May is finally here, and ThinkGeek is ready to do some spring cleaning on its clearance section. To kick off the new month, the digital store is offering 75% off all clearance items, plus an additional 25% off all items in your cart. That 25% off discount applies both to full-price items and clearance items that have already been slashed by 75%. In case you don't feel like doing the math, that's a full 81% off clearance items that are already on sale.
Some important information: This sale only runs for 24 hours, so you'll want to grab whatever you're interested in buying between now and 9 PM PT on May 1 (12 AM ET on May 2). Once you add things to your cart, you'll see the discount automatically applied--no coupon code needed.
If you're not familiar with ThinkGeek, the retailer is one of the top online places to get officially licensed merchandise and collectibles from practically any fandom or interest, from Star Wars and Game of Thrones to Pokemon, Borderlands, Dungeons & Dragons, and many, many more. ThinkGeek's stuff tends to be reasonably priced in general, but with this sale, you're getting multiple stacked discounts that make these items more affordable than ever.
Marvel's superhero movies are some of the biggest films ever. The latest one, Avengers: Endgame, has already made more than $1.3 billion after less than a week in theatres. Now, a report report reveals how much money Disney/Marvel pays the franchise's biggest stars.
Starting with the biggest payday, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. earned $75 million from 2018's Avengers: Infinity War alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This was the result of a unique deal he made with Marvel boss Kevin Feige that gives the actor "backend" on the Avengers movies. A backend deal means an actor gets a percentage of box office grosses.
Infinity War was a massive commercial success, making $2.048 billion at the box office. Downey Jr.'s reported $75 million from that movie is likely tied to that huge performance.
Last month, Oculus revealed that its next step in VR gaming would be a two-pronged approach: a revision of its original headset with the Rift S and a standalone headset in the Quest. Specs and features had been detailed alongside a Spring 2019 release window and a $400 USD price tag for each package. Now, Oculus has announced that both will launch simultaneously on May 21--pre-orders for Rift S and Quest are now open as well.
The Rift S makes several improvements over the original Rift, a platform that has been out since March 2016. First off, the Rift S has an increased resolution; it'll display 1280x1440 per eye, 2560x1440 in total, although it now displays in 80Hz (down from 90Hz). Another addition is integrated audio on the headset and a more comfortable, secure headstrap. The biggest feature, however, is the company's new inside-out tracking technology called Oculus Insight. This negates the need for external motion sensors since there are five built into the headset, capable of full positional tracking.
Yet another video game is getting spun into a movie. Deadline reports that a film based on Saints Row is in development, with F. Gary Gray attached to direct. Gray directed Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious, and the upcoming Men in Black: International.
Greg Russo is writing the script; it's at least his second video game job, as he's also writing the script for the Mortal Kombat reboot movie in the works at Warner Bros.
The movie is produced in part by Koch Films, a division of Koch Media, which owns Deep Silver and the rights to Saints Row. THQ previously held the rights, but Koch Media acquired the rights and developer Volition out of THQ's bankruptcy auction. Last year, Volition and Saints Row returned to THQ ... sort of ... when THQ Nordic (which itself acquired the THQ name) acquired Koch Media and all of its assets.
The Red Woman Melisandre has been wandering around Westeros for most of the run of Game of Thrones, trying to prepare people for the Great War--the big throwdown between the living and the dead. When the Night's Watch was trying to convince the lords of Westeros that the White Walkers were coming, Melisandre believed it immediately, and convinced Stannis Baratheon to help the Night's Watch prepare for them.
When the army of the dead finally reached Winterfell in Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 8, The Long Night, Melisandre had already had a big influence on everything that happened leading to that point. She resurrected Jon Snow after he was betrayed by his Night's Watch brothers; she led Stannis to his doom fighting the Boltons at Winterfell, which led Davos to join up with Jon; and she suggested Daenerys meet with Jon and hear what he had to say about the threat of the Night King. And when Melisandre ran into Arya Stark during the battle, she had an influence on her, as well--one that recalled their earlier meeting, way back in Season 3.
Blizzard, the gaming giant behind franchises like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch, will not attend Gamescom this year. The company said in a statement that it's not attending the show in Cologne, Germany as part of its "renewed effort" in 2019 to focus on game development.
Blizzard plans to return to Gamescom someday, but it's not clear when.
"As part of a renewed effort this year to maintain our focus on development, for our current games and our future projects, we won't have a booth at Gamescom 2019," Blizzard said. "The show is an important one for the European and global gaming community, and we’re going to miss meeting players in Cologne this year. You'll still be able to find Blizzard gear in the gamescom 2019 shop area, and we're looking forward to returning to the Gamescom show floor in the future."
Game of Thrones fans expected a lot of characters to die during the massive battle at Winterfell in Episode 3, "The Long Night," and technically, the episode didn't disappoint. All told, seven minor-to-main characters were killed, if you including the Night King--not to mention the entire Dothraki horde, down to the last man, and by the looks of it, most of the Unsullied too. On paper, it sounds glorious.
So why were so many fans--myself included--disappointed once the credits began rolling? Despite being viewed by a record-breaking 17.8 million people, "The Long Night" has emerged as Game of Thrones' second-lowest-rated episode ever on Rotten Tomatoes, next to only the Season 5 episode in which Sansa got raped. Plenty of people thought the episode was great--trust me, I've heard from them on Twitter since writing my review--but many fans also agree that the episode was oversimplified, underwhelming, and just plain disappointing.
Technically speaking, this episode was full of good deaths. So why did it leave me feeling so cold? As I watched characters like Dolorous Edd, Theon Greyjoy, Beric Dondarrion, Jorah Mormont, and even little Lady Lyanna die gruesomely on the battlefield, I felt nothing but a growing dread that this most crucial of episodes was shaping up to be a major letdown. And I think I know at least one reason why.
Avengers: Endgame has been in theatres for less than a week, and it's already one of biggest box office successes in the history of cinema. It's now made an astonishing $1.342 billion worldwide, which makes it the 10th biggest movie ever.
It edged out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.341 billion) to take the No. 10 spot. Endgame will surely continue to make lots more money as its run in theatres continues, so it'll be interesting to see where it lands when all is said and done.
The No. 1 biggest box office smash worldwide is Avatar, which made $2.78 billion. You can see the full Top 10 list below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.