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Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, it is time to look back and reflect on what has been released in the past 12 months. 2014 was, in many ways, an amazing year to be a video game enthusiast, with high quality games and innovative studios churning out triple-A games and working on fresh ideas to keep the gaming world alive in the coming years. For every upside, however, there is some bad. 2014 was also one of the worst years for gaming; high budget games by big name studios fell into a rut of profit-oriented gaming, the “freemium” craze created a large black mark in the gaming world, and the battle for name brand supremacy became even more intense as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony pitted fans of their hardware against one another.
Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver in ‘This Is Where I Leave You.’
With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate renditions of “The Jungle Book” in production.
By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
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Warner Bros. on Thursday announced the casting of Academy Award-winning director Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel, which will also feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Laurence Fisburne as Perry White. The untitled film is set for a July 17, 2015, release.
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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Despite its generically lame title, The Conjuring is the scariest film that I’ve seen in years. I was expecting just another gory, run-of-the-mill B-movie, but this old-school spook-fest is partPoltergeist, part Exorcist, and all about making your skin crawl. I was shocked not only by the creepiness of this film, but also by how damned good it is.
When the apocalypse comes down and the world is being destroyed by an endless stream of giant monsters that are determined to squash the human race, do you want to be one of those people running up the street screaming for help, or hiding in an underground bunker praying for the reptilian ragnarok to just go away; or do you want to helm a giant weaponized robot and give those malevolent lizards the what for? If you’re the latter, then the new film, Pacific Rim, is going to be your summertime cinematic savior.
At what point can we safely say that a filmmaker has cemented himself as a true mover and shaker in the industry? Probably around the time when multi -billion dollar production companies begin trading ownership of entire franchises like two boys swapping baseball cards, in order to obtain rights to co-produce his work. This is where Christopher Nolan’s career has taken him. Once it became clear that Nolan’s newest cerebral project, Interstellar, would be produced by Paramount rather than Warner Bros., the latter felt it best to place a few of its cards on the table in order to obtain a piece of Nolan the cash cow. Paramount named its price of allowing Warner Bros. to co-produce the upcoming film, and it was exclusive rights to produce a sequel to 2009’s Friday the 13th, as well as a new Southpark film.
Amazon Studios, the multimedia studio section of the online retailer Amazon, has chosen five completely original series to become available through Amazon’s online video service, which should be available at some point later this year.
While there were some technical issues at the start of the show, it didn’t take long for country star Dwight Yoakam to get the crowd excited at the Fox Theater last week in Tucson.
With temperatures hitting 107 degrees last week, it’s no surprise that residents in Southern Arizona are seeking cover, and one of those summertime favorites is going to the movies.
From left, Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter star in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2."
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb and Ellen Page stars as Ariadne in "Inception."
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Alexa Davalos as Andromeda and Mads Mikkelsen as Draco.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Sam Worthington stars as Perseus in "Clash of the Titans."
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, "Edge of Darkness" is Mel Gibson's first film in seven years.
courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Denzel Washington as Eli in "The Book of Eli."
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros., Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., star as Watson and Holmes in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes."