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With the stellar success of this past weekend's Spring Awakening Music Festival, the city of Chicago has gained some serious Edm cred. The three day event, organized by React Presents, reportedly drew crowds in excess of 30,000 each day, making it the largest dance festival in the Midwest. It follows the Electric Daisy Festival (North America's single largest dance music festival and event) which was held last month at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Il. This weekend's Spring Awakening generated it's own charge of electricity, however, with all-star headliners like Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Moby and Chi-town's own Krewella entertaining the masses on "da Main Stage" in Soldier Field. Three additional stages were also added outside the venue to accommodate the talent run- off. Other artists on the weekend bill included Nero, Nicky Romero, Bingo Players, Wolfgang Gartner, Dirty South, Zedd, and Carnage - who emerged as one of the crowd's favorites. »
- email@example.com (Jennifer Maurer)
Did you catch John Oliver on The Daily Show last night? The longtime correspondent took over for Stewart for the first show of his three-month substitution and, well, he didn’t suck! It speaks to The Daily Show’s strong writers that for many fans — save for an accent — there wasn’t a huge difference in performance.
Of course, it’s hardly fair to compare Oliver’s one 30-minute show to Stewart’s standard. Stewart has had 14 years to develop the smart and snarky on-air persona we all know, love and already miss. But that’s where the mighty Internet comes in. »
- Erin Strecker
Raw this week emanated from Hartford, Connecticut just a few weeks away from the Payback pay-per-view Chicago. Payback definitely seem to be the word of the night. As scheduled for a rematch was Triple H versus Curtis Axel following the events of a few weeks ago. However, it soon became a family affair with the reappearance of the one and only Billion-Dollar Princess Stephanie McMahon and daddy dearest Vince McMahon.
The opening segment this week involves Stephanie and Vince pleading with the fans to agree with their decision that Triple H would not compete against Curtis Axel. Even at one point saying, that The Game was beneath Axel and should not risk his health for someone on his level. I know what they’re going for making Triple H a Rocky like figure competing against the odds. But it just didn’t work well. WWE has set such a superhuman precedent with John Cena, »
- Paul Jordan
The Last Of Us marks several firsts for Naughty Dog as a developer. Not only will it represent the first product from the now two-tiered team and said studio’s first foray into survival horror, but the game will also be the host of some single-player downloadable content, which will land in three seperate iterations. Players will be able to purchase the season pass for $19.99 which will cover the trio of downloads – namely a pair of additions to multiplayer and one intended for the game’s campaign.
Though we don’t know much about the multiplayer component – Naughty Dog have remained all but mum on the online feature – the studio have clearly placed some confidence in the game’s replay value. Supporting The Last Of Us in the months after launch is a promising sign and the coveted studio have also integrated various day one initiatives for gamers chomping at the infected bit. »
- Michael Briers
Monday Night Raw definitely gave us a lot more to be appreciative for this week. I’m not just talking about the fact that it was Bret Hart appreciation night in Calgary or the fact that it was Memorial Day in the Us. There was some great action, solid booking and great cameos during the night as well. The show began with the first of many touching tributes to the men and women of the Us military. Before I begin talking about the wacky world of professional wrestling, I just want to say thank you to all who serve, protect our freedoms here domestically or abroad. Your sacrifice will always be remembered in my heart.
- Paul Jordan
Since a new film law took effect in January, Colombia has emerged as the go-to location for a growing number of international filmmakers.
Also helping lift production: the country has turned the page on the notorious drug violence of its past. According to the latest U.S. State Dept. travel warning, “security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years.”
Per the new film law, dubbed Law 1556, foreign shoots of feature films and TV movies investing over $500,000 in Colombia can avail themselves of cash rebates of 40% on local qualified film spend and 20% cash rebates on lodging, catering and transportation expenses.
The law creates a $14 million film fund and complements the 2003 film law, which offered subsidies and tax savings of up to 41.23% to resident producers. The old law led to a surge in local production and resulted in improved crew competence and depth.
It also contributed to a growing shooting and production services infrastructure. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Producers: Rhayuela, Axxon Films (France),
Director: Jose Luis Rugeles
Details: Social drama. Financing under way.
Buenaventura mon amour
Producers: Mon Amour Prods., Rhayuela
Director: Jose Luis Rugeles
Details: Transmedia music and dance drama set in salsa capital, Cali.
Producer: Ennovva Films
Director: Simon Brand
Details: Found-footage English-language thriller
Sales: Wild Bunch
Producers: 64-a Films, Film Fatal (Spain)
Director: Chus Gutierrez
Details: Romantic comedy set in Cali. Shoots in August.
Producer: 64-a Films
Director: Jorge Navas
Details: English-language paranormal thriller.
Producers: Ennovva Films, A Bigger Boat, Launchpad (U.S.)
Director: Victor Garcia
Sales: Im Global
La olla magica
Director: Jairo Eduardo Carrillo
Details: Kid-targeted animated feature. In production.
Lejos del mundo
De La Tierra, Tornasol (Spain)
Director: Gerardo Herrero
Details: Dark comedy thriller starring Carmelo Gomez. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
On TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s secret is revealed, Orphan Black has a civil war on its hands, a new class enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ben Affleck is Mr. Saturday Night, a Family Guy moonlights on The Simpsons (and both of those shows end their seasons) and The Cleveland Show has its swan song. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, May 18
- Kimberly Roots
2K and Firaxis Games has announced that Haunted Hollow is now available for Free on the App Store for iOS devices. Players will be able to build their own spooky mansion full of vampires, zombies, mummies and other monsters that go creep in the night!
From the Press Release
2K and Firaxis Games, the critically acclaimed studio responsible for the award-winning Xcom: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier's Civilization series, today announced the availability of Haunted Hollow, their first title to be designed exclusively for the iPad and iPhone.
Staying true to Firaxis' strong history in creating deep, strategy-driven games, Haunted Hollow is a competitive, spooky, turn-based game that's sure to please gamers of all ages. Players build a mysterious mansion to summon popular monsters, like vampires, mummies and werewolves, who fight their opponent's collection of creatures while simultaneously attempting to possess an unsuspecting town - in order to win. »
- Amanda Dyar
Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award nominated cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt about being a teenage photojournalist, working with director Mike Nichols, the Oscars and the current state of filmmaking...
My sister is a painter and architect, my father was a doctor but he always wanted to be a musician, and my mother was interested in painting. I was surrounded by art in my childhood,” states Stephen Goldblatt who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of seven; four years later he became obsessed with photography and later as a teenager Goldblatt was hired to work for London Life Magazine owned by the Sunday Times. “I was working as a photographer when I was 18. The thing about old style film photojournalism was that you were telling a story in still pictures and not being digital, you tended to try to do »
Developer Telltale Games is best known for titles that fit into the classic point-and-click graphic adventure genre, such as Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island, and most recently the acclaimed episodic Walking Dead game. However, there was one title that was decidedly outside of their typical gameplay model, that being the 2010 title Poker Night at the Inventory. Taking the basic rules of Texas Hold’Em poker and having players compete against a colorful cast of characters from several different franchises, the game was quite a fun diversion.
Now, two and a half years later, players have been given a chance to return to the secret club known as The Inventory, and meet with a new group of familiar faces in Poker Night 2. The sequel, while mostly identical in actual gameplay, has been beefed up with a new and more accessible unlock system, another type of poker to play, and more goodies to obtain, »
- John Fleury
If there’s one message to take away from this week’s Monday Night Raw from Greenville, South Carolina it would be expect the unexpected. From quick upset wins over champions to out of nowhere attacks on certain superstars, it seemed like WWE was really trying to get people talking. But did it work? Let’s talk about it.
The show began with a handicap match featuring Sheamus and Randy Orton getting revenge once again on The Big Show. This time Randy and Sheamus are able to use their teamwork to easily dispatch the giant superstar with a Brogue Kick/Rko Combo clean for the win. After this, I wasn’t sure what was left in this feud since they just got the victory. Well, my questions were answered later on in the night as with a second attack on Sheamus Mark Henry has now been added to the mix »
- Paul Jordan
Source: Wrestling Inc
Before the show began in the editions pre-show dark match Justin Gabriel defeated Curt Hawkins with the 450 splash.
WWE SmackDown: The new Heavyweight Champion of the World, Dolph Ziggler, began the show who got a huge pop from the Boston crowd. Ziggler continued to big himself up and started talking about his historic Money in The Bank cash in on Raw, he was then interrupted by Jack Swagger and Zeb, after a slight confrontation the two left and Ziggler continued his celebrations. Ziggler was then interrupted by Alberto Del Rio who stated he wanted a title shot and then also left. The third and final interruption came from former foe Chris Jericho, who challenges Ziggler to a match later in the evening. Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players. The Shield interrupted the celebrations warning Team Hell No they wont back down again. »
- Matt Robinson
Fast & Furious: Showdown has been formally confirmed by Activision and given its first images.
The screens showcase a safe being dragged behind a car in a getaway, as well as gunmen firing at one another from speeding cars.
Images - first screens of Fast & Furious: Showdown:Revealed last month, Fast & Furious: Showdown will take place in eight different locations around the world. The game will reportedly feature 31 missions played co-operatively, either with a friend or AI.
Players can switch between a number of key roles - from driver to gunman, tactician or daredevil - and modify their own cars, and the game features an objective-based Challenge Mode and online leaderboards.
Fast & Furious: Showdown will be released on May 24 in Europe and May 22 in North America, the same week of release as Fast & Furious 6.
Tabletop gamers, prepare to respond with vigor as board game maker Plaid Hat Games has announced that their next title is May's "Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia."
It's only appropriate that a game that's so deeply embedded with the last century's media will itself cross media in a new format to tell its story.
So will you be one of the Founders or the Vox Populi? These are the two factions available in "The Siege of Columbia," which is set during the events of the game as both sides attempt to take control of the floating city. The goal is to take control of the aerial dystopia district by district, moving between each using Sky-lines, using leader characters like Vox leader Daisy Fitzroy and the mysterious Songbird to turn the tide of battle. According to the game's official page, you can expect some manner of resource management by increasing »
- Charles Webb
The Last of Us will release on June 14th for PlayStation 3. Players will jump into a survival horror adventure like no other where they must survive a journey across a decimated United States. Now check out a brand new trailer that features never-before-seen content!
The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character-driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Abandoned cities are being reclaimed by nature and the remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.
For more information on the game, check out The Last of Us website.
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- Amanda Dyar
Amid the chaotic finale of last night’s The Walking Dead, Naughty Dog issued out two new trailers for their upcoming post-apocalyptic game The Last Of Us. The studio capitalised on the swell of viewing figures by releasing a short thirty second teaser during a commercial break, however over on Amazon an extended 2-and-a-half minute trailer was also unveiled.
You can check out both below:
The shorter TV spot above acts as a sizzle reel for the longer trailer underneath, and while gamers who have kept up with the development of The Last of Us may find some of the footage familiar, Naughty Dog sure know how to stoke excitement.
The survival game will take place in a world ravaged by a vicious plague, one inspired loosely on the Cordyceps fungus – a nasty disease that infects the brain of the host and replaces mental tissue with horrifying, mind-controlling abilities. Only in this universe, »
- Michael Briers
The original BioShock holds a place in nearly every gamer’s heart. It presented a reinvigoration of the medium, melding perfect storytelling with mature themes, addictive gameplay and a setting that will go down in history as one of the most immersive to ever be featured in a game. Even though the sequel couldn’t live up to the lofty expectations set for it, Rapture lived on in the minds of gamers, a dystopia of failed potential, a tomb for the most brilliant minds.
So now we’ve arrived at the long awaited third title in the series, BioShock Infinite. In a risky yet rewarding move, the developers have stepped away from the beloved Rapture and set their eyes to the sky. More specifically, the floating city of Columbia. Featuring a brighter environment and an entirely new cast of characters, it seemed a daunting task to try and reach the »
- Christian Law
Ubisoft has dropped some new trailers for two of their highly anticipated upcoming projects; Watch_Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flags. Watch_Dogs does it's best to show you what it's like to be connected to an entire city, while the new AC trailer shows off the gameplay gamers can expected. Hit the jump to check them out.
In the Watch_Dogs video, witness the actions of Aiden Pearce in the city of Chicago through the eyes of the Central Operating System (ctOS).
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s ctOS and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Ubisoft released the first gameplay trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag today, giving us a good look at all the fun pirate-type activities that we will be engaging in when the game launches later this year.
Players take on the role of Edward Kenway (the father of Assassin’s Creed III‘s Haytham Kenway, and grandfather to Connor). Edward is a British-born pirate trained by Assassins, who has a hunger for infamy and riches that makes him feared by the authorities and pirates alike. Fighting alongside infamous characters like Black Beard and Calico Jack, the game will also feature many historic events, such as the gold-laden Spanish armada shipwreck off the Florida coast, and the marooning of Charles Vane.
Being a pirate-themed game, much of the new Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag trailer focuses on ship-to-ship combat and boarding techniques, but there are also plenty of other interesting gameplay aspects on display. »
- Justin Alderman
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