More Details Revealed bout Star Wars: Rogue One

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 19, 2015 in Star Wars

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Gareth Edwards took to the stage at Star Wars Celebration to talk a little bit about the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One. Kathleen Kennedy also announced that any spinoff film will fall until the branding of “Anthology” (which you can see underneath the logo above). They haven’t started filming yet, but did show off a short clip made for the convention that featured the Death Star floating menacingly over the horizon of a forest planet. Yes, this film will be about rebels stealing the plans to the Death Star, as previously rumored. And, as was already confirmed, Felicity Jones will play the lead, a rebel soldier in the mission. Edwards said he’s excited about making this movie because “it comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy.” Read more…

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So Anyway, Here’s David Hasselhoff’s New Music Video True Survivor

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 19, 2015 in Cinema

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Remember Kung Fury? It was a pastiche of 80s action movies that raised funds via Kickstarter with plenty of success. The short film will release on May 28th on YouTube. It has a little bit of everything: dinosaurs, kung fu, nazis, vikings, and plenty of over-the-top action. As you know, any good 80s film has to have a theme song tie-in, right? Well Kung Fury hit it out of the park: they enlisted David Hasselhoff to perform the theme song True Survivor… and it’s just as ridiculous as you’d expect. Check out all the explosions, cheesy lyrics, and dinosaurs in the video below! Read more…

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Here’s Batman v Superman’s Teaser Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 19, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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There’s a good chance you’ve already seen this, given that this teaser leaked earlier. It didn’t make as big of a splash as say, um, The Force Awakens trailer, but it definitely got people excited because we got a closer look at Ben Affleck’s Batman. So, hey, here it is again but not blurry, dark, and shakey! Setting aside the leak, the overall reaction in the geek community seems to be a bit negative… but that could be because of the pedigree here. Man of Steel wasn’t exactly well-loved by Superman fans. Still, I hope that Zack Snyder’s skills are improving and he’s made films that I’ve enjoyed in the past (even if they weren’t perfect per se). “Do you bleed?” Read more…

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Rumor: Could The Defenders Appears in Avengers: Infinity War Part 2?

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 18, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Here’s a fun rumor to chew on: Bleeding Cool is reporting that they’re hearing that Netflix’s Defenders will appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. As you may already know, the Defenders are the eventual team-up of the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Once this team-up happens, Bleeding Cool says they’ll help out in Infinity War Part 2. Seems like that film will be packed with heroes, if that’s true! It could be fun to see the small-screen superheroes make it to the big one. Read more…

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Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Blasts In

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 17, 2015 in Videogames

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Ah, here we go: an in-engine trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, one of the first major fruits of the EA/Disney Star Wars partnership. Granted, the phrasing “in-engine” is always a little misleading, as this trailer doesn’t feature any actual gameplay, but hey – it still looks pretty cool. No gameplay footage is out there yet and reportedly won’t be until a later date. But until then, you can watch a stylish action-packed trailer with Ewoks, Rebels, and of course: Darth Vader. Read more…

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Ryan Gosling Joins Blade Runner 2

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 17, 2015 in Cinema

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While everyone was busy freaking out over the new Star Wars trailer, Alcon Entertainment decided to put out a press release announcing that Ryan Gosling has signed on to star along side Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy). The press release doesn’t detail who Gosling will be playing, leaving us wondering what the script currently looks like. This does seem to imply that the movie won’t be entirely shouldered by Ford, who’ll now have some new faces to bolster the film. I’m still curious about what the plot will be, but will Villeneuve behind the wheel and Gosling stepping up, I’m way more interested than before. Read more…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer #2 Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 16, 2015 in Cinema, Star Wars

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Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim has kicked off in a big way: with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy premiering the new teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. This new teaser still doesn’t give much away, but does give you a better look at the leads and the villains they’ll be up against. Of course, there’s also a shot of two certain characters from the original trilogy too. You can probably guess who! I won’t spoil anything else, just watch the teaser below! Read more…

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Flash Gordon Reboot Gets A Director

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 16, 2015 in Cinema

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It’s still uncertain whether Fox is rebooting Flash Gordon, or if it’s some sort of sequel to the 1980 one as that film’s star Sam G. Jones claims. But whatever form it takes, at least it’s going to have a great director. Matthew Vaughn is currently in talks to direct the film. And after seeing Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, I’d say Flash Gordon is in good hands. There’s still no word if Fox plans to resurrect Freddie Mercury so that Queen can score this reboot too. Read more…

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Olivia Munn Is Psylocke In X-Men: Apocalypse

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 16, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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X-Men: Apocalypse has found its Psylocke. Director Bryan Singer revealed on his Instagram that Olivia Munn has been cast as Betsy Braddock, a.k.a. Psylocke. There have been some weird stories about Psylocke’s body getting modified or merged with another person (or something like that — it’s comics), but it’s likely that this movie will simplify things and keep the character as she’s most popular: a psychic ninja. It’s a big role for Munn, but she did give a good performance on The Newsroom, so this casting seems solid. Read more…

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Star Ocean 5 Coming To PS3 And PS4

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 15, 2015 in Videogames

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Isn’t it kind of nice when a series doesn’t get yearly installments and spin-offs? Star Ocean: The Last Hope came out in 2009, and unlike Final Fantasy, fans have had to patiently wait for another installment instead of getting burned out. Famitsu revealed info about the next title, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, which is being developed by Tri-Ace for PS3 and PS4. The RPG is about 30% done and features Akiman as the main character designer. This one is set between Star Ocean 2 and 3. Here’s hoping it’s a better game than the last two games in the series. Read more…

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Wonder Woman Movie Loses Its Director

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 15, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Wonder Woman, part of DC’s fledgling film universe, was set for a 2017 release. Not only would it have been the first female superhero movie, but it would have had a female director, Michelle MacLaren. Now I wouldn’t say the movie is in trouble, but MacLaren just left the project due to creative differences. This happens all the time in Hollywood, and it could be for a variety of reasons, from clashing with executives over franchise continuity (see: Edgar Wright and Ant-Man) to disagreeing over creative vision (perhaps with producer Zack Snyder, who is establishing Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman). There’s no word on whether this will delay the movie, but regardless, it still has a good chance of beating Captain Marvel, due out in 2018. Read more…

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Latest Terminator: Genisys Trailer Spoils A Twist

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 14, 2015 in Cinema

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There’s a new trailer out for Terminator: Genisys, but before you watch it, be aware that it will ruin what seems like a very significant plot twist that changes the previous mythos of the franchise. But hey, you’re probably not going to let that stop you, and I’d be lying if I said this spoiler didn’t pique my interest. The jury is still out as to whether this sequel/reboot/whatever will be worth it, and some of the creative choices seem unusual. But it looks like they’re swinging for the fences, so at least they’re trying. Read more…

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First Real Ant-Man Trailer Makes Up For The Teaser

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 14, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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I’m surprisingly interested in Ant-Man, considering that Marvel’s Phase Two “epilogue” comes across like an afterthought after Avengers: Age of Ultron. But that teaser trailer was incredibly uninteresting, showing some cool visuals without explaining what makes this different than other Marvel movies. The first “real” trailer has dropped, and it makes up for most of the teaser trailer’s faults. The comedy could still use more of a presence, but at least the jokes land better. And we have an idea of what Ant-Man is about, including a good look at the villain Yellowjacket. I get the feeling it will still be an uphill battle to sell people on the movie after Age of Ultron, but this is a good start. Read more…

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Kevin Feige Confirms: Spider-Man Will Be Peter Parker; No Origin Story

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 13, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Marvel’s president Kevin Feige has laid to rest much of the speculation surrounding the upcoming Spider-Man reboot in the MCU: he has confirmed that yes, Spider-Man will be Peter Parker, yes, he will be 15-16 years old, and yes, there will be no origin story in the film. Great! I don’t think we need to see the spider bite and Uncle Ben die again. Feige said their conceit is that Spidey is already out there, “running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU. You just don’t know it yet.” And as for the costume itself? “We’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.” Read more…

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Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories For 3DS

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 13, 2015 in Videogames

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Something bright and colorful caught my eye earlier – it was the trailer for Monster Hunter Stories, a new spin-off RPG set in the Monster Hunter world. The game was reportedly five years in the making, and is set to come out in 2016. While details are scarce (and this is a CGI trailer), it appears the game will eschew typical Monster Hunter gameplay and instead play “within the boundaries of an RPG, while still preserving the core sensibilities that people have come to associate with Monster Hunter.” That quote comes from series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto. Perhaps this’ll finally be a Monster hunter game I can get into?! Read more…

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Sony and MRC Team Up For Dark Tower Movie and TV Series

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 12, 2015 in Cinema

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Stephen King’s novel series The Dark Tower has been floating around in the adaptation sphere for a while, first at Universal, then Warner Bros. At one point Ron Howard was producing! It was conceived as an elaborate multi-film plan with a TV series season filling in between each movie. Now, the license has been passed on to Sony, who is fast-tracking the movie along with Media Rights Capital who is going to build a TV series companion. Sony & MRC still seem to desire a huge franchise, but are starting small (comparatively!) with one movie and one TV show first. Akiva Goldman and Jeff Pinkner are still writing, but have updated the script since last time it was shopped around, focusing mainly on the first book and the characters of Roland and Jake. Sony will soon begin courting directors for the project and then begin casting anew, which will start the wonderful rumor cycle back up again. Read more…

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First Teaser For True Detective Season 2 Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 12, 2015 in Television

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HBO is rolling out some big hits and big names consistently — some sooner than you’d expect. True Detective Season 2 is on the way and will premiere June 21st. Revving its motors, HBO has posted the first teaser trailer of the new season, giving us a look at the new setting, cast, and well… not much story. I suppose you might be able to infer some story from it, if you’re paying close attention. What kind of performances will we get out of Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch? Will Colin Farrell just be Rust 2.0? Will the series as a whole treat its female characters better this time around? Questions, questions! Yet, I’m excited to check it out and see the completed product. Read more…

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing The Flash

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 11, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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It looks like Warner Bros. is starting to really pick up steam in regards to their DC Comics slate. With Suicide Squad well under way and Batman v Superman coming early next year, they seem to finally be learning from Marvel’s example and are putting in the work. Next up: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, are reportedly developing a Flash film for Warner. They’re not directing or scripting (at least, not yet – they do have a lot on their plate but no one knows yet what their next film will be), instead they’re building up a treatment for the studio. Hopefully they can come up with a unique take on the Flash. It also seems odd that Warner isn’t utilizing their existing TV series, but instead want to keep the film and TV universes separate… Seems like a missed chance, to me! Read more…

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Here’s Every Single Marvel Costume Reveal This Week

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 11, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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…and one DC Comics Joker tease. For some reason, all the superhero movie marketing teams decided to release their promotional images of new outfits this week. Here’s a list of what showed up: a clear upper-body shot of Vision, the final Daredevil costume, Yellowjacket from Ant-Man, concept art for Angel in X-Men Apocalypse, and a quick tease of Jared Leto’s Joker. Let’s jump in, shall we? Read more…

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Watch This: First Clip From Jurassic World

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 10, 2015 in Cinema

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Experience all the sexual tension you could possibly desire between Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in this new Jurassic World clip!

What, did you want more a little more than that? Well, they do talk about dinosaurs a bit in this clip too — the raptors that Pratt’s character trains, the cages the park uses to keep them penned in, and about genetically modified dinosaurs that will almost certainly escape at one point in the film. Someone will probably get eaten! This is definitely an interesting clip to use as your “first look” at Jurassic World outside of a heavily edited trailer, as it lacks any CGI spectacle or dangerous thrills. I’m not sure what to think of Jurassic World, but I suppose I’m still going to see it just to find out how it turns out! Read more…

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Lego Dimensions Announced

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 10, 2015 in Videogames

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There had been rumors of Lego jumping on the toys-to-life bandwagon for the past few months, and now it has come to fruition: LEGO Dimensions. It’s a new video game from Warner Bros. and Travelers Tales (who’ve made all the previous Lego games) and you’ll be be able to buy Lego toys that will scan into the game on a portal via NFC. The portal and game starting pack (which includes Wyldstyle, Gandalf, and Batman with a Batmobile) will run you $99 and after that you can pick up Fun Packs ($15 for a figure and vehicle), Team Packs ($25 for 2 figures and 2 vehicles), or Level Packs ($30 for 1 figure, 2 vehicles/weapons, and 1 new level). Some of the brands involved are The LEGO Movie (obviously), Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, and Ninjago, with more on the way. No matter what you’re into, there will probably be a Lego version for you to spend ridiculous amounts of money on. Read more…

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Warner Bros. Working On Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 9, 2015 in Cinema, Videogames

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Five Nights at Freddy’s is actually a pretty cool game, where you run a faux-Chuck E. Cheese at night while avoiding murderous animatronic animals. I’m not sure if it’s cool enough to necessitate a third game in the series, but at least it’s popular on YouTube. Apparently Warner Bros. also thinks it’s cool, because they’ve picked up the rights and plan on adapting it into a feature film. Personally, I’d think that a movie would lose some of the horror, since you lose the player’s agency, but from what I can tell, there actually seems to be a rich mythos below the surface, so it’s not like they’ll lack for material. Read more…

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Announced As Sequel To Human Revolution

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 9, 2015 in Videogames

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Funny enough, I’ve been watching my girlfriend play Deus Ex: Human Revolution lately. It’s been pretty cool, and now Square Enix has announced a sequel: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It occurs two years later in 2029, so still well before the original Deus Ex. Eidos Montreal is returning to make this one, so let’s hope they don’t outsource the boss fights this time. There’s no release date announced, but the game is set to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Check the trailer and tell yourself “Yes, I did ask for this!” Read more…

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Yo-kai Watch Coming To The US

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 8, 2015 in Videogames

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Yo-kai Watch, a Pokemon-like game about collecting weird creatures, did really well when it was released in Japan, blowing up into a massive sensation and getting things like anime adaptations. Now Nintendo has announced that Level-5’s RPG is coming to the West. It hasn’t specified which game is getting released — the second game even had two versions, like Pokemon — or when it’s releasing. But it’s still cool news, and it seems that they’re really making a push for the brand. Viz is releasing the manga adaptation later this year, and Level-5 made a big toy deal for 2016 with Hasbro. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this blow up with kids and some adults. Read more…

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