Samantha Lee

  • Profile: Samantha Donaldson is a web developer, security specialist and freelance journalist that probably has more Spawn figurines than friends. When she isn't writing or making weird contraptions with a Raspberry Pi, she spends her time hiking, snowshoeing with her 11-year-old deaf pug, Pugsley, and creating awesome pyrography of all of her favorite shows and movies including Evil Dead, Star Wars, Rick and Morty, Tim and Eric, and Spawn.

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Let’s face it; the most common stereotype in superhero flicks is the damsel in distress. With most superheroes, the conflict between love and their responsibilities as a hero typically sits as the pinnacle of the entire film, and for good reason. After all, who enjoyed watching Gwen Stacy fall to her death in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Still, despite there being a clear pattern in these films, many filmmakers have begun to remove this outdated stereotype and include entirely new images of superheroes. With countless female superheroes finally making their way onto the big screen and plenty of them being different ethnicities, it only makes sense that the modern rendition of The Power Rangers would continue this trend even further.  (more…)

Let’s face it; Dwayne Johnson being cast in the movie adaptation of this epic video game is pretty spot on and, now, the movie has finally found its villain. Malin Akerman is now in negotiations with the film’s crew so as to portray the villain in the new flick which will start filming next month.

 

Although it has not been said how many other cast members must be chosen before the filming process can begin for Rampage, Akerman is said to be joining a pretty awesome cast for the new film. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Akerman will be playing the head of the tech company responsible for the three monsters’ creation (Lizzie the lizard, Ralph the werewolf, and George the ape) and, in turn, Johnson will be portraying a “Primatologist and head of an anti-poaching unit in Rwanda” (prepare yourself guys, this is gonna rock). On his Instagram, Johnson recently posted this about his part in the new film,

“Spent my Friday night at our Warner Bros offices in a 6hr script session with these rampaging rockstars. Our Rampage (next movie I’ll make) writers, producers, director and star (occasionally me). Even though this took us deep into Friday night and we all have families and stuff to do – this kind of meeting is so critical to our movie’s success. Everyone’s instincts were firing on the highest of levels. My fav moment from this merciless 6hr meeting was when I shared with this group that there’s an equity and trust I’ve built with my audience that they trust me to take them on an epic ride, and always do our best to send them home happy. A very cool moment to see everyone’s eyes light and heads start to nod. To win on any level you gotta have teamwork and collaboration and can’t thank everyone enough in this room for their energy and focus. You truly helped us move the needle. And Wendy Jane you’re Superwoman for your creative brilliance and putting up with all these asshole’s dumb guy jokes. Not me of course, I’m a gentleman. Next stop for me in my research – the Primate division at the Atlanta Zoo (my character’s a Primatologist & head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda). Really informative and educational character to play and project to work on. More to come. Start shooting this April. #Rampage”

 

 

On top of Johnson and Akerman, Naomie Harris joined the cast in January as a geneticist that begins to feel remorse for her terrible creations and the destruction they have caused and Jake Lacy is set to play the role of the brother of Akerman. Along with these stars, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, and Breanne Hill will also be starring in the new film, although, their roles in Rampage have not been disclosed just yet.

With a cast this great, of course, the crew matches accordingly. Brad Peyton will be directing the film using a script written by Carlton Cuse, Ryan Engle, and Ryan Condal. On top of this, Beau Flynn, John Rickard (Wrigley Pictures), Hiram Garcia (Dwayne Johnson’s 7 Bucks Entertainment), and Brad Peyton will all be producing the epic video game-based flick. Similarly, Wendy Jacobson (Flynn Picture Co.) will be co-producing the movie and Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Jeffrey Fierson will be executive producers as well. The release date for the highly anticipated film is set to be April 20, 2018 and both fans of the game as well as the extensive cast of this new film couldn’t be happier. For now, only time will tell who will play each role but, with a villain and a protagonist that are nothing more than stellar, I think we can all rest at ease.

 

Out of the countless exciting movies coming to theaters next year, two have continued to stand out. However, recent reports suggest that one of these films will be taking the place of the other one’s pretty generous release date as the latter just isn’t quite ready yet (again, I know). Aquaman’s original opening date was said to be in October of 2018 but, recently, James Cameron stated that his sequel to the epic film, Avatar, will not be ready by their rather prime spot of December 21, 2018 and, in turn, Aquaman has chosen to nab the ideal date before any other movies can.

 

Although this means that the first installment of four new Avatar films is going to more than likely be hitting the big screen in 2019, the excitement revolving around the Aquaman flick starring Jason Momoa is enough to keep fans of both films quiet for now. Other than Momoa, the films boasts a pretty talented cast and crew with Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson as guest stars as well as James Wan directing the epic tale of the ‘epic tail’.

 

Despite Avatar fans being depressed about yet another moved data for the next film, Cameron recently set the record straight by explaining to the Toronto Star, “What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases…So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.”

 

With this in mind as well as an exciting date change for the Aquaman film along with countless other release dates being addressed by Warner Bros. this week, the excitement continues to rise for fans of nostalgia and nerd culture alike. In fact,  Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are said to be creating an R-rated road comedy entitled Bastards that will be released on December 22, 2018 (a week after The Last Jedi). Similarly, Sony’s Jumanji, Paramount’s Downsizing, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, and The Weinstein Company/Dimension’s The Six Million Dollar Man are also planning on being released during the week of Christmas 2018 as well.

 

Although this means yet another setback for fans of both films, this will ultimately increase the viewership of the exciting Aquaman flick and make the true fans of Avatar beg for the sequel and increase the sheer desire for the film to be released in the process. Until then, raise your tridents to the sky and mark your extremely long calendars with the date.

Every avid gamer has dreamed at least once of a world where their favorite games were a reality. Whether that meant speeding through the futuristic world of Tron on a light cycle or blasting away the demonic characters of Doom as a space marine on Mars, this dream is what truly set the modern era of gamers apart and what makes the future of gaming and AR so enticing. However, for Alex Rogan, the main character of the cult classic, The Last Starfighter, a beat up space arcade game in the center of his mobile home community gave him just that and, in turn, a unique and highly devoted fan base was formed.  (more…)

Let’s face it; Deadpool was every raunchy, comic book-adoring individual’s dream. It had everything you could ask for from one of the most sarcastic actors in Hollywood perfecting the role to some of the most gruesome fight scenes to grace the screen and the superhero movie trend in a long time. However, as the screen rolled the credits and the fans trudged out of the theaters, the question already on their minds was simply, ‘what’s next?’  (more…)

Everyone who loves the gritty, dark, and demented world of Spawn knows the 1997 Spawn movie wasn’t the best. Although it had its moments, true Spawn fans expected even grittier and darker and weren’t all that pleased with the John Leguizamo rendition of Clown either (he did his best, guys). Now, Todd McFarlane himself claims that the new reboot of the Spawn movie will definitely hold true to its original grit and give fans that dark, warped world they so desperately wanted all along. (more…)

You’ve probably seen the gritty super soldier in action on the pages of old Valiant Comics. Splattering blood, flashing guns, and a big red circle on his chest are what truly make Bloodshot one totally awesome comic book character. However, unlike the countless superhero films being released this year, Bloodshot is not the most familiar household name on the market and this is exactly what the valiant efforts of Valiant hope to conquer.  (more…)

If you haven’t been under a rock for the last week, then you probably have seen or at least heard of the new Deadpool 2 tease, ‘No Good Deed’, at the beginning of the new Logan film. In all his raunchy glory, Deadpool cracks jokes at multiple pop culture tropes including Superman and Wolverine himself. Although it has been stated that none of the short film’s content will make its way into the sequel, fans are able to get their little fix of the old avocado while they wait patiently for Deadpool 2 to grace their eyes.

However, one thing stood out in the short film that has been leading countless individuals to the world wide web after Logan for answers. At the end of the teaser, a massive wall of text hits the screen and, as quick as it appears, it is gone. Being unable to read it, people have really been wondering what this text says and, at last, we know what the wall says but the answer may seem a bit insane (although, isn’t that pretty Deadpool-esque?). (more…)