It appears that developer Dontnod isn't done with Vampyr just yet as the studio just released an update that aims to introduce optimization tweaks to the game. During Vampyr's release last June, PC players encountered performance issues despite playing on high-end hardware, so hopefully, this will get addressed in the update. You can check out the full patch notes of the update here. Furthermore, Dontnod also announced a future update this summer that will introduce two modes and more improvements to the game.
Regarding the two new ways to play, Dontnod announced that they will include a narrative centered mode called Story Mode that aims to immerse players on the game's narrative by "de-emphasizing combat." The second mode, on the other hand, called the Hard mode will make combat more challenging and will slow player progression by lessening XP for killing enemies. This means that players will have to be creative and should prioritize sucking blood from innocent NPCs instead.
Together with the news on the upcoming update, Dontnod also announced that Vampyr will be 25 percent off on Steam until July 30. So if you haven't decided if you want to pick up the game, you can check out our full review of Vampyr here.
It looks like Kevin Smith has a new film project he's developing which he says is the biggest budgeted thing that he's ever done. The news comes shortly after Comic-Con ended and he teased it on his Instagram, saying:
"Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet. It’s the most massive IP I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…"
He goes on to add:
"Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year…"
Smith has a couple of projects in the pipeline already including Killroy Was Here and the Jay and Silent Bob reboot. Smith has never really had a huge blockbuster hit, but that all could change with this mysterious project that he's excited about.
As for what this project could be, Smith already said that he wouldn't be directing any Marvel or Star Wars movies anytime soon, but DC is always an option. The filmmaker has directed episodes of The Flash and Supergirl, so maybe Warner Bros. is looking at bringing him in for one of DC's upcoming films? It wouldn't be the first time he's been a part of a DC film project. But, there's always the chance that it could be something completely different! He also elaborated on the project in an episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast:
"I just finished a big script. It was a big gig I had and I haven’t talked about it yet, and I can’t talk about it yet. But hopefully, if they decide to go forward with it, then that’s all I’ll do is talk about it.
"But yeah, it was the biggest thing that I ever worked on. Somebody else’s IP, not mine. And then if it goes, it would be the fuckin’ biggest budget thing that I was ever involved with. So we’ll see what happens.
"Every once in a while, I remember what it’s like to be in high school. It’s kind of strange, where I’m like, ‘Oh, sh-t, somebody expects something.’ So it was a weird run up to it. But I was happy, I finished it and I was really delighted with it, it’s fun. But hopefully, if they give it a blessing, if it goes forward, we spend the better part of next year working on it."
All we can do at this point is speculate what it is that he might be working on. Whatever it is, I hope that it works out for him. Smith is an entertaining guy and I'd like to see what kind of film he would make with a big budget!
The main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy has issued a statement in full support of director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after a bunch of offensive tweets from nine years ago resurfaced after some right-wing guy was looking to ruin his career.
It's been about a week since Gunn was fired and there's been no word from Disney since. But, there has been a ton of support from the fans, because people are allowed to change and better themselves. Just because a person has a sketchy past doesn't mean they can't become better people down the road. By firing Gunn, Disney is sending the wrong message.
Now the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy has come together offering the following statement that was shared by Zoe Saldana. This is all in hopes that the studio will rehire Gunn to continue the story that he started.
The statement is signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillan. See the full statement below.
The fact that Gunn was fired so fast leads me to think that maybe there was more to the firing than meets the eye. It happened so fast that it seemed like someone was just waiting for the opportunity to fire Gunn and this gave them the excuse. Maybe there's something more going on behind-the-scenes that we don't know about maybe some kind of company politics agenda that someone has. I have no idea, there's just something fishy about the whole thing and I'm now letting the conspiracy theories start to take over my mind.
Gunn was not only developing Guardians Vol. 3, he was also in the process of developing Marvel's overall story arc for their Phase 4 plans with Kevin Feige. I hope that Disney ends up bringing him back on board. If they don't, my theory of someone at the studio wanting him out will grow even stronger.
What are your thoughts on the statement that the Guardians cast released? Do you think there's more to Gunn's firing than just the old tweets?
If you please, read the statement written and signed by The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in support of James Gunn’s reinstatement as director of GOTG Volume 3. pic.twitter.com/TjNA9RF6M8
Fans of the Bill and Ted films can breathe a collective sigh of relief, kind of. As you know, the progression of Bill and Ted Face the Music has been a rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows. Whenever we feel like we are making progress someone involved in the project comes out to put on the breaks and rain all over our happiness.
The latest naysayer seemed to be the one and only Keanu Reeves. Reeves came out and said that he didn’t know if it was a reality. And I mean, when John Wick says something, who are we to second guess it? The one person who can is Bill S. Preston Esq. himself, Alex Winter. He recently said:
“We’re still in pre-production. It’s still the same. Early 2019 is still the same. I’m still being told to hold those dates. That’s all I know.
He went on to explain:
"What I keep telling everyone is I don’t trust a movie as being made, frankly, until, literally, I’m watching it on cable two years after it’s done. Not even while we’re shooting it. To be fair to Reeves, his point is just anything can go wrong at any point. We made the first movie and it was shelved for a year and a half. We were like it’s done, never going to come out, no one’s ever going to see it. It’s a pain in the ass. It’s not ever not a pain in the ass. Nothing has changed in a radical way. If it is, that’ll be news."
There is always a lot of mire that movies have to go through before they make it to the public. I hope they can weather the storm and get this movie out to us. I don’t care what anyone says, I can’t wait for this to happen. What are your thoughts on Face the Music? Do you think it will happen or do you think stupid people in Hollywood will ruin it for everyone?
For those of you who are excited about The Punisher Season 2, Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada is looking to get fans even more hyped for what is coming. While talking to CB in a recent interview, Quesada said:
"Last year, this time, I was going around telling people like you [Punisher is] the best show we may have done. I think there were three fans on the floor, they were like, ‘Come on, man.’ I’m like, ‘If you don’t think it’s the best show that we’ve done and if [Jon] Bernthal is not Frank Castle, I will pay your Netflix subscription for a year.’ Never collected. Thank God."
He went on to say that the thing he's most excited about regarding the upcoming season is the villain, and then goes on to say that it's going to be exactly what fans want:
"It is just crazy stuff. Crazy stuff. It’s going to be exactly what fans want. And Bernthal, Bernthal is Bernthal, man. He’s a force of nature, the dude."
I thought the first season of The Punisher was great and I can't wait to see what journey awaits him. A couple months ago some set footage surfaced of Ben Barnes in the role of the villain Billy Russo a.k.a. Jigsaw as he gets in a firefight with Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle.
We don't have any solid confirmation of the story that Season 2 will tell, but we've heard rumors that it might adapt Garth Ennis' The Slavers story arc. If you're not familiar with that story, here is a rundown:
The Punisher is about to murder a gangster when woman opens fire on him wounding him. The Woman is forced to retreat into an alley that turns out to be a dead end. The Punisher kills the gangster he was their to murder and follows the woman and the men chasing her into the alley. Frank Castle kills the men and is about to leave when the woman begging for his help screams they killed her baby. Frank takes her back to his base where she passed out following him and listens to her story. The woman named Viorica tells Frank that she was forced into prostitution and kept by slavers living in New York City and that after she escaped they tried to track her down and murdered her child. The Punisher then turns all of his attention to the forced prostitution ring and sets out to destroy it.
As for the cast, Josh Stewart will be taking on the role of John Pilgrim, "a man whose calm exterior belies a ruthless interior. Despite having left behind a life of violence, circumstances will force him to use his old skills and bring him into Frank Castle’s world." Floriana Lima will play Krista Dumont, "a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans." Giorgia Whigham will play Amy Bendix, "a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past."
Then there's Corbin Bernsen who is set to play Anderson Schultz, "an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he’ll implement less-than-legal means to further those ends." Annette O’Toole will be taking on the role of the conniving Eliza Schultz, "Anderson’s equally manipulative wife."
Amber Rose Revah and Jason R. Moore are also set to return to the series.
It looks like maybe fans will get to watch Avengers 4 a little earlier than expected. The official release date that has been announced is May 3rd, 2019. But, according to IMAX in the quarterly financial report they just released, the release of the Marvel movie has been moved up to April!
So maybe the release date has been moved up. It wouldn't be surprising because Marvel Studios ended up moving the release date up for Avengers: Infinity War as well.
Some of you may be thinking that this release date could be for the international market, but if you look at the list of films on the report, they clearly note the films that are in "international markets", but that's not the case for Avengers 4.
It'll be interesting to see if Marvel Studios end up making an official announcement in the near future. It'd certainly be great if we did get to see the film sooner rather than later!
We have no idea what to expect from Avengers 4 or how the story will play out. But, I'm excited to see what surprises Marvel has in store. There's a lot of fan speculation about what people think will happen, but I hope Marvel does something completely unexpected!
To catch up on all of our previous Avengers 4 news, click here.
I'm sure that we haven't seen the last of Freddy Krueger. One day New Line Cinema is going to attempt to reboot the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise again. If they do, Robert Englund, the actor who originally played Freddy Krueger, has an idea that gives the murderous dream monster a little twist.
While speaking at the 2018 Summer Television Critics Association press tour on a panel for upcoming AMC documentary series Eli Roth’s History of Horror, Englund shared his idea for a new take on Wes Craven’s iconic serial killer monster, saying:
"If I had an Eli Roth budget I would have cast different actors to play Freddy for every potential victim because Freddy is only alive in the imagination of his future victim. They would talk about it at a slumber party or in a locker room at school, or on the bus going home. All we know about this Fred Krueger is he wears a hat, wears a red and green striped sweater and has a clawed hand. That’s the specifics."
He goes on to explain how Krueger could take on a new look for each of his victims based on how they envisioned Freddy in their minds:
"So it could be a red and green cardigan for one Freddy. It could be an old tattered baseball cap for another Freddy. Freddy could be tall, he could be short, he could be overweight, he could be muscular. Every one of the victims could have a different Freddy they imagined. And you could haunt them with that Freddy."
I actually think that a pretty good idea of how to handle the character. I like that. Englund goes on to say that the end of the film would reveal the true face of Freddy... Robert Englund himself:
"And then at the end, it would be the ultimate victim and we see Freddy peel [his face] open and maybe it’s yours truly revealed. And it’s the essence of Freddy."
Englund went on to talk about the legacy of Freddy and how he's more than just a villain from the 80s:
“I don’t think Freddy is an ‘80s villain. There’s a huge nostalgia for the eighties for a variety of reasons, but so many horror films and characters transcend that decade."
If the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise ever got rebooted again, would you be up to see Freddy Krueger portrayed by several different actors depending on the imagination of his victims?
The Switch is no stranger to getting games that are not usually associated with a Nintendo system. This fall, Switch owners can now live their dreams of becoming a surgeon as Surgeon Simulator CPR is headed to the console.
In celebration of the game's 5th anniversary, developer Bossa Studios is releasing a port of the game, complete with all the previous iterations of the infamously challenging simulator. CPR for the Switch will feature motion controls and HD rumble support. Players will also have access to all original operation and the eye and teeth transplants from the original A&E. Moreover, players will get their hands on the highly-classified Alien Autopsy operation.
To make things more exciting, the Switch version of the game will now feature a co-op mode. Players can just hand a joy-con to a friend and work together on an operation for a drop-in, drop-out gameplay.
As of now, Bossa Studios is yet to reveal the exact release date of CPR to the Switch, but a Fall window was promised by the studio.
Surgeon Simulator is currently available on the PC, PlayStation 4, PSVR and iOS devices.
Netflix has released a full trailer for their upcoming second season of Jason Bateman's crazy intense criminal underworld series Ozark. If you haven't watched the first series of this show yet, you should. It's a pretty great edge of your seat thriller. If you have watched it, this new trailer gives us a good look at what is in store for Season 2.
In the next chapter of the story, “the crime syndicate sends their ruthless attorney Helen Pierce (Marvel’s Jessica Jones‘ Janet McTeer) to town to shake things up just as The Byrdes are finally settling in. Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore, whose father Cade has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before, and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out."
The ten-episode second season will be released on Friday, August 31st. Watch the trailer and let us know if you're looking forward to Season 2.
The last time that we saw Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in a movie together was the 2007 high school comedy Superbad. Now they have teamed up for a very different kind of project for Netflix. It's a limited series called Maniac and it was created by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).
Maniac is based on a Norwegian series of the same name, and it looks like it could end up being a very trippy and perplexing story. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.
I'm intrigued by the concept and with Fukunaga and the rest of the talent they have on board to develop the series, I'm sure that it will turn out to be solid series that will mess with our heads. The trailer doesn't offer us too much information on the series, but it definitely sets the interesting tone.
Maniac will hit Netflix this fall on September 21, 2018.