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Cinema Of Attractions – Movie Pitch Party Game Hits Kickstarter

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Odd as it may seem, those of us who are really nutty cinephiles don’t have that many options when it comes to games. Sure, there are trivia options, but there is a surprising lack of effort when it comes to gamifying Hollywood.

That’s why Cinelinx was such a welcome hit for me. Well, the folks behind that game have something new up their sleeves, and it’s on Kickstarter right now.

Cinema of Attractions puts a unique spin on trying to make a game out of movies, by putting you in the role of studio mogul… sort of. You’re trying to piece together the best idea for a new movie by using cards that have a wild variety of industry snippets.

Take a look at some of what you’ll have to work with.

So you’ve got “A Rom Com with a twist,” but maybe you »

- Marc Eastman

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Sing Trailer Throws Down The Singing Competition Gauntlet

25 May 2016 8:05 AM, PDT

It’s been so long since singing competitions took over television, that it isn’t surprising that many have become jaded about their existence. This is undoubtedly part of the reason for American Idol‘s demise, something that only a few years ago seemed all but impossible. While other singing competitions are doing their best to pick up the ratings, and spin things in a slightly different way, the theory itself may have reached a point where it becomes too difficult to watch for too many.

The last two seasons of American Idol featured less and less talent, and more and more praise from judges, who were eager to convince audiences that every next set of singers were the best the show had ever seen simply by repeating the statement.

This all makes you wonder if this is the worst possible time for an animated showcase of a singing competition with cutesy animals… »

- Marc Eastman

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It’s Time For The Incredible Hulk To Return To TV

25 May 2016 6:32 AM, PDT

Captain America: Civil War continues to dominate both the box office and reviews. With more than $70 million in sales and a 90 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has officially kicked off the summer blockbuster season.

The film pits teams of superheroes led by Captain America and Iron Man against one another in the latest gem of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Civil War is missing one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe, and a star of both of the Avengers movies; the Incredible Hulk. The character’s popularity is a minor surprise when considering both Hulk movies released this century flopped.

With content providers desperate for viewers and superhero movies, the Incredible Hulk is one idea that could transition especially well to the small screen. Think about what Netflix did with the Daredevil series, wiping away the bad taste after the 2003 Ben Affleck disaster to »

- Marc Eastman

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Houdini And Doyle Review – Fox Mixes Winning Elements Into Unlikely Star

24 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT

If nothing else, Houdini and Doyle is a show put together by people who love watching television… and know where, and how, to borrow from the unusual things that seem to be working.

The danger involved here is that it will end up feeling too cobbled together. The obvious popularity of Sherlock, and other period mysteries doesn’t necessarily mix well with sci-fi/paranormal, even if such things are also gaining traction in the ratings. This one even throws in some of the goofy fun of Murdoch Mysteries, which is a great show, but sounds a little screwy on paper.

The long and short of it is that Houdini and Doyle has too many things going on to have much chance of success, and it has to also deal with the idea of keeping some semblance of the reality of two historical figures… plus ghosts.

The show avoids the pitfalls »

- Marc Eastman

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Beauty And The Beast Teaser Trailer Sucks You In… Really Just With Voices

24 May 2016 8:27 AM, PDT

So, you’re Disney, you have a property that’s made you kajillions of dollars already, and the related toy/park merchandise sales aren’t exactly dropping off, but you think you can throw out something else that will make you tons more money… might want to jump on that one, right?

The animated Beauty and the Beast was rather a while ago in cinematic terms, and while you can put out a new edition of the Blu-Ray every couple of years, there’s nothing like getting things fresh in people’s minds again. Plus, you could get a lot of big names involved, and your test run, Into the Woods, did even better than you hoped.

Oh sure, it’s probably actually going to be a good movie, and that’s even more likely when you know that Bill Condon is directing, but there’s just got to be »

- Marc Eastman

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Captain America: Civil War Review

23 May 2016 5:06 PM, PDT

As superhero/comic films continue to take over theaters, dominating the global box-office year after year, they continue to tweak the general effort. Considering the flood of titles that have already hit, and those we know are coming, that’s obviously something necessary for a genre that wants to keep box office success going. We aren’t going to want Doctor Strange to feel like we’ve just pasted a new character into the same outline, and the next Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers, Black Widow, Black Panther, or The Hulk film shouldn’t just feel like the next episode of a TV show.

You’ll still make money, but people will get bored. Deadpool certainly showed that mixing things up can pay off big.

Thus, each new movie brings about a certain degree of messing with the formula.

Captain America: Civil War messes with the wrong parts, and »

- Marc Eastman

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer 2 Expands On Story But Still Overrun With Flash

23 May 2016 11:19 AM, PDT

The Star Trek film franchise isn’t going anywhere, and with a new TV series on the way, there may be a lot more, but the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond didn’t exactly meet with the best response… from the internet anyway.

It had a lot of action, though not necessarily in the best way, but it didn’t give you a great idea of what was going on. The enterprise is going to crash, and there’s going to need to be a rescue, but other than that, there wasn’t much to piece together an idea of the overall plot.

The new trailer doesn’t exactly give you a lot more, but at least there are moments where characters are trying to talk about what’s going on… and we get to see a villain. A villain who is counting on a rescue attempt! Muuhahaha.

It still looks rather cheesy, »

- Marc Eastman

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