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Video Games Turned Movies

If you ever see the name “Alan Smithee” in the credits of a movie, it means the real director thought the movie was so bad, they didn’t want their name in it.

Gamers know that a lot of video games are based off of movies, such as Fantastic 4, Chronicles of Riddick, Batman, Superman–the list can go on and on. But what about movies based off of video games? How did they do? Below is a list of games turned into movies over the past ten years, how they did and a prediction of game-to-movie projects in the future.The first of these was Super Mario Brothers. Made back in 1993, it is a weak interpretation of the game in which Dennis Hopper plays King Koopa, an evolved dinosaur. There was not much of a plot line and the movie was an agonizing 140 minutes long. The audiences felt the same way too as the movie bombed in the box office. This however didn’t stop Hollywood from producing many more video game-to-movie adaptations such as: Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, the Mortal Kombat series, the Tomb Raider series and the most recent Doom. In 1995 the Mortal Kombat series was next to hit the big screen. Based much more on the fan based games it still had no real plot and seemed more like an old fashion kung fu movie then a big budget movie.

Next came Tomb Raider in 2001, based on the game back in 1996. This movie was a very good interpretation of the game, which included exploration, treasure, monsters and, most importantly, Lara Croft, played by Agelina Jolie. Jolie looked the part of Lara Croft as well as any human could, hence a huge reason the movie did well is that it had a watchable character and a good story line. Because of these aspects, the Tomb Raider movies set a new trend for future video game-to-movies.

Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, made in 2001, was not really based upon the games but more the philosophies behind the games, namely parallel universes and the existence of spirits. However the reason the movie lost $120 million dollars was not the plot but the GC animation. True, the character mapping and texture shading was revolutionary for its time in the film industry, but because of the use of CG it failed to induce emotion with the characters’ eyes and faces, which in turn equated to bad acting and a flop in the box office.

Resident Evil, in 2002, tried a different approach in its adaptation in which it tried to have many different subplots to capture the viewer’s attention. Did it work? No. The problem here was that Resident Evil turned into more of an action movie then a horror/thriller like the games where. The movie itself was really not that scary, had only zombies, mutant dogs and the Licker (the only real monster in the movie) so it is needless to say how this movie did in the box office.

Then there was Doom. Not the 1st of 1st person shooters, but it was the baddest. The Doom series has been scenario time and time again. You are a space marine on mars with a mission to close Hell’s portal along with a massive arsenal of weapons like the rocket launcher and chainsaw. One would think the producers could generate a decent script from the material in the video games, but I guess the producers must have been out to lunch because there was no reference to Hell in the movie. Instead it was DNA experiments gone wrong on Mars. Instead of killing demons, the marines killed zombies. Civilians by the hundreds were killed, whereas in the video game only monsters were killed. Another flop we will have to wait and see.

In Silent Hill a key scene is when the heroine is told to memorize a map and the directions are simply left, left, right, right in nature to navigation through a maze within the movie. What make the video game so popular was the ability for the player to make his or her own choices within the game, whereas in the movie there is only one choice when diminishes the games flare.

The Tomb Raider movies in this writer’s option were the only movies that really delivered decent acting and plot line and hence did well in the box office. Does this mean that all video game-to-movies are going to be horrible? No. In fact news has it that Peter Jackson is planning on changing that by doing a movie of the Halo series, we will see if he lives up to his promise.

Watching Movies For Free and Cheap

Whether you have a passion for the Hollywood new release movies that are shown in theaters and eventually make it to DVD or love watching independent films and movies, there are millions of people across the world that love watching their favorite actresses and actors star in a great film! The only other great thing about movies would be, though, is if you got to have them and watch them for free, right? Even though movies are plenty expensive when they are first released after being in theaters (most of them are anyway!), there are many ways to watch them for free, especially with the current technological age that we’re in!

Watch Newly Released Movies for Free and Cheap

First and foremost, if you’d like to watch movies for free that have just been sent to theaters then you’re going to have a bit of trouble doing so! One option would be to download them from an internet torrent, however, most people consider this to be illegal activity since the movie is copyrighted! One route to take if you’d like to see the movie for cheap, though, is to wait just a couple weeks and then watch the movie in a discounted or dollar theater that sells cheap movie tickets!

Free Movies from the Internet

A relatively new phenomenon that has caught on in today’s internet society is the ability of individuals to be able to watch movies for free right on their internet browsers! One great example that will allow you to watch your favorite classic movies online is the AOL Video section of their website. Internet users just need to search for the free movies they have and click play in order to watch their favorite movie! Of course, one can also do this sort of thing with Netflix, however, this is a service that usually needs to be paid for; the AOL Video service is completely free to anyone who has internet access!

Free Movies from Internet Freebie Sites

Another way to watch free movies and get cheap DVDs is to use internet freebie sites. These websites are sometimes also called incentive sites because there is usually a small requirement on the user’s part. Usually the requirement just amounts to a few dollars for signing up with a free trial of some sort, but once that requirement is met your free movie package will be immediately sent to you! Thousands of people have already gotten cheap DVD movies and free movies as well by signing up with these types of freebie sites and they are available to virtually anyone who has internet access!

So there are tons of ways to watch your favorite movies for free. If you don’t mind watching a computer monitor for the duration of your favorite movie then the AOL Video site or even Netflix online may be for you! On the other hand, if you’d like to have a free DVD or free movie in your hand then a freebie site would be well worth checking into to get new releases, classics, comedies, horrors, thrillers, and any other type of movie genre that you want to watch!

Watch Latest Movie Trailers Online

If you are a movie buff and like to appreciate well made movies then apart from cinema halls and television, your destination should be one. Online Movie Portals. This is a platform which offers you with a wide range of movie collection including the latest blockbusters and golden collection. From TV shows to documentary, from animation to Sports, the online movie portals have it all. Certainly, the site allows you to watch movies online anytime and there is no hassle of making payments to the DVD library or buying tickets for cinema standing at the queue. Instead against a small payment, an internet user can catch up any latest release by downloading or by streaming the videos from the online movie portals.

When it is about movies, the fans can enjoy the movies which get released in their countries or even the titles which have not been released yet. Locating movies may not be an easy, sometimes the movies has to be searched by countries or categories and then you will be able to watch movies online. There is yet another method of searching the movie and this can be made possible by searching the actors or any other movie characters. However, apart from the film-watching experience, there are many online portals which offer to watch latest movie trailers online as well. The sites even contains an archive of films which can be termed as a “storehouse” which have a long list of collection starting from Hollywood golden age movies to recent blockbusters.

The online movie sites also enable viewers to check the show timings of any nearby halls as well; however one of the best features of these online portals is the quality of the print they distribute to customers. Absolute HD quality, Dolby surround sound quality and special bonus features. Even when you watch latest movie trailers online you wouldn’t find any compromises made with the print and sound quality of the same. Apart from the popular movie titles, you can even access a wide archive of foreign language movies which will come with subtitles as well. Be auteur filmmakers or great masters, you can find out any title by browsing the categories available on the site. Some online portals even exceeded their niche of services with adding 3000 TV stations and 1500 radio stations links into their domain which help the viewers accessing movie related news or events.

Online movie portals allow you to watch movies online, but why people should choose them over cinema halls or DVD players? Let’s find out:

o Viewers can download movies which are legal and safe
o Ability of users to watch online movies
o HD quality prints and sound output
o Access to other media like television shows, documentaries, sports etc
o All shows can be watched on Laptops, PC or on projectors
o Availability of wide range of movie genres from where viewers can choose
o Cost much less than Cinema halls
o Watch latest movie trailers online for free

Let’s Watch Movies Online With Fireplace Warmth

The year 2154, Jack Scully is a paraplegic marine who joins a project of alien world when his twin died. His DNA matched with the alien group called Na’vi and he was transferred into a Na’vi to give him an alien ‘Avatar’ to understand the Na’vi system and find their weak spot so that the mercenaries can wipe out the Navi’s. So will Jack be able to infiltrate into the Na’vi’s land and join the gory game of destruction? This is most talked about movie of the year ‘Avatar’ which can now be enjoyed from the comforts of your home when you watch movies online.

Undoubtedly, the popularity of watching movies online has become much popular and any latest movie can be watched anytime and anywhere. Convenient, easy to access and involve a small payment, on online movie portals you will be able to watch movies online or even can catch up the latest movie trailers as well. With a long list of the categories of movies available on the online movie portal, a viewer can choose from Crime to Romance or from Film-Noir to Sci-Fi. The process is pretty simple…a viewer has to log in to the sites, they watch latest movie trailers online for free, and then they can book for any movie of their choice against a small payment. Apart from the trailer shows and movie watching options, there are even other attractive categories to surf. The categories includes a long list of movie genres, latest box office blockbusters, first look of upcoming movies, show timings of nearby theaters and even an archive of blockbuster movie.

Watch movies online isn’t costly as many people think. The price of watching a movie online is pretty cheap and a simple payment process of payment is involved within the process. Even you can read editorial reviews of the films and can decide whether you will lay hands on the movie or not. Forget Cable connections since there are problems with the Clack Gable movies since often they run out of stocks, on the contrary such problem doesn’t exist in online movie portals. Moreover, you can even watch latest movie trailers online, enjoy star interviews, current box office churners, and even book online DVD stores as well. One of the primary features of the online movie portal is that viewers can watch latest movie trailers online and then they can decide on a movie title. Moreover, parents can keep a strong leash on the adult movie and can decide a movie according to the ratings & standards for display.

Any latest blockbuster, be it “Quantum of Solace”, “Pink Panther” or “Hangover”, any title is available at the online movie portals. All movies can be experienced in HD quality print and dolby surround sound and they will add up into a theatre experience by sitting at the comfort of your own. To Watch movies online will give you a viscerally experience for a new level of satisfaction, a great pleasure of serenity & excitement and moreover it will curtail down your cost of booking tickets, purchasing popcorns and snacks for the entire evening show. So now without spending on weekend shows in theatres, just book for ‘Avatar’ now and sit & enjoy this magnum opus Sci-Fi on online movie portals.

Movie Awards

So, we have finally closed the book on 2010. Now, as we transition into the new year, this is when most people reflect back on the year before. In the movie world, this is also when critics and movie lovers take the time to review the past year. Not to mention, this is awards season. With the Critics’ Choice Awards in just a couple of weeks and the Oscars less than two months ago, suffice to say the red carpet is officially out.

Today, I’m going to throw myself into that very ring as we bring you Couch Potato Club’s 2010 Movie Awards. Up front, though, I would like to go ahead and say, I’m going to do this different than those big award shows. For one, you’ll see some of the typical categories, but likewise there will be some off-beat ones. Also, call me crazy, but I believe the biggest factor in judging a movie is its entertainment value. Granted all of the other little facets of making a movie help to make a movie better, however I believe entertainment succeeds a movie’s technical prowess in order to define whether it is good or not. So, you won’t be seeing me awarding these “artsy” movies just because of their “cinematic achievement” (whatever the hell that is). Instead, I’ll be judging on good ole entertainment value (with acting, story, etc. playing factors).

So, without further ado, here are the winners of the first annual Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.

Best Film: Inception

For me this came down to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve honestly spent days mulling it over in my head which would be my movie of the year. However, in the end, Inception wins out. Inceptionwas also perfect in a sense. With intelligent writing, good acting, fun action, great cinematography and so on and so on, the movie proved to be awesome style with great substance. Nolan proved once again here why he is one of (if not THE) most sought after filmmakers today. A narrative genius. After watching this movie, it made me realize what a god-send Nolan is to Hollywood really. Everybody in Hollywood should be taking notes. This is exactly how a blockbuster movie should be done. Let’s not kid ourselves, blockbuster action movies will continue to be the bread and butter of Hollywood for some time to come. While this is alright, the problem usually lies in that they’re so shallow and cliche and just “eh”. They usually just rely on cool action sequences and awesome looking special effects. Not Inception, though. This movie provides all that, but then actually brings substance to that style giving us an engaging and mind-bending/intelligent storyline to go with it. This perfect blend makes Inception my movie of the year.

Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you want to test the merit of an actor? Throw him in a movie where he is pretty much the only one ever on-screen and he has to carry the entire movie himself. Where the whole weight of the entire movie rests most assuredly on his shoulders. Will he shine? Will he crumble? This is the test. Others have proven themselves in the same way (Will Smith, Tom Hanks). And truly I believe this (and the “retard role”) is one of the biggest ways to test an actor and see if he’s one of the greats. So, enter James Franco and 127 Hours. Playing a mountain climber that gets trapped under a boulder and is all alone, Franco is left to carry an entire film on his own. Does he succeed? Damn right he does. With flying colors at that. Keeping it interesting, conveying a range of emotions throughout the film and sucking you in all on his own, Franco clearly shows he had the mettle to tackle such a daunting task and come out on top. For that reason, he’s my actor of the year.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Natalie’s performance in the Aronofsky psychological thriller is absolutely brilliant. Her best work to-date in my opinion. Playing a role that requires her to eventually transition from sweet little naive princess girl to girl-gone-wild (in a dark side kinda way), she hits every beat without missing a step. I believe the biggest factor for a good actor/actress is range. Anybody can shine in a part that was just made for them (in line with their natural persona), but range and playing different personas/characters is where an actor/actress can show their true prowess. In Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has shown, in just the 2 hours, that she has more range than most actresses around. She exhibited more range in one performance than most do in their entire career. For such a brilliant performance Natalie Portman gets my vote as actress of the year. I don’t think this is even up for debate.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter

Here’s another that I feel is just a given and isn’t up for debate. Bale absolutely stole the show in every scene he appeared in The Fighter. The weight loss alone shows Bale’s dedication to his craft. Furthermore, the way he was able to lose himself in that crackhead persona and into the role of Dicky Eklund just further proved what an amazing actor Bale is. To really show you how brilliant his performance was, the video clip of real-life Dicky during the credits showed you just how well Bale nailed that performance. It had to almost be like looking in a mirror for Dicky.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Yes, the supporting cast of The Fighter was just great. They’re the ones that kept this movie afloat. Leo’s turn as the “white trash” overbearing mother was great and was another (along with Bale’s performance) that really helped this movie shine. Without these two, The Fighter bombs.

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Like I said, best film was down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s work here was damn near perfect. This was a brilliantly directed movie. From the camera shots to the music to the story-telling to what he got out of his cast, Aronofsky did a great job in conveying this thriller story very aptly on all levels. As one of my favorite modern directors, it’s no surprise that Aronofsky continues to impress year after year.

Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan

For me, screenplay/story is probably the biggest factor in determining whether a movie is entertaining. Afterall, without an intriguing and entertaining story, then your movie is just going to suck. That being said, it’s no surprise that this, for me, came down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain; the two movies vying for my Best Film award. However, in the end I have to go with Black Swan edging out in this category. The story was great in my opinion. Very thrilling and intriguing story that left you on your seat the whole while through. To top it off, though, was all the subtext present throughout the film. From the “life imitates art” to the “greed can consume us all” to the commentary of how much pressure can be put on an entertainer and the risks they ensue when losing themselves in a performance in order to be “perfect”. This script had it all and fired on so many cylinders. Truly was a great story and I loved how the main character’s life began to mirror the very character she was attempting to play on stage.

Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter

I guess after the previous supporting awards, this should come as no surprise. However, I will say I was also seriously considering The Town for this award which had a very good all-around performance from its entire cast. However, the cast of The Fighter performed well in all areas. Even Mark Wahlberg was decent enough (and I don’t particularly care for him). Though, he was the weak link and his actual character was boring. However, everyone else turned in fine performances that, as a whole, really pulled you into the family in the film. Then the performances of Bale and Leo really just pushed the overall ensemble over the top. Meanwhile, Amy Adams delivered a very good performance as well standing out.

Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

The movie itself, I found was fairly overrated. However, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an absolutely wonderful job of playing the role of Ree Dolly. If not for her, the entire movie would have been a wash. However, her performance was very nice to watch. It made it even more worthwhile as I got to witness that this girl is actually a very adept actress. Before this, I had only seen her in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ where she plays the typical cliche ditzy teenage girl. Which, honestly, there are a million and one girls in the nation that could pull that off. Watching her go from that ditzy teenager to this gritty and convincing performance was definitely a treat for me and showed me her worth. For that, she receives my Breakout Performance of the Year award.

Best Action Movie: Inception

Inception wins here. Of course being my Best Film of the Year, it’s going to also win in its specific genre category. The movie fires on all cylinders for an almost nonstop joyride, especially for the last half of the film. The last half especially, with the gun fights and chases and fights, etc. prove to be an adrenalin rush of action. Again, this is pretty much the Hollywood-action-blockbuster film perfected.

Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek

Ok, here’s where some might disagree with me (if they haven’t already). However, it’s my belief that Best Comedy movie should mainly be based on which movie was the funniest. Granted, there were movies I liked better overall that fall into the comedy category (Scott Pilgrim), but on the laugh scale they didn’t touch Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. And his part as the typical rock star was great and hilarious. Even “P Diddy” (who I hate) had me cracking up during this movie. For me, it really was the funniest movie of the year.

Best Animated Movie: How to Train Your Dragon

Yep, I’m doing it. I’m kicking Pixar to the curb this year and letting someone else have Best Animated prize. Granted, I really enjoyed Toy Story 3, but for me How to Train Your Dragon was just the better movie and was more fun. It was cute, funny, inspiring in its own way and refreshing. I really enjoyed the movie. How to Train Your Dragon was one of those that had heart and depth and was really beautiful (both story-wise and animation). One that truly appeals to both adults and kids alike.

Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2

I loved the first one and the sequel proves no different. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror genre I believe. And part 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood as the franchise goes mainstream. With good pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the art of tension and suspense back to a seemingly hollowed out genre. It does a great job of really getting into your imagination and letting it run wild, in turn terrorizing yourself. Really a refreshing movie in the genre, I can’t wait for part 3 this fall.

Best Thriller: The Town

Yes, I realize Black Swan is a thriller, and I absolutely agree that it’s the better movie. However, like the comedy movie, I feel the Best Thriller movie should be judged pretty much solely on the “thrill” aspect. And while Black Swan did engulf me and keep in thrilled, The Town pulled that aspect off a bit better. Maybe because the action of it catered to that, I don’t know. However, The Town just had me really on the edge of my seat from start to finish pretty much. The action was good, the movie was so intense and the whole of it just never let up once it took off running, that I couldn’t help but be enthralled as I went on that thrill ride.

Best Docudrama: The Social Network

Social Networking has been spreading like wildfire in the past years, so it comes as no surprise that it would eventually become the basis of a film. The Social Network isn’t just any film though. Becoming one of the most talked about movies of the year and making a real movie to be movie of the year, the movie is a great all-around film that everybody should see. And it might be one of the most significant films of modern day (that or its counterpart ‘Catfish’).

Best Indie Film: Buried

Another thriller that just keeps you enthralled throughout (yes it seems I have a thing for thriller type movies). With such a minimal set and minimal story and cast, Buried just seems like it’s set to disappoint. Despite all these risks though it manages to succeed and become a very thrilling and captivating movie, with Reynolds carrying it well.

Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception

The visuals and special effects was just one facet of what made Inception so awesome for me. And this fight scene was one of those that stood out above the rest. Creative, cool to watch, action-packed, it really was just a really fun fight and pretty awesome.

Tearjerker of the Year: Toy Story 3

Did I personally cry? No. However, Toy Story 3 I feel is the movie of the year that will most likely make someone cry. Maybe it’s the connection after having grown up with the series. Maybe it’s just the depth of emotion created in some scenes that hit home for most people in a real-life way. Whatever it is, Toy Story 3 is sure to get the waterworks running for quite a few people. With scenes like the incinerator scene and Andy’s final time with the toys (especially when he realizes Woody is in there and he ends up parting with the toy that started it all), Toy Story 3 definitely has its moments that truly tug on those heart-strings.

Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Both of these actors are some of the better young actors around today (Gosling being my choice for best actor under 30 even). They really show their worth here in this movie as well. Giving great and powerful performances the two shine on the screen together. The chemistry between them is absolutely marvelous and the genuine/real emotion they convey over the course of the movie provides for a good watch.

Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Jason Schwartzman is just unconventionally hilarious most every time I see him. His appearance in Scott Pilgrim was just icing on the cake for a very good movie. Classic Schwartzman provided humor and intelligence to the role, standing out as my favorite villain of a movie filled with villains.

Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender

I’m not even going to say anything. Everybody knows it sucks. Shyamalan again proves, that despite his last movie (The Happening being horrible) that he can still outdo himself and make a surprisingly worse film than he ever has. The guy is spiraling out of control straight down the drain.

Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right

I’m sorry. It wasn’t that good. The acting was decent. Mark Ruffalo was pretty much the saving grace of the movie. Other than that the movie was so pretentious and contrived and just flat out boring. Not nearly as good as people made it out to be (not even the performances). Wasn’t funny or humorous at all. And the movie definitely does not deserve even being considered as a Best Film nominee.

Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass

Sure, the movie got decent reviews, even did moderately well in its opening weekend. However, I feel Kick-Ass was just underappreciated for the year. Quite frankly, the movie, well….kicked ass. In fact, it may go down as one of my Top 10 or 15 favorite movies of the year. It’s one of the best comic book adaptations I’ve seen in a long while. For me, it was even better than it’s competitorScott Pilgrim. A truly awesome and fun movie that should have been given more credit. Very entertaining and more people should give it a shot.

Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead

Admittedly, my typically TV show viewing consists of sitcoms/comedies. However, there are a few dramas I watch here and there. This year’s The Walking Dead proved to be one of those new shows that drug me in and made me love it. Making me eager to see the next season, and disappointed I’ll have to wait so long.

Best TV Show (Comedy): Modern Family

With a funny ensemble cast and very funny writing, Modern Family has proven to be one of my favorite new TV shows recently. And with ‘The Office’ being hit or miss anymore, Modern Familyis the one that consistently has me laughing the most. Most notably, Eric Stonestreet as “Cam” always makes me laugh and really steals the show almost every time he appears. His performance is what puts this one over the edge for me. Though, Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons performance do come in a very close second for me.

Filmmaking School Students Need to Remember About Movies

This year’s Oscar nominations for Best Picture are clearly a stark contrast from last year’s nominees. Whereas the 2010 Academy Awards were dominated by big-budget science fiction and 3D films (with Avatar taking centre stage), this year’s movies are more serious, and coincide with what is primarily taught at a prestigious American filmmaking school. The Oscars this year are focusing on deeper themes, such as confidence, communication, courage, class and friendship.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the nominations during previous years were lackluster. Purists at your typical filmmaking school would be foolish to say that “The Hurt Locker” or “Slumdog Millionaire” pale in comparison to this year’s nominees. Even “Avatar,” which left many wanting with its plot, cannot be easily dismissed.

Still, the shift from movies such as 2009’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and 2010’s “The Hurt Locker,” to more serious films such as “Black Swan,” “The Social Network,” and “True Grit” among others, is remarkable. One cannot help but ask if this reflects another change in the appetite of moviegoers. According to the Toronto International Film Festival’s co-director, Cameron Bailey, this year’s Best Picture nominations prove that moviegoers aren’t just interested in big-budget films with crazy special effects. Instead, it’s the experience gleaned from watching movies that matters most.

However, Jason Squire, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Filmmaking School of Cinematic Arts, believes that studios aren’t really making a conscious effort to produce serious films. He thinks that studios will jump on any chance to maximize revenue, regardless of whether or not the movie is a big-budget flick, an indie film in Sundance, a serious drama or what have you.