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HBO’s The Deuce Is Giving Four Characters More To Do In Season 3

The Deuce is gearing up for its third and final season, and apparently, some key characters in the adventure thus far will have a larger presence in the final set of episodes. The HBO program has decided to promote David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Sepideh Moafi and Olivia Luccardi all to series regulars, which means fans will presumably get to see a lot more of their characters as the story draws to a close.

The promotion is seemingly a long time coming for Daniel Sauli, who Deadline reported has been featured on all 17 episodes of The Deuce to date. Sauli portrays Tommy Longo, who came into Vincent’s life after mistaking him for his brother and eventually cultivated a working relationship out of it. The two have managed to have a solid working relationship throughout the show, although it’s more a product of Vincent being unable to safely sever ties with the mob man’s affiliates.

David Krumholtz has also had a pretty sizable presence in The Deuce since its beginning, with his series regular status being granted after 14 episodes. Krumholtz plays porn director Harvey Wasserman, who ended up being a vital influence on Candy as she sought to break into the porn industry. Harvey and Candy ended Season 2 with a big hit on their hands with Red Hot, but with little to show for it with the mob taking most of the profits.

Olivia Luccardi has also appeared in 14 episodes. Her prostitute character Melissa will apparently have a bigger role in Season 3. One of Melissa’s most pivotal scenes in The Deuce thus far came from when the fry cook Leon shot her former pimp Reggie Love dead in Season 1. Melissa was free of her pimp but soon found another in C.C.

Sepideh Moafi is the least recurring member of The Deuce at 12 episodes, although that’s still close enough to the total episode count of 17 to make her upgrade to series regular well-deserved. Like Olivia Luccardi, Moafi also portrays one of the show’s prostitutes, Loretta, who is a worker for Larry Brown. Loretta hasn’t had an incredibly substantial role in the drama to date, but her promotion to series regular status may mean a bigger storyline is coming.

HBO announced The Deuce was being cancelled a few months ago, but that it would get one final season to conclude its story. The cancellation came as a bit of a shock, as the show had received a fair amount of critical acclaim in both Season 1 and Season 2. That said, viewership had taken a dive in Season 2, and critical acclaim can only take a show so far when audiences aren’t tuning in.

The Deuce is working towards Season 3, but Season 1 and 2 can be enjoyed on HBO Go or on-demand services. For a look at other television shows coming out in the near future, visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Passwords Aren’t Enough. The Key to Online Security Is a Key.

NO MATTER how much alphanumeric complexity you add to passwords, chances are they’re still not strong enough. Don’t worry, mine are even weaker. Against all advice, I’m only willing to deliver the bare minimum asked of me when it comes to mixing numbers, letters and symbols. I stupidly use the same passwords for multiples sites, I rarely change them (unless forced to), and I hide them in very obvious places.

Any grade-school computer nerd could hack me on most platforms were it not for an extra layer of security: my YubiKey…

Red Dead Redemption 2 Wasn’t The Top-Selling Game In October

What game do you think sold the most units in October? Hold your horses, partner. If you were about to say Red Dead Redemption 2, then you’d be red dead wrong. As it turns out, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII actually takes the crown for October sales, though there are a few factors that help explain why that is.

Based on all of the recent news, you wouldn’t be faulted for assuming that Rockstar’s Western epic, Red Dead Redemption II, had earned the top spot on the NPD charts for its launch month. After all, it had the single biggest launch weekend in the history of media (take THAT, Avengers!), and just a few days later managed to surpass the original Red Dead Redemption in lifetime sales. That’s super impressive but, as Gameinformer is reporting, the game didn’t earn the top NPD spot.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII also had a massive showing, even if Activision investors were somehow still unimpressed. It set a day one sales record at launch and managed to shoot past $830 million over the course of five days. Microtransactions were also recently introduced to the game so, combined with continued sales and a holiday boost, it’ll likely keep pulling down some big figures in the months ahead.

As for how Call of Duty outsold Red Dead Redemption in October, we have to first keep in mind that the former launched on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, while the latter has only launched on game consoles so far. In other words, Call of Duty had an extra platform’s worth of sales backing it. More importantly, Call of Duty launched on Oct. 12, two weeks before Red Dead arrived on Oct. 26. It’s also worth noting that, launching on Oct. 26, Red Dead only had about a week’s worth of sales included in the October NPD stats.

None of this takes away from Call of Duty, though. The game is obviously doing very well for itself. But if you were confused as to how it topped Red Dead in sales last month, well, now you have some extra factors to consider.

In case you’re curious, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey was the third highest-selling game of October according to NPD, followed by NBA 2K19 and Super Super Mario Party, which only launched for the Switch. The remainder of the top 10 spots were filled out respectively by Soulcalibur VI, FIFA 19, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Madden NFL 19 and WWE 2K19.

Unexpected standouts on the list include Mario Kart 8 at 15, which is nearly two years old at this point, as well as Super Mario Odyssey at 17 and Breath of the Wild at 19. Again, those are Switch exclusives, which should let you know just how well Nintendo’s latest console is doing.

And in case you’re wondering about Red Dead Redemption II‘s potential staying power, Rockster’s last game, Grand Theft Auto V, has been on the NPD chart since it launched about five years ago and, in October, it was still there to hold down the 16th position.

Street Fighter V Gets Resident Evil Costumes

However, in some ways, when you see how Kolin fights, you can definitely see why she was given Ada’s costume, since her fighting style is very similar to Ada’s. Also, it makes sense having Kolin in Ada’s outfit given that she works for Urien, and he’s decked out in Wesker’s clothes, and since Ada oftentimes worked for Wesker, the connection seems to actually track.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Coming To Star Wars: Battlefront II

Even though Star Wars: Battlefront II came out last year in the fall, it’s still being regularly updated with new content from DICE and Electronic Arts. Surprisingly, one of the brand’s most popular characters hasn’t been implemented into the game, but EA and DICE revealed when he’s coming.

Kenobi won’t be arriving alone, as he’s coming with content reinforcements in the form of the Battle of Geonosis update. This will bring Geonosis to DICE’s vision of Star Wars: Battlefront II for the first time.

As noted in the post, the characters in the game are modeled after the likenesses of the real life actors, which is why Kenobi is themed after real-life actor Ewan McGregor, in the same way that the upcoming release of Anakin Skywalker will be modeled after Hayden Christensen.

Kenobi will arrive with his blue lightsaber, along with a fighting style themed around defensive combat. This means that Kenobi’s blocking ability is more reliable than other Jedi and Sith on the roster. He can also make use of his stamina to chain together melee attacks.

According to DICE, the idea was to portray the version of Kenobi when he was general of the 212th Attack Battalion.

In addition to being able to defend against blaster fire and other attacks, Obi-Wan also comes with the Restrictive Mind Trick Ability, which prevents his opponents from using their abilities for a short time, which includes their ability to dodge. They’re basically sitting ducks when caught with this ability while out in the open. It’s a great way to disrupt the enemy with Kenobi in Battlefront II.

He also has access to the All-Out Push, which is similar to Skywalker’s push, but DICE made it where his push is more focused and the longer you hold down the button the longer the range is on the push.

Kenobi will launch with his default Jedi Master appearance on November 28th, but he will receive his robed appearance and general’s garb at a later date, both of which will be available for credits or crystals.

It’s kind of interesting that Kenobi is only just now arriving along with Anakin Skywalker, especially a year after release. Then again, EA and DICE were dealing with the loot box scandal for Star Wars: Battlefront II, which severely impacted the game’s performance on the market and the perception that gamers had of the game for the longest. The loot box scandal even managed to garner international attention and cause gambling commissions and the government to get involved.

Now that EA is mostly past that stage with Battlefront II, the company is focused mostly on retaining its audience and producing content for the game. This included adding characters like General Grievous, and that update is being followed up with the addition of the Geonosis map and Obi-Wan Kenobi. You can look for Anakin Skywalker to appear in the game in early 2019.

Nintendo Has Some Massive Holiday Deals, And They’re Available Now

Nintendo is rolling out the big guns this holiday season, offering some deep discounts for eShop games across the 3DS and Switch. If you’re looking to fill your stocking with some cheap games this holiday season, there’s a little something to offer for just about every type of gamer.

Nintendo doesn’t usually go all out for the holidays outside of some select games or bundles being made available at retail for a few bucks off. This year, though, a huge number of titles are being discounted across both of Nintendo’s consoles, with the eShop being home to some impressive sales. These can be gifts for loved ones if you’re sharing a console with someone but, let’s face it; most folks will be taking advantage of these discounts in order to bulk up their own digital library.

I’m going to break down these discounts by platform below, with the number in parentheses next to each title being how much Nintendo is taking off for a limited time. In case you’re still trying to figure out your holiday budget, you’ve got a little time to take advantage of these sales and, since it’s the eShop we’re talking about, you don’t have to worry about limited supplies. The Cyber Deals sale is live now and runs through 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 28.

Nintendo Switch

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (30% off)
FIFA 19 (40%)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Deluxe Edition (25%)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Edition (25%)
Snipperclips (50%)
DOOM (50%)
NBA 2K19 (50%)
NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition (50%)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (50%)
Dragon Ball FighterZ (30%)
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD (35%)
Dead Cells (20%)
Celeste (20%)
Undertale (15%)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (50%)
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (25%)
Just Dance 2019 (30%)
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (35%)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (60%)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition (60%)
Okami HD (25%)
Sonic Mania (25%)
Wolfenstein II (50%)
L.A. Noire (50%)
Bastion (20%)
The Messenger (30%)
Inside (35%)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (35%)
Hyper Light Drifter Special Edition (20%)
Sports Party (50%)
Attack on Titan 2 (40%)
Darkest Dungeon (20%)
Enter the Gungeon (50%)
Lost Sphere (60%)
Little Nightmares (50%)
Disgaea 5 Complete (25%)
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (35%)
Shining Resonance Refrain (50%)
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (50%)
Gorogoa (50)
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (20%)
GoNNER (50%)
Steam World Heist (50%)
Thumper (50%)
West of Loathing (11%)
Carnival Games (25%)
TowerFall (20%)
Blaster Master Zero (50%)
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (30%)
Shantae: Half Genie Hero (25%)

Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (30% off)
Final Fantasy Explorers (50%)
Dragon Quest VII (50%)
Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward (50%)
Pocked Card Jockey (50%)
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (50%)
Hyrule Warriors Legends (50%)
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (30%)
Boxboy (50%)
Boxboxboy (50%)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (50%)
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe (50%)
Persona Q (50%)
Kirby Fighters Deluxe (50%)
Steam World Heist (50%)
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (50%)
Etrian Odyssey IV (50%)
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (50%)
Etrian Odyssey V (33%)
Mighty Gunvolt (50%)
Runbow Pocket (50%)
Tetris Ultimate (50%)
Rayman Origins (50%)
Stella Glow (50%)
Blaster Master Zero (50%)
Mighty Switch Force (50%)
Rayman 3D (50%)
Gravity Falls: The Legend of the Gnome Gemulets (50%)

Yeah, so, that’s a heck of a lot of games to choose from and there are some absolute gems in the mix for solid discounts. Just remember that you might have some other folks to shop for this holiday season, so try not to get too carried away. Otherwise, happy shopping!

The Flash’s Cicada Will Get A Major Twist When His Backstory Is Revealed

Warning: spoilers ahead for the November 20 episode of The Flash Season 5.

The Flash went in a fresh new direction for its fifth season supervillain, with Cicada as a kind of baddie that Barry and Team Flash have never faced before. By this point, fans have seen much more of Cicada than the heroes, and they’re still working on figuring out his identity. The latest episode saw them get closer than ever to the truth, and the next episode will reveal even more about why he is the way that he is.

Chris Klein, who plays Cicada, chatted with CinemaBlend at the recent red carpet celebration for the upcoming 100th episode of The Flash, and he teased the reveal of a major twist when some of the blanks in Cicada’s backstory are filled in next week’s 99th episode. Klein had this to say:

So far, what we know about Cicada as a person is basically that he wants to kill metahumans and has some kind of attachment to a little girl in a hospital. In the latest episode of The Flash, Cecile and Ralph managed to get info from a FEMA official, revealing that a little girl by the name of Grace Gibbons was injured by shrapnel when the STAR Labs satellite came down courtesy of The Thinker.

This development led Team Flash to the perfectly reasonable conclusion that Cicada must be Grace’s father. Now, fans might not want to be too hasty to accept this as the absolute truth. We know (and Chris Klein reaffirmed) that Cicada’s civilian name is Orlin Dwyer, and Grace has a different last name. This doesn’t mean that we can rule out Orlin as Grace’s dad, and we can probably count on some answers about their dynamic when the 99th episode packed full of backstory hits the airwaves.

Whatever is revealed in next week’s 99th episode, Chris Klein’s comments indicate that we should expect at least one big twist on what we know about Cicada at this point in Season 5. For Team Flash’s sake, we have to hope that the episode reveals some kind of weakness for the bad guy.

The metas who can usually use their powers individually or as a group to take down villains can’t do much against a baddie who can sap metas of their powers. Maybe Barry will be able to retain some of his hand-to-hand combat skills from the “Elseworlds” crossover when he goes full Green Arrow, or maybe Team Flash will gain an edge in some other way.

We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll get next week’s backstory episode to hopefully set up some of the action in the 100th episode, which will be followed by the first installment of the crossover, airing as an episode of The Flash on a special night. The latest episode may have actually revealed why the crossover baddie targets Barry and Oliver for the switcheroo, so I think it’s safe to say that we’re in for an exciting few weeks of Arrow-verse action.

Tune in to The CW on Tuesday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET to catch Cicada’s backstory episode of The Flash, and swing by our midseason TV premiere schedule for viewing options during the Arrow-verse’s winter hiatus.

The Super Mario Bros. Theme Played On A Guitar Made From A NES Console Is As Awesome As That Sounds

Some creative individuals really step outside the boundaries of everyone’s expectations and do something you would never think possible, such as playing the theme to the original Super Mario Bros., on a guitar fashioned out of an NES console.

The video was put together and posted up on Rob Scallon’s YouTube channel. He starts the video in a hilarious way by searching online for “weird guitars,” and he ends up coming across an NES console that was turned into a guitar. And it’s literally an old gray NES that has been turned into an electric guitar, complete with the ports still intact.

The guitar isn’t just a real guitar with a Nintendo shell on it. It’s actually a working Nintendo console that’s also a guitar. Rob Scallon and his buddy got the guitar off of the site Reverb. Actually, Reverb contacted the maker of the guitar and asked Scallon if he would be willing to play the guitar on his channel, and he agreed, but only if the guitar actually played NES games. And it does!

It turns out that while the shell is of the old bulky console that Nintendo released back in the 1980s, the gaming aspects of the Guitendo is actually based around the NES Classic Edition emulator. So that it’s possible to play the games while you play it.

In a separate video Scallon goes through the details of how the guitar functions, along with having his friend actually playing the game while he plays the guitar.

Later in the video Scallon attempts to play all of the sound effects from Super Mario Bros. 3 while his friend plays the game.

As an off-the-cuff experiment, it works a heck of a lot better than you may have been expecting. But it still sounds like someone is playing a guitar while someone is playing the NES.

The modded version of the NES Classic Edition tucked away inside the guitar also has power and reset buttons inside the cartridge housing, so you can literally turn it on or reset the system while you’re playing the guitar.

Scallon is doing a giveaway of the guitar on behalf of Reverb, so you’ll get a fully functional electric guitar along with a modded version of the NES Classic Edition with a bunch of games on it. The giveaway is going on right now and will last throughout the month, so if you wanted to get your hands on it, now would be a good time to do so.

The entire thing wraps up with Scallon saying that the guitar is “out of tune” and proceeds to open the cartridge bay and performs the iconic blow into the system to get it working again. Classic.

Quavo Turns Into A ‘Monstar’ In His Space Jam-Inspired ‘How Bout That?’ Video

With LeBron James’s Space Jam sequel officially a go, he might want to keep Quavo‘s number handy in case the flick needs a hip-hop cameo. As the Migos frontman proved on Wednesday (November 21) with the release of his latest solo video, he’s a bonafide Space Jam superfan.

Directed by Kid Studio and Quavo himself, the video for “How Bout That?” recreates some epic scenes from the 1996 classic, a.k.a. Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes gang’s finest cinematic work. It kicks off with Quavo’s deflated team shuffling into their locker room, only to be offered a bottle of “Quavo’s Secret Stuff.”

You know where it’s going from there: the squad takes back their stolen talents and balls out on the court, as Quavo dunks so hard that he shatters the backboard. After a hilarious press conference by Coach Quavo, the team celebrates their victory by turning the court into a rowdy club. Bonus points if you can spot the rest of Migos making cameos as dunk contest judges.

“How Bout That?” follows up “Bubble Gum” as the latest Quavo Huncho track to get the visual treatment. The rapper’s debut album arrived last month and marked the first of Migos’s solo albums — Takeoff’s The Last Rocket dropped a couple weeks back, and Offset’s own LP is rumored to release in December. Just call them the rap “Monstars.”