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Thor: Ragnarok: Karl Urban Reveals His Shaved Head for Skurge the Executioner

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 20:35

New Zealand actor Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek) has revealed his freshly-shorn dome to fans as he begins work on the Gold Coast set of Marvel’s next Thor adventure.

Thanks for the haircut !!@TaikaWaititi @thorofficial pic.twitter.com/ArqWG9CSlb

— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) July 25, 2016

Marvel revealed Urban would be joining the cast as Skurge alongside Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Tessa Thompson back in May.

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Moana: Full Cast and Characters Revealed

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 20:14

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed the character roster - and the cast behind it - in its upcoming film Moana.

The expanded cast join Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson in the flick, which centers on teenage Moana (Cravalho) and her dream of becoming a master wayfinder. Johnson plays Maui, a character described by Disney as "half god, half mortal, all awesome". Check them out in the slideshow below.

The extended character descriptions and voice talent are as follows:

Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) plays Tamatoa, described as "a self-absorbed 50-foot crab  who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny."

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Director Reveals Names of Peter Parker's Classmates

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 19:36

Marvel revealed the main cast for next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming during San Diego Comic-Con, but now the film's director has offered a bit more information on who these actors are playing in the film.

Director Jon Watts confirmed the names of several of the film's high school characters to Entertainment Weekly. He only provided the first names of the characters, however, and while no connections to pre-existing characters are confirmed, figures from Spider-Man's comic adventures do share similar or the same first names with the film's players.

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Here's What's Leaving Netflix in August 2016

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 19:13

It's almost time to bid farewell to some notable titles on Netflix. Comedies like Addams Family Values and Bowfinger, thrillers like Jennifer 8 and Suspect Zero, and early '90s classic The Sandlot are all leaving the streaming site in August.

Plus, anime offerings like Death Note and Naruto Shippuden: The Movie are expiring, along with the films A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, The Nutty Professor, and more.

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Here's What's New to Netflix for August

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 18:55

Netflix in August means goodbye to a few notable movies and shows, but also a flood of incoming new titles, including Baz Luhrmann's birth of '70s hip-hop and disco series, The Get Down.

Other Netflix Originals include The Little Prince, XOXO, stand-up specials from David Cross and Jeff Foxworthy, and the Steve Aoki documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

On the movies front, there's No Country for Old Men, The Fast and the Furious (plus, Tokyo Drift), Star Trek: Nemesis, St. Vincent, The Road, and more, while TV offerings include NCIS, Once Upon a Time, and Roseanne.

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Fru Review

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 18:33

If it’s anything like mine, your Xbox One’s Kinect has sat unceremoniously in a cupboard for months, the most recent addition to an unnervingly large pile of abandoned tech. It was a pleasure, then, to discover that Fru’s surprisingly hard and very fun challenges made bringing the Kinect out of storage worth it. If more games had explored clever uses of the sensor like this puzzle-platformer does, I’d never have put it away. That’s a big call.

Fru’s setup makes for a hilarious and occasionally ridiculous three-hour experience. On initial examination, Fru is a simple platformer that sees you controlling a small, waif-like girl across blocky terrain with your controller. Its point of difference is you, your silhouette, which appears on screen and within its frame reveals an alternate-dimension landscape of the level, allowing you to change its makeup in order to advance your character through it.

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Every Major Trailer From Comic-Con 2016

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 18:30

There was hardly a shortage of trailer debuts at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. From first looks at Justice League and Wonder Woman to a new trailers for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange movie and FX's new X-Men series Legion, there was plenty of new footage for comic book fans.

Warner Bros. also debuted trailers for several of its non-DC movies, including Kong: Skull Island and J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Several TV shows made their trailer debut, including Marvel's Luke Cage and American Gods. A few games grabbed the spotlight as well, with the announcement of two new Sonic games, and character reveal trailers for Street Fighter V and Injustice 2.

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The Flash Movie: Kiersey Clemons Now Set to Play Iris West

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 18:01

Kiersey Clemons has reportedly signed on to star opposite Ezra Miller in Warner Bros.' The Flash, according to Variety.

Clemons was reportedly a favorite for director Rick Famuyiwa, who took over as director of The Flash in June. Clemons previously worked with Famuyiwa on 2015's Dope, where the actress starred as Diggy. Most recently, Clemons appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Kiersey Clemons in the CBS series Extant

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The Best of Comic-Con 2016

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 16:54

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is over, and we're still recovering from the four-day long marathon of getting new trailers, reveals and details about our favorite TV shows, films, comics and games. Now that Comic-Con is done, it's time to take a look back at what made the biggest impression at this year's annual geek celebration.

One of the biggest announcements of Comic-Con was the confirmation that Brie Larson will in fact be playing Carol Danvers in Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel film. The actress was already at SDCC to promote her role in Kong: Skull Island, but she crashed the end of Marvel's Hall H panel on Saturday to announce her part in the upcoming project.

Fans got their first look at Sony and Marvel's upcoming standalone Spider-Man film during Marvel's Hall H panel. Viewers already got a look at Peter Parker as a superhero in Captain America: Civil War, so it's fitting that the footage shown focused on him as a teenager. Director Jon Watts emphasized that Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a high school film, and we got Freaks & Geeks and John Hughes vibes from the footage we saw.

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Lady Layton Trademark Filed With EU

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 16:02

We've known for some time there's a new Professor Layton game in the works from Level-5, and a new filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is pointing to a new direction for the series.

In late June, a new Layton game was teased by Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino. Hino hinted the main character wouldn't be Professor Layton this time, nor would it be Layton's son Alfendi. A photo from Famitsu showed sketches of a female character, but no more hints were given at the time.

Is this Lady Layton?

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Top Comics to Buy This Week: July 27, 2016

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:00

We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you!

Written by Hope Larson & Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque | DC

Barbara Gordon is striking out on her own for DC Rebirth. This new series is taking her outside the familiar confines of Burnside on on a global journey to hone her skills and become a better Batgirl. That sounds like a promising new status quo, but we're really excited about the new creative team. Cartoonist/graphic novel artist Hope Larson is making her DC debut on this book, and she's joined by none other than American Vampire co-creator Rafael Albuquerque. Based on the cover alone, expect this to be one of the most gorgeous books in the DC Rebirth lineup.

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Daily Deals: PS Plus, New Xbox One Discount, $80 Off GeForce GTX 1070

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 14:09

Here's That Cheap Year of PS Plus You Wanted

Your next year for $39 - even if you still have time left in your subscription, go ahead and bank your next year at a good price.

Live Action and Animated DC Comics Blu-ray Sale

That DC Comics starter pack is a paticularly good, since seasons of those shows go from $22-$45 each, while the others are priced like a normal season of the show, but come with cool swag. The Arrow set is a good deal, since getting those separately would be at least $70.

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Play SNES Games With a PS4 Controller

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 13:39

Analogue, the company behind premium retro goods like the $500 US RGB-enabled Analogue NT, and 8Bitdo, makers of high-quality bluetooth controllers, announced another project: a new wireless bluetooth controller adapter for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Using the 8Bitdo Retro Reciever for the SNES, retro gamers can wirelessly play classic ‘90s games with any Bluetooth compatible gamepad. The receiver supports a range of controllers made by 8Bitdo as well as Sony’s DualShock 4 and DualShock 3, the Wii remote, and the Wii U Pro Controller.

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IGN Presents the History of Bourne

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:21

In the mid-1970s notorious Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal orchestrated a high-profile attack on an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria which resulted in the deaths of three people. It was just one of a string of crimes committed by Carlos across the continent, making him one the most-wanted fugitives of the era.

Back in the ’70s American author Robert Ludlum didn’t know a great deal about Carlos the Jackal, but that soon changed. One night Ludlum and his wife tuned in to a radio program featuring journalist Pierre Salinger; Ludlum wasn’t aware what he was on air to speak about and had chosen to listen largely due to the fact Salinger had written an introduction to the French edition of Ludlum’s 1977 novel The Chancellor Manuscript. It turned out Salinger was discussing Carlos the Jackal, which piqued Ludlum’s interest. He immediately began researching the infamous assassin.

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Out This Week: We Happy Few, Headlander, Riptide GP: Renegade

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:00

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Marvel Debuts 14 New Comics in October

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:58

Marvel released their full lineup of solicitations for October 2016 today. October promises to be a huge month,as the Marvel NOW relaunch gets underway and new books like Champions and Infamous Iron Man make their debut.

New Series:

  • Cage! #1
  • Champions #1
  • Champions: No Time For Losers #1 (one-shot)
  • Civil War II: The Oath #1 (one-shot)
  • The Clone Conspiracy #1
  • Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three - The Sailor #1
  • Deadpool: Back in Black #1-2
  • Deadpool: Too Soon #1
  • Death of X #1-2
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Nintendo Shares Plummet After Investors Realize It Doesn't Actually Make Pokemon Go

Slashdot.org - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:40
Sam Byford, reporting for The Verge: Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since Pokemon Go's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn't actually make the game. Nintendo put out a statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be "limited" as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokemon Company, and that revenue from the game and its Pokemon Go Plus smartwatch peripheral have been accounted for in the company's current forecasts. Pokemon Go is a collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Niantic Labs, the developer who previously created the similar AR game Ingress as part of Google. This apparent revelation caused shares to plummet in Monday trading, with the stock dropping 17 percent at one point, representing about $6.4 billion in value; as Bloomberg notes, Tokyo stock exchange rules prevent share prices from moving more than 18 percent in a single day.

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Current Black Panther Comics Inspiring Upcoming Film

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:23

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther comics have been an influence for Black Panther film director Ryan Coogler. Coates, MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner for Between the World and Me, began writing for Blank Panther this year, bringing a new — and more diverse — insight to the Marvel universe.

"What

is doing with Panther is just incredible," Coogler told Vulture. "You can really see his background as a poet in some of the dialogue. And what Brian Stelfreeze is doing with the visuals in that book." It's an absolute inspiration for Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, the director added.

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Top 10 Worst Star Wars Games Ever Made

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:03

We’re counting down the top ten worst Star Wars games ever. Terrible controls, frustrating head-on crashes, pointless difficulty, and moronic mechanics make these games a stain on the name of space epics. Let’s jump right in with number ten!

I remember thinking Rebel Assault II was incredibly cool when it first came out, being blown away by the seamless fusion of full-motion video and computer-generated graphics that would undoubtedly never be topped. Of course, I was nine years old at the time. Something I remember much less fondly are the infuriatingly cumbersome vehicle controls, which are probably the only part of the game that holds up worse than the direct-to-video visuals. That said, I can't fault LucasArts for trying new thing, and if nothing else, Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire is one of the coolest-sounding Star Wars games. -Max Scoville

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Xbox 360 Was Nearly Called Xbox 3

IGN.com - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:00

While Microsoft ended up naming its second console Xbox 360, the company considered other options, including Xbox 3.

"Certainly Xbox 3 was actually on the list because, well, you’ve gotta catch up," former Chief Xbox Officer Robbie Bach said on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered. "You don’t want to be Xbox 2 compared to PlayStation 3. We actually talked about that," he added.

"You don’t want to feel like you’re a generation behind, so why not skip?" he continued, noting that "Microsoft has a long history of skipping numbers," citing the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 10 as a prime example.

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