Finding Dory Has Historic Debut at Weekend Box Office

Finding Dory Has Historic Debut at Weekend Box Office

Finding Dory had a record-breaking debut at the North American box office this weekend, coming in first place with $136.2 million. Pixar and Disney’s sequel comes a whopping 13 years after its beloved predecessor Finding Nemo, with an incredibly successful opening weekend that now stands as the biggest domestic debut of all time for an animated movie and 18th highest debut overall. As noted by THR, the film’s record-breaking figure dethroned DreamWorks’ Shrek the Third, which opened to $121.6 million in 2007. Additionally, Finding Dory pulled in $50 million internationally, bringing its worldwide earnings to $186.2 million. It also set a new record for Pixar in both China and Australia, earning $17.5 million and $7.6 million in their respective regions. Continue reading…
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Idris Elba Shares The Dark Tower Teaser Image

Idris Elba Shares The Dark Tower Teaser Image

Ahead of its release next year, Idris Elba has released a teaser image for Sony’s upcoming film adaptation of The Dark Tower. Elba, who stars as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, shared the image in a post on Twitter. See it below. I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten. #TheDarkTowerMovie pic.twitter.com/GvowjNapPC — Idris Elba (@idriselba) June 19, 2016 Continue reading…
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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Series Premiere Review

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Series Premiere Review

Note: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures premieres Monday, June 20th on Disney XD, and will continue to release one new episode each day until June 23rd. The first episode will also be available on VOD and the Disney XD app starting June 20th. No major spoilers follow. I wasn’t exactly thrilled when Disney XD announced that its second Star Wars TV show would be a LEGO comedy series. To me, it sounded like a project that might have come before the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout, not after. Still, I remained optimistic, and now, after watching the premiere at a recent press event, I’m happy to report that not only is LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures worthy of the Star Wars name, but it delivers all the fun and playfulness you’ve come to expect from LEGO — which is about all you could ask for. Continue reading…
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Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Found Dead at Age 27

Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Found Dead at Age 27

Actor Anton Yelchin was found dead at his home on Sunday, June 19th. He was 27. When he was late to a rehearsal, Yelchin’s friends reportedly found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox attached to a security gate at his home at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning with the car engine still running and the car in neutral. TMZ was the first to report the news, which was later confirmed to the Associated Press by Yelchin’s publicist. TMZ reports that Yelchin’s driveway is fairly steep, and police do not believe foul play is involved. Continue reading…
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The 11 Biggest Stories from E3 2016

The 11 Biggest Stories from E3 2016

The sun has set on another E3, and as the games industry pauses for a moment to nurse its collective hangover we thought we’d pull some stats and find out exactly which announcements hit the biggest with the IGN audience during this year’s show. Below are the 11 biggest stories from E3 2016, as determined by IGN traffic: After it was announced and immediately placed into the hands of the public via a P.T.-esque teaser on the PSN, we sat down with the game’s producer and director and uncovered 13 interesting details about Capcom’s survival horror revival – including the fact that it has fewer but more meaningful enemies, and that it takes significant inspiration from the original game. Continue reading…
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Halo 5's Warzone Firefight Update Detailed

Halo 5's Warzone Firefight Update Detailed

Ahead of the Halo 5: Guardians’ Warzone Firefight update, 343 Industries is giving fans a peek into what’s to come with the free DLC. As mentioned previously, it’s the biggest update for Halo 5 yet, and 343 is “packing in as much as can fit.” Players can expect the Warzone Firefight PvE mode on a bunch of maps, the Warzone Boss Refresh, a new Forge canvas alongside additional Forge updates, Campaign Score Attack, new achievements, and plenty of new vehicles, armors, and weapons. via 343 IndustriesContinue reading…
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Blizzard Shares New Details on Overwatch's Competitive Mode

Blizzard Shares New Details on Overwatch's Competitive Mode

Blizzard Entertainment is expected to launch Overwatch’s competitive mode at the end of the month, but the feature doesn’t have an exact release date just yet. How will competitive mode be different than it was in the beta, you ask? Good question—and one Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has the answer for. In a Developer Update video posted to YouTube, Kaplan went into detail. Players thought competitive play wasn’t competitive enough, Kaplan said. To account for this, Blizzard removed the tier-based progression system from Overwatch’s competitive mode. Instead, it’ll “directly correlate” a player’s matchmaking rating to a player’s skill rating. Now, players will be able to see skill ratings for themselves, as well as for others. The team’s average skill rating will also be displayed. Continue reading…
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Outlander: "Vengeance Is Mine" Review

Outlander: "Vengeance Is Mine" Review

Full spoilers for Outlander continue below. As Outlander inches ever close to the upcoming showdown at Culloden, things are looking worse and worse for the Jacobite cause. Coming off last week’s climactic battle at Prestonpans, Outlander shifted its focus from Jamie and Claire’s direct involvement in the war to a more circuitous — and slightly divergent — story. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on OutlanderContinue reading…
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Dishonored 2, No Man's Sky Included in Into the Pixel Art Exhibit

Dishonored 2, No Man's Sky Included in Into the Pixel Art Exhibit

The official selections for the 2016 Into the Pixel art collection were on display at E3 2016. The exhibit “honors video game artists who continue to push the interactive entertainment art form forward,” and is a joint effort between the Entertainment Software Association and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. AIAS president Martin Rae said the exhibit is welcome respite from the “the craziness of the conference” for many convention goers. The 2015 Into the Pixel winners were on display at DICE 2016, and featured selections from games like Destiny, Overwatch, and Assassin’s Creed. Details on Into the Pixel can be found on its website, including past winners. Continue reading…
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Girl Meets World: "Girl Meets Permanent Record" Review

Girl Meets World: "Girl Meets Permanent Record" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow. After a string of pretty good episodes, Girl Meets World delivered it’s first truly great episode this season, as Riley struggled to bring her grade up in Spanish. The conceit here was simple enough and the emotional threshold was low, but that straightforwardness and self-restraint are what made “Girl Meets Permanent Record” feel like a real-life chapter in a high schooler’s life and, by extension, a classic episode of Boy Meets World. Even just the premise of “Maya gets a better grade than Riley” would have been a fun idea, but to make it Spanish instead of Cory’s usual history not only offered something different for the girls, but it allowed Cory to learn a lesson of his own. Regarding the former, it was fun seeing a “strict” teacher on the show, Señora Feinstein-Chang (Anahi Bustillos), whose tough-love approach to Spanish brought about some great moments. I also liked how each member of the Matthews family got their chance to talk to her, with each confrontation putting a different spin on the matter at hand. (Topanga’s, I think, was my favorite.) Continue reading…
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