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    • Saudi Arabia's First Commercial Film: The Emoji Movie?!

      1 day ago


      For the past 35 years, Saudi Arabia has enacted a strict ban on all widespread commercial movies. Last December, this ban was lifted in order to diversify the economy from just simply oil. Last weekend, the first official commercially released movies were shown at a moviehouse at the Cultural and Arts Center in Jeddah.

      The movies shown were Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie, and the notorious The Emoji Movie.

      Interesting choice of movies to demonstrate the power of cinema to the Saudi Arabians. Given the more conservative culture present in Saudi Arabians, it is also interesting they would choose these two movies in particular, especially Captain Underpants.

      According to the Saudi government, by lifting the ban on commercial movies it will grant about 30,000 new permanent jobs and 130,000 temporary jobs. By 2030, the government plan to open 300 new theaters with 2,000 screens, and project that the movie industry will add $24 billion to the economy, which definitely bodes well for the Saudi economy. It's just odd that it would all trace back to The Emoji Movie, widely considered the worst movie of 2017. There are questions about releasing movies in Saudi Arabia, especially regarding censorship considering the aforementioned conservative culture.

    • YouTube's New Partnership Changes: Protecting Some Creators, Damaging Others

      4 days ago


      ***You might want to watch the actual video this time...There's more/better in depth examples as to why this affects other smaller channels there.***

      YouTube has implemented more changes to its Partnership program. YouTube has received considerable criticism in the past for being an unstable source of income for its users, especially smaller channels that are trying to get their foot in the door. As of yesterday, they have added new changes to the program, which further harms the growth of smaller channels.

      "Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

      Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you. They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone."

      Let's use the IG YouTube channel as an example of this. As of this writing, we have a total of 7,150 lifetime views. Prior to this, we would have attained monetization privileges if we kept it up for another several months. Now, the goal post has moved farther down the field; given how small our channel is at this point in time, 4,000 hours is quite frankly insane. Furthermore, as of this writing, we have 55 subscribers, which is a far cry from the required 1,000 subscribers.

      We aren't relying on IG to make money at this stage, but the fact that we won't be able to make money off our work and expand our brand for a long time stings. That feeling is shared by those like us who don't have a lot of subscribers or consistent audience retention. It's not so much that we want to make a living, moreso that our growth is being restricted.

      The post later goes on to say;

      "Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community." 

      This seems to miss the forest for the trees. Yes, 90% of the channels affected were making less than $2.50 in the past month, but what about the other 10%? Is it really fair to arbitrarily take away monetization privileges from smaller channels who now have to get bigger if they want to see another penny from their work?

      The YouTube Partnership program has been notoriously fickle ever since its inception, especially against smaller channels. This change only adds weight to that point. At some point, it's going to bottom out and the only people left on YouTube making decent money are the ones who are already big.


    • Rooster Teeth Announces New Animated & Live Action Shows for 2018: Quick Summary

      4 days ago


      It's only been the third week of the new year an Austin, Texas-based production company Rooster Teeth continues to surprise all of us at every turn. Within the first week, we word from multiple employees of the company: Elyse Williems, Burnie Burns, Geoff Ramsey that their respected divisions are in development of new upcoming projects for 2018.

      Just today, Director of 2D animation Jordan Cwierz announced R.T's next animation, "Nomad of Nowhere".
         "It's a western/fantasy mash-up about a mysterious nomad traversing a western wasteland that hasn't seen magic in 100 years. But now there's a price on his head, and he's gonna have to avoid bounty hunters and captors who all want to score big when they bring in the world's last magical being. Think of it as two-parts Samurai Jack and True Grit with just a dash of The Lord of the Rings."

      Along with "Nomad of Nowhere", during one of R.T's other shows, "Burnie's Vlog", C.C.O Burnie Burns dropped the name and description of "The Lab". The way Burns explained the show was it would be a smaller production style where a group of employees are given a camera and sent to film something entertaining. The first thing that comes to mind is a combination of elements from the R.T Shorts and Burnie's Vlog.

      One of Rooster Teeth's most known productions is R.W.B.Y. Currently, the show is in it's 5th season, premiering October 27th, 2017 and finishing January 20th, 2018. Reported by Entertainment Weekly, the 6th Volume of R.W.B.Y is set to release Fall of this year.

      Finally, during RTX last year, an event set by the company, the head of R.T Animation, Gray Haddock announced gen:Lock, their second fully 3D animated show. A summary for gen:Lock follows:
         "On the losing side of a global culture war, an Experimental Science Unit is pushed to identify a team of young pilots who can control a variety of prototype, next-generation mecha—giant, robotic, weaponized bodies. The recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost."

      This is just the tip of the iceberg as many of the Rooster Teeth's other projects are still kept closely guarded. From Achievement Hunter and other Let's Play Family members, we can expect more live-action based content coming from them.


    • DC Comics Deals with Mental Health of their Super-Heroes Within 'Sanctuary' | I.G Comic News

      4 days ago


      For the past century, comic book heroes have spent their lives protecting their worlds from threats from beyond the veil. One of these heroes, who in recent times has had his entire psyche checked, is the hero Batman. In case you're unaware, Batman is one of the most well-known characters in comics, and with this renown, people are starting to notice that he as a character is mentally unstable; even he has admitted it. So it makes us wonder, how are so many heroes able to come back from being killed, or watching their world be set ablaze?

      Batman writer, Tom King, has been dropping hints to something called now known as "Sanctuary", revealed during the “Aftermath: Battle and Trauma in Comics” panel at this weekend’s DC in D.C. event. During the panel, King explained the idea as
         "-the most obvious idea I think I’ve ever had. The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart — and we also have a group of superheroes, the trinity-Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman-, who care about these other heroes. They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger.”

         "-is a place that you can go, modeled on veterans’ crisis centers — which is an interesting name for them — and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you, and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you."

      As of right now, there's no date for when the Sanctuary will appear but for a company to dedicate the time into an idea that brings a more realistic approach to these iconic superheroes, it's truly inspiring. The idea that the heroes are no longer the titans we use to see, but people with who suffer from their ideals of helping people, and that they need help has the ability to help comic readers who suffer from mental health problems to seeking out help instead of standing strong. Yes, DC characters are not real, but they do still influence those reading them.


    • DC's New Animated Movie 'Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay' Voice Actors Announced

      1 week ago


      DC and Warner Bros. are just full of surprises. Collider released a list for most of the voice actors for the upcoming animated Suicide Squad movie, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay. The movie came as a surprise because many outlets didn't know that the film was even in the works, however, DC did announce a number of animated films to come last year.

      Currently, little is known about the film, however from the image seen it could be said that it's not connected to their previous hit, Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham, mainly due to the return of Killer Frost, but will still take place in Gotham and use fan favourites such as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang. The movie takes place in the main animated movie universe based on the DC's "New 52".

      The movie is set to release in Spring of this year for Blu-Ray DVD.

      Christian Slater (Deadshot)
      Billy Brown (Bronze Tiger)
      Liam McIntyre (Captain Boomerang)
      Kristin Bauer van Straten (Killer Frost)
      Gideon Emery (Copperhead)
      Tara Strong (Harley Quinn)
      Vanessa Williams (Amanda Waller)
      C. Thomas Howell (Zoom)
      Dania Ramirez (Scandal Savage)
      James Urbaniak (Professor Pyg)
      Julie Nathanson (Silver Banshee)
      Jim Pirri (Vandal Savage and Vertigo)
      Greg Grunberg (Maxum Steel)
      Dave Fennoy (Blockbuster and Tobias Whale)
      Cissy Jones (Knockout)
      Natalie Lander (Darma)
      Trevor Devall (Punch)
      Dave Boat (Harvey Dent/Two-Face)
      Matthew Mercer (Savage Gunman)


    • Fox's X-Men Movie Franchise Continue On, but for how Long? | I.G Movie News

      1 week ago


      Even with Disney's acquisition of most of Fox's properties, the company continues to push ahead with their scheduled X-Men films. It will take close to a year and a half for the deal to finalize, giving Fox time to push out their X-Men films of this year: X-Men: The Dark Phoenix, Deadpool II, and The New Mutants.

      Recently, Collider revealed that the director of Deadpool, Tim Miller came out to talk about a possible Shadowcat solo film that he would like to make Shadowcat, aka Kitty Pryde, is the X-Men character played by Ellen Page who could run through walls and drop through floors.

      Currently, Fox has a pretty large number of films based around their X-Men franchise, and with the news of them losing the rights soon, they seem to be jumping at every major player within the universe. Only time will tell if they'll burn bright like a phoenix, or crash some of the most beloved Marvel characters into the ground.

      Current Movies Fox is "Working On"

      X-Men: The Dark Pheonix

      Deadpool II

        with a third movie in the talks

      The New Mutants
         with 2 sequels in the talks


      Multiple Man




    • The Nintendo Switch Success: The Fastest Selling System in Japan

      3 weeks ago


      The Nintendo Switch has seen major success ever since it was released back in March of this year. Not only has the system seen some of the most celebrated games of the year with Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it is also selling very well, almost in stark contrast with the Wii U. 

      According to a sales report in the Japanese video game magazine, Famitsu, the Switch sold nearly 900,000 units between November and December in Japan alone, and has sold about 3.3 million since its launch in March. The reason comparisons are being made to the PlayStation 2 is due to the fact that the PS2 had a similar launch window in March and sold 3 million units by year's end. The Switch has managed to outsell the PS2's launch year by about 300,000. This makes the Switch the fastest selling console in Japan. The PS2 is currently the highest selling video game system ever at 155 million total sales, but time will tell if the Switch will ever reach that lofty achievement.

      Compared to Nintendo's previous console, the Switch also demonstrates a comeback after the Wii U's dismal sales. The Wii U sold terribly in Japan, selling only 3.3 million systems in its total lifetime. The fact that the Switch managed to sell that much in 10 months is definitely a sign of improvement on Nintendo's part. Currently, the Switch has sold 10 million units worldwide, and Nintendo plans to sell 20 million next year. Things are definitely looking up for Nintendo, now we'll have to see if they can maintain this momentum.



    • The Battle For Net Neutrality Continues

      3 weeks ago


      Earlier this month, Net Neutrality was removed by Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC. The result was millions of Americans standing up and battling against Pai's decision, signing petitions, calling their Congressmen, making lawsuits, and sending death threats.

      The importance of Net Neutrality affects more than just the average Joe, but also small companies and businesses that rely on the freedom of the internet to market their products and services. A larger company like Disney, Rooster Teeth, Amazon, etc... could essentially pay for their sites to work at a faster speed, but a number of their users lose access to their services if they're not willing to pay. IF a Telecom company were to separate donation/payment sites like PayPal or Patreon from websites that provide you entertainment, a person who helps keep that site/creator afloat would essentially be paying monthly for a site to donate money to a person. It might be possible for some, but not all, and not for long.


      Since the repeal of Net Neutrality, companies and towns have been trying to find ways around any schemes that an internet service company may have up their sleeve. One company, AnchorFree provides a service they call a "Hotspot shield" to hide their location from broadband providers.

                   "In theory, that would make it harder for telecom companies such as AT&T Inc. or Verizon Communications Inc. to slow down a site or completely block users from viewing it,".

      Even some in the government is taking a stand, fighting because they believe that our freedom as citizens extends to the internet. Along with that, a number of ISP are denying that they're planning on changing anything even though the repeal happened. Only time will tell what happens to us: we lose, we win, or somebody walks away with fatter pockets.

      Personally, I'm not sure if I trust the ISPs to keep their word. At the same time, in a previous video/post, I did say that if everyone of them were to stay the same, it would only take 1 of them to step out of line to be hit with the loss of their subscribers.

    • Animator and Designer of Bugs Bunny, Bob Givens, Dead at Age 99

      3 weeks ago


      On December 14th, 2017, Bob Givens passed away from acute respiratory failure. His daughter, Mariana Givens, announced his death on Facebook. Bob Givens worked on a massive number of animations and cartoons over the course of the 20th century, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Popeye, Quick-Draw McGraw, Tom and Jerry, Garfield and Friends, and Bobby's World. Perhaps his greatest contribution to animation however, was his initial designs for what would become Bugs Bunny.


      In 1940, Givens was tasked with redesigning a rabbit character for the Tex Avery short, A Wild Hare, that Avery believed was "too cute" for the slapstick cartoon. Givens redrew the rabbit, and, with some refining from fellow animator, Robert  McKimson, created one of the most enduring cartoon characters ever.

      Beyond designing Bugs Bunny, Givens helped animate Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the first feature-length animated film. He also drew other iconic characters such as Tom and Jerry, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Popeye. If you watched classic cartoons from the mid-to-late 20th century, chances are good that Bob Givens worked on it in some capacity.


      Givens retired in 2001 after his friend and collaborator, Chuck Jones, died, ending a successful 60 year career. Retirement didn't stop Givens from contributing to the industry however, as he would teach aspiring animators and give talks on how to become successful in the industry.


      Bob Givens was an industry legend, and his work has greatly influenced animation and cartoons. He will be greatly missed both by his family and the people who enjoyed his work.


      BBC: Bob Givens: Bugs Bunny animator dies aged 99


      Animation Magazine: Bugs Bunny Designer Bob Givens Dies at 99

    • Heather North Voice Actress of Daphne on Original 'Scooby-Doo' Cartoon Dies at 71

      4 weeks ago


      Mrs. Heather North, the voice actress for Daphne Blake, died in her home in Studio City on November 30th.


      North was seen as the voice of the character, though first appearing in the second season of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?". She voiced the character from 1970 to 1985, where she'd step down from the role only to return for a small bit of time in 1997 and 2003.


      Beyond cartoons, North was in a number of films and Broadway shows like: My Three Sons, I Love My Wife, Doc Elliot. She's lived a long and eventful life with her husband, H. Wesley Kenney, who passed away two years ago.


      North survives through her son Kevin and daughter-in-law Stephanie; stepdaughter Nina and her husband Brent; stepson Wes and his wife Leslie; and granddaughter Jocelyn.




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