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Lando Calrissian Episode 9

After Yoda’s surprise appearance in writer/director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans might be seeing another legacy character pop up in writer/director J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming sequel Star Wars: Episode 9. A new rumor indicates that a familiar face will be brought into the fold for the final film in the new trilogy, and it’s reportedly someone fans have been hoping to see on screen again for years.
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justice league snyder cut

The Snyder Cut exists! Kind of. A storyboard artist who worked for the embattled Warner Bros. comic book movie recently confirmed a very rudimentary version of Zack Snyder‘s “vision” for Justice League exists. This is by no means the Justice League Snyder cut that fans of the director have been passionately demanding for months now, but it’s apparently enough for the DC Extended Universe fans to take up arms for the cause again. Their target this time: AT&T.

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ant-man and the wasp infinity war

Ant-Man and the Wasp is about as far from the emotional and physical devastation of Avengers: Infinity War as you could get. There’s no mention of Thanos, destruction, or doom in the film’s trailers — but there is an ant playing the drums.

So how does Ant-Man and the Wasp take the events of Infinity War into account? On the set visit for the Ant-Man sequel, director Peyton Reed addressed that giant elephant (Giant…Man?) in the room.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit

I’m standing inside Hank Pym’s new high tech laboratory. Pym’s secure room under his house in the first Ant-Man was pretty slick, but this two-story complex puts that place to shame. Banks of computers – some brand new, some decades old – flash as they work side by side. The place has a mixture of analog and modern technology: microphones attached to a tape player, an ancient reel-to-reel machine plopped next to a corrugated cardboard model with Pym Particle receptacles attached.

And there are some bizarre additions that make sense when you consider this lab was built by the original Ant-Man. You know those little plastic clips that keep loaves of bread from getting stale? A huge version of one of those corrals some cables hanging from the ceiling. Across the room, there’s a six foot paper clip on the side of a futuristic tunnel, and oversized Erector set pieces can be seen all throughout the cavernous lab. Occasionally, I find myself walking across a massive LEGO piece slotted into the floor, inserted as if to fill what would have otherwise been a gap in a second story catwalk. An oversized shock absorber with its round circular tubing sits in the corner, seemingly holding up the building itself. It feels as if someone designed this entire lab in miniature, utilizing whatever tools and scattered pieces were within arm’s reach on a workbench, and then blew the tiny version up to full size. That Hank Pym is a smart guy.

On September 14, 2017, I joined a small group of other reporters on the Pinewood set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We found ourselves walking around on the single largest set Marvel has constructed in the studio’s existence thus far. Speaking with the cast and crew, we learned what director Peyton Reed has planned for this super-sized sequel, and below, you can read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit report. But beware – there are some plot details here that some of you may consider spoilers. Read More »

Optimus Prime Movie

Since plans for another sequel in the primary Transformers franchise appear to be more dead than Cybertron, it sounds like Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are rethinking how they might keep Transformers alive on the big screen.

This winter will bring us Bumblebee (watch the teaser trailer here), a spin-off focusing on a solo adventure for the yellow Autobot as he meets a teenage girl in the 1980s, not unlike how he became acquainted with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in the first live-action Transformers movie from 2007. If all goes well with Bumblebee, we might get to see Autobot leader Optimus Prime get his own spin-off too. Read More »

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han solo star wars prequels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story deluxe figures have arrived
  • Gary Whitta reveals the connection between Solo and a scene that was cut from Rogue One
  • Sith fashion for your favorite bad guy
  • Princess Leia destroys a star ship
  • And much more more!

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the man who killed don quixote rights

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote‘s curse has struck again. After Terry Gilliam had seemingly won a decades-long battle against God and the universe with the film’s triumphant screening at Cannes last month, the embattled director has been dealt yet another blow. Despite a Paris court ruling in his favor prior to the Cannes screening, Gilliam has now lost The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to his former producer Paul Branco.

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Westworld Vanishing Point review

Welcome to our weekly recaps of HBO’s Westworld. This Westworld review takes a look at the ninth episode of season 2, “Vanishing Point”. Be warned: spoilers follow.

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Incredibles 2 Warning - Screen Slaver

Incredibles 2 hit theaters this weekend, and in case you didn’t hear, it was quite the hit at the box office. The film broke the box office record for the biggest opening weekend in the history of animation with an estimated $180.2 million (the more precise figures will come this morning). But it didn’t entirely go off without a hitch, because some viewers has an unpleasant experience when they went to see the anticipated Pixar sequel.

In Incredibles 2, the villain known as The Screenslaver uses hypnotic, flashing videos to put people into a trance and do their villainous bidding. This means that several times throughout Incredibles 2 there are repeated light flashes and strobes that have the potential in incite problems for viewers dealing with epilepsy, migraines, vision impairments, seizure conditions, vertigo (specifically flicker vertigo), autism, ADHD, and PTSD. One viewer took notice of this issue and garnered up enough support online so that Disney asked all theaters to deliver an Incredibles 2 warning about this potential issue that might arise for some viewers. Read More »

Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight 2 Artwork

Another day, another array of fantastic new artwork for you to pick up. This time it’s Hero Complex Gallery coming in with a whole batch of bright, neon art work as part of their Blacklight 2 show. Each of the pieces is created with special fluorescent ink that will make them glow brightly when shining under a black light. They’re exactly the kind of posters you need for when you’re under the influence of…a serious love for pop culture.

Take a look at some of our favorite Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight 2 artwork honoring the likes of TRON, Robocop, Gremlins, The Fifth Element, Aliens, Blade Runner, Thudnercats, Westworld, Beetlejuice and more. Read More »