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900 classic arcade games are now available to play in your browser


The Internet Archive has made 900—yes, 900—classic arcade games available to play in an internet browser. Right now.


First U.S. Hello Kitty Cafe location to open in California

Cue Phantom Planet’s “California“: The purveyor of all things cute will opening a café in home of Marissa Cooper this summer 2015.


This Week on Stage: Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Sting

This week marked the Broadway bows of actors Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal and one Gordon Sumner, but we all know him better as musician Sting (though, to be clear, this the composing debut of original music by Sting on Broadway; he actually appeared in a production of 3 Penny Opera on the boards 25 years ago). McGregor and Gyllenhaal are no strangers to the stage either, the former got raves for his smooth crooner in Guys and Dolls in the West End years back (why, oh why, didn’t we get that one too?), and Gyllenhaal has been quietly doing the classics downtown for some time now and brother Jake is getting in on the Broadway act too. Tyne Daly will also return to the Main Stem next spring after her triumphant, Tony-nommed turn in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons this year with the David Hyde Pierce-directed musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, which will also feature ace songstress Sierra Boggess and, notably, Neil Patrick Harris’s better half David Burtka returning to Broadway after several years–and this is all in conjunction with both of them appearing on American Horror Story this season. Where, oh where, do these guys find the time? EW staffers also found some time to check out all of the new openings this week, which also include the first play by acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley and an eye-opening first part to Suzan Lori-Parks’ planned nine-part history opus (click on the links below for full reviews):

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)  Pultizer-winner Suzan Lori-Parks is no stranger to lofty projects (her 365 Plays/365 Days was exactly that), but her latest production at the Public Theater may be her most ambitious yet. And according to senor editor Thom Geier, it is most certainly one of her very best: “Parks’ stunning new drama is that rare work of art: one that bears the heavy burden of its subject matter—the peculiar institution of American slavery—but that carries it lightly.” EW grade: A

The Last Ship  You can hear hits like “All This Time” and “When We Dance” in rocker Sting’s new musical about shipbuilders in a coastal British town fighting the winds of change both literally and figuratively, but most of the show’s tunes are completely original, entering him in the rockers-turned-composer canon that recently has included Bono and Cyndi Lauper. Senior writer Kyle Anderson says that “despite the relative lack of variety in the music and the hole-friendly narrative, there’s a lot to like about The Last Ship…but Sting’s score remains a burden, anchoring this Ship when it should be making bigger waves.” EW grade: B–


Become a time-hopping assassin in new 'Assassin's Creed Unity' trailer

Every Assassin’s Creed title has sent players to a different time period, but usually each iteration stayed put in a single historical era. Never has an assassin jumped from one period to another, though that looks to be changing in Assassin’s Creed Unity.


Sunset Overdrive: More is more in colorful shooter


Sunset Overdrive is all about sensory overload. Everything is amped up to 11, and the characters, environments, weapons and plot of the game are all deliriously, gleefully over the top. The evil corporation Fizzco has rushed its latest energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, to market. Unfortunately, it has an unfortunate side effect: It turns consumers into rampaging mutants. You’re working as a janitor at the beverage’s launch party when the fizz hits the fan, and it’s up to you to clean up the mess. Fortunately, your cleaning tools of choice are an assortment of increasingly ridiculous guns. READ FULL STORY

Retailers start Black Friday shopping madness earlier than ever

Twenty-four hours not enough time to shop for great sales on Black Friday? No problem—in the past, some retailers have opened on Thanksgiving night to squeeze in a few more hours of holiday shopping. But this year, retailers have started the sales even earlier.


Watch voice actor Troy Baker discuss what it's like playing Batman and the Joker


Meet the man behind the voice—or, that is, voices—of some of the biggest characters in video games and animation: Troy Baker.

Speaking to EW at New York Comic Con, Baker discussed his unique opportunity to play both the Joker, which he did in Batman: Arkham Origins, and the Caped Crusader himself, his latest role in the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which is out on Nov. 11. Baker described his reverence for those who inhabited the roles before him and how he works to bring his own spin to such famous characters. But when he’s not inhabiting superheroes or their arch nemeses, Baker also lends his voice and motion-capture acting to a number of other memorable games.


Norman Reedus is spending Halloween on a pile of zombies

Whatever your plans may be for Halloween, there’s a good chance The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus has you beat. Though, to be fair, he’s got the help of the AMC hit’s props department to make for an appropriately creepy day.


From pegacorns to Cheetos: The best celebrity Halloween costumes

Here’s a fact: celebrities, with their access to talented makeup artists and costumers, have the best Halloween costumes. (Except when they don’t.)  READ FULL STORY

We're not worthy of the best Halloween costumes from 'Today,' 'GMA'

In a move of synergy that suggests Jack Donaghy is still hanging around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Today Show anchors dressed in their Saturday Night Live best for this year’s Halloween episode. The results were eerily accurate at times, but that may have something to do with the crew probably having access to Studio 8H’s wardrobe department.


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