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Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus.  The film will be released in the UK on May 27, 2015.

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In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.  President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.  Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.  The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean.  The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.  Executive Producers are Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Patrick Jean, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon, and Ben Waisbren.  The film, a Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital, is a Happy Madison / 1492 Films production in association with One More Production.

Companies with classic arcade games that are teaming with Sony Pictures on the film include:

  • Atari Interactive: (Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede and Missile Command)
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Frogger)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. (PAC-MAN, Galaga, and Dig Dug)
  • Nintendo (Donkey Kong)
  • Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Q*bert)
  • Taito Corporation (Space Invaders)
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Joust, Defender, Robotron and Wizard of Wor)

Commenting on the announcement, the film’s director, Chris Columbus, said, “There would be no way to make the movie without these legendary characters – they are as important to the film as the roles that Adam, Kevin, Michelle, Peter, Josh, and Brian are playing.  It was a real thrill to see everything come together exactly as we envisioned it, and we’re grateful to have all of these fantastic companies on board.”

Producer Allen Covert added, “These classic characters are part of the DNA of the project, so it was critical that we work together to bring them on board.  Fortunately, they were all extremely receptive.  We approached them with a deep love for their characters and a respect for the elements that make them unique and iconic, and we’ve worked with the companies to incorporate those elements into the film.”

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This weekend is GFINITY’s G3 pro-gaming tournament and we have two passes to give away.

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G3 is the biggest pro-gaming tournament in the UK with prize pots of up to £55,000.

Being held at The Copper Box in the Olympic Park on Aug 2nd and 3rd, tickets cost £22 per day and we have two pairs you could win.

How to enter to win

We have two passes for you and a friend.

There are three different ways you can enter to win – for a better chance of winner you can enter using all three!

Via the site

So all you have to do to win the two passes is to leave a comment below telling us you want to win.

Via Twitter

Just retweet the message below, and make sure you are following @aedney on Twitter:

Via Facebook

Like Us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook post:

Usual contest rules apply, and the winners will be selected at random. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry!

The prize is just the passes, you must make your own way to the event. Winners will be selected on Friday morning (1st August) and will be notified by early afternoon.

You can learn more about GFINITY G3 from their website.

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Lionsgate have released OUR LEADER THE MOCKINGJAY TEASER TRAILER ready for the franchise’s incredible return on 20th November 2014.

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide 20th November 2014.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Huctherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow).

Are you going to see it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is released in UK cinemas 12 December 2014.

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This week at the San Diego Comic-Con, there was a panel and 10th season sneak peak for Bones.

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Here is the season 10 sneak peak:

And here is David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel as they tease the upcoming tenth season and Emily’s upcoming directorial debut:

Do you watch Bones? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

And don’t forget our interview with Bones star Tamara Taylor from the London Comic-Con:

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Yesterday in London, the press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy took place, and we were there – you can watch it now!

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Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan,Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael Nand Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

Here is the press conference, sorry about the wobbly camera work in the first few minutes:

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” releases in UK cinemas on July 31, 2014.

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AKG has launched  the first AKG Inspired Awards, designed to showcase Europe’s talent and their creative sparks. The competition celebrates the power of inspiration, asking creatives to display the process that turned their inspiration into an amazing idea.

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The overall winner of the AKG Inspired Awards will receive a €5000 Grant in addition to the production of their own design Y Series shell. Four runners up will receive a €1000 Grant. Each of the five winners will also be given creative input into future AKG headphones.

Open to all creatives, whether a photographer, a designer or a music producer – entrants can submit a combination of video, imagery or text to display how they took an inspiration and turned it into something great.

Entrants work will be viewed and judged by a panel of influential experts, including UK designer Lauren Davies, Swedish musician Julia Spada and German graphic designer Knut Maierhofer.

David Kohn, head judge at the AKG Inspired Awards, says: “The AKG Inspired Awards is a great opportunity to gain support and recognition for groundbreaking creative projects across Europe. From music to architecture, from inspired blogging to alchemy; the judging panel are hoping to discover exceptional new work.”

“AKG has been helping creative souls find their inspiration through music for more than 65 years, and this award is the natural extension of this”, says Dorothee de Backer, Product Marketing Director, HARMAN , “The same sound that allows artists and producers hear their songs in great detail, also kick-starts the imagination for designers, photographers, street artists and illustrators. The AKG Inspired Awards allows AKG to recognise creativity across Europe and continue to work with inspirational designers to produce inspirational headphones.”

To enter the competition, visit the Share Your Inspiration page and tell us your story. Closing date for entries is 15th August 2014. Good luck!

Judges Info:

David Kohn

David Kohn is a London-based award winning architect, who runs David Kohn Architects, working across the fields of architecture and urbanism.

David studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, New York as a Fulbright Scholar. He worked at Caruso St John Architects before establishing David Kohn Architects in 2007. The company has gone on to work on projects for Sotheby’s and the London Southbank Centre.

The practice has built a reputation for its design, winning World Interior of the Year in 2013 and RIBA, D&AD, Designs of the Year, New London and Condé Nast awards in 2012. In 2010 the practice was named ‘One-Off House Architect of the Year’ and in 2009 ‘Young Architect of the Year’.

Knut Maierhofer

In 1984, Knut Maierhofer founded KMS TEAM, a leading company for brand strategy, brand design and brand communication.

Precision and functionality are the hallmarks of Knut Maierhofer’s work. Through clear and timeless design, he creates fascinating and appealing visual systems that bring the personalities of brands and companies to life and make them sustainable. With over 30 years of experience, Knut Maierhofer is cognizant of the importance of a responsible, evolutionary development of brands and companies.

However, design also calls for courage and a radical approach. Knut Maierhofer has received numerous international awards for his focused and consistent design.

Julia Spada

Julia Spada is an acclaimed songwriter, recording artist and producer. Sweden’s biggest music radio channel named Julia the “Number 1 Breakthrough Artist of 2014″, and awarded her “Best Song of 2013″. She’s written and performed numerous features – among them “The Ocean” with fellow Swede “Saturday, Monday”.

Romain Colin

Based in Paris, France, Romain Colin founded Fubiz.net in 2005. The site offers news and inspiration to millions of designers, art directors, producers, and creative agencies around the world.

Lauren Davies

Lauren Davies is an award winning designer and founder of London-based studio Heka. In 2012, whilst studying on the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, the Observer Magazine named her as one of the design ”stars of the future”. She graduated in 2013 and has since been nominated for Designs of the Year 2014 at the Design Museum in London.

Lauren’s background in illustration, art direction and set design is visible in her work. With a sustainable ethos and a passion for plants, food, colour, science and the intricate mysteries of nature, Lauren has a poetic approach to design.

Encouraging the user to find a more magical way of approaching our daily rituals, she highlights the hidden potential for creativity within everyday life and empowers people to explore their senses, forge a strong connection with materials and processes and find joy through experimentation and playfulness.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

http://inspired.AKG.com/terms-and-conditions

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is now available to download from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Stores.

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The story beings in Venice as protagonist Phoenix is sent on a special operation to secure WMDs from a well-armed terrorist group. Through the course of the action the plot then switches to Tokyo where Phoenix has to fight amidst total anarchy while trying to convince his allies to accept an uncomfortable secret. Navigate beautiful settings from both cities for an action-packed, thrilling ride.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout features a unified progression system which integrates single and multiplayer into one cohesive gaming experience. Each single player mission or multiplayer match will earn experience points that go towards levelling-up soldier class and mastering new weapons. The game offers four soldier classes which are playable across single and multiplayer: Assault, Sniper, Heavy and Recon.

Form squads with friends or other players and compete globally to test your individual and team skills in high powered 6 VS 6 multiplayer squad matches. Communicate using global and squad chat to plan your strategy and call in military support using multiplayer support packs.

If you’re looking for some alone time, the single player campaign features engaging, fast paced story missions and all new Spec-Ops missions. The Spec-Ops missions are short, fun and objective-driven: cover your allies, clear the room, eliminate the target and much more. Single player campaign also introduces sniper bullet control, scanning drone and revive.

Real-time shadows, ragdoll physics, SSAO, soft particles and spherical harmonics are just some of the graphic effects that make Modern Combat 5: Blackout unmissable for FPS fans this summer.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout is out now and available to download from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Stores for £4.99.

Here is the launch trailer:

http://gmlft.co/R_mpw

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A little news about Pure Pool which is coming very soon to PS4 and Steam. Stay tuned for the review coming soon!

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Indie developers VooFoo Studios and Publisher Ripstone announced today that Pure Pool; the latest addition to the Pure series will shooting onto PlayStation®4 on 29th July in Europe and on 30th July in the US, in addition to PC via Steam on 31st July.

After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay, not only can players expect full immersion in a living, busting pool hall, but the team at VooFoo have raised the quality bar higher than ever resulting in the ultimate pool game.

Offering four game modes in single player from classic American 8 Ball to Killer and four challenges from Royal Rumble to Perfect Potter, players can refine their skills solo or relish in the challenges of full live online multiplayer – competing against the best in one-on-one matches and in global online and custom leagues.

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Promising players the most authentic pool experience outside of real life, Pure Pool not only boasts the most convincing baize and balls in pool simulation history – the game has been built from the ground up with the idea of connecting players.

Pure Pool tracks players’ individual gaming-styles – closely monitoring traits, ranging from the length of time it takes for a player to take a shot to the number of balls are potted in quick succession. This will create a unique DNA profile as they play, allowing gamers to take on AI interpretations of their friends and foes, no matter whether they’re online or not.  Players’ pool skills will be challenged to the maximum by weighing up against the DNA profiles of the development team or snooker, pool and gaming superstars.

 

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Going to a music festival for the first time can be a huge deal. You are spending your weekend in the middle of nowhere, with limited resources and a little knowledge of what’s to come so Virgin Media, headline sponsor of V Festival have created the ultimate festival survival guide for any first-timer.

From the preparation to the partying, there are so many things you need to think of to ensure your weekend runs as smoothly as possible. Hundreds of thousands of music lovers have different experiences each year. These guidelines will help you create a weekend to remember…for the good!

Before you head off to the festival…

· It’s a veritable catwalk out there, so pack your fave festival outfits, but don’t forget some comfy shoes (which you don’t mind getting a bit muddy). If in doubt, take your willies and a pac-a-mac – you may also want to invest in a waterproof phone case, to help protect it from the rain (or beer!)

· Take some ID, cash and your phone, but maybe leave other valuables at home. Not only will this help you to budget more effectively, but will also save you lots of hassle and disappointment if you lose them

· Download a torch app on your phone, to help you find your tent when it’s dark

· Set your TiVo box to record your favourite shows or festival coverage – you might even spot yourself in the crowd on TV!

· To help save on your phone battery try turning down the screen brightness, close all apps you won’t need and turn off Bluetooth and any push notifications, before you leave the house

During the festival…

· Connect to the free WiFi as soon as you arrive on site to help you stay in touch with friends there and at home. Virgin Media offers free WiFi to all festival-goers across both the Staffordshire and Essex sites at V Festival, so you have no excuse!

· Try not to let your phone battery drop below 30%, to avoid shortening your battery life. Don’t be afraid to check out Virgin Media’s recharge points across the V Festival sites, to keep your phone juiced

· To get the best festival pics, try grabbing your friends for a group photo around sunset, with you all facing the sunset to get the best festival-glow in the shot. And don’t forget to turn off the flash when trying to capture shots of the artists on stage – it’s unlikely to make any difference to your photo, and can eat up valuable battery life

· If your phone completely dies or you lose it, fear not – head over to Virgin Media’s Our House and use one of the laptops to stay connected to your friends by sending them a message on Facebook or Twitter

· Follow @VFestival for the latest line-up info, and @VMLouderLounge for the behind-the-scenes gossip

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I’m a huge sucker for action, adventure films with a bit of comedy thrown in, some whit and a decent selection of cast members. When I heard that Hercules was coming to cinemas staring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson I wasn’t too sure I’d even get a couple of these points from this film. In fact, I wasn’t expecting anything big to come from this movie, apart from Johnson’s ever growing muscles of course, and from the advertisements I gathered this film would be cliché and unoriginal. Let this be a lesson to everyone, especially myself, not to ever judge a book by its cover, or in this case a film by its poster.

Hercules is a film that questions who the legend actually is which includes his band of heroes that follows and fights with him. Most tales about this demi-god is usually about the son of Zeus fighting mythical creatures with his great strength. This film is more about Hercules inspiring and leading great wars against fearless armies. His crew is made up of various fighters, an archer, a wild mute beast like brawler, a prophet gifted with seeing the future and even Hercules’ nephew who isn’t much of a fighter but tells the stories of his uncle’s mythologies.

Haunted by nightmare of his family’s death Hercules becomes the fearless hero that strives to do what’s right so that the innocent wouldn’t be hurt no more. But when he and his team are offered a chance to working for a bigger bounty than normal the blurred lines between working as mercenaries and keeping a good morality gets them into trouble. The film is built up of epic scaled battles that doesn’t skimp on the over the top action that is pretty blood thirsty. I’ve been let down in the past with similar films of such genre with the directors not thinking it’s necessary to show the details of war from start to finish. It’s great to see in Hercules the anticipation before war leading to the initiation, then the waves of combat right before the victory.

I was impressed to see a few British actors in the film including Ian McShane who provided most of the whit and several hilarious moments as well as John Hurt playing a Lord which he did a fantastic job with. Dwayne Johnson has always continued to impress me with his on screen persona. He knows what works to be a believable actor and playing the mighty Hercules fits better than any glove. Director Brett Ratner, known for X-Men: The Last Stand and the Rush Hour films did an incredible job with this film especially as the story is a different approach to the legend.

I’d be recommending this film as I feel that the trailer and adverts doesn’t do the film any justice. Seeing a story about a legend through the eyes of a different director, taking a different approach to the mythology and tying it together in a brutal bow made from swords, arrows and the beheaded heads of mythical creatures, Hercules is one to watch. If you’re a fan of Dwayne Johnson, Greek mythology, Hercules or even just fancy a tongue in cheek film with a bit of brutality here and there then this is a film for you.

Here is the trailer:

WD today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

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WD Red

A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with WD NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support.

By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

WD Red Pro

Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by WD NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.

WD Red family of hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD NAS solutions and are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

WD Green

The WD Green line of cool, quiet and eco-friendly hard drives will also be seeing capacity expansion in the near future with soon to be announced 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.

Availability and Pricing

Available now at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited worldwide warranties, respectively. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is £199.00, and £240.00 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX) is £124.00, £149.00 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and £199.00 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

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