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Khalil Johnson

  • Profile: Khalil Johnson is a is a lifelong fan of comics, movies, and tv. After endlessy laking about them for years, decided to put his passion into practice as a writer. Little known fact: Khalil is who Jor-El named his son after, but Jor-El spelled the name wrong. In addition to handling his day job, Khalil is a contributing writer to NerdBastards and a few other places. Follow him on twitter @alilreview for the latest updates.

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With less than 17 days, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will hit theaters. The sequel to the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe surprise hit is expected to make a killing it’s opening weekend (minimum $150 million are some projections) and pretty much kickstarts the summer movie season. One very interesting thing about the movie is that James Gunn and the production crew have managed to keep most of the plot well hidden as most of the trailers did not give away “the whole” plot. We know a few details here and there for the film: Ego The Living Planet (Kurt Russell), Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and The Ravagers will be in the film. But other than that, it’s an open book. There were rumors that Sylvester Stallone will be in the film in an unspecified role. Some suspected he would be an extra Ravager, and other rumors had him playing a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy from the 31st Century (probably Vance Astro). It looks like we now know who he may possibly be.

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For the longest, Star Wars movies have been within the “Skywalker Saga.” This means that they have centered on a member of the Skywalker family as they deal with the forces of good versus evil, the Jedi versus the Sith and other variables. Originally, there was supposed to be 9 films, The Prequel Trilogy, The Original Trilogy, and the trilogy that happened afterward. The saga was shortened to just the Prequel and Original Trilogy under George Lucas’ vision. However, the Bearded One sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and the House of Mouse commissioned to create a brand new trilogy to tell of events after the OT.

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Last year, Hollywood lost one of its sci-fi (and all around awesome) icons when actress Carrie Fischer passed away. Best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Fischer also appeared in countless other films, including Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally…, and countless others. Fischer also was a good novelist as well as a screenwriter who wrote countless films and also helped with re-writes for others. Most recently, she once again joined the geek lexicon returning in the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens as General Leia for the recent film. She had already completed her filming for the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi when she, unfortunately, passed away afterward.

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Ever since it was announced that Shane Black was directing a new film in The Predator franchise, there was a little confusion if this was going to be a reboot of the franchise or a sequel to the second film. After a little bit of clarification, it’s sort of both. The Predator will in a way, “reboot” the franchise (and make us collectively forget those Alien Vs Predator films) and will be a sequel to the original 1987 film. With it being story wise, connected to the original film, this led many fans to wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer would make a return, having been the sole survivor of the Yautja’s hunting of his special forces group in Central America. It could be a great connective tissue to bridge the old film and the new one. However, it looks like, that’s not going to happen.

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Robert Kirkman is slowly turning into his own Stan Lee. His most famous comic, The Walking Dead, centering on the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, is one of cable TV’s highest-rated dramas and is about to go into its 7th season on AMC. The supernatural horror story Outcast focusing on demonic possession is about to start its second season on Cinemax this month. His production company Skybound Entertainment which has produced both TV show as well as other projects, including a remake of An American Werewolf in London. And it looks like they aren’t slowing down anytime soon as another one of his properties is being adapted, this time for the big screen.

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In just one month, we will be treated to the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. This gives us a chance to catch up with Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians as they once again save the galaxy (to surely double their rates) and for Peter Quill to discover his true parentage. We have been treated with two awesome trailers for the upcoming MCU film, that surprisingly (and ally goodly) haven’t given much away plot-wise as director James Gunn said the footage that was shown in the trailer barely scratches the surface for what we are in to see. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun with the trailers…

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As Disney continues their live-action remake trend, they are rolling out all the hits. Given the massive success of hits like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Disney is in no mood to slow down. Next on their plate is a live-action remake of 1994 classic The Lion King. The new film will be directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), the film will use the same cutting edge CGI technology used in The Jungle Book. The film also has already cast Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones returning to his role of Mufasa. It looks like they possibly have found their Nala.

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Earlier, the long-anticipated Justice League trailer dropped for the upcoming DC Extended Universe movie. The action-packed movie is expected to unite Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash under Wonder Woman and Batman’s leadership as a new threat is emerging. The trailer was awesome and hit all the necessary chords needed to spark interest in the DCEU after such films as Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad weren’t as well received as expected. It looks like Aquaman is going to steal the show and once again Battfleck is still awesome! Each member of the Justice League looks to have their moments to shine and have awesome moments for the upcoming fi;m.  If you paid attention today to the internet, everyone was loving it!

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Whenever a movie is about to hit the theaters, many fans immediately head to the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes to see if the film is officially “rotten” or “fresh.” Sometimes, that determines one is going to see the film. Other times, ( hardcore fans), will see a film in spite of critics because “Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t mean anything.” Needless to say, the film review website is an important part of the movie industry and the movie experience in an Internet age. Rotten Tomatoes has its supporters (those who love a “fresh” score), but the website also has its detractors. Ben “Sadfleck” Affleck surely didn’t appreciate the site for giving Batman v Superman and Live By Night poor scores, and it looks like he’s not alone.

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