5 items from 2015
In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
BioWare has done some incredible things with the Star Wars license. While there have been some stumbles with The Old Republic, it's hard to deny how good the company is at crafting memorable Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories in general (just look at the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises). With another Star Wars game apparently in the works from them, I got to thinking about which other Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchises could use a great game from the Bioware team.
I'm a sucker for fun stories and epic tales; two things BioWare seems to specialize in. Since they've done so well with one of the biggest science fiction properties around, Star Wars, I'm sure they're more than able to handle other much beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchise. There are several worthy tales out there which haven't received the video game attention they deserve, or simply didn't get good games, so perhaps BioWare »
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It feels like some new piece of news about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice breaks every other week, but unlike the needless inclusion of Kahina the Seer or another take on the Wayne’s murder, the latest story that has gripped the internet over the past few days is something potentially movie-ruining. Broken by Ain’t It Cool News after an image reportedly from the upcoming teaser popped up on Imgur, it sounds like the movie could be a two parter, with Enter The Knight coming in October 2015 and Dawn Of Justice hitting on the previously announced March 2016 date.
Henry Cavill has since denied the split, but in the lack of official word that could just be downplaying it before an official reveal – there’s plenty to suggest this may be the master-stroke Warner Bros. are trying to kick off the DC Cinematic Universe with.
- Alex Leadbeater
Rich Ross has two primary missions ahead of him as he takes the reins of Discovery Channel: Diversify the cabler’s male-centric audience and restore its credibility in the documentary world after a series of questionable programming decisions.
Ross made his first public appearance as Discovery topper Thursday as part of the cable group’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. He was candid about the challenges ahead for Discovery.
“The channel is more narrowly niche that it needs to be,” Ross said. “Being more inclusive to women and younger men is a way for us to build back the audience. We want to be the No. 1 TV brand not just for men but for the whole family.”
Ross emphasized that he’s focused on bringing more scripted programming to the channel and more high-end docu fare. He signaled those as priorities with the appointment of producer »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chris Evans is the latest action hero to nab a side gig over at “Call of Duty.”
Evans sheds his “Captain America” suit for battle fatigues, popping up in a trailer for the forthcoming “Call of Duty Online,” a multi-player version of the Pov shooter game, developed exclusively for China.
The commercial follows a group of hotel staffers sneaking off for gaming excitement, when Evans drops in for bicep-flexing, rope-swinging, surface-to-air missile launching and the like.
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The hybrid will combine characters from game iterations like “Modern Warfare,” “Ghost” and “Advanced Warfare, »
- Matt Donnelly
5 items from 2015
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