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Haunting New Trailer For Macbeth Is A Visceral Delight

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The Weinstein Company has today lifted the lid on the latest haunting tease for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, promising a visceral portrayal of the famed and tragic Shakespearean play.

Pitting Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on a meandering, bloodthirsty quest for the crown, the trailer sees the Thane of Glamis locking horns on the dank and misty Scottish Highlands, while his significant other is busy fighting battles of her own as she looks to engineer a way to overthrow King Duncan. As anyone with even a passing interest in English literature – or high school education – will know all too well, Macbeth charts the mythic rise to power and tragic decent into villainy of the titular Thane, who discovers his supposed destiny when a trio of witches reveal his would-be path to the throne in the fallout of a brutal battle.

Directed by Snowtown‘s Justin Kurzel, today’s trailer is »

- Michael Briers

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Michael Shannon Clarifies “Flippers As Hands” Comment Ahead Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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In the fallout of San Diego Comic-Con, where excitement for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice reached the stratosphere following the release of the full-length trailer, news relating to the titanic DC showdown has been arriving thick and fast. From the reception of that early screening to Jesse Eisenberg singing the film’s praises, we’ve been inundated with juicy tidbits, and one of the more peculiar ones to arrive in the last few weeks came from General Zod himself, Michael Shannon.

Speculation has been rampant about his involvement in Dawn of Justice, though the actor seemed to hint that his character would be seen with flippers for hands. Somehow, almost inexplicably, this blew up over the Internet, though Shannon has now clarified the comments in the time since.

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Per The Daily Beast, Shannon revealed the truth of the matter in a recent interview, »

- Michael Briers

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Start Date For Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Multiplayer Beta Coming Soon, Says Naughty Dog

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s confirmation, Naughty Dog has provided a brief status update regarding the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta, stating that more information will be released imminently as soon as the studio nails down a concrete start date for the online testing period.

During last weekend’s Pax Prime event in Seattle, Nd’s Eric Monacelli was quizzed on the timeline for the anticipated multiplayer beta, who revealed that budding fans can expect more information to come sooner rather than later. Speaking to The Games Cabin, Monacelli revealed that “we [Naughty Dog] don’t have a date quite yet, but we’re gonna be releasing some info about it really soon.”

One thing to keep in mind regarding A Thief’s End‘s beta is the fact that Monacelli didn’t specify whether the multiplayer testing will go live before the year’s end or, »

- Michael Briers

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Wonder Woman Gets A Cinematographer, Working Title, And New Shooting Location

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As Warner Bros. and director Patty Jenkins prepare to shoot the solo Wonder Woman movie in London this Fall, some new details on the production have begun to emerge – including an interesting working title, a secondary shooting location, and the addition of an award winning director of photography.

First up, Meet The Movie Press would seem to have confirmed a rumor doing the rounds that Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (Let the Right One InThe FighterHer, InterstellarSpectre) will be putting his Academy Award-winning skills to use as director of photography on the movie. With with two-time Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer already on-board as visual effects supervisor, we can rest assured that Wonder Woman will, at the very least, look great.

Also, thanks to Production Weekly, we now know the movie’s shooting title will be “Nightingale”. This could be a reference to the DC Comics character »

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Dice Says Star Wars Battlefront Doesn’t Lift “A Single System” From Battlefield Series

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Dice’s heritage and expertise in the shooter genre may be felt within Star Wars Battlefront, but the studio has reaffirmed that its similarities with Battlefield end there.

Across its development, the Swedish dev has repeatedly stated that its high-profile take on a galaxy far, far away will feel and play like a different beast to its lucrative Battlefield franchise, and General Manager Patrick Bach drove that point home once more in a recent interview with Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar).

In fact, Bach even went so far as to say that Battlefront doesn’t borrow “a single system” from Dice’s flagship series, while trumpeting the shooter’s nostalgic factor.

I don’t think we have a single system in the game that is the same as in Battlefield. They are as far apart as any shooter would be to any other shooter. I think people will be surprised »

- Michael Briers

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Powerful First Trailer For Transgender Drama The Danish Girl Reveals An Oscar Dark Horse

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When the director of Oscar favorites including The King’s Speech and 2012’s riveting Les Misérables collaborates with Eddie Redmayne, star of last year’s award-winning The Theory of Everything, it’d be foolish to not stand up and take notice. As the festival season begins to heat up once again, we have our first trailer for the pair’s new creative venture: a bold transgender biopic called The Danish Girl,

Coming by way of Focus Features, the poignant clip finally showcases Redmayne as Einar, a brilliant artist who harbors a deep, mutual love with his fellow creator, Gerda Wegener (Ex Machina and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.‘s Alicia Vikander). Situated in 1920s Copenhagen, the happily married couple soon find their bond put to the test when Redmayne’s protagonist reveals his desire to become the world’s first transgender woman, despite the social stigma that it would entail during that particular time period. »

- Michael Briers

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Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Review

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The PlayStation Vita is not known for having a wide variety of great exclusives, but if you asked me to name some, both of the previous titles in the Danganronpa series would top my list. Combining adventure and visual novel mechanics to produce compelling murder mysteries and characters, they were a pair of games that I found myself pretty invested in.

Only a year after Danganronpa 2‘s American release, we now have the series’ third entry in our hands, and it’s likely not what fans were expecting.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is both a midquel set between the previous games, and a follow-up that abandons the adventure game mechanics in favor of third-person shooting. How well this will go over with existing Danganronpa fans may depend on how much they individually feel about the new genre. Personally, I think that Ultra Despair Girls is a serviceable spinoff for the most part, »

- John Fleury

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Action-Packed Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic Touches Down Online

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Even though we are still a few months away from the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, that didn’t stop 343 Industries from unleashing the opening cinematic for the title earlier than expected. Microsoft and 343 debuted the CGI-heavy clip exclusively on Buzzfeed earlier tonight.

Focusing on new protagonist Spartan Locke, the clip is an explosion-filled delight. Tasked with rescuing a captured scientist, Locke and Fireteam Osiris, which includes Nathan Fillion, literally jump into action. After dropping from their aircraft, the Spartan team goes to work, mowing down any Covenant foe that dares try to stop them.

Despite his known presence in the title, it’s odd not seeing series star Master Chief show up during this cinematic. With that said, Locke, who made in appearance in the recent Halo 2: Anniversary, looks to be an adequate replacement for the missing legend. Of course, Chief will still play a huge role in the Halo 5: Guardians saga, »

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Xbox One Elite Bundle Announced For November Release

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Looking to provide a different Sku for their popular console, Microsoft announced earlier today that the Xbox One Elite Bundle will hit stores later this year. The bundle is scheduled to launch worldwide beginning November 3rd, and will carry a cost of $499.

As the name implies, the Xbox One Elite Bundle comes packed with the upcoming Elite controller. The $150 device features full customization, and is described by Microsoft as “a new, performance-class controller to meet the needs of today’s competitive gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10.”

What really differentiates this console from the regular Xbox One system, though, is the inclusion of a 1Tb Solid State Hybrid Drive. Besides providing double the space the basic console provides, the Solid State Hybrid Drive “optimizes system performance so you can get to the action up to 20 percent faster from energy-saving mode.”

In addition to the Elite Bundle, Microsoft also announced a »

- Eric Hall

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Watch The Trailer For Downton Abbey’s Final Season

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British drama series Downton Abbey closes its grandiose doors for the final time later this year. As the show’s last season begins airing in the UK shortly, ITV has dropped the heart-wrenching teaser trailer to prepare audiences for its last hurrah.

Since its debut, the Brit export continues to curry favor with audiences worldwide thanks to its tales of forbidden romance, societal struggles and the troubles that even affect the very, very rich. The trouble with pushing on for six seasons is that the driving force of its premise – how everyone regardless of status is really the same – has outstayed its welcome a little.

Earlier on, the austerity of war proved a goldmine in channeling that conceit, whereas later seasons the plot felt derivative. And with the bigger names in its cast such as Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay jumping ship a few seasons back, there’s little »

- Gem Seddon

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Hannibal Creator Bryan Fuller Talks Season 4 And Silence Of The Lambs

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This past Saturday, NBC called time on its chilling horror drama Hannibal. Chilling thanks to the hard work orchestrated by its creator Bryan Fuller, who adapted Thomas Harris’ novels into three seasons of mind-boggling brilliance, the likes of which rarely grace the small screen. Nevertheless, the network axed the show, making this weekend’s episode both the season and series finale.

Despite all the major networks and streaming outlets turning down the chance to snap up the show, Fuller remains cautiously optimistic on the future of the series. His faith in Lecter’s continued story is such, that in a recent batch of interviews to ring out Hannibal’s exit, he spoke on the subject of what that elusive season 4 might look like as he told Hitfix:

Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film. The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart »

- Gem Seddon

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First Trailer For MTV’s Terry Brooks Adaptation The Shannara Chronicles

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If you’re growing weary of the never-ending stream of post-apocalyptic content being siphoned onto our screens, both big, small and pocket-size, you might dismiss The Shannara Chronicles as more of the same. Developed by MTV, the show is based on a series of novels by Terry Brooks and picks up with the remnants of mankind thousands of years following a nuclear holocaust.

Instead of a hollowed-out husk, the Earth witnessed in this first trailer appears to be a lush oasis, a perfect habitat for its fantastical inhabitants. This might be a post-apocalyptic time period – but its similarity to other works in that domain are scant. Two of the three leads are described as an Elven princess and a half-human half-elf, both of whom make appearances in this brief teaser – alongside a horde of indescribable beasties – as they quest to save the world from an evil demon.

And while it »

- Gem Seddon

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James Foley Edges Closer To Directing Fifty Shades Darker

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Less than two weeks ago it was announced that James Foley was being targeted by Universal to steer the second instalment of its Twilight fan fiction franchise. As shocking as that rumored tidbit was, today’s news is even more jaw-dropping, as Variety reports that Foley has been “officially offered the job” to direct Fifty Shades Darker.

What strikes as odd is the masterful roster of work Foley has accumulated over the years: The chatterbox character piece Glengarry Glen Ross and Netflix’s powerhouse politico hit House of Cards to name but two of his recent successes. Earlier in his career he made a name cultivating character studies that spoke to a different clientele than the Fifty Shades demographic, with the likes of underrated ’80s classics After Dark, My Sweet and At Close Range.

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Nevertheless, Universal’s sights are on Foley for one reason or »

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Chloe Grace Moretz Faces An Alien Invasion In The 5th Wave Trailer

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Since squaring off against a fleet of souped-up vigilantes in Kick-Ass and wreaking revenge on the popular crowd in Carrie, Chloe Grace Moretz has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Coupled with a recent supporting turn in Clouds Of Sils Maria that brought out the manipulative savage within, and it’s safe to say that she’s at her best when playing characters who rage against the system. For her next outing, young adult adaptation The 5th Wave, she’s up against her biggest opponent yet — aliens.

Based on Rick Yancey’s novel, the film casts Moretz as Cassie, a 16-year old who grows up during a time when Earth is under constant attack from an unknown race of marauding aliens. Each cycle of which is called a ‘wave.’ The first wiped out their power, the second brought down the fury of mother nature’s wrath, the »

- Gem Seddon

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The Flash Season 2 Casts Tony Todd As The Voice Of Zoom

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The upcoming second season of The CW’s The Flash will introduce one of the Scarlet Speedster’s best known enemies from the comics, Zoom – but with an interesting twist. Clearly hoping to bide their time with the casting and debut of the character himself, our first exposure to the villain will be vocal, as Candyman actor Tony Todd as been cast as the “voice of Zoom.”

The show’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explains the decision to Variety:

“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, »

- Mark Cassidy

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Milla Jovovich Posts Bloody Pre-Production Photos From Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

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On the eve of production getting underway in Cape Town, South Africa, franchise stalwart Milla Jovovich has shared a pair of bloody set photos in anticipation of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Flying the flag for survival and the remnants of the human race for the final time, Jovovich will reprise her role as Alice, the badass killing machine that has wreaked havoc across Screen Gem’s lucrative franchise. In the photos below, we see the actress take part in a makeup test ahead of returning as the battle-worn heroine in a few days’ time.

Blood and scratches. Alice “wounds” Make up test. #aliceisback #hero #makeup #residentevilmovie #capetowndiary

A photo posted by Milla Jovovich (@millajovovich) on Aug 31, 2015 at 4:47am Pdt

One week till principal photography. #hero #residentevilmovie #capetowndiary

A photo posted by Milla Jovovich (@millajovovich) on Aug 29, 2015 at 4:39am Pdt

Much like previous entries into the series, The Final Chapter »

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Latest Captain America: Civil War Rumor Hints At A Different Spider-Man Origin Story

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Of all the potential partnerships and bromances bubbling beneath the surface of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, the one that has caught our attention and refuses to let go is that between Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Tom Holland’s new webslinger on the block, Spider-Man.

From the leaked trailer over the weekend and even the original still that appeared to showcase Holland in an early version of the suit, it seems a safe bet that the pair will cross paths in a big way. But in what capacity?

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Latino Review has the latest (wholly unofficial) rumor on Spidey and his anticipated debut in Civil War, with the outlet claiming to have sources close to production that know of Holland’s new-fangled suit and how it plays into the grand scheme of things in next year’s superhero blockbuster. »

- Michael Briers

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Final Fantasy Xv Confirmed For 2016 Release

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After nearly an entire decade of prolonged development, Final Fantasy Xv is now officially close to being finished, as Square Enix recently confirmed at Pax Prime that the much-anticipated RPG will finally be released some time in 2016.

No time window was given outside of the year, but it’s still nice to know that the wait is mostly over. Square Enix reps also recently said they’re aiming for a simultaneous worldwide release of the game rather than prioritizing the Japanese release first, so Western gamers likely won’t have to wait until 2017.

A new video was also released that showcases the various ways players will be able to travel through the game’s expansive world via a snazzy convertible. You will be able to choose between full manual control of the car as well as automated movement to specific points, and have a variety of camera settings, from a »

- John Fleury

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Nicholas Hoult Set To Star As Famed Author J.D. Salinger In Rebel In The Rye

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It’s been a long time since Nicholas Hoult first graced our screens opposite Hugh Grant in kooky British comedy About a Boy. As a stalwart of Bryan Singer’s revamped X-Men origins trilogy along with a eye-catching role in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road – quite the compliment, given the nature of the R-rated masterpiece – now Hoult is primed to shed light on one of literature’s most reclusive figures: J.D. Salinger.

Two years after the hit documentary attempted to peel back the layers on the famed scribe, Hoult is now set to bring him to life in upcoming drama, Rebel in the Rye. Written and directed by Danny Strong, we understand that the script itself is to be adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s aforementioned biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, which charted the titular writer’s life and how he receded into his own privacy following the »

- Michael Briers

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Spooky Trailer For Pay The Ghost Has Nicolas Cage Play A Desperate Father

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If there was ever an actor whose career could be aligned with the old Halloween tradition of trick or treat, it would be Nicolas Cage. From Oscar-winning highs to confounding lows, it’s fair to say that the star has served up a fair share of each across his sprawling résumé, and he’ll be hoping to serve up a spooky treat this fall season with Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost.

Having directed Houdini, Oz and Homicide: Life On The Streets – not to mention a feature film in The Baader Meinhof Complex – Pay the Ghost is somewhat of a departure for Edel, which sees Cage’s Mike Cole scramble across the four corners of NYC in an attempt to find his missing son. You see, upon attending their local festive parade, the young boy is caught up in the atmosphere, capturing the hustle and bustle on his camera, »

- Michael Briers

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