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    Thought provoking, kind to animals, beautiful...

    none of these are me.

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  • 4 hours 21 minutes ago
  • Ferris still slacking off after 30 years, Ferris Bueller coming to iTunes (and more)

    Check out those details.

    HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – On June 11, 1986, writer/director John Hughes unleashed Ferris Bueller on the world…and we’ve been laughing ever since.  The seminal comedy about a high school student’s wild adventures in the Windy City during a single, glorious day off continues to be enjoyed, quoted and revered 30 years after its theatrical debut.  In 2014, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which serves as a compendium of films that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically or historically important.

    In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, numerous events will give fans the chance to relive all the humor, antics and magic of being young and carefree:

    ·       Beginning May 19 and continuing throughout the summer, visitors will be able to take part in activities at Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago, which is featured in an iconic scene from the film.  The fun will include photo opportunities on the 103rd floor observation deck where Ferris and his friends took in the breathtaking view in addition to photo ops with a modern-day Ferrari California T.  Fans will be able to enjoy “Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago” themed sausages and hot dogs as well as take home Ferris merchandise from the gift shop. Visit for more information.

    ·       On May 15 and 18, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will return to the big screen in more than 650 movie theaters nationwide for two screenings each day as Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Groupon present the film.  Adding even more fun to the 30th anniversary celebration, the event includes archival interviews with John Hughes and cast members about the movie, and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will present all-new commentary both before and after the feature.  For information and tickets, visit  As sponsor of Fathom Events’ screenings of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, GROUPON will be offering fans the chance to win their own Official Ferris Bueller’s Experience, including an epic Chicago adventure for two and daily ticket giveaways to the Fathom Events screenings.  More details will be available at starting on May 6.

    ·       On May 17, fans can download the must-have classic to watch again and again when it launches with behind-the-scenes special features for the first time on iTunes.

    ·       From May 20-22, “Ferris Fest” will take place in Chicago.  The weekend-long event will include two special screenings of the film followed by a Q&A with cast members; an opening night 80s high school dance hosted by DJ Richard Blade; a re-creation of Ferris Bueller’s room; a re-staging of the film’s parade sequence; a tour of key filming locations around Chicago; and more.  Visit for more information.

    ·       On June 17, fans can catch a Chicago Cubs game just like Ferris and his friends.  Up to 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults age 21 and older will receive “Save Ferris” t-shirts and enjoy clips from the film on Wrigley Field’s video board.

    4 hours 21 minutes ago
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  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets new trailer, details

    Check out that new trailer (it is quite good) and enjoy anticipating another fun (hopefully) LEGO game.

    In honor of Star Wars Day, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the latest LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealing exclusive new levels that explore adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Adventures Trailer delves into untold tales within the Star Wars galaxy, all with a signature LEGO twist, including Han Solo and Chewbacca’s voyage to capture the ravenous Rathtars, how the mysterious Crimson Corsair foiled the plans of the First Order, secrets behind Lor San Tekka’s journey to the Jakku Village, Poe Dameron’s daring rescue of Admiral Ackbar and more!

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also feature original dialogue from key members of the theatrical cast, providing the most authentic Star Wars for experience for players, including: Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and other top stars from the film.
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    The six (6) New Adventures featured in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

     Rathtar Hunting – Follows Han Solo and Chewbacca’s voyage to capture the ravenous Rathtars.
     Lor San Tekka’s Return – Uncovers secrets behind Lor San Tekka’s journey to the Jakku Village.
     Poe to the Rescue – Details Poe Dameron’s daring rescue mission to save Admiral Ackbar.
    Crimson Corsair– Explores how the notorious Outer Rim pirate, the Crimson Corsair, foiled the plans of the First Order.
    Trouble Over Taul– Follows the events leading up C-3PO’s acquisition of his new red arm.
    Ottegan Assault– Reveals a puzzle piece to how the Resistance and the First Order find Lor San Tekka on Jakku.

    Featuring original dialogue from key members of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens theatrical cast:

    Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)
    Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
    Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa)
    Daisy Ridley (Rey)
    Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux)
    Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma)
    Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
    John Boyega (Finn)
    Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)
    Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka)
    Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

    As part of the Star Wars Day festivities, we are giving away exclusive May the 4th inspired artwork to fans starting today! To download this free desktop image, visit:

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28, 2016 and marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature exclusive playable content exploring untold adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing further insight about the new movie and its characters. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Steam (Windows PC).

    9 hours 18 minutes ago
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    The 5th Wave simply felt like it skipped over the act and wanted to get to the last act where the action really turned up a notch. You can’t do that, you can’t ignore the middle act. Regretfully, the movie did and it simply wasn’t as impactful or sustainable with its story. Not the worst movie in the world, but it certainly isn’t good because it could have been so much better. Maybe the next one will be better? I hope so because the story felt like it could be great.
  • yesterday
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    Top Gun is a firm reminder of how great the 80s movie experience could be when the right story, cinematography, acting and direction fall into perfect place.
  • 2 days ago
  • BLING! heading to theaters this weekend

    Honestly, my kids would probably watch the heck out of this. Check out the details and video below.

    Now is your chance to head to the to your local theater and rock out with the whole family to a new superhero adventure, BLING! Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods, BLING follows the tale of lowly theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. It is up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available in Select Theaters starting May 6th.

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    2 days ago
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare announced

    Can't wait to see this in action. Check out the details below and check out the new trailer.

    Call of Duty® is returning to its roots for a classic, epic battle of two armies unlike anything seen before in the record-setting series. Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare will launch worldwide Friday, November 4, immersing players in a war story that, for the first time in franchise history, extends beyond the reaches of Earth into the vast expanse of our solar system. Published by Activision and led by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also be available as the Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, which includes the return of the full campaign and 10 multiplayer maps from the famed Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®, released in high-definition brilliance as Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered*.
    Infinite Warfare and the Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, featuring Modern Warfare® Remastered, will be available for PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC.
    "This year, we're both honoring the heritage of Call of Duty while taking players to incredible new heights," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a bold, new vision from the studio that created the original Call of Duty and Modern Warfare, and an adventure on an insanely epic scale that only Call of Duty could deliver. And Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is one of the most beloved games of all-time, reborn for a new generation. We have lovingly remastered it with a whole new level of graphical fidelity and realism that wasn't possible when the original was released. It's going to be a great year for Call of Duty players."
    "With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, we are taking Call of Duty to places fans have never experienced in the series," said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. "On one hand, this game is the kind of gritty, boots on the ground, visceral war story that Call of Duty is known for. On the other, its future setting takes players on a journey of epic scale and proportions, providing incredible gameplay innovations and new experiences for our fans. This is a grand scale, old-school, all-out war in an epic new-school setting. And it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun."
    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare puts storytelling front and center in a rich, immersive narrative. Infinity Ward breaks new ground by exploring the weight of leadership and its responsibilities. In a desperate time of overwhelming adversity, the player, as Captain of their own warship, must take command against a relentless enemy. Experienced soldiers are thrust into extraordinary circumstances that will test their training and reveal their true character as they learn to lead and to make the hard decisions necessary to achieve victory. The game also introduces stunning, never before seen environments, new weaponry, and inventive player abilities to Call of Duty. The entire campaign - from boots-on-ground combat to piloting high speed space-fighters - occurs as a near seamless experience with few visible loading times, and delivers the hallmark, blockbuster franchise moments that fans love.
    One of the most critically acclaimed titles in the series, inspired by overwhelming community interest, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is being remastered for current generation consoles. Executive produced by Infinity Ward and developed by Raven, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered* puts players into a modern-day action-thriller filled with the heart-stopping moments that made it one of the most critically-acclaimed games of all-time.
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered boasts vibrant current generation visuals, with fully improved texture resolution and detail, high-dynamic range lighting, lit and shadowing VFX particles, revamped animation and audio, stunning sound, and much more. Fans will relive the full, iconic campaign as they're transported around the globe with Capt. Price, Gaz and Soap across all the missions from the original game, including "All Ghillied Up," "Charlie Don't Surf," and "Crew Expendable." Players will also experience the online multiplayer mode that redefined Call of Duty by introducing killstreaks, XP, Prestige and more, and battle head-to-head in 10 fan-favorite maps from the original multiplayer mode, including classics such as "Crash," "Backlot" and "Crossfire."
    "The original Modern Warfare raised the bar on video games and forever will be remembered as one of the best. It's an honor to be developing the remaster and we are committed to faithfully remastering this classic for Call of Duty fans," stated Brian Raffel, studio head of Raven Software.  
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered* is included with the following editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:
    Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Edition - Includes both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, SRP $79.99.
    Digital Deluxe Edition - Includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Season Pass, SRP $99.99.
    Legacy Pro Edition - Includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Season Pass, collectible Steelbook, official game soundtrack and additional digital items, SRP $119.99.

    2 days ago
  • 3 days ago
  • Call of Duty getting teased and a special announcement from Infinity Ward

    Looks like Monday is going to be a helluva day. Check out the teaser trailer here for the next Call of Duty, as well as official details for Infinity Ward's announcement below.

    Infinity Ward announced a special video stream happening tomorrow, Monday, May 2nd at 10:30am Pacific, during which members of the development team will speak to their fans and discuss their bold, new vision for Call of Duty.

    3 days ago
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  • Zootopia hopping its way to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital in June

    Haven't seen it, but the kids have been bugging me to death about it. So, I guess I have to see it now. I did hear it was amazingly funny. Anyway, official details of the Blu-ray release are below. Enjoy.

    BURBANK, Calif., April 29, 2016 — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).  It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years!  Thankfully, there’s more—much more.

    When the runaway hit arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.

    Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

    Bonus features include*:

    Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
    The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
    Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
    Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
    Scoretopia – Academy Awardฎ-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
    Deleted Characters – Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
    Deleted Scenes:
    Alternate Opening – Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
    Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
    Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents.  See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
    Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
    Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
    Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
    The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
    ท       “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

    “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

    International Character Reel - See the variances in news reporters in Zootopia around the world!
    Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”), the progressive mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and "anyone can be anything." But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the case leads these two unlikely partners to an uneasy conclusion that Zootopia’s "evolved" society is being pulled apart by unseen forces determined to use fear to take control of the city by turning predators and prey against each other.

    Others who helped bring the world of Zootopia to life, include a remarkable roster of voice talent including Idris Elba (BBC’s “Luther,” Golden Globeฎ-nominated for Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation”) as Judy’s no-nonsense cape buffalo boss Chief Bogo, Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child,” “Marcel the Shell”) as Assistant Mayor Bellwether, Nate Torrence (HBO’s “Hello Ladies,” Fox’s “Weird Loners”) as charming cheetah Clawhauser, Bonnie Hunt (“Return to Me,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Don Lake (“Dumb and Dumber To,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show”) as Judy’s anxious, but supportive parents, Tommy Chong (“Up in Smoke,” “That ’70s Show”) as Yax the Yak, J.K. Simmons (“Juno,” Oscarฎ winner for “Whiplash”) as Mayor Lionheart, Octavia Spencer (“Insurgent,” Oscarฎ winner for “The Help”) as the distraught Mrs. Otterton, Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Trumbo”) as Duke Weaselton, Shakira as the socially minded international pop star Gazelle, Raymond Persi (“Wreck-It Ralph,” WDAS story artist) as Flash the sloth, Maurice LaMarche (“Pinky and the Brain,” two-time Emmyฎ winner “Futurama”) as Mr. Big, Tiny Lister (“Friday,” “The Fifth Element”) as Finnick, John DiMaggio (Fox’s “Futurama,” Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”) as Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., Katie Lowes (ABC’s “Scandal,” “Big Hero 6”) as Dr. Badger, and Jesse Corti (“Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast”) as Mr. Manchas.

    The film is also supported by an emotional and powerful music score created by Michael Giacchino (“Jurassic World,” Academy Awardฎ-winning composer for Disney•Pixar’s “Up”) and an inspiring original song, “Try Everything,” performed by Grammyฎ-winning, international superstar Shakira (voice of Zootopia’s biggest pop star, Gazelle) and written by Grammyฎ-winning singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate.

    5 days ago
  • 6 days ago
  • Dead Star getting Ratchet & Clank DLC

    Nice little crossover. Check out the official details below.

    AUSTIN, TX – April 28, 2016 -- Celebrating the release of the first two add-on packs for Dead Star, developer Armature Studio today took to the PlayStation.Blog to announce a series of upcoming community events that bring Sony’s intergalactic heroes Ratchet and Clank into the multiplayer space shooter.

    The Kurg Ship Expansion adds three new playable ships, featuring new gameplay mechanics and strategies, to the multiplayer space combat game as well as four additional pilot portraits featuring the Kurg species. The Kurg Ship Expansion is priced at $4.99 on PlayStation®4 and Steam®, with players able to try the new ships in Free Play mode before purchase.

    The Ordo Robots Skin Pack provides players with additional customization options in the form of two new robotic pilot portraits and four new ship skins that can be applied to all ships in the game. Priced at $1.99, the Ordo Robots Skin Pack is now available on PlayStation®4 and Steam®.

    The stars of Ratchet & Clank are coming to kick some asteroid in Dead Star across a series of community events, celebrating the release of Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation®4 and Ratchet & Clank the movie.

    Those who play Dead Star between Friday, April 29 and Monday, May 2 will receive an exclusive Ratchet Pilot Profile picture to use in Armature Studio’s multiplayer space combat game, with an exclusive Clank Pilot Profile coming to those who those who play between Friday, May 6 and Monday, May 9. These pilot portraits will be accompanied by additional in-game events that will occur throughout the above weekends.

    Combining the beauty of space combat and the fast-paced nature of arcade classics with the depth of team-based gameplay, Dead Star is a twin-stick shooter built around a deep multiplayer experience that supports cross-play between Steam® and PlayStation®4 users. Engage in objective-based skirmishes of up to 10v10 as you pilot a variety of unique ships, each with their own distinct advantages and roles in combat. As you fight and scavenge your way through a procedurally-generated battlefield, you’ll earn player levels and loot to further customize your experience – including the ability to invade other matches with a massive warship.

    Dead Star is now available for PC via Steam® and PlayStation®4. The PlayStation®4 version is a free download for PlayStation®Plus subscribers during April, after which it will be $19.99.

    6 days ago
  • 6 days ago
  • Bossa Studios releases tool for users to create worlds in Worlds Adrift

    This could go smashingly well or horribly bad. An audience in control could mean so many things. Anyway, here are the details below.

    London, UK -- Bossa Studios, the award-winning independent developer of I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator, today unveiled a world-first feature for a massive online game: a free tool that allows players to help design and create the universe of Worlds Adrift. Unlike traditional mods, the best designs that are submitted will feature in the final game meaning thousands of players will explore fans’ creations. Starting today, players can download the Island Creator from Steam for free. They can create unique, customized floating islands and add complex architecture and topography. Once happy with their creation, players can switch across to Play Mode and explore their island from their own perspective, even using the grapple hook - all within the tool.

    Today from 9am-11am PT (17.00-19.00 BST), Bossa Studios will be on Twitch for a live Island Creator Masterclass. They will showing you how to create your own masterpiece using the brand new tool, and following that they will be collaborating with viewers to create a brand new island! Fans can tune in at

    "We’re taking a huge risk by cramming so many new ideas into a single game, but if there's one concept that could transform the way games are made, this is it," said Henrique Olifiers, Gamer-In-Chief at Bossa Studios. "As far as I can remember, no game ever opened up the possibility for the community to help shape its world before it was launched. We're not talking about add-ons or mods here: these islands will help form the game world itself, meaning that our players will help us create Worlds Adrift.”

    Players who wish to check out the Worlds Adrift Island Creator can do so on the by visiting their official page on Steam here. Those who have the tool installed can also check out other players’ islands and vote for their favorites to help determine which player-generated land masses make it into the game.

    6 days ago

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