When LA valet Tico finds out that his niece’s amazing horror-themed birthday party was designed by her brother Renaldo, he tells him he should start a business. “Listen, all I ever wanted to do was park cars. Now I do it full-time,” says Tico. “This horror business is your parking cars. Go for it.”
Los Espookys is a six-part, half-hour comedy series about the resulting business, where Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) and his three best friends – Andrés (three-time Emmy nominee Julio Torres from Saturday Night Live), Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) and Tati (Ana Fabrega from Portlandia and At Home with Amy Sedaris) – provide on-demand horror to those who need it.
Their customers include an overlooked priest who wants a fake exorcism; an American ambassador who needs them to stage her own abduction; and a dying tourism destination desperate for a monster attraction.
Shot in Chile, in both Spanish and English, Los Espookys has a rare 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, universally praised for being unlike anything else on TV today.
Each of the friends is clearly and colourfully drawn. “You bring the smile; I bring the teeth,” Ursula, a tenacious dental assistant, tells Renaldo, who is noble and kind – and always running out of cellphone minutes. Gullible Tati juggles several (very) odd jobs – like wearing in other people’s shoes – and acts as the group’s test dummy, while Andrés is the brooding heir to a chocolate empire, an orphan who longs to unlock the secrets to his past – and avoid his trophy boyfriend Juan Carlos (José Pablo Minor).
“I love the idea of goths, and horror, but with a backdrop of Latin America,” says Fred Armisen, who plays Tico. Fred created the show with Ana and Julio, and executive produced the series with Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live, and Andrew Singer (Portlandia). “It’s supposed to be spooky and scary but at the same time about the optimism behind putting a group like this together.”
HBO recently renewed Los Espookys for a second season. As Collider says, “It’s a rare and wonderful thing when you find yourself watching an episode of television and realise, ’I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.’ HBO’s new half-hour comedy Los Espookys is a wonderfully weird and inventive show that inspires exactly that kind of thought at least once an episode, embracing bizarre characters, off-kilter humour, and a heady dose of magical realism where the impossible can, and often does, happen. It’s also hilarious.”
As director Fernando Frías (a Slamdance grand jury prize winner for Rezeta) puts it: “Every project is a universe in and of itself; this one is especially unique…”
Binge Los Espookys first on Showmax in Africa at https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/nkvyavey-los-espookys.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order available now
The highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order action-adventure game is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment, and Lucasfilm have released its story-driven action-adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game follows Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), on an incredible journey packed with memorable companions, nefarious villains, diverse planets, thrilling lightsaber combat, impressive Force abilities, and cinematic moments within the Star Wars galaxy.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin and Steam. Also, as announced earlier, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on the Epic Games Store, expanding the number of options that players have to jump into this new Star Wars adventure.
“Working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been a dream come true for me and many people on the team,” says Stig Asmussen, Game Director at Respawn Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to get the game into the hands of fans worldwide so they can live out the ultimate fantasy of becoming a Jedi. We created a new team that’s made up of action-adventure veterans to create this experience and we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm throughout development to create a highly authentic story, cast of characters, and unique gameplay experience that will live on as part of the Star Wars galaxy.”
In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players take on the role of Cal Kestis, a former Padawan hiding in plain sight after the Jedi were all but wiped out after Order 66 was executed by The Emperor. When he’s forced on the run, Cal is met by his companions Cere Junda, a former Jedi Knight, and Greez, the larger-than-life Latero pilot who flies the crew’s ship known as the Stinger Mantis.
BD-1, Cal’s faithful droid that’s as charming as he is useful, will help players navigate and explore diverse planets including the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk, and the never-before-seen planet Zeffo. Cal and his companions are trying to stay one step ahead of the Empire and his new enemy, the Inquisition’s Second Sister, while they unravel a mystery tied to an ancient alien civilisation that could help rebuild the Jedi Order.
In a time where it’s increasingly dangerous for Jedi, players can experience Cal’s journey from a young Padawan to a Jedi Knight. Cal’s lightsaber and Force abilities take centre stage in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s dynamic combat. Players engage in battle with an array of enemies, from creatures and droids to stormtroopers and elite Purge Troopers to showdowns with AT-STs and powerful bosses. Throughout his quest, Cal will strengthen his connection with the Force, learning powerful new skills which will be crucial in combat as well as for traversing and opening up new paths across these beautiful yet dangerous locales.
For more information on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please visit: https://www.ea.com/en-au/games/starwars/jedi-fallen-order
Power Rangers meets Mortal Kombat
The mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars welcomes Mortal Kombat’s Chun-Li as a playable character.
Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, a popular mobile fighting game by developer nWay, has announced the introduction of Chun-Li Ranger as a playable character. Chun-Li joins forces with the Power Rangers to combat her arch-nemesis, M. Bison, and his army of evil Rangers, as well as her transformation into Chun-Li Ranger.
Chun-Li Ranger is a new character created by nWay in partnership with Capcom and the Power Rangers creative team. Street Fighter characters first crossed over into Power Rangers: Legacy Wars last year and marked one of the most successful events in the game’s three-year history as it introduced Ryu Ranger, where Ryu received a Power Coin and morphed into a Power Ranger.
Filled with the power of the Blazing Phoenix, Chun-Li’s moves can set her opponent ablaze with blue phoenix fire. As part of Chun-Li Ranger’s introduction to Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, all prior Street Fighter characters—including Ryu, Guile, M. Bison, Cammy, Akuma, Chun-Li, and Ryu Ranger—will be available for sale in-game.