Creative Director For UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY Leaves Naughty Dog

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In a post via Twitter, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s creative director, Shaun Escayg, has announced that he has left Naughty Dog for reasons he did not disclose. However, looking at the recent posts in his social media pages, gives us a few clues on where he may be heading next. 

Escayg, who has been with Naughty Dog for seven years seemed to have ended his employment with the developer in good terms. In his tweet, he mentioned how he joined a talented team of developers during the early stages of the development of one of Naughty Dog’s most successful franchises, The Last of Us. Escayg also shared how his skills and creativity grew even further as he and Naughty Dog worked on Nathan Drake’s final adventure, Uncharted 4, and the most recent title in the franchise, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the first game that had a different protagonist besides Drake. 

Although Escayg dis not give any official announcement as to where or what he will be working next, his Instagram post showing the Avengers logo, as spotted by various people, is a very obvious clue on his next endeavor. The caption of the post read, “to new Adventures- bring it 2018!”. 

Well this could mean one of two things, first, he may be transfering ship and moving to Crystal Dynamics to work on their upcoming Avengers game in partnership with Marvel of course, or he’s probably just a fan of the Avengers and looks to the group of heroes as a symbol of a new beginning?  Whatever it is, Escayg still hasn’t confirmed if the rumors about where he is heading to next is true or not. 

What do you think prompted Escayg’s departure from Naughty Dog? Will the upcoming Avengers game be better with him around? You can check out the last game he helped develop at Naughty Dog by checking our review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy here

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The X-Men Series THE GIFTED Has Officially Been Renewed For Season 2

I've actually really enjoyed the Marvel X-Men-inspired series The Gifted. Fox seems to be happy with how it's doing in the ratings because they have officially confirmed that it will be coming back for a second season.

This is great! I'm happy that we will get to see the story continue with these characters. The thirteen episode first season isn't over yet. There will be a two-hour finale set for January 15th.

I wasn't sure what would happen with this show, especially since Disney bought Fox, but it doesn't look like that is going to affect the series... yet. Hopefully, the series will have a long life... if it continues to stay good. 

The Gifted is produced by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, and the second season will be a part of the 2018-19 release season.

If you haven't watched The Gifted yet, you should give it a shot! You might like it! The Gifted was developed by Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and this is the synopsis:

Action-adventure family drama THE GIFTED, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. 

The series also has a great cast that includes Blair Redford, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, and Coby Bell.

GAME OF THRONES Confirmed Not To Return Until in 2019

We've been hearing for months that Game of Thrones Season 8 probably wouldn't premiere until 2019. Just in case you were holding out for a chance that it might premiere this year, you can throw those hopes away. 

HBO issued a short announcement confirming that the final six episodes of Game of Thrones won't start airing until 2019. As of right now, there's no specific release date. Where just going to have to accept this, hunker down, be patient, and wait.

It's ok, though! Series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss previously explained they planned to spend a year and a half crafting the final episodes of the series because they to make sure the finale delivers a spectacular and satisfying ending for the fans. If they deliver that, it will be well worth the wait.

The directors who will be working on Season 8 include showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. The writers are Benioff and Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

HBO is also currently developing several possible prequel series. I just can't wait to see how this story comes to a close! It's been such an awesome, intense, brutal, and epic journey!

Via: EW

DRAGONBALL FIGHTERZ Opening Cinematic Looks Dope

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Bandai Namco has released another video to show off just how epic Dragonball Fighterz is going to be. This time they simply showed what the opening cinematic to the game is going to be, but I have to say that it makes the game look so much cooler than it did back when I played the beta at E3. Check it out:

This opening cinematic does show off more characters than they gave the moment to show off their name. While Android 17 was among Android 18 and 16, he wasn't given his own tag. This brings to question, what will the final roster actually be? I hope that he also makes it on the list because those three are like a set and each would have their own specials that I would love to exploit.

They also didn't show off the different saiyan forms for the multiple characters, so the next question I have would be - are we going to be able to transform mid battle or will they be separated on the roster like previous Dragonball games? If we can transform mid battle, would that actually affect how hard we hit or what our moves will be?

The cinematic looked amazing for sure, but I am anticipating so much that I am left with more questions after watching it. I can't wait to find out more about the game as it nears launches later this month!

While I am super excited to see that they are going to have both Teen and Grown Gohan's, I would like to be able to play as Master Roshi just once. He was an actual fighter in the original Dragonball series after all! What are your overall thoughts on the opening cinematic? What character, or characters, do you feel was left out and are still hoping to see make it on the official roster?

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Haunting New Trailer Released For The Horror Thriller WINCHESTER

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If you're a fan of ghost stories and haunted houses, there's no doubt that you've heard about the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California. I've been fascinated by this place ever since I was a kid and because of that, I'm wicked excited about this movie coming out that will tell the dark and creepy story of the house and the woman who was instructed by ghosts to build it. The thought of ghosts telling a woman to keep building on to her house to appease the spirits of the people who were killed by the Winchester rifle is definitely a creepy one and it's going to make for a good movie.

The film is called Winchester and it looks great and this new trailer is awesomely creepy! The movie also boasts a fantastic cast that includes Helen Mirren, who was perfectly cast in the lead role of Sarah Winchester, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson. Here's the synopsis:

Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…

The film was written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination, Daybreakers), and it's set to be released on February 2, 2018. Have you ever been to the Winchester Mystery House? Every time I'm up in that area I have to go!

No One is Working on RICK AND MORTY Season 4 So It May Not Happen Until Late 2019

I've got some crappy news for all of you Rick and Morty fans. According to writer Ryan Ridley, as of ring now no one is working on the fourth season of the animated series and it doesn't look like it's going to be released until late 2019! That's a depressing thought, but it's a reality and Ridley seems pretty annoyed that everyone working on the series is dropping the ball. When talking to The Detroit Cast, he said:

"As far as I know, no one's working on the show, and I'm certainly not. So I don't know what's going on, I haven't heard anything. They really take their time. I never understood why everybody -- all parties, Dan, Justin and Adult Swim -- didn't get their shit together and make the show fast. I just don't get it. It doesn't make any sense to me. I'm sure they all have their reasons. . . . I highly doubt there won't be [a Season 4]. I'm just shocked that it's taking [so long]. We got done writing Season 3 in November of last year, and here we are eleven months later. And then I know how long the show takes to write, let alone animate, so I would be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air any sooner than 2019, than late 2019.

I wonder why the main team behind the series take so long. Maybe they have other projects they are developing? It certainly can't be laziness... right!? It's just crazy that there's been no movement made on it yet almost a year after completing Season 3. 

Regardless, it looks like fans are to have to wait a torturous amount of time... again before we see any new episodes. If you haven't watched Rick and Morty yet, then you've got plenty of time to blaze through the first three seasons and enjoy the awesome madness!

Video Supercut of Movies That We Have to Look Forward To in 2018

With 2017 now behind us, movie fans have a lot of great looking and exciting films to look forward to in 2018! Thanks to JoBlo, we have a video supercut called "First Cut 2018" which gives us a preview of a lot of the most anticipated films of the year.

Some of the films shown in this video that are on the top of my most anticipated list include Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Annhiliation, The Incredibles 2, Alita: Battle Angel,and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Watch the video below and let us know what films you're most excited about seeing in 2018!

The New SLENDER MAN Movie is Slammed For Being Distasteful, Too Late, and More

Yesterday Sony Pictures released the first trailer for their upcoming horror movie, Slender Man, which is based on the urban legend created on the internet. As a fan of horror, Slender Man is one of those monstrous figures that has intrigued me. Slender Man isn't as popular now as it was a few years ago, and I'm surprised that this movie didn't get made sooner.

Well, after the trailer was released, it received a harsh backlash online. People slammed it for being distasteful because the legend caused two young girls to try and kill someone in real life. The father of the victim, Bill Weier, had this to say about it in an interview (via THR)

"It's absurd they want to make a movie like this. It's popularizing a tragedy is what it's doing. I'm not surprised but in my opinion it's extremely distasteful. All we're doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through."

A lot of people on the internet felt the same way. Here are a few tweets that were posted on the matter:

This can definitely spark a debate because there are people who are rightfully sensitive to this kind of thing, and I think others understand that. Then on the other hand, one can argue that Hollywood has been making these kinds of horror movies for a very very long time and they also make a lot of films based on tragic true crime events. So, the fact that they movie is getting made isn't surprising. However, some people were surprised by how long it took them to make it. Here are some tweets that beat it up for that:

Then, of course, there are the people that just think the movie looks like shit:

But! There are people who are actually excited about it!

What side of the fence do you fall on in regards to this Slender Man movie? Do you think it's distasteful and shouldn't have been made out of respect to the victims of the real-life tragedy? 

Funny Trailer For The Eighth and Final Season of PORTLANDIA

Portlandia has been an incredibly funny and entertaining series to watch. After eight seasons, the Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein comedy sketch show is finally coming to an end. But, the series had a great run and I got a lot of laughs from it. It's sad to see it go, but it looks like it's going to end on a high note.

IFC has released a trailer for the final season that will get fans excited for what's to come. It features the feminist bookstore characters Toni and Candace who are looking to. start up their own women’s health clinic. It also shows Armisen’s Spyke who wants to bring punk to the music scene. Then, of course, we see Dave and Kath are in a state of panic as try to survive an escape room. Then we see the Goths give a little eulogy.

The final season of Portlandia premieres on Thursday, January 18th.