Fortnite Tournament Coming To Australian Open This Month

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Fortnite is serving up a new tournament at the Australian Open later this month in Melbourne. The high-profile tennis tournament announced today that it will hold a $500,000 tournament during the Australian Open finals weekend January 26-27.

It's being called the Fortnite Summer Smash, and it'll feature a professional solos tournament, as well as a proam duos event featuring 100 "personalities" from the entertainment, gaming, and sports worlds. $400,000 is up for grab in tournament prizes, while $100,000 is being provided for charitable donations.

Australian Open director Craig Tiley said in a statement that Fortnite is a "global phenomenon," so he's excited to have the game at the tournament to help the event "reach more people." Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein added, "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the fun of a competitive Fortnite event to fans and players in Australia."

Halo Boss Comments On How Halo Infinite's Multiplayer Is Shaping Up

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The announcement trailer for Halo Infinite shown at E3 2018 was for the game's new engine, not the game itself. No footage of the game has been released as of yet. That's still the case, but now Halo franchise manager Frank O'Conner has provided an update of sorts on how the game is coming along.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, O'Conner spoke at a very high level about some of the design considerations at play. Crucially, O'Conner explained that one of the challenges--and opportunities--of a game like Halo is that the way in which people play is "subjective and broad." O'Conner remarked that he doesn't use Ground Pound in Halo 5 because he's not skilled enough, though for other players it might be one of their strongest moves.

The numerous and varied ways in which people play Halo all need to be accounted for across the Halo experience. All of these things "must be accounted for in everything from initial design proposals to final schemes and matchmaking performance. Everything is connected and top tier players are stacked on a pyramid of different styles and preferences," he said. "Options help but the core game loop must also be good.

Aquaman Approaching $1 Billion After Another Weekend At No. 1

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The new superhero movie Aquaman enjoyed yet another weekend at the top of the box office charts. According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie made a further $30.7 million in the US and Canada for the January 4-6 weekend; it's now been the No. 1 movie for three straights weeks since its debut.

Aquaman was competing against just one other new release this weekend, Sony's Escape Room, which took in $18 million for a second-place finish. Marry Poppins Returns ($15.8 million), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($13 million), and Bumblebee ($12.8 million) rounded out the Top 5 five at the domestic box office this weekend.

Aquaman has now made $259.7 million at the US/Canada box office and $681 million from international markets for a total global haul of $940.7 million. $1 billion might be possible.

Game Of Thrones Season 8's First Promo Teaser Trailer Revealed

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As part of the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday night, HBO premiered a sizzle reel that shows the briefest of segments from some of its upcoming shows, including Game of Thrones and Watchmen.

In the Game of Thrones Season 8 segment, we see Sansa Stark telling Daenerys, "Winterfell is yours, your grace." And ... that's it. We're still awaiting a proper trailer, but this will have to do for now. It's not an earth-shattering reveal, but it still shows off a meeting that's been awaited for years.

The HBO sizzle reel also provides a first look at the network's other shows coming in 2019, including True Detective Season 3 starring Mahershala Ali and Big Little Lies Season 2 featuring Meryl Streep. Additionally, there is brief footage of the brand-new Watchmen and Euphoria shows coming this year. You can watch the full video above.

Brief Game Of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Revealed

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As part of the Golden Globes ceremony tonight, HBO premiered a sizzle reel that shows the briefest of segments from some of its upcoming shows, including Game of Thrones.

In the Game of Thrones Season 8 segment, we see Sansa Stark telling Daenerys, "Winterfell is yours, your grace." And ... that's it. We're still awaiting a proper trailer, but this will have to do for now.

The HBO sizzle reel also provides a first look at the network's other shows coming in 2019, including True Detective Season 3 starring Mahershala Ali and Big Little Lies Season 2 featuring Meryl Streep. Additionally, there is brief footage of the brand-new Watchmen and Euphoria shows coming this year. You can watch the full video below.

Marvel Games Is Teasing Something Related To The Number 4

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Marvel Games Is Teasing Something Related To The Number 4

Marvel Games, the division of the entertainment giant responsible for video games, recently changed its logo on social media. The logo replaces the A in Games with a 4.

What does it all mean? Nothing is for sure at this stage, but one interesting rumour claims a big Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite update is coming that could re-brand the game as Marvel vs. Capcom 4. The "4" could also be a reference to Fantastic Four. Or maybe it's connected to Avengers, given that Avengers: Endgame is the fourth instalment in the series. For now, all of this is speculation, but we'll report back when official news drops.

In other news about Marvel Games ... errr Marvel G4mes, the company recently partnered with a team of former Blizzard developers to work on a brand-new Marvel mobile game. The title has yet to be officially announced, and another possibility is that the "4" has something to do with this new project. Marvel is good at surprising people and keeping them guessing, so it's also possible the "4" is related to something we haven't even thought about yet.

One Of The Best Songs From Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Now On Spotify

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The song "Unshaken" by D'Angelo plays during a particularly memorable part of Red Dead Redemption 2, and now the tune has been released on Spotify and other platforms.

"Unshaken" is D'Angelo's first new release since 2014's LP Black Messiah. It's a ruminating, brooding song with a haunting and memorable chorus that gets stuck in your head. "May I stand unshaken / amid, amidst a crashing world."

Red Dead Redemption fans ripped the song from the game and posted it on YouTube and elsewhere. Additionally, the song was performed as part of a Red Dead Redemption 2 music medley at The Game Awards in December. However, this is the first time it has been released officially. You can listen to it right now on Spotify and other digital platforms.

Tony Hawk Almost Starred In A Looney Tunes "Skate Jam" Movie

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The Space Jam movie from Warner Bros. was a big hit. The wacky basketball film from 1996 successfully mixed live-action and animation to bring together real people like Bill Murray and Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny and others.

It made more than $230 million worldwide, and this success no doubt encouraged Warner Bros. to move ahead with another film that mixed live-action with CG Looney Tunes characters, Looney Tunes: Back In Action. The 2003 film was a box office disappointment, however, making only $68 million against a reported production budget of $80 million.

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Henry Cavill Will Stop At Nothing To Get Buff To Play Geralt In New Netflix Series

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One of Netflix's new original shows is The Witcher, starring Superman actor Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Cavill is spending time in the gym to get buff for the role, and he appears to be very committed to getting into shape for the part of the monster-slayer.

In a post on Instagram from Hungary, Cavill said a little snow and a 2 kilometre hill aren't enough to keep him from getting to the gym for leg day. The image also shows that Cavill hasn't been skipping arm day, either. "It's a solid snow day here in Hungary and I live at the top of a 2km hill, but it's also leg day so I will have to trust in this lovely steed from Audi to get me to the gym in one piece!" he said. "Can't let a little slippery hill get in the way of me bringing you the best live action Witcher possible can I now."

It's a solid snow day here in Hungary and I live at the top of a 2km hill, but it's also leg day so I will have to trust in this lovely steed from Audi to get me to the gym in one piece! Can't let a little slippery hill get in the way of me bringing you the best live action Witcher possible can I now. #Audi #Witcher #GymStuff @Netflix @Audi