Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC Trailers: THE FLASH, DOCTOR STRANGE, ARROW

Below are the trailers for the upcoming seasons of "The Flash," "Arrow," and the upcoming movie, "Doctor Strange."

These trailers were released in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con 2016...

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"Arrow"



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxG7JR4-nCM


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"The Flash"



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfNDFILyYU


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"Doctor Strange" Official Trailer #2



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzx-zryEgM

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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, A Quick Review of Season One

I just got done binge watching the first season of DC's "Legends of Tomorrow," that airs on The CW.

The series was spun off from "Arrow" and "The Flash." The outline reads,

After his family was murdered by an immortal named Vandal Savage, time master Rip Hunter recruits a team of heroes and villains from present day in an attempt to prevent Savage from destroying the future. But Rip has additional issues, as he's now wanted by the Time Masters, an organization he was once sworn to serve, who is now out to catch him for his own time transgressions while trying to save his family. The Time Masters is a group dedicated to protect and manipulate the timeline as they see fit.

To add to that, Savage and Hawkgirl and Hawkman are intertwined through time, and though Savage is immortal, he can be killed by only one item in the universe, and it must be wielded by one of the Hawk people. Of course, they've been at this for thousands of years, so it's obvious the Hawk people suck at killing immortal enemies.


The cast includes

Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter,
Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm,
Franz Drameh as Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm,
(Firestorm is the embodiement of two people)
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom,
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary,
Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl,
Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman,
Amy Pemberton as the voice of Gideon: The AI of the Waverider. Rip's ship.
Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave,
Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold.

Casper Crump plays Vandal Savage.

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To be honest, the premise of the show did not draw me right away. I never heard of this franchise and to be honest, we've seen too many time traveling shows. Right?


Friday, July 22, 2016

SDCC News: GHOST RIDER, BATES MOTEL, THE 100, NOVA

Here's some of the latest news out of San Diego Comic-Con:

It has been confirmed that Ghost Rider will be showing up in "Agents of SHIELD." Robbie Reyes (the human alter-ego) will be played by Gabriel Luna.

Along with Ghost Rider we will also start seeing LMDs on the show. Or Life Model Decoys.

I can't wait to see how they pull it off. And how they employ this into the story.


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"Bates Motel" will be ending with their fifth season.

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If you watch "The 100," you might want to prepare for the idea that Lexa will not be returning.

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Marvel has announced that they are bringing back the original "Nova" alter-ego, Richard Rider. Yes!

Now, I would love to see his story evolve in such a degree that he shows up in the MCU! He was one of my favorites.


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SDCC News: IRON FIST, LUKE CAGE, DAREDEVIL, TEEN WOLF, VOLTRON

The upcoming sixth season of "Teen Wolf" will be its last, MTV announced. (on Amazon)

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Netflix announced that they have picked up "Daredevil" for a third season.  (on Amazon)

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"Iron Fist" will be premiering in 2017.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCSPda7xQ3s
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Then of course, Netflix released a completely useless teaser video for "The Defenders," the ensemble series that will include Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones together.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBZtM8q2Z1g

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Then there's the "Luke Cage" preview that Netflix also released on the world at SDCC.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymw5uvViqPU

"Luke Cage" will premiere on September 30th.

(Marvel stuff on Amazon)

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"Voltron's" second season is coming to Netflix in late 2016. Which is good because they left that first season in some kind of confusing cliff-hanger hanging out there.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

DRACULA UNTOLD, An Interesting Take On The Origin

DRACULA UNTOLD movie review

"Dracula Untold" stars Luke Evans as Dracula, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper. The film is directed by Gary Shore. This is also the first installment of Universal's Monsters Cinematic Universe. Yes... you read right. Universal is rebooting all the classic monsters into a franchise.

In this vision of Dracula's origin, we learn of how Vlad The Impaler becomes the vampire known as Dracula. And it is a fascinating insight or new vision of how he came about.


It all starts after Dracula's days of being Vlad the Impaler. He's a kinder, gentler Prince who rules Transylvania.

But an invader comes forth, demanding that Vlad give up 1,000 of his kingdom's children in payment to right some perceived wrong. But Vlad declines in a rather specific fashion that will bring doom and a war to his front door that he cannot win.

He turns to a vampire he knows of in a far off mountain and asks for his help... for his power. The vampire gives Vlad a taste of his blood, giving Vlad the power of a vampire for three days, of which he will then return to being human. Unless he feeds before those three days are up.

In the meantime, he uses his newfound powers to combat the invaders known as the Ottomans. But as you might have guessed, something takes place that causes Vlad to feed on human blood.

And the rest is history, so to speak.

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DIVERGENT Movie Series Cancelled, To Be A TV-Movie - OUCH!

Well, this will either be a daring and brilliant move that may set a precedent, or this will be a floundering and embarrassing decision made by Lionsgate.

Lionsgate has cancelled the theatrical release of the final (fourth) "Divergent" film of the series and has decided to make it into a TV movie. After the TV movie, they will probably be creating a spinoff TV series, based off a new set of characters.

It is unknown if Shailene Woodley, Theo James and others from the film series will appear.  Though I am skeptical of that when the announcement includes the catch phrase, 'new set of characters.' But hey, who knows, though I've never really seen actors move from the big to little screen in mid-career too often.


Yes, you heard right. That's how badly the last film performed. And to be honest, I'm surprised they're pushing forward with the TV part of this plan.

Then again, this could also be a byproduct of trying to make a four-film series out of a three-book series.

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The entire book series was a fun and engaging read. When the first film came out, it was a great film. But the second film of the series was so so boring because frankly, the film production lost something that the books had. The second film just felt like a total rehash of the first film.

It was so boring that I did not care about the next film. At all. I mean, face it, in my opinion, it was probably going to be more of the same. Right?

Now we'll see how this new plan pans out.

To be honest, to have a film series move to the TV platform and become a spinoff series could be one of those surprise moves that fans will eat up.  If done right.

Any way, there you have it. The "Divergent" film series is moving to the TV side of things.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BBC AMERICA's DOCTOR WHO Comic-Con Booth

DOCTOR WHO Comic-Con Booth

Yes, BBC America will be representing at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), and in their booth, they're bring along Doctor Who stuff!


(Just in case this reminds you of something... Doctor Who stuff on Amazon)

via press release

The BBC AMERICA booth (#4129) is back at San Diego Comic-Con featuring merchandise from Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Orphan Black, with exclusive items not available anywhere else, including a selection of oversized Topps Trading Card sets, featuring characters from the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor eras, and a selection of Doctor Who and Sherlock T-Shirts and Hoodies designed exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con.

The Doctor Who TARDIS 20Q - giving Whovians the opportunity to use their Doctor Who knowledge to outsmart the TARDIS - and a brand new Doctor Who 64-ounce Coffee Mug are being introduced as well.

As a special bonus, the TARDIS, the Doctor’s beloved time and space ship, will be parked in the BBC AMERICA booth for the duration of the show. So bring your camera and take a photo by the TARDIS to share with your friends everywhere.

Full list of shop exclusive and first to market items:

Exclusive to Comic-Con

Doctor Who Rocket Pop Tee

Doctor Who Orange Dalek Hoodie

Sherlock Silhouette Tee

Sherlock Hoodie

64-oz TARDIS Coffee Mug

Topps Trading Cards Tenth Doctor

Topps Trading Cards Eleventh Doctor

Topps Trading Cards Twelfth Doctor

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Michael Biehn to Appear at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego

Michael Biehn to Appear at Comic-Con

via press release

LOS ANGELES, CA) – Actor Michael Biehn will be in attendance at Comic-Con 2016 from July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate Aliens 30th Anniversary.

Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) will be on hand for the highly-anticipated panel to coincide with the release of the new DVD/Blu-ray anniversary edition of the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror classic. The Aliens panel will include director James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Carrie Henn and producer Gale Ann Hurd. 

Michael Biehn will attend Comic-Con with his wife, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Dark Angel, Everly, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) to share news of a slate of new films being released in the coming year, many of which will see delivery via their Blanc/Biehn Productions (BBP), in alliance with AJ Perez’s new distribution label Splash House Pictures (USA), Entertainment One (USA) and IndustryWorks Studios (Foreign/Canada).

Biehn stars in Hidden in the Woods, the remake co-starring William Forsythe, which will be released in December of 2016.  The couple will also release thriller The Girl (aka Psychopath) in January of 2017, which is directed by Blanc-Biehn and also stars Tia Carrera (True Lies). 

“With their focus on hiring women directors, nobody in Hollywood is doing what Blanc-Biehn Productions is doing," said writer/producer/creative director Lony Ruhmann.


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COMIC-CON: EIGOMANGA

COMIC-CON: EIGOMANGA


via press release

eigoMANGA Heads To Comic-Con International 2016

(San Francisco, San Diego) – July 14, 2016: Digital media publisher, eigoMANGA announces its participation at Comic-Con International 2016 which is held on July 21 - July 24, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center.


eigoMANGA's 15 Year Anniversary -

eigoMANGA commemorates its 15th year with exclusive comics, graphic novels, and give-aways at eigoMANGA's Exhibition Booth #2304.

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eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will create artwork for their upcoming publications live at eigoMANGA's Exhibition Booth #2304.

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eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. eigoMANGA's Manga Tutorials For Kids is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Room: 30CDE.

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eigoMANGA plans to release an upcoming Linux version of 'Vanguard Princess' and invites attendees to demo the game at eigoMANGA's Exhibition Booth #2304. 'Vanguard Princess' is a 2D fighting game that features an all-female cast each with their own unique fighting style.

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COMIC-CON: Dark Horse Comics Schedule

COMIC-CON: Dark Horse Comics Schedule

Check out what's going on at Dark Horse's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) booth and the panels they're hosting throughout the weekend.

(Dark Horse Comics on Amazon)
It's a surprisingly cool collective of titles.

Via press release:

DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016 | BOOTH #2615

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages. One features art by Mike Huddleston and Mike Mignola for Hellboy; the other showcases the Xenoverse with art by Massimo Carnevale for Aliens: Defiance and Dave Palumbo for Prometheus: Life and Death and Predator: Life and Death. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage  XV = Xenoverse Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.



THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  HB HARROW COUNTY, DEATH FOLLOWS, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn
                                            CONAN THE SLAYER SDCC EXCLUSIVE COVER: Rafael Albuquerque

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  XV CREEPY: Dan Braun

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB TARZAN: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. XV GIRLFIEND: Arnold Pander, Jacob Pander

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB CALL OF DUTY: Jason Blundell, Craig Houston, Jonathan Wayshak

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Christos Gage, Kel McDonald, Yishan Li

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. XV PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS: John Layman, Chris Mooneyham

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, WONDERFALL: Gail Simone

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. XV FIGHT CLUB 2, KABUKI: David Mack

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB ANGEL CATBIRD: Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. XV TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES: David Walker

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. XV HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two), Melanie Liburd (Nyx)

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. XV ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. HB THE ART OF BATTLEFIELD 1, MIRROR’S EDGE: Robert Sammelin

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. XV BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
                                       PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin


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