Despite having just recently completed my LEGO Avengers lineup, I don’t think I would be able to recreate a scene from The Avengers like Flickr user legoagogo did. His rather astute attention to detail and use of lighting, really does a great job of depicting Hulk’s rescue of Iron Man at the conclusion of the Battle of New York.
Earlier this week there were severaloutlets were reporting that Star Trek 3 would be feature a scene between Kirk and Spock …. Prime. According to Bad Ass Digest’s Devin Faraci there is a scene in the upcoming Star Trek film where William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy would share the screen for the first time since 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Not in my interest to confirm or deny anything because it limits my options while maintaining my integrity as a truth teller. The movie is not the movie till it is in the theater. Until then, everything is a rumor.
By the end of Star Trek: Into Darkness I was hoping that we had left the alternate timelines and Spock Prime behind to finally focus on the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. At this point I am taking this all in with a grain of salt despite Faraci’s proven track record when it comes to this sort of thing.
I could easily place Edge of Tomorrow as one of the top films I have seen this year. Like many I initially shrugged it off as a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. But after the overwhelming positive reviews started pouring in I knew I had to give it a chance. Edge of Tomorrow is a film that smartly plays with time travel in the midst of an alien invasion of Earth. There are some really impressive set pieces in the film, and most notably the beach landing which plays a critical part in the plot. These days its become commonplace to think that explosions, missiles, and fireballs are added in post production. As you will see in the following video … that was not the case on the set of Edge of Tomorrow.
Another thing to take away from this b-roll footage is what an absolute professional Tom Cruise is. He is in there doing his own stunts, wire work, and weapons handling. It is clear that the people behind Edge of Tomorrow wanted it to look real, and seeing Cruise and Emily Blunt walking around set in those exo-suits is awesome.
Just a friendly reminder that the third annual RetroCon is fast approaching. After last year’s success the show was expanded to two full days of programming and 200+ vendor tables. In addition to a robust dealer’s room there is a guest list featuring Sgt Slaughter, voice actor Larry Kenney (Lion-0, Thundercats), Joel Hodgson (MST3K) and actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek Deep Space 9).
When considering Sylvester Stallone’s filmography I would place Demolition Man somewhere between Tango & Cash and Rhinestone. As far as Stallone’s work goes, Demolition Man has a completely ludicrous premise saturated in early nineties cliches and Rob Schnieder.
As part of its Cult Cinema series the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA is screening Demolition Man at 9:45PM. Tickets start at $10.00 and after the show grab a beer at Molly Maguire’s down the way on Bridge Street. If you haven’t had a chance to see this movie, now is the perfect time to catch this time capsule of nineties ridiculous at its peak Stallone.
Baltimore Comic Con traditionally boasts a huge lineup of some of the biggest names in the comic industry and the 2014 edition did not disappoint. Over the last three days downtown Baltimore was inundated with a huge dose of geek culture tempered only slightly by the opening of the NFL regular season. Here’s a quick hit list of some of my favorite news bits to come out of the weekend.
A brand new trailer for season three of The CW’s superhero smash hit Arrow has made its way online and provides a tantalizing look at what to expect when Oliver Queen and his partners start to take back Starling City. And from the looks of things it appears that I will be able to make use of the “Olicity” tag I started using at the end of last season.
The third season of Arrow premieres October 8th at 8/7c on The CW
At this point in the series we know nothing about the zombie outbreak, other than a few scattered descriptions during the series’ first season. Is it possible that we will see something akin to World War Z with governmental agencies attempting to stop the apocalypse? This is a safe play and I have a hard time believing that AMC would go this route as they are essentially in control of the gold standard of the zombie at this time. Odds 100:1
The Walking Dead: Omaha
Even though The Walking Dead is a veritable cash cow for AMC, they would be silly to revisit the zombie apocalypse in another major metropolitan market and squander this opportunity. By taking the narrative to a rural setting in the Midwest they can tell a story that is more of a gradual apocalypse. You’d have farmers and ranchers dealing with a sudden influx of refugees from an infection that has only been heard about on the television and radio. The midwest is hot right now just thing FX’s Fargo … but with zombies and less Billy Bob Thornton. Odds: 50:1
The Walking Dead: Hawaii UH-OH
In most zombie fiction islands tend to fare pretty well (with the exception of Dead Island of course). What if we find our new protagonists in a society that has survived due to their geographic location and isolation from major population centers? Would the have an obligation to help out the dwindling number of survivors left on the main land or would they just say ‘fuck it’ and gorge on pineapple and poi? Odds 35:1
The Walking Dead: BRAAAAAAINS
An hour-long drama told exclusively from the perspective of the undead. Imagine the horrifically kinetic scenes as the infected begin to turn and start craving the flesh of the living. I am thinking they could shoot a lot of this from a “first player shooter” perspective with just nonstop corn-syrup blood spurting and screams of agony. It’ll be relatively cheap, you could have mostly extras and stunt people in make up. This show would just print money! Odds 750:1
“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.
It is being reported that the Travel Channel has officially put Toy Hunter on indefinite hiatus. While by all accounts Jordan Hembrough is a very enthusiastic collector of all things plastic, the schtick started to wear thing about half way through the second season.
Personally, I bailed on Toy Hunter when he started having celebrity “clients” on every other episode. To address rumors Hembrough posted a statement on the Rebel Scum message boards:
The show was not cancelled, my contract was up after four years, and I wanted to work on something else. I got a “once in a lifetime” chance to work with not only a movie studio, but a theme park as well.. and still continue commentary for both Marvel and DC. It was simply “the next level” for me.
Hembrough stated that he is working on several projects including a show for the “international market” that will be officially announced shortly. Even though Toy Hunter started to wear thin on me I certainly wish Hembrough luck in his future endeavors.
The Escape from New York reboot has been in talks for years. There is nothing we can do to stop it, because this is a thing that will be happening because producer Joel Silver demands it. Over the last week rumors began to swirl that Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) is the top choice among producers for the lead .. and I’m not sure how I feel about that. The only metric I have to base Hunnam’s ability on is his performance in Pacific Rim; and he does not strike me as having the necessary gravitas for the role.
What concerns me more than casting rumors is that StarLog is reporting that the new Escape from New York will be a “more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President”. How is a team-based Escape from New York considered to be a good idea? Why change something that worked so well before? See … this is exactly why we can’t have nice things!
So, to me, it’s important I think that, unless you’re going to change the dynamic — and if you’re going to change the dynamic, then you’re getting into something I’d have to see and say, ‘Well, why do you call it Escape from New York?’
This Escape from New York reboot will be a hollow shell and a pale imitation of John Carpenter’s dystopian classic. At this point the only thing that could make me feel better about this film is casting Timothy Olyphant or Karl Urban as Snake Plissken.