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Comic-Con: Waugh! The Penguin blasts into “Batman: Arkham City”

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When it comes to Bat-villains, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot’s always been the runt of the litter. Mention the Penguin as an actual threat to the Caped Crusader and you’re liable to get laughed out of the room. Funny? Sure. Grotesquese? Yeah, especially in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns.” But the potbellied miscreant hasn’t really been an A-lister in the Bat’s Rogues Gallery since things went darker for Batman in the late ’80s. “Arkham City” may change that perception.

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Talia.jpgThe interpretation seen in the trailer presents Cobblepot as a Cockney-accented crimelord who’s smoked too many cigarettes. This version of Penguin builds off his latter-day reinvention as a ‘legitimate businessman’ who’s really an underworld power broker. The Iceberg Lounge, the nightclub that serves as his power base, shows up in the trailer as well as an army of nasty thugs and jacked-up umbrella weapons. And if he’s able to keep super-strong bad guy Solomon Grundy–who we all remember from “Superfriends,” right?–on a leash, maybe it’s time to stop laughing at Penguin.

And, in non-flightless bird news, Batman’s baby mama Talia Al Ghul–also the daughter of archenemy Ra’s Al Ghul–will also appearing in the game, with voicework courtesy of Stana Katic from “Castle.”

“Batman: Arkham City” comes out on October 18th.

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Jackie That 70s Show

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself, what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Comic-Con: Black Cat bares her claws in new “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” trailer

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Batman’s not the only superhero with a femme fatale showing up in his video game this year. A new trailer reveals that Felicia Day–the super-thief known as the Black Cat–will be showing up in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Edge of Time.”

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Developed by Beenox, the game will pair up the present-day Amazing Spider-Man and his future counterpart Spider-Man 2009. The latter’s trying to stop the original wall-crawler’s death from creating a dystopic future. The Black Cat’s been a sometime villain, sometime partner/hook-up and all-around tease in Peter Parker’s life. But, by the looks of the trailer, she may be out for some of his radioactive blood this time out. For what it’s worth, perennial girlfriend Mary Jane Watson also shows up in this trailer, but she’s never been much good in a fight. The game’s being written by Peter David, a respected writer with beloved comics runs on Hulk, Aquaman and various X-Men titles to his credit. He’s sure to give fans a Black Cat who’s as memorable as she is sexy.

Catwoman or Black Cat: which feline felon are you more excited for? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

“Need for Speed: The Run” breaks the speed limit

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In most racing games, the cars are the lead protagonists. The sprightliness of gear shifting, durability of its chassis and top speed count as character traits, with some titles not even bothering to model a driver character behind the wheel.

“Need for Speed: The Run” is different. Main character Jack owes the wrong people a whole lot of money and both cops and crooks want his head on a platter. But, all that drama goe away if he can win the $25 million first-place prize in an illegal, off-the-grid cross-country race called The Run.

Previous “Need for Speed” games tried to tell stories before, but most of those efforts had you in control of an anonymous nonentity. Jack’s different. You’ll take him out of the car during frantic chase and fight sequences where he’s jumping off rooftops and fighting cops. These quick moments play an interactive cutscenes, rather than any kind of “GTA”-style open-world exploration. the cutting-edge Frostbite 2 game engine from EA’s DICE division powers “NFS: The Run,” delivering sharp-looking simulated physics, lighting and animation. Of course, there’s tons of automotive eye candy, too. A start-studded line-up of rides will include impressive models like the Porsche 911 GT2 and McLaren MP4-12C. Dozens of cars you’d never be able to afford in real life will unlock as the game progresses, making this game a must for car cognoscenti.

Autolog-the in-game social network that tracks and compares your friends’ progress-lets players view dynamic status updates and forms the hub of the multiplayer experience, which constantly challenges you to beat your friends’ performance on various tracks. When I played it yesterday, “The Run” impressed me with how it handled the visual challenges of a chaotic urban drag race while transitioning to top-shelf character animations. It’s like playing the bastard child of “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Fast & Furious.” The game’s due out November 15th for all major consoles.

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