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Black Panther: Lupita Nyong’o Reveals Story, Villain Details

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 20:27

Plot details for Marvel’s 2018 Black Panther film may be scant right now but actress Lupita Nyong’o did let a little info loose at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.

Nyong’o confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that her character, Nakia, is a member of the Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje. It was also hinted that her relationship with the Dora Milaje leader, Okoye (played by Danai Gurira), may be complicated.

Nyong’o also discussed a few more details during Marvel’s own live broadcast.

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Nintendo Announces Official NES Book 'Playing With Power'

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 20:21

Nintendo is giving 17 of its NES classics a scholarly exploration by way of an official hardcover retrospective.

The Prima Games book, titled Playing With Power, is available November 18, and explores classics such as the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Donkey Kong. The other games in the book aren't listed in the official product description, but you could probably figure them out by crossing 3rd party games off the list of titles on the NES Classic Edition and starting from there.

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MADtv Revival: Premiere Review

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 19:34

Note: this is a mostly spoiler-free review of the Season 15 premiere of MADtv, which will premiere tonight on The CW at 9pm EST.

One could argue The CW picked the perfect time to revive MADtv (which lasted an impressive 14 seasons on Fox between 1995 and 2009). Rival sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live is not only off the air for the summer, that show has been stuck in one of its mediocre phases for a while now. And with every minute of the current election cycle begging to be lampooned and South Park not returning until September, someone has to carry the torch for quality satire, right? Well, don't expect this series to get the job done. While the new MADtv is more revival than reboot, it fails to recapture any of the show's old spark.

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Alicia Vikander Is Ready to Stay In the Bourne Franchise

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 19:11

Alicia Vikander ushers a new generation into the Bourne franchise in the upcoming flick Jason Bourne.

Marking a continuation from the original Bourne trilogy, the Matt Damon-starring, Paul Greengrass-directed movie tackles modern issues like privacy on the Internet. Vikander's Heather Lee is a CIA agent who is part of the new generation that's emerged since The Bourne Identity hit theaters in 2002. As Damon's Jason Bourne is engaging in epic car chases and running past obstacles, her hacker character is combating him at every turn from behind a computer screen.

Taking on a role in Jason Bourne was more than just a smart career move for Vikander, who won raves for her role in Ex Machina and an Oscar for her part in The Danish Girl; it was a fangirl's dream come true. Read our interview with the 27-year-old to hear her discuss why she always felt herself drawn to the Bourne franchise, what appealed to her about playing Heather and whether she'll be back for future films in the series.

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The Division: Chastain Up for Role in Ubisoft Movie

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 18:43

Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to join Ubisoft's film adaptation of The Division.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chastain would star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, who's set to star in and produce the film based on the open-world game released earlier this year.

Chastain's credits include The Martian, Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty, Crimson Peak, and The Huntsman: Winter's War.

Jessica Chastain in The Martian.

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Destiny's Last Xbox 360 And PS3 Patch Deploys Today

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 16:43

Bungie has confirmed that today's patch 2.3.1.0 – which is paving the way for the next expansion, Destiny: Rise of Iron – will be the last scheduled deployment for legacy consoles - the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The statement on the official blog reads:

"Before the launch of Destiny: Rise of Iron on September 20th, there are a few issues we are fixing. This update will also be the last scheduled deployment for Legacy Consoles, excluding emergency fixes for future game-breaking issues."

Of course we knew this was coming when Destiny: Rise of Iron was announced. Bungie revealed it would only be supporting current-gen consoles, leaving the fate of the last generation's legacy consoles in question.

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Vikings: Season 5 Adds WWE's Adam 'Edge' Copeland

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:42

WWE star Adam "Edge" Copeland has joined the cast of Vikings: Season 5.

According to Deadline, the actor will star as Ketill Flatnose in a recurring role for the upcoming season. The character is described as being "a fierce and brave warrior" who is appointed to be a leader among the Vikings as they journey to Iceland.

In addition to his credits as a WWE superstar, Copeland appeared in the Syfy series Haven.

Adam Copeland as Dwight Hendrickson in Haven. Photo Credit Mike Tompkins/Syfy.

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This Son of Zorn Poster Is Not Your Average Family Photo

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:39

Get ready to meet the next generation of TV sitcom family. IGN can exclusively debut a new poster for FOX's upcoming comedy Son of Zorn, from The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

This is a new sort of mixed family, as the titular Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) -- a barbarian from the animated land of Zephyria -- returns to Orange County, Calif. to reconnect with his his ex-wife Edie (Cheryl Hines) and son Alangulon, nicknamed "Alan" (Johnny Pemberton).

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Phantom Boy Review

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:03

GKIDS’ latest release Phantom Boy is the uniquely drawn noir you’ve been waiting for. In an animated world run by Disney, Pixar, and occasionally Dreamworks, distribution companies like GKIDS (When Marnie Was There, Ernest & Celestine, The Secret of Kells, and more) and directors like Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol are the necessary breath of fresh air that prove there is more than one way to approach this creative category. Nominated in 2010 for their animated feature A Cat in Paris, Felicioli and Gagnol have teamed up again to bring audiences Phantom Boy, the tale of one boy’s journey to become the hero of his own story.

The story is simple. Shortly after being admitted to the hospital to undergo treatment for an extended period of time, Leo discovers he has an ability he didn’t have before. It’s through this newfound power that Leo escapes a reality no eleven year old should have to face. While Leo recovers, escaping his body when resting to soar through New York City’s skyline and roam the rest of the hospital, he stumbles into an injured policeman, Alex. From there, Leo’s adventure begins because outside of the hospital’s walls is New York’s newest villain. With Alex’s knowledge and Leo’s superpower, the two team up to save the city from its newest threat.

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Daily Deals: Smartphone Batteries, New Xbox One S Bundles, Dell 8900 Desktop

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:47

Charge Your iPhone Seven Times With This Super Thin Battery

This 20,000mAh Anker PowerCore battery is only a centimeter thick, and packs enough power to charge your phone many times over. It's perfect for your Pokemon Go outings, and I've never seen it any cheaper than this - it's normally about $47.

No Cable Necessary With This $9 iPhone Battery

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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 Coming to PS4, Xbox One

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:38

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is making the jump to current-gen consoles this week, Activision has announced.

Starting today, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 are available digitally for PS4 via the PlayStation Store and for PC via Steam. Additionally, both games will be available for Xbox One owners via the Xbox Games Store on July 28.

While each game can be purchased individually for $40, Activision is also offering a Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle that gets you both games for $60.

For our thoughts on Activision's pair of superhero RPGs, check out IGN's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance review, as well as our review of the sequel.

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Pacific Rim 2 Won't Star Charlie Hunnam

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:22

Charlie Hunnam won't be reprising his role as Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim 2, the actor has confirmed.

Speaking to MTV, Hunnam noted that while "there was definitely an incarnation of this sequel" that included his character, he wasn't able to fit the project into his schedule.

He cited the ownership change at Legendary Pictures—and the impetus to move forward on production as quickly as possible to cater to the Chinese market—as the primary reason why he wasn't able to fit it into his schedule. With China's Wanda Group calling the shots, Pacific Rim 2 has an aggressive film schedule, and Hunnam "was already booked up for a significant period of the time they were going to need."

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Iron Man: 6 Theories About Tony Stark's Parents

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:15

If you haven't been reading Marvel's Iron Man comics in the last couple years, you might not be aware of the surprise revelation that Howard and Maria Stark aren't Tony's biological parents. Tony now knows he was adopted, but he still doesn't know the identities of his birth parents. But that's about to change as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev shed more light on Tony's family history in International Iron Man #5 tomorrow. There, Tony will finally meet his birth mother and hopefully find the answers he and his readers have been craving for a long time.

We have to assume, given how long Marvel has built up to this moment, that the reveal is going to involve characters already familiar to readers. Most likely, Marvel is about to establish a family tie between Tony Stark and another famous character. But which one? What characters have the right combination of age, incredible intelligence and dysfunctional personality needed to give birth to someone like Tony Stark? We have a few theories.

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Disney Reportedly Planning More Han Solo Films

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:42

It appears Disney has big plans for its young Han Solo, as Alden Ehrenreich is reportedly set to star in not just one but at least three Star Wars films.

Unnamed sources have told The New York Daily News the studio has "quietly signed" Ehrenreich for "at least three movies," so that the studio can include Ehrenreich in multiple cinematic adventures in the event the first standalone Han Solo film is a hit. Though the Daily News notes this could mean a young Han Solo trilogy is in the works, their sources do not directly say whether each of the films he is signed for would be focused on Solo or supporting appearances in other Star Wars films.

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Former PlayStation Exec Joins Killer Instinct Dev

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:15

Iron Galaxy Studios has announced that former VP of Third Party Relations at PlayStation Adam Boyes has joined the company as CEO, effective August 8.

Boyes left PlayStation earlier this month, revealing that he was returning to game development, but made no mention at the time of where he was heading.

As part of Boyes' appointment as CEO of Iron Galaxy, the studio has also announced that Chelsea Blasko has been named Chief Product Officer. Boyes posted a photo of himself, Iron Galaxy founder Dave Lang, and Blasko on Twitter as part of the announcement.

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The McMahon Family Enters The Ring For WWE 2K17

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:15

Stephanie, Shane, and Vince McMahon have all been confirmed as playable characters for 2K's upcoming wrestling title, WWE 2K17.

This news comes directly from Stephanie McMahon herself, who announced it today on Twitter.

It's a family affair! Catch @VinceMcMahon, @shanemcmahon, and I in #WWE2K17! Check out @IGN for Roster Reveal info. pic.twitter.com/Boi89MaaMt

— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) July 26, 2016

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Beta Sign-Ups Open for Next PS4 Update

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:37

Sony has opened sign-ups for the next PlayStation 4 system software beta.

Beta testers will get "an advance look at some of the improvements and features coming" to PlayStation 4, according to a post on the PlayStation blog. Registration will be open from today until the beta begins in early August—it'll close once the beta starts, so those interested will want to sign up early.

Sony ran beta periods for PlayStation 4's 3.00 and 3.50 system software updates, showcasing new features like events and communities. Details on what'll be included in the next PlayStation 4 system software beta haven't been revealed, but Sony expects to release more information in early August.

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Steam On Windows 10 Will Get 'Progressively Worse': Gears of War Developer

Slashdot.org - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:20
Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, approach isn't sitting well with many game developers. Four months after criticising UWP ecosystem for being a walled-garden, curtailing "users' freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers," Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, the studio behind the Gears of War and Unreal franchises has once again lashed out at the Redmond-based company. He alleges that Microsoft plans to make Steam -- the world's largest PC gaming platform, "progressively worse and more broken." in a move to bolster people's reliance on the Windows Store. From a Gadgets 360 report: "Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They'll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seem like an ideal alternative. That's exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they're doing it to Steam. It's only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying," Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. "If they can succeed in doing that then it's a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won't be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library -- what they're trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones," he claims.

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Preacher: Season 1 Blu-Ray Details Revealed

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:00

IGN can exclusively reveal that Preacher Season 1 comes to Blu-ray and DVD on October 4.

Both formats will arrive as three-disc sets, and feature the full 10-episode season alongside:

  • Deleted and Extended scenes

  • "The Unfilmable Pilot" featurette (following the years-lonmg process of making an adaptation of the notoriously graphic original comic)
  • "The Stunts of Preacher" featurette (watch a clip below)

Exclusive to the Blu-Ray edition is a Gag Reel and two additional featurettes, "Chainsaw Fight Breakdown" and "Behind the Killing Machine: Saint of Killers".

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Rocket League: Why PS4-Xbox One Cross-Network Play Is 'Inevitable'

IGN.com - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 09:00

The story behind Rocket League - the sequel/refinement to an under-played PS3 indie title that's since become a multi-platform, 19 million player behemoth - is remarkable, but its biggest achievement may still lie ahead.

After Microsoft announced that it would allow for cross-platform play between Xbox One and potentially any other platform, developer Psyonix stepped up to answer the most obvious question - can Xbox One and PS4 players play together? The answer, it seemed, was yes - but it'd take the go-ahead from the console makers themselves to allow the historic connection to be made.

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