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Author: Margie Wilson Mars

Is “Halo: The Television Series” the Start of a New Digital Genre?

Since the release of “Halo: Combat Evolved” in 2001, the first-person shooter game has generated a life of its own. Just the game and its sequels alone have earned $3.4 billion. There’s also comics, graphic novels and licensing deals for everything you can think of, even socks. Now with a TV series on the horizan, it might be responsible with taking gaming content and digital media to a new place. Years ago, comic writer Brian Bendis said that Halo was “this generation’s Star Wars.” To Xbox and the fans, also known as the “Halo Nation,” it’s far more than that. Xbox and Microsoft’s Xbox Live online service wasn’t doing so great before Halo with the later being essentially saved by of Halo 2. While there’s been some failures; projects stopped long periods of development like Halo: Chronicles, the news that the much hyped Halo movie fell through was very disappointing. Delivery of the script to the Hollywood big shots was made into a huge production, so fans really expected success. The best explanation of how and why it fell through is on Wired.com. On May 21, 2013, Microsoft announced there would be a new Halo game and a “Halo” TV series that would coinside with the release of their next generation gaming system, Xbox One. Originally slated for release in early 2014, Bonnie Ross, general manager of 343 Industries...

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Margie Responds To Lena Dunhams SXSW Discussion With a Few Thoughts You Might Not Expect

  Lena Dunham said something controversial. You’re shocked, right? Yeah, me neither. There’s no doubt the actress evokes strong feelings, you either love her or you hate her. So, maybe speaking out about how unfair Hollywood is to women isn’t all that dastardly, but being a bit of a Hollywood buff, I still have a bone (albeit little) to pick with her. During her now annual pilgrimage to SXSW in Austin, Texas, Dunham, the star and creator of HBO’s “Girls,” gave a keynote lecture. While discussing her show and her past with SXSW, she also touched on misogyny in Hollywood. It struck me as pretty ironic that the female star of a hit show would be complaining about the lack of roles for women. When asked about her costars, Dunham said, “People are ready to see Adam [Driver] play a million different guys in one year – from Lotharios to villains to nerds. Meanwhile [co-stars] Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet are still waiting for parts they can get interested in. … the girls are still waiting patiently for parts that are going to honor their intelligence and their ability.” I have mixed emotions here because she is right. A new study shows female characters accounted for only 15 percent of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing domestic films of 2013. Overall it’s difficult to commiserate with Dunham. The...

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