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Amazon's The Boys Premiere: Grade It

Superheroes are preening sacks of something-or-other in Amazon’s The Boys, the comic-book adaptation helmed by Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke. Though seemingly upright and good-hearted, the “superabled” men and women of a league known as The Seven actually are degenerates who overindulge in every vice and even kill the innocent — and when an average Brooklynite named Hughie watches his girlfriend become part of the supes’ “collateral damage,” he decides to do something about it.

In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you thought of the series premiere. But first, a quick recap of Episode 1, “The Name of the Game.
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The Boys Season 1 Episode 1 Review – ‘The Name of the Game’

Martin Carr reviews the first episode of The Boys

If this fails to light a fire under the arse of every executive in every writers room across Los Angeles sack them now. Ever since someone leaked a Deadpool test which then turned into an R rated cinematic freight train people have been trying to replicate it. Creative doors might have been kicked open and exploited by Logan, Preacher and American Gods, but until now nothing has punched a hole next door. Being R rated and funny was eventually never going to be enough, which is what Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg knew whilst everyone was busy catching up.

What The Boys offers beyond the next evolutionary step for red band rated television shows is savage social commentary. Everything from perceptions of industry, celebrity and personal privacy go under the knife without once compromising character, story or emotional impact.
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The Name of the Game Documentary Trailer Infiltrates the Video Game Industry

The Name of the Game Documentary Trailer Infiltrates the Video Game Industry
Love video games? Ever wonder where that old Defender game from the 80s came from? Want to know more about how video games work and the industry in general? Well, then, I have a movie for you. Called The Name of the Game, we have the first trailer and a pretty cool poster for this insider's view into the world of electronic mind manipulators and one of the world's favorite past times.

The Name of the Game will be out in the U.S. on November 30th. The film gives unprecedented access into the video game industry, documenting the collaboration between legendary arcade game designer, Eugene Jarvis, and the Finnish game developer, Housemarque. Gunpowder & Sky's Filmbuff and media brand Futurism are teaming up to release the Finnish documentary The Name of the Game worldwide.

The Name of the Game main character is Eugene Jarvis, whose 1980 debut of Defender became one
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When Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco Worked on the Same TV Show (With Sean Penn's Dad and Noam Chomsky's Cousin)

When Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco Worked on the Same TV Show (With Sean Penn's Dad and Noam Chomsky's Cousin)
Fifty years ago, TV had mostly one flavor, and it was vanilla. In fall 1968, the airwaves were full of blandly loopy family-friendly fare like The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle and Petticoat Junction. But on Friday nights on NBC, slipped between a Bonanza-clone Western called The High Chaparral and the troubled third season of Star Trek, there was an unusual little series that, even more than Gene Roddenberry’s show, seemed to be beamed in from the future.

The Name of the Game was a 90-minute cable-style adult drama that came on the air decades before anybody had heard of cable TV. Centered on ...
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Photo Flash: Mamma Mia! Dances Into Broadway at Music Circus

The 2018 season continues with the Broadway At Music Circus premiere of the mega-hit musical comedy Mamma Mia, which has been seen by millions of people worldwide and launched two enormously popular movies. The plot involves a woman who, on the eve of her wedding, attempts to discover the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mother's past back to an island paradise. Featuring more than 20 hit songs by pop super-group Abba, including Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, The Name of the Game and The Winner Takes It All, this high-spirited, feel-good international sensation has audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Performances of Mamma Mia are Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 12 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Ticket availability for the show is extremely limited due to high demand.
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The Secret Majesty of Abba: They Were the Feminine Pop Opera of Their Time

  • Variety
In the ’70s, you always tended to hear two things about Abba: that they were most stratospherically successful pop group since the Beatles (which was true); and that musically, they were a shiny bouncy joke — the quintessence of bubble-gum triviality, four smiling Swedish troubadours in space-age polyester disco suits singing happy jingles of ear candy. Not everyone felt that way, of course; the people who bought all those Abba records clearly dug them. Yet it’s no exaggeration to say that Abba, in their heyday, were reviled by the mainstream press, and that if you tried to make a case for taking them seriously you’d probably be laughed out of the room.

With Abba, it went that way for a long time, though to me that’s quite a mind-boggling statement. For whenever I think of Abba, the following words tend to spring to mind: pure, pop, luscious,
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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: Abba-Fab Sequel Suffers From Streepless Throats

The first Mamma Mia was a huge hit (close to $610 million worldwide box-office) a decade ago, despite critics making every effort to drive a stake into its Abba-singing heart. And now the global stage smash-turned-hit film rises again in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Don’t bother to get your stakes ready. Like Trump voters, fans of this jukebox-musical franchise see only the good in it, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.

Even Abba apostles will have to admit it hurts that Meryl Streep is barely in the film,
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Career Breakthroughs: Steven Spielberg

  • Cinelinx
This month we look at the interesting stories of how some of the biggest names in movies got their big breakthrough. First up, Steven Spielberg.

Steven Spielberg is perhaps the most well-known movie director and producer in all of film. He is best known for making entertaining pictures which appeal to a wide audience. Examples of these films include Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park, E.T., and War of the Worlds. However, his films have not only found widespread popular appeal, but many of them are also critically acclaimed. Spielberg has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning twice for Best Director, and once for Best Picture. Some of his best known critically acclaimed films include Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, Lincoln, Munich, and Schindler's List. Altogether he has been involved as director in 32 feature films which have grossed more than $10 billion total at the domestic box office when adjusted for inflation.
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Ralph Woolsey Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘It Takes A Thief’ & ‘Batman’ Cinematographer Was 104

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Ralph Woolsey Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘It Takes A Thief’ & ‘Batman’ Cinematographer Was 104
Ralph Woolsey, an Emmy-winning cinematographer who worked on such series as Batman and It Takes a Thief and films including The Iceman Cometh and The Great Santini, has died. He was 104. The American Society of Cinematographers, which gave him its career award in 2003, said he died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.

The Asc described Woolsey as a consummate technician whose Hollywood career paralleled the birth and early evolution of television cinematography, including the transition from black-and-white to color. Among the many series he shot were Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip — for which he earned Emmy noms in 1959 and 1960, respectively — Batman and Mister Roberts. He won the 1968 Emmy for It Takes a Thief, starring Robert Wagner.

Born on New Year’s Day 1914, in Oregon, the first movies Woolsey saw were silent. He began his career while a student at the University of Minnesota, making conservation
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Live Trivia App HQ Gave Away $7,500 Last Night And Drew 120,000 Concurrent Viewers

For many, it has become a daily regimen: Twice a day, at 3 Pm Est and 9 Pm Est, they attempt to answer 12 trivia questions in a row and win real money. The name of the game is HQ Trivia, and it recently hosted its biggest audience yet. On Sunday, November 19, HQ offered up a $7,500 pool, and 120,000 concurrent players showed up to vie for their piece of that prize.

HQ, from Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, launched a month ago and quickly drew users thanks to its addictive format. The sessions that draw the most attention happen on Sunday nights, when the app tends to give away its largest cash prizes each week. On November 19, news of the $7,500 pot brought a record number of fortune seekers, who responded to questions posed by host Scott Rogowsky.

After a few lay-ups, a devastating question about global pasta consumption eliminated thousands, including yours truly.
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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How to appear on your favourite TV gameshow

Dave Lawrie Jul 6, 2017

Using his experience on Robot Wars, Total Wipeout and more, Dave shares some tips for anyone wanting to appear on a TV gameshow...

Have you ever watched a TV show and thought 'I’d quite like a go at that', quickly replaced by the follow-up thought 'but I’m not sure that I could?'

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Me too.

My name is Dave and I have now been involved with five TV productions at various levels. I have auditioned for The Weakest Link, been part of a pilot that never made it to air, and featured as a contestant on Total Wipeout, Ninja Warrior UK and Robot Wars. I suffer from low self esteem and rollercoaster depression and I have found no finer therapy for it than the character-validating world of television production.

My quest today is to try
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Peter Molyneuex offers up hint about new game Legacy

Recently, the video game industry has not heard very much from Peter Molyneux. He is, however, working on a new title as we speak, but you would be forgiven if this is the first time you are hearing about it. The name of the game is Legacy, and details are scarce. However, in an interview with Glixel, Molyneux did let one detail slip:

“The only thing I think is wise to tell you is that it’s very different. One of the things I am proud of is the number of different genres that I’ve attempted. At the moment, it’s hard to peg what genre Legacy falls into.” When asked for further details, Molyneux replies: “I think it would be a mistake to talk about it.”

Peter Molyneux’s 2013 title ‘Godus’.

Peter Molyneux is one of the most eccentric figures in the gaming industry. Before Fable released way
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RoboCop 2

It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.

RoboCop 2

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Shout! Factory / Scream Factory

1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert DoQui, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon, Belinda Bauer, Felton Perry.

Cinematography: Mark Irwin

Production Design: Peter Jamison

Original Music: Leonard Rosenman

Special Effects: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre.

Written by Frank Miller, Walon Green from characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner

Produced by Jon Davison

Directed by Irvin Kershner

I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been
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New Extended Riverdale Promo Doesn’t Skimp On Drama

Business has certainly picked up in the last week or so when it comes to news concerning Riverdale, The CW’s next major comic book adaptation to grace the small screen. In addition to learning that Archie Andrews’ mother will be played by none other than ’80s icon Molly Ringwald, a brief promo and featurette have dropped as well.

Those aching for something a bit more substantial have been rewarded today with a freshly released extended trailer that shows living in what’s often been perceived as a quaint little town in the comics will be quite complicated in this interpretation. The name of the game with any adaptation is to reel in casual viewers as opposed to just devoted fans of the source material, and I can definitely see lovers of prime time dramas with some soap opera-like elements getting hooked on this series. Let’s just hope that a delicate balance is found.
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If The Best Marvel Movies Are Unlike The Rest, Why Are Most Just Like The Others?

Samuel Brace on the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

We are always told “safety first”. But fortune does indeed favour the bold.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a strange animal. On one hand it is comprised of characters that on paper can have very little in common, and have character traits that should lead to disparate tones; on the other, it is a shared universe behemoth, a homogenised collective that melds each individual film to fuse fluently with the rest. The name of the game here is consistency of tone. This is more important to Marvel than quality — though they have done a remarkable job of that as well, even if the quality that is consistent is a fairly mediocre one. Marvel are happy to let each individual film suffer if it benefits the collective, which in their case is the cinematic universe and the flagship team up Avengers movie. But Marvel
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The Division: 10 Brand New Details You Need To Know About

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Ubisoft’s first big title of 2016 is finally emerging from the post-apocalyptic bunker they’ve had it cooped up in… and the result is something that looks completely different to what we were first shown back in 2013.

The graphics have been ‘downgraded‘ (more on that later), a string of officially-licensed, fan-made prequel films have attempted to give the series some levity from the very dour tone we originally saw, and across the board it looks as though all the rumours about Ubisoft rebuilding considerable parts of the experience were true.

The Division is no longer a gritty, super-intense stroll through post-apocalyptic New York, instead it’s… well, take a look for yourself.

10. Loot-Grinds Are The Name Of The Game Ubisoft

Now the cat’s out the bag, there’s no reason to hide it any more. Every weapon in The Division is colour-coded to match the increasingly-common ‘tiers’ of
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Quantico Recap: Watch Me Disappear

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Quantico Recap: Watch Me Disappear
This episode is about decisions that cannot be escaped. It's about the consequences of a person's choices, and how each choice can irrevocably change that person's future. You've seen this story before — every good drama needs an episode like this, particularly a drama that's one week away from its mid-season finale. That doesn't mean it's always done well, though. "Quantico" (the episode) is still very much like Quantico (the show), complete with tonal whiplash and frustrating story decisions and characters that suck only because the plot needs them to be bad people.Still, "Quantico" tries to actually be about something. It tries every way it knows how, and crucially, it doesn't just say what it's about. The plot is boring, but the effort is there. The name of the game is background checks, both in Quantico-land and in the present. In the former, the Nat assignment of the week involves
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The Oblong Box

Scream favorites Vincent Price and Christopher Lee become tangled in an African curse, grave robbing, a premature burial and a clutch of throat-slashings -- yet the two stars have no real scenes together. Steve Haberman's well-researched and insightful commentary tells the story of Gordon Hessler's first production for the English arm of American-International Pictures, a movie planned to be directed by the mysterious Michael Reeves. The Oblong Box Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date October 20, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Uta Levka, Sally Geeson, Alister Williamson, Peter Arne. Cinematography John Coquillon Original Music Harry Robertson Written by Lawrence Huntington, Christopher Wicking Produced by Gordon Hessler, Louis M. Heyward Directed by Gordon Hessler  

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've been doing my best to warm up to the filmic output of producer-director Gordon Hessler. I agree that Hessler's three major A.
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Mario Maker Hands-On Preview [E3 2015]

For the less creative of us gamers, a title like Mario Maker shouldn’t be anywhere near our radars. Before E3, I only had passing knowledge of it and honestly wasn’t too excited to try the game out. However, after seeing the wealth of features it offers and how accessible the package as a whole is, it’s definitely become a title to watch closely.

The name of the game is literally the name of the game, giving players the chance to build their own original Mario stages however they see fit. Assets from major outings in the series, including Super Mario World, Super Mario 3 and the original classic, all make appearances and can be placed anywhere in a level with the touch of a stylus. Everything is controlled via the touch screen, making it incredibly easy to hang platforms in the sky, attach cannons to the ground and
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