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.
Well, we all knew this was going to happen. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now, even if we didn’t want to read it. That’s right, sad as it is, it’s finally Troy’s last d—
But wait, the floor is lava! To put off the pain of saying goodbye to his best friend, Abed turns this week’s episode, “Geothermal Escapism,” into a schoolwide game of hot lava, with a prize worth $50,000 reserved for the winner. And thus commences Community‘s
Water Lava World, a bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape where Mad Maxian gangs roam the halls — the Chair Walkers, Chang and his Locker Boyz (I’m assuming it’s with a z), the Floor Striders (who once had a truce with the Locker Boyz), the citizens of Shirley Island, Prof. Hickey — and everyone is one misstep away from lava death.
It’s a fun game for sure, and a fitting way to send off Troy, whose tenure at Greendale has included epically scaled activities such as zombie attacks, blanket forts, and, of course, paintball matches. But to Abed, it’s no game at all. The floor really is lava to him, because his mind can’t handle the pain of Troy’s imminent departure, and what was once a nifty diversion transforms into a touching goodbye between two best friends. READ FULL STORY
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.
Don’t worry, guys — Donald Glover’s going to make it after all.
Days after posting a series of angsty, ultra-personal notes on his Instagram page (Example: “I’m afraid people hate who I really am.”), the Community star has opened up to People about what possessed him to bare his soul online. “That night, we had a show, and then afterwards, I had this moment of feeling like, ‘What’s the point? Why am I even here?'” Glover explained. “I just wanted to write down my feelings. I definitely was just expressing myself.”
So Glover isn’t suffering from a bout of depression? Well, yes and no, he says: “If I’m depressed, everybody’s depressed. I don’t think those feelings are that different from what everybody’s feeling. Most people just don’t tell everybody.”
In the end, he added, Glover is “glad” that he got everything in those notes off his chest: “It felt like I had been holding on to something,” he explained. Clearly, he had been avoiding making this sort of confession for awhile — “I was just tired of telling people I was tired. It felt like every day someone would ask, ‘What’s wrong. Are you okay?’ And I would say, ‘I’m tired, I’m tired,'” said Glover. “I didn’t want to do that anymore. I guess sometimes not telling the truth is just as bad as telling a lie.”
So there you have it. While Glover declined to speak more about his upcoming exit from Community, at least we know he’s okay; it’s a shame, though, that People didn’t think to ask why he’s scared he’s going to turn into Tyrese. Maybe next time?
Hoo boy. Community‘s Donald Glover is really going through something, you guys.
About 19 hours ago, the writer-actor-comedian-rapper — still best known for playing Troy Barnes on NBC’s meta-sitcom — began posting a series of angsty, introspective messages on Instagram. The notes, handwritten on a Marriott Residence Inn pad (tagline: ‘Ideas Worth Saving”), chronicle a host of Glover’s insecurities, some serious (“I’m afraid of the future”), some that seem to be tongue-in-cheek (“I’m afraid that this will feel pretentious”), and some about Tyrese (“I’m scared I’ll be Tyrese”).
Glover followed his catalog of fears with another series of notes that address his upcoming exit from Community – Glover will reportedly appear in just five of the show’s upcoming 13 episodes — as well as his frustration with his record label, Glassnote. Apparently, Glover is hoping to release his next Childish Gambino album in December — but according to him, Glassnote has rejected that idea “’cause it’s not a holiday record and I’m not a big artist.”
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