Controversy sells. At least Nike thinks so. Remember how the company took advantage of Tiger Woods’ scandal with an ad that featured the voice of Woods’ dead father? The sporting-goods company has adapted a similar tact with LeBron James, who went from hero to heel overnight after abandoning the Cleveland Cavaliers for the star-studded Miami Heat. In a new commercial, the 25-year-old star repeatedly asks the audience, “What should I do?” while clearly concluding that he’s proudly his own man. He quotes Maya Angelou, hangs with Sonny Crockett, and tweaks his critics, especially former star Charles Barkley, before rhetorically asking, “Should I be who you want me to be?” Take a look: READ FULL STORY
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Scientists estimate that something ridiculous happens on Hawaii Five-0 roughly every five milliseconds. Every episode features hot chicks, hot dudes, malevolent gangsters, car chases, and shots of the Hawaiian coastline that will make you weep with envy. Daniel Dae Kim rides around on a massive motorcycle, Alex O’Loughlin executes some sort of incredible athletic feat of strength, Scott Caan snarks off, and Grace Park inevitably goes undercover in some sort of skimpy outfit. Lessons are learned. Family values are upheld in the most risqué manner possible.
And now, you can play along at home! Click forward for a look at the Utterly Unofficial Hawaii Five-0 Bingo Board. Be sure to mark it off whenever O’Loughlin shows some skin, Park goes surfing, awesome cars awesomely crash, or a really tasty-looking fish swims across the screen. (The surfing square is a free space, because someone will always be surfing in Hawaii.) You might already be a winner! READ FULL STORY
The ’90s classic adventure/puzzle game Myst is poised for a big-screen adaptation, according to Deadline. The film would take its plot structure from the “companion novels” rather than strictly from the game and its sequels, and producer Mark Johnson, whose other credits include the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is on board.
Part of me is rejoicing. I was obsessed with the original game back in the day, and its strange, dementedly dreamy landscape could be mesmerizing as a setting for a film. But part of the thrill of the game was independent discovery — ah! I can make those clock-gears turn! — and the ability replay the game with different endings. (Noooo, I’m trapped in the boooooook.) Can a movie, even one produced by the game’s superfans, really retain that?
Would you see a Myst adaptation, PopWatchers? Or does your ’90s PC gaming nostalgia not carry over?
Previously: EW covered the Myst phenomenon back in 1994.
Finally, a MMO game about Michael Jackson’s life and vision. It’s just what we’ve all been waiting for: “an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life, and the global issues that concerned him.” World of Warcraft has never seemed so wonderful.
The newly licensed Planet Michael will launch in late 2011, so you have plenty of time to prepare yourself. According to the AP, “fans will be able to collect and trade virtual Jackson merchandise, and earn credits by performing challenges related to his music and dance moves. As in other virtual worlds, players can replenish their game accounts using real money.” You don’t say!
Planet Michael isn’t the only King of Pop videogame in the works. Michael Jackson: The Experience comes out for the Wii in November and for Kinect and Move in early 2011, and it’s a more standard, if challenging, dancing game (and singing, on Kinect and Move).
Can I imagine trying to learn some MJ dance moves with The Experience? Sure, I guess. But spending time in a Jackson world just to…have spent time in one? I don’t know, PopWatchers. Maybe my Planet just isn’t aligned. Is yours?
Step aside, Ken Jennings. Your reign as Jeopardy‘s highest one-day earner has been usurped! There’s a new sheriff quiz show genius in town. He goes by the name Roger Craig, and on last night’s episode, he took home $77,000, bringing his two-day total to $114,000.
KenJen made a name for himself when he won 74 episodes of Jeopardy! and took home a grand total of $2.52 million back in 2004. Adding onto his feats, Jennings also scored the highest-ever one-day total during his tenure on the show. Since then, no one has been able to topple the trivia king’s record or fame for that matter. (Can you name any other famous Jeopardy! contestants? I didn’t think so.) But all that changed yesterday when Craig, a University of Delaware graduate student, wagered $30,000 on the final Jeopardy category “Literary and Movie Title Objects.” READ FULL STORY
The clue: Born in 1984, this syndicated quiz show features Alex Trebek.
The answer: What is Jeopardy!?
Duh! If you didn’t know where that was going, you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the last 20 years. Every day, I try to make it home by 7 p.m. to catch the popular quiz show. And even though I’m not smart enough to give correct responses to a good portion of the clues, that doesn’t stop me from shouting out what I think is the right answer.
Anyway, season 27 (that’s more seasons than years I’ve been alive!) kicks off this Monday. This season will feature the milestone 6,000th episode, along with the new “Teacher’s Tournament.” Fifteen teachers will battle it out for $100,000 and a chance to appear in the “Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.” So for easy math purposes (I am a journalist, after all), let’s say each episode is the full 30 minutes long. So at the conclusion of the 6,000th episode, there will have been 180,000 minutes of Jeopardy! Which is the equivalent of 3,000 hours, or 125 days. That’s a lot of quizzing, people! Happy (early) birthday to Jeopardy! and here’s to many, but maybe not 6,000, more. READ FULL STORY
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