Finding Dory Passes Captain America: Civil War to Become Biggest US Movie of 2016

After another weekend at the box office, Pixar’s animated hit Finding Dory has now passed fellow Disney film Captain America: Civil War to become the biggest US film of 2016.

Finding Dory (June) has now pulled in around $423 million since its US opening in June, compared to $406.2 million for Civil War (May). According to Entertainment Weekly, Finding Dory is now one of only 24 films ever to reach $400 million domestically.

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Globally, Finding Dory has now banked around $643 million. It’s also worth noting that the film has not yet debuted in big markets such as the UK, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.

Finding Dory is also closing in on Shrek 2‘s record for highest-grossing animated movie in US history; that movie made $441.2 million during its box office run in 2004.

Disney also announced that its movies have now collectively made $5 billion this year worldwide, which is a new record for any film studio ever. Disney movies also made $5 billion in 2015, but this figure was not reached until December 20, after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Big-time Disney movies contributing to the $5 billion figure in 2016 have included Finding Dory, Civil War, The Jungle Book, and Zootopia. Looking ahead, the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One comes out in December.

For more on Finding Dory, check out GameSpot’s review.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/finding-dory-passes-captain-america-civil-war-to-b/1100-6441683/

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Battlefield TV Show in the Works

A TV series based on the Battlefield game franchise is in development, although many of the specifics remain up in the air.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content (True Detective, Mr. Robot, The Revenant) have obtained the rights to produce a show based from Electronic Arts and DICE, it was announced today. Neither of the companies has produced a show based on a video game before.

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There’s no network attached as of yet, but the deal spans broadcast, cable, premium cable, and streaming services, so it offers a wide variety of options on that front. Michael Sugar will serve as executive producer. He’d previously served in that role on shows such as Stroumboulopoulos and The OA, while also producing Spotlight and The Fifth Estate.

“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation,” Sugar said. “Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the Battlefield TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly 15 years.”

“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said. “EA’s Battlefield has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project.”

EA’s Patrick Soderlund also chimed in, adding, “Battlefield is one of the most loved properties among our players. We are thrilled that Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will look to introduce fans to Battlefield through a new medium.”

There’s no word yet on whether the show will be based on any particular game in the series, or indeed if it will have anything in common with them beyond the name. (Story has never been their strong suit.) The next game, Battlefield 1, is due out in October.

Back in 2012, Fox attempted to adapt Battlefield to the small screen. The project was set to be an hour-long action-comedy based on Battlefield: Bad Company, but it unsurprisingly did not come to fruition.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/battlefield-tv-show-in-the-works/1100-6441686/

Pokemon Go: Everything You Need to Know

After months of anticipation, Pokemon Go is finally coming out now across various regions. With so much excitement stirring about the launch of The Pokemon Company’s new app, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about it.

For more on Pokemon Go, check out our recent news stories below, and be sure to check back as we update this article with more news and features.

6 Essential Pokemon Go Facts

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Pokemon Go is a fascinating new AR-focused mobile app that’s taking the iconic series to uncharted territories. With an experience that encourages players to explore and interact with the environment around them, Pokemon Go is shaping up to be one of the most unique mobile apps yet. Check out our in-depth feature on the six ways that The Pokemon Company’s new mobile offering is making smart use of Pokemon. — [6 Essential Pokemon Go Facts]

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Impressions–Zubat Is The Worst: Our First Day With Pokemon Go

We’ve spent our first day with Pokemon Go. Ahead of our official review, what do we think of it so far? Check out our initial impressions of the app based on our experiences in the field. — [Zubat Is The Worst: Our First Day With Pokemon Go]

Pokemon Go’s New Features Detailed; Here’s What Updates Will Have

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is promising a series of new features for the popular app in the next coming months. Here’s everything you can expect. — [Pokemon Go’s New Features Detailed; Here’s What Updates Will Have]

Pokemon Go: All the Known Issues

The game is experiencing a series of technical issues, such as “heavy” battery drain and distorted audio; get a full rundown of all the problems. — [Pokemon Go: All the Known Issues]

Pokemon GO Devs Still Exploring Multiplayer, Say Players Will Shape The Game

Pokémon GO and Ingress developer Niantic Inc. spoke to GameSpot about making real-world games, learning from the community, and Game of Thrones. Check out everything the studio had to say. — [Pokemon GO Devs Still Exploring Multiplayer, Say Players Will Shape The Game]

Here’s What Pokemon Go’s Microtransactions Get You

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Pokemon Go is a free mobile app but it features an in-game shop that allows you to buy Pokecoins using real money, and then spend those on items that can be used to catch Pokemon. Items include different types of Poke Balls, Lure Modules, and more. Check out everything you can purchase as well as the Pokecoin conversation rates. — [Here’s What Pokemon Go’s Microtransactions Get You]

All the Pokemon Go News From Around the World

Pokemon Go has made headlines all over the world. With an abundance of stories about the popular app going around, we’ve compiled them all for your convenience. Check them out here. — [All the Pokemon Go News From Around the World]

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/pokemon-go-everything-you-need-to-know/1100-6441555/

All the Pokemon Go News From Around the World

Pokemon Go started to roll out last week, and with it finally making it way to the hands of people all over the world, there have been some interesting and humorous stories popping up. Some of the stories have come from warnings from the police, Nintendo’s financial success, and even a picture of a man catching Pokemon while his wife gives birth. We’ve collected all of these stories and compiled them below.

News From Around the World

About the Game

Financial News

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from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-pokemon-go-news-from-around-the-world/1100-6441684/

X-Men Spinoff Gambit Still Happening, Gets New Production Date

A new production date for the X-Men spinoff Gambit has been announced. Filming on the movie has been delayed several times over the past year, but now producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that it will begin next year.

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In an interview with That Hashtag Show at the Saturn Awards, Kinberg was asked about the status of the film, which is set to star Channing Tatum. “We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning of spring of next year,” he revealed, via Movieweb.

Gambit was originally scheduled for release in October this year, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt as director. He left the film in September 2015, citing citing scheduling conflicts. However, a story in Deadline at the time suggested that there had been ongoing disagreements over both the script and budget.

Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman was hired late last year, with production rescheduled for this spring. That also failed to happen, with the start date moved to end of the 2016 to allow time for further rewrites.

But with Liman now attached to two other projects–the thriller The Wall and Young Adult adaptation Chaos Walking–there is some suggestions that he too might no longer be available.

Gambit will star Tatum as the card-throwing superhero of the title, alongside Spectre‘s Léa Seydoux. Like Deadpool, Gambit is a character spun off from the X-Men, first appearing in a 1990 issue of The Uncanny X-Men. He appeared briefly in 2009’s critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/x-men-spinoff-gambit-still-happening-gets-new-prod/1100-6441685/

Rocket League Adding TF2/Counter Strike-Style Crate System

Rocket League developer Psyonix is bringing a new crate system to the game, a la Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but you’ll be able to easily ignore it if you so wish.

An image (below) from the game discovered by a Reddit user suggested some kind of key-and-crate system was on the way, which would mean new microtransactions. Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham has since confirmed crates are coming while also offering some reassurances.

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“Those assets are, indeed, early pieces of an upcoming system we plan on implementing to fund our esports prize pools and events,” Dunham wrote on Reddit. “We plan on officially announcing it next month at (or near) the [Rocket League Championship Series] Live Finals since it directly relates to that event and other events like it, but since this image came out before our official word, we wanted to clarify some things for you.”

In short, these crates won’t offer players any advantages; they’ll be cosmetic-only and can be completely hidden with an option. They won’t have an impact on the existing item-drop system, nor will they have an impact on future updates; we’ll still see a mixture of premium DLC and free add-ons that introduce new arenas and modes.

Dunham didn’t provide any specifics regarding how the system itself will operate. If it’s anything like the crates seen in Valve’s games (and that seems likely, considering some of the other TF2-esque features added to Rocket League recently), you’ll occasionally receive crates that include a mixture of items inside. In order to open one, you’ll have to purchase a key with real-world money.

One note he did share was that these crates can’t be sold on the Steam Marketplace. “We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach,” he said, perhaps referencing the ongoing Counter-Strike fiasco.

The Rocket League Championship Series takes place on August 6-7, so it shouldn’t be much longer until we learn more.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/rocket-league-adding-tf2counter-strike-style-crate/1100-6441681/

Star Wars Theme Park Image Shows Off Design Plans

One of the big announcements at Disney’s D21 convention last summer was the Star Wars themed expansions to Disneyland in California and Florida’s Disney World. Concept art for the some of the potential areas were revealed in February, and now a brand-new image of the entire park has been released by the company. Check it out below:

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The concept image was unveiled on Disney Park’s blog. The description reads: “Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings.

“Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming–like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. “

Star Wars lands will cover 14 acres of land at both parks. At D21, Disney boss Bob Iger explained that it would be “largest single-themed land expansions ever.”

Construction is currently underway, but there is no date for when the parks will open.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-wars-theme-park-image-shows-off-design-plans/1100-6441682/