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I always wondered why there weren’t more slasher-themed video games. What could make for a more intense gaming experience than if you were to play as the prey to a masked killer in a large darkened house? Surprisingly, this concept has seen very few renditions through gaming history. There have been a few attempts–some successful and others not so much. Atari attempted to adapt Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween while Nintendo tried its hands with both A Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th.
We didn’t care that they were all huge misfires, we were just happy to see our favorite psychos in a game. Most suffered from the lack in technology at the time. Yet in the last 20 years, nobody tried again, til 2012, when it seemed that somebody up in video game heaven had heard our prayers with the announcement of Until Dawn.
However, Dawn »
- Josh Soriano
“Mr. Robot” is a new show that premiered on USA earlier this year and in the short time it has been on the air, it has blown away almost everything else currently airing. In fact, I kind of can’t believe it is on USA and not a channel like AMC, FX, or even HBO or Showtime. It is that amazing.
In fact, the May 27, 2015, premiere of the pilot on multiple online locations was so well received that the series was renewed for a second season, even before the first airing on USA on June 24, 2015.
The series follows Elliot, a young hacker in New York City who works at the cybersecurity company Allsafe as a security engineer. Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot’s thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He speaks to us, the audience, who he refers to as his friend »
- Sarah Sommer
For all the obsessing over what the hell is happening in Mr. Robot’s breakout first season, at the center of it all is Rami Malek. It’s been said and re-said: The actor is riveting in his portrayal of Elliot Alderson, and the show’s success leans on him giving one of the most interesting performances on television. But Malek isn’t just a great actor: He’s an honest-to-goodness, bedroom-poster-worthy crush. Rami has pools for eyes, and when he speaks, it's with a melodious lilt; he has delightful, elfin ears that sit atop his lithe, five-seven frame. His appeal is unusual: Rami exudes mystery, but he somehow pulls off cute, too. What makes this all beautifully incongruous is that he's on a show like Mr. Robot. There’s Rami, playing a deeply depressed hacker on a dense prestige-drama show known for its well-executed twists and cinematic finesse. And yet, »
- Gazelle Emami
USA Network has postponed the season finale of their hit first-year show Mr. Robot, which was slated to air tonight, Wednesday, August 26 at 10 Pm Et, to Wednesday, September 2 at 10 Pm Et. The postponement comes in the wake of a tragic shooting in Virginia this morning, that mirrors a scene in the finale. Here's a statement released by the network regarding the finale's postponement.
"The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today's tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight's episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time."
TV Line reports that the finale, entitled "eps1.9_zer0-day.avi", was previously edited to include the addition of a reference to the recent Ashley Madison hack. All of the Season 1 episodes were given file name titles similar to the finale. »
'Mr. Robot' with Rami Malek. USA cable network postpones 'Mr. Robot' season finale following deadly Virginia shootings on live TV The day after a gun-toting 14-year-old male held hostage 29 students and a teacher at West Virginia's Philip Barbour high school, on Aug. 26, '15, journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward of the Roanoke, Virginia, Wdbj-tv station were shot dead on live television. The murderer – who shot himself after being pursued by police – was identified as former Wbdj journalist Bryce Williams (aka Vester L. Flanagan II). As a result of the double murder on live TV – which, although the circumstances were different, brings to mind Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's Network – the USA cable network has decided to postpone the showing of this season's final episode of the series Mr. Robot. According to a statement issued by USA, a similar incident takes place in the show. The statement reads in part: »
- Anna Robinson
"The previously filmed season finale of 'Mr. Robot' contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time," a statement from the network read.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
The already renewed Mr. Robot was to wrap its run tonight at 10/9c; instead, the finale will air next Wednesday, Sept. 2.
RelatedVirginia TV News Reporter, Cameraman Shot Dead During Live Broadcast
In a statement, USA Network explained: “The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. »
USA Network has postponed tonight’s scheduled season finale of hacker drama series “Mr. Robot” for a week because the episode includes a scene with similarities to the real-life murders that occurred on live TV this morning in Virginia.
“Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” USA said in a statement.
Early today, a reporter, Alison Parker, and cameraman, Adam Ward, for Wdbj-tv in Roanoke, Va., were shot and killed while delivering a live report for the station’s morning news program. The suspected killer is a former co-worker of the pair who posted video of the ambush on social media after fleeing the scene.
“Mr. Robot” has emerged as a critical darling for USA this summer. The series revolves around an anti-social It whiz who »
- Cynthia Littleton
The following post contains spoilers up through the ninth episode of Mr. Robot.The truthers were right! The penultimate episode of USA's hit summer show threw another grenade into the plot, revealing that Elliot Alderson, played by Rami Malek, and Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater, were indeed the same person. Mr. Robot is just like Fight Club. We had harbored suspicions for a while, and for good reason: It was right there in front of us all along. Here's our video supercut of the instances that prove we should always listen to the voices in our heads. Now, about that "moon landing" »
- E. Alex Jung,Kenny Herzog,Chris Wade
When Mr. Robot debuted back in June, the show was pitched as a ripped-from-the-headlines techno-thriller, with the return of Christian Slater to TV as its main attraction. Now, two months and 10 episodes later, the USA network has an unlikely hit on its hands: a visually striking, subversive, and often surprising drama about the dehumanizing effects of our corporate-controlled, internet-addicted modern world. And a lot of the credit for the show's out-of-left-field success belongs to the man who plays the series' troubled hacker hero — the 34-year-old character actor Rami Malek.
In the opening minutes of the pilot for USA’s Mr. Robot, superhacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) meets with the shifty proprietor of a chain of coffeeshops. Over the course of their conversation, Elliot reveals the flaws in his cybersecurity—flaws that enabled Elliot to uncover this fellow’s immense cache of child pornography. The topic shifts: Who is Elliot? What does he want? Money? Before long, though, Elliot heads out and the cops storm in to mete out justice. That, it would seem, will be the blueprint for Mr. Robot: the story of yet another maladjusted genius with One Weird Trick for solving crimes while disregarding the rules, man. He’ll track down hidden bad guys, overcoming his obvious social awkwardness and seemingly timid nature, and expose them to the world with the help of cutting-edge, buzzword-heavy technological innovation. After all, this is USA, the home of Burn Notice, »
- Simon Howell
“Mr. Robot” is the best show currently on television. There, I said it. And mark my words, with this much buzz and excitement over such an audacious debut season, awards should follow. If you have yet to delve into the labyrinthine mysteries of “Mr. Robot,” then binge it as fast as possible in anticipation of the show’s season finale, airing this Wednesday (Aug. 26) on USA. Then join the throngs of admirers on social media to pick apart the plot twists, hidden clues and classic film references with the enthusiasm reserved for other established hits on AMC, FX, Showtime and HBO. -Break- Dish 'Mr. Robot' in our fiery forums “Mr. Robot” is best described as a dark and riveting cyber-thriller about Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), an antisocial It worker who is recruited by the shadowy leader of an underground anarchist hacker group (Christian Slater) who wants to destabilize »
Are you one of those people who regularly yells at the TV while watching horror movies, because the characters’ dumb decisions annoy you to no end? If so, your chance to prove how much smarter you are than the average slasher movie victim has arrived, in the form of Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn. Combining horror movies with narrative-focused gaming to create a scary attempt at survival, it’s an instant classic that brings immersion to a whole new level.
Set in what seems to be the remote wilderness of Western Canada, Until Dawn is more of an experience than your average video game. It begins with a bang, then fast forwards a year ahead, to a time where eight friends have decided to culminate for a weekend of wintry remembrance in honour of friends who previously perished. They all ascend a gigantic mountain with the promise of friendship, memories and good times, »
- Chad Goodmurphy
After nine episodes and a head-turning plot twist, USA’s Mr. Robot has become the surprise hit of the summer. One of its defining features has become Elliot Alderson’s (Rami Malek) rambling and anguished voice-overs to the audience. What’s going on in the actor’s head as he’s filming these sequences? “I just zone out,” Rami Malek joked at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation's “Conversations” series.“I have an earwig,” Malek continued, "but for the pilot, I memorized all of the voice-over. I’d never been in this situation before so I thought I better know it backward and forward.” Malek wouldn't end up recording the voice-overs until later, but while shooting scenes, he was prompted his voice-over lines by someone speaking to him through the earwig ("which feels like a spying device," he said). “We tried [creator] Sam [Esmail] delivering the Vo in my ear, and I remember looking dumbfounded, »
- Keertana Sastry
If you haven’t noticed, we like Mr. Robot. Though we’re not quite sure whether to root for its ostensible protagonist, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a sweet but troubled young man with a taste for morphine and a tendency to dialogue with inner voices and outer projections. It also just so happens that his recreational hacking has evolved into sophisticated corporate sabotage, with global — and often deadly — implications. Over the past several weeks, we’ve done our best to delineate Elliot’s delusions and generally outline Mr. Robot’s myriad narrative threads, but perhaps it’s time we turned to a professional. Enter psychiatrist Dr. Paul Puri, who’s previously helped us understand the psyches of complex fan-favorite characters, like Mad Men’s paranoid copywriter Ben Ginsberg. This time, Dr. Puri helps us distinguish between schizophrenia and conversion disorders, in addition to assessing whether Elliot stands a chance at becoming whole, »
- Kenny Herzog
Mr Robot gave us answers this week, leaving us wondering, what does it have left in store for season 2? Major spoilers ahead...
This review contains spoilers.
So now we have it, proof of the theory floated by fans since episode one: Mr Robot isn’t real. He’s a construct of Elliot’s psychosis. Elliot is Mr Robot.
Contrary to expectation, having predicted the twist didn’t dilute its dramatic impact. That was largely thanks to Rami Malek, whose performance sold Elliot’s desperate disorientation with utter conviction. Props have to go to Christian Slater too, and moreover to whomever cast him in this part. I can’t think of a better choice to play a middle-aged malcontent lunatic hacker projected from the mind of his malcontent lunatic hacker son. Kudos.
It also helped that we were still reeling from the end of last week’s episode, »
Thoughts on tonight's penultimate "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take a jewelry class... "This is happening, isn't it? You knew all along, didn't you?" -Elliot Given the very fluid nature of Elliot's reality, and what an admittedly unreliable narrator he's been to his own story, tonight's episode could have very easily opened up by rolling back some or all of last week's revelations. Maybe Darlene was just kidding about being Elliot's sister! Maybe Mr. Robot photoshopped himself into Elliot's family snapshots! Maybe the meeting in the car between Tyrell and Mr. Robot was actually between Darlene and Whiterose, but the show was just screwing us! But while it's been fun to guess at which aspects of the show are real and which have existed only inside Elliot's head, there comes a point where the series has to commit to certain truths or risk the whole enterprise »
- Alan Sepinwall
USA Network isn’t known for innovative programming — sure, Suits, White Collar, and Burn Notice have their admirers, but the network isn’t a haven for the sort of storytelling that has come to define prestige television. But Mr. Robot, a hacker-tech drama, broke not only USA’s mold but also the rubric of what a show ostensibly dealing with computers could be. Creator Sam Esmail originally intended for the show to be a feature film, and so the first season is cinematic not only in its scope — the initial ten episodes represent the opening 30 minutes of his “film” — but also in its cinematography, score, and quality of acting. Rami Malek, who plays Elliot, is a kaleidoscope of face and eye movements, tics, and long stares. He’s riveting as a potentially schizophrenic, morphine-addict hacker who hopes to destroy the world’s largest conglomerate. Last week’s episode, wh1ter0se. »
- Matthew Giles
For the past several weeks, TV critics and creators gathered in Beverly Hills for the annual Television Critics Association press tour, where the networks previewed the upcoming season and everyone talked a lot about the state of the medium. One of the big topics of conversation was whether the recent boom in original programming has led to an unmanageable glut. In short: Are we so bombarded with quality these days that clearing out our DVRs is becoming a chore?
That's a valid question. Yet looking down our "Top Five TV" list below, »
Spoilers ahead for every episode of Mr. Robot so far. Despite centering on an archetypal outsider (Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson), Mr. Robot is an extraordinarily inclusive experience, typified by creator Sam Esmail’s transparency about its tele-cinematic influences. His USA Network hacker thriller seduces you with familiar tropes and touchstones from the oeuvres of Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher, among others, but keeps you watching and guessing with a wholly original parable for humanity’s greatest hopes and shortcomings. And within all that, there’s one fun little mystery in particular that fans and critics have been trying to decrypt: Is Elliot in fact root-kit kingpin Mr. Robot? Or, at the very least, is Christian Slater’s personification of him Elliot’s own personal Tyler Durden? This Wednesday’s episode at least revealed what most of us suspected: that Slater is, in some form, a doppelgänger of Elliot’s father. »
- Kenny Herzog
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