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Star Citizen has Broken $200 Million In Crowdfunding

One of the biggest games currently in development isn’t an AAA title, some Hollywood-produced VR experiment, a movie-based game or an LP themed around a book, song, television show or comic book. No, one of the biggest games in development is an independent project from Chris Roberts called Star Citizen, and it just surpassed $200 million in crowdfunding.

The news was rolled out over on the official Roberts Space Industries website, where it was announced by Roberts that Star Citizen has managed to surpass the $200 million milestone.

The funding comes from lots of gamers hailing from all over the globe. In fact, since the funding drive began for Star Citizen back in 2012, there have been contributors supporting the funding of the game from more than 171 countries, spanning the entire planet.

The game has been in full development for the last six years, and has made some startling progress as the staff has expanded to 500 people across five studios in three different countries.

For a little perspective, that’s 100 people less than the amount of people who worked on Resident Evil 6, which was one of the biggest games that Capcom ever produced. Of course, that figure doesn’t really come close to Ubisoft, which had more than 900 people contributing to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The cast is stacked and it matches the kind of content-rich gameplay that RSI and CIG are aiming to build out with Star Citizen.

The game is still in its alpha stage of development, but gamers are able to buy and fly ships in a giant open sandbox, take on bounties, dogfight against bandits, haul cargo from space stations to outposts on remote moons, or travel to bustling planets.

The game is one of the few where you can really see where the $200 million is being invested, especially given the visual fidelity and scale of the project. One of the biggest hurdles that the team finally completed over the course of three and a half years was gutting and rebuilding the CryEngine to support the unprecedented scale of the galaxy in the persistent universe, which would allow players to fly from the surface of a planet all the way into the farthest reaches of space.

The latest alpha build also features the implementation of FOIP, the Face Over Internet Protocol, allowing players to use a webcam and a microphone to interact with other players in-game with actual face expressions and mouth movements for the characters to match the player. It’s undoubtedly impressive tech.

Star Citizen is still an extremely long ways out from being finished, but the planetary biomes are coming together, the cities are being fleshed out, there are more than 80 vehicles in the game, and lots of accompanying weapons to utilize during combat. You can follow the developmental roadmap over on the official website to see how much has been completed and how far the game still has to go, or you can hop into the game right now if you’re a backer by booting up client 3.3.

How To Avoid Getting Robbed In Hollywood, According to Jamie Foxx

In this week’s Robin Hood, Jamie Foxx plays Little John, the loyal companion of the title character (played by Taron Egerton). These thieves are known for their hearts of gold, as they steal from the rich (like the sinister Sheriff of Nottingham) and give to the poor. But when you’re a famous, award-winning actor like Jamie Foxx, you have to take extra precautions to make sure that fate doesn’t befall you. Sure enough, Foxx gave golden advice to guarantee you’re not robbed in Hollywood, saying:

Jamie Foxx does have a point. As Page Six notes, there are several celebrities who have found their houses robbed after they showcased their stuff on Instagram. Those celebrities include, but aren’t limited to, Hilary Duff, Jenson Button and Kim Kardashian West. You’ve gotta be careful what you post. It sounds like Foxx has a practical mindset, and he might need it. Based on his fame and notoriety, the actor needs to be very mindful about his stuff.

It’s never fun to be the victim of a robber, no matter how rich you might be. It sounds like Jamie Foxx is considerate about what he posts on social media and where he keeps his stuff. You can’t be too precautious. And if you put your house in view of everyone, there’s a good chance someone might be assessing your place and planning a heist of their own. It’s not clear if working on Robin Hood made Foxx more pragmatic on these matters or not. But being in this film likely meant that the actor expected to be asked these type of questions on the red carpet and during interviews.

Robin Hood is now playing in theaters. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx is soon set to debut as a writer/director with All-Star Weekend, the new comedy that is expected to be released on February 22, 2019. He will also be playing a couple roles in the film. Foxx is also slated to appear in Just Mercy, the biopic centered around civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan). It is set to be released on January 17th, 2020. He is also picked to play the next cinematic variation of Spawn, which will be written and directed by the comic book character’s creator, Todd McFarlane.

For the latest updates and developments in film, television, video games, pop culture and lots more, be sure to check back in with CinemaBlend.

Netflix And The Satanic Temple Have Settled Over The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Lawsuit

That was fast! The Satanic Temple made headlines when it sued Netflix and Warner Bros. for $50 million. The claim? They alleged that the new series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, stole the temple’s version of their Baphomet statue for the series’ rendering of the “Dark Lord.”

That statue appeared throughout the series. The group claimed their statue is an “original expression,” which subjects it to copyright. Well, the suit has already been settled.

That’s right. Warner Bros. and Netflix have amicably settled the lawsuit with The Satanic Temple, per Patheos. One aspect of the agreement has been confirmed. That is that the “unique elements” of the statue will be acknowledged in the credits. Those acknowledgments will appear in episodes that have already been filmed. Other parts of the settlement are being kept confidential.

Whether the statue of the series’ “Dark Lord” will be featured beyond episodes it was already filmed to appear in is not entirely clear. Nor is if the temple landed the huge payday it was after when it initially sued.

The suit was settled in a remarkably fast amount a time, having only been filed roughly two weeks ago. So, if it felt like a speedy end to the legal drama, you are right.

There are images you should not expect to be part of a future lawsuit. Ahead of the first season’s release, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s production designer revealed an interesting tidbit about its artwork. Horror legend Clive Barker contributed much of the art that can be seen at Sabrina’s school. So, no lawsuits should be in sight there.

Now, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will continue without the ongoing specter of a lawsuit. The resolution comes a few weeks before Netflix will release a new episode of the series. A short time after its first installment has bowed, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will release a holiday special.

The episode will find the series putting its spin on the holiday season. In the special installment, the Church of Night will celebrate the Winter Solstice, which syncs up with the more mainstream (and non-witchy) holidays. Netflix has teased that the episode will find Sabrina attempting to make contact with her mother via a séance.

Something tells me it will not go exactly as she hopes it will. One thing that will go as desired by fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is another season. Before it even premiered, the show was renewed for Season 2. The holiday-timed episode should help satiate the wait in between installments. The special will be released December 14 on Netflix. Hence, there is not much longer to wait.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s release was met with a lot of anticipation and excitement, including from the stars of Sabrina the Teenage Witch — ABC’s more jovial take on the story. Just as the Netflix series differs from the ’90s sitcom, it also does from The CW’s Riverdale.

In case you have not tuned in to see that for yourself, you can. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s first season is available to stream on Netflix. The horror series is one of many TV shows that made their debut this fall on the streaming giant.

Warframe’s Switch Version Allows Data Transfer From PC, But With Limitations

Nintendo Switch owners have been given an opportunity to take part in one of the best games currently available this generation. Warframe has a massive following and is one of the few games that has been evolving like no other game on the market, and Switch owners even have the option to port over their data from PC… but with limitations.

Polygon is reporting that there is an option to migrate your PC account over to the Nintendo Switch. Whether you started out slow and worked your way up, but never quite finished anything on PC, or you’re a high-level space ninja with all the latest and greatest equipment, there’s an option to migrate some of that progress over to Nintendo’s little hybrid console. However, the migration process is a one-time thing, and you can only move your content from PC to Switch, not the other way around.

This means that if you have a Warframe account and you move over all your content right now, but then decide to make more progress on the PC side and then transfer over some rare stuff, you won’t be able to. There’s a limit of only being able to move your data over once, and whatever progress you make on the Switch side can’t move back to your PC account. So whatever progress you make on the Switch will stay exclusive to your account on the Switch.

But why is the data transfer process just a one-time deal and why can’t Switch owners move data back to PC? What’s the big deal?

Well, Polygon reached out to Digital Extremes to find out what the big deal was, and the representative explained that it’s all to due with the technical synchronization that creates the limitations of moving data back and forth between different platform versions of Warframe, or rather, the lack of sync between the PC and console versions of the game. The Digital Extremes representative explained:

So what if you already started an account on Warframe, but then you remembered that you had an account on PC and want to move it over? Well, you can. However, keep in mind that any account migration will permanently overwrite any existing data on your Switch account through the Nintendo Network. So any platinum you’ve purchased from the cash shop, any items you’ve acquired, or any Warframes or weapons you’ve crafted on the Switch version will be overwritten if you decide to port over your PC account.

Now what about items you may have acquired from the latest update on PC that aren’t available on Switch? Well, according to the list, those items will be withheld on your account until the Switch version is updated to include those items as well. Also, your friends list will not carryover.

Black Friday 2018: Coach Black Friday Sale

Everyone had a Coach bag growing up which is maybe why the iconic interlocking C logo bags and wristlets remind us of all our unfortunate middle school fashion mistakes. But since the brand’s recent re-design (sans classic Coach logo and wristlets), it’s hard to imagine their new bags or clothing could remind anyone of middle school. Instead their pieces are vintage Americana inspired which is perfectly on-trend with the recent Western style revival. Almost all of Coach’s bags are also not tiny which means they can actually fit all your belongings, making them actually useful to carry around. For Black Friday 2018, all their best selling styles are 50% off, including some from Selena Gomez’s collection. Shop all the best ones below.

Why Daniel Radcliffe Probably Won’t See Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Although the Wizarding World is being expanded upon through the Fantastic Beasts film series, the Harry Potter era of the franchise ended in 2011 with the release of The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Well, on the big screen, that is. But in June 2016, the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered, and it’s been playing on Broadway since this past April. However, if you’re wondering if Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has see the play, not only has he not, it’s unlikely he ever will. Radcliffe explained his reasoning for avoiding The Cursed Child thusly:

While Daniel Radcliffe is a talented actor and has starred in movies like Swiss Army Man, Now You See Me 2 and Jungle in recent years, it’s safe to say he’ll always be best known for playing The Boy Who Lived in all eight Harry Potter movies. Radcliffe already has to deal with fans approaching him a lot over the role, so when it comes to seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he’d feel self-conscious about people studying him for his reaction to the play. Oh well, at least he can always just read the play to see what happens to Harry and the gang in the future.

During Daniel Radcliffe’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the eponymous host also asked about if the actor considered donning a disguise so that he could watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child incognito. Radcliffe responded that if a disguise stops working, then “you’re just a dude who wore a disguise.” He then recalled a bad experience wearing a disguise at a public event with his Harry Potter costar, Rupert Grint, a.k.a. Ron Weasley. Radcliffe said:

Maybe if there was a way for Daniel Radcliffe to watch a private performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, then he could finally see what all the fuss is about, though I doubt even Radcliffe has that much pull to make such a performance happen. Still, if there’s one other thing we can take away from this, it’s that you shouldn’t ever be on the lookout for Daniel Radcliffe wearing a fake mustache, wig or anything along those lines to blend into a crowd.

Kelly Clarkson Nailed Her Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance

Kelly Clarkson performed at the grand American spectacle that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, and it’s safe to say she absolutely nailed the performance. The American Idol alum withstood cold that dipped below 20 degrees to bowl over her fans with a live vocal performance during the parade—something that’s pretty unheard of given the floats’ usual technical capabilities and the freezing weather that puts even the most talented voices on edge.

Instead of keeping it chilled out with some pre-recorded vocals—as most artists understandably do (more on that later)—Clarkson went straight-up live, with a full set featuring a complete stage, backup band, and a fiery performance of “Heat,” from her Meaning of Life album. And not that we would expect anything less, but it was hands-down incredible.

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It’s safe to say fans were in awe after her performance: “Kelly Clarkson is actually performing live (and not to track like everyone else is basically forced to do) at the #MacysParade when will ur fave ever,” one person wrote.

“I just need to say, Kelly Clarkson is freaking amazing. Live performance outside in 19° weather, and she was flawless. 🙌 #MacysParade #HappyThanksgiving,” another wrote.

“It is 19° in NYC and Kelly Clarkson is singing live! She is the only thing I’m thankful for this year. #MacysDayParade,” another tweeted.

Others pointed out that Clarkson was the only one singing live: “No one else is singing live for the Macy’s parade except Kelly Clarkson, actual queen.”

Others called for more Clarkson, please. “Replace the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with an annual multi-hour Kelly Clarkson concert spectacular,” one wrote.

One user also pointed out something a little ironic about Clarkson’s stoic performance: “I’m dying at the irony of @kelly_clarkson performing Heat in that intense cold at the #MacysParade,” they tweeted.

And yes, Clarkson was very much aware: “The irony wasn’t lost on us either 🤣,” she responded.

It should be pointed out that while Rita Ora caught a lot of flak for lip-syncing during the parade, not singing live is in fact the norm. Clarkson is very much the exception to the rule and was reportedly on a specially designed float, as a certain John Legend cleared up: “Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance,” he tweeted after his own lip-synced performance. “Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live!”

Clarkson also tweeted an adorable thank you after the show: “So my toes finally have feeling back in them 🤣 that was a very cold Thanksgiving moment! I’ve been beggin’ the Lord for winter, and well, he answered,” she wrote. “#MacysDayParade thanks for having us! So thankful and appreciative for all the blessings in my life! Y’all have a good one! 😊.”

If you already had your list prepared to share around the table of what you were thankful for at dinner, well, now you have one more thing to add to it. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all—and especially Kelly Clarkson.

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What If Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Really Playing The Joker?

The upcoming Joker movie from Todd Phillips is an odd kind of comic book movie, and not just because it’s a character-driven piece being made off a $55 million budget, a stark contrast to the blockbusters usually populating this genre. Joker is, as one would guess, telling the origin story of Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime. Unlike in the comics, though, Batman will have no role to play in the cackling criminal’s creation, as Bruce Wayne is still a youngster during this period. Which leads me to wonder, what if Joaquin Phoenix‘s Arthur Fleck isn’t the real Joker? He is a Joker, to be sure, but what if his purpose is to ultimately inspire the man who will one day become The Joker.

In case you haven’t been keeping up-to-date on what’s happening with Joker, the movie is unconnected to the DC Extended Universe, hence why we’re not seeing Jared Leto with green hair, chalk white skin and red lips. Instead, it’s a standalone movie set in the early 1980s, following Arthur Fleck, a failed standup comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. For a while, Joker himself was the only confirmed character from the comics (duh), but then Thomas Wayne was cast, and last month, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth followed. No doubt we’ll learn who’s playing Martha Wayne soon enough.

It’s the Bruce Wayne part of this that’s particularly interesting. His parents are still alive, meaning he’s somewhere between 8-12 years old. Joaquin Phoenix, on the other hand, turned 44 a few weeks ago, so let’s assume that Arthur Fleck is the same age as well. That means Arthur has over 30 years on Bruce, so by the time Bruce ages to adulthood and dons the cape and cowl in two decades, Phoenix’s version of The Joker will be in his mid-60s or pushing 70.

Traditionally in the comics, Batman plays a role in Joker’s creation by being the direct/indirect reason this individual, whatever his original name was, falls into that vat of chemicals and is horribly disfigured. Clearly that’s not happening here, not just because of Bruce Wayne’s age, but because the Arthur Fleck Joker is wearing clown makeup, like Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. But the age difference is still a big deal, as Batman and Joker are usually around the same age. Seeing a Batman at his physical prime throw down in fisticuffs with a geriatric Joker isn’t exactly a fair fight.

This Joker movie clearly has no problems with not staying faithful to the source material, so maybe in this world, the eponymous antagonist is just several decades older Batman. But I don’t think it’s that simple. Unofficial photos and footage from the Joker set show that the clowned-up Arthur Fleck will lead a crime wave across Gotham City, meaning a lot of people will know who he is and what he’s all about. Since this is a standalone movie, it wouldn’t be surprising if Arthur’s reign of terror ends with him dying, but what if his actions indirectly lead to the real Joker being created decades later?

It’s not like there isn’t precedence for a Joker identity misdirect. Like the Joker movie, the TV series Gotham takes a lot of creative liberties with its adaptation of the Batman mythos, particularly where The Joker is concerned. For four seasons, the cackling, psychopathic Jerome Valeska (played by Cameron Monaghan), while never actually referred to as Joker, was clearly meant to be a tribute to the Clown Prince of Crime.

After Jerome died, his twin brother, Jeremiah, was exposed to a special insanity gas, turning his skin white and his lips red, and finally giving him the drive to explore his darker instincts.The Valeska brothers resemble The Joker in their own ways, but Jeremiah definitely looks the part better. Still, even with Gotham‘s final season over a month away, we still don’t know with absolute certainty if Jeremiah is meant to be the true Joker or if a third individual will be brought in to claim that “honor.”

Going back to the Joker movie, assuming Batman and Joker remain roughly the same age in this continuity, that means there’s some kid in Gotham City who will see Arthur Fleck as The Joker either on television or in person. The sight of this criminal will sit with this kid as he grows up, and when the “one bad day” comes that he crosses paths with Batman as an adult and is physically altered, that trauma, along with the memory of Arthur Fleck and whatever other disturbing tendencies were lurking beneath the surface, will lead to him becoming the new Joker; one who will leave an even deadlier legacy behind.

However, even if we assume that Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker isn’t the true Joker, that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t have an impact on Bruce Wayne’s life. Clearly Arthur Fleck and his followers will cause a lot of mayhem in Gotham City during Joker, and who’s to say that won’t hit the Wayne family directly? Thomas and Martha Wayne will be alive at the start of Joker, but I suspect they won’t be by the end of the movie.

What if during Arthur Fleck’s crime wave, that’s when the Waynes are murdered in Crime Alley? Joe Chill could be remain the mugger who guns down Thomas and Martha, or, taking a cue from the 1989 Batman movie, maybe Arthur Fleck does the horrible deed himself. Either way, not only will Bruce forever be haunted by his parents’ death and be pushed on the path to vigilantism (as per usual), he’ll also remember how the Arthur Fleck Joker played a role on that night. So when a new Joker hits the scene years later, Bruce will be even more compelled to neutralize him, but sadly, the fight between Batman and this Joker is destined to go on for a lot longer than anyone in Gotham City would like.

Joker arrives in theaters on October 4, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. You can also look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what else is coming out next year, or you can look through our DCEU guide to find out what’s in development for that superhero franchise.

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How Chicago Fire’s Casey Feels About Moving On After Divorcing Dawson

When Chicago Fire kicked off its seventh season, it had to do so without Monica Raymund as Dawson. Although most of the characters could move on without too many huge changes, Casey of course could not. He learned that his wife was staying in Puerto Rico indefinitely in the Season 7 premiere, and a recent episode finally saw them official divorce. Alas for Dawsey fans everywhere! Now, actor Jesse Spencer has shared how Casey feels about moving on now that his marriage has ended:

It makes sense that Casey wouldn’t immediately jump into a new relationship in the wake of his divorce from Dawson, even if he has come to terms with the fact that she’s not coming back to him. They were together starting all the way back in Season 2. Despite their share of rough patches prior to her decision to leave for Puerto Rico, Chicago Fire seems like it would have kept them together if not for Monica Raymund’s decision to leave.

For Dawsey fans, Jesse Spencer’s comments to TV Guide should come as a bit of a relief. They don’t give any sign that Dawson is on her way back (and Monica Raymund has landed a new show since leaving Chicago Fire), but at least the show isn’t just immediately moving Casey on from arguably the most important relationship of his life since the show began. Of course, that’s not to say that Casey will spend the rest of the series single and unwilling to mingle.

Chicago Fire has already flirted with a new romance for Casey thanks to the advances from investigative reporter Naomi, who didn’t exactly hide her interest in Casey. To his credit, Casey didn’t really lead her on in believing that he’s open to a relationship. Their dynamic began and progressed because he helped her out on a case involving suspicious fires. There was flirting and almost a kiss, but no contact. Casey just isn’t ready.

For now, the biggest romance in the firehouse is the one between Severide and Stella. They had a scare earlier in the season when Stella was seriously injured on the job, and she came very close to a surgery that would have prevented her from ever returning to her post as a firefighter. The death of Severide’s father saw Stella really rise to the occasion to help him. Complications are undoubtedly coming their way, but they do provide a fix of romance for viewers who like a little love in the firehouse.

Only time will tell how long it takes for Casey to dip his toe back into the dating pool on Chicago Fire. The next new episode airs on Wednesday, December 5 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. For some viewing options following the fall finale, swing by our midseason TV premiere guide.

No Man’s Sky Gets A Big Thanksgiving Update

If you haven’t booted up Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky in some time, you’re in for a treat if you plan on playing the game during the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was announced just one day before dropping that there would be a massive Thanksgiving update featuring all sorts of new content for home console and PC games.

The tweet was let loose over on the official No Man’s Sky Twitter account by the lead developer at Hello Games, Sean Murray. It reveals that the update goes live today, on Thanksgiving, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The update sports a cavalcade of new content for the galactic space traveling adventure sim. Inside the tweet there’s a near two minute video detailing everything contained within update version 1.75, titled “Visions.”

There’s the ability now to gather rare collectibles from different worlds and there’s also all new alien planets to discover. The team has also implemented new features on the planets, including procedurally generated craters, where you’ll find down spaceships you can explore. It’s very similar to the crash sites implemented into the alpha build of Star Citizen.

There have been new debris and alien technology that can acquired and sold for credits. The team has added in new missions as well, including non-violent exploration quests designed for archaeologists. Community missions have also been improved so that they update globally, and the team have improved the overall visuals for the game, including the implementation of rainbows. Yes, rainbows.

All new biomes have also made their way into the game, including extreme biomes with very hazardous atmospheres. There were hazardous planets in No Man’s Sky before, but new types of hazards have been added, with even rarer materials being available on the planet. So there’s the risk/reward factor that has been increased for players who are capable of surviving the risks.

And finally, the team has added all new crafting options for gamers keen on taking advantage of the new celebratory features added to the Visions update. One of those advantages is fireworks, which allows gamers to light up the sky with a bunch of bright colors and explosions for everybody to see… assuming people fly past those planets where the fireworks are going off.

No Man’s Sky has traveled a long path up to its current point, and it’s a huge departure from where it began when it launched back in 2016 for the PS4 and PC.

The game has seen some massive improvements and implementation of long-awaited features, such as the ability to incorporate multiplayer, and improving the vehicles, and making the game a lot more immersive and expansive. The ability to build bases has also really elevated and added so much to the game, including building underwater bases like in Subnautica.

If you own No Man’s Sky and plan to get in some playtime on Thanksgiving, you can do so right now!