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‘Legion’ Spoiler Review: Thoughts on ”Chapter 3”

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Legion announced itself as a new kind of superhero show with its pilot episode and the third episode continues to run with that torch. Here is an hour of comic book-inspired television that feels like it was mined from the bizarre, niche corners of the X-Men universe, sidestepping every obvious choice to really dig into the addictive weirdness of fringe superhero stories. Here is an hour of television that spends the bulk of its running time literally exploring the mind of its lead character, with the cast wandering through one psychic horror show after another. After “Chapter 2” paused to catch its breath, “Chapter 3” plunges us straight into the abyss once again.

So let’s talk about it.

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Cool Stuff is your geekarific holiday shopping guide published all year round. In today’s edition we take a look at Paul Shipper‘s fantastic Star Wars Celebration poster, NECA’s Gremlins Ultimate Gizmo 7-Inch Action Figure, Ian Glaubinger‘s Back to the Future screenprint set, an Alien Xenomorph crochet pattern and the pencil from John Wick: Chapter 2 action figure.

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Yesterday, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave us an extensive Metal Gear Solid movie update. Today, I want to share another part of that conversation: I asked Jordan why most video game movies suck. It’s a question that this video game fanatic and film director has thought long and hard about, and he has some thoughts on the matter.

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Here’s some trivia for you: while appearing as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Uma Thurman revealed that she was offered a key role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and regrets turning it down.

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If you were watching Legion this evening (and you really should be watching Legion!), you were offered a brief preview of looks like an extended clip from Alien: Covenant. The full scene has arrived online and it introduces us to the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is venturing deep into space on a mission to establish human outposts on other planets. But it’s not actually a scene from the movie – it’s a short film called Prologue: Last Supper and it’s directed by Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott.

While it probably doesn’t feature any footage from the actual movie, the short does offer something the final film probably will not: this group of people actually having a good time, with no running or screaming or eviscerations. Let’s see what we can gleam from it.

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Rock and a Hard Place Trailer - Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now, and he’s all about using his fame to help other people. One of his new endeavors allowed him to not only help convicts who need a second chance at life, but also make a new film to show people that some prisoners just need a push in the right direction in order to get back on track.

HBO’s new documentary Rock and a Hard Place (which is not only a pun but also a Rolling Stones reference) follows Dwayne Johnson as he assists with the famous Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp, which has one of the highest success rates with their graduates. But their second chance at life doesn’t come easy, because it’s as much of a punishment as it is rehabilitation.

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Wes Anderson Visual Influences

Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals from the greats that came before him.

In the same way that Quentin Tarantino remixes and reuses pieces from classic movies in his own modern movies, Wes Anderson takes inspiration and cues from the movies he grew up loving. A new video compares footage from Wes Anderson’s movies over the years and shows us various works that inspired them, not just films by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but also paintings and illustrations as well.

Watch the video breakdown of Wes Anderson visual influences after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars - R2-D2 Lines Dubbed

Even though there are plenty of droids in the Star Wars universe who can talk, apparently it’s more efficient for astromech models like R2-D2 to speak by way of a series of bleeps and bloops. Thankfully, whenever C-3PO gets pissy with his counterpart, he reacts in such a way that we know what the feisty little droid says. Even human characters can understand his unique droid language. And now we, the audience, can too.

Auralnauts, the creators behind the hilarious video of Kylo Ren reacting to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, have put together a reel of every single scene where R2-D2 speaks in Star Wars: A New Hope and dubbed over his lines with dialogue. It adds a whole new perspective to the droids personality and his interaction with various characters.

Watch the video of R2-D2 lines dubbed in Star Wars after the jump. Read More »

The ‘X-Force’ Movie Will be Written by Joe Carnahan

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The last time we heard anything solid about Fox’s X-Force movie, X-Men franchise mainstay Simon Kinberg was working on the screenplay. Then there were rumblings that this team of mutant heroes, darker and a bit more violent than your typical X-Men team, would be introduced in the third Deadpool movie (never mind that Deadpool 2 doesn’t even exist yet). And now, out of the mist, someone new has arrived to steer the X-Force movie toward port: Joe Carnahan.

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Does touching the Infinity Stone have a longer term effect on Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Where can you get exclusive Logan posters when you see the movie next week? Could Hidden Figures director Theodore Melfi end up directing a future Marvel movie? Will new Deadpool footage be used to promote Logan? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »