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Top 10 Movies Inspired by Games

Hollywood’s fascination with the gaming industry is pervasive. One only has to consider the top 10 movies inspired by games to understand just how much of an influence games have on our cultural zeitgeist. Consider the following movies that drew their inspiration from top-tier games:

Assassins Creed Released on December 21, 2016

Assassins Creed stars Hollywood heavyweights Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Marion Cotillard. The film garnered a 5.8/10 rating from 150,316 reviewers on IMDb. It had an estimated budget of $125 million and grossed $240,697,856 worldwide. The game takes place in Spain in 1492 with the Knights of the Templar Order are searching for the Apple of Eden. The action fast forwards to the 20th century, and that’s where Hollywood takes over in none other than Texas. Enter Callum Lynch who escapes death by lethal injection and is called upon to destroy the Templar organization. Gripping stuff!

Warcraft – Released on June 10, 2016

Warcraft: The
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Watch: Retro 50s 'Universal Monsters' Trailer for 'The Shape of Water'

"Not since the beginning of time has the world known terror like this!" Video editor/filmmaker Erick Solis has created a retro 50s trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which will likely pick up a few Academy Awards this weekend. The film is inspired by many great classic films, specifically Creature from the Black Lagoon (released in 1954) and other Universal Monsters movies. This trailer is a throwback to those films and it's pretty much a perfect re-edit for this film, which already feels vintage anyway. Sally Hawkins stars in The Shape of Water, and the film's excellent ensemble cast includes Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones , and David Hewlett. This is a fun watch as we head into Oscars weekend, since The Shape of Water has the most nominations of any film. Here's the fan-made vintage trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water,
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Movie Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.

Synopsis:

At a top-secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

The Shape of Water is a classic story: lonely girl meets lonely boy – the two fall in love – girl tries to free boy from evil corporation – boy eats the neighbour’s cat… you know, the usual.

Okay, so The Shape of Water isn’t your usual romance story. Though it does share a somewhat familiar drama/romance story progression, at least as far as its emotional cues are concerned, its style is something rarely (if ever) seen in the genre. A style that is one-hundred-and-ten percent Guillermo del Toro.

As would be expected from the man that created Pan’s Labyrinth,
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Movie Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.

Synopsis:

Mute orphan Elisa lives her life on the edges in Baltimore in 1962, until her job working nights as a cleaner at a secret Us government facility brings her into contact with an ‘asset’ being held in a water tank.

Influenced by Hollywood classics – most certainly The Creature from the Black Lagoon – alongside flavours of Beauty and the Beast and the whimsical Amélie, The Shape of Water is a time-honoured love story of the misunderstood monster and tragic heroine. With its dreamy but bittersweet tone, there’s a sensation of watching with a weight on your chest, so easy is it to invest in the purity of the relationship between mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and the imprisoned Amphibian Man (del Toro regular
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Movie Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.

Synopsis:

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Not many people know this, but the word “magic” has its roots in the Old Persian word “Magush,” which was typically used to describe priests. Despite the apparent religious context, though, its true meaning has to do with wisdom and helping people, traits that were commonly associated with said priests.

Watching Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, I couldn’t help but feel that the famed director was hearkening back to that version of the word when it came to implementing his magical touch. Though another one of his dark fantasies, there are no spells cast,
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

Publish December 3rd

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett, and Octavia Spencer.

Synopsis:

An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water contains physically intimate expressions of love between two separate pairings of characters, both inordinately different in tone. One is rather awkwardly aggressive with no real affection shown by either member of a married couple, while multiple other sequences depict Sally Hawkins’ sign language communicating mute Elisa and the film’s centralized human reminiscent amphibian creature in various stages of passionate lovemaking. Wisely, director
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Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)

Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning writer/filmmaker Roger Avary (“Pulp Fiction”) has enlisted a roster of international actors for “Lucky Day,” the pulp action movie which will mark his directorial comeback.

Besides Crispin Glover (“American Gods”), Nina Dobrev (“Flatliners”), Luke Bracey (“Point Break”) and Michael Madsen (“The Hateful Eight”) who have already been announced, “Lucky Day” will also star Clé Bennett (“Jigsaw”), Nadia Fares (“Marseille”), David Hewlett (“The Shape of Water”), Tomer Sisley (“Largo Winch”) and Josie Ho (“Dream Home”).

Lucky Day” is being produced by Samuel Hadida – with whom Avary collaborated on “Killing Zoe,” “Rules of Attractions” and “Silent Hill,” among other films — and Don Carmody. Hadida and Carmody produced together the “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” movies.

Penned by Avary, “Lucky Day” follows an ex-con on parole who sets off to reunite with his wife and daughter and gets hunted down by a psychopathic hitman looking to avenge his dead brother.

Avary told Variety “Lucky Day” is a “True Romance
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Incorporated

Network: Episodes: 10 (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: November 30, 2016 -- January 25, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Dennis Haysbert, David Hewlett, Ian Tracey, and Julia Ormond.TV show description: This futuristic thriller TV series takes place in the year 2074, in a world where corporations have unlimited power. The world is in chaos thanks to climate change and other crises. As governments fell, powerful corporations took control. As a result, the haves and the have-nots find themselves living in two very different environments -- the Green and Red Zones.Read More…
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Incorporated: Cancelled by Syfy; No Season Two

Welcome to the Red Zone. The Incorporated TV show has been cancelled by Syfy after just one season. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck executive produced the futuristic Syfy drama. According to Deadline, Dennis Haysbert has already booked a new role in the Reverie TV series pilot for NBC.The sci-fi series takes place in the year 2074, in a world where corporations have unlimited power. and the haves and the have-nots live in two starkly different environments. Incorporated centers on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive for Spiga Biotech which is the world’s largest corporation. The rest of the Syfy cast includes Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Haysbert, David Hewlett, Ian Tracey, and Julia Ormond.Read More…
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Syfy's 'Incorporated' Canceled After One Season

It's the end of the road for Incorporated.

Syfy has canceled the drama after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The series, which counted Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as exec producers, was set in the year 2074 in a dystopian Milwaukee when many countries have gone bankrupt. The series starred Dennis Haysbert, Julia Ormond, Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, David Hewlett and Ian Tracey.

From creators David and Alex Pastor, Damon and Affleck exec produced through their Pearl Street Films banner along with Ted Humphrey and Jennifer Todd. The series was a rare co-production for Syfy, hailing...
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TV Review: ‘Incorporated’ on Syfy

TV Review: ‘Incorporated’ on Syfy
Incorporated” is an energetic and watchable science-fiction thriller that posits that a climate apocalypse will be followed by a swift division of survivors into haves and have-nots — all by the year 2074. Right now, that date feels like a somewhat optimistic estimate.

Science fiction has always reflected the insecurities and paranoias of a given era, and on TV at the moment, there’s an entire subgenre that explores what could be called the corporate-disaster scenario. “The Expanse,” “Continuum,” “Colony,” “Dark Matter,” and “Killjoys” are among the shows that predict a future in which the remnants of humanity will live under the merciless and well-manicured hand of a white-collar ruling class that is desperate to avoid winding up in the slums most people inhabit. Come to think of it, a lot of these Fortune 500 post-apocalyptic scenarios play out on NBCUniversal networks: Do execs there know something about the future they’re not sharing?

Incorporated
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"The Exorcist" TV Series - New Footage

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Sneak Peek footage from the new horror TV series "The Exorcist", based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, starring Geena Davis ("The Fly") as 'Angela Rance', with David Hewlett as the voice of 'the demon', premiering September 29, 2016 on Fox:

Blatty published 'The Exorcist' in 1971, then won an Oscar writing the adapted screenplay for director William Friedkin's 1973 feature of the same name.

"The book details the demonic possession of a twelve-year-old girl, the daughter of a famous actress, and the 'Jesuit' psychiatrist priest who attempts to exorcise the demon..."

Cast also includes Alfonso Herrera as 'Father Tomas', Ben Daniels as 'Father Marcus',Brianne Howey as 'Katherine Rance', a former ballet dancer, Hannah Kasulka as 'Casey Rance', Kurt Egyiawan as 'Brother Bennett', Alan Ruck as 'Henry Rance', Giu Carol as 'Paloma' and Lynn Gerbec as the 'Lacrosse Coach'.

Click the images to enlarge and
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Dark Matter Season 2 Episode 7 Review: She's One of Them Now

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While surely not without its flaws, I'm happy to announce that Dark Matter Season 2 Episode 7 is an improvement over its immediate predecessor, which was easily my least favorite episode so far this season.

And while "She's One of Them Now" can't be described as my favorite, I definitely enjoyed certain aspects of it, particularly the heist aspect of it all.

To get it out of the way first of all, let's talk about Devon and what happened at the end of the episode. To be perfectly honest, the treatment of his character left me scratching my head. If Devon is indeed dead, I can't help but feel frustrated that his character was killed in favor of forwarding Nyx's storyline while he barely got any development of his own.

Only now, seven episodes in, did we learn much of anything other than he's a nice doctor who also happens to be a drug addict.
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Caretaker Sacrifice coming to Oculus Rift in April

Just announced from Xiotex Studios is Caretaker Sacrifice, developed by Byron Atkinson-Jones, which will be heading to Oculus Rift in April. Starring David Hewlett (Stargate, Cube) and renowned voice over artist Ed Mace, this is the first game in the Caretaker Chronicles, a series of games about the end of the universe, with Caretaker Sacrifice telling a story of the lone survivor of a mission sent to discover what’s causing the stars to disappear and ends up making the ultimate sacrifice to stop it.

Caretaker Sacrifice will be available to get you hands on at The PC Gamer Weekender (5th-6th March 2016) next week. So if you want to get a look you at the game before launch get over there.

Commander Andy Carolan and his co-pilot, Alan Purdy manage to infiltrate one of the mysterious and deadly Star Killers steadily extinguishing the universe’s stars, but Purdy is killed in the process.
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Dominion Finale: Ep Talks [Spoiler]'s Death and [Spoiler]'s Betrayal, Explores Lucifer as Season 3's Big Bad

Dominion Finale: Ep Talks [Spoiler]'s Death and [Spoiler]'s Betrayal, Explores Lucifer as Season 3's Big Bad
Warning: The following contains spoilers about Dominion‘s Season 2 finale.

Well, Dominion, that’s one way to end the Lady of the City’s reign.

Yep, Vega’s leader Claire Reisen was one of the many fatalities claimed by the Syfy series’ Season 2 finale, shot to death by Duma, the violent angel sharing a body with her father. (If you’re new to the show, now would be a good time to hit Google.) The hour also found:

* David Whele choosing to stay in the city where his son died rather than escape to relative safety in Helena with Arika.
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Julie Benz Previews Defiance Finale, Ponders Buffy/Angel Twitter Parties

Julie Benz Previews Defiance Finale, Ponders Buffy/Angel Twitter Parties
Tonight at 8/7c, it’s the town of Defiance against the purple people-eaters as the Syfy series brings Season 3 to a close. Will Amanda be able to snap out of her funk to help lead the charge against the Votans’ feral foe?

Julie Benz spoke with TVLine about the surprising finale, why there ain’t no party like a Defiance live-tweeting party, the Votan she’d like to play and more.

RelatedJulie Benz Joins Hawaii Five-0 as Romantic Interest for [Spoiler]

Tvline | Before we get to the finale, I wanted to rewind to the start of the season. What kind
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Haysbert, Hewlett Join Syfy's "Incorporated"

Dennis Haysbert ("24"), David Hewlett ("Stargate Atlantis") and Ian Tracey ("Bates Motel") have hopped onboard the pilot for the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck executive produced sci-fi espionage thriller series "Incorporated" for Syfy.

The story is set in a future in which companies have unlimited power. Sean Teale plays an executive who must change his identity in order to infiltrate a cutthroat corporate world to save the woman he loves.

Hewlett will portray a high-level executive at the giant firm Spiga who got where he's at by brown nosing and stealing other's credit. Haysbert will play Spiga's ruthless and tenacious head of security. Tracey play a corrupt businessman who could also become a threat to the hero's plans for Spiga.

Julia Ormond and Georgina Haig also star in the series which David and Alex Pastor ("Self/less," "The Last Days") will pen the pilot for and direct. Ted Humphrey ("The Good Wife
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Casting Roundup: Jay Leno Back on Broadcast TV; ‘Revenge’ Alum Joins ‘The Player’

Casting Roundup: Jay Leno Back on Broadcast TV; ‘Revenge’ Alum Joins ‘The Player’
Jay Leno returns to broadcast TV with a comedic guest star gig, “Revenge” alum Nick Wechsler has landed a role on NBC’s upcoming action-thriller “The Player,” plus, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy series “Incorporated” has filled its cast in today’s casting roundup.

Jay Leno will guest star on ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” Variety has confirmed. The latenight icon is heading to primetime for one episode of the Tim Allen and Nancy Travis sitcom, the fifth season of which premieres Sept. 25. He will play a car aficionado — but he’s not playing himself. In the episode, first reported by EW, Vanessa (Travis) buys a car from Leno’s character as a gift for her husband Mike (Allen), but after the deal is done, he keeps showing up to talk about cars.

“Last Man Standing” marks a reunion between the former “Tonight Show” host’s character, as
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Dennis Haysbert Cast in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy Pilot ‘Incorporated’

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Dennis Haysbert Cast in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy Pilot ‘Incorporated’
Syfy has added three new cast members to its “Incorporated” pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Dennis Haysbert (“24”), David Hewlett (“Stargate Atlantis”) and Ian Tracey (“Wayward Pines”) join previously announced cast members Sean Teale (“Reign”), Georgina Haig (“Once Upon a Time”), Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”) and Eddie Ramos (Teen Wolf”) in the pilot from Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, “Incorporated” centers on Ben Larson (Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he.
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24's Dennis Haysbert, Stargate's David Hewlett Join Syfy's Incorporated Pilot

24's Dennis Haysbert, Stargate's David Hewlett Join Syfy's Incorporated Pilot
Onetime 24 Potus Dennis Haysbert and Stargate franchise alum David Hewlett have boarded the cast of the Syfy drama pilot Incorporated.

RelatedJulia Ormond Cast as Georgina Haig’s Mom in Syfy Pilot Incorporated

Set in a future world where companies have unlimited power, the project stars Sean Teale (Reign) as Ben Larson, an executive who is forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world and save the woman he loves.

Haysbert, whose TV credits also include Backstrom, Trophy Wife and The Unit, will fill the series regular role of Julian, the head of security at Spiga,
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