Earlier this week, Japanese airliner All Nippon Airways (ANA) introduced a C-3PO-themed airplane, which made its first flight from Haneda to Kagoshima on March 21.
C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels attended the reveal event, where he signed the outer hull of the aircraft. Daniels also spoke a bit about his role as C-3PO over the past four decades.
"I first met George Lucas in 1975, and I told him I did not want to appear in his film, Star Wars," Daniels said. "It was at that time I saw a rather large piece of concept art of C-3PO and R2-D2 in George’s office, which is an image that still remains clear in my mind. The concept art that I saw was actually drawn by a Boeing designer named Ralph McQuarrie, who had started to become an artist in the film industry. I was mesmerized by C-3PO’s face, which McQuarrie had drawn, and it changed my life. Six months later the real C-3PO appeared in front of me, and it has been 41 years since then."
As gamers, we’re incredibly devoted to the hardware supporting our hobby. Consoles, graphics cards, peripherals—let's be honest, we're kind of obsessed. But despite all the time and attention spent acquiring the best gear, one simple but important component is often overlooked: where to rest our butts. Though we used to be content sitting in a generic office chair, these days gaming and PC chairs come in all kinds of styles and price points so there’s no reason to settle. If you're planning to expand your Twitch empire or just want to kill a few hours with your Switch, there's a chair built just for you. Here's a handy rundown of some of the best options on the market today.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix will receive a day one patch when it's released in North America and Europe to address problems already patched in the Japanese version of the PS4 collection.
"For NA and EU players, a Day 1 patch will be available at launch to match the JP update. We’ll keep an eye out for additional notes," said a tweet from the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account. 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix debuts in North America on March 28 and in Europe on March 31. The collection first debuted in Japan on March 9.
Since the Japanese release, players have been reporting bugs and crashes, as well as changes to the game that result from the series' upgrade to a 60 FPS frame rate. A patch came to the Japanese release on March 17, which addressed a bug in Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix affecting combat as a result of the 60 FPS, in addition to several other unlisted issues.
Warning: Full spoilers for Marvel's Iron Fist continue below.
Marvel's Iron Fist is the last piece of The Defenders puzzle. The group will come together on Netflix in September, meaning the story of Danny Rand is the last standalone series before The Defenders brings these characters together. Because it's the fourth of four origin series, that puts a little extra pressure is on the shoulders of Iron Fist to align and build upon story pieces from previous Marvel series, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, to put the final groundwork in place for The Defenders.
The first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown Marvel is more than capable of putting down stepping stones from one hero to another before bringing them together. They've done it to a lesser degree in this pre-Defenders era, but Iron Fist did set up and add to a few beats that will lead into The Defenders.
Aside from one teaser and one poster that have included Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper, all the promos thus far for the return of Twin Peaks have relied almost completely on footage and imagery from the original run of the series - but we now have our first look at several key returning characters.
EW has debuted three new covers centered on Twin Peaks, featuring series co-creator David Lynch (who also plays Gordon Cole), MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn ("Audrey Horne"), Madchen Amick ("Shelly Johnson"), Dana Ashbrook ("Bobby Briggs"), James Marshall ("James Hurley"), Peggy Lipton ("Norma Jennings"), Everett McGill ("Ed Hurley"), Wendy Robie ("Nadine Hurley"), and Sheryl Lee ("Laura Palmer"). \
Microsoft has announced its lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in April, with Ryse: Son of Rome and Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 2 leading the way.
The month's full lineup, along with each game's respective window of availability, can be found below, courtesy of Xbox Wire:
Ryse: Son of Rome was an Xbox One launch title that IGN's review called "an entertaining ride that often values spectacle over skill."
Based on the 1977-83 TV series of the same name, CHIPS (the TV series was spelled "CHiPs") is the latest in a very long line of comedic movie adaptations of more straightforward, classic cop shows (21 Jump Street, Starsky & Hutch, Dragnet).
The film is directed by and co-stars Dax Shepard as officer Jon Baker, an over-the-hill rookie with the California Highway Patrol who can't let go of his X Games glory days. He is partnered with Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Michael Pena), who is not exactly who he claims in a change that further differentiates the movie from its small screen inspiration.
Jon is both by the book and yet also unorthodox, while Ponch is all about pursuing his larger agenda (and serving his libido). As expected, conflict between these two differing styles ensues until, of course, a common enemy unites them.
In anticipation for the release of Justice League this November, Warner Bros. has unveiled a new poster for the hero-packed DC film.
In addition to the new promo art, which was posted on the film's official Twitter account, the studio also announced that the next Justice League trailer will debut this Saturday, March 25. (Update: The studio has now also released an Aquaman poster. We'll collect those and any other new posters that pop up this week in the slideshow below.)
In a subsequent post, a video teaser featuring Jason Momoa's Aquaman was revealed. Give it a look below.
Editor's Note: IGN is going to be reviewing a lot more gaming hardware in 2017. We're kicking off our tech coverage with deep dives into some of 2016's staples; so hit the comment section to give us your feedback. We want it.
Though G.Skill is primarily known for its overclocked memory modules, the company also has a burgeoning lineup of gaming peripherals as well. For keyboards it essentially offers a flagship model named the KM780 (See it on Amazon), from which it's spun several lower-priced variants that have the same design but fewer features. I am taking a look at the top dog though, which has every bell and whistle ever devised for a gaming keyboard, including some I’ve never seen before. At $130 it's fully-loaded and less expensive than other flagship RGB mechanical keyboards, so let's take a look and see how she runs.
Destiny 2 will release this September, according to a pair of leaked posters for Bungie's upcoming sequel.
Images of the poster come by way of Italian outlet Lega Network, and were allegedly leaked by GameStop Italy. In addition to including a September 8 release date along the top, one of the posters also mentions of a forthcoming beta along the bottom.
Leaked Destiny 2 poster
Eurogamer's sources claim the poster is real and that the beta will kick off in June, with early access exclusive to PlayStation 4 players. Additionally, Kotaku has heard from its sources that a Destiny 2 announcement is coming from Bungie later today.
Ian McKellen will reprise some of his most famous roles, including Gandalf and Macbeth, for a one-man show titled Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You.
The show will be performed at London's Park Theatre from July 3-9, according to the official announcement. The theatre's artistic director, Jez Bond, will direct the show, which will be "accompanied by a never-before-seen exhibition" of posters, paintings, and photos from McKellen's vast body of work.
McKellen as Gandalf
Many members of the For Honor community are unhappy with the game's microtransaction system and Ubisoft has come forward to address the backlash.
Unlocking all of the extra content in For Honor without paying requires an incredibly large amount of in-game currency. In fact, one player estimates it would take 2.5 years to acquire every customization item without spending any additional money. During this week's developer livestream (via VG247), game director Damien Kieken said For Honor wasn't designed for players to unlock everything in this manner.
Let's face it - the continuity in Fox's X-Men movies doesn't make a lot of sense. You have dead characters returning to life with little or no explanation, drastically different versions of the same character appearing across multiple films and major plot points that are conveniently ignored later down the road. It's almost as if Fox didn't have this massive superhero franchise entirely mapped out from the beginning.
If Logan proved anything, it's that continuity is hardly the most important aspect of a good superhero movie. Even so, it's fun to look back at the past 17 years' worth of X-Men movies and point out many of the glaring plot points and inconsistencies. And yes, we know Days of Future Past rebooted the timeline in some vague, not clearly defined way, but we're still pretty sure most of these gaffes don't add up regardless. Check out our extensive list below (but beware of spoilers for Logan!):
It was another big week for the comic book industry, as DC wrapped up the "Superman Reborn" crossover and Marvel launched a new Iron Fist comic and answered a big mystery in The Unworthy Thor #5. Elsewhere, IDW kicked off a new Ghostbusters series involving both the original and reboot teams, while Valiant relaunched X-O Manowar to incredible results.
Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.
Wilson is something of a curiosity the kind of which we don’t see as much of these days. Woody Harrelson plays the titular character, a lonely, neurotic and sometime uncomfortably honest middle-aged divorcee who some would describe as a misanthrope, but others might describe as an a-hole. He’s an awkward character that grates as much as he delights. Wilson reunites with his estranged wife, Pippi, played by Laura Dern, and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter, played by Isabella Amara, he has never met and sets out to connect with her.
Watching this there’s something strangely familiar and oddly comforting about Wilson in its tone and presentation that takes you back to the early 2000s and the likes of Ghost World and Art School Confidential but there’s a good reason for that. Like those films, Wilson is based on the satirical graphic novel of the same name by American cartoonist Daniel Clowes. Sideways director Alexander Payne, with Clowes writing the screenplay, originally optioned the book.