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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review

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After years spent exploring large, three-dimensional worlds with its flagship Assassin’s Creed games, Ubisoft decided to try something different in the hopes that it would be able to expand the series’ console and PC fan base into new territory. Thus began the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles project, a three game venture that was placed into the developmental hands of Climax Studios.

Fast forward to the present, and we’ve just received the first of the three planned episodes: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. Available for a meagre $10 price tag, it offers both fans and newcomers an affordable way to experience a new take on the stealth-focused franchise. On top of that, the downloadable title is free for anyone who purchased Assassin’s Creed: Unity‘s season pass before it was pulled from marketplaces.

China — which will be followed by games set in both India and Russia — continues the tale of Shao Jun, »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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First Official Look At The Joker In Suicide Squad

24 April 2015 6:12 PM, PDT

In honor of the character’s 75th anniversary, director David Ayer has Tweeted out the very first official image of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad. As expected, it’s drastically different than anything we’ve seen in the past and a huge departure from both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s version of the character. That being said, it’s pretty damn awesome and Leto has once again proven himself as an actor who’s capable of a tremendous physical transformation.

Featuring elements taken straight from the comics along with a few unconventional attributes, like the tattoos, this is perhaps the most deranged version of the character that we’ve seen so far, and we’re absolutely loving it. Though we’ve seen numerous teases of the look that Leto would be sporting, I don’t think anyone could of imagined that he would look this extreme. »

- James Garcia

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The End Of The Tour Review [IFFBoston 2015]

24 April 2015 6:01 PM, PDT

The American Dream hinges on a set process, a progression that each and every individual pursuing it is bound to follow. Society dictates that if you work hard, seek academic and spiritual education, push past every barrier and consistently look to the future, success – and the personal sense of fulfillment that success will bring – can eventually be yours. But what happens when you finally triumph, seizing your dreams and securing the life of your dreams – only to find that the happiness that was promised is nowhere to be found, and you still feel as deplorably vacant inside as before?

That existential emptiness is what appears to haunt author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in every moment of James Ponsoldt’s sublimely elegiac The End of the Tour, which centers on a days-long interview between Wallace and Rolling Stone journalist Dave Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) that took place as the former finishes »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Zedd Reveals Tracklist For True Colors

24 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

With True Colors set to release next month, May 19th to be exact, it was just a matter of time before Zedd revealed the tracklist for his sophomore album. While it unfortunately doesn’t give us any clue as to who will be collaborating with him, we can at least start to get some kind of idea as to what the Edm superstar has in store for us.

Kicking off the disc are the already released “Addicted to a Memory” and “I Want You To Know.” Following those tracks are 9 unreleased songs. However, seeing as there’s still several weeks to go before the album drops, I’d imagine that we’ll get to hear at least one more before True Colors hits store shelves. At least, I hope we do.

For now, check out the full tracklist below and let us know if you’ll be picking up Zedd‘s new album next month. »

- Matt Joseph

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Cleans Up At The International Box Office As New Clip Lands

24 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

At long last, Marvel’s superhero sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron has arrived in theaters. If you live outside of the U.S. that is, as the highly-anticipated comic book caper has now opened in 26 international territories over the last 24 hours. And based on initial box office receipts, Joss Whedon’s final Marvel outing is on track to outperform its predecessor.

Currently occupying the #1 spot in those aforementioned countries, Ultron has netted approximately $44.8 million during that brief period. If it continues to ring up that much in ticket sales outside of North America, then it won’t be long until it breezes past the $1 billion that the first Avengers racked up.

If you, like us, aren’t able to delight in the movie for another week, then you can feast your eyes on another action-packed clip above. Some of Ultron‘s avenging heroes, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, »

- Gem Seddon

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New Terminator: Genisys TV Spots Reveal More Twists

24 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

If you caught the last twist-revealing trailer for Terminator: Genisys, then it’s likely that you’re aware of the movie’s unique conceit. The savior of humanity, leader of the resistance and all-around champion of mankind, John Connor is no longer on our side. As the franchise ‘reset’ takes liberties with every aspect of the series beloved by fans, Genisys has strung up its guiding light as the harbinger of doom. There’s no denying the fact that as daring, unexpected moves go, it’s ballsy. But did we really need to know so much about what’s an arguably intriguing plot point?

Paramount’s decision to clue us in to what could have been a Gotcha! moment in theaters wasn’t a mistake, and that particular narrative quirk continues to drive this new batch of international TV spots. The focus of which hones in on the movie »

- Gem Seddon

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Motion Poster For Hannibal Season 3 Will Give You The Heebie Jeebies

24 April 2015 1:40 PM, PDT

With season 3 of Hannibal right around the corner, a brand new motion poster has landed to further whet your appetite for the show’s return. Seeing as it’s been a good long while since that first trailer arrived, this delightful animated artwork (via Mashable) is a perfect palate cleanser until the next one arrives.

Decked out in his motorcycle leathers, the titular cannibal is front and center of this newest tease, which only requires a tiny amount of ‘motion’ to truly unnerve. Played by Mads Mikkelsen, who was last spotted quickly exiting a house full of dying people lying around groaning in pools of blood, the murderous Dr. Lecter will also be at the fore of the upcoming season. Albeit on a new continent.

Exclusive: The new poster for @NBCHannibal Season 3 is deliciously sinister http://t.co/lO0EwYBpwL pic.twitter.com/WMTia5c1wu

Mash Entertainment (@mashentertain) April »

- Gem Seddon

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Paul Rudd Teases Ant-Man’s Future Appearances In The McU

24 April 2015 1:16 PM, PDT

If last summer’s Guardians of The Galaxy proved anything, it was that Marvel’s finely-tuned formula for multiplex success could withstand a major overhaul. The James Gunn-directed space comedy threw out the comic book movie rules and pleased audiences with its irreverence And action.

One of the next newcomers bestowed with the honor of a solo movie is the micro-sized Ant-Man, whose own outing seems to hew closely to Gunn’s comedy stylings. The latest trailer, which debuted last week, veered into more comical territory, and according to leading man Paul Rudd, that decision has left some folks somewhat befuddled.

“I think that there is [a lot of comedic elements], but at the same time, it’s not an out-and-out comedy,” he tells MTV. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s funny, but there’s also a lot of action, and there are relationships that you’ll care about. My hope is people are surprised by it. »

- Gem Seddon

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New Trailer Drops For Teen Assassin Comedy Barely Lethal

24 April 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

A second trailer for teenage assassin comedy Barely Lethal has arrived online. After a long distribution delay, Kyle Newman’s latest offering is gunning down a VOD and theatrical opening this spring, and now’s as good a time as any to get yourself acquainted with the movie.

Hailee Steinfeld stars as a Hit Girl type called Megan Walsh, who was raised as a highly-skilled special ops assassin. When she weighs up the pros and cons of her dangerous livelihood, she opts to throw down her weapons and study up on the rules of high school etiquette. And from what we can gather, this newest tease doesn’t offer a whole lot more insight than the first trailer. Steinfeld’s affable, smart teen is taken down a peg or two by Samuel L. Jackson’s mentor figure and the chaos begins.

On the basis of its strongest selling points – a »

- Gem Seddon

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American Horror Story: Hotel Adds Evan Peters

24 April 2015 12:25 PM, PDT

The next season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story is bumping up its roster of cast members to include another familiar face. While the content, tone and style of its fifth season – titled American Horror Story: Hotel – will strike out into new territory, the cast is turning into somewhat of a reunion. The latest to sign up is Evan Peters, whose downright creepy performances throughout the show’s run are a major highlight.

Peters was announced via Murphy’s Twitter, and the brief teaser message suggests he may take a backseat for a smaller supporting role, or perhaps even just a guest turn. Alongside another returning Ahs stalwart, Sarah Paulson, Peters will now have appeared in every single season of the FX anthology show. At this time, there’s no details on who it is he’s expected to play, but due to the format of the series he »

- Gem Seddon

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Charlie Cox Would Love A Captain America: Civil War Cameo For Daredevil

24 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT

The flexibility of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe promotes the crossover of characters from one movie to the next, and it’s a strategy that’s worked to strengthen the onscreen brand of the comic titans across its vast profile of movies, TV shows and straight-to-video shorts. As yesterday delivered an intriguing rumor concerning the introduction of Doctor Strange into the McU, talk has now turned to the possibility of the Man Without Fear making the leap to the big screen.

Star of Daredevil, Charlie Cox, has made no bones about his willingness to make the transition. In a recent sit down with IGN, the man behind the mask entertained the notion of cropping up in one of Marvel’s next blockbusters – Captain America: Civil War.

“Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that. “I love doing the TV show and I love that we have so much »

- Gem Seddon

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First Look At Daniel Radcliffe And James McAvoy In Victor Frankenstein

24 April 2015 11:46 AM, PDT

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As Universal pushes back its entire ‘Monster-verse’ by a year, another studio is stepping up to provide audiences with a new take on one of those iconic creatures. 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein reboot began its campaign to stand apart from the crowd (there’s also a Frankenstein TV series floating about in development) when star Daniel Radcliffe enthusiastically spoke out on the film’s action-packed angle. And now you can add ‘funny’ and ‘dark’ into the list of descriptors, as a new spread in Empire Magazine reveals further details on the monster movie.

This new iteration of Mary Shelley’s classic tome is directed by Paul McGuigan (Push) based on a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), and tells the story of mad scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his long-suffering assistant Igor (Radcliffe). That quartet of names alone promise stellar genre twists on the familiar material, »

- Gem Seddon

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First Look At Jamie Dornan In Fifty Shades Darker

24 April 2015 10:24 AM, PDT

Though it has yet to even enter production, we already have our first look at the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. Titled Fifty Shades Darker, the film just earned itself a release date and screenwriter, and still doesn’t have a director, but somehow, Universal has managed to pump out this first image.

Seen above is star Jamie Dornan, who plays Christian Grey. Though the context of the scene is unknown (at least to this author, who has not yet read the novel), it looks like he’s getting ready to attend some kind of party. And, given the nature of the film, I’d imagine that it won’t be a party of the PG-13 variety.

Fifty Shades of Darker will be heading into theatres on February 10th, 2017. Take a look at the image above and tell us, are you looking forward to the sequel, or did the »

- Matt Joseph

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7 Ways In Which Avengers: Age Of Ultron Has Changed The McU Forever

24 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT

Pity our American cousins for a moment. While the rest of the world have finally laid their eyes on the most anticipated movie since… well, the first Avengers, movie fanatics in the Us still have to wait a whole extra week before they too can watch Avengers: Age of Ultron in all of its action packed glory.

The hype has been understandably huge for Joss Whedon’s second take on the Avengers and the movie is guaranteed to Hulk Smash box office records left, right and centre over the coming weeks. The critical reception has also been overwhelmingly positive, which is fortunate as Marvel Studios has a lot riding on Age of Ultron, not just fiscally, but also as part of a key step in the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (known from now on as the McU, for those of you who saw daylight in your childhoods).

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- David Opie

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Things Go Bump In The Night In First Footage For M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit

24 April 2015 9:24 AM, PDT

After experimenting in different genres to no tangible avail with The Last Airbender and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan is returning to a genre he helped define with the release of upcoming horror film, The Visit, which today debuted its creepy first trailer.

Mixing found footage elements with more traditional camera work, the clip is an unusual melange of genre tropes, and despite our utmost attempts, we haven’t been able to identify any indications of a last-act, Shyamalan-styled twist. How and ever, the core premise of The Visit will center around a young brother and sister who are shipped out their grandparents for the weekend to spend some quality time with their ageing relatives. What could possibly go wrong?

A lot, as it turns out. Enforcing a non-negotiable, lights-out-by-9:30 policy, the grandparents attempt to push the children to a safe distance, but it isn’t long before the »

- Michael Briers

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Dvbbs Go Melodic With Their New Track Always

24 April 2015 9:11 AM, PDT

Taking a breather from the pounding drums, blaring horns and huge drops often associated with their music, Canadian duo Dvbbs have gone the more melodic route for their new track, “Always.”

Released today along with an interesting music video, the song boasts a female vocal laid over a much more soothing sound than we’re used to hearing from them. Full of uplifting synths and an almost tropical vibe, it’s a definite departure for the boys, but a welcome one nonetheless.

As for the visuals, we see Chris and Alex travelling the globe as they visit exotic locations such as Thailand, Australia and Switzerland, all while bringing their wild live shows along with them. Produced as a thank you to their fans for all of the support, Dvbbs has also made the track available as a free download, and you can grab a copy right here.

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- Matt Joseph

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20th Century Fox Releases Official Synopses For Kung Fu Panda 3, Ridley Scott’s The Martian And More

24 April 2015 8:50 AM, PDT

CinemaCon 2015 is well underway in Las Vegas, with studios showcasing their cinematic wares and detailing future releases ahead of time. One company to take to the stage just yesterday to preview its slew of future films was 20th Century Fox, offering up synopses for the likes of Kung Fu Panda 3, Ridley Scott’s The Martian and much more. We’ve cherry-picked two of the films from Collider’s report, which also includes Leonardo DiCaprio’s revenge drama The Revenant, among others. 

First up, Po’s latest adventure. Having recently reshuffled the release date for DreamWorks’ animation, the distributor unveiled the following synopsis, teasing a never-before-seen panda paradise for the ass-kicking protagonist.

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to »

- Michael Briers

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Avalanche Unveils Just Cause 3 Box Art Ahead Of New Week’s Gameplay Trailer

24 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

In anticipation of next week’s gameplay reveal, Avalanche Studios has lifted the curtain on the appropriately explosive box art for its upcoming open-world sequel, Just Cause 3. Due to premiere on Tuesday, April 28, the clip is set to be but a teaser of the chaotic title ahead of a full reveal during E3 in June.

Taking to Twitter, Avalanche posted the following clip offering up a small taste of what fans can expect come next week.

And the chaos ensues. #JustCause3pic.twitter.com/YGiAnPNTVw

Just Cause (@justcause) April 24, 2015

As a franchise renown for erring on the side of ridiculous, everything we’ve seen from Just Cause 3 thus far indicates that the threequel is very much going to toe a familiar line – kicking physics and common sense to the kerb in the process. Following the adventures of series stalwart Rico Rodriguez, this latest installment will jettison the action to the Mediterranean, »

- Michael Briers

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Facebook Remains Mum On Due Date For Consumer-Ready Oculus Rift

24 April 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

It’s easy to overstate Oculus’ rise to prominence, but considering that the company’s humble Oculus Rift prototype went from a Kickstarter project vying for funding to a business concept worth $2 billion in just under two years, the virtual reality headset sure knows how to make an entrance. Following Facebook’s acquisition early last year, the device is barreling down on its consumer-oriented launch, though it isn’t as close as many had assumed.

That’s according to CFO David Wehner, who spoke about the Oculus Rift’s immediate future in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, stating that while the prototype has come on leaps and bounds over the past 12 months, talk of “large-scale shipments” are still being kept under wraps.

“So we have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus,” Wehner said. “I just know that Oculus is very much in the development »

- Michael Briers

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Universal Monsters Delayed Along With Pacific Rim 2 And Warcraft

24 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT

Though Universal spent its time at CinemaCon revealing dates for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels and announcing a new release date for Furious 8, there are more properties getting shuffled than just those two. In particular, today brings some bad news for monster fans and sci-fi action aficionados.

Universal’s planned ‘Universal Monsters’ franchise has been considerably delayed, with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy shifting nine months from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017. That move also impacts the next, untitled monster movie, which was set to open April 21, 2017, but has been re-slotted for March 30, 2018.

Many are anticipating that The Wolf Man, which Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is scripting, will take that second date, but Scarlett Johansson is currently being courted for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, so it’s unclear whether that title will get priority should she sign up.

Universal also announced that the Guillermo del Toro-directed Pacific Rim 2 »

- Isaac Feldberg

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