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Paragon Dekker Teaser

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
Here's a Dekker teaser trailer with a short rendering of another hero from Paragon, Epic's upcoming PC game. They continue to play it coy with this, and there are no accompanying details to speak of.

Evening Patches

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
Batman: Arkham Knight PC update - November 24th. IL-2 Sturmovik version 1.105 now available. Adds aircraft mouse controls, player controlled tanks, and the Bf 110 E-2. Thanks Olaf.

On Sale

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
Humble Codemasters Bundle. Only on Sale on 50% off The Witcher 3 and up to 80% off on other titles. World of Warcraft. Save 75%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
Dogma- Eternal Night by Prelude Games Factory ? Kickstarter. "A new sandbox MMORPG world with the atmosphere of modern gothic and punk, vampires and other mystical creatures." Dragon?s Lair- The...

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
FIG Talks - Boston Festival of Indie Games keynote speaker announced: Ichiro Lambe of Dejobaan Games. ESL gets even bigger, acquires ESEA. Thanks MCV. Watch Dreamhack Heroes of the Storm Winter...

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:14pm
PlayStation Store Update. Save Big on Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on Xbox Live.

First Trailer: "Captain America: Civil War"

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

Disney used ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to premiere the first trailer for next year's "Captain America: Civil War". Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans were on hand to unleash the new trailer which you can see below.

The studio quickly followed that up with the first poster artwork which you can also see below. The clip boasts a first glimpse of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and William Hurt as General Thaddeus Ross, but sadly no Tom Holland as Spider-Man. The film itself opens May 6th next year:

Affleck Talks "Batman v Superman" Pressure

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

Various studios and people are under great pressure right now, such as Disney and J.J. Abrams' who need "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to perform to prove the studio's $4 billion investment was worthwhile.

A few months later, another high pressure project hits with Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Though "Man of Steel" technically introduced the DC Extended Universe, 'Dawn' is the real start of a whole new slate of films for the studio which is coming off a troubling year and is looking to films based on DC properties to secure its future.

Everyone involved is feeling the pinch, most notably Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara and actor Ben Affleck who stars as Batman in the movie. Affleck was initially subjected to much vitriol for his casting, but public opinion on that seems to have turned around to some extent. Even so, he's well aware he's not out of the woods yet and tells Variety:

"I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls--ting you to say there isn't... We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved. Nonetheless, there's a lot of pressure on it. If it doesn't do well, that will be extremely disappointing.

You'll see next year they [Warner Bros.] are going to have a great year. They are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it's going to be massive."

Affleck went on to praise Tsujihara for his involvement in the franchise and the overall plan for the studio's adaptation of the DC properties:

"I was really impressed by that and by the intelligence of his notes, and the fact that he cared. It was not like some guys, especially at that level, where it would be, 'We need a franchise movie... we just need a movie with the names 'Batman' and 'Superman' on it and it doesn't matter what it is. For him, that wasn't it. He was willing to take longer to make the movie to get it right to make it a movie of higher quality."

Affleck's heavily commited to the DC world now with an appearance in next year's "Suicide Squad" and a rumored appearance in "Wonder Woman," along with a major role in the "Justice League" films and a standalone "The Batman" film also said to be in the works. Affleck is currently helming an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night".

In related news, new reports have come up about the villains that we'll get to see not just this but the "Justice League" films as well.


The first comes from a toy photo on Twitter which suggests that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor in 'Dawn of Justice' may get to don a version of the green and purple armor the character has worn in the comics. Tie-in toys for films have often proven an unpredictable indicator of actual scenes in films so its veracity is still uncertain at this point.

The other rumor comes from a report at My Entertainment World which suggests that Darkseid will serve as the villain for the two-part "Justice League" film. Darkseid had already been rumored for the second part, but this one seems to specifically indicate he'll be involved in the first as well.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens March 25th 2016.

Gunn Shoots Down "Guardians 2" Dad Talk

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

A spoiler rumor about a character has led to something of a debate online today about when the issue of plot spoilers go too far.

It began this morning when Heroic Hollywood reported that, according to four separate sources, they had discovered the identity of the father of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in the upcoming sequel to last year's Marvel sci-fi comic adaptation "Guardians of the Galaxy".

The plot point emerged at the end of the first film and is said to play a major part of the second, I won't reveal the information here but you can click the link to find out yourself. In the wake of that report though, director James Gunn has done a posting on his Facebook page not only flatly denying the rumor but expressing concern about the nature of this kind of 'spoiling the major twists' journalism:

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All right. From this moment on I’m going to stop commenting on any rumors surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,...

Posted by James Gunn on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Several think pieces have since been penned in the interim before many of the same sites go back to reporting on similar stories a few hours later. History repeats.

The DC TV/Film Division Split Explained

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

One of the biggest differences between Marvel and DC's approach to television has been that of how the properties are linked. Marvel has opted to include all its film and TV properties as part of the same cinematic universe, whereas DC is not only keeping its film and TV worlds separate but allowing the TV properties to go off into either their individual or combined universes.

The biggest difference is this allows multiple versions of the same DC character to appear at any one time - from both Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller playing the small and big screen versions of The Flash respectively, to a show like "Gotham" having essentially free reign to develop whatever villains they want. If Marvel's "Daredevil" wants to use Thor, they'll need Chris Hemsworth to cameo in the role.

That choice was one of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Variety has done a feature piece which explains that when he took charge he allowed the vast archive of comic-book characters in the DC vault to no longer be under the tight control of the studio's film division - Warners TV and interactive divisions could develop properties even if they were concurrently being eyed for movie projects.

This meant TV, video games and consumer products no longer take a back seat to film. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson says: "If there are any issues or sensitivities, we hash it out in the room. It no longer feels like a hierarchical situation where film will trump television. It's a basic example of communication. You have to have the CEO of the company actively involved to make it work effectively.".

Every two weeks Nelson, Tsujihara, Warners top execs Sue Kroll and Greg Silverman, and Warners TV chief Peter Roth get together to talk about all things DC and coordinate strategies. The result has worked though, with seven primetime series currently on the air and ten films on the way.

One of the biggest fruits of this labor has been the mini DC universe over on The CW - a network that has been effectively saved by the success of DC properties like "Arrow" and "The Flash" both in their initial airings and as part of online streaming licensing on platforms such as Netflix and Hulu. Those shows are about to have their second major 'crossover event' next week which will simultaneously setup a third series on the network - "Legends of Tomorrow" - which will launch January 21st. Check out over forty new stills from said crossover episodes below:

"Aquaman" Producer Talks Status, Wan Hiring

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

Currently working on "The Conjuring" sequel, filmmaker James Wan is also prepping for his entry into a different onscreen universe - that of the DC Extended Universe with the solo "Aquaman" film at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Producer Charles Roven is involved in pretty much all the DC Comics properties that Warners is adapting for the big screen and recently spoke with Collider about how the film is progressing. Roven says the screenplay is still in its nascent stages:

"We're very early days. We're just starting with the screenplay. He's making 'The Conjuring 2' now, so he's had his hand in the creation of let's just call it a working document from which to write. But he's directing that film [and] he's got his hand ever so slightly in the development, but he's really gonna throw himself into it after he finishes shooting Conjuring 2. And we're planning on it being his film after Conjuring 2. He is a serious Aquaman fan."

The film isnt due out until well into 2018 giving Wan a good deal of time to prepare and shoot the film. Roven was a part of the decision to choose Wan for the gig, and he explains why they brought the "Saw" and "Furious 7" helmer along for the ride - namely that he's not just efficient but creative as well:

"That's a perfect example - him and [David] Ayer, and Patty [Jenkins], they're perfect examples of what I'm talking about, to bring people in. Fertile creative minds who can say, 'Okay, we get the road map, now let's talk about doing this or doing that.' It's fun to have that flexibility and yet commonality."

The "Aquaman" film is currently slated for a July 27th 2018 release with star Jason Momoa making his first appearance in character in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" next year.

John Carpenter Plans Four Genre TV Series

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

John Carpenter, the filmmaker whose movies like "Halloween," "Escape from New York," "The Thing" and "Big Trouble in Little China" defined the 1980s, is coming to television.

EW reports that according to Carpenter's wife and producing partner Sandy King Carpenter, the filmmaker has not one but FOUR TV series "waiting to go to network" and that all of them "push the boundaries of what's horror".

Should any of them be picked up, Carpenter would direct the pilots and both he and she would serve as executive producers. Each is also quite varied:

"As far as I'm concerned, we'll do all of them.... There's sci-fi, there's horror, there's one that I guess would be [a] sci fi-horror futuristic kind of thing. They're all across the board. I think they'll fulfill what people expect out of him by also being unpredictable."

Carpenter himself will soon be doing live concerts in Iceland and the UK.

Weinstein Company To Pull Back On Slate

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

If it works for Disney, it can work for Harvey Weinstein too.

Variety reports that The Weinstein Company are scaling back on their slate in the wake of heavy layoffs and a failed attempt to sell off their TV division to Britain's ITV. The plan is to release fewer movies, reducing their current output from eighteen films per year to a much smaller eight to ten films annually.

That also means fewer acquisitions at film festivals as they instead intend to develop pictures from the script stage and thus have a say in the creative process. With 30% of their revenue now coming from television, they will also put a stronger focus on those titles.

Though they've some high profile and acclaimed titles this year like "Carol," "Macbeth" and the upcoming "The Hateful Eight," they're also coming off flops like "Burnt" and "No Escape" along with modest performers like "Southpaw" and "Woman in Gold".

New "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" Photos

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

The BBC have released a bunch of new cast photos, stills and a new piece of poster art for "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride," the upcoming Victorian-set special of the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-led series which will return to screens on New Year's Day.

A one-off Gothic horror/ghost tale and semi-origin story, the 90-minute special airs on BBC1 and PBS on January 1st and will then screen in cinemas on January 5th aand 6th.

Amazon Pulls "High Castle" Nazi Subway Ads

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

A very minor furor has erupted over the tastefulness of some outdoor print ads for Amazon Studios' new "The Man in the High Castle" series.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for New York City Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, tells Variety that Amazon has decided to pull the ads for the series from New York City subways.

The series is set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II with the United States now rendered an occupied territory. The ads, appearing on the shuttle line that runs between Grand Central Station and Times Square, used insignia and iconography suggesting Nazi and Japanese Imperial control of America.

Katherine Lam of Pix11 snapped some photos of the offending ads in question on her Twitter feed. You can see the shots below:

42nd St shuttle to #TimesSquare covered in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan symbols for @amazon ad. Is this ok?

— Katherine Lam (@byKatherineLam) November 23, 2015

42nd St #shuttle covered w. Nazi and Japanese imperial signs inside & outside cars. Riders seem to not notice

— Katherine Lam (@byKatherineLam) November 23, 2015

The ads were reportedly acceptable under the MTA's current content guidelines which require ads be content-neutral and not express opinion or advocacy of a cause. New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio however has since called the ads 'irresponsible and offensive' to one trade paper.

Amazon released the ten episode first season on its streaming service on Friday.

U.S. Trailer: "Arabian Nights" Trilogy

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

It's ambitious as all hell, and finally a December release has been drawn up for "Tabu" director Miguel Gomes' three-part, six-hour plus omnibus "Arabian Nights". Today, a U.S. trailer for the epic and ambitious project has arrived, check it out below.

Set to screen one a week from December 4th, 11th and 18th respectively at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, the three film saga uses the classic "One Thousand and One Nights" story collection to explore the state of affairs in contemporary Portugal.

Ryan Gosling Considers Neil Armstrong Film

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

Ryan Gosling is being courted to play American astronaut Neil Armstrong in "Whiplash" director Damien Chazelle's biopic "First Man" at Universal Pictures.

"Spotlight" scribe Josh Singer penned the script based on James Hansen's biography "First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong" about his life and how he became the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing. Chazelle and Gosling are currently shooting the musical "La La Land" together along with Emma Stone, that movie opens July 15th next year.

Source: Deadline

Kevin Bacon To Star In "Tremors" TV Reboot

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

Universal Cable Productions ("Mr. Robot") and Blumhouse Productions (HBO's "The Jinx") are teaming for a TV series reboot of the 1990 cult classic creature feature "Tremors".

The big surprise though? Twenty-five years after he first played it, Kevin Bacon is attached to reprise his role as Valentine McKee in the series which he will also executive produce. Andrew Miller is on board to pen the adaptation which is expected to be once again set in the town of Perfection.

The original film dealt with a group of giant monster worm-like creatures that could track people following the vibration of sounds. It was essentially "Jaws" on land but with a more comedic tone and was successful enough to spawn numerous sequels and a short-lived cable series.

No network is attached yet, but multiple bidders are reportedly interested in the project. Also no word if Bacon's co-star Fred Ward will reprise his role of Earl Bass. Ward was last seen playing the father of Colin Farrell's character in the most recent season of HBO's "True Detective".

Source: Deadline

"Fantastic Four" Sequel Pulled From Schedule

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

It has taken time but 20th Century Fox has now quietly pulled the sequel to this year's "Fantastic Four" reboot from its Summer 2017 schedule.

The studio had previously set a June 9th 2017 date for the follow-up to the Josh Trank-directed superhero property. In the wake of the film's critical and commercial failure, it was widely expected that the film would be pulled right away but at the time the studio insisted it was "committed" to the franchise.

Now though it has yanked the movie, and at the same time announced new dates for several others including a February 26th 2016 date for the Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman-led "Eddie the Eagle," a March 11th 2016 date for horror film "The Other Side of the Door," and a November 10th 2017 film for Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express".

The big question now though is where and when will the "Fantastic Four" pop up again in media - will Fox trade it to Marvel for something else? Could it be rebooted as a TV series on a streaming service? Whatever the case don't expected the property to raise its head again for some time.

Source: Box-Office Mojo

"Star Wars: Battlefront" Jakku Battle Details

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:13pm

One of the big draws of the recently released "Star Wars: Battlefront" game is the inclusion of 'The Battle of Jakku', a level which takes place just after those in "Return of the Jedi" and sets up the Imperial fleet wreckage across the desert planet that is seen in the various trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

Level designer Dennis Brannvall spoke with IGN UK recently and discussed why the battle takes place and the goals of both sides in it:

"At the edge of the map, the Empire has constructed a make-shift base as well as smaller fortifications strewn across the landscape. Following an emergency landing, the Rebels need to locate the enemy bases to attack and take control of them all.

Rebels need to locate and capture one of the three control points in Imperial control. The clock is ticking, but if the Rebel team succeeds with a capture additional time will be added and new control points will be available for capture. Moving through these increasingly challenging checkpoints, the ultimate goal is the Empire's base where the final stand will take place."

The Battle of Jakku DLC contains two maps and those who pre-ordered the game will receive it on December 1st. The game and EA have come under fire in recent days for disappointing levels of physical copy sales and much criticism in reviews for not just a lack of campaign but being very thin for the price they're charging - especially with the game's upcoming 'Season Pass'.

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