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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer: I LOVE IT!

Good day to you people of the internet and welcome to a very special blog post, today is one of the most important days for me in recent times as a fan of film, as it is, on this day, that we finally get to see the first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now two other teaser trailers dropped this week, the interesting but underwhelming Jurassic World and the bizarre and unpleasant Pan, both haven’t really gotten me that hyped. So with Star Wars: Episode VII dropping at the end of the working week, I wanted to be impressed, and luckily, I was not left disappointed, AT ALL.

Here’s the trailer:

After watching this trailer, all I can say is, “I’m sold. Give me.”

It is hard to describe the crazy emotions that are flying around in my heart and soul at this point in time. For so long I have wanted to see just a glimpse of this film in action and damn, I was not expecting to see what I saw. Sure, none of the classic characters were around and the people that were shown wasn’t shown to a great deal, we didn’t get any idea of what the story was about and it was like a short collection of clips put together into a short montage, but hell, it was one hell of a montage!

We got creepy-sounding narration, storm troopers, some Sith-looking dude carrying a crazy light saber, there are X-Wings and TIE fighters and the frigging Millennium Falcon! REJOICE! It is hard to describe but this teaser, for a use of cruder words, is making me so wet for this film right now. Haha. I told you it was crude!

But seriously this trailer literally left me in a state of awe, happiness and mystery.

So now I’m going to talk about the top 6 things I took away from this trailer.

1. John Boyega… As a Stormtrooper?

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This is a striking moment in this trailer and it does make you question a few things like: is this a disguise? Is he really a stormtrooper and if so when did they become black? Is he on the run or in hiding and if so, who is he trying to escape? Loads of questions, and so many possibilities for speculation!

2. The Presentation

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One thing that the Star Wars series has never skipped on was the presentation especially on the visual side of things and this film looks to possibly outdo every film that has come out before it. What I really appreciated about the film was its use of locations, practical-looking effects (I can not be sure on some of those things at the moment) and this sort of film filter and grittiness that felt like it was straight out of the Original Trilogy but with a new coat of paint. I’m not sure if it was just me, but the way certain things looked like the cockpit of the X-Wing, that weird rolling droid, the girl on the speeder, it looked like the old films but done with today’s style of cinematography when it comes to speed, lighting and camera shots. From only a few seconds of footage I can already feel like this film has found that right blend between today’s visual effects and paying homage to the older films.

3. That Lightsaber, Man!

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Even though that mysterious figure with the cloak in the woods is definitely worth talking about, I’m more interested in the weapon in his hands. I have seen a great number of lightsabers in my life, but this, this just takes this to a whole new level of interesting. Like what the hell? Just when you think you’ve seen in all, something new and unexpected comes out of the woodwork and you’re like “Damn.” But it is in a good way. I like the design of this laser sword and from its colour we can all assume is owned by a Sith right? I mean who else could it be?

4. Other Cool Tidbits

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That voice over used in this trailer, so cool, sinister and badass, and it comes from none other than the beautiful Andy Serkis, well at least that’s what Superhero Feed’s tweet says. Some people reckon its Benedict Cumberbatch, but heck until its confirmed, its just assumptions at this point. Then there’s all this desert, is all Tatooine ir are there other sandy locations which we’ll be travelling to? Also that quick shots of Oscar Issac in the cockpit of the X-Wing and the side shot of the X-Wings flying above water with the mountains in the background, so nice! Also what’s the deal with that droid? It has the head of R2-D2, but its body is super round and rolls along at quite a speed.

5. The Millennium Falcon!

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And then there’s the final scene in the trailer, the moment that pretty much stopped my heart. That final tracking shot with the Millennium Falcon flying through the air just before engaging TIE fighters in battle, is FRIGGING AWESOME! It is just the way this ship flies in this incredible tracking shot with such velocity and force, it looks and feels kick ass and I love it. And if it is Han still driving that thing, that frigging hell that old man still has skills!

6. It Teased & Left You Wanting More

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I feel like this trailer will get a lot of hate from certain fanboys for not giving any story details, not showing off classic characters like Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Yoda, etc. And probably showcasing a teaser trailer that is incredibly short when compared to some of the previous ones we’ve gotten over the last month or so. I think some people will not even like the new lightsaber design. I feel like this trailer did just about enough to give you an idea of what to expect, but still be very illusive and coy about the material to come and it was executed wonderfully, similar to what happened with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, that teaser was baring anything, however it teased and gave you a rough idea of what expect.

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Conclusion

In the end the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is awesome, period. It gives you a rush of nostalgia and new things to come in just under 90 seconds and leaves you wanting more, but in a good way and that is hard to pull off. I was already hyped fort his film, now I’m off the hype radar, I’m on another level of hype. I want this film now. Now messing around J.J., Lucasfilm and the people at Disney, give it to me now. I’m frigging ready!

So how do you feel about the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Does it get you hyped up for the next saga in the Star wars franchise or were you underwhelmed? Also as a fan of the series how did you feel during and after the trailer? Was your nostalgia radar on a high, were you fearing you’d experienced another flash of the prequel films? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please be sure to drop them in the comments below, thanks! 😀

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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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I Feel Good In This Get On Up Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about Get On Up, a film I have been eagerly anticipating as of late. I wasn’t initially fussed about another biopic, however since the main star, Chadwick Boseman became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently I knew that I had to give this film a watch, especially because of the buzz that was coming from America. So does this film meet the hype or not? Well read on and find out.

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The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.”

I thought the story was pretty good, what we got was a film documenting the major points in James Brown’s life from childhood to the early 90’s. I thought it was interesting to see the Brown go from strength to strength to become to the person who he always wanted to be through, talent, luck and help from his friends. The film didn’t shy away from the dark side of James Brown’s life in show business and his personal life too. Overall the story was an enjoyable and engaging one with go piece-to-camera moments that make you feel like you’re part of the action. If I had to fault the film I would say that the story here felt like it omitted certain details of Brown’s life, especially when it comes to his family and because of the time jumps between years it felt like there was so much more that could have been explored. Plus since the film was non-linear and hopped forward and backwards throughout Brown’s life, sometimes it was easy to lose what time period you were in or feel like there wasn’t enough time to take certain things in.

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When it comes to the cast they are very nice, but this is Chadwick Boseman’s time to shine as he just kills it as James Brown. Now I liked Boseman in 42, however his acting talent is just one another level in this film. My god, Boseman is just on fire as the godfather of soul. The man struts, dances and talks in a way that embodies the legendary artist. I’m not a Brown expert, but it felt like Boseman took on the role with such care, charisma and tenacity that you forget that he’s even there, just the subtle mannerisms are well-done and my god Boseman dances so well too. What a don! The other strong performance came from Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd, Ellis played the role of Brown’s long-term friend and music colleague. What’s interesting about Byrd is the fact that he was Brown’s back and respects his musical talents, however he also has aspirations of his own and sees that when Brown is in the wrong. I also loved seeing Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart, just seeing Aykroyd in a substantial role for the first time in ages was a great feeling. Viola Davis as Susie Brown is pretty good, while Octavia Spencer as usual does a fine job as Aunt Honey. I also enjoyed seeing Craig Robinson in a more serious role as Maceo Parker, while Jill Scott was almost unrecognizable and good as Deidre “Dee-Dee” Jenkins. I liked seeing Lennie James (from The Walking Dead) as Joseph “Joe” James and finally Brandon Mychal Smith did a fine job as Little Richard.

And then there’s the music, damn, if you’re not in the mood to dance during this film then there is something wrong you because it is badass. This film is pretty much a best of collection of the most classic James Brown songs and I was loving every minute of it. While I’m not the biggest Jame Brown fan, I’ve known of his music since childhood and several of his songs make me feel joy and happiness in ways that cannot be put into words, and this film had SO many good jams. The highlights for me was hearing “Super bad” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine“, the former being one of my favourite songs of all time. The soundtrack by Thomas Newman is also very nice and dramatic too.

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In conclusion Get On Up is a pretty good biopic with a strong central performance, an intriguing look into James Brown’s life and has a beautiful selection of music. While there is certainly story aspects that are left out and some similarities to 2004’s Ray which I couldn’t separate while watching the film, that being said, this film is a good time and I would recommend it especially for fans of Brown’s music.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of Get On Up? And if you’re a longtime fan of James Brown do you feel like this was an accurate portrayal of his life of do you feel like it was missing something?

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Pan Trailer #1 Quick Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for another trailer review. With the Jurassic World trailer being less than stellar, I decided to have a look at the first trailer for Pan. Now I liked the old Disney animated film and have massive nostalgic love for Hook (regardless of what people say), so anytime there is a new adaptation I’m always cautious. This new film has sounded questionable from the outset and it seems like this trailer has confirmed my suspicions and more.

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Check the trailer out below:

After seeing this trailer, my immediate reaction is, “What is this?”

In all honesty I am quite perplexed. I’m not sure what to make of what I just saw. Before this trailer, the only hope I had for this film was Hugh Jackman’s involvement, because Hugh Jackman is awesome. But this trailer, hmmmmmm, there’s just things that just don’t agree with me.I’m all for new versions of established stories like Peter Pan, however, that mainly applies for me when the old formula was either broken or done to dead, both of which do not apply to Peter Pan’s mythos in my opinion. But whatever, it’s happening now, I just have to shut up and deal with it haha.

So what’s in this trailer? Well, there’s Peter (played by Levi Miller), who was left by his mother at an orphanage that looks like something out of Oliver Twist, but he finds a letter from his mother telling him that he’s special and that they will meet again in this world or another. Then he and good few other boys get abducted from the orphanage on to a pirate ship heading to Neverland with an overly charismatic Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. Then cue the obligatory uplifting song and montage! We see Peter exploring Neverland, Tiger Lily (played by Rooney Mara) and Hook or some person claiming to be Hook (played by Garrett Hedlund). Apparently according to this film, Peter has some ties to the tribe that Tiger Lily is part of and Peter makes some form of alliance with Hook and Blackbeard is the primary bad guy. The film certainly looks good, if I can give the film any props it’s for the presentation, the film is certainly colourful and large in scale. I think on of the biggest offenses to my eyes is the fact that Hook is so different not only in look, but persona and I UNDERSTAND that it an origin story and different adaptation from the source material, that being said, I feel like there is a certain level of familiarity that is required. Seeing this version of Hook just troubles me. I don’t like it. Not my cup of tea. Sorry, but I am attached to the past.

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In conclusion the first teaser for Pan has just rubbed me the wrong way and I feel like this isn’t going to be a film I will want to watch. I think nostalgia is preventing me from accepting new interpretations of the Peter Pan mythos and I am having a hard time seeing anything that makes me think that this will be a good adaptation of the source material. I am open to change and if this film does end up being good I’ll take back my negative thoughts, but as it stands, no way not for me.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Pan? Does it make you excited or are you not interested? Also as a fan of previous Peter Pan adaptations does this film make you more or less interested in this film? Please leave your comments below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jurassic World Teaser Trailer Review

Okay ladies and gentlemen, an important day has come, a day I have looked forward to for a while now; the day, when the Jurassic World teaser trailer was released. Now the teaser was meant to come out on Friday, however it got released early, TODAY and now I have to talk about it!

Check out the teaser below:

My first reaction after seeing the trailer? Underwhelmed.

Now, before you people attack me for expecting too much, allow me to explain. Do not misunderstand me, I do like the teaser, there are a lot of interesting things to take away from this trailer. That being said, this trailer didn’t knock my socks off or speak to my nostalgic inner child.

With those first factors established, let me talk about the major points of interest in the trailer.

  1. Isla Nublar Has Turned Into A Futuristic Orlando Resort: I think the most interesting element of this trailer is the fact that Isla Nublar, the island from the first film, has been converted into the equivalent of Disneyland and Orlando Resort, but more so Orlando than anything else. Looks like Jurassic Park is now this massive tourist location with hundreds of customers, it is filled to the maximum! People casually travel by these clear, spherical cars to watch dinosaurs or catch a big water show with a huge dinosaur (like when you watch a show with a killer whale or dolphins). I can’t wait to see this place get trashed.
  2. Dinosaurs Everywhere!: It seems like we have a good few dinosaurs on display like Brachiosaurus, Gallimimus, Velociraptors and something that looks like a Pliosaurs. Seems like there will be a lot of dinosaurs on display and hopefully they will be around to cause some chaos and eat people too.
  3. Humans Never Learn & People Will Die: Since this is a sequel, the film exists in canon to the previous films. You’d think that these scientists would know not to tamper with this science stuff. Even more so the visitors, are they all brain-dead? Going to an island theme park filled with dinosaurs, don’t you think there might be some danger involved? I can’t help but feel like these humans will just be cattle for the slaughter and have no reason for me to care about them when they get eaten.
  4. There’s A New Dinosaur In Town: In this trailer there’s talk of a new genetically modified dinosaur, one that’s a big deal and has the people who work at the park worried. We cannot see the dinosaur, but it seems pretty dodgy. The only thing that troubles me is that it maybe a dinosaur/human hybrid like the concept art which was released online a little while ago, those things were ugly!
  5. Raptors! But They’re Not Attacking The Human?: Right at the end of the trailer we see Chris Pratt on a motorcycle along with the legendary Velociraptors, but one thing looks off about these monsters; they’re not attacking Pratt. Instead it looks like they’re running and fighting with him. So what, are they docile now? Do they have a close attachment to Pratt’s character? Or do they see something more interesting ahead of them? One can only speculate at the moment.

Other than that Chris Pratt looks pretty cool and Bryce Dallas Howard seems to be a smart person caught in the center of the chaos. There isn’t much detail about the story, but that’s to be expected at this point. Also let’s talk about the CGI. Now I know one should not knock a teaser trailer for its special effects considering that it is still over half a year away, but, the trailer has been released as it is, so naturally people are going to be critical of things that aren’t finished. With all that being said, the GCI, it looks good for the most part, however there is no denying the fact that it looks a bit rough and nowhere near as polished as the original film (the scene with the shark comes to mind). I think the reason why people go on about the special effects is because in 1993, the first film created some of the most impressive-looking visual effects in film history and it is insane to think that visual effects companies still can’t seem to reproduce the same results as a film that’s 20 years later. But hell, we’ve got time, hopefully things will look super slick by June next year. I also hope that the story holds up, I mean this film does just look like humans messed up and now the dinosaurs are on the attack again, but let’s hope that there is more to the film than that.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Jurassic World looks interesting. The whole concept of an Isla Nublar being a theme park is very intriguing and different from the previous films and the idea of there being a genetically modified dinosaur which hasn’t been seen has my interest. Along with Chris Pratt’s involvement and my massive nostalgic love from Jurassic Park, Jurassic World will be watched in cinema regardless of how the film ends up.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World? Does it fill you with excitement or are you not very impressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to comment below and let me know. See you on the next review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Imitation Game Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for a late film review in the form of The Imitation Game. Now I was meant to see this film sooner, but life got in the way and since it was still playing in my local cinema I had to see it. Generally I’m not into films related to war just because it isn’t my cup of tea, that being said this film’s story looked interesting, plus Benedict Cumberbatch was in the film. As an avid fan I have to see whatever film he is in, regardless of the subject matter. So is it any good? Well read on and find out.

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So the story can be described as the following:

“Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.”

I thought the story was surprisingly engaging, dramatic and full of tension and mystery. All I can say after watching this film is I wouldn’t want to work in MI6, so much secrets and lies! That’s a lot of what this film is about; secrets and lies, so much deception and secrecy involved in what Turing and his co-workers were involved in, it led to so much trust issues, pain and suffering. Sure it was for the better good but in the end victory did not come without sacrifice. I don’t know how accurate this is to the actual events that took place, but it was interesting to learn about the interception of German messages and the crafting of early computers.

When it comes to the performances, they were all pretty good from everyone involved but it is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing who stands above the rest. This must be Cumberbatch’s best performance to date, the man is incredibly versatile and totally inhabits the role of this odd, yet brilliant man who doesn’t have the best of social skills, but has the talent necessary to be an asset to MI6. Keira Knightley was also good in this film as Joan Clarke, a smart individual who is the only person who understands Turing. Knightley is quite good and she’s actually tolerable which makes her decent in my book. Other great performances come from the lovely Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston, Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander, Allen Leech as John Cairncross, Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies and Rory Kinnear as Detective Nock.

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In conclusion The Imitation Game is a very compelling and interesting film with a good story, a wonderful soundtrack and an incredible central performance form Benedict Cumberbatch. For fans of Cumberbatch it is a must-see film.

Rating: 8/10

So The Imitation Game, have you seen it and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Michelle MacLaren to Direct Wonder Woman!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some more film news and today I will be talking about the big announcement relating to DC’s upcoming Wonder Woman film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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It was just over a week ago that word broke that Warner Bros. Pictures was keen on signing “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” director Michelle MacLaren to helm their long-awaited DC Comics adaptation Wonder Woman. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the deal is done! MacLaren will both develop and direct the solo film with Charles Roven and Zack and Deborah Snyder producing.

Gal Gadot is already set to headline Wonder Woman with the character planned to make her first cinematic appearance in 2016′s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She may even make additional appearances across DC’s new cinematic universe before her solo film sees release on June 23, 2017. It’s pretty much a guarantee, too, that Wonder Woman is also going to play an important role in Justice League Part One, hitting theaters November 10, 2017.

Recent rumors have suggested that, as a franchise, Wonder Woman is being targeted for development as a trilogy with the first film planned to take place in the 1920s, revealing Themyscira’s first encounter with the outside world and Wonder Woman’s own experiences with a USA that still had a lot to learn about equal rights. Then, it is alleged, a sequel would take place in the 1940s and will be set against the backdrop of World War II. A third film, then, would finally bring Wonder Woman’s solo adventures to a contemporary setting. Take all of that with a grain of salt, however.

MacLaren’s directing credits also include episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers” and the upcoming “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul.” She’s also well-known for serving as co-executive producer on the final two seasons of FOX’s “The X-Files.”

All I can say is, “This is some g mean that in a good way for anyone who was assuming otherwise haha. Now I remember hearing about the rumoured frontrunners for the directing role for this film, but I didn’t think much of it because 1) It was all rumour and 2) I was not fussed about any of the choices because I’m not overly familiar with the Wonder Woman source material, plus I can’t say that I cared that much. That being said, now that he have a director on this film, I can start to speculate and get an idea of how this film will start to take shape, and the choice of Michelle MacLaren is certainly a good one. MacLaren has an impressive resume working on shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Leftovers, and while she doesn’t have any film experience from my understanding, it seems like her work on TV will definitely give this new film an interesting kind of flavour. MacLaren sort of reminds me of Alan Taylor when he was brought on to direct Thor: The Dark World, he didn’t have experience in film but had worked on Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire and he was able to add something interesting to the MCU, let’s hope that MacLaren can do the same for DC.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Constantine to Stop at 13 Episodes, Though Season 2 Is Still Possible

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some news from the world of television and the show I’ll be talking about is Constantine. Now this show has only had been airing for a little while, but there is already talk of its future not being completely set in stone, and that troubles me. The following information comes from IGN:

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Like most new series, Constantine received an initial order for 13 episodes, with the hopes of getting the “back nine” order that would bring it to a full 22-episode season. That isn’t going to happen, as Deadline is reporting NBC has decided to not order any more episodes of the show for this season. However, unlike most new shows who fail to get a back nine order and are essentially being simultaneously cancelled — including NBC’s own Bad Judge and A to Z just recently — the final fate of Constantine has not been decided.

The main difference is that Constantine debuted a few weeks later than most fall series, in late October, so the network only has five episodes of ratings to look at, even as the show is nearing completion of production on its first thirteen episodes – meaning a decision on the back nine had to be made now. Constantine has certainly had its struggles since it debuted, unable to bring in the same number of viewers at its successful NBC lead-in on Friday nights, Grimm. But the latest episode did have an encouraging +38% uptick in the ratings.

Showrunner Daniel Cerone tweeted the following, after the news broke.

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Deadline also notes NBC has continued to promote Constantine, including using their sister channel Syfy to air a four-episode catch up marathon this week and scheduling the cast to appear at this week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast. Ultimately, it seems Constantine’s future will be decided by how the remaining eight episodes do, with the final decision likely held until May.

With three more scheduled for this year, there will still be five Constantine episodes left to air in early 2015, but the question then will be what NBC schedules in its timeslot on Fridays after those episodes finish up.

Well this is troublesome, Constantine is a good show, I would go as far as to say it is a great show. I did a post on how much I liked the show and now the show’s future is in jeopardy, and that sucks. First Community, then Hannibal and now this show. This is terrible news. While it would be good to have a full 22 episode season so we could explore more stories and characters from the comics, at the same time, 13 episodes means that there would be a more concise and focused overall story. Now I here are some of the reasons why this show hasn’t been doing so well:

  1. It is on the wrong TV station: People have stated that if this show were on another TV show then it would potentially get treated better and get more exposure.
  2. The promotion and advertising given is pants: Unless you’ve been an avid fan of the source material, you probably wouldn’t have been aware that this sho had even begun. I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’ve caught this show a lot later after its initial airdate, I am one of them too, not watching until around episode 3. Point is, there has been no proper marketing for this show, NBC haven’t been pushing this show like Grimm and its like they are not giving the show the attention that it deserves to grow.
  3. The show’s too PC and needs be more hardcore: I’ve heard from some fans that this show is light on certain details that make John Constantine who he is as well as some other things. Some people have argued that this show isn’t meant to be mainstream and is more along the lines of cable TV and that this show would be better treated on HBO or AMC because there would be less limitations about what the filmmakers could show in terms of the violence and adult features.

So now, we at least have 13 episodes. However the show doesn’t have a definite confirmed second season and that troubles me, I don’t want to get into this show only for it to never come back. That’s happened too much in the last year, please God, not again with this show. I can only hope that the ratings improve and that the critical response saves this show from death, either that or the show gets picked up by another TV network. Either way, this show has to go on and it CAN NOT end after the first season. That just CAN’T happen. I like it too much for it to fall. So I will spread the work and if you’re a fan you should too, keep this show alive and let’s make sure it lasts at least 2 or 3 more seasons.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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Christoph Waltz Reportedly Playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24

Howdy ladies and gents, I return today will some more film news. A little while ago it was made known that Christoph Waltz would be rumored to be in the next James Bond film. Now there is a new bit of news relating to Waltz’s involvement in the film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Just two weeks after initially reporting that two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz would play the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 24, The Daily Mail is back and reports that Waltz will play none other than James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Production is expected to begin on the sequel next month.

It was revealed over a year ago that MGM had settled with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous SPECTRE organization, which sparked rumors they could appear in future films, and now it appears that could be a reality. Blofeld has been heard or seen in six of the previous James Bond films and was previously played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray.

Set for release on November 6, 2015, the Bond 24 will see Waltz join Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. Sam Mendes returns to direct the film, which is produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

Okay, so I was already reported that Walt would be in this film, which already had my approval and now he’s set to play an iconic villain from the past? That’s pretty cool. Ernst Stavro Blofeld isn’t exactly one of my favourite Bond villains and I’ve only seen him in You Only Live Twice, I’m more of Goldfinger, Jaws and Oddjob kind of guy. But the villain is classic and if you want to get a great actor to play him, Waltz is not a bad choice at all. Good stuff, if this proves to be official, then I’ll be super happy.

Anyways, how do you feel about this reported news? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to leave them below, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Oscar Isaac Takes Villain Role in X-Men: Apocalypse!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some pretty breaking news and it surrounds the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse as we have a new cast member to add to the collection. The following information comes from superherohype:

2014 AFI World Premiere of 'A Most Violent Year'

Although The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy was recently rumored for the roleVariety has just revealed that the X-Men: Apocalypse) villain role (almost certainly the titular En Sabbah Nur) has gone to Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac!

Apocalypse (that blueish fellow featured in the Days of Future Past post-credits tease), was created by Louise and Walter Simonson. The character made his debut in “X-Factor” #6. The world’s first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conquerer, believing whole heartedly in survival of the fittest.

Isaac’s recent credits include the title role in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis and, set for release on December 31, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, wherein Isaac headlines opposite Jessica Chastain.

Confirmed to star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult (with more names expected to be confirmed shortl), X-Men: Apocalypse is scripted by Simon Kinberg, Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse is also rumored to feature appearances by a number of familiar characters, including younger versions of Cyclops and Phoenix. You can learn about the actors and actresses said to up for the Scott Summers and Jean Grey roles by clicking here.

Cameras will start rolling on the X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal beginning April, 2015 for a May 27, 2016 release.

Well I certainly didn’t see this coming, at all. I like all these random surprises coming from upcoming films, it gets the people going! Haha. But yeah Oscar Issac, I like the guy, while I’ve only seen him in Inside Llewyn Davis and The Two Faces of January, that was enough to tell me that he was going to be someone to look out for in the future, especially after he got cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now while he hasn’t been named as En Sabbah Nur (aka Apocalypse), it seems like most people are banking on that character that he’ll be playing, unless there will be other big villains that will join the fray? If he is playing Apocalypse, then cool, good for him. While I’m not sure if he currently has the look of the character, that is irrelevant, there is a lot of time to beef up and get that make-up on him. However if he isn’t Apocalypse, then I have to wonder who will he be? One thing I’m curious about is if Issac can play the role of an antagonist, so far I haven’t seen anything that makes him look sinister or menacing. That being said, those who have never been seen in a particular role before can surprise audiences if they have a good script, the talent and right direction.

Whatever the circumstances are, I’m happy that Oscar Isaac has joined the league of superhero-based films and I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to this film. So how do you feel about this news? Be sure to leave your comments below yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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The End of An Era: Finishing University

Howdy ladies and gents today I just wanted to make a short blog post about something that has been on my mind recently and that is the fact that the university part of my life is over. Now I’ve made one or two blog posts about becoming free of university and embracing the real world, but at times, I still feel like I haven’t escaped that lifestyle yet and while I don’t miss the educational side of things, I miss the city of Sheffield and all of my peeps. But after last week, I think I can say that I am just about ready to move on.

Now last week was pretty hectic week for me, I went to see someone about an internship, then saw Jack White at the O2, and even went for an interview for a job on a farm in the middle of nowhere, but none of that was as significant as Thursday, the day I graduated from uni.

misc-freddie-mercury-lThat’s how I felt when I got my moment in the sun on graduation day.

Unlike more uni’s that graduated from uni in July, mine happens to do it in November and for months I’ve been waiting for this day just wondering how it would turn out.Would I get from Luton to Sheffield on time? Would I be able to see all of my friends? Will I be able to get up on stage without doing anything embarrassing? Would I get to throw my hat in the air? Lots of questions, but no way to know until I got there.. Luckily for the most part the day was perfect. Getting up to Sheffield was a task, had to leave my house around 6:20am and drive up the motorway enduring traffic and pit stop because my family needed a toilet break. That being said, I got to Sheffield before the ceremony started, got my robes and official photos taken with time to spare. So much work and so much running around, bloody hell, I was so frantic. I got to the hall, met up with my friends again and endured the graduation of 300+ students. Luckily my department was first and we gave them a good show, but after that, the ceremony went on forever, so many students had special titles and so many of them got talked to while up on stage, it was SO painful, that being said it was fun and humourous at times. When everything had ended I got to chat and hang with me mate and take a good few pictures, it was a delightful and beautiful few moments of fun and nostalgia. I love my uni friends and seeing a few of them for the first time in four to five months was so special. After all the pictures, I went for food at Pizza Hut which was nice, never eaten so much pizza in a while.

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Me on graduaion day, yeah I know, not a very flattering picture but heck I did what I could haha.

After all that build up and hype, graduation is over and my ties to university have officially been severed. Now I pretty much have no reason to  go back to Sheffield when it comes to uni and I feel like that is important factor. For months now I have been done with my course and got my grade certificates and everything, but graduation felt like the final piece of the post-graduate uni puzzle that needed to be solved, and now that part is done, I feel like everything is done and dusted. It feels mental that I can look back to three years ago and I was just starting my uni adventure, making friends, playing games and living away from home. Even though most of my time for first year is pretty hazy now, I still remember a lot of uni life like it was yesterday. Remembering the house parties, late night gaming sessions, going for takeaways, spending long hours in the library, etc. It feels like a lifetime ago now, but at the same time I can recall it as clearly as I see things in life now. Such badman times.

In the end, that point in my life has passed and now I have to grow up (unfortunately) and move on. Graduation was the final step in finishing uni and now that’s sorted, everything is complete. Thursday was a good day and I know that I’ll want to go back to Sheffield sooner rather than later, but for now I’m just glad I got through uni without falling part haha. 😀

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Life

 

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