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Peter Jackson Had A Hard Time With Mortal Engines’ Cities On Wheels

When you think of cities, the word ‘stationary’ probably comes to mind, right? Not so in the world of Mortal Engines. The big hook for these series of books is that in this futuristic, steampunk reality, most city states have gone mobile and fight amongst competing metropolises for resources. These are easy enough to describe on paper and imagine in your head, but creating such motorized monstrosities for a movie is entirely another matter. Sure enough, Peter Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the upcoming Mortal Engines, said it was incredible difficult to effectively “build” these cities on wheels, explaining to CinemaBlend:

CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola had the opportunity to chat with Peter Jackson today following the Mortal Engines panel at New York Comic-Con, during which time Jackson made it clear that coming up with these rolling cities for the movie was not an easy endeavor. Even if you ignore the challenges behind designing these large communities, then there’s the issue of taking them, putting them on wheels and having them roll across landscapes. Mix in the technical aspects of shooting these cities, and the Mortal Engines crew had their work cut out for them and then some. Judging by what we’ve seen in the trailers so far, they did a good job.

It’s important to mention that just like in real life, not all the cities in the Mortal Engines universe are the same size. The bigger cities like London prey on the smaller ones, and the ones that are the same size hold uneasy truces and trade with one another either directly or via airships. Since Mortal Engines is adapting the first book of four, assuming the movie performs well, we’ll get to see even more of these cities duke it out and vie from control over what little is still useful on Earth.

As for Mortal Engines‘ plot, the movie sees Tom Natsworthy, played by Robert Sheehan, being tossed from mobile London and onto actual land for the first time in his life after he gets in the way of Hester Shaw, played by Hera Hilmar, attempting to kill Hugo Weaving’s Thaddeus Valentine, one of London’s most powerful figures and the man who killed Hester’s mother. With Tom and Hera now on solid land, they’ll have to fight for survival, which is even harder in this post-apocalyptic landscape. Mortal Engines‘ cast also includes Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Lang and Colin Salmon.

Mortal Engines opens in theaters on December 14, and as for what the rest of the year has to offer theatrically, check out our 2018 release schedule for those details.

Is A New Nintendo Switch Model Coming Next Year?

Of course, there would be little reason to do a console redesign if those were the only things Nintendo was planning on changing, so we wouldn’t be surprised if things like an integrated camera and microphone also make the cut. Another idea being kicked around are better specs, allowing the newer version of the Switch to play games that the older version can’t, such as Kingdom Hearts III. I would be a bit surprised to see that happen, though, as fans weren’t too pleased with Nintendo the last time they pulled something like that, introducing games for the 3DS that would only run on the newer models of the console. Then again, this is Nintendo we’re talking about, so it’s not a great idea to bet on what they would or would not do.

Hurry Up And Grab Shadow Warrior 2 For Free

Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital’s Shadow Warrior 2 came out back in 2016. The game received a lot of positive review scores both from critics and actual gamers, turning it into a fairly successful outing for Flying Wild Hog and the publisher. As part of GOG.com’s 10th anniversary celebration the company is giving away some gifts to loyal customers and newcomers alike, and one of the games that the company is giving away is none other than the 2016 outing of Shadow Warrior 2. However, you’ll need to work fast before the offer goes away.

Shadow Warrior 2’s giveaway is part of the GOG.com 10 year anniversary celebration. There’s a page on GOG.com outlining how over the last decade of being in operation, the company wanted to give back to the community by offering up a free game.

There was a poll consisting of three titles, including Campo Santo’s Firewatch, the time-motion shooter Superhot, and finally Shadow Warrior 2. According to the poll on the page, 54% of the vote went to Shadow Warrior 2, while 29% of the users voted for Firewatch, and Superhot came in dead last with just 17% of the vote.

The game that came in first would then be selected to be part of a giveaway for just two days, giving gamers 48 hours to download the title for free. So you have just hours to get your hands on a free copy of the game right now.

The process is pretty simple, you just have to go to the GOG.com website and register a free account on the DRM-free digital distribution service.

GOG.com has been attempting to disrupt the industry with its DRM-free games for the last decade. This gives gamers an alternative to the standard offerings made available from services like Origin, Uplay or Steam, all of which are known to offer gamers with some sort of DRM protection in place, sometimes including Denuvo. The problem with some DRM services is that they can have very adverse effects on playing a game, which is exactly what happened to Tequila Works’ RiME, which suffered major slowdown and frame-rate issues on PC until Denuvo was removed.

If you decide to pick up a DRM-free copy of Shadow Warrior 2, you’ll gain access to both the single and multiplayer portions of the game, which includes the four-player cooperative campaign that allows you to team up with three other friends and play through the game together. The level progression is linear but the environmental layouts are procedurally generated, so you get a different experience every time you play through the game.

The game also comes with a large mixture of different weapons to collect and utilize, ranging from melee weapons to shotguns and pistols, to laser rifles and rocket launchers. There’s literally a weapon in there for everyone. There’s also a pretty cool upgrade system implemented as well, which adds further replayability to Shadow Warrior 2.

The base game is freely available on GOG.com right now but you will have to put down $9.99 for the DLC upgrade pack.

Who Will Win The Stanley Cup According To NHL 19

There’s an annual tradition within sports games to always attempt to pinpoint the winner of the playoff champions using the latest simulations in the video games. EA has made it a tradition to always highlight the potential winner of the Super Bowl each year using the latest iteration of Madden NFL, and now the company has decided to focus its attention on another sporting event this year: the Stanley Cup. The yearly playoffs in the National Hockey League for the 2019 season was given the video game simulation treatment, with EA Sports putting the finals through a what-if scenario within this year’s outing of NHL 19, and the results may be more surprising than you originally thought.

The video was posted up over on the official EA Sports NHL YouTube channel, featuring just a minute and a half worth of gameplay. After going through a few of the top names likely to standout during the 2019 playoff season, the video narrows down the western conference playoffs semi-finals, which then narrows down into the finals between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. The simulation gives the western conference championship to the Sharks, while on the eastern side we have the finals rounding out with the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs pick up the win to go on to take on the Sharks, with a series tied 3-3 by game 7. We finally see some clips from the game 7 simulation with the Toronto Maple Leafs picking up the win to become the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions.

The comment section is the real story, though. Majority of the commenters scoffed at the results, saying that the only time we’re going to see the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Stanley Cup winners is in an NHL 19 simulation.

Others got a little bit more in depth about why they felt the simulation of the EA Sports title was a bit misguided, pointing out that the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have the defense to withstand the offensive onslaught by some other teams.

The thing with simulations is that they’re usually based on the numbers attached to the real life players. So there’s really no way to know for sure if things turn out that way or not, but more times than not the recent simulations that EA Sports have put out for events like the Super Bowl using the different Madden NFL iterations have actually be eerily accurate, right down to the plays and the scores.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see specifically what sort of plays were utilized during the simulation for some reason, nor do we see how the scores tallied up between each period, but we can basically sum up that it was a close game with some tough match-ups based on the simulation moving the playoffs into game 7.

NHL 19 is available right now for PS4 and Xbox One. You can run your own simulations for the Stanley Cup if you’re not satisfied with EA’s simulation of the 2019 season.

The Middle Spinoff Adds Returning Star And Reveals Official Title

The end of The Middle after nine season back in May came as a blow to those fans who could have watched the Heck family’s shenanigans indefinitely, but the Middle‘s end doesn’t mean the whole family will be gone from the airwaves. A spinoff is in the works for middle child Sue, and the project finally has a title as well as a series regular fans will recognize from the original series. Sue’s spinoff will be called Sue Sue in the City and she’ll have her BFF Brad by her side.

No, there’s no typo in Sue Sue in the City. The title of Sue’s spinoff does indeed double up on the Sues, according to THR. Something tells me we’re not in for a Sex and the City 2.0 starring Sue Heck. The spinoff is likely to feature a lot of new cast members as new characters, but Sue won’t enter the next stage of her life without best friend Brad Bottig at her side. Brock Ciarlelli had a recurring role as Brad on The Middle; he’ll presumably have a much larger role in the spinoff, where he has been cast as a series regular.

The addition of Brock Ciarlelli to Sue Sue in the City should come as very good news for fans who were concerned that Sue wouldn’t have any of her friends or family around her in her new life. The premise of the project is that Sue leaves her hometown and college behind her in Orson, Indiana. She’ll pursue a new life in Chicago, with a career and all the challenges of leaving home. At least she’ll get to bring a little bit of home with her with Brad at her side. No details are available about how Brad will fit into Sue’s life, although my money is on a roommate situation.

Sue’s future in The Middle‘s finale flash-forward featured Sean rather than Brad, so he really has a blank slate. Then again, there’s no guarantee that the spinoff will hold itself to what happened in the flash-forward. Will & Grace disregarded its previous finale’s ending for the sake of a second run, and Roseanne resurrected Dan to bring John Goodman on board its revival (and upcoming series The Conners). We’ll have to wait and see.

At this point, there’s not even a 100% guarantee that the spinoff will get a series order and wind up on the airwaves. Although the addition of a title and Brock Ciarlelli as a regular bode well for Sue Sue in the City at ABC, it has only received an order for a pilot at this point. The new news could be a sign that ABC has faith in the project, and The Middle was consistent enough a performer than the network has reason to believe Sue Sue in the City could attract viewers. Hopefully an announcement for a series order comes sooner rather than later. For now, at least there are plenty of fall viewing options.

Wait, Is Marvel Developing A Dark Avengers Movie?

In the aftermath of “Secret Invasion,” Norman Osborn, who restored goodwill with the public by killing the Skrull queen, became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., reformed it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and formed a new Avengers team on behalf of the U.S. government. But as the name implies, there were some bad seeds included in the Dark Avengers. Along with Osborn wearing redesigned Iron Man armor and calling himself Iron Patriot, the team’s lineup included Mac Gargan, a.k.a. Scorpion, disguised as Spider-Man and enhanced by the Venom symbiote; Karla Sofen, a.k.a. Moonstone, disguised as Ms. Marvel; Bullseye disguised as Hawkeye; Daken disguised as Wolverine, the Noh-Varr Captain Marvel, Ares (yes, the Greek god of war Ares) and The Sentry. The Dark Avengers went on various missions and, needless to say, were much sketchier than the traditional Avengers teams, but the team eventually collapsed during the “Siege” event, although Osborn later formed a new iteration with all-new recruits.

Friends & Family Dermstore Sale 2018: Best Skincare Products

October is the greatest month for your skin to really thrive. With summer’s humidity and profuse sweat in the rearview mirror, this month kicks off the perfect time to cozy up at home and add 10 new steps to your skin care routine. Dermstore is here to make self-care during sweater weather easier with a Friends & Family sale that lasts until Friday, October 12. A ton of great products from skin care brands like Sunday Riley, Herbivore Botanicals, Peter Thomas Roth and Nurse Jamie are on sale for 20 percent off. All you have to do is use the promo code, “FRIEND”. And since there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the absolute 18 best below.

Watch Post Malone Smash Guitars And Shotgun Beers In ‘Better Now’ Video

If you loved watching Post Malone and Aerosmith smash a guitar onstage at the VMAs, you’ll definitely want to watch the rapper’s new video for “Better Now.”

Released on Friday (October 5), the Adam Degross-directed vid chronicles Post’s touring adventures via a black and white compilation of his finest live moments. When he’s not performing in front of throngs of hyped fans, we see Post shotgunning a Bud Light, riding a scooter, wearing a tiara, and, of course, gleefully smashing an axe. All of this has nothing to do with the breakup-centric lyrics of “Better Now,” but it doesn’t really matter — this is about seeing Post in his element and proving why he’s a bonafide rockstar.

“Better Now” is yet another top 10 hit from Malone’s chart-topping sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys. It’s been a banner year for the rapper, and he’s not slowing down yet — on October 28, he’s set to throw his inaugural Posty Fest, headlined by himself and Travis Scott. Check out the full lineup below.

How Much Star Wars: Episode IX Is Using Dominic Monaghan, According To The Actor

If we’ve learned anything from the new Star Wars: Episode IX casting, it’s that it pays to know J.J. Abrams. Two actors from the director’s past in television recently joined the star-studded cast: Felicity alum Keri Russell and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan. Monaghan, who is also widely known for his role in the Lord of the Rings, _started filming on the set of _Episode IX in the beginning of September. Details as to how big of a role the fresh cast will bring to the trilogy closer will likely be under wraps until the film’s release but Monaghan did share a little bit of information about his character’s current place in the film. Here’s what he said:

Developing a film as huge as Star Wars often requires a lot of rewrites and reshoots. As of now it seems like the cast and crew are heavily focusing on Act 1, so that’s where Dominic Monaghan’s character is most prevalently seen in the script. The actor talked about the process while on the podcast Distraction Pieces, where he detailed the process of nabbing the role of a lifetime. Monaghan said that him and J.J. Abrams clicked immediately when the pilot episode of Lost was being filmed back in 2004. They have a lot of the same “geeky” interests, and the actor is well acquainted with Abrams’ family as well.

When J.J. Abrams was working on Force Awakens, Dominic Monaghan approached his friend with interest, and J.J. Abrams said he would keep him in mind. For Force Awakens however, he was looking for newcomers, which Abrams found in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. For The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson took the reins, making it clear to Monaghan that he wouldn’t be in the second one either. However, with Abrams returning for Episode IX, this was his chance. Monaghan even took a break from working for a while in hopes of getting the call and needing to be available, thanks to some playful hints from the director. It all thankfully paid off when Disney reached out to him and he got his hands on the script.

While Dominic Monaghan obviously can’t say much about the upcoming Star Wars film, he said it has been an emotional process thus far that’s included a warm hug from Chewbacca himself. Star Wars: Episode IX will be in theaters on December 20, 2019.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation’s Mike Sorrentino Sentenced To Prison

The situation has gotten serious, as in prison serious. A sentence has been rendered in the tax evasion case of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and it will involve the MTV fixture doing some prison time. In a federal courtroom, the reality star learned his fate, as a judge sentenced Sorrentino to serve eight months in prison with two years of supervised release. That was not the end of his sentence, either.

With some of his co-stars from the MTV series in attendance at his sentencing hearing, the judge also ordered that Mike Sorrentino complete 500 hours of community service, pay a fine of $10,000 within 30 days, and pay $123,913 in restitution, per the Department of Justice. The sentence comes after Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax evasion in January 2018. It has been a nearly four-year process to get to this point.

The prison sentence comes four years after Mike Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were initially indicted back in September 2014 for tax offenses. Additional charges were brought in April 2017, which included tax evasion, structuring, and falsifying records. The Situation’s sentence is considerable, albeit four months less than what prosecutors were asking for in the case. They wanted Mike Sorrentino to serve a year and two months in prison, according to EW. When Sorrentino will be remanded into custody to serve his sentence is not mentioned in the DOJ’s report.

What is known is that MTV’s cameras were around to catch the events as they unfolded, per People, as well as that Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Vinny Guadagnino were Mike Sorrentino’s only Jersey Shore: Family Vacation co-stars to sit inside the courtroom. Sorrentino’s prison sentence comes less than a week after The Situation and his fiancée posted luminous photos on social media of them celebrating their upcoming nuptials with a wedding shower.

The shower was attended by several of Mike Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore co-stars. With MTV documenting Sorrentino’s day of sentencing, fans of the reality series can be almost certain they will get a behind-the-scenes peek of what went down following and leading up to the decision. While The Situation has been ordered to serve more than half a year behind bars, his brother Marc was sentenced to serve two years in prison.

Marc Sorrentino had pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false or fraudulent tax return. What Mike Sorrentino’s prison situation means for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is not entirely clear. The second season of the hit revival is currently airing, and a third season renewal has yet to be announced. New episodes of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, along with many other television series that will be airing new episodes this fall.