Kickstarter has been getting a lot of attention lately following the success of big-name projects such as the Veronica Mars movie and Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here. But in addition to record-breaking donations, these fundraisers have also been drawing a lot of criticism and a lot of questions: Should rich and famous people be using Kickstarter? Are they hurting smaller projects on the site? More importantly, is it fair?
Apes on horseback! Apes on horseback!
Director Matt Reeves tweeted the first photo from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this one featuring Andy Serkis (decked out in his performance-capture suit) as Caesar, as well as Jason Clarke and Keri Russell as the sequel's human characters.
It made headlines recently when new Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury warned his players to come back to summer workouts in shape with this rather hilarious warning that video games are not a substitute for working out.
While Kingsbury seems to get it that his players attempts to "wreck shop" in Call of Duty or NBA2K do not adversely affect the condition in which they return for summer workouts, he raises what, for me at least always has been an interesting debate. Since I was a little kid trying to see which of my buddies could ice-pick their way to the top of Ice Climber the fastest, parents, coaches, and other authority figures always made me feel like playing video games was time ill-spent.
Production resumed on The Walking Dead on May 6th and AMC have released the first photo from Season 4. Although the photo in question, of Rick Grimes and a zombie, is not exactly showing us something notable, such as a new character like Bob Stookey. Unless that zombie behind Rick turns out to be a Super Zombie who kills Rick and leads its legion of zombie troopers who storm the prison! But probably not.
The Walking Dead: Season 4 premieres in October.
Adult Swim announced a slate of new and returning programming in advance of its annual Upfront event in New York City on May 15. The 2013-14 programming schedule includes more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials. Notably, the previously announced new animated comedy series, Rick and Morty, from Community creator Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland is set to premiere in primetime later this year and Fox Television’s hit Bob’s Burgers airs this summer. Mike Tyson Mysteries will feature the boxer as a sleuth with a magical tattoo and talking pigeon; and Robot Chicken is planning a second DC special.
Stars Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn will next be seen as bitter rivals Ron Burgundy and Wes Mantooth in the upcoming Anchorman 2. But following that, the twosome will reunite for Etan Cohen's new comedy Daddy's Home.
Written by Brian Burns, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Cohen, the film centers on a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Vaughn) arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids.
Ferrell and McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Good Universe. Production is scheduled to begin in early fall 2013.
I'm posting this story knowing anytime today it could (and likely will) change, but right now, it seems Community's fate still has not been decided.
Deadline is reporting that it's looking hopeful right now though, with NBC currently in negotiations with Sony, who produce the show, about not just Community, but four other new projects.
Last night, Community's season finale saw a slight rise in the ratings, which can only help at this point, with a decision so down to the wire (NBC announces their new schedule Sunday). Everyone knows Community is a low-rated show, but it's certainly good to end the season with a bump. Deadline says the discussions Sony and NBC are having are for a "possibly shorter and possibly final" season. It's not clear if that means another 13-episode season, as Season 4 was, or an even shorter one - an unusual move, but one that seems to be gaining traction. The CW ordered Gossip Girl for a final season of 11 hours this past year, and Nikita's renewal yesterday is said to be for as little as six episodes.
Syfy have renewed Defiance for Season 2. After airing four episodes, the new series -- with its heavy tie-in to the simultaneously launched Defiance game -- has performed well for Syfy, winning its time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays compared to other cable series.
Season 2 will begin production in August for a 2014 debut and the show will continue to air on Mondays.
"Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn't ask for better partners than
Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds," said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. "We can't wait to see where they take us in the second season."
Yesterday, we revealed your first look at DC Comics' Batman Incorporated Special #1 and gave you a sneak peek at Batman Inc. #11 written by longtime Inc. artist Chris Burnham. Today, we're pleased to debut the solicitations for all of DC's Batman titles coming in August.
Check back early next week for the full DC solicits!
After a number of leaks and pre-announcement ads, Nokia has finally unveiled the Nokia Lumia 928, via The Verge. As expected, the Windows Phone handset will be sold exclusively through Verizon Wireless, and will be available in black or white starting May 16th for $99.99 on-contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. New owners will be getting $25 credit for Windows Phone app purchases for a limited time as well.
Fans of horror classic The Wicker Man could be in for a treat this year, as a global campaign has been launched to find lost footage from the film with a view to putting out director Robin Hardy’s original cut.
The film was originally released on a double bill with Don’t Look Now back in 1973, with 15 minutes removed from Hardy’s original vision. The negatives then disappeared from storage at Shepperton Studios, and were apparently used as landfill in the construction of the M4 motorway.
But to celebrate the horror’s 40th anniversary, STUDIOCANAL is today launching an appeal to film fans, collectors, historians and the like to help find some of that original footage.
The PlayStation 4 may be marketed with the slogan "Greatness Awaits", according to a leaked commercial script.
Siliconera reports that the script was obtained from a company working on the campaign, and denotes that a planned commercial will start off showing an empty road in a small town. It'll follow a lone man walking down the road towards the camera, slowly being joined by others as the following words are said:
“Who are you not to be great? You, with the imagination of a brilliant child and the powers of an ancient god.
Xbox might be called Infinity. The World's coming to an end. And Thor might be reluctant to get back into the gym and make extremely bland omelettes.
In light of seeing the brilliantly barmy Richard Donner cut of Superman II, we also get round to talking all about our favourite Director's Cuts.
Intrigued? You should be.
Daniel, Chris, Stu and Keza also round-up the week's hottest news and cast their eyes over the upcoming games and movies, so you know what to spend your hard-earned on this weekend.
So what are you waiting for? Treat those gorgeous ears right now.
IGN UK Podcast #185: The Director's Cut – 57.6 MB