The Lord Of The Rings Cast Is Reuniting And It’s Going To Feel So Good

It’s been 17 years since the final film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, hit theaters. And although we’re currently living through dark times, there’s a ray of light on the horizon: The cast is reuniting soon for actor Josh Gad’s web show Reunited Apart. The episode will arrive Sunday, May 31.

Gad revealed the news in a trailer featuring Lord of the Rings cast members Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). Watch the full trailer if you want to get a taste of just how warm and fuzzy this reunion is going to feel–it should hit you around the time the final guest comes in at the end. And it appears these aren’t the only cast members who will be joining the virtual reunion: In an Instagram post by Karl Urban (who played Éomer in The Two Towers and Return of the King), you can also glimpse Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Miranda Otto (Éowyn), Sean Bean (Boromir), and others.

Gad, who’s probably best known for his role as Olaf the snowman in Disney’s Frozen movies, has been reuniting casts on his YouTube channel for weeks, focusing on cult favorite films including The Goonies, Back to the Future, and Splash.

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Author: Michael Rougeau

A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development

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A sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development, as first reported by Variety. It’s unclear when the film might be released, but Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler and screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller are all returning for the sequel.

Fowler confirmed that he’ll be back to direct on Twitter.

ROUND TWO WITH THE BLUE!! https://t.co/YTabuZy08C

— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 28, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog was a hit for Paramount, earning $70 million in its first four days in theaters this February, according to Variety. However, the film initially had some controversy because of the design of its titular character.

The first design for Sonic’s movie representation was strangely (horrifyingly) humanlike. The backlash…

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Author: Jay Peters

The Division 2 Big Story Leak Confirmed By Ubisoft

Players of The Division 2 might want to be careful if they don’t want spoilers. Ubisoft has recently acknowledged a major Division 2 story leak thanks to some audio files left over on the Public Test Server (PTS) which hint at the reappearance of old The Division characters and more.

Massive Entertainment, the studio working on The Division 2, appears to have kept audio files on the PTS which give away the story for the next three seasons of Manhunt targets in the game. For the uninitiated, Manhunts are missions available to those who own the Warlords of New York expansion pack. Essentially, your job is to hunt down major antagonist Aaron Keener, and eliminate his lieutenants along the way.

Each season, Manhunts for new agents (called rogue agents) are introduced, allowing players who have reached Level 40 to continue gallivanting through the city streets in search of bounty targets to take down in exchange for skill mods.

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Author: Ginny Woo

Twitter now lets you schedule tweets from its web app

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Twitter says you can now schedule tweets right from the main web app. When composing a tweet, you should see a little calendar icon on the bottom row of icons at the bottom of the compose window. Click that and you can specify when you want your tweet to be sent.

Twitter had originally said it was “experimenting” with the feature back in November, and if you didn’t have access to that experiment, you needed to use Tweetdeck or another third-party service that supported the feature if you wanted to schedule tweets.

Twitter says you can also now save draft tweets in the web app. However, drafts you write on the web app will only sync to other instances of the web app, according to Twitter, meaning drafts written in Twitter’s mobile app…

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Author: Jay Peters

Batwoman: The Real Reason Star Ruby Rose Quit The DC Series

Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose was cast as Batwoman in The CW’s DC shows in 2018, initially appearing in that year’s crossover event, before getting her own standalone show. However, in an unexpected announcement, it was recently revealed that she was leaving her starring role. A new report sheds some light on why Rose quit the show. Multiple sources told Variety that Rose was “unhappy with the long hours required of her as the series lead, which led to friction on set.”

Some people speculated that Rose left Batwoman due to lingering pain from her surgery to repair her herniated discs. However, Variety’s sources said her decision to leave the show was unrelated to her health or an injury.

Warner Bros. is now looking to cast a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community for the role of Kate Kane/Batwoman. In a statement, Rose said she has “the utmost respect for the cast, crew, and everyone involved” in the show.

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Google and Microsoft worked together to improve spellcheck in Chrome and Edge

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Google and Microsoft have worked together to improve the spellcheck experience in Chrome and Edge. The latest versions of Chrome and Edge are now powered by the built-in Windows Spellcheck feature rather than the previous Hunspell open source implementation. The switch means spellcheck within Chrome and Edge will now have better support for URLs, acronyms, email addresses, and an improved shared custom dictionary.

“This feature was developed as a collaboration between Google and Microsoft engineers in the Chromium project, enabling all Chromium-based browsers to benefit from Windows Spellcheck integration,” explains Microsoft’s Edge team.

The Windows Spellcheck improvements in Edge.

Microsoft has been contributing to…

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Author: Tom Warren

These Steam Games Are Free To Play This Weekend

It’s been a particularly busy period for free games, with the Epic Games Store giving away Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and a new Devolver Digital game right now, and memberships like PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold announcing their next round of free games. As usual, Steam also has a few freebies available to claim forever or try out for a limited time this weekend, including a free-play period for the excellent Darkest Dungeon.

Like all free-play weekends on Steam, Darkest Dungeon is free to play until Monday, and it’s accompanied by a nice discount if you want to add it to your library and keep playing. The rogue-like turn-based RPG earned a 9/10 in GameSpot’s Darkest Dungeon review for its deep, strategic gameplay; foreboding atmosphere; and spectacular art direction.

“Darkest Dungeon plays the long game. It builds you up for a grand bout that will test everything you’ve learned, as well as your ability to plan several in-game weeks out,” wrote critic Daniel Starkey. “The pay-off for this constant offensive comes in short bursts–just enough to keep you going, just enough to keep you hopeful for the next excursion. It’s an extraordinary cycle that bears a special teacher–rewarding your cleverness and punishing your foolishness. It transfixes and binds you to this grand journey, dotted with failures and successes. And because you endured, because you thought your way through it, the final victory against the unimaginable evil you face at the bottom of the Darkest Dungeon is personally valuable.”

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Author: Jenae Sitzes

How to stop FaceTime from resizing your call windows

Apple iPad 2018

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During a group call, FaceTime automatically enlarges the window of whoever’s speaking. This means when you have four or more people on a call, the windows will resize, float, and bounce around during a group call. It can be distracting and confusing.

If you’d rather keep all of your FaceTime windows static and the same size during a call, there is quick way to do that in the latest iOS and iPadOS versions, as well as the latest version of macOS.

On iPhone

These instructions are for an iPhone, but the process for the iPad should be similar. First, make sure your FaceTime app is up to date by checking to see if you’re running iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5:

  • Open settings.
  • Go to “General.”
  • Tap “Software Update.”
  • If an update is available, you’ll…

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How To Defeat Arch-Illager In Minecraft Dungeons: Final Boss Guide

The final boss in Minecraft Dungeons is, as you might expect, the game’s primary antagonist: the Arch-Illager. Given that it’s the last boss fight in the game, it makes sense for it to be tough–however, the difficulty spike from the previous section to this one is astonishing. If you’re having trouble with the Arch-Illager, you’re not alone. I, too, had an absolute nightmare trying to beat him. It took ages.

But there’s a way to tackle this boss fight in which victory is almost guaranteed. When I went back to take him on a second time, it was substantially easier than the first, because I had a plan. Here’s how to take down the Arch-Illager in Minecraft Dungeons. Be wary, this is a guide for the final boss fight, so expect some minor spoilers below.

If you’re concerned about the final area before the fight, make sure you know how the enchanting system works in Minecraft Dungeons and take some advice from our essential tips and tricks for Minecraft Dungeons. We’ve also put together a guide for everything you need to know about Minecraft Dungeons. Be sure to check out our Minecraft Dungeons review, too.

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Author: Cian Maher