7 items from 2014
I recently had the opportunity to speak with the man behind many of the voices I grew up listening to in the mornings, after school and even on the weekends. Peter Cullen is known throughout the world not only as the voice of the wise and heroic leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, in the 1980s The Transformers cartoon series, but he was also the voice of various other robots including Ironhide, Slugslinger, Streetwise, Wingspan and Nightstick. He reprised the voices of Optimus and Ironhide in the 1986 ?The Transformers: The Movie? film. In 2007 Cullen returned as Optimus Prime in Michael Bay's live-action Transformers film and it's subsequent sequels. Cullen has also lent his talents to the somber voice of Eeyore in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He has lent his voice to Knight Rider (K.A.R.R.), The Pirates of Dark Water (Mantus), Dungeons and Dragons (Venger), Voltron, »
If the MTV Video Music Awards looked boring on TV, it was even worse watching the show in person. Sunday night’s ceremony was held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., a venue so monstrous not even Taylor Swift could fill all the seats. Unlike most concerts, there weren’t any TV screens in the venue that broadcast the performances live, which is why crowds kept looking restless when the camera cut to them. It was hard to see what was happening.
At every commercial break, a VMAs stage manager with a bullhorn would bark at the fans on the ground floor to move as the clunky sets weaved around them. There was a smattering of boos when Miley Cyrus tried to make a political statement by sending a homeless man onstage to accept her Moonman trophy for Video of the Year. When Beyonce finally delivered her showstopper finale, half »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The first true day of E3 2014 has wrapped and let me tell you, time does fly when you are having an insane time. With so many huge titles announced beforehand, and even more unveiled as the show goes on, playing -- or seeing -- games hands on takes up most of the time.
Today, I started my E3 with Activision and my first stop was 30 minutes playing Destiny, the hot new IP from Bungie. First off, the game sizzles in its smoothness. The textures are wonderful and it felt like 1080p, 60 fps, even on this early build.
My fire team took on the Old Russia map and we were able to run one mission. Our team lead was the artist who actually created the level, Rob Evans. Destiny has an Mmo feel with enemy respawns occurring all the time. We cleared out an old factory and took on a "wizard" which was the level boss. »
If Jesus can’t save your show, nothing can.
The upcoming North American arena touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been canceled. A statement on the show’s website confirmed the news that the production, which was to have started performances June 9 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, was no longer going forward and that all ticket sales would be refunded.
The tour was announced back in April and was to have starred Ben Forster as Jesus, after he won a British reality-tv competition for the role, as well as »
- Jake Perlman
We’re here in the final stretch of the “Saturday Night Live” season, with just three consecutive episodes separating us and wild speculation about the fortieth season of the program. I have a few thoughts on what to look for over these three weeks, but the promos this week suggest “SNL” might have an extremely fun and game host in Garfield. He has cameo’d in the past when real-life girlfriend Emma Stone has hosted (look for her to return the favor tonight), but this is his first chance to show the comedic touches he brings to Peter Parker in a sketch-comedy setting. Along for the ride is musical guest Coldplay, who ironically last appeared on “SNL” when Stone hosted. Maybe Spider-Man will fight them as two-thirds of The Sinister Six. Not an Extremely sinister six, I’d grant you. But hey, what do I know? As always, I’ll be liveblogging, »
- Ryan McGee
The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.
It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and Jc Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U. »
- Associated Press
Those looking to get their hands on 2013′s Deadpool will have to act fast, as the comic book title was recently removed from Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Marvel’s very own ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is not the only character to see his game removed, as various Spider-Man and X-Men titles have also been pulled from the digital platforms.
While Activision and Marvel have both remained quiet about the move, it’s likely that the issue revolves around a licensing agreement between the two studios. Nonetheless, the complete list of affected titles is as follows: Deadpool, Spider-Man: Edge Of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe, Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows, X-Men: Destiny, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Official Game. All of these Activision-published titles can still be found on retailer shelves for the time being, though.
Deadpool is obviously the most shocking title to be pulled here, »
- Eric Hall
7 items from 2014
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