Fortnite Just Revealed A Halloween Fortnitemares Event

It looks like the Halloween season is only just getting rolling for Epic Games, which sent out a couple of tweets over the weekend teasing an upcoming event it is calling “Fortnitemares.” Based on the limited details, it looks like new skins will be in the mix for Fortnite fans, as well as some sort of game mode for duos.

The above tweet teases the upcoming Fortnitemares event, though we can’t glean much information from its cryptic message. Another recent tweet boasted a picture of a chained mystery cube and another rhyme, though its description about keeping a steady finger, and the circle closing, just sounds like it’s describing a normal round of Battle Royale gameplay.

This latest tweet, on the other hand, features a glimpse at a skin we haven’t seen before. It resembles the upgradeable monster hunter female skin that was available as a first tier reward for Season 6. This new one looks like a dude, though, and potentially one who has been corrupted by all of the spooky happenings going on in Fortnite right now.

That message also sounds more like it’s describing something new. Such as, potentially, a game of duos where players can be paired with a partner who can turn on them. Depending on the other mechanics at work, a risk/reward struggle revolving around teamwork could be pretty rad.

As folks were quick to point out on social media, it looks like the two tweeted images go together at catty-corner angles to form a square image. If that’s the case, it’s possible a third image will go live Sunday, with a fourth popping up on Monday. Could that possibly mean a Tuesday launch for the Fortnitemares event?

We’re looking forward to seeing how things unfold, and learning more about the Halloween celebration. We’re obviously big fans of the way Epic rolls out announcements for Fortnite. These kinds of cryptic tweets are pretty simple, but they go a long way to draw in and unite the community. Also, it’s just plain fun to have a game constantly evolving and keeping players guessing like this.

Speaking of busy, the sixth season of Fortnite got rolling a couple of weeks ago and it has been a heck of a lot of fun. Undeterred by the arrival of the formidable Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Epic’s own battle royale game has been busy with fresh patches, new gear and fun activities spread across a map that continues to evolve.

Already this season, players have gotten to explore a spooky castle and all sorts of other strange occurrences resulting from the game’s ever-growing lore. That includes a floating island at the heart of the map, and more surprises are definitely still on the way.

If you’ve got any guesses as to what Fortnitemares will involve, feel free to drop them into the comments below.

Halloween Box Office: Michael Myers Slays, Sets A Franchise Record

Not only are we currently experiencing a horror renaissance, but we are also now in the best possible horror season – and that’s a situation of which David Gordon Green’s Halloween has taken full advantage. The movie has been riding a huge wave of buzz since its festival premieres last month, and all of that positive word of mouth has translated into huge opening weekend numbers. Check out the full box office Top 10 below, and join me after for analysis!

1. Halloween*

$77,501,000 Total: $77,501,000

LW: N

THTRS: 3,928

2. A Star Is Born

$19,300,000 Total: $126,376,246

LW: 2

THTRS: 3,884

3. Venom

$18,105,000 Total: $171,125,095

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,887

4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

$9,715,000 Total: $28,804,812

LW: 4

THTRS: 3,521

5. First Man

$8,565,000 Total: $29,999,050

LW: 3

THTRS: 3,640

6. The Hate U Give

$7,500,000 Total: $10,641,873

LW: 9

THTRS: 2,303

7. Smallfoot

$6,615,000 Total: $66,366,035

LW: 5

THTRS: 3,032

8. Night School

$5,000,000 Total: $66,906,825

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,296

9. Bad Times At The El Royale

$3,300,000 Total: $13,341,801

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,808

10. The Old Man & The Gun $2,050,000 Total: $4,200,856

LW: 15

THTRS: 802

Despite being one of the biggest horror franchises in the world, Halloween has never been a massive box office monster, with the previous champion of the brand being Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake. That film, however, only made $80.3 million in its entire worldwide theatrical run, and the new chapter in the series has already surpassed that. With a global take of $91.8 million in the last three days, it’s already made more money than any previous release, albeit unadjusted for inflation. As you can probably guess, its far and away the biggest opening that Michael Myers has ever seen.

All of that is really impressive – especially when you consider it only cost $10 million to make – but it also adds to the trend of massive fall releases that we’ve seen in the last couple of years. September and October have classically not been periods for blockbuster releases, but titles like Andres Muschietti’s IT, Ruben Fleisher’s Venom and now Halloween have proven that audiences will turn out it droves in the material is exciting enough. It ultimately should be a great thing for the film industry, if not just because it could help prevent studios stop stacking major titles on top of one another during the summer, knowing that there exists prime opportunity to make money at other times of the year. If movies are more spread out on the calendar then people will be more inclined to go, if not particularly because of the cost of a ticket these days.

It should also be noted that things look extremely positive for Halloween moving forward. Not only is there still more than a week before the film’s titular holiday – keeping people in the mood – but there also aren’t really any other highly anticipated titles coming out between now and the end of the month. There is a very real chance that the film will make north of $250 million worldwide by the time it’s done playing on the big screen, putting it in league with Jordan Peele’s Get Out ($255.4 million) and John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place ($338.5 million).

As the only new wide release this past weekend, Halloween got the majority of the attention at the box office this week (making nearly as much as the rest of the Top 10 combined), but there are some other notable shifts to highlight as well. For starters, you may have noticed that Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born was able to stay at its number two position for the third week in a row, making a little over a million dollars more than Venom in the past three days. Not only is the movie currently considered a front runner during award season, but it has now made over $200 million globally. It’s the kind of small movie/big numbers success story that is driving 2018 to become the biggest years for the industry in a while.

Special notice should also be given to both George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give (which expanded into 2,000-plus theaters) and David Lowery’s The Old Man And The Gun (which was added to nearly 600 more locations). Both have received absolutely phenomenal reviews, and while they aren’t exactly putting up money that gets them into the Top 5, they are still managing to find audiences. It’s an encouraging development for this year, particularly as we’re going to continue seeing a lot of smaller, acclaimed titles hit theaters between now and the end of December.

As mentioned, Halloween is likely to continue dominating for the rest of October, but next weekend will see the release of Johnny English Strikes Again, Indivisible, Hunter Killer and Suspiria – all of which should help mix things up. Be sure to come back next Sunday to see how everything shakes out.

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Ray Fisher Was Happy With Justice League, Even If Cyborg’s Story Was Cut Down

A lot of people on the Internet have shared their opinions about Justice League in the time since the movie was released last year. Now, Justice League star Ray Fisher has spoken out about his own feelings related to the Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon movie, noting he was happy with the final product. He said:

Ray Fisher revealed at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest that Zack Snyder had a whole big idea planned for Cyborg that didn’t end up making it into the final product, including the idea that the audience watching and even Cyborg himself may not know whether he’s really a villain or a hero during Justice League. Along with that, Fisher has addressed all the cool backstory info the fans may have missed with the final draft of the flick. However, he says he was really happy with how his character came out.

The new characters that were brought into the world of DC movies during Justice League were generally well-received. In particular, Cyborg has been listed often as one of the highlights of the movie, so Ray Fisher believing the “integrity” of his character remaining in the flick is not necessarily a surprising comment, but it’s still nice to hear he liked how the final product panned out.

Warner Bros.’ most recent attempts in the DC universe have not come out to a great deal of critical acclaim. Justice League is only running at a 45 rating on Metacritic and a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, there does seem to be a discrepancy between critical reviews and the fanbase, as 74% of the audience is reporting they liked Justice League on the latter site. Justice League also landed a B+ CinemaScore.

Therefore, it seems like at least a good chunk of the DC fanbase is in Ray Fisher’s camp in regard to Justice League.

Although we didn’t get to see as much as we perhaps could have in the final Justice League product, eventually — hopefully — a Cyborg solo movie is expected to be on the way. Ray Fisher also revealed he’s still just as in the dark about when that’s going to happen as we are, but with a little luck, perhaps that one will move forward sooner rather than later. (Reportedly the cost of CGI for that project has held things up.) For now, you can see what DC has coming up with our full guide.

Harold And Kumar Director Danny Leiner Is Dead At 57

Director Danny Leiner, who made such fun comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car and Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, has died at the age of 57. The director had been fighting cancer for some time before his passing.

Danny Leiner’s brother, Ken, spoke to THR about his brother’s passing, noting that Danny Leiner died at his home on Thursday, October 18. He was at his home in Los Angeles at the time of his death.

During his career, Danny Leiner took on gigs in both television and on the big screen. He’s probably most known for his directorial work on Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, a movie that propelledJohn Cho and Kal Penn into stardom and grossed $24 million during its original theatrical run. That flick went on to spawn two sequels, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

In the television world, Danny Leiner directed episodes of Gilmore Girls, Everwood, The Sopranos, The Tick, Felicity, Freaks and Geeks. The Office and Party of Five. Danny Leiner’s final directorial gig was for the short-lived ABC series Selfie back in 2014. That gig reunited Leiner with John Cho, who had previously starred in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

John Cho, who most recently headlined the film Searching, took to Twitter after the news broke to share memories of his time with Danny Leiner, calling him “a great dinner companion.”

In addition to his directing work, Danny Leiner also worked as a producer in Hollywood. His producer pal Ross Putman also paid tribue to his friend on a post on Facebook, giving some sound advice about what fans of the director should be doing with their weekend. He said:

A memorial service is expected to come together in Los Angeles sometime in the near future, although details have not been set yet. Our thoughts go out to Danny Leiner’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Midnight, Texas Is Back For Season 2, With Plenty Of Changes

After a long wait, Midnight, Texas is returning to NBC just in time for the Halloween season. While much of the main cast is coming back, there are definitely going to be some major changes heading into Season 2. Fans may have heard the show is losing a couple of big characters (if you haven’t, surprise!), but in fact the direction on the series has changed quite a bit as well.

Recently, CinemaBlend was able to talk on set in New Mexico with various cast members, along with new showrunners Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, who shared plenty of details about the changes to expect in Season 2. As it turns out, even the direction of the series will be changing somewhat from the first season.

The NBC show is a take on a series of books from Charlaine Harris, who also wrote the books HBO’s True Blood series. Ahead of Season 2, NBC would like Midnight, Texas to be a little closer to the author’s other series. Well, at least as much as network TV will allow for, with Eric Charmelo noting the network gave the team very specific orders for its second season:

Making it soapier, more sexy, salacious, scarier, more along the lines of True Blood. Those were the marching orders. It feels more serialized for sure. Last season the show was trying to find its legs and there were monster of the week elements. We still have that peripherally but, you know, the relationships take front and center this season.

Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder were signed on as the new showrunners on Midnight, Texas after Monica Owusu-Breen left ahead of the second season to head the new version of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, a transition Midnight, Texas actress Parisa Fitz-Henley called “really seamless.” With the new showrunners, there will be other new opportunities, as Snyder also said the writers and the creative team were striving to move away from the more story-of-the-week episodes, as well.

The other changes may be even more noticeable to fans of the first season of Midnight, Texas. It was revealed earlier this year that Yul Vazquez, who played Rev in Season 1, and Sarah Ramos, who played Creek, will no longer be series regulars on the show. Fans of both characters will be able to see each in a limited capacity, and series lead Francois Arnaud, who plays Manfred in the NBC drama, spoke out about what to expect from the change in terms of Manfred and Creek. Per the actor, whose character will be dealing with demon goo oozing from the ears, Creek will be moving on from their relationship in the new episodes, but the story should make a lot of sense:

For sure there’s that toying with the idea that the evil comes from within. It’s about not only vanquishing demons in the outside world but within yourself. I mean, she’s been through a lot in the first season, with her brother being a psycho and her dad being a psycho apologist. So, she’s not thrilled at having to deal with a boyfriend who is sick with demon cancer. She also has different professional aspirations. She doesn’t want to be a waitress in a one-stop town for the rest of her life. I think, you know, in the books, Creeks character is loosely based on Charlaine Harris herself. She’s an aspiring writer and she wants to study literature. At one point Manfred considers going with her to Dallas and allow her he can pursue her dreams, but things always keep him in Midnight. She’ll be there, back and forth.

Still, not everything will be changing in Midnight. The Midnighters will be facing new threats in Season 2, because if we learned anything from Season 1, it’s that the town of Midnight, Texas is prone to supernatural threats and other weird shenanigans. Despite the changes, showrunner Nicole Snyder wants fans to know that there will be continuity between Season 1 and Season 2. She told CinemaBlend and other reporters that losing main cast members will actually be a boon to the series.

[Losing cast members] opened us up to new characters, new storylines. We still wanted to service the things that were set up at the end of the season, like the trickling of demon residue from Manfred’s ear and the hotel being open, but it really allowed us to brainstorm how to bring people to Midnight and more big bads. It gave us a little more room.

If you remember at the end of Season 1 of Midnight, Texas, Manfred was able to defeat Colconnar, a demon who wreaked havoc on Midnight and several of the characters, including Fiji, who Colconnar had kept an eye on. Fiji and Bobo ended up getting together in one of the steamiest scenes in Season 1, and Olivia and Lemuel ultimately decided to get married at the very end of the season. It would have been an idyllic ending, had there not been more to come.

In fact, things were not copacetic for long. Manfred started bleeding out of his ear, in a move that Francois Arnaud affectionately has been calling”demon cancer,” as noted above. As it turns out, that wasn’t the end of stuff the show wanted to tease ahead of Season 2. A new hotel is coming to Midnight, and even though the show has changed hands, fans will get to see both of those storylines play out during Season 2. New characters played by Nester Carbonell and Jaime Ray Newman are also joining as the proprietors of Midnight’s hotel. Carbonell told me that he came to Midnight to “heal,” which should take the series in a different direction than Charlaine Harris’ novels and we’ll learn more once the new series premieres.

Which, coincidentally, happens soon. After more than a year in hiatus, Midnight, Texas returns on Friday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET. NBC has had good luck with genre programming during its Friday night schedule with Grimm being an the most notable of those Friday programs. Coincidentally, there’s a reboot of that show reportedly in the works at NBC, as well. If you’d like to see some of the network’s other offerings this fall, take a look at our full premiere schedule.

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A CS: GO Professional Got Caught Cheating During A Tournament And Ruined Things For His Whole Team

Cheating may be a fun pastime in your own private quarters, messing around with games and having fun at your leisure. However, cheating is no laughing matter when it comes to professional esports, and one player found out that the hard way.

According to a report on Eurogamer, there’s a controversy that has boiled over within the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports community after one of the players in the competitive community got caught cheating. Thus, proving that even with a seemingly insurmountable library of skill, some players are still compelled to cheat to win.

The report indicates that during the Extremeland Zowie Asia tournament which took place in Shanghai, China, OpTic India player Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat actually began using a cheat hack during the middle of a tournament while OpTic India was playing an intense game against the Vietnamese team, Revolution.

Kumawat was caught using the cheat by the tournament officials, but attempted to wipe it off the hard drive of his computer before being called out on it. However, he just wasn’t savvy enough to get rid of all of the evidence of the hack before he got caught.

Officials began investigating the claim of hacking by checking Kumawat’s computer, at which point he attempted to delete the program, which allowed him to aimbot against his opponents in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. An aimbot is essentially an automated aiming system that auto-locks onto opponents, allowing you to quickly nab fatal shots with just the press of a button.

Kumawat attempted to delete the files while the officials were checking his computer, but in dramatic fashion, the official got physical and grabbed onto Kumawat’s arm, preventing him from pressing the delete file.

Quite naturally, Kumawat was booted out of the tournament, which is typical when a player is caught cheating at an organized eSports event. What a lot of people didn’t expect was that the entire OpTic India team was also disqualified from the tournament as well. This infuriated the owners, which resulted in them firing every single member of the team.

But, it gets worse. Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat is now being considered for a lifetime ban from all eSporting events, which would effectively kill his career as a professional gamer.

The video footage captured of him being caught by the officials also doesn’t help matters, since instead of confessing to the crime he attempted to delete the hacks. Take a look:

As pointed out by Eurogamer, this isn’t even the first time that Kumawat has been caught cheating. He was previously banned from tournament play for a brief stint back in 2017 when he was hit with a VAC ban while playing on Steam. A VAC ban only occurs if the Valve Anti-Cheat system flags your account for using cheats. It’s going to be hard for Kumawat to recover from this incident, especially given that he’s already been banned once before for cheating.

New Kingdom Hearts III Screenshots Show Off Hercules, Maleficent, And More

With the early 2019 release date for the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III coming up on us real fast, Square Enix has been slowly and steadily unveiling new content, characters and locations from the new game. The latest batch of media material features screenshots of popular Disney characters, such as Hercules and Maleficent.

The screenshots were posted recently on the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account. There’s an entire thread dedicated to the in-game images, featuring Sora, Goofy, and Donald along with the titular hero from the Hercules animated TV show and animated movie from over 20 years ago.

In one shot we see Hercules standing with his father Zeus while Hades looks over his shoulder with a befuddled scowl. Meanwhile, a different picture of Hercules shows him fully grown and actually teaming up with Sora and the gang as they face off against a giant, oozing, lava monster who just so happens to be accompanied by a towering ice goblin. Yet another shot gives us a good look at Hercules’ flexing muscles as he attempts to lift a massive rock above his head.

There’s also another set of screenshots from atop Olympus, and one of these shows Sora ready for battle, while a few more give us a look at Hercules and some of the other cast members from Disney’s animated series.

In one of the Kingdom Hearts III screenshots, we see that Hercules will attempt to get sentimental with Megara. The context of the shot obviously isn’t very clear, but it looks like she’s both scared and hopeful when it comes to her future.

In another screenshot we see that Maleficent makes an appearance in the game, although this version is far less like the one depicted in Disney’s live-action film, Maleficent, which starred Angelina Jolie as the title character, and a lot more representative of the truly cutthroat villainess from the classic, Sleeping Beauty.

Finally, in another set of photos, we get to see the friendly pegasus that Hercules rode in those popular animated titles, and in all his blue-mohawked glory.

You really have to tip your hat off to Tetsuya Nomura and the rest of the crew at Square Enix, because they really seem to have properly captured the look and feel of a lot of the characters from across both the animated and live-action universes that Disney has produced over the decades.

From Toy Story to Pirates of the Caribbean, you can really tell that the artists put their heart and soul in capturing the likenesses of the characters and the locations as much as possible. You’ll be able to experience those worlds for yourself on the PlayStation 4, or the Xbox One, when Kingdom Hearts III finally makes its long awaited debut starting early next year, on January 25th, 2019.

Four Huge Valve Games Now Look Better On Xbox One X

Technically there are more than four games, given that one of those games is the Orange Box, which comes with several games in a pack. So, there’s the original Portal that came out back in 2007 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, there’s Left 4 Dead, the follow-up Left 4 Dead 2, and then there’s the Orange Box that contains Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and Team Fortress 2.

Stephen Amell Debunks Rumor Of A Supernatural Star Playing Batman In The Arrow-Verse

Stephen Amell has been busy. He’s known for keeping fans regularly updated with Arrow-related content on his social media, but all the while, he’s also hard at work on the series. Despite having all of that going on, he has also had time to debunk a casting rumor regarding a potential Batman casting in the Arrow-verse and a Supernatural star. Check out Amell’s humorously-tinged tweet below:

There you have it. Jensen Ackles will not be playing Batman in the Arrow-verse. Stephen Amell shot down the rumor with the swift accuracy of one of Oliver Queen’s arrows. The rumor, apparently, emanated from Ackles’ set visit, which had fans making the wild guess that he would appear as everyone’s favorite Dark Knight at some point.

Jensen Ackles stars on The CW’s long-running drama Supernatural. The show is currently in the midst of its fourteenth season, and Ackles is an original cast member and the series’ co-lead, starring in the drama for 13 years. So, his playing Batman would have been an intriguing change of pace. Albeit, he is getting that needed change in Season 14 of his own show.

The idea of a CW actor being cast as the iconic character is not so far-fetched. That said, the idea of Jensen Ackles playing Batman is so good, it is easy to be disappointed that it is not true. Ackles could handle the debonair persona of Bruce Wayne and the brooding intensity of Batman. Equally conveying both is, obviously, a prime factor in playing the role well.

While Stephen Amell quashed the rumor, it does not mean it will never happen, necessarily. If the rumor was well-received enough to garner fan support, maybe something could eventually lead to this rumor actually becoming a reality. Not to start false hope, but you just never know, since social media is such a powerful platform for fans.

Stephen Amell broke the non-existent casting news on his Twitter account. The same premiere destination he has shared behind-the-scenes glimpses from the upcoming Arrow-verse crossover. Amell’s treasure trove for fans has included Superman rocking a new suit, Oliver Queen and Barry Allen wearing matching leather outfits, as well as the pièce de résistance: Oliver as The Flash and Barry as The Arrow.

To say the Arrow-verse crossover will be jam-packed would be an understatement. Unfortunately for fans of the idea, it will not include Jensen Ackles as Batman. While speculation is fun, the facts are necessary. However, you can take solace, because although Ackles will not be playing Batman, the Arrow-verse will be welcoming Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. So, there is still lots to look forward that is Bat-related.

Arrow is inching ever closer to its ginormous crossover event, entitled “Elseworlds.” You can continue following how the characters work together there. New episodes of Arrow air Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. The Arrow-verse crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl begins December 9 and concludes December 11 on The CW. The shows are among many superhero series returning to The CW, this fall.

How Julie Chen’s Exit Changed The Talk, According To Co-Host

The cast of The Talk has had to deal with some major changes recently. Back in September, Julie Chen announced her decision to leave the show. With a month having passed since then, co-host Eve opened up about how Chen’s exit has altered The Talk. Eve said:

The new normal means moving on without Julie Chen, something Eve and the rest of the cast are now working on. When Eve shared how the cast is handling the changes with Variety, she also credited The Talk‘s executive producers with pulling the cast together. Saying they made it easy for them to move on after a tumultuous month.

Created by The Conners‘ Sara Gilbert, the series is now in its ninth season, and Julie Chen had been a regular co-host ever since the show began. Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne are now the only original cast members left on the talk show, with the three other original hosts exiting after the first season.

Julie Chen’s exit has undoubtedly shaken up The Talk‘s ninth season. Eve sharing that the cast has grown tighter in light of her departure is an encouraging sign, though. One of the keys to the series’ success has been the dynamic between the women, and the fact that there is harmony between them is a big sign of the strength of their relationships off-screen. This is a strength that translates to their time on the show and, subsequently, brings in viewers.

Enduring a difficult situation, such as a cast departure, can test things. Eve shared that she considers Julie Chen a friend and that the adjustment has been “extremely hard.” Eve also revealed that The Talk co-hosts were all told at the same time about Chen’s exit.

The ninth season of The Talk marks Eve’s second as a co-host on the show. So, she has had to deal with getting used to the show in the first season, and, now in her second season, she is adjusting to a cast change. Julie Chen announced her departure from the series in a pre-recorded message, which cited her desire to spend more time with her husband and son as the impetus for her decision.

While Julie Chen decided to leave The Talk, which features the panel discussing hot topics and interviewing celebrities, she has remained on another CBS series, and her status with Big Brother reportedly remains unchanged. Chen’s decision to leave came after her husband, Les Moonves, resigned from CBS.

The former chairman and CEO of the network left following allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denied. Julie Chen offered a public indication of her support for her husband by signing off from her post on Big Brother by saying “I’m Julie Chen Moonves,” when her standard sign off had, previously, left out her married name.

As for The Talk itself, the current cast is moving forward with new episodes. The Talk airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on CBS. The chat-fest is among a lot of shows airing new episodes this fall, so be sure keep on top of all the premieres.