‘God of War: Ascension’ to include multiplayer

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We’re getting some juicy new nuggets about the recently announced God of War: Ascension, with the main one being the inclusion of multiplayer for the first time ever in a God of War game. Game director Todd Papy talked in length (see video here) this morning about the changes he and his Sony Santa Monica Studios team are making to the PlayStation franchise, including adapting the game engine for eight-player matches on five to seven maps. Series star Kratos will not be playable online, but of course he’s the focus of the single player campaign, as this prequel seeks to shed light on just why he became so angry.

This Week’s Blu-ray Deal: Criterion Collection ‘America Lost and Found’

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If you’re a fan of films from the late 60′s this is must-have boxed set and a heck-of-a deal. Criterion Collection’s America Lost and Found: The BBS Story packs 7 classic films from BBS Productions between 1968 and 1972.

Providence Equity to sell Hulu shares

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Providence Equity Partners Inc. will sell off their 10% share in Hulu to Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp, and News Corp for about $200 million, according to an article from Bloomberg. The online streaming TV show and movie service currently has about 2 million subscribers that pay $7.99 a month for unlimited usage (the same Netflix charges).

NBA 2012 Playoffs Opening Weekend Schedule

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Here’s the NBA playoff schedule for this weekend, starting with Chicago vs. Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. TNT will be broadcasting the first game, followed by Miami vs. New York at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

Wal-Mart officially launches VUDU disc-to-digital program

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Wal-Mart has officially launched their disc-to-digital program which lets you store copies of your DVDs and Blu-rays in the cloud via VUDU. And, VUDU is now UltraViolet compatible, letting you watch you UltraViolet enabled movies on…

Detroit’s Calvin Johnson lands ‘Madden 13′ cover

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In a surprising final vote by the fans, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton for the right to grace the Madden 13 cover later this summer. Nearly 20 million votes were cast throughout the seven week voting process that saw Johnson, a no. 6 seed (yes, they seeded the players for this) beat out 31 other players, including Netwon by a 52%-48% margin. Both players took part in a Times Square ceremony to mark the occasion, and now Johnson now gets to try to survive the infamous Madden curse. The game is scheduled for an August 28 release.

EPIX announces original programming & upcoming movies

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EPIX has announced new original programs which begin premiering this summer through fall 2012. There’re a couple original documentaries including William Shatner’s Get a Life! premiering in July and Flight 800: A 14-Year Investigation Cracks the Case which premieres in September.

Skype app now available for PlayStation Vita

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If you’ve got a portable PlayStation Vita you can now download an app to run Skype. The app lets you use Skype’s voice and video chat features, and supports both the front and rear cameras of the Vita.

New on Blu-ray: Contraband, Titanic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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This week Universal’s Contraband leads off the new Blu-ray releases. The Two-Disc Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and UltraViolet cloud copy.

‘Mass Effect 3′ is $29.99 at Amazon today

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The final (possibly) chapter in the Commander Sheppard’s great space saga can be yours today for 50% off. As Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, Mass Effect 3 for Xbox 360, PS3, or Windows is going for just $29.99 through midnight Pacific time. It’s a great deal for a game that was just released in March and was the #1 selling game that month. Of course the game’s infamous ending has upset many people, but we’re not about to spoil that for you.

Best Buy offers $5 Blu-ray coupons for DVDs

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Best Buy wants your old DVDs and will give you a $5 coupon to trade up to Blu-rays. With the five bucks you’ll be able to get Blu-ray Double Features such as Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions for just $9.99 ($14.99 without coupon).

New streaming titles on Netflix in HD

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If you haven’t noticed, Netflix has been adding a majority of television titles to their streaming library. New TV shows this month include “The Whitest Kids U’ Know,” “Doctor Who (Seasons 1-6/2005-2011),” and “Cold Blood: Season 1 and 3.” Although, there are a few new movies in the lineup including “Daddy Day Care,” “Donnie Darko,” and “Everything Must Go.” And, plenty of concerts have recently been added such as “David Byrne: Ride, Rise, Roar,” and “Ike & Tina Turner: Live in ’71.” See below for a few of our picks this month. We tried to note which titles are available in HD.

Apple might kill 17-inch MacBook pro

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Reports coming from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicate Apple may do away with the 17-inch MacBook pro in favor of a hybrid MacBook Pro that would combine the performance of the Pro with the portability of the MacBook Air.

‘BBC Natural History Collection’ & ‘The Universe Megaset’ on sale

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Were you a subpar student? Too busy focusing on Suzy Johnson’s legs in the 10th grade to muster up more than a C- in Biology? This week’s Blu-ray Deal of the Week at Amazon features two sets of documentaries that will not only look darn good on your display, they’ll also learn ya real good like. Now through April 28 save over 50% on both the BBC Natural History Collection ($62.99) and The Universe Megaset ($58.99). The BBC offering includes Planet Earth: Special Edition, Galapagos, Ganges, and Wild China. The Universe set contains 16 discs, including The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System in 3D.

Hulu to add 4 new original TV shows

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Hulu has announced the addition of four new TV shows (streaming over the internet) to their programming lineup. The new shows include “The Awesomes,” “Don’t Quit Your Daydream,” “Flow,” and “We Got Next.

‘God of War Ascension’ announced for PS3

Sony has officially announced God of War: Ascension after this teaser trailer leaked last night. Game director Todd Papy took to the PlayStation Blog today to reveal precious few details about the next chapter in Kratos’ book of badassery, but he does mention April 30 as the next date when more info will be available via Facebook.

’007 Legends’ game relives James Bond classics

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MGM has officially announced 007 Legends, an upcoming video game for Xbox 360 and PS3 that will let you relive six classic James Bond moments. Weapons in 007 Legends include Bond’s famous Walther PPK, as well as trademark MI6 gadgets and vehicles.

Video shows ‘Battlefield 5′ through Google Glasses

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A video posted on YouTube shows you what “Battlefield 5″ would look like through Google Glasses (officially called Project Glass). Project Glass essentially allows the display of information through augmented reality glasses — and possibly in the future any type of eyewear. That data, presently, is the same as what is delivered to smartphones running Android. Project Glass products are also voice activated.

‘Halo 4′ drops November 6, teaser on ‘Conan’ tonight

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Sure, you may have finished the fight in the trilogy, and then went back to the prequel to see how it all started, but did you really think this cash cow of a franchise would fade away? Of course not. Microsoft and 343 Industries have officially announced that Halo 4 will launch worldwide on Tuesday, November 6, for the Xbox 360. Set four years after the events in Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

New on Blu-ray: ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’

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There’s not much to speak of this week in terms of new Blu-ray Disc releases, except of course for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. The Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack from Paramount also comes with a digital copy of the film on DVD and via the UltraViolet cloud to view anytime on your PC or mobile device.