New Men In Black Movie Could Star Thor Actor Chris Hemsworth

A new Men in Black spinoff is on the way, and now a new report claims that Thor actor Chris Hemsworth could play one of the lead roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hemsworth is in “early negotiations” to star in the action-comedy from Sony Pictures.

Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray will direct the untitled new Men in Black film, which is due to hit theatres in June 2019. The movie is being written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcus (Iron Man).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Men in Black film will be similar to Jurassic World in that it will feature a familiar world but new characters. In the original Men in Black films, which have collectively grossed $1.5 billion worldwide, Agents J and K were played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, respectively.

“Sources say that the studio is hoping to round out a diverse ensemble cast and may be potentially eyeing the leads to be white male, a female of color, and an older man,” The Hollywood Reporter said. “The story will be a global adventure.”

The report did not include any information about what other actors may be in consideration for the film, but we’ll report back with more information as it’s announced.

The first Men in Black premiered in 1997, with a sequel arriving in 2002. It took 10 years, but another sequel, Men in Black 3, came out in 2012. Veteran producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are returning for the new film, as is Steven Spielberg in an executive producer role.

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Watch Us Play Overwatch’s New Hero, Brigitte

After weeks of cryptic teases, Blizzard has finally unveiled the newest character for Overwatch, and as many have speculated, it’s Brigitte. Torbjörn’s daughter marks the 27th character to join the roster, and she comes with a few unique tricks to help set her apart from the other support heroes in the game.

Blizzard describes Brigitte as “an engineer with peerless armor-constructing abilities,” and those characteristics shine through in her abilities on the battlefield. Her primary weapon is the Rocket Flail, which has an extended range and can smash multiple opponents at once. In addition to that, she brandishes a Barrier Shield, which can protect any teammates directly behind her. She can also toss Repair Packs to heal teammates, while her passive ability, Inspire, heals nearby allies over time when she lands blows on enemies.

These skills combine to make Brigitte a rather unique addition to the Overwatch roster, acting like a mixture of Reinhardt and her father. While she isn’t available in the live game just yet, PC players do have a chance to try her out right now on the Public Test Realm. If you’re watching for her to launch on PS4 or Xbox One but are still curious to see Brigitte in action, we took her for a spin today on the latest episode of GameSpot Live–though as is always the case, her final attributes could change by the time she makes it to the live game. You can watch a replay of our stream above.

If you’re interested in learning more about the newest Overwatch hero, you can watch Brigitte’s origin story trailer here. You can also learn more about her in the latest Overwatch developer update and read about Brigitte’s backstory and special abilities here.

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Whether You Like It Or Not, A New Adam Sandler Movie Is Coming Soon

No matter what you think of films, Adam Sandler is a hit machine in terms of numbers and widespread appeal. So it was a big deal when Netflix signed Sandler for a four-movie deal back in 2014, bypassing theatrical releases for the digital streamer. Netflix doubled down on that deal last year, signing Sandler for a further four films. The latest of these, The Week Of, is coming April, and now a new trailer for the comedy has arrived.

In The Week Of, Sandler plays a middle class father who wants to pay for his daughter’s wedding. Opposite him is the father of the groom (Chris Rock), who is wealthy and eager to foot the bill for a wedding that doesn’t take place in a run-down hotel. A bunch of unfortunate things happen, leading the two men and their families to live together under the same roof for “the longest week of their lives” leading up to the wedding.

The Week Of debuts on Netflix on April 27. It also stars Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi (and a giant Toberlone bar).

This is Sandler’s fourth Netflix movie so far, following The Ridiculous Six (2015), The Do-Over (2016), and Sandy Wexler (2017). Sandler also starred in and gave a widely praised performance in the Netflix movie The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), but this was outside of his own Netflix deal.

Sandler’s last big theatrical movie, the 2015 video game film Pixels, was a bit of a letdown with only $78 million in the United States. However, it made more than $166 million internationally, pushing its global haul to around $244 million.

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3D Realms uses 22 year old Build Engine to create Ion Maiden

3D Realms announced Ion Maiden is being developed using the Build engine, which was used to make previous titles like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior 22 years ago.   …

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Full House Creator Fired In Wake Of Inappropriate Behavior Allegations

Jeff Franklin, the TV veteran who created Full House, and its more recent revival Fuller House, has been fired from the new show in the wake of claims about inappropriate behavior. Variety reports today that Warner Bros. TV, which produces Fuller House, said it will not renew its deal with Franklin. He also serves as the program’s showrunner.

Multiple sources told Variety that Warner Bros. TV received “complaints about Franklin’s behavior in the writers’ room and on the set of the series.” Franklin, 63, was accused of being “verbally abusive to staffers,” including making “sexually charged comments” about his own relationships and sex life. The report goes on to say that Franklin has not been accused of direct sexual harassment or inappropriate physical behavior with anyone who works on Fuller House, though he stands accused of bringing his personal romantic interests to the set and then giving them small parts in the show.

According to one source speaking to Variety, an anonymous letter was sent to Warner Bros. TV executives “more than two years” ago regarding these allegations, though it is unclear if the company looked into the matter at the time.

Warner Bros. TV said in a statement that Franklin “will no longer be working on Fuller House.” Franklin’s lawyer declined to comment. In the report, it is claimed that Franklin was referred to by some as “a walking lawsuit waiting to happen.”

Although Franklin is heading out, Fuller House will continue. A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed today that the planned fourth season is still being produced as scheduled. Production on the show is expected to begin “in the next few months.”

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Last Day To Register For March’s Free Legendary Pokemon In Ultra Sun And Moon

March is nearly here, which means Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon players will soon be able to get their hands on the games’ next free Legendary Pokemon, Regigigas and Heatran. However, unlike February’s free gifts, Dialga and Palkia, The Pokemon Company is distributing the two new Legendaries in North America via its Pokemon Trainer Club newsletter, which you’ll need to sign up for by March 1 in order to get them.

To register for the newsletter, you’ll need to create a Pokemon Trainer Club account on the official Pokemon website. You can create a free account here. If you’re already a member of the website, log in and check if you’ve opted-in to receive email updates to make sure you don’t miss out on the newsletter.

The Trainer Club newsletter will be distributed sometime in March and will contain a download code for the Legendary Pokemon, which can be redeemed in any seventh generation Pokemon game. As with February’s distribution, the one you receive will depend on which version you’re playing: Sun and Ultra Sun players will get Regigigas, while Moon and Ultra Moon players will receive Heatran.

To redeem your download code, choose Mystery Gift from the games’ main menu and select the option to receive your gift via code/password. When prompted, input the download code and your Legendary Pokemon will be downloaded. You can then pick it up from the deliveryman waiting inside any of the games’ Pokemon Centers.

The Pokemon Company is also distributing Regigigas and Heatran throughout Europe in March, and fans across the pond will be able to get them a little more easily. Unlike the North America giveaway, the Legendaries will be available as a Mystery Gift. After selecting that option from the main menu, choose to get your gift via the internet and the Pokemon will be downloaded into the game. The free gift will be available in Europe until March 24. You can see more details about the Legendary Pokemon here.

The Pokemon Company has a number of giveaways lined up this year as part of its Year of Legendary Pokemon celebration. You can see our roundup for all of the free Pokemon available for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon right now.

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Don’t Miss: A game dev postmortem of Ratchet & Clank 2016

“We needed to make a big game that blew away our previous efforts. It needed to sync up with the just-getting-started film. And we needed to ship it in 10 months to line up with the movie release.” …

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Facebook launches Women in Gaming site to share stories, research, and tools

Facebook has launched a Women in Gaming initiative to share the stories of female developers with the goal of encouraging more women to take up roles in the industry. …

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Destiny 2 Adds Nightfall Strike Scoring And Challenge Cards In Latest Update

Destiny 2 has released its 1.1.3 update, making changes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game’s Nightfall Strikes. There is also a host of other changes, like tweaks to The Colony Exotic Grenade Launcher and the addition of a text chat feature on PC, to improve overall gameplay.

The biggest change in this latest update is that both normal and Prestige Nightfall Strikes will now have scoring, adding an extra competitive edge to them. You gain points by killing enemies and generating orbs, with the highest set of scores being displayed on each Nightfall’s emblem. Scores above a certain value will enable the Nightfall Aura and grant a fireteam Vanguard Token bonus. You’ll be able to see your team’s score at the end of each Nightfall.

There are now Challenge Cards available for Prestige Nightfall Strikes. These cards allow you to select modifiers for the Prestige Nightfall that affect gameplay and the score. Players have the power to boost outgoing and incoming damage, or implement a power handicap to lower their power but boost their scores. Challenge Cards will drop for those who own the Curse of Osiris DLC in a normal or Prestige, and a fireteam leader’s card will be applied to the entire fireteam when launching the Prestige Nightfall.

The Colony Exotic Grenade Launcher has reportedly been fixed on PC. The weapon’s projectiles will now properly track enemies when the frame rate is set higher than 30 FPS; previously, the grenades had not been tracking properly. 1.1.3 also adds opt-in text chat on PC for players in Social Spaces and Public Areas. For the full list of changes, including tweaks to Emblems and Auras, check out Destiny 2’s full patch notes.

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