Pac-Man Hits Nintendo Switch Console With ‘Namco Museum’

digdug1As a Generation X gamer, coin-operated games were a way to wile away the school week, and though arcades are not exactly a thing of the past, they were a fixture in the 1980s. Nintendo Switch’s third party lineup continues to grow, this time with an ode to the past with the just released title Namco Museum.

The classic games compilation includes Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaga ’88, The Tower of Druaga, Tank Force, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, Spy Kid, and Splatterhouse.

Also included is the 2003 four player game Pac-Man Vs., a title based on the the Pac-Man series and supervised by iconic game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Two Nintendo Switch consoles are required for Pac-Man Vs. (one console will feature the gameplay of three ghosts, with Pac-Man utilized for the other console). A downloadable app on the Nintendo e-Shop enables 1-3 players to enter a multiplayer session of the game that’s hosted by another Nintendo Switch system.

“Over the decades that have passed since these games first hit arcades, they’ve proven to be timeless classics that retain their charm across every era and hardware platform,” said Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. VP of Marketing Eric Hartness. “The Nintendo Switch is the perfect platform to play Namco Museum single player, multiplayer, on the couch, or on the go. There’s something here for everyone, and with the built-in multiplayer capability of the Switch, anyone can join in.”

Namco Museum is currently available via the Nintendo eShop.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

stallone-creed-best-supporting-actorThe Rocky franchise took an interesting turn with 2015’s Creed, and Sly Stallone may have tipped another Rocky universe character returning to the big screen. In an Instagram post, Stallone offered, “Just done. If you are curious, around 439 handwritten page translates into about a 120-age typed screenplay … #writerscramp #rockybalboa #drago #adoniscreed #MGM.”

During Warner Bros’ Comic-Com session, Deadline reports that a new sizzle reel offered up the potential titles Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash and Wonder Woman II as supposed films in the works. Wonder Woman II reportedly has a Dec. 13, 2019 target date, but no director has been chosen as of yet.

Anne Hathaway is reportedly circling the role of Barbie for a big screen adaptation. Amy Schumer had been cast at one point, but had to drop out of shooting due to a conflict, but Schumer gave her approval to Hathaway as a potential replacement.

Michelle Pfeiffer will reportedly play Janet Van Dyne, with Walton Goggins as Ghost, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd will return as the titular character, with Michael Pena also set to return as his comic relief pal. The film is due July 6, 2018.

Jared Leto is set to give the comics world another shot, with the actor/singer supposedly in talks to star in Bloodshot for Sony. Deadline reports that Leto would play the film’s protagonist, Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer who gets set up by the mob family he works for and framed for a murder. After realizing his situation, he enters Witness Protection, but is betrayed and forced into an experimental program where his mind is erased and his body rebuilt with superhuman powers.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Paulson has joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass. The film, set for Jan. 18, 2019, brings Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable and James McAvoy and Anna Taylor-Joy from Split into the same world.

Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Devon Terrell and Odessa Young have all joined the cast of Richard Says Goodbye, starring Johnny Depp as a college professor given a life-changing medical diagnosis who discards all pretense in his life feeling there will be no consequences.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will reportedly write and direct a still untitled film based on the Bermuda Triangle, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Danny Glover, David Cross and Patton Oswalt have joined the cast of Sorry to Bother You, which is currently shooting in Oakland with fledgling writer/director Boots Riley. The film centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magic key to business success, and uncovers a macabre secret held by corporate management. But with his newfound success, will the man stand up for his onetime fellow workers or sell out by keeping the secret having just achieved his success.

John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church and rapper Yelawolf have all joined the cast of the upcoming action film The Peanut Butter Falcon. Deadline reports the movie also stars Zachary Gottsagen, Shia LeBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. Gottsagen, the inspiration for the film, stars as Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who breaks out of retirement home where he lives to seek out a his favorite retired wrestler and makes friends while on his journey.

That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

ha_11237_rgbAccording to Deadline, Samuel L. Jackson is about to make the rare dip into the TV waters. Jackson will reportedly star in Old Man, based on the Jonathan E. Steinberg crime thriller, as a widower named Dan Chase who harbors a dark secret. After a botched military operation in Libya 35 years prior, Chase went on the run attempting to escape those who wanted him dead. Now, in his older age and starting to feel safe, the onetime soldier finds himself back in the crosshairs. The series is currently being pitched to cable and streaming platforms.

Jackson isn’t the only film star venturing into TV, as Friends star Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in her first series in over a decade, and a familiar Friends face may join her. Reese Witherspoon, who played Aniston’s sister on Friends, will reportedly co-star in the still untitled series that explores the world of morning shows and the New York media scene. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is being shopped to cable and streaming platforms.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up to bring a new Boston-based drama series called City on a Hill to television, with Showtime reportedly being the favorite to land the show. The series will be based on the real life events known as “the Boston Miracle.” This fictional account will follow a Brooklyn-born African American district attorney and a hardened FBI vet who work together to bring down a family of armored car robbers.

Modern Family’s younger cast members just got a nice raise. Deadline reports that Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez have signed new two-year deals that will reportedly increase their salaries to over $100,000 per episode.

HBO offered a wealth of information this week. First up, things seem to be moving forward in a positive direction for the long-discussed Deadwood wrap-up revival. Also, the network has started making moves toward a potential third season of True Detective, with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali set to star should another season be greenlit. And HBO has approached author Liane Moriarty to “take a crack” at a second season of Big Little Lies after the positive returns for the limited series and cast interest in continuing the stories beyond the book adaptation.

HBO also announced that former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will headline two comedy specials, his first stand-up specials since a 1996 special for HBO. Plus, the James Franco / Maggie Gyllenhaal series The Deuce about the rise of the porn culture in New York’s ’70s and ’80s, will premiere Sept. 10. And, the ninth season of the popular Curb Your Enthusiasm, will start up Oct. 1 with a guest cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.

TBS will keep the laughs coming with their Naked Gun-esque detective series Angie Tribeca. The show completed its third season earlier this summer and will return for a fourth season in 2018. Early word is that Bobby Cannavale will join the show as well in a yet-to-be-revealed role.

TBS has announced an Oct. 24 premiere for the new Tracy Morgan comedy series The Last O.G. The network also revealed that Drop the Mic will debut Oct. 26, while Season 2 of Search Party will start back up on Nov. 19.

Over at TNT, Animal Kingdom enjoyed a fierce second season and has been picked up by the network for Season 3. TNT also revealed that the Wonder Woman pair of director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine will team up on the six-episode limited series One Day She’ll Darken, which centers on a young woman’s investigation into her birth that leads her down a path connected to a suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder and a disgraced reporter (Pine) who had previously investigated the suspect.

The upcoming fifth season of Vikings now has a premiere date, with the History Channel bringing it back Wednesday, Nov. 29 with a two-hour premiere.

SyFy network has reupped Wynonna Earp for a third season, which is expected to debut sometime in 2018.

NCIS has added a well-respected name to the cast, as Maria Bello is coming on board for Season 15 of the show. TV Line reports that Bello will premiere in the new season’s fourth episode as a commissioned second lieutenant with an expertise in forensic psychology who occasionally will butt heads with Gibbs (Mark Harmon). NCIS returns on Sept. 26.

Britt Robertson, fresh off the series Girlboss, has landed the lead role in the new Shonda Rhimes legal series For the People. Robertson replaces Britney Oldford, who was initially cast in the role and appears in the pilot. TV Line reports that the show, which also features Ben Rappaport and Anna Deavere Smith, is expected to arrive at midseason.

Also in “Shondaland,” Rosewood actress Jaina Lee Ortiz has landed a starring role in Rhimes‘ upcoming Grey’s Anatomy still-untitled spinoff based in the world of heroic firefighters. Deadline reports that the show will premiere at midseason after a Grey’s Anatomy episode that introduces several of the show’s characters.

Chicago P.D. has elevated Tracy Spiridakos to regular status for the upcoming fifth season of the NBC series. Spiridakos recurred during Season 4 as Det. Hailey Upton. The new season starts Sept. 27.

Emilie de Ravin will return for at least one episode of Once Upon a Time’s seventh season. EW reports that the actress who exited the show as Belle at the end of Season 6 will be back in the fourth episode of the new season to provide an update on her character.

Desmond Harrington has landed a recurring role in the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ Elementary. The former Dexter actor will reportedly play a recovering addict named Michael who once found inspiration in Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) who hopes to return the favor with the detective struggling in a time of need. Elementary returns to the CBS schedule in early 2018.

Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell has joined the cast of The Expanse. TV Line reports that Mitchell’s recurring character will bring a spiritual perspective to the third season of the SyFy drama.

Zachary Knighton, who previous starred on ABC’s Happy Endings and Flash Forward, will have a major recurring role in the second season of Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, according to Deadline.

NBC’s casting overhaul for the second season of Taken sees The Flash actress Jessica Camacho joining the cast. According to TV Line, Camacho will play Santana, a smart, rule-breaking former Army captain with a specialty in logistics. After undergoing significant cast changes, the network pushed the show’s second season to mid-season to allow for the changing story development.

Away From ‘Curb,’ Larry David Became ‘Mr. Misser’

the-christ-nail-01-1024Try not to get too excited, but after six years away, Curb Your Enthusiasm is returning to HBO! The cable network has famously given the show’s star and creator, Larry David, the luxury of working on his own timetable, but the six-year hiatus had fans missing David’s misadventures in a bad way. And, as it turns out, David started missing them, too — which is why Curb is coming back.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry David)

The long-awaited new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres on HBO Sunday, Oct. 1

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Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ Ambitions Were Realized

Atomic Blonde (2017)Charlize Theron’s new movie, Atomic Blonde, has her back in familiar territory, playing a strong screen heroine. Following her action-oriented roles in Æon Flux and The Fate of the Furious, Atomic Blonde finds her taking on the role of a Cold War-era British spy sent to Germany for a dangerous undercover mission. Theron told us she loved the empowering aspects of the role, which she felt pushed her both physically and professionally.

Atomic Blonde is playing in theaters now.

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