Ryan Gosling Won’t Take Credit For His Onscreen Bond With Emma Stone

In an industry that can easily breed divas and big egos, actor Ryan Gosling seemingly stands a part, as he has been praised this week by not one but two of his talented co-stars, Emma Stone and Claire Foy, as they both gushed about the joys of working with the actor. The Oscar-nominated star worked with both actresses on Damien Chazelle‘s two most recent films, with Stone as a love interest on La La Land, and with Foy as his wife in the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man. When Gosling was approached about the abundance of love by his fellow actors before a screening of First Man, however, he responded by nobly passing the praise onto his director. In his humble words,

While in the ET Online interview Ryan Gosling seems unwilling to point any praise toward himself, the recent comments from Emma Stone and Claire Foy seem to be clearly directed at Gosling. Last week, while at the Telluride Film Festival, Stone got emotional when talking about Gosling, who was her partner in a film that led to her Oscar win for Best Actress for 2017’s La La Land. She said that she loved how collaborative he was and how he taught her about being generous. Stone worked with Gosling prior to La La Land on romantic-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. and crime-drama Gangster Squad, so the idea of working with the actor again might have played into her involvement in Chazelle’s musical. Stone said that since her Crazy, Stupid, Love. audition, she felt the pair had an unspoken understanding of each other.

On the other hand, The Crown’s Claire Foy worked with Ryan Gosling for the first time on the film that will follow Neil Armstrong on his Apollo 11 mission and his 1969 landing on the moon. About the experience playing his wife, she gushed about Gosling being “the most generous, kindest, funny actor” to work with. Looks like between the co-stars Gosling being generous is something they can both agree on. Of course, they all have much to thank from Damien Chazelle, who have given them the opportunity to all work together in highly-acclaimed films that have challenged them.

You can see Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in First Man, in theaters October 12.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Is Getting A New Game Plus Mode

The reviews are still coming in and a lot of gamers are in love with Marvel’s Spider-Man. The game combines a lot of what gamers loved about the earlier video game iterations of the superhero with some of the latest in gaming tech to help bring both New York and the red-and-blue clad web-slinger to life. And even though the game isn’t even a week old at this point, Insomniac Games is already looking ahead toward the next big update. The snarky spider hero will be able to dive back into the adventure with the much-requested and always beloved feature of a New Game Plus.

Insomniac Games posted up a message on Twitter on September 10th, indicating that just days removed from the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man the team is already working on polishing up the release of a New Game Plus mode.

Basically, for those of you not in the know, a New Game Plus makes it where once you beat the game you can then replay the entire game over with all of the unlocked equipment that you acquired from your previous playthrough. Additionally, most NG+ modes also come with increased enemy difficulty and steeper challenges. This not only gives you an incentive to keep playing the game, or replay the game with your current build, but it also gives you something extra to encounter as you attempt to overcome harder bosses or more difficult enemies.

Marvel’s Spider-Man already comes with three difficulty settings, so maybe someone who beat the game the first time on the easiest setting will have ramped up their confidence and enough suits and skills to try the medium setting. And then maybe after that, they will have the iron will to tackle the game on the hardest difficulty setting available.

Funny enough, the one thing most Twitter users are asking for are more trophies. Yes, more trophies. The thread has multiple people requesting for Insomniac Games to include additional trophies to the NG+ mode similar to what Guerrilla Games did with Horizon: Zero Dawn.

A lot of people were also asking about how the suit carryover will work for the intro cinematic, as well as a few other story-oriented elements that were tied to the early goings of the game.

I’m sure Insomniac Games will work out a polished take on the New Game Plus to ensure that everyone comes away happy, much like From Software’s Dark Souls series. However, for now, we simply have to wait for the developers to finish up the mode and eventually release it in one of the upcoming updates for Marvel’s Spider-Man.

The game is currently available right now, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. It’s receiving rave reviews from across the board. I imagine that had Insomniac waited just a little bit and released the New Game Plus mode before the review builds were sent out, the score might have been even higher yet.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta Has Already Raised The Player Count

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s battle royale mode, Blackout, has barely been out in beta for a day and Treyarch has already decided to up the player count. The mode launched with 80 players on its massive map and, as of the most recent patch, a total of 88 players are now wreaking havoc on the battlefield at a single time. For folks who felt like encounters were too infrequent, those eight extra players should help beef up the mode’s firefights.

One of the handful of complaints I’ve seen leveled against Blackout during the first day of its ongoing beta was that you don’t come across other players often enough. I’d argue that’s kind of the point of a battle royale mode, but maybe it’s taking Call of Duty fans time to adjust from the game’s typical lightning-fast pace.

Since the mode launched with 80 players on a given map, Treyarch has pushed the dial forward a bit, allowing even more players to join each shootout. While eight players might not seem like a big jump, that puts Blackout just 12 total players behind the “industry norm” of 100 players on a battle royale map, and hopefully it’ll help address what some players feel is too slow of a tempo.

As for why the mode started with 80 players, it was likely due to the fact that Treyarch is still feeling things out when it comes to Blackout. They said from the launch of the beta that it would be a fluid experience, with the team working behind the scenes to see what adjustments need to be made.

There’s also likely a technical aspect to consider. Outside of the occasional reported game crash, Blackout has been surprisingly stable for a beta, which is even more surprising when you consider this is the first time this developer has crammed this many people onto such a large map. The game looks great and runs super well, and I’d wager part of the reason Treyarch didn’t start out with a higher number of players was to make sure the mode stays stable. If having eight more players on the map doesn’t make the whole thing chug, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this become the new norm. Heck, they might even up the number again before everything is said and done.

What’s really great is that this shows Treyarch is treating the beta, well, like a beta. Many betas these days are basically glorified stress tests for a mode that the developer is ready to ship. While that’s clearly part of the focus here, making a change to player count so quickly proves that nothing is set in stone yet. I wouldn’t be surprised to see additional tweaks made throughout the rest of the beta and, obviously, well after the game’s launch as the mode continues to be built upon.

On top of upping the player count by eight, today’s patch also made Duos the featured mode and the quick equip menu now automatically closes if you haven’t used it for five seconds. Item pick-ups now happen more quickly and the Sensor Dart’s effect has been reduced to two minutes.

Kingdom Hearts Is Getting A Free VR Experience Before Kingdom Hearts 3

While we’ve still got to wait until 2019 to play Kingdom Hearts III, Disney and Square Enix aim to tide fans over through the holidays with the launch of a VR experience set within the game’s world. From reliving pivotal moments pulled from the games to smashing Heartless with a keyblade, you’ll get to step into Sora’s oversized shoes when Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience launches for the PlayStation VR.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience, a free download launching for PSVR this holiday season. That’s as specific as the launch window gets, and details about what the pseudo-game will be all about are also a bit vague. That’s for good reason, though, as Shoji points out that the team wants to let players be surprised when they first strap on a headset and jump into the game. They’re also being careful to set expectations, noting that the entire experience should only last about 10 minutes.

It sounds like they’re going to cram a heck of a lot into that time, though, as the experience will let players see key events from Kingdom Hearts‘ history from a new perspective, all accompanied by music from the games. While several of the screenshots look like they’re literally pulled from the original games, others clearly show Sora wielding a keyblade from a first-person perspective while using it to whack invading Heartless.

The only other detail is that additional content will be unlocked as you play, so it doesn’t sound like the 10-minute interactive video is the only thing the KHVRE will offer. My first thought was that the keyblade sequences would be dropped into the interactive presentation, but now I’m wondering if maybe they’ll be additional activities you can keep playing while trying to claim a high score or something. Either way, it’s all for free, so I’ll take whatever Kingdom Hearts goodness I can get at this point.

Speaking of which, that Jan. 25 launch date for Kingdom Hearts III is approaching with a quickness. Hard to believe, considering how long the game has been in development, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that things are going smoothly and Square Enix won’t have to push the game back again. That also means we’ve got a few months left to have additional details about the game slowly revealed, such as additional destination worlds. We just saw Big Hero Six in action thanks to a Tokyo Game Show preview event, and past trailers have revealed locations such as Toy Story, Tangled, Monster’s Inc. and Frozen. Square Enix and Disney will obviously want to keep a few secrets under wraps for the game’s launch, but we wouldn’t say no to at least a few more tidbits in the meantime.

Annabelle 3 Is Set During A Surprising Point On The Conjuring Timeline

Thus far, the timeline for The Conjuring Universe is kind of all over the place. Conjuring 2 takes place after The Conjuring, but the first Annabelle is set before both of them; and Annabelle: Creation was the earliest established point in the continuity up until the release of The Nun. It’s pretty clear that any of the stories in this franchise can be set at any time, which is why it’s interesting to note where Gary Dauberman’s upcoming Annabelle 3 takes place in relation to the other stories, which the writer/director recently revealed:

Annabelle 3, which doesn’t have an official title yet, is set to be the next Conjuring Universe movie that goes into production, and Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first two Annabelle spin-offs, will be making his directorial debut with the horror feature. Back in July during San Diego Comic-Con we learned that the film was going to take place in the Warren’s artifact museum, but that didn’t fully clear up when the movie would be set. Fortunately, Dauberman was happy to reveal that info during an interview last week.

The filmmaker spoke quite a bit about his vision for Annabelle 3, and even noted how his work on The Nun (which he also wrote) inspired his approach. While there has been a lot of talk about how the latest release is atmospherically different than any previous Conjuring Universe title, primarily thanks to the very different setting, the screenwriter found that the production experience in Romania had him very much missing home, which bled into his Annabelle 3 script. Said Dauberman,

Reading this description, you may rightfully now be asking yourself: does this mean that we can expect Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson’s Lorraine and Ed Warren in Annabelle 3? I asked Gary Dauberman exactly that, and while he didn’t take the possibility off the table, he also didn’t mention whether or not it was something that was going to happen:

Annabelle 3 is going into production next month in Los Angeles, and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all the latest updates.

The Life Is Strange Developers Already Have A Bunch Of Ideas For Future Seasons

The characters of Max and Chloe in the first season of Life is Strange instantly struck a chord with fans. Players fell in love with them over the course of the season, and many were hoping that story would continue in a future sequel. While the sequel is on its way, it doesn’t deal with the characters or events of the first season at all. Instead, it goes off in an entirely new direction. Earlier this month at PAX West I spoke with Peter Fury, the Square Enix Communications Manager for Life is Strange who told me that the team at Dontnod considered a lot of different ideas, including a direct sequel, before settling on the one that became the basis for Season 2. According to Fury…

The prequel to the first season, Life is Strange: Before the Storm did happen, though development on that was handled by a different studio. It seems Dontnod very early on was much more interested in taking the ideas that formed the basis of Life is Strange and doing something new with them. What has come out of that is the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz, two brothers who begin a hike south to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest. The characters and the story structure couldn’t be more different from the story of Max and Chloe.

However, while Peter Fury told me that the story of the Diaz brothers wasn’t the only new idea the team at Dontnod came up with, and while the other ideas may have been passed over for now, those ideas are still very much alive.

If Life is Strange continues to be as successful in Season 2 as it was in Season 1, it’s a safe bet we’ll see some of those other ideas begin to take shape as the stories of the future. It’s clear Dontnod is looking to create an entire Life is Strange universe and there will be many corners of that universe for us to explore.

Some Madman Watched One Adam Sandler Movie A Day For A Whole Year

We all have favorite actors who we love to watch on screen again and again, but you could you watch your favorite actor over and over again for an entire year? It would be hard for some of us to do that with Tom Cruise or Meryl Streep. Somebody just completed the task with Adam Sandler movies. Eloy Lugo is a massive Sandler fan who, on September 9 of last year (the actor’s birthday) began the Year of Sandler, watching one of the comedian’s films every single day for 12 months. While he made a point to watch every single movie at least once, he otherwise just watched whatever he wanted to watch. According to Lugo…

Adam Sandler is hardly the most beloved comedian in Hollywood, so for most the idea of watching multiple Sandler movies in a row, nevermind for a year, is probably not their idea of fun. However, Eloy Lugo clearly loves Sandler. His comments to Vice show that he sees the man as a great actor, not simply a funny guy. He even commends Sandler’s performance as Jill in Jack and Jill, and I don’t think I’m being too harsh when I say few people would make an argument like that. The movie that sees Sandler play both genders has a 3% Rotten Tomatoes score from critics and only a 36% positive score from the audience.

In fact, Eloy Lugo likes Jack and Jill so much that he says it was one of the films he watched most often, along with 8 Crazy Nights, though he admits sometimes he watched the latter film because it has the shortest runtime in the Sandler filmography, making it an easier watch when he just wanted to get his responsibilities complete.

Needless to say, this is a herculean task that most of us would never dare complete. Of course, many of us would never dare for the simple reason that, a lot of Adam Sandler’s movies aren’t the sorts that we’d want to watch over and over again. Most of his recent Netflix output has been less than impressive, to say the least. Some of his early movies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are pretty well regarded by fans, but just how many times can you watch those movies before they start to get really old?

New Ant-Man And The Wasp Video Has A Subtle Nod To Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp are ahead!

While each entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is important in its own way, some are more self-contained than others. Two months after Avengers: Infinity War resulted in half of the universe being wiped out, Ant-Man and the Wasp wound the clock back a little bit to show what Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne and the rest of the people in their circle were up to after Captain America: Civil War, but before Thanos snapped his Infinity Stones-powered fingers. The main story definitely stood on its own, but then the mid and post-credits scenes decided to address the Mad Titan in the room, and a new Ant-Man and the Wasp video throws in a nod to that.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is wrapping up its time in theaters, which means that it won’t be much longer until you can watch the movie in the comfort of your own home. The above Marvel video announces that the movie will drop on home media next month, and it functions as a standard trailer, albeit showing some scenes that were kept secret during the theatrical promotion. But at the very end, everything on the screen quickly fades away, and that effect looks an awful lot like the dust effect that we saw when folks faded away at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. For folks who haven’t seen Ant-Man and the Wasp, this effect probably doesn’t mean anything, but those who have seen the movie, they know this is a quick reference to what goes down in the final minutes.

In case you need a refresher, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s mid-credits scene picked back up with Scott, Hope, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne at the exact time that the battle in Wakanda was unfolding in Avengers: Infinity War. Scott entered the Quantum Realm to harvest some quantum energy that would help Ava Starr‘s condition, and he was only supposed to stay there for a few minutes. Unfortunately for him, soon after he traveled to that other reality, Thanos carried out his genocide, and Hope, Hank and Janet were among the unlucky ones who disintegrated. Scott is still intact, but now he’s stranded in the Quantum Realm, and it remains to be seen how he’ll escape, although many have speculated it will require him to go through one of those time vortexes that Janet told him to stay away from. And for those wondering, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s post-credits scene showed that the giant ant that wore Scott’s house arrest ankle bracelet survived the Thanos snap, as it continued drumming away without a care in the world.

You can buy Ant-Man and the Wasp on Digital HD starting October 2, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies hit shelves on October 16. While it remains to be seen if Ant-Man 3 will move forward, Scott Lang will jump back into action when Avengers 4 is released on May 3, 2019.

Predator’s Honest Trailer Is Packed With Machoness And The Best Handshake In Human History

We are only days away from the release of The Predator. This is just the latest attempt to capitalize on one of cinema’s all-time coolest monsters. As such, it seems only right to revisit the classic action horror film that first introduced us to the interstellar sport hunters, 1987’s Predator. Fortunately, Honest Trailers has us covered, looking back on the overwhelming machoness, the iconic one-liners and the legendary handshake that make Predator still such a classic today. Take a look below to see the Honest Trailer for Predator.

You can’t really discuss Predator without referencing the incredible handshake that turns into an arm wrestling contest between Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Dutch and Carl Weathers’ Dillon. And Screen Junkies doesn’t neglect this moment. Indeed, this flex shake between these two titans is a strong antidote to peach fuzz, while giving you lifelong handshake and bicep goals. Thanks to memes, this image is probably as reproduced as that of the Predator itself at this point. You also can’t talk about Predator without mentioning the one-liners in this film, which you’ve undoubtedly heard even if you’ve never seen it. They’re ridiculous and cheesy and iconic and awesome.

The Predator Honest Trailer also touches on one of the huge flaws in the film: it gives away the alien in the beginning. As is the audience knows more than the characters, eliminating any mystery element to this jungle contest. Had the beginning of the film not opened with the Predator being dropped off on safari, we, along with Dutch and Co., would have felt an extra level of fear and confusion at what exactly was going on. Then we would have been looking just as curiously at the trees.

The comparison between Dutch and Kevin McCallister from Home Alone is also really funny. Although technically, since Predator came out first, Kevin McCallister is really an ingenious, screaming, ice cream eating Dutch. Maybe Kevin saw Predator prior to his epic parental neglect, and took some tips from it. Screen Junkies also doesn’t forget to mention the end-credits of this film, which are certainly jarring– giving us sitcom-esque shots of characters who were just disemboweled in the film. Except they’re smiling like they were having a jolly saunter through the jungle, and not being horribly butchered.

As the Honest Trailer notes, the original Predator has never been improved upon, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from trying. The next attempt comes from Shane Black, one of the stars of the original film. And it has received mixed reviews so far, seemingly eclipsing the rest of the mediocre sequels, but falling well short of the original.

You can see the return of the galaxy’s most fearsome hunter when The Predator stalks into theaters on September 14th. Take a look at the release calendar to see the rest of the big movies still to come in 2018 and for all the latest in the choppa and why you should get to it, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

What’s Going On With Maggie And Rick’s Walking Dead Feud When Season 9 Picks Up

When The Walking Dead left off, Maggie and Rick’s relationship had hit a bit of a bump. After all, he had allowed her husband’s murderer, Negan, to continue drawing breath. Suffice it to say, there is room for ample tension between them. Having been denied her preferred brand of justice by Rick, will Maggie really be revving up for revenge against him in Season 9? The Walking Dead‘s chief content officer and former showrunner Scott Gimple has weighed in, saying:

There you have it! With so much going on in between Season 8 and Season 9 thanks to that time jump, it is understandable that Maggie may have other things occupying her mind besides her and Rick’s feud. With 18 months having passed in between the two installments, Maggie has had hers and Glenn’s baby, and that’s bound to take up a lot of her time and energy. While making it right may not be driving her in Season 9 as Scott Gimple told TVLine, a desire to do so is still present within her.

With Maggie finally having had her baby in Season 9, the show will also be able to explore her life as a mother, and as you probably suspected, it has had an impact. It is thanks in part to her having become a mother that Maggie’s quest for revenge may be far from over. Giving fans a preview of how being a mother to hers and Glenn’s baby has impacted Maggie’s feelings, Scott Gimple says:

All of which makes perfect sense. Having become a mother, she is focused on her child. She also knows that her baby’s father is missing and why. So, it would make sense that their child would play a large role in how she feels regarding Glenn’s killer. After all, Negan is still alive, and Glenn is dead, having never met his and Maggie’s baby. And Rick allowed Negan to live. Can he and Maggie come to an understanding before he exits The Walking Dead?

And how much light will the Season 9 premiere shed on that possibility? The episode will definitely be long enough to fit in some scenes between Rick and Maggie. As many fans know, Season 9 will be the season fans bid farewell to Maggie and Rick. Maggie, in an open-ended way, and Rick, for what is potentially forever. Regardless of how their respective time on the series ends up, time is running out for them to reconcile Rick allowing Glenn’s killer to live. Fans will have to tune in to see if it can happen.

It may feel like the wait for the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 9 is creeping along rather slowly, but you can rest assured it is getting closer. The premiere is now less than a month away. And there is something to be said for savoring the time that is left. Find out how things go down between Rick and Maggie when The Walking Dead returns this fall, along with a ton of other shows. Season 9 premieres Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.