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Tom Hanks' film debut was a drama about Dungeons & Dragons

Ryan Lambie Mar 29, 2017

Mazes And Monsters provided the first feature role for a young Tom Hanks in 1982 - and warned against the perils of Dungeons & Dragons...

Where there's great popularity, there's sometimes an equal and opposite backlash. Pokemon has occasionally been accused of promoting everything from Satanism to animal cruelty. The book Why Knock Rock, published in 1984, warned of the morally corrosive dangers hidden in the music of Judas Priest, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.

Before all this, there was the moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. From humble beginnings, the role-playing game quickly became a phenomenon in the 1970s, taking the company behind it - Tactical Studies Rules, founded by Gary Gygax - from a tiny cottage industry to a 600-strong firm by the end of the decade.

Dungeons & Dragons' brilliance lies in its freeform design; with only a few raw materials - dice, counters, a rulebook - the game conjures
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Chris Wiggins, Friday The 13th: The Series Actor, Has Passed Away

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For years, viewers invited Chris Wiggins into their living rooms to hear his vast knowledge of all things occult on Friday the 13th: The Series, so it is with great sadness that we inform readers that the actor has passed away in Ontario at the age of 87 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

According to THR, the news of Wiggins' passing was recently shared in an obituary published in the Toronto Star. His family has requested that loved ones and fans donate to the Alzheimer Society in place of purchasing flowers for his memorial service in mid-March.

Wiggins is perhaps best remembered for his aforementioned role as Jack Marshak in Friday the 13th: The Series. As fans know, instead of Jason Voorhees, the series focused on cursed antiques that had to be tracked down, and Wiggins' character was absolutely vital in helping Micki Foster and Ryan Dallion on their quests,
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Competition: Win Brit horror ‘Unhallowed Ground’ on DVD

To celebrate the release of Unhallowed Ground – out on DVD 27th July – we have a copy to giveaway!

Having already picked up some nominations and awards at the British Independent Film Festival and the London International Film Festival, Unhallowed Ground is already garnering a reputation as a true gem of the indie scene. Check out our review here.

Taking its cues from a classic horror staple – doomed teenagers wandering into a mysterious old building – Unhallowed Ground delivers something genuinely eerie and original. Proof that when it comes to creaky old houses and ancient evil, nobody can match the spooky legacy of British horror.

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To win a copy ofUnhallowed Ground on DVD, just answer the following question:

Unhallowed Ground features effects by Mike Peel. But on which of the following fantasy films did Peel also work on? Was it:

a) Dungeons & Dragons

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Trailer for the Role Playing Game Film Dark Dungeons

This is the trailer to a movie called Dark Dungeons, which is based on the 1984 Christian comic by Jack Chick. The story points out all of the evil dangers of RPG's (Role Playing Games). Yes, some people believe that playing Dungeons and Dragons is a road straight to hell! Zombie Orpheus Entertainment bought the rights to the comic and turned it into a feature film. Here's the first trailer for the indie film that was funded through Kickstarter. Check out the synopsis:

Debbie and Marcie arrive at college unaware of the dangers of RPGing. They are soon indoctrinated into this dangerous lifestyle where they face the threat of learning real life magical powers, being invited to join a witches' coven, and resisting the lure of Ms. Frost, a vile temptress of a Gm. But what peril must the two friends face when they stumble across the Necronomicon and their fantasy game becomes a reality game?
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The Tom Hanks Diy film festival kit

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Maybe it's the holiday weekend, but we're feeling a little Hanks nostalgia.  We haven't seen "Larry Crowne" yet, but something about the ads puts us in the mind of Tom Hanks of yesteryear -- the affable, effortless actor who got his start in drag on TV's "Bosom Buddies" and is now the very definition of Hollywood A list.

It isn't that we're discouraging anyone from seeing "Larry Crowne" (despite those reviews -- ouch), but for those of you unable or unwilling to make it out to the movies this weekend we've compiled a list of six different Tom Hanks Diy Film Festivals. Any one will make for great Independence Day weekend viewing -- or, hey, go all out and do one festival for each day of the holiday weekend. What's more American than Tom Hanks and apple pie? (Okay, maybe Ron Howard and apple pie, but we're talking Hanks here).

And don't worry,
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The Essentials: 5 Tom Hanks Performances

For comedians aspiring to be dramatic actors, there is no better model than Tom Hanks. A two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, this unflashy, modern-day Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda has also shown every struggling actor on earth that if you persevere you can actually make people forget you started out as a comedian and then simply a romantic comedy lead (remember the dreaded "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" years). Hell, if you endure long enough you can even wipe out the memory of TV movies like "Mazes and Monsters" and sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies" (where's that…
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Review: The Dungeon Masters

Are you sitting down? You need to be… because this geek is going to take you on a magic journey into an utter nerd world!

‘The Dungeon Masters’ follows three people who have devoted a big chunk of their lives to the game Dungeons and Dragons. They are all Dungeon Masters, which means that they control the game in their individual gaming circles. Richard is a sanitation worker by day, devious master who likes to kill off his players by night. Scott is in the middle of writing a book, while also filming a cable access show. Both of his projects have to do with the same type of entertainment as D&D. Elizabeth doesn’t start out with a job, and her life is a bit rocky after Hurricane Katrina, but she still finds joy in life by dressing like a black elf. She has her own formula for the paint and everything.
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Katy Perry’s Dramatic Rolling Stone Boobs

Slightly long/dramatic cover story title for a picture of Katy Perry hanging out in lingerie? “Sex, God, & Katy Perry – The Hard Road & Hot Times of a Fallen Angel”? Is that a Rush lyric? Writer: For my Katy Perry cover story, how about “Here’s Katy Perry in Lingerie – Look At Her Boobs”? Editor: Ehhhh… can you throw some ampersands in there and turn it into a Dungeons and Dragons campaign? Writer: Uh, I can, yeah, but…
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The It Crowd – live chat: Graham Linehan

The sitcom writer and director joined us to talk about his hilarious show. Here's how he answered your questions

The live session is now over

The fourth series of The It Crowd has been another delight. We've watched Roy keep a girlfriend for more than one episode. Moss has joined a secret society of Countdown winners. And Jen has continued her doomed efforts to climb the corporate ladder. Perhaps if she spoke better Italian...

Graham Linehan, the creator, writer and director, has announced there will be a fifth season – and next time he'll have a Us-style writing team to help him craft the script. But what will this mean for the direction of the show?

Here's a summary of how he answered that question and your many others. Click the links to see his full replies:

How about a cameo from Robert Pollard?

We can but dream.

Does "a Us-style
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Trailer Park: The Disappearance Of Alice Creed Giveaway, The Dungeon Masters, The Kansas City Royals: 1985 World Series Collector’S EDITIONon

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By Christopher Stipp

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The Disappearance Of Alice Creed- Giveaway

Forget about Clash of the Titans, don’t bother with Prince of Persia, and by all means take a pass on Quantum of Solace. The one film that showcases the wicked power of actress Gemma Arterton is The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

While I don’t know what I can or can’t say before the film opens next week, August 6th, I don’t think anyone will have a problem with me saying that you ought to seek this film out and watch a movie that is the perfect answer for a time of the year when you get nothing but ho-hum releases. Truly, a movie that delivers on being both exciting and thrilling,
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Game Bois And Joysticks: "Super Street Fighter IV"'s Hot Fighters, Plus "Final Fantasy Xiii"

Hey Gaymers! This month I bring you some hot boys street fighting in the new Super Street Fighter IV and my complete review of Final Fantasy Xiii.

Some of the hottest guys in gaming can be found in head to head fighters. These are games where you use a series of timed button combinations to pull off techniques to decimate your opponent. The cream of this year’s technical fighters is the re-release of 2009’s Street Fighter IV.

Essentially a director’s cut of the original, Super Street Fighter IV rebalances the strength and techniques of its diverse cast, adds some new moves, and improves online tournament play for those of you brave enough to take on the world in live matches.

Now, the Street Fighter series has always been known for its colorful characters with storied pasts and over the years, developer Capcom has introduced a few fighters that
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iFive: Bp Delays Cap Test, Apple Finds Allies, Microsoft's 12th Man, WikiLeaks Details, Google Thanks Fiber Fans

While you were sleeping, innovation was putting on a jaunty little cap to wear with its oil-colored capelet, eschewing anything nerdlike such as black T-shirts, and leaving home without its British citizenship.

1. What is a disaster without conspiracy theories? Eco-warriors, big business, the U.S. government, and Kim Jong Il could all be responsible for the Deepwater oil spill, depending which paranoia you subscribe to. As Bp delays tests on the new cap on the Deepwater oil spill, Mitch Landrieu, the new mayor of New Orleans is profiled in the Nyt today.

2. After Consumer Report's somewhat off-message iPhone 4 review, Apple has found itself some allies--which it might need to prevent another dip in its stock like yesterday's. As well as FastCompany's very own Kit Eaton picking holes in Cr's incomplete science, an electromagnetic engineer called Bob (he's also Global Head of Research & Chief Analyst at TowerGroup) pours cold water on the report.
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Four Torches (Out of Five) Last year, the massively multi-player roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons Online reduced its price to ... free. Sure, additional features like potions, armor, and weapons are available through the Ddo store, but they're also attainable through game-play -- unlike a lot of other downloadable games. It's worth, well, much more than the price you pay. It's an extremely enjoyable online role-playing experience. Once you've downloaded the game and created your account and character, you have a total of seven worlds to play in: Argonnessen, Ghallanda, Khyber, Sarlona, Thelanis, Orien, and Cannith. Character creation is reminiscent of the actual role-playing game, but different too.
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“Eclipse” easily the best “Twilight” film, for what that’s worth

By Sean O’Connell Twilight Saga: Eclipse (**1/2 out of 4)

Some interesting parallels exist between the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” film franchises.

Of course, both started as beloved, and best-selling, literary series that dabbled in the supernatural or the occult. Movie adaptations were inevitable, and each series retained its acting core as they transitioned from page to screen. Also the film franchises have retained the same screenwriter (Melissa Rosenberg for “Twilight,” Steve Kloves for most “Potter” films) while substituting directors at regular intervals.

The main difference between the series, so far as I’m concerned, is that the “Potter” films have been joyous, harrowing, emotionally stimulating, character-driven, special-effects-laden masterpieces, while the “Twilight” movies, to date, have sucked. Hard. Catherine Hardwicke’s original, humdrum teen romance was as dreary as its Pacific Northwest setting, as colorless as the pale-skinned Cullen clan, and as stiff as a corpse. Chris Weitz
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"DeathSpank" Brings the Funny to Downloadable Games

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Maybe it's the genetic lineage from "Dungeons and Dragons" and J.R.R. Tolkien, but the role-playing genre in video games tends to take itself way too seriously. The trope of the earnest and plucky young lad who ventures forth from a small village into a world-saving destiny gets recycled several times a year with a completely straight face.

Thankfully, the developers at Hothead Games know how ludicrous RPG clichés can be and are all set to lampoon many of them in their upcoming "DeathSpank." When I got my hands on the game earlier this week, the goofiness of it all immediately pulled me in. The gameplay rotates around typical features like side quests, incremental storytelling and upgradeable skills and weapons, but killing evil chickens and bantering with sassy witches make it all feel fresher. Hothead developed the game in conjunction with legendary designer Ron Gilbert - who helped birth the beloved
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Artistic License: Lord Of The Rings Online Goes Free

Last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced (recently purchased) Turbine, Inc. would be updating and changing the popular massively mutiplayer online game Lord of the Rings Online, making it a .free-to-play. game. This follows the success of Turbine's Dungeons and Dragons Online being offered for free, and many gamers are excited. There are both positive and negative aspects to this gaming model, however. There will be three tiers of players: VIP, premium and free. Each of these will have different features available, and each will expand the game in some areas for the player. Naturally, the big advantage for free players is that they can play this game with no cost if they desire. According to information on the game's website, free players can attain level 50, ...
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Square and Obsidian Teaming Up for Dungeon Siege 3

In exciting news today, Square Enix announced that Obsidian Entertainment will develop Dungeon Siege 3, the latest installment of the popular RPG series set in the Kingdom of Ehb.

And rejoice, console gamers, because the franchise will be coming to both Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in addition to its traditional PC platform!

Obsidian brings a strong RPG resume to Dungeon Siege 3′s table, including: Neverwinter Nights 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords, and the highly anticipated wasteland saga Fallout: New Vegas. Also, fans of the first two installments of the franchise should assume that Obsidian will attempt to stay faithful to the original Dungeon Siege world, as series creator Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games is already on board at Obsidian as a key adviser and collaborator.

Feargus Urquhart, the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, confirmed his excitement about his company’s new agreement with Square:
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[DVD Review] Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Words cannot express my overwhelming love for Joss Whedon’s WGA-strike brainchild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It combines the snappy dialogue that Whedon’s shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were known for with the musical and comical sensibility inherent in the inclusion of Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in a production, respectively. Felicia Day continues her online streak of terrific productions after endearing herself to online fans with the still-running series The Guild. Every element that went into the creation of Dr. Horrible makes it an instant fan-favorite. However, what made the DVD release so great is the same thing that makes its Blu-ray release so terrific: for a production with a mere 42-minute runtime, it has more extras than a film two-times its length typically does. Not only that, but the featurettes included are hilarious and the audio commentary, which films usually include as little more than a formality,
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Twitter Report: Mourning Ronnie James Dio's Death... And Far Less Important Things

Frank Frazetta's death hit Twitter pretty hard last week, but when news broke that former Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio passed away last night, writers and artists alike were hit with a second round of shock. In fact, the last 12 hours of tweets in the comics Twitterverse has been totally dominated by personal experiences, appreciation and occasional expressions of indifference from those who never really clicked with Dio's message of dragons, magic and metal.

Click on down past the jump and you'll find out not only who loved Ronnie James Dio and who didn't, but also where the Charles Manson/Ronnie James Dio/Idw connection lies, and who wants to play a round of Dungeons and Dragons in memory of Dio and Frazetta.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for May 17, 2010.

Ronnie James Dio pt. 1: @mattfraction Dio ascends into the realm of elder wizards. Please
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Video Game Review: ‘Puzzle Chronicles’ Barely Satisfies

Video Game Rating: 3.0/5.0

Chicago – Those of us that are wildly addicted to “Bejeweled Blitz” and played through “Puzzle Quest” like a gleeful toddler with a new toy were pretty psyched that the developers of the latter, spectacular Nintendo DS title were releasing a Dlc game called “Puzzle Chronicles”. Once again, our puzzle-loving persona could meld with the kid inside us who misses the days when he played Dungeons and Dragons in his basement. Sadly, “Puzzle Chronicles” only barely delivers.

The first impression is always a physical one and “Puzzle Chronicles” simply doesn’t look good. It has the graphics and general aesthetic of not just the last generation but possibly the one before that. Developers often underestimate the appearance of a game that doesn’t rely on it for gameplay. The hideous appearance of “Puzzle Chronicles” doesn’t effect the gameplay of the title but who wants to spend their
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