11 items from 2013
Specs: Requires iOS 4.3 or later (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is, like Cannibalt, Inspector Gadget, Jetpack Joy and Mini Ninjas before it, yet another endless runner game for iOS. This time allowing players to assume the role of their favourite Turtle, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, as they outrun the Kraang’s tractor beam, fighting their way across the rooftops of New York in an attempt to save the city from ultimate destruction, battling enemies with Ninjutsu combat along the way. As enemies are defeated, players earn coins that can be redeemed for the usual power ups, weapons and gear.
Players also need to collect energy orbs to fill the Energy Meter and keep the Kraang away, run out of energy and its game over. However once the Energy Meter is filled, the game enters “Turtle Time” – a fantastic »
- Phil Wheat
Los Angeles (AP) — Roger Corman's campy B movies, children's shows like "Sesame Street" and "Inspector Gadget," and inspirational monologues by celebrities — these are among the offerings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid monthly subscription on YouTube.
Although the world's largest video site has rented and sold movies and TV shows from major studios since late 2008, most people watch videos on YouTube for free.
It's the first time YouTube is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee. The least expensive of the channels will cost 99 cents a month but the average price is around $2.99.
In the field of paid video content online, YouTube is playing catch up to services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, all of which have millions of paying customers.
But with a billion monthly visitors from around the globe, the Google-owned video service hopes to quickly add subscribers and add to the money it already makes from online advertising. »
Cox is renowned for being one of the most talented practical effects experts in Australia, having won an Oscar for creating the animatronic sheep, puppies, mice and dog in Babe. He also won an AFI Award for the mechanical crocodile he produced for Rogue.
His interactive show, How to Make a Monster: The Art and Technology of Animatronics, first opened at the Queensland Museum during Christmas in 2004, which quickly became the second most successful exhibition ever staged in Australia (after Tutankhamen).
The following year, it was shown at Sydney's Australian Museum in 2005, where it also received rave reviews. Since then, it has been the top three exhibition at almost every other venue it has visited, and the number one show at most, including its tour of the U.S. in 2008 and 2010. The latest version of the exhibition set sail for the U.S. again in February, which includes a »
- Rodney Appleyard
The forthcoming animated sequel about a supervillain turned superdad needs to maintain the delicious nastiness of the original or risk becoming prosaic
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Animated features over the past few years have been as much a source of original ideas as any area of film-making, but sometimes the old tried and tested tropes can pan out just as well. Despicable Me, from 2010, was one of the first such films from outside the established Pixar and Dreamworks stables to really knock it out of the park, and it did so by throwing the age-old struggling single dad motif (seen in everything from Kramer vs Kramer to Three Men and a Baby) into a James Bond-esque world of supervillains armed with Inspector Gadget-style tools. I'm not sure if the part of Gru – a maniacal bad guy turned orphan-kissing superdad – was written with a deep Russian »
- Ben Child
Canadian production company Dhx Media, an independent media producer and distributor focused on children’s entertainment, announced today that it is moving its work-for-hire production jobs from Los Angeles to Canada.The company’s latest financial report, released Feb. 14, reveals that management has decided “to wind down its lower margin L.A. service studio and focus on its higher margin animation studios in Canada.” Most or all of Dhx’s work-for-hire productions, which recently included HBO’s “Ricky Gervais Show” and DreamWorks’ “Dragons: Riders of Berk,” will be migrating north over the next year.Dhx Media is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to the Hollywood Reporter, much of the work leaving L.A. is likely to move to Vancouver, B.C., which offers some of the most competitive film and TV production tax incentives in the country and has been called “Hollywood North.”Current job listings on Dhx’s »
Finally! The moment five of us have been waiting for! Jack and Amanda got married on Revenge this week.
Someone should have told Jack Porter that it's bad luck to see the bride before the wedding. Maybe then they wouldn't have a stowaway on the Amanda.
But more importantly, maybe Conrad shouldn't have been such a jerk to Jack. Then he could have borrowed the Amanda to help Victoria dump Helen Crowley's body in the ocean after Victoria shot her.
Wait, what's that? You didn't see that?
Victoria Grayson killed Helen Crowley. In the pool house. With the revolver. Mama Grayson does not play around when someone threatens her son's life. Unless she's doing the threatening and then all bets are off.
How is it, exactly, that none of the characters on Revenge are even remotely suspicious that their conversations are being monitored before they're hit with the realization that such monitoring is taking place? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Miranda Wicker)
In Stand Up Guys, we’re introduced to Val (Al Pacino), a newly-paroled convict out of jail after serving 28 years for involvement in a botched heist. Val is met by his old partner in crime, Doc (Christopher Walken), at the prison gate, and the two quickly embark on a one-night adventure that is two parts Grumpy Old Men, one part Reservoir Dogs, and four parts Let’s Take All the Cleverness Out of Both of Those Movies and Replace it With a Bunch of Contrived Viagra Jokes and a Barely Fleshed-Out Villain in the Background Who is Less ‘Vengeful Mobster’ and More ‘Dr. Claw From Inspector Gadget’. We learn early on that Val’s night out is more a last hurrah than anything else, as Doc has orders from a vague thug named “Claphands” to kill his friend at 10 am the following morning. Val went to jail, you see, for »
- Heidi Perry
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Previously on Pretty Little Liars, you thought this was the craziest thing you were ever going to see on Toby's head:
(Spoiler alert: You were wrong.)
Spencer is groping shirtless Toby in the dark and he's kissing her neck and caressing her neck and wrapping his hands around her neck and choking the literal life out of her neck and wearing a hoodie and being A. She wakes up from her nightmare gasping for breath and staring at the A-key on her desk and wondering how everything went tits up so fast. Wasn't it just yesterday that Toby was crying alone in that abandoned alley because those adorable kids wouldn't share their ice creams with him? And now he's — what? Ordering chinese food with worms in it and sneaky-massaging Emily's naked back with his Risen Mittens? Carving Bratz »
The Good Wife's fourth season has, so far, amounted to star-studded uneventfulness, and I'm actually fine with that. If Julianna Margulies wants to act as a snickering ringmaster for the glorious cavalcade of guest-stars that has included everyone from Jane Alexander to Christina Ricci, so be it. (For some reason it's really easy for me to picture Christine Baranski in harlequin circus makeup. Anyway.) But I'm glad to report that Sunday's episode managed to incorporate juicy guest roles and measurable plot progression. We have definitely haven't seen a lot of that combination in awhile. Not that I've had a difficult time settling for heartstopping shots of Cary's coy grin.
Here were my five most notable moments from the episode, numbered for your pleasure.
1. Alicia Florrick's "exuberance" stresses me out.
In one of the opening scenes, Will and Diane call in Alicia for a meeting to make an astounding announcement: »
Get this: Boy bands New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men are joining forces for a national tour called The Package Tour (mmm, Jonathan Knight, give it to us!), and I assume they're planning on calling their giant supegroup NKOTBIIM98DEGREEZ or something equally catchy. I picture mashup medleys called things like "Please Don't Go, Girl, While I'm on Bended Kneee (Una Noche)" and "I'll Make Love to You Step by Step, Which is the Hardest Thing." I'm already whooping and dropkicking several pairs of panties at the stage.
But I think this gives us an important chance to think about the boy bands who aren't a part of this magical reunion tour. Here are my five candidates for groups who should reunite and tag along with NKOTB2M98D. Some of these picks are disturbing, but that's the price I pay for reporting real journalism.
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The Good Wife practically dared you to keep up with its weird plots and circumstances this week, and for those who were game, it was a fruitful trip into the cuckoo. Alicia had to spring our kooky lawyer pal Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston) out of the pokey after she'd been arrested on overblown charges. Diane and Will took over for Elsbeth on a case concerning a young Olympic runner who tests positive for doping thanks to her aborted pregnancy, which she conducted in secret using mifepristone that produced a misleading test result. Because the runner doesn't want her abortion revealed, Will and Diane essentially have to lie in order to win the case. Ah, morals! Always sucks to abandon them for the sake of a weepy athlete. And of course, Eli put out more dumb fires for Peter while Peter learned a bit about how he treats his staff. Educational! »
11 items from 2013
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