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REVIEW: "Doctor Who: Deep Breath"

Peter Capaldi's premiere episode as the Doctor. Does it hold up?

Disney's "Star Wars: Rebels" Release Date Announced

The galaxy far, far, away may be closer than you think...

Test Footage for Deadpool Movie Hits the Internet

Finally, the "Merc with the mouth" gets his time in the spotlight"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TRAILER: "The Wolverine" International Trailer


By Bailey Casello

As we all know, this July 26 is the release date of the much anticipated movie "The Wolverine". Set to take place after X-Men 3: The Last Stand. The trailer was released today, and depicts in the beginning a scraggly looking Hugh Jackman walking around forlornly and being followed by some woman saying she has been waiting to meet him for a year. Throughout the trailer we catch glimpses of different fighting scenes, as well as a camio appearance of the late Jean Grey. In it there is a Japanese man telling Wolverine that he has a way to make him mortal...


I'm going to stop right there. Mainly because there are 2 things wrong with this already. First being that since this movie is supposed to take place in Wolverine's Japanese samurai training days, he is not even supposed to know who Jean Grey is. This all happens pre- X-men. At this point in his life he has lived in Canada, been with  Silver Fox, and now has gone to Japan and trains with samurai, and becomes a master at all forms of martial arts, as well as marrying a woman named Itsu (with whom he will have a son, Daken).

Second, making Wolverine mortal, there is nothing about this statement that sits right on my tongue. Part of the reason that he cannot die is due to his ability to regenerate broken down areas of his body and cellular damage at a faster rate than most humans, along with this his life span is greatly expanded because his body is constantly renewing itself. So unless this Japanese man has a serum that can completely undo that and take away his mutant powers (which would just be X3 all over again) I really don't like to see where this is going. Although the trailer does hint at something connected to Wolverine's heart. But seriously come on now.

Other than these couple of points, and one more nit-picky thing the claws look even more CGI than they did in the last film, the trailer still teases the mind and leads us to wonder where they will be taking Wolverine's story. The movie looks like it will still be fun to watch and just as good as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and maybe even better depending on how far they mess up this time. I am hoping, and still very much looking forward to, this new Wolverine movie since he is my favorite mutant.

Let us know what you think!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Expansion Has Confirmed Release Date

By Bailey Casello

The time has finally come. Since the switch to free-to-play, Star Wars: The Old Republic has been developing their first digital expansion called "Rise of the Hutt Cartel". Well my friends, a release date has been announced. April 14th shall be the day that may or may not redeem the game entirely.


"We're thrilled to announce the launch date of Sunday, April 14, 2013, for the release of the first digital expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. Introducing five new levels of gameplay and the vibrant new planet Makeb..." -SWTOR.com

For those of you who haven't already, you can still pre-order the expansion which comes with a few perks. For those who pre-order before April 14th you will receive: A new title 'Scourge of the Hutts', A new Makrin Seedling mini pet, and The Dr. Oggurobb Hutt Holostatue for only $20, and for those of you who aren't subscribers, when you purchase the digital expansion you are given the option (for only 5 dollars more) to get a one month subscription along with the pre-order. So for $24.99 (plus tax) you get all this and one month of subscription time, which for those of you who don't know, takes away a lot of the restrictions that we free-to-players have.

Along with the new planet Makeb, and the 5 new levels, which have some storyline based content, there will be new Legacy achievements that you can receive. Also at the same time the game update 2.0:Scum and Villainy will be going live as well. Giving us new flashpoints (for level 55) and a new operation called: Scum and Villany. There will also be class combat changes for you to look forward to.

I am very excited for this expansion, I have been playing SW:TOR since it released and I have been looking forward to getting new content since I reached level 50. This game has a possibility of making a comeback if this new expansion lives up to the hype. Stick around for a review of the update around April 14th.

Be sure to check out the trailer for "Rise of the Hutt Cartel"!







Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Disney to Shut Down LucasArts?



By Dave Bouressa


The Disney/Star Wars news just keeps getting better and better. After the recent news of Disney canceling Star Wars The Clone Wars, and then pretty much demolishing Lucasfilm Animation, Mickey Mouse is not done with his tyrannical rule over his new empire. 

A new article from GameIndustry.biz has some grim news...


Disney has announced the beginning of production on Star Wars Episode VII, to be directed by noted director JJ Abrams; the cancellation of the acclaimed animated series The Clone Wars after 100 episodes; and Seth Green's planned Star Wars: Detours comedy has been shelved for now. The speculation among Hollywood insiders is that Disney wants to focus efforts on the new movie, and wants to remove possible distractions (other licensed Star Wars shows) from the entertainment landscape.


The last few years have been turbulent for LucasArts, with a series of executive changes and downsizings. Jim Ward headed up the company from 2004 to 2008; he was followed by Howard Roffman as interim until Darrell Rodriguez took over and was replaced by Paul Meegan in 2010; Meegan left in 2012, and the studio has not yet chosen a permanent president.

The game slate for LucasArts has been pared down to only one that's promoted on its web site: Star Wars 1313. The game is a third-person adventure game, seemingly similar to a BioWare game, and it caused quite a positive buzz at E3 last year. Kotaku has reported that the three different sources told them the game was put on hold since the acquisition, but LucasArts denied this, saying that "Star Wars 1313 continues production." Kotaku also reported that Star Wars: First Assault, a multiplayer shooter, may never be released given the uncertainty about the future of LucasArts and its direction.

MTV.com had this to say about it...


With the new trilogy from J.J. Abrams on the orizon, Disney might be concerned that a gritty shooter could cause some brand confusion depending on which direction they decide to go with their take on the franchise.
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Last month, Kotaku reported that the studio was beginning to bleed talent as employees uncertain about their prospects began to jump ship for more stable opportunities. This brain drain--with no new influx of talent--could ultimately be what spells the end for LucasArts.



At this point, LucasArts has denied any shutdown, but if there is one thing that people have learned about Lucasfilm as a company, it's that they are very good at lying until they want you to know exactly what is going on behind their closed doors. Everything is simply rumor at this point, until Lucasfilm and/or LucasArts admits to it, or puts out an official word that the rumors are false. But the evidence that has been surrounding LucasArts over the past few years is pretty substantial...

Let's take a look at the most recent Star Wars games on everyone's minds:


-Battlefront 3-Dead
-Force Unleashed 3-Dead
-The Old Republic-Started strong, but a year later is practically on life support
-First Assault-Was reported to be doing somewhat well, then drastically disappeared from every source. All videos have been pulled on behalf of Lucasfilm.
-1313-Reported to not be doing well. 


Now let's look at the RELEASED Star Wars games that fulfilled exactly what they promised:


-Star Wars Kinect
-Star Wars Angry Birds
-Lego Star Wars

Seeing the pattern here?

Essentially, LucasArts is, and has been for quite some time, in a production Limbo. Just about every product that people want has been shut down or is not doing well, to be replaced by "casual games" and games that will not interfere with future plans regarding Star Wars as a franchise. And judging from the reports, it seems as though either Disney is going to shut the entire thing down, or put it into their own hands.

From a business perspective, it makes sense for Disney to do this...kind of. They own it now, and want to run it their way by putting it in the hands of their own people. I get that. It's a bad move, but it makes sense to a slight degree. However, when you break the trust of Star Wars fans everywhere by taking away what they love to replace it with stuff that is "in Disney's best interest", what kind of profit are you going to make? Disney is only hurting their own cause.

Shutting down LucasArts on top of the "Star Wars genocide" they have already done by shutting down Lucasfilm Animation, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (quite aggressively, I might add) could just be too much for most Star Wars fans to handle. We have been hoping for years to see Battlefront III show up at E3. We knew it was never going to happen, but it's that slight optimism that keeps us going. By shutting down LucasArts, Disney is killing that hope. And at the end of the day, that's what Star Wars is all about; that "new hope", waiting for the end of the dark times, but unfortunately, as more and more news is released, it appears that the dark times are only just beginning...

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UPDATE

Kotaku has just confirmed that Disney has officially shut down LucasArts as of April 3rd, 2013.


Disney has laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all current projects.
Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio's current projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were cancelled. Disney will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is no more.



"Game of Thrones" Season 3 Preview

By Kailey Rynne

Winter may be over, but “Game of Thrones” is coming.

The hit HBO series, based on the fantasy novels of George R. R. Martin, has been all over the web for the last few weeks, with teaser trailers and extended trailers and dragon-shaped newspaper ads. On March 31, the show returns for its third season, which promises to be sexier and bloodier than ever.

Book fans who've read "A Storm of Swords" already know what to expect in the new season, but that doesn't mean we're any less eager to see the story fully brought to life by the talented "Game of Thrones" cast.

If you haven't read the books, read on for a spoiler-free preview of what's to come in Season 3.

***WARNING***

This preview contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Seasons 1 and 2, but there are NO spoilers for Season 3 and beyond.

The many, many troubles of Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion is a favorite among fans of both the books and the HBO series, and Peter Dinklage's brilliant performance is to die for. I swear, I would watch "Game of Thrones" just for Tyrion's witty banter with Varys the Eunuch.

I'm not sure we'll be seeing much of that in Season 3, however.

Season 2 was good for the Imp. He had power, influence, the beautiful whore Shae in his bed, and (best of all) abundant opportunities to torment his vile sister Queen Cersei.

In Season 3, however, the politics in King's Landing shift once again, leaving Tyrion on the outside looking in. After the Tyrells helped smash Stannis Baratheon's armies in the Battle of the Blackwater, Margaery Tyrell replaced Sansa as Joffrey's queen-to-be, and Tywin Lannister replaced Tyrion as Hand of the King.

As Tyrion, now vulnerable, struggles to cope with his abrupt fall from Hand to peon, his father Tywin makes him an offer he can't refuse. But will Tyrion's decision return him to power as a major player in the game of thrones, or will it be his undoing?

Either way, be ready to see a side of Tyrion that you've never seen before.

If you cried when Eddard Stark lost his head…

…prepare to watch Season 3 with the tissue box in arm’s reach. I can't say much more than that without spoiling the story, but suffice it to say that someone IS going to die.

And no, you won't see it coming.

Really, though, if you've been watching "Game of Thrones" thus far, death shouldn't exactly come as a surprise.

Damn you, George R. R. Martin!!







"You know nothing, Jon Snow."

After her debut appearance late in Season 2, Ygritte quickly earned a place as a fan favorite. And why shouldn't she? She's feisty, funny, deadly, and beautifuland she knows exactly how to get Jon Snow flustered as all hell.

Ygritte makes a great addition to an already amazing cast of female characters, and we'll be seeing a lot more of her in Season 3.

Aside from Osha and Craster, Ygritte is our first real look into wildling culture. She believes in the cause Mance Rayder is fighting for, and most of all in the idea of freedom.

Defining what freedom really means, and what it's worth, will be a cause of serious internal conflict for Jon Snow in this season.

You'll remember that in the finale of Season 2, Jon had passed himself off as a Crow-turned-wildling on the orders of Qhorin Halfhand. But pretending to turn traitor without actually turning traitor ends up being harder than he expected—especially with the kissed-by-fire Ygritte around to complicate matters.


New players in the "Game of Thrones"










MANCE RAYDER -- King Beyond the Wall, leader of the wildling host, Mance Rayder was once a brother of the Night's Watch who forsook his vows in the name of freedom. If Jon Snow wants to make it back to Castle Black alive, he'll first have to convince Mance that he is a true wildling and not a Crow in disguise.

BERIC DONDARRION -- Beric Dondarrion is the charismatic leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of sell swords, knights, and vagabonds who fight to protect the common folk. Technically, Beric isn't a newcomer to the show. We saw him briefly in Season 1 when Eddard Stark ordered him to arrest Ser Gregor Clegane for pillaging in the Riverlands. In Season 3, however, Beric is a changed man, physically and spiritually scarred. His right-hand man, the red priest called Thoros of Myr, is another new character this season.

OLENNA TYRELL -- Grandmother of Margaery and Loras, Olenna is also called "the Queen of Thorns" due to her rather prickly disposition. The Tyrells hold a great deal of power in King's Landing after their critical role in the Battle of the Blackwater, and Olenna takes her place as a contender in the game of thrones—much to Cersei's dismay. I expect that Diana Rigg will be brilliant in this role, and there's one scene in particular between Olenna and Sansa that I can't wait to see.

JOJEN AND MEERA REED -- These two appear in the books much earlier than in the TV series. In "A Clash of Kings," Jojen and Meera Reed were lordlings come to pledge allegiance to Bran Stark in Winterfell before Theon Greyjoy's conquest. They escaped with Bran and the others and joined him on his journey north. In the TV series, they have yet to make an appearance, so I'll be interested to see how they are introduced.

SHIREEN BARATHEON -- Shireen is the young, adorable daughter of Stannis Baratheon. I'm a little surprised to see that they're bringing her into the series when she doesn't play a major role in "A Storm of Swords." I have a feeling she might be taking the place of another, more important character from the books who becomes a source of tension between Stannis and Melisandre. If so, I'll be interested to see how that storyline plays out.


The Kingslayer as you’ve never seen him before

If you watched Season 2, you know that Lady Catelyn Stark freed the Kingslayer from his cell in Robb Stark's camp. Now he's traveling with Brienne of Tarth toward King's Landing, where they hope he might be traded for the two Stark daughters, Sansa and Arya.

Ser Jaime, better known as the Lannister we love to hate, really comes into his own in "A Storm of Swords," the book behind Season 3. You'll finally learn more about his past, his motives, and his true character—and what you learn may surprise you.

Yes, it's hard to imagine sympathizing with a man who bangs his sister, but if HBO does justice to Jaime's point-of-view chapters in "A Storm of Swords," you'll finish Season 3 rooting for this tortured yet bizarrely endearing character.

It’s a testament to George R. R. Martin’s skill as an author that he’s able to make me empathize with the arrogant prick who shoved Bran out a window.


Green dreams, blood rituals, and dragonglass

For all its medieval trappings, "Game of Thrones" is a fantasy epic at heart.

Season 2 upped the ante with the Qartheen House of the Undying, Bran's wolf dreams, the face-changing Jaqen H'ghar, Melisandre's shadow assassin, and of course the blood-chilling Others.

In Season 3, we'll be seeing even more magic and mystery—psychic dreams, blood rituals, dead men brought back to life, enchanted passageways, dragonglass daggers, giants, witches, skinchangers, and (of course) dragons.



...And SO much more!

I've only scraped the surface of everything that's coming in Season 3. (Heck, I didn't even mention Daenerys or Arya!) If you want to know the full story, you'll just have to wait to see it for yourself. But if all these wonderful new characters, plot developments, and intrigues don't make you want to dance up and down in anticipation of Season 3, I don't know what will.

Is it March 31 yet??



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Disney "Order 66"'s Entire Lucasfilm Animation and Clone Wars Team

By Dave Bouressa

A new report from Rebelscum.com has reported on the new situation regarding Disney shutting down Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it isn't good...

From Rebelscum:

It seems that the team behind the series will not be a team for much longer. While the status of Season 6 story arcs is still unknown, reports indicate that Lucasfilm employees responsible for bringing the show to life are being reassigned or let go.

It's also been suggested to me that, while last week's statement on StarWars.com teased future "bonus content," it's far from certain that fans will ever see that content.

One source familiar with developments at Lucasfilm told me that the changes at Lucasfilm Animation go beyond The Clone Wars team. This individual described a dramatic downsizing of the entire division and said that Disney planned to place future Star Wars TV projects in the hands of its existing television operation. While the source did not name names, it appears likely that veterans of the animation division and The Clone Wars in particular may be leaving the company.

This is some of the most demoralizing news regarding Star Wars in a very long time. If this is truly the case, the fact that Disney is now running Star Wars worries me profusely. The Clone Wars team has been a family, from the actors, to the writers, to the animators and many more, and Disney seems to be taking them out one by one. How are fans supposed to feel when the most magical place on Earth has shut down one of the best animated shows on television, only to assure us that things are going to be "ok".

Dave Filoni understood what made a good show, because he was the perfect middle man. He was a business man trying to make a good show, AND he was a fan. Disney executives aren't both. And that is proven by how they are handling the situation.

First, we lose The Force Unleashed 3, then we lose Battlefront 3, then we just recently heard of Star Wars: First Assault-which also isn't doing well (of which all videos have been removed from Youtube, via request from Lucasfilm), Star Wars: Detours has been "postponed", and now Disney is not only canceling, but pretty much demolishing Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Disney seems to be having a pissing contest, by saying "We own Star Wars, and we are going to do it our way, and take out anyone we want". First of all, we're getting five new Star Wars films. Think about that. Five! That's almost the entire current saga, in just a few years! Also, if Disney is taking over future Star Wars television as well, we can pretty much expect things to follow the same way. Five movies, that's not enough! Let's add 5 TV shows to it as well!

I am a massive Star Wars fan, and I have loved it since I was a wee lad. But this is just too much...

Although I feel as though the damage has been irreversibly done, people continue to send mail to Disney and it's headquarters to possibly sway the people behind this to change their minds. Should you decide to join in on this, send your mail here:

Bob Iger
Disney Studios
500 S Buena Vista St
Burbank, CA 91521


Again, I personally believe the damage is done, but I pray that I am wrong. Some have suggested even boycotting/protesting at "Star Wars Weekends" at Disney later this May/June. But I feel like that instead of Disney thinking "Oh, we screwed up", they will only think that public interest in Star Wars has decreased, which is hurting the cause even more. There is no winning scenario.

Please let Episode VII be good...because at this rate, I'm not having high hopes with Disney piloting the Millenium Falcon...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Doctor Who "Series 7 Part 2" Launch Trailer

By Dave Bouressa


The BBC has just released the brand new trailer for the second half of Season 7 of Doctor Who.

Check it out here:




Some notable moments in the trailer:

-"What happened to me?" "Don't you remember?" Could the Doctor be telling Clara about her multiple (yet similar) fates?

-Oh hello Warwick Davis...as a....WWII pilot?

-Return of the Cybermen

-"I am The Doctor...and I am afraid". Could this be the Fields of Trenzalore we were told about at the end of last season? If there is one thing that these two previous incarnations of The Doctor have proven, it's that the only thing that The Doctor is afraid of is his own inevitable death.


Be sure to straighten your bowtie, and dust off that fez, because Doctor Who returns to BBC and BBC America on March 30th, 2013.




Monday, March 11, 2013

The Future of Star Wars The Clone Wars



By Dave Bouressa

For quite some time, people have been questioning the future of Star Wars: The Clone Wars since the Disney buy-out of Lucasfilm, and fans have gone to every conspiracy theory known the man. Information and mis-information is everywhere on the web, and Lucasfilm has been eerily quiet on the entire topic. Until today...

From Starwars.com:

As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.

As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.

After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.


There you have it ladies and gentlemen. You can all relax now. Unfortunately, that does put a damper on some "Star Wars Detours" plans, but I'd be willing to wait on that series, at the risk of Star Wars "overload".


Be sure to check out Supervising Director, Dave Filoni, has to say about the future of The Clone Wars. And be sure to check out this incredible clip from the once named "Season 6"!


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Spoilers:
-Admiral Trench is back, and he is pretty f'd up. 
-Tup straight up murders a Jedi!
-We see the return of Fives

After two seasons, we finally get to see Admiral Trench and how his last encounter with Anakin Skywalker messed him up forever. I love the cybernetic robot feel. If the spider-vibe wasn't enough to freak people out, how about a robot spider?

Also, could Tup's "Good soldiers follow orders..." be a pre-Order 66 trance? Although I would love to see where they go with that, I have never been a fan of the theory that the clones were "programmed" to subconsciously follow that order. I was under the belief that it was just a military order saying "The Jedi have tried to take over. Stop them at all costs". 

Regardless, we have official confirmation. So to all of you with your letters, and your petitions, I appreciate the effort but you can stop now.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

TRAILER: Iron Man 3 Trailer Released


By  Dave Bouressa

I will admit that I no virtually nothing about Iron Man with the exception of the two Iron Man films, and The Avengers, however, after watching this trailer, I can promise you that I will be one of the first in line to see this...




This trailer offers so many more shots that we have not seen previously, including:

-The Iron Army
-Iron Man's new suit
-More of The Mandarin
-The Iron Patriot

And perhaps a possible tie-in? If you look at the 0:44 mark, when the Mandarin takes off his hood, you can see what looks like Captain America's shield tattooed on his neck.

What I am looking forward to most in this film is the fact that this is looking to be all drama. While the other two films certainly had their fair share of drama, they also had their fair share of laughs. Judging from everything we have seen from this trailer, it is going to be taken dead seriously with little to no humor. Tony Stark is at his all-time low, and for a film that could very well be the last in the franchise, it is a promising attribute.

And let's just be honest, those last few seconds? Oh my god yes.

Iron Man 3 comes out on May 3, 2013