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Once Upon a Time's Dark Swan Flocks to NY Comic Con - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 18:04

Once Upon a Time creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, along with series star Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) were on hand at New York Comic Con today to screen this week's upcoming episode and to answer questions about what's to come later this season.

You'll find no spoilers here about the episode, suffice it to say it's filled with exactly the amount of action, mystery, quests and treachery you've come to expect from the show over the years.

Jennifer Morrison spoke about her character going dark this season: "It's good to be bad. Dark Emma is is complicated. She's still the savior, but with dark in her. She's a constant cauldron of conflict." The creators confirmed that turning Emma dark was always in their plans for the show, and it was just a matter of timing.

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Bradley Cooper's Limitless Return Date is Set - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 17:40

There was never a doubt that Bradley Cooper would reprise his role of Sen. Edward Morra on CBS's new series Limitless after making his debut in the premiere, and now CBS has announced the actor's official return date.

The network revealed Friday that Cooper would be back on the show in episode 6, "Side Effects May Include...," which airs October 27th. In the forthcoming episode, Morra asks for a high price when Brian (Jake McDorman) needs another inoculation to help how the NZT is affecting his mental and physical health.

The involvement of Cooper, who also executive produces the series, is one of the main reasons it was positioned as a sequel. "We knew Bradley Cooper was going to be involved," EP Craig Sweeny said at summer TCA Press Tour. "And so it seemed like, if we wanted the option of having him on screen, we shouldn't recast the role of Eddie Morra, and that informed the show to a certain extent. 

But I think we would have done it that way regardless because part of what's appealing about this particular property is that the McGuffin of the NZT pills is infinite. So why not tell the story of somebody else's interaction with this drug?"

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Dark Souls 3 Network Stress Test Free on PlayStation Plus - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 17:11

Bandai Namco's Network Stress Test for Dark Souls III is available for free to PS4 owners who have a subscription to PlayStation Plus.

While you can download the client right now from the PlayStation Store, it isn't playable just yet. It's also important to note that the test is only available to those with an active PS Plus subscription who signed up last month to participate.

Last month at Tokyo Game Show, Bandai Namco confirmed that Dark Souls III is set to release sometime this coming April in the west. Meanwhile, those in Japan will be getting the game on March 24.

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Extant: CBS Cancels Spielberg-Halle Berry Sci-Fi Drama - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:48

CBS has axed its summer sci-fi drama Extant, which Halle Berry starred in and Steven Spielberg executive produced. The series wrapped up its second season in September.

"CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the ‘Extant’ story after last season’s exciting and fitting conclusion," Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement via Variety. "Extant played an important role in expanding CBS's lineup of original scripted programming in the summer. We are proud of the show’s success on the network, as well as its popularity on Amazon Prime Video. We also want to thank the incomparable Halle Berry for her commitment and support for the series, and look forward to working with her on our next project together."

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7 Dumb Walking Dead Decisions - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:43

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, October 11th, and while it's arguably coming off its strongest season to date with Season 5, it wouldn't quite be The Walking Dead if some of the characters weren't making decisions so dumb and dense that they made you want to facepalm yourself into oblivion.

And while The Walking Dead itself, the original series, has certainly gotten better about character choices and motivations, spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead hit the air at the end of this past summer and introduced us to a whole new cast of characters dead set on driving us mad with cringe-worthy choices and bonehead moves.

Look, The Walking Dead universe is an intense one. The weak don't survive. Hell, sometimes the strong don't either. And when every episode's about survival it's only natural that viewers become super-invested in every choice the survivors make, comparing those choices to what they themselves would do in the same situation (while also knowing full well that none of us would survive a single afternoon in this zombie-filled hell). So we scrutinize. And hold characters to very high, pragmatic standards. But even knowing this, and our pickiness, these guys have made some stupid-ass decisions.

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Disney Sets Premiere Date for Lion King Movie Event - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:30

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will make its Disney Channel debut on November 22 at 7 p.m., Disney has announced.

Dubbed a "television movie event," Return of the Road will serve as both a sequel to the classic 1994 film as well as a primer for Disney Channel's upcoming television series The Lion Guard, which will air sometime in 2016. For an early look at what's to come, check out the new teaser below.

The story of Return of the Roar centers around Simba's second-born cub Kion, who's voiced by Max Charles. Additionally, Mufasa voice actor James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba's father, and Ernie Sabella is returning to voice Pumbaa. Rob Lowe is voicing Simba and Gabrielle Union is set to play Nala.

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Power Rangers Movie Villain, Timeline Revealed? - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:12

The Power Rangers movie may not quite be the classic revival we expected according to a new report on the film's timeline and villain.

Warning: Spoilers below.

According to Collider's sources, Lionsgate's new Power Rangers movie will continue the story of the TV show. That means it will take place after the current iteration, Power Rangers Dino Charge. A battle in the opening scene, in which the Dino Charge Rangers are protecting the Morphin Grid, may even serve as a handoff from the Dino Charge crew to the new team.

The sources also claim that early antagonists Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd won't be involved here. Since it's continuing the timeline of the show, both of those characters have been wiped out by an energy wave. Instead, the villain may be one who escaped that fate, Scorpina.

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Flash Movie Costume Reportedly More 'Tech-Based' - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:07

The Warner Bros. movie version of The Flash isn't going to be copying the sleek costume used in The CW series of the same name.

Reports suggest that the Seth Grahame-Smith directed film will feature a suit along the lines of one of Flash's costumes in the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Den of Geek claims the suit will be designed to have more of an armored, "tech-based" look than the clean-cut suit worn by actor Grant Gustin on TV.

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Franchise Futures: Terminator, 007 and the MCU - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:01

Download Keepin' it Reel, Episode 302!

Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's episode of IGN's movies podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Terri Schwartz bring you some of the latest in genre movie news.

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Bryan Cranston Wants to Play a "Nasty" Marvel Movie Villain - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:55

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston would like his next sinister role to be that of a "nasty" villain in one of Marvel's next superhero movies.

"You know what I’d like to do? I’d like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic," Cranston told Metro. However, instead of playing a recognizable big bad from the comics, the Walter White actor said he would like to "create one from scratch," adding, "I don’t know what I would do but it would be nasty."

Before Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luther in Zack Synder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cranston expressed interested in playing the DC Comics' supervillain. While that ultimately didn't work out, perhaps he'll have better luck with Marvel instead.

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Batman Begins: Why Nolan's Monologue Wasn't Included - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:21

The first teaser trailer for Batman Begins featured a dark and ominous monologue that didn't make it into the final film, and writer Jonathan Nolan has spoken out to address why.

In a post on Reddit regarding the trailer (via io9), director Christopher Nolan's brother explained: "I wrote this in a couple hours in my brother’s trailer while he was shooting the scene in which Bruce is arrested for stealing Wayne corp supplies on his 'journey.' Remains some of my favorite writing from these films. Was written specifically for the trailer. Wouldn’t have worked in the film."

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3 Things Marvel’s Movies Need to Fix - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:01

Marvel Studios’ movies featuring the Avengers characters are an undeniable success. They’re crowd-pleasers that make a ton of money at the box office, and even the worst of them -- Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor: The Dark World -- aren’t really that bad, all things considered. The best of the best -- The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy -- are shining examples of how to make a satisfying superhero movie. While Marvel’s record is a strong one, there are still some areas where they seem to consistently drop the ball.

It’s said that “a hero is only as good as their villain,” but Marvel has actually shown that’s not the case. Their heroes operate astonishingly well despite the fact that nearly every villain has been agonizingly mediocre -- except Tom Hiddleston’s devilishly charming Loki, of course. They speak in broad terms about why they’re evil, they have an uncompelling grudge against the hero, and they offer little insight into what makes them tick.

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Live Action Cruella de Vil Movie Coming From Fifty Shades of Grey Screenwriter - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:50

Disney's live-action 101 Dalmations adaptation, titled Cruella, has reportedly secured a screenwriter known for a different kind of cruelty.

Hollywood Reporter (via EW) reports that screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been brought on to write the film. Marcel has worked for Disney before, as her first script was for Saving Mr. Banks, but more recently she adapted the book Fifty Shades of Grey.

The film aims to continue Disney's recent spate of success with live-action adaptations of classic cartoons. It created hits with Maleficent and Cinderella, which likely led to the studio's decision to fast-track Cruella. As the title implies, it will focus more on the fur-obsessed villain, Cruella de Vil. Maleficent made the title character more sympathetic, so we'll have to see if Disney similarly ret-cons Cruella to soften her image. Cruella de Vil was previously brought to life by Glenn Close in Disney's live action 101 Dalmatians film and its sequel, 102 Dalmatians.

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Goosebumps Author's Fear Street to Get a Movie - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:41

With the new movie adaptation of his Goosebumps books getting good reviews, more of author R.L. Stine's kid-friendly horror tales are headed to the big screen.

According to TheWrap, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are developing a feature film version of Fear Street, which has over 100 installments:

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TWD: Andrew Lincoln on Season 6 Threats, Morgan's Role - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:40

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, October 11th with a 90-minute episode, and star Andrew Lincoln says the series has raised the bar across the board. Comparing the Season 6 premiere to a "monster movie," he claims this is the most ambitious and biggest season to date, with every episode feeling like a season finale.

I spoke with Lincoln on the phone while he was preparing for The Walking Dead's premiere event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There they'll screen the premiere to an arena full of fans, cast members and crew before heading back to Atlanta to continue shooting Season 6. Lincoln was excited about the event, and told me about bumping into co-star Lennie James, who plays Morgan, earlier at their hotel. This will be James' first The Walking Dead premiere after appearing in several episodes during the show's run, and he was excited about the whole experience.

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The Expendables 4 to Begin Shooting Next Year - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:22

The fourth entry in Millennium Films' Expendables franchise is reportedly headed to China and begins filming in 2016.

According to Variety, The Expendables 4 will enter production next year and hit theaters in 2017. The film has yet to find a director, and its cast has yet to be revealed. That said, fans of the first three films can rest assured the movie will "maintain its all-action star formula," boasting a budget over $100 million.

Back in March, FOX announced an Expendables TV series, following the release of Lionsgate's third film last August. For more on the action-packed series, check out our review of The Expendables 3.

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James Cameron's Avatar Comes to Dark Horse Comics - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:05

Director James Cameron announced a 10-year partnership with Dark Horse Comics that will "create new stories that will take take you deeper into the world of Avatar" at New York Comic Con.

Since Cameron was unable to attend NYCC, the director made the announcement in a pre-recorded video, which you can see over on Comic Book Resources. According to Cameron, the Avatar comics will cover the time "before, during, and after the events of the original Avatar film."

The original 2009 film remains the highest-grossing movie of all time, earning nearly $2.8 billion at the box office. Three Avatar sequels are currently in pre-production, with the first expected to hit theaters in late 2017.

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Legend of Korra Comic Artist Revealed - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:02

The upcoming Legend of Korra graphic novel series will be designed by artist Brittney Williams, Dark Horse Comics announced at New York Comic Con.

Williams will be working closely with series creator Bryan Konietzko to ensure that the comic, which continues the story of the popular Nickelodeon show, stays true to the source material. "I'm definitely going to stay true to the amazing style and tone that the Legend of Korra and the Avatar series have," Williams told Comic Book Resources.

Here's any early look at Williams' work.

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App Store Update: October 8 - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:00

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom – (Freemium)

Sonic the Hedgehog was a perfect match for the popular endless runner genre in the first Sonic Dash, and now he's back for a sequel – alongside his four friends from the Sonic Boom cartoon show.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: New Trailer - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 13:58

Lionsgate UK has released the first trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, their long-in-development adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's satirical mashup of Jane Austen and the horror genre.

The movie stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Lena Headey, Charles Dance and Bella Heathcote. The movie is directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud, Igby Goes Down).

Check out the UK trailer and new poster below.

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