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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 27, 2014

Now You Can Train to Be a Jedi With New Oculus Rift Game

By Dave Bouressa

The beautiful people behind the Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality gaming experience have added yet another gem to their pot of gold-this time, taking the player to that galaxy far, far away...

Following the training Luke Skywalker is given, the player is given 1-2 lightsabers to fend off blaster fire from oncoming training droids. The video is a demo of the new wireless motion system called the STEM System that works with the Oculus Rift. This is what the makers of the video had to say:

This is one of the first videos in which we show our STEM Pack, which is mounted to the strap of the Oculus Rift DK2 to provide full position and orientation tracking for the user's head. STEM Controllers provide tracking for each hand. 

The lightsaber or sword is the true test for a one-to-one motion tracking system in VR, because it requires low latency, and almost perfect tracking of both position and orientation between your physical and your virtual self as you perform swipes, slashes, blocks and counters with the lightsaber. The STEM System and the SixenseVR SDK make this experience possible, and also make it easy for developers to create these types of applications quickly. The experience is a fantasy, but it feels natural because of the near-perfect hand-eye coordination that the SixenseVR SDK provides.

Now all we have to do is wait for scientists to make real lightsabers. Get on it scientists! Quit slacking, there Jedi that are waiting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

REVIEW: Doctor Who: "Deep Breath"

By Dave Bouressa

Last Saturday premiered Peter Capaldi in the role of the iconic Time Lord, and had "whovians" across the world on the edge of their seats, waiting to see the new Doctor. So, did Capaldi's Doctor hold up? At least not yet-and it had nothing to do with Capaldi. This episode was just overall not-fun. In fact, I would go as far to say it was unsettling and uncomfortable.

As per usual, the Doctor has just gone through a regeneration, and with it, some confusion and memory loss-however, this is different than any other regeneration before. The Doctor is going through an entirely new life cycle past his 13 regeneration limit-which is something 99% of Time Lords aren't able to do, so in a sense, he has been simultaneously reborn, yet he is much older than he should ever be. He is an old man now both physically and mentally, and this episode shows it.

The Doctor simply seemed like an old man with Alzheimer's disease, and Clara seemed understandably upset about it. He didn't know who anybody was, he was mixing up names, he was confused on why he had a scottish accent and why he had the face he did (given that Capaldi has shown up in a previous episode as a Roman nobleman), he was scared that he wasn't understanding anything, and it was actually kind of sad, like watching an old man who didn't even recognize his best friend. It was unsettling realistic and rather uncomfortable to watch him struggle through the most basic of things, while also trying to understand Clara's frustration to the point of tears. The man she had been with and literally jumped through all of time to save, and the 28-year-old-looking man she was beginning to love is suddenly in his late 50's and doesn't even know her name. Because of this, Clara seemed very short-tempered and frustrated, and although it was understandable given the circumstances, having the constant short-temper made it very difficult to sympathize with her.

The majority of the episode focused on Madam Vastra, Jenny, and Strax-all characters who I love and wanted to see more of, and this episode more than filled it to the point where I don't want to see them for quite some time. Having only spent some short time with the trio in previous episodes, fans wanted to see more of the Paternoster Gang to the point of suggesting they receive their own spin-off series, but after this episode, I am curious if fans are still interested, because spending so much time with them proved one thing-they are boring. There is nothing for them to do, and the majority of scenes with them drag on in boring gags or pointless exposition. They are all very interesting characters-we have a prehistoric lizard-woman from the age of the dinosaurs, her human female lover, and a psychotic war-loving potato-man, but the shtick gets old very fast. They are quite a comical trio in small doses, but when you spend an entire episode focused basically around them in the 1800's, the joke goes stale quite quickly. When they have something to do, they are the perfect amount of tough, love, and comic-relief, but when they have nothing to do and are forced in an episode, it is unbearable.

This episode is also the very first episode to (spoilers) feature an on-screen lesbian kiss. Although I have to commend Steven Moffat and the BBC for being brave enough to feature such a feat, the way it was done was poor and not subtle at all. I'm 100% for LGBT rights and presence in the media, but when you uncleverly write it in as a major plot point for no reason and then film it as a slow-motion close-up, it becomes overly tacky and clear that you're just trying to make a statement. This kiss has received much criticism, and I can understand why. As I stated above, I commend the cast and crew for making such a step, but there is a better way to do without turning it into the blatant message it was.

One of the definite highlights was the the brand new opening credits, with both a new, less bombastic arrangement of the theme song and an entirely new opening credits, which is based on a fan-made opening, made by animator Billy Hanshaw, who was hired on to help with the new credits. Check out the original concept video, followed by the final product.

This episode had alot of issues, but the majority of them stems strictly from the writing. The acting from all parties involved was great (minus a few over-the-top moments from Jenna Coleman), and Capaldi proved that he can step into this world and hold his own. Although the writing for his character in the episode was considerably awkward and uncomfortable, he began to come to his senses by the end and showed that he is up to the challenge. There is also a cameo that I dare not spoil, but it comforts the audience in telling that its ok to let of the ones we love, and to move on with this new man, because he is just as scared as we are. I'm not quite fully accepting of Capaldi's Doctor yet, but there is definitely potential there and within just a few episodes, I'm sure he will be right up there with all the other legends who have portrayed this character.

Catch Doctor Who Saturdays at 9pm on BBC and BBC America

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Star Wars: Rebels' Hits Our Galaxy on October 3rd

By Dave Bouressa

On the morning of August 19th, unveiled the long-awaited release date for its upcoming television series, Star Wars: Rebels, as well as the upcoming dates for both of Disney's channels, iTunes releases, and DVD retail releases.

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie 
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US)
 on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on 
Disney XD.  In the US, Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning 
Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD.  Worldwide, the series will air in 3
3 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
Leading up to its global television debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on 
Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on and the WATCH Disney XD app.
Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, the story unfolds during a dark time when the
 evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a 
remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship 
Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior
 firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper — is among a select few who are 
brave enough to stand against the Empire. 
Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling
 adventures, and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
At the Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Fan Event at San Diego Comic-Con this year, the 
movie garnered rave reviews from fans who found the story and look akin to the classic trilogy of films.
The series’ designs are influenced by the work of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
The multi-platform schedule in the US is:

-Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion one-hour movie will be available on Disney Channel SVOD
and to verfied users on and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones
and tables

-Television premiere of one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (9:00pm ET/PT) on
Disney Channel
-Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available for puchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon
Prime, Google Play, and Disney XD VOD.

-Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (8:00 pm ET/PT) premieres on Disney XD

-Star Wars Rebels (9:00 pm ET/PT) series premieres on Disney XD

-Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on DVD in retailers nationwide

Based on the trailers and sneak peaks we have been getting into this series, it looks to be everything a 
Star Wars fan-both new and old, could ever want. 

Still a little skeptical about a Star Wars/Disney series? Check out the trailer for Star Wars Rebels and
see for yourself.

Star Wars Rebels premieres on October 3rd on Disney Channel followed up by a full series on
Disney XD.

Monday, August 18, 2014

'Star Wars' Actor Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca, Joins ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

By Dave Bouressa

Fresh off the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Peter Mayhew (the man behind everyone's favorite wookiee) has joined in the craze that is hitting social media-donating money to the ALS Association to fight the terrible disease, while also dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenging three peers to do the same.

Mayhew and his wife challenge fellow Episode VII costars Andy Serkis, John Boyega, and actor Jeff Cohen. Considering that the social media wave his recently hit the point where celebrities are now challenging each other, tt will be curious to see if other Star Wars actors follow up with these challenges.

To help donate to the ALS Association, please click here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

'Star Wars: Rebels' Extended 7-Minute Sneak Peak

By Dave Bouressa

San Diego Comic Con was relatively quiet in regards to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, however, what wasn't revealed regarding the future films was made up for in regards to the latest animation endeavor by Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Rebels. Taking place five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the story focuses on a band of rebel fighters, including an underground post-Order 66 Jedi, and their struggles against the Galactic Empire.

Those who were lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con were treated to a screening of the first hour-long episode, set to premiere later this October. However, for the rest of us, Disney and Lucasfilm released a 7-minute long sneak peak at the upcoming series. Check it out.

In this special extended preview of Star Wars Rebels, the Empire arrives on Lothal -- bringing tyranny with them. Imperials and stormtroopers establish an intimidating presence on the planet, enforcing strict new laws for trade and arresting citizens for expressing dissent of any kind. A young boy named Ezra, however, discovers that a mysterious group is attempting to steal cargo from the Empire. Intrigued, he tries to take it for himself – and ends up on the run from both Imperials and this small band of rebels.

What makes this sneak peak so great is that above anything else, it feels like Star Wars. From the sounds, to the inexplicable British imperials, to the mere cinematography, it is clear that people who truly understand what "makes" Star Wars are behind this show, and the fact that about half of the production team consists of Star Wars: The Clone Wars alumni certainly helps. And unlike Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which admittedly took some time to find its footing, this series appears to hit the ground running. 

A little side note, when the stormtroopers are thrown around by Zeb (the purple alien) at the end of the 3-minute mark, the sound effect used is that of Dee Bradley Baker voicing the clone troopers from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and given the fact that the clone troopers eventually become stormtroopers, this could be a major acknowledgement in showing the transition from cloned soldiers to imperial recruits. Or this could be merely a stock sound effect and mean nothing of any significance. However, given that Dave Filoni, previous executive director for The Clone Wars, is now executive producer for Rebels, it's very likely that this would go by unnoticed or be a mere coincidence.

Check out the full trailer for Star Wars: Rebels below.

Star Wars Rebels will premiere with an hour long special on Disney Channel this October, and follow up with a full series on Disney XD.