Halo: Nightfall Serves Up First-Look Pics From Ridley Scott’s Digital Series

Nightfall4In addition to continuing to expand the best-selling series, the Halo franchise has put out some truly stellar cinematic trailers over the years, a phenomenon that culminated with the release of the live-action Halo: Forward Unto Dawn web series back in 2012. We still haven’t gotten a big-screen Halo movie yet, but we are getting something almost as good: a one-two punch of a Steven Spielberg Halo series for Showtime/Xbox Live and Halo: Nightfall, a live-action digital series from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company. Now we’ve got a first look at four pics from Nightfall, as well as further details about the series.

Written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, Nightfall stars Mike Colter — the intimidating fellow up top — as a Naval Intelligence Officer named Jameson Locke. He and his team are sent to investigate terrorist activities on a colony world, but instead discover an ancient artifact of some sort. Nightfall is set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, and Locke will apparently play a significant part in the story of that game. As with Forward Unto Dawn, Nightfall will premiere in short segments that will combine to create a feature-length film. It’ll be released on Xbox Live, and will later be bundled with this fall’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which releases on November 11. Nightfall is directed by Falling Skies veteran Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.


Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie Reveals Poster Art At Comic-Con

ChappieNeill Blomkamp established himself as one of the most exciting new filmmaking talents working in science fiction back in 2009 with his directorial debut District 9. While his follow up, the thinly veiled social allegory Elysium, missed the mark for many fans and critics, it is still a stunning movie to look at, and didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for his work in any serious way. We’re still pretty excited to see what he does next, which just so happens to be the robotic adventure Chappie, and a new poster and some photos have hit the airwaves.

The film isn’t going to have any scheduled presence at San Diego Comic-Con this week, but Sony Pictures isn’t going to pass up an opportunity like this to hype up their film and get the ball rolling in the buzz department. They’ve released this poster that shows the title character, the robot Chappie, scrawling some graffiti on the wall. You’ll notice the childlike nature of his attempts at art, which has to do with the main plot of the film.


The Walking Dead Goes Mobile With Teaser For No Man’s Land Game

You’ve read the comics. You’ve seen the AMC series. You’ve played the Telltale game. You’ve played the board games. You’ve donned the cosplay outfits. You’ve gotten the neck tattoos. You may have thought you’d experienced The Walking Dead in every way imaginable already, but you haven’t done this yet. This is Walking Dead margarine. No wait, it’s the franchise’s first foray into the world of mobile and tablet gaming, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. The debut teaser trailer can be seen above, courtesy of AMC, and it sadly doesn’t let us in on what kind of a game this will be. Other than one where zombies threaten the lives of everyone around, of course.


Comic(s) Relief: Escape From New York’s Snake Plissken Will Return In Comics Form


Boom! Studios has built its reputation with a mix of original series and a slew of adapted licensed properties such as Planet of the Apes, Farscape, RoboCop, Space: 1999, and more. Earlier this year, they put out a comic sequel to John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, a collaboration between Carpenter himself and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon. Now it seems Boom! is returning to the Carpenter/Kurt Russell well with an upcoming series based on Escape from New York, and they’ve released the above teaser image, which was also drawn by Powell, suggesting he may be returning for that series as well.

There are no further details about the series available just yet. My first guess would be that it would be a sequel and focus on the further adventures of Snake Plissken after the events of Escape from LA, but it could just as well be a straight adaptation of the original Carpenter movie. I’d certainly prefer the former; we’ve already seen that story told perfectly well on the big screen, so revisiting it again in comics form just seems kind of pointless some 30+ years after the movie’s release. There is, however, that Escape from New York reboot movie trilogy that’s in the works, so revisiting the old material certainly isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

I expect more information will come to light out of Comic-Con later this week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this week’s new science fiction comics below!


Pixels Unveils Non-Adam Sandler Logo And Reveals The Games It Will Feature

pixelsWith a movie called Pixels, the first thing even a simpleton would think about using in the promotional campaign would be, well, a pixelated look at something. And what do you know, the Chris Columbus-directed feature has unveiled its logo, and it’s made up of a bunch of pixels. I mean, if you’re looking at this on your phone or computer, it would be made out of pixels anyway, but someone actually created individual pixels for this logo. Hollywood, am I right?

I have such reservations about this movie despite loving the short film it’s based on, as well as the central premise. And it all has to do with the inclusion of Adam Sandler and Kevin James. In Pixels, James plays the President of the United States, which will soon come under attack by vengeful group of aliens. In this case, the aliens have witnessed footage of old arcade games like Space Invaders, assuming it to be news footage (or whatever the alien equivalent to news footage is) and they want to avenge their fallen allies. Oddly enough, Space Invaders will be making an appearance, even though it has its own feature on the way.


The Walking Dead: The Game – Tragedy And Childbirth Make Episode 4 A Series Highlight

While the Episode 4 SPOILERS are kept to a minimum, you’ll definitely want to play Episode 3 before reading.

walking dead gameIn the world of The Walking Dead, the only safety is in knowing that there is no safety. Undead walkers are around every corner and behind every door, just waiting to turn people’s faces into mulch. Yet Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game has consistently proven that humans are still capable of the most monstrous actions in this post-apocalyptic world, and Episode 4, Amid the Ruins, is a dark and dreary reminder of that fact. Complete with tons of gore, decision-making, and the brief potential for humane sympathy, of course.