I missed the Voltron craze in the '80s, but it looks like it's about to make a comeback. There have been talks about a live-action movie for years, but while we wait on a studio to figure that out, Netflix is bringing the giant robot back for a new generation with a show called Voltron: Legendary Defender. USA Today debuted the first image from the new series (above), and it looks like a pretty damn good match with the original cartoon design.
The original 1984-85 series, adapted from Japanese anime, focused on five men and the princess of the planet Arus who piloted lions and, to take down monster villains, would form Voltron and use his signature blazing sword. While the new show will have some modern tweaks, including more serialized storytelling, much will be the same to older fans.
That seems like a good way to approach a beloved property like this: update it just enough for a new group of kids to dig it, but don't change it so much that the fans of the original won't recognize it anymore.
Legendary Defender centers on five Earth teenagers — Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Shiro — who are thrown into the middle of an intergalactic battle and become the last line of defense for Arus and other planets against an evil alien force led by King Zarkon.
Whereas most of the original characters were nondescript space explorers, the main players in the new series will have backstories, and “ a real purpose for being on this mission and getting involved with Voltron in the first place,” says [exec producer Joaquim] Dos Santos.
Voltron: Legendary Defender will premiere on Netflix later this year with a 13-episode first season. Here's the original intro of the '80s show:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a good movie. It's has flashes of things that work here and there (Ben Affleck's Batman isn't bad), but for the most part, it's a mess of a film that drops the ball in a huge way and seems like a massive waste of a concept. (Joey is publishing his thoughts about the movie on the site tomorrow, and I'm interested to see if he agrees with that assessment.) As of this writing, the film currently has a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it seems that a majority of the critics out there share my opinion this time.
But Zack Snyder and the cast of the film aren't worried about the critical response. They know it's a critic-proof movie and the idea of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman sharing the big screen together is too great a hook for fans to ignore. Even if it was sitting at a 0%, fans would still go see it because, well, because it's Batman v Superman, for God's sake! Yahoo UK sat down with the filmmakers and asked them their thoughts about the negative reception:
Well, yeah, Henry Cavill — we do go into a movie with personal opinions and preconceived ideas. That's what criticism is. Cavill seems to have the same mentality that often pops up in online comments about how writers should strive to write "objective" reviews, which — and this is important — is not actually possible. Those "personal opinions" he's so worried about are the actual reason people read film criticism. Devin Faraci at BirthMoviesDeath wrote a great piece about this recently, and I'd recommend checking it out.
I almost guarantee that if the film had received rave reviews thus far, Cavill wouldn't have said that. "The audience's opinion is what really matters" is just a way to deflect some of the sting of all of those bad reviews, and while I don't blame him for getting defensive about it, that quote does make it seem like he has a fundamental misunderstanding of what criticism is.
A couple of months ago we were introduced to a fan-made X-Men animated series called X-Men: Danger Room Protocols. The series was being developed and self-funded by Joel Furtado until Marvel swooped in and shut it down.
The series was supposed to be a love letter to the classic 1990s animated series and it was done in a fun pixilated style. To show you what we are all going to miss out on, Furtado is releasing a series of clips that he created for the show and as you'll see, what he has created is pretty damn awesome. The animation is very fluid and well done, especially with the fight sequences. It's a shame that Marvel felt they needed to shut it down, I would have been an avid watcher!
Who knows how many more of these he'll post until Marvel tells him to stop, but enjoy it while it lasts!
Here's the first trailer for War Dogs, formerly known as Arms and the Dudes. The film is based on the shocking-but-true story chronicled in a 2011 Rolling Stone article of two twenty-something Miami Beach stoners who worked the system and earned a $300 million weapons contract from the U.S. government to supply guns to our allies in Afghanistan during the war, and it stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as the two bro-tastic war profiteers.
The Hangover and Old School director Todd Phillips directed this one, but even if his name wasn't plastered all over this trailer, you probably would have been able to guess he was the one responsible for it. Teller is hated by just about every internet commenter I've ever seen, and he's playing another smarmy douchebag here. As much as I think this will be a little too genuinely bro-heavy for my tastes, I also read that insane Rolling Stone article and this story is so crazy that I'm curious to see what Phillips does to adapt it.
War Dogs hits theaters on August 19th.
From director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) comes “War Dogs,” starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash,” the “Divergent” trilogy).
Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
The film also stars Ana de Armas (“Knock Knock”) and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle”). The screenplay is by Stephen Chin and Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic, based on the Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes,” by Guy Lawson. Mark Gordon (“Steve Jobs”), Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper are the producers, with David Siegel and Bryan Zuriff serving as executive producers.
“War Dogs” reunites Phillips with several of his collaborators from “The Hangover” trilogy, including director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Bill Brzeski and editor Jeff Groth. Joining the team is costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”). The music is by Cliff Martinez (“Drive,” “Traffic”).
Today, the studio released a new featurette that goes behind the scenes of the movie, showing off some footage of the impressive voice cast recording lines in the audio booth. This movie looks like it could be an excellent adaptation, and one that's actually justified because of its innovative use of technology, which is more than a lot of other modern adaptations can say.
The Jungle Book arrives in theaters on April 15th.
Earlier today, I wrote about the new EW covers featuring the leading ladies of HBO's Game of Thrones, and now the magazine has released a bunch of new photos of them for fans to pore over — and some accompanying quotes to read too much into, as well. Now we have a better look at Arya (who's apparently been healed of her blindness), Dany (looking regal in white, and much safer than when she appears as a Dothraki captive in the new trailer), Cersei (who's gotta be plotting some epic revenge), Sansa (who will hopefully be better off this season than she was last season), Brienne (badass as usual), and Margaery (one of the smartest women in the land, who still has to answer to the Sparrows for her crimes). Gotta love that Sansa's pulling an A.C. Slater with that chair in the group photo above, too.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24th.
"We've seen Margaery in a lot of sticky situations, but she's never been out of her depth before," says Dormer.
"Brienne is so unique and unconventional and so strong, and I love the writing hasn't allowed her to just rest there," says Christie.
"This is the season I'm most excited for," says Turner. "Sansa's coming into her own and standing up for herself."
"She really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from the horrible position she finds herself in," says Headey.
"She's learning the last lesson she needs to learn," says Clarke. "There's just few remnants of being a human being she's shaking off."
"Last season people asked: 'Is she dead?' I'm all, 'No, she's blind.' It's too easy to kill her," says Williams. "If there's one thing we've learned from Game of Thrones it's that death is the easy way out."
Here's some cool artwork that gives some famous superhero masks the minimalist treatment. These come courtesy of Ukrainian graphic designer Yuri Krasnoshchok, and you can see more at his Behance page. There are a ton of heroes and villains featured in these two images, but I think my favorite is Daredevil because of the way his horns affect the shadows. (It's interesting that Superman is the only hero who doesn't have shadow coming off his face; the same is true for Venom, but he's entirely engulfed in shadows.)
Now that I've caught up with all of George R.R. Martin'sA Song of Ice and Fire novels, I'm just like all of the other book readers out there who watch Game of Thrones. But the big difference is that I've caught up just in time for season 6, which is the first season that actively goes beyond Martin's novels in a major way; this means that now book readers and non-book readers are on a more level playing field, but it also kind of sucks for those of us who put all of the hours into reading the books. I mean, season 6 has to spoil the upcoming books, right? According to the showrunners, not necessarily:
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true,” Benioff told EW. “So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
“What makes the books so great is that George doesn’t make meticulous blueprints for every beat of this story and then fill in the blanks dutifully going from A to B to C, fleshing out an outline,” Weiss added. “At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
I think the experiences of watching the show and reading the books are different enough that reading the new books won't be as disappointing as many might assume, especially if they're true to their word about diverging in major ways from Martin's intended path. Plus, there are plenty of characters that are dead in the show that aren't dead in the books. The novels also present a much richer and expansive world to dive into just by the nature of the medium. In an ideal world, we'd be able to experience all of the twists and turns of the story through Martin's prose first, but because of the delays in writing and the speed at which the show moves through each season, that's an impossibility; here's hoping the two end products will be different enough to keep some major surprises in store for the book readers when all is said and done.
Have you ever wondered what Yoda is, and if there are more of him? You aren't alone. There are several questions we've never gotten answers to over the course of the Star Wars franchise! Screen Rant tackled some of the more interesting questions. Any other ones they missed? Maybe you have some answers to some of the questions! Speculate below!