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Director Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft opens in theaters two weeks from today. Unfortunately, the initial reviews for Warcraft are mostly negative. In spite of the early critical reaction, so far the fantasy film is exceeding expectations at the foreign box-office. Warcraft is expected to make over $30M overseas this weekend, making more money than Alice Through the Looking Glass in some territories.

We’ll soon see how the film fares domestically, but in the meantime, Legendary Pictures has released two Warcraft prints made by Kevin Tong, who’s collaborated with the production company in the past.

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Based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, the multiplayer role-playing game, Warcraft represents a chance to turn the tide for video game adaptations. A lot is riding on the film–this is far from a cheap video game movie–but will audiences unfamiliar with Blizzard’s property flock to director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) fantasy film? We’ll soon find out. So far, Warcraft isn’t faring well with critics, but it’s not without its supporters.

Below, check out the Warcraft early buzz.

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Warcraft Featurette

This summer Universal Pictures and Legendary are taking a pretty big gamble on the video game Warcraft by turning it into a feature film. While the massive, multiplayer online role-playing game is extremely popular, it also has a niche audience. That audience also happens to be very dedicated to the Warcraft mythology, and they might not like seeing how certain characters, settings and more are handles in the movie from director Duncan Jones.

In order to help with that, Universal paraded around star Rob Kazinsky, an avid player of the game himself, in a previous featurette to help lend some credibility to the production for gamers who may be skeptical. Now another featurette shows how the filmmakers are bringing the video game world to life with some of the largest motion-capture sets ever created for a movie. Plus, there’s some new footage from the film itself. Watch the Warcraft featurette after the jump. Read More »

Fruit Ninja Movie

This past weekend, The Angry Birds knocked Captain America: Civil War out of the top box office spot like the superheroes had stolen their eggs. The animated movie raked in about $39 million for the #1 spot, but before that success had even been locked down, another mobile game was already revealed to get the big screen treatment.

A Fruit Ninja movie is now in development, based on the hit mobile game of the same name that debuted in 2010 and has since been downloaded over a billions times. But don’t expect another animated movie like Angry Birds received, because this is going to be a live-action family comedy. How wonderful. Read More »

Wreck-It Ralph honest trailer
Screen Junkies has returned with an Honest Trailer for one of the best video game movies of all time, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck It Ralph. This is timely especially with all the talk of a possible sequel being in the works. Hit the jump to watch a four minute trailer lampooning Rich Moore‘s beloved computer animated film.
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Nintendo Animated Movies

Last summer, Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto indicated that the video game company was looking to get back in the feature film business. Nintendo has been unwilling to turn their video games into movies ever since the awful Super Mario Bros. movie arrived in 1993, so this was big news for fans who have been hoping to see The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, StarFox or other video game properties turned into movies.

Nintendo isn’t rushing into anything, but it sounds like the company is getting closer to making something happen on the big screen. However, don’t expect to see your favorite video game characters entering the live-action world, because Nintendo wants to get in the animated movie game. Read More »

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When a Tetris movie was announced a few years ago, the world reacted as you’d expect – with guffaws and the shaking of heads. It sounded like a joke from a goofy comedy set in a wacky version of Hollywood where people are stupid enough to make a Tetris movie. It sounded like the kind of thing that was never going to happen because who the hell would actually fund this thing and who the hell would actually go see it?

However, we made the same mistake so many people have made throughout human history. We didn’t heed the warnings. We didn’t take the threat seriously. And now, the Tetris movie has reared its ugly, blocky, multi-colored head once more…as a trilogy.

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It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.

I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.

So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.

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Warcraft Trailer Recreated

The jury is still out as to whether or not Moon director Duncan Jones will deliver a worthy adaptation of the popular video game Warcraft. While the visual effects look stunning, the movie looks like it could be a little too deep of a fantasy for the niche video game audience familiar with the title. But then again, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, so maybe people are ready for this.

For any of you video game fans who aren’t convinced to see the movie, maybe you’d rather see the Warcraft trailer recreated in the familiar video game world you love. One fan has created an extremely impressive shot-for-shot remake of the full Warcraft movie trailer by using the World of Warcraft video game. Read More »