The Wire's creator, David Simon, and director Paul Haggis (Crash) are bringing a new six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero to HBO, based on the non-fiction book of the same name. The series will star Oscar Issac, who can be currently seen in the critically acclaimed Ex Machina, and is starring in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse (playing the title role).
According to The Los Angeles Times, Show Me a Hero is set in the 1960s, and will deal with the theme of racial tensions which grip a mid-sized American city. Isaac will portray the mayor of that city, receiving a federal court order to build low-income housing within white neighborhoods. The mandate causes conflict within the city, its government, and causes all sorts of political turmoil for the mayor.
Scotland Yard -- London's Metropolitan Police Service -- kept files on Star Trek, The X-Files, and a handful of other American science fiction shows due to fears that fans of such programming might start a cult, or go insane, harming themselves and others.
A report titled "UFO New Religious Movements and the Millennium" was filed in 1998-99 following the mass suicide of the 39 Heaven's Gate cult members in San Diego. Special Branch claimed the cult members were big fans of X-Files and Star Trek.
The shows themselves weren't believed to be harmful. The concern stemmed from the theory that the people who believed the end of the world was coming due to the millennium might also be fans of those shows. The report, brought to light by The Telegraph, mentions that such shows often touch upon themes involving UFOs, conspiracies, and mythic events.
Apple Watch users can now download the wearable's first OS update. Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 includes various performance improvements, display support for new emojis, and additional language support.
With the new update, Apple Watch now supports seven additional languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. OS 1.0.1 also brings improvements to Siri and third-party apps, as well as more precise calorie and distance measurements for workouts.
To download the update, make sure your Apple Watch is connected to a power source. You can then initiate the download through the Watch app on your iPhone.
Virtual reality’s on its way to becoming a crowded space—even well in advance of any first-generation consumer hardware being available. Among the latest entries into the space is Fove’s eye-tracking headset, which launched on Kickstarter on Tuesday.
Like the headsets we’ve seen from Samsung, Oculus, and Sony, the demo hardware I sat down with last week isn’t final yet. In fact, a Fove team member noted that the two headsets I used had been built by hand after I inquired about fit—on the second visor, one of the lenses kept touching my eye. Accommodations for flatter nose bridges and even diopter adjustments is still to come.
The Japanese Retrofreak console plays basically all the old cartridges you can think of. The Japanese two-piece console plays Famicom, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, PC Engine games... along with Super NES, NES, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Genesis and Supergrafx.
First spotted on Kotaku, the one-stop, retro-shop solution comes with a console and an adapter that accepts the myriad of games. The included controller is reminiscent of the trusty Super NES controller, but the console accepts any USB controller. That includes support for PS3 and PS4 controllers, in case you have any of those kicking around.
Filmmaker Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) recently chatted about his plans for plotting Warner Bros.' big screen rendition of The Flash, as well as the recently announced animated Spider-Man movie he's producing for Sony.
While appearing on the Hippojuice podcast, Lord confirmed that his feature film version of the DC superhero will indeed be Barry Allen, the same incarnation used on The CW's The Flash.
In an attempt to spur interest in its current-gen console, Microsoft has slashed the price of Xbox One in both China and Japan.
According to a report from Tech In Asia (via GamesIndustry), the Xbox One Kinect bundle has been discounted in China an extra RMB 500, bringing its new price to RMB 4299, or $693 USD. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also slashed the price of the the Kinect-less option from RMB 3699 to RMB 2999, or $483 USD.
While Xbox One continues to sell incredibly well in the United States, toppling the PlayStation 4 last month in console sales, Microsoft's gaming box can't seem to gain traction in Japan.
In the beginning, there was IGN Plays…and it was good. Thankfully, the next evolution of our Let's Play series is here: IGN Plays Live. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. A ton of live gameplay with your favorite IGN editors (and not-favorite editors).
We're going to be livestreaming every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1PM - 3PM PT. We'll focus on new releases and DLC drops, but let us know in the comments what games you'd like to see!
Finally, all streams and VOD links will be hosted on THIS page. So get to favoriting, bookmarking, sharing, or using whatever form of internet preservation you know of. We'll also be answering questions live during the stream, so tweet @ign with #ignplayslive
Good Smile Company has announced its 1/12th scale model of the Stryder Titan from Titanfall, complete with pilot, is now available for pre-order.
The model comes with over 100 points of articulation and measures 20 inches high. It's chock-full of little details, like fully articulated fingers for grasping weapons, or anything really, along with LED lights and a railgun with detachable ammo drum.
As you can see from the photos, the level of detail is impressive with this model, but at a price of $430, it's to be expected. Customers not in Japan can pre-order the model through threezerostore.com, and get an exclusive chain gun to boot. The good news is that shipping is free, so you've got that going for you. Which is nice.
Warning: Full spoilers for Season 4 of Once Upon a Time follow.
Season 4 of Once Upon a Time took the characters on quite a ride between Frozen connections, the Queens of Darkness, and the Author. The world of Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest expanded with the introduction of new characters and the return of familiar faces like August and Ariel. New connections were made, for better or worse, and revelations about the past provided greater insight to characters in the present. Without rehashing every single scene, let's discuss the high and low points of the season.
Once Upon a Time succeeded and faltered in the same area over the course of 22 episodes, and it was a continuation of an issue they had in Season 3: Theming! Not themes as in good vs. evil (more on those in a bit) but theming the plot around a topic like Frozen. The arrival of Elsa and Anna was undeniably fun and had a positive effect on ratings because Frozen fever is a powerful phenomenon. Georgina Haig and especially Elizabeth Lail were charming live-action versions of the royal sisters, and Elizabeth Mitchell mastered the role of the quietly deranged Ingrid. However, they grasped onto the icy plot for too long.
Valve Corp. has filed an application in the United States for a "Chaperone" trademark that's related to a virtual reality product.
Spotted by Reddit, Valve applied for "Chaperone" back in March with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The name appears related to a VR device or project from the Portal and Half-Life video game company.
The USPTO application states that "Chaperone" is for: "hardware and software, sensors, and beacons for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; devices used for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; electronic apparatus for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments."
Nuufolau Joel Seanoa, better known by his professional ring name Samoa Joe, has announced that he will be voicing a character for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.
Samoa Joe broke the news on Twitter. Though it's not yet known what character he'll play, his tweet included the hashtag #pitfighter. ProWrestling.net theorises that HBO's Game of Thrones television show is building up to some pitfighting, a role it says Joe would be perfect for.
In 2012, Samoa Joe scraped into IGN's list of Top 50 wrestlers. He is best known for his time with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
If you're eagerly awaiting the debut of Oni Press' upcoming Invader Zim comic book sequel, the publisher has just revealed a new special that will help make the wait easier. Prior to the July launch of Invader Zim #1, Oni will release a magazine-style comic called TruthShrieker that teases what's to come in the new series.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Alto's Adventure – ($0.99, Down from $1.99)
The endless snowboarding odyssey of Alto's Adventure is available today for just 99 cents – its cheapest price ever.
The full roster of playable characters for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for 3DS has been revealed in V-Jump magazine.
The list, showing the characters, descriptions, and strengths, was translated by Shonen Gamez and shows 24 characters in all. The scan also reveals that, for Japan at least, downloading the demo for the game and transferring save data to the full version unlocks Super Saiyan God SS Goku, which hardly seems fair to the other characters.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden's Japanese demo includes Goku, Vegeta, Teen Gohan, and Buu. The final version of the game is slated for a June 11 release in Japan, but no official release date has yet been set for other regions.
Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix will be shooting a live-action trailer for its upcoming music rhythm game very soon and it's looking for interested gamers to be a part of the production.
In a post on its blog, the studio provides all the details on how to sign up. Filming will take place in Seattle, WA from May 21-23, and those involved will be compensated for their participation.
You'll need to be 21 or older to apply, and a photo of yourself must be provided in order to be eligible for the shoot. While the trailer will feature plenty of crowd shots, Harmonix may need a few lucky folks for additional scenes.
Captain America: Civil War is currently filming action scenes out on the streets of Atlanta, which has led to many folks taking to social media to post what they've witnessed being filmed.
The Instagram user posted two videos below showing the filming of a fight scene between Cap (Chris Evans) and his nemesis Crossbones (Winter Soldier's Frank Grillo). Like Ewoks, they're short but sweet (the videos not the actors!):
Christopher Lloyd reprised his role as Back to the Future's Doc Brown to promote the new Team Packs and Fun Packs headed to LEGO Dimensions.
Besides the Doc Brown minifigure included in the Back to the Future Fun Pack, LEGO Dimensions is also getting the following:
These newly announced packs come with characters, abilities, vehicles, and more. Up to seven characters can be used at once.
Last month, we broke down how much LEGO Dimensions' packs will cost altogether. The answer is a lot.
Greasy fingers and your cell phone -- not a good match, right? Which might be the reasoning behind a German KFC promotion, the "Tray Typer."
The bluetooth enabled placemat is designed to replace the paper you usually find lining your tray. The ultra thin, cutting edge tech has a built-in keyboard which you can use to answer all those important emails and texts while downing Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy if that's your thing.
Endgadget reports the Tray Typers were so popular that every single one was taken home by the KFC customers, which wasn't supposed to happen. They were built with the idea to be wiped down and used again by the next customer.
Microsoft has announced that starting today, support for over-the-air TV tuners is now available to everyone in the United States and Canada.
Last month, this feature went live for those in the Xbox One preview program. Now, however, it looks tuner support is primed and ready for a widespread release.
If you want to take advantage over-the-air TV viewing on Xbox One, you'll need an HDTV antenna as well as Hauppauge's Xbox One tuner, which can be purchased for $60 USD through the Microsoft Store.