Let’s face it. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a name hot on the lips of people all over Hollywood and Broadway (we bet you’re singing lyrics to any one of Hamilton‘s songs right now in your head.) Disney knows this, especially with his current work on the music for their upcoming film, Moana, as well as his involvement with their new Mary Poppins project. What better way to keep the heat in their corner with a little announcement of just three words: The Little Mermaid
This week at Gamescon 2016, Blizzard revealed the details on it’s newest map, Eichenwalde!
According to Blizzard, Eichenwalde is:
an Assault/Escort hybrid map set in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.
The site of one of the most famous battles during the Omnic Crisis, it was here that the leader of the Crusaders, Balderich von Adler, and a handful of his best soldiers made a last stand against an advancing automaton army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the omnic offensive and win the fight.
On this map, one team must escort a battering ram to Eichenwalde Castle to reclaim Balderich’s remains from their current resting place, while the opposing team does everything in its power to thwart the keep from being breached.
Check the video below for a look at what is to come once released!
The highly anticipated Suicide Squad has finally opened in theaters, and a lot of fans are wishing they were still waiting in anticipation. It’s probably better than the disappointment that’s washing over us.
Across the board, critics and the common fans alike are finding the same problem. I quickly discovered that my passionate explanation immediately post-film about how “the actors were all very good and the characters were a fascinating, well-rounded group but the story was such a chaotic shitshow” was echoed in review after review after review. Most fans, even several people who thoroughly enjoyed the film, seem to recognize the failings of this movie. They’re glaring. Sloppy storytelling, nonsensical structuring, leaps of faith that are too large for even the most intuitive audiences–the list goes on. Opinions concerning Jared Leto’s Joker are also mixed, though I suspect that has far more to do with the character’s complex and very involved past in the hearts’ of fans. Margot Robbie absolutely slayed as Harley Quinn, Will Smith surprised many with his incredible performance as Deadshot, and Viola Davis was a delight as the truly undelightful Amanda Waller. Diablo. Killer Croc. Captain Boomerang. The little we got from Katana. As a matter of fact, there was really no bad acting in the lot. Individually, the characters were fascinating (with the exception of Rick Flag, who I found to be kind of a wet noodle). The most honest and enjoyable moments came when the Squad was left to their own for a brief time, allowed to be the despicable rascals with clearly human motivations that make them so interesting to viewers. You’ll find few complaints of acting and character development here.
Apparently we’ll never run out of examples of jerks desperate for attention & willing to lie to get it.
Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm, from longtime Pokemon fans to brand new trainers embarking on their first adventure. Users have banded together to catch them all, flooding parks, campuses, and piers (no seriously, have you seen the Santa Monica Pier?) in hopes of finding the adorable but sometimes elusive creatures. And while some users don’t seem to understand the development process that new apps such as this one must undergo during the first few weeks, complaining and/or rage quitting in spectacularly self-aggrandizing fashions, most users are still happily into the hype.
So how has the quest to catch them all been going? Pretty well, for those who have dedicated their time to Poke-hunting and carefully collecting and cultivating evolutions, eggs, and stats. Some users can boast a wide selection of cute, ferocious Pocket Monsters. But there are still a few that have yet to be seen.
Since the game’s release in July, reports have occasionally surfaced from users claiming to have found and caught one of the Legendary birds: Moltres, Zapdos, or Articuno. The most recent, and most substantial, was posted by an Ohio player who claimed to have received an Articuno as a gift after contacting Niantic’s help department. Screenshots and video, including a video of the Apology Articuno sitting in an Ohio gym, helped to give this claim more backing than any of the previous ones.
There’s a lot of advice that can be flung about in the weeks leading up to San Diego Comic Con. And rightfully so, with the sheer number of events, people, and experiences available over the long weekend. Comic Con boasts a staggering–and rather overwhelming–presence of life and activity during its run, and attendees are left to sort through hundreds and hundreds of events and figure out where their priorities are. Calendars and planning apps attempt to help us organize our hectic runs, but there’s so much to do and only so much time. We all sift through the events and prioritize, make schedules and contingencies and routes of travel to ensure we make it to our destination. We plan. We plan because it gives us a modicum of control, and in this vast and constantly active world, we need some semblance of having a handle on things. We set ourselves up for the things we’d love to experience, the known events that have been handed to us and fit with our interests.
And then the Con starts. More events, opportunities, and experiences are thrown at you. And some of your carefully wrought plans fall to the wayside.
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. And even some of the big stuff.
Really, that’s the absolute best advice we could possibly give you.
Because not everything is going to go as planned.
For those of you who regularly attend Anime Expo, you know exactly what to expect: Manga, Anime, crazy fans, long lines, unique merchandise, big production announcements, themed cafes, screening events… well the list goes on. The program boasts 100 scheduled events on the first day alone. For those of you who have never attended, it can be a bit overwhelming. The guide suggests following a “Programming Track,” of which there were three: “Kid’s Day,” “Cultural Workshop,” and the “AX Anime & Manga Studies Symposium.” The decision to peruse a more complex side of the expo was an easy one to make. I only hope to do justice to this truly rich, weird, heady, and critical study of this complex media.
Grab your controllers, ready your 8-bit love, and get hyped up because the sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” is official!
While the news of the film had been swirling around for ages, mostly led on by John C. Reilly and his letting details slip here and there, the official confirmation came today via a live Facebook broadcast. Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and special guest John C. Reilly spread the news, whilst even holding a pair of “Wreck-It Ralph” foam hands. Hey, we have a pair of those!
What might the next film be about? Rich Moore shared with D23 that he’s been developing the untitled sequel since soon after Wreck-It Ralph’s release.
“From the moment we started working on the first Wreck-It Ralph, we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” he said—before revealing that Ralph will be venturing beyond the arcade in the new film. “This time, Ralph’s wrecking wreaks havoc on the Web—as only he can do. Characters we loved in the first film are back and we are ecstatic to be working with them—and the actors who voice them—once again.”
“The world of the Internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope,” Johnston said. “The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.”
Where do you want to see Ralph and Vanellope go? Should they ride the pages of Reddit? Tumble through Tumblr? How about unbox a Loot Crate? Needless to say, we’re bound to be in for some fun in 2018!
Wreck-it Ralph 2 coming March 9, 2018.
Following a leak, The Pokemon Company confirmed a slew of new Pokemon for the upcoming Sun / Moon release. In the video, we get a taste of each new addition via a battle clip, and a rundown of each new creature. Right now, we don’t have much information on the specifics of the newly introduced crew. But get a look at them all the same, both in the video and individual screenshots we’ve got below (complete with the apparent names of each new species)! Since the only source we currently have is in Japanese, we’ll be updating with more details when they come out.
The days before a convention can be stressful and a little bit overwhelming, what with schedules releasing and plans finalizing and vendors announcing their wares. Cosplayers struggle to finish their projects before Day 0 and the overarching excitement makes it hard to focus on real life. For first time con attendees, the uncertainty of what to expect sometimes makes forming a gameplan difficult.
We’re here to help, though! Continue on for some of our tried and true tips for preparing yourself for Anime Expo, general ideas of what to expect from events, and a few of our personal recommendations for panels and events that are absolute musts.