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While February is a so-so month for movies except for the huge Valentine’s week, March is a huge month from beginning to the end, a lot of releases and some hugely hyped one at that. A great month for the fans but maybe not so for some movies as there’s a lot of competitions here.

March 1, 1st week of March
Already in theaters are Voice of The Night and The Purging. Voice of The Night threw a lot of ads around the internet and off the internet so you probably see their ads on TV or radio or whatever entertainment form that you like. If you still don’t know what’s it about, then I will briefly explain it here. It is based on novel of the same name, involving two college freshmen of polar opposite, one nerdy; one sport star. Put a dark secret in the middle of the two freshmen and the thriller is on.

That’s about it for that one as I am trying to help The Purging more here to equal the playing field a little bit. The Purging is bringing zombies into the space, or a space station at least, to give those Star Wars nerds out there a taste of the zombie flesh — you won’t taste zombie flesh literally, so don’t freak out. Two soldiers played by Vin Diesel and Colin Farrell are the main protagonists of this film, as they tried their best to survive the dire situation they are in. The film also attempts to be realistic(on a sci-fi level) so don’t expect godmode in this one.

March 8, 2nd week of March
A slower week of March, we have Drugged 4 which concludes the Drugged series. This time, we are with Eric Hexler(each Drugged focuses on one main character) and his family problem. This time, the conflict is on a larger scale as the people are going up against the Harson, the company of the bad drugs instead of just solving their own personal problems so expect some epic things out of this one.

March 15, 3rd week of March
The Slave is the first film of Dark Horse Studios in 2013 and there’s no doubt from the title that the audience will be into some dark, depressing journey as expected from any Dark Horse release. In this film, we will be dwelling into the grim reality of the mean streets of Victorian London, a place full of vile, vicious and villainous people and events that unfold the characters to their height of passion, depths of obsession and promise of revenge.

If you don’t want to be depressing, then you will be glad to take the other release of the week, Chains of Youth. While I am not sure if this is a happy film or on the not-very-happy area, I am fairly sure that this will be brighter than The Slave, tone-wise. The story revolves around a college freshman and aspiring poet who struggles to find direction in his life, just like a lot of college freshmen out there, and his affair with a married woman. The production company even said that this is a perfect film for the testosterone driven demographic.

March 22, 4th week of March
Lollipop Chainsaw 2 focuses on Stevie Stewart(Deborah Ann Woll). Going out of the video game that the series is based on and with the main character, Juliet Starling not showing much here, the story will revolves around the Stewart sisters – there’s three of them – as they are trying to defend the town from endless waves of zombies. There’s also a new villain played by Kat Dennings so even if you have played the game, this is still a whole new experience.

March 29, 5th week of March
For the final week of the month, we have The Last Musketeer and Charnel House, both I don’t really have much informations on. The little info I have is that The Last Musketeer will be an action-adventure film by Blacksmith Pictures, which is definitely bringing in some hype thanks to the successful release of Lockdown in February.

Charnel House is a horror film from the current HollywoodTG horror powerhouse, Aurora Films. The release date is announced quite recently but it’s from Aurora Films and horror its signature genre, people do expect good things from this one. A basic sypnosis says that this is about a detective investigating a massacre inside a house, only to discover something much more evil and sinister behind the doors.

We will also be tracking the up-and-down of the talent’s status in their venture of HollywoodTG every month, and here’s the list of last month:

On The Raise

  • Elle Fanning: 4.607 -> 5.060(The Hair People)
  • Jessica Amlee: 3.190 -> 4.015(The Hair People)
  • Emily Mortimer: 3.428 -> 3.828(The Hair People)
  • Anna Faris: 3.477 -> 3.875(The Hair People)
  • Miranda July: 1.100 -> 2.079(The Hair People)
  • Deborah Ann Woll: 4.382 -> 7.189(I Know What You Did Last Summer 2, Grand Theft Dog 2)
  • Blake Lively: 5.411 -> 6.278(I Know What You Did Last Summer 2)
  • Lizzy Caplan: 0.618 -> 1.291(I Know What You Did Last Summer 2)
  • Jennifer Garner: 9.877 -> 10.087(I Know What You Did Last Summer 2)
  • Patrick Lussier: 6.109 -> 6.838(I Know What You Did Last Summer 2)
  • Steven Haworth: 0.500 -> 0.565(Ring of Honor: Forever Third?)
  • Kevin Foote: 0.500 -> 0.565(Ring of Honor: Forever Third?)
  • Jim Cornette: 1.030 -> 1.056(Ring of Honor: Forever Third?)
  • Albert Maysles: 1.068 -> 1.089(Ring of Honor: Forever Third?)
  • Yimou Zhang: 2.000 -> 2.741(Rising Sun)
  • Sean Bean: 4.449 -> 4.822(Rising Sun)
  • Jet Li: 5.394 -> 5.895(Rising Sun)
  • Daniel Craig: 6.391 -> 6.592(Rising Sun)
  • Hiroyuki Sanada: 0.500 -> 0.995(Rising Sun)
  • Famke Janssen: 3.596 -> 4.226(The Widow)
  • Kyra Sedgwick: 1.500 -> 2.520(The Widow)
  • Holly Gibbs: 0.573 -> 1.129(The Widow)
  • Holly Marie Combs: 1.323 -> 1.842(The Widow)
  • William Friedkin: 7.225 -> 7.311(The Widow)
  • Jon Abrahams: 0.500 -> 0.951(Cars 3)
  • Richard Moll: 1.000 -> 1.578(Cars 3)
  • Bonnie Hunt: 0.500 -> 1.402(Cars 3)
  • John Lasseter: 1.000 -> 1.802(Cars 3)
  • Parker Posey: 10.987 -> 11.908(Grand Theft Dog 2)
  • Alison Brie: 2.173 -> 3.349(Grand Theft Dog 2)
  • Cate Blanchett: 11.282 -> 12.002(Grand Theft Dog 2)
  • Brett Ratner: 7.018 -> 8.534(Grand Theft Dog 2)

Falling Down

  • Owen Wilson: 9.002 -> 8.603(Cars 3)

In part 1 of our interview with Kaitlynn we discussed her favorite projects, the origin of her production company name, and more. What else did we discuss in our time together? Read on…

G: Between TV and movie, which do you enjoy writing more? How so?

K: I like TV much more, because I created my own universe there (Eastwick) and can expand on it and come back after some time and do more in and around it. It’s like visiting an old friend. I am weird.

G: Just out of curiosity, do you ever think of doing a film with a male-oriented cast, maybe on some sort of special occasion like 5 years anniversary of you as a member of HTG? Or that thought has never crossed your mind?

K: No, I am a sexist. (smiley face)

G: Well, there’s the answer to yo’all male talents out there. Stop harassing her or her assistants. I remember this question (or similar question) when you interviewed me long time ago. If you can change some aspect of HTG, what would you change or what would you add?

K: More women? Bringing Cassy back? Making people add actors decently into the database so my hours of updating and replacing shit aren’t wasted? That’s probably it.

G: If your “Cassy” stands for Casey Affleck, you got your wish. Any sneak peek of your upcoming project?

K: It’s called Amnesia and will feature Emma Watson as the female lead. I won’t reveal more.

G: I hope I don’t get Amnesia for trying to find out more. You know, get caught and my memory is gone and so on… okay, I will just stop here in case you really know a spell that can knock my memory off. Moving on, as a fast rising production company in HTG, you have won a fair share of awards in the last Yoda and Sully awards. Did you expect winning that much when you are pretty much a freshman of the industry?

K: I expected to get some Sullys, yes, despite Tim being a b**** and producing shows that are far too good. But I didn’t really expect Yodas. Though I wanted them ^^.

G: What is your target in the upcoming Yoda and Sully awards?

K: I’d love to get one or two Sully’s for Eastwick again. And maybe a Yoda for The Widow.

G: Any particular category you think they (Eastick and The Widow) have a good chance to win?

K: It’s more that i want them to win. They are dear to my heart.

G: In your opinion, which award is the “ultimate award” for you as a producer as in it is the one you would be really proud of when you finally win it (not necessarily in the upcoming award, more like your final target sort of deal)? Why?

K: It’s actually not an award, but when I read that the critics liked something. That’s the best thing for me as a producer.

G: Just stay clear of The G, that dude a giant dbag when it comes to the critics’ circle. Which studio do you enjoy working with the most?

K: I love working with Teufel and Tim. Both are extremely impressive persons I learned to really like and rely on. I also enjoyed working with Lucian, because he was quite serious about it. It’s actually hard not to name all of them (except a certain someone I have a beef with).

And then Kaitlynn was pulled away by her assistant for an important meeting. Yeah right, like there’s any meeting in Hollywood that is not important. Well, that will be the end of the interview, see you next time!

Producer: Kaitlynn
Portfolio: 12 Films + 5 TV Show/Movie
In the business for: 1 Year
Specialty: Female-oriented cast, hard worker, witchcraft

Kaitlynn is fast becoming a household name in the HTG industry despite the fact that she has only been here for a year, much thanks to her hard work. Halliwell Productions has created plenty of award winners like Eastwick, a TV series about witches and Tom Graveyard, a movie that revolves around life and death. While those are impressive feats, which clearly explained why she is a Sully Best Producer and Yoda Best New Producer, it is ultimately her hard work and dedication that has created up to 17 products in her portfolio in 12 months of time and that along really spread the name of Halliwell Productions out there.

Halliwell Productions is also big among the ladies and plenty of female’s associations around the world have nothing but positive comments with Halliwell Productions’ approach in the casting. Kaitlynn is known for focusing on females in her films and TV shows. Whatever you can find a male version of, she is likely to create a female version in the future (or she already did). This approach has created an unique slice in the movie business and it is good to see more ladies kicking asses in the big screen.

Witchcraft? OMFG KAITLYNN IS A WITCH, KILL HER!!! Calm down, dude. Don’t be so literal you idiot, and yes, I am literal an “idiot”. This ain’t medieval with the frequent witch-hunt and she isn’t a witch. She just excels in settings that revolves around magic and/or any supernatural elements and she did a fair share of those. While she also have a few dramas out there, they are not as good as her supernatural films and shows. Even her action trilogy – Reborn, Reboot and the third upcoming installment – has that kind of dark experiment sort of element in it. While being great at one thing is pretty good in this world of specialization, she still has a lot of time to expand to other genres and so on.

While it is hard to find her thanks to the busy schedule, I was still able to secure an interview with her.

Goliathus: Hello there, thanks for giving me the opportunity for an interview with you. How are you?

Kaitlyn: Busy as hell. When I started that game I vowed to release one movie a month and that’s pretty much kicking my own ass right now. In the end I wished I would have had more time for both The Widow and Sailor Moon. But it’s now just one more movie to go and then I am going to go along at my own pace.

G: Starting with a basic question, is there an origin of the name “Halliwell Productions”? Is that your surname (just my random guess)?

K: Uhm, no. My surname is a German one. (surprise!) Halliwell is the surname of the Halliwell Sisters from Charmed, a show which had a great impact on my life and like so many things from your childhood and teen years, when I wanted to rewatch it I realized that it was much better in my memory than in reality.

G: Darn, I knew it! I really feel dumb on that guess but that’s just me on occasion and now I know where you learned your witchcraft. You have released a fair share of movies and TV shows and I consider you to be quite versatile as you have written different sort of stories. Is there any genre you are not confident with or you have no interest to write, at this moment?

K: I do consider myself as witty, but only in conversations. Each attempt of mine to stride into comedy has utterly failed. So I’m not really confident with that. Animation was a try out for me and I liked writing it. And since I had to cut Sailor Moon so short due to my own stupid ambitions I will at least give that genre a second shot.

G: You probably just need more time to complete your ambitions. Among your written stuff, which movie or TV show is your favorite so far and why? If you don’t mind I would actually prefer your top 2 favorite instead of only one.

K: Tom Graveyard and strangely Sailor Moon. Both were something I felt extremely confident with and the more I wrote the more satisfied I was. Of course I also love Eastwick very much.

In part 2 of our sit down with Kaitlynn of Halliwell Productions we chat about her upcoming projects and take a deeper look into her HTG History. Stay tuned!

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The official soundtrack to Voice of the Night has been announced. The artists features veterans like Saliva, Muse and The Rolling Stones as well as emerging artists like Evolve Thru Scars, Daniela Andrade, and Adalie. Here is the listing of songs as it appears in the CD:


  1. Blow (cover) by Beauty School Dropouts
  2. Crazy (cover) by Evolve Thru Scars
  3. Blood Brothers by Papa Roach
  4. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
  5. Fear of the Dark (cover) by Van Canto
  6. Creep (cover) by Daniela Andrade
  7. Things are Looking Up by Blues Traveler
  8. No Handlebars by the Flobots
  9. Down by Gravity Kills
  10. Sweet Dreams are Made of This by Marilyn Manson
  11. Uprising by Muse
  12. Burning Down the House (cover) by Bear Attack
  13. Come Clean (cover) by Adalie
  14. It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
  15. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
  16. Clock is Ticking (instrumental) by David Michael Frank
  17. Right Through You by Alanis Morissette
  18. Always by Saliva

Voice of the Night stars Anton Yelchin (Lexx), Alexander Ludwig (One Week), Jennifer Lawrence (In Memoriam), and Idris Elba (Thomas Jones: No Good About Goodbye). The Jonathan Demme film invades HTG Theaters on March 1.

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People, an important part of today’s world, and it’s not much different in the movie industry. If no one gives a flying mammal about your film, then you are screwed. Doing it for the art? Sure, you can but you still need some money before you do it for the art. If you care about people, who I recommend you to do so to a certain extent, then welcome to The People’s Voice, an article all about the voice of the public. Today’s topic, buzz vote. Buzz is important because well, you can make the most epic movie ever but if no one knows about it, then the ticket won’t sell at all and you won’t be making any money. In HTG, buzz vote is part of the box office formula alongside talent score, theater vote and advertisement budget. You only have 4 things in the formula, so you better try to score everything you can if you want your movie to be a hit.

Now, the survey is sent to the public, alongside Hollywood workers from those in front of the curtain and also the backstage crew. From janitor to millionaire, from age 3 to 80, I am covering every demographic here in this one so the result is unquestionable. When I say The People’s Voice, I meant it. I ain’t no liar so now, let’s get to the survey result…but before that, let’s start with my own opinion. It’s only fair for me to share my opinion when I am getting information from others, barter trading style. Alright, here’s the question of the day:

What are your top three criteria when scoring the buzz? Preferably in order.

To me, number one is definitely the ad campaign and ad campaign in HTG is all about effort and passion that one displays over his project. When you don’t give a flying mammal(yeah, I use that a lot) about someone or something, you don’t do anything about it and when you do a lot of things to someone or something, it shows that you care. Your girlfriend/wife/boyfriend/husband/family, you do a lot of thing for them. Your hobby, you spend a lot of time on them. Projects that you love, you would try your best to spread the word. You want to let people know “Hey, this is coming out soon” and you would convince them to watch by telling them about the story and so on. It’s basic marketing, really. Ultimately, HTG is a game, it’s not something you do to pay your bill. You are here because you love to write and you hope someone would want to read your film at the end of the day.

This community isn’t very huge(the good news, it is growing), every read is precious and you can only get a precious review after someone has read your film. You have to fight for every reader out there. If you don’t care about people reading or not, you still need a good buzz score for a higher score in the box office calculation. So in the end, no matter what is your objective, to earn money or to get Yoda or both, you need buzz score. It’s not only because it’s in the formula because a higher buzz score also means people are interested in the project. How you get someone to be interested in your project? You tell them more about it and one way to do that is ad campaign. There’s even a Yoda and Sully for ad campaign because it is supposed to be important. Yet, I have not seen many impressive ad campaign out there.

Number two, my overall impression of the film’s premise. While I do award effort more than anything else, first impression is still something. Let’s say I met two girls at the same time, the one that are better looking to me will have a higher initial score. They can be decent people at the end of the day and get the same final score, but buzz vote is all about the first impression before the film is out. The “final score” is more of like theater vote. I mainly do this if there’s a lack of effort on ads and I can only assess based on what (limited info) I know of it at that moment.

Number three, poster. Well, when nothing is known to a film thanks to the lack of information given, then I can only buzz vote based on the poster visible in the buzz vote page. In that case, I can only judge it based on the poster and maybe some inaccurate estimation of the film’s content that I made up at that time.

So, there you go, my three points. Now, it’s time for the survey result. I will be using percentage because well, I don’t want to scare you because of the epic sample size and I am not that much of a show off anyway:

Ad campaign is on 100% of the survey answer so literally everyone out there would like to see like an ad campaign. Also, 60% of the people put it as their first priority of scoring the buzz. People do agree that ad campaign will change their view and get them pumped up for a movie. Some consider ad campaign to be a display of passion and dedication to the product. When someone is willing to go for an extra mile, you know that he is serious about his movie. I think film producer, Quantum, sums it up pretty well with his answer:

“Advertising, plain and simple. The more time and energy somebody puts into advertising the more passion you know they have for the project. The more passion they have generally translates into a good film. Lately, people have just been throwing up a poster with some text as their only ad and expecting a ten. Not good enough for me. If you want me to vote high, put in the work in the ads. Talk about it in the main chat. The more I hear about it, the higher my buzz vote goes up. Even if I’m not entirely interested in the source material.”

Poster is on 73% of answer but only 11% put it as their first priority. Regardless, it’s still a strong influence on the buzz score. Visual perception is a strong thing as we human being judge the beauty of one thing mainly with our vision. In Chinese culinary art, the three main focuses are “color”, “smell” and “flavor”. “Color”, as in visual, is on the front row. In video game, graphic is a huge part too, especially in the mainstream market. Movie-wise, there’s a reason why studios are willing to invest so much money on CGI and 3D. In the buzz session, poster is the visual support of a movie so of course it is very important. This is also part of Quantum’s top 3:

“People forget how important this is. A poster also shows your passion for the project. A shitty poster means you don’t really care about what the HTG legacy of the project is. If you seek out good creative work it means you’re striving for success for your film. People forget that HTG has been around for a long time and it’s probably going to be around for awhile longer. There’s a strong chance people will see that theater poster 5 years down the line. Make sure they can see that it was at least good back in the day if not still now. The better that theater poster the more hope I have for the project.”

61% of people consider film appeal as part of their top 3. It actually has a larger top spot share than poster, 20% of people put it as their top priority. Well, this is pretty much uncontrollable. If your film is one that has mainstream appeal or just nail the main demography perfectly, no doubt more people are interested in it. Of course, this doesn’t mean one should just find what people like and write based on that. Put more effort in pushing the product out and the buzz vote will still be in your closed palm.

Franchise appeal is on 18% of the answer, 11% of top spot and this is why franchise is such a wonderful thing to have. A franchise with many fans will always give the movie an initial advantage over others but screw up a franchise though, and it will really be your nightmare. To stay on topic of buzz score, franchise alone is enough to gather a bit of raw buzz to start with so an adaptation does has it perks, so to speak.

Film cast is also on 18% of the answer but no top spot. Having a good film cast doesn’t hurt at all, good cast is praised usually in the review and now, you know that it matters too in the buzz score. Players in HTG have solid imagination and a good cast will help them to picture the film even better when reading it and even before reading it, they will be like “Cool, this one has talent A in it!”. Never underestimate the drawing power of the talents.

Trailer is ultimately an ad device but it is specifically mentioned in 15% of the answer sheet so that means an ad campaign is incomplete without trailer for them, I assume. I do like the idea of trailer since it is such a common way to advertise in real life so it should be included in a simulation game that stimulates the movie business. That makes perfect sense. Now that you know about this, do plan a trailer or two in your ad campaign.

Track record is in 8% of the answer. What is “track record”? It’s kind of like reputation. Let’s face it, no one can be completely fair in this world, human ain’t saint and I admit I can be biased at times too when it comes to buzz voting, it is not my top 3 but it can affect me from time to time. When a producer has put up a lot of so-so films in a row, it’s hard to not auto-assume that his next film isn’t going to be much better. This is especially true when one has been slacking in his works at the moment, scrapping by the minimum and so on. The only advice I have for this case is that the producer needs to possess a certain pride to his things, don’t slack off, try to showcase your desire to improve and produce good things.

In conclusion, producers should invest themselves more into the advertisement department especially it is proven that it has such a great impact on the buzz score. I mean, really, advertisement isn’t so hard to do, when you can write a script which is arguably longer, you can write an ad just fine, it’s just your willingness to do so and that ultimately define your buzz score in a big way. Among the answers above, there are some you can’t really do much about like the film’s premise and also franchise appeal. Things like cast, poster and so forth are under their control though so the producers have to make sure they are taking advantage of those things, be serious about casting choices, trying to get a good poster done and so on. They need to really show to the world that they are seriously in what they are doing. Don’t just hope people will read your things, do more advertisements, show the world that you do have pride and passion in your project and people will be more inclined to read it. Hopes and talks are nothing until you do something about it. When you yourself don’t care about something, how are you going to convince everybody else to care about it? So, don’t be shy at all, show your stuff with pride, show them proudly and loudly and your effort will not go unnoticed.

OOC: Thank you for all the participants of the survey. I did PMed/e-mailed everyone but if my question fails to reach you, then I am sorry about that. Special thanks to Quantum for allowing me to use his answer in the article. I did say that no name will be mentioned in the article but Quantum has put a lot of effort in his answers and it will be a waste to not put them in here. See? Effort will not go unnoticed.