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Monsters Capture Mortals in Campy Creatures Tabletop Game, Kickstarter Now Underway

  • DailyDead
Featuring a Universal Monster-esque lineup of characters, the new tabletop game Campy Creatures allows you to be a mad scientist with all manner of mayhem at your fingertips, and you can help bring this project to life through its Kickstarter campaign.

Campy Creatures is already fully funded but has plenty of stretch goals remaining, and you can learn more below and at the game's official Kickstarter page.

From Kickstarter: "From the team that brought you Control comes Campy Creatures. Players are mad scientist in need of precious Mortals for future experiments. Rather than getting your hands dirty, your army of Campy Creatures awaits to do your bidding. Capture the most valuable Mortals over the course of three nights to win. But be warned—the Mortals won’t go down without a fight.

What is Campy Creatures?

It's a ghoulish game of bluffing, deduction, and set collection for 2-5 players. Players
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Exclusive Interview: Stellar Jay Studios Talks Dad Beats Dads

Games based around local multiplayer have seen a huge resurgence in the past two years. Titles like Towerfall, and Samurai Gunn have become staples at gaming parties, and the latest contender to try to be the life of the party is Stellar Jay Studios’ Dad Beat Dads. This platform brawler has gamers stealing babies from other dads, and throwing diapers filled with bricks. Yeah, it’s pretty out there.

To find out more about the recently released Dad Beat Dads, we talked to Stellar Jay Studios’ Ted Wilson and Corey McDaniel. It was an interesting discussion about their past in working on animation, working with Cartoon Network, and much more.

Check it out below, and enjoy!

We Got This Covered: Can you tell us how the concept for Dad Beats Dads was conceived? It’s not often you hear about a game that has you stealing babies from other dads.
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DVD Blu-Ray, March 6: 'The Skin I Live In,' 'Immortals,' Jack and Jill'

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DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? Whatever your poison, we've got the highlights and lowlights on the week's new releases -- plus exclusive previews from "Footloose" and "Immortals." Moviefone's Pick of the Week "The Skin I Live In" What's It About? After his wife is horribly burned in a car accident, a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) dedicates his life to developing a miraculous new kind of skin -- that he tests on a helpless woman, held captive in his mansion. See It Because: The movie's director Pedro Almodovar is the only selling point you need. His totally unique style and prolific career can be daunting. If you're not familiar with his previous work ("Volver," "All About My Mother" among others), there's really no other way to prepare for his approach than to just dive in with one of his movies. Also available on Redbox | Amazon Instant Video
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Liz Manne Named Executive Director Of FilmAid International

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Liz Manne, longtime independent film marketing executive, has been appointed executive director of FilmAid International. FilmAid, founded by producer Caroline Baron during the Balkan crisis of 1999, uses film to educate and bring hope to refugees and communities in need around the world. Manne co-founded Fine Line Features with Ira Deutchman and later became Evp of programming and marketing for Robert Redford's Sundance Channel and an adviser to HBO Films. She most recently was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, focusing on cultural diplomacy. She's also on the board of directors of Mountainfilm in Telluride and is an AMPAS member. Her producing credits include 3 Backyards, The Heart of the Game and Lucky. "Liz brings to FilmAid an unbeatable combination of leadership talent, film industry savvy and a long-standing commitment to social justice," said FilmAid's Baron. "We couldn't be more
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Film: Review:More Than A Game

There have been so many documentaries about basketball in recent years—The Year Of The Yao (about Yao Ming), The Heart Of The Game (about a high-school girls basketball coach), Through The Fire (about Sebastian Telfair), and Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot (about a street basketball tournament), to name a few—that it takes something special for one to rise above the standards of, say, an Espn doc. Kristopher Belman’s More Than A Game seems to be in a position to manage that: An Akron native, Belman caught onto the LeBron James phenomenon early enough to have his camera ...
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Miramax, SPC lead WGA docu noms

Miramax, SPC lead WGA docu noms
Miramax Films and Sony Pictures Classics nabbed a pair of nominations each in the WGA Awards' documentary writing category, while Lionsgate figured in another of the category's noms.

Those nominated included:

Deliver Us From Evil, written by Amy Berg, Lionsgate.

The Heart of the Game, written by Ward Serrill, Miramax.

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, story by Mark Monroe and John Dower, screenplay by Mark Monroe, Miramax.

Who Killed the Electric Car? written by Chris Paine, SPC.

Why We Fight, written by Eugene Jarecki, SPC.

The WGA's inaugural docu award went to Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me in 2005, and Alex Gibney won the award last year for "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room."

"Since the creation of the award, there has been a more than 50% increase in U.S. documentaries containing a writing credit," the WGA said.

About 35 films were submitted for consideration this year, representing a 40% increase compared with last year, officials said.

Winners in all categories of the WGA Awards will be announced at the guild's annual gala, set for Feb.

56 songs qualify to vie for Oscar

56 songs qualify to vie for Oscar
Fifty-six songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures have qualified to vie in the best original song category at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Alphabetically, they range from "Believe It" from The Heart of the Game to "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale. Both the musical Dreamgirls and the animated film Over the Hedge placed three songs each. The original tunes from Dreamgirls that qualified are "Listen", "Love You I Do" and "Patience", while Hedge will be represented by "Family of Me", "Heist" and "Still".

And Borat earned a spot on the qualifiers' list with its mock national anthem "O Kazakhstan".

On Jan. 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Silverdocs skeds Gore, Scorsese

Silverdocs skeds Gore, Scorsese
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its slate of films and programs Thursday. It includes talks by former Vice President Al Gore and director Martin Scorsese. The June 13-18 film festival has become the premier showcase for documentary films in America. It will showcase 100 films from 22 countries with 13 world, 12 North American and six U.S. premieres. Among the films are Ward Serrill's The Heart of the Game and Patrick Creadon's Wordplay.

Tribeca Festival adds 36 movies for sidebar slots

Tribeca Festival adds 36 movies for sidebar slots
NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival continued rolling out its red carpet Tuesday, unveiling 36 new films for its Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight slots, along with a pair of added Spotlight features. All Showcase films are making their New York debut after causing a stir at other fests. The featured titles include Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton's punk mockumentary Brothers of the Head, Ward Serrill's girls' basketball docu The Heart of the Game and actor Richard E. Grant's autobiographical coming-of-age tale Wah-Wah.

Miramax's new boss has 'Heart'

Miramax's new boss has 'Heart'
TORONTO -- Miramax Films announced its first acquisition under its new president Daniel Battsek on Thursday, as the Walt Disney Co.'s specialty films unit took up The Heart of the Game, a chronicle of girls' basketball. Shortly thereafter, ThinkFilm said it has picked up a/k/a Tommy Chong, an account of how the comedian was jailed for making bongs. The two low-budget documentaries, both from two first-time feature directors, sold for about $1.5 million each. Roadside Attractions also joined the day's flurry of acquisition activity by taking North American rights to Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, Wah-Wah.

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