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Empire's Top 100 Video Games Of All Time

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Empire Magazine has unveiled its list of the one hundred greatest video games of all time. Whilst full of deserving winners, it has already generated arguments about what it missed (where's "Gears of War 2," "Infamous," "Limbo," "God of War 3"?) and its ordering.

Even so, so many great games are here, quite a few I'm proud to call my personal favourites like "Uncharted" 2 & 3, "The Last of Us," "Mass Effect 2," "Super Mario 64," the first two "Batman: Arkham" titles, "Red Dead Redemption," "Journey," "Bioshock" & "Bioshock Infinite," "Tomb Raider," both "Portal" games, "Heavy Rain," "Dead Space," "The Secret of Monkey Island," "Assassin's Creed II," "Sonic the Hedgehog," "GoldenEye," "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," "Duke Nukem 3D," and "Halo: Reach".

For the full list, which includes reader reactions and reasons for why they love each of these games, head to Empire Online. Here's the short version:

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"Agent Carter" Gets Two Hunks, New Details

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"Dollhouse" alum Enver Gjokaj and "One Tree Hill" star Chad Michael Murray have both joined the cast of ABC's upcoming "Captain America" spinoff series "Agent Carter" which appears to be finally sorting out its supporting cast.

Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa, who will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the pre-shield Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City.  Murray has been cast in the role of Ssr Agent Jack Thompson in the eight episode series.

Set in 1946, Carter finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr, she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America in the wake of losing Steve Rogers.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" directors Anthony and Joe Russo will helm episodes two and three of the »

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Set Photos: Jane In The New "Tarzan"

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The first set photos are out from "Harry Potter" series director David Yates' new big-budget film take on "Tarzan". Title star Alexander Skarsgard is not to be seen in the new shots, but three of the key supporting players are - Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Casper Crump.

"Wolf of Wall Street" star Robbie plays Jane Porter, Waltz plays Captain Rom (effectively the villain), and Crump is Captain Kerchover. Shooting has been taking place this week in Berkshire, England for several scenes set onboard a steam paddleboat.

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Eisenberg On Why He's Playing Lex Luthor

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Since his casting as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," actor Jesse Eisenberg hasn't spoken much about his role as the famed nemesis of the Last Son of Krypton.

Officially he isn't allowed to say much, but he does tell Total Film (via Cbm) that the psychology of the character drew him in:

"There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own.  I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person."

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Actors Play Multiple Roles In "Westworld"

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In a matter of weeks, HBO's TV series reinvention of Michael Crichton's classic 1970s film "Westworld" has become one of the hottest small screen projects in development.

The sheer amount of talent attached to the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy-scripted project is astonishing - Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Miranda Otto, and Rodrigo Santoro and more have all signed onboard.

So what is it about this story of adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots that's not just drawing them in but getting them to sign multiyear deals? The Live Feed may have found one answer.

According to their sources, the androids in the film can be killed off and return with completely different personas. As a result, actors are allowed to play many characters in the same season.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says: "This is built as a series and, »

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Votd: The History Of "Superman: Flyby"

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Over a decade ago, Warner Bros. Pictures was developing a project dubbed "Superman: Flyby". Having abandoned Tim Burton's "Superman Lives" project in the late 1990s, the studio had moved onto this incarnation which boasted a script by J.J. Abrams and had Brett Ratner slated to direct.

Abrams’ screenplay drastically reinvented the mythology, and an infamous and highly negative online script review was one factor which eventually led to the film's abandonment. Now, Mr. Sunday Movies has produced a video giving us a complete history of the project:

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Second Teaser: "Shaun the Sheep: The Movie"

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Following a first glimpse earlier this year, a new trailer is out for "Shaun the Sheep: The Movie," the new feature from "Wallace and Gromit" creators Aardman Animation. Shaun first appeared in the 'Wallace' short "A Close Shave" and his since gone on to star in over one-hundred episodes of Aardman's stop-motion animated TV series shorts.

Now, Shaun gets his own feature which "Gnomeo & Juliet" writer Mark Burton is co-writing and directing. Still in production at Aardman Studios in Bristol, the film is slated for a UK release on February 6th 2015.

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News Bits: Girl, Dates, Ghost, MacGruber 2

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Gone Girl

Empire's winter preview issue showcases some new photos from David Fincher's thriller adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel "Gone Girl" starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Fincher calls it a date movie that will "end 15 million marriages," and we'll see for ourselves in early October. [Source: Empire]

Release Date Changes

Warner Bros. Pictures have moved up the release of the "Magic Mike" sequel by two days. The film is now slated for release on July 1st 2015.

The Jason Bateman-narrated "Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary" has been slated for an April 24th 2015 release.

Finally the rom-com "Love, Rosie" starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins is set to score a theatrical release in early 2015 in the United States through distributor The Film Arcade.

The Grey Ghost

One iconic element of "Batman: The Animated Series" was The Gray Ghost, a TV superhero character played by an actor named Simon »

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"Star Wars: Episode VII" Resumes Production

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After a brief hiatus of several weeks, production officially resumed on "Star Wars: Episode VII" earlier this week at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.

As previously reported, the high-profile J.J. Abrams-directed sequel had to reschedule around a leg injury sustained by Harrison Ford from a ramp that served as a part of the set for the Millennium Falcon.

Ford had to undergo surgery following the injury in June, and while the production scheduled filming around him, only so much could be done before the project had to take a two week break in early August to allow the actor to finish healing.

The delay in shooting is still not expected to affect Star Wars: Episode VII's release date of Christmas 2015.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Ben Kingsley Talks The Real Mandarin

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"Iron Man 3" Spoilers Ahead

So just who is The Mandarin?

As we saw in "Iron Man 3," Ben Kingsley played Trevor Slattery, a failed British actor who was pretending to be The Mandarin - the most dangerous terrorist in the world and the leader of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

While Slattery's take on the Mandarin was an apparent smoke screen thought up by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), the Ten Rings is a real group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the subsequent short film "Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King," we see an incarcerated Trevor Slattery broken out of jail by a minion of the 'real' The Mandarin.

So who is the real Mandarin? Out doing promotion for "The Boxtrolls," Ben Kingsley teased to IGN that he might know. In fact it might be him after all:

"Has the Mandarin invented Trevor, or has Trevor invented the Mandarin? »

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TV News: Gotham, Arrow, Shield, Freak

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Gotham

Cbm has posted an apparent first look at beloved actress Carol Kane in Fox's upcoming Batman prequel series "Gotham". Kane plays 'Gertrud Kapelput,' the mother of Robin Lord Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot character who will go on to become the villain The Penguin. Her character has previously been described as a "proud and faded beauty with delusions of grandeur."

Arrow

Nolan Funk ("Glee," "Awkward") has joined the cast of the third season of The CW's "Arrow". Funk will appear in episode five, "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak".

Funk plays Cooper Seldon, Felicity’s hacker boyfriend from her days at MIT. It is unclear whether he will be appearing in flashbacks or in the present day. [Source: The Live Feed]

Marvel's Agents of Shield

After teasing it a few weeks back, ABC has now unveiled a new billboard for the second season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Someone has snapped a photo »

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Major "Avengers" Shake-Up Coming In "Ultron"?

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Potential Major Spoilers Ahead

It has been expected that "The Avengers" films will ultimately involve a revolving roster of superhero characters. As actors finish up their multi-contract deals, their characters will depart and be replaced with new ones introduced at different points be it in their own standalone films or in small roles in others.

A new report from Bad Ass Digest though indicates that may be happening a lot quicker than expected. The site seems to have seen an earlier version of the film's script and says that by the end of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the team roster will be significantly changed.

In fact, 'Ultron' apparently ends with Captain America assembling a whole new team, some familiar faces and some whole new ones, which partly explains all the vague talk about which Marvel heroes will be joining Steve Rogers in the third "Captain America" film.

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TV News: Longmire, Thrones, Wife, Blacklist

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Longmire

A&E has cancelled its western drama "Longmire" after three seasons. Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff starred in the drama which was the No. 1 scripted show in A&E's history. It will now be shopped to other networks.

This month's season three finale averaged 3.7 million total viewers and a lackluster 0.6 key demo rating - a drop of 16% and 45% respectively from the season fine. [Source: THR]

Game of Thrones

Actor and "Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gatiss is set to reprise his role as Tycho Nestoris, the world’s most fearsome banking executive, in the fifth season of HBO’s fantasy hit "Game of Thrones".

Gatiss is expected back on the set in Croatia next week. Gatiss made his debut last season in the episode "The Laws of Gods and Men" where his Braavosi bank team agreed to fund Stannis Baratheon‘s war effort to capture the Iron Throne from the Lannisters. [Source: EW]

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Phoenix Almost Set For "Doctor Strange"?

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Various names have been rumored for Marvel's "Doctor Strange" film with the most high profile being that of Joaquin Phoenix. At last report Phoenix was said to be in early negotiations to star, but since then there's been nothing aside from last week's talk of Jack Huston being under consideration.

That may change shortly as the time to lock down an actor for the film is arriving and Phoenix's deal looks like it is approaching the final hurdle. According to Latino Review's El Mayimbe, Phoenix and agency reps this morning say the deal hasn't been finalised yet, and there's still a few last details to work out. He did confirm that Phoenix and Marvel met this week about it.

Phoenix could still bail, the multi-picture commitment likely being the sticking point, but for now it seems the studio has only him in mind and we'll know either way in the »

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Downey Jr. Praises Marvel's "Guardians"

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There are many fans of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," one of them being "Iron Man" star himself Robert Downey Jr. who heaped praise upon the sci-fi film whilst doing press ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival. He tells The Toronto Sun:

"Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever. And it's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that.

We're talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: 'Look!'

It's like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has »

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Amazon's Third Pilot Wave Trailers

28 August 2014 12:43 PM, PDT

Determined to be the next Netflix, Amazon is continuing its original programming plans with the company's third wave of TV pilots now available.

Five shows are in contention: Whit Stillman's Paris-set "The Cosmopolitans" starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny; Marc Forster's "Hand Of God" starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney; the Mena Suvari-led medical drama "Hysteria"; David Gordon Green's coming of age comedy "Red Oaks", and Jay Chandrasekhar’s laugher "Really".

All five are available for viewing through Amazon’s Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and UK. Viewers can weigh in with opinions on which shows should be made into Amazon Original Series. Here's the sizzle real for all five:

This follows on from the first pilot wave of which only "Alpha House" and "Betas" made it to series and neither of which has made much impact. The second wave of pilots took place »

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"Captain America 3" Title Revealed Very Soon

28 August 2014 12:02 PM, PDT

"Captain America 3" co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo continue teasing the upcoming sequel during promotional rounds for the home video release of 'The Winter Soldier'.

This time, whilst speaking with Collider, they reveal that the threequel's subtitle is set to be revealed shortly:

"It will be soon. Look, sometimes the announcement waits on certain business deals to be completed so we're just kind of waiting on the business end of the issue to sort of settle itself and we'll be ready to announce it.  But we're hoping in a month or so at the most."

Joe Russo adds to Cinema Blend that: "I think when people learn the title of Cap 3, they'll understand that Marvel is continuing to take really big swings" indicating it could well take its name from a famed Captain America comic book arc. The success of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is also allowing them as writers to "take more chances, »

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Disney Unveils "Lava" Clip, "Feast" Photos

28 August 2014 12:01 PM, PDT

It has been a busy day on the Disney animated front. First up, Walt Disney Animation Studios has premiered two new images from their upcoming short film "Feast". The short is slated to screen before "Big Hero 6" in cinemas on November 7th.

The short follows one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Also today, Disney•Pixar have released the first clip from the short "Lava" which is slated premiere ahead of their Summer 2015 animated feature "Inside Out". The clip sees a lonely volcano named Uku serenading the heavens.

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Trailers: Foxcatcher, Rosewater, Rewrite, You

28 August 2014 11:31 AM, PDT

A second teaser trailer is out for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the Steve Carell and Channing Tatum-led drama which looks to be one of the biggest players in the upcoming awards season following the film's sterling reception at Cannes back in May.

The first trailer is out for "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater". The story follows Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal), who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009 and held for nearly four months. The film, which opens in November, premiered the other day at the Venice Film Festival to respectable but not gushing reviews.

Next comes the trailer for the Hugh Grant-led rom-com "The Rewrite". Grant stars as a former Oscar-winning screenplay writer long past his glory days who takes on a college teaching job. Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons star.

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Photos: Doctor Doom's New Costume?

28 August 2014 10:48 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox and those involved in the upcoming reboot of "The Fantastic Four" have yet to confirm the authenticity of last month's photo of a prop stand-in of Ben Grimm in his full 'The Thing' rock monster form.

As a result, don't expect an answer either way to these photos which popped up late last night on Geek Pride that claim to show Toby Kebbell in his Doctor Doom costume on a green screen set.

The design is quite different to the comics and the previous films, looking akin to the previous costume having been partly melted and residing in a dumpster for several years. Of course with all the green screen involved in the film it's hard to say what the true finished form of it will look like.

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