New Halo edi­tion on way along with 2015 TV se­ries

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — Mas­ter Chief is re­turn­ing to the bat­tle­field next year. Mi­crosoft an­nounced plans Fri­day to re­lease the video game se­quel Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One and a Halo tele­vi­sion se­ries to be pro­duced by Steven Spiel­berg in fall 2015. The next en­try in the sci-fi shooter se­ries star­ring su­per-sol­dier Mas­ter Chief will run at 60 frames per sec­ond on a new en­gine cre­ated by Halo de­vel­oper 343 Stu­dios. “Halo 5: Guardians is ob­vi­ously a big deal for us,” said Frank O’Con­nor, fran­chise de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at 343. “It’s the next chap­ter in the Mas­ter Chief saga. It’s also a big deal for us be­cause of the tran­si­tion to the Xbox One plat­form. All of the Halo games — more or less — have added some­thing to the Xbox ecosys­tem.” Halo: Com­bat Evolved launched in 2001 on the orig­i­nal Xbox and be­came a cul­tural sen­sa­tion, spawn­ing sev­eral sequels, spinoffs, nov­els and comic books set within the game’s uni­verse. The Xbox One could use a boost from Mas­ter Chief. Mi­crosoft Corp. said last month that sales of its lat­est con­sole had slowed to 1.2 mil­lion in the quar­ter through March, com­pared to the 3.9 mil­lion it sold dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. The to­tal of 5.1 mil­lion was be­hind the seven mil­lion in sales of the PlayS­ta­tion 4 by ri­val Sony Corp. NEW YORK — Rush Lim­baugh was named Au­thor of the Year at the sev­enth an­nual Chil­dren’s Choice Book Awards this week. The bel­li­cose con­ser­va­tive ra­dio talk show host was rec­og­nized for his book Rush Re­vere and The Brave Pil­grims: Time-Travel Ad­ven­tures With Ex­cep­tional Amer­i­cans, which reached No. 2 on USA To­day’s bestsellers list. Ac­cept­ing the award, Lim­baugh said, “This is un­ex­pected, but it’s a thrill. On be­half of Rush Re­vere and his talk­ing horse, Lib­erty, time-trav­el­ling, I want to thank all the chil­dren who voted and who’ve read the books... I love Amer­ica. I wish ev­ery­body did. I hope ev­ery­body will.” The Chil­dren’s Choice Book Awards are put on by the Chil­dren’s Book Coun­cil and Ev­ery Child a Reader as a part of Chil­dren’s Book Week. It’s the only book awards pro­gram where the win­ners are selected by kids and teens. This year more than one mil­lion votes were cast.

LON­DON — Down­ton Abbey star Michelle Dock­ery is sell­ing the eye-catch­ing gown she wore to last year’s Emmy Awards to help vic­tims of the Syria civil war. Christie’s auc­tion house says the Prada dress, fea­tur­ing a red hal­ter­style top and bur­gundy skirt, will go un­der the ham­mer in Lon­don on June 20. Pro­ceeds will go to hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion Ox­fam. The gown is ex­pected to fetch be­tween £3,000 and £5,000 ($5,000 and $8,400). The ac­tress, who plays Lady Mary in the cos­tume drama, vis­ited a Syr­ian refugee camp in Jordan last year. She said she hoped the buyer “will get as much plea­sure from it as I did when I wore it to the Emmy awards and that we can raise as much money as pos­si­ble to sup­port the Syr­ian people.”

JORDAN STRAUSS/IN­VI­SION/AP

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