Deep Learning A.I. Was Used to Insert Harrison Ford into SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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When fans learned that a new younger actor was going to be cast in the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, there were a lot of moans and groans from the fans. I was one of them! I didn’t want to see another actor to play Han Solo! But, Alden Ehrenreich ended up landing the part and he did an awesome job! I really thought he was great as Han!

For those of you curious to see what the film might have looked like with a young Harrison Ford in the role, the YouTube channel derpfakes has a video that you’ve gotta check out. It’s a little weird to watch and it’s kinda creepy, but at the same time it’s pretty cool

The YouTube channel uses deep learning artificial intelligence that analyzes a large collection of photos of a given person, then creates a database of those images in multiple positions and poses. The technology then uses that database to intelligently perform an automatic face replacement on a source clip. The creator of the video says:

“Using footage and stills of a pre 1977 Harrison Ford, I tried to make the most convincing young Solo I could, with the peak (in my opinion) being the final scene.”

The results of the video are… well, take a look for yourself and tell us what you think!

New CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Featurette Focuses on The World of Witches

Netflix has released a new featurette for their upcoming horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I really hope that this show ends up being as good as it looks. I’m excited about this show! I love the dark horror setting and the fact that is heavily deals with the supernatural.

This new featurette puts a focus on the world of witches that the story revolves around. Specifically the half witch and half mortal character Sabrina Spellman and the heroic journey in the story. Check it out!

It's been explained that the series "traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft" and has been described as being in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. You’ll see elements of those things in this new trailer. The series "finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit."

The story picks up on the verge of Sabrina's 16th birthday and with that comes an important decision. "Will she give up her human friends — and her adorable boyfriend, Harvey — to live life as a witch? Or will she turn her back on her powers in favor of the freedom that comes with humanity? Or can she somehow have it all?"

The show is based on the comic of the same name and stars Kiernan Shipka in the role of Sabrina, along with Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, and more.

The show comes from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and it’s set to premiere on Netflix on October 26th with 10 episodes. Watch the trailer below!

Nicole Kidman Goes a Little Crazy in This First Trailer For DESTROYER

Nicole Kidman takes on the role of a police officer who is haunted by her past in the new film Destroyer and she goes a little nuts. As you’ll see, she completely transformed herself for this role and it looks like she gives one hell of a performance.

The trailer gives off a very dark and unsettling vibe and the film is described as "a contemporary and gritty noir in a verité Los Angeles". It’s safe to say that this isn’t going to be an inspiring feel-good movie. Here’s the synopsis:

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

The film comes from director Karyn Kusama, who previously directed The Invitation, she previously talked about the film and described it as “a character study in disguise as a cop thriller,” and also explained:

"We’ve all loved bank robbery stories as a place to start, because they almost never go well… There’s a kind of particular American madness to thinking you’ll be the one who gets away clean. We were really focusing on characters who weren’t criminal masterminds, but fringe dwellers of American society. Yet they still hold out the hope that they’d beat the system."

Destroyer also stars Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, and Bradley Whitford, and will hit theaters on December 25, 2018. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think.

Idris Elba is Joining The Film Adaptation of the Broadway Musical CATS

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Here’s a crazy unexpected piece of casting news! Idris Elba is in talks to join director Tom Hooper’s feature film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway musical Cats. This is the last film I ever thought I’d seen Elba join, but here we are.

According to Deadline, Elba will be taking on the role of the famed feline Macavity. For those of you not familiar with the characters role in the story, he’s the villain and this is a description:

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In Act II, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up; and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap and Alonzo.

The actor will join the previously cast Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. This is quite an all-star cast and I’m really curious to see how this movie is going to turn out, especially the visuals. After all, all of these actors are going to be portraying cats.

The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The plot is actually pretty insane.

The screenplay for the film is being written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and I’m kinda looking forward to it. My dad did a lot of musical theater when I was growing up so I’m very familiar with these Broadway musicals and Cats may be a weird one, but it is filled with some wonderful music.

So, after Elba is done playing a badass villain in Hobbs and Shaw, he might just end up dressing up in a Cat suit to play the villain in Cats. What do you all think about Elba taking on this role?

If you want an idea of what Elba’s character is like in the play, here’s a video featuring the fight sequence that involves Macavity. While you watch this, I’m sure many of you will be thinking… WTF!?

Extremely Fun and Adventurous Trailer For Joe Cornish’s THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

The director of Attack The Block, Joe Cornish, is back with a new film called The Kid Who Would Be King and it looks like it’s going to be an absolute blast! The first trailer for the film has dropped and it’s packed with imagination, adventure, action, and fun! If you enjoyed Attack The Block, you’re probably going to love what you see here in this trailer!

The story centers on a 12-year-old boy named Alex (Louis Serkis) who finds his everyday problems dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. “Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.”

The movie stars Patrick Stewart who was perfectly cast in the role of the wizard Merlin and Rebecca Ferguson will play the evil villain Morgana. The film also stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Alex, Tom TaylorRhianna Dorris, and Dean Chaumoo.

The Kid Who Would Be King hits theaters on March 1, 2019. I’m pretty excited about this film and I can’t wait to watch it! I’m happy to see Cornish has made another movie! He has such a fun and playful filmmaking style.

New Photos From DC’s TITANS Reveals Starfire and Raven’s Classic Costumes

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Two new official photos from the set of DC Universe’s Titans have been released and they feature the classic costumes of two characters. After actress Anna Doip confirmed that she would be wearing Starfire’s classic costume, we now have a photo that shows her wearing it. It may be from a distance, but we do get decent look at it, and it’s definitely Starfire’s costume. When talking about trying on the costume, Doip explained:

As soon as I put it on, everyone was flipping out. It’s awesome because it’s something that so many people have seen for so long and it means so much to people and this is the first time we’re bringing it to life, but you know — our story takes its time. It takes its time, it’s an origin story, so it takes its time in the characters coming to this place where you see them and the way that everyone’s always known. I hope that the audience can be patient with us and have fun with us. It’s a ride, and it’s a fun one.

The other photo I included that you can see below features Teagan Croft rocking her Raven outfit. The first episode of Titans has already premiered on DC Universe. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’ve been hearing good things and I’ll get around to it.

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The series also stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Curran Walters as Jason Todd, and Ryan Potter and Beast Boy. Then there’s Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson as Dove and Hawk.

Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.

Titans will make its big debut on DC Universe on Friday, October 12th.

John Carpenter Teases That a THEY LIVE Sequel is in Development

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John Carpenter’s They Live is sci-fi classic that fans love. I remember the first time I saw that movie! I was completely hooked because I had never seen anything like it before. Well, turns out, there might be a sequel in development.

During a recent interview with Den of Geek, Carpenter teased that there is something going on with a They Live sequel. When the filmmaker was asked how he would approach a modern-day They Live movie, the filmmaker provided the following answer:

“Well, I’m not gonna tell you about that, because it might be closer to reality than you think.”

He then added:

“The sequel is, well, we’ll see. We’ll just have to see.”

I’m intrigued! With the first They Live film being a commentary on Reaganomics in the 1980s, it’s not hard to imagine that a They Live sequel set in a modern era providing commentary on what President Trump is doing because Hollywood loves Trump.

There was a remake of They Live in development with director Matt Reeves at the helm that was going to be called Resistance, but that fell apart. I’d be much more interested in a sequel from Carpenter rather than a remake, though.

There’s no guarantee that we’ll see a They Live sequel, but the fact that Carpenter has obviously got something cooking for it is pretty cool. Would you like to see Carpenter make a sequel to They Live?

Witness The Birth of “We Will Rock You” in This New Clip For BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

A new clip has been released for the upcoming film Bohemian Rhapsody and it’s here to rock you! It features Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and his band giving birth to to the now-iconic beat from classic Queen song, “We Will Rock You”.

This is a great little scene, and when the band came up with this song, they never imagined at the time what kind of impact it would have today. As you know, the song is now played during every single sporting event.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Bryan Singer was the original director of the film but was fired in the middle of production and replaced with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle). The other Queen band members will be played by Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy, and Gwilym LeeMike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World) also stars.

The movie hits theaters on November 2, 2018.

SINNER: SACRIFICE FOR REDEMPTION Review: Exciting and Infuriating Combat

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Bringing a mixture of Dark Souls difficulty along with the boss selection of Mega-man while removing the adventure of both titles is Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption. This game by Dark Star Game Studios proves that just providing a nigh possible battle challenge is enough to keep a player entertained.

Story

A cryptically told story through short phrases and battle hints, you play as a soldier who found himself in a mysterious and dark cavern. Full of gloom around you, the only way to move is forward. Soon you will be in a room with seven temple-like structures that all open to strange and powerful foes with a dark past of their own. With each fight taking a sacrifice to begin, it’s up to this young soldier to decide if they will remain trapped within the cavern or find redemption through the required sacrifices.

Gameplay

When you first start up, the first thing players will want to do is learn the controls. While the pause menu shows the entire list of controls, note that this does not stop time in-game at all, leaving you vulnerable to attacks. There is a few guides you can talk to that will tell you of your main attack and defense options, as well as teach you about your extra items. There is also a few small, easy to beat enemies that show up to help you practice the controls before heading in to the boss battles.

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Immediately following this short tutorial-like area you will find yourself in a temple room with seven shrines. Each shrine takes you to another boss and will require a sacrifice of some kind to enter. The sacrifices range from health depletion, item depletion, broken defense, weaker attack, and more. The hardest lesson was learning that after defeating the boss to a shrine, that sacrifice does NOT return and if you were to re-activate the shrine to get it back then it will take away your victory over that boss as well.

Each boss has their own openings for attacks and weaknesses that help give you the upper hand. While majority of the bosses are much larger than you, their attacks are also slower most of the time. The main thing is to find out what item hurts or affects them the most and then abusing it to keep the upper hand. Be careful though, their attacks are powerful and death comes easily!

Without wanting to spoil anything, I will just speak of one boss. For this I will choose the boss of gluttony, again leaving the name out to help refrain from spoiling anything. This boss didn’t seem to be affected by anything until I started using the javelins in a more repetitive manner. Then I realized that if I can land two javelin throws on him in a row, while he is open and not reading for an attack, this would cause him to stall for a moment and gave me an opening. Using this knowledge, and my environment to help block his attacks, I was able to defeat him with only a little bit of strife.

As for the items you will have available to use, there are a total of four options. The first option is a healing orb, which can be used either one at a time or as many as you wish consecutively. So don’t smash the button when you get yourself in a tense moment because the game will let you use them all up for no reason! The second and third options are two range weapons: lightning javelin and fire pot. Both of these will do a slight bit of damage to the boss, but can be more effective when used properly as explained above. The last option you have is a fire sword. This will ignite your weapon to be a flaming sword, allowing you to do more damage to the enemy for each hit, but be careful because it will slowly damage yourself while activated.

Graphics and Sounds

While the game had a slight cartoon-ish style to it, it didn’t hinder the fierce look of each boss. They could of gone with the somewhat realistic style of Dark Souls, but I think it is a fitting style to go with something more laid back as the enemies difficulty brings fear on its own.

The sound effects used were all very accurate and helped depict what was exactly going on throughout the fight. You could hear the stomping when the larger bosses were moving, the dragging when a sword is touching the ground while moving, the shield smash when you defend, and all of the above sound effects that separated when a boss was spitting acid or spitting fire.

Replayability

Other than wanting to defeat a boss again with your new knowledge of how to best defeat them or simply try to improve your skills by fighting the bosses you had trouble defeating the first go, there isn’t much reason to revisit this game.

What Could Be Better

The second weapon option they give is a two-handed long sword. While this is a good option to give players, they must have made it too long as simply wielding it caused the tip to constantly clip through the ground. It should have dragged behind the player with how long it was, but instead it just went through the floor.

A longer tutorial would have been a good touch. Perhaps a simpler, small boss to face off. While the few enemies gave me an idea of the control, the first few fights wasn’t enough for me to really understand the controls. I found myself having a lot of trouble on the first boss I faced because I didn’t even know how to play really, just how to smash one button and defeat some small guys.

This is more of a smaller issue, but when you start the game they give the option to have a free roam or a fixed camera. I chose fixed as I knew it would be easier for combat, but they should have just had that option in the pause menu so players could switch to having control of the camera at any time.

Conclusion

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is a very challenging game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing. I would recommend this to any hardcore strategy fighting gamer looking for another game that brutally challenges their skills and patience. Some of the most fun I’ve had while being infuriated at the same time!

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Trailer For Adam Sandler’s Netflix Comedy Special 100% FRESH

Adam Sandler is back doing stand-up comedy, and he’s made a comedy special for Netflix called Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh that follows the comedian as he entertains thousands of fans across the U.S. Today we have a trailer for the special to share with you and it teases the kind of hijinks, fun, and entertainment that it will entail.

Adam Sandler may not make the best movies these days, but I’ll always be a fan. I grew up on Sandler and have followed his career since his days on Saturday Night Live when it was still funny. I used to buy his comedy cassette tapes! My friends and I would listen to those all the time and laugh our asses off. The guy is also super freakin’ nice! My friends and I unexpectedly ran into him in the real world once, and it was just such a delightful experience.

I’m excited to see that he’s been doing stand-up comedy again and I’m looking forward to watching this new special. The trailer doesn’t really reveal any topics of discussion or punchlines, but it does feature Adam Sandler being himself, with his signature sounds and music. I really hope that he manages to bring the laughs like he used to.

Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love) was actually one of the directors on the special and helmed certain segments of the show that will take place off the stage.

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh hits Netflix on October 23.