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E3 2019: 11 Best Reveals at the Gaming Expo

Rob Leane Jun 17, 2019

From Keanu Reeves to Banjo-Kazooie, these are our favorite announcements from E3 2019...

The annual E3 conference sees developers from around the world assembling in one place with a simple goal: to try and outdo each other with the biggest game reveals. And now that E3 2019 has come to an end, let's have a look at how this year's revelations compare to the classics that have come before.

There were a few companies that didn't attend E3 this year, with Sony choosing not to show off its next-gen console and Rocksteady opting against unveiling its next project. This slightly-less-packed-than-usual schedule meant that E3 2019 was primed quite nicely for a show-stealing moment, and a fair few companies attempted to make the most of that opportunity.

Here's our rundown of the 11 best reveals from this year's E3, including the videos, so you can watch them all again...

11. Banjo-Kazooie Is Coming
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Xbox Boss Explains Banjo-Kazooie Heading to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Rob Leane Jun 13, 2019

Fans have been asking for Banjo-Kazooie to enter the Super Smash Bros. universe for some time. How did it happen?

Streamed from E3 2019, the latest Nintendo Direct video revealed that the stars of Banjo-Kazooie will be added to the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this coming fall. But the big bear Banjo and his trusty bird pal Kazooie are owned by Rare, a subsidiary of Xbox Game Studios, which means that Microsoft and Nintendo must have made a deal in order to make this crossover happen.

Kotaku was quick to ask Xbox boss Phil Spencer how this agreement came to pass, and he was fairly open in offering an honest answer, it would seem: “The ‘how’ is not actually that interesting,” Spencer admitted.

related: Watch all of the big E3 press conferences and live streams right here!

“Obviously we’re one of the biggest third-party publishers on Switch,
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Photo Coverage: Meet The Company of Joe Iconis' Newest Show, Broadway Bounty Hunter!

Tickets are now on-sale for the New York Premiere of the new musical comedy Broadway Bounty Hunter, opening Off-Broadway this summer at Greenwich House Theater 27 Barrow Street. The follow-up to his viral smash hit Be More Chill which made its Broadway bow this spring, Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Joe Iconis 'Smash', The Black Suits, Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, who also co-wrote the book with Lance Rubin Denton Little's Deathdate, and Jason SweetTooth Williams Be More Chill. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner The Book of Mormon Supervising Associate Director, Broadway Bounty Hunter begins previews Tuesday, July 9, 2019, with an official opening night of Tuesday, July 23, for a limited engagement of ten weeks through Sunday, September 15.
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Bww TV: Joe Iconis, Annie Golden & More Explain What Broadway Bounty Hunter Is All About!

Tickets are now on-sale for the New York Premiere of the new musical comedy Broadway Bounty Hunter, opening Off-Broadway this summer at Greenwich House Theater 27 Barrow Street. The follow-up to his viral smash hit Be More Chill which made its Broadway bow this spring, Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Joe Iconis 'Smash', The Black Suits, Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, who also co-wrote the book with Lance Rubin Denton Little's Deathdate, and Jason SweetTooth Williams Be More Chill. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner The Book of Mormon Supervising Associate Director, Broadway Bounty Hunter begins previews Tuesday, July 9, 2019, with an official opening night of Tuesday, July 23, for a limited engagement of ten weeks through Sunday, September 15.
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Director Callie Khouri’s Patsy & Loretta First Poster Debuts From The First Lady Of Country Music, Loretta Lynn – Produced By Neil Meron

To say we’re big fans of these women is an understatement. We grew up watching Coal Miners Daughter (Academy Award for Best Actress Sissy Spacek – who did her own singing) in 1980, followed by Sweet Dreams in 1985 starring Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline.

Spacek’s co-star Beverly D’Angelo, who played Patsy Cline, also did her own singing rather than lip-synching; she was nominated for a Golden Globe as was Tommy Lee Jones.

Now comes Lifetime’s Patsy & Loretta.

The official Loretta Lynn Facebook page debuted this first poster from the upcoming film.

The movie will star Megan Hilty as music legend Patsy Cline and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller as country icon Loretta Lynn.

The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Neil Meron, in his first solo project since the passing of longtime producing partner Craig Zadan.

Debuting later this year, the movie was filmed on location in Nashville,
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Marvel Not Ruling Out A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Crossover

Is there any third-party franchise not interested in having representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

The latest entry in Nintendo’s spectacular crossover brawler has, like its predecessors, proven to be a home run for the platform holder, a success story that began all the way back in 1999 with a modest roster of 12 first-party mascots. That figure has continued to balloon in size ever since, with Ultimate scheduled to settle around the 80 mark, once every Dlc character has been delivered. The major difference between now and then, however, isn’t the bigger number, but the individual characters that populate each spot.

Since its humble beginnings, Smash has become a one-stop shop for all crossover fighting game needs, even boasting such unlikely additions as Metal Gear Solid‘s Snake and Sega’s blue-hued mascot. Such is its reputation and respect for the source material that the roundabout reality is simply that
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Billy Porter and Matt Zarley Release Song for Homeless Lgbt Youth

Longtime friends of 30+ years, Matt Zarley and Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter have teamed up to record a brand new single and music video benefitting homeless Lgbt youth.

Billy Porter and Matt Zarley

“You Gotta Be” is being released worldwide today on all digital and streaming services worldwide with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Los Angeles Lgbt Center’s Youth Center. The song, which unequivocally reminds us that “love will save the day,” is a reimagined rendition of the classic 1995 Des’ree track. Billy and Matt recently shot a video for the tune at West Hollywood’s Quixote Studios, which features 40 additional friends of the pair who donated their time for this special project.

“Billy and I are both passionate about all Lgbt causes, particularly ones that involve our next generations,” said Matt, who also produced the song as well as directed and edited the video. “We wanted to
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Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'
The upcoming female-led ensemble spy thriller '355' has added a couple of male cast members, with Variety reporting that Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame) and Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) have been cast in the film.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is directing '355' from a script by Theresa Rebeck (Smash), and will see Stan and Ramirez starring alongside Jessica Chastain (It: Chapter Two), Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

As per Variety, '355' is described as “a globe-trotting adventure that flips the espionage genre upside-down” and sees Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz and Fan as a quartet of spies from various international agencies who “must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos.
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39% of ‘American Idol’ fans pick Season 8 with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert as the best ever [Poll Results]

With Season 17 of “American Idol” coming to a close on May 19 with Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg as the final three, it has a good chance of being considered to be among one of the best seasons ever. But is it The best? That is yet to be determined. Certainly all three contestants have grown as vocalists and entertainers each and every week, especially on Sunday’s second-to-last show. But it is a little too early to see how No. 17 stacks ups with these four stellar seasons from the past.

America per saymay not have voted in our “best-ever” poll, but Gold Derby readers did — and 39% chose Season 8 when Kris Allen with his folky renditions of pop tunes somehow beat the versatile showman Adam Lambert. Of course, being the current front man for Queen is a different kind of win. I also don’t recall Allen being invited back on the show,
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Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez Join Jessica Chastain’s Spy Thriller ‘355’

  • Variety
Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez Join Jessica Chastain’s Spy Thriller ‘355’
Sebastian Stan, whose credits include “Avengers: Endgame” and “I Tonya,” and Edgar Ramirez, who has featured in “Gold,” “Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “Joy,” have joined the cast of Jessica Chastain’s spy thriller “355.”

Stan and Ramirez join the previously announced cast of Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing. Simon Kinberg directs; the screenwriter is Theresa Rebeck from NBC’s “Smash” and the play “Dead Accounts.” Marion Cotillard is no longer attached to the project.

“355,” which begins principal photography on July 8 in Paris and also shoots in London and Morocco, was the biggest sale of last year’s Cannes with Universal acquiring U.S. distribution rights. CAA Film Finance brokered the deal with Film Nation handling international sales. The movie is produced by Freckle Films’ Chastain and Kelly Carmichael, alongside Kinberg’s Kinberg Genre.

“355” is a globe-trotting adventure that flips the espionage genre upside-down. Chastain, Nyong’o,
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Which other ‘American Idol’ seasons could give No. 17 some cutthroat competition for the title of ‘best ever’? [Poll]

After a so-so revival last year when ABC took over “American Idol,” most fans are in agreement that the talent on display on Season 17 is a giant leap for singing kind. The show overall seems to be more entertaining. Yes, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are never going to be as scathingly funny as Simon Cowell in his snide heyday. But their personalities and musical knowledge complement each other and all three seem quite genuine in their quest to help the contestants to up their games.

Very early in this current edition of the show, the words “best season ever” were uttered. It is all subjective, of course, but with just one more episode and the three-hour finale left, No. 17 could go down in “Idol’ ‘history talent-wise once a winner is crowned. Of course, factoring into that assessment will be the winner’s post-show success as well.
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 2)

1984: Days of our Lives' Alex didn't believe Stefano was dead.

1985: Santa Barbara's Eden left a trail of notes for Cruz.

1997: As the World Turns' David met James Stenbeck.

2001: Tamara Braun debuted as Carly on General Hospital."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1949: A Woman to Remember debuted in the 7:30-7:45 p.m. timeslot on the DuMont Television Network. The show was an early attempt to bring soap opera to early evening television. The leading character, Christine Baker (Patricia Wheel), was
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35 Times Katharine McPhee's Social Media Reminded Us Why We Let Her Be Our Star

35 Times Katharine McPhee's Social Media Reminded Us Why We Let Her Be Our Star
Fade in on a girl with one helluva social media strategy. We're not sure if it's the expert, winking references to our beloved gone-but-hardly-forgotten Smash, or the cheeky tweaking of those American Idol voters who chose Taylor Hicks over her, or the way she delightfully revels in the unique situation that has her about to become stepmom to two women older than her, but somewhere along the way, Katharine McPhee has become one of the most consistently hilarious people on Twitter, retroactively validating us for being Team Karen for all these years. Truly, if you aren't following the...
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Jack Davenport to Star With Lucy Liu on CBS All Access’ ‘Why Women Kill’

  • The Wrap
Jack Davenport to Star With Lucy Liu on CBS All Access’ ‘Why Women Kill’
Smash” alum Jack Davenport is set to star opposite “Elementary” actress Lucy Liu on the dark comedic drama series “Why Women Kill” via CBS All Access, a spokesperson for CBS told TheWrap on Friday.

The series shares the same creator as “Desperate Housewives,” with Marc Cherry of Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios at the helm.

Taking place across three decades, the series follows the lives of three women: a ’60s housewife (Ginnifer Goodwin), an ’80s socialite (Liu) and a lawyer in 2018 (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). As each woman deals with infidelity in their marriages, the series examines how the roles of women have changed while their reactions to betrayal haven’t.

Davenport will play Karl, seen in 1982. Karl is described as handsome, well-mannered and “endlessly amused by his wife” Simone (Liu), whose extravagance he indulges. “He knows he’s a supporting player in his wife’s life, but happy to play his part,
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Corey Stoll & Brian d’Arcy James Join Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

  • Deadline
On the eve of the Disney-Fox merger, Fox’s Steven Spielberg West Side Story has tapped Corey Stoll to play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct, and Brian dʼArcy James to play the iconic role of Sergeant Krupke, the cop whose beat includes the territories of warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, and who is the target of a classic Stephen Sondheim musical put-down.

Stoll and d’Arcy James join already announced cast members Rita Moreno, Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).

Stoll recently portrayed Buzz Aldrin in Universal’s First Man. His screen credits include Midnight in Paris (Independent Spirit Nomination), Ant-Man, The Seagull, This Is Where I Leave You and the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie The
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‘Kill Bill’ & ‘Pulp Fiction’ Actress Uma Thurman Signs With ICM Partners

  • Deadline
‘Kill Bill’ & ‘Pulp Fiction’ Actress Uma Thurman Signs With ICM Partners
Pulp Fiction Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winning actress Uma Thurman has inked with ICM Partners. Thurman can next be seen this spring in Netflix’s Chambers, starring opposite Tony Goldwyn.

She will also return to the stage in Ghosts at the Williamstown Theater Festival this summer. Two years ago, Thurman completed her Broadway debut as the star of The Parisian Woman.

Thurman completed production on various upcoming film releases including Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, James Haslam’s The Con is On, and Rodrigo CortésDown a Dark Hall. She will also star opposite Robert De Niro in Tim Hill’s The War with Grandpa.

Thurman is best known for her motion picture canon with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino including her turn as alluring mob wife Mia Wallace in the Oscar- and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Pulp Fiction, for which she received a 1995 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom,
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Christian Borle Joins ABC’s ‘Until The Wedding’; David Del Rio In ‘The Baker And The Beauty’

  • Deadline
Christian Borle Joins ABC’s ‘Until The Wedding’; David Del Rio In ‘The Baker And The Beauty’
Christian Borle (The Good Fight) is set as a series regular opposite Olivia Thirlby and E.J. Bonilla in ABC’s Until the Wedding, a romantic drama pilot from writer Becky Mode (Smash), producers Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, Alon Aranya, Israel’s Reshet Media and ABC Studios. Based on the Israeli series (titled Ad Hatuna in Hebrew), Until the Wedding is the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as Adrienne (Thirlby) and Danny (Bonilla) are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage. Borle will play Miles, Adrienne’s charming, highly accomplished brother and stay-at-home dad. Borle is a two-time Tony winner, for Peter and the Starcatcher and Something Rotten!, and
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Christian Coulson Books ABC Pilot ‘Until The Wedding’; Hailey Kilgore In Leslie Odom Jr. Comedy

  • Deadline
Christian Coulson Books ABC Pilot ‘Until The Wedding’; Hailey Kilgore In Leslie Odom Jr. Comedy
Christian Coulson (Nashville) is set as a series regular in ABC’s Until the Wedding, a romantic drama pilot from writer Becky Mode (Smash), producers Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, Alon Aranya, Israel’s Reshet Media and ABC Studios. Based on the Israeli series called Ad Hatuna in Hebrew, Until the Wedding is the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as Adrienne (Olivia Thirlby) and Danny (E.J. Bonilla) are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage. Coulson will play James, Will’s (Michael Stahl-David) sexy international friend and an investor in Nick’s (Trent Garrett) restaurant and Will’s plus-one at the wedding. Coulson recent TV credits include Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle,
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