New official images of Batman v Superman here

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Entertainment Weekly featured a few official images from the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in order to generate more buzz before their panel at SDCC. It is rumoured that Warner will showcase a new trailer or video clip during the panel and possibly assemble the new Justice League on the stage.

In the magazine Ben Affleck commented that Batman is quite similar to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations. He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.”

Director Zack Synder chimes in on what he felt about Ben Affleck’s Batman, “I liked the fact that Ben was 
 6’ 4” and taller 
than Henry [Cavill]. I wanted Superman to 
have to feel like 
he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger.”

Meanwhile, Henry Cavill felt that, “I like to think that Man of Steel was the perspective of the world from Clark, Kal-El, looking at the world and trying to exist with in it. Batman v Superman is definitely more mankind’s perspective of Superman.”

In the photos, we got to see Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) without her superhero outfit, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor who is still sporting his hair and weary looking Superman while being worshipped by his cohort of believers who thinks he is God.

We can’t wait to see what is in store at their panel at Comic-Con. The movie is set for a titanic clash on 28 March 2016.

via EW

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New visual key and details on the second Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN episode

Official site for Mobile Suit Gundam Origin uploaded several new visual keys and details for the second episode. The episode, titled Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin II: Artesia’s Sorrow/機動戦士ガンダム ORIGIN II 哀しみのアルテイシア is set to be screened at the cinemas on 31 October 2015 and the subsequent Blu-Ray/DVD release will arrive on 7 November.

It is the second iteration of the four parter OVA project based on legendary mangaka’s Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Macross, Mobile Suit Gundam) work. The story talks about the history of Red Comet or Char Aznable from his humble beginnings to the status of being the bitterest nemesis of another legend, Amuro Rey the Gundam pilot.

Original illustration by mangaka Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

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The episode’s director will be Nana Harada, with scripting done by Katsuyuki Sumisawa. Chief Animation Director will be Hiroyuki Nishimura and Mechanical Animation direction is under Takuya Suzuki. Planning and production of the OVA fell naturally unto the lap of veteran Sunrise Studio. Voice actors/actresses are Shuichi Ikeda as Eduoard Mass, Megumi Han as Sayla Mass/Artesia, Toshihiko Seki as Char and Toru Furuya as the Amuro Rey.

The sales of first episode OVA breached respectable 61,253 copies so the reception is pretty good so far.

via Official Facebook Page

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Check out the full length trailer for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs with his reflective gaze
Steve Jobs with his reflective gaze

The public interest in Steve Jobs still remains despite the sub-par movie starring Ashton Kutcher in 2011. Now the saga continues with Aaron Sorkin’s penned version starring Micheal Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 300) as the man himself in Steve Jobs. Directed by Danny Boyle (Moon), now we have a better look at the movie in the full fledged trailer.

The trailer hints a lot on Jobs as a genius who is demanding and abrasive, to the point he alienates his daughter, which is the core of the story. The screenplay’s focuses around the back stage of three iconic Apple product launches, especially between Jobs and his first daughter.

Sorkin’s greatest skill is his snappy and smart dialogue which is abundantly clear in the trailer and it should set it above the 2011 version. Besides that, we got to see Seth Rogen in unusually serious role as Steve Wozniak; Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman the key marketing head honcho and original crew of Macintosh team and finally Jeff Daniels as the former Apple CEO John Sculley.

We get the feeling that the movie will be measured against other recent biopics like The Imitation Game (about Alan Turing) and The Theory of Everything (Steven Hawking). And of course, who can forget another Aaron Sorkin’s work of tech genius, The Social Network (2010) – the biopic of the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. It remains to be seen if this movie able to hold its ground in comparison.

The movie is set to open on 9 October 2015.

via Youtube

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The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 300 series GPUs are ready take the gaming world by storm

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It’s official, AMD has finally launched their new line of next-gen Radeon graphics cards to push your gaming experience to the next level.

In a nutshell, the new cards basically allow for smoother gameplay, super high resolutions, VR experiences and support for advanced APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan without consuming too much power in the process.

Of the R9 series the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPUs are designed with the highest GPU memory bandwidth, delivering over 60% more memory over their intergrated High Bandwidth Memory feature integrated on the chip. Designed for the hardcore gamer, the card also benefits from 4K support, AMD FreeSync tech and is future proof with API support for DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan and AMD’s own Mantle.

The more compact design also allows for smaller PC form factors with more flexibility for modders and other DIY users. An even smaller version is set to follow in Q3 2015, going by the name of the AMD Radeon R9 Nano. The Fury X itself is already available for purchase.

AMD fury X-1

As for the rest of the Radeom R9 300 series GPUs, they share roughly the same capabilities but they also support AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology, but with more the larger, more  traditional form factors that we are used to seeing. Of course on top of VR compatibility the cards wll also make used of the AMD FreeSync tech to eliminate tearing and stutter on single screen setups and multi-screen Eyefinity configurations.

The AMD Radeon R7 300 is built for a whole different kind of gaming. Made with focus on online gaming and eSports competitors, the cards will deliver greater than 60 fps gaming performance at bot 1080p or 1440p fo popular online games. The cards of course, are also future proof with optimization for the next-gen APIs so you don’t have to break the bank just to keep up.

You also get the added bonus of improvements in  AMD’s Catalyst drivers for one-click game optimization in the Gaming Evolved Client, and by extension readiness for Windows 10.

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The tech will be rolled out to supporting GPU brands like Powercolour, ASUS and MSI to name a few, with an absolutely immense lineup ready to hit the market starting this month.

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The prize money for the TI Dota 2 Championship has hit US$15 million

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Leshrac’s new toy

The prize pool of The International Dota 2 Championship has hit US$15 million (a whopping RM$ 57 million) according to Valve. The amount is a new milestone as last year it hit US$10.9 million (which is still a lot mind you)

Valve opened the fifth International’s prize poll at the end of April this year with the starting amount of US$1.6 million. At the same time, the company offered the TI5 Compendium, a digital Bible for the tournament including leveling system, challenges for players to complete, rewards and plenty, plenty of microtransanctions.

Higher level players will receive exclusive Compendium only game items such as pets, couriers and skins. As the thing hits higher and higher threshold, more goodies coming in like it is a second Christmas. Some players are complaining that richer players are raising the Compendium levels by throwing tons of money, skewering the game economy.

The TI5 Compendium’s base price is US$10, with a version pre-leveled to 50 available for US$26.99. “Point bundles” begin at US$2.49 for five levels worth of points, all the way up to US$9.99 for 24 levels in Compendium. A quarter of these sales go directly to TI5’s prize pool, which hinting that Valve may amassed nearly US$60 million in overall sales by rough calculation.

Players still can purchase it and unlock goodies in Dota 2 until TI5 has concluded. That means Valve will keep on raking on more profit and more cash for the prize pool too. The tournament is set to start from 3 August 2015 to 8 August 2015.

via Official Site

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Ash Williams is back in Ash vs Evil Dead

First image of the series
First image of the series

Ash Williams, the cult hero of Evil Dead series is back with vengeance.

In the new Starz series, Ash vs Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell is reprising this role once again, complete with the iconic boomstick. The show reunites the venerable actor with director Sam Raimi (Spartacus series) for a Fall 2015 airing. The story is set 30 years after the last Evil Dead movie where the hero Ash is running/hiding away from all responsibilities – be it normal or supernatural.

Not only the actor is back with his director, even producer Rob Tapert and the iconic 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 car reunited with the gang again. Besides this, showrunner Craig DiGregorio (Reaper) witb cast members like Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow), Ray Santiago (Touch), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), Mimi Rogers (Mad Men) and Lucy Lawless (Xena the Warrior Princess, Spartacus) rounding up the people in the series.

According to Bruce, his role as Ash is slightly different now with the new cast:

It’s The Searchers with carnage and mayhem. I’m relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team—the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis.

So what did the hero do in between the movies and the series timeline? He eleborates:

Not much! He was perfectly happy doing basically nothing: telling lies about how he lost his hand in bars late at night. That was basically his MO. So, he’s not really the guy who should be dealing with this right now. But…he is. He’s our guy!

However Ash still has not lost his mojo yet according to Sam Raimi:

“…still a really good monster fighter. So, he’s also going to be kicking some deadite buttocks.”

But the director hinted the whole mess in the series is Ash’s fault again though, “the only one stupid enough to really tamper with those spirits, and he does.”

Bring it on!

via EW & Youtube

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BenQ’s 35″ curved gaming monitor is looking sleek

Curved monitors are quickly becoming a thing, as are the curved displays that are starting to become more widespread in homes. Now a curved gaming monitor isn’t too far fetched given that its more convenient than setting up a three monitor Eyefinity-esque setup (unless you are into flight sims) and BenQ has decided to put their tech to the test by producing the XR3501 gaming monitor.

New rumours surface on the Power Rangers reboot

Power Rangers
Power Rangers

Lionsgate in their hunger to finance another money-making franchise is looking to reboot Power Rangers. After all, their lucrative Mockingjay series is coming to an end soon, hence their search for the next mega-hit. Reports seem to suggest that they are pretty close to rebooting the famous series right now. The production of the reboot is expected to start later this year and opens in 2017 with Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) as director and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) as the executive producer.

Now we have a rumoured outline of the story, courtesy of the folks at the Heroic Hollywood. Beware though, this is just merely rumours so readers are advised to take it with a pinch of salt. According to Umberto Gonzalez in Heroic Hollywood, this detail mainly deals with the prologue act of the movie. Here is the summary:

The story begins during the Cretaceous period when the original Red Ranger, Zordon and his team are battling Rita and Goldar. As a last resort, Zordon detonates a black hole in his bid to destroy Rita for good.

Then viewers will meet the future members of the team going about their day from being a mechanic to a free spirited yoga practitioner 65 million years later. At some point, they find the coins of power that used to belong to Zordon and his team underneath a T.Rex fossil at the military base. Suddenly something bad happens and the teens are forced to work together for first time to save their home in Angel’s Grove, California.

While that happens, old enemies Zordon and Rita awaken despite the black hole detonation eons ago. Rita decides to revive Goldar by collecting gold from around the world while Zordon realises that the coins of power had already bonded with the untrained teenagers.  So he is forced to guide them in order to stop Rita from reviving Goldar again.

The evil Rita
The evil Rita

Sounds like lots of action and mayhem coming our way. But are the fans ready?

Source: Heroic Hollywood

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Say you’re the sort that tends to use quite a few gadgets at once, but couldn’t be hassled to continuously swap between devices just so you can plonk down your keyboard and get some work done. Logitech released a keyboard that is capable of hot swapping between three devices without breaking the connection between all three at the turn of a dial, and its now available in Malaysia.

Yes, there is a plan for a Monopoly movie

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Umm…yeah, Hasbro is pushing out yet another boardgame to be converted into a movie after the “success” of Battleship (2012). Monopoly, the old boardgame about real estate and going to jail for no reason is their current target.

Few years ago, Ridley Scott was attached to the project but it did not take off since the director wanted to make a real estate market satire. However, Hasbro wanted it to be a vanilla, family friendly movie. It is envisioned as a family adventure movie, something like Goonies. In fact it is reported that the company using it as the template for the Monopoly movie.

Now Lionsgate and Hasbro has agreed to work together to realize the movie and they have just roped in Academy Award winner writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca). We are not sure if he will be sitting on the director’s chair though. Not only that, Lionsgate already furnished an official synopsis here:

In keeping with a game that has brought so many hours of joy to so many for so long, Monopoly will be a film for all ages, visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure. The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!

Producer Randall Emmett (2 Guns) hinted that the movie’s plot will focus on a treasure map and the hunt for it. He also claimed that the movie production will start in the middle of 2015 but otherwise, nothing solid on that.

So far, no casting or release date is known yet.

via Variety

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