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Psycho-Pass Movie NA Release Dates Announced

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 19:39

Psycho-Pass: The Movie will make its two-day theatrical debut in the United States and Canada this March, Funimation Entertainment has announced.

The film—based on the hit anime TV series of the same name—will screen in over 100 North American theaters on March 15 and 16. You'll be able to purchase advance tickets starting February 18 right here.

"Fans will truly enjoy this film and its visual homage to a number of live action movies and anime series," Funimation EVP and COO Mike DuBoise said in a statement. "Since this is a very limited, two-day theatrical release, we are encouraging fans to purchase tickets in advance so they don’t miss out."

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Super Bowl: Cap 3, Ninja Turtles 2 Likely to Air Ads

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:33

With Super Bowl 50 now just days away, it's becoming clearer which studios and which of their films will air TV commercials during Sunday's championship football game.

According to AdAge, Disney "has secured as many as four in-game ads, a tally that does not include subsidiary Marvel's crossover promo with Coca-Cola."

The outlet reports that in addition to The Jungle Book and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Captain America: Civil War is also expected to air a TV spot. (Might this be when we finally get a look at the MCU's new Spider-Man?)

"While Disney has not confirmed Cap's presence in the Big Game," reports AdAge, "a buy is all but inevitable given how predecessor Captain America: The Winter Soldier fared at the box office after its Super Bowl ad dropped in 2014."

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NVC: Will Nintendo Unveil NX on Stage at E3 2016?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:21

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Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's Nintendo-focused podcast. Join host Jose OteroBrian Altano, and Peer Schneider for another fun-filled episode.

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Alexandra Daddario Talks Baywatch and American Horror Story

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:20

Alexandra Daddario is certainly keeping busy. I spoke to the actress a few days ago at the kick off event for the new mobile game, Marvel Avengers Academy -- in which she voices the Wasp -- which happened to be the same week she was appearing on an episode of Workoholics - while she also has a new movie, The Choice, opening this weekend. On top of that, production is set to begin very soon on the comedic feature film version of Baywatch, where she’ll be reuniting with her San Andreas co-star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Besides discussing Avengers Academy – you can see what Daddario, Colton Haynes and Kiernan Shipka had to say about that project at this link – I also asked her about some of her other projects, including Baywatch, the upcoming sex comedy, The Layover (co-starring Kate Upton and directed by William H. Macy, who also appears in the film), and her TV work, including her recent stint on American Horror Story and if she could return to that series.

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Grimm: First Look at New Wesen, Wasser Zahne

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:07

A new Wesen is coming to Grimm in its February 5th episode, "A Reptile Dysfunction." NBC released a first look at the aquatic creature, known as Wasser Zahne.

The Wasser Zahne doesn't make a good first impression when it murders a tourist in the episode's opening minutes, and Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called into investigate. Check out the new Wesen below.

That's not the only trouble facing Nick and the Scooby Squad in "A Reptile Dysfunction." Nick is shown the scope of the Wesen uprising as Hadrian's Wall takes him into the heart of their Portland operations center, while secret parts of Rosalee's (Bree Turner) past come back to haunt her.

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LEGO Ghostbusters Set Revealed, Includes Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:49

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is getting its own LEGO set, complete with Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon in mini-figure form. The ghost-busting team's assistant, Chris Hemsworth, is included as well. See all of that in the image gallery below.

The sets show off the Ecto-1 and Ecto-2—the gals' classic car and motorcycle, respectively. LEGO announced that both vehicles will be available this summer. From the photos via Brickset, it looks like the figures will come wielding iconic ghost-busting gear, and with a couple different heads for each character.

The Ghostbusters reboot film is slated to release on July 15, 2016. Activision is reportedly working on a new Ghostbusters video game, expected to release alongside the movie. Activision has not confirmed the game's existence, and it's unclear whether it'll feature the all-female cast from the Ghostbuster's reboot. The report does, however, state that the new game won't be part of the toys-to-life game LEGO Dimensions.

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Some Third-Party Repaired iPhones Bricked by New Update

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:33

It seems that iOS 9 may be ruining perfectly fine iPhones for a number of users.

According to The Guardian the issue stems from a compound of "problems." The first is to have your iPhone 6 — specifically its home button — repaired by anyone but Apple. While your phone may work perfectly fine after that, updating to the latest firmware will cause the dreaded "error 53," rendering the expensive device completely useless.

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Bruce Lee Coming to EA Sports UFC 2

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:16

EA Sports UFC 2 is getting another famed fighter in the form of Bruce Lee.

Players have three different ways to unlock the late martial artist, according to a blog post. Those who owned the first EA Sports UFC and purchase a copy of EA Sports UFC 2 will get day one access to Lee for free. Another option is to beat the game's career mode and be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Thirdly, those who are subscribers of EA Access can download EA Sports UFC from The Vault and sign into the online servers to qualify for the unlock.

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Ethan Hawke Approached for Training Day TV Series

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:51

With CBS' Training Day pilot moving forward, its inevitable Ethan Hawke, who played rookie cop Jake Hoyt in the original film, would be approached for a role.

Deadline reports that Hawke has been asked to reprise his role in some way—likely a supporting or recurring role, though some want Hawke to star in the series.

Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington in Training Day

Speaking to IGN this week, Hawke mentioned there's a chance he'll be involved. "You know, I'm not really sure what they want from me, or whether they're interested in having me," he said. "I'm pretty sure they are." However, Hawke has "no burning desire to be on a TV show," and certainly not "24 episodes a year."

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Tatum, Gordon-Levitt to Star in Musical Comedy

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:34

Universal Studios has picked up the rights to Wicked producer Marc Platt's new musical comedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum attached to star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is currently untitled, but will follow two pilots on a R-rated musical misadventure. It's based on a plot Gordon-Levitt came up with the movie's screenwriter, Michael Bacall, several years ago while filming a movie called Manic.

Gordon-Levitt will also produce with his production company, hitRECord Films, as will Tatum with his company, Free Association.

Neither actor is stranger to song and dance, with Tatum frequently busting a move in the Magic Mike series and Gordon-Levitt making everyone's dreams come true with his Hall and Oates dance number from (500) Days of Summer.

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P.T. Inspires Upcoming Hyper-Real Horror Game

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:18

Visage is an upcoming horror game from SadSquare Studio influenced by the hyper-real visuals and environmental storytelling explored in beloved horror demo P.T., but extended into a longer experience.

Its creators plan to launch on PC with VR compatibility in January 2017, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to follow if SadSquare meets its funding goals.

Check out 12 minutes of alpha gameplay footage from Visage below.

Visage isn't just inspired by P.T. – it began as a recreation of the Silent Hills demo's iconic home in Unreal Engine 4. When Konami canceled Silent Hills and removed the playable teaser from the PlayStation Store, Visage level designer Jonathan Vallières decided to turn the prototype into a game of its own.

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What Kylo Ren Owes to a Cat

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:10

Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren owes much to a feline, as it turns out his Force rumble sound effect came from the purring of a cat.

"The Kylo Ren Force rumble—the really chunky and animalistic rumble—is my cat’s purring," supervising sound editor and designer David Acord revealed to Nerdist (via THR). "It’s heavily pitched and slowed version of my cat’s purr that becomes

Kylo Force rumble."

Acord also discussed a few of the movie's other sound effects, some of which were pulled from other Lucasfilm properties, including one starring Harrison Ford. "When the rathtar is rolling down the hallway after Han and Chewie, I put in the sound of Ben Burtt’s boulder roll sound from Raiders of the Lost Ark when the boulder is chasing Indy," he said.

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Studio Blames Star Wars for Mockingjay 2's Lower Gross

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:02

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is the lowest-grossing entry in the Lionsgate franchise with $652 million worldwide (over $100 million less than what Part 1 earned).

During a call with Wall Street analysts Friday, the studio -- whose stocks took a tumble after it announced weaker than expected Q3 earnings -- blamed the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Paris terrorist attack last November for the film's "softer than anticipated" performance at the box office. (Mockingjay, Part 2 opened in November.)

“I think the combination of circumstances was unique between the terrorist attack in Europe and Star Wars,” said Rob Friedman, Lionsgate’s co-chairman of the Motion Picture Group, according to Deadline.

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Fifty Shades Sequel Casts Zombies' Bella Heathcote

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:58

Bella Heathcote has landed a role in Fifty Shades Darker, the film adaptation of the second book in E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The actress—who stars in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which opens today—is joined by Kim Basinger, and returning actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Heathcote is set to play Leila, who, Deadline reports, is "a former lover of Christian," and "bears the scars to prove it."

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The Walking Dead Beats Secret Wars in January

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:18

The Walking Dead #150 was the best-selling comic book of January 2016, according to Diamond Comics' sales figures. The series topped the charts for the first time since the release of The Walking Dead #100 in July 2012.

The Walking Dead managed to outsell even the final issue of Secret Wars. However, Marvel still published eight of the top ten best-selling books in January, thanks to Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, Old Man Logan #1, Uncanny X-Men #1 and their various Star Wars comics. DC had one book in the top ten with Batman #48.

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Star Wars: Force Awakens to Cross $900M Domestically

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:18

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark in domestic sales today on its 50th day of release, Disney has announced.

Once J.J. Abrams' space epic reaches this new milestone, it will be the first film in box office history to earn $900 million. Disney also expects The Force Awakens to hit the $2 billion mark globally on Saturday, which will make it the third movie ever (and second in its original release) to reach this level of success.

As of yesterday, February 4, the film has made approximately $899.1 million domestically and a whopping $1.096 billion internationally, making for a grand total in worldwide earnings of $1.995 billion.

"This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.

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H1Z1 Is Being Made Into Two Games, Confirmed for Consoles

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:07

H1Z1 is being split into two separate games, according to publisher Daybreak.

H1Z1: Just Survive will have a renewed focus on a persistent, open-world survival experience where players will have to scavenge, craft, and build bases to survive from the zombie threat. H1Z1: King of the Kill will be more of a "fast-paced shooter" focusing on fight-to-the-death game modes, including the popular Battle Royale. Both games will be given "their own dedicated development resources."

Daybreak said last year it started to notice separate communities pop up within H1Z1. One was solely focusing on the initial survival game, while others were dedicated to the Battle Royale game mode. "Many players in the community have been discussing splitting the game and we’ve heard you loud and clear," said the developer in the announcement. "We want to make sure we give both titles the support they need and deserve to truly flourish."

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Bring on the Bad Girls! Phasma, Hela and Rita Repulsa

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:05

Download Keepin' it Reel, Episode 315!

Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel, the IGN show where Jim Vejvoda and Eric Goldman (subbing for Terri Schwartz this week) bring you the latest genre movie news.

This week's topics include news and rumors on the next three Fast and Furious sequels, Power Rangers, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars -- Episode VIII and Episode IX, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Alien: Covenant, Transformers 5, Avatar 2, Wolverine 3, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Deadpool.

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This Winter’s 8 Most Promising New Anime

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:47

With the Winter 2016 anime season well underway, many of the best-looking shows have already found their footing. If you’re looking to add a few new shows to your watchlist, you can’t go wrong with any of these picks.

Keep in mind this list only includes new shows. There are many great anime returning this season, but they do not qualify for this list.

Erased takes the premise of having a special ability and keeps it grounded in a very serious reality. Protagonist Satoru has a power that sends him back in time to prevent tragedies and right wrongs, and he works to investigate a murder from his childhood. The show gracefully handles the horrors of child abuse, and as a result it’s consistently heartfelt and moving. That, combined with its engaging murder mystery, makes it a must-see.

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Valve Launches the First-Ever Steam Lunar New Year Sale

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:43

Valve has kicked off yet another of its famous sales, this time with a choose your own adventure twist.

The "Steam Lunar New Year Sale" has everything you've come to expect — that is to say deep discounts on a plethora of PC games. In addition launching Steam will also reveal a sort of riddle game where your decisions determine which sales are highlighted for you.

The first question asks players whether they'd swim through or drive around a massive body of water. The first option coughs up a series of seafaring games. The second offers automobile themed activities. Though not all of the games, like the recently released American Truck Simulator, are actually on sale.

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