Liam Neeson is set to slip back into a new movie role that he's become very accustomed to playing... a man who goes on a mission of revenge after his son is murdered.
The film is called Hard Powder, and according to THR, Neeson will play a character named Nels, "an upright snowplow driver in a glitzy Colorado ski town whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his vengeful crusade sparks a turf war between a Viking gangster and a Native American mafia boss."
Neeson is sure to leave a trail of blood and death behind him in the beautiful rocky mountains. The film is actually a remake of Norwegian film called In Order of Disappearance, and the director of that film, Hans Petter Moland, is also going to direct Neeson in this new film.
Even though Neeson keeps making these movies, I still enjoy watching him kick ass in them! I just hope there's this one line of dialogue in the film, "Don't fuck with Mr. Plow!"
Gotham returns in April, and with it comes The Riddler in his classic look! After two seasons of watching the evolution of Edward Nigma into full-blown villain, it's cool to see him finally wearing his classic villain ensemble! I appreciate that they didn't cheese it up with a ton of question marks as I don't think that would've fit the aesthetic of the show, but I wouldn't mind if they found a way to incorporate it down the road!
You can see his new look in more detail in the promo below. Are you liking the current state of Gotham? If you aren't watching I think you're really missing out! We're finally getting to see young Bruce Wayne kick some ass!
The daughter of Captain America creator Joe Simon says there's nothing wrong with using Captain America to express your political opinion one way or another. Melissa Groben spoke with THR regarding the recent use of the character at rallies and protests on both sides of the political spectrum and she said,
"Captain America has been around for a long time, so anytime there is any turmoil or unrest or disagreement, he pops up...We all find whatever we need in a particular character, whatever that may be. So, I can't say that the way anyone is using the character is wrong. If that's what they see in the character, then that's what works for them...What Captain America represents to my neighbor might be different than what he means to someone from three towns over."
As some of you may know, Groben points out that Captain America was created solely as a symbol of protest prior to the Americans entering WWII,
"Captain America was created while the Jews were being killed off in Europe, and my father, being Jewish, and Jack (Kirby), being Jewish, were enraged that America was not over there with our military strength...They created Captain America to go after Hitler because our country wouldn't go after Hitler. My father was very, very, very pro-America, pro-Jewish, he was very traditional, and it was a different world back then."
For me personally, I had always assumed Captain America was created alongside the war effort as a means of propaganda. To learn that he was more or less a protest showing "this is what America should do" paints the character in a different light for me!
I guess the main takeaway here is Captain America isn't left or right...he's a symbol of the American spirit and open to interpretation. So use him for what you will and feel justified in whatever way you want!
If you're a fan of the hit anime series Sword Art Online, then there's no doubt you're excited about the anime movie that's been in development called Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. The official website for the film has been releasing all kinds of trailers and images for the film. I've included the two most recent trailers for you to check out along with all of the previously released trailers in case you missed them.
There's a good amount of great action and fight sequences in the trailers for you to enjoy, and they also offer a look at the new villain being introduced in the film. Here's the synopsis for the film:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn't have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They're about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn't all fun and games…
If you haven't watched Sword Art Online yet, it's definitely a series worth watching. It's got great storytelling, great characters, and some awesome action! It's definitely one of the most entertaining anime series currently running.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is set to open in Japan on February 18th and will also screen in the US for a one-night event on March 9.
A new big screen adaption of the classic Robert C. O’Brien children’s book Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nimh has been in development at various studios since 2009. In 2015 the rights landed at MGM studios, and they've been developing it as a live-action and CG-animated hybrid film. They now have a director on board to take the film into production.
The studio hired James Madigan to the direct the film from a script written by Michael Berg. This will be Madigan's first time directing a film. So what did he do before he landed this big directing gig? He was a VFX supervisor and a second unit director. He's worked on films such as Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, HBO's Rome, and most recently Jason Statham's Meg. I'm not sure how this guy landed a major directing gig like this, but we'll soon see if he's got a talent for it.
This will be the second time Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nimh will have been adapted as a feature film. The first adaptation was the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH, which was directed by Don Bluth. I grew up that movie and loved it! I hope that this new adaptation does the story justice. If you're not familiar with the story, here's the description:
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
If you're a fan of Back to the Future, you're gonna enjoy this great little video essay that compares all five versions of Hill Valley that Marty McFly found himself in throughout the trilogy. The video gives us a side-by-side comparison highlighting the visual similarities of McFly's time spent in the town square. Anyone familiar with these movies know that the visual parallels from film to film are nothing new or surprising, but it's still cool to see them all playing side-by-side together. The video was created by Lost In The Movies, and I think you'll get a kick out of it.
Lois & Clark star Teri Hatcher is once again joining the DC universe, but this time she will be coming in to play a villain. She's set to appear in season two of Supergirl, and all we know about her character as this point is that it's a "mysterious role that will become the new major villain of the season."
She joins her former Lois & Clark co-star Dean Cain, who plays Kara's adoptive father in the series. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg released the following statement expressing his excitement about getting Hatcher on board:
"No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all-time favorite Lois Lane. To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti], and the fans."
This is the second time that Hatcher has joined a CW super show. She previously appeared on the tenth season of Smallville as Ella Lane, the mother of Lois. Joining Supergirl also reunites Hatcher with former Desperate Housewives co-stars Mehcad Brooks, who plays Jimmy Olsen a.k.a. Guardian, and Brenda Strong, who plays Lillian Luthor.
There are no hints of who the villain might be, but you can make your best guesses in the comment section below!
Nerf has unveiled the latest addition to their arsenal of blasters. It’s the fully automatic Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K which can blast out 100 rounds of Nerf foam balls at 70 MPH! This thing is definitely one of the most badass guns that they’ve come out with.
One of the best things about this gun that the other Rival guns don’t have is that you can quickly dump all of the ammo into a roomy 100-round hopper, which also allows you to continuously reload even while you’re still firing shots.
The new gun comes in red and blue and will be available for purchase something in the fall. It will cost around $100, which is a small price to pay for a little bit of awesomeness that you can brag to your friends about.
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce a crime thriller called The Black Hand, which is based on a book of the same name written by Stephan Talty. The film is based on a true story and is set up at Paramount Pictures. This sounds like an awesome story that would make for a great film.
The story is set in 1903, and DiCaprio will take on the lead role of Joe Petrosino, "a NYPD cop who goes after the ruthless gang (with the calling card black hand) that migrated from Italy to America. The thugs kidnapped people and then extorted money from their families. They were loathed by law-abiding Italian families who were frightened, but nevertheless helped Petrosino behind the scenes."
This seems like it's a great role for DiCaprio to take on, and this wouldn't be the first time he's played a law enforcement officer in a movie. It's one of those kinds of roles that he fits right into and has played incredibly well in films such as Shutter Island, J. Edgar, and The Departed.
Here's a more detailed story summary from the book that the film is based on:
Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective, and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino’s quest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily—but at a terrible cost.
I love these kinds of stories, and I can't wait to see this one!