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Alice 2 Writer Weighs in on Disney's Live-Action Slate

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 18:11

You may not recognize Linda Woolverton's name, but you definitely know her work. In addition to writing the screenplay for Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, she's worked on The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. She's also the first woman to pen a Disney animated feature film (Beauty) and the only woman with a sole writing credit on a billion-dollar movie (Burton's Alice).

Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Woolverton about the new Alice sequel, as well as her time at Disney, and the studio's live-action adaptations...

IGN Movies: Let's dive right in with Alice Through the Looking Glass. Obviously this story was very different from the book. How did you go about breaking this story while also building on what you had done before with Alice in Wonderland?

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Road to E3 2016: Mafia 3

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 18:00

Brace yourselves: E3 2016 is nearly upon us. From June 12-16, the entire gaming industry will converge on Los Angeles to showcase the biggest games that we’ll be playing for 2016 and beyond. We’ve been updating our Games of E3 List whenever news drops, but now we’re going to go even deeper. Every day leading up to the show, we’re going to highlight one of the biggest games that we hope to see more of at E3. Up today: Mafia 3!

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All Larger GameStop Stores Will Have VR Demos

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:05

GameStop announced today its commitment to getting virtual reality experiences into the hands of as many gamers as possible.

"All our larger stores will have VR demos," the company announced during its investor call. Currently there are 10 GameStop locations with HTC Vive demo units, and the company said it plans to increase that number to 100 in the near-term. Eventually hundreds of locations will have VR demos.

It mentioned demo units for the upcoming PlayStation VR unit will be coming, as well, with the philosophy being VR sells better when customers have a chance to get hands-on time with the units.

For smaller retail locations, GameStop still plans to provide support for demos of virtual reality devices, however it didn't reveal any specifics.

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Unfiltered 07: Gears of War's Cliff Bleszinski

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:00

Legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski joins us for over an hour to share Gears of War stories, how he developed his first game as a teenager, more about his new game Lawbreakers, and much more!

If you'd rather listen than watch, here's an audio-only download link.

Here are a couple of clips, first of Bleszinski choosing his favorite Gears of War game:

And here's Bleszinski explaining how multiplayer almost got cut from Gears 1:

Catch up on every episode of IGN Unfiltered here.

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Star Trek Beyond: That Crazy Base Explained

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 16:05

When the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond dropped over the weekend, many fans noticed the reveal of some kind of enormous new space station/spaceship/space something. Was the Enterprise docking with an orbital platform above Earth, ala Star Trek: The Motion Picture? Was this a crazy alien ship, or a Starfleet starbase, or something else entirely?

Last year, while on the set of Star Trek Beyond, I spoke to Scotty actor Simon Pegg, and he filled me and the other visiting press in on what this design is. After all, as co-writer of the film along with Doug Jung, he should know!

Starbase Yorktown in Star Trek Beyond

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Review

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 15:35

No matter how you slice it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan isn't a fulfilling adventure. For as cool as the turtles and the bosses look, and despite hitting a pretty nice balance between classic cartoon nostalgia and entertaining new fans, the most important part of this ninja’s arsenal – the combat itself – is too chaotic to enjoy, even over its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it length.

Mutants in Manhattan's story is as by-the-comic-book as can be: Shredder and Krang are attempting to take over the world and have dispatched and/or brainwashed rival mutants like Bebop, Rocksteady, Wingnut, and Slash. Whether you’ve checked out of the TMNT universe since the early 90s cartoon or are an avid watcher of the modern Nickelodeon version, it’s pretty easy to jump into Mutants in Manhattan’s world. The constants are nice: Donatello is the archetypical tech wizard, Leonardo leads, Michelangelo worships pizza over all else (except maybe nunchucks), and Raphael is pretty salty. While the turtles themselves are as entertaining as ever, April and Splinter are reduced to a static face on comms popups and inventory manager, respectively. I know the turtles are the stars of the show, but they could’ve used a better supporting cast.

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Theory Explains Crazy Captain America Twist

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 15:27

Yesterday, the world was thrown for a loop when a shocking twist changed everything for Captain America in a story by writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz. But a particular comic fan’s theory has us looking at the twist in a whole new way.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1!

At the end of the first issue of Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, we see Cap throw his teammate, Jack Flag, out of a jet and declare, “Hail Hydra.” Instantly, we are meant to believe that everything we’ve ever known about Cap is a lie because he’s secretly been a Hydra sleeper agent the whole time. Flashbacks in the issue support this, showing how when Steve was a child, a mysterious woman named Elisa Sinclair lured his mother to a secret Hydra meeting in order to get close enough to corrupt him.

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There Could Be 7 Power Rangers Movies Coming

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 15:23

We could be seeing as many as seven Power Rangers movies over the coming years.

According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said as much during a conference call today. "We are really really excited about the Power Rangers movie... We could see doing five or six or seven," he said.

Of course, the first Power Rangers film needs to make money first, and then we'll see how those other five or six films work out. But for now, it's clear Lionsgate has high hopes for the potential series.

Feltheimer also spoke about the positive reaction to the recent unveiling of the Power Rangers' costumes. The Dean Israelite-directed movie is due to open on March 24, 2017, and is set to star Ludi Lin, Becky G., Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, and Dacre Montgomery.

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Daily Deals: Origin PC Game Sale, Big 4K Monitor, Overwatch, Star Wars Trilogy

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 14:32

30% Off Nearly Any Game from Origin

If your hard drive is lacking in quality PC games, use code ORIGIN30 to take 30% off nearly any game on Origin. The only exceptions seem to be pre-orders, and I've broken out some of my favorite games from this sale below. If you find any excluded games, or have a favorite EA title to recommend, please let me know in the comments.

Fantastic Four's Jamie Bell Has Met for James Bond Role

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 14:05

Daniel Craig is reportedly joining the cast of director Steven Soderbergh's heist film Logan Lucky, a move that has some industry insiders further betting that his run as James Bond has come to an end.

With Logan Lucky -- which also stars Channing Tatum, Seth McFarlane, Adam Driver, and Katherine Heigl -- and his forthcoming Showtime TV series Purity, Craig's schedule is filling up fast. The actor infamously jested while promoting his latest Bond film, SPECTRE, that he'd rather slit his wrists than return for James Bond 25.

Perhaps the Bond filmmakers are taking him at his word as Deadline says it's confirmed Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has met with Fantastic Four and Tintin actor Jamie Bell about the role of Bond, James Bond. Broccoli is producing Bell's current movie, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

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Mel Gibson Turned Down Odin Role in Thor

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 14:03

Actor and director Mel Gibson could have played Thor's father Odin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After being asked if he'd ever been approached for a superhero film, Gibson told The Guardian, "Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor's dad." He turned down the role, which was eventually given to Anthony Hopkins.

The role would have placed Gibson in the same cinematic universe as his close friend Robert Downey Jr, who plays Tony Stark aka Iron Man.

And speaking of which, Gibson noted he thought "the first Iron Man" film was "good," and "kind of funny." Gibson said he found Guardians of the Galaxy good, too.

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Check Out Our Star Trek Beyond Poster Gallery

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 13:07

Ahead of Star Trek Beyond's debut in July, Paramount Pictures has released a fresh of batch posters that shine the spotlight on members of the film's core cast.

See Zachary Quinto's Spock, Karl Urban's Bones and several others in the gallery below.

Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.

Just last week, Paramount debuted the film's second official trailer. Give it a look below and then be sure to check out our Rewind Theater breakdown of the new footage. While your at it, don't miss these 12 things we learned about Beyond from Lin.

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Get a Peek of Marvel's Force Awakens Adaptation

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 13:07

Marvel is about to debut the latest addition to their growing Star Wars library. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation is exactly what it sounds like - a comic book adaptation of last year's smash hit movie.

This six-issue limited series will retell the events of the film. If Alan Dean Foster's novelization is any indication, we might also get some added insight into the main characters and the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. The adaptation will be helmed by writer Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath), artist Luke Ross (Hercules) and colorist Frank Martin (East of West).

Check out a preview gallery of interior art and variant covers from the first issue below:

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Every Super Mario Game in 360 Degrees

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:42

Mario has appeared in many games throughout his career as a princess-saving plumber. We isolated the key games that truly make Mario stand out among the hundreds of others he's taken part in. From his first appearance in Donkey Kong in 1981 to the more recent Super Mario Maker in 2015, here is every Super Mario game ever in 360 degrees.

Tip: View this video in a compatible VR headset, the YouTube app on your phone, or your desktop web browser. Be sure to click and drag the video to see everything!

360 degree video allows you to view every angle at one moment, giving you the freedom to watch whichever part of the video you want on your own terms. Along with dragging the desktop player around with your mouse, you can hook your phone up to a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headset to fully immerse yourself in what you're watching.

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PlayStation 4 Hits 40 Million Units Sold

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:19

PlayStation 4 sales officially surpassed 40 million units worldwide as of May 22, 2016. In January of this year, Sony announced total PS4 sales had hit 35.9 million units, meaning over 4.1 million PS4 consoles have been sold in the first half of 2016 alone.

According to Sony, PS4 game sales are also strong, selling a worldwide total of 270.9 million copies, from physical retail games to digital downloads.

The PS4-exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End sold over 2.7 million copies in a single week after launching on May 10, making it "the fastest-selling PS4 first party title to-date," according to the PlayStation blog.

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Mega Man Animated Series Will Introduce New Alter-Ego

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:17

Dentsu Entertainment and DHX Media's upcoming Mega Man animated series will focus on Aki Light — a regular, everyday kid who also happens to be schoolboy robot.

Besides living his "normal, upbeat" life, Aki has the ability to transform into Mega Man's iconic armor, complete with the Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet. Familiar characters -- like Mega Man's adorable robotic dog, Rush -- will be a part of the series, and new characters, like Mega Mini, will make their debut.

IGN has an exclusive image reveal of Mega Man with Mega Mini you can check out below.

Mega Man (and Mega Mini!) from the 2017 animated series.

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Oxenfree PS4 Pricing Revealed, Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:00

Pricing details for Night School Studio's lauded supernatural  thriller Oxenfree have been revealed, plus details on a limited edition vinyl soundtrack.

Oxenfree will be available on launch for $14.99 USD for PlayStation Plus members as part of a special launch-month sale, and $19.99 at retail from May 31. Night School Studio has also announced its collaboration with iam8bit to produce a limited edition vinyl soundtrack for the game, which is on sale now through the iam8bit online store for $35 USD. The 180-gram vinyl 2xLP features a "holographic portal" on the front cover and a "die-cut portal" on the back, with interpretative album art by Austin James.

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New Alien: Covenant Photo

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:52

A new photo straight from the set of Alien: Covenant offers a first look at Katherine Waterston's character Daniels.

Posted to the official Alien Facebook page, the photo's caption reads, "Nowhere to run." The film, which is targeting a summer 2017 release, is the second in director Ridley Scott's prequel trilogy. Alien: Covenant is set 10 years after Prometheus, the first film in the trio.

Image via Facebook

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How to Watch the Mafia 3 E3 World Premiere

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:45

The biggest game show on the planet is right around the corner and IGN has partnered with our friends at 2K and Hangar 13 to give you an exclusive first look at Mafia III during E3 2016.

We’ll be bringing you the exclusive first look at the Mafia III E3 demo! In addition to this all-new Mafia III gameplay, get an extended peek behind the scenes with the Hangar 13 development team to answer your burning questions about the next entry in the Mafia franchise!

Keep reading for all the info you need regarding when and where you can catch the Mafia III E3 World Premiere!

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands Collector's Editions Announced

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:26

Ubisoft has announced a range of collector's editions for the upcoming Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

All editions are available for pre-order now, alongside the standard edition of the game. All pre-orders also come with “The Peruvian Connection” bonus mission.

The various editions include:

  • Standard edition of the game
  • Digital deluxe pack (includes "the Huntsman rifle and motorbike, 3 emblems, 3 weapon camos, 3 character customisation items, and an XP booster")
  • Physical game map 

  • Original soundtrack 

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