Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
Another week, another TMNT episode with zero insight into Splinter, Shredder or the Kraang. However, this latest episode was still a fun ride -- in this case, literally -- as the gang ran into Speed Demon (Steve Blum), a dastardly mutant hotrod. Going down the long list of horror movie sendups, "Race with the Demon" was a clear homage to John Carpenter's Christine, about an evil, sentient Plymouth Fury (and which happens to have one of my all-time favorite movie openings).
Whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is my first reaction is to panic. I should know this, after all, but I go blank.
After a few seconds of fumbling, I usually offer one or more of the following. Ask me on another day, and it's likely the order would be different – apart from number one. That’s always been on top, ever since I was seven-years-old.
By no means are these the greatest films ever made – though some are definitely in with a shout. I'll also concede it's not a very well-rounded list – it's mainly haunted houses, ghosts, and monsters – but hey, you can’t help the things you love.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
While not as good as last week's episode, "Danse Vaudou" still shows solid signs that the series is on an uptick. One big drawback here was that there wasn't truly an enemy to vanquish as much as there was a ghostly phenomenon to thwart with a ritual, but the team building elements at play - including the participation of both Papa Midnite (Michael James Shaw) and "the man who would be Spectre" Jim Corrigan (Emmett J. Scanlan) - helped this chapter stand out.
Midnite didn't get to help John back in "A Feast of Friends" like he did in the comic series, so here we got the uneasy partnership that was denied us during the Mnemoth story. And I liked how Midnite scoffed at John for being a bit of a trespasser in the realm of magic and mysticism, not truly holding any particular religion or sect sacred, while John thought Midnite's voodoo world was akin to wearing blinders. You could tell that John didn't think much of voodoo when he said that it was more or less "a magical excuse for a party."
This new Salem Season 2 photo from WGN America captures Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) — Salem’s most powerful enchantress with a deep secret and deeper desires.
Check out Mary on her twisted throne of wood and vines...
In Season 2, the Grand Rite triggered at the end of last season is now underway and death is in the air, but the Witch War is just beginning — and Salem is at the epicenter of both. In order to bring her plan to completion, Mary Sibley must not only control Captain John Alden (Shane West) and the citizens of Salem, but also those lurking in the shadows who seek the power she wields.
Earlier this week, CW released photos from The Flash portion of the crossover between The Flash and Arrow, and now we have the Arrow side of the equation.
The night after Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) visit Central City on The Flash, the December 3rd episode of Arrow will find Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdez) head to Starling City - where Digger Harkness, AKA Captain Boomerang (Nick E. Tarabay), is causing some big problems.
FX and FXX have announced the season premieres of Justified, The Americans and Archer (on FX), along with the Season 10 premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the series premiere of Man Seeking Woman (on FXX).
Rounding out the January schedule will be the final three episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Archer returns for its sixth season on Thursday, January 8, at 10 PM e/p on FX.
Season 10 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia debuts on Wednesday, January 14, at 10 PM e/p on FXX, immediately followed by the series premiere of FXX’s new comedy series Man Seeking Woman, starring This Is The End's Jay Baruchel, at 10:30 PM e/p.
Double Fine has suffered layoffs after a deal for an unannounced project fell through.
Double Fine confirmed the layoffs in a statement to IGN. Twelve of the company's workers were let go as a result of the unexpected cancellation of the unnamed game.
The Costume Quest 2 developer said that the layoffs are only relevant to the cancelled project, and its other games currently in development are unaffected by today's news.
Currently, Double Fine is working on Broken Age: Act 2, Massive Chalice, and the remake of the Lucasarts classic Grim Fandango Remastered.
Lay-offs are an all too common part of working in the tumultuous games industry, with companies like Wildstar developer Carbine Studios, Angry Birds developer Rovio, and Strife dev S2 Games all recently seeing reductions in their staff numbers.
On the heels of releasing the trailer for their big new series Marco Polo this week, Netflix have now also put out several poster images, focusing on supporting characters.
You can check out all the posters in the gallery below.
Marco Polo Character Posters:
And if you've missed it, here's the Marco Polo trailer.
While it's been announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in 2017, you'll be able to see Buzz, Woody and their pals a lot sooner when The Toy Story That Time Forgot airs on ABC on December 2nd. The second of two half-hour Toy Story specials -- after last year's Toy Story of TERROR! -- this installment finds Woody, Buzz, Rex and Trixie (along with a new little cat toy pal) encountering the Battlesaurs, a group of toys based around anthropomorphic, combat-ready dinosaurs.
ABC have released two clips from the special, which you can check out below, as the Battlesaurs are discovered for the first time.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hews close to the series’ formula, pairing uncomplicated gameplay with a deep, charming dive into decades’ worth of DC Comics stories and history. But after the impressive freedom of Lego Batman 2 and Lego Marvel, Lego Batman 3 feels far more restrictive in scope, and its inconsistent tone sometimes seems to mock the great DC Comics source material it should be celebrating.
Picking up from the end of Lego Batman 2, the villain Braniac drives most of the fun but scattered plot in Lego Batman 3. Without giving too much away, Batman and the rest of the Justice League have to team up with the likes of Lex Luthor, the Joker, and the rest of the Legion of Doom to bring him down, and sort out some trouble with the various Lantern Corps. It’s not as strong or as focused a story as in either Lego Marvel or Lego Batman 2, but it manages to keep the interest high through most of the 10 hours or so it took to finish it.
The full Tech Fetish crew assembles to revisit net neutrality briefly, then we move on to discussing options in Justin's hunt for a new TV, an update on the Rosetta lander's status, and storing Bitcoin in your hands (!).
(Also, for those curious about that Amazon image we mention, here's the link.)
Star Trek's William Shatner recently teased a Haven guest spot on Twitter, but now we've actually got some details about his upcoming role on the Syfy series.
According to TVLine.com, Shatner will appear in a four-episode Season 5 arc, playing a pivotal role on the series - an important character who "has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its Troubled residents."
So yeah... #Haven
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 21, 2014
IGN’s review of Smash Bros. for Wii U is live, and we want to answer your questions about the game. Join Jose Otero and Brian Altano for a special one-hour livestream on Monday, November 24th, at 1:00 PM PST, 4:00 PM ET, 9:00 PM GMT, and Tuesday, November 25 at 9:00 AM ADT.
If you have a question and don’t want to wait for the livestream to submit them, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Smash Livestream” and we’ll try to answer it on the stream.
In the meantime, we have a bunch of Smash-related articles and features, so be sure to check them out. If you need info on unlockables, head over to IGN’s Smash wiki for all your needs.
Showtime has released a first look at the new season of its gothic literary monster remix series, Penny Dreadful.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says (of the image), "This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together."
Sylvester Stallone gives the most resonant performance in Reach Me. Playing Gerald, a political blogger who paints abstract art in his free time, Stallone stands out from the crowd by expelling his pent-up rage in the form of insults like, “You're a fart catcher!” If only the other 64 characters in the film looked up from their navels long enough to exude that kind of personality, Reach Me would be a fairly entertaining existential romp.
Self-seriousness plagues writer-director John Herzfeld's tone deaf ensemble piece. Reach Me picks up as a motivational book of the same name “goes viral,” inspiring an electric group of characters to change their lives and seek out the tome's reclusive author. Colette (Kyra Sedgwick) becomes a devotee in her final days at a women's penitentiary; Rapper E-Ruption (Nelly) hits the morning talk show circuit to talk up its revelations; Roger (Kevin Connolly) is Stallone's stringer, sent on assignment to track down the man behind the book; Frank (Thomas Jane) is a cop who doesn't play by the rules... and spends every night in confession begging Father Paul (Danny Aiello) for mercy; Dominic and Thumper (David O’Hara and Omari Hardwick) are two mob muscles woken up to the fact that, maybe, what they do for a living is morally bankrupt.
PlayStation 4 has been out in the wild for a year now—and it’s been steadily growing since it first hit shelves last November. The PS4 interface has been smoothed a bit and improved in overall performance; an array of third-party games delivering fantastic experiences continues to expand; the list of heavyweight media partners keeps lengthening.
Yet at the same time, owners have also had to deal with recurring service problems. Sony’s new system is selling incredibly well, but still seems to be searching for that one magical exclusive game. The controller, camera, and Vita each offer intriguing features that still haven’t been fully utilized by games or apps. Certain popular apps like HBO Go and Spotify are still missing—and we suspect in some cases that this is because Sony wants to boost attachment to its own proprietary media services.
Netflix has announced they will be the exclusive home of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Universal Television's new comedy series from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, giving the series a two-season order in the process.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was developed for NBC, and the network gave the show a midseason order in May, so to now hear that it's going to be a Netflix series and that it's been given two seasons right out of the gate is quite the surprise.
The series stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. The 13-episode first season was originally slated to premiere on NBC and instead will now launch exclusively across all Netflix territories in March 2015.
Earlier this week, I was roaming around a mill house packed floor to ceiling with supernatural artifacts and looking at Doctor Fate's helmet. The set of Constantine was dimly lit and the darkness and slight chill in the air made for an appropriately moody environment. While I would have been okay with Atlanta turning up the thermostat several degrees, the ambiance suited the subject matter. Sunny and warm isn't what comes to mind when the topic of demons comes up.
The visit to Constantine's set as part of a media tour group started early in the morning, but it was clear the cast and crew had already been at work for a bit. They were wrapping episode 12 and beginning episode 13. As we got settled just outside the mill house stage, we caught glimpses of Zed filming a scene where she's not in the best of situations. When asked about it later, Angélica Celaya mentioned that Zed's visions are getting stronger, and that's not necessarily a good thing: "As John always says, everything has its consequences. Magic has its consequences and having these visions has consequences, too. The consequences catch up to Zed in all aspects -- in her personal life and and her powers."
Prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Rockne S. O'Bannon (creator of Farscape and Defiance) are developing a pilot based on Global Frequency -- a DC Comics-WildStorm series from the last decade -- for FOX.
According to Deadline, Global Frequency has landed a pilot production commitment at FOX, with O'Bannon writing the story and producing, alongside Bruckheimer, comics creator Warren Ellis (RED), Jonathan Littman (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and KristieAnne Reed (Hostages) for Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer TV.