It’s not easy saying goodbye to 2012. Whether we were cheering at The Avengers, dancing Gangam style, or tracking the bad guys on Homeland, this was a wild year for entertainment — and we’ve captured all the excitement for posterity in EW’s 2012 Best & Worst issue, on stands now. Want to debate the year’s greatest hits? Our critics’ annual top ten lists spotlight all the best movies, TV, music, books, games, and stage, from the edgy genius of FX’s Louie to the sugar-rush high of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. We’ve also come up with our list of Great Performances, honoring the artists — Jessica Lange in American Horror Story, Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Jennifer Hudson remembering Whitney Houston at the Grammys — who made 2012 so unforgettable. And we didn’t forget the jeers either: Our lists of 2012′s worst include clunkers like Christina Aguilera’s Lotus and Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve.
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Just when you thought you had conquered your Angry Birds addiction, the game is getting a Star Wars makeover.
Launching worldwide on Nov. 8, the new Angry Birds mobile game will adopt the stories and settings (including the deserts of Tatooine and the depths of the Death Star) of the legendary film.
“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done,” Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Entertainment, which has partnered with LucasFilm for the project, said in a statement. “It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away. As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”
The game will be available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Hasbro will launch an Angry Bird Star Wars line of merchandise ranging from Halloween costumes to collectible plush toys on Oct. 28.
We don’t know yet what scenes from the saga will be incorporated into the game, but we certainly hope the five moments below are included in some capacity.
1. The defining moment of the series: Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker “Luke, I am your father” in Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.
2. The gold bikini: Princess Leia being held captive in Jabba’s court, sporting the most iconic two-piece in movie-nerd history in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.
3. The killer opening: The opening crawl of “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in Episode IV — A New Hope.
4. The ultimate race against the clock: Wedge, Biggs, and Porkins joining Luke to take on the Death Star in Episode IV — A New Hope.
5. Han Solo offing Greedo at the Cantina: Let the Who shot first? debate continue on a whole new platform.
What Star Wars worlds and iconic scenes are you hoping to rediscover in Angry Birds?
Watch the trailer below:
I’m gonna make him an offer for Marvin Gardens he can’t refuse!
USAopoly, Hasbro, and Paramount have introduced a new version of Monopoly based on The Godfather, no doubt to appease fans who have always felt that the classic board game had too many thimbles and not enough severed horse heads. READ FULL STORY
For better or worse, Buckyballs are having a moment. The shape-shifting desk accessories have been growing in popularity over the last several years, but they became headline news when an Oregon toddler nearly died after swallowing 37 of the magnetic silver balls. In real-person terms, this is a crisis thankfully averted. In Hollywood producer terms, this is a flash of genius. (I wish I were being cynical when I say that.) READ FULL STORY
Videogames used to be so simple, right? You’d blast space bugs from the safe, third-person viewpoint of a starship. Or dodge hammers and barrels thrown at you by a psychotic simian. But now the medium has matured to the point that it encompasses incredible diversity and literary ambition. If, as my colleague Darren Franich suggests, Mass Effect 3 represents the more ambitious end of videogame prose — interactive experiences governed by rich, novelistic storytelling — then Journey, due from provocative boutique thatgamecompany for PlayStation March 13, is poetry. Mass Effect 3 is to Journey what James Cameron is to Terrence Malick.
Journey is pretty much self-explanatory. You’re born into an enigmatic desert over which looms a far off mountain peak. Your goal? Travel to said peak, encountering ruins, sandstorms and your fellow travelers (other gamers logged in via the PlayStation Network). When you first arrive, most of the pleasure of the game derives from exploring your environment, but Journey becomes increasingly goal-oriented as you make your way closer and closer to the mountain. Just why do you want to ascend that mountain so badly? Because it’s there! And because it’s a test of yourself. While the earliest games were simplistic by necessity, Journey‘s stripped-down aesthetic is evocative minimalism by design. Call it a metaphor for life… or whatever you want: the experience of playing Journey says as much about you as it does about the game.
To get you excited for its debut next week, thatgamecompany has given an exclusive video to EW.com featuring commentary from the game’s writers, designers, and producers that will begin your immersion in Journey‘s many mysteries. Check it out after the break. READ FULL STORY
All is not well in Triple Town. The much buzzed-about puzzle game, which successfully launched on Facebook and Google+ in October and on iOS and Android in January, is engaged in a fierce legal battle with a rival company accused of ripping it off.
Triple Town co-creator David Edery confirmed on his blog last Sunday that the development studio filed a copyright infringement suit against competing studio 6waves Lolapps (also known as 6L) in response to Yeti Town, a virtually identical game released two months after Triple Town, which one review called “the exact same game, only this time with snow.” Edery alleged that, among other offenses, 6L entered into a nondisclosure agreement with Spry Fox, only to abruptly end negotiations when Yeti Town was released. Today Rex Ng, the CEO of 6L, fired back, telling Venturebeat, “This accusation is unjustified and plainly not true. We have not broken the NDA signed between 6L and Spry Fox.” 6L also released this statement to EW: READ FULL STORY
To be fair, Neil Patrick Harris already had a bit of an unfair advantage going in to today’s episode of The Price Is Right. Not only does the universally beloved star have daytime television experience (sorry, Snoop), but before his appearance for Celebrity Charity Week, NPH already got to hear those magic words “Come on down!” Well, technically, it was Barney Stinson who became the single greatest player in the history of the “original” Price Is Right after he won everything (including some sweet gifts for Marshall and Lily’s wedding) and met his “dad,” then-host Bob Barker. It was… well, you know.
So things were a little bit different this time around for the How I Met Your Mother actor. Though he did suit up for the occasion, Harris — who was playing for breast-cancer research organization the Noreen Fraser Foundation — served as something of a cohost to Drew Carey and helped his fellow contestants (a very un-Barney-like strategy) snag some most excellent prizes ($10,000!, a new car!), including the episode’s eventual champ Adam, by knowing things like the price for a cupcake maker and having an excellent strategy for the frustrating game Gas Money. READ FULL STORY
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