A new, original Resident Evil animated series is coming to Netflix in 2021. On Sunday, Capcom and Netflix announced Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which will focus on series mainstays Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as part of Tokyo Game Show.
Capcom describes Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness as “an original CG anime series” with a horror-action vibe. “By adding suspense into dynamic action scenes, this series will reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before,” Capcom said in its official description of the project. The series’ first teaser trailer doesn’t offer many details beyond that.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be produced and supervised by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a longtime producer on the Resident Evil series, and producer of three computer-animated films: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta. TMS Entertainment will produce the series, while Quebico will be in charge of the 3D CG animation production.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is one of two Resident Evil projects in the works at Netflix. The other, a live-action show, will focus on Jade Wesker and Billie Wesker. Presumably, relations of STARS captain, Umbrella Corporation goon, and Resident Evil antagonist Albert Wesker.
Capcom will also release a new entry in the video game franchise, known as Resident Evil Village, for PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X in 2021.
PlayStation is allowing users to pre-load Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 6 patch update ahead of its upcoming launch.
The new patch update is version 1.27. The update rolled out across PS4 platforms for all users overnight on September 27 and September 28 morning on their PlayStation 4 console.
The patch update is 20GB download, but players cannot install the update until September 28 at 11PM PT / September 29 at 2AM ET.
Here’s instructions for how to ensure you’re ready to pre-load the update, if you were not already given the update, or are awaiting the update to reach your console:
If you have Automatic Downloads enabled on your PlayStation 4, your pre-download will begin automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 is turned on or in Rest Mode. Please note: Automatic Downloads is only available with PlayStation Plus.
If you have Automatic Downloads disabled, or your PlayStation 4 was turned off, follow these steps to manually initiate the pre-download:
Highlight the Modern Warfare or Warzone tile on the PlayStation 4 homescreen.
Press the Options button.
Select Check for Updates.
This is the the second time Sony is allowing such a thing for a patch update on their platform. This option was available for the Season 5 update on PlayStation, which released in early August.
This pre-load is only for PS4 users. Pre-load is not available on Xbox One or PC.
I’ve struggled to find the perfect quarantine activity. I love puzzles, but sometimes even the challenge of searching for a missing piece is too much work for my quarantine-addled brain. It’s hard to knit and crochet when my cat pounces on any yarn ball she sees, and if I eat any more sourdough bread, I might explode. I just want something fun and productive (that doesn’t involve a screen) that I can mindlessly work on while listening to a podcast or audiobook.
The perfect solution? Gem painting.
If you’re currently asking yourself, “What the heck is gem painting?,” allow me to explain. Sometimes referred to as “diamond painting,” “5D painting,” or “gem art,” the concept is similar to a paint-by-numbers. Instead of acrylic paint, though, a gem painting uses tons of tiny resin gems to create an image on sticky canvas. Think of it like a mosaic made of rhinestones or, if you prefer, like IRL pixel art.
Gem painting entered my life the way most impulse purchases are introduced these days: through incessant Instagram ads. I scrolled past enough sponsored posts featuring perfectly manicured hands sticking shiny gems to a brightly colored canvas that curiosity took over. I tapped on the Instagram profile for @PaintGemArt, one of the preeminent gem painting companies on the platform. Of course, once I visited the page, Instagram’s advertising algorithm pegged me for an easy mark and served me even more of those flashy, colorful ads.
PaintGem is just one of many companies selling gem painting kits (you can even buy them at Amazon or, probably, your local craft store.) A standard kit includes a sticky canvas printed with symbols that correlate to differently colored gems, packets of said gems divided by color, a small tray to pour the gems into, a pen-like applicator, and a small pot or pad of wax. You dip the applicator into the wax, which sticks to the gem but doesn’t leave any residue when you transfer the gem to the sticky canvas.
Where PaintGem in particular stands out is in how it harnesses the power of social media. Instagram and TikTok are all about the aesthetic, and PaintGem’s aesthetic is consistently vibrant and whimsical, down to its colorful applicators with oversized diamonds on the end and wax pots shaped like macarons. PaintGem even has a section of its website dedicated to user generated TikToks. It’s a smart strategy that works — or at least it worked on me and my friends. I saw a PaintGem ad, thought it was cool, and showed my friend who was visiting (this was pre-coronavirus, back when friends could visit safely.) A few weeks later, that same friend bought me a gem painting kit for Christmas. The image was of a dog and cat who looked a lot like my own pets. I was hooked.
The great thing about gem painting is how it maximizes the ratio of intricacy to mindlessness. I can completely turn off my brain and still feel completely engrossed by a project. I was never a visually creative kid, vastly preferring a coloring book to a blank sheet of construction paper. (I always colored inside the lines.) I like the serotonin burst I get when I follow instructions to create a finished product. As an adult, that’s manifested as a love for assembling furniture. Part of why gem painting clicks so well in my brain is because it scratches that same itch, but a gem-coated canvas is a lot less obtrusive (and cheaper!) than a new Ikea desk.
The pandemic can heighten anxieties, and like many people I have the tendency to give into doomscrolling whenever I’m in front of a screen. Gem painting occupies my hands but not my brain, and it’s incredibly relaxing to zone out while picking up little shiny squares and sticking them onto their corresponding spaces. Now I just have to find space on my walls for all this sparkly art.
In the current cutthroat streaming landscape, when a movie leaves one streaming service it’s often just heading to another, but that sometimes leaves weeks or months when a movie is unavailable before moving to a different streaming library. Below, we’re rounding up our favorite movies leaving their current streaming service at the end of September. Like we said above, that includes lots of horror favorites like Blade, The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, as well as some less spooky offerings like Alita: Battle Angel, Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, and the majority of Christopher Guest’s filmography.
Alita: Battle Angel
Robert Rodriguez’s live-action adaptation of the manga and anime was notorious for the titular cyborg’s giant eyes that come straight out of uncanny valley. But the film itself is actually a lot of fun. From our review:
Absolutely everything about Alita: Battle Angel is unapologetically outsized — there is interplanetary war, there is a sport called “motorball” that’s basically jai alai with robots, there are slo-mo shots of objects of varying degrees of deadliness flying out of the screen — and it’s delightful.
Best in Show/A Mighty Wind/Waiting for Guffman/For Your Consideration
A Christopher Guest quadruple feature is sadly leaving Hulu this month. All four improvisational mockumentaries showcase Guest’s signature silly, deadpan humor (though for my money, Best in Show, about the cutthroat world of competitive dog shows, is his best work.) Before they swept the 2020 Emmys with Schitt’s Creek, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara were frequent Guest collaborators, and appear in all four films. (Levy also co-wrote them.) Parker Posey, Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., and the late, great Fred Willard round out the informal troupe.
Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Gufffman, and For Your Consideration leave Hulu on Sept. 30.
In his performances as Blade, Snipes projects a mentality and guarded interior life as only a nuanced actor could. As the “Daywalker,” a legendary half-human vampire on a crusade to eradicate his fellow bloodsuckers,he creates the contradictory impression of an antisocial weirdo with the comic timing of a funny, charismatic dude. With all that, he brings the attention to physicality of a screen martial artist. Though almost universally beloved in his performances as Blade, Snipes rarely gets enough credit for bringing all of those facets together.
William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own supernatural horror novel is, simply put, a classic. Everything from director William Friedkin’s use of light and shadow to stellar performances from Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, and Ellen Burstyn works together to create a sense of dread that’s punctuated by some truly gnarly special effects. Sure, revisiting it in 2020 probably won’t cause you to vomit or pass out like audiences notoriously did when it was released (though that was definitely played up as a marketing stunt.) but the slow burn terror is still disorienting and spooky. The Exorcist is a product of its time but it totally holds up.
Yep, Jurassic Park is leaving Netflix quicker than a Velociraptor escaping its pen. Just two months after Steven Spielberg’s classic creature feature hit Netflix and immediately made the streamer’s top 10 list, Jurassic Park is headed to another, undisclosed streaming network. It stuck around just long enough to coincide with Netflix’s animated kid’s series set in the Jurassic Cinematic Universe, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Adapted and directed by known Shakespeare master Kenneth Branagh, Much Ado About Nothing is simple fun in the sun. The film stars Branagh and Emma Thompson as the argumentative and electric Benedick and Beatrice, who must work together in order to clear Hero’s (Kate Beckinsale) name so she may marry Count Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard). Keanu Reeves stars as Don John, who aims to keep Hero and Claudio apart, with Denzel Washington as Don Pedro, the requisite straight man, and none other than Michael Keaton as Dogberry, the local constable and comic relief. —Karen Han
Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci turn in two career best performances in My Cousin Vinny, Jonathan Lynn’s courtroom comedy about two Brooklyn boys put on trial in Alabama for murders they didn’t commit. One of them has a cousin, Vinny (Pesci), who recently passed the bar exam (on his sixth attempt), who agrees to take the case. Not only is My Cousin Vinny famously one of the most accurate depictions of courtroom procedure in film history, it’s also freakin’ hilarious. The twists are satisfying, Lynn takes equal opportunity to make fun of the southerners and the New Yorkers, and Marisa Tomei wears a lot of leather. What’s not to love?
Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar for Best Actor with only 16 minutes of screen time. His performance as Hannibal Lecter remains one of the greatest ever committed to film, and is matched beat for beat by Jodie Foster’s turn as Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee who comes into his orbit as she pursues the serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill.” The Silence of the Lambs is also one of the late director Jonathan Demme’s best (and most well-known) films, and rightfully so, as he balances the incomprehensibly horrific with startlingly tangible, human emotions. —Karen Han
The Coen brothers’ remake of the classic western stars Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as gruff U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn and a teenager, Mattie Ross, who hires him to track down her father’s murderer, outlaw Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). True Grit was Steinfeld’s feature debut, and her portrayal of the tough young woman earned her both critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination at just 14.
A send-up of horror movies like The Hills Have Eyes and Evil Dead, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil stars Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies who become embroiled in trouble when they cross paths with a group of camping college students. A series of misunderstandings leads the students to believe that Tucker and Dale are trying to kill them, while Tucker and Dale come to suspect that the students are enacting a suicide pact. As they dance around each other, Eli Craig pulls out all the slapstick stops. —Karen Han
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil leaves Netflix on Sept. 28.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the release of Black Widow has been delayed yet again, shifting the Marvel release calendar, with Shang Chi now positioned as a precurssor to Eternals. However, that doesn’t mean that Marvel is putting a pause on production, as Samuel L. Jackson has just been announced to be reprising his role as Nick Fury for a new Disney Plus series.
On the DC side of the things, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, set to hit theaters next year, is already getting a spinoff. John Cena’s character, Peacemaker, will be getting his own series. In other development news, Sega is reportedly developing a live-action Yakuza movie focusing on Kazuma Kiryu.
For more movie, TV, and games news, keep an eye on this year’s New York Comic Con, where Polygon is acting as the official media partner. We’ve got a fun line-up of events planned, including panels and tabletop sessions. While you wait for NYCC, though, here are the movies you can watch at home this weekend.
In this new action-thriller, Jessica Chastain stars as Ava, an assassin employed by a black ops organization and specializing in taking down high-profile targets. After a job goes wrong, she and her mentor Duke (John Malkovich) try to figure out what happened. However, unfortunate incidents keep on piling up, drawing Ava’s family into her orbit of violence. Colin Farrell co-stars as Simon, Duke’s boss, with Common as a figure from Ava’s past.
In 1970, the Miss World beauty competition was the most-watched TV program in the world. The women’s liberation movement, arguing that the show objectified women, disrupted the broadcast, taking over the stage. Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley star as members of the women’s liberation movement, with Greg Kinnear as the competition’s host, Bob Hope, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Jennifer Hosten, competing as Miss Grenada.
The documentary Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows the chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he assembles a team of the world’s best pastry chefs — including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko — in order to put on a Versailles-themed culinary gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His mission to bring Versailles to life through cakes includes an edible garden and posh jello shots.
The Rogue Warfare trilogy comes to a close with Death of a Nation, which sees both Stephen Lang and Will Yun Lee return as part of a team of soldiers who have been recruited from all over the world. This time, they have to stop a deadly bomb from going off, and only have 36 hours in which to do it.
Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe as a successful modern Black author who becomes caught up in a horrifying scheme that seems to bend the rules of time. It looks like horror or science fiction, but it’s something more tedious: a gory film about the horrors of American slavery. From our review:
In Antebellum, Bush and Renz desperately prod around in the dark, trying to discover the gravity of prestige slave movies like 12 Years a Slave. Slaves whistle “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in the cotton fields; one Confederate soldier calls another “snowflake”; grey-coats chant the Nazi refrain “blood and soil”; a statue of Robert E. Lee materializes on a foggy battlefield. The directors evoke these images as symbols, but don’t have the next-level horror-film ability to match symbolism with meaning. The narrative’s metaphorical thud resounds as loudly as the rolling sea.
Keegan Allen stars as Cole, a social-media personality who travels to Moscow with his friends in a bid to generate even more content. But as the line between reality and content begins to blur, the trip takes a deadly turn. Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden co-stars as Cole’s girlfriend Erin.
Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Amazon and Apple
Susan Sarandon stars in Blackbird as Lily, with Sam Neill as her husband Paul. Lily has been battling ALS, and has decided to end her life on her own terms. As a final farewell, she assembles her whole family for a last weekend together. The reunion becomes difficult as unresolved issues start to surface. Kate Winslet, Rainn Wilson, and Mia Wasikowska co-star.
All In: The Fight for Democracy, directed by Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and Lisa Cortés, focuses on the issue of voter suppression in anticipation of the upcoming election. Former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams serves as the documentary’s central figure, addressing both historical and current issues with laws about voting.
Bethesda has continued to update Fallout 76 throughout the spring and summer, introducing new things like map-wide level scaling and the Brotherhood of Steel arriving in Appalachia. However, one big change is coming that will specifically delight players who like to build up their CAMP and put their own mark on the wasteland.
We have known that a feature called “instanced CAMPs” would be arriving with the Steel Dawn update in 2020, but we didn’t know what that meant. Bethesda clarified the feature in a blog post on Thursday. Players will be able to build CAMP shelter doors in their base. These doors will lead to underground bases, which players can decorate and customize.
Bungie said it took the expansion as an opportunity to do some fine-tuning of Destiny 2’s back end. Other factors are the previously announced retirement of many pieces of the game into the Destiny Content Vault, and the removal of “accreted ‘dead’ content,” assets that were later replaced in patches. All of this is allowing Bungie to shrink Destiny 2’s file size down to somewhere between 59 GB and 71 GB, depending on platform. (With the latest expansion, Shadowkeep, the game currently takes up 120 GB on PlayStation 4, 95 GB on Windows PC, and 111 GB on Xbox One.)
There’s a catch to this, though: All Destiny 2 players will have to re-download the entire game in order to play the new expansion when it launches Nov. 10. Bungie did say that it intends to allow players to preload Beyond Light at least 10 hours before the expansion goes live — “sometime in the evening of November 9, Pacific Time.” The studio hopes that this way, even players with less-than-optimal internet speeds can be ready to go from minute one.
Other notable quality-of-life improvements coming to Destiny 2 alongside Beyond Light include a new scripting environment for missions. In addition, players will now be able to join face-to-face fireteams directly from within social spaces, like the Tower, without having to wait for a long load. And finally, Bungie rebuilt the face system that allows players to customize the look of their Guardian.
“We’ve upgraded to a significantly more capable system […] which we hope to leverage for more player customization options in the future,” said Bungie. The studio also said that it reviewed Destiny’s current player models with its Diversity Committee and its Employee Resource Groups, a process that resulted in “small tweaks to existing player heads.” Bungie is planning to “increase Guardian diversity in Destiny, with the long-term goal of enabling everyone to imagine themselves as their Guardian.” In the meantime, players should not be surprised if their Guardian’s face looks a bit different after Beyond Light arrives.
There’s not a lot of customization in Among Us. Players can pick a color and a couple of accessories. Some of them are more popular than others; for instance, there’s a pet/hat combo of two tiny crewmates that are perfect for “don’t talk to me, or my son, or my son’s son ever again” jokes. Players can identify themselves with these little accessories, and they can help inspire sonas.
“So many people have a set color/hat/skin combo they want to use it sort of becomes your thing,” said Logan, a regular Among Us player. Logan has a bear-eared dark green sona to represent him in his in-game adventures. “The graphics do look like little beans, the design is really simplistic which kind of gives you like a jumping off point to do whatever you want with your imagination.”
Then, when playing with friends, stories begin to emerge. “I had such bad anxiety about being impostor when I first started because there’s more pressure,” said Logan. But during one game, he was the impostor, and he told one of his friends who had met a series of grisly ends that he’d protect her with his life. Instead, he would follow her around, then kill the lights and sneak off to murder someone else. His friend would always vouch for him, only for him to murder more crewmates.
For some players, sonas are just a way to capture and share moments while keeping the individual personalities of the players. One artist doesn’t play the game, but she watches her friends play and immortalizes their best moments.
Since her friends are writers or gamers, Angela is able to bring those moments to life through her art, as a gift to them. “I think part of it is definitely also seeing the external interpretation of something that happened in game,” she told Polygon over Twitter DM. “When you objectively go back and consider the events that transpired in any given Among Us game, they’re pretty bland. ‘Oh, vote red, he’s sus.’”
“But in art, those same events turn into big winding narratives about betrayal and love and friendship and stuff,” Angela said. “The drama is way easier to see and insert. And most people love a good story!”
And for some fans, part of the fun is the menace of being an impostor. The whole point of the game is not to be detected as an impostor, but there’s a thrill in having your friends fear you regardless. An impostor sona allows players to play up that element of the game, and celebrate their boldest murders and biggest lies. Or, it’s an opportunity to explore the cosmic horror of Among Us that doesn’t come across via cute crew beans and simple animations.
CW: Drawing with extreme body horror: deformed monster mouth
my #amongus oc/sona without a suit ☺️ As an imposter their mouth stretches past their collarbone and down the neck, leaving a scar/healedish wound where the mouth opens. Their eyes kinda messed up as an imposter. pic.twitter.com/sLliVicip0
The world of Among Us is quite small, confined to space stations and arctic outposts. But for the fans who log on every day, and try their hardest to win games or save their crewmates, the game gets personal. Crewsonas have become their way of making the stories that naturally unfold their own.
When Zack Snyder announced that he had partnered with WarnerMedia to produce a new cut of 2017’s Justice League, the director indicated that the project could be accomplished with existing footage, digital touch-ups, and some new recorded dialogue. Now, more than three years after its premiere, Justice League is going back to reshoots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) will return for about a week of reshoots, reports THR. This is notable not least because of the ongoing dispute between Warner Bros. and Fisher. The actor has alleged that Joss Whedon — who stepped in to rewrite and finish production on Justice League when Snyder stepped down from the project after a family tragedy — cultivated an abusive on-set environment, and that his misconduct was enabled by then-Warner Bros. executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.
With new footage comes new costs, and The Wrap reports that the new budget for Snyder’s recut of Justice League is now $70 million, up from an estimated $20 million to $30 million when the project was announced in May. The final version of the Snyder Cut will debut on HBO Max sometime in 2021. Snyder has indicated that his version of Justice League could be up to four hours long, and may premiere on the streaming service in television event-like segments.
Funimation Premium Plus gives anime fans access to Funimation’s entire streaming library, including English dubs and simulcast shows. At the moment, the service offers series like Naruto, Black Clover, and My Hero Academia that Premium Plus members can stream ad-free. The Game Pass Ultimate offer includes 60 free days of a Premium Plus subscription, but it is available only to new Funimation subscribers.
The free offer comes by way of Game Pass Ultimate Perks, which give players bonuses on top of the games they already get from the program. The perks include promotions like a few months of Discord Nitro for free, as well as some in-game bonuses, like free DLC or special armor and cosmetics.
Unfortunately, it seems that this perk can only be redeemed from an Xbox One console or the Xbox mobile app. PC subscribers can normally get Game Pass Ultimate perks through the official Windows 10 Xbox app, but as of this writing, the Funimation offer isn’t available in the PC app. The promotion is available from Sept. 25 until Oct. 24.