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Deadpool Is Now Officially an Avenger

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 18:45

As if being one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe wasn't enough, Deadpool can now count himself an official member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Warning: spoilers for Avengers #0 follow!

Marvel released a standalone comic yesterday called Avengers #0, which featured several short stories aimed at paving the way for upcoming Avengers titles like New Avengers, The Ultimates and Uncanny Avengers. The latter story featured Deadpool carrying out a mission for Steve Rogers. Deadpool was tasked with stealing a sample of the Terrigen Mist cloud that has been making its way across the globe and spawning millions of new Inhumans. The reason? Because some mutants are beginning to have a bad reaction to the Mists, including Rogue.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 Review

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 18:14

Warning: Full spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead's first season follow...

The idea itself was solid. The notion was supportable. AMC would spin off its blockbuster hit The Walking Dead and feature a brand new set of characters over on the opposite side of the country. Surely, there'd be enough undead chaos to spread around. And so Fear the Walking Dead hit our airwaves this past summer with a quick six-episode first season (much like The Walking Dead did years back), ready to take us on another perilous journey through zombie terrain.

But there was an additional twist. Not only would there be new characters and new locations, but things would take place in the past. Not a prequel series, per se, but a story detailing the early days of the zombie outbreak in Los Angeles. The time period Rick Grimes skipped over while he was comatose in a hospital bed. Again, an interesting set up. Who wouldn't want to see L.A. succumb to large scale mayhem and madness?

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Microsoft Made Me Love Windows Again

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 18:04

Microsoft killed it at its Surface event earlier this week. The company finally has its swagger back after chasing Apple's iPhone and iPad for far too long. With the announcement of the iPad Pro, Apple has begun chasing after Microsoft in a category it pioneered with the original Surface. With the Lumia 950 phones, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book, Microsoft is showing off its vision of a seamless computing experience, and I want to be part of it.

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Syfy's Hunters Trailer Debut

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 17:30

Straight from its debut at the New York Comic Con panel for the series, IGN has the exclusive online premiere of the trailer for Syfy's upcoming series, Hunters.

From executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, The Walking Dead) and executive producer and showrunner Natalie Chaidez (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 12 Monkeys), Hunters is based on author Whitley Strieber's Alien Hunter books. In the series, a group of terrorists (the "Hunters" of the title) are in fact truly an alien force, as we focus on members of the Homeland Security-backed group trying to stop them - and find out their true agenda.

Nathan Phillips (The Bridge, Wolf Creek) and Britne Oldford (American Horror Story: Asylum, The Flash) star in Hunters, which debuts in April 2016 on Syfy.

This Week in the Nintendo eShop

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 17:01

On 3DS, retail games are back in style, with Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, The Legend of Legacy, and more due out in the next few days. The Wii U, however, continues to add more interesting eShop games every week, with Race the Sun and Whispering Willows headling this week's slate of games. Of coruse, don't forget the retro games hitting each eShop as well, with 3D Sonic 2 coming to 3DS and the GBA shoot-'em-up Pocky & Rocky with Becky hitting Wii U. And, as is common, this week has some great sales, including a superb deal on Wii U eShop launch game Little Inferno and the 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash ($29.99, Available October 9)

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The Final Girls Review

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 17:00

As the original Scream made readily apparent years ago, there are rules to horror movies, especially '80s slasher films.

While Scream brought a movie-like slasher to the (then) present, The Final Girls takes a somewhat different tack, sending its characters back into an '80s slasher movie. That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but director Todd Strauss-Schulson pulls it off.

Taissa Farmiga stars as Max Cartwright, a high schooler whose mother, Amanda (Malin Akerman), was once a famous scream queen but has never managed to get past those projects, particularly one called Camp Bloodbath. Before Final Girls truly gets started, Max loses her mother in a car accident and is still coping with the loss three years later.

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Cute Street Fighter Hadoken Plush Available for Pre-Order

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:29

If you’ve ever wanted to toss your own Street Fighter-style Ryu fireball, you’ll sort of have your chance soon.

Multiverse Studio has revealed the Street Fighter Hadoken Plush Ball, based on the classic blue fireball design. The plush measures 9-inches by 12-inches and is made out of a soft cotton polyester blend.

Image via Multiverse Studio

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New Image of Batman in BvS: Dawn of Justice Released

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:23

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still photographer Clay Enos has released a new image of the Caped Crusader from the upcoming film.

Enos shared the Batman picture on Instagram, saying that "you asked for it." The image gives a profile view of Ben Affleck's version of the Dark Knight from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, basically showing off the whole Batsuit.

This isn't the first time Enos has revealed new images from Dawn of Justice. He's previously showed off photos of a goggles-wearing Batman and better shots of Superman and Lex Luthor from the film.

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First Shadowhunters Trailer Revealed

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:20

ABC Family has released the first trailer for its upcoming series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments ahead of its debut this coming January.

This "first look" teaser was unveiled via the show's official Snapchat account, and has since made its way to YouTube, courtesy of the Aussie Shadowhunters channel. Give it look below.

The show, based on Cassandra Clare's young adult novel series The Mortal Instruments, stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, a human who gets wrapped up in hunting demons with Shadowhunter Jace (Dominic Sherwood) after her mother is kidnapped.

Clare's supernatural collection of books was originally planned to get several movie adaptations, but after The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' poor performance at the box office, the series has been moved to television.

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Report: Justice League Dark to Film Next Year

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:16

Warner Bros. is reportedly moving ahead with their long-gestating Justice League Dark movie, also known as Dark Universe. Guillermo del Toro will no longer direct the movie, but is still aboard to produce the DC Comics adaptation -- a task that will see him getting an assist from an Oscar-winning Hollywood heavyweight.

Famed producer Scott Rudin (Steve Jobs, The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) is said to have come aboard the project. (Factoid: Rudin was the inspiration for Kevin Spacey's raging, demoralizing producer character in Swimming With Sharks.)

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Is GoT’s Margaery Planning the Ultimate Team-Up?

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:10

At New York Comic-Con today, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer had some fun talking about her character Margaery Tyrell, while also dropping what could be the tiniest of hints about the future of Margaery.

Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 5 follow.

As fans know, Margaery’s fortunes took a turn for the worse last season when she was thrown in jail by the High Sparrow. But prior to that, Margaery had her eye on the Iron Throne, of course. Dormer was asked about what kind of threat her character poses to Lena Headey’s Cersei, who also has a thing for that Throne.

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

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HBO Now Arrives on Roku

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:45

Roku devices now support HBO Now.

The HBO online service became available as a channel on Roku's website today. While HBO Now originally launched as an Apple exclusive, the subscription service has since become compatible with Android devices and Google Chromecast.

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Capcom Officially Announces Laura for Street Fighter 5

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:40

Capcom has officially announced Laura Matsuda for Street Fighter V.

Last week, the jiu-jitsu specialist was leaked prior to her intended reveal at the Brasil Game Show.

According to Capcom-Unity, Laura is the “heir to the Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu fighting style” and is “looking for strong opponents around the world to defeat.” Her fighting style allows players to use a variety of quick attacks and command grabs. Laura does indeed have a projectile, which she uses to her advantage in approaching opponents.

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Nintendo Adds New Social Features to the Miiverse

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:24

Nintendo has updated the Miiverse with a host of new social features.

In an effort to better connect the Wii U and 3DS communities, players can now see what is trending on the Miiverse in real time, share posts and ideas within communities dedicated to specific games, and check in to see how other players are doing in their own games via the Play Journal live feed. Visit the Miiverse website to see all of the changes in action.

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Robert Kirkman Teases Intense The Walking Dead Season

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:22

With Season 6 of The Walking Dead set to debut this weekend, creator Robert Kirkman stopped by New York Comic Con to talk up the new season. And talk it up he did, promising “the most intense season so far.” As TWD fans know, that’s saying something.

He said that he's noticed that there are big cliffhangers at the end of every episode he's seen of the new season. “I’m watching cuts like ‘Ahhhhh!’” he laughed.

The S6 debut will have a special premiere at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 9. And while Kirkman was light on plot details about the new episodes, he did tease some broad strokes.

Viewers will see more of Rick interacting with “these people who live in this safe place, who have this misconception of how the world works now.” That’s Alexandria, of course, where Rick and his group came in and shook things up last year.

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Netflix Raises Monthly Fee for Its Main Plan

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:07

The price of Netflix's most popular plan has been increased from $8.99 to $9.99 a month in the United States.

While the dollar increase won't affect existing customers until October of next year, the new monthly rate is now in effect for everyone else. The company confirmed the change in response to a user on Twitter.

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EA Announces New Plants Vs. Zombies Theme Park Attraction

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:52

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is coming to the big screen...a very, very big screen.

EA announced today they've partnered with the North Carolina-based theme park Carowinds to open a brand new Plants vs. Zombies attraction.

Called an "intra-active" 3D experience, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena places attendees in two teams who compete with each other by shooting at screens with toy blasters in a five-minute backyard battle. The attraction features large screens, motion-based seating, and surround sound.

Concept Image Credit: Carowinds/Electronic Arts.

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Fantastic 4: Producer Discusses What Went Wrong

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:42

Fantastic Four producer Simon Kinberg has come forward to speak about what went wrong with 20th Century Fox's disastrous superhero reboot, while also revealing whether or not he'd work with the film's director ever again.

Addressing the the criticism leveled at him for possibly being spread too thin between his various projects (he's also involved in a Star Wars anthology movie, Deadpool, Logan's Run and X-Men: Apocalypse, among others), Kinberg told THR: "I was there every day on set of Fan Four, as I am on anything that I'm the writer and the producer of. Some movies work out and some don't. In my experience, there's not a direct correlation between the process and the product."

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M&M's Forms Partnership with X-Men: Apocalypse

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:40

The CG-animated M&M's characters are about to become a little more super-powered.

Mars Chocolate has agreed to a cross-promotional sponsorship with 20th Century Fox to help with the marketing efforts for next year's X-Men: Apocalypse.

The deal will include retail displays and special packaging markings, TV and cinema commercials, and social media posts featuring the M&M's characters mixed with elements of the X-Men.

The film centers on the eponymous character Apocalypse, an all-powerful mutant who awakens after a centuries-long rest and vows to start a new world order. Along the way, he amasses an army of mutants to aid him in world domination, including a disillusioned Magneto.

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Robert Kirkman Talks Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:35

Creator Robert Kirkman confirmed at New York Comic-Con that Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 will pick up more or less where Season 1 left off.

Spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 follow.

Yep, the next season will continue the boat thread that began at the end of the S1 finale, with the cast making their escape from the undead hordes of Los Angeles by sea instead of by land. So will we be seeing zombie mayhem on the water?

“There’s definitely some zombie water action coming up,” Kirkman said, before joking that “maybe you’ll see the Walking Dead cruise come passing by" (which is a real thing happening in January, by the way).

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