It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs, will he’s, and won’t he’s, in the case of Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for the 25th film in the franchise. Now, thanks to the man himself, we have confirmation. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role of James Bond in Bond 25.
The actor confirmed the casting last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, returning for his fifth time to the character. Bond 25, which currently remains untitled, hits US theaters on November 8th, 2019.
Proof that we don’t live in the darkest timeline after all. John Cena has been cast opposite Hailee Steinfeld as the lead in the upcoming Transformers spin-off film, Bumblebee. The cast also includes Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
Little is known about the plot outside of its 1980’s setting. Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), will direct the Bumblebee movie from a script written by Christina Hudson (Shut In).
You would be completely forgiven for not knowing that Warriors All-Stars even exists, and yet, it not only exists, it’s being released next month, on August 29th. The game is a musou-style (Dynasty Warriors) game featuring characters from the mega-hit Dynasty Warriors series, as well as Dead or Alive, Atelier, Nights of Azure, and more!
The game doesn’t seem traditionally the type to get a North American release, but Koei Tecmo has a history of bringing over its more ludicrous titles, much to the delight of us all.
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new Red Band trailer Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and while not particularly story-heavy, it emphasizes what we already knew to be true: this film is going to be a hell of a lot of fun. We get confirmation that Colin Firth’s Harry Hart will be back in action assisting his friends, and we know that Julianne Moore’s Poppy will be the destruction of the Kingsman.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script by Jane Goldman and Vaughn, and based on the graphic novel The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. It hits theaters on September 22.
I haven’t covered any of DJMAX Respect up to this point, but this limited edition is beyond cool, and it forced my hand. The title is an upcoming rhythm-action game for PlayStation 4, which includes a comprehensive list of past songs from older DJMAX games, as well as a great selection of newer songs.
The Limited Edition (seen above) includes the game, an art book, a two-disc soundtrack, six pins, and a replacement cover with DJMAX Portable 1 & 2 on it. The game is set to release across Asia and Korea on July 28th, with worldwide release dates expected to be announced soon. Hit the jump for a look at some newly released songs for the game, as well.
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Tokyo Ghoul just got its longest trailer yet, with a packed 3-minute theatrical trailer that gives us our best looks at the main characters of the film, as well as the effects. We even get a taste of the official theme of the film, by the band RADWIMPS, who also performed music for this year’s critically acclaimed Your Name.
Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a boy who is attacked on a date gone wrong, and becomes half-human and half-ghoul. Set in an alternate reality where creatures called ghouls live amongst humanity and feed on flesh to survive.
Square Enix has unveiled their newest addition to the Marvel Play Arts Kai universe: an X-Force variant of the Deadpool Play Arts Kai figure. The new figure is a repaint of the classic version, and includes two head sculpts, two swords, a rifle, several knives, interchangeable hands and a figure stand. The figure is expected to be released in September 2017 and pre-orders are expected to open soon.
The Marvel Play Arts Kai figures have been a revelation in terms of original figure design, with Deadpool admittedly being a standout. This new version looks even more awesome in the wicked-cool X-Force Black and White. Hit the jump for many more pictures of the entire figure, and its cadre of accessories.
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SEGA unveiled their Road to 2020 last week, showcasing their plans to restore their former glory in the world of gaming across Japan, and the rest of the globe. It’s a fascinating look at a company desperate to get back to their roots. In the lofty plan, they reveal a plan to revive older game IP’s for modern home consoles to restore some of their older player base.
Their history of innovative titles consists of a Who’s Who of blockbuster games in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Some have seen themselves revived, in not-so-good fashion. While others haven’t seen the light of day since. Hit the jump for my Top 5 picks of Games that Sega should revive.
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More sad news, as legendary James Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, has lost a short battle with cancer, and passed away. He was 89 years old. Moore is best known for playing the third, and longest running incarnation of the popular super-spy, starring in many of its biggest films such as Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, and The Man with the Golden Gun. He also had a great sense of humor, starring in The Cannonball Run, as well, playing a parody of his most popular character.
Rest in Paradise, Roger. 😦
James Wan, director of Aquaman, and producer of many successful modern horror franchises, has been tapped by Constatin Films and Screen Gems to produce a complete reboot of the popular franchise for the big screen. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter apparently was the final chapter in that story, and we’ll now see a new one, with a completely new cast.
No story details are available, or character for that matter. However, we do know that Greg Russo will be working on the script for the first of a planned 6-film franchise reboot. Hopefully, we see some familiar faces in these new films, as there is plenty of great ideas to work with in the Resident Evil world.
One of the most inspiring, yet oft-forgotten manga phenomenon of years past, was an inventive series by writer/artist Tsutomu Nihei, known as BLAME! (pronounced blam). The series is a one-of-a-kind exploration thriller in a dystopian world, where an intelligent city has taken control of its own fate, and for thousands of years had already expanded into the cosmos, building itself higher and higher. It’s a lonely story, following the journey of a mysterious man named Killy, on his search for the Net Terminal Gene, in order to take back control of the city.
In order to keep order and peace in the city, it built the Safeguards, in an attempt to extinguish human life within itself. Humans, as they are prone to do, adapted to survive, with small villages finding haven throughout the city, unaware of each other’s existence. It’s an intensely original premise, with fantastic art to anchor it all. With that in mind, was this feature film able to capture the spirit of the original work? Hit the jump to find out.
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Eiga.com is reporting that Toei Animation has reached an agreement with Chinese distribution company A Really Good Film Company, to co-produce a live-action film based on their classic Saint Seiya franchise. The film is being directed by Polish director Tomasz Bagiński, who previously directed the Academy Award-nominated short, Katedra. Toei Animation’s Yoshiyuki Ikezawa and Kozo Moroshita will serve as producer and executive producer, respectively.
Saint Seiya was previously released in North America as Knights of the Zodiac, which was admittedly one of the first anime, alongside Voltron, that I was initially exposed to. Though, it wouldn’t be until Dragonball Z, that it became an infatuation for me.
Microsoft Studios has announced that they’re releasing a 4K-restoration of the cult-classic fan favorite, Phantom Dust, today on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One and PC. The kicker? The game is free. There will be paid DLC for the title that will help speed up your progress, such as giving you stronger cards early on, but that in no way affects progression in the game, naturally.
Released in 2005 in North America, the title, directed by Panzer Dragoon‘s Yukio Futatsugi, is an action card-based strategy game, that Futatsugi has stated is his favorite game he’s ever created. Check out the video above for a more in-depth look at the game, which is also a fan favorite of Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.
Rice Digital is reporting on a rumor that is too crazy to not be true. Not to mention an image (which you can find after the jump) that is supporting this wild claim. Apparently, legendary rhythm action developers Masaya Matsuura (PaRappa The Rapper), and Keiichi Yano (Gitaroo Man) are partnering for a new, currently unnamed project, codenamed Project Rap Rabbit.
The claim is supported by an image making the rounds with the two legendary characters respective hats (seen above) implying a partnership between the two. The image in question states in Japanese text, “Make Rhythm Action Great Again!” – and it certainly gives me hope that could happen with two of the most incredible game developers in history, pioneers of their genre, working together.
UPDATE: It’s official! Check out the video below for the announcement, and some motion artwork!
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The first official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is finally online, after months and months of waiting. This film has been in pre-production for some time, now, and it’s been strange to see how slow marketing has been to pick up. In all, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming out less than a month, I suppose it does make sense, though.
Speaking of Guardians, this trailer is going to seem pretty familiar to fans of the Marvel Cosmic team. The colors and costuming is so reminiscent of James Gunn’s fantastical world, which is absolutely on purpose. We’ve known for some time that Ragnarok is going to be the connecting tissue for the Guardians meeting the Avengers in Infinity War, and this absolutely supports that.
The trailer itself is fantastic. Cate Blanchett looks absolutely divine as Hela, and seeing her incredible helm actually brought to life is wonderful. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster sounds just like Jeff Goldblum, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Even Chris Hemsworth has a new look for his God of Thunder after being forced to enter the arena and fight: surprise, surprise… The Hulk! Planet Hulk is in full effect here, with Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego already clearly the star of the show in the arena, so who knows how long he’s been on Sakaar, the arena’s home planet, up to this point.
This was by far just a teaser trailer, with nothing more than introductions to some new major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see the more extended theatrical trailer in a few months.