20th Century Fox recently announced at CinemaCon that they were developing a new kind of story format and technology that will allow for audiences to make choices for the characters while watching the movie.
They have teamed up with an app called CtrlMovie, which was created by a company called Kino. The showed us a video that demonstrates how the whole movie experience would work. There are several points in the story where the audience will be given two options to choose from and they will vote on their phones. For example, if a character finds himself being confronted with a bunch of thugs in a dark alley, you can choose to fight them or walk away. It's pretty much like what Telltale is doing with their story-based games.
This offers various different outcomes for the movie. The studio announced that the first film to utilize this technology will be based on the classic Choose Your Own Adventure book series. The film is being produced by John Davis, John Fox, and Greg Berlanti. Chris Aronson, 20th Century Fox’s president of domestic distribution had this to say:
“Bringing game changing, innovative technology to audiences and enhancing the cinematic experience has always been a cornerstone of the Twentieth Century Fox brand and our next venture is the outstanding CtrlMovie technology we are utilizing for ‘Choose Your Own Adventure.’ This interactive experience, and the passionate, creative team behind this project, allow the true spirit of the beloved book series to fall into the hands of fans around the world.”
I honestly don't know how this is going to go over with audiences. While it's an interesting concept that could either be very annoying or fun. I just imagine everyone in the theater yelling out what everyone should choose. Then the choice with the most votes goes through. So, what about the experience for the people that whose choices didn't go through?
It just seems like there could be a lot of problems. I can see it working at home with friends and family, or even by yourself. I enjoyed Stephen Soderbergh's interactive HBO series Mosaic by myself, but doing that in a theater full of people, some of which will want to make different choices than me, doesn't appeal to me.
What do you all think of this Choose Your Own Adventure movie going experience? Do you think it will work?
Fortnitedeveloper Epic Games is pushing through with the lawsuit filed against a minor who was caught cheating multiple times in the game that effectively violated its terms of service. The boy’s mother attempted to have the case dismissed, but it seems that Epic is not backing down on this one and will move forward with the lawsuit.
The case was brought to the attention of the media last year when Epic filed lawsuits against two Fortniteplayers. It was not clear whether the developer knew beforehand that one of the people they’re going after is a minor. GameTyrant reached out to Epic Games a few months ago for a comment, and a PR representative told us that:
“This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promotedFortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits. Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim,” Epic explained. “Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”
During the heat of the issue last year, the mother of the minor spoke out and wrote a letter asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Epic responded to the letter recently, (which you can read in full here as obtained by TorrentFreak) disputing the points presented in the mother’s letter that claimed that Epic was unable to prove that the minor was able to modify a copyrighted game code, second, that the developer illegally disclosed the boy’s name, and third, that Epic won’t be able to prove a “profit loss” as a direct consequence of the cheating, which should be a reason enough to dismiss the case. The latest filing by Epic disputes all three points in detail.
Lastly, the fourth point reiterated that the boy is a minor and accepted Fortnite’sterms and conditions without parental consent which would mean that Epic cannot sue for damages. The developer argues that a precedent has already been set when another case, which involved students clicking “I Agree to the terms of the user agreement” and also used the “infancy defense.” However, the court ruled in that situation saying that “a valid contract existed between the minors and the software company” because the students agreed to the user agreement.
GameTyrant has reached out to Epic Games for a comment on the recent developments of the lawsuit.
Disney has released a Japanese trailer for Pixar's Incredibles 2 and it's definitely worth watching because it's packed full of awesome new action-packed footage that you'll want to see! I recently got to see the opening sequence of the movie at CinemaCon this week.
As you've heard, the movie picks up right where the first movie left off, when the Underminer comes up to attack the city. The whole opening sequence is the Incredibles family trying to stop him and it's really great scene that sets the stage for the film. A lot of that footage is in this new trailer.
In Incredibles 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
The voice cast also includes Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.
The Brad Bird-directed film is set to smash into theaters on June 15, 2018.
We already know that there is a three-part story arc for The Hulk that will play out over the course of three films. Those films are Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers 4. I won't get into what the relationship is like between Hulk and Banner in Infinity War right now because I know many of you still haven't seen the movie yet.
One thing is for sure though, each of these characters have their own personalities and we do learn more about the relationship between them. During a recent interview with James Cordon, Ruffalo offered a little tease of what might happen with these characters. He says that they are headed for a showdown:
"I'm not allowed to say anything. They're having a real problem. Let me just say this to you; the only person or thing in the universe that Hulk is afraid of is Banner. And the only one who Banner probably dislikes more than anything else is Hulk. And they're headed for a showdown."
Ruffalo previously talked about where the story for Hulk is going and one of the main things it revolves around is the fact that Hulk is starting to speak:
"Hulk speaking is the start to separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that's going to end up going. So it was really interesting to me. He's like a baby! He's like a five year old or six year old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same world view, and so it was fun."
I'm curious to see how Avengers 4 will continue this arc and where The Hulk and Bruce Banner will ultimately end up. You'll get more of a hint of where things are headed after you watch Avengers: Infinity War, which is now in theaters!
What are you hoping to see happen in Hulk's story arc?
A fun little video clip has surfaced featuring Deadpool and Hugh Jackman hanging out in bed together. In the clip, Jackman is wishing someone a happy birthday and as he does this Deadpool is singing the classic song "Tomorrow" from the Broadway musical Annie. As you'd imagine, it's kind of annoying Jackman.
This was shot during a little promotional video that they shot for CinemaCon that screened during the Fox presentation. It was actually pretty damn hilarious as they used it as a way to crack jokes on the whole Disney buying Fox thing. You can actually see the Mickey Mouse ears in the background of this video. And what you don't see here is that there's a guy dressed up as Pluto the Dog who gets up from the other side of the bed after what looked to be one hell of a wild night.
Anyway, enjoy the video, which also features a few other promo spots they may or my not have seen.
A theater in Australia had to give some free tickets out after a screening of Peter Rabbit was preceded by a trailer for A24's latest horror film Hereditary. For those not familiar with the latter film, this is the upcoming possession horror where a woman's deceased mother begins to possess her grandchildren and haunt their family. If you watch the trailer, you'll notice things kind of start off like a preview for another children's film, but then derail very quickly:
Theater goers reported parents were seen sprinting out of the theater with their children in tow and screaming at the projectionist to turn the trailer off. All patrons received a complimentary ticket for the potentially scarring event, which should smooth things over.
Honestly I'm jealous I wasn't there to witness something like that. The craziest thing I ever had happen was I went to a 3D film that wasn't switched to 3D until 15 minutes into the film. We didn't get a refund. Anyone else have an experience similar to this happen to them?
Deadline offered us some bummer news yesterday. HBO has canceled their series Here and Now after just it's first season. The show was a family drama, sprinkled with dark humor, about a couple, their three adopted adult children, and their biological teen-aged daughter. It dealt with mental illness, racial tension, diversity, religion, familial relations, and so much more.
It was a show that my husband, Billy, and I were super into! We got other people to watch it too, and every episode was a major topic of conversation. The viewer numbers just weren't high enough to sustain it. But I kind of blame marketing, as we had never heard anything about the show until I just happened to be browsing through HBO, setting up Barry to record, I believe (another great show on right now, that they better not cancel!), and I stumbled upon Here and Now and we gave it a shot.
The cast was solid, including Tim Robbins,Holly Hunter, and honestly a completely compelling set of lesser-known actors. The story was great. It's just such a bummer it had to end. And on a cliffhanger! Maybe if we write to HBO, we could make a difference? Or hope it gets picked up by another network? What do you guys think? Who else is bummed, and ready to make a fuss?
I’ve really been enjoying Darth Blender’s work with these comic book movies. He’ll go through and recreate the trailer using footage from old animated shows. Today’s patient is Venom with all of the clips coming from one of the great cartoon of the 1990's Spider-Man. Watching this redone trailer gave me a huge case of nostalgia for the cartoon I grew up on. I will admit that this is not my favorite of Darth Blender’s work, but it is still enjoyable. Do you enjoy these little trips down memory lane combined with new movie trailers?
Luke is loving the limelight and showing off his skills for Harlem in a new clip for Luke Cage Season 2. The clip is mostly filler with no important story to give away the show's plot, but it does show that Luke has gotten a bit of swagger since we last saw him. Seriously, he's flexing for Harlem after chucking that tire! Check out the clip below and get ready for the new season June 22:
Some new footage from Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's Superman Lives has hit the web, and its all thanks to our pals at Dread Central. The following is a 60-second clip of test footage for the Superman suit meant for the film, which is about as far from the traditional Superman suit as one can get. It looks even crazier than when it was described, and I'll be honest, I'm kind of digging it. Had this been a film for an original Tim Burton hero and not Superman, I would've totally been down for this costume! Check out the footage below and let us know if you agree: