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Out of their league: Ugly guys who date bombshells 13 April 2015, 23.29 Entertainment
Out of their league: Ugly guys who date bombshells
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Stars who lost their mojo 13 April 2015, 23.29 Entertainment
Stars who lost their mojo
The actor (left), pictured with his son Redmond (right), has had a stressful few years.  In 2001, he battled leukemia, and in 2009, he lost long-time partner, Farrah Fawcett, to cancer.  The actor has also reportedly
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Reba McEntire: Faith guides me on everything I do 13 April 2015, 23.29 Entertainment
Reba McEntire: Faith guides me on everything I do
This CD cover image released by Big Machine shows "Love Somebody," by Reba McEntire. (AP/Big Machine) Music icon Reba joins General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America to discuss the Outnumber Hunger
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Nelly Arrest -- I Let Shady Characters On My Bus ... Now I'm Going to Be Like TSA
Nelly's calling out some of the random people on his tour bus ... for getting him busted for drugs this weekend -- so now he's hand-picking who gets all access passes on his ride. Nelly tells TMZ ... "I feel the need to take
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Olivier Martinez -- No Criminal Charges in Car Seat Assault Case
Olivier Martinez has dodged a bullet ... he will NOT be criminally prosecuted for slamming a baby car seat into an airport employee at LAX. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the L.A. City Attorney will conduct an office hearing
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Brutal Video of Police Clubbing Suspected DUI Motorist 13 April 2015, 23.28 Entertainment
Brutal Video of Police Clubbing Suspected DUI Motorist
A man charged with drunk driving was brutally clubbed by Chico, CA cops ... and some of it was caught on video. Sean Reardon claims he was driving on February 18th at around 9:40 PM when he was pulled over for a broken tail
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Bill Cosby postpones Charlotte stand-up show 24 January 2015, 00.27 Entertainment
Bill Cosby postpones Charlotte stand-up show
Jan 17, 2015. Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver. (The Associated Press) Comedian Bill Cosby, who is facing numerous accusations from women who say he drugged them and sexually abused them, has
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Lohan faces deadline for community service 24 January 2015, 00.27 Entertainment
Lohan faces deadline for community service
September 30, 2014. Actress Lindsay Lohan rehearses a scene from "Speed-the-Plow" at the Playhouse Theatre in London. (Reuters) Could Lindsay Lohan be headed for jail?The “Mean Girls” actress has less than a week to
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Mandy Moore and musician husband Ryan Adams splitting 24 January 2015, 00.27 Entertainment
Mandy Moore and musician husband Ryan Adams splitting
Feb 28, 2014. Mandy Moore attends the Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party in West Hollywood, California. (Reuters) Mandy Moore and her musician husband Ryan Adams are calling it quits.“Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have
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John Wayne's Son -- Cops Called 'Cause He Lacks Class! 24 January 2015, 00.26 Entertainment
John Wayne's Son -- Cops Called 'Cause He Lacks Class!
John Wayne's son had a visit by the law Friday night ... after a fight over a horse  Mercedes.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Patrick Wayne's wife, Misha Anderson called the cops at around 9 PM, after they got into a
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NBA's Mark Jackson -- RIPS ROGER GOODELL ... He's a Terrible Commish
Deflate-gate -- or anything like Deflate-gate -- would NEVER happen in the NBA ... because Adam Silver doesn't SUCK like Roger Goodell ... so says ex-NBA coach Mark Jackson.The former Golden State Warriors head coach strongly
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Lindsay Lohan -- I'm Servicing the Community ... By Showing Off My Body
breaking news Lindsay Lohan's mosquito virus seems to be chikun-GONE-ya ... now she just needs to focus more on finishing her community service, and less on her ass -- or it could land her in jail.Lilo posted a half naked pic
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Bill Maher calls ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle ‘a psychopath patriot’
On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the caustic host and his panel discussed last week’s big box office news—the runaway success of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which as of January 23 has made
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Join Ben Barnes on Facebook for EW’s ‘Sons of Liberty’ Q&A
American history heroes like John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and others will come to life in History Channel’s latest miniseries Sons of Liberty, which follows these patriots on their quest to make history and win
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New dating app ‘Watchr’ finds the person you were meant to binge-watch with
When it comes to finding that perfect match, dating apps just don’t cut it for some people. They don’t reveal enough about the person. They don’t help you learn what really matters to them. They don’t tell you what
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Apple stuns the world, says Apple Watch battery will last all day
Apple thinks that its new smartwatch is pretty cool. Apple, of course, is the only entity qualified to say that, because Apple Watch has yet to be released out into the wild. But once again—even if it is cool, cooler than
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Conan O’Brien tackles Deflategate and Bill Cosby in one joke
Conan O’Brien poked fun at the New England Patriots on Thursday night following what football fans are calling “Deflategate.”— and in the middle of the managed, he managed to throw in a serious jab at Bill
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Who could Chiwetel Ejiofor play in ‘Doctor Strange’? 24 January 2015, 00.26 Entertainment
Who could Chiwetel Ejiofor play in ‘Doctor Strange’?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is the latest highly-respected actor to be pursued by a movie studio for a role in a superhero film—that film being Marvel’s Doctor Strange. If the
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Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James of ‘Smash’ to star in ‘Something Rotten!’ on Broadway
Broadway and Smash veterans Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James are set to star in the upcoming Broadway musical Something Rotten!, about musical theater in the time of Shakespeare.  Borle, who has appeared in NBC’s
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Entertainment Geekly: How many ‘X-Men’ films is too many ‘X-Men’ films?
X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn’t just a success. It was a resurrection, or maybe an exorcism. In the decade after X2, Fox had produced four movies about Marvel’s mutants. Two of the movies were terrible but popular;
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Chita Rivera returning to Broadway for Kander and Ebb’s ‘The Visit’
Legendary musical star Chita Rivera is returning to the Broadway stage for The Visit, the final Broadway musical of Cabaret team John Kander and Fred Ebb, producers announced today. The musical, which is based on a play by
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‘Serial’ producers respond to prosecutor, defend ‘comprehensive’ reporting
In light of The Intercept‘s interview with Kevin Urick, the prosecutor in the case against Adnan Syed, the team behind Serial rebuked some of Urick’s claim that they did not make enough of an effort to reach him. In
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Reminder: The Golden Globes could bring a Poehler-Fey-Clooney prank showdown
In their past two years hosting the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aimed some of their best jokes at the antics of Hollywood’s men. It’s a refreshing thing: When so often women are mocked for their personal
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Watch Chris Pratt ‘accidentally’ show up on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’
Chris Pratt might need to do a better job of checking his schedule before he leaves the house. Wednesday, the Parks and Recreation star “accidentally” showed up to Jimmy Kimmel Live! for an impromptu interview to promote
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Robert Mueller -- NFL Ran a Half-Ass Investigation Into Ray Rice
breaking news Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has just released his report about his 4-month investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice situation ... and essentially says the NFL dropped the
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Nicki Minaj & Safaree Samuels -- I'm Moving On ... No, I'm Moving On!
Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels each went out of their way Wednesday night to send clear signals to the other and the world ... they're with other people now. First you had Safaree, who went to Boa with his new chick, a model
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Andi Dorfman & Josh Murray -- 'Bachelorette' Couple Dunzo 08 January 2015, 00.14 Entertainment
Andi Dorfman & Josh Murray -- 'Bachelorette' Couple Dunzo
"Bachelorette" stars Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray have called off their engagement ... their rep tells TMZ.It's pretty weird and pretty sudden. Three days ago they were on the red carpet for the Season 19 premiere of "The
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Kate Gosselin dating a millionaire 08 January 2015, 00.13 Entertainment
Kate Gosselin dating a millionaire
Looks like Kate Gosselin can toss those money problems aside for now. The 39-year-old controversial reality star and famous mother of eight is currently dating millionaire Jeff Prescott, Us Weekly
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Khan Bonfils, James Bond and ‘Star Wars’ actor, dies at 42
British actor Khan Bonfils, who went by Kan, died Wednesday in London while preparing for an upcoming production of “Dante’s Inferno.” He was 42. Paramedics and members of the Craft Theatre Company in East
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Teresa Giudice to be released early from prison 08 January 2015, 00.13 Entertainment
Teresa Giudice to be released early from prison
Teresa Giudice will be getting out of prison a few months shy of her original 15-month sentencing. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star will be let out of the Danbury, Conn. Federal Correctional Institution on Feb. 5,
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'The Interview' release marked by capacity crowds 26 December 2014, 02.50 Entertainment
'The Interview' release marked by capacity crowds
NEW YORK –  Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of theaters Thursday,
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Streaming release of 'The Interview' test for industry 26 December 2014, 02.50 Entertainment
Streaming release of 'The Interview' test for industry
Dec. 17, 2014: This photo shows a movie poster for the movie "The Interview" on display outside the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater, in Glendora, Calif. (AP) ATLANTA –  Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a
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Top 10 animated Christmas movies 26 December 2014, 02.50 Entertainment
Top 10 animated Christmas movies
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Amanda Bynes -- Stable, Lucid and Off Meds 26 December 2014, 02.50 Entertainment
Amanda Bynes -- Stable, Lucid and Off Meds
Amanda Bynes is OUT of her manic state ... acting completely "normal" and her family thinks it's nothing short of "mind blowing."Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Amanda is off all meds, including Adderall,
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Chad Johnson -- FIRING UP CUBAN CIGARS ... Even If They're Not Exactly Legal Yet
Chad Johnson isn't waiting for the smoke to clear on the changing foreign policy with Cuba ... he's already got his hands on some authentic Cubans ... and he ain't afraid to puff away in public. Of course, the cigar community
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Karrueche and Chris Brown -- He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me 26 December 2014, 02.50 Entertainment
Karrueche and Chris Brown -- He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me
Chris Brown has gone from venomously putting Karrueche Tran on blast ... to giving her what looks like a small diamond mine.Karrueche coyly posted the pic of her latest acquisitions ... courtesy of CB.She's not saying if
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See Jerry Seinfeld perform stand-up routine on ‘Fallon’ 26 December 2014, 02.49 Entertainment
See Jerry Seinfeld perform stand-up routine on ‘Fallon’
Jerry Seinfeld went on Fallon last night and gifted the audience with a rare stand-up performance. The audience, each of who had just been gifted a 50-inch VIZIO TV (courtesy of Fallon), was treated to some jokes from
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Ask Dalton: On telling your partner to nix the hate-watching, and other queries
Should a wisecracking spouse be allowed to ruin your favorite TV show? Dalton Ross, EW editor-at-large and resident pop-culture referee, weighs in on that and other urgent matters of national importance. Like DVRs. Is it
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‘Into the Woods’ and 10 more surprisingly depressing musicals
It’s easy to see why some might venture to Into the Woods expecting, well, what you’d expect from a Disney movie about fairy tale characters: a light-hearted jaunt with a happy ending. We’re here to warn you that is
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‘Blue Christmas,’ ‘Happy Christmas,’ and more of our favorite holiday bummers
Most holiday-themed media likes to tell you that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. But the occasional movie, song, or episode of TV is a little bit more honest about Christmas: Sometimes it sucks. From the
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Honey Boo Boo -- Single Dad Day PDF Print E-mail

0921-honey-boo-boo-paintball-PCN-01Honey Boo Boo is handling her parents break up by gripping a paintball gun and spending the day with newly single dad Sugar Bear.

HBB and her pops hit up a local paintball park with Pumpkin and Chubbs Saturday. Mama June was noticeably absent following the split.

Probably better June doesn't have a weapon around Suge. As we previously reported ... June reportedly caught him trolling dating sites -- and now plans on moving the kids out of their home once they're done filming this season.

Not surprisingly, the reality show's cameras were rolling at the paintball park.

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Rihanna -- Nude Pictures Leak ... Celeb Hackers Up the Ante PDF Print E-mail

0921-rihanna-tmz-01The celebrity hackers are back ... with a vengeance.  The latest victim appears to be Rihanna -- despite the fact that a simple Google search reveals her boobs line the online landscape.

Early Sunday AM two nude pictures that appear to be RiRi were leaked onto 4chan/Reddit ... one with a censored version of her breasts ... the other pic showing bare ass and slight nipple.

They look like they were taken during some sort of fitting.

As we previously reported ... a second wave of leaks has been going down all weekend -- nude pics of what appears to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth and Hope Solo have all surfaced.

Gabrielle Union is also a victim -- topless pictures of her surfaced -- and she told us her legal team will contact the FBI.

We reached out to Rihanna's rep -- so far, no word back.

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Ray Rice -- Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape ... Dumbest Defense Ever PDF Print E-mail

090714_ray_rice_uncut_launch_v3Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.

He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.

As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward  and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames. 

Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.

Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.

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Entertainment Geekly: ‘Super Smash Bros.’ was the best and worst thing to happen to Nintendo PDF Print E-mail

Destiny is probably the most important videogame I am never going to play. Bungie’s new massively multiplayer space shooting adventure game resulted in the most successful franchise launch of all time, although every official number released by the videogame industry in the last few years has a “juke the stats” uncertainty. My colleagues wrote everything you need to know about Destiny; suffice it to say thatif you always hoped they would remake Halo with more decorative robo-ninja capes, then Destiny is the game for you, weirdo.

A few years ago, it felt like we were in the game industry’s Decadent Era, Ancient Rome grown fat and sassy off bottomless wacky cash. It’s clear now that we’ve moved into something like a breakdown period. Sony trumpets its devotion to smallscale independent gaming while hustling another Uncharted into stores; Microsoft starts pretending that it wanted the Xbox One to just be a videogame system.

Destiny spent a couple years as a much-hyped Next Generation of Gaming talking point, which explains the sense of curious disappointment–oh, this thing isn’t the greatest thing ever! And Destiny completes the 2014 Disappointment Trilogy that started with Titanfall—a hotly-anticipated game which proved decisively that adding giant exoskeletons into Call of Duty does indeed create Call of Duty But Now There Are Giant Exoskeletons—and then Watch Dogs, a Ubisoft tropefest that promised a whole new kind of videogame but turned into a boring GTA clone surrounding a halfway decent Assassin’s Creed spiritual spinoff. (Part of the reason why Ubisoft is so important now is that everything feels a little bit like Assassin’s Creed.)

And then there’s Nintendo, on the other side of the world in more ways than one. While Destiny opened huge here in the States this week, Nintendo released a new Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS in its native Japan. It sold a million copies—not quite Grand Theft Auto money, but also nothing to sniff at for a company whose precise place in the current videogame socio-economic-cultural landscape is frustratingly hazy.

Super Smash Bros. fascinates me. When the first game arrived on the Nintendo 64 in April 1999, the pitch was simple: A monster-mash of the great franchises of Nintendo’s golden era, Super Mario Bros. fighting Legend of ZeldaStarfox fighting Metroid. Legend has it that the game had a tiny budget, that it was barely promoted. You could argue that Smash Brothers wasn’t even a proper Nintendo product: It was produced by developer HAL Laboratory, the people who also created the Kirby games–which probably explains why, in Smash Brothers, Kirby is so overpowered. (HAL also created EarthBound, and added that game’s star Ness as a secret character; in the process, they transformed Ness from the star of a forgotten cult classic into the annoyingly effective character your stoned roommate loved to play as.)

Smash Brothers came out around the chrono-midpoint of the Nintendo 64’s. You don’t often hear gamers trumpet the 64 as a revolutionary device–it’s more common to look at the late 90s as the period of radical ascendance for Sony, as the moment when the Playstation transformed gamer culture from “kids’ stuff” into “slightly older kids’ stuff.” And whereas the first Playstation era is filled with fascinating curios and tantalizing oddities, any list of the “greatest” Nintendo 64 games probably defaults to “pretty good” before too long.

But the great games were transcendent: Super Mario 64 and Star Fox 64 and Rare’s Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time led into Smash Brothers, and in its wake came Majora’s Mask (which looks in hindsight like the Dark Souls version of Legend of Zelda) and Rare’s Conker’s Bad Fur Day (which looks in hindsight like the Edgar Wright version of a Nintendo game.)

Super Smash Bros. was not any of those games. It put a few fun twists on the idea of a fighting game–four players onscreen at the same time, a “health bar” that was actually “percentage” that decided how far big hits would knock you. But I can’t imagine any serious or highbrow treatise on the history of videogames would even notice Smash Brothers It was a game where Mario could punch Link; it was a game where Jigglypuff could put Samus to sleep. (Jigglypuff is so powerful, you guys.) At some point in my career as a person who thinks too much about videogames, I have probably made the argument that Smash Brothers betrayed the whole creative history of Nintendo, wedging representatives of some of the great pioneering videogame franchises into a button-mashing neon-marshmallow ritalin orgy.

And yet I think Super Smash Bros. helped to define something about Nintendo–and lately, I find myself thinking it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. At a time when Sony was aiming bigger and grander with their games, Smash Brothers was a crossbreeding of two different flavors of retro. While the Nintendo 64 iterations of Zelda and Mario were gloriously 3D, Smash Brothers sent Mario and Link back into a 2D world. While Microsoft was working to figure out how many buttons it could fit onto a single chubby controllerSmash Brothers felt like a descendant-in-spirit of the great early ’90s fighting games. (One way of looking at Smash Brothers is that it’s Street Fighter II: Championship Editiong where everyone’s M. Bison.)

Smash Brothers was explicitly a fond look backwards at Nintendo history, with levels lovingly designed in the spirit of various settings from games past. The fact that the game was so cheap-looking actually enhanced the effect. 1999 was the moment when games began to look impeccable and polished. That was the year that Square released Final Fantasy VIII, a game that explicitly left behind the super-deformed manga style in favor of something more photorealistic. That sentence probably makes no sense to most people, so what I mean is that the lead character of Final Fantasy VII looks endearingly retro and the lead character in Final Fantasy VIII looks like the moodiest singer in a boy band.

So Smash Brothers was backwards, nostalgic even: This from a company that had usually been the pioneer in its field. In the new decade, Nintendo would become encased in nostalgia. There are several reasons for this, not all of them fair and not all of them Nintendo’s fault. By the time the GameCube arrived in stores, there were a few generations of Nintendo-loving gamers who could say with some expertise that the new Mario/Zelda/Starfox/Metroid was not as good as the Mario/Zelda/Donkey Kong/Etcetera that came out when they were kids. The GameCube was nobody’s idea of a success. And then the Wii was a huge success, but the intrinsic focus on casual gaming felt like a rebuke to anyone who defended Nintendo through the GameCube days. Now there’s a sense that the Wii U has stumbled—and so Nintendo spent E3 2014 promising Starfox and Zelda on the horizon.

You could argue that the first Smash Brothers was the moment that Nintendo stopped creating anything new–or anyhow, you could point out that the most famous Nintendo characters in the first Smash Brothers are still the most famous Nintendo characters fifteen years on. (Aside: Nintendo godfather Shigeru Miyamoto spent a considerable portion of the 2000s trying to make Pikmin happen; all the Pikmin games are great, and yet I’m guessing most people who know Pikmin know it from Smash Bros. End of aside.)

But you could flip the argument, and note that Smash Bros. was the moment when Nintendo inadvertently dodged a bullet. Nintendo games could look weirdly out of place in the 2000s, in the period when games trended bigger and huger and more gigantic. That’s Destiny: Even though it’s coming out in 2014, the pitch on Destiny feels like a product of the overstuffed un-casual era. (One way of looking at Destiny is that it’s World of Warcraft plus Mass Effect with better guns.) Even when Nintendo had its strong late-2000s comeback, it still felt strange to try to compare Nintendo’s signal product (Mario Galaxy and Wii Fit and Nintendogs) to the overstuffed mega-games on Playstation and Xbox—to say nothing of the rising tide of fascinating indie games like Braid or Limbo.

My come-to-Jesus moment happened with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a game that I hated for about an hour and then loved so much I wrote 11,000 words about it. Skyward Sword is unmistakably a product of Nintendo’s post-Smash Bros. era. It doesn’t just refer back to the aesthetic and tropes of previous Zelda games–it actually invents the entire ensuing history of Zelda games. Spiritually, it’s not so different from Nintendo’s 3DS Mario games, which imitate the veneer of NES-era Mario and then pumps the gameplay full of caffeine.

None of these games ever experience the next-best-thing ever hype cycle of Destiny or Watch Dogs or Halo A Billion or whatever mega-game Sony and Microsoft are releasing next. Nintendo is still making an attempt with the Wii U, but it feels like the company is shifting its focus to the far more successful 3DS—and the 3DS never be a “pioneering” system, in the way that the NES or the Nintendo 64 or any of the Microsoft/Sony devices could claim.

But to me, the central appeal of the 3DS feels more in tune with the times than the Xbox One or the Playstation 4. The problem with consoles is simple: Why would anyone buy an expensive brick of circuitry that can only be played in front of a TV set, when there are much cheaper games that you can download straight to the device you carry with you in your pocket? Believe me, I’m not anti-console–and I do sometimes think there’s a world where the iPhone and the Wii were never invented, and in that world’s 2014 every videogame is a big-budgeted artistically-daring masterwork and everyone in the world loves Shadow of the Colossus. But I got bored of Watch Dogs after five hours, and I’m still playing Super Mario 3D Land.

And I think you can look at the 3DS as the Smash Bros. console: Not so much an evolution as a reconfiguration. Whenever a new Smash Bros. arrives, it feels like an attempt by Nintendo to transform the first decade-plus of its existence into an appeal to new gamers. Whenever Nintendo adds in a little known character from the early days–Mr. Game & Watch, or Little Mac–it feels a little bit like a legacy rock band fishing one of their deep cuts out for a reunion tour.

Describing Nintendo as “a legacy rock band” might feel like a backhanded compliment. I don’t mean it that way. 2014 feels like the year when the whole idea of a “retro game” starts to become hazy. Is Shovel Knight “retro” just because its sharp gameplay and snazzy style was implicitly made in the spirit of old games? (In that sense, Titanfall was equally retro, because James Cameron was doing Giant Exoskeletons back in 1986.) Is the South Park game “retro” just because it was influenced by EarthBound–and if that counts as “retro,” then how do you define something like the upcoming Fantasia game, which was produced for the Kinect, a device that was “futuristic” a couple years ago and now has already joined the Virtual Boy in the detritus pile of videogame history? (EarthBound is still a great game, and the Kinect already feels old-fashioned.)

Smash Bros. is arriving on the 3DS here in America in a couple weeks; there’s a version coming to the Wii U sometime around Christmas. I’m not sure the new Smash Bros. can save the Wii U–and I’m not necessarily sure the Wii U can be considered a completely successful device if it needs decades-old franchises to rescue it. But consider that, in the last fifteen years, some of the great series in videogame history have risen–and many of them have fallen. BioShockMass EffectMax PayneGears and/or God of War–these were all names nobody had heard of in 1999, names that helped define a great era for console videogames, names that all have fuzzy futures after entries that disappointed critically or commercially. Throw in Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil; hell, Call of Duty: Ghosts sold less than Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

And Smash Bros. is still here, welcoming fading franchises with open arms. Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear‘s Snake already joined the party; the new game adds in Pac-Man and Mega Man. Isn’t that possible that someday everything will be Smash Bros.? And is it possible that that’s not a bad thing–or anyhow, that it’s not as bad as everything being Destiny?

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EPILOGUE: The original Smash Bros. lineup, ranked Best to Worst:

1. Starfox (those kicks!)
2. Captain Falcon
3. Luigi (I’m a younger brother, sue me)
4. Link
5. Pikachu
6. Ness
7. Samus (cheap but fun)
8. Donkey Kong
9. Mario (boring)
10. Jigglypuff
11. Yoshi (NO ONE LIKES YOU YOSHI GO HOME)
12. Kirby (see: Yoshi)

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Got any geeky thoughts or questions, or just want to argue? Email me at darren_franich@ew.com, and I’ll respond in a future edition of my Entertainment Geekly column.

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Hear three tracks from the all-star ‘Here Lies Love’ remix album PDF Print E-mail

The Public Theater’s thrilling production of the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim disco musical Here Lies Love—and its remarkable concept album featuring everyone from Florence Welch to Steve Earle to Cyndi Lauperdidn’t seem like they could get any more boogie-down. But the immersive disco musical about the rise and fall of Philippines power couple Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos (which earned an ‘A’ grade in its initial review by senior writer Kyle Anderson last year) is now issuing a remix album featuring these artists and more —including Tori Amos, Sia, and St. Vincent.

All proceeds from the album—which also includes the original cast recording—go directly to Gawad Kalinga, an organization dedicated to typhoon relief and ending poverty in the Philippines for 5 million families by 2024.

Co-creator Byrne had this to say about the album: “These songs were made to be remixed. The show versions of the Here Lies Love songs touch on various dance club genres, but are necessarily truncated—to keep the narrative and energy moving along non-stop. [Remixers] Matt Stine and Justin Levine deconstructed the recorded music and scrambled it all kinds of ways to make an immersive audio world that merges seamlessly with the music of the show. This mixtape is what you hear when you enter the club environment where the show takes place. There’s humor and exuberance, and to my ears it all works perfectly. The best workout tape ever.”

Going strong since its 2013 debut Off Broadway at the Public Theater, Here Lies Love will open this month in London for a West End run.

Hear three exclusive tracks below to try to recreate the ever-moving, panoramic club experience for yourself (and nobody will be there to step on your toes, either). For more information on ordering the album (out Sept. 30), visit the show’s official site.

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Scotland’s independence vote decided a superhero’s fate, for some reason PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Scottish citizens partook in an historic and pivotal vote that would determine the future of the United Kingdom. This they knew, and so did the rest of the world. However, unbeknownst to most of them, they were also deciding the future of a comic book superhero.

As reported by Comic Book Resources, on Wednesday U.K. comics publisher Eco Comics  unveiled an “All-new, all-Scottish” superhero named Scotsman. (Not making this up.) Unlike Captain America—who actually wears something closer to the Puerto Rican flag as his costume—Scotsman’s sartorial choices proudly reflect the iconography of the Scottish flag. They also less proudly reflect the country’s most widely known contribution to the global wardrobe, the kilt. Scotsman doesn’t really have a kilt—it’s more of a patterned shirttail. Instead, he has pants, which is kind of a shame.

But what makes Scotsman truly notable is Eco’s plans for stories involving him—how some of them will play out hinged on the decision reached by the vote for Scottish independence. See, the publisher has another character, named Englishman (still not making this up) and the vote’s outcome would determine Scotsman’s relationship with his English counterpart.

Now that the Scottish people have decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom, it seems that the two will be staunch friends. Which is a shame, because Scotsman v. Englishman: Dawn of the Ayes is a movie I’d see.

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‘Friday Night Lights’ director says his son won’t be playing football PDF Print E-mail

Peter Berg, the writer/director/actor/producer behind both the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights, has pulled his own son away from the game that he helped so many fall in love with. And the reason why may resonate with Jason Street fans.

In an essay for Time Magazine, Berg wrote about the dangers with head and neck injuries in football, saying: “Head and neck injuries are what parents thinking about letting their children play tackle football should be thinking about, talking about, and demanding answers about, from any coach presenting himself as a worthy custodian for their child’s introduction to tackle football.”

He continued: “Young boys must be taught to play football without leading with or lowering their heads. Young players must be drilled over and over and over with Heads Up Football skills until that skill set becomes muscle memory and second nature.”

Berg urged parents to make their concerns known before admitting that, after expressing his own concerns to his son’s football coach, he decided to pull his son away from the sport altogether: “Ask coaches often and ask them without fear. If they can’t answer, you must do what I have reluctantly done—pull your son out of tackle football and put a lacrosse stick in his hands.”

Clear eyes and full hearts probably can’t lose in a lacrosse game, either. Read Berg’s full essay here.

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Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon reminisce about Robin Williams PDF Print E-mail

During his appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Billy Crystal emotionally told Fallon about eulogizing his friend Robin Williams at the Emmys. That prompted a sad—but, naturally, hilarious—remembrance of Williams from both Crystal and Fallon.

“Because of you I have one of my favorite Robin stories,” Fallon said. He recalled an all-star bus ride to Crystal’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony, wherein a bomb-sniffing dog prompted a Williams’ riff about his movie failures. Crystal meanwhile described his late night phone calls with Williams, saying,  “When we finished, we were like two jazz musicians who just got new horns.” The veteran also remembered a 1988 Comic Relief in Boston, at which Williams made a prescient comment about Michael Dukakis after the politician tried to stifle a string of Williams’ Uranus jokes.

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‘Playable Teaser’ trailer reveals the brilliance behind the horror game PDF Print E-mail

Coming out of last month’s Gamescom, a small horror game called P.T., or The Playable Teaser, stole the spotlight. Downloadable for free on the PlayStation 4, the game came with virtually no warning or explanation. Instead, it let players exploreand be horrified bythe game for themselves.

P.T. initially presents itself as a simple affair, set in the hallway of an average-looking house. Players start at one end and walk through the hall to a door that seemingly leads to a garage. But that door instead opens back into the hallway. In each subsequent loop, the hallway changes, and the story of a gruesome double murder comes into focus. There’s plenty of creepy imagery, a seemingly random puzzle to solve, and more than a few jump scares to satiate any horror fan. (I played with friends who screamed so loudly, my neighbors knocked on our wall to quiet down.)

The game’s mysteries were quickly solvedit turned out the game was actually a teaser for the upcoming Silent Hillsbut the brilliance of P.T.‘s scares and simplicity are still a marvel. Now, its creators have given players a chance to see the game’s even more bizarre origins.

Revealed at the Tokyo Game Show this week, the game’s creator and Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima showed off a concept trailer for P.T.‘s early origins. The game began life in a far less subtle form, but the trailer is an amazing case of showing how far Kojima and his team stretched the limits of a simple hallway.

There’s no shortage of frightening images in the trailera bouncing ball turning into a severed head, walls exploding with bugs, and a giant monster chasing the player. It’s all quite different from the final product. This trailer is decidedly about the big moments, and that’s okay—more than anything, it shows the potential for what P.T. could have been.

A small caveatno information about Silent Hills has been made official, but it’s likely not to be as experimental as P.T. simply so it can remain commercially viable. The teaser has no combat, no easily understood story. The game requires players to toy around with its world, even when it doesn’t make a lick of sense. Hills won’t have that luxury. It will likely be a full-priced title that includes combat or puzzles and attempts to evoke the same sense of horror over many hours.

The restraints placed on P.T. as a small experience are what allow the game to succeed. Building the game around such a simple hook as a looping hallway avoids the issues that come along with a horror game full of combat and multiple locations. And even if players never complete the game’s final puzzle, there’s enough to satisfy horror fans just by tinkering around in the game’s world. So why not make more experiences like this?

The concept trailer shows the possibilities for an entirely different game with a similar setup. When the first-person view happens upon the staircase at the end of the trailer, I wanted to continue following the game. I was willing to uncover whatever mysteries this new hallway offered despite having discoveredor read online aboutall of P.T.‘s secrets.

The relatively low time required to see most of P.T.‘s highlights made it an easy experience to buy into for over a million players. Releasing experiences of a similar length every few months could change the way horror games are approached by developers. They don’t have to take away from the big-budget scarefests, but rather expand the possibilities of a genre whose biggest franchises like Resident Evil have seen better days.

At the end of P.T.‘, a mysterious shot of The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus walking down an ominous city street appears. It’s meant to be intriguing and excite fans for whatever Silent Hills will be. But honestly, Kojima? Right now, I would much rather see where the concept trailer’s staircase leads than whatever horrors Reedus may face.

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