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The Gears of War franchise has a lot of life left in it, according to Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer. Speaking with Kotaku, Spencer said Microsoft is in “active” discussions about the future of the franchise, but stopped short of confirming a new entry in the series.
“I’m a huge fan of the franchise,” Spencer said. “I want to continue to work with Gears. I think there’s a lot of life left in that franchise. We had an internal discussion on it even yesterday. It’s something that’s active in discussion about what we can do with Gears.”
Gears of War fans eager for a follow-up to this year’s Gears of War: Judgment may want to get comfortable, as Spencer said “there’s nothing even pending that I’m holding to announce.” That said, he explained that the importance of the franchise to gamers is not lost on him.
“I understand the importance of the franchise to the Xbox platform and to gamers–I’d say gamers first. It’d be great to do something forward with that franchise.”
Since its inception, the Gears of War franchise has been exclusive to Xbox and PC. Spencer declined to say if this status would change going forward, deferring to Epic for that question.
“It’s Epic’s franchise,” he said. “You and I both know that. I can’t make any assurances about anybody else’s franchise. It’s Epic’s game and we have to talk to them about a partnership and what they want to do. As you know, you probably know right now they’re more focused on other areas of their business right now.”
Gears of War creator Epic Games has no announced projects beyond the PC-exclusive Fortnite. Gears of War: Judgment was principally developed by Poland-based subsidiary Epic Games Poland (formerly known as People Can Fly).
Also in the interview, Spencer discussed the Xbox platform’s status in Japan, a region where the system has never been hugely popular. He said Microsoft has closed deals for new titles, described as “full Japanese games” that are more substantial that downloadable projects.
We have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in… ’14 so that people get to hear about support in Japan,” Spencer said.
Spencer also teased that Microsoft is potentially interested in older franchises, including a reboot of Phantom Dust. “It’s a discussion right now; there’s nothing signed. But we’re talking. It does seem like there’s a lot of interest around that.”
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One of the scarier haunted house/demon possession movies in recent years, it brings to mind ’70s supernatural horror films such as The Exorcist with its stillness, steady build of suspense and handsome cinematography.
Director James Wan successfully imbues the film with a sense of foreboding. Along the way the sound effects, unsettling music and eerie mood keep viewers on edge.
While The Conjuring is said to be based on a true story, familiar supernatural thriller tropes abound. But the way Wan keeps the audience in a constant state of dread makes it effective.
A couple of ghost busters anchor the spooky saga. Married couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lecture to rapt audiences about their experiences. Paranormal investigator Ed specializes in demonology and is the only non-priest to assist at exorcisms. Lorraine is clairvoyant. Sometimes the diabolical events she sees are simply too much — she’ll take to her bed for days at a time after a demon purging.
Meanwhile, in rural Harrisville, R.I., Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) have put nearly all of their money into a secluded centuries-old farmhouse. To most viewers it would spell haunted mansion, but to the Perrons it’s a healthy, spacious place to raise their five daughters.
Soon after moving in, the family experiences decidedly un-healthy goings-on. Things literally go bump in the night. Doors blow open or slam shut. Patches of rooms are icy cold. Pictures fling themselves off walls. The family dog barks worriedly and won’t enter the house. The style and degree of torment escalates.
Every nook is shot intriguingly. Long continuous takes, slow-moving zooms and odd camera angels intensify the fear factor. The camera alternately jostles during an unnerving confrontation or glides as if it were itself a spirit.
When the Warrens come to the Perrons to oust the evil spirits, they tote equipment only a bit more sophisticated than the claptrap in Ghostbusters. But the eerie mood counts for more than ghost-tracking instruments.
One of the film’s few flaws is that it doesn’t fully develop the Perrons’ back story. However, both Livingston and Taylor convey a believable parental presence, and Farmiga is topnotch, appearing both calmly in charge and mildly haunted.
Monstrous figures are shown sparingly, rendering them that much scarier.
The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.
Beloved character actor James Gandolfini, best known as Tony Soprano on HBO’s classic mafia series ‘The Sopranos,’ has passed away suddenly at the age of 51 after a heart attack.
HBO released a statement confirming Gandolfini’s passing and saying:
We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
In Gandolfini’s early screen work he was usually cast as a heavy, with his role in Tony Scott’s ‘True Romance’ being the most memorable. But, it wasn’t until his turn in 1995′s ‘Get Shorty’ — where he showed that his gruff exterior could hold a soft heart — that he showed he was better than just playing Thug #2 types. His supporting work was steady, but it was in 1999 that he became a legend.
At the time, HBO had been having more success with comedies than dramas, and some were worried that the premise (a mob boss who sees a psychiatrist) would be overshadowed by the same year’s ‘Analyze This,’ which featured Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. But, it was the success of David Chase‘s ‘The Sopranos’ that ushered in the HBO we know today.
Over the 86 episodes of ‘The Sopranos,’ Gandolfini created one of the greatest characters in television history, and, as great as the writing was, it’s Gandolfini’s performance that made the character indelible. Actors often hope they get one great role, and if Gandolfini had done nothing else, this would be enough to ensure his legacy.
More recently, he appeared in three films this last fall with ‘Killing Them Softly,’ ‘Not Fade Away‘ (with David Chase directing) and ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ while he also appeared this spring in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.’ The passing of James Gandolfini is a horrible shock, as he seemed to have many more great performances in him. He will be missed.