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  1. AMC's Better Call Saul has been renewed for a sixth and final season ahead of its Season 5 premiere. The announcement was made by showrunner Peter Gould at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "From day one of Better Call Saul, my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true,” Gould said. “We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing." Gould went on to say that Season 6 will premiere sometime in 2021. When asked about the possibility for more spinoffs set within the Breaking Bad universe (especially following the positive reviews El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie received from fans and critics), executive producer Vince Gilligan said, "I think you can put too much hot fudge on a sundae. I certainly don't have any plans to keep the universe going after this wonderful series ends. You don't want to drive it into the ground." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=better-call-saul-season-5-gallery&captions=true"] Gould also spilled the beans about some iconic Breaking Bad characters making cameos in Season 5, so stop reading now if you want to avoid spoilers... While we're not sure how these characters will be featured, Gould did say that Dean Norris will return as Hank Schrader during episodes 3 and 4 of Better Call Saul Season 5. Steven Michael Quezada will also appear as Steven Gomez. Gould declined to reveal if we'd see other Breaking Bad characters in Season 5, however, he did confirm that Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston's Walter White will not be making guest appearances. For more on the world of Breaking Bad, be sure to check out our review of El Camino: A Breaking bad Movie in the video below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/11/el-camino-a-breaking-bad-movie-review"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter. View the full article
  2. Funko's latest addition to its Marvel's Avengers Assemble collection of Pops has been dubbed "I Am Iron Man" and will pay tribute to Tony Stark's noble sacrifice at the end of Avengers Endgame. The Pop will be released in April and is currently available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. The new Iron Man Funko Pop will cost $15 and is currently marked as a Previews Exclusive, which means it will only be available in a limited quantity at select retailers. Unfortunately, Funko hasn't announced when the Pop will be hitting stores, so if you want to pick one up, it'd be best to grab one via the pre-order link above, while supplies last. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] I Am Iron Man Funko, via Entertainment Earth[/caption] Funko's Avengers Assemble collection will include a total of six Pops (at the time of writing) over the course of 2020, all of which can be linked together to form an "Avengers assemble" style set. The first of the six will be released later this month, with a new one coming around every other month, according to ComicBook.com. To complete the Avengers Assemble collection, players will need to keep an eye out for the Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and now the "I Am Iron Man" release date announcements. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-dead-mcu-character&captions=true"] Robert Downey Jr. recently made some comments about whether he'd return to the MCU in some capacity, but it's unclear if or when that might actually ever happen. Endgame was one of the biggest box office winners in 2019, officially passing Avatar as the highest-grossing box office film of all time. However, James Cameron says that Avatar will end up beating Endgame when it's all said and done. Additionally, be sure to check out IGN's official Avengers: Endgame review. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/23/avengers-endgame-review"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN and an avid Funko Pop collector. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith. View the full article
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare finished 2019 as the best-selling game of the year for the 11th year in a row. According to the NPD, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best-selling game of the month for the third month in a row. The Infinity Ward developed reboot of the Modern Warfare franchise finished the year as the selling-game of 2019. Not only that, but the Call of Duty franchise occupies seven spots in the top 10 best-selling games of the decade list. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-call-of-duty-review&captions=true"] Meanwhile, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order finished as the second best-selling game of the month and was 2019’s sixth best-selling game with only two months in the market. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is also Respawn Entertainment’s best-selling game of all time in full-game sales. Other repeat successes include MLB The Show 19, which is now the best-selling baseball game in U.S. history, as well as Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword. In hardware news, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform for both December and all of 2019. But the best-selling hardware for the decade was the PlayStation 4. December’s Best-Selling Games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Madden NFL 20 NBA 2K20 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Pokemon Sword Mario Kart 8 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pokemon Shield Minecraft Best-Selling Games of 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 NBA 2K20 Madden NFL20 Borderlands 3 Mortal Kombat 11 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Kingdom Hearts 3 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Mario Kart 8 Best-Selling Games of the Decade (2010-2019) Grand Theft Auto 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Call of Duty: Ghosts Red Dead Redemption 2 Call of Duty: WW2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Minecraft View the full article
  4. Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. News of his death came from a statement on the Tolkien Society website Thursday. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Tolkien’s son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien has died aged 95,” the statement said. [caption id="attachment_2288696" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The late Christopher Tolkien.[/caption] The Head of the Tolkien Estate After his father passed away in 1973, Christopher became the literary executor of the Tolkien Estate, and it was he who edited The Silmarillion and had it published in 1977, as well as The Fall of Gondolin in 2018, which were based on his father’s unpublished Lord of the Rings material. Christopher drew the maps of Middle-earth featured in the Lord of the Rings books. [caption id="attachment_228870" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Map of Middle-earth drawn by Christopher Tolkien.[/caption] The Lord of the Rings Films Christopher was a vocal critic of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy based on his father’s work. He expressed his distaste for the Peter Jackson films, saying in a 2012 interview about Lord of the Rings with French newspaper Le Monde, "They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds." His frustrations with the Lord of the Rings films took form in a series of lawsuits, one of which he claimed New Line Cinema owed the Tolkien family £80 million in unpaid royalties. In 2009, an undisclosed settlement was reached between the two parties, and he retracted his public objection to The Hobbit films based on his father’s work. A Look Back at the Life of Christopher Tolkien Christopher was born in Leeds, United Kingdom on November 21, 1924, fought in World War II as part of the Royal Air Force, and became a lecturer in Old and Middle English as well as Old Icelandic at the University of Oxford. A Tribute to Christopher Tolkien Mark Ordesky, producer on The Lord of the Rings movies, expressed his condolences on social media, tweeting, “An age of Middle-earth has ended. We have Christopher Tolkien to thank for countless vistas and legends we might never have known without his dedication and stewardship. The world is brighter for the light you cast, like the Star of Eärendil.” [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN. View the full article
  5. Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok) has reportedly been approached about directing a new Star Wars movie. Waititi is already a part of the Lucasfilm family, having directed the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian as well as voicing the role of IG-11 on the Disney+ series. According to THR, the current state of talks between Waititi and Disney/Lucasfilm is "unclear." Both companies declined to comment to THR. "It is also unclear whether the project is separate from the one being developed by Kevin Feige, with whom [Waititi] closely worked on Ragnarok, or a separate Star Wars project," the trade adds. Deadline claims "it’s not clear yet if [Waititi's film is] a feature for Disney+ or the big screen. Early talks isn’t even the word yet here." Update: After these initial reports, Waititi posted a wordless tweet that included the cover of Fleetwood Mac's aptly named "Rumours" album. While many have tried to eke out information from Waititi after the tweet, the best response perhaps came from Baby Driver Director Edgar Wright, who wrote, "That's an odd photo of Han and Leia." Waititi was asked about the prospect of ever directing a Star Wars movie just this past Monday, telling Variety: "Oh, I don’t know anything about that. But Mandalorian was my chance to work with some stormtroopers." Waititi reportedly told Variety that helming a Star Wars movie was something he was interested in pursuing: "Obviously I would, but I’m going to just settle for IG-11 being the hero of the entire season." While Star Wars seems to have a promising future ahead on the small screen -- with Disney+ moving forward with the second season of The Mandalorian as well as a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a Cassian Andor-led Rogue One prequel series — the feature film franchise has been dogged by drops in ticket sales for both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker (yes, despite both films crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide) and behind-the-scenes creative friction that has seen several directors fired from their Star Wars movies. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=star-wars-and-its-weird-recent-history-of-director-drop-outs&captions=true"] Lucasfilm most recently opted to shelve the Star Wars film trilogy that was in the works with Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and there's been nary a peep on Rian Johnson's planned trilogy. Johnson is now working on a sequel to his hit film Knives Out. If Waititi is being eyed for the Feige-produced Star Wars film, the Marvel Studios boss has said his film will take viewers to new corners of the galaxy far, far away. Waititi is Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. His next film, Next Goal Wins, is in production and he then segues to direct Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel. Waititi recently told IGN that he still hopes to direct a live-action Akira movie but it's been postponed until after Thor: Love and Thunder. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/08/24/the-mandalorian-taika-waititi-on-finding-the-voice-of-ig-11"] Disney has carved out release dates for three new Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker. The first of these was to have been the first Weiss and Benioff film, coming on December 16, 2022. The other two dates are December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026, though it's not clear if those dates belonged to the other Beinoff and Weiss movies or Rian Johnson's films or possibly a combination of both. Rumors suggest Lucasfilm will announce a new director for the December 2022 movie as early as January 2020.View the full article
  6. Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! New DLC for a handful of first-party Switch titles is on the way, and the NVC crew is here to break it all down. First, in the news, the fourth wave of Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC is coming next month, and it adds a secret fourth house into the mix. Then, the panel discusses Byleth joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as the announcement of Fighters Pass Volume 2. Then, instead of a new retail version, Pokemon Sword and Shield is receiving DLC, as two major content updates are set to release this year. Find out what the panel thinks of Pokemon's new strategy. Finally, hear your listener questions tackled on Question Block. Timecodes! 00:00:00 Welcome! 00:00:30 News time! 00:08:50 Smash Ultimate DLC discussion 00:22:46 Pokemon's new content strategy 00:40:34 Games out this week 00:53:06 What we're playing 01:01:12 Question Block 01:06:40 Wrap up! NVC is available on your preferred platform! YouTube Spotify Apple iTunes Stitcher Podbay PlayerFM Podbean You can also Download NVC 490 Directly Here You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant. View the full article
  7. The name of Sony’s next-gen controller for PlayStation 5 may have just leaked, and what’s more, it might be compatible with the existing PlayStation 4 consoles. In a page on the official French PlayStation website, an FAQ lists the similarities and differences between the two PlayStation 4 models as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro. Under the section for DualShock compatibility, every PS4 console appears to be compatible with the “DS4,” or DualShock 4 as well as a mysterious “DS5.” The new “DS5” controller, which isn’t mentioned at all in the US or UK versions of the PlayStation 4 comparison FAQ, is likely a reference to “DualShock 5,” the likely name for Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 controller. If this is true, this would be the first mention of Sony’s PlayStation 5 controller outside of leaks and patents. According to patents, Sony has filed trademarks for a variety of different controller designs, including some with back triggers and others with USB Type-C connectors. Sony also recently announced a new back trigger accessory for the DualShock 4 which we previewed. However, if the French website is to be believed, the next-gen DualShock 5 could be backward compatible with the PlayStation 4. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=igns-top-25-playstation-4-games&captions=true"] It’s not exactly clear why players may be interested in using a next-gen controller for an older console model, but there may be features in the DualShock 5 that don’t exist in the DualShock 4. There’s still a lot about Sony’s next-gen controllers we don’t know about. For everything we know about the PS5 and Xbox Series X, check out our comparison here. And for more on next-gen news check out IGN. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter. View the full article
  8. ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda have officially revealed the yearlong storyline and expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online today during a livestream event. While it officially begins with the Harrowstorm DLC dungeon pack, the story continues in the summer with the Greymoor expansion. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/the-elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-announcement-trailer"] The yearlong storyline, titled “Dark Heart of Skyrim,” explores the world of Skyrim 900 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 5. With Greymoor, players will explore Western Skyrim when the area is haunted by an ancient vampire lord. The Elder Scrolls Online is going full gothic with Greymoor introducing vampires, witches, and werewolves to the MMORPG. However, even though Zenimax says this is the “darkest” story yet, characters like Lyris Titanborn and House Ravenwatch will return for the adventure in Skyrim. Because this is a yearlong adventure, the full story for the “Dark Heart of Skyrim” will progress throughout 2020. It begins with Harrowstorm, a DLC dungeon pack that also comes with a prologue quest that gives a preview for the storyline. Greymoor will arrive afterward followed by another dungeon pack in Q3 and a Q4 story DLC. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-screenshots&captions=true"] The Skyrim region will be both familiar and different from what people remember from Elder Scrolls 5. The Blackreach cavern has been expanded while players can revisit locations like Solitude, Morthal, Labyrinthian, Dragon Bridge, and more. Greymoor is the next chapter for ESO following ZeniMax Online’s previous expansions like Morrowind, Summerset, and Elsweyr. Players who purchased Greymoor will have access to all the previous expansions and can begin with Greymoor content right away. While existing players can also jump into Greymoor regardless of their current level. Greymoor will be released on May 18 for PC and June 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out IGN’s review of the last Elder Scrolls Online expansion, Elsweyr, or our Elder Scrolls Online guide for more coverage. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter. View the full article
  9. BBC has announced that the third season of Killing Eve will be returning sometime in April 2020. The upcoming season will continue to follow Villanelle and Eve's journey to live new lives and will also bring on a handful of new cast members. Killing Eve: Season 3 will continue "the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice," says BBC America. "All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/03/08/killing-eve-season-2-trailer-control"] The upcoming season will also see the addition of a handful of new cast members like Dame Harriet Walter, Danny Sapani, Gemma Whelan, Camille Cottin, Steve Pemberton, Raj Bajaj, Turlough Convery, Pedja Bjelac and Evgenia Dodina. Killing Eve has already been renewed for a fourth season, which will premiere sometime in 2021, according to BBC — likely due to its recent Emmy nominations and awards. Following in the show's tradition of giving a new female writer the chance to share her voice, Suzanne Heathcote will serve as the Season 3 lead writer and executive producer. She will be joined by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote, and Sandra Oh as executive producers. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=nominees-best-dramatic-tv-performance-of-2019&captions=true"] While you're waiting for Killing Eve: Season 3, be sure to check out IGN's review of the Season 2 premiere. Killing Eve was also nominated for IGN's Best Dramatic TV Performance of 2019 and was one of our best-reviewed shows of 2019. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith. View the full article
  10. One of the first big fights you see on Netflix's The Witcher happens between Henry Cavill's Geralt and Emma Appleton's Renfri, and that clash was sorted and choreographed by Wolfgang Stegemann, who Cavill had worked with on Mission Impossible: Fallout. But Stegemann wasn't the full-time Witcher series stunt coordinator. No, that was Vladimir Furdik - aka Game of Thrones' Night King! Netflix's Behind the Scenes podcast revealed how Furdik envisioned Geralt as a fighter as well as how he constructed the actual first confrontation on the series: Geralt's slaying of the Kikimora. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflixs-the-witcher-cast-vs-video-game-characters&captions=true"] Though the Kikimora battle was never described in the Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher story "The Lesser Evil," which is what the premiere episode adapts, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich thought "What's a better way to introduce [Geralt] than having him killing a monster when you first find him?" "In the books we actually never see him kill the Kikimora," she explained to host Brandon Jenkins. "He actually arrives in Blaviken with the Kikimora's head on his donkey. So we never get to see him kill it." "We spent almost one month on this fight," Furdik said. "I thought that [Geralt] should be fighter who can already predict, three seconds ahead, when he's going to kill someone else. When he fights somebody he can already predict what they're doing. So his fight should look like very comfortable, kind of like ballet." In his gym, Furdik prepared for the fight, taking into consideration that "the Kikimora is three meters tall and she has eight legs." Furdik then constructed massive Kikimora legs from long plastic pips and made a homemade adversary. "I brought in six people," he said, "and put them on the table." Giving the legs to the guys on the table, Furdik "just stayed under the legs and and started to build the fight." After running through the fight over and over at a slowed down pace, all the moves were taught to Cavill, who never used a stunt double, or a body double of any kind, on The Witcher. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/23/the-witcher-henry-cavill-breaks-down-geralts-fight-with-renfri"] Hissrich has revealed that The Witcher: Season 2 will land in 2021 and be much more linear in its storytelling. Here's a full explainer of The Witcher timeline. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler. View the full article
  11. During NBC Universal's presentation at the TCA winter press tour, it was announced that NBC has ordered up a new series called Young Rock, centered on the "formative years" of WWE Superstar and global box office champ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This 11-episode single-cam comedy is being produced by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat, Don't Trust the B) and Johnson himself. Johnson will appear in every episode, but the search is on for a young actor to portray the childhood version of him. The pilot was co-written by Khan and Jeff Chiang (Don't Trust the B, American Dad!). "I have talked about this wild and unpredictable and unbelievable childhood that I had," Johnson said, via video, to the reporters on hand. "I’ve told many many stories, many of them unbelievable, but all of them true. You'll find Young Rock wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii. Getting arrested doing a lot of things I shouldn't do. We were evicted off the island and moved, to all places, Nashville, Tennessee," he shared. "Imagine me being in downtown Nashville, listening to country music at 15 years-old, buying my first car from a crackhead for $70. We go into my high school years as Young Rock, and my role as a University of Miami football star, until I got beaten out of my position by a young man named Warren Sapp, who went on to become one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time." You can see The Rock himself make the announcement on Twitter too, calling the show his “Forrest Gump” years ... The series will be executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions and Fierce Baby Productions. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/31/jumanji-the-next-level-dwayne-johnson-and-kevin-hart-trick-or-treat-video"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.View the full article
  12. The eerie launch trailer for Lightmatter, a creepy Portal-ish first-person puzzle game where shadows equal death, has arrived (watch it above), and it explains exactly what lightmatter is in the game's fiction and where it came from. For more, check out the gallery of screenshots below, and if you missed the announcement trailer last month (which showcases a bit more gameplay), you can watch that too. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=lightmatter-screenshots&captions=true"] Lightmatter launches on Steam for PC on January 15. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible. View the full article
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