Ubisoft said Thursday that it will unleash hacker-themed video game "Watch Dogs" on May 27 in what could turn a disappointing launch delay into a smart marketing move. Shares in the publicly traded French company took a hit when it announced that "Watch Dogs" would not be released as originally planned in November of last year. In contrast, a May debut for "Watch Dogs" could take place when owners of new-generation PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles released late last year are hungry for fresh games to play. Versions of "Watch Dogs" will be available for current and previous generation PlayStation or Xbox consoles as well as for play on personal computers powered by Windows software.
Ashburn (United States) (AFP) - The game over, a beaming Sawyer and Michael, both 10, cheer and give each other a high-five. It is a small but significant reaction that experts say shows how children with autism can benefit from playing some computer games. The Steuart W. Weller Ashburn Elementary School in Virginia is one of the specialized centers in the United States testing Microsoft's popular Xbox game console, equipped with "Kinect." With Kinect, launched by Microsoft in 2010, kids can play videogames without controllers.
By Piya Sinha-Roy BEVERLY HILLS, Calif (Reuters) - Old rich dames, angry henchmen and one very punctilious hotel concierge make up the fantasy world at the center of Wes Anderson's whimsical caper that evokes a bygone era of aristocratic hierarchy and opulence. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," out in limited U.S. release on Friday, is in part inspired by Anderson's own experiences of living in Europe, the works of Austrian author Stefan Zweig, and paying homage to an era where tradition reigned supreme. "Each year I spend a pretty good part of the year in Europe for the last 10 years or maybe more, so this is for me a chance to do a story that relates to my own," Anderson said in his soft hybrid accent that masks any hint of a Texas drawl. Texas-native Anderson, 44, has become synonymous with his quirky, dark comedies such as 1998's "Rushmore," 2001's "The Royal Tenenbaums," 2004's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" that have drawn a cult audience.
Animated films have seen their share of uptight dads — the most memorable being merman Triton and his strict rule over daughter Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" and the over-protective caveman Grug in the prehistoric journey "The Croods." Mr. Peabody the dog in the charming "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is no different.
We thought Katy Perry kissed a girl and she "liked it"? However, it seems the "Dark Horse" singer is going back on her words after a lip-lock with Miley Cyrus. Miley planted a kiss on Katy during a concert recently, and Katy seemed to be OK with it at the time. "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT [tongue] been," Miley Tweeted on Thursday.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have started the No Kids Policy movement, an effort to stop paparazzi from harassing and photographing innocent children of celebrities. The couple stopped by Access Hollywood to explain why they became motivated to get involved. "There were a bunch of little events that led up to it actually," Dax told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. Added Kristen, "We certainly knew that children had a price on their head for paparazzi before we had a kid.
Sony Corp said on Thursday that the chief executive and president of its North American videogame operations, Jack Tretton, who has played a crucial role in increasing its PlayStation business, will step down at the end of March. Sony said in a statement that Tretton, who has led its North American videogames division, Sony Computer Entertainment America, since 2006, resigned following a mutual agreement between them to "not renew their contractual relationship." "As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America," Sony said in its statement. The division's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Shawn Layden, will succeed Tretton starting on April 1, Sony said. Tretton has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment America since its inception in 1995.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Selling "300: Rise of an Empire" was already going to be difficult even before its leading man went missing from promotional duties. Nearly all the main characters died in the original "300," and it's been seven long years since the heavily stylized and bloody Greeks-versus-Persians action film became a worldwide blockbuster.