Looking Back at E3 2014 Plus Over 100 Images from the Popular Gaming Expo

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Last week E3 2014 came to a close, but it left plenty to be excited for in the near future.  The “Big 3”, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, all have their Next Gen systems in consumer hands, so this year was all about proving why you shouldn’t lose faith in their product.  With owners of the Xbox One, Wii U, and Playstation 4 all clamoring for games for their libraries, there are quite a few titles I think you should be on the look out for.  Click on through to see my top games and over a 100 pictures of E3 2014.

CAPTAIN NEMO Spec Script from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar Purchased by Sony/Columbia

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Sony/Columbia is ready to head 20,000 leagues under the sea with a new Captain Nemo spec script purchase from screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.  The Smallville and  Spider-Man 2 writers have reportedly put forward a new take on Jules Verne’s classic antihero, the genius scientist who patrols the ocean’s depths in his formidable submarine, The Nautilus.  Few other details are available on their version at the moment, suffice to say that the duo will executive produce with  Joe Roth and Palak Patel also on board as producers.  Perhaps Sony will have better luck getting their version of “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” off the ground (or under the water?) than Disney; that studio has struggled to keep a director attached to the project McG departing over four years ago, and David Fincher abandoning ship more recently due to budget issues. (Via Heat Vision)

ZOMBIELAND Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to Pen Adaptation of Upcoming Video Game WATCH DOGS

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Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises are already incredibly popular.  They’ve spawned numerous sequels and they show no signs of slowing down.  It’s no surprise they’re being turned into movies.  Assassin’s Creed is set to star Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell will be led by Tom Hardy, and both are due out in 2015.  But today Ubisoft and New Regency are moving ahead on a new film adaptation from the video game developer–Watch Dogs, which hasn’t been released in stores yet.  It’s got an action-friendly premise wherein you play Aiden Pearce, a grey hat hacker who can bend a hyper-connected Chicago to his will with his ability to hack into everything ranging from traffic lights to bank accounts.  Ubisoft has been planning to adapt Watch Dogs into a movie for almost a year, but now they’re taking a substantial step forwards.

According to Deadline, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to handle the script.  They’re good writers, so the larger question is whether or not Watch Dogs will be the hit Ubisoft expects.  The game is promising, and I’m eager to play it, but I’m also worried that it’s promising far more than it can deliver.  Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer and see what I mean.  Watch Dogs will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27th.

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Sony Picks up Rights to Max Brooks’ Upcoming Graphic Novel, THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS

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Max Brooks’ last adaptation to hit the screen – World War Z – ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars.  Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they’ve picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters.  Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit.  Hit the jump for more.

PlayStation 4 Sells One Million Units on Release Date; Still Has No Must-Own Games

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The next generation of consoles has finally arrived (yes, the WiiU was released last year, but no one really seems to care), and PlayStation 4 sold one million units in the U.S. and Canada when it was released this past Friday.  Sony is predicting three million units sold before the end of the year, and that’s a realistic target, especially since shoppers haven’t trampled each other yet for the Black Friday sales (the system won’t be discounted, but it will likely come with bundle offers from retailers).  We’ll see how sales of Xbox One match up when Microsoft’s new console is released this Friday.

However, there are still no must-own games for Sony’s system.  Then again, the PlayStation 3 also didn’t have any, and it cost $600 at launch as opposed to PlayStation 4′s $400 price-tag.  I, for one, would like to thank all the early adopters for discovering the system’s kinks and quirks, and for their willingness to buy games that are also coming out on the current generation of consoles.

ROBOCOP Set for IMAX Release on February 7, 2014

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Director Jose Padilha’s upcoming RoboCop will grace the ginormous IMAX screens when it hits theaters next year.  Sony and MGM announced today that the film will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format, giving fans the opportunity to check it out on the big, big screen.  Joel Kinnaman leads the redo, which takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of a part-man, part-robot police officer.  The experiment on Kinnaman is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned.  Watch the trailer here.

The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.  If you missed Steve’s recent interview with Baruchel about the film, click hereRoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 7, 2014.

PlayStation 4 Set for Release on November 15th

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After much speculation, Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 will officially launch in North America on November 15th and in Europe on November 29th.  That gives the console a prime holiday release date, where it will launch with a $399 pricetag.  We previously learned that 100 PS4 games are set to be available within the console’s first year of release, which is necessary since the PS4 is not backwards compatible.  Additionally, Sony announced that the PlayStation Vita will be getting a price cut to $100.  Microsoft’s Xbox One doesn’t yet have a firm launch date, but it is expected to be released sometime in November as well.

Click here to pre-order the PlayStation 4 from Amazon.  You will not be charged until the console ships.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, First Trailer and Poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THIS IS THE END, New ELYSIUM Trailer, E3 2013 Recap

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Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.

While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.

E3 2013 Recap: The Highs, the Lows, and Over 100 Pictures from the Convention Floor

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E3 2013 has come to a close and I can say it was definitely an interesting show.  Xbox One and Playstation 4 were front and center, however the Big N had a strong lineup for both the Wii U and 3DS.  While it was full of new consoles, new games, and innovation, was there really anything you should be running out to pre-order?  Find out after the jump along with over 100 pictures and all the highs and lows of this years event.

Sony Sets July 1, 2016 Release for ANGRY BIRDS Movie

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The Angry Birds movie is moving full-speed ahead, as Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the feature film adaptation of the popular video game.  Rovio Entertainment is developing, producing, and financing the pic itself, with John Cohen (Despicable Me) and David Maisel (Iron Man) onboard to produce the 3D animated film.  We previously knew that Rovio was targeting a 2016 release date, and Sony has firmed that up by announcing Angry Birds will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.

A director or screenwriter has yet to be announced and story details are non-existent, but this is an incredibly lucrative property that is bound to do big business with the younger crowd when it hits theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2016.  Production is slated to begin in the next few months, at which point we should learn more about the animated comedy.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Sony Announces 21 JUMP STREET Sequel Coming in 2014

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Last summer, Sony announced they were preparing a 21 Jump Street sequelJonah Hill followed up to say he was working on the script with Michael Bacall and expected to start filming in September 2013.  It looks like all is going according to plan, as Sony announced 21 Jump Street 2 as part of their 2014 slate at CinemaCon.  21 Jump Street was too funny to leave alone and lends itself to a case-of-the-week comedy franchise, so I look forward to another adventure.  (21 Jump Street: The College Years?)

Hill and Channing Tatum are expected to reprise their starring roles.  Dave Franco says that despite plot logistics, he heard there is a place for him in the sequel.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently hard at work on the Lego movie, but it sounds like there will be room in their schedule to return to Jump Street.

TOP 5: The Road to Oscar, SNITCH Interviews, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Guide, STAR WARS Roundup, Sony Announces Playstation 4

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I’m opening myself up to complete public failure here, but in the spirit of Oscar weekend I thought it might be fun to share with peers and readers alike my picks for tomorrow’s 85th Academy Awards. Worst case scenario, I figure, is that my picks are so woefully off base that I’m quickly offered a well-compensated position within the Republican Party as a polling analyst. High hopes, I know, but ultimately it’s all in the name of fun. Here’s to hoping you the reader will enjoy comparing your predictions against my own and sleeping better at night as a result of your superior Oscar guessing power.

My half-witted Oscar picks aside, this week’s edition features category previews plus Adam and Matt’s own predictions, Snitch interviews with Dwayne Johnson and more, a character guide to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a roundup of recent Star Wars: Episode VII talk, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 announcement. Something that resembles a brief recap and link to each is starved for your attention after the jump.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Delayed…Again

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Surprise!  Those still crossing their fingers for the very long in-development Ghostbusters 3 were granted a glimmer of hope when we recently learned that the sequel could start filming next summer, but that hope has now swiftly been dashed out.  Due to some financial uneasiness, Sony Pictures Entertainment is currently reassessing all of their projects in the pipeline.  Per THR, any decision on Ghostbusters 3 has been postponed until the end of March, which means that the hoped-for Summer 2013 start date is no longer a possibility.  Should Sony ultimately decide to move forward with the sequel, filming likely wouldn’t be able to get underway until next fall at the earliest.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Etan Cohen, and Ghostbusters I and II director Ivan Reitman had been set to return.  I’m not sure we really need another Ghostbusters movie (especially now that Bill Murray is out), and I remain skeptical as to whether Ghostbusters 3 will actually come to fruition.

Sony & Fox to Finance George Clooney’s MONUMENTS MEN; Paramount Acquires Tom Cruise’s OUR NAME IS ADAM & Adam Sandler’s Next Comedy [Updated]

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Three of Tinsel Town’s brightest stars are about to secure the dough to make their next motion pictures*:

  • Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox will team up to finance and distribute George Clooney‘s WWII-era art heist drama Monuments Men.
  • Paramount Pictures closed a deal to acquire the T.S. Nowlin script Our Name Is Adam, with Tom Cruise attached to star as an astronaut who travels back in time and works with his younger self.
  • Paramount is also eying Adam Sandler’s next comedy, an untitled project that Sandler will shoot after Grown Ups 2. [Update: Hit the jump for the title and info on Sandler's upcoming comedy.]

More on each project—including some surprise Bill Murray goodness—after the jump.

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