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Star Wars: Episode VII Set 30 Years After Return of the Jedi, Will Feature Heroic Trio!

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the internet, today I return to discuss some recent film news relating to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm today revealed that, as has long been expected, their Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production at London’s historic Pinewood Studios in May. What’s more, they’ve confirmed that the action in the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and that the storyline follows “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”

The film’s cast is expected to be announced shortly with “Girls” and Inside Llewyn Davis star Adam Driver heavily rumored to play the film’s Darth Vader-like antagonist. Among the other actors rumored to be in contention are 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o and quite a few young male stars.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The film will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.”

Alrighty then so we have a time period which is good and to be fair it is set a great deal of time after the last film in the series so that will definitely explain a few things and same time for any continuity problems that would occur if set any earlier than that. Also the fact that they are going to be new lead characters taking over this series of films was a given, I’m just curious to know who they are. But the main thing that has fans all over the internet getting all giddy is the mention of very familiar faces and I think we all know who they are right? Han, Luke and Leia anyone? Come on now if they’re not talking about the return of the tree most beloved members of the orignal Star Wars Trilogy then who else could it be? Boba Fett would be a stretch, R2-D2 would be a given or maybe even Chewbacca, but none of those characters are nearly as interesting as the original trio. They are the be all and end all of this franchise and it would be absurd to make this film without them. So I can only assume that behind closed doors than Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are totally in. Anyways, this sounds good to me and I can’t wait for production to start in May.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Pixar Makes Plans for The Incredibles 2! FINALLY!

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for some film news yet again! Now every once in a while there is a small yet important news story that break which is worth talking about and today I just saw one that I had to bring up on my blog. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a big screen sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 superhero adventure The Incredibles. The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members during the company’s annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon.

A sequel to The Incredibles has been requested by fans for the past decade with the original film’s writer/director Brad Bird having said in the past that he’s open to another adventure, but only if it has a truly great story idea behind it. There’s no confirmation yet of Bird’s involvement, but he remains closely tied to Disney. His next film, the live-action Tomorrowland, arrives from Walt Disney Pictures on May 22, 2015.”

The best way to summarise my feelings on this is with the words by the great M. Bison in this video below:

This video says it all.

Finally! FINALLY! This is the dream of every Pixar fan for the last 10 YEARS. Think about, what Pixar film leads itself to a sequel more than The Incredibles? And What film in the Pixar filmography have people been demanding for more so than The Incredibles? The answer to both of those questions is none. The Incredibles is the much-loved Pixar animated film from 2004 which basically gave us the Fantastic Four before Marvel did and presented some of the coolest stuff ever in the form of its superhero and family storylines, the amazing animation, great cinematography and groovy soundtrack. When it ended it practically BEGGED for a sequel, but instead Pixar gave us ever other sequel/prequel that NO ONE wanted. Now granted Toy Story 3 is the exception to the rule because that film was awesome. However we got Cars 2 (why?), Monsters University (decent but unnecessary) and the upcoming Finding Dori (again why?), when fans really just wanted to see The Incredibles 2.

So it looks like Pixar have finally broke and decided to give the people what they want and I couldn’t be happier. Sure it’ll be a mammoth task to try and match or ever surpass the original, but hell I wanna see Pixar try.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Feel the heat in this Cuban Fury Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, its film review time once again and today I’m reviewing Cuban Fury. Now I wanted to watch this film after watching the funny trailer last year. However I missed it and I thought I’d never get the chance to see it, but through the power of Cineworld I got my second win! So did the film turn out well or not? Read on and find out.

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So the story goes like this:

“Former teen salsa champion Bruce Garrett (Frost) is now a sad-sack engineer. But his passion for dancing is re-ignited by his crush on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion.”

I thought the story was good, though it wasn’t as good as I expected. I feel like the story surrounding Bruce’s history with dancing and how he get back into the groove of salsa follows a familiar formula, and it is okay, but doesn’t do much to be unique. It light on drama and heavy on humour. The humour is full of loads of sexual jokes among other things and some of it works, but it does get a bit repetitive after a while.

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When it comes to the cast they are good, but only a few of them are memorable in the grand scheme of things. Nick Frost as Bruce is great, he’s funny, charming and is definitely able to carry a film on his own. At times his character a be a bit of a whiny bitch, but for the most Frost brings fire and heart to the role. The next big name in this film is Chris O’Dowd as Drew. Now I love O’Dowd in almost everything, but this has to be my most disliked role for him, don’t get me wrong, the dude is funny and has some great moments whether they be verbal or physical. However his character is just a douche, just very unlikable and very annoying to be around. If I were Bruce I would have beaten the crap out of the guy. The other main lead is Rashida Jones as Julia and unfortunately she doesn’t stand out as much as Frost or O’Dowd. Now I love me some Rashida Jones, especially in Parks and Recreation, however in this film her character is really plain, underutilized and not very colourful when compared to some of the other people.

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The other supporting character is worth talking about is Kayvan Novak as Bejan, this guy was funny. He has a very camp, bubbly and energetic personality and is the source of so much of the film’s humour. Clearly one of the film’s highlights for sure. As for the rest well they range from good to okay to forgettable. Olivia Colman is great as Sam, she has some funny moments and I liked her character. Ian McShane as Ron is good but isn’t given much to do. And people like Alexandra Roach as Helen and Rory Kinnear as Gary have their moments but aren’t very memorable. Oh and there is also one cameo in this film that I won’t spoil, but my god was it good! So funny. XD

The best aspects of this film is dancing and music. I am a massive fan of salsa dancing, I think it is sexy, complex, technical and it looks cool as hell. My mum used to do it a lot and I’ve always wanted to take up the dance because it looks like fun and this film reinforces those feelings. The film shows off the dance in all it’s techniques to great effect. The soundtrack for the most part is great because it is filled with all that great Latin music that makes you wanna get up and dance.

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In conclusion Cuban Fury is a good film with a fun if somewhat generic story, it has laughs but not all of them hit and the cast are good, but some are forgettable. The soundtrack and dancing  for me really make the film worth watching because that’s the kind of stuff I love. I think there is an audience for this film, it is very British and some will definitely love it, but I expected more.

Rating: 6.5/10 (The music and dancing is the best part for me)

So what did you think of Cuban Fury? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World in Exclusive Interview With IGN!

Howdy ladies and gents, time to talk about some film news. There hasn’t been that much talk about Jurassic World in recent times, but thanks to IGN, we have some new information to talk about from the director himself, Colin Trevorrow. The following info comes from IGN:

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“Writer-director Colin Trevorrow is about to head to Hawaii to start work on his second feature film – namely the Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World.

Before he commences principal photography however, the Safety Not Guaranteed director granted IGN an interview to discuss some of the rumours that have been swirling around the project, and to announce one unexpected but actually pretty logical piece of casting news…

IGN: Writing and directing a Jurassic Park movie is a pretty big step-up from Safety Not Guaranteed in terms of scope and scale. What’s been the biggest challenge thus far?

Colin Trevorrow: Getting the script right was the tough part. There are a hundred different ways to tell any story, finding the right one takes persistence. Jurassic Park movies don’t fit into a specific genre. They’re sci-fi adventures that also have to be funny, emotional and scary as hell. That takes a lot of construction, but it can’t feel designed. The characters have to be authentic, the situations real. Derek [Connolly, co-writer on the film] and I started with a blank page and worked all the way through the summer. The process got easier when we decided not to rush to meet that 2014 release date. There just wasn’t enough time. Steven [Spielberg] had the foresight to make that call, the studio was supportive, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

IGN: Can you tell us anything about how the film will look?

Trevorrow: We’re shooting 35mm and 65mm film. We’re also using an aspect ratio that hasn’t been seen theatrically in a very long time. The movie will be presented in 2 to 1. It’s basically a middle ground between 2.35 and 1.85. It allows us enough height to fit humans and dinosaurs into a single frame, without giving up that sense of scope. It’s very close to the ratio of the digital IMAX screens, so it will look great in large format. I think other filmmakers will want to give it a try when they see how it looks. It’s very comfortable.

IGN: Will any of the characters from the original films be returning for this one?

Trevorrow: I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.

IGN: What can you tell us about Chris Pratt’s character in the movie?

Trevorrow: He’s a classic hero in a very modern context. He’s the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he’s an expert in a scientific field that’s connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure. He’s a great contrast for Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, who starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts. Then they need each other.

IGN: How will your Jurassic movie differ to the previous films?

Trevorrow: I’m not on a mission to separate this film from the ones that came before. That will happen naturally – I have different instincts. But, like a lot of people my age, I grew up on Amblin movies. They’re a part of who I am as a filmmaker, and arguably as a person. This film will have a lot of new ideas in it, but I think the spirit will be familiar. It will have an old soul.”

Well this is definitely an insightful review. Not only do we get some information about when the film goes into production (which is tomorrow apparently), but we also get info on the characters and how this film relates to the novels. Let’s talk about the biggest news that will get fans of the first Jurassic Park talking and that is the fact that BD Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu will be coming back for this new film. Out of all of the cast I don’t think anyone would have seen this coming, but listening to Trevorrow’s comments, it makes sense for him to be there. If the character has more relevance and plays a key part in the science aspect of the recreation of the dinosaurs, then I want to see how this ties into the new film. I’m also liking the sound of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters, I can see them in these roles now and it seems like it’ll be really cool.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Need For Speed Review

Good day to all who may be reading this blog, today I’m finally getting around to talking about one of my most anticipated films of the year, Need For Speed.  Now I love car chases in films and I love Aaron Paul, honestly it is a win-win situation with those two points alone. At first I thought the idea of NFS film was absurd, but once the first trailer hit, it had me. All the interviews about this film and the use of practical effects only heightened my anticipation for the film… But I knew in the back of my mind that the film could go one of two ways; it could be really good or really bad. So which is it? Well read on and find out!

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So the premise for the story goes like this:

“Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.”

I thought the story was pretty good, if a little predictable and far-fetched at times. The key themes of vengeance and justice are definitely presented at the forefront of the film in a great way. I thought the story would just be some half-assed attempt at justifying the driving of cars, but it is decent, has some moments of drama, humour and it knows it’s car jargon very well too. At the center of the film is the rivalry between two Tobey and Dino and it feels so real and really drives the plot along. The best way to describe this film is what the Fast & Furious films would be if they had a little more realism. And even though this film isn’t based on any of the games from the series, I definitely see shades of NFS Most Wanted, Carbon and Hot Pursuit coming to mind.

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As for the cast they are all pretty good with some standing out more so than others. Firstly Aaron Paul is great as Tobey Marshall, you can see this is a man who got fucked over by his enemy and now he’s out for blood. While this isn’t his best work, you can definitely see his heart was in the right place as he is just as you can see the emotion in his face when the drama’s going on, but there are the little things like the way he talks or has tiny mannerisms that remind me a lot of Jesse Pinkman. Dominic Cooper is pretty cool as Dino Brewster, this guy is a business man who can talk the talk but can’t necessarily walk the walk as he definitely tells a few lies here and there. Cooper plays the sort of generic bad guy, but he does it with enough style and charisma to make it acceptable and believable. Imogen Poots is also good as Julia Maddon, at first her character comes across as a bit of a snobby know-it-all, but you do grow to like her personality traits as this smart and capable woman.

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Scott Mescudi as Benny is great, this guy is pretty much the main source of humour as he’s always cracking jokes, but outside of that he is a great pilot and seems to come through for Tobey when he needs him. Mescudi was a nice addition to the film and while the role doesn’t show off any deep acting talent, he was good in the film I hope to see him in more films. Ramón Rodríguez is cool as Joe Peck, he’s a man who knows his stuff is always keeping things together plan-wise. Rami Malek as Finn is cool and a great source of humour outside of Benny’s jokes. Michael Keaton is amazing as Monarch, he’s this eccentric host of a secret supercar race competition and he has a great way with words as he always has something to say. He’s witty, opinionated, weird and awesome all and the same time and I think this may be my favourite role I’ve seen from Keaton in a while.I also liked Harrison Gilbertson as Little Pete Coleman, he was the light-hearted cheeky member of Tobey’s group who was the youngest of the bunch. And lastly Dakota Johnson is good as Anita Coleman even if she’s a bit underused.

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When it comes to the visual presentation, my god, it is amazing. If you’re a fan of 1970’s car chases then this gives you the modern-day equivalent. The car driving scenes are raw, intense, well-shot, incredibly choreographed and it just a drill to watch. You see and hear cars drift, screech, flip, twist and glide all over the place with great precision. To see some of the camera shots from inside the cars, then on the outside with a tracking shot and then with the POV shots as the cars get massacred, it is incredible. So good.

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In conclusion Need For Speed is very fun and exhilarating film. The plot while not unlike material you have seen before and it does get a bit ridiculous at times, it is still pretty good and is amplified by the cast who are all good, especially my man Aaron Paul. But the stars of the film really is the cars and the chaotic action that is filmed SO well, it simply gorgeous to look at. While some may hate on this film, especially since it doesn’t outdo the Fast 5 & 6, it is still a solid action film.

Rating: 8/10 (A very solid film full of kick ass car action)

So what did you think of Need For Speed? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Yes Men” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 15 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Yes Men“. Now this is an episode fans have been waiting for, you have not only the return of the lovely Lady Sif but also another Asgardian who is related to Enchantress, you can’t go wrong with that kind of additions to this who right? So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Lady Sif from Asgard has traveled to Midgard (Earth) on the hunt for the deadly fugitive Lorelei, who has the power to enslave men’s minds. To stop her from building an army and terrorizing the realm, Lady Sif must join forces with Agent Phil Coulson and his team to track her down.

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What I Liked

Well episode was certainly interesting. We got action, Asgardians, character development and some secrets were let out of the bag. As I’ve said before this show is definitely getting better as it is really starting to dive into some cool and interesting territories with the stories and characters that are being introduced.

What really struck a chord with me was the theme of relationships. Because of Lorelei’s presence presented some intriguing and surprising scenarios for several of the characters in today’s episode. Seeing the bikers, Ward and even Fitz under her control was mental and funny at times to. One thing that got me was Lorelei’s conversations with Sif, at one point Lorelei gives the impression that she once had the control of a man Sif desired, is she referring to Thor? I would love to know.

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Outside of Lorelei, we also start to see some traction on the story involving Coulson and his search for the truth behind what he saw in the Guest House. His meet up with Agent Sitwell was a nice brief little encounter, I also love how Coulson said that Tahiti “sucked”, that was funny and he even probed Sif for questions about the creatures from the nine realism she has seen. It was interesting that she mentioned Frost Giants as the only one’s who have been to Earth. Guess that gives us a bit of clarification as to what that blue guy in the tube could be from the last episode (even though I don’t think it looks like a Frost Giant). And at the end of the episode it seems like he finally told Skye about what’s happened recently and now he’s ready to break the rules and find out what the deal is. I love this. It perfectly ties-in with the themes introduced in The Avengers and are now being brought to light in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Something tells me that there will have to be some sort of crossover or connection here. Oh and I love how May overheard Coulson’s conversation with Skye and is telling the higher-ups that Coulson’s become self-aware, so not only has May been in on Coulson’s incident but she’s been lying to him for AGES, surprised? Yeah I am and it is good shit.

As for the characters they were great. Firstly Elena Satine as Lorelei was great, she was the gorgeous, soft and yet so dangerous woman who could command men and dump them whenever she was done with them. I love how strong she was physically and mentally, she also seemed like she could fit into the Thor films just fine. Also I loved her screen time with Ward, they made a nice pair even if it was just mind control, and DAMN who knew she was such a freak in the bedroom? That was unexpected but totally awesome lol. Another great performance came from Jaimie Alexander as Sif, she is STILL the most amazing woman ever and I love her. But outside of that she was still badass and gave us some funny and quite endearing moments like when she described her thoughts on Jane Foster taking Thor away from her. That was the first time that’d be explored before so it was interesting to see her divulge that information.

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The regular cast was pretty good too. Clark Gregg is really starting to add some dimensions to Agent Coulson as he is becoming a lot more fierce, aggressive and developing layers especially with all the fear and secrecy his been hiding. Ward is definitely becoming moe and more likeable as he has a personality, smiles and seems to get a lot more screen time, his confession scene was definitely surprising as he admits that he had feelings for someone on the Bus and it wasn’t who some had guessed. Also Melinda May was great as we got to she just how much she actually felt for Ward, having him under mind control opened up some interesting story dynamics for her  as someone who has never had a thing for him, but just might feel something more than we had anticipated, possibly even jealousy. Simmons was awesome this week, while she was mainly caring for Skye, she wanted to pursue the G.H. medicine and get help from the higher-ups with Coulson denying her request, but this time Simmons put her foot down and confronted Coulson in one the coolest moments ever, so heated and tension-heavy. Fitz was nice, I like how he hadn’t gotten over what he saw in the last episode, but he was even funnier when he was love-struck over Lorelei, his lines were frigging funny and seeing run around after Simmons was jokes too. What a plum. Oh and by the way Skye is awake and still cracking jokes, however she seems to have matured and become less annoying so that’s always a good thing.

What I Disliked

Now for the stuff I didn’t like. I was just a little annoyed that the fight between Sif and Lorelei wasn’t a bit longer and done with a bit fancier choreography. But other than that I’m okay with the episode as a whole.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Yes Men” is another really strong episode, the inclusion of Lorelei and Sif add some great comic book elements, creates some interesting scenarios for the key characters and help flesh out the Marvel Cinematic Universe in new ways. While it wasn’t as awesome as “T.R.A.C.K.S.” I still consider it to be one of the higher tier episodes if this series. P.S. sorry for the slightly junkie review, but there was a lot to talk about.

Rating: 8.5/10 (The Asgardians bring some interesting fun to this episode)

So what did you think of “Yes Men“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 16! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Adrian Pasdar Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Glenn Talbot

Howdy people of the internet, today I’m gonna talk about a quick bit of TV information coming from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. concerning a new cast member. following information comes from the ever-reliable superherohype:

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Marvel Entertainment have just announced that former “Heroes” star Adrian Pasdar will be joining the cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for an upcoming episode of the TV series. Pasdar will play the role of Glenn Talbot in the series, a character that has long been a pain in the Hulk’s side in the comics, but he’ll be trading his green enemy for Agent Coulson and his team in the upcoming episode. Pasdar will debut as Talbot in an episode set to air this April. Check back here for more details on the episode as we learn them.

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Glenn Talbot first appeared in Tales to Astonish #61 and went on to hunt down the Hulk in over 140 other issues of the popular series. He was previously played by Josh Lucas in the 2003 film Hulk.”

Alrighty then, good stuff, I like this casting news. Pasdar is a good actor and I loved him in Heroes too so having him join the show makes me smile. From the picture above I can see that this is a very different look for him, such a lack of hair and that moustache is looking so weird on him, that being said he does seem to give off a badass and intense vibe. He doesn’t look like someone you should mess with. I am also happy that the show is once again introducing more comic book related characters as this is what the show needs. Since he is connected the Hulk comics will there be any references to The Incredible Hulk or maybe he’ll give mention about Bruce Banner’s whereabouts or something like that? Who knows, but it is fun to speculate as a fan. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Spider-Man Producers Talk Venom, Sinister Six Spin-Offs

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the interweb, time for some film news yo and today we’re getting a bit of information surrounding the upcoming Sinister Six film that’s part of the expanding Sony Spider-Man universe. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets released in just a few short weeks, it will be the second chapter in Spider-Man’s brand new feature film series, and the web head isn’t going to be the only one taking the big screen by storm. It was announced back in December that Sony would be developing two spin-off films for the franchise, one focusing on the anti-hero Venom and another on the villain collective the Sinister Six. Villain-centric films haven’t been tested by any of the other comic franchises just yet, so what is it we can expect from these films?

“Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at,” producer Matt Tolmach said in an interview with SFX. “At the same time it’s an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It’s definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun to watch them.”

Producer Avi Arad chimed in on the subject as well, speaking about the complexity of the Marvel villains and why he thinks a character like Venom will work in his own feature film.

“With Marvel characters, the villains are victims of circumstance. If you look at our villains, none of them were born like that. Our villains are nice and complex and in the world of film writing you can play with that, you can make some wonderful things out of it. The Spider-Man universe has amazing villains, they are all character driven…..Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn’t matter who is going to be inside the suit – what’s important is that a man like him is going to realize there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say ‘How did I get here? There must be a better way.'”

For me this sounds good, if handled properly we could see some pretty decent adaptations of some of these crazy, sophisticated and downright awesome characters. Spider-Man comics house my favourite villains of any comic series ever and to see them on the big screen would be great, however special care would need to go into it.

The one thing that bothers me about this interview is Avi Arad’s words about the villains being victim of circumstance. No offence to him but haven’t we seen that before? These are words he used back when the Raimi films were out (I should know because I watched the special features of Spider-Man 2 all the time and watched the ones on Spider-Man 3 too). Now while some of these villains are not necessarily bad and end up on the wrong side of he law, not all of them are good guys gone bad. Some of them are just thugs or small-time crooks trying to make a name for themselves and wanting to become bigger threats or they just wanted more power. Villains like Scorpion, Rhino, Vulture and Venom aren’t so much good gone bad as they are men on a quest for power. Plus Spider-Man 2 & 3 already did the whole “good-guy-gone-bad” approach both Doc Ock and Sandman. I think people were kind of bored with that approach by that point and just wanted straight-up villains again, that’s why villains like the Joker from The Dark Knight‘s or Loki from The Avengers works, because they’re bad. Sure there are different rules that apply (especially for Loki but you get what I mean).

Now I’m not saying make these villains one-dimensional and generic, but don’t given me some overly tragic storyline involving a dying family member or some experiment gone wrong. We’ve done that already. Change it up Sony.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Karen Gillan Talks ‘Girlie Fights’ in Guardians of the Galaxy

Howdy ladies and gents, even though the day is nearly over, just before it disappears I have finally found some relevant Marvel film news to talk about so let’s get talking. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Not only does Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy have the distinction of starring a talking raccoon and a sentient tree, but it also features something else none of the other Marvel films have had, a female villain. While there was a female cohort in Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy will bring us Nebula as played by “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan and her character will apparently have a very intense fight sequence with the female hero of the film, Gamora, as played by Zoe Saldana.

“Yeah, there’s a big girlie fight sequence, but it’s not that girlie,” Gillan said in an interview with MTV. “They made sure there weren’t any nice pirouettes or anything like that….(Zoe) is really experienced in the physical stuff, she was a ballerina. She’s really amazing at all of that stuff. She barely required any rehearsal, she was like, ‘I can do this.’ I required two months of rehearsals every day that I wasn’t shooting, because I looked like spaghetti when I started….This is the integral one for my character, because it’s not just a physical battle. Their relationship goes very deep, and there’s a huge history between them. So there’s a lot more to it than just the physical.”​

This is some good news, I like the sound of this. Firstly may I just say that Karen Gillan is a gorgeous woman and I am so happy that her career is advancing and she made into this film. Everything I hear about GotG makes me more and more excited and just this little interview gives me more and more hope. Before we continue allow me to go on a tangent for a second… Fight sequences are one of my favourite aspects of any action film and it needs to be done properly, especially when it comes to women. No offence to any of these fight choreographers but they really don’t give women nearly as hardcore and badass fight scenes as mean. I am sure there are specific reasons for that, however there are a few films that have delivered some kick ass fights for women. One good example would be the fight between Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano in Fast 6, now that was awesome, it was rough, brutal, wonderfully choreographed and didn’t look like some girly stuff. There needs to be more action for women like this.

Anyways back to Karen Gillan as Nebula. Basically I like Gillan’s comments, it sounds like we’re gonna have some cool fights on our hands and that there has been training for Gillan to play her part properly. I’m also interested to see how deep her and Gamora’s relationship goes. Also the article writer brings up a good point about Gillan being the first female villain in the MCU which when you think about it is a bit surprising, but the same time there’s not really been a significant threat of the female variety show up yet. At least Marvel Studios are starting here, hopefully we’ll eventually see others, especially Amora the Enchantress.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Chris Hemsworth Says Everything is ‘Ramped Up’ in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some more Marvel film news, today I am giving you a bit of information on Avengers 2 from one of my favourite Avengers, Thor aka Chris Hemsworth. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“With some shooting already taking place, Marvel’s next big film Avengers: Age of Ultron will begin its principal photography in the coming weeks and fans are eager as ever to learn more about the upcoming sequel. Speaking at Wizard World Sacramento (via CBM), Thor himself Chris Hemsworth was asked if he would be getting more scenes as the god of thunder in the film, and he had some high praise for the sequel.

“Everything in Avengers is ramped up though. It kind of blew me away reading it. I don’t know how Joss does it, but everyone has just gone up another notch and the whole thing is bigger and more insane and crazy. Yeah, he’s a genius.”

Hemsworth also confirmed that the majority of shooting for the film will take place in London and last for four months. You can watch the full video with Hemsworth in the player below.”

So Hemsworth believes that the film is brilliant. I’m down haha. No but in all seriousness let’s look at what he’s saying. I mean sure any actor that’s in an upcoming film will praise the script and director to the high heavens, however Hemsworth seems to be genuine about it, plus it is Joss Whedon we’re talking about. That is an important aspect to take into play. Also we hear him say that the group will get back together in around two months and that the shoot will last for four months. So what we learn there is that one, some of those crazy hidden set pictures will begin to circulate around the internet in mid-May and we also know that Avengers 2 is gonna be a fairly long shoot, 4 months sounds a lot longer than most films even if they’re superhero-based in my opinion. Either way I can’t wait, it all sounds pretty cool.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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