Papa Roach Concert Reportedly Used Stolen Video Game Artwork for a Poster – IGN

Papa Roach, the nu-metal band known for their hit song “Last Resort,” is accused of using stolen art from a video game for one of its tour posters without the permission from the developers.Papa Roach’s official Facebook page posted a picture of a tour poster used to promote the band’s recent performance at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, Texas. The poster features a reddish fish monster looking at her phone with Papa roach and opener Asking Alexandria’s name on the front. The name of the venue is also printed along the bottom.

The only problem is that the poster isn’t an original work made for Papa Roach’s “Who Do You Trust?” U.S.A. tour. Instead, as noted by Twitter user Vlad Calu, the poster appears to be lifted and slightly edited from an official poster for the game Monster Prom by artist Ástor Alexander for the website, The Yetee.

Monster Prom is a 2018 visual novel developed by Beautiful Glitch. Styled after Japanese dating sims, Monster Prom lets players romantically pursue six different monsters to date.

Monster Prom creative director, Julián Quijano, spoke with Kotaku about the poster incident and said that while the incident provided, “some good laughs, silly puns and a funny story to tell,” art theft is sadly incredibly common in the entertainment industry.

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It’s unclear how Alexander’s poster went on to be used for a Papa Roach tour poster. IGN reached out to Papa Roach’s agent for an explanation but didn’t receive a response.

A closer look at Papa Roach’s Facebook post, which is still up on the band’s Facebook page, shows the poster is actually a screen capture from an Instagram story posted by the South Side Ballroom music venue. IGN also reached out to South Side Ballroom to ask if this poster was created by the venue for the tour, but have yet to hear back.

Papa Roach’s concert in Dallas was held on July 27, and their next concert will be in Atlanta, Georgia. There’s been no reports of Papa Roach reusing this poster for other shows on tour; nor have there been other reported instances of video game art being used for their tour posters.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.

The Joker Movie: Everything We Know About the Joaquin Phoenix Film (Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Plot) – IGN

The Joker is getting his own live-action movie this fall. And unlike last time DC gave an iconic Batman villain their own film, hopefully this one will be good. Director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix are teaming up to explore the one story that’s never been definitively told in the comics – the origin of the Joker.Read on for a breakdown of everything we know so far about the Joker movie, from the film’s release date to its trailers to its connections to past Batman movies and more.

Be sure to also check out everything we know about Star War: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker and everything we know about The Batman.

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Joker Movie Release Date

Joker is the next DC movie slated to hit theaters. Production wrapped back in December 2018. Following an August 2019 premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Joker is scheduled for wide release on October 4, 2019.

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That’s good news for fans currently starved for new DC movies, as the only other DC theatrical release in 2019 has been Shazam!

Joker Trailer

Phillips offered a very early glimpse of Joker back in October 2018, releasing a short bit of test footage featuring Phoenix in full makeup and costume. The first theatrical poster and trailer for Joker followed in April 2019, debuting at CinemaCon and then being released online. Watch it below:

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You can also watch our trailer breakdown here:

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We’re assuming Warner Bros. will debut at least one more trailer in the lead-up to Joker’s October release. With the teaser revealing little about the plot of the movie, many fans are hungry for a closer look at this origin story and its portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Joker: The Cast and Crew

Joker is directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and written by Phillips and Scott Silver (The Fighter). The film is produced by Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Martin Scorsese was originally attached to produce, in part because Phillips and Silver’s script is heavily inspired by classic Scorsese fare like Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and The King of Comedy. Early rumors even suggested Scorsese might direct the film with Leonardo DiCaprio starring. However, this didn’t come to be, and Scorsese ultimately left the project early in pre-production.

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Instead, Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) is playing Arthur Fleck/The Joker. This will be Phoenix’s first appearance in a superhero movie, with the sequel-averse actor describing the standalone format as a major draw. Phoenix said in July 2018, “It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f—ing s–t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

The cast also includes Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) as single mother/Arthur’s love interest Sophie Dumond, Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Arthur’s mother Penny, and Robert De Niro as talk show host Murray Franklin. De Niro’s character is said to be heavily inspired by the one he played in The King of Comedy, and he’ll be directly involved in Arthur’s villainous transformation.

How DC’s Movies Have Improved on the Comics

Joker will include several characters familiar to Batman fans. Brett Cullen is playing Thomas Wayne, albeit a darker version of the character than normally seen in film. Alec Baldwin was originally cast in the role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Also appearing are Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth, Dante Pereira-Olson as a young Bruce Wayne, Marc Maron as Arthur’s agent, Ted Marco, Brian Tyree Henry as a nurse, Bryan Callen as a stripper and Bill Camp and Shea Whigham as GCPD officers. Josh Pais has been cast in an unknown role.

Joker: The Plot

Joker serves as a period piece and an origin story for the titular villain. The movie is set in 1981 and explores how struggling comedian Arthur Fleck grapples with mental illness and becomes the most feared supervillain in Gotham City.

The movie is breaking from DC’s traditional approach in more ways than one. For one thing, it’s the first live-action, R-rated Batman movie. For another, apart from 1989’s Batman, Joker has never received a real name or a definitive origin story in the comics, movies or TV series. Classic comics like Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Zero Year have hinted at Joker’s past, but even those stories tend to be shrouded in doubt and treat Joker himself as an unreliable narrator.

The Many Origin Stories of the Joker

Phillips has said Joker won’t be drawing from the comics for its depiction of the character, instead telling an original story. This isn’t 100% true, as several Batman comics have played with the idea of Joker being a failed comedian before becoming a villain. But for the most part, Joker will blazing its own trail. Indeed, the movie seems intent on mirroring Batman’s origin story in some key ways.

Also, don’t expect the film to explore the Batman/Joker dynamic. It’s set well before Bruce Wayne’s adulthood. In fact, Bruce’s father Thomas is a major character in the film, with the implication that the movie will explore the Wayne family’s dark secrets and the role they played in making a villain like Joker possible.

Joker: Is It Part of the DCEU?

There’s been some confusion over what connection, if any, Joker has to DC’s previous superhero movies. However, Phillips has been adamant that Joker is not tied to any other Batman movie. It’s not a part of the DCEU, nor is it connected to earlier movies like 1989’s Batman or 2008’s The Dark Knight. It’s a completely standalone project that explores Joker’s origin in a way that probably wouldn’t be allowed in a larger, shared universe setting. And Phillips has also been clear that Joker won’t be getting a sequel or spawning a larger franchise.

Joker First Look Photos

Joker is the first real example of DC’s willingness to make lower-budget, standalone DC movies alongside new films set in the shared universe established by pictures like 2016’s Batman v Superman and 2017’s Justice League.

Interestingly, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice established that the Waynes were murdered in 1981, the same year Joker takes place. Despite this, Phoenix’s Joker is a different incarnation of the character than the one played by Jared Leto in 2016’s Suicide Squad. If nothing else, Phoenix’s Joker is clearly far too old to be the same guy seen in Suicide Squad.

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The Long-Awaited Dark Souls Compendium Is Finally Available–And It’s On Sale, Too

It’s been over six months since the Dark Souls Trilogy Compendium first went up for pre-order on Amazon, and the book has since been plagued by multiple delays that led some to believe it may not come out at all. But luckily for any fans who submitted their pre-order requests as far back as January, the guide is finally arriving on people’s doorsteps. You can order a copy for yourself today, and it’s even 34% off right now, selling for $33.09 with free shipping on Amazon. Its list price is $50.

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Dubbed “the ultimate Dark Souls reference book,” the Dark Souls compendium is a stunning hardcover book with pages printed on premium art paper. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know about the critically acclaimed trilogy, from in-depth lore to detailed, illustrated maps and a chronicle of every piece of NPC dialogue in the three games. The book also includes a bookmark ribbon and four art prints you can hang on your walls.

German publisher Future Press, which has produced collector’s edition guides for other games like Bloodborne and Horizon Zero Dawn, took to Twitter to clear up some of the confusion around the Dark Souls compendium’s shipping delays. On April 29, Future Press tweeted that all copies were being printed on a high-quality printer in Europe, causing an initial delay to ensure quality control. Then, on July 15, the publisher updated its followers that the books were being held for two weeks by US customs for inspection. Finally, on July 23, Future Press confirmed that the books are now in stock at Amazon, despite conflicting information in Amazon’s listing and in emails some people have received.

And fortunately, people are corroborating that claim, with many reporting that their copies have finally arrived.

So whether you’ve been on the fence about pre-ordering or are hearing about the compendium for the first time, it finally seems safe to place your order. There’s no knowing how long it will be discounted at Amazon, where prices fluctuate frequently, so there’s no better time to snag a copy for yourself or even a friend or family member (early Christmas present, perhaps?). Let us know in the comments down below–will you be picking up the Dark Souls Compendium now that it’s finally shipping?

New Apex Legends Event Will Deliver “One Of The Most Fan-Requested Features”

EA has confirmed a new event is coming to Apex Legends ahead of the battle royale game’s third season. The publisher made the announcement during its latest earnings call, where it also revealed that Apex Legends: Season 2 is performing beyond expectations.

According to VG247, Respawn will debut an in-game event in Apex Legends that will “bring new content and deliver one of the most fan-requested features.” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the event will release “in the next few weeks.” No other details were provided, but if the event is scheduled to release fairly soon, it’s possible we’ll be given more concrete details before long.

Fans have requested numerous features for Apex Legends, so it’s difficult to deduce what Wilson might be teasing. The most common requests are typically the addition of Titans–as Apex Legends is a part of the same universe as Titanfall and Titanfall 2–or a singles mode where players compete without a team. It’s possible either one could happen, especially if the event turns out to be limited-time–meaning Respawn wouldn’t be required to devote long-term resources towards balancing the mode.

Also during the call, Wilson said that Apex Legends: Season 3 is “shaping up to be even bigger” than Season 2, though it will utilize a similar schedule of content drops and patch releases. Season 3 is currently scheduled to begin in the second quarter of the fiscal year, so sometime between now and the end of September. Apex Legends Season 2 battle pass is scheduled to end in the final days of September, so it’s probably safe to assume Season 3 will begin then. Wilson also reiterated that EA plans on porting Apex Legends to mobile devices, though he did not share when that might be.

Apex Legends is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In our Apex Legends review, Phil Hornshaw wrote, “Apex Legends is a mix of smart shooter ideas that makes for a competitive, team-based game that gets at all the best parts of battle royale while addressing a lot of the weaknesses. Respawn’s intense focus on team play makes Apex more than just a worthy addition to the genre; it’s an indicator of where battle royale should go in the future.”

Hobbs & Shaw Review Roundup: Here’s What The Critics Are Saying About New Movie

The Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw hits theaters this week, and ahead of that, reviews have started to appear online. To help you get an idea about if the film is worth your time and money, we’ve rounded up review scores and opinions from various outlets. GameSpot reviewer Chris E. Hayner said it is “wildly entertaining and loaded with the kind of thrills you come to expect from Fast & Furious movies”

Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson as former federal Agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as mercenary-for-hire Owen Shaw. The pair are forced to become reluctant allies to take on genetically modified ex-MI6 agent Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba. It’s directed by David Leitch, who made Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde, as well as co-directing the first John Wick movie.

You can see a rundown of Hobbs & Shaw reviews below, while more information on the film’s critical reception can be found on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

  • Directed By: David Leitch
  • Written By: Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce
  • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
  • Release Date: August 2 (United States)


“Ultimately, Hobbs & Shaw is probably the movie you want it to be. It’s funny with massive-scale action, the likes of which you rarely see outside of this franchise. It’s loaded with car chases, explosions, and fight scenes in which every character should repeatedly die. It’s just unfortunate that the pieces of the film that aren’t soaked in action don’t add up. This movie could have been incredible. Instead, it’s just a lot of adrenaline-fueled fun. Sometimes, though, that’s more than enough.” — Chris E Hayner [Full review]

The Wrap

“Hobbs & Shaw generally doesn’t reinvent any wheels in the franchise. But it does underscore the undeniable chemistry between bonafide action figures Johnson and Statham in a film that doesn’t try to be anything more than a frivolous blockbuster, but with heart.” — Candice Frederick [Full review]


“Overloaded with hit-or-miss action sequences, a half-baked supervillain, and paint-by-numbers plotting about a virus with the potential to destroy the world, Hobbs & Shaw often struggles to surmount the low bar of today’s blockbuster standards. But at the center of it, Johnson and Statham inhabit a higher plane, with such alluring chemistry as their hatred pulls them together it’s a wonder they don’t just get a room.” — Eric Kohn [Full review]

Entertainment Weekly

“If you can ever be too fast or too furious, too banter-y or too bald, that’s a vanishing point that goes unrecognized in Hobbs & Shaw — a testosterone motherlode so relentlessly, ridiculously adrenalized, it doesn’t so much unfold as steadily defibrillate you.” — Leah Greenblatt [Full review]

The Hollywood Reporter

“Hobbs & Shaw can be a great deal of fun much of the time. The two leads’ highly competitive shtick is more amusing than not — the insults fly hot and heavy — as are the outrageously adverse predicaments over which they invariably manage to gain an upper hand. Director Leitch figuratively winks at the audience and elbows it in the ribs as he has his characters break the laws of physics time and time again..” — Todd McCarthy [Full review]

The AV Club

“The sincere dopiness never sits well with the wiseass, self-mocking tone that Leitch adopts in the early, more energetic stretches of the film. The difference between being too smart for one’s own good and not being smart enough can be perilously thin. ” —Ignatiy Vishnevetsky [Full review]


“Hobbs & Shaw is the movie version of a replacement-level player. It is adequate, but not exceptional. It’s the baseline version of what one of these movies should be, now that they’re not about undercover cops chasing thieves anymore..” — Matt Singer [Full review]

Pokemon Go Surpasses One Billion Downloads

The immensely-popular Pokemon Go has surpassed another impressive milestone. According to Pokemon website Serebii, the mobile game has been downloaded more than one billion times since its July 2016 launch.

Serebii caught a Japanese Pokemon Go advertisement released by the Pokemon Company. The video notes that the augumented reality game has been downloaded more than one billion times worldwide.

Pokemon Go’s rising numbers aren’t too surprising. Two months after market introduction, the game was downloaded 500 million times by September 2016. By February 2017, developer Niantic announced that Pokemon Go surpassed 650 million downloads. 800 million downloads was the last figure Niantic announced back in May 2018 before jumping over the one billion download mark.

The announcement comes off the heels of new features being introduced to Pokemon Go. A shiny version of Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald legendary Rayquaza is now catchable until September 2. Team Rocket finally made its debut, bringing along sShadow Pokemon as the evil corporation took over PokeStops. And with August right around the corner, Niantic confirmed that Saturday, August 3, is the next Pokemon Go Community Day.

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Hearthstone’s Most Exciting New Saviors Of Uldum Card, Zephrys The Great, Is Your Own A.I. Helper

Hearthstone‘s upcoming Saviors of Uldum expansion is introducing a lot of interesting new cards that are sure to shake up the meta-game. But during its final card reveal livestream, Blizzard introduced one of the coolest and (according to its engineers) most complicated cards yet: the Legendary Zephrys the Great.

Zephrys is a 2-Mana 3/2 Legendary minion that grants you a wish for “the perfect card.” Under the hood, that means the game is examining all the public factors in your game, and offering you three options for cards that might help. If you happen to need to clear the board, he might offer you some area-of-effect spells. If your board is already solid, maybe he’ll offer you a buff.

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It’s a simple concept, but it was apparently extremely hard to implement. Game Designer Chadd Nervig said on Twitter that “the amount of effort that went into bringing you this one individual card absolutely dwarfs all other cards.” He also pointed out that Zephrys is even smart enough to hand you lethal damage to finish a match before you necessarily realize why it’s offering a particular card.

In follow-up tweets, Nervig explained that Zephrys only looks at all the public info in a game–like how many cards are in your hand, minions on the board, and Mana crystals–but not private info like what you or your opponents’ cards are. Also, for obvious game balance reasons, Zephrys won’t ever offer you a way to replay him, like a bounce-back effect. It also comes with a limitation in that your deck can’t have any duplicates. This is commonly known in Hearthstone as a “singleton” or “Reno” deck.

As a Legendary card, Zephrys will be difficult to pull from random packs and expensive to craft. But as a value-generator that’s smarter than the average card, it’s probably a smart pick to be among your first crafted cards for Uldum.

For more cards from Hearthstone’s Saviors of Uldum expansion, including our own reveal of the powerful puzzle Mogu Cultist, check out our full gallery of all the cards coming in the expansion. Saviors of Uldum launches on August 6.

Ubisoft Announces Nintendo Switch Rabbids Game For China

Ubisoft looks to be targeting its Chinese market, as the publisher announced a new Rabbids game featuring Chinese themes is on its way to Nintendo Switch. The game, possibly titled Crazy Rabbid: Adventure Party, will be shown at ChinaJoy this weekend.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad tweeted that the game is a four-player “Rabbids meets Journey to the West” experience developed by Ubisoft Chengdu. It has a Mario Party quality to it, with various mini games where you cooperate with and play against your friends. Check out the reveal trailer below.

A post on the official Chinese Ubisoft page says “the world[s] of [the] game [are] inspired by ‘The Journey to the West,’ a traditional Chinese literature.” Journey to the West, normally attributed to Chinese novelist and poet Wu Cheng’en, was published in the 16th century and serves as an extended look at the travels of Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who explored the Western Regions of Central Asian and India.

While the post is in Chinese and translator services aren’t always accurate, Crazy Rabbid is looking to test “your ability to react, remember, endurance, and accuracy.” ChinaJoy, the largest gaming and digital entertainment conference in China, runs from Friday, August 2 to Monday, August 5. We’ll learn more about Crazy Rabbid: Adventure Party then, though there’s no confirmation whether the game will release in other regions.

Crazy Rabbids wouldn’t be the first exclusive Rabbids game for Nintendo Switch. In August 2017, Ubisoft released Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a turn-based, tactical RPG similar to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, for the console-handheld hybrid. In our review of the game, we said, “Coupled with the annoyingly infectious allure of Rabbids, and the always delightful, colorful world of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an implausibly engrossing formula that is positively challenging and endlessly charming.”

Pokemon Go August 2019 Community Day: Start Times, Shiny Ralts, Event Move, And More

Between the arrival of Shiny Rayquaza and the long-awaited debut of Team Rocket, this summer has certainly been busy for Pokemon Go, and now the game’s next Community Day is just around the corner. Niantic is hosting its next monthly event this Saturday, August 3, which means players around the world will soon have another opportunity to catch a rare Pokemon and add a special event-exclusive move to their repertoire.

Traditionally, each Community Day only runs for three hours, but the specific details of the events–such as what Pokemon will appear more often in the wild and what other bonuses will be available–tend to vary month by month. To help you prepare for this month’s event, we’ve rounded up all of the most important details about August’s Community Day below, from its start times to its featured Pokemon and everything else you need to know.

What Is August’s Featured Pokemon?

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Every Community Day revolves around one “featured Pokemon,” which serves as the sort of star of the event. Not only will this monster spawn in the wild much more often than it normally does during the Community Day hours, you’ll also have your first opportunity to find and catch a Shiny version of it. This month, the featured Pokemon will be Ralts, a Psychic/Fairy Pokemon originally introduced in Ruby and Sapphire.

Throughout the Community Day, Ralts will appear in the wild much more frequently than usual, making this a good opportunity to catch as many as you can and stock up on Ralts Candy, which you’ll need to power up its CP and evolve it. On top of that, you’ll have your first chance to catch a Shiny Ralts during the Community Day hours. Shiny Pokemon are a rare sight in Pokemon Go, however, so you’ll want to stay out as long as you can to ensure you encounter one before the event ends.

What Is August’s Community Day Move?

In addition to appearing in greater numbers than normal, each featured Pokemon is capable of learning a special event-exclusive move that it otherwise couldn’t normally use in Pokemon Go. To obtain this move, you typically need to evolve the featured Pokemon into its final form by the end of the event. Ralts is unique in that it has two possible final evolutions, Gardevoir or Gallade, but regardless of which one you choose, it will learn the Psychic attack Synchronoise if you’re able to evolve it up to an hour after the Community Day ends.

Any Gardevoir or Gallade you obtain during August’s Community Day will learn Synchronoise, even if you originally captured their pre-evolved forms before the event. However, they’ll only learn the special attack if they’re evolved during the aforementioned time frame. Evolution is a costly process in Pokemon Go, so you’ll need to capture as many Ralts as you can during the event to amass enough Candy.

What Time Does August’s Community Day Start?

Community Days typically run from 3-6 PM local time, but much like last month’s event, August’s Community Day will take place from 4-7 PM local time instead. According to developer Niantic, the hours were pushed back slightly to make the event more enjoyable during the hot summer months. This is only a temporary change, however; Niantic says the schedule will return to its normal times once summer is over.

What Other Bonuses Are There?

Along with increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic offers a few other bonuses during each Community Day as another incentive to participate in the event. As usual, any Lure Modules you use will last three hours during the Community Day, rather than their usual 30-minute duration. On top of that, Incubators will be four times as effective as normal; that means Pokemon Eggs will hatch at a quarter of the distance they normally require. You can read more about August’s Community Day on the official Pokemon website.