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Star Trek Beyond: 7 New Photos Released

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:08

Paramount Pictures released seven new hi-res promotional photos today for their upcoming sequel Star Trek Beyond. You can view them in the slideshow below.

Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin takes over the reins of the rebooted Trek film franchise from J.J. Abrams and is helming from a screenplay co-written by Scotty actor Simon Pegg.

The photos below also offer a better look at the new costumes and aliens in the film:

Star Trek Beyond warps into theaters this summer.

 

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Seth Green Making an Adults-Only Cartoon for WWE

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:52

On Sunday, May 1st, following the Payback PPV, the WWE goes TV-MA for the first time with Camp WWE - a new animated series for mature audiences from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken).

The series features a summer camp run by a psychotic Vince McMahon; a summertime haven that houses the likes of John Cena, the Bellas, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Big Show and more as small kids, and legacy wrestling personalities like Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter as camp directors.

I had the chance to chat with Seth Green about his totally new "not for kids" take on the current family-friendly WWE product, getting Vince McMahon to voice himself, and how decisions were made regarding who got to be an adult and who got to be a kid.

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Maze Runner 3 Production Shutdown Extended

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:07

20th Century Fox has extended the shutdown of production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure indefinitely as injured star Dylan O'Brien requires more time to recover.

THR reports O'Brien's injuries from an accident on the Vancouver set in March are "more severe than initially expected." O'Brien suffered a concussion, facial fracture and lacerations, according to a WorkSafeBC report.

Filming on the Maze Runner threequel won't resume until O'Brien's fully recovered and the film's large crew and cast can be reassembled.

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Rumor: Aquaman Director May Be Next DC Helmer to Quit

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:58

Rumor has it director James Wan may cut bait and run from the Aquaman movie.

Birth.Movies.Death claims to have heard rumblings that the filmmaker may follow The Flash's former director Seth Grahame-Smith out the door of the Warner Bros.-DC movies camp:

"According to multiple, reliable sources James Wan is feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation about Aquaman. It's important to remember two things - Fast 7 was a very difficult process for him, even without Paul Walker's tragic death, and James Wan doesn't really need Aquaman."

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Alienation Review

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:58

Alienation delivers on the Housemarque promise of intense, finely honed, visually spectacular arcade carnage, but it also goes a few steps further. Its light action-RPG hooks don't dig as deep as something like Diablo 3, but they do add a satisfying power curve to chase while blasting through a twin-stick shooter that's prettier, more expansive, and more replayable than just about any other.

Alienation’s controls are sharp, and enemies are plentiful and varied enough to keep a squad of up to four co-op players busy. Many are more nuanced than simple bullet sponges: shielded sentry turrets have nearby generators you can take out to make damaging them dramatically easier; snipers can threaten you from a couple of screens away but always telegraph their shots in a fair, visible way; and the monolithic Sentinels need to be bursted down quickly before their deadly beam attacks lock on and melt your lifebar away. Aside from providing a diverse set of threats, they also tend to die spectacularly for your viewing pleasure.

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Monsterpocalypse Movie in Development

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:23

A film adaptation of the Privateer Press board game Monsterpocalypse is in the works, and the director of 2013's Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez, is on board to helm.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a "bidding war" to acquire the rights is currently underway with Sony, Warner Bros., DreamWorks and a reported fourth studio all involved. In addition to directing, Alvarez is penning the script with his writing partner Rodo Sayagues.

Monsterpocalypse is a board game from Privateer Press that pits humans in robotic suits against monsters.

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The Flash Movie Director Leaves Over 'Creative Differences'

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:17

Warner Bros.' The Flash film is now short a director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Grahame-Smith has left the project over "creative differences." This would have been his directorial debut.

THR reports that The Flash movie will keep the script Grahame-Smith wrote off of a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The directing duo were once considering helming The Flash, but have since become attached to Disney's untitled Han Solo anthology film.

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Elisabeth Moss's Handmaid's Tale Goes Straight to Series at Hulu

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:12

A television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has received a straight-to-series order from Hulu. Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss will star.

Atwood will serve as consulting producer, while Bruce Miller will create, executive produce, and write the series. The Handmaid's Tale will enter production later this year, and premiere on Hulu in 2017.

Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men

"I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing The Handmaid's Tale as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elizabeth Moss will be playing the central character," Atwood said. "The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest."

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10 Cloverfield Lane Director Taking On Black Mirror

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:04

10 Cloverfield Lane's director will direct an episode of Netflix's Black Mirror.

Deadline reports that Dan Trachtenberg is the latest director to sign on to take charge of an episode, alongside Joe Wright (Atonement) and Jakob Verbruggen (Code 37). The series has also been assembling some notable actors to star, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Malachi Kirby, and Alice Eve.

Black Mirror is Netflix's reboot of a suspenseful anthology series in the U.K. that ran for two seasons. Netflix ordered a 12-episode run, and original producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones will return as showrunners, with Brooker also serving as the writer for new episodes. The original series received an international Emmy, Peabody Award, and Rose D'Or.

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Jack Ryan: John Krasinski to Star in Amazon Series

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:55

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is going to get the TV treatment.

Deadline reports that Amazon grabbed a series commitment for a Jack Ryan show, which will be made through Paramount TV. The intention is it will be picked up straight-to-series -- though Deadline notes the project is not greenlit yet.

John Krasinski will star in the project, which comes from Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland (who worked together on Lost and The Returned), as well as Skydance Media and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. Krasinski recently worked with Bay on 13 Hours.

The intention is to update Clancy's CIA hero to contemporary times. It will feature Jack Ryan "in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative" and not looking to do a direct adaptation of the books.

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Final Fantasy 14, Yo-Kai Watch Crossover Announced

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:01

UPDATE: Square Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy XIV component of the crossover will come to North America as well.

Original story follows:

Square Enix has announced a collaboration that will bring Yo-Kai Watch content to Final Fantasy XIV, and vice versa.

As posted by Square Enix assistant director of community Matt Hilton on FFXIV’s official forums, thirteen new Yokai-inspired weapons will come to Final Fantasy XIV (one for each of XIV’s 13 jobs), as well as a new Whisper mount. Yo-Kai Watch-themed minions will also be available to collect. According to Square, “you'll be able to earn all of the minions somewhat easily, but the weapons will be tough to get.”

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Reynolds' Letter to Deadpool Fan Who Died of Cancer

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recently penned an emotional tribute to thirteen-year-old Deadpool superfan Connor McGrath, who died earlier this week after a three-year battle with cancer.

In the letter, posted on Reynolds' Facebook (via Los Angeles Times), the actor recalled how he came to know Connor, and wrote in length about the kind of person he was.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Connor became the first person to see Deadpool. Reynolds traveled to Edmonton, Alberta and showed him a "rough cut of the film," complete with "wires we hadn't yet painted out, jokes which weren't working (and still aren't) and green screens." None of which Connor seemed to mind, wrote Reynolds.

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Ratchet and Clank Come to Dead Star on PlayStation 4

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:21

Ratchet and Clank, Insomniac's pair of iconic PlayStation mascots, are coming to Dead Star on the PS4.

Unlocking the PlayStation-icons in Armature Studio's MOBA/shooter hybrid is simple, but you have to act quick. Play Dead Star from now until May 2 to unlock Ratchet, and between May 6-9 to unlock Clank.

In addition, a pair of add-on packs are also available for Dead Star. The Kurg Ship Expansion costs $4.99 on PS4 and Steam, and adds three new playable ships, as well as four additional pilot portraits featuring the Kurg species. Likewise, for $1.99, the Ordo Robots Skin Pack gives you two new robotic pilot portraits and four new ship skins that can be applied to all ships in the game.

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Captain Marvel May Be in Avengers: Infinity War

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:45

Carol Danvers, who is getting her own Captain Marvel film, will "absolutely" show up in Avengers: Infinity War according to a new rumor.

According to Heroic Hollywood, the actress playing Danvers will be on set by the time Avengers: Infinity War begins filming in Atlanta this November. These rumors line up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige's statement that Captain Marvel cast announcements are coming before summer's end.

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Game Scoop!: A Link to the Last Wii U Game

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:45

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we're discussing the next Zelda, the Nintendo NX, and Animal Crossing. Watch the video above or download the podcast below.

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Game of Thrones: Arya's 9 Best Moments

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:42

Spoilers for Arya Stark-related stories and activities from the first five seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones...

Like most kids in Westeros, young Arya Stark of Winterfell grew up too fast. Thanks to numerous, immeasurable atrocities in the realm, Arya learned at a very early age that the world was a cruel, unjust place. After witnessing her father's death, she's been on a revenge arc - one that seems to be leading her further and further away from true retribution. One that's even now, in the sixth season, leading her away from herself and her entire identity.

That being said, Arya's rage and penchant for unapologetic violence has been of one of the purest joys on Game of Thrones. Watching her get bounced around from escort to escort - from dangerous situations to uneasy alliances - has provided viewers with some of the show's best scenes. And Arya's not done yet.

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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Announced

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:31

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour will be launching in 2017. In honor of the series' 15th anniversary, Square-Enix announced a musical celebration that will span 7 different cities across the globe.

Starting on March 10, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, the tour will run for over three months, culminating in a final performance in New York City. Ticket pre-sales start on April 30, 2016 here at Wild Faery. A full list of dates and locations follow:

  • Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum) March 10, 2017
  • Paris (Salle Pleyel) March 18-19
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Special Events Coming to Star Wars Battlefront for May the 4th

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:31

Star Wars Battlefront players will be able to celebrate Star Wars Day—"May the 4th"—with special in-game bonuses.

On May 4 only, players who log into the game will receive 4,444 in-game credits to use on "blasters, Star Cards, or the latest Hutt Contract."

That contract, which is debuting on Star Wars Day, requires players to spend 3,500 to 8,000 credits and complete bounties to unlock the Bacta Bomb Star Card that "provides a health boost" to players and their allies.

Additionally, those who haven't played Star Wars Battlefront will finally have their chance to give it a go. Starting at 11 am PT on May 4, players will be able to play the game for four hours, for free, through Origin. Extra DLC content will not be available.

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XCOM 2 Gets 5 Firaxis-Approved Mods From Long War Devs

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:20

XCOM 2 is getting another semi-official batch of new content, courtesy of modders-turned-developers.

After a previous collaboration to produce launch-day mods, XCOM 2 developer Firaxis has once again teamed up with the group that created The Long War mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which formally united as developer called Long War Studios, on five new developer-supported mods for the sequel. The first of those mods is available today.

Called Toolbox, this mod offers several new options and tweaks including interface enhancements that allow you to bring up to 12 XCOM operatives into battle – up from the standard of six – plus configurable camera rotation and display soldier stats in more menus. Additionally, it implements Long War Studios' versions of several options from XCOM: Enemy Unknown's Second Wave pack: Hidden Potential (randomized soldier stats), Red Fog (stat penalties for wounded soldiers), and Damage Roulette (increased damage variation). Though much of this functionality is already available through community-created mods, this version has Firaxis' blessing and was created with developer support, suggesting it might work more smoothly.

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New Beetle Species Named After Chewbacca

IGN.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:19

One Star Wars stalwart has just been honored in a very peculiar way.

As reported by Discovery News, Trigonopterus chewbacca is a newly discovered species of beetle. The weevil looks very little like its Wookiee namesake, but scientists who identified the creature in New Guinea were reminded of the hairy arm-puller just the same.

Trigonopterus chewbacca (image via Discovery News)

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