The Walking Dead is a television show based on a long-running comic book about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. When our protagonists aren’t being…
Movies based on videogames tend to be action-y gorefests or even action-y actionfests—which is fine if you play games for adrenaline. But many games that I adore, like the Uncharted, LEGO, and Sam & Max series’, as well as my all-time favorite games, Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, have also made me laugh. Sadly, very few videogame-based movies have managed to capture the humor that I love. The upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie, however, looks like it could be the videogame-based movie that I’ve always wanted: the action-y laughfest.
Tonight Sony will be holding an event here in New York City called “PlayStation 2013,” known to the rest of the world as “the reveal of the PlayStation 4.” I expect we’ll be learning everything there is to know about the new-gen console, and I expect it will be awesome.
Peter Dinklage, best known to us fantasy fans as Tyrion Lannister (or as specific fans of Tyrion call him, “Tyrion Effin’ Lannister”), is branching out of Westeros into the dystopian Marvel future. The actor has joined the cast of the upcoming movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Kickstarter has been helping self-starters get self-started since 2009 by giving them a place to earn their seed money. One of the ways these future moguls entice people to back their work is to offer rewards: If you donate a certain amount of money, you will receive something in return; the larger your check, the larger your reward. And after four years, some Kickstarter rewards are just as clever—if not more so—than the project that the creators are trying to fund.
Ever since 2001, many of us have come to recognize New Zealand as “the place where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was filmed.” Now even more people know it as “the place where I took my vacation.”
October 30, 2012, 3:31 pm: In the relatively elevated neighborhood of the Upper West Side, downed trees line most of the streets. Near the Time Warner Center, a bus signpost, which had snapped at its base during the worst of Hurricane Sandy, lays on the pavement. There is debris, but compared to other neighborhoods, not devastation. And unusually, business is as brisk as a holiday shopping weekend. Grocery stores such as Zabars, Fairway, and the West Side Market are currently abuzz with activity, and there are long waits at local restaurants.
I learned how to type on a typewriter, a quaint machine that fits perfectly in the world of Mad Men, but not so much in the here and now. Typewriters were slow going, and every error had to be painstakingly corrected with Wite-Out instead of the simple backspace button. But the clickety-clack sound of each keystrike made me feel productive, even if I was just typing out “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Now those Mad Men days are back…at least the sound of it.
Stan Lee is the co-creator of the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and many of the comic book heroes from Marvel’s stable. But Lee will not be making the Forbes 400 list this year. Even though the film The Avengers has earned $1 billion (and counting) since it opened on May 4, 2012, Lee will not be seeing any profits from the film based on his characters.
There’s nothing sadder than a poor artist on a streetcorner with a cup in his hand and a sign around his neck that reads, “Will pencil for food.” But that’s the fate of artists who are out of work—comic book artists among them. Had the late Roy Lichtenstein been alive today, he would never have that problem: After a recent Sotheby’s auction, Lichtenstein’s estate is richer to the tune of $44.8 million, thanks to the sale of his 1964 painting, “Sleeping Girl.”