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Last month, Bulletproof Avatar Pictures and Lightning Productions put out the action flick Thomas Jones: No Good About Goodbye starring Idris Elba, Tom Wilkinson, Cobie Smulders, and Timothy Dalton. You have seen the movie, now listen to its tunes…

NO GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE  OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

  1. “No Good About Goodbye” by Shirley Bassey
  2. “Nothing Sinister” by David Arnold
  3. “Time to Get Out” by David Arnold
  4. “Bike Chase” by David Arnold
  5. “Hamburg Break-in” by David Arnold
  6. “African Rundown” by David Arnold
  7. “Somebody Wants to Kill You” by David Arnold
  8. “Target Terminated” by David Arnold

The soundtrack was originally featured on The Lucky Dragon NewsCorp. Do you dig the music? Will it be one of the soundtracks that you nominate for a Golden Yoda for the next HTG Awards?


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It’s a brand new year, and January typically isn’t a very productive month for movie. More of a cool down month sort of thing but still, there might be some hidden gems in this month. Let’s check them out.

January 4, 1st week of January
Already in theater now will be the first movie of 2013 and its name suits the occasion very well. The Greatest HTG Movie Ever Sold is a tribute to Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. That film has the entire budget covered by product placement and Lucian (Ship of Fooles) is attempting the same in an HTG way, with awards, talent vouchers, cars and ad budget items. Even better, Lucian is able to not breakeven but even earn a ton of money before the box office comes rolling in. Check this out to see how he pull it off.

January 11, 2nd week of January
Drugged 3 continues the franchise’s legacy in year 2013. This time, the film focuses on Connor Cannon (Mitchell Musso) right after he shot someone at school. Thanks to the drug, he is in the same situation as the protagonists in Hangover and that is he has no memory of what he has done. The film focuses on the aftermath of the shooting, mainly on the consequences of things.

January 18, 3rd week of January
Blacksmith Pictures returns to business with its tenth feature, their first since 2008’s The Murder Castle. Influenced by movie like Die Hard and The Raid: Redemption, Lockdown is a fast paced action thriller that set in an isolated island in Bahamas. Alan Whiteshade (Brian Cox) and his bodyguard Jake (Jensen Ackles) are there for the grand opening of Neptune Casino, Whiteshade’s newest enterprise. Whiteshade has always been a shady businessman and the price of that is someone else would want your head. The casino is attacked by a group of terrorists, led by Koval (Karl Urban), targeting Whiteshade primarily, creating a lockdown inside the casino. Unbeknownst to the terrorist group is that another team of assassins are inside the casino as well. Whiteshade is missing, wanted by two groups, and the only hope he has is Jake and his daughter (Mila Kunis).

S***Ball is up to challenge the returning Blacksmith Pictures. An animated comedy, the movie sets inside a college full of monkies and is about to be bulldozed to the ground. Money seems to be the only option to save the school and so the bunch of monkeys decided to host a charity baseball game… with their s*** being the baseball.

January 25, 4th week of January
Three movies announced for this week, but I only have info on one. Lexx is the movie reboot of a cult classic TV series of the same name. It focusies on a janitor (Jon Bon Jovi) that is captured by the captain of the most powerful weapon (which I assume is also a ship) in the galaxy. The cast include Richard Dean Anderson as Captain Darnok, Megan Fox as Zev, Anton Yelchin as Kai and the voices of Ian Ziering and Patrick Warburton as 790 and the Lexx respectively.


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Yo, The G is back. The G always comes back, he returns more than The Terminator but that’s not today’s topic. Today, we ain’t talking about no return of The G, we ain’t calculating about the rate of zombie virus transmitting through air by how many meters per milisecond. Today, we talk about TV. Yes, TV, it’s been the end of the season now and I have plenty of awards to give and some random things to talk about. Just a note, you can just skip to the award and skip my bambling if you are not up for them.

The second half of the season had a lot of surprises. On top of my head is Cabot sucking in viewers like a sci-fi black hole… oh, that’s not a surprise? Okay then. Moving on, It’s Always Me withered in week 6 out of nowhere to a mere 8.52 (12th of the week). I tried to send the data to a few science centers around USA to identify the reason and all the answers they gave me are crap. It’s either “I can’t identify the reason” or “I don’t have time for this crap” and you know what? The G put a hit on them lab animals. Screw them, calling themselves PhD yet they can’t identify something as easy as this? I weep for the future of science and mathematics. While IAM is still a top show overall(3rd), this sort of drop incident has to be avoided in the future, especially with new challengers on the horizon now.

Speaking of new challengers, Cherry on Top and Cabot are dominating the ranking with 12.67 and 12.71 and that is 2.4 points above the 3rd place. Oh, that’s not a surprise as well? Goddarn it. How about David Makes Friends landing on 4th of this season? That is a personal surprise for me, my prediction for it is around 6th-8th actually but props to the producer for making the breakout with his first TV show. And to the fellas out there with the name ‘David’ who are trying to make friends, I have no objection on your behavior so don’t send me death threat because I look down upon the show, kind of.

Another thing on my mind is TCW dominating week 5. It’s a TCW-oriented schedule in that week and I thought not many would want to see so many hours of wresting aside from the die-hard wrestling fans. But when you are die-hard, you go to the arena for live action…or you will watch Bruce Willis movies on your HTG-Ray player instead. The plenty of “die-soft” did enough to support the TCW throughout the night and FBTV actually win the network war that week. Is there not enough solid TV dramas out there to combat a wrestling show? Again, no answer from the science centers. Well, that is one great day for the wrestling fans…and as well as the FBTV head if he is not a wrestling fan. He better pretend to like it though, TCW is an important piece in his network and he needs to support it.

I am quite sad to see variety shows like The Process are not on-air. While I expect every season to be drama-heavy – it’s the main focus from 8pm to 11pm anyway – I would like more variety shows. The only one on the line is HTG’s Top Actress, which is not bad but not very good either — and that is still a failure in The G’s view. It needs some contenders to heat up I guess, being the lone show out there is not motivating at all.

Enough pre-award talk, now let’s move to the main focus of the article, it’s The G unofficial TV award time and before that, I must tell you upfront that not every award is in every award, work that out and if you have problem with that, The G runs things his way, that’s why:

‘Never Give Up’ Redemption Award

  • Eastwick, 1.95
  • The Fastest Sport on Earth, 2.01
  • Trinity Blood, 2.82

This award is all about shows that gets the greatest rating gain in the second half of the season. This shows don’t give up and when they are that determined to stay in the cruel world of TV, they reaps the reward. First, we have Eastwick. I have not realize its so-so rating in the first half as I thought it should be at least in the mid-high range. Well, it sure strikes back at the second half to push itself to the mid-high range.

While The Fastest Sport on Earth isn’t a show with good rating, which leads to it eventual fate of a shorten season run and a quick ending. Then, it turns out that it actually starts to garner some good ratings. It might be because it is finale so everyone is watching or it might be the show’s luck is turning around. We will never know at this point since the show is officially ended there.

Now, for the winner, Trinity Blood. Finally it gets some attention and a lot of them actually. The show is hitting 11.68 in one of the episode, that’s as high as a kite. I don’t think I need to cover more of this show as it is covered pretty well in my other article.

‘King Of Its Region’ Performance Award

  • DRTV: It’s Always Me, 79.73
  • FBTV: Cabot, 94
  • RN: Monster 73.98

The formula remains the same, 50% my rating + 50% show rating, with the highest rated show in 2nd half of the season being 100%. It’s Always Me gets a reward this time. While its rating doesn’t help it in this one, the consistency of it helps as the other potential contenders have one bad episode and their score dropped down because of that. What you can learn from It’s Always Me? How to create awesome, life-like dialogue. It’s the show with the best modern dialogue out there, realistic and yet efficient. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a light-hearted contemporary life-based drama. Or you plan to write one in future.

Cabot and its comrade, Cherry On Top, are like the China female diving team in Olympic 2012. If you ever watch diving, you already know that the Chinese are just there more to showcase than compete. How so? Because they are on another level; they are over the others by 30 points or above in the standing, easy goal medals for China in that event. That’s Cabot for you. With 2.40+ of rating gap and 14+ of G’s performance score gap from the others, I don’t think I need to share what’s it about since I think even your grandma already watched this one. What to learn from this? Character depths and relationship formations, at the very least.

Moving on, Monster captured RN’s performance award by edging other contenders like Hybrid and All In. While I find the first half of the show more impressive than the second half, it’s still a solid show throughout the season except the fact that I don’t like the finale. I have gotten news that it gets a renewal for next season and that is good. I have delivered a cake to the network head’s house — don’t worry, it isn’t a bomb…nor poison. I like its story structure and cinematography at time, something to check on for yo’all.

‘The One Act to Rule Them All’ Best Episode Award

  • “God’s Work”, Trinity Blood 1.4, 95
  • “Broken Horizon: Part Two”, Cabot 1.2, 95
  • “And to All, A Good Night”, It’s Always me 9.6, 84

We got a tie for the best episode award and it’s really hard to choose either one of them. “God’s Work” has amazing character development and action, it’s a heaven-made two-in-one actually. It might just be the chemistry between the actors but the interaction is really sparkling in this one. It’s actually the last episode of the season with a good amount of plot progression and story since the last two episodes are action-based.

“Broken Horizon: Part Two”, an episode that I can’t see where it is going when watching it. I originally imagined the protagonists would be safe but I am soo (when 1 “o” isn’t enough, put more) wrong as the producer decided to give them some tough shit. I like when a show shows no mercy to the protagonists. Screw those weakling protagonists that are either given easy obstacles or a shit ton of “god mode”. Real man shows no mercy to their protagonists and Cabot did it just right here. I don’t even think there’s so much trouble for them coming into this episode.

“And to All, A Good Night” is my highest rated It’s Always Me episode as I find it to provide the most contents and plenty of important moments of the subplots. While there are some episodes that have a score of 84 or even higher, I choose this one as the third candidate for this award as I feel I should have given it more than an 84. I don’t think I need to repeat myself as I have talked about It’s Always Me in the earlier part.

Now, I will be giving out season award, which cover the entire season as a whole:

‘You Don’t Get This in Real Life’ Second Chance Award

  • The End
  • HTG’s Next Top Actress
  • Diamond Records

This award is for the shows that are not doing as good as the others rating-wise and I mainly focus on those that I have not heard of their renewal yet. These are the shows I would like to be given another chance if possible as I can see a glimpse (or more) of quality and hope in it. There’s definitely untapped potential in them.

The End, this one has a long a** opening that really put me into sleep for once but when the apocalypse did happened, it is better. I would like another season to assess the post-apocalypse story as I definitely see some good things coming out of this one, if executed well of course. Without good execution, it’s still nothing.

HTG’s Next Top Actress is an interesting concept but the show, as its current form, lacks the complete package in my opinion. Growing in the production will really help this show become bigger and better. I per, better segments and so on, more interaction and background story of the contenders would help, especially for the winner to get some fans before entering the Hollywood workfield. I personally feel the concept is good enough to step up as it will be a fun show to watch but it’s all up to the network and producer to make it possible.

Diamond Records, it’s more of a personal attachment for me as it is one of the very first shows I watched in my critic career. Also, it really isn’t too bad. While lackluster at times, it is also very fun at times. The producer just needs to be more consistent in giving interesting contents and cut down the lackluster moments. Also, maybe more music industry-related subplots will help.

‘Bow Before Me’ King of Network Award

  • DRTV
  • FBTV
  • RN

No argument for this one no matter how you view it. Profit? FBTV wins. Rating? FBTV wins. Syndication? Not important. Best show? FBTV wins. TV Movie rating? FBTV wins. Expenses? FBTV wins (as in spending the least. When you can produce the best show while having them being low in budget, you totally win). With new iconic tv series like Cabot and Cherry on Top joining the veteran TCW, it is a very hard lineup to beat. Can DRTV and RN create or find a show to strike back? Can the new FBTV network head continues the domination? A lot of interesting things to see going into the next session.

The G’s Pick
DRTV
#1: The Legend of King Arthur
#2: It’s Always Me
#3: Eastwick

FBTV
#1: Cherry on Top
#2: Trinity Blood
#3: Cabot

RN
#1: Monster
#2: All In
#3: The Fastest Sport on Earth

Just some personal picks, mostly based on personal preference and liking, not necessarily based on the highest score I given to a show.

And that marks the end of the season and since the world has not ended, see you all next season.


(OOC: Being an asshole at times and all the snarky comments are merely in-character – he’s The G, that’s why – and I apologize in advance if I touched any sort of nerve.)


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Fight your way to the store to pick up your copy of the official movie soundtrack for the upcoming Ship of Fooles Studio’s event film TCW Rule the Ring. The album features seven tracks from some of your favorite superstars.

TCW RULE THE RING OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

  1. “Empire March” by Dale Johnson (Awesome Kong)
  2. “Tubthumping” cover by They Might Be Giants (The Lucky Bulls)
  3. “Joy to the World” as sung by Blond Bombshell
  4. “Jingle Bells, Dude Love Smells” parody song by The Rock
  5. “Rule the Ring” parody song by The Rock
  6. “O Mick Foley” parody song by The Rock
  7. Theme from The Young and the Fearless (Champagne Lover)

Enjoy the tunes and then head out to HTG Theaters on Friday December 21st to watch TCW Rule the Ring.


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In part 1 of our interview with Lucian we chatted about his past films, including his favorites. Now, lets chat about the future…

G: You have accomplished a lot of things here, are there any goals you have not achieved yet? Or perhaps something new that you want to achieve?

L: There are a few Yoda categories I have never won that I’d like to. Best Picture of course, but Best Cinematography has always eluded me as well. That and I want my space station built.

G: I actually include Yoda in the next question here but since you have answered it just now, is there any Sully award that you are still hunting out there?

L: Not really. Having already won Best Producer twice and having won both Best Action, Crime, Drama, Or Sci-Fi Show and Best Comedy, Reality or News Show anything else is gravy.

G: You have been pretty much every role in the HTG movie business, ranging from critic to network head. What is your favorite role or your most enjoyable role?

L: I think that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. There was a time I was a really dedicated critic and I have the Yodas to show for it. That’s faded a little now. I’m excited to be back to running a network but, at the same time, I’m proud to run the studio who has released more films than any other. I look forward to my restaurant opening as well but, sadly, it’s going to be on my space station. I liked running Lucian’s Musings but I got burned out. But if I had to say what my favorite thing is just being in chat to answer people’s questions. I strive to know a lot about this game and if that makes me something of a guru to new players that’s what really makes me proud.

G: While not being an official role, I would say this game needs more “mentor” or “guru” types like you. Now that you have acquired Flip Brother TV and back to being an active network head, what’s your initial goal for the next season?

L: I just want to make sure I have a full slate of shows and I turn a profit. If I come in third that really doesn’t bother me as long as I don’t have dead air.

G: What about your studio? Is there anything you still want to do with it aside from the regular “get more movies out” and “hit xxx movies released” milestone?

L: I want someone to write me a Hansel and Gretle adaptation with Betty White as the witch.

G: I have heard that you would like to build a Marvel universe. Is there any specific superhero you would really like to see established well in HTG?

L: I want someone to do a good take on Hawkeye. I felt he was criminally misused in The Avengers. I’d also like to see a new take on Heroes For Hire.

G: I assume an Avenger-esque film is on the line if HTG has a solid Marvel universe with decent superheroes lineup?

L: Umm… maybe not Avengers itself. Maybe something else, The Defenders maybe? I don’t want to compete directly with Joss Whedon’s films. Hawkeye aside, it was excellent.

G: Any advice you would like to share to the newer players?

L: Remember, a lot of your success around here comes from how you play the game. Sure putting out a masterpiece will earn you a great reputation and possibly some Yodas. But building an ad budget collection might have more to do with your long term financial success.


Just like real life, it’s always a struggle between financial success and critical success. I guess HTG really stimulates that part of Hollywood very well. Thanks for reading and feel free to e-mail/PM me if you have any suggestions/people-to-interview/random thoughts.


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