Franchise fatigue, movie misfires, and the changing world of big-budget blockbusters – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Film franchises generate big business for Hollywood. Star Wars and Marvel seem to be leading the trend, with their brand names wielding enough power to regularly generate $100 million+ openings. Audiences just can’t seem to get enough, and even risky gambits have paid off — like “Rogue One,” a Star Wars movie that doesn’t feature any Jedi, and films that star some of Marvel’s more obscure characters. However, that trend isn’t holding true for all of Hollywood’s would-be franchises. Despite “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” kicking off the summer blockbuster season with a strong start and a major boost […]

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Cautiously optimistic after trailer for live action Ghost in the Shell – The ESO Network

  Many feature films adapted from anime and manga series are slated for release in the coming years: Akira, Bleach, and Death Note just to name a few. First is Ghost of the Shell, a science fiction film adapted from the manga of the same name which helped pioneer the cyberpunk style and become one … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ a beautifully animated, charming film for all ages – The ESO Network

By Ashley Pauls Box Office Buzz Mid to late August is sometimes seen as a dumping ground for movies Hollywood doesn’t have a lot of confidence in. Either the quality is mediocre or the studio fears it will become a flop. These movies just can’t compete with the big-ticket summer blockbusters. However, every once in … Continue reading

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Doctor Geek’s Lab Season 2 CD Box Set – The ESO Network

It is a new year and that means one thing .. the release of the Doctor Geek’s Laboratory Season 2 CD Box Set. Doctor Geek and friends return to continue their mission to investigate science inspired by fiction in the hope to encourage the exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Season 2 … Continue reading

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Needless Things Podcast 69 – Dragon Con 2015: American Sci-Fi Classics – The ESO Network

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to the men behind the magic of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe!   All media must submit to the Classics Track Countdown! Once a movie has aged or a TV show has been cancelled for a magical ten years, it becomes the … Continue reading

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