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Not long now to wait for Mortal Kombat X from NeatherRealm Studios, and I recently got to talk to Hans Lo about the newly announcement features, including the mobile game.


Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation. The game combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.  For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.

New and Klassic Characters: Featuring Klassics such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden and Kano, as well as new characters such as Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, Ferra-Torr and D’Vorah, the roster will include fan favorites where both good and evil must battle it out.


Character Variations: Mortal Kombat X offers three different versions for each playable character, all of which have their own fighting style, special moves, abilities and strategies. The Variation that players choose affects the style and overall strategy by which the game is played.

Epic, Cinematic Storyline: A deep story mode continues up to 25 years after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat and advances the dark tale – introducing new characters such as Cassie Cage, daughter of fan favorites Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.

Visceral Kombat: Mortal Kombat X introduces the next evolution of fighting with the return of X-ray and Finishing Moves that showcase brutal battles like never before with enhanced graphics and animations.

Over to Hans, and there some new gameplay showing the mobile game, and it’s good:

Mortal Kombat X will be released in April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Which is your favourite Mortal Kombat character? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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WD have expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.


The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers who need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA processor, these two new additions to the Expert Series offer top of their class read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity.

The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel® Atom™ dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the acclaimed Linux-based WD My Cloud operating software (OS).

My Cloud Expert Series

For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from RAW images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors for high-performance media streaming, provide up to 24 TB of storage and the ability to keep files safe, secure and accessible from anywhere. The robust data management and security features let customers select their preferred methods for managing, sharing and protecting their most important movies, photos, music and digital files.

The included WD Red drives can be configured using multiple RAID options (model dependent) including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 JBOD and spanning modes. Customers can use their My Cloud Expert Series products to centralise and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.

My Cloud Expert Series products can also serve as a digital entertainment hub, seamlessly streaming movies and music to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky, DLNA-certified media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.

Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options. Customers can also customise their My Cloud Expert series NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Transmission, DVBlink, SqueezeCenter and more.


My Cloud Business Series

The all-new My Cloud Business Series solutions allow small businesses to centralise and protect their data in the workplace and provide employees with secure access to critical data from anywhere. Powered by the latest Intel Atom dual core processor, with RAM up to 2GB, and data storage capacity up to 24 TB, small businesses have the performance and scalability, to meet their business needs.

Secure access, protection and backup of data for small businesses is critical. Offering AES 256-bit volume encryption and multiple RAID options (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes), the My Cloud Business Series offers small businesses multiple options to secure and protect their data. Customers can also use their My Cloud Business Series products to back up all of their computers with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users and Apple® Time Machine® support for Mac users. My Cloud Business Series products can also backup themselves, either to another My Cloud in a different location or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. Users can also use the one-touch USB 3.0 copy button to automatically copy data from an external USB storage device onto the NAS.

The My Cloud Business Series products feature many business-ready capabilities including iSCSI target and initiator, replication and file synchronisation, integrated FTP, WebDAV server, SSH Shell, and Microsoft Active Directory support. Additionally there are enterprise-class redundancies such as dual power supply ports with fail over, dual Gigabit Ethernet and UPS support. The My Cloud Business Series also provides memory expansion up to 6GB, and scalable storage through dual NICs or USB.

My Cloud Business Series products are available in several capacity options. The My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) is available diskless or with 4 TB, 8 TB or 12 TB capacities. The My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) is available diskless or with 8 TB, 16 TB or 24 TB capacities. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud Business Series customers can easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays.

Anywhere Access

The award-winning WD My Cloud mobile app provides anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family. With the WD My Cloud mobile app users can easily view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their iOS and Android devices. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link and print and open files with third party apps. The WD My Cloud mobile app also integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.


The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners including retailers in store and online, e-tailers, distributors, authorised resellers and at the wdstore.co.uk.

The My Cloud Business Series is currently available online at wdstore.co.uk and the My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series will be available with our channel partners in March.


The My Cloud Expert Series and Business Series products come with a 3-year limited warranty for the populated products and a 2-year limited warranty for the diskless products. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty.


My Cloud EX2100 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

MSRP for My Cloud EX2100 NAS is £239.00 for the diskless unit, £399.00 for 4 TB, £539.00 for 8 TB and £709.00 for 12 TB.

My Cloud EX4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud EX4100 NAS is £359.00 for the diskless unit, £699.00 for 8 TB, £999.00 for 16 TB and £1,399.00 for 24 TB

My Cloud DL2100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL2100 NAS is £329.00 for the diskless unit, £499.00 for 4 TB, £609.00 for 8 TB and £829.00 for 12 TB.

My Cloud DL4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL4100 NAS is £499.00 for the diskless unit, £799.00 for 8 TB, £1,099.00 for 16 TB and £1,419.00 for 24 TB.

The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Packed to the brim with content, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc includes four new, epic multiplayer maps, access to the versatile AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant plus an exciting all-new cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.

Havoc’s new cooperative experience, Exo Zombies, features a story told through the eyes of four employees of the Atlas Corporation. Played by a celebrity cast consisting of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street), Exo Zombies ushers in a new breed of zombies and a truly unique experience in the Havoc DLC Pack.

To celebrate the release of Havoc on PlayStation, we’ve decided to round up our top 10 examples of zombies in popular culture!

10. Warm Bodies


9. World War Z


8. Michael Jackson in Thriller


7. 28 Days Later


6. Night of the Living Dead


5. Dawn of the Dead


4. Call of Duty: World at War


3. Shaun of the Dead


2. Exo Zombies in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc


1. The Walking Dead


For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

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To celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale 2 on DVD and Blu-ray, we have a Q&A with star Harry Connick Jr.



Believe in the spirit of friendship, the strength of family and the power of hope when DOLPHIN TALE 2, inspired by a true story, is available to own first on digital HD from February 2nd 2015 and makes a splash onto Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th 2015 .

Winter, the world’s most extraordinary dolphin returns in the charming and heartwarming sequel to DOLPHIN TALE. This time, Clearwater Marine Aquarium must find Winter a new companion, or risk loosing Winter to another Aquarium forever.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale, Air Bud), DOLPHIN TALE 2 sees return performances from the entire main cast of DOLPHIN TALE led by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (The Lego Movie, Lucy) as the creator of Winter’s prosthetic tail, Dr. Cameron McCarthy; Harry Connick Jr (Dolphin Tale, Angels Sing) as head of the Clearwater Marine Hospital team, Dr. Clay Haskett; Nathan Gamble (Marley & Me, Beyond The Heavens) as Winter’s owner and trusted companion, Nelson Sawyer; Ashley Judd (Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen) as Sawyer’s mother, Lorraine Nelson; and Kris Kristofferson (San Patricios, 7 Minutes) as Reed Haskett, Dr. Clay’s father.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behaviour requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.


QUESTION: Are you starting to feel like an honorary citizen in Clearwater, Florida?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It is a great part of the world. Just being in Clearwater again and driving past the aquarium, I realized how much time I’ve spent here doing these films. And it’s just an incredible part of the world.

QUESTION: What kind of response did you get from fans after the first one and did that affect your decision to do the second one?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It didn’t matter about the fan response with regard to doing it again. I mean, even if it had been poorly received or people didn’t like it, there probably would have been a reason behind it. But if it were exactly the movie that it was and people didn’t like it, I would have come back and done it again anyway, just for lots of reasons. It was just a great filming experience, working with Charles [director Charles Martin Smith], who’s really a brilliant guy and a pleasure to be around, working with the rest of the cast, being at CMA [Clearwater Marine Aquarium], all of those things really contributed to this being, I’d probably say, the best filming experience I’ve ever had. It was just great.

And people really like it. What’s interesting to me is as you go through your career in the entertainment business, new people are being born and growing up and becoming teenagers and young adults and a lot of the people that came to know me through Dolphin Tale, they have no idea that I do anything else— but it’s not a bad thing. It’s cool.

QUESTION: Is that because you’ve been doing more in front of the camera and less in music?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Not really. I’m still making records and touring and stuff. If you happen to cross somebody’s path in a certain way, Dolphin Tale reached a lot of people, but maybe those people don’t go see me on tour, buy my records or watch TV or anything like that. So, I’m not doing any more acting than I was doing 20 years ago, but it kind of ebbs and flows with regard to how people are introduced to you, you know.

QUESTION: Harry, one of the things I love about this movie it shows our interdependency—animal life, human life. What it is you take from Dolphin Tale?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: My trainer tells me all the time, when I’m complaining, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do another set or whatever.’ He always says, ‘No mind. Just do it. Just be quiet and do it. You’re going to get through it; you’re not going to die. Don’t think about it. Just do it.’

And there’s something about Winter… Obviously, she’s not a human being, so she doesn’t think about things the way we think about them, but it is what it is. This is what life gave her, and there’s something inspirational about watching a creature that has a mind that’s different in the way that we know it. This is the cards that were dealt to her, and what else you going to do?

Life is really like that, as we all know. There are certain things that are just wonderful about life and certain things that are not wonderful. And what are you going to do about it? You have to accept things with grace and with dignity and move through them. And that’s something that you’re reminded of when you see, especially Winter. I call it DWI – ‘Deal With It.’ [Laughs]

QUESTION: Is it easier to step in the shoes of a character you’ve already played? What is the preparation process for you on this film?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well I did a pretty considerable amount of research the first time around, because I really wanted to know who this guy was. The second one was, obviously, much easier, because I had done it before. What was really strange is that it was almost the exact same set of circumstances as the first one. I mean, even the volunteers at CMA were pretty much the same, same set, same city, same cast. So, it was very easy to kind of remind myself of what that was.

But for the first one, I went and interviewed marine biologists and marine veterinarians, just anything I could to try. I watched how they looked. But the second time was a lot easier.

QUESTION: At the end of the film, you see a lot of the actual footage of the events that are pretty accurately portrayed in the film. How much were you trying to remain accurate? And where did you have room to embellish and make it your own?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well, this is really Charles Martin Smith’s area. He is a brilliant, brilliant guy. And every single nuance of what happened in real life was thoroughly considered with regard to how it was going to be dramatized in the film. Nothing was not fully considered. So, that’s really about him as a character. You knew you were working within the realm of what’s on the page. Was I able to manipulate things and do things? Sure. He’s a great actor’s director, too.

But that’s really him. Many times, I would say I didn’t know what happened in real life and what didn’t happen, and he was extremely knowledgeable about every detail. Because as an actor you need to understand everything. So I’d say, ‘Did this happen?’ He’d say, ‘Oh, yeah,’ or ‘No, this happened.’

Sometimes you’d be on set and you wouldn’t know who was hired as an extra or a cast member and who was actually on the scene when it went down. We’d be standing out in the water with people with CMA costumes on or the kind of costumes with gear, and many times they were the people who actually did the rescue work. Sometimes they would be actors or whatever, but it was a weird kind of altered reality.

But that’s Charlie. He did a great job with that. It’s really hard to do, too. It’s easy to chalk it up as a family film, but it’s very complex to walk that line between what really happened and what didn’t.

QUESTION: Were you in attendance at the wrap party in 2011 when Hope was rescued?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Oh, yes, I was. That was crazy because we had been through this wonderful emotional journey with the entire filmmaking experience and with the animals and stuff. W were at the wrap party and there was this bustling and people were coming in with cell phones and pictures of Hope, who had been rescued. It was just another nod to that weird line between what really happened and making movies, because as we’re celebrating the wrap of the film, 24/7, these guys are still doing what they have to do.

They’re not messing around. I mean, this is a religion to these people. And it’s just constantly going on. That’s something that I hope continues to get out to people that see the movie. It was crazy, the fact that they did it, and then, a couple years later, when I saw the script, I said, ‘Man, I don’t know about doing this. What you going to do?’ I mean, how could you possibly tell the story in a different way? And then I read it and thought, ‘Oh, wow. It’s really cool.’ So that was an exciting night.

QUESTION: Did anybody toss around the idea of a sequel that night?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: No. I remember when I first heard it, Broderick [Johnson], one of our Alcon producers, said, ‘They’re talking about doing a second one.’ And I actually laughed. I said, ‘Man, you’ve got to be kidding.’ I thought it was a joke, really. And then I read the script and I’m like, ‘Holy crap.’ Charlie is , really smart, man. I mean, this is, in some ways, better than the first one, I think.

QUESTION: Did you offer any advice to the kids in the movie, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: They’re incredible, and I love them very much. I love both of them and know them really well. And Cozi, who’s a very serious musician and very talented, we have a great relationship because she wants me to critique her. And I do. It’s not about being hard on her, but it’s just about being honest. She’ll say, ‘What do you think about this?’ And I’ll say, ‘Listen, I think this is great, and here’s what I think you need to work on.’ And she’s like a sponge. I mean, she’s so brilliant, so smart, and I’ve told her before, ‘I’m not being tough on you. I just don’t want to waste your time. I want to tell you what the real deal is.’ And she’s tough. She gets it. And she works on it.

QUESTION: She sounds good in that song at the end.

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: That’s the tip of the iceberg. She’s a musical freak. [Laughs] No, I’m serious. She is really a very touched young lady. You have no idea how talented she is. Crazy talented.

QUESTION: We understand why you came back. Why do you think everybody was so keen to get back on board for the sequel?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: I think it was just the incredible filmmaking experience. It really was. You can take the subject matter of the movie, you can break it down into scenes that you’re really looking forward to doing. But when you look at it like as a package deal, you have to get on a plane, you have to come down, you have to block out a big chunk of your life. It’s a time commitment. It’s a great thing, but it’s a lifestyle. And a lot of boxes have to be checked off before you say, ‘That’s really what I want to do. I want to be away from my family, I want to stay up until four in the morning, whatever.’ It’s a commitment to make.

But it was such a great experience. It was just such a positive experience. That’s why everybody came back, because everybody loves each other. It’s a beautiful part of the world. You’re talking about a subject matter that everybody can relate to. So, it’s just a great experience.

QUESTION: Did you get in the tank with Winter?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Yeah. That was cool. And swimming with the dolphins versus really interacting with Winter and the other animals was a completely different thing. I have done that before like in situations where you can go and be in the same vicinity as them, but when you’re actually working one-on-one with Winter, it blows that other stuff away.


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To celebrate the release of What If? on Blu-ray and DVD, we have a Q&A with Daniel Radcliffe.


Daniel Radcliffe stars in the refreshingly hilarious WHAT IF?, where boy-meets-girl, but in this instance the girl already has a boyfriend. This Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the heart-warming comedy that takes on the classic romantic quandary of whether men and women can ever really be “just” friends, as WHAT IF? arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 9th February 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

This uplifting story features stellar performances from Daniel Radcliffe (The Harry Potter Saga, Woman In Black) as medical school dropout and single man Wallace; Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) as Wallace’s best friend Chantry; Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi, I Give It A Year) as Chantry’s long term boyfriend Ben; Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Wallace’s roommate Allan; and
Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) as Allan’s girlfriend Nicole.

WHAT IF? follows the life of Wallace (Radcliffe), a medical school dropout who has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her long term boyfriend Ben (Spall).

Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. But there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?


Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story.

But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by JK Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.

With roles in DECEMBER BOYS and MY BOY JACK Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play EQUUS – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Actor when the play transferred to Broadway in 2009.

Since the final chapter of HARRY POTTER was released, Radcliffe has shown an extraordinary range and talent for choosing diverse projects. His first post-POTTER role on the big screen was in James Watkins’s feature film adaptation of the classic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK. With a script by Jane Goldman, Radcliffe’s performance helped THE WOMAN IN BLACK earn more than $125m globally.

Radcliffe brought three films to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. He starred as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s KILL YOUR DARLINGS; played the role of Ig in Alex Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s HORNS; and starred opposite Zoe Kazan in WHAT IF, from Elan Mastai’s script and directed by Michael Dowse.

On stage, he starred in a revival of the musical hit HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING on Broadway, and played the title role in Martin McDonagh’s THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN in the West End. He will reprise his role when the production relocates to Broadway in April 2014.

He has just completed work alongside James McAvoy in a retelling of the FRANKENSTEIN story. Ahead of the cinema release of WHAT IF, Radcliffe sits down to discuss the film.

What shape was WHAT IF in when you joined? Was Michael Dowse on board as director?

Michael was very much on board, and when I got the script it came with a letter from him saying why he wanted me to play the part and why he thought I’d be good for it. And then I read the script and we spoke shortly afterwards. I became attached because I absolutely wanted to do it.

Then it was just a matter of finding the girl to play Chantry. We needed somebody that, as well as being obviously very charming and funny, was also really, really smart, because her character is. And Zoe Kazan is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met – forget just actress or actor, she’s one of the brightest overall. So that made working with her really easy, because she just responds to any and everything you can give her.

How long did the search take?

I don’t think there would have been more than three months between me becoming attached and us getting ready to start filming. So it was quite a quick process with this one, and once Zoe had read it and loved it – and she just had RUBY SPARKS coming out – there was no need to look anywhere else, obviously. She was our girl.

The script was on the Black List of hot screenplays – when it came to you was it in the shape it is now? Was it tailored much?

It was pretty much in the same shape that it is now. The only differences were that, at one point, the latter part of the film that takes place in Ireland was supposed to take place in South America. But Ireland is very friendly to films, so we switched it to Ireland. Other than that, it was very much the same. Little changes in terms of dialogue were made, but there were no major story changes or anything like that.

The moment I knew I was going to do the script was on page two, when Wallace is correcting Chantry on her pronunciation of a word, and I was just like, “Ah, I’m that guy.” [laughs] I definitely responded to that a lot.

I responded to how clever it was and how much heart it had also. There’s always a danger in films like this that it can end up being 90 minutes of people being witty with each other, amounting to something a little bit soulless, and actually our film does have a huge amount of soul. I really think it’ll make you very happy. It’s a happy-making film when you leave it, which is a hard thing to do without resorting to cheap tricks.

Despite what happens between Chantry and Wallace, the film seems very clear that of course men and women can be friends. How do you think it strikes that balance?

That’s the thing about the film, because I think there are two separate issues. Because of this film, people have started asking me whether men and women can be friends. And of course the answer is yes. I’m friends with lots of women who I have no intentions to sleep with. There is also the question of whether men and women who are incredibly sexually attracted to each other can just be friends. That’s a much harder issue, and much more difficult to deal with. That’s the issue that is present in the film. I think it’s a very outmoded thing now – the idea that men and women can’t be friends. I think it’s fallen by the wayside now.

What were your first conversations with Michael like? Was it essential the two of you had chemistry?

Yes, and it was also about finding out what kind of film he wants to make. And that’s a hard thing to quantify or to talk about. Michael referenced a lot of other films. He was referencing movies like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. They were big touchstones for us, because it’s all about how the relationships are built through banter, and through actually being kind of insulting to one another at first, and taking the piss.

We also talked about the way he wanted to make the film. Michael said he wanted to film a lot of these scenes in wide shots and just let the audience watch the characters rather than cutting into close coverage. He stuck to this beautifully – because normally directors say things like this and then it all goes to hell once they see a cooler shot. He does that a lot in the film – it feels like he tries to stay in the wide for as long as possible – so that rather than telling you what you need to see of these characters, he’s just observing the story. That’s the joy of this film: you get to observe the very intimate beginnings of a relationship in a really fun way and you get to live them vicariously again through these character.

Wallace is a med school dropout, which plays nicely into the film. Rom-com jobs often seem plucked out of the air; was it nice to have that specificity for him?

[laughs] Well, I think, for Wallace you could probably pick a job out of the air for him, to be honest, but with Chantry I actually really love that she’s a woman in a film with a job, and you see her doing her job a lot. She’s not just a girl who turns up and has loads of time to go around worrying about men. She has a job, which she has to go to. It’s not the point of the movie, it’s just a fact of the movie, and I think Elan Mastai is a very good writer who takes those kinds of things into account. Elan, by the way, is the guy who is kissing my ex-girlfriend in the film.

That said, the med-school dropout thing brilliantly comes to the fore a couple of times when people sustain injuries that he is suddenly expected to deal with.

He causes quite a few of them.

Yeah, actually, he does! That’s one of my favourite moments in the film, because it’s generally such a wordy film, and then we treat ourselves to this moment of utter slapstick halfway through.

It’s a real Buster Keaton moment.

Yes, absolutely. And it’s one of those great jokes like Peter Sellers spinning the globe. You know what he’s going to do – you know he’s going to put his hand on it and fall over. It’s a similar joke; just before it happens you know exactly what’s going to happen, and then it does and you still laugh. They’re the best kind. Why else would you have them open the window if someone wasn’t going to fall through it? It’s a great moment.

Adam Driver is off to Star Wars next. Is it hard keeping a straight face during takes with him?

Adam Driver is one of the most hilarious improvisers I’ve ever met. I don’t have extensive comedy experience, but some of the lines he was throwing out take after take after take, it was a real struggle. One of the things I got better at on this film was just learning not to laugh on camera, because he would regularly say stuff that would make me want to go. My favourite one, and I think it’s in the movie, was when he’s watching old people play Bowls and he shouts at one of them, “You couldn’t find that stone if it was in your kidney.” [laughs] He’s amazing, and a really interesting guy, as well. He was in the marines, he runs a charity organisation and he’s just a very interesting, smart dude.

What’s Toronto like to work in?

I filmed two films in Canada last year – one in Toronto and one in Vancouver – and they were both just a pleasure to work on. Canadians are really friendly and really polite. They’re everything their international reputation says they will be. I had a great time there. I ate really badly – lots of poutine, which is chips in gravy, cheese and bacon. It was a really fun place to work.

Talking of eating badly, one of the highlights of the film is the Fool’s Gold sandwich. Did you try it?

Fool’s Gold was amazing. For anyone that doesn’t know, it’s a very large sandwich with a lot of peanut butter, jam and bacon inside it, and it is delicious. They obviously made some on set for the montage in which it’s being made in the movie. And I don’t understand why, but me and one other guy were excited to try it and everyone else was being very healthy and, frankly, gutless about it. Everyone should have tried it. It was lovely.

You also went to Dublin with the film?

I got to go across to Dublin, for one of shooting. I just got punched down some stairs and then had to run a bit. It was lovely to be there though – it’s always a pleasure to go to Ireland and Dublin’s a great city. Dublin has a brief cameo, but it really is shown beautifully in the film. This film uses the locations it has really well. That was a lovely shoot, and I got to work with the wonderful Oona Chaplin, who got to step over me and make sure I wasn’t dead. And get punched down stairs by Rafe Spall.

What If? is available on Blu-ray and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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Sony will be making it easier than ever to catch up on your favourite TV shows with the inclusion of YouView to its range of 2015 BRAVIA TVs.


In partnership with YouView it will be the first manufacturer in the UK and Ireland to include the on demand TV service.

From Summer 2015, UK consumers will have the ability to watch their favourite TV shows from BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5 as well as live TV using the intuitive YouView interface with no need for a separate set-top box.

With twelve 4K Ultra HD TVs in the new Sony series, there’s a lot to get excited about. Eye-catching design and breath-taking picture quality provide a best in class home entertainment experience. Whilst the inclusion of YouView combined with Android TV™ and Sony’s One-Flick Entertainment offers an effortless Smart TV user experience with access to a wide range of content, from demand services, movies, music, photos, games, apps and more.

On Demand

Sony customers will now have access to YouView’s library of more than 12,000 titles of on demand TV programmes. Discover will list TV programmes so you can see at a glance what has recently been added and which programmes are the most popular or simply browse by genre. Search seamlessly integrates live and on demand TV giving customers the option to type in a programme name to instantly find favourite TV shows.

Scroll back TV

The seven day scroll back guide offers an easy way to find catch up TV from across BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Sony customers will now be able to simply scroll back through the iconic YouView guide and choose from a great selection of on demand TV programmes.

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Maps to the Stars is released today on Blu-ray and DVD and we have a Q&A with John Cusack, one of it’s stars.


From director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method), comes the intense and twisted Hollywood tale with a stellar ensemble cast, MAPS TO THE STARS. Don’t miss this compelling psychological thriller and take a tour into the dark heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts, as MAPS TO THE STARS arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 2 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Set in Hollywood, the land of the stars, this haunting story features outstanding performances from Julianne Moore (The Kid’s Are Alright, A Single Man) winner of Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her role as famous but quickly fading actress Havana Segrand; Mia Wasikowska (Lawless, Stoker) as estranged pyromaniac Agatha Weiss; John Cusack (The Butler, High Fidelity) as TV psychologist Dr. Stafford Weiss; Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina, Sabotage) as his wife, Christina Weiss; Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga, Water For Elephants) as limo driver and struggling actor Jerome Fontana; and Evan Bird (Chained, The Killing) as Benjie, son of the Weiss family.

Q & A With John Cusack

He’s been a Hollywood star since his teens, when he starred in Class, Sixteen Candles and The Sure Thing, but thankfully John Cusack was never like the characters in David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars. A brutal satire about the players, wannabes and has-beens of Hollywood, Cusack plays Stafford Weiss, a self-help guru who peddles his therapies to the weak-minded. Father to the foul Benjie (Evan Bird), a rehab-hopping teen star of the ‘Bad Babysitter’ franchise, Stafford is just one of the soulless ghouls that haunts the Hollywood Hills in what is the Canadian Cronenberg’s first real foray into Tinseltown terrain.

For Cusack, it represents yet another impressive notch in a career that’s seen him work with Stephen Frears (The Grifters, High Fidelity), Woody Allen (Shadows and Fog, Bullets Over Broadway), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Terence Malick (The Thin Red Line) and Clint Eastwood (Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil). Born and raised near Chicago, where he still lives, the 48 year-old has also produced and co-written screenplays, while he actively blogs for The Huffington Post. Below, he explains why Maps made him groan, why LA is full of “desert crazies” and also lifts the lid on his next role, as The Beach Boys maestro Brian Wilson.

Q: You were a young star in your teens like Benjie. Did you relate to him?

A: I was older than him [when I started acting], and I wasn’t in a huge Hollywood franchise. I just got to work as an actor. But just the idea of being that young and having that much pressure on you, and being at the very height of Hollywood, would be terrible to think about. I remember being a couple of years older and starting and what a head trip it was, at 16 or 17, and that was working with good people and having a pretty good introduction to it. I worked with some really nice people. The film business was a lot different back then; it was more like personalities ran studios, it was a little bit more of the old movie mogul thing. It was intense but not so corporate or cutthroat. I didn’t know…I was a young guy. But I worked with John Sayles and the great cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs…so I was lucky. But if you start off as [starring in] ‘Bad Babysitter’ and you were trying to protect a franchise…oh my god!

Q: Was Hollywood a familiar place to you back then?

A: No, no. It wasn’t. We lived in Chicago. No-one knew what Hollywood was, except for the movies or the art-houses. I’d never been to California. I had no experience of it. My sister [Joan] and I started working in Chicago, around 16, 17, in high school – because they happened to be making films about teenagers at that time. Before that, they never made films about young people. And now? You can’t even show a 28 year-old woman without someone saying, ‘She’s menopausal, right?’! It’s gotten so crazy. When I was a kid, it was, ‘Oh, there’s a movie about young people’, but it wasn’t a genre.

Q: Was it a more innocent time?

A: I think so. When we made Say Anything, it wasn’t a teen movie. It was just a movie; they called it a ‘coming-of-age’ movie, but that was it.

Q: What did you think of Bruce Wagner’s script when you read it?

A: It’s so well written. The script was surprising and inevitable, and that’s what I think tragedy is. You could get surprised or shocked by something, but it’s all inevitable – going to a place where you go, ‘Of course, that’s where it has to end.’ It’s a very singular piece of writing, and Bruce is a very meta synaptic-firing writer. And David is this very precise formalist, so I thought, ‘That’s going to be a really interesting mix.’ That’s what I thought. It was all there. I talked to David about how he liked to work, and then tried to figure [things] out…I did think about what it would’ve been like if I’d started then, and I had really had crazy parents and I lived in LA. I tried to think about, ‘What would be the worse possible father? The most damaged version?’

Q: Did you find it funny?

A: You groan – it’s like a bone on bone; it’s like a hit in a football game. You hear it and you go, ‘Oh! That’s terrible!’

Q: Did you have to learn any massage techniques for the scenes with Julianne Moore, who plays actress Havana Segrand?

A: No! They’re so awkward and weird. Weirdly, that was the first day we were working.

Q: Do you see a relationship between therapy and acting?

A: I think a lot of actors feel that the act of doing those things is somehow therapeutic for them. Most actors feel that it would be better if you…you need to get some things out. You don’t know how to form it. You obviously have some things you need to release. Then there’s an instinct as an actor to go to a place…normal people try not to feel things and actors try to go into the most dangerous places they can and then hide it. So it’s an intuitive thing, to go towards the flame – so we must know that there’s stuff we better get out.

Q: How would you describe Stafford – a charlatan?

A: Yeah, sure – an exploitative charlatan of Biblical proportions!

Q: But are these types very prevalent in LA?

A: Sure. I was doing a film that’s going to come out on Brian Wilson, Love And Mercy. Interesting film. You talk about the California of the Fifties and Sixties; Joan Didion says there is a Chekhovian sense of loss and uneasiness in the air – and this is a loose quote and I’m probably getting it wrong – as if all the people there thought we better make it here, because if not, we’ve run out of continent! And I think there’s that sense of that frontier mentality, which is, ‘This is our last stop!’ People that come towards LA and fame…where else are you going to go? Go up to Alaska? Go be fucking Grizzly Man? There’s a real desperation there. So I think that environment leads to all sorts of free, original thinking, but also desert crazies! And all the people that prey on those people. We were just noticing in LA that there were these things – agents and managers. Then I realised there were these things called ‘life coaches’.

Q: Did you know much about them?

A: Well, I knew about Tony Robbins. I loved the ‘personal power’ things. I don’t know much about Tony, but it seems like he has this act of will – like Scientology. He wants you to control your thinking, and they’re all half-true things, but it just feels bat-shit crazy and culty. That’s just the way it feels, right? I know Scientology is bat-shit crazy. These evangelising shrink coaches…it’s got to be only in LA, right? Then tere are life-coaches…and they mix psycho-babble, like Oprah’s psychology with Rolfing and past-life regression therapies. It’s the place where the guy who ran The Source – a health food restaurant – started a cult in the Seventies and they were called the Source Family and he proclaimed himself a divine being and he had followers. It was a cult! So LA’s got something special!

Q: Your character seems very cynical…

A: That’s what Bruce writes. The first thing he writes is, ‘Say what you want about the Dalai Lama but the man’s a pro.’ He’s not even considering that he might mean it or not; he’s just saying, ‘Good one – that’s a pro.’ There’s an element that every human interaction is a transaction. It’s all currency. What am I going to get? What’s my angle? And that’s connected to showbiz. It’s also connected to the con, the grift, and just ugly power politics.

Q: Without giving the usual ‘he was fabulous’ answer, how was David Cronenberg to work with?

A: He’s precise, super-precise, and super-fabulous, super-wonderful, super-warm…he’s the most amazing, generous, kind, decent, loyal, loving human being…and just totally, fantastically fabulous! Seriously, though, he’s a trip, he’s really intense. But he actually is a really nice, friendly guy.

Q: Have you seen much bad behaviour on set in the past?

A: Yeah, I’ve seen it! But I’ve been lucky. I haven’t had to deal with that much.

Q: Does being in Hollywood incite it?

A: All those things can happen all the time. I don’t think it’s any different to Silicon Valley, or the financial district, or Washington – any type of place where there’s powerful people, there’s a lot of capital in flux, it’s sort of the Wild West…it’s a rigged game. Anytime there’s fear and ambition and greed…

Q: What helped you to survive Hollywood?

A: I don’t hang out there, though I have a place in California and I go out there. I have some good friends out there, but if you really think about it, there are seven, eight people I consider really close, that I’ll see when I’m there. I think if you survive in the business, you probably get the joke after a while. I think there are people that are pretty nice, but they do tend to live other places! That’s how they survive.

Q: Were you worried about biting the hand that feeds?

A: No! I don’t care about any of that shit!

Q: Talk about Love And Mercy. Were you a fan of The Beach Boys before?

A: Yeah, but I wasn’t interested in them until I investigated the music more. I got into the surf music and Dick Dale and all that stuff – and it came from Phil Spector and his sound, the Wall of Sound, and then Brian Wilson was in this race, almost, with the Beatles. It was just him, The Beatles and George Martin, and they were creating the next century of music as they went. And how much Wilson influenced the Beatles…he really did Sgt. Pepper first with the Smile sessions, and McCartney heard it, and you can hear the next fifty years of music in those Smile sessions and in Pet Sounds. He was a real bona fide genius and still going strong. He’s a lovely guy.

Q: You got to know him?

A: Yes, I’ve become close with the Wilsons, and I actually got to sing with them. It was kinda cool. It was at the wrap party and Brian said, ‘Johnny B. Goode – you’re going to sing with us.’ And I said, ‘I don’t normally sing’. He said, ‘You’re gonna be great.’ You can’t not do it, right? Otherwise you’ll go to your grave [having not done it]…it would be better if you fail and you look like an asshole, but you don’t want to say the Mozart of rock’n’roll said, ‘Come up and sing back up’ and you were too much of a coward to do it. So I shamed myself into doing it! And he’s pretty incredible, and his wife is also. And the story is about him and wife, partially, Melinda. He’s an amazing guy.

Q: You’re very active on Twitter. What do you like about it?

A: What I think is interesting is the idea that you can curate content. If I like somebody’s stuff, I can say, ‘If you think I’m interesting, I’ll tell you who I think is interesting’, and you trust me, so I can read all my news from the Twitter feed. And then you can promote stuff that you want, that you think is worth it. If you like a book, and you just feel like doing it…I don’t get paid for it, or anything, but just do it…I think that’s interesting. And also, it’s impossible to kill art. You can’t do it. You can’t bury anything. It’s good and bad. If I made a film almost ten years ago called Max, and when it first came out, people thought it was controversial, the way maybe David’s film is. And there was no vehicle for people to see it. Now, you can’t kill it – so that’s good. So, yeah, I like it – it’s fun!

Q: Doesn’t your publicist tell you to hold back?

A: No, and that’s good. The other thing is, it’s changed the way movies are distributed, it’s changed the way movies are marketed…the press junket is over now. They know that you have to talk to the journalist, but then once you do, it’s going to go virally online. People are going to have their opinion from the screenings, no matter what the critics say. Critics will do what they want to do, and they’ll sway people, but people are going to listen more to each other than they listen to authority – so it’s kinda cool.

Q: Do you ever re-watch your old films?

A: No. Well, sometimes on TV, I might stop and watch for a while until it gets too painful. Then I’ll change channel. I remember one time, The Grifters was on. I’ve worked with Stephen Frears, who is such a great director, twice. And I remember stopping and watching it – it was Annette [Bening] and Angelica [Huston], and I started to watch the story a little bit, and then I came on, and I saw myself differently. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s good.’

Q: How do you choose your films?

A: I’m up to do anything if it’s with a good filmmaker and a good script. I think that movies are like dreams; you can play any role in the dream, and there are lots of different dreams. I like to play any version, any role in the drama – it doesn’t matter.

Q: Have you ever had any strange jobs?

A: Well, acting is a weird enough job, right? And I started when I was 16…though I delivered newspapers in a hospital. That was terrible, because people were sick and you had to ask them for a quarter. You’re like, ‘Why aren’t we giving them these?’ – they’re sick and they’re reaching for change! It was a terrible job.

Q: What do you do when you’re not acting?

A: That’s a good question. What do I do? I travel a lot. I’m on the road a lot anyway, but I like to travel, just try to annihilate yourself, get out of your head. What else do I do? I don’t know.

Q: Do you like sports?

A: Yeah, I box. And then I just try to meet other people who are doing totally different things. I work with this group called the FPF – the Freedom of the Press Foundation, working for the First and Fourth Amendment freedoms, protections for journalists, whistleblowers…so I use my brain in a different way that doesn’t have me out in front as much. And there are some great people on the board, including Edward Snowden. So we talk to him. That gives you a sense of where you get out of thinking about yourself all the time.

Q: How did you get involved with that?

A: I’ve had a lot of friends who are writers and journalists, and I’ve dabbled editorially in journalism, in different places, and done advocacy work. Hunter Thompson was a very good friend of mine before he passed away. I’ve just known a lot of writers and journalists who are friends. I think what happened with the NSA revelations, and the prosecutions of whistleblowers across the board, has been a real assault. It’s had a real chilling effect. If you’re interested, look up the FPF blog site and they’ll tell you about the board, the mission statement and the organisations we support. So that’s something that I do, in my political advocate life.


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Bandai Namco and CD Projekt Red recently took me to Stirling Castle in Scotland for the first ever hands-on gameplay with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I had some additional questions for Damien.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3 you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, Viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

Whilst I was there playing the game, I also got to sit down the Damien Monnier from CD Projekt Red to talk all things The Witcher. Damien is the Senior Gameplay Designer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you may have already watched the video interview, but here are some off-camera questions I got him to answer:

What were your biggest challenges in creating the game?

Bringing the game to the open world format was definitely a challenge. We had to change the way we think about quests and the overall design of the game. Everything is accessible at any given time, so we had to foresee events that would not usually happen in a closed world game. You can do quests in any order you want which means that they have to interconnect somehow, you can go anywhere so we had to introduce a robust monster system and so on. There was a lot of creative thinking involved but I think we’ve managed to create something truly epic!

How much involvement do you guys have in the comics?

Everything was consulted with us and CDP RED team members had great input in what was going on. It was never a case of “hey, let’s sell the license to someone and forget about it” — we don’t do this kind of thing.

The PC specs are pretty high – are you worried that some gamers wont be able to play?

I think the specs aren’t that high. We’re a next gen game, and the overall specs bar has been raised since the new consoles came out — we can do more and we’re doing more. If you want a next gen game, the specs had to be a bit higher than everyone was accustomed to for the last few years. On the other hand, we’re giving you never-before-seen visuals in open world games. I think it’s worth it.

Are there any differences between the PC and Console versions of the game?

No, there are no differences. On the PC you will be able to change the resolution and enable some special effects like NVIDIA Fur, but that’s typical for the platform. Aside from that, it’s the same game.

Do you need to have played 1 and 2 to play 3?

No, definitely not! This is pretty much a standalone game but written in a way, so that long time fans will treat as a natural continuation of the series. We’ve got both sides covered.

What did you use for inspiration?

A million things. Starting from Slavic mythos, to Nordic legends, to contemporary issues like racism and social inequality. You’re this monster hunter dude in Tolkien’s world gone wrong. It’s really eclectic, but it’s so well put together, so cohesive that, once you see it, it makes perfect sense.

Can you go into detail about the combat?

Combat in the game is something really unique. Geralt’s a master swordsman so he dances around his enemies, parries attacks, and uses his special combat magic to crush them. There’s no QTE, so you’re always in control — each button press is one swing, which means you’ll chain combos or utilize strike and dodge tactics. It’s also your choice if you want to become more magic oriented, or a paragon of brute force — we have a really robust character development system players will definitely like.

How much does the time of day feature in the game?

A lot. It determines the lifecycle of creatures and greatly adds to the overall graphics experience.

Thank you Damien.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available 19th May 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of The Witcher 3? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Bandai Namco and CD Projekt Red recently took me to Stirling Castle in Scotland for the first ever hands-on gameplay with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

2D Boxshot Wizard v1.1

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3 you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, Viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

Whilst I was there playing the game, I also got to sit down the Damien Monnier from CD Projekt Red to talk all things The Witcher.

Yennifer and Triss

Damien is the Senior Gameplay Designer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and in this exclusive interview we talk about various things, including the violence and nudity in the game, Charles Dance and why you should play it, and there’s also some brand new gameplay in there too.

So, over to Damien:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available 19th May 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of The Witcher 3? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Bandai Namco and CD Projekt Red recently took me to Stirling Castle in Scotland for the first ever hands-on gameplay with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3 you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, Viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

Here we have around 7 minutes or so of brand new gameplay footage – enjoy, and don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available 19th May 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of The Witcher 3? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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The ultimate deadly weapon/luxury recliner is dragged up from the depths of Hell and piloted by Steelport’s own STAG in a special episode of Gat Gear.

Gat Gear

Some say it was welded together in the depths of Hell by Satan himself, and that its upholstery was woven together from Johnny Gat’s discarded navel fluff. All we know is it’s Armchair-a-geddon. Deep Silver brings to life Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell’s most deadly, sloth-enly weapon in a one-off special Gat Gear.

It has been stirring the trousers of Saints Row fans for months and now you can see what happened when Steelport’s own tame racing driver STAG, took the fully-loaded armchair for a spin through the streets of London. In Deep Silver Volition’s Saints Row: Gat out of Hell standalone expansion, this explosive weapon is all you need to shoot the Devil in the face.

Now see it take on London traffic:

About Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
After the space faring antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

Gat out of Hell is the standalone expansion to the award-winning and multi-million selling Saints Row IV from Deep Silver and is available now for last gen and new gen console platforms as well as PC.

About Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarre Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.

With Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, players will now be able to enjoy all the antics of the blockbuster release on their new gen consoles. Re-Elected is available to buy now.

It may have been over a year now since 2K Games first revealed EVOLVE, but it’s finally coming out in a few weeks, and I sat down with Chloe Skew from Turtle Rock Studios to talk everything EVOLVE.


EVOVLE is a 5 player game where 4 players work as a team to defeat the 5th player, who plays as the monster.

CDW Chloe Skew

Chloe is a producer working on EVOLVE, so over to Chloe, and we even talk about hidden cupcakes in the game, along with some other very interesting bits:

EVOLVE will be released February 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of EVOLVE? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Today Microsoft revealed a lot of information about Windows 10.


Xbox on Windows 10 lets gamers and developers access the best of the expansive Xbox Live gaming network on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. Players can capture, edit and share their greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices, connecting millions of gamers around the world. Games developed for the new DirectX 12 application programming interface in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability. Players will also be able to play games on their PC, streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within their home.

This is certainly something to get excited about!

Microsoft also said that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for any Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 owners in the first year.

Expect a lot more information soon.

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WD today announced, together with industry leading NAS manufacturers; Sinology, QNAP, Dlink, Buffalo, Drobo, Netgear, Zyxel plus WD, a special UK channel programme called NAStravaganza.


NAStravaganza enables end users to purchase NAS system bundles, incorporating WD Red and WD Red Pro NAS line of SATA hard drives, together with chassis from the above manufacturers.

NAStravaganza brings end users extra value plus peace of mind, the systems can be purchased through WD Reseller partners; Ebuyer, Dabs, Insight, Broadband Buyer Misco and Overclockers..

About the Hard Drives

WD Red family was specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one to eight drive bays. Powered by NASware 3.0 technology, WD Red is compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for performance and reduced power consumption.

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

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Telltale Games have released Episode 2 of Tales of the Borderlands, and here is our spoiler free review.