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On one hand, this was the least funny episode of Community so far this season. On the other hand, it was still pretty damn interesting and entertaining in its own offbeat way.
It was good to see Duncan given a true spotlight episode, after all this time. While Season 5 is giving John Oliver his biggest role yet on the show, not only was the character first introduced in the Community pilot as Jeff's in to Greendale, but he was originally going to be a series regular. Getting to know him a bit more here, while being reminded that he has a history with Jeff that goes back before anyone else at Greendale, was nicely done. Duncan's crush on Britta has been established before, but the fact that he was both comforting to her when she needed it (though he sure would have liked to have done more...) and decided to go hang out with the old friend he hadn't really connected with of late helped humanize him.
Proving that Marvel is slowly and steadily taking over the world, President Obama has confirmed that yes, America is building Iron Man.
"Today I am joined by researches who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet," Obama said during a White House manufacturing innovation event. "Designers who are modelling prototypes in the digital cloud, folks from the pentagon who help to support their work.
"Basically I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man."
He's joking, of course. But he did admit that even if the American government was developing its very own super-powered armored suit, well, that information would be classified. Check out the clip in full below.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Roth Cornet bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where The LEGO Movie remained No. 1 for the third weekend in a row -- we discuss the latest movie news, including Star Wars: Episode VII, Marvel movies, Godzilla, Ted 2, Ghostbusters 3, Fast & Furious 7, and the death of comedy icon Harold Ramis. We also guess if Liam Neeson's Non-Stop can stop The LEGO Movie will fare at this weekend's box office.
Refracted through the imagination of revered animator Hayao Miyazaki, the dreams of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi are as wondrous as a serpentine dragon, a parade of wood spirits, or a dancing Totoro. But even when Jiro's mind opens the door for endless possibilities, Miyazaki favors reality. In visions he conjures plane designs that nestle into the laws of physics, and soar across the sky like fantastical creatures. But in the real world, mankind's hazy morals and violent tendencies encroach upon true passion. What is beautiful is easily used for destruction.
For his final film, Miyazaki constructs a heart-wrenching tale of creativity and love that strives to find humanity in the haunting legacy of World War II. Yes, The Wind Rises is a cartoon, but animation unlocks its deepest emotions.
The first trailer for the much anticipated Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie will drop ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenings.
This comes via Ninja Turtles producer Galen Walker, who posted the following on Facebook (the post subsequently appears to have disappeared):
"Ok- Cool Beans folks! the new “Ninja Turtles” Teaser will make it’s debut in front of the New Captain America Film- April 4th. We are ready and prepared for lift off! Been a long haul."
No doubt the trailer will be devoured by fans hungry to know more about the film, which we still don't really know a hell of a lot about despite a couple of poster and tie-in merchandise leaks. The most recent update came via actor William Fichtner who plays Shredder in the new movie:
The sliver of players responsible for half of all the in-game revenue accumulated for “freemium” mobile games is shockingly small, new research from mobile analytics firm Swrve has found. The report found just 0.15 per cent of total players account for 50 per cent of monthly mobile revenue from in-game purchases, and that a vast bulk of players deliver no revenue whatsoever to developers.
Swrve found the vast majority of players surveyed make no purchases; only 1.5 per cent of players active in January 2014 made an in-app purchase that month. With 50 per cent of revenue collected from just the top 10 per cent of those that actually make purchases, this group represents a tiny 0.15 per cent of total players.
Watchmen’s Nite Owl himself, Patrick Wilson, is poised to return to the realm of superheroes in Marvel’s Ant-Man.
The Wrap reports that the actor is in talks to join Edgar Wright’s diminutive superhero saga, which already has Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas set to star as Ant-Man… and Ant-Man (a.k.a. Scott Lang and Hank Pym).
There’s no word on who Wilson might playing, though the idea of him filling the shoes of the third Ant-Man from the comics -- Eric O’Grady -- is appealing, if unlikely. Marvel reportedly has been looking for “another charismatic leading man.” I guess that narrows it down.
It looks like a Minecraft movie might be happening after all.
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the crafting game from developer Mojang, and Lego: The Movie producer Roy Lee will oversee the project through his studio Vertigo Entertainment. This news comes after the recent shut-down of a fan-funded Minecraft movie on Kickstarter.
Marcus Persson, better known by his programmer nom de plume Notch, has alluded to the project on his Twitter account.
Tune in for the new episode of the Tech Fetish Podcast with hosts Scott Lowe (@ScottLowe), Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin), and Mark Ryan Sallee (@MRSallee). This week the team discusses Samsung's Galaxy S5, new Galaxy Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit, as well as Google's Project Ara, and Sony's closure of 20 retail stores.
It seems Independence Day 2 director Roland Emmerich is keenly aware that everything is made better with the inclusion of Jeff Goldblum.
Goldblum told The Hollywood Reporter that he's been in talks to return for Emmerich's sci-fi sequel, reportedly called ID Forever Part One.
"They've talked to me about it and I've talked to them about it and they're excited and I'm anxious and eager to see -- I haven't read anything -- what they cook up," Goldblum explained. "You know, I think they're trying to put it together."
As for the fourth Jurassic Park flick, Jurassic World, Goldblum won't be in it for the very same reason he wasn't in Jurassic Park 3.
The final issue of Night of the Living Deadpool is coming soon! March 5, to be exact.
We have an exclusive preview of issue #4 by Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosanas.
Take a look and then let us know what you've thought of this series that saw Deadpool parodying famous horror stories.
Drunken Robot Pornography is annoyingly well-constructed for a game that caused me to slam my mouse so hard that I nearly split the atom. It's a high-concept shooter that takes the bullet hell genre and warps it into the third-dimension, dropping us into an FPS constructed from the bones of those side-view blasters. But by removing the third-person overview that's so necessary to give you a fighting chance against the genre's overwhelming odds – and to keep you sane – it loses a lot in translation.
The rampage sends you through a futuristic Boston to battle in arenas that resemble a shiny, modern Quake 3. The plot, which revolves around two feuding sentient robot bartenders, is the sort of nonsense that developer Dejobaan's does well. There are a few entertaining chats with your robot suit, and some unhinged email exchanges that frame the story, but it doesn't mean much as you skim through the floating walkways and bounce on the jump-pads. Even if it has a great little theme song, it's mostly just scaffolding.
The PC puzzle-platformer Teslagrad is getting a PlayStation Vita port. Versions are also coming to the PlayStation 3 and Wii U, Rain Games announced.
While the PS3 and Wii U versions are due this spring, the Vita port will follow sometime in the summer. The announcement did not address whether the PlayStation versions would be cross-compatible.
In a post on the PlayStation EU Blog, Rain lead programmer Fredrik Ludvigsen said that the Vita version will make use of the tactile feeling of a handheld system, and the map might get a touchscreen component. He said the port mostly worked "out-of-the-box," particularly since the touchscreen so closely emulates a mouse pointer. He also noted that the Unity framework has made it easy to scale, and credited Sony with making the development kit easy on their platform.
IGN's got your first look today at the new poster for Happy Camp, a forthcoming horror-thriller exec produced by Drew Barrymore. Gravitas Ventures will release the film on
VOD and across all other digital platforms on Tuesday, March 25.
Happy Camp is directed by first time filmmaker Josh Anthony. The film stars Anthony, Anne Taylor, and Michael Barbuto, all of whom also penned the script.
Marvel Entertainment will air its first TV special, called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, next month. The special, which debuts on March 18 on ABC, will tell the “story behind Marvel Studios” and offer new footage from its upcoming films, including a “sneak peek” at Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“In this exclusive primetime documentary special, audiences will be taken further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than ever before, offering viewers a front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe by Marvel Television,” says a company press release.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Age of Ultron will all get some love.
Microsoft has revealed an extensive list of developers currently making games for the Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program.
Though only a small percentage of the 200 developers already actively working on content, the 65 developers named today include the likes of The Behemoth, Limbo developer Playdead, and Ska Studios.
"It’s just a sample of the many independent developers who will be bringing their games to Xbox One," said Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla via Xbox Wire.
"It’s incredibly humbling to see so many fantastic studios there supporting Xbox One, from XBLIG and XBLA alumni like Ska Studios and Humble Hearts, to new studios like Glass Bottom Games and Heart Machine, and veterans including Robomodo, Zoë Mode and Playdead."
Finish Line Games announced the high-definition re-release of Cel Damage this April for several Sony systems.
Cel Damage HD will be released as a cross-buy, single purchase for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Vita. The original Cel Damage came out in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.
The cel-drawn demolition derby-style racer borrows gameplay elements from the Twisted Metal franchise. Players will be able to destroy opponents and their vehicles using a wide array of weapons. Cel Damage HD will have split-screen four-person multiplayer on the console versions.
"With Cel Damage HD, we’re bringing back one of our favorite mash-ups of classic vehicle combat games and cartoon animation to give players the distinct experience of playing as if they are in a cartoon," said Finish Line co-founder Daniel Posner. "We are excited to see how modern day fans react to this merging of mediums."
PlayStation 4 launch title Blacklight: Retribution gets its first significant update today.
The patch, available via PlayStation Network, features numerous updates to the first-person shooter, including three big changes:
With the upcoming DC Comics Infinite Crisis game getting closer to release (entering Open Beta on March 14), Warner Bros. has announced a tie-in comic book and a line of action figures based on characters from the game.
Much like the wildly popular comic series that tied in with DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us video game, the Infinite Crisis comic will detail the events leading up to the game. It will start with Batman solving a crime, as he often does, but when he encounters a Catwoman from another universe, he gets swept into a quest with her and a character named Harbinger to find artifacts from across the multiverse that will put a stop to the Infinite Crisis.
It is another slow week here on the Nintendo eShops. On 3DS, the latest (and last?) Professor Layton game is coming to North America on Friday while Goodbye Galaxy Games' Tappingo hits the download store today. My Farm is the lone original Wii U title, while the NES game Renegade comes to both Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console. Don't worry, gang, we should have a steady stream of cool indie games starting really soon on Wii U.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy ($39.99, Available February 28)
The Professor's purported last adventure closes out the prequel trilogy and the story of Emma Altava. The gang might have found the ancient Azran race in a story that ties into the previous 3DS release Miracle Mask. It's got tons of puzzles, including daily SpotPass downloads for an entire year, as well as a neat StreetPass element where players can uncover hidden items by passing by others. Remember: a gentleman leaves no puzzle unsolved!