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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"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Deadpool Movie Test Footage Leaks to the Internet After San Diego Comic Con

By Dave Bouressa

For years, fans have been hoping to have a theaterical film featuring the "merc with the mouth", but the studios were not having any of it, because an "R" rated super-hero film would be a major financial risk, and Deadpool is certainly a character you can not do a disservice by making PG-13. He is the only character that can brutally chop off someone's head and make you laugh while doing so.

It was rumored that a Deadpool film was in development a few years ago, but only in the early stages. Thankfully, a bit of test footage was shown at San Diego Comic Con, and boy, is it everything a Deadpool fan could ever dream of.

Ryan Reynolds takes on the role and is just as snarky and sarcastic as ever, proving that although he has been in some poorly reviewed super-hero films such as Green Lantern, and X-Men: Origins, he is not the cause. In fact, coming from a poor representation of Deadpool in X-Men: Origins with the character being completely mute-which is akin to having Superman be unable to fly, this is the Deadpool people wanted to see from the beginning, and there few actors who could pull off the character as well as Reynolds. 

Because talk has been relatively nonexistent for this film, is unknown how far the production on the film is, or if it is even still in production, however, based on internet reaction, it would not be surprising to see a full-fledged trailer coming in a year or two.

UPDATE: Multiple sources have reported that this footage is not actually from SDCC, but from unknown whereabouts, with the rumor stating that is all a planned "leak" to gauge audience reaction.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Extended Trailer for 'Star Wars: Rebels' Features Obi-Wan Kenobi

By Dave Bouressa

A mere few days before San Diego Comic Con, Lucasfilm has released the full length trailer for its upcoming television series, Star Wars Rebels, kicking it off with a familiar face.

Kenobi is, of course, voiced by none other than James Arnold Taylor, returning to the role after a 6 year run on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and previous other projects, truly giving the blessing that although this isn't a direct sequel to The Clone Wars, it certainly feels like it. Taking place roughly five years before Star Wars: A New Hope, hearing Obi-Wan say "In time, a new hope will emerge", referring to Luke Skywalker, is certainly a nice touch and a great foreshadowing for what is to come. But what puts fans at ease is the team behind it, more than half of the team working on Star Wars: Rebels worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which found its footing fairly early on.

Acting as a precursor to the original film, this series hits all the marks on the head by filling in the shoes of the Millennium Falcon: the young parentless farm boy looking for something better, a wise Jedi, the pilot smuggler, the big hairy weapons expert, the quirky droid, and the teenage girl who speaks out against the empire.

The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of Lothal, a big change is looming. A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra and soon its clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the Ghost, Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back agains the Empire. 

Premiering this trailer before San Diego Comic Con can only mean that Lucasfilm most likely has something very big up their sleeve for the convention, possibly related to Episode VII. Only time will tell.

Star Wars: Rebels premieres this October on Disney Channel with an hour-long special, followed by a season on Disney XD.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jason Isaacs Confirmed as 'Star Wars: Rebels' Villain, The Inquisitor

By Dave Bouressa

Following up on the teaser for the Imperial Agent Kallus, Entertainment Weekly has given us the final major casting announcement for the latest series from Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels.  The actor who will play what is sure to be an iconic role will be none other than Harry Potter alum, Jason Isaacs.

Check out the sneak peak at the upcoming villain.

Although not a Sith, the Inquisitor will be tasked with hunting the remaining Jedi down after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith for the empire. The cold-toned English accent brings a perfect mood to not only a cold character, but represents the change in the Star Wars universe as the galaxy changes from a prospering republic to a war-torn empire.

“He’s cold, he’s analytical, he doesn’t get angry,” said Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo. “We all took care to make sure our villains have real presence and our heroes just can’t walk all over him. This isn’t like cartoons I grew up with in the 80s where you’d have the villain lose every week and yet every week we’d have to believe he’s some sort of threat. When The Inquisitor shows up, it means something significant and it’s a definite challenge for our heroes.”  -- Entertainment Weekly

Star Wars: Rebels comes to Disney Channel this October with an hour long special, followed by a full season on Disney XD.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BBC Unveils 'Doctor Who' Season 8 Full Length Trailer

By Dave Bouressa

Gone are the days of the man who regrets and the man who forgets. This is a new man-a man who has lived over 12 lives and 2,000 years, only to be reborn in a new life cycle, literally giving him a second chance on life.

The BBC has just released the full trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, giving Peter Capaldi full reign as the iconic role of the time lord, and the description above conveys the exact mood of what we are to see, as the Doctor realizes that he has made some poor choices in his life, and now that he has a second chance to do it all from scratch, he is going to do something about it. Whether or not something will actually come of it is to be seen.

Check out the amazing trailer below.

Daleks, cyborgs, dinosaurs, aliens, oh and did we mention dinosaurs?

With the return of all these things, along with the return of Madam Vastra and the rest of her motley crew, we can expect great things to come from this upcoming season. Capaldi's initial casting announcement was met with the fandom split 50/50, but now that people have had a chance to let it sink in and see him in action, the 'whovian fandom' seems to have welcomed Capaldi into the role, and eagerly await his take on the 2,000 year old time lord.

There have also been reports that several scripts for the upcoming season, as well as at least one unfinished episode, have been leaked to the internet. The season premieres in just over a month, so if you haven't already gone scouring the internet for these, do yourself a favor and just hold out for a few more weeks, but beware, in the words of River Song, "Spoilers...."

Doctor Who Season 8 premieres on BBC and BBC America on August 23rd, 2014.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Look at 'Rebel Hunter' Agent Kallus of 'Star Wars: Rebels'

By Dave Bouressa

As the premiere date for Star Wars: Rebels comes closer by the day, Lucasfilm has let out another introduction video for one of its upcoming characters, this time introducing us to the Imperial Agent Kallus, also known as the "Rebel Hunter", voiced by David Oyelowo.

Kallus is an ISB (Imperial Security Bureau) agent tasked with hunting down any potential sparks of rebellion and eliminating them, while maintaining order throughout the empire.

HeroComplex has the exclusive scoop on the imperial agent. Check out the introduction video here:

“We definitely wanted to capture that ’70s feeling that was so strong in ‘A New Hope,’” says Filoni. “Art director Kilian Plunkett and I looked at a lot of reference to try and make that influence fit into ‘Rebels.’ At one point we had [Rebel pilot] Zeb in bell bottoms.”
Unlike some of the more outlandish “Star Wars” looks, Kallus’ mutton chops are easy to grow for potential cosplay opportunities.
“I’m hoping to see some people sporting that look at Comic-Con next year,” Filoni adds.

Getting an actor of Oyelowo’s stature for the series was something of a coup for the “Rebels” creative team. He may not yet be a household name, but fans have bandied his name about as perfect casting for iconic characters such as James Bond and Doctor Who. - (source)

Be sure to check out Agent Kallus in the trailer for the upcoming series.

Star Wars: Rebels comes to Disney this October with an hour long special, followed by a full season on Disney XD.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Why "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" May Not Be As Great As You Remember

By Dave Bouressa

Youtuber Arin Hanson, also known by his online persona "Egoraptor" has come out with the latest in his Sequelitis series, breaking down original games from their sequels, and analyzing the differences in what makes a good game as opposed to a good sequel.

Previous installments include Castlevania, MegaMan, and Super Castlevania. This time, Hanson tackles what is considered by many to be the crown jewel of not only the Legend of Zelda franchise, but the crowning achievement of the Nintendo 64 game console.

The latest episode pits The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past against The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in various points regarding what "makes" a Legend of Zelda game including:

-World exploration
-Player vs enemy influence in combat
-"What is a puzzle"
-Rewarding treasures
-Being a hero vs being told you're a hero

And many more...

So, has Ocarina of Time been ruined for you forever and your childhood memories stomped into the ground? No. Of course not. There is a reason it is considered many peoples favorite Zelda game and viewed so highly. It is still a very good game and is very fun to play. As all games, it has its strengths and weaknesses. This merely shows the difference between what makes a good game and what makes a good sequel, and where Ocarina of Time may in fact be the crowning achievement of the Nintendo 64, that does not mean it remains a good sequel.

Do you think Legend of the Zelda: Ocarina of Time still holds up today, or does this video make you re-think how games-particularly games of a certain era-are made and compare to each other? Let us know in the comments.