We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics and collectibles released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent, new books that look cool, and any toys and games we can't wait to play with.
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If you've been invited to a GTA 5 beta, it's probably best to ignore it.
With a statement on its website, developer Rockstar Games made it abundantly clear that no pre-release Beta test is scheduled for Grand Theft Auto V.
"Please note: There is no pre-release 'Beta' test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."
Rockstar clarified that though it released this warning last year for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, it still holds true for the upcoming PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions.
A Doctor Who game that teaches children basic computer programming is releasing on October 22.
The BBC has developed the free-to-play game, The Doctor and the Dalek, to build children's confidence and coding know-how. Syncing with the UK's computing curriculum, it will teach skills suitable for children aged six to twelve.
The game features voice work from Peter Capaldi - The Doctor to you and I - in an all-new story which sees The Doctor linking up with an unlikely ally.
"Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained," said Jo Pearce, from BBC Wales' Interactive. "The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming."
Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Moana today, a long-rumored project now set for a late 2016 debut. The studio calls Moana "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." It's being directed by the Oscar-nominated team of Ron Clements and John Musker.
Here's the official plot synopsis, as well as the first official piece of concept art for the movie:
"In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore."
In case you thought all of TV's spooky offerings had already premiered, there are still a couple of Halloween-ish shows headed your way on NBC - with the return of Grimm and the premiere of Constantine, based on the Vertigo comic Hellblazer.
But it's not all demons and monsters. Boardwalk Empire wraps up its five season run this Sunday, with "Eldorado." Will Nucky be able to survive long enough to "cash out?" Is Gillian doomed to spend the rest of her life in the asylum? It's been a shorter final season than we may have liked, but the finale still looks like it's going to be an emotional one.
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.
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Nintendo of America revealed today that Pokemon Puzzle Challenge and Pokemon Trading Card Game will launch on 3DS Virtual Console next month.
Pokemon Puzzle Challenge will hit 3DS first on November 6 for $5 USD, followed by Pokemon Trading Card Game on November 13 for $6 USD. Pokemon Trading Card Game already came out for 3DS Virtual Console in Europe.
In addition, Nintendo announced that by purchasing either Pokemon game, players will receive a free code for the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo on their receipts while supplies last.
Kevin Smith is a busy guy these days. Following the release of his new movie Tusk, the filmmaker began production on Yoga Hosers (which is a spinoff of Tusk). Following that, Smith will shoot Moose Jaws, rounding out his Canadian-based True North Trilogy. "It's very simply Jaws with a moose," he said of the film in his recent Reddit AMA (via Nerdcore Movement). "Set at a summer camp. Robert Kurtzman building giant man-eating moose."
British actor Vinnie Jones (Snatch, X-Men: The Last Stand) is joining the mayhem over in Starling City as one of Arrow's famous DC Comic foes.
As Variety reports, Jones will be playing Danny “Brick” Brickwell - a ruthless gang leader who's called Brick because of all the times he's been shot but not killed (in the comics he has impenetrable Brick-like skin). The name Brickwell has been teased before on an earlier season of Arrow as one of the many names on Oliver's list.
Jones has signed on for a multi-episode arc, appearing in episodes 10, 11 and 12 of this season.
Harry Potter is real. Or, at the very least, J.K. Rowling seems determined to make it so. According to The Telegraph, the writer recently submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Magic, or at least her local council, to build a structure on the grounds of Killiechassie, her estate in Perthshire, Scotland, that would be somewhat similar to the fictional hut that housed Hogwarts instructor Rubeus Hagrid, his loyal dog Fang, and, at one point, a baby dragon named Norbert (whose name was later changed to Norberta due to being misgendered at birth).
What makes assassins so cool? Is it their grace under pressure? Canny sense of style? Or is it just - in true GTA-style - the vicarious thrill of watching a cold-blooded sumbitch put a blunt one through someone's forehead? Well, the movies love assassins as well, having rattled them on screen like an AK pumps bullets.
With Keanu Reeves' hit man thriller John Wick opening this Friday, we thought it's time to set our sights on the coolest contract killers in the movies.
"Who the hell was he?" asks the confounded cops of the man who would kill French President Charles de Gaulle. One thing's for sure, he's not Charles Calthrop, the man they've assumed the Jackal to be. It's this utter blankness of personality - the inability for the cops and the audience to get a handle on him - combined with a dead-eyed ruthlessness that makes the posh, grim-faced Jackal so effective as both an assassin and a character.
Microsoft is planning to launch its foray into the world of wearable tech with its own smartwatch, and it could be on the wrists of consumers within a few weeks.
The device would passively track its wearer's heartbeat, and would work across a multitude of mobile platforms, according to a report by Forbes. It also will have a battery life that will approach two days. If true, that puts it far ahead of Apple's smartwatch, which will need to be charged every night.
Use across multiple platforms is consistent with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's shift to move Microsoft's products "across all devices," a step first seen when the company introduced an iPad version of its Office software suite in March.
In a straight-to-series order, FOX has greenlit its first ever comedy-horror anthology, Scream Queens - hailing from Glee/American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.
FOX has ordered 15 one-hour episodes of Scream Queens, which are scheduled to begin production in the spring and premiere in Fall 2015 on FOX. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series. Ryan Murphy is joined by his Glee/AHS co-creator Brad Falchuck and his Glee co-creator Ian Brennan on the series.
The first installment of Scream Queens revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders.
With the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V on PC, we decided to take a look back at some of the crazier mods we could find for GTA IV. Each one we found alters the game in fun, strange, and sometimes destructive ways, allowing players to make their Liberty City experience a unique one.
Thankfully, installing all of these mods is an easy process. The first step will be getting OpenIV, a multipurpose tool that allows you to edit files and install script hooks. The next step will be getting the mods of your choice. Before you go and install them though, you may need to download a ScriptHook. These act as middlemen between certain mods and the base game. Each time you copy files into the scripts folder of GTAIV, you will then need to use the Open Package Installer within the OpenIV program to load the appropriate ScriptHook, which will activate the mod.
343 Industries, developer of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, released a trailer for its documentary about remaking the 10-year-old game, Halo 2.
Titled "Remaking the Legend - Halo 2 Anniversary," the documentary promises to give viewers "unprecedented access to the development process as 343 and their team of partners from around the world bring Halo 2 to the Xbox One, while maintaining and honoring its fabled past."
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is our IGN First game for the month of October. Today's content is a deep dive into the remade version of Zanzibar, now known as "Stonetown." Check out our full four-game Halo preview as well.
Filmmaker Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) has opened up about his script work on Marvel's Ant-Man, as he helped contribute to the screenplay after director Edgar Wright left the project.
McKay told Collider that he collaborated with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd on the script rewrite for roughly six to eight weeks, after the actor asked for him to join the project once Wright departed the film. After McKay met with Marvel, he thought everything sounded "pretty cool" but decided he couldn't direct because of a full workload.
It's been almost a year since FX acquired the syndication rights to all of The Simpsons, marking the biggest off-network deal in television history. Back in August, the network celebrated the animated show's cable debut with a 12-day marathon on FXX, airing all 552 episodes in a row. Since then, FXX has regularly shown The Simpsons several times a day. But the cabler isn't stopping there. In fact, their biggest undertaking has yet to come...
On October 21st (yep, tomorrow!), FX will launch Simpsons World, an all-new app that lets fans watch any episode of The Simpsons at any time, on any device. (While clips are available to anyone, full episodes are only accessible to authenticated users.) We were shown a demo of the app recently on the Fox Lot, and from what we saw, it looks very, very promising. The layout is super intuitive and offers a unique experience unlike any other SVOD app.
While certainly not the first time someone online has misrepresented their identity, the Drug Enforcement Agency may have violated Facebook's terms of service by creating at least one known fake account.
The DEA is being sued by Sondra Arquiett, who alleges that after an arrest in 2010 on drug related charges, her cell phone was seized and from there personal information, including revealing photographs of a personal nature, were used to create a fake Facebook profile. The fake profile was used to contact and friend other Facebook users in an operation straight out of a CBS crime drama.
In a letter to the DEA from Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan, the company asked the DEA to "cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others." Doing so expressly violates the company's terms of service. Among the terms violated include the prohibition of "claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization," and providing "false personal information on Facebook," or creating an account "for anyone other than yourself without permission."
The yearly release of Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has become an event Magic fans look forward to every summer. The latest version, Magic 2015, was released in July. However, it was greeted with mixed reception.
Even though developer Stainless Games finally added real deck-building to Duels (a feature fans have requested for years), it unfortunately locked most of its content behind frustrating microtransactions. After the initial $10 required to unlock the campaign, players almost had to spend more money to buy booster packs because grinding to earn cards was such a chore -- and the 10 best cards weren't even earnable. They were only found in premium booster packs. The real price of the game seemed to be more like $30-$40.