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Video games have been a part of popular culture for decades now, and whenever anything is a part of popular culture, you can bet that Hollywood is going to try to piggyback off of its joojoo in some way. Because of this, the history of movies that were adapted from video game properties is a long and rich one, wherein just about every game you can think of that’s reached a critical mass of popularity has been turned into a movie. That’s what makes it so depressing that we still haven’t really gotten a video game movie that’s been received warmly enough to legitimize the genre and shut up everyone who keeps saying that video games are not art, or that they at least make for really crappy source material for movies. What’s even more depressing though is the news THR recently broke that Temple Run, a game that’s become popular on iOS and Android mobile devices, is the next property set up to inspire its own big screen feature over at Warner Bros. Making a movie out of a game like this just proves that Hollywood still has no clue which types of video games could inspire a film version that audiences would accept and which absolutely won’t.

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According to Deadline Hollywood, Legendary has offered lead roles for the Duncan Jones-directed World of Warcraft to Paula Patton and Colin Farrell, although there’s still (by their calculations) an even chance that Farrell won’t accept. Who will they play? Hunters? Mages? Night Elves? It’s unclear — as is what the movie dipping its toes into the expansive universe will cover. The only sure thing is that it has to be more than humans and orcs to avoid feeling like a Lord of the Rings clone. After 5 years of stop-and-go development, this is the surest sign yet that their announcement to start production in January isn’t just a pipe dream. Patton and Farrell are both interesting choices, but regardless of who they cast, this is still an In-Duncan-Jones-We-Trust situation. The studio may want names and faces to put on the poster, but this will always be the filmmaker behind Moon becoming the mayor of an insanely popular fantasy landscape. Look for an avalanche of developments in the coming months.

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It’s been a long, harrowing journey, but it’s almost close to starting. Blizzard has been developing World of Warcraft for a very long time, initially earning excitement for hiring Sam Raimi in 2009, but after the director dropped out last year, the news of Duncan Jones replacing him was bittersweet. He’s undoubtedly a great choice, yet after waiting so long for it to happen, it was natural to question whether the movie would actually happen. Well now it will. Or at least someone’s paying rent. Production Weekly has posted that Legendary Pictures has set up its offices for the film at Canadian Motion Picture Park (apparently Azeroth is in Vancouver) with an eye to start production January 13, 2014. So far, the plan to release it in 2015 is still on target. No word yet on whether Aubrey Plaza and Mr. T will star. In fact, there haven’t been any casting announcements yet, but they’re almost guaranteed to land in the coming months.

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Briefly: After years of stops and starts, Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft movie has finally locked in a director who sounds determined to make the live-action project work. THR reports that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones will helm their feature. The script has been written by Charles Leavitt and the film is aiming to start filming this fall, with a 2015 release eyed.

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Sam Raimi has been developing an expansive World of Warcraft movie for quite some time, but this year’s Comic-Con brought sad news for anyone wishing to see that universe brought to life in movie form. According to Crave Online, the director announced that he would not be moving forward with the project. More specifically, his involvement and schedule for Oz the Great and Powerful meant he couldn’t direct WOW. “…They don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director. They had to start making it,” said Raimi. However, it’s unclear what director they’ve moved on to or at what stage of development the project is at. Of course, Blizzard Entertainment might have been too busy making sure Diablo III servers stopped crashing in order to make a few director phone calls. For now, let’s consider this news the equivalent of a loading bar that’s still half full. Or half empty, depending on how you look at it.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? In the opening seconds of IRL, a young man starts to list his World of Warcraft character’s achievements. It’s impressive at first, until the audio editing transforms the accolades into an overwhelming mess, descending into a confusing spiral that sets up the tone for this light, yet serious look at the very real inability to disconnect from a game online. The young man is writer/director Anthony Rosner who delivers a fantastic short documentary told primarily with imagery from the game and from pictures of his personal life. It’s sweet and sad at the same time. All that money spent, all that time dedicated to something that failed to make him friends or advance him in the outside world. It also makes sense – accurately explaining how the allure of praise and adulation in the online world can keep someone in a basement even when there’s a beautiful country out there to explore. What will it cost? Only 7 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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Why Watch? Because sometimes the real world needs a little fantasy, and a documentary is the only thing that can bring the two together. This short doc is incredible. It’s concept is one of sheer cleverness and execution that’s both thoughtful and playful at the same time. It follows a handful of World of Warcraft players as they go about their banal, daily work (walking through cubicles, driving forklifts), but instead of people grinding out a 9-to-5, it’s their WoW characters. Through visual FX, the warlocks and warriors are brought into the bus stops and buildings with some insightful, personal interviews acting as voice over. What Will It Cost? Just 4 minutes of your time. Check out Avatar Days for yourself:

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The folks over at AICN have confirmed this evening that Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) has signed on to direct the long gestating World of Warcraft movie.

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Video games Call to Duty and World of Warcraft are lining up to be turned into films. Activision, the creator of the games is looking into adapting the two popular games into motion pictures.

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Second Skin

Behold, the first truly great, visionary film from this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

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I do not play “World of Warcraft”, the extremely popular — and in many ways cultish — massively multi-player online role playing game. But while you won’t see me leading my character through the Hellfire Peninsula or Thunder Bluff, you may just run across a celebrity or two.

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