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Metroid: the comic book series that never was

Matthew Byrd Jun 2, 2017

Nintendo's classic Metroid almost got its own run of comics, courtesy of Archie...

If you don't count Federation Force - which we're guessing you don't - it's now been seven years since we got a new Metroid game and 10 years since we got a really great new Metroid game (sorry Other M). When you're facing that kind of drought, it's hard not to perk your ears up at any Metroid related news in hopes of the slightest word regarding a sequel. 

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Well, today we have some Metroid news for you, but it is, alas, about yet another Metroid adventure we'll never get to experience. 

Artist Steve Butler recently posted several pieces of concept art on his Facebook page which he claims were commissioned by Archie Comics about six years ago. Apparently, Archie Comics
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Promised Land

Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and co-writing star Matt Damon re-team for this cautionary environmental tale. Oil company salesman Steve Butler (Damon) uses his small-town background to his advantage when he persuades poor rural towns to sign over the mineral rights beneath their homes for the controversial 'fracking' natural gas extraction method. However, he doesn't get it all his own way when the people of McKinley begin to have second thoughts...
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Impossible' and More

This week: Director J.A. Bayona's gut-wrenching "The Impossible" starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated role tells the true story of one family's struggle for survival after the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand and much of the surrounding region.

Also new this week is the troubled "Gangster Squad" with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" with Matt Damon and John Krasinski; and the Blu-ray 3D debut of the original "Jurassic Park."

'The Impossible'

Box Office: $19 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Fresh

Storyline: Based on the true story of what befell one family during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, "The Impossible" follows a married couple, Henry and Maria (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts), and their three young sons who are staying at a Thai resort over the Christmas holidays. When the deadly wave abruptly hits their hotel complex, Maria and son Lucas (Tom Holland
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Promised Land – review

Gus Van Sant's tale of humble folk resisting the temptation to sell the fracking rights on their land is sentimental fare

Adapted by John Krasinski and Matt Damon from a story by the prolific novelist, journalist and editor Dave Eggers, Promised Land is a soft-centred drama starring Damon as Steve Butler, a smooth-talking salesman out to cheat country folk of the same stock as himself. He's employed by an oil company to persuade a small midwestern town to sell the drilling rights to their land. The dirt-poor, rust-belt town is in terminal decline, but the windfall will involve fracking for shale oil that could result in the destruction of the land and contamination of the water.

There are some good scenes early on, and the conflict at the centre is real. But it's sentimental, Capraesque fare, predictable both in the way a retired scientist (Hal Holbrook) turned high-school teacher rallies the town,
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Film Review: 'Promised Land'

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★★★☆☆ Director Gus Van Sant reunites with Good Will Hunting star Matt Damon for Promised Land (2012), which finally makes its way into UK cinemas this week. Whilst enjoyable and thought-provoking in parts, a third act revelation is more frustrating than shocking, leaving us to rue what might have been. Damon plays Steve Butler, a farm boy-turned-smooth-talking corporate salesman who's rapidly rising up the ranks of his gas company. His latest, biggest assignment sees him and sales partner Sue Thomason (an entertaining Frances McDormand) dispatched to the rural town of McKinley to acquire the drilling rights to their properties.

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Promised Land

Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and co-writing star Matt Damon re-team for this cautionary environmental tale. Oil company salesman Steve Butler (Damon) uses his small-town background to his advantage when he persuades poor rural towns to sign over the mineral rights beneath their homes for the controversial 'fracking' natural gas extraction method. However, he doesn't get it all his own way when the people of McKinley begin to have second thoughts after local high school teacher Hal Holbrook raises concerns.
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Matt Damon: man of the people

Nobody does the everyman better than Matt Damon. His common touch has made him one of the world's most bankable stars. He tells Tim Lewis about offending Barack Obama, his love for Ben Affleck and marrying outside the Hollywood elite

'I got the fortunes of heaven

in diamonds and gold

I got all the bonds baby

that the bank could hold'

'Ain't Got You' – Bruce Springsteen

In 1987, when Bruce Springsteen wrote the song "Ain't Got You", he was the biggest rock star in the world. He had vast estates in New Jersey and Beverly Hills, and he had not long returned from a honeymoon at Gianni Versace's villa in Lake Como. "Ain't Got You" was Springsteen's attempt to make a self-aware nod to his outrageous fortune, the Rembrandts on his walls, and how he had come a long way from his working-class upbringing.

Before he released it, Springsteen played
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Promised Land

Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, VOD Release Date: April 23, 2013

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) and Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom) are at odds over the environment in Promised Land.

Based on a story by David Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are), the drama movie brought Damon back to writing and partnered him with The Office‘s John Krasinski on screenplay duties.

Both also star in the film. Damon plays corporate salesman Steve Butler who’s a former farm boy turned big-time player. He’s tested, however, when he goes back to his hometown with partner Sue Thomason (McDormand) to offer the residents some much needed economic relief. They want to buy drilling rights, but the job is complicated by a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook, The Firm), a slick environmentalist (Krasinski) and Butler’s interest in a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister).

Directed
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Promised Land – first look review

Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am

Here is an entertaining anti-corporate thriller directed by Gus Van Sant, very much in the mainstream-activist mode that gave us Milk and Good Will Hunting (rather than, say, the avant-gardist who directed Gerry and Paranoid Park, or the fey trendoid who brought us Restless or Last Days). The star is Matt Damon, who of course gained rather more than simply acting chops by co-scripting and producing Good Will Hunting (along with Ben Affleck, and look where he's ended up). Damon has produced this one too, and was apparently scheduled to direct, before dropping out and calling in Van Sant.

Promised Land hones in on a controversy du jour: fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the process of
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Promised Land – first look review

Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am

Here is an entertaining anti-corporate thriller directed by Gus Van Sant, very much in the mainstream-activist mode that gave us Milk and Good Will Hunting (rather than, say, the avant-gardist who directed Gerry and Paranoid Park, or the fey trendoid who brought us Restless or Last Days). The star is Matt Damon, who of course gained rather more than simply acting chops by co-scripting and producing Good Will Hunting (along with Ben Affleck, and look where he's ended up). Damon has produced this one too, and was apparently scheduled to direct, before dropping out and calling in Van Sant.

Promised Land hones in on a controversy du jour: fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the process of
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Promised Land/Good Will Hunting Giveaway

You may have caught our podcast where we were delightful surprised with Promised Land, and if you did, you know that you should really catch it while its in theaters. Don’t let the subject throw you off, this is no preachy, political film. It’s not only a fun film, but it pulls you along with the sure hand we expect from Gus Van Sant.

To help celebrate the film, and persuade you into theaters, I have a very cool giveaway for you. Not only can you win a $25 Visa card to cover your night out to see the film, but you can take home another Van Sant favorite, Good Will Hunting. See full details below.

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue
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‘Promised Land’ Promises are All Lies

Promised Land

Written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, based on a story by Dave Eggers

Directed by Gus Van Sant

2012, USA, imdb, Josh Spiegel’s much more positive review

I walked out of the theatre disliking Promised Land and the more I reflect on the film, the less I like it.

On paper, there is a lot to love about the film: strong performances by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, supported by an excellent cast including Frances McDormand, Titus Welliver and Hal Halbrook; solid direction by Gus Van Sant, supported with gorgeous cinematography by Linus Sandgren and crisp editing by Billy Rich. And for a brief minute, during the impromptu debate between high school teacher Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) and gas fracking advocate Steve Butler (Matt Damon), it seems like Promised Land has something to say about the death of nuance in political discourse, about the way that the
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Review: Promised Land

The politically charged Promised Land is a far better movie than it could have been, given that issue-oriented "message films" are sometimes little more than preachy, plot-thin polemics.

Fortunately, Gus Van Sant's drama focuses more on its plot and characters than on the issue behind the story, the natural gas extraction method known as "fracking." While no doubt a message film, it soft-pedals its politics -- and even acknowledges the issue's complexity -- while delivering an interesting story.

Promised Land is the story of Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), two energy company sales executives dispatched to the rural town of McKinley (the state isn't specified) to convince the locals to sell natural gas drilling rights to their properties. Butler and Thomason expect their job will be an easy one; McKinley has long been economically depressed, and they're offering what seems like large amounts of money to the town's ever-poorer residents.
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Promised Land - Movie Review

Touching and believable. Matt Damon was supposed to debut as director of this lighthearted romp onto the mythical Midwest but ran out of time and had to call in Gus Van Sant. It is interesting to think of how the film would have turned out with Damon at the helm. In any event, he does a great job in the lead role of Steve Butler, corporate sales golden boy for a large, nebulous natural gas exploitation conglomerate. Butler is on the road with Sue (Francis McDormand) and they are out for bear. The rural town of McKinley waits. McKinley, although it appears to be in the middle of nowhere, is the .key. to the Midwest. If the high-powered
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‘Promised Land’ a bit preachy, but otherwise a solid Capraesque social-issue drama

Promised Land

Directed by Gus Van Sant

Written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon

USA, 2012

When people suffer through desperate times, someone is always ready to capitalize on their fear and confusion. This person, a con artist even if they have a fancy-sounding job title, has the offer of a lifetime, the promise of something far too good to be true. In Promised Land, the solid social-issue drama from director Gus Van Sant, this age-old conflict is spun out as a referendum on big companies attacking the little guy, and on cynicism and where each person’s limit for this inherent negativity is.

Matt Damon (who co-wrote the film with his co-star and co-producer, John Krasinski) stars as Steve Butler, who works on the ground for Global Crosspower Solutions, a conglomerate interested in buying up the land in a small town in the heartland of America to get at the
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Promised Land – The Review

The new drama Promised Land is clearly a personal project for writers/stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, but little personality comes through in this clumsy message movie about environmental politics. It’s their movie about fracking (also known as hydraulic fracturing), the process in which underground natural gas is released by the pulverization of shale, a subject that’s gained recent attention as a result of this country’s increasing attempts to discover energy alternatives. There is evidence that the fracking procedure results in contaminated – and possibly flammable – drinking water and other health issues. I think they should have called this movie Frackers.

Matt Damon is fracker Steve Butler – nicknamed “Fracula” – an ambitious corporate salesman for a natural gas company that wants to frack the hell out of the rural town of McKinley NY, a cash-strapped, if otherwise picturesque community. In order to secure the cooperation of the local villagers,
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Natural Gus

by Vadim Rizov

A third of the way through director Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, natural gas company representative Steve Butler (Matt Damon) stands in front of a gigantic American flag and tells the residents of McKinley (fictional flyover country in an unnamed state) that fracking is basically safe and signing over all their land for drilling is the only plausible fiscal stop-gap to the end of agrarian America. Butler's a true believer in what he's selling: growing up in Eldridge, Iowa, he saw how a community's "delusional self mythologizing" as a strong, Real America of "football Fridays, tractor pulls, cow tipping" collapsed when the Caterpillar manufacturing plant closed. Steve knows that these kinds of communities haven't got long to live and sincerely believes any anti-fracking information is just so much stoner hippie propaganda.

What's this shot of Damon and flag supposed to signify, precisely? The most obvious meaning
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Promised Land

Oscar-winning screenwriter Matt Damon has reunited with his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant on this earnest environmental drama centered on natural gas extraction—aka fracking. Along with co-writer/co-star John Krasinski, Damon puts a human face on a polarizing news story, casting himself as antihero salesman Steve Butler, whose job it is to get struggling landowners to sign their energy rights away. He brings hope to small towns whose way of life is fading, and he believes in his message, having seen his own hometown die with the closing of a Caterpillar plant. “I’m not a bad guy,” he...
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Matt Damon, John Krasinski try to find Promised Land in these clips

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Professional nice guy John Krasinski leaves the safety of cubicle life with his second screenplay, after 2009's Brief Encounters with Hideous Men, and joins forces with A-lister Matt Damon, this is the third movie he's written, and best-selling author Dave Eggers to make Promised Land, a story about fracking, the controversial practice of oil extraction that has its share of supporters and detractors thanks to potentially adverse environmental and health effects.

The movie, directed by Gus Van Sant, who also helmed Damon's two other screenplays, has the Good Will Hunting star play Steve Butler, the affable face of a giant natural gas corporation who is sent to a small impoverished town to sell them on the benefits of his company drilling in their area, only to be met by surprisingly fierce opposition in the form of Krasinski's Dustin Noble (as if there was any debate about what side he's on
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John Krasinski Talks Promised Land, Collaborating with Matt Damon, Getting Input from Aaron Sorkin, The Office, Developing His Own Series, and More

From director Gus Van Sant, the small town drama Promised Land tells the story of Steve Butler (Matt Damon), a corporate salesman who has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner (Frances McDormand) to see if the two can get the citizens to sign over the drilling rights to their properties. But, when an environmental activist (John Krasinski) arrives in town, the residents start to question what’s best for themselves and their community. At the film’s press day, actor/co-writer John Krasinski talked about what led him to write a story about American identity, how it was to collaborate with co-writer Matt Damon, sending the script to Aaron Sorkin for feedback, and what it was like to get that phone call that Matt Damon was no longer going to be able to direct the film. He also talked about being in the final
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