Monthly Archives: January 2016

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All of the Amazing Cosplay from PAX South Day 3

It's the third and final day of PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, and while the show winds down cosplayers are still out in full force. Check out our newly updated mega-slideshow with cosplay from all three days of the convention right here in super convenient photo and video form.

Did you miss the awesome cosplay montages from the first two days of the convention? Fear not, I've got you covered.

And while you're at it, why not check out these awesome Zero Suit Samus cosplays? They were a big hit with everyone on the show floor.

Sean Finnegan is a producer for IGN. You can talk to him all about movies, games, and photography on Twitter.

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Jonathan Blow on The Witness’ Sales Numbers

The Witness is on par to sell more copies in its first week than Braid sold in its first year. Creator Jonathan Blow told Twitter that he isn't able to talk about exact numbers without breaking any non-disclosure agreements, but will post again when The Witness officially breaks that record.

Braid, Blow's award-winning 2008 puzzle-platformer, is said to have brought in around four million dollars total—all of which was reportedly used to fund The Witness. With Braid priced at $15, and The Witness at $40, it's likely Blow will pull in a lot more.

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New Fantastic Beasts Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed new behind-the-scenes footage for J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The video sneak peek made its debut this weekend at "A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016," a Potter-centric fan event held at Universal Studios Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Check out the clip below, which features commentary from Director David Yates, leading man Eddie Redmayne and several other cast members.

J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on November 18, and will serve as the first chapter in a trilogy of films. Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, and is joined by Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie and Dan Fogler as Jacob.

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Prometheus Star Noomi Rapace Not in Alien: Covenant

Noomi Rapace won't be reprising her role as Elizabeth Shaw in Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott has confirmed.

Despite the fact that Shaw was the only human to survive the events of Prometheus, the director said she won't be back. When asked by the Daily Mail newspaper (via Yahoo! Movies) whether or not Rapace would be involved, Scott replied with a definitive "no," noting they're "still casting the main roles."

In a separate interview with The Guardian newspaper, Scott spoke to the challenge and pressure of continually raising the bar and proving his reliability as a director, likening it to brain surgery.

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Super Bowl: Deadpool, X-Men to Have Major Presence

Fox's highly anticipated superhero flick Deadpool will have a major presence at the Super Bowl, as well as X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day Resurgence and several other films.

According to THR, not only will Deadpool likely have a TV spot during the February 7 game, but a number of publicity events are planned as well. In fact, leading man Ryan Reynolds will reportedly be handing out chimichangas from a food truck this coming Friday before the big game.

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New Final Fantasy 15 Character Revealed

During an Active Time Report for Final Fantasy XV tonight, director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji introduced a new character: Aranea Highwind.

Highwind is the commander of Niflheim’s Third Army Corps 87th Airborne Division, according to Square Enix, and a “skilled aerial combatant known as ‘Dragoon’ within the Imperial military.”

The ATR included battle footage of Aranea in action, as well as a new look at combat with magic in use. Tabata also hinted that another playable demo could be on the way, but that more details won't come until March. Following the stream, Square Enix revealed a few new screenshots and new key art:

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Bayonetta and Corrin Join Super Smash Bros. Today

Update: Nintendo Network will be down for maintenance across 3DS and Wii U today, February 3, from 4:50pm to 6:30pm PT.

According to Nintendo's maintenance schedule, the downtime is for Super Smash Bros., so be on the lookout for Corrin and Bayonetta's arrival once the network is back up.

Original Story: Bayonetta and Corrin will join the roster of playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS on February 3.

Nintendo announced the release date in a post on Twitter, confirming both characters will be available in the afternoon. In a subsequent post, the company revealed the sixth wave of Mii Fighter costumes will launch at that time as well.

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Spotlight, Downton Abbey Take Top Honors at 2016 SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are typically a strong indicator of who can take home Oscar gold, and if that's the case than the 2016 winners should be getting their acceptance speeches ready. With Spotlight taking home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, it could eke out The Revenant for the top honor.

Based on their track record of taking home Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio seem to be locks for their respective best performance by a lead actor categories. Alicia Vikander remains a front-runner for best supporting actress, but Idris Elba's win in the best supporting actor leaves that open because he didn't get a nomination.

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New Info on Other Wizarding Schools in Harry Potter Universe

J.K. Rowling has revealed new information about several other schools in her Wizarding World universe, beyond Harry Potter's famed school of Hogwarts. It turns out are only eleven "long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide," all of which are properly regulated by the International Confederation of Wizards.

Given the sparsity of wizarding schools, "smaller and less well-regulated institutions" are bound to pop-up, though Rowling notes that she "cannot vouch for the standard of education they might offer."

In a series on Pottermore, Rowling discussed six of those eleven. Mahoutokoro is the smallest of the prestigious schools, and is set on the volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima in Japan. Japanese wizards start school at age seven, but don't start boarding at school until age eleven. Students there wear enchanted robes that grow as they do, and "gradually change color as the learning of the wearer increases."

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