We're doing the impossible, and that makes us mighty. IGN wasn't covering TV back when Joss Whedon's beloved space western Firefly was airing on FOX (infamously out of order, incomplete, and with little fanfare/support), so we're spending this summer taking a loving look back at the 14 shiny episodes. We'll be reviewing Firefly episodes on Thursdays; follow along with us by watching the episodes on Netflix, Amazon, Blu-ray, DVD or on iTunes.
Did actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan reunite with his Watchmen director Zack Snyder for a cameo in the latter's next comic book movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
Morgan, who played the Comedian in the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen, remained coy when asked about it on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. Kimmel showed Morgan an image of a painting on the set of BvS, the subject of which looks a lot like the actor. Watch Morgan's elusive response for yourself:
As Batman-News points out, the mustachioed man in the portrait could very well be Batman's dad, the late Dr. Thomas Wayne.
E3 is a massive week for gamers all over the globe. Worldwide reveals, bombshell news announcements, and more all keep us glued to our screens all week long. But which announcements from E3 2015 were the biggest of the big? We pulled some stats to find out.
Below are the 11 biggest stories from E3 2015, as determined by IGN traffic:
Bethesda held its first E3 press conference ever this year, and by almost all accounts the publisher knocked it out of the park. In addition to the long-expected reveal of Fallout 4, the conference also brought us Fallout Shelter, an extended look at Doom, Dishonored 2, and more. Our comprehensive Bethesda press conference recap was one of our biggest stories from E3.
IGN spoke with Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime at E3 2015. Nintendo appears to have a lot on its plate in 2015. The company has to publish games for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U while secretly tinkering on new initiatives behind closed doors. In 2015, Nintendo will launch Yo-Kai Watch in the West and attempt to build it up to Pokemon-levels of success. It will also make smartphone games while continuing to push software integration with amiibo, Nintendo’s successful toys-to-life. And then there’s codename NX, a new dedicated gaming platform that the company is trying to keep under wraps until 2016.
Last episode was a massive drunken bloated sprawling debacle recorded from waist-deep in E3's miasma of hype and chaos. This episode is essentially the opposite: Max, Marty, and Brian calmly (and soberly) share their personal experiences at the video game industry's glistening spectacle of an annual trade show.
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We recently got to speak with Samuel L. Jackson about his new action-adventure movie Big Game, in which he plays the President of the United States -- a first for the actor -- but not in the way you might expect...
Set in the wilderness of Finland, the film (directed by Jalmari Helander) follows a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila), who's tasked by his village to go on a solo hunting trip as rite of passage. But when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, Oskari discovers the wounded President (Jackson) in an escape pod near his campsite and helps rescue him from the bad guys.
It's scary times for us Hannibal fans, as the show has been cancelled by NBC and its future is uncertain, as producers look to find a new home for the acclaimed series. But NBC’s decision has come very early in the airing of Season 3, with ten additional episodes still left to air this summer – and yes, the network will air them all.
At the beginning of the season (before NBC’s decision was made), I spoke to executive producer Bryan Fuller about what was in store for this season. Having seen the first three episodes before our conversation, some of that interview included content I've been saving until now. Obviously, the cancellation news now colors this conversation, though Fuller clearly wasn’t taking the future for granted – as even then, he used the term “if” when discussing Season 4 possibilities.
Super Mario Maker will offer 100 courses upfront, without needing to download any stages.
The Nintendo UK listing for Super Mario Maker revealed the stage tally. The description states: "There are also 100 courses included that you can play without an internet connection."
Along with the pre-made courses, Super Mario Maker lets player build their own stages and share them with the world. Once uploaded, other people can download the levels and try them out, with Nintendo even curating certain stages.
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.
Fairystone – ($2.99 Launch Sale, Normally to be $5.99)
Minecraft's seen plenty of competitors in the "build whatever you want" open sandbox genre it founded, but Fairystone looks like the most serious contender to the throne yet. The combat and tension of battling enemies is taken out, replaced by more whimsy, elegance and magic – and lots of fairy friends to invite to populate your world whenever you like. Free flight at any time, and inventive new rolling block cursor to build and erase and easy musical composition as well . . . seriously, don't miss this one from Sweden's talented Odenis Studio.
NBC has given a second-season renewal to its 1960’s-themed drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for Charles Manson.
The summertime series made the news rounds in May as the first broadcast series to be streamed in its entirety following its debut, with NBC having made all 12 Aquarius episodes available online for the four weeks following its intial NBC telecast.
In fact, you can read our full review of Season 1, including the individual episode breakdowns, right here.
NBC has finally pulled back the curtain on the first official trailer for its upcoming sci-fi drama Heroes Reborn.
The trailer, titled "The Extraordinary Among Us," comes hot off the heels of a teaser which surfaced earlier this week. In this new trailer we get a sneak peek at the show's cast, including the return of Masi Oka's Hiro. Give it a look below.
It's important to note that this still isn't all of the footage NBC has teased, as IGN's Eric Goldman got a chance to see an even longer trailer for Heroes Reborn several weeks ago at Upfronts, which included a lot of footage that still hasn't been released publicly.
The Coalition has revealed that 786,415 people played the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta.
There also were 41.2 million kills in the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta, which started June 15 and lasted eight days on Xbox One.
from the multiplayer sessions, which added up to over 120 total years played.
Other notable beta figures for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition include over 1.6 million chainsaw kills, more than 1.7 million curbstomps performed and almost 6 million executions.
Microsoft officially unveiled Gears of War: Ultimate Edition last week at E3 2015. For more on the remastered shooter, be sure to check out IGN's preview of the game.
In this new TV spot/clip for AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, which premieres this August, Kim Dickens' high school guidance counselor, Madison, listens to the paranoid ramblings of one of the school's students.
Unfortunately, the kid's right to worry as there are reports of a mysterious virus spreading though five states. Check it out...
Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015 on AMC.
Production is now underway in Vancouver on the tentatively titled Star Trek 3 (rumored to be called Star Trek Beyond).
Trek cast members Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Zoe Saldana (Uhura) took to their respective social media accounts to post photos of them getting made up for shooting a scene. In Quinto's case, it means getting a Vulcan bowl cut and saying goodbye to his eyebrows (again). Check it out:
Fallout 4 publisher Bethesda Softworks may not be making its E3 media briefing an annual thing, as studio boss Pete Hines is unsure as to whether or not the company will do something similar at next year's expo.
"I don't know if we'll do one next year," Hines told the Telegraph. "I don't know if we'll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing."
Bethesda had a lot to show at this year's LA-based gaming expo, with reveals for both Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2, so it made sense for the publisher to hold a dedicated press conference this particular year.
We might have all complained about the lack of surprise Wii U games at E3 2015, but that isn't the case in the present day. Outside of the puzzling DSiWare games, every new release is for Wii U. Art Academy: Home Studio is the biggest title, finally coming out. Two interesting Wii U indie titles are also hitting the eShop in Never Alone and Shiftlings. Lastly, Star Fox Command and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time leap from the DS to the Wii U on Virtual Console.
Art Academy: Home Studio ($29.99)
At long last, Art Academy fully comes to Wii U with Art Academy: Home Studio. Coming with 30 drawing lessons, you can learn a thing or two about art. The main event, though, is creating your own art. Using the GamePad, you can draw your own masterpieces and upload them to Miiverse. You can even upload time-lapse videos of your work to YouTube. If you got Art Academy: Sketch Pad, you can get Home Studio for $4 less.
Apple is removing games that feature images of the Confederate flag from the App Store, including several American Civil War strategy games.
Games affected by Apple's decision include Ultimate General: Gettysburg, Civil War: 1862, Civil War: 1863, and Civil War: 1864.
According to Andrew Mulholland of HexWar Games, Apple is telling developers the reason these games have been removed is "because it includes images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways."
We've reached out to Apple for a direct statement regarding the removed games.
The Confederate flag has become a recent (but not new) topic of debate in the United States. Many Americans view the flag as a symbol of racism, while others argue it represents Southern heritage.
Fallout Shelter has been hugely successful since release, with play sessions surpassing 70 million per day globally in its first week.
According to Bethesda Softworks, its strategy vault building title became "the top downloaded game in 48 countries and the top downloaded app of any kind in 25 countries following its release."
"To have our first mobile game be enjoyed by so many is stunning," said Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios.
Fallout Shelter was announced and released during E3 last week. Make sure you check out IGN's Review of E3 2015, where we wrap up everything you need to know about the conference.
Nickelodeon has a bevy of cool exclusives this year at San Diego Comic-Con, with titles like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob Squarepants and Ren & Stimpy all featured.
IGN has the exclusively reveal of all of the products you'll find from Nickelodeon at SDCC, from prints to figures to t-shirts. Check them all out below!
While The Legend of Korra has come to an end, there will still be new items available for the many loyal fans of both that series and its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender. A new print from Avatar/Korra co-creator Bryan Konietzko depicts both Avatar Aang and Avatar Korra.
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