'Need for Speed Payback' Takes Racing to the Next Level



Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the latest installment in its popular Need For Speed franchise. Introducing Need For Speed Payback, the explosive adventure video game filled with heist missions, car battles, police chases, and more epic expeditions. The NFS series, which began in 1994, takes a turn this year as the gameplay is set in the underworld of Fortune Valley. According to EA, players can choose from three characters: Tyler the Racer; Mac the Showman or Jess the Wheelman. Their mission is centered on taking vengeance against a notorious cartel called The House. The car customization has intensified, as players will be able to construct the ultimate supercar and then bet on its performance.

Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games,” said Marcus Nilsson, executive producer. “We’re still delivering everything our fans love about the franchise –- the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races and open world pursuits –- but with Need for Speed Payback, we’re bringing together all those elements in an all new blockbuster driving experience. From the story, to the different characters you can drive as, to the varied missions, to the edge-of-your-seat moments, this is our vision for what action driving entertainment means today.”

In order to play before the official launch, EA Access and Origin Access are allowing members to play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, November 2 with the EA Access and Origin Access Play First trial. Need for Speed Payback will release worldwide on November 10 for Xbox One, PlayStation4 and PC.

These Are the Best Films and TV Shows Dropping in June

As we enter into the prime months of summer, all the heavy hitter blockbusters start to make their way onto the big screen. Lined up for June is the latest chapter in the DC Universe with Wonder Woman along with indie flick It Comes at Night from powerhouse distributors A24. Tupac’s highly-anticipated biopic All Eyez on Me also hits the large screen. Over on the small screen, favorites like Orange Is the New Black and Fear the Walking Dead make their return. Check out the list below for some of the must-see releases to the more under the radar films to look forward to in June.


Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – June 2

Based on the Dav Pilkey’s best-selling book series of the same name, the film follows a pair of imaginative pranksters voiced by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s an eccentric underpants flaunting caped crusader. Created by DreamWorks Animation, the film hits theaters globally on June 2.

Wonder Woman – June 2

The heroine of the DC Comic Universe finally gets her much-deserved spotlight. Starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess Diana Prince, the films takes a look at Wonder Woman’s origins and her fight for peace during World War II. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film also stars Chris Pine as love interest Steve Trevor and Robin Wright as General Antiope. So far Wonder Woman is the highest-rated superhero film in the DC Universe and tied with Iron Man.

The Mummy – June 9

The Mummy reboot stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton who finds himself waking up in an unknown facility after a mid-flight ambush. When Nick and his partner come under attack, the battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. Morton then must prevent the mummy from wreaking havoc. The film also stars Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson.

It Comes at Night – June 9

Distributed by powerhouse A24, It Comes at Night is full of ominous imagery like creepy paintings, angry spirits, a woods-stalking wolf, and a red door, all telling us something bad is going to happen. The film centers on a group stuck in an eerie house in the woods — presumably far away from help or cell service — who face an unseen threat; one that potentially manifests as a disease or bodily possession that could destroy the group from within. Joel Edgerton takes top billing as a father trying to protect his wife and son from what awaits outside. The film also stars Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Carmen Ejogo

47 Meters Down – June 16

Centering around two vacationing sisters, 47 Meters Down sees sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) battle for their lives in the deep ocean. What starts out as a routine cage shark diving trip turns into their worst nightmares. 47 Meters Down is set to hit theaters on June 16.

All Eyez on Me – June 16

All Eyez on Me takes a look into the untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur from his early days to becoming one of the world’s most recognized influential voices. Along with his family struggles and his move to join Death Row Records with Suge Knight, the film will also emphasize the relationship between Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

Score: A Film Music Documentary – June 16

Director Matt Schrader aims to put a spotlight on the art of film music with his upcoming documentary Score: A Film Music Documentary. Featuring industry heavyweights like Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, the late James Horner, and more, the docu will take a look at each of their creative processes while exploring the making of some of the most iconic scores in cinematic history.

Kill Switch – June 16

One summer indie flick comes in the form of Kill Switch. Directed by first-time filmmaker Tim Smit, Dan Stevens — of Legion fame — stars as a pilot trying to save his family and the world when an energy experiment using parallel universes goes wrong. The movie looks to combine first person viewpoints, coming straight out of action games.

Once Upon a Time in Venice – June 16

Bruce Willis‘s latest project Once Upon a Time in Venice sees the action hero taking notes from John Wick. The action comedy follows Willis’s character as a Los Angeles private investigator who gets caught up with some dangerous shenanigans after they steal his dog, and it looks like Willis holds nothing back. The film also stars Jason Momoa — of Game of Thrones fame — John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen and Adam Goldberg.

Transformers: The Last Knight – June 21

The robots in disguise are coming back to the big screen this summer for its fifth installment. Michael Bay remains attached to the project and it seems there is more than meets the eye. The film sees the humans pitted against the Transformers with Optimus Prime gone. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and our favorite aliens, Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters at the end of the month.

Baby Driver – June 28

Directed by Edgar Wright — the genius behind such hits as Shaun of the Dead and Hot FuzzBaby Driver marks Wright’s first film since 2013′s The World’s End. The new project centres around a getaway driver played by Ansel Elgort, in deep trouble when a bank heist goes wrong. Baby Driver made its world premiere at SXSW and also stars Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey.

Okja – June 28

From the directer who brought us Snowpiercer and The Host, Joon-ho Bong returns in full force with this Netflix original movie. The story follows a South Korean girl, Mija (Seo-hyun Ahn), as she tries to stop a company from taking Okja, “a very shy and introverted animal” from her. Okja is Mija’s best friend, but in the eyes of most people, a monster. The ensemble includes Tilda Swindon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Lily Collins.

David Lynch: The Art Life – June 29

Having already seen a limited release back in March, David Lynch: The Art Life makes its way to Amazon Video at the end of the month. Taking a look at award-winning director/producer/writer, David Lynch has crafted the sort of career most artists can only dream of. The documentary helmed by Jon Nguyen is comprised of numerous interviews and traces back to the early life and career of the Twin Peaks creator. The 71-year-old legend even narrates the film.

The Beguiled – June 30

Sofia Coppola is back with a new adaptation on Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel A Painted Devil. The story centers around an injured Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school who cons his way into the lonely hearts of the women. Unlike the 1971 film version starring Clint Eastwood, Coppola’s version will be told through the females’ point of view. The adaptation will star Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Angourie Rice and Colin Farrell as the injured soldier. And if that’s not enough, Sofia Coppola won Best Director at Cannes 2017 for the film.

The Little Hours – June 30

Definitely not for the faint of heart, The Little Hours has set out to poke fun at Catholicism. Having already made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the R-rated comedy stars Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza as raunchy, sex-crazed nuns, while Dave Franco plays a handsome new laborer named Masseto. Based on a bawdy tale from the 14-century Italian collection The Decameron, The Little Hours has already been condemned by the Catholics as “pure trash.” All you heathens can catch the film when its drops in theaters on June 30.


Fear the Walking Dead – June 4

The third season of Fear the Walking Dead will mark showrunner Dave Erickson’s — who also created The Walking Dead — last, though he’ll remain on as an executive producer. The new season see the characters struggling to survive with new faces joining the AMC drama. A two-hour premiere is slated for June 4,

I’m Dying Up Here – June 4

Produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here takes a look at the young comedians vying for attention during the standup boom of the 1970s, before the Internet and viral videos made it easy to get their material seen. From stand alone on stage to getting a shot on The Jonny Carson Show, the drama explores how the comedians were able to rise through the ranks. Look for the show to hit Showtime on June 4 at 10 p.m. EST.

Orange is the New Black – June 9

Popular prison drama Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix for its fifth season and it looks like it will pick up right where it left off. Season five will take a major departure from previous seasons as it’s set to focus solely on the three days following the events of last year’s finale. Catch all 13 episodes when they drop on June 9.

Orphan Black – June 10

The final season of Orphan Black promises to be the best and most intense one yet. The season will see Helena on a murderous rampage with more clones appearing. Tune into BBC America for the fifth and final season on June 10.

The Mist – June 22

Based on Stephen King‘s 1980 novella The Mist — and already gracing the silver screen back in 2007 — the new series is set to keep you on the edge of your seats on a weekly basis. The terrifying television series sees residents as they battle a mysterious mist that rolls into their town. Look for The Mist to hit Spike on June 22.

G.L.O.W. – June 23

Taking place in the ’80s, G.L.O.W. stars Alison Brie as an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles who soon finds a chance at stardom in the weird world of female wrestling. Marc Maron plays the role of Sam Sylvia, a washed-up director of “B” movies who tries to lead the group of women to fame.

Preacher – June 25

Returning this month to AMC is the Seth Rogen-, Evan Goldberg-, and Sam Catlin-helmed Preacher. Picking off where it left off last season, season two sees West Texas preacher Jesse Custer hitting the road along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and Irish vampire Cassidy on a search to find God. The 13-episode second season of Preacher premieres June 25.

There's a 'Game of Thrones' Course at Harvard University

Harvard University now offers a class based on HBO‘s critically-acclaimed Game of Thrones. TIME recently reported on a course this fall about real medieval history called “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models,” which aims to exhibit how the show and series of books by George R.R. Martin take influences from real-life events to craft its stories.

The course description explains how the lore “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE by exploring a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend.”

Sean Gilsdorf, one of the professors teaching the course in the fall explains: ”Game of Thrones does dramatize nicely some fundamental things going on in medieval courts. Tensions between a queen and the younger women who marry their sons are some ‘Real Housewives of 10th-century Germany’ kind of stuff, where you see these women going after each other.”

Catch season 7 of Game of Thrones July 16 on HBO.

IKEA's New Video Is a Must-Watch



IKEA‘s beloved FRAKTA bag has made a huge splash in today’s fashion domain. DIY aficionados have utilized the blue polypropylene accessory as a canvas to create face masks and hats, as well as Balenciaga Speed Trainer-inspired sneakers. The French luxury fashion house has even made its own copycat iteration.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FRAKTA this year, IKEA just launched a video called “The Blue Bag” that basically sums up why the world continues to fall in love with its “design, function, and quality.”

Watch the video above and take a look at a few fun facts about the FRAKTA bag below.

• FRAKTA means “carry” in Swedish.

• To test it, someone weighing about 50 kilos stood inside the bag and we (IKEA) lifted it up to see if it would hold. It did.

• It can carry around 2,500 meatballs.

Garage Italia Customs Presents the 'Kar-masutra' Fiat 500


Garage Italia Customs is known for its upscale, tailor-made car customizations. The Milan-based creative hub, founded by Lapo Elkan, has refurbished BMW i3‘s, Jeep Renegades, Mazda MX’s, and Learjet aircraft. The Garage’s latest project, though, may be its most risqué.

Elkan was recently tasked with re-envisioning the Fiat 500. He created two separate skins for the Italian automobile; one side is creatively coated in Japanese Shunga engravings while the other features Indian Kama Sutra art. There are black censor squares that hide the erotic areas, but by treating the vehicle with a heat-sensitive thermochromic varnish, the censors only appear when the vehicle detects an increase in outdoor temperatures. The “Kar-masutra” Fiat’s interior is dipped in a red velvet hue and contains a neon “Adults Only” sign along the rear of the car.




Check it out above and let us know your thoughts.


Banksy Offers Limited Print to UK Voters Against Conservative Party

Banksy has unveiled a reworked version of the iconic girl with a red balloon artwork titled the “UK Election Souvenir Special,” with the Union Flag replacing the heart visual. According to the artist’s website, on June 9th, the exclusive new print will be available to voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton constituencies. The catch is that voters must send a photo of their ballot showing that they voted against the incumbent Conservative candidate. Given that capturing photographic evidence of a vote is considered to be illegal, it’s difficult to know how this exchange will be executed when the General Election occurs on June 8th. The website doesn’t actually list where to send the photo, but a disclaimer states the following:

“Lawyer’s note: this print is a souvenir piece of campaign material, it is in no way meant to influence the choices of the electorate, has no monetary value, is for amusement purposes only and is strictly not for re-sale. Terms and conditions to follow, postage not included.”

Snap Brings Its Spectacles to Europe

After debuting in the United States back in November, Snapchat’s Spectacles can now be scooped up by those on the other side of the Atlantic: Snap has brought its video-capturing shades to Europe. Those in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and the U.K. can now order the wearables via spectacles.com. Unfortunately, however, they’ll cost European customers a little but more than the $130 USD they run in America: pricing is set at £130 GBP (approximately $167 USD) in the U.K. and €150 EUR (approximately $169 USD) in Europe.

On the bright side, Snap is celebrating the release by bringing its Snapbot vending machines to select countries. So, if you’re in Europe, be on the lookout for the bright yellow Spectacles-dispensing contraptions.

adidas's Latest "Triple Black" UltraBOOST Drops Later This Month


After surfacing back in April, adidas‘s latest “Triple Black” rendition of the UltraBOOST has an official release date. Coming in 3.0 form with a predominately “Core Black” look, the design echoes that of the “Trace Olive” colorway that dropped yesterday thanks to the use of a textured and matte-finished external heel counter. Unlike that olive pair, however, these feature the usual molded cage in lieu of leather construction.

Expect these all-black UltraBOOSTs to drop on June 28 for $180 USD.

Murder on the Orient Express’ Official Trailer



Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express is getting another film adaptation with an absolutely star-studded cast. Johnny Depp. Michelle Pfeiffer. Penelope Cruz. Daisy Ridley. Willem Dafoe. Judi Dench. Josh Gad. Kenneth Branagh. If this official trailer is any indication, the film that tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train is going to play out like the most fantastic game of Clue ever, and we’re all going to get a front row seat to the puzzle and the carnage. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also stars as famed detective Hercule Poirot) and produced by Ridley Scott, Murder on the Orient Express is expected to hit theaters on November 10 of this year.

A TV Adaptation of 'Sin City' Is in the Works

A TV reboot of Frank Miller‘s critically acclaimed Sin City graphic novel is in the works by The Weinstein Company/Dimension. TWC has actively been releasing serialized adaptations of successful films from their collection. Scream is approaching its third season on MTVThe Mist will premiere on Spike later this summer, and now the company has assigned Glen Mazzara as showrunner and Len Wiseman to direct Sin City. Mazzara is known for his work on The Shield and The Walking Deadwhile Wiseman’s credits include Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer.

The aim is to produce Sin City closely to the source material, with the intention to depart from the films as much as possible. They also plan on introducing original characters and timelines set within the Sin City universe. Stay tuned for more developments.