Long time readers of TGD know we love games and the gaming world, which is why we were sad to learn about the passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi, the big cheese in charge of Nintendo, who was largely credited for leading the company to glory.
Why is it so many shows end on such a bad note? Remember how terrible the ending of Seinfeld was? How about Cheers? St Elsewhere? And what about one of the absolute worst, and most frustrating, series endings ever, The Sopranos? Not to mention the shows we loved that went downhill, and never returned to their once great standards, like L.A. Law?
Any movie that has Charlie Sheen as the President and Mel Gibson as the villain…well, at least they got the second part right. We’re obviously talking about Machete Kills, which also features Sofia Vergara with a machine gun bra.
We’d like to preface this story by saying we don’t personally believe it, and it could have been floated out there by the studio in the hopes of turning fanboy hate around. That said, let’s continue…
The video game market has been bouncing back, big time, and with its strong return, we’ve been hoping there could be a good video game movie one of these days. Not only are Ubisoft developing a series of game movie adaptations in house, but the World of Warcraft movie is also swiftly coming together, with Colin Farrell in the lead.
The Avengers spin-off, S.H.I.E.L.D., is nearly upon on us, making its big debut on September 24, and now apparently the reviews are in. Let’s cut to the chase here…does the show deliver or not?
Even if you know nothing about camera work, you probably know what lens flare is, especially if you’re a Star Trek fan. Essentially it’s the light bouncing off the lens, and there’s nobody who’s used it more than JJ Abrams, to the point where there was even a parody on YouTube called Lens Flare the Movie.
Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most successful producers in Hollywood history. His track record includes Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Armageddon, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and many other huge blockbusters. (Not to mention he reinvented himself with CSI on television.) But Bruckheimer’s hit a cold streak lately, and after many years of hits, he’s lost his deal with Disney.
As a little kid growing up in the ‘70’s, I can remember seeing TV commercials for Stephen King’s novels, when he was starting to become “a brand.” You bought a Stephen King novel, you knew what you were going to get.
When you’re in a band as big as Metallica, you’re not used to being told no. But that’s what they were told when they wanted to use tesla coils onstage, because it was just too dangerous.
There’s not much to talk about with Star Wars at the moment. Actually, we’re sure there’s lots to talk about, but it has to be top secret. Secrecy is always a must with JJ Abrams, and this being Star Wars, things are going to have to be guarded like missile launch codes.
We at TGD have followed the development of Star Trek Into Darkness for several years, from the movie finally getting the green light, to the release date and beyond. We’ve seen a lot of Trek haters out there, and we’ve seen the public quickly turn on a lot of movies, but that didn’t stop Into Darkness from topping the home entertainment charts at #1.
It shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that GTA V made more than many of the blockbuster movies this summer. Even if this hadn’t been a hard summer for movies where so many flicks tanked, the gaming industry often makes more money than Hollywood, and this is no exception.
Ubisoft is making a big effort to turn video game movies around. Comic book movies took a big turn for the better years back with X-Men, but video game movies still haven’t made a similar turn around.
Well that didn’t take long. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that GTA V would move a ton of units. In fact, it’s already made $800 million its first day of release. (We should all be so lucky.)
When you’re a big time script doctor, it’s your job to come in and save the day when a movie’s in trouble. Only the top screenwriters in Hollywood get the chance to save a movie, and make $100 – 200,000 a week in doing so.
It’s been fourteen years since Metallica went to war with Napster, and I can still remember the furor very vividly. In fact, Metallica’s fanbase took a big hit from their war with Napster, and after the disaster of their album St Anger, it looked like the band was basically done for.
Looks like GTA5 is on track to make that $1 billion week. As of today, it's launch day has seen sales reach $800 million. This is excluding the upcoming launch in Japan. The figures today represent between 13 and 14 million units easily beating GTA4's 13 million units sold. There will, no doubt, be further confirmation of the actual numbers for today and through the remainder of the week, but this is an amazing day for the Grand Theft Auto franchise and for video gaming in general.
When it comes to rumors on the internet, we’ve always loved the Mark Twain line about how a lie can travel half-way around the world before the truth gets its boots on. Remember the Christian Bale rumor he could make a potential $50 million to play Batman again? Nothing but speculation that got out of hand in a hurry.
It’s always amazing to see how thin-skinned people in Hollywood can be. It takes an enormous amount of slogging through the trenches to get anywhere, and you’d think it would make people in Hollywood stronger, yet it’s still full of whiny babies. Whether Ben Affleck is like this in private or not over his Batman casting, he’s certainly putting up a brave front in public.