Looks like cats really do have nine lives, because Universal has a renewed interest in the essentially abandoned film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical.
The reasoning, Webber explained to the Daily Mail, comes down to the public's new appetite for musicals since Universal's recent adaptation of Les Miserables, which grossed $441.8 million worldwide.
"I haven’t seen the
film," Webber explains, "but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film."
Warning, some references to the Days of Future Past comic follow...
Those who have read the comic issue that director Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on have been noting the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the source material and the film.
One major shift is that in the comic it's Kitty Pryde's consciousness that is sent back in time to her younger self in order to prevent the events that lead to the dark future in which mutants are systematically hunted. In the film, that will be Wolverine's task.
In a recent interview with Total Film, screenwriter Simon Kinberg explained why the decision was made - other than the obvious "'cause he's Wolverine!".
Battlefield 4 has suffered from numerous issues since launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and its problems are only getting worse.
DICE and EA are aware of the concerns, but have delayed a PS4 update that would hopefully solve its faults, which include kicking players from servers, crashing the game application, an absence of Conquest servers, and a nasty one-hit-kill bug. The patch has been "rescheduled for a later date" following additional testing.
The newest installment in Namco Bandai's racing franchise will release on mobile devices.
To commemorate the original Ridge Racer's 20th anniversary, Namco Bandai developed Slipstream from the ground up for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phones, with controls to match. Slipstream features custom vehicle mods, 20 race courses, the series' trademark drift mechanic, and an upcoming multiplayer mode, which has yet to be announced, according to a Namco Bandai.
Ridge Racer Slipstream will release on the App Store and Google Play this month.
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We don’t know jack about Star Wars: Episode VII, especially since word broke that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were reworking the script from Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt. And you know, that’s fine. I mean, the movie is still two years out from being released.
But that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm isn’t already marketing the film, as is evidenced by the launch of a Star Wars Instagram account. Right now there are only four images -- two behind-the-scenes shots from the Original Trilogy, a group shot of slave Leias, and this:
IGN mistakenly published a previous side-by-side comparison of Call of Duty: Ghosts that did not contain the full 1080p native resolution footage of the PS4 version. While IGN confirmed the display output setting on the PS4 was 1080p, the native resolution rendered in the game itself was not 1080p for an unknown reason. The footage was captured on non-retail, development hardware running the final build of the game. After viewing, the retail version on retail hardware, it's clear our old footage was a lower resolution. You can see this difference more clearly in this new video.
Additionally, some of the Xbox One footage from the event was captured in color-blind mode, which assists with a few colors such as red. These errors weren't spotted until after the footage was posted and other IGN staff and readers were able to A/B compare the video with native 1080p and non-color-blind footage.
This Saturday is shaping up to be a potentially big day for game announcements and reveals, with the likes of Quantum Break, The Division, and a new Wii U announcement set to be shown off at the VGX.
The VGX, which are the reincarnation of the Spike TV Video Game Awards, are promising "exclusive new looks" at a number of games, including The Division, Titanfall, Quantum Break, The Witcher 3, Dying Light, Broken Age, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. In addition to all of this and some as-of-yet unannounced games, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be in attendance to show off "an upcoming Wii U game," the identity of which is unclear at this point.
Also scheduled for the VGX are an appearance from South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, a one-night-only performance of music from Grand Theft Auto V, and the previously announced awards. We've also heard that there will be some sort of surprises from Titanfall developer Respawn and that a next-gen Tomb Raider could be announced.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Though Almost Human remains an engaging and highly entertaining series, “The Bends” was in many ways the weakest entry to date. Now, let me be clear: I am still on board with this show. Michael Ealy and Karl Urban continue to deliver solid performances and remain entirely appealing. Mackenzie Crook's Rudy Lom was also given some great moments this week.
It’s interesting, for a series that was designed and marketed as a dramatic police procedural with a science fiction twist, the comedic elements are often the strongest part of the series. To date, Lom has been depicted as a bit of a mad genius with an affinity for synthetics, but the writers certainly seemed to be testing the waters with his ability to serve a comedic purpose as well, here. There were some really nice touches and flourishes to his “man of science gone undercover” storyline. I was particularly fond of his momentary James Bond in a tuxedo fantasy as he gazed at his own reflection. As well as his insistence that his “character” be debonair, which is a trait that Lom the man likely rarely feels he possess. Crook has a naturally arresting presence, so it was nice that he was given an opportunity to shine. His speech about falling in love with your own creation was particularly evocative, hope we swing back to that idea with him…In a not too creepy way.
The Grand Theft Auto Online content creator tool may be coming soon, as one YouTuber has gained access to the feature. The short clip below from LiveUnknownHacks shows an isometric view of Los Santos, with a bunch of markers to place things like spawn points, guns, and vehicles.
According to the author of the video, this version of the content creator "is old" and only allowed users to created races and deathmatches. He goes on to explain that in GTA Online's update 1.06, the file size of the creator was changed. No word yet on what the new version will have, but he thinks that it will add in the option to create missions.
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The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier is joining forces with Sacha Baron Cohen for a spy action-comedy called Grimsby at Paramount.
Variety reports that the film is about a “British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.” Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston pitched the film over the summer, and the studio jumped in.
Leterrier is coming off the success of his magician-caper picture Now You See Me, while Baron Cohen until recently had that Freddy Mercury biopic on his plate. The actor-comedian reportedly picked Leterrier for Grimsby due to the helmer’s action experience; the stunt and explosion type stuff will figure prominently in the film alongside the comedy.
The flawed party system on Xbox One is among the items Microsoft is working to improve, although the company is not yet ready to say when those improvements will be implemented, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb has revealed.
In a post on Reddit, Hryb -- better known as Major Nelson -- responded to complaints about One's party system and the lack of a guide overlay similar to the one on Xbox 360. While he didn't specify exactly what kind of fixes are in the works, he did offer some reason for hope, stating, "I had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better. I can't offer a timeline of a list of what till be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better."
Okay, so the WWE is unifying both world titles after all. Or at least, they're saying they are. The story is that they're planning to. Last week, my headline read something along the lines of "Both Belts Are On the Line" because no one mentioned the word "unification" once. In fact (and you all saw it) they went out of their way to cut each other off before anyone mentioned it, as if it were a dirty word. As in "You don't mean…uni…" and then someone would stop them.
So I'm not going to launch into my whole my whole unification rant from last week, which basically stated that I'd be totally all for it under any other booking circumstances. Because I have zero confidence in creative right now, who - even more so than usual - seems to have no idea what they're doing week to week. It's usually jarringly apparent how ill-plotted out things are (especially since SummerSlam), but this past month has been like an epileptic s*** bath. Who I once saw at Coachella. Terrible live.
Microsoft's Xbox One topped the retail sales charts this Black Friday, according to Infoscout's projection. The data was collected from 102,000 tracked receipts from major North American retailers, such as Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. Xbox One allegedly made up 31% of the console sales, with Xbox 360 following up at 30%. PS3 and PS4 apparently represented 15% of the retailer's sales. Wii U comprised 6%, while the original Wii only made up 1% of tracked sales.
Sony's worldwide sales for PlayStation 4 exceeded 2.1 million this week, more than doubling its 24 hour debut, thanks in part to launching in the UK on November 29. Xbox One sold 1 million units worldwide in its first 24 hours, but Microsoft has yet to announce its Black Friday results.
Nintendo announced the Dark Lord, a boss from the StreetPass 3DS games Find Mii (also known as StreetPass Quest in Japan and the UK) will show up in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai didn’t provide context as to whether the Dark Lord will appear as an item or a stage hazard. The announcement also didn’t clarify whether Dark Lord was a playable character, but this seems unlikely compared to Nintendo’s other character reveals. You can see the image and Sakurai’s quote above and here.
Redshirt presents itself as a science-fiction parody, specifically of Star Trek. It's right there in the title – you play as one of Trek's famously anonymous grunts, the folks who show up for a single episode simply to die so that the cast members can look like they're in actual danger. Redshirt isn't actually a Star Trek game; it's far too irreverent, and pokes fun outside of Trek lore, like the matriarchal “Asrion” race (a dig at Mass Effect's Asari). It’s full of sly, loving nods at the unacknowledged roles that are never shown on screen, like the poor guy who has to clean up after a transporter accident. But what makes Redshirt special is its brutal, extraordinarily effective satire of modern human interaction. Unfortunately, despite having a central focus, Redshirt struggles at being a complete game beyond its satire.
Back in 2011, a quirky and unique real-time strategy game came to PlayStation 3. It was called Eufloria, and it was pretty good.
Now, a couple of years after its release, developer Omni Systems has ported its game to PlayStation Vita. It’s due out on December 17th in North America and December 18th in Europe. No price has been disclosed, but the original on PS3 cost $9.99.
Interestingly, Omni Systems’ Creative Director, Rudolf Kremers, notes that this isn’t just any port: “This Vita version is quite different, but in a very positive way,” he writes. For instance, on Vita, Eufloria runs at 60 frames-per-second instead of 30, which in turn makes the controls more responsive. “It’s a different feel from the PS3 version,” Kremers said. Naturally, Eufloria HD supports touch controls on Vita, too.
The well-received Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure released earlier this year, mashing the Scribblenauts world with that of the DC Universe to excellent results. It was only a matter of time before DC Comics took advantage of the game's visual appeal in its very own comic, and that day has come. Starting tomorrow, DC will release a new bi-weekly digital-first comic book series on the DC Comics app based on the game called Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination.
The comic will feature the same expansive cast as the game, with the first chapter written by Josh Elder and art by Adam Archer. Here's the official description of Chapter 1 from DC:
With the recent debut of Amazing X-Men, Jason Aaron is currently writing two ongoing X-Men series. But as we learned with last month's round of solicitations, Wolverine and the X-Men will be wrapping up in February 2014. Is this the end for the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning?
Not at all. While Aaron continues chronicling the adventures of the adult X-Men, he's passing the keys to the Jean Grey School over to his frequent collaborator and X-Men veteran, Jason Latour. Latour and artist Mahmud Asrar will be helming a new volume of Wolverine and the X-Men, which kicks off one month later in March. This series will explore what happens during the school's summer semester, as Quentin Quire steps into the big leagues and Fantomex joins the teaching staff.
Give8-Bit is a charity that showcases the very best charity work being done using video games as a means to raise money.
It will regularly highlight the work being done by individuals and celebrity gamers on its YouTube channel, with Give8-Bit itself holding quarterly events to raise funds for specific causes. This will be done with the help of publishers and studios, which will help donate prizes. The first event is being held today, December 3rd, also known as #GivingTuesday.
The Give8-Bit mission statement is clear: "We want to show the world how powerful the games industry can be when it comes to creating social change for good. So much good is happening in the industry but so far there has been no one single place to show gamers the power of their play and viewing, and what they can play or watch to give back and do good. This is where we come in."