New John Wick 3 Image: Canine Cool At The Continental

Production continues on the much-anticipated action sequel John Wick: Chapter 3, and following last month’s first teaser and casting news, we have another new image. This time it features co-star Halle Berry, who is playing a character called Sofia.

The image was released via the movie’s official Twitter account. We don’t know anything about Berry’s character beyond her name, but she is walking through what could be one of the hotels in the Continental chain with two fearsome-looking dogs. The caption reads “A woman on a mission”–check it out below:

John Wick: Chapter 3 hits theaters on May 16, 2019, with Keanu Reeves returning as the reluctant assassin. Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Laurence Fishburne are set to reprise their roles from the previous movies, while Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black), Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 the Grave), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place), and Angelica Huston (Isle of Dogs) are new additions to the cast.

John Wick: Chapter 3 is directed by Chad Stahelski, who helmed Chapter 2 and co-directed the first movie. Last year, Stahelski spoke about his plans for John Wick: Chapter 3. “We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world,” he said. “I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Part 2, that I’d like to go back to [with Part 3] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York.”

Development of the long-rumored John Wick TV spin-off The Continental was also confirmed by Starz in January. The channel’s president Chris Albrecht said that the show will “include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.” The Continental does not yet have a premiere date.

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Lego Movie 2 Trailer Is A Mad Max Hellscape, But Still Awesome

The first trailer for the The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has arrived. The sequel to 2014’s animated smash The Lego Movie has been in the works for several years, but doesn’t arrive until February next year. In the meantime, this first promo gives us an idea of what to expect.

The trailer picks up where the first movie left off, with Bricksburg now a terrifying Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic wasteland. Of course, Emmet is still as obliviously happy as ever, but when Wyldstyle, Batman, and some of his other pals are captured, he has to head into outer space get them back. Check it out above.

This trailer follows the first poster, which was released last month. The voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Alison Brie.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be directed by Mike Mitchell, who previous helmed the hugely successful Trolls. He is actually the third director to be attached to the project, following Chris McKay, who instead made The Lego Batman Movie, and Rob Schrab, who exited the movie due to “creative differences.”

As the trailer suggests, the movie will address some of the gender politics around both the first movie and the way kids play with toys. This is something that McKay, who remains on board as a producer, spoke about in a recent interview with Collider. “[It looks at] what’s different and similar about gender, when a boy plays vs. how a girl plays,” he said. “It’s going to be like the first Lego Movie was, where it’s about something else that’s really profound. I’m really excited about where the movie is gonna go because it’s about these things that are actual notions that people have that might even be unconscious biases, where people don’t even realize that that’s the way they’re looking at the world.”

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First Bumblebee Trailer Delivers Retro ’80s Transformers Action

The future of the Transformers franchise might be uncertain, but we’re definitely getting at least one more movie. The spin-off Bumblebee hits theaters in December and will focus on the earlier adventures of the much-loved yellow VW Autobot. The first trailer has now arrived.

The trailer confirms earlier reports that the movie will have a smaller feel than the main Transformers films. It’s set in California in the 1980s, and stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as a young woman who finds Bumblebee in a trash heap. We see Steinfeld and Bumblebee slowly bonding, and there’s a brief appearance from Starscream, who, like Bumblebee, can be seen in his classic ’80s design. Check it out above.

Bumblebee also features WWE star John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of Wimpy Kid), Ricardo Hoyos (The Belko Experiment), and Gracie Dzienny (Chasing Life). It’s directed by Travis Knight, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated animated movie Kubo And The Two Strings. It hit theaters on December 21.

When Bumblebee was first announced, it was supposed to be the first in an ongoing spin-off universe of Transformers movies. However, last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight was a financial disappointment compared to the previous four films. As a result, the Transformers movie originally scheduled for 2019 has been removed entirely from Paramount’s schedules.

This follows the rumors back in February that Habsro, the toy manufacturer which owns the rights to Transformers, is planning to reboot the whole franchise. It was also reported that a new agreement with Paramount means that Hasbro will have greater control over the property, including greenlighting movie projects.

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Amazon Releases Eerie Teaser Trailer For Horror Film Suspiria

Amazon has released a trailer for its upcoming horror film Suspiria, a new spin on Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic. The trailer is entirely absent of dialogue and instead offers snipits of intense facial expressions, suggestive cigarette puffs and unsettling body movements set over dramatic music. This style is a departure from the excessively gory footage revealed by Amazon at CinemaCon last month. The trailer merely hints at the extreme violence featured in the movie by showcasing quick shots of women in pain and what appears to be a human rib at the end.

The film will be set at an elite dance studio in Europe with a proclivity for murder. The trailer suggests a volatile relationship between Dakota Johnson as the American dancer and Tilda Swinton as the severe instructor who are both featured heavily. Other notable members of the cast and crew include actors Chloe Grace Moretz and Mia Goth as well as Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who will be creating an original score for the film.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, it appears that this version will take a grim perspective in comparison with Argento’s original film, which featured a more flamboyant style. Instead, this version appears to prefer a darker mood. You might think this would suggest a toned-down version of the film, but if the facial expressions weren’t enough, the tensely dramatic score over the trailer should make it clear that this film will be anything but mellow. It seems that Guadagnino wants to create a dark tone to match what is sure to be an intensely gruesome film to be released November 2nd. 

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Buying Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Pretty Complicated

Rockstar Games is upping the struggle when it comes to deciding between the Special and Ultimate Editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 by making some content exclusive to the physical versions of the game, and other pieces of content exclusive to the digital versions.

Players who opt for the digital Special or Ultimate Editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 will receive bonus cash to use in the main campaign, as well as a digital treasure map that leads to additional funds. Neither of these rewards come with the disc copy. Instead, physical versions come with a real-life map to help players keep track of their whereabouts, and a pretty fancy steel book case to add an extra sparkle to any game collection.

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Differences between physical and digital copies of the same game aren’t unheard of, so Rockstar’s decision to do this might not come as a surprise for some players. It is, however, a little disheartening to see. Anyone who wants the full Red Dead Redemption 2 experience will have to buy the game at least twice. No version of the game comes with everything.

Buying that Collector’s Box doesn’t help either, because the box doesn’t come with the digital editions’ bonus cash or the physical editions’ steel book case. So, if you’re a big enough Red Dead Redemption fan that you want every piece of content (both physical and digital) for the game’s sequel, you better have your money saved up by this October!

Both the Special and Ultimate Editions are up for pre-order digitally on the Xbox Store and Playstation Network. All three physical versions, including the Collector’s Box, are available to pre-order on the Rockstar Warehouse. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out on Xbox One and PS4 October 26.

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Solo May Be First Star Wars Movie Ever To Lose Money

The new Star Wars spinoff movie, Solo, is looking like a commercial disappointment, at least in some regards. An analyst told The Hollywood Reporter that the sci-fi film is expected to lose $50 million or more, while other sources told the site the loss could be even worse: $80 million or more.

The movie opened at the end of May and made a disappointing $101 million in the US and Canada over its first weekend. For its second weekend, it made only $29.3 million domestically. Worldwide, the movie has made $264 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Solo had a reported production budget of $250 million, while Lucasfilm spent many millions more to advertise the film. Additionally, the movie surely incurred another extra cost after Lucasfilm fired original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller just 11 months before the movie hit theatres. Oscar winner Ron Howard was brought on to take over, and Lucasfilm paid him and covered the cost of whatever re-shoots were needed.

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Solo is the first of the new Star Wars movies to not open in December, and it comes just five months after the release of The Last Jedi in December 2017. Some believe Solo‘s underperformance is due at least in part to “Star Wars fatigue.”

According to THR, Solo will likely top out at around $400 million globally, which is very low compared to the three previous Star Wars films. Each of them–The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi–cleared $1 billion each during their theatrical runs. While Solo may not be a hit on the same scale as those, it will make more money from Blu-ray/DVD sales and whatever deals Lucasfilm cuts with other places where the movie may air like airplanes and streaming networks.

The analyst who predicted the $50 million loss for Solo, Barton Crockett, said Solo‘s performance is a “tough return to movie reality” for Disney.

Doug Creutz of research firm Cowen & Company said in a note to investors today that Solo might be the first Star Wars movie ever to lose money. Despite that, Creutz said suggestions that the entire Star Wars franchise is now at risk of underperforming are “totally off base.” Among other things, Creutz said he doesn’t think “Star Wars fatigue” is a real thing. The “biggest problem” with Solo, according to Creutz, was how the movie was marketed. The first trailer for Solo was released 108 days before the movie came out, compared to 247 for Rogue One. This led to a shorter “hype window” for Lucasfilm, he said. Not only that, but Creutz remarked that Lucasfilm failed to sell the audience on Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, with the full marketing machine for Solo not kicking in until about a month before release, which was too late.

Disney is of course a film juggernaut, and whatever Solo‘s underperformance amounts to financially will not derail the Star Wars franchise or hurt the company in any meaningful way. Disney has already had two giant hits this year, as Black Panther made $1.345 billion worldwide and Avengers: Infinity War pulled in $1.966 billion. Disney’s next big movie is The Incredibles 2, which comes out next week

Despite Solo‘s slow start, Disney is of course moving forward on more Star Wars movies. The next one is Episode IX in December 2019, while Disney is also reportedly planning standalone films for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, and Boba Fett. Just recently, we learned that Logan director James Mangold may be directing the Boba Fett movie. Additionally, Disney hired the creators of Game of Thrones for a new Star Wars film series, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is making his own new trilogy of saga films after JJ Abrams’ Episode IX next year.

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Fallout 76’s E3 2018 Poster Is Up And It Is Massive

A giant, three-panel Fallout 76 poster has been installed in Los Angeles just ahead of E3 2018. The mural, which apparently took multiple days to outfit, is located at the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles very close to the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is one of the biggest and most recognisable locations for giant video game ads, which take over Los Angeles every year for E3.

It shows Vault Boy emerging from what appears to be Vault 76 with a smug look on his face and a strut in his step. He seems blissfully unaware of the irradiated horrors that lie before him.

A massive Spider-Man PS4 mural was already put up in Los Angeles for E3–see it here. We’re expecting to see many, many more giant video game posters in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center area soon, so keep checking back with GameSpot to see those.

Fallout 76 is a brand-new entry in Bethesda’s exceedingly popular franchise. Announced last week, Fallout 76 is still largely a mystery, as all we’ve seen of it so far is a teaser trailer that set the mood but did not reveal what kind of game it is. We’ll learn more about the game during Bethesda’s E3 2018 briefing very soon, but for now, here’s a rundown of everything we know about it so far.

Disclosure: The Figueroa Hotel appears to have an advertising deal with GameSpot parent company CBS. Additionally, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves is on the board of directors at ZeniMax Media, which owns Bethesda.

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Guitar Hero Live Losing 200-Plus Songs

Activision resurrected the Guitar Hero franchise in 2015 with Guitar Hero Live, and one of the music game’s most interesting new features was Guitar Hero TV. Some songs in the online mode feature full-motion video as you play as a band’s lead guitarist in a first-person perspective. The better you perform, the more the crowd gets into it; miss a lot of notes and the crowd will start booing. It is weird and cool.

Activision announced in a forum post (via GI.biz) that Guitar Hero TV will close on December 1, with the servers shutting down. The mode features 200-plus songs that are exclusive to it, compared to 23 songs on the base game soundtrack, so losing Guitar Hero TV reduces the total number of playable songs significantly.

Songs rotate in and out, and you can spend real money on tokens to play any song whenever you want. Activision stopped selling in-game cash on June 1, but if you still have some, you can spend it up until the end date on December 1.

Activision removed Guitar Hero Live’s iOS edition on June 1, but if you already have it, you can continue to play. However, the app may break if you update your iOS software, Activision warned.

No new Guitar Hero games have been announced. Competitor Rock Band 4 came out around the same time as Guitar Hero Live. No Rock Band sequels are planned either, as developer Harmonix is treating the game as a platform that gets new songs but not necessarily sequels in the way that was popular during the heyday of guitar-based music games.

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State Of Decay 2 Hits 2 Million Players In 2 Weeks

State of Decay 2 has reached a new player milestone. Undead Labs’ Xbox One and PC open-world zombie game reached 2 million players in its first two weeks since launch on May 22, publisher Microsoft announced today. That’s up from 1 million players in its first two days.

The game has not sold 2 million copies, however, as State of Decay 2 is available for free to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Still, it’s a very big number and shows that the game has found an audience despite not going over so well with critics.

Microsoft announced the 2 million figure in a blog post today where it also shared some new player statistics. Players have collectively killed almost 2 billion zombies. Microsoft also shared that players stayed alive for an average of three days during a tracking period last week.

State of Decay has attracted lots of players, but it hasn’t been a total success, as there have been a number of bugs and other oddities. In the blog post, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg said Undead Labs will continue to bring out new updates to improve the experience. The latest update, 1.2, sounds like the one players have been waiting for, as it promises significant quality-of-life improvements in the areas of stability and interactions with vehicles; it also makes the game crash less often.

This is an absolutely massive update, as it comes in at 20 GB. One of the notable fixes is for a problem where grenades would get stuck and explode in front of your character’s face or behind their head while throwing them. The patch also fixes serious-sounding issues where entire character story arcs could not be completed. You can see highlighted patch notes here.

GameSpot’s State of Decay 2 review scored the game a 5/10. “State of Decay 2 feels like the lumbering enemies that populate its country mountains. Aimless, wandering, and just out of place,” reviewer Alessandro Barbosa said.

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Pokemon Go Adventure Week Event Ends Tomorrow

A new event is now underway in Pokemon Go. For a limited time, Niantic is hosting Adventure Week, an in-game event that features a variety of bonuses, including extra XP, Candy, and increased Pokemon spawns. [Update: The Adventure Week event ends tomorrow, June 5, making this your last chance to participate and take advantage of all the bonus XP and Candy it offers.]

Adventure Week kicked off on May 24 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Among other things, Niantic says the event will feature “unique” Field Research quests to take on, which will offer “exciting rewards.” The developer didn’t specify what these rewards will be, but it did mention a possible Raid Battle encounter with Aerodactyl.

Additionally, players will have a much easier time finding Rock-type Pokemon during Adventure Week. Monsters such as Geodude, Lileep, Nosepass, Omanyte, and Kabuto will appear more frequently for the duration of the event. Your Buddy Pokemon will also earn Candy four times faster, while spinning Photo Discs at Gyms and Pokestops during Adventure Week will net you extra XP.

Adventure Week runs until June 5, which is the same day the Legendary Eon Pokemon, Latios and Latias, are scheduled to leave Pokemon Go. The pair swapped regions earlier this month, with Latios now appearing across Europe and Asia, while Latias can be found in North America, South America, and Africa. The Legendary bird Ho-Oh also recently returned to Raid Battles and can be fought until June 7.

Shortly after Adventure Week ends, Niantic will host the next Pokemon Go Community Day event. That takes place on Saturday, June 16, and features the rare Rock-type Pokemon Larvitar. Players will also be able to earn triple the normal amount of XP for capturing Pokemon during Community Day. A series of other real-world events will also be held throughout the summer.

Beyond the upcoming events, Pokemon Go players have some new Pokemon to look forward to. Niantic recently announced that Alolan forms will be debuting in the game soon. The developer didn’t specify when the Pokemon will begin appearing, but players will have a chance to capture tropical variants of Exeggutor, Raichu, Marowak, and other Gen 1 Pokemon.

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