Bring out your inner hero in Game of Thrones Ascent! #Gameofthrones #videogame #facebook #gaming

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By sword, coin, or whisper, have you ever fancied yourself as the most powerful noble in Westeros? Well, you don’t need to start prepping your acting monologue to impress those casting directors, because Zygna, the makers of the hugely popular Facebook game Farmville, have brought Game of Thrones right into your own hands with Ascent.

This sounds too good to be true… what do I do in it?

Based on the hit HBO series and books, in Game of Thrones Ascent players lead the life of a noble during the time of upheaval as portrayed in the books and the series so the game unites both story and strategy. Players claim their birthright by choosing which of the great houses they swear allegiance to, securing their holdings, developing their lands and personal reputation, and assigning sworn swords to quests, all while forging alliances with new friends. GOTAunsullied

How do I get involved?

Well, its easy… but if you’re one of the very few people who don’t have Facebook, now might be the time to sign up! All you need to do is click on this link to start playing.

There is also a BETA version of the game which is also possible for you to play, but we’d recommend sticking with this one. Now lets just hope that the makers think about bringing it out on more than just Facebook eh?! GOTA.palace_gardens

What’s everyone raving about?

Well, when asked, fans say the allure of the game is that it is very close to the original storyline in the books and that they can fully immerse themselves in the world of Westeros where your decision affects the game going forwards.

Game of Thrones Ascent has experienced more than 500,000 installations since launching — many of those players returning to the virtual world of Westeros many times.

So let us know how you get on, and if you feel that the game is worthy of a bag of dragons then let us know.

Happy gaming Snoochers!

Love Game of Thrones? Then this might be right up your street… #HammeroftheGods #film

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We sent one of our fabulous film critics Andrew Jones (@ethanrunt) off to check out Nick Love’s brand new film offering Hammer of the Gods.  With all this blood, gore and action we thought it was a perfect “boys film” and here’s what he thought of it…

Historical settings are back in a big way thanks to TV’s Spartacus and Game Of Thrones, and with new Brit actioner Hammer Of The Gods we get to see a lot more of it on the big screen. A group of vikings in 800’s AD Britain venture forth through a dangerous land to find the king’s long-lost son, the future leader of the invading forces, and on the journey the viking lads do their fair bit of slicing and dicing through the British.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 08.47.09As Hammer Of The Gods opens, we see leader of the pack Steiner scream charging towards a group of aggressive farmers like the leader of a firm on the terraces. In no small manner, the film is happy to be The Football Factory meets Game Of Thrones and 300, gloriously violent and laddish without weighing itself down in too much plot or dialogue between the big action scenes. Steiner’s father, the rightful king, is dying, and he has to lead the charge in finding the next king, lest his rat younger brother take the crown and destroy the vikings for Saxon gold. On the journey to find his long-lost brother, Steiner and his crew face up to a large boy-loving monster, a religious group using fear as a weapon and a cult around a supposedly immortal god. Steiner and his viking friends knock down everyone, reminding all they oppose that true power comes from the swords and hammers they possess. And if these people don’t believe that, they learn the hard way.

Hammer Of The Gods isn’t exactly historically accurate, noticeably in one action sequence the score becomes very dubstep, which I’m ninety-five percent certain wasn’t a genre back then, and the language is both foul and modern. The film is much more interested in entertaining the audience than being accurate or real in any way, and for that it works wonders. Blissfully short and simple, every dialogue scene finds its way to an important action beat, and all the action is exciting and violent, it’s just what you want from a viking film. Bloody, brutal, silly fun.Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 08.46.58

That’s not to say the film’s perfect, it does threaten to become a very odd arthouse film in the final act, as a lot of characters disappear and the long-lost brother arc becomes something out of a Twin Peaks nightmare, but even that finds its way to nasty bloody violence, so it’s not all bad. Perhaps the film has a bit too much of a Lord Of The Rings fetish because there are about two or three walking/riding sequences that feel like they’d rather show off the British country rather than continue the plot, and whilst it’s a good advert for VisitBritain.com, it’s not as exciting as seeing a man smash another man’s head in with a hammer.

Hammer Of The Gods is executive produced by Nick Love of The Firm and The Sweeney fame, and you can feel his filmmaking style all over here, a Gladiator for Nuts readers, but it’s undemanding stuff and good fun whilst you’re watching it, even if you don’t recall half of it once the lights come up at the end. Fun fluff with a brutal edge, Hammer Of The Gods is recommended for those needing a bit of blood of an evening, or if you want to watch a film with the lads that’s a little different than usual.

Hammer of the Gods is coming to cinemas in August after a debut at Film4 FrightFest.

3 Stars.

Street Fighter is back! And it’s hitting your TV screens! #gaming #liveaction #film

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If you’re fans of the old school Street Fighter… remember picking your player and fighting for hours on your console to find the supreme champion, then you are going to LOVE this news!

Bringing us back to the magic of gaming’s yesteryear, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has just been announced at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Check out in this video more about this live action series:

What’s it going to be about? 

‘Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist’, the thrilling and multi layered series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 14.11.08This series is being tipped to redefine what audiences can expect from live-action video game adaptations. The bi-lingual script penned by Joey Ansah and Christian Howard has attracted some of the top rising and veteran Japanese actors.

Veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi, co-star of the upcoming ‘The Wolverine’, and Mark Killeen, from ‘Game of Thrones’, have recently been added to the cast line up. Filming will complete by the end of August for a proposed early 2014 release.

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 14.11.30The series is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, whose previous projects include ‘Romanzo Criminale’ (Crime Novel); Academy Award nominated ‘Don’t Tell’; and Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Toolbox Murders’.

The series will be directed by Joey Ansah who, as ‘Desh’, was part of one of the most celebrated movie fight scenes of all time, in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, and was recently at the heart of the action in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ‘The Numbers Station’ with John Cusack, and co-star and action director of Lionsgate’s upcoming ‘Greenstreet Underground: Hooligans’.

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Xerxes is BACK!!! #300 #RiseofanEmpire #film #movie #comiccon

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For those of you who couldn’t get enough of Gerard Butler and his mighty six-pack in Frank Miller’s Spartan outing 300, then we have some good (and some bad) news. The bad news is that obviously Gerard Butlers character is NOT coming back from the grave…(we think) but the good news is that the 10 foot demi god Xerxes is most definitely back on our screens – threaded eyebrows and all!

So to celebrate  the films release on the 7th March 2014 (yup a little early) there have been some specially made Comic Con posters to get us all really REALLY excited for the film. Here you go…

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Starring Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”), Eva Green (“Casino Royale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Callan Mulvey (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jack O’Connell (“Skins”),  Rodrigo Santoro (“Love Actually”) and directed by Noam Murro, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE is the new chapter to Zack Snyder’s 2006 comic book adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300.

 

What does Sansa Stark, Neil from the Inbetweeners & a Misfit have in Common? #gameofthrones #tv

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What does Sansa Stark, Neil from the Inbetweeners and a former Misfit all have in common? Well, they spoke to us at the amazing BAFTA Television Craft Awards this weekend.

Its a hard life standing on the red carpet chatting to amazing talent infront and behind the camera, but someone’s gotta do it! So we asked one of our contributors and our friends Red Carpet News TV to check out all the gossip and the awards from backstage at the Brewery in Barbican and here’s what we came up with – enjoy!

Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones tells us what’s in store for her character next season:


Blake Harrison– Neil from The Inbetweeners lets us know if there really is going to be an Inbetweeners 2 movie 

Antonia Thomas – Tells us what she misses most about Misfits and all about her new film projects

Jessica Hynes – Talks about her new Suffragette comedy and about the final Cornetto Trilogy film from her good friend Simon Pegg

Russell Tovey – Chats about his brand new sitcom The Job Lot

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