Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hobbit featurette "Leaving Middle Earth" has the cast reflecting on their time on the film.

Watching this touching featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that has the cast and crew reflecting on their time working on the film as they say good-bye to being on set.

Source: YouTube - IMAX

Details about Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX revealed?

Some new information has made its way online about upcoming Star Wars films. This time however, the information is not about Star Wars: The Force Awakens but instead about Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX. We already know that at the moment Episode VIII and IX will be directed by Rain Johnson but other than that we are pretty much in the dark.

*Possible spoilers ahead.*

Daily Beast was able to obtain an email from co-President of Production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca to Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal that spoke about the general focus of the film.
"Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too."
If this winds up being true it sort of lines up with past rumors that in The Force Awakens Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, would be a co-lead. It's rather interesting if this is the route that will be taken and stories will once again revolve around the original trio. I had expected them to more be mentors in these films passing down the torch.

Do you think it is a good idea to center more films around Luke, Leia, and Han? Or do you think it's time to pass the legacy down to a new generation?

Source: Comic Book

Honest Video Game Trailers - League of Legends!

Smosh Games released another funny "Honest Trailer" for the game League of Legends and they held nothing back. League of Legends is a very popular online multiplayer game from Riot Games that to some has become a way of life. Watch as Smosh Games takes that lifestyle and breaks it down in this brutally honest video.

"From the studio, whose name would have you believe it made more than one game, comes one of the best games of all time that your parents didn't have to buy for you - League of Legends."

Source: YouTube - Smosh Games

The Hobbit: The White Council - Christopher Lee returns to Middle Earth one last time.

Watch as 92 year old iconic actor Christoper Lee returns to Middle Earth one last time for his role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

This man has literally done it all. He is amazing. I would love to sit down with him and just listen to his stories.

Source: YouTube - JaidynLukeStudios

Watch the newest clip for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis titled "No Justice League".

A new clip has surfaced for the upcoming animated DC film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. In it, Cyborg and and Steve Trevor create a response plan to an Atlantean attack on a submarine. Fans also get a glimpse of the tension that may surround the Justice League in this film. Enjoy!

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 27, 2015.

Source: YouTube - WarnerBrosOnline

Watch a funny unboxing of Cards Against Humanity's "Bullshit Box".

As their own form of rebellion against "Black Friday" the popular card game Cards Against Humanity sold "A box of bullshit" for $6. Naturally, everyone was curious if this was a joke or for real and bought one. The company sold all 30,000 boxes. They have come forward and stated that they only made 20 cents for each box and donated the rest to Heifer International, a charity that aims to eradicate poverty and hunger by providing livestock to developing communities.

Below you can watch an unboxing of the "bullshit box" that contains literal bullshit. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - Kevin's Channel

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah!

To all my friends and readers; 
Happy Hanukkah!
Have a great and safe holiday! 
(*Don't do anything Han wouldn't do.)

J.K. Rowling confirms for the first time that there are Jewish students at Hogwarts. See who.

Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah and it seems fitting that on this day author J.K. Rowling has revealed for the first time that there are indeed Jewish students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter novels.

When asked on Twitter if there were any Jewish people at Hogwarts, Rowling responded by confirming that Ravenclaw student Anthony Goldstein is a Jewish wizard.

Though many probably guessed this by the name "Goldstein", it is still cool to have confirmation.

Source: Twitter - J.K. Rowling

Mark Hamill shares his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on reuniting with Harrison Ford, the ball droid being an actual prop, and more!

Mark Hamill stands ready with Jedi Mickey!
Mark Hamill recently sat down with Yahoo Movies and spoke about several things concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens that fans are very excited to hear about.

During the interview he spoke about the beard that he had to grow for the film, the "ball droid", BB-8, from the film's trailer, and reuniting with actor Harrison Ford.

When asked about his beard he replied,
"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It’s just not me. I mean, I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them."
When asked if he was surprised that he was not in the first trailer Hamill responded and spoke about the focus of the story.
"Not really. This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original. So no, that didn’t surprise me.  And I mean, I’m one of those people where I just think, “Keep me out of it. I’ll ruin it, I’m sure!” [Laughs] I’ll show up and just ruin the whole thing."
Next, Hamill speaks about reuniting with Harrison Ford.
"Well, you know, he was someone that was unpredictable. I hadn’t seen him in years; I didn’t know what his feelings were. I know he’s sometimes grown impatient with people that don’t want to focus on what he’s doing currently and want to go stroll down memory lane. God knows, I’m used to that sort of thing. But who knew? And for him to jump back in so enthusiastically, I was delighted. It’s a wonderful character. Everybody loves Han Solo."
Lastly, and most excitingly, Hamill talks about how the "ball droid" that we see in the trailer is an actual prop and not CG. Fantastic! (*The "ball droid"'s name, or call number, in the film is BB-8.)
"They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with, you know? I said, 'How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?' And then they have this new one. I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer. And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it. [Laughs] I was running it all around at the creature shop up in Pinewood. I’m telling you, it’s an absolute delight. And not having thought that I’d ever go back there, to go back into that world, is just – I get the chills. It’s just so much fun."
It's so cool that BB-8 is an actual prop! I'd love to see how it works and looks in person!

What do you think about what Hamill had to say concerning the new film? Are you as excited as I am to see how this film turns out and see where they take the characters and story?

Source: Yahoo Movies

New information surfaces for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's opening scene, main battle, and more!

News concerning the upcoming Zack Snyder film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice keeps coming through and this time some very big news has surfaced.

*Possible spoilers ahead.*

Badass Digest is reporting on several points of the new film including Batman's introduction in the film, Clark and Lois' relationship, and a battle between Superman and Doomsday.

Let's take a look at what new information has surfaced.
"Batman v Superman opens with Batman's origin and fast forwards to Bruce Wayne coming to Metropolis during the Superman/Zod fight, but that's just setting the stage for that character. From there the script turns its attention to Superman heavily, and it examines the implications of Superman in the real world. The main action takes place a couple of years after the end of Man of Steel, and Superman has been busy in the meantime, becoming the hero we know and love. Clark Kent and Lois Lane have moved their relationship forward to the point where they live together. Clark is still working at the Daily Planet, although it's unclear if he's loving his assignments - he's tasked with covering a Metropolis/Gotham football game when he would rather be writing about Batman.  
Very early in the film Lois is in the Middle East following a story when Superman shows up to help her out. This becomes something of an international incident as other nations view Superman as a tool of the United States. China, for instance, doesn't want him in their air space. It's an interesting look at how a being like Superman would be viewed on a global scale." 
"As for being a protector of the people - when the Doomsday fight starts General Swanwick tells the military that Superman will move the battle away from populated areas because he's a hero, and that's what heroes do."
That is a lot of great information! Much of this also lines up with set photos that we have seen such as the Wayne's being shot for Batman's origin story. Does this new information excite you to see the film?

Badass Digest does make note that this information comes from a script given to the studio a month before principal photography began so some things may have changed. I am sure that much of this made it to the final script however.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 26, 2016.

Source: Badass Digest

Plot details are revealed for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot!

There has been a lot of speculation about what Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot could be about and even who it will star as the iconic team of Ghostbusters. Thanks to Vulture it seems that some very important questions have been answered.

This new information on the film comes from an email sent to Sony chief Amy Pascal and it involved Feig throwing out ideas for the film's storyline, the film's villain, and even who Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) could possibly play.

*Possible spoilers ahead.*

By now many fans, whether they are happy with it or not, know that this new Ghostbusters film will be a complete reboot of the franchise and will star an all female cast. Now, thanks to Vulture, we have more information.
"In the email, Feig explains the film is a reboot, not a sequel — humans aren't afraid of no ghosts, he says, because they haven't met them yet. He says his film will be "scarier and more hi-tech" than the original Ghostbusters: The villain will be a convicted murderer, ideally played by Peter Dinklage, who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by "a supercharged electrical storm." This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts, which could be made up of famous villains throughout history. It's like Night at the Museum! These ghosts will in turn have to be busted by "four very different women" who have to "figure out in funny, scary and action-packed ways how to save New York City and the world.""
Talking about franchise opportunities, Vulture revealed even more information.
"For greater franchise opportunities, Feig tells Pascal that the Ghostbusters will work for the U.S. government, but, because ghosts don't officially exist, the government will have to continually disavow their relationship. He sees Strong as their bureaucratic nemesis who's "always saying terrible things about them in press conferences and then apologizing to them behind the scenes." Every time God closes a "Weekend-Update"-shaped door, He opens a Ghostbusters-sized window."
This is a lot of information to take in and at the moment I am just not sure how to feel about it. Are you excited to see some of the big names being used in this conversation? Would you want to see an army of ghosts comprised of historical figures running around New York? We'll have to wait and see how all this unfolds but for now we know this is happening and just have to accept it.

Source: Vulture

New international trailer for Cinderella is filled with new footage!

A new international trailer has been released for the upcoming film Cinderella and it is completely filled with new footage! This new live action film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and looks like it will do very well.

Cinderella will be in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Source: YouTube - Walt Disney Studios Belgique

Frank Oz returns as the voice of Yoda on Star Wars Rebels!

Star Wars Rebels has become a hit with Star Wars fans all over the world. This brilliant television show is connecting movie 3 and 4 in a previously unexplored era and bringing some very familiar voices along for the ride.

Actors James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) have already had their characters appear on the show and have lent their voices for the role which gives the show a sense of authentication that fans have loved seeing. We also already know that actor Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will be coming back to voice Lando but at the moment do not know what episode this will happen in.

In a very exciting move, Frank Oz (Yoda) has now agreed to return to the galaxy far, far away to reprise his iconic role as Jedi Master Yoda. Dave Filoni, Star Wars Rebels co-creator, has stated that Yoda will not be appearing in person, which could confuse younger viewers and/or disrupt continuity.

During an interview with TV Guide Filoni stated,
"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."
He continues,
“What’s great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it’s a watchfulness and that he’s speaking to you from afar. And I didn’t want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.”
Having Yoda come into the series, even if just as a cameo, is very exciting but having Frank Oz come back to do the voice is extremely exciting. I can see Yoda appearing in the show by either having his appearance be in a flashback since we do know that Kanan has met him before, a recorded message like we saw with Obi-wan Kenobi, or even force vision possibly talking to Kanan or Ezra.

Star Wars Rebels will return on January 5, 2015 9/8c with the episode "Path of the Jedi" on Disney XD.

Source: TV Guide