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Time To Enroll In Your ‘Deadly-Class’.


Deadly Class fans were treated to a hell of a surprise when the first episode of the TV adaptation went online this morning. SyFy is currently hosting the pilot for free via its YouTube channel to get viewers pumped up for the series’ actual premier on January 16th. The pilot introduces audiences to Marcus, a homeless teenager in 1980s America who gets recruited by a school for the next generation of deadly assassins. It’s a chaotic, action-packed, fever dream of a show complete with a punk rock soundtrack and aesthetics.  For those of you who would rather be surprised, do not watch the hour long video below, however, if you won’t mind the wait, then by all means, enjoy this incredible first episode to what will hopefully be an amazing first season to a great, fresh show.

Disney x Star Wars = Star Wars Land?


On Christmas morning, Disney shared a behind-the-scenes update on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the massive 14-acre new Star Wars-themed land opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. But if you were too busy to sit through the entire show for your sneak peek, Disney has now shared the video online.

The video features brief commentary from some key figures responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. “It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time,” promises Carrie Beck, VP of Lucasfilm Story Group. “To actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships, and have this feeling that it is all real. That it has been brought to life. And it is right there in front of you – it’s overwhelming.”

The behind-the-scenes video also features more details and updated footage from Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the two attractions that will be featured in Galaxy’s Edge. While we’ve known for a while now that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put guests in the cockpit of the fastest ship in the galaxy, the Rise of the Resistance ride has been a little more mysterious. The video finally sheds light on what park guests can expect from “the most epic attraction” Disney has ever built.

A Very Spidey Christmas Everyone =)


 

In addition to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Daniel Pemberton’s Original Score, Sony Classical and Sony Pictures Animation are releasing a very special Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album, appropriately titled A Very Spidey Christmas.

The album, which is now available everywhere, features original tracks from a few of your favorite Spiders from the critically-acclaimed animated feature, including Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man), Chris Pine (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and Jorma Taccone (Spider-Man 1967).  Listen to all five tracks below:

1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
4.
Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

 

The New ‘Men In Black’ Is Here.


Sony Pictures has just dropped the first trailer for Men In Black International, and it looks like a damn good time.  The trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the plot, as it’s revealed that Tessa Thompson’s character actually tracks down MIB after learning of the top-secret agency’s existence 20 years prior.  After ingratiating herself to Agent O (Emma Thompson), she’s given the moniker Agent M and partnered up with Chris Hemsworth (H), who definitely seems to be channeling The God of Thunder from Thor: Ragnarok for this role.

 

Reebok: Be More Human.


 


Reebok #BeMoreHuman—Working with Venables Bell + Partners I created a hand-drawn typeface that could be adapted by other designers to form distinctive lettering work for their new Reebok #BeMoreHuman campaign. I only created the typeface with many alternatives Venables Bell + Partners created the photography, layouts, lettering and other adaptations.  The campaign was celebrating strong women who have made positive changes to the world in unique ways. It featured stars Gal Godot, Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid and others who encourage people to “Be the best possible version of themselves physically, mentally, and socially.”

Don’t Get Stung By The ‘Bee’.


Bumblebee is a prequel story set in the ’80s, which gave Paramount and director Travis Knight the freedom to reintroduce several well-knownTransformers characters sporting classic G1 designs – something old-school fans were very happy to see.  The most recent trailer for the spin-off gave us a few teasing glimpses of Optimus Prime looking a lot more like the original interpretation of the Autobot leader than he did in Michael Bay’s movies, and now we can get a much better idea of his final design thanks to this “Generation 1” featurette and the new image featured above.  The video also includes interviews with Knight, as well as stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. Check it out below and let us know if you’re looking forward to Bumblebee in the comments.

 

A Strange Thing Is Coming Back To Netflix…


 

There’s only so much to take away from the titles themselves, but it certainly sounds like the Starcourt Mall will come into play as a major setting for the upcoming season. The new location was featured in the very first teaser for Stranger Things Season 3, which also featured Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) working at an ice-cream store alongside series newcomer Robin (Maya Hawke).  Unfortunately, Netflix didn’t reveal a specific premiere date, only teasing that Stranger Things will return to the streaming service in 2019.

 

The Avengers: Endgame Trailer Is HERE.


Finally. After endless rumours, the Avengers 4 trailer is here and, well, I guess we’d best start calling it Avengers: Endgame now.  The Russo Brothers were the first to share the teaser and they posted the following message to accompany this epic sneak peek:
“For those who have been here since the beginning. 
For those who have joined along the way.
For the best fans in the Universe.
This trailer is for you…
With much love and gratitude for your patience, 
The RB’s”

 

Dumbo… Again.


We’ve heard the news of the new live action ‘Lion King’ cast, and (some of us) have seen the new trailer for the new reimagining of Aladdin, but here was have a new look at yet another remake of an animated Disney “Classic”. The full trailer for Disney and director Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo debuted during the Country Music Association Awards tonight, and while this adaptation does appear to be taking a few liberties with the original story, it certainly seems to have captured the spirit of the beloved animated classic.  The movie follows a former circus star (Colin Farrell) who’s life is turned upside down when he returns home from the war. When he rejoins a troupe led by Max Medici (Danny DeVito), he becomes the carer of a newborn elephant who is the laughing stock of the circus because of his enormous ears.  When word gets out that Dumbo can fly, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) visits the circus, determined to exploit the little elephant’s magical ability for his own gain.  Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the usual place.

Aladdin? AGAIN.


I do have to say, I love this Disney film with all my heart.  I swear… #ScoutsHonor, that Aladdin is one of my all time favorite movies.  Our first look at the new recreation however, leaves me a bit confused.  I know for certain that the re-creations of the classic songs (3 can be heard in this first trailer.) are AMAZING, I’m obsessed with the re-instrumentialzation, and the way that they all blend together, and the voice of the cave is spot on… BUT what makes you need to remake such a classic film?  In younger generations, I suppose this story need to be re-told, but don’t fix what was never broken.  Tell us what you think below… And also Will Smith is playing the Genie, so this is going to be interesting.

X-Men: Dark Pheonix, The First Trailer…


“I’ve seen evil, and I’m looking at it now.”  It’s been a long time coming, but the official trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next (and potentially final chapter in Fox’s long-running X-Men saga), is finally here.  Just like his predecessor in the pre-DOFP timeline, it appears that Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has made the same grave mistake while handling a young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) as he seemingly opted to once again suppress her dormant Phoenix abilities instead of helping teach her how to control the über-powerful force. Also, while the trailer may be light on actual Dark Phoenix action, save for a quick shot near the end, there’s still plenty of intense footage of all of your favorite returning X-Men as they band together to face arguably their most dangerous – and most personal – threat yet.

The New ‘Creed II’ Trailer Is Here.


For those who followed the old ‘Rocky Balboa’ saga, then know he’s one of the most iconic heroes in cinema history.  The only two runner ups in that franchise were Apollo Creed, and Ivan Drago.  The world saw the son of Apollo a few years ago in ‘Creed’, but now they’re going to get a look at Drago’s kin in ‘Creed II’.  I’ve been looking forward to this match up since I heard from one of the stars about the script, and now I see that Michael B. Jordan has his work cut out for him.  Check the trailer below.

The Captain Marvel Trailer Is Here.


So its been known for some time that Carol Danvers was in line to be Marvel’s most powerful hero.  Captain Marvel (no pun intended, they literally wrote it that way) is the MCU’s newest hero to come to the screen, and her first trailer is here.  From the transition from “Her” to ‘Hero’ you know that there was time and effort put into this trailer, and hopefully the film as well.  It’s refreshing to see a heroine who (although she may get knocked down) can still get back up and do her job.  Shout out Hans for giving me the trailer early!

Memory Cloth In Real Life.


 

The translucent, lightweight, and malleable properties of textiles have been utilized for centuries in architecture, furniture, and apparel design. It sounds like something that comes of out Batman Begins.  But this is real life, typically, stretching fabric onto rigid structural frames requires complex molding and mechanical methods. The new research from ‘Self Assembly Lab at MIT demonstrates a new method for utilizing textiles that can take advantage of its unique properties while reducing the complexity of forming processes. By printing material in varied layer thicknesses onto stretched textiles they were able to create self-transforming structures that reconfigure into pre-programmed shapes. Programmable textiles open up new possibilities for furniture, product manufacturing, and shipping as well as new methods for self-assembly and user interaction.

Props to the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Christophe Guberan + Erik Demaine + David Costanza + Autodesk Inc.
Project Team: Skylar Tibbits, Christophe Guberan, Athina Papadopoulou, Carrie McKnelly, Chris Martin, Filipe Campos, Hannarae Annie Nam

The Athletic Artworks Of Stephanie Lopez.


Recently I came across the fantastical illustrations of artist Stephanie Lopez of Wilmington, CA.  She’s a CSUEB grad who has a passion for basketball (that definitely translates into her work).  Having an extremely detailed, and slightly caricatured style of drawings, the artist better known as “2Craft” and her works tend to reflect athletes from basketball players to boxers.  From famous movies, to great moments in sports to celebrities, her “Michael Tudor-esque” style of art is definitely work checking out further.  Luckily… you can do that right here.

Slice (Official Trailer)


There’s a new horror comedy on the way from A24 and first-time director Austin Vesely, and it looks like it could be a blast.  Slice stars Deadpool 2 standout Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper as two survivors of an ongoing pizza delivery massacre in a spooky small town, who set out to catch the culprits. Unfortunatly for them, this leads to a conspiracy involving a ghost, a werewolf, demonic possession and a gateway to hell.  The red band trailer definitely has a nice throwback feel, which is only elevated by the presence of Stranger Things actor Joe Keery in a supporting role. Check it out below along with a poster and let us know what you think in the comments.

Via CMB

‘Iron Fist’ Officially Suits Up.


The marketing for the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist has now kicked into high gear, as Danny Rand’s sophomore solo outing is set to hit Netflix early next month.  On the heels of the full trailer and a new poster, Netflix has debuted this banner which features Danny (Finn Jones) wearing his proto-Iron Fist costume. Though many fans would much rather see him jump straight into the classic comic outfit, Matt Murdock went through the same process in season 1 of Daredevil and everything worked out just fine. Granted, his all-black ensemble did look quite a bit cooler than this.

The New Spiderman is… Peter Patterson?


Fans were recently treated to an amazing launch trailer for Marvel and Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man PS4, and now they have an exciting open-world trailer to enjoy.  The latest trailer doesn’t really reveal anything new about the highly anticipated game, but it does live up to its namesake and provides us with an excellent look at the open-world environment, highlighting some of the tasks players can do.  However, even though it doesn’t feature a lot of new gameplay footage, you can hear a fun debate between J. Jonah Jameson and Peter Parker (Peter Patterson) as they discuss the web-slinger’s impact on the city.  And to top it all off, the spectacular new footage reveals a better look at a few of the iconic Marvel landmarks that will appear in the game, including Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum and Avengers Tower.

The ‘Generational Gap’.


Seeing as how my birthday was recently, I’ve been hearing many a story from my childhood today.  But listening to this has brought back memories that only people in my age range would associate with.  Once again, the amazing photographer Mike Campau has captured these images perfectly.

Generation gap.

Images of my childhood, when we…
had to get up to change the channel, collected enough stickers to fill a photo album
(oh, and we had photo albums), video games were for rainy days, used film to capture images, cranked up our boom boxes with homemade mixed tapes, ran around with toy guns that looked like the real thing, and had to “dial” a number.

Virtual Nostalgia (100% CGI)

 

I’m Sure You’ve Heard Who’s Coming Back?


I know the ‘Rugrats’ fans from the 90’s already know the answer to this. The popular animated series about a crew of adventurous babies is coming back to both the big and small screens.  The show is being revived with a new 26-episode season and a live-action movie featuring CGI, Nickelodeon announced Monday.  Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures, Sarah Levy, the chief operating officer of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon, said in a statement. The Daytime Emmy-winning show debuted in 1991 and ran for nine seasons over 13 years, reaching millions of viewers and inspiring three movies. The new Rugrats projects will reportedly feature the classic characters including Tommy and Angelica Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil DeVille as well as some new ones.  Needless to say, many nostalgic Rugrats fans were excited to hear the news.

Uncharted – The Short Film.


Ever since Sony revealed their plans for a live-action Uncharted movie, fans worldwide have been clamoring to see Nathan Fillion (Firefly; CastleThe Death of Superman) take on the role of adventurer extraordinaire Nathan Drake – a dream-casting that Fillion was very much onboard with. However, those hopes and dreams were subsequently crushed when the studio opted to go in a vastly different direction with their movie and cast up-and-comer Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) as a younger version of the hero fans have come to know and love over the course of five video games. With that film perpetually stuck in development hell, Fillion and a few of his friends decided to take matters into their own hands and produced a 15-minute live-action fan film, directed by Allan Ungar, that finally puts Fillion in the shoes of good ol’ Nate as he tracks down the lost treasure of Flor de la Mar.  The cast is rounded out by Mircea Monroe (Episodes) as Elena Fisher, Stephen Lang (Avatar) as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Geno Segers (Banshee) as the villain.

It’s Time To Break The ‘Glass’.


M. Night Shyamalan just tore the roof off of Hall H with the first official trailer for his highly-anticipated Glass, which will feature the return of both Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price and Bruce Willis as David Dunn. Plus, this time, they’re joined by James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, who reprise their roles from last year’s critically-acclaimed Split. The new trailer, which originally debuted at CinemaCon in April, offers plenty of outstanding footage as Mr. Glass partners with The Beast to wreak havoc on the world, leaving only Dunn and Cooke to find a way to stop them.

Enjoy the new trailer below.

Creed 2: Official Trailer.


It seems like Michael B. Jordan isn’t done kicking ass just because Black Panther vanished.  This installation of Creed, is being helmed by Steven Caple Jr. instead of Ryan Coogler, but still has the same look and feel as the original.  The first trailer dropped sometime last night, but you can check it out below.

The 2018 MTV Movie Award Winners.


 

Wakanda Forever! We’re still a long way from next year’s Academy Awards but comic book fans are already hoping that Black Panther will be recognised at the ceremony (making it the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nod since The Dark Knight). Regardless, the Marvel Studios movie dominated at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards picking up a number of huge wins at the show.

Stranger Things, meanwhile, took charge of the television field. That’s no great surprise giving its popularity but an argument could definitely be made that the second season wasn’t quite up there with the first! Going back to Black Panther, it’s great to see the movie receive so many awards and it just goes to show that it resonated with moviegoers in a big way. Did you catch the ceremony?

BEST MOVIE
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Girls Trip”
“It”
“Wonder Woman”
BEST SHOW
“13 Reasons Why”
“Game of Thrones”
“Grown-ish”
“Riverdale”
“Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
BEST HERO
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), “Game of Thrones”
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), “Wonder Woman”
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), “The Flash”
Daisy Ridley (Rey), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
BEST VILLAIN
Josh Brolin (Thanos), “Avengers: Infinity War”
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker), “Legion”
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise), “It”
BEST KISS
Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael), “Jane the Virgin”
Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram), “Love, Simon” (WINNER)
Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade), “Ready Player One”
KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica), “Riverdale”
Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), “Stranger Things”
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Talitha Bateman (Janice), “Annabelle: Creation”
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott), “A Quiet Place”
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), “It”
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole), “Black Mirror”
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
“It” – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike) (WINNER)
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
“Ready Player One” – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
“Stranger Things” – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jack Black, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” (WINNER)
Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Amy Schumer, “I Feel Pretty”
SCENE STEALER
Tiffany Haddish (Dina), “Girls Trip”
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove), “Stranger Things”
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom), “Riverdale” (WINNER)
Taika Waititi (Korg), “Thor: Ragnarok”
Letitia Wright (Shuri), “Black Panther”
BEST FIGHT
“Atomic Blonde” – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
“Avengers: Infinity War” – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
“Thor: Ragnarok” – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
“Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers (WINNER)
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story”
“Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” (WINNER)
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
“The Defiant Ones”
BEST REALITY SERIES/FRANCHISE
“The Kardashians” (WINNER)
“Love & Hip Hop”
“Real Housewives”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Vanderpump Rules”

‘Tag’: Spoiler Free Review.


‘Tag’ is a film that will make you both laugh and cry.  Myself, coming from a background of two different groups of very close friends, staying connected is extremely important.  Even with its ‘Hangover’ style antics, ’Tag’ will be quite resonant with people who have their “boys” that they have stayed connected with for the majority of their lives, and this movie has that impact on people whom share that similarity.  The first thing I noticed was the amazing soundtrack of the film, from the opening moments, you can tell that whoever picked these songs, knew what they were doing.  Even seeing the trailer alone, you think you can tell the type of film this will be, but it’s a bit different. (And luckily the trailer doesn’t give away all the best parts of the film)

The entire cast meshes well together, and there are some interesting rules to the “game” that aren’t covered in the previews.  The trailers would have you believe that this group of friends is constantly attempting to tag one another, but there is a bit of intricate teamwork involved.  Team members tag each other on purpose in order to achieve a common goal. Their specific rules aren’t expressly stated at first, but as the film moves along, you figure out the specificity of the rules.

The movie isn’t without its loose ends and unfinished plot points however.  Rashida Jones’s character is a welcomed inclusion to the cast, but her storyline has no real end, or consequence.  To speak on the end of the movie in general, there are quite a few points that are never tied up.  A bar tender dying to get into the game, is just never touched upon after a certain point, and there are several ‘Breaking and Entering’ situations that just seem to have NO consequence whatsoever.

Following the film’s conclusion, there are several shots of the real people involved in the game, which are AMAZING.  I highly recommend staying for the end credits.  (There’s a bit with an old woman that is in the film, but seeing the actual incident in real life is much more gratifying).  One of the two stand out stars of the film is Hannibal Buress, who you would wish had more to say in the film, but his lines, are simply one-liner jokes that help make the film as funny as it is. The other is Isla Fisher, (who I just realized that I have a strange crush on).  But her character Anna is a person who you wish would play the game with the guys, and when she’s able to, she is quite the competitor.  

Another interesting bit is Jermey Renner, and his ability to evade his friends, using a Sherlock Holmes style mental process (The Robert Downey Jr. version) he can predict whenever he’s about to be potentially tagged.  This leads to some creative and interesting action sequences.  We KNOW from the film that the physical training from “The Avengers” is part of the reason Renner is able to do the things that he can do in the movie, much like Keaunu Reeves had the training for John Wick, because of the Matrix.  But a number of Renners evasion techniques are quite impressive. 

Aside from some certain plot points that are crucial to the story-line that never come to fruition, the film is quite good. There are extra players that you never see, and the main purpose of the majority of the plot is for one character is write an article on the entire story, but you never hear anything about it when the film wraps up. There is also an interaction between two characters, that would be quite funny, but you never see anything of it.

Although this story is based on real life, there is a “dead baby” joke (and thats in quotations for a reason). But that just sort of fades away after a while, which would NEVER happen between friends.  However this script, movie, and over arching story is a good one, filled with hilarity and depth that one wouldn’t expect.  It is very much worth seeing, and the giant crowd of critics that clapped and cheered at the movies’ end would agree.