Wednesday, June 24, 2015

‘Jurassic World’ Chomps $1B World Record

Ever since I saw Jurassic World on its second day of release, I’ve wanted to see it again. Not out of some kind of fanboy obligation, mind you, but because it so successfully made me feel like a kid again. I’ll be chasing that high for a long, long time.

I’m hardly alone in my rekindled obsession with Velociraptors, though. Guinness World Records has confirmed that the Colin Trevorrow-helmed resurrection of the Steven Spielberg franchise has become the fastest film to surpass the $1 billion mark in ticket sales, accomplishing that feat in just 13 days to crush Furious 7’s record of 17 days. 

Since there’s just no stopping Jurassic World right now, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen the last of dino wrangler Chris Pratt and his prehistoric pals at the multiplex. More Mosasaurus, please! 

Thoughts on the New 'Spider-Man' Casting

Although my mind has been focused on another hero from another publisher over the past 24 hours — Batman: Arkham Knight owns me at the moment — I couldn’t help but sit up and take notice that Sony and Marvel Studios have chosen a director and a Peter Parker for their forthcoming Spider-Man reboot.

English actor Tom Holland, 19, will step into Spidey’s tights in the 2017 reboot, with relative newcomer Jon Watts directing.

I can’t really speak to Watts’ abilities as a director — I’ve never heard of Clown, Cop Car or Eugene!, which are among his previous credits — but I will say that Holland fits the bill quite nicely as a high school-aged Parker (especially since he's actually a teenager). The key is for Parker to be believable as both a socially-awkward nerd and a quippy costumed hero when he's behind the mask. This kid looks like he might be able to pull that off.

My sincere hope in general for this reboot of a reboot is that it avoids the pitfalls that sunk the last two iterations of the franchise: namely an excess of both antagonists and melodrama.

Holland has already been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as being rushed to the set of Captain America: Civil War, in which he’ll make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut next May. The Webslinger’s solo film, meanwhile, will hit theaters July 28, 2017.

For the full casting announcement, head over to

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chris Hemsworth is the New 'Janine' in 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

Paul Feig, who helmed the inexplicably well-reviewed Melissa McCarthy film Spy revealed that Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, will be the receptionist character in his female-led Ghostbusters reboot, set to hit theaters next summer.

The director tweeted the following tease:

Is this a smart move, or is it stunt casting? In my humble opinion, it's a little of both. Still, I don't think anyone can truly replace Annie Potts' Janine. Her iconic "We got one!" shriek still makes me preemptively reach for the remote to turn down the volume. She had pipes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Watch: 'Fallout 4' Trailer Promises More Fun Times in the Wasteland

Confession time: I never actually finished Fallout 3. I owned it, I loved it, but for some reason, I never completed the main story. Hell, I picked up Fallout: New Vegas and enjoyed that quite a bit, but it ultimately collected dust just like its predecessor. I guess at this point in my, I'm more drawn to shorter games that can be completed in 8-10 hours, since weekend-long gaming binges are pretty much a thing of the past for me. The times are changing. Cue the Bob Dylan.

Yet, even though I know I probably won't finish the game itself, I'm intrigued by the trailer for Bethesda Games Studios' Fallout 4, which keeps the gritty aesthetics of its forebears but looks a whole lot prettier. The footage also features a dog pretty heavily, which brings an innocent beauty to the post-apocalyptic bleakness.

Watch the trailer below.