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In this next-gen era where we’re all obsessed with graphics, AI (or artificial intelligence) is something of an underdog. It’s the lame, divorced uncle that no one wants to sit next to at dinner parties. The one who also happens to be a trash collector for a living, which means that – much like the AI in games – he’s utterly necessary but frequently undervalued.
Although most games these days are so reliant on online multiplayer, where the need for AI is completely removed by having actual people from around the world shoot you in the face instead of an algorithm, it’s still important. Single player games will never die out, of course, and now that graphics are more or less photo-realistic, it might mean that developers finally switch their priorities back – and maybe even make AI cool again.
It’s been around for long enough, and is »
- Ciaran Utting
Ubisoft have unveiled new trailers for three of their biggest upcoming games. The first is a Playstation-exclusive trailer for "Watch Dogs", showcasing some of the console's extra content for PS3 and PS4.
The second confirms the news of the next-gen console only release "Assassin's Creed: Unity" hitting this year. Set during the French Revolution, the trailer showcases the first footage from the game which has been in the works for over three years according to the developer.
Finally comes a new video is out looking at the new next-gen only 'Snowdrop' engine being utilised by the upcoming high-profile "Tom Clancy's The Division" game. While it's a promo piece, the visuals and environments from the game itself are gorgeous.
- Garth Franklin
While we celebrated film's crowning achievements at the 2014 Oscars last night, it's important to remember the talents that we've lost over this past year. Last night's Academy Awards In Memorium Tribute featured 47 names, including James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Paul Walker and Shirley Temple. Read More: Sarah Jones, Crew Member Killed on Set, Honored at Academy Awards In many ways, it was a tragic year for film, with a number of artists leaving well before their time. It was certainly a poignant moment as the tribute closed with lingering portrait of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. A few notable names didn't make it into the piece. 'Glee' star, Cory Monteith, former 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' star, James Avery, and the prolific author, Tom Clancy went unacknowledged. Watch the full tribute below: »
- Luke Slattery
The Academy paid tribute to Hollywood actors, writers, directors, producers, crew members and others associated with cinema who have passed away over the last 12 months.
Oscars 2014: Gravity takes 7 awards as 12 Years a Slave named Best Picture
Among those not mentioned in the on-air tribute were Glee actor Cory Monteith, Stepford Wives director Bryan Forbes, actress Jean Stapleton and author Tom Clancy, whose numerous bestselling novels inspired a number of blockbuster movies.
Gravity was the big winner at the 2014 Oscars, while 12 Years a Slave, »
Bette Midler serenaded the crowd during the 86th Annual Academy Awards In Memoriam tribute this evening with an emotional performance of "Wind Beneath My Wings." Many famous faces, those both behind and in front of the big screen, were included in the list of stars that were honored. But it seems as though there were still a few names that didn't make their way onto the live telecast's list, including Glee star Cory Monteith, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor James Avery and Tom Clancy among others. Other noteworthy people who were not named include: Marcia Wallace, Lisa Robin Kelly, Lee Thompson Young, Phil Everly, Phil Ramone, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Dennis Farina, Gary David Goldberg, Alicia »
The 2014 Oscars "In Memoriam" segment left out Glee star Cory Monteith, former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star James Avery and Tom Clancy among others. The segment acknowledged most of the many stars who died over the past year, including Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, Ray Dolby, Tom Sherak, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Harold Ramis. The segment even acknowledged camera assistant Sarah Jones, who died when she was struck and killed by a train during pre-production on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Oscars 2014: Live Blog But, the Oscars left out
- Hilary Lewis
So sad. A New York fashion designer who created costumes for Broadway shows like ‘Swing,’ ‘Promises, Promises’ and ‘Evita,’ was found dead on Feb. 16 after he apparently slipped and fell into the Hudson River.
Celebrity fashion designer Michele Savoia, 55, was missing for days before his body was finally discovered and pulled from the Hudson River on Feb. 16. It’s unclear at this time whether there was any foul play in his death, police say.
Michele Savoia Dead: Fashion Designer’s Body Found In Hudson River
Michele was last seen leaving the Marquee club in Chelsea in New York City at around 4 a.m. on Feb.13, according to The New York Times.
Michele Savoia's Body Found
Fashion Designer Found Dead
His close friend Kevin James Dalton said it looked like Michele had slipped on an aluminum ramp while trying to board his boat at the Chelsia Piers. Kevin believes his friend »
Ubisoft are the game developers behind a whole host of famous titles: Assassin's Creed (soon to be a movie), Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (soon to be a movie) and the Raving Rabbids, also soon to be a movie, it's been announced today. "Bwaaaah!", indeed.First seen in the Rayman series with 2006's Rayman Raving Rabbids, the Rabbids proved so popular they span off into a number of their own different party games, such as 2010's Raving Rabbids: Travel In Time, before landing on TV screens with late 2013's Rabbids Invasion. In short: they're stupid, they're violent, and they're taking over the world with their never-ending supply of plungers. Expect a Despicable Me Minions crossover approximately... never.“Sony Pictures has tremendous experience developing hybrid live-action-and-animated blockbusters for audiences around the world, which makes them a natural fit for what we want to achieve with a Rabbids film,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, »
Mandarins are upset that the venerable story-clearance system failed to operate for the Nsa leaks. But they should value any kind of consensual arrangement with a free press
It's as English as Downton Abbey, and not much more invigorating either. The defence advisory (aka D notice) committee, founded in 1912 with all its attendant warning notices, has chugged along amiably through two world wars and the entirety of the cold war: a team of mandarins, chaired by the permanent secretary at the MoD, and a team of media nominees, meeting and chatting and keeping dodgy stuff under wraps. But now, somewhat ridiculously, the end may be nigh.
Jon Thompson, top dog for the MoD, has grown agitated through the Guardian's months of coverage of Snowden's Nsa documents (a story that wasn't referred to the committee or its secretary, Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Vallance, first). What's the use of a voluntary story-clearance system »
- Peter Preston
By Mark Pinkert
There was an interesting phenomenon in film this year that deserves a second look: many of the most recognizably “American” films of 2013 were directed by foreigners and, of those films, two feature almost entirely foreign casts.
First, to be clear, when I say “American” films, I’m not referring to stories that simply take place here; rather, I’m looking at films that are germane to the American narrative, to our history and cultural zeitgeist–really, Americana as opposed to just American. Films like The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips–which bring to life classic American literature, histories, and recent events–are the best examples. (Gravity is a tough sell for this list, but does fit insofar as it deals with the space program, a prominent feature of 20th century, Cold War America.) The second criterion, then, is to have a foreign director, »
- Mark Pinkert
Chris Pine follows Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin as the fourth incarnation of Tom Clancy's super-patriot Jack Ryan. In this back-story outing - not based on a Clancy novel - Ryan is a young marine recruited as a covert CIA analyst by Kevin Costner's veteran spook. He soon finds himself in the thick of it when he uncovers a Russian plot to cripple the Us economy with a terrorist attack. »
Tom Clancy's undercover CIA hombre Jack Ryan is given a sort of reboot-makeover in this moderate spy thriller, directed by Kenneth Branagh, which feels cobbled together from every other action movie you can vaguely remember having seen.
Ryan is a little bit more like Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, but also like Claire Danes's character in Homeland, less macho, more cerebral and analytical – he's faced with a creepy Homeland-type sleeper cell on Us soil: it's not al-Qaida though, but an old-fashioned threat from the Russkies.
Chris Pine plays Ryan, who patriotically joins the marines after 9/11, gets badly injured, falls for his beautiful physiotherapist (Keira Knightley, on familiar lips-slightly-parted form) and then gets recruited to the agency from civilian life by Kevin Costner who lumbers through this older-guy mentor role.
The baddie is the chilling, »
- Peter Bradshaw
After rumors trickled out earlier in the month that Tom Clancy’s The Division may be pushed back into 2015, I was a little bummed. Thankfully, Ubisoft has heard the cries of gamers worldwide and to ease our pain, they have released three new screenshots for the highly anticipated title.
While these images don’t show off any new settings or features, they do remind us of the power of the Snowdrop engine, which is powering the game. Two screenshots showcase our protagonist exploring the beaten down and destroyed New York City landscape, while the final screen focuses on the impressive lightning and smoke that will be on display.
Tom Clancy’s The Division made a huge splash at E3 2013, so every bit of new information on the title has me excited. Even if these screenshots end up not being indicative of the final product, I’m still really digging the »
- Eric Hall
In the second of our on set interviews with the cast and crew of Jack Ryan we talk to Kevin Costner, a man whose all-American aura he readily admits to. As an actor he has quietened of late as he spends more time with his young family away from the spotlight, picking and choosing his roles in front of the camera carefully. When we meet him he is open, candid and incredibly personable, completely aware of his place in his industry and keen to use it for his own ends as a director.
His character in Kenneth Brangh’s film is our first topic of conversation, earlier indications suggested that he was a mentor of sorts to Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan. As an actor who was asked to be Ryan as the Hunt for Red October was getting underway it is almost a passing of the torch to a »
- Jon Lyus
Tom Clancy's hero Jack Ryan has been refitted for the post-9/11 era. Stepping into the role is Chris Pine (Star Trek). He's the fourth actor to become the CIA analyst following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and future Batman Ben Affleck. And while the character is more than 30, this is only the fifth film in the series. Regardless of the new tech innovations (social media! laptops! smartphones!) director Kenneth Branagh (Thor) delivers an old-school cold war flick that wisely runs just under two hours. Not quite Bourne, not at all Bond, Pine keeps Ryan relatable even if some of his action scenes make him a bit too John McClane circa Die Hard 4. The film also stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Branagh as a »
Zachary Leeman: Let’s start by breaking down how you started in the business? How did you first become a paid screenwriter? Explain the hustle to me and to aspiring screenwriters that may be reading this.
John Sullivan: Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a novelist. I read voraciously. My addictions were mostly Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and the occasional Tom Clancy actioner. I was a little too young to understand the political thrillers, but I tried. I attempted a few half-written books, and they were terrible. It wasn’t until I was 14 or so that I understood what a screenwriter did. I was an enormous movie fan.
I never played sports, I wasn’t incredibly social and so I watched 2-3 movies a day. »
- Gary Collinson
The WWE Hall of Famer is very sick, but despite reports to the contrary, she has not passed away.
Mae Young is incredibly ill and on her death bed. Two different outlets reported that the 90-year-old had died, but the wrestling legend is still alive and battling her serious illness.
Mae Young Incredibly Ill & On Deathbed
The WWE star was a pioneer in her industry, and at 77, she was crowned “Miss Royal Rumble” She is the third woman to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The S.C. Post and Courier falsely reported that she had been taken off life support and passed away, but they later corrected their mistake.
The WWE Hall of Fame wrestler had her first match in 1939 and has been hospitalized since Dec. 2013.
WWE Star Meets With Dying Child
She was known as The Amazing Mae Young, and started wrestling at 15!
Mae was born, »
- Chloe Melas
So sad. Iconic poet, Amiri Baraka, passed away after a short illness on Jan. 9. He was known for his epic writing, his political voice, and his poem about 9/11 heard ’round the world.
The world has lost one of its most talented writers and poetic activists. Amiri Baraka, who was formerly New Jersey’s poet laureate, died on Jan. 9 at New Jersey’s Beth Israel Medical Center after a short illness, his agent confirmed to CNN. He was 79 years old.
Amiri Baraka: Activist Poet Dies At 79
Baraka, considered a founder of the 1960s Black Arts movement, made a name for himself by being unafraid to hold a mirror up to society with his writing. His own website said that he “adopted a confrontational style for his poetry, drama, fiction and essays. With intent to create awareness and about the concerns of African-Americans, his writings… on one hand have been praised as a voice against oppression, »
- Emily Longeretta
According to a recent statement from an anonymous Ubisoft Massive employee, Tom Clancy’s The Division has been pushed back into 2015. Though the studio’s open-world shooter hasn’t been given a release date hitherto, many assumed that the next-gen title would debut in the latter stages of 2014. If this rumor is to be believed, however, it seems likely that the game won’t make an appearance until at least next year. Having said that, it’s worth keeping in mind that this allegation remains unconfirmed, and Ubisoft have refused to comment on whether the new IP has been delayed or not.
News came via GameReactor, where the unnamed source stated that the company’s title is working well, but the sheer scope of the game may cause development time to balloon in the months to come.
“The game engine works well, it is not clear but works well. Actual game development has barely begun, »
- Michael Shelton
Halo is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time, and I'm eagerly awaiting the fifth installment. Luckily I won't have to wait much longer! A public relations manager for Microsoft, Rob Semsey, promised the return of Master Chief on Twitter, saying,
"Rest assured your next Halo journey Will begin in 2014. #staycalm"
Now I have to finally go out and buy my Xbox One so I can actually play Halo 5! Some of the other games being released this year include Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Project Spark, Sunset Overdrive, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Destiny, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and The Elder Scrolls Online.
Just to remind you of the awesomeness that is coming, here's the trailer!
- Joey Paur
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