Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Blacks Sails capped off its second season in exciting, explosive fashion as Vane walked into the dragon's mouth - aka Charleston - to rescue Flint. The man he'd gone to war with, and even tried to personally assassinate, just a few episodes earlier.
Black Sails has had some exhilarating set pieces before, but this one topped them all as Vane and flint both had to run, while shackled, through a town that was being shot to hell by its own cannons. Buildings and shelters literally exploded right after they ran past them. And in the chaos, Flint exacted his revenge upon Peter, mortally wounding him so that he could remain alive long enough to see his entire city, and citizens, fall around him. All while the open casket corpse of Miranda looked on. Very fitting and very satisfying.
Whenever "the next James Bond" comes up in conversation, Idris Elba's name is sure to follow. The rumor that the Thor and Luther actor could succeed Daniel Craig as 007 one day has been going around for years. But just how likely is it?
IGN's Roth Cornet was recently on the set of Spectre, where she and a group other journalists got a chance to speak with 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. While the discussion was mostly centered around the new movie (more on that soon!), the producers were also (re-)asked about Elba's potential as the British secret agent.
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Many called it in the comments last week, but the unsurprising champion this week was (of course) Bloodborne. Walking Dead and Battlefield Hardline made repeat appearances, while the power of speculation and some new announcements fueled the newcomers.
See all of the rankings below, and be sure to visit next week to see how your favorites fared!
X-Men star Hugh Jackman has long gone back and forth publicly about wanting to play Wolverine forever or finally hanging up his claws. But the Aussie actor took to Instagram on Saturday to announce he's poised to leave the role behind.
He posted this photo of his hands and the X-Man's signature adamantium claws with the caption: "Wolverine … one last time":
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Black Sails' second season wraps up Saturday night, with a ton in play, as Flint (Toby Stephens) finds himself in big trouble in Charlestown, while back in Nassau, Vane's (Zach McGowan) search for vengeance has continued as he took Flint's ship.
A huge turning point this season was when Eleanor (Hannah New) chose to rescue Abigail (Meganne Young) from Vane and bring her to Flint, which Vane saw as a massive betrayal. His reaction has been incredibly dark, as he killed Eleanor's father before attacking Flint's ship. Though circumstances may find him needing to team with those he considers his enemies...
Among all the body slams and finishing moves in the WWE, some of the most impactful moments each week often come from Paul Heyman simply holding a microphone. The “advocate” for Brock Lesnar, Heyman has proven many times how he can help sway the audience and build storylines, and that’s been the case once again with Lesnar’s title defense match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31 this Sunday.
With Mania upon us, I sat down with Heyman to discuss the big match he’ll be ringside for, Lesnar re-signing with the WWE this week, the end of the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak last year, criticism Roman Reigns has faced and more.
IGN: Your DVD last year got a great response. What was it like to have people reacting to your story like that?
Things took a violent turn in last week's The Walking Dead. And violent in a different kind of way than we've seen before. Rick snapped, and as a result, the citizens of Alexandria aren't feeling warm and fuzzy towards Rick's group any longer. The Season 5 finale, "Conquer," will see trouble brewing inside the gates. That trouble is just as likely to come from internal threats as external ones.
Daryl faces his challenges of his own while on the run. Flip through the below photo gallery to get a peek at what's ahead.
The Walking Dead: "Conquer" Photo Gallery:
Watch the 90-minute The Walking Dead Season 5 finale on Sunday, March 29th, at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC. Do you think anyone will die? Share your guesses with us.
Warning: Full spoilers from the Girl Meets World: Season 1 finale follow.
"We had a good time, and then my best friend got all needy."
Yep, pretty much. Considering this was the last episode of Girl Meets World: Season 1, I thought "Girl Meets First Date" would have ended on a more meaningful, poignant note. Unfortunately, that wasn't really the case. Instead, the episode just kind of ended, with no real big revelations or shakeups in play -- despite the characters constantly saying there were. That's not to say the finale was a disappointment, it just didn't resonate as much as previous episodes.
The cold open, for example, was extremely hokey, as Cory stalled class yet again to discuss the group's personal lives in front of the entire class. While Girl Meets World has made good strides this year with the family dynamic, the classroom scenes remain a constant weak point. However, this episode picked up once Riley and Maya began planning their strategy to get Riley and Lucas set up on a date. I especially dug how Maya switched the gender roles a bit, telling Riley, "This isn't the '90s anymore. You want something? Go get it!"
Warning: Spoilers for the opening sequence of Spectre follow...
It’s a grey and windy day in Mexico City and production on the elaborate opening sequence for Spectre AKA Bond 24 is under way. The first teaser trailer for the film dropped earlier this evening, and as that was happening a group of journalists watched from a hotel terrace as the production team filmed a section of the intricate Day of the Dead action scene that opens the movie; one which long-time James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson calls “the biggest” they’ve done to date.
Bungie released the big Vault news this week, but Jose and Destin are talking about raid matchmaking and an interesting question posed by a fan. Should the DLC ever be made free? Jose and Destin discuss.
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This week we finally got to 1987 and though I was a little disappointed that we didn't hear Belinda Carlisle pumping out of the White Dragon speakers, it was a satisfying trip nonetheless. Cole wigged out at the sight of Virus Meat Man (aka Himalayan roadkill) and may have actually started Goines down the plague-architect path by informing him that the corpse contained a virus. Goines was just looking for something to clone. By the way, if this show adds clones to time travel, my head might actually explode (though if anyone writes a cool 12 Monkeys/Orphan Black crossover fanfic, yes, I'm interested.) The confrontation between Cole and Ramse was brief and brutal. Ramse stabbed his friend with no hesitation.
After exposing the oasis of middle age benchmarks such as marriage and measures of success with films like The Squid and The Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg, director Noah Baumbach has reset his career by pressing the “play” button. He’s made two femme new-wave films—on the sly—with Greta Gerwig (2013’s Frances Ha and this year’s upcoming Mistress America). Both of those films were punctuated with surprise! exclamation-mark film festival announcements. They were surprises because Baumbach and Gerwig skipped the modern press release announcement of casting, and “now filming” memos for those flicks—and outside of the crew and small pockets of in-the-know folks, no one knew that those films existed.
Following the break up of the incredibly successful stable he was a part of, The Shield, Dean Ambrose has gone on to a very well received solo career in the WWE. This Sunday, he goes into WrestleMania to face six other competitors in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship.
I sat down with Ambrose to speak to him about his Mania match, his feelings on going solo in the past year and his starring role in the upcoming WWE movie, Lockdown.
IGN: I talked to you a year ago at this same time, going into WrestleMania, and obviously a lot has changed since then. When you guys split up The Shield, you didn’t know how things were going to go. How gratifying has it been to see how well received you’ve been as a singles competitor?
Masi Oka is reprising his fan-favorite role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc on NBC's event series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere in fall 2015.
"I'm excited to return to my Heroes roots," Oka said in a statement. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."
UPDATE - March 26, 2015: Dungeon Diving And Marty The Clairvoyant
Hey All, Brandin (the reviewer) here:
So for the today's final update to this review in progress, I wanted to talk about Chalice Dungeons. But because time is tight, I'm exhausted, and the fact you'd probably enjoy listening to Marty and I explain how they work and joke around rather than reading hundreds of words, I decided to record a longer commentary and write this message instead. You can find it below. Hope you enjoy it.
I know many of you are eagerly waiting for the final review, video review, and that little numerical score. I understand and thanks for your patience. The full review and video review will go live tomorrow, (along with the score!), and we'll also have the Review Discussion shortly thereafter so I can explain my reasoning and get opinions from a few other editors.
During today's Kombat Kast, developer NetherRealm shared new details about gruesome fatalities, a cool new Raiden skin, and a certain four-armed kombatant.
We covered all the MKX news on IGN, and now we're rounding up all the big stories and videos you shouldn't miss.
Goro was already confirmed as a pre-order bonus character in MKX, but until today, NetherRealm didn't share whether he'd be available by any other method.
The four-armed fighter can be picked up later down the road as DLC. "He's free if you pre-order... not so free if you don't," NetherRealm confirmed.
We're back! This week we dive into the backlog of news: the (potential) revival of woolly mammoths, the coming arrival of flying cars, watching a live human birth via VR, Microsoft's backpedaling on giving away Windows 10 to pirates, and more. But first, we start with tackling a listener question about the Nintendo NX. Hop to about the 3:40 min mark if you want to get right to it!
This week Marvel Comics revealed the lineup to their “All-New, All-Different Avengers” that will form after the events of this summer’s Secret Wars, and it certainly looks like they meant every word of that overly long title.
The team consists of classic members Iron Man and Vision, but also the African-American Sam Wilson continuing his role as Captain America and the female Thor who has the respect and blessing of the old Thor. Rounding out the team are three teenagers heroes -- the plucky Sam Alexander as Nova, the Muslim Kamala Khan as the Spider-Man analogue for a new generation in Ms. Marvel, and an actual Spider-Man for a new generation, the half-black/half-hispanic Miles Morales.
Today's beautifully rendered racing games, with their licensed cars and amazing attention to detail, are a continuation of one of gaming's oldest genres. Back in 1974, Taito's Speed Race featured black and white graphics of a blocky on a vertically scrolling road. Interest in the genre meant racing games were able to evolve with gaming since the very beginning, with breakthroughs coming with each console generation.
As was the case for most games, the best graphics could be found in the arcades. Sit-down multiplayer cabinets and gearshifts, steering wheels, and pedals added further to the realism. However, as the price of advanced hardware fell, so did interest in arcades. Eventually the home console experience would reach parity with the arcade experience. While capturing the "feel" of driving is something that was best done in an arcade cabinet designed to simulate a car seat, today's racing games easily match the graphical fidelity once only found in the most advanced and expensive arcade games.
Update: A Nintendo spokesperson has confirmed that there are no plans to show off The Legend of Zelda for Wii U at this year's E3. You can read the full comment below.
"As Mr. Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics."