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Agent Carter's Future in Doubt as Hayley Atwell Signs onto New Pilot

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:11

While there's been no official announcement either way regarding the Season 3 prospects for Marvel's Agent Carter, a new casting item has many fans wondering about the ultimate fate of the series.

Per THR, Carter star Hayley Atwell has joined a new ABC pilot called Conviction, in the lead role. Of course, this is just a pilot and the show is a long way off at this point from being considered for a series pickup, but the fact that Atwell is seeking out new TV roles places Agent Carter's future in doubt. As is was, ABC's choice to renew the show for a second season was a late-in-the-game decision.

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Scott Snyder to Leave DC's Batman Comic

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:52

It's the end of an era for the Batman franchise, as Scott Snyder will be wrapping up his nearly five-year run on DC's Batman comic. Both he and artist Greg Capullo will be leaving the series with April's Batman #51.

Snyder confirmed rumors that his departure was imminent in an interview with Comic Vine today.  He said, "Greg

and I have had a blast together on this run. It’s our second to last issue together. 51 is my last issue as well on Batman. For me, 50 is the quiet issue and 51 is really just a letter to the fans from us and a letter to Batman. It’s the lightest I’ve ever written. Not lightest as in happy but light as in not as many panels per page. It’s really really open. It’s a chance for Greg to draw the close before we take our break. 50 we wanted to be the opposite. We wanted it to be the most explosive, jam-packed sort of blockbuster crazed issue we’ve ever done. I hope it delivers in that regard."

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First Photo from Set of The Flash / Supergirl Crossover

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:44

Ahead of The Flash's appearance in Supergirl, Grant Gustin ("Barry Allen/The Flash") has shared a photo alongside Melissa Benoist ("Kara Danvers/Supergirl") from the set of the upcoming crossover.

Gustin posted the photo on Instagram, along with the caption: "Those two emblems look pretty good together."

Gustin also humorously tweeted about the difference between filming The Flash in Vancouver (where the temperature is currently in the 40s and 50s fahrenheit) vs. Supergirl's Los Angeles-based production, where it's been in the 80s this week.

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Titanfall 2 Toys Arriving Alongside Game in 2016

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:43

McFarlane Toys is creating figures for Titanfall 2, which will arrive alongside Respawn's game in Winter 2016.

A promotional image on the McFarlane Toys website specifies that a series of 7-inch figures arrives this winter. Meanwhile, a press release sent to Polygon elaborates that the game and figures are set for release together this winter.

This is in line with a comment made last year by EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. During an investor call the executive told fans to expect Titanfall 2 in the fiscal year 2017. That wouldhave put it between April of this year, and the end of March 2017.

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Dominion Mode Is Disappearing From League of Legends

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:40

More than four years after introducing Dominion mode, Riot Games is removing the game type from League of Legends.

"Fewer than 0.5% of players actively play Dominion and we’re aware some number of even that small population is still bots," reads an announcement from Riot. The post specifies that alternate match types "work better in short cycles rather than as standalone queues."

League of Legends has a history of short-term events. The winter-themed Snowdown League of Legends event brought with it a returning temporary game mode late last year.

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Samuel L. Jackson Up for Role in Stephen King's Revival

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:17

Samuel L. Jackson may star in the film adaptation of Stephen King's Revival.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a "source close to the production" let slip that Samuel L. Jackson may play Charles Jacobs in the upcoming movie.

Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight

For those unfamiliar with King's novel, Charles Jacobs is a preacher from a small town who, after the death of his wife and child, investigates the supernatural. Meanwhile, Revival's lead character, Jaime Morton, has yet to be cast.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh in Talks for Annihilation

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:15

Jennifer Jason Leigh is reportedly in talks to star in Annihilation, writer/director Alex Garland's follow-up to Ex Machina.

The Wrap reports that Leigh would join Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson for the film, which will feature an all-female ensemble. It's based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, which follows a group of women including an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist.

Leigh has not yet struck a deal, but sources say she's eager to join after working with an all-male cast in The Hateful Eight.

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Ash's Dad Cast for Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:01

Lee Majors (The Fall Guy, Do You Believe) will play Brock Williams -- Ash's father -- in Ash vs Evil Dead, Starz announced today. Renewed for a second season back in October, Ash vs Evil Dead will also bring in Ted Raimi as Ash's childhood best friend, Chet Kaminski.

Photo via Starz

It'll be Majors' first appearance in an Evil Dead title, but the same isn't so for Raimi. He's appeared in all three of the original Evil Dead films.

Ash vs Evil Dead's first season ended in early January, and is set to return for its second season in 2016. The show was a hit, and one season just wan't enough to "satisfy the fans' two decade-long appetite for more Ash," Starz managing director Carmi Slotnik said in October.

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Battlestar Galactica Movie in Development at Universal

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:49

Universal's long-awaited Battlestar Galactica film is now in development.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fifty Shades of Grey's Michael De Luca is producing the film alongside Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. The project is in the early stages of development and has yet to find a writer.

Original cast of Syfy's Battlestar Galactica

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XCOM 2 Double LP Vinyl Announced

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:33

Cinematic scores from XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 are coming to vinyl. Both soundtracks will come packaged together in a two disk set.

Image via iam8bit

XCOM's Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP is available for preorder now from the iam8bit store. The 2xLP is a collaboration between iam8bit, 2K, and Firaxis, and features composers Michael McCann, Roland Rizzo, and Tim Wynn. Priced at $35 USD, the vinyl will come packaged with the digital soundtrack as well. The expected ship date for the record is Q2 2016.

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Why Daniel Bryan's Retirement Is a Good Thing

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:30

This week on Monday Night Raw, former WWE heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan formally announced his retirement from the sport of professional wrestling. Though Bryan has been off TV for months due to a concussion, the news still came as a shock. Many were hoping the man once known as the “American Dragon” and the founder of the “yes” movement would make a surprise comeback just in time for Wrestlemania XXXII.

Daniel Bryan posing in front of the WWE 2K16 sign.

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Target Sorry for Phallic Star Wars Toys

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:21

Target has issued an apology regarding a set of phallic-shaped Star Wars toys that were spotted—and subsequently shared on social media—by one of its customers.

According to Pop Goes the News, a woman named Joni Jones contacted Target on Facebook last week, providing photos of a set of helmeted Star Wars: The Force Awakens pool toys that bear the tagline: "Fun in and out of the pool."

In her message to the retailer she said: "Are we sure these are children’s toys, Target? Looks a little questionable to me."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens "Dive Character" pool toys.

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Watch the First Four Minutes of Walking Dead's Midseason Premiere

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:19

AMC has released the first four minutes of The Walking Dead's midseason premiere, and you can watch it right here.

The shows opens with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham stumbling upon Negan's crew, who claim all the trio's property as their own—including Alexandria. And though we have yet to see Negan, it was announced in November that the Walking Dead baddie will be played by Watchmen star Jeffrey Dead Morgan.

Executive producer Greg Nicotero recently revealed that The Walking Dead writers almost killed off Carol in the third season, which would've changed the current story tremendously. Come this weekend, we'll see how Carol and the rest of the crew fare in Negan's world.

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Beyond: We Unravel the Sinister Side of Yarny

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:00

This week, Max "Sewer Shark" Scoville is joined by Marty "Night Trap" SlivaBrian "Tomcat Alley" Altano, and IGN UK exchange student Daniel "Slam City With Scotty Pippin" Krupa to discuss the latest indie darling Firewatch, the not-so-indie-but-ever-so-darling (and surprisingly divisive) Unravel -- as well as other important issues like video game movie adaptations and what's wrong with America's cookies.

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Harley's Little Black Book #2 Review

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:47

Harley Quinn is checking off bucket list items left and right thanks to this new series. Fresh off her all-too brief team-up with Wonder Woman in issue #1, issue #2 pairs Harley with Hal Jordan. The dynamic between Hal and Harley is fun to read, but there's still a nagging sense that this series isn't doing enough to live up to its potential.

The conflict i this issue arises as a complete set of stolen Lantern Corps rings makes its way to Earth and Harley finds herself inducted into both the Red Lanterns and Black Lanterns at once. Now empowered with cosmic might and even less inhibited than usual, Harley carves a new path of destruction across the planet that puts her square in Hal Jordan's sights. It's a great premise, and there's no small amount of appealing seeing Harley cut loose and do battle with Hal. Sometimes it's fun to see a more evil (or at least aggressively mischievous) side of Harley. And while there's plenty of friction between the two characters, there's also a flirtatious bond that develops once Harley's mind reverts to what passes for normal.

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Fallout 4: What's In the 1.3 Patch?

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:41

Jared, Miranda, Mark, and special guest Jose Otero of IGN's NVC talk patches, locations, and the future of the Fallout franchise. Enjoy your apocalypse!

Update: You can see every patch note here. Some highlights:

  • McCready Companion Perk no longer gives perfect head shots
  • Increased console object fading distance
  • Several fixes for missions

You can also listen via direct download.

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Break Your Brain Deciphering This Super Mario Maker Calculator

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:58

Super Mario Maker can help you with your homework, thanks to one intrepid level designer.

The Cluttered Chaos-Calculator stage by Reddit user Helgefan is a literal calculator. It only does simple addition, but there doesn't appear to be anything simple about how it accomplishes the feat.

Only the beginning of the stage is interactive, with players taking Mario through columns to select the two numbers they'd like to add. You can skip learning how to make that work yourself by watching our video playthrough.

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Bruce Wayne Makes Terrible Sacrifice in Batman #49

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:49

Batman #49 delivered new dramatic twists in the ongoing "Superheavy" storyline today

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman #49!

Now that Bruce Wayne has started piecing together his forgotten past, this issue explored Bruce's decision to activate his fail-safe machine and restore his lost memories of being Batman. Unfortunately, Alfred was having none of that.

Art by Yanick Paquette

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iZombie: "Physician, Heal Thy Selfie" Review

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:47

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.


Hey guys, I’m traveling this week and need to keep this (already delayed) review very short as a result.

This was another fun episode, and we’re really seeing how the show is incorporating together its storylines in a much bigger way these days. The idea of Liv having to solve a murder where she can’t get any clues by eating the victims’ brains – because their heads are missing – was nice little swerve. But then it turned out the murders were actually very much tied into multiple ongoing storylines, including Stacey Boss, Major’s “Chaos Killer” identity and the zombie DA, Floyd Baracus. Though I will say on the downside, this meant Liv was left off the hook a bit on having to fake being psychic with Blaine, when they could have done more with that...

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