Tom Hardy being cast in “Splinter Cell” is great news for video game adaptations


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Could the golden age of video game movie adaptations be on the horizon? Following yesterday’s news that Tom Hardy will be starring in a “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” movie, it seems like it could be.

The announcement came via Variety, which reported that Hardy will be playing leading man Sam Fisher in the adaptation of the best-selling video game series. It hasn’t been picked up by a studio yet (though video game developer and publisher Ubisoft is currently talking to Warner Bros. and Paramount) and doesn’t have a director, but just having Hardy’s name attached has us hopeful.

Ubisoft is also the company behind the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise and recently revealed it would also be making a movie based on that property that would star and be co-produced by Michael Fassbender. Following that announcement, studios seemed to snap up popular video game properties like crazy, with movies based on “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” “God of War,” “Metal Gear Solid,” “Need for Speed” and “Mass Effect” all reportedly in the works.

We’ve seen studios try and fail to make video game adaptations before, with the latest example being “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” By now, we should know better than to hope that these films can be good, but can they? Hardy, Fassbender and Aaron Paul, who is attached to the “Need for Speed” movie, are all at high points in their young careers, so why make a gamble on a video game film if it’s not going to be good? There seems to be a trend for studios to be more careful with the gaming properties they’re picking up and for them to realize they actually need to have a quality property to get viewers interested.

The next big step these movies need to make is to land a director. That seems to be another big shortcoming in video game adaptations, though Peter Jackson’s uncompleted “Halo” movie is an exception. David Fincher directed a commercial for “Halo 4,” so why not see if he would be interested in trying his hand at an adaptation? Quentin Tarantino has a taste for all things violent and nerdy, so why not let him take a stab at one of these properties? After all, how good would a “Borderlands” movie from him be?

The key seems to be quality over quantity (which should be a given in our day and age but isn’t), and tapping actors like Hardy, Fassbender and Paul seems to be a step in the right direction. Will these movies be any good? Your guess is as good as ours. But we’re a bit more hopeful now about the genre, which is ripe to be successfully tapped into, than we were earlier this year.

What do you think about Hardy being cast in “Splinter Cell”? What’s a video game that you think would make a good movie? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cooking With Gigi

5 Ways to Prepare For Tonight’s Gigi Does It and Become a Culinary Expert

Get in the kitchen with Gigi Mondays at 10:30P on IFC.

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It’s Monday, so you know what that means: Break out the turquoise eye shadow and bedazzled sweater! Tonight’s all new Gigi Does It at 10:30P ET/PT will keep you charged for the rest of the week. But before you forge headlong into septuagenarian hilarity, here are five ways to get ready for tonight’s episode.

1. Brush up on your culinary skills.

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According to Gigi, every dish should be prepared with a lotta love and a little bit of lust. But be sure to keep the ecstasy to a minimum and all bodily fluids outside the pot.

2. Experience the Great White North’s signature dish.

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French fries, cheese curds and gravy — poutine is a delicacy that isn’t for everyone. Love it or hate it, you should have at least a few bites if you want to be considered a true Canadian.

3. Whip up some “special” cookies.

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Competition is fierce when Gigi and her friends vie for the affections of eligible bachelor Melvin. Cookies are always a good idea to win someone’s heart — particularly if they’re baked with love and a little “extra” ingredient.

4. Watch the video Facebook doesn’t want you to see.

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Deemed “Too Hot for Facebook,” this montage of Gigi-isms removes the bleeps and blurs for a raw, NSFW look at the foul-mouthed granny in action.

5. Crack open Gigi’s book.

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Like most seniors, Gigi knows how little appreciation grandparents receive from their grandkids. Which is why the saucy old broad penned a children’s book reminding today’s youth to call their dear grandmothers. Give it a read here.

THE EXORCIST [US 1973]  LINDA BLAIR     Date: 1973

Take This Quiz for a Spin

The Power Compels You to Take the Exorcist Movie Quiz

Catch an all-day Exorcist marathon on Sunday, November 1st.

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The Exorcist is a modern horror classic thanks to many of its haunting images: the ominous stairwell, the spider walk, the face of the demon. Before you catch IFC’s all-day Exorcist movie marathon on November 1st, take this quiz to see how well you remember the film, its sequels and its influence in pop culture.


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Resident Expert

Take the Ultimate Resident Evil Movie Quiz

Catch a Resident Evil movie marathon Saturday, November 28th during IFC's Sweatsgiving.

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Resident Evil is the sort of action franchise that’ll crash a motorbike through a stained glass window just to explode some zombies in awesome fashion. But how well do you know Alice’s adventures against the undead? Before you catch IFC’s Resident Evil Sweatsgiving Marathon, take the quiz below and prove once and for all that you’re the ultimate Resident Evil movie fan.



Read Carrie's Book

Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Is Out Now

Carrie's moving memoir is out now.

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Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is out now at fine local book shops and at online retailers like iBooks, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

The book, a “deeply personal and revealing narrative of Brownstein’s life in music,” is getting rave reviews. The Washington Post writes that, “It’s impossible not to like Brownstein” in their review of her “engaging and witty” memoir. The AV Club called the book “engrossing,” adding that “for fans of Sleater-Kinney, it’s immensely compelling, particularly because Brownstein writes crisply, insightfully, and without vanity.” She even dedicated the book to her Sleater-Kinney bandmates (and Portlandiaregulars) Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker.

Pick up a copy of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl in stores today, and be sure to catch Carrie on her nationwide book tour at one of the dates below where she will be joined by specials guests like Questlove, Amy Poehler and more.


WORD Bookstore at Saint Vitus Bar

In conversation with Questlove


Barnes & Noble Union Square

In conversation with Gaby Hoffman


Philadelphia Free Library at The Merriam Theater

In conversation with Aidy Bryant


Pitchfork at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

In conversation with Jessica Hopper


BookPeople at Central Presbyterian Church

In conversation with Liz Lambert


Vroman’s Bookstore at Pasadena Presbyterian

In conversation with Amy Poehler


Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

In conversation with Dave Eggers


Powell’s Books at The Newmark Theatre

In conversation with a Special Guest TBA


Elliott Bay Book Company at The Neptune Theater

In conversation with Maria Semple


Drawn & Quarterly at The Rialto Theatre

In conversation with Jessica Hopper


Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon

In conversation with Johanna Schneller

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