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Rise of the Guardians Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on September 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RISING SLOWLY
Delve into the world of Rise of the Guardians, the upcoming animated movie from Dreamworks, with this new free app.
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New App: Hobbit App Gives Behind-the-scenes Look at Movies

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 17th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Warner Brothers has released a new Hobbit movie tie-in app. It gives you both the backstory of the movie and lots of behind the scenes info on the filming of the Hobbit movies. Here's list of some of what's included:

• Interactive Map of Middle-Earth
• 360º views of scenic locations and settings
• “The Scroll,” a narrative art piece
• Animated lenticular character portraits
• Peter Jackson’s Production Journals
• Character image galleries and bios
• Downloads for iPad, iPhone, and Facebook
• Social integration with Facebook and Twitter

Mission: Escape - Kickstarting An Exciting Commute Home

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 14th, 2012

Regular commuters will know that driving can get pretty dull and tedious. Sure, you can turn the radio on but even that can turn uninteresting after a time. What you need is a sense of being part of an epic adventure, right? In which case, backing Mission: Escape might be exactly what you're after.

Currently in development and in need of Kickstarter backers, Mission: Escape is the brainchild of Fernando Macias-Jimenez. Recently graduated from the California State University in Chico, California, Fernando is a young composer with a passion for writing music to a set scene.

Recently, while driving through Chico and listening to David Arnold's Quantum of Solace soundtrack, he realised something.

"I was driving about 30 miles per hour and I was pretty much alone in the street, yet the music suddenly gave me this rush of thrill and made me feel like I was in an action movie, with people chasing me and so on. The feeling was so vivid that it made me say out loud to myself "wow, that was awesome". A few days later I though, "wouldn't it be awesome to have something that would take that feeling one step further and REACT to how you are driving so that the music doesn't seem arbitrary and generic, but customized to what you are doing at the moment?""

Fernando then joined together with others and came up with some great ideas and features, eventually leading to the creation of Mission: Escape.

The music is set to be 100% original with the focus on being "very epic" and "very fun". The app will react according to situations such as if you're waiting at a stop light, it'll turn calm and serene, while once acceleration kicks in, the music will turn more cinematic and exciting. Sound effects of enemies and messages from "home base" will also be included. It sounds thrilling but what of the safety aspect? Surely, it could turn things risky?

Fernando explains, "The speed limit is definitely a big one since it's the most obvious to cause problems. This also happens to be one of the "easier" ones to implement to some extent. Others, such as overtaking, are a bit more difficult to determine. However, we are trying to develop a security system that will try to gauge if the driver is driving recklessly and will advice the user to stop doing so or it will shut down the application. The way we would do this would be by detecting aggressive actions such as harsh acceleration, hard stopping, extra sharp turning or movement (changing lanes too fast), among other things. The iPhone will easily give us information when a user is doing something like that. The only thing to do is to create a balance point so that the security system only works when the user is actually driving recklessly and not because of something else," with the plan for plenty of testing and development to ensure it works well and in the right scenario.

Fernando was also keen to point out that safety will take priority alongside such exciting thrills.

It all sounds pretty intriguing to me and certainly an unique way of using such technology. Check out the Hands-on demo video below as well as the Mission: Escape Kickstarter page. We'll be sure to keep an eye on the app's development.

Become a Part of The Expendables 2 (Without the Movie-Star Salary) In New Infinite Trailer App

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 13th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Expendables 2 is coming out in August, featuring more action movie stars from the last four decades than one could shake a stick at – a stick that would then explode violently. To help promote the movie, Lions Gate has released an Infinite Trailer app. What this lets users do is to record a 5-second video clip that then adds a special effect, like a grenade explosion or an airstrike coming in. Then, once the video is processed, it can be added to a trailer for the movie with other users and the actual stars of the movie, with the user’s inputted last name showed before their 5-second footage of awesomeness. Or, whatever random inanity they decided to put in. Thus, it creates an “infinite trailer” that could go on as long as there’s new footage to stitch in! For Comic-Con goers, there’s even an “exclusive” long range RPG strike effect, which I presume actually has to be recorded at Comic-Con because the app crashed whenever I tried to apply it. Crafty developers!

Universal Movie Tycoon Receives Update for Universal's 100th Anniversary

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 21st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED :: Read Review »

In celebration of Universal's 100th anniversary, Fuse and Beach Cooler Games (with licensing from Universal) announced a new content update for its simulation game about the movie industry, Universal Movie Tycoon. The update includes new movie content, gameplay enhancements, quests, and better controls.

The new movie content added to the game is Snow White and the Hunstman. Players will be able to build and explore the set of the movie along with the 35 other blockbuster films available in the game.

Universal Movie Tycoon, like other "tycoon" simulation games, give players control to build and supervise over a particular setting, the movie industry in this case (specifical Universal Studios). Players work on building sets and creating movies like ET, The Mummy, and Jurassic Park. Players add buildings to the sets (over 15 studio buildings to use) and add decorations, roads, and more.

Universal Movie Tycoon is $0.99 and is a universal app.

Pixely People Making Movies Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on June 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SILVER SCREEN SHENANIGANS
Pixely People Making Movies is one goofy time-management production.
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Shall We Play a WarGames Game?

Posted by Jordan Minor on June 15th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Today, robotic assistants like Siri are all about helping their human creators with the power of technology. However, the 1983 MGM classic WarGames featured an artificial intelligence more interested in plunging the earth into a nuclear war. In WarGames: WOPR, from Be-Rad Entertainment, players take control of the titular program for some retro strategy action.

The goal is to create chains as long as possible by dragging one’s finger across similar tiles. During their quest to start World War III, players will have access to nuke, health, money, and radar tiles as well as 24 different tactics and mods they can use to strike the opponent or upgrade themselves. The 40+ levels feature showdowns with characters from the film including the actual voices of actors Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, and Dabney Coleman.

In a way, it would be fitting if playing this game could actually start a new world war. However, let’s hope for our sake that is not the case. WarGames: WOPR is available now for $0.99 on the App Store.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Swings Onto iOS This Summer.

Posted by Jordan Minor on June 7th, 2012

It should come as absolutely no surprise that Gameloft is releasing a tie-in game for the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man. After all, it is one of the summer’s most-anticipated blockbusters and Spider-Man is still one of the biggest superheroes of all time. With its release date rapidly approaching, now more details are starting are come in.

The game comes courtesy of the same team behind 2010’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. As such, it should be fairly safe to assume that this new title will seek to build on that already proven formula. However, this time players can expect to immerse themselves in the movie’s new, rebooted, Spider-Man universe while completing missions, protecting citizens, honing their skills and powers, and doing whatever else Spider-Man tends to do. Gameloft says players can look forward to a “comprehensive battle system” as well.

The Amazing Spider-Man the movie arrives in theaters on July 3rd. Expect The Amazing Spider-Man the game to arrive on mobile devices everywhere that same day.

Cinegif Text Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CREATIVE
A nice but expensive way of creating animated GIFs and messaging them to friends.
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Fandor Launches iPad App for Indie Film Fans

Posted by Greg Dawson on January 19th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Fandor, an online indie film streaming service that caters to both independent film fans and the mainstream movie crowd, released an iPad app today. This move comes shortly after announcing a partnership with the Roku streaming set-top box back in November. Going mobile brings one of the web's largest collections of entertaining films that celebrate cinema to iPad users. The films within the collection include the likes of FILM SOCIALISME from the Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard. A magisterial essay on the decline of European civilization, the film was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Fandor offers its users great films such as this as well as others not found anywhere else.

The app features a unique way in which to discover new films via the "Spinner" which offers members a way to have a film randomly picked for them or to select criteria such as era, genre or length before spinning. Members can also take advantage of integration with Twitter, Facebook and email to recommend their favorite movies with friends. The company supports indie filmmakers by sharing a portion of its subscription fee with them as well as with distributors. New members can sign up via a seven-day unlimited free pass on Fandor. Subscriptions range from $2.99 per week or $99.99 for the year.

Jurassic Park: The Game to Show Off More Isla Nublar

Posted by Rob Rich on November 14th, 2011

In just a few short days, Telltale Games' second "adventure game that's practically a sequel for the movie it's based on" will be unleashed. On less mobile devices, anyway. The iPad 2 version is set to follow soon after the November 15th release date, but nothing specific has been stated as of yet. That's okay though, because we have these new morsels of information to tide us over.

Jurassic Park: The Game takes us back to Isla Nublar shortly after the events of the first film, following a new cast of characters simply trying to escape the island with their lives intact. However, it's not just about the new faces: this time around we're going to be seeing more of the park itself. Sure there will be familiar areas (i.e. Dennis Nedry's "ditched" vehicle), but we've also learned of some new locations players will get to explore that weren't covered in the movie.

Locations such as the still under-construction Bone Shaker Roller Coaster, the Geothermal Power Plant, Dr. Laura Sorkin's Field Lab used for observational studies (as well as some unsanctioned and dangerous experiments, the North Docks which are a stone's throw away from the iconic Visitor's Center, and finally the Marine Facility (video featured below), which I'm personally terrified to experience. Wait until the end of the clip to see what I mean.

iPad 2 owners, keep an eye on that App Store after the 15th. There might not be an official release date for the iOS version, but I'd imagine it might only be a week or two longer. Heck, since the 15th is a Tuesday it's also not out of the question to consider it might be available on the 17th (Thursday). So... Anyone have an iPad 2 they don't want anymore..?


Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots

By Rob Rich on October 24th, 2011
Slicing up produce is always a good time, but owners of the original Fruit Ninja don't have much reason to invest in this all-too-similar spin-off. Unless they REALLY like Antonio Banderas.
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Movie Stiller Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on January 26th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STAY STILL
Movie Stiller will definitely make your videos look smoother, but nothing can fix the Blair Witch Project.
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StopMotion Recorder Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Elizabeth Fish on July 29th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUPER FUN
StopMotion Recorder had bought stop motion filming to the iPhone, and has done it almost perfectly. Easy to do and hours of fun, if only the camera quality was better.
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mSpot App Allows Full-Length Movie Streaming...from iPhone!

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on May 27th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you'd asked me a while back which company would first release an iPhone app for streaming full-length movies, I'd have probably guessed Netflix. ABC. Blockbuster. Redbox. Hulu. Maybe even Apple.

A much less famous company called mSpot, however, has stolen the crown of "first!"

Not that mSpot is new to the movie streaming business. They've already been offering movie streams for PC, Android, Palm, and Blackberry devices; they also have a music cloud-based storage/streaming service. Now, however, their mSpot Mobile Movies app has reached the App Store. The app allows you to browse movies, watch trailers, and rent movies for watching on your iPhone...or, if you decide you want to switch screens, you can hop onto your PC partway through!

The streaming quality looks pretty solid, and works on both 3G and WiFi (how did that get past AT&T?). As for prices, they offer both a "club" option and an a la carte method. The prices aren't too outrageous, either; movies like Inglourious Basterds and Star Trek are shown as costing just $4.99 to rent, while a small number of old titles like Night of the Living Dead are available for free. mSpot's library isn't enormous, but there are enough good titles there that it's definitely worth a look.

Now, if mSpot can just expand its library, its early advantage could transform it into yet another movie-source contender.