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Saints Row: The Third remaster coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Deep Silver announced on Monday morning that a remastered version of its 2011 action adventure Saints Row: The Third will be released in May.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered will be available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on May 22. The outlandish open-world game was first released in 2011. Developed by Volition, it lampooned Grand Theft Auto-style urban gang war games, making use of comedic devices such as silly weapons and over-the-top characters.

While Deep Silver-owned Volition is working on a new Saints Row game, the remaster is being handled by studio Sperasoft. According to a statement from Deep Silver, the remastered game will feature “retextured environments, character models and visual effects, enhanced graphics and a new lighting engine.” It will also include remastered versions of the game’s three expansion packs and its sundry DLC. The full package will cost $39.99.

In Saints Row: The Third, players take on the role of a post-industrial city gang boss, threatened by an aggressive crime syndicate. The game pokes fun at action-adventure tropes of the era, while also indulging in puerile humor.

A Nintendo Switch version of the original game came out last year, which Polygon said suffered from the narrative limitations of its era, including a “sex appeal” slider on its create-a-character menu that inflates the female character’s breasts and the male character’s penis. A spokesperson for Deep Silver said the remaster’s narrative content and jokes would remain the same as the original game.


Overwatch League players fined for chatting about ‘big dick’ during match

Two Overwatch League players were fined over the weekend for typing variations of “big dick” into the live match chat. Los Angeles Valiant support player Mun “Lastro” Jung-won and San Francisco Shock DPS Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun were apparently unaware the match chat was visible on the live broadcast match last Saturday.

Lastro kicked things off during the match by typing “sex” then “big dick.” Rascal responded with “big dick,” while teammates were pleading with the players to stop — “[viewers] can see match chat,” Shock tank player Matthew “super” DeLisi typed. Both Lastro and Rascal were fined $1,000 “for inappropriate chat during a league match,” league officials announced Sunday via the discipline tracker.

Lastro apologized after the match. “I thought the viewers could not see the match chat because everyone was typing in it,” he tweeted on Saturday. “I wrote it as a joke, although I should not have done it regardless of whether the viewers could see the match chat or not. I will make sure something like this never happens again.”

Rascal responded to the fine with a GIF of Conan O’Brien with his head in his hand.

These are the first two fines in 2020 for the Overwatch League, which is quite impressive considering the number of fines, suspensions, and punishments that were doled out over the first two seasons.


‘What is Quibi?’ and other burning quibtions

As every media conglomeration is out to offer its own streaming service to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, a new competitor is entering the fray: Quibi. The app-based service launched in the wee hours of the morning on April 6.

The creation of DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi is unlike most of its competitors. The service has no library of pre-existing content, its shows can only be viewed on mobile devices, and its conceit is that none of its episodes are more than 10 minutes long.

To help guide you through the brand new platform, we’ve put together a guide to all the burning questions you might have, starting with the biggest of them all.

[Ed. note: Vox Media and Polygon have partnered with Quibi to produce Speedrun, a daily news show. This partnership does not influence our editorial coverage of Quibi as a platform.]

What is Quibi?

A new streaming service designed for streaming short content on mobile devices. The name is a portmanteau for “quick bite.” Get it? (For the record, “Hulu” does not stand for Huge Lunch, it’s the Mandarin word for “Interactive recording.”)

What’s the point of Quibi?

The idea of Quibi is to deliver entertainment in a fast-paced world full of young people who primarily use their phones to stream their entertainment, and want it in brief installments they can digest while they’re hopping around between different tasks or amusements. That’s why any given Quibi episode tops out at 10 minutes long.

To pull from the Quibi fact sheet, “Quibi is targeting millennials with disposable income who want premium video content for those in between moments in life.” So it’s meant to be content we can consume with the tiny stretch of cell-phone connectivity we get when a train is in the subway station, before it’s between repeaters. (Or you download episodes — that works, too.)

will forte and kaitlin olson dress in wacky americana costumes in quibi’s flipped Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson star in Flipped Photo: Quibi

So it’s just short videos?

Each “show” either a longer project divided into short segments, a serial, or a news show. As of launch, Quibi shows are divided into three categories: “Movies in Chapters” (movies broken into 10-minute segments), “Unscripted and Docs” (episodic shows with short episodes), and “Daily Essentials” (news shows, which are under 7 minutes long).

How can I watch a Quibi?

Quibi is designed to be viewed primarily on mobile devices. A fun quirk about Quibi? Every show has both a horizontal and vertical view, which will adjust when you rotate your phone. This will supposedly shift seamlessly as you’re watching the shows. You can start out watching a show vertically while walking home from work, then pivot it to horizontal view while propping your phone on the kitchen table as you microwave Totino’s pizza rolls.

There’s no option for watching on a computer?

Nope. Quibi is a mobile-only platform. The future — it’s here. And only available on phones.

What’s on Quibi?

Unlike Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus, Quibi is launching with entirely new content produced exclusively for the platform. In that way, it’s more like Apple TV Plus, which launched last November with a full slate of original programming.

Quibi has a variety of shows produced by and starring recognizable talent. (Plus Polygon staffers — we made a news show called Speedrun.) The platform’s playing fast and loose with the kinds of content it’s making. A modern adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game starring a Hemsworth brother? A docu-series about a mayor charged by the FBI? A show where blindfolded chefs get smashed in the face with food? Yep. There’s a full list of launch titles and descriptions at the end of this dic.

Queen Latifah in When the Streetlights Go On Queen Latifah in When the Streetlights Go On Photo: Quibi

Is Quibi free?

Nope. Quibi costs actual real human money.

How do I sign up for Quibi?

The Quibi website has full instructions and links to the app at the Apple app store for iPhones and iPad, and on Google Play for Android.

How much does Quibi cost?

Quibi offers two pricing tiers. The first is ad-supported and costs $4.99 a month. Videos less than five minutes in length will get 10-second ads, while those between 5 and 10 minutes will get 15-second ads. The second tier is ad-free and costs $7.99 a month.

Is Quibi worth it?

Hard to say right now, but if you’re hesitant about spending $4.99 a month on yet another streaming service, there’s a 90-day free trial going on if you sign up for Quibi before April 20. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available as of launch day:

The Movies in Chapters you can watch right now

  • Most Dangerous Game: A modern-day redux of Richard Connell’s short story about an aristocrat who hunts people for sport, starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz.
  • Survive: Starring Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, Survive follows two survivors of a plane crash who must — you guessed it — survive a rugged wilderness.
  • When the Streetlights Go On: A small town bands together after the ruthless killing of a young girl and a teacher.
  • Flipped: A comedy that puts a twist on the home-renovation genre. Two renovation experts are kidnapped and forced to renovate homes by a drug cartel.
  • 50 States of Fright: This Sam Raimi-produced horror anthology explores creepy folklore from each of the 50 states.

The Unscripted and Docs shows

  • Nikki Fre$h: A comedy series about reality star Nicole Richie’s rap alter ego, which she uses to infuse wellness with a fresh style of music.
  • Fierce Queens: A nature documentary series focusing on “fierce” female animals, narrated by Reese Witherspoon.
  • I Promise: A documentary about LeBron James, specifically about his I Promise School, a partnership between the James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools
  • Memory Hole: Starring Will Arnett, Memory Hole is an archive show about the most “cringe-worthy” moments in pop culture. The first season will be focused on Canada.
  • NightGowns with Sasha Velour: A behind-the-scenes look at drag queen Sasha Velour’s creative process.
  • Prodigy: Eight young athletes tell us about their accomplishments.
  • Run this City: The youngest mayor ever elected in Fall River, Massachusetts gets indicted by the FBI.
  • Shape of Pasta: A chef travels Italy in search of rare pasta shapes, known only to small remote villages.
  • &Music: “Unsung artists” of the music industry, such as lighting directors, choreographers, and audio engineers get a moment to shine.
  • Chrissy’s Court: Think Judge Judy, but with model and social media personality Chrissy Tiegan.
  • Dishmantled: A cooking competition hosted by Titus Burgess that will start off with a cannon blasting a mystery dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs, who will have to use their culinary skills to recreate it.
  • Elba vs. Block: Idris Elba and rally car driver Ken Block race cars and complete stunts.
  • Gayme Show: Two straight contestants compete to see who can be the most gay.
  • Gone Mental with Lior: Lior Suchard, the world’s best mentalist, and a celebrity guest perform mind-reading stunts.
  • Murder House Flip: A home makeover show, except it’s exclusively about homes where people have been killed.
  • Punk’d: A reboot of Ashton Kutcher’s celebrity prank series, but with some augmented-reality hijinks.
  • The Sauce: Usher judges dance competitions in this show that tours dance cultures across the U.S.
  • Singled Out: A reboot of the MTV dating show of the same name, reinvented for the Tinder era.
  • Skrrt With Offset: Migos member Offset talks to celebs about their fancy cars.
  • Thanks a Million: Rich celebrities donate $100,000 to random people in need.
  • You Ain’t Got These: A deep dive into the world of sneaker culture.
Sasha Velour in Nightgowns Sasha Velour in Nightgowns Photo: Quibi

The Daily Essentials news shows

  • 60 in 6 by CBS News: An adaptation of CBS’s 60 Minutes, but condensed into 6 minutes.
  • Speedrun by Polygon: That’s us! A show about gaming and entertainment news.
  • Last Night’s Late Night: A late-night-show recap from Entertainment Weekly.
  • The Daily Chill: A daily ASMR show with guided visuals.
  • The Rachel Hollis Show: A motivational show from author and blogger Rachel Hollis.
  • Sexology with Shan Boodram: Sex educator Shan Boodram hosts an educational show about love, dating, and sex in the modern age.
  • Fashion’s a Drag: RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Willam Belli and supermodel Denise Bidot lead a panel of fashion experts discussing the day’s fashion trends.
  • The Nod with Brittany & Eric: From the podcasters of the same name, this daily show dives into black culture.
  • Morning Report by NBC News: A daily weekday news report from NBC.
  • Saturday Report by NBC News: The same thing, but for Saturday.
  • Sunday Report by NBC News: The same thing, but for Sunday.
  • Around the World by BBC News: The international news angle.
  • Pulso News by Telemundo: A daily news show from Telemundo, meant for the English-speaking Latinx population.
  • For the Cultura by Telemundo: The pop culture offshoot of the above.
  • Weather Today by the Weather Channel: I wonder what this is.
  • NewsDay and NewsNight by CTV News: A news show, but for Canada.
  • The Replay by ESPN: A sports show.
  • Yet untitled TSN sports show: A sports show, but for Canada.
  • All the Feels by the Dodo: A show about “emotionally resonant animal stories” for a daily pick me up.
  • Close Up by E! News: A daily celebrity and pop-culture news show.
  • Fresh Daily by Rotten Tomatoes: A daily conversation about movies and TV.
  • No Filter by TMZ AM: Edgy celeb gossip to start your day with.
  • No Filter by TMZ PM: Edgy celeb gossip to end your day with.
  • Trailers by Fandango: The best trailers of the day in one quick bite.
  • Pop5: A daily collage of pop music news.
  • Hot off the Mic: A daily standup series from new and emerging comedians.

If I like a Quibi show, how do I see more?

Quibi is planning to release “over 25 new episodes” of these shows per day, for more than three hours of new content daily. And that’s just the shows launching with the platform — there’s already a slate of new content coming later April. Here’s what to expect:

Upcoming movies

  • The Fugitive: Premiering sometime in April, The Fugitive is a modern update of both the 1963 TV series and the 1993 movie starring Harrison Ford.
  • #FreeRayShawn: A modern twist on Dog Day Afternoon, this show follows an Iraq war veteran (Stephen James) who takes shelter in his apartment building after a botched drug deal. It premieres on April 13.
  • The Stranger: A thriller following a mysterious passenger (Dane Dehaan) and a ride-share driver (Maika Monroe) as they dive deeper into Los Angeles. Premieres April 13.
  • Dummy: Anna Kendrick stars as an aspiring writer who competes for her boyfriend’s attention with his sex doll. Premieres April 20.

Upcoming docuseries

  • Cup of Joe: Basically Joe Jonas’ travel vlog. Premieres April 27.
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple: A reboot of the popular Nickelodeon game show, but for nostalgic adult competitors. Premieres sometime in April.
  • Fight Like a Girl: Pro-wrestlers pair with young women to inspire them to be tougher, stronger, healthier versions of themselves. Available April 13.
  • Floored: A dance show that takes place on a moving stage with surprise obstacles. Premieres April 27.
  • Iron Sharpens Iron: Star athletes from different sports come together to talk training. Available April 20.


Leaked map Village for Modern Warfare is a new map, not MW3 remake

The game files for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PC leaked a new map that is rumored to debut with Season 3 for the game and is called Village.

Many of us assumed it would be a remake of the Modern Warfare 3’s map called Village since it shares the same name, but now, a data miner has found the mini map for this new Village map in MW’s game files and it is not the same map as was in MW3.

It appears to be a brand new three lane map coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare soon.

Here’s the loading screen for this Village map, which was also in the game files, and it does look different than MW3’s Village map.

Season 3 begins April 8. More info to come.

SOURCE: Reddit

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Yup, someone modded Isabelle into Resident Evil 3

To the surprise of precisely 0.0 percent of anybody, Animal Crossing’s Isabelle has been modded into Resident Evil 3’s remake. Only, it’s not exactly how I wished she would have shown up.

Crazy Potato on Nexus Mods has a mask that turns Jill Valentine into AC’s cheerful administrative assistant. Me, I was hoping they’d give us Isabelle-as-Nemesis, akin to Resident Evil 2 modders swapping Mr. X for Thomas the Tank Engine. Unfortunately, I don’t see anything like that yet (there is, however, one that swaps Nemesis for Ultron.)

another shot of jill valentine wearing the isabelle mask in resident evil 3 Image: Crazy Potato/Nexus Mods

But give Crazy Potato some credit for having this sucker up a full week before Resident Evil 3’s street date. I dig the blood spatter on the left side of her face. Some real care went into this.

“Jill is a fan,” says Crazy Potato. Well, make that two of us.

Resident Evil 3 launched on Friday for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched March 20 on Nintendo Switch. This isn’t the first time Isabelle’s wholesome has tangoed with core gore; she’s already had quite the fling with Doom Eternal.

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NBA 2K20, F1 2019 live events highlight ESPN programming today

With no lumberjack olympics, darts, Australian Rules Football or kickboxing to broadcast, ESPN now turns to esports to save itself this afternoon.

Beginning at noon on ESPN2, the Worldwide Leader will begin a 12-hour esports programming marathon that includes two live events: Formula 1’s “Virtual Grand Prix” featuring four real-life drivers, and the first round of the NBA 2K Players Tournament, also featuring real-life NBA stars.

The block also includes prior tournaments for Rocket League, Apex Legends and Madden NFL, no stranger to the network. The schedule (all times EDT):

  • Noon: Madden NFL 20 Classic — This is a re-run of last year’s tournament, held Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in Arlington, Texas.
  • 1 p.m.: Madden NFL 20 Club Championship — Another repeat, of the Dec. 17-20 tournament held at Electronic Arts headquarters, with a $703,000 prize pool on the line.
  • 2 p.m.: Madden NFL 20 Challenge — Held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, this is the last of three tournaments whose winner moves on to the Madden Bowl — which was originally scheduled for April 23 to 25. But on March 14, Electronic Arts announced it was suspending all live competitions “until the global coronavirus situation improves.” Competitions and broadcasts where players are online and isolated from one another may continue, however.
  • 3 p.m.: F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix — This is a live event featuring drivers Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Lando Norris (McLaren), Alex Albon (Red Bull), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) Nicholas Latifi and George Russell (both Williams) racing in F1 2019 at Australia’s Albert Park circuit. Formula 1 canceled the Australian Grand Prix, the 2020 season’s debut race, the day before it was to run, and postponed the next six races on the schedule — including what should have been this weekend’s inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix. This is the second Virtual Grand Prix since the championship was put on hold.
  • 4:30 p.m. Season 8 Rocket League World Championship — This tournament closed out Rocket League’s 2019 season in December. Viewers will get NRG Esports versus Renault Vitality before a stadium crowd in Madrid, Spain.
  • 6 p.m. NBA 2K Players Tournament — Back to live competition. The first round of the tournament wraps up with four matches: Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers) vs. Domantas Sabonis (Indiana); Donovan Mitchell (Utah) vs. Rui Hachimura (Washington); Devin Booker (Phoenix) vs. Michael Porter Jr. (Denver); and Andre Drummond (Cleveland) vs. DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers). On Saturday, Derrick Jones, Jr. (Miami), Deandre Ayton (Phoenix), Trae Young (Atlanta), and Patrick Beverley (Clippers) all won to advance to the second round. The NBA 2K Players Tournament is a single-elimination, 16-player tournament on Xbox One, whose finals will be held April 11. The grand prize is a $100,000 donation, supporting coronavirus relief efforts, to the winner’s charity of choice.
  • 10 p.m. EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am — ESPN staged this charity event in July 2019, which donated $25,000 to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The three-player squads comprise athletes, celebrities, streamers and esports pros.


Boston authorities shut down GameStop and stores close statewide

State and local authorities in Massachusetts have ordered all GameStops there to close, ending a weeklong standoff in which the games retailer insisted it was an essential business and continued to serve customers with curbside pickups.

The Boston Globe reported on Friday that Boston city inspectors ordered GameStop’s Dorchester location to close down on Tuesday, then visited it on Wednesday to make sure it wasn’t open. The store was not fined but it was given a nuisance citation. GameStop later confirmed to The Globe that it had closed all stores in Massachusetts but didn’t comment further.

Polygon has reached out to a GameStop representative for additional comment on what stores remain open, and why. The company has more than 4,000 locations throughout the United States. It was also fighting for survival before the novel coronavirus swept through the country, forcing business closures, social distancing, and other measures to limit its spread.

On March 19, GameStop insisted that it provided essential services, in a statement that said it also sold “products and devices that are important to facilitate remote work, distance learning, and virtual connectivity.” After taking harsh criticism for keeping stores open, GameStop announced two days later that it was moving its operations online, although it would continue to serve customers with “contactless” curbside pickup.

That meant (according to a memo reported by The Globe) advising employees to wear gloves or even tape plastic bags over their hands, open the front door only slightly while keeping its glass between them and the customer, and handing over whatever they had ordered through the crack.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to close on March 24. GameStop apparently continued to operate in that state for a week before authorities put their foot down. In reply to criticism about the company’s concern for its employees, GameStop said all employees had been told they did not have to work if they did not feel comfortable doing so, and that furloughed workers would be paid for two weeks at their regular rate.

Even in the strong economy preceding COVID-19’s spread, GameStop was hurting badly. Last year, the company reported sharp sales declines and significant quarterly losses, reflecting video game consumers’ increasing shift to online purchasing and delivery of their games. In August, the company laid off almost half the staff of Game Informer magazine, and by the end of the year closed 200 stores, with more closures expected in 2020.


7 trailers that have us hyped this week: Rick and Morty, Stargirl, and more

A million trailers drop online every week, which can make it hard to keep track of what’s actually coming up in theaters and on home screens. To help parse through the endless stream of upcoming movie and TV releases, we’ve assembled a list of the most exciting (and in some cases, weirdest) trailers that came out this week, along with a hype level rating, tracking whether these particular trailers actually excited us about the upcoming product. Afraid you might have missed something? Fear no more.

This week brings us the trailer to the second half of the fourth season of Rick and Morty, as well as looks as Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, the Netflix rom-com Love Wedding Repeat, the sequel to Train to Busan, Cleopatra in Space, Trying, and Stargirl.

Normal People

Based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, Normal People tells the story of two young sweethearts whose social places essentially flip-flop as they grow older, and how they deal with the changes and their continuing affection for each other. As they weave in and out of each others’ lives, they learn more about each other, and grow closer than ever.

Series release date: April 29 on Hulu

Hype level: 6. The drama, directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room) looks lived-in and tender, plus the book was a hit.

Rick and Morty Season 4

Or maybe more accurately season 4.5? As per the song chosen to back the new trailer, the boys (Rick and Morty) are back in town. After the first part of the show’s fourth season aired in November and December of last year, it wasn’t entirely clear when the show would come back. As it turns out, the last five episodes of the season will be landing in May, along with the typical Rick and Morty mayhem.

Series release date: May 3 on Adult Swim

Hype level: 5, for being 50% of a season. Let’s see where this goes!

Jack (Sam Claflin) just wants his little sister’s wedding day to go perfectly. Except his ex is here with her new boyfriend, a missed connection from his past shows up, and someone’s about to drunkenly profess his love to Jack’s little sister. What’s a bloke to do? Oh, yeah there’s also some timey-wimey Groundhog Day thing going on here, according to the summary? Weird.

Movie release date: April 10 on Netflix

Hype level: 6. It looks cute, but I’d be more into it if they were upfront about whatever weird timeline thing was happening.

The 2016 Korean horror film Train to Busan was a hit, putting a new spin on zombie horror by setting all the action on a fast-moving train. The movie’s sequel, Peninsula, takes place four years later, with the world fully mired in the zombie apocalypse. There are cage matches, Mad Max-esque chases, and gore galore.

Movie release date: TBD

Hype level: 9. Docked one point for no more Ma Dong-seok.

Cleopatra in Space

Take Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and put her in a time machine and toss her into the future of space exploration, aliens, and planets. I am so here for this.

Series release date: April 15 on Peacock

Hype level: 1,000,000. This is just so out there it just might work.


A couple realizes they can’t conceive, so they start the adoption process. Everyone seems to want to deter them, so they’ve got to keep their chins up.

Series release date: May 1 on Apple TV Plus

Hype level: 5. I chuckled a few times, but the whole “parents who clearly hate their kids” and “couple who can’t get along” shticks are a little tired at this point.


Not to be confused with the Disney Plus movie with the same name, this Stargirl isn’t a YA adaptation but a comic book one. The DC superheroine Stargirl is high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore, who finds a magical staff in her basement and takes up a heroic mantle. It joins the other CW DC shows with the same blend of campy special effects and a warm and gooey do-gooder attitude.

Series release date: May 19 on the CW

Hype level: 7. Is that LUKE WILSON?!


5 movies and shows to watch with HBO’s free content deal

Despite spring rolling in, most of us find ourselves spending more time indoors than ever before. Hollywood is aware: Blockbuster movies are suddenly available to rent, streaming services are throwing free trials at the board, and everyone on the planet has suddenly watched Tiger King.

Feeling the need to meet customers where they are, HBO announced this week that a nearly 500 hours of content on the HBO Now and Go services would be free for anyone to view through April 30 as part of the “Stay Home” initiative. Those who’ve never had access to the premium cable channel can now watch shows like The Sopranos, Barry, Six Feet Under, Veep, Succession, Silicon Valley, True Blood, and The Wire for free, right now.

But maybe you used to be a subscriber and have the HBO classics under your belt. Or maybe you don’t have time for eight seasons of a prestige drama. What movies and TV shows should you watch on HBO if you need instant gratification? Here are five picks that should do the trick.

Blinded by the Light

Bruce Springsteen gave his stamp of approval to this feel-good British dramedy, which stars newcomer Viveik Kalra as a teenager who retreats to rock and roll to deal with the restricting traditions of his Pakistani immigrant family and the racism of his hometown. The dramatic lows are low in Blinded by the Light, but the sounds of The Boss, infused with Kalra’s exhilarating expression, make the film a total burst of joy.

I Love You, Now Die

michelle carter sits in court Image: Courtesy of HBO

Erin Lee Carr, director of HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest, Netflix’s new How to Fix a Drug Scandal, and one of the premiere documentarians working today, delivered this two-part court drama focused on the trial of Michelle Carter, whose boyfriend died by suicide in July 2014, shortly after receiving texts from Carter urging him to do so. While the media had a field day with Carter’s case, Carr examines every side of the saga, and raises essential questions about the law, mental health, and life on the internet. Yes, it’s true crime, but it’s nothing like what you expect from the genre.


Before Jaume Collet-Serra signed on for a jungle cruise with The Rock, the Spanish director made a name for himself as something of a B-movie thriller auteur. Movies like Non-Stop, Run All Night, The Shallows, and The Commuter are pulpy, Hitchcockian, and slick as hell, and the run really began with this 2011 cinematic pageturner. Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a major voice in biotech who, after getting knocked unconscious in a car accident, wakes up to discover that his wife, colleagues, and everyone else in his orbit has no clue who he is. What happened? His character doesn’t have a “special set of skills,” but still, no one can play a frenzied, mystery-solving ass-kicker quite like Neeson.


mcmillions logo on hbo Image: HBO

If you need a solid binge-watch, cue up HBO’s other new docuseries, the six-part chronicle of how a shadowy figure — we won’t spoil — rigged the results of McDonald’s Monopoly game for an entire decade. The early episodes set the table, revealing wacky FBI agents, bizarre leads in the investigation, and secret corporate politics. The whole thing feels like a story concocted by the Coen brothers. But it all really happened, and it all gets weirder as it goes along.


If you’re a fan of preposterously budgeted blockbusters that found little to no audience when they were released and rightfully earn the underrated badge (and we most definitely are), then you must carve out two hours for Pan. Directed by Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Hanna), the reimagined Peter Pan origin story finds Peter (Levi Miller) and James Hook (Garret Hedlund) teaming up against a fairy dust-huffing Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Full of splashy visuals and odd detailing, the movie is a pure vision — and one that couldn’t sell itself in the Disney-fied marketplace. At one point, Jackman and his fellow pirates sing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Team Spirit.” That’s really all you need to know.

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The week’s best game trailers: Signalis, Souls-like Mortal Shell, and strangeness

Trailers! Get your trailers here! They drift over the transom here at Polygon dot com every week, even when it seems the rest of the world has pressed pause. Good trailers are exciting, but the most memorable trailers are weird, and even if one word can’t describe this week’s batch, that’s still a good start.

Our roundup this week is a descent into madness, starting with a stylish survival horror title, a sports/household appliances fusion, and Seinfeld-meets-P.T. Bring me the glands!


Who: rose-engine

When and Where: TBA on Windows PC via Steam.

Why: Perhaps a sci-fi survival horror story won’t be as jump-scary from an old-school, room-sized perspective? Signalis, from rose-engine, delivers its chills with a low-resolution style whose inspirations seem to run a gantlet from System Shock and Silent Hill to Ghost in the Shell. Elster, the hero, is “a technician Replika searching for her lost dreams” amongst “surreal retrotech worlds,” according to the Steam page. Gameplay looks like a blend of puzzle-solving and point-and-click combat, with journal entries and other in-world discoveries spooling out the mystery.

Mortal Shell

Who: Playstack

When and Where: Dunno, and PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Why: Wait, what the hell is that evil demon saying? “Bring the glands back to me?” No. Gotta be plans, right? But then the desiccated revenant dude proceeds to rip, well, some kind of glandular thing out of a mummy. Well, OK, then. Mortal Shell, from PlayStack, is formerly known as Dungeonhaven, a Souls-like indie game announced for PlayStation 4 in 2018. Turns out that revenant dude is you, underneath a badass suit of mail, and there’s all kinds of hacking, slashing, and dying to come. But still, what the hell is that demon saying?


Who: Couch Game Crafters

When and Where: Now (Steam Early Access) on Windows PC.

Why: For those who complain that sports video games are just the same thing every year, well, here are sentient toasters playing volleyball. In a deathtrap filled arena. This trailer for Toasterball’s latest update introduces two new match variants, “lava pool,” (the floor is made of molten lava) and “claustrophobia” (the ceiling is made of radial sawblades). Update 1.5.1 also delivers better ball physics and the ability to catch your opponent’s toast “ninja style.”

Sinfeld Chronicles

Who: Rare Bird Interactive

When and Where: This is being made in Dreams, which is available now on PlayStation 4, but the game isn’t done yet.

Why: Last month the Internet discovered Seinfeld: The Horror Game, which was basically P.T. meets the show about nothing, whose characters never learn anything about themselves. In the month since, creators Austin and Colton Stock have retitled their acid trip (presumably to get out of the C&D blast radius) and given it a story trailer. Sinfeld Chronicles, according to Rare Bird Interactive, has only one branching quest line, but “you’ll be able to visit the bakery from Moonstruck [Cammareri Bros. in Brooklyn] and the hotel from Home Alone 2 [Plaza Hotel, Manhattan] on the same street eventually.”

Resident Evil 3

Who: Capcom

When and Where: Now, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Why: Because after the abject weirdness of Toasterball and Sinfeld Chronicles (plus “Bring the glands back to me,”) we need something a little more … normal to close things out.