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Birds Of Prey Has Found Its Renee Montoya

No specific plot details for Birds of Prey have been revealed yet, but reportedly the leading heroines will be clashing with Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask, one of the most powerful crime bosses in Gotham City. Even if she doesn’t get her superhero on during the movie, Renee Montoya is one of Gotham’s best detectives and knows how to handle herself in a fight, so she’ll be a great ally to the more colorfully-dressed protagonists. With Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya covered, that leaves Cassandra Cain as the final leading lady left to be cast in Birds of Prey. In this movie, however, she will reportedly be a young girl rather than a teenager/young adult as she’s usually depicted.

Star Wars Reveals The Plot And TItle Of Jon Favreau’s Live Action Series

Star Wars made big news back in 2017 with the announcement that a live-action series set in that galaxy far, far away was finally happening despite signs for many years seeming to indicate that such a thing would never happen. Fans had reason to be optimistic once news broke that Jon Favreau would helm the live-action series, and Favreau has now announced the plot and title of the project. Prepare yourself for something epic and take a look!

The live-action show will be The Mandalorian! Star Wars may have never gotten that Boba Fett standalone movie to provide more canon information on the Mandalorians, but Jon Favreau will provide in the form of the live-action series! Notably, the plot of The Mandalorian (as shared by Favreau on Instagram) seems set after the time of both Jango and Boba Fett, so it won’t whet the appetite of any who wanted more Boba Fett above all else. For the rest of us, there are a lot of reasons to be excited!

Interestingly, the new show’s setting will place it between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, meaning that some of the action of The Mandalorian could go down concurrently with some of the action of new animated series Star Wars Resistance. The only downside of the new plot description is that it’s short on any details about who this lone gunfighter will be. Star Wars Rebels fans are already undoubtedly hoping that this character will be related to Sabine Wren in some form or other.

Sabine is arguably the most prominent Mandalorian in current Star Wars canon thanks to her key role on all four seasons of Rebels, and her arc helped established why there are no Mandalorians other than Boba Fett in the original trilogy. Could she be the first Rebels original character to appear in live action? We do know that she survived at least to the end of Return of the Jedi. Whatever happens in the new series, it will reportedly cost a lot of money.

Back in August, news broke that the live-action Star Wars series would cost around $100 million for a grand total of ten episodes. It is slated for release on the Disney streaming service, so that $100 million price tag is for a kind of Disney project that hasn’t really been done before, and the Marvel shows are likely to be pricy as well. We can only hope that the big budget for The Mandalorian results in a truly epic series the likes of which has never been seen before!

Only time will tell. Unfortunately, Jon Favreau did not share even a release window for the new live-action series. There’s still no saying around when The Mandalorian will be available streaming. Given that the streaming service itself doesn’t have a premiere date just yet, we may not want to perch on the edges of our seats waiting for The Mandalorian just yet. At least Star Wars Resistance can provide a Star Wars fix, even if it will undoubtedly be very different from Jon Favreau’s upcoming series. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Star Wars news.

An NHL Team Just Banned Its Players From Playing Fortnite

Apparently, playing Fortnite is almost the equivalent of a crime in certain occupations. Some employers absolutely hate how much the game has taken over the lives of some of their employees, and have actually banned them from engaging with the game. While this might make sense if we’re talking about White House staff, Secret Service agents, or anyone working in the Department of Justice, the current big villain of Epic Games’ Battle Royale third-person shooter is actually the NHL. Yes, the NHL. It turns out that an NHL team just banned its players from playing Fortnite. How could such an innocent and colorful game cause such a ruckus to get hit with the ban-hammer from an official sports team? Well, the reason for the ban isn’t because of what you might be thinking.

According to a report from The Province, the Canucks are banning video games while on road trips. This is a team-wide decision, affecting every player while they’re out on the road traveling. The article explains that the idea was first discussed by Michael Del Zotto during the training camp sessions, but the idea didn’t arise again until recently.

During a radio interview, Canucks player Bowie William “Bo” Horvat told TSN 1040 that it was decided that the team should abandon video games while on the road, and in particular that the team would be giving up Fortnite. So, why are they giving up gaming while on the road? Horvat said that it was about building camaraderie with the other teammates, and that it’s difficult to do that while engorged eye-deep in your cellphone playing Fortnite or trapped in a hotel room playing the game on a laptop or other portable gaming device like the Nintendo Switch

I’m sure the feelings aren’t mutual at Epic Games.

Fortnite has been the bread and butter for the company in ways unimaginable by most people. It makes hundreds of millions of dollars each month, and has turned Epic Games valuation around with huge numbers, making it one of the most profitable independent video game companies in existence.

Some other sports superstars, such as those in the WWE, seem to love Fortnite. In fact, WWE’s Xavier Woods runs a video game channel on YouTube called UpUpDownDown, and given that the guys and gals spend so much time on the road they usually opt to play games when they aren’t training or wrestling.

Even still, the Canucks feel as if the team could better bond with one another without the game getting in the way. If they feel that way, who is anyone to disagree with them? Especially if it helps them to play better.

Twitch Prime Members Can Get Free Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gear

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches this week and, to celebrate, Twitch Prime subscribers can get their hands on some exclusive in-game gear. From personal armor to swag for your ship and, yes, even horse armor, Twitch Prime is offering its community an “Aegean Pirate Pack” at no additional cost to regular membership. This, of course, comes on top of all of the other digital loot you get on a regular basis for being part of the program.

Set to launch on Friday, Oct. 5, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the storied series to Ancient Greece, where history and myth collide. The game has a massive map to explore and an insane set of missions and story branches to explore and, along the way, you’ll be able to equip your character with all sorts of rad gear. To get your collection started, Twitch Prime is offering the Aegean Pirate Pack to all of its members, which you can claim through the service anytime between now and Dec. 5.

The pack includes a rare armor set themed after pirates of the Aegean Sea, a ship skin boasting a pretty sweet octopus design on the sail, a themed skin set for your pirate crew and even a full set of armor for your mount. All you have to do to claim your loot is log into your Twitch Prime account, make sure it’s linked to your Ubisoft Uplay account, choose your platform and hit the claim button. When you’ve reached a certain point in the game, all of your Twitch gear will be unlocked. Again, this is at no cost on top of your Twitch Prime membership and, if you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you can set up that Twitch Prime access as a service bonus.

Five more games currently have free loot available through Twitch Prime, with more rotating in and out on a regular basis. At the moment, you can get some free pilot skins for PUBG, a loot box in Overwatch, skins for your operatives in Rainbow Six: Siege and a Trinity Prime bundle in Warframe, which is rad as hell if you like playing support in that particular game.

Twitch Prime also offers a collection of free games for Windows on a rotating basis, with current offerings including Darksiders, Sanitarium, Soma and System Shock. On top of being perfectly themed for the Halloween season, I’d put that collection of games up against Microsoft’s October Games with Gold or Sony’s PlayStation Plus lineup in a heartbeat. Darksiders is one of the best non-Zelda Zelda games out there, Sanitarium and Soma are nice spookfests and System Shock is an absolute classic. All told, that’s not too bad for a platform that, at its heart, is for streaming.

Piracy Is On The Rise Again, Likely Because Of The Increase In Streaming Services

Streaming services continue to flourish with new platforms joining the fray at a relatively regular rate, and that has potentially contributed to consumers making a startling move. Piracy is on the rise. The news comes via a new study that has revealed that following years of a downturn, piracy’s numbers are trending upward. You may be wondering what exactly one has to do with another and there is an explanation.

First, the research comes to us from Sandvine‘s report on Global Internet Phenomena. The theory behind what the data reveals is that with Netflix and other streaming services launching exclusive deals for content, it has forced potential customers to subscribe to multiple platforms to get all of the content they want, and that is obviously cost-prohibitive. To explain the theoretical aftermath, here is an analogy.

Rather than order a meal from every restaurant, some consumers have paid for their meal at a few and then dined and dashed for the rest. That is the analogical form of what Sandvine’s Cam Cullen put forward as one of the possibilities to explain the piracy stat in his report. With so many streaming platforms rising to the fore, it means that subscribers are having to sign up for three services and beyond to watch all the shows they want. Or decide to stop watching, cutting the cord completely.

The more streaming service subscribers have to sign up for, the higher the expense cord cutters face in attempting to hinder the issue that made streaming so appealing in the first place — cutting the cost of cable. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, arguably the big three of streaming, are now being faced with ever-growing competition, and subscribers are getting caught in the middle, while their wallets are crunched.

The question that follows is whether the streamers, faced with so much competition, will lower their prices to stave off the threat of piracy. Considering the current cost of the streaming platforms, Wal-Mart has reportedly considered entering the world of streaming to offer consumers a more affordable option.

The issue facing streaming services is similar to the one that faced the music industry years ago. Listeners do not want to buy an entire album of songs when they only want to listen to two or three. How streaming platforms move forward will be intriguing to watch. They have revolutionized the way people consume television content. Time will tell how they respond to the uptick in piracy and if they do anything at all.

The good news for Netflix is that the study also reveals that the streaming giant is still a giant, accounting for 15% of all the downstream internet data that is devoured. On that note, Netflix is gearing up for a massive fall with a lot of new television content set to bow this fall on the popular platform, and it is not the only one.

When The Next Three Classic NES Games Will Arrive On Nintendo Switch Online

Part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online membership comes with the ability to play classic NES games through an emulator on the Switch that enables online play through these classic 8-bit titles. It’s not the sort of thing that would instantly make most gamers jump up for joy when it comes to paying real money to play Switch games online, but Nintendo is sticking to its guns and running with the ball like a wide receiver toward the end zone while attempting to dodge all the incoming competition. If you actually enjoy the prospect of playing classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve already laid down the $20 or so to access the online component for a year, then you can look forward to three classic games that will be made available for the Switch’s premium online service.

The news was posted on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. It features a very quick rundown of the three games that will be available on October 10th via the Switch online membership service. This includes Open Tournament Golf, a game called Solomon’s Key, and one of the most iconic NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball.

I remember playing Super Dodge Ball quite a bit back in the day because it was from Technos Japan and it was based on the Kunio-kun series, also known as River City Ransom. It featured the characters from the Nekketsu series playing dodge ball against other characters from rival schools. If you were a fan of beat-’em-up games then you probably had your eye on Technos’ releases given that the company was also responsible for Double Dragon and another favorite of mine, The Combat Tribes. If you enjoyed the simplistic style of gameplay featured in Technos titles, but you also wanted to challenge your friends (or rivals) to a friendly game of dodge ball, when you can do that with Super Dodge Ball.

As for Open Tournament Golf… the game probably looks familiar to some gamers given that it’s very similar to the golf game that was included in the Nintendo Switch’s firmware for a time as an homage to Satoru Iwata.

Solomon’s Key is a side-scrolling platformer, almost equivalent to the old versus mode in Super Mario Bros. It’s not the sort of game that will set the world on fire but it’s there for you to play.

The response to the games hasn’t been the most positive from the gaming community. Many of them were hoping for online multiplayer-enabled SNES games, or a few N64 games. There were some who were hoping that Nintendo would make GameCube titles backwards compatible for the Switch through a Virtual Console-style service.

I think Nintendo might be able to garner more excitement for the online service if the games were a little more tempting, and if they were from newer generations… preferably the SNES or N64 era.

For now, the three NES titles will join the 20 other classic games as part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online service, starting October 10th.

Bryce Dallas Howard Is All-In On Original Characters Returning In Jurassic World 3

In this summer’s blockbuster hit Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, fans were struck with an ending that has undoubtedly raised the stakes going into the Jurassic World franchise. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) now have a significantly more challenging role that expanded past keeping attendees at a theme park safe. Earth as we know it will be dealing with the consequences of the power rich scientists who have brought dinosaurs back into the world. Since the upcoming Jurassic World installment is set to close out the trilogy, the pair might need some help from some of the original characters from Jurassic Park, and Howard is hoping to work alongside them. Here’s what the actress is would like to see from Jurassic World 3:

Any chance to work alongside the likes of the now iconic Jeff Goldblum is certainly a dream come true. While Goldblum was technically in Fallen Kingdom, his role was more of a cameo that had him schooling the media on the gravity of the situation at hand. Many fans would love to see Goldblum back in action with the new characters as dinosaurs charge at their feet. Dr. Ian Malcolm is best known for his hilarious quips, and considering the drama to come, we might need a few doses of it in Jurassic World 3. With a new generation of dinos out in the wild, some of which created specifically to be stealthy killing machines, the film will definitely won’t be anything like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride, that’s for sure.

Along with her words to Brit + Co, Bryce Dallas Howard has already said that the plan for Jurassic World 3 is to bring the entire saga together, including the first trilogy, hinting at the potential return of more original characters. Besides seeing more of Dr. Ian Malcolm, Howard also previously threw out her desire to see Laura Dern come back as Dr. Ellie Sattler. The actress is also an iconic Hollywood legend thanks to her performance in Jurassic World and to see her character return to help out and bring closure to her character would be a movie not to miss.

Jurassic World 3 is set to be released on June 11, 2021. As for what’s coming to theaters a little sooner, look through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules to find out.

Bungie Files Trademark For Undisclosed Title

Bungie is keeping plenty busy these days with Destiny 2, but it looks like they may have also been working on a secret project. The developer recently filed a trademark application for what appears to be a game called Matter. Details are extremely limited, but, given the fact that they’ve gone through the whole trademark process, we wouldn’t be surprised if some official information surfaces soon.

The folks over at Eurogamer recently picked up on a trademark application filed by Bungie with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The application was filed on Sept. 28, which means it managed to stay under the radar for nearly a full week. That equates to approximately 2.5 years in terms of games gossip, which is pretty impressive.

According to the report, the trademark is for a property simply called “Matter,” and it was filed for categories 9 and 41, which are specifically for computer game software and online entertainment services.

Outside of the name, the application also includes a single image, which appears to be a logo of some sort. I’m not being intentionally vague, this is just literally all of the information available from the application at this point. I hesitate to flat-out call it a game simply because “online entertainment services” could mean just about anything at this point. Sure, the application also includes “computer game software” but, for the sake of keeping expectations at the appropriate level, I don’t want to assume anything just yet. You can take a look at the logo below:

As the original report notes, Bungie is rolling hard with NetEase these days, the Chinese publisher that handles various Blizzard titles (World of Warcraft, Overwatch, etc.) in the territory. NetEase joined Team Bungie only a few months back, but it seems plausible that Matter would have something to do with that new partnership. Equally plausible is that Matter is a new battle royale game, but I’d say that no matter what developer filed a trademark under just about any name these days, as that seems to be the unavoidable trend.

In other Bungie news, the Forsaken update launched for Destiny 2 about a month ago and fans and critics alike seem to be loving it. What’s interesting is that, while another year’s worth of content is planned for the game, new story missions aren’t part of the current roadmap. In other words, it seems like Bungie may have already moved its main team onto the third game, allowing the current Destiny 2 team to worry about fun new activities, modes and maps while any narrative focus is being funneled into a third campaign.

This is just speculation, but wouldn’t it be a rad combo if Bungie showed up at an event like December’s The Game Awards and were like, “Here’s what you can expect out of the next six months of Destiny 2, yes, we’re working on a third game and, boom, here’s a little something called Matter.

Rihanna Is Here to Convince You That Blue Highlighter Actually Looks Amazing

Fenty Beauty is dropping products so quickly, it’s impossible to keep up. After surprising fans with four new shades of Stunna Lip Paint, the brand just announced its new-new for the holidays, and—well—it’s a doozy. Fenty is releasing its first highlighter palette.

Last night, Rihanna made an appearance in Sydney, Australia where she revealed the first (in what’s sure to be much more to come) of Fenty’s #\CHILLOWT holiday collection. The seven-pan palette includes just about every shade of highlighter under the rainbow, which we mean quite literally. The Killawatt Foil Palette contains metallic purple, pink, white, red, orange, bronze, and blue (yep) options available to aid in your glow-up. And, like all of Fenty’s products, they can be used pretty much however you deem fit.

Fans, as you can imagine, have been going rightly bonkers over it online. “OH HELL YES!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE MINE,” one user commented on Instagram. “Ri Ri really out her got me buying more highlighter ok goodbye wig, goodbye bank account,” shared another.

The palette is launching at midnight on October 4 (so basically tonight) for anyone who lives in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of us have to wait until October 12 when it start rolling out in Sephora stores in the U.S. and online. According to the brand, this is only just the beginning from the collection. So buckle up, Rih-mas is looking good this year.

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