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Uh, Is This Transformers Toy a Trump Supporter? [Update]

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Donald Trump’s presidency has seen the words “Make America Great Again”—a.k.a. MAGA—plastered all over the U.S., from placards to stickers to the infamous red hats. One of the last places you’d expect to see it, however, is on the side of a toy Transformers car in an alien language. And yet, it seems here we are.

Hasbro’s recently released “Power of the Primes” Jazz action figure has started landing in the hands of eager fans, but one eagle-eyed collector in particular, Chrisrtxv on Twitter, noticed something about the tiny, tiny print of seen on the side of Jazz’s vehicle form. You can’t see it clearly in the publicity still of the toy above, but a close-up photo shows it has some scribbles of the Cybertronian alphabet underneath the Autobot logo.

Another Twitter user, TheLastGerkin, translated it from Cybertronian as “MAGA,” the acronym for Trump’s well-worn catchphrase.

Obviously, the symbols and the letters listed aren’t exact replications, but given that the letters on the toy are literally millimeters tall—and sculpting on mass-produced action figures can only be so fine—they do appear to match up pretty closely. And if you take a look at the full Cybertronian alphabet, there don’t seem to be any other letters that look like particularly compelling alternatives:

This wouldn’t be the first time people have slyly incorporated references to Trump and the “alt-right” groups that support him into pop culture items hoping no one would notice, but considering that Jazz is… well, a giant alien robot, his supposed support for the Trump Administration is pretty darn weird.

We’ve reached out to Hasbro for comment, and will update this article as needed.

Update 4:45pm: A Hasbro spokesperson responded to us with this statement:

It was brought to our attention that a graphic appears on one of our Transformers figures that, when translated from Cybertonian letters to English, spells out MAGA. We investigated the issue, and discovered that one of our vendors inserted this as part of the design without authorization. We are addressing this with the vendor.

We do not intend for our products to carry political messages, and apologize to anyone who was offended by this message.

[H/t Paul S.]

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This Week on Xbox: November 17, 2017

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We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Black Friday Deals: Xbox One S Lowest Price Ever at $189, Gold & Xbox Game Pass for $1 each, Up to 65% Off Games, Accessories & More
Xbox has you covered this Black Friday with discounts on games, accessories, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and Xbox One S at its lowest price ever. Starting at just $189 and featuring built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray playback and 4K video streaming, Xbox One S is the best value in games and entertainment… Read more

Experience Your Games in Full Audio Immersion with Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos Spatial Sound
This holiday, not only can you play your games on Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, but you also have a broad and diverse lineup of new games to experience – including Forza Motorsport 7, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassins’s Creed Origins, Super Lucky’s Tale, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: ARK: Survival Evolved
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console… Read more

John Boyega to Play Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox Live Sessions Wednesday, November 15
Now that we’ve launched Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, it’s time to have another exciting episode of Xbox Live Sessions! Next up we have someone I’m a huge fan of: actor John Boyega! He’ll join the interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel… Read more

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Tips
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is here with five tips for Assassin’s Creed Origins. This game takes place in ancient Egypt, but the dry desert heat is the least of your worries. You play as Bayek, a Medjay ranger on a revenge-quest to take out a mysterious, masked group of murderers – and that’s just the beginning… Read more

Play Rainbow Six Siege for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold
Rainbow Six Siege is stronger now than it’s ever been. After nearly two years of updates, tweaks, and expansions, its tactical attackers vs. defenders matches have been honed into a fast, focused experience that continues to grow and improve… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Hitman
Today, we’ll be chatting with IO Interactive’s Jonas Meyer, Lead Programmer on the intense action game Hitman: Game of the Year Edition. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Hitman for Xbox One X? For Hitman on Xbox One X, we provide two different modes… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Mafia III
We’ll be chatting with Hangar 13’s Andy Wilson, Executive Producer on the open-world action game Mafia III. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Mafia III for Xbox One X? We have focused on a number of significant graphical improvements for the Xbox One X… Read more

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No Mittens Needed: Snowfall Arrives in Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition
Hello again, mayors. It’s the Cities: Skylines team here, and we’re delighted to share the first expansion from our Season Pass with you: Snowfall. It brings along a new look, new challenges, and new features for your favorite urban planning game. In Snowfall, a set of new Winter-themed maps… Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Warframe Plains of Eidolon
Welcome to Warframe and our newest update, Plains of Eidolon, which launched earlier this week on Xbox One. For new players jumping in and enamored by the thrill of an open landscape in Warframe, and who want to get to the Plains ASAP, here is a quick guide to point you in the right direction… Read more

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Give the Gift of Games this Holiday!
In the past, if customers wanted to send a game to friends or family as gifts, they relied on physical discs or gift cards. Starting today, gamers on Xbox One can now give gifts right in Microsoft Store – just in time for the holidays. Now you can gift select Xbox One digital games and downloadable game content… Read more

Xbox One S: Buy a Bundle and Choose a Game for Free for a Limited Time
When you purchase any Xbox One S bundle you can choose a bonus game like Star Wars Battlefront II. And take advantage of promotional pricing also, with bundles starting at $249, available at GameStop and other retailers… Read more

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The Sims 4 Arrives on Xbox One Today
Howdy, Simmers! Can you believe it?! Just a few short months ago, we announced The Sims 4 was coming to console – and now it’s here! Launch day is finally here, and The Sims 4 is officially available for Xbox One. In addition to The Sims 4 base game, you can add some of our most popular add-on… Read more

Announcing Path of Exile: War for the Atlas on Xbox One
Three months ago, we achieved one of our long-standing dreams of releasing our game, Path of Exile, on Xbox One. Since this launch we’ve been happy to welcome so many new Path of Exile fans into our community and to receive feedback that we have integrated into the updates we’ve released so far… Read more

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SOMA Coming to Xbox One December 1 with Console Exclusive Safe Mode
“What is consciousness?” I can’t remember the exact moment that I asked myself the question, but once I did I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After that I read everything I could find on the subject, but it never really satisfied my appetite. While there were lots of scientific articles and plenty of works of fiction… Read more

Trove – Adventures is Now Live on Xbox One
Trove – Adventures is an all-new, free expansion for Trove released earlier this week. To celebrate this massive event, we’re giving away a stunning new Prismatic Lasercorn mount now through December 18. Whether you’re new to Trove, or an old pro, the Forbidden Spires biome is going to blow your mind. Explore this newly discovered land and face off against fierce draconic forces… Read more

Xbox Live Gold Members Can Now Get a Jump Start on Black Friday Savings
Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of great deals on Xbox digital games during the Black Friday Gold Early Access sale. Xbox Live Gold members enjoy an exclusive 4-day head start on Black Friday, with savings up to 65% on Xbox digital games, movies, and TV shows… Read more

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‘Search Party’ Producer Michael Showalter Talks Season 2, ‘The Big Sick,’ and ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ [Interview]

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One of the TV hits of last season was TBS’s new show, Search Party. As a comedy, it stretched across genres as Dory (Alia Shawkat) led her friends on a search for their missing friend Chantal (Clare McNulty). By the end, it got very dark, complete with existential angst and a possible murder.

Search Party is back for a second season on TBS. Producer Michael Showalter, know for The State and Wet Hot American Summer, spoke with /Film about the new season.

Given the riff in They Came Together, is New York a character on Search Party?

You could say so, yes. I would say so. Anything that’s shot in New York, New York is a character. But you know what, when something’s shot in L.A., L.A. is a character too.

So you mean that sincerely even though you made fun of it in They Came Together.

Yes, yes, yes.

Does season two pick up immediately after the finale?

It does, it does. We literally pick up right where we left off.

Had you planned that when they wrote the finale?

We didn’t talk about it. We didn’t make any decisions about it, but when you start writing the second season, you start thinking about what the different possibilities are. We decided that that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to just literally start right where we left off and go from there.

Do you deal with Keith’s dead body?

A little bit. That’s of course assuming that he’s dead.

Dory thinks she and her group are the only people who’ve ever been through something like this. Is that extreme narcissism?

I won’t diagnose her as an extreme narcissist but there’s a definite sort of self-centeredness to these characters which is in a way what makes them so susceptible to the kinds of problems that they get themselves into. It’s a kind of belief that they’re the only ones who are ever in these kinds of situations which forces them to act in extreme ways.

Is that universal? Everyone thinks whatever they’re going through is the first time it’s happened. You can’t even tell them, “Well, I went through something like this…”

“But not the way I went through it.” Although I do think it’s true that most people wouldn’t have killed somebody. Most people don’t have a dead body in a closet.

That’s true. I assumed she meant finding Chantal. Even so, some people have killed somebody. They are not the only ones.

They are not the only people, that’s true.

Now that they’ve found Chantal, is there a new mystery?

Yes, in a sense. They need to figure out who knows what they did and if anyone knows what they did, because they don’t want to be caught.

 

The first season included little details of things everyone does, like making phone calls on the toilet, that aren’t usually portrayed in TV and movies. Were those fun to pinpoint how we live life now?

Yeah, that comes in having a specific voice. You’re always looking for those details. That’s what makes it stand out and feel unique.

When Portia gets killed off on her show and her mother says, “What did you do wrong?”, did that come from anything you, Sarah Violet or Charles experienced with non-industry relatives?

I’m sure. We all know what it’s like to feel the disappointment of a parent. Especially in the entertainment industry, there’s always going to be those people that don’t see it as a legitimate pursuit.

Or see that if something happens, it’s just the business, not anything you did.

It’s your fault. Portia’s mom is really hard on her, which explains a lot about Portia.

Is Search Party more scripted than Wet Hot American Summer?

Actually, Wet Hot’s pretty scripted too. Wet Hot is a very tightly scripted show actually so we’re shooting it very much the same way we would shoot Search Party. It is a very scripted show. There is some improv but it’s not anything like a thing where we’re making it up in the moment. We wrote eight episodes, eight individual episodes.

Was your schedule back and forth between Wet Hot and Search Party?

I’ve had a busy couple of months. I was editing Big Sick while we were writing Wet Hot and then I was editing Wet Hot when we were writing Search Party.

Have you been gratified by the reaction to [feature directorial debut] The Big Sick this summer?

It’s incredible. It’s been an amazing experience.

It really portrayed the limbo of waiting in a hospital, something you don’t usually see in film. Obviously it was Kumail and Emily’s story but do you have any relatable experience to that?

Oh yeah, absolutely and I think we all do. That’s what drew me to the script was that universal experience that many of us have had of having a loved one in the hospital and the anguish of waiting, the different ways we have to cope with that.

Do you have another movie you might do after Search Party season 2?

I would like to. I don’t have anything ready to announce, but I would love to direct another film.

Would you write another film too?

Both, both. I co-wrote [Hello, My Nam Is] Doris. Big Sick’s the first one I’ve done that I didn’t write but I’m looking at scripts that other people wrote, but also developing some things I would want to write myself.

Are you writing on Search Party?

Well, I was in the writers room. I didn’t write any scripts this year but I was in the writers room breaking story.

Does knowing the characters from the first season give you more material to work with now?

Oh yeah, oh yeah. You get to take the characters in directions that are fun when you know who the characters are and you know what the audience’s impressions of those characters are. It has greater impact.

Did you also learn what viewers responded to in the first season?

Probably, a little bit, yeah. I think we knew some of the areas we went into and said, “Oh, that worked. We weren’t sure it was going to work but it did.” The suspense element, the creepiness. That probably gave us a little confidence to lean into that a little more.

Do both TBS and Netflix have plans to continue Search Party and Wet Hot?

I don’t know. I know we would love to continue. Certainly with Search Party, we would really like to continue telling this story so we’ll see. We don’t know yet but we’ll see. I hope so.

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Search Party returns Sunday, November 19 on TBS.

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Culture

Get outraged with possible lesbians holding hands on a Starbucks coffee cup

With Christmas quickly approaching, the imaginary war on everyone’s favorite imaginary holiday always helps me get in the spirit.

The latest Christmas offense is from Starbucks’ recent marketing campaign and “suggestive” coffee cup promoting the LGBTQ community.

A commercial unveiling the cups briefly shows two women drinking coffee and placing their hands together while across a table in what is an “obvious” attack on our nation’s faltering morals. The mind-numbing outrage is only being furthered since Starbucks decided to place a pair of unknown hands gripped together that many are debating belong to a same-sex couple.

This so called “gay agenda” that Starbucks is said to be pouring down our coffee-addicted throats has given rise to another series of boycotts for the coffee giant, according to the New York Daily News.

Via the New York Daily News:

Starbucks hasn’t resolved the issue of whether the hands are same-sex or not.

The theme of the cups is “Give Good.” Customers are invited to color in the drawings of hearts, presents and a Christmas tree — and those hands.

“Each year during the holidays we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season,” the coffee chain said in a statement. “And we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”

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Could Jordan Fisher’s Eye Injury Keep Him From Winning Dancing With the Stars?

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, DWTSWith the finals of Dancing with the Stars coming up next week, there’s hardly time for anything but perfect dancing.
Unfortunately, not only is pro Lindsay Arnold dealing with a knee…

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GAMES

Ghost Recon PvP Gets The Update It Sorely Needed

This week, Ubisoft gave Wildlands’ Ghost War mode a much-needed update, detailed the future of PvP, and doled out a harsh penalty for quitters.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ free Ghost War PvP mode arrived in October as a promising tactical multiplayer experience hindered by long load times, ridiculous glitches, and lack of hype. The November 15 update adds lots of content and balance. In testing the game over the last day, I no longer encountered any of the issues I previously reported on within PvP mode, and all of my matches ran smoothly.

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Title Update 10 added character tweaks and much-needed map adjustments. For example, the south spawn point on the Quarry map has been adjusted to make both sides feel balanced in the amount of time it takes to reach mid-map. A portion of the Dust Town map that was too easy to camp and defend has been removed.

There is now a time-out penalty for players who leave mid-match, which is great because it always felt like a high percent of my random teammates quit. I hated being stuck in a 1-versus-4 situation because my teammates left as soon as they were killed.

I wanted to test how strict the time-out would be, so I totally ditched my teammates mid-match. At first, nothing happened. I was disappointed when I loaded into a new match free of any punishment. I decided to leave again and take a break. It wasn’t until after I returned to Wildlands that I realized I had a two hour and fifteen minute penalty timer before I could search for a new Ghost War match. Turns out the game had hit me with a savage four-hour penalty that counted down while I was off the game. I’ll never leave my random squadmates again!

Players have complained that a four-hour cooldown period after rage-quitting is too severe. Ubisoft said the time limit was correct, but that it had partially bungled the rollout: On its forum, it said the penalty should only have affected players who quit three matches in a 24-hour period. There was also supposed to be a warning pop-up about the quitting penalty, but I only quit two matches, never received a pop-up, and was still banned for four hours.

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Ubisoft has issued a more relaxed penalty for players quitting five times in a 12-hour period, and the overall penalty system will be adjusted in the next update. My matches have stayed pretty full, so it looks like the punishment for quitters either encouraged players to stay, or angered them enough to never return.

In addition to the balances and quitting penalty, the Ghost War update brought lots of new content.

Uplink is the new game mode, but it’s nothing like the Call of Duty mode of the same name. Ghost War’s version requires two teams to fight for and hack an access point on the map. Hacking the access point will grant your team an instant victory. This objective doesn’t seem to increase the pace of the game as I’d hoped. Uplink will add some variety, but whether or not you play for the objective or still treat it like a simple team deathmatch depends on your teammates. I hope we see a more interesting mode in a future update, perhaps something like a Search and Destroy bomb-planting objective, or a battle royale mode.

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Ghost War now has several new maps in rotation. Uplink has four specific maps: Warehouse, Oil Rush, Burnout, and Sub Factory. The standard team deathmatch mode has Cartel Depot and Farm Town. I’m disappointed we still didn’t get a snow map, but the maps are all decent.

Disruptor is the new Assault subclass, and it seems to be a pretty popular choice because you can completely jam nearby enemy HUDs. It works pretty much like the jammer enemies in the Fallen Ghosts campaign DLC. Unfortunately, the Disruptor was locked, even though it should’ve been available with my season pass, so I wasn’t able to test out the subclass. The Disruptor will be available to unlock with a prestige token after the one week early access for season pass or Fallen Ghost DLC owners.

Finally Ubisoft has also detailed a roadmap for future PvP updates coming to Ghost War. The November update was just the first of six monthly updates that will continue adding improvements, more maps, modes, and subclasses. This future content includes the addition of ranked play, which I think suits the competitive nature of the no-respawn tactical team deathmatch.

Since the severe penalty timer is adjusted and we have more transparency on the issue, I think players should be pretty pleased with the overall update, despite the blandness of Uplink.

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Superflight Is Super Great, And Cheaper Than A Cup Of Coffee

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Superflight is a simple game about a complicated action—wingsuit flight. You score points for almost touching obstacles. If you touch anything, it’s game over. The playground mountain levels are procedurally assembled. It’s beautiful and endlessly entertaining. I made a video about it. This video is 4K and 60fps, if you watch it on our YouTube channel!

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After playing Superflight for the purposes of making this video, I put it on my 65-inch TV at home and played it in its 4K, 60fps glory. I did not throw up on myself, though maybe I will if I try again tonight.

Superflight is rated “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam right now, which gives me faith that World Peace will definitely happen someday. And it’s only $2.69, which is cheaper than a bad cup of coffee (at least in New York City, anyway. Bad coffee is slightly more expensive here than it might be elsewhere.)

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Anthony Del Col On The Inspiration For Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

Dynamite has sent us something a little different today. Instead of a writer’s commentary, we have Anthony Del Col talking about where the inspiration for Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie came from. You might be surprised. Art by Werther Dell’Edera and cover by Faye Dalton.

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People often ask me where I get my ideas from. The answer, quite simply, is this:

I steal them.

Okay, perhaps “steal” is the wrong term. But sometimes I read or watch or listen to other stories and find inspiration. This was the case two-and-a-half years ago when I finally read Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. (I say “finally” because I didn’t read these adventures until it was released as a trade paperback.) I was immediately blown away by the story, the art, and most importantly, their ability to take characters I grew up with (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead) and in place them into a new genre, bringing new life to them (yes, this is partially a pun).

And thus, inspired, I went out looking for icons of my youth to see if I could do the same. And the result is Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie trade paperback, out in bookstores this month. In it, I take the titular teen detectives and mash them into a new genre — a modern-day hard-boiled noir mystery — and take them completely out of their comfort zone.

When I came up with the idea of rebooting these intrepid detectives, one image came to my mind: the two Hardy brothers (Frank and Joe, for those that don’t remember… or mix them up all the time, which I poke fun at in the first issue/chapter) are being separately interrogated and accused of the murder of their father, disgraced police detective Fenton Hardy. I thought this was such a contrast to how we normally perceive these two “gee whiz” noble characters and thought it would set the tone immediately.

And thus we begin this grand adventure.

And whom will they turn to? Someone from their past. Their childhood past. But as we quickly discover, she doesn’t have a friendly, easy path to clearing their names. But instead, a very dark idea that will find them all becoming criminals in the eyes of society in order to allow them access to the seedy underbelly of Bayport.

Yes, Nancy Drew.

Another point that people have made to me recently is that the series reminds them of Riverdale — a darker take on traditionally wholesome characters. So in some ways, Drew/Hardy: The Big Lie is similar, in some ways it’s different.

First off, yes, there are similarities. Both stories involve the fallout from the murder of someone close to them. And both involve our teen characters taking the investigations into their own hands and discovering aspects of their towns they weren’t aware of.

As for differences, because I only had six issues (to start off with) I wanted to stay focused on the investigation and not deviate into love triangles (though I currently have a very interesting one mapped out for a second arc if/when Dynamite picks it up). I do hint at some romantic interests, but didn’t have the real estate to delve into it. I also kept the story primarily on the teenagers, not the adults.

But let’s face it: both projects have launched around the same time, and I think something can be gleaned from this. As consumers we have access to a lot of new and original content. But what is closest to our hearts are our childhoods, and the characters and stories that entertained us at that time. So we’re excited to dive back into that — but with modern, more grown-up takes on them. It’s a bit of nostalgia, a bit of awareness, and an entry point into new stories.

So yes, I’m a thief. I steal stories from our childhoods and re-tell them in new ways. And much like Nancy, Frank and Joe in The Big Lie, I have eventually become okay with that, because it’s for a bigger purpose. In my case, to entertain audiences.

Hopefully…

  Nancy Drew

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Paramount Has Created a Completely Virtual Movie Theater; Is This a Game Changer?

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Virtual reality theaters have been around for a little while now. Last year, /Film’s Peter Sciretta wrote about visiting IMAX’s flagship VR Experience Center in Los Angeles, a physical location where you can don a headset and a haptic backpack to play VR games in pods rented by the hour. But Paramount Pictures has collaborated with companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Microsoft to launch a new virtual reality movie theater that you can visit without leaving your couch. Could this be another step toward phasing out the theatrical experience altogether?

Deadline reports that Paramount, in partnership with a company called Bigscreen, will launch a completely virtual theater experience next month in which consumers with any brand of VR headset can sign in to bigscreenvr.com and enter a virtual reality “theater,” in which they’ll “sit” and watch a movie play out on a big screen that looks just like one you’d actually visit at a brick-and-mortar location. The virtual location will be decked out with theatrical one-sheets and even play trailers before the screening begins.

Some VR designers have simulated experiences like this before, but the new angle here is that “moviegoers will be seated in a virtual audience and can chat before the movie starts to everyone next to them or watching with them.” So it’s creating a social experience without having to physically go anywhere.

The virtual theater opens on December 3, and consumers will be able to watch Top Gun 3D for free. Here’s the downside: you can only watch it in 30 minute increments, and it’s only available for 24 hours. It’s unclear how much time has to elapse between 30 minute sessions before you can resume watching the movie again.

It’s worth noting that there are actual brick-and-mortar locations for virtual reality theaters in the world, like Amsterdam’s VR Cinema. The difference there is you wear a headset, sit in swivel chairs with other people, and experience a 360 degree story as a group. But Paramount’s new venture seems to entirely remove physicality from the movie-watching experience…and while that might seem strange, it might actually be a preferable method of watching something for moviegoers who are fed up with annoying crowds who are always checking their phones or talking throughout a film. Imagine sitting in a theater and being able to mute people who are talking while still getting perfect audio of the movie you’re watching.

So what’s the difference between this and just renting a movie on VOD? Not much, as far as I can tell. This just give you the simulated experience of watching a movie on a theater screen instead of queuing something up on your TV or laptop screen. But Tom Hayes, Paramount’s Senior Vice President of New Media, sees this as a big step:

“It launches a possible new platform for the film business,” Hayes said. “Obviously, you can add all sorts of bonus content with the filmmakers Q&A, games, trivia, for example, afterwards. There’s no limit to what we can do…

Paramount wants to be where the consumers are and the media landscape is changing and we want to be as vanguard as possible. We have to make the theaters a bigger and better experience. Jim G [Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos] is a progressive thinker, and we want to get out front and see where audiences want to go. There is quite a cultural difference between high-tech and Hollywood. Here we are testing something that is a page turner in the history of media.”

Do you think completely virtual theaters like this could another step toward phasing out regular theaters? I know virtual reality headsets aren’t in every home in America yet (not by a long shot), but looking ahead, I can imagine a future in which going to a physical theater becomes a far more rare thing and many people decide to save gas, time, and (presumably) money by just kicking on their VR headset and heading to the theater without leaving home. What do you think?

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Pop Culture

Wonder Review: Tugs At The Heartstrings, But Isn’t Obnoxious About It

Wonder

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Wonder is one of those movies that’s supposed to make you cry and feel good, but it lets you get there organically instead of being too heavy-handed.

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Summary: Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

It takes precisely one trailer to know what kind of movie Wonder is going to be. We see them every year, and they tend to either be good or they try to manipulate you into feeling certain emotions. The surprising thing about Wonder that a person who hasn’t read the books might not know is that the movie isn’t just about Auggie (Jacob Tremblay). We see various events from the movie take place from multiple points of view, including Auggie’s older sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), whose story might be even sadder than Auggie’s, and some of their various friends. They humanize everyone and don’t put anyone into a box. The girl who you thought was a bully is actually having family problems. It goes out of its way to show that everyone has problems.

The multiple points of view also help tell a bunch of different stories and keeps the movie flowing and interesting. The coming-of-age genre is filled with movies that try to make you feel things. “YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SAD BECAUSE THIS IS SAD,” some movies seem to say. A good movie, however, will just let the sad scene be sad because they are confident in their own abilities to convey emotion. It makes the movie feel much more organic and real in a way that these movies often don’t. When a film feels real, it helps hammer home the emotions because the characters on screen are people we can relate to on some level.

It’s not a perfect movie. The pacing is a little off and it makes a movie that is less than two hours feel long. Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts deliver the exact performances you would expect from the two of them at this point. Neither of them are quite on auto pilot, but it’s close. This isn’t a genre that’s for everyone, and it’s not likely to change anyone’s mind if they aren’t into the feel-good genre to begin with. There are some rumors about it being touted as an Oscar contender, but aside from adapted screenplay, the movie itself doesn’t seem to go above and beyond.

Wonder doesn’t use emotional manipulation to force the audience to feel anything. Instead, the filmmakers allow their cast and the story get there organically, and it makes all the difference in the world. While not enough to convert someone to this particular genre, Wonder does enough to stand out from the rest.

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Wonder is one of those movies that’s supposed to make you cry and feel good, but it lets you get there organically instead of being too heavy-handed.

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Summary: Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

It takes precisely one trailer to know what kind of movie Wonder is going to be. We see them every year, and they tend to either be good or they try to manipulate you into feeling certain emotions. The surprising thing about Wonder that a person who hasn’t read the books might not know is that the movie isn’t just about Auggie (Jacob Tremblay). We see various events from the movie take place from multiple points of view, including Auggie’s older sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), whose story might be even sadder than Auggie’s, and some of their various friends. They humanize everyone and don’t put anyone into a box. The girl who you thought was a bully is actually having family problems. It goes out of its way to show that everyone has problems.

The multiple points of view also help tell a bunch of different stories and keeps the movie flowing and interesting. The coming-of-age genre is filled with movies that try to make you feel things. “YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SAD BECAUSE THIS IS SAD,” some movies seem to say. A good movie, however, will just let the sad scene be sad because they are confident in their own abilities to convey emotion. It makes the movie feel much more organic and real in a way that these movies often don’t. When a film feels real, it helps hammer home the emotions because the characters on screen are people we can relate to on some level.

It’s not a perfect movie. The pacing is a little off and it makes a movie that is less than two hours feel long. Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts deliver the exact performances you would expect from the two of them at this point. Neither of them are quite on auto pilot, but it’s close. This isn’t a genre that’s for everyone, and it’s not likely to change anyone’s mind if they aren’t into the feel-good genre to begin with. There are some rumors about it being touted as an Oscar contender, but aside from adapted screenplay, the movie itself doesn’t seem to go above and beyond.

Wonder doesn’t use emotional manipulation to force the audience to feel anything. Instead, the filmmakers allow their cast and the story get there organically, and it makes all the difference in the world. While not enough to convert someone to this particular genre, Wonder does enough to stand out from the rest.

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