Playing off of Star Wars fans' knowledge of the Expanded Universe, Emperor Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid had a little fun with the audience during his panel at Star Wars Celebration yesterday, at one point speculating that perhaps the character cloned himself before he took a header down that Death Star shaft in Return of the Jedi.
“The Emperor was too bright not to know that,” said McDiarmid of Darth Vader’s potential to turn back to the side of good and betray his master. “Maybe he cloned himself in time to be in the next movie.”
The Emperor of course made just such a comeback in the EU. But as we all know, the Expanded Universe is now dead. And so, it seems, is Palpatine.
Bitten returns for Season 2 Friday night on Syfy, with plenty more for Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort) to deal with, as she navigates her dangerous and turbulent life as the only female member of a pack of werewolves.
Back at New York Comic Con, we spoke to Vandervoort about what to expect this season, as Elena takes a more proactive role in the group, seeking revenge for how things left off in Season 2. On top of that, she'll have to deal with the arrival of witches, as a new supernatural element comes into the mix. Check out the video above to see everything Vandervoort told us!
In addition, you can check out images from Bitten: Season 2 in the gallery below.
Stainless Games has announced that the release date for Carmageddon Reincarnation has been pushed back to May 21.
The previous release date for the game had been April 23. The release has been pushed back a month, but the Steam Early Access build will be updated before the full game comes out.
Carmageddon Reincarnation received over $600,000 in funding on Kickstarter, and backers will receive a special edition Red Eagle vehicle.
To find out what to expect on May 21, check out IGN's preview of Carmageddon Reincarnation.
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A modder has found a way to make unplayable characters from Mortal Kombat X's story mode playable, replete with their own move sets.
XVermillion posted a couple of videos to YouTube of Rain, Sindel and Baraka in training mode on PC, along with an explanation about how he did it on Reddit.
In essence, he took assets located in the game's source files and renamed them so they matched the names currently used by those associated with Shinnok. As a result, the game thinks you're playing with Shinnok, but in actuality you look like one of the other three characters and are able to execute all their moves without hassle.
Project CARS has gone gold, meaning the game is finished and ready to be sent to manufacturers so discs can be produced.
This means further delays are pretty much impossible, and confirms yesterday's announcement about a May 7 release in Australia and Europe, with a May 8 release date in the UK.
"We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all expecting," head of developer Slightly Mad Studios Ian Bell said. "Finally, we are also delighted to reveal the final track list. With more than 30 locations, Project CARS offers the largest track roster of any recent racing game."
The US Government is once again considering the legality of jailbreaking consoles.
As reported by ArsTechnica, hacking proponents, along with industry members, are now fighting for proposed exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as the Copyright Office reviews Section 1201 exemptions.
Jailbreaking, for those unfamiliar, allows the owner of a platform to modify – or ‘reverse engineer’ – a console, tablet, phone, or similar device, to run unsigned code. If acting within the law, this could be adding streaming functionality to the original Xbox, or running homebrew games on a PS One. The problem, the Law fears, is that by allowing users unrestricted access to unsigned code, people will modify a console so it can run – you guessed it – pirated software.
IKEA will start selling furniture which wirelessly charges devices this Spring.
Wireless pads with plus symbols on them will blend into your furniture. There will also be a wireless charger called JYSSEN which you can buy for $30 and insert into your own furniture.
There will be a wide range of wireless charging products available, such as the $60 SELJE nightstand, and the $70 VARV table lamp. If your phone doesn't already support wireless charging, the VITAHULT charging cover will be available for purchase also.
David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff has adopted his power stance to release an aggressively '80s music video, and it is wonderful.
Titled 'True Survivor', the video was made to tie in with the Kickstarter-funded Kung Fury; an '80s-style action comedy movie centered on a super kung fu cop who goes back in time to kill Adolf Hitler. For more on the project, check out Kung Fury's Kickstarter page, which also features the film's hilarious trailer.
Lucy O'Brien is Entertainment Editor at IGN’s AU office. Follow her ramblings on Twitter.
It is likely that the Apple Watch will not be available for purchase in Apple Stores until June due to high global interest compared to initial supply.
A staff memo obtained by The Telegraph from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts says Apple is "only taking orders online right now" and this is expected to "continue through the month of May".
For those who have already pre-ordered, they should "start receiving deliveries from next Friday as planned".
If you're not sure whether to buy an Apple Watch, IGN has a guide to help you decide.
Mortal Kombat’s first gay male character may be new playable Mortal Kombat X character Kung Jin, according to an interpretation of flashback scenes exploring the character’s past.
Kung Jin is a member of the Special Forces Unit and descendant of series regular Kung Lao. One particular flashback scene in Chapter 4 features Raiden urging Kung Jin to join the Shaolin Monks. “I can't... They won't accept,” Kung Jin says, with Raiden responding. “They care only of what is in your heart, not whom your heart desires.”
NetherRealm cinematic director Dominic Cianciolo confirmed the theories, tweeting “I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin's flashback. Glad we have observant fans!”
NBC post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Revolution is getting a conclusion one year after its cancellation. DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television have announced a collaboration that will tidy up the show’s storylines left unresolved in the final episode.
The two-season show will continue in a four-issue digital comic book series written by the show’s writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott and drawn by Angel Hernandez. Revolution will release every two weeks, with the first issue debuting on ComicBook.com on May 4 first before hitting the Revolution Facebook page after a week.
The panel for Star Wars: The Clone Wars at Star Wars Celebration today gave the audience mixed emotions. On one hand, it was very cool to see a ton of art and early animation for many of the unfinished episodes that were in the works when the show got cancelled. On the other hand, it was a reminder of how much more Clone Wars we could have gotten, and regret over not being able to see these episodes in their completed form.
Joking that they hoped they didn't get in trouble for it, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo showed us a lot, including very early sketches and more formal character design sheets. Through these images, and with Filoni and Hidalgo explaining what we were seeing, we got an idea of what some of the aborted storylines for the show were.
CD Projekt’s third installment in its fantasy role-playing game series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is available to pre-install ahead of its release next month.
Players can pre-order The Witcher 3 from the Xbox Store or through either their consoles at a discounted price. For instance, the game is discounted to US$53.99 in the U.S. and AU$98.28 in Australia. Users can also pre-download the 25 GB-sized title so they can get into the action as soon as the game officially launches.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt went gold earlier this week a month ahead of its expected release on May 19 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
We may be getting close to the end of The Big Bang Theory's eighth season, but the show has offered little indication of what conflicts might be guiding the cast along to the finale episode. Now that the business of mourning Mrs. Wolowitz is done and no one seems interested in even acknowledging Leonard and Penny's engagement, this episode was left to chug along and attempt to mine some new drama in these characters' lives. Needless to say, it wasn't terribly successful.
"The Communication Deterioration" did loosely build from last week's installment as Penny wrestled with her yearning to return to the acting grind with her newfound attachment to the safe but lucrative world of pharmaceutical sales. Oddly enough, the fact that she was auditioning for Clerks 3 was never once mentioned this week. Somehow I don't picture Kevin Smith of all directors putting out the call for several dozen attractive, 30-something blondes and going through such a formal audition process.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
There's something profoundly sweet and alluring about Ragnar's decision to get baptized (or to force a baptism) just so he might have a chance of seeing Athelstan once again in the afterlife. Will it create chaos among his horde? Most definitely, though he hadn't intended for them to see it happen. On the other hand though, he just might be dying. So what does he ultimately care?
As weird as it feels to know that Ragnar may have purposefully tanked the first assault on Paris, costing many men and women their lives (Norsemen casualties numbered over a thousand after the second assault this week), there's a satisfying perverseness to the fact that Ragnar's mind hasn't been fully on the ball since Athelstan died. And now he's also having to deal with both his injuries and a new plague that's decided to sweep over the area in the wake of all the fighting. So he's even loopier than usual. And he's sort of letting the ghost of Athelstan take the reins. His big secret's been that he's been doing all of this, essentially, for Athelstan.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
I really enjoy the casual yin/yang chemistry between Pamela Adlon and Louis CK. I also really appreciate how this series depicts our hero as a depressed lump in his personal life but then funny and invested while on stage. Not that this dichotomy doesn't exist all throughout the world of stand-up comedy, but specifically hearing Pamela call Louie out as not being a "fun person" was very telling. She's untethered and lively while he's insecure and maddening.
In "A La Carte," the two lovebirds had a frank chat about their casual relationship and the benefits of not taking things to the next level. Even though Louie felt pressure to do so because he thought he had to lock her up in something binding because he was afraid of losing her. In the end though -- after Pamela got Louie to hilariously imagine a waiter sprinkling parmesan cheese all over a woman's ample bosom -- the two of them sort of agreed to keep on having "sleepovers" while also seeing other people. It was a great talk, though it also seemed like a bit of an about-face from the intimacy they fell into at the end of Season 4.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Walt Disney partnering up to transform one of the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into Star Wars’ R2-D2.
Revealed during the Star Wars Celebration event in California today, the R2-D2 aircraft will begin flying on international routes this northern hemisphere’s Autumn. ANA is yet to determine the flights and routes for the five-year “Star Wars Project,” so any of the 37 cities the airline caters to could hit the jackpot at this stage.
"We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world's leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, vice president of marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd, said in a statement. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design."
The invitations to Bethesda's E3 conference went out today, and it's full of references that might hint at the content of the inaugural event. Maybe.
The invite features a bunch of Bethesda characters seated in the stalls of the Dolby theatre. From what we can ascertain so far, it features The Evil Within's Sebastian, Doom's Cyberdemon, Wolfenstein's B.J. Blazkowicz, a Tall Boy from Dishonored, a Panzerhund from Wolfenstein...and a bunch of characters from The Elder Scrolls Online. The image is low-res and we'll admit our eyesight isn't the greatest - can you help us fill in the gaps?
Bloodborne, like From Software’s Souls games before it, may be notorious for its difficulty but that hasn’t stopped one gamer from completing the entire thing with a Rock Band guitar peripheral.
Twitch streamer ‘bearzly’, who describes himself as “a huge fan of the Souls series” (and notes on his Twitch page he’s completed a number of challenge runs of Darks Souls in the past “using terrible controllers”), completed a full run of Bloodborne with the controls mapped to his Xbox 360 Rock Band 1 faux Fender Stratocaster.
With the start of Star Wars Celebration and a new teaser trailer, stormtroopers are everywhere. Whether they're marching on stage during a live-stream, forming ranks under a new banner of evil in the trailer, or even having new types of armor displayed on the show floor - The Empire lives on through them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So far it's been revealed that there are at least 4 new types of stormtroopers; The standard issue stormtrooper armor that's worn by Finn and most others, and a new chrome looking outfit that may be a unique suit. Also on display in the Star Wars Celebration is a new take on the snowtrooper design made famous during the invasion of Hoth, and a new design for a unit called the flametrooper (fingers crossed for playable flametroopers in the next Star Wars: Battlefront). Be sure to check out all the new images in our gallery, and let us know what your favorite of the new designs are (and which ones sound the best on an Ewok drum kit)?