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MacGyver Movie Reboot in the Works

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:49

Lionsgate is working on a movie reboot of ABC's action-adventure TV show MacGyver.

Company CEO Jon Feltheimer made the reveal today during Lionsgate’s earnings call with analysts. The movie will be produced by Lee David Zlotoff—the series creator—and Neal Moritz, of The Fast and the Furious fame. Feltheimer released no other information.

Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver

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Why Bendis Stayed with Spider-Man Miles Morales

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:00

Writer Brian Michael Bendis, along with artist Sara Pichelli, ushered in a new era for Spider-Man Miles Morales this week with the launch of Spider-Man #1, which saw the character join the Marvel Prime Universe in earnest. We talked to Bendis about what made him decide to stay with the character, the danger that Civil War 2 will present to Miles, and we also get his reaction to Jessica Jones and ask about the controversial plot point that had fans talking.

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Galavant: Season 2 Review

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:52

Warning: Full spoilers for Season 2 of Galavant below.

Like Season 1, Galavant's second season was arguably more about Richard than Galavant. He started the season at his lowest point. He was betrayed by Gareth and shipped off with Galavant. He lost his kingdom, his best friend -- everything, more or less. Galavant isn't a series that dwells on the melancholy, but songs like "If I Were a Jolly Blacksmith" allowed the emotion to push through while maintaining the buoyant tone of the medieval musical comedy.

Because of events at the end of the last season, different characters were thrown together. It was a mostly positive development; the new team-ups brought a breath of fresh air by exploring dynamics we hadn't seen before. Richard and Galavant in particular benefited from this, as their unlikely friendship bloomed in an adorable way. The just crowned couple of Madalena and Gareth were one of the most brilliant parts of the season. However, mixing things up hurt the show too by delaying reunions. Okay, one reunion -- Isabella and Galavant.

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Netflix Renews Orange is the New Black for 3 More Seasons

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:33

Netflix and Lionsgate have announced that Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons.

Season 4 is set to premiere on Friday, June 17, and the just-ordered Seasons 5, 6, and 7 will follow in subsequent years. It was also announced that Jenji Kohan will remain as executive producer and showrunner for the additional seasons.

Netflix has given two-season orders to shows before, however this is the first time a three-season order has been given by the streaming service - a move that is very rare in television, overall. Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, however they have said that Orange is the New Black is their most successful series.

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Fear the Walking Dead Adds Hemlock Grove's Dougray Scott

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:28

Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Mission: Impossible II) will join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in its second season. An AMC rep confirmed Dougray's recurring role to TVLine, but hasn't provided details on the character.

Dougray Scott (seen here in Hemlock Grove).

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Fallout Fan Told to Destroy his Special Edition to Secure Refund

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:40

A Fallout fan had to destroy his $125 special edition vinyl soundtrack in order to secure a refund.

According to Eurogamer, Paul Watson contacted Bethesda when he realised one of his four-disc Fallout 3 vinyl special edition soundtrack records arrived warped.

After providing Bethesda with photographic evidence of the issue, he then received a $25 credit to his account. When enquiring if he could receive a full refund, Bethesda informed him that to qualify for the full credit, he would have to destroy the unwarped items, too.

"You only showed that one of the records was damaged so we refunded you for that damaged record," stated a Bethesda representative in an email. "If the other records are similarly affected, please provide photos. However if they are not affected and you still would like a full refund for the product, please follow the instructions below for this limited edition item: Destroy the other records, and provide photos of the damaged records.

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The Latest Hot Toys Batman Figure Is Over 7-Feet Tall

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:26

Hot Toys has unveiled a life-size Armored Batman figure, and as you can imagine, it's pretty expensive.

Batman is the first in Hot Toys' new "Life-Size Masterpiece Series." The figure is based on the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters on March 25.

The collectible stands approximately 1.95m / 6.4ft tall (2.2m / 7.2m with the base). It features an armored head with light-up eyes, a likeness of Batman's lower face, a sculpted replica of the Batsuit, a fabric cape, and a circular base which also has a light-up function.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Tops 2015 Most-Tweeted About Chart

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:59

30 million tweets were made about Grand Theft Auto V in 2015.

Despite only releasing in November, Call of Duty: Black Ops III was runner-up with 25.5 million tweets, and in third place was FIFA 16, with 7.1 million mentions.

Surprisingly, FIFA 15 also charted with 4.9 million tweets, beating Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and The Witcher 3 to secure fifth place.

Compiled by Twitter Gaming, the chart demonstrates that we also spent much of last year tweeting about Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Batman: Arkham Knight and Battlefield Hardline.

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TrackMania Turbo Release Date Revealed

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:58

Ubisoft has announced that TrackMania Turbo will be released on March 25.

Turbo, the latest installment in the Nadeo developed TrackMania franchise, will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

TrackMania Turbo was revealed at E3 2015, where we learned that it will include 200 tracks spread across four different environments, four gameplay modes, and five difficulty levels.

The new environments are: Rollercoaster Lagoon, which is set in a "tropical paradise" with racers driving through sunny beaches and magnetic rollercoasters. The classic International Stadium is back, along with Canyon Grand Drift and Valley Down & Dirty environments, each with reworked visuals, gameplay, and car designs.

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DayZ Forum Information Compromised by Hackers

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:29

DayZ players who have signed up to the official forums are being warned to changed their login credentials, particularly if they use the same password on multiple sites.

Forum usernames, emails and passwords have been leaked following a hack which also brought down Mini DayZ, the free, browser-based game.

Though passwords were not stored in plain text, developer Bohemia Interactive strongly advises players to update their information and change passwords.

"A security incident occurred on forums.dayzgame.com recently," Bohemia said in a statement sent out to players (via Reddit). "According to our investigation all usernames, emails and passwords from forums.dayzgame.com were accessed and downloaded by hackers."

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Major Multiplayer Changes Accompany the Next Destiny Event

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:27

Destiny will soon introduce a whole host of multiplayer changes — both in the competitive Crucible and the cooperative King's Fall.

In a new blog series called "This Week At Bungie" (formerly the Bungie Weekly Update) community manager David "DeeJ" Dague went into specifics. The crux of upcoming additions will land in the Crucible, though the game's latest raid will also see some improvements.

First off is a major change to special ammo in 3v3 Crucible matches. Namely, players will no longer start each round with any.

Instead you'll have to wait for the regularly scheduled drops to feed their shotguns, snipers, and fusion rifles. This was apparently done "to increase the use of Primary weapons, especially at match-start." Despite having the same total player count the free-for-all Rumble mode will remain unaffected.

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BMX Athlete Dave Mirra Passes Away at Age 41

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:03

Dave Mirra was found dead yesterday at the age of 41.

Mirra was found in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Greenville Police Department is investigating the death.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift. He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon,” said City of Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas.

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Rainbow Six Siege Update Causes More Glitch Issues

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:03

The latest Rainbow Six Siege patch may have introduced a series of new glitches to the game.

On the Rainbow Six Siege Reddit players are reporting issues with hit registration, rendering problems (operators become black shadows), and problems with knife melee attacks, such as those demonstrated in the video below.

"Nothing was as game breaking before as I'm seeing now," said one player, while another added: "I don't play that often, but yesterday I got a headshot bonus without getting a kill. Is that normal?"

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The Division Beta Left Us Divided

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:07

After a couple of days in post-apocalyptic New York, the IGN UK Podcast crew emerges bleary eyed from The Division beta. But while Rory had a blast, Alex wasn't quite so convinced, so Gav tries to figure out who's right. Gaming's current poster boy Yarny is also a hot topic of conversation, plus the return of X-Files isn't quite the second coming the team was hoping for.

So get ready for the weekend and join us for another episode of the IGN UK Podcast!

IGN UK Podcast #317: The Division Beta Left Us Divided

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Ryan Reynolds Doesn't Want to Revisit the Green Lantern

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:03

Ryan Reynolds has said he will never play another comic book character apart from Deadpool.

When IGN asked Reynolds if he'd be interested in reprising his role as Hal Jordan in a future Green Lantern movie, he replied: "I never want to play another comic book character again; Deadpool, I would like to play for the rest of my life – that'd be fun.

"No, I've done a number of them, and I think it's time for other people to do them now. You've got to share the wealth on that one."

Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, starring Reynolds, came out in 2011 and did badly both critically and commercially. Warner Bros. is currently planning a reboot under the title of Green Lantern Corps, slated to come out sometime in 2020, though out of the current wave of DC films in the works the least is known about this production.

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IGN AU Black Beta Select Awards: Winners Revealed

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:00

The winners of IGN Australia's fourth annual Black Beta Select Awards were revealed during a huge special event at Lower Town Hall in Sydney's CBD on Friday, February 5.

The top three games in each category and the winners, as voted by IGN readers, are listed below.

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Ghost in the Shell Casts Hannibal's Michael Pitt as Villain

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:09

Contrary to prior reports suggesting Sam Riley would play the villain in the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, Hannibal and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Pitt has reportedly joined the cast as film's big bad.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt will star as The Laughing Man, the iconic villain fans of the manga know all too well as the extremist leader who's hellbent on twarting the efforts of Hanka Robotics.

Michael Pitt in Hannibal

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The Big Bang Theory: "The Meemaw Materialization" Review

IGN.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:24

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It's hard to believe The Big Bang Theory is more than halfway through its ninth season and we're just now meeting Sheldon's grandmother. "Meemaw" clearly had a profound influence on Sheldon's childhood as one of the few adults in his life who knew how to deal with his eccentric personality. The idea that Meemaw would finally appear in the flesh was an enticing one. Sadly, "The Meemaw Materialization" did very little with this long-awaited guest appearance.

This episode pretty much ticked off every single box on the list of stale, formulaic old people humor. There were the obligatory nods to everything from dentures to butterscotch candies to Bengay. The humor was so formulaic that Meemaw barely felt like a real character at all, but rather just another generic sitcom grandmother. Actress June Squibb (Nebraska) didn't have much opportunity to inject life into her character. More often than not her slow line delivery made her seem like she was on a different wavelength from the rest of the cast. As memorable a character as Sheldon's mother is in her sporadic appearances, it's a shame Meemaw couldn't achieve the same effect.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Blood Ties" Review

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:29

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

In a lot of ways, “Blood Ties” felt like the unofficial third act of Legends of Tomorrow’s two-part premiere. Not only did the setting stay the same, but this episode focused heavily on various characters coming to grips with their new calling and the challenges and realities of being time-travelling heroes. Fortunately, this didn’t cause the show to lose any of the momentum it built up in its first two weeks.

Early on, it was a little bizarre to see that the show was sticking around in the 1975 time period for the third week in a row. What’s the point of a time travel-based series if the characters never actually travel through time? But even if the calendar didn’t budge, the locales the team visited and the challenges they faced were different enough that “Blood Ties” still felt fresh.

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