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Star Wars Comic Editor Reflects on 2015, Has Jar Jar Idea

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00

Last year brought us our first full year of Marvel's new Star Wars comics, and so with 2015 closed out, we hopped on the phone with the man who is steering the Star Wars ship over at Marvel Comics, editor Jordan D. White.

He talks about how they approached making a new line of Star Wars comics, the challenges of working with the Lucasfilm Story Group, the potential for comic characters to make the jump to other media, and why Poe Dameron was chosen as the first character from The Force Awakens to get his own ongoing comic series. Plus, believe it or not, we ask White about the idea he has for a Jar Jar Binks comic.

We also have your exclusive first look at three interior art pages by Salvador Larroca from Darth Vader #16.

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Is The Division This Year’s Destiny?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00

For many, myself included, the dots between what Destiny offers, and what The Division is seemingly leaning toward are easy to connect.

Though we’ve already detailed the basics of Tom Clancy’s The Division, the differences between The Division and Destiny, and the steps Ubisoft Massive is taking to avoid the disappointments that marred Destiny’s first year, the question remains: “What the hell is The Division?”

While you may have heard comparisons or read synopses, it’s not until you get your hands on The Division that you really begin to understand it, to get a feel for what it’s all about. Indeed, some of you have already put your hands on a small slice of The Division thanks to its alpha and closed beta periods, but those only provided the briefest of glimpses as to the game’s structure and scope, like being allowed to touch the thing but not really get to grips with it.

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Microsoft Hololens Reimagines How We'll Watch the Super Bowl

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:59

There’s still very little information out about Microsoft’s Hololens augmented reality (AR) headset, but today we get a glimpse into what the company thinks is possible with its technology. The company released a two minute ad showing off how we’ll be watching football in the future, just in time for Super Bowl 50.

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Spider-Man #1 Review

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:08

Brian Michael Bendis has been the steward of the Ultimate Spider-Man franchise from the very beginning and through its many relaunches. Even the death of the Ultimate Universe isn't enough to bring an end to his 15-year run. With his latest ongoing series, Miles Morales has found a new home in the reborn Marvel Universe. Even better, the adjective-less Spider-Man reunited Bendis with Miles Morales co-creator Sara Pichelli. The result is a comic that looks and feels like classic Ultimate Spider-Man.

There's a very back-to-basics approach with this first issue as Bendis and Pichelli explore Miles' current status quo. Those turned off by Peter Parker's recent lifestyle changes will be happy to know this is a book that focuses on the classic Spider-Man problems. Miles struggles to juggle his high school responsibilities with his superhero activities, all the while trying to keep his parents off his back. It's enough to wonder if Marvel has too many "Teen Spider-Person" books on the market right now, between this series, Spidey, Silk and Spider-Gwen. In any case, what sets this book apart the strong supporting cast. Miles is a great character, but he really needs his friendship with Ganke and his strained dynamic with his parents to reach his full potential. Luckily, his entire supporting cast made the jump from the Ultimate Universe, too.

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Vin Diesel Reveals Fast and Furious 9 and 10 Release Dates

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:06

Fast and Furious actor Vin Diesel confirmed the dates for The Fast and The Furious 9 and 10 on Instagram—April 19, 2019, and April 2, 2021, respectively. The final trilogy kicks off April 14, 2017 with The Fast and The Furious 8.

Last year, Diesel announced he would "deliver one last trilogy to end the saga," which has spanned two decades. And while The Fast and The Furious proper will end in 2021, Diesel also confirmed spin-off films are currently in the works.

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Green Ranger Embraces the Sword of Darkness New MMPR #0 Cover

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:02

Boom Studios is going to be putting out a third print of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0.

According to ComicBook.com, the publisher said the second printing is sold out at the distributor level, and it's not even out on shelves until February 17.

Image credit: ComicBook.com

The image above shows off the new cover for the third printing of #0 by Goni Montes, in which Green Ranger has his hands on the Sword of Darkness.

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Bungie Asks Destiny Fans If They're Still Having Fun

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:48

Bungie has emailed registered players to ask if they're still enjoying Destiny.

The brief email asks: "How would you rate you most recent experience in Destiny?" Answers can be ranked 1-5, with 1 being Not Fun, and 5 being Very Fun.

In the recent Bungie Weekly Update, the Destiny team addressed several of the bigger events coming to the game, including the upcoming Crimson Days event.

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Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro to Present Keynote Address at DICE

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:47

Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro have been confirmed as DICE Summit keynote speakers.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences confirmed today that the Metal Gear Solid creator will be joining the film director on stage for the Thursday afternoon keynote address on February 18.

Kojima and del Toro were supposed to be collaborating on the cancelled Silent Hills project, but still plan to work together. Kojima had an up and down year before announcing a new partnership with Sony. Kojima will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame this month.

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Nintendo Uncertain About Future of Quality of Life Initiative

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:47

The future of Nintendo's heath platform is uncertain, according to company president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima.

According to Asahi (via Kotaku), Kimishima's latest update to investors suggests the Quality of Life initiative may be abandoned. "It’s not yet at the level of a Nintendo product," he said. "If we can release it, we’ll release it. If we can’t, then we’ll examine things further."

Back in December, Kimishima reaffirmed Nintendo's QOL initiative is "still under development," so it's possible we'll still see the long-awaited health platform sometime in the future. That said, several analysts believe the company is quietly pushing the project aside in order to focus on the mobile game market.

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CCP To Shut Down Shooter Dust 514

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:34

Publisher CCP has announced that PlayStation 3 shooter Dust 514 will be shutting on May 30, 2016.

On the official forum (via Eurogamer), CCP confirmed "with a heavy heart

Dust 514 will be shutting down". While players will be able to access servers until closure day, all scheduled updates have been cancelled and in-game purchases have been removed from PSN and disabled from the in-game marketplace.

"We are very proud of what we’ve learned and accomplished with DUST 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community," said CCP in a forum post earlier today. "We consider DUST 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us.

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Cities: Skylines Snowfall Expansion Release Date Revealed

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:28

Paradox Interactive has announced that the next expansion for Cities: Skylines, titled Snowfall, will be released on February 18.

The new content introduces a temperature system and changing weather, new transportation options, and new winter parks and landmarks. It will cost $13.

Snowfall was announced earlier this month, and follows on from the After Dark expansion that was released last year.

In IGN's review of Cities: Skylines, we said that you should "expect to be impressed by the scale and many moving parts of this city-builder."

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Gone Home EU and AUS Console Release Date Confirmed

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:10

The Fullbright Company has confirmed that Gone Home will be available for consoles in Europe from February 12, 2016.

The console edition was unexpectedly delayed in Europe and Australia "due to last-minute complications with ratings/cert".

#GoneHome will officially be available on PS4 & XB1 in UK/EU/Aus/NZ/Brazil/Russia on FRIDAY, FEB 12! https://t.co/CokIXEVQVF

— Gone Home (@GoneHomeGame) February 3, 2016

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iZombie: "Fifty Shades of Grey Matter" Review

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:04

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.


The latest iZombie was terrific, combining an especially funny “zombie brain of the week” with some big developments in the ongoing storylines, which began to bring previously separate elements (and characters) together in a very big manner.

Liv “in heat” (as Malcolm Goodwin described it to me on a visit to the set of this episode) was hysterical, beginning with the moment she fantasized about randomly making out with that nurse. As always, Rose McIver completely committed her, showing a very blunt, sexually aggressive version of Liv, who seemed to fetishize almost everyone in her life. Seeing her caress Clive’s back or spank Ravi (and suggest he do the same to her) was incredibly funny and the immense likability of the iZombie cast shined through in these moments, as everyone tried to deal with Liv’s advances.

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Storyboards Reveal Ninth Doctor's Return to Doctor Who That Never Was

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:14

Storyboards from the 50th Anniversary show of Doctor Who reveal the Ninth Doctor's role if he had made it into the episode as originally planned.

Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston obtained storyboards from comic and storyboard creator Andrew Wildman at a comic convention, showing the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, in three scenes.

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New Ghostbusters Images Show Off Chris Hemsworth

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:06

A bunch of new Ghostbusters images have landed, one of which gives us another look at Chris Hemsworth in the classic 'Janine' role.

The newly revamped Ghostbusters.com posted the images, which you can check out in the gallery below.

Original Ghostbusters Bill MurrayDan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will have cameos in Paul Feig's upcoming reboot, although Murray won't be reprising his role as Dr. Peter Venkman.

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The Expanse: Season 1 Finale Review

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 23:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Kicking off the two-hour season finale is a look at Julie Mao’s journey from the Scopuli, to the Anubis and eventually to her demise at Eros station. It’s great to finally see events from her perspective and it does a really good job of filling in some of the holes in the story that we’ve had from the start of the season.

It was actually difficult watching Mao, a character who is quite clearly strong, full of life and fighting for a cause she believes in, be absolutely crushed step-by-step as she becomes the unwitting vessel for the protomolecule. We shared the experience of discovering Julie through Miller and even though she wasn’t on screen for most of the season her development was so well done that I felt like I knew her well enough to know that she would continue fighting until the very last moment.

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Rogen, Hader, and Galifianakis to Star in Astronaut Comedy

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 23:29

Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader will head to space in the upcoming comedy, The Something.

THR reports that the trio will unite under the guiding hand of Rodney Rothman, the 22 Jump Street screenwriter who will be making his directorial debut here. The comedy will focus on a group of astronauts who come across another ship after being stuck in space for years.

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The Shannara Chronicles: "Pykon" Review

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 23:00

As The Shannara Chronicles expands its story, it's moving its focus away from the main quest in order to develop other characters. But that shift short-changes the core group that it should feel more developed by now, causing this week's episode, "Pykon," to feel like a step back for the show.

Full spoilers for The Shannara Chronicles continues below.

There were several moments in "Pykon" that purely catered to the tropes expected of an MTV show, from Amberle's opening wet dream-lite kissing scene to Amberle and Eretria's lesbian-lite bath scene to Wil and Amberle's final real-life kiss at the end of the episode. Shows like The 100 have avoided falling into the need to cater specifically to the stereotypical demands of their network's viewers and excel because of it, and The Shannara Chronicles would be the better for not thinking it needs these "sexy" sequences to sell its content. That bath scene could have been some solid development for Amberle and Eretria, but instead was overshadowed by the sexual politics between the pair.

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Agent Carter: "Smoke &; Mirrors" Review

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:58

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

This week offered another strong installment of Agent Carter that delved into the past for both Peggy and Whitney in a compelling manner.

After her little anecdote about her youth a couple episodes ago, we got actual flashbacks for Peggy here, giving us a lot of info on who she was before we met her in Captain America: The First Avenger. The spunky, ready to fight little girl we saw was, of course, perfect for who “Agent Carter” is, which created a nice counterpoint when she became much more reserved, hesitant young woman, who hid her true self from her fiancé (!).

There was no getting around the fact that Peggy’s brother, Michael, was obviously going to die – the fact that we’d never heard about him only would really work if he weren’t around any longer. But it didn’t stop the big scene between Peggy and Michael -- as she learned he was the one who recommended her for the SOE and pushed for her to be a spy and embrace the life of adventure she craved – from working incredibly well. It was very sweet to see how supportive Peggy’s brother had been and making him the inspiration for all that followed (and that we’ve seen her accomplish) was suitably heartwarming.

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