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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveals Some Of The Post-Release Free Content

For a lot of games it’s almost unheard of for a AAA title to release without a DLC roadmap. In fact, some might call it corporate blasphemy to have a major $100 million dollar project out in the wild without any sort of post-launch plans or monetization efforts. It’s a rarity, like a unicorn. Of course, for every other major project that releases there are lots of content packs and expansions planned long after the release of the game, which is exactly what Activision and Treyarch have setup for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It was recently announced exactly what sort of post-launch content gamers can expect for the first-person shooter game, and not all of it is paid DLC. In fact, some of the content you can expect to receive will actually be free.

Over on the PlayStation Blog it was revealed by Activision’s editorial manager, Kevin Kelly, that post-launch content for Black Ops 4 will release first on the PlayStation 4 and that some of the new content will be free.

Gamers will get their first taste of content with the return of the Nuketown map starting in November, following the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12th. So, just one month after release the first downloadable map for the game will be made available. And, yes, Nuketown will be free for PlayStation 4 owners first.

According to the list of free content, Nuketown will be depicted with an “all-new take,” so don’t expect it to be the exact same map that you’ve played across many of the previous Call of Duty games.

Following the release of Nuketown, the game will receive all new specialist characters starting in December. If we’re going by the usual roll-out of content, this likely means that we can expect the Xbox One and PC versions of Black Ops 4 to receive the free Nuketown update starting in December, and then the new specialists will likely be available in January.

Treyarch also has plans on evolving the Blackout mode. According to the description, Blackout will receive “regular map updates” as well as new expansions and modes. Expect Treyarch to put in some time and effort with Black Ops 4’s mode much in the same way that Epic Games fosters and evolves the Battle Royale mode in Fortnite.

Last, but not least, are events. The events within the game will be free for everyone to enjoy. This includes seasonal, weekly, and time-limited events that may include certain modes on certain maps. The post doesn’t explain exactly what sort of specialty events we can expect from the game, but, given that Activision and Treyarch are intent on fostering the growth of the community long after release, be sure to stay on the lookout for all sorts of crazy content to appear with the seasonal and weekly events.

All of this comes on the heels of a strong beta test that took place for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where a lot of fans and content creators gave Treyarch tons of positive feedback for doing right by the brand. You can look for the first-person shooter to launch in full next month on the PS4, PC, and Xbox One, starting October 12th.

Kingsman 3 Is Definitely Happening

According to Exhibitor Relations, Fox’s Untitled Kingsman Movie, which is presumably Kingsman 3, is set for release just over a year from now, on November 8, 2019. On top of that, writer-director Matthew Vaughn is set to return to pen the screenplay and direct the film, thus completing the trilogy. There isn’t an official plot description yet, but we know that Matthew Vaughn was planning Kingsman 3 while working on the second film. The director has spoken in the past about the third film in the franchise taking the characters on a journey to a place we’ve never seen them before, and it would presumably conclude the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship.

The 12 Greatest Big Bang Theory Guest Stars, Ranked

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will be heading into its final season when it hits the air this fall, and, as could be expected of a very popular show that’s been on the air for eleven seasons, there have been many, many guest stars during the show’s run. Since Season 12 will be our last go-round with Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, Amy and the rest of the gang, we figured now would be a grand time to pay tribute to the best of the best when it comes to guest starring appearances on The Big Bang Theory, knowing, of course, that this final season is sure to have some surprises up its sleeve with regards to guest performances. Here for you now, we’ll go through our favorite guest stars who have popped up on the show, and rank them by sheer awesomeness and utilization in the plot.

New Amsterdam Review: Ryan Eggold’s New NBC Medical Drama Is Poignant And Emotional

New Amsterdam is a medical drama that is firing on all cylinders. You name it, NBC’s new series checks off all the boxes. Created by David Schulner, the show encompasses everything viewers have come to expect from the genre. It also manages to avoid cliché, embracing itself for what it is as an emotional drama without sacrificing the gritty and searing truth it is portraying.

“How can I help?” is one of the persevering mantras spoken by Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold). On his first day as the medical director of the series’ titular hospital, Dr. Goodwin wastes no time tearing up the red tape keeping patients from the best care possible. Set in a hospital inspired by America’s oldest public facility, Max is faced with one real problem after another, only to respond with a magical “done.” It is a splendid fantasy the series leans into without feeling false.

In an arresting sequence, Max addresses a room of the hospital’s staff by declaring his intentions to shake up the status quo. In this scene, the series zeros in on some terse dialogue that gives life to an atmosphere that is awkward and authentic. It is an early lesson in what makes the series tick, and it is brutally frank without losing any heart.

Viewers are introduced to the hospital’s main doctors throughout the episode. There is the captivating Dr. Hana Sharpe (Freema Agyeman), whose frequent television appearances are helping her stay out of the hospital. There is the driven Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) and cheery Dr. Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery), whose romantic future takes various turns. The keen Dr. Vijay Kapoor (Anupam Kher) and enthusiastic Dr. Iggy Frome (Tyler Labine) help flesh out the staff.

All of them are well-drawn with more in-depth characterizations than you sometimes see in the genre. New Amsterdam makes sure that its leads are never lost in the chaos. They are all richly textured, and in the span of two episodes, it is easy to feel you have an indelible sense of who they are.

The mystery New Amsterdam offers to viewers is peeling back the layers of what has forged them into the people we are now meeting. While the series wades into heavy emotional terrain throughout its first two episodes, it never feels like it is forcing viewers to feel. Those emotions unfold in an organic way that is earnestly heartfelt.

Tears are easy to come by without leaving you overwrought. That’s because New Amsterdam teems with an unvarnished sentimentality, which naturally makes it impossible to avoid becoming teary-eyed. Backed by a score that complements rather than induces what unfolds on-screen, the series makes smart choices.

There is wonderful interaction between the characters, and as the story weaves in and out of its various narratives, they all feel interconnected. It is a synchronicity that usually takes an entire season to develop.

Ryan Eggold shoulders the series with a terrific display of his wide range as the confident Max. Be it exuding pathos or offering an upbeat grin, Eggold displays the same charisma he did on The Blacklist. He was a standout on the crime drama, and here he works equally well with New Amsterdam seizing on his skills fantastically.

The cast that accompanies him is remarkably robust. In a marvel of casting, New Amsterdam has assembled an ensemble with no weak spots. There is Freema Agyeman’s electrifying performance as Dr. Hana Sharpe. Jacko Simms’ contemplative turn as Dr. Floyd Reynolds, Janet Montgomery’s buoyant take on Dr. Lauren Bloom, Anupam Kher’s weighty performance as Dr. Vijay Kapoor, and Tyler Labine’s tender turn as Dr. Iggy Frome.

Fast-moving, sensitive, and provocative, New Amsterdam addresses the medical system and its broken state. There is still more to explore as the series has yet to discuss the exorbitant cost of certain medications, among other issues facing patients. Still, this is a television show that, while having Max ushering in all this change, acknowledges he may not be able to keep it going. So, there is honesty here.

It will be interesting to watch and see how and if that plot is probed further as the season progresses. There is a feel-good fantasy element to the show, and given that it embraces that aspect, it makes sense to remain a bit idealistic at first. The future of New Amsterdam is highly intriguing to contemplate. The pilot ends on a shocking note it builds to throughout the hour, which opens an unexpected door. How it will step through it is anyone’s guess.

New Amsterdam premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, following the Season 3 premiere of This Is Us. Both are among a slew of series making their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

America’s Got Talent Winner Shin Lim Shared His Most Memorable Moments From The Season

The latest champion of America’s Got Talent is none other than card magician Shin Lim, who blew minds and confounded viewers all season with his sleight-of-hand tricks. The final batch of contestants was comprised of some very different acts, and it was difficult to predict who would make it to the top five and who would be cut early. It finally came down to Shin Lim and dance troupe Zurcaroh, and Shin Lim ultimately won the top prize of $1 million and a Las Vegas stage show. Lim spoke with CinemaBlend after winning America’s Got Talent, and he had this to say about the most memorable moments from his big night:

When Tyra Banks finally announced Shin Lim as the winner after almost a full two hours of the results show, Zurcaroh didn’t wallow in disappointment while Lim celebrated. No, the dancers of Zurcaroh swept Lim off his feet and guaranteed that winning felt like heaven on stage. Coming in second was still a massive accomplishment for the group, and their immediate reaction to lift Lim made the moment feel all the more heartwarming.

In a fun twist, Shin Lim also revealed in our chat that he’s a fan of Zurcaroh. When voting opened up in the last stages of competition, Lim didn’t just vote for himself. He also used some of his votes for Zurcaroh, as well as the sibling band We Three, who made it almost all the way to the finals.

For fans, the most memorable part of Shin Lim’s run may have been his mind-blowing final act that saw him up the ante on both spectacle and showmanship. After criticism from judge Simon Cowell that his previous performances were lacking in showmanship, Lim went above and beyond for the finale performance that had to convince voters to support him as the Season 13 champion. Lim revealed that the finale act was actually quite risky for some big reasons, and he also shared that it was his favorite performance. Here’s how he put it:

Unlike previous performances in rounds of America’s Got Talent competition, the finale act was one that Shin Lim hadn’t performed over and over again. In fact, the only people who had experienced the act prior to when Lim hit the stage and showed off his sleight-of-hand skills on live television were the folks who were helping him get it ready. Given that Shin Lim was the winner of America’s Got Talent, it’s safe to say that Simon Cowell’s advice to Lim that he should work on his showmanship resulted in an act that clinched a huge prize for him.

America’s Got Talent may be done for Season 13, but that doesn’t mean the end of your opportunities to see Shin Lim in action. He’ll headline the America’s Got Talent Live stage show in Las Vegas at the Paris Theater, with performances from November 2-4. The show will also feature performances from Lin’s competitors, including comedians Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe, violinist extraordinaire Brian King Joseph, gravity-defying acrobat pair Duo Transcend, and young powerhouse singer Courtney Hadwin. Auditions for the next season of AGT are currently underway, and interested acts can register at www.AGTAuditions.com.

New Venom Clip Shows Eddie Brock Confronting The Movie’s Villain

As the fall season approaches, so does a slimy symbiotic alien, as Venom will soon make its solo debut in early October. While the initial reaction of seeing Venom onscreen without Spider-Man to take him down seemed a bit of a stretch, a lot of superhero fans are getting excited to see the horrifying creature hit theaters. Before it does, the studio released a short clip giving a taste of the relationship between journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and genius billionaire Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Take a look:

The exclusive Venom clip from IGN has Eddie conducting an interview with Carlton that starts lightly as he discusses his passion for space exploration. However, when he gets into some allegations toward the Life Foundation regarding deadly pharmaceutical tests, Carlton and his team are no longer willing to be welcoming. The clip ends with Eddie being shoved away from Carlton as he asks him if he’s being threatened, and Carlton responds with an unassuming “Have a nice life!”

In Venom, this relationship is central to the film, as Eddie Brock has been obsessed with taking down Carlton Drake for quite some time. Per the clip, Eddie seems to be having a hard time cracking the story, as Carlton is untouchable. His investigation starts to tarnish his personal and professional life, leading him to go off the books, discover and subsequently merge with the Venom symbiote. While traditionally Venom would be considered a villain in a Spider-Man film, Riz Ahmed’s character will be even more villainous as a corrupt scientist likely willing to do anything to make discoveries.

As revealed at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, Carlton Drake will portray another symbiotic villain: Riot, first seen on the printed page in the comic Venom: Lethal Protector. While fans were hoping and theorizing that Riz Ahmed would turn out to be Carnage, director Ruben Fleischer debunked this possibility with this announcement. With Woody Harrelson a part of the cast with an unknown role, fans have turned their Carnage theories over to him (including us). Since Fleisher teased that more villains could appear in the film, it’s still unclear that Riz Ahmed’s character will be the true main villain.

Although Venom has a PG-13 rating, the film is expected to be highly violent, with head-chomps and all. The upcoming film is certainly treading into new waters for the movie genre, as there is usually a clear-cut protagonist and antagonist. Still, with the clip setting up Eddie Brock and Carlton Drake as opposers, you can be sure their eventual clash is going to be crazy. Early tracking has the film expected to do well at the box office with an expected domestic opening of $55 to $85 million. Venom comes to theaters on October 5.

Aquaman: What We Know So Far

What Have We Seen From Aquaman?

While it seems like it took forever to get some footage from Aquaman, late July 2018 finally offered up a trailer, which, as you can see from the video above, featured a wondrous look at the action, underwater world, characters and costumes in the movie. It also gives fans a pretty good taste of the main storylines, proving that we should be in for quite a treat when the film hits theaters.

Why Keira Knightley Probably Won’t Appear In Another Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie

Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann was an integral part of the first three films in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series. The actress reprised the role for a cameo in last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the franchise has generally moved beyond Keira Knightley and co-star Orlando Bloom and has largely suffered for it, as the focus has been entirely on Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Yet, despite the creative decline, these films still make money, especially overseas, so a sixth entry is likely inevitable. But if there is another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, don’t expect Keira Knightley to be a part of it because she simply doesn’t want to commit the time.

Even though she made a brief return to the series in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Keira Knightley does not expect to set sail for the high seas again as a part of the franchise. According to the Los Angeles Times, her reasoning is that the films simply take too long to shoot. The Pirates of the Caribbean films take five or more months of principal photography, which is considerably longer than a film that isn’t on that blockbuster scale would take. Keira Knightley is a mother now, and blockbuster films like the Pirates series take a long time to shoot, so that probably factors into how much time she wants to commit to one specific project, especially one that she’s done before multiple times.

Keira Knightley is also a prolific actress, and perhaps she prefers taking on lots of roles and creative challenges with shorter productions instead of having to pass up on parts because she’s spending too much time shooting the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. It’s understandable, even if it is a bummer for fans of her character that went from damsel in distress to badass pirate king over the course of the series.

Despite the fact that the last Pirates film suffered a $250 million drop from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it does seem likely that a sequel will come at some point given the power of the brand and the fact that the last film still earned $795 million worldwide. I think fans might like Keira Knightley to be a part of it, if only because she was back when this franchise was performing stronger critically, but it seems that Elizabeth Swann will not be returning to right the ship. That said, there are directions that a sixth film could go in to try and reinvigorate and reinvent the franchise.

Keira Knightley may be done with Pirates of the Caribbean, but she isn’t done with Disney. The actress will be seen later this year, in a perfect bit of casting, as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before that though, you can see her in Colette, which is now in limited release. Check out our premiere guide for all the biggest movies still to come this year.

Capcom Closes Dead Rising Studio

A follow-up from a Capcom spokesperson, though, seems to have corrected that notion, stating that the studio has, indeed, been shuttered. In a statement full of industry talk, the spokesperson said Capcom is currently “reviewing the allocation of its development resources” as the publisher increases “the efficiency and growth of its game development operations.” Long story short, they look to be beefing up staff and the research and development department at the Osaka headquarters while Capcom Vancouver closes down. The statement adds that ongoing projects at the studio have been canceled as Capcom looks to focus on its “major titles in Japan” instead.

This Bride Is Allegedly Making Her Guests Give a $75 Gift to Get Into Her Wedding

If you’ve ever been a bride or attended wedding, you know to expect some guidelines—no matter how loose or simple—that make sure things run at least kind of smoothly. The vast majority of these guidelines are very reasonable (don’t wear jeans, don’t wear white, no need for a gift, etc.), but occasionally they raise an eyebrow for some people. Take, for instance, the alleged expectations of one bride that are sparking discussion right now.

As Cosmo reported, Reddit user u/laika_cat uploaded a screenshot of an email supposedly sent to guests of a wedding. The email is allegedly from a “wedding coordinator,” but the ridiculous demands, not to mention the numerous spelling/grammar errors, call that into question. The deceptively short list of rules includes a $75+ gift for admission, a mandatory hashtag, and no talking to the bride. Read the full list, below. (Again, keep in mind the obvious spelling errors make the validity of the demands suspicious.)

“Rules and regulations:

  1. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early.

  2. Please DO NOT wear white, cream or ivory.

  3. Please do not wear anything other than a basic bob or ponytail.

  4. Please do not fave a full face of makeup.

  5. Do not record during the seramony.

  6. Do not check in on FB until instructed.

  7. Use #[REDACTED] when posting all pictures.

  8. DO NOT TALK TO THE BRIDE AT ALL.

  9. Everyone will toast with Rémy. No acceptance.

  10. Lastly must come with gift 75$ or more or you want be admited in.”

The email ends with the writer asking guests to call them if they “have any questions or need clarification.”

This isn’t the only bride who has unwittingly gone viral for charging an admission fee for her wedding. A month ago, one couple reportedly had to call off a wedding days before the scheduled date, all because not enough people were willing to send them the $1,500 attendance fee.

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