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Microsoft: New Gears of War Shaping Up Well

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The new Gears of War game currently in development at Microsoft’s Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver is shaping up well, according to Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg. He visited the studio recently, and reports on Twitter that he left feeling “very impressed” with what he saw.

He adds that the Gears of War franchise is “in good hands with a very talented team.” Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games earlier this year, and put Black Tusk Studios to work on the game, which will presumably be released for at least the Xbox One.

Though Cliff Bleszinski–an instrumental designer on the original trilogy–is not working on the new game (he has his own thing now), Microsoft has hired veteran Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson to lead development for it.

It is still early days for the new Gears of War game (it’s in the concept/prototype phase), and no assets for the title have been released yet beyond some purposefully blurry concept art. Fergusson says, however, that the new game will retain the essence of the Gears of War series while also pushing the franchise forward. He also says that Microsoft’s acquisition of the series allows Black Tusk to “expand its breadth and do a lot more stuff with it.”

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Stephen Toulouse, Former Xbox Live Director Of Enforcement, Joins Gears Of War Team

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Stephen Toulouse, who was a Microsoft employee for 18 years before departing in 2012, has rejoined his former company. Toulouse will be joining Rod Fergusson’s team at Black Tusk on the next Gears of War project as the director of community engagement. The news was announced on Major Nelson’s podcast.

Toulouse served as Xbox Live’s director of policy and enforcement, setting the tone for the gaming division’s community standards. In that role, Toulouse instituted a policy change that allowed users to express their sexual orientation in their Gamertags. Prior to the 2010 revision, users were prohibited from doing so, touching off a widespread call for reform.

Since leaving Microsoft, Toulouse served as director of product management for Gaems (portable gaming entertainment cases) and has been with HBO as an infrastructure project manager.

[Source: Major Nelson]

Star Wars: Force Collection “Use the Force on Sept 4th” (iOS)

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Konami will soon launch a digital Star Wars card battle game for iOS called Star Wars: Force Collection. There will be cards for 230 of the characters and vehicles found in all six Star Wars films. The game will take players across the Star Wars galaxy on various missions, according to Konami:

Players will cross the Star Wars™ galaxy completing quests, fighting battles, and collecting powerful cards and upgrades. As players progress, their actions will determine whether they join and fight on the light or dark side of the Force during global player events.

Players will battle the game as well as other players. Defeating other players will allow you to level up your Battle Ranking by looting their blueprint pieces. Use these pieces to construct vehicles that give you an advantage during combat.

Star Wars: Force Collection will be released on September 4 as a free download. Will it be with you?

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50 years of X-Men! Come out and drink with Mutants! (NYC)

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50 years later, the X-Men have gone mainstream, have had multiple animated shows, live-action movies, spin offs, etc, and NY SciFi-Fantasy is going to celebrate! Join us for a day of revisiting a myriad of versions of the Professor Xavier-helmed team. Costumes are encouraged!

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge

140 East 27th Street
Between 3rd and Lexington
New York, NY

Drink Specials:
$4 Shock Tops
$6 Vodka well drinks
$6 Pickleback shots

RSVP on meetup.com
http://www.meetup.com/NYSciFi-Fantasy/events/126791342/

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“The Flash” Gets a Tv Spin-off ?

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The success of ‘Man of Steel‘ not withstanding, Warner Bros. and DC Comics made their first major breakthrough push toward a shared cinematic franchise in past weeks by introducing a ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ movie, though the silver screen was far from the only target. Sources say that DC has begun fast tracking a ‘Flash’ TV series to be spun off of ‘Arrow,’ but what does it mean for DC’s overall cinematic plans?

The news comes to us from Deadline, who believes The CW will expound upon its plans during the TCA press tour panel later today. For now, the current plan will be for ‘Arrow’ producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns to write the ‘Flash’ pilot, David Nutter to direct, and Berlanti and Kreisberg expected to run the potential series, while Marc Guggenheim remains with ‘Arrow.’

If and when The CW opts to move forward with ‘Flash,’ the character might first appear on ‘Arrow’ later this season, before building off into his own TV series. ‘Arrow’ fans will naturally point out that the Green Arrow-centric TV series has particularly avoided featuring any characters with superpowers, though producers expressed an openness to the idea of potentially incorporating Wonder Woman, who had herself been optioned for the TV series pilot ‘Amazon‘ this past season.

It also remains to be seen if a ‘Flash’ TV series would help build toward the inevitable ‘Justice League‘ movie, or simply build interest in the character before a cinematic iteration finally gets off the ground, as has been in the works for years. The character himself has a much stronger TV history, including a live-action 1990 TV series with John Wesley Shipp, and a more recent live-action adaptation from The CW’s own Superman origin tale, ‘Smallville.’

We’ll bring you the latest on a potential ‘Flash’ TV series as it develops, but what say you? Are you interested to see another ‘Justice League’-r brought to life, even if the ultimate movie goes a different way? Is ‘Arrow’ a good starting point for the character?

Vin Diesel as “The Vision” in Marvel’s The Avengers 2 ?

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SAN DIEGO — Vin Diesel surrendered to MTV’s questions about his Marvel meeting, while artfully avoiding any specific confirmations. He demonstrated that cool, gravely laugh, cautiously treading into top-secret territory at Comic-Con on Friday (July 19).

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The last time Diesel came to SDCC, he was promoting a little movie called “Pitch Black.” Thirteen years later, he returned to unleash some killer red-band footage from “Riddick” to a vocal Hall H crowd. While the in-depth look at Diesel’s third cinematic turn as the goggle-wearing outer space badass was supercool, Twitter feeds were abuzz after he let slip a little Marvel Universe tidbit. “There is some very big news coming at the end of this month,” he teased.

Well, that certainly did little to quell the rampant speculation and excitement he ignited a short while ago when he took to social media to post about his mysterious meeting with Marvel. While he was ostensibly talking with MTV News to promote his R-rated return to the “Riddick” universe, the big super-powered elephant in the room was too big to ignore.

The big, super-powered green and yellow “elephant.”

“Oh God, Oh God. Wow. Uh… Hmm, uh…” he stuttered at the mention of the “M” word.

“Well, [to discuss it] in theory,” he began, cautiously. “I didn’t know there were over eight-thousand characters in their library. Did you? Did you?! Eight-thousand characters! They were saying, ‘You know, Vin, we have eight-thousand characters…’ ”

So, did they open up a book and say, “Which one do you want?”

“No!” he said, laughing. “I mean, ya’ know, I hope there’s more thought than that. I mean, there’s two Visions, for the record. And people know one was created by Ultron, one was created by Proctor, as you know, if you follow…”

Wait, wait, wait. Mr. “Fast & Furious” sure seems to know an awful lot about The Vision. He’s informed about how the villainous android Ultron created the Vision, whose Silver Age incarnation debuted in The Avengers in 1968. He may know all about the Wonder Man and android Human Torch connections. He brought up alternative universe guy Proctor!

Not that Diesel is the guy who brought up The Vision himself while speaking to MTV News.

“No, but I’m not mentioning that character!” he countered. “I’m not mentioning that character, I was just saying there are eight-thousand characters and I gave an example of how one character might have two different versions!”

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ is coming to Comic-Con


‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ is coming to Comic-Con, and it wants to show off Jamie Foxx‘s character Electro. So much so they’ve cut a little teaser for his appearance at the Con.

There’s not much here but a little marketing shock and awe, but for those worried that Foxx might look a little goofy in his costume and get up, this seems to erase those doubts. And with the announcement that it will be in Hall H on Saturday, it also suggests that this arrival isn’t something that will be kept within the walls of the convention center. We’d hazard a guess that there will be some sort of trailer coming out of the panel.

But Sony and everyone involved seems to think they have a winner on their hands, and considering the recent Entertainment Weekly magazine cover, they want to build the hype for the movie starting now even though the film isn’t due out until next summer. They’re planting seeds, which — after the mixed reception that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ got — is smart.

We’ll be covering the panel this weekend, but expect that we’ll offer any and all updates as soon as they’re available. Stay tuned as we bring you more information straight from Comic-Con 2013.

Comic-Con: Godzilla Stomps Into a New Poster

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The official Godzilla Twitter account has just released a new poster for the upcoming film, revealing more of Godzilla than they previously have. Don’t forget to check out our report on the Godzilla Experience at San Diego Comic-Con by clicking here.

Godzilla will have its own panel this year at the San Diego Comic-Con (this Saturday at 10:45 AM PST) and we will be there to cover it, so check back here on Saturday for live updates from the panel. Cast members in attendance for the panel will include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston.

Opening in theaters and IMAX on May 16, 2014, the Gareth Edwards-directed film also stars Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Sally Hawkins.

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