Neil Patrick Harris is set to host a variety show on NBC.
As first reported by Vulture, and now confirmed by NBC, the show will be based on the U.K.'s Saturday Night Takeaway. Harris' version will not share the title, or even air on Saturdays. It will be an hour long, and likely be based out of New York.
ITV, the production company behind the U.K. version, shopped the rights to networks and is said to have requested an on-the-air, ten-episode order. Sources also say that ITV was asking for more than $2.5 million per episode.
"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling. Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer,” Harris said. “Nothing like this has been done before, and it's unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!"
Shigeru Miyamoto has unveiled his first animated short films at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Revealed last month as "Pikmin Short Movie," the selection of computer generated-animated films—"The Night Juicer," "Treasure in a Bottle" and "Occupational Hazards"—are based on the video game series that debuted in 2001on the GameCube.
Miyamoto, who created Mario and Donkey Kong, began production on the short films at the same time as development on Pikmin 3 on the Wii U started. He doesn’t plan on leaving games behind, according to the Guardian.
Forty-five minutes passed in Lords of the Fallen before I died for the first time. That's a bit of a surprise for a game that makes no secret of its heavy debts to the ultra-punishing Dark Souls series, but the combat I experienced on the way to that first death revealed a game that's just as concerned with letting us have fun without the pain. At times it sacrifices too much at the altar of combat accessibility, but it usually makes up for it with a tempting risk-reward system that caters to multiple play styles, and through the arcadey pleasures of hacking and slashing for loot.
Lords of the Fallen’s formulaic story follows Harkyn, a gruff criminal who's pulled from behind bars to save the world from interdimensional monsters called the Rhogar. We’re never told the nature of his crimes, however, and Lords repeatedly introduces other characters with only a modicum of characterization. Even the big bad guy behind it all gets only around three minutes of screen time. When the plot tries for a shocking twist near the end of its roughly 17-hour story, it's hard to care about anyone involved.
The world of pro-wrestling is a fast-moving one where yesterday's champs can be today's chumps. WWE 2K15 on Xbox 360 is emblematic of that. Just one year removed from 2K14, which delivered the most comprehensive roster, the deepest history, and the biggest creation suite to date, 2K15's old-gen version takes significant steps backwards in each of those areas.
The old-gen version of 2K15 doesn't have most of the new-gen additions you may have heard about. The revamped, more realistic match pacing is nowhere to be found here. The addition of a momentum meter is much appreciated though, removing the guesswork as to when signatures become available and when the window is closing to pull one off before it becomes a finisher. Aside from that, it's the same standard high-speed action that's become commonplace for the franchise over the last few years. The old combat engine isn't inherently bad, mind you. When it comes to standard matches with two to four combatants it's certainly enjoyable, though a bit too reliant on mastering reversals or spamming the unnaturally quick strikes. But get into five or six-man everything-goes matches however, and the fast-paced fighting ceases to approximate anything resembling an actual wrestling match.
Nintendo's official Australia and New Zealand Twitter account is offering fans a peek of the New Nintendo 3DS XL box art ahead of the handhelds release in the region.
Large screens, a luxury look and more! Here’s a sneak peek at the packaging for New Nintendo 3DS XL. pic.twitter.com/DAEY3o3YA8
— Nintendo AU NZ (@NintendoAUNZ) October 28, 2014
The metallic blue 3DS XL packaging sample features the handheld overlaid with quotation bubbles pointing out the device's prominent features, such as changeable faceplates. The packing for the New 3DS, shown below, is a little more vibrant.
Felicity Smoak is everywhere these days. On Arrow, the character continues to play a crucial role on the team, while she also now has a new day job working alongside Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). And this week, Felicity will also be seen on The Flash, as Emily Bett Rickards guest stars on the spinoff series, after Felicity goes to visit Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), following their initial friendship and flirtation when Barry was introduced on Arrow last year.
I spoke to Rickards about her guest role on The Flash and how Felicity gets along with that group of characters – which we’ll see even more of in a few weeks when The Flash and Arrow have a bigger crossover event involving the casts of both shows across both series. We also discussed Felicity’s current dynamic with both Ray and Oliver Queen, next week’s Arrow -- which will reveal more about Felicity’s origins -- and how she feels about the Green Arrow comics recently introducing a new DC Comics incarnation of Felicity modeled after her version of the character.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Well into its second season, Sleepy Hollow has established a pattern of taking stories that probably would have stood apart from the major ongoing story of the series last year and connecting them with the larger war with Moloch and company. Instead of coming off as forced, it’s worked very well so far. Whether it’s a cursed coin, a weeping lady haunting the town or just a straight-up scary Wendigo, the case of the week has wound up being part of the war, with Henry usually being the man behind the curtain. It’s another tricky balancing act that the writers have managed to make look easy.
The only element of the series that feels a little out of place at the moment are the ones with Irving since he’s so removed from most of the action and despite efforts to include him this week, his scenes still don’t add up to much. Henry confirms that he owns his soul and offers it back for the low, low price of killing the dude that crippled his daughter. That the guy couldn't be bothered to work up much in that way of contrition only made him more killable, but it was such a hastily thrown together plot that I didn't feel much in the way of stakes, even as Orlando Jones was completely committed to showing Irving's torment.
Sega’s tactical role-playing PlayStation 3-exclusive Valkyria Chronicles is heading to PC soon, according to the company’s official Twitter account.
Gallia, to arms! Return to the original battle on PC. More info coming soon... pic.twitter.com/Lj4tc3YPfG
— SEGA (@SEGA) October 27, 2014
Set in an alternate 1930's Europe, Valkyria Chronicles centers on the struggle of the neutral Principality of Gallia as it's caught between two warring European superpowers and faces invasion over its Ragnite ore. The title combines gameplay elements from role-playing games, tactical role-playing titles and third-person shooters.
Note: Full spoilers follow for Star Wars Rebels: “Rise of the Old Masters”
The fourth episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Rise of the Old Masters,” was a big one, in which Kanan (and the audience) were led to believe Luminara Unduli, a Jedi from the Clone Wars era – and featured on several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – had survived, albeit as a prisoner.
Of course, it was all a ruse – a rather twisted trap, where Luminara’s mummified corpse was all that truly remained, as the Inquisitor planed to lure surviving Jedi like Kanan to their deaths via the hope of rescuing one of their own kind.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
In a welcome shift, Gotham moved the focus over to Donal Logue's Detective Bullock this week in "Spirit of the Goat," leaving him to actually close out the case of the week while Gordon got sidelined by the MCU (kind of a perfect name for the show's pests, from a DC standpoint).
Oh, Gotham still has a ways to go before it ascends to anything solid, but giving Bullock more screen time and a deeper history was a nice way to elevate his character above his usual pessimism. Which, at times, has actually hindered the show due to the fact that his lack of empathy and/or willingness to do his job at times on even the most basic of levels was almost too ridiculous to buy.
Man of Steel writer David Goyer might have found his next project with a new DC Comics show called Krypton.
Bleeding Cool broke the news that the success of the pre-Batman drama Gotham might have inspired another superhero spinoff: this time involving Superman. The title suggests a pre-Superman TV series set on the hero's home planet of planet Krypton.
The idea that Goyer might be attached doesn't seem like that much of a longshot. He has already explored the Kryptonian lifestyle in his Man of Steel screenplay. Comics such as World of Krypton and For The Man Who Has Everything have also ventured into Krypton territory.
It’s been revealed today that PAX AUS will remain in Melbourne, Victoria for the next five years.
The first PAX AUS, which was held at the Melbourne Showgrounds July 19 to 21, 2013, marked the first time the Penny Arcade Expo had been held outside the United States. This year’s event, starting on Friday and running across the weekend, is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
If you’re attending, you can check out a list of the panels scheduled for the three-day event here. Don’t forget IGN AU’s live Pubcast, either; it’s being unleashed at 9:00PM this Friday, October 31 at the Galah Theatre.
CBS has given full season orders to all four of its new dramas, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker.
These pick-ups include three of the top four new shows launched on television this season, and three series that rank among the top 15 of all primetime programs.
"These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up," said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment.
A member of the IGN community was invited to attend the Tokyo International Film Festival, where Shigeru Miyamoto unveiled three short Pikmin films. The CG-animated movies were "The Night Juicer," "Treasures In A Bottle" and "Occupational Hazards." Miyamoto made the decision to create the short films as he was involved in development of Pikmin 3.
Without further ado, here's IGN reader Jon Cousins' account of the films shown at the event.
The process for applying to see what I saw was as inconspicuous as the event itself. A downtown and eclectic part of east Tokyo was host to the premiere of three short CG HD and 3D films based on the 'Pikmin' series, started in 2001 by Nintendo lynchpin and iconic game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto.
Interstellar has the weight of extraordinary expectations as Christopher Nolan’s first directorial outing since The Dark Knight Rises and Matthew McConaughey’s initial appearance following the actor’s Academy Award win for Dallas Buyers Club - the cherry on top of the past two years’ “McConaughnaissance”. There is a sense that filmgoers are looking for the space adventure to be nothing less than transcendent, exhalent, the second coming…calorie-less salted caramel ice-cream and so on.
When a creator is deemed a visionary and/or a master of their craft in their lifetime, the viewer can become either more critical or more forgiving. It feels as though that very human tendency may play into the initial response to this film. Interstellar has the potential to sweep the audience along in an imaginative and entertaining space fable; to spin an emotional web that will leave some enraptured. Others may take umbrage with the film’s problematic logical through-line and narrative disconnect. I find myself drifting between these two perspectives.
Malese Jow, known for her fan-favorite character Anna on The Vampire Diaries, has been tapped to play and recur as DC Comics character Linda Park on The Flash.
THR reports that Jow will make her first appearance in episode 12 of this season. Her character is described as "a quick-witted reporter for the Central City Picture News." She befriends Iris West while at work and "helps her navigate the fast-paced world of journalism."
Rumor has it that English actress-model-singer Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Grand Theft Auto V) is up for a key role in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad movie.
According to Latino Review, "Warners is seriously looking at
or the villainous female role in the film."
The site claims Delevingne, 22, is also up for a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. She will next be seen in the Amanda Knox-inspired psychological thriller The Face of an Angel, co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl, and also has supporting roles in Joe Wright's Pan and the star-studded London Fields.
Seminal '90s PC games Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: TIE Fighter are finally getting re-released digitally.
Good Old Games made the announcement on its forums that both games will be coming to the service October 28. Which is totally tomorrow. To make the deal even sweeter, the games will be available in their special edition forms, and for just ten bucks USD.
Almost everyone with a gaming PC in the '90s is familiar with both games in the series, considered by many to be the finest Star Wars games ever made. For those who've wanted to scratch either itch, the only option for most has been booting up a DOS emulator and bringing out the CD-ROMs. IGN's Steve Butts lists it as one of his all-time favorite games.
While HBO has yet to confirm the news, Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, The Normal Heart) has gone on record saying that he's in the second season of True Detective.
The actor, who was rumored last July to be one of the actors being considered for a Season 2 role, confirmed his involvement with the series to Adweek.com via head nod and then spoke about taking the last year off so he'd be available.
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By Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang | DC Comics
The finale to Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman run is here! Yes, the series will continue next month with a new creative team, but this issue is the climax to the three-year story that began with the launch of the New 52.