Wednesday, 19 September 2018

PlayStation Classic launches in time for Christmas

Ever since the launch of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 2016, retro video game fans (myself included) have hoped Sony would release the original PlayStation, which started life as a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

From 3rd December, to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the PlayStation in Japan, gamers will be able to get their hands on an official classic console just in time for Christmas.

The £89.99 machine features 2 classic controllers and 20 pre-loaded games including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms.

The PlayStation Classic will take pride of place alongside NES and SNES mini consoles. Sorry SNK, I'm skipping the NEO GEO! Because hot garbage.

You can pre-order the PlayStation Classic from Amazon (affiliate link) today.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

As predicted, Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Captain Marvel during Good Morning America and it's all kinds of awesome.

The upcoming prequel movie, set in the nineties and featuring familiar faces including a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), introduces airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as she becomes a superhero assigned to Starforce, ahead of Avengers 4.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has described Carol Danvers as "the most powerful character" so far in the MCU, and fans can only speculate how she'll stop Thanos and introduce the Marvel multiverse. The multiverse opens the door for Deadpool, X-Men and more for Phase 4.

Captain Marvel flies onto cinema screens next March.

Monday, 17 September 2018

USA Today on the "Aces" from Star Wars Resistance

Lucasfilm exclusively revealed to USA Today further information on the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance, set before The Force Awakens:

The top-flight folks are in the Aces, a group of five pilots with their own custom outfits and droids who protect the Colossus and take on all challengers in harrowing races. Hype Fazon (Donald Faison) is a cocky Rodian showoff whose heart is in the right place, Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton) is a gruff ex-TIE pilot, Freya Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) is a fierce lady who’s all business, and Bo Keevil is the mysterious, quiet daredevil of the group.

Kaz makes fast friends with Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco), a young girl who wears colorful clothing and a positive attitude but, as an Ace, is a beast behind a flight stick. “She’s actually rather fun and lighthearted,” Filoni says. “It doesn’t mean that she can’t be also a fantastic pilot.”

Star Wars Resistance, inspired by Top Gun and The Right Stuff, premieres on Disney Channel, 7th October, with a 1-hour special titled The Recruit. Disney reached out on Twitter to confirm the series will be shown in the UK, too.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Captain Marvel trailer on Good Morning America

Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) will be appearing on the Disney-owned Good Morning America next Tuesday, which has sparked rumours the first trailer for Captain Marvel will premiere during the final segment of the show.

Will you be tuning in? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Win an exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story Xbox One X

To celebrate the home release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans living in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) can win an exclusive custom Xbox One X from the fine folks at Microsoft and Lucasfilm.

Each custom Xbox One X includes a physical copy of Solo: A Star Wars Story on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Enter now for your chance to win at until 30th September.

Personally, my Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition is used daily for cross-platform gaming and I can't wait to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in 4K with HDR. The upcoming addition of Dolby Vision will further bolster the machine's audiovisual prowess.

Good luck and may the force be with you.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power teaser trailer

Netflix and Dreamworks are a formidable animation force. From Voltron: Legendary Defender to Trollhunters. The trend continues with the upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power streaming from November.

"She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Aimee Carrero, Elena of Avalor), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil."

Dreamworks has released a teaser trailer.

What do you think and which other classic animated series should be rebooted? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 10 September 2018

See Darth Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ray Park reprised the role of fan-favourite Darth Maul for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala,” Park recently told Forbes. “I got the phone call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm. And it was really nice of her, because she said to me ‘Ray, we’re just calling to see if you would like to do it.’ And I went [inhales slowly] ‘Yeah. Do you want me on the plane now?’”

Park's cameo, in director Ron Howard's prequel, is a highlight, and the fine folks at IGN have shared an exclusive clip to promote the home release this month.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a relative box office failure for Disney. So much so, many fans (myself included) didn't bother seeing it at the cinema. However, I'll be renting it on Sky Store.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

First look at Captain Marvel and Starforce

Entertainment Weekly (EW) has unleashed exclusive photos from Captain Marvel, and Brie Larson looks dazzling in the titular role.

Talking to EW, Larson said of her character Carol Danvers: "She can’t help but be herself. She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”

The highly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) instalment is set in the nineties and introduces Starforce - sounds cooler than Space Force - commanded by Danvers' mysterious mentor (Jude Law).

Ronan The Accuser, last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, is back to battle the Skrulls - Skeletor-inspired Stormtroopers. Here, Ronan is seemingly meeting Starforce in their distinctive green uniforms.

Following the March release. Captain Marvel is expected to play a pivotal role in Avengers 4 in the wake of Thanos' universe-altering snap. The sequel to Infinity War is rumoured to be set during the events of the first Avengers movie.

What are your thoughts on Captain Marvel? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Doctor Who materialises Sunday nights from October

Fellow Whovians, the wait is almost over for Jodie Whittaker's first full episode as everyone's favourite time traveller - hey, I'm biased. Doctor Who series 11 begins with The Woman Who Fell to Earth on BBC One on Sunday, 7th October!

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said “New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: “With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule. ”

What are your thoughts on the move from Saturday to Sunday nights, and does it matter in an era of catch-up and non-linear curated content? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Win Avengers: Infinity War on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Avengers: Infinity War on Blu-ray in the UK, we’re offering one reader a chance to win a copy.

Here’s an extract from our review:

"To mark the 10th anniversary of the MCU, the Russo brothers take the Avengers to the nth degree and beyond in Avengers: Infinity War... Such is Brolin's charisma, you may find yourself unwittingly rooting for the big bad as he crushes beloved heroes with seemingly no way of returning."

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this simple question:

What powers Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet?

A. Infinity Stones
B. Infinity Gems
C. Infinity Diamonds

Please leave your answer in the comments below.

The competition is open to UK readers only and closes Friday, 14th September. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted soon thereafter. Good luck.