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Preacher Pilot Begins Filming for AMC

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Conceived in the warped minds of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the blasphemously entertaining comic series “Preacher” may finally find its pulpit on AMC. Thanks to the personal efforts of producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg—the dream team behind “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” and “The Interview”—this uniquely violent, demented, and satirical comic recently began filming its pilot episode for AMC. Cable audiences will finally get a chance to see the bizarre and amusing saga of Jesse Custer on the small screen, assuming the parent channel of “The Walking Dead” likes what it sees.

The popular comic series originally finished its 75-issue run in October of 2000, on DC’S Vertigo imprint. The series follows the trials and tribulations of small town preacher man Custer, who, after a bizarre tragedy claims the lives of his entire congregation, is fused with a god-like entity called Genesis. This merger leaves him with the powers of a burgeoning deity and the ability to control all creatures great and small with a simple word. Discovering that God has abandoned his creation, the reverend dons his collar again as the righteous avenger of humanity, determined to find the delinquent deity and make him pay for his deadbeat parenting. In other words, you’re in for some light-heated entertainment.

Teaming up with his trashy debutante on-and-off paramour Tulip, shifty Irish Vampire Cassidy, and a host of untrustworthy allies, Custer find himself battling against God, kith and kin, a rocker named Arseface, an unstoppable murderous saint, and a powerful and corrupt Illuminati-type group known as The Grail–the protectors of Christ’s bloodline.

Casting recently wrapped up when Dominic Cooper was locked in as the venerable man of godlessness. The preacher’s ex-gal Tulip will be played by Ruth Negga, and Joe Gilgun is also slotted in as Irish vamp Cassidy. According to Rogen, the show is moving forward into production as of May 14th. The dynamic duo of Rogen and Goldberg will act as both producers and co-directors on the pilot. It remains to be seen how much involvement they’ll have if the pilot is picked up. And, although there have been some modifications to the characters and the plot—as there always are—the producer have noted that they’ll try to keep to the original storyline as much as possible.

With a Creative Writing degree in one hand and an endless curiosity in the other, Andy dabbles in many creative fields. He's published blog posts, articles, hotel copy, fiction, and poetry professionally. Currently he dwells in Austin, TX, with his brilliant and understanding fiancee, Kim.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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