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Jessica Jones: Female Directors to Helm All of Season 2

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 13:45

The directorial lineup for the second season of Marvel's Jessica Jones will be comprised entirely of women.

Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer of the hit Netflix-exclusive series, shared the news during her panel at Transform Hollywood, which was relayed on Twitter by Variety's Mo Ryan (via ScreenRant).

Rosenberg spoke to aiming for a diverse set of perspectives as well when hiring for the show's writing staff, according to Variety, explaining that she looks for those with people who have experiences separate from hers.

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Deadpool 2 Just Lost Its Director

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 13:15

Director Tim Miller has reportedly left Deadpool 2 over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.

While its unknown what those differences were specifically, Miller's exit was reportedly "amicable," according to Variety. Both Miller and Reynolds were confirmed to be returning for the sequel when it was announced back in April.

The Miller-directed Deadpool hit theaters earlier this year and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, earning over $780 million USD worldwide. The sequel is set to introduce both Cable and Domino. Kyle Chandler (Bloodline, Friday Night Lights) is reportedly in the running to play Cable, while six actresses, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Lizzy Caplan, are reportedly in contention to play Domino.

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Lord of the Rings Spinoff Beren and Lúthien Coming in 2017

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:59

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings spinoff story about Beren and Lúthien will be published next year.

According to Entertainment Weekly, HarperCollins will release the book sometime in 2017, a full century after Tolkien first wrote the story.

Beren and Lúthien tells the love story of a mortal man named Beren and an elf maiden named Lúthien. In addition to appearing in Tolkien's collection of works The Silmarillion, the pair are mentioned by Aragorn, whose relationship with Arwen in The Lord of the Rings is very similar to that of Beren and Lúthien.

The story was first released in a 12-volume series called The History of Middle-Earth, but will now be available as a standalone book that includes illustrations by Alan Lee and passages from several iterations of Tolkien's work.

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Indie Dev Proposes in Destiny With Help From Bungie

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:56

Two independent game developers are celebrating their Destiny-set engagement, thanks to some help from Bungie.

Adriel Wallick, organizer of the annual Train Jam, an event that invites game developers to create a game on the 52-hour train ride from Chicago to San Francisco in the lead up to the Game Developers Conference, proposed to her partner Rami Ismail, one-half of the independent developer Vlambeer, the studio behind Nuclear Throne and Luftrausers.

Using some custom-made Destiny content for the engagement, the team at Bungie delivered the proposal from Wallick as a letter from the Postmaster.

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X-Men's Blue and Gold Teams Return

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:00
Marvel's iconic '90s teams are making a comeback for ResurrXion. Check out the two new teasers.

Assassination Classroom Creator's Thoughts on Spin-offs, Dubbed Anime

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 11:35

A yellow, octopus-like creature that can move at Mach 20 speed is planning on destroying the earth, and the only thing that can stop him is his class of junior high school delinquents armed with an assortment of weird weapons. This is Assassination Classroom, and IGN had the chance to send a few questions to its creator Yusei Matsui during New York Comic Con.

With the wild, heartfelt anime and manga concluded, we asked Matsui (through a translator) about his work experiences, how he came up with a character like Koro-sensei, and briefly discussed what's next for him and the Assassination Classroom kids.

Warning: Mild spoilers for the end of Assassination Classroom follow!

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Black Mirror: Season 3 Review

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:00
The excellent anthology series is back with six new episodes that just debuted on Netflix.

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GTA V is a Total Steal at £28

If you haven't yet sampled the mayhem of next-gen GTA V, consider scoring the game while console copies have reduced to £27.99. If you're like us and follow the market on these games you'll realise that this is as cheap as GTA ever gets; it is the only game that is notoriously known to hold its value (it's still £44.99 at GAME!). Forget the world-class campaign, £28 for GTA V is worth it just for GTA Online alone.

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Development on The Last Guardian Is Complete

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 20:42

UPDATE: Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has now confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "I've waited a very long time to say this... The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it."

Development on The Last Guardian is reportedly complete.

In a tweet that was since deleted (but was captured by Polygon), Sony Interactive Entertainment producer Jun Yoshino announced today that the PlayStation 4 exclusive has gone gold, indicating the game will make its December 6 release date. However, after the news spread, Yoshino pulled the tweet in less than an hour.

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Titanfall 2 Multiplayer: Bigger... and Better?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 19:21

Like the original, the duality of switching between Titanfall 2’s nimble pilots and monstrous titans is at the heart of what makes its multiplayer great. The sequel’s additions and changes, while significant, do little to distract from this brilliant gameplay loop. The pilot's ability to effortlessly traverse terrain is still remarkably fluid when the map allows for it, and titans feel like a more permanent investment thanks to rodeo changes and the advent of batteries.

Titan loadouts as they existed in the original have been scrapped in favor of six unique archetypes, each with a charismatic and thematically appropriate designation. Scorch launches thermite, Ronin wields a flashy sword, and Ion evaporates enemies with a giant laser erupting from its chest. This change may seem like a step backwards where customization is concerned, but the ability to identify an enemy titan’s capabilities at a glance is well worth the sacrifice. Increased readability is present on foot too, as each pilot’s character model is directly linked to their tactical ability. A pilot draped an exotic fur for instance has the capability to cloak.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Premiere Review

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 19:20

A missing girl. A broke bellhop. A psychotic landlord. A wandering dog. The world of Dirk Gently is one of inapparent interconnectedness, where everything means something - even nothing.

Max Landis' new adaptation of the books from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams (which already got a page-to-screen treatment in the UK a few years back, starring Stephen Mangan) lands on BBC America this Saturday, October 22nd, with an original story and not one actually based on either of the two novels. Instead of trying to transfer/adapt/reconfigure one of those stories, Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) opted instead to create a new world, and characters, for the series, with rumors of perhaps some of it borrowing from Adams' unfinished third Dirk book.

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Justice League Director Reveals New Wonder Woman Photo

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:32

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, Zach Snyder has released a new photo of Gal Gadot as the Amazonian superhero in his upcoming Justice League film.

The image was shown in honor of the character during a celebration at the United Nations, and has since been posted on Snyder's official Twitter account. Check out the photo below to see Gadot sporting a very serious face amidst a fiery background.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Justice League, via Zack Snyder on Twitter

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In a Valley of Violence Review

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:04

In a Valley of Violence is only the second time that Ti West has directed a non-horror movie. However, there is a dark and humorous heart beating at the center of this Blumhouse Productions film. From the revenge theme to the insanely effective Jeff Grace score to the gory visuals, this is an absolute treat.

The story isn’t a complex one. Ethan Hawke plays Paul, a mysterious drifter who’s heading for Mexico with his dog through the deserts of the Wild West. But things go wrong when he decides to take a shortcut through Denton, a former mining town on its knees and dubbed the titular Valley of Violence. Marshal Clyde Martin, played by John Travolta, runs the place with his band of violent goons which includes his son, Gilly, played by a moderately hammy James Ransone. Paul makes something of an impact on the place and then leaves, but that’s not the end of it for Gilly who decides to take matters into his own hands, attacking Paul at night, killing his dog and leaving the drifter for dead. That’s a big mistake that they live, for a little while, to regret.

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Logan Director on Wolverine 3's Place in X-Men Timeline

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:02

Yesterday brought with it the debut trailer for 20th Century Fox's upcoming Wolverine film, Logan, and director James Mangold has since come forward to discuss the footage, hinting at where the movie fits into the overall X-Men timeline.

When asked about Logan's place in the greater X-Men story, Mangold told Empire, "We are in the future, we have passed the point of the epilogue of Days of Future Past."

The aged and weathered state of Professor X, as well as a scarred and older Wolverine, makes it clear several years have passed since we last saw Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman's characters, which Mangold is taking "as an opportunity" to address "the questions of ageing, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world?"

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Official Skyrim Monopoly Set Coming Next Year

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:56

A new The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim–themed Monopoly board game will be released in March 2017, video game merchandiser Merchoid announced today. Pre-orders are available now on the Merchoid store.

Skyrim Monopoly will allow players to buy and sell property around the realms of Tamriel, from creating villages in Winterhold to breaking ground on massive castles in Windhelm. In Skyrim Monopoly, players won't have to worry about dragons biting their heads off. Instead, they'll have to worry about them "destroy

your hard earned investment."

All of the lore, characters, and locations will be straight from the video game. When released in March 2017, Skyrim Monopoly will cost $48. Curious about other video game Monopoly boards? Merchoid will release a Final Fantasy VII Monopoly set in April 2017.

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The Top 25 Wii U Games

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:46

Last Updated: October 21, 2016

The countdown to Nintendo's next console has begun, but while you wait there are plenty of Nintendo Wii U games to play. After much deliberation, we've settled on a list of 25 games you should add to your Wii U library now.

A quick note on the Top 25 Wii U Games list: The primary question this top 25 list is intended to answer is simple: "What are the 25 best games we played on Wii U?" Our choices were based on how much fun we had with the games (our primary concern), but we also considered elements like longevity/staying power, innovation, and influence on later games.

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No More Official Switch Announcements to Come Until 2017

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:26

While Nintendo officially revealed its latest console, the Nintendo Switch, this week, it appears the company won't have more to say on the upcoming system until 2017.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a spokesman for Nintendo confirmed no additional information about the Switch outside of its unveiling yesterday will come until next year, ahead of the console's planned March 2017 launch.

WSJ's Takashi Mochizuki clarified that "no more official announcement would come this year on 1) game titles 2) spec details, including region-lock status."

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Legends of Tomorrow's JSA Explained

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:21

The Justice Society of America, or JSA, made their full debut on DC's Legends of Tomorrow this week, after being teased last year with the last-minute arrival of team member Hourman in the season finale. With the Legends adventuring lately in 1942, it was only natural for them to run into that original superhero team of World War II-era characters.

But unlike their cousins the Justice League of America, the JSA isn't quite as well known to fans. So let's take a look at their history and how they've been adapted for Legends of Tomorrow. Check out the slideshow below for all the info on Hourman, Commander Steel, Stargirl, Vixen, Obsidian, Doctor Mid-Nite and more:

For more on the new season of Legends of Tomorrow, including what's up with the new team leader, Rip Hunter's status, the Legion of Doom, and the future of the JSA, head over to our chat with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

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The Rock Producing Comedy Inspired By Wrestling Career

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:18

A new wrestling comedy series from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Will Ferrell is headed to Fox.

According to Variety, the project, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network, draws inspiration from "the real life experiences" of Johnson and former WWE writer Brian Gerwitz.

The show is said to provide a "behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit" and depict "the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship" formed between a "painfully awkward comedy writer" who's new to the wrestling business, and a "charismatic young character" inspired by Johnson's days in the WWE.

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Battlefield 1 Review

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:07

Battlefield’s formula for large-scale, objective-driven warfare is as intense and theatrical as ever against the haunting, archaic backdrop of World War I. Battlefield 1’s single-player campaign is a short but pleasantly surprising anthology of small, human stories that does a good job spotlighting some of the key technology of the era.

But it’s the exhilarating multiplayer that most strongly capitalizes on the potential of this old-school arsenal, bringing a number of subtle changes that keep the combat balanced and smart while still allowing for the hallmark chaos that makes Battlefield such a fantastic first-person shooter series.

The Battlefield series has not been known for the quality of its single-player in recent years, so Battlefield 1’s campaign is a nice change of pace. The way each story juggles charm and tragedy in equal measure helps humanize the war and the people that fought it with quiet, welcome restraint. Overly simplistic objectives hold it back from being the memorable saga it could be, but a strong sampling of some of Battlefield’s most defining elements — like objective capturing and vehicular warfare — make it, at the least, a worthy primer for multiplayer.

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