Over the weekend I played Ubisoft's open beta for Trackmania Turbo for Xbox One, and as the title suggests I was underwhelmed. This is my first Trackmania game in the long series, so I know little to nothing outside of what I've read about the core mechanics...read more at Gametyrant
Kevin Spacey appeared at the Florida Panthers "Spacey In Space Night," and if you don't follow hockey, you have no idea how big of a deal that is. For those unaware, the NHL Florida Panthers have this locker room joke going around where they award a prize to the most deserving player after each game. For most teams this is a trophy, gift card, or title belt.
For the Florida Panthers this is a sweatshirt with Spacey's head floating in space.
No one on the team has revealed what it means or why it's a thing, but fans of the team have embraced it as more of a mascot than their beloved Panther! So now that you know all that, you'll understand why the crowd absolutely erupted when Spacey was revealed amongst the crowd wearing the actual sweatshirt!
Big news in the world of animation! A.V. Club says Toonz, the same software that was used to create Futurama and many of Studio Ghibli's films, is going open source beginning March 26th! This means you can download it for free (right here), and Toonz will then offer paid courses on how to utilize its features, as well as offer a premium version of the software.
I'll admit I know very little about animation or how huge this is, but if it means I can see more Studio Ghibli-style fan parody videos on Youtube, I can only assume it's good news!
Here’s another excuse for me to take a trip to New York in the near future. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is headed to Broadway! The musical has already had success in London with director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Specter), but now Americans will have the opportunity to get their Golden Ticket to see it.
The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and will start in the spring of 2017. It is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling novel and also draws inspiration from the classic 1977 movie. This version of the show will not be directed by Mendes, instead, it will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV). Mendes said in a statement to EW:
“I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I’m really proud it’s having such great run at Drury Lane. But I knew I couldn’t marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects. As such I am thrilled to be turning the keys to the Broadway Chocolate Factory over to the brilliant Jack O’Brien.”
O’Brien offered his thoughts on taking on the development of the show and what he plans on doing with it:
“Why does Wonka want to do this Golden Ticket contest and what compels him to want to give it all away? I started with the question why. This is the dramatic premise I hang the whole show on. Sam and I have both spent our careers putting our personal spin on classics, be it by William Shakespeare or Roald Dahl. Since the first production was created for London, it’s only fair we do an American version, and in America, our connection is to the 1971 movie and the indelible impression of Gene Wilder as the slyly wicked Wonka. The score will pay homage to the beloved Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley songs that are integral to the American relationship to the story, combined with all new songs crafted by the American team that created one of Broadway’s most beloved scores, Hairspray.”
I’m such a huge fan of of this story, and there’s no doubt it will make for an entertaining, high-energy musical.
Some new potential SPOILER details have leaked regarding a few characters in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The following intel comes from Latino Review, and it includes information regarding Laura Dern’s character as well as Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and Carrie Fisher's General Organa.
According to the report, Dern is rumored to be playing a Resistance Officer in command of a ship. The site describes a scene in which she informs a group of battered soldiers, including Poe, that they are the “last of the rebellion,” and she also informs them that General Organa has been "gravely injured" in some kind of attack and is undergoing medical attention.
The relationship between Dern and Poe isn't a good one. It's explained that they "have an antagonistic exchange of words and Dern’s character is blunt with Poe, like she has some sort of authority over him." The intensity escalates from there as it's revealed that Poe leads a group of Resistance fighters against Dern’s character. They take control of her ship and Poe ends up pointing his blaster at Dern's character.
It sounds to me like the story in Episode VIII is going to take more of a political turn. Like there is a new villainous faction growing within the Resistance that Dern is a part of, and that maybe Leia being gravely wounded was an inside job to put an end to what she was trying to accomplish. The report speculates that Dern's character wants the kind of power that Leia wields, but Poe isn't going to let that happen.
This is all just rumor and speculation, but it sounds like something I could see happening in the Star Wars Universe. If all of this is true, I like where it's going. I can't wait to see how this story plays out!
The film is being directed by Rian Johnson and is set to be released on December 15th, 2017. Do you have any speculation that you'd like to add to the conversation?
The latest full trailer for Captain America: Civil War that debuted Spider-Man has been awesomely recreated in Fallout 4 using mods. The video comes from YouTube user UpIsNotJump, and it's pretty damn enjoyable. It has a fun, crazy style to it, and this is what the creator had to say about the process of creating it:
In this Fallout 4 Video Game machinima parody the Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 was recreated completely in Fallout 4 with mods. This video is similar to work by TGN and Merfish, who remade the first Captain America: Civil War Official trailer in GTA V.
Is Spiderman in Captain America? YES. Who is Playing the new Spiderman? Tom Holland! Now that Spiderman is in Captain America he finally makes his Marvel appearance. In this Fallout 4 trailer remake of the Avengers Universe he is also Modded into the game to complete the ending to the trailer. There are no web mods so Spidey couldn’t shoot Captain America, so I left it out.
The Fallout 4 engine was modded to remake all of the Characters from the movie. Mainly Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Steve Rodgers.)
GTA V movies where trailers are remade, like the Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer in GTA V are very popular so I decided to remake the Trailer in Fallout 4 to see if it was possible. There are so many mods on Nexus Mods it turns out that you can recreate almost any character and scene from the Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer 2, even introduce Spiderman.
While making Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I’m sure there was a lot of discussion about what and who they wanted to have in the movie. A lot of that stuff never made it into the final cut. For example, in a recent interview with Collider, Zack Snyder revealed that The Joker and The Riddler almost made it into the film. This is what he said about that:
"The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict."
There were rumors that Joker would appear in the film, but this confirms that those rumors didn’t pan out. The Crown Prince of Crime is going to make his debut in Suicide Squad, but does this mean there’s a chance The Riddler will show up sometime in the future? If they wanted to include him in Batman v Superman, it seems to me that they might have plans for him somewhere down the road.
As for their "mythological presence" being felt in the film, we've already had a little taste of Joker in the trailers. We'll just have to wait and see how The Riddler fits into it. The last time we saw Riddler on the big screen was 21 years ago when Jim Carrey played him in Batman Forever. I was never a fan of what he did with the character, and it would be great to see a new incarnation of the villain, especially in this new DC Extended Universe.
I always imagined the character being kinda like Kevin Spacey’s John Doe from David Fincher’s Se7en — an insanely dark and twisted serial killer who gets a kick out of teasing and taunting people with his riddles.
Community creator Dan Harmon is set to produce a stop-motion animated film called Bubbles. The movie centers around Michael Jackson’s famous chimp, and it will offer a look into Jackson’s life from Bubbles' point of view, Here’s the description of the story from THR:
"A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release."
This sounds like it will be a fascinating movie. The screenplay was written by Isaac Adamson and was on the 2015 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. The stop-motion in the film is said to be in the same vein as Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. They used 3D printed puppets to bring the characters to life and give the character a unique life-like appearance.
Bubbles was adopted by Jackson in 1983 from a research facility in Austin, Texas. He went to live with the pop star at Neverland Ranch and accompanied him to places including on tour at times. Apparently, Bubbles even sat in on the recording of the Jackson’s album Bad. The chimp eventually became too aggressive and was moved to monkey sanctuary in Florida where he still resides.
I'm curious to see how this movie and its story turns out.
We’ve seen a lot of fan-made trailers for movies that have been recut in the style of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This latest one comes from Jonny Halloway ,and he has mashed together the music and style of the Force Awakens trailer with footage from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The result is pretty cool.