Friday, January 21, 2022

The Cuphead Show Hits Netflix Next Month, New Trailer Released

Cuphead and his trusty drink-holding brother will hit Netflix next month.  This news was announced today with the first official trailer for the series, which is called The Cuphead Show. This new trailer comes seven months after our first sneak peek at the show and as that peek indicated, The Cuphead Show will be about the titular character and his brother, Mugman, traversing the Inkwell Isles.  Click here to watch embedded media Unlike the game, which tasks players with wiping some debt owed to the Devil, it seems that the show is less about a central story such as that and more about episode-to-episode adventures that may or may not be hijacked by some devilish deeds from the Devil. However, the trailer reveals quite a few of the locales visited in Cuphead as well as many of the bosses our heroes face in the game.  “Based on the award-winning video game that smashed onto the scene with a gorgeous retro animation style, The Cuphead Show is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman,” a press release from Netflix reads. “As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back.”  As you might expect, the show retains the same retro style of animation as the game and it features the same 1920s-esque antics and comedy seen in it as well.  Click here to watch embedded media “The Cuphead Show combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies – espeically when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”  Netflix Animation is producing the 12-episode series, and each episode will run for 12 minutes. Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhaur from Studio MDHR are executive producers. The voice cast includes Tru Valentino (Psychonauts 2) as Cuphead, Frank Todaro (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) as Mugman, Joe Hanna (Dishonored 2) as Elder Kettle, Luke Millington-Drake as the Devil, Grey Griffin (Batman: Arkham City) as Ms. Chalice, and Wayne Brady (Who's Line Is It Anyway?) as King Dice.  The Cuphead Show was announced back in 2019, and you can read about that original announcement here. Check out our thoughts on the video game that the show is based on in Game Informer’s Cuphead review after that and then read about how Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, which features the same Ms. Chalice seen in The Cuphead Show, launches this June. Are you excited for The Cuphead Show? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    The LAPD has used facial recognition software 30,000 times since 2009

    LA, CA - JULY 11: LAPD officers form a line to split up pro- and anti-police demonstrators outside LAPD headquarters in downtown LA on Saturday, July 11, 2020. A huge selection of cops and their supporters held a morning rally to protest a $150 million cut in the town police budget. A small number of Black Lives Matter supporters arrived to counter them. (Luis Sinco / LA Times via Getty Images)

    For years, the LA Police Department (LAPD) hasn’t given an obvious answer on whether it uses facial recognition in its policing work. Week that changed this. Monday on, the agency told The LA Times it has used the technology nearly 30,000 times since late 2009.

    The LAPD uses the LA County Regional Identification System (LACRIS), a database greater than 9 million mugshots maintained by the LA County Sheriff’s Department. At one point, a lot more than 500 LAPD personnel had usage of the operational system, although department claims that the real number is nearer to 300 lately. Josh Rubenstein, a spokesperson for the LAPD, said he couldn’t be certain just how many arrests LACRIS has helped the authorities department make. However, he said, “No folks are arrested by the LAPD based solely on facial recognition results.”

    recently as 2019

    As, Rubenstein told The LA Times the police will not use facial recognition technology. LAPD Assistant Chief Horace told the newspaper the recent denials were mistakes. “We aren’t attempting to hide anything,” he said.

    The LAPD’s acknowledge that it uses facial recognition comes at the same time when cities over the US debate police usage of the technology. In NY, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently pledged the town would reevaluate its position on the tech following the NYPD used facial recognition to research a prominent Black Lives Matter activist. Boston recently banned its local police department from utilizing the technology altogether after Robert Williams, a Black man from Detroit, was wrongfully arrested because of false identification police made using software supplied by DataWorks Plus. DataWorks did work with LACRIS also, installing the three facial recognition engines the operational system uses.

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