Bad Boys spinoff L.A.’s Finest to premiere exclusively on Spectrum , the Bad Boys television spinoff starring Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) and Jessica Alba (Mechanic: Resurrection) has been given a 13-episode straight-to-series order by Charter Communications and will premiere exclusively on their Spectrum network. The series helms from Sony Pictures TV, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and 2.0 Entertainment. L.A.’s Finest follows Syd Burnett (Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, Syd is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles in this character-driven drama. Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television, said: “Charter has a strong passion for the project and we could not be more excited. Immediately we knew this innovative new platform was absolutely the right home for L.A.’s Finest.” “Charter is excited to partner with top producers Sony, Bruckheimer and the rest of the incredible team behind and in front of the camera on our first Spectrum Original Content endeavor. Our content partnerships offer us a great opportunity to provide Spectrum customers with the dynamic, authentic and unique programming that drives value for their Spectrum subscription,” added Katherine Pope, Senior Vice President of Head of Original Content at Charter Communications. Additional cast for the series includes Ernie Hudson as Joseph Burnett, Zack Gilford as Ben Walker, Duane Martin as Ben Baines, and Ryan McPartlin as Patrick McKenna. Pam Veasey (CSI:NY) will serve as co-showrunner of the series and is executive producing alongside Union, Alba, and writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier (The Blacklist). Doug Belgrad (Peter Rabbit), Jerry Bruckheimer (Bad Boys), Jonathan Littman (CSI franchise), KristieAnne Reed (Lucifer), Jeff Gaspin (To Tell the Truth), and Jeff Morrone (Atomic Blonde) will also executive produce. Anton Cropper directed the pilot and is an executive producer. L.A.’s Finest will premiere in 2019. The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom-Jeff Goldblum returned as Dr. Ian Malcolm in , but his cameo was one of the film's biggest disappointments. The character of Malcolm, who appeared in the first two movies of the franchise, quickly became a fan-favorite thanks to his natural charm and charisma. This is why there was so much hype when it was announced Goldblum would be back for Fallen Kingdom, though . Instead of being integral to the action, the actor essentially bookended the main story in two separate Senate hearing scenes.Malcolm first shows up near the beginning of the film when politicians are debating what to do about the dinosaur population of Isla Nublar before a volcano on the island erupts. He disappears until the final moments, after the creatures escape from the Lockwood estate and run free on Earth, where he reiterates points he made in previous movies about the dangers of playing God and abusing technological powers. While he was an entertaining presence in the 1990s, something was off about Malcolm in Fallen Kingdom.Related: The cameo, which was seemingly shot in the course of a single day's work, comes across as desperate fan service to excite viewers. Goldblum's inclusion allowed Universal to (hot on the heels of his turn in ) and the press tour, but there wasn't a real storytelling reason for bringing Malcolm back to the fold. The script wastes Goldblum in a thankless part that hardly has any impact on the narrative. A case can be made Malcolm's testimony convinced the Senate to not save the dinosaurs, but odds are that was always going to be the government's decision (a rescue operation would cost a tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars). You could cut this bit out and the movie doesn't really change, which is the ultimate sin of a scene.Malcolm's second and final scene seems him speak about the current state of Earth now that humans will have to co-exist with dinosaurs on the mainland, but his dialogue here comes across as overdramatic for . While Malcolm's concerns expressed during the famous lunch scene in Jurassic Park were completely valid, he seems to have misjudged the situation of Fallen Kingdom. A limited number of dinosaurs (from 11 species) broke out of the estate, and most of them are in a concentrated part of the planet (the continental United States), which in theory should make them somewhat easy to deal with (especially since they have trackers). You could say the filmmakers became occupied with whether or not they could have Malcolm recite his usual Malcolmisms, they didn't stop to think if they should - given the events of the story. Besides, the main characters touch on the ramifications of the decision to save the dinosaurs right before, so Malcolm's monologue has no clear logical purpose.Goldblum would be , and has hinted that other franchise veterans like . If that is to happen, director Colin Trevorrow is going to need to find an organic purpose for those characters to be used. A few legacy sequels, including and , have incorporated familiar faces to terrific effect, adding chapters to stories fans thought concluded long ago. That hasn't happened in the Jurassic World movies yet, and they currently have one more shot to get it right.MORE: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
Jeremy Irons joins Watchmen HBO pilot in lead role reports that Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, The Borgias, Justice League) has been cast in a lead role for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot which is now filming for HBO.The announcement comes not long after Regina King, Don Johnson, and more . Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that ultimately asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains. In the to fans, Lindelof made it clear that the Watchmen series won’t be an adaptation of the comics, but an original story with new faces and unknown characters introduced into the universe that he intends to remix. Irons will star as one of those original characters, said to be an aging and imperious lord of a British manor. This role will be the second time the actor has worked on a TV series, coming after his Golden Globe-nominated run on Showtime’s The Borgias from 2011-2013. Irons recent feature credits include Justice League, Red Sparrow, and An Actor Prepares. Zack Snyder’s feature adaptation of Watchmen was released in 2009 and brought in just $185 million at the worldwide box office. The cast includes Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Patrick Wilson. Since the film’s release, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the pasts of the central characters. More recently, has made efforts to integrate Watchmen into the broader DC Multiverse with their Doomsday Clock series. Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
reveals a brand new poster in anticipation of the new Spike Lee Joint. The film, based on the remarkable true story by Ron Stallworth, saw its world premiere earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Prix award, and a Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention.BlacKkKlansman’s origins lie in a book first published in 2014. Black Klansman, written by Stallworth, recounts the true story of a police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan back in 1979. The writer, now retired from the force, kept his story a secret until 2014, but it wasn’t long before it was optioned for a film, which soon signed on prolific filmmaker and auteur Spike Lee to co-produce, direct, and co-write the script.Related: The newly released movie poster for BlacKkKlansman features stars Adam Driver and John David Washington - - standing before a white triangle reminiscent of a klan member’s hood. The simple tagline “Infiltrate Hate” aligns with the essential focus of the film, and additional credits illuminate the involvement of Get Out’s Jordan Peele, who co-produces the film alongside Jason Blum and his production company Blumhouse.Driver and Washington both feature prominently in the which dropped in May, playing the roles of Stallworth and his partner detective Flip Zimmerman, who attends face-to-face meetings with the Klan in Stallworth’s stead. This trailer also , who plays white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke, hoodwinked by Stallworth in a phone call pretending to be an eager new convert to the cause. The relationship between Stallworth and Zimmerman seems effectively clarified in the poster as well, with Washington holding binoculars, demonstrating his practical coordination of the investigation from afar.Stallworth broke color barriers as a rookie officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department, and his extraordinary and ultimately successful undercover infiltration into the KKK sounds like an inspired basis for a summer film. Despite the apparently serious subject matter, the true story foundation, and the current era in which it’s presented, the trailer hints at an experimental and entertaining hook - BlacKkKlansman seems to combine the accessible nature of a buddy cop film with an insightful exploration of historic racism, a topic consistently relevant in our present day.More: and Kong: Skull Island’s Corey Hawkins co-star in and is distributed by Focus Features. The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
Frequent collaborators Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg will work together once again, this time teaming up for the movie Wonderland. The Wahlberg-Berg duo first came together in 2013 for Lone Survivor, a grueling war movie based on the experiences of real-life soldier and survivor Marcus Luttrell. Since then, the actor-director team has established a brand of sorts with a string of action-packed movies inspired by the exploits of real world heroes.Wahlberg and Berg's second collaboration along these lines was the 2016 thriller Deepwater Horizon, about the infamous 2010 oil rig explosion that led to the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. The duo came back later in 2016 with Patriots Day, a dramatization of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. Wahlberg and Berg's next movie , coming later in 2018, sees the duo moving away from stories inspired by true events for an action thriller starring Wahlberg on a dangerous mission.Related: As reported by , Wahlberg and Berg have now lined up their next project, signing on with Netflix for Wonderland, an adaptation of the book Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland by Ace Atkins. Sean O'Keefe is working on an adaptation of the novel, one of a series of 48 books about the detective Spenser, who was first created by the late author Robert B. Parker. Many will remember the character of Spenser from the TV series Spenser: For Hire starring Robert Urich.Variety reports Wahlberg pursued Wonderland to fill the gap after Warner Bros. pushed back upon due to creative differences. There had been talk that Berg himself would jump aboard Six Billion Dollar Man as director but instead, Berg and Wahlberg will next bring their services to Netflix for the first of what could conceivably be a series of films built around the Spenser character. Meanwhile, the delayed Six Billion Dollar Man is not expected to hit screens .After teaming up for a successful series of films built around real-life situations, it seems Wahlberg and Berg are searching around for a genuine action franchise they can work on together. Wahlberg has indeed already talked about , so he clearly has hopes the movie will be a hit and the character will carry on. Wonderland could have franchise-launching potential too, given the sheer number of Spenser stories that could be mined for follow-ups. The Six Billion Dollar Man unfortunately doesn't look like a very sure bet for Wahlberg right now, if indeed he had hopes of spinning the property into a franchise along the lines of Matt Damon's Bourne films or Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible movies.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
A group of analysts believe that video game revenue will come entirely from digital sales by the year 2022. That means that gamers need to start working on upgrading hard drive space on their PCs and consoles because there will could come a time when video games are no longer available in physical form.Any player of video games has already noticed the trend of digital games becoming more popular. Independent studios already rely almost entirely on digital revenue, with some games only seeing releases as downloads. Players may not like it - at least those who like to have something they can hold in their hand - but like everything, online is where the money is at.Related: A report written by Michael J. Olson and Yung Kim for Piper Jaffray [h/t ] shows that sales for physical video games drop about 10 points per year. They estimate that by the year 2022, revenue from video games will come entirely from digital sales. There is also an increase in subscription services, including services such as PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, that offer video game downloads each month. Other revenue models to consider include services such as PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass that allow gamers to stream and play older games for a set subscription fee each month.These analysts expect that streaming and subscription models will continue to boost digital sales and that these models will become a major area of focus over the next 3-5 years."Streaming games from the cloud, without need for dedicated hardware or massive downloads, would materially grow the TAM (total addressable market) for high end console-style titles. Specifically, today the primary market for major video game publishers is tied to consumers that own an Xbox One, PS4 or gaming PC, which currently has an installed base of 150-250M (depending on how gaming PC is defined) and a minimum price point of $199 (Xbox One S), which creates a barrier to entry for many would-be gamers. With ongoing datacenter build-outs and improving internet speeds, streaming games from the cloud could be a commercial reality within 2-3 years."Sales from digital downloads of video games . As of May, players spent around $9.1 billion on digital game downloads. In comparison, they only spent $7.3 billion the previous year. Free-to-play games, such as Fortnite, take in around $200 million per year. Downloadable mobile games also continue to increase in sales every year by around 36 percent.Digital game downloads also offer benefits for players, too. Being able to digitally download any title allows gamers instant access to what they want to play when they want to play it, although the downside is that the used game market will end up quietly going away (something that is already starting to happen). Digital is already highly popular with music, television and movies, so it's no big surprise that gaming will soon go that way as well.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
June 26 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s June 26 Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD (exclusive clip)Stallone is back as escape artist Ray Breslin and he’s bringing Dave Bautista along for the ride in this sequel to the 2013 action film. Check out an exclusive clip below, and check out the film on all platforms June 29! Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers star in this stylized noir that follows two assassins carrying out a sinister mission. Tyler Perry wrote and directed this psychological thriller starring Taraji P. Henson about a wife who decides to take revenge on her ex-husband. (exclusive clip)Two brothers return to the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier only to find a mysterious phenomena. Check out an exclusive clip from this mind-bending thriller below! Ron Perlman and Martin Starr lead this neo western comedy about two deputy sheriffs, who lost their jobs because of poor arrest records, pursuing an escaped convict to try and win back their badges. (exclusive clip)Guy Pierce and Pierce Brosnan join Minnie Driver and Jamie Kennedy in this thriller about a professor’s life spirals out of control when he becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of a female college student. Check out an exclusive clip below! Mike Tyson and Steven Seagal star in this action adventure set in Africa where a Chinese salesman comes face-to-face with a corrupt competitor over a prized telecom deal. Criterion Corner Criterion issues the 1974 John Waters cult classic starring Divine as a woman whose egotistical impulses ultimately land her in the electric chair. The Blu-ray includes a new 4K restoration supervised by Waters and much more. Ingmar Bergman’s 1960 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner tells the brutal revenge story of a father’s pursuit of the men who raped and murdered his daughter. The Blu-ray includes all the material from the previous 2005 DVD. Reissues (4K)All five films featuring Tom Cruise’s spy Ethan Hunt doing death-defying daring do arrive on 4K just ahead of the release of the sixth entry, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. (4K)The first installment of Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher franchise, based on the novels of Lee Child, arrives on Blu-ray from Paramount. This intriguing sequel to the 1942 Val Lewton classic features the same characters but a much different vibe, choosing to examine the psychology of a little girl over any actual cat people shenanigans. Vinegar Syndrome reissues this 1984 horror flick about an old movie house targeted by a bloodthirsty maniac intent on murdering anyone and everyone who makes the mistake of buying a ticket. Vinegar also releases this 1988 horror flick about a waitress who marries a homicidal funeral director. New on Digital HD (exclusive clip)John Krasinski’s surprise horror blockbuster follows a family that must make as little noise as possible in order to survive. Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the release below, which will be available with both the Digital edition and Blu-ray. Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion animated feature is like a charming B-side for the director, a slight sci-fi journey of sentient dogs in an alternative reality Japan with some not-so-alternative-reality politics at play. Black Water (exclusive clip)Opening in theaters and On Demand on June 29, this action flick re-teams the Universal Soldier duo of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren once again. Check out an exclusive clip below! TV on Blu-ray and DVD Season 1 of the DC superhero show arrives on Blu-ray, with Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a man trying to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Acorn puts out two more volumes of Christie’s best mystery stories, some featuring David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot! The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced new released dates for and Green Book. With these latest announcements, both films face each of their own potential success at the holiday box office, as well as Oscar consideration.Green Book, which stars Viggo Mortensen, centers around a nightclub bouncer whose job as chauffeur to a famous African-American pianist takes him into the Deep South during the 1960s. Alongside Mortensen, the film stars Linda Cardellini and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali. Where Green Book looks to find audiences through its depiction of the past, Welcome to Marwen looks to captivate viewers through art as a path to recovery. Following a brutal attack, Mark (Steve Carell) struggles to return to normalcy within his life, finding that a unique inclusion of art may be the only means of rediscovering himself. Directed by Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis, with a compelling released last week, it looks to be potential Oscar gold.Related: As reported by , Welcome to Marwen will be moving from a previously publicized release date of November 21, 2018 to December 21, 2018. With this new release date, Welcome to Marwen will find tough competition during the holiday box office by facing off against and Transformers franchise spinoff . While the competition may seem fierce at the box office, the studio seems to have increased confidence in the film, with the new release date placing Welcome to Marwen in the heart of Oscar season.Green Book will now open on November 21, 2018, facing off against its own tough showdown including , and . While both films initially seem poised for success with the Indie film and Oscar motivated crowd, the risks in story, art and original content, especially with regards to Welcome to Marwen, leaves room for surprises.Universal Pictures has been observing a profitable year with many of its films finding success worldwide. With the recent release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this past weekend, the studio is celebrating the sequel's current running total of - making it the third highest grossing film of 2018.While not always box office successes, studios of every kind stuff the final months of each year with movies they feel will be most likely to represent them in the Oscar race. While Universal Pictures has not had a Best Picture winner since A Beautiful Mind in 2002, with these latest release dates for Welcome to Marwen and Green Book, confidence seems high to change all that.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
Jazmyn Simon joins superhero drama series Raising Dion is reporting that Jazmyn Simon (Ballers, Acrimony, Psych: The Movie) has been cast in Netflix’s upcoming family superhero drama series, . Simon will star as a series regular alongside Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan. Raising Dion is based on Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities. The Netflix series follows a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secrets with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Ritter), and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities. Simon is set to play Kat, a surgical resident and Nicole’s sister. Her character is described as the sister that has her life together, and she can’t help but correct Nicole on her life and parenting. All in all, she’s a wonderful and supportive aunt and sister but has a hard time biting her tongue as she watches her sister makes mistakes. Raising Dion helms from Liu, Jordan, veteran showrunner and writer Carol Barbee, Kenny Goodman, Michael Green, and Charles D. King’s MACRO. Simon is known for her role as Dr. Julie Greane in HBO’s Ballers. Her recent credits include the features Acrimony and Psych: The Movie and guest starring roles in TV series The Resident and Mom. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
Nickelodeon’s TMNT, Invader ZIM & more coming to SDCC 2018 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Invader ZIM and more will be crashing the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con party when heads to this year’s big event by bringing these characters to life through one-of-a-kind virtual and real-world experiences. Nickelodeon’s #4113 booth will showcase Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the all-new, reimagined series that follows the band of brothers as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. Check out the new series theme song in the player below! Nickelodeon will also showcase the upcoming Invader ZIM original TV movie, the return of Double Dare which is a reboot of the iconic game show, the hit animated series The Loud House which follows 11-year-old Lincoln Loud’s life with his 10 sisters, and Reptar from Rugrats, who will tower over Nick’s space. Select fans have the opportunity to interact with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live, a virtual reality experience that immerses users in the Turtles’ iconic New York City world and allows them to have a conversation with Mikey or Donnie — voiced live on the scene by Brandon Mychal Smith and Josh Brener. Check out Nickelodeon’s SDCC 2018 schedule below: PANELS Thursday, July 19, 1:45-2:45 p.m.: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes with a panel that celebrates the latest incarnation of Turtles and reinvention of the world famous franchise. Joining the discussion is the new voice cast — Omar Miller as Raph, Ben Schwartz as Leo, Josh Brener as Donnie, Brandon Mychal Smith as Mikey, Kat Graham as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauza as Splinter — along with the co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. The panel will feature never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series and be moderated by Keely Flaherty. Friday, July 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus! — Fans will strap on their tuna-filled jetpack, prepare their bladders for imminent release, and start singing the doom song as their favorite Irken invader returns to San Diego with a panel that dives into Nickelodeon’s forthcoming new movie, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus. Original series creator Jhonen Vasquez, art director Jenny Goldberg, and voice talent — Richard Horvitz (ZIM), Rikki Simons (GIR), Wally Wingert (Almighty Tallest Red) and Kevin McDonald (Almighty Tallest Purple) — will present behind-the-scenes art and exclusive brand-new footage. The panel will be moderated by Hector Navarro. DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY – Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Experience: Attendees can step inside the Turtles’ secret lair under the streets of New York City for a gif opportunity.– Double Dare Hamster Wheel: Fans can take photos with the iconic obstacle course challenge.– The Loud House Photo Opp. Enter the Loud family’s living room, sit on the couch and take a group photo with Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters.– Customized T-Shirt and Tote Station: Fans can purchase a t-shirt and tote from the retail shop and customize it on the spot with characters and art from their choice of seven fan-favorite Nick shows: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, Double Dare, Invader ZIM, Hey Arnold! and Rugrats.– Autograph Signings: Signing opportunities with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent and executive producers, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny, Invader ZIM voice talent and creator, and the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel cast.– Costumed-Character Appearances: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.– Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures and collectibles, the summer edition of the Nick Box, t-shirts, pins and more.– Giveaways: Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention. The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
is coming to the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One, and the PC this week. A launch trailer for the Nintendo Switch port of the remastered versions of the classic Playstation games shows in action with much-improved graphics. The in 2017.Published by Sony and developed by Naughty Dog, platform video game Crash Bandicoot was released in 1996 for the Playstation as an answer to Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. Two sequels, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped followed, both for the same console. For several years, the Crash Bandicoot series received other installments and spin-off titles that were released for multiple systems. Unfortunately, the franchise's last major game was 2008's Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant. To the disappointment of fans, the series has been dormant for the last 10 years.Release: A launch trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy shows off the gameplay for some of the games' levels, as well as the vast improvements made to the graphics. In classic Crash Bandicoot fashion, the character can be seen running in terror from a giant rampaging polar bear, cruising through the streets on a motorcycle, flying an airplane, bounding over obstacles, and executing his trademark spin attack.Though past Crash titles have been made by Naughty Dog, the remastered collection was developed by Vicarious Visions in partnership with Activision. As seen in the trailer, the goal was never to change the gameplay but to enhance the graphics, sounds, and animations. Even cutscenes have been remastered with recordings from the franchise's more recent voice actors.The N. Sane Trilogy has already proven to be extremely successful. The Playstation 4 version sold 2.5 million copies worldwide in the span of a few months, so being ported to the Switch, , the PC, and the Xbox One, is sure to make the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy an even bigger hit. It's success has already led to a rumor that a brand .Based on the look of the game, it's no surprise that the N. Sane Trilogy has been able to single-handedly bring Crash Bandicoot back into the spotlight. Side-by-side comparisons of the originals and the enhanced versions show just how far these games have come from their initial releases. The amount of detail given to the remastered collection is remarkable, and adds hope to the idea that Crash Bandicoot may soon make a comeback.More: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy releases Friday, June 29th, for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and the PC.Source: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018
The Walking Dead AR game takes a bite out of Pokemon Go this July and have announced that , a location-based, augmented reality mobile game that will allow players to fight walkers from wherever, will be released on July 12th. The game will also allow players to interact will popular characters from the TV series such as Rick, Michonne, and Daryl. The game will be made available on both Android and iOS. Check out the teaser trailer for the game below! The Walking Dead: Our World encourages players to defend their neighborhoods from Walkers by walking around in the real world to move their avatar around. Players will be able to see Walkers with AR, through the phone’s camera. Along with fighting of the Walkers in the players surrounding area, they will be able to collect ‘stashes’ to help their cause. What these ‘stashes’ include is unknown, but they will most likely include tools to help players defeat the Walkers. Of course, players will not being taking on the zombie apocalypse alone as they can recruit characters of the show that can be leveled up as players move forward in the game. AMC’s hugely popular zombie show, The Walking Dead, is headed into it’s ninth season that is set to premiere this fall. The Walking Dead is welcoming a new showrunner and is expected to have some change ups in their the upcoming season. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The post appeared first on .
June 26, 2018
With Season 2, Marvel has finally succeeded in achieving something viewers once thought impossible: they've fixed . Finn Jones' version of the Immortal Iron Fist was always going to be controversial. For years, a vocal minority of fans had pushed for Marvel Television to race-swap the character, going for an Asian version of Iron Fist. They argued that the comic book version exemplified the "" trope, an overused and outdated idea that should really be consigned to the trash can. But Marvel chose to go with a comic book accurate Iron Fist instead, casting Jones in the role.There's a reason Iron Fist Season 1 was the last Marvel Netflix show to launch before . In July 2015, reported that Marvel was struggling to work out a solid pitch. "One of the big hold-ups is the mystical element," BMD reported, "with lots of different opinions on just how much weird wuxia to bring in to the show." The popular and critical reaction to Mike Colter's Luke Cage, who premiered in Season 1, gave Marvel a breathing-space. According to Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker, Marvel had originally planned his show to be the last one developed, but they decided to and move Iron Fist to the back of the queue.Related: Even with the benefit of this extra time, though, the first season of Iron Fist was something of a car-crash. Scott Buck's series was heavily criticized, and not just for the standard Marvel Netflix pacing problems; the story, the character-work, and even the fight choreography was generally viewed as disappointing. Critics were savage, and the show's critic score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes sits at a shocking 17 percent. , but the series most definitely created a negative buzz for Marvel. Given the viewing figures, it didn't take long for Marvel and Netflix to renew Iron Fist for a second season - but it was obvious Marvel would need to work hard to fix the hero's obvious flaws. With Luke Cage Season 2, that process is already complete.This Page: Marvel's Iron Fist ProblemsNext Page: Marvel's Iron Fist ProblemsThe Danny Rand of Iron Fist Season 1 is a strange, flawed and conflicted man. He's wrestling with questions of his identity, struggling to cope with the demons of his past. Tellingly, that internal conflict actually means he's unable to access his greatest power, the "Iron Fist." Incredibly, over the course of 13 episodes, Danny Rand only summoned the power of the Iron Fist for just three minutes.But here's the problem; in order to become the Iron Fist, Danny Rand has trained for years under a mystical quasi-Buddhist philosophy. And there's simply no way any variation of Buddhism would leave those deep-rooted psychological issues alone during his training. In order to become the Iron Fist, Danny Rand would have needed to face every one of his inner demons, and to reconcile himself to the losses he'd suffered in his past. He wouldn't even have been allowed to go face Shou Lao until he'd achieved a place of inner harmony. It's true that the return to New York could have unsettled that delicate balance, but not to the extent we saw in Iron Fist Season 1. It's hard not to conclude that showrunner Scott Buck simply didn't understand Buddhist philosophy, and as a result the hero's entire character arc fell flat.Season 1's portrayal of Danny Rand was also, frankly, seriously annoying. Viewers mocked the show for Danny's habitual introduction of himself. "" the hero told anyone who'd listen, "protector of K'un Lun, sworn enemy of the Hand." He also had the absurd habit of repeating his origin story to the most random members of the secondary cast. The show's pacing was already problematic, but this interrupted countless scenes, causing the narrative to stumble even more.Related: And then there was the fight choreography. Iron Fist is supposed to be one of the greatest martial artists in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, Iron Fist Season 1 had . The core problem was that Jones doesn't come from a martial arts background and wasn't given time to train. Incredibly, Jones claimed that the tight production schedule meant he was "learning the fight scenes 15 minutes before we actually shot them." Jones's lack of practice and skill combined with choppy editing to give the sense that Danny Rand was something of an amateur when it came to hand-to-hand combat. The script didn't help, for that matter, calling upon Danny to demonstrate different levels of martial arts ability at different times, purely to service the plot.Page 2 of 2: The post appeared first on
June 26, 2018