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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Casts Peter Dinklage

Next year's prequel-sequel film, X-Men: Days of Future Past may already be an embarrassment of riches in cast members, but now, it lands another feather in its cap: A Lannister! Director, Bryan Singer has revealed via tweet that actor, Peter Dinklage has officially joined the cast.

Best known for his Golden Globe and Emmy-winning role as the diminutive, yet dangerous Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Dinklage now joins a cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and just about ANY top name actor who has been associated with the X-Men film franchise in the past. (Except maybe Halle Berry for some reason.) At the moment, his exact role in the time-bending mutant mega-movie has yet to be confirmed.

However, putting two and two together, fan speculation is already pointing to Dinklage playing Puck, the short-statured slayer of the Marvel Comics Universe. In the comics, Puck was not a mutant, or a real dwarf, for that matter. He was a former mercenary and mountain of a man named Eugene Judd, who, in his quest for power, would turn to a magical artifact that gave him enhanced strength, speed, durability, agility, and lifespan. -- All of which came with the "huge" downside of turning the formerly-full-sized fighter into a dwarf. Puck would become a key member of superhero-team, Alpha Flight, who were essentially Marvel's attempt to recreate the magic of The Avengers for a team based in Canada. The Super-Canucks also hold the distinction of being historically tied to the early crime-fighting career of fellow countryman, Wolverine.

IF, indeed, Dinklage plays Puck, then his character would likely be retconned as a mutant. (Although, ties to Wolverine might still manifest.) However, it's too soon to tell. Despite the speculation that this casting will erupt, it could end up being for a more innocuous role.

X-Men: Days of Future Past may be looking to show that there are other badass Canadians besides Wolverine at theaters on July 18, 2014.

*UPDATE: According to Variety's sources, Dinklage is allegedly playing a role identified as the film's "main antagonist." This intel, however, is far from confirmed.

Nintendo's Year Of Luigi Brings New Games And DLC

Nintendo is calling 2013 the Year of Luigi, with a number of games lined up that star or feature the green-clad Mario brother. Company boss Satoru Iwata revealed the facts in this morning's installment of Nintendo Direct, speaking a bit on Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon before turning to a lineup of previously unannounced games.

On the 3DS side, two titles are pegged for summer 2013: Mario Golf: World Tour and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The former is the work of Mario Golf developer Camelot and it seems to be pretty much what you'd expect. Luigi is joined in the game by Mario, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and likely others. In one course seen during the demonstration, pint-sized golfers compete in a garden that features a giant Goomba.

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WWE 13

THQ's publishing deal for WWE games wasn't snatched up during the former publisher's recent assets auction, but now it's looking like Take-Two Interactive will be taking over the license. A Take-Two rep confirmed to IGN that the publisher has struck a deal to release the Yukes-developed WWE games, though nothing will be finalized until the courts sign off on it. It sounds like that should be soon, per Take-Two's statement.

"We can confirm that we have entered into an agreement to publish the WWE video game series that is developed by Yukes. At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly. We are very excited about the potential of this agreement and will have more to share at the appropriate time," the publisher rep told IGN. 

The news follows an earlier report from January 2013 that Take-Two would pick up WWE, though this amounts to the first proper confirmation.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us "Aquaman" Gameplay Trailer »


The roster of superpowered contenders in NetherRealm's upcoming DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, now officially includes Aquaman. Try to contain your laughter. The fish-talking Namor wannabe is hard to take seriously, largely because he talks to fish and wears a ridiculous costume.

The Aquaman reveal trailer above offers a look at how the king of Atlantis factors into Injustice's story. He doesn't seem happy to be dealing with Shazam and the Flash, a disagreement that presumably leads to the surfacing of his undersea army of giant hermit crabs. You also get a first peek at Aquaman kicking tail in the game's fighting environments. 

Injustice: Gods Among Us comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U on April 16, 2013.

Video Hacker, a creative/ production services team based in Northern Ireland, released a trailer for their new comedy web series The Clandestine today. The show is about a group of geeks who form an outlaw motorcycle club and hijinks ensue. Think Sons of Anarchy meets The Office. Fun premise, right?

Check out the trailer below (keep in mind it's NSFW so keep the volume low and/ or use headphones):

The Clandestine premieres on March 25th, 2013. Sign up at TheClandestine.TV to see all 13 episodes weeks before its premiere.

What'd you do think? Ready for episode 1?

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Necomimi Cat Ears Bring Red Hot Love For Valentine's Day

Heads up! Or WARNING! Valentine's Day is tomorrow and if you've got a significant other, you better be ready! Thankfully, this year's options go beyond the expected box of chocolates, card and flowers. Why not go for Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears?

(If not, then we need to talk and you'll most likely be single by February 15th.)

We're kind of obsessed with Necomimi ears so we came up with a list of reasons about why you should invest in a pair of moveable ears for Valentine's Day.

1. Express your love and affection in an original and quirky manner than just saying "I love you." Necomimi Ears use brainwave technology to move and wiggle based on your level of excitement and relaxation. You know what I'm talking about.

2. Buy a pair for your girlfriend-wife-boyfriend-husband-friend-with-benefits! Prove to them that Valentine's Day is more than just a social construct designed to overcome those concerns that maybe, deep down inside, you really don't know how to love. Now you can both share your feelings without talking about them.

3. Best reason yet: any purchase of Necomimi Cat Ears by February 14th will come with a free pair of Red Hot Devilish Horns! Swap out the white furry ears with these soft horn-shaped attachments, which will instantly heat up your Valentine's Day. In a good way.

You can purchase the Necomimi Ears for $69.99 online here and enter code LUVU with your order for the free pair of horns. If you want a hands-on look, check out our visit to the NeuroSky booth at Tokyo Game Show after the cut.

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The Last Guardian: 11 Things You Should Know

Fumito Ueda continues to work on The Last Guardian, though he does so now as a freelance contributor after having left SCE Japan Studio. This probably isn't news to anyone who has been keeping up with the Shadow of the Colossus creator's work, but Ueda offers an update himself in a newly posted official statement (via All Games Beta).

Ueda confirms that The Last Guardian continues to come together under his "creative supervision" and that it "is still in development by an incredibly talented team." He adds that "details regarding The Last Guardian's release is solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement."

Ueda suggests that he's got some other ideas in mind as well, and that while he'll see The Last Guardian through to release, he also hopes to "pursue new creative projects with a fresh perspective." Read the full message right here.

Iron Man 3: New Iron Patriot Poster

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Posted February 13, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

Iron Man 3: New Iron Patriot Poster

Iron Man 3 has released a brand new character poster highlighting Don Cheadle as Tony Stark's buddy, Colonel James Rhodes all decked-out in his new Iron Patriot armor.

Indeed, the former "War Machine" has new digs that are powerful enough to make anyone say "America, f**k yeah!" It's a good thing, too, because Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) will need all the help he can possibly get this time around when he faces an array of vile villains, headlined by a mastermind in his signature comic book nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).

Adopted from the pages of Marvel Comics' post-Civil War era, the Iron Patriot suit was worn by Norman Osborn, the former original villainous Green Goblin who resurfaced, attempting to reinvent himself as a hero, eventually becoming director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, when it comes to the big screen, Osborn only exists in Sony Pictures' Spider-Man Universe, which has led to the contextual alteration of having James Rhodes suit up in the red, white, and blue badassery.

Not much is known specifically about what role he will play in this action-packed launch of Marvel Studios' "Phase Two" set of films, but it will surely involve A LOT of insanely-explosive ammunition being unleashed on some hapless baddies.

Iron Man 3 crashes into theaters on May 3. Check out the full poster below to see James Rhodes in the armor that's so patriotic, it smells like apple pie and spawns bald eagles.

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Oblivion: New Trailer Showcases Ruined World

A new trailer has landed for the upcoming sci-fi standout, Oblivion which highlights a vastly ruined Earth of the future...and also Tom Cruise fixing robots.

While this new trailer does not deviate too far from the teaser that hit back in December, it manages to prominently display a gorgeously-ruined version of a future Earth ravaged by war and left to rot. Several examples of iconic imagery are immersed in post-apocalyptic form while managing to capture a kind of sublime beauty as nature has essentially taken it all back. Yet, at the same time, it contrasts with a high-altitude haven of a luxurious and clean future in which Cruise's character lives. It really drives home the full scope of the kind of retro-70's visually bright, almost clinical style of sci-fi that director, Joseph Kosinski is attempting bring back with this project.

Originally Kosinski's brainchild, it would first take the form of a graphic novel of the same name with a would-be film project ruminating in his mind for over five years. However, after landing a career-making gig of helming the 2010 franchise revival, Tron: Legacy, his newly-upgraded status would land him the one and only Tom Cruise for this long-in-the-making pet project. Kosinski takes the director's chair and has collaborated on the script with Karl Gajdusek and scribe of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, Michael Arndt.

The film is set to hit theaters on April 19. Check out the new trailer below to see a ruined, yet lush Earth of the future which forces Tom Cruise to finally put in an honest day's work.

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Bungie's Destiny Story Points, Concept Art Leaks

"So, our game is called Destiny." That's how Bungie's blog post confirming a February 17, 2013 reveal for its first non-Halo effort in more than a decade opens. Try to act surprised. The blog post doesn't actually confirm that date, but the newly launched Destiny Twitter feed does.

Bungie doesn't have much to say in the here and now. We know from a leaked infodump in November 2012 that the story picks up seven hundred years in the future. An alien ship sits motionless above the planet "like a second Moon" while alien monsters invade from outside our solar system.

It seems that players will assume the role of Knights, who are tasked with protecting Earth and its Last City. Follow along with the recently launched ARG and stay tuned for new details very, very soon.

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Black Ops 2 Revolution Map Pack Details Slip Out

The first DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 came to Xbox 360 in late-January 2013, and Activision now confirms that PlayStation 3 and PC versions will follow suit at the end of this month. The Revolution DLC pack hits those platforms on February 28, 2013, though there's no mention in the press release of Wii U release plans.

This Revolution pack is fairly full-featured as far as Call of Duty DLC goes. You get four multiplayer maps, a new Zombies map, a new Zombies versus mode that pits player-humans against player-zombies, and a new gun, the Peacekeeper SMG. It's a solid collection of stuff provided that you like to do Call of Duty things outside the campaign.

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Deadpool

Activision's upcoming Deadpool game from High Moon Studios will be coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms sometime during summer 2013. A final date hasn't been announced yet, but a comic book ad spotted by Deadpool Bugle (via Joystiq) confirms the summer window.

We haven't seen much yet from the Deadpool game, though High Moon has proven itself as a reliable developer when it comes to bringing geek-friendly properties into the interactive space. Transformers: War For Cybertron and Fall Of Cybertron were both good-to-strong and the flawed The Bourne Conspiracy at least brought some cool ideas.

It sounds like Deadpool will be embracing a straightforward third-person action focus, though the key to nailing that character coorectly hinges on getting the writing and performance right. Expect to hear more about this one as the trade show season spools up this year.




Crysis 3 "Sharp Dressed Man" Trailer »


This latest 'Sharp Dressed Man' trailer for Crysis 3 (via All Games Beta) goes for cheap laughs, and that's fine. We've heard all we're going to hear by now about the game's play, features, and focus. The only thing left is to show you how badass it can be to run around in a Nanosuit. There's even a moment where Prophet mugs for the camera while a helicopter he shot an explosive arrow into explodes behind him.

Really though, this trailer was a win from the moment that ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" was chosen to play on top of the footage. Nothing says "holy crap, this guy can kick some tail" more than a blues-rock band filled out by dudes with beards longer than your arm. Crysis 3 comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows platforms on February 19, 2013.

Justice League Troubles To Prompt Batman Reboot?

Recent reports pointing to serious troubles hitting Warner's plans for a Justice League mega-movie seem to have primed the rumor mill pumps. In this case, fan site, Batman On Film is claiming that a possible delay for the beleaguered superhero team-up could lead to a reboot of the Batman movie franchise hitting beforehand.

Of course, this theory should be treated as rumor-iffic as speculative rumors such as this one gets. According to BOF, an unnamed source of theirs close to the behind-the-scenes dealings strongly believes that the alleged troubles with the Justice League script by Will Beall and its apparent scrapping have sent shockwaves of doubt throughout Warner's superhero movie circle. According to the report, the current state of Justice League, which was supposed to introduce a new incarnation of the Caped Crusader to join the team, has worried the brass so much that they fear it may damage the Batman film brand. However, BOF's source attempts to quell what may be fear amongst the fans:

“Don’t worry about the Batman [film] franchise,” he said, “it’s [Warner Bros.’] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset.” He continued, “I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [the Batman film franchise] would be affect[ed] if JUSTCE LEAGUE [sic] bombs...and rightfully so."

What could this mean for superhero plans by Warner that fans believed to be sprawling and ambitious?

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New Batman: Arkham City Screenshot And Artwork

Rocksteady Studios has kept quiet so far about its expected Batman: Arkham City follow-up, but new information from higher in the Warner food chain suggests that the unannounced game is coming this year. Time Warner chief financial officer John K. Martin let the detail slip during the company's latest investor call (via Kotaku).

Martin's statement is pretty clear on the facts: "And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise." There's been no confirmation from publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, though Arkham recently popped up on the gaming press radar when Warner registered a chunk of related domains in January 2013.

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