12 items from 2016
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
This month is the epitome of summer blockbuster season with a couple kids films, a couple attempts at old school epics, some comedies, some actioners, and a sparse few adult-oriented indies to provide a well-needed counter to the explosions and slapstick. We’re still inundated with sequels (four on this post alone) and reboots (two), but as long as we buy tickets they’ll continue coming — louder, brighter, and vapid.
So let’s try and give some love to the smaller films. Take the kids to a matinee »
- Jared Mobarak
The Chainsmokers took to Twitter over the weekend to hint at the possibility of being the musical guests for a Project X style party in California. The duo used the social media site to tease their interest in an La based event scheduled for later this month, and the prospect has fans excited.
Who ever you are white rabbit #respect https://t.co/9db3xwblQ0 we are always down for a turn up
— The Chainsmokers (@TheChainsmokers) July 1, 2016
For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, Project X was a 2012 film that centered around three guys who plan to leverage a massive party into catapulting them to popularity. Things quickly get out of hand of course, and the boys wind up throwing an out of control party that results in the neighborhood burning down.
- Connor Jones
How do you sell video subscription bundles to young viewers who’ve never paid much attention to traditional cable programming? At&T and the Chernin Group think they have the answer. The duo is getting ready to unveil a new video subscription bundle targeting viewers interested in anime, video games, niche action sports and other fare off the beaten path, Variety has learned.
The new platform is being developed by San Francisco-based Ellation, which is part of the Otter Media joint venture that At&T and Chernin formed in 2014. One of Ellation’s key assets has been Crunchyroll, an anime video subscription service that has at least 800,000 paying subscribers.
The plan for the new platform is to combine Crunchyroll with other channels from outside partners, and sell it either as a set bundle or through a kind of a la carte model that mirrors Amazon’s recent video subscription efforts, »
- Janko Roettgers
“Sundown” is the misbegotten lovechild of “The Hangover” and “Project X”: Stupendous in its stupidity, offensive in its attempts to be funny, and downright unpleasant from beginning to end. But to truly hate something requires a sizable expending of energy. To hate is to be fatigued, enervated by the object of your scorn. And yet here we are with “Sundown,” a film that’s inexplicably (and inexcusably) being rolled out into theaters nationwide on Friday the 13th. Despite my several attempts, I can’t find one redeeming bone in this film’s fractured body. It begins with a last-minute spring break trip to. »
- Sam Fragoso
Nerlens Noel says he's Not the renter from hell -- claiming allegations he absolutely destroyed the Philly home he was renting last year are pure B.S. ... adding that he never threatened to kill the owners. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the 76ers star was sued for more than $40,000 by the property owners who say the 22-year-old trashed the place so bad, the place looked like a bomb went off inside. Among the accusations ... carpet destruction, »
- TMZ Staff
Warren P. Sonoda (“Swearnet: The Movie”) directed from a script by Stephen Fromkin and Sacha Pavlovic. Bob Wertheimer produces with Fred Fuchs, Neil Bregman and Jonathon Bronfman serving as executive producers.
The project is inspired by the college lifestyle website TotalFratMove.com, which includes stories such as “What to Do When You’re Underage and the Bar Gets Raided” and “Guy Asks Girls in Vegas for Tips on How to Lose His Virginity.”
- Dave McNary
He will report to Ske production president Carla Hacken, who noted that the company is in the midst of increasing production.
“Mark is an incredibly smart, creative, and passionate executive that I have known and admired for years,” Hacken said. “His creative insights and eye for material and talent are why he is one of the most respected people in the industry and we are thrilled that he’s joining us at this exciting time at Ske, as we expand our production slate in both film and television.”
O’Connor most recently served as a senior executive at Todd Phillips’ Warner Bros.-based production company Green Hat Films, which he joined in 2009. He’s worked on the comedies “Project X” and the upcoming Warner Bros. release “War Dogs,” directed by Phillips and »
- Dave McNary
Veteran film production executive Mark O’Connor is joining Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as its executive VP of production, effective immediately, the company announced Monday. The well-respected O’Connor will report directly to Ske production president Carla Hacken, and will be instrumentally involved in all Ske film and television projects. O’Connor most recently served as a senior executive at Todd Phillips‘ Warner Bros.-based production company Green Hat Films, which he joined in 2009. During his time at Green Hat, O’Connor worked on such projects as Nima Nourizadeh’s found-footage comedy “Project X” and the upcoming Warners release “War Dogs, »
- Jeff Sneider
The 2013 American release of Project X Zone brought a decent amount of excitement with it. While the idea of combining iconic franchises and their respective characters into a single crossover title is nothing new, few of them packed as many unique properties as this 3Ds strategy RPG. A follow up to the Japan-exclusive PS2 title Namco X Capcom, Project X Zone let players team up dozens of characters from several veteran publisher’s past libraries, with a flashy and unique combat system serving as the backbone.
And yet, while the game generally wasn’t considered bad, the critical consensus definitely had a general sense of disappointment. The story was shallow, the strategy elements felt undercooked, and for all the fan-service and energetic animations, the core gameplay never tried to mix things up over the very lengthy campaign. The result was a title that was decent to pick up and play »
- John Fleury
North American gamers will be able to play Project X Zone 2 very soon, as the Namco Bandai 3Ds exclusive is set for release on February 16. To drum up further interest, the publisher has released one more promotional trailer, and while brief, it certainly showcases the energetic, flashy battles the series is known for.
The game is a direct sequel to the 2012 Project X Zone, which was also the follow-up to the 2005 Japan-only Namco X Capcom. Once again, players will control dozens of familiar characters from the libraries of Namco, Sega and Capcom in turn-based strategy-rpg combat across dozens of levels, fighting new and familiar faces to stop evil from spreading across various worlds.
Iconic characters like Mega Man X, Jin Kazama, and Ryu will return from previous entries, along with such newcomers as Phoenix Wright and Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series. For the first time, Nintendo characters will join the fray, »
- John Fleury
The battle is about to begin when Project X Zone 2 comes out next week! In advance of this, we have a final trailer, featuring a few new characters. Take a look!
With less than a week until Project X Zone 2 hits the shelves, we get a final trailer of the massive Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Sega collaboration. The trailer gives us another preview of what we can expect from theturn-based strategy game, but it also introduces a couple of new characters from Fire Emblem Awakening and Xenoblade Chronicles of Nintendo!
Developed by Monolith Software Inc, Project X Zone 2 gives gamers the opportunity to play as their favorite characters from a multitude of franchises including the “Tekken” series, Tales Of Vesperia, and “.hack//” series from Bandai Namco; the “Resident Evil” series, “Devil May Cry” series, and “Megaman X” series from Capcom as well as Yakuza: Dead Souls, the “Sakura Wars” series, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Let’s start the New Year right with a few horror thrillers.
These movies are not to be missed for one lucky winner. All movies are already on the market today for purchase.
Here are the details on the movie:
A family visit takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are in The Visit, a found documentary-style suspense thriller coming to Digital HD on December 15, 2015, and Blu-ray™ and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The first collaboration from Academy Award®-nominated writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and Academy Award-nominated producer Jason Blum, The Visit Blu-ray and DVD are packed with exclusive bonus features including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, and a suspenseful alternate ending.
When Becca and Tyler »
- Gig Patta
12 items from 2016
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