Was Joker Influenced By The Director's Shocking Punk Documentary Hated?

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Was Joker Influenced By The Director's Shocking Punk Documentary Hated?

When Todd Phillips was announced as the director of a standalone R-rated Joker movie, there was some surprise amongst DC fans. Was the man behind the hugely successful Hangover series and the Will Ferrell/Owen Wilson frat comedy Old School the right man to tackle a dark, gritty look at the origins of perhaps the most iconic comic book villain of all time? But buried far back in Phillips' filmography is another movie that provides more insight into why he would be drawn to Joker. And now Joker is in theaters, it provides a fascinating contrast. That film is Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies.

Hated was Phillip's first movie. It's a 53-minute documentary that he made while attending New York University, and was finished in 1994. It follows the notorious punk singer GG Allin and his band; while Allin's music remained underground throughout his life, his on-and-off stage behaviour helped created much notoriety and inspired a small but dedicated fanbase.

Konami's New Silent Hill Project Is Probably Not What You Want

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Konami's New Silent Hill Project Is Probably Not What You Want

Konami Gaming, Inc., a subsidiary of Konami that deals in designing and manufacturing casino games and technology, will be at this weekend's Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas with a brand new Silent Hill "game," but as you've probably figured out by now, it's not really a game, it's a video slot machine. It's called Silent Hill: Escape and it looks, sadly, like this:

Details on Silent Hill: Escape are scarce, but does it really matter? According to Yahoo! Finance, Silent Hill: Escape is a "for-wager slot experience" and one of the first to debut on Konami's new video slot cabinet, which features a 49-inch "J" curve 4K UHD display.

Tom Jingoli, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Konami Gaming, Inc., calls their new cabinet "a first glimpse at great things to come from Konami."

Joker To Dominate Box Office Yet Again While Gemini Man Flops

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Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix continue to outpace the competition in the North American box office as Joker enters its second weekend, Variety reports. Early estimates are projecting $50 million at 4,374 theaters nationwide. This comes after a record-breaking opening weekend, despite concerns of violence causing the film to be pulled from several theatrical chains.

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The news is less optimistic for the new Ang Lee and Will Smith joint, Gemini Man, which pits Smith against a fully rendered CGI clone of his younger self. Gemini Man is coming in significantly under expectations with $19 million projected at 3,642 theaters nationwide.

Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 6-12, 2019

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Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 6-12, 2019

This might be the first episode of New Releases containing zero full-priced games, so your wallet won't hurt as much if you decide to pick up a few of this week's big games. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible lair is mixing things up with a different style of gameplay, while Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a return to form for the series. Killer Queen Black is a revamped version of the arcade cult classic, and Indivisible is combining action-RPG mechanics with platforming. Meanwhile, PS4 gets an exclusive this week with Concrete Genie.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

2017's Yooka-Laylee was a 3D platformer inspired by the Banjo-Kazooie series, featuring many of the same developers. The sequel, however, is more like Donkey Kong Country, with 2.5D levels to conquer. They're all connected by an overworld with its own set of puzzles to solve and secrets to uncover.

Expanse Season 4, Episode 1 Impressions: Everything Is Happening At Once

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This year's New York Comic-Con has been previewing upcoming TV series panel attendees. We already got to see what HBO's first episode of Watchmen had to offer, as well as Season 2 of Castle Rock and we also got to watch the first episode of Season 4 of Amazon's The Expanse.

The Expanse is a series where a lot is dropped on its viewer's right from the get go. I wouldn't go as far to say that it's high concept, but it is a futuristic series where a lot has changed in the world. Humans have left Earth and are living in space, with some settling on Mars. Tensions between people who have settled outside of our home planet and those who remain here are high, but that's the premise of the show and the first season.

However, within Season 4, things have obviously progressed tremendously, and the landscape has completely changed. It can be a bit rough trying to keep up with where everyone has been the past three years. Jim Holden is haunted by the essence of Joe Miller, who appears randomly. There are refugees from space trying to get to Earth, but the gravitational differences are either killing or hurting them--something the first season plays with early on--and Chrisjen Avasarala cusses a lot more because the show is on Amazon now--and it is delightful. However, it sometimes moves too quickly, and it can be hard to keep up.

Castle Rock Season 2, Episode 1 Impressions: There's No Sophomore Slump Here

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Hulu's original series Castle Rock takes place in the world of Stephen King, connecting his various novels and novellas. During New York Comic-Con, Hulu held a screening of the first episode of Season 2 of the series, which hits the streaming service on October 23. GameSpot attended the screening, and here is what you can expect, along with our thoughts.

The second season of Castle Rock is a total departure from the first, as this anthology series follows a whole new cast of characters but is set in the same titular town. We're introduced to the Merrill family, who--for all intents and purposes--runs the town. There is a rift between one son, Ace, and his adopted Somali brother, Abdi. Ace is the slumlord of a rundown mall catering to the Somali population of Castle Rock and Abdi is building a new one while poaching Ace's clients. Needless to say, there is a lot going on in the first episode, but everything weaves together, and it's easy to follow.

The main focus of the season is on Anne Wilkes and her daughter Joy. They land in Castle Rock after travelling cross-country and getting in a car wreck. It becomes apparent Wilkes is running from her past and also looking for medication to level her out.