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Wonder Woman 1984 shows Diana of Themyscira in retro technicolor

Diana of Themyscira is back — but this time, she’s riding a new wave of totally tubular and gnarly ’80s energy.

The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the follow-up to 2017’s successful Wonder Woman, debuted at Comic Con Experience in São Paul. Gal Gadot returns as the legendary warrior, who finds herself caught in the midst of the Cold War. Kristen Wiig plays Barbara Ann Minerva, a British archaeologist who becomes Cheetah, while Pedro Pascal plays Max Lord, two of Wonder Woman’s most notorious foes. Robin Wright and Connie Nelson return to their roles of Antiope and Hippolyta respectively. Also back? Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, who we last saw in a fiery plane explosion. But this is comics, so no one really stays dead now, do they?

Patty Jenkins, who helmed 2016’s Wonder Woman, returns to write and direct. The film is not necessarily a direct sequel, but an installment in the line of Indiana Jones or James bond as a source close to Jenkins described to Vulture.

Wonder Woman 1984 was originally set for a December 2019 release date, before being pushed to June 5, 2020 — right at the start of summer blockbuster season and a month after Marvel’s Black Widow.

Source: Polygon.com

Full-size Commodore 64 revival launching soon, makers say

The Commodore 64 got a throwback, mini-sized tribute last year, now the workhorse of 1980s PC gaming is getting a full-size model — which means it has a working keyboard and function keys. They were just for looks on the smaller version that launched last fall.

Other features and enhancements on the full-size THEC64 (as the unit is called) include audio scaling, to keep the sound playing as close to possible as it originally did when THEC64’s program are running at a different refresh rate than expected. The full-size C64 will also display all of the PC’s video output in a full-height 720p image on whatever monitor the player is using.

The full-size C64 has been available for pre-order in Europe via Indiegogo and will be shipping there soon. No word yet on when this version comes to North America. The mini C64 launched in the U.S. and Canada last October and is currently available on Amazon for $32, for those just interested in the games.

The C64 has two modes, the 40-column C64 front end and the 22-column phat-text VIC-20 emulator. Owners will be able to load their own programs, with multi-disk compatibility. Much more is available through THEC64’s web page.

Source: Polygon.com

Tekken 7’s next DLC fighter is muay thai champ Fahkumram

The newest character in Tekken 7 is Fahkumram, and he briefly caused Sagat from Street Fighter to trend on Twitter because of their, hrm, close resemblance and muay thai origins.

Fahkumram (his name means “roaring sky,” or “thunder”) is also a giant like Sagat (7-foot-5, canonically). In the trailer Bandai Namco published today, he towers over poor Marduk after an over-the-top entrance that looks like Airwolf delivering a carbonite-frozen Han Solo.

Fahkumram, officially revealed at the Tekken World Tour Finals 2019, is part of the Tekken 7 season 3 pass of premium downloadable content (that runs $24.99). Bandai Namco didn’t give a specific arrival date for him. In September, Bandai Namco announced Zafina and Leroy Smith, the latter of whom is due this winter. At the time the publisher said two more fighters (for a total of four) would be added to the season 3 roster in the spring, so perhaps that is when Fahkumram arrives. When he does, he’ll be joined by a new Thailand fighting stage.

Source: Polygon.com

What you need to know to watch Crisis on Infinite Earths

The crossover to end all Arrowverse crossovers is almost upon us. Next week, the CW will air the first half of its adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths, bringing together all its heroes in a quest to save the multiverse. There are six shows to keep track of here, some more involved than others. Here’s what you need to know going into the Crisis!

How to watch Crisis on Infinite Earths

Like the previous Arrowverse crossovers, Crisis on Infinite Earths will air across multiple nights on The CW, with the first three parts airing on the same week. Supergirl’s episode will make up the first part of the crossover on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; parts two and three will air as episodes of Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., respectively.

Parts four and five of Crisis, which are episodes of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, will air back to back on Jan. 14. If you don’t have cable, never fear — you’ll be able to watch each Crisis-specific episode on their respective shows the day after they air if you have the CW app.

Can I get a pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths recap?

For Crisis, the two shows you need to be the most aware of going into this crossover are the ones that birthed this universe: Arrow and The Flash. In their current seasons, both shows have been building the foundation for everything to come.

During last year’s crossover Elseworlds, a cosmic entity called the Monitor arrived on Earth-1, looking to prepare its heroes for an incoming Crisis. To save Flash and Supergirl’s lives, Oliver Queen made a bargain with the Monitor that he would help save the Multiverse when summoned. But then, as always, the Scarlet Speedster messed with time and made things complicated for everyone else.

The very first episode of The Flash in 2014 ended on a tease that Barry Allen would vanish during the Crisis of April 2024. In its fifth season, Nora Allen, Barry’s adult daughter from the year 2040, came to the present day to spend time with her father. In doing so, she changed the timeline, accidentally wiping herself from existence and accelerating the Crisis’ original date. It would now occur in December 2019, with Earth-1 (the primary Earth for the Arrowverse shows) becoming the final battleground. And as Barry later learned, the only way for everyone to survive was for him to sacrifice his life.

The Monitor has also become a recurring character during the eighth and final season of Arrow. At the end of last season’s finale, not long after Oliver Queen’s daughter Mia was born, the cosmic being arrived at the vigilante’s home looking to recruit him into a fight to save the multiverse. Like Barry, Oliver is slated to die in the oncoming battle, but he agreed to uphold his end of the bargain. Along with John Diggle and the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance, Oliver has since been gathering items for the Monitor to help with the oncoming Crisis. Later, the cosmic being transported the adult, 2040 versions of Oliver’s kids Mia and William — plus Diggle’s adopted son Connor Hawke — to the present day as a way for Oliver to spend time with his family before his imminent death.

The Monitor has also made appearances in the recent season finales of Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. While in the wackier Legends, he just showed up to eat circus popcorn and watch the time traveling heroes make idiots of themselves, his time on Supergirl was more serious. He retrieved Lex Luthor’s dead body to revive him until the day of Crisis, claiming the universe will need Lex’s mind.

Everything is in place and everyone aware of what’s to come.

Brandon Routh as Superman in the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Katie Yu/The CW

What’s next after Crisis on Infinite Earths?

Crisis is sure to leave a mark on the Arrowverse, but no one at the CW has opened up about it. Thus far, it’s only been made clear that Barry will be dead and The Flash will continue on without him, though one can imagine it won’t be terribly long before he returns. And there are a few concrete facts concerning the rest of the Arrowverse.

In the aftermath of this crossover, there will be at least two new shows born. Arrow’s penultimate episode, and its first to follow Crisis, will be a backdoor pilot for a spinoff called Green Arrow & the Canaries, focusing on Oliver’s daughter Mia. Another planned spinoff is Superman & Lois, starring the Supergirl versions of Lois Lane and the Man of Steel.

Should the Arrowverse version of Crisis on Infinite Earths hold true to the source material, all the shows will take place in one single universe from here out. Thus far, Supergirl and Black Lightning have been the outliers in this regard — the former series, due to its origins as a CBS show, takes place on Earth-38. Black Lightning, in contrast, has never definitively stated what Earth it’s on. It’s possible that Black Lightning will stay in its own pocket world, but it seems likely that Supergirl will become another part of Earth-1 to make the show’s frequent crossovers easier to write around.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until Crisis on Infinite Earths kicks off!

Source: Polygon.com

In Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy, the open world’s innocent bystander fights back

The “what if characters in video games were actually living people” premise is now almost 40 years old, bridging Tron, Wreck-It Ralph, Ready Player One (and, for a really deep cut, Automan). It gets a twist next summer in Free Guy, in which Ryan Reynolds is a non-player character in an open-world, Grand Theft Auto-type video game who sees the truth with a pair of They Live sunglasses and starts fighting back.

Free Guy might seem like the kind of campy, spoofy, wink-and-nod collation of geek-culture references that got Ryan Reynolds a bathtub full of nominations for his two Deadpool movies. But from the trailer 20th Century Fox dropped today, Free Guy to me more resembles a longer-running, rounder-hearted spirit of the silver screen: What if the average person suddenly found themselves in power? Just sayin’, I think this three-minute clip could give Frank Capra a stiffie.

Either way, I’m here for it. Free Guy is written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, is directed by Shawn Levy, stars Reynolds and Jodie Comer, and has Taika Waititi thrown in as a bonus, so you know it’s gonna be weird and funny as hell.

Source: Polygon.com

Knives Out’s lighting expert pulled out all the stops for the movie’s best closeups

Ah, the key grip. For those not in the know, they’re the lighting and rigging engineer on the set. Basically, the director of photography’s muscle. They have to come up with all kinds of methods, improvisations and experiments so that you, the viewer, can see what the director is holding in their mind’s eye.

For Knives Out, Rian Johnson’s whodunit that premiered Nov. 27 and is getting a lot of traction at the box office right now, key grip Matt Mania went all-in to deliver verisimilitude in the film’s lighting. He sculpted the lighting diffusers in order to reflect, in the actors’ eyewear, a realistic presentation of the windows in the rooms where they are sitting for their closeups.

Cinematographer Steve Yedlin credited Mania’s mattes in a tweet this morning.

It’s a really cool you-may-have-missed-this detail for a really cool movie with a really cool cast. And it’s another thumbs-up for practical effects in a time when a lot of things are simply shot on a green screen for convenience’s sake.

Source: Polygon.com

The Elder Scrolls: Legends has been shut down

The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda Softworks’ foray into the card-battler genre, is effectively closed. The game’s community manager told players yesterday on Legends’ official subreddit that development has ended, which cancels the console launch that Bethesda announced for Legends at E3 2018.

Bethesda’s Christian Van Hoose characterized the decision as a mothballing of sorts, with “any new development or release [put] on hold” indefinitely. That also means the card set promised in The Elder Scrolls: Legends’ April development roadmap has been canceled, too. Legends’ online and single-player modes are still playable and Bethesda will support online play with monthly rewards and in-game events, Van Hoose said.

Last summer, Bethesda fired original developing studio Dire Wolf Digital and put Sparkypants Studios in charge of the project. At the time, spokesman Pete Hines said Bethesda wasn’t unhappy with Dire Wolf’s performance, but it did consider Legends to have “a lot of untapped potential.” The game was announced in 2015 and, after a public beta period, launched on Windows and Apple PCs in March and May 2017, followed by Android and iOS editions. The Elder Scrolls: Legends’ most recent expansion, “Jaws of Oblivion,” launched in September 2018.

As a make-good to players, everyone will receive “the Tamriel Collection,” an assortment of three-attribute cards and more, for free on their next login to The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

Source: Polygon.com

9 great movies you can now stream this month

New movies become available to stream almost every day on every platform, making the already daunting task of choosing something to watch even more difficult. To help parse through the lot, we’ve taken a look at all the most recent additions and chosen the five best movies currently available to you.

From grungy fantasy to biographical dramas to schlocky action romps, here’s what you should be streaming right now.

Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) holds a listening device to his ear during a congressional hearing Warner Bros. Pictures

The Aviator (2004)

With The Irishman now on Netflix, Martin Scorsese fever is in the air (and it’s sending some Marvel fans into a fit, but that’s another story). If you’re familiar with the heavy gangster films that led the director to his conclusive, three-and-a-half-hour epic, consider one of his slicker dramas. The Aviator stars Scorsese’s other longtime collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio, as Howard Hughes, the show business maverick who become obsessed with breaking air speed records and launching H-4 Hercules “flying boat” into the sky. Scorsese winds through Hollywood history to find Hughes at his highs and the crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder than would bring him to his lows. With a star-studded cast, it’s the definition of well-polished character study.

Stream on Hulu

robert redford as david chappellet looks over his shoulder, the white snow behind him The Criterion Collection

Downhill Racer (1969)

This often-overlooked sports drama stars Robert Redford as David Chappellet, a laser-focused downhill skier who navigates moguls better than social hierarchies. His coach (Gene Hackman) wants him to play nice with his teammates, but David can’t shake his desire for accomplishment, even at the cost of love. Michael Ritchie, known for broader comedy work like Bad News Bears and Fletch, made his debut with the drama, which couples Redford’s deep performance with pristine ski footage.

Stream on Hulu

The Head Hunter

It’s the live-action Skyrim movie you didn’t know you needed. Scaling the fantasy genre down to the level of gnarled, psychological horror, The Head Hunter follows a warrior seeking revenge on the monster that killed his daughter. The build up of director Jordan Downey’s indie quest is severe and brutal, and the atmosphere bleeds through the frames. Here’s the one big thing you really need to know: “head hunter” is a literal job description. Our hero hunts heads.

Stream on Shudder

two men sit in the grass looking at a can A24

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Jimmie Fails stars in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which is based in part on his life. The story revolves around the former Fails family home, which was purportedly built by Jimmie’s grandfather. Since his father lost the house, Jimmie has been obsessed with returning to it. Along with his playwright friend Montgomery (played by a terrific Jonathan Majors), Jimmie embarks upon a quest to get it back. Joe Talbot’s directorial debut is a stunningly beautiful elegy, from the glowing Bay Area cinematography to a triumphant score.

Stream on Amazon

malcolm x stands at the podium outside and gives a speech Warner Bros. Pictures

Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington remains one of today’s great actors. Those who got wise to the legend’s talents later in life probably missed Spike Lee’s sweeping portrait of the civil rights activist, which excels with Washington’s concentrated, charismatic naturalism. Clocking in a little over three hours — just three episodes of a binge-watch! You can do it! — Malcolm X tracks the events that evolved transformed Malcolm Lee into “Malcolm X” into El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Throughout the odyssey, Lee uses color and lighting to conjure moods that straight-laced historical adaptation wouldn’t convey, complementing Washington’s determined performance.

Stream on Netflix

Two adults lay on a bed with their child snuggled between them. Photo: Netflix

Marriage Story (2019)

Despite its title, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is about divorce. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson star as Charlie and Nicole, a couple in the midst of separating. They haven’t stopped loving each other, nor is there some single inciting incident, which is what makes the divorce so difficult. As lawyers are drawn in and boil their lives into too-simple terms for the sake of a settlement, they struggle to keep ahold of their professional and private lives, which were previously so intensely tied together. Baumbach resists the easy route of painting one as the villain and one as the hero, making the divorce all the more bittersweet — and rewarding — to watch.

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Sol Nazerman sits in pain, light broken up by a grate at the pawn shope Allied Artists Pictures

The Pawnbroker (1964)

Sidney Lumet built a career on confronting the truth. With his lights pointed at the system, the surface blistered in films like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Serpico, and The Verdict. Considering it all, one of his early films, The Pawnbroker, is also one of his most provocative. Grappling with the aftermath of the Holocaust like few had done before, the drama centers on Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), a survivor who set up shop in East Harlem, but has never been able to shake the horrors of genocide, or the guilt of leaving the concentration camps intact. The world is a nightmare, and Sol, dealing with customers who need to sell of their possessions to get by another day, holds everything in. Until he doesn’t. The bar for “tour de force” was set by Lumet, who peels back the layers at just the right moments, and Steiger, who unleashes hell when called upon.

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phase IV: an ant crawls up on a bed and looks at a girl in close up Olive Films

Phase IV (1974)

Fans of Ant-Man and other Formicidae-themed films must seek out Phase IV, the only directorial effort from title sequence master Saul Bass. The setup is a trip: An intergalactic anomaly causes Earth’s ants to become hyper-intelligent and aggressively productive. They build ant hill monoliths in the desert, and when threatened by mankind, devise a plan for all out war. Bass goes for broke with weird visuals, delivering something between Them! and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stream on Amazon and Hulu

Dalton stands in front of a crowd at the road house MGM Home Entertainment

Road House (1989)

Come to Road House for the bar brawls, stay for the bare-knuckled fist fights. The simple pleasures of this Patrick Swayze vehicle have gained cult status over the years (how could an ’80s action movie directed by a guy named Rowdy Herrington not?), and there’s nothing we could say that could do justice to its oddities than Polygon contributor Sean T. Collins’ Road-House-essay-a-day project, so go read that when you’re done.

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Source: Polygon.com

Fortnite’s movie theater will show a scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Fortnite’s in-game drive-in theater, Risky Reels, will show a scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker next weekend, Dec. 14, six days before the space-opera blockbuster opens in theaters worldwide.

In-game theater posters are already advertising the screening, which begins at 1:30 p.m. EST next Saturday. The actual clip will be shown at 2 p.m., Epic Games and Disney are giving players 30 minutes to get to the theater and take a seat. Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams is expected to make an appearance, too.

Earlier this week, dataminers uncovered evidence of a special event, codenamed Galileo, taking place at the drive-in. Risky Reels has been a popular landing spot for Fortnite players, featuring rows of rusted-out cars staring at a blank movie screen. Most players should know where to find it, but if you don’t, it’s in located in the far northeast of Fortnite Battle Royale’s map.

Risky Reels has hosted other promotional collaborations before, including for Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet last year. Last month, Epic added a Stormtrooper skin to Fortnite’s premium wardrobe.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on Dec. 20, and will close out a narrative arc spanning four decades and nine films.

Source: Polygon.com

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance changes depending when and where you ride

Rise of the Resistance is the latest cutting-edge attraction at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The dark ride leads guests to the heart of a First Order Star Destroyer (aka makes standing in line kind of fun), where they eventually must make their escape with the help of Disney cast members dressed as Resistance fighters. “The break out” invites guests to board two seemingly identical cars for a chase sequence that feels like it’s straight out of the movies.

The ride is a sensory overload, and one that begs to be experienced more than once just to see all the details. But when you ride the ride a second time, in a different car or during a different time of day, riders will actually get two distinct experiences, according to the Disney Imagineers.

At a premiere event at Walt Disney World, John Larena, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, mentioned that the ride has multiple viewpoints and that the subtle details of the experience really depend on which seat you get.

“There are eight seats in every vehicle,” Larena explained at a media event. “There’s two vehicles in there and I’ll tell you, it matters whether you’re on the side, in the front … it really does dictate where your head kind of trends to catch all these other thing. Totally different perspectives.”

During one critical moment, a shootout near a fleet of AT-ATs, the cars are separated and each views the scene a little differently, like a parallel moment in time. The front car sees Finn standing, with his back against crates, while the back car sees him crouching. Immediately after, both cars launch up: the front car sees directly into the AT-AT cockpit, while the back car gets a side view.

Guests dodge huge turbolaser cannons as they attempt to escape a First Order Star Destroyer as part of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Photo: Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks

Because the ride just has so much going on, even if you ride in the same exact place a second time through, you may pay attention to different details. Larena cites a moment when the escape vehicles zip through the Star Destroyer’s gunnery, where giant cannon props blast right over guests heads, embroiled in a space battle right outside the window.

“You might just look at the gun turbo guns that would catch your attention,” said Larena. “[But] if you direct your attention outside. There’s a whole other story that’s happening out there [via projections] that actually makes sense with everything that’s happening in the physical world.”

The bulk of Rise of the Resistance takes place in these two cars, but the lead up — a line that’s disguised as mini-rides — also has a re-ridability factor. Loading into the transport vehicle pioneered by new character, Lieutenant Bek a Mon Calamari, guests blast off from Batu. While the front of the ship features an animatronic Bek, the back shows a panoramic view of the planet as the ship departs. Depending on whether you ride in the morning or the evening, the projection changes to reflect the time of day, a small note that infuses all the more reality to the fantastical Star Wars story.

“It’s a very authentic story,” said Jon Georges, executive producer on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. “Because you are authentically there.”

Ride of the Resistance is now open at Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The ride’s Disneyland counterpart opens on Jan. 17. For a closer look at the attraction, watch our ridethrough video at the top of the story.

Source: Polygon.com