Paddington Director in Talks for New Willy Wonka Movie

Paddington director Paul King may helm the new Willy Wonka film for Warner Bros.

Entertainment Weekly reports King is in final talks with the studio to take on the project, which will be a reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman is developing the film with Warner Bros. in the hopes of starting a franchise.

King would direct from a script by Simon Rich. The story will be set before the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, following Willy Wonka in his early adventures prior to meeting Charlie.

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How Discovery’s Cliffhanger Fits into the Trek Timeline

This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery. It will also have a lot of dates extrapolated from conjecture and from Star Trek ancillary publications. We Trekkies love this stuff.

After 15 episodes, a lot of angst, a good deal of death and violence, some genetic manipulation, and a visit to a parallel universe, Star Trek: Discovery has closed out its first season. And while the season’s final episode wasn’t the first part of a two-part cliffhanger (a long-running Star Trek tradition), it did end with a final and unexpected surprise. As the USS Discovery is heading to Vulcan to pick up its new captain, they are approached by another Starfleet vessel which has issued a distress signal. The makers of the show probably took a great deal of delight in tantalizing the audience with their dramatic reveal; there’s a brief, incomplete close-up of the incoming ship’s call letters: NCC-17_ _.

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Our Picks For The Best Of Aussie And Kiwi Esports This Week!

Australia and New Zealand esports has a huge helping of exciting news this week — as well as some cracking highlights. In the CSGO, Tainted Minds managed to extend their undefeated streak in the ESEA MDL. In League of Legends the OPL finally has a clear leader thanks to a showdown between Order and the Dire Wolves. Elsewhere LPL opened launched their Esports Broadcast Studio in Auckland, and two OCE PUBG teams have secured spots in separate overseas competitions.

Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the esports hub! Remember you can email tips to me [email protected] or you can just click to send me an email. If you want, you can tweet suggestions at me as well, my twitter is down the bottom of this article.

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This Week’s Xbox One Deals With Gold Revealed

Microsoft has rolled out a fresh set of deals on Xbox Live, and there are some solid offers to be had across Xbox One and Xbox 360. Starting with Xbox One, the newest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: WWII, is on sale for one of the first times since release. Right now, you can get it for $39, which is 35 percent off its normal $60 price.

Some other notable Xbox One offers this week include Rocket League ($12), XCOM 2 ($20), WWE 2K18 ($30), NBA 2K18 ($39), Injustice 2 ($32), Firewatch ($8), Evolve ($7.50), and Destiny 2 ($39). Additionally, Mafia III ($16) and lots of add-on content for Rocket League and Rainbow Six Siege is on sale, with discounts as deep as 50% off.

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On Xbox 360, BioShock 1-2 and Infinite are on sale, alongside Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Other 2K games are on sale as well, including Mafia II, Spec Ops: The Line, The Darkness II, and XCOM: Enemy Within.

Go to Major Nelson’s blog to see a full rundown of this week’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, including country-specific price points and more. The offers, some of which require an Xbox Live Gold membership, are good through February 19.

In other news, Xbox Live Gold members can now pick up some of February’s free Games With Gold titles. These include Shadow Warrior on Xbox One and Split/Second for Xbox 360.

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Letsplay.Live Opens Esports Broadcast Studio in Auckland

A state of the art esports studio has been opened at Auckland’s Sky Tower, thanks to a partnership between LetsPlay.Live and the SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

high end pcs run PUBG LPL Studios features both PC and Console Booths

With dedicated PC and console booths, commentary and analysis desks and the aim to broadcast in 4K or HD, the launch of LPL Studios is a big step for Australasian esports.

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MLB The Show 18 Adds Rain Delays In A Step Towards Realism You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Every year, the developers of Sony’s MLB The Show franchise come up with new elements to add to the game to make the professional baseball sim even more authentic. One of the new additions for MLB The Show 18 is rain delays. Yes. Rain delays.

As explained in the video below, MLB The Show 18 will have “more diverse” atmospheric effects, including fog and better-looking rain. We’re not sure of all the details yet, as only a few seconds were dedicated to rain in the video. Presumably, if it’s raining too hard, the umpires will call a rain delay, just as it would happen in real life. When this happens, you’ll have to decide if you want to leave in your current pitcher or warm up a fresh arm. This is the same managerial challenge that MLB managers must make in real-world games.

As for what will happen during the rain delay, we can’t imagine you’ll have to sit around and actually wait for the fictional weather to clear. In real life, rain delays can last for hours, so naturally, players and fans get into all manner of hijinks during the downtime. We can only hope that MLB The Show developer Sony San Diego incorporates some of this frivolity into the game, though that remains to be seen. In real life, the umpires can choose to cancel a game if the rain persists and reschedule for a later date, though we can’t imagine that would ever happen in the game.

Another new element for MLB The Show 18 is a batting stance creator that lets you control things like hand positioning and bat-wiggle, along with the placement of your hips, front elbow, and hands. Also, there are now home run celebration animations that correspond to how much the home run meant to the result of the game. As explained in the video, a home run that wins a game is completely different in emotion than one that happens during a blowout. Additionally, there are more team-specific celebration animations in MLB The Show 18, including the dancing Chicago Cubs pitchers.

In other news, Sony recently showed off MLB The Show 18’s revamped create-a-player features, including the custom batting stances and more. Check out GameSpot’s in-depth video here (and embedded above) to get a full rundown of what’s new this year.

MLB The Show launches exclusively for PS4 on March 27, though if you pre-order you can start playing on March 23. The 2018 MLB season begins on March 29. In all seriousness, Sony’s MLB The Show franchise is the leading baseball sim, and the addition of rain delays is a further step towards realism that fans may welcome and appreciate.

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PUBG Mobile Game’s Live-Action Trailer Looks Like A Movie

PUBG‘s mobile version launched in China this month. To support the release, launch partner Tencent put out a live-action trailer–and it looks pretty great.

It follows the narrative of the game, beginning with characters parachuting out of an airplane as they prepare to fight to the death on the ground. The characters are shown doing all manner of PUBG things such as scavenging for equipment and working alone and together (Solo vs. Squads). We also get a glimpse of PUBG’s famous frying pan and its bullet-stopping power, as well as a character gloating about a takedown before himself getting mowed down. Here’s the trailer, as posted on YouTube by Soy Effectiivez (via USGamer).

As others have pointed out, this live-action trailer shows off what a PUBG movie could look like. Last month, the CEO of PUBG developer PUBG Corp, Chang Han Kim, said in an interview that the studio sees the game as being a “universal media franchise,” with movies and TV shows extending the brand beyond a game alone.

“We want to take part in diverse industries including Esports, movies, drama, cartoons, animation, and more,” Kim said at the time. “In fact, we received a couple of love calls from a number of developers in Hollywood and Netflix. Our dream is to build a new game-based culture through various ways like this, and have the lead of that culture.”

Gamers in China can download PUBG right now for mobile devices. Check out the gameplay video below to get an idea about what the game looks like and how it plays. As of yet, there is no word on if PUBG mobile will be released in Western markets.

For more on PUBG, check out GameSpot’s new video feature that compares PUBG and Fortnite: Battle Royale.

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Here Is A Good Xbox One X Deal

Are you in the market for a new Xbox One X? A store page on eBay is currently offering a pretty excellent deal on the super-powered console that you may want to consider.

Right now, the AntOnline store on eBay (via Wario64) is selling the Xbox One X with an extra controller for only $460 USD. That’s an excellent deal, considering the system alone normally sells for $500. Extra controllers go for $60, so normally you’d pay $560 for all of this.

Of course, shipping will run you extra, with that fee depending on where you live. Another note is that this is a brand-new Xbox One X, so you get Microsoft’s full warranty, too.

The Xbox One X launched in November. An improved version of the Xbox One, the Xbox One X features more horsepower which affords better graphics and faster load times. All Xbox One games (and a library of backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games) play on Xbox One X. Some Xbox One titles are optimised to be “enhanced” on the the Xbox One X.

For more on the Xbox One X, check out GameSpot’s video review embedded above and our written review here.

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Secret X-Men Movie ‘143’ Reportedly in the Works

A new X-Men movie is reportedly in the works at Fox with prolific comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis on script duties and Deadpool helmer Tim Miller in the director’s chair, and if substantiated it looks like it’s a Kitty Pryde solo movie.

Deadline reports that little is known about the project other than it is set in the X-Men Universe, and has the title ‘143’. X-Men comic fans might surmise that the title could refer to Uncanny X-Men #143, in which Kitty Pryde faces off against a demon in the X-mansion at Christmas-time. Indeed, with Miller attached and the 143 nod, all signs point to the solo film for Kitty Pryde that was rumored last month. This could still be interrupted by the Disney buyout of Fox, however.

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