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Feature Ryan Lambie 17 May 2013 - 05:47
Here's a fresh batch of worthy, geek-friendly crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye this week...
The best part of putting together this weekly crowdfunding column? While trawling through the dozens of ideas that appear online every day, we stumble on all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
Some ideas are semi-practical - a new kind of flip-flop with soles made from astro turf, for people who want to feel as though they're walking on grass all day long - while others are downright strange - such as a set of tabletop gaming figures shaped neat like little human backsides.
Some ideas are commercial and enticing enough to sale past their funding goal - a zombie Lego Batman mash-up animation's already doing well - while others are rather more niche - we spotted a strip poker text adventure, which has, unsurprisingly, attracted rather less interest so far. »
It was double trouble for the final four on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice tonight as two celebs were fired. But they didn’t even get to take part in the usual phony job interview. Instead they were summoned back to the Boardroom to be disposed of by Donald Trump without taking part in any sort of task. My full recap will be up at 2 a.m. (Update: Click to read Dalton’s full Celebrity Apprentice recap), but to find out, or sound off on, who was fired and who’s left in the final two, read on for more. [Spoiler Alert: Keep reading only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.]
- Dalton Ross
Almost Christmas, the latest film from Junebug director Phil Morrison, helps to explain the process of how all those Christmas trees get to the street corners of Brooklyn and why they cost so much. It does indeed take a lot to get them there, as we discover from a pair of tree-transporting frenenemies from Québec, played by Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd. Once you get past the fact that these guys are probably the only two Québecois who don’t speak French, the actors win in their roles. However, the film is filled with pacing issues as well as comic situations and characters that just fall completely flat. Giamatti plays Dennis, a guy who has just completed a four-year prison sentence for a botched heist. He heads to the home of ex-wife Therese (Amy Landecker) to see their young daughter (Tatyana Richaud), only to discover that she’s been told he died of cancer. He »
- Caitlin Hughes
With an animated film based on the Troll doll toy franchise already in development, DreamWorks Animation has gone one step further and bought the entire brand, and has tapped American Girl veteran Shawn Dennis to oversee the brand for the toon studio.
Deal with the Dam Family and Dam Things of Denmark now makes DreamWorks Animation the exclusive worldwide licensor of merchandise rights for the Trolls, except for Scandanavia, the birthplace of the characters, where Dam Things will remain the licensor.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dwa first brokered the film rights for a Trolls movie in 2010.
Dennis will focus on relaunching the Trolls brand worldwide and introducing them to a new generation of kids.
“Trolls is a brand with over fifty years of deep heritage and we are thrilled to bring this iconic, multi-generational property to DreamWorks Animation,” said chief operating officer Ann Daly. “We have »
- Marc Graser
4 items from 2013
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