Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Powerless: Meet the Team at Wayne Security

There are several DC Comics-based television series these days, but Powerless, debuting Thursday night, introduces a new side of the famous comic book universe to TV viewers.

IGN has the exclusive debut of a new promo for the half hour comedy, as someone who knows a thing or two about DC heroes -- the legendary Adam West -- provides voice over explaining how the series depicts the heroes behind the superheroes. The focus here is on the staff at Wayne Security (yep, as in Bruce Wayne), and the inventions they come up with to help regular citizens in a world where you never know when you might come across a Batman/Joker battle.

Check out the promo below!

Powerless debuts Thursday, February 2nd on NBC.

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The Best and Worst of the Star Wars Special Editions

As far as Star Wars history goes, 2017 is an important year. Not only is it the 40th anniversary of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, but also the 20th anniversary of the release of the Special Editions. The original trilogy was rereleased for fans to behold on the big screen once again in 1997, but the Special Editions weren't the same exact films that debuted two decades earlier. They featured some... tweaks.

If you ever find yourself longing to engage in a passionate debate with a Star Wars fan and are tired asking "Who shot first?" (and we should all be tired of that one), bring up the Special Editions. You'll likely begin an entertaining discussion about the alterations George Lucas made to his story set in a galaxy far, far away. The revisions range from minor dialogue adjustments to Hutt-sized additions. Which of the Special Edition changes work well and which are egregious? In honor of the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of the Star Wars: A New Hope re-release on January 31, 1997, here's look at the best and worst:

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Avatar 2: Motion Capture Begins in August

Avatar director James Cameron has provided a status update on his four sequel films, confirming all are being developed simultaneously, with motion capture set to begin in August.

When asked by The Daily Beast how Avatar 2 is coming along, Cameron replied by saying, "My focus isn't on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That's exactly how I’m approaching it. They've all been developed equally."

He also said he's completed the script for Avatar 5, and is "now starting the process of active prep." He went on to note that he's "booked in production every day" from now until he starts motion capture work with the acting crew in August. "Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now," he added.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Has Lowest Box Office Opening Weekend of Series

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter released in theaters this weekend to an estimated $13,850,000, pulling in an opening weekend that ranks as the lowest Resident Evil debut of all time.

Hitting fourth place in its opening weekend, The Final Chapter's debut falls short of the original Resident Evil, which previously stood as the lowest first box office weekend of the film franchise. That original film made $40,119,709 (unadjusted) in its debut weekend in March 2002. The biggest opening weekend in the franchise belongs to the fourth film in the franchise based on Capcom's video game series — Resident Evil: Afterlife made $60,128,566 (unadjusted) when it debuted in September 2010.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nendoroid Figure Revealed

An adorable Link figure, based on his appearance in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is on the way from Good Smile's Nendoroid line.

Good Smile revealed that the Link Nendoroid will feature two face plates. That means the cute hero can silently smile or have a shouting expression, like he's about to cut down some grass.

The regular version of the Link Nendoroid also comes with a bow, arrow, quiver, sword, shield, sheath and the Sheikah Slate. But there's also a DX edition.

The deluxe package provides Link with a trusty stead. Plus he gets a tasty chicken leg, an axe, club and hood with alternate hair parts. Pre-orders will begin tomorrow.

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Han Solo Movie Begins Filming, First Set Image Revealed

The standalone Han Solo movie has officially begun production.

Co-director Chris Miller revealed the news on Twitter while also sharing the first image from set. The movie's working title is jokingly Red Cup, a pun on the red plastic cups made by the company also named Solo. In the image, you can spot the film's red logo, which has the words Star Wars in much smaller font compared to Red Cup.

The movie's first set photo, via Chris Miller's Twitter.

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Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Dies at 91

Bandai Namco has announced that Masaya Nakamura, the founder of, died on January 22.

The company only announced Nakamura's death via a press release today.  founded Namco in 1955 originally under the name Nakamura Manufacturing, when the company constructed children's rides for department stores. The name Namco later came from the company's renaming to Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company.

Masaya Nakamura, Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura, Namco Founder

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Another Guardians Character Is Joining Infinity War

It seems Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Mantis will also make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.

Mantis actress Pom Klementieff posted an Instagram picture of her wearing an Infinity War hat. Though this isn't confirmation of Klementieff officially joining Infinity War's cast, it does make sense for Mantis to help out the Avengers in some capacity. In the comics, Mantis becomes a member of the Avengers when she helps a former villain called the Swordsman join the team of heroes. She eventually battles both Thanos and Ultron.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mantis is described as something of a social newbie in the film, having never experienced any type of social interaction. She won't be the first Guardians of the Galaxy character to show up in Infinity War; most of the main roster of Guardians are expected to also appear in the fight against Thanos.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Open World Is the Star of the Show

You know those absurdly slick E3 gameplay demos - the almost eerily flawless cascades of world-building and tutorialising that accompany new game reveals these days? Perhaps the best thing I can say after playing several hours of Horizon: Zero Dawn is that on more than one occasion, it made me – a seasoned professional in the business of making beautifully made games look like crap – feel like I was the guy playing one of those demos.

Take my first encounter with a Tallneck, Guerrilla Games’ combination giraffe/robot/Ubisoft tower/brontosaurus creatures. As I picked through the vine-wrapped ruins of a human city, I stopped to take in the view – girders of golden hour sunlight pushing past improbably crooked high-rise buildings and discoloured steeples. As I panned the camera, the Starship Enterprise head of a Tallneck swept unexpectedly into view, accompanied by main character Aloy expressing suitable awe.

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Out This Week: Fire Emblem Heroes, Double Dragon IV, Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.


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