June is National LGBT Pride Month, plus gay marriage was made legal in the United States last week, so we are celebrating by listing off our favorite LGBT characters from movies, television, comics, and video games. Take a look at our list, then let us know your favorites in the comments.
Debuting Tuesday night, MTV’s Scream takes a specific tactic as far as using a familiar franchise title. It’s not a continuation of the story from the movies, nor is it a TV remake, exactly, as it involves different characters, location and backstory from the films. Instead, it takes the Fargo-esque approach of attempting to emulate the tone and vibe of the movie its based on, without being about the same people. Suffice to say, the quality between this show and Fargo aren’t quite the same… Though it remains to be seen if it will pull the Fargo move of having a secret story tie-in to the movie at some point be revealed.
Regardless, Scream certainly wants to remind you of the original movie. The opening sequence, featuring Bella Thorne, is quite explicitly meant to visually evoke the Drew Barrymore sequence in Scream, as a high school girl, home alone in her big house (with plenty of large windows!), finds herself watched and being contacted — texts in place of phone calls these days, naturally — by someone. And then things go very badly for her. It’s an entertaining sequence, mainly thanks to some “We’ve all been there” iPhone issues involving wet fingers and Siri mishearing you put into the middle of a horror scenario.
I’m watching an old police interview. I can’t see or hear the detective, but the woman answering the questions is right in front of me. She’s reserved and shy, but polite. I can tell she doesn’t want to be there.
Then I click on another video in the archive. It’s the same woman. The tape’s timecode tells me it’s a different day, but I don’t need to be told. She’s energetic now. Her short-sleeved shirt reveals a snake tattoo on her arm. It bobs up and down as she strums a guitar. With a smile, she sings an unnerving folk song about a jealous woman who drowns her sister.
This is the core experience of Her Story, a wonderful, brave video game unlike anything I’ve played before. The woman above has a dead husband, and she’s a suspect. As such, she’s also an unreliable narrator by default, so her story can change from video to video. My job is to wade through dozens of old, archived clips and decide what she may or may not have done. Her alibis, her body language, her reactions – they all contribute to a great, dense story that stayed in my mind days after I’d seen the end.
It’s been 24 years since we’ve had a truly great Terminator movie – though we did have a terrific, albeit short-lived TV series a few years back – and unfortunately, that doesn’t change with Terminator Genisys.
While the new film — which comes from director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) — offers a pretty dramatic alternate reality scenario, this is hardly the first time the convoluted Terminator franchise has seen things change from what we knew to be true. Here though, that’s a specific plot point from the get go, as Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travels back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), only to find the situation incredibly different than he expected. Instead of a nondescript waitress, Sarah is already a hardened, battle-ready warrior, trained since childhood by a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course). Well aware of the entire scenario in the future, Sarah is determined to stop Skynet once and for all (yep, again!), with a plan involving time traveling to yet another era – though that trip doesn’t go as planned, in more ways than one.
I’ve already put about two dozen hours into Final Fantasy XIV since the Heavensward expansion came out, and I’ve spent that time battling dragons, following an uncommonly well-written story for an MMORPG, and generally saving the world. I’m currently halfway to level 53 (out of a new cap of 60), and I’d probably be much further along if it weren’t for a nasty sting I received from a striped bark scorpion on Friday morning.
Now here’s the catch — the vast majority of that time has been spent slogging through old content from before the Heavensward expansion. That’s right! In order to even play the new Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward content or even try out the three new jobs of Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist, you need to play through the entire main storyline from the launch of the game up until the 2.55 patch that was released just last April. (Check out the quest titles: I was on page 5 when I started.) Keep in mind that this romp includes much more than the usual business of watching cutscenes and teleporting all the way across the continent just to read two lines from a white-haired kid in tights; it also means jumping into several four- and eight-man dungeons and trials that range from the ridiculously simple to those requiring considerable feats of coordination.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has earned the Hollywood nickname “Franchise Viagra” for his ability to enter a franchise of diminishing returns and help drag it back across the big profit goal-line (his late-to-the party-savior resume includes The Mummy, Journey to the Center of the Earth, G.I. Joe and yes, even the Fast & Furious franchise sputtered before The Rock could help piston-pump into the billion dollar realm). Sexy title aside, however, The Rock’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation co-star Channing Tatum has graduated into perhaps the most interesting and unlikely franchise star.
Tatum has starred in two films whose success wasn’t pre-packaged to make big bucks around the world by way of minimal dialogue, winks, and explosions. Tatum’s two franchise films were 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. Mike was even his own embryonic indie-film-that-could (Magic Mike only cost only $7 million to make; it earned $167.2 million domestic, and even spawned a Las Vegas show. The story itself was loosely based on Tatum’s own career shift from roofer to male stripper). Both of those films got sequels. And 22 Jump Street took a dangerously meta-route by skewering sequel (and corporate) culture at large. It paid off, as not only one of the best reviewed sequels of all time, but it also earned more than the original, the only real measuring stick for execs when it comes to sequels.
Facebook has been testing a new photo uploading experience in its mobile app with a limited number of users, TechCrunch reported Monday.
Facebook for iPhone and iPad now lets people optionally adorn their photos with text overlays, touch them up with quick color adjustments and make them more interesting with crazy photo stickers, all before uploading them to the service. The new photo uploader is not live for everyone yet, but we’ll keep you posted…. Read the rest of this post here
Viber, the second most popular instant messaging platform after Facebook-owned WhatsApp, on Monday refreshed its iPhone application which now supports iPads.
Now available as a universal binary free of charge in the App Store, the new Viber 5.4.1 does not bring any new features beyond the native interface which takes full advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen real estate.
There will be a Street Fighter V panel run by Capcom at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
On Thursday July 9 at 11:45am PDT, Francis Mao of Capcom will moderate a panel of Street Fighter experts and special guests.
According to the SDCC schedule, the panel will be discussing all the latest news on the upcoming fighting game. Yoshinori Ono, executive producer on the Street Fighter franchise, will also be joining the panel as an “ultra-special guest”.