First Look at Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black in THE DARK TOWER Set Photos

I don't know about you, but I've been curious to see what Matthew McConaughey is going to look like as The Man in Black in the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Well, thanks to some set photos that have surfaced, today we know exactly what he'll look like.

I was excited to learn that McConaughey would be playing this villainous character in the upcoming Dark Tower film(s) and he definitely looks great in the role. It's pretty much what I expected him to look like. You can see the photo below and you can click through to see even more of them.

The Man in Black is an emissary of the Crimson King and a demonic sorcerer who goes by many names, including Randall Flagg, Walter O'Dim, Rudin Filaro, Raymond Fiegler, Richard Fannin, Walter Hodji, Walter Farden, The Walkin' Dude, The Covenant Man, and Marten Broadcloak.

The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel and it also stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, Abbey Lee as Tirana, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Fran Kranz as Pimli, Katheryn Winnick, and Jackie Earl Haley as the villain, Richard Sayre. 

The first film in the potential franchise is set for release on February 17, 2017. For more information on the film, click here.

To see some previously released set photos of Idris Elba in the lead role of Roland, click here.

Marvel Makes Fun of BATMAN V SUPERMAN in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL Comic

This week Warner Bros. is releasing the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition, and Marvel Comics took the opportunity to poke a little fun at the Zack Snyder-directed film. In Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 the two characters break the fourth wall to talk about modern-day superhero films.

In the story, a villain by the name of Salmon Stuntman tells Deadpool that a studio is making a movie based on his life. Deadpool goes to Spider-Man for advice because he’s been having movies made about him for years. They end up going to the studio to try and help steer them in the right direction, but the studio doesn't listen. Instead, they make a movie called Nighthawk v Hyperion: Yawn of Boredom and the tagline reads:

“You won’t believe their mothers share a first name.”

It’s actually a really funny concept full of great little jokes. As far as the rest of the story goes, Salmon Stuntman’s evil plan is to replace all practical movie effects with digital effects. ComicBook.com offers some additional details on how the fight goes down, explaining: 

The fight involves stops by the sets of The Walking Dead, Jurassic World, and others. The stuntman is eventually revealed to be Donald Dryans, the actor hired to play Deadpool in the movie. He wanted to get the real Deadpool out of the picture so he couldn’t ruin Dryans’ “serious” movie with his fourth wall-breaking shenanigans. With Dryans arrested and the movie without a star, Spider-Man makes an impassioned plea for the studio to stick to the spirit of the character, and even suggests a very specific actor to play Deadpool.”

That actor is Ryan Reynolds. You can read some of panels from the comic below. This is great stuff! Deadpool and Spider-Man really need to team up for a movie!

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The Sequel to FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Has Already Been Written

I'm very excited about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It looks like a great film, and it will be followed by two others in the coming years. The story is set in the 1920s and follows Newt Scamander's magical adventure in the United States. We have yet to see the first film in the trilogy, but according to director David Yates, J.K. Rowling has already completed the script for the sequel. While talking to GSNews, Yates said:

"We've done the first one, she's written the second one, she's got ideas for the third one. No one quite has ownership of them quite yet, in terms of having a relationship with the material, other than the relationship they'll have with the movie when it comes out."

Warner Bros. previously announced that Fantastic Beasts 2 would be released on November 16th, 2018 and that the third movie would follow on November 20th, 2020. I imagine the sequel will start shooting sometime in 2017.

Fantastic Beasts is set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter movies. The story follows Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who comes to the United States with his magic briefcase containing numerous magical creatures. While on his journey there's an accident that unleashes these creatures across New York City. Newt has to team up with his new allies to track the creatures down, all while avoiding capture by the American wizarding authorities and the sinister New Salem Philanthropic Society. The movie's cast includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, and more.

I'm curious to see how this story will play out across a trilogy of films. I imagine that it will be quite the magical adventure, and I'm looking forward to seeing it! Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be released in theaters November 18th.

Anime Style Baseball So Much More Awesome Than Real Baseball!

I used to enjoy watching baseball as a kid, but that’s a phase that I grew out of. These days I think baseball is an insanely boring sport, and I just can’t get into it. I’d rather watch a good movie than a baseball game. But if baseball were more like anime, I could totally get into it! CorridorDigital has released a new short film that shows us what baseball would be like if it were a live-action anime, and it’s awesome! 

What happens when you take something normal and turn it into anime? This!

Anime can make anything normal and boring look AMAZING! The creative team behind this short did such a great job implementing all of the things that make anime so great.

Great New Trailer for Miles Teller and Jonah Hill’s Gunrunning Film WAR DOGS

"This isn't about being pro war, this s about being pro money."

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for War Dogs, a film by the director of the Hangover films, Todd Phillips. The movie is based on the crazy true story of two friends, played by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, who find themselves why over their heads after things spiral out of control with their gunrunning business. The film is based on a Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes” written by Guy Lawson, and it looks like it got itself a great feature film adaptation. Here's the synopsis:

Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. 

War Dogs looks like an intense and fun movie to watch, and it hits theaters on August 19th. I'll definitely be checking with one out! Oh, and I should probably mention that Bradly Cooper also has a role in the movie. Check out the trailer!

New WRECK-IT RALPH 2 Story Details Revealed Including a Nod to TRON

Yesterday Disney announced that they would finally be moving forward with Wreck-It Ralph 2. This is a sequel that we all knew was coming, but for some reason, it just took them a long time to actually announce it. I loved the first film, and I couldn't be more excited to see what's in store for the sequel. During an interview with Collider, director Rich Moore opened up a little bit about his upcoming film and revealed some details regarding the story and the possible inclusion of Tron.

We previously learned from John C. Reilly, who is the voice of Ralph, that “Ralph leaves the Arcade and wrecks the Internet.” Moore goes on to give a little more insight into the story saying that the sequel will take place in modern times:

“It’ll be just like the first one. So it will be exactly four years, or no, six years after the first Wreck-It Ralph. The current day timeline.”

He went on to say that there's a chance that the title of the sequel will be Super Wreck-It Ralph. When asked if this title was a possibility he said:

"You know what, it is definitely on the board. Since the day you said that, it was like, that’s a really good title. The one thing is because it’s so about the Internet and less about arcade games, it might not be the perfect fit. But spiritually, it is my favorite frontrunner right now. But I’m not sure if it’s going to make the cut, man. But it’s definitely in the running."

Moore also said that he's been working on the development for Wreck-It Ralph 2 for about two and half years and the first draft of the screenplay was complete before he started work on Zootopia. One thing that the director hopes to get into the film is Tron, and this is something I'm sure the fans would love to see as well. When asked about bringing Tron into the film he said:

"You know, I think like, 'Super Wreck-It Ralph is a great title,' and even like bringing up Tron, because I loved that game too, as a teenager. And we weren’t able to work it into the first one, and as of right now, I can tell you that there is a nod to Tron. If it will make it to the very end of the process, that’s always part of our journey. But definitely I’m a fan of that game and of those films, so it would be really nice to have it in."

Moore was then asked whether fans might see Ralph jumping onto a lightcycle in the sequel, which would be pretty cool to see. The director didn't shoot down the idea, he said that it could be a great gag, so who knows! Maybe something like that will happen in the movie.

The director went on to talk about the cast of the film. Both John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman are set to return as Ralph and Vanellope. Moore went on to hint that the film would also feature a large, diverse cast saying:

“If it were up to me, every character would have another scene or a moment because I love all those characters. I think it would be tough to bring King Candy/Turbo back from the dead, because that seemed pretty final, the way he went, but you never know. So, I think it’s looking right now like it’s going to be a big cast. I like making films with interesting characters and with a big, fun cast of different people. So we’re having a really good time of putting together who’s going to come back from the first one and who are the new characters that they’re going to meet.”

Wreck-It Ralph 2 is slated to hit theaters March 9th, 2018. I can't wait to see what exactly Moore and his team will give us in this sequel. 

Custom-Made Medieval Style Flash Helmet

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William Selby, the man who previously brought us the custom-made medieval Batman cowl, has sent us a new creation of his to share with you! This is a medieval-inspired helmet he made for The Flash, and as you can see, it turned out wicked cool. Selby had this to say:

“I had a go at making a medieval inspired Flash helmet. I went with the Jay Garrick look for the ears I felt they fit in with the ancient ascetic more.”

Check out more photos of The Flash helmet below and let us know what you think!

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A Version of GHOST RIDER Might Be Appearing in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. After All

About a week ago, a piece of promo art for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was spotted in San Diego for Comic-Con. It featured a long flaming chain, which led fans to speculate that maybe Ghost Rider would be showing up in the series. I figured it would just be a story arc involving Hellfire, who also sports a flaming chain, but now it's starting to look like a version of Ghost Rider will show up after all!

A new casting notice that leaked recently suggests that Ghost Rider will make an appearance in the series, but it's not a version of the character you would expect. The most iconic version of Ghost Rider is Johnny Blaze, who was portrayed by Nicolas Cage in two films. He's not the only version of the character that has existed in the comics, though.

The characters mentioned in the casting notice are listed as a pair of Latino brothers. One of them is described as "the most dangerous person in the room" and the other is said to be "paralyzed in a wheelchair." These character descriptions bear a very close resemblance to Robbie and Gabe Reyes, who were the main characters in the 2014 Marvel NOW! Ghost Rider series.

That comic was a new take on Ghost Rider and it focused on a bond between brothers. The characters are described as:

A talented young mechanic with a penchant for anything with an engine and electronic music, but above all else he loves his little brother Gabe. When his plan to get Gabe out of East L.A. goes fatally awry, he is resurrected by the Spirit of Eli Morrow into the supernatural being, the All-New Ghost Rider! 

His brother Gabe is disabled. The Reyes version of Ghost Rider has all the classic powers as the original and he also drives around on Hell-Charger, a hellfire imbued 1969 Dodge Charger. The character would definitely be an intriguing inclusion in Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a unique way to bring in the character. Who knows, though, if it all plays out this way, maybe I'll actually come back and watch the show!

Would you be excited to version of Ghost Rider included in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Behind-The-Scenes Photos of a Cosplay Photoshoot Can Look Silly

Have you ever looked at a photo of the perfect cosplay and thought, how on earth did they get that perfect shot? Well, I have too. So I decided to do some digging and found some pretty interesting stuff that goes behind the scenes of a cosplay photoshoot. To get the perfect shot, you might need to be a little silly.

We all know that on film shoots, there are a lot of green screens, CGI, and cheating going on behind the scenes. That’s the same with photography. The finished edit looks nothing like the very first photo. From making it look like you're riding a bike to some pretty crazy angels, you need a lot of imagination to think of some of the stuff these photographers did.

Sometimes a little creativity, or in some cases, a lot of creativity, goes a long way to make something look extraordinary.

Here are a few examples thanks to GoBoiano.

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Comic-Con TV Panel Info for ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, AMERICAN GODS, LUKE CAGE, THE WALKING DEAD, PREACHER, and More

A ton of information has been released regarding several TV shows that will be making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. The following information is for shows coming from Starz, AMC, and of course, Marvel. Some of the shows that will be there include Ash Vs. Evil Dead, American Gods, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, Preacher, and more!

Starz:

Ash Vs. Evil Dead is seriously one of the best series ever! I absolutely loved the first season, and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m excited to report that Starz is bringing Ash Vs. Evil Dead back to San Diego Comic-Con this year ahead of its second season, and you can bet that Bruce Campbell will be there being his lovable smart aleck self. He seriously puts on some of the most entertaining panels.

The cable network will also be bringing the Neil Gaiman series American Gods to the event, which has been building a lot of hype. If you’re in attendance for either of these panels, you can count on seeing some footage from these series. 

The Ash vs. Evil Dead panel will take place in Room 6A on July 23rd at 6:45 PM. Campbell will be there along with Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Ted Raimi, Lee Majors, and Michelle Hurd. there will also be an autograph session in the Ash cabin in San Diego’s Petco Park at 2 PM on that Saturday. To top things off, there will also be an Ash vs. Evil Dead screening at 10 PM that night in Room 6DE

The American Gods panel will take place in Room 6BCF on July 22nd at 3:15 PM. Gaiman will be in attendance along with showrunner Bryan Fuller. They will be joined by Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Pablo Shreiber, Bruce Langley, and Michael Green. The talent will also be on hand to sign autographs at the Starz booth on the convention floor that same day at 4:45 PM.

Marvel:

The only Marvel TV projects that I care about are their Netflix series. Everything else has been pretty disappointing. 

The panel for Luke Cage will take place in Ballroom 20 on Thursday, July 21st at 5:45 PM. Mike Colter, Alfre Woodward, Mahershala Ali, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, Simone Missick, Cheo Hodari Coker, and Jeph Loeb will all be in attendance. At 3:15 PM on the same day there will be a signing at the Marvel Booth.

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel is set to take place in Ballroom 20 on Friday, July 20th at 4:00 PM. The cast and producer of the series will be there to talk about the show and do a Q&A. At 4:30 PM there will a signing event with the cast that includes Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain de Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb.

Then on Saturday, July, 23rd at 12:30 PM Marvel will be holding their animation panel, which used to be cool, but they don’t really have any good animated series or films anymore. The panel description says it will take you “behind-the-scenes into the world of Marvel Animation!” It goes on to say that there will be “exclusive sneak peeks from upcoming episodes, scoops on exciting new projects in development and some special guests that have secretly RSVP’d.”

AMC:

Finally, we have the panel information for AMC shows such as The Walking Dead and Preacher. Both of these shows are incredibly well done, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans go crazy at The Walking Dead panel because of how season six ended. I doubt they will do a Q&A because that could get insane.

There will be a Walking Dead-themed booth on the Convention Center floor, where fans can stop by to take photos of themselves among Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) infamous “lineup” from the season six finale. There will also be a Fear the Walking Dead yacht at the Fifth Avenue Pier behind the Convention Center where fans can experience life aboard the Abigail.

The Walking Dead panel is set for Friday, July 22nd in Hall H at 1:00 PM. There will be a Fear the Walking Dead panel before that at 12:00 PM but I don’t know anyone that really cares for that spinoff. 

The Walking Dead panelists include cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, and Josh McDermitt along with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero, and Executive Producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick

Oh yeah! There’s also a trailer for season seven that is expected to debut, but don’t think that it’s going to offer fans any answers to their burning question of WHO DIED!?  

The Fear the Walking Dead panelists include cast members Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia along with Executive Producer and Showrunner David Erickson, Executive Producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and Dave Alpert. The panel will be moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. 

Then there’s Preacher, which has blossomed into one hell of a crazy awesome series! That panel will take place in Hall H on Friday, July 22nd, at 6:30 PM. The talent who will be available at the panel includes cast members Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish, Executive Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and Co-Executive Producer Garth Ennis. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Smith.

In addition, Kevin Smith’s annual Comic-Con panel will include a sneak peek of Geeking Out and a compilation of Kevin’s favorite scenes from season five of Comic Book Men. Kevin Smith will host a Hall H panel on Saturday, July 23th at 7 PM PT.

I’ll see you there!