Wednesday, October 28, 2015

'Suicide Squad's' Harley Quinn and Deadshot Grace 'Empire' Covers

After fans got a good look at Jared Leto's Suicide Squad version of Joker this week, courtesy of Empire, the magazine revealed two more covers showing Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot from the summer 2016 film.

It seems like director David Ayer is working with a pretty varied color palette, as these covers are a lot more vibrant than the muted promotional materials for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which arrives next August. That's encouraging, however it'll be interesting to see how Warner Bros. markets this movie. The title doesn't exactly lend itself to fast food tie-ins and Walmart displays.

The Empire covers hit stands tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Full-Length Trailer Breaks the Internet

Moments after premiering on ESPN's Monday Night Football, the first full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived online, rendering countless geeks speechless while simultaneously while providing only the vaguest of details about its plot.

We know that Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a  career scavenger, Finn (John Boyega) starts off in the film as a First Order soldier who was raised to be a bad guy and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is a Darth Vader fanatic who wants to finish what the deceased Dark Lord of the Sith started. We also now know or can at least assume based on Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) dialogue that the Force is, in at least some parts of the Star Wars universe, viewed as a myth. There's much to dissect as we all begin pre-ordering our tickets to midnight screenings of The Force Awakens, which arrives in U.S. theaters Dec. 18.

Watch the new trailer below!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Official 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Theatrical Poster Revealed

Lucasfilm has released the official theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a revelation that's fueling much speculation among the Force faithful. Why isn't Luke Skywalker pictured? What's the deal with that Death Star-esque battle station in the background? Where does Leia get her hair done these days? 

The poster reveal comes one day before The Force Awakens tickets go on sale. If that wasn't enough, we're getting a special look at the film during tomorrow night's Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN. Star Wars geeks excited about a football game? Strange times, indeed.

Check out a special Instagram teaser of this new look at The Force Awakens below.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mark Ruffalo Confirmed for 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Although we unfortunately haven't gotten a solo film starring The Incredible Hulk in seven years, Mark Ruffalo will bring Bruce Banner and his ill-tempered alter ego  to Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Variety reports. The third Thor film, starring Chris Hemsworth as The God of Thunder and Tom Hiddleston as his scheming brother Loki, is set for release on Nov. 3, 2017.

When we last saw Ruffalo's Hulk, he was going into self-imposed exile for fear of endangering others, including his girlfriend, Black Widow. How will Ol' Jade Jaws be brought back into the fold to "smash" as only he can? Stay tuned as more details about Thor: Ragnarok are revealed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Legendary and Warner Bros. Officially Announce 'Godzilla vs. Kong'

Despite my own ill feelings toward Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot last year, I understand that it was a fairly popular film that thrust everyone's favorite mutant dinosaur back into the mainstream (even if he barely appeared in the movie). Now, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have announced officially that three new films will be set in Godzilla's universe, including Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla 2 (2018) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). 

King Kong last battled The King of the Monsters in 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla, where both monsters were similarly scaled to make the match-up seem plausible (or at least as plausible as a radioactive dinosaur fighting a giant ape can be). Should this Kong have the proportions of most of his other cinematic incarnations, like Peter Jackson's 2005 version, we're looking at a pretty short movie. Spoiler alert: Godzilla goes over.

The press release, which you can read here, hints at other monsters appearing in this "shared cinematic universe," including Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidora. That's all fine and well, but if we don't get a gritty Jet Jaguar reboot before 2030, I riot. Who's with me?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Star Wars Battlefront' Beta First Impressions

Well, it's finally here. Earlier today, EA's Star Wars Battlefront Beta went live, giving Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gamers an early glimpse at three game modes and locales from the anticipated title weeks before its Nov. 17 release date.

I downloaded the Beta immediately after work today, first jumping into a solo session of the Survival mode. In this instance, you're a Rebel soldier who's crashed on Tatooine, and you must survive six waves of enemies (including various types of Imperial Stormtrooper and AT-ST Walkers) before you're rescued. The full game will feature 15 waves of baddies. This mode didn't really give me much trouble in the Beta, and allowed me to get a feel of the game controls at a relatively leisurely pace. I learned how secondary weapons function, how to gain Obi-Wan Kenobi-favorable higher ground with the jetpack and that any mission seems more satisfying when a holographic Admiral Ackbar is cheering you on. No one can resist encouragement of that magnitude.

Next up was Drop Zone, a mode that charges a team of players with taking control of a series of escape pods before the other team can do the same. Whereas the Survival mode made me feel strong enough to pull ears off a gundark, Drop Zone made me feel like a jawa in a pick-up game of hoops against Chewbacca and his cousins. I'm apparently terrible at this mode, and not only did my team of sorta-stalwart Rebels lose, I left the game with a measly two kills to my credit. That being said, this game mode led me to fully appreciate Battlefront's all-out assault on the senses, making Star Wars fans and gamers alike feel like they're immersed in an important, large-scale conflict in that galaxy far, far away. This game is beautiful, and the volcanic surface of Sullust featured in this mode for the beta truly showcases what this title is capable of visually. Perhaps I played so terribly because I was in awe of my surroundings. Yeah, that's it.

Finally, I sampled Walker Assault, which took me to the icy planet of Hoth, replicating my favorite action sequence in any Star Wars film. In this mode, I slipped into the hood and armor of an Imperial Stormtrooper as I protected AT-AT Walkers from the retreating Rebels, who used relay stations to call in Y-wing air strikes to destroy the Empire's metallic monsters. In this mode, if the Empire keeps the Rebels from activating these relays long enough for one of your AT-ATs to reach the power generators, it's lights out for Luke and his pals. If the AT-ATs are destroyed then, well, the Empire strikes out. I really liked this mode (my Empire Strikes Back bias notwithstanding) because of the sheer number of players (this mode allows for 40 participants) and the variety of vehicles involved. I haven't even tried any of them yet, but the idea of stomping through the snow in an AT-AT and blasting Snowspeeders out of the sky is an exciting one. What does that say about me?

Walker Assault also features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as special characters, but whenever I encountered Luke, I ran in the opposite direction. I don't think I'm ready to tangle with a Jedi in this game quite yet.

Overall, the only disappointing thing about the Star Wars Battlefront Beta (available now through Oct. 12) is that it left me wanting more of everything, but I guess that's the point. It looks great, it controls smoothly, and it has a sweeping, cinematic presentation befitting the Star Wars universe. This is already shaping up to be among the best games of the current console generation.

'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2 Trailer Debuts at New York Comic Con

If you're a Force fanatic and you haven't caught up on the first season of Disney's Star Wars Rebels, there's still time before the Oct. 14 premiere of Season 2, which promises to kick the series into hyperdrive and further bridge the Clone Wars animated series with the ongoing adventures of Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla and the rest of the Ghost crew.

A new trailer for the anticipated Rebels return focuses on the Empire's new Inquisitors (we met one of these not-quite-Sith last season), returning clone trooper Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano, who was introduced to the series at the end of last season.

Check out the NYCC Star Wars Rebels trailer below!

The rebellion is growing and the stakes are higher as the Empire tightens its grip. Prepare yourself for an explosive season.Star Wars Rebels returns with a new episode Wednesday 9:30p/8:30c on Disney XD.
Posted by Star Wars Rebels on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Han Solo's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Black Series Action Figure Revealed at NYCC

If your Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chewbacca action figure is getting lonely, some awesome news just came out of Hasbro's New York Comic Con press event. Amidst Black Series versions of new characters Captain Phasma, General Hux and Resistance fighter pilot Asty, the toymaker unveiled the six-inch version of an older Han Solo, as he appears in the forthcoming sequel.

The figure looks pretty much as you'd expect, with the grizzled smuggler sporting a smirk befitting a miniature version of a modern-day Harrison Ford. Jedi Insider was there, and you can check out their coverage below.

2015 NYCC: Star Wars: The Black Series 6" The Force Awakens Han Solo Figure Revealed
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Universal Releases 'Jaws 19' Trailer

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, Universal Studios has released a trailer for Max Spielberg's Jaws 19, which was playing in theaters when Marty McFly ventured to 2015 in the second film in the trilogy.

I seriously want to see all of these sequels, especially Jaws 15, in which Jaws battles a Soviet shark named Ivan Sharkovsky. That's just quality cinema.

Watch the Jaws 19 trailer below!