5 Movies and their video game counterpart

When it comes to movies and video games, they are almost one in the same as far as appeal and genuinely capturing a certain audience. Of course, there are movies that don’t quite add up so well to the game, but there are always exceptions. Here are five movies and their gaming counterparts.

Street Fighter: The Movie was based off the Street Fighter series up until Super Street Fighter II. It was a decent attempt at trying to make a movie based off the game. A lot of true fan denounce the 180 flip in storyline, but praised Raul Julia’s role as Shadowlaw leader, M. Bison. This was his posthumous role as the sadistic, tyrannical boss of the world of corruption.

Super Mario Bros. The Movie was a pioneer in the gaming to movie adaption. While it did not do well in the box office, it was very unique with providing an alternative version of New York City. Although it strayed away from the series, it did set a precedent for future gaming movies to learn to go above and beyond the call. Besides, it’s always a fun movie to remember your early Nintendo days as a kid with friends.

Mortal Kombat!! This is probably one of the best gaming to movie adaptations ever. Why? It followed the story line to the tee. It had the right special effects to make characters look larger than life, but realistic. The first Mortal Kombat movie really showed you can make a film strictly based off the game and still have worldwide appeal. This is probably one of the best game to film transitions ever.

Resident Evil was another great movie. Fans and critics have mixed reviews on the film as a whole. However, the performance of Milla Jovovich as Alice stood out in all characters. This movie featured elements from Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and did really well in national and international box offices.

D.O.A.: Dead or Alive was a goofy attempt to measure up to a tournament fighting game. While the cast was solid, it was not what people were looking for story wise. It mixed elements from the first four Dead or Alive games and the Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball. It’s one of those funny action movies you poke at with friends.

10 Hollywood Stars With Texas Roots

Any list of Hollywood stars with roots in Texas must include Noah Ringer who starred as Aang in the 2013 film “The Last Airbender.” Noah was born Noah Andrew Ringer in Dallas in 1966. Noah’s family tree includes American Indian heritage. An accomplished martial arts black belt winner of 2008, Noah was encouraged by his instructor to attend the film’s casting call.

Born in Uvalde in 1969, Matthew McConaughey made his acting debut in the 1993 comedy “Dazed & Confused.” Voted ‘most handsome’ in his high school yearbook, McCoughney earned a degree in Radio-Television Film from University of Texas-Austin in 1993. His most recent film is 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club.

Grande Prairie was the birthplace of actress/musician Selena Gomez in 1992. Named after a Tijano singer, Selena is of Mexican and Italian heritage. Her acting career began with an appearance on “Barney & Friends,” a children’s television program. As an adult, Gomez became an entrepreneur with the formation of July Moon Productions and the Selena Gomez & the Scene band.

Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco in 1979. To further her daughter’s talent and ability, Jennifer and her mom relocated to LA where she attended high school. Jennifer’s role on “Party of Five” was the result of friendship with a high school classmate who became a talent scout. Jennifer’s first starring role was in the 1993 film “Little Miss Millions.”

Award winning star of “The King of Scotland,” Forest Whitaker was born in Longview in 1961 to an insurance salesman and a special education teacher. Recently, Whitaker learned he is a descendant of Nigerian Igbo slaves and the Akan tribe from Africa’s Ivory Coast. Whitaker’s first film role was as a bodyguard in the “Tag: The Assassination Game” film of 1982. Whitaker’s most recent portrayal was as Cecil Gaines in “The Butler.”

Actress/singer/songwriter Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston in 1981. Of African American and Creole lineage, Beyonce’s name is derived from her mother’s maiden name Beyince. This very talented actress began her career as Xania in “The Pink Panther.” Beyonce’s crowning role to date is as herself in a bio-pic entitled “Life Is But A Dream.”

Appearing in seasons one and six of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” series, Gary Busey was born William Gary Busey in 1944. Prior to a serious brain injury resulting in minimal brain dysfunction incurred during a motorcycle accident, Busey won an Academy Award for his role in “Lethal Weapon” and for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story.”

Noah Ringer to star in “The Peppercorn Chronicles” in 2014

Noah Ringer is adding another impressive entry to his resume by agreeing to star in the upcoming film “The Peppercorn Chronicles.”

The movie is based loosely on a short film called “Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room,” which won best short film at the 2011 HollyShorts Film Festival. Filmmaker Mike Le Han also wrote the screenplay with his wife, Helen. The British couple is partnering with the production company Black Lake.

Ringer is co-starring with Jodelle Ferland and Michael Eklund. Ferland is best known for her supporting turn in the film “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” while Eklund has appeared in the movie “The Call” with Halle Berry and Abagail Breslin.

“The Peppercorn Chronicles” will be Ringer’s third high-profile film in his young career, following 2010’s “The Last Airbender” and 2011’s “Cowboys & Aliens.” Ringer received the “Coming of Age” Best Actor award from TheSkyKid.com for his work in director M. Night Shyamalan’s “Airbender.”

Like Ringer’s previous two films, “The Peppercorn Chronicles” is broad in scope, as filmmakers are planning a trilogy of films. The movies revolve a teen girl’s adventures at fictional Black Lake. The girl meets the son of a local baker, and the two discover the dark secrets that the area holds, eventually uncovering the truth about the girl’s presence in the town. The story has been compared favorably to “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” further fueling talk of a potential franchise.

The film is shooting in both the United States and Hungary beginning in early 2014. The release date for the movie has yet to be announced.

Ringer first leaked word of his involvement in the project through social media in September 2013, though he did not mention “The Peppercorn Chronicles” specifically. The movie is in line with his previous two roles, as all three incorporate elements of fantasy and science fiction.

In “The Last Airbender,” Ringer played the character of Aang, which marked his debut in feature films. In addition to award from TheSkyKid.com, Ringer also received a nomination for Best Performance By a Leading Young Actor at the Young Artists Awards. Ringer parlayed that success into the role of Emmett Taggart in “Cowboys & Aliens,” a movie that also starred Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.