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Kingdom Heart Cloud Versions Get ‘Busy Servers’ Warning

Once, long ago, buying and playing a video game was pretty easy. You bought the disc or cart, stuck it in the console, and hit play. Not so much anymore. Case in point: The not-so-great cloud-streaming-only versions of Kingdom Hearts released on Switch earlier this year recently got an update, and now feature a warning …

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Norwegian Superpowered Kids Horror Movie Review

Image: IFC Midnight After moving to a new home—a cluster of apartment towers surrounded by forests, quieter than usual thanks to the summer holidays—bored young Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) welcomes friendship with a similarly aged neighbor, Ben (Sam Ashraf). But The Innocentsa brutal yet elegant investigation into the extremes of psychopathy and empathyis hardly your …

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Elden Ring Outsells Call of Duty And Cyberpunk, Now Mainstream

Image: FromSoftware Recent NPD figures reveal that FromSoftware’s latest grueling action-RPG, Elden Ringis toppling over literal titans as it outsells Call of Duty: Vanguardchallenges Cyberpunk 2077and, as Forbes’ Paul Tassi highlightshas shipped up to “half the lifetime sales of the entire Dark Souls trilogy” while leaving its FromSoft siblings Bloodborne and Sekiro in the digital …

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Avatar’s Aliens Use Tentacles for Sex and Controlling Animals

Screenshot: 20th Century Thanks to a recent re-releaseJames Cameron’s 2009 CG megahit Avatar has topped Avengers: Endgame to regain the #1 spot as the highest-grossing movie of all time. Chances are Endgame will get a revival eventually, and then Avatar will have another, and the two films will trade places back and forth for years, …

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Ewan McGregor Says Star Wars Prequels Now Getting Proper Love

“Good job,” McGregor says to blossoming fans of the prequels. Screenshot: Lucasfilm Next week marks the 20-year anniversary of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. For many, it’s unequivocally the worst Star Wars film. However, in recent years, that opinion has begun to shift, as people who saw Clones at a young age …

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Ms. Marvel Co-Creator Sana Amanat on Kamala’s Altered Powers

Image: Marvel Studios Sana Amanat has been with Ms. Marvel from the beginning. Back in 2014, she was the Marvel comics editor who collaborated with writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Adrian Alphona, and fellow editor Steve Wacker in order to help bring the teenaged superhero from Jersey City to life. When the trailer for the …

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Stephanie Hsu Joins Disney+ Series American Born Chinese

Hail to Hsu.Photo: Allyson Riggs/Courtesy of A24 Amid an absolutely stacked castStephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at OnceNora from Queens) has been cast as a guest star in the new Disney+ series American Born Chinese. According to Variety“Hsu will appear as Shiji Niangniang, the Goddess of Stones, who works in a modern day jewelry shop …

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