The Midsommar Deleted Scene Director Ari Aster Hated To Cut

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The Midsommar Deleted Scene Director Ari Aster Hated To Cut

Every film loses moments here and there to the cutting room floor, as demonstrated by the deleted scenes ubiquitous on DVD and Blu-ray releases. Sometimes, those scenes are especially difficult to cut, as was the case for a particular moment in writer and director Ari Aster's latest horror movie, Midsommar, which has now arrived in theaters amid very positive reviews.

Warning: There are Midsommar spoilers below. If you haven't watched the movie, come back after you have.

Midsommar follows a group of friends that includes Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), a couple who would have broken up long before the group's trip to a remote village in Sweden, if not for the tragedy that struck Dani's family. Christian winds up feeling obligated to stay with Dani, despite being pretty well fed up with her--and although he may be trying to do the right thing by not ending it, he's not actually doing her any favors. Their relationship spirals throughout the Midsommar festival, although it never really comes to a head until the end of the movie, when Dani chooses a new family in a spectacularly f***ed up, but very satisfying, way.

Spider-Man: Far From Home's Most Surprising Cameo Explained

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Spider-Man: Far From Home's Most Surprising Cameo Explained

If you stuck through the Spider-Man: Far From Home ending credits (and we hope you did--Endgame may have broken the tradition of post-credits scenes in the MCU, but Far From Home has brought it back with a vengeance) you will have seen one very familiar and very surprising face--and, if you didn't? Turn back now. Because we're about to talk about one of the most surprising returns in superhero movie history.

Major Spider-Man: Far From Home spoilers from here on out!

During the mid-credits scene, we see Peter Parker back home in New York City, happily Spider-Manning around with MJ, until a special broadcast cuts into the Times Square jumbotron. A news outlet called The Daily Bugle has received a special report--a video taken by Mysterio--and the one and only J. Jonah Jameson is here to report.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Nintendo Switch Review - Less Lively

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Nintendo Switch Review - Less Lively

On PS4 and PC, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a lovely homage to classic Castlevania with a collection of smart quality-of-life improvements and impeccable craftsmanship. Koji Igarashi has been hailed as a visionary who helped define the “Metroidvania” genre, and his return to it is worth celebrating. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained suffers from significant technical problems, and it's difficult to recommend over other platforms.

Symphony of the Night may be the most famous of Igarashi’s works, but the series of micro-sized follow-ups he produced on the Game Boy Advance showed portability was a boon to its newfound RPG-like mechanics. Games like Harmony of Dissonance squeezed much of what was wonderful about those games into a form factor that allowed picking up and playing wherever you might go. Bloodstained appeared primed to offer this again for a modern age, with one contiguous experience between the console and portable forms. However, the Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained struggles to deliver an experience on par with other platforms.

High-Speed Racing Game Wreckfest Gets PS4/Xbox One Release Date

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Bugbear Entertainment's Wreckfest, which first launched on PC in June 2018 to favorable reviews, is making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 27, publisher THQ Nordic announced. The high-speed demolition racing game will come in standard and deluxe editions and includes a Bandit Ripper V8 racer for those who pre-order digitally or physically.

Cashing out for the deluxe edition grants one-day-early access to the game and the Season Pass, which includes 20 new cars, 20 special roof decorations, and extra customization options like armor, rims, and more. This additional content will roll out periodically after release, alongside more free content updates. The standard edition retails for $40 USD / $57 AUD / £32 GBP, while the digital deluxe edition sets you back $60 USD / $85 AUD / £48 GBP.

Check out the announcement trailer below.

Spider-Man: Far From Home - The Nick Fury Toast Theory (And Why It's Wrong) Explained

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Spider-Man: Far From Home closes this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and plants some seeds for narrative threads that will presumably start to take root in Phase 4. But they also raise some questions, and we have answers. Spoilers follow.

In one of the post-credits scenes, we learn that Nick Fury and his right-hand Maria Hill have been Skrulls in disguise. Many fans immediately wondered: wait, exactly how long has Nick Fury been a Skrull?

The particular Skrull in question is Talos, who has been on good terms with Fury since the 1990s when they met through Captain Marvel. So when did the body switch happen? Some fans have theorized that the key is toast. Yes, as in toasted bread. In Captain Marvel, Fury reveals that he can't eat toast that has been cut diagonally. But fans noticed that he did that exact thing in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has led some fans to conclude that he was already a Skrull in disguise at that point.

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings TV Show Finds Its First Director

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Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings show is set to be the biggest in the studio's history, and pre-production has already started in New Zealand. It has now been announced that two episodes will be directed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's JA Bayona.

Amazon has confirmed that Bayona will helm that first episodes in Season 1, and also executively produce alongside partner Belén Atienza. As well as last year's Jurassic World sequel, Bayona is known for the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror The Orphanage and the acclaimed drama A Monster Calls.

In a statement, Bayona said: "J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team. I can't wait to take audiences around the world back to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story."

Get Marvel's Spider-Man Free With PS4 Purchase, And More Great July 4th Deals

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Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, but lots of American retailers are offering serious summer savings already this weekend in Fourth of July sales. Best Buy, Walmart, and Microsoft in particular all have some great deals on games and consoles that we've highlighted for you below so you can spend your Independence Day doing that most American of activities: shopping.

Get Marvel's Spider-Man Free With 1TB PS4 »

Best Buy is getting patriotic with a huge Fourth of July sale running now through this Saturday. There are big savings available across the store, but most notably, buying a 1TB PlayStation 4 console will net you a free copy of the fantastic Marvel's Spider-Man. You can also get set up for multiplayer on that console with the option to save $30 when you buy two DualShock controllers, which is half off the price of the second one. Best Buy is also offering the PS Classic retro console for a record-low $25. Note that My Best Buy members also get free shipping as part of the sale.

Rooster Teeth's Vicious Circle Is A Mario Kart-like Shooter That Wants You To Screw Over Your Friends

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Rooster Teeth's Vicious Circle Is A Mario Kart-like Shooter That Wants You To Screw Over Your Friends

If you've ever played Mario Kart or Mario Party, you're probably familiar with the vicious tactics required to win. By design, those games encourage you to be ruthless to your competitors, charting a path to victory by any means possible--even if that means stabbing them in the back. This approach to design is precisely what Rooster Teeth's upcoming PC multiplayer shooter Vicious Circle thrives upon. Described as an "uncooperative shooter," it's somewhat of an unusual breed against its contemporaries. Other shooters encourage jolly cooperation or heated PvP battles, but Vicious Circle is more about playing dirty and screwing over your friends--while being as entertaining to watch as possible.

At a glance, Vicious Circle resembles an asymmetrical multiplayer shooter, pitting a team of four mercenaries against a player-controlled giant chicken monster. If the monster kills all the mercenaries, it wins. On the other hand, the mercenaries win not by killing the monster but gathering a special resource called nuggets scattered across the map. Once they've collected enough, they can call in an evac and end the match, but there's a catch: only one mercenary can escape and emerge the winner.