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Two YouTube Clips Tell Us More About 'Beyond: Two Souls'–and So Does David Cage

By Carol Pinchefsky, Contributor

Quantic Dream has kept a tight lid on information about their upcoming PS3 game, Beyond: Two Souls. So far, we know that it’s about a young woman, Jodie (the phenomenal actress, Ellen Page), and an entity, Idan, that follows her wherever she goes. From what we’ve seen, it looked as if the game were a one-woman show. But Quantic Dream has revealed that Page has a co-star in Willem Dafoe. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

First Look At Willem Dafoe In Quantic Dream PS3 Thriller Beyond: Two Souls

By John Gaudiosi

Sony and Quantic Dream have finally confirmed the rumors that two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe will join Oscar-nominee Ellen Page, along with actors like Kadeem Hardison and Eric Winter, in the October 8 PlayStation 3 exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls. Here’s a first look at the Hollywood star of Spider-Man …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Technology

Beyond: Two Souls Release Date Announced

Sony has confirmed that Beyond: Two Souls will be released on October 8th in North America (with details on additional territories still to come). The news puts to rest months of speculation about the game’s eventual release and comes alongside news that Spider-Man actor Willem Dafoe will join the game’s cast.

According to Sony, Dafoe will play Nathan Dawkins, “an enigmatic scientist working for a top-secret government division studying paranormal activity. His professional curiosity in Jodie, driven by personal tragedy, is a central theme in Beyond: Two Souls.”

You can get your first looks at Dawkins in the new trailers below:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Mercedes-Benz CLA-class “Soul” Super Bowl Commercial: It’s a Hell of a Spot [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Mercedes Benz CLA Ad

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

About 10 years ago, Mercedes-Benz showed how not to introduce a down-market luxury car. That failed experiment was a strange little two-door called the C230 Kompressor. It featured cloth seats and a hatchback (although Mercedes never used that word in official communiqués). Depending on your point of view, it was either sporty or fugly, but it screamed cheap no matter how you looked at it, an image that didn’t sit well with traditional Mercedes owners.

A decade later, Mercedes wants to dip back into the low end of the pool, with good reason: A lot of cars sold in this country hover around the $30,000 price point (including entry-luxury models like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and BMW 1-series). Of course, none currently wear a three-pointed star. Enter the CLA-class. Looking more or less like a CLS after a very cold shower, this compact sedan is clearly a Mercedes. You won’t be able to buy one until this fall, but when you can, the car will have the standard equipment you might expect in a Benz (seven-speed dual-clutch auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.8-inch infotainment display, and the mbrace2 suite of smartphone-integrated apps and services) and options you definitely expect in a Benz. The latter include a panorama-style sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, infotainment system upgrades, lane-keeping assist, and a parking-assist system that even some of the pricier Mercedes models don’t yet offer. Still, the CLA has that decidedly un-Mercedes $30,825 base price—the $29,990 number cited in the commercial doesn’t include destination and delivery—so how does the company tout that without tarnishing its upscale image? You make a commercial that blows everyone’s socks off.

The premise underlying “Soul” is simple: If you want something that you can’t afford, maybe you can get it by selling your soul to Satan. But as the old saying does, the devil is in the details and it’s the ad’s extravagant execution that makes it so powerful. Anybody who has ever written commercials for a living has got to be jealous of the creative team that got to make this spot. Clearly, money was no object:

Willem Dafoe would make a great Satan, but he’d cost a fortune.”

 “No problem, hire him.”

 “But we also need a sexy model.”

“You mean like Kate Upton?”

“Yeah, she’d be perfect, but . . .”

“No problem, hire her. And hire Usher, too. And while you’re at it, make sure we keep using Jon Hamm, the guy from Mad Men, for our voiceovers.”

“But what about the music? It would be amazing if we could get the Stones’ …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Mercedes’ Super Bowl Ad Warns, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ – Video

By Kurt Ernst

The Mercedes-Benz CLA - salvation, priced under $30k
The Mercedes-Benz CLA - salvation, priced under $30k

The Mercedes-Benz CLA – salvation, priced under $30k

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. No matter what other car ads debut during Super Bowl XLVII, this cautionary tale from Mercedes-Benz is a lock for the best automotive big game ad of 2013, and we’d even throw it into the mix as a candidate for the best of all time.

We had no idea where Mercedes was going when it announced that Kate Upton would pitch the new CLA sedan in its prime-time ad. We knew that Usher was in the mix, too, but we never saw Willem Dafoe coming.

Expensive cast aside, the video is sheer cinematic genius, and our hats are off to Mercedes-Benz for pulling this off. We tend to favor cafes like the one in the video, and this clip reminds us of two things: be wary of strangers (especially those with sinister jewelry and pointed fingernails), and be careful what you wish for.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA compact luxury sedan will hit dealers in September of 2013, priced from just $29,900 (excluding destination charge, we assume). It won’t make you a rock star and it won’t land you a date with Kate Upton, but we’ll bet it looks good in your driveway.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Video: Mercedes-Benz reveals Super Bowl ad with Kate Upton, the Devil and… Usher?

By Zach Bowman

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Kate Upton Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commerical

And not just any Devil, either. The Dark Lord as portrayed by none other than Willem Dafoe has an offer of wealth, fame and fancy dance moves for the hero of the newest Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commercial. The spot follows one guy as he fathoms the full width and breadth of the devil’s influence, from rubbing shoulders with Kate Upton to challenging Usher to a dance-off and everything in between. The whole scenario hinges on piloting a new CLA around town. So, does our man succumb to temptation or does he hold out against the forces of evil? You’ll have to watch the video below to find out.

This isn’t the first time Kate Upton has showed up in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. The last time we saw the swimsuit model on our screens, she was tormenting a team of guys as they slaved to wash her CLA. You can refresh your memory by checking out that video here.

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