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Thanks to Activision Blizzard, gamers will soon be able to get their claws into the official adaptation of X-Men Origins: Wolverine?/P>
The summer has always been a key time for the movie industry, with the biggest blockbusters enticing the public away from the bright weather and into the darkness of the cinema. Video games usually follows suit, with a range of movie-inspired heavy hitters releases in the season to keep gamers firmly rooted to the couch.
The first in a wave of big name movie adaptations rolling out in 2009, X-Men Origins: Wolverine follows the course of its silver screen namesake. Players get the chance to wield the claws of popular superhero Wolverine as they walk the same path trodden by Hugh Jackman in the film, taking on a variety of missions as the self-healing hero comes to terms with his powers.
"Wolverine is at heart a grown-up hardcore game, but it's still very accessible to everyone,?says Activision's marketing director David Tyler. "It really brings alive the frightening nature of Wolverine's character and the abilities he has.
"We think that consumers will be surprised by how much of a departure this is from previous Marvel character-based games. It's not what they would expect.
"The team at Raven Software has worked on the title for over two years and produced a game that utilises the Unreal Engine. It really breaks the mould as far as superhero games are concerned. Retailers who have seen the game have all been pleasantly surprised and impressed at the same time. Those who may have dismissed Wolverine as 'yet another movie title?should take a closer look.?/P>
As you would expect from both the screenshots and the movie trailer, Wolverine focuses on combat. Gamers will be able to unleash Logan's adamantium claws against waves of enemies, taking revenge on those who created him as well as clashing with a few recognisable super-villains. They can even tune into Wolverine's feral instincts to find their enemies?weaknesses and use his regenerative abilities to heal themselves.
"Gamers will be really impressed by the quality of gameplay and the appeal that this game will have across a broad consumer base, regardless of whether
or not they are Marvel movie fans,?adds Tyler.
"This is ultimately about using the strength of Wolverine's character and skills in a relatively brutal yet simple and rewarding way.
"It will not only excite Marvel fans but also appeal to fans of good quality games in general. This title is all about gameplay with the added bonus of the movie and franchise support.?/P>
The movie is already one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the upcoming summer season, so it is safe to assume that the Great British public will be expecting an accompanying video game.
As wel as promoting the title to cinema-going consumers, Activision is determined to see it recognised as a major entertainment product in its own right.
"As Wolverine is aiming to break the mould for a superhero game, we are keen to promote the title ahead of launch so we've been working with retail to secure a number of support programmes,?says Tyler.
"We've focused our messaging on driving home the fact that Wolverine is a high quality game that does not solely rely on having a movie to support it.
"This messaging is really resonating and is being carried through with impact to our in-store and online launch initiatives.?/P>
Media expectations are for the film to finish 2009 as one of the largest-grossing box office hits of the year, so Activision will be upping the ante of its marketing as the movie launch gets closer in order to fully capitalise.
The media campaign will consist of a heavyweight pre-awareness and launch digital media drive timed to be most prominent around the launch window, and will be supported by a print campaign.
Both the print and online campaigns will be integrated with PR activity in order to increase the game's exposure. Of course, this being a movie game, the big screen will also play an important part in promoting the release.
"Our cinema media buy was a must have for this launch to maximise the Wolverine theatrical launch,?explains Tyler. "We have extended our cinema media buy to also deliver audiences going to see a number of the summer hits, including the new Star Trek film.?/P>
?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/x-men-origins-wolverine.htm">Wolverine's consumer media programme is a two-pronged approach; firstly bringing awareness to the hardcore gamers pre-release and during launch by establishing strong gaming credentials ?and secondly maximising the movie's release and broadening the franchise's appeal.?/P>
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Becoming a parent can certainly take the edge off your darker or wilder side, out of sheer embarrassment lest your kids get a clue, and recent dad Adam Sandler is no exception. The problem is that Sandler seems to be parting ways with his goofy and eccentric persona, along with those gross-out tendencies, that defined him individuality as a comic, however crude or lewd those impulses might be.
So what we're left with is, well, Bedtime Stories, an undercooked, formulaic kid's tale that seems to have been put together on the fly, and with no-frills production values. In this basically Cinderfella type of yarn directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Sandler is Skeeter, son of a late motel owner (Jonathan Pryce) bought out by a greedy developer (Richard Griffiths) who promised to make the kid a manager when he grows up. But he instead assigns Skeeter janitorial duties in what has now been transformed into a lavish luxury hotel.
When Skeeter's sister, single mom Wendy (Courtney Cox), leaves town to look for work, he's stuck with babysitting her two far from easy to please preteen kids, Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling). Since they've been raised in a strictly organic living environment, on wheat germ, rice cakes, and no television or popular culture references to speak of, Skeeter must invent his own bedtime stories to amuse them, which is no easy task. Wendy's friend Jill (Keri Russell) stops by occasionally to look in on the situation, but her equally glum attitude is no help in conjuring up some chuckles for the small fry. buy dvd buy cheap dvd cheap dvd movie
At some point, the endings provided by the kids to an assortment of wacky stories Skeeter contrives, including jaunts to the old Wild West, outer space and Ancient Rome, start coming true for the baffled handyman in real life. But these bargain basement, on the cheap fantasy interludes are even less funny for the audience than for these underwhelmed kids. And some frantic to please business about Skeeter's rival at the hotel, played by Guy Pearce, along with his best buddy Mickey (Russell Brand), feels simply embarrassing for all concerned.
You just know a movie is in really serious trouble when the characters you can relate to most, are the ones scratching their heads in hopeless confusion at the on-screen jokes. In addition to a saucer-eyed anatromic pet guinea pig upstaging Sandler, and coming off as the main attraction in the movie. Bedtime Stories movie Bedtime Stories film Bedtime Stories free
There is one great Sandler moment, when he makes a desperate bid to evoke laughs from the unamused kids (and viewers), by eating a toothpaste sandwich that comes with the automatic added bonus of not having to brush your teeth afterward. But I'll pass on the Cinderfella part, where in place of those magical shoes, Skeeter seems to be promising to keep lovingly sticking around 'like the stink on your feet.' Nose clips, please.
24th March 2009 - If there's something I always love when it comes to films, it's documentaries or movies based on real life events. Nothing gets to me more than after the last scene in the movie when they describe what went on to happen to everyone. In fact even fictional stories in films and on TV that do this will pull at my heartstrings. For example, in the final of 'The Wonder Years?when at the end it said that the father passed away years later, I couldn't help but shed a tear then!
To me though, the pinnacle of this type of fictional story-telling was the final episode of ?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/valkyrie-2008.htm">Six Feet Under?where the main characters, from all 5 seasons, had a montage death scene from far into their futures. I still rank that episode as one of the best bits of TV ever made as it wrapped up the whole story of every character to the very end of their lives. So with the film I'm reviewing today, ?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/valkyrie-2008.htm">Valkyrie? being based on a true story, I already knew I was in for a film that, good or bad, would find a place in my heart as I just can't help myself when it comes to true stories.
?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/valkyrie-2008.htm">Valkyrie?stars Tom Cruise, as a German officer during World War 2. He plays the ring leader in the last of 15 failed assassination attempts on Hitler, by his own people, during his reign as Fuhrer. The film is a 'who's who?of the English acting fraternity with greats such as Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, plus many other smaller supporting roles by other lesser known but great actors . All of these 'greats?play historical characters who were involved in the plot to kill Hitler in his secure bunker called the 'Wolfs Lair? The story follows the journey from the beginning of conspiracy talks against Hitler to the arranging of plans to deal with Germany after his death, which of course, all ended in the failed attempt on Hitler's life. I'm not giving anything away in saying this was a failed attempt on his life, as it's public knowledge that Hitler died by his own hands at the end of the war and not at the hands of a group of conspirators.
This brings me to the one sour point of the film...the fact I always knew the ending! It was a lot like how I felt when watching the ?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/valkyrie-2008.htm">King Kong?remake. I mean, I knew the big guy was going to die, so when he did, it wasn't a shock. This is not to say though that if I know the ending of a film that I still won't like it. I've seen many films where I've already known the outcome but they were made so well that by the end I was almost surprised at what happened. A good example of this is the Japanese anime film (a style of animated cartoon) 'Graveyard of the Fireflies? The ending is shown at the start of the film yet I was still in tears by the end even though I knew what was coming!
?A href="http://www.leuboo.com/shop/valkyrie-2008.htm">Valkyrie?never made me forget that this wasn't going to work out in the end and, because of that, I just couldn't get caught up in the story as much as I would have liked. That's not to say it isn't a great film, because it is. Some excellent performances, and fairly good directing by Bryan Singer, did amount to a compelling story. In the end, however, it felt more like a good history lesson of an interesting period in the world rather than a stand-alone film. Ultimately, it just didn't resonate as much as I hoped it would.
So, for me, even though it was a good film, it never made it up there to being great. It's 7 out of 10 from me.