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16 Video Game Movies & TV Shows For Gamers To Look Forward To

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These games are going from the loading screen to the silver screen!

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Untitled Mario Movie


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Despite some other animated…attempts in the past, Nintendo announced earlier this year that they will be doing an official movie adaptation featuring everyone’s favorite plumber: Mario! With Chris Pratt voicing the eponymous role, the cast will also include Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. The yet-to-be-titled film is set to be released on Easter Weekend 2023.

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The Last of Us


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The critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic video game is coming to the small screen sometime in 2023 as a 10-episode series. Helmed by Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin and produced by Neil Druckmann, the game director for The Last of Us, the series is said to be an adaptation of the first game in The Last of Us series. Starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, The Last of Us will definitely be on most gamers’ watchlists come 2023.

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Untitled Knuckles Series


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Branching off from the hilarious live-action Sonic the Hedgehog films, the titular red echidna is set to get his own series on Paramount+! Idris Elba will be reprising his role in the series, which is set to debut sometime in 2023, thus launching the official SCU (Sonic Cinematic Universe). Sure, maybe that’s not “officially” a thing just yet, but hey, maybe it should be!  

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Minecraft: The Movie


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This one is a bit up in the air, but as of April 2022, the popular game Minecraft is still slated to be adapted into a film potentially starring Jason Momoa. Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite, is set to direct the project. As of now, the film doesn’t currently have a release date, but that just means there’s still plenty of time to get into Minecraft before the movie comes out!

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BioShock


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As of early 2022, the news broke that Netflix had decided to rescue the BioShock property from development hell, announcing an upcoming film adaptation of the franchise. Currently, there aren’t any details regarding casting, writers, or directors, so this one is probably coming further down the pipeline. Nevertheless, it’s going to be amazing to see the retro-futuristic world of BioShock brought to life on the small screen sometime in the near future! 

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Twisted Metal


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Peacock recently decided to get into the video game adaptation space after greenlighting a series order to Twisted Metal, a comedic half-hour live-action adaptation of the highly popular video game series. Anthony Mackie will executive produce and star in the project as John Doe, a “smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives.” The series comes to Peacock based on an original take crafted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool and Zombieland) and will be written by Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith, who will also showrun the new series. 

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Assassin’s Creed


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Despite the harsh criticism and box-office reception the Assassin’s Creed movie got back in 2016, Ubisoft and Netflix have recently partnered up to develop a number of TV shows based on the Assassin’s Creed games. First, Netflix has slated a live-action genre-bending series in addition to animated and anime adaptations of the source material. The series will be produced by Ubisoft’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik. 

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Resident Evil


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Based on the iconic Resident Evil series, this Netflix TV series is the second adaptation based on the Capcom franchise. However, this series takes place in its own universe, all the while still building off of established Resident Evil lore. The series cast includes Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, and Tamara Smart, and premiered on Netflix on July 14!

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Horizon


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Though not yet officially titled, Netflix has announced a live-action TV adaptation of PlayStation’s iconic Horizon franchise, which is reportedly set to begin filming soon! The sci-fi RPG franchise has long been celebrated for its dynamic world rooted in deep lore and compelling characters, particularly its protagonist Aloy, making it the perfect piece of IP to adapt into a long-running TV show! 

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God of War


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Based on the critically-acclaimed 2018 God of War, Amazon and Sony both confirmed plans to develop a God of War TV adaptation during an investor presentation back in May. The series is set to be helmed by the creators of The Expanse, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, as well as Rafe Judkins, the showrunner for The Wheel of Time. The 2018 God of War was highly acclaimed for its subtle, intimate story of a father and son’s grief for their wife and mother, respectively. While no release date or production schedule has been announced, it’s likely the God of War series will be a must-watch for many gamers and fantasy lovers alike. 

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Pokémon


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Similar in tone and style to the film adaptation Detective Pikachu, Variety announced back in 2021 that a Pokémon live-action series was in early development at Netflix. Though not much additional news has come out since then, Variety stated that Joe Henderson (Lucifer) was attached to write and executive produce the new series. Currently, there is no casting or release date information available for the new series, but this one is sure to be highly anticipated. Personally, I just hope Team Rocket makes an appearance in this one!

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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners


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Based on the contentious, yet popular video game Cyberpunk 2077, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an animated TV series coming to Netflix in September of 2022. The series is set to be a “10-episode standalone anime that follows the story of a street kid trying to survive in Night City.” The series will follow this street kid until he is forced to become an “edgerunner,” a mercenary who must turn to extreme methods to tackle any job. 

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Fallout


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Set in a futuristic alternative reality in which nuclear fallout consumed the United States through the year 2077, the Fallout TV series adaptation, which comes from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films, will begin production sometime in 2022. Eventually, the series will premiere on Prime Video, and be showrun by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Graham Wagner (Silicon Valley). I’ve seen many gamers get completely lost for hours on end in the Fallout series, so with any luck, the series will be just as engrossing!

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Metal Gear Solid


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Though the film is still supposedly in development, Oscar Isaac is currently attached to star as Snake in the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid after he politely threw his hat in the ring for the role during an interview for his movie Triple Frontier. Metal Gear Solid follows Snake, an expert infiltrator during an alternate history in which the Cold War progressed well into the 1990s. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island, is currently set to direct the film adaptation. No release date has been announced as of yet. 

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Tomb Raider


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Netflix announced back in September of last year that Hayley Atwell, who is perhaps best known for portraying Peggy Carter within the MCU, will voice Lara Croft in an upcoming anime TV adaptation of the Tomb Raider games. While Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise has seen several film adaptations in the past, this will be the game’s first foray into the anime space, and will likely be coming to the platform either in late 2022 or early 2023; however, no exact release date has been confirmed.

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Mass Effect


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Though not officially confirmed, at the end of 2021, it was reported by several outlets, primarily Deadlinethat Amazon Studios was nearing a deal to develop a series adapted from the sci-fi video game franchise. Mass Effect has long been celebrated for its rich lore and compelling storytelling, and it’s clear that this would be a huge win for gamers everywhere! Hopefully, we get confirmation on this one sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, while we’re all waiting for these movies and TV shows to make their way to our screens, be sure to check out 1UP, the hilarious gamer comedy from BuzzFeed Studios, that’s set entirely within the world of esports! This one’s for video game fans both old and new alike, and the best part is, it’s actually out now on Prime Video! So be sure to sign up and check it out!

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Here’s Why I Think Taking A Break From Dating Was One Of The Healthiest Things I Did For Myself

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Overall, I’m happy with where I’m at in my dating life.

I think being single is a really healthy and necessary experience. Am I open to dating and meeting people? Definitely! Am I putting a lot of stock right now into dating and trying to meet the right person for me? Not really. I’m choosing myself right now and focusing on things that I can control.  

Just to iterate though, everyone and their dating experiences are different — so it’s important to listen to your gut, do what’s best for you, and embrace wherever stage you’re at in your love life. 

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‘Purple Hearts’ star Sofia Carson and director defend Netflix film after backlash

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The numbers don’t lie. Currently in its second week, Netflix’s “Purple Hearts” has been watched for more than 100 million hours. The drama, starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, follows a liberal musician who agrees to marry a Marine in order to get health insurance.

While the movie has become a huge hit on the streaming giant, it has also faced criticism about misogynistic and racist themes; during one scene, a Marine makes a toast and says, “This one is to life, love and hunting down some goddamn Arabs, baby!” While Carson’s Cassie calls him out before storming off, Galitzine’s Luke brushes it off and it’s soon forgotten, as are his more conservative views she was once unhappy about.

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Although director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum has focused on the positive reactions to the film, she has seen the criticism.

“I hope that people understand that in order for characters to grow, they need to be flawed in the beginning. So we very much intentionally created two characters that had been bred to hate each other,” she tells Variety. “They are flawed at the beginning and that was intentional. In order for the red heart and the blue heart to kind of turn purple, you have to have them be kind of extreme. Some of the people that they’re surrounded with are even more flawed than they are.”

Nicholas Galitzine as Luke and Sofia Carson as Cassie in “Purple Hearts.”Mark Fellman/Netflix / Mark Fellman/Netflix

“They both have been neglected by the system; he’s hurt in a war that doesn’t seem to be ending and she’s slipping through the cracks of the healthcare system,” she continued. “So they’re both neglected by the system, and then they live under one roof, and in these extreme circumstances, they learn to become more moderate and to listen to each other and to love.”

She adds that the country is “very flawed” at the moment, which they wanted to present in the film.

“That was the biggest, most important part of the theme,” says Rosenbaum. “I do hope that anyone who’s in any way insulted by it understands that our intentions are very pure, and it’s because we feel like people need to grow and need to start to become more moderate.”

“Why I fell in love with the movie is that it’s a love story but it’s so much more than that,” Carson, who is an executive producer on the movie, adds. “It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn to lead with empathy and compassion and love each other and turn into this beautiful shade of purple. We wanted to represent both sides as accurately as possible. What I think I’ve learned to do as an artist is separate myself from all of that and just listen to what the world is feeling and reacting to with the film. That has been so beautifully overwhelming and so many people have felt seen or are comforted by this movie. That’s all we could want filmmakers and as artists.”

Sofia Carson as Cassie and Nicholas Galitzine as Luke in "Purple Hearts."
Sofia Carson as Cassie and Nicholas Galitzine as Luke in “Purple Hearts.”Mark Fellman/Netflix / Mark Fellman/Netflix

On the other hand, the film has been praised for positively portraying what it’s like to live with Type 1 Diabetes, something Rosenbaum and Carson worked on with Laura Pavlakovich, the founder of the nonprofit You’re Just My Type, and Dr. Michael Metzger, who was a medical consultant on set.

Additionally, with such a small budget, they couldn’t afford the insulin pump so they brought in a Medtronic consultant, who ended up being the one in the scene administering the pump for the first time.

“We all felt so emotional when she finally got the pump because it makes it makes your life different,” Rosenbaum says. “We both felt like it was a massive part of the story and and a cool responsibility to be able to shed some light on it. But every time we talk ahead of time to anyone who has Type 1 Diabetes, they were just so grateful because usually it’s like, been a weakness for a character in movies, and oftentimes, they’ll die from it. If you look at ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and those are beautiful stories too, but it was great to have to watch someone strong and try to overcome that.”

Carson noted that Rosenbaum “set the tone” on the movie to make sure it was led with honesty. “The more that we learned about diabetes, the more that we wanted to really represent what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic in 2022 in the United States, as accurately and as vulnerably as possible,” she says. “Working with Laura, meeting with doctors and doing my research about what they face every single day to literally survive — to sacrifice everything they have to get the insulin they need to wake up the next day — is devastatingly unfair.”

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Halle Berry’s Boyfriend Van Hunt Celebrates Her Birthday With Sweet Message: ‘Love You With Everything I Got’

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Halle Berry is feeling the love from her man, Van Hunt, on her birthday! On Sunday, the musician took to Instagram to celebrate the actress on her 56th birthday.  

“hi, baby. it’s ur bday, and against ur wishes i am screaming it to the mountaintops and celebrating with the world the wonderful, loving, funny, and life-giving force you are,” the “Seconds of Pleasure” singer wrote. 

 “(H)appy (B)irthday, boo. i love you with everything i got. @halleberry.” Next to the sweet message was a series of pictures of the birthday girl, playing with filters and posing for the camera. Berry didn’t comment on the post. However, the John Wick actress did like her man’s post.  

Hunt, 52, and Berry aren’t shy when it comes to celebrating their love. The pair, who marked their 2-year-anniversary in April, often celebrate each other on social media.  

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In June, Berry celebrated her man on Father’s Day. “Here’s to flyest dad I know! Happy Father’s Day VanO and to all the other hard working, loving, fly dads out there ❤️,” she wrote next to a picture of her and the “Dust” singer walking hand in hand with drinks.  

A month prior, Berry gave the musician a shout out following an article that celebrated his music. “that moment when you stumble upon an article that reminds you that you’re in love with a musical genius! 🌪 @vanhunt The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets,” she captioned the intimate picture.  

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In March, Berry celebrated her man’s birthday in a special outfit. “HERE’S TO MY ONE AND ONLY! Happy Birthday VanO,” her message read next to a picture of her rocking nothing but a T-shirt with Hunt’s name on it.  

“It’s no wonder your birthday and International Women’s Day are one and the same. There is no one I know who believes in, supports and uplifts women more than you. May this year bring back to you all the love and joy you give! I Love you ❤️ @vanhunt.” 

In 2021, the Bruised actress spoke to ET about how happy she is to have the fans support her, now that “the right one finally showed up.  

“That makes me feel good too,” she said. “I feel like a lot of the public has gone on this journey with me, whether I like it or not, and my stuff has been out in the world,” she said. “So it’s nice now to be in this place and I think maybe people are celebrating that for me.” 

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