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Destiny, Day One: First Impressions

Destiny is upon us and with it, the fall video game season. Activision and Bungie have released their game much earlier than the rest of the heavy-hitters, and that decision has handed them the undivided attention of the video gaming community: the servers are a little jittery, but so far, they’re …

True Detective Finally Circles a Female Lead, as More Plot Is Revealed

Yesterday, in the midst of hotly defending the idea of <b>Vince Vaughn</b> in <i>True Detective</i>, we wondered when we would hear news about <i>actresses</i> being considered for a lead role. Well, today is that day. The Wrap is not only reporting that <b>Elisabeth Moss</b> (<i>Mad Men</i>, <i>Top of the Lake</i>) is being considered for the …

TV

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About Marvel's Newest Franchise

There's never been a question mark, as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes, as large and looming as this week's "Guardians of the Galaxy." It's the story of a bunch of outcasts, losers, killers and thieves, brought together by fate and the long arm of the law, to rescue the galaxy from a …

Review: Marvel Goes ‘5th Element’ In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

After the thump-grimace-exposition-repeat pattern that turned Captain America 2 into such a self-serious snooze (that everyone nonetheless seemed to love – agree to disagree, y’all), I worried I might be done with the Marvel universe. In fact, between all of Cap 2’s winking references to the Agents …

Inside the 'Destiny' beta: why Bungie's next epic could be bigger than 'Halo'

I knew <i>Destiny</i> had its hooks on me when I <i>needed</i> to buy a new helmet.<p>The new space epic from <i>Halo</i> developer Bungie, <i>Destiny</i> just wrapped up an open beta before its upcoming September launch. It feels like <i>Halo</i> in a lot of ways, with action that's fast but tight, anchored by great weapons and challenging …

Get Creeped Out By the Latest Demon-Filled 'Constantine' Trailer

The new trailer for "Constantine" is chock full of demons, dark hallways, blood, and bugs -- and that's just scratching the surface of the horrors awaiting audiences of the NBC series<p>Matt Ryan stars as the titular character, a demon hunter with a major chip on his shoulder. As he says in the clip, …

Things Look Very Grim in the 'Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer

The first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" proves that while Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his friends may have reclaimed the dwarves' homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), their epic journey is still not over yet. If anything, the most difficult leg …

Norman Reedus Breaks Down Daryl and Beth's Relationship on 'The Walking Dead'

Fans of "The Walking Dead" no doubt sensed a bit of sexual tension mounting between Daryl and Beth in the latter half of the show's fourth season, where the pair were stranded alone together, and began to to form an intense bond. But is there really a chance for romance for the pair?<p>Norman Reedus, …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Rumor Breakdown

If Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors are to be believed, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date could be just weeks away. Here, we take a look at all of …

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly writes a regular column about all things video game for TechCrunch. He is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog</i> <i>What Games Are</i><i>. You can follow him on Twitter</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Last week I discussed how video games are both unbounded and …

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Maracha, of San Francisco, salutes on his way up a convention hall escalator. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)<p>Gina Gianni of Chicago as Batgirl. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)<p>Elias Meraz, left, poses with cosplayer Alicia Bellamy, dressed as the "Scarlet Witch." (Brian …

Comics

Common: Nobody's Smiling

The last time Common released an album, back in 2011, he got tangled up in a halfhearted beef with Drake. This time he's not making the same mistake:</i> …

Vince Staples

The Last of Us review: dead inside

The Last of Us has some incredible moments but too many conventional design choices<p><i>The Last of Us</i> made me feel sick to my stomach.<p><i>The Last of Us</i> mines the same post-apocalyptic scenario as dozens of other games, but its approach is starkly its own. It paints a vision of a near-future that is cold, …