Month: May 2019

Tony Todd Added to Cast of Jordan Peele's Candyman

Tony Todd Added to Cast of Jordan Peele’s Candyman

With Jordan Peele’s Candyman remake set for release for sometime in 2020, fan’s of the original can rejoice in knowing that the movie will feature the return of the film’s original Star, Tony Todd.

Back in January of this year, Todd expressed his desire in getting the opportunity to be a part of the new Peele directed, reboot. Although at one point, Todd made it clear that he had mixed feelings regarding a reboot, since then, the Star has not only come around to the prospect of a new film but embraced it, stating that he would like to be part of the remake.

“Out of the blue, I got a phone call from Jordan Peele. We’re still waiting for the contract, but the way he explained it to me was that it’s gonna be applause-worthy moments. That’s his words. No matter what happens with that, it’s gonna just put renewed attention on the original.” said Tony Todd, in a statement to Sofa King Magazine, regarding the 2020 remake of Candyman.

The original film saw release back in 1992, Starring Tony Todd as the titular Candyman, along with Virginia Madsen and Xander Berkely. The horror movie, eventually went on to gross $25.7 million in its native country, spawning two sequels and now, Peele’s remake. It is unclear on what Todd’s role will be in the Candyman remake, but it is nevertheless, nice to see that the movie will see his return.

Baldur’s Gate And Other Classic RPGs Roll Onto Modern Consoles 1

Baldur’s Gate And Other Classic RPGs Roll Onto Modern Consoles

Beamdog will be porting the enhanced editions of a number of classic Dungeons and Dragons games onto modern consoles.

After having steadily released upgraded versions on PC for years now, Beamdog is ready to bring their library of D&D classics to consoles. This impressive collection includes enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2, the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, and all of their DLC.

As for how these versions will be enhanced, Beamdog says to expect native support for high-resolution widescreen displays, optimizations for console controllers, new characters and classes, new voice sets, expanded character creation options, improved multiplayer functionality, UI and UX redesigns, new standalone content, plus various bug fixes and balance changes.

All games will be released individually on digital stores and in a variety of physical bundles (the physical and digital releases of each will coincide) with Skybound Games as the publisher. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack and Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition/Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition are set to launch on 24th September in North America and September 27th in the UK. The Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition arrives a little later on the 3rd of December in North America and December 6th elsewhere.

All three physical releases will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this Fall, and will cost $49.99 USD. We don’t know if this means anything about the rumoured Baldur’s Gate 3, but we’ll keep our ears open for any news.

Gato Roboto Review

Gato Roboto Review

In Gato Roboto you play as Kiki, a cat that ends up going on a Metroidvania adventure where she will scurry up walls, pilot a submarine, and blast baddies and bosses in a mech suit all whilst finding numerous secrets. It’s a pretty entertaining little game that doesn’t bring much new to the genre, but what it does, it does well.

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Brightburn (2019) Review

Brightburn (2019) Review

Brightburn opens with an emotional cheap shot. As a fairly new parent I was sickly affected by the “baby home videos” intro like it was my own personal kryptonite. But in the case of this Superman flick, it only served as a bait and switch. Somewhere, someone had a kernel of an idea and tried to throw that morsel into a giant oiled-up pot. It takes a mere second to chuck that juicy piece of popcorn into your mouth and then it’s gone.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

My knowledge of the Warhammer series is limited to a single instance in which I entered my local Games Workshop store in Toronto and an even briefer time with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on the PlayStation 3, which is vehemently different from the rest of the series — especially so, in regards to Warhammer: Chaosbane.

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Team Canada Overwatch World Cup Shortlist Spotlight: Richard 'Root Bear' Ng 7

Team Canada Overwatch World Cup Shortlist Spotlight: Richard ‘Root Bear’ Ng

Team Canada has revealed the shortlist for their Overwatch World Cup 2019 Community Lead, and one of them is a Root Bear.

Well technically, he’s a human named Richard Ng, and Root Bear is just what most people call him. He got his nickname thanks to his love for A&W and their famous mascot. As a kid, he would watch the commercials with excitement. As a teen, he would choose jobs based on their proximity to A&W locations, and he currently has quite the A&W plush toy collection. Yet that passion for A&W is one that is only matched by one other thing — his affinity for Overwatch.

Back in 2018, he founded the 5 Deadly Venoms Crew, a supporters group for the Overwatch League’s NYXL, that holds viewing parties and events for Overwatch League fans living in New York. At the time, this was groundbreaking as the league was still in its infancy, and didn’t have much of a fan presence outside of Los Angeles. Since then many other supporters clubs have popped up all over the league, but it was Richard who started the wave. He says that making it this far feels like recognition for all the hard work that he’s put in.

“It’s an incredible honour to be on the shortlist for the Team Canada Community Lead. For me personally, it’s a sign that the work I’ve done for Overwatch community builds in New York and Toronto have really meant something to the community. Being able to impact anyone’s life for the better is humbling and if making the shortlist is indicative of making that happen, I’m a very lucky and happy person,” said Ng

Richard is running for Team Canada’s Community Lead, a position which includes planning events, and connecting with fans of Canada’s National Overwatch team. Since moving back to Canada late last year, Richard helped found Toronto Alpha Flight, a supporters club for the Overwatch League’s Toronto franchise. On top of watch parties and meet-ups, he has created a range of apparel for Toronto Alpha Flight that celebrates the city of Toronto. As for his vision for Canada’s Overwatch team, it goes far beyond the actual games being played.

“For me, this role is about being able to help lay the framework for a better way for us to support esports in Canada starting with our National Overwatch team. I think community needs combine real world and digital so expect to see a healthy blend of online and IRL events. Real communities cannot exist only online. We have low switching costs in those situations. I think a stronger Canadian community can come from showing the importance of reaching out and connecting across the board. My goal will be to make this core to how Team Canada Community leadership operates.”

Finally, Richard says that the main reason he’d make a good community lead is that he’s usually the biggest fan in the room.

“There’s a reason I’m in gifs, NYXL videos, Defiant videos. I can drop a mean wrestling-style promo on camera. It’s critical that this role goes to someone who’s not just good in front of a controlled audience but also just good with people, period. I suppose the biggest thing though is that because I started my OW journey in New York, I feel like I haven’t been able to give enough back to my home country. In a weird way, this isn’t about OW or esports to me. This is about having the opportunity to represent Canada and help others tell the stories of our nation through the context of esports. That to me is the biggest mission.”

You can vote for Richard or any of the various country’s candidates at this link. Voting runs from now until June 7th and players can only vote for candidates from the country in which they are from. The World Cup playoffs will take place at BlizzCon 2019 which runs from November 1st to November 3rd.

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Netflix’s Dark Crystal Prequel Trailer Released

After a month full of teases, Netflix has finally released the trailer for their upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series.

Titled Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the series takes place before the cult Jim Henson film and will feature ten episodes. The trailer for the series includes classic pupateering, CG elements, as well as a whole lot of fantastical action. The series follows the adventures of three young Gelflings named Rian, Deet and Brea on their journey to find the secrets to the evil Skeksis’ rise to power.

The series is directed by Louis Leterrier who is best known for The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans and Now You See Me. Joining Leterrier on the project are a who’s who of hollywood stars including: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg, and Donna Kimball.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to release on Netflix on August 31, 2019. The original Dark Crystal film was released in December of 1982 and tells the story of a young Gelfling on a quest to bring peace to a world torn apart by evil. It made over $41 milllion on a $15 million budget, but has since risen to even higher popularity due to its cult classic status.

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