IMAX Poster Released For STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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Lucasfilm and IMAX have released a new IMAX poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I've already got my tickets to watch the film in IMAX and I can't freakin' wait! I've got less than a month to go and I couldn't be more excited! 

I love this whole dark crimson red color scheme the marketing team is going with. I wonder if this color is pertinent to the story the film will tell, or if it's just something that looks cool. I guess we'll find out when the movie is released!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released on December 15th. 

Nintendo and Illumination Will Team Up To Develop an Animated SUPER MARIO BROS. Movie!

Wow! Nintendo is actually getting back into the movie business! The last movie they were involved with a film was the awesomely bad 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. After that experience, Nintendo didn't allow for any more of their other properties to be adapted into films. 

Well, they are actually going to attempt to make a new Super Mario Bros. movie and this time they are looking to team up with Illumination Entertainment to do it. This time around, the movie will be animated and it's being done by the animation team that brought us films such as Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “people with knowledge of the discussions,” say that Nintendo and Illumination are close to signing an agreement that will bring Mario back to the big screen. Nintendo is obviously being very cautious with their properties, but if this new Super Mario Bros. film does well, it could entice Nintendo to develop films based on some of their other properties like The Legend of Zelda!

The report also says that Nintendo will have a hand in the creation of the new Mario movie, with Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and The Legend of Zelda, possibly taking on a producer role. They explain:

The most complicated issue in the negotiations between Illumination and Nintendo has been making the Japanese videogame company feel confident it will be involved enough in the creative process, said one person close to the talks. Nintendo’s creative guru, Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Mario Bros., has been part of the talks and likely will be a producer on the movie, along with [Illumination chief executive Chris] Meledandri…

It's good to hear that Nintendo will be a creative force in the development of the movie. It makes sense and it will allow for them to guide the film in the direction that is appropriate for the characters and brand. 

If this ends up being a bad experience for Nintendo, we may never see them another attempt at making a movie ever again. So, Illumination better not screw this up! 

The film is currently in early development and it's going to be awhile before we see anything from it. But, are you excited to hear that Nintendo is actually going to attempt to get back into the movie business with a new Super Mario Bros. movie?

STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II Offers Insight on Luke Skywalker’s Journey To The Jedi Temple on Ahch-To

It looks like Star Wars: Battlefront II is going to help fill in some information regarding Luke Skywalker and what led him on his journey to the Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. It's a pretty cool detail that offers fans a little insight. 

According to GamesRadar, one of the missions in the campaign leads an Inferno Squad member member named Del Meeko to a planet called Pillio. His mission on the planet is to destroy everything in the Emperor’s vault.

On his journey he runs into Luke Skywalker, who has been guided by The Force to the Emperor's vault. The two reluctantly team up and end up finding the vault. It's there that Luke sees a star map. This is the same star map with the compass that we saw in the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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It seems like this is the place where Luke begins his journey that will eventually lead him to the Jedi temple on Ahch-To. The report goes on to say:

That compass leads him to something very important on Ahch-To. There’s a Jedi Temple on the island – it seems the Emperor knew about it – but what’s inside could be one of the biggest secrets in Star Wars history.

Unfortunately, we're all just going to have to wait to see what that secret turns out to be. We know that there is some Jedi scripture at the temple, but what has Luke Learned in reading it? Hopefully, some of these questions will eventually be answered over the course of the two upcoming films in the Star Wars saga.  

Tom Hanks Recruits a Team of Wax US Presidents To Save The World in John Oliver Comedy Short

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"Gentlemen… let’s go wax these bastards." 

John Oliver is having some fun with five wax U.S. Presidents that he purchased for $13,700 from a museum that closed down in Gettysburg, Pa. He managed to get a hold of figures of Warren G. Harding, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, William Henry Harrison and Jimmy Carter.

Oliver previously produced a fake trailer for a film called Harding with Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney fighting for the love of a life-size wax figure of Warren G. Harding. Now he ups the ante with a great little short called Wax Presidents. The best part is... it stars Tom Hanks!

In the short, we see Hanks approach the five presidents to recruit them because “the fate of humanity is at stake” and he needs their help to save the world. I love how dead serious Hanks is in this silly video with these creepy-ass was figures. If you're a fan of John Oliver, Tom Hanks, or Wax Presidents, you're gonna enjoy this! 

I also included the previously released video with Anna Kendrick below as well in case you didn't see it.

Producer Charles Roven Says MAN OF STEEL 2 Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

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I'm curious to see how Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment proceeds after Justice League is released. We've heard about the changes they've made to their plans to not focus as much on connecting the DC universe in their films. We've also heard that the fate of Flashpoint hangs in the balance as the studio is waiting to see how Justice League does before they proceed with it. 

As of right now, we've got Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 2, The Batman, are all in various stages of development and we know they are happening for sure. One movie that fans have been waiting for, though, is Man of Steel 2.

There's been a lot of talk over the years about who will end up directing the film and the most recent names to be associated with the project is Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman), who says he wants to do a more modern version of Richard Donner's Superman

Well, it's going to be awhile before we see Man of Steel 2 happens. During a recent interview with The Washington Times, producer Charles Roven says the sequel isn't coming anytime soon and that there's currently no script. They are just kicking around "various story ideas" on where to take the character next.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the first Man of Steel movie, but after everything that Warner Bros. and the creative team have learned since then, I bet that whatever the sequel ends up being will be solid. It's just going to be awahile before we see it! 

Cool Video Explores How Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD Inspired The Coen Bros. RAISING ARIZONA

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I've got a fantastic video here from Fandor called The Coen Brothers Raise the Evil Dead and it explores how the classic film Raising Arizona was inspired by the work that Sam Raimi did on The Evil Dead. I didn't know that this small group of talented filmmakers were working very closely together in their early years as filmmakers just starting their careers. 

One thing the video points out is how both movies use a similar makeshift camera rig to help get the cool POV shots that can travel and move around and over certain obstacles such as the demon in racing through the forest in Evil Dead

The video from Philip Brubaker includes archival footage and interviews with the directors, along with shot-by-shot comparisons, showing us how these films are so visually similar. As a fan of both of these films, this was an enjoyable video with some insight that I never realized before. 

Danny McBride Discusses His HALLOWEEN Film and Says “I Hope That we Don’t F*** it Up and Piss People Off”

I'm pretty excited about seeing what Danny McBride and David Gordon Green have planned for their Halloween movie. I've liked everything that I've heard about the film so far, but now McBride has said a few more things that is getting me even more excited. While talking to Yahoo! he explained how the project came together, how they managed to get the film rolling, and also how they got Jamie Lee Curtis on board. 

“I’m a humongous Halloween fan, so when David and I got approached about doing this from Blumhouse [the studio behind Get Out], the first thing David and I said was, ‘We’ll come up with a take, but we have to pitch it to [franchise creator John] Carpenter. If he’s not interested, we’re definitely not into making this.’ And [executive producer] Jason Blum was totally on board with that. That’s exactly what he wanted to do anyway. So we came up with our pitch. We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

If they made the Laurie Strode character something that Jamie Lee Curtis couldn't say no to, I imagine that means she's is going to have a big meaty role in the story, which is what I was hoping for. McBride won't go into any of the story details, but he did confirm previous reports that the film is set after the first movie and it will ignore all the other sequels.

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one. It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

It sounds to me like they are going to give the original film a different kind of ending to fit their direction for their sequel. That should be interesting. I wonder how the fans are going to feel about it. I guess it all depends on what this alternate ending entails. One thing is for sure, though, he doesn't want to piss the fans off.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans.”

John Carpenter is a producer on the film and he previously said that he’s going to help to try to make this sequel "the scariest of them all.” When asked how scared fans should be, McBride said:

“I think you should be very scared. I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

I really hope that they can pull that off! I would love to see a brutally scary Halloween movie that actually keeps me up at night. That's not an easy task as I'm kinda desensitized to horror films.

Halloween hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

This Live-Action Trailer For STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II Taps Into Our Nostalgia Emotions

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A new trailer has been released for Star Wars: Battlefront II that I think Star Wars fans are going to love. It's an incredibly fun live-action promo called "Rivalry" that really taps into our nostalgic emotions. It centers on a couple of Star Wars fans who take their Star Wars fandom to seriously epic levels as they try to outdo each other over the course of their lives. It starts with their Star Wars rivalry starting as kids and follows them into adulthood as they meet each other on the battlefield of the Star Wars: Battlefront II. It's actually pretty damn charming watching their rivalry escalate. I think many of us can relate to it in a way because I have life-long friends who I will definitely be playing Star Wars: Battlefront II with when it's released.

The game will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. One of the main characters in the game is Iden Versio played by Janina Gavankar (True Blood) who is a commander of the Inferno Squad, which is an elite Imperial special forces group, who have vowed revenge on the rebels after witnessing the destruction of the second Death Star. According to the story, which was approved by the Lucasfilm story group and is canon, Palpatine has safeguards in place if he were to die, these safeguards were instructions on how the Empire should continue to be run.

I love that we are really going to get to see the inner workings of the Empire in this game. Star Wars Battlefront II will be available worldwide on November 17, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. 

Here are some additional details for the game:

Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign will deliver a new exciting story to the Star Wars universe. Taking place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order, the single player story introduces Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.
In addition to the all-new single player campaign, the team at DICE is evolving the game’s multiplayer to become the ultimate Star Wars battleground. With modes supporting up to 40 players, Star Wars Battlefront II takes fans through a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras: prequel, classic and new trilogy, including new in-game locations such as Yavin 4’s jungle canopies, the spaceport town of Mos Eisley, and Starkiller Base. Players can choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero’s journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters.
As one of the most requested fan modes, galactic-scale space combat is also brought to life in Star Wars Battlefront II. Criterion, with a deep history of creating some of gaming’s fastest and intuitive vehicles, has built space combat from the ground up with refined handling, weapons, and customization options. Players can drop into the cockpit of the galaxy’s most iconic ships, weave between asteroid fields and fly through imperial dockyards in high stakes dogfights.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP Amplifier Volume Knob Baby Pacifier Dials Things Up To 11

If you're a fan of Rob Reiner's hilarious classic comedy This is Spinal Tap and you or someone you know needs a baby pacifier, today's your lucky day! Fred & Friends has a This is Spinal Tap-themed baby pacifier with an amplifier volume knob that goes up to 11. This inspired one of my favorite scenes in the movie which you can watch below. 

Yeah, I know you don't want to dial any baby's crying volume up to 11, but it's a pacifier, so it's all good.

Fred's CHILL, BABY volume pacifier is designed to provide the comfort babies crave while providing parents with the quiet they really, really need. It's all good, baby. PVC- free, BPA-free, and meets all child safety standards.

If you want one or you want to buy one as a gift, it's only $10!

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Review: BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL is an Insanely Awesome Fantasy Martial Arts Film!

If you are into fantasy martial arts films, you can’t miss out on director Takashi Miike's 100th film Blade of the Immortal! I️ was so excited to see this movie, especially because the trailers made it look like it was going to be one hell of a badass flick, and guess what? It totally was! The movie was amazing! 

The moment I️ saw that the movie playing at a little indie theater near me over the weekend I️ dropped everything I was doing and didn't hesitate to rush out to catch the final screening of the day. This is one of those films that I was really hoping to catch on the big screen and luckily I had the opportunity.

Takashi Miike delivered a film that was filled with complete and utter awesomeness from beginning to end! It told a fantastic story of redemption and revenge and it was such a crazy and brutally wide ride! 

Blade of the Immortal was filled with wonderfully badass bloody violence that any martial arts fan will appreciate. Not only was the action fantastically brutal, but the story it told was so freakin' good! There are actually two separate storylines that the film follows that end up converging at the end of the film in the most epic way. 

I️ seriously loved how the journey of these characters in the movie came to an end. It was one of the most satisfying endings to a movie that I’ve experienced in a long time. 

I won't spoil anything for you, but the film centers on a highly skilled samurai named Manji in feudal Japan who is cursed with everlasting life. A young girl is told to go to him to help her avenge the murder of her father and find her month who was kidnapped by a group of ruthless master swordsmen, who have their own agenda. Manji agrees to aid her on her journey of revenge. In the process, Manji ends up on a personal quest for redemption. 

I also want to point out that the actors who played the two main characters gave incredible performances. Manji was played by Takuya Kimura and Rin Asano was played by Hana Sugisaki. The chemistry between these two actors was so strong, and they strengthened each other's performances. 

I am a huge fan of martial arts films and I️ haven’t seen a martial arts movie in a long time that completely blew me away like Blade of the Immortal did. This is easily one of my favorite movies of the year. You have to go see this! If it's playing in a theater near you do not hesitate to go see it. This is a movie that must be experienced on the big screen. 

I'll definitely be watching it one or two more times before it leaves theaters.