New poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens surprises many fans

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During D23, Disney handed out the official movie poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as drawn by the famous artist Drew Struzan. But they were more than just simple freebies.

Here’s how it looks like:

What is surprising and perhaps controversial for some fans, the poster features John Boyega’s character, Finn wielding a blue coloured lightsaber instead of the widely expected Rey (Daisy Ridley). The lightsaber is strongly rumoured  to be Luke Skywalker’s old weapon and it is widely seen as a key item in Force Awakens plot.

Perhaps this movie is about the journey of the unlikely Finn to be a Jedi? It did suggest that he is Force Sensitive. The appearance of Han Solo on the poster hints a heavy presence of the hero in relation to the main duo but in what way, we have no idea yet. The most persistent rumour is the main female lead is most likely his own daughter. But fans are disappointed that iconic characters like Luke and Leia are not featured in the poster.

On the other related news, Colin Treverow (Jurassic World) is confirmed by Lucasfilm as the director of Star Wars Episode 9 at D23. His reaction to the news, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Star Wars Episode 8 will be under the directing hands of Rian Johnson (Looper) which is set for release in May 2017 whereas Episode 9 is set for 2019.

Source: Twitter & StarWars.com

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Orlando Bloom is returning with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales

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Disney confirms that Orlando Bloom (Blackhawk Down, Lord of the Rings) is returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales.

Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow will be still the main focus of the story with the new enemy played by Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Man) haunting him. Brenton Thwaites (Son of the Gun), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings), Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally and Stephen Graham are confirmed in the cast but it is not known if Keira Knightley will show up in this movie. Jerry Bruckheimer will be producing the movie with Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Kon-Tiki) as directors based on the script by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 1&2).

It is expected that Orlando Bloom’s character (Will Turner) will be reunited with his son, as played by Brenton Thwaites after he took the wheel of The Flying Dutchman in the third movie.

This will be the fifth installment of the franchise, with the official synopsis provided by Disney during D23:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea …including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”

The movie is set for sailing in the pirate fashion once more at the cinemas on 7 July 2017.

Source: Walt Disney Studios

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More details for the Doctor Strange movie are here

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If you want more details for the Doctor Strange movie, its time to buckle up. During the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the concept art for Doctor Strange.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug in the Hobbit movies, BBC Sherlock) will be set to play as the titular character. The wizard starts off as a successful and well-to-do surgeon before an accident cripples his hands; which leads him to discovery of another world under guidance of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Every hero needs a villain so here, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years of Slave, Serenity) will be cast as the villain Baron Mordo.

The principal shooting of the movie will begin this November and the actor himself teased the fans with, “girls, cars, explosions, and astral projections into multiple universes. The usual fare.” He went a little bit further here, “I’m very excited to be taking on Doctor Strange for Marvel. He’s an extraordinary character and brings in a whole other dimension… hmmm… MULTIPLE dimensions to the Marvel universe.”

The director will be Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with the script originally written by Thomas Dean Donelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) before being tweaked by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The director says that the movie will focus on the origin story the fans will be most familiar with. President of Marvel, Kevin Feige commented that Doctor Strange will be , “as weird as anything we’ve done.” He continues, “The goal of these films is always to continue to expand what a comic book film is, what a Marvel Cinematic Universe film is. And starting a couple years ago with Guardians of the Galaxy, this year with Ant-Man, next year with Doctor Strange, continuing to push the boundaries of that cinematic universe.”

The magic will begin at the cinemas on 4 November 2016.

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This Final Fantasy VII fan project is a sidescrolling beat-em up

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If you like side scrolling action and are a Final Fantasy fan, this fan-game might be right up your alley. Called Final Fantasy VII : Re-Imagined, the indie project is a 2D side-scrolling beat-em up (currently) featuring Cloud and Tifa. So far the game is looking pretty fluid, and in addition to slicing and punching your enemies to a pulp, you can summon and do a bit of magic too.

The game currently has one level complete and it does support local co-op gameplay if you want to rope a housemate in on the action.

However Square Enix is quite well known for squashing fan projects in the name of protecting their IP, as has befallen the fate of many Chrono Trigger/Cross and Final Fantasy projects. So if the project mysteriously disappears into the aether, we know why.

In the mean time can grab the game’s demo here via direct download, play by browser, or check out the trailer below.

via Kotaku

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Donnie Yen shows up in first official Rogue One: A Star Wars Story image

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Looks like the rumours that Donnie Yen will be in Star Wars comes true with the release of official image of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This new title replaces the old name of Star Wars: Rogue One. We don’t know what prompted the change, because frankly Rogue One was good enough to stand on its own.

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Regardless, Disney also announced Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as new member in a performance capture role and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal series) in on board for an unspecified role. So now we have Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen and Felicity Jones to star in Gareth Edwards (Monster, Godzilla) directed flick. Scriptwriter of Cinderella, Chris Weltz will be penning this movie, while music composer Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla) doing the score and cinematographer of Zero Dark Thirty, Greig Fraser tries to be bring out the realistic nature of the conflict in Star Wars universe.

On first glance, we already can feel the grim and gritty nature of the movie, the soldiers/fighters looks like a ragtag bunch of guerrillas who are low on supplies and other necessary things you need to well, survive. Obviously being in the resistance against the Empire, these people has to be constantly on the run.

The movie has already begun shooting for the release late next year with this latest set photos taken illegally at the film set via drone camera. The fight for Death Star plan will begin at the cinemas on 16 December 2016.

via Disney

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Minas Tirith being crowdfunded on IndieGoGo

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You’ll be surprised to hear how big some people’s dreams can be, especially Jonathan Wilson and his team. For they have launched a rather ambitious project for crowdfunding on IndieGoGo, a proposed project to build a fully functioning Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor form the Lord of the Rings series.

Born form their love of the Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s movies, Jonathan and his team are a group which includes architects and structural engineers and have turned to crowdfunding to help create this massive project. The project will not only build a full sized replica of the city but also will have it fully functional with residential districts and commercial areas for sale and rent.

However, with big dreams comes big obstacles, and they have yet to surpass the very first obstacle. The project will need a total of 1.85 billion British Pounds (roughly RM 11.77 billion) and while they already have over a thousand backers to the project, it is unlikely that they will reach their goal in the next 47 days as the total amount of money backed hasn’t even, at the time of this article, reached 1%. Should the project be fully funded, the city is set to open in 2023.

It could be possible for the project to be fully backed but it would take a lot of effort, some changes to their Backer’s Perks and some deals with Corporations with their proposed commercial areas. But I think even I would just walk away if I see a Starbucks in Minas Tirith, no matter how cleverly disguised.

via geektyrant

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Square Enix is shutting down Dive In

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Square Enix is shutting down their “Dive In” streaming service starting 13 September 2015.

The service began last September, allowing purchasers to buy games like Final Fantasy XIII for a limited period of time which are playable on PC, tablets or smartphones via Wi-Fi streaming. The company then announced the termination of the service via their official site a few days ago.

Dive In was the Square Enix’s attempt to compete with stuff like PSNow, offering a streaming game rental service for players on tablets and PCs. Sadly that means PC players will never get a taste of Lightning Returns as the game is supposed to be available on the service this year. Now, with this development, it seems like PC users will have to wait a little longer for this game to be ported over.

Anyone who bought the one year plan for the game will be refunded in full amount regardless of the remaining period of time. Square Enix says it will continue with various cloud technology initiatives to deliver a better content in the coming future.

Via Games Talk

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Will Smith is rebooting The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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In the current TV series revival craze that is going on, Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is currently in early production stages of a rebooted The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV series with Will Smith himself as the producer of the show.

Currently, not much is known about the reboot of the show except that it will bring a new spin to the fish-out-of-water story that the original had with a modern update while still keeping the spirit of the original show. The show currently has no release window and Overbrook Entertainment is still finalizing its pitch.

NBC had previously hosted all six seasons of the original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but, according to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, is currently not involved in the reboot. However, he (Robert Greenblatt) is willing to discuss with Will Smith about it.

via Polygon

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Kickstarter project devs face bankruptcy over failed game

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This comes as a bit of a horror story as far as Kickstarter projects are concerned; and this is unlikely to be the last incident of its kind.

Released in March this year, Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a fantasy-themed 3D platformer that was completed after a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought the prkoject over $72,000 (about RM ) and a good 2,400 backers. Everything was going well till developer GRIN announced its closure earlier this week due to the game failing to sell enough copies.

“It’s done, there is no way back. We tried, we failed,” wrote Wim Wouters, founder and CEO of GRIN in a blog post dated Aug. 10. “The team is now dismantled and we have requested bankruptcy [as we are] unable to pay outstanding bills.” the game itself is said to have only about 38,000 copies lying in the collection of Steam users.

The game itself was the company’s first attempt to produce an independent game, with GRIN originally producing educational software and training simulations to put food on the table. The team consists of six people, two artists, two programmers, a writer and head honcho Wouters. Woolfe’s backers formed the game’s QA team. It seems the biggest problem here wasn’t that much about the game but they weren’t able to push the title with a lack of marketing.

Woolfe also had issues with clunky controls, despite the game looking wonderfully dark in both story and graphics, as indie title tend to be.

Wouters  mentioned that many of the rewards destined to be shipped off to backers are already produced, but they are lacking the funds for postage.

“All the backer stickers and letters of enlistment just need a stamp,” Wouters wrote. “All the poster sets printed, signed and ready. The artbook is ready to be printed, the soundtrack is ready for distribution, the DVD case is ready for production. But we have literally no money whatsoever to pay for stamps, let alone print the artbooks and dvd-cases.

“So with a heavy heart I have to communicate that as of now the IP of Woolfe, all of the assets and source code is now for sale via the appointed trustee.”

If you want to take a look at it, Woolfe is still available for purchase on Steam.

via Polygon

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