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Lots of Moviegoers Check into Hotel TransylvaniaIt was a great weekend if you’re a Sony executive given they owned the #1 and #2 slots at the box office this weekend with the kiddy animated monster movie Hotel Transylvania and time traveling action flick Looper. Not so great for those of you hoping to ever see Dredd 2.

Sony had two reasons to celebrate this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Hotel Transylvania broke the record for highest opening weekend in the month of September with $43 million. Should make for an interesting showdown next weekend when another 3D animated kiddy monster mash (i.e., Frankenweenie) opens.

The Bruce Willis/Joseph Gordon-Levitt R-rated sci-fi actioner Looper AKA Terminator of the Corn gave Sony the #2 slot as well with a solid $21.2 million. It also opened #1 in China, proving conclusively that Jeff Daniels was correct when he told Levitt’s character he needed to learn Mandarin.

House at the End of the Street only dropped about 42%, allowing it to hold steady with $7.15 million. That’s a pretty good hold for a horror movie but pretty bad considering it’s this particular horror movie.

Resident Evil: Retribution continues its rapid slide to oblivion, already on the verge of departing the top ten after only three weeks. $3 for the weekend, $38 million total: Could it be that audiences are finally tiring of this franchise? One can only hope.

Fans of Dredd 3D probably won’t get a chance to tire of that franchise seeing as how there’ll most likely never be one. If it’s 6th place opening weekend was hailed as a bomb, then dropping out of the top ten all the way down to 11th place, $2.2 million, in week two can only be deemed – forgive the pun – dreadful.

To rub it in further, a “Glee”-esque teen musical called Pitch Perfect opened this weekend on only 336 screens and still managed to open in the same spot Dredd did last weekend with almost as much money ($6.3 million to $4.9 million). Maybe if Judge Dredd and his young female sidekick had lip synched Top 40 pop songs in between shooting bad guys, it might have caught on.

For me the biggest disappointment of Dredd was that the “Slo-Mo” drug wasn’t instead called “Crack Synder”.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



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?



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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Last Toys on the Left

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



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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