Atari is Working on a PONG Game Show

Atari has partnered with producer Scott Sternberg to create a game show based on what is one of, if not the, most recognized video games ever: Pong. The show will be called Million Dollar Pong and I have no idea how it will work. Isn’t the real-life version of Pong tennis or table tennis if you want something smaller? Sternberg has worked on other shows including Hollywood Squares, The Gong Show, and Kid’s Wheel of Fortune. He says the following about Million Dollar Pong:

’Pong’ is a cultural touchpoint for generations of people. It’s not often we get the chance to develop a game show concept around such an iconic brand. I can’t wait to give people the chance to see, experience and play a brand new ‘Pong.’

It’s true that Pong and Atari are iconic brands, but I’m still not sure what kind of game show they can make. It’s important to note that there is not a network attached to the show yet. Here’s what Atari CEO, Frederic Chesnais, had to say about the project:

Our brand and our portfolio of games are known to many people around the world so it is a natural fit to bring them to television. We are proud to team-up with Scott and have him join our brand because his expertise will help create a truly remarkable television show for everyone to enjoy.

Do you think this is a good idea? How would you design this game show?

Apparently Some SUPERNATURAL Fans Think The New WINCHESTER Movie is Part of the TV Series

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Here's a bit of movie confusion that I didn't see coming! Apparently, some fans of the Supernatural TV series think that the upcoming Winchester horror movie is some kind of a spinoff for the series. You know, because of the name Winchester. 

There has been so much confusion about this, that Lionsgate felt they needed to release a little statement with their latest promo spot for the film. The promo came with the following note:

No, the brothers do not show up in Winchester. This is a feature-length movie, not a short film and if they teamed up with Sarah the three would wrap things up in minutes.

I think I'm more surprised by how many people aren't familiar with the Winchester Mystery House, which is what the film is based on. Regardless, the movie looks like it's going to great! Did any of you think that this was a Supernatural-type spinoff film?

The movie includes a fantastic cast that includes Helen Mirren, who was perfectly cast in the lead role of Sarah Winchester, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson also star. Here's the synopsis:

Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…

The film was written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination, Daybreakers), and it's set to be released on February 2, 2018. 

Netflix Just Teamed Up With Bones And Others To Make More Anime

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Netflix just partnered with two big names in anime, and together the three our co-producing more anime to be streamed worldwide. ANN said Netflix, Bones, and Production I.G. all joined forces in a joint deal to strengthen the streaming service's anime lineup. 

They certainly appear to be on the right track as they just snagged up the studios responsible for titles like Full Metal Alchemist, Space Dandy, Soul Eater, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Ghost In The Shell, FLCL...I could go on and on.  

I'll just leave it at this. Netflix just made a great deal, and if you've loved their original anime offerings so far...you're going to love this collaboration! Also if you haven't seen Devilman Crybaby yet DO THAT NOW!

First Promo Spot For Marvel’s LEGION Season 2

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"I wanted to be normal. Does any of this look normal to you?"

One of my favorite Marvel series on network TV is Noah Hawley's FX show Legion. Season 1 was so freakin' good! Now today, we get our first look at the upcoming second season. The promo spot features David Haller (Dan Stevens) back with his allies at Summerland, but we still have no idea where the mutant ran off to. 

The brief promo also offers a quick glimpse of the characters Syd (Rachel Keller), Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Cary (Bill Irwin), Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) and Oliver (Jemaine Clement). 

In case you don't remember, the Season 1 finale came to an end with Oliver running off with Lenny, and David being sucked into a floating orb. I can't wait to see where Season 2 takes us. In an interview with /Film, Hawley talked a bit about the upcoming season and says there's going to be a big time jump:

"If the first year was the story of an insane man in a sane world, then I was interested in looking at David now being the sane man in an insane world. We’ve established he doesn’t have schizophrenia and he has these abilities. There is this time jump, for him to come back and suddenly the world is a very different place. I was interested this year in looking at a mass psychology. Mental illness can also be cultural in a way so those issues were interesting to me. We’re also exploring with Dan, he’s on a journey here in which in the language of this world, you have heroes and villains. It’s not determined yet where he’s going to end up. A lot of that’s going to have to do with what’s holding him on the good path, this love story with Rachel and his experience with Farouk. That’s really interesting to explore I hope.
"I didn’t want to go in season two it’s all clarity all the time, so we built in a time jump. We can muddy the waters agin. I think that’s the fun of the show, the mystery of trying to figure things out."

Legion Season 2 is set to premiere in April on FX.

HOUSE OF CARDS Has Added Diane Lane And Greg Kinnear To Season 6

House Of Cards started filming for its final season, and they've added two big actors to the show's final episodes. Deadline reports both Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane will join Season 6 of the series, in a casting that was made in part due to the Kevin Spacey controversy. No detailed information is available on either actor's role in the series at this time, but it has been said the two will be playing siblings. 

I stopped watching House of Cards long before the controversy started, and I doubt I'll catch up to watch the final stretch. Readers who have stuck with the series, are you excited for this final season? 

The Pilot of HBO’s WATCHMEN Series Will Be Directed By THE LEFTOVERS’ Nicole Kassell

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Damon Lindelof has hired a director for the pilot episode of his upcoming Watchmen series. He's brought on Nicole Kassell for the job and Lindelof previously worked with her on his last HBO show The Leftovers. Nicole did some great work on The Leftovers and I think she'll bring some great stuff to Watchmen.

The series is being written by Lindelof and, as you know, it's based on the iconic graphic novel created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I'm extremely curious to see what this series will be like. I really loved Zack Snyder's film adaptation, but with a series, there's so much more you can explore with the story and characters. 

When previously talking about the series, Lindelof talked about wanting to make a dangerous show, saying:

"Watchmen—it was dangerous. And you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’s sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows."

Lindelof went on to explain why what we think about superheroes is wrong:

"What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good."

I can't wait to see what comes of this Watchmen series. With HBO involved there's a solid chance that it's going to be great.

Source: Deadline

Nicolas Cage Becomes Lois Lane in Weird MAN OF STEEL GIF

Man of Steel wasn’t too bad. I remember watching it and feeling entertained but not impressed. That being said, what if Nicolas Cage had been in the movie? We know that he was supposed to play Superman at one point for a Tim Burton take on the hero. For better or worse, that never happened. This fan-made GIF gives us the chance to see what Cage could’ve brought to the table in a movie about Superman, but not as the man of steel. Instead, Cage plays the role of Lois Lane while interviewing the Kryptonian. It’s crazy how good people are at editing these things. It looks so natural it’s scary.

The CW is Officially Moving Forward With a Pilot For Their ROSWELL Reboot

A few months ago it was announced that The CW was developing a reboot of the sci-fi series Roswell. Well, the reboot is moving from development to production as the network has officially ordered a pilot episode. Like the original series, this reboot would be adapted from the series of Roswell High books by Melinda Metz. 

The series is being written and executive produced by The Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie. The series is also being produced by Kevin Kelly Brown, who was an executive producer on the original series. He is the one person involved that connects the two Roswell incarnations. Everyone else involved is new. Here are the details that have been revealed and it's a little different than the original series: 

The new Roswell reflects the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico. After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, NM, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

The 1999 Roswell series only ran for three seasons, but it seems to have a loyal fan-base. I never really got into the show, so I'm pretty neutral on this whole reboot thing. If you are a fan of the original series, what do you think about this upcoming reboot? Are you excited? Do you even care? Would you rather have seen a revival that brings back the original cast of the 90s series?

Source: Deadline

HyperX Cloud Flight Review: A Wireless PS4 Headset for Dedicated Gamers

HyperX has many headsets, but it wasn't until CES 2018 that they debuted the Cloud Flight. These are HyperX's first wireless headset, which is why this is such a big deal. I talked about these at length in our coverage of HyperX's CES 2018 showcase. Cutting the cord is wonderful, but there are some expected drawbacks. Let start with the specs.

Specs & Features

  • 50mm Driver w/ Neodymium Magnets
  • Wireless Frequency - 20Hz-20,000Hz
  • Analog Frequency - 15Hz-23,000Hz
  • Noise Cancelling, Electret Condenser Mic
  • Mic Frequency - 100Hz-7,000Hz
  • Wireless Range - Up to 20 Meters, 2.4GHz
  • LED Effects
  • Battery - 30hr LED off, 18hr LED Breathing, 13hr LED on

The 50mm neodymium drivers they are using provide a very clean high and mid. Its the lows that take a bit of a hit. Since these are wireless headphones, there is less room for driver movement. The battery essentially takes up the space that is typically for movement. This means that the lows are there, but quite soft. When connected by analog, there was an improvement overall, but doesn't support the mic.

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That can prove frustrating if and when your battery dies. You don't have the option to just pull out the 3-ringed 3.5mm cable and plug it into your Console or PC. The Cloud Flight is packaged with a 2-ringed 3.5mm cable, so I should have assumed this from the beginning. The mic is fantastic. The noise cancelling does a phenomenal job of cutting out a majority of what is happening in the room, outside of the players speech. I used it extensively in my living room and it was able to cut out my kids and wife in the back ground. Definitely nice to have when your kids forget to use their inside voices.

I didn't experience any issues with range. The only other room I run into with my headset on, while gaming, is the kitchen. It was nice to keep the conversation going while making a sandwich. The LED effects are super cool, but will cost you your battery life. Since I typically play at home, I usually turn them off as to keep it going longer. When I would meet up with friends at the Gaming Center, I would turn it on. Hey, if you got it, flaunt it! The default setting automatically turns the LEDs on. It's as simple as clicking the power button to toggle to breathing, and then off.

Another thing I noticed is that the audio was amazing when the volume was at max. Once you lowered the volume, the highs and mids loose there richness. I found that setting the headset to full volume and adjusting the volume on the console or PC, was the best outcome. The headset also defaults the volume to its medium volume when first turning on. So you'll have to raise the volume every time you turn it on. Overall, the sound is the absolute best you can get at this price point. The only other wireless PS4 headset I could compare, is the LucidSound LS30. 

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The LS30 vs the Could Flight is an easy choice for me. Although the LS30 works wirelessly on my Xbox One as well, the Cloud Flight doesn't require you to connect your USB dongle to the optical port. Let me briefly explain. The LS30 also has a USB dongle, which is 3x the size of the Cloud Flight dongle. The dongle requires you to run an optical audio cable from the dongle to the back of your console or PC. So you then have a cord that, no matter how hard you try, just wont look pretty. Kind of gives it a janky vibe. This is why I was so happy with the easy, plug and play Cloud Flight dongle.

Build & Aesthetics

The HyperX Cloud Flight is made out of a high quality plastic. This keeps the headset super light. I didn't have any issues with its comfort-ability. After extended gaming sessions (6-10hrs), I didn't experience pain on the sides or top of my head. The tension on the top headband is just right. Strong enough to hold it on your head, but loose enough for those that wear glasses while gaming. The ear cups are also designed to turn 90 degrees. So if you like hanging the around your neck, that makes it easy. It's also nice for those that keep one ear slightly off. I do that myself from time to time, and most headsets cannot do that comfortably.

Powering the device takes holding the power button for 3 seconds. After that it functions as a toggle for the LED effects. You'll hold the button again to power it down. The left ear cup is the mute button. Easy to find since its basically a huge button. Its hidden from the eye well, thanks to the fact it looks just like the right ear cup. The volume wheel makes adjusting the volume a breeze. You will also find that the mic is detachable. So if you just want to play a single player game on your own, just unplug it.

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The headset charges via micro-USB. Takes between 2-3 hours to get a full charge from 0%. The headsets design is simple. Still looks like a typical "gamer" headset. Its still fairly slim, given that it is wireless. Only comes in one color. Black with the red accent on the cable connecting the ear cups to the headband. Super touch and durable plastic. I'm not concern with these braking anytime soon.

Feedback

I'd like to see a charging station for the Cloud Flight. Something like a stand. Looks kind of silly just laying next to my PS4, breathing and wired in. Its also nice to have somewhere to place my headset besides a drawer. Being able to customize the default settings would be nice too. I have forgotten to turn off the LEDs and drained the battery several times. Also being able to set the default volume to 100% would be nice too, since I typically just adjust the volume in-game to avoid loosing audio quality.

The noise cancelling mic can be a bit too cancelling at times. If I talk softly, it can take a half second to start recording my voice. It may at times cut out while your talking softly as well. Its more common at the beginning of your speech, than in the middle. I know people don't want a bulky headset, but if HyperX could add a bit more room in a newer model down the road, that would definitely help with getting a deep, pronounced low.

Verdict

If you are looking for a good wireless headset for PS4, do it. You will not regret it. For $159.99, the Cloud Flight is totally worth it. I may sound skeptical throughout this review, but I want to keep things in perspective. Its a wireless headset that works on PS4 & PC, has an excellent sound and mic, and is super easy to use, for under $200. I'd say its nearly perfect, especially for PS4. If you haven't used any HyperX products, this is a great place to start. Did I miss anything? If so, tell me in the comments below, and I'll get back to you!

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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Will Be Directed By Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

It looks like Sony Pictures has found a directing duo to replace Joe Carnahan in the director's chair for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys For Life. According to Deadline, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are in talks to direct to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film.

I'm not familiar with these directors, but they are a Moroccan-born duo "who were raised in Belgium and who burst onto the scene with Black, a Romeo & Juliet-type drama set in the world of organized crime in Belgium." They most recently directed the FX series Snowfall, and they are attached to a few other upcoming movies including Beverly Hills Cop 4.

The most recent draft of the script was by Chris Bremmer and the plan is to start production in August. I have no idea if these two directors are right for the film or not, but it would've been cool to have Michael Bay come back to direct it.

It's good to see that this project is moving forward. At one point Martin Lawrence said that he didn't think the movie was going to happen. Well, obviously the studio is very keen on getting this film into production.