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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, May 15, 2013

TRAILER: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

By Dave Bouressa

After Marvel's "The Avengers" took off in theaters last year, Marvel fans have been wanting to see more of S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency responsible for getting The Avengers together, and monitering "Super Hero" activity.

Marvel announced many months ago that a S.H.I.E.L.D TV show was in the works, and after several ten second long teasers, the full length trailer has finally been released.

Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as Phil Coulson in the series. However, Coulson was killed by Loki in The Avengers, which was the glue that finally put The Avengers together. How could he be alive? He was pierced through the heart. We saw him die. Well, there are a few theories...

In the Marvel Universe, there are things called "life-model decoys". Life-Model Decoys (LMD's) are a S.H.I.E.L.D. designed robot that takes the form of a living person, that the owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the LMD does.

So was Coulson in The Avengers a life-model decoy? And if so, what about his appearance in every other Marvel "Phase 1" films (Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America)? Was Coulson actually killed in the Avengers and the Coulson we are seeing in the series could be the life-model decoy? Could Nick Fury be behind all of this? How much does Fury know?

Several theories have been circulating around this mystery, but the only way to find out will be to watch the show. 

It is important to note that this series is specifically about S.H.I.E.L.D and not the Marvel Heroes like Iron Man, Thor, etc. However, should Robert Downy Jr decide to make a brief appearance, I'm sure fans would not object.

With Joss Whedon directing the series, it will be interesting to see how the future of the show holds up. Whedon has an infamous history with having great shows that are cancelled well before their time, however, his reputation since The Avengers has skyrocketed him to "he-can-do-no-wrong" status among Marvel fans, so hopefully that will stand true and the series will last for quite some time, possibly leading into other Marvel "Phase 2" (Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2) or even "Phase 3" (Iron Man 4, Ant Man) films.

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." comes to ABC this Fall.

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John Hurt Confirmed to Play "The Doctor" in Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

By Dave Bouressa

In the words of River Song, "Spoilers...."

It has been confirmed that John Hurt will be playing The Doctor alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant in the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, coming this November.

A report from Eastern Daily Press states:

Mr Hurt, who lives near Cromer, earlier told the EDP he had just finished shooting a Dr Who 3D special in which he plays “part of the Doctor” in a “kind of trinity” which includes David Tennant.

Rumors have been stating that Hurt's Doctor who will be a combination of several Doctors, while others have been stating that his Doctor will be an older version of the 8th Doctor, who fought in the Time War against the Daleks.

Now, I'm not going to pick sides here, but take a look at Hurt's costume, and then look at this costume showing the 8th Doctor's original costume, his "Time War" costume, and the 9th Doctor's outfit.

Judging from the pictures, you can  clearly see remnants of the 8th and 9th Doctor's outfits, but how will the Time War be played into this?

Fans of the show know that the Time Lords (The Doctor's Race) and the Daleks were at War for the reality of Space and Time. We don't know what happened in that war, and the show runners have gone out of their way to make sure we don't know. The only thing we know is that The Doctor did "something" that destroyed the Daleks and ended the war, but destroying his own people in the process, leaving him as "The Last of the Time Lords". Aside from the fact that the Daleks ended up surviving, and there was another Time Lord (The Master), the idea that The Doctor is more of a warrior, and "can turn an army around at the mention of his name" has certainly played into the show much more and turned the character completely around from what he used to be.

The Time War has played a massive role in the series since it's revival in 2005. and we have slowly been finding out more about it and finding out that perhaps The Doctor really isn't the caring, pure-of-heart, old man that we thought he was...

Seeing how the final episode before the 50th Anniversary (that we know of) is called "The Name of The Doctor", and has been said by head writter Steven Moffat to "change the future of Doctor Who forever", it will certainly be interesting to see where this next step will take us.

All I can say at this point is straighten your bow-tie, put on your converse sneakers, and A-LONSY! It's going to be a bumpy ride! GERONIMO!!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lucasfilm and Disney Sign Multi-Year Contract With EA

By: Bailey Casello

"Today it was announced that Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney Interactive are entering into a multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) for the creation of new high quality Star Wars games aimed at the core gaming audience and spanning multiple genres for console, PC, mobile, and tablets."

I will admit, that a state of panic was the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw this. Why? Because the thought that someone else that isn't LucasArts was creating Star Wars video games had finally set in. But when I realized that it was EA that was taking over, and I let that set in, I got all sorts of excited. The company that gave us games such as Madden, Sims, Crysis, Medal of Honor, Battlefield, and the rest of the plethora of endlessly compelling video games, is now going to be giving us Star Wars games. And let's be honest, if there is one thing fans want, it's Star Wars video games that are done well, amazing graphics, and highly addicting. One of the things that made Battlefront so great was its never ending playability.

Speaking of, I can't be the only one who thought of this after reading it-Battlefront 3 needs to be something EA does. I'd be completely flabbergasted if that wasn't the first game they put into development. I mean, if anything, first person shooters are something EA does very well, so why wouldn't they start out by giving us Battlefront 3? They have already dabbled in Star Wars some with Star Wars: The Old Republic,which was done with Bioware, but still, dabbling is dabbling.

Ladies and Gentleman I'm more excited than the nerd in Robot Chicken dressed as a Taun-Taun carrying George Lucas on his back. Check back to The Sonic Saber for upcoming news on this development.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

REVIEW: Iron Man 3

By Bailey Casello

I will start off by saying that I'm going to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but there may be some, so be warned.

Next I will say they did a fantastic job of ending the trilogy. Cinematically, this film was awesome. I honestly did enjoy this movie as a whole. There were a lot of sentimental moments, plenty of funny moments (the kid that they had in this movie was awesome on so many levels), and the special effects were really cool. I would definitely go see it again, and I will probably end up owning it because as a film it has many rewatchable elements.

Speaking of special effects, the inner fire that you will see once you see the movie, is spectacular, no complaints there. That is all that needs to be said, it was simply awesome.

Because of the ending it really begs the question of whether or not Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) will even be apart of the Avengers movie. I can't really see him doing more than a cameo at this point. But I will touch more on that later. If you want to know what happens go see the movie, but lets just say Mr. Stark is a changed man.

In this movie Tony Stark has figured out a way to manipulate the suits so that it assembles in pieces, and so that he can put the suit on whoever he wants. This was a nice touch. This all came about because of his inability to sleep. They were able to tie the Avengers movie into Iron Man 3, essentially showing us a new side of our otherwise cool-cat Tony Stark. The audience had the chance to see the PTSD side of Stark; who can't even mention the word New York, or really think about anything that causes him extreme anxiety. Throughout the movie we see him have frequent panic attacks which inhibit his ability to think straight until someone is able to be rational with him.

The idea of the Mandarin was a cool concept, but handled terribly. This is where I need to do some spoiling, so if you don't want to know, don't read on...Ben Kingsley is a great actor, we all know this, but either have Ben Kingsley play a role worth being played by him or leave. The character of Mandarin was portrayed by Ben Kingsley and that was what he was supposed to look like, but all of that was a ploy, instead Kingsley ended up being a buffoon and the handsome Guy Pierce turned out to be the real mastermind. This would be fine, but they didn't do that from the beginning. And even though the nerdy, drunk, druggy ploy was hilarious, I didn't think it was necessary. To tie into that, what the hell was the plan anyways?! Aside from the quest to "perfection" what in the hell was the point?! Just a minor annoyance I guess, but an annoyance nonetheless.

I had a few other minor issues with the movie, like why would they let something like War Machine (because Iron Patriot is a dumb name), on a plane with the president without actual verification of identity.... They seems really reckless. But who am I to talk?

Another issue I had, which I will say without spoiling much, is the ending. It was rushed, we never really figure out what he did to fix the thing he needed to fix, and the fact that essentially we come to find out that the arc reactor is completely unnecessary and could have been fixed at any point. And the last thing I had a minor issue with was why he spends almost the entire film fixing his one suit, when he clearly had an army of suits as back up. I don't know, seems a little counter productive.

Aside from those things I loved this movie, I can't emphasize that enough, it was really well done. And make sure when you go see it you stay for the after credits!!!!

On a quick side note, I mentioned the fate of Iron Man and the Avengers. It has been rumored that Robert Downey Jr. is reconfiguring his contract and that in the foreseeable future (2015 or 2016) there could be an Iron Man 4. And it has been said he (Iron Man) has a sizeable role in the Avengers 2, whether or not RDJ is playing him though is still up in the air. Check back to The Sonic Saber for more news.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic Update: 2.1 Customization

By Bailey Casello

Star Wars The Old Republic has released more information on what will be in the update 2.1: Customization.

"Get ready to customize your look and enjoy the benefit of being able to change your look to suit your play-style or mood!"

To our readers who play this game, this update, along with the new Cathar species, will allow players to update their characters. They are now introducing the Appearance Designer Kiosk.

With the appearance designer you can update your wardrobe, hairstyle, species, and more. Just about anything you can update, will be able to be changed. You'll be able to find this in the Cartel Market as well, not just the Appearance Kiosk. Subscribers will receive discounts on purchases made for the appearances. You'll be able to find access on both of the fleets (Republic and Empire) as well as the capital worlds.

  This could be a really addition to the game, considering there are changes that I'd like to make to my toons, and it could provide more opportunities to fine tune the appearances of our toons. I look forward to being able to experiment with the new options and seeing what this kiosk will offer.

Check back to The Sonic Saber for more news on update 2.1.

New Dye Modules to change the color of your armor also coming.
Game Update:2.1 is coming on May, 14th 2013
Here is the video on Dye Modules!

New Video released for Update 2.1: Customization. Watch it below.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

John Williams Returning To Score Star Wars: Episode VII

By: Bailey Casello
Ladies and Gentleman it brings me extreme joy in this time of uncertainty regarding the new Star Wars movie to announce that John Williams is expected to return and score the movie.

"Star Wars without John Williams sounds sacrilegious, and J.J. Abrams agrees." Celebrity Cafe "During a press conference for "Into Darkness", Mr. Abrams told the people he wouldn't mind having Williams step in for Giacchino, who usually scores his films."

Of course nothing is yet set in stone, but let me tell you, the fact that earlier in the year Williams said he wanted to score the new movie, and now that J.J Abrams is on board with it, we can expect at least one thing will be a constant, and at least that one thing will be the incredible music that John Williams never fails to bring to the screen.

As someone who avidly listens to the Star Wars soundtracks on some level everyday, and as a music major who pretty much thrives on music, this makes me so ecstatic. I now feel like there is something to look forward to for these new movies. Bring on the pitchforks and torches if you like, but even though I'm a huge Star Wars fan (and by huge I mean I would like to start a college and base all the classes on Star Wars and major in a subject revolving around Star Wars and then move to Korriban and become a Sith...), I am not as excited about these movies as maybe some of the other fans are. Again, that probably upset some of you, but because of all the rumors and the not knowing where they are going to go, you can't blame me for being skeptical.Anyways, now the only questions I have regarding the music are: Will they keep the main theme?, and What will all the new character themes sound like?

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