Most of us joined the million of fans last December who ran frantically to see J.J. Abram's Star Wars: The Force Awakens but between that film and the next in the series will be the first spin off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a new rumor has it the movie did not test well. According to various sources (first reported by Dailymail) the movie did not impress internally at Disney, thus leading to the order of weeks of reshoots. Other rumors are conflicting the claim that the film was expecting reshoots throughout the summer to prepare for its December 16th release. There were also claims that the spin off movie needed to meet the quality of Abrams film. While Rogue One serves as a prequel to the entire Star Wars series, it's hard to imagine that it could generate the massive 2.6 billion box office gross The Force Awakens managed to pull by the end of it's run. There have also been lots of rumors swirling with director Gareth Edwards conflicting vision with the Disney team, which doesn't sound too far off from plausible. The director recently dropped out of Godzilla 2 to allegedly focus on smaller films. The cards were stacked against Rogue One from the start and due to it not being in canon with the main story line that's continuing with Star Wars episode 8, it's hard to believe that Rogue One will come close to the same level of box office blowout. Hopefully we won't have to worry about this film when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts December 16th.
After a long wait, Xbox One fans will finally get their hands on the endlessly fun Fallout 4 mods! Revealed by Bethesda on their twitter account, the mods will be coming as early as tomorrow and they'll be around 800 available when it launches. Unfortunately you'll only be able to keep 2GB of space for the mods and will only be able to download certain ones if you have the right DLC's to make use with them. The creation kit goes live tomorrow and support for PS4 is still planned for a later time. To get a feel of some of the cool mods gamers have created, click here to see some of the best and coolest Fallout 4 PC mods!
This weekend was an odd one for the Memorial day box office. A weekend which generally see's record breaking numbers fell short of expectations for two of the years biggest films. Both X Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass, were released this past weekend in America, but due to low receptions from critics and low turn out from movie goers, both movies are in a bit of trouble. (Mind you this was the 6th highest opening for an X Men film and a far cry from it's predecessor, Days of Future Past) Thankfully, X Men was able to pull more from it's release over seas before its North American debut, which added quite a to it's total gross. Having already $185.8 million in the bank, X Men: Apocalypse low debut of $65 million instead of an estimated $80 million over the weekend. Of course with tomorrow being an additional day for the long holiday, there's always time for X Men to make up a bit more. As far as Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Disney sequel only brought in a low $65 million from other territories and an estimated low of $30 million over the weekend, putting it in major trouble against it's $93.2 million dollar box office haul against it's budget of $170 million. This is also another addition to veteran actors Johnny Depp's long list of box office flops. While we still have another day, it doesn't look like either of these highly anticipated films are going to make their mark this weekend. Do you think people were turned away from the reviews or did the weather drive people away from the theaters?
Apocalypse is upon us this memorial day weekend but is it worth the 144 minute run time despite the hefty box office competition and the low reviews? X Men Apocalypse picks up a decade after the events of Days of Future Past, with the now up and running Xavier School filled with mutants of all kinds. After the short opening explaining how Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur, came to be, the beginning half of the movie becomes a revolving door of characters rebuilding relationships while Apocalypse seeks the strongest mutants to use as his legendary four horsemen. Erik, or Magneto, has gone into a life of hiding after his failed assassination of the President on the White House lawn, his intervention in an accident of a fellow factory worker exposes his mutant power and effectively ends his new life and alter ego through a series of tragic events. To be frank, Apocalypse has not had the best reception by critics, and is actually the lowest scoring film in the franchise just sitting above the incredibly awful X Men Origins: Wolverine. The beginning has plenty of cool effects but its gets a bit boring watching the un-challenged, Apocalypse, displaying his all mighty power over and over again. While a relatively flat villain, (which is a shame considering his history in the X-men verse), as well as some moments of "eye-rolling," dialogue, the movies still a fun summer blockbuster that he franchise has become known for. The younger versions of famous characters like Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler were an honest treat and didn't get nearly enough screen time. (There was a whole scene that sounded quite fun and was teased for months but didn't make the final cut.) The same goes for the four horsemen. While Angel is significantly more fun than the previous version in X Men: The Last Stand, Psylocke and Storm both suffered from the "too many characters to have actual growth," phenomenon that seems to his these films. A shame because X Men is usually pretty good at juggling characters but it's understandable that you can't make a 3 hour film. Hopefully all the cut footage will find it's way to the directors cut when we see that possibly towards the end of the year. Another issue that comes with anticipating one big show off is most of the interesting scenes were shown throughout the multiple trailers for the film. Once the fight began, you could kind of guess what you'd see next. A surprising cameo ties nicely into the original franchise as a sort of easter egg, with the opportunity to once again create a new story line. That, coupled with the extremely exciting end credit scene featuring a key character in the Apocalypse story line (click for spoilers) may also mean that's not the end for him. As far as the future, things sound to be up in the air. With talks of a Phenoix Saga film, an X-Force Spin off, and the final Wolverine, it certainly looks like we're closing the door on this new trilogy and will hopefully see the young cast again in the future. Apocalypse is in no means as poor as the reviews make it sound but its certainly below its predecessors. The characters, while limited, as still fun. The special effects are amazing and whether a fan of the older films of news, James Macavoy and Michael Fassbender provide for some emotional moments just like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan did so perfectly before them. Whatever happens next, Bryan Singer still manager to fit this film into the complicated puzzle for the X Men franchise and it's certainly worth a look.
The next Monster Hunter title has a name and release date coming this fall. Monster Hunter Stories, a spin off of the popular adventure franchise, is heading to the 3DS with some seriously awesome Amiibo. Pictured above are three of the planned line for the title, featuring a male and female one-eyed rathalos and Jiburu on the far right. If that's not all, Capcom also announced an anime series set to launch alongside the games release. They'll be plenty of goodies and action with Monster Hunter Stories hit store shelves in Japan October 8th. As of right now, there's no official announcement for a western release so we'll just have to wait and see but take a look at the brand new trailer below!
The creative indie space exploration game, No Man's Sky, is one of this years most anticipated titles but it looks like gamers will be waiting a bit longer before they get their hands on it. According to various rumors from a source close to gaming site Kotaku, now show off marking flyers that replace the June 21st release date with "coming soon." Not to worry though, as luck would have it, it seems as if the games only being pushed back for a later, summer release, not the end of the year. Hopefully we get to get our hands on this amazing adventure sooner than later! Take a look at the latest trailer below and keep an eye out as this rumor develops.
The Flash ended it's second season with a fantastic finale but the last 10 minutes might have been the most shocking thing to happen this season. (Full spoilers ahead) After a season long battle with Earth 2's Zoom a.k.a. Jay Garrick a.k.a. Hunter Solomon, the finale pitted to two greatest speedsters in a race after a plan to capture him goes awry. We find out that Zoom had the ability to run backwards in time and create copies of himself, thus finally explaining how he seemingly killed a version of himself in front of the Star Labs team earlier in the season, by pulling his Jay Garrick form through a time warp. In order for Barry to stop Zoom plot of using both of their powers to generate a machine powerful enough to destroy the earth, The Flash runs back in time creating multiple versions of himself to offset the polarity, thus upsetting the Speed Force which prompted the speed force ghosts to come and drag Zoom away. At the end, we see out heroes at Star Labs finally revealing who Hunter Solomon (Zoom's real name) had captive wearing an iron mask throughout the season and it was none other than Barry's father. Dr Harrison Wells, Jesse and Jay Garrick leave for Earth two while everyone else settles in the Allen household. After a touching moment between Barry and Iris expressing their feeling for one another, The Flash takes off running back through time arriving outside of his mothers house just moments before her murder at the hands of Eobard Thawne, season 1's Reverse Flash, not only saving her life but erasing the version of himself that existed in that time line. As for season 3, it's hard to know just what;s going to happen know that Barry's created an alternate time line which will no doubt have drastic changes in the future. The Flash will return for a season 3 next year.
A rumor from a Japanese financial report has sparked speculation that Nintendo might be planning a new handheld. While the report states it's "picturing a scenario," it might not be all too shocking that Nintendo would be willing to move ahead with a new handheld. While their latest release, the New Nintendo 3DS was released only in 2014, the fact that it only has a small handful of console specific games, has deterred a lot of current DS users from upgrading. At the same time, the 3DS line, which has been running since 2004, has been insanely popular featuring a host of titles that were available on Nintendo's home consoles as well. Hopefully we'll hear more of this come next months E3 as well as the Nintendo NX but until then, take these rumors with a grain of salt.
Blizzard's going to have a very big week. Today is officially Overwatch Monday and the servers will be going live across America (4pm PST/7pm EST) as well as all across the world over the next 24 hours. As a final treat, Blizzard has given us our last Animated Short for the season titled "Hero," showing Soldier 76 kicking some bad guy butt as well as painting an image about what these heroes represent. Take a look below and get excited, the action kicks off tonight!
Before it's big release this Memorial Day Weekend, X Men: Apocalypse has given us one last fun promotional video, starring the longest look at one iconic mutant for a TV commercial. The 80's themed, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters Commercial, gives us a bit of a look at the school itself and its hosted by X Men favorite, Jubilee. There's even the voice of Marvel icon, Stan Lee. Take a look at the promotional spot for the movie that's garnered some very mixed reviews. (We'll see if that'll have an effect on it's impact at the box office)