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Harry Potter Villain Actor Now an MMA Fighter

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:11

Josh Herdman, who played Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter series, is exploring a new career path in addition to acting: professional MMA fighting.

As The Mirror reports, after serving as Draco Malfoy's right-hand man during his time at Hogwarts, Herdman won his first amateur MMA fight this past weekend in London.

Image via Mirror

While serious about his potential MMA career -- he holds a shodan black belt in Japanese jujitsu -- Herdman isn't ready to give up acting for good. He still has an agent and attends auditions, but feels as though acting is "just a little bit like playing the lottery for a living."

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SHIELD Recreates Gwen Stacy Death Cover for 4-Part Finale Event

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:55

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is hyping its final four episodes before the Season 3 finale by promising a big death is on the horizon.

IGN can exclusively reveal new art for the "Fallen Agent" event. It recreates the iconic The Amazing Spider-Man Issue 121 cover that previewed the death of Gwen Stacy.

Daisy Johnson's prophecy at the end of the recent episode "Spacetime" foreshadowed a major death on the horizon. That prophecy is ticking closer, and Marvel wants fans to know that anyone on the team could die.

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Director Says Civil War Happened Because of BvS

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:29

Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo believe Marvel moved forward with Captain America: Civil War because of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's announcement.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Russo discussed how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige's thoughts evolved on their pitch for the upcoming movie, especially after Warner Bros. announced they were making Batman v Superman.

"There have been 11 or 12

movies so far, all with a fairly traditional structure," said Russo.  "Our pitch to them was: People will tell you they love chocolate ice cream — until you give it to them five days a week. It's time to give them some rainbow sherbet.

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Sony Files Trademark for 'The Sentinel'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:12

Sony has filed a trademark for something called The Sentinel in Europe.

The trademark was filed today, April 26, with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (via Gematsu) under Class 9 for computer and video games software, as well as Class 14 for internet-related electronic games.

Sony has yet to announce anything related to this new trademark, so stay tuned to IGN in the event The Sentinel is a new first-party title from the company. After all, Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida previously said PS4 owners can expect an "unprecedented rush" of big releases this year.

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Game of Thrones: 6 Book Elements We Miss

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:03

UPDATED: Spoilers for both HBO's Game of Thrones TV series (through Season 5) and for all of George R. R. Martin's completed A Song of Ice and Fire novels follow...

Not that HBO's Game of Thrones hasn't deviated from the original George R. R. Martin books, but from a book-to-show adaptation standpoint, knowing what can happen in situations like these, the show's actually been surprisingly faithful. More or less. Almost every big moment has remained intact, as creators/producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff didn't feel the burning desire to fix something that ain't broke.

But now, having entered Season 6 - which has no direct book correlation -  the show is off and running on its own. George R. R. Martin's A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons were his most recent published Song of Ice and Fire books, with two still left to finish. Which means -- aside from a few remaining Iron Island aspects and a couple other subplots -- the TV series has overtaken the show and will complete the saga with nothing tethering it to the original text.

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Fallout 4 Rolls Out Mod Support and Tools

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:03

Modding in Fallout 4 just became a lot more streamlined.

Assuming you download the beta patch, that is. Update 1.5 for Bethesda's latest open-world adventure includes new mod features that allow them to be installed, critiqued, and bookmarked all within the game client.

The developer also released its Creation Kit — the same tools used to create Fallout 4 itself — for free on its website. Which should make recreating famous scenes in Fallout 4 much easier for those involved.

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Supergirl: Season 1 Review

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:29

Warning: Full spoilers for Supergirl Season 1 follow.

So much about CBS's Supergirl series was flawless right out of the gate. Melissa Benoist, for example, totally encapsulated the lead role and portrayed both the vulnerability of Kara Danvers and the determination of Kara Zor-El. The character was also written very well: strong, capable, upbeat, but also not above making mistakes and owning up to them. This of course carried over into the show itself, which nailed the hopeful, cheery tone it was going for right away. As a result, it felt more like a spiritual successor to Donner's Superman or Lois & Clark, rather than the dark and gritty Superman we've seen in the recent Snyder films.

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Wrestling Wrap Up: Was This Shane's Final RAW?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:54

Most of the important wrasslin-related stuff happened outside of RAW this week - what with Joe winning the NXT title and Joanie "Chyna" Laurer passing away. RAW - which could be Shane-o-Mac's final feetsy feet dance

as "guy in charge because people like him" - was fairly basic. Not bad, just no real effort made to spice things up or surprise us.

The confusion over whether or not there's "collusion" (Cole and Saxton's oft-used ten dollar word) going on between Styles and the Bullet Clubsters is the main storyline right now. And, as mentioned last week, there are several ways to go with all this. AJ could turn heel. Balor, now that he's dropped the NXT belt, could come to RAW as the faction leader. Rollins could be behind all of this. It's a good story. It's just, really, the only story. Everything else is just bottom line "this guy hates this guy." Cesaro (now with full Bond opening) is after Miz's title. Owens and Zayn can't standsk each other. Jericho's clothes cost too damn much. It's all very Smackdown.

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Twin Peaks: Your Guide to All the Returning Cast

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:44

Having remained silent on any details about Twin Peaks beyond the return of Kyle MacLachlan in the lead role of Special Agent Dale Cooper, Showtime went big yesterday, announcing 217 (!) different cast members who will be a part of the long-awaited revival of the beloved cult series.

This list included some very notable and sometimes out there participants, with everyone from Ashley Judd and Michael Cera to Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor playing unspecified roles.

In the meantime though was confirmation on a ton of returning cast members, including mainstays of the original series to some notably deep cut entries from the fringes of Twin Peaks. While there are a few notable omissions (including Lara Flynn Boyle, Piper Laurie and Heather Graham), the show is clearly not lacking for familiar faces.

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Star Wars' Daisy Ridley to Star in The Lost Wife

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:25

The Lost Wife has reportedly found its leading lady in Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

According to Variety's sources, the period drama based on Alyson Richman's novel of the same name is a "top priority," as producers Robbie Brenner, Michelle Chydzik and Jeff Waxman are currently meeting with potential directors.

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Persona 5 Countdown Will End With a Livestream

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:16

News regarding Persona 5 is definitely coming. The timer on the Persona 5 Japanese site is counting down to a live broadcast, Atlus has announced. On May 5 at 5:30 am PT / 8:30 am ET, "all new information" regarding the game will be revealed.

The developer has not released any additional details about the livestream or the game—but it's possible Atlus will reveal Persona 5's release date. The game was expected to launch in 2015, but was delayed until summer 2016.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6 Premiere Nielsen Ratings Drop

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:10

Game of Thrones: Season 6 premiere show an interesting trend for the hit HBO series.

Looking at just the Nielsen on-air ratings (compiled by Entertainment Weekly), 7.9 million people tuned into the 9 p.m. airing, which is down 1 percent from Season 5's premiere. The subsequent airings of the premiere on Sunday night also dropped in viewership 4 percent from the previous year.

When looking beyond on-air ratings, though, Season 6 is overall up in viewership from 2015 and broke its previous record. EW reports that ratings are up 9 percent when factoring in streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now in addition to the premiere airing and its two repeats. Looking at the full picture, "The Red Woman" brought in 10.7 million viewers, which is an all-time best for Game of Thrones.

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New Civil War Promo Features More Spider-Man

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:04

The new promo for Captain America: Civil War showcases more of everybody's favorite web-slinger, Spider-Man.

The 30-second Civil War video — seen below — sees Spider-Man coming face-to-face with the Winter Soldier. And Peter Parker even displays some of his trademark humor in the encounter, mentioning the coolness of Bucky's robotic arm.

Click the image to play the video.

The promo marks the 10-day countdown to Captain America: Civil War's North American debut, which is tracking to earn $175 million domestically opening weekend. The film bows internationally this week.

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Nintendo Reportedly Announcing Next Mobile Game Plans Soon

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:39

Nintendo will release its earnings for the fiscal year tonight, but the company will also reportedly have more to say about its future.

Sources told Kantan Games CEO Dr. Serkan Toto Nintendo will announce news on its future products, including news on its next mobile game. “I was told that in contrast to the last event, Nintendo will actually announce news on future products and pipeline,” Toto said via twitter. “It was also suggested to me that at least news of Nintendo’s plans for mobile will be presented in more detail. Not sure about NX.”

Sources say Nintendo will discuss its future products at tonight's investors' meeting.

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The Night Manager: See Tom Hiddleston Give a Beat Down

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:22

With the second episode of The Night Manager airing Tuesday night on AMC, IGN has an exclusive clip from the miniseries.

Check out what happens when Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) -- in the midst of his quest to take down arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) -- needs the cooperation of a drug dealer and isn't wary of getting decidedly rough with him.

The Night Manager airs Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC.

Eric Goldman is Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricGoldman, IGN at ericgoldman-ign and Facebook at Facebook.com/TheEricGoldman.

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X-Men Apocalypse Director Hints at Returning Character

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:46

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has touched upon whether Wolverine will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. Potential spoilers ahead.

The final X-Men: Apocalypse trailer teased the adamantium-clawed mutant, possibly pointing to Hugh Jackman showing up as Wolverine in the movie. But Singer wouldn't confirm or deny his inclusion in a recent interview with Empire.

“Make of that what you want,” the X-Men: Apocalypse director said. “I will say, it’s not simple. There’s something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction. It’s not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in.”

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Daily Deals: Uncharted 4, Gears of War 4, PS Plus, Xbox One Five Game Bundle

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:20

Uncharted 4 Arrives in Two Weeks. Get Your Copy for $48.

The Uncharted series arrives at a Thief's End on May 10. That's just two weeks away, and if you want a 20% discount on your copy, you can pre-order with Amazon Prime. If you don't have Prime, you can simply start a free trial and cancel it after the game ships. You won't be charged for Prime and you'll get the discount. All versions of the game are eligible:

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Gets a Free Trial

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:18

You can now play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 for free — for a time.

EA's family friendly third-person shooter is getting a free trial. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players can download the trial through EA Origin and play the full game for 10 hours without charge.

Trial users who purchase the game afterwards can keep their accounts, and all progress made during the limited window.

Those who want to make the most out of their 10 hours might benefit from our Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 wiki. There you'll find tips and tricks to help you progress through the game's many modes and lines of progression.

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Aliens Shoes Sell Out In Under 40 Minutes

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:17

Reebok's limited-edition Aliens shoes sold out after 38 minutes this morning.

The shoes, which are modeled after those worn by Sigourney Weaver's 'Ripley' in Aliens, were available on Reebok's website for $175 from 9am PT.

Apparently many users had site errors and issues with checkout, too.

@Reebok had the Aliens in my cart since 9am but checkout is looping. Don't wanna lose these cause of your site error pic.twitter.com/j57dobXek7

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Game of Thrones Actor on the Wildlings' Role in Season 6

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:00

Full spoilers for Game of Thrones through its Season 6 premiere, "The Red Woman," continue below.

Where do the Wildlings stand in Westeros now that Jon Snow is dead? With the majority of the Night's Watch out for Wildling blood and the Wildlings newly south of the Wall, Tormund Giantsbane is aware that his people don't have many allies.

"His objective has always been to find safety for his people," Kristofer Hivju told me during a recent interview. "In the beginning, the White Walkers were the biggest threat, but now the threat is from all sides. They've never been very popular anywhere. You have the Night's Watch, and then you have things happening in the north. Nobody -- nobody -- has any affection for us. So we came from one place to another horrible place."

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