Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Roth Cornet bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where Captain America: The Winter Soldier trounced Transcendence -- we discuss the latest movie news, including Batman vs. Superman, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Star Wars: Episode VII, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Terminator: Genesis, Godzilla, Resident Evil 6, Deus Ex, and much more.
Variety reports that "Victor Stone or Cyborg, while not a major part in the Batman-Superman feature, is a member of the Justice League, and the role will become much more significant role as Warner and DC develop more films related to the Justice League universe, sources confirm."
*Full spoilers for The Flash #30 are contained within this article!*
This week's The Flash #30 by co-writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen and artist Brett Booth was teased as the New 52 debut of Wally West, and while he was delivered as promised, what readers weren't expecting was for him to be bi-racial, the child of a white father and an African-American mother.
Netflix revealed earlier today that The Killing will return for its final season August 1.
Canceled by AMC (again) late last year, The Killing was resurrected by Netflix just months later. Now, the streaming video company has announced that the TV drama will premiere August 1 for its fourth — and final — season. Like other Netflix shows, it appears all-new episodes for the entire season will drop at the same time this summer.
The Elder Scrolls Online and Titanfall's War Games map gets gorgeous new screenshots (which you can see in the video above), Nintendo announces three new things that are bound to make you happy, and Ubisoft totally teases us talking about making a possible Watch Dogs sequel. I also unveil our Fix Fan of the Week and detail how you can become one!
Here are the top stories we covered:
Screens of the new map War Games and details about what it will explore.
Check The Elder Scrolls Online first adventure zone in these new screenshots!
In truly outrageous news, director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 3D) took to Twitter today and revealed the poster for his upcoming big screen live-action adaptation of 80s cartoon/toy line Jem - along with four main members of the cast, including Jem herself.
Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) is playing Jem - record executive who secretly moonlights as a pop star with the aid of a super-computer named Synergy (at least that's who the character was in the cartoon). Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm), Hayley Kiyoko (Lemonade Mouth), and Aurora Perrineau round out Jem's band, The Holograms, as Kimber, Aja, and Shana.
There have been a lot of great books to launch out of All-New Marvel NOW these past few months, but Dan Slott and Mike Allred's Silver Surfer has easily been one of the best. The first issue even won IGN Comics' book of the month for March.
And next week will see the release of issue #2, where Surfer and his new sidekick, Dawn, confront a powerful cosmic entity known as the Never Queen. Scroll down for our exclusive preview of that issue, and let us know your thoughts on the new series in the comments section below.
If you can't afford a plane ticket to Denmark, you can at least explore its more geometric clone in Minecraft. Denmark's Ministry of Environment has recreated the entire country in the popular building game, using maps and elevation data for reference.
Danish site DR.DK (via VentureBeat) reports that the file size for the ambitious project is about 1TB, consisting of 4 trillion individual bricks. The actual country is roughly 43,000 square kilometers. The Ministry's Simon Kokkendor and Thorbjørn Nielsen created the model by feeding the map data into an algorithm that created it in Minecraft automatically. Since this is based on topographic data, it probably lacks modeling for individual buildings.
After 57 straight wins, and winning three tournaments -- 3v3 Last Titan Standing, 4v4 Last Titan Standing, and 5v5 Variant -- we're playing in a Single Elimination event with 64 teams.
The 6v6 tournament is three games per round, and you can catch us streaming matches live right on this page from IGN's Twitch.TV channel.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tried Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset just one week before purchasing Oculus VR for $2 billion, a PlayStation executive said.
On a panel at Games Marketing Summit 2014, Sony marketing executive Guy Longworth said he remembered Zuckerberg approaching Sony to try Project Morpheus a week before announcing Facebook's March 25 acquisition of Oculus VR, according to Gamespot.
Wanna call attention to your science fiction card game? Not many better ways to do that than by licensing one of the biggest franchises in the genre, Star Trek: The Next Generation. That's what Infinity Wars, a digital collectible card game, has accomplished. It's releasing a TNG expansion in May, supplementing the game's six existing factions with two new ones: the Klingons and the Federation. I've never heard of a game landing a major license after it's been released—Infinity Wars has been on Steam Early Access for around a month—so this piqued my curiosity.
The most surprising thing about the addition of Star Trek to Infinity Wars is just how different the tone of the existing game world is from Star Trek's. The currently existing factions include militant religious fanatics, undead techno-zombies, and Mass Death-casting demon worshippers. There are also violent-but-cute animals. The net effect feels much more like the brutal mystical universe of Warhammer 40k than the rational utopianism of Star Trek.
Director Bryan Singer has issued a statement in response to the sex abuse allegations against him, calling them “outrageous, vicious and completely false.” Singer adds that he will not participate in the promotional campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Variety reports that Singer has denied the allegations, put forth by Michael Egan, “who alleged that he had been coerced into sex in California and Hawaii in 1998 and 1999,” at the age of 15, and again at 17, along with being forced to inhale cocaine.
The screenwriters behind the unproduced Deadpool movie have been hired to script the feature film version of Ubisoft's upcoming game Watch Dogs.
Ubisoft and New Regency have also paired up for big screen adaptations of Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.
Watch Dogs comes out May 27 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
This review is already going up very late, so I’m also going to keep it pretty short this week. But man, how sad is The Americans these days, huh? This season is really going into the psychological effect this lifestyle is having on the Jennings and it’s not pretty. Early in the season, it was Elizabeth who was still in a semi-PTSD mode and now Philip is finding it increasingly difficult to justify the murders he’s committing as part of his job.
We saw him try and quiet that guy who spotted him, but not only could he not, but he had to kill him in a very up close and personal way, slicing his throat. The fact that he had to shoot another man, and then found the trucker whose life he’d specifically spared was dead only added to how screwed up Philip was for the remainder of the episode – with Matthew Rhys expertly conveying a man who is just so damaged at the moment.
If you’ve been missing Jason Voorhees, don’t worry – it looks like you’ll be seeing plenty more of him soon, as a Friday the 13th TV show is now in development.
Deadline reported the news, revealing Sean S. Cunningham, who directed the original Friday the 13th in 1980, is one of the executive producers on the series. Yes, there was a Friday the 13th: The Series once before, produced by Paramount while they were making the films, but that show was completely unconnected to the Jason storyline. This time though, the intent is to make a show set in Crystal Lake, with Jason very much a part of it.
It may be full sails ahead for Disney's Star Wars and The Avengers, but the studio's other major project, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is still treading water.
Earlier this week, at the Bloomberg Business of Entertainment Breakfast, Disney chairman Alan Horn offered an update on the highly anticipated Pirates 5, noting that the script still needs work. When asked if the sequel would be ready to shoot this fall, Horn replied (via THR), "It's possible. We haven't seen a screenplay yet that I've been able to sign off on... There's a lot of variables that affect the final outcome once it leaves the studio lot, so we are very careful."
Game Over. You Died. Failed Mission. Fission Mailed.
Everyone dies in video games and everyone will always die in video games. The people behind Dark Souls actually highlight how many times you die.
We know that dying can be frustrating, but we also know that dying because of a stupid mistake is even more frustrating. We wanted to resurface some of that rage so we asked the IGN community on Twitter to tell us the dumbest way they've died in a video game.April 24, 2014
Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron got an earlier release date in the United Kingdom and Ireland today, with the sequel now slated to come out April 24, 2015.
The Marvel UK Twitter account made the announcement, which moves The Avengers: Age of Ultron up one week from its North American release date of May 1, 2015.
Director Joss Whedon was just talking about how much fun he's having with the film's main villain, Ultron, while last month Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. teased that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) may have an expanded role in the superhero sequel. Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron began shooting earlier this year in South Africa.
Game of Thrones’ Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, that creepy son of a you-know-what, is certainly not one to be trusted. With his superior intellect and underhanded ways, he’s the kind of guy who will hit on your wife after you’re dead… by bringing her a box with your bones in it!
O.K., so maybe that wasn’t the smartest move Littlefinger ever pulled, but typically the character, as played by Aidan Gillen, is one of the prime players in the Game of Thrones world, always anticipating and manipulating events in King’s Landing and beyond. And now that Season 4 is underway, it looks as though that “beyond” part will come more into play for the character.
Paul Walker attached himself to Brick Mansions, a remake of the French parkour thriller District: B13, all the way back in 2011. If it had hurdled into production on schedule, writer Luc Besson and commercial director Camille Delamarre's excessively-Xeroxed reinterpretation would be a distant memory, eclipsed by the rejuvenated Fast & Furious franchise. But delays and Walker's untimely death turn Brick Mansions into a cacophonous grace note to a career cut short.
A barrage of cheap effects, chaotic action, and expired jokes obliterate the charisma offered up by Walker and parkour founder David Belle. If Walker was still with us, we'd write Brick Mansions as lame action filler; With tragedy lingering, the movie just seems unfair.