Great Job, Internet!: Understanding the dreamy genius of The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was originally released for the old, huge Game Boy back in 1993, but over the years it has quietly attained a reputation as one of the best games in a remarkably hallowed series. (Kotaku recently named it the second best in the series’ history.) Freed from the home console, the game’s designers created something looser, weirder, and denser than its predecessors, qualities that typically lead to a cult classic. Interestingly, they took inspiration from another early ’90s oddball hit, Twin Peaks.

A detailed piece on The Musical Narrative unpacks one of the keys to the game’s artistic success: its music. Created under the incredible constraints of the Game Boy’s sound chip, which only allowed four channels at once, the soundtrack riffs on a single, space-y theme that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern ambient or space-rock album …

Dance Documentary ‘Step’ Gets July Release Against ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Fox Searchlight Pictures has set a July 7 release for Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step” — making it the first title to go up against Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Fox Searchlight bought rights to the movie last month following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre,… Read more »

Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal Alien Thriller ‘Life’ to Close SXSW Film Festival

“Life,” an alien thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, will close out this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

The Columbia-Skydance film from director Daniel Espinosa will have its world premiere on the Austin, Texas festival campus on Sat. March 18.

“Our audiences will love this taut space thriller’s twists and turns as well as its amazing cast,”  festival director Janet Peirson said in a statement.

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“Life” follows a team of scientists on the International Space Station whose mission of discovery uncovers a rapidly evolving alien life form — one that caused extinction on Mars — and now threatens the crew and everyone back on earth.

“The people that flock to Austin each year are some of the most engaged and passionate fans of film out there and are the perfect audience to introduce our visceral sci-fi thriller. I hope that, with Life, we find new ways to entertain them, terrify them, and thrill them,” Espinosa said.

Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnay costar. “Deadpool” screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the script, produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.

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Columbia parent Sony Pictures has had luck in Texas before, last year alone debuting Fede Alvaerz’s “Don’t Breathe” and Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party” at SXSW. “Life” opens wide on March 24, 2017.

Check out the full film headliner and narrative spotlight here — and SXSW’s annual midnight section here.

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Enrique Murciano Joins Cast Of ‘The Blacklist’ On NBC In Major Role

EXCLUSIVE: Enrique Murciano has been tapped as a major new cast addition on NBC’s drama series The Blacklist, from Sony TV and Davis Entertainment. The Without A Trace alum has joined the thriller drama for the last four episodes of the current fourth season with an option to be a series regular next season, pending renewal.
Marciano will play Julian Gale, an FBI investigator and former colleague of Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), whose obsessive tendencies make him both a…

Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’

Chazz Palminteri has booked a series regular role opposite Chris Distefano and Annie Potts in Distefano, CBS‘ comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV.
Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, the project centers on Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian. Palminteri will play Tony, Chris’ (Distefano) dad, a…

‘Days of Our Lives’ Renewed for Season 52 at NBC

After much speculation, NBC has renewed the daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” for a 52nd season, the network announced on Tuesday.

The news follows reports that the network was contemplating ending the long-running show to make room for a new daytime show starring former Fox News host and new NBC hire Megyn Kelly.

Back in January, veteran writer Ron Carlivati signed on as head writer of “Days,” replacing Dena Hugley and Ryan Quan.

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“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of ‘Days of our Lives,’” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “We thank Ken Corday and his team for their incredible accomplishments and look forward to all the stories from Salem that will continue to unfold.”

“It’s a great day in Salem!” added executive producer Ken Corday. “We are grateful to our incredible network and longstanding partner Sony for their continued support, and we look forward to what the future will bring under the new creative direction of the show.”

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Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “‘Days of our Lives’ has a legacy of rich storytelling that has traveled across generations. Ken Corday and the cast and crew continue to deliver dynamic storylines and unforgettable performances, and we are proud to continue to bring this award-winning series to audiences both in the U.S. and around the world.”

“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Greg Meng and Albert Alarr serve as co-executive producers.

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‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 52 By NBC

NBC has successfully concluded negotiations with Sony TV for another season of Days Of Our Lives, the daytime drama’s record 52nd. There is no indication — at least for now — that it would be a final one.
“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of Days of our Lives,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We thank Ken Corday and his team for their incredible accomplishments and look forward to all the stories from Salem that will…