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“Shadow of the Colossus” film adaptation gains Seth Lochhead as a writer

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Ask someone whether video games can be considered art, and they’ll likely point you in the direction of the 2005 PlayStation 2 game “Shadow of the Colossus.” Though games like “Journey” have since followed in its footsteps, “Colossus” truly was a trendsetter at the time by putting a dark twist on the classic “Legend of Zelda”-style adventure games consumers have come to love.

The story is fairly straightforward: A man named Wanderer must defeat 16 creatures known as colossi to resurrect a girl named Mono. He rides his horse, Agro, around the Forbidden Land and is forced to defeat the creatures by a finding their weak points and felling them. Though the game doesn’t explain much of its context, there is clearly a lot of story in “Shadow of the Colossus” that can be implied.

The fact that it is so seemingly simple is part of the game’s charm, which is why it’s somewhat disheartening to learn that an adaptation of the tale is being made for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Seth Lochhead is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set to be directed by “Chronicle’s” Josh Trank. Lochhead is best known for co-writing “Hanna” based on his original concept.

Though video game film adaptations seem like they could be on the rise, there are too many franchises that have been felled on their journey to the big screen for us to really get behind this one. Some things just shouldn’t be messed with, and “Shadow of the Colossus” is one, especially if Lochhead tries to add exposition to the story that wasn’t already in the game. We don’t know Mono is, and part of why we love “Shadow of the Colossus” is because we don’t want to know.

Are you as turned off by the idea of a “Shadow of the Colossus” movie as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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