kurt russell snake plissken

Of all iconic characters Kurt Russell has played, one stands above the rest, on a mountain of bodies, smoking a cigarette and rocking an eyepatch. I refer, of course, to Snake Plissken, the central figure of John Carpenter films Escape from New York and Escape from LA. Russell’s portrayal of the criminal turned hero popped off the screen in a way that still resonates with fans today. However, Plissken was created in another time and the character strictly lives on the big screen.

That wasn’t always the plan though. It’s not a surprise producer Debra Hill, along with Russell and Carpenter, were ahead of the curve just a few short years ago when they attempted to turn Plissken into a multimedia entity, something that’s almost expected today. In the early 2000s, plans were in place for both a video game as well as an anime series, neither of which ever saw the light of day.

Below, not only can you see some gameplay from the cancelled game Snake Plissken’s First Escape, you’ll see concept art from an anime style TV show called Snake. Read More »

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Boba Fett 1313 2

The long wait for official Star Wars Episode VII information continues, but the Star Wars news never stops. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, the CEO of IMAX makes it sound like Episode VII could have IMAX scenes as well as the following:

  • More images, footage and story are revealed from cancelled Boba Fett game Star Wars 1313.
  • Check out an animated open letter to J.J. Abrams.
  • Learn ten new things about Return of the Jedi from J.W. Rinzler’s book.
  • See the long lost short film Black Angel next month in northern California.
  • A trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Pinball is online.
  • The trench run was recreated by the Oculus Rift.
  • Scientists might have figured out how to create a lightsaber.

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Breaking Bad - Ozymandias

The final season of Breaking Bad has become increasingly painful to watch, in the best way possible, but it seems we’ll have to bear the unbearable a bit longer than expected. Series co-executive producer Peter Gould has announced that the final two episodes of the meth drama will run long, amounting to about 30 additional minutes in total.

That’s a lot of extra time to spend clenching your fists and holding your breath. Fortunately, the Internet has come up with a perfect way to relieve some of that tension. The fan-made Breaking Bad video game allows you to travel back to the relatively lighthearted early days, when Walt was just a sick family man in his tighty-whities. Hit the jump for more on the extra-long episodes and the game.

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Angry Birds Star Wars II

If Star Wars Angry Birds wasn’t nearly evil enough for you, there’s good news: The sequel will allow you to join the Dark Side. Oh, I’m sorry, I meant the Pork Side. Which seems like kind of a cannibal-y thing for them to call themselves, but what do I know? I’m not an evil egg-stealing pig. Also after the jump:

  • Peek at some art from the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars special
  • Seth Green explains what’s going on with Star Wars Detours
  • Did NASA find a frozen Han Solo on the surface of Mercury?
  • Michael Giacchino reinterprets “The Imperial March”

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Darth Maul

Enough of this Batman crap, let’s get back to what’s really important in 2015: Star Wars! Here’s the latest from a galaxy far far away.

  • Check out three covers and more from The Star Wars comic books.
  • Read about how Samuel L. Jackson tried to ask J.J. Abrams about possibly being in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • EA wants to reinvent Star Wars video games to make “people’s jaws drop.”
  • A minor update on the rumored December 2015 release date.
  • Carrie Fisher now refuses to comment about Episode VII.
  • There’s a Kickstarter to make a documentary about Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew.
  • Star Wars: Force Collection, a card-based mobile game, will be out September 4.
  • Listen to the voice of Darth Maul, Peter Serafinowicz, talk about his hilarious experiences making Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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New ‘Terminator’ Video Games Are on the Way

The Terminator

In addition to a fifth Terminator movie coming in the year 2015, a new officially-licensed video game is on the way. Reef Entertainment has acquired the rights to make console games based on James Cameron‘s 1984 film The Terminator as well as his 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Read More »

Blade Runner 8 Bit

One of the few internet trends that constantly makes me smile is the one where people give 8-bit makeovers to well-known properties. Tron: Legacy and Watchmen are two of the many that come to mind. Now we have Blade Runner. The team at CineFix has taken the Ridley Scott 1982 classic and given it a distinct, Nintendo feel. Check it out below. Read More »

Indie Game The Movie Room

Indie Game: The Movie was one of the ten best films I saw last year. Currently available on Netflix, the documentary directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows the development of three independent video games. You can read my full review here for more details.

This week, the filmmakers are doing something truly awesome and fitting. Since it’s a movie about video games, they’re offering exclusive downloadable content. Paramount among the new offerings are almost two hours of new short films and epilogues following the people in the film. But there’s also new commentaries and Steam exclusives such as achievements, online trading cards and more. The whole thing is now available for instant download.

Check out the trailer for Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition below. Read More »

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