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Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, who is flacking his new movie “Cloud Atlas,” did a pretty brilliant slam poem using the corny 1990s television show “Full House.”

It’s pretty epic.


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Ludum Dare 23, get your Ludum Dare 23 here! I’ve gathered together eleven of my favourites from the recent 48 hour compo/jam, although that’s not to say I’ve played all 1,402 of the entries. The theme was ‘Tiny World’ and below you’ll find a musical, an existential microjaunt, a personbreeding simulation and a space cat trader, with other delights sprinkled about. There are also unconventional marks out of ten, based on number of graphics, similarity to Tetris and inclusion of comical readme file.


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Jimmy Kimmel has produced an epic 9-minute movie trailer parody featuring nearly every actor and actress in Hollywood. Movie: the Movie tackles every blockbuster and crowd pleaser movie and movie marketing cliches, and packs them all into one film trailer. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

The trailer features appearances by Ryan Phillippe, Jessica Alba, Taylor Lautner, Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton , Josh Brolin, Colin Farrell, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Gary Oldman, Cameron Diaz, Samuel L. Jackson, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Jason Bateman, Kevin James, Daniel Day Lewis, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Kate Beckinsale, Chewbacca, Danny De Vito, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Gabourey Sidibe, Steven Tyler and even directors J.J. Abrams and Martin Scorsese.

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Today's collection of independent game links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, and the usual round-up of interviews with developers from around the 'net. (image source)

Eurogamer: Okabu Preview
"Before he became a game designer full-time, Simon Oliver made interactive exhibits for museums. We think a little of that kind of thing may have rubbed off on Okabu."

Game Developers Ireland: No Quarter Spared
"Terry Cavanagh is an independent game designer and programmer. Hailing from Monaghan and a graduate of TCD he is now based in Cambridge in the UK. His first commercial game, VVVVVV, was released in January 2010 and since then he has been making waves on the indie scene."

Bitmob: Q&A with Bastion Creative Director Greg Kasavin
"Greg Kasavin, creative director at developer SuperGiant Games, shares with us some of the nuances of orchestrating Bastion's unique narration element, what he brings to game design from his journalism background, and why the main character suffers from premature graying."

Destructoid: How a killer Christian shmup roguelike came to Steam
"I recently got to catch up with Edmund McMillen about the development of The Binding of Isaac, and its connections to Tom Hanks, Satanism, and other magical things. Here's the first half of this two-part interview."

indiePub Games: Muse Games muses over Guns of Icarus and Creavures
"Muse Games may be a relatively young indie game studio but it has already released several titles including the steampunk airship combat game Guns of Icarus and an atmospheric 3D puzzle platformer called CreaVures. The four-man Muse team talks about their games, their development process and the future of indie games."

PlayStation.Blog: Coming to PSN, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
"After its triple nomination at the 2010 Independent Games Festival, the Rocketbirds universe is finally coming to PS3. The available power of the PS3 has allowed us to vastly improve on the controls, visuals, and gameplay over the first game."

Joystiq: Capybara, Metanet helping to develop Sound Shapes
"While thoroughly enjoying a preview of Queasy Games' next project, Sound Shapes for the PlayStation Vita, we had a chance to chat with project leads Jonathan Mak and Shaw-Han Liem. Given Mak's past with game development (Everyday Shooter), we wondered how much his team had grown since its first Sony game -- and accidentally stumbled on a really exciting detail about the forthcoming music/platformer."

Indie Game The Movie: Team Meat Audio Commentary
"We are happy to announce that Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes from Team Meat will be doing a bonus audio commentary track for the film. If you've ever listened to Tommy and Edmund on various podcast and interviews, you already know that they can be quite entertaining."

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These were supposed to be the younger, hipper Academy Awards, the ones that shook up the ceremony’s conventions with popular, great-looking emcees in actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who were unlike the middle-aged comedians and TV talk-show hosts of years past.
But the results couldn’t have been more traditional, with “The King’s Speech” – a [...]

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