This morning, a brand new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet arrived, showcasing even more footage from the parade of Disney intellectual property that the not-so-bad video game bad guy will encounter when he heads into the internet. That footage included the debut of some characters who we hadn’t yet seen, and thankfully, we know exactly who those characters are, and who will be voicing them. So let’s find out who else is in the Ralph Breaks the Internet cast. Read More »
Disney and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB previously teamed up with The VOID to launch the hyper-reality experience known as Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. The VR project puts fans in the middle of the Star Wars universe at select locations around the United States. Now, one of Disney’s animated franchises will be following in those same virtual footsteps.
Ralph Breaks the Internet will take the not-so-bad video game bad guy Wreck-It Ralph into the internet for the first time, and in the same vein, Disney will put Ralph Breaks VR in front of your eyeballs. The new multi-sensory Disney adventure will put fans inside the worlds of the internet and online gaming alongside Ralph and his candy-haired companion, Vanellope Von Schweetz. Find out more about the Wreck-It Ralph VR project below. Read More »
Leslie Iwerks, the Academy Award and Emmy-nominated filmmaker behind The Pixar Story, has been secretly working on a major documentary about the video game industry.
If you looked at Iwerks’ IMDb page over the past 18 months, you’d see an in-development project referred to only as “Untitled Enterprise Documentary.” On the official website of her production company, the documentary is listed as “confidential” and the following vague synopsis is given: “Iwerks & Co. has delved deep into one of the highest profile entertainment entities to document the company’s dynamic push to transform and buck the trends of the established industry.”
But this week, we learned a bit more about this secretive project. It turns out that this movie is about one of the biggest gaming companies in the world: League of Legends creator Riot Games. And with that revelation comes some recent baggage.
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If you’ve ever wanted to swing through the skies like Spider-Man, well, this guy’s Kickstarter project may be the closest you actually get. But for the next best thing, PlayStation 4 users can play Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sony Interactive and Insomniac Games’ spectacular new video game featuring your friendly neighborhood webslinger as its protagonist. The game is available right now, and Sony has debuted a cool new launch trailer that showcases many of the story’s villains. Check it out below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Super Mario Bros. is much better than we give it credit for.)
Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo are gearing up to bring Mario, Luigi and the gang back to the big screen with an animated Super Mario Bros. film. Fans of the video game are hoping it’s going to be good, especially since many are trying to erase the original live-action film from their memory. It’s popular in film circles to say 1993’s Super Mario Bros. is atrocious. But I disagree. In fact, I think we’re all undervaluing it.
The film, starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, two brothers who get trapped in an alternate New York City run by humanoid dinosaurs, is a film that is considered so awesomely bad, that it becomes good. But I think it’s actually good. While there are tonal shifts that don’t make sense and a confused sense of direction, Super Mario Bros. is not the worst film to watch on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Its leads are convincing, its design is thought-provoking, and contrary to popular belief, it actually follows the Nintendo video games much closer than people actually remember. What also makes this a good movie is that it’s a movie fit for film lovers who like learning about how to tell better stories. One of the boons from Super Mario Bros. is, in fact, learning about its mistakes.
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Paramount has shuffled several release dates around, so buckle up. The Top Gun 2 release date has been bumped a full year, Terminator 6 has moved up a week, and the untitled Quiet Place Sequel now has an official release date. Oh, and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has moved up a week as well. See the new release dates below!
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Last year, we found out an animated series was coming from the digital studio The Nuttery Entertainment that would adapt the Bandai Namco classic arcade game Galaga. Now the project has added two promising pieces to the production.
Galaga Chronicles will be an anime-inspired series that is supposedly going to include interactive elements that allows viewers to follow along with the series alongside physical exhibitions, merchandise, and live media. And now Star Trek producer Roberto Orci and animation studio ShadowMachine are boarding the project. Read More »
Paramount is looking to turn the visually stunning mobile game Monument Valley into a movie, and they’ve hired director Patrick Osborne to get the job done. Osborne helmed Feast, an animated Disney short that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Monument Valley is a surreal game loaded with optical illusions, so it will no doubt make for an aesthetically pleasing film. The question is: how do you graft a plot onto it? More on the Monument Valley movie below. Read More »
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Sonic the Hedgehog is currently shooting in Vancouver, Canada. This week, we learned Paramount Pictures squared away Ben Schwartz to voice the titular speedy, blue critter made famous by Sega video games. The live-action side of the cast already has Jim Carrey lined up as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden as a small town cop, and Tika Sumpter in an unknown role. But two more names have both been added to the roster and each has a history with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Adam Pally (Iron Man 3) and Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) have been added to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie cast, but we only know who one of them is playing. Find out more below. Read More »
Gal Gadot is crushing it as Wonder Woman right now on the set of the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984. But this fall, we’ll get to see her in the digital world as a new character in Disney’s sequel to the animated hit Wreck-It Ralph.
Ralph Breaks the Internet has brought in Gal Gadot to voice Shank, described as “a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called Slaughter Race.” That sounds an awful lot like her character from the Fast and the Furious franchise. Get a first look at her character below. Read More »