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Attractio Review

Perhaps because of the increased importance of narrative in video gaming today, titles that may not have otherwise placed any importance on telling a story have instead opted to try their hand at spinning the proverbial yarn. That’s not always a good thing, unfortunately: while an interesting set of characters and a winding plot can add a lot of weight to the goings-on of a game, a misstep or two in developing these elements can actually subtract from the impact of the gameplay.

Such is the unfortunate case of Attractio, a well-meaning first-person puzzle game developed by GameCoder Studios and picked up for publishing by Bandai Namco Entertainment. While there are a lot of intriguing ideas in this Portal-inspired puzzler, a totally unnecessary story and some finicky design elements keep their potential held in check. That’s not to say this is a bad game, of course, but there
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Tiff announces City To City, closing night

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Tiff announces City To City, closing night
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.

London is the subject of the seventh annual City To City programme that features world premieres of Tom GeensCouple In A Hole starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie and Michael Caton-JonesUrban Hymn with Letitia Wright and Shirley Henderson. Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul gets a North American premiere.

The world premiere of Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already is among five additions to the galas alongside Mr. Right, an action comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

Matthew Cullen’s Martin Amis adaptation London Fields and David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis get first public screenings in the Special Presentations roster with I Saw The Light.

Tiff top brass also unveiled the Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring
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The Voice Recap: Tko and Sympathy

The Voice Recap: Tko and Sympathy
Pharrell Williams can do no wrong in my book — although he came pretty darn close when he anthropomorphized musical notes during the final night of The Voice‘s Season 8 Knockout Rounds.

“Cracking doesn’t mean you hit a bad note,” declared the Coach Most Likely to Be Confused With Yoda to his obvious favorite contestant Lowell Oakley. “It means you’ve given up on the note — and left it out there by itself.”

VideosReality Check: Who’s Rising (and Falling) on American Idol? Plus: Best Season of The Voice Ever?

Oh, no! What about the notes? Who’s going to
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Four new clips from The Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle

Having terrified audiences across America over the weekend, The Conjuring spin-off/prequel Annabelle is set to debut in the UK on October 10th. And we’ve got four new clips from the movie.

Read our review here and check out the clips below:

They Won’t Stop:

Falling Books:

Sewing Machine:

Demons Use Conduits:

Annabelle took an impressive $37.5 million over the weekend in the Us, impressing Child’s Play creator Don Mancini who has said he would like to have a showdown between Annabelle and Chucky.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists
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'Divergent' worked. Now what?

'Divergent' worked. Now what?
All hail Divergent! A collective sigh of relief emanated from the halls of Hollywood this past weekend when the latest attempt to score with young female moviegoers worked with the successful $55 million debut of the post-apocalyptic film Divergent. And it’s not just the studio executives at Summit Entertainment who are breathing a sigh of relief as they ready the next two movies in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novels. The exhale also comes from those in Hollywood who had been working on a host of teen-centric adaptations last year amid the troubling trend that saw
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The best albums of 2013: how our writers voted

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How did we come up with our chart? By tallying the votes of our pop writers – and here's what they plumped for

Tim Jonze

Albums

John Wizards – John Wizards

Disclosure – Settle

Paramore – Paramore

Hebronix – Unreal

Kanye West – Yeezus

Christopher Owens – Lysandre

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

British Sea PowerFrom The Sea To The Land Beyond

Tracks

Julia Holter – Hello Stranger

Miguel and Mariah Carey – #Beautiful

Drake – Hold On, We're Going Home

Sky Ferreira – You're Not the One

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Jeffrey Lewis – Wwprd

Paramore – Still Into You

Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise

The 1975 – Chocolate

Stylo G – Soundbwoy

Tom Hughes

Albums

15-60-75 The Numbers Band – Jimmy Bell's Still in Town

Meat Wave – Meat Wave

The Drones – I See Seaweed 4

White Fence – Live in San Francisco

Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas

Superchunk – I Hate Music

Bits of
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Tom Berenger Previews His Major Crimes Arc as Raydor's Mia Husband: 'It's Complicated'

Tom Berenger Previews His Major Crimes Arc as Raydor's Mia Husband: 'It's Complicated'
This Monday on Major Crimes (TNT, 9/8c), the always composed Sharon Raydor feels a big chill when her Mia husband suddenly resurfaces — both in their home, and then at her work, where he’s serving as a public defender. Film vet and Emmy winner Tom Berenger spoke with TVLine about his imminent arc as Jackson Raydor, including the familiar faces on the cast who made him feel most at home.

Related | Major Crimes to be Solved by TV Vets Doris Roberts, Tim Conway, Ron Glass and Others

Tvline | So tell me, under what circumstances do we first meet Jackson?

He
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'Mad Men' Season 6 episode 10 recap 'Tale of Two Cities': Ranking Joan, Roger, Don, Peggy and more on the happiness index

"Mad Men" at its best transcends the tedium of office life. "A Tale of Two Cities," at least in a first viewing, was not "Mad Men" at its best.

Whether or not something major comes of Jim Cutler and Ted Chaough's secretive scheming, far too much of this week's episode was dominated by office politics and ad men at work. Only one of the storylines -- Joan seizing the opportunity to land her own account -- emerged as fully realized and compelling to watch.

We got more examples of how the times-are-a-changin' (oh those nasty DNC riots! Pete smokes up in the office!), without really digging into any of the characters enough to make the events resonate as more than historical pastiche (something "Mad Men" rarely ever deserves to be accused of).

I'm not one to harp on this show for not moving fast enough or delivering episodes with minimal "action,
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‘Bachelorette’ Ashley Hebert Finally Reunites With Her Missing Dad!

Ashley’s dad has been Mia on and off again throughout her whole life because of his alcohol addiction. But now he’s recovering and they’re reconnecting!

For years, Bachelorette Ashley Hebert‘s father Gregg Hebert was not part of her life.

In fact, when Ashley was competing on The Bachelor, she bonded with Brad Womack over the fact that they both had deadbeat dads. She told Brad about her father’s battle with alcohol and how he was once homeless. When Ashley was filming The Bachelor, she didn’t even know where her dad was — but a few months later, she was reunited with Greg during a very “emotional” visit!

At the age of one, Ashley’s mother Laurie filed for divorce from her Gregg — and in 1991, while Gregg was staying in a rehab facility called Serenity House, the divorce was finalized. As the years passed, the addiction separated Gregg from his family.
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Idol Leaderboard: Which Contestants Are Still Hot After Round One of Hollywood Week?

Idol Leaderboard: Which Contestants Are Still Hot After Round One of Hollywood Week?
Hollywood Round continues on American Idol this week, which means there’ll be plenty of tears, infighting, and forgotten lyrics — hopefully mixed in with at least a couple of star-making performances. And as if the season 10 hopefuls don’t already have enough to stress about, I thought we ought to ratchet up the pressure by counting down the top 20 singers based on talent and buzz from the previous eight episodes. Falling off the TVLine.com Idol Leaderboard from last week are

Sarah Sellers and Travis Orlando (bumped off during last Thursday’s telecast), Thia Megia (sounded pretty rough in her
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Last Night's "Southland": Cuddlybear and Rookieboy's Big Bust

This week is a classic “What If?” fantasy episode.

Except instead of being, “What if the Nazis won?” or “What if Monica was still fat?”, it’s “What if there was an episode of Southland without any of the characters we actually like?” Because Lydia is Mia entirely, and Cuddlybear and Rookieboy are basically reduced to walk-on roles, but otherwise, the bulk of the episode is taken up with those other dudes.

Look, I have no problem with those other dudes. Having them around adds complexity and authenticity to the show. But this week makes pretty clear that Lydia and Cb/Rb are the real heart and soul of the show.

At least, though, the few scenes with Cuddlybear and Rookieboy are totally entertaining. Like there’s this one scene at the beginning of the episode where they run into another cop duo who are sort of bizarro versions of them.
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