‘Groundhog Day’ VR game let’s you revisit Bill Murray’s 1993 adventure as his son

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Groundhog Day has been a movie and a musical, so why not make it a virtual reality game next?

Sony Pictures has teamed up with Tequila Works — the studio behind 2017’s wonderful indie efforts Rime and The Sexy Brutale — for Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. It’s a……… sequel? To Groundhog Day? Set 26 years later, where you’re playing as Phil Connors’ son as he’s caught in the same kind of time loop as his dad?

Sure, why not?

This game looks completely cuckoo bananas, though it’s not yet clear if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. There’s reason to be hopeful with Tequila Works at the helm though! And Groundhog Day, the 1993 film, is such a wonderful, well-told story. Any chance to spend a little more time in that world is a welcome thing. Read more…

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A river ride to Rishikesh: India’s new adventure capital

Rishikesh shot to fame when the Beatles arrived, in search of enlightenment. Half a century on, the area is attracting a different kind of seeker – those after rapids, zipwires and mountain treks

I’ve only been in the raft a few minutes, bobbling down a placid stretch of India’s holy Ganges River, before my guide, Kalyan Singh Bhandari, puts his paddle down and sings a haunting Garhwali folk song typical of these Himalayan foothills. The warbling tune is, he says, meant to bring us good luck as we navigate the class 3 and 3+ rapids ahead.

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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book publisher sues Netflix for $25M over ‘Bandersnatch’

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The big gimmick associated with Netflix’s buzzy Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch is that it’s very much a choose your own adventure kind of production. Viewers are presented with choices as the movie about a programmer working on a video game progresses, with the filmmakers reportedly having shot some 5 hours of footage to encompass all the potential alternatives that viewers can select.

Here’s one that neither the filmmakers nor Netflix likely hoped for, though. The book publisher behind the popular series of Choose Your Own Adventure books for kids has slapped Netflix with a $ 25 million lawsuit, claiming the Bandersnatch movie and its marketing infringes on the publisher’s arguably very well known trademark brand.

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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ is Suing Netflix Over ‘Bandersnatch’

If you thought Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a lot like those Choose Your Own Adventure Books we read as kids, you’re not alone.

Chooseco LLC, which owns the rights to the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books is suing Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, because the program “infringes on trademarks,” Variety reports. The publisher is seeking at least $ 25 million in damages.

Netflix was allegedly in negotiations with Chooseco to get the rights to the book series, rights that it did not acquire.

In the show, one of the characters even goes as far as to say it’s “It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure Book.”

And Chooseco isn’t the only one that could potentially sue Netflix over the program. 20th Century Fox is the owner of the movie rights to the series of books and also did not consent to the show.

In addition to Bandersnatch, Netflix also recently released a new original film, “BirdBox.” That film set a record for the streaming service, with more than 45 million accounts watching the film during its first week of availability.

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Netflix faces lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

Chooseco, LLC trademarked “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the 1980s and has sold hundreds of millions of books using the branding ever since. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. 

Per an excerpt of the official complaint, via THR:

Indeed, the phrase “choose your own adventure” has been almost inextricably linked to Bandersnatch, either through Netflix’s own efforts or the mark’s ubiquity as established by Chooseco. The company has filed for at least $ 25 million for “infringement, dilution, and unfair competition” and demands that Netflix remove any “choose your own adventure” references relating to Bandersnatch. Chooseco wants to be distanced from the darkness and morbidity of Black Mirror (honestly, so do we). Read more…

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