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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"

Friday, November 29, 2013

R2-D2 USB Car Charger?!



By Dave Bouressa

Ever wanted to feel like converting your car into an X-Wing fighter? You've got C-3PO giving you directions via your TomTom GPS, but why should 3PO have all the glory? Why not add an R2-D2 USB charger for your iPod while you blast "Duel of the Fates" in your car while driving down the highway?




Fitting directly into your cup holder, this fully voiced and head-moving R2 unit gives the perfect amount of Star Wars to any car.


Be sure to pick up this new little gadget by ThinkGeek, just in time for the holidays! And for only $50, it is sure to be a fantastic addition to any car-turned-starship.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

TRAILER: The Avengers: Gag Reel Edition



By Dave Bouressa

What happens when "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" don't take the end of the world at the hands of an alien army led by the god of chaos and mischief seriously? Hilarity.

Check out this hilarious "trailer" of Marvel's Avengers, made using the behind-the-scenes blooper footage, edited by "OneMinuteGalactica" from Slacktory.

 

If these guys are our last defense against an alien invasion, we're doomed...

But how can you say "no" to this face?
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

TRAILER: Muppets Most Wanted



By Dave Bouressa

Wakka-Wakka! The Muppets are back in their all new hilarious big-screen adventure! After the incredible success of the 2011 Muppet Movie, it is not surprising that Disney wants to revisit the Muppets on the big screen. This time, we introduce a new Muppet, "Constantine", an evil criminal mastermind who bares a resemblance to a certain frog. Check out the trailer below.



Following on from 2011's smash-hit The Muppets, all your favorite characters are back in an hilarious all-new spy thriller adventure in Disney's MUPPETS: MOST WANTED, hitting cinemas March 2014. Packed with celebrity cameos and featuring star turns from Ricky Gervais, Tiny Fey and Ty Burrell, MUPPETS: MOST WANTED takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, including stops in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows them overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the World's Number One Criminal, and dead-ringer for Kermit.

Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, "Muppets Most Wanted" hits UK cinemas on March 28, 2014. Source


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Monday, November 18, 2013

REVIEW: Pokemon Origins: Episode 1


By Dave Bouressa

As a child in the 1990's nothing hit quite as hard as the Pokemon phenomenon. From the card games, to the video games, to the TV series, some could say that it was this generations 'Star Wars' in regards to it's instant popularity. It got to the point where schools were banning Pokemon cards because kids were getting mugged for them.

Regarding the media of Pokemon, there were two main outlets. The "Red" and "Blue" version Gameboy games and the anime series. While the series was much more child friendly, showing us the adventures of Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu (which the later "Yellow" version was later based off of), the game was much more based on the player and his (or her) personal adventures through the Kanto Region. 16 years, 19 games, and 567 Pokemon later, Nintendo has decided to go back to its roots and pay homage to where it all began with a brand new mini-series: Pokemon Origins. The Japanese version of the 4-part mini-series has been out for some time, but the English dub was only released a few days ago.

(If you want to avoid spoilers before watching the episode, scroll to the bottom)


The story starts out with Professor Oak giving us the "Welcome to the world of Pokemon" speech, taking us right into climactic battle between Gengar and Nidorino from the opening cutscene of the game. We are then introduced to Red, who is eager to start his Pokemon journey. We immediately run into his rival Blue. It is interesting that they decided to change Blue's name, but not the color of his vest from green to blue, given that the character's name in Japan is Green-in Japan, there were 3 games-Red, Blue, and Green. Red made it overseas as is, but the Japanese Green became the American Blue, and the Japanese Blue never made it overseas. Regardless, even viewers unfamiliar with the history of Pokemon are able to learn fairly quickly that Blue is Red's childhood rival.

We are then shown perhaps the most difficult choice of anyone who has played Pokemon: choosing their "starter" Pokemon. Red goes with Charmander-the fire Pokemon, while Blue (being the son-of-a-bitch that he is) goes with Squirtle-the water Pokemon. 

Red then begins his adventure, hitting all of the points that every new player in the games experiences at the beginning of the game, from catching basic Pokemon like Pidgey and Rattata, to fighting "Youngsters" and attempting to capture their Pokemon, until meeting up with Blue for a Pokemon battle along the way to Viridian City.

Here is where the original anime and this series differ. While the original series was much more "cartoony",  the battles were still exciting and were fun to watch. Pokemon Origins gives the viewer the much more serious tone of battling, with movements and attacks that look much more real, and almost give the fight a "dogfighting" kind of feel, which is how we felt playing those games. To us, it was real.

After Red mercilessly gets his butt kicked, he receives some advice from a currently unnamed Brock, who had been watching the battle from afar. After a quick visit to the Pokemon Center, Red makes his way to the Pewter City gym, facing Brock and his infamous duo of Geodude and Onix. 


Anyone who has played the original Red and Blue games can tell you that Brock is one heck of a challenge to beat if you've selected Charmander as your starter because, as Brock explains, fire type Pokemon are weak against Rock type. This series is no exception as Red's Pokemon get knocked out one-by-one by Onix, literally going through a Nidoran, a Spearow, a Rattata, and a Metapod all in less than 60 seconds. Due to a lucky Stringshot attack from Metapod (and Red discovering that Pokemon aren't just tools to fight, but partners), Charmander is able to take out Onix, resulting in Red winning TM34 (Bide) and the Boulder Badge, sending Red on his way to become Pokemon Champion.


In short, this made me feel like it was 1998 all over again. This series made me feel like I was truly in the Pokemon universe in ways the original anime could not. What truly sells it is the fact that many of the gimmicks from the original series are taken out. For example, Pokemon no longer say their names. It makes the Pokemon feel much more like "creatures" as opposed to "characters". Secondly, the battles are much more real. When Squirtle uses Bite on Charmander, you can see the pain on Charmander's face, and hear it in his screams. This makes the stakes much higher, and adds a much more emotional connection to the Pokemon. It also loses the "Gotta Catch 'em all" tagline. Of course, filing the Pokedex is a priority, but it isn't pounded into you as a marketing catchphrase. 

This is what Pokemon should have been, and it truly is a shame that Pokemon Origins is only a four episode series. For years, no medium has been able to fully replicate the emotional connection that the original games had up until the fairly released "X" and "Y" games, which are the closest things players have ever come to reliving that nostalgia (which is why the majority of X and Y players are in their young to mid 20's). However, if you truly want to relive the moments of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue, and can't find that old Gameboy color buried deep within the attic, sit back and enjoy Pokemon Origins.




Be sure to check back for our review of Pokemon Origins: Episode 2.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Doctor Who Fans Get Special Surprise for 50th Anniversary Prequel Mini-Episode "The Night of the Doctor"


By Dave Bouressa


In the build-up to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special on November 23rd, the BBC is releasing two "mini-episodes" entitled "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Last Day", all leading up to "The Day of the Doctor". 

"The Night of the Doctor" has officially hit the internet, and without going any further, check it out below: 





For the first time since 1996, Paul McGann makes his on-screen appearance as the 8th Doctor. Up until this point all that was known was that we left the 8th Doctor in 1996, and came back in 2005 with the 9th Doctor, only being told that he had fought in a war, and given Eccelston's performance in the premiere episode of the revived series, it was subtly hinted that he had only recently regenerated prior to the premiere.



However, now we get an official (and much delayed) Paul McGann regeneration into John Hurt's "Doctor" which is now officially named "The War Doctor".


Seeing the Doctor's desperation and guilt from "being the good man" that he is, we see him literally cast aside all of that to become the "Doctor no longer". This truly sells why Christopher Eccelston's Doctor is so angry and shellshocked when he talks about Daleks and the Time War.

What really makes this mini-episode is McGann's performance. It almost saddens me to know that when the series came back in 2005, he wasn't even considered to reprise the role, yet this video shows that he not only still has acting chops, but could easily hold his own in the current 'Who' universe.

After this mini-episode, many doors have been opened, and because of that, what doors wait closed? What could "The Last Night" be about? Could we see an official Hurt to Eccelston regernation at the end of the 50th? Unless you have a T.A.R.D.I.S., then we will just have to wait and see.

"The Day of the Doctor" premieres worldwide on November 23rd, 2013

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Elizabeth Olsen Officially Confirmed as Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"



By Dave Bouressa

When big name movies come around, the next step is always big name casting rumors, from Star Wars, to Avengers, to Star Trek, etc.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal back in Octorber, Samuel L. Jackson accidentally let slip that Elizabeth Olsen was playing Scarlet Witch in the latest installment in Joss Whedon's Avengers line-up by stating:

"I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year. I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven't seen a script."


As suspected, the internet exploded with rumors, "confirmations", and everything one could possibly think of. However, Olsen has officially come out and confirmed that she is, in fact, playing Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".


"It's so fun," she told the site, adding that she looked forward to collaborating again with her co-star in the "Godzilla" reboot, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who'll play her twin brother, Quicksilver, in "Avengers."

"Even though in 'Godzilla' we play husband and wife, we don't have a lot of scenes together," Olsen said. "I just love him. I love his family. I love his kids. I'm so excited ... to actually work with each other. I think it's going to be fun." 
 -  Moviefone


"Avengers: Age of Ultron" comes out May 1st 2015.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

TRAILER: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary "The Day of the Doctor"


By Dave Bouressa

After a very very long wait and months of anticipation, the BBC has officially released the long-awaited trailer for the doctor Who 50th Anniversary.



Check out the official plot synopsis:

"The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him."  -Telegraph.co.uk


The 50th Anniversary DVD will include two mini-episodes, building up to the special. The mini-episodes will be entitled "The Last Day" (running at about 4 minutes) and "The Night of the Doctor" (running at about 7 minutes), leading all up to "The Day of the Doctor" (running at about 75 minutes).

Along with the television premiere, theatrical screenings will be held in several countries in 3D. Be sure to check out the closest location near you and when they are playing!

"The Day of the Doctor" stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Colman, and Billie Piper and premieres November 23rd worldwide at 2:50pm ET.


UPDATE:

The BBC has released a longer second trailer. Check it out!






Thursday, November 7, 2013

Star Wars Episode VII Officially Has a Release Date



By Dave Bouressa

After Lucasfilm and Disney playing tug-of-war with a 2016 vs a 2015 release date for the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise for the past month or so, a release date has officially been announced!

With this coming directly from the StarWars.com website, you can't get more official than that. Check it out below:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible IIIStar Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.


Disney, you evil marketing geniuses. I can practically hear it now:  "Let's take one of the biggest film franchises in the world with possibly the biggest and most profitable toylines in human history and release the most anticipated Star Wars film since 1999 a week before Christmas."

Hope your wallet is ready because it's going to be one hell of a holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Who's Better: Thor or Loki?" Tom Hiddleston Stars in AT&T Parody



By Dave Bouressa

You know those adorable AT&T commercials where a man is in a classroom with four children asking "What's better: more or less" and the kids come up with an adorable and somewhat hilarious response? Of course you do-because everybody has seen those all over the place and love every single one. And that has not gone unnoticed.

Marvel has whipped out it's new bag of tricks by having everyone's favorite Marvel villain do the exact same thing on Comedy Central for the upcoming 'Thor 2: The Dark World', and hilarity ensues.



There is something adorably hilarious about seeing the God of Chaos push over a small girl, but maybe that's just me. Hopefully we get more of these in the upcoming week until the film's release.

'Thor 2: The Dark World' comes out November 9th, 2013.


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