Game Talk: COD Black Ops 3 Reveal Trailer

Female soldiers will once again feature in this new release
Female soldiers will once again feature in this new release

Let me put it out there…..last years Call of Duty Advanced Warfare….well, to me…it was shit.  As a long time fan of the first person shooter series who has obsessively played every release since Call of Duty 2, I’ve enjoyed watching the game evolve with each new release…that was until exo suits with boost jumping was introduced.

To me, the new game play lost what made the series special…gone are the days going nuts in Nuketown and tinkering with snipers in Stonehaven replaced with trying to target an enemy flying across the sky while they boost from ledge to ledge.  I was hoping Treyarch would ditch this move with the release of Black Ops 3…but sadly, it seems as though they’ve taken the mechanics from Advanced Warfare and ‘boosted’ it even more.

check out the new reveal trailer below:

It’s been revealed that Black Ops 3 is set 50 years in the future where soldiers use bio-augmentation and external “cyber rigs” to enhance motion capabilities. Players are able to boost jump in any direction, perform power slides and seamlessly mantle over obstacles – all while maintaining the ability to aim and fire a weapon. – yay.  Treyarch have also included wall running along vertical surfaces that can then be linked with a boost jump and power slide.

Character customization is back for multi-player – which always gets a big tick for me and once again, female soldiers are playable – another tick.

The graphics are looking very slick and while i’m open about not being the biggest fan of the direction the series has taken, i will undoubtedly nab myself a pre-order for the PS4….speaking of which, those who pre-order will gain access to a yet-to-be-dated beta.

Black Ops 3 will be avaialble for PC, XBox One and PS4 users November 6th – sorry PS3 owners.

Movie Talk: M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit

Nana's not feeling too well in M. Night's The Visit
Nana’s not feeling too well in M. Night’s The Visit

M. Night Shyamalan.  The name back in 1999/2000 meant thrill and excitement for movie goers with titles such as The Sixth Sence and Unbreakable causing a stir.  2002’s Signs was an alright alien film but by the mid 2000’s, Shyamalan’s name didn’t hold the adoration it once had and a string of less than ok movies including The Village, Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender.

Things now look on the rise for Shyamalan with his TV mini series Wayward Pines (filled with an all-star cast including Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis and Carla Gugino) looking like it could be the next Twin Peaks and now the first look at his latest up-coming release of the creepy “The Visit”.

Whoever said grandparents are sweet never had to deal with these two….

The Visit is set to premiere Sept 11th in America.

First Look: Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9

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Didier Cohen, Jennifer Hawkins, Cheyenne Tozzi and Alex Perry play judges and mentors in this new AusNTM cycle

We’re almost at that time where I get to plant myself in front of the TV, watching wannabe models battle for top spot, with a large glass of moscato in hand and an over sized plate of various cheeses and crackers in my lap – seriously, it’s my guilty pleasure!

April 30th will see Cycle 9 of Australia’s Next Top Model begin on FOX8 and this year, there are changes aplenty that not only shake up the competition but also makes me question just how personal the judges will be in their critiques of the models with some new-found power.

The first of the major changes is a new point system brought in to ‘fairly’ rank the models from best to worst on a week to week basis.  The girls will each earn points out of 10 for their mini challenge and their maxi challenge (photo shoot), with the model on the lowest amount of points sent packing.  As of writing, the three episodes I have seen to date, judge Alex Perry is the final judge to offer up his score, thus determining which model stays and which one goes.

So, a word of advice to the models – don’t piss off Alex Perry!

And while we’re on the topic of Alex Perry, he seems rather pissed off this season.  That familiar facial growl looks more darker than normal…I don’t know if he’s not happy with the final 12 or he’s trying to bring some sharp edged fork tongue to the panel but so far, 3 episodes in, Perry is yet to look like he’s enjoying his experience with the show.

Fresh off beating Naomi Campbell on The Face Australia, the ridiculously stunning Cheyenne Tozzi joins the show as a mentor along side regular Didier Cohen.  I don’t know if her time spent with Campbell on The Face gave Tozzi some coping skills but we see her calmly deal with models having anxiety attacks back stage at a catwalk challenge and erratic bitch fit tantrums over ill-fitting shoes at a photo shoot all-the-while offering words of wisdom and friendly critiques.  Didier Cohen is still the same however…not that that’s a bad thing.  The girls fawn, I fawn, he smiles, the girls smile, I smile…it’s a win win.

Tanahya, Alex and Kaitlyn are just some of the new faces this season.  Source: Fox8
Tanahya, Alex and Kaitlyn are just some of the new faces this season. Source: Fox8

With the sudden death of my favorite judge Charlotte Dawson, a judges chair has been left wide open, so Cycle 9 sees an injection of international faces on the judging panel (none of whom can match Dawson’s biting wit) with Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio, TV personality Kelly Osbourne, fashion designer icon Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kim Kardashian (via video) and Tyra Banks among other names, all set for appearances.

So let’s talk those with their ‘smize‘ on the prize for cycle 9.  There’s your typical fare of gorgeous blondes and brunettes (Jessica, Phoebe, Lucy, Tanahya etc) and the one who’s stunning but Alex Perry finds too short (Alex), there’s your sweet girls with legs up-to their ears (Kaitlyn, Jordan, Lauren, Jess), your token bogan-turned-model (Brittany), the girl who knows shes fabulous but can’t walk in heels (Ayieda) and finally the if-she-were-anymore-laid-back-she’d-be-dead girl (Jess).  To be honest though, there’s no real surprises with the top 12 here, but then again, it’s a modelling competition so as long as the girls look good and can squeal with delight over famous folk, then there off to a good start.

Last but not least is host and judge Jennifer Hawkins.  With a full season now under her tiny belt, Hawkins now seems very at ease with her hosting duties and interactions with the models.  The awkward and uncomfortable banter from season 8 is gone, replaced with a more confident host who seems to have found her stride in getting the job done.

Who will be the first model sent packing?  Who will win?  When will Georges Antoni turn up to grace my screen take stunning photos of the models?  Will Jean-Paul Gaultier whisk one of the models away to France? How much cheese will I have to buy to see me through the entire season?  It all begins Thursday April 30th, 8:30pm on FOX8

Toy Talk: Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Box Set

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Last week, images began to surface of a mock-up of a Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends box set getting many galaxy and marvel legends fans excited and now, the box set has been confirmed and is up for pre-order.

The 5 pack set contains all of the guardians in one set in the legends 6″ sizing and all featuring the comic book series looks versus the different movie based looks.  Gamora comes with a cloth poncho and interchangeable head, Star Lord comes with alternate weapons and Drax comes with a second pair of hands and a baby Groot.  Rocket Raccoon is included along with an 8″ Groot.

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This 5 pack set is exclusive to retailer Entertainment Earth and is retailed at US$120 (with a shipping rate to Australia of US$97!!!!) with a release date set for August this year.

From Entertainment Earth: “Your favorite heroes from Guardians of the Galaxy are here in 6-inch scale, with fantastic accessories and more firepower than you can shake a stick at! Bring home the exclusive of the year with this Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Box Set from Hasbro that includes 5 awesome figures in costumes you won’t find anywhere else… and a bonus baby Groot. Plus, the fifth-panel display box lets you see all your figures and gear without having to open the box!”

Pre-orders are now open and available to do so from here

App Talk: Creepy Chinese Singing-Dancing MyIdol App.

Here's me as a creepy 3D Avatar person
Here’s me as a creepy 3D Avatar person

If you’re an avid user of social media sites like Instagram, twitter or Vine, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen more than a fair share of cartoony-esque pictures or videos of some people you follow.  Either singing, strutting down the catwalk or dancing on a pole, these creepy looking characters have begun to invade your timelines.

This all thanks to a little app called ‘My Idol’ which is quickly beginning to find it’s way onto everyone’s smart device.  The app itself is not as easy to use as one would think as the entire thing is in Chinese and if you plan on downloading the app and don’t want to push a whole lot of buttons before finding the right one, then head over to this website, as thankfully they’ve created a handy ‘how-to’ guide for those of us who don’t understand the language (according to the app listing – an English version is on it’s way)

The app itself is quite fun to use and creates eerily spot-on 3d caricature renditions of yourself or your favorite celebrity to which you can adjust skin tone, age, features and clothing.  While finding exact hair style/color combinations can be tough, the amount of customizing options available for a free app is quite surprising..and even more-so, nothing is gender locked.  Long flowing pink hair with a beard, flannel shirt and pink skirt…you can do it.

No judgement here!
No judgement here!

Once you’ve settled on your avatar it’s time to move onto the even more fun stuff where your mini clone offers up a wide variety on pre-posed portraits and assorted videos where you can sing Chinese operas, advertise a motorbike or yes…become a pole dancing superstar!

So that's what I'd look like working a pole. #myidol

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The great thing (for a free app) is that these portraits and videos can be saved right to your device for you to annoy share with everyone on your social media.  There is even a selection of funny gifs but they (currently) are only available to share on Chinese social media platforms and not save to your device.

Pretty Little Liars' Laura Leighton and my portrait shots.
Pretty Little Liars’ Laura Leighton and my portrait shots.

How long will the MyIdol wave last for?  Hopefully, the English release is not too far away and updated with fresh content as this is by far one of the best 3D/avatar apps currently floating around.

Confirmed: Netflix Announced Full House Return

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80’s Sitcom Full House is Returning to TV

Everywhere you look, there’s a heart, a hand to hold on to.  Everywhere you look (everywhere) There’s a face of somebody who needs you.  When you’re lost out there and your all alone a light is waiting to carry you home.  Everywhere you look.”  We all know the lyrics and now they’ll be stuck in your head all day but that’s ok as Netflix is bringing back Full House!

The Tanner family will be returning for a 13 episode spin-off series thanks to Netflix with John Stamos, (who played rocker Uncle Jesse) confirming the news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night saying “I’m going to give you the exclusive, Literally just like five minutes ago they (Netflix) called, they sealed the deal.”
Currently titled “Fuller House”, the spin-off will focus on DJ Tanner (Candice Cameron-Bure) who is now a pregnant and recently widowed veterinarian (sounds like a hoot so far) and her two sons, her younger sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and her best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) with Stamos set to guest star in the spin-off.  The pilot episode is being touted as a one hour cast reunion special.

Read: Where are they now – The Kimmy Gibbler Edition

While half the cast has already signed on, Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner) and Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky) are still in talks with Netflix to return.  Said Loughlin to Access Hollywood “they made deals with half the cast, but not the other half.  I don’t have a deal, Dave doesn’t have a deal, Bob, we’re all in negotiations. I think we would all like to come back, if the powers that be are fair to all of us.”

As big fans of the original ‘Full House,’ we are thrilled to be able to introduce ‘Fuller House’s’ new narrative to existing fans worldwide, who grew up on the original, as well as a new generation of global viewers that have grown up with the Tanners in syndication,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, in a statement.

Read: Full House Reunion in the Works?

In a joint statement, executive producers Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Jeff Franklin said: “The continued support of ‘Full House’ fans of all ages for the last 28 years has been astounding. It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring ‘Full House’ back to life.”

Trailer Watch: New Fantastic Four and Jurassic World Trailers Dropped

Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman
Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman

Amid all the hype surrounding the impending release of the new Avengers movie and the sneak peek look at Batman Vs Superman trailer, some of you may have forgotten that there’s a Fantastic Four movie on the way.  So as to keep you in the loop, 20th Century Fox dropped a new trailer for the superhero movie and it gives us our first glimpse at the movies prime villain Dr.Doom.


Just like the 2005 Fantastic Four movie with Jessica Alba and Chris Pratt, Dr. Doom is the main protagonist here, but this time round, judging by the trailer, this movie could be a bit more memorable than it’s original.

Also newly released is trailer number two for Jurassic World.

This trailer is one dinosaur action packed 2 minutes and once again shows Chris Pratt doing his best Crocodile Dundee impersonation but replacing the buffalo with hungry dinosaurs.

Fantastic Four releases in Australia on August 6th

Jurassic World releases in Australia on June 11th

Star Wars Battlefront Release Date Announced

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The newest installment of  Star Wars Battlefront has gotten a lot of people (myself included) very excited.  Since it’s announcement at the Electronic Arts’ E3 back in 2013 by EA Dice, we’ve all been salivating at the luscious movie-like graphics with each and every teaser reveal.

Now, finally, we have a release date here in Australia.

This third Star Wars Battlefront release (the first by Dice) will be officially released November 19th (perfect timing to coincide with the new Star Wars The Force Awakens movie) with pre-orders now underway with EBgames and other gaming outlets.  And while it’s no new news, ps3 users are being bypassed with this game in favor of PC, PlaySation 4 and Xbox One owners.

Star Wars Battlefront is shaping up to be one of this years most anticipated games with key features including the ability to visit classic planets from the original Star Wars™ trilogy, detailed with an unprecedented amount of realism and sense of authenticity that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away.  Experience amazing digital replicas of the original Star Wars movie models, brought to lifelike fidelity by DICE’s use of photogrammetry technology

Players can engage in epic battles on iconic planets including Hoth, Endor, and Tatooine. Also, bring the fight to the previously unexplored planet, Sullust.  Pilot a diverse set of ground-based vehicles including nimble speeder bikes, massive AT-ATs, and more.  Play as some of the most memorable characters in the Star Wars universe including Darth Vader and Boba Fett and encounter a variety of beloved characters from the original trilogy such as     C-3PO and R2-D2

While no actual game play footage has been made available, the stunning reveal trailer below shows what fans can expect when the game drops.

 Star Wars Battlefront releases here November 19th 2015.

First Look: Orphan Black 3×01

The clones find themselves in all sorts of trouble this season on Orphan Black.  Source: Provided
The clones find themselves in all sorts of trouble this season on Orphan Black. Source: Provided

It’s very easy to get lost within the world of Sarah Manning and her ‘seestras’.  Through a multitude of clones – Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Helena and even Tony (all played by Tatiana Maslany) and secret government corporations and shady religious cults, words like Dyad, Proletheans, Leekie and Castro all began to become intertwined with one another.  For serious Clone Club card carrying Orphan Black fans, it’s easy to follow and understand but for fans like myself, we love the show but get to a point where we begin to ask “wait….is Dyad good?”

Oddly enough, with that surprise introduction of the male clones and the military based ‘project Castro’ in the closing moments of season two, the season three opener swiftly brings everyone and everything into place making it easy enough for fans like myself to know who stands where – for now.

Without offering spoilers, the season three opener can be described with a few simple words ‘sweet dreams are not made of these’ as we reconnect with a kidnapped and heavily pregnant Helena adjusting to her new surroundings with the help of a little stingy friend.

Sarah, Felix (Jordan Gavaris) and Kira (Skyler Wexler) are still none the wiser regarding Helena’s disappearance, Cosima (who received a stem cell transplant from Kira) looks to be on the mend, Rachel…well we know she’s one eye down now, Delphine (Évelyne Brochu) has made the move up the Dyad ladder while Alison is delving headfirst into re-instating her former social standing.  it’s not long however before we find our clones doing something we all love watching them do – play each other!

I’ts a general consensus that Maslany is a true talent, and it becomes cemented when we get to see her play Alison playing Sarah while Sarah plays Rachel all in the one scene.

Between the clones playing dress up, the male clones wanting information, Dyad trying to hold off cleaners, Delphine being all powerful and something called ‘Helsinki’ taking place, the season three opener could feel a bit hectic and trying to juggle too much at once, but without sounding like a broken record, it actually felt very easy to follow and continued with the quality of story-telling we’ve come to expect with Orphan Black.

Now it’s just a waiting game as to where this third season will take us.

Check out the extended preview below:

Orphan Black Season Three begins in Australia Tuesday, 21 April at 9.35pm on SBS 2

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