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Kickstarter has been a hot topic lately. The creator of Veronica Mars used it to raise more than $4 million to fund a movie version of the show. Zach Braff has raised more than $2 million to fund his next directorial effort (following Garden State). There has been heated debate about whether or not people with established relationships in Hollywood (Warner Bros. will be releasing the Mars movie) or significant wealth (Braff reportedly made $350,000 per episode during the final season of Scrubs) using Kickstarter aligns with the original intentions of the crowdfunding site.
Now, filmmakers with years of experience in horror are using Kickstarter in an effort to fund a new sci-fi/horror feature. You may not know their names, but you definitely know their work. Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. operate Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. They have created practical animatronic and makeup effects for Tremors, Wolf, Starship Troopers, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, »
I remember getting my hands on Joss Whedon's script for Alien: Resurrection back in the mid 90's and I thought it was great! I was so excited for the movie that was going to come out, then I saw it, and it sucked ass. They ended up changing a lot of stuff, but Whedon's script was still good. He ended up getting a story credit on the film to which he says, "There is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it."
In a recent interview with Total Film Magazine the Avengers director talked about Prometheus and reflects on his own contribution the franchise saying,
Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless," he joked. "In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. 'Yup, there you go. That's me feeling even lower. »
- Joey Paur
The best movie that Paul W.S. Anderson ever made, by far, was Mortal Kombat. Damn, isn't that a sad statement? He's the director, in case you didn't know, of Alien vs. Predator, three of the Resident Evils, and that godawful Three Musketeers steampunk movie. His next project still manages to fascinate me though: Pompeii. It's historical drama about the ill-fated Roman city, the one that wound up buried under a flood of volcanic lava. »
- Get The Big Picture
The Jedi universe wasn’t built in a day and the construction process had some strange stages. If you thumb through the 1974 draft of the George Lucas script for The Star Wars (as it was called then) you’ll see a funhouse version of the most famous space epic that includes a warrior named Starkiller and a reptilian alien named Han Solo.
That version of Star Wars has been a relatively obscure artifact, but now it will get a spotlight of its own in a major adaptation by Dark Horse Comics that maps out a tale that’s both familiar and totally alien. »
- Geoff Boucher
The 3rd person combat game Alien Vs. Predator: Evolution will allow players to take on the roles as both the Alien and the Predator in a story-driven campaign. A new developer diary has been released that highlights some of the features of Avp: Evolution and the horrors that await.
Alien Vs. Predator: Evolution (Avp: Evolution) brings together two of sci-fi/horror’s most iconic characters in a 3rd person action-shooter/melee combat title, offering a visually stunning gaming experience on the iOS and Android platforms. With playable campaigns for both the Alien and Predator, the app offers an immersive story and vicious battles, along with character progression, upgradeable weapons, armor and abilities.
On a distant planet, the blood feud between Predator clans continues to rage. In a final attempt to eradicate the Jungle Hunter Clan, the Super Predators secure the capabilities of an unlikely and unwilling species, the Aliens. »
- Amanda Dyar
Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the best ones and linked them below. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping and many of the deals change based on inventory so don't wait too long. Over 200 Blu-rays under $10 Over 100 DVDs under $5 Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season $12.99 (79% off) Argo (Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy) $14.99 (58% off) Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) $17.99 (55% off) Kick-Ass (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $7.99 (47% off) Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] $17.99 (50% off) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $10.49 (54% off) ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) $14.96 (57% off) RoboCop Trilogy [Blu-ray] $17.99 (70% off) Michael Jackson: This Is It [Blu-ray] $5.85 (71% off) Dragon Ball Z Kai Seasons 1-4 on DVD/Blu-ray 57% off Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volumes XVI, Xxiii, Xxiv, and Xxv 59% off Avp: Alien vs. Predator / Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Unrated Two-Pack) [Blu-ray] $11.99 (70% off) Predator Collection (1 & 2) [Blu-ray] $14.49 (64% off) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The 3-D, 79 A.D.-set Pompeii recently nabbed Mad Men's Jared Harris and Game of Thrones's Kit Harington. Now it's got a villain in Kiefer Sutherland, who should prove as adept at playing a Roman senator/slaver gunning for Harington's true love (Emily Browning) as he did while saving America on TV all those years. Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator's Paul W.S. Anderson is directing. »
- Zach Dionne
Jared Harris has joined the lava-story-turned-love-story Pompeii. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator), the 79 A.D.-set film will star Game of Thrones's Kit Harington as a slave/gladiator and Sucker Punch's Emily Browning as his true love. Harris will play the true love's father. Pompeii was pitched as a big 3-D adventure, so the former Lane Pryce is on exactly the right track if he wants to distance himself from Mad Men. »
- Zach Dionne
Chicago – In theory, retro-game re-releases for modern consoles are great. Between upgrades in hardware architecture and Os, format changes from cartridges, to CDs, to DVDs, to digital, and, sadly, the decay of the American arcade, the ability for gamers with an eye towards history to sit back and enjoy a classic is somewhat tricky these days. The unique problem of retro gaming in particular is that, unlike movies, there isn’t really a way to stumble across a classic on Friday night while channel surfing, like you can with movies and television. How many people have wandered into the basic cable wilds at 1:17am and discovered the magic of “Casino” on TNT, or came in about a quarter of the way through “The Shawshank Redemption” on TBS, becoming amazed by movies they would have otherwise never sought out, or known to exist? Simply put, gaming doesn’t have syndication. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
While films that pit notorious horror icons together to ‘face off’ are far from classic cinema, there is no denying that they can be fun if taken as the mindless entertainment they are intended to be. When Freddy vs. Jason was released, it surpassed expectations by grossing over $80 million domestically. The film almost spawned a sequel, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. The follow up never came to fruition, since Sam Raimi wanted to maintain the rights to the Evil Dead franchise. A year later, we saw another epic pairing with Avp: Alien vs. Predator, which also grossed an estimated $80+ million. Then, in 2007, we saw Avpr: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem hit the market. And, of course, who could forget the Oscar contender (sarcasm) that was Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys.
There are plenty of hoops to jump through in order for studios to bring icons from different franchises together to duke it out. »
- Tyler Doupe
I made this statement while writing a follow up to The Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time article. There were a few readers who suggested Alien 3 should have been included on the original list. I debated that assertion and quickly found a growing army of Alien 3 haters who believe the film is an abomination. Some went so far to claim that there are only two Alien films and that everything after Aliens is nothing more than a sad reflection of a franchise that has been oft maligned and left for dead.
Film fans certainly love the hyperbole, don't they?
Sure, Alien: Resurrection is not a great film. The Alien vs. Predator series proved that some concepts can be executed with blunt brutality. Watching those movies is like witnessing the unrelenting murder of an interesting idea. »
- Flickering Myth
Chicago – Considering the hoopla surrounding “Aliens: Colonial Marines” it’s pretty fascinating that “Crysis 3”, is the best “Alien Vs. Predator” game of all time. With the small addition of a very versatile bow, “Crysis 3”’s Nano-suited leading man Prophet feels quite a lot like “Predator”’s namesake, down to the lethal arrows, fancy heat vision, futuristic technology, and jungle-esque environments. Engaging in a cycle of cloaking, tagging foes, sneaking up on them and snapping their necks 180 degrees around, sniping the rest from afar with a variety of arrow types, all the while dodging turret fire and jumping over ledges, is a transcendent experience — you truly feel like you’re stalking prey.
Video Game Rating: 4.0/5.0
In addition to the arsenal of pistols, assault rifles, grenades, and high explosives you’ll amass from enemies and weapon stores, your Nanosuit provides a litany of functions, including armor (activated via Lb) a super jump »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Alien vs. Predator: Evolution is now available for both Android and iOS devices, and a new launch trailer has been released. Alien vs. Predator: Evolution was developed specifically for mobile platforms, but appears to feature quite a bit of content compared to your standard mobile game. If you’d like to learn more, we’ve included a number of screenshots, release details, and the launch trailer below:
“Alien Vs. Predator: Evolution (Avp: Evolution) brings together two of sci-fi/horror’s most iconic characters in a 3rd person action-shooter/melee combat title, offering a visually stunning gaming experience on the iOS and Android platforms. With playable campaigns for both the Alien and Predator, the app offers an immersive story and vicious battles, along with character progression, upgradeable weapons, armor and abilities.
On a distant planet, the Predators have built a temple to serve as a training ground for new Predator warriors. »
- Jonathan James
A light week for major console releases, although the 3Ds and Vita will get their own massive RPG and hack and slash remakes respectively. Plus, "Halo 4" and "Black Ops 2" get content updates with new map packs.
Title: "Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan"
This Atlus-published RPG seems like a mix of Norse mythology and high-fantasy tropes, putting players in the role of an explorer traveling to Yggdrasil, the World Tree in the hopes of finding fame and fortune in the world of Tharsis.
It looks like standard Jrpg fare with 3D monsters roaming the forest and making life a challenge for your nameless hero, with the bonus addition of a skyship to carry you and your party around Tharsis in search of more adventure.
Title: "Nija Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus"
Platform(s): Ps Vita
Team Ninja is promising a host of new features for the »
- Charles Webb
We’ve had plenty of readers tell us that they were looking forward to Alien vs. Predator: Evolution after our previous trailer coverage, and you’ll be happy to learn that the game’s release is less than one week away. Angry Mob Games officially announced that Alien vs. Predator: Evolution will be available for both Android and iOS devices, starting on February 28th.
Alien vs. Predator: Evolution was developed specifically for mobile platforms, but appears to feature quite a bit of content compared to your standard mobile game. If you’d like to learn more, we’ve included a number of screenshots and the recently released trailer below:
“Alien Vs. Predator: Evolution (Avp: Evolution) brings together two of sci-fi/horror’s most iconic characters in a 3rd person action-shooter/melee combat title, offering a visually stunning gaming experience on the iOS and Android platforms. With »
- Jonathan James
There has been a few new films in the opening weeks of 2013, but this weekend's fifth "Die Hard" movie - "A Good Day to Die Hard" - is the first true much-anticipated tentpole film to hit screens.
There has been much talk about two things with this film - the return of an R rating after the PG-13 of the fourth entry, and this being the shortest film in the entire series by almost half-an-hour.
The surprise has been that the reviews have been absolutely scathing. On Rotten Tomatoes it scored just 17% and an average score of 4.2/10 - placing it just behind last year's "Taken" sequel with the same average score (and a slightly higher 21%).
In terms of numbers, the $92 million-budget film took in $8.2 million »
- Garth Franklin
Aliens: Colonial Marines lands on consoles in just a couple of weeks, but those who’d rather waste face-huggers on their smartphones might want to fire up their Android and iOS devices for Alien Vs. Predator: Evolution. Featuring two distinct campaigns, AvP puts players behind the entrails-spilling skills of both the Xenomorphs and Ah-nuld’s old pals the Predators.
On top of turning each other inside out, the mortal enemies will have ample opportunity to free human foes of their innards. Customizable character upgrades and detail-drenched visuals round out the gore-soaked gameplay. While we’ve yet to get our »
- Matt Cabral
Angelica Lisk-Hann is a hard hitting stunt actress who has years of experience when it comes to action and horror films. She has performed in such movies as Avp: Alien Vs. Predator, The Incredible Hulk, Land of the Dead, and Bullet Proof Monk. Her TV work includes shows such as Xiii: The Series, Lost Girl, Alphas, and Cover Affairs. Currently she is finishing up her work as one of the Stunt Coordinators for Kick-Ass 2. Mrs. Lisk-Hann took a moment out of her busy schedule (which included an unexpected production meeting) to talk with me and to give the readers of ComicBookMovie.com the low-down on the world of movie stunts and a little information about Kick-Ass 2. How did you break into the stunt business? You know it is kind of funny, I grew up with a mom who was a model and my dad was a professional football player, »
By Joseph Leray
According to an IGN interiew with Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, the “Prince of Persia” series is being “paused,” for the time being.
“Brand management is a tricky thing,” he said, explaining that some games can be put on hold and then “suddenly [pop] up because a team is willing to do it.”
“We sometimes iterate on franchises and sometimes we give them time to breathe and time to grow, or time to rest,” he elaborated. “‘Prince of Persia’ is as important as any other franchise for Ubisoft.”
The Montreal-based studio brought “Prince of Persia” back to the forefront of the games industry with the “Sands of Time” trilogy during the mid-2000s, after letting Jordan Mechner’s original games “rest” for almost a decade. “Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands” was released in 2010 in conjunction with a Jake Gyllenhaal-starring film of the same name, though »
- MTV Video Games
How many of you played and replayed the virtual missions in "Metal Gear Solid" back in the day? Those featureless, green rooms patrolled by virtual guards were a sure way to drop down the rabbit hole of trying to beat your best time using non-lethal methods in the Kojima Productions classic.
It looks like Raiden will be put through the (virtual) paces as the challenge mode returns according to a piece from Siliconera.
According to the post, sourced from an article in the Japanese-language print publication "Dengeki PlayStation," the Platinum Games-developed "Revengeance" will include Vr missions and additional stories for the game's main characters as Dlc. Complicating the issue a bit is that "Revengeance" is PS3-only in Japan, so if the Dlc does make it stateside, will it just be for that platform?
Although pricing and release date information aren't available at this time, we've reached out to a Konami rep for more details. »
- Charles Webb
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