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  • Instant Pot for Lazy People: Salsa Chicken

    6 months ago

    emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

    Time for our regularly scheduled programming of instant pot adventures! 

    Tonight's recipe is the easiest recipe I have made with my pot so far. Huge shout out to @Becca for leaving this in the comments on one of my previous journals.



    Salsa Chicken

    This recipe made me six 4oz servings of chicken. Perfect for meal prep! As soon as the chicken was done, I measured and portioned it out immediately for refrigerating.

    I love how versatile this is! You can make tacos, rice bowls, salads; whatever the hell you want, really. Because I'm going the low-carb route, I made something in between a salad and burrito bowl with my chicken.


    2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (you could probably use thighs for extra flavor if you wanted, but I opted for a leaner protein)

    1 cup salsa of your choice


    - Throw the chicken in your pot and pour your salsa on top. Give it a quick stir to really coat the chicken.

    - Close the lid, make sure your valve is closed, and select the Poultry option. Let cook for the default amount of time (it's 15 mins on my pot) and let the pressure release naturally after the cooking cycle is complete. Alternatively, if you have an actual Instant Pot branded pot, you should have a Manual function. You can cook this chicken on Manual pressure setting for 7 minutes. (I have a Crock Pot Express Pot, which doesn't have an explicit Manual button, so I just went with the Poultry option on default time and pressure.)

    - Open your pot and use two forks to pull the chicken apart, give things another good stir to coat, and you're good to go!

    - Optional: Here is how I constructed my salad/bowl if you're interested. I started off with 1oz spring mix and spinach greens, 1/4 cup black beans, 4oz of the chicken, and 1/8 cup shredded Mexican cheese.



    Tonight I needed something quick(ish) and easy to cook, because I left work later than I usually do, and still had some things I needed to accomplish at home. I threw everything in the pot, squeezed in a yoga practice while it cooked, then ate, and portioned out the remaining meal prep with plenty of my evening left to get things done. Winner winner, chicken dinner.


    Do y'all have any quick and easy go-to recipes? I'd love to hear them (so that I can make them).  blush

  • RTX Austin & London Forums!

    6 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    Created new forums for our RTX 2018 London & Austin. 


    Looking for a place to arrange hotel shares or community meet ups for #RTX2018?  Just made some new forums for ya.   heartbeat


    http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-austin-2018


    http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-london-2018


    XOXOX

  • Finally got a board for someone my size.

    6 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    165 Wide, Libtech Skunk Ape.  


    This board is soooo much faster than rental boards.   I have to put a little more torque on turns but man this thing holds the snow so damn well.       heart heart


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  • Hoooooly Shit! Game of Thrones' David Benioff and DB Weiss Are Going To Make Star Wars Movies!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Gotta love these surprise Star Wars announcements! The Lucasfilm train is charging full steam ahead on these Star Wars movies. Not only are we getting the Skywalker Saga films (i.e. episodes 1-9). Not only are we getting Rian Johnson's completely separate new trilogy. We're also getting a new series of films to be written and produced by the minds behind Game of Thrones.



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    That's right, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films that will not be tied to either Johnson's standalone trilogy or the Saga films. The only other detail in the press release is that work would be begin on these new Star Wars films once Benioff and Weiss wrap up the final season of Game of Thrones. 


    Star Wars has already been lifting GoT cast members (long live Phasma!) and we know that this team is really good at developing complex and most of the time really fucked up characters and can play nicely in a brilliant author's sandbox. 



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    It might just be me, but I'm sensing a move away from the standalone film formula they've been trying with both Rogue One and Solo. It seems what's appealing to the creative minds at Lucasfilm is to explore completely unknown areas of the Star Wars Universe. 


    There have been rumors of the Obi-Wan spin-off movie, but nothing has been announced by Disney. The only things announced have been new series with no connections to anything that came before. 


    That, in my humble opinion, is great news. Transitioning the Game of Thrones team immediately into the Star Wars universe is also, in my humble opinion, great news. Maybe this means we'll finally be getting Michelle MacLaren directing a Star Wars movie!


    The sky's the limit on what these guys can do and that is exactly what is going to keep Star Wars fresh. Can't wait to see how this develops! 


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  • If you applied to be a Guardian..

    6 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Please be sure to read up on all the updates from @SailorTweek here. The latest update is  http://roosterteeth.com/post/51649620 Understand that Mary will be posting updates when she herself has info to share. 


    For those who received their Guardian acceptance. A bit of advice if you are new to the Guardian family or if it's been a while and you could use a refresher, please read below. Also note, that I am writing this purely from my standpoint and experience. This is not reflective of the Head Guardians or RT (in case someone thinks I am speaking for them).  


    1) As in past years, teams will not be assigned until much later. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of considerations that Mary and Chris have to take into account, so don't expect team assignments to be sent out any time soon. If you want a rough estimate on how big the team was last year, we ran RTX with over 500 Guardians. Imagine having to pair skillsets with team responsibilities for that amount of people. Give our Head Guardians time to figure things out. For now, congratulate yourself for making it onto the team, the Guardian team. 


    2) Follow instructions and direction. If you are sent correspondence, READ. EVERYTHING. I cannot stress this enough. One of the best ways to become an effective Guardian is to follow the instructions given to you. 


    3) Yes, you are a volunteer, but treat this responsibility as you would an actual job. The experience you gain working this show can actually apply to "IRL" roles, so take it seriously. Yes, we get to hang out with friends, and yes, we have a ton of fun, but please understand that this show cannot happen unless we all work together and you are willing to do your part. Being a Guardian is hard work; please don't take this role for granted.  


    Now this part is where mama bear me comes out. 


    3a) When you apply to be a Guardian, you are not guaranteed to be placed on your preferred teams. That is the reality of the application. Once team assignments come out, please don't complain about the team you are assigned to. It's completely disrespectful. Reiterating again, there is so much time and consideration put into team assignments, the Head Guardians do their damndest to accommodate everyone's requests, but they can't make everyone happy. Now, if you have a legit concern like, "I can't be a store Guardian because I have a back injury, so I would rather be in a role that's a bit stationary", please let Mary know. But if you receive your assignment and complain that you should have gotten a role over someone else because XYZ, that is not cool, and it's completely unprofessional. 


    3b) Just like you would with any job, if something comes up and you are unable to attend RTX, message Mary immediately. Don't wait until a few days before the show to say something (unless, of course, something horrible happens at that time). 


    4) I always encourage new Guardians to talk to veteran Guardians about what they can expect for their first RTX. Don't be afraid to ask questions whether it be directed at Mary, your team leads, or other Guardians. The more prepared you are, the more confident you can go into that weekend. 


    Special note: Do NOT message RT staff about Guardian related questions regardless if you have an existing relationship with them. Those go to Mary or your team leads. And if they cannot answer it, they will forward the inquiry accordingly. One of the most important things to understand early on is that there is a chain of command. That sounds entirely too military like, but the concept is valid. 


    4)  Veteran Guardians, I always encourage you to be welcoming, helpful, and above all else, humble. You have the experience, and you have the ability to help nurture you team. You've done RTX before, so you know the rules... so you should also know that you are not exempt from them. Be the example, the type of Guardian you wanted to look up to during your first year. Welcome your new teammates and guide them. Remember back to your first year and remember what you wanted to know or learn, how you felt, and use that to motivate you in helping your team build camaraderie. 


    I think this wall of text is sufficient for now. If the writing bug hits me again, I will post more. For now, welcome to my fellow Guardians. I look forward to working with you. 


  • More awesome Deadpool 2 marketing! The new poster will make you want to dance!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    It's a little sad how excited I get for any piece of marketing for Deadpool 2. That team killed it so hard on the first movie and now it feels like they're taking it up a notch for the sequel. They've had some great reveals so far and now they've got a kickass new poster which takes inspiration from, what else, an early '80s dance drama. 



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    That is indeed the Merc with a Mouth striking a Flashdance pose for Deadpool 2's teaser poster. Instead of being drenched in water good ol' Wade Wilson is being pelted by spent shells. Appropriate.


    I have no reason to doubt the awesomeness that awaits us in the high profile sequel and even if it turns out to be a huge flaming turd we'll always have this fantastic marketing campaign! Can't wait for more!



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  • Happy Birthday Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy! You Should Watch...

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    It's been a few days, so I figured it's time to come out with another Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! We got a few interesting February 6th birthdays, but only two I'm going to focus on/recommend a movie for. Those two birthdays are Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy. I'd also like to tip the hat to fellow birthday celebrators Ronald Reagan and Francois Truffaut.


    I must admit one of my cinephile shames is I'm pretty undereducated on the French New Wave so I wouldn't feel confident recommending a Truffaut film against his entire filmography. I mean, I can say The 400 Blows is pretty great, but that'd just be me recommending the big one of his I've seen, so let's avoid that.


    And as far as Ronald Reagan is concerned, he's been in some good movies (like The Killers and Dark Victory), but the only movie of his you can really bring up is Bedtime for Bonzo since it'll never stop being funny that the guy that starred alongside a chimp in a silly kids movie was a two-term President of the United States.


    So, happy birthday to everybody, but let's look at two movies starring these two special people!


    Rip Torn


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    Defending Your Life (1991) – I love this movie. It's one of those silly, high concept romantic comedies that just works for me. It's about a lovable fuck up (Albert Brooks) who dies and then moves on to purgatory where a trial is held to determine whether or not he deserves to move on to heaven or is sent back to be reincarnated and have another go at being an overall good person.


    It's not a sure thing. He was a flawed man. Not bad, not evil, but a little bit of an asshole. The problem is while he's in purgatory he falls in love with Meryl Streep and she's pretty much guaranteed to get into heaven, so if he isn't deemed worthy then he'll never see the love of his (after)life again.


    Rip Torn plays Brooks' lawyer and he pretty much steals the show. It was a big moment for him as an actor because it opened up a whole new world for him. You see he was always known as the very serious, gruff, mean type and this movie showed the world just how great he was at comedy. Turns out that tough exterior was a perfect for delivering dry comedy.


    He followed this film up with his perhaps career-defining work on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, again tapping into that hard-ass who also happens to be hilarious persona and that was the trend setter for the rest of his career, which saw him mostly in comedic parts. Men in Black, Dodgeball, Freddy Got Fingered, Down Periscope, etc.


    It all started with this role in this very, very good movie, which is available to rent on all major streaming services.





    Kathy Najimy



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    Hocus Pocus (1993) – Hocus Pocus has had a bit of a nostalgia-driven resurgence in recent years. I was 12 when it came out and remember it fondly myself, but it's interesting to see just how much people seem to love it because when it was released I don't remember it having much of a social impact. I don't remember kids talking about it at school or super hyped up on it.


    I was drawn to it for a couple reasons. First at that age I watched literally every movie that came out. I was old enough to ride my bike to the mall (miles away) by myself, through traffic... it was a different time! So I'd just go every weekend and see whatever was playing at the four screen mall theater. If it was the same movies as last week I'd watch my favorite a second time.


    Naturally I was always drawn to anything genre, too, so you better believe I saw this one a couple times. It's also of note that one of the stars of this film was the kid who starred in one of my favorite shows at the time: Eerie, Indiana.


    Anyway, I saw this a lot as a kid and haven't revisited it since, but it's come back in a big way thanks in large part to Disney embracing it at their theme parks every Halloween. They have big special event nights where they bring out people dressed as the Sanderson Sisters and they do a big musical review, which in turn inspires a whole new generation to seek out this movie.


    Kathy Najimy gets to be more at the forefront here than she was in the Sister Act films (another childhood favorite of mine) and plays goofy very well. I like how she bounces off Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. That chemistry alongside the film's bizarre tone is one of the reasons this flick is enjoying a second life. Available for rent on all major streaming platforms.





    Anyway, that's it for this edition of HBYSW. Let me know what you think of these films, especially if you haven't seen them before and decide to give either a watch. See ya' on the next one!


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter

  • An Open Letter and an Introduction

    6 months ago

    RTSamStarr Marketing Coordinator

    Dear Rooster Teeth Community,


    This past weekend, I had the immense honor of joining some wonderful people in the RTX Sydney live chat on our new video platform. I tuned into the stream mostly for some background noise as I made dinner, and to see how my coworkers were doing in The Land Down Under. Until this weekend, I had only browsed through the live chat once or twice, but never fully participated.


    I should preface this by saying that I am still relatively new to the RT community - my first true experience and introduction to Rooster Teeth was RTX Austin 2017. One of my old coworkers had left my previous job to work for RT, and after asking her about RTX, I got a weekend pass to see what it was all about. 


    I had never been to a con before, nor was I familiar with any of RT's content.


    BOY WAS I IN FOR A RIDE!


    I went to panels, made friends in lines, got some awesome swag, and danced the night away at the VIP party. I was so impressed by how welcome I felt in a sea of people united by a common cause of which I was relatively unfamiliar before that weekend. I felt at home from the moment I walked through the door, and was so sad to leave on the final day.


    So when I started working at RT last fall, I had a sense of how great this community was, and I was 100% on board with it.


    But this weekend - it was different.


    After I finished up with dinner, I jumped into the chat to see what was going on. The stream was between sessions, but people were still actively chatting. What I thought would be a simple hello turned into two days of amazing interactions with people from all over the world.


    I saw RT members jump in and out of chat who already knew each other and I saw new groups of people come together and make new friends. I saw people give out endless advice and help each other, build each other up, and bring nothing but positivity to each other. And even in the midst of routine stream errors and new site mishaps, I didn't witness a single person get upset by the chaos, but rather saw people giving constructive feedback and many thanks to our engineering team for their hard work to put together something amazing for all of us to use. 


    Just because I work for this amazing company, doesn't automatically make me an authority on our content or a star in the gaming world. But in this community, I feel accepted and loved regardless of how many shows I've seen or how good I am at the games I play. Y'all accept me, and every one of our community members no questions asked. You make this world a positively beautiful place to be.


    We're all united by our shared love of everything Rooster Teeth, and I want to thank all of you for welcoming me with open arms into this crazy community.


    Each one of you is a part of the reason we all find a little bit of home in Rooster Teeth, and for that, I am forever grateful.


    <3 Sam

  • Here's My The Cloverfield Paradox Review!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

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    It's almost impossible to separate the circumstances around The Cloverfield Paradox's release from a review of the movie itself, for good or ill. We didn't even know the title of this movie 24 hours ago and now just about everybody has seen it.


    That's groundbreaking and something only Netflix can get away with. I don't think even Hulu or Amazon has the clout (and deep enough pockets) to pull something like that.


    The critics are savaging the movie and they're not entirely wrong. On a script level The Cloverfield Paradox is a mess. The science is sloppy and inconsistent. The film is filled with eye-rolling conveniences and “just because we need it there” plot points, but it's not the worst thing you've seen. Hell, it's probably not the worst thing you've seen this year.


    Are critics upset about it wholly because it's a sci-fi/horror flick that doesn't have a rock solid script or is there something deeper there? It's interesting to note that this kind of surprise drop takes the film critic out of the equation, at least when it comes to first blush impressions. That might rub some the wrong way on its surface and just maybe that resentment sneaks its way into some of the more vitriolic hot takes that have come out over the 16 or so hours.


    Now, I don't buy into movie critic conspiracy theories, mostly because I've been in that world since I was 16 and have seen very little evidence of just about every accusation (from studio bribes to opinions being influenced in major ways by access), so I won't say this is true for everybody who didn't like this obviously super flawed movie, but it is an interesting question as we face a rapidly evolving feature film distribution landscape.


    Personal taste always comes into play as well. For instance, I have a great big ol' soft spot for sci-fi horror and may be more lenient toward the genre than some critics. I also put a lot of weight in high production value and can forgive some plot issues if there are characters I like in the mix.


    Not everybody wants that out of their cinematic adventures. I get that, which is why a good review, whether positive or negative, is at its best when it communicates context. You know my context so when I say I actually liked The Cloverfield Paradox you should have a handle on why.



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    Yes, they once again shoe-horned a Cloverfield tie-in to another completely unrelated script and yes, it shows. It feels like this movie should have had an A and B story. The A story being the sci-fi horror film following Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Hamilton in space as her scientific experiment on board a space shuttle goes wrong and the B story being her husband Michael's story on Earth as the accident above triggers the events of the first Cloverfield movie.


    Either you do that or you keep it a Twilight Zone twist like they did with 10 Cloverfield Lane. You can't have it both ways. They spend just enough time with Roger Davies on Earth to distract from the space story, but not enough to actually have a story reason to divide the narrative like that.


    I like the idea of Davies on a parallel story to the first Cloverfield film while his wife is dealing with some very heady ideas about their relationship in what's going on in space, but it's only that: an idea. If it had been fully integrated then the movie would have been significantly better, but as it is it's just there.


    Or you double down on the formula 10 Cloverfield Lane established and have the big twist be that the energy test that goes wrong in space creates the events of the first movie and have that revealed at the end. As much as the final shot of the movie gets shit on by many of my colleagues I think it could have been a great reveal. It may be a bit typical of these darker sci-fi/horror films (Life had a similar dark ending), but if you're going to stick to a formula do one that has a good pay off.


    The reason I can't hate this movie is because I just like the characters too much. The performances from Mbatha-Raw, Inglourious Basterds' Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo and Chris O'Dowd are all notable. I like their chemistry, I like their characters, so I actually gave a shit about what was going on in the space ship.



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    Even when the plot falls into the generic sci-fi/horror movie formula I still liked the characters enough to not let that kill the movie for me. There is one beautiful stretch where things start getting reeaaaaaallllly weird and if that had been the turning point of the movie and they'd fully committed to some of those big, trippy, bizarre ideas the movie would have been much better for it. Sadly it never does, but again I was invested enough by this point to see it through to the end.


    I can't argue the many, many plot conveniences and stuff that made little sense save for that it was needed to push the story along and that could be a movie killer for you. It was indeed for many of my colleagues, but I guess my expectations were more in line for what the movie actually wanted to give me so I was able to leave satisfied.


    Also the price was right. I didn't pay $15 for a ticket and was able to watch it by firing up my Xbox and clicking on the Netflix app, so I find it hard to get all worked up like the movie personally insulted me.


    This isn't the death of the Cloverfield franchise... it might be a warning that people might want to see a movie that, you know, starts out as a Cloverfield movie and isn't retrofitted late in the game to be one, but it's not the end of the line. It's not an affront to the sterling legacy of cheesy sci-fi/horror movies. It's a well-shot, sometimes interesting and risky, goofy character piece about what happens when you fool with mother nature. 



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    The plot is pretty much a copy of about a dozen Star Trek episodes, but with a little taste of the nastiness of something more akin to Event Horizon or the '80s schlockfest Galaxy of Terror. Both of those examples are way more successful at hitting that mark, but I guess at the end of the day I give The Cloverfield Paradox point for even aiming to be that kind of movie.


    What do you folks think? Am I being too easy on this one? Or is everybody else being too tough?

  • A "Yes, And..." Approach to Collaboration and Editing

    6 months ago

    dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

    What's up, RT fam? Have you heard about the concept of "Yes, And.."?

    You improv comedy fans might already be familiar with this, but for those who aren't, "yes, and..." is the idea that when you interact with someone you accept what they say without judgement (yes), and then expand on it (and...). This framework moves things forward in a way that's highly collaborative and arrives at some very interesting results.

    The cool thing is that this can be applied beyond improv comedy. When I got my head around this, it changed the way I approached edit sessions. By accepting someone's premise or note, and moving things forward I help them (or myself) expand on that line of thinking. More often than not we arrive at some amazing solutions to complex problems. Once you've arrived at a solution, then you can make up your mind on if it works better than the alternative or not. The best idea should always win. 

    In editorial (and in life too...I guess), there are essentially limitless possibilities. Being open to what could be a better possibility is going to help make your work better, make you a better person to work with, and make things more fun. At least that's the case with me. Have you experienced that too?

    - Dan 

     

  • RTX London - Save the Date

    6 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    You may be wondering if we were thinking about doing another RTX London. Well stop it! We are!! 


    We will have more information for you soon, but as of now we just want you to save that date!


    RTX London 2018

    ExCeL London

    September 15th-16th, 2018


    Save it! It is going to be rad. 


    See you soon,


    -P


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  • Here's Solo: A Star Wars Story's Full Trailer And Nifty Character Posters!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Yesterday we got a small TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story and this morning we got the first full trailer, which actually doesn't reuse much of that Super Bowl spot footage. I have some thoughts, but let's get to the trailer in case you haven't seen it yet:





    Here's what I like: All the western elements, particularly that Sergio Leone-ish holster shot. Any second of Donald Glover as Lando. Woody Harrelson looking like he's having a ton of fun as the mentor-ish character known as Beckett.


    My concern is that Han Solo will be the least interesting character in the Star Wars prequel spin-off movie called "Solo." 


    I wasn't particularly onboard with idea of these spin-offs being nothing but "Young Fill-In-The-Blank" films. To paraphrase Patton Oswalt, just because I like ice cream doesn't mean I need whole movies to tell me how it was made. At best a young Han or Yoda or Boba Fett movie will feel like fan fiction, at worst it'll completely demystify the characters we love. 


    But I am a Star Wars fan, born and bred. I'll see any Star Wars movie so even if I'm wary of the approach I'll always be hoping for the best. I like a lot of what I saw in the Solo trailer, but if I'm honest it has me the least curious of just about any Star Wars movie since the prequels.


    I will say the poster campaign is pretty on point, though. The character posters put out today are sweet. Check 'em out:



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    Yeah, they do look a tad like toy packaging art instead of your typical character poster, but hey, I'll take it. Plus, I always like it when they try to weather and age the look of a Star Wars poster. One of my favorite original Star Wars posters did just that:



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    What do you folks think?

  • Who I Am

    6 months ago

    toddwo32 Creative Producer

    Hey! I pop up in Rooster Teeth videos here and there but I haven't properly and officially introduced myself to the community here. And since this is the Year of Community at RT, there's no time like the present. 


    My name is Todd Womack, and I've been working in entertainment for about two decades. Most recently, I spent five years as a writer/performer/director at Barely Political, one of the early big YouTube channels, now called The Key of Awesome. My job there was to make viral videos. In that time, we made hundreds of fake commercialssketches and music videos, and I'm proud to say that I had a major part in bringing in over 2 billion views there. Around a hundred million of those views feature me playing the performer Pitbull in parodies of his "songs." While I had fun doing that character, I never wanted to be known as a Pitbull impersonator, so don't bring it up. But that's what Josh Flanagan calls me. 


    One of my favorite things I made there was a series of fake commercials for a fictitious product called New Zealand Style Deck Sealant. That series of 3 videos is up to about 10 million views total. It's a type of comedy I like to call Dumbclever, in that it's a dumb concept that's been executed well. And I just learned that every Aussie knows this video, and I have like a million free drinks waiting for me there. If you're ever at RT headquarters I still keep the original can of Deck Sealant on my desk. 


    One fact I think is interesting about that whole experience is that our YouTube channel was owned by a company called Next New Networks, that in 2011 was bought by YouTube, which is of course a subsidiary of Google. So we were doing all these comedy videos while being guinea pigs for YouTube itself, testing out new elements, making corporate videos, and feasting on the free gourmet food there. So my job before this one was actually at Google. My parents were finally okay with me going into comedy. At some point Google released Barely into the wild and it was time for me to leave New York, where I had lived for 11 years. I moved back to my college town of Austin, got married, and started working at Rooster Teeth as a producer in the broadcast department after working on a TV show with Joel Heyman and Brandon Farmahini made by RT for Verzon's Go90 as a writer/producer. 


    Before that I spent about 12 years as a standup and sketch comedian in New York and L.A., traveling the U.S.A. and the U.K. making jokes. I still do some standup and weird character pieces around Austin, and at the moment I'm working on some new shows here at Rooster Teeth. You can see me every once in a while on the RT Podcast and On The Spot. Drop me a line if you want I'm a friendly dude :)  

  • Solo's Movie

    6 months ago

    Steffie AH Social

    Excited but cautious. I'm legit mostly interested in this movie cause of Lando. He's such an interesting character and we get so little of him. His characterization in Star Wars: Rebels sealed him as one of my favorites.


    Also, I will probably riot if they make Han this suave, ladies-man. Han is a stubborn man-child who is not great under pressure.  

  • Hey, Wanna Watch the new Cloverfield Movie Tonight?

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Yep, in a surprise move Netflix did what all of the giant Hollywood movie studios could not: Announce and release a movie almost instantly.


    It made news that Netflix bought the Cloverfield tie-in from Paramount, but nobody knew what the streaming giant's plans were for the movie, which has been known off and on as "God Particle" and is now titled The Cloverfield Paradox. 


    Thanks to this Super Bowl trailer we know exactly when we can watch the movie... in, like, an hour or something.





    There's a thousand think pieces about how moves like this can and will change the movie industry, but right now let's just soak in how cool it is that we get our first look at a new franchise picture and can almost immediately watch it. That's pretty incredible.

  • Super Bowl Trailer - Mission: Impossible - Fallout!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    As far as I'm concerned Tom Cruise can keep doing these Mission: Impossible movies until he's 90. As long as Christopher McQuarrie sticks around as director and Cruise keeps putting life and limb on the line with those crazy stunts, that is. 


    This franchise has become the US's answer to the James Bond series and I'm totally okay with that. 


    Dug this trailer and will be there day one. What about you? 



  • The Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Super Bowl Spot Puts Horror At The Forefront!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Director JA Bayona cut his teeth with horror. He directed a great little Spanish language horror flick (produced by Guillermo del Toro) called The Orphanage way back when and since then he's gone legit. The Impossible was pretty solid (and introduced the world to the boy who would be Spider-Man) and now he's directing the Jurassic World sequel.


    You couldn't tell by the first trailer, but his horror origins are at the forefront of the new trailer, which debuted at the Super Bowl. Right now it seems like a mishmash of tones a bit (high adventure as Chris Pratt rescues dinosaurs on Isla Nublar and scary being hunted in a fancy house), but Spielberg was able to wield similar tonal shifts well in the original. If the majority of the movie is more scary than swashbuckling I'm all for it. We'll see soon enough!



  • Here's Your First Look at Solo: A Star Wars Story!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    We all know that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production. The only way to tell if that shows up in the final feature is to actually see the whole thing cut together. You won't be able to spot tonal inconsistencies or story bandaids until you're sitting in the theater.


    The Super Bowl teaser for Solo is pretty sharp, actually. I can feel a little bit of the lighthearted Lord and Miller touch in there with the Imperial recruitment officer, but the overall tone seems to be a bit more serious than most expected. At least that's what this tiny teaser is putting forward.


    The full trailer debuts tomorrow morning. In the meantime here's the 45 second Super Bowl Teaser to scrutinize! 


  • Home Tour

    6 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    Here is my home screen. What’s yours look like? 


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    Notes:

    • Yes, I have 33k unread emails
    • Yes, my phone is on 10% battery life...it's an iPhone 6...don't even get me started 
    • RT app is in a folder with all my media apps. The folder includes YouTube, HBO, Netflix, DIRECTV Now, VRV, Crunchy Roll and Amazon Prime Video.




  • A Quick Hello from Rooster Teeth Game Publishing

    6 months ago

    DeddMan Head of Game Publishing

    Howdy folks –


    Like most of you, I’ve been playing games all my life.  For me it started with PONG and pumping quarter after quarter into early arcade games like Night Driver, Breakout, and Space Wars.  I went broke almost as quickly as I was hooked.  Then came the first home systems in the 80’s – Atari, Intellivision, ColecoVision – but the arcade was still an almost daily destination with Pac-Man, Defender, Gauntlet, Donkey Kong, and my personal favorite, Robotron, continually taking my daily lunch money.  Then in 1985, Nintendo broke the arcades with the debut of the NES.  Finally, arcade quality games in the home – totally rad!  Plus, we were introduced to new types of games that were story driven like The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.  It was a great time to be a gamer and I remember sitting on the floor after finally defeating Ganon and thinking that it couldn’t get any better.  Of course, I could’ve never predicted what the 90’s had in store – the beginning of the console wars between Nintendo, SEGA, and Sony – it was the best of times!  Surely, *this* was the Golden Age of video games.


    But then in 1996 my life was forever changed after I installed Quake on my Pentium 133 personal computer.  Quake was the first “fantasy fulfillment” game I’d ever played.  And I’ll always remember that first adrenaline rush of being a Space Marine running around a true 3D world and killing aliens.  It was like nothing I’d ever experienced…and I wanted more.


    Soon after I was pulled into the gaming industry when Gathering of Developers formed in the late 90’s where we launched games like Serious Sam and Max Payne.  And just prior to Rooster Teeth, I spent about a dozen years at Gearbox Software as the biz guy helping build franchises and adding my voice to games whenever needed.  In fact, it’s likely that most of you know me as the voice of Claptrap, the annoying little robot sidekick in Borderlands.  Please accept my most sincere apology.


    So it’s a great privilege to introduce myself to you as the Head of Publishing at Rooster Teeth Games.  And it’s an even bigger honor to be welcomed into the Rooster Teeth family and to have a platform to present to you some of the freshest, most fun, kick-ass indie games around.  Between you and me, it feels like the last 20 years has been leading up to this very moment and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.


    Just one dude honkin’...


    David Eddings

    Head of Publishing

    Rooster Teeth Games

  • Theater Mode Update

    6 months ago

    Stab RT Broadcast Producer

    Today we announced Theater Mode's new release date of February 16th. With everything going on, this date worked better for the release pattern of films as well as how the show interacts with everything that our Programming Department is planning for Q1 of this year.

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    We've been working a lot the past three weeks with Funhaus on their episodes: I watched the rough cut of the first episode. If you enjoy Funhuas, you'll love their episodes. Justin Young has been building the Funhaus intro, which looks absolutely fantastic. Peyton McLeod has been editing the 3rd and 4th episode of the AH season.

    I've begun looking at new films now that our supply is beginning to run low. We've had some really good Gravitas films used in Funhaus and Achievement Hunter Theater Mode lately as well as some good old Troma films in the mix. I'm also working on a few pitches for the show that I'd like to test soon. More on that later...

    I'd like to end the update with a thank you to the audience. I know for some of you this is the show that made you sign up for FIRST and for some this is even your favorite show. So thank you for the wait. I look at the comments for Theater Mode very frequently, both on here and on social media sites. I understand that you as an audience want more AH, not to have big breaks, and more diverse movies- to name a few. We got a lot in the works for the future, so sit tight. 

    -Later

  • Jelly

    6 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    I knew I was going to feel this way when I finally decided not to go. We just moved to Austin and I had to pass and put my real family over my work family...or as my wife puts it the NO BRAINER CALL. Yes I have 10 month old twins and we just moved. Yes I would miss them. But, now as I see the social posts starting to flow from Sydney the jealousy is setting in. I'll want to look many times this weekend. I'll want to read the updates on Reddit. I'll hope that it's going well and everyone is having fun, but It will also sting a bit. 


    With that said, I hope everyone has the best time and stays safe. 


    I'm sure you can all feel me on this...

  • I Need to Post More On The RT Site

    6 months ago

    Schwartzanicker Broadcast Nick

    ...so I'll start with this! I found some old stuff laying around my old PC that I'm hoping to post soon. I think you'll like some of the surprises!


    In the meantime, give me a follow on the Twits: https://twitter.com/Schwartzanicker

    Check out my Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/schwartzanicker

    The Broadcast Boys channel: https://www.twitch.tv/broadcastboys

    And our goofy little YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/CHTL_YouTube

  • Happy Birthday Farrah Fawcett and Gemma Arterton! You Should Watch...

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Today is February 2nd and we have two birthday girls to celebrate: Gemma Arterton and Farrah Fawcett. This is the first all-female HB...YSW and hopefully not the last. I have two pretty interesting movies to suggest you take a look at. One's a sci-fi classic very much of its time and the other is a super dark indie comedy that slipped through the cracks.


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    Logan's Run (1976) – Logan's Run can only really be watched today knowing the context of its release. This is what big budget sci-fi was immediately before Star Wars. If George Lucas hadn't come along sci-fi adventure would have looked like this. Cheesy, heady, a little stuffy, cool sets.

    The premise is great. Society has evolved to the point where anybody over 30 has to die. It's a young society kept young by murder. Those that try to escape their over the hill fate are hunted down. One such hunter, Logan, starts changing his mind about this whole thing as he approaches 30.


    There's been talk of a remake for a long time and I honestly don't think the original is untouchable. Taking the concept and modernizing it is actually pretty intriguing to me, especially in this day and age where it's true that the old people are outdated in terms of their way of thinking and the young people are proving to be making the same kinds of mistakes, but from a different angle. (I don't think there are too many geriatrics swatting YouTube personalities).


    Farrah Fawcett will never be mistaken for a brilliant actress, but she was definitely an icon, especially around this time and her feathered hair bubbly personality is on full display in this supporting role in Logan's Run. It's a weird one, but definitely worth a watch if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan. Available for rental on all the major streaming services.




    Gemma Arterton



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    The Voices (2014) – Just before Ryan Reynolds somehow made Deadpool an international sensation he starred in this jet black comedy directed by the Oscar Nominated Marjane Satrapi about a dude whose cat tells him to kill people.


    Reynolds is a happy go lucky super nice dude that happens to be psychotic. We see 95% of the world through his POV and it's nothing but bright colors and sunshine and happy songs and smiles. Sure, his cat tells him to kill people and his dog tries to talk him out of it, but it's all happy! Then there's a tiny portion of the movie where he stops taking his meds and we actually see the real world he's living in, which is more of a David Fincher/Se7en grimy awful setting.


    Gemma Arterton has been in a few underseen movies, the latest of which was the great take on a zombie story called The Girl With All The Gifts. That movie is great, seek it out, but I had to go with The Voices for pick to celebrate this Bond girl's birthday because she gets to show a whole lot of range... From flirty office girl to spunky head in a refrigerator.


    The Voices is very smart, fun, funny and about eleven shades of fucked up. It was on Netflix a little while ago, but a quick check showed it's off the streaming service now because why have more than 6 or 7 good movies available at any given time, right? You can still rent it through most streaming giants, including iTunes, YouTube, Amazon and GooglePlay.





    That's it for this Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! As always, let me know what you think of these films if you have had the pleasure of seeing them already or if you end up tracking them down.


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter

  • Inspiration Behind Cow Chop January Photo Shoot

    6 months ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

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    Another week, another hilarious shoot with members of the Let's Play family. I love how ridiculous and funny each group is in their own way. Recently we had Cow Chop in town and I was excited to shoot with them and get them in their newest merch.


    If you haven't seen already, their new merch has a very Jackass vibe to it.  Very fitting for the kind of content they put out.



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    I totally dig this design approach for them. I especially love the design of the cow skull and how realistic it looks. Shout out to our design team who has been working long hours to bring some super solid merch to all of the Let's Play family.



    As for the actual shoot, this is one of those rare occasions where I was given a block of time with total creative control. If you follow my recent work then you might have noticed that I'm currently inspired by the quirkiness of Tyler, the Creator's 2017 'Flower Boy' style. In fact, the way this interview shoot is stylized really inspired the way I colored my shoot with Cow Chop.


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    I had a vision of how I wanted to decorate the set and I enlisted the help of the RT Art Department to help me achieve it.  I asked them to "imagine you're at your grandma's house, but your grandma is a huge Rooster Teeth fan." Along with @AshlynF and @travise77, we listed out and picked some of the pieces for the set, including a cow print loveseat from RTX, a quilted blanket and some creepy porcelain figurines. The backdrop is one of the wood paneled walls in Stage 2 where Master & Apprentice was shot.


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    Rooster Teeth's Consumer Products Marketing Manager Nathan Isherwood (@coolnathan) aka the best boi


    Getting cleared artwork to put on the wall was an issue we encountered while decorating the set.  We have some awesome paintings on hand, but unfortunately they aren't our work so we can't include them in merch photos. I quickly (and roughly) printed off some photos I've taken that I thought were appropriate, like the portrait of Burnie on his bus, a random cow from my trip to Hawaii in 2016, and this ridiculous photo of Elyse from Funhaus.


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    Finally we got everything set up and ready to go.  Now we just had to wait for the Cow Chop boys to land in Texas and show up at the studio.  Once they arrived, and after I assured the Art Department that they wouldn't burn down Stage 2, we got to work.  Here are a handful of my favorites from the shoot. Be sure to shop their new merch here!


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