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Rush Urbalejo

  • Profile: Rush Urbalejo is a lifelong fan of comic books, movies, and television, however, his true passion is writing. In addition to providing stories for Nerd Bastards, Rush is an assistant editor and contributor for Kabooooom Geeks. When he isn’t busy with his day job or writing about the latest geeky news, he spends time with his family and friends travelling. There aren’t many comic conventions in AZ or CA that you won’t find him in attendance, so feel free to say hello if you spot him! Follow Rush on Twitter @Rush1031 and join him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rush.urbalejo.

Author Archive

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There is no secret that most film adaptations of video game properties are…mediocre, at best.  Sure, you have the occasional adaptation that scores with critics and audiences alike (the original Tomb Raider, for instance) but those films are generally the exception that proves the rule.  While international box offices have somehow been able to drive some of even the worst of these films (Warcraft has somehow managed to generate $422 mil worldwide, 90% of which was international box office), those numbers cannot be counted on when it comes to generating revenue for a property.  One of the next films that will be trying to break the box office is the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, starring Michael Fessbender.   The video game franchise, developed by Ubisoft, has a massive following but in a recent interview with MCV, Ubisoft’s European Head, Alain Corre, doesn’t seem to believe that those fans will lead to revenue once the film hits screens. (more…)

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A couple of days back, Star Trek fans were provided with the information that in the newest film, Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu (played by John Cho in the rebooted series) would be revealed to have a husband and daughter waiting at home for him.  While many fans of the series applauded the decision, the one person who seemed to be most vocal with his displeasure of the treatment was none other than the original Sulu himself, George Takei.  Considering the fact that the decision to reveal Sulu’s sexuality was almost a tribute to Takei, who revealed his sexuality years back and has since been a very vocal activist for the LGBT community, it came as rather a shock when Takei publicly voiced his displeasure with Sulu’s new characteristic.  Now, Simon Pegg, who will be taking his third outing as Scotty in the new Trek film, has a few words for Takei. (more…)

The ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Gets A Release Date

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The massively successful (and fun) Tomb Raider video game franchise recently went through a bit of an overhaul back in 2013, and continued that path with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One. The latest video game is an achievement in both game play and visual effects and truly reminded players why they loved the franchise in the first place.  As announced back in 2009, Warner Brothers is hoping to capture imaginations on screen as well, as they present the world with a new Tomb Raider film.  Now, fans of Lara Croft have a date to mark on their calendars to witness her return to the big screen. (more…)

Man in Black

“The man in black fled across the desert…and the gunslinger followed.” So begins Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series.  The eight book series, as well as the Marvel Comics retelling of the story, is a tale of obsession, loss, friendship, family, and redemption.  Alright, not quite redemption. However, if the path of the film is truly as it appears, perhaps that redemption will be found through the film series.  As fans eagerly await for the release of the film, either to embrace the last chapter of Roland’s tale or to simply hate the final product because it is not a direct adaptation of the series, filming has moved to New York which, of course, fans recognize as a huge location for the story. Perhaps a bit more exciting than the NY shooting, however, is who was spotted on the street – none other than Matthew McConaughey in full costume as Randall Flagg.  Constant Readers, take a gander at the Man in Black himself. (more…)

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Are you one of the many, many Ghostbusters fans that is hoping that Paul Feig’s upcoming entry into the franchise will be his last?  After the initial trailer was released, a trailer that was disliked more than any other trailer in YouTube history, fans of the franchise went into an uproar, slamming the film, the director, and the female cast attached to the project.  In a world in which these armchair critics reign king, this massive shade thrown on the film seems to have had exactly the desired effect.  The new North American tracking figures recently reported by THR seem to back up the almost universal opinion that the Ghostbusters franchise may wind up back in the containment unit after this outing. (more…)

Homecoming

Since the dawn of time, has there ever been a more deafening roar than the sound of millions of fans across the globe cheering in unison as Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced their new deal to share everyone’s favorite webslinger, Spider-Man?  Alright, perhaps that is a bit dramatic. However, there is no arguing the sheer excitement that comic book fans felt as they watched the absolutely perfect Tom Holland don the costume in Captain America: Civil War.  While his predecessors (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) each had a bit of Peter Parker in them, Holland showed that with Marvel behind the wheel and a bit of perfect casting, Hollywood really could bring a faithful embodiment of the teenager-turned-superhero to life.  Now that Holland’s solo Spidey outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is officially filming, the folks over at Just Jared have been able to grab the first set pics of Holland, Zendaya, and Tony Revolori in character.  (more…)

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Superhero movies have become such a staple of pop culture these days that many forget that it wasn’t too long ago that filmmakers had to struggle to convince a studio to bring their vision of a favorite comic book character to the big screen, especially if that vision didn’t include Batman or Superman.  Once the new millennium hit, it brought with it a new trend and, really, the birth of the era of superhero blockbusters.  One of the first of those films was Sony’s big budget offering, Spider-Man.  Starring Tobey Maguire as the titular webslinger and directed by genre favorite Sam Raimi, the film managed to break new ground with its incredible (at the time) special effects and fun story.  Comic book fans had been waiting their entire lives to see something like this and, as it turns out, perhaps they weren’t the only ones. (more…)

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Remember when you first heard about Batman v. Superman:Dawn of Justice and you were super excited?  Unfortunately, things didn’t necessarily turn out as well as they should of and because of it…Well, Warner Brothers and DC really have a bit of a mess on their hands, don’t they? After the absolutely critically panned BvS, rumors about WB shaking things up continue to swirl and if THR has it right, things may be even stickier than they appear.  According to sources, thanks to Captain America: Civil War‘s box office grab over the past few weeks, WB/DC has finally made a decision to focus on shifting things in the DC Extended Universe before it gets too late.   (more…)

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As Fox and Marvel Studios decided to each have a Quicksilver in their films, fans scratched their heads a bit, while those who were unfamiliar with comics became confused – some audience members not even realizing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past shared the character.  There is no doubt that of the two, X-Men’s Quicksilver garnered more audience love after his on screen appearance but considering Hot Toys newest addition to their Marvel masterpieces, Age of Ultron’s Quicksilver is the one that fans will want to take home. (more…)

Dark Tower 2

Like it or not, the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally moving full speed ahead.  After years of false starts and failed attempts, King’s magnum opus is less than a year from hitting the big screen and filming has already commenced.  While the casting of the main character, Roland Deschain, has been one of the most controversial aspects of the new film, it has not stopped actor Idris Elba from stepping fulling into the role and today, we have the pictures to prove it. (more…)