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  • AMC Gives First Look Into Fear The Walking Dead

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    AMC Premieres Fear the Walking Dead Trailer

    There have been months of rumors surrounding AMC’s spin-off of its huge hit, The Walking Dead. We even had a name for the new series: Fear the Walking Dead. It didn’t take very long for us to get a new trailer, as well.

    AMC premiered a short 15 second clip for the new series during the season 5 finale of The Walking Dead:

    AMC will be hoping to leverage the massive success of everyone’s favorite zombie show. They also did this with Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad.

    Like Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead will be set in the same world as the original series, but in a different time and place. Both spin-offs are prequels of sorts. Also like Better Call Saul, AMC ordered two seasons of the new series right off the bat. This time, however, they did not wait for the original series to end before launching a spin-off.

    Fear the Walking Dead is set to premiere this summer. It will be interesting to see if the spin-off sees instant success, and how “success” will be defined for the show.

    Back in 2010, The Walking Dead premiered to a viewership of just over 5 million people. It has crushed those numbers, however, as the last couple mid-season premieres and finales have broken the 15 million viewers mark. It is every likely that the new spin-off series will beat the original’s initial numbers. But will people need a zombie fix enough to match The Walking Dead‘s recent numbers?

    Time will tell.

     

     

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    March 30, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3288

  • Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Ride Getting Fast and Furious

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    Fast and Furious Supercharge at Universal Studios Hollywood

    New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus is situated on the back lot of  Universal Studios Hollywood. Our neighbors have some big news, as they just announced that they are making an exciting addition to their studio tour attractions.

    Tram riders on the tour will soon be able to experience a high-speed car chase with the stars of the Fast and Furious series.

    This is a welcome (and exciting) update that will see the hit film franchise join the ranks of films such as JawsJurassic Park, and King Kong on the tour.

    Dubbed “Fast and Furious – Supercharged,” the attraction is slated to open in July.

    While visitors are still a few months away from being able to experience this, Universal Studios has released a trailer showing some behind-the-scenes action from making of the attraction. You can see the trailer below:

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    March 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3766

  • Nintendo to Enter the Smartphone Gaming Market

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    Nintendo to make mobile smartphone games

    Photo by Sergey Galyonkin

    The smartphone gaming market, traditionally dominated by specialized mobile gaming companies and independent game designers, is about to get some big competition.

    After years of avoiding creating games for smartphones, video game giant Nintendo has announced that they will changing course and will be releasing games for mobile devices. These games will not simply be existing games ported to smartphone systems, rather they will be brand new games designed specifically for phone and mobile devices.

    This bucks the trend of the company retaining as much control as possible. Historically, they have created consoles, sold them, and created games to support their own consoles; a top-down approach that has worked for decades.

    Recently, however, things have not been so bright on the console side of things. The Wii U did not perform up to expectations, and even drew comparisons to the Sega Dreamcast, which prompted the rival Japanese game design giant to abandon creating consoles and focus solely on creating games. Some investors have stated their concerns and prompted Nintendo to go a similar route.

    Not all is doom-and-gloom for their branded consoles, however. Nintendo’s handheld 3DS is a huge hit and happens to be the bestselling portable gaming console on the market, so they are not stranger to mobile gaming. They also seemed to have brushed off the criticisms, as a new home gaming console is rumored to be in the works (code name “NX”).

    They will be partnering with Japanese mobile game company DeNA to create new games focused on Nintendo’s wide range of iconic characters. Between Nintendo’s experience and brand equity, and DeNA’s specialization and existing network, it looks like the landscape of smartphone video games is going to change drastically.

     

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    March 18, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3183

  • Martin Scorsese to Direct Mike Tyson Biopic Starring Jamie Foxx

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    Mike Tyson biopic with Jamie Foxx and Martin Scorsese

    Nearly a year ago, Indiewire reported that Jamie Foxx would take the leading role in a Mike Tyson biopic, penned by Terence Winter. It would seem as though the long-rumored film about the boxing legend will actually be coming to life.

    More details about the film project have now been revealed, as Jamie Foxx divulged that he thinks Martin Scorsese will be involved as well.

    This all-star lineup has everyone excited, and none of the aforementioned individuals are new to this type of project.

    Winter and Scorsese worked together to bring to life The Wolf of Wallstreet, a biopic about the infamous Jordan Belfort. Foxx is also not a newcomer to the biopic genre, as he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004’s Ray. 

    Foxx has also portrayed athletes in the past, starring as Willie Beaman in Any Given Sunday. This will also mark Scorsese’s return to boxing, having directed 1980s Raging Bull, an award-winning biopic about Jake LaMotta

    With so much star power behind this project, it is sure to be a hit. Speaking of hits, Mike Tyson seems to be pleased with the project’s current direction, going as far as asking fans to pick his best knockouts for Jamie Foxx on his official YouTube channel:

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    March 18, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3127

  • NYFA Student Lucas Diercouff to Film “The Gael” in Paso Robles

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    Lucas Diercouff filming The Gael

    Lucas Diercouff, a United States Army veteran and current BFA Filmmaking student at the New York Film Academy, has announced his intention to film his short, The Gael, in Paso Robles, California. To help him achieve the goal, he has launched a GoFundMe campaign 

    The film takes place in 200AD Scotland, in a time when the Romans were trying to take over the Caledonia region. The story follows as Caer (played by Rachel J. Clark, Miss Scotland 2014), attempts to save her husband (Paul Meixner, NYFA graduate and veteran).

    Diercouff chose the Paso Robles area of California to film because he had heard of its resemblance to Scotland. After a bit of investigation and visiting the vineyards in the area, the stage was set.

    In a statement given to the Paso Robles Daily News, Diercouff says:

    “It has always been my dream to tell the story of a challenged love amidst the struggle of war, the kind of story that suits historical period and is an honest portrait of the passion of ancient Scotland.”

    The cast and crew plan to begin filming in May to finish by August, just in time for Diercouff’s graduation. Members of the project include current and former NYFA students, and members from outside the school (along with several veterans that fall into both camps).

     

     

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    March 17, 2015 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3306

  • NYFA Instructor Produces ‘Bad Hair Day’; Disney’s Big Hit

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    Disney Original Bad Hair DayIn a rare occurrence, it is Friday the 13th for the second month in a row.

    While this month’s 13th is sure to have its fair share of entertainment news, a month ago marked the premiere of Disney’s Bad Hair Day.

    The original feature film was a huge hit with several younger key demographics, and we are proud to say that Denise Carlson, a NYFA senior producing instructor in Los Angeles, was a executive producer on the project.

    Bad Hair Day, which stars Disney Channel’s Laura Marano and Leign-Allyn Baker, amassed 4 million views, making it the #1 kids’ cable TV film for the year, and the #2 cable TV movie overall.

    The audience was comprised of 2 million viewers age 2-11 (5.1 rating), 1.6 million viewers age 6-11 (6.9 rating) and 1.4 million viewers among Tweens 9-14 years old (5.9 rating).

    While the public television premiere was on February 13th at 8PM, verified users of the Watch Disney XD app got early access on February 6th. During that week of the early release, 435,000 viewers saw the movie on tablets, phones, computers, and set boxes.

     

     

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  • ‘Inside Out,’ Pixar’s New Film About Emotions, Is Sure To Play With Yours

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    Pixar's trailer for Inside Out

    Pixar, the animation giants that seem to release hit film after hit film, have put out a 2nd trailer for the upcoming Inside Out. 

    The initial trailer did not reveal much about the plot of the film. Rather, it showed the interaction between a girl and her two parents…and the voices that go on inside each of their heads.

    The follow-up trailer exposes a bit more about the story, however.  The little voices controlling the conversations are actually emotions. There are five to be exact. Inside the girl’s head are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith),  Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Anger (Lewis Black).

    Things get messy, however, when Joy and Sadness get sucked out of the brain’s central control system and into the depths of the mind, leaving the other three emotions to operate.

    That leaves Disgust, Fear, and Anger to run the show. That doesn’t sound very pleasant, and you can tell from moments in the trailer that the story isn’t all happy. We won’t know why until we see the film, though.

    Pete Docter, screenwriter and director of the film, has worked on several of Pixar’s other big hits like Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., Wall-E, and Up

    Pixar doe snot shy away from pulling at the audience’s heartstrings, and this film about emotions is sure to play with yours.

    Check out the trailer below:

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    March 11, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3673

  • Hugh Jackman’s Mullet Tops Weak Weekend Box Office

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    Hugh Jackman's Mullet

    Chappie led the way at the box office this weekend, but it didn’t take much. A film lineup over-packed with R-rated movies didn’t seem to impress movie-goers, leading to weak earnings.

    The sci-fi robot flick starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver brought in just $13.3 million to top the list. Members of Die Antwoord, who are more used to starring in music videos than feature films, also made appearances in Chappie. Neill Blomkamp, who wrote and directed the movie, is a huge fan of the musicians and reportedly got inspiration for the film while listening to their music and working on Elysium.

    During a weak box office weekend, perhaps the true battle for supremacy was who had the better mullet: Hugh Jackman or Yolandi Visser.

    Will Smith’s Focus, which previously topped the charts, dropped into second place.

    Also premiering this weekend was Vince Vaughn’s new comedy, Unfinished Business, which didn’t fare very well, earning $4.8 million and barely managed to squeak into the top 10.

    Overall, the weekend came in 40% under the same time last year. It’s likely that a big part of the problem is that 6 of the top 11 movies were R-rated. This limits the audience by the very nature of the restrictive rating.

    Kingsman: The Secret ServiceThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and Fifty Shades of Grey all stayed in the top 10 this weekend. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Duff both had pleasantly strong showings as well.

    The top 10 films for the weekend were:

    1. Chappie $13,300,000
    2. Focus $10,020,000
    3. The Second Best Exotic Merigold Hotel $8,600,000
    4. Kingsman: The Secret Service $8,300,000
    5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $7,000,000
    6. Fifty Shades of Grey $5,604,000
    7. McFarland, USA $5,318,000
    8. The Lazarus Effect $5,100,000
    9. The Duff $4,850,000
    10. Unfinished Business $4,800,000

     

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    March 9, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3061

  • Sony’s Morpheus Encourages You To Take The Blue Pill

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    Sony Morpheus VR Headset

    Credit: Signe Brewster

    Red pill or blue pill? In The Matrix, Morpheus convinced Neo to take the red pill and escape a virtual reality to see the real world. Sony’s Morpheus intends to do the opposite.

    Virtual reality is picking up steam. Oculus Rift brought VR technology back into the mainstream, and companies are seeing a potential new channels for providing content. For example, the NBA is already experimenting with providing virtual reality streams through the Samsung Gear (powered by Oculus). Google has also entered the game with “low tech” option for android devices with its Cardboard.

    Sony, being the proprietor of one of the biggest game consoles on the market, decided to jump on the opportunity as well.

    Sony Studios’ Shuhei Yoshida confirmed at the Game Developers Conference that Sony’s new virtual reality hardware is pretty much done.

    The Morpheus VR headset will be compatible with the new PS4 and will provide a 1080p virtual reality experience. There will be no wireless headset, however, because Sony wants to keep its high quality for the headset visuals.

    This will provide those involved with game design and development for the PS4 a new opportunity, but also a new challenge.

    While we’ve only been shown prototypes for both the Oculus, Morpheus, and other VR headsets, it seems like we are on the brink of seeing releases of consumer-ready versions. While nothing has been confirmed, there are indications that Oculus will be ready for mass market later this year. Morpheus, on the other hand, won’t be ready until 2016.

    Although virtual reality is not a new topic, and we see the topic spike in popularity every so often, perhaps the technology is getting to a point where it will stick around. Seems like we’ll just have to wait and see.

     

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    March 6, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3302

  • HBO Will “Now” Be Available Without Cable Service

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    HBO Now

    Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have been growing rapidly over the past few years. With such demand for streaming content, HBO doesn’t want Netflix to have all the fun.

    The International Business Times reports that HBO will be launching their own standalone streaming service. The service now has a name, a prospective launch date, and a price.

    The service will go by the name HBO Now. Scheduled to be available in April, just in time for the new season of the wildly popular Game of Thrones, the service will cost $15/month.

    HBO has had a long-standing relationship with paid content, so it is no stranger to the business model. It also already has a streaming service in HBO Go. However, up until now, viewers had to have a bundled cable package to access the content. What sets HBO Now apart is the ability to access HBO media without having to sign up for any other channels you don’t want.

    The company hopes to gain exposure with demographics that have no desire (or ability) to buy expensive cable packages, and those that just prefer to stream content on demand.

    There are also talks that HBO will partner with Apple to provide access on Apple TV. This should not come as a shocker, as HBO Go is already an option for Apple’s streaming device.

    With HBO’s extensive current lineup and history of in-demand series and films, this should prove to be a successful venture. And if nothing else, this yet again points to the change in how people consume their entertainment and media.

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    March 5, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3686