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Video game development is hard, and it takes a lot to come up with the next hit franchise.
While Bungie struck gold with Halo, all the way back on the original Xbox, its attempt to reclaim the spotlight and kickstart another must-have franchise with Destiny hasn’t gone as well as it’d hoped. Some people love the game, which mixes first-person shooting and light-rpg mechanics with social elements and an always-online world, but the general consensus claims that the studio’s latest opus is decent, yet unspectacular. If you were to ask me, I’d tell you exactly the same thing, and here’s why.
Destiny is yet another romp in science fiction for a developer that loves it so dearly. Its storyline focuses on a planet-like being called the Traveller, which has an effect on the galaxies that it visits. In fact, its mere presence in our solar »
- Chad Goodmurphy
The next big thing from Bungie has finally arrived, and it's time to see if Destiny is more than Halo with a new paint job...
Regardless of your opinion of Halo or Call Of Duty, one thing can't be disputed – both games play brilliantly. They're fast, fluid, have beautifully tight controls, and gunplay that's amongst the best we've ever seen. Destiny, coming from the makers of Halo, of course, falls into this category.
Right from the off it's easy to see why Bungie's previous Fps titan has gained so many fans. Destiny doesn't only look great, but it feels great too. This is a polished Fps, and you'll instantly feel at home and in control. Yes, it feels very much like Halo, there's no denying that, but that's no bad thing, as Halo was a fine Fps in its own right. Destiny, on the other hand, adds a whole heap of new features, »
Premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthy, The Cobbler. In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters. The Cobbler also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin,Melonie Diaz, Method Man, and Dan Stevens. Earlier today I landed an exclusive video interview with Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy. They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, editing, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Activision just learned how profitable a well-made YouTube trailer can be. Six days after it launched the official, theater-style preview for the game Destiny, the video game publisher announced that Destiny's first-day sales totaled a record-breaking $500 million. Destiny is an open-world game that puts the player in the role of a soldier attempting to defend Earth from invading aliens who are sweeping across the solar system. The game's trailer shows off an array of moves at each player's disposal, including firearms, explosives, and special abilities called "supers." In addition, Peter Dinklage contributes his smooth voice to both the Destiny trailer and the game itself. In the six days after the Destiny trailer launched, it gained eight million views on YouTube and generated huge buzz for the game. This translated to the $500 million haul at launch; no game from a new franchise has ever sold that much in its first day. »
- Sam Gutelle
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, 2014.
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
A curmudgeonly man is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor and promptly sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left.
What would you do if you knew you only had 90 minutes left to live? In The Angriest Man in Brooklyn we watch as one man tries to see everyone he can before he dies. Robin Williams, in one of his final performances, stars as Henry Altmann. Henry is a very unhappy man who goes through every day just as miserable as the last. When he goes to visit his doctor Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis), who is experiencing her own rough day, Henry is told that he has a brain aneurysm. This information gets »
- Gary Collinson
The onslaught of fall video game releases officially kicks off today with the arrival of Bungie’s Destiny, which debuts for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Published by Activision, the shooter is being touted as the next big franchise, and the industry has taken notice—almost no other major release is scheduled until the end of September. With several weeks to keep players’ attention, Bungie has the difficult task of not only hooking players for the fall season, but, as their plans indicate, for several years to come.
So why is Destiny such a big deal, and does »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Even by the expensive standards of modern blockbuster video game making, Bungie's new release Destiny — a first-person shooter set in a massive, Star Wars-like universe, out today for current and last-generation PlayStations and XBoxes — still seems pretty extravagant. The game's voice cast features Peter Dinklage and Nathan Fillion. The ad campaign includes a slick live-action commercial directed by Oblivion's Joseph Kosinski and soundtracked by Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." And maybe most impressively, Paul McCartney contributed music to the score. We spoke with Bungie's Community Manager Eric Osbourne about how they pulled it off. Suppose that I’m a casual player of video games and I’m trying to figure out exactly why Destiny is such a big deal. I know that it is, because your TV ad has a Led Zeppelin song, which couldn't have been cheap. But I’m not sure exactly what separates Destiny from »
- Lane Brown
Destiny, the newest video game from Halo creators Bungie, is set to hit store shelves tomorrow. To get you in the mood for all the futuristic cooperative shooting you’re going to be doing in the days ahead, we’ve got this totally awesome live-action trailer for the game. Helmed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the new two-minute clip follows one of the game’s three-soldier units as they blast across the galaxy dealing with alien forces on a multitude of planets. Stylish to the extreme, and backed with a rocking Led Zepplin soundtrack, the clip has already convinced gamers and nongamers alike that a Destiny movie could be something pretty special. We’re all in, as long as Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage promises to come along and do...
- Mike Bracken
Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski directed this insanely cool live-action/CGI trailer for Bungie's new sci-fi video game Destiny. It also features the voice of Peter Dinklage as one of the main characters, which I thought was great. Here's a little description that came along with the trailer:
A Fireteam heads out on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and, in the end, Become Legend. Featuring “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.
I enjoyed watching this immensely, it has a lot of great action, fun humor. Then, of course, the visuals were stunning. If a Destiny movie ever happens, Kosinski is obviously the guy who needs to make it. Enjoy the trailer! »
- Joey Paur
[Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 4 ahead.]
Over the course of four seasons, HBO’s Game of Thrones has always worked with a large ensemble cast spanning the continent of Westeros and even across the Narrow Sea. The series has achieved success — and record-breaking viewership — by following multiple concurrent storylines revolving around a handful of characters including Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), as well as Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and his companion, Hodor (Kristian Nairn).
At the end of season 4, many of these characters embarked on new storylines that will lead into ...
Click to continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Will Sideline Two Major Characters
- Molly Freeman
The late, great Robin Williams makes one of his final on-screen appearances amongst a star-studded cast in the hard-hitting comedy-drama The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, released on DVD and digital platforms on September 8th, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears, Band of Brothers), The Angriest Man In Brooklyn sees Williams playing Henry Altmann, a curmudgeonly Brooklynite who, following a taxi crash, a brain scan and a stressed out doctor, mistakenly thinks he has just 90 minutes to live. What follows is a poignant, astonishingly portentous journey of redemption as Altmann races to reconcile with his wife, his brother and his friends after a lifetime of maltreatment and before it is too late.
- Dan Bullock
Pocket your smartphones and close your laptops, New York. You live in the greatest filmgoing city in the world. (Settle down, Paris!) So there's no reason not to give yourself over this fall to immersive pleasures on giant screens. If you missed the summer's curated indies of BAMcinemaFest, you'll have more chances to fill your eyes — and especially your ears — with theatrical runs for the mystically bluesy Willis Earl Beal-led folktale Memphis (September 5, IFC Center); the restored 1981 graffiti-and-Mingus tone poem Stations of the Elevated (October 17–23, Bam); and the stunning jazz-pianist biopic Low Down (October 24, limited release), co-starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.
The black comedy centres on a curmudgeonly man who is mistakenly told by his physician that he has only 90 minutes left to live, and spends a frantic afternoon trying to right his life's wrongs.
Mila Kunis co-stars as the doctor, who realises her error and sets out to find Williams's Henry Altmann in order to tell him the truth.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn marks one of Williams's final screen roles, following the actor's death last month.
It's not your fault: Robin Williams's legacy and understanding mental illness
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Running Time: 83 minutes
There’s no denying The Angriest Man In Brooklyn has come at a poignant time after the recent death of Robin Williams. The themes of sadness, anger, family and loss are dispersed through Phil Alden Robinson’s film and trying to disassociate them from reality has an undoubted effect on watching and considering the movie.
Based on the film The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum by Assi Dayan, this adaptation sees Henry Altmann (Williams) as an excessively angry Brooklynite who goes to see his Doctor for the results of a brain scan. When over-worked Doctor Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) is assigned to give him the update, he’s already been waiting for a while and his build-up of tension turns into rage upon discovering he has a brain aneurism. Pushed aggressively for more facts, »
- Dan Bullock
A Reddit user has snapped some blurry and distant photos whilst on the set of HBO's "Game of Thrones" which is currently in the midst of shooting its fifth season. The shots, taken in Kastel Gomilica in Croatia, hint at what happens to several of the characters in the coming season.
Season 5 Spoilers Ahead
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) and in a blurry distant photo in a rowboat Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) were all on hand for the filming according to the source, whilst Dinklage's new outfit can be glimpsed.
Fans of the books know that plot threads from the fourth and fifth book in the series will feature heavily this season, but the pairing of Tyrion and Jorah takes place a good way into the fifth book which seems to suggest the producers are moving fairly quickly with the adaptation of these two tomes and are »
- Garth Franklin
Obviously the following won't be a surprise to those who have read the source novels, but for anyone else, Spoiler Warning. So, someone managed to get a couple of pics of both Peter Dinklage (Tyrion...in his new season 5 wardrobe) and Ian Glen (Jorah Mormont) as they were preparing to shoot a scene together on the Antrim set. As book readers will know, their paths cross in A Dance With Dragons and although they are forced into an uneasy alliance at first, we may be seeing the seeds of a genuine friendship emerge. We also have some snaps from Kastel Gomilica in Croatia, where Maisie Williams (Arya) was apparently shooting some Braavos scenes. That looks like it could be her in the boat! »
If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.
One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »
- Joshua Rivera
DC Comics - Supergirl Cosplayer: Resha Crumpler * Photographer: Cat Ramos ........................................................................ Marvel Comics - Elektra Cosplayer: Resha Crumpler * Photographer: Selfies ........................................................................ X-Men - Storm (Ororo Munroe) Cosplayer: Resha Crumpler * Photographer: Cat Ramos The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future »
The Als Ice Bucket Challenge is everywhere these days, and the latest celebrities to endure the cold water are the stars of Game of Thrones. Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and more have all taken the plunge, and we've rounded up all the videos! Listen, if Jon Snow was offering to pour ice water on me, I'd probably take the Ice Bucket Challenge too. Check it out. Maisie Williams Peter Dinklage Emilia Clarke Natalie Dormer and Katie McGrath Lena Headey, Kit Harington, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Sophie Turner Joe Dempsie Pedro Pascal Sibel Kekilli George R.R. Martin »
Click Here - More X-men: Days Of Future Past Concept Art The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK cinemas on May 22 and Us cinemas the following day. »
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