Damien Thorn Then Satan in short-trousers, the five-year-old Stephens won the role after splitting director Richard Donner’s lip in a suitably fiery audition. Now “A few freaks have got in touch,” Harvey Stephens explains of the downside of being Lil’ Lucifer. “One man knocked on my door with a set of six knives he claimed were from our film. He asked me to sign the case. I was bathing my daughter at the time.” Stephens’ reputation for being a handful on set – the movie’s iconic smirking final image is a result of the mischievous bugger’s inability to follow Donner’s instruction to keep a straight face – continued into his education. Still, at least Gregory Peck (“a nice man”) would call him every Christmas. Now running a London-based chauffeur business, Stephens was lured back into acting for a cameo in 2006’s shonktacular remake. He’s also just discovered horror conventions: … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to the child stars?
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In his latest distinctive Gamasutra opinion piece, Reset Generation/Pocket Kingdom co-creator Scott Foe explains the Campbell 'Hero's Journey' monomyth, and challenges designers to... automate it?]There I was, in what had to have been the first-ever public speaking stump in my professional career: Hackers 2001, an invite-only support-group for people who suffer from rules-allergies, hidden away in the Californian cranny of Yosemite. I really shouldn't have been so nervous, seeing as most of the attendees were gorging on ganj and/or hugging the hops from morning onward. (Perhaps I was nervous because I was possibly the only one there in Yosemite who was not "high on nature," having been, at that time, a not-so-proud member of court-ordered rehab, due to a tiny misunderstanding that had occurred at a Paul Oakenfold show in Fresno earlier that Summer: The tiny misunderstanding being that I thought that a seven thousand dollar lawyer would do more than advise, "Plead guilty.") Hackers was … [Read more...] about Challenge: The Automyth, Or Automated Monomyth
Though most viewers of Saturday's NFL Draft were festooned with NFL memorabilia and cheap beer, a handful no doubt held EA foam fingers while pounding Mountain Dew. That's because Electronic Arts, the world's largest software publisher, gave its football faithful a sneak peek of Madden NFL 06 for "next-generation consoles." The 60-second spot aired during the first hour of the NFL Draft, which was televised nationally on ESPN. The trailer opens with a shot of a particularly jovial Veterans Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Madden NFL 06 cover boy Donovan McNabb. A flyby camera zooms toward the newly built stadium, where a shower of green and yellow fireworks erupts. The next shot comes from over the top of the stadium, through a wall of smoke left over from the pyrotechnics. In one smooth motion, the point of view goes all the way down to the field level, where we get our first look at the players. McNabb and his teammates take the field, ready to do battle against … [Read more...] about Draftees get a peek at next-gen Madden
Actress Lindsay Lohan is the star of a new mobile game, The Price of Fame for Android and iOS, that's both a tongue-in-cheek look at celebrity culture and far less glamorous than another popular celebrity fantasy game, Glu Mobile's megahit Kim Kardashian Hollywood.Like Kardashian's (surprisingly progressive) game, Lohan's new mobile title sees the actress shepherding a new Hollywood celebrity along the path to ultimate fame. Players can purchase new outfits and accessories for their celebrity avatar and earn coins by building a following. That's done by swiping upward on a touchscreen in order to gain fans, an appropriately masturbatory-looking gesture.Lohan's game is more crass, more silly than Kardashian's. Where Kim K's game promises "a virtual world complete with exclusive clubs, upscale boutiques, and luxury homes," Lindsay's lets players "start a phony rap beef, buy a private peninsula, get butt implants, fight in an elevator and give your baby botox." While Kardashian … [Read more...] about Lindsay Lohan’s new video game is funny, trashy and surprisingly self-aware
It’s easy to forget Marvel Studios started its cinematic universe with a gamble, especially after it released a few billion-dollar films. Two gambles, actually. The first was Iron Man itself, a film starring a famous actor in the midst of rehabbing his image as a somewhat lesser-known Marvel super hero. The second was throwing in Nick Fury after the film's credits, which promised Marvel fans something much greater than Robert Downey Jr. in a metal suit.Fury’s inclusion would have been for nothing had the film not succeeded, but Marvel impressed diehard and mainstream audiences enough to embark on one of the most ambitious ventures in cinematic history. Marvel Studios is now using that cinematic capital to stretch beyond our now-comfortable ideas of what makes a superhero movie.That risk comes in the form of three outlaws, a talking raccoon and a tree voiced by Vin Diesel.Guardians of the Galaxy may be the studio’s most daring venture yet, but if it can garner … [Read more...] about A talking raccoon and walking tree lead Marvel’s film experiments into the weird side of comics