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SXSW 2017: We Took on The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience

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For those who haven’t been to South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, it’s not just a film/music festival. It’s also a gigantic expo and convention where brands from all over the world bring their wares and products for people to test, engage with, and potentially purchase. It’s a place where people get a glimpse of what the future holds and what they can expect to become the norm in technology, education, culture, and society.

While that all sounds very serious and deep, I can assure you some of it is simply one helluva fun ride! Take, for example, The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience, which I was lucky enough to test out. Walking in, I thought that I was going to wear a VR headset and do some kind of interactive presentation where I was on a plane and somehow I felt weightless. While that wasn’t the case, what I did experience was still very entertaining in its own right.

Walking into the hall, a group of us were greeted by the ass end of a large plane, which we boarded from a rear ramp. We got to walk by a prop version of the sarcophagus that can be seen in the trailer before entering a large room with multiple pod-like chairs all lined up facing away from us. The pods, which were Positron Voyagers, were shaped like those egg chairs that were seen in movies like Men in Black, and each contained a VR headset along with headphones.

After taking our seats and putting on our gear, we were then able to see behind-the-scenes footage of the Zero G sequence seen in the trailer. As mentioned before, nothing was interactive. However, the chairs we sat in would tilt, raise, lower, and turn along with the movements in the video, giving a similar feel as if I were actually in the plane. All the while, Tom Cruise and other crew members were narrating what was happening, how it was put together, what went into the shots, the speed at which they had to work, etc. We also learned that the sequence in the film will be 90% practical with some post-production blending needing to take place. For horror fans, that’s certainly a real treat!

As short documentaries go, it was certainly engaging. Plus, the theatricality of the hall that the experience took place in added a lovely dash of excitement and thrill to the event. Does it make me want to see The Mummy any more than I did before embarking on this VR journey? Not really. Then again, I was already committed to seeing it, so I guess their marketing already did the trick!

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Check Out this Bright New Trailer from Netflix

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A new trailer for Netflix’s Bright has arrived under our Xmas tree; and being that we’ve been good boys and girls, we figured we ought to share it!

Directed by David Ayer, who reunites with his Suicide Squad cast of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film imagines our world but with mystical beasts living side-by-side with humans. As a result, when crimes are committed by other species, it takes some delicacy to work out a solution.

Look for Bright, written by Max Landis, on December 22nd. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi co-star with Smith and Edgerton.

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Set in an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time, Bright is a genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek VI, In the Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in a deluxe heavyweight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head over to their online store.

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