Millie Bobby Brown Breaks Down STRANGER THINGS Season 1 with Amazing Rap

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Many people will recognize Millie Bobby Brown as the fantastic actor that stars in the fantastic Netflix Original Stranger Things. What many people may not know is that Brown is surprisingly good at rapping. Halloween night, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Brown does a very brief recap of the first season of Stranger Things via rap. I highly recommend you check it out as it is amazing and it won’t spoil anything from Season 2!

Mark Hamill Was Reluctant to Play Luke Skywalker Again

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Mark Hamill recently sat down with the New York Times to talk about life and Star Wars to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The interview reveals a lot of interesting points about Hamill, including his time on Broadway as well as custom shirts he and his other Star Wars co-stars had made after a less than stellar review came out. The most telling thing for me though was that Hamill was not as ecstatic about reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for the new trilogy (that started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015) as Carrie Fisher was. The article goes on to say:

When Mr. Lucas said their characters would be included in these new films if they wanted to play them, Mr. Hamill said, “I was completely stunned. Carrie, not a minute went by — she slapped the table and goes, ‘I’m in!’ I said, ‘Carrie, poker face!’”

Mr. Hamill needed more time to think. “I was just really scared,” he said. “I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.”

He also feared that audiences would reject him and his veteran co-stars, all these years after their “Star Wars” heyday. “No one wants to see the 50-, 60-, 70-year-old versions of us, running around, bumping heads on the Death Star,” he said. “It’s sad.”

Mr. Hamill thought he would have some cover to refuse “The Force Awakens,” expecting that Mr. Ford would not return.

“He’s too old and too rich and too cranky,” Mr. Hamill said. “He’s not going to do this.” But when Mr. Ford said yes, Mr. Hamill realized he had to agree, too: “Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”

Well, he’s not wrong there. I would’ve been very upset with him if he had refused. I’m really glad he signed on and am incredibly excited to see more than just a few seconds of him in the new movie.

Are you guys glad that Hamill signed back on after all these years?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
 

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Takes Inspiration From Heist Films

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The minds behind Avengers: Infinity War, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, recently had an interview with CNET where we learned that there will be many unexpected characters as well as other surprises. From that same interview, we learned a bit more about Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) and his role in the upcoming movie. When asked about their love of subverting genre, Russo responded with the following:

With "Infinity War," the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he's entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he's almost one of the leads. We've shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he's going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, [and] that brought some inspiration.

So, it looks like Thanos is really taking to heart when he said, “Fine. I’ll do it myself” back in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I figured that meant he was going to find the infinity stones and take them by force, but now I’m doubting that idea. It definitely has me very interested to see Thanos obtaining the stones, and I’m actually really happy that it appears he will play a more prominent role in this film. Maybe he won’t feel like a super generic villain. Maybe we’ll learn enough about him that he’ll gain half the love that Loki has from fans (one can dream).

Are you excited about this spark of inspiration? How do you think Thanos will get the stones?

Avengers: Infinity War comes to theaters on May 4, 2018. 

America Vs. Japan: Giant Robot Showdown Happening Later This Year!

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America and Japan are about to have a showdown in the coolest way possible: Giant Robots! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved robots. I loved shows like Gundam Wing and Power Rangers that featured them, and I almost emphasized in robotics in college.

That’s why I got excited when I first heard in 2015 that America challenged Japan to a giant robot battle. The best part: Japan accepted! The American team, MegaBots, Inc, has announced that they will be fighting the Japanese team, Suidobashi, in August of 2017! That is only 4 months away. The exact date has not been revealed, but I'll be watching for it.

Who do you guys think will be victorious? MegaBots has been putting in a lot of hard work after raising over $500,000 on Kickstarter, but as Suidobashi said, “Giant robots are Japanese culture.” You can watch MegaBots reveal the date in the video below.

Galactic Empire’s STAR WARS Metal Album Has Arrived

A lot happened this weekend including the drop of a Stranger Things season two teaser and a new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser! That's why it wouldn't shock me if this little bit of news flew under your radar: Galactic Empire has released a full-length album. For those who don’t know Galactic Empire, they are a Star Wars metal band. They play instrumental metal versions of Star Wars songs while cosplaying as iconic characters including Boba Fett and Darth Vader.

This full-length album is fantastic if you like rock or metal and/or Star Wars (two of my favorite things). Some of my favorites were "Duel of Fates" and "The Force Theme." Maybe on their sophomore album they can include that classic hit "Jedi Rocks." You can even stream it on Spotify. Check out their music video for "The Imperial March" below.

3 Questions That Could Spark Great Stories in the HARRY POTTER Universe

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hitting stages next week, I’ve been reflecting on the Harry Potter world. J. K. Rowling has been giving us little bits of details, like confirming Dumbledore is gay, or that there are 11 wizarding schools in her world, for several years now through Twitter, Pottermore, and other releases.

This is, to an extent, awesome! I started reading Harry Potter probably in 5th or 6th grade, and I devoured those books. I was ecstatic when my grandmother took me to see the first movie in theaters! I was angry when Snape killed Dumbledore. Oops, spoiler alert! However, I feel like after 14 years of books and movies, Harry and company deserve to be left alone.

I am excited to hear that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t taking place in London with the Golden Trio. I don’t think we need more stories of Harry or even wizards in the London area; we already got seven books about that. Instead, here are three questions that could spark great stories from the Potterverse.

1) How do Technology and Magic Coexist Today?

As I already mentioned, I’m a little done with London wizards, so this could take place in America, Canada, Brazil, etc. Also, Harry Potter took place before the internet was huge and before smartphones. How do those things affect wizards? Are wizards a dying breed because they stop using their magic in favor of Candy Crush or Angry Birds? Do they finally allow for pens instead of silly quills? I understand that in Goblet of Fire they explain magic can interfere with electricity and other technology, but have they found a way to use magic and technology? That could be a struggle for a Muggle-born or a squib. They have to do normal school but can’t do their research because mom used magic and crashed their computer. Again.

2) Can Wizards Combine Magic with Martial Arts?

Can you manipulate your magic to enhance your skills and do crazy stuff like in anime? If so, is it based on your martial arts style? Tai chi can be used for water-based magic, while Mantis lets you do crazy acrobatic stunts a la Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Also, do martial arts spells involve wands at any point, or incantations, or just specific movements?

3) How do Wizards Keep Magic a Secret?

I’m sure there’s a team on each of the ministries of magic whose job it is to make sure muggles don’t see paranormal stuff like ghosts or spells. What’s a day in their life like? I can picture it now, a ghost flies by causing mischief, so the team is dispatched to keep it secret. They arrive and thankfully no one has seen the ghost yet, but wait, here comes a couple down the alley. How can we stop them from seeing this thing and freaking out?

These are all stories in waiting that Rowling could explore, make money off of since they’re in the Potterverse, and we are less likely to get sick of the characters if she keeps them varied (Note: we don’t need another seven book series on one wizard, I’d love just one book on each of those stories.) Star Wars was so beloved by fans because it had a core story (the Original Trilogy), and then it had the Expanded Universe allowing for additional stories to those that wanted them. Harry Potter has the potential to be like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. So while I’m not terribly excited to hear the story of Harry’s child, I hope Rowling branches out more like she has with Fantastic Beasts.