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HTG AdEarlier this week Hollywood the Game turned 9 years old! A big congratulations goes out to the team behind the game and its community of players old and new! It is rare for a Hollywood simulation game to have such longevity, but this one doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon!

Hollywood the Game (or HTG for short) is one part writing community and one part City simulation, which turns Hollywood and moviemaking into a game. You write a movie script, pitch it to player run studios, cast it with your favorite actors, design creative including posters and trailers, advertise the movie, release it, and finally watch the box office roll in. What will you do with all of that virtual cash? How about buying a house in HTG Malibu, a fancy car from one of your favorite movies, or how about games and DVDs based on virtual movies released in the game? The more items and awards you gather help your future releases in different ways. And with totally open game play, you can find yourself taking on a number of jobs, from producer or studio head, to a creative company, a casting agent, editor, video maker, or even a real estate agent selling virtual homes and offices. Become a big wig in a completely player run virtual Hollywood (the screen shot above is part of one of the many City maps).
Posted on August 16th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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After almost 10 years, Kid-N-Play are back to parrrrrrty! Okay, they may not be back to to “party”, but they are back in House Party: Tonight’s the Night. The rap duo took off the last sequel, House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute, but are back to mentor a new group of high school rapers. The new movie mixes the house party concept with street/club dancing to take the series in a bit of a new direction. The DVD came out yesterday, July 23rd, and you can win a copy here!

Official Movie Description: A pair of high school rappers have two major goals – make music and get hot girls. The best way to get both is to throw the biggest and best house party ever! The night of the party, one of the boys is grounded by his parents, so it’s up to his best friend to break him out of his house confinement and get the party started.

Ah, good old fashion teenage rapper hyjinks. To enter the contest, all that you have to do is leave a comment with the most inventive way to break out of your house if you were grounded on an important day. That is right, you have to put yourself into the shoes of an immature and emotional high schooler. While you get creative and plan out your “escape route,” mix some beats on the “House Party 5 Sound Board App” and check out images and the trailer for the all new House Party: Tonight’s the Night…

Disclaimer (and other Details)
This contest is only open to US and Canada residents with a valid address. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a valid email address, so we are able to contact you if you win. Once contacted, you have 48 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. Prizes have been provided by Warner Brothers. A winner will be chosen on July 31st, 2013.

Posted on July 24th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (14)
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12Monkeys-Movie

In recent years a lot of older properties have been dusted off and re-purposed on television and in comic books (not even counting the endless supply of remakes), but 12 Monkeys was not a movie I expected to get new life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the SyFy Channel is turning the brain-melting Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt sci-fi flick into a series.

The 1995 film was directed by Terry Gilliam from a screenplay from David Webb Peoples, who adapted Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into Blade Runner, and Janet Peoples. The movie show us a grim view of the future were only 1% of the population has survived a mysterious and very lethal virus, which has forced the survivors to live underground. In an attempt to learn more about the virus’ origins, James Cole (Willis), a convict, volunteers to be sent back in time. What follows is a twisty/turny nonlinear mind f$*% that wraps up nicely. I can see how they’d be able to stretch the idea into a series, but I’m not sure it would have the same appeal or affect as the movie. Lost and Twin Peaks with a touch of the Terminator could make a pretty darn cool series.

The new version of 12 Monkeys will start as a TV movie with the potential to become a “straight-to-series” order of 8 to 10 episodes. It is being penned by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. Both Matalas and Fickett wrote for the time travel/dinosaur family drama Terra Nova. Atlas Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions are behind the project with Jon Cassar (24, Daybreak, Revolution, Terra Nova, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) attached to direct the 90 minute TV movie/series pilot. No word on when it would make it to our screens.

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The San Diego Comic Con has begun and with it we are being flooded with awesome geek news- from both the actual con and the lead up to it. Lets start with one of the biggest comic book movies that is currently in production…

Bishop - X-Men Days of Future PastBishop (Omar Sy- pictured to the left in costume) has been confirmed to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past! The time traveling mutant has been rumored to be part of the cast, but we did not get confirmation until this past week. With Day of Future Past‘s story involving time travel, he was a good candidate for a role, especially when you consider the other notable time traveling mutant and fan favorite Cable, has had his parents killed off before he could be born (Scott Summers is his father and a clone of Jean Grey is his mother- but the real Jean Grey raised him in the future in someone else’s body… yeah, we don’t have to get into the specifics. Maybe it is a good thing that Bryan Singer choose Bishop instead of Cable). I just hope Bishop’s role is not a cameo.

Maria Hill

Lets stay on topic with some more Marvel Comics adaptation news. (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!) Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD just keeps sounding better and better. First they got Joss Whedon on board to write and direct it. They put together an awesome writing/producing team of  Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible). Brought Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson back to life after his tragic Avengers death. Put together a damn good cast with Ming-Na Wen, J. August Richards, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, and Elizabeth Henstridge. And now from the floor of the San Diego Comic Con and the show’s first public screening we have confirmation of the return of Agent Maria Hill (played by the wonderful Cobie Smulders). I am so excited for this show (premieres on September 24th). I just can not wait for the further adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

The Walking Dead - Carl

The Walking Dead premiered a first look trailer for season 4 and my jaw is still on the floor. The footage might be spoiler-y or it could just be misleading. We’ll have to wait for the show to return on October 13th to really find out. You can watch it here. The trailer gives us a first look at Lawrence Gilliard Jr as a very (and I mean very) different Bob Stookey than the one we met in the comics, along with Tyreese in a scene that looks like it is ripped from the comics but in a different location, Michonne on a horse, Rick and Tyreese ready to trade blows, and a bunch of new faces (both alive and getting eaten). We can’t be sure if this was footage from the first episode back or the first few episodes, but it looks like when The Walking Dead returns, it will waste no time in jumping back into the action and racing forward. For better or worse, there was no sign of the Governor in the trailer… We’ll have to wait and see what he might be planning.

Keep checking back as we try to round of the most exciting news coming out of San Diego and we’ll be giving away another DVD this week. What movie? You’ll have to keep checking back to see!

Deadpool Kills Deadpool Issue 1

Recently we took a look at an epic battle and tried to figure out who would win in a fight between the Marvel Comic anti-hero Deadpool and the DC Comics villain Deathstroke. People are very split on the results. Now, Marvel is presenting an even harder question; who would win in a fight of Deadpool vs Deadpool… Wait, what?

Deadpool Kills Deadpool is an all new four part limited series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Salva Espin. It is the final limited series in a trilogy of four parters dubbed “The Deadpool Killogy” that began in “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” where he went on a rampage and took out Marvel’s big guns, and continued in “Deadpool Killustrated” where the Merc with a Mouth took out such literary classic characters as Moby Dick, Tom Sawyer, Scrooge, the Three Musketeers, and Sherlock Holmes. Now, Deadpool is jumping across universes to kill all of the versions of himself that are out there. So get ready for Deadpool vs Deadpool vs Deadpool vs Deadpool. Maybe after he clears out these versions of himself he’ll head to the DC Comics universe and take on Deathstroke?

Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 (of 4)
Official Description: The final act of the Deadpool Killogy begins! Deadpool sets his sites on the ultimate target…himself! Contains over 700% of your daily recommended Deadpool!

The issue hits stands on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 from Marvel Comics.

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Posted on June 29th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Terminator

What a couple of weeks for the Terminator series! Two weeks ago Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he would be starring in a new Terminator movie, and then the rumors started flying! Included in the mix of rumors are such things as Arnold portraying a human character — and an ally of the Connor’s family, the movie would take place in the way past before even Sarah Connor is born, and the biggest rumor of all is that we’d be seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (aka the franchise savior) as a new Terminator that would be facing off head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new sci-fi action movie. We did not get confirmation of any of the wild rumors today, but we definitely got a bit more information of the new Terminator film… ah, make that films!

Paramount Pictures has announced that they are teaming up with Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures on a rebooted and stand-alone Terminator trilogy, the first of which will be released on June 26, 2015. Joining the team of the new film are producers Megan Ellison (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly), and David Ellison (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, World War Z), and screenwriters Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (D.rive Angry). There is no word yet on Arnold or The Rock’s involvement, but with how fast Paramount is moving forward with the project I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a director announcement followed by some casting news. Could we get some information as early as the San Diego Comic Con?

Check out these Arnold products…

Marvel Comics The Superior Foes of Spider-Man issue 1

If the “Superior Spider-Man” is a villain in a hero’s body, shouldn’t the “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” be heroes in villain’s bodies? In the very least, shouldn’t they be A-List villains and not baddies like Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the Beetle, and Overdrive? (wait, who the heck are Speed Demon, the Beetle, and Overdrive?)

These “sinister” jokers would get their @$$es handed to them by an actual Sinister Six. The original team in 1964 included Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Sandman and various versions included such characters as Venom, Lizard, Chameleon, and Hobgoblin. Any of these guys, minus the very busy Doctor Octopus aka Superior Spider-Man, would make a better choice to lead a new Sinister Six and headline a book of villains than Boomerang. Writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber have a tall mountain to climb, so it should be interesting to see where this new ongoing title goes.

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
Official Description: BRAND NEW ON-GOING! Boomerang and some of Spidey’s deadliest baddies prove that with terrible powers come terrible responsibilities! Rising Star Nick Spencer teams with Eisner Award winning sensation Steve Lieber for a walk on the Spider-Verse’s evil side!

Take a look at this new “superior” ongoing series when it comes out on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 from Marvel Comics. When will we see the Superior Spider-Man vs the new Sinister Six in the book? Pick up the first issue and maybe you’ll see!

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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