When The Next Three Classic NES Games Will Arrive On Nintendo Switch Online

Part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online membership comes with the ability to play classic NES games through an emulator on the Switch that enables online play through these classic 8-bit titles. It’s not the sort of thing that would instantly make most gamers jump up for joy when it comes to paying real money to play Switch games online, but Nintendo is sticking to its guns and running with the ball like a wide receiver toward the end zone while attempting to dodge all the incoming competition. If you actually enjoy the prospect of playing classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve already laid down the $20 or so to access the online component for a year, then you can look forward to three classic games that will be made available for the Switch’s premium online service.

The news was posted on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. It features a very quick rundown of the three games that will be available on October 10th via the Switch online membership service. This includes Open Tournament Golf, a game called Solomon’s Key, and one of the most iconic NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball.

I remember playing Super Dodge Ball quite a bit back in the day because it was from Technos Japan and it was based on the Kunio-kun series, also known as River City Ransom. It featured the characters from the Nekketsu series playing dodge ball against other characters from rival schools. If you were a fan of beat-’em-up games then you probably had your eye on Technos’ releases given that the company was also responsible for Double Dragon and another favorite of mine, The Combat Tribes. If you enjoyed the simplistic style of gameplay featured in Technos titles, but you also wanted to challenge your friends (or rivals) to a friendly game of dodge ball, when you can do that with Super Dodge Ball.

As for Open Tournament Golf… the game probably looks familiar to some gamers given that it’s very similar to the golf game that was included in the Nintendo Switch’s firmware for a time as an homage to Satoru Iwata.

Solomon’s Key is a side-scrolling platformer, almost equivalent to the old versus mode in Super Mario Bros. It’s not the sort of game that will set the world on fire but it’s there for you to play.

The response to the games hasn’t been the most positive from the gaming community. Many of them were hoping for online multiplayer-enabled SNES games, or a few N64 games. There were some who were hoping that Nintendo would make GameCube titles backwards compatible for the Switch through a Virtual Console-style service.

I think Nintendo might be able to garner more excitement for the online service if the games were a little more tempting, and if they were from newer generations… preferably the SNES or N64 era.

For now, the three NES titles will join the 20 other classic games as part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online service, starting October 10th.

Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Address Dumbledore’s Sexuality After All, According To The Director

If you had Fantastic Beasts 2 in your ‘What 2018 movie will be a surprising source of controversy?’ pool, you’re doing quite well for yourself. The second film in the Harry Potter spinoff series has received a fair bit of backlash even though it doesn’t even come out for another month. Some of that backlash springs from the film’s approach to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Earlier this year, director David Yates said that the film would not explicitly address the fact that Dumbledore is gay, leading to a belief among some that this aspect of the character’s identity and an opportunity for that kind of positive representation was being brushed over. David Yates has now clarified that point, affirming that the film will address Dumbledore’s sexuality, as he explained:

David Yates makes it clear here that he never said that Dumbledore wasn’t gay, and his story in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t an instance of making him straight or ignoring/hiding that aspect of the character. It just sounds like there won’t be some flashing magical banner that says he is gay, but it will be very obvious to anyone who sees the film that Dumbledore is gay. There will be some scenes that he shares with Grindelwald, and when you see them, the reality of the character’s sexuality will be undeniable.

The other thing that stands out to me about what David Yates told Empire Magazine is that “This part” of J.K. Rowling’s story does not focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality. As he says, this is a huge narrative, and The Crimes of Grindelwald is only the second film in a five-film series. Just because this film may not really focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality does not mean that none of the other three upcoming films will. Heck, Dumbledore wasn’t even in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship plays out over multiple films. Dumbledore could just be crushing from afar right now; we don’t know till we see it.

The obvious problems of backlash against a film before anyone’s seen it aside, we don’t yet know what happens in Fantastic Beasts 2. Maybe Dumbledore isn’t out yet or maybe he is still coming to terms with his sexuality. The Wizarding World isn’t the most enlightened place during the Harry Potter story, with students shouting racial slurs like ‘Mudblood’ in school halls and Death Eaters palling around with Ministry of Magic officials. So who knows what this world was like in 1927 when the film takes place.

In truth, if you are familiar with the Harry Potter universe and its magical objects, Dumbledore’s sexuality is even apparent from the trailers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We see Dumbledore staring in the Mirror of Erised, which, by his own words in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone novel, “shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” For Dumbledore in this film, that is Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives at Platform 9 3/4 and in theaters on November 16. For all of this fall’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

When Overwatch’s Halloween Event Is Coming Back

Blizzard has made it an annual tradition to bring Overwatch fans seasonal events. Every Christmas you can expect something festive and cheerful, just the same as when we enter the sweltering swirl of heat produced during the middle of the year with the Summer Games. Well, for those who prefer something a little spookier, and a little edgier to round out their entertainment needs, Blizzard has the frightfully fun Halloween events held each year for the first-person team-based shooter. This year, the Halloween event is making a return and some of the details of said event have spilled out for public consumption.

The news dropped on the first of October during the drawing close of dawn, with the official Overwatch Twitter account posting the news. Attached to the tweet is a quick seven second video of a haunted mansion on the hill. It starts off during the day but after lightening strikes, it switches over to night and the dark abode becomes lit only by the lights on in the upper rooms and a glowing green portal at the base of the stairwell near the entryway. We then get the splash screen revealing that starting next week on October 9th and running through October 31st, the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 event will be making a return.

For those of you who don’t remember, Blizzard also launched the Halloween Terror event last year, which centered around brand new player-vs-environment brawls. It lasted around the same time, from October 10th to November 1st. The event came with a number of new skins for several characters based on popular horror-themed icons, such as a Corsair skin for Ana, a Van Helsing skin for McCree, a Dragon skin for Symmetra, and a Cultist skin for Zenyatta.

Last year’s event also featured two PvE brawls, one of which was a returning event from the previous year when Overwatch originally launched, including the Junkenstein’s Revenge map, which saw four players defending the castle from various waves of bots. The second PvE brawl was Junkenstein Endless Brawl, featuring several other playable characters who had to fend off the map from other robots.

Usually the events come with a smattering of new skins for certain characters. According to Dexerto, Doomfist will receive a Swamp Monster skin that’s akin to something out of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The skin will be available starting October 9th, and like many other Overwatch event skins it will be classified in the Legendary category, which means that getting your hands on one won’t be easy.

If you live in Belgium you won’t be able to get your hands on the gear through premium loot boxes anyway, given that loot boxes are banned in the region. But, you should still be able to unlock the skin by just playing the game normally.

You can look for more skins to pop up and more details on the event to emerge as October 9th draws closer.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is Losing One Star For Season 6

Ahead of Season 6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is losing a member of its ensemble. Taking to social media, one of the show’s stars announced the news, which entails a silver lining for fans not wanting to say goodbye. Chelsea Peretti, who portrays Gina Linetti and has appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine since the beginning of the show, announced she is departing with a hopeful twist. Read her tweet for yourself below:

The key wording in Chelsea Peretti’s tweet is that she says that she will not be back for a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which does not rule out a partial season for the star. The actress also hints that her departure will not mean she will be gone from the series forever. So, you have to take the bitter with the sweet because there is a pretty shiny lining here.

Chelsea Peretti did not stop there. Saying goodbye to a show you have been a part of for five years takes a little more than a single tweet. The actress continued her three-tweet missive announcing her departure with a middle tweet that paid hilarious tribute to her character, Gina. Explaining that she did not know what to say next, Peretti found inspiration in another actress’ exit announcement. Peretti said:

Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum announced her departure from the long-running dramedy on social media. As promised, in a third tweet, Chelsea Peretti bolded the parts from Rossum’s announcement that she felt were applicable to hers. There are a lot of similarities between the two actresses’ departures. Among the things Chelsea Peretti bolded from Rossum’s exit statement were some things that rang relevant to the former’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine journey, while some were clearly bolded in jest.

In response to her announcement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been expressing their sadness on Twitter, including using hilarious GIFs from the show to express their feelings. Clearly, a crucial part of the show will be missing when the series returns. It is not the first time the 99th Precinct has been without its sardonic star.

Chelsea Peretti previously missed the first half of Season 5, while on maternity leave. As you might expect, the how and why of Gina’s Season 6 exit will likely be addressed when Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns. As for why Peretti is leaving the show and where fans can expect to see her next, she did not say, so stay tuned.

A premiere date for the sixth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has not been set yet. The comedy is expected to bow sometime in the midseason of NBC’s schedule. While you wait for the show’s return, there are a bevy of TV series set to make their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch Is Getting A Live-Action Remake

Get ready to strap in for another Hawaiian rollercoaster ride! Lilo & Stitch is the latest Disney animated film set to be reimagined as a live-action feature film. The beloved tale of an oddball young girl’s close encounter with an intergalactic fugitive is the most contemporary Disney title to join the studio’s highly-successful strategy to revisit their nostalgic big hits. The new Lilo & Stitch project has hired newcomer Mike Van Waes to write the script, with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the producers behind the upcoming Aladdin live-action remake and LEGO Movie co-producer Ryan Halprin also attached.

The exciting announcement comes just 16 years after the release of the animated film, during an otherwise bleak era for the studio. After a string of smash musical hits in the ’90s, forgettable releases such as Dinosaur, Brother Bear and Home on the Range got Disney off to a rough start at the turn of the century. While Lilo & Stitch wasn’t a box office success by any means, taking home $145 million domestically at the box office, over the years it has gained traction and become one of the studios most underrated and adored properties. Following the release of Lilo & Stitch in 2002, the characters returned for two direct-to-video sequels and had a Disney Channel television series for two seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s unclear whether the live-action Lilo & Stitch will be hitting theaters or as an addition to Disney’s streaming service launching in 2019. The studio has previously announced that some of the long list of its live-action remakes are exclusively being produced for the upcoming streaming platform, including Lady & the Tramp and Sword in the Stone. Scriptwriter Mike Van Waes is relatively new to the industry, currently attached to pen two horror projects, The Conjuring 2 spin-off The Crooked Man and the Wizard of Oz-themed film Not in Kansas. The live-action remake could go in a variety of directions tonally and the question as to how close it will draw from the original animated film is unknown.

The uniqueness and admiration for Lilo & Stitch was found within the quick-witted comedy story of two misfit characters, a lonely girl and a destructive alien, who find “Ohana” with each other and through their bond. The film was an outlier for studio at the time, as it featured an original story of two Hawaiian women in a modern day setting, and dealt with a young woman raising her little sister and attempting to gain the approval of social workers in order to keep her within her care.

Since the live-action Lilo & Stitch is in the early stage of development, a release date has not yet been announced. The film will follow a string of other nostalgic Disney live-action reimagining’s of their animated films, with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King all set to drop in 2019.

Shazam’s Zachary Levi Is Itching To Kick The Rock’s Candy Ass When Black Adam Is Introduced

While Doctor Sivana uses his impressive intellect to cause trouble for Shazam, when it comes to physicality, Black Adam is the hero’s greatest opponent. Black Adam derives his abilities from different mythological figures than Shazam, but his strength, speed, stamina, wisdom, power and courage on par with Shazam’s, if not sometimes higher. Seeing those two duke it out in a cinematic setting would be similar to the battle that unfolded between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, only this time, magic is also part of the equation. When we’ll see such a fight is hard to say, but as Zachary Levi made clear during his appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con (via Comic Book Resources), he’s ready for the onscreen Shazam/Black Adam showdown. As far as a fight between the characters goes, yes, presumably Billy Batson would come out victorious in the end. That said, in real life, it’s reasonable to say with absolute certainty that it’d be Levi who’d be getting his candy ass kicked by Johnson. No question about it.

How Chicago Fire Decided To Write Off Connie After DuShon Monique Brown’s Death

The Season 7 premiere of Chicago Fire featured a touching tribute to deceased cast member DuShon Monique Brown that helped everyone say goodbye to her character, Connie. Now we know why the show wrapped up Connie’s story the way it did. When I spoke to executive producer Derek Haas at One Chicago Day a few weeks ago, he revealed that trying to figure out what to do with Connie after Brown’s sudden death was something that he and his team had trouble with and thought hard about to get right.

When it happened, it caught us so off guard. And she was already in three more episodes past that and we were coming really close to the end of the season. I just didn’t want to do something reactionary, or, honestly, like, unfair to the character or [DuShon’s] family, you know? I didn’t want to do something exploitative for the show that didn’t work with real life. And I knew so many of our cast members were very close to her and they wanted to do something nice.

While many fans may have wondered why DuShon Monique Brown’s death wasn’t written into last season, according to Derek Haas they simply didn’t have time to figure out how to wrap up Connie’s story and fit it into the show. And, in what was a very smart move, Haas wanted to make sure that he didn’t rush into anything which may have led to the show doing something unintentionally disrespectful to the character, or (even worse) Brown’s family. Haas also noted that several cast members were very close to Brown, and they wanted to make sure whatever the show did with Connie would be something nice that would allow them, and fans, to mourn the actress in a sweet way.

In the premiere, when everyone gathers for the shift briefing, Boden tells them that Connie had actually been working on her masters degree in counseling, and, having finished the program, she’s now off to her dream job. Her new employer asked her to start immediately, and Boden didn’t have the heart to say no to her. Meaning she left without getting a chance to say her goodbyes to anyone other than Boden. Haas said that this way of writing Connie off was courtesy of one of Chicago Fire‘s head writers, who figured that it would be a good way to pay respect to Brown’s life.

Andrea Newman, one of our head writers, had this idea. She said, ‘Connie and DuShon are not the same. Connie’s a character and DuShon’s the actress, they don’t have to have the same fate.’ So, she had that idea of [us having] the tribute be toward who DuShon was in her life, which was actually, in addition to her acting, she was a counselor.

The news of Connie’s departure prompts Herrmann to say, “I didn’t get to say goodbye. None of us did,” with Boden replying, “That’s OK, ’cause she knows how much we love her here.” Obviously, this was a way to pay tribute to the no-nonsense character of Connie, but also served as a true send off for DuShon Monique Brown, with some sincere feelings from the cast and crew added for good measure. And, for Haas, this was really the ideal way to handle such a difficult situation. About the conversation between Herrmann and Boden, he said:

I think that’s what we all wanted to say.

Chicago Fire continues Wednesdays on NBC, and airs at a special time, 8 p.m. EST, tonight for the big Chicago show crossover night. For more on what you can watch on the small screen, check out our 2018 fall premiere schedule.

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Damon Wayans Says He Is Quitting Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon went through a big change between the end of Season 2 and beginning of Season 3 thanks to the departure of Clayne Crawford as Riggs. Crawford was ousted after allegations of misconduct on set, and footage released of co-star Damon Wayans clashing with Crawford on set. While the legendary Riggs/Murtaugh partnership wasn’t going to be part of the series in the third seasons, all signs pointed toward a fun fresh dynamic between Murtaugh and new partner Cole. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, as Damon Wayans says he’s quitting the show. Here’s how Wayans dropped the bombshell:

Damon Wayans didn’t mince words when he shared his plans with EUR, and it seems quite clear that he wants to leave Lethal Weapon because the demands of working as co-lead of an action series at his age and with his health issues are more than he wants to handle. His comments nevertheless will come as a shock to fans who have only had two episodes to get used to a Lethal Weapon without Riggs; what could Lethal Weapon look like without Riggs and Murtaugh? Wayans went on to confirm that he’s “done” with the show and even cited Murtaugh’s legendary line: “I’m too old for this.” He is looking to spend more time with his family in real life rather than his TV family. Still, we have to wonder if there was more to Wayans’ frustration on Lethal Weapon Season 2 than just his issues with Clayne Crawford’s behavior.

As much as it’s difficult to imagine any incarnation of Lethal Weapon without at least Murtaugh or Riggs, Damon Wayans’ comments don’t indicate that he necessarily expects the show to end with his departure. His reference to “the initial 13” may mean that he expects the door to be open for Season 3 to potentially receive an order for more episodes or perhaps for the show to score a renewal for Season 4. He also mentioned in the interview that he was “giving them enough time to find a replacement.” The end of his time on Lethal Weapon may not mean the end of Lethal Weapon altogether.

It’s worth noting that Lethal Weapon just announced the casting of a very Riggs-esque character as a partner for Bailey, and this new character is set to debut in the sixth episode of the third season. Is Lethal Weapon attempting to recreate the Murtaugh/Riggs dynamic with Bailey/The Gute and continue beyond Damon Wayans’ departure? If Bailey and her new partner do become the focus of Lethal Weapon, that would leave newcomer Cole as the odd man out. We’ll have to wait and see. This isn’t the only casting change happening in Season 3, so it feels like anything can happen. Well, except for a return from Riggs.

We’ll have to wait and see. Murtaugh will still be around for at least 11 more episodes, and you can find him on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

Anna Faris Deletes Photo After Backlash About Her Weight

Anna Faris isn’t dealing with body shamers. When the actress posted a pantless picture of herself, the Instagram photo became the source of speculation from nosy social media users, who criticized the comedic actress of being “too thin.” In response to their negative comments, Faris deleted the picture altogether, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to deal with anyone made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. If you wish to see the photo was that deleted from Anna Faris’s social media after it drew up a stream of unpleasant comments, you can check it out below.

The Instagram picture was sent on Tuesday, as it was reported by E! News. It was a “pre-show” photo, according to the caption since deleted. It’s believed to be back stage for The Talk, which she recently appeared in. The scrutinized online photo was taken by Michael Sherman, the podcast assistant for Unqualified, Anna Faris‘s popular advice podcast. It found the actress in a nervous state, hunched over a trash can with no pants on. As she admits, she did eventually put some pants on once the photo was sent online, but it didn’t stay up on Instagram for long. This is the caption that Anna Faris wrote to accompany the photo, trying to explain what is happening in the frantic photo before the photo was taken down.

The comical photo was reportedly only online for 15 minutes before the actress took it down after comments were directed her way claiming that she looked “so unhealthy” and that she needed to “eat.” Whatever reason inspired these Instagram users to write these criticisms on the photo, its only made the situation more viral. Many take umbrage with the hurtful comments, and the negativity directed towards Anna Faris before she was set to appear on the daytime talk show. Suffice to say, it wasn’t long before Faris took the photo down, knowing that these rude retorts would only get worse before they would get any better. She hasn’t posted again on the social media website, though it’s unclear if that’s because of this photo controversy or not.

Hopefully, if Anna Faris decides to post on Instagram again anytime soon, her experience on the site is a lot better than it was when she posted this particular photo. Such comments are hard to deal with, and it’s clear that Anna Faris didn’t want to deal with them any longer. As for what inspired these commenters to butt in and offer their own two cents about Faris’ figure is a mystery that’s left unclear. But this is the Internet, after all. A lot of people don’t need a reason to do anything. Meanwhile, as an actress, Anna Faris can currently be seen on the newest season of Mom, airing on CBS.

The One Mean Girls Note Lorne Michaels Gave Tina Fey

If people seem especially mean lately, it’s because it’s a national holiday for some movie fans. October 3rd has been dubbed Mean Girls Day, as it’s the date that Aaron Samuels asked Lindsay Lohan’s Cady for during Tina Fey’s iconic comedy. In the decade and change since Mean Girls was released, the film has stayed at the forefront of pop culture, with the movie becoming an instant classic. Every line of dialogue, scene, and costume has become iconic, and it turns out that Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels had a hand in that. Tina Fey explained this, revealing Michaels helped give Mean Girls its signature style by encouraging its characters to look cool.