Deadline reported Wednesday that Netflix has a series in development, based on the Robert Howard pulp character, adapted over the past 90 years by Marvel Comics, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others.
Deadline says Netflix reached a deal with Fredrik Malmberg, who owns companies that control both Conan Properties International and the producing studio, Pathfinder Media. Netflix gets an exclusive option to acquire and adapt rights to Conan’s literary form. The adaptations can be either live-action or animated, Deadline says.
There have been three TV adaptations of Conan to date, two of them animated, all of them beginning and ending in the 1990s. The most recent was the 1997 syndicated series Conan the Adventurer.
Conan the Cimmerian first appeared in Weird Tales’ December 1932 edition. Howard died in 1936, after writing 21 complete stories and publishing 17 of them. Conan’s longest run came from 1970 to 1995, in Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian and the black-and-white Savage Sword of Conan magazine. In that span, Schwarzenegger portrayed the hero in two films, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer.
Dark Horse Comics published six different series between 2003 and 2018, when Marvel reacquired publishing rights and resumed its Conan publications. And Jason Momoa took over the role for 2011’s Conan the Barbarian, which bombed, though it was narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Pathfinder Media/Conan Properties International have licensed three video games made or published by Funcom, the MMO Age of Conan, which debuted in 2008, 2018’s Conan Exiles, and 2019’s Conan Unconquered. Funcom also has a cute, co-op Conan game coming called Conan Chop Chop.
After a lengthy casting process, Disney has chosen actress Iman Vellani to take the role of Kamala Khan, or Ms. Marvel, in the upcoming television series Ms. Marvel, reports Deadline.
The series will be a first in many ways. Ms. Marvel will be Vellani’s first major role in film or television, though, Deadline notes, she was part of a group of a dozen film-loving students chosen to curate the Toronto Film Festival’s Next Wave festival in 2019. Her character, Kamala Khan, was the first Muslim character in Marvel history to star in her own book, and in the MCU, she’ll be the first Muslim superhero to appear in a Marvel film or show.
Jointly created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona, with a costume designed by Jamie McKelvie, Kamala burst onto Marvel Comics pages in 2013. She was a superhero given the power to stretch and distort her body when her Inhuman heritage was awakened, but also a kid from Jersey City struggling to find her own identity between the pressures of school and family life, a relatable emotional core that made her an instant hit.
Ms. Marvel does not have release date yet, but Disney plans to release the series exclusively on Disney Plus. Marvel also recently tapped a lot of talent to work behind the camera. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) joined as episode directors, two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang) asshowrunners and directors, and screenwriter and comedian Bisha K. Ali as head writer.
Recipes for the Spooky set will only be available during October. While you can use the recipes during other months once you have them, you’ll only be able to find them during October.
During this period, you will be able to find seasonal recipes that use Pumpkins talking to your villagers who are crafting in their houses. Other players have reported that you can shoot the Spooky recipes down from balloons, but we haven’t confirmed this ourselves.
If you’re still missing recipes on Oct. 31, your villagers will give you them in exchange for Candy, which can be bought from Nook’s Cranny. The Spooky Rug, Flooring, and Wall belong in the set, but they have no recipe. You can only obtain them from giving your villagers Candy on Halloween. There are some recipes that you can only get on Halloween as well. If you don’t grab all of the recipes by the time October ends, you’ll be out of luck until next year (unless you time travel).
You can also customize a bulk of the Spooky items, though you’ll need different colored Pumpkins to do so, rather than using Customization Kits.
Throughout the month, you’ll also be able to buy a bulk of these items from Nook’s Cranny. You’ll only need the recipes if you want to be able to make these items year-round.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons recognizes that the entire month of October is for celebrating Halloween, so players looking to get into the scary spirit can dress their characters up.
Throughout October, vendors will begin to sell Halloween-related items. For things like horns, witch hats, and imp wings, you’ll have to find them randomly at specific vendors. If it’s not October and you’re itching for the goodies, you can time travel.
Where to get clothes and accessories
During the month of October, the Able Sisters will be selling random Halloween outfits and accessories. You’ll have to try your luck every day until you get the exact pieces you want or you can trade around with your friends.
Where to get wings
Kicks, the shoe-shining skunk, sells wings alongside his usual backpacks and shoes. If you want to finishing touch to a devilish look, you’ll have to wait for him to show up on your island in front of Resident Services.
These new shades are only purchasable during October, but are useable year-round. To grab the new eye and skin colors, you’ll need to buy them from the Nook Stop. “Body-Paint Costume Tips” and “Exploring New Eye Colors” are both available for 2,400 Nook Miles.
Once you buy the packs, you can immediately head over to a mirror furnishing item to change your skin or eye color.
Other Halloween-based customization, like clothes and accessories, can be bought from The Able Sisters or from Kicks to complete your look. You can also find Halloween DIY recipes, which use Pumpkins to craft, from talking to villagers crafting items in their homes.
While you don’t need to be dressed up as anything scary for the in-game Halloween event, having more color options for customization is always nice.
You’ll be able to buy Pumpkin Starts from Nook’s Cranny for 280 Bells each during October. Leif sells them for cheaper at 140 Bells each year-round.
Plant these in an open area on your island to grow pumpkins, which are used in seasonal Halloween-themed DIY recipes. Note that you will not need to water the pumpkins to keep them growing, but if you do water them, they’ll produce more. It takes three days to grow a pumpkin from a Pumpkin Start.
Once a visible Pumpkin grows to a large size, you can pick it to collect a Pumpkin. The Start will continue to produce Pumpkins after you pick the initial one. It’s also possible for multiple Pumpkins to grow from a single Start over time, if you water the plant.
The Pumpkins come in green, white, yellow, and orange, though you won’t know what color your Pumpkin Starts will grow into until they sprout. You’ll need Orange Pumpkins to craft the Spooky set DIY items, and the other colors to customize them.
Ring Fit Adventure, Nintendo’s Switch-based fitness game, is both a fun RPG and a pretty challenging workout. And as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down gyms across the country, Ring Fit Adventure became even more enticing as an at-home workout option. It can still be difficult to find in stock, but right now Amazon is offering a $10 discount on the game. As of this writing, the Amazon page for Ring Fit Adventure indicated that orders would be ready to ship on Oct. 6.
Amazon is also discounting the Batman 80th Anniversary Collection on Blu-ray. The collection of 18 animated Batman films typically retails for around $60, but recently dropped down by about $10.
Finally, Amazon is offering a new $10 discount on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. The updated model of Microsoft’s high-end gamepad has only ever been on sale at Amazon once before, and that was only for Prime members. $10 isn’t a huge discount when we’re talking about a $180 controller, but it’s the first deal of any kind we’ve seen on this controller. (And yes, it will be compatible with Xbox Series X.)
RDS Industries’ officially licensed accessories bundle includes a Nintendo Switch carrying case, a gripstand, thumbstick covers, cases for game cartridges and microSD cards, and a screen cleaning cloth.
Best Blu-ray deal: Batman 80th Anniversary Collection
By now it should be clear that Termacious Trickocity are a tenacious bunch: The Halo group has made a name for itself by achieving elaborate exploits that the wider community often regards as impossible. But usually, when a challenge stands in its way, Trickocity have objects to play with, like weapons or cover, which can then be manipulated to clip through solid space. The Picture Room is different.
The level appears in Halo 3, and it contains massive graphics that display in the background during the final cutscene in the game. After Master Chief activates the Halo, which causes it to self-destruct, he escapes to a ship. But the ride is turbulent enough that it nearly sends him flying out into open space. Getting to the area where the scenery is held in place — the skybox, as it’s known in game development — became somewhat of a white whale for Halo stunters back in 2007. At the time, players found a glitch that allowed the camera to get up close to the skybox, but they couldn’t physically place their characters there. Seeing and being there are two very different things, especially in video games, a medium that prides itself in giving fans interactivity.
Folks tried, of course. The problem is that, for normal stunting, you need a wide array of props. The Picture Room mostly only had a few vehicles, which limited options severely. And according to group leader Aaron Sekela, who spoke to Polygon over email, that was but one of the many issues facing the community.
“We had to pinpoint [the room’s] location, what checkpoints we had available to us, what materials we could use,” he recounted. “From there, we came up plan after plan, each ending with failure. Ultimately, the problem we kept running into was clipping. We [weren’t] able to clip far enough under the map with any normal method we knew of.”
It was only in 2018 — nearly a decade after the room’s discovery — that the Halo community reached a breakthrough. While playing Halo Reach, fans discovered that if a vehicle was dropped from an extreme height, it would gain enough speed to eventually clip through the ground. A year later, folks started wondering if the same might be true in Halo 3.
There was skepticism, Sekela said. When fans looked at the area again, it seemed like the Picture Room couldn’t provide enough height to bust through the skybox. But even with that uncertainty, Halo players needed to know for sure. Extensive testing began in earnest around August 2020, all led by a player who goes by the handle “Harc.”
Within a week, everyone was proven wrong. The Picture Room wasn’t just viewable. You could, in fact, stand in the void that developers never intended anyone to see. The view was as majestic as it was unsettling.
The top video in this post details the process necessary to break into the cutscene room, which involves four players coordinating extensively over the course of about 10 minutes. The stunters have to die at specific points, pick up weapons at specific junctures, and eventually launch a Mongoose vehicle into place to set everything up. One stunter will then progress far enough to force the game to start loading the Picture Room, while another sets up the checkpoint needed to put the scene into motion. Once in place, the Mongoose player gets blasted by a hammer repeatedly — they want to force it into gaining enough speed to clip through the map.
Then, and only then, will the stunters let the Picture Room part of the level load. If done correctly, the player who clipped through the map should then be teleported to the skybox. A feat that took 13 years of head-scratching calculations and frustrating failures.
“Was it worth it?” Sekela pondered in our email exchange. Yes, he said — The Picture Room was one of the most sought-after challenges for the group.
“It was at the top of list for many of us and it was honestly hard to imagine it getting done,” he wrote. “So, when we actually completed it, it was kind of surreal. Still is sort of! That sense of, ‘Man we actually did it…’ the accomplishment of putting the pieces of puzzle together and finally figuring it out. That moment makes it worth it. It’s always about the journey for us, not always the destination, even when the destination is so cool!”
Here is the new problem facing our digital daredevils: With the Picture Room done, along with a number of other long-standing challenges, there aren’t that many challenges left to tackle anymore. When I ask him what’s next, he responds with uncertainty.
“I’ve been starting to ask myself the same thing,” Sekela said. “Like, we’re coming close [to clearing the list].”
There are eight items left on the Halo 3 community’s stunts checklist. Half of them, Sekela isn’t even sure are possible even with all the discoveries the group has made over the years.
“But hey, Picture Room seemed just as daunting a few months ago,” Sekela said.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies brings a a twist to the mode that is unique, and never been done before.
With the unified progression system and Battle Pass, Treyarch is taking the experience further with the characters. In Black Ops Cold War Zombies, rather than being restricted to certain characters to tell a story, the characters are tied to the overall game’s narrative.
Players can play as one of the new Operators available in Black Ops Cold War’s MP mode, or play as one of the new Campaign characters, including Sgt. Frank Woods.
For the first time in a Black Ops game, Zombies will blur the narrative lines between modes.
Instead of being locked to one of four characters, you’ll play as the Operators from Multiplayer… and even some familiar faces from the single-player Campaign, including Russell Adler, Lawrence Sims, and even Sgt. Frank Woods himself.