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Born and raised in the cathedral city of Winchester, Roland earned his Eurotrash merit badge in Paris before moving to America to seek his fortune. If you've seen it, please give him a shout, because he's still looking. A digital Don Draper with a Hemingway complex, Roland pays the bills with his social media savvy, but under various nom de plumes is a top-ranked Amazon author after hours, and is impatiently awaiting the day he can give up the rat race forever and write schlock in a cabin in the mountains.

Leslie Jones is Under Attack – And it’s NOT Okay.

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I’m Echoba.se’ resident asshole – the guy who defends #Gamergate, lambasts recasting white roles with black actors, and generally plays Devil’s Advocate in the face of all this politically correct shit going on these days. And yet despite all that, I am sickened and disgusted today, by the next phase in the onslaught of hate […]

The Philosophical Questions Posed by No Man’s Sky

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Although a lot of early players were disappointed in Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky, it’s still a stunning feat of creativity. Using procedural generation, co-founder Sean Murray and his team have created a virtual universe of 18 quintillion potential planets; literally an entire reality squeezed onto 6GB of disc space. And that poses some interesting […]

James Martin to Replace Chris Evans on Top Gear?

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We broke the news recently that cut-rate Clarkson replacement Chris Evans was being canned from the rebooted BBC Top Gear show, after dire reaction from fans of the series. Now rumours are swirling that celebrity chef James Martin is lined up to replace him. Most Americans won’t be familiar with Martin, but he’s well known […]

Five Times Colorblind Casting Worked Well

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My recent post on Hollywood’s continued diversity problem, and the casting of Zendaya as Mary Jane in the new Spider-man movie, have been pretty contentious. And while I stand by what I wrote, Doug and other members of the team pointed out that there have been occasions in which looking beyond skin color when casting comic book […]

Was this the worst summer for movies EVER?

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This weekend had the distinction of seeing the remake of Ben Hur crash and burn in the box office – like many other hopeful ‘tentpole’ movies before it this year. Ghostbusters? It went down like the Pokemon Go servers. X-Men: Apocolypse? A distinctive meh. Independence Day? Let’s just say it didn’t blow up the box office.  Even […]

So what’s going on with Super Troopers 2?

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Back in October of last year, we broke the news that Super Troopers 2 – possibly the greatest movie of all time [citation needed] was beginning filming near Boston. And since then… nothing. So what’s happening with Vermont’s finest boys in blue (well, khaki)? Those of you who donated to their Kickstarter campaign for financing […]

Zendaya To Play Mary Jane Watson in Spider-man: Homecoming

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Today it was revealed that Disney sensation Zendaya, the 19-year-old star of Shake It Up, will be playing the iconic role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-man: Homecoming. As soon as news of this broke, I’m pretty sure all my pals at Echoba.se were like this, hoping I wouldn’t write an opinion peice […]

Deleted Scenes Make Suicide Squad a Darkly Different Film

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Rumoured deleted scenes from Suicide Squad make the film potentially troubling. While critics have their panties in a bunch about Suicide Squad, the box office and fans seem to be telling a different story. I reviewed it myself and thought the film was a lot better than the critics claim. But the film we eventually […]

Is Recasting White Characters The Way to Tackle Representation in Hollywood?

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Editor’s Note: The following is an article Militant Ginger wrote about racism in Hollywood and what he perceives is the right way to fix it. We had a long discussion among the group of Echo Base editors about this post and this issue it addresses, which we’ve attached below. Recognizing we’re just a bunch of white, non-Hollywood […]

Is No Man’s Sky a Fraud?

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$59 is a fair chunk of change. It’s at least ten pints of beer down at my local watering hole, and fortunately that’s what I spent my money on, instead of No Man’s Sky from Hello Games. I’d been planning to buy the game though. I was super excited about the thought of exploring an […]

Is Suicide Squad On the Reviewer’s Hit List?

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Back when Batman v Superman was released, I wrote an article lambasting the critics who’d panned the movie. Sure, it wasn’t perfect – but the movie was pretty damn good, and the box office haul was still impressive. Now we’ve been given another reason to doubt the legitimacy of ‘official’ movie critics – I went […]

Ocean’s .73 Cents to the Dollar

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So, Hollywood is hitting hard with their ‘winning’ formula of female-led reboots, and creating Ocean’s Eight – a crime-heist thriller featuring an all-female lead cast, rebooting the classic Ocean’s Eleven franchise. Now, Ocean’s Eleven – the original, Frank Sintra version – is one of my favorite movies of all time. A lot of people say […]