Halo Nightfall

Today at Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference there was no word about the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series that is expected to premiere in 2015. But there was some brief info on the other series based on the Halo games, which counts Ridley Scott as a producer. That one is a smaller-budgeted “digital series” originally said to be similar to Halo: Forward Until Dawn. Now we know the title: Halo Nightfall. Read More »

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Star Wars Battlefront E3 Trailer

I’m not a huge video gamer, but the Star Wars Battlefront E3 trailer has me excited for the future of the Star Wars universe in the interactive space. The trailer is a behind the scenes look at how EA’s Dice Studio is working hard to recapture the magic of the original Star Wars trilogy of films, going back to the Lucas archives to capture new details from the models and props. They also revisited some of the original filming locations to hopefully recapture the feeling of the spaces. The trailer is cleverly edited to play to our emotions and our nostalgia for the original films (yes, it worked) but  the Star Wars Battlefront E3 Trailer doesn’t show a whole lot in terms of real gameplay, a couple little snippets of early in-engine footage. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Doug Liman Talks ‘Splinter Cell’ Development

Doug Liman Splinter Cell

Doug Liman came on board Ubisoft’s film production efforts when he signed to direct Splinter Cell earlier this year. Actor Tom Hardy is set to star in the film as black ops agent Sam Fisher, and is producing the film as well. Obviously, while Michael Ironside voiced most game incarnations of the character, Ubi is going a bit younger for the screen incarnation.

That has led to questions. Will this be the same character, seen prior to many of the in-game adventures, effectively making this a prequel story? Or is it a simple situation in which details necessarily change as part of the adaptation process? Liman hasn’t talked much about the adaptation, but in a new interview does say that everything about the big-screen Splinter Cell “will be younger.” Read More »

metal gear solid director

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his feature debut directing The Kings of Summer, is now in talks become the Metal Gear Solid director. The film will (of course) be based on the long-running series of Metal Gear games from Konami and creator Hideo Kojima. Precisely which games will be featured is open to question, however. Read More »

Ben Foster Reveals His ‘Warcraft’ Role

Ben Foster Warcraft

Despite the fact that Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has already wrapped the primary shoot for Warcraft, we know almost nothing about the film. Clearly, the film is set in the world of Azeroth, introduced in the video game Warcraft and greatly expanded in other titles including World of Warcraft. And we know most of the members of the cast: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown are all in the film. We haven’t known anything about their characters, however, until now. Ben Foster has just given up some big info, including the name of his character — and it’s someone that will be familiar to fans of the games.  Read More »

Simpsons Tapped Out Logo

The Simpsons has a history of making history and, last week, it quietly did it again. In a world populated with hundreds of recognizable characters, the franchise introduced a brand new one. Not on TV, but in the popular mobile game The Simpsons Tapped Out. His name is Chester Dupree and he’s the unemployed slacker brother-in-law to everyone’s favorite laughing doctor, Julius Hibbert. Read more about this below. Read More »

Boba Fett Return Jedi

We’re back from the long weekend with many more Star Wars-related odds and ends. After the jump:

  • Star Wars: Attack Squadrons has been cancelled
  • Don’t believe those Boba Fett spinoff plot rumors
  • Carrie Fisher is lobbying to bring back the Leia buns
  • Star Wars Episode VII casts another musician
  • See Episode VII stunt performers hard at work in Abu Dhabi
  • Check out Daisy Ridley’s brief appearance in Mr. Selfridge
  • Screenwriter Gary Whitta shows off his Lucasfilm threads

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Warcraft slate

In a few years, we’re going to look back at May 2014 as a truly amazing time in geek movie making. Right now, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator 5, Jurassic World & Fantastic Four are all filming. Most of those are movies fans never in a million years thought they’d see made. To have them all shooting simultaneously is pretty remarkable.

Another film that certainly belongs on that list is Warcraft, Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the ultra popular video game series. The difference between Warcraft and the rest though are most of those other sequels and adaptations are just starting their filming. Warcraft has now completed production after a substantial four-month shoot. It’s scheduled for release March 11, 2016, which means a mountain of post production can now begin. Read More »

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