Believe it or not, we cover a lot of Kickstarters here at FleshEatingZipper. It wasn’t really our intention, but we love the new and resourceful. We like movies to be made without commercial influence, we like our games to not be pinned down by publishers, we like weird stuff. We’re rebels. A few days ago, I put up an interview about Wish I Was Here and its Kickstarter campaign with Zach Braff done in service of Kickstarted, a new documentary about crowdfunding that already features interviews with Brian Fargo, Chris Roberts and others. In turn, I was able to have a few words with executive producer Jason Cooper about his Kickstarter campaign for Kickstarted and what he hopes it’ll pull off.
Tuesday’s Strip Search ping pong tournament lead us to… another ping pong tournament! We saw this coming, but now the artists are pairing up with the Penny Arcade staff for a doubles tournament. If I were me, that wouldn’t read as terribly exciting, but if you’re reading this, you’re already invested. Just buckle up, chump.
It’s been nearly twelve years since the century turned over (yes, I’m one of those people) and I was extremely curious why 20th Century Fox wasn’t terribly interested in updating their brand. They still aren’t changing it, but in the split of its parent company (News Corporation), the new entertainment-themed corporate entity containing 20th Century Fox will be branded 21st Century Fox. Are you following me?
Even if you don’t know who Zach Braff is – just watch some Scrubs reruns and you get it – you have to admire his tenacity. The internet-savvy celeb launched a Kickstarter last month for his original new film called Wish I Was Here, which has already raised $2.5 million toward a $2 million goal with two weeks to go. In an interview for the new Kickstarted documentary, Braff explains the process plus its highlights and pitfalls.
We’re getting word across the internet that Jurassic Park IV has been put on hold due to script troubles. A pair of artists have come out on Twitter to say that script development issues, similar to what happened to Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, are what’s now setting the film back. The movie is being scribed by husband-and-wife team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who were more recently responsible for the new Planet of the Apes films. The movie isn’t cancelled per se, but what info do we have? Not much!
Guys, I don’t know anything about Ender’s Game. Okay, I do a little: it’s Halo. Rather, Halo riffed off it. Fine, I’ll look it up. Let’s see here. Holy crap, this book is almost as old as I am. Have they seriously been sitting on this super-important science-fiction property for that long? I mean, this is the reason people know who Orson Scott Card is, aside from the whole gay marriage thing, right? Well, whatever the case may be, that movie is finally here and they’ve got a trailer for it, so that’s all that matters.
Thus begins a new day, the seventh, when all things are meant to rest. Or something. I hated PE class because most anything we had to do made me look like a doofus, so those feelings flew right back up into the forefront of my mind as the six scared contestants are prompted to play Ping Pong.
I didn’t know you could cancel COPS. I thought it was an inexorable institution, a bobbing marker to verify that TV still existed. FOX created the show, arguably the first in the reality TV genre, twenty-five years ago and they’ve produced over nine-hundred episodes of it. Well, FOX is done with that.
With The Avengers, supergeek Joss Whedon crafted an almost impossibly epic superhero movie. After years of buildup, we were finally given a movie that featured all of these larger-than-life characters joining together as a team to defend the entire planet. It worked because it fulfilled Marvel’s promise to its audience; it was a massive, unique event. However, many must have asked, “How can sequels starring only individual superheroes from the team possibly hope to top this movie?” By its very nature, an Avengers movie must contain more spectacle than an entry following one of the individual heroes. Any movie attempting to top The Avengers on its own terms is destined to fail.
And then there were six. After two months and nearly twenty episodes, our artistic castaways are now half. This week, it’s Erika v. Abby in the Thunderdome! Is it perhaps the best Elimination episode, yet?