While Kenny Baker will forever hold a dear place in all Star Wars Fans hearts after his passing in 2016, eventually someone would have to fill those big shoes in future films. Now the rumors have been confirmed and Jimmy Vee (Doctor Who, Pan) will Beep & Boop in future Star Wars films starting with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (more…)
This is the first triple-hitter year for Marvel Studios. In May, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will arrive, followed in July by Spider-Man: Homecoming and then Thor: Ragnarok in the fall. So far, we’ve gotten a pretty good look at GOTG2, we’ve gotten some initial glimpses at Spider-Man, but unless you were at San Diego Comic Con, the most of Ragnarok you’ve probably seen is either that “documentary” about Thor’s downtime, or the post-credits scene from Doctor Strange. Well, look for no trailer here, that will be in another couple of months, but below there’s some art you’ll definitely want to see. (more…)
Doctor Strange, the most recent installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly left its mark. Now up for an Oscar for Visual Effects, it has earned its place among its better known partner films. In anticipation of the film’s DVD/Bluray release date, Marvel Studios has released a teaser for the Doctor Strange gag reel. It’s as funny as one would expect.
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In recent years, television and cinema have been dominated by characters that are already familiar to most of their audience. Creating shows based on characters and stories that already have a fan base guarantees a certain amount of traffic and, now that a lot of the original audience are grown, helps to reboot the franchise for younger generations. It’s a model that’s proving successful for all kinds of brands. But it does put certain restrictions on the content created. For instance, consistently sticking to a child friendly rating restricted the choices creators have open to them when they want to address the adults watching. (more…)
A Star Wars saga movie isn’t complete until composer John Williams has put his distinctive stamp on it. The legendary composer just turned 85, but he’s still a hard working music man, and even when he’s not holding the baton himself in front of a symphony making a Star Wars soundtrack, his influence still looms large over anyone that dares to orchestrate the musical side of a Star Wars adventure. So it should come as no surprise that Williams will be back, working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it does come as something of a surprise that Williams’ work has already begun. (more…)
If there’s one thing that was lacking in previous incarnations of Star Wars films, it was women. Think about the first three films for a moment. There were three ladies in the first film and one of them was burned to cinders right in the beginning. With the leading ladies of the new Star Wars flicks taking the spotlight, it seems that the upcoming film featuring our favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder will premiere a special new lady for Star Wars fans… a female droid.
With just over a month to go before the 31st March release of Ghost in The Shell, we’ve just been given a fresh injection of nanoware (a new trailer) into our cyber-augmented craniums (erm, the internet?). The film will present a live-action update of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved cyberpunk franchise, in which human essences can be transferred into cybernetic host bodies. The production has been mired in controversy amidst accusations that the casting of Scarlett Johanson as The Major is yet another case of Hollywood whitewashing. The first trailer certainly whet our appetite, but didn’t offer much in the way of plot beyond “ooooh, shiny”. This time around, the story is beginning to take shape. (more…)
We recently announced that the director of John Wick 2 was chosen by Lionsgate to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot and yesterday, he finally came out and talked about the project. This is big news for a franchise that has suffered from poor sequels and development hell for the reboot. Now that John Wick 2 is out in theaters, director Chad Stahelski (John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2) can refocus on the project and bring the immortals back to the big screen.
Later on this year, we will see the next installment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Justice League. In the aftermath of Batman v Superman, Bruce Wayne will be gathering various metahumans to form a team to deal with an upcoming threat. As in most cinematic universe films, characters from previous films will be continuing their roles. We can count on Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman of course. In addition, we will be meeting new characters that will join the Justice League like Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. That pretty much covers the superheroes, but what about the supporting players. The first two DCEU movies have dealt primarily in Metropolis, so many of the supporting characters were from Superman lore.
John Wick: Chapter 2 opened with a very respectable third place finish of $30 million this past weekend at the very competitive box office. That likely all but assures a third chapter for the unretired retired assassin, but are there any other Keanu Reeves franchises out there waiting to get a third chapter greenlit? It started about 30 years ago, when two California dudes piled into a time travelling phone box (a different time travelling phone box) in an effort to save their history grade and the future of mankind, but three decades later, according to Reeves, things may be completely different, but kinda the same. (more…)