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Cinema Snob's Brad Jones writes and directs upcoming feature Disco

  • JoBlo
I came of age right before YouTube became a thing, where the only way to watch original content was Ebaum's world, Newgrounds, or any place that happened to support that shitty Realtime Player. Around that time, BlipTV was a thing, and my friends and I got really into The Nostalgia Critic, and then his subsequent collaborators like The Nostalgia Chick, Obscurus Lupa, Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall, and The... Read More...
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Lindsay Ellis (aka Nostalgia Chick) gives thoughtful take on GotG Vol. 2

  • JoBlo
I remember in high school being really into That Guy With the Glasses, a series of critical video essays headed by Doug Walker. He eventually got his own website and channel (before moving to YouTube), and brought on a bunch of other critics into the fold, like The Cinema Snob and Obscurus Lupa. However, one of my favorite critics was The Nostalgia Chick (real name Lindsay Ellis), as she was much more... Read More...
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30 Years of Trash: The true story behind The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

On its 30th anniversary, Luke Owen revisits The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

“This is it. The worst. The absolute worst. No story, no character, no plot, just pain. Pure concentrated pain. There has never been anything this bad in the history of man. It should be studied, it should be analysed. It is pure evil. I don’t know whether to give it to a doctor to examine or a priest to exorcise. It is remarkable. Absolutely remarkable. Even the closing credits hurt. Everything about this movie is plain horrendous.” – Doug “Nostalgia Critic” Walker

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. During the late 1960s, Art Spiegelman tried this theory when he worked on revival of a series of gum card stickers called Wacky Packages, which parodied all kinds of consumer products from food to floorwax, and the novelty lasted deep into 1970s. By the mid-1980s,
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Nostalgia Critic Celebrates Ten Years Of Videos With A Much-Requested Review

Back in 2007, Doug Walker posted a rant under the name Nostalgia Critic for the first time. Now, a decade later, Walker’s work has endured, and he has taken some time to celebrate his long career on the internet. The Nostalgia Critic is ten years old, and Channel Awesome, which serves as the home for those videos, has celebrated with numerous festivities.

To kick off the Critic’s ten-year bash, Channel Awesome employee Walter Banasiak put together a list of some of Walker’s best work. If you’ve never experienced the Critic’s exasperated rants, witty sketches, and tough-but-fair criticisms of classic TV shows and movies, that rundown is a good place to start.

Once you’re up to speed on Walker’s signature character, it’s time to dive into his latest review: A 28-minute evisceration of the 2016 film Norm of the North. Walker describes the animated flick,
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Great Job, Internet!: There are more Looney Tunes movies than people may remember

  • The AV Club
The original, slapstick-heavy Looney Tunes series of cartoons ran from the early 1930s to the late 1960s, generating over a thousand short films, each one about six or seven minutes in length. It was not until 1979, however, until Warner Bros. actually released a feature-length motion picture based on the series. That film, Chuck Jones’ The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, relied heavily on clips from the classic cartoons and was enough of a financial success to inspire four more piecemeal Looney features between 1981 and 1988. And that’s all before Space Jam was a thing. Doug Walker, star of the long-running webseries Nostalgia Critic, revisits the entire franchise in a video handily titled “All The Looney Tunes Movies.” Here, he limits himself to feature-length productions that were released theatrically and contained at least some new material. There’s still plenty to talk about, though, including the fact that ...
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YouTube To Change Content ID Policy To Let Creators Profit From Disputed Videos

Over the past few months, YouTube’s Content ID platform has generated a lot of controversy. The digital rights management service, which lets rights holders identify, claim, and monetize unlicensed use of their intellectual property, has drawn criticism from creators who believe it puts too much power in the hands of claimants

Now, YouTube is responding. The video site has announced a change that will allow uploaders whose videos receive Content ID claims to accrue ad revenue on those videos as they contest the claims against them.

That’s not the easiest sentence to understand, but within the Content ID process, the change is a logical one. Every day, thousands of YouTube channels re-upload videos or use trademarked content without receiving permission from the original rights holder. In most of those cases, the rights holder files a Content ID claim, the claim is accepted, and the rights holder can choose
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YouTube Addresses Concerns About Its Video Claiming Policy, Promises Changes

YouTube’s video claiming policy has always had its flaws, but thanks to recent videos from prominent creators like The Nostalgia Critic and GradeAUnderA, the video site’s community is hungry for change. Those creators, along with several others who rely on the legal doctrine of fair use in order to protect their videos, believe YouTube’s current video policing system puts too much power in the hands of claimants and does not sufficiently punish those who file fraudulent takedown requests.

If a tweet YouTube’s CEO sent out on February 26th is any indication, however, the video site’s controversial policy might be about to change. On her Twitter feed, Susan Wojcicki thanked creators for their feedback and linked to a post in YouTube’s Help Forum, where an employee named Spencer hinted at several changes the site plans to make within its policy division.

Thank you @YouTube community for all the feedback.
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Can YouTube’s Video Claiming Policy Be Improved?

A string of controversial video takedown notices has brought one of the online video community’s favorite hobby horses back into the spotlight. Since the start of 2016, prominent content creators like I Hate Everything and Doug “The Nostalgia Critic” Walker have posted videos documenting their respective struggles with rights holders who issue claims against their respective videos. In particular, one of Walker’s recent videos has been viewed more than 1.1 million times and has left viewers asking “where’s the fair use?”

The relationship between fair use, Content ID, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Dmca), and other forces that govern copyright law on YouTube has for years been a contentious subject. In 2013, a change in YouTube’s policy set off a wave of claims against creators both big and small. Some of the claims were valid requests that hoped to crack down on videos that infringed upon existing copyrights; others,
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Maker Studios Has Officially Shut Down Blip

Blip is dead. Long live Blip. The online video platform, which for more than a decade was a showcase of high-quality original content, has been shut down by its owner, Maker Studios.

Blip launched in 2005, just three months after YouTube opened its doors. From the start, it feature a creator-focused approach, and it managed to attract thousands of video producers and hundreds of millions of views. Its best-known users included The Nostalgia Critic, who used it to host videos from his Channel Awesome network, and Michael Moore, who partnered with the platform to distribute his film Slacker Uprising. Blip pushed its creator-friendly model even further with the launch of Blip Studios in 2012.

At the same time, Blip struggled to turn a profit in a competitive industry, and it was ultimately acquired by Maker Studios in 2013. While Maker has made use of Blip’s technology and partnerships, it marked the actual
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Fantasia 2014 Interview: James Rolfe on ‘Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie’

James Rolfe created the Angry Video Game Nerd character and webseries after putting together a few short videos complaining about old Nintendo games, such as Ljn releases. Soon, as popularity grew, Angry Nintendo Nerd had to be changed to Angry Video Game Nerd so his character could delve into a larger oeuvre of terrible video games from the past. A lover of film and a director of shorts himself, Rolfe and his team often develop creative references to classic films throughout the videos, though still keeping the tone juvenile. Now, Avgn videos are just one of several series and columns on Rolfe’s website cinemassacre.com

His feature length-movie, about hunting down the long-rumoured stockpile of E.T. Atari cartridges buried in New Mexico, had its international premiere at Fantasia 2014, with co-director and longtime friend Kevin Finn in attendance with the Nerd himself. Rolfe took a few moments out of his
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Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie gets a release date

Originally scheduled for release in December 2012 and then in the Summer of 2013, it seemed as though James Rolfe’s Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie was never going to see the light of day. However, in a video posted at his website Cinemassacre.com, Rolfe announced that the movie would premier at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on July 21st 2014.

The movie will also be shown over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con and around North America before it gets distributed world wide as VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Angry Video Game Nerd is the creation of filmmaker James Rolfe who started out life in 2004 as The Angry Nintendo Nerd who was reliving the frustrating days of his youth by playing terrible games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The character has since grown and has produced over 100 videos over the last decade. A movie was announced a few years
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How The Room’s unintentional absurdity hides its dark heart

  • SoundOnSight
On the last Saturday of every month, something strange happens at the Laemmle theatre in Los Angeles, CA. A screening is arranged, viewers flock to it and sell it out in almost record time. Diehard fans bring with them what seems to be a selection of provisions for a picnic of a trip to the beach, including plastic spoons and footballs. They are here to watch an eleven year old film which has enjoyed cinema events across the globe, and has made a star of its director/writer/producer/star. Other regular screenings can be found in Copenhagen, Cleveland, Edmonton, Glasgow and London. These too sell out. The Prince Charles Theatre in London proclaims itself the British home of said movie. Its celebrity fans include Alec Baldwin, Paul Rudd, David Cross and Patton Oswald. Her affection for the piece led Kristen Bell to insert various references into her hit show Veronica Mars.
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WWE Studios working on Jingle All The Way 2 with Larry The Cable Guy

Put that cookie down! Jingle All The Way 2 is incoming...

WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox are teaming up for a belated sequel to the 1996 Christmas classic Jingle All The Way. There will be no Arnold Schwarzenegger this time round who instead will be replaced by Larry the Cable Guy (Cars, Cars 2).

Jingle All The Way has become somewhat of a 'joke' Christmas movie to be enjoyed ironically and has been torn to pieces by websites and podcasts over the years including The Nostalgia Critic and How Did This Get Made?.

The film featured Schwarzenegger as a father who was trying to buy his son a Turbo Man doll during the Christmas rush. It was supposed to be a satire of Christmas fads like Cabbage Path Dolls, Power Rangers and Buzz Lightyear and became a hotly contested court battle between 20th Century Fox and Brian Webster/Murray Hill
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Brazil’s Nostalgia Channel Fighting For Its Life Against ContentID

With 921,000 subscribers and more than 34 million views, Canal Nostalgia is one of Brazil's most popular YouTube channels. Unfortunately, a run in with a couple of massive media companies is threatening to shutter Canal Nostalgia for good. The channel is currently fighting against ContentID claims from both Fox and Turner, and it is in danger of falling victim to YouTube's 'three strikes' rule. Canal Nostalgia offers witty looks at the cartoons and other pop culture phenomena that people who grew up in the 90s remember fondly. It has a lot in common with The Nostalgia Critic (who has also endured his fair share of legal battles), but is obviously aimed at the Lusophone audience. Here's one of the channel's most popular installments, centered around Disney movies (English subtitles are included): Fox and Turner have now placed the channel in jeopardy by claiming videos that use footage from shows like The Simpsons and Johnny Bravo.
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The It Crowd Special review: The Internet Is Coming

  • Den of Geek
Review Pete Dillon-Trenchard 27 Sep 2013 - 22:00

The It Crowd leaves us with a superb final outing. Here's Pete's review of The Internet Is Coming...

This review contains spoilers, read our spoiler-free review, here.

It’s always hard saying goodbye, and for the longest time it seemed like we’d had the opportunity taken away from us with The It Crowd; when the fourth series ended in 2010, there was already talk of a fifth. But talk then turned to maybe doing a special instead - or even a movie. And the months turned into years, and we watched as Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd went off and became the sort of actors whose faces end up on the sides of buses to promote their latest Hollywood smash. It seemed as if The It Crowd was consigned to the basement forever.

All of which makes it so much more surprising
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Here’s What Maker Studios Is Going To Do With Blip

A report recently surfaced linking top multi-channel network Maker Studios to Blip, thus confirming the speculation that Maker would begin to engineer a platform of its own. Its all-but-official acquisition begs the question: What are the network's plans? How will it use its new toy? With both Maker and Blip declining to comment on the impending transaction, here are three developments we believe will arise from the high-profile move: Maker is going to make a ton of sites for its creators. In keeping with the most important YouTuber trend of the past year, Maker will surely assist its creators as they attempt to lessen dependence YouTube and find alternative revenue streams across the web. The network has recently helped build sites for partners like Epic Rap Battles of History and The Yogscast, and Blip has experience powering pages for its own partners as well (e.g. The Pet Collective). In
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In Praise Of: Fruits Basket Radio Drama

Alongside my film passions, expressed on WhatCulture! and on my own blog, my other big creative passion is radio. I’ve been involved in radio in one form or another since 2007, and currently broadcast three times a fortnight on Exeter’s Phonic FM.

But rather than sit here blowing my own trumpet, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to promote the passion project of one of my favourite online reviewers – anime critic Hope Chapman, a.k.a. JesuOtaku (Jo for short). If you’re into anime you probably watch her reviews on That Guy With The Glasses, but what you may not know about is her on-going magnum opus – the Fruits Basket Radio Drama.

Fruits Basket Radio Drama is an adaptation of the manga series Fruits Basket, written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It tells the story of young orphan Tohru Honda, who moves in
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The Nostalgia Critic Pays His Respects To Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert has passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer, and the Internet has wasted no time eulogizing its favorite film critic. Several channels, such as Current and The Young Turks, have noted Ebert's unabashed display of his politics, which both allowed him to build trust with his audience and bring light to issues (such as the underappreciated nature of Black cinema) that may have been otherwise ignored. For online film critics, however, Ebert has a special significance. After all, this is the man who, more than anyone else, made film criticism into a commercial art. He brought personality to his reviews, a personality that many online critics have attempted to emulate in some capacity. While several YouTube film reviewers have offered their views, the most important and on-point remembrance has come from Doug Walker, better known as the Nostalgia Critic. Walker is arguably the most well-known film critic on the Internet,
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Where Are They Now? #1: Mara Wilson

Saturdays are a little quiet in Hollywood. All of your favourite celebs are out and about doing those more mundane chores, like shopping for nappies, or the weekly Tesco shop (do they have Tescos in Tinseltown?) or even doing what we do here at Thn Towers, which is do that thing we don’t get a huge amount of time during the working week. Watch a bloody movie. Anyway, because there won’t be as much movie news hitting Thn over Saturday and Sunday, we’ve been trying to come up with a few cool features to share with you, and this is the first… Where Are They Now? The Forgotten Legends.

Have you ever sat down the boozer and had a little chat amongst your mates when you star talking about some random film from the 1980s or something… and then this sentence rears its ugly head; “I wonder whatever happened to…
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Thoughts on… the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie trailer

Luke Owen discusses the new trailer for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie...

Back in 2007, a young man by the name of James Rolfe posted a video on YouTube reviewing the Nes classic Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest under the title of Bad Nes Games. He’d recorded the video in 2006 along with reviews of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Karate Kid and they were posted to YouTube in 2007, now with the moniker of The Angry Nintendo Nerd. In the following weeks and months he posted more video reviews with each one increasing in anger levels. His reviews became incredibly popular and before he knew it, the newly named Angry Video Game Nerd reviews had amassed a rabid following and his monthly videos were gaining thousands upon thousands of viewers – he was a bona fide Internet celebrity. Now, six years and a lot of fan funding later, James Rolfe
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