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Veteran actress Diana Rigg had passed away, and though she was made famous as her role of Emma Peel in The Avengers, she was beloved by a new generation of fans as Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns in Game of Thrones. With the upcoming book, Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon set for a release, there are some new anecdotes about what happened behind the scenes—one of them being a prank by Rigg on the crew.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Rigg had tried to prank the crew by showing up on the set and demanding the camera roll without any prep. Jessica Henwick, who played Nymeria Sand, shared:
"She walked onto the set, and she went, 'I’m ready now!'… A cameraman came over and went, 'Well, okay, but we haven’t finished setting up.' She interrupted him and said, 'Roll the cameras!' And she just started doing her lines. She did two takes, and then the guy came over and was like, 'Great, now we’re going to do a close-up.' And she just stood up and she went, 'I’m done!'"
"Now, she can’t walk fast. She has to be helped. So basically we just sat there and watched as Diana Rigg effectively did her own version of storming off the set, but it was at 0.1 miles per hour. She cracked me up. I loved her."
If anything, Rigg had definitely left an impression on the cast, and everyone seemed to love her dry wit. Her frequent scene partner Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) also shared, "She had a very dry sense of humor and was aware of the parody of herself. Sometimes I think she was mischievous to see what she could get away with."
While the show had ended on a sour note with fans, Rigg had managed to nab one of the more memorable character deaths in the series. Though she was a frail old woman, Olenna managed to be one of the more powerful players in the game. Showrunner D.B. Weiss shared, “Olenna was probably the only character to win her own death scene."
For more BTS stories, you can pick up Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon when it becomes available on Oct. 6.
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While there are a lot of games to be excited for when it comes to the PS5, one title we’re sure is going to be available at launch is Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The PlayStation 5 Showcase had come with some great reveals, and we have some gameplay footage from the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff.
Check it out:
Like the first game, it looks like Miles Morales is going to be a beat-em-up with a mix of quick-time events. As you can see, Miles’ powers are vastly different from Peter’s, and it shows with how he takes out villains, from electrocuting them to turning invisible mid-fight and going sneaky. This game also looks to be a lot more colourful, with effects coming out of everywhere like a Square Enix game.
Going back to the story though, we get the reveal of one of the big villains which is the Tinkerer. We don’t really know the identity of this version of the villain, but the Tinkerer we’ve met in comics and Spider-Man: Homecoming was male. It’s going to be interesting to see how this new version of the villain is connected to the old one—if at all.
While some people are excited to see the return of Peter Parker, I think it’s great that we don’t have to wait for Peter’s story to be over before we can take control of Miles Morales. I really like the animated revamp of Miles in Into the Spider-Verse, and I’m interested to see how Insomniac writes this version.
No independent release date has been set for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but it will launch alongside the PS5 on Nov. 12.
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Besides Star Wars: Squadrons coming out this October, ILMxLAB has revealed their own incoming game for the Oculus Quest called Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. We have a new teaser and it features everyone’s favourite protocol droid and Luke Skywalker’s trusty astromech.
Here’s the official description:
In Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, you'll play as a droid repair technician who crash lands on Batuu after a pirate attack. In typical Star Wars fashion, you'll quickly get swept up into a grand adventure on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost.
You can converse with Seezelslak (Bobby Moynihan) in his cantina and be transported to other places and times in the Star Wars galaxy through his legendary tales. Or, you can receive important missions to complete in the wilds of Batuu, encountering new and iconic characters along the way, like the pirate Tara Rashin (Debra Wilson).
Unlike Vader Immortal which has players wielding a lightsaber, it looks like this game is going to be for the fans who prefer blasters and explosives. You get to wield an array of weapons and gadgets; personally I had no idea you could actually use that training droid as an actual weapon.
With the game also taking place on Batuu, I expect the layout to be exactly like the theme park expansion, but it’s likely we’ll get to see some more fantastical elements that can only be pulled off in VR.
No release date has been set for ILMxLAB’s Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, but you can expect it to be available for the Oculus Quest this coming holiday season.
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The Batman had only started shooting for a few days, but it was suddenly shut down because star Robert Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19. Production had spent weeks isolating and testing everyone, and now it looks like everything is ready to get back rolling.
According to Variety, Robert Pattinson has now been cleared to resume work for The Batman. A spokesperson for WB has confirmed, “Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on ‘The Batman’ in the U.K.” WB didn’t reveal who else got COVID, but I guess what’s important is that they’re taking more precautions so that this doesn’t happen again.
If anything, The Batman has provided a cautionary tale for other productions that dare to resume while COVID is still around. We’ve gotten word of productions like Jurassic World Dominion getting halted because of COVID-19, and we’ll likely see more of it moving forward. While it would be the best to just wait for the virus to be gone, the studios are losing a lot of money with these delays, what with scheduling locations and paying the cast and crew.
Hopefully The Batman won’t be getting any more hiccups in the future. I mean, it’s undergoing production around the time of COVID but I guess things can be worse. Hopefully director Matt Reeves can still deliver a fantastic movie, even with all these precautions and delays.
The Batman is set to hit theaters on Oct.1, 2021.
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The PlayStation 5 showcase came with many fantastic reveals, and one of them was for the much awaited sequel for God of War (2018). Though it doesn’t have any gameplay footage, the new teaser for God of War: Ragnarok will still get you pumped.
The only image we see is that of the blue “Omega” symbol that God of War is known for, and we have Kratos saying, “The time draws near. You must prepare yourself,” ending it all with the tagline, “Ragnarok is coming.”
While this may seem like a small teaser, it does confirm a bunch of other things we haven’t known about the sequel yet. In the first game, it’s teased that Kratos might be tackling other mythologies in future games like Chinese and Egyptian mythology, so the confirmation of the title Ragnarok kind of confirms that we’re going to stay on the Norse realm for now.
[SPOILERS] If anything, we’re going to be dealing with the true identity of Atreus which is that of Loki a.k.a. The God of Mischief who will bring about Ragnarok. With the first game teasing the likely death of Kratos in the hands of Atreus, it’s going to fascinating to see how that unfolds. With Kratos being a denier of destiny though, it’s likely he will try his best to make sure the prophecy doesn’t come to pass [END SPOILERS]
I’m just hoping they don’t pull another Last of Us storyline where Kratos dies and you have to play as Atreus moving forward. I mean, it does seem like a natural progression, but it’s been done before, and I want something the fans won’t see coming.
Catch God of War: Ragnarok when it comes to the PS5 sometime in 2021.
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Footage of an RPG Harry Potter game had leaked back in 2018, and since then we haven’t been getting any significant updates on the title. What’s great is, with the PlayStation 5 Showcase, Portkey Games has officially dropped a trailer for Hogwarts Legacy.
Here’s the official description:
Experience a new story set at #Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Make allies, battle Dark wizards and decide the fate of the wizarding world.
While we have been getting mobile games for Potter, it’s going to be great to actually have an RPG game within the Wizarding World. With storylines and lore already established for the universe in the 1920s (Fantastic Beasts) and the 90s (Harry Potter), the 1800s is kind of the perfect place for a new story to happen, what with that era still unexplored.
I’ll admit, though the world-building of the Wizarding World is pretty great, the lore in kind of inconsistent, so I’m not really expecting this game to be WItcher-levels of detailed. If anything, it still looks like a lot of fun getting sorted into a house, taking lessons, and honing up your skills in witchcraft and wizardry.
No specific release date has been announced for Hogwarts Legacy yet, but it is set to come out in 2021 for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC.
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Disney had dropped the new trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 out of nowhere, and we should expect the internet to try and dig for Easter Eggs in the video over the next few weeks. With the first season bringing us back to familiar places, it’s very possible that we could be coming back to the Jedi planet of Ilum.
Fans speculate that the snowy terrain that Mando and Baby Yoda are in is the planet of Ilum:
#TheMandalorian If this is Ilum in the Mandalorian trailer, it’s possible that they’re using assets from Jedi Fallen Order, as both projects use Unreal Engine to render their environments. The ice textures look similar at the very least pic.twitter.com/6XakH2P2Ov
— doomer skeleton #BlackLivesMatter (@DoomerSkelly13) September 15, 2020
With the Jedi being mentioned in the trailer, it’s possible that Mando could be looking for remaining Jedi in the system, and a good place to look first would be the planet that provided them with Kyber crystals.
What’s actually sad is, the canon has made it so that Ilum was actually repurposed by the First Order as Starkiller Base, and we saw the ancient Jedi planet destroyed in The Force Awakens. Though the destruction of Ilum is a bummer, I think this could be a chance for The Mandalorian to further connect the Empire with the First Order; what if he goes to the planet in search of Jedi, but instead finds the Imperial remnant there already beginning the conversion of the planet into Starkiller Base?
It’s the perfect set-up, and it’s likely that the troopers we see in the trailer are already on the planet Ilum. Then again, this is just speculation on my part. I’m still up for completely new planets and plot points that no one has been able to guess.
For now, we wait for The Mandalorian Season 2 to come to Disney+ on Oct. 30.
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Before COVID-19, WandaVision was expected to come to Disney+ later this December, but with everything getting pushed back, it looked like the Marvel miniseries was going to be delayed to 2021. With this new Disney+ teaser though, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In a new teaser released by Disney+ on incoming material for 2020, they’ve revealed that WandaVision is still on the roster for expected shows. In fact, they didn’t even include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Check it out:
With Marvel said to be planning a chronological release for the films and series, it seems that WandaVision might not affect the overall storyline at all. Otherwise, it would have to come out after Black Widow and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, the former expecting another delay, and the latter most likely coming out in 2021.
With Black Widow and TFATWS, both centered on soldier characters with guns, I’m actually more excited to see what’s in store for WandaVision. While I don’t really know what to expect, I really want to go back to exploring Wanda’s powers, as she has been downgraded to just moving things with her mind. I want to see more reality-bending, and maybe even a teaser for the arrival of mutants. Most likely we’ll also get the set-up for Doctor Strange and the Multi-Verse of Madness which Scarlet Witch is said to be a major part of.
No release date has been set for WandaVision, but it’s possible the show could come out in December 2020 on Disney+.
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While Star Trek has been making a big comeback in television, Paramount Pictures is still trying to figure out what to do with the film franchise. Legion creator Noah Hawley had been tapped to direct the next Trek film, and he’s revealed a few details about his project.
Talking to Variety, Hawley reveals that his movie won’t deal with a familiar crew like Kirk or Picard’s, but an entirely new ensemble. He says:
“We’re not doing Kirk and we’re not doing Picard… It’s a start from scratch that then allows us to do what we did with ‘Fargo,’ where for the first three hours you go, ‘Oh, it really has nothing to do with the movie,’ and then you find the money. So you reward the audience with a thing that they love.”
Apparently, Paramount has put Hawley’s Trek movie on hold, as the story was said to be dealing with a virus that had wiped out ‘vast parts of the known universe’—which is probably hitting too close to home for a lot of people. Nevertheless, the script had been finished, and Hawley was currently looking for designers to decide on the look of the film.
Personally, I would have loved to see a return to the Kelvin timeline with Chris Pine’s Kirk. Star Trek Beyond was actually a step in the right direction, but some poor marketing had led to the franchise being put on hold; just when they were planning on doing a time travel film to bring back Chris Hemsworth’s George Kirk.
Paramount has not announced the next Trek movie, but you can catch all kinds of Star Trek spinoffs on CBS All Access.
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We know that Civil War villain Baron Zemo will be making a return in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but it looks like one more Captain America baddie is going to be coming back for the show.
JustJared has shared some set photos that feature Georges St-Pierre a.k.a. Batroc the Leaper from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We don’t know what Batroc’s role is in the movie, you can see him donning his classic comic colors of purple and yellow—just like he did in Winter Soldier.
Though he wasn’t in most of the film, he still made for one memorable stand-off with Chris Evans’ Captain America:
Hopefully this time we can actually see more of his ‘Leaper’ abilities. Maybe they can have him in a Parkour chase in some scene, but I guess that would be too repetitive of the chase from Civil War. It would be great if we could see this OG Captain America villain actually be a threat in some way.
For now, production has once again restarted for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but we don’t know when the series is set to come out. Originally, it was said that Disney was planning on release TFATWS last August, but everything had to be delayed thanks to COVID-19. Now it’s possible the series could release this December, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Disney eventually delays Black Widow.
No release date has been set for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but Black Widow is looking at a Nov. 6 release date.
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