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Old Hudson Soft properties could find new life at Nintendo

6 hours ago

It's reported that Nintendo has purchased the rights for old Hudson Soft title Momotaro Dentetsu from Konami. Could more IPs follow?

This morning, we've already heard about Japanese financial outlet Nikkei's grim report about the corporate culture at Konami. But one of the other things that article has thrown up, as translated by Thomas James, is that Konami's sold off the rights to one of its old properties to Nintendo.

Momotaro Dentetsu is an obscure name to most westerners, but it's something of a perennial favourite in Japan. It's an unlikely mix of Japanese legend (Momotaro, or Peach Boy, is a popular folk tale in its native country), transport sim and board game, and has regularly appeared on consoles and handhelds since the late 80s. 

Since Konami acquired the Momotaro rights in 2011, following its buy-out of the sadly-departed Hudson Soft, it's shown little interest in continuing the series. In June, »

- ryanlambie

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Japanese article goes behind the scenes at Konami

7 hours ago

With Silent Hills cancelled and Hideo Kojima seemingly ousted, what's going on at Konami? A Nikkei article might have the answer...

The apparent rift between Konami and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima was one heavily-reported sign that all isn't well at the Japanese developer and publisher. With Kojima's name removed from Metal Gear Solid V's packaging and marketing and his development team dismantled, it seems like the end of an era both for the franchise and the company as a whole.

Then there's the whole sorry affair of Silent Hills, the collaboration between Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro that Konami abruptly shut down earlier this year. That game's enthusiastically-received playable demo, Pt, was mysteriously deleted from PlayStation Store's library back in May.

So what's going on? A new report published by Nikkei might hold the answer. It depicts a quite scary working environment where employees are said to be »

- ryanlambie

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Fantastic Four: Miles Teller on film's review chances

8 hours ago

Miles Teller discusses Fantastic Four’s chances on Rotten Tomatoes, and reveals that he hasn’t seen the film yet…

Here’s an interesting nugget of Fantastic Four news that cropped up yesterday – the cast haven’t seen the finished film yet.

The film – which opens worldwide this Thursday (the 6th of August) – is yet to be screened for critics. When asked about this, Miles Teller revealed to the BBC that “we [the cast] haven't seen the film either."

At this stage, it’s worth pointing out that Mad Max: Fury Road and Knock Knock – both of which did very well with reviewers – weren’t screened for press until very late in the day either, in the UK. Appreciating the negative press that the movie has attracted in some quarters, we're still rooting for this one. 

In the same BBC News piece, there's a longer quote from Miles Teller where he discusses »

- rleane

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Ash Vs Evil Dead: first image of Lucy Lawless in action

9 hours ago

Lucy Lawless has been getting grubby in Ash Vs Evil Dead. You can get your first look at her character right here...

As we reported following San Diego Comic-Con, Lucy Lawless' character in Ash Vs Evil Dead has a deep-set grudge against Ash. That could have something to do with the fact that she's playing the daughter of a character from the original film. 

Lucy Lawless is portraying Ruby Knowby, ‘the only surviving daughter of Professor Raymond Knowby,' and today we've had our first look at the character. Here's the picture...

That blazer is going to need some Daz, isn't it? 

Ash Vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz (in America) this Halloween. So far, we don't know if it'll get a UK release. But we'll keep you posted on that.

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- rleane

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This Is England '90: trailer and synopsis for Shane Meadows' latest

9 hours ago

Channel 4 drama and Shane Meadows' latest, This Is England '90, has got a first trailer, and a synopsis...

Shane Meadows' This Is England saga is said to conclude with his next TV series - This Is England '90

It will consist of four episodes and promises to reunite lots of familiar faces from the film and the two previous TV dramas, This Is England '86 and This Is England '88

The synopsis for the new series reads like this: 

"Gazza’s tears. Hubble’s launch. Saddam’s invasion. Mandela’s release. This is 1990. This is England. And Lol, Woody, Shaun, Milky, Smell, Gadget, Harvey, Kell, Trev and Combo are back for the final chapter of Shane Meadows’ multi award-winning landmark series…

"It’s two years on since the less-than-festive Christmas of ‘88, with some of the gang embracing the new decade with more gusto than others. But a »

- rleane

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Marvel's Jessica Jones: Rosario Dawson confirmed to appear

9 hours ago

Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple, Aka Night Nurse, will appear in Marvel's Jessica Jones series...

Just a brief Jessica Jones update here, but an exciting one at that. As many may have hoped, Rosario Dawson will be popping up in this show.

Her character, Claire Temple, is the McU's version of Night Nurse (a superhero patcher-upper from the comics), so it makes sense that she would help out more than one crime-fighter using her medical abilities. 

She played a significant role in Daredevil season 1, and has been confirmed for the second season of that one, too. It looks like Claire could become the connective tissue between Marvel's Netflix projects, then, which would be entirely welcome with fans, we'd say.

Recently, rumours have suggested that she may well appear in the movie Doctor Strange, too (It makes sense - Night Nurse was a core character in The Oath comics, our best »

- rleane

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Defiance season 3 episode 9 review: Ostinato In White

9 hours ago

The Omec take centre-stage in this week's eventful episode of Defiance...

This review contains spoilers.

3.9 Ostinato In White

After the wild ride of episode eight, one might reasonably assume that Ostinato In White might be less frenetic. However, with the Vc sub-plot neutralised, the Omec take centre stage in what turned out to be a rather messy diversion.

From the outset, this story is all over the place, trying to make you think that darling Doc Yewll has been ripped to pieces by some feral creature. Except this Yewll just doesn’t react like the one we’re used to, because she always has a plan.

That’s soon explained, linking back to earlier in the season when Kindzi took the Doc’s DNA, which she then failed to destroy when instructed to do so.

Sadly, much of this narrative doesn't make a great deal of sense, because if you »

- louisamellor

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation hits big at box office

11 hours ago

Making a mockery of early projections, the Tom Cruise-headlined Mission: Impossible 5 gives Paramount a late summer hit...

You may recall that, last month, there was some negative chatter doing the rounds about the fifth Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The film had been "tracking softly", one of those lovely new phrases to enter the lexicon of movie reporting (we talked about it in a bit more detail, here). The implication was that the film's projected box office takings were not in line with expectations. An opening weekend in the Us of around $40m was projected. This would not make bean counters happy.

But then people actually got to see the film.

Reviews for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation proved to be positive (we liked the film a lot too, although can't, in truth, take credit for its box office success), and the movie has now »

- simonbrew

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Spider-Man reboot definitely not origin story, say writers

12 hours ago

We won't have to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man being bitten by a spider, it seems, in Marvel and Sony's next Spider-Man film...

Over the weekend, writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein's Vacation was released into Us cinemas, although it struggled against the success of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The pair now move on to write the next Spider-Man movie for Sony and Marvel, and on the junket trail for Vacation, they've been chatting about their approach.

It's been known for a while now that the 2017 Spider-Man film won't be telling the origin story again, and Daley and Goldstein reaffirmed that on The Andy Greenwald Podcast. "I think that everybody feels like you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died, and we probably don’t need to revisit that", said Goldstein.

So what will the approach be for Tom Holland's version of Spider-Man? »

- simonbrew

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Stuart Little set for a remake

12 hours ago

E B White's Stuart Little is to head back to the movies. This time? The plan is to be "more comedic"...

The first Stuart Little film was a hit seemingly out of nowhere back in 1999. Rob Minkoff, of The Lion King fame, directed the original movie, and also tackled the superior sequel in 2002. The first two films mixed live action and animation, before Stuart Little 3 went straight to disc as an animated feature in 2005. Michael J Fox voiced the title character on all three occasions.

And now we hear that a fresh take on Stuart Little is in development. Once again based on the book by E B White, Sony and Red Wagon Entertainment will again bring Stuart to the screen by mixing live action and animation. This time around, the films are set to be "more comedic".

In terms of personnel, thus far only producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher »

- simonbrew

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