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Ash vs Evil Dead Can Finally Reference Army of Darkness

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 18:40

Ash Williams was prohibited from referencing one of his grooviest adventures on the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead, but Army of Darkness will finally get its due on the Starz series when the show returns for season 2.

During IGN's San Diego Comic-Con livestream, Ash vs Evil Dead's executive producer Rob Tapert revealed that the rights issues that once prevented the show from acknowledging the third film in the Evil Dead universe, Army of Darkness, are no longer an obstacle. Not only have those problems apparently been resolved, but also the show fully intends on referencing Ash's time-hopping journey in the next season.

"We actually can reference

, and we reference it in this coming season," Tapert said during IGN's livestream.

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Berserk Review

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 18:25

"Epiphany" was a strong episode that went a long way in restoring my faith in Berserk. There was a good mix of action and character development, and it was great to see familiar faces return and new (terrifying) ones appear.

The show opened with Guts taking a timeout from battle to visit old friends and get his equipment repaired by the blacksmith, Godo. Godo's gruffness is a good counterweight to Guts' brusque demeanor, and I was happy to see him (and Erica!) immediately lay into Guts for abandoning Casca so he could keep fighting ("you went on alone, leaving the remaining irreplaceable people behind"). It's rare for Guts to acknowledge any type of weakness, but after Godo's lecture, even the Black Swordsman was forced  to admit his quest for vengeance is really just a way to escape his guilty conscience.

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Rihanna To Play Iconic Victim in Bates Motel Final Season

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 18:10

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, Rihanna was revealed to be playing Marion Crane, in the fifth and final season of Bates Motel.

The character Marion Crane, first portrayed by actress Janet Leigh, has become synonymous with Psycho and the horror genre when she was famously murdered in the shower by Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho.

"We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way," executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ervin said in a statement. "We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate."

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HBO Teases Game of Thrones Season 7

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 18:00

During the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO revealed a production teaser for Game of Thrones Season 7.

The next season won't air till next summer, and will have fewer episodes than previous seasons.

The Season 6 blooper reel was also shown off during the panel, which you can watch below.

Game of Thrones cast members also revealed their picks for who should win the Iron Throne, and Sophie Turner revealed why she thinks Sansa kept her secret at the end of Season 6.

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Ghost Rider Joining Agents of SHIELD Confirmed

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:56

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, Ghost Rider was confirmed to appear in Season 4 of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

Following the panel, Marvel confirmed that this will be the Robbie Reyes version of the character, played by Gabriel Luna (True Detective, Matador).

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said season four will be the "biggest, most ambitious story yet" and that the introduction of Ghost Rider will "change everything."

The official Agents of SHIELD Twitter showed off the SHIELD logo surrounded by flaming chains, seen below:

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Game of Thrones Cast on Who Should Win the Iron Throne

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:43

Members of the Game of Thrones cast and director Miguel Sapochnik shared who they think could win the Iron Throne at the San Diego Comic-Con Game of Thrones panel.

You can read the responses from 10 of the panel members below, but be wary of light spoilers from previous seasons.

Miguel Sapochnik - "

happy if they shared it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen."

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How the Old Superman Fits Into DC's Rebirth

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:39

DC Comics Rebirth has reinvigorated their comics line, and so far no character has benefitted more from this new status quo than Superman. Today's Rebirth panel at Comic-Con took a brief look at where the last son of Krypton stands now and offered a few teases of what's to come.

Before diving into the main Superman books, the panel introduced writer Gene Yang (he had to leave early due to a booking mishap) to take a look at the New Super-Man. Kenan Kong, whom Yang described as "kind of a jerk", took up the mantle of China's Super-man a few weeks ago, and its clear this book will work hard to carve out its own little niche in the DC Universe. Yang explained how reluctant he was at first to take on the character:

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Game of Thrones Actress on Why Sansa Hid Her Big Secret

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:27

Warning: Spoilers for the final two episodes of Game of Thrones season six.

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, Games of Thrones actress Sophie Turner speculated on why Sansa didn't tell Jon Snow about a major plot point in the season's penultimate episode.

In The Battle of the Bastards, Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale arrive in The North, surprising Ramsay Snow's army just as it's about to crush the life out of Jon Snow and Sansa's meager alliance of Wildlings and Northern Houses.

But the nagging question remained as to why Sansa didn't share her strategic plea for help with Jon Snow, or any of the military counselors, in the build up to the incredible battle.

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Pokemon Go Boosts Interest in Trading Cards

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:10

In addition to setting a new iTunes record and doubling sales at some business, Pokemon Go has caused a surge in sales of the collectible trading cards.

According to an eBay buying guide (via Heritage Auctions), worldwide sales for Pokemon cards priced over $300 on eBay have nearly doubled since the launch of Pokemon Go.

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Divided We Stand Will Explore Civil War II Fallout

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 16:54

All through Comic-Con, Marvel has been touting big changes for its comic universe following Civil War II. Today's Divided We Stand panel was no different, as Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso was joined by writers Jason Aaron, Reilly Brown, Ryan North, Humberto Ramos, David Walker, and Jim Zub to discuss what lies ahead for Marvel's heroes.

First up was Jason Aaron and his two Thor comics. Jane Foster's Mighty Thor dives into Divided We Stand starting with issue #15, which Aaron described as "Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars." That grabbed the attention of everyone in the room, because when Jason Aaron says something like that you just know the story is going to be completely, wonderfully bonkers.

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Kentucky Route Zero: Act 4 Review

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 16:09

Kentucky Route Zero: Act 4 opens with a giant, robotic woolly mammoth perched on a boat, and gets stranger from there. The weirdness serves as a valuable storytelling tool, not a gimmick, and is tactfully employed to offset presuppositions we don’t even know we have. Though the imagery is fanciful, it opens the door to this short but excellent adventure game episode’s exploration of truly serious themes: the desperation of poverty, the nature of friendship, and the impending threat of death.

A giant mammoth on a boat.

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Pokemon Go Sets New iTunes Record

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:57

Niantic Labs' mobile phenomenon has set a new record for iTunes, as Pokemon Go had more downloads during its first week than any other app in the history of the service.

Apple confirmed the news to Polygon, but didn't provide any specific download numbers.

Shortly after its launch in the United States, Pokemon Go quickly became the App Store's top grossing and top free app. The new creature-collecting game made such a splash that it's doubling sales at some business and turning the heads of other game studios, with Ubisoft saying it's "very impressed" by Pokemon Go.

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Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In Its First Week

Slashdot.org - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:40
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even more surprisingly is that the app was only available in a few countries at the time -- it initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Apple didn't provide the number of downloads, but one can assume it's well into the millions. Pokemon Go is expected to become even more popular as it becomes available in more countries -- the game just launched in Japan today. With millions of downloads in the first week alone, Pokemon Go is expected to generate large sums of money for Apple. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store."

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17 Pics of New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Figures In Action

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:30

San Diego Comic-Con features the best of popular film, tv, games, and comics franchises, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been in all of those, so it only makes sense to find them on the show floor at SDCC 2016.

Some really nice-looking figures and statuettes of the Turtles were on display this year, so we snapped 17 pictures of some of the best to share the love with all of your beautiful people. Enjoy!

For more on Comic-Con watch our live stream and our Comic-Con 2016 homepage at http://www.ign.com/events/comic-con.

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The 100 Gets a New Full Time Cast Member

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:29

During today's panel for The 100 at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Black Sails star Zach McGowan will appear in Season 4 of The CW's hit drama as a series regular.

McGowan returns to the series after joining The 100 during its third season as the recurring character Roan.

During the panel, it was also confirmed that Nadia Hilker and Adina Porter will both be back for Season 4 to reprise their recurring roles as Luna and Indra, respectively.

The 100: Season 3 concluded earlier this year with an "amazing" finale. For more on what's to come for Ronan, Clarke and the rest of the show's cast, find out what Eliza Taylor had to say about Season 3's shocking ending and setting the stage for Season 4.

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Watch the Trailer for The Walking Dead: Season 7

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:25

The Walking Dead unveiled its Season 7 trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Additionally, the new season will premiere Sunday, October 23rd at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with eight episodes airing straight and then the final eight episodes airing in February 2017 after a midseason break.

During the panel, it was revealed that Khary Payton will be playing Ezekiel in Season 7. Showrunner Scott Gimple promised that even though Payton is younger than Ezekiel is in the comics, his audition blew Robert Kirkman away.

Of course the trailer can't give away who was killed by Negan, and of course it did make the wait even harder. Showing a look back through the past six seasons of all the characters whose lives were at stake, TWD twisted the knife on viewers waiting to find out who's going to get the bat. That dripping bloody bat doesn't make things any easier either. Viewers get a sneak peek of how Negan will fit into the new season as he antagonizes several characters.

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DC Announces Injustice 2 Prequel Comic

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:00

DC's long-running Injustice: Gods Among Us prequel comic will be coming to an end soon, but the saga isn't stopping there. Today at Comic-Con, DC revealed that they'll be launching a new series that will bridge the gap between the first game and its upcoming sequel.

Many fans probably suspected this announcement was coming, but the real surprise is that original writer Tom Taylor will be making his return to the franchise for the new series.

Injustice 2 will serve as a prequel to the game and chronicle the events leading up to the latest clash of heroes. DC hasn't revealed much about the plot of the comic. However, from what we know about the game so far, it's safe to assume that the comic will follow Batman and his resistance as they try to rebuild their war-torn world after defeating Superman.

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BOOM! Studios Has Huge Plans for the Power Rangers

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:56

The Power Rangers franchise has been around for over two decades, and it may be about to enter its most popular era since first debuting back in 1993. With the television series still going strong and a new film on the way next year, it's a great time to be a Power Rangers fan.

What has some fans most excited, however, has been the new comic book series which debuted from BOOM! Studios this past March. Today's panel at Comic-Con was a celebration of the franchise's resurgence, with the focus on what BOOM! has been up to with the teenagers with attitude. Hosted by current Blue Ranger Yoshi Sudarso, the panel featured writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Steve Orlando (The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull), editor Dafna Pleban, along with Saban's director of global consumer products Jason Bischoff and director of development and production Melissa Flores.

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Two New Characters Confirmed For Injustice 2

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:53

Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle have been officially confirmed as playable characters for Injustice 2.

Warner Brothers announced it today at their Comic-Con 2016 panel, and confirmed it with a tweet shortly thereafter.

INJUSTICE 2 announcement; Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle just revealed! #SDCC pic.twitter.com/fMiUA7jRjR

— DC (@DCComics) July 22, 2016

Some early story details have begun to emerge as well. Tom Taylor, author of the upcoming Injustice 2 comic book series, said at the panel that Gorilla Grodd and Supergirl have very large parts in the story, and this tweet further states that she "rockets to earth between the two games."

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The 100: First Season 4 Teaser

IGN.com - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:44

Straight from San-Diego Comic-Con, check out a new sizzle reel for The 100.

With production on Season 4 beginning soon, the footage consists of material from the first three seasons, backed by a new voiceover from Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin, looking back on everything she and her people have endured so far. However, there is one big new shot of Polis at the end of the footage, providing an ominous tease of what's to come when The 100 returns in early 2017.

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