Analysis: Is “Destiny” a disappointment?

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On June 19, 2000, Microsoft announced that they had acquired Bungie Software and that Bungie would be part of the Microsoft Game Division under the name Bungie Studios. “Halo,” originally planned to be released solely for PC gaming, would become a Xbox exclusive. The greatest exclusive franchise to ever land on the Xbox consoles. Acquiring Bungie would be, financially, a strong decision for Microsoft. The sequel, “Halo 2,” also left a legacy on the video game industry, and made more than $125 million on its release day setting a record in the entertainment industry. “Halo 3″ would break that record, earning $170 million on its opening day.

On October 1, 2007, Microsoft and Bungie announced that Bungie was splitting off from its parent and becoming a privately held limited liability company named Bungie LLC. Microsoft would retain a minority stake and continue to partner with Bungie on publishing and marketing both “Halo” and future projects, with the “Halo” intellectual property belonging to Microsoft.
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Golden Globes: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions post-TIFF

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You wouldn’t think it, but there is a significant different in the mind of an Academy voter and a Hollywood Foreign Press voter.  To end an excellent festival, “The Imitation Game” went home with the TIFF Audience Award. One of the runner-up films was “St. Vincent” another Weinstein film that should farewell in the comedy categories at the Globes.

We went ahead and updated everything, including television categories as we start seeking into a new Fall season for shows.

Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Unbroken

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
The Skeleton Twins
St. Vincent
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Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions post-TIFF

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Now that the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we have to all look back and reconstruct our Oscar predictions. The next big festival is the New York Film Festival where mysterious Paul Thomas Anderson film “Inherent Vice” will premiere.

We’re still quite early into doing all of this. But contenders are starting to fill out in various categories. Next Oscar update will include Original Song, Foreign Film, and Documentary as well.

So here is where we stand with our current predictions. Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

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Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
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Analysis: Television Mysteries

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On June 29th, a new show premiered on HBO called “The Leftovers.” It was met with moderately positive reviews, critics only faulting it for its overbearing, depressing tone. The finale will air on Sunday and the show is a mystery, asking a lot of questions and answering very little.

The ads for “The Leftovers” were intriguing, so I jumped over to Metacritic to see if it’d be worth my time. The critic’s reviews were alright, but the user reviews were brutally negative, which was odd because only critics had screened the first few episodes. There were several 0/10 reviews from users, without first-grade grammar education, condemning the new show simply because Damon Lindelof was involved.
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Festival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

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Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can  jump the award season.

Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”

Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”

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Gallery: Citizen Kane

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After his father’s death, Orson Welles traveled to Europe using a small inheritance. He made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, in 1931. Above all, he was a performer.

While working extensively in theatre, Welles worked in radio. “Radio is what I love most of all. The wonderful excitement of what could happen in live radio, when everything that could go wrong did go wrong.” It was with this perilous attitude that Orson Welles would dive into his first film project.
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Emmys: 2015 Emmy Predictions – Year in Advance

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Monday night was full of surprises. In the end, “Breaking Bad” swept the dramatic categories, and “Modern Family” swept the comedic categories.

“Breaking Bad” and several other shows will not be making such an impact next year. Shows like “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” should be able to fight off the rest in the dramatic categories, and “Modern Family” will have to stay consistent, and not be intimidated by the several new fall comedies coming out this year.

So here’s a quick look at the main categories: series, lead/supporting acting. Keep refreshing our Emmys page for more future updates and to see more contenders per category.

Predictions are listed below alphabetically, check the pages for rankings, click on the category link to get there.
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