Looking at the mountains of the fictional Himalayan city of Kyrat in Far Cry 4, players may not immediately imagine a hip hop soundtrack to set the scene. But that dissonance hasn’t stopped Ubisoft from recruiting Donald Glover as his rapping alter ego Childish Gambino to lend his talents to the game’s new trailer.
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Remember way back in 2010, when Donald Glover campaigned to land an audition for the lead role in Marc Webb’s 2012 Spider-Man reboot? Turns out Glover will finally get a chance to be behind the webs, albeit in a slightly different way than imagined back then.
USA Today reports that the actor and rapper will be voicing the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man in this season of Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, subtitled Web Warriors. For the uninitiated, Morales, a half-black, half-Latino teenager, has been the Spider-Man of the Ultimate universe for three years now—since the ‘Ultimate’ version of Peter Parker died in the summer of 2011.
It’s a neat example of a meme coming full circle—writer Brian Michael Bendis, who created Miles in the comic books, cites the #donald4spiderman hashtag as the inspiration for Miles’ creation. Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors begins Sunday and will find Peter Parker teaming up with a number of alternate Spider-Men in order to stop the Green Goblin from collecting all of their DNA for his latest scheme.
For a clip of Glover’s voice in action, head on over to Vulture for an exclusive clip from the forthcoming season.
The bad news: Soon-to-be-ex Community star Donald Glover’s latest short film has 100 percent less Topanga than his previous effort.
The good news: It does, however, feature three and a half minutes of Glover wearing a supremely goofy hat as he reads a particularly dark e e cummings piece, waxes poetic about a moth’s Sisyphean attempt to find the moon, and ponders the ethical implications of eating Chick-fil-A with his pals Steve and Swank — all while attempting, clumsily, to roll a joint.
Hollywood Squares was never all that complicated, and the stakes never really very high — which is probably why the show ran for so long in so many different iterations. Last night’s premiere of Hip-Hop Squares, MTV2’s version that trades in minor TV stars in favor of rap legends, ran much the same way.
Last night’s panel featured Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Kat Graham, Donnell Rawlings, Tech N9ne, Ghostface Killah, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, and MGK. As is typical of Squares, some panelists had to simply sit there and look pretty, which was the case with Tech and Rawlings (and Graham only got in on the action in the show’s final round). As for the rest of the group, Fat Joe and Ghostface both acquitted themselves quite nicely, though the evening really belonged to Gambino (which makes sense, considering that he has made most of his bones as an actor and a comedian). Easily the best exchange of last night’s premiere came when host Peter Rosenberg asked about the snatch and the clean and jerk in a filthy-minded inquiry about Olympic weightlifting. READ FULL STORY
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