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The Emmy Nominations Just Came Out, And Trump Is Going To Be Furious

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The Emmy Nominations Just Came Out, And Trump Is Going To Be Furious

Finally, something egomaniacal President Donald Trump made happen for which he will not take credit.

When Emmy nominations were announced today, the comedy performers, comedians and late night hosts who have done the most hilarious, hard-hitting, sometimes savage comedy about the current President came out on top of the list – while those like Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon,  who has been seen as soft on Trump, were left off the list.

Leading the list of this year’s coveted Primetime Emmy nominees is NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with 22 nods, including Outstanding Variety Talk Show, after winning some of the highest ratings in its 42-year history by doing show after show with high profile politically-charged skits that relentlessly ridiculed Trump and company. 

Making the biggest splash on SNL was Alec Baldwin, nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, for his over the top portrayal of Trump which became a national obsession. 

The respected show business industry site Deadline Hollywood declared today that, “Baldwin’s Trump became the gold standard by which other Trump impersonations were judged.”

Gold Derby, which has an excellent record predicting who will win major Hollywood awards, has made Baldwin a heavy favorite to win the Emmy.

“He’s been such a water-cooler sensation on SNL that we were predicting him to win as of the morning of the nominations,” writes Gold Derby.

Why won’t Trump be congratulating SNL and Baldwin? Consider this tweet, one of several blasting the long-running late night comedy show and Baldwin for playing POTUS to great comic effect:

Joining Baldwin at the top of the Emmy leader board is Melissa McCarthy, nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her gender-bending comic brilliance as Trump’s aggressively bumbling press secretary Sean “Spicey” Spicer. 

McCarthy’s portrayal was even credited for a changing of the guard in the White House press room:

“Her performance so rattled the White House,” reports Deadline Hollywood, “it began to pull Spicer from his role as question-taker at press briefings with Sarah Huckabee Sanders often filling in. Then, the White House went even further and began to not televise the briefings, lest SNL cast someone in the Sanders role.”

Another SNL performers who scored a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series was the versatile Kate McKinnon, who at times played both Hillary Clinton and Trump’s wind-up doll spokesperson Kellyanne Conway.

While SNL’s triumph was big news elsewhere, Fox News barely mentioned the show or Baldwin in a brief round-up of Emmy nominations today.

Another show can thank Trump for providing so much fodder for humor. After a slow start in 2014, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS has gone all out mocking Trump. As a result, Colbert’s show has come from the back of the pack to win high ratings in late night, and now a trio of long-anticipated Emmy nominations.

Colbert, who is going to be the host of the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on CBS on September 17,  also got three nominations for his election night special on Showtime, Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shit?

However, it was Trump calling him a no-talent guy that sent his ratings soaring and made his show must see viewing every night. 

Another comic who has gotten a major Trump bump is Samantha Bee, whose show Full Frontal on TBS got a writing nomination, and her special Not The White House Correspondents Dinner got four Emmy nods, including Best Variety Special.

Other comedians who are nominees in the Best Variety Special who have become major Trump critics are Real Time With Bill Maher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show failed to earn an Emmy nomination for the first time since it premiered in 2014. Fallon was knocked for his softball interviews with Trump, especially one two months before the 2016 election where he touched the Republican candidate’s strange fluffy orange hair.

“Fallon has been accused of going soft on Trump,” wrote Gold Derby, explaining why he didn’t make the Emmy list this year.

Fallon has tried lately to be tougher on Trump, but it seems to be too little too late for an audience hungry to hear someone joke about the on-going nightmare in the White House and his latest outrageous moves.

Some late night shows that bash Trump like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah did not get nominated this year – but have also seen rating improvements since they got serious about making fun of the president.

“The late-night talk shows have all been feeling the Trump effect since the former Celebrity Apprentice host was elected president on Nov. 8, 2016,” reports The Hollywood Reporter today. “And now the Emmys are feeling the Trump bump too.”

Trump recently said he is too busy to watch TV anymore, although he apparently is a regular viewer of his friends on Fox News, and from his reactions is sneaking in an occasional look at his nemesis, CNN.

So we are going to guess he will tune in at least for the opening monolog on the Emmys to see how Colbert brings his Trump-bashing comedy stylings to the second most important awards show (after the Oscars).

Based on the ratings boost The Late Show has gotten, and all the nominations, Colbert could also be the first major network late night host to win an Emmy for Best Variety Show since David Letterman did it more than a dozen years ago.

Since then the Emmys have mostly gone to stars on Comedy Central – most notably The Daily Show when Jon Stewart was cracking the jokes. Since then many Daily Show regulars like Colbert and Bee have moved elsewhere.

There should be plenty for Trump to grump-tweet about on September 17th, and lots of laughs for the rest of us to offset the horrors in policy, legislation, scandals and lack of positive leadership that has made Trump the least liked American president – and most likely to be the target of comics – since Will Rogers took on President Coolidge.

Then as now, politics lent itself to a comic treatment when the president was out of tune with most voters, for a reason Rogers certainly understood:

“If you ever injected truth into politics,” said Rogers, “you have no politics.”

Via: Occupy Democrats

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Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Adds Co-op Mode

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Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Adds Co-op Mode

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is still flourishing and growing, proving that innovative competitive multiplayer gameplay can grow and succeed without pay-to-win microtransactions or real-money loot boxes. Are you paying attention, Activision and Electronic Arts?

During the Rainbow Six Pro League season 3 finals this weekend, Ubisoft used the event to fully unveil the new operators and map coming as the final expansion of Rainbow Six Siege year 2, Operation White Noise, while also announcing Year 3 plans which – for the first time since launch – adds a new (temporary?) mode…

First, finishing of year 2, Ubisoft is making good on having delayed content for a full six months earlier in the year when they pushed back one of the planned content drops to focus on “Operation Health” with the goal of improving the quality of the game itself to safeguard it’s long-term future. Due to that delay, players got one less new map in 2017 and it meant the Year 2 Season 3 (Operation Blood Orchid) DLC included not two, but three operators, and the same is happening for the Year 2 Season 4 drop, Operation White Noise which adds the second Polish operator (Zofia), and a pair of all-new South Korean operators which are detailed in the video up top. They add some of the most innovative and game-changing abilities the game has seen to date. And the same goes for the skyscraper-set map.

Operation White Noise Release Date and Details

Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation White Noise goes live on technical test servers tomorrow, November 20, 2017, with a full release date expected in December.

In Operation White Noise, two 707th Special Mission Battalion Operators scale the snow-capped Mok Myeok Tower to lead a rescue mission in Seoul, South Korea. The modern communications and observation tower offers fresh vertical vantage points overlooking the entire cityscape, and sets the stage for diverse multilevel tactics.

1. Dokkaebi (real name: Grace Nam) is an attack operator equipped with a Mk 14 EBR Marksman Rifle and BOSG 12.2 shotgun as primary weapons, with a C75 Auto and SMG-12 Machine Pistols as secondary options. Her unique ability is interesting, and almost too goofy for the game at a glance. She can hack the defending team’s phones which will make them ring continuously until they hold down a button to turn it off. It gives their position away until they do so.

That’s not all though. Dokkaebi can also hack the phone of a killed enemy to give all of her teammates access to all of the defending team’s cameras (including Valkyrie’s Black Eye cams). That means, teams of communicating players may not be so quick to automatically shoot all the cameras down.

2. Vigil is the defending South Korean 707th operator who has the ability to render himself invisible to cameras and drones for up to 20 seconds. The ability works similar to Caveira’s with a cooldown. He still can be countered by Thatcher’s EMP grenades, Jackal’s footprint detector, and IQ’s detector screen though.

Vigil’s weapons include K1A Submachine Gun and the BOSG.12.2 Shotgun, with the same secondaries as Dokkaebi (C75 and SMG-12). Gadgets include barbed wire or impact grenades.

3. The third operator is the second Polish operator and the sister to the first, Ela. The new operator, an attacker, is named Zofia Bosak and she utilizes a doubled-barrelled grenade launch which features explosive and concussion shots and who doesn’t require reloads.

Operation White Noise also comes with all-new pistol animations to make it a more formidable weapon, new UI indicators for operations, new grenade mechanics, server improvements and a ton of bug fixes that are detailed by Ubisoft here.

Year 3 Plans For Rainbow Six Siege

Year 3 will be structured into four Seasons, similar to the first two years, and includes:

  • 8 new operators from the world’s highly performing CTUs.
  • 2 brand new maps set in Italy and Morocco
  • 1 existent map make over with a new level design and art direction

Year 3 will kick off with Operation Chimera which adds two operators who are specialists in biohazard situations. They’renot only playable in adversarial multiplayer like the rest of the ops but during four weeks they will have to face a major threat in what will be the game’s first co-op event ever, named Outbreak. This event will be playable during four weeks for free for Rainbow Six Siege owners. It will also feature an exclusive collection of cosmetics, available only during the time of the event. We followed up with Ubisoft to see if this mode is only available for the four weeks or if it becomes a paid-for expansion after and were told that it will “only be available” for that 4-week window. More details on Outbreak are coming soon.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Outbreak Coop Teaser Art

The full reveal of Operation Chimera and Outbreak will take place in Montreal at the Six Invitational 2018. More information on Year 3 will be coming soon.

That teaser image above for Outbreak, and judging by its name and Operation Chimera’s new operators being “specialists in biohazard situations” this could be some undead/zombie related co-op experience but we really hope it isn’t. Call of Duty has run zombie co-op into the ground. Be different, Ubisoft! Then again, “Chimera” refers to the a fire-breathing female with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail who who knows.

Inspired by real-world counter-terrorist organizations, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarter confrontations. For the first time in a Rainbow Six game, players will engage in sieges, a new style of assault where enemies have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy’s position. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege gives players unprecedented control over their ability to fortify their position by reinforcing walls and floors, using barbed wire and deployable shields, laying mines and more, or to breach the enemies’ position using observation drones, setting charges, rappelling and more. The fast pace and uniqueness of each siege sets a new bar for intense firefights, strategic gameplay and competitive gaming.

 

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Battlefront 2 Can’t Top Sales In First Week

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has failed to top the UK boxed sales chart in its first week of release, as the game’s launch continues to be troubled. The game’s expensive loot box scheme, paired with a questionable progression system, resulted in a situation where it would take 4,528 hours of gameplay or $2,100 to unlock all the content.

Even in trying to resolve the problem, EA has incurred a significant backlash. The company’s response to complaints on Reddit quickly became the site’s most downvoted post ever. EA also turned off all in-game microtransactions, but it’s still easy to argue that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has a pay-to-win problem. Reports have suggested that Disney has stepped in to try and resolve EA’s ongoing PR nightmare.

EA had already been feeling the consequences of this poor launch, with the negativity around Battlefront 2 hurting the company’s stock prices. Now, some significant evidence has emerged to suggest that sales of the game are coming in lower than expected as well. GamesIndustry.biz has shared the UK boxed sales chart for Battlefront’s week of release, revealing that EA’s major new title failed to reach the top spot:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII (new entry)
  2. Star Wars Battlefront II (new entry)
  3. FIFA 18
  4. Pokémon Ultra Sun (new entry)
  5. Pokémon Ultra Moon (new entry)
  6. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  7. The Sims 4 (new entry)
  8. LA Noire Remastered (new entry)
  9. Super Mario Odyssey
  10. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (new entry)

Battlefront 2 did pick a tough launch week with lots of competition, but EA still would have wanted that top place in the league table. Crunching the numbers further, GamesIndustry.biz found that these launch-week sales are down 61% compared to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront and down 50% compared to EA’s shooter launch from last year, Battlefield 1. A lot of players would have avoided physical purchases and bought the game digitally, of course, but these are still not happy figures for EA.

However, you could argue that Battlefront 2 will have a longer shelf life than a lot of games. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi inevitably dominates the global cinematic box office in December, there is bound to be a renewed interest in the newest Star Wars game. Christmas could help, too, as people outside of the online discourse might be tempted to purchase the game for their kids. Nonetheless, EA execs will not be looking fondly at their spread-sheets today.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest Star Wars: Battlefront 2 news.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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Kathy Griffin Claims Andy Cohen Offered Her Cocaine Before WWHL

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Kathy Griffin released a new YouTube video on Saturday in which she whines about being out of work and blacklisted by Hollywood following her slamming President Trump and TV host Andy Cohen.

“This wall of crap has never fallen on any woman in the history of America the way it has on me,” she complained.

In the video, titled “State of the Union,” the comedian, looking anxious in a white tee shirt, spoke into the camera on Nov. 18, telling fans she was on a world tour but wanted to let them know, “I’m getting a lot of online hate from trolls who think I lost my mind.”

Griffin joked that losing her mind had made her a star in the first place, and confided, “At 57, I don’t have a lot of time to be patient” about career matters.

“Don’t be too hard on me. I’m fully in the middle of a Hollywood blacklist,” she said.

Griffin was embroiled in scandal after her tasteless President Donald Trump bloody mask photos shocked America , and she later attacked Watch What Happens Live host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen in a shocking You Tube video.

The comedian claimed that Cohen, who replaced her on CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper, offered her cocaine—twice!—before her two appearances on WWHL.

Cohen vehemently denied Griffin’s allegations.

Griffin stated on her new video about the alleged blacklist, “It is real. I’m not booked on any talk shows.”

She said she’d been selling tickets worldwide and is currently performing in Austria, but it’s been tough as she has no TV platform.

“I just want you guys to know, when I get home, I do not have one single day of work in front of me,” Griffin moaned. “And people that want me to go back and start in [comedy] clubs and do ten minutes again, I don’t mean to be an a**hole, but no. I’m not going to do that. I’ve worked way too hard to go back and work for free and do the club scene again…this is the bulls***, because I’ve been blacklisted.”

Griffin then complained that TV legend Norman Lear sent her fundraising letters and he can’t ask her for money anymore because “my legal bills are through the roof….”

The funnygal said she hoped disenfranchised people would get inspiration from her struggle.

Griffin was hopeful after her gig in Austria, but said forces were coming against her and as an aside, referred to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and feminism in her video.

“I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be hard when I go home” to the U.S., she said.

“I think I should be able to get my life back,” Griffin said, conceding she had offended many with her bloody Trump mask stunt.

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