• ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Deftly Balances Mundanity With an Amazing Spider-Man (Preview)
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    Variety

    ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Deftly Balances Mundanity With an Amazing Spider-Man (Preview)

    Criminal masterminds, thugs toting military-grade weapons, mysterious supervillains. Angry landlords, overdue bills, a sometimes worried, sometimes annoyed boss. Insomniac’s upcoming “Spider-Man” game sets out to deftly explore the balance of neighborhood superhero and post-graduate twenty-something in a way that promises to add nuance to a game that has already shown how well it mastered the […]

  • ‘Fortnite’ will give you the chance to be killed by Thanos, too
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    Digital Trends

    ‘Fortnite’ will give you the chance to be killed by Thanos, too

    The most popular game around, Fortnite, is colliding with the latest superhero blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. Starting, May 8, the Infinity Gauntlet can be picked up in Fortnite Battle Royale, turning its wielder into Thanos himself.

  • ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’: News, rumors, and everything we know
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    Digital Trends

    ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’: News, rumors, and everything we know

    'Star Wars Battlefront II' will boast three times as much content as its underwhelming predecessor, including an Imperial-perspective campaign and a multiplayer progression system. Here's everything we know so far.

  • Dwayne Johnson's Upcoming 'Rampage' Movie Will Be 'Emotional,' According to Its Director
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    Nick Schager

    Dwayne Johnson's Upcoming 'Rampage' Movie Will Be 'Emotional,' According to Its Director

    Dwayne Johnson (left) and Jimmy Kimmel attend the world premiere of Disney’s “Moana” at the El Capitan Theatre on Nov. 14, 2016. Monster movies are rarely high-concept — they generally involve a monster smashing through city streets, while innocent people run and scream and freak out over the fact that, you know, there’s a monster in the street. The classic 1986 video game Rampage boiled its chosen genre down to its barest essence, having you control one of three titanic beasts (a gorilla, lizard, or werewolf) tasked with destroying urban buildings.

  • 'Uncharted' Video Game Adaptation Back on Track With 'Night at the Museum' Director
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    The Hollywood Reporter

    'Uncharted' Video Game Adaptation Back on Track With 'Night at the Museum' Director

    Sony’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted is back on course.

  • A Field Guide to Major Movie Merchandising Misfires, From 'Alien' to 'Waterworld'
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    Ethan Alter

    A Field Guide to Major Movie Merchandising Misfires, From 'Alien' to 'Waterworld'

    With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “ Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years . In today’s fourth installment, writer Ethan Alter looks back on movie-related goods gone awry. __________________________ Ever since George Lucas’s foundational blockbuster Star Wars proved that the Force is strong with tie-in movie merchandise, audiences have been able to follow their favorite big-budget spectacles directly from the multiplex to the toy store. But not all blockbusters ? nor toy lines ? are created equal. While action figures modeled after such citizens of that far, far away galaxy as Han Solo, Amidala, Kylo Ren, and Jyn Erso are always guaranteed to fly off the shelves, some toys are destined to sit there gathering dust. Maybe the movies they were based on played to empty theaters, while everyone saw The Force Awakens for the gazillionth time. Or maybe, just maybe, the toys themselves desperately needed more time in the plastic incubator from whence they emerged. With spiffy new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys arriving this week, we look back at some of the biggest merchandising misfires in contemporary movie history. And as you’ll see, even a mighty brand name like Star Wars can take a major toy-related tumble now and then.