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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Gets 3 More

The cast of upcoming franchise follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to be growing into a family reunion returning of former residents of the X-Mansion. This time joining the plethora of powerful mutants are, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, and Ellen Page!

Over the weekend, director, Bryan Singer tweeted the identity of this latest trio of acquisitions. Of course, fans of Singer's previous trilogy of films (the last of which was directed by Brett Ratner,) know the players, respectively as Rogue, Bobby "Iceman" Drake, and Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde. According to Singer:

Very excited to welcome #annapaquin, @ellenpage & @shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysofFuturePast - thank you @BrettRatner for letting them live!

The film will be an adaptation of the popular time-travel-infused "Days of Future Past" comic book storyline from Chirs Claremont and John Byrne published back in 1981. In that story, the assassination of an anti-mutant senator alters the timeline, subjecting mutantkind to a future where they are hunted to near extinction by the giant robot Sentinels. Obviously, there are stark differences between the film canon and the comics and the specifics about how the storyline deviates are still unknown. (For example, Kitty Pryde was the main protagonist in the original comic book storyline. While Ellen Page is returning to play her, it's doubtful the film will focus on her character in the same way.)

However, what is clear, is that the younger "First Class" cast of James McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Magneto in the 1960's [*] will still remain the primary players, while the previous trilogy cast led by Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, Ian McKellen's Magneto, joined by Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, will be set presumably in the present, battling the implications of the timeline disruption.

*Update: It has since been revealed that the timeline for the First Class cast will be set in 1973; ten years after the last film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past alters the space-time continuum without the benefit of a souped-up sports car to hit theaters on July 18, 2014.


The Evolution of Gears of War From Gears of War: Judgment Comic-Con 2012 Panel

Those who pre-order Gears of War: Judgment from GameStop can look forward to some special bonuses, most notably early access to the game's new OverRun multiplayer mode. OverRun is an objective-oriented, team-based showdown between COG and Locust forces, and it best summed up for Gears-knowledgeable folk as Horde Mode-meets-Beast Mode.

The early access begins on March 15, 2013 and runs through to March 19, though you'll have to be a Power-Up Rewards member to take advantage. All GameStop customers who pre-order Judgment will also receive a Young Marcus character skin and Lambent weapon skin, in addition to the Classic Hammerburst that comes with all pre-orders, regardless of who sells it to you.

Gears of War: Judgment arrives in stores on March 19, 2013. That same day, the early access for OverRun opens up to the general public as a proper demo for the game.




BioShock Infinite "Columbia, A Modern Day Icarus?" Trailer »


Irrational Games has some more to reveal today about the floating city of Columbia, compliments of the latest trailer for BioShock Infinite. Entitled "Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus?," the two-minute clip runs through the origin of Zachary Comstock's floating city and offers an impression of how it is perceived by those who live on the ground.

There's not much in the way of gameplay to see here, as the trailer is more focused on setting up a basic level of knowledge about Columbia. Fans will have an additional opportunity to learn more about the city in the sky when the prequel novella -- BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt -- arrives on February 12, 2013. The game follows slightly more than a month later, on March 26.

Star Wars VII Has Its Director: J.J. Abrams!

The 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design Innovate Communicate Entertain) Summit kicks off on February 6 with Valve's Gabe Newell and recently confirmed Star Wars director J.J. Abrams handling the opening keynote duties, a press release confirms. The pair will speak on the subject of "Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?"

The two guys have almost certainly worked together or at least been in contact before, with the PC version of Portal 2 having featured an interactive trailer for Abrams' then-upcoming film, Super 8. The trailer was built using the Source Engine, offering players an opportunity to explore the interior of the movie's crashing train.

Newell will take the stage at D.I.C.E. once again the following day, delivering Thursday's conference keynote covering "A View On Next Steps."

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2013 Movie Preview: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22
Director: Francis Lawrence
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The oppressive powers that be of the Capitol, humiliated from the outcome of last year's Hunger Games, use a loophole to bring Katniss and Peeta back this year to battle a group of the game's previous winners.

What We Know:

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Huctherson) have returned from the 74th annual Hunger Games and now, thanks to the improvisational showmance angle which saved their lives, these pseudo "star-crossed lovers," have become beloved national figures.

However, it seems that the results of the games, was more of a black eye on the face of the Capitol and the corrupt President Snow (Donald Sutherland) than we thought. Now, the safety of District 12's winning tributes, nay, District 12 itself, depends on their maintaining the lie that their love is genuine; the only way for the butt-hurt bureaucrats behinds the games to maintain some level of credibility. That arrangement works okay with Peeta, who has genuine feelings for Katniss, even with aspiring boyfriend, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) still lurking about.

Despite the couple's cooperation on that front, their infraction would still not go unanswered. With the 75th Hunger Games upon them, the opportunity for the Capitol's revenge would come in the form of something called the Quarter Quell: A "twist" injected into the games every 25 years. In this case, it has called for the return of victors from past Hunger Games. (A gimmick that may have been lifted from Survivor, but whatever...)

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Call it rude, call it sour grapes, call it what you will. But on their final episode, with nothing to lose, X-Play is spoiling in three minutes the endings to some of the biggest games you've ever played.

X-Play Spoils Everything »


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We can't all look like Patrick Stewart, but some of us sorta kinda can(-ish)! And when you do, it's only natural you'd have favorite X-Play moments. Just ask this guy!

Patrick Stewart's Favorite X-Play Moments »


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Do your co-workers need an energizer? You could try group jumping jacks or offsite team building, but with Borderlands 2 loot midgets for the office, you'll never need anything else! Just drop a few of these baddies into the mix, and you'll have everyone perked up in no time!

How Borderlands 2 Loot Midgets Boost Office Morale »


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With X-Play signing off the air for good, however will you get your game reviews? Why, you'll make them yourself! With these tips from our gaming experts, you'll be creating your own stellar reviews for the future games we won't be around for.

X-Play's How To Review Video Games »


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Some of the most important people on X-Play were the ones you rarely saw, but for the series finale, all bets were off. Producer Mike Benson is joined on stage by his dog to deliver some of his favorite moments from all the years he spent working on the show.

X-Play Producer Mike Benson's Favorite Show Moments »


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On X-Play's last show, Morgan Webb and Blair Herter thought it would be a nice thing letting Kristin Adams say a few words of goodbye. Then they gave her the microphone...

X-Play's Kristin Adams Bids Farewell »


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PRIMA Cinema Brings New Movie Releases To Your Home -- For A Price

We've long dreamed of a day when we could download freshly released movies to our TVs, and now, that day has arrived... but with a steep price! PRIMA Cinema gave us some hands-on time with their product, and it's an amazing service for anyone who can't make it to their local cineplex on opening weekend to see the latest, greatest releases. The cost? A cool $35,000 for the primary unit and remote fingerprint reader, plus an additional $500 per viewing, or a TBD annual fee for an unlimited subscription. Now, that seems astronomical, we know. However, it's chump change next to the cost of installing professional projection equipment (which can run well over $100K). In addition to those equipment costs, you also have to be on a super secret screener list called the "Bel-Air Circuit" that gives access to first-run theatrical releases. Oh, and that circuit is per studio, and even if you make one studio's list, it doesn't guarantee you'll be placed on any other studio's list. Hollywood heavy hitters like Ari Emanuel, George Clooney, and Les Moonves are all on the list, so if you're expecting an invitation, don't hold your breath.

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Nintendo only recently confirmed the 3DS game Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for a March 24, 2013 release, and now the publisher confirms that the upcoming game will include a multiplayer mode (local and online). A press release reveals that up to four players can work together as they take on paranormal entities in the game's ScareScraper.

Hunter Mode puts each player in control of a different-colored Luigi, with teams working against a timer to hunt down ghosts. Teams can earn various bonuses and upgrades, and they'll eventually face a boss of some kind at the top floor of every 5-, 10-, or 25-floor tower. You can learn more about the mode in the above trailer.

The press release also confirms that the game will be available both on disc and via a download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop, both for $39.99.

Robotech Film Moves Forward, Lands Director

It appears that there's still life in the long-discussed live-action Robotech film, after all. After several years in developmental purgatory, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with the project, appointing feature film newcomer, Nic Mathieu to the director's chair.

Known for work mainly in commercials, Mathieu has also recently nabbed another Warner project called The Wind. He now lands potential blockbuster fodder by adapting the seminal Japanese anime series which comes straight from the 1980's heyday where "giant robots punching things in space" was as common as autotune is today in the music biz. While other entries in the robot genre were more fluffy, geared towards the interest of children, Robotech carried a reputation of distinguishing itself with a harder edge.

The story is set in a future in which a crashed alien spacecraft in the South Pacific becomes a proverbial Pandora's Box of technology; a technology that would save the life of all mankind, as it helps them develop giant piloted robots that serve as Earth's primary defense against the forces of immense invading extraterrestrials. -- No doubt, such a premise seems to be timely with the looming presence of another potential blockbuster with giant piloted robots battling giant dimensional-invading monsters in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim this summer. Most likely the coming of that film was the catalyst for the jump-start on this long-stagnant Robotech project.

Actor, Tobey Maguire (attached to the film for over 5 years,) remains on board as producer. Joining him in that capacity, are Akiva Goldsmith, Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold, and Tory Tunnell. However, at this point, nothing has been revealed regarding the script, which at various points in time had names attached like the legendary Lawrence Kasdan and afterwards, the duo of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

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Blair Herter hired on a dare? Morgan Webb once a member of Das EFX? These are just two of the incredible X-Play show secrets being revealed now that it's off the air. See all the amazing revelations below!

X-Play's Unknown Secrets Revealed »


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