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Every New Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Ability Confirmed (So Far)

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Some of the new abilities that Link will use in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom have been revealed, and they look like they will be quite good and fun to use. There may also be more abilities revealed in the time leading up to release, in addition to the ones that players won’t see until they actually pick up the game and possible changes to some of Link’s returning BOTW abilities. TOTK releases next year on May 12, so there’s plenty of time to reveal more of the powers Link will wield on his new adventure through Hyrule.

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In Breath of the Wild, Link has a variety of abilities at his disposal to help him navigate the world and defeat his enemies. The majority of these come from the Sheikah Slate, a mystical artifact left to him by Princess Zelda. With it, he can create bombs, manipulate metal, freeze water into climbable pillars, and even stop time for enemies or inanimate objects. Other powers come from the spirits of his friends, the former Champions who lost their lives fighting Calamity Ganon 100 years prior. From what’s been shown of Tears of the Kingdom so far, it’s uncertain if these powers will return, but thankfully there will be others to take their place.

As Link explores the BOTW sequel’s transformed skies, he will be able to use at least three abilities that have been shown in trailers so far. There are other new items for Link to use, such as a large device that shoots flames, but this looks like a temporary weapon and not something that he will have access to all the time. Though it’s not confirmed, it would appear that at least some of Link’s powers comes from his new arm, which could mean that it will serve a purpose similar to BOTW‘s Sheikah Slate. This arm has been a subject of great interest since it was first revealed, and from what’s been shown so far, it will have no small amount of importance to both story and gameplay.


One of the first new abilities that was revealed showed Link passing through the ground on one of Tears of the Kingdom‘s floating islands. This was first shown in Nintendo’s teaser at E3 2021 (now found on YouTube), but has not appeared since. When Link uses it, he floats upwards while surrounded by some kind of green light, and briefly pauses halfway through the ground before popping out of the other side. Immediately before this, a scene showed a drop of water falling to the ground in reverse, though the significance of this is unknown. Strange music also plays for the duration of the clip, and extends into the following one.

This ability to phase through solid matter looks like it will be very useful in Link’s adventure through Hyrule. Though it doesn’t seem like it will have many applications in combat, it could have a great many in traversal and puzzle solving, and can help improve BOTW‘s exploration in the sequel. Link’s new arm glows green while he uses this, so it would appear that this will be one of its features instead of something he has to pick up in the world like a weapon, though it may still have its limitations. Players may only be able to use it in the floating islands, for example, or only to travel vertically and not horizontally through walls. A new detail in Nintendo’s latest TOTK trailer, also hosted on YouTube, may also have shown another limitation; Link carries capsules on his waist that are lit up the same color as the green that accompanies this ability, so it’s possible that they’re a consumable power source that he will need in order to use it.

Stasis May Have A New Form In Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Another of Link’s new abilities in Tears of the Kingdom is something that will allow him to return objects to a previous position. This power also comes from Link’s new arm in the BOTW sequel, and has been shown twice so far. The first time was in the E3 2021 trailer, where Link used it to send a spiked ball back at some enemies, and the second was in the latest Tears of the Kingdom trailer, where he used it to ride a large rock up through the air. Both times, the world turned black-and-white, but everything continued to move around the affected object. This ability looks very similar to BOTW‘s Stasis and serves a similar function, and it’s possible that it’s a new or advanced form of it.

From the looks of TOTK‘s trailers, this ability should prove very useful. BOTW comes with many boulders that players can roll at enemies, and vice versa. Being able to send them back where they came from sounds very fun and should make for some creative combat strategies. This ability may also become a recurring feature in whatever replaces BOTW‘s shrines as its unique function has a great deal of potential for puzzles based around it. However, its uses for exploration seem lacking, and it may not be very good for traversing Hyrule outside certain niche situations such as the one in the trailer.

The latest ability to be revealed for Tears of the Kingdom is a mechanical, bird-like glider. This was shown for only a few seconds in the latest trailer, where Link landed on it from a skydive and gently glided over Hyrule. Unlike the other powers revealed so far, there’s no evidence that this is connected to Link’s new arm. It also doesn’t look like it’s of Sheikah make, as it’s quite different from their other automatons such as the Guardians and Divine Beasts.

The glider’s reveal confirmed the popular TOTK fan theory that Link would have some form of flying mount to navigate the various floating islands, similar to Skyward Sword‘s Loftwings. Unlike a Loftwing, however, players may not be able to truly fly with the mechanical glider, as it has no obvious means of self-propulsion. It could be that they’ll only be able to glide with it as a floating platform, giving it a similar purpose to the regular glider but presumably without the cost of consuming stamina. It appears that it will be extremely useful for exploring Hyrule – especially its floating islands – and could be of help in solving some The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom puzzles, but may have little to no function in combat.

Sources: Nintendo/YouTube (E3 2021 Teaser, Tears of the Kingdom Title Reveal Trailer)

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‘Violent Night’ Review: David Harbour Stars in Your Basic, Everyday Heist Meets Bloody Action Santa Meets ‘Home Alone’ Christmas Thriller

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The now-ancient joke about the kind of pitches that movie executives respond to (“It’s ‘Avengers 2’…meets ‘Glass Onion’!”) is really about what the audience responds to. We’re the ones who like our special-sauce tacos stuffed inside a bacon burger topped with a bun made of pizza. And “Violent Night” is a movie that takes the oversize appetite of the audience very seriously. The title might lead you to expect a holiday horror film, with Santa as a mad slasher ­— but, you know, we’ve been there, eaten that. In “Violent Night,” David Harbour, that jovially quirky actor from “Stranger Things” and the 2019 “Hellboy” reboot, does in fact play a dissolute Santa who cruises through Christmas on a bender of holiday cookies and random alcohol, peeing and puking off the side of his sleigh — but in movies like “Bad Santa,” we’ve tasted that fast-food combo, too.

To wake up the jaded taste buds of today’s holiday movie audience, you need a piece of entertainment that’s truly going to combine flavors. So consider this: a comedy about a filthy-rich family whose members can’t stand each other but gather anyway, on Christmas Eve, at the Greenwich, Conn., mansion of their misanthropic matriarch, Gertrude Lightstone (Beverly D’Angelo), for a little forced holiday cheer. Before the festivities have begun, they’re set upon by a ruthless team of home invaders led by a psycho who calls himself Scrooge (John Leguizamo). He sets the tone with a hearty “Bah humbug, motherfucker!,” and the foul-mouthed Yuletide spirits escalate from there.

Scrooge, who’s been casing the joint for months, knows that there’s $300 million hidden in the vault below, and he has arranged it so that everyone — catering staff, security agents — is secretly working for him. What he wasn’t counting on is Santa Claus, who’s making his yearly Christmas pitstop. Santa is a bit of a Scrooge himself: a drunk and a curmudgeon who can’t get over what consumerist zombies today’s kids have become. But he’s also got special powers. Do I mean his ability to glide, with a twinkling twitch of his nose, up and down chimneys? Or the golden digital scrolls he unfurls with a list of what each kid has done that’s naughty or nice? Certainly all that.

Mostly, though, this Santa is a weapon-welding badass. He’s many centuries old and started off, in vintage Kris Kringle fashion, as some sort of earthy Scandinavian Viking warrior. Now he’s like a member of the Expendables, dispatching enemies with old-school brutality. When he grabs a sledgehammer, he becomes a death-wish version of Thor. But since “Violent Night” is a Christmas movie, it’s all in good fun! Especially when Trudy (Leah Brady), the 7-year-old daughter of Jason (Alex Hassell), the only honorable member of the Lightstone clan, goes “Home Alone” medieval on the asses of the home invaders. Ladders are booby-trapped so throats get pierced with nails; heads are scalped; the pain gets brought. As someone in a film like this might put it: That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Or maybe I should just say: Have yourself a bloody little gonzo action Christmas.  

Over the last week, everyone in entertainment media, including me, has churned out hand-wringing articles about how the acclaimed awards films are all fizzling at the box office. One after another, “Tár,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “She Said,” “Triangle of Sadness,” and “Till” are all crawling their way to a gross of maybe $10 million. (“The Fabelmans,” with a more high-profile pedigree, will probably crawl its way to $20 million.) We know that this is the age of Marvel, so “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is the triumphant counterexample. But even in 2022, people don’t just go to Marvel movies. One of the things that’s defeated adult moviegoing is the insatiable hunger for unabashed junk food like “Violent Night.” The movie has no comic-book hook; it’s a trash-compactor genre buffet that smashes together a dozen things you’ve seen before. But that’s the hook. “Violent Night” is amusing in a few spots, wearying in more than a few others, but to complain about it in the way that I’m doing is to come off as churlish. It’s a movie that feeds the beast.

David Harbour gives off of a ping of likability, and that makes him the right actor to play a down-in-the-dumps, vengeance-is-mine Santa who is really, beneath his bloody mottled gray curls, the Christmas mensch we want him to be. John Leguizamo, as always, refuses to phone anything in; as Scrooge the sociopath who hates Christmas, he makes every obscenity pop. Beverly D’Angelo, Edi Patterson, and Cam Gigandet play the rest of the Lightstone clan as walking high-camp horrors, and Alexis Louder, as Jason’s estranged wife, lends a lone note of stubborn sanity to the proceedings. “Violent Night,” with its action-thriller soundtrack built around themes from classic Christmas songs, is a movie that makes you think: What’s next, “Massacre on 34th St.”? Christmas movies, like all Hollywood pulp, build on one another, and maybe this is just one more age-of-nothing-sacred holiday mish-mash, but “Violent Night,” depending on how it performs, could open the door to a new kind of down-and-dirty Christmas/action hybrid. Just imagine hearing lines like “God bless us — every one, motherfucker!” The possibilities are endless.



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Super Mario Bros. Movie Posters Show New Looks For Nintendo Characters

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Illumination unveils more Super Mario Bros. Movie posters showing off the new looks for the beloved Nintendo characters for the animated adventure.


Hot off the premiere of a new trailer for the animated movie, a new set of The Super Mario Bros. Movie posters have been released to showcase the colorful cast of Nintendo characters. The video game publisher has partnered with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to give their most iconic video character new life on the big screen after the critical and box office disappointment of the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. The new animated take on Mario features an impressive cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jack Black.

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To coincide with the new trailer, Universal Pictures also released a series of The Super Mario Bros. Movie posters. The key arts highlight the main characters including Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Toad, and Bowser. Each character is given a unique location that will be showcased in the film and highlights the level of accuracy the filmmakers took to make the characters match their video game counterparts. Check out the posters below:


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Ever since it was announced that Chris Pratt would be voicing Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the film has faced an uphill battle in trying to win fans over. The first teaser for the movie even held off on Mario, with the character getting only a minimal amount of dialogue. While audiences may still have a hard time getting used to his voice for the character, the faithfulness of the character designs showcased in the posters are likely to ease some concerns about the film.

The character designs for The Super Mario Bros. Movie capture the essence of the characters, with only some minor tweaks made to the faces to make them more expressive for an animated picture. It does not appear that The Super Mario Bros. Movie will suffer the same hiccup that Sonic the Hedgehog faced when audiences reacted so poorly to the title character’s design in the original teaser that the character had to be reworked and the film delayed. The creative team behind The Super Mario Bros. Movie has clearly gone to great lengths to maintain a level of visual accuracy to the video games.

As audiences head out to the theaters this holiday season for films like Avatar: The Way of Water, it is likely they will not only see the new The Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer, but also the character posters at various theaters across the country. The posters are colorful enough to catch the eyes of long-time fans, casual moviegoers who may recognize Mario, and young child audiences who are new to the character. Nintendo and Universal are hoping this pays off for a big box office intake as Nintendo is looking to develop more films while the Mario-themed land also set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood just ahead of the film’s release.

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Oscars 2023 Will Include All 23 Categories Presented Live on Air (EXCLUSIVE)

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All 23 categories will be aired during the Oscars 2023 telecast.

Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced the news exclusively to Variety Tuesday morning. “I can confirm that all categories will be included in the live telecast,” he said.

The news comes after eight different Oscar categories — original score, makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, film editing, production design, animated short, live action short and sound — were cut from the main telecast at the 2022 Academy Awards, leading to much outrage across the film industry.

“We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences and the collaborative nature of moviemaking. This is very much what the mission of the Academy is, and I am very hopeful that we can do a show that celebrates all components of moviemaking in an entertaining and engaging way,” Kramer said.

Since his appointment in June, Kramer said he’s had many conversations about restoring the missing categories: “We are thrilled to be in a position to execute that.”

Jimmy Kimmel will return for the third time to host the Oscars. Kramer said he was excited to have the late-night host back. “I love having someone hosting the show who knows live television. I think that’s so critical,” he said.

When asked about what else audiences can expect from the telecast, Kramer said, “All I will say right now is that our anniversary, the 95th Oscars, is extremely important to us. I think it sets a really interesting rhythm for our 100th. You see this in the museum, I think we are able to celebrate our legacy while bringing the Academy into the future and the show will reflect that.”

Executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment will produce the Oscars, and Weiss returns, for the eighth consecutive year, as the show’s director. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023, live from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. The ceremony will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide



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