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  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.

Titanfall</em> Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Slashdot.org - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:17
MojoKid writes: "One of the hot topics in the wake of Titanfall's launch has been whether or not DirectX 12 would make a difference to the game's sometimes jerky framerate and lower-than-expected 792p resolution. According to Titanfall developer Jon Shirling, the new Microsoft API isn't needed to improve the game's performance, and updates coming down the pipe should improve Xbox One play in the near future. This confirms what many expected since DX12 was announced — the API may offer performance improvements in certain scenarios, but DX12 isn't a panacea for the Xbox One's lackluster performance compared to the PS4. It's an API that appears to mostly address scenarios where the CPU isn't able to keep the GPU fed due to draw call bottlenecks."

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Titanfall</em> Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Slashdot.org - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:17
MojoKid writes: "One of the hot topics in the wake of Titanfall's launch has been whether or not DirectX 12 would make a difference to the game's sometimes jerky framerate and lower-than-expected 792p resolution. According to Titanfall developer Jon Shirling, the new Microsoft API isn't needed to improve the game's performance, and updates coming down the pipe should improve Xbox One play in the near future. This confirms what many expected since DX12 was announced — the API may offer performance improvements in certain scenarios, but DX12 isn't a panacea for the Xbox One's lackluster performance compared to the PS4. It's an API that appears to mostly address scenarios where the CPU isn't able to keep the GPU fed due to draw call bottlenecks."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Titanfall</em> Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Slashdot.org - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:17
MojoKid writes: "One of the hot topics in the wake of Titanfall's launch has been whether or not DirectX 12 would make a difference to the game's sometimes jerky framerate and lower-than-expected 792p resolution. According to Titanfall developer Jon Shirling, the new Microsoft API isn't needed to improve the game's performance, and updates coming down the pipe should improve Xbox One play in the near future. This confirms what many expected since DX12 was announced — the API may offer performance improvements in certain scenarios, but DX12 isn't a panacea for the Xbox One's lackluster performance compared to the PS4. It's an API that appears to mostly address scenarios where the CPU isn't able to keep the GPU fed due to draw call bottlenecks."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Slashdot.org - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:01
An anonymous reader writes "Ars reports on a panel at PAX East which delved into the strength of the PC as a platform for games, and what its future looks like. The outlook is positive: 'Even as major computer OEMs produce numbers showing falling sales, the PC as a platform (and especially a gaming platform) actually shows strong aggregate growth.' The panelists said that while consoles get a lot of the headlines, the PC platform remains the only and/or best option for a lot of developers and gamers. They briefly addressed piracy, as well: 'Piracy, [Matt Higby] said, is an availability and distribution problem. The more games are crowdfunded and digitally delivered and the less a "store" figures into buying games, the less of a problem piracy becomes. [Chris Roberts] was quick to agree, and he noted that the shift to digital distribution also helps the developers make more money — they ostensibly don't have everyone along the way from retailers to publishers to distributors taking their cut from the sale.'"

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5 Reasons Why Black Widow Needs Her Own Movie

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:00

Do you want to see more of The Most Famous Female Superhero in the World right now? We do too. Here are five reasons why Black Widow deserves her own spinoff movie.

Warning: big spoilers ahead for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

If Batman has taught us anything, it’s that super heroes who must rely on their own wits, not powers, tend to reap more respect and empathy from those of us who share their fragile mortality. Arguably, Black Widow one-ups Batman because she does not have his enormous wealth and gadget-studded suit - only extreme competence and buckets of effortless cool.

Marvel’s cinematic interpretation of Widow reflects these sensibilities bang on. As the most tactically minded Avenger, she outwits even the most tactically minded villains (Loki), and happily dominates in battle alongside The Hulk and Iron Man. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she and Cap are very much the brains and the brawn, yet it is Natasha Romanoff whose wiliness delivers the film’s most cheer-worthy moments. That Councilwoman Hawley reveal? Impeccable.

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Titanfall Expedition DLC Coming in May

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:14

Respawn Entertainment unveiled the next batch of Titanfall DLC today at PAX East.

Titled Titanfall Expedition, the DLC will arrive in May with three maps that take place after Titanfall's campaign.

The promo picture below shows a sneak peak at a map called "Swampland." One main feature of the map is the large number of trees which allow you to wall run in crazy, unpredictable paths. The second map, Runoff, is loosely connected to Swampland. According to the developers, "it has a lot of pipes and water." War Games, the last map, takes place within the area titan pilots train in.

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WWE's Big E Talks NXT's Rise and Undertaker Sightings

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:37

A couple of days before WrestleMania last week, I sat down with the WWE’s current Intercontinental champ, Big E, to talk about his career so far. Big E began his time in WWE as a stoic, intimidating enforced alongside Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee, before branching out on his own and towards his current title.

Big E and I spoke about the evolution of his WWE career, his time with Ziggler and AJ, NXT (where he got his start) and more.

IGN TV: As someone who grew up a wrestling fan, do you have that checklist of achievements? Your first RAW, your first WrestleMania, your first title, now you're at WrestleMania as a singles competitor for the first time... Is it kind of amazing to have those goals reached?

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PAX South Debuts in 2015

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:07

Penny Arcade has announced its newest gaming convention, PAX South.

The show will premiere in San Antonio, Texas, next year from January 23-25 at Henry B. Gonzalez convention center. It joins North America's PAX East and PAX Prime, which are located in Boston and Seattle, respectively.

A PAX in the central time zone was teased earlier this month when Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade president, tweeted the image below.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Slashdot.org - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:24
An anonymous reader writes "Today at PAX East, Firaxis announced Civilization: Beyond Earth. It's a new Civ game inspired by their sci-fi strategy classic Alpha Centauri. Beyond Earth is currently planned to launch this year on the PC. According to Game Informer: 'Beyond Earth presents an opportunity for Firaxis to throw off the shackles of human history and give players the chance to sculpt their own destinies. Civilization games typically have a set endpoint at humanities modern age, but Beyond Earth has given Firaxis the opportunity and the challenge of creating a greater sense of freedom. ... The five different victory conditions that represent that next major event in human history are tied to the new technology web. At the start of the game, players will choose leaders and factions (no longer bundled with one another) and choose colonists and equipment to settle the land. Once descending from orbit, the technology web allows players to move in a number of directions.'"

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The Evil Within Has Huge Problems to Solve

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:06

The Evil Within’s evocative environments effectively convey a sense of dread, lending meaningful weight to the psychological horrors happening around protagonist Sebastian. In a mysterious city full of zombie-like citizens hell-bent on murdering our hero, skyscrapers crumble, ascend into the sky, or close in around him.

It’s a magnificent spectacle. You or I would react with awe, disbelief, terror, shock, panic, and a range of other emotions that might display awareness of our surroundings. Sebastian never expresses anything about what’s happening to him. Somehow, he’s less invested in the mystery and horror here than me.

Sebastian’s disinterest in the events of The Evil Within completely robs it of its potential. His silence reduces the haunting atmosphere and scripted scares to empty parlor trickery.

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Firaxis Returns to Alpha Centauri Turf with Civilization: Beyond Earth,

IGN.com - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00

That spaceship that launches when you win a game of Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 with the science victory isn’t an ending - it’s the beginning of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. In Fall of 2014, it’ll pick up that story and put us in charge of the effort to colonize a new alien world full of life, and build a new, unwritten future for humanity.

If you’ve played 1999’s best 4X strategy game, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, that idea will sound familiar. (Fun fact: Alpha Centauri wasn’t called Civilization because Firaxis and publisher EA didn’t own the rights to the name. Firaxis regained the rights to Civilization when it was bought by 2K, but the rights to the Alpha Centauri name remain at EA.) But David McDonough, Beyond Earth’s co-lead designer, says this isn’t a retread of that classic. “This game is not an Alpha Centauri sequel or prequel. It’s its own idea, its own experience, based on the idea of the future of mankind on an alien world,” he explains. While some old hands at Firaxis have worked on both games, Alpha Centauri designer Brian Reynolds has no involvement in Beyond Earth.

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Hannibal: "Yakimono" Review

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:00

Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Chilton: Why didn’t Hannibal just kill you?


Will: Because he wants to be my friend.

When I spoke to Hugh Dancy going into Season 2 of Hannibal, he told me how the season was essentially structured with a “mini-finale” at the midpoint. And wow, he wasn’t kidding, as “Yakimono” sure felt like a season finale, with a ton occurring in one of the show’s finest and most exciting hours yet.

Miriam’s return was a huge curveball, and it was fascinating to see the impact her turning up alive had. As expected, it wasn’t so simple as her saying, “Oh, yes, Hannibal Lecter is the Ripper.” No, as Miriam herself notes, the Ripper, who she can’t picture, “got inside my head.”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Series Finale Review

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 21:05

Note: I’ve already posted a spoiler-free overall review of The Clone Wars: Season 6, but for these individual episode reviews, full spoilers are included.

Click Here for More Clone Wars: Season 6 Episode Reviews

First off, my apologies for the delay in getting up this review of The Clone Wars' final episode, as it was a crazy couple of weeks, some travel included.

Now, on to the big goodbye...

When it was revealed that The Clone Wars cancelled last year, I’d thought about how, all things considered, The Season 5 finale, “The Wrong Jedi”, was a very good series finale as well. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of unanswered questions — mainly involving Rex and Darth Maul — but considering Ahsoka’s importance to the series and the huge question of why she wasn’t in Revenge of the Sith, the fact that we got resolution on that front was something I was quite grateful for.

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Actor Reveals Depp is in Kevin Smith's Tusk

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:44

This news actually comes from actor Justin Long, who casually mentioned in an interview with Long Island Newsday that Johnny Depp was in Kevin Smith's upcoming modern-day monster movie, Tusk.

When asked about recent projects, Long brought up Tusk, throwing in "Johnny Depp is in that one."

Meanwhile, The Wrap speculates that Depp is probably playing the role of a French-Canadian inspector named Guy Lapointe.

Tusk stars Justin Long as a determined journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (played by Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. Smith is directing from a script he wrote, which was born out of one of his popular SModcasts.

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How the Mandarin and HYDRA Could Join Forces

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:00

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel One-Shot: "All Hail the King."

If you've seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you know that the movie is going to have a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. In the short-term, it's going to shake up Agent Coulson and the gang in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as they come to grips with the collapse of their parent organization. In the long-term, it directly set the stage for Hydra's role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and established a new status quo for Cap, Nick Fury, and Bucky Barnes leading into Captain America 3.

But while HYDRA is one of the big threats these projects have been developing over the past few years, it's not the only one. We've also seen the threat of the terrorist group The Ten Rings steadily build since the first Iron Man film. The recent Marvel One-Shot short film, "All Hail the King," set those wheels further in motion by suggesting that the one, true Mandarin is out there and planning his big strike against the world.

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Top News Headlines for April 11, 2014

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:47

PAX East goodies are the highlight of today's episode. We have Blizzard making announcements about new characters and a Hearthstone expansion as Harmonix talks about revamping Rock Band and Dance Central for next gen. I'd highly recommend dancing after this.

Here are the news stories we covered today:

Blizzard has unveiled four new heroes for their MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. Check them out!

Hearthstone is getting an expansion! Entitled Curse of Naxxramas the content will bring in 30 new player cards which you can see screens of in our gallery.

The CEO of Harmonix says he plans to revive both the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises for new gen consoles.

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Guardians 'Definitely Connected to Avengers 3'

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:42

This summer's Guardians of the Galaxy will set up further adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to its writer/director James Gunn. But instead of teeing up anything in the immediate future, it is instead setting a more long-term connection to Marvel's The Avengers 3.

In Entertainment Weekly, Gunn said that Guardians is "definitely connected to Avengers 3." It seems likely that this is due to Thanos, who appeared in the post-credits tease at the end of Avengers. Thanos is said to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy as a motion-capture character, and his daughter Nebula (Karen Gillan) can be spotted briefly in the official trailer. Thanos will be the "head of the snake" in whatever plot the Guardians are dealing with, says Gunn.

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Transformers 4 Begins New Trilogy

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:12

Director Michael Bay has announced that the fourth Transformers film, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, will kick off a new trilogy for the popular Hasbro brand.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director explained, “It’s kind of like a new Transformers. We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one... I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing 

, but that’s what it’s meant for.”

Considering that the previous film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, grossed the highest of the initial trilogy at $1.1 billion worldwide -- putting the franchise as a whole at $2.6 billion globally -- it's no wonder that the powers that be want to keep the Transformers Astrotrain chugging along.

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Guy Ritchie's King Arthur is Set for 2016

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:06

Knights and maidens, it's time for a new version of the classic story of King Arthur.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) will indeed be putting his spin on the Camelot legend in a new film that will be released on July 22, 2016. The big budget re-imagining from Warner Bros. will supposedly be primarily influenced by Thomas Mallory's 1845 book, Le Morte d'Arthur, but specific plot details haven't been revealed.

Clive Owen in 2004's King Arthur

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Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Kung Fu

IGN.com - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:38

Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) is currently in talks with Legendary Pictures to direct a movie adaptation of the 1970s David Carradine martial arts series, Kung Fu, according to THR.

Although there's no information regarding where Luhrmann is in the negotiation process, it's being reported that if he does come on board he'll do a rewrite of the current Kung Fu script, written by Rich Wilkes (XXX).

The TV series certainly had ties to China, but the understanding is that the movie itself will actually take place mostly in China - with the lead character, Caine, heading there in search of his father. Though Legendary declined to comment, THR is insisting that the production house is currently ramping up its "Chinese-centric projects" and that this would fall under that umbrella.

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