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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Details

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WBIE announces a Season Pass for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, outlining DLC for the action game that can be purchased in advance. They aren’t offering complete details yet, here’s what they reveal for now:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions today revealed the Season Pass for the upcoming action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, showcasing exclusive content that will be available at participating retailers.
The Season Pass includes:

  • Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission
    • Players will face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune
  • Early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series
    • Players will test their skills against select legions of Sauron’s forces in this series of challenge modes and build their legend as gamers post their best score on the Challenge Leaderboard
  • All new story missions with hours of gameplay
    • Lord of the Hunt – Hunt the wild beasts of Mordor as players discover hidden lairs, earn unique runes and face off against powerful monsters
    • The Bright Lord – Play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven smith of the Second Age, and battle against Sauron and the might of his forces
  • Access to future content
    • Including runes, skins and additional future add-on content.

Lucy Lawless Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and We’re Geeking Out

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a Warrior Princess to its cast. That’s right, E! News has confirmed Lucy Lawless—you may know her as Xena, Lucretia from Spartacus or Number Three on Battlestar Galactica—will guest star in the upcoming second season of the ABC drama.

We’ll let that sink in for a moment because you know what that means? Lawless is now part of the Marvel universe.

In true S.H.I.E.L.D. fashion, Lawless’ role is being kept under wraps. The New Zealand native also recurs on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson’s (Nick Offerman) wife Diane and will likely pop up in the show’s final season.

As for the role that made Lawless a household name, Xena: Warrior Princess, there’s been some talk here and there about reviving the property—don’t forget, revivals are all the rage in TV and movies these days. “It goes thru many incarnations. Sometimes I’m in it, sometimes I’m not!” Lawless said during a recent live chat. “Truthfully, I don’t know where it’s at. Rob [Tapert] is incommunicado so I can’t ask the latest.”

Now that How I Met Your Mother is done, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely bring back Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). “We have plans to bring her in and see her,” Jed Whedon told E! News, while Maurissa Tancharoen added, “We love Cobie, we love the character. She’s so great.”

“She fits really nicely on the show and has good chemistry with Coulson and the others,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell said.

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Here’s What ‘The Avengers’ Sequel Is All About

After “Thor 2,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” our superheroes are pretty much in retirement mode.

Thor has given up his right as the leader of Asgard, Captain America has gone off in a search of his friend Bucky, and Tony Stark rid of all his Iron Man suits.

According to EW, the Avengers team now wants someone — or something — else to take the lead when it comes to fighting off villains.

Enter Ultron, a drone that was originally built by Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) in the comics back in 1968. This time; however, he’ll be built by Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) as a means of protection gone awry.

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From EW:

“The ‘Avengers’ sequel begins with Stark’s latest plan to fix the world: Ultron will be an all-seeing, all-knowing captain of the Iron Legion, a planetary force of robotic beat cops that resemble blue-and-white versions of the Iron Man suit but have no human core … If it all works out, the superheroes can just sit back. It does not work out.

“In a bid to give his creation a dose of humanity, Stark programs Ultron (James Spader) with elements of his own personality—which proves to be Mistake No. 1 … It seems our new robot overlord is an absolutist with all of Stark’s cynicism but none of his kindness.”

As you could imagine, eventually, Ultron will go rogue and announce a plan to “bring peace” to Earth by ridding of the entire human race.

How J.A.R.V.I.S., who has been voiced by Paul Bettany up until this point, will appear in the film:

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Bettany, who has been voicing Stark’s A.I. system J.A.R.V.I.S. up until this point on screen, will finally appear in human form in the “Avengers” sequel.

However, Bettany was cast as The Vision, described by EW as a “synthetic, superpowered human designed by Ultron.”

What does this mean for Jarvis? Fans can probably put two and two together and imagine that J.A.R.V.I.S. will be transformed into The Vision.

It is thought that: We’re thinking Ultron will manipulate the A.I. system into working against the Avengers team by offering him the gift of life — something Stark didn’t do for his beloved J.A.R.V.I.S. (Vision is used in a similar way in the comics.)

 


 

John Romita Jr. Feels The Pressure On New ‘Superman’ Run Read More: John Romita Jr. Feels The Pressure On New ‘Superman’ Run

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Influential Marvel Comics artist John Romita Jr. begins his run on Superman with writer Geoff Johns this week, and while you’d expect this would just be another notch in the incredibly accomplished artist’s belt (he’s drawn popular runs with virtually every major Marvel character you can think of) he’s apparently pretty intimidated by the prospect of taking on the very first comic book superhero.

In particular, Romita’s worried because DC has so heavily promoted his jump to the the character and the publisher. Ads with the text, “Romita is coming!” similar to the “Kirby is coming!” ads of the 1970s — which heralded a similarly auspicious “defection” — have popped up throughout DC’s books in recent weeks. “Now I’ve made this big noise and people are thinking that I’m doing it to make noise,” he told USA Today. “And while that may or may not be true, I’m getting that microscope All that does to me is maybe pop a few more gray hairs, but it also makes me work that much harder.”

Here are a few more highlights from Romita’s USA Today interview:

On switching publishers:

“All I did was just change characters. I’m in the same business, and the first time I drew the character and started penciling a page, I said, ‘I’m still here.’”

On the design of the new character Ulysses, who was inspired by a biker:

“The guy looked like a fat Hulk Hogan, but still he had a ponytail that went down to his feet. I thought that would look very cool.”

On drawing Superman’s nose:

“I draw Italian noses. I can’t stop myself. Superman’s nose has never been broken and I put a little bump on his nose, and [DC Comics Co-Publisher] Dan DiDio said, ‘Wait a minute. Not every character is Italian, Romita! Straighten that nose out!’”

On getting used to drawing him:

“It’s taken me a little while. If somebody says, ‘Ah, you did a lousy Superman face,’ yeah, you’re probably right. I gotta work on that.”

On drawing Superman at cons in years past:

“I would draw that character after an all-night binge of drinking. Superman was on the floor with his belt buckle open from eating and drinking too much, with beer cans all over the place. And if it’s Superman, just like the Hulk, it would be a lot of beer, because they’re amazing. And then the beard and the scruff, the drizzle down their face. I had so much fun.”

For more from Romita, check out the full article at USA Today‘s site.

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Shane Black to Write and Direct Predator Reboot!

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The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’s Shane Black will write and direct a Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox!

According to the trade, Black is directing and writing the treatment for the film, which will then be scripted in full by Fred Dekker (with whom Black worked on Monster Squad).

Black has had a long history with the Predator franchise, having cameoed in the 1987 original. Directed by John McTiernan, Predator starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a United States special forces team that comes under attack from an alien entity that prizes the thrill of the hunt above all else. It was followed by a direct sequel, Predator 2, in 1990 before crossing over with Fox’s Alien franchise for two additional sequels, Alien vs. Predator and AvP: Requiem. In 2010, Nimrod Antal helmed a reboot with a new feature, Predators.

There’s no word on the extent to which the new film will tie into the existing franchise, nor is there any confirmation as to when this reboot might fit into Black’s schedule. He’s planning to shoot The Nice Guys from his own original screenplay as early as this fall and remains attached to Columbia Pictures’ Doc Savage. Check back for further details as they become available.

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