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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Star Wars The Clone Wars Moving to Toonami

Original Picture via jpreckless2444.deviantart.com


By Dave Bouressa


Although Star Wars fans had thought they had seen the last of Star Wars The Clone Wars on TV, the show may be once again on their screens very soon.

Toonami, the famous (then cancelled then brought back) "network" on Cartoon Network focused on Saturday night anime, has recently announced through their Tumblr page that they have recently picked up Star Wars The Clone Wars.


The show will be replacing "Eureka 7" which will end the week prior. 

From what we can tell, Toonami will not be playing each episode in order and will play episodes that are more action-oriented and not boring senate episodes or "kiddie episodes". So if you've seen the show, a little more "Darkness on Umbara" and a little less "Bombad Jedi", and for those of you who have not seen the show, watch "Darkness on Umbara" and you'll see what I mean. 

The decision to omit episodes aimed at younger audiences is great for two reasons:

 1) Toonami airs from about 12am-6am, so the core audiences consist of older teens and beyond. 
 2) This is not the first time that Cartoon Network has tried to air Clone Wars on something other than it's main network. Adult Swim attempted to play each episode in order-with disastrous results, barely making it out of the very shaky first season. 

According to theouthousers.com,  Toonami has also stated that they have been trying to get the unaltered, unedited, directors cut episodes in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. They are also attempting to get their hands on the unaired bonus content that was meant to be the sixth season of the series.

At this time, no time block is set for the series, but a release date has been announced. 
Expect to see Star Wars The Clone Wars back on your TV Saturday August 17th, 2013




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"The Flash" TV Series Coming to the CW


By Dave Bouressa


As many of you know, "Arrow" has been a slow-starting, but quickly growing show on the CW regarding the rise of the DC hero, "Green Arrow".

Due to "Arrow"'s success, along with previous successful runs such as Smallville, DC has teamed up with the CW to explore yet another hero in the DC franchise: The Flash-specifically Barry Allen (not Wally West, as previous rumors have stated).

The Flash will make his appearance in an early episode within the second season of "Arrow", which will then spin off into his own series. No title or release date for the series has been announced.




During the Television Critic's Association press tour, CW Executive Mark Pedowitz had this to say:

"We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash. We're planning an origin story and we'll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there." -HollywoodReporter




Among the DC film news surrounding the "Batman/Superman" film, a live-action Flash film was also confirmed to be in development, proving that DC has Justice League on the brain. The Flash film has been stated to be aiming for a 2016 release date.

Could the upcoming series and film have direct connection? And if so, could the same go for Green Arrow? What could this possibly mean for the Justice League film? All we can do now is sit and wait patiently. The Flash will be here quicker than you know it.









Saturday, July 27, 2013

John Williams CONFIRMED for Star Wars Episode VII


By Dave Bouressa

At Star Wars Celebration Europe II, Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that John Williams has officially signed on to compose Star Wars Episode VII, and assumingly so, the films to follow.

Check out the official video from the Star Wars Youtube Channel involving Williams discussing said task.




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Details Revealed at Star Wars Celebration Europe for "Star Wars: Rebels" TV Series


By Dave Bouressa


After the sudden cancelation of Star Wars The Clone Wars, Star Wars fans had nothing more to cling on to regarding television media, until Lucasfilm decided to pull one last rabbit out of their hat with Star Wars Rebels-an upcoming animated TV series. Up until recently, very little was known about this show other than Dave Filoni's involvement, and the occasional concept art.

However, this weekend brings forth Star Wars Celebration Europe II, and with that comes so much news it's practically pouring out our ears. First of all, the logo-simplistic in design, but certainly effective.

Next up, "The Ghost"-which will be the main character's ship.


There are clearly hints at the Millenium Falcon, but also a slight touch of the Ebon Hawk (from KOTOR) mixed with a hint of Serenity (From Firefly).

As one can see, the concept art is based heavily on original Ralph McQuarrie design, of which most Star Wars designs original frame. However, unlike Clone Wars, this series will actually be in the style of said designs, giving it a very retro and stylized look. Check out more of the concept art below (Click the picture for bigger view)





The series takes place between Star Wars Episode III and Star Wars Episode IV, in a time where the Empire is strengthening it's power in the galaxy and hunting down the last remaining Jedi.

Be sure to check out this video recapping all the information, along with the Q&A Panel with Dave Filoni.



"Star Wars Rebels" is scheduled to premiere in fall of 2014 as a one-hour special Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD.


Check out StarWars.com for more details!


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Warner Bros Announces "Batman/Superman" Movie for "Man of Steel 2"



By Dave Bouressa

Saturday at San Diego Comic Con played a vital role in DC's future by placing what it sure to be it's first real step at getting a Justice League film off the ground with it's plans for Man of Steel 2.


Zack Snyder was graciously thanking fans at a panel for supporting Man of Steel and confirmed that Henry Cavill will be returning as Clark Kent, but as a bit of a tease, he had someone come out and read a passage hinting at the next film. He made it very clear that they would not be adapting the source material into film, but acts more of a "base idea" for which the film surrounds. The passage follows...

"I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come. In all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you." -Batman


Yes, you read that correctly. Batman. We are getting a god damned Superman/Batman movie.

Check out the reveal at SDCC

 

As you can see, people are losing their minds over this. No title has been announced yet, other than the working title, "Batman Vs Superman".

This is the first time Batman and Superman have ever appeared on film together, and for obvious reasons, people are anxious to see more. Given Christian Bale's "passing of the torch" for the Batman franchise, it will be interesting to see who puts on the cape this time. The original rumors for Batman were that they were going to simply reboot the franchise. Nobody could have ever guessed that the Batman reboot would be in a Superman sequel!

Snyder is co-writing the story with David S Goyer, and production is expected to begin in 2014, with a hopeful release date for Summer 2015. At this point, Christopher Nolan's involvement is unknown.

Greg Silverman, President at Warner Bros, had this to say.


 “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.” Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie. The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters. We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.” Examiner.com



Stay tuned for more details.



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tom Hiddleston Crashes Marvel's San Diego Comic Con Panel as Loki



By Dave Bouressa


Loki has always been an interesting character to me. The ladies love him, yet he's the bad guy. I know many girls love "the bad boy", but Loki is considerably on the low end on the "bad-ass" scale, yet he is much more interesting than the main hero of his film franchise, Thor.

To understand this phenomenon, internet reviewer Doug Walker has provided a great look into the character and why we treat Loki in the way that we do.





So as you can see, Loki has reached a new level of "villain" that everyone oddly respects and in a way admires much more than the heroes. And that has never been more prevalent than at this years San Diego Comic Con.

During Marvel Studio's panel, all seems to be going well until the microphones suddenly stop working and the lights go out. Then this happens....





As you can see, Loki is treated as a god (no pun intended). He has become the "rock star" of the Marvel Universe among fans, even more so than Robert Downy Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man. This sort of fandom is exactly why Hiddleston has stated that after "Thor 2", he will be done playing the character, because of fear of being type-cast.

Completely understandable, so why not enjoy the limelight while he still can?

By far the greatest part of the entire video is when Hiddleston slowly and calmly raises his finger to his mouth to quiet the crowd, and they not only obey, but obey in an almost hypnotic trance as if Loki, himself, has power over the crowd. It truly brings chills.


"Thor 2: The Dark World" comes out November 8th 2013


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Monday, July 15, 2013

TRAILER: Star Wars Angry Birds II



By Dave Bouressa


Rovio certainly hit a cash-cow with it's record breaking game, Angry Birds. Of course, how do you make an already popular and successful franchise even more popular and successful? By adding Star Wars to it, of course!!!

Star Wars Angry Birds broke even more records, making it second only to the original. So what is the next logical step?

Prequels! And not only prequels, but specifically, The Phantom Menace! ......wait, WHAT?!





Yes, your eyes did not decieve you. We're getting a Jar-Jar bird....


No doubt a logical step, considering the younger audience for these mobile games, but Phantom Menace? Really? We do get a glimpse of the remainder of the trilogy (given the poster above) but the focus for the trailer seems to be on the very "kid-friendly" Episode I.




Regardless of whether or not you "like" this, we all know that this will continue to do just as well as the first in the series. Could this perhaps lead to a "Clone Wars" Angry Birds? It would certainly be interesting to see an Ahsoka Tano bird that throws two lightsabers or a Hondo Ohnaka bird that spins off in a drunken state.


Star Wars Angry Birds II comes out September 19th, 2013.




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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC- Martian Manhunter, John Stewart Green Lantern Skin



By Dave Bouressa


After recently going through the entire series of Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited on Netflix, I have quickly been turning into a DC fanboy of sorts, and Injustice: Gods Among Us is certainly adding fuel to that fire.

Throughout the game, fans have wanted to see the original "Justice League" members go it, and so far, most of the original characters were included: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), The Flash, Aquaman, and even Hawkgirl were included within the roster. However, fans of the show were missing two very important characters: John Stewart as Green Lantern and J'onn J'onzz (Martian Manhunter).

It appears that our wish is finally coming true.





Martian Manhunter will now be a character for an upcoming downloadable content package, with John Stewart being alternate skin for Green Lantern.

And as a special bonus to fans who grew up with the Justice League TV show in the 2001,  the characters are voiced by their original show voices, with Phil LaMarr as John Stewart, and Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter-much like Kevin Conroy as Batman.


Having all of this coming right after Man of Steel's Henry Cavill's statement about wanting a Justice League movie (just not yet), the announcement of the Batman "reboot" and hopefully a new Green Lantern film (with John Stewart) could certainly mean good things for DC.


At this time, no release date or price has been announced, so check back for more details.





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Orson Scott Card Responds to "Ender's Game" Boycott



By Dave Bouressa


Ender's Game author, Orson Scott Card, has certainly made a name for himself among the geek culture-and not for the better. Card has gone out of his way of late to make his anti-gay beliefs known to the world, and many people aren't having it.

In fact, Card has already been banned from the Ender's Game Panel at San Diego Comic Con by Summit Entertainment, as to prevent not only a scene at the convention, but to prevent harming the reputation of their film.

Perhaps Summit Entertainment has the right idea, because although the film does not come out for another five months, there seems to already be a boycott of the film.




Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s 1985 bestseller, is now a major motion picture from Summit Entertainment, opening Friday, November 1, 2013. Even as the film’s marketing campaign scrambles to distance the film from the author’s controversial reputation, Summit is angling Ender’s Game to be the next big sci-fi blockbuster, potentially making an all-new fortune for NOM-board member Card.
Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.

Although I disagree with Card's views, I feel that this boycott is misguided. All you are doing is damaging the work of some very talented actors, and tarnishing a great story. I don't care if Adolf Hitler wrote a book, if it's a good book, I want to read it! If J.K. Rowling drowned puppies in her spare time, would that ruin Harry Potter for you? No! Because it's a great book series with a great film series adaptation. As someone who has reading low on their "things to do when bored" list, Ender's Game was fortunately one of the few books to cross my path, and after a fairly slow build-up, I could not put it down. For those who don't know, it is essentially Starship Troopers meets The Matrix meets Full Metal Jacket-but with kids. If that doesn't peek your interest, I don't know what will. 

And of course, this petition has not gone unnoticed. In response to all the negative backlash, Card has finally spoken up.






Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot.  The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute. 





There you have it. I love the gays as much as everyone else, but for crying out loud, go see Ender's Game. You're honestly doing yourself a disservice by missing out on it. Yes, Card has some issues with the gays, but the movie/book has nothing to do with those issues, so the entire boycott is completely misguided.

Besides, it's Harrison Ford in space again! Star Wars Episode VII is right around the corner, so consider this your teaser for Han Solo returning to the screen again. (Fun fact: I had my brother convinced for the first 45 seconds or so that this was the trailer for Episode VII)







Ender's Game comes out November 1st, 2013. 







Friday, July 5, 2013

Nintendo Unveils New Pokemon....That is Literally a Sword





By Dave Bouressa


Nintendo has certainly raised some eyebrows with this latest installment of the Pokemon franchise, for both good and bad reasons.

Good reasons tend to be focusing more along the actual gameplay, such as the "open world" feel, along with "horde battles" and "sky battles".

The bad reasons are aiming more towards the Pokemon design and strategy. To be fair, this happens with literally every game, however, the upcoming X and Y games have added some interesting features.

-A new type confirmed: Fairy. Fairy types include the mysterious new Eevee evolution, Sylveon, and pre-existing Pokemon such as Jigglypuff and Maril. Fairy types have also gained an infamous reputation among the internet as being a type to take down the incredibly hard to beat Dragon type.

-A new Mewtwo form (Not Mewthree). Not much is known about the new form, except that it will be explained in the new upcoming Pokemon movie, "Mewtwo vs Genesect". Check out the transformation below...



-And of course, the reveal of "Honedge". That's right. This Pokemon is literally just a sword.



The official description of Honedge:





















To be fair, Nintendo has gotten away with some lazy designs regarding Pokemon based on Inanimate objects:

But lately, it's been getting a bit ridiculous...

Drifloon-The Baloon Pokemon

Trubbish-The Garbage Pokemon
Vanillish-The Ice Cream Pokemon















Yes. These are real. These are the "potential evolutions" of Rotom. Appliance Pokemon



I can't help but feel like this is how the meeting went at Gamefreak when choosing new Pokemon designs...




Oh yeah. There's a lamp Pokemon....

Lampent-The Lamp Pokemon














So we went from creatures that (for the most part) could seem to be living in the wild, to a lamp, appliances, a sword, garbage, a balloon and ice-cream. Gotta catch 'em all, right? Right?