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Near enough every kid ever born has dreamed, even if not all that seriously, of being in a rock band. There’s not a Transformers fan alive who hasn’t wondered how cool it would be to have powers like the robots in disguise. Most people grow up, though, and let go of those fantasies. Maybe they come back to visit them from time to time for a little light entertainment, but they stop taking them seriously – if they ever did in the first place. They got office jobs. They become normal, everyday people with normal, everyday jobs who tend not to transform into anything exciting. (more…)

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As the summer is coming to an end, a little retrsopect on this year’s summer blockbuster candidates were quite a bummmer, with none of the hyped films really living up to the praise. This isn’t to say there weren’t any good films, but many were rather forgettable as soon as you left the theater. Of course, one of the films that received some flak this summer was, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. The big-screen adaptation of the beloved fantasy computer game of the same name, suffered a horrendous fate at the box office, but only in the U.S., which leads many to speculate whether the film will live on to see a sequel.

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With the announcement at San Diego Comic Con this year that Disneyland Anaheim will be transforming the Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride, the rumor mill has started brewing again over possible Marvel additions at Disney theme parks, but this time at their Disney World Orlando parks. Meanwhile, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster gets a minor, but possibly long overdue update that might disappoint some guest.  (more…)

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Believe it or not, some people actually get excited when they hear that a movie or television show that they loved as a child is getting a multimillion dollar reboot.  While it is often an impossible task to recapture the same spirit and charm of the source material that the reboot is based on, there are plenty of examples of how a huge budget and modern technology can actually enhance the original story. Examples being Planet of The Apes (not the Tim Burton one. Gawd no), True Grit, The Ring, Dredd. You can even add The Dark Knight and Star Trek to that list as they were, indeed, reboots. Acceptable/good reboots work only when: The original property is a dated movie that time forgot, the original wasn’t all that good to begin with, or if subsequent sequels ruined the franchise (ala the Joel Schumacher Batman series for example). Of course, the most important reason when/why reboots work is when good talent is involved and there is an active desire to respect the source material, honor the fans, and to work honestly and earnestly – that it isn’t made for the sole purpose of the cash grab, or that it shameless panders to fans with forced references and gags. It also helps when a reboot shares the same universe as the original, that they don’t just remake the movie entirely.  Which is why films like Jurassic Park, Apollo Creed, and Star Wars do so damn well… because they carry on the legacy without completely ignoring/scraping what came before it.

So… all that said, how would you feel about a reboot/sequel to the 1980’s film The Monster Squad? No? Well, how about if Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black was involved? Yes, everyone hates him for what he did with Iron Man 3, but here’s a fun little fact, Black co-wrote the original Monster Squad. So, yeah, how about now? (more…)

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We’re just a week away from David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad hitting theaters screens in what is looking to be a blockbuster weekend for the Warner Bros. film. Hot off the SDCC 2016 Hall H panel, there doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow down this Suicide Squad Freight Train. There was an interesting difference between what was shown at Hall H and what we’ve seen on television so far and it all comes down to Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) incredible shrinking Hot Pants. (more…)

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Yesterday, rumors started rumbling that The Divergent Series would be given an unceremonious end with a TV movie, and the possibility of a spin-off TV series. As of this moment, Lionsgate has said nothing official about it, so the matter is more in the category of possibility than probability, but still it’s one of those rumors that’s almost too unbelievable to be false. You’ve got to wonder though, how much do the people involved, particularly the franchise’s star, know about this possibility? Has she been told? Might she consider appearing on the Divergent TV movie? In the case of Shailene Woodley, the answer is a definitive, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” (more…)

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It can’t be easy to lose a dream role like playing a young Han Solo in his own pre-Star Wars adventure to be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, but so far as consolation prizes go, getting to lead a new Dungeons and Dragons movie isn’t terrible. The movie maybe terrible, that is to say, but the idea is not. Ansel Elgort, star of The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series, was on the short list for a solo Solo, but now he’ll just have to settle on leading the cast of an all new movie based on the beloved role-playing game. (more…)

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Tim Burton has delighted audiences for years with his imaginative style of movie making. His Batman movies Kicked off a franchise that drastically went downhill after his departure. While his movies tend toward a darker side, there’s always a hint of mirth that lightens the seriousness of the situations Burton’s characters find themselves in. Now his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children finds the answer to many fans questions about what Burton’s version of the X-Men might have looked like back in the 90’s. Check out this latest trailer and see for yourself. (more…)

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Transformers has had some serious criticism thrown its way since the first film was released back in 2007. This hasn’t stopped director Michael Bay developing more movies involving the ongoing battle between the Autobots and the DecepticonsWhen the title was announced for Transformer 5 (The Last Knight) audiences were also reintroduced to the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime in a very short teaser video, with Prime’s face followed by the title. Putting two and two together, fans have theorized that the “Last Knight” could be Optimus Prime himself. Now, today, audiences were introduced to another cast member....

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Yeah… yeah. Everyone is getting tired of hearing about Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot, but like it or not, it is news in the Nerdy world of news. This time around there’s a new television clip from across the pond that reveals a big cameo for the movie. We won’t talk about which original Ghostbusters character cameo is revealed until after the jump, so if you don’t want to know, don’t click. Consider that your spoiler warning. (more…)