New TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT “Squeaks” Robot Character Revealed

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Director Michael Bay has released a couple new photos from the set of Transformers: The Last Knight, and they reveal a new robot character named Squeaks. The character is obviously being used to help draw in the kids.

The first image above features Bay with the film's Isabella Moner and Squeaks. Below you'll find a second image of just Squeaks peeking over some junk. I also included a video of Josh Duhamel on the set, who returns as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox.

There's no information on the character other than what you see here, but it looks like Squeaks transforms into a rusty old moped that I imagine Moner's character will ride around on in the movie. 

The movie also stars Mark WahlbergJerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Last week, some rumors leaked regarding certain plot points of the film that I found interesting. If you missed that, make sure to click here to check it out.

Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in theaters on June 23, 2017. To read up on all our previous news regarding the film, click here.

 

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Official SUICIDE SQUAD Music Video Features New Film Footage – “Heathens”

Last week, Warner Bros. released the soundtrack listing for David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad film. Today we have the first music video featuring a song called "Heathens" by the band Twenty One Pilots. The highlight of the music video is the cool new footage from the film that it features. There was a lot more than I was expecting, and most of it is from within the prison where the villains are being held. 

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad opens in theaters beginning August 5th, 2016.

ROGUE ONE’s Saw Gerrera Character Was Originally in the Live-Action STAR WARS Series

Some interesting new details have emerged regarding Forest Whitaker's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character, Saw Gerrera. We know the character was first introduced in the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but before that he was supposed to be in the live-action Star Wars TV drama being developed by George Lucas.

Star Wars Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo talked about the character on this week's episode of The Star Wars Show explaining:

"A lot of people know him from The Clone Wars, but he actually started off before that. George Lucas had him in mind for his live action [Star Wars] TV series that he had in development. That never happened, but he found a place to put Saw into a story in Clone Wars."

Every time I hear about that abandoned Star Wars: Underworld series, my heart sinks because everything that I've heard about it has sounded pretty amazing. Hidalgo offered some more in-depth information on the character:

"He's sort of an extreme Rebel. He's definitely against the Empire, but he does things that morally push against the kind of things that Bail Organa and Mon Mothma stand for. Story Group brought Saw to the conversation. They took that character, ran with it, and as they were developing the script, there was only one person they wanted to play this character, and that was Forest Whitaker, and we're very fortunate to have him in this movie."

Hidalgo moved the conversation to Twitter where he continued to educate fans on Saw Gerrera's history, explaining:

"To reiterate, he was an idea developed for the proposed live action TV show, but was introduced in The Clone Wars. George Lucas, working in his inimitable non-linear way realized him as extremist first, and then revealed his backstory in The Clone Wars.” 

Apparently, there were a lot of ideas from the live-action Star Wars series that ended up being used in Clone Wars, and not just in the later seasons. They were pulling stuff from the live-action development as far back as season two of The Clone Wars! He went on to give this other bit of info to think about:

"Think of Saw as the uncle [that] mom and dad don't talk about. Something bad went down. He's 'disowned' to some degree. Saw was militarized by the Republic to fight a proxy war against their worst enemy. A generation later, he becomes their worst enemy."

Saw Gerrera sounds like such an incredibly interesting character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in Rogue One! To read up on the previous information that we had on the character, click here. The fact they are using this character opens the door to pulling other characters from the animated Star Wars series that we’ve all come to love and enjoy in any future Star Wars films.

Mark Millar Reveals and Discusses His New Female African-American KICK-ASS

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Mark Millar has unveiled a new black female version of Kick-Ass. The upcoming comic he's developing with artist John Romita Jr. will be called Kick-Ass: The New Girl. The original story followed a geeky teen named David Lizewski who transforms himself into a real-life superhero who learns the hard way that the life of a superhero isn’t easy.

I’m a huge fan of the Kick-Ass comics and films, and this new version of the character could be awesome. Millar doesn’t give any real details on the new character or the plot. However, it will be set in a different city with a new supporting cast of characters. While talking to THR, Millar said:

“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. I don’t think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African-American just seems more interesting to me as a writer because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that haven’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.”

He went on to explain that he sees Kick-Ass as a legacy character, where it doesn’t matter who is wearing the suit. It’s all about the story being told.

“Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting. Every four volumes or so I want a different person in the mask. Sometimes it might even only last a single volume or even a single issue.”

Millar then explained why he had the desire to come back to Kick-Ass and write more stories:

“I really just missed Kick-Ass. It was a funny book because it was about a guy who had no powers, no gadgets and wasn’t very good and yet it was massive. We had two movies in our first five years, games merchandise and so on. It’s been three years and Johnny and I both just really missed the concept. It’s fun to write and after all the fantasy and space opera and vast budget superheroes it’s actually been amazing to get into something grounded again.”

I can’t wait to see what he has in store for this new character and the violent adventures that await her. 

Funko Unveils Awesome DARK CRYSTAL Landstrider Action Figure Set

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I’ve been seeing a ton of San Diego Comic-Con exclusive toys being revealed recently, and this is easily one of my favorites! This is Funko’s Comic-Con exclusive ReAction: Dark Crystal Landstrider Box Set, and I need it! 

Is this an indication that we might see a Dark Crystal ReAction figure line in the near future!? I sure hope so! The Dark Crystal was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid and I would absolutely love to own a collection of action figures based on the legendary Jim Henson fantasy adventure film.

It so damn hard to get these exclusive Funko Figures at Comic-Con, so the odds are not in my favor. But damn it to hell… I'll try!

Mads Mikkelsen’s Villainous DOCTOR STRANGE Character Revealed

Since Mads Mikkelsen was cast in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the true identity of his character has been shrouded in mystery. There has been a lot of speculation and fan theory, but now we know exactly who he is playing, and it’s all thanks to a line of Diamond Select Doctor Strange minimates that will be released. If you don’t want to know who the villains will be. 

The figures confirm that Mikkelsen will be playing the villain Kaecilius and that Zara Pythian is playing a character named Zealot. Heroic Hollywood got the tip with the official description of the figures:

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now the next entry in the long-running Marvel Minimates line! Series 70 of Marvel Minimates mini-figures travels to the world of the Doctor Strange movie, with four different two-packs: Dr. Strange with The Ancient One, Mordo with Kaecilius, the specialty-exclusive Stephen Strange with Christine Palmer and the specialty-exclusive Wong & Zealot! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box.

Kaecilius is a disciple of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the comics before he becomes a villain fighting against the Sorcerer Supreme. I don’t recall him being a very big character in the comics, which gives the director some creative freedom to build the character up however he wants, and it looks like he’ll be a villain in their story. Mikkelsen previously said about his character:

“Not really a baddie, but someone who believes in something else than what Doctor Strange believes in.”

As for Zealot, the character was originally a male mutant character. In the film, the character is a woman. I’m not sure if this is the same character for the comics or someone completely new with the same name. Both characters have previously been spotted on the set of the film.

The description also confirms that Rachel McAdams is playing Christine Palmer, which was previously rumored. So unless these figure descriptions are fake, then these are the characters that we’ll see in the film.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

Doctor Strange also stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Benedict Wong as Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, and Amy Landecker. The film is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.

POWER RANGERS Fan Art Imagines Bryan Cranston as Zordon

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The other day it was officially announced that Bryan Cranston will be playing freakin’ Zordon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie. Fans have gone apeshit over the news, and now, thanks to BossLogic, we have a piece of fan art that shows us what the actor could look like in the role. The artist released the following note with the piece:

“For today's daily Photoshop I did a little @ThePowerRangers poster featuring @BryanCranston :) hope you like it.”

BossLogic is always coming up with cool geeky fan art to share with his fans, and most of the time fans seem to dig it. This latest piece of Cranston as Zordon is definitely enough to get fans even more excited about seeing Cranston in the film.

GOTHAM Recasts Poison Ivy with a Much Older Actress

Gotham has decided to move in a different direction with Poison Ivy. They have recast the character with an actress who will play an older version of the character. The character was originally played by 14-year-old Clare Foley, who was wonderful in the role. She has been replaced by 28-year-old Maggie Geha, who will play a 19-year-old version of the character.

Maggie Geha helloooooo nurse!

You might be saying to yourself, “What the hell!? How is that going to work!?” She would obviously had to undergo some kind of drastic growth and age spurt. Well, we have a description of the character thanks to EW, that explains the transformation from young teen to adult: 

Following an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, Ivy Pepper finds herself reborn, and one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy. Now a 19-year-old woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, she sets her sights on Bruce Wayne.

So a monster from Indian Hill will transform her? That seems interesting but could also prove to be problematic. This is the first thing that I’ve learned about the show that I can’t say I’m fully on board list. But who knows, maybe it will turn out to be something cool. 

Indian Hill is a toxic waste dump built on an Indian burial ground, and I’m curious to see what kind of monster ends up changing her. I’d love it if Swamp Thing popped up! One thing is for sure, and that is that Gotham is about to get even crazier.

GHOSTBUSTERS: These New Little Golden Books Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

Not to be confused with artist Joey Spiotto's fake books that simply serve as art pieces, Little Golden Books are actually releasing two new Ghostbusters-themed books this year for kids (and parents) to enjoy. Both are written by John Sazaklis and illustrated by Alan Baston, and there's one devoted to Ivan Reitman's original '80s version and one devoted to Paul Feig's upcoming 2016 film. Check out the synopses:

For over 30 years the original Ghostbusters movie has been giving fans of all ages laugh-out-loud thrills and chills. Now, for the first time ever, boys and girls ages 3 to 7 can enjoy the classic Ghostbusters in a lighthearted Little Golden Book retelling that will introduce them to Slimer, Ecto-1, and, of course, the Ghostbusters!
Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal-fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. The Ghostbusters are back and ready to save the world! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this laugh-out-loud Little Golden Book retelling, which features some of their favorite moments from the new hit film!

I want the new movie to succeed as much (if not more) than the next person, but calling it a "hit" at this point seems a little premature, doesn't it? Again, I hope it becomes one so a whole new generation of people — mainly young girls — can have their own cinematic heroes to look up to in this universe, but we'll have to see how audiences react. Both of these books will be available for less than five bucks each on Amazon (here and here) beginning September 13, 2016.

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Cinematic Sound Radio: Ep. 16 — A Tribute to James Horner (1953-2015) | Pt. 1

On June 22, 2015, the world lost one of its greatest film music heroes when James Horner’s S-312 Tucano MK1 turboprop crashed 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He was 61 years old. James Horner was a two time Academy Award winner, a six time Grammy Award winner and an IFMCA Award winner. This is a rebroadcast of part one of my two part tribute to James Horner that premiered on June 27, 2015. Part two will air next week. Listen on PodTyrant

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