Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Oh boy! This is getting good. Last week I mentioned how the hint of time travel was a potential game changer for this young series. Well, that’s explored a little more this week as da Vinci finds himself jolted forwards (backwards?) in time for a brief moment. Some clever, and familiar, quotes hint at the timey-wimey nature the story may be taking on in the near future. “It’s not where, it’s when,” and “You have already made the decision, you make it every time” are two that stick out like a sore thumb. For anyone familiar with popular time travel stories, those quotes will certainly pique your interest, especially the latter of the two.
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan was the frontrunner to play Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four Reborn.
Much of the fan response was positive, but not surprisingly there were a few naysayers unhappy with the idea of a black Human Torch, as the character is traditionally portrayed as white. And while Jordan wouldn't comment on whether or not he's starring in the film, he did have something to say about the negative remarks:
"Things change and time goes on. It's 2013 right now," the actor told USA Today in a recent interview. "The characteristics of the Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he's charismatic, and he's a playboy. That's it. You know what I'm saying? That's all there is." As for the positive response? "I get a lot of support and a lot of love from comic book geeks. I love it," he said.
With only three episodes left in Game of Thrones: Season 3, and the ninth episode ("The Rains of Castamere") probably once again being the most pivotal of the year, it's time to look at all the new characters and see who's made the most impact. And there are plenty to peruse, for sure. More than 20 new names have landed on our lap this year; some are new to the story and are entering at the proper time, compared to the books, while some had been put on hold and kept out of previous seasons (The Reeds, The Tullys, etc).
So who's the best? Some are cruel. Others are crueler. Some are spitfires and some, well, have swords covered in fire. Some can become birds while others can raise the dead. A true painter's palette. Here's how they all rank:
Note: Full spoilers for the Nikita: Season 3 finale follow. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve been warned!
Nikita wrapped up its third season with a ton of changes and a big cliffhanger. I spoke to the show’s creator and executive producer, Craig Silverstein, about the events of the Season 3 finale and what’s to come in Season 4, which has been announced as a six-episode final season.
IGN TV: We’ve got a lot to talk about her with the finale and the final season announcement. So let me get to it with the fact that Nikita’s now on the run. As Maggie Q told me, it’s kind of a return to classic Nikita with her out there on her own. She wants to protect the people she loves, but what do you think made her decide to just needed to split off from them at this point?
Note: Major spoilers follow for the Nikita: Season 3 finale. You’ve been warned!
The good news for my fellow Nikita fans is the show will be back next season. The sad news though is it will be the end, as the show wraps up with a six-episode final season.
I spoke to the show’s star, Maggie Q, about getting prepared for the final season, her thoughts on the show ending, and what’s to come for the characters, on the heels of a big season finale.
IGN TV: Obviously this is bittersweet, because this will be the end.
Maggie Q: Yeah, this’ll be the last year.
IGN: What are you thinking about going into these final episodes?
After our brief one week hiatus (Ben was enjoying himself on vacation, the jerk), we're back in action to talk about all the latest cancellations, answer a few mailbag questions, and mark out for how great the Regular Show comic book is.
For this week's books, we discuss: Regular Show, Age of Ultron, Wolverine and the X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, FF, Wonder Woman, and Kinski.
As always, there are spoilers for everything discussed, so you've been warned.
In the interest of self-promotion:
After a lengthy delay, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby has finally arrived in theaters. And judging from last week's box office figures, the director behind films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge hasn't lost his touch.
Adapting such a venerated novel was no easy task. And the fact that he managed as well as he did has us wondering if Luhrmann might be the ideal candidate for another long-awaited adaptation that many fear will never happen. A BioShock movie has been in the offing for years now, but sadly, several directors have come and gone and the project is no closer to fruition after all this time. But we have a notion that Luhrmann might be just the director to put that project back on track. Would you kindly read our reasons why and let us know what you think in the comments section below?
Yesterday, we found out that Nintendo started to claim ad revenue from YouTube Let's Plays. We asked what you thought on Facebook and Twitter. Here's some of the responses you gave:
Results were heavily weighted towards no. Twitter on the other hand, was more inclined to side with Nintendo.
Tune in for the new episode of IGN's Tech Fetish Podcast, where hosts Scott Lowe, Mark Ryan Sallee, and Justin Davis discuss the latest and greatest in tech. This week we recap all of the news from Google's I/O keynote, including the announcement of new Android games tools, Google's new streaming music service, the $649 unlocked Galaxy S4, and more. We also chat about Nvidia's Shield gaming handheld, which was priced earlier this week at $349.99, and finally, upcoming asteroid flybys!
This year’s E3 will present a two-company title bout the likes of which we haven’t seen since... well... the first HD consoles were revealed nearly a decade ago. With the next generation PlayStation and Xbox on the horizon, Microsoft and Sony are preparing to duke it out in hopes of securing next-gen domination. E3 is their ring.
In 2006, Sony started this generation out with a massive stumble. Full of bravado following the historic success of PlayStation 2 – a console that has gone on to outsell Xbox and GameCube combined three times over – Sony took its unprecedented success for granted. It quickly found out that a ridiculous price point alone could sink the PS3’s fortunes, and it nearly did. Only a steady stream of excellent exclusives and a timely series of price drops culminating with the release of PS3 Slim saved it from falling into a distant third place, and perhaps even into relative obscurity.
Warning: Full spoilers from How I Met Your Mother: Season 8 to follow.
How I Met Your Mother: Season 8 was a confusing time for the long-running sitcom, as showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays waffled over extending the series by another year on CBS. When Season 8 first began, fans were under the impression that it would be the show's final bow. But following intense negotiations halfway through the season, we learned that HIMYM would in fact be getting that ninth season after all.
We're coming out of what was a huge week in TV, as the broadcast networks all announced their fall schedules, and the new series they've ordered in the process, at the Upfronts. There was a lot to process, so here's the rundown on each network, with links to learn more about what's to come and where you can find new series on the schedule this fall.
On the heels of 30 Rock and The Office ending long, successful runs, NBC gutted their current comedy slate, canceling Go On and every other current comedy series, including Whitney, with two exceptions. Besides Parks and Recreation, NBC gave a very last minute renewal to Community, as the cult comedy once more bucked the odds. Though the Community news also came with the reveal that the show has no set time to return as yet, being held for some point midseason.
Red 2 isn't due out in theaters until July 19, but Summit has already rehired Red/Red 2 scribes Jon and Erich Hoeber to pen a threequel to the action franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce Red 3. The first film earned the studio $199 million worldwide in 2010, so another installment of the over-the-hill operatives pic isn't too much of a surprise.
No deals are in place just yet, but if the script is approved, then production could start as early as January 2014.
Red 2 stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
If the HTC One was a glimpse of Android's promising future of thoughtfully crafted hardware paired with elegantly designed software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 represents its poorly conceived and shoddily constructed past. Like countless Android handsets before it, the Galaxy S4 is spec and feature-rich, but limited by its cheap, flimsy hardware and unnecessarily bloated suite of proprietary software. It's not a bad phone — in fact, there's plenty to like — it simply lacks the level of polish and consideration found in a growing number of its competitors.
The Great Gatsby has been one of the more divisive films released this year. Critics have been fairly mixed on Baz Luhrmann's anachronistic interpretation of author F. Scott Fitzgerald's now-classic exploration of the roar of the 1920s. The Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire starring film stands at 51% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and has a score of 55 out of 100 on Metacritic. The film surpassed box-office expectations its opening weekend, though, earning $50 million and is projected to take in roughly $20 million more by Sunday night. In our review, we felt that Lurhmann's Gatsby may actually be similar to Fitzgerald's novel in the sense that the perception of its merits seem to be highly contested, and may evolve over time.
May 21 may be the reveal of the next Xbox, allegedly named Xbox Infinity, but "E3, if you're a gamer, it's going to be tons of exclusives, world premieres," said Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg. The chief of staff at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business continued, "And obviously even beyond that we have a lot to share between than and this holiday."
Holiday seems appropriate for a next-gen Xbox release, of course -- Sony's PlayStation 4 is confirmed for this fall.
In a discussion on Microsoft's official gaming podcast, Major Nelson Radio, Greenberg, teased, "We definitely have a lot of surprises planned" for the Xbox Reveal event on May 21. "People are going to get a great inside look at really the making of the new platform and the team that's brought it to life."