In a big move that will unite two of the American Horror Story seasons into one shared universe, Lily Rabe (who was a key cast member of the first three seasons) is returning to the series for Freak Show - as the character she played in Asylum!
Rabe played Nora Montgomery in the Murder House season and Misty Day in Coven. For Freak Show she'll be returning as her Asylum role of Sister Mary Eunice (presumedly before the demon possession). Which makes sense when you consider the fact that Naomi Grossman is currently on Freak Show as the pinhead character she played in Asylum, Pepper. So this will most likely explain how Pepper wound up at Briarcliff.
HP has detailed the first product from the 'Blended Reality ecosystem' range.
Sprout, as it's known, is said to combine elements of a high-end desktop with a "natural" user interface, combining a scanner, depth sensor, and a high-resolution camera and projector into a single device.
Sprout by HP offers a dual-screen experience through the use of a 23-inch diagonal FHD WVA touch-enabled LED-backlit LCD HD monitor and a 20-point capacitive touch mat.
Coupled with the device is the Sprout Illuminator, a projection system capable of scanning and capturing real-world objects in 3D via its 14.6 MP, four-camera system.
Monolith has announced new details for its Lord of the Hunt campaign add-on for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Its story involves more from Torvin, the Dwarf hunter, as he and Talion fight back against Sauron and his new mounted Beastmaster Warchiefs.
"Every Warchief has a unique ability that changes how he fights and provides a new challenge," Design Director Michael de Plater told IGN. "There’s a big difference between trying to chase down an enemy mounted on a Caragor and facing a Warchief mounted on a Wretched Graug or one who is leading a Ghul force."
The Wretched Graug is a new mount -- one that vomits toxin onto its enemies -- and it's joined by a stealthy Caragath monster, in addition to five new Epic Runes. With Caragaths, de Plater explained, "you can crouch, stalk and pounce on your enemies, including death from above and below. It makes you feel like a predator. The Wretched Graug is more like driving a tank in the sense that his projectile vomit lets you wreak havok on the enemy camps."
Nintendo has confirmed it's adding the ability to pre-download games for your Wii U and 3DS so you can start playing them the second the street date rolls around.
The news comes courtesy of president Satoru Iwata during his investor talk earlier today while he was mentioning ways Nintendo is planning to help make buying games simpler for audiences.
The first game to make use of this feature on Wii U will be Super Smash Bros. this December, while 3DS titles will have to wait until next year.
Currently you can buy a digital game from select third-party retailers or Nintendo.com by entering your Nintendo Network ID and password to have the game automatically add itself to your system's queue. Iwata has also confirmed such functionality should be rolled out to Amazon before too long.
Nintendo is developing a device to monitor your sleeping behaviour.
Announced during the Nintendo corporate management policy briefing, the device is part of a new initiative the company is looking into. The Quality Of Life campaign (QOL) aims to improve lives by redefining entertainment in what Nintendo refers to as "enjoyable ways."
"Everyone needs to sleep, and all of us get tired," the briefing reads. "There is no argument that whether or not we have sound sleep or not significantly affects our health, and many of us recognize through our daily lives that accumulated fatigue makes it difficult to maintain good health."
The QOL sleep-monitoring sensor is painted as something which sits on a bedside table. The inside of the device is a non-contact radio frequency sensor capable of measuring movement, breathing, and heartbeat without physically needing to attach itself to the body during sleep.
Avatar director James Cameron has revealed that, while some may be interested in the potential of virtual reality for the entertainment industry, he isn't particularly enthused.
Speaking at a Wall Street Journal conference panel (via The Hollywood Reporter), Cameron explained that while he may have merrily embraced 3D technology for Avatar and its sequels, the latest step forward in technology holds no such draw for him.
"There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly," he said. "The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR and what will that be?
Jim Carrey has confirmed long-standing rumors of a clash with his Academy Award-winning co-star Tommy Lee Jones during filming of Batman Forever in 1995. Carrey and Jones played the villains The Riddler and Two-Face, respectively.
“I cannot sanction your buffoonery,” Jones once said to Carrey during filming of Batman Forever in 1995.
Carrey, who stars in the upcoming film Dumb and Dumber To, appeared on the Howard Stern Show to promote his new movie and related his encounter with Jones at a restaurant the night before filming a big scene in the Riddler’s lair, according to US Magazine.
Lionsgate has released character posters for The Divergent Series: Insurgent. The images, as seen below, feature a short-haired Shailene Woodley, who reprises her role as Tris, and Maggie Q, who also reprises her role as Tori.
The images are also part of an interactive 3D character poster Lionsgate debuted yesterday.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in both 2D and 3D on March 20. In the meantime, you can read up on the official plot synopsis for the film.
YouTube is currently rolling out video support for 48 and 60 frames per second after initially announcing the support in June.
To see the levelled up support in action, users can view several videos running at 60 fps such as Battlefield Hardline multiplayer trailer, VGHS Season 2 trailer, Titanfall gameplay and a World Record Mario Kart 8 run. Users are required to watch the videos in 720p or 1080p in a Google Chrome browser.
We have a rare fifth week of the month this week, so there's light showings from the Big Two, allowing us to do a few more indie comic reviews than normal.
That said, DC's biggest release of the week is Wonder Woman #35 -- the finale to the three-year long story by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. A new creative team will be taking over next month with issue #36, so it's not like the series is cancelled, but we will miss the duo regardless.
At Marvel, there's the series finale of Thunderbolts, the debut of Deathlok, and the Original Sin hardcover graphic novel (which you might want to avoid).
Elsewhere, Sonic Boom launched at Archie, Justin Jordan has a new series called Dark Gods at Avatar Press, and we got an issue of Terry Moore's Rachel Rising just in time for Halloween.
Ray Fawkes presents what definitely feels like what the first chapter after a turning point should feel like. The previous issue set things up in a less-than-perfect way, but this issue completely redeems itself with exciting storytelling, dramatic dialogue, and dynamic artwork. While there are a few hiccups in the visual storytelling and an all-too-brief appearance of a fan-favorite superhero, issue #30 of Batman Eternal easily replenishes some of the steam that has been lost in this series of late.
Dark Gods is a comic with many of the trappings you'd expect from Avatar. There's a heavy focus on Lovecraftian horror, a healthy dose of violence and cursing, and some random nudity sprinkled in for good measure. Honestly, it's not the sort of book that would have stood out if not for the fact that it's also writer Justin Jordan's newest ongoing series. That certainly warrants a look, even if issue #1 doesn't do enough to stand out.
he’s also got to introduce (re-reintroduce?) the Legion of Superheroes to readers all while continuing to tell his half Canadian, half Space-based superhero tale. Even with the extra length format of an annual, Lemire’s story comes up short in a few key ways that makes this issue less fun to read than it could have been.
Sonic Boom is the latest in a seemingly endless series of attempts by Sega to revamp the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise for modern gamers. The twist this time is that there's a whole multimedia blitz behind it. The new games are being accompanied by an animated series and a new comic from Archie. The comic is the first of these products out of the gate, offering Sonic fans their first glimpse into this new world. It makes for a perfectly decent new series, if not one drastically different from what we've seen in the past.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
It's a strange (and inconsistent) gift Matt and Trey possess, to combine two seemingly unrelated topics and fuse them together into one seamless storyline. That was very much the case in this week's "The Magic Bush," which deftly combined Ferguson and drones (and a little Fappening, for good measure). Even better, this episode was squarely centered on the fan-favorite duo of Cartman and Butters, which was a breath of fresh air after Nathan and Mimsy's less-than-stellar outing last week.
After rampant speculation and mostly pointless punching, the fate of Richard Rider is at last revealed. Brian Michael Bendis details the end chapter of Star-Lord’s time in the Cancerverse, offering a decent, if unspectacular, close to Nova’s story.
Given the amount of buildup that lead up to Guardians of the Galaxy #20, to say that Richard Rider’s final moments come off as lacking is somewhat of an understatement. It’s not the end itself, as Nova’s heroic sacrifice does have some impact, but rather in the roundabout way in which we got there. Writer Bendis spends so much time getting to this moment that when it finally arrives it feels like almost an afterthought, only having any real bearing in what said revelation does to Gamora and the team as a whole. Considering that issue #20 is rife with the same oddly naked heroes and misplaced humor as the issue preceding it, the book’s more somber notes often come off as forced. While these moments do serve in creating a rift between the normally cohesive unit, Rider’s final decision, and subsequent request, fails to capture the intended weight.
Sometimes all it takes is a flying hippo ride to help clear the air. Black Science continues its recent focus on embattled youths Nate and Pia, mixing familial drama with the usual multiversal shenanigans. The result is yet another strong and imaginative issue in a series full of them, creators Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera driving their leads even deeper into the expansive Onion.
In the grand scheme of things, Nate and Pia started off pretty low on the Black Science totem pole. Sure, much of the narrative revolves around saving and/or finding the kids, but they’ve yet to really stand out beyond the requisite fearful screams and petulant moments. With that in mind, Remender does a nice job honing in on their particular dynamic this issue, positing two sides of the same broken coin. Though close in age, their worldviews couldn’t be more different, something Remender leaves open for further exploration given that Grant isn’t actually dead, sort of. Elsewhere, Remender offers a few interesting morsels related to some other cast members, as motivations, both new and old, begin to take light.
Saying that Saga is great is like saying that ice cream is tasty or that breathing is swell. Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples have provided such a wealth of riches over the series’ expansive run that fan expectation has reached an almost absurd high. Continually meeting such standards is a daunting task, yet somehow the creators make it look easy, never afraid to steer their narrative roller-coaster towards the most unexpected of loops. As the Saga machine prepares to shut down for the latest of their dreaded H-words, Vaughn and Staples finish their current arc in rousing fashion, in turn delivering a jaw-dropping look at what’s to come.
After ending last issue with one of the more nerve-wracking cliffhangers of recent memory, it only makes sense for Vaughn to go in the complete opposite direction here in #24. That’s not a complaint, mind you, as it’s been forever and a day since we last saw anything regarding Gwendolyn, Sophie or The Will. Vaughn deftly brings readers up to speed as to their recent adventures, in turn introducing new wrinkles to the various character relationships. Considering that Marko and Alana’s more grounded tale has been the main focus of late, issue #24 sees the welcome return of Saga’s more adventurous spirit. There’s action and intrigue aplenty, boosted by the confrontation and subsequent addition of The Will’s rarely seen sister, The Brand. Add in one truly unexpected and unbelievably awesome partnership revealed at issue’s end and you get one of Saga’s most goosebump inducing finales to date.
Microsoft is releasing Microsoft Health, a cloud service that stores health and fitness data, and a sensor-packed smart band called Microsoft Band, the company announced today.
The Microsoft Health-powered smart band features 10 sensors that monitors heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Wearers can monitor their fitness level by tracking their daily physical activity, GPS run mapping, access Guided Workouts and review stats. Compatible with iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone, users can also view email previews and calendar alerts via the device.
The Microsoft Health service offers users insights to their fitness and wellbeing based on data gathered from the fitness devices and apps. Using Microsoft's Intelligence Engine, the service works with smartphones, wearables, smartwatches and computers and is compatible with fitness apps like RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and ByJawbone.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Hey, that was pretty cool!
Shorter than usual (considering these extra long episodes), informative, freaky, and not one single pop hit.
In fact, "Edward Mordrake, Pt 2" had somewhat of a season finale feeling to it as Twisty's reign of twisted terror came to an end, we learned Elsa's backstory, and the entire town came out to celebrate the freaks they once shunned. In fact, aside from the con artists' schemes and whatever Dell chooses to be angry about next, most of the major story threads have come to an end.
And sure, I'm sad that Twisty's gone since he was providing almost all of the horror on this season of American Horror Story, but seeing as how the show had sort of resigned to having him on every single episode so far, the questions of "How far are they going to take this? and "How many baby steps are we going to have to watch?" were in the back of my mind. So I don't mind that they pulled the trigger on his story this early in the Freak Show run. I mean, after the girl escaped from the school bus a second time, I knew we'd begun to start caressing that repeat button that plagued Asylum. Fortunately, her second flight for freedom brought Jimmy into the mix.