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Telltale Games announces new 'Minecraft' episodic video game series

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Story-driven experiences created by a game developer are definitely not the first thing players may think of when discussing Minecraft, but it’s most certainly a quality that’s come to define developer Telltale Games.

And so while the idea of a Minecraft game all about narrative and characters may seem odd, it makes all the more sense when it’s in the hands of the team behind The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands.

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Time travel meets indie-movie charm in 'Life Is Strange' trailer

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Life Is Strange looks like a video game attempting to be an indie film.

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James Corden throws to first commercial on 'Late Late Show'

There are a few absolutes in late-night talk show hosting: monologues, silly sketches, guest interviews, and having to keep audiences coming back after each one.

Future host James Corden had his chance to prove his skills on at least one of those when he appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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Truth, answers, and other things 'Serial' never promised you

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“You want answers?”
“I think I’m entitled!”
“You. Want. ANSWERS?!”
“I want the TRUTH!”
“You can’t handle the truth!”
—A Few Good Men

Since the first week of October, millions of listeners have tuned into a weekly podcast that reinvestigated the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student. Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, but the Serial podcast, narrated by Sarah Koenig, has tantalized an obsessive audience with the possibility that an innocent man has been in prison for 15 years. If you haven’t become an obsessed listener, there’s a good chance you’ve been annoyed by an obsessed listener. READ FULL STORY

Nintendinitis is a real, medical thing -- learn the facts

Nintendinitis may sound like what a grandparent might call a Nintendo system when they have no idea what a Wii or 3DS is called. But Nintendinitis is actually a real name for a real trend of medical problems caused by the House of Mario. No, really.

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Ian McKellen tries to help Cookie Monster resist cookies-it doesn't go too well

Maybe Ian McKellen should have brought his lesson about the word “resist” to Middle-earth before he delivered it to Cookie Monster.

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Anna Kendrick suspects Christmas present is sex toy in disguise on 'Letterman'

Anna Kendrick’s interview on The Late Show with David Letterman got a little weird on Tuesday night.

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Robin Williams' son remembers his dad: 'I miss him all the time'

Robin Williams’ son Zak spoke to People magazine about the loss of his father, who died in August at age 63. “I miss him all the time,” Zak said in the cover story.

“Often I see something or if I’m watching a film, I think, ‘Oh, man, he would have appreciated this,’ or ‘He would have gotten a laugh out of this,” Zak said.

Some of Robin’s own films continue to come out, including Dec. 19’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombHe also starred in Merry Friggin’ Christmasa holiday film that was released in November. READ FULL STORY

Instagram introduces five new filters to make your life look cooler

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When Instagram was first announced as an app, the world’s reaction seemed to be, “It’s Twitter for pictures.” But then, filters were introduced, and suddenly everyone was super excited to have access to an amateur photoshop. “Don’t like that photo? Put a filter on it and you’ll instantly look five times better.” And welcome to the world of Instagram. READ FULL STORY

The best 'Lord of the Rings' experience this year is a game, not a movie

Over a decade after The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring debuted in theaters, Peter Jackson’s cinematic excursion into J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe finally concludes after approximately 782 hours worth of movies with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Armies should be a victory lap—celebrating the series and its mark on film while bringing the six-film series to a fitting conclusion. But instead, the bloated trilogy of Hobbit films—originally meant to be a two-parter—has demonstrated audience and critical fatigue with each new outing. Both Hobbit films released so far have made less at the box office than any of the three Lord of the Rings films, and the praise heaped on the first trilogy has been virtually absent for Bilbo Baggins and his crew.

The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t look like it will be reversing that trend, especially when the best adventure into Middle-earth this year was in a game.

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