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.
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.”
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.”
New York City is known for its culture, its cuisine, and its natives’ ability to curse in multiple languages. It’s less known that The Big Apple also has a burgeoning tech industry. But we New Yawkers have something that Silicon Valley or Redmond does not: We have Internet Week, a festival for the digerati and the people who love them.
Spider-Man Season One. Witchblade. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Avengers Age of Ultron. These are some of the titles available on May 5 for the low, low cost of absolutely nothing at all. Although the word “free” is in the title of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the event is embraced by comic book publishers and store owners alike for boosting their bottom line.
Fans of the FPS videogame series S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which first came out in 2007, will be gulping down more than their Anti-rads: they also have a bitter pill to swallow. The sequel to the popular GSC Game World video games, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl; S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky (prequel); and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (sequel) has officially been cancelled.