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Weekend Engagement in the Bahamas for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Reports have it that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were dining Saturday night at a local restaurant in the Bahamas when the 24-year-old Canadian pop star popped the all-important question to the 21-year-old model.

And, just like that, they were engaged!

“They are engaged and it happened Saturday night in front of a crowd in Baker’s Bay,” a source told E! News, exclusively.

“Justin made arrangements for the ring when they were in NYC and knew that he wanted to propose to her. It was a sudden decision but Justin always knew Hailey and him had a special bond that was incomparable,” said the source.

“The proposal was a very happy moment and Hailey was taken off guard,” added the E! News source. “Her face was in shock but you could tell they are both so in love.”

The source went on to tell E! News that the couple has been “inseparable” from the time they got together again and that Bieber can’t live without her.

“Justin and Hailey had talked about marriage before but Hailey didn’t think it would happen so quickly. A few of their friends know from Facetiming them,” added the source.

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“They are engaged. It happened while on vacation at Baker’s Bay,” another source told E! News.

“They flew in from New York on the 6th and have been having the time of their lives. Justin is happier than ever and wants to be with Hailey. His family is very supportive and know he has been at his best lately. Everyone is very happy for him,” the E! News source said.

While the couple has so far refrained from going public about the news, the singer’s father, Jeremy Bieber, confirmed the engagement via a somewhat cryptic Instagram post accompanied by a picture of son Justin silhouetted against a setting sun.

“@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter,” read the post.

“Love Love Love Love Love Love Love,” was the tweeted message that mom Pattie Mallette greeted the news with.

Meanwhile, Hailey’s dad, actor Stephen Baldwin tweeted a message that read, “Sweet smile on my face ! me&wife (Kennya) Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB Let’s all pray for His will to be done Love you 2 so much !!! #Godstiming #bestisyettocome Congrats @JeremyBieber @pattiemallette #PraiseJesus.”

However, for reasons best known to him, he later removed the message.

The star couple first met as teenagers back in 2011, when the model’s actor father introduced them at the premiere of Bieber’s film ‘Never Say Never,’ in New York.

Bieber and Baldwin dated for some time in 2016 before they broke up the same year and Bieber got back into his on-off relationship with singer-actress Selena Gomez.

Sure enough and soon enough, the two split once again and for good this time, as Bieber rekindled his romance with Baldwin recently and the two have been inseparable, since, leading up to their Saturday engagement.

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Top 5 Trailers of Upcoming 2018 Films

Ant-Man And The Wasp

(Releasing July 6, 2018)

The story of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, Ant-Man And The Wasp, takes place between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity Wars.”

Scott Lang is under house arrest, trying to balance his personal life as a father and his responsibilities as the superhero – Ant-Man.

He is approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with a new mission, and Scott Lang must once again don the suit of Ant-Man and partner with Hope van Dyne, or the Wasp in this epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Genre: Superhero

Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari

Produced by: Kevin Feige

Directed by: Peyton Reed – best known for directing the comedy films Down with Love, Yes Man, Bring It On, and The Break-Up, as well as the superhero films Ant-Man and its 2018 sequel.

Starring: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang | Ant-Man; Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp; Michael Peña as Luis; Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch; Bobby Cannavale as Paxton; Judy Greer as Maggie; David Dastmalchian as Kurt; and others

The Nun

(Releasing September 7, 2018)

Conjuring films fans are in for a treat in this prequel that takes place between the events of “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring.”

Sister Irene – played by Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of “The Conjuring” star Vera Farmiga – has to travel from the Vatican to a remote monastery in Romania to investigate the bizarre suicide of a nun, only to find that things are pretty much amiss at the abbey.

If the other films in the series are anything to go by, then you can expect some serious demon activity in the “The Nun.”

The trailer is pretty intense and does manage to scare, without really giving anything away.

Genre: Gothic supernatural horror

Story by: James Wan and Gary Dauberman

Produced by: Peter Safran and James Wan

Directed by: Corin Hardy – English film director, who made his directorial debut with the 2015 horror film The Hallow, which he also co-wrote

Starring: Demián Bichir as Father Burke; Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene; Jonas Bloquet as Frenchie; Charlotte Hope as Sister Victoria; Ingrid Bisu as Sister Oana; Bonnie Aarons as Valak / Demon Nun; Jonny Coyne as Gregoro; Mark Steger as The Duke; Sandra Teles as Sister Ruth; Manuela Ciucur as Sister Christian, Ani Sava as Sister Jessica; and others

The House with a Clock in its Walls

(Releasing September 21, 2018)

Set in a fantasy world, “The House with a Clock in its Walls” follows the story of a ten-year-old orphan, Lewis Barnavelt, who helps his uncle Jonathan Barnavelt and a witch called Mrs. Zimmerman locate a clock in the walls that possesses the power to bring about the world’s end.
Genre: Gothic fantasy horror

Produced by: Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Eric Kripke

Written by: Eric Kripke

Directed by: Eli Roth –  He is most closely associated with the horror genre, first coming to prominence by directing the 2005 film Hostel and its 2007 sequel, Hostel: Part II

Starring: Jack Black as Jonathan Barnavelt; Cate Blanchett as Mrs.
Zimmerman; Owen Vaccaro as Lewis Barnavelt; Kyle MacLachlan as Isaac Izard; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Selena Izard; Sunny Suljic as Tarby Corrigan; Colleen Camp as Mrs. Hanchett; Vanessa Anne Williams as Rose Rita Pottinger; Lorenza Izzo as Mrs. Barnavelt; and others

Night School

(Releasing September 28, 2018)

“A group of troublemakers who are forced to attend night school in hopes that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.” (Wikipedia)
Genre: Comedy

Written by: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, and John Hamburg

Produced by: Will Packer and Kevin Hart

Directed by: Malcolm D Lee – known for directing films like Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Roll Bounce, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Soul Men and Girls Trip

Starring: Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker; Gerald’s son and Lisa’s Fiancé; Tiffany Haddish[5] as Carrie; Yvonne Orji as Maya; Rob Riggle as one of Teddy’s classmates; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Theresa; Ben Schwartz as Teddy’s best friend; Megalyn Echikunwoke as Lisa; Taran Killam as Stewart; and others

First Man

(Releasing October 12, 2018)

Directed by Damien Chazelle, “First Man” is based on James R Hansen’s book “First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong,” which is the official biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong – the first who walked on the moon on July 20, 1969.

It is the “riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.”

Genre: Biographical drama adventure

Based on: First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen
Produced by: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Damien Chazelle
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong; Claire Foy as Janet Shearon; Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin; Kyle Chandler as Deke Slayton; Jason Clarke as Ed White; Shea Whigham as Gus Grissom; Christopher Abbott as David Scott; Brian d’Arcy James as Joseph A. Walker; Pablo Schreiber as Jim Lovell; Patrick Fugit as Elliot See; Cory Michael Smith as Roger B. Chaffee; and others

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Nintendo’s Top Five E3 2018 Switch Announcements

Nintendo hosted its Switch-centric E3 2018 Nintendo Direct on June 12 and, as always, the Kyoto-based video game company didn’t disappoint, not by any stretch of the imagination, despite the company’s overwhelming focus on one particular title – the ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.’

So, if you happen to be a fan of Super Smash Bros. games, you have a lot to look forward to; and even if you’re not, there’s still enough here to make it worth your while to read on, as Nintendo did manage to squeeze in a few other exciting announcements – its obsession with SSB Ultimate notwithstanding.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

During the, rather, long 25-minute presentation, Nintendo walked us through the different facets of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The Ultimate brings together every single Smash Bros. fighter in the series’ history, including Pichu, Snake, and Ice Climbers, in addition to brand new fighters like Metroid’s Ridley; Splatoon’s Inklings; Super Mario’s Daisy; as well as female versions of Pikachu and Pokémon trainers.

On top of that, there will be Assist Trophies like BomberMan, for example, and a bunch of new Pokémon and Midna.

The best part is that all of the above is being brought to you with enhanced mobility, improved gameplay, and better graphics, with more spectacular and destructive one-on-one combats.

There’s more; you’ll be able to play the game in different settings, as stages from earlier titles are making a comeback, including Spirit Train, Princess Peach’s Castle, the Green Hill Zone, and a brand new stage called the Great Plateau Tower, which appears to be based on the action-adventure game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not only compatible with Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers and Smash Bros Amibos, but also supports GameCube controllers; of course, this will only be possible in the console’s docked mode as the GameCube controllers cannot work without a GameCube adaptor.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing on December 7, 2018.

Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party is finally coming to Switch, with the game being the Franchise’s first entry into the world of consoles, and it looks fantastic.

The game is a blend of familiar boardgame elements, synonymous with the series, and a slew of new characters – plus, mini-games that will not only test your reflexes but your patience, as well.

Furthermore, because SMP is a Switch game, players can play with a single joy-con; however, some mini-games will require motion controllers.

Also, you can combine consoles for four-player game modes to create a unified playing field, allowing characters to move across the screens of consoles involved.

Super Mario Party is out October 5, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite

The fact that the hugely popular title is coming to Switch is no surprise for anybody, thanks to an earlier leak.

So, Nintendo’s announcement of the game at E3 Direct was a mere formality – an official confirmation, if you like.

While the Switch variant of Fortnite has all the frenzied building, crazy dancing, and fierce action that the game is known for, apparently, there isn’t any Nintendo-themed content like you get to see in ports of other popular titles; plus there’s no PS4 compatibility for cross-play.

The great news is that the game is available on Nintendo eShop, absolutely free.

Fortnite fans, what are you waiting for?

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Having announced the game for Switch as far back as January, last year, Nintendo finally gave us a look at the promised full-fledged Fire Emblem title – Fire Emblem: Three Houses – through a full-length reveal trailer at the E3 Direct.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the first console Fire Emblem game in more than a decade – the last was 2007’s Radiant Dawn.

The game will release for Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019.

Daemon X Machina

Japanese developer Marvelous Entertainment’s wild new game Daemon X Machina features a whole lot of mechs battling it out in ways that are unique, somewhat like the old Armored Core games.

In fact, Nintendo opened its presentation with Daemon X Machina, setting the tone for all the other great announcements that followed.

The game has some amazing talent behind it, including the likes of:

  • Shōji Kawamori – Legendary Japanese anime creator and producer, screenwriter, visual artist, and mecha designer
  • Yūsuke Kozaki – Manga artist and character designer– the man responsible for designing No More Heroes character Travis Touchdown
  • Rio Hamamoto – Known for his work on the Pecan series
  • Kenichiro Tsukuda – Producer of Armored Core 2 and 3
  • Junichi Nakatsuru – Composer of Soulcalibur
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Top 5 Ubisoft Games Announced at the Publisher’s E3 2018 Press Event

French video game publisher Ubisoft kicked off its E3 2018 campaign in Los Angeles, California, with a press conference on Monday (June 11).

The Montreuil-based company’s keynote showcased a slew of teasers and trailers for upcoming games, including cinematic trailers for BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 and SKULL AND BONES; an official gameplay trailer for THE DIVISION 2; a gameplay walkthrough for ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY, as well as an announcement trailer for TRIALS RISING.

So, here’s a quick look at all of the above in case you missed out on the live event.

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2

The cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 – a prequel to the original – didn’t reveal much in terms of how the game is going to play out, other than what Ubisoft tells us about it; that “you are your own space pirate captain who is free to choose your own path in this vast open universe.”

However, the trailer did reveal at the end that the game’s star, Jade, is making a comeback, but in what capacity, remains a matter of conjecture, although the developers did say that she has a major part to play in BG&E 2.

Following the cinematic trailer, a brief pre-alpha gameplay footage was shown on stage, with two BG&E2 team members coming onstage to talk about the Space Monkey program announced last year.

The program proposes to allow enthusiasts from all over the world to constructively participate in the BG&E 2 scheme of things by contributing their art and creations to be featured in the game.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt then came on stage to talk about how his company HitRECord and the BG&E 2 team are partnering in the Space Monkey endeavor.

SKULL AND BONES

Cinematic Trailer

Gameplay Trailer

Following the cinematic trailer, which was pretty neat to start with, the developers treated the audience to an exciting gameplay video.

Skull and Bones is a multiplayer online game – somewhat along the lines of Rare’s Sea of Thieves – in which players from across the globe can form teams to fight other world players and teams.

“Enter the multiplayer open world of Skull and Bones’ Hunting Grounds. Choose a ship, plan your attack, and prey on the lucrative trade routes of the Indian Ocean,” says Ubisoft.

THE DIVISION 2

Having already revealed the launch date (March 15, 2019) and Washington, DC setting for the follow-up to the 2016 game – The Division – at the Microsoft press event on Sunday, Ubisoft unveiled some more details about the upcoming sequel, The Division 2, at its own E3 presser the following day.

We now know that within a year of the game’s launch in 2019, the game will get three expansions, featuring new areas, new stories, and new missions, absolutely free for all players – a clear deviation from the paid expansions policy Ubisoft adopted for the original game.

ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY

Assassin’s Creed is back with a brand new game called Odyssey, which will feature more role-playing elements than what we saw in last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origin.

While Origin was played in an ancient Egypt setting, Odyssey takes place centuries before, in an even more ancient Greece, during the Peloponnesian War fought by the Athenian Delian League against the Spartan Peloponnesian League.

Despite the obvious commonalities between the two games, Odyssey features some additional features that are pretty cool, one has to say.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

“Visit the beautiful Mykonos City in Ancient Greece where our Spartan hero Kassandra prepares for her next adventure. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature dialogue options, weapons and combat ability customization, naval ship battles, and a world rich with myths and legends!”

TRIALS RISING

Developed by Helsinki, Finland-based Red Lynx and Ubisoft Kiev, the high-speed motocross racing game, Trials, is making a comeback in February, next year, as Trials Rising, with more tracks than ever before, including “tracks set in famous real-world locations with creative twists,” says Ubisoft.

The game will feature a local multiplayer mode called Tandem Bike, where two players will work in tandem to navigate a dirtbike through some interesting tracks.

Players will be allowed to customize their bikes and riders and even share their designs with the Trials Rising community for a chance to earn rewards if other players find their creations good enough to adopt.

The game will also feature a competition mode where riders will vie against other players for a place on the leaderboards, and even “take on contract challenges from in-game sponsors to rise through the ranks on their way to Trials glory,” says Ubisoft.

“A Gold Edition of the game will also be available that includes both the base game and the expansion pass with two major DLCs and in-game items. All pre-orders of Trials Rising include the Jungle Rider and Wild West Rider packs.” (Ubisoft)

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2018 Tony Awards: “The Band’s Visit” Steals the Show with 10 Awards

The 72nd edition of the annual Tony Awards held Sunday night at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, honored the best of the best across the Great White Way, with “The Band’s Visit” sweeping the awards with 10 trophies, including the Best Musical.

Hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, the show kicked off with the two musicians-turned-Broadway stars performing a self-deprecating piano duet about them never having won a Tony or a Grammy.

“So it begins, these are the Tonys, a theater tournament, find out who wins, who gets to go home with that sang ornament. We are your hosts, and we’re perfectly suited to be because — did you know, neither one of us has ever won anything?” went the lyrics.

“This one’s for the loser inside of you,

“The lack of top honor won’t make you a goner, it might even make you a host,” sang the two co-hosts.

‘Best Actor in a Play’ award goes to Andrew Garfield for playing Prior Walters in “Angels in America”

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Kerry Washington, who is due to become part of the “American Son” cast this coming October, was welcomed onstage by Bareilles and Groban to present the Best Actor award won by Andrew Garfield for his superlative performance in “Angels in America.”

“The most important thing we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit,” Garfield said in his acceptance speech, going on to say that it was an honor for him to portray Prior Walter’s character.

Praising the LGBTQ community, he said, “It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to exclusion.”

Garfield made it a point to allude to a recent case involving a Colorado baker who refused to bake the wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

“We are all sacred and we all belong,” he said. “So, let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”

Laurie Metcalf takes home the ‘Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play’ award

Before presenting the ‘Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play’ award, English actress and singer Carey Mulligan gushed over the fact that this past Broadway season had created a record of sorts by becoming the most well-attended season in Broadway’s history.

Laurie Metcalf thanked her director, Joe Mantello, and cast mates for the honor, as she received the award for her part in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”

Bruce Springsteen honored with a ‘Special Tony Award’

“Piano Man” Billy Joel was called onstage to present the award to none other than “The Boss” himself.

Yes, it’s Bruce Springsteen who took home the special Tony, which includes the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Theater, as well.

The singer-songwriter superstar, who is currently featuring in “Springsteen on Broadway,” said that receiving the award was “one of the most exciting things that I have ever experienced.”

Lindsay Mendez bags ‘Best Featured Actress in a Musical’ award for her role in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

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Tituss Burgess was at his humorous best as he came onstage to give away the ‘Best Featured Actress in a Musical’ award to Lindsay Mendez for her performance in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.”

“To present best-featured actress in a musical, a category in which I have been snubbed many times, is both painful and courageous on my part, to say the least,” quipped Burgess.

“I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn’t work,” Mendez said, recalling the start of her distinguished career.

“I just want to say how proud I am to be a part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality,” she said. “Just be your true self and the world will take note.”

Nathan Lane wins ‘Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play’ award for playing Roy Cohn in “Angels in America”

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Nathan Lane thanked all of his colleagues after Tatiana Maslany presented him with the ‘Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play’ award for playing Roy Cohn in “Angels in America.”

He attributed his achievement to hard work and dedication and was particularly praiseworthy of playwright Tony Kushner for writing “one of the greatest plays of the 20th century,” which is “still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of political insanity.”

“To my dear husband, Devlin Elliott, the greatest blessing in my life,” said an emotional Lane.

“About eight years ago I decided I need to shake things up, I decided I need to challenge myself more again as an actor,” he said

Glenda Jackson walks away with the ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play’ award

British actress and former Labor Party politician Glenda Jackson received her Tony for the ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play’ from Claire Danes for playing “A” in the play “Three Tall Women” by Edward Albee.

Tony Shalhoub wins the Tony for ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical’

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Tony Shalhoub was honored with one of the ten awards that “The Band’s Visit” won Sunday night.

He got his Tony for ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical’ from Kelli O’Hara for his portrayal of Tewfiq Zakaria’s character in the Musical.

“May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us,” he said in reference to the immigrants whose legacy still exists.

Katrina Lenk snaps up ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical’ award for doing Dina in “The Band’s Visit”

“Our whole ‘Band’s Visit’ family is full of people who are so generous and so supportive with me and with each other,” Katrina Lenk said in her acceptance speech after she was awarded the Tony for ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical’ award for her part as Dina in “The Band’s Visit”

And, the ‘BEST MUSICAL’ Tony award goes to “The Band’s Visit.”

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Actress, singer and children’s book author Bernadette Peters got the honor to present one of the biggest and the most prestigious Tonys – the ‘Best Musical’ award – which was accepted by, who else but, Producer Orin Wolf for, what else but, “The Band’s Visit.”

“In ‘The Band’s Visit,’ music gives people hope and makes borders disappear. Although the characters are strangers to each other with great political divide, our show offers a message of unity in a world that more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences. In the end, we are more alike than we are different,” Wolf said in his acceptance speech.

The 72nd Tony Awards ended with a rendition from the two hosts of the ceremony – Bareilles, and Groban – who were at their wonderful best all through the evening.

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BATTLEFIELD V is Coming in October: Multiplayer Trailer Teases a New ‘Royale’ Mode

The 24th edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018, or E3 2018, which is due to kick off on June 12 and last until June 14, promises to be the biggest gaming expo yet, with exciting new gaming reveals, breathtaking trailers, and a chance for some hands-on fun with some of the latest games from developers from around the world.

While all of that is still a couple of days away, we already have some really exciting news from the E3 2018 Conference held on June 9, where video-game company Electronic Arts Inc, better known as EA, made some significant gaming announcements and reveals.

There were indie games trailers for titles like ‘Sea of Solitude’ and ‘Unravel 2,’ to name a couple, as well as AAA games, including FIFA 19, Madden NFL 19, as well as a brand new multiplayer trailer for the highly-anticipated Battlefield V – a World War II shooter game from developer DICE.

While it’s Battlefield V that is the subject of our interest here, let’s just talk a bit about Bioware’s ‘Anthem,’ which, many would agree, stole the limelight with some amazing new footage and a roundtable interview.

Anthem’s demo hinted at a game that promises to be nothing less than enticingly powerful and refreshing, presented on a scale that’s not only huge but breathtakingly awesome, as well.

That out of the way, let’s go straight ahead and check out why Battlefield V from DICE is being touted as “deepest and most immersive” experience in the entire series.

Weapons that were stationary in the earlier versions have now become mobile, allowing you to move them around the battlefield for strategic advantage.

You will also notice a big improvement in the destructibility factor, with more explosive and spectacular graphics.

“And our renowned destruction system is back and more impactful than ever,” one of the game’s presenters said at the conference.

“So, well, you can’t’ really hide from those pesky tanks, and more, as they come chasing you; as they rip through those buildings,” he said, adding that the game will allow you to “dive and smash through windows to surprise your enemies.”

And, to add to all that is the customization factor in Battlefield V, which makes it all the more exciting, as it allows you to customize “your soldiers, your vehicles, and your weapons, not only for the gameplay but for the looks, as part of our portrayal of the second world war,” said the EA presenter.

Last, but not at all the least, is the new Royale mode which the presenters claimed has been “re-imagined for Battlefield.”

“We bring those pillars of Battlefield with destruction, team play, vehicles into this new experience,’ said the older presenter.

“We will bring you an experience that you haven’t played before, in Battlefield or anywhere else,” he added.

The new multiplayer trailer that EA teased with showcased all of those adrenaline-pumping combat action graphics and a never-seen-before scale of destruction that the presenters promised.

The trailer starts with a group of paratroopers jumping off a military airplane into a Norway night sky lit up by the spectacular Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, with snow-covered mountains all around.

It highlights the mobility of the weapons and the destructibility element, with spectacular ground level action, flying bullets, exploding buildings, anti-aircraft batteries attached to the back of tanks, thrilling dogfights, shot-down planes, and everything else that makes a good war theme.

EA also gave the conference audience a sneak peek into the single-player campaign, ‘War Stories,’ which allows you to play the game through different vignettes.

We should have some more on that today (June 10) at Microsoft’s Xbox showcase.

However, despite everything, there’s still very little that we know about the new ‘Royale’ mode that so much is being made of, other than EA’s promise that it will allow team play and feature destructive graphics never experienced before in Battlefield, or, for that matter, in any other title.

More information on the Battlefield Royale is expected to be released later this year, before the scheduled release of the game, itself, on October 19; the game will be made available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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YouTube Introduces 2 new Services: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium

Last week, YouTube announced that YouTube Red – a service Google launched back in 2015 in a limited number of countries – was being completely discontinued to replace it with two new services, the YouTube Premium Music and the YouTube Premium.

The problem with YouTube Red was that in spite of promises that it would be introduced at a global level, it always remained available in only a handful of countries, including the United States and Australia and a couple of other countries.

It never did take off the way it was expected to and, also, going against it was the fact that it gave you access to a limited number of original TV shows across YouTube; though they did allow you to download videos and to view them whilst doing other things on your phone.

So, basically, you could lock your device and continue to listen to the video in the background; but the fact remains that it was pretty much a limited service, in a number of respects, actually, and at $9.99 a month it was never cheap.

However, all that is behind us now, as the aforementioned YouTube Music Premium and the YouTube Premium services have much more to offer, at least on paper.

YouTube Music Premium

The YouTube Music Premium service has been conceptualized along the lines of Spotify and Apple Music, to name a couple, and like all other music streaming services out there, it costs $9.99 per month.

So, in return for the $10 monthly subscription fee, YouTube Music Premium is going to let you stream unlimited numbers of ad-free songs, plus, you’ll be able to download them to your device through a dedicated app called the YouTube Music, which is separate from the standard YouTube app.

It must be mentioned that an ad-supported free version of YouTube Music, similar to Spotify, is also being made available.

But, again, if you are looking for ad-free listening and also want to have the ability to listen to the music in the background, then a monthly payment of $9.99 for those privileges is not a bad deal.

So, YouTube Music Premium is a very interesting service indeed – very similar to Spotify, as already mentioned – and there’s a good likelihood that YouTube will unleash all of its artificial intelligence systems to YouTube Music in a similar way they do with the current YT app.

Of course, the AI support will make the service that much smarter and recommend songs based on your listening history.

So, by the looks of it, YouTube Music promises to be a very interesting service, indeed, and you just can’t help being happy that YouTube is finally entering the music streaming service market.

Well, it gets a much more interesting than that, since YouTube has also announced a second service called the YouTube Premium, which we’re going to take a look at now.

YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium is, essentially, an extension of YouTube Music Premium, in that it’s going to give you all the features and benefits of Music Premium, in addition to YouTube Red, or what used to be called YouTube Red.

When you subscribe for YouTube Premium, you’re actually getting YouTube Music Premium as a default package plus everything else it promises; and all of that for a monthly subscription fee of just $11.99.

In addition to Music Premium, you’re getting ad-free videos on YouTube; you will also get access to those YouTube originals and, by the way, YouTube has promised more of them, soon; and, you will also be allowed to download videos to your device for offline viewing.

This, essentially, means that when you subscribe for the $12-a-month YouTube Premium, you will get both the services on the YouTube app itself, eliminating the need to have separate apps for the two services.

What’s interesting, and, perhaps, a bit difficult to digest, though, is that the price difference between the two services is a mere $2, when the added benefits are so much more than what you’re getting from the base price.

Obviously, most people, if not all, would happily spend the extra $2 every month and get all these extra benefits on top of the basic YouTube Music Premium package.

Plus, you will be supporting the creators you watch, because YouTube will distribute the money you spend across those creators, based on the amount of time you spend watching each channel.

Of course, there has to be something in it for YouTube as well, which, in this case, is a small cut they’ll keep for every video you watch, instead of depending heavily on ad revenue – an unstable option for quite some time, now.

Another good thing about the YouTube Premium is that the more people subscribe to it the more it will enable creators to have a more steady revenue source and less reliance on advertisers.

While this ramping up by YouTube is all very well, what with a pretty much affordable price of just $11.99 per month for access to both the services, the fact remains that YouTube is new at this and may take a bit of time to be at par with the competition.

To sum it up, if YouTube can really deliver on what it’s promising, then an additional expense of just $ 12 per month is no big deal and should see the service become popular sooner, rather than later.

One does feel, however, that YouTube could simply have kept it all in one single $12-a-month package rather than have the Music Premium for $2 less because it’s highly unlikely that too many people will go for the music-only version to save $2.

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Nintendo’s Nostalgia Trip Continues – Files for Trademark for Classic Gaming Console N64

It appears that Nintendo is all set to bring back the popular N64 from the 1990s if the Kyoto, Japan-based video game company’s recent trademark application is anything to go by.

According to Nintendo, the trademark they’ve filed covers purposes such as “video game program, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine and more.”

This new development is, apparently, indicative of the fact that the N64 Classic edition is coming soon and if there’s any truth in the rumors doing the rounds, it could happen as early as this holiday season.

And, why not, considering the huge response the NES and SNES Classic systems have received in the last couple of years.

Also, it does make a whole lot of sense for Nintendo to follow up on, arguably, one of the most revolutionary consoles in the history of the gaming business.

While there’s no denying that the Nintendo 64 had a huge library of amazing games, some of your favourite ones – including Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Jet Force Gemini, to name a few – may not find their way to the Classic edition because of copyright issues with Microsoft, who are the current owners of British video game developers Rare and Rare’s original intellectual property.

However, original Nintendo classics that have only been developed by Rare should be eligible for inclusion into the N64 Classic’s scheme of things.

Sadly, one extremely popular game that finds itself embroiled in the copyright war – not only between Nintendo and Rare, but also involving Microsoft and Activision who have copyright claims on the game, as well – is GoldenEye 007.

But, if Nintendo somehow manages to get the authorization from the other three, there’s no reason why the company will not include the game in the N64 Classic version.

All this drama and copyright scuffles between the giants notwithstanding, Nintendo has everything it takes to make this particular console focus on local multiplayer, which is what its predecessor was known for.

It doesn’t make any business sense for Nintendo not to do exactly that because there’s everything to gain from recapturing those 90s’ feelings of playing your favorite games in the living room with friends, or family.

Also, Nintendo would be committing nothing short of an absolute crime if they include only one controller with the N64 Classic, as a majority of the games on their classics list had a multi-player facet that shouldn’t be ignored.

Therefore, in the interest of the gaming public and, of course, in its own business interests, Nintendo should, at the very least, include two controllers and make others available optionally.

There’s almost total consensus among gamers that if Nintendo were to upgrade the controllers just a wee bit to make them wireless, it would also prove to be a major plus because nobody is going to miss tripping over a tangle of wires.

The original N64 from the nineties had a remarkable collection of games that are very much likely to find their way to the Classic edition.

Here’s a list of some of the more popular games from that huge N64 game library that should be included, hopefully.

  • Super Smash Bros
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Party 1, 2, and 3
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
  • Turok 3: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Mario Party 1, 2, and 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask
  • Pokémon Snap

Imagine how up-scaled versions of these games would play out on HD resolution and 4K televisions.

Well, we’ll have to wait it out until this holiday season – hopefully, not beyond that – to know exactly what Nintendo is bringing to the gaming table.

But, patience is one of those virtues that not everybody possesses, evident from the fact that many fans have gone ahead and created their very own “Classic” versions as they wait for the official release of N64 Classic edition.

A YouTuber who goes by the moniker “Nintendrew” has already created a working version of the N64 Classic, with the help of a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, emulator software, and a 3D-printed case, that’s capable of playing 900 games using Bluetooth controllers.

The results are so amazing that it could, potentially, embarrass Nintendo whose own system may not be able to match the functionality of Nintendrew’s creation.

The YouTube personality used the online 3D design and 3D printing app. “Tinkercad” and a 3D printer to create a custom-designed case to house the board, keeping the multiple USB ports open for easy access.

Well, Nintendrew’s console has four controller ports, two more than what you would find on the NES and the SNES Classic systems.

For his operating system, Nintendrew chose to go with Windows 10 rather than Linux, simply because it worked more seamlessly with the Dolphin GameCube emulator.

Despite that, he faced a few problems with some of the games, like Super Mario Sunshine, for example, but the majority of them responded well enough.

Nintendrew used EmulationStation to create the user interface, complete with the games’ box art, developer, release date, genre, publisher, as well as a counter to keep to keep track of the number of times you’ve played a particular game.

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TOP 5 TRAILERS OF UPCOMING FILMS IN 2018

ADRIFT

{Releasing: June 1, 2018}

Based on true events, Adrift follows the story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two avid sailors who happen to be deeply in love.
In 1983, the two set out on an ocean adventure that turns out to be much more than what they had bargained for when they sail directly into the path of a raging hurricane.

After the storm subsides, Tami gains consciousness to find herself in the drifting wreckage of what remained of their boat, with Richard seriously injured.

Tami must now find the courage and will to save herself and the love of her life from a tragic end in the open sea.

Adrift tells the story of courage in the face of adversity; of the tenacity of the human spirit; and, above all, the boundless power of love.

Written by Aaron Kandel, Jordan Kandel, and David Branson Smith, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the film is set to release on June 1.

Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) portrays the character of Oldham, while Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films) plays Sharp.

Jeffrey Thomas and Elizabeth Hawthorne also star in the film.

INCREDIBLES 2

{Releasing: June 15, 2018}

Jean-Jacques Rousseau couldn’t have been more correct when he said: “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Thirteen years of “bitter” patience by fans of Pixar’s 2004 animated superhero film, THE INCREDIBLES, has indeed been rewarded with the sweetest of fruits in the form of a direct sequel – INCREDIBLES 2

It would be rather naive of us to expect to learn everything about the plot of INCREDIBLES 2 from the 3.31-minute trailer, other than the fact that this time around, Baby Jack-Jack will have extraordinary powers – a super baby if you will.

Even that is no surprise because, at the end of 2004 original, Baby Jack-Jack begins to manifest some of these powers after he is kidnapped by supervillain – Syndrome.

Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter return to lend their voices to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible and his wife Helen Parr/Elastigirl, respectively.

Their daughter Violet Parr, who can turn invisible, is being voiced-over by Sarah Vowel.

The film has been written and directed by Brad Bird, while Michael Giacchino is providing the music once again.

The voice cast of Incredibles2 includes Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl; Craig T Nelson as Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible; Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr; Huck Milner as Dashiell “Dash” Robert Parr; Samuel L Jackson as The Underminer; and others.

When THE INCREDIBLES released in 2004, not only did the film exceed expectations by grossing beyond $600 million at the world box office, it also received much critical acclaim and won two Oscars and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

SEARCHING

{Releasing: August 3, 2018}

Searching is an Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that tells the story of a desperate father searching for his missing teenage daughter.

When David Kim realizes that his 16-year-old daughter Margot is nowhere to be found, he starts sifting through Margot’s web history, with Detective Rosemary Vick helping him in his quest to find the reason behind his daughter’s mysterious disappearance and trace her before she is lost forever.

As Kim starts reaching out to Margot’s friends and contacts, he soon discovers that there is so much about his daughter’s social existence that he didn’t really know; he learns that she is not the epitome of perfection that he had always taken for granted.

The uniqueness of this creative, intense thriller is that it has been filmed from the perspective of the digital world of computer screens, smartphones and social media.

Due to release on August 3, the film stars John Cho as the distressed David Kim and Debra Messing as Detective Rosemary Vick, while Michelle La plays the missing Margot Kim.

Joseph Lee and Sara Sohn are also part of the film’s cast.

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

{Releasing: August 3, 2018}

Action comedy film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is the story of Audrey and Morgan, two best friends in their thirties, who are unwittingly thrown into the midst of a major international conspiracy and espionage, after Audrey’s ex-boyfriend, Sebastian Henshaw, suddenly shows up, with a team of assassins snapping at his heels.

Before things can really sink in, the best friends find themselves involved in a deadly world of spies, assassins and intrigue that sees them running across Europe in a bid to save the world.

This Lionsgate film is directed by Susanna Fogel, who is also the co-writer along with David Iserson.

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play Audrey and Morgan, respectively, while Sam Heyghan plays CIA agent and Audrey’s ex, Sebastian Henshaw.

Also starring in the film are Hasan Minhaj as Patel; Ivanna Sakhno as Nadedja; Justin Theroux as Drew Thayer; Gillian Anderson as Wendy; Fred Melamed as Roger; and Olafur Darri Olafsson as The Backpacker.

Kev Adams role in the movie is not yet known.

The film is releasing across the United States on August 3.

THE PREDATOR

{Releasing: September 14, 2018}

The fourth installment in the Predator series, The Predator – or Predator 4, as many are calling it – is supposed to be based on events that happen between the second and the third films in the Predator franchise – Predator (1990) and Predators (2010), respectively.

A Shane Black-directed film, The Predator follows the story of the universe’s most deadly hunters whose return to earth is inadvertently triggered by a young boy.

This time around, though, the killers from the outer recesses of the universe are far more powerful; deadlier than ever; and much smarter, having genetically enhanced their lethal skills using the DNA from other species.

It is, now, left to a resentful science teacher and a handful of ex-soldiers to stop these otherworldly assassins from blazing a trail of death and destruction on the planet.

Written by Fred Dekker and Shane Black, the film is based on the characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas and is scheduled for a September 14 release.

The film features Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, Trevante Rhodes as Nebraska Williams and Jacob Tremblay as Rory McKenna.

Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Thomas Jane Yvonne Strahovski Jake Busey, Edward James Olmos and Niall Matter also star in this science fiction horror.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: First Look at Queen and Freddie Mercury Biopic Trailer

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a film about the rock band ‘Queen’ and its lead singer Freddie Mercury that has been in the making since 2010 and now, finally, we’ve been given our first look at the biopic’s music-filled teaser-trailer.

Mr. Robot’s Remi Malek plays the iconic British singer, songwriter, and producer – the late Freddie Mercury, who is still considered by many as one of the most versatile musicians of all time.

A Dexter Fletcher-directed film, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ follows the evolution of Queen and its flamboyant vocalist from the band’s inception in 1970 right up to the group’s ‘Live Aid’ performance in 1985.

Fletcher, actually, took over the film’s directorial duties a week after original director Bryan Singer fell from grace following numerous on-set issues and unexplained absences.

Filming of Bohemian Rhapsody, actually, came to a grinding halt early last December when Singer took an extended Thanksgiving holiday.

Singer’s failure to return to the set was explained by his representative as “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family,” at the time.

“Twentieth Century Fox has temporarily halted production of Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” said a studio spokesman in a statement, as was reported by BBC News.

The Hollywood Reporter had insider information that the film’s producers and Malek had had enough of Singer’s habitual late-coming on the set, while another source told the magazine that a cinematographer had to fill in as director during one such unexplained absence.

Fletcher, best known as director of the ski jumper Eddie Edwards’ biopic, ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ saw the film through in its final two weeks of filming, taking care of reshoots and post-production issues, and much more, to ensure the film’s timely release scheduled for later this year.

The film’s first teaser trailer, released on May 15 along with the official poster, gives a glimpse of that 15-year period the biopic spans.

Watch the teaser here.

And here’s the first official poster of the film.

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On April 27, Twentieth Century Fox posted a couple of stills from the film, both featuring the man responsible for band’s hits like Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Somebody to Love, to name but a few.

The first picture shows Mercury (Malek) on the Wembley Stadium stage in a scene depicting the band’s unforgettable performance at the 1985 fundraising event ‘Live Aid’ for relief of the Ethiopian famine that took 400,000 lives between 1983 and 1985.

The second photo features Malek’s Mercury together with bandmate Brian May, played by Gwilym Lee.

However, the first glimpse of Malek as Freddie Mercury was provided by Entertainment Weekly on the star’s 71st birth anniversary on September 5, 2017

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Explaining his striking resemblance to the Queen’s star performer, Malek told the weekly:

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment.”

The film’s official synopsis explains the biopic as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.”

The synopsis goes on to say that “the film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.”

The trailer is, basically, a mashup of some of the bands most famous hits, including Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, and Another One Bites the Dust, not to forget Bohemian Rhapsody.

The trailer is, basically, a mashup of some of the bands most famous hits, including Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, and Another One Bites the Dust, not to forget Bohemian Rhapsody.

“The only thing more extraordinary than their music is his story” are the words that hit the screen during the brief trailer.

At a panel at the CinemaCon in April, Malek spoke about his initial reactions to his bagging the role of the legendary singer.

“When I got this role, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this could be a career-defining performance.’ And then two minutes later I thought, ‘This could be a career killer,'” Malek said.

Main Cast

  • Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
  • Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon
  • Aidan Gillen as John Reid
  • Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor
  • Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin
  • Tom Hollander as Jim Beach
  • Gwilym Lee as Brian May
  • Aaron McCusker as Jim Hutton
  • Michelle Duncan as Shelly Stern
  • Ace Bhatti as Bomi Bulsara – Freddie’s Father
  • Max Bennett as David