Michael Jai White
It shouldn’t come as surprise that a major issue I’ve had with Arrow are their piss poor villains. This season they’ve thankfully moved away from the terrible ‘villain of the week’ trope for more interesting and varied episodes, but often villains with potential are still wasted in forgettable, one-off appearances. Knowing that, I was a little worried about an episode centered are returning villains working as team, but honestly, I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed “Suicide Squad.” (more…)
After last week’s Arrow review was published I was genuinely surprised by the response. Most out there on the interwebz loved last week’s episode, where I was less impressed. My biggest problem was its complete reversal of the recent developments about Brother Blood, basically halting any progress The Arrow (Stephen Amell) made into that investigation. Blood doesn’t appear in “Tremors“, confirming my concern over any recent payoff on that front.
Yet unlike last week’s tiresome episode, I found “Tremors” to be more enjoyable–shocking, I know, considering how much it focused on angry, angsty Roy (Colton Haynes). (more…)
Never one to be subtle, this week’s Arrow dealt with – surprise! – identity. True identities, false identities, secret identities, yearned for identities; it was all stuffed in there. Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has decided to again become the vigilante he must constantly be choosing which role to play: crime fighter or C.E.O? Laurel (Katie Cassidy) holds true to who she wants to be, the woman who captures the vigilante. And Roy (Colton Haynes) is finally given an identity and perhaps the potential to stop being so fucking annoying. (more…)
You can’t fault his enthusiasm. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is talking once more about the prospects of a new film based on his comic book Spawn in which he discuss how he wants the new film to feel, what other films he wants to evoke, and just what he thinks went wrong with the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. (more…)
CW is certainly bringing the heat to the second season of Arrow with the series opening the flood gates for lots of new villains and superheros. The latest tidbit of news is this picture of Michael Jai White as the Bronze Tiger. Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say about White’s Bronze Tiger:
He is such a badass. His performance, our kick-ass stunt department, our incredibly talented costumer designer, and our very gifted props master…they’ve all combined their A-games to create a really great representation of this DC Comics character.
To be completely honest, I was totally unaware that the Cartoon Network (under the [adult swim] banner) was making a spin-off/continuation of the 2009 blaxploitation homage/parody Black Dynamite. Set to premiere July 15th, the 30 minute cartoon is produced by the same team behind The Boondocks and Michael Jai White returns to voice the title role. Tommy Davidson (Cream Corn), Arsenio Hall (Tasty Freeze), Kym Whitley (Honeybee), and Byron Minns (Bullhorn) are also back to voice their characters from the movie.
The simple fact that in less than a month we will get a weekly dose of Dynamite sticking it to the man the way only he can and slapping jive turkeys makes (this painfully white dude) happy.
The trailer is up after the jump. Chump.
You know, I really have to stop getting excited about things that will probably turn out to suck.
History time kids! -No wait, come back, it will be quick- Back in the mid 70’s a comic magazine by the name of Métal Hurlant (Howling Metal) began being published by the French. -No wait, come back, this is something cool they created. Like kissing and fries.- It was ground breaking, moral shaking and, just simply really cool for the time. Eventually it was adapted into an American version called Heavy Metal, that was much the same and great throughout the 80’s. Heavy Metal was adapted by Canadians into an animated movie by the same name in 1981 (which was awesome) and then in 2000 (Heavy Metal 2000 aka Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.²) by 50% of the TMNT creative time (and current owner, editor and publisher of the magazine) Kevin Eastman. The second Heavy Metal movie was not awesome.
Now? Word has it that that a live-action TV series based on Métal Hurlant went into production in France. A French-United Kingdom co-production. 24 half hour episodes to be broken up over two seasons, scheduled for European delivery in April 2012 and November 2012 respectively. Featured actors include Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters.
You may have lost me at ‘France’ but you had me at Rutger Hauer and Michael Jai White.
Let’s what the trailer! It’s after the jump.
The first episode of Kevin Tancharoen’s online web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy -spawned from the 2010 viral video– premiered last week on Machinima.com . In the course of the week, that one 12 minute episode attained over 5 million YouTube hits. While 5 million people can’t be wrong (FYI 5 million is a lot for a web based series. like whole a lot). I did have my complaints. The story followed Sonja Blade (Jeri Ryan), Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) and Jax (Michael Jai White) while they try and stop an evil crime ring run by Kano (Darren Shahlavi). At least, that’s what happens in the first 10 minutes. The episode didn’t really grab me. Too many guns for the beginning. It was a standard cop routine, impaired by pretty mediocre acting, even worse dialog. It didn’t feel like MK. I know Tancharoen’s intent is to put a real world spin on the fantastical elements and characters of the fighting based video game franchise, but the first episode was cliched; one of thousands of generic action movies we see all the time. To be fair, I paid money to watch the Mortal Kombat movies, (yes both of them) I got this for free. This is much better than those.
Now episode two is upon us. Which honestly, should be ep1 part 2. Titled Jax, Sonya and Kano (Part 2) it plays out the rest of the showdown set-up in part one. It’s only 9 minutes (while 6 if you cut out the the recap and credits), half the time as the first, yet twice as good. Huh? How does that work? Well, the direction, production, action, acting, dialogue and thematic elements and so on are simply done right this time around. Clean and concise. You’ll probably be too pissed at the mere 6 minutes of new material (which is a bit ridiculous to wait a week for) to take notice, but really, the difference is night and day. But I do agree, this is nothing they couldn’t have shoved into the 1st episode. It was kinda dumb having two episodes to tell this. Especially when there is only 9 episodes in the whole series. Regardless, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting better.
Watch episode 2 below, hit the jump for a newly released press release and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the series in the comments section.
Well, the first episode of the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries is here!
Almost one year ago, the “trailer” popped online showing a more gritty, down to Earth and dark world populated by serial killers, thieves and heroes with a secret. The trailer kicked so much ass that everyone I know was looking forward to it!
Now we finally have the first episode, and to be honest: Wasn’t bad!
It was not as amazing as the trailer, but that’s because an actual storyline is needed.
In this installment, it follows Sonya (Jeri Ryan) and her partner Jax (Michael Jai White) tracking down their arch-nemesis, Kano (Darren Shahlavi)with a little help from Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett).
The action happens fast, and the shoot-out in the warehouse is very well done. I just wish I could see more, as 12 minutes is NOT long enough! But, what I did like were the Easter eggs.
Did you hear about the “Cyber Initiative” and see the familiar looking masks of Cyrax and Sektor? What about the reference to a “red eye”?
You can watch the full episode embedded below. What do you think?
And to wet you appetite even more for what’s to come, here’s a newly released trailer for what you can expect NEXT!
And finally, here is the previously released press release regarding the webseries premiering on Machinima‘s YouTube channel: