The Avengers Had A Better Shot At Beating Thanos Than Winning The Lottery

Destroying Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War was apparently really hard to do, as Doctor Strange rattled off a number that ran through just how many scenarios they failed before they managed to beat him. Hilariously enough, CinemaSins recently pointed out that number is still drastically lower than what it would take to win the Powerball Jackpot:

You might just want to toss that lottery ticket in the trash. Either that, or Marvel should've had Benedict Cumberbatch rattle off a much higher number to make Thanos sound more impressive? Either way, I'm not sure I ever want to play the lottery again. 

Let’s Talk About MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #30

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30 has dropped and that means we’re going to see what cool things we can spot. If you haven’t read it yet, this is your warning that spoilers are ahead.

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This issue picks up with an interesting conversation between Zordon and Commander Cruger and Rita Repulsa. The two good guys try getting Rita to help save the day since if Drakkon gets his way, everything in existence will disappear and Rita’s part of that existence. She doesn’t seem to care too much about all of this until they bring up the fact that Drakkon killed his Rita and Drakkon’s powers are still rooted in Rita’s magic. Zordon then points out that he and Rita go way back and he wishes there was another way. I really liked this interaction between Zordon and Rita and it feels like it could potentially point to something like from the 2017 movie where they were both Rangers once upon a time. I’d love for Hasbro to really develop this idea in future movies.

Cut over to Drakkon who is pouring some molten ninja steel on Sabba and later we’ll learn this gives him the magical ability to drain the Ranger powers on the battlefield. However, the last panel of Drakkon starts a speech Jason is giving to all the Rangers that have gathered to attack Drakkon’s stronghold. During the speech we see awesome interactions such as Jen and Eric from Time Force reuniting, a hilarious introduction between the Phantom Ranger and the Magna Defender, and we see the Ranger Slayer has returned. Kimberly tells Jason the speech was awesome, and Jason then asks Kimberly to take control of the Megazord even though Pterodactyl isn’t part of the Dragonzord Battle Mode. With this, Jason hands over the Dragon Dagger and Power Shield to Kimberley, and I wish we got a better look at it.

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The Rangers then begin their assault and we’re shown Cruger, Zordon, Rita, and Ninjor appear in what I believe is Rita’s throne room from Drakkon’s universe. We finally get to see what the grand plan is too. Rita lights a green candle like the one from Green with Evil and we find out that Drakkon’s powers are now linked to the candle just as they were in Green with Evil. This was an awesome way to bring Drakkon down in my opinion. While Drakkon isn’t defeated in this issue, it’s awesome to see this nod to the original show. Rita then decides to speed the candle up and for some reason, Zordon’s not ok with this. I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand why he wasn’t ok with speeding up the process that he seemed ok with starting.

Before Drakkon confronts Zordon and pals, Drakkon shows up and starts whooping the Rangers and stealing some more of their powers. Kimberly then shoots Drakkon with the Dragon Dagger which I assume is when the candle starts taking effect as that is when he seems to be weakening. Skip ahead a little and Drakkon learns that Zordon and Rita teamed up and Rita says she wants to speed things up. Finster 5 then shocks them all and seemingly knocks them out. Drakkon then decides he needs more power (understandably as his powers are being drained), but Finster 5 refuses to help him with the method Drakkon chooses as it could kill Drakkon. This, of course, angers Drakkon who snaps Finster 5’s neck (that’s two necks he’s snapped) and then goes on to try to boost his power.

We sadly don’t see the Black Drakkon from the cover, but I’m wondering if that’s the form he will have in the finale. My big question is, will the power boost stop the Green Candle from working? Also, what’s Ranger Slayer planning with a “moon rescue”? Was she referring to saving Zordon and company in Drakkon’s world?

My guess is that Ranger Slayer will play a role in bringing Drakkon down, but I kind of hope that Jason is the one to bring him down. I also don't see how Drakkon can come out of this alive. I hope that we get more of the battle that is ensuing.

Shattered Grid should be wrapping up with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1 on August 29, 2018. What’s been your favorite part of Shattered Grid so far? 

Casting Details For DC’s STARGIRL Have Surfaced

DC is currently working on developing Stargirl for DC Universe. The TV show will center around its own version of Courtney Whitmore and they’ve begun looking for the perfect actor for the role. According to That Hashtag Show, the studio is looking for an 18-year-old to play the 15-year old character. They also seem to not be paying attention to race which means that the show’s version may not be the blonde haired, blue eyed girl from the comics.

The report goes on to describe the character as such:

The character is described as being “an intelligent, compassionate and athletic young woman” who was living a “perfect teenage life in Los Angeles” before she’s uprooted to Blue Valley, Nebraska when her mother gets married. In Nebraska, she discovers that her stepfather used to be a superhero’s sidekick and thus Courtney’s adventures begin.

Who would you like to see cast as Stargirl?

Indie Game GONE HOME Is Heading To The Switch Soon

Five years after it was initially released, the hit indie-game Gone Home is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo Switch later this month, publisher Annapurna Interactive announced yesterday. 

Gone Home will be available on the Nintendo Switch on August 23. A Wii U port was initially planned back in 2014 but never came into fruition. However, the game was then released to other platforms such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the latter even received a special Console Edition in 2016. 

The indie-game served as the debut title for developer Fullbright as it influenced the story-driven adventure game genre. The title’s unique visuals and deeply immersive story were the factors that drove it to success and helped secure Fullbright’s place in indie-game development. 

Gone Home is a first-person exploratory game that puts players in the role of a woman making her way home only to find her house empty and her family missing. The game was commended for addressing LGBT issues and allowing players to explore and discover its secrets on their own pace. 

The game’s release on the Nintendo Switch aims to introduce Gone Home to an even wider audience who missed out on its previous release on the PC and other consoles. 

Gone Home is now available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version of the game is scheduled to release on August 23, 2018. 

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The Characters Ling and Po Will Be in Disney Live-Action MULAN

Mulan is officially in the middle of production and we have now learned of two new characters joining it. Ling and Po, two of Mulan’s friends from the original animated film will make an appearance. Ling will be played by Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua will play Po. There’s no word on what role these two will have in the film, but I imagine it will be similar to their roles in the animated film as two of her friends in the army.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.

Niki Caro is directing Mulan and Lie Yifei is in the titular role. Mulan will release March 27, 2020.

Source: Deadline

The Analyst is Activated in Thrilling Final Trailer For Amazon’s JACK RYAN Series

Amazon Studios has released the final trailer for their upcoming new espionage thriller series Jack Ryan, which is based on the iconic character created by Tom Clancy. As a fan of the Jack Ryan franchise, I'm pretty excited about this new series and I think John Krasinski is going to do the character justice. 

Amazon has high hopes for the series and they were confident in it enough to already greenlight an eight-episode second season. 

Jack Ryan, an up-and-coming CIA analyst, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. He soon uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

Jack Ryan Season 1 is set to premiere on August 31st. Are you looking forward to watching this series?

Here’s a Little Taste of John Carpenter’s New HALLOWEEN Score

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Master of horror John Carpenter not only served as a consultant on the new Halloween film coming out, but he also came back to provide the score. The soundtrack for the film will be released on October 19th, but is currently available for pre-order here.

We even have a little tease of John Carpenter's score below that you can listen to. It's just a little taste, but if you're a fan of the Halloween franchise and John Carpenter, then it's worth checking out. 

The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring

The movie is a direct sequel to the first film, and it will feature Laurie Strode confronting Michael Myers for the first time in forty years. When we catch up with her in the film, she has spent all those years preparing to kill Michael Myers if he ever ended up getting out of the asylum that he's been locked away in. As you'll see, Meyers ends up getting out and now he is out terrorizing and killing people as he hunts down Laurie, who is ready for him.

Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) plays Allyson, the granddaughter. David Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Halloween will be released on October 19, 2018.

Sam Elliot Talks About His Latest Film THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

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We really don't know much about Sam Elliot's new film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. All we've been given so far is a poster, a synopsis, and a very intriguing title. Based on those things, I'm extremely excited to see this movie! 

For those of you, like myself, looking for some more information on the film, Sam Elliot and director Robert D. Krzykowski sat down with /Film to talk about the movie and it sounds like they really enjoyed creating it. Before we get into it, here's the synopsis:

Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House) stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.

Apparently, at some point in the film, Bigfoot throws up all over Sam Elliot and when asked if that was the kind of script he had been waiting for, Elliot explains how he got involved with the project:

"I don’t know why over the last few years good fortune has smiled on me. I know we’ve talked about it before, and this is part of it. This script came out of nowhere and there was no not wanting to do it. I was working on The Ranch at the time and had very little window to work through my hiatus. I also had another film I was going to do. And, I walked away from it for about five minutes; Robert had written a letter to my agent that I became privy to, and I read it and was overcome by the content of it. I called Robert and said “I’m in.” It’s just the kind of stuff I want to do; it’s good material, great material. It was a first-time filmmaker directing it, but he also wrote it, so who better to direct it. And he had some brilliant filmmakers at his side. How could you not want to do this?
"More than anything, Calvin Barr spoke to me. I didn’t know much about that war he was in [World War II]; I know men who where in that war and I’ve portrayed a guy who was in that war in all three major conflicts in We Were Soldiers. I talked to a number of people in that war, but my war was the Vietnam War. I think on some level, war is war; and PTSD is PTSD, and I think Calvin suffered from it. That was part of his persona, at least that was my take on it. I understand lost love, and I think that can destroy a man more than anything if it was a deep love that is lost somehow. There was a lot I understood about Barr, and I like to think that I’m a decent human being, and I know at the core, Calvin Barr is a decent human being. There were a lot of things that spoke to me about him. (long pause) Being vomited on by Bigfoot was not one of the things I knew about."

When talking about creating this story and the character that Elliot plays, the writer and director said:

"The whole script always felt organic and came out of this place of wanting to write this big, iconic action hero, but his core is simple decency. In these strange times, I wanted to point people to someone like that. The hardest section, and the most difficult section, to write is when Calvin sits down with the FBI and RCMP. That was my chance to make it all as real as it could ever be. If the audience believes what those guys are saying, then they’ll roll with the rest of the movie. And in that moment, he gets to explain his feelings on Nazism, the notion that ideas can be monsters, and then selling this whole notion of Bigfoot and making it real. If that scene worked, the rest would work; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t. It was just a roll of the dice."

He went on to talk about the most fun and challenging part about telling this story, saying:

"The puzzle was, how can we, in 2018, believe that in 1987, these two things could have happened. How do you even approach selling that? How do you connect the dots so that a man killed Hitler, and then history marches on just like we read about. That was the most fun and challenging part of the script, and when I figured that out, it gave me permission to do all of the other crazy stuff. Then when you see Sam in the movie, he’s so deadly serious and sells it so honestly, and Ron Livingston [playing the FBI agent] is giving so much on his face for Sam to work with. I was going, 'I believe this and I don’t believe any of this.'"

The film recently screened at the Fantasia Film Festival and I've been hearing a lot of great things. The report says that there's a Bigfoot scene in the film that alone is worth the price of admission. There's apparently a lot of stunt work involved with this scene and Elliott said that he did most of that stunt work himself. When asked about the stunt work, he explained:

"Most of it. There was a double around, and we used him when Bigfoot jumped on me off of a rock, and the stunt guy sprained his ankle in that moment. We’d done a lot of the fight scene up to that point, and the second he stepped in for that stunt, he sprained his ankle. Mind you, I haven’t seen the film, but maybe there’s a shot of me going into a rock…"

Sounds like a blast! There's no word on when this movie will come out, but I can't wait to see it!

Hasbro Has Announced National Power Rangers Day

Mark your calendars for August 28 because that is now officially National Power Rangers Day. This is a new campaign from Hasbro to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved show adapted from the Japanese original. It’s really simple to participate, too. Apparently, just color coordinate with your friends and post on social media with #NationalPowerRangersDay about memories and new things you’re doing. Of course, this year will also feature the special anniversary episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel that will bring back some legendary Power Rangers. Here’s the blurb from National Day Calendar:

On August 28, It’s Morphin’ Time! National Power Rangers Day officially recognizes the original “teenagers with attitude” and celebrates all things Power Rangers!

In 1993, five ordinary teenagers exploded on the pop-culture scene with the launch of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Together they broke down barriers and defeated evil by demonstrating teamwork, inclusivity, and diversity to people of all ages. Today, this grand tradition continues as new Ranger teams and new generations of fans discover these essential values over and over again.

On National Power Rangers Day everyone gets to be a Power Ranger! What are your Ranger skills and abilities? Do you have super strength or enhanced memory? Maybe your talent hasn’t been discovered yet. That’s ok! No matter where you live or who you are, with discipline, mindfulness, and heart, anyone can become a Power Ranger. Ultimately, the goal is to call your friends, color coordinate and get ready to celebrate National Power Rangers Day!

What plans are you making?

The Switch Demo Of MONSTER HUNTER GENERATIONS ULTIMATE Is Now Available

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There are only a few days left before Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is released to the Nintendo Switch. Now, Capcom has revealed on Twitter that it will release a free playable version of the game today, August 16. 

The demo will allow players to try all the six Hunting Styles in the game including the new Prowler abilities. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an expanded version of the original game, Monster Hunter Generations, launched in the 3DS back in 2015. The Switch version will include more content and Hunting Styles such as Alchemy and Valor. Also, an Elder Dragon and a brand new endgame boss will be featured in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. 

Furthermore, players who already played Monster Hunter Generations on the 3DS will be able to continue their progress on Ultimate on the Switch by transferring save game data from the 3DS version to the Switch version. Also, Ultimate will take advantage of the Switch’s touchscreen in its combat system and will support four-player multiplayer both locally and online. 

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate launches on August 28 for the Nintendo Switch. A demo of the game is available today, August 16. 

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