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‘Project Cars 2′ Review (PS4)

5 October 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Whilst I’m not intentionally going directly to the end of this review (without passing Go! or collecting two hundred pounds) I feel like I simply must start by saying something that I would usually reserve for my conclusion. That something is the exclamation that Project Cars 2 is an exceptional game that has the better of its predecessor in almost every conceivable way, yet somehow, it feels less impressive. Less impactful. Now I need to try and explain why.

I’ll begin by trying to explain what it is and what it does really well, because if you want a fairly formal, exceptionally well crafted and (dare I say it) mechanically accurate racing experience, then Project Cars 2 probably delivers that better than any other game I’ve played this year. Yes indeed, Slightly Mad Studios has retained its title as the creators of easily the most realistic (whilst »

- Matthew Smail

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Project Cars 2 Original Soundtrack now available on iTunes

4 October 2017 8:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Red Rocca have announced the release of the cinematic soundtrack to Slightly Mad Studios’ epic racer Project Cars 2 on iTunes.  This captivating neo-classical operatic score has been composed by English film and television composer Stephen Baysted, a composer renowned for his versatility and emotionally charged music.  A new trailer has been released which provides a behind the scenes look at the recording sessions.  Watch this below…

The Project Cars 2 Soundtrack has been composed by Stephen Baysted and performed by London Metropolitan Orchestra and Mezzo Soprano Susan Legg.  Baysted has composed the scores for numerous games and films and his music has been enjoyed by countless people around the world.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been mildly obsessed by cars and a big fan of motor racing, so to have the opportunity to write music which involves both passions is fantastic. My approach, and the underlying aesthetic of the music, »

- Andrew Newton

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Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Stream Tonight, Plus Project Cars 2 Giveaway

4 October 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Star Wars Battlefront II Beta has arrived and we'll be streaming the early access beta for everyone at home to enjoy.  Better yet, by watching the stream, you'll have a chance to win Project Cars 2 ont he PlayStation 4!  Come inside for all the details.  

EA has officially opened the beta for one of the hottest games coming out in November, Star Wars Battlefront II!  So, what better way to celebrate the event than by streaming gameplay and giving stuff away?

Tonight at 8pm Cst, on the Cinelinx Twitch channel, join Matt (a.k.a. Quad C, a.k.a. movethejoystick) as he streams the Star Wars Battlefront II Beta.  The person who joins the stream, follows the Cinelinx Twitch, and has the best interaction in the chat will walk away with a copy of Project Cars 2 on the PlayStation 4!  

Watch live video from Cinelinx on www.twitch. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Project Cars 2 Review

25 September 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Slightly Mad Studios’ Project Cars was released for consoles back in 2015, it was met with an unusually mixed reception. Hardcore racing sim fans got behind their steering wheels and played until their hands were tired, such was the level of detail and authenticity provided. Other players bounced off the game pretty sharply, due to standard controllers providing a sub-standard experience.

That’s why I should mention that before I get into the main portion of this review, I’ve mainly been playing Project Cars 2 with a standard DualShock 4 controller. High-end racing wheels are certainly nice to use and work much as you’d expect them to in-game, providing a greater level of authenticity and a more flexible time of things. But, we wanted to focus on the kind of experience that the game delivers when using the standard PlayStation hardware that the vast majority of players will be expecting to use. »

- Ken Barnes

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Review: Rock Dog (2016)

25 September 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

In the Himalayan village of Snow Mountain, Khampa (J.K. Simmons) is a Tibetan Mastiff. A descendant warrior dog whose role in the village is to protect the local sheep population from the wolves. As a tradition which has been handed down from father to son, Khampa naturally wants his son to follow in his footsteps. But his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) has other ideas about his future. After discovering a radio which is dropped by a passing aeroplane, Bodi hears rock music for the first time, in particular a rock star cat Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). Inspired by the music and the inspirational words of Angus, Bodi realises his calling, he wants to pursue his own dream of becoming a Rock Star.

Rock Dog is based on Zheng Jun’s graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog and follows a familiar philosophy of following your dream. It may not be the most original idea, »

- Philip Rogers

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Launch trailer for ‘Project Cars 2′

21 September 2017 1:22 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Project Cars 2 powers its way onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for the much-anticipated worldwide release of gamescom 2017’s “Best Simulation Game”.

The second installment in the critically-acclaimed Project Cars motorsport franchise developed by Slightly Mad Studios, takes the franchise and its fans into a blistering new era of motorsport racing simulation. Project Cars 2 features the largest track roster ever seen on console, 29 motorsport series featuring 180+ cars from dozens of elite brands, and four full seasons of grip-altering weather across 140 revolutionary “living” tracks, Project Cars 2 brings home all the authenticity, beauty, and passion of racing action as never before.

To celebrate the release comes the Project Cars 2 launch trailer that features “Silence”, a track that has been hailed as one of the greatest Trance Anthems of all time, and which has now been revisited by Rhys Fulber, co-founder of the electronica band Delerium, specifically for this trailer. »

- Phil Wheat

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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

12 September 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game? »

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Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

16 August 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving »

- Terry Flores

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10 Ferrari classics to join the roster of Project Cars 2

7 August 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Slightly Mad Studios have announced that Ferrari will be bringing 10 of their most classic cars to Project Cars 2.  Despite the brand’s absence in the first Project Cars, fans will be able to race in some of the manufacturer’s best when Project Cars 2 arrives on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on the 22nd September.  A new trailer has been released showcasing the cars.  Watch this below…

Ferrari were a brand that were very sorely missed by fans in the original Project Cars so it will be a great relief to know that they are definitely coming in this sequel.  Ten classic cars have been carefully selected with both road and racing based Ferraris due to make an appearance.  The road based vehicles have been chosen to show the evolution of the brand over the last 40 years and the fastest, the most powerful »

- Andrew Newton

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Japan Box Office: 20th ‘Pocket Monsters’ Movie Wins Weekend

18 July 2017 7:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leading the box office charge for the start of the Japanese school summer holiday season was the 20th installment in the Pocket Monsters anime series. Titled “Gekijoban Pocket Monsters: Kimi ni Kimeta!,” the film opened atop the chart for the July 15-16 weekend with $4.6 million on 436,000 admissions from 368 screens, with Toho distributing. This was nearly 60% better than the previous series entry, which finished with $19 million in 2016.

Highest ranking among the new foreign chart entries at number four was “Cars 3.” Distributed by Disney, the film made $2.86 million in its opening frame. This was almost 30% less than “Cars 2,” which recorded a total of $27 million in 2011. The film is forecast to finish its first run near the $20 million milestone.

Last weekend’s number one, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” fell to number three with a 17-day cumulative total of $37 million.

Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Spins $43 Million After »

- Mark Schilling

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I’ve got questions about the Cars cinematic universe

18 July 2017 1:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

With spoilers, some questions have sprung to mind about Pixar's Cars films. Er, can you help?

The world of the Cars films has always been a bit of a puzzle for me. I don’t have a massive affection for the films, although quite enjoyed movies number one and three. The origins of this particular film world are said to lie in a road trip that John Lasseter – who directed the first two movies – took with his family. That, combined with work Pixar had already been doing on a film called The Yellow Car, set things into motion, and in 2006, the film debuted as Pixar’s fifth feature.

I don’t want to delve into the critical response to Cars. I don’t think it’s going out on too far of a limb to call it Pixar’s least-regarded boxset, but also, I get that these »

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $71.2m (update)

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

July 17 Update: War For The Planet Of The Apes in $44.2m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Updated: Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $71.2m at the weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 markets to boost the running total to $260.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.7m for $42m, which makes this instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retained the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.5m after a 38% drop for $19.1m, making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico produced $4.3m from 2,897 screens for $20.2m.

In Europe, the film debuted at number one on $6.3m in France amid fierce summer competition, and Germany delivered a number two $3.7m launch that includes previews. The webslinger dropped 43% in its second weekend in the UK on $4.9m »

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m (update)

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of »

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of »

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'War For The Planet Of The Apes' in $46m international launch

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m; Transformers: The Last Knight closes in on same target.Fox International

War For The Planet Of The Apes debuted in 61 markets on $46m at the weekend as Matt Reeves final instalment of the Planet Of The Apes trilogy starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn reached $102.5m worldwide after a $56.5m debut in North America.

Only two of the top 10 international markets are currently in release and less than a third of the international marketplace.

The action tentpole produced the biggest opening of the franchise in 28 markets, with an opening weekend that is 61% greater than Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and on par with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, in the same group of countries at current exchange rates.

Caesar and friends (and enemies) debuted in the UK on $9.5m including previews, followed by Russia on $5m, and Spain $3.4m. Each market »

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Toy Story 4 undergoes a director change

14 July 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Jul 17, 2017

John Lasseter isn't directing Toy Story 4 anymore, he confirms.

At Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California over the weekend, Pixar and Disney Animation head John Lasseter surprised the packed convention hall by revealing that he was stepping down as the co-director of Toy Story 4.

Lasseter did not give a reason why he was not going to co-direct his first feature since Cars 2 in 2011, but instead focused on introducing his co-director Josh Cooley, who will now receive sole directing credit on the fourth Toy Story entry. No other plot or cast details were revealed for the 2019 release.

Cooley began his career at Pixar in 2004 as an intern and later worked as a storyboard artist on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2. He also was a screenwriter on Inside Out, and wrote and directed two shorts, including Riley’s First Date?

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Cars 3 movie review: road to nowhere

14 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Three movies in, and this world of sentient driverless cars still creeps me out, and still does nothing except advertise a mountain of related merch for kids. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of this franchise

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, hotshot sentient driverless race car — dammit, three movies in, and that’s still creepy — Lightning McQueen has hit middle age. He’s not as fast as he used to be. The youngsters are nipping at his heels… tires… whatever… and lapping him on the track. What’s an automobile dude to do?

I have many questions about the scenario of Cars 3.

But… wait… Who designed and built the sleek new supercharged race cars nipping at Lighting McQueen’s heels?

Where are these vehicular youngsters coming from? Jackson Storm (the voice of Armie Hammer: Free Fire, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Cars 3 review

13 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

By not hugely popular demand, Pixar makes a third Cars film. It turns out to be an improvement on the last one...

Pixar’s least-vital series of films now brings us what, on the surface, is something of a trilogy closer. It’s also a course correction of sorts. Cars 3 heads back to the safer ground of the original Cars film, rather than exploring the kind of global espionage feature that the really not very good Cars 2 opted to venture towards. You’d hardly accuse the new film of taking much in the way of a risk, but it does at least offer a more satisfying end result.

This time, Lightning McQueen – voiced once again by Owen Wilson – is coming to the end of his career. He’s still racing, but when more experimental, cutting edge racers start overtaking – primarily Jackson Storm, the sort-of foe of the film »

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‘Cars 3’ and ‘Despicable Me 3’: In a Summer of Franchise Failures, Animation Sequels Hold Their Own

6 July 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pixar’s “Cars 3” and Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” are what pass for good news this summer: They opened to $53 million and $72 million, respectively, placing them among the five best starts of summer releases. They’re also ahead of domestic disappointments such as the latest entries in the “Aliens,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” and “The Mummy” franchises.

That’s also damning with faint praise: Success relative to other 2017 disappointments is not the same as relative to past successes. By that gauge, the two most recent animated films suffered the same shortfalls as their live-action brethren.

Animation loves the July 4th weekend; usually, we see two major releases around the holiday. (Usually one just before, the other after.) This year it was “Cars 3” and “Despicable Me 3,” which opened to $125 million combined. In 2016, “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets” opened to $245 million; in 2015, “Inside Out” and “Minions” opened to $221 million. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Full car list for Project Cars 2 revealed

6 July 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Slightly Mad Studios have revealed the line up of cars and manufacturers for their upcoming racing title, Project Cars 2.  These cars have been selected in order to reflect a particular era in racing and to capture the essence of motorsport.  Project Cars 2 will be released on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on the 22nd September.

The full line up consists of more than 180 cars taken from 35 car manufacturers with each car having been faithfully recreated to the smallest detail and approved by every manufacturer thus guaranteeing an authentic experience.  It’s not only the appearance of each vehicle that has been given the thumbs up, every car has been tested and approved by half-a-dozen real-world drivers to ensure that it handles accurately.

All cars have been carefully selected by Slightly Mad Studios to reflect the nine different disciplines of motorsport and also to cover the 29 different motorsport series »

- Andrew Newton

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