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'Bloodborne' continues to look terrifying, definitely has blood

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Maybe you’ve heard of From Software. It’s a studio famous for games with the word “Souls” in them. If you ask anyone about these games, they’ll probably describe them in one word: “hard.” (Or two words, provided there’s an expletive in there. People have strong feelings about these games.)

While that’s true—Demons’ Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls II are far from easy—reducing the games to their difficulty sells them short. The Souls games are experiences—there’s nothing quite like them anywhere else. And Bloodborne, From Software’s latest game, looks like it’ll continue the trend. It also looks absolutely terrifying. READ FULL STORY

'Final Fantasy XV' has a gorgeous new trailer, might actually come out

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Final Fantasy XV has been through a lot. First announced way back in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII (don’t ask), FFXV has been the Moby Dick of video games for both fans of the Japanese Role Playing Game genre and developer Square Enix.

After eight years of waiting with almost no word on the status of the game, it’s easy to get jaded. And then an amazing new trailer comes out and everything is exciting again.
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Derek Jeter does it his way in farewell Gatorade ad

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It’s best not to look too closely at the way Derek Jeter and his New York Yankees are limping home this September, his 20th and final season in pinstripes. Better to focus on the glory days—the World Series titles, the clutch playoff home runs*, and the general sense of class he brought to the game for two decades. He’s earned his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats, from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle to Reggie.

In a new Gatorade commercial set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Jeter takes a game-day stroll to Yankee Stadium, surprising fans who treat him like an immortal. Yet I have enough faith in the Bronx’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately denizens that I’d bet at least one passerby yelled, “Can I borrow that wet newspaper when you’re finished hitting .249 with it!?” and had to be edited out.

To be fair to Jeter, who’s still a lifetime .309 hitter, even Sinatra sometimes forgot the lyrics as he approached the final curtain. READ FULL STORY

A poem for James Franco, in honor of his poetry

This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.

There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a poem for Franco in his own style. READ FULL STORY

'Godzilla' has a 'Breaking Bad' Easter egg

Even though Breaking Bad ended almost a year ago, pop culture is still finding ways of elongating the life of Walter White. This week, /Film noticed a tiny sliver of an Easter egg from the title sequence for Godzilla, in which Bryan Cranston’s title card has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to the meth king before the words are redacted from the screen.

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'Grey's Anatomy' cast poses as 'Orange Is the New Black' characters

In a new photo Ellen Pompeo posted on WhoSay, some of the Grey’s Anatomy cast got into character as their Orange Is the New Black favorites, including Sara Ramirez as Alex. Welcome to what Pompeo calls “Blue is the new black.”

If Meredith Grey were a member of Litchfield prison, who would she be? Well, that probably depends on whether we’re talking about dark-and-twisty Meredith or present-day Meredith, but regardless, Ellen Pompeo seems to be a fan of Tricia (and her cornrows). And considering these guys are all still alive despite working at what will always be known as “Seattle Grace-Mercy Death,” I’d say they’d have a good shot against the women of Litchfield. Well, until they met Red.

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Jon Stewart offers advice to the NFL on 'The Daily Show'

While television ratings for the NFL have been promising to kick off the season, the league has been under fire for its leniency toward players who have committed acts of violence off the field. Jon Stewart blasted the league on Wednesday night’s The Daily Show.

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Fallon face off in lip-sync battle

Who knew Blake Shelton was such a fan of ’80s jams?

Wednesday night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon had one of his signature lip sync battles, but this time, he pitted himself against some pretty professional competition. The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani took up the challenge, and they did not disappoint.

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The high-end version of Apple Watch might cost $5K

“Starting at” is a frustrating phrase in tech. It’s a coy way of talking about the way a gadget is going to be priced while also skirting around the subject of whether or not you’ll actually want said gadget at that price. The price a thing “starts at” is rarely optimal—to get the best or most efficient version of your preferred gizmo, you’ll often have to pay more.

When Apple Watch was revealed last week, Apple CEO Time Cook said that the smartwatch would be “starting at” $349—an already hefty price, given the competition. But Cook also announced three “collections” for Apple Watch: Sport, Edition, and vanilla—the differences being in the materials used to construct the watch. Which of these did Apple Watch “start at”? And how high in price would the other two go?

Pretty high, it turns out. READ FULL STORY

Liam Neeson, Bono have been working on a movie script for six years

While Liam Neeson has been a United States citizen for the last five years, he hasn’t forgotten his Irish roots. In fact, he’s apparently been exploring the country’s musical history for a project with fellow Irishman Bono.

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