THE JUNGLE BOOK: First Clip, Character Posters, Cast Photos, and TV Spot

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Disney has released a bunch of promo material for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book recently, including the first clip from the film, which features a frightening Shere Khan. There are also a series of photos that feature the cast of the film with the animal characters that they play in the film. You'll see Scarlett Johansson and Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito and Akela, Ben Kingsley and Bagheera, Christopher Walken and King Louie, Lupita Nyong'o and Raksha, and Idris Elba and Shere Khan. Each of the images come with a description of the character and quote from the actor who plays them. I’m kinda sad that there isn’t one of Billy Murray with Baloo. I also included a new TV spot and a collection of character posters. 

I'm so excited to see this movie. I'm such a huge fan of the original animated film, and this looks like a perfect live-action adaptation. 

Idris Elba / Shere Khan

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Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. "Shere Khan reigns with fear," says Elba. "He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear."

Lupita Nyong'o / Raksha

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Lupita Nyong'o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups–including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he's abandoned in the jungle as an infant. "She is the protector, the  eternal mother," says Nyong'o. "The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own."

Scarlett Johansson / Kaa

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Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can't resist her captivating embrace. "Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling," says Scarlett Johansson. "She's the mirror into Mowgli's past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish."

Christopher Walken / King Louie

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King Louie is a formidable ape who desperately wants the secret of Man's deadly "red flower”–fire. He's convinced Mowgli has the information he seeks. "King Louie is huge–12 feet tall," says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. "But he's as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”

Giancarlo Esposito / Akela

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Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. "Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack," says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. "He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He's a great leader, a wise teacher."

Sir Ben Kingsley / Bagheera

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Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it's his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it's time for him to leave his jungle home. "Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent," says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. "His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military–he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
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Here's the synopsis:

The live-action/CGI epic adventure tells the story of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), “a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (Murray) . Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python who’s seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.”

The movie hits theaters April 15th, 2016.

Here’s How Indiana Jones Would Have Handled Kylo Ren in THE FORCE AWAKENS

There are a few similarities between Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Outside of the fact they are both played by Harrison Ford, they are both smart ass and badass adventurers. We all know what Han Solo did when he was confronted with Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. He wanted to believe that there was still good in his son so he attempted to reason with him. It was a bad mistake, which led to Solo’s death. Indiana Jones would have handled the situation a lot differently and you can see how that confrontation would have gone down in the video below that was created by visual effects artist David Jones.

Watch Nikola Tesla Fight Thomas Edison in WAR OF THE CURRENTS Game Promo

War of the Currents is a one of a kind custom arcade game created by Real Art, and it awesomely pits Nikola Tesla against Thomas Edison. As you know, the two inventors didn't get along very well in real life, and Edison was a complete asshole to Tesla and screwed him over royally. 

An amusing video was released recently to promote the game, which uses the digitized Mortal Kombat style graphics. It only features the two fighters – Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, and each of them have appropriately-themed electric powers. One of the most unique aspects of the game is that when you charge up and use your character’s super-electric move, the game actually shocks the other player with real electricity. This is achieved with a conductive joystick built into the machine. The video came with the following information:

Got what it takes to play the first game that shocks you?
Tesla vs. Edison. AC versus DC. Good versus Evil. Call it what you want, but one thing's for sure: "War of Currents" is not for the faint of heart.
The mad scientists at Real Art have built an arcade experience unlike any other: a one-of-a-kind cabinet with custom-milled metal joysticks wired with real voltage, and a one-on-one fighting game featuring the masters of electricity.
"The War of Currents" was unveiled in Austin at SxSW, but lives at Proto, the world's first BuildBar in Dayton Ohio.
Grab a friend, choose your side of the war and take the sticks. If you can handle the pain, you can re-write the history books with your favorite master of electricity.

Check out the promo below and watch a video of a couple guys playing the game. It seems like a lot of fun, especially if you like having an electric charge pass through your body.

Via: Laughing Squid

Negan Shows Up in THE WALKING DEAD Season Finale Promo Spot

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AMC has released an international TV spot for the season six finale of The Walking Dead, and we get our first glimpse at the most ruthless villain that Rick and his group come across... Negan. We've been waiting to see this character introduced all season, and it's gonna happen soon. Jeffery Dean Morgan was perfectly cast in the role, and there's no doubt he's going to kick ass in it and deliver a terrifying performance.

The promo doesn't show Negan's face, but it does introduce him in a perfectly teasing way by showing show him carrying his barbwire covered bat, Lucille, and he says "Hi, I'm Negan." Rick and his group are about to enter a shitstorm of chaos and pain.

The season six finale of The Walking Dead, titled "Last Day on Earth," was directed by Greg Nicotero, and it airs on AMC Sunday, April 3rd, 2016.

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Bruce Campbell Knows How to Make BATMAN V SUPERMAN Better

After a flood of positive reactions hit the internet from early screenings of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a flood of negative reviews followed. Yeah, the movie hasn’t been getting a lot of positive feedback, and a lot of people aren’t liking how it turned out. I was really hoping for a great film, but it turned out to be mediocre. There are aspects that I loved about the movie and things I hated. In the end, it should have been a great movie, but it wasn’t. It was a disappointment. 

Bruce Campbell knows what the film would have needed to be great, though! The actor recently posted a fake teaser poster for Ash vs Batman vs Superman: Dead By Dawn of Justice. I think they should just cancel the Justice League movies and do that instead! That would be amazing! I can easily see Ash and Bruce being the best of buds. The tweet came with the following caption:

“Guys, need any help?” 

They sure do! The movie is going to make some solid cash at the box office. That doesn’t mean it’s good, though. It just means that people want to see Batman and Superman fight. Unfortunately, that fight is wrapped up in a disappointing script and story. 

You can read Ben's review for the film here and my review here.

Trailer for the Behind-the-Mask STAR WARS Documentary ELSTREE 1976

Elstree 1976 is a new Star Wars documentary that offers hardcore fans of the franchise an interesting look at the lives of the actors whose faces we never saw in the original films and the effect Star Wars had on them. George LucasStar Wars was just another job for a lot of people. Little did they know how there lives were going to change after it was released. 

The doc centers on the actors who played characters such as Darth Vader (David Prowse), Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), Greedo (Paul Blake), X-Wing pilot Angus MacInnes, Stormtroopers, and more. While they were making the movie they never suspected how popular their characters were going to become. We’ve seen a ton of Star Wars docs over the year, but I like the unique spin that this one has. It’s really interesting to hear these people talk about what it was like to be a part of the film. 

When George Lucas began work on a mysterious project named Star Wars in North London back in 1976, no one could have predicted how it would go on to shape cinema as we know it, least of all the legions of on-screen extras. In this affectionate documentary, we meet ten of those bit performers who appeared, however fleetingly, in Lucas’ box office behemoth. Rather than the standard ‘making of’ – the likes of which have been seen countless times before – Elstree 1976 paints an intimate portrait of these performers, examining how their brushes with Lucas shaped the paths of their lives. With a cast ranging from Darth Vader himself (or David Prowse as he’s better known to his friends), to a performer whose character was cut entirely from the finished film, this is not so much a film about Star Wars as the story of a group of people united by one life-changing experience.

Elstreet 1976 hits limited theaters and VOD on May 6th.

Source: USA Today

Zack Snyder Likens His JUSTICE LEAGUE Film to SEVEN SAMURAI

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pretty much lays the foundation of the DC cinematic universe and its road to Justice League. After seeing what Zack Snyder has done with Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman I'm 100% convinced that these films aren't going to get any better. They will all look great, and the characters will all be cool. Unfortunately, Snyder doesn't know how to add any substance to that. As long as Snyder is leading the charge on these films, they will all be movies that never reach their full potential. 

In a recent interview with Yahoo!, Snyder discussed his upcoming Justice League movie that he starts shooting in a couple of weeks. While talking about the film he likened it to Seven Samurai:

“I’m getting ready to start ‘Justice League’ on the 11th of April, so in like two weeks we start shooting, and it’s an intense, awesome, and gigantic undertaking because Bruce [Wayne] is having to go out and sort of ‘Seven Samurai’ the Justice League together, which is fun. It’s slightly monumental, and at the same time they’re starting to grapple with this coming threat.”

He throws out the names of movies like Seven Samurai to get people excited, but Snyder has no clue on how to make a movie as great as Seven Samurai. Regardless of that, it will end up being fun movie to watch Batman go out and gather all of these superheroes together to fight.

That coming threat is Darkseid, who is teased in Batman v SupermanJustice League Part One is set to be released on November 17th, 2017.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Review – 5 Things I Loved and 5 Things I Hated

Well, it's finally here! The greatest gladiator match the world has ever seen! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters and having already seen it, I have to tell you that it was a blast! It wasn't the greatest superhero movie that I've seen, and it's still not as good as what Marvel has managed to do, but I was entertained! The movie is pretty much exactly what I expected it to be, and there were things that I loved about it and things that I didn't like at all, like Zack Snyder dropping the ball on the story again.

I thought I would share with you five things that I thought the movie did right, and five things where I thought it dropped the ball. I do get into some SPOILER territory, so proceed with caution.

5 things I loved:

5. Visually Stunning

With Zack Snyder at the helm you know the film is going to be visually explosive. The guy just knows exactly how to throw insanely cool eye candy at audiences. Every shot is a work of art, and I loved how this world was brought to life visually. I couldn't have asked for anything more. Everything — the sets, visual effects, cinematography, and costume designs — was magnificent.

4.  The DC Lore

As you know, this movie is going to set up the Justice League movies and other DC films that are in the pipeline, so a lot of cool stuff was teased like Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, Darkseid, and more. I also enjoyed the little teases of Batman's past, which I hope ends up getting explored in the solo Batman film in development. There are a lot of fun Easter eggs for fans to pick out, and it made it fun.

3. The Showdown Between Batman and Superman

The fight sequence where we finally see The Dark Knight and Man of Steel fight each other is awesomely badass! Snyder did a great job setting it up and executing it, and Batman had the freakin' upper edge almost the whole time! He was ready to take on Superman, and it paid off for him! The fight ended with Batman on top ready to take down Superman. He would have won!!!! Batman had him! I never had any doubt. So what stopped him from finishing Superman off? Well, there's a little M. Night Shyamalan moment at the end where Superman yelled out to "Save Martha" because Lex was going to kill her. This made Batman stop fighting and start yelling back, "Why are you saying her name?!" You see, Batman and Superman have mothers with the same name, and that got Batman to stop, and that's the moment the two bonded and teamed up to fight Doomsday. 

2. Wonder Woman

Going  into this film I didn't think that I would like their take on Wonder Woman, but damn... Gal Gadot freakin' kicked ass as the character, and she ended up being one of the best parts of the movie! Snyder promised that Wonder Woman would impress, and she did indeed. I loved watching her, and now I'm even more excited  to see her upcoming solo movie! A whole movie devoted to this version of the character!? Sign me up!

1. Batman

Ben Affleck's version of Batman is my favorite big-screen version of the comic book hero so far! You've never seen Batman like this before and it's the version of Batman that I've been waiting for! This is a hardcore Batman that is utterly badass in every way. You've never seen Batman like this before, and it just blew my mind. Bruce Wayne was perfectly portrayed, his costume looked amazing, the way he fought and took down bad guys was brutal and at times even deadly. This was a well-rounded version of everything that I've ever loved about Batman, and it even reminded me of how the character was portrayed in Batman: The Animated Series, just a live action version that is a bit more hardcore.

5 Things I Hated

5. Choppy Story

Like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman didn't have a smooth flow to it. It was a very choppy, weirdly cut and written film that made following the story pretty jarring. I'm not sure why Snyder keeps doing this and using this style for these films, but it's not working for me. There has to be a better way to tell these stories. The way Snyder goes about making these films is hurting the characters. As cool as they are, the film is still ridiculously all over the place and there's no real character development for anyone. I know they brought in Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio to work on the script, but that obviously didn't help it.

4. Doomsday Killing Superman

I thought it was way too soon to bring I this character. He does end up "killing" Superman at the end of the film, which was weird to me because I feel like I didn't have an time with this version of Superman to connect with him and care that he died at the end. For example, I didn't have the same emotional connection to him as I do with someone like Captain America or Iron Man. I'd be devastated if either one of them does in the upcoming Civil War. Those characters have been built up for years, though. Superman needed that before he was killed off. It was just way too soon for me to care. Hell, the character hardly had any kind of character growth from the first movie to this one. He's still struggling with the same issues.

3. Batman's Visions

During the course of the movie, Bruce Wayne is having these random dreams and visions that hint at some big threat coming like Darkseid. These visions include some of the other Justice League members like The Flash. My issue is why in the hell is Wayne having these dreams? What makes him so special to be seeing these visions? Is it just random? Or is there something that happened to him in his past that is causing them? We don't get any answers, but it didn't make sense that Batman would be having these visions unless it's just because he's Batman, and that's just stupid.

2. Lex Luthor

I was really looking forward to seeing how Jesse Eisenberg would handle Lex. We've heard so much talk about how great and interesting this version of the villain was that I pumped up for to see him on the big screen. Well, I was completely let down. This version of Lex is just awful and annoying. He obviously belonged in an insane asylum, but instead he is running a multibillion dollar company. The character is over the top cartoonishly zany. The character and his personality just did not fit the rest of the tone and vibe of the movie. They might as well have just made him a mustache-twirling villain with a maniacal cackling laugh. 

1. Lois Lane

She just seemed like one of those characters thrown into the movie because it was in her contact. It's fine that they used her in the movie, but there were parts of the film where she just didn't belong, like near then end when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman were in the heat of battle with Doomsday. She was there for contracted screen time, but I found her presence more annoying than anything.

Basically, Snyder has all of the right and awesome elements. He really has everything he needs to make a great film! He just doesn't know how to properly put those elements together. He's still got some learning to do. 

Make sure to read Ben's review of the film here if you haven't already. He absolutely hated it, and it's not hard to see why. 

Leonard Nimoy’s Final STAR TREK Art Piece “Hand in Vulcan Gesture”

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2016 is the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, and on top of the new Star Trek Beyond film coming out, there's a traveling art show called Star Trek: 50 Years, 50 Artists, which will open on July 21st at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego during Comic-Con. From there, it’ll end up in Las Vegas, Toronto, and the UK. 

A few pieces from the exhibit have already been revealed, including the last piece of art created by Leonard Nimoy himself, which is called "Hand in Vulcan Gesture." You can read more about this piece over on Mashable.

I've also included four other pieces for you to check out that will be on display that were created by different artists. For more information and to keep track of the other art that will eventually be unveiled, click here.

“To Boldly Go” by Joshua Budich

“To Boldly Go” by Joshua Budich

“50 - Live Long and Prosper” by Rocco Malatesta

“50 - Live Long and Prosper” by Rocco Malatesta

“U.S.S. Enterprise Spec Sheet” by Tom Whalen

“U.S.S. Enterprise Spec Sheet” by Tom Whalen

“Home is Where the Journey Is” by Calvin May

“Home is Where the Journey Is” by Calvin May