Spider-Man Gets a Lead Actor, Director, and Release Date!

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Fans don’t have to wait anymore, because the Spider-Man franchise has its new Peter Parker!

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Tom Holland will take on the task of being the Marvel and Sony Pictures Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While he will see plenty of screen-time in his own standalone movies, his debut will take place in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. As relatively unknown actor, Holland made a name MV5BNzg2NjA5ODAyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODAzMjkxNDE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_for himself in the independent movie entitled The Impossible. In a press release on the Marvel website Sony Pictures Producer Amy Pascal said of the 19-year-old actor that “we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Not to be left out of the news, the Spider-Man films will be headed by director Jon Watts whose credits also include independent films. His most recent being Cop Car, a film which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Marvel President Kevin Feige also spoke about Watts during the press release saying “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Now, the only thing left is the release date. The first (again) installment of the Spider-Man franchise with make its way to theaters on July 28th, 2017 and as a bonus, it will be in both IMAX and 3D. Many are probably pretty confused as to why Marvel will not be at Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming slate of movies, especially with this news which comes pretty close to the convention date of July 9 2015. No matter as I’m sure they have their own promotion plans so fans should not worry. To read more regarding the casting head on over to Marvel.com and check out the full press release.

Source: Marvel.com


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Jurassic World: More Teeth is Very Deadly

jworld-banner-44Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus Rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinosaurs to run all over the place. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.


Brothers Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) Mitchell go to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager, but all she cares about is work to care for them. Instead leaves them with her assistant, Zara (Katie McGrath) . Unfortunately, she doesn’t do much to care for them at all. Now, the neglect of children is bad, but of course the movie isn’t about that. This is about deadly dinosaurs that should never have been genetically made in the first place.

maxresdefault (4)Jurassic’s World scientists decide it’s a good idea to create a new dinosaur called the Indominus Rex. Sounds deadly right? Well… you have no idea. These idiots mix the DNA of Jurassic’s most deadliest predators, T-Rex and Velociraptor. Like WHY??!! When your boss says more teeth and screen-shot-2015-03-13-at-11-39-05-jurassic-world-raptor-squad-chris-pratt-t-rex-who-can-stop-indominus-rex-png-301401scary he didn’t mean a deadly weapon that you can’t take down when it gets out of control. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away anymore, go see it because it’s that amazing.

What I really love about this movie is how they showed the original park in a scene (very small, but very cool) and the theme music, It gave me so much chills. It just make me happy that they didn’t change a lot of things and made for an all too familiar feel to the movie. Much credit to Director Colin Trevorrow. It was a huge nostalgia trip!!


This film is amazing. The only issue is that it will never beat the original Jurassic Park movie (but that doesn’t have to be all bad). Jurassic World had its own uniqueness that cannot be understated and it blew my mind! It is a must-see movie for everyone, so get out there and go see it. Oh, and remember… More teeth is more deadly!

Jurassic World gets a 5 out of 5

+ The theme music and the look at the original park was so great

+ The Indominus Rex is next level in terms of brutality (and intelligence)

+ Still has a unique and somewhat original approach that allows the movie to stand on it’s own


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Marvel Out, Star Wars In at Hall H for Comic-Con

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It’s no secret at this point that Marvel has decided to skip the festivities at Hall H this year, but that doesn’t mean that big names won’t be appearing. That’s just where Star Wars comes in as  Lucasfilm have confirmed that there will be a panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens scheduled for Friday, July 10 in Hall H.

There is no specific time scheduled for the panel yet, but the panel will include director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan,  Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy. They won’t be alone as they have also confirmed that the fans will see some other special guests take the stage as well. Lucasfilm has promised to provide a “special look” at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I think it’s safe to say that Comic-Con can’t come fast enough at this point.


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Insidious Chapter 3: Get Lost in The Further

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When teenager Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, she seeks help from gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). However, Elise’s tragic past makes her reluctant to use her abilities. After Quinn is attacked by a malevolent entity, her father (Dermot Mulroney) pleads with Elise for help. With support from two parapsychologists, Elise ventures deep into The Further — where she finds a powerful demon with an insatiable craving for human souls. Did I mention that Elise is a total boss in this film?


This chilling prequel did not disappoint me one bit, if anything it made me very scared. Its been insidious-3-shadowyone week and I still check the dark corners before bed! None of the jump scares were false, they each lead to something terrifying.

Personally I was hoping that this 3rd chapter would continue from chapter 2 where Elise saw something terrifying behind Allison (see Chapter 2), how come they didn’t show it? Is there going to be an Insidious Chapter 4? I wish there was more to the story because the potential was there to polish it up, but hey who knows? All I know is that It’s not over (horror movie franchises rarely are).


Insidious-3-Story-and-Character-DetailsVerdict: The scares were good, but I also felt like there could’ve been more to the story. The movie was leaning too much on the jump scare and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing (in fact, it is the staple of any horror movie), it shouldn’t be the only thing that carries the entertainment value of the movie. Still, it is a good time at the movies so if you want to be scared go see this film!

Insidious: Chapter 3 gets a 4 out of 5

+ It… Is… Scary

+ Elise is a great character in the movie

+ Although it isn’t a sequel, the movie left the door open for more potential films

– Could have fleshed out the story a bit more

Insidious: Chapter 3 is in theaters now


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Transformers Spinoff Films Gets New Team of Writers

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Yes, the Transformers movie franchise is looking to expand its cinematic universe and Akiva Goldsman has been tasked with coming up with new ideas for the core films as well as ideas for spinoffs. That task apparently includes bringing in solid names to write the future films as well.

This franchise could use some positive news and it looks like it got some with word that new writers have been hired to assist in the expansion and continuation of the movie franchise. Deadline reports that the team of writers include  Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. There’s no news in the way of who will be apart of what films, but the team itself is solid and could bring a much-needed boost to an already fruitful franchise.

Source: Deadline


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Avengers Age of Ultron: Dominating The World As We Know It

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This weekend finally saw the release of one of the years most anticipated movies in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s not a secret that this movie is gonna rake in the money and at this point the argument isn’t about whether the movie is good or not, but will it surpass its 2012 predecessor. No need to go any further, lets just jump right in.


Unlike the first movie, the team is already working together and have their hands full when they take on Ultron; a peace initiative designed by Tony Stark turned ruthless A.I. that’s hell-bent on human extinction. Ultron isn’t the only problem as the team has to deal with a pair of super-powered twins who seem to have their own agenda.


avengers_age_of_ultron_teamThe movie begins not unlike how the previous movie ended. The team is doing the “avengers” thing and it’s cool. It’s a good way to get people into the movie by giving them a piece of what made the first one so beloved. It doesn’t take long to move off the tracks a little bit because once all the fighting is over, it seems like we get thrown almost right away into the middle of the story without a proper set-up. It almost made the villain feel forced into the story and that’s not a good thing because it messes with the pacing of 1936dbdceaa4644169795e9c4f972d83the movie (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the quality of the movie itself but we’ll get to that later). It doesn’t help that if you blink you kind of miss the entire back story of two of the more important characters in Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff. Also, there were some instances that saw plot points from the first movie being rehashed (and is even covertly mentioned by one of the characters) and keeps this movie from distinguishing itself from the former as a more original entity. Besides a couple other small scenes that seemed a bit unnecessary or could have been done better, the movie flows pretty seamlessly.


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The biggest strength of the movie is in its character development and the dynamic relationships the heroes share. One of the best scenes in the movie involved the heroes… well… not actually being heroes for once. 130123_oriThe interactions between any combination of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) contained either humor, drama, or a mixture of both and were delivered admirably. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) both share intimate scenes which accomplish the task of providing both exposition of who they are as people and depth to characters who were severely lacking it. Speaking of characters who severely lacked depth, there was definitely a concerted effort to make Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a more important character and it was done almost flawlessly. I won’t spend much time on him (because it would spoil it a bit) but, his character was a joy in the movie and was a crucial part in more ways than one. Even the cameos (none of which I will spoil) were great and made an impact on the movie outside of just taking up screen time.

If you didn’t think the heroes were the brightest spot of the movie, then it was because Ultron (James Spader) stole the show. Ultron is probably the most polished villain the cinematic universe has put on-screen. He was calculated, ruthless, but not without purpose and Spader was just about as good an actorcleaner-lead-age-of-ultron-trailer-leak-141022-665x385 as you could find to fill this role. While some may have found his mannerisms a bit too humanistic, I would remind them that this is a different story with different core aspects and therefore Ultron’s character reflects that quite a bit. By extension, the inclusion of Vision (Paul Bettany) was almost, if not, just as important and show stealing to me. The stark contrast in the characters and their ideals made for great moments at times in the more tense scenes. He really became one of my favorite characters by the time the whole thing was over.


9F5KAva55gWxAnd What would the movie be without a big action sequence, I mean c’mon, this is still an action movie right? Was it big? Yeah it was! Did it raise the stakes from the first movie? Definitely! It was what everyone was waiting for and did not disappoint. So much of the action was vivid, clean, and looked as if it were ripped right off the pages of a comic book. The tone was refreshingly different and It definitely brought the feeling of desperation among the heroes. Many of times there was a question of what was gonna happen next, because the tension mounted with every passing scene. Every character gets a piece of the action, but unlike the last time the end is a bit different.


130122_oriVerdict: This movie is everything you want in a blockbuster. It was fun, action packed, and felt like an event. I wish the Maximoff twins had been better utilized. It seemed as though there was a lot left out and considering the fact that the blu-ray will contain an extended version (three hours) and an alternate ending, we’ll see if it was for the best, but a longer run-time actually could have been beneficial. Also, the humor wears on you by the end of the film, but there is no denying that Joss Wheden knows how to handle a large cast of characters. Many had reservations because the cast seemed so large, but this movie handles a large cast better than any movie I have seen. Even with that, Everyone who plays a role in the movie and  the cinematic universe at large seem genuinely excited to be apart of what is happening and you can see how comfortable they have all come to be in their roles. As someone who will continue to watch the cinematic universe grow, that is what I am happiest to see. I am ready to see Whedon move on though as I feel we’ve reached the limit of what to expect from his style. The Russo’s were effective in creating a great story for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I think their direction is one well worth taking.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a 4 out of 5

+ Great chemistry among the entire cast

+ Action scenes were second to none

+ The slight change in tone works well throughout and especially in the climax

+ Ultron… nuff said

– Could have been paced better

– Just needed more scenes with the twins (because they were pretty good when they were there)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.


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Batman v Superman Trailer is Here!

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After some footage got leaked the day before, I guess director Zack Snyder and co. decided now would be as good a time as any. Sure some of those people who were going to the special IMAX showings will be disappointed, but does it really matter because it is here and it is awesome!

Say what you want, but they really have a flair for the dramatics over at Warner Bros. studio. Hopefully those who were going to see the IMAX release of the trailer aren’t too upset. They still get to see it exclusively in IMAX and no one else gets to say that. For everyone else, it’s just a good time to be a fan.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.


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Full-Length Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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All those Star Wars fans (like myself), are excited to finally see the second trailer (and the first full-length one) for the much-anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There’s a little bit of old, and a little bit of new in the trailer (no spoilers). This one has quite a bit more action and drama in it for what it’s worth. But don’t just take my word for it, check it out below.

See, it’s some pretty good stuff. Really good look at some of the main characters that’ll be featured. We’ll expect to see much better performances all around when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015.


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Marvel’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Movies Finally Have Directors!

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Well, It’s official. Marvel finally put the word out that the one’s to take on their Infinity War films will be Anthony and Joe Russo. Pretty straight-forward press release, but you can read a part of it below.

As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”

If you don’t know these guys, you do know of one of their most successful films in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A film that was one of the highest grossing films in 2014 and is considered by many to be Marvel’s best movie to date. In addition, they are also the currently at the helm for next year’s follow-up film Captain America: Civil War.

These talks have been going on for quite some time with whispers as recent as two weeks ago that the deal had been sealed. It is only now that there is some confirmation amid all the rumors. Filming has just begun for Captain America: Civil War so don’t expect to see anything regarding the two-part film for some time.

Captain America: Civil War is headed to theaters on May 6, 2016 while Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 is schedule to release May 4, 2018 with the second to be expected almost one year later on May 3, 2019.


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Live-Action Attack on Titan Film Gets a TV Spinoff

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It looks as though the Attack on Titan franchise is not only jumping on the live-action bandwagon, but the spinoff bandwagon as well. And the movie itself hasn’t even come out yet!

The television spinoff will tie into the films and revolve around the everyday lives of the soldiers with many of the cast of the film reprising their roles (including Satomi Ishihara as Hanji and Ayame Misaki as Hiana).

Credit to Anime News Network as they have reported that Shinji Higuchi (director of both live-action films) will be in the directors seat again for this project as well. Between the incoming Attack on Titan films, the upcoming Godzilla film by Toho, and this project, it would seem that he has quite a bit of work to do. Considering the track record he has with former projects I don’t think that will be a problem.

It’s still early so expect the news to come pretty fast as we get closer to the debut of the live-action Attack on Titan films with the first of two premiering Aug. 1 in Japan, and the second one on Sept. 19.


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