Review: ‘Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’ is overdue poetry in motion

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By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

In most first-person video games, the act of running and jumping is something a player does while shooting enemies in the face. The creators of “Mirror’s Edge” slickly subverted that overused convention in 2008 with a focus on acrobatic toes instead of trigger fingers. After a nearly decade-long break, the developers at DICE have finally retraced their steps.

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From drag queens to aliens, a con for all seasons

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By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES — At first glance, it has all the trappings of San Diego Comic-Con.

There’s a cavernous convention center devoid of daylight. Inside, it’s stuffed with thousands of fans lining up for everything from an autograph and a selfie to a slice of pizza and a soda. Upstairs, they’re camping out for Q&A sessions. However, there’s not a superhero in sight. Instead, the nearly 23,000 attendees of RuPaul’s DragCon are here for men glammed-up as women.

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Virtual Reality Check: Reporter spends week with VR system

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By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES — I’m no stranger to virtual reality.

For the past three years, I’ve been reporting on and experiencing the evolution of modern VR at various trade shows, entertainment studios and industry events. It wasn’t until I set up the most immersive VR system on the market in my own home that I understood just how amazing — and frustrating — the interactive 360-degree medium can be.

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Invisible Women? Hollywood’s female superhero problem

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By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.

The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark’s ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. However, in spite of Hollywood’s continued fascination with supermen, a new surge of female power could finally electrify the genre and more closely resemble the audiences of comic book adaptations.

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Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto on ‘amiibo,’ ‘Zelda’ and ‘Mario’ movie

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By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason.

The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo’s touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto.

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Go for the food: Capitol Burgers in Los Angeles

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By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES — There’s this weirdly unfounded reputation that just about everyone in Los Angeles is vegan and therefore sun-baked Angelenos only feast on the likes of kale and quinoa. Such a stereotype is antithetical to the City of Angels’ unhealthy obsession with the hamburger, an ongoing between-two-buns preoccupation that’s birthed hundreds of Southern California burger joints.

La La Land is now home to every imaginable make and model of burger, including the slick hipstery one at Father’s Office in Culver City and Santa Monica, a tongue-in-cheek Asian-inspired burger at Spice Table downtown, the over-the-top Hollywood rendition at 25 Degrees inside the historic Roosevelt Hotel, and the kitschy Umami Burger at the chain’s multiple locations.

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