This past Friday, I was among a group of journalists who had the opportunity to visit the Vancouver sets of both Arrow and The Flash. With Arrow going strong in Season 3 and The Flash bringing in impressive ratings in its first two weeks, excitement is growing for the big crossover storyline the shows have coming up, in the eighth episode of each show this season.
During our visits to the sets, we spoke to both Stephen Amell (“Oliver Queen” / “Arrow”) and Grant Gustin (“Barry Allen” / “The Flash”) about what to expect when the heroes of Starling City and Central City come together.
The World War II tank combat drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt and directed by End of Watch's David Ayer, debuted atop the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $23.5 million.
Gone Girl slipped to second place with $17 million. The David Fincher-directed thriller has now crossed the $100 million mark domestically.
Producer Guillermo del Toro's animated The Book of Life opened in a third place with $17 million, while fellow new release The Best of Me bowed in fifth place with $10.2 million.
Opening in limited release this weekend was the Michael Keaton superhero-themed Birdman, which soared on just four screens with $415,000. Meanwhile, Dear White People debuted on 11 screens with $344,000.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
You know what the best part of "Minako - Sailor V" was? Minako, Sailor V.
She's a super cool crime fighter, has an array of knowledge (thanks to being the only Sailor Guardian with her memories intact) and wields spiffy powers. It was great to see her finally debut along with Kunzite, the last and strongest of Queen Beryl's henchmen. Unfortunately, his battle with the Guardians wasn't as exciting as Zoisite's showdown with them in Act 7. Yet as the cliffhanger ending suggests, the fight is only just beginning.
As I mentioned, the best part of this episode was Sailor Venus. I love that she's less of the butt-kicking video game heroine we've come to associate her with, and more of a world-weary warrior with real life problems. It's obvious from her conversations with her cat Artemis she's keeping a lot of secrets. Secrets that weigh heavily on her mind. It's sad she can't share these secrets with her friends, but at least she told them more about Queen Metalia and the fall of the kingdom known as Silver Millennium. It's a nice bit of story exposition that helped tie up a few loose plot threads, while still leaving plenty of mysteries for the Guardians to unravel. (For example, how did Queen Metalia manage to destroy an entire kingdom? And how are the Sailor Guardians supposed to permanently seal her away?)
Having grossed well over a billion dollars and becoming a huge cultural milestone in the process -- the soundtrack is still in the top 20 albums, nearly a year later -- Frozen quickly cemented itself and its characters in the public eye. So what’s it like playing the live-action version of the Disney icon at the center of it all?
During a visit to the set of Once Upon a Time this week, I was among a group of journalists who spoke to Georgina Haig (Fringe) about taking on the role of Elsa on the ABC series and becoming part of such a notable franchise. We also spoke about what’s to come for the character on Once and her reaction to the presence of the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) - her long lost aunt, who has the same abilities as Elsa. Plus, could the Frozen characters stay on Once Upon a Time beyond their big storyline this fall?
Activision lawyer Rudy Giuliani is calling former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision an "outrageous offense" to the First Amendment that could threaten the future of video games featuring historical figures.
In July, Noriega sued Activion for the unapproved use of his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision responded to the claims last month arguing that the use was protected free speech.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
Girl Meets World continues to impress with episodes that address real-world issues. This week's "Girl Meets Flaws" was easily the show's loftiest undertaking, as it tackled bullying and the effect that has on both the victim and the bully. While this storyline probably bit off more than it could chew in 22 minutes, it was still an admirable attempt and brought up some very good points about a sensitive issue.
In truth, the execution of "Girl Meets Flaws" was kind of all over the map. The initial answering machine in place of Farkle was pretty hokey, especially the fact that Cory was so willing to go along with it. This did, however, let Farkle connect with Harley, who, as Boy Meets World fans well know, used to be the resident "picker on-er" at John Adams High. In that sense, the storyline was strong, as it alluded to Harley's past with Cory and their eventual reconciliation.
A new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been announced.
Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward during a key note address at the Final Fantasy Fan Festival in Las Vegas.
Details coming from a Reddit live blog include a “storyline focused on how to get to the heavens” and an increase in the level cap to 60.
The expansion will also feature a new unannounced race including both male and female genders, the ability for free companies (guilds) to build airships, new jobs, new Primals (boss-like enemies based on summons in previous Final Fantasy games) including an original primal for Final Fantasy XIV, and of course, new areas and “many new dungeons, not just three or four."
A Lords of the Fallen developer has explained why the upcoming action RPG is not coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Speaking with Worlds Factory, graphics and engine programmer of co-developer Deck13 Michele Giacolone said the studio “couldn’t have achieved” the best performance for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were scrapped.
“Switching to next generation was one of the biggest challenges for the project," Giacolone said. "The more we progressed with porting our engine to the new consoles, the better we could adjust those guidelines trying to find the right balance of visual quality, scene richness and performance."
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
If you're not a Clara fan, it's probably best if you turn around now.
There's been an increasingly vocal minority grumbling about Clara's evolved role in this season, and 'Flatline' does nothing to temper the Oswald Opposition, with a tale very much intent on making the companion walk a mile in the Doctor's shoes/sonic screwdriver.
VWORPing their way back onto present day Earth, a mild(ish) miscalculation found them touching down in Bristol. As if that wasn't scary enough (we jest), the TARDIS was starting to have serious size issues. When the Doctor became trapped inside a rapidly diminishing phone box (on the exterior, anyway), it was up to Clara, a gang of community service ruffians, and a pocket-sized doctor to work out what was going on.
Developer Playdead’s Limbo might be getting an Xbox One port, according to a rating listing posted online.
Limbo has been submitted to South Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee by Microsoft Korea, according to a tweet spotted by NeoGAF. Currently, the game does not have a rating, as it is still under review. However, it has been given a classification number, indicating a decision appears imminent.
The rating submission is not a confirmation that the game will be released on Xbox One in South Korea or other regions, though the possibility seems likely.
Season 2 of CW's The 100 debuts this coming Wednesday and their first episode back, "The 48", promises a lot is in store this year.
Last season, fans were left with questions upon questions about the fate of their favorite characters and what things would be like on the Earth now. I spoke to executive producer and showrunner Jason Rothenberg about what sort of dynamic we can expect this season and how the characters will be tested.
IGN: Did you always plan from the get-go that by the end of Season 1 you were going to have everybody down on Earth?
Jason Rothenberg: It wasn’t a last minute decision but it also wasn’t something that I knew going into the season. I knew that eventually was going to happen because we were going to play that that era on the dying ship was running out and we were going to take it all the way, for sure. But I didn’t plan it as we started the season. I built a couple million dollars worth of space ship sets and we were going to crash them and burn them at the end of Season 1?! At some point around episodes five or six we were breaking
One of the stars of 2013's The Wolverine, and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is joining the third season of NBC's Hannibal.
Deadline reports that Japanese model-turned-actress Tao Okamoto, who played Mariko opposite Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, has signed on to play the "dark and mysterious" Lady Murasaki - a woman who has "an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret." A woman who also is no stranger to those who've read Thomas Harris' Hannibal Rising (or who've seen the 2007 film based on the book).
Living is never easy on The Walking Dead. In the next episode, "Strangers," the group must face the fact that supplies are running low. Ever the leader, Rick takes charge and heads a risky mission that might not pay off. In other words, it's another day that ends in "y."
A photo from the episode reveals that we'll meet new series regular Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) for the first time. See that image and more in the below photo gallery.
The Walking Dead: "Strangers" Photo Preview:
Watch The Walking Dead: "Strangers" on Sunday, October 19th, at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC.
After trying and failing to make an American version of The IT Crowd once before, NBC is once again trying to adapt the popular British comedy for U.S. audiences.
According to Deadline, NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a new version of The IT Crowd, executive produced by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. Written by Community alums Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, the American version of The IT Crowd will be a multi-camera sitcom following two IT guys who know nothing about social interaction and their new female manager who knows nothing about computers.
At NYCC we got a chance to sit down with the minds behind the Gotham Academy comic -- writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher and artist Karl Kerschl. They talked about what to expect from the new comic that takes place in a Gotham City high school, including some hints about their mysterious new heroine.
Check out what they had to say, then let us know your Gotham Academy thoughts in the comments!
IGN Comics: It's a very different side to other stories set in Gotham. It's this gritty, terrible place to live, and now we're in this bubble of privilege with Olive, who's a scholarship student in this sea of rich kids -- what should readers now about her from the start?
Capcom is bringing Demon's Crest and Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness, to the Nintendo eShop on October 30.
The Super NES game Demon's Crest, released in 1994, will be available on the Wii U Virtual Console, while its predecessor, which also saw its original release in the month of October, will be downloadable for either 3DS or Wii U.
The two games join the original Gargoyle's Quest on Nintendo's Virtual Console, meaning the entirety of Firebrand's solo adventures are available to purchase and play. However, the first Gargoyle's Quest is only available on the 3DS VC, as it was a Game Boy game.
The announcement of the games coming to Nintendo's retro game delivery service was first made back in June, part of 15 classic Capcom titles, including Mega Man Battle Network 2 and 3. Those games, according to Capcom, may not make a 2014 release, but there are still plenty of classics on the service for those who not only want to get their nostalgic fix, but also want to play some truly fantastic games from the era when it seemed Capcom could do no wrong.
Who'd have thought a bunch of games and movie fans gas-bagging about the things they love could've lasted five years, but that's exactly what the IGN UK Podcast has achieved! Yes, against all odds we've hit episode 250, but even better we can now claim it's an award-winning podcast. Thanks to you - yes, YOU - the IGN UK Podcast was the proud recipient of the Gamer's Choice award at this week's Games Media Awards. The team is extremely humbled by your support and cannot thank you enough. Really, thank you.
To celebrate hitting 250, this week's podcast is a mix of old and new. Alex, Krupa, Chris, Luke and Rich wade through the latest news and of course your feedback is always a pleasure to read out, plus we listen to some of the best bits from the past five years, as selected by you beautiful people. A very special guest also returns - yes, Sad Dan is back on the mic, throwing around bum-nuggets of depressing wisdom likes it's 2012. Some things never change, huh?
It's looking increasingly likely that Tom Hardy's next movie might be a comic book adaptation.
The site claims Hardy is being "courted" for the role of Apocalypse, but that he's also in the mix for Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad.
Indeed, Deadline says Hardy is "close to signing on" for director David Ayer's Suicide Squad (as are Will Smith and his Focus co-star Margot Robbie) so that would seem to nix the chances of Hardy doing X-Men as they'll both be filming next year for 2016 releases.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Z Nation has elevated its game to a whole other level after the events of “Resurrection Z”. The show has had a fairly decent start so far, with “Philly Feast” being the highlight of the journey. There have also been some middling efforts that have felt uninspired in a world packed with zombie fiction. Well, “Resurrection Z” best summed up as a statement that it’s capable of delivering a great mix of humor, action and heartbreaking drama.
After last week’s not-so-subtle hint of a growing romance between Warren and Garnett I admittedly expected there to be some sexual tension dangled for a long time prior to the two finally showing their true affections for each other. Well, the exact opposite happened. I guess in an apocalypse scenario there just isn’t any time for long, drawn out, courtships and it’s all about getting busy. Warren and Garnett have such great chemistry that the swift transition from friendship to romance was completely believable. Their awkward and hilarious attempt to have sex in that tiny room with that tiny bed was a great deal of fun. Maybe I should have picked up on the fact that things were happening a little too quickly.
Another day, another Doctor Strange casting rumor.
TheWrap reports that Colin Farrell -- no stranger to Marvel movies having previously played Bullseye in Daredevil -- is a leading candidate to play the Sorcerer Supreme, but so are previously rumored contender Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves, who worked with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.