Dumbo: Will Smith in Talks for the Tim Burton Movie, Could Derail Bad Boys 3


Plus, Tom Hanks has reportedly been offered the role of the film’s villain.

Will Smith might star in Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie.

Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated actor is in early talks to join the Tim Burton film. Though if Smith does sign on for the project, it may impact Bad Boys for Life (a.k.a. Bad Boys 3).

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Dumbo and Bad Boys for Life are supposed to start filming at the same time, sources tell Variety. So if Smith goes with the Disney movie, that will either push back Bad Boys 3 or possibly even lead to its cancellation.

As for Dumbo, Smith would play the dad to the kids who befriend the titular elephant. Tom Hanks has reportedly been offered the role as the film’s villain.

Disney announced Dumbo last year. The film was one of nine new live-action fairy tale projects revealed by the company. Dumbo doesn’t have a release date yet.

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Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Go Live January 13 at Nintendo NY


Hype level well over 9000 at this point.

The Nintendo Switch presentation is still a day away, but the Nintendo NY store announced via Twitter pre-orders at the store go live January 13 at 9 AM ET.

No further details, like price, were made available, but the tweet said pre-orders at the New York City retailer will be available “while supplies last.”

A limited quantity of pre-orders for the #NintendoSwitch will begin on 1/13 at 9AM while supplies last at #NintendoNYC.

— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) January 11, 2017

Nintendo is holding a special live event for the Nintendo Switch beginning at 8 PM PT/11 PM ET/4 AM GMT January 12 (that’s 2 PM AEST January 13). During the event, we’ll learn Nintendo Switch release, pricing, and a look at the game line-up.

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Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima hinted at extra hardware being shown off, as well, telling Bloomberg “you can assume that there will be a wider array,” of hardware and accessories to show off.

You can watch the Nintendo Switch live-stream with the Nintendo Voice Cast podcast crew, and the Treehouse Live Switch Game Stream the next day.

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Better Call Saul Promo Confirms a Breaking Bad Character Will Be in Season 3


Welcome to Los Pollos Hermanos.

AMC has released a new promo for Better Call Saul: Season 3, and it all but confirms that a certain Breaking Bad character is coming back. Consider this your spoiler warning if you don’t want to know who the returning character is.

The promo is only 30 seconds long and is a short ad for Los Pollos Hermanos, the infamous fast food restaurant owned by none other than Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). Towards the end, Fring shows up praising his restaurant’s curly fries. AMC has also confirmed to IGN that Fring will show up in season 3, though there are no details yet on how big of a role he’ll play in the new season.

Better Call Saul series creators and executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould teased the character’s return by having the first letter of each season 2 episode spell out the phrase “Fring’s Back.” Gilligan and Gould told IGN that “people who watched Breaking Bad will have even more reasons to watch Better Call Saul this season.”

Season 3, which premieres in February, 2017, will also feature a more intensified feud between Chuck (Michael McKean) and Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk).

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As Its Incredible Support Continues, Shovel Knight's Price Is Going Up

A number of developments are on the horizon for Shovel Knight, including new content, a name change, a new platform, and a price increase.

Developer Yacht Club Games announced all of this on its blog today. Shovel Knight and the Specter of Torment expansion are both set for release on Nintendo Switch. A release date wasn’t shared, but that could be because Switch itself doesn’t yet have an exact date. We should be hearing more on that front during Thursday’s livestream presentation.

Meanwhile, the format of Shovel Knight itself is changing. Yacht Club is adding a subtitle, Treasure Trove, to the main package, while the original campaign will become known as Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope.

Each campaign–Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows, and the upcoming Specter of Torment and King Knight ones–and Battle mode will be sold as cheaper, standalone experiences in the future on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. This will let new players pick any of these things to start with (and for less money). It also allows existing owners to pick up just part of the overall game on a new platform.

The price of Treasure Trove, which includes all of this, is accordingly going up. A new price wasn’t announced, but the change will happen sometime this spring, so you have until then to get the full package at the current price. If you already own Shovel Knight, you’ll still get all of the content on the way for free, as previously planned.

“We want to keep our promise of releasing free content for all players,” Yacht Club explained in an FAQ. “We also want to continue building these campaigns and features to be the best! Somewhere along the way, the game has simply gotten too big! It’s difficult for many players out there to find everything or even know that these campaigns exist. We believe that providing standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players and allow more people to continue enjoying each adventure on their next favorite platform.”

As Its Incredible Support Continues, Shovel Knight's Price Is Going Up

Specter of Torment’s launch will coincide with that of Body Swap mode, allowing you to play as and modify the look of characters without changing the basic mechanics. Body-swapped versions of Shovel Knight and Shield Knight can be seen in the image above.

Additionally, the game’s two-player local co-op mode is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions (but not 3DS or Vita). It was previously locked to the Wii U version for owners of the Shovel Knight Amiibo.

Shovel Knight has received a tremendous level of support since it launched in 2014. As a result of the funding it received, its original Kickstarter campaign pledged to deliver things like playable versions of the Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight, among other features. The Plague Knight campaign proved to be a significant expansion, and the same looks to be true with Specter of Torment.

Yacht Club’s dedication to fulfilling its Kickstarter goals has been commendable, to say the least: This June will mark three years of quality post-launch support for Shovel Knight. That doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon, as Battle Mode (a local competitive four-player multiplayer mode) and the King Knight campaign aren’t coming until later in 2017.

That said, there is good news for those who want to see the studio try its hand at something new. Its FAQ addresses the subject of it making a new game, stating, “These are new games! But if you want something new outside of Shovel Knight… we have vowed to begin work on a new project this year!”

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How to Watch the Nintendo Switch Live Stream Reveal


A link to the apps.

Nintendo is streaming the big reveal of the Nintendo Switch where we hope we’ll get the first details on Nintendo Switch’s release date, launch games, and price. There are two live Nintendo Switch-related live streams announced a this time:

Nintendo Switch Reveal Stream

This is the stream in which we expect to hear about release date, price, and possibly other details about games, the device itself, and peripherals. This broadcast will be presented in Japanese with English voiceover. IGN will be providing both a pre-show discussion and a post-show reaction to the event with the cast members of IGN’s Nintendo show, Nintendo Voice Chat, which you can watch, along with the Nintendo stream, at the links at the bottom of this page. Here’s when it’s all going down:

  • Thursday, January 12 @ 7:30 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 12 @ 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Friday, January 13 @ 3:30 a.m. UK
  • Friday, January 13 @ 1:30 p.m. AET
Nintendo Treehouse Live Switch Game Stream

In a second stream, Nintendo Treehouse will provide “an in-depth look at upcoming games” coming to the Nintendo Switch. This second stream will happen at the following times:

  • Friday, January 13 @ 6:30 a.m. PT
  • Friday, January 13 @ 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Friday, January 13 @ 2:30 p.m. UK
  • Saturday, January 14 @ 12:30 a.m. AET

You can watch the big Nintendo Switch reveal live streams on pretty much every connected device in your home or in your pocket. Here are some links to the apps (download them ahead of time!) and other places where you can watch the Nintendo Switch live stream and IGN’s show coverage as well. Watch the Nintendo Switch live streams on…

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