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'Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China' Isn't Half Bad

If the degree to which a series has begun to groan under its own weight can be measured in subtitles, then Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is starting to feel pretty heavy. Neither the Assassin’s Creed series nor its individual games are known for their restraint, and the idea of a spinoff just …

Assassin's Creed

Robert Downey Jr. Facts: 11 Crazy Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Superstar

From rising star to Hollywood poison to international superstar -- all in the span of two decades -- Robert Downey Jr. has had a roller coaster career and one hell of a life.<p>The son of an underground filmmaker, Downey Jr. bounced from city to city growing up, instilling a movement in the future …

Marvel Universe

Batman Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Dark Knight

Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.<p>For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and …

Comic Books

Clinton's call for easing harsh sentencing laws is echoed by Republican rivals

Hillary Rodham Clinton might have preferred to use her first big policy announcement to discuss confronting stagnant middle-class wages, or runaway higher-education costs, or even big money in politics. Instead, she found herself Wednesday talking about body cameras on cops and lengthy prison terms.<p>…

Criminal Sentencing

Make No Mistake: Valve Will Bring Paid Mods Back, Just Not In 'Skyrim'

We saw a storm this week. The video game world has always been one to make itself heard on social media, and it did exactly that when Valve introduced a program for paid mods in Skyrim a few days ago. A ruckus was raised, death threats were issued, cheeky protests and a change.org petition got …

Beta Testing

Joss Whedon Wanted Daredevil To Be A Movie Instead Of A TV Show

In addition to directing <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, Joss Whedon has served as a “consigliere” at Marvel Studios since he re-signed with the studio after …

Jared Leto's New Selfie Suggests Joker Will Be Jacked Like Superman | Moviefone

There's still time for Jared Leto to get the last laugh, or at least some respect, after so many fans mocked the first look at his Joker. "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer shared a photo last week and it was instantly hit with memes and then given the Jack Nicholson treatment.<p>But revenge is a …

Comic Books

My favourite Cannes winner: Taxi Driver

Continuing our series in which writers pick their favourite Palme d’Or recipient, Jordan Hoffman revisits Martin Scorsese’s vivid portrait of urban loneliness, where extreme violence takes on the surreal beauty of a dream<p>Everyone has their angry young man phase. Mine came at around the same time as …

New Jersey

Ang Lee's 'Hulk' Is Smashed, Painfully, in Super Honest Trailer

In honor (sort of) of the May 1 premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Screen Junkies took a good look at one of The Hulk's previous cinematic efforts, Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk."<p>As the "Hulk" Honest Trailer begins, "You loved Mark Ruffalo. You tolerated Edward Norton. But admit it, you forgot about …

Movies

Justin Bieber (So Hot Right Now) Joins 'Zoolander 2': See His Blue Steel Photo

It may seem too campy to have Justin Bieber join the cast of "Zoolander 2," but this is Derek Zoolander we're talking about, and he definitely seems like the kind of guy who would either bond with or be threatened by the Biebs. Maybe both.<p>It's not clear if JB will have a cameo in the sequel or if …

Justin Bieber

Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed

After a submission and expert voting process, the New York-based Strong National Museum of Play this week announced the finalists for the first wave of inductees to its World Video Game Hall of Fame.<p>Games were evaluated by experts based on "icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and the …

Retrogaming

15 Presidential Campaign Ads From the Past

A look at old campaign posters and flyers before television and social media dominated America’s presidential elections.

Social Media

The Kids Are Watching: 5 Adult Tales from a Child's Perspective

As in film and television, it's hard to get a child's voice right in adult fiction. In the best children's and young adult literature, the heroes …

Hulu inks deal with AMC for exclusive SVOD rights to Walking Dead spin-off

Today, Hulu revealed that it signed an exclusive deal with AMC to be the only subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) provider to air a new program called <i>Fear of the Walking Dead.</i> The show is a spin-off of the television series <i>The</i> <i>Walking Dead.</i><p>The deal for <i>Fear of the Walking Dead</i> is a part of a …

TV

15 movies you should see this summer

While you may have your tickets ready for the "Avengers" sequel, "Age of Ultron" is just the start.<p>More than 100 movies will be released between Friday and the end of August.<p>From comedies to big-budget sequels, we've rounded up this summer's biggest movies you should check out.

Movies

David Letterman Was Not Consulted in Choosing His Replacement

The final episode of <b>David Letterman’s</b> <i>The Late Show</i> is fast approaching, scheduled for May 20, no doubt to be celebrated on air with a celebrities-lip-synch-while-juggling-puppies segment timed to fit in a tight three minutes. J.K.! It will most likely feature the host—who has been a late-night …

Comedy

Avengers 2: Thor's hammer and the history of 'worthy weapons'

In Avengers: Age of Ultron it is Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, in the Odyssey it is Odysseus’s bow and in legend it is King Arthur’s sword Excalibur. The myth of a noble weapon is one of the world’s most enduring story tropes<p>For all its city-smashing spectacle, one of the highlights of the new Avengers …

Comics

10 Jokers That Led to Jared Leto's 'Suicide Squad' Look

From the 1940s original through to today's 'Batman' comic books, revisit 75 years of the Clown Prince of Crime.<p>Now the world has seen <b>Jared</b> <b>Leto</b>'s …

IGN Power Rankings: Week Six

Where did Avengers, Daredevil, GTA 5 and Star Wars end up?<p>Welcome to Power Rankings, IGN's weekly look at what has dominated the pop culture …

Top 10

Web Reaction: Jared Leto as The Joker

<i>Anghus Houvouras on the web reaction to Jared Leto as The Joker…</i><p>It’s been 24 hours since David Ayer unleashed his vision for The Joker. Jared Leto’s …

Jack Nicholson 'reacts' to Jared Leto as the Joker

While there were plenty of hilarious reactions to the reveal of Jared Leto as The Joker in <i>Suicide Squad</i>, the funniest of them all comes from the …

Ben Affleck Reportedly Seen on Suicide Squad Set

And rumor has it Jared Leto's Joker will cameo in Batman v Superman.<p>Photos of actor Ben Affleck purportedly arriving in Toronto and making his way …

Comic Books

Movie News, Reviews & Exclusive Interviews

This Might Be What It Looked Like When Jack Nicholson Saw Jared Leto As The Joker

When I saw a headline about Jack Nicholson’s reaction to the first image of Jared Leto as the Joker for the upcoming <i>Suicide Squad</i> movie, I got pretty excited. After all, Jack’s a golden quote machine who truly believes that his turn as Batman’s nemesis was the best there ever was or will be, so I …

A Wonderful Video Tribute To William H. Macy, Cinema’s Number One Loser

Hollywood is generally thought to be a place that receives an annual influx of all the best looking people from their small towns, come to LA to make their fortune. Which is the reason I have this theory that if you think of a prominent actor who’s, as <i>Fargo</i> would put it, “sorta weird looking,” that …

William H. Macy

Robert Downey Jr.’s weird silence: Reporters aren’t treating him like “a kiddie fiddler who’s running for mayor”

The actor stormed out of an interview last week when personal questions came up<p>Last week, Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview with Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy after Guru-Murthy brought up questions about dark aspects of Downey’s past (such as the actor’s time in prison, his …

Alzheimer's Disease

Don't look now: Don't Look Now is getting remade

The producers of Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop are developing an updated version of the classic supernatural horror film<p>Nicolas Roeg’s acclaimed 1973 horror film Don’t Look Now will be receiving the remake treatment.<p>The new version of the film, originally adapted from a short story by Daphne du …

Robin Hood

Joss Whedon Admits Marvel TV Shows Complicate Marvel Cinematic Universe

The term “Marvel Cinematic Universe” honestly just scratches the surface of the ever-expanding media empire that Marvel Studios has been developing …

Uh Oh! As Little As 1 Hour of TV Daily Can Contribute to Childhood Obesity

Hey moms and dads, it’s time to turn the TV off.<p>A new study found that children in kindergarten and first grade who watch at least an hour of …

Research