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Do Exclusives Even Matter? - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 17:09

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Beauty and the Beast Star on the Challenges of Playing the Beast - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:27

Dan Stevens, best known for his role as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, is readying for a huge 2017. He stars in FX's forthcoming Marvel X-Men series Legion as David Haller, and also takes the title role of the Beast in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast.

Coming from a British period drama background, both Legion and Beauty and the Beast required significantly more physical acting than Stevens was used to. The role of the Beast required Stevens to act on 10-inch stilts and wear a creature mask, and performing as that character changed how he's worked ever since.

"Physically, the Beast is the most challenging role I've taken on," Stevens told IGN at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour, where he was promoting Legion. "The condition I had to have my body in to puppeteer that suit on stilts was like nothing else I've ever experienced, seriously. The kind of engagement -- and actually a lot of dance involved in that role, albeit on stilts; it was a very, very intense dance training process -- has gotten me more physically engaged with all of my performances in everything else since."

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WWE 2K17 PC Release Date Announced - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:21

PC gamers will be able to play the latest entry in WWE2K17 on February 7.

WWE 2K17 was released on all other major platforms, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in late October. But even though it's been a long gap between the console and PC versions, it's an improvement from last year. WWE 2K16 released on consoles in October, 2015, but was only available on PC starting in March.

There will be two versions of WWE 2K17 available for purchase: the $49.99 standard edition, which nets you the Goldberg Pack that's included in every copy, and the $74.99 deluxe edition, which comes with the $29.99 Season Pass.

All of the DLC that's been released to date will be immediately available for PC at launch. However, any future DLC released for console platforms will be available on PC at a later time.

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Rogue One Comic Features Director's Extra Scenes - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:09

Marvel Comics is adapting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story into a six-part miniseries that includes story content that didn't make it into the final movie.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will debut in April. Jody Houser is writing the comic with illustrations by Emilio Laiso.

Cover art for the first issue of Marvel's Rogue One: A Star Wars comic, via EW

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Green Lantern Corps: Batman Begins Writer Joins - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:57

DC and Warner Bros. are moving full steam ahead with their planned Green Lantern Corps film.

Deadline reports that Batman Begins, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman scribe David Goyer is penning the script along with Justin Rhodes (Grassroots, Contract Killers). Goyer is also producing the film with DC head Geoff Johns executive-producing. Goyer and Johns conceived the story together.

Green Lantern Corps is described as "Lethal Weapon in space" and will be an origins story of sorts. It follows both Hal Jordan and John Stewart, and focuses on former Marine sniper Stewart's relationship with Jordan and the Lantern Crops. The film doesn't have a director yet, though Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was linked to the project earlier this year, and there are currently no actors attached to play either of the two leads.

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How Legion Will Be Different From Any Other Marvel Show - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:09

While FX's Legion is the latest comic book-based series making its way to TV, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb says he’s not concerned that viewers will expect something similar to other Marvel series on the air.

“We don’t know anyone will come to this show because they think it’s gonna be like The Defenders,” said Loeb at the Television Critics Association press tour today, saying he thinks people will, “Come to it because of Noah Hawley and incredible cast and writing and FX." Loeb described Legion -- which marks the first true co-production between Marvel TV and Fox/the X-Men movie producers -- as clearly standing as, “A show Marvel’s never made before.”

Showrunner/executive producer Hawley, the creator of FX’s acclaimed Fargo, said that when it came to taking the Legion job, “The first thought I had looking at the genre was if you remove the genre is there a compelling show you’d want to watch there? The underlying show, whatever the genre, has to be compelling.”

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Live by Night Review - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:00
There's a great film to be found somewhere in this overstuffed, but engaging crime drama from Ben Affleck.

Batman and Flash Are Watching the Watchmen - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:49

Last year, DC Universe Rebirth #1 teased a major confrontation between DC's heroes and the cast of Watchmen. DC is taking a major step towards that confrontation this spring with a crossover storyline called "The Button." This story will unite Batman and Flash as these two superhero detectives investigate the mystery of the Comedian's iconic smiley face button and what it means for the future of the DCU.

Batman #21 cover (Batman image) by Jason Fabok. (DC Comics)

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11 Classic Movies That Survived Production Hell - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:00

Filmmaking is a tough process — it requires the efforts of hundreds of people, and movies often go through drastic changes as they’re being made for all sorts of reasons. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dominating the box office for weeks after its release, a big part of the dialogue around the movie is how different the final film was from its first trailer: tales of reshoots and re-edits have cropped up around the project since long before it was released.

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The Defenders: First Team Photo Revealed - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:35

Marvel's upcoming Netflix-exclusive ensemble series The Defenders will debut this summer.

Confirmation of the show's summer 2017 debut comes by way of Entertainment Weekly, who recently visited the set in Brooklyn where filming for the first group scene that unites Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, Mike Colter's Luke Cage, and Finn Jones' Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) was underway.

Check out the first team photo, as featured on the cover of the next EW, below.

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Atlanta: Season 2 Delayed Until 2018 Due to Star Wars - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:24

At the Television Critics Association press tour today, there was good news/bad news for Donald Glover fans. The good news is Glover -- who appears this summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming -- has signed a new overall television production deal with FX, but the bad news is we won’t get a second season of Atlanta until 2018.

FX executives John Landgraf, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier said that while they wished Atlanta would be back this year, when Glover got the opportunity to play Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars young Han Solo movie, they understood it was one he couldn’t pass on. With Glover serving as the creator, executive producer and sometime writer and director on Atlanta, there was no way to have the series back on the air this year, given his Star Wars commitments.

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Y: The Last Man Will Be an 'Ongoing Series' - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:08

FX is still moving forward on its adaptation of Y: The Last Man, offering an update on its status at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association.

Showrunner Michael Green is currently working with comics creator Brian K. Vaughn on a script for the project, and FX's President of Original Programming Nick Grad says the network is "waiting on a script."

"We're supposed to get a script in the next couple months," he said.

Of whether Y: The Last Man is envisioned as a drama or a limited series, like FX stalwarts American Horror Story, Fargo and American Crime Story, Grad clarified, "It's going to be an ongoing series."

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IGN's 2016 Game of the Year Is... - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:00
2016 was an incredible year for games, but only one can be crowned GOTY. See it, as well as the entire top 10 games of 2016 inside.

Daily Deals: Xbox Elite Controller w/ Free Skyrim and Ezio Collection, Switch Pre-Orders Soon - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:55

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Dwayne Johnson Just Met with DC About Black Adam - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:34

Dwayne Johnson recently met with the heads of DC Comics to discuss the actor's role as Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam! film and the DC Extended Universe.

Johnson took to social media to reassure fans that he's still signed on to play Shazam's biggest villain, Black Adam. The actor also mentioned that future DC movies will have some sort of a tonal shift towards more fun and optimistic films rather than the darker tone of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.

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Amazon Launches Its Own Anime Streaming Channel - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:30

Amazon has just launched its own anime-focused streaming channel called Anime Strike.

For $5 a month, Amazon Prime subscribers can gain access to an expanded library of anime available for streaming, with new episodes arriving each week.

Amazon's channel page for Anime Strike

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Short Film Announced - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:59

Ubisoft has announced a live-action Ghost Recon Wildlands short film, War Within the Cartel.

The 30-minute short stars T.I. and will be executive produced by Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man writer Roberto Orci. It will premiere on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on February 16 and will then be available to watch on Amazon for free to Amazon Prime subscribers.

War Within the Cartel will focus on the Santa Blanca drug cartel as they seek to flush out a traitor within their ranks, with T.I. portraying a member of the cartel named Marcus. The short is directed by Avi Youbian, who previously directed The Walking Dead season five episode "Now." Aside from Orci, War Within the Cartel is also produced by American Gods actor Orlando Jones, and LA-based studio Legion of Creatives.

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Does Deadpool Really Have a Shot at the Oscars? - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:00

Ryan Reynolds tweeted a mock "For Your Consideration" Deadpool ad to Academy members last February just days before the Oscars were held. Now, almost a year later and mere days before Oscar nomination voting closes, the merc with a mouth's movie is back in the Academy Awards conversation but in a far more serious way.

Having earned a Producers Guild of America nomination this week as one of the year's best films, Deadpool has a chance at doing what The Dark Knight couldn't and become the first superhero blockbuster to score an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. But it's a long shot.

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American Horror Story Renewed Through Season 9 - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:00

FX Networks has ordered two additional seasons for American Horror Story, extending the series up through Season

Company CEO John Landgraf shared the news today during the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, confirming that "the entire creative team," alongside series co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be back for the future installments.

"American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and—as evidenced by the most recent installment Roanoke—it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago," Landgraf said.

American Horror Story's sixth season debuted last year to impressive numbers for FX, serving as 2016's top cable limited/mini-series among adults 18-49. For our thoughts on Season 6, check out IGN's American Horror Story: Roanoke full season review.

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Premiere Dates Set for The Americans, Archer and Feud - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:00

FX Networks has announced the premiere dates for Archer, Feud: Bette and Joan and The Americans.

Archer, which is moving to FXX for its eighth season, will premiere on Wednesday, April 5 at 10pm ET/PT.

Feud, the new limited series from Ryan Murphy, premieres on Sunday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on FX. Meanwhile, The Americans -- which IGN recently named the Best TV Series of 2016 -- returns to FX for its fifth season on March 7, as the Cold War-set period drama moves to Tuesday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

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