Summary of “How to Make a Movie Out of Anything”

Following the trend of taking successful movie concepts to TV, Vinson has started on a serialized version of the Martin Scorsese film ”The Departed.
Vinson started looking for undervalued I.P. to guide his next movie.
This year there is more of the same – the third installment of ”XXX,” the Smurfs, ”Pirates of the Caribbean”, a King Kong movie, Thor, the sequel to ”Blade Runner,” a remake of ”Beauty and the Beast,” ”CHIPS,” ”Power Rangers,” another ”Star Wars” movie, a ”Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel, two Stephen King adaptations, ”Wonder Woman,” ”The Mummy,” ”The War for the Planet of the Apes,” a retelling of Agatha Christie’s ”Murder on the Orient Express.
Domestic box office returns were weak, and the movie was saved only by the nearly $250 million it made internationally.
The film’s director and co-­writer, Tony Leondis, told me that ”The Emoji Movie” actually began with a quest for some other form of I.P. About two years ago, he was thinking about what his next project should be, and he asked himself: ”What are the newest and hottest toys out there in the marketplace?” He looked down at his phone and realized they were right there in front of him: emojis.
The movie ended up being made, but not based on their script.
Warner Brothers enlisted them to write a screenplay for another comic-­book movie called ”Capeshooters.
” Lavin told me, ”Whatever movie we wrote, it had to be an extension of that energy, that desire to tear up everything in your path and take charge.

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Summary of “Let’s Look Back at Ndamukong Suh Totally Wrecking People in College”

“I got a little disappointed when Ndamukong Suh didn’t win ,” Herman said.
Any person even casually familiar with college football remembers the destruction Suh wrought in the 2009 Big 12 championship game against Texas.
Though the Cornhuskers lost to the Longhorns 13-12, Suh turned in the most physically dominant performance I’ve ever seen from a college player - he finished with 12 tackles, including six for loss and 4.5 sacks - and his ridiculous stat line doesn’t come close to conveying what a force he was in that game.
On a second-and-23 from the Texas 24-yard line, two plays after the Longhorns had been penalized for chop-blocking Suh on first down, Suh shrugged off a double team, torpedoed into the backfield, got his claws on McCoy, and tossed the quarterback like a discus for a 7-yard sack.
Like all transcendent athletes at the peak of their powers, Suh looked like a grown man playing against middle schoolers.
The sheer number of bodies involved in a football game should make it impossible for any non-quarterback to single-handedly keep his team competitive, but Suh did that all the time during the ’09 season.
The Cyclones visited Suh and the Huskers in October of that year, and forced Nebraska’s offense to turn the ball over a whopping eight times.
Playing quarterback against Suh in 2009 was like being lowered into a swimming pool with a great white shark.

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Summary of “Mario Kart director philosophical about need for the blue shell”

Since its introduction in Mario Kart 64, the blue shell has become a universal shorthand for the perils of video game rubber-banding; an item I called “Scourge of the skillful and the great white hope of the novice” in my own Mario Kart 8 review.
Love it or hate it, the blue shell is a necessary part of the game, according to Mario Kart 7 and 8 director Kosuke Yabuki.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yabuki said Mario Kart just doesn’t feel like Mario Kart without the item.
This isn’t the first time a member of the Mario Kart team has defended the blue shell from its detractors.
In a 2011 Kotaku interview, Mario Kart series director/producer Hideki Konno said the item was originally created as a way to “Create a race where everyone was in it until the end.” The blue shell was a kind of shortcut way to do that without forcing all eight racers to be on the screen at all times.
In the interview, Konno suggested the developers might look for new balance solutions to get around the blue shell “Problem” for the then-upcoming Mario Kart 7 on 3DS, including a possible item-free racing mode.
A perfectly timed mushroom can also dash away from a blue shell explosion in Mario Kart 8 as well as previous Mario Kart games.
Eurogamer’s full interview with Yabuki contains more about the need to balance frustration with joy in Mario Kart, as well as extensive discussion of Nintendo’s new fighting game Arms.

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Summary of “Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism”

It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the bestselling board game that has taught generations of children to buy up property, stack it with hotels, and charge fellow players sky-high rents for the privilege of accidentally landing there.
The game’s little-known inventor, Elizabeth Magie, would no doubt have made herself go directly to jail if she’d lived to know just how influential today’s twisted version of her game has turned out to be.
In addition to confronting gender politics, Magie decided to take on the capitalist system of property ownership – this time not through a publicity stunt but in the form of a board game.
Determined to prove the merit of George’s proposal, Magie invented and in 1904 patented what she called the Landlord’s Game.
The key innovation of her game lay in the two sets of rules that she wrote for playing it.
Under the ‘Prosperity’ set of rules, every player gained each time someone acquired a new property, and the game was won when the player who had started out with the least money had doubled it.
Once the game’s true origins came to light, Parker Brothers bought up Magie’s patent, but then re-launched the board game simply as Monopoly, and provided the eager public with just one set of rules: those that celebrate the triumph of one over all.
So next time someone invites you to join a game of Monopoly, here’s a thought.

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Summary of “The NBA Has Some New Rule Changes, and We Have a Few Questions”

Among the changes: There will be fewer timeouts during games, and teams will have a shorter window than before to pull off trades before the deadline.
What do the new rules mean for the trade deadline, for All-Star weekend, and for strength and conditioning? We have questions about the upcoming season, which will start on October 17, a week earlier than last year, and the same day as Gucci Mane’s wedding.
Fixing Hack-a-Shaq is more complicated than taking away timeouts or moving up the trade deadline; it’s an in-game judgment of whether or not a foul is intentionally stopping the offense.
Uggetti: Do the league’s owners take pride and joy in watching DeAndre Jordan be humiliated at the free throw line? If pace and speed are of utmost importance, and enough to cut down on timeouts, a real part of the game, then there’s no reason why the NBA can’t amend its intentional fouling rule.
As Dan Feldman pointed out here the NBA will lose out on the momentum that is usually created between the All-Star break and the second half of the season.
Players live where they play, and having to move homes and families to a different city after a sudden trade in the middle of the season is not ideal.
Putting the trade deadline before the All-Star Game does allow them more time to facilitate their move.
Wait, what happens if an Eastern Conference All-Star gets traded to the West? And vice versa?Uggetti: In 2008, then-Denver Nugget Allen Iverson got traded for then-Detroit Piston Chauncey Billups.

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Summary of “How to build an amazing board game collection for $10!”

That said, putting together an amazing board game collection can be cheap.
Monikers is the party game we’d recommend instead, though since it’s only a lovely edition of a popular public domain game, printing it is just one option available to you.
In a nutshell, the game starts with two rooms of people, all of whom are secretly on either the Red Team or the Blue Team, and the game is for the reds to get their Red Bomber player into the room with the Blue President via a hostage exchange by the end of 15 minutes, at which point the bomb explodes.
Funemployed is a game of terrible job interviews that requires a bit of improvisation from players, but it’s the most I’ve ever laughed playing a board game.
As a bonus, it’s the only drawing game where not being able to draw makes the game better.
Win, Lose or Banana is, on paper, a terrible game, but in practice it’s occasionally the best game ever? You can buy the official game for $1, but if you make your own version by scribbling on some cardboard the police are unlikely to investigate.
The bigger my board game collection gets, the more I appreciate the simplicity and cultural gravity of a cup full of dice, or an ordinary 54 card deck.
You could ask me “Quinns, do you want to play an expensive, lengthy board game from your collection, or do you want to drink and play Liar’s Dice with £5 on the line?” and I’d have to think about my answer for a long time.

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Summary of “The Legend of Phil Ivey, Poker’s Mystery Man”

Barring winning an event, they just hope they’ll get a chance to play across the table from Phil Ivey, maybe win a pot, maybe have a good tale to tell back home.
While the biggest games in casinos around the country were played in increments of $100 and $200, or sometimes as high as $400 and $800, the Flynt game was played as high as $4,000 and $8,000 per bet.
There were four players from the U.K., where Omaha was more popular than on the American West Coast, and Phil Hellmuth, the 1989 World Champion and the holder of six bracelets.
“If you’re coming into the game and you’re 21 years old now, you better be fundamentally sound. You better be theoretically solid. Because nowadays if you’re playing for 50 bucks, people, they care. They’re trying to beat you. They want to play their best game and beat you. Even at the smallest limits.”
According to Palansky, there were three events that sparked the boom in the mid-aughts: the advent of hole card cameras, which led to poker emerging as a compelling television property; the creation of software that allowed people to play for real money over the internet, which created global pools of players and fed thousands of new players into tournaments, pushing prize pools into the millions with tons of dead money; and an accountant from Tennessee entering the 2003 WSOP Main Event after winning a $40 online satellite and beating a field of 839 players to take home the World Championship and $2.5 million.
Phil Hellmuth, who currently leads the WSOP bracelet race with 14, is one of the most successful tournament players of all time.
Some players may be better at borrowing money than at playing poker, or they may be good at finding games full of weaker players or that otherwise suit their strengths.
One of those players was Phil Ivey.After three straight days of playing poker in the storied gambling hall, only seven players remained.

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Summary of “The Bots Beat Us. Now What?”

In his correspondence, he criticized computer programs for making “Gross blunders” and called one of them “a piece of junk.” After his triumph over the program, Fischer disappeared again, and wouldn’t play another documented game for 15 years.
For decades, the best humans were better than any machine at marquee, blue-chip intellectual games like chess in the West and Go in the East.
Since at least 1950, the games have also played host to programmers who have tried to master them, enticed by besting the genius widely thought to be required of a chess or Go master.
These twin pillars of intellectual competition – chess and Go – aren’t the only games that have appeared in the crosshairs of the engineers, of course.
Among them: an encyclopedia of cognitive science and a volume titled “Robots Unlimited.” A cartoon pinned above his desk showed a man playing chess against a toaster: “I remember when you could only lose a chess game to a supercomputer.”
“StarCraft is way, way bigger than chess or Go or any of these games,” Churchill said.
Every single computer scientist who works on games whom I’ve ever spoken to has uttered to me, often with a twinge of contrition, the phrase “Test bed.” It’s not about the game, man, it’s about what comes next.
Maybe Bobby Fischer, whose whole life was devoted to playing a board game – and who some would argue was driven mad by a board game – got it right in his letters 40 years ago.

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Summary of “The $5,000 decision to get rid of my past”

Someone broke into my apartment and stole my video game collection exactly four days later.
The collection included most of the important Dreamcast games.
The tyranny of a collection I was never not collecting video games.
Part of me believed that if I recreated the collection carefully enough, one evening I would wake up and she would be there, playing games in front of the TV in one of my shirts.
If I owned enough of those same games, I could create a portal back to the past and never have to move forward.
You carry your past with you The replacement collection, about 450 games deep when I stopped looking for the classics, was carried from house to house as I grew older.
One day, short on money to buy a certain Nintendo Switch game, I took down a few Super Nintendo games hoping to trade them in.
If GameStop gives you $1 for a game, that means it’s worth at least $5. I began to price out that long-dormant collection.

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Summary of “The NBA’s Treadmill of Mediocrity”

No Sixers player in Game 4 had more than 16 points, the team took 11 3-point shots, Turner did not look like a no.
Collins stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 season, Sam Hinkie fully took over the team, and the rest is the Process.
A player like LeBron James and a team like the Warriors asks us to look outside of the moment, I guess.
So a capped-out Sixers team that was paying Elton Brand $16 million tanked its way to multiple lottery picks, hoping at least one hit the jackpot.
Portland is good but not great; Toronto is great during the regular season and good during the playoffs, which is ultimately bad. There are already rumors about teams trying to pry Giannis Antetokounmpo from Milwaukee, and we’re already making preparations for Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins’s exit from New Orleans.
The Thunder are a six- to 12-month experiment, LeBron could exit Cleveland next summer, leaving the team as it was before he returned.
Only five teams can look themselves in the mirror and say that the Finals are a realistic goal.
Such is our disdain for competence, for OK, for actually not bad that we are more enamored with a Phoenix roster, half of which is made up of people who can’t legally buy a beer, than we are a Wizards team that features one of the best backcourts in basketball - a Wizards team that will be screwed if it chooses to keep its third-best player.

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