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20
Apr
Diablo III

Diablo III Open Beta This Weekend

It’s (almost) the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  As you know, the release for Diablo 3 is just around the corner.  With this in mind, Blizzard announced today that they will be opening up their Diablo 3 servers this weekend to anyone with a valid (and free) Battle.net account, so that they might experience the game and run the servers through their paces.  The servers will become available at 3:00pm EDT on Friday April 20th – yup, that’s TODAY. Read moreRead more

28
Mar
Hunger Games - Survival

Review: The Hunger Games

When you spend half a year screaming to the masses “THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN”, it is very difficult to actually make it the best thing people have ever seen, or even one of the better things people have seen this month.  Against these odds, and my ever-existent desire to tell people that they were wrong, Lions Gate’s The Hunger Games really was excellent.

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15
Mar
Diablo III

Diablo III Gets a Release Date

Fanboys and fangirls everywhere have been waiting for this moment for more than decade: the moment when we would finally get a release date for Diablo III. That moment is now, and the release date is May 15, exactly two months from today.  If you are anything like us, this means you have exactly two months to get your affairs in order, say goodbye to your loved ones, and finish up any other games you may be in the middle of, because once that date hits, we won’t be doing anything but playing this game non-stop. Full press release after the jump.

9
Jan
I'm sure this is the tune that Luke was actually humming as he watched the sky that night.

The (Electro-)Force Will Be With You

There’s no other way to put this – we found an electro-house remix of “Binary Suns” by John Williams from the Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack. This will greatly please some, enrage others (Tom will probably fall into the latter category), but it will intrigue nearly everyone. So hit the jump and take a listen. And may the (electro-)Force be with you. Read moreRead more

21
Dec
The Hobbit

Official Hobbit Trailer Released

Yesterday, the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Part 1 was released.  We here at NNAR, to put it modestly, are really frickinexcited for Tolkien’s prequel to LOTR to hit the big screen.  Those cast members new to Middle Earth include Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Evangeline Lilly.  Many actors are returning to work with Jackson on this project, namely Ian Mckellan and Andy Serkis (who is also co-directing). Over the next year, re-reading of Bilbo’s epic tale is a must.  But for now, wet your whistle with this short video. Read moreRead more

16
Dec
Dark Knight Rises

What We Thought: Six Minutes of Bane

Last night, three members of the NNAR team went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Why, you ask? Because it was preceded by the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises! The third (and final) Batman installment will be released in the summer of 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight, but we just couldn’t wait.

The first six minutes introduces Bane, a powerful masked villain who clearly has few qualms about crushing his enemies into oblivion, and hints at the epic scale of this film. Check out the video of our thoughts after the jump.

12
Dec
Agent of The Empire

Review: Star Wars – Agent of the Empire #1

You have to hand it to Star Wars. Thirty four years after its original debut, it’s still the basis for fresh content. The latest is a brand new comic series from Dark Horse entitled Agent of the Empire that hits stores on December 14th.

Focusing on the oft-maligned Imperial perspective, Agent of the Empire tells the story of Jahan Cross, a special agent of sorts. As the introduction reads:

… not every political problem requires military might; not every negotiation depends on a show of force. Sometimes all diplomacy needs to succeed is the right man, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done.

It’s nice to see the creators focusing on a smaller scope when telling a story from the Imperial perspective. “Star Destroyers blow pirates into oblivion” doesn’t really make for a particularly compelling story, and given that Agent of the Empire is set before the Rebellion really comes into its own there aren’t many Imperial Navy size enemies floating around.

So how is it?

9
Dec
Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger Now Available for the iPhone

This news is huge.  Ever since I first got my iPhone and discovered I could purchase and play the original Final Fantasy (and then over time, FF2, FF3, and Secret of Mana), I have been clamoring for Square Enix to release Chrono Trigger, one of the best role playing games of all time.  That day has finally come.   Read moreRead more

5
Dec
Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Series Gets a Name

The newest series from Aaron Sorkin about the behind-the-scenes action at a fictional television program has just gotten a title, MediaBistro reports.  Sorkin’s newest is said to be titled Newsroom and will star Jeff Daniels as the lead anchor of a popular cable news show called “News Night.”

We first reported on Sorkin’s latest back in June when Tom’s hero Sam Waterston signed on to the show (at the time known as More As This Story Develops).  Since then, we’ve learned that HBO has ordered a full series.  I haven’t been able to find any info about when we can expect to actually see this show hit the air, but I do know that I feel much more confident that it is on HBO and not a major network.  We will of course follow additional news about Newsroom as it develops.

5
Dec
Rooftop Meeting

He Does That

We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists.  But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies.  When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”?  The answer is never.

This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion.  Did we really think it could end any other way?  Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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