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What Video Games: The Movie inadvertently says about mainstream games

28 July 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Video Games: The Movie takes a breezy tour of history, but shows mainstream gaming in a less than favourable light, Ryan writes...

There is no propaganda in the Star Wars movies. You don't see posters devoted to praising Emperor Palpatine's benign leadership. You don't see adverts or bill board posters positioning Darth Vader as a wheezing man of the people.

But if you did see propaganda in the Star Wars universe, it might look a little bit like Video Games: The Movie - a slickly-produced, 105-minute hymn to an industry that is itself an all-conquering empire. Valued at approximately $66bn in 2013, gaming is now the most lucrative form of entertainment on the planet - and filmmaker Jeremy Snead's documentary charts the medium's rise with unquestioning fervour, from its bleeping, rudimentary inception in the middle of the 20th century to its technically astonishing achievements in the present.

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Nikki Finke Confirms She Was Victim Of Ghostbusters 3 Hoax

18 July 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A month ago, Nikki Finke,  former Deadline head honcho, launched her new website, nikkifinke.com. To kick things off she posted several sexy "scoops" about high-profile Hollywood projects. On June 17th, Finke posted, "I’ve just heard that screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle") is working on a new draft for Ghostbusters 3 with a three-week turnaround." This "scoop" was quickly debunked by Max Landis via Twitter. Now, the NY Post is reporting how Finke became a victim of a hoax. Sources say Finke last month received at least five e-mails through her tip line with detailed info about Landis and the “Ghostbusters” sequel, including that studio brass was impressed with footage from Landis’ upcoming adaptation of “Frankenstein,” as well as other particulars. Dangling the carrot further, one “tipster” claimed Deadline was running the Landis story the next day. Another begged Finke not to run the story as it was promised exclusively to Variety. »

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New Power Rangers Movie Moving Forward With New Screenwriters

15 July 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We've known since May that a new Power Rangers movie is now in development, and while it was initially rumored that it would be Max Landis writing the screenplay for the project, only today do we know who will actually be holding the pen. News has come down that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, best known as the writers behind X-Men: First Class and the first Thor, have been hired to bring the mighty morphin team to the big screen. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which also adds that Roberto Orci has come aboard the new incarnation of Power Rangers as an executive producer. The Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer will also be helping Miller and Stentz crack the story for the movie - though it appears that Orci's job in the writing department ends there. The film is being developed by Lionsgate in partnership with Saban Brands, »

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Ghostbusters returning to UK cinemas for 30th anniversary re-release

10 July 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ghostbusters will return to UK cinemas later this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The '80s classic, which already had an August 29 Us re-release confirmed, will screen theatrically in the UK for one day only on Tuesday, October 28.

The remastered and restored version will be shown on the big screen in 4K following the September 1 release of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition and Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.

The Blu-rays will feature conversations with director Ivan Reitman and co-creator Dan Aykroyd, alongside never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II.

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"Ghostbusters is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises - I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it's a real thrill for me to see that it's still connecting with audiences everywhere, »

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Now you see him: First look at Adrien Brody in History's 'Houdini'

9 July 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

What scares Erik Weisz—better known as escape artist extraordinaire Harry Houdini? A lot of things, according to this promo for History’s upcoming bio-miniseries: drowning, heights, crowds. Even so, it’s clear that the father of modern stage magic doesn’t let dread get the best of him: “Some fears you face head-on,” he says in the following exclusive video, thoughtfully waving a pair of handcuffs. “Some you take to your grave.”

It’s all very spooky and atmospheric—doubly so because Houdini is played by Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, who always looks at least slightly haunted. (Just »

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Here Are a Bunch of Strangers (and Haley Joel Osment) Slapping Each Other (Video)

24 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The first rule of hipster fight club: Hipster fight club must know about hipster fight club before it's cool. Screenwriter Max Landis "gathered acquaintances, friends both casual and close, paired them randomly, put them in a void, and asked them to hit each other in the face," according to his YouTube account. That's it, really. The result is a hilarious doubling of that viral "First Kiss" video that went around a while back. And, as Landis puts it, "No one was pressured, and everyone was hit as hard as They asked to be hit." So that's nice. And although we're »

- Alex Heigl

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Cool Videos: Watch Max Landis and Haley Joel Osment get slapped in the face

24 June 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

A couple of months ago, a video of 20 strangers kissing for the first time hit YouTube and caused a stir by featuring same sex couples locking lips. With 84 million hits to it's credit, the video was ripe for parody. Who better than renowned button pusher Max Landis to come up with the best one. Landis, best known as the screenwriter on Chronicle, has made a name for himself online with his very frank perspective on films and the current state of Hollywood. For his video project, he »

- Alex Maidy

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Let Ghostbusters Die Already

22 June 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on why we should let Ghostbusters die already…

We are nostalgic to a fault.

That’s the thought that keeps ringing through my mind as I swim through the wake of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings being put into production time and again. We’re living in the age of the franchise wars where studios only want to commit money to known properties. Hollywood is risk averse and new intellectual properties are about as likely to be given the green light as a Joe Ezsterhas biopic starring Dog the Bounty Hunter.

In previous columns I’ve referred to the current state of Hollywood as ‘Zombie Cinema’, where every dead franchise now has a chance to be resurrected. We’re living in an age where fans and filmmakers seem almost desperate to not let go of the properties they once loved. A generation of audiences who want nothing but the »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Max Landis reveals his Ghostbusters 3 pitch that never was

20 June 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier in the week former Deadline editor-in-chief Nikki Finke dropped a scoop claiming that Max Landis (Chronicle) had been brought in to work on the script for the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3, only for Landis to immediately shoot the report down as false. However, he has now taken to Twitter to reveal what his pitch for Ghostbusters 3 might have been like…

“Haha a bunch of people asking what my Ghostbusters 3 pitch would’ve been. I never had a full one, just a skeleton I’ve goofed around with. My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection. Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later. The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor’s plans, threatens to go to the police, »

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Max Landis reveals his Ghostbusters 3 story: The franchise goes global

20 June 2014 1:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Earlier this week, rumours began to circulate that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis would be taking over scripting duties on the long-in-the-works Ghostbusters 3.

In the world of online news reporting word spreads fast, but Landis himself is a prolific tweeter (@Uptomyknees) and swiftly took to social media to deny the rumours. However, the writer (whose dad John Landis was actually in the running to direct the original Ghostbusters) did share his cracker of an idea for Ghostbusters 3.

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We'll never get to see it (Etan Cohen is currently writing the film), but Landis's "skeleton [idea he'd] goofed around with" brilliantly tips its hat to the original Ghostbusters and finds a way of modernising with a very clever meta element. Here's Landis's doozy of a pitch in full...

"My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a »

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Chronicle Screenwriter Lays Out His Own Pitch For Ghostbusters 3

19 June 2014 9:56 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Max Landis, the screenwriter behind the found footage superhero flick Chronicle, may not be doing a rewrite on Ghostbusters 3 as was rumored earlier this week, but that doesn't mean that the guy doesn't have an idea of what he would do with the upcoming sequel. Following the reporting of the false rumor that Landis would be working on the next installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise, the writer took to his Twitter account to tell the world what a Ghostbusters 3 in his hands would look like. He says he doesn't have a full idea for a script, but he does have a skeleton and even a fully detailed intro: My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection.. Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014 Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, »

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Max Landis Not Writing Ghostbusters 3, But He Has a Great Concept!

19 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Yesterday it was reported that Chronicle writer Max Landis was taking on the script for Ghostbusters 3. Landis took to Twitter to clear that rumor up saying that there's no truth to it. It's kind of bummer, I was excited to hear that he was working on the script. However, he does throw out a great pitch for a Ghostbusters film that would love to see!

"Haha a bunch of people asking what my Ghostbusters 3 pitch would've been.  I never had a full one, just a skeleton I've goofed around with.

"My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection.

"Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later

"The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor's plans, threatens to go to the police, »

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What a Max Landis 'Ghostbusters 3' Could Have Looked Like

19 June 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

On Tuesday evening a "scoop" was unleashed on the internet that Max Landis had been brought in to do a script polish on the new Ghostbusters script.  This rumor was debunked in near record time by Landis himself. He declared that there was zero truth to what had been written but would have been honored to have been asked.

Now, Landis has taken to twitter again to say that even though he was never approched, it didn't mean he didn't have thoughts on how a Ghostbusters 3 movie would go. He laid out the basic details in the following tweets:

 

Haha a bunch of people asking what my Ghostbusters 3 pitch would've been. I never had a full one, just a skeleton I've goofed around with.

Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014

My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection. »

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Daniel Radcliffe's 'Frankenstein' take: New title, plot details

19 June 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

As anyone who’s read Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel (or seen one of the many film adaptions of the story, now in the public domain) can tell you, the creature most people think of as “Frankenstein” should really be called “Frankenstein’s monster.” 20th Century Fox’s upcoming take on the tale, however, has a title that makes the delineation even clearer: It’s called Victor Frankenstein, emphasizing the man, not the monster.

The film, announced last year, will star James McAvoy (X-Men) as the eponymous doctor and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as Igor, his hunchbacked lab assistant. »

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Max Landis isn't writing Ghostbusters 3 script but he has some good ideas

19 June 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Earlier this week you may have seen the rumor about Chronicle's scribe Max Landis being hired to develop a new draft of the script for Ghostbusters 3. Landis quickly denied the rumor on his Twitter, however he later tweeted a few interesting ideas for Ghostbusters 3, including a pre-credit opening for the film. Just to reiterate, Max Landis is not writing the script for Ghostbusters 3, and these are only ideas for it, not actual plans for the movie. Haha a bunch of people asking »

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'Chronicle' Writer Max Landis Shares His 'Ghostbusters 3' Pitch

18 June 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After years upon years of delays, it looks like Sony might be ready to move forward with their long-awaited Ghostbusters sequel, with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer reportedly circling the project. Screenwriter Etan Cohen revealed earlier this month that he is currently working on the script with producer Ivan Reitman, although a new rumor surfaced earlier this week that Chronicle writer Max Landis was brought on for the latest rewrites. But the writer shot down the report with the following tweets.

Hey guys, it pains me to say this, but you know I pride myself on being straight up person. Zero truth to the Ghostbusters report.

Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014

Frankenstein, Me Him Her, American Ultra and Mr. Right come out next year. Working on things at Uni and Sony, and indies. GB3, sadly, no.

Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014

However, the writer was asked repeatedly by his Twitter followers what his Ghostbusters pitch would have been. »

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Max Landis’ Hypothetical ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Story Goes Global

18 June 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Tuesday night’s story about Max Landis potentially doing a polish on Ghostbusters 3 was debunked pretty fast by the screenwriter, but it also lit a fire under his ass. In the hours since since the story broke, was debunked and then deleted, Landis revealed he obviously had been thinking about Ghostbusters 3 a lot. And since […]

The post Max Landis’ Hypothetical ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Story Goes Global appeared first on /Film. »

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Daniel Radcliffe's Frankenstein Gets A Title Change

18 June 2014 5:04 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Hot on the heels of the first posters for the just-retitled Dracula Untold comes news of Fox's Frankenstein project starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, with Paul McGuigan directing from a script by Chronicle's Max Landis. In another title change, the film is now called Victor Frankenstein, the better to indicate an origin story and hopefully erase any memory of I, Frankenstein.This latest take on Mary Shelley’s chilling tale of man’s scientific hubris has McAvoy as the titular doctor and Radcliffe as his assistant Igor, through whose eyes the story will be told. Frankenstein, you’ll recall, is the man who thought it would be smart to build a creature out of dead people, which ultimately led to the screaming and the smashing and the mobs with the torches and property values going down all over the place.You won't find Igor in Shelley: his origins are in the Universal films, »

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Plot details and new title for Daniel Radcliffe & James McAvoy's Frankenstein flick

18 June 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

His is a story that has been recounted numerous times on screen, but now we’re about to see him in a whole new light.  The Frankenstein tale is heading our way once again this fall, this time with James McAvoy as the eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as his servant Igor.

Mary Shelley’s iconic horror novel is getting Gothic, thanks to director Paul McGuigan (“Sherlock”).  Originally under production as Frankenstein, then titled Igor, Fox, the studio behind the film, announced a name change today to Victor Frankenstein.   Universal, the studio behind the early monster movies and creature films owns the right to the title “Frankenstein,” one of a few factors that likely prompted the change.  Purists will rejoice at the name change as it sets apart the clear distinction to the mis-used “Frankenstein” as the name of the monster with bolts in his neck, when he »

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Landis Denies "Ghostbusters 3" Reports

18 June 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Chronicle" screenwriter Max Landis has denied reports that he's working on a new draft of the script for the third "Ghostbusters" film, tweeting "Hey guys, it pains me to say this, but you know I pride myself on being straight up person. Zero truth to the Ghostbusters report."

Nikki Finke originally reported that Landis was brought on for a three week polish on the screenplay. According to her sources: "all the parts are there, as in beats, structural mechanics, etc, but they're not all doing their jobs". However the story was quickly pulled.

Landis did reveal he once toyed with a "skeleton" idea for the opening of a third film in the series. The sequence would deal with a character mentioned in the first film who also served as the villain in the video game - cult of Gozer leader Ivo Shandor. Landis tweeted the following description:

"My Ghostbusters 3 began »

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