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Hypothetical Casting: The Walking Dead (Telltale Series)

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Who knows if AMC would ever want to capitalize on the success of the hit television series and expand into adapting the amazing 2013 game-of-the-year winner. Telltale developed an emotionally stirring epic with their spin-off of the successful franchise. The game almost required you to watch the story more often than hit buttons on your controller.

Who knows if an adaptation would ever be successful. but we went ahead and picked some key actors to fill in as possible candidates for each of the roles. Keep in mind we couldn’t do all the characters so we stuck with primarily the main roles within Season One.

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Hypothetical Casting: “The Last of Us”

hugh-jackman-joelHypothetical Casting: “The Last of Us”

On March 6 Deadline gave us the exclusive that the PS3 hit video game “The Last of Us” will have a live-action movie adaptation.

Seeing as how video game adaptations have suffered in the past or have just been announced and not released (BioShock, Halo) many of us are left wondering if this film will be any good or even ever exist.

Neil Druckmann, creative director behind the game, will be writing the script. This is huge and something that should’ve been considered for all prior video game adaptations. They’ll be teaming with Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures.

The other big question is who fits into these roles? We have compiled a list for the perfect cast. Keep in mind looks aren’t everything, we’re looking for actors that can really fit into the part both physically and emotionally. So here is our list:

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

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Film Review: Lincoln

Film Review: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been talked about for some years now. When early photos of Daniel Day-Lewis appeared with him portraying the sixteenth president the inevitable buzz began. Last year we were graced with Spielberg’s action-adventure epic War Horse which received about 75% positive reviews. I liked War Horse, I liked that “Spielbergian” feeling that so many critics condemned. And while I can develop a whole defense case for War Horse, I would much rather talk about Lincoln which is really a pretty spectacular film.

My senior year of high school we had to write an Essay, which was a pretty important essay. In this case, we had to write it about a public figure of some sort. My deep interests in film lead my essay to be about Steven Spielberg, how he got into the industry and developed through the times. Some have called me a Spielberg apologist, but out of the many films he has done I haven’t really seen one that I hated. I didn’t like Hook, but I didn’t hate it. (more…)

Film Review: The Sessions

 
Film Review: The Sessions
by Matthew Durham

If John Hawkes somehow didn’t prove he was a great actor with Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, then any disbelief can be certainly swayed with The Sessions. The Sessions is the story of  Mark O’ Brien a 38-year-old poet who has lost all of his motor functions to polio and is cursed to live his life strapped to a gurney.

When Mark isn’t strapped to a gurney he is tied to an iron lung at his home where he works on his poetry and reads. Mark requires an assistant and he spends the beginning of the film firing one assistant and falling in love with the next, however once she denies his love he resorts to looking up a sex surrogate who is played wonderfully by Helen Hunt.  (more…)

Film Preview: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” receives praise from NYFF

Film Preview: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

About a month has past since Lincoln had its trailer premiere through Google Hangout succeeded by a Q&A with director Steven Spielberg and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (playing Robert Todd Lincoln.) The trailer was received with mixed reaction from fans and critics alike.

What provoked this mixed reaction was the after-thought of his previous film War Horse which earned six Oscar nominations, but no wins. Reading reviews and processing the reactions of the trailer it can be deducted that War Horse can now be considered ‘under-rated.’

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