We often take it for granted that we can buy and play video games whenever we want. We often forget that there are many places in the world that don’t have the freedom of choice that we do, especially when it comes to entertainment.
It’s hard to think of Pacific Rim being the highest grossing film of the year because it didn’t do that well in the States, and it’s still trying to make enough money world-wide to warrant a sequel. However, in one way it is indeed the highest grossing live action movie of the year, as an original movie that’s not based on a previous film, comic book, or video game.
It’s funny that World War Z was coming right on the heels of Star Trek Into Darkness this summer, because they’re also neck and neck in home entertainment. Last week Trek was #1, and now the zombies have climbed to the top of the heap.
We’ve been reporting here on TGD for some time about the sequels to ID4, which Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin hope to get up and running soon. There’s been some debate as to whether Will Smith will come back or not, or whether or not Emmerich and Devlin can afford him. (Smith wants $25 million per sequel, or $50 mil for the whole shebang.)
We already reported the good news that JJ Abrams will shoot the next Star Wars movie on film. There aren’t a lot of directors who have the clout to get a movie made on 35mm celluloid, and it’s great to see Abrams flexing his muscles in this regard.
Joss Whedon’s getting ready to embark on Avengers 2, which will start shooting in England next January. The fans would love to see him return to Firefly one day, but what about Buffy?
We’ve all seen The Dark Knight Rises by now, and know how it ends. The movie was actually left fairly open opened, but it’s pretty obvious how things are set up. Batman may or may not have escaped a nuclear blast, he’s probably retired over in Europe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka Robin) is poised to inherit the batsuit.
Some time ago, you may recall there was some scuttlebutt about Lord of the Rings casino games, and how the Tolkien family didn’t feel it was good merchandising for their brand. It’s funny to think of geek stuff hitting casinos in the first place, and now there’s Avatar casino games.
It seems some people are trying to beat the bad video game movie curse by doing web series. Halo’s done very well on the web, and Mortal Kombat Legacy 2 has also been going like gangbusters, racking up over 70 million views on YouTube.
David S Goyer has written many successful comic movies, including Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, and last year he took the big plunge into video games by writing the script for Call of Duty: Black Ops.
“Thanks to all of you – that’s how we do.” This is a tweet from Clark Gregg in response to what shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone: S.H.I.E.L.D. had a very strong ratings debut on ABC, and the network will also repeat the show again this Thursday.
Remember years ago when the big status symbol in Hollywood was a Hummer? Then the damn environmentalists got down on everyone who had one because it guzzled so much gas.
Where do we begin to catalog the horribleness of this concept. How about, Aaron Paul is not a leading man in any shape or form? Or, the trailer screams, Nooooo! Not another movie based on a video game with no plot? Epid fail predicted. Press play and unleash hell upon your eyes.
It looks like Marvel’s going to have a big hit on TV with S.H.I.E.L.D., and since they’ve become the number one comic company in the known universe, DC is trying desperately to catch up. The comic giants are trying to get more movies in development since the Christopher Nolan Batmans came to an end, and now they’re branching off into TV as well.
The whole Sharknado phenomenon that happened earlier this year was really hilarious. It’s amazing that a silly, low budget movie on the Syfy Channel could become a Twitter phenomenon, and a household joke, overnight. It also brought back the era of giant animal and insect movies that had been going since the ‘50’s.
No, this isn’t a new reality show in the works, this is another Star Wars rumor going around right now. It’s apparently about a secret casting call where the powers that be may be looking for, you guessed it, the next Chewbacca.
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?
We recently reported here on TGD that while Firefly may not be back on TV any time soon, it will be returning as a graphic novel. This could be a great way to keep the Browncoat army happy, and we’ve been seeing several geek properties, like Pacific Rim, X-Files, an Frascape, that are continuing their stories through graphic novels.
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.