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AMC and Mountain Dew Team for The Walking Dead Encounter Augmented Reality App

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Earlier today Jonathan reminded us about some of the most iconic “walkers” we’ve seen over the course of “The Walking Dead” Seasons 1-7. And if you’ve ever wanted to welcome a few of those shamblers into your own home, well, thanks to AMC and Mountain Dew, you can now do just that via a new augmented reality app titled “The Walking Dead Encounter” that’s available right now!

Eagle-eyed viewers may recall seeing some “TWD”-themed Mountain Dew items from our report on “The Walking Dead Encounter” during this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. Now it all makes sense…

From the Press Release:
AMC and Mountain Dew today announced a comprehensive partnership timed to the upcoming eighth season of “The Walking Dead” including the launch of a new, first-of-its-kind “The Walking Dead Encounter” augmented reality app that will allow consumers to experience some of the show’s most iconic zombie walkers in their own real-world environments and then share the interactions via social media.

The partnership will also include extensive “The Walking Dead” on-pack and in-store branding and character images on more than 100 million individual Mountain Dew products in store locations nationwide. The limited edition Mountain Dew packaging, which features iconic show character images of Rick Grimes, Michonne, and Daryl Dixon on all single-serve 20-oz. and 12-oz. 12-pack outer cases of Mtn Dew, Diet Mtn Dew, and Mtn Dew Pitch Black packaging, will be sold this fall (while supplies last).

The augmented reality app is now available, and “The Walking Dead”-branded Mountain Dew products will be arriving in store locations almost immediately, as part of the run-up to the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on October 22nd. The premiere will be the 100th episode in the series that has been the #1 show on television for the last five years running among viewers 18-49. The “Walking Dead Encounter” app is available on both iOS and Android devices. 

“This is a meaningful first-of-its-kind partnership for ‘The Walking Dead,’ but most exciting of all is that the fans are at the center of it,” said Scott Collins, president of advertising sales for AMC Networks. “With our partners at Mountain Dew, we’ve built something that includes extensive visibility for our series, closely aligned with their product; and the augmented reality app merges the real world, the world of the show, and a popular beverage in an incredibly powerful and shareable way. This level of partnership and commitment would be notable for any television show, but that it is happening headed into the eighth season and 100th episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ is remarkable and demonstrates the enduring appeal, urgency, and reach of this iconic series.”

Consumers who download the augmented reality app can unlock walkers in two ways:

  • At store locations, by scanning limited edition “The Walking Dead” Mountain Dew packaging.
  • During the season, Mountain Dew commercials during “The Walking Dead” live episodes will allow viewers to unlock new walkers each week.

“We are always looking to form partnerships that will deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to DEW Nation,” said Chauncey Hamlett, senior director of marketing for Mountain Dew. “By partnering with AMC and the incredibly successful ‘The Walking Dead’ series, we’re bringing together two of the most passionate fan bases in the country. We’re excited to give fans the opportunity to collect limited edition Mountain Dew products featuring iconic show characters and unlock new walkers each week with the augmented reality app.”

For more updates, follow @mountaindew and @WalkingDead_AMC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, using the hashtags #TWDEncounter and #DoTheDEW.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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