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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Irish born actor, Liam Neeson, is the unlikely action hero. Yet, film after film, he keeps coming up with new takes on the genre that are better than one before. Enter director Scott Frank’s thriller, “A Walk Among The Tombstones,” out on Blu-ray and DVD on 18th January, courtesy of Entertainment One, and you have his latest action classic.

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The film is based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels about former NYPD cop Matthew Scudder, who works as an unlicensed private eye. Neeson stars as Scudder, who agrees to help a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who murdered his wife.

“Tombstones” is a bleak and gritty film. And it seems acting “bleak” is what keeps Neeson standing upright. It was only five years ago that he lost his wife, true love, Natasha Richardson, who died of a head injury from a skiing accident.

Then his 31-year-old nephew, Ronan Sexton, has been in danger of a similar fate when he reportedly climbed to the top of a telephone box during a night out with friends in Brighton, England, for the weekend. Seems he slipped and fell off the top of the pole and hit his head on the street pavement below and was hospitalized this Summer fighting for his life.

Neeson isn’t the timid type either. When there was a political campaign in New York City to take the horse drawn carriages off the streets, Neeson was a vocal opponent to keep them just where they’ve been for over 100 years. Not the most popular stance to take.

And then there’s his feelings about drugs and alcohol and his recent admission about substance abuse struggles that he battled over the last 15 years. As he explained to GQ magazine, he wasn’t much into drugs before a motorcycle accident that nearly took his life led him to a dalliance with painkillers.

He blames a motorcycle crash in the year 2000 for the start of his addiction woes. “I wasn’t supposed to last the night,” he revealed in an interview earlier this year. “And when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big fuckin’ jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes… I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those fucking drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”

Neeson ultimately beat his addiction to painkillers but it left him with a greater concern – how illicit chemicals can influence teenagers. A subject very personal to him as his kids are now teenagers as well.

“There’s a worry nowadays, with every parent I’ve spoken to. It’s fucking drugs. It’s a virus,” he said. “A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry.”

“I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died,” he admitted. “It was like, so easy to just… Never at work, never would do it like that, but this time of night? Sitting with you, I’d easily have–I’d be on my second bottle. Before we finished, I would have been halfway down a third–and be totally fine! Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just–past an age, it sticks to you, you know?”

Q: For the record, here I am talking with Mr. Liam Neeson.
LN: It makes me feel like a sixty-two year old, when you call me Mister.

Q: It’s just out of respect. I’m not making your age a factor. Despite your age…
LN: (Laughs.)

Q: Another fantastic performance here. Another one of these, from my perspective, these larger than life roles that you play so well. And I’m wondering if you have the same kind of opinion of a lot of these guys you play, and what your hook was, what your in was, to give this guy a different spin was, that made him so different for you to want to play.
LN: I was just telling somebody earlier on, I’m just attracted to, since I was a kid in Ireland, watching Robert Mitchum on TV, or Steve McQueen, or Charles Bronson, to a certain extent. There’s just something very noble and damaged about those sort of American cinematic heroes. I just find them very appealing. So to get the chance to do this, this is very much one of those sorts of characters, you know? Not good in the relationship world, and tortured. In Matt Scudder’s case, a recovering alcoholic, so, those guys, you know, they wake up in the morning, and they have to think of a reason to get up. And then once they’re up to not have a drink. All these little heroic battles they have, they fight with and against every day of their lives. And I think that Scott brought that out really beautifully in the film. So he’s not larger than life, he’s just one of us, really, but his career was in the police force, you know, and these guys see a part of humanity that we don’t want to deal with, on a daily basis.

Q: When I interviewed (director) Scott Frank earlier, he mentioned sometimes some character’s like yours have to find the worst in themselves, before they can find the best. I was wondering if you could comment on that, as part of your human role?
LN: Did Scott say that? He probably would, he’s a writer. Yes, Scott had mentioned that to me, when we’d met, in the early days. I wanted to find some kind of research I could do, other than reading Larry’s book, Lawrence Block’s, books. I know some policemen, on the NYPD, and one of them I know very, very well. I was in to get access to documentaries on serial killers, and not just the crimes, but the police work that went into tracking them down, which was very, very fascinating. Any little minutiae of evidence they would find, and put it together with this, and does it connect, and oh my god, it does connect. That was fascinating, you know. I thought Scott had done that on a continual basis, and maybe, unbeknownst to himself, it brings out the good in him. Because I think he is a good, righteous old-fashioned kind of man. I think he has certain pillars of ethics that never change, even though he’s kind of fucked up in a lot of ways. But he’s essentially a good man, you know? I’m not really answering your question, am I?

Q: You are attracted to characters that are loners. Would you consider yourself a loner in real life?
LN: I’d like to think I am, you know? No, I don’t think… No man’s an island, as they say. I’ve tried it – I’ve gone on various retreats in my life, for three or four days, and I get desperate to get out of there, and talk to somebody. But I fly-fish a lot, and I can do that really only by myself. I’m never lonesome, when I’m on the river, far from it, but it’s a lonely practice.

Q: So, your schedule’s been packed. You’ve been taking a lot of projects, recently. Your kids are probably on their way off to college, now, both are getting kind of close to college age. How do you balance all the work, with spending the time with the kids, and what support do you get, in terms of picking projects, and balancing that perfect life?
LN: Oh yeah, I’ve got to. Mental note: must call. Listen, I have a great support team, I really do. Fantastic family… If I’m away on a project, my mother-in-law moves in. We’re sort of like chess pieces, you know? (Laughs.) But yes, it’s always a balance. I’m very fortunate to get to play these characters, at this stage in my life. I love doing it, and I’ll keep doing it as long as they keep sending me scripts, you know? And my kids are used to it. From when they were born – one of them was born on location. So they’re used to dad being away for certain periods of time. So far, it’s worked out okay. They’re not damaged.

Q: You’ve got some great action scenes in this. You take a couple of hits, you get a bloody nose… Do you like doing those action scenes, and is there a way that you keep yourself safe, from little bumps and bruises?
LN: Well, I love doing them, and I have a great fight coordinator, who’s my stunt double too, called Mark Vanselow. We’ve done sixteen films now. So we work very, very closely with each other. I don’t do my own stunts, but I do my own fighting and stuff. I love doing that stuff. Yeah, that’s always fun to do. In this film, it’s important to kind of make it real, it’s not that cinema fight stuff. We wanted to make it very dark and gruesome and ugly, you know? You don’t know where punches were coming from, and stuff – the way it would be in real life.

Q: Did you get any little bumps or bruises?
LN: No, I haven’t, I haven’t. Occasionally you get a few knocks, but slap on the Arnica and it’s gone, you know?

Q: Do you have an exercise routine or special training to be ready for whatever role of action comes?
LN: I keep pretty fit, in life. I would step up the regime, a couple of months before we start. I do a whole mixture of stuff; it’s not strictly this regime, or that regime. I do a lot of power walking. I use a lot of kettle bells. Do you know what they are? They’re great. Making a film, you do need stamina, whether you’re doing fight scenes or not. They’re long days, especially… ‘Tombstones’ was set on eight weeks of night shoots, so you do need stamina for that work, so it’s important to keep fit, and I’m not talking about having perfect abs or stuff, but you have to be on top of your game, especially if you’re playing the lead. You have to be there, you know? It takes stamina. You have to look after yourself.

Q: Talk about that flashback scene. Normally you’re a bloke, because you have that great hair and everything, but also because…
LN: It’s all my own, too. Very proud. Good genes. (Laughs.)

Q: Yes the hair, the awesome hair.
LN: (Laughs.)

Q: What I really like about the flashback scene was that it establishes where this guy is. Where he is, at this point. Can you talk a little bit about doing this scene, because it’s kind of an extended scene, and we keep coming back to it. And secondly, I spoke with Maggie Grace about a week ago, and I asked her to sum you up in one word, and she came up with “goofy.”
LN: Goofy!? (Laughs.)

Q: I know, it surprised me, too. how would you sum yourself up in one word?
LN: Goofy’s not bad. My daughter actually called me that. So I might have to agree with Maggie on that… But my daughter? Next time I’m going to give her away. Take her…

Q: Tell me a little bit about executing that flashback scene?
LN: We shot it, I think it was two or three days. We had access to an area North of Manhattan. We had that whole set of steps, where the bad guy falls down and stuff. It was on a Saturday, and we shot that bar scene during that week. So it was really only two or three days of the wig, and all this stuff. And it was, I wanted to avoid that classic drunk… That’s really hard to do, to act drunk. But a functioning drunk, that’s a different thing. I tried to do a little thing, I hope it’s in the film, I haven’t seen it in some time. But when I follow the bad guy, when I come out of the bar, it’s like, “Oh, fuck, this is great.” But he’s had at least four whiskeys in him, now, and then that leads to the carelessness, and this horrible death. So there’s this ‘Action Jackson’ stuff, but it was very, very carefully choreographed. Scott was very, very careful about that stuff. Even if I ran, just how I would run? Would I run a straight line, or would I be a bit squiggly, after I’ve had these few drinks? And I thought, “No, he’s done this for years.” He’d run absolutely in a straight line, but in his head it might be a bit squiggly, you know?  Well, anyway, that was that.

Q: I feel sometimes, a movie like this, like ‘Tombstones’, it will be ignored just because it has action in it. So may, people aside, do you get frustrated when great movies sometimes just get ignored?
LN: The whole awards thing is, listen, I think they’re great. Why does the Golden Globes, the Academy, it puts a focus on the industry, and that focus translates into people buying tickets to see movies. Or download films. It keeps us all in work. So I’m a big fan of award shows. But it takes a hell of a lot of money to mount a campaign for any film. So a picture like ‘The Grey’, that came out in January, February, and then the closing date for that year’s consideration is December. And it takes an awful lot of money to remind people again. To put a film out again. I think they showed ‘The Grey’ in a couple of theaters here. It’s okay, it’s not really frustrating. What was it (the late) Lauren Bacall said, “Great medium. Lousy business.” It’s all right, it’s always been that way. And I think ‘The Grey’ is a lovely film. I’m very, very proud of doing that, whether it wins awards or not. It doesn’t matter.

Q: You do a lot of thrillers. Your characters are always heroic, but your characters are always are VERY real people. It’s real things that could happen in real life. What is your take was on that? Do you always happen to fall into these characters because you’re so wonderful at it? Is there a specific reason why you choose these characters? Or is it just because you’re so good at it?
LN: I was in my fifties when this ‘Taken’ movie came out. I was sure it was just a straight-to-video, good little European thriller, well-made. And Fox Studios took it and did this amazing sell job, and they showed the trailer at big sporting events, and the film became a hit. I started to get sent these action scripts, in my fifties. It was very flattering, and I felt like a kid in a toy shop, and why not do them? But I always wanted to, I didn’t want to become like a twenty-seven year old, you know what I mean? I try, in some of these fight scenes, to fight as a fifty year old. Even though I’m sixty-two, but… so, I’m not playing these superheroes, not the sort of super-hero type, you know? I just have always been attracted to that type of cinema hero as an adolescent, growing up in Ireland. Robert Mitchum springs to mind. Later on, it was Steve McQueen, and to a certain extent, Charles Bronson. Those types of grizzled characters, who have one foot on the side of law and order, and one foot in the bad guy’s camp. Do you know what I mean? Always treading a very delicate line. I just find them very appealing. It’s great to get a chance to do that, you know? I’m glad you think they’re real, because that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s not super-hero time.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 19TH JANUARY 2015, COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT ONE

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The soundtrack music composed by Ramin Djawadi who has written the music for the entire series includes a version of “The Rains of Castamere” as performed by acclaimed Icelandic post-rock artists Sigur Ros in a mid-season cameo. The song, written by Djawadi and author George R.R. Martin, has appeared sporadically over the course of the series but most famously during the Season 3 episode which featured the fabled Red Wedding and celebrates the heritage and power of House Lannister.

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Track Listing:
1. Main Titles
2. The Rains of Castamere
3. Breaker Of Chains
4. Watchers On The Wall
5. I’m Sorry For Today
6. Thenns
7. Mereen
8. First Of His Name
9. The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen
10. Three Eyed Raven
11. Two Swords
12. Oathkeeper
13. You Are No Son Of Mine
14. The North Remembers
15. Let’s Kill Some Crows
16. Craster’s Keep
17. The Real North
18. Forgive Me
19. He Is Lost
20. I Only See What Matters
21. Take Charge Of Your Life
22. The Children

The soundtrack is available from www.hboshopeu.com/uk at £10.99

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Kodak Alaris presents KODAK MOMENTS HD App, an easy to use tablet app designed to make your life easier, for both iPad and Android.

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We all have those snaps we’ve been meaning to do something with, whether it’s your best friend’s wedding, the kid’s first day at school or Christmas with the family – sometimes they can languish for months on your tablet, or across all your friends’ social media accounts.  With the Kodak Moments HD app you can create beautifully designed, professional quality photo books, and order prints and enlargements wherever you are to help you start bringing those photos to life.

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Pick them up in store, the same day, or get them delivered straight to your home.  The Kodak Moments HD app makes it easy to transform your favourite photos into keepsakes that you or a loved one can keep forever. Featuring an intuitive layout and KODAK Perfect Touch Enhancement Technology, the app makes it simple for anyone to create personalised photo products instantly. You can even give your selfies a touch-up; why not give that selfie obsessed friend a collage of their best pictures for their birthday?

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The newest app from Kodak Alaris is specifically designed for tablets to take advantage of their larger format and touchscreen functionality, making the creation of photo books in various sizes and printing images easier than ever before. The KODAK MOMENTS HD App features Smartfit Technology that preserves the content of pictures no matter what the size, including difficult panoramic shots, and KODAK Perfect Touch Enhancement Technology for even better looking pictures.

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You can create photo books or select size, quantity, edit and/or apply effects to prints and request enlargements on your tablet, alternatively wirelessly connect to KODAK Picture Kiosks at major retailers including Kodak Express Stores and Tesco stores to get them printed. Accessing treasured, favourite images is fast and easy, including those from your iPad photo stream or from favourite social media site, notably Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

The app’s intuitive layout and workflow takes consumers step-by-step from image selection to final product. Even the newest tablet users will be able to effortlessly create photo memories.

The KODAK MOMENTS HD App is available in both the iOS store for iPad, and the Google Play Store for Android. Planned updates will feature a broad range of photo products including customised greeting cards, photo collages and calendars.

If you have treasured Kodak Moments to share – up until the end of the month you can submit your #KodakMoments to http://www.kodakmoments.eu/en . Simply upload your Kodak Moment and you could WIN a £2000 holiday voucher to experience some more. Plus they’re giving away an iPad Air every month for the most popular #KodakMoment.

You can learn more from the KODAK MOMENTS website here.

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Warner Bros. Pictures have released a trailer for San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, Paul Giamatti, and directed by Brad Peyton.

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After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning.  And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

The action thriller “San Andreas,” from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

The film also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”).

“San Andreas” is produced by Beau Flynn (“Hercules,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”).  Tripp Vinson (“Red Dawn”) also serves as producer.  Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Rob Cowan, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman are the executive producers, and Hiram Garcia is co-producer.  The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse, story by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Steve Yedlin (“Looper”), production designer Barry Chusid (“The Day After Tomorrow”), editor Bob Ducsay (upcoming “Godzilla”), VFX producer (upcoming “Into the Storm”), VFX supervisor Colin Strause (“The Avengers”), and costume designer Wendy Chuck (“Twilight”).

Shot on location in The Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco, “San Andreas” is slated to open in theatres in both 3D and 2D format beginning Friday, May 29, 2015.

New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a FlynnPictureCo. Production, “San Andreas.”  It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

SAN ANDREAS is in cinemas May 29th 2015

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With Destiny’s first expansion pack out this week, we have a Q&A with Eric Osborne (Urk), Community Manager at Bungie….

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· What is The Dark Below in a nutshell?

“The Dark Below is Destiny’s first expansion, offering players more content for every activity type in the wake of hundreds of post launch updates. It offers players new Legendary and Exotic weapons and armor, new story missions and quests, new levels to achieve, new Crucible maps, a new Strike, and a new Raid, set deep within the Hellmouth on the Moon.”

· What was the main inspiration behind this?

“We wanted to provide players with more of everything. We also wanted to react directly to what we saw players doing daily in Destiny.”

· What’s should people be most excited about?

“We know that new weapons and armor are going to go over really well with players. Their appetite for finding the latest and greatest Destiny gear is insatiable. We’re really excited about Eris, a new quest giver we’ve added to the Tower, who serves as the nucleus for all the Hive-themed adventures.”

· What new weapons and gear can we expect?

“All of the Legendary Weapons and Armor you can already find on Vendors will receive upgrades, alongside existing Exotics. We’re also introducing new Exotics, new Legendaries, and new Raid gear across the board. Eris has new bounties, new vanity items, and some fun new quests to go on, as well.”

· How soon after completing the game did the team start working on The Dark Below?

“We’re always trying to stay one step ahead, but work on The Dark Below didn’t officially wrap up until well after launch. We wanted to take the feedback and player behavior we were seeing and incorporate as much of it as possible into our first expansion.”

· What has most surprised/ excited you the most about people’s reaction to the game so far?

“How much they are playing, and how often. We have historical estimates we used to predict how players would take to Destiny that was based on a decade of supporting one of the more engaging action games out there. Players blew those estimates out of the water.”

· What’s next?

“Lots of fun! We’ll obviously be watching and listening the reaction to The Dark Below. Our sustain team is busy building out and testing a bevy of upcoming patches. Beyond that, we have some more content in the works, too, but it’s far too early to dig into the far flung future just yet.”

Are you going to play Destiny The Dark Below? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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HERCULES

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.

UPDATE: Hercules is now available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Here is the trailer:

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