Mirror’s Edge is one of those games that enthralls and frustrates in equal measure. A first-person platforming/free-running game is already an odd concept, since it doesn’t give you the sense of your surroundings and your avatar’s body that a third-person view does, resulting in many a fall and lots of profanity here in the Wharton household. Still, the game was visually gorgeous, and when you actually got in a rhythm and the game was working the way it was intended to, it gave you a thrilling sense of movement and spectacle. In spite of not being an out-of-the-park hit, a sequel has been rumored for years, and now the new trailer above has confirmed that Mirror’s Edge 2 is indeed in our not-too-distant future.
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer, is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the next year, up there with Mad Max: Fury Road and Pacific Rim. It’s a combination of a great cast, a cool sci-fi story, and a fantastic filmmaker who has churned out a string of hits, including Mother and The Host. While we don’t have a concrete release date yet, you can’t help but feel it inching closer and closer. We’re seeing new promotional material on the regular, so we can’t be too far from hearing some news on the matter. Until then, we’ll just have to satiate ourselves with we get, like these eight new character posters.
There hasn’t been a lot of good news on the Star Wars game front since Disney bought out George Lucas’ iconic franchise lock, stock, and barrel. It seemed inevitable that the Disney juggernaut would have some big plans for Star Wars gaming; making use of a franchise across multiple media is one thing Disney does very, very well. But then came news that hit many devout gamers right in the gut: they shut down LucasArts, one of the most venerable and respected game studios out there. Among other things, this meant the cancellation of the very promising-looking Star Wars 1313. Now, however, there’s some very good news. A new Star Wars: Battlefront game is in the works.
Edgar Wright’s The World’s End is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. The third and final installment of the Three Flavours Cornetto (Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy is almost nine years in the making, beginning with the release of the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead in 2004. Universal recently released a set of new character posters from the film, featuring the film’s stars and some of the bars they’ll pass through during their epic pub-crawl to The World’s End.
Two weeks ago, After Earth received a lukewarm response audiences and critics alike. The film opened at #3 with a disappointing $27 million for a typical three-day weekend. This was the weakest opening for a Will Smith movie since his starring role in Enemy of the State in 1998. But don’t worry about Will, he’s taking it well.
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live (skip to 2:38 to watch the After Earth talk), Will Smith talked briefly about the disappointments of After Earth. It’s probably a humbling experience for Smith, and I’m sure he’ll climb back on top of the box office again at some point. Although After Earth’s box office numbers weren’t official until the Sunday after it was released, Will Smith knew the film would underperform. Smith said:
This one’s a doozy! A few weeks ago, Scottish actor Karen Gillan was cast as the female villain lead in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. She will join Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and Benicio del Toro as a team of super-villains in the forthcoming cosmic superhero movie from director James Gunn and Marvel Studios. When Gillan was added to the film’s cast, her character was unspecified, which led to many questions about who she would play in the new movie. Now a new rumor has suggested her character’s identity…and if true, it’s definitely unexpected.
According to Bleeding Cool, an unknown Scottish newspaper found in the NeoGaf forums claims that Karen Gillan will be playing the “flame-haired, sword-wielding bounty hunter” Angela from Image Comics’ Spawn comics. I know what you’re thinking: what do Angela and Spawn have to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy? From the newspaper clipping:
Karen Gillan will have to be in good shape for her role as a gold bikini-clad alien villain in the Marvel comics superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. The former Doctor Who star will play Angela, a flame-haired, sword-wielding bounty hunter. The 25-year old Scot — the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond — begins filming in London later this summer.