Video games are not required to be fun in a traditional sense. They just aren’t. So, if the entertainment medium is ever going to evolve artistically rather than stagnate and regress with the zombified fad of online competitive multiplayer, money pit loot boxes, time-wasting mobile games, and the first-person shooter obsession that has oversaturated the market more than superhero films could ever do for the movie industry, it’s going to take an awakening from consumers that gaming, even at 61 years old, is still in its infancy having nowhere near tapped into its unprecedented potential as a legitimate art form.

Not to go on a lengthy detour regarding the mixed critical and commercial reception Hideo Kojima’s (instantly recognizable for the iconic Metal Gear Solid franchise and his status as one of gaming’s only true auteurs) latest masterful accomplishment Death Stranding has received, but it’s difficult to accept that many of its naysayers went in to the 50-plus hour experience with the notion presented above: gaming does not and should not be limited to conventional methods of entertainment or whatever is trending, or what’s to be expected from a mainstream AAA blockbuster title.

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New Alexander Payne Movie Canceled

Just one week before production was slated to begin, Nebraska director Alexander Payne‘s new untitled film has been canceled by Netflix. The film would have followed Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish journalist who goes on a road trip with his teenage daughter across America while he works on a story for a newspaper. Unfortunately, it looks like a rights issue is the issue and it appears that it will not be able to recover. Read More »

alexander payne netflix movie

Netflix has snapped up another filmmaker who is an awards season favorite. Alexander Payne, who has won two writing Oscars for The Descendants and Sideways, has struck a deal with Netflix to direct an untitled road trip movie starring Mads Mikkelsen. Payne is just the latest high-profile filmmaker to join the ranks of the streaming giant as it goes for the gold statuette.

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Polar trailer

Here’s a movie for you: Mads Mikkelsen, with a mustache and an eye-patch, goes around shooting people. Oh, and at one point, he uses a gun controlled by laser-pointer fingers. What more do you need? All of that and more happens in the Polar trailer. The film, from Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund (who also has Lords of Chaos coming out this year), looks heavily inspired by John Wick, and I’m not complaining. Watch the trailer below.

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arctic trailer

Mads Mikkelsen freezes his butt off in the Arctic trailer. The Hannibal actor plays a man stranded in the Arctic after surviving a plane crash. Now he has to make a choice: stay at his relatively safe (but very chilly) camp, or brave the elements in a search for help. Ice, snow and polar bears abound. Watch the Arctic trailer below, and remember to bundle up.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we get secluded on an island with Gerard Butler, try to get away with murder, watch as Ferris Beuller becomes a mensch, see what a paycheck looks like, and try to survive Hannibal Lecter. Read More »

hannibal season 4

Like the rest of us Fannibals, Bryan Fuller is eager to bring Hannibal back from its watery grave.

The former Hannibal showrunner has confirmed that “conversations” have begun around reviving Hannibal for a potential fourth season after NBC canceled the series after its third season in 2015. While that’s exciting news for any cannibal serial killer lover, Fuller did caution fans that it could still be some time before the show returns.

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Rogue One - Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mads Mikkelsen talks about Galen Erso’s fate.
  • Learn more about Saw Gerrera’s origins.
  • Screenwriter Gary Whitta reveals the cameo he didn’t like.
  • How J.J. Abrams was responsible for Admiral Ackbar not making the cut.
  • Director Gareth Edwards says there are “loads” of easter eggs yet to be discovered
  • And more!

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Rogue One Reshoots

The morning after watching 28 minutes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I joined the rest of the gathered press as we reconvened at Lucasfilm for a full day of interviews (which you can read right over here). But before that, we assembled for the group press conference, moderated by StarWars.com’s Andi Gutierrez. In attendance were Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, visual effects supervisor (and story creator) John Knoll, and actors Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Riz Ahmed.

The result was a sprawling morning that covered everything from the genesis of the film’s unique look, to George Lucas’ reaction to the final cut, to Kathleen Kennedy addressing her previous comments about women directing Star Wars movies…to Alan Tudyk’s very, very tight motion capture jumpsuit. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Rogue One Clip

The clips are starting to pour in for Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After plenty of welcomed secrecy, just two short weeks before the movie finally comes out, we’re seeing more and more footage. Yesterday brought us a clip in which Stormtroopers have yet to master the art of simply aiming, while today brings us a new clip showing Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) trying to get on the same page and another with a character you’ll remember from the prequels.

Below, watch the Rogue One clips.

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