Watch a Visual Effects Breakdown of The Bombing Run in STAR WAR: THE LAST JEDI

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Industrial Light and Magic has released an awesome "Behind the Magic" featurette that breaks down the visual effects of the Bombing Run scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In case you need a reminder, this is the opening scene of the film where the Resistance is trying to hold off First Order fighters while the Resistance bombers move in to blow up the massive Dreadnought.

This video shows us how the Oscar-nominated team at ILM awesomely crafted this exciting scene by combining, CGI with live footage that shot on the set of the film using green screen. I love watching videos like this! The creative and technical process behind bring these films to life has always fascinated me.

ADVENTURE TIME is Set to Return With New Episodes in March and We Have a Clip!

Adventure Time is coming back to Cartoon Network next month with four new back to back episodes! The first of these new episodes is called "Blenanas" and in it, Finn is attempting to prove himself as a writer. We have a fun clip for the episode that you can check out below. In it, Princess Bubblegum is trying to keep the Candy Kingdom safe.

The first of these four episodes will air on Sunday, March 18th, at 7pm. If you don't want to wait until then, you will be able to catch it on the Cartoon Network app and on VOD on Friday, March 9th. 

Unlikely heroes Finn (a silly kid with an awesome hat) & Jake (a brassy dog with a big kind heart), are the best of friends and always find themselves in the middle of heart pounding escapades as they traverse the mystical Land of Ooo.

This is such a ridiculous series, but it's a good and fun kind of ridiculous! I know that fans of the series will enjoy what is to come. Get a little taste of it right here...

Review: Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION is Beautiful and Haunting Sci-Fi Thriller

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Director Alex Garland set the bar extremely high with the first film he directed, Ex Machina. Like many of you, I was blown away by that film, and it was going to be a hard film to follow. When I first heard that the director was taking on Annihilation as his next film, it seemed like it would be the perfect project for him. And you know what? It totally was!

The film is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy and the story follows a team of female scientists who embark on a dangerous journey inside what is known as The Shimmer. This strange alien phenomenon is changing the biology of everything that it engulfs and it's expanding. The team sent in consists of an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and a biologist. Their job is to study The Shimmer; collect specimens; record their observations, find out what happened to previous expeditions, and if they can... come out of it alive.

Nothing can prepare this team for what they are going to face once inside. The deeper they travel into The Shimmer the crazier things get for this team of people. Along the way, they witness and experience things that are both strange, disorienting, and nightmarishly frightening! Seriously... there's some pretty messed up shit that they come across. 

As I was watching the story unfold, there was no way to predict what was going to happen next. The movie definitely kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat. You should know that this is more of a slow-burn thriller. If you're expecting a full-on action-packed sci-fi spectacle, that's not what you're going to get. It seems like the movie is meant to play with the audience's emotions, mess with their heads, and make them think. It certainly takes you in some insane unexpected directions! 

Don't get me wrong, the movie does have some great action as well as some crazy terrifying moments. I don't want to go into detail on any of that stuff because it's best experienced while you're watching the movie. 

This is a fascinating film and if you liked what you saw in the trailers and you're into strange and trippy sci-fi movies, chances are you're going to enjoy Annihilation. Garland did an incredible job with this movie, I especially loved the visual aspect of it, which you get a taste of in the trailers that were released. There were aspects of the movie that reminded me of something you'd see Stanley Kubrick do.

Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac and every one of them give fantastic performances! I was just engulfed in this wonderfully strange and haunting story from beginning to end. I know the movie isn't going to be for everyone, but there's definitely an audience that is going to love and appreciate it. 

INSIDIOUS 5 is Reportedly in Development Because The Franchise is a Big Cash Cow

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I am a huge fan of the Insidious horror franchise. I've enjoyed the film's that they have made and it turns out that the last movie in the franchise, Insidious: The Last Key, turned out the be the highest grossing film in the franchise! Here's a breakdown of how much each film has made:

  • Insidious: The Last Key (2018) — $164.4M
  • Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) — $161.9M
  • Insidious Chapter 3 (2015) — $113.0M
  • Insidious (2011) — $97.0M

According to Bloody-Disgusting, Bumhouse is reportedly developing a fifth Insidious film, which shouldn't come as a surprise. I'm just curious to see what the next chapter in the franchise will entail! One bit of information that the report does drop about the next film is that it will unlikely be another prequel. 

Even though James Wan has remained a producer on the franchise over the course of the four films, it would be cool to see him come back to direct another one. I doubt it will happen, but ya never know. Adam Robitel directed the last movie and he did such a great job that maybe the studio will bring him back for another one. We'll just have to wait and see, but I'd be cool will that.

Where would you like to see the Insidious franchise go next?

Joss Whedon Drops Out of DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL Movie

I've got some bad news for Joss Whedon fans and some good news for DC fans who hated what he did with Justice League. THR is reporting that the filmmaker has dropped out of the Batgirl film project that he was supposed to write and direct. Apparently, he just couldn't find the right story to tell. Whedon had this to say in a statement:

"Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?"

That's a shame to learn that it turned out this way. I was excited and looking forward to seeing what Joss Whedon would do with a Batgirl film, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. 

Whedon jumped on board the film project almost a year ago, but in that time he just could seem to crack a story that he wanted to tell. I'll, be honest... I'm surprised that this is the case. A character like Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl seems like the kind of character that Whedon would thrive with. The report adds:

"Industry sources add that even as Whedon faced story issues, in today’s cultural entertainment environment, a male filmmaker may have faced greater public scrutiny if he were to have tackled a movie with such feminist importance such as Batgirl or Wonder Woman, much like a white filmmaker would have seen backlash if they were to take on the Black Panther movie."

Whedon still has a strong relationship with Warner Bros. but he won't be directing Batgirl. What do you think about Whedon dropping out of the project? 

First Look at The STAR WARS Hotel Being Planned at Walt Disney World

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In addition to the Star Wars-themed Galaxy's Edge attraction being built at the Disney theme parks, Walt Disney World is also developing an entire immersive hotel experience that will be connected to the attraction. For those of us who have always wanted to have a real life full-on immersive Star Wars experience, Disney is making that dream come true.

Today we have some cool concept art to show you giving us our first look at what the hotel experience will be like, and it looks freakin' awesome! The official Disney Parks site says:

"The immerse experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space!
"The resort will also be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a complete Star Wars experience. Guests visiting the resort will be welcome to participate as a resident of the galaxy by dressing in Star Wars-inspired attire."

That sounds amazing! The attraction will also feature the Millennium Falcon and they will also be introducing a new planet in the Star Wars universe called Batuu. Here are the details on that:

"This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space.
"It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures."

I can only imagine that staying in this Hotel is going to cost a ton of money and that it's going to be hard to get a room in a timely manner. You'll probably have to plan your trip out several months or maybe even years in advance. I really hope that I get a chance to check it out one day. It seems like it will be an incredibly cool experience!

Here’s Our First Look at Iris West’s Superhero Costume in THE FLASH

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For those of you who are still enjoying The Flash, The CW has released a promo poster giving us our first look at Candice Patton as Iris West wearing her superhero costume. She will wear this suit in the upcoming episode "Run, Iris, Run", the story of which centers on Iris, who gets Barry Allen's powers. 

As you can see, the suit has a purple-and-white color scheme, which is reminiscent of the costumes worn by the Tornado Twins, Barry and Iris's children who fight crime in the future. I think she looks pretty slick. Here are the story details that were released for the episode:

Team Flash confronts a new bus meta, Matthew AKA Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam), with the ability to swap people’s DNA. During a battle with Team Flash, Matthew transfers Barry’s (Grant Gustin) super speed to Iris (Candice Patton).
Now, with a new threat unleashed on Central City, Barry must act as the team leader while Iris takes on the mantle of superhero speedster in order to defeat their new foe.

It'll be a lot of fun to see Iris get into some speedster action of her own! "Run, Iris, Run" will air on The CW on March 13th. What do you think of Iris' superhero costume design.

Fox’s X-FORCE Movie Will Start Shooting This Fall

While the deal between Fox and Disney are still being ironed out, Fox isn't waiting to move forward with their Deadpool spinoff film X-Force. According to Production WeeklyX-Force will start shooting sometime this film in October. That's sooner than expected.

As we saw in the first trailer for Deadpool 2, the X-Force team was briefly teased. Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Zazie Beetz are all expected to reprise their roles of Deadpool, Cable, and Domino. As we saw in the trailer, we also know that Terry Crews will be part of the team. We just don't know who exactly he will be playing. Warpath, Colossus, Boom Boom, Shatterstar, Feral, Wolverine, X-23, Archangel, Psylocke, and Fantomex have all been members of the team in the comic.

Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is directing the movie and I think there's a good chance that he's going to give fans the badass film that they're hoping for. The movie will most likely end up landing an R-rating as the creative team won't want to hold back on these edgy Marvel characters. When previously talking about Cable and X-Force, Josh Brolin said:

"I think we’re not trying to hide the fact that this is the beginning of Cable and absolutely not the end. I think when you’re sensitive about how you appreciate it. When you’re sensitive about how you reveal this character there’s a sense of mystery in it, so then when we finally get into X-Force that you’re going to be with this guy full blown all the time. There’s a lot to be revealed."

I'm happy to hear that this movie has been put on the fast track. There's no release date for X-Force yet, but Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1, 2018.

J.J. Abrams Has Completed The Script For STAR WARS: EPISODE IX and He’ll Start Shooting in July

J.J. Abrams recently appeared on The Last Show with Stephen Colbert, and it was there that he revealed the script for Star Wars: Episode IX has been completed. He also says that he will start shooting the film in July. 

“We have a script, which is a big deal for me. It starts shooting end of July. Having a script in advance is something I haven’t always been lucky enough to have. I’m writing this with Chris Terrio, who is a genius, and I’m having a great time.”

Abrams took over the film project after Lucasfilm and director Colin Trevorrow parted ways over creative differences. I wonder if Abrams is feeling the pressure of delivering the final chapter of this new Star Wars trilogy. He has already said that he won't let the fan hate of The Last Jedi impact his story for Episode IX, but that doesn't mean he's not feeling the pressure. At least he's going into production with a finished script! 

There are so many questions that need answering in this new trilogy and fans like myself are hoping that those questions are answered in Episode IX. If they aren't answered, a lot of fans are gonna be pissed. 

I'm interested to find out what Abrams' approach to the story will be and how it will follow the controversial and bold decisions that Rian Johnson made with The Last Jedi. One of the main things I'm hoping to see explored more are the Knights of Ren and their role in this whole story.

Obviously, Abrams isn't going to reveal any story details anytime soon, but all that stuff will come in time. As always, it will start out as rumors and then as more and more official information is revealed, those rumors will be confirmed or debunked. 

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.

The SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Trailer is Even Better with Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”

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Earlier this month we finally got our first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story and it managed to impress. Now a fan by the name of Chris Galegar, co-host of War Starts At Midnight, has created an awesome cut of the trailer that features Beastie Boys' classic song "Sabotage." Yeah, it was already used for the Star Trek reboot, and that's what actually inspired it in the first place. The trailer came with the note, "Because the first trailer felt an awful lot like 'Solo: A James Tiberius Kirk Story'".

As you'll see, the music perfectly blends together with the footage from the trailer and it actually kind of makes the trailer even more fun. But, in the end, it's a good thing that Lucasfilm didn't go this route. It really only works as a fan trailer. Watch it for yourself and tell us what you think!