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Live Trivia App HQ Gave Away $7,500 Last Night And Drew 120,000 Concurrent Viewers

For many, it has become a daily regimen: Twice a day, at 3 Pm Est and 9 Pm Est, they attempt to answer 12 trivia questions in a row and win real money. The name of the game is HQ Trivia, and it recently hosted its biggest audience yet. On Sunday, November 19, HQ offered up a $7,500 pool, and 120,000 concurrent players showed up to vie for their piece of that prize.

HQ, from Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, launched a month ago and quickly drew users thanks to its addictive format. The sessions that draw the most attention happen on Sunday nights, when the app tends to give away its largest cash prizes each week. On November 19, news of the $7,500 pot brought a record number of fortune seekers, who responded to questions posed by host Scott Rogowsky.

After a few lay-ups, a devastating question about global pasta consumption eliminated thousands, including yours truly.
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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How to appear on your favourite TV gameshow

Dave Lawrie Jul 6, 2017

Using his experience on Robot Wars, Total Wipeout and more, Dave shares some tips for anyone wanting to appear on a TV gameshow...

Have you ever watched a TV show and thought 'I’d quite like a go at that', quickly replaced by the follow-up thought 'but I’m not sure that I could?'

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Me too.

My name is Dave and I have now been involved with five TV productions at various levels. I have auditioned for The Weakest Link, been part of a pilot that never made it to air, and featured as a contestant on Total Wipeout, Ninja Warrior UK and Robot Wars. I suffer from low self esteem and rollercoaster depression and I have found no finer therapy for it than the character-validating world of television production.

My quest today is to try
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10 Trends in the International TV Business

10 Trends in the International TV Business
Paris — Variety held its first-ever TV Summit Europe in Paris on Thursday at its Series Mania TV festival. At it, key top executives from Europe and the U.S. analyzed their production strategies in a vibrant, if complex, international TV drama market. 20th Century Fox’s Manuel Alduy summed up the studio’s strategy in international as “diversification.” That could be said of many companies as, outside the U.S., they ring multiple production options along a global-local axis and as scripted series boost channels’ market shares, by as much as 26% for ITV and 35% for Denmark’s TV2, according to a EuroData TV Drama Overview presented at Series Mania. Below, incorporating news and analysis from the Summit and the whole of Series Mania, are 10 observed cutting-edge trends in the international TV business:

1.The Split

“Distribution will go through mobile and telecom [companies], that, [given[ the way they are shaping the convergent world, are key partners. The only way to build scale in the game is to partner with these telcos,” said Dominique Delport, chairman, Vivendi Content (pictured), in a spirited keynote conversation at the Variety TV Summit Europe, explaining why Vivendi, the France-based communications group, has rebuilt as a premium content creator-producer. Increasingly, series look to split two ways: Those that can build decisive brand and subscriber driven value for telecoms, digital platforms and big pay TV platforms; the remainder. This explains why Vivendi, despite being Europe’s second biggest pay TV operator, has created Studio Plus, an app delivering digital first, premium short-form series produced by Vivendi Content that it is actively selling to telecoms worldwide. Launched in Feb. 2017, telco clients include Spain’s Telefonica-Movistar Plus, Brazil’s Vivo, Telecom Italia and France’s Bouygues TV and Orange. Studio Plus subscriptions stand at 200,000; Vivendi targets 2 million by year-end, said Delport. Vivendi is in talks with “30-to-50 telcos today,” among them three of the top four U.S. telcos, he added.

2.Post Nordic Noir

Nordic Noir is over, Piv Bernth, producer
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Peter Molyneuex offers up hint about new game Legacy

Recently, the video game industry has not heard very much from Peter Molyneux. He is, however, working on a new title as we speak, but you would be forgiven if this is the first time you are hearing about it. The name of the game is Legacy, and details are scarce. However, in an interview with Glixel, Molyneux did let one detail slip:

“The only thing I think is wise to tell you is that it’s very different. One of the things I am proud of is the number of different genres that I’ve attempted. At the moment, it’s hard to peg what genre Legacy falls into.” When asked for further details, Molyneux replies: “I think it would be a mistake to talk about it.”

Peter Molyneux’s 2013 title ‘Godus’.

Peter Molyneux is one of the most eccentric figures in the gaming industry. Before Fable released way
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RoboCop 2

It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.

RoboCop 2

Blu-ray

Shout! Factory / Scream Factory

1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert DoQui, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon, Belinda Bauer, Felton Perry.

Cinematography: Mark Irwin

Production Design: Peter Jamison

Original Music: Leonard Rosenman

Special Effects: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre.

Written by Frank Miller, Walon Green from characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner

Produced by Jon Davison

Directed by Irvin Kershner

I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been
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New Extended Riverdale Promo Doesn’t Skimp On Drama

Business has certainly picked up in the last week or so when it comes to news concerning Riverdale, The CW’s next major comic book adaptation to grace the small screen. In addition to learning that Archie Andrews’ mother will be played by none other than ’80s icon Molly Ringwald, a brief promo and featurette have dropped as well.

Those aching for something a bit more substantial have been rewarded today with a freshly released extended trailer that shows living in what’s often been perceived as a quaint little town in the comics will be quite complicated in this interpretation. The name of the game with any adaptation is to reel in casual viewers as opposed to just devoted fans of the source material, and I can definitely see lovers of prime time dramas with some soap opera-like elements getting hooked on this series. Let’s just hope that a delicate balance is found.
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If The Best Marvel Movies Are Unlike The Rest, Why Are Most Just Like The Others?

Samuel Brace on the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

We are always told “safety first”. But fortune does indeed favour the bold.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a strange animal. On one hand it is comprised of characters that on paper can have very little in common, and have character traits that should lead to disparate tones; on the other, it is a shared universe behemoth, a homogenised collective that melds each individual film to fuse fluently with the rest. The name of the game here is consistency of tone. This is more important to Marvel than quality — though they have done a remarkable job of that as well, even if the quality that is consistent is a fairly mediocre one. Marvel are happy to let each individual film suffer if it benefits the collective, which in their case is the cinematic universe and the flagship team up Avengers movie. But Marvel
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YouTube Star Grace Helbig Signs Movie-tv Deal With Lionsgate (Exclusive)

YouTube Star Grace Helbig Signs Movie-tv Deal With Lionsgate (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has signed an overall deal with YouTube star Grace Helbig to develop both films and TV series.

As part of that deal, the studio is developing a romantic comedy feature starring Helbig and her YouTube collaborator Mamrie Hart. Lionsgate is also actively discussing two other films with Helbig and her team, as well as a few television opportunities.

Helbig, along with Hannah and Mamrie Hart, were named to Variety‘s New Leaders list earlier this month. The trio, dubbed “YouTube’s Holy Trinity” by their loyal fanbase, began their digital careers by shooting cooking videos and funny sketches at home.

The name of the game right now is to keep as many plates spinning as you can in order to not drop any,” mamrie Hart told Variety for the New Leaders issue. “It feels like a year where I’ve leveled up,” Hannah Hart added.

Helbig created and hosted her own late-night talk show, “The Grace Helbig Show
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YouTube Star Grace Helbig Signs Movie-tv Deal With Lionsgate (Exclusive)

YouTube Star Grace Helbig Signs Movie-tv Deal With Lionsgate (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has signed an overall deal with YouTube star Grace Helbig to develop both films and TV series.

As part of that deal, the studio is developing a romantic comedy feature starring Helbig and her YouTube collaborator Mamrie Hart. Liosngate is also actively discussing two other films with Grace and her team, as well as a few television opportunities.

Helbig, along with Hannah and Mamrie Hart, were named to Variety‘s New Leaders list earlier this month. The trio, dubbed “YouTube’s Holy Trinity” by their loyal fanbase, began their digital careers by shooting cooking videos and funny sketches at home.

The name of the game right now is to keep as many plates spinning as you can in order to not drop any,” Mamrie told Variety for the New Leaders issue. “It feels like a year where I’ve leveled up,” Hannah added.

Helbig created and hosted her own late-night talk show,
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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives
Fede Alvarez

Age: 38; Filmmaker

When it comes to horror, no director in the past five years has garnered as much steam as Uruguayan filmmaker Alvarez. Following the critical acclaim 2013’s “Evil Dead,” which served as his full-length U.S. feature film debut, Alvarez once again teamed up with filmmaker Sam Raimi to create this year’s hit “Don’t Breathe.” The sleeper success was written, directed, and produced by Alvarez. When discussing the process, Alvarez notes that he’s been lucky to make films the way he wants to create them. “I’ve had a lot of freedom to create the kinds of films I want to make,” he says. “It’s a blessing.”

Jerrod Carmichael

Age: 29; Actor-writer-producer, “The Carmichael Show

The multi-faceted comedian-actor-writer exec produces and stars in the self-titled semi-autobiographical hit NBC series, recently picked up for a third season. “We’re excited to dive deeper this season,” he
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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives
Fede Alvarez

Age: 38; Filmmaker

When it comes to horror, no director in the past five years has garnered as much steam as Uruguayan filmmaker Alvarez. Following the critical acclaim 2013’s “Evil Dead,” which served as his full-length U.S. feature film debut, Alvarez once again teamed up with filmmaker Sam Raimi to create this year’s hit “Don’t Breathe.” The sleeper success was written, directed, and produced by Alvarez. When discussing the process, Alvarez notes that he’s been lucky to make films the way he wants to create them. “I’ve had a lot of freedom to create the kinds of films I want to make,” he says. “It’s a blessing.”

Jerrod Carmichael

Age: 29; Actor-writer-producer, “The Carmichael Show

The multi-faceted comedian-actor-writer exec produces and stars in the self-titled semi-autobiographical hit NBC series, recently picked up for a third season. “We’re excited to dive deeper this season,
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The Division: 10 Brand New Details You Need To Know About

Ubisoft

Ubisoft’s first big title of 2016 is finally emerging from the post-apocalyptic bunker they’ve had it cooped up in… and the result is something that looks completely different to what we were first shown back in 2013.

The graphics have been ‘downgraded‘ (more on that later), a string of officially-licensed, fan-made prequel films have attempted to give the series some levity from the very dour tone we originally saw, and across the board it looks as though all the rumours about Ubisoft rebuilding considerable parts of the experience were true.

The Division is no longer a gritty, super-intense stroll through post-apocalyptic New York, instead it’s… well, take a look for yourself.

10. Loot-Grinds Are The Name Of The Game Ubisoft

Now the cat’s out the bag, there’s no reason to hide it any more. Every weapon in The Division is colour-coded to match the increasingly-common ‘tiers’ of
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Quantico Recap: Watch Me Disappear

  • Vulture
Quantico Recap: Watch Me Disappear
This episode is about decisions that cannot be escaped. It's about the consequences of a person's choices, and how each choice can irrevocably change that person's future. You've seen this story before — every good drama needs an episode like this, particularly a drama that's one week away from its mid-season finale. That doesn't mean it's always done well, though. "Quantico" (the episode) is still very much like Quantico (the show), complete with tonal whiplash and frustrating story decisions and characters that suck only because the plot needs them to be bad people.Still, "Quantico" tries to actually be about something. It tries every way it knows how, and crucially, it doesn't just say what it's about. The plot is boring, but the effort is there. The name of the game is background checks, both in Quantico-land and in the present. In the former, the Nat assignment of the week involves
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The Oblong Box

Scream favorites Vincent Price and Christopher Lee become tangled in an African curse, grave robbing, a premature burial and a clutch of throat-slashings -- yet the two stars have no real scenes together. Steve Haberman's well-researched and insightful commentary tells the story of Gordon Hessler's first production for the English arm of American-International Pictures, a movie planned to be directed by the mysterious Michael Reeves. The Oblong Box Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date October 20, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Uta Levka, Sally Geeson, Alister Williamson, Peter Arne. Cinematography John Coquillon Original Music Harry Robertson Written by Lawrence Huntington, Christopher Wicking Produced by Gordon Hessler, Louis M. Heyward Directed by Gordon Hessler  

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've been doing my best to warm up to the filmic output of producer-director Gordon Hessler. I agree that Hessler's three major A.
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Mario Maker Hands-On Preview [E3 2015]

For the less creative of us gamers, a title like Mario Maker shouldn’t be anywhere near our radars. Before E3, I only had passing knowledge of it and honestly wasn’t too excited to try the game out. However, after seeing the wealth of features it offers and how accessible the package as a whole is, it’s definitely become a title to watch closely.

The name of the game is literally the name of the game, giving players the chance to build their own original Mario stages however they see fit. Assets from major outings in the series, including Super Mario World, Super Mario 3 and the original classic, all make appearances and can be placed anywhere in a level with the touch of a stylus. Everything is controlled via the touch screen, making it incredibly easy to hang platforms in the sky, attach cannons to the ground and
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‘We Happy Few’ Kickstarts a psychedelic dystopia

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Welcome, my friends. It’s another fabulous day to start a Kickstarter.

The residents of Wellington Wells have done something unforgivable, but no one remembers what that something is. However, there is no need to worry. Uncle Jack is here to ensure every Wellie continues to forget the past and leads a blissful life. Even if it kills them.

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful delusion. Set in a drug-fuelled, retro-futuristic city in an alternative history 1964 England, you’ll have to blend in with its other citizens, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

In We Happy Few, players take on the persona of a Wellie who has stopped taking their Joy and is desperately trying to escape the city before society collapses. The name of the game
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Upfronts Analysis: Freshman Series Renewal Rate Improves as Nets Favor Sibling Studios

Upfront season is all about the search for primetime’s Next Big Thing. But for a studio, the win doesn’t come until a series is renewed for season two and beyond.

For all the upheaval in TV, the 2014-15 season generally proved fertile for Big Four broadcast nets. The renewal rate of scripted series introduced during the September-May frame is higher than it has been since at least 2009-10 for all but NBC, according to research by Variety Insight.

ABC renewed seven of its 11 new series for a second round in 2015-16, compared to three of 14 from the 2013-14 season. CBS picked up five of its eight freshman shows, compared to two out of eight from the class of 2013-14. Fox renewed three out of eight, an improvement over two of eight from last year. NBC so far has renewed one out of a total of 10 scripted series introduced during the past season,
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‘Risk of Rain’ is utterly punishing, yet obscenely addictive

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Risk of Rain

Hopoo Games

Chucklefish Ltd.

PC, Mac, Linux

One of the most shocking aspects of the indie gaming movement is how it has led to a laundry list of titles that are almost impossible to describe in simplistic terms. Take Risk of Rain for example. Its creators describe it as a “rogue-like-action-platformer” but it’s clear almost immediately from playing the game that it has RPG elements and can even be described as a bullet-hell type hardcore actioner, especially as the difficulty rises with each passing minute. All of which is to say, it’s a tougher task than usual to explain what makes Risk of Rain so great and so very frustrating in equal measure.

Hastening to try, allow an attempt to present the game from ground zero. Basically, the player begins as the sole survivor of a spaceship that has crashed on an alien planet. Initially
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Universal Sets Brain Trust For Monster Movie Universe, 'Prisoners' Scribe Aaron Guzikowski To Pen 'The Wolfman'

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The name of the game these days is franchises, and you can't have just one. While Universal can print money with the "Fast & Furious" series, that vehicle is already looking towards the end. So what will replace it? Monsters. That's right, the studio is reviving their classic monster movies and putting the various characters together Marvel style into a single universe with the intention of offering a fresh, scary spin on the blockbuster template everyone is using. So the studio —which seems to be pretending "Dracula Untold," which was released only a few months ago, never happened— has hired a team to bring it together into a cohesive vision. THR reports that Noah Hawley ("Fargo" TV series), Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners"), and Ed Solomon ("Men in Black") are joining Chris Morgan ("Fast & Furious") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") to put their heads together and keep the train...
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