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Ubisoft Brings Rocksmith As A Subscription Service Back, Today closed Beta Sign-ups Start

During Ubisoft's E3 presentation, the publisher announced it's getting back in the guitar tutorial business with Rocksmith+. This new version of the decade-old franchise was given ample spotlight during the live stream, as Ubisoft San Francisco explained how is transforming it from a standalone product into a robust subscription service.Arthur Von Nagel, a Ubisoft producer, discussed some of the enhancements and changes coming to Rocksmith+. He noted how aspiring musicians can learn to play guitar or bass by connecting their instrument of choice to a PC, console, or mobile device. Because Rocksmith+ is able to use your phone as a microphone, acoustic guitar players and those using electric guitars with amplifiers can play without additional equipment. The appropriate app is all that’s needed to be downloaded on a mobile device and synced to whichever platform the user chooses. The music library was described as having “a huge amount of songs at launch,” featuring master recording and will grow each week with “new, authentic arrangements.” Genres mentioned in the presentation include pop, hip-hop, country, R&B, Latin, and metal subgenres. “It’s the most diverse song library ever seen in music learning software,” claims Nagel. There’s even going to be a way for users to create and add their own arrangements using a new tool called Rocksmith Workshop. Nagel also announced a bunch of new ways for people to learn strum or shred from Rocksmith+. Chord charts will be included for those who prefer to stick to rhythm guitar as well as the more accurate note-for-note style of past versions of Rocksmith. New this time around is a tablature view to read the music as one would with traditional sheet music. An enhanced recommendation system and better progress tracking have been added to allow for a more personalized learning experience for beginner and intermediate musicians. In a press release after the show, Ubisoft announced pricing details: $14.99 for a 1-month subscription, $39.99 for a 3-month subscription, and $99.99 for a 12-month subscription. Sign-ups for the Rocksmith+ "closed beta" start today, and the full launch of the service is expected later this year. You can check out the rest of Ubisoft’s big announcements at our E3 hub, and watch the reveals from other publishers along with the Game Informer team live on Twitch!
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    James Wan Unveils Official Title For Aquaman Sequel

    As Warner Bros. Pictures continues to prepare for the impending production start of the Aquaman sequel in July, director James Wan took to Instagram to reveal the official title for his highly-anticipated newest Jason Momoa-led DC film. He confirmed that the DC sequel will officially be titled as Aquaman and The Lost World, which is currently slated to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2022, after four years since the first film debuted in 2018. Its current release date will see the film going up against another high-profile feature in the form of James Cameron’s long-in-development Avatar 2.RELATED: Shazam! Fury of the Gods Set Video Shows Rachel Zegler’s CostumeAquaman 2 will again be directed by Conjuring Universe creator James Wan with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick writing the script. The sequel is produced by Wan and frequent collaborator Peter Safran. Wan previously teased that the sequel will feature a more serious and relevant story as well as some horror elements.The sequel sees the return of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Amber Heard as Mera. It’s still unclear if other characters from the first film would also be appearing in the sequel like Nicole Kidman’s Atlanta, and Willem Dafoe’s Vulko. It was also previously reported that Momoa’s fellow Game of Thrones alum Pilou Asbaek was in talks to join the upcoming project.RELATED: DC League of Super-Pets Teaser Sets A-List Cast Including Kevin Hart & Keanu ReevesBased on the DC character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger in 1941, Aquaman had earned a gross of over $1 billion at the global box office, making it one of Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing DC film. The character made its live-action film debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and also later reprise the superhero role in Justice League.

    DC & Warner Bros.’ Blue Beetle release a on HBO Max

    In a report published by The Los Angeles Times, it was seemingly announced that Warner Bros. will be releasing its DC project Blue Beetle exclusively on HBO Max, along with the studio’s Batgirl project. It was revealed in February that Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto will helm DC’s first Latino-fronted superhero story.RELATED: New In the Heights Featurette Highlights Lin-Manuel Miranda’s NeighborhoodThe announcement of a film centered on the Jamie Reyes iteration of the titular hero first came in 2018 with Zev Foreman attached as executive producer on the project for WB and Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, writer of the Gina Rodriguez-starrer Miss Bala and a previous draft of Universal’s long-in-development Scarface remake, set to write the screenplay. Sources report that the studio is eyeing a fall production start date for the film, with Foreman and Dunnet-Alcocer still in their respective positions.Click here to purchase the first volume of the DC Rebirth storyline of Jamie Reyes’ Blue Beetle!In the comics created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hammer, Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes is the third character to assume the mantle of the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. The character first appeared in 2006’s Infinite Crisis #5, followed by his own monthly series that debuted in May of 2006 with Blue Beetle #1.RELATED: Odessa Young Joins HBO Max’s True Crime Miniseries The StaircaseJaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle scarab on the way home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab home, curious as to what it might be. That night, the scarab came alive, and grafted itself to the base of Jaime’s spine, and provided him with a suit of extraterrestrial armor that can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings, and shields.

    New In the Heights Featurette Highlights Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Neighborhood

    Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new In the Heights featurette for Jon M. Chu’s upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, which is scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max this Thursday, June 10. The video features interviews by producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and writer Quiara Alegría Hudes as they give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their own neighborhood that inspired the film. They also talked about how important it is to them to deliver a story that reflects their vibrant immigrant community.RELATED: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Trailer Shows the Sharks and JetsIn the Heights is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The film fuses Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.The film is being led by Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A Star is Born) as Usnavi de la Vega, a character previously played by Miranda in the original Broadway musical. It also stars Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) as Benny, Melissa Barrera (Vida) as Vanessa, and Leslie Grace as Nina Rosario. It will also feature Miranda, Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz IV, Marc Anthony, and Dascha Polanco.RELATED: Vivo Teaser: Netflix Nabs Rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Animated MusicalBased on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s award-winning Broadway musical, In the Heights is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) from a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Hamilton). It is produced by Miranda, Hudes, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders.

    No Sudden Move Trailer: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro Star in Soderbergh’s Heist Drama

    The official trailer for Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s crime drama thriller No Sudden Move from Warner Bros. Pictures has been released, along with new key art for the feature. Starring Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Black Monday) and Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Escape at Dannemora), the film will premiere on July 1 on HBO Max.RELATED: First 8 Minutes of In the Heights Released Ahead of Thursday DebutSet in 1954 Detroit, No Sudden Move centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.Check out the official trailer below:The film also stars David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Noah Jupe, Craig muMs Grant, Julia Fox, Frankie Shaw, with Ray Liotta, and Bill Duke.Soderbergh directed the film from a screenplay written by Ed Solomon and produced by Casey Silver, both of whom he collaborated with on his HBO series Mosaic. Julie M. Anderson executive produced.RELATED: HBO Max’s Doom Patrol Season 3 Wraps ProductionThe director’s creative team behind the scenes included Oscar-winning production designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther), costume designer Marci Rodgers (BlacKkKlansman), with music by David Holmes (Baby Driver, Killing Eve).

    THE REAL Horror Returns in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me TAKE ACTION Trailer

    Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have finally released the official trailer for Michael Chaves’ highly-anticipated The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, featuring the darkest chapter in James Wan’s horror cinematic universe. The video provides us our first look at the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s Ed and Lorraine Warren as they must face a different kind of evil that they haven’t encountered before. The film is scheduled to make its simultaneous debut in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4. Check out the video in the player below, along with the first poster!In a recent interview with IGN, Chaves has opened up about the Conjuring 3, teasing it as the “biggest” and “darkest” installment ever. He also went on to confirm that David Fincher’s film had inspired the new film’s screenplay.“In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie,” Chaves said. “I showed the final cut to [star] Vera [Farmiga] and her husband, and they agreed, and they were like, ‘This is the darkest Conjuring movie.’ It digs into some really dark material. This is definitely a case where there’s real consequence, there’s real victims.He added, “One of the things that [series creator] James [Wan] and I connected on while making The Curse of La Llorona was sharing a lot of the same favorite movies, and one of them is Se7en,” says the director. “We both love that movie, and so when he came to me with this script, he basically was like, ‘It’s Se7en, but in the Conjuring universe.’ And he knew that was like catnip for me.”RELATED: Exclusive: Bonnie Aarons on The Nun Sequel & 20 Years in the Horror GenreThe threequel tells the chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Described as one of the most sensational cases from their files, the film will start with a fight for the soul of a young boy, which then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It sees the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who last appeared in 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home. The film will also feature Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard.RELATED: First Look at The Devil Made Me Do It in Conjuring Universe FeaturetteThe film is directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona), marking the first Conjuring film that Wan didn’t direct. It was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Aquaman) based on a story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the Conjuring Universe films. Executive producers are Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott, and Michelle Morrissey.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me TAKE ACTION Receives R-Rating

    According to Film Ratings, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s long-awaited third installment of The Conjuring films titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA for “terror, violence and some disturbing images.” This comes ahead of the Michael Chaves-directed horror feature’s upcoming simultaneous theatrical release and HBO Max debut on Friday, June 4.So far, all seven previously released films within James Wan’s The Conjuring Universe have all received R-ratings. The Conjuring 3 marks the eighth installment in the film franchise, making it one of the largest horror franchises in history with a combined worldwide gross of over $1.8 billion.RELATED: Exclusive: Bonnie Aarons on The Nun Sequel & 20 Years in the Horror GenreThe Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will again center around a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.The threequel sees the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who recently appeared in 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home. The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard.RELATED: First Look at The Devil Made Me Do It in Conjuring Universe FeaturetteThe Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Aquaman), story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. This marks the first Conjuring film that Wan didn’t direct.The film is produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the Conjuring Universe films. Serving as executive producers were Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott, and Michelle Morrissey.

    New Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer: Power to the People

    New Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer: Power to the People Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new Judas and the Black Messiah trailer for director Shaka King’s forthcoming biographical drama film, starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton. The film is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, February 12, 2021 with a simultaneous premiere in theaters and on HBO Max. Check out the video in the player below! RELATED: Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer Reunites Kaluuya & Stanfield Based on true events, Judas and the Black Messiah (formerly titled as Jesus Was My Homeboy) chronicles the rise of Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton leading up to his assassination, all told from the perspective of William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Panthers and gave the information that led to Hampton’s death. In the film, FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands? It stars Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) as Fred Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Sorry to Bother You) as William O’Neal, Jesse Plemons (Fargo) as Roy Mitchell, Dominique Fishback (The Deuce) as Deborah Johnson, Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Larry Roberson, Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as J. Edgar Hoover, Algee Smith (The Hate U Give) as Jake Winters, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) as Brian, Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America) as Mark Clark, and Darrell Britt-Gibson (Just Mercy) as Bobby Rush. It will also feature Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Amari Cheatom (Django Unchained), and Caleb Eberhardt (The Post). RELATED: The Little Things Trailer: Denzel Washington Stars in New Crime Thriller Judas and the Black Messiah is directed by Shaka King from a script he co-wrote with Will Berson which was based on a story developed by King, Berson, Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas. It is being produced by Ryan Coogler, and Charles D. King with Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers. 

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