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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, August 28, 2013

"Breaking Bad"s Bryan Cranston Cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel Sequel?



By Dave Bouressa

According to a report by Cosmic Book News,  Bryan Cranston, most notably famous for the lead role in the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, has supposedly been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

Cranston has reportedly signed a deal that includes at least six appearances within the DC film universe, meaning that Luthor may be playing the equivilant of Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury, with it all wrapping up into Justice League.

Cranston will be co-starring Henry Cavill as Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, although it is unknown if Wayne will actually be wearing the cape for this film.

Affleck's recent casting has received monumental negativity, however, a fan-made trailer (and a pretty damn good one too) has begun to circulate among the internet and ease tension among DC fans regarding Affleck as the Dark Knight. Check out the trailer below:






With this news being mentioned directly after Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, it is hard to tell the difference between rumor and fact, especially since rumors have also begun to circle around Matt Damon as either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter, so far know, DC fans will just have to wait and see what Warner Brothers has up it's sleeves. Clearly, DC has gotten Justice League on people's minds, which is exactly what they're going to have to do if they have any hope of reaching the power that Marvel's Avengers did when it hit theaters.


Man of Steel 2 is directed by Zack Snyder and hits theaters Summer of 2015.


UPDATE:

Turns out this was nothing more than a rumor, and Cranston has confirmed in an interview with Boston.com that he has nothing to do with the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

"This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck to Play Batman/Bruce Wayne in "Man of Steel" Sequel



By Dave Bouressa

Yes, that's right. You did not read that wrong. Ben Affleck has just been announced to star alongside Henry Cavill as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel. The announcement of the Superman/Batman team-up was first revealed at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year, and has since been the talk of DC fans everywhere, because they know that this is the first real step into the Justice League film that is bound to happen in the future.



Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production, Greg Silverman, had this to say about the casting:

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character" -HollywoodReporter


Director Zack Snyder had this to add:

"Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry's Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him."


After Affleck's flop at Marvel's "Daredevil", it will be interesting to see how he can pull off the Caped Crusader. Many actors have been known to star as multiple super heroes with varied results. Chris Evans, for example, starred as Johnny Storm in "Fantastic Four", with less than satisfactory results, while just a few years later, starring as Captain America in "Captain America" and "Marvel's The Avengers" and making a brand new name for himself. Yet, Ryan Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan in "The Green Lantern", which was a box office flop, while at the same time being looked at for "Deadpool" in an upcoming film.

Will Affleck be able to pull off the role so soon after Christian Bale's iconic role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy"?


"Man of Steel 2"is set to release on July 17th, 2015.

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New Pokemon Anime Goes Back to Original Games: Pokemon Origins


By Dave Bouressa


Unless you have been following Pokemon lately, I'm sure that if I told you that there are over 600 Pokemon (with many more soon on the way with X and Y coming in November), you would feel beyond old, and wish you could go back to the days when there were only 150. Reminiscing of the days when 11 year old you would get up at 7am to watch Ash, Misty, and Brock try to make it to the Indigo Plateau, and then go to school and marvel at each other's Pokemon cards and battle each other on your Gameboy Colors during 3rd grade recess? Boy, those were the days. They were a simple time that many wish that they could return to.

Well, now you can....sort of.

A new Pokemon series has been announced in Japan called "Pokemon Origin".

The story breaks off from the story of Ash Ketchum and focuses more on the story of the original Red and Blue games.


"The story begins when Red receives his first Pokemon—a Charmander—from Professor Oak. Along his journey, he’ll battle against his rival Green, gym leader Brock, and the evil organization Team Rocket. In a fierce battle against Team Rocket boss Giovanni, Red will encounter an unknown Pokemon." -Gematsu.com




Check out the trailer, and if you were that perfect age when Pokemon came out, where for a good 3-4 year period, it was nothing but Pokemon everywhere, brace yourself, because you are about to feel like you are ten years old all over again..

Pokemon Origins will premiere October 2nd, two days before the Pokemon X and Y games are released for Nintendo 3DS. At this point, no plans have been announced for an American release, but given the popularity of Pokemon in the US, it is inevitable.



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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jurassic Park 4: Director Updates


By Dave Bouressa



"Welcome to Jurassic Park".

And suddenly you are back on the island, running from a T-Rex.

Jurassic Park has been a film franchise that has stood out for many people as one that not only revolutionized visual effects in film, but in story telling. Unfortunately, throughout the years, the franchise has been arguably decreasing in the eyes of the people. From the classic first film, to "The Lost World" (which is usually you either love it or hate it) to Jurassic Park 3 (which is usually you hate it).

Fortunately, Director Colin Trevorrow hopes to bring Jurassic Park 4 out of it's predecessor's slump.

On the Jurassic Park Podcast, Trevorrow appeared as a special guest and gave tidbits about the upcoming film, including the appearance of a brand new dinosaur.



  • Trevorrow refused to answer “Would you like to get John Williams back making the music?” instead opting to say only “Do I love John Williams and all of his music? Of course.”
  • Trevorrow says “It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too.”
  • “This is not a paycheck gig for me and it’s not the movie that I’m making so I can make the movies that I really want to make. I actually want to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie.”
  • “When I get to sit down with guys like John Rosengrant and adjust the talon length on a dinosaur and then we’re looking at variations on skin colour, that never feels like work. That’s when I feel like a kid.”
  • “What is my favourite dinosaur? We have a new one that’s pretty cool. I’m not going to tell you anything about it, but… it’s pretty bad ass. I think Jack Horner said something about that too” – and indeed he did, as previously discussed here at the site.
  • “I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.”
  • Trevorrow suggested that fans don’t go looking for spoilers. He wants to cherish this time when no-one knows “what the hell we’re doing.”
  • One apparently key rumour-busting quote goes like this: “I saw some of the rumours on the internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex. So I would say don’t believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the internet than there are in real life.”     -Bleedingcool.com

You can check out the full podcast interview here:



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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dragon Age: Inquisition World and Character Specifics Revealed

By Kailey Rynne

This week, Game Informer revealed its September cover, shown above, and announced a month-long series of online articles featuring exclusive Dragon Age: Inquisition coverage.

The September issue also features a cover story on Dragon Age: Inquisition that delves into some of the questions raised by the E3 announcement trailer. Access to the cover story is limited to Game Informer subscribers, but you can read this rundown of the article's content.

Major points include the return of multiple player races (possibly to include Qunari), a fully voiced player character, an open world environment similar to Skyrim, a armor customization system centered around crafting, large enemies that may be vastly more powerful than the player character, and smarter enemies that group up to fight the player character.

Dragon Age II characters Varric and Cassandra will return in Dragon Age: Inquisition as party members. Additionally, BioWare has announced a new party member named Vivienne, an Orlesian Circle mage.

There are some interesting new environmental mechanics brought into play, as well, like rebuilding abandoned fortresses in the world for use as Inquisition headquarters, suffering realistic effects from harsh or rainy weather, and using mage powers to reveal hidden or blocked off areas for exploration.

The central plot mechanic seems to be a throwback to Dragon Age: Origins, where the player character traveled around Fereldan with the Grey Warden treaties, recruiting an army to end the Blight. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the player will instead amass an army to solidify his or her own power. Developers have emphasized that each player can choose whether to side with or against the mages or Templars. As Inquisitor, the player has the option to use either diplomacy or violence to win over allies, similar to the Paragon and Renegade system in the Mass Effect titles

As for the game's storyline, Game Informer provided this summary:
The third installment of the Dragon Age franchise casts players as the head of the Inquisition, a recently resurrected organization charged with rooting out corruption and evil in the land of Thedas. As the game begins, the Inquisition has plenty to investigate. War, scheming, and political strife have left the major power groups in the Dragon Age universe unable to operate effectively, which is a problem when a hole opens in the sky and demons begin pouring out. Players must fight back against the demonic threat while exploring a vast world and consolidating power for the growing Inquisition.
For a thorough breakdown of the Game Informer news and what it means for Dragon Age lore, I recommend watching the below video by YouTube gamer Ashe a.k.a. Lady Insanity. Be warned—this video does contain spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for release in fall 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.





Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FINAL TRAILER: Ender's Game


By Dave Bouressa



If you haven't heard of Ender's Game, imagine Star Troopers, but Johny Rico is replaced by a child, and Michael Ironside is Harrison Ford. Add just a dash of Tron, and you have Ender's Game.





Official Synopsis: 

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.  -io9




Check out the brand new trailer:




If that doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will. Unless you are one of the few people boycotting the film over the original author's opposing of gay marriage, I look forward to seeing you in the seats. Plus, this should give us a mental teaser to prepare for seeing Harrison Ford back piloting the Millennium Falcon in just a few years.




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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Officially Announced as the 12th Doctor



By Dave Bouressa

Since the series' revival in 2005, whovians of young and old have relived the lives of The Doctor-all 11 lives.

Regeneration is nothing new to the series, replacing the actor starring as the title role every few years or so. And unfortunatly, that time has now come. Current Doctor Matt Smith announced that after the 50th Anniversary special in November, the 2013 Christmas Special shall be his final performance in the role, opening the door to a new man to take the helm.

At the Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special on BBC One and BBC America, a thirty minute special celebrating the previous actors and the legacy of Doctor Who, the 12th actor to play The Doctor was announced-Peter Capaldi.

Check out the reveal here:

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So long to the days of "Geronimo" and "Bow-ties are cool"...




Or perhaps not...

Until the new series starts up, then we will know nothing about the latest incarnation. But until then, let us wish Peter good luck with the new role, because the world will be watching. Capaldi is no stranger to Doctor Who, starring in "The Fires of Pompeii" (Ironically, the premiere episode of previous companion Karen Gillan, starring in a different role).

Although we are entering the new, let us take this time to remember the old...



In the near future, will be able to purchase the "Regenerations DVD Set",  featuring the final stories of each Doctor.

Stay tuned for more information.


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