Yes, even President Obama goes to the movies. And now we know what his top pick of the year is.
Richard Linklater’s 12-year tale Boyhood is President Obama's favorite movie of 2014.
"Boyhood was a great movie," President Obama said in an interview with People. "That, I think, was my favorite movie this year."
Boyhood was filmed over a 12-year period with the same cast. The film follows a young boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he grows older. Mason's parents are played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.
The film was recently nominated for several Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
DC's Gotham By Midnight comic is one of the most intriguing new additions to the Batman franchise, and we can look forward to a new issue next week just in time for the holidays. Gotham By Midnight #2 sees Agent Rook confront the unusual nature of working for the Midnight Shift, while Jim Corrigan continues to struggle with his supernatural alter ego.
We have an exclusive preview of Gotham By Midnight #2, which is written by Ray Fawkes and drawn by Ben Templesmith. Check it out below:
Gotham By Midnight #2 will be released on Wednesday, December 24 at a cover price of $2.99.
The Grand Theft Auto entry that made its debut on Nintendo DS has arrived on two new platforms, complete with updates and new features alike.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has been available on iOS devices since 2010, but players on Android devices and Amazon Kindle Fire can now purchase the updated version for $5 USD. Chinatown Wars, which is fully updated on iOS now as well, features customizable touchscreen controls and physical controller support. It's also fully playable on Google Nexus Player and Amazon Fire TV.
The annual Steam Holiday Sale is now live, and once again GabeN Claus is delivering neatly-wrapped savings to all the good little PC boys and girls.
News of the start of the Steam Holiday Sale came out last week, and today the store lit up with both holiday cheer and the sort of enticing deals that leave PC gamers rich with games but perhaps poor with cash.
Big games like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Dark Souls II are seeing similarly big discounts, with the latter being offered in the US store for 63% off its non-sale price.
Earlier today Sony announced it has canceled the entire release of The Interview due to hacker threats.
With no hope of the film coming to VOD or DVD, we wanted to see how the IGN community felt about this entire situation.
@IGN People are bullied to easily.— Zane Grey (@agirlbehindyou) December 18, 2014
@IGN I've no interest in seeing it, but backing down from idle threats all for a movie seems rather silly.— Zylo WolfBane (@ZyloWolfBane) December 18, 2014
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Wonder Woman #37!!!
Between the debuts of Wally West and Stephanie Brown and the return of the Secret Six, DC has inducted many long-dormant characters into the New 52 over the past year. This week's issue of Wonder Woman became the latest DC comic to introduce a fan-favorite hero into New 52 continuity.
The final page of Wonder Woman #37 re-introduced Donna Troy, as a mysterious and unnamed sorceress conjured her body from a cauldron. Donna is portrayed as a long-lost sister to Wonder Woman who was given up as an infant. Based on the solicitations to upcoming issues, it appears that Donna will initially be an enemy to her sister rather than an ally or sidekick. February's Wonder Woman #39 solicit promises:
Street Fighter V will be built using Unreal Engine 4, Capcom and Epic Games announced today.
Unreal Engine 4 is the latest version of the engine technology, with several interesting new features. Unreal Engine 4 has so far been announced for several high-profile games, including EVE: Valkyrie, Dead Island 2, and Tekken 7. Square Enix also recently announced that Kingdom Hearts III will be switching to the engine.
Street Fighter V was recently revealed at PSX, where it was said the game will be exclusive to PS4 and PC, with no chance of moving to other consoles. Since then we've seen the reveal of a returning character to the franchise, Charlie Nash.
Ubisoft has announced that Escape from Durgesh Prison, a new piece of Far Cry 4 downloadable content, will be available January 13, 2015.
The new time trial level starts with Ajay and Hurk waking up after being captured and tortured in Yuma’s prison. Players must complete a series of side quests dictacted by Pagan Min to find weapons and unlock new skills in order to survive Kyrat and safely reach the extraction point.
Escape from Durgesh Prison will be available in single player and co-op mode, with a few new challenges to up the difficulty level.
The content is available as part of the Far Cry 4 Season Pass, or can be purchased separately for $10 USD. Released in November, our Far Cry 4 review praised the game's "visual variety" and "tons of distinct side-quests" in our review. You can also learn more about the game over at our extensive Far Cry 4 Wiki Guide.
Owners of the Assassin's Creed Unity DLC season pass can now download their choice of a selected free Ubisoft game.
Everyone who purchased either the season pass or the Assassin's Creed Unity Gold Edition is eligible for the promotion. In order for Ubisoft's system to recognize your eligibility, however, you must first activate the DLC. If you activated previous to November 25, you can grab your free game immediately, but if you're just now activating the game, Ubisoft says it could take up to 10 days for their system to recognize your eligibility.
The free Ubisoft game promotion is an olive branch extended from Ubisoft to fans, to apologize for those whose enjoyment of the game may have been dampened by technical issues at the Assassin Creed Unity's launch.
Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios has confirmed it's working on two new RPGs.
In a blog post, Swen Vincke was talking about ways in which Divinity could be improved when he dropped a bombshell.
"Fixing things is not all we’re doing however, far from it," says Vincke. "We’re not hiring all those people just to transform D:OS in a better experience, no, obviously we’re also working on our new RPGs.
"Notice the ‘s’. It’s intentional and while I’d love to tell you more about them, I need to refrain for fear of losing whatever press momentum we’ll be able to muster when we’ll announce them. But there’s one I thing I can already tell you, and it fits well with the second big thing we’re doing to improve the quality of our future offerings – both RPGs are being built on top of the D:OS engine."
The BlackBerry Classic launched today, a sequel to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, meant to merge the past and present of mobile devices for its faithful fans.
The $450 smartphone includes a physical keyboard, 3.5-inch 720x720 touchscreen, and 8-megapixel camera.
According to Engadget, CEO John Chen pointed to old-school BlackBerry fans as "the genesis" of the BlackBerry Classic, and hopes that young people in particular who have never owned a BlackBerry device will take interest.
BBC America's Orphan Black is back and the first look at the new season is here. Check out this new teaser video entitled "This is War," featuring the characters of Cosima, Sarah, Helena, Alison, young Kira, and Prolethean Mark.
Tatiana Maslany will return to do her usual outstanding work as multiple clones when Orphan Black: Season 3 kicks off on Saturday, April 18th at 9pm ET on BBC America.
More vulnerable than ever before, Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena’s bond will be put to the test with the reveal of highly trained, identical male-soldiers played by Ari Millen.
Today, IGN can confirm that Hyperdimension Neptunia U is officially migrating westward, and will be available on PlayStation Vita in both North America and Europe in Spring, 2015.
Released in Japan this past August, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is quite unlike previous Hyperdimension Neptunia games, in that it's heavily action-oriented. The hack-'n'-slash stylings of the game are accompanied by the ability to switch out characters on the fly during real time battles, special skills, an armor degradation system, and more.
We'll have more on Hyperdimension Neptunia U in the coming months. In the meantime, watch the trailer above, showcasing Vita's upcoming exclusive.
Spider-Woman will have a new costume when she debuts in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game today. The character will adopt this new costume in her solo comic starting in March. Take a look at the costume designed by Marvel artist Kris Anka.
As you can see, Jessica Drew has dropped the spandex for more functional pants, jacket, and gloves, plus a pair of glasses that can expand into a mask when it's go-time. In an interview with USA Today, Spider-Woman writer Dennis Hopeless said he is taking the character away from the crazy, larger-than-life conflicts she's been caught up in recently (like the multiverse-spanning Spider-Verse storyline) and bringing her back to her street-level roots -- and they wanted her costume to reflect that.
AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, which takes place six years before Saul Goodman becomes a part of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's lives, premieres February 8th, 2015. And we've got an exclusive look at a new promo image.
Here you'll see Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill - set against the majestic New Mexico sky, on a seemingly-important call... with a less than important car indicating he has yet to make much of himself.
Click on the image to see a larger version.
Telltale Games and Mojang have announced Minecraft: Story Mode.
The news comes via an 8-Bit game titled Info Quest II, whereby players answer different questions to receive different answers. In our case, it led to a press release with a few nuggets of info about the new title.
According to Info Quest II, Minecraft: Story Mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games set in the Minecraft universe, with a focus on an original story driven by player choice. It will not, however, be an 'official' story for Steve, nor will it explain the world of Minecraft in general.
I don't want to alarm anyone but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out exactly one year today.
Every week Krupa and Gav will be hunkered down in the Rebel Base – IGN's new weekly Star Wars show – to discuss the latest news and rumours, as well as settling debates that have raged for generations.
- Who's the greatest droid?
- What order should the saga been watched?
- What's the best Star Wars video game adaptation?
Today we're kicking-off by asking if Jeffrey Jacob Abrams, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, is the right man to not only bring Star Wars back to the big screen but start an entirely new chapter.
NASA's Curiosity rover has detected organic molecules in the atmosphere and soil of Mars.
According to engadget, the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) lab frequently analyses air on the red planet, and has discovered methane levels are lower than what scientists had previously expected. Despite this, sudden spikes in methane levels are ten times higher than normal.
NASA believes some of the methane produced during the events emanate from an underground source, meaning a process or reaction could be taking place below the surface of Mars.
"There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock," says Curiosity science team member Sushil Atreya.
Warning: Full spoilers for The Walking Dead through the mid-season finale follow...
As Walking Dead fans know, the show's Season 5 midseason finale saw the demise of Beth Greene. Actress Emily Kinney made her exit from the series after being granted a two-season arc that found her reconciling herself to the realities of the world as it had become far more than she had previously. We were able to speak with Kinney recently about her exit from the series, why Beth made the choices she did, who would be the last man standing in this world, and what she's moving onto next.
IGN TV: Obviously this was a big midseason finale for you, and I know that fans have a bunch of questions about it. But first and foremost, how do you feel about it? How do you feel about that final goodbye?
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