UPDATED under the original article with even more casting details, featuring four more DC characters including Jimmy Olsen.
A couple of pivotal casting descriptions have come out regarding the new Supergirl TV series, which CBS has given an official series commitment.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl will follow Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin.
Now TVLine.com has revealed some of the key casting details for both Kara Zor-El (aka Kara Danvers) and...Kara's foster sister Alexandra “Alex” Danvers.
With Marvel Studios announcing that Captain Marvel will be getting her own movie in 2018, we reached out to Kelly Sue Deconnick, the woman who has been writing the comic book since Carol Danvers was re-branded as Captain Marvel in 2012. Believe it or not, she had no idea the announcement was coming.
"I was gobsmacked," she said. "I did not see that coming, and I would have bet high dollar against it. I could not be more thrilled to be wrong."
Deconnick was quick to point out that she is a freelancer working for Marvel Comics on a work-for-hire basis, so she's not privy to the same kind of information that someone like comic writer Brian Michael Bendis -- who is on the creative committee for the movies -- or Joe Quesada -- the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel -- would have.
Arrested Development: Season 4 is getting a new start.
Soothing the wait for Arrested Development's fifth season, creator Mitchell Hurwitz (aka Community's Koogler) confirms he is editing a chronological version of Season Four.
In an interview with Pretentious Film Majors, Hurwitz reveals, “Right now, I’m cutting a version of season four that tells it chronologically.” The fourth season was unique to the series for its nonlinear timeline and episodes spotlighting only one of the main characters.
Hurwitz also spoke on his original plan for Season 4, which was to be "nine little webisodes." Wanting to release the movie, Hurwitz intended for 15-20 minute episodes on Netflix that would catch up with the characters after the show's cancellation in 2006. Hurwitz also says that when the press announced the show's return, "…I felt this pull like, 'I don't have the whole cast, but I'm going to have to deliver on this somehow."
Surprisingly, it’s not an Android or even Windows tablet that gives the iPad Air 2 the most run for its money—it’s last year’s iPad Air. Though there’s currently no other large tablet I’d recommend over the Air 2 in terms of speed, build quality, or app selection, I’m equally hard-pressed to say it’s enough of a leap that everyone should choose it over the original Air.
That’s not to say barely anything has changed. Inside and out, Apple has made a number of meaningful tweaks to its flagship tablet. The one that’ll stand out right away is just how much thinner the iPad Air 2 feels than last year’s model—which was already slim to begin with. The difference between 6.1mm and 7.5mm may not sound like a lot of difference on paper, but in the hand you’ll definitely notice it, especially given the addition of a slightly lower weight (0.96lbs).
Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy opens up about the Tim Burton Superman film that wasn't to be.
Speaking with IndieWire, Gilroy reveals that Burton's take on the Man of Steel planned to feature both Braniac and Doomsday, and would have been "a Superman for the ages."
The Bourne Legacy screenwriter says he came on board after Kevin Smith and Wesley Strick had penned drafts, and was taken in by Burton's approach to the film. The story the film aimed to tell varied from the traditional Superman orgins.
"Kal-El was not told by Jor-El, before he got put in the little spaceship, who he was or where he came from," says Gilroy. "So poor little Kal-El, when he winds up on earth, he has no freaking idea where he came from. His biggest fear is that he's an alien."
Amazon still has faith in the future of the Fire phone, despite the device’s slow sales.
In an interview with Fortune, Amazon senior vice president of devices David Limp said that executives at Amazon are going forward with plans to develop new phones, and that the company faults the Fire’s initial price tag for its failure.
“We didn’t get the price right,” said Limp. “I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations.”
Since the Fire’s release back in July, Amazon has dropped the price of the phone from $200 to 99 cents with a two-year AT&T contract. Limp said the discount has already helped to improve sales, but just last week it was revealed that the company took a $170 million hit due to the phone, and still has $83 million worth of unsold devices.
With everyone having a Twitter account, creating a message with 140 characters can be pretty challenging. In honor of Halloween, what if you tried to tell a spooky story not only within the constraints of a tweet, but only five words?
To celebrate Halloween, the IGN community hopped on Twitter and shared the most harrowing tales that only a handful of words could describe. The following are the freakiest, most frightful five word fables.
#ScaryStoriesIn5Words PSN down for scheduled maintenance— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) October 31, 2014
Virgin Galactic’s test flight, called SpaceShipTwo, crashed after a “serious anomaly” according to a report on CNN.
In a statement, Virgin Galactic said, "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.” The California highway patrol identified one person died; the other was injured and airlifted to a local hospital. It is believed these two are the pilots of the aircraft, but it has not been confirmed at this time.
The incident occurred over the Mojave Desert shortly after SpaceShipTwo separated from another vehicle designated to carry it upward, according to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration. News of the crash spread after 10:00 AM PT.
Just in time for Halloween, several in-game bonuses and events will be available this weekend in GTA Online.
Running from October 31 - November 2, several aspects of GTA Online have been tweaked in order to celebrate the holiday.
Double RP and cash rewards have been added to all Deathmatches for all three days of the weekend.
The rate of crate drops in Freemode have been increased, and will offer a variety of different weapons and items, including firework launchers, miniguns, ammo, and money. Special crate drops will feature rare GTA t-shirts, and the designs will change to something different at the start of each new day.
A Snapmatic costume photo contest offers players the chance to win $1million in GTA Online in-game currency, as well as a featured spot on the Rockstar blog. The developer recommends visiting Vespucci Beach Mask Shop to take advantage of discounts on masks, costumes, and other items.
Blumhouse Productions -- the company behind The Purge, Insidious and Paranormal Activity franchises, as well as the current No. 1 movie in North America, Ouija -- has announced that its partnering with Doubleday and Vintage Books to launch Blumhouse Books.
Their first book, The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, will be published simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback and ebook in July 2015. The book is an anthology of original short fiction that will feature more than twenty short stories penned by some of the biggest names in horror filmmaking today, including Blumhouse veterans Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge), Eli Roth, Scott Derrickson (Sinister), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), Christopher Denham and James DeMonaco (The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy).
It seems Marvel has plans to revisit even more of their past event comics next summer. In the wake of the recent Secret Wars announcement, Marvel is now releasing a series of teaser images promising some sort of revival or continuation of several event comics to take place in summer 2015. Are these intended as full-fledged events in their own right, or are they tie-ins to Secret Wars and its multiverse-spanning conflict?
The first teaser image focuses on the 2006 mini-series Civil War:
In an hour-long video posted to their YouTube channel, Square Enix revealed what Final Fantasy XV's open-world will look like, and the clip does not disappoint.
The 10-minute-long clip starts with four player characters in a car, driving along a country road, passing what may be the first gas station in Final Fantasy history. Other cars are on the road as well, and they look surprisingly Earthly in design, as opposed to the future-fantasy style that's typified Final Fantasy in recent years.
Eventually, the foursome pulls over and heads out on foot, travelling through a huge valley teeming with wildlife. Eventually their stroll takes them by a lake where towering creatures resembling dinosaurs were seen grazing, as well as a fairly expansive forest. No combat is featured in the video, though many of the creatures throughout the walkthrough appeared to be aggressive, particularly as day cycled to night towards the later parts. The piece ends as the four characters are making their way back to their ride, when some imposing looking aircraft fly slowly past them, landing in the grass up ahead.
Roku owners now have access to movies and television through Google Play's streaming application.
Similar to other services such as Netflix and Hulu, Google Play allows viewers in the US, UK, Ireland, and Canada to rent, purchase, and watch movies and television directly through their dedicated app.
Previously, Google Play movies and TV access was reserved only for users of Android and Chromecast devices, as well as an iOS application that hosted previous purchases, but didn't allow for on-demand viewing.
The movement to bring Google Play to Roku devices is likely one that seeks to further legitimize Google as a viable competitor in the streaming market, especially when integrated into a device streaming the likes of HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, and all other major streaming services. Currently, the app is available on all devices introduced after June 2011.
Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis is voicing the main antagonist in the upcoming stealth title, Volume.
The announcement coincides with a special "Gisborne Industries Launch" event taking place in Nottingham today.
Serkis is set to play the "villainous CEO" of Volume, who, according the game's developer Mike Bithell, runs England in this near-future take on the Robin Hood story.
The Age of Ultron actor joins YouTube star Charlie McDonnell as the hero Rob Locksley, and Danny Wallace, who lends his voice to Alan, Locksley's AI companion.
Bithell's last outing, Thomas Was Alone, has sold more than a million copies across all its platforms. In the IGN review, we said that it's the most endearingly characterful game about jumping rectangles that you will ever play.
The upcoming Game of Thrones game will have five playable characters from the same family, says Telltale Games.
Speaking to IBTimes UK, senior vice president of publishing Steve Allison revealed that the characters' interactions and choices will affect each other, echoing the interlocking narratives in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
"In Game of Thrones we're taking that multi-protagonist design
even further with five playable characters from the same family whose choices affect everyone in the family," said Allison, "And that adds a whole new layer to things that we're really excited about."
At some point, both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will likely slim down. Looking at the last generation of hardware, game consoles scale into smaller form factors as their longevity extends, and according to a report from Eurogamer, chip manufacturer AMD may have already taken the first steps for Xbox One.
Daniel McConnell, AMD's senior manager of system-on-a-chip design, had previously posted on his LinkedIn profile that he "successfully planned and executed the first APU for Microsoft’s XBOX One Game Console in 28nm technology and a cost-reduced derivative in 20nm technology." The entry containing the 20nm processor has since been removed from McConnell's profile.
Square Enix has put an hour-long presentation up on their YouTube channel, and it contains, among other gems, over six solid minutes of straight-up gameplay footage from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The clip shows off a wide range of abilities for multiple characters, including King, Queen, Jack, Rem, and Eight.
The range of abilities looks pretty impressive, ranging from your standard direct damage spells, to some more interesting buffs and weapon skills. One character, Seven, is shown using a segmented sword/whip similar to that of Soul Calibur's Ivy. It allows her to cover wide areas with her melee attacks, which she can make from an appreciable distance due to the extendable nature of the weapon. One bare-knuckled fighter was able to enter a buffed state in which he could quickly blur his way from foe to foe like The Flash, obliterating enemies with one or two punches upon arrival.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Run Sackboy! Run! – (Freemium)
The stitched-up star of PlayStation's LittleBigPlanet series comes to the App Store in an all-new runner game.
A listing, which has since been pulled, for a champagne gold Moto 360 went up on Amazon yesterday morning.
The smartwatch will cost $300 and have a matching champagne gold steel band, putting it at price parity with other metal-band versions of the Android Wear-toting device. Allegedly, there will also be an 18mm option for the band if the 23mm one is too big for your wrist.
A cognac colored leather strap paired with a silver 360 was also accidentally revealed. It will retail for $250, $50 cheaper than the metal-banded device. Check out the gallery below to get a better look at both of these new options.
IGN really liked Motorola's 2014 edition of its Moto X smartphone. We were fond of its speedy performance and unrivaled hardware customization options. Will you be purchasing one of the new Moto 360 variants when they're officially announced? Let us know in the comments below.