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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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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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