Let's get a couple of things out of the way. First off, it may be obvious to say, but just in case: If you already have the Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Seasons limited edition DVD collection, you don't need the Power Rangers: Seasons 13-17 set, as all of that content -- both the episodes and bonus features -- is on that release. Second, as with my reviews of the previous Shout! Factory Power Rangers sets, I'm throwing in the usual note that I am not reviewing the content of the show itself here. You know if you're a fan of Power Rangers or of these particular seasons and if you're not, well, this isn't for you.
Sony has closed a deal with British comedy writer Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat) to pen the screenplay for Border Guards, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Ferrell is producing with Kevin Messick and Adam McKay, who is expected to direct.
Ferrell and Reilly have shown great comedy chemistry in Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, both of which were directed by McKay. According to Deadline, Border Guards is about “two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the USA.”
Focus groups are part of modern day marketing. Companies use them to test new cereals, toy ideas, and to get a feel for how audiences will react to new television shows. But at the end of the day, how useful are they? Giancarlo Volpe, who has been involved in several animated series, including King of the Hill, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender, recently shared a comic on his Tumblr illustrating his experience with an animation focus group while producing Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
Initially, Volpe's comic shows he was optimistic about the information he would glean from the group, despite misgivings from executive producer Bruce Timm. The participating kids provided some interesting information, but the way the moderators interpreted their reactions and feedback was ultimately a source of frustration.
Another one of Mark Millar's creator-owned comics is coming to theaters.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Twentieth Century Fox has picked up Superior. Millar wrote the comic about a 12-year-old boy turned superhero, and Leinil Francis Yu was responsible for the art. Matthew Vaughn, who also worked with Millar on adapting Kick-Ass, has had the movie rights for Superior since 2011 and now he'll be on board as a producer.
Can the head of a big company such as SCE Worldwide Studios be banned from Miiverse? Of course he can and did. While you process that, get all the need-to-know details on the latest Xbox One update and two controversial topics about the games industry.
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Gamers in the UK will be getting Dark Souls 2 for PC a week later than the games original release of April 25th.
The return of old Xbox 360 favorites and the addition of new features. Find out what they are.
According to Variety, Seth Lochhead (Hanna) will be adapting the Image comicbook Who Is Jake Ellis? for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment - with David Yates (the final four Harry Potter movies) set to direct.
Who Is Jake Ellis?, from the comic by by Nathan Edmondson and artist Tonci Zonjic, "revolves around a former spy on the run who is kept safe by a mysterious man known as Jake Ellis." It's said to have elements of The Bourne Trilogy, Memento and Fight Club.
Universal Studios has given an update on their Fast & Furious 7 production, indicating that two brothers of late actor Paul Walker, Caleb and Cody, will help fill holes in production.
On their Fast & Furious 7 Facebook page, Universal announced that Caleb and Cody Walker will help them “complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production,” in light of Paul’s passing last November.
The studio calls the filming with Caleb and Cody an opportunity to “allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.” They go on to thank fans of the series for their “love and support” as they resume production.
Windows Phone 8.1 is set to roll out in the coming months, and while, numerically, it looks like the changes should just result in a minor update, the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone operating system is anything but. Between the introduction of the Siri-like Cortana, a new input method for the platform's keyboard, and, finally, a proper notification system, Windows Phone has reached a new level of refinement and feels one big step closer to maturity.
But don't be mistaken, Windows Phone 8.1 isn't a complete re-working of the operating system. Instead, it introduces a few high-demand features and other smaller upgrades that bring it more in line with Android and iOS. Not only does the latest update deliver some significant additions, but it also gets rid of some problems that have been holding back the operating system from achieving parity with its more established competitors.
Tired of the normal multiplayer announcer in Call of Duty: Ghosts? Later this month, you'll be able to swap that voice out for Snoop Dogg's.
Infinity Ward devs wrote Snoop Dogg's lines, but they left enough room for him to add his own "snoopisms."
Some of our favorites are below.
"What interests me most about the project is that my voice could be connected with a game that's so hip and so hood," Snoop Dogg said.
Marvel is just weeks away from launching their latest big summer event: Original Sin. Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Mike Deodato, Original Sin explores what happens when the Watcher is murdered and his eyes are stolen. Yeah, that's right (and gross) -- the Watcher's eyes contain everything he has ever seen, including all the dark secrets Marvel's heroes have been hiding. Who killed the Watcher? What will happen when his many secrets are leaked to the world? Those questions form the basis of the conflict in Original Sin.
After a dozen deaths and minutes of failure, I finish Not a Hero’s first mission in a single 15-second run.
I’ve got a good grip on the 2D shooter’s three basic mechanics -- slide, shoot, and special. Sliding on the ground lets me kick through doors, knock enemies on their backs, and tuck into cover the instant stand I stop moving. Pop off a couple pistol shots while sliding, and Not a Hero starts feeling like Vanquish. The special items, meanwhile, let me do big damage with grenades or explosive shots that slaughter dudes behind cover.
It’s an uncomplicated series of mechanics that create an enormous range of possibility for skilled players. I am not one of those. Even still, as I gun for a quick completion time and a huge high score, Not a Hero makes me feel like the badass hero of a stylish action movie.
In the second part of our coverage from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we talk with producer Dylan Clark about the past, present, and future of the revived franchise -- including what the exact status is of James Franco and Freida Pinto’s characters from the previous film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Spoilers for that film obviously follow, but here’s a hint: It ain’t pretty.
“I mean, they’re the ones that died,” Clark told IGN of Franco and Pinto’s characters on the New Orleans set of the film. “They were ground zero of the virus.”
Of course, the virus Clark is talking about is the Simian Flu, which was seen spreading at the end of 2011’s Rise and, by the time Dawn’s story picks up about a decade later, has wiped out about 90 percent of the world’s human population, even while allowing for Andy Serkis’ ape leader Caesar and his kind to establish a thriving colony of their own.
Based on the Danish comic book of the same name, Antboy is a film that banks on its viewers knowing – and loving – the modern superhero film. Nearly beat-for-beat, it follows Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie. From the animated opening credits to the book-ending voice-over to using his powers for personal gain before learning what it means to be a hero, Antboy borrows heavily from the forerunner of modern superhero flicks.
Despite this, it manages to carve out its own identity. It acknowledges the world it’s aping; superheroes like Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, and yes, even Ant-Man, are acknowledged within the film’s world, which helps shift the tone from a Raimi Spidey clone to something along the lines of a Kick-Ass for kids.
In probably the most extreme and perverse example of "big news breaking Tuesday night mere hours after I completed the Wrap Up," the Ultimate Warrior passed away last week in an Arizona hotel parking lot due to heart failure. Just one day after appearing on RAW and cutting a promo about how the end of his life would surely lead to immortality. And just three nights after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was 54, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.
Time may be a flat circle, but True Detective's ratings were anything but.
Now, with some time removed from the season finale, and factoring in delayed viewership, it's being said that HBO's engrossing Southern Gothic crime series pulled in around 11.9 million viewers per episode. Which makes it the most-watched first-year series in HBO’s history.
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True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, beat out the previous champion Six Feet Under - which averaged 11.4 million per episode in its freshman season. And although Game of Thrones is HBO's most watched series of all time, True Detective's first season still beat GoT's first.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PlayStation 4 games. You can also pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 beginning today.
PlayStation. Does the word send a chill down your spine? Does it caress your senses with wave upon wave of irresistible pleasure? No? Do you like PlayStation? Then you're certainly in the right place. Welcome to Podcast Beyond, your link to the IGN crew that pushes news, opinions and utter hilarity straight to your ears (and subsequently, your brain).
Greg's back from PAX East, so he grabs Daemon to cover PlayStation's presence at the show -- Diablo III PS4, Transistor, and more! They also invite "Strong" Brian "Prince" Albert to talk about if The Last of Us PS4 is happening because Uncharted PS4's delayed, if Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has a shot at coming to the Vita, and what music you should be listening to.
David Bruckner, writer and director of the infamous "Amateur Night" segment in V/H/S -- yep, the one that now makes you shudder at the phrase "I like you" -- is reportedly in negotiations with Paramount and Platinum Dunes to direct the Friday the 13th reboot.
According to The Wrap, it's unclear what approach Bruckner will take with his version of Jason Voorhees and Camp Crystal Lake. Last October, we heard rumors that the producers were thinking about incorporating found footage into the new movie (though it's uncertain if that remains the case). If they do go that route, Bruckner would be an ideal choice to helm the project, as found footage played a key role in "Amateur Night."
Riot Games hopes a recent patch in League of Legends makes bots act like "more human-like opponents."
The California-based studio detailed the process of making bots more human in a developer blog post, admitting some surprise that tougher bots weren't something the community was calling for in League of Legends. As such, Riot focused on "more-human bots as the overarching goal for this update
, especially since such changes will make harder bots more interesting down the line. Players also said that they thought bots didn’t seem to think about strength and danger the same way most players do. As it turns out, they were right."
The Last of Us Remastered is set to arrive in stores throughout North America on June 20, according to listings at several major retailer web sites.
GameSpot found listings on Target, Best Buy, and GameFly that all indicate the same release date, along with the previously announced price point of $60 USD. Several other sites still list the game with a placeholder date of December 31st, but they may update later if the June date is confirmed.