Apple might follow its mysterious streaming service with a mysterious game service

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Video game fans dream of someday being allowed to pay a subscription fee to get access to a huge supply of games (a.k.a. “the Netflix model”) but so far nobody has actually pulled it off—except for Microsoft with its Game Pass service on the Xbox One, …

China Ends Freeze on Game Approvals for Tencent and NetEase, but No Big Titles Yet

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Chinese regulators approved two games from Tencent and one from NetEase on Thursday, ending a nearly yearlong freeze on the two gaming giants. But the blockbuster titles “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” or “Fortnite” still failed to make the grade in th…

Pack up the camp, the Pinkertons are coming for Red Dead Redemption 2 

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In a weirdly literal instance of life imitating art, the actual Pinkerton Detective Agency has tracked down video game publisher Take-Two Interactive and filed a cease-and-desist letter over Pinkerton’s appearance in Red Dead Redemption 2—a game in whi…

New Breaking Bad game will hopefully make cooking meth as fun as it was on the show

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If you strip away the murder, toxic masculinity, and general bleak misery, the world of Breaking Bad sure seems like a fun place to live. You can visit the Los Pollos Hermanos! You can get represented in court by Saul Goodman! You can get rich cooking …

Writers Guild nominations include Green Book, Black Panther, and God Of War 

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The WGA has announced the nominees for its 2019 Writers Guild Awards (via Deadline), and oh boy, there’s some good stuff in here to argue about. Writers are typically overwhelmingly brilliant people who rarely—if ever—get something wrong, but recent su…

Charles Martinet now holds a Guinness record for voicing Super Mario 100 times 

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There are some gigs in the entertainment industry that seem fairly easy, and then there’s Charles Martinet’s job voicing Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi in various Nintendo games. A couple times a year, when Nintendo has a new Super Mario Bros. or Mar…

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is resurrecting the Sega vs. Nintendo fight with Console Wars miniseries  

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Actual wars are pretty bad, but nothing compares to the so-called “console war” between Sega and Nintendo in the ‘90s. Everybody remembers where they were when the first heard the vicious cannon fire of “Sega does what Nintendon’t” or when Donkey Kong …

Studio behind the Super Mario movie makes absurd claim that the games have a “thin” plot

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At the very beginning of this year, Nintendo confirmed that it was working with Illumination Entertainment—the animation studio responsible for Despicable Me and the Minions—to develop an animated Super Mario movie, with Illumination founder Chris Mele…

Yukihiko Tsutsumi Pitches ‘12 Suicidal Teens’ as Thoughtful Entertainment

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Accomplished Japanese director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi is in the final stages of editing “12 Suicidal Teens,” a work that explores the topic with a focus on young people. It’s scheduled for a January 2019 release in Japan. Rights were pitched this week at t…

Ron Perlman joins Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter adaptation

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Ron Perlman may not be Hellboy anymore, but he’s got a new way to hunt monsters now thanks to director Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter video games. The games are about methodically tracking down big, dinosaur-like beasts and …

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ Finds CMC as Multi-Territory Buyer (EXCLUSIVE)

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CMC Pictures has picked up multi-territory rights to ‘Shadow,” the Zhang Yimou-directed action drama that premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival. The film continues its run this week at the Toronto Film Festival. The China-based CMC Pictures h…