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We Finally Know Why Thor Odinson Is Unworthy - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:29

The final issue of The Unworthy Thor answered a long-running mystery in the Marvel Universe.

Warning: spoilers for The Unworthy Thor #5 follow!

Writer Jason Aaron introduced a huge shake-up to Thor's world in 2014's Original Sin. During the course of that story, Nick Fury managed to incapacitate the god of thunder by whispering something in his ear. Readers weren't privy to what was said, but ever since, Thor hasn't been able to lift Mjolnir. His powers and name have now passed to Jane Foster, while the Odinson has been trying to find a way to redeem himself ever since.

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Microsoft Resolves Xbox Live Sign-In, Purchasing Issues - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00
Microsoft has addressed Xbox Live issues preventing many users from signing into the online service.

The Americans: "The Midges" Review - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:17

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Martha’s back! It felt inevitable we’d see her again at some point, but it’s great to get confirmation here. In classic Americans style, it wasn’t rushed. We saw her, but Oleg didn’t (or at least he didn’t really recognize who she was when he glanced at her), but now we know she’s potentially in play this season. When might she pop up again? We shall see.

Oleg in the meantime is bringing us deeper into exploring just how crappy things are for the average person in Russia, as we saw the depressing looking market he ventured to (and Martha was shopping at) while questioning a woman who was, notably, still getting better food than others. While Nina gave us a Russian storyline before, it was under very specific circumstances as a prisoner, so following Oleg this season is allowing us to explore different aspects for the series.

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Life Review - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:00

It’s hard not to think about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant when watching the trailers and promotional footage for Life. With a similar basic story and genre elements, it might even be easier to write off Life as nothing more than a rip off of the original Alien, as a team of astronauts and scientists are forced to fight for their lives against an evolving alien lifeform wreaking havoc on their spaceship. Nonetheless, while Life isn’t nearly as inventive, scary, or gloriously moody as that 1979 classic, it does manage to carve out a suitable space for itself in the sci-fi genre as a fun, often grotesque story about what men and women of this profession will do to protect life at all costs.

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The Unworthy Thor #5 Review - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:49

The Unworthy Thor #5 is notable not just for wrapping up this particular leg of Jason Aaron's Thor saga, but because it finally answers one of the most burning mysteries in the Marvel Universe. After three years of build-up, the revelations in this issue may not completely satisfy readers. However, in terms of furthering the central themes of Aaron's Thor run, this mini-series has certainly delivered.

Even as this issue wraps up Thor's confrontation with The Collector and the minions of Thanos, the focus remains on exploring the concept of worthiness. What makes a god truly worthy of their title? Why is Thor no longer worthy to wield the power he once did? Can he truly recapture his worthiness by claiming a new hammer, or is there a different path ahead of him? The reveal of just what Nick Fury said to Thor all those months ago may seem disappointingly simple and straightforward, but there was never likely going to be an answer that truly lived up to the hype. What matters is that it ties in nicely with the greater themes and conflicts of the series and goes a long way towards illustrating where Thor's head is at these days. Despite the raw fury displayed on the battlefield, Aaron keeps the focus in this issue very intimate.

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Terminator Reboot: Word Coming This Year, Despite Rumors - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:35

Paramount will reportedly announce a Terminator reboot this year.

The Guardian reports that, despite recent rumors that the series had been shelved, there are already plans for a new entry.

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and, believe me, it’s an incredibly bright future,” said David Ellison, the CEO of Skydance Media, producer of the series. "I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.

“We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”

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Mass Effect: Andromeda: BioWare 'Evaluating Options' for Improvements - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:07

BioWare is aware of the issues that have been raised about Mass Effect: Andromeda in the past week or so - primarily facial animations and character creation - and is looking at how it can solve them.

Lead Designer on Mass Effect: Andromeda, Ian S. Frazier, took to Twitter last night to answer some questions from the public.

On the subject of the game's controversial facial animations, Frazier said "we're looking at patching lots of issues and want to strongly support the game moving forward. I can't say more just yet."

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Ghostbusters VR Game Gets Surprise Release - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 07:49

In a surprise release today, Sony dropped a Ghostbusters VR game on the PlayStation Store.

Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse is the first episode in a planned series of Ghostbusters games for the PS VR. Produced by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, the Ghostbusters VR - Now Hiring series takes place in the cinematic universe explored last year in the 2016 remake.

During this episode, players will be able to hang out in the firehouse HQ from the movie, play with the ghostbusting weapon of choice, a proton pack, and check out some of the ghosts, including iconic troublemaker, Slimer.

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Zelda: Strike it Rich with This Bowling Exploit - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 07:00
Earn 300 Rupees each time you land a strike in this bowling minigame. Here's the easiest way to set it up.

Disney Accused of Stealing Zootopia - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 00:19

Screenwriter Gary Goldman has filed a federal lawsuit against Disney for stealing his idea for its hit animated film, Zootopia.

Goldman, whose writing credits include Total Recall and Big Trouble in Little China, claims that he had pitched his version of Zootopia - which was also called Zootopia - to Disney execs twice, and both times it was rejected. Per Variety, he claims that the 2016 movie that recently won Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards ripped off its name, character designs, themes and lines of dialogue from a project he first showed the company in 2000, and a second time in 2009.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Fellowship of the Spear" Review - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:28

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

At the rate things are going, the Legends of Tomorrow will wind up being inspiring every major myth in Western society. Already this season we’ve seen the team inspire George Lucas to create Star Wars and turn Camelot from dream to reality. Now they checked another item off the bucket list by teaming up with J.R.R. Tolkien and giving the legendary writer the inspiration for his magnum opus. But while there was plenty more historical tomfoolery to be had, the show took a decidedly darker turn this week, one that was very necessary given the impending season finale.

Things actually started off pretty swell for the team this week as they made a return to the ruins of Vanishing Point to pilfer the remaining pieces of the Spear of Destiny directly from under Reverse-Flash’s nose. That short, simple heist was not only entertaining, it was a nice reminder of how quickly and how often the balance of power can shift on this show. Part of what makes the Legion/Legends rivalry so much fun is the fact that both teams are prone to failure. This is really the first conflict in an Arrow-verse show that doesn’t involve a ragtag bunch of heroes going up against a seemingly omnipotent and unstoppable foe. The Legion are flawed, and like their opponents, they can be outplayed and outsmarted.

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The Flash: "Duet" Review - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat. "Duet" is going to be a very "your mileage will vary" kind of Flash episode. If you absolutely detest musicals in all shapes and forms, this episode won't do much to win you over. But if you love seeing your favorite heroes breaking out in song and dance, or at least enjoy the idea of Barry Allen and Kara Danvers being trapped in a prison they have to sing their way out of, then "Duet" is a thoroughly entertaining way to spend an hour. For my money, it's the best episode we've gotten in a rocky season of The Flash.

This is hardly the first time a popular show has gone the musical route, with "Duet" owing a particular debt of gratitude to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!". As in that animated series, the Music Meister (here played by Darren Criss) showed up to torment a few heroes with his hypnotic powers, forcing Barry and Kara to act out an elaborate musical, complete with period costumes and accents and rival crime families shooting each other in the streets. It was all very surreal, and a terrifically fun diversion from all the doom and gloom the series has been embroiled in for most of 2017. There's a lot to be said for giving viewers a break and focusing more on entertainment than drama.

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Trump Signs NASA Bill Aimed at Sending Humans to Mars, Plus Commercial Space Flights - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:52

President Trump has signed a bill aimed at assisting NASA in sending humans to Mars, with $19.5 billion in funding. NASA aims to send people to Mars by the 2030s, and congress’ funding will assist with the construction of the Space Launch System rocket, which is set to be NASA’s most powerful rocket ever, and will send astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before.

This is in line with Trump’s plan to have NASA focus on deep space exploration rather than Earth, with the bill specifically listing that NASA “should be a multi-mission space agency and should have a balanced and robust set of core missions in space science, space technology, aeronautics, human space flight and exploration, and education.”

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Orisa Now Available to Play in Overwatch - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:00
Overwatch's new tank-class character is temporarily disabled in Competitive Play but available in all other modes.

Epic Dark Souls Solaire Statue Will Help You Praise The Sun - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:40

First 4 Figures' new Dark Souls statues are incredibly detailed, come in different varieties, and will definitely put an insta-kill on your wallet. But if you're a hardcore Souls fan, these statues will make a fine addition to your collection.

The largest, the Solaire of Astora Exclusive edition, stands just under 2 feet tall and includes LEDs in the base, as well as a Sunlight Straight Sword and Sunlight Shield. The Praise the Sun edition takes it a step further, with the statue made of a translucent orange material, with LEDs in the body letting the whole statue glow like the sun. The regular Solaire of Astora version follows the same level of quality and detail, minus the LEDs and extra accessories.

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Beauty and the Beast Could Get Spin-Off or Prequel But No Sequel - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:25

Despite the live-action Beauty and the Beast breaking box office records in March, Disney isn't interested in making a sequel.

In an interview with Deadline, Disney president of production Sean Bailey said the company is open to exploring "possible spinoff and prequel scenarios" but is wary about doing a sequel due to the negative reception Alice Through the Looking Glass received. For now, Disney doesn't know exactly what story would warrant a Beauty and the Beast prequel.

Disney has a number of live-action remakes on the way and none of them are sequels. The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is working on a live-adaptation of The Lion King, with Donald Glover set to star as Simba and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.

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Oasis: Amazon Pilot Review - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:16

Amazon's "Pilot Season" is here once again and we're taking a look at all the new offerings. The pilots, which you can see here are presented to everyone, for voting and feedback purposes, and then Amazon picks up the ones they feel are received the best to series.

The solemn and haunting Oasis, based on the novel The Book of Strange New Things, stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as an earnest priest in a crumbling not-too-distant future Earth. A world not too far ahead of us time-wise, though apparently leaps and bounds beyond us on the space travel front as the series, only set in 2032, involves rocketing people to the farthest corner of our galaxy for colonization on a desert world.

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Bloodstained Coming to Nintendo Switch, Cancelled on Wii U - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:08

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is officially heading to Nintendo Switch.

But there's a sacrifice in the process. The Wii U version of Bloodstained has been cancelled with the change in Nintendo platforms.

The game's director, Koji Igarashi, discussed the Nintendo system shakeup on Kickstarter. "During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch," he said.

"This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch."

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A Visual History of Every Power Rangers Team Costume - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:18

Inspired by (and using footage from) Japan's Super Sentai series, Haim Saban's Power Rangers has been a thriving TV staple since it first aired in 1993. Nearly 25 years later, Lionsgate and Saban are teaming up to release a new Power Rangers movie reboot, based on the original Mighty Morphin series. Of course, a lot has changed between now and then, as the Rangers have gone through all the colors of the rainbow (and then some).

Click through the gallery below for a look back at all the incarnations of the Power Rangers' costumes over the years...

Which teams/costumes are your favorite? And how do they stack up to this latest batch of morphin' heroes? Let us know in the comments!

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Original Ghost in the Shell Director Has No Problem with Remake - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:38

Paramount's live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii's seminal animated film Ghost in the Shell opens in theaters next month, and IGN had the opportunity to get the director's thoughts on the upcoming adaption of his 1995 anime classic.

While the casting of Scarlett Johansson has proven to be a point of controversy among fans because she isn't Asian, Oshii doesn't see any issue with her assuming the role of the Major, and said he believes she was "the best possible" choice for the live-action adaptation.

"What issue could there possibly be with casting her?" Oshii told IGN by e-mail. "The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name 'Motoko Kusanagi' and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her. Even if her original body (presuming such a thing existed) were a Japanese one, that would still apply."

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