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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is typically a place for developers and companies to gather and share best practices and ideas. It is also a place for developers looking for jobs in the gaming industry to connect with companies like Blizzard, Bungie, Naughty Dog, and a myriad of others. Another big part of GDC is the announcement of products and service for developers, like eye-tracking or facial emotion capture. However, #GoogleGDC2019 was trending on Twitter today, because Google broke the norm with Stadia.

There have been whispers and rumors of Google entering the gaming industry for several months now. Whether it was a new gaming console or service, it was unsure. Today, Google cleared up most confusion by announcing their intentions on diving head-first into gaming.

What is Stadia?

Stadia is a gaming platform that will stream games to almost any device; smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and even Chromecast ultras. All of these devices are fully functional with Google’s new gaming controller too. Streaming platforms have been around for several years now though. Many people may remember OnLive from years past, or even the more recently Shadow Cloud. So what makes Stadia so different. Unfortunately, I can only think of one feature that sticks out.

Cross-Platform Gaming

Google was very quick to state that Stadia will support cross-platform gaming, but then quickly changed topics. This is mainly because it’s a sensitive topic for most console gamers. Specifically, Google said the developers of games will have the option to enable cross-platform play. So before you jump out of your seat with joy, remember that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo still need to approve such festivities.

The fact that OnLive only relied on its own platform is definitely a part of why it is no longer around. People won’t continue with a service if no one else is subscribed. For example, Call of Duty on PC via Microsoft had such a small amount of users that they began to refund gamers who were unhappy about it. Majority of gamers bought Call of Duty on Steam instead.

It’s safe to say this could be the determining factor for many when it comes to getting Stadia. Not to mention the importance of platform-specific title support. If Stadia launches and games just aren’t there, it will absolutely cripple the platform. Let’s hope that Google plays its cards right and has a plethora of AAA games from launch.

stadia controllerHow Good Is It?

Stadia will primarily run games at a resolution of 1080p with 60fps. They claim that it will also stream games at 4K HDR at 60fps. Google also stated that their goal is to eventually provide 8K at 120fps. This all seems very ambitious, but how can they do it? They are using devices with 10.7 teraflops to ensure that games are not only displayed at a higher resolution but with incredible textures as well. All this while also launching the selected game in 5 seconds as well.

During the demonstrations, however, I did notice several objects in the distance that failed to render properly. Whether they were not textured quick enough or flashing on and off the screen, it was clear to see that Stadia is not quite 100% ready for the launch yet. I am glad to see that Google is focusing on bringing 4K HDR to Stadia because most console gamers have been upgrading their TVs to gain a better gaming experience with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

All these resolutions and frames make me think, what kind of internet connection do I need at home to get this kind of performance? The first thing Stadia will do when launched is run a speed test. Google requires a speed of 15Mbps, with a less than 5% data loss, and a latency below 40ms. That really doesn’t seem like much, but if you plan to play games like Rainbow Six: Siege or other games where connection speeds are important, than 15Mbps is a lot. I really do believe it will work for most gamers, but for people who are serious about gaming, Stadia is not the preferred choice.

Final Reaction

Google’s Stadia is exciting because of the potential, but isn’t “for everyone” like they claimed. I can think of a few demographics that this would interest:

  • No gaming PC
  • A constant traveler or spends lots of time away from home
  • Playing through a games campaign
  • YouTube Streamers
  • Casual gamers

If you take online games seriously, already have a sweet gaming rig, invested in another gaming ecosystem, hate lag, have a data cap on home WIFI, or just prefer buying games physically, then you can pass on all this excitement. Google promises more information by the end of summer.

There is still plenty to learn. There was no mention of subscriptions, pricing, or a launch date. I guess I will hold my reservations and criticisms to myself until I hear more come summertime.

Feel free to watch the full Google GDC 2019 Keynote and decide for yourself.

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March 19 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

Welcome to’s March 19 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!

New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This Oscar-winner for Best Animated Film focuses on Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Mary Poppins Returns

The magic returns in Disney’s reimagined classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of what it’s like to be a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible…even the impossible!

Big Kill (exclusive clip)

After the death of his wife, Jim, the accountant, has come from the East to join his brother in business. Jake and Travis, two misfit rogues with one foot on each side of the law, have come from the south after being run out of Mexico under a hail of gunfire. What they find in the West is a wild ride, a fight for survival, and a moment of decision that will change them all forever. Check out our exclusive clip below!


When a foursome borrows a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems.

The Quake

After surviving The Wave, Kristian Eikjord and his family find themselves at the center of an earthquake. Kristian makes a perilous attempt to help his family and others escape a crumbling skyscraper.

Criterion Corner


Edgar G. Ulmer directed this B-movie film noir masterpiece about a New York pianist who hitchhikes west to join his aspiring actress girlfriend. He gets a ride with gambler who dies naturally en route.


Man From Atlantis

Atlantis survivor Mark Harris breathes under water, withstands extreme depth pressures and wields superhuman strength.

Strip Nude For Your Killer

A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo, team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency s employees, it s surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath…

The Deadly Mantis

What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination!

New on Digital HD

Bumblebee (exclusive outtake clip)

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Check out our exclusive outtake clip with John Cena below!

TV on Blu-ray and DVD

Craig of the Creek: Itch to Explore

The creek may look peaceful, but Craig and his friends know this is where all the fun happens! In this collection of awesome episodes, Craig, Kelsey and JP hunt the biggest crayfish in the creek, compete in a high-stakes go-kart race, and attempt to climb the tallest tree in all the woods!

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Death Stranding Hideo Kojima Norman Reedus

Death Stranding is the highly anticipated game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions. Trailers have been released, and it has created a lot of confusion and excitement for the video game community. (This is Hideo Kojima we’re talking about here.) The PlayStation 4 game will star Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as he tries to make sense of it all. Fans following the game can find out more when Kojima and Reedus make an appearance at Tribeca Film Festival for its Tribeca Games event on April 25th in New York City.

Geoff Keighley, the producer of The Game Awards, has been a big supporter of Kojima, even calling out Konami during the 2015’s The Game Awards. He will be moderating the panel called Tribeca Games Presents: Hideo Kojima with Norman Reedus. Kojima and Reedus will discuss pushing the envelope for the game as well as their growing relationship during the game’s production.

The panel will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be located at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007. You can purchase tickets at

There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the game, and from what we’ve seen from the trailers, there will be a lot of weird things happening around Reedus’ character, Sam. The game also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Lindsay Wagner, Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins and Emily O’Brien with Guillermo del Toro.

“People that play [action] games will be able to pick it up easily,” Kojima tells IGN. “After that, like 2-3 hours into the game, they will start feeling like, ‘okay, this is something different, this is something new.'”

Kojima is a big fan of films, with many directors putting Kojima Easter eggs in their films. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an alien shouts “Kojima,” and in Kong: Skull Island, a boat is named Gray Fox after a Metal Gear Solid character. The Tribeca Film Festival is the perfect place for Kojima.

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CBS Frankenstein Pilot Lands Ryan Phillippe For Lead Role

CBS Frankenstein pilot lands Ryan Phillippe for lead role

Deadline reports that Shooter star Ryan Phillippe will be returning to television in the lead role of the upcoming CBS drama pilot Alive loosely inspired by the classic horror novel and film, Frankenstein.

RELATED: CBS Orders Cop Series Based on Frankenstein

The pilot, written and executive produced by Jason Tracey (Elementary), follows San Francisco homicide detective Mark Escher (Phillippe) who, after being killed in the line of duty, is brought back to life but is changed by the experience, experiencing visions of the attack and fire in which he was left for dead while working a difficult case. Haunted by what’s happening to him, Escher and his wife, pathologist Elizabeth Lavenza, search out the man responsible for his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

In addition to Phillippe, the pilot has added Arrow and The Oath star Katrina law as Lavenza, who is thrilled to have her husband back but believes she knows who’s responsible for Escher’s return, and Mad Men and L.A. Noire vet Aaron Staton to portray the death-defying scientist Frankenstein, who is described as a brilliant, slightly odd and driven – perhaps obsessed – scientist who is working on a secret, cutting-edge project and is on the run from a Chinese ethics board that has brought him back to the U.S. in which he gets involved with Escher’s situation, also putting him back in Lavenza, his ex’s, life.

The pilot will be directed and executive produced by small screen veteran Uta Briesewitz, known for his work on HBO’s Westworld, Netflix’s Orange is the New BlackJessica JonesIron FistThe Defenders and Altered Carbon, along with Elementary creator Rob Doherty as executive producer.

RELATED: FBI: CBS Sets Premiere Date for Most Wanted Spin-off Episode

Phillippe has enjoyed a successful small screen career in the past few years, landing the lead roles in the first season of ABC’s adaptation of the Australian crime mystery Secrets and Lies and USA Network’s series adaptation of the Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact” and subsequent 2007 film adaptation Shooter, which just recently concluded its three-season run on the network in September.

Law first rose to prominence with a recurring role on the Starz historical drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand and a lead role in its second series Vengeance before landing a key recurring role in The CW’s Arrow as Nyssa al Ghul and lead roles on the short-lived CBS adaptation of the acclaimed 2001 crime drama Training Day and the Sony Crackle crime drama The Oath.

Staton has been in the industry for fifteen years and found his breakout role in the acclaimed AMC drama Mad Men, in which he was nominated for numerous SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and the lead role in the 2011 Rockstar Games crime mystery video game L.A. Noire, in which he also provided motion capture in what was a groundbreaking facial animation technology at the time of development. The 38-year-old actor was nominated for a BAFTA for his performance in the hit game and has since appeared in recurring roles on the Showtime drama Ray Donovan, Hulu’s Castle Rock and Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico.

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The Ultimates Dodson Captain Marvel Black Panther

Stan Lee has helped with bringing diversity into the world of comic books. He co-created Black Panther, the first black superhero in the medium. Additionally, he co-created the X-Men, which later featured Storm, the first female black superhero. The comic book icon even discussed racial and social issues in his column called “Stan’s Soapbox” in the pages of Marvel Comics. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige wants to follow in Lee’s footsteps by bringing more diversity into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Stan Lee championed a black superhero during the civil rights movement, a time when blacks were fighting for their rights to be treated as equals in the United States. One example of Stan’s Soapbox had him talking about the problems of bigotry and racism.

“Let’s lay it right on the line,” Lee wrote in the 1968 column. “Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.”

Kevin Feige wants to capture the spirit of those columns and thinks of himself and Marvel Studios as the current stewards to do so.

“We’re just the stewards, the current stewards, of these characters, that [Lee] and his co-creators brought together — and all of them were created in that spirit of those Soapboxes,” Feige said. “That was very much what Stan’s worldview was, and that’s what those movies represent.”

“Because that is — how do I put this — it’s the right way to be,” Feige added. “It is the way the world should be. And one the great things about the movies is you get to showcase the world that you want to reflect and the way you want the world to be. And that’s what [Lee] did with these characters.”

Marvel Studios already started with bringing more diversity in superhero films like Black Panther and Captain Marvel with plans to be more inclusive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s the upcoming Shang-Chi, the first Marvel Studios movie to star an Asian superhero as the lead. The Eternals will also bring in a variety of heroes with reports that it’s looking to cast a gay actor to play a gay superhero. (There’s already a petition created that demands Marvel Studios exclude the gay superhero.)

And with that, here’s the full 1968 column written by Stan Lee.

“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater — one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen — people he’s never known — with equal intensity — with equal venom.

Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race — to despise an entire nation — to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God – a God who calls us ALL — His children.

Pax et Justitia, Stan.”

Source: LA Times

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POLL: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

POLL: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

Today, 21st Century Fox announced that the $71.4 billion deal with the Walt Disney Company has reached completion and will become effective at 12:02am on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. With that in mind, is asking its readers which one of the major 20th Century Fox movie franchises they would like to see Disney prioritize once they gain ownership. Vote for your choice of franchise in the poll below!

RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Should Tim Burton and Michael Keaton Make a Third Batman?

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With this deal, Disney will receive an impressive volume of properties from 21st Century Fox, including the X-MenThe Fantastic Four and Deadpool, each a popular facet of the Marvel comic book canon. Many anticipate that these characters will be integrated into Disney’s ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. In addition, Disney will also gain full distribution rights to the original 1977 Star Wars film, just months before the franchise will release its latest entry, the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Wars: Episode IX.

As a result of the acquisition, the Walt Disney Company will also control the rights to the Alien, Predator and Planet of the Apes franchises, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar and its forthcoming sequels.

RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Should Maya Hawke Play B.B. in Kill Bill Volume 3?

As the agreement was being settled last year, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Disney intended to release any films amidst production at Fox. Of course, whether Disney will eventually phase out Fox properties that do not fit with their particularly family-friendly image remains to be seen. Only time will tell what precisely Disney will do—or not do—with its wide variety of newfound properties.

Keep reading for future details on Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets!

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BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan Project

John David Washington to star in new Christopher Nolan movie

Variety is reporting that Golden Globe nominee John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) will be starring in Christopher Nolan’s next feature for Warner Bros.

Plot details on the “event film” are being kept tightly under wraps. Besides his Golden Globe-nominated role in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning movie BlacKkKlansman, Washington has also starred in Ballers, The Old Man & the Gun, Monster, Monsters and Men, and Love Beats Rhymes.

So why is Nolan’s mysterious new project an event film? That’s because Warner Bros. has treated every post-The Dark Knight Nolan movie as an event film. It’s a strategy that’s largely worked out. Inception made $828 million internationally. Both Interstellar and Dunkirk followed with over half-a-billion each, worldwide. With that kind of record, the “event film” claim isn’t that dubious.

RELATED: Warner Bros. Sets a Date for Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie

Nolan first made an impact with his indie film, Memento, in 2001. His next film, Insomnia, was also a modest hit. But it wasn’t until Batman Begins hit theaters in 2005 that Nolan became a box office force in his own right. The Prestige was Nolan’s last movie to gross under $200 million worldwide.

Nolan will produce his next feature along with his partner Emma Thomas will production scheduled to start later this year. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 17, 2020.

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Chris O'Dowd Heading To Star-Studded Twilight Zone Reboot

Chris O’Dowd heading to star-studded Twilight Zone reboot

There’s only a few weeks left until the the premiere of the highly-anticipated premiere of Jordan Peele’s revival of the acclaimed sci-fi anthology The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access and yet the cast continues to expand as Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd has signed on to star in an episode of the series, according to Deadline.

RELATED: Zazie Beetz & Betty Gabriel Join The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access

Though no character details have been revealed yet, O’Dowd will star in the episode entitled “The Blue Scorpion” alongside Transparent actress Amy Landecker.

The 39-year-old actor, known for his roles in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and EPIX’s TV adaptation of Get Shorty, joins an ensemble cast that also includes Peele (Get Out) as the host, Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) Seth Rogen (Invincible) Greg Kinnear (Brigsby Bear), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), John Cho (Searching), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Taissa Farmiga (The Nun), Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Luke Kirby (Glass), Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy), Adam Scott (Ghosted), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Alison Tolman (Fargo), Jacob Tremblay (The Predator), Jessica Williams (The Incredible Jessica James), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).

The new Twilight Zone series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon will also serve as executive producers.

RELATED: Check Out the New Trailer for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone!

The original The Twilight Zone took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Created by Rod Serling, it was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not. In 1983 Steven Spielberg produced a big budget anthology film version, Twilight Zone: The Movie, directed by Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller. The show was revived by CBS in the 1980s and ran for three seasons, helmed by the likes of William Friedkin, Atom Egoyan, and Wes Craven. It was revived again on UPN and hosted by Forest Whitaker in 2002 for one season.

You can check out The Twilight Zone when it premieres on CBS All Access on April 1.

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CS Interview: Tom Stevens Talks F*ckface’s Journey to the Deadly Class Finale

CS Interview: Tom Stevens talks F*ckface’s journey to the Deadly Class finale

SYFY’s Deadly Class is one of the best comic book adaptations on television, and after a solid first outing the series will be wrapping up Season 1 tomorrow night. Ahead of the finale, spoke with star Tom Stevens, who talked about playing the complex antagonist Chester “F*ckface” Wilson, his epic musical number in Episode 9, and teased the confrontation between Chester and Marcus in the finale. Check out the interview below and stay tuned for more exclusive interviews with Stevens and the Deadly Class cast following the season finale this Wednesday on SYFY!

Deadly Class is set in a dark, comic book world against the backdrop of the late ’80s counterculture. The story follows a homeless teen, Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), that is recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties soon prove to be vital. The drama is a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.

Based on the Image Comics graphic novel, the adaptation was created by Rick Remender — who created the comic series alongside illustrator Wes Craig and co-showrunner Miles Orion Feldsott (American Koko). The series is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Remender and Feldsott executive produce alongside Joe Russo, Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity WarCaptain America: Civil War), and Mike Larocca (Spy). Chipmunk Hill’s Adam Targum (Banshee) serves as executive producer on the pilot, along with Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline), who also directed.

RELATED: Deadly Class Season Finale Promo: Sink With California How much fun was it to shoot that musical number in episode 9? 

Tom Stevens: [Laughs] It was so much fun. It was really funny because the script came out, I saw that there was a song in it. I laughed my ass off. I read the words of the song to my wife who is on the show as well. She casts all the background characters, so she has the script, too. She started laughing and then she went, “That sounds kind of like this melody,” ’cause she and I used to play in a band together. She hummed something and then I picked up a guitar and I played it. Then I recorded that and I sent that to Rick [Remender] and Rick gave me a roaring review. He said, “This is perfect! This is exactly what I wanted, oh my God!” And Rick took that voice memo that I recorded on my phone to Sony and NBC and all these big producer meetings and was showing people this song that I had recorded literally within 15 minutes of reading the episode. And then, next thing I know, I’m in a studio with a professional producer recording scratch tracks with a guitar and stuff. It was hilarious.

CS: That’s awesome, though. 

Stevens: Yeah, it was really fun. I mean, I have a background in music, so it wasn’t all that strange. But I thought that the punchline of that joke, the fact that there’s a song in the show, there’s that core of it that’s really funny that F*ckface, this horrible monster, actually has a beautiful singing voice.

CS: I liked that. It almost felt like a genuinely happy moment because he was in the spotlight. What do you think that meant to him to be “the star”? 

Stevens: I think that moment kind of shows the place that F*ckface is in, especially after the therapy session that he had with Chico. His arc in the show as we’re all caught up before the finale is that he’s just trying to get his fame. He’s trying to get famous. And everything that he’s doing, he’s kind of f***ing up along the way. He brings other people in that he doesn’t trust, this family of hillbillies. He just knows that they’re all there just to get fame, too. They’re gonna get rich from the fame. And really what he has to do is just embrace the power that he has. The song could be in his mind. That could be a total fabrication, which was an idea that we bounced around with. There’s actually a version of it where it was like [singing], “Kallow, kalay, kalora,” and then it would cut out and into the world that was actually happening and it was Dwight Shandy seeing F*ckface like [screaming]. Trying to bust the guitar.

So, there was one original direction that we were gonna go with that was wrapped. But I really thought, what happens if this is real and this is just how beautiful of a soul F*ckface is underneath all this horrible damage? ‘Cause deep down had he not had what happened to him by his dad and the boy’s home and the scarring from Marcus and, you know, all this stuff… This anger and this rage be drawn out of him, maybe he was this beautiful soul underneath it all. He could have been a really beautiful artist.

CS: I feel like there’s F*ckface and then there’s Chester and they’re two sides of the same coin. Is that kind of how you see him, too? 

Stevens: Yeah, I actually added another side to him. I always say that Chester, the little boy, created F*ckface, this scary monster to protect him from his father. This rage, this really bad thing that lives inside him. The thing that has to kill.

CS: Right.

Stevens: So, he’s this little boy who has this persona to protect him from a monster. And, he lives as F*ckface because that’s the balance, that’s the middle place, to protect that other one but also to satiate the beast. In that scene with the bathtub, with Chico’s head? I played that as if I took Chester, got to take off the F*ckface mask, give that over to Chico, and just allow himself to be the little 8-year-old boy that he was before his dad completely scarred him.

CS: That scene is one of my favorites from the whole season because I thought it was great that they gave him such a three-dimensional arc. That he wasn’t just a psycho and he does have a traumatic background like all of the kids seem to have on the show. 

Stevens: Yeah, and I was kind of surprised that they gave me that ’cause I was fully resolved to play a guy that had no redeemable qualities whatsoever. I was actually kind of happy about that. I was like, “Yeah, whatever. I’m cool with it.” What would it be like to play somebody that is completely evil? And I didn’t know if they were gonna actually approach this, but, on my first day when I met Miles [Orion Feldsott] and Rick, Miles told me the backstory that nobody really talks about with F*ckface.

When he was a kid — he even talks about this in the bathtub — his dad saw his relationship with the dog. The young boy, like, going to the creek with his dog fishing and playing fetch with him in a field with a stick, you know, having this beautiful relationship with this dog. And then going back to the trailer and his dad being this mean drunk who wanted to hurt him who saw that dog as an opportunity to do some serious damage to this kid. So he took him out behind the trailer and he made him do something. I don’t really need to go into what he did. That’s for F*ckface. That’s F*ckface’s secret.

CS: What can you tease about the finale, especially the confrontation between F*ckface and Marcus that everyone’s waiting to see? 

Stevens: It is what Rick always imagined if he had enough pages to tell that story in the comic. ‘Cause he ran out of pages for F*ckface in the graphic [novel] and had to do what he ended up doing. But this finale is every piece of what F*ckface would want to do. It’s fully imagined, fully realized, and it’s fully implicated.

RELATED: Deadly Class Season 1 Episode 9 Recap

Stevens also shared that the cast will be taking part in a “big live-tweeting event” during the 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. showings on SYFY, as well as an Instagram live Q&A before the airings for the fans, so be sure to get your questions ready and tune in!

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Google Announces Gaming Platform Stadia

Google Announces Gaming Platform Stadia

At a press conference today, Google officially announced their new video game platform, Stadia, which delivers instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen— TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. The platform, which doesn’t require a traditional box or console, will debut later this year and have games available in 4K and at 60 frames per second.

When players use Stadia, they’ll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. And developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they’ve always dreamed of. It’s a powerful hardware stack combining server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage, and with the power of Google’s data center infrastructure, Stadia can evolve as quickly as the imagination of game creators.

Data centers make Stadia possible, but what sets the system apart is how it works with other Google services. In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button. If you watch one of your favorite creators playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, simply click the “play now” button.Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game/on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.

But what’s a gaming platform without its own dedicated controller? Check out the Stadia controller!

The Stadia controller will have a direct connection from to the data center through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of stunning resolution. And it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.

Stadia will launch later this year in the US, UK, Europe, and Canada.

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Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

What is an “alternative romance movie”? We’re talking about films that grab you by the heart and then rip it out. They don’t necessarily have a “happy ending” and they weren’t based on Nicholas Sparks’s novels. These are the movies that simultaneously show the beauty and the ugliness of love. They show how love can inspire you, challenge you and leave you dancing, but they also show how love can leave you screaming into a pillow or crying in the shower. These are the movies that hurt. They trigger something deep within the viewer that reminds them of their own lives and their own lost loves. The characters in these films may not get a happily-ever-after, but they do love, however briefly, fully, wholly and with no abandon. Love is a powerful emotion. It is stronger than fear. Than death. Than time. But it can also take everything from a person and give nothing back. Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? We don’t know. But these films show the beauty, power, and devastation that love can create.

5) True Romance (1993)

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Admittedly, True Romance actually does have a happy ending for its two main characters, Clarence and Alabama. It’s just that everybody else in their line-of-sight end up as a casualty of their love story. Alabama is a call girl, hired by Clarence’s boss in order to show him a good time on his birthday. Clarence has more than a good time and the two actually end up falling in love with each other. Clarence confronts Alabama’s pimp and the result is a string of destruction that only love could cause. That destruction includes drugs, drug deals, mob bosses and a trail of bodies that ended up as collateral damage, simply because Clarence and Alabama loved each other. We should all hope for a love like that.

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4) The Crow (1994)

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Speaking of collateral damage, that is, unfortunately, what Eric Draven and his fiancée become at the hands of an inner-city gang, hired by a scheming sociopath named Top Dollar. The gang raped and murdered Shelly, the love of Draven’s life. Then, they shot Draven himself and tossed him out of a window. The film states: “People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead.  But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.” That is exactly what happened in The Crow. Draven came back to life, under the guide of the mysterious crow, and he killed every member of the gang that took his heart and his life away from him. Following his one-man rampage, Draven would reunite with his girl, and the world would once again be made right. The Crow is an incredible gothic film, made all the more tragic by the death of its top star, Brandon Lee. But that tragedy only made the legend of The Crow stronger and the film proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that “buildings burn, people die; but real love is forever.”

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3) Revolutionary Road (2008)

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Sometimes, though, love isn’t enough. Such was the case in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road. This film reunited Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett and, unfortunately, it had just as tragic of an ending. Rose let go again, this time of herself. The two star as Frank and April Wheeler, two star-crossed lovers who swear to themselves that they’ll never give into a life of convention. That’s exactly what happens though, as Frank begins working at a job he’ll eventually grow to hate, and April settles into life as a 50’s housewife. What follows is a combination of resentment, jealousy, affairs and more until the two decide that moving to Paris is the answer to all of their problems. Spoiler Alert: It isn’t. Both Frank and April are yearning for a life of passion and excitement, but they’re searching for something else too. Unfortunately, it cannot be found in each other and the two grow to despise each other, despite their love. It all comes crashing down in the film’s final moments but, through it all, the audience never doubts the love between Frank and April.

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2) What Dreams May Come (1998)

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Have you ever loved somebody so much that you were willing to search the afterlife for them? That’s what happened in the 1998 film What Dreams May Come. Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams) dies in a car accident and finds himself guided through the afterlife by his spirit guide (Cuba Gooding Jr.). This is all well and good, but after finding out about his death, Chris’ wife takes her own life, which sends her to hell. When Chris finds out his wife is in hell, he goes on a mission to find her. He travels through Heaven, Hell and everything in between in order to reunite with his love, and neither God nor Satan, nor angels or demons will get in his way.

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1) A Star is Born (2018)

Top 5 Alternative Romance Movies

Jack and Ally. Their story is a love song. But the ending isn’t a happy one. Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers the extremely talented Ally (Lady Gaga) singing in a drag bar. A Star is Born and she steals his heart almost immediately, and the two begin a collision course of a romance that encompasses more passion in a few years than some people experience in their whole lives. But one of life’s ugly truths is that until you love yourself, you’ll never be able to love anybody else to your fullest extent. This is a lesson that Jackson Maine went to the grave with; a grave that Ally was unknowingly digging. Maybe Jack found the peace he was looking for in death that he could never find in life. Maybe he didn’t. But one thing can be certain: Jackson loved Ally more than any boy could love any girl. He was just missing that love that is so hard to find and even harder to keep — a love for himself.

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21st Century Fox officially announced the completion of the Disney and Fox deal, which will be effective in the morning of March 20th. That means Marvel Studios will now have the chance to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters under the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadpool will still have a future, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the Merc with a Mouth will remain R-rated and will be under a different banner as to not confuse families and parents. Today, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds responds to the Disney and Fox deal officially closing.

Reynolds shared an image of Deadpool wearing a Mickey Mouse hat with ears as he’s sitting inside a Disney bus. The caption reads, “Feels like the first day of ‘Pool.'” The first day of school can be very exciting and nerve-wracking.

What will life be like for Deadpool once the X-Men joins the MCU? Is he still going to be able to make jokes or feature characters from the X-Men universe? With Deadpool likely staying under the 20th Century Fox banner, he’ll definitely have free reigns on jokes. Judging from what Iger said, it’s likely that X-Men cameos won’t be happening since that will definitely cause confusion for families. At least Deadpool fans will still get to see future films while retaining the R-rating.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been very quiet about the next phase of the MCU after the events of Avengers: Endgame. There are a lot of questions including when Marvel Studios will begin working on bringing X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU. We do know that Spider-Man: Far From Home is coming in July thanks to Sony needing to promote the film. As for upcoming films, the studio is working on a standalone Black Widow film, Shang-Chi, The Eternals and sequels to Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

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