Saturday, May 23, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette takes a look at the film's opening battle sequence.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens with a battle sequence that throws fans right into the thick of it with the full Avengers team battling Hydra and working together as a cohesive team. It was a fantastic way to open up the film and fan reactions to it were very positive. Marvel has released a new featurette that steps behind the scenes of the film and interviews Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, Chris Evans, and Jeremy Latchem about what exactly makes this opening sequence so spectacular.

Source: YouTube - JoBlo Movie Trailers

Nintendo's Splatoon has Easter eggs for 8-bit Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda!

As we approach the launch date of Nintendo's upcoming third person shooter Splatoon, the anticipation keeps on building. To increase the game's greatness, a new discovery had been made by GameXplain that is a lot of fun. It appears as though Splatoon will have Easter eggs in it for fellow Nintendo games Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda from the original NES. On one of the maps in the game you will find an 8-bit Blooper from Super Mario Bros. on a poster on a wall and on another wall you'll find an 8-bit Octorok from The Legend of Zelda! There is also a Mario reference on a tee shirt you can purchase for your inkling that features Mario warp pipes and coins. These may be small references but they are still really cool. Watch the video below to see what they look like.

Splatoon will be on store shelves for the Wii U on May 29, 2015.

A big thank you goes out to my girlfriend, Jackie, for sharing this news with me!

Source: My Nintendo News

Fun film compilation shares the films of director Brad Bird.

Director Brad Bird is slowly making a great name for himself in the film industry. His newest film Tomorrowland was released in theaters today and it looks incredible. In honor of Brad Bird's films, editor Joel Walden has created a great compilation that shares footage from The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Tomorrowland, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Brad Bird's filmography may not be too large yet but if he keeps making great films like these he has a wonderful career ahead of him. Enjoy!

Source: The Playlist

Friday, May 22, 2015

Actress Reese Witherspoon will star as Tinker Bell in the new Disney live action film "Tink".

Disney's newest live action film has just been announced and it will bring a fan favorite character from Peter Pan to life. The new film will center around Tinker Bell and will be titled Tink. Actress Reese Witherspoon will star as Tinker Bell and is said to also be producing the film.

At the moment there is no director tied to the film and no information available on the film's story. Will fans see the playful character that Tinker Bell has grown to be since her original debut in the 1953 animated Peter Pan film or will this be a new take on the character with a more serious tone? We'll have to wait and see.

What do you think about a live action Tinker Bell film being developed? Will you go to see it when it is released?

Source: Twitter - Vanity Fair
Source: Vanity Fair

Two new pieces of concept art shows The Flash's Gorilla Grodd sitting on a throne and battling Flash!

Some really fun new pieces of concept art from artist John Gallagher has surfaced for The CW's The Flash that features Gorilla Grodd sitting upon a throne and Gorilla Grodd battling Flash. The small stand off between the characters this season was great but I hope that we can see a big battle sequence between the two next season. Check out the pieces below!

Source: Twitter - Earth Prime Weekly

Mario Kart: Fury Road - A perfect Mario Kart and Mad Max: Fury Road mash-up video!

Check out this jaw dropping mash-up video that brings together the new hit film Mad Max: Fury Road with the hit Nintendo video game franchise Mario Kart! The video turns the world of Mad Max: Fury Road into a giant Mario Kart race and the mash-up surprisingly works extremely well! All your favorite Mario Kart items make an appearance here including the mystery boxes, banana peels, lighting, the dreaded blue shell, and more. The comparisons between Max/Mario, Furiosa/Peach, and Nux/Toad also had me laughing because of how much it really works. This mash-up video is perfect and I laughed so much. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - sundbergkr

Composer John Williams speaks about creating the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

With the return of the Star Wars saga comes the return of the iconic music composer John Williams. Williams has scored every film in the franchise thus far and has created some truly legendary pieces for it (as well as other iconic films). For a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy sat down with John Williams and spoke about what it is like composing the score for the new film.

"Bruce Handy: Now that you’re scoring your seventh Star Wars movie, do you find that you approach the series differently in terms of your creative process compared with other films or series you’ve worked on? 
John Williams: Very much so. It’s all a continuation of an initial set of ideas. It’s a bit like adding paragraphs to a letter that’s been going on for a number of years. Starting with a completely new film, a story that I don’t know, characters that I haven’t met, my whole approach to writing music is completely different—trying to find an identity, trying to find melodic identifications if that’s needed for the characters, and so on. Which I do here, but here it’s an extension of something that’s been really organic and continually growing. It’s a very, very different process. That’s really the best analogy I can come up with at the moment so I’ll repeat it: it’s like adding paragraphs to a letter rather than beginning the letter again. 
How has it been different working with J.J. Abrams compared to working with George Lucas? 
It’s actually very similar. My meetings with George had to do with spotting the film, selecting areas in which music would be played, and pretty much we agreed on all that. He always left me free to write the music. And J.J.’s done the same thing. We’ve had a few preliminary meetings, and I’ve played him some music at the piano, which he seemed to like very much. His latest instruction to me was, “Just do your thing.” Which is giving me a good sense of freedom, a good free swing at the ball. I don’t know how much you know of him, but he is a delightful person. Enormously bright. I’ve been very impressed with him in meetings with a great variety of people. His generalship is assured and warm and inviting and inclusive. If I can say it, he’s a fabulous young man who’s future is so brilliant and so promising. I don’t know how old he is, but he’s a young man to me. [Abrams is 48; Williams is 83.] He’s enormously impressive. 
In the new score, aside from the main Star Wars theme, are you going to be reviving any of the themes from the first trilogy which were associated with Luke, Leia, and Han? 
There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."
As a musician myself, I play the trumpet, this excites me a lot. John Williams has created some truly amazing pieces of music that will stay with me forever and to see that we are not only going to get new music but touch upon old classic pieces as well is really exciting. Music is half the experience in a film and when you have John Williams composing your music you know the film is in perfect hands.

Source: Vanity Fair

New Fantastic Four promotional video shows off the teams powers!

20th Century Fox is looking to excite fans about the new Fantastic Four film with the release of this new promotional video that partnered up with The new video shows off the various abilities of the Fantastic Four team; Reed Richards' (Miles Teller) stretching, Sue Storm's (Kate Mara) invisibility, Johnny Storm's (Michael B. Jordan) flight and fire engulfed body, and The Thing's (Jamie Bell) rock body. See the powers in action in the video below.

Fantastic Four will be in theaters on August 7, 2015.

Source: YouTube - 20th Century Fox

New Jurassic World clip has the owner of the park overlooking the Indominous Rex in its enclosure.

Irran Kahn and Bryce Dallas Howard take center stage in the newest clip for Jurassic World. This is the third clip that has been released for the film and in it Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) overlook the enclosure for the genetic hybrid Indominus Rex and talk about the affect that it could have on their park visitors.

Jurassic World will open to the public on June 12, 2015.

Source: YouTube - The Quint

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Community pays tribute to the elevator scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Community paid tribute to Marvel with a recreation of the elevator fight scene from Captain America: The Winter Solider. However, in true Community fashion, instead of having actual guns in the scene there were paintball guns. Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash) takes the role of Captain America and his students take the various roles of Hyrdra agents.

This is a really fun tribute and works on many levels since Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, worked on Community before becoming a part of the Marvel family. The pair are now signed on to direct Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2.

Source: YouTube - art/research

New Jurassic World TV spot reveals the names of Chris Pratt's raptor team!

The newest TV spot for Jurassic World features some great new footage but more importantly we see Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) introduce his raptor team by their names! Find out what they are in the all new TV spot below!

Jurassic World will open to the public on June 12, 2015.

Source: YouTube - Movie Madness Trailers

Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd stars in the new LEGO Dimensions trailer!

Great Scott!! The new trailer for LEGO Dimensions not only has amazing new footage for the upcoming video game but it has Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc Brown from Back to the Future, in it! Amazing! LEGO Dimensions will be similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity in that you'll use figures and a base to launch characters into new worlds and adventures. Watch as Christopher Lloyd builds the LEGO portal and begins his own adventure that will connect the worlds of Back to the Future, Batman, Superman, The Wizard of Oz, and many many more.

LEGO Dimensions will be released for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 27, 2015.

Source: YouTube - LEGO Dimensions

The Flash season 2 will introduce more speedsters and a surprising character returns as a show regular!

The season finale of The Flash was filled with twists and turns and all the DC Easter eggs that a fan could ask for. It certainly raised the bar for all other super hero shows in terms of how a finale should look.

*Possible spoilers ahead for the Season 1 finale.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed two very interesting things about the show's second season. The season 1 finale saw the character Harrison Wells, played by Tom Cavenagh, turn into the real Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne, before he was defeated. When asked what that meant for Tom Cavanagh's future with the show Kreisberg responded:

"Tom Cavanagh will be back. That is not in question. Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular."
In regards to more "speedsters" appearing in the next season Kreisberg stated:
"Yeah. We are going to introduce a few more speedsters next year and a bunch more villains. How they and those villains come about is part of the surprise of season two. We're really excited. [Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and myself and [executive producer] Geoff Johns and the writers, the cast, the crew, the directors — we are so proud of this season of television. It really is a high mark for all of us, and we feel a great deal of pressure and anxiety to live up to it because it's been so well received. As proud as excited as we are about everything we've done this year, we really are just as proud and excited for all the things we are planning coming up. Hopefully people will continue to take this ride with us."
This is all very exciting news and as the Flash universe continues to open up we know that more surprises and Easter eggs will be thrown at fans. Are you excited about the direction that the show is taking? Are you ready for Season 2?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter