Here’s Why WWE’s Ronda Rousey Wasn’t Allowed To Do Hand-To-Hand Combat In Mile 22

When you find out that UFC Hall of Famer and current WWE superstar Ronda Rousey is going to be in an action movie, chances are you’re expecting some intense fight scenes that will allow her to put her martial arts training to use. That’s simply not the case in her new film, Mile 22, though.

While there is plenty of hand-to-hand combat on display in the film, most notably featuring The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, director Peter Berg made the decision to keep all of Rousey’s action firearm-based, rather than having her mix it up and throw hands in the movie. That’s a stark change from something like her appearance in Furious 7, where she had an extensive fight scene with Michelle Rodriguez.

So why have Rousey keep her hands to herself? Because it’s the last thing viewers would expect. “Pete purposely didn’t have me do any hand-to-hand combat because he felt like it’d be too me,” she tells GameSpot. “And he wanted people to be surprised to even see that it was me [in] the movie.”

Instead of fight choreography, Rousey went to gun school. After all, her character Sam is a member of a highly-cover group of operatives tasked with extracting a very dangerous asset from a foreign nation. Being proficient with guns is an important piece of the puzzle.

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“We had to learn the actual concepts of gun fighting,” Rousey says. “And so we spent a whole week or so in an abandoned hotel with real guns and blanks.”

It wasn’t just learning how to shoot that prepared her for the film, though. “We had a Navy Seal, Army Ranger, Marine, and all kinds of consultants helping us to study for this role, so we would actually learn the concept of how to you clear a room,” she explains. “One of the proper things to do was [make a] checklist of things to do, depending on how many people you have with you, and things like that. So when we got thrown into a situation, we would know the right things to do.”

The end result is an intense action film that lets Rousey try new things as an actress. After all, while she may be keeping her fight choreography skills honed in WWE, there’s not a lot of room for tactical gun use in the wrestling ring.

Mile 22 is in theaters on August 17. Rousey’s next WWE match finds her facing Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. Make sure you can check out GameSpot’s SummerSlam predictions.

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Gamescom 2018: New Overwatch Content Will Be Announced At Blizzard’s Panel

Blizzard just revealed its Gamescom 2018 schedule, as well as a number of games that the developer will feature at the event. The company also teased new content announcements for Overwatch.

Blizzard’s opening statements are scheduled for August 22 at 10:30 AM GMT+2 / 9:30 AM BST / 4:30 AM ET on Gamescom’s main stage. Later that morning, at 11:15 AM GMT+2 / 10:15 AM BST / 5:15 AM ET, Blizzard has a 45-minute Overwatch presentation of new content coming to the game. Blizzard has not revealed what types of announcements we can expect.

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Last year, Blizzard used Gamescom to unveil the Overwatch Rise and Shine cinematic short, which detailed a portion of Mei’s backstory as well as how she came to create her equipment. Blizzard also revealed the Junkertown map during Gamescom 2017.

Aside from Overwatch, Blizzard has also planned Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo panels and presentations. The full schedule can be found on the “Blizzard at Gamescom 2018” app, but we’ve outlined it below. Times are listed as they are in the app, in GMT+2.

Blizzard Gamescom 2018 Schedule

August 22

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Opening and Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Overwatch Event (Main Stage)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – World of Warcraft Event (Main Stage)
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – StarCraft Event (Main Stage)
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm Event (Main Stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Diablo Event (Main Stage)
  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Guest Event (Main Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Video Games Live Concert (Main Stage)
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing and Recap (Main Stage)

August 23

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Starcraft: Commander Co-op (Main Stage) – Starcraft II developer Kevin Dong demonstrates the new co-op commander with YouTubers Lowko and Winter.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm: Live Drawing with Carbot (Main Stage) – Carbot Animations is back this year, drawing characters from Heroes of the Storm live on stage.
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Island Expeditions Showcase (Main Stage) – Top German guilds Aversion and Set Sail For Fail compete live on stage in Island Expeditions.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Blizzard Dance Contest (Main Stage) – Perform dances from your favorite Blizzard characters for the chance to win awesome prizes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Guest: Bungie Presents Destiny 2: Forsaken (Main Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Vide Games Live Concert (Main Stage) – Enjoy an epic concert packed with music from Blizzard’s games with the Video Games Live orchestra.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

August 24

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Overwatch: German Voice Actors Panel (Main Stage) – Hear from your favorite Overwatch characters as their German voice actors perform on stage.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Hearthstone: Puzzle Time! (Main Stage) – Teams of Gamescom audience members race to complete challenges in Hearthstone‘s new Puzzle Lab.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Diablo: Live Drawing with Chris Amaral (Main Stage) – Blizzard artist Chris Amaral creates some evil artwork before your eyes.
  • 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm: Escape from Braxis (Main Stage) – Streamers MFPallytime and chu8 team up with Heroes of the Storm developer Matthew Cooper and two members of the audience in this Heroic Brawl.
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Island Expeditions Showcase (Main Stage) – Top German guilds Aversion and Set Sail For Fail compete live on stage in Island Expeditions.
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Cosplay Showcase (Main Stage) – World of Warcraft cosplayers show off creations inspired by the latest expansion.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

August 25

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Diablo: Live Drawing with Chris Amaral (Main Stage) – Blizzard artist Chris Amaral creates some evil artwork before your eyes.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Hearthstone: Puzzle Time! (Main Stage) – Teams of Gamescom audience members race to complete challenges in Hearthstone‘s new Puzzle Lab.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – StarCraft: One vs. Many – YouTubers Lowko and Winter take on Gamescom audience members in one-versus-three battles live on stage.
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Blizzard Cosplay Contest – Top cosplayers from Europe compete for amazing prizes, including a ticket to BlizzCon.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

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Star Wars Spin-Off About Tatooine Was In Pre-Production, Production Designer Says

While no Star Wars movie has been officially announced beyond next year’s Episode IX, there have been plenty of rumors of potential spin-offs, including movies focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. However, following the commercial disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story earlier this year it was rumored that Lucasfilm had stopped development on further spin-off films. While the studio subsequently denied this, it has now been reported that work has indeed ended on a movie set on Tatooine.

The news comes via Neil Lamont, who worked as production designer on both Solo and Rogue One. In an interview with Cinemablend, Lamont revealed that he had started pre-production work on another spin-off, but this was now on pause. “We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off,” he said. “We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine–which would have been interesting– and some other new galaxies. So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.”

Lamont did not reveal what the movie was, but there are a couple of possibilities. The Obi-Wan movie has been rumored for sometime, with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry attached and the possibility of Ewan McGregor returning to reprise his prequel trilogy role as Obi-Wan. However, in a recent interview, McGregor said that while he would love the play the character again, he knew nothing about the project.

In addition, there had been more recent rumors of a movie set within the Mos Eisley spaceport. In June, Making Star Wars reported that pre-production on a Mos Eisley film had been shut down, and the studio space reserved at London’s Pinewood Studios had been given back.

While there are no Star Wars movies on the calendar beyond Episode IX, we know that there are two new movie series in the works. One is being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, while the other is from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In addition, Iron Man director Jon Favreau is working on a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming platform.

In related news, Episode IX is now in production. The films is directed JJ Abrams, who also helmed 2015’s The Force Awakens, and it hits theaters in December 2019. Earlier this month, the first image was released from the set. In addition, the first trailer for the upcoming animated show Star Wars: Resistance was released this week.

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Dead Cells Review – A Phenomenal Melding of Two Contradictory Genres | GameCloud

Nick Ballantyne at GameCloud writes: “Dead Cells is a fantastic melding of two seemingly contradictory design philosophies. A Roguelike at heart, the game utilises Metroidvania levels in a way that gives the player freedom of choice without making any style of play pointless. Theres plenty of opportunities to employ your brain cells in crafting different builds of stats and items, and even with the simplistic combat, the game is a blast to get through. I cannot recommend the game highly enough, and it may very well have cracked a gap through my cynicism for the first time since I saw Yennifer on a unicorn.”

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Author: N4G