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  1. Yes, that is how it's described. They're also trimming certain awards (you can probably guess which ones) out of the live telecast: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138
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    Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood predators

    Emma Thompson has left a role she was recording for a Skydance Animation film, apparently because the company recently hired John Lasseter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/emma-thompson-exits-skydances-luck-john-lasseter-hire-1187303
  3. Yes, transitions between 2D and 3D console generations are where you're most likely to find sequels that have aged the most. 2D pixel art and game design have progressed since the end of the Mega Drive/SNES/Amiga era, but nowhere near as obviously as 3D graphics and mechanics have over the same period. The other sequels that have aged more than their originators are those that came out towards the end of a console generation, when the hardware was being pushed to its limits, so that the drop in framerate performance is the most prominent thing about them today: Driver to Driver 2, or GoldenEye to Perfect Dark. There are also games whose sequels embraced fashionable trends that tie them to a particular period. The later Tony Hawk's games (around THPS4 and Underground) came out when Jackass was all the rage, and embraced the crude humour in voice acting for mission assignments, and gimmicky one-off stunts. The sequels around that time also tried to cram far too many controls onto the PS2 pad (e.g. controls for running and climbing on foot). So I think that the first three games have aged less.
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    The Force Awakens - teaser November 2014, second teaser April 2015 Rogue One - teaser April 2016, trailer October 2016 The Last Jedi - teaser April 2017, trailer October 2017 Whoever runs the official YouTube account's trailers playlist has forgotten to add the ones for Solo, but the first one only came out in February last year, just over three months before the film's release.
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    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    The tyke in Iron Man 3 was good though. Because he and Tony Stark are connected.
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    Super Mario Maker 2 - June 2019

    Kaizo Mario is the thing that gave the world this: The climax is the bit between the 7 and 8 minute marks...
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    Best implementation of the worst features

    You'd hope that games that are entirely set underwater would get their swimming right! No, my question was intended to be if there are good examples of underwater sections within games that are primarily set on land. Those water sections are normally included in an attempt to vary the pace and gameplay, but I don't think anyone has ever managed to make one that was a highlight of its game. (Except graphically.) Normally when I finish those sections I think "What a relief that's over; now I can get back to the stuff the game is good at." Then on replaying the game, I don't look forward to them.
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

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    Best implementation of the worst features

    So did Monkey Island 2!
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    Disney animated movies

    This is a good video explaining the distinct talents and styles of each of Disney's Nine Old Men, and what they each contributed to the animation of Cinderella:
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    Best implementation of the worst features

    What is the best swimming level in a game? So many games designed primarily around movement on land include really tedious sections where you're forced to slow down and navigate in 3D underwater, and I wonder if any game has ever done it really well. To take one of the most famous examples: OOT's Water Temple is a good piece of puzzle design, but its diving/surfacing mechanic was always painfully slow (though I think the 3DS version sped it up significantly by letting you equip Iron Boots without needing to enter menus). However that game's simplified swimming system only lets you move vertically up and down, so avoids a lot of the problems with 3D navigation that spoil most swimming sections. So OOT is relatively simplified compared to most of the examples I have in mind. I'm thinking more of things like the diving sections of Mario 64, MGS2, Half-Life 1, Ninja Gaiden. (And Sonic.)
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    George RR Marcia Lucas
  13. I like the style of this! Can't think of another animated movie that looks like it. Miles Morales is apparently the main character. But does this mean Spider-Gwen, Silk, Pavitr Prabhakar, and Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham are going to be in it as well?
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    Pixar Announce Future Slate

    I'd missed the news that Lee Unkrich is leaving Pixar. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/coco-director-lee-unkrich-leaving-pixar-25-years-1177411
  15. I'm sure I've read old interviews with Gabe Newell in which he talked about how Valve tracked players' completion statistics in the HL/Portal games, even before Steam introduced Achievements.
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    Dark Souls - Prepare To Die... You Died.

    I recently restarted Dark Souls on the 360 after a long absence. I started my first save file for it at the end of 2013 (blogged about my progress in this thread as I went), but once I got Cursed in the Depths after killing the Capra Demon I slowed down, with months and then years between sessions. Then in 2017 I resumed, defeated the Gaping Dragon... then my HDD died. And DS does not let you copy your save. They say that when you start a second playthrough of a Souls game, you catch up to where you were before much more quickly than you did the first time. Last time I killed the Gaping Dragon at level 33 and with 27 hours on the clock. This time my Level 43 Pyromancer had racked up nearly 20 hours and exactly 100 deaths (yes I counted; they were mostly to the Burg/Parish Black Knights, and to the Taurus, Gargoyles, Capra, and Gaping bosses) by the time I pushed open the gate to Blighttown. Anyway I've now completed Blighttown. I didn't find it quite as bad as it was made out to be; it helped that I was a Pyromancer and therefore had access to decent poison resisting clothing by default. (Pyro really does seem to be the game's Easy Mode!) I came up out of there and back to Firelink a couple of times - first back via the Depths to stock up on anti-poison/toxic items (going up and out from the first bonfire seemed harder than getting in to light it!), then out the other exit to the Valley of Drakes when I struggled to locate Blighttown's boss. Just to show how long it's been since I first started this game, compare the gap in dates between my last two Achievements: First bell achievement: 10 Jan 2014 Second bell achievement: 12 Feb 2019 Current status: * 29 hrs play * Level 48 (bit of a jack of all trades; other than END and VIT, at first I used an axe and levelled up STR before finding that I preferred swords that scaled better with DEX. So I think I'm currently lvl21 in STR and 20 in DEX.) * Main weapon Longsword+9 (I have a couple of Balder Side Swords which I've heard are really good, but I've not levelled them up yet) *Pyromancy at +4 Now I have a question, which I hope someone can answer in as non-spoilery a way as possible: Please no direct spoilers about exactly what to do, I just want hints to avoid using those items in wasteful/unsafe ways!
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    Beam me up, Chewie
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    Galaxy Quest is the best Star Wars film released since 1976.
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    MemENTo Entsomnia Entception Enterstellar The Dark Lord Sauron The Dark Lord Sauron Rises Dúnedainkirk
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    A Nightmare on Helm's Deep
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    There's Something About Merry
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    The Legolas Movie, and its spin-off, The Legolas Batman Movie.
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    The Great Train Shelobbery

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