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The Bastard Executioner Cancelled by FX - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:42

FX drama The Bastard Executioner has been cancelled after just one season.

According to Variety, The Bastard Executioner's creator Kurt Sutter said that "the numbers just didn't sustain the cost of the show, quite frankly... It’s all math at the end of the day. We couldn’t establish that core audience that allows you to figure out your advertising paradigm and whether or not the show is affordable.”

Sutter has taken out an ad in Variety which thanks the cast, crew, and the production company Imagine Television.

He said that the reason The Bastard Executioner didn't perform well was because of its "dense mythology... It was historically based. I do think they're harder to plug into." However, he said that he "wouldn't have done anything differently," adding, "I love this story."

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Has Been Delayed - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:40

Square Enix has announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is delayed until later in 2016.

According to a post on the game's official site, the developer does not want to “compromise on quality” and has moved the game’s release date to August 23. The game was slated to release on February 23, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

“As you may have already seen by reading and watching the many previews for Deus Ex: Mankind, our aim is for it to be a worthy successor to Human Revolution, and to improve upon that game in every way possible. I know that expectations are extremely high, and we not only want to meet those expectations, but exceed them,” Eidos Montreal's head of studio David Anfossi said in a statement.

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Review - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:39

I almost fell asleep while playing Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. I started to snooze on my sofa, so I told myself that the GamePad was dying anyway and literally went to my room to take a nap instead of playing. To its credit, amiibo Festival can be very relaxing in a uniquely Animal Crossing way… But it often feels like there’s nothing happening. Amiibo Festival’s charm and wit make up for it somewhat, but both its main board game and its minigames are simplistic and its amiibo integration clunky. It’s at its best when played with friends — otherwise, it’s slow and sleepy.

Amiibo Festival’s core attraction is a simple board game set in a typical Animal Crossing town. You have to get the most “Happy Points” to win, a sweet, adorable incentive to move around the board. However, it’s slow-paced, and there’s nothing terribly competitive about it. Simple isn’t bad, necessarily, but there’s not enough to make me want to come back to it over and over again.

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One Month Until The Force Awakens: 5 Things To Know - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:00

There's just one more month until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, and that 30-day gap still feels massive. This is crunch time for the movie's release though, so to help ready you for its debut we've put together five bits of information that we think even the most casual fan would benefit knowing.

Some minor spoilers are ahead, but considering no one even really knows what the plot of this movie is, don't expect much to be given away. Make sure you stay tuned to IGN for even more Star Wars coverage as the countdown to The Force Awakens continues.

She isn't "Princess" Leia anymore! It's worth knowing what her new title is before heading into theaters.

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New Premium Tracks Coming to Guitar Hero Live - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:00

A bunch of premium content is now available to access in Guitar Hero Live.

Taking advantage of the ability to record live shows and then throw them into the game in "a matter of weeks," Activision has dropped new performances from Rival Sons, the "rising rock band from Southern California" that opened the official Guitar Hero Live launch party in LA. Tracks from the band, playable in GHTV, are as follows:

·         Keep On Swinging (Live)

·         Pressure and Time (Live)

·         Electric Man (Live)

Acti has promised to add more performances from the launch party, including tracks from Weezer and Grizfolk, later on in the year.

Additionally, there are a handful of new playable music videos in GHTV, too. Here's the run-down:

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Pearl White New 3DS XL May Be Coming to North America - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:32

The Pearl White model of Nintendo's New 3DS XL is headed to North America in December, according to an online listing.

The handheld is currently up for pre-order at Play-Asia -- as spotted by NintendoTweet -- with a release date of December 2015.

Pearl White New 3DS XL is heading to NA early next month! #New3DS #Nintendo

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Star Wars Battlefront Released - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:32
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday marked the release of Star Wars Battlefront, EA DICE's attempt to resurrect a Star Wars video game series that had great success a decade ago, but gradually petered out over the course of several years. Early reviews for the game are mixed. Games Radar's video review gives it a lot of credit for being incredibly faithful to the feeling of Star Wars. Polygon's review praises the game's accessibility and its broad variety of PvP options, but acknowledges that it had to trade complexity to get there. Giant Bomb's review is much more blunt: "Slick production values, solid controls, and tons of fan service can't make up for mediocre progression and a lack of content." Many reviews rate the graphics highly, and performance is solid even on consoles. It's worth noting that user ratings on Metacritic come in significantly lower than critics' ratings, with the most common complaint being about the dearth of content.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

This Week's PSN Deals Revealed - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:20

Sony has revealed which games on the PlayStation Network have received price drops this week.

You can save big on Warframe Platinum on PS4 this week, for example 3120 Platinum + Triple Rare Mod is now $105 down from $150. Meanwhile on PS3, God Mode, The Cursed Crusade, and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes have all been discounted. Additionally, Persona 4: Golden on Vita is now $10 rather than $30.

There are also deals for PlayStation Plus members. UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor is $45 down from $50, you can save 50 cents on Dreamals, and Ender of Fire is half off, now $7.50.

As for price drops, The Crew on PS4 is now $30, down from $60, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt + Expansion Pass is now $75 rather than $85. We learned yesterday that Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode One is now free on Xbox One, and the same is now true on both PS4 and PS3.

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New Flash / Arrow Crossover Promo Intros Hawkman - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:20

The CW has released a new promo trailer for its upcoming The Flash / Arrow crossover event, providing proper introductions for Casper Crump's Vandal Savage and Falk Hentschel's Hawkman.

This two-episode crossover will air on December 1 and usher in a host of new DC characters in preparation of the network's upcoming Legends of Tomorrow spinoff.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: A Visual Guide to All the Characters

To see even more of the cast, be sure to check out this first photo from the set, showcasing Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland) and Diggle (David Ramsey), as well as Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Hentschel's Hawkman in costume.

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DC/Vertigo Comic Book Unfollow Gets ABC TV Adaptation - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:19

DC/Vertigo comic book Unfollow is being adapted for TV by ABC. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Unfollow will be written and executive produced by The Originals showrunner Michael Narducci.

The comic Unfollow is from Rob Williams and Michael Dowling, and focuses on a billionaire who has become terminally ill. He announces this fact via social media and says that he is going to give his fortune away to 140 random people from around the world. However, one of them is found dead, causing the rest of them to become suspects in the murder, and possibly the next victim.

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:00

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is about as paint-by-numbers as you can get. The lack of modes, characters, and new ideas make it a step backwards from the series’ debut on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000. In fact, Ultra Smash left me stretching to find any depth whatsoever. While the colorful characters and effects are definitely up to the Nintendo standard we’ve all come to expect, little else here is.

The one new idea Ultra Smash has -- Mega Mushrooms that randomly pop onto the court and cause characters to grow in size -- is actively bad. Not only does it it seem arbitrary and imbalanced, but the giant characters obstruct the view of the court and veer matches into the bad kind of chaos. It’s tough for me to understand why Mario Tennis leans so heavily into this feature when it stumbles so staggeringly.

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The Dark Knight 3's Klaus Janson Tells Fans to Relax and Chill - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:00

With DC Comics kicking off the third installment of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga next week with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, we hopped on the phone with Miller (who is co-writing with Brian Azzarello) and Klaus Janson (who is inking the pencils of Andy Kubert) to talk about the big release. The duo worked together as artist and inker on The Dark Knight Returns, and now they are both back again for the third installment.

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Amazon to Deliver Battlefront in the Middle of the Night - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:34

Amazon UK customers can pre-order Star Wars Battlefront and get it delivered first-thing on release day.

Prime Now service users who order Battlefront after 22:00 on Wednesday, November 18, can opt for a special delivery window which sees the game delivered between 00:00 and 02:00 on its release day, Thursday, November 19.

Alternatively, if you plan on sleeping, the earliest delivery options start at 06:00 to 08:00.

Don’t forget, if this is your first time using the Prime Now app (available on iOS and Android), use the code “PRIMENOW10” at the checkout to save £10 on a £30+ spend.

In case you’re wondering what else Amazon is up to, recent new services include restaurant delivery, and the chance to order milk with your new laptop. Because: Reasons.

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UK Deals: Call of Duty: Black Ops III under £35 - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 07:11

Fallout 4 on PC is £27.03 on CDKeys when you Facebook Like for 5% off.

Fallout 4 is receiving critical acclaim throughout the industry. IGN has scored it "Amazing" with a 9.5/10 rating. Order via Amazon and get it for next day delivery.

iZombie: "Abra Cadaver" Review - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 01:55

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

iZombie deals with plenty of serious material, but the humor is always present. And sometimes, well, sometimes it's king. "Abra Cadaver" was packed with laughs across the board thanks to witty dialogue and perfectly timed performances and delivery -- especially from Rose McIver and David Anders. Can they please join forces all the time? Blaine's terrible, sure, but he's so entertaining, and his devil may care attitude is a lovely contract to Liv's more serious personality. Anders handles smarmy quips so well it's no wonder he gets the best lines. This will surprise absolutely no one who knows me, but I particularly liked the "Help me, Zombie-Wan Kenobi" bit.

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The Bastard Executioner: Season Finale Review - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 00:42

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The (series?) finale of Kurt Sutter's The Bastard Executioner may have been entirely too convenient, but it did wrap the 10-episode run in a way that should give closure to those of us who stuck it out until the bloody end. Tuesday's finale, "Blood And Quiescence/Crau A Chwsg" spent a good 40-odd minutes building up to what was meant to be the show's last bloody battle, roughly eight minutes actually in battle, then another 10 minutes wrapping it all up. And therein lay the problem with the series from the beginning.

The finale, much like most of the other episodes in the set, featured a lot of exposition and set-up, with very little pay off. Still, it all wrapped with a pretty little bow and that's all you can ask of a finale when the future of a show is in question. Annora and The Silent Mute (who turned out to be not-so-silent in the end), finally revealed the Da Vinci's Code like truth to Wilkin, that they were hiding ancient scripts that could put the entire church in jeopardy. It was a reveal that set the entire episode's events in motion, as Wilkin, Love and Milus then plotted to save the boy and the priest, therefore saving Annora and the scripts in the process.

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Here's Your First Agent Carter: Season 2 Preview - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 00:02

First we got a photo of Peggy in season 2 of Marvel's Agent Carter, now we have a teaser.

The official Twitter account for the ABC show tweeted out the preview, which centers on Peggy kicking a multitude of ass in her new Los Angeles home. Check it out below.

Tuesday, January 5, #AgentCarter is back in action!

— Agent Carter (@AgentCarterTV) November 18, 2015

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The Flash: "Gorilla Warfare" Review - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:05

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The thing I enjoy most about this season of The Flash is that the writers aren’t wasting time before giving fans what they crave. Six episodes in, we’ve already gotten a hefty dose of Earth-2 goodness and one really great, Zoom-centric episode. And thanks to tonight’s episode, we got another dose of Gorilla Grodd. While it’s disappointing that the show hasn’t embraced Grodd’s full potential as a villain yet, “Gorilla Warfare” served as a nice appetizer until that time finally comes.

As with Grodd’s previous appearance in Season 1’s “Grodd Lives,” the villain is impressive even on a purely technical level. You don’t expect to see a fully CG character with this amount of detail and craft on a network TV show. More impressive than Grodd’s hulking size or intricately rendered fur, though, is the fact that he displays such a clear range of emotion. Grodd’s pain and loneliness is palpable thanks to his facial expressions and body language. That last, sad glimpse he gave to Caitlin and Barry before being sucked through the portal really said it all. “Grodd Lives” wound up being nominated for an Emmy for in the “Outstanding Visual Effects” category, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this episode follows suit. Surely some episode from this season will earn a nod, in any case.

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Limitless: "Headquarters!" Review - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:00

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

This week's Limitless was easily the most ambitious episode to date, as Brian went after not one, not three, but ten criminals -- the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, in fact. Suffice to say, this was a huge undertaking, not just for Brian but for the series too. As a result, the Eddie/Sands stuff was significantly cut back this week, but honestly "Headquarters!" didn't need it. If anything, this storyline proved how strong the procedural elements can be on their own, with little NZT interference.

Of course, Brian tackling ten cases on his own wouldn't be that interesting by itself. (After all, this storyline was really just a roundabout way of Brian getting his own headquarters -- "with an exclamation point!") So having Brian parse out cases to other members of the team was a fun way to break the cases up. I mean, the "Bruntouchables" stuff would never, ever happen in real life -- including how it took DC almost a full two weeks to put the kibosh on the CDC's unauthorized task force -- but the additional mini-assignments were still entertaining.

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Scream Queens: "Ghost Stories" Review - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 22:25

Scream Queens delivered a great episode this week as it offered a deeper look into the Red Devil Killers' plot and lost a few characters along the way (maybe, if anyone actually ever dies on this show).

Full spoilers for "Ghost Stories" continues below.

I'm glad the entire episode didn't follow the ghost story format used in the opening of the episode, and instead used it to play on some of the horror tropes that this series loves to mine. More importantly, having the stories told by Denise Hemphill and Chanel #6 come to life further proved that one of the Kappa sisters present is the other Red Devil Killer.

"Ghost Stories" definitely wants us to think that Chanel #1 is the other killer, but any time it pushes a character that far into the spotlight it makes me think it's someone else. My guess is on it being Chanel #3, both because the mystery killer is taller than Chanel #5 is and also because #3 has talked a lot about Charles Manson being her father but not about who her mother is. Could it be that the dead KKT sister was a Manson fanatic who imparted their father's mindset on to her twins? Considering there are many weeks until the finale of this season, chances are we won't find out any time soon.

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