New Halo edition on way along with 2015 TV series
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.”