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The Week in Fandom for March 4

The trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming home, Intel Extreme Masters comes to Katowice, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower movie gets two leads, and the bad news for E3 continues…

Here are our five picks for “The Week in Fandom” for March 4, 2016:

Who You Gonna Call?

After what seems like the longest wait for a trailer in the history of waiting for trailers, the first preview for Ghostbusters finally arrived this week. The reboot, from Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

The trailer shows off plenty of gross-out gags, some decent comedy, awesome new Ghostbusters tech, and a look at numerous ghosts — Slimer’s even back in the mix.

Kate McKinnon takes the prize for best performance from the brief snippets shown here. Out of the entire cast, she makes the best comedic impression and stands thanks to her wacky attire. Holtzmann looks to be a future cosplay standard.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coming Home

Star Wars: The Force Awakens got a confirmed home release date this week — the digital release is set for April 1, and the Blu-ray hits stores on April 4. 

Target, Walmart, and Best Buy will all have their own exclusive packaging, with the Target version adding 20 minutes of bonus content.

Disney is promising a galaxy of bonus content that will take fans inside the making of the film, including an in-depth documentary, featurettes, and more. Fans can expect secrets to be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Full details are up on StarWars.com.

E3 Publisher Woes Continue

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The bad news continued for E3 this week as more publishers pulled out of the annual gaming industry event. Disney Interactive, Activision, and Wargaming all opted out of the show which is largely closed to the public. It’s that focus on industry peers, and not gamers that many blame for the growing regression in publisher attendance.

This week’s news comes a little over a month after Electronic Arts announced it was bailing on E3, in favor of a fan-oriented event at an adjacent venue.

Agent Carter’s Cliffhanger Ending

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Marvel’s Agent Carter ended its second season run this week with a shocking cliffhanger ending. The finale resolved the primary conflict of this season, seemingly ridding our realm of Zero Matter for now.  But (SPOILERS) the episode ended with a final scene showing a mysterious shooting gunning down Chad Michael Murray’s Jack Thompson in cold blood.

Will Jack survive? Fans may not even get a chance to find out, as ABC announced a huge list of show renewals this week which DID NOT include Agent Carter.

The Dark Tower Leads Confirmed

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The Dark Tower movie, based on Stephen King’s epic series of Gunslinger novels, had its main cast confirmed this week by King himself on Twitter. “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” King tweeted while mentioning Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.

McConaughey had been rumored for the Man in Black role, an iteration of notorious King-verse villain Randall Flagg. Elba will play gunslinger Roland Deschain, the protagonist of the film searching for the titular location.

 


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