Daily Videogames News Roundup: Mana Bars to open in Sydney & Melbourne, Arkham Asylum available on-demand and more…

Gamer-targeted watering hole Mana Bar is set to expand its horizons. Commenting on a Facebook campaign to open a Mana Bar in Sydney yesterday, promoter Guy “Yug” Bloomberg hinted that “It’s going to happen … sooner than you think … stay tuned”. The bar’s one and only site is currently located in Brisbane, Australia. Source: … Continue reading

Daily Music News Roundup: Katy Perry has another stupid song, Iron Maiden release video game, Kings of Leon release album… in October

Katy Perry’s latest song, yet another in a long line of increasingly stupid tracks aimed at the absolute lowest common denominator, is entitled Milk Milk Lemonade, and features a chorus taken from the kids rhyme about breast milk, urine and excrement. I don’t even. Source: Vulture Metal legends Iron Maiden have released an online game … Continue reading

News: Tarantino to direct The Shadow

Pajiba has reported that Quentin Tarantino is attached to direct graphic novel adaptation The Shadow, taking over from Sam Raimi. The report is tentative at best, but if it’s true… wow. Huge news. We have The Hollywood Cog to thank for this breaking news. Source: Pajiba

Daily Film News Roundup: David O Russell drops out of Uncharted, Breaking Dawn Pt 2 release set, New Tron Legacy poster released

/Film reports that volatile director David O Russell has left the upcoming adaptation of the videogame Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Russell couldn’t come to terms with studio Columbia Pictures. Russell, director of I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings, has the Christian Bale/Mark Wahlberg drama The Fighter set for release later this year. Source: /Film The second … Continue reading

Daily Music News Roundup: Meredith opens ticket ballot, Dandy Warhols to perform in Hobart, Tic Toc Tokyo disband and more…

The ballot for the 2010 Meredith Music Festival opened this morning, with subscribers putting their names in for tickets to the upcoming rural music event. The festival is from the 10th – 12th of December, and takes place at Nolan Farm in Victoria. For more info head to the MMF website here. Source: Mess+Noise American … Continue reading

Ctrl-x will be moving (on up)!

Yes, that’s right – we’ve gone and grown up. We’ll be moving to http://www.ctrl-x.com.au by the end of the week. We’ll be announcing the winner of the Doctor Who contest over on the new site, so make sure you check here daily so I can let you all know when it’s ready. The look of … Continue reading

Daily Film News Roundup: Cillian Murphy in another end-of-the-world thriller, Total Recall to be remade by hack, Russell Brand to buckle swashes and more…

Russell Brand is set to be cast in period-swashbuckler Hawkwood. Based on a real person who led European armies during the Renaissance Wars, Brand pitched the idea himself with the script being penned by Jared Stern and executive-produced by Nicky Weinstock. Source: Deadline Cillian Murphy has signed on for The Retreat, a thriller in which … Continue reading

Competition: Win Doctor Who Series 5 Volume 1 on Blu-ray!

Yes, that’s right – you could be the proud owner of the latest volume of Doctor Who to be released on home video, Series 5 Volume 1 (featuring 11th Doctor Matt Smith)! All you have to do is email ctrlx@live.com with your favourite on-screen doctor – I’m not just talking Doctor Who doctors, it could … Continue reading

Daily Videogame News Roundup: Insomniac to reveal new game, Metroid: Other M Oz Release set, Sega posts surprising profit

American developer Insomniac Games have announced that they’ll be revealing their upcoming release at some point prior to Seattle’s Penny-Arcade Expo. Speculation has suggested that the game will be Resistance 3, and preliminary information about Insomniac’s panel at PAX reveals that the mystery game will be a PS3 exclusive. Source: IGN Nintendo Australia has announced … Continue reading

News: Lisa Simpson Got Married In The Future Today

I don’t know if this counts as news, but nevertheless:

Weekend Music News Roundup: J Award Nominees Announced, Crowded House Tour Oz In Nov.

The first three Triple J Album of the Year award nominees have been announced, with the preliminary honours going to psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, soul-songstress Sia and indie-pop four-piece Cloud Control. More nominees will be announced in the coming months. If you prefer to listen to your music on-demand and no longer bother switching on … Continue reading

Weekend Film News Roundup: Oz theatres set to upgrade accessibility, Dinner For Schmucks number 1, Disney sells Miramax

The four main Australian cinema chains have agreed to install accessibility upgrades to more than 240 theatres. The upgrades will include audio descriptive and captioning technology, and the Federal Government has already pledged $470,000 in support of the upgrades. Source: Inside Film The Steve Carell and Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks has taken the … Continue reading

News: Jon Hamm for Superman, Thor trailer online, Del Toro to direct Lovecraft adaptation

ThinkMcFlyThink reports that the team behind the upcoming Superman reboot (which includes Christopher Nolan and David Goyer) are considering Mad Men star Jon Ham for the role as The Man of Steel. Hamm, a talented actor with palpable screen presence, would be a perfect fit for the role – dashing, handsome, and intelligent, Hamm has … Continue reading

The Weekend Gig Guide – Melbourne (29th – 1st)

Pictured: Will Stoker and the Embers Thursday: Magic, mayhem and madness: this is the Oh, Deanna live experience. Having been an ardent Oh, Deanna follower for some years, they are one of the few bands that bring about such utter devotion in me and, without sounding wanky, it’s more than deserved. A deeply unique four-piece, … Continue reading

News: Google developing social network

1UP reports that several games developers have been meeting with Google with regard to developing social network-hosted games. Several factors – Google’s ~$200 million investment in Zynga, the hiring of Mark Deloura as ‘developer advocate for games’ and the online giant’s reported search for a ‘games project manager’ – indicate Google’s imminent entrance into the … Continue reading

News: Aronofsky abandons Robocop reboot

Darren Aronofsky has been forced to abandon his reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi-fascism hit Robocop due to financial concerns surrounding studio MGM. The company is $3.7 billion in debt, casting doubt over the production of not just Robocop – both The Hobbit and the next James Bond film are also in danger of simply never … Continue reading

News: Primer available to view free online

Primer, the brilliantly intelligent and slightly obtuse science fiction film from first (and so far only) time director Shane Carruth, has been released by the writer-director himself to view for free on Google Video. Carruth, who also starred in Primer, has until now only made one film. However, word has been slowly leaking out regarding … Continue reading

News: Inception takes number one at Oz, US box offices

Christopher Nolan’s mindbending, visually stunning thriller Inception has taken hold of the box office. The film reached number one at both the Australian and American box offices, grossing $7.4 million and $142.8 million, respectively. The film beat out Knight & Day (the Cruise and Diaz action flick) and Toy Story 3 in Australia, while in … Continue reading

News: Oh, Deanna and supports play The Empress

Check out the press release because I’m too lazy to re-word it: Eff winter, let’s dance! Three radiant local acts will warm the heels of your feet and the cockles of your heart on Thursday July 29 at The Empress. Bonny balladeer Sean Henry (Kenny Cornflakes) will make a rare acoustic solo appearance away from … Continue reading

News: Gorillaz announce Australian tour

A little animated British electro-pop band called Gorillaz – heard of them? – have announced their first Australian tour. The band will be in the country for a fortnight, and will be hitting up the major venues of the capitals. Check out the dates and places below:

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