Fortnite’s Dune Crossover Gives Us the Real Mind Killer: Smooth Timothée Chalamet

Fortnite Dune Crossover Has Cursed Smooth Timothée Chalamet

Anyway, it’s not that Dune is coming to Fortnite that’s the disturbing thing here. Fortnite is perfectly fun for the zillions of people who play it, and that audience base means that a movie tie-in is kind of like a line of Funko pops or weird ads where people playing immortal godlike beings shill cars: it’s to be expected. What’s not to be expected is how Fortnite’s cartoony art style—its blessing that manages to cohesively put Rey Skywalker, Deadpool, Lara Croft, Ripley from Aliens, and a banana in a tuxedo all in the same game so Superman can shoot them with a gun—has given us perhaps the most cursed visual to come from Dune yet: Smooth Chalamet.

Reader, it disturbs me. Everything we’ve seen of Paul’s gaunt demeanor in the new Dune is gone here, and Chalamet’s unique face has been filed down into that Fortnite style. A great thing was lost in the trip from Arrakis to Fortnite’s violent island, and for that, we must mourn. Or at the very least make Smooth Chalamet do the Floss.

The Dune cosmetics for Fortnite are available in-game starting today.


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The Batman: Caped Crusader Takes the Dark Knight to His Noir Roots

Batman Caped Crusader: Bruce Timm New Cartoon First Look

When the show was announced back in May, the three co-executive producers issued a joint statement: “We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City. The series will be thrilling, cinematic, and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

Right now, Batman: Caped Crusader is scheduled to air on both HBO Max and Cartoon Network, so it’s presumably going to be at least somewhat kid-friendly—however, the producers stressed repeatedly how much of a psychological dram the show is going to be, so who knows? We’ll fine out in 2022, presumably.


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iOS 15 Might Finally Fix the Green Dot That Ruins Your iPhone Photos

The Latest iOS 15 Beta Removes Unwanted Lens Flares

Others chimed in noting that while it appears the feature does work, there are certain circumstances where it may not. For the most part, it doesn’t appear that indoor flares or those in videos are edited out. The same goes for flares that cover a large portion of the photo or are intentional. (You can rest easy, JJ Abrams.) Instead, it looks as if the feature is attempting to recognize unintended artifacts that have become more common in the last few iPhone generations.

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Lens flares occur when bright light hits a camera’s sensor and then scatters. It’s generally considered undesirable, though they can occasionally enhance a photo. On iPhones, you most commonly see the cursed green dot in night mode portraits or photos—and often not until after you’ve taken the photo. (You can see an example of this in our iPhone 12 Pro Max review.) Is it the end of the world? No. But it is incredibly irksome if you’ve shelled out extra for a better phone camera.

The good news is it seems the feature isn’t limited to the iPhone 12 lineup. At least one Redditor noted it worked on an iPhone XS as well. However, it’ll be a while yet until this feature is readily available to the public. That’ll likely be sometime in September, once Apple launches its iPhone 13 lineup. In the meantime, if you’re feeling particularly brave you can download the iOS 15 public beta. And, if you do, there are plenty of other features you can try out while you wait.

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Untitled James Gunn DC Projects

On the same subject, Gunn revealed he’s spoken to Warner Bros. about future DC projects following the Peacemaker TV series.

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Moonhaven

Joe Manganiello has joined the cast of AMC’s Moonhaven as Tomm Schultz, “an ex-military” personnel “with a philosophical bent” who serves as “the right hand of the lead Earth diplomat to the moon.” Shultz will “find his ambitions changed when he’s injected with a mind-altering moon drug.” [Deadline]

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From

According to Deadline, Shaun Majumder, Avery Konrad, Hannah Cheramy, Simon Webster, Ricky He, Chloe Van Landschoot and Pegah Ghafoori have joined the cast of From, a “contemporary sci-fi/horror series” about “a nightmarish town in Middle America that traps all those who enter.” Cheramy will play Julie Matthews, “the daughter of Jim (Eion Bailey) and Tabitha Matthews (Sandino Moreno)“ and sister of Webster’s character, Ethan. He will play Kenny, “Sheriff Boyd’s deputy” while Van Landschoot plays Kristi, a student “trapped in town during her 3rd year of med school.” “Majumder will play the mysterious Father Khatri while Ghafoori is Fatima, “a resident of Colony House and an Iranian immigrant to the US.” Konrad rounds out the cast as Sara, “a true wildcard among the town’s residents: some think her mind was simply fractured by the nightmare of the town; others wonder if, in her madness, Sara is closer to the secrets of this place than anyone else.”

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Fledgling

Deadline also reports HBO is adapting Octavia Butler’s vampire novel, Fledgling, into a TV series from Issa Rae, J.J. Abrams, and Lovecraft Country’s Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd. The story follows “an apparently amnesiac young girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted — and still wants — to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.”

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Stargirl

At a recent press event covered by Comic Book, Geoff Johns stated John Wesley-Shipp’s upcoming appearance as Jay Garrick “opens up the door” for future Flash crossovers on Stargirl.

I grew up watching The Flash TV show, he was my favorite superhero when I was a kid and I was blown away by John Wesley Shipp when he played The Flash and then was lucky enough to work with him on The Flash. And when he started playing Jay Garrick and we introduce our version of the Justice Society and we’re on earth-2 like the comics, we’re on our own Earth separate from the rest of these shows, but to have John play Jay Garrick The Flash in Stargirl, it connects our universe directly with the other shows and also shows that we’re part of a grander universe. And it opens up the door to opportunities for us to eventually interact with those characters. And that was important, just like the comics, and when we do do it, we’ll do it in a hopefully very special Stargirl way.

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Legends of Tomorrow

Comic Book has photos from “The Final Frame,the August 8 return episode of Legends of Tomorrow. More at the link.

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Superman & Lois

Comic Book also has photos from “The Eradicator, the August 10 episode of Superman & Lois. Click through for more.

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Day of the Dead

Elsewhere, Bloody-Disgusting has photos from the premiere episode of Day of the Dead.

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Roswell, New Mexico

KSiteTV has new portraits of Roswell, New Mexico’s third season cast. See the others at the link.

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Riverdale

KSiteTV also has a new poster for the upcoming episodes of Riverdale.

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American Horror Stories

Santa Claus curses a group of social media influencers who livestream a man’s suicide in the trailer for “The Naughty List”—next week’s episode of American Horror Stories. 


Motherland: Fort Salem

Finally, Raelle wakes up three times in the trailer for “Irrevocable, next week’s episode of Motherland: Fort Salem.


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