Of course, there would be little reason to do a console redesign if those were the only things Nintendo was planning on changing, so we wouldn’t be surprised if things like an integrated camera and microphone also make the cut. Another idea being kicked around are better specs, allowing the newer version of the Switch to play games that the older version can’t, such as Kingdom Hearts III. I would be a bit surprised to see that happen, though, as fans weren’t too pleased with Nintendo the last time they pulled something like that, introducing games for the 3DS that would only run on the newer models of the console. Then again, this is Nintendo we’re talking about, so it’s not a great idea to bet on what they would or would not do.
There’s an annual tradition within sports games to always attempt to pinpoint the winner of the playoff champions using the latest simulations in the video games. EA has made it a tradition to always highlight the potential winner of the Super Bowl each year using the latest iteration of Madden NFL, and now the company has decided to focus its attention on another sporting event this year: the Stanley Cup. The yearly playoffs in the National Hockey League for the 2019 season was given the video game simulation treatment, with EA Sports putting the finals through a what-if scenario within this year’s outing of NHL 19, and the results may be more surprising than you originally thought.
The video was posted up over on the official EA Sports NHL YouTube channel, featuring just a minute and a half worth of gameplay. After going through a few of the top names likely to standout during the 2019 playoff season, the video narrows down the western conference playoffs semi-finals, which then narrows down into the finals between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. The simulation gives the western conference championship to the Sharks, while on the eastern side we have the finals rounding out with the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs pick up the win to go on to take on the Sharks, with a series tied 3-3 by game 7. We finally see some clips from the game 7 simulation with the Toronto Maple Leafs picking up the win to become the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions.
The comment section is the real story, though. Majority of the commenters scoffed at the results, saying that the only time we’re going to see the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Stanley Cup winners is in an NHL 19 simulation.
Others got a little bit more in depth about why they felt the simulation of the EA Sports title was a bit misguided, pointing out that the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have the defense to withstand the offensive onslaught by some other teams.
The thing with simulations is that they’re usually based on the numbers attached to the real life players. So there’s really no way to know for sure if things turn out that way or not, but more times than not the recent simulations that EA Sports have put out for events like the Super Bowl using the different Madden NFL iterations have actually be eerily accurate, right down to the plays and the scores.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see specifically what sort of plays were utilized during the simulation for some reason, nor do we see how the scores tallied up between each period, but we can basically sum up that it was a close game with some tough match-ups based on the simulation moving the playoffs into game 7.
The end of The Middle after nine season back in May came as a blow to those fans who could have watched the Heck family’s shenanigans indefinitely, but the Middle‘s end doesn’t mean the whole family will be gone from the airwaves. A spinoff is in the works for middle child Sue, and the project finally has a title as well as a series regular fans will recognize from the original series. Sue’s spinoff will be called Sue Sue in the City and she’ll have her BFF Brad by her side.
No, there’s no typo in Sue Sue in the City. The title of Sue’s spinoff does indeed double up on the Sues, according to THR. Something tells me we’re not in for a Sex and the City 2.0 starring Sue Heck. The spinoff is likely to feature a lot of new cast members as new characters, but Sue won’t enter the next stage of her life without best friend Brad Bottig at her side. Brock Ciarlelli had a recurring role as Brad on The Middle; he’ll presumably have a much larger role in the spinoff, where he has been cast as a series regular.
The addition of Brock Ciarlelli to Sue Sue in the City should come as very good news for fans who were concerned that Sue wouldn’t have any of her friends or family around her in her new life. The premise of the project is that Sue leaves her hometown and college behind her in Orson, Indiana. She’ll pursue a new life in Chicago, with a career and all the challenges of leaving home. At least she’ll get to bring a little bit of home with her with Brad at her side. No details are available about how Brad will fit into Sue’s life, although my money is on a roommate situation.
Sue’s future in The Middle‘s finale flash-forward featured Sean rather than Brad, so he really has a blank slate. Then again, there’s no guarantee that the spinoff will hold itself to what happened in the flash-forward. Will & Grace disregarded its previous finale’s ending for the sake of a second run, and Roseanne resurrected Dan to bring John Goodman on board its revival (and upcoming series The Conners). We’ll have to wait and see.
At this point, there’s not even a 100% guarantee that the spinoff will get a series order and wind up on the airwaves. Although the addition of a title and Brock Ciarlelli as a regular bode well for Sue Sue in the City at ABC, it has only received an order for a pilot at this point. The new news could be a sign that ABC has faith in the project, and The Middle was consistent enough a performer than the network has reason to believe Sue Sue in the City could attract viewers. Hopefully an announcement for a series order comes sooner rather than later. For now, at least there are plenty of fall viewing options.
In the aftermath of “Secret Invasion,” Norman Osborn, who restored goodwill with the public by killing the Skrull queen, became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., reformed it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and formed a new Avengers team on behalf of the U.S. government. But as the name implies, there were some bad seeds included in the Dark Avengers. Along with Osborn wearing redesigned Iron Man armor and calling himself Iron Patriot, the team’s lineup included Mac Gargan, a.k.a. Scorpion, disguised as Spider-Man and enhanced by the Venom symbiote; Karla Sofen, a.k.a. Moonstone, disguised as Ms. Marvel; Bullseye disguised as Hawkeye; Daken disguised as Wolverine, the Noh-Varr Captain Marvel, Ares (yes, the Greek god of war Ares) and The Sentry. The Dark Avengers went on various missions and, needless to say, were much sketchier than the traditional Avengers teams, but the team eventually collapsed during the “Siege” event, although Osborn later formed a new iteration with all-new recruits.
If we’ve learned anything from the new Star Wars: Episode IX casting, it’s that it pays to know J.J. Abrams. Two actors from the director’s past in television recently joined the star-studded cast: Felicity alum Keri Russell and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan. Monaghan, who is also widely known for his role in the Lord of the Rings, _started filming on the set of _Episode IX in the beginning of September. Details as to how big of a role the fresh cast will bring to the trilogy closer will likely be under wraps until the film’s release but Monaghan did share a little bit of information about his character’s current place in the film. Here’s what he said:
Developing a film as huge as Star Wars often requires a lot of rewrites and reshoots. As of now it seems like the cast and crew are heavily focusing on Act 1, so that’s where Dominic Monaghan’s character is most prevalently seen in the script. The actor talked about the process while on the podcast Distraction Pieces, where he detailed the process of nabbing the role of a lifetime. Monaghan said that him and J.J. Abrams clicked immediately when the pilot episode of Lost was being filmed back in 2004. They have a lot of the same “geeky” interests, and the actor is well acquainted with Abrams’ family as well.
When J.J. Abrams was working on Force Awakens, Dominic Monaghan approached his friend with interest, and J.J. Abrams said he would keep him in mind. For Force Awakens however, he was looking for newcomers, which Abrams found in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. For The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson took the reins, making it clear to Monaghan that he wouldn’t be in the second one either. However, with Abrams returning for Episode IX, this was his chance. Monaghan even took a break from working for a while in hopes of getting the call and needing to be available, thanks to some playful hints from the director. It all thankfully paid off when Disney reached out to him and he got his hands on the script.
While Dominic Monaghan obviously can’t say much about the upcoming Star Wars film, he said it has been an emotional process thus far that’s included a warm hug from Chewbacca himself. Star Wars: Episode IX will be in theaters on December 20, 2019.
The situation has gotten serious, as in prison serious. A sentence has been rendered in the tax evasion case of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and it will involve the MTV fixture doing some prison time. In a federal courtroom, the reality star learned his fate, as a judge sentenced Sorrentino to serve eight months in prison with two years of supervised release. That was not the end of his sentence, either.
With some of his co-stars from the MTV series in attendance at his sentencing hearing, the judge also ordered that Mike Sorrentino complete 500 hours of community service, pay a fine of $10,000 within 30 days, and pay $123,913 in restitution, per the Department of Justice. The sentence comes after Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax evasion in January 2018. It has been a nearly four-year process to get to this point.
The prison sentence comes four years after Mike Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were initially indicted back in September 2014 for tax offenses. Additional charges were brought in April 2017, which included tax evasion, structuring, and falsifying records. The Situation’s sentence is considerable, albeit four months less than what prosecutors were asking for in the case. They wanted Mike Sorrentino to serve a year and two months in prison, according to EW. When Sorrentino will be remanded into custody to serve his sentence is not mentioned in the DOJ’s report.
What is known is that MTV’s cameras were around to catch the events as they unfolded, per People, as well as that Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Vinny Guadagnino were Mike Sorrentino’s only Jersey Shore: Family Vacation co-stars to sit inside the courtroom. Sorrentino’s prison sentence comes less than a week after The Situation and his fiancée posted luminous photos on social media of them celebrating their upcoming nuptials with a wedding shower.
The shower was attended by several of Mike Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore co-stars. With MTV documenting Sorrentino’s day of sentencing, fans of the reality series can be almost certain they will get a behind-the-scenes peek of what went down following and leading up to the decision. While The Situation has been ordered to serve more than half a year behind bars, his brother Marc was sentenced to serve two years in prison.
Marc Sorrentino had pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false or fraudulent tax return. What Mike Sorrentino’s prison situation means for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is not entirely clear. The second season of the hit revival is currently airing, and a third season renewal has yet to be announced. New episodes of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, along with many other television series that will be airing new episodes this fall.
Obviously, covering politics has been huge for SNL the past few seasons, but Leslie Jones, for one, would like to see the show cut back on that a bit, if possible, and bring the laughs with more old fashioned silliness whenever it can. If the Season 43 blooper reel is any indication, you can be sure that pretty much everyone involved in the new season will be able to do just that on a weekly basis. While I’m sure a good number of guest hosts have to deal with at least a bit of stage fright before hitting the live stage, they usually mange to pull off fantastic performances nonetheless. Because we’re nearing the Season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, every fan wants to know who will be hosting the show and appearing as musical guest on a weekly basis. Luckily, we’ve got that for you, right here!
In Avengers: Infinity War, Bruce Banner and the Hulk were going through major issues, with the former unable to get the green guy to come out and fight when the need was most dire. In real life, actor Mark Ruffalo is facing his own internal struggle as he continually fights to keep from spoiling MCU movies, a battle that he seems to be losing. The actor is appearing on this evening’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it seems that during the taping, he dropped a spoiler for the eagerly anticipated and highly mysterious Avengers 4. Take a look:
Don’t be surprised if The Tonight Show‘s ratings show an uptick for tonight’s episode. This just became mandatory viewing, or at least something worth DVR-ing and skimming through later. We all want to know what Mark Ruffalo’s off the record slip was and what clues it might give us about Avengers 4. He could just be teasing, but this certainly wouldn’t be the first time or the second that Mark Ruffalo, in charmingly clueless fashion, has let a spoiler slip about an MCU movie. The actor has thought he would get fired before, so he certainly needs to remain tight-lipped, and should a spoiler slip out, he needs to do everything he can to minimize how much it spreads and that’s what we see here.
It may be too late to stop the signal though, at least if Jimmy Fallon’s response is anything to go by. The host responded on Twitter that basically those birds have flown and that the final show has already been sent in. He does offer that perhaps the spoiler could be bleeped out if Mark Ruffalo is really going to get in trouble for it. So if you’re watching the show and you hear a bleep in an odd place, find a good lip reader because there be spoilers there. Or curse words, one of the two.
Should he have really let an Avengers 4 spoiler slip, Mark Ruffalo can make a good case for overtaking Spider-Man actor Tom Holland asy the MCU’s most notorious leaker. However, Tom Holland is much younger and newer to this whole thing, so perhaps there is a bit of leeway there. Mark Ruffalo is just comically bad at keeping secrets and even accidentally manages to spoil things, like when his phone was streaming a screening of Thor: Ragnarok to his followers, unbeknownst to him.
As far as what Mark Ruffalo could have spoiled on The Tonight Show is anyone’s guess. According to the actor, the recent reshoots were actually finishing the ending to the film, which I’m sure is a closely guarded secret. There is a bit of a sense that Avengers 4 is even more secretive than Avengers: Infinity War. Given the way the latter film ended and the fact that we don’t even know the real title to the Phase 3 capper, there’s a lot to speculate about. I’d like to think Mark Ruffalo’s tweet is really just a tease and we’re actually getting the title on the show or a trailer, but it seems too early for that, and presumably there would be more of a buildup to such a reveal.
Avengers 4, like destiny, arrives in theaters on May 3, 2019. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all of the biggest movies in next year’s stacked calendar.
South Park is legendary at this point for airing controversial episodes and tackling controversial topics with humor that doesn’t pull punches. It’s not a show that appeals to everybody, but it has enough of a fanbase that it has lasted for a whopping 22 seasons, and the show may well last for as long as the creators are willing to keep it going. That said, the Catholic League took specific issue with a recent episode of South Park. Here’s how Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed the plot of the episode:
Well, no question about how Catholic League president Bill Donohue feels about the latest episode of South Park! He doesn’t seem to have a specific problem with South Park covering the scandal of molestation in the Catholic Church, but rather with how it was represented on the animated series. According to Donohue, there’s a distinction between pedophiles and molesters that should have meant South Park presented victims as adolescents rather than children. To Donohue in his statement on the Catholic League website, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are cowards for telling the story the way they did on the show.
The “A Boy and a Priest” episode first tackled the molestation scandal that has surrounded the Catholic Church for years by revealing the people of South Park attending mass on Sundays to more or less heckle the priest with jokes about the actions of molesters. Father Maxi comes to the realization that his innocent friendship with young Butters could very well be misinterpreted in light of the very real cases of abuse.
If that’s where the episode had stopped, perhaps the Catholic League would not have been so up-in-arms about what happened. In the South Park version of the Catholic Church, an alarm goes off that there’s an abuser in South Park, and the cardinals go off on a mission to hide any and all evidence of wrongdoing that could reflect badly on the Church. In the course of the episode, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League evidently found plenty that offended him.
The Catholic League was founded back in 1973 and touts itself as the largest Catholic civil rights organization in the United States. The accusation that the South Park creators are cowards will likely result in the League landing a spot in the limelight for a bit, but South Park will probably not be affected. Only time will tell if anything further comes of this situation. I don’t see South Park losing its spot on the list of 5 most offensive TV shows of all time any time soon.
Modder Shank uploaded the nine and a half minute video to his Shank Mods YouTube channel. He starts by talking about how miserable it was making the thing, and that’s why it’s called the Kill Mii. He spent about a year designing it, which features stripped down parts from the Wii put into an Altoids tin can. It sports a two-inch composite screen, two 3DS sliders that are designed as the analog sticks, four buttons that work as the ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘X’, and ‘Y’ face buttons, and a makeshift D-pad at the bottom. There’s also two infrared sensors for Bluetooth connectivity, an air intake and an air exhaust. There’s even a USB port for allowing gamers to add games.