Saturday, November 22, 2014

Secret Cinema presents a jaw dropping shadow cast of Back to the Future!

I have been to a few shadow casts around Long Island and New York City but this has to be one of the best I have ever seen. Sadly, I was not there in person! This past summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Secret Cinema put on a outdoor shadow cast of the film Back to the Future that will make every fan out there wish they truly had a time traveling DeLorean to go back and attend this event. (A shadow cast is when a movie is played on a large screen and costumed actors act out the film in front of the audience in sync with the film.)

Secret Cinema not only invited everyone out to the event in 50's clothing to really make the experience authentic but they actually built the town of Hill Valley! The video below shows off what an amazing event this was and shows both the fun before the film as well as the shadow cast acting out the film. I really hope they do something in the New York City area sometime because I would love to attend and know many friends who would join.

Source: YouTube - Future Shorts

Check out the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica with digital restoration and CG upgrades!

Battlestar Galactica came back in 2004 and was a hit with the fans but older fans never forgot about the original 1978 series. Visual effects artist Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz created a demo reel of what recreating the original series with digitally restored footage and a few CG upgrades would look like and the results are spectacular! Lebowitz worked on many sci-fi television shows and movies including Babylon 5, Serenity, Star Trek: Voyager, was even a CGI artist on the 2004 Battlestar Galactica. This demo reel was created to show what it would look like if a special edition dvd/bluray was made for the series and I hope this catches the eye of all the right people.

Demo Reel - Remastering A Classic from Merrick on Vimeo.

Source: Vimeo - Merrick

Watch Billy Boyd's "The Last Goodbye" music video for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, the actor who played Pippen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, returned to Middle Earth to record a credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The official video for his song "The Last Goodbye" has now been released and it is great!
"“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd, in an e-mail. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”"
It truly must be an honor to Boyd to have the last goodbye to fans of this franchise and the song of course made him reflect on his time with the franchise.
"“The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways—working with Pete, Fran and Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien’s work or even just the incredible friends I made,” says Boyd. “And being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again and to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved and the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor.”"
The song is beautiful and the video is a great montage of footage from throughout the franchise, It'll definitely get big fans emotional and get them to want to watch all the film again. Enjoy!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be in theaters on December 17, 2014.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Howard the Duck will be returning with his own Marvel comic in 2015!

Fans exploded with delight when Howard the Duck made his cameo at the end of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. For quite some time, people were talking about that scene as much as the main characters themselves, if not more. This popularity was gotten the folks over at Marvel hard at work and the secret is now out! Marvel will be bringing the character back to the comics with his own series!

In 2015 Howard the Duck will get his own series that is being developed by Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Joe Quinones. The series is said to follow the adventures of Howard as he becomes a private investigator in the Marvel Universe.
"He’s an everyman who happens to be a duck! He’s angry, exasperated, and he’s had it up to here with the world around him, but he’s trapped here! Infinitely relatable! 
I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really. I’m just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but my ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there. God, I’m picturing the reviews now: “Some chuckles here and there.” Shoot for the stars, Chip! 
I talk about this a lot with Sex Criminals, the overwhelming guilt I feel from people paying money for my comics. I want to jam-pack these issues with tons of jokes and action and weirdness because people are buying it and I want that purchase to be justified."
Below you can see some art from Marvel featuring Howard's new look. Are you excited for the return of Howard the Duck?

Howard the Duck #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones will hit store shelves on March 4, 2015.

Gotham showrunner states killing established canon characters is not off the table!

Gotham has been a smash hit for Fox and fans are becoming loyal watchers of the show. As fan favorite characters enter the show, fans have gotten more attached to the developing story and anxious to see what will happen next. However, a recent interview with Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller reveals that not all characters are safe on the show.

Fans came into Gotham expecting that the established canon characters (Penguin, Selina Kyle, Victor Zsasz, Harvey Dent, ect.) would all be safe in the show from death since they are alive later in the timeline to meet Batman. This no longer seems to be the case.

Entertainment Weekly asked Bruno Heller,
"“Before Gotham premiered there was some discussion about how the show cannot kill any members of its cast of iconic characters, since the story is a prequel. And you had a great reply to that by saying, 'It’s sad thing if you can only generate suspense by killing people.' I’m wondering now that you’ve dug more into the season and are juggling all these characters, with some being more interesting than others, whether there’s a part of you that’s like, 'You know, what if we did?' Or is it just iron clad that you can’t deviate that far from canon?”"
Bruno Heller's response may shock you.
"I wouldn’t say it’s iron clad. You’d need a damn good reason to do it and a damn good end game to justify it. We’re certainly just learning the ropes at this stage. Not to be modest about it, but we’re still learning how to do a show this big. I’m always deeply reluctant to kill off characters simply for the shock value of killing them off. I’m not averse to cheap tricks. But apart from anything else, this season literally every actor has come through and [performed really strong]. I would hate to lose any of them. Killing off Sean Bean in the first season of Game of Thrones made everyone go, “Oh, what a good idea that is!” But I don’t think it’s a good idea if you’ve got Sean Bean. The bad one was on Deadwood, when they had David Carradine doing that marvelous Wild Bill Hickok, and then he was gone."
It's definitely an interesting idea to think about killing off established canon characters and how that would effect the stories moving forward. Do you think it would be a good idea or bad to kill iconic characters from the show?

Another very exciting point taken from this interview involves Harley Quinn.

Q: Harley Quinn is the sidekick of the Joker—does her coming into the show mean he will appear this season in some form?

A: We haven’t got Harley Quinn in it. Riddler’s girlfriend is coming up. And Harley Quinn is definitely planned for later on, but so far no.

I cannot wait for Harley to appear! Sure she'll probably be pretty young but it will still be awesome!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Ray Palmer reveals his A.T.O.M. exosuit in the latest episode of Arrow!

The hit CW show Arrow released another big Easter egg in this week's episode that will soon play out to be a large role in the show. Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer has had something up his sleeve for some time and his intentions were made perfectly clear in the last episode where fans got to get a glimpse of the A.T.O.M. exosuit. For those not familiar with the comics, Palmer is a hero known as ATOM who has the ability to alter his size down to the subatomic level while retaining his natural strength level. As you can see from the clip below, ATOM's suit will be a little different from the comics. Are you excited to see Brandon Routh get into the A.T.O.M. exosuit?

Source: YouTube - KalElCLOISfan

Telltale Games releases a trailer for their Games of Thrones video game series!

Telltale Games has just released the first trailer for their upcoming Game of Thrones video games series! This new series will be a six part story and sounds very similar to the concept that Telltale Games took with their The Walking Dead series. The choices that you make in one game will affect the events and gameplay in future games.
"This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.  
You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you. 
- Developed by the creators of the award-winning The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, and The Wolf Among Us
- Meet and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show
- Visit King’s Landing, The Wall and other familiar locations
- Feel what it is like to play the Game of Thrones, where you win... or you die"

Source: YouTube - TellTaleGames

Watch Link tear up the skate park in "Legend of Zelda: The Skateboard of Time"!

Watch as The Legend of Zelda's Link, as well as some of his video game friends like Mario, take their skills to the skate park and pull off some great moves! This skateboarding video was created by flatground skateboarding wizard, Christopher Chann (Link). This is a really fun video and just cool to see these guys having fun skateboarding while in cosplay. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - christopherchann

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rebels Recon #7 takes you behind the scenes of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Empire Day".

Let's head behind-the-scenes of the hit Disney show Star Wars Rebels and find out some great inside information concerning the last episode "Empire Day".
"In Rebels Recon #7, talks with the creators of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Empire Day," examines the animation process, and shows a special preview of “Gathering Forces.” 
"Empire Day" finds Ezra troubled during Jedi training. He is unable to let go of a deep anger reinforced by the holiday – which is also his birthday. The Ghost crew bombs a TIE prototype at an Imperial parade, and a long lost friend named Tseebo may know what happened to his parents. But the Inquisitor and the Empire are closing in… 
At the Art and Science of Lucasfilm panel in partnership with the San Francisco Film Society Education, Keith Kellogg, animation supervisor, discussed the process of bringing characters to full animated life. First, they create a full skeleton and create real joints. Animators pull on these joints to move the characters; this is tested by manipulating different body parts, facial features, walking, and running. 
In this week’s deep dive, Lucasfilm’s Andi Gutierrez talks to executive producer Dave Filoni about how the average citizen feels about Empire Day. “One thing I know,” he says, “is that at the end of the Clone Wars, the Empire was a celebrated thing. But over time, it becomes clear that the Empire is representing fear.” Pablo Hidalgo of the Story Group adds that many in attendance at the Lothal parade were there because they had to be. 
As for the parade, it was an interesting look into life under the Empire, and one that was carefully considered. “It was a challenging scene to do,” Filoni says. “…I don’t think our rebel crew would’ve wanted to actually hurt any of the bystanders there. But they are trying to just display that the Empire doesn’t have as much control as they would like everyone to believe.” 
For this week's Twitter question, @eleventhirtyate asks if mynocks and fyrnocks are related. Hidalgo says that they are not, but explains where the fyrnock comes from…"


Source: YouTube - Star Wars

LEGO Batman vs Superman outcome is absolutely hilarious!

As everyone waits (somewhat) patiently for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to be released in theaters, BrickNerd has released a hilarious LEGO Batman vs Superman video that shows us what the matchup could look like! This video really made me laugh and I would love to see this as a live action scene! Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - BrickNerd

Everything Wrong with Maleficent in 13 minutes!

Cinema Sins has sat down and found everything wrong in the recent Disney film Maleficent and created this funny video for fans to enjoy. Considering they found 13 minutes worth of sins, some of which were just hilarious jokes, this movie seems to have set itself up for this video series.

"Disney thought they could sneak one by us, sleepwalking their way through a Tim Burton paint-by-numbers "re-imagining." Disney was wrong. Sins of Maleficent!"
Enjoy! (And be sure to watch until the very end!)

Source: YouTube - Cinema Sins

League of Legends - All About That Ace! (Meghan Trainor Parody)

Check out this new Meghan Trainor parody music video from The Warp Zone titled "All About That Ace". It's a League of Legends themed parody on Meghan Trainor's "All About That Base" and if you are a fan of League of Legends you will love it! Even you are not familiar with the game the clever lyrics and cosplays will keep you entertained. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - The Warp Zone

How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended!

How It Should Have Ended set their sights on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in their latest video and it made me laugh quite a lot. Complete with alternate film endings, this video takes a funny look at Drax's inability to understand metaphores, why Thanos won't get up from his throne, and there is even a visit to the Super Hero Cafe with Batman and Superman! Fans will certainly love the showdown between Groot and Batman with their catchphrases! Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - How It Should Have Ended