GamesCom 2013 Trailer Round-Up (So Far)

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With GamesCom 2013 underway, every day new trailers for upcoming days are hitting the web for anticipated titles like Batman: Arkham Origins, Ryse: Son of Rome, Thief: New Dawn, inFamous: Second Son, Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4, and more. We've rounded up the trailers, both cinematic and gameplay, of the most anticipated titles and included them all below. Watching through these, it's hard (if not impossible) to get excited about the gaming enjoyment coming our way in the next year.

To check them all out, read on.

Aug
22
2013
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"Dark Souls II" Closed-Beta Testing to Begin October 5th; Registration Starts September 5th

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Dark Souls, one of the most devilishly, fiendishly difficult games of this last generation will be getting the sequel treatment as of March 2014, but fans in Europe and North America who want to get in on the action of Dark Souls II even sooner can do so by joining the closed-beta run that will be kicking off on October 5th. For now, details are relatively slim outside of the suggestion that fans who wish to participate should start paying close attention to the Dark Souls Facebook page which will be disseminating info on how to join the closed-beta testing program as of September 5th. Registration information will be appearing there, so if you want in, there's no other place to be.

Aug
22
2013
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**ENDED** Win a Blu-ray Copy of Studio Ghibli's "From Up on Poppy Hill"

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Right now, no one is making 2D animated features on the level that Studio Ghibli is, and it's due in no small part to the brilliance of Hayao Miyazaki, who has brought us such animated masterpieces as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and the current release creating a stir in Japan, The Wind Rises. From Up on Poppy Hill is proof that the fruit hasn't fallen far from the tree as Hayao's son Goro Miyazaki has now given us his second Directorial effort (from a script written by his father) which is quite a bit better than his still quite beautiful first try, Tales from Earthsea. The story of an imperiled young friendship boasts a huge voice cast of Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aubrey Plaza, Christina Hendricks, and more.

In anticipation of From Up on Poppy Hill's arrival on Blu-ray and DVD on September 3rd, we'rd giving away 3 Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of the movie. If you want to know how to win, keep reading. Or, if you're the impatient type, hop on over to Amazon and pre-order it now.

Aug
21
2013
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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Launch Game Titles Announced

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So you've got that shiny/textured new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on pre-order, or maybe you're just eager to get one, and you're wondering what you'll be able to play on it right from the start? Well, both Sony and Microsoft have announced the lists of launch day game titles for their respective systems. Not surprisingly in this day and age when the two consoles are quite similar, there's a bit of overlap in the lists, but each console has a few exclusives along with universal titles like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25, Need for Speed: Rivals, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and more. For a full list of the PS4 and Xbox One's launch titles and slightly further off titles, keep reading.

Aug
21
2013
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In September, Criterion Cages Les Folles, A Spy Comes In, Austin Slacks, and Ingrid Bergman Shines

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Cinephiles the world 'round are no doubt familiar with the mission of The Criterion Collection to preserve culturally significant classic and modern films, and so each month's release of 5 such films on Blu-ray offers movie-lovers a chance to add some of history's most enduring films to their collection. This September, The Criterion Collection has a number of recognizable titles debuting in HD, including the beloved La Cage Aux Folles, John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, the singular collaboration between Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata, Richard Linklater's Austin, Texas tribute Slacker, and a collection of 3 films by Roberto Rossellini starring Ingrid Bergman (Stromboli, Journey to Italy, Europe '51). For details on all of the above and the custom made extras Criterion commissioned for them, read on.

Aug
21
2013
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Sony Announces Playstation 4 Release Date: November 15th; Idiots Pay Way Too Much for a PS4 on eBay

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After telling the public virtually everything they wanted to know about the specs, forthcoming titles, and features of the Playstation 4, Sony kept one detail concealed and the internet has been speculating about it ever since: the release date. Would it be mid-October? The end of October? Mid-December? Did that flier or leaked internal memo just give it away? No, no, and no. Finally, all that ridiculous conjecture can be put to rest with Sony announcing a firm release date of November 15th. It's kind of an awkward time to release a major console though, considering it's two weeks before Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and it's likely all available stocks of the PS4 will sell out before then with not enough time to restock. That's a problem Sony is probably happy to have though (and maybe they're ready for it), especially considering they continue to sell like hotcakes and major retailers like Amazon have sold out of their presale and secondary presale allotments.

And while Amazon is sold out, you can still hit up Wal-Mart or be a completely ridiculous person and pay $1500 on eBay. (Seriously though, don't be that guy. Instead, be patient.) For a full breakdown of specs and features of the PS3, read on.

Aug
20
2013
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Nitehawk Cinema: August Series

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“You have the right to remain silent… FOREVER!” This is the tagline for the cult 1988 slasher flick Maniac Cop, a film which, by its title alone, needs no introduction. This is just one of the many random and hilariously bad films screened at the hipster-friendly movie theater the Nitehawk Cinema. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this theater is home not only to current independent cinema but to a number of obscure films as part of its usual film series. Maniac Cop falls under its “August Midnite: I Heart New York Horror” series, a delightfully gory and over-the-top collection of horror films which take place in the Big Apple. Another series, “Live + Sound + Cinema” presents classic or cult films while live music is played simultaneously, sort of a throwback to the silent film era. The very cheesy sci-fi comedy Dark Star was also screened.

Aug
20
2013
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Watch the First Seven Minutes of Jason Trost's "Wet and Reckless" (& Then the Rest of the Movie Too)

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Jason Trost is one of my favorite indie filmmakers out there. There's no reason not to like the guy. His movies are ridiculous, mostly badass meditations on male masculinity (and superheroes). When I interviewed the guy, he was honest, open. and just plain cool.

Well, his latest flick, Wet and Reckless, is now available online via Vimeo. To see what the latest film from the director of The FP and All Superheroes Must Die has to offer, check out the trailer, and the first seven minutes of the flick.

Aug
15
2013
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Music Video Spotlight: Cameron the Public

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While some music lovers take delight in a monstrous drum or guitar solo that rattles the bones or makes you see God, my preference has always been incredible vocal performances in whatever form they manifest--whether entirely natural or manipulated in some new clever electronic way. If you too have a special appreciation for talented vocalists, then you ought to meet Cameron the Public. Comprised of Cameron Rafati's striking vocals and the strong but understated instrumentals of Douglas Showalter (Guitar), Bana Haffar (Bass), Peter Dyer (Keys) and Emmanuel Cervantez (Drums), Cameron the Public feels new yet familiar thanks to Rafati's voice having a similar strength and sound to those of Coldplay's Chris Martin and Train's Pat Monahan, while adding something all its own as well.

Their first music video is for their single "Broken Door" which perfectly illustrates Cameron's vocal range. Check it out below.

Jul
29
2013
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In August, Criterion Brings Rock Hudson, Jack Benny, Madhabi Mukherjee, and More to Blu-ray

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Few distributors do as much for classic and contemporary cinema as The Criterion Collection does in their efforts to preserve important films and bring them into a new generation of media. Each month The Criterion Collection release four to six films on DVD and Blu-ray complete with a healthy dose of specially created extras highlighting the filmmakers, the historical context of the film, or its restoration. In August, The Criterion Collection releases John Frankenheimer's thriller Seconds starring Rock Hudson, Ernst Lubitsch's Jack Benny and Carole Lombard comedy To Be or Not to Be, Satyajit Ray's Charulata and The Big City, and Max Ophuls's romance The Earrings of Madame de.... For more information on all the releases, read on.

Jul
24
2013
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