While the limited-edition Forever stamps featuring Batman are selling well, traditional stamp collectors believe the Caped Crusader represents everything ruining the stamp program.
The controversy arises from Batman's 75th anniversary stamps, which feature 8 different designs and include the artwork of several iconic Batman artists per sheet of 20 stamps. According to Businessweek, traditionalists in the stamp collecting community are upset with recent efforts to attract younger audiences to stamp collecting.
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Hey guys, remember Lynne Reed? Carrie’s informant from early Season 1 who was an American member of some Saudi Prince's harem, and who got killed because of her ties to Carrie? Who Carrie lied to about having CIA protection, when in fact she did not? Yeah, just another casualty left in the wake of Carrie Mathison’s one-woman mission…
Well, here we are again with Carrie totally lying to one of her assets, though this time she’s throwing in a cringe-inducing seduction of the virginal Aayan just to sweeten the pot. Man.
Yes, this is different in that the seemingly innocent, puppy-eyed Aayan has been revealed to still be in touch with his terrorist uncle Haqqani… the guy who was the target of the attack in the series premiere that killed those 40 civilians, including Aayan’s family. (Also blood on Carrie’s hands depending on how you look at it.) Obviously the kid is of greater importance to Carrie now than before this revelation, and she’s going to do whatever she needs to in order to keep him around… even if that means playing cutesy “let’s put sheets on the couch” games as foreplay.
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For those fearing that The Walking Dead might lapse back into the janky pacing of last spring's episodes now that our survivors were back on the road, you can breathe easy. Not only did "Strangers" (written by comic creator Robert Kirkman) feature everyone traveling together, but it introduced us to a new character, a new shelter, and brought back Gareth and the Terminus goons for more cannibal chaos. So all in all a solid episode with a satisfying mix of down time and thrills.
First things first though, last week I thought the guy right at the end - the one who smacked Gareth in the mouth - might have been someone from the comics. Being brought out a bit early. I was wrong, But at least I wasn't alone in my wrongness as other fans considered the possibility as well and Kirkman himself had to tweet exactly who it was. Apparently he was the crazy tattoo-faced "We're them!" guy that Rick and Glenn let out of that one container (I didn't catch the tattoos in the flashback darkness). Okay, fine. It fits. Though if I'd been Gareth, that dude would have been the first I'd have eaten once I turned the table on my abusers. Just sayin'. I wouldn't have kept him around a second longer than I had to.
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I did not see a lot of this episode's action coming.
I mean look, history unfortunately dictates the winners and losers in this show's final season gang war. As much as Nucky had promised death toward Luciano and Lansky, it wasn't going to happen. They've always been destined to be the founding fathers of American organized crime. And given that this show is this show, it all more or less comes down to how Nucky will fall.
So there was even a moment here, in "Friendless Child," when I wondered if Nucky was going to die on his knees in front of Luciano. And that was thrilling. Sure, it would have meant that the final episode would have been missing the lead series character, but the story in the moment had convinced me that it could happen.
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Emma and Hook's date offered plenty of opportunities for the writers and actors to lay on the charm, and it worked. The episode was packed with endearing moments from Mary Margaret snapping a Polaroid of Emma in her dress to Elsa and Charming bonding over being protective to Emma's “Captain Hand” joke – it was as sweet as can be but in a human, not overly saccharine fairy tale way. And hey, they even figured out a way to make the Lady and the Tramp pasta scene work. That deserves bonus points.
It’s no secret the Call of Duty franchise isn’t renowned for having the longest campaigns in gaming history. On top of this, there’s not a whole lot of incentive to go back and play through the solo experiences beyond the first time. In terms of longevity, the franchise relies heavily on the competitive multiplayer portion of each yearly entry.
That’s not to say that Sledgehammer Games – Call of Duty's latest custodian – isn’t forging a compelling single-player experience; Kevin Spacey in a motion-captured lead performance goes a long way towards a safe prediction on that front. The real trick for Call of Duty developers year in, year out is to tweak the multiplayer formula enough to make it new, without breaking the fervent fan base’s expectations of how successive Call of Duty games should play.
For Bungie fans that fell in love with the Master Chief’s plight in the Halo series, you would have noticed that Destiny feels a lot like Halo. Hell, if there wasn’t an issue with IP rights, it’s feasible that Destiny could have even been a possible future on the Halo timeline. What you may not know is that Bungie was cleverly testing out a range of mechanics and systems in its Halo games that would later be implemented and evolved in Destiny.
If you want proof that Destiny has been on the drawing board during the time that Bungie was exclusively Halo, you need only look as far as this cheeky Easter Egg in Halo 3: ODST, slapped on a wall in plain sight that blatantly teases the developer’s plans for Destiny. The poster depicts a sizeable white orb above the Earth with the title “DESTINY AWAITS”. It’s about as subtle as caveman dating practices. While a vocal number of Destiny players are clamouring for tweaks, updates and even overhauls (how about that randomised loot system?), we’re looking at Bungie’s past to see what’s in store for the future of Destiny.
This past Friday, I was among a group of journalists who had the opportunity to visit the Vancouver sets of both Arrow and The Flash. With Arrow going strong in Season 3 and The Flash bringing in impressive ratings in its first two weeks, excitement is growing for the big crossover storyline the shows have coming up, in the eighth episode of each show this season.
During our visits to the sets, we spoke to both Stephen Amell (“Oliver Queen” / “Arrow”) and Grant Gustin (“Barry Allen” / “The Flash”) about what to expect when the heroes of Starling City and Central City come together.
The World War II tank combat drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt and directed by End of Watch's David Ayer, debuted atop the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $23.5 million.
Gone Girl slipped to second place with $17 million. The David Fincher-directed thriller has now crossed the $100 million mark domestically.
Producer Guillermo del Toro's animated The Book of Life opened in a third place with $17 million, while fellow new release The Best of Me bowed in fifth place with $10.2 million.
Opening in limited release this weekend was the Michael Keaton superhero-themed Birdman, which soared on just four screens with $415,000. Meanwhile, Dear White People debuted on 11 screens with $344,000.
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You know what the best part of "Minako - Sailor V" was? Minako, Sailor V.
She's a super cool crime fighter, has an array of knowledge (thanks to being the only Sailor Guardian with her memories intact) and wields spiffy powers. It was great to see her finally debut along with Kunzite, the last and strongest of Queen Beryl's henchmen. Unfortunately, his battle with the Guardians wasn't as exciting as Zoisite's showdown with them in Act 7. Yet as the cliffhanger ending suggests, the fight is only just beginning.
As I mentioned, the best part of this episode was Sailor Venus. I love that she's less of the butt-kicking video game heroine we've come to associate her with, and more of a world-weary warrior with real life problems. It's obvious from her conversations with her cat Artemis she's keeping a lot of secrets. Secrets that weigh heavily on her mind. It's sad she can't share these secrets with her friends, but at least she told them more about Queen Metalia and the fall of the kingdom known as Silver Millennium. It's a nice bit of story exposition that helped tie up a few loose plot threads, while still leaving plenty of mysteries for the Guardians to unravel. (For example, how did Queen Metalia manage to destroy an entire kingdom? And how are the Sailor Guardians supposed to permanently seal her away?)
Having grossed well over a billion dollars and becoming a huge cultural milestone in the process -- the soundtrack is still in the top 20 albums, nearly a year later -- Frozen quickly cemented itself and its characters in the public eye. So what’s it like playing the live-action version of the Disney icon at the center of it all?
During a visit to the set of Once Upon a Time this week, I was among a group of journalists who spoke to Georgina Haig (Fringe) about taking on the role of Elsa on the ABC series and becoming part of such a notable franchise. We also spoke about what’s to come for the character on Once and her reaction to the presence of the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) - her long lost aunt, who has the same abilities as Elsa. Plus, could the Frozen characters stay on Once Upon a Time beyond their big storyline this fall?
Activision lawyer Rudy Giuliani is calling former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision an "outrageous offense" to the First Amendment that could threaten the future of video games featuring historical figures.
In July, Noriega sued Activion for the unapproved use of his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision responded to the claims last month arguing that the use was protected free speech.
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Girl Meets World continues to impress with episodes that address real-world issues. This week's "Girl Meets Flaws" was easily the show's loftiest undertaking, as it tackled bullying and the effect that has on both the victim and the bully. While this storyline probably bit off more than it could chew in 22 minutes, it was still an admirable attempt and brought up some very good points about a sensitive issue.
In truth, the execution of "Girl Meets Flaws" was kind of all over the map. The initial answering machine in place of Farkle was pretty hokey, especially the fact that Cory was so willing to go along with it. This did, however, let Farkle connect with Harley, who, as Boy Meets World fans well know, used to be the resident "picker on-er" at John Adams High. In that sense, the storyline was strong, as it alluded to Harley's past with Cory and their eventual reconciliation.
A new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been announced.
Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward during a key note address at the Final Fantasy Fan Festival in Las Vegas.
Details coming from a Reddit live blog include a “storyline focused on how to get to the heavens” and an increase in the level cap to 60.
The expansion will also feature a new unannounced race including both male and female genders, the ability for free companies (guilds) to build airships, new jobs, new Primals (boss-like enemies based on summons in previous Final Fantasy games) including an original primal for Final Fantasy XIV, and of course, new areas and “many new dungeons, not just three or four."
A Lords of the Fallen developer has explained why the upcoming action RPG is not coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Speaking with Worlds Factory, graphics and engine programmer of co-developer Deck13 Michele Giacolone said the studio “couldn’t have achieved” the best performance for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were scrapped.
“Switching to next generation was one of the biggest challenges for the project," Giacolone said. "The more we progressed with porting our engine to the new consoles, the better we could adjust those guidelines trying to find the right balance of visual quality, scene richness and performance."
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If you're not a Clara fan, it's probably best if you turn around now.
There's been an increasingly vocal minority grumbling about Clara's evolved role in this season, and 'Flatline' does nothing to temper the Oswald Opposition, with a tale very much intent on making the companion walk a mile in the Doctor's shoes/sonic screwdriver.
VWORPing their way back onto present day Earth, a mild(ish) miscalculation found them touching down in Bristol. As if that wasn't scary enough (we jest), the TARDIS was starting to have serious size issues. When the Doctor became trapped inside a rapidly diminishing phone box (on the exterior, anyway), it was up to Clara, a gang of community service ruffians, and a pocket-sized doctor to work out what was going on.
Developer Playdead’s Limbo might be getting an Xbox One port, according to a rating listing posted online.
Limbo has been submitted to South Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee by Microsoft Korea, according to a tweet spotted by NeoGAF. Currently, the game does not have a rating, as it is still under review. However, it has been given a classification number, indicating a decision appears imminent.
The rating submission is not a confirmation that the game will be released on Xbox One in South Korea or other regions, though the possibility seems likely.
Season 2 of CW's The 100 debuts this coming Wednesday and their first episode back, "The 48", promises a lot is in store this year.
Last season, fans were left with questions upon questions about the fate of their favorite characters and what things would be like on the Earth now. I spoke to executive producer and showrunner Jason Rothenberg about what sort of dynamic we can expect this season and how the characters will be tested.
IGN: Did you always plan from the get-go that by the end of Season 1 you were going to have everybody down on Earth?
Jason Rothenberg: It wasn’t a last minute decision but it also wasn’t something that I knew going into the season. I knew that eventually was going to happen because we were going to play that that era on the dying ship was running out and we were going to take it all the way, for sure. But I didn’t plan it as we started the season. I built a couple million dollars worth of space ship sets and we were going to crash them and burn them at the end of Season 1?! At some point around episodes five or six we were breaking
One of the stars of 2013's The Wolverine, and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is joining the third season of NBC's Hannibal.
Deadline reports that Japanese model-turned-actress Tao Okamoto, who played Mariko opposite Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, has signed on to play the "dark and mysterious" Lady Murasaki - a woman who has "an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret." A woman who also is no stranger to those who've read Thomas Harris' Hannibal Rising (or who've seen the 2007 film based on the book).
Living is never easy on The Walking Dead. In the next episode, "Strangers," the group must face the fact that supplies are running low. Ever the leader, Rick takes charge and heads a risky mission that might not pay off. In other words, it's another day that ends in "y."
A photo from the episode reveals that we'll meet new series regular Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) for the first time. See that image and more in the below photo gallery.
The Walking Dead: "Strangers" Photo Preview:
Watch The Walking Dead: "Strangers" on Sunday, October 19th, at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC.