Curious About The NEW Fantastic 4? Check The First Trailer Here.


 

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For those out there who may not be die-hard comic book fans, the 2005 and 2007 incarnations of Marvel’s original super hero team, are what they’re most familiar with.  The older movies stayed quite true to the comics, and were received differently by many, but stay in the mind of many as “the way things should be”.  So when a reboot of the Fantastic Four was announced, the first pill for people to swallow was the inclusion of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm.  That uproar was followed swiftly by people questioning the age of the rest of the cast, and the “new tone” of the film.  Director Josh Trank boldly advertised a more “sci-fi” tone than that of a traditional super hero film, and the look of the first trailer definitely feels like the 2014 Godzilla flick, (which the 2005 Fantastic 4 film was more like the 1998 Godzilla).  But all that “different” left people quite curious, and now we have some answers.  Check the teaser below, and let us know what you think.

Simply put, this iteration of the super hero team is based on the ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four’, as apposed to the Earth-616 continuity.  (I’ll explain what that means for the non-nerds).  In the mid 2000’s Marvel decided to reboot many of their famous characters, (Spiderman, The X-Men, Fantastic Four etc.) much the way Hollywood has been rebooting movies faster than a crashed PC.  In the ‘Ultimate’ version of Fantastic Four, the character are child prodigies, and are recruited by the government in exchange for funding their work.  Their powers, abilities and back stories are a bit different from the “regular” versions that exist in what Marvel calls “Earth 616″, so when the movies were to be re-booted, Trank and crew just used the source material from the re-booted Marvel universe.

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In the ‘Ultimate’ universe Reed is a child genius who displayed his curiosity from the day he was born. At the age of 11, following a demonstration of his research on the field of teleportation at a school science fair, Reed was recruited for a government program which sponsors young geniuses’ research. He continued his research at the government research facility located in Manhattan’s Baxter Building. At the age of 21 his research was realized as he and several others attempted to teleport organic material through an alternate plane of existence called the N-Zone. The experiment went awry giving Reed and several others super powers. His powers enable him to stretch his body parts to incredible lengths and endow him with enhanced durability.

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Gifted physically as a youth, Ben Grimm is Reed’s best “and only” friend. When they were in school together, Ben would protect Reed from various bullies, including ones “three years younger”, and in exchange Reed would help Ben with his math homework. Ben moved on to college and was invited to watch Reed’s teleportation experiment. Grimm woke up as the Thing in Mexico City. The teleportation through the N-Zone gave him an orange rocky hide which boosts his strength and makes him nigh-invulnerable to physical damage and physiologically stressful conditions (such as a toxic breathing environment), and he no longer feels differences in temperature. However, despite Ben’s seeming happy-go-lucky disposition, the transformation has caused deep psychological trauma.

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The eldest child of renowned scientist Franklin Storm, Sue Storm inherited her father’s genius at an early age. Since early childhood, she has been one of the prodigies studying and working at the Baxter Building, a midtown Manhattan government research lab. Following her father into physics, at age eight she built a sugar-power rocket and accidentally destroyed her father’s car, after which she changed her focus to “inner space” biology.  After attending the Nevada desert testing of Reed’s N-Zone dimensional teleporter, and being transformed, she made the study of herself and her three partners her new life’s work.  Sue spent months investigating their abilities and charting their powers while improving her own understanding of herself. She has deduced the nature of both Reed and Johnny’s changes, though her own powers remain unexplained and she is unable to penetrate Ben’s skin to determine any more detail than his internal fluid pressure. Sue continues to develop her control of her force fields, using them to create pressurized environments at the bottom of the sea, plugging her own throat to prevent swallowing poison gas, and creating “cushions” to catch falling people and objects. Damage to her force fields also causes her mental strain or, in extreme cases, to black out.

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Susan Storm’s younger brother is a short-tempered teen, who is enamored with good-looking girls and has a rock-star attitude. Also a high school drop out, the obvious “cool factor” of his powers only serves to heighten these personality traits: Johnny’s powers engulf him in flames that enable him to fly and shoot fiery projectiles. This power sometimes has detrimental effects on his body, as Johnny burns, (or more accurately fuses), his own body-fat to provide his ‘fuel’, and every so often, he “hibernates” and sheds off the skin cells that protect him from his own flames, growing new ones. Regardless, he finds the idea of being a real superhero incredibly exciting and firmly intends to sign up with The Ultimates once he is old enough, rather than continue hanging around the Baxter Building with the “nerds and geeks”.

3423668-ultimate-fantastic-four-crossover-1No one in the public knows exactly how much of the source material above will be portrayed in the new movie, nor do we know the relationship between Sue and Johnny since they’re obviously not biologically siblings.  But all that said, take another look at the trailer, and all the “inconsistencies” people have been griping about should at least have a little more meaning.

 

DJs! How About ‘Netflix’ for your favorite Vinyl Records?


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Digital music sales have taken a dive, and meanwhile, vinyl is in the midst of a huge swell that probably won’t let up anytime soon. So what has 2015′s vinyl surge wrought? VYNL, or Netflix for records.

The service is pretty straightforward, although rather than picking particular albums you want to rent, a la Netflix, you select from VNYL’s categories—which are called #vibes. This is where it goes slightly adrift, but we’ll focus on the service because it’s a cool idea. Say you want #work or #danceparty or #betweenthesheets. You pick one of those and each month you get a pack of LPs to play. You can keep what you want for as low as 12 bucks a record, and send back what you’re not feeling at the end of the month.

It’s worth noting, though, that there are other similar services cropping up, such as Vinyl Me, Please, which costs $23-$27 a month. We haven’t tried either service, but the idea behind them seems like a good way to bulk up on vinyl if you’re just getting started And it’s a good thing to get into—probably the most worthwhile way to own music in a world of immediate but downgraded music downloads.

A Brilliant Recap Of 2014… In Rap.


skillzIt’s the 3rd day of 2015, and some people are still stuck in last year.  But Skillz has given folks a way to look back at 2014 in his now traditional “Wrap Up”.  Starting in 2002, and “ending” in 2012, a 1 year hiatus was enough, and Skillz is back with his legendary track, summarizing the previous year. Other artists have attempted to do their own “rap ups”, but Skillz is still the most thorough, funny, and all encompassing version.  Check the method below.

The Ride Ain’t Over.


B5j-ZpPCMAAqTCQThe holiday season is a time for gifts, surprises, and good times with good friends.  It should only make sense that the first official look at the Entourage movie should be released just in time for Christmas.  The trailer-within-a-trailer style preview gives us everything we’ve come to love about the 8 year running show, and more.  Check the method.

A Look Back At The History Of One Of Hip Hop Hottest Songs.


003FCB_Eminem_037It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in high school, and Eminem was all the rage.  His music was everywhere, he had a movie coming out, and every song he dropped seemed to be fire.  I remember hearing ‘Wangsta’ blaring from car speakers after school, and not realizing that 50 Cent (the same guy who made ‘How To Rob’, one of my favorite tracks ever) was in cahoots with Em.  However it does seem like a while ago since the last time I’ve heard one of their first collaborations, ‘Patiently Waiting’, until I start singing it, and I remember every single word.  There was just something about that changed many peoples minds about this dynamic duo, and Complex Magazine thinks so as well.  Below is a short “documentary” (Magnum Opus style) about the origins of this amazing song, and why the timing was so perfect.  Check the method.

The Only Thing That Seems To Be United This Year Is Music.


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Every year since 2007, DJ Earworm has taken the calendar year’s 25 biggest pop songs and combined them into an incredibly popular, joyfully constructed mash-up, perennially dubbed the “United State of Pop.” Earworm has been analyzing the Billboard charts since he was a kid, and for “Do What You Wanna Do,” the 2014 edition of Earworm’s single-length mega-mix. Check the method.

Featuring:

A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera – Say Something
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem
Bastille – Pompeii
Dj Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What
Hozier – Take Me to Church
Idina Menzel – Let It Go
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – Fancy
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora – Black Widow
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz – Talk Dirty
Jeremih feat. YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em
Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
John Legend – All Of Me
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – Dark Horse
Lorde – Team
Magic! – Rude
Maroon 5 – Animals
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
One Direction – Story of My Life
Passenger – Let Her Go
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Pitbull feat. Ke$ha – Timber
Sam Smith – stay with me
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Tove Lo – Habits

 

You Thought Your Roomate Was Bad?


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Have you ever dreamed about being able to touch a lion? Well, me neither. But imagine living with one.
In the 1970s, actress Melanie Griffith adopted Neil, a huge African lion. Here is a collection of photos that show his day-to-day routine in the Griffith household
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