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The world of professional wrestling is a strange one indeed. Not many industries have an undisputed industry leader in terms of size and reputation. Indeed, not many industries are as terrifyingly dominated as pro graps is. Coca Cola is one of the biggest companies in the world, but when it comes to fizzy drinks people are also aware of Pepsi and others. When it comes to wrestling and the majority of the mainstream, WWE is wrestling.
It would add up that the goal of any (Western) professional wrestler would be to make it to the WWE. Many heralded independent stalwarts have made it with great success, especially over the last few years, but WWE can also end up moving careers squarely towards the mud, where incredible performers get bogged down in McMahon’s self-defeating booking and general schlong-waving.
Since being wished the best in their future endeavours, a »
- John Bills
Despite the many classic titles that came to the console, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 may just be my favorite Xbox 360 release. I remember booting it up for the first time back in the summer of 2008, and years later, I remember wasting hours playing it in college. The simplistic, but addicting gameplay would soon serve as a template for several other developers to try their hand at the genre. Although many have failed in their bid to unseat the king, that didn’t stop Brushfire Games from trying with their latest effort, Polychromatic.
A traditional top-down, twin-stick shooter, Polychromatic focuses more on the bare essentials than some of its competitors. Players are in control of a tiny, colorful ship, and tasked with blowing up other tiny, colorful ships. Controls are predictably simple. One analog stick moves the ship, while the other analog stick shoots. Other components of the ship include a devastating bomb, »
- Eric Hall
Read More: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the Best Action Movie of the Year In "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Tina Turner played Aunty Entity, the ruthless mistress of Bartertown. She also performed the songs accompanying the opening and end credits, two synth-heavy guitar ballads that were emblematic of their decade. On the movie’s opening weekend, Ronald Reagan was president, Queen was raising money to fight famine at the Live Aid concert, and Coca Cola was trying to backpedal away from New Coke as fast as possible. In other words, "Beyond Thunderdome" was a creature of the eighties, which makes it all the more impressive that "Mad Max: Fury Road" managed to bring the franchise back to life this year without looking dated. Sublimating the "Mad Max" series for a modern audience was no easy feat. But Miller kept alive the freakish, carnivalesque qualities of the original while »
- Roy Graham
San Sebastian – In Spaniard Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita,” Fer, a washed up adman emerging from his third divorce but still an-incurable romantic, receives an invite from his old friend Miguel Angel to visits him the Mediterranean island of Menorca. He puts up at a neighbor’s house: And suddenly discovers paradise, his place in the world, or so he thinks: An attractive anti-system artist mother, Nuria (Nuria Roman), a feisty daughter, Olivia (Olivia Declan), who has her own problems of the heart. Trouble is Nuria doesn’t seem to think that Fer’s place in the world should be her place.
Shot over two years on location on a picture perfect Menorca – “Isla Bonita” is in some ways vintage Colomo a sun-bathed comedy of manners and fish-in-water tale that delivers a forgiving take on man’s incorrigible romantic optimism.
In other ways, however, for Colomo, “Isla Bonita” signals a departure. »
- John Hopewell
Where are the hovels, mud-splattered chickens, and downtrodden peasants?
The opening of “The Propaganda Game” feels like a propaganda film as the camera sweeps over North Korean capital Pyongyang’s most splendiferous buildings, to an orchestral score, as children skateboard and smiling citizenry walk by. The sequence is in fact shot by director Alvaro Longoria himself, anticipating his film’s major point. “The Propaganda Game” marks the second directorial outing for Longoria, helmer of the Javier Bardem-produced Goya Award winning “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” and producer of the Oliver Stone-directed “Comandante” and “Looking For Fidel,” a Fidel Castro docu diptych.
Aided by exclusive access behind the world’s last iron curtain gained via a key facilitator, Spaniard Alejandro Cao de Benos, the only foreigner working for the North Korean government, “The Propaganda Game” follows Longoria as he shoots any scene he wants – but on a »
- John Hopewell
In what may seem like a blast from the past, a resident of Panchkula town in Haryana, Shikha Monga, has moved the Chandigarh district court against the cola major Coca Cola claiming that the company negated on its promise of a romantic dinner date with actor Hrithik Roshan. In her complaint, Monga states that back in the year 2000, Coca Cola had run a contest to promote its aerated drink, thtough which the winner would win a date with Hrithik Roshan whose debut film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai had just released.
Monga, at 34 today claims that when she went to claim her prize at Coca-Cola's marketing office in Chandigarh's Industrial Area, the manager offered her Rs. 5 lakh instead, which she declined. In her complaint filed she has sought Rs 2.5 crores in damages since the company's negation of her winning has since caused her image to be tarnished.
In light of the suit, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
It's been a while since we've heard about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. The sequel was announced shortly after Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters proved to be a hit way back in 2013. But there has been no mention of it in the press over the last year. That changes today, as The Tracking Board reports that a director has been found. And Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return to rid the world of evil fairytale forces yet again.
Paramount Pictures is moving forward on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 with acclaimed French director Bruno Aveillan. He replaces original director Tommy Wirkola. Many believed that the sequel had fallen into dire straights when Tommy Wirkola announced that he would not be returning to the director's seat. The sequel is said to be getting 'reworked' to fall in line with Bruno Aveillan's own personal vision. A source close to the project says that »
A new study of what happens to your body an hour after drinking a Coca Cola is causing buzz online, and an editor from The Blaze decided to find out about the Coke effect for herself on Wednesday. Responding to an infographic from U.K. pharmacist Niraj Naik that shows the effect of Coke in your body in the first hour after drinking it, science and technology editor Liz Klimas tried it out for herself. “Knowing full well that I would be destined for a sugar crash and that I would probably be guilted into foregoing my nightly scoop of ice cream to. »
- Jordan Chariton
Cliff Martinez is hard at work on the score for "The Knick" season 2 for Steven Soderbergh, is mulling music for Nicolas Winding-Refn's "The Neon Demon" and has at least seen the script for Harmony Korine's next "The Trap," which is perhaps his next firm gig. Those names have been, erm, instrumental to Martinez' rise as an in-demand composer (though for some reason he just can't seem to hold down those outside, one-off commercial projects, dang it). Weaving organic, odd instruments in with electronic sources, the musician/writer has found natural creative companions in equally odd, forward-thinking and intuitive directors. Martinez has been in these pages before, after massaging a cold, macabre and grand score out of bloodlusty "Only God Forgives." His electronic soundtrack for Cinemax period drama "The Knick" is so gorgeous, the tracks stand boldly on their own. Below is an abridged version of my interview with Martinez, »
- Katie Hasty
The End of Era is truly here. Though I wrote up an initial reaction to Mad Men's series finale "Person to Person" in my episode recap, I wanted to delve into it a little deeper and ask my fellow Mad Men fans here at Collider what they thought. Below, Adam Chitwood, Chris Cabin, Brian Formo and I all weigh in with a roundtable discussion on the final episode, the show's legacy, our favorite characters, and more. We encourage you to add your own thoughts and theories in the comments. Allison: Mad Men is dead, long live Mad Men! That was a feels-filled finale, and it felt right. I exhausted most of my hot-take reaction in my recap, but I want to know how you guys felt -- Happy? Sad? Disappointed? Frustrated? Other adjectives? Did Don create the Coke ad, or did he stay lost in California? And most importantly: Peggy and Stan! »
- Allison Keene
Big Brother's launch is just a couple of days away now, and for the first time ever we've been granted a look at the housemates before they go in the house.
But we wanted a little bit more info, so we snuck into the top secret location where the contestants are being held - and carefully kept away from each other - to chat exclusively to some of the new Big Brother stars.
First up was model and law student Adjoa, who admitted that she's "getting a bit more nervous" as Tuesday draws closer. But what did we learn from her? Read on for 11 things, from nude photos to what will get her angry in the house...
1. She's doing the show to see what people think of her.
"I would say [I'm doing Big Brother] because of my personality, it's something that I would like to share with the rest of the world, »
After Mad Men's wonderfully subversive "Time & Life," we knew there were going to be big changes once Sc&P moved over to the dreaded McCann-Erickson. Despite the partners (other than Joan) being wooed by big account names like Buick and Coca Cola, the realities of McCann are not nearly so rosy. The visual change is immediate; instead of wide, spacious hallways and a modern aesthetic, the offices and hallways of McCann are cramped and gray. For the (former) partners and Peggy, the change signaled other worrying trends. Joan has the worst of it, as the boys club of McCann treat her with nothing but contempt. Her femininity is a weakness there, and there's a kind of wake-up call that the battles for equality at Sterling Cooper are in no way reflected here. That office's eventual acceptance (more or less) of strong women in the workplace was a kind of progressive bubble. »
- Allison Keene
If Coca Cola continues to support hand drawn animation like this, I may switch back from Pepsi. Over a year ago, Duncan Studio was commissioned to do the 2D animation/efx and ink/paint for a Coke commercial by Psyop. It's finally been finished and released - and its as refreshing as the product its selling. Animation Director Ken Duncan says, "There was no budget to do traditional "clean-up"....so the drawings are the animator tie downs (with touch up by clean up folks)....". Take a look: Credits Directors: Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick Animation Director: Ken Duncan Character Animation: Russ Edmunds, Chris Sauve, Shane Zalvin, Kd, Rick Farmiloe Efx: Phil Vigil Inbetweens: Juliet Duncan, Dan Tanaka, June Fujimoto, Debbie Forster Paint: Kathy Baur, Melane Pava, Charlene Kelly Keeper of the gate: Delia Fance Psyop directed, did BGs and comped the final.
- Jerry Beck
“Stop struggling. You won.”
The Sterling-Cooper dream team has died and gone to advertising heaven. Jim Hobart enunciates the name “Coca Cola” like he’s asking Don and the other partners how they enjoyed their simultaneous touchless orgasms, but in reality he’s stealing their name, tossing probably half their employees out into the street, and consigning them to serve out in drudgery the four-year contracts they signed when McCann bought their agency. Through seven seasons these people have managed to keep one step ahead of McCann, thumbing their noses at a company they’ve often scorned as a “sausage factory,” and now it’s over. In Ken’s words, “They finally got you. They ate you up.”
The triumph of mediocrity is everywhere in ‘Time & Life.’ Even Lou Avery, squarest of the square and blandest of the bland, finally gets to see his beloved ‘Scout’s Honor’ turned into »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
When a documentarian is making a film about one of the most recognized figures of the past century, he or she has a few approaches to avoid repeating the same biographical points. They can structure the non-fiction film around a unique moment in that person’s life, moving from a centerpiece to fill in the historical dots that made this figure so essential. Another method would be to go for breadth, covering a wide spectrum of aspects of this person’s life to tell the most comprehensive story one can.
With Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, Alex Gibney attempts to do both, aiming for specificity and sprawl, and the results do not always work. Frank Sinatra is certainly a captivating performer with a long and varied career. However, as an artist whose life and times are so well encompassed in other films and books, was a two-part HBO doc »
- Jordan Adler
Kate Bosworth attended the Coca Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100 exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Thursday in an edgy gold dress. Kate Bosworth’s Latest Look Bosworth donned a gold, metallic turtleneck dress from Angel Sanchez’s Fall 2015 collection that featured a black back panel. She finished the outfit with […]
- Chelsea Regan
Warner Bros/Coca Cola
When George Lucas figured out how to make a killing by exploiting the merchandising and licensing market for Star Wars, he probably didn’t actually appreciate what an enormous impact he would make on the movie business.
For today’s blockbuster properties the licensing and merchandising strategies are as important as the properties themselves – and in many cases they are actually more so. Hundreds of millions of dollars can be made by taking an iconic character out of their original universe, and placing into our everyday consumer reality.
Quite frankly the process is cynical, it is frustrating, and at times it is utterly devastating. For pop culture aficionados the world over, the sight of their favourite characters and entertainment icons slumming it in the real world can be incredibly depressing – even if the end results can actually be admittedly pretty funny.
These commercials are twelve of the worst offenders. »
- Bevan Morgan
Berlin – Sold by Paris-based Memento Films Intl., Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game” has closed a clutch of major markets, joining the select numbers of movies which, though not major independent Hollywood fare with a A-list star attached, have still broken out to sales at this week’s Berlinale European Film Market.
Given the “huge shift on arthouse/indie movies, to sell finished movies, not pre-sell,” as Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz observed at this year’s Berlin Festival, that is a notable achievement for a film still in post, and a docu-feature at that.
Kick-starting a first round of pre-sales, “The Propaganda Game” has closed Germany (Polyband), the U.K. (Metrodome) and Australia (eOne), as well as Switzerland (Praesens Film), Taiwan (Encore Film), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom) and Bulgaria (Bnt). Spanish theatrical distribution and TV sales are under negotiation, Longoria said.
Displaying the same sympathy for victims of a geo-political face-off which informed his Goya-winning debut, »
- John Hopewell
Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more. (*) My biggest regret about this interview? That I turned off the recorder right before FX’s Lana Kim prompted Rhys to share a memory of one of his first American jobs, as the killer in the final “Columbo” movie. This involved him doing a dead-on Peter Falk impression as he recalled that Falk wanted him to play the killer as a Cockney gangster, »
- Alan Sepinwall
On Thursday (January 29), Pivot premieres the intriguing new Arctic Circle mystery "Fortitude." Now you have the better part of the day to figure out where Pivot is hiding on your TV dial. "Fortitude" is set in a chilly and alien world in which both the characters and the ice hide secrets. Featuring a strong cast led by Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory, "Fortitude" was created by scribe Simon Donald, whose credits include the original incarnation of "Low Winter Sun." At TCA Press Tour earlier this month, Donald and I sat down over a couple pints and discussed "Fortitude," starting with its brutal opening scene. We talked about the decision not to have Tucci do a Scottish accent, the drama's environmental message and the hints at horror or supernatural elements. It's a good conversation about a good show. Check out the Q&A. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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