Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Scott, Stonebridge and the rest of Section 20 are back for one final 10-episode save the world/shoot 'em up mission. And once the action starts, as usual, it rarely lets up. There isn't even a slight attempt at character work here in the first episode of a season that's been labeled "Legacy." Not that deep characterization has ever been a true hallmark of Strike Back, but at least the previous season opened with our two co-alphas entertaining some thoughts about retiring from their strenuous, dangerous lives as badass warrior heroes.
Here, there was only the mission. Find the daughter of a British Ambassador who was kidnapped in Thailand in an attempt to puppet the poor man into delivering a bomb to his own embassy and wiping out a room full of North Korean delegates. And as usual, Section 20 faltered. As they usually do for most the season until the one true sinister plot is revealed and they manage to thwart doomsday with only seconds to spare. So despite all the impressive Thailand action (motorcycles, jet skis, etc), the girl fell through their fingers the first time around (causing her to lose one of her own).
During the Ash Vs. Evil Dead panel at the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/star Bruce Campbell made sure to let everyone on hand know just how much blood and gore there'd be on the upcoming Starz series - which premieres October 31st.
"People ask how much blood is there going to be," Campbell noted. "I went blind the other day shooting a scene. Just picture that. Like, take a shower and open your eyes right into the faucet. That’s how much blood there is on the show."
"I’ve been gagged once and I went blind," Campbell added. "That’s a lot of blood in the show. So anyone who’s looking for it, it’s coming your way."
Campbell, who appeared on the panel alongside creator/director Sam Raimi and co-star Lucy Lawless, also made sure to speak about how this series, based on the Evil Dead horror trilogy (which last graced us in '91, not counting the 2013 remake) was totally fan driven. "The fans are responsible for every single bit of this," he said. "They’ve been relentless for years. The last Evil Dead movie was 24 years ago, 1991. We shot Army of Darkness. They haven’t shut up since. So no matter what we say to them or what we give them, it will never be enough, and we’re very grateful for that."
During the panel for The 100 at Comic-Con this summer, fans were thrilled to hear that Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) would be returning in Season 3 of the CW's sci-fi drama. Introduced during Season 2, the character quickly amassed a passionate following, with viewers invested both in the fierce Grounder Commander and the possible romance between Lexa and Clarke (Eliza Taylor).
I sat down with Debnam-Carey at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, to discuss her new series, AMC’s big Walking Dead spinoff/prequel, Fear the Walking Dead. I’ll have more on what the actress told me about that show and her role in it in the weeks to come (Fear debuts August 23rd), but we also spoke about her upcoming return to The 100.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp - the Netflix prequel series to 2001's Wet Hot American Summer that we never knew we desperately wanted - is very funny. In fact, it's freakin' hilarious for uber-fans of the original. I can only assume it's mildly amusing to those who've either never seen the movie or saw it and weren't fans (um, who are you?), but as a die-hard fan of the film myself, and one of the few people who actually caught in in the theater almost fourteen years back, I'm here to tell you that it's miraculously awesome.
Tron himself, actor Bruce Boxleitner, says he's "moved on" from the franchise as a result of Disney's decision in May to pull the plug on Tron 3.
When /Film asked Boxleitner if he thought Tron 3 could be revived at a later point, he said, "“I don’t really care anymore. ... I’m done with it. I’ve moved on. I hate to say that but it’s been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don’t want to repeat my career anymore."
Although Boxleitner said it "breaks my heart" that the studio decided to cancel Tron 3, he added, "I understand the times move on. Disney, it’s not in their
AMC, Channel 4, and Kudos have announced that their co-produced drama series Humans has been renewed for a second season.
The series will return for eight new episodes, with production starting next year.
Written by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the series stands as a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season and has averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings.
Overseas, the first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years.
IGN's Nintendo show returns after a week in Japan. Join host Jose Otero, Peer Schneider, and Brian Altano, as the crew discusses two anticipated games in Super Mario Maker and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Then, after the break, the crew discusses the big August update for Splatoon, the Smash Bros' next DLC pack, Dragon Quest XI's announcement, and more.
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UPDATE: Statements from both WWE and Vince McMahon have been added below.
Just a month after losing wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes, we're sad to report that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died.
Piper, born Roderick George Toombs, was a huge pro-wrestling fixture in the 80s, helping launch the first ever WrestleMania as part of a tag team main event that also featured Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, and Mr. T.
TMZ first reported the news that Piper had been found dead today in his Hollywood home.
The cause of death is currently listed as "natural causes," though it is not known at this time if cancer played role. Piper battled Hodgkins Lymphoma back in 2006 but stated last year that he was cancer free.
In light of Relativity Media's bankruptcy filing and layoffs this week, the company's reboot of The Crow has reportedly been suspended.
The film was to have shot at Pinewood Cardiff where pre-production had long been underway.
According to ScreenDaily. "crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation." A source for the UK trade informs them "the company still 'intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.'"
Valve has released two new chests full of rare cosmetic items for Dota 2.
Called the Trove Carafe and Lockless Luckvase, each chest includes at least one cosmetic item, with a chance of scoring a "very rare" or "extra rare" item. The extra rare items are gold-colored versions of the normal treasures.
Check out all of the new Immortals below, minus the gold versions.
The chests are $4 USD for a regular version, and $5 for a version digitally autographed by popular Dota 2 personalities. If you don't like the item you receive, you can choose to destroy it for a chance to receive a new chest.
For more on Valve and its major yearly Dota 2 tournament, The International, check back with IGN from August 3-8.
It was Doctor Who Day at the Television Critics Association’s press tour today, with the team behind the much-loved BBC series teasing the upcoming Season 9, which sees the return of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor for his second year in the TARDIS alongside companion Clara (Jenna Coleman). Minor spoilers for the new season follow.
Perhaps the most intriguing question about Season 9 is the matter of who Maisie Williams will be playing. The Game of Thrones actress is set to make an appearance when the show returns in the fall, and many fans have been speculating that Williams could be playing an important figure from the Doctor’s past.
“One thing I think is worth saying because it keeps coming up as an issue: She is not playing a returning character,” said showrunner Steven Moffat. “She is a brand new character. She's not someone from the Doctor's past -- unless I'm lying. … It's a significant role. We are not throwing her away. You know, we are not just getting the star value and doing nothing with it. It's a great part, and she's terrific in it. But I would say it will develop in unexpected ways.”
During an interview with Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, he expressed interest doing a Justice League game with developer Rocksteady. While Rocksteady has said they won't be doing anymore Batman games, fans have voiced their desire for the franchise to continue in a Justice League game. We asked Conroy if he was interested in doing a Justice League game with Rocksteady and he responded enthusiastically.
"Oh yeah! Absolutely," he said. "I would love to do that. It's really hard to record games and very hard to create them, but the result is so rewarding that it makes it worthwhile at the end."
Despite Batman: Arkham Knight's story ending in explosive fashion, Conroy has hopes that the game series will continue.
The annual Gamescom convention runs from August 5-9 and IGN will have everything you need from the most important video game event of the year. We'll have details from every announcement, interviews with developers, and tons of new gameplay for all your favorite upcoming games.
Here's how and when you can catch every second of IGN's live Gamescom coverage.
Gaming's biggest publishers are holding huge Gamescom 2015 press conferences to announce new games, show new demos, and reveal release dates. IGN will be on hand breaking news from every one of the briefings.
Here's when each press conference kicks off.
We now know when you can watch a non-shakycam version of the Deadpool trailer.
In fact, you'll have two options available. Next Tuesday, August 4, the red-band trailer will premiere on TBS' Conan. And a more family-friendly green-band trailer will be shown with the U.S. theatrical release of Fantastic Four, which is set for August 7.
The red-band trailer is likely to be a more accurate picture of the film's content, seeing as our look at Comic-Con concluded it was making liberal use of its R-rating. Our look at the time included plenty of profanity, blood, and at least one exploding head. Ryan Reynolds, who portrays the Merc with the Mouth, had previously promised "graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex."
The upcoming sixth season of AMC's The Walking Dead may feature the appearance of Negan, a character fans of the graphic novel series are no doubt familiar with.
"It’s absolutely a possibility," series showrunner Scott Gimple told EW. "And when I say it’s a possibility, we have a plan in place, but there’s a couple variables for that plan that we’re deciding about. It really depends on a few factors as we move into setting up the last bit of the season story-wise."
Paul Monroe (aka Jesus) may appear in Season 6 as well. According to series creator Robert Kirkman, there's a good chance we'll see both Monroe and Negan in the show soon, it's just a matter finding a way to do the characters justice in their on-screen portrayals.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Chris Carle bring you the latest in genre movie news.
This week's topics include our thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gambit, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Ghostbusters, Five Nights at Freddy's, SPECTRE, what's next for Christopher Nolan, the state of Adam Sandler's career, and more.
Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has confirmed the recently leaked Vote to Play feature for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Vote to Play Coming Soon Exclusively for PS Plus Members http://t.co/8bSxNguBZZ
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) July 31, 2015
According to the PlayStation Blog, Vote to Play allows PS Plus subscribers to vote on "one of several" PS4 games for the next month's PS Plus lineup. The one with the most votes will be free, and runner-ups will be sold at a discount.
Rumours suggest that the next-generation Apple TV will be announced this September.
According to Buzzfeed's sources, Apple is planning to unveil the new Apple TV in a September event in which the company typically announces new iPhones. It will be a "significant overhaul" of the current version, with Buzzfeed citing features such as a newly redesigned remote, Apple's A8 system on chip, increased storage, an improved Siri-enabled operating system, and a slimmer chassis.
SEGA's most recent financial earnings report was not a wholly positive one.
Reporting a decrease of 42 percent in net sales, the publisher reports sales earnings of ¥52.9 billion ($426 million), operating losses of ¥9.5 billion ($76 million), and net losses of ¥7.9 billion ($63.8 million).
SEGA representatives largely attribute the decrease in sales figures to global economies, with additional issues arising from the reported decrease in demand for game software, amusement centers, and amusement machines in Japan.
"The economy still remained in the condition requiring further time for full recovery due to uncertainty towards a downswing in overseas economies arising from factors such as the slowdown of growth in the economies of emerging countries and European debt crisis," SEGA said.