The last time Gabrielle Union was looked at as an actress who could do action movies was 2003. That was when she starred in “Bad Boys II” and “Cradle 2 the Grave” — just five months apart — opposite genre heavyweights Will Smith and Jet Li, respectively.“In your mind, and what they tell you, is ‘This is your career trajectory,’” she said, her hand gesturing toward an imaginary list of opportunities. “‘You are the “it girl.” The world is your oyster. You’ll have your choice of roles. You can come back to action any time.’”But that’s not what happened. While roles in everything from Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” and “Good Deeds” to Chris Rock’s “Top Five” and Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” showcased her dramatic and comedic chops, it still seemed Hollywood placed the actress in a more limited … [Read more...] about ‘Breaking In’ lets Gabrielle Union get all wild, angry and unhinged
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THE end is nigh, if some conspiracy theorists are to be believed. They clam that a mysterious planet known as Nibiru, or Planet X, is due to pass close to Earth - and it will bring all sorts of drama with it. Here's what the theory is all about... Is Nibiru home to aliens? Linguist Zecharia Sitchin's controversial 1976 book Twelfth Planet claims that Nibiru is inhabited by an alien race called the Anunnaki, who are referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim. He argued that ancient texts claimed that these mysterious space travellers had come to Earth looking for gold and other minerals. Controversially, he also writes that the Anunnaki were unwilling to do the hard work themselves, so create a new slave race by blending their DNA with humans'. His work forms the basis of many 'ancient astronaut' theories, that claim aliens visited the Earth and changed the path of human history - least of all by building the pyramids. Sitchin also claimed that Nibiru has an elongated orbit around the … [Read more...] about Is Planet X real, what does Nibiru mean, when was the world supposed to end and what is the SpaceX conspiracy theory?
Beware serious spoilers for every numbered Far Cry game except the first. You have been warned.You don't need to actually play Far Cry 5 in order to finish it. All you need do is enter the church after the introductory cinematic, wait for the order to arrest your antagonist, cult leader Joseph Seed, then drop the pad. "God is watching, and he will judge you on what you decide here today," your quarry says, holding out his wrists. The silence lengthens, tension dribbling away into fidgety embarrassment. Finally, another character pushes down Joseph's arms and you walk back to the door. Beyond it, there is only the credits reel. A poor return on £50, I guess, but in a way this is the most uplifting of the game's three endings: it spares you a bloody struggle for control of Hope, Montana that will ultimately prove meaningless when a mushroom cloud sprouts from the horizon. The "Father", it transpires, was right about the end of the world all along. In asking you to leave him alone, … [Read more...] about Far Cry’s villains are sick of Far Cry
DC Comics’ Black Label, announced through The Hollywood Reporter today, will pair writer Frank Miller (Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns) with artist John Romita Jr. (Kickass, All-Star Batman) for Superman: Year One. But that’s not all: Kelly Sue Deconnick (Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) will team with Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis) for a retelling of the origin of the Amazons. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the team behind Dark Nights: Metal, will tell an equally wild story about Batman carrying the Joker’s head around a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Hot off his own bestselling run on Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka will reprise the character in a very different way. And John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) will retell the history of the DC Universe from a new and modern perspective. The idea behind Black Label, says DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, is to invite the biggest artists and writers in comics today to work with the biggest of DC’s … [Read more...] about DC Comics pairs Frank Miller with Superman and more in ‘Black Label’
It may be over 20 years since Age of Empires first conquered our PC screens, but the Pelasgians are still monumental gits. After a relatively straightforward time guiding the Egyptians to supremacy, the campaign mode tasks you with building a Greek state, starting with a small agricultural hub. Yet you've barely erected your town centre when those red-skirted sods come to smash it with their clubs. Guys, I'm trying to build the foundation of western culture here. Take your caveman antics elsewhere. The stone age is so last week. Naturally those gurning Neanderthals pay no heed, constantly harrying your perfectly innocuous attempt to dominate the entire Aegean peninsula. It's almost like they don't want to be homogenised into a civilisation built on slaves that will eventually be subjugated by another civilisation built on slaves. When did imperialism get so darned difficult? Of course, Age of Empires has always been a challenging game. It's just that my fusty old brain has forgotten … [Read more...] about Age of Empires: Definitive Edition review