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#SDCC15: Legendary Brings Crimson Peak, Warcraft, and Pacific Rim VR Experience to Comic-Con

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The Legendary Pictures booth (#3920) at Comic-Con is home to some pretty incredible stuff this year including a pocket-sized MUST SEE virtual demo for three of its top movies – Crimson Peak, Warcraft, and Pacific Rim!

From the Press Release:
The Legendary Booth will offer fans the chance to choose their weapon and enter a battle pose with a life-sized Orgrim, one of the towering warriors from the new Warcraft film; the WETA Booth will also features a life-sized King Llane and Alliance Weapons, bringing the Horde and the Alliance to life on the show floor.

Legendary partners with Google to give away to Comic-Con attendees 50,000 new and improved Google Cardboard viewers in Google’s biggest ever partnership of this kind. This easy-to-assemble platform is a great way for anyone to transform their smartphone into a simple, easy to use mobile VR device.

Legendary presents three exclusive VR experiences inspired by some of there most highly anticipated new films. Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth gives fans a virtual ride on the back of a gryphon; Beware Crimson Peak offers fans a virtual close encounter with the haunting ghosts of Allerdale Hall, inspired by Guillermo Del Toro’s new film, Crimson Peak; and Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot offers fans the virtual experience of piloting a 250-storey mech in action.

At the Legendary booth at San Diego Comic-Con (#3920), Crimson Peak and Warcraft took center stage as Legendary kicked off SDCC Wednesday night, delivering to its fans an array of interactive experiences. Fans who visit the booth will be able to have their photo taken with their choice of weapon from the Warcraft movie to face off against a life-sized Orc, Additionally, they will be able to access virtual reality experiences inspired by Warcraft, Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim, as Legendary delivers a virtual reality gift to SDCC attendees through an exclusive partnership with Google.

Warcraft director Duncan Jones kicked off SDCC by personally unveiling a life-sized Orgrim that brings the world of the fantasy phenomenon Warcraft to life. Strikingly detailed, this Horde warrior and his iconic Doomhammer weapon were both crafted by the artists at WETA Workshop. However, Orgrim is only one half of the exhibit – the WETA booth contains a life-sized statue of the Alliance’s King Llane for a unique dual-booth experience. Images of both the Orgrim and King Llane sculpts are attached.

Building on the success of last year’s Pacific Rim VR experience, Legendary has partnered with Google to distribute 50,000 free new and improved Google Cardboard viewers at its booth (#3920) on the show floor, at its Hall H presentation and at Petco Park in partnership with Legendary Digital Networks (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, Smart Girls). This is the largest VR distribution partnership Google has ever done.

Legendary launched tonight its new virtual reality app, ‘Legendary VR’, available for both iOS and Android devices. Available to download by visiting Legendary.com/VR and powered by Google Cardboard, the App will enable anyone with a smartphone to enjoy three unique VR experiences.

The first is Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth, inspired by the new Warcraft movie releasing in June 2016. Fans will get to take a virtual ride on the back of a gryphon in a mobile experience created in close partnership with ILM XLABS and the filmmakers.

The second VR experience, Beware Crimson Peak, delivers an evocative and immersive virtual reality horror experience that sets up Allerdale Hall as a psychologically haunting destination, created in partnership with Legend 3D.

Additionally, Legendary is also including Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot, which wowed the crowds at their booth at SDCC 2014 and was created in partnership with Reel FX.

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

BUY IT NOW!

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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