Young The Giant

10.26.2018 Indianapolis, Indiana Egyptian Room w/Young The Giant

10.27.2018 Atlanta, Georgia Coca-Cola Roxy w/Young The Giant

10.30.2018 Nashville, Tennessee Ryman w/Young The Giant

11.02.2018 Charlotte, North Carolina The Fillmore Charlotte w/Young The Giant

11.03.2018 Raleigh, North Carolina The Ritz w/Young The Giant

11.04.2018 Richmond, Virginia The National w/Young The Giant

11.06.2018 Cleveland, Ohio House of Blues w/Young The Giant

11.08.2018 Toronto, Ontario Rebel w/Young The Giant

11.10.2018 Portland, Maine State Theatre w/Young The Giant

11.11.2018 Providence, Rhode Island The Strand w/Young The Giant

11.13.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.14.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.16.2018 Washington, DC The Anthem w/Young The Giant

News: Joaquin Phoenix Joker Standalone Movie is Greenlit Along with More Information

After constant talk about the potential Joker standalone film with Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous clown, we have confirmation that the film will happen. Variety initially reported that Joaquin was in talks to play as the Joker in an origin story movie. Now Variety has reported that Warner Bros. has finalized their deal with Joaquin and has greenlit the project.

The filming is coming together quite soon, sometime this September with a budget in the range of $55million. Todd Phillips from The Hangover trilogy is set to direct and write the screenplay of the upcoming supervillain flick. Scott Silver, best known for writing The Fighter and 8 Mile, will cowrite the film with Phillips. Along with Phillips and Silver, the legendary Martin Scorsese is set to be an executive producer on the film too.

While not much is known about the story, we will see the rise in the Joker’s power in the criminal underworld. Set in the 80’s, the rise of the gangster clown will be shown in a never before seen direction. Set apart from the DC extended universe, we will be getting a secondary universe. Jared Leto’s Joker will continue his story in the already established DCEU, while Joaquin Phoenix will be playing a Joker in a grittier universe. These new films are expected to be aiming for an R rating. The untitled Joker origin story will launch this new direction for DC.

Joaquin Phoenix is playing one of the most beloved villains from any comic book. The notorious villain has been played from a range of actors from Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger, and lately Jared Leto has put on the clown make up. Playing this type of established and beloved character seems intimidating, and Joaquin has spoken about how he feels about playing Batman’s archnemesis. In an interview with Collider Joaquin talks about the project and character. When asked about how he got involved with the film, he says, “I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.” He reflects on the initial idea of playing this type of character by saying, “Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.” Joaquin has had the idea in the back of his mind for years, and everything is finally coming together afterall.

With Joker, there is always Batman. Every superhero has plenty of supervillains, but there is always their number one enemy that they can never completely defeat. A connection with the Dark Knight might occur in some form. The Batman connection is just a rumor, so this part of the story needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The rumor is that Phillips’ Joker origin story will tie in with Matt Reeves’ Batman standalone film. The possible connection involves Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father. The claim that Thomas Wayne will be involved in some way comes from Jeff Sneider from Collider. In a recent video Jeff says, “One character I do know that one character who has a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.” With this not being confirmed, everyone should take it with a grain of salt, but Jeff has the experience in this field, so he might be right.

Another rumor going around is circling around Robert De Niro. The legendary actor might have a role in the film too. A lot of people suspected that this is the case due to Martin Scorsese being pinned to produce. With Martin out, who knows if this will stick. However, in the same video with Jeff Sneider, he also talks about Robert’s potential role. Sneider says, “As for De Niro’s role, I don’t think he’s playing some canon type character. I don’t think he’s playing like a local TV host or something like that, who’s maybe broadcasting about the Joker. I’m not entirely sure. I do know that one character who’s going to have a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.”

With the film getting ready to film in two months, we are sure to hear more news about the project shortly. With filming starting this late in the year, we can expect to see Joaquin’s Joker sometime late 2019.

That is just about everything we know so far about the upcoming Joker origin story. How do you feel about the recent updates about the film? Are you excited to see a gritty origin story on the infamous clown gangster? Comment below your thoughts on the film below.

Image via Warner Bros.