January 2009 Archives

ON NOTICE: Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning, YOU'RE ON NOTICE.

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According to every movie site and entertainment news show, you're in the running for the role of Jane in the next Twilight Movie, "New Moon."

Don't Do It. You're so much better than this! Dakota Fanning, you were in "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn, "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise, "The Secret Life of Bees" with that whole ensemble cast, and now you want to go and join Twilight's miserable production?!

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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Vampires! Did I get your attention? Yeah, I thought so. I don't see the vampire craze dying down any time soon, and I'm sure Sony's banking on that.


Underworld: Rise of the Lycans released today with a Rotten Tomatoes rating that dove quickly: It was at 55% this morning, dropped to 35% this afternoon, and has crawled up to 41% as of this evening.

Before I get into the movie, let me get this out of way: THIS is how vampires should look. Cold-blooded, pale-skinned, eerily attractive creatures of the night that survive highlighted by the icy blue hyper-contrasted glare of the moon. NOT pale, sparkling, baseball-playing creatures washed out by the excessively flat, low-contrast white light of a cloudy day. Please. Totally not sexy.

The death of EGM

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egm_logo1.jpg So for those of you who haven't heard... EGM has been shuttered.

It's actually not much of a surprise, and many  industry insiders had already known this was coming, though I doubt many realized it would come in such a violent and thorough fashion.

American gaming mag journalism has been dying a slow death as it is, and EGM has been in trouble for awhile. I mean, they've been giving away subscriptions for years (3 months, 6 months, 12 months), and in all the years that I've read EGM, I've never had to pay for a subscription. All told, I've probably gotten over two years of EGM for free. When a publication is giving away that many free issues, you know they're just trying to inflate their circulation numbers to make their audience numbers more appealing to advertisers for more ad pages and ad revenue. The fact that they couldn't do it organically for so many years was a bad sign.

Then there was Ziff Davis (the parent company) filing for Chapter 11. That's never good, no matter how hard the editors tried to spin it. Basic business rule #1: Don't Run Out of Cash. Ziff ran out of cash, and what can you do without cash? NOTHING.

With EGM gone that leaves...

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