Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Back to the Future Hoverboard Replica Looks The Part

It's 2015, which means the hoverboards predicted in Back to the Future Part II are supposed to be a reality. A new replica of what is possibly the most-wanted piece of fictional futurism certainly nails to look of the device, but it fails to hover in any sort of fashion.

Available at, the $50 replica looks pretty close to the one Marty McFly commandeered in the 1989 film, right down to the discs on the bottom that presumably powered the board.

The site offers a full selection of 2015 fashion as imagined in 1989, so if you're so inclined you can go full-McFly. The Hoverboard comes in a cool, branded box, as well.

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New Girl Renewed for Season 5

New Girl has been renewed for a fifth season, President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company David Madden announced today.

"Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television," said Madden. "The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz, Brett, Dave and the entire New Girl team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five."

Fox also noted the comedy series, which stars Zooey Deschanel, will hit the 100 episode landmark in Season 5.

An episode airing tonight at 9pm features guest stars Nora Dunn (Saturday Night Live) and Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt.

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The Americans Renewed for Season 4

FX's hit drama, The Americans, has been renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes airing sometime in 2016.

Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions Nick Grad and Eric Schrier made the announcement today.

"Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons," said Grad. "The series has cemented it status with critics as television’s best current drama and arguably the best show on TV, and we couldn’t agree more. That universal critical praise is a tribute to the talents of Joe, Joel, Keri, Matthew, Noah and the entire cast and crew. We look forward to the final four episodes of season three, and beyond, in Philip and Elizabeth Jennings' riveting journey."

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Netflix Renews Bloodline for Season 2

Just over a week after the release of its new original series Bloodline, Netflix has picked up the drama-thriller a second season.

Deadline reports that the series -- developed by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler -- will go back into production later this year for a 2016 return to Netflix.

Bloodline follows a family of adult siblings whose past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home. The series stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek, among others.

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Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet

Microsoft revealed the newest addition to its tablet family, and it brings familiar features to a smaller package.

The Surface 3 –– not to be confused with the larger Surface Pro 3 –– runs full Windows and desktop applications, and can run apps from the Windows Store, Steam and GOG.

At 8.7mm thick, and weighing 1.37 lbs., the Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest device in the Surface lineup. There's also a mobile-broadband version, the Surface 3 (4G LTE).

The Surface 3 features the same multi-touch and pen-controlled screen as the Pro 3, as well as front and rear-facing cameras that both capture 1080p video. It has a battery life of 10 hours, according to Microsoft, and unlike the Pro 3, uses a Micro USB charger, which makes it compatible with most phone chargers. While the included 13W charger replenishes power faster, phone chargers are now a viable alternative.

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Bloodborne YouTuber Donating to Charity Each Time He Dies

YouTube personality Dave Jewitt is raising money for charity by playing Bloodborne.

As Jewitt makes his way through the PlayStation 4 exclusive, he has agreed to donate £1 to Leukemia and Lymphoma research every time he dies...which is likely to be a lot.

We reached out to Jewitt to find out what compelled him to start this charity drive.

"I was inspired by what they were doing in Denmark, giving free copies of the game to those who give blood," he said.

"The people on my channel have been real kind to me lately, so I wanted to give something back, and I thought with the combination of blood, Bloodborne, and a blood charity seemed to match."

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Kojima No Longer Involved in Silent Hills?

The website for Silent Hills no longer sports the Kojima Productions logo, calling into question the status of Konami's upcoming horror game and Hideo Kojima's involvement.

The logo, which originally appeared on the bottom left-hand corner of the site has been removed, and now only an icon of the FOX Engine remains.

We contacted the publisher regarding this change and received the following response: "As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements."

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The Witcher 3 is 200+ Hours Long

CD Projekt RED's next Witcher game is going to be a time sink.

Senior Game Designer Damien Monnier revealed on Twitter that the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will take players over 200 hours to finish if they "do everything".

The confirmation is unsurprising. Back in January, CD Projekt RED told us that it wanted to make an "open-world where there there were no boundaries. Where our artists could do whatever they wanted." It's also in step with the rumour that The Witcher 3 has a 50 GB install on PS4.

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Diesel: Furious 8 Will Take Place in New York

Vin Diesel has been super-busy of late promoting the release of Furious 7. And during an appearance this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Diesel even let slip a few morsels about what's coming up next in the franchise.

Diesel revealed that The Fast and the Furious 8 (or whatever it will end up being titled) will take place in New York. Not only that, he also said that the character of shadowy intelligence agent Mr. Nobody (portrayed in Furious 7 by Kurt Russell) will also be back for the sequel. Check it out:

If you're curious about the nature of Kurt Russell's role in Furious 7, check out this excerpt from our review (be advised of some minor spoilers):

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Xbox One’s Standby Mode Could Be Raising Your Energy Bills

The Standby Mode on Microsoft's Xbox One Console may be costing Americans a lot of money.

"Even when it looks like your Xbox One is off, it's still drawing significant amounts of power continuously waiting for you to say 'Xbox on' around-the-clock--including when you're sound asleep or your video game-loving child is at school," writes Noah Horowitz of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

According to a study performed by the NRDC, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U combined produce enough energy annually to sufficiently power all of the homes in Houston for a year. Sony has since implemented fixes on the PlayStation 4 to help with energy consumption, but Horowitz claims Microsoft hasn't addressed the main culprit behind the Xbox One's power-draining nature.

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