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Early Reviews For Warcraft: The Beginning Are A Mixed Bag

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Emerging from a long and storied production, Legendary’s budding franchise-starter Warcraft: The Beginning is now starting to make its bow overseas, as fans prep for Duncan Jones’ live-action video game movie to touch down in the States on June 10.

After some confusion over the film’s embargo, early reviews for Jones’ lavish fantasy adventure have now surfaced online, and they range from moderately good, to average, to downright scathing.

Without further ado, here’s a collection of those reviews:

Variety: Imagine “Battlefield Earth” without the verve and you get this sludgy, tedious fantasy adventure, a fun-starved dud that’s not even unintentionally hilarious. The cast seems mostly adrift, with only Schnetzer giving what might be considered an actual performance. The usually reliable Foster is reduced to gadding about like a prog-rock Jesus in a series of robes that make him look like he’s posing for the side of someone’s van, »

- Michael Briers

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Happy Birthday, Mark Ballas! Check Out the Dancing with the Stars Pro's 'Perfect 30' Routines

24 May 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Ballas could get a pretty special 30th birthday present! The Dancing with the Stars pro and partner Paige VanZant are among the three couples who could take home season 22's coveted Mirrorball trophy when the results of Monday's performance finale are announced on Tuesday night. Whether tonight proves a third-time charm for Ballas (who took home the trophy in seasons 6 and 8) remains to be seen - but the pro's track record shows that he has plenty to celebrate regardless. Below, in honor of his 30th birthday, we run down the highlights of Ballas' "Perfect 30" performances.FreestyleBallas, and VanZant have »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Flickering Myth’s Formative Movie Experiences

22 May 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson asks his fellow Flickering Myth writers about the film experiences that shaped their childhoods…

I was more than a little startled when hit with the recent revelation that nineties family classic Free Willy this year passed its 22nd birthday. It’s not a lengthy period in the grand scheme of things but for me it encapsulates an entire aeon of time having passed, as it was one of the first movies I vividly remember watching at the cinema. I couldn’t have been older than 7, the theatre was the Paignton Picture House (one of the world’s oldest cinemas, currently undergoing a new lease of life following its tragic closure in 1999) and the movie was the sort of rollicking emotional rollercoaster that sears itself into young minds.

This seemingly unassuming piece of news nevertheless hit me like the proverbial wave, making me wistful and reflective on the nature of formative cinema experiences, »

- Sean Wilson

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Upfronts Diary Day 4: Seen and Heard During TV’s Biggest Week

19 May 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety’s TV team brings you all the news and dish from TV’s biggest week of the year.

The weeklong marathon of upfronts came to a close on Thursday — earlier in the day than usual this year. Thanks to the mega-presentation that NBCUniversal held on Monday, the usual Thursday afternoon trek to the Javits Center for NBC’s cable portion was eliminated, leaving the day solely to the CW. The morning kicked off with the genetically blessed carpet, followed by the CW’s presentation, bringing an end to the jam-packed four-day marathon.

Stay in-the-know with our daily Upfronts Diary, and keep refreshing the page for new updates throughout the day and night.

CW red carpet, London Hotel, Thursday morning

The big news on the CW carpet was that “Supergirl” is moving from CBS to the younger-skewing network, and star Melissa Benoist was gleeful to be with her new family, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Popular Kids' Movies That Should Never Have Had Sequels

17 May 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you look back on your childhood through a rainbow haze of nostalgia and Kool-Aid binges, everything looks pretty darn spectacular. Life was simpler, Saturday morning cartoons were your heaviest commitment, Twizzlers were a lot cheaper, and every movie was super awesome.

How awesome were they, though, when you finally recover from your Kool-Aid hangover? Look, it's tough to rag on kids' movies -- no one wants to be the person to call out adorable anthropomorphic animals. It's not a good look. But we're here to do the hard jobs: To save our children from suffering through some horrible sequels. To save you from watching the same terrible movie 12 times per week with tiny, obsessive humans. To cut through the crap once and for all.

'Son of the Mask' (2005)

Let's get this one out of the way. Jim Carrey is "The Mask." "The Mask" is Jim Carrey. The »

- Dan Ketchum

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Popular Kids' Movies That Should Have Never Have Had Sequels

17 May 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you look back on your childhood through a rainbow haze of nostalgia and Kool-Aid binges, everything looks pretty darn spectacular. Life was simpler, Saturday morning cartoons were your heaviest commitment, Twizzlers were a lot cheaper, and every movie was super awesome.

How awesome were they, though, when you finally recover from your Kool-Aid hangover? Look, it's tough to rag on kids' movies -- no one wants to be the person to call out adorable anthropomorphic animals. It's not a good look. But we're here to do the hard jobs: To save our children from suffering through some horrible sequels. To save you from watching the same terrible movie 12 times per week with tiny, obsessive humans. To cut through the crap once and for all.

'Son of the Mask' (2005)

Let's get this one out of the way. Jim Carrey is "The Mask." "The Mask" is Jim Carrey. The »

- Dan Ketchum

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Nintendo Plans Self-Financed Animated Movie Universe

17 May 2016 2:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After the colossal box office failure of 1993's Super Mario Bros., which took in just $20.9 million from a $48 million budget, Nintendo closed its doors to Hollywood, vowing they would never again license their video game properties for a movie adaptation. Over the past few years, however, the studio did allow some of its characters to appear in movies, with Super Mario Bros. character Bowser appearing in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, and Donkey Kong, Mario himself and the Duck Hunt dog appearing in Sony's Pixels last year. There have also been rumors that the company is slowly but surely eyeing adaptations of their video games. Now we have more details from the president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima.

During an interview with Japanese newspaper Ashai News, Tatsumi Kimishima teased that the company is in talks with unspecified partners to create movies based on their properties. The executive wouldn't specify what studios or production »

- MovieWeb

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Nintendo Wants to Make Animated Movies, But Which Video Game Goes First?

17 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last summer, Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto indicated that the video game company was looking to get back in the feature film business. Nintendo has been unwilling to turn their video games into movies ever since the awful Super Mario Bros. movie arrived in 1993, so this was big news for fans who have been […]

The post Nintendo Wants to Make Animated Movies, But Which Video Game Goes First? appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Nintendo Planning to Produce Films Based on its Characters

16 May 2016 6:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo —  Game maker Nintendo plans to make films and other content from its line-up of game characters, president Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed in an exclusive interview with the Asashi Shimbun newspaper.

Kimishima said that the company would underwrite its filmmaking venture with earnings from the sale of its share in the Seattle Mariners baseball team, announced in April. “As soon as the sale of the team is finalized we will use part (of the earnings) for our new visual contents business,” Kimishima said.

Nintendo has previously licensed its characters for films, including a long-running animation series based on its Pokemon game characters and the 1993 Hollywood flop “Super Mario Bros.,” but Kimishima emphasized that company now intends to invest directly in production, requiring a larger injection of funds. Kimishima did not provide a timeline, but said that the company plans to “decide on what form (the business) will take in the not distant future. »

- Mark Schilling

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Film Review: The Angry Birds Movie

16 May 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

.Synopsis: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to..

Credit should be given to Sony Pictures, Rovio Entertainment, and Jon Vitti (Writer) for taking a game about flinging birds across our phones and making something worthwhile. That’s not to say the movie is perfect, but video game adaptations can be particularly brutal when the game is simple. Super Mario Bros., the one with Dennis Hopper, is a great example of trying to take something beloved and not having enough plot to work with. Perhaps they did, and someone broke into the studio and swapped the script with utter garbage. Sonic the Hedgehog has never had a feature film, perhaps he is responsible. Anyway, »

- Tyler Richardson

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10 Upcoming Video Game Movies That Could Surpass The Source Material

14 May 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If there’s something that all gamers can agree upon, it’s that video game movies are generally pretty atrocious. This has been the case going all the way back to Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and it’s just as true today. Typically, the best we can hope for is something mediocre but technically proficient, such as Prince of PersiaResident Evil or Tomb Raider; never has there been a truly great adaptation that transcends the genre and becomes an excellent film in its own right.

At least, not yet. It’s only a matter of time before some filmmaker can figure out how to take a popular game, absorb what works about it and then adapt that on screen in a way that doesn’t feel forced or inconsequential. Looking ahead at the next few years, there are plenty of candidates that could actually become big hits both with critics and fans alike, »

- Brendan Morrow

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Watch: Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Reunite In The First Trailer For Justin Kurzel’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’

11 May 2016 9:12 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The video game code has never been cracked in cinema. Gamer culture is a juggernaut within the entertainment industry and video games have begun dwarfing movies economically in the last few years. There are many culturally iconic games — Super Mario Bros., Legend Of Zelda, Final Fantasy, etc., to name just a few — but […]

The post Watch: Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Reunite In The First Trailer For Justin Kurzel’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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The Mushroom Kingdom Invades Minecraft Wii U Next Week

9 May 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Wii U edition of the ever popular Minecraft is getting a special, Free, update next week that brings the world of Super Mario Bros. into the game with 40 different skins and new textures for fans to enjoy.  Come inside to check it out first! 

If Mario Maker isn't fulfilling all your Mushroom Kingdom creation needs, then next week's upcoming Minecraft Wii U Dlc is going to make you very, very happy.  Hitting on May 17th, the Super Mario Mash-Up pack is coming as a Free update to the game.  It'll bring a slew of character skins, music, new textures, and more to Minecraft, which is a pretty damn fine deal for free Dlc.  

In a match made in block-shaped heaven, Nintendo is partnering with Mojang and Microsoft to bring the imaginative worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft together. For the first time ever, players will be able »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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New Images From Assassin’s Creed

8 May 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

While we wait with baited breath for the first footage from the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed, a trio of new images have found their way onto the web, courtesy of Omelete, featuring Michael Fassbender in his twin roles as 15th century assassin Aguilar and his modern day descendent Callum Lynch, who seems to be in pretty bad way judging by the still. A shot of director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) overing the time spanning action rounds out set. Judging by what we see here, Kurzel is definitely going for a more ground, darker approach to the material than most other adaptations, which for Assassin’s Creed is totally the right call. Most video game adaptions fall flat due to misjudging the tone (Super Mario Bros. we’re looking at you), but Kurzel seems to have nailed it. Hopefully the first trailer will come our very soon tons ee if we’re right. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Sims And Space Invaders Among This Year’s World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees

5 May 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This year’s inductees into The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame were announced earlier today, immortalising the likes of The Sims and Space Invaders for their roles in having “significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general.”

Sitting proudly alongside those two, the other four games selected for induction this time around are Grand Theft Auto III, Sonic The Hedgehog, The Legend Of Zelda and The Oregon Trail, all of which “span multiple decades, countries of origin and gaming platforms”, says the post.

The entrants were confirmed as part of an event in Rochester, New York and came out on top after a fierce competition with the likes of Minecraft, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy, which didn’t quite make the cut this time around.

For Museum of Play’s full rundown of each title and why they were chosen, »

- Joe Pring

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Ratchet & Clank Review

30 April 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To proclaim that film adaptations of video games have a spotty history of box office success would be an understatement. In fact, the only such effort to inspire more than a single big-screen sequel has been Resident Evil, and most attempts to achieve similar success have resulted in epic disasters like Super Mario Bros., Wing Commander and Bloodrayne over the years. So, it’s worth noting that Ratchet & Clank – the first feature-length film based on the massively successful video game series – had the odds stacked against it from the start.

Whereas some video game films (like the aforementioned Mario adventure) are misguided enough to disregard the mythology that fans have grown to love, the narrative of Ratchet & Clank remains remarkably true to the 2002 game that launched the franchise as well as the revamped PlayStation 4 version that recently hit shelves. The story chronicles the origin story of the titular heroes (voiced »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Movie Review – Ratchet & Clank (2016)

29 April 2016 4:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ratchet & Clank, 2016

Directed by Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland

Starring James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Armin Shimerman, Bella Thorne, Sylvester Stallone

Synopsis:

When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.

It’s a big year for video game movies. While we only had one last year in Hitman: Agent 47 – which didn’t perform all that well – we’ve got a whopping four adaptations in 2016. But before we get to Warcraft, The Angry Birds Movie and Assassin’s Creed, we’ve got the smaller budget and smaller release Ratchet & Clank from producer Brad Foxhoven, who nearly brought Metroid to the big screen in 2006 with John Woo. So, how does Ratchet & Clank set the tone for the rest of the year?

As with most video game adaptations, »

- Luke Owen

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Top 10 Video Game Inspired Movies

28 April 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game.

Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

The film features the voicecast of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone. »

- Movie Geeks

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Video Game Review: Manos: The Hands of Fate

14 April 2016 8:49 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

I’m not crazy and you’re not reading this wrong. There’s a video game adaptation of Manos: The Hands Of Fate (yes, that film, the one that gives Plan 9 From Outer Space a run for its money).

What’s even more bizarre is that it’s an 8 bit game not from 1985 but rather, 2015.

As strange as this might sound, it makes perfect sense. If good movies usually make for bad 8 bit gameplay, then perhaps bad films make for good 8 bit gameplay.

If you’ve ever played an old school platforming shooter, then you know exactly what to expect from Manos: The Hands Of Fate. It’s basically Castlevania (with some references to the series) meets Mega Man. But even if you’ve never played either of those series, the enemy patterns and attacks, decaying blocks, and platforming are straight out of the Nes era. And even if »

- Andrew Hudson

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'Warcraft' TV Spot Reveals Action-Packed New Footage

19 March 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just yesterday, Legendary released an extended TV trailer for Warcraft. Today, we get a :30 TV spot, and it delivers even more action-packed footage. This will either be one of this summer's biggest hits, or a substantial bomb that could devastate video game fans awaiting more adaptations at the movie theater. A lot is riding on Warcraft. And the latest trailer promises an epic fantasy blockbuster that is sure to thrill genre fans. But will the rest of America be buying that ticket?

Warcraft has a good shot at become the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time. The competition is fairly lax, though. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider currently holds the record with $131.1 million, and this movie debuted way back in 2001. If Warcraft is a hit, it could pave the way for other highly-anticipated movies such as Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, and Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy set to star. »

- MovieWeb

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