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Director Duncan Jones unveiled a new poster today at PAX East for the upcoming Warcraft movie that's hitting theaters in June.
The film's had a fair share of promotion, including an interactive trailer and TV spots. Other posters previously released include a spotlight on characters like Lothar (Travis Fimmel) of the humans and Durotan (Toby Kemmel) of the orcs. Warcraft releases in theaters on June 10.
You can take a look at the newest poster down below.
In what appears to be a clip from early in Captain America: Civil War, we get a look at Iron Man and some of his team. Bucky Barnes (also known as The Winter Soldier) is at the heart of the conflict between Captain America and Tony Stark, and this might be where it begins.
The clip below is an expanded look at a scene we’ve seen in a number of trailers. Tony Stark is in street clothes, but turns his watch into a repulsor gauntlet.
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Also featured (and laying in wait) are Black Widow and Sharon Carter (also known as Agent 13, and Agent Peggy Carter’s niece). We also get a look at T’Challa, the Black Panther, out of uniform. Based on something Black Widow says, it seems Bucky isn't in control of his faculties, suggesting this is earlier in the film.
Captain America: Civil War will be out on May 6, 2016.
Promotion for the upcoming Warcraft movie has been slowly ramping up since the film’s first trailer debuted at Blizzcon 2015. Since then, the hype train has been powered by the hot coals of multiple TV spots, an interactive trailer, and now, a new batch of character posters.
The hardened faces of Azeroth and Draenor can be seen in the gallery below. What do you think of the character designs? Also, if you want to tell us how you feel about the upcoming fantasy adaptation, head to our reader discussion here.
Watch this trailer, it’s got a freaking bear in it…it’s probably the one that almost killed Leo. Holy crap, is that an avalanche?!
Freakin Rad put together this trailer for a Tomb Raider movie. And if you loved Rise of the Tomb Raider as much as we did, you'll probably want to read this Afterword interview as well. Also, check out who we thought would be a great pick for Lara in the movie.
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Earlier today, Deadline reported that Daisy Ridley – best known for her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – could be considered for Warner Bros. and MGM's upcoming film adaptation of the Tomb Raider series. Based on the report, negotiations haven't even begun, but it got us thinking about what actresses would be the best fit for the iconic adventurer.
With the video game series getting a reboot in recent years, it seems as though the film series will also be going that route. That means no more Angelina, and a presumably young actress cast in the role of Lara. With that in mind, we found five amazing actresses who we think would absolutely kill it in the role of a young Lara Croft. Check out our picks below and be sure to see who our readers thought would be a good fit for Lara when we asked for your input last year.
The selection of Daisy Ridley might sound like it's just capitalizing on her popularity following her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but in the biggest movie ever made, Ridley shined amidst the likes of Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, and Carrie Fisher. She proved that she can act alongside the best and carry a blockbuster action film. Also, what video game fan didn't immediately get images of Tomb Raider or Uncharted in their head during the early scene where Rey's exploring the wreckage?
You might know Camilla Luddington as Dr. Josephine Wilson on Grey's Anatomy, Claudette on True Blood, or Lizzie on Californication. You might also know her as the voice of Lara Croft in the rebooted Tomb Raider video game series. Luddington has held roles in several films and TV series, but what makes her a natural fit for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider film is that it's a role she's already perfected, as she has done all the voice and motion capture for Lara in both the 2013 reboot and the 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The acting prowess of Emma Watson has been put on display time and time again, so it would be a thrill to see her rise to the challenge of a tough role such as Lara Croft. Her impressive list of award nominations and wins is testament enough to her ability to pick up a role and own it, and that's the kind of star that a character like Lara Croft requires.
Assuming a role that's constantly presented with dire situations that require desperate solutions would be nothing new for Lauren Cohan. Best known for her role as Maggie Greene in The Walking Dead television series, Cohan has done her fair share of looting, shooting, and stabbing. While the world of Tomb Raider isn't quite the post-apocalyptic zombie planet of The Walking Dead, Cohan has proven to have the badass acting chops required to nail the role.
The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet already has experienced success as a model, musician, and actress, but taking on Lara Croft in the next film would be her biggest role yet. Appearing in Mad Max: Fury Road, the Divergent series, and X-Men: First Class, we know she has good range in her acting abilities, and it would be awesome to see how her roles in some of the more bleak films she's appeared in would transition to the harrowing origin story of the famous tomb raider.
What actresses do you think would be the best fit for a young Lara Croft? Let us know in the comments below!
A couple of weeks ago, I had sat down with famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. While most of our time was spent discussing Star Fox Zero, I did get him to talk about other things.
In the course of our conversation, I asked Miyamoto about his favorite movie of last year. The response didn’t entirely surprise me, but his reasoning was enlightening.
There were a lot of good movies last year. One movie that I would have to talk about is Star Wars. It was a movie that I was very worried about. I really enjoyed the original three movies. But as they started to rely more on CG and computer graphics, I gradually stopped watching the Star Wars movies.
I felt that for the people who were taking that on that it was a very big challenge for them. My expectation is that they’d maybe find a way to barely meet that challenge. But when I saw that movie, I was very impressed with what they were able to do.
As a creator, I really respected their ability to take on the challenge and bring back some of the feelings that people had the first time they watched the movies. I really liked that some of those actors from Episode IV came back after all these years, and you can see how they had aged. As a fan, it was a really great movie.
I also asked Miyamoto about his favorite games of last year. While I wasn’t expecting him to deviate too far from Nintendo’s library, I was again intrigued by his choices and reasoning.
I haven’t seen as many video games. Two of the games that I have been really happy with. One is Splatoon. We had a very young staff work on that game; particularly in the Japanese market, they’ve introduced a whole new genre of shooter.
And then Super Mario Maker, which Mr. [Takashi] Tezuka worked on, we’re seeing a lot of dads are playing together with their kids. That’s made me really happy.
I mentioned to him that I continue to see a lot of buzz for Super Mario Maker, as friends continue to try and stump one another. He seemed pleased that it had found such a following.
“Our objective is always to try and make games that will sell for two years,” he chuckled. “If we can do that, we can take our time with the next game.”
For more on Star Fox Zero, check out our in-depth preview.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhnney is prepping to write and direct the Minecraft film for Warner Bros. The film is currently being scripted, but it seems that the studio already expects big things from the massive video game property.
“We are currently in the scripting stages,” producer Roy Lee told Collider. “And also doing visual designs to show the studio what the world will look like.”
Lee previously worked on the film The LEGO Movie, so hopefully that bodes well for the Minecraft film. In the interview, Lee mentioned that the production company was aiming for the same target audience as Jurassic World, which could mean that the film will be a little more mature than The LEGO Movie.
Lee also said the film would have the feel of a "live action version of a Minecraft experience," and takes place in some kind of multiverse, which makes it sound a bit like Tron, where real people are absorbed into a computer world.
Okay, so Kanye West may or may not be naming his next album after the TurboGrafx-16, a console responsible for producing some of the most terrifying games in existence:
My next album is titled "Turbo Grafx 16" as of now…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 27, 2016
So that's a thing that's gonna happen. Or not, maybe, who knows? But it did get me thinking about some of my favorite non-gaming things that have been inspired by video games. Originally I was going to tell you all about my love for The Super Mario Bros movie (yes, the one from 1993 that has Academy Award Nominated actor Dennis Hopper as King Koopa) but I'll save that one for another day, I think.
Instead, I'm gonna talk about Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. That's the movie, not the comic series. The series is fine but the movie, I remember going to see that at midnight release with my brother after spending three hours on the road driving home from college.
We were both tired and were really only at the showing because we had heard from some pals who had seen pre-release showings that it was AMAZING. They weren't wrong. That was the first, and one of the few, movies I've seen that properly translated the kinetic visual language of video games into film in a way that didn't feel overbearing or like an awkward gamey homage (like the first-person sequence in the DOOM movie). Man, now I really wanna watch it again.
What about you? What's your favorite non-gaming item (book, movie, album, or whatever) that was inspired by video games?