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The Walking Dead’s Helicopter Mystery Finally Got Some Answers

Major spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched The Walking Dead’s latest episode, “Warning Signs.”

For quite a while now, The Walking Dead has teased viewers with a rarely seen helicopter flying above the communities. In Season 8, we learned that Anne-as-Jadis was the big connection, and the latest episode offered up some actual answers. No surprise that it wasn’t a full-blown explanation, nor that extremely dark implications are involved.

Who’s In The Helicopter, And What’s Their Deal?

The still-unnamed helicopter pilot is apparently part of a larger group that trades people for supplies. What they do with these new recruits, though, is anybody’s sordid guess for now. Anne would have some answers, but only as her Jadis persona, since that’s how they know her. Yeah, she was totally trafficking her junkyard tribe members to keep up their bohemian lifestyle. People for paint!

As one of the group’s pied pipers gathering others for the cause, Anne is responsible for two different kinds of people, dubbed As and Bs. Judging from how things played out, I would guess that an A is someone who is being unwillingly sent to the mystery group in order to meet their doom. Which would presumably make a B someone who voluntarily wishes to go and live wherever the group is living.

If Anne’s admissions are legit, then her relationship with this mystery group didn’t start off with such malicious intentions. Although I’m not sure what kind of slightly less shitty tasks would have gained her access to the goods needed in the junkyard. It’s also possible that the pilot’s needs aren’t reflective of the others wherever he’s living.

Where Did The Helicopter Come From?

In her descriptions, Anne didn’t use any proper names in telling Gabriel where the helicopter takes people. She did use some very telling descriptions, though, and I’ve a sneaking suspicion the helicopter’s origin could tie back to Season 8’s mystery guest, Georgie.

For one, we know that this group clearly has an abundant array of supplies. If they can afford to keep other survivor factions going with the human trafficking element. (I guess we don’t know exactly how often that stuff happens, but still.) Anne also mentions how she and Gabriel could live a life beyond imagination together if he joined her. Her tidy and comfortable junkyard apartment serves as proof of that, I’d think. Finally, we know this mystery settlement is far away from the Virginia communities.

One location The Walking Dead has yet to unveil is the stomping ground of the smartly dressed Georgie and her bodyguards. You know, the ones who were advance so far beyond scavenging for food that their sole purpose was to trade for music albums. If we’re getting theoretical, then it’s also probable that this new area will be the live-action iteration of the comic book setting known as The Commonwealth. If that is the case, it may be a while before we actually get to visit.

What Will Happen To Father Gabriel?

Although Anne had found peace within Alexandria’s population, she immediately sought escape when others suspected her for the spurt of Savior murders. Unbeknownst to her, Anne was followed by her secret romantic foil, Gabriel. He only picked up a little from her brief conversation, but he had enough of a clue to unthread her scheme.

Gabriel definitely set himself up for failure by blatantly telling Anne that he would do the one thing that she said he couldn’t do: tell someone else about the helicopter people. He said he would tell Rick, but depending on how long it takes someone to pick them up, he probably won’t be talking to anyone besides Anne or the pilot in the near future. He’s totally an A now.

While it’s true that Father Gabriel is no longer around in the pages of The Walking Dead comics, this definitely wasn’t how he went out, since Anne is unique to the TV show. As such, it’s hard to know whether or not this will be how showrunner Angela Kang decides to take him out. However it goes, I want to see more of Pollyanna McIntosh’s creeped out performances.

To find out more about how the helicopter mystery will get resolved, hopefully without Father Gabriel meeting his maker, tune into The Walking Dead every Sunday night on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. For other mysterious and perplexing plots, our fall TV premiere schedule should have something for every kind of TV fan.

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This Rotten Week: Predicting Hunter Killer Reviews

With David Gordon Green’s Halloween set to dominate until we get to the holiday it’s named for, Hollywood isn’t putting up much of a fight this week. As a result, we only have one new wide release in store, with a hotshot submarine commander looking to avert a Russian military coup and a deadly war. Get ready for Hunter Killer.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

In a movie that should probably be called something like The Hunt for Crimson Tide Red October, Gerard Butler is a sub commander who stumbles upon a possible plot to start World War III. The world hangs in the balance as he and the dudes on his sub work to dismantle a Russian coup that threatens everything we hold dear. There are missiles launched, firefights aplenty, and everything else you’d imagine from a movie that just wants to blow stuff up structured around only the loosest of plots.

Early opinions on Hunter Killer are pretty much what you would expect. It’s sitting at 40% with ten reviews posted, and it is likely to drop over the course of the week. Those who liked it complimented the pace of the film and seemed to generally understand the main goal was to just keep the adrenaline going at all costs. The rest of them just thought it stunk and bordered on barely watchable. I suspect more critics take the latter path as reviews keep coming in.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Is Being Review Bombed

Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix released Shadow of the Tomb Raider back in September to mostly positive reviews. However, the game has recently been the target of the community-driven act of review-bombing. It’s for a rather interesting reason, too. So what happened?

Well, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was given a 34% discount on Steam back on October 16th. That was just a month removed from the September 14th release date, for which the game launched at $59.99. According to GameInformer, this is what’s caused the negative backlash through review-bombing.

Basically, after the 34% off price slash was made public, gamers became angered at the reality of having paid full price for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. When, in theory, they could have waited just one single month to get the game with a third of its price lopped off.

It might seem like an inconsequential thing, but putting $60 into the game on Day One, only to find out that it’s marked down shortly after release, would make a lot of people fume. Especially if they’re short on cash and could have saved some coin in order to purchase some other game like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2.

The general feeling among gamers is that the so-so gameplay, mixed with the rather quick price-cut, has led fans to feeling like they got burned. Thus, the sudden uptick in review lambasting.

I do wonder if Square Enix could have spared itself some of the pushback from users had the company just launched the game at only $39.99, instead of the full $60. A lower price point may have been enough to convince gamers to give Shadow of the Tomb Raider a fair try without feeling guilty about the purchase, even if a discount did take place a month later for 10% or 15% off.

To be sure, there are also some legitimate complaints about the actual gameplay. A lot of people feel as if Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a step back from the more expansive, open-world offerings featured in Rise of the Tomb Raider. There were also some people complaining they didn’t like how Lara was depicted in the latest installment, which was only compounded by the gripes about the game being price-cut so soon after its release.

Some people think that the negative reactions to the game are unfair toward the developers. Others, meanwhile, feel as if some people are justified in being angry that they paid full price for the game only for the game to be discounted weeks later. It’s a prickly situation, since Square obviously wanted to make bank on the game as much as possible.

If the sales were not doing so great during the initial launch, however, then the company possibly felt compelled to lower the price to bring as many customers in as possible before the other fall heavy-hitters dropped. Let’s not forget that Battlefield V and the Let’s Go Pokemon games are also set to release in November. That timing makes it even more difficult for a game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider to stand out.

What Happened To Halloween’s Laurie Strode After Michael Myers’ First Attack, According To Jamie Lee Curtis

When audiences are reintroduced to Laurie Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween, it’s immediately clear that she isn’t quite normal. Forty years ago she experienced a massively traumatic event when psychotic killer Michael Myers tried to kill her, and as a result she lives her life as an introvert and permanently guarded. It sets up a fantastic and awesome performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, but also makes you wonder: how did her post-Halloween 1978 life actually start? The actress revealed exactly that to me during a recent interview while discussing the evolution of the new film’s screenplay:

The new Halloween isn’t the first time that Jamie Lee Curtis has returned to the role of Laurie Strode since the 1978 original — having starred in Halloween II, Halloween: H2O, and Halloween: Resurrection — but one important element the movie brought to the table in its development was the continuity wipe. Working with David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, Curtis had the chance to totally rewrite the life experience of her most beloved character, and it began by establishing what happened to her the day after Michael Myers returned to her neighborhood.

I had the opportunity to hop on the phone with Jamie Lee Curtis last month to discuss her role in the new Halloween and her past work in the franchise, and was curious about the evolution of the project as it developed. It was impressive to hear her discuss the attention she paid towards the experiences of Laurie Strode over the last four decades, and how detailed she was in building her performance. For example, you may notice that Laurie has much longer hair than Curtis’ normal look, and there’s a very good reason for that, as she explained:

It’s admirable to hear about an actor caring this much about a part, and it all works out incredibly well, as her performance in the new Halloween is phenomenal.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the new movie is in theaters now, and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for more from my interview with the stars and filmmakers!

Marvel’s Spider-Man Has A Hilariously Creepy Miles Morales Glitch Now

Insomniac Games released the most recent patch for Marvel’s Spider-Man, adding the much-requested and very exciting New Game Plus for the open-world super hero game. However, the new patch didn’t arrive all on its own — it also came with some rather hilarious and creepy new Miles Morales glitches.

A post over on the sub-reddit for the PS4 exclusive, made by Redditor qwertyisfake, showcased a few seconds of footage focusing on this new glitch that has popped up following the latest update. The glitch, as you can see in the video above, occurs during one Miles Morales segment where he has to stealthily sneak through a section of the map without being spotted.

For no clear reason, the glitch replaces Miles with Spider-Man, already making him overwhelmingly less inconspicuous. Things get weirder as the Spidey suit ends up stretching and morphing in a hilariously creepy way. It obviously causes him to forfeit any and all stealth abilities, with his stretchy, elongated body out in the open for the criminals to see. The video ends with Miles being spotted after he stretches too far over the dilapidated car he’s hiding behind.

The comment section is quite comical regarding the glitch, poking fun at Morales’ ability to stretch over and beyond the call of duty. Someone quipped “whoa a Reed Richard cameo,” inferring that Mr. Fantastic from the Fantastic Four franchise decided to slap on the red and blue spandex suit to give it a whirl as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

This wasn’t an isolated case, either. The new update saw several commenters stating that they, too, have also run into an issue with Miles going all Slender Man during the stealth segment. There’s an easy fix for it, though, and it involves either getting to the next checkpoint or abandoning the mission and restarting it. While not optimal, either solution appears to have worked for most players.

The Miles Morales glitch definitely isn’t the only new one plaguing Marvel’s Spider-Man players. There’s also a few other glitches as well, one of which includes Mary-Jane Watson offering up her own best Spider-Man impression during the cutscenes. Twitter user Bob the Builder captured a quick sequence where Spider-Man comes face-to-face with his romantic interest…also Spider-Man?

The glitch popped up during one of the cutscenes where Spider-Man was supposed to be hanging upside down talking to Mary Jane, calling back to the iconic moment in Sam Raimi’s first film. Instead, Peter found himself staring face-to-face with his doppelgänger who then proceeds to mock him with what looks like some jive dancing moves.

Don’t expect the glitches to stick around for too long. Insomniac Games will either hotfix it out, or the company will wait until the next major title update to squash all the major bugs and glitches that popped up with update 1.08.

But don’t let these few instances of bugs crawling around the code get you down. Critics and gamers alike are thoroughly entranced with the open-world action title, and most players seem to find some comic relief in the few glitches that have popped up in Marvel’s Spider-Man. So long as these hiccups don’t interrupt the story-oriented gameplay in the new DLC, I think most people will be able to bemusedly tolerate them until they’re patched out.

How Daredevil Season 3 Ended Things For All The Main Characters

Major spoilers below for Daredevil Season 3, so it would not be wise to read on without having watched all 13 episodes.

In many ways a suitable bookend to its 2015 debut season, Daredevil Season 3 brought its post-Defenders Matt Murdock back to the land of the living. While none of the other MCU heroes showed up to aid in Daredevil’s quest to eradicate Wilson Fisk once and for all, Season 3 did introduce several new faces of varying importance. As well, it added new narrative layers to all of the well-established characters fans have been invested in.

When the Season 3 finale’s dust settled — atop several puddles of blood, sweat and tears — Hell’s Kitchen was a different place, as were its many citizens. As we wait to see if Season 4 will happen or not, let’s take a look at where the storylines left Matt, Karen, Fisk and the rest of the survivors, as well as those who didn’t live to see justice prevail.

Foggy

Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson stepped it up in Season 3, as far as guiding his own destiny was concerned. His public persona blew up after his big anti-establishment speech went viral. He also used the power of the Internet to spread Agent Nadeem’s phone video, thus giving the entire world proof of Wilson Fisk’s conspiratorial crimes. Way to spread that word, Foggy!

Viewers also got to hang out with the rest of Foggy’s extended family for a while, which made for a pretty magical time within this universe. Especially when booze was involved. While we’re pumped that Daredevil ended Season 3 by making “Nelson, Murdock & Page” a reality, it would also be great if everyone from Foggy’s entire family also joined the firm and constantly helped out around the office.

Karen

Across Season 3, Karen’s present-day story isn’t the most complicated affair. She was initially invested in proving that Matt survived the Midland Tower implosion, and later affixed a gigantic target to herself by admitting to Wilson Fisk that she’d murdered his former lackey James Wesley. She helped a bunch of people escape proto-Bullseye’s wrath inside the church, and appeared ready to join the deadly villain’s bodycount. However, Deborah Ann Woll excelled at showing viewers more from Karen in the character’s tragic semi-standalone episode (that should have been a half-season arc).

Before entering the world of vigilante-infused journalism, Karen was caught in a drugged-out spiral trying to keep the family’s diner intact in the aftermath of her mother’s death. Terrible decisions were made, and an intoxicated Karen ended up killing her idealistic younger brother via car accident, after she’d shot her abusive dealer boyfriend. It was a lot to cram into 3/4 of a single episode, but it definitely gave the character more meaty subtext informing her place within these series. Here’s hoping her investigative reporting skills take her to The Punisher Season 2.

Father Lantom

For so many years, Peter McRobbie’s Father Lantom was one of the most important and trusted people in Matt’s life. Naturally, everything got upended in Season 3 when Matt unwittingly reconnected with his mother Margaret, better known to others as Sister Maggie. Matt’s faith in God’s plan was already dwindling in early episodes, and his faith in Father Lantom was fractured after Maggie’s motherly twist was revealed.

With that emotional crossroads set up between them, Matt and Lantom’s relationship reached its completion in the most tragic way possible. During Dex Poindexter’s costumed attack at the church, Father Lantom witnessed the villain’s lethal accuracy first-hand, though he didn’t live long enough to tell anyone about it. He did ask for Matt’s forgiveness, though, and the Man Without Fear granted it.

Video Game Sales Are Expected To Totally Dominate This Holiday Season

Gaming continues to blossom and bloom when it comes to sales figures. In fact, early consumer trends and feedback have some analysts predicting that the 2018 holiday season will be one where video games totally dominate. Which means there’s big business ahead for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated in a recent report (via Business Insider) that gamers are expected to spend big bucks on premium editions of top-name games such as Red Dead Redemption 2. As well, Sherican expects for loads of money to rain for a variety of DLC content and in-game microtransactions this fall.

The report is based on a survey of 5,000 gamers, aged 18-44, from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and China. Respondents are known to game on PCs, portable devices and home consoles. As well, everyone who got surveyed had played and/or bought a video game within the last six months.

Interestingly enough, the top AAA title on the charts of consumer interest is not Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. Sheridan’s report indicates that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 actually leads the pack, with 40% of the consumer-buying interest going to latest franchise installment. 37% of consumers said they were somewhat likely to buy Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey _this fall, while only 36% mentioned that they were somewhat likely to buy _Red Dead Redemption 2 this fall. (Really, people?)

For Call of Duty in particular, those numbers have risen by 17% in year-over-year figures, since last year saw only 23% of gamers reporting they were likely to buy Call of Duty: WW2. So perhaps while gamers were still future-fatigued, they weren’t entirely inclined to head back to World War 2 either. Or maybe it was the addition of the Battle Royale mode in Black Ops 4 that convinced the additional gamers to bite the bullet and pick up a copy of Call of Duty this year.

With these numbers in mind, the report indicates that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could move around 24 million copies throughout fiscal 2019. That would be up 4 million compared to Call of Duty: WW2‘s sales in 2017.

It isn’t just Call of Duty that’s potentially on the receiving end of a bump up in numbers. FIFA 19 has seen a 12% gain in consumer interest, with more people this year willing to purchase the EA Sports outing compared to interest in FIFA 18 last year. The same applies to Madden 19 as well, which saw a 10% increase in consumer interest as compared to Madden 18.

The report also indicates that Activision and EA will move the most units this holiday season. Not only thanks to strong interest in the aforementioned products, but also from excitement about expansion packs like Battle of Azeroth for World of Warcraft.

In addition to all this news, more than 50% of the gamers on the survey noted that they had plans on purchasing expansion packs or DLC for the games they buy this year. This fits in line with another recent report that indicated that both Activision and Electronic Arts have seen significant revenue gains over the last six years after focusing more on games-as-a-service as opposed to solely boxed-product sales.

Even gamers who don’t buy DLC this year are still planning on paying premium prices for special edition outings. 39% of gamers who had plans on getting NHL 19 were also looking at purchasing the special edition of the game.

What are you guys planning on snatching up before 2018 comes to a close? Let us know in the comments.

Amy Schumer Is the Latest Celeb to Boycott the Super Bowl

Amy Schumer isn’t afraid to get political—she’s just back from getting detained at the Kavanaugh protests, and has long advocated for women’s rights and gun control (she’s also cousin to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who’s also big on gun control). Now, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, who turned down an invite to perform at the Super Bowl, Schumer’s also stated that she’ll turn down doing any commercial that will air during the Super Bowl.

Ri-Ri was reportedly offered the halftime entertainer slot but turned it down to show support for Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the anthem to quietly (and peacefully) protest police brutality against the black community. He’s now filing a collusion grievance against the NFL, which he believes has conspired to keep him off the field due to his protests.

On Friday, Schumer posted a photo of herself to Instagram holding a very large wine glass, because, presumably, politics in 2018 can be exhausting. She added an eloquent caption that explained her reasoning for telling her team she wouldn’t be doing commercials for the Super Bowl,

“Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” she wrote.

“I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?”

Time will tell if other celebrities join the boycott—or if Maroon 5, the band that is still around, pulls out of the halftime performance.

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Some PlayStation Plus Users Seem To Have Been Offered Free Netflix

If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, but you haven’t checked out Netflix yet (or in a while), you might want to check your email. The streaming giant has started sending out three-month passes to Sony’s faithful costumers. It doesn’t appear this is for all Plus subscribers, though, so try not to be too disappointed if you didn’t make the cut.

Over the weekend, quite a few folks started popping up on social media reporting they were the recipients of a special promotion being offered by Netflix. In short, PlayStation Plus subscribers are being offered three months of free access to Netflix. It also appears to work out for those who are already signed up.

The Netflix deal can be used as an extended trial for non-members, or it can be tacked onto the end of one’s current subscription if you’re already used to binging shows like Daredevil and the insanely good The Haunting of Hill House. With The Chilling Tales of Sabrina and the second season of Castlevania popping up on Oct. 26, now is certainly a good time to give Netflix a lengthy gander.

According to Push Square, this doesn’t seem to be a universal promotion. While it’s clear that this offer is being made through PlayStation Plus, there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason concerning who Netflix is sending the codes out to. Also, since we’re in the middle of the month, this perhaps feels like questionable timing for such a promotion to be rolling out. Especially since Plus usually does all of its updates the first week of the month.

It’s entirely possible a timing error was made, giving a bunch of people their invites earlier than planned. The rest of the codes could possibly roll out when November actually kicks off. Or, again, it’s possible only a select number of Plus members got the invite.

As for the emails themselves, the subject lines reads: “A Netflix gift for you.” The promotion notes that it is for “being a loyal PlayStation Plus member” and that the duration of the promotion is three months of gratis streaming. It also notes that you can claim the offer any time before November winds down, which adds a bit more speculative weight to the idea that the invites may have gone out to some folks earlier than intended.

If you got the email, all you have to do is plug your PlayStation account info into the site, though not your password or anything sketchy. You’ll then receive a Netflix redemption code with information about how to put it to use.

This situation is a bit odd and, since neither Netflix nor Sony have made the promotion official with an announcement yet, we’d recommend holding off on offering up all of your information until additional details are revealed. The promotional email does appear to be coming from a legitimate Netflix source but, given the fact everyone has more than a month to actually take advantage of the offer, there’s no harm in waiting a bit longer to make sure everything is on the up and up.

Speaking of PlayStation Plus, a rumored leak from earlier this month pegged Yakuza Kiwami and Bulletstorm as the November offerings for PlayStation 4. So maybe Sony is just having a bad time keeping a lid on things as of late. Stay tuned.

What Happened To Halloween’s Laurie Strode After Michael Myers First Attacked, According To Jamie Lee Curtis

When audiences are reintroduced to Laurie Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween, it’s immediately clear that she isn’t quite normal. Forty years ago she experienced a massively traumatic event when psychotic killer Michael Myers tried to kill her, and as a result she lives her life as an introvert and permanently guarded. It sets up a fantastic and awesome performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, but also makes you wonder: how did her post-Halloween 1978 life actually start? The actress revealed exactly that to me during a recent interview while discussing the evolution of the new film’s screenplay:

The new Halloween isn’t the first time that Jamie Lee Curtis has returned to the role of Laurie Strode since the 1978 original — having starred in Halloween II, Halloween: H2O, and Halloween: Resurrection — but one important element the movie brought to the table in its development was the continuity wipe. Working with David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, Curtis had the chance to totally rewrite the life experience of her most beloved character, and it began by establishing what happened to her the day after Michael Myers returned to her neighborhood.

I had the opportunity to hop on the phone with Jamie Lee Curtis last month to discuss her role in the new Halloween and her past work in the franchise, and was curious about the evolution of the project as it developed. It was impressive to hear her discuss the attention she paid towards the experiences of Laurie Strode over the last four decades, and how detailed she was in building her performance. For example, you may notice that Laurie has much longer hair than Curtis’ normal look, and there’s a very good reason for that, as she explained:

It’s admirable to hear about an actor caring this much about a part, and it all works out incredibly well, as her performance in the new Halloween is phenomenal.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the new movie is in theaters now, and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for more from my interview with the stars and filmmakers!