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Universal may be working on a new Doom movie

Despite the recent releases of the likes of Tomb Raider and Rampage, Hollywood still hasn’t quite managed to capitalise on the enormous popularity of the video game industry by delivering a mega hit from such source material.

However, it seems that studios certainly aren’t ready to give up trying, and it looks like Universal Pictures may have another video game-based project on its upcoming slate, with actress Nina Bergman (Assassin X) revealing on Twitter this week that the studio is prepping a new adaptation of the classic first person shooter Doom.

Wow I’m doing the next “Doom” movie w Universal Pictures! I just signed all the paperworkI get to go back to Bulgaria again and work with some of my favorite peopleThis movie w a super cool Director And my new record coming out, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world pic.twitter.com/q
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How ‘The Lego Movie’ Was ‘Ready Player One’ First, and Better (Commentary)

How ‘The Lego Movie’ Was ‘Ready Player One’ First, and Better (Commentary)
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Ready Player One.”)

If you’re a fan of Steven Spielberg’s hit film “Ready Player One,” I get it. On the surface it’s hard to hate on the idea of a film packed with nostalgic callouts to old pop culture, plus a message of friendship, acceptance, and the value of real life versus escapism.

But that’s on the surface. Ultimately, the larger messages and themes are just backdrop to cool visuals and a ton of references, the references don’t really amount to anything except a list of things audiences probably like, and the film’s characters largely just define themselves mainly by liking that stuff.

But what if we told you there was a far superior version of “Ready Player One” that is all of that and much more, and also came out four years earlier? There is: it’s called “The Lego Movie.”

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Both “Ready Player One” and “The Lego Movie” are epic adventures about playing in a fantasy world populated by characters owned largely by Warner Bros., dressed up in more meaningful messages to dilute the consumerism. And both films feature deliberately uninteresting protagonists who seem defined largely by their interests. But that’s where the similarities basically end.

The main character of “Ready Player One,” Wade (Tye Sheridan), proudly likes the right things — “Back to the Future,” “Buckaroo Banzai,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Shining” and so on. It’s part of his quest to win riches by solving a puzzle at the heart of the online virtual world Oasis, essentially an enormous online video game. But while Oasis is a place where you can supposedly “be anything,” the things that people most often end up being are the creations of other people, and owned by other people.

The mess of characters running around the Oasis — and there’s a lot of them — aren’t made interesting in some way by being used by the players who inhabit them. They’re just quick shots of things you’ve seen before. “The Iron Giant,” the DeLorean from “Back to The Future,” and so on.

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But where liking the right stuff and knowing everything about it is a virtue (and Wade’s whole life) in “Ready Player One,” “The Lego Movie” uses that idea as a jumping off point. The film follows regular guy Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) who, like Wade, likes everything everyone else likes and defines himself by his conformity.

But unlike Wade, Emmet spends the movie figuring out his own identity. The entire plot of “The Lego Movie” is Emmet finding what makes him unique, an idea taken even further when it’s revealed the entire story is a game being played by Finn (Jadon Sand), a real-life kid. The main conflict of the movie — that Lego character President Business (Will Ferrell) wants to destroy the universe with the “Kragle,” a bottle of Krazy Glue — is actually a metaphor for Finn’s father wanting to freeze his Lego sets into permanent finished states. The film eventually has Finn’s father realize that his son is using the toys to create for himself, and to express his individuality.

Meanwhile, even as it makes use of a references to the Warner Bros. stable — DC superheroes, Gandalf from “The Lord of the Rings,” Dumbledore from “Harry Potter” — “The Lego Movie” goes a step further than “Ready Player One.”

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The Lego Movie” jokes that Superman would ghost an annoying fellow hero, that Batman would be an insufferable narcissist, that Gandalf and Dumbledore don’t have time to shepherd every random hero through his or her origin story. These aren’t just shoutouts to random characters, they’re subversions of viewer expectation. Your understanding of the source material is expanded, not just catered to.

Both “Ready Player One” and “The Lego Movie” are ultimately about playing in a preexisting pop culture world. But where “Ready Player One” flashes a picture of a thing you like, “The Lego Movie” bothers to know something about it, and turns it into something new and surprisingly deep. That’s special and, four years later, something that hasn’t fully been duplicated.

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Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis

Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis
It would be exciting to be noticed by any major Hollywood player, but even more so from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is as smart as he is successful. And when he tweets, he deserves an answer.

Tom, mi amigo

Our projected domestic opening was always $35m. We exceeded at 35.7m. Projected worldwide opening was $120m. We exceeded big w/ $151m. My personal biggest opening ever in China and 60-70% market share in many territories. No scoreboard pointing yet my friend

Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 19, 2018

His tweet responded to my just-published article about “Rampage” and how it positioned him as a contender for the biggest star in movies (particularly in domestic play). He took aim at the headline. So, a response is in order.

The headline synthesized the story’s message, which focused on his film’s domestic performance. “Rampage” was #1 for the weekend, and indeed met and slightly exceeded domestic projections.
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Tomb Raider 10 Important Things You Missed

Tomb Raider is back on the big screen again and the reboot has a lot to enjoy. Between the non-stop action and origin story of the character, there are a lot of moments and details to pay attention to. Don’t worry, though, we have everything covered between Easter eggs, game connections, and connections to other movies.

Mid-way through the movie, Lara’s parachute jump causes a devastating branch to impale her in her side.
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EW’s All-New Photos For Ant-Man And The Wasp Prove Heroes Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Spare a thought for Ant-Man and the Wasp.

As we stand on the precipice, staring down at the cinematic monstrosity that is Avengers: Infinity War, Peyton Reed’s sequel has been utterly dwarfed by Avengers 3 and its suitably massive, all-consuming marketing blitz.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Ant-Man and the Wasp has been pushed to the wayside, as Entertainment Weekly has returned from the Quantum Realm bearing gifts – specifically, two all-new actions shots from Scott Lang’s next solo outing, along with some story intel about what that adventure entails.

In accordance with previous reports, Ant-Man and the Wasp largely centers on the duo’s quest to recover Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the clutches of death. On board for that sweeping adventure is Evangeline Lilly as the newly-anointed Wasp, who offered some story intel while chatting to EW:

Scott entered the Quantum Realm in the first film and came back,
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If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?

If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?
“Rampage” opened #1 last weekend at just under $36 million, with Dwayne Johnson its only name draw. Is that enough to make The Rock the biggest movie star in Hollywood — or, is his greatest asset the near-complete dearth of actors who can open movies?

Johnson’s marquee value is well documented. Since 2011, he appeared in eight films that grossed over $100 million (nine if you include the animated “Moana”). “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017 each exceeded $200 million. However, times have changed. Once, being a top star meant your movies were always the year’s biggest movies. Now, in an era where animation and comic-book adaptations are the biggest draws, an actor’s own larger-than-life appeal is less important.

Rampage” should make around $90 million domestic and another $300 million or so additional overseas. Expect it to make $400 worldwide, perhaps a little more. With production and marketing costs topping $220 million,
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Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner

Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner
As Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” Alicia Vikander just carried out a search for her sea-snatched father. The Oscar winner (“The Danish Girl”) will do the same in her next project, “Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall.” The 30-minute Vr experience from San Francisco-based Penrose Studios premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Besides voicing the protagonist — a young girl in the post-apocalyptic future — Vikander executive produced the piece. “Meena’s character has a special spark, and I was immediately drawn to her when I experienced her in Vr,” said Vikander in a statement. “The movie daringly brings up difficult situations while also allowing viewers to get quite close to the characters in such an immersive and emotional experience.”

“Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall” was proceeded by “Arden’s Wake: The Prologue,” a Tribeca 2017 debut. According to The Verge, said 15-minute exercise established that Meena and her father live
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Hands on with Underworld Ascendant in the Stygian Abyss

Emma Withington gets hands on with Underworld Ascendant…

Upon entering the ‘Stygian Abyss’ I had picked up some suspect fish, a cheese wheel, and smashed some plates like a good ‘un. You could be mistaken for thinking that I’m describing a playthrough of Skyrim, but Underworld Ascendant‘s debut predecessor – 1992’s Ultima Underworld – is the innovator that gave birth to the RPG monster we’re so fond of today. From the entire Elder Scrolls series to Fallout, BioShock, Dishonoured, Dark Souls, and an absolute sink-hole full more. Can gaming’s Frankenstein bring the classic dungeon crawler forward in time and stand tall among the legions of its present-day brethren?

Published by 505 Games and developed by OtherSide Entertainment, Underworld Ascendant boasts a team whose collective works include: BioShock Infinite, Thief, The Last of Us, and System Shock – not forgetting Og Ultima Underworld creators, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector. Not too shabby,
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Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?

Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?
With less than stellar reviews on top of an already cursed genre, it’s a wonder “Rampage” wasn’t a total flop at the box office.

Well, it’s not a total wonder. After back and forth projections showed “Rampage” wrestling with “A Quiet Place” to see who would come out on top at the box office last weekend, there is one main reason the video game adaptation secured the crown: Dwayne Johnson.

“It’s good old star power at work here,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “There’s not that many people in this day and age who can pull this off.”

Did Johnson break the video game adaptation curse? Probably not. Did his sheer star power push “Rampage” to the No. 1 spot at the worldwide box office? It seems likely.

Rampage” bowed with $34.5 million in North America, along with an impressive $114 million overseas for a global total of $148.6 million.
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China box office: 'Rampage' tops chart with $58m opening

Ready Player One slips to number 2, with a total of $201m.

After a strong week with a three-day Qing Ming holidays, the volatile Chinese box office shrunk significantly by about 32% week-on-week in the period of Apr 9-15, making it one of the quietest weeks in 2018.

Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage easily charged to the top of the charts with $58.1m from its three-day opening weekend. This represented about 60% more than its simultaneous release in North America, following in the footsteps of recent Us films such as Ready Player One, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider to have China as their biggest market.
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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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China Box Office: 'Rampage' Makes Muscular $55M Debut

China Box Office: 'Rampage' Makes Muscular $55M Debut
Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure Rampage made a strong start in China over the weekend, chalking up a hearty $55 million.

The film opened on some 21,500 screens, claiming nearly 70 percent of the full weekend box office. The sizable first-frame haul is 9 percent ahead of the China debut of Johnson's San Andreas, 34 percent more than his Jumanji and 32 percent better than fellow video-game adaptation Tomb Raider.

The muscular showing in the Middle Kingdom should help New Line and Warner Bros. offset the title's somewhat soft $34.5 million opening in North America, where it narrowly beat Paramount's high-concept...
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'Rampage' takes over the world with $151.5m launch (update)

Ready Player One nears $500m worldwide; A Quiet Place crosses $150m worldwide.

April 16 Update: Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stormed to the top of the global charts on $151.5m, comprising $115.7m from 61 international markets and a $35.8m North American number one debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Rampage debuted top in most of its markets, arriving in China on $55.2m and roughly 70% market share for Warner Bros’ third highest opening weekend, on top of Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in the market on $15.6m last Thursday.

The UK generated $5.8m to claim 35% share of the top five films,
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'Rampage' takes over the world with $148.6m launch

Ready Player One nears $500m worldwide; A Quiet Place crosses $150m worldwide.

Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stormed to the top of the global charts on $148.6m, comprising $114.1m from international and a $34.5m North American number one debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Rampage debuted top in most of its markets, arriving in China on $55m and roughly 70% market share following Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in the market on $15.6m last Thursday.

The UK generated $5.7m to claim around 40% share of the top five films, while South Korea delivered $5.7m and 45% share, Mexico $4.8m and 56% share,
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Movie Review – Rampage (2018)

Rampage, 2018.

Directed by Brad Peyton.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse, and Will Yun Lee.

Synopsis:

When an experiment in genetic editing goes disastrously wrong, an albino gorilla is artificially enlarged to extraordinary size and develops dangerous levels of aggression, as his primatologist friend tries to bring him back under control.

Can you believe we are finally getting good video game films? Between Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Tomb Raider, and to some extend Ready Player One, it’s been a great year for films that don’t necessarily follow a video game’s story but the feel you get from playing them. Rampage, starring Dwayne “The man who can make any franchise better” Johnson is based on a 32-year-old arcade game that had players take control of a King Kong-knockoff,
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‘Rampage’ Is the Highest-Rated Video-Game Movie on Rotten Tomatoes — for Now

‘Rampage’ Is the Highest-Rated Video-Game Movie on Rotten Tomatoes — for Now
This week in faint praise, “Rampage” — the video-game adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson, née The Rock — is the most well-received movie of its kind on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the film is only at 50%, which still classifies it as “rotten” — and speaks to how poorly movies based on video games tend to be reviewed. (IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls it “one of the blandest and most boring monster movies ever made.”)

The previous title-holder was “Tomb Raider,” which is currently at 49%; this has apparently been a good month for such projects. Rotten Tomatoes and Johnson have both acknowledged the feat, with the latter tweeting, “Wow! Very cool Rampage news! Not pointing to the scoreboard yet, but it seems we may have finally broken the dreaded video game curse. And remember, I starred in the stinker ‘Doom’ so I have lived thy curse ”

For its part,
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Xbox Boss Promises More First-Party Games From Microsoft

Microsoft promises that it will shift focus towards first-party games as the Xbox One tries to play catch up to its competitors: PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

While consoles can make money sharing big titles like Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, and Tomb Raider, the lifeblood of any gaming company relies heavily on its first-party titles. Sadly, while the Xbox brand certainly has Forza, Halo, and State of Decay in its catalog, the lack of substantial releases as well as content in recent games such as <a href="https://screenrant.
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Weekly Update for April 13: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”Films About Women Opening This Week

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Documentary) — Directed by Sophie Fiennes (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 20)

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” re-invents the music film as an electrifying journey through the performance, private, and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones, whose bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film. Larger than life, wild, scary, and androgynous — Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister, and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze, and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Sophie Fiennes.

Nana (Documentary) — Co-Written and Directed by Serena Dykman (Opens in NY)

“Nana” documents director Serena Dykman’s journey with her mother, Alice, as they retrace her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story. Born in Poland,
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Opens With $15.7 Million in China on First Day

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Opens With $15.7 Million in China on First Day
Updated: Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” stormed the Chinese box office with $15.7 million on its first day with a nearly 70% share of the top five films.

The Friday number for “Rampage,” which played on a massive 20,000 screens, is the third-highest launch for a Warner Bros. title. It surpassed the opening day numbers for “Ready Player One” by 11%, for “Tomb Raider” by 14% and for “Jumanji” by 28%.

Rampage” opened on Thursday with $9.1 million in 41 other international markets at approximately 17,250 screens.

The U.K. led the way with $1.3 million on Thursday at approximately 866 screens. Excluding previews, the sci-fi actioner surpassed the opening day grosses for “Kong: Skull Island” by 30%.

In Malaysia, “Rampage” took a 78% share of the top five films with $877,000 from 566 screens, topping “San Andreas” by 44%. The film produced the second-biggest opening day of 2018 in the UAE and dominated with a 75% share of the top five with $665,000 from 168 screens.

“Rampage” generated the biggest
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'Rampage' storms to $73.5m from international arena (update)

Action adventure scores Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in China, second highest in Vietnam.

April 14 Update: Rampage has smashed its way to an estimated $73.5m internationally, powered by $36.8m from China after two days.

The Dwayne Johnson action tentpole delivered Warner Bros Pictures International’s third highest opening day in China on $15.6m for close to 70% box office share, adding $21.2m on Friday.

Remaining territories accounted for $36.7m by Saturday. The UK stands at $2.8m after two days, and UAE, South Korea and Malaysia each on $1.5m.

Rampage opened top in Mexico on Friday on $992,000, while it arrived as
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