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#WomenAreTooHardToAnimate – Nobody is Buying it, Ubisoft

If you’re just joining the conversation, here’s what you missed: Earlier this week, Ubisoft unveiled the latest installment of their unstoppable franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The story takes place during the French Revolution, and players can choose from up to four unique characters–

Alright, not so unique, then.

The fact that Ubisoft chose to omit women in their game without bothering to Google the most famous assassin of the time period is bad enough, but then they made matters worse by trying to explain why.

Basically, it was too much work. … Except not really. In fact, it’s safe to say that excuse is complete bullshit and Ubisoft has no good reason for not including a female assassin in their game.

In response to Ubisoft’s statements, @lionschmion started the Twitter hashtag #WomenAreTooHardToAnimate. In less than 24 hours, there have been thousands of tweets with the hashtag, with a reach of over 1.2 million users. Oh, and Kotaku has just now picked up on it (damn, got there before me).

Jayd (aka lionschmion) was kind enough to pretend to take me seriously long enough to do this interview. We talked about the decline of the Assassin’s Creed series, the overwhelming response to #WomenAreTooHardToAnimate, and what it means for the future of gaming.

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SpartaCast: The Series Finale

Last week, we said goodbye to the amazing show Spartacus. My friends and I got together every week to see the new episodes, and I couldn’t have gotten through this final epic season if it hadn’t been for our support group. In honor of the series finale, we recorded this special podcast! We discussed how we first got into the series, the language of the show, our favorite characters, the most memorable moments, some of our disappointments, and much more. (Warnings: Spoilers for all aired episodes and frank discussion of many of the mature themes on the show. Also, we’re potty mouths, so cursing ahoy!)

Right click here to download the audio directly.

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy Cast in New Pilot ‘Human’

If you happened to hear a distant, piercing shriek sometime on Tuesday morning, sorry, that was probably me. Because that was when it became official: Karl Urban is co-starring with Michael Ealy in the pilot for a scifi buddy cop series. I swear to god, I am not making any of this up.

“The drama, which is now going by the title Human, is described as an action-packed buddy-cop show set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids. Urban will take on the leading role of John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow elite officers and left him critically injured.” (1)

Michael Ealy was cast back in February as the android Dorian, “who understands humanity more than his human partner.” (2)

In summary: Karl Urban is a damaged cop with a Tragic Past, Michael Ealy is a beautiful android with Feelings. This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter.

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STAR TREK: Cast Interview and TOS Trivia Fun

It’s a damn good time to be a Trekkie.

After over four years of practically NOTHING (unless you count three frames of footage and a few blurry snapshots of the film set), the past few weeks have seen a sudden flood of shiny new goodies from the next installment of the Star Trek Reboot. Between the official synopsis, the teaser poster, the trailer, the first (spoilery!) movie still, AND the first 9 minutes of the film airing in IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit, I barely knew what to do with myself.


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To top it all off, interviews with the cast of Star Trek into Darkness have started showing up online. It feels like an old band getting back together and touring after a long hiatus. And it fucking rocks.

Here’s my favorite interview so far, from ET Online. In which the cast and J. J. Abrams undergo a “warp speed” trivia round.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Magic Mike

While the rest of you guys are living it up at Comic-Con and I’m totally not wallowing in self-pity and jealousy, let’s talk about Magic Mike and why everyone should go see it.


Four good reasons, right there.

When I first heard that Channing Tatum was going to make a movie (loosely) based on his time as a male stripper, I thought someone was messing with me. Then I heard Matt Bomer was going to be in it — what — alongside Joe Manganiello — WHAT — and the movie was going to be directed by Stephen Soderbergh — EXCUSE ME?! — and by that point I realized that it had to be real, because not even in my wildest fantasies could I have imagined something like this.

Fast forward almost a year later, and Magic Mike is finally here. And guess what? It’s not just a stripper movie, it’s a critically acclaimed stripper movie.

Trailers tend to be a little misleading from time to time, but I walked into the theater expecting to see a very different film from the one I ended up watching. The movie was promoted as a fun, sexy summer flick with a lot of skin and raunchy humor. It definitely has all of that, but much like tearaway clothing, Magic Mike has some hidden layers.

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WHITE COLLAR: “Judgment Day” Season Finale Advance Review

With a title as ominous as “Judgment Day,” you can be sure the White Collar season three finale is going to deliver. The possibility of freedom has been held out for Neal Caffrey for the latter half of this season. Now that his commutation hearing has finally arrived, we get to see where Neal’s friends and colleagues stand on the matter. New revelations, unexpected twists, and a gravity-defying stunt all lead up to a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. In other words, it’s business as usual in the world of White Collar.

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WHITE COLLAR: “Checkmate” Mid-Season Premiere Advance Review

Rejoice, White Collar fans! We finally made it! There’s only one week left before our favorite cop-and-robber duo returns, with an action-packed premiere full of drama and unexpected twists.

Can you guys believe it’s already been five whole months since the mid-season finale? Just in case you haven’t been obsessively rewatching White Collar episodes to escape the painful withdrawal (the entire series is on Netflix, just fyi), USA Network has helpfully put together a recap of the season so far…

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