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First Teaser for Stephen King/J.J. Abrams Series Castle Rock Released

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:25

Bad Robot Productions has released a mysterious teaser trailer for a new Hulu original series that reteams J.J. Abrams and Stephen King called Castle Rock.

The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo featuring Abrams' stationary bearing a handwritten note that included a YouTube link, which leads to this Castle Rock teaser:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Castle Rock will be an anthology series that brings together the characters and themes of King's works that involve Castle Rock. If multiple seasons are made, the show will center on different groups of characters each season while also introducing elements from prior seasons.

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Donald Glover to Star as Simba in New Version of The Lion King

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:14

Disney's upcoming The Lion King live-action remake has found its lead.

Director Jon Favreau announced on Twitter that Donald Glover will play Simba, sharing a picture of the actor along with the words "I just can't wait to be king." Variety confirmed that the star is currently in talks with Disney.

Favreau also said on Twitter that James Earl Jones, who played Mufasa in the 1994 animated original, will return. "Looking forward to working with this legend," Favreau wrote along with the hashtag "Mufasa."

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New Line of Pokemon Mega Bloks Revealed

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:13

New Pokemon toys are on the way, as the popular creature-collecting franchise has joined Mattel's line of re-branded toy sets, Mega Construx.

As reported by Kotaku, Pokemon from the Kanto region will be featured in the upcoming Mega Construx sets, including fan favorites like Pikachu and Charizard. The first sets will release in North America sometime this summer.

Pokemon Mega Construx Charizard figure

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The Great Wall Review

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:00

Matt Damon is one of the most popular American movie stars of his generation. Similarly, Zhang Yimou is a filmmaker of supreme technical and emotional skill, which he’s been showing off consistently ever since his debut in the late 1980s. So on the surface, a team-up between Damon and Yimou, in what is set to be the filmmaker’s first English language feature, should be cause for excitement. But strangely enough, the anticipation surrounding The Great Wall - an ambitious Hollywood and Chinese co-production hitting theaters stateside this weekend - has been surprisingly low these past few weeks.

Unfortunately, The Great Wall doesn’t do anything worth getting all that excited over either, which, despite featuring some entertaining and technically impressive battle sequences, is a shockingly boring outing from both Damon and Yimou.

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Want to Develop IGN for a Living? Check out Code-Foo!

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:00

Are you a passionate coder looking to get real world experience? Are you an IGN superfan that would enjoy working on the site you love? How about an experienced developer looking for a fresh, fun environment? Well then pay attention! IGN's annual Code-Foo program is back for 2017!

Code-Foo is a paid, six-week internship program at IGN's headquarters in San Francisco. You'll have the opportunity to work with and learn directly from IGN's engineering team and contribute to a site that is viewed by millions of people. Many of IGN's engineers have been part of our Code-Foo program and now so can you.

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A Cure for Wellness Review

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:00
The Ring director Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness is visually gorgeous, admirable, and unsatisfying.

Fallout 4 Director on Bethesda Game Studios' Current Slate of Games in Development

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:50

After previously teasing a few major projects in the works, Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard has clarified the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls studio's current development slate.

Speaking with IGN, Howard said that, adding up all projects in various states of development, Bethesda Game Studios, the in-house development studio at Bethesda Softworks, has "seven

going," including a new mobile game, though he clarified that two of those projects have already been properly announced. Fallout 4 in VR was revealed at E3 2016, while The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch was confirmed earlier this year.

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Jar Jar Binks' Fate Revealed in Star Wars: Aftermath Novel

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:42

Star Wars: Aftermath -- Empire's End, the third entry in Chuck Wendig's novel trilogy set after Return of the Jedi, reveals the fate of the clumsy Gungan outcast, Jar Jar Binks.

Warning: Star Wars: Aftermath -- Empire's End spoilers ahead.

According to Mashable, there's an interlude chapter in the book that takes place on Naboo, where we learn that Jar Jar Binks has become a street clown. A refugee boy named Mapo runs into Jar Jar while he's performing for some kids, and the Gungan explains the circumstances that led to his situation and why he isn't wanted.

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Big Little Lies Review

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:31

The wealthy, postcard-perfect beachfront town of Monterey, California -- as seen in HBO's new series Big Little Lies, at least -- is like a vision board brought to life: architecturally stunning homes, cosmetically beautiful people, Blue Ribbon schools... Why wouldn't you want to live there?

But underneath that stellar exterior lies plenty of problems, big and little, that its inhabitants must face. Mo' money, mo' problems.

Yes, it’s another story about rich people problems: ambition, complicated female friendships, love, privilege, abuse, and even murder. But the A-list cast and beautiful direction from Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyer's Club) give the well-worn stories a compelling edge. You might’ve seen this plot play out before, but not by these particular superstars.

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Justice League Headlines New Set of DC Collectibles

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:41

DC Collectibles announced a new line of statues based on the upcoming Justice League movie, as well as other new products based on the DC universe.

The 12-inch statues include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. The statues are "inspired by" the film's actors.

Also announced is a "a massive" Batcave vignette based on Batman: The Animated Series. The LED equipped Batcave measures 15.5 x 17 x 21-inches and includes an "an exclusive Alfred action figure."

The DC Bombshells collection is expanding into the DC Designer Series, and the DC Universe Rebirth comics line is getting "several characters" in the DC Icons 6-inch figure series.

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The Purge 4 Announced

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:38

Universal has announced that a new movie in The Purge franchise is in the works.

The fourth film in the series, which is untitled for now, will open in theaters in July, 2018. The core creative team behind the past three films is returning, including creator James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the entire franchise thus far. However, DeMonaco will only be penning the script this time around, as he's working with producers to bring in a new director.

Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Sébastien K. Lemercier are producing once again. There are currently no details about the plot or cast for this fourth film, and whether or not Frank Grillo will return to play Leo Barnes.

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The Batman: Director Matt Reeves Exits Negotiations

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:34

The hunt for a new director for The Batman continues as Matt Reeves has reportedly exited negotiations with Warner Bros. a week after they began.

"A studio source confirms that negotiations have broken down," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The possibility, however, exists that talks could resume when heads cool. The studio is intent on making the movie no matter what as the Batman franchise has proven to bigger than one person."

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How Skyward Sword Feedback Impacted Breath of the Wild

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:12

The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma recently discussed how feedback influenced Breath of the Wild, revealing how a fan's response to Skyward Sword impacted the game's development.

"So there was something that the fans said before starting development that changed what I thought," Aonuma told Game Informer. "There was a fan that said he really, really loved Zelda. But while playing Skyward Sword, he missed experiencing this huge world where he could just ride Epona around," something Aonuma said the fan really enjoyed in Ocarina of Time.

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Prey: Arkane on the Length and Surprises of the Game

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:00
Prey lead designer Ricardo Bare shows us the multi-story-tall 'Nightmare' monster, discusses how long the campaign is, and much more!

Star Wars: Rogue One Sequel Novel Inferno Squad Revealed

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:31

Inferno Squad, a new novel set after the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been announced.

As revealed by StarWars.com, this new book from author Christie Golden will center around an elite Imperial squad who embarks on a mission to take down the remaining Partisans of Saw Gerrera after the climactic events of Rogue One.

Temporary cover for Inferno Squad by Christie Gold, via StarWars.com

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Half-Life 2, Portal Writer No Longer at Valve

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:51

After working on a number of games at Valve, writer Erik Wolpaw has left the studio.

News of Wolpaw's departure comes by way of former Valve scriptwriter Marc Laidlaw, who posted on Twitter: "Wolpaw left Valve so I can now insult him freely without damaging the company's reputation. He's a comic genius and a true original."

Shortly thereafter, Wolpaw took to Twitter to confirm that Jay Pinkerton, who co-wrote Portal 2 with Wolpaw, hasn't left the company, saying, "Pinkerton's still at Valve! Stop sending him concerned emails!"

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Logan Review

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:30

In some ways, Logan is the Wolverine film that many fans have long awaited, replete with a heavy dose of R-rated violence, adult language and earth-shattering, gut-wrenching revelations. And yet, Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the X-Man that made him famous also serves as a meditation on the very nature of superhero stories and the comic-book movie genre itself.

Based loosely on the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics, the film takes place in a future that’s not quite post-apocalyptic, but sure seems to be teetering on the edge. Mutants have all but vanished from the population, and the few that remain appear to be in hiding. That includes Logan and a diminished, ancient, and mentally deteriorating Professor Xavier. The return of Patrick Stewart to the role is one of the hugely satisfying aspects of Logan, as the revered thespian finally gets to bring a true depth to the character -- if in a distinctly new way. His Professor X has always been mostly sidelined in the movies, but not in Logan: Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, this is an Xavier you’ve never seen before.

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Horror Director Eyed for for Shazam

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:23

Shazam may be zeroing in on a specific director.

The Wrap reports David F. Sandberg, known for his breakout hit Lights Out, is reportedly in talks to helm the DC Comics film. Sandberg also has another movie on the way in Annabelle 2, set to be released this summer.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson first announced he'll be starring as the villain turned antihero Black Adam in a Shazam movie several years ago. There was little movement on the project until recently when Johnson met with DC to discuss Shazam and the DCEU as a whole.

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See All the New Pokemon Go Evolutions

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:00
See how to evolve your old Pokemon into all new evolutions using a few different methods.

The Flash: New Images Spotlight Solovar, Grodd and More

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:24

In anticipation for The Flash's upcoming two-part Gorilla City event, The CW has released a batch of new photos, including a first look at the sentient gorilla leader Solovar (voiced by Keith David) and the return of supervillain Gorilla Grodd (voiced by David Sobolov).

Check out the gallery below to see what lies ahead for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in the upcoming episode "Attack on Gorilla City."

Following the events of "Untouchable" (read IGN's review), Barry Allen and co. must brave Gorilla Grodd's domain in an attempt to rescue Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) from the villainous ape.

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