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‘King of Kong’ Adversary Billy Mitchell Stripped of ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Pac-Man’ High Scores

Recurring documentary subject and video-game legend Billy Mitchell was unanimously stripped of his record-breaking scores Thursday following allegations of cheating. Twin Galaxies, the premiere tracker of global gamers’ success, will also not recognize any of Mitchell’s future scores.

In 2010, Mitchell became the first “Donkey Kong” player to earn one million points; he started setting records in that game 28 years prior. Now 52, Mitchell also attained the first “Pac-Man” perfect score in 1999. His gaming prowess led to roles in “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade” (2007), “The King of Arcades” (2014), and “Man Vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler” (2016).

But his most notable onscreen appearance came in future “Horrible Bosses” and “Baywatch” (2017) director Seth Gordon’s 2007 film, “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” A SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival selection, “The King of Kong” was about an upstart named Steve Wiebe who scheduled multiple public challenges against no-show Mitchell.
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King of Kong Villain Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records

Billy Mitchell, the villain of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, has been stripped of his Donkey Kong records and banned from competition by Twin Galaxies. Mitchell was previously the reigning champion of Donkey Kong and the first million-point record holder, and King of Kong chronicled nice-guy newcomer Steve Wiebe’s attempt to topple the king. The surprisingly gripping film was the first feature from director Seth Gordon, and launched his career into scripted comedy films like Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief.
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Walking Dead Recap: Pawn of the Dead

Walking Dead Recap: Pawn of the Dead
Sides were changed so often during the penultimate Season 8 episode of The Walking Dead that it was a wonder the damn war wasn’t finally ended simply because the survivors fighting it couldn’t keep track of who was on whose team anymore. One character even wound up doing the opposition a solid — accidentally. Who became an Mvp, and how’d they manage to do so without realizing it? Read on…

‘Start Everything Over’ | “Worth” began with Rick alternately gazing at Michonne and Judith, and reading Carl’s letter, its contents revealed to us through a lovely, bittersweet Chandler Riggs voiceover.
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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to Be Honored at 2018 MusiCares Concert for Recovery

The MusiCares Foundation, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator, announced today that the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery will honor Grammy winner Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Showbox in Seattle (1426 1st Ave.).

McCready will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his significant dedication to and support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. The Concert For Recovery will feature performances by Latin Grammy winner Barrett Martin, Grammy winner Slash, multi-grammy winner Chad Smith; and artists Duff McKagan, Mike Ness, and Heart's Nancy Wilson. The evening will close with a special performance by McCready and friends.

The event, presented by Amazon Music, will benefit MusiCares, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator. MusiCares ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial,
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‘The Flash': John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Have Closed Their Deal to Direct

It’s officially official: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing The Flash movie. News broke in January that the Horrible Bosses screenwriters had entered negotiations to direct Flashpoint for Warner Bros. and DC, but during the press rounds for their hit action-comedy Game Night, the filmmaking duo clarified that their deal to direct The Flash movie wasn’t closed—meaning it was always possible things might not work out. But sources close to the situation have confirmed to Collider that Daley and Goldstein have now closed their deal to direct The Flash, and Daley sent out a …
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Game Night review

Ready for the comedy surprise of the year so far? Get yourself a ticket to the really impressive Game Night...

A couple of days on from seeing Game Night, it's still making me laugh. It's been a long time since we've seen something this consistently funny come out of a Hollywood studio, but for once, it's terrific to see a comedy that doesn't pile all of its jokes in the trailer and doesn't get bogged down in meanness. For those of us who still shudder at the memory of Office Christmas Party, Jason Bateman most definitely redeems himself here.

The film opens with his character Max meeting Annie (Rachel McAdams) at a pub quiz, where they match wits over Tinky Winky from Teletubbies. It's love at first sight, and their matching competitive streak makes them formidable hosts of a regular game night for their friends. Regrettably, Max's sibling rivalry with
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‘Game Night’ Review: Dir. John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (2018)

Game Night review: Undeniable side-splitting comedy, thrice-filtered through an outlandish, absurdist lens.

Game Night review by Matthew Ceo.

Game Night review

With the likes of Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman and Spotlight‘s own Oscar-nominated Rachel McAdams leading the charge, Game Night features a veritable who’s who of comedic talent and establishes itself as a film far funnier than it has any right to be. The film follows an extremely competitive couple – Max and Annie – and their lifelong friends as they distract themselves from life’s problems with challenging bouts of checkers, serious games of scrabble, and meaningful charade tournaments when one thing reveals itself to be true: game night is sacred. So when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks – played by Manchester By The Sea‘s Kyle Chandler – comes to town and decidedly enters the fray, board games go out the window, and things get kicked up a notch.
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Movie Review: Game Night

It wasn’t so long ago that hard R-rated comedies were coming out every week. The Hangover (2009) seemed to come out of nowhere and rejuvenate the genre to blockbuster heights. In the years following we got the likes of Bad Teacher (2011), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), This is the End (2013), two more incredibly unfunny Hangover sequels (2011/2013), and Horrible Bosses (2011). There were many more of course, but it’s that last one that draws a tie to the latest hard R-rated comedy attempting to hit the zeitgeist. Horrible Bosses came out in the summer of 2011 when we were bombarded with blockbusters like Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The comedy was a huge success for the studio as it entertained audiences without over-sensitizing them.

Flash forward almost seven years later and you’ll notice Warner Bros.
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Film Review: ‘Game Night’

Film Review: ‘Game Night’
Party games like Pictionary, Charades, or Trivial Pursuit aren’t the same thing as real life. But one reason games like these never go out of style is that they’re about a lot of things, like competition and quick strategizing and supreme knowledge of pop culture, that are now survival skills in many a corporate office (and more than a few marriages).

Game Night,” a trip-wired suspense comedy about six middle-class nerds who get together for a weekly Tostitos-and-beer game night, only to stumble into a simulated reality game that’s staged as if it were a matter of life or death (and here’s the trick: maybe it is), is the sort of cinematic gimcrack that’s all perilous mechanics, whipsaw reversals, and unabashed contrivance. It’s like “Deathtrap” recast as a megaplex thriller that keeps pranking the audience. The gimmicky, mouse-trap fun of it hinges on one’s willingness to see the game board
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Game Night review – playful comedy thriller will just about win you over

A talented cast, including Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Sharon Horgan, ensure that this hit-and-miss caper remains snappy, if forgettable, fun

There are few things in life as crushingly reliable as a Jason Bateman comedy.

From the very beginning, expectations are kept firmly in check. There’s not a single person under any misapprehension with what they’re settling in for with one of these plainly titled films – Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Couples Retreat, Office Christmas Party – and the ensuing 100 minutes is usually passable if impossible to remember soon after, like eating at a Pizza Hut. Bateman remains an engaging comic presence but his latter forays into dramatic material, such as his awards-worthy douchebaggery in The Gift and his morally conflicted antihero of Ozark, tease at more beneath the overplayed mugging.
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The Preview Reel: Game Night and Annihilation

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, wherein we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Black Panther obliterated box-office records last weekend as it earned over $192 million during the three-day weekend, good enough for the second biggest superhero opening ever behind The Avengers (2012). That is insanely impressive, and the king of Wakanda is likely to continue his box-office reign for a while. However, there are two new challengers entering the box-office ring this weekend—the comedy Game Night and the sci-fi thriller Annihilation. Are either of these worthy of seeing instead of Black Panther again? Find out below.

Game Night

What we are excited about: It’s been a while since we have had a straight-forward comedy in theaters, and this could provide some good counter-programming to the movies we have been seeing lately. Apart from Black Panther, and the award nominated films, January and February have
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Game Night In St. Louis

Jason Bateman (the “Horrible Bosses” films, “Arrested Development,” “Ozark”) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Dr. Strange”) team up in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Game Night.

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out
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‘Vacation’ Helmers To Direct Stand-Alone ‘Flash’ Movie

Vacation filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are reportedly in negotiations to direct the stand-alone movie based around Ezra Miller’s The Flash over at Warner Brothers.

The film is titled Flashpoint and looks set to have a more comedic tone than some of the other stand-alone DC movies because of the duo’s past. As well as directing the Vacation film, the two also have the upcoming Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. They also have writing credits for Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in their back-catalogue.

Variety initially reported the news of Daley and Goldstein’s potential involvement and, in their original article, state that Ben Affleck was also reportedly offered the gig, but passed.

There’s no timeline for the Flashpoint movie that we can see, but we’ll keep you posted.

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'Vacation' Filmmakers Tapped for 'The Flash' Solo Movie

Filmmakers John Francis Daley (above, right) and Jonathan Goldstein (above, left) have built up an impressive resume in Hollywood. As writers, they contributed to Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 before making the leap to the directing chair(s) with the comic remake Vacation. The latter film earned more than $100 million at the box office worldwide. Their work on the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming showed they could deliver the blueprint for a very successful action blockbuster that was laced with comic overtones. Now they're in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, according to Variety. The solo movie will, of course, revolve around The Flash, the speedy superhero who made very brief appearances in Batman v Superman...

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Flashpoint Movie Gets Vacation Directors Daley and Goldstein

Warner Bros. has finally brought on new filmmakers for its long-awaited Flashpoint movie, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation, Game Night) entering negotiations to direct. The studio had previously been courting Ben Affleck to direct this movie, and while he ultimately passed, that may have explained the rumor from last month that the actor will return as Batman in the Flashpoint movie, but not in The Batman, with his involvement in that project still very much up in the air. Warner Bros. had no comment on the story, and while it may be some time before there's confirmation, it seems clear the Flashpoint movie is finally back on the right track.

The project has had more than its fair share of ups and downs, with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first tapped to direct this project a few years ago, but they ultimately
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‘Flashpoint’: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Tapped to Direct [Updated]

About a month before their action-comedy film Game Night hits theaters, directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have apparently landed a big new Warner Bros. role: They're in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, the solo film in the Dceu that features Ezra Miller's Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The directors, whose previous collaboration was the attempted dysfunctional family comedy reboot Vacation, have a lengthier history in the business together as writers for the Horrible Bosses movies and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and are part of the Hasbro/Paramount writers room. Variety reports that Francis Daley …
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Warner Bros. Taps Spider-Man: Homecoming Scribes To Helm Flashpoint

Barry Allen has finally found a new director. Or directors, according to Variety.

Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have officially been handed the keys to Flashpoint, Warner’s long-in-development standalone movie featuring Ezra Miller’s Scarlett Speedster.

In doing so, they’ve become the third (and hopefully final) directing team to have a crack at Flash, given Dope filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa left the spinoff project in 2016 due to creative differences – ditto for Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) who was initially expected to direct from his own script.

The appointment of Daley and Goldstein has been long on the cards, it seems, as Warner Bros. executives were wary of announcing a replacement(s) so soon after Famuyiwa’s departure – not to mention the fact that Ezra Miller was busy filming Justice League and fellow WB property, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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The 11 Most Disappointing Movies of 2017

The 11 Most Disappointing Movies of 2017
When you look back at 2017, most of the movies weren’t what made history. Hollywood was rocked by a series of sexual harassment allegations, which led to the firings of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others. That led to an important national dialogue about conduct in the workplace.

TV once again proved to be ahead of the blockbusters, at least when it came to offering textured roles for women. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” scored a coup by landing three of the biggest actresses out there (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley). FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” shot for the stars with Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange portraying acting royalty. And Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned Elisabeth Moss an Emmy, amid a wave of reinvigorated feminism during Donald Trump’s first year in the White House.

At the multiplexes, ticket sales were at the lowest since 1995, with a projected
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By Far the Worst Thing Ever Discovered on Mythbusters

So yes, it’s okay to feel sick to your stomach on this one. But one of the worst episodes, well, the most disturbing episodes at any rate, has to do with fecal matter on your toothbrush. No, I’m not talking about the scene in Horrible Bosses where the guy flosses his butt with his boss’s toothbrush, because that’s flat out nasty anyway. But the mythbusters did an episode concerning the veracity of the claim that toilets send up a fine spray of water that contains fecal matter that can then settle on everything around it. Sounds nasty doesn’t it? I

By Far the Worst Thing Ever Discovered on Mythbusters
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From Briefcases to Suits: A Brief History of Meghan Markle's Career

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One bright spot in what feels like the unending year of awfulness is the fact that American actress Meghan Markle just got engaged to Prince Harry in what is truly a real-life fairy tale. The two are to be wed in Spring 2018, and when she joins the royal family, she will be known as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Fancy! If you're wondering what the marvelous Ms. Markle is all about, allow us to introduce you to some of her fine work. Her biggest project to date is starring on USA's legal dramedy Suits, which she's been on since 2011. The show is still going, but her departure at the end of the current season has been confirmed - she'll obviously be pretty busy doing duchess-related things in the United Kingdom. During Suits' various hiatuses, Markle has found time to shoot a couple adorable Hallmark movies, Dater's Handbook and When Sparks Fly.
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