How 2018 Empowered Minorities To Star In Movie Blockbusters

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Back in 2016, when Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in the live-action Ghost in the Shell remake, critics balked, lamenting that such a prominent blockbuster role, which should have been performed by an Asian woman, was instead given to a white woman. It was part of a larger Hollywood trend, of Asian roles being performed by white leads, that began all the way back in the silent film era, when Mary Pickford performed as Cho-Cho-San in Madam Butterfly. Beyond that, the practice was common in theater as well.

Defenders and justifiers of this practice make their argument upon "pragmatic" concerns -- a rhetorical trick that dismisses the more complex, difficult-to-solve dynamics at play. For example: "Hollywood would create a film with Asian leads," they reasoned, "if those movies made money." "The films would not even be in production," they claimed, "unless a white lead actor signed on in the first place."

Best Buy's PS4, Xbox One, And Nintendo Switch Deals This Week

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Best Buy's PS4, Xbox One, And Nintendo Switch Deals This Week

It's a new week, which means you can find a new set of deals on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch games at Best Buy. Maybe you got a gift card over the holidays, maybe you're planning to return something and you'll have store credit, or maybe you're just looking to save some cash on a game. Whatever the case, here are this week's video game discounts worth checking out.

You can save $40 on the PlayStation Classic mini console, bringing the price down to a much more reasonable level at $60. Select Xbox One controllers are $10 off. If you buy an Xbox One S or X, you'll get a free $50 e-gift card.

If you're willing to place a pre-order, you can get additional deals if you have a free My Best Buy membership. Pre-order Kingdom Hearts 3, and you'll receive a $10 reward certificate and a free keychain. You can also get a $10 reward, along with some in-game goodies, for pre-ordering BioWare's shared-world shooter Anthem.

2018's Biggest Entertainment Controversies, From James Gunn To WWE Crown Jewel

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2018's Biggest Entertainment Controversies, From James Gunn To WWE Crown Jewel


2018 is coming to a close and it's been a year of many ups and downs in the world of entertainment. While the box office is breaking records and TV continues to get better and better, producing a wide array of shows for a variety of audiences, there was still plenty of controversy behind the scenes.

Whether it was the continuation of the #MeToo movement, Hollywood power players coming to regret their social media outbursts, or even an ill-advised WWE pay per view, the year was fraught with drama. Celebrities lost their jobs, movies were put on hold, and even Netflix came under fire thanks to some truly curious artistic choices. Then, of course, that was that puzzling bit of scheduling at the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

GameSpot has rounded up the biggest entertainment controversies of the year, and it's easy to see some of them will have lasting ramifications in the years to come. Take a look at the list of controversies from 2018 below.

Make sure to check out our favorite movies and TV shows of 2018, along with our Editor's Choice picks and the best and worst reboots of the year.`

The 10 Biggest WWE Moments In 2018

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The 10 Biggest WWE Moments In 2018


From the development of new heels to the continuing growth of the women's division, the WWE didn't have to go far to find drama in 2018. A lot of it was simple follow-through: narrative threads begun in 2016 and 2017 that finally paid off in 2018.

But the most memorable moments this year occurred by chance, and in one distance, by extraordinarily bad luck.

Because it doesn't matter that the matches are scripted, performers getting hurt or shelved is an unfortunate, accepted part of doing business. It's on the company to react, improvise, and recover well from these random acts of fate, and find the silver lining in misfortune.

Here are the 10 biggest WWE moments of 2018.

From the development of new heels to the continuing growth of the women's division, the WWE didn't have to go far to find drama in 2018. A lot of it was simple follow-through: narrative threads begun in 2016 and 2017 that finally paid off in 2018.

But the most memorable moments this year occurred by chance, and in one distance, by extraordinarily bad luck.

Every Show Netflix Canceled In 2018

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Every Show Netflix Canceled In 2018


When you're a streaming giant like Netflix, you make a lot of TV shows. Of course, when you make a bunch, that means you are eventually going to have to cancel some to make room for the new ones. For Netflix in 2018, that meant 14 different shows went down swinging.

Of course, there's the higher profile cancellations, like a number of the series Netflix made with Marvel. Beyond those, though, there's a surprising number of shows you might have missed along the way that were canceled after a single season. What's more, there are some heavy hitters that became breakout hits on the streaming service and sadly had to say goodbye this year.

So as we look forward to 2019 and what will surely be hundreds of new TV shows and original movies from Netflix, let's take a moment to reflect on the series, good and bad, that we're saying goodbye to. Whether it's a show like Lady Dynamite or the carbon copy of The Soup that Netflix called The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, pay your respects to the shows we list.

This is Netflix, though. They'll never really be lost. Instead, they'll be buried somewhere in the algorithm for you to find again one day and relive the glory.

Fortnite Rings In New Year With Fireworks

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Fortnite appears to be ringing in the new year for anyone who happens to be in the game when the ball drops. A video captured from a streamer in New Zealand--where 2019 came earlier than many other territories--shows the festivities as they occurred, and we're likely to see the same across other time zones as well.

Streamer Rocky posted the video, which includes a giant spinning disco ball, some fireworks, and "2019" appearing in its own fireworks in the sky. You can actually hear the participants realize what's happening as the video goes on, and one remarks that it's "3 AM." So the event is location-based, but it may or may not happen at exactly midnight for you.

In-Game @FortniteGame New Years Event! Happy New Year 2019!#Fortnite #HappyNewYears2019 pic.twitter.com/uJ0c6URRUq

Two Of January's Xbox One Games With Gold Are Now Available

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Two Of January's Xbox One Games With Gold Are Now Available

Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now get their first free games of 2019. That's because two of January's Games with Gold are now available on Xbox Live. Better yet, the games in question were well-received--which isn't always the case for these freebies--so you'll probably want to give them a shot if you haven't tried them yet.

The Xbox One game is Celeste, a side-scrolling platformer about a young woman trying to make her way to the top of a mountain. The many obstacles in your way are challenging to overcome, but thanks to a forgiving checkpoint system, you never lose too much progress when you die. In our Celeste review, Oscar Dayus wrote, "Parts of Celeste are challenging to play--in both its gameplay difficulty and its subject matter--but it is a memorable experience worth seeing through." Celeste is free throughout the whole month of January.

The new year's first free Xbox 360 game (also playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility) is Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This isometric action game from 2010 has you and an optional co-op partner solve environmental puzzles and defeat enemies in the Mayan jungle. It's free to download until January 15.

The Best Xbox One Games of 2018 By Score

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The Best Xbox One Games of 2018 By Score

X marks the box.

2018 proved to be a very interesting year for Xbox. Though Microsoft didn't have too many exclusives, it did introduce a lot of new opportunities for Xbox One owners. This includes the game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, which opens up a bounty of new and legacy games for $10 a month. Microsoft is also the leading proponent of backwards compatibility at the moment, and will even occasionally go the extra mile to offer Xbox One X enhanced games from previous generations. Microsoft may not have been the strongest first-party publisher in 2018 but it still managed to make Xbox One stand out.

Even though exclusives were few and far between, there were still a ton of highly-rated games released on Xbox One in 2018. We've rounded up every Xbox One game that scored at least an 8 on GameSpot in the past year, and organized them by score below. Scroll down to see where your favorite of the year landed. You might find also find something new to consider playing before games start rolling in.

If you're interested in other 2018 review roundups, or our bounty of features discussing and showcasing the year's best games overall, jump over to GameSpot's Best Games of 2018 hub. And while you're there, keep your eyes peeled for our most anticipated games coming in 2019.

Persona 5 R Announced, But What It Is Remains A Mystery

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Atlus has announced Persona 5 R, a new version of its acclaimed RPG. A teaser video has been released and a website for the the game has also gone live. However, neither reveal what this new version of Persona 5 will include.

Instead, both the website and the teaser point to more information being revealed in March, 2019. The video begins with a PlayStation logo sting, indicating that, whatever it is, it’ll be on PS4. The teaser is also littered with the phrase “New Projects”, suggesting there could be multiple things revealed in March.

Atlus has a history of releasing second, enhanced versions of previous entries in the series, with both Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden making tweaks the the original experience and adding in new content. It could be that Persona 5 R follows along the same lines.