Amazon Prime Video gets exclusive streaming rights for USA's Mr. Robot

USA’s hacker drama Mr. Robot was one of the summer’s very best new shows, and now Amazon, in its continued content war with Netflix and Hulu, has locked up exclusive streaming rights. “Starting this spring, Prime Video in the US will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Mr. Robot,” the company announced in a press release. (You’ll still be able to buy the show digitally through iTunes and other stores.) Amazon also says Mr. Robot‘s first season will exclusively premiere on its service across the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Mr. Robot has earned critical acclaim for its first ten-episode run, and Amazon is clearly happy to have nabbed it — and kept a hit away from its streaming rivals in the process. “Prime members are…

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Star Wars Battlefront Beta File Size, Level Cap, Pre-Load Details Revealed

Electronic Arts has announced more details about the upcoming multiplayer beta for DICE’s much-anticipated shooter, Star Wars Battlefront, including the beta’s file size, level cap, and pre-loading.

First, the Battlefront beta will be about 7 GB on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; the PC edition, meanwhile, will be closer to 11 GB. Pre-loading will be supported, but only on PC. Computer players can pre-load the Battlefront beta through Origin starting at 1 AM PDT / 4 AM EDT / 9 AM UK on Wednesday, October 7.

In addition, EA has confirmed that the Battlefront beta will let you advance your character up to level five. Once players hit the cap, they can’t progress to higher levels, but can still unlock additional items. EA has not announced the level cap for the full Battlefront game.

The Battlefront beta will run October 8-12. You do not need to preorder the game to play, as the pre-release play period is open to everyone. EA also stresses that the beta is being held in part to allow DICE to test aspects of the game’s online infrastructure. As such, players may run into “interruptions” during gameplay. What’s more, progress earned during the beta will not carry forward to the full game.

In addition, EA shared some new descriptions for the three modes that will be playable in the Battlefront beta.

Battlefront Beta Modes:

Descriptions courtesy of EA

  • Walker Assault on Hoth: Fight in epic 40-player battles as a Rebel to destroy the Empire’s onslaught of AT-ATs by calling in Y-wing bombers. Or, side with the Empire and protect your walkers while utilizing their mighty weaponry to crush the Rebel objective.
  • Drop Zone on Sullust: Escape pods are crashing down and you and your team must fight to control them. With its frantic 8v8 matches, Drop Zone is sure to put your combat and strategy skills to the test.
  • Survival Mission on Tatooine: Play alone or with a friend via co-op or split-screen as you battle to hold off waves of Imperial forces including AT-ST’s, TIE fighters, elite Stormtroopers, and more.

Players can also check out the new Battlefront “Companion” experience at the game’s website during the beta period. One part of this is a strategic card game called Base Command that lets players earn in-game credits that they can then use to unlock weapons and Star Cards in the full Battlefront game.

Battlefront launches on November 17, about a month before Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters in December. EA is also releasing tie-in DLC for Battlefront based on the movie.

Xbox One owners with an EA Access membership will get to play Battlefront first, as it will be available through the subscription program a full five days early.

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Google Nexus announcement: 5 things to expect at Tuesday's event

Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Motorola all unveiled new phones over the past two months. Now it’s Google’s turn.

At an event on Tuesday, Google will unveil this year’s new Nexus phones and kick off the launch of Android Marshmallow. It’ll probably have more than that up its sleeve, too. Reports are going around about a lot of new Chromecast news, including a partnership with Spotify and an updated app.

Google’s event begins September 29th at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. As always, you’ll be able to follow along with The Verge for live updates. Curious about what to expect? Keep reading for all the details.

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X-Men Star Hugh Jackman Talks About his Final Wolverine Movie

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has spoken about preparing for his final big screen appearance as the iconic member of the X-Men. The third standalone Wolverine film is currently scheduled for a 2017 release, but in an interview with Collider, Jackman revealed that the film was still being written.

“I’ll be really honest with you, the actual script in its full form we’re up to about page 60. Obviously there’s a treatment, so it’s not fully done yet, we’re not fully there,” he said. “I’m sounding a little cagey because this is the last time I’m playing him, and I have just made the commitment to myself, really, and told everyone that until that script is perfect, until it is that perfect way to sign out, I’m not gonna start shooting.”

Jackman also stated that Patrick Stewart’s Professor X character would play a part in the new movie, something Stewart himself confirmed in August.

“Patrick does figure in it, that’s for sure,” Jackman said. “I think it’s a really important relationship but I want to see signs of that quasi-father/son sort of relationship that has not been seen before, and sides of particularly Professor X that have not been seen before. So we have some really, really cool ideas.

“I really have known for quite a long time how I want to finish this sort of odyssey that I’ve been on, this amazing journey. And I won’t let it fall anywhere in between. I won’t fall short of it.”

According to Jackman, the plan is to start shooting next year, although the production location was currently “one of the things that is up in the air.”

The third Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold, who previously helmed 2013’s The Wolverine, which went on to make more than $400 million worldwide. At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Jackman hinted strongly that the film would draw from the Old Man Logan line of comic books, a futuristic storyline which sees Wolverine as the world’s last remaining mutant.

The film is one of four upcoming films that form part of Fox’s X-Men universe, with Deadpool due in February 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse following in July, and the currently directorless Gambit scheduled for next October.

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Poll: What's your favorite Bond song of all time?

Bond films are like cultural time capsules: each film introduces the world to a new car, new gadgets, and a new theme song forever linked to an actor who’s typecast as liking his martinis shaken, not stirred.

Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” for SPECTRE debuted today under the shadow of Adele’s Grammy and Academy Award winning song for 2012’s Skyfall. It has all the hallmarks of a successful Bond song: earnest vocals, pop-orchestral arrangement, and a composition that feels weirdly somber compared to the exploits of everyone’s favorite government assassin. Here, have a listen:

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Zelda Movie Casting Discussed By Series Creator Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda and Mario, has discussed potential casting for a Zelda movie.

Joined by Takashi Tezuka, designer and director of numerous Zelda and Mario games, the duo told MTV said they’d like someone “completely new” and indicated a Japanese person may not be the best fit for the character.

“With Japanese TV drama and film they always use the same actors so I actually think we should have someone completely new,” said Miyamoto, before inviting the more pop culture savvy Tezuka to offer his opinion.

“I can’t think of any,” Tezuka replied. “This is just personally, it would very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress.”

Miyamoto added: “This is something I never imagined because Link is very different to how a Japanese person looks. At the Japanese Expo I attended, there were so many people in cosplay who looked very good. They would be good!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Miyamoto addressed the possibility of movies based on Nintendo properties.

“As Nintendo is an entertainment company we think about ways of expanding outside of video games and not being limited,” he said. So we do not have anything in the immediate works but we are definitely interested and open to it.”

He continued: “A feature length film? It’s definitely a secret! I can’t make any comments right now but we will see.”

Following a report stated a Zelda live-action series was in production at Netflix. Nintendo released a statement saying the report was “not based on correct information,” but didn’t outright deny it was happening.

Leaked emails also stated Sony and Nintendo were discussing a new Mario movie. Spider-Man producer Avi Arad is reportedly brokering a deal with Nintendo to obtain the Mario film rights. According to Arad, the negotiations with Nintendo are not finalised, but rather “just the beginning.”

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Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot 'BURNITUP!' for new track

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable, the singer’s first album in seven years, is due out on October 2nd, but we’ve already heard a handful of songs from the upcoming release. These include the title track, a J. Cole collaboration called “No Sleeep,” and now “BURNITUP!,” a dance floor-filler featuring Missy Elliott. The track has already been played during Jackson’s ongoing world tour, and made its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 last night, with Jackson tweeting out a link to the song earlier today. Both artists have been relatively absent from the music world for a while now (not counting Missy’s appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show for “Get Ur Freak On”), and this track shows why it’s good to have them back.

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Fallout 4 Video Breaks Down Character Development

Bethesda has released a new video providing an in-depth look at Fallout 4‘s character development system.

The video, which is narrated by executive producer Todd Howard, goes through the various S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes and also the Perks. We’re also given a look at the rather impressive Perk tree, which you can see in full below.

The chart is organised by the seven S.P.E.C.I.A.L. options and, according to Howard, “there is a Perk for each S.P.E.C.I.A.L. and each rank from one to ten.”

“If you have the value, you can choose it. So if you come out of the Vault with ten charisma, you can pick the intimidation perk that let’s you manipulate and control other people.”

A total of 70 base perks will be available in Fallout 4, each with multiple ranks that alter the functionality of the perk. Bethesda goes into depth about the character upgrading mechanics on its official website.

Bethesda has announced post-launch plans for Fallout 4, which includes regular free updates, paid DLC, mods, and more. Fallout 4 will be getting expansion packs starting in 2016, the DLC content will be available through the game’s $30 DLC pass.

Todd Howard previously said the game’s mod tools will be available in “early 2016,” but a more specific date could not be provided as the timetable was still “fuzzy.”

At E3 in June, Bethesda revealed that Fallout 4’s mods would ship on Xbox One before PlayStation 4, as part of a wider deal arranged with Microsoft.

Take a look at Fallout 4’s full Perk Tree below.

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