Lily Collins Cast in J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

Lily Collins Cast in J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

Movies based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien have proven so popular the time has come for them to make a biopic about the man himself. On that front, Lily Collins has been cast as Edith Bratt, who would eventually become Edith Tolkien. It was Edith who served as the inspiration for Tolkien’s elven princesses, Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga. Collins is probably best known for playing Snow White in the film Mirror, Mirror but she has also appeared in Okja, as well as the Amazon series The Last Tycoon, among others. Now she gets her chance to play a real, if largely unknown, person. Continue reading…
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Simpsons Composer Alf Clausen Axed After 27 Years

Simpsons Composer Alf Clausen Axed After 27 Years

A longtime staple of The Simpsons will no longer be a part of the show going forward. Composer Alf Clausen has been fired after providing music for the iconic sitcom for 27 years, reports Variety. Now, Clausen may not be as big of a name as, say, the cast of the show, but his impact has been felt on the show for decades. Clausen composed the score for over 560 episodes, making his music a crucial part of the fabric of The Simpsons. For his efforts, Clausen has been nominated for 21 Emmys, including two wins (1997 and 1998). Overall, he has 30 Emmy nominations, which reportedly makes him the most-nominated composer in television history. On top of that, he has won five Annie Awards for his Simpsons work. Continue reading…
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Halo: Rise of Atriox #1 Review

Halo: Rise of Atriox #1 Review

Dark Horse’s latest foray into the Halo universe is also one geared towards the recent release of Halo Wars 2. Halo: Rise of Atriox is an anthology mini-series tasked with shedding light on the game’s main villain and his rise through the Covenant ranks. The series gets its start with a efficient and action-packed first chapter, though it doesn’t do a great deal to flesh out the titular villain. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Eric Nguyen focus on the “horrors of war” angle with this issue, hinging their story on a battered group of UNSC soldier fighting a losing battle against endless waves of Covenant troops. There’s a palpable sense of desperation and futility to this conflict, enough that the reader is able to connect with these soldiers despite their general lack of distinguishing qualities. This issue is not unlike Halo: Reach in that regard, which managed to paints its Spartan leads as compelling heroes despite a minimal focus on character development. The main protagonist, Sergeant Kress, stands out especially well as she reluctantly embraces her role as commanding officer leading a group of dead men walking. Continue reading…
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Metroid: Samus Returns Special Edition Features Reversible Game Boy-Style Cover Art

Metroid: Samus Returns Special Edition Features Reversible Game Boy-Style Cover Art

Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, harkens back to the original game in a number of ways, including an awesome touch to the game’s box art. Check out the gallery below to see Samus Returns’ special edition, including a soundtrack, to see the game art, which is reversible and reveals a recreation of Return of Samus’ original box art. The new amiibo figures are sold separately. Samus Returns producer Yoshio Sakamoto has said he is interested in making more 2D Metroid games if fans have interest. And despite some controversy over the Amiibo locked Fusion Mode, Metroid: Samus Returns is looking to be The Metroid: Zero Mission follow-up we’ve always wanted. Continue reading…
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers Set to Return for Sequel

Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers Set to Return for Sequel

Spider-Man: Homecoming will retain two of its original screenwriters for the sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Homecoming screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are in final talks with Sony and Marvel Studios to pen the yet untitled sequel, which is set to hit theaters on  July 5, 2019. McKenna and Sommers worked on the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ant-Man and the Wasp before joining the latest Spider-Man movie. Homecoming director Jon Watts will also reportedly be back to helm the sequel, as the filmmaker wasn’t locked in for a second installment before Homecoming’s release. Watts co-wrote the film with McKenna, Sommers, Christopher Ford, Jonathan Goldstein, and John Francis Daley. Continue reading…
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SplatNet For The Original Splatoon Closing

SplatNet For The Original Splatoon Closing

The online service SplatNet for the original Splatoon is shutting down its service on September 30, 2017. This closure won’t affect online battles and only impacts SplatNet itself, which allows players to check their stats, equipment, available stages and friend status through a website. SplatNet’s closure will occur just over a month before Nintendo also shuts down its social networking service Miiverse in November. Miiverse currently supports the Wii U and 3DS systems and over 100 games will be impacted by its demise but some like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 will take the hit harder than others. Continue reading…
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Destiny 2 Osiris DLC Reportedly Adds Mercury Patrol Zone

Destiny 2 Osiris DLC Reportedly Adds Mercury Patrol Zone

The first piece of DLC to release for Destiny 2 appears to feature the space wizard Osiris as well as a new patrol zone. Kotaku reports a source revealed details about Destiny 2’s first DLC pack, titled The Curse of Osiris, which is looking to release in December this year. As the name implies, this DLC focuses on saving Osiris: a character we’ve never seen in the game, but has been talked about throughout the lore. The DLC also looks to include a Mercury patrol zone, as well as a new social space at the exclusive Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was available to original Destiny players who managed a perfect run on the Trials Passage during the Trials of Osiris event. Continue reading…
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Crunchyroll Expo 2017: Ultimate Cosplay Gallery

Crunchyroll Expo 2017: Ultimate Cosplay Gallery

The very first Crunchyroll Expo has come and gone, and it was full of some genuinely great cosplay! Thus, we present to you the best anime and game costumes we saw over the three-day event, including characters from My Hero Academia, Persona 5, One-Punch Man, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Final Fantasy 15.   Meghan Sullivan is IGN’s self-proclaimed RPG queen and lover of all things anime. She is also obsessed with wrestling. Feel free to speak with her about all of those things on Twitter @Meghan_IGN. Continue reading…
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Darkseid Special #1 Review

Darkseid Special #1 Review

DC definitely saved the best for last when it comes to their Jack Kirby 100 specials. Darkseid Special #1 has two major selling points – it features Kirby’s most iconic DC creation and it’s written by renowned Kirby historian Mark Evanier. The end result is a comic that effortlessly evokes the classic New Gods stories in tone and style. Though Darkseid is ostensibly the star of “The Resistance,” Evanier keeps the ruler of Apokolips at a distance for much of this story. This is probably the wisest course of action. Darkseid is not a character who’s easily humanized, nor does he necessarily benefit from that treatment in the first place. Instead, Evanier’s script focuses mainly on a small, ragtag resistance cell led by a woman named Makayla. As much as Fourth World tales tend to focus on the larger-than-life conflicts between the New Gods themselves, it’s always interesting to catch a glimpse of how the average Joe fares on Apokolips. Continue reading…
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Analyzing Xbox One X's Flying Start

Analyzing Xbox One X's Flying Start

DOWNLOAD UNLOCKED 311 (Audio version) On this week’s Xbox show, the Xbox One X gets off to a flying start. Could Microsoft be hitting the wave at the perfect time? Plus: a dramatic reading of South Park: The Fractured But Whole’s ESRB description, Telltale’s Game of Thrones is on hold, and more! Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked And we’ve got our own YouTube channel too! Subscribe here: youtube.com/ignunlocked Continue reading…
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