6/03/2016


Here are five things you need to know about Rick Famuyiwa the new director of The Flash solo movie for DC.

Yesterday Deadline revealed that DC has finally found a director Rick Famuyiwa for their upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Flash (2018) starring Ezra Miller. He'll take over from director Seth Grahame-Smith who left because of "creative differences". The up-and-coming director received critical acclaim for his film Dope last year. He will direct the film that Warner Bros has scheduled for release on March 16, 2018.

Here are five things you need to know about the Nigerian-American Hollywood film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Famuyiwa Is a Nigerian From California


Rick Famuyiwa was born June 18, 1973, and is the son of Nigerian immigrants and a first-generation American. He grew up near Los Angeles in the city of Inglewood and he says it's nothing like we imagine. His experiences there in High School inspired his first feature film The Wood. "The thing you gotta understand about L.A. is that everything is suburbia,"  Famuyiwa told Spliced Wire back in 1999, "Los Angeles isn't set up like San Francisco or New York. People come to L.A. and they expect to see a ghetto like the projects, but that's not the way it's set up. Inglewood, in particular, is the furthest thing from a ghetto. It's a middle-class community, but it's gotten a bad rap over the years...because of Grand Canyon and Pulp Fiction and other films."

Although he admits the city does have "a negative element" he says it's no different from any other big city. "You come across gangs and you come across negative things -- but it's like everywhere else, if that's what you gravitate toward and that's what you want to do, you're gonna find trouble no matter what you do," Famuyiwa added, "But we were never into that. My group of friends were never into that.”

His commitment to breaking stereotypes has carried over into all his films.

Famuyiwa Has a Bachelors in Film


Famuyiwa graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Cinematic Arts Film & Television Production and Cinematic Arts Critical Studies, from the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Rick Famuyiwa is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America. Besides the acclaim of his last film Dope, people are saying he should get an Emmy for directing the HBO drama Confirmation about the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce.

His break-out hit Dope is a film about a "geeky" boy growing up in California in the mid-90s. The majority of his films have themes of friendship, acceptance, character development and progression. These themes are also explored in movies like The Wood (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), and Talk to Me (2007).

Famuyiwa's an Award-Winning Director

In 2000, The Black Reel Awards nominated Famuyiwa for Best Director (Theatrical) for his work on The Wood. That same year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards nominated The Wood for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Three years later, in 2003, Famuyiwa was once again nominated by the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture after making Brown Sugar.

In 2008, he got another NAACP Image Award for his work on Kasi Lemmons’ Talk To Me for Outstanding Motion Picture and Famuyiwa won for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television).

He joins Ryan Coogler, who's directing Black Panther (2018) and Tim Story who directed Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) as the only Black comic book movie directors in a mainstream film.

The Flash is Famuyiwa's First Blockbuster Film

Before this film, he's done low-budget movies and that's how he likes it. At a Directors Guild of America panel, he said making low-cost films is the best way for an African-American director in the Hollywood film industry. He feels there are so many stereotypes and barriers for directors of color in the industry that it's hard to make a film without keeping costs low. "Make it under $10 million, put this much into marketing, make 25 to 35 million dollars and we'll walk away with a profitable film," he told the panel, "And as long as you can deliver scripts that are under $10 million with no effects, that you can shoot in 30 days and get back 'X' amount, I think you can always have a steady stream of a certain kind of film."

This is the first big budget film he's made, but he's a big step up from Seth Grahame-Smith who is mainly known for his screenwriting work on films like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The Flash was supposed to be Grahame-Smith's first theatrical directing job. Grahame-Smith directed two episodes of MTV’s "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," which he co-created.

It's not the first time an indie director was handed the job of a big-budget film. Colin Trevorrow was known for small independent films like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) before directing the big budget movie Jurassic World (2015). So Famuyiwa's background doesn't mean he can't bring it on. In fact, Famuyiwa has a lot of experience in the film industry and will bring a fresh new take on the DCEU. Phil Lord, who wrote a film treatment for the film told The Hippojuice Podcast, "we're more trying to stick with the cinematic universe... it really is its own thing and is kind of a standalone movie". He also teased that "it's kind of a different take on superhero stuff."

What Famuyiwa Brings to The Flash

The Flash Concept Art by CW
Ezra Miller has a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and is in the upcoming Justice League: Part One (2017). After Batman v Superman, Warner Bros is looking for a director that can bring relatable characters to the film in a way that resonates with young viewers. The studio feels his film Dope perfectly captures that and he can bring the movie what it's looking for. 

He'll be working from the screenplay by Grahame-Smith which he wrote working from a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who directed The LEGO Movie. There's no word if he'll be making any changes now that he's come on board.

Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen AKA The Flash who's "the fastest man alive". The movie is set to take place after Justice League Part One and it won't be an origin story.

What do you think of the casting of Rick Famuyiwa as the director of The Flash

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5/31/2016

Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Paramount has released all nine stunning character posters for Star Trek Beyond. Starting last week Paramount studios has been releasing one-shot character posters for the upcoming Star Trek movie titled Star Trek Beyond (no colon again). Each poster has a different color based on their division and the Star Trek insignia made of the enemy ships known as "The Swarm". Of course, Idris Elba's villain and Jaylah have their own color scheme since they're not part of Starfleet.

Click on the images to see them in stunning HD

Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Karl Urban as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Anton Yelchin as Lieutenant Pavel Chekov in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Idris Elba as Krall in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Sofia Boutella as Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release.

About Star Trek Beyond

"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew.  In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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5/24/2016

Beauty and the Beast Source: Disney Pictures
There have been dozens of interpretations of Beauty & the Beast over the years, but science-fiction has yet to get it right.

This week Beauty and the Beast took the internet by storm. The trailer for the live-action adaptation of the popular Disney animated movie starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has audiences enthralled. The French fairy tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve about a girl who falls in love with a monster was published in 1740 and has been beloved for generations.

It would seem that the material is made for science-fiction with its themes of acceptance and a loveable monster, but it just hasn't worked. Like the classic tale, the idea has married good and bad elements. Here are the best and worst genre adaptations of the classic fairy tale ranked from worst to best.

6. Beauty and the Beast (1962)


The 1960s saw a resurgence in the popularity of classic movie monsters and this film tried to capitalize on the trend. It tells the story about a beautiful woman (Joyce Taylor) who unknowingly marries an Italian duke, (Mark Damon) who turns into a werewolf at night. The special effects are cheap and the story never goes above "B Movie" levels, but it's good for a laugh. A sad, depressing laugh.

5. X-Men: The Animated Series (1993)


"Beauty & the Beast" is an episode of the animated TV series based the comic book. In it, the animalistic genius mutant is known as "Beast" and falls in love with a blind girl. Her father is a rampant mutant hater which leads to him being hunted as a monster. The episode serves as a way to give the character a focus for the episode and not much else.

4. Beauty and the Beast (2009)


After a series of horrific murders are blamed on Beast (Victor Parascos) he and Belle (Estella Warren) must work together to find the real killer. Cheaply produced in Australia it was released on the SyFy channel to poor reviews. Although it's been called "plain old silly B-movie fun". Or just silly and stupid.

3. Beauty & the Beast (2012)

In 2012, The CW network had a hit series of shows combining science-fiction and teen drama, so they decided to reboot the popular 1987 CBS series as a crime drama. The show focuses on a New York City police detective Catherine Keller, played by Smallville star Kristin Kreuk, and a mysterious man named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan).

Unlike the 1987 show Vincent is a military vet who was part of a genetic experiment that turned him into a monster. The show is panned by critics, but won several People's Choice Awards and is being canceled after three seasons.

2. The Quantum Rose (2000)


The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro is a science fiction retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" as a space opera. Kamoj Argali the ruler of a poor province is forced to marry the brutal ruler of a neighboring province named Jax Ironbridge. But before they could be married she's kidnapped by the monstrous Prince Havyrl (Vyrl) Lionstar.

While the book is enjoyable it's also notable for using the characters and plot points to play the roles of mathematical and physical processes of coupled-channel quantum scattering theory. The book won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2001 Affaire de Coeur Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This book isn't a faithful adaptation of the story so it shows that sci-fi can't get the concept right.

1. Beauty and the Beast (1987)


Classic series starting Terminator star Linda Hamilton as a tough New York attorney and veteran sci-fi character actor Ron Perlman as a deformed lion-like man living underground.

While his origin is shrouded in mystery it's strongly implied that his appearance and nature came from scientific experiments. The show took the classic tale and reinterpreted it as a crime drama but it was the love between Vincent and Catherine that made the show. It touched on themes of loss, prejudice and acceptance.

While the show got rave reviews Hamilton left the show after the second season and it was canceled after the third season. Although it has a short run it has a strong cult following even today. That said, the fact that the show flopped after the love story ended shows the concept never had much appeal without it.

Which is your favorite interpretation of Beauty and the Beast? Which is your least favorite?

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5/19/2016


How much does Superman really talk in the movies? There have been a lot of complaints mixed reviews about the treatment of Superman in the film Batman v Superman, but one of the biggest complaints is that Superman doesn’t act have much Superman.

First, the title to what was supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel was named Batman v Superman. Then, Zack Snyder said the movie isn’t a “direct” sequel to MoS. Finally, a rumor by Heroic Hollywood said that Warner Bros rewrote the film to put in more Batman and less Superman. Whether that rumor turned out to be true or not there is an awful lot of Batman in the flick.

One Reddit user wrote down all of Superman’s lines in the movie and came up with a surprisingly small number of lines. 43 lines of dialogue in all of Batman v Superman? Seems like a pretty small number for a two and a half-hour movie. Like a lot of people, I wondered how it compares with other Superman movies. If the average movie has 40 lines then WB actually improved on it. Did Zack Snyder give him more or fewer lines in Man of Steel? What about Christopher Reeve?

So I set out to find out. I went through every theatrical release of a Superman movie and counted the lines.

How I Counted the Lines

So it’s one thing to say “he has 100 lines of dialogue”, but what does that mean? Do you count all the sentences, words or what? I decided to use the typical screenplay format. Every time the character speaks uninterrupted that’s a line. So if Superman (or Clark Kent) says, “Hi!” or “Hello from the last Son of Krypton, champion of the oppressed and doer of good across the galaxy!” I count them the same. If he’s in the middle of a speech and someone interrupts him that counts as two lines.

What I didn’t count, and coolerthanabagofice did, is noises he makes. So if Superman only says “Hmmm” or screams I don’t count that. For consistency, I’ve dropped the number of lines from the Reddit list by one since it's just a scream.

How Often Does Superman Talk?

Something I thought about putting in, but left out, is the ratio of lines to minutes in the film. Sure Superman talks a lot in Superman II, but is it really more often than in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)? So here are the ratio of lines per minute of film.

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Lines: 90
58 minutes
0.6 minutes per line

Superman (1978)
Lines: 114
143 minutes
1.3 minutes per line

Superman II (1980)
Lines: 138
127 minutes
0.9 minutes per line

Superman III (1983)
Lines: 152
125 minutes
0.8 minutes per line

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Lines: 132
92 minutes
0.7 minutes per line

Superman Returns (2006)
Lines: 84
154 minutes
1.8 minutes per line

Man of Steel (2013)
Lines: 96
146 minutes
1.5 minutes per line

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Lines: 42
151 minutes
3.6 minutes per line

The main reason I didn't put it in the graphic is because all of the films except Batman v Superman give Superman about a line a minute.

What do you think of the infographic? Does it say anything about the Superman movies?

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5/16/2016

Michael B. Jordan and Erik Killmonger
Which supervillain should Michael B. Jordan play in Black Panther? Last week Hollywood Reporter ran an article that Creed director Ryan Coogler is working to reunite with his star Michael B. Jordan on Black Panther.

The report says that "it is unclear whom Jordan would play, but one source told THR that it could be a villain." Who is he playing? Marvel has no comment, but here's a list of possible villains T'Challa could face.

8. M’Baku the Man-Ape

Man-Ape
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Avengers #62 (1969)

Who is He? 
Let's face it. Having a Black man called "Man-Ape" is a tough sell. So let's just call him by his real name M’Baku. He was one of Wakanda's greatest warriors next to T’Challa. But he performed the forbidden ceremony of the White Gorilla Cult by killing and eating a sacred white gorilla. He gained superhuman strength, stamina, and reflexes. Man-Ape challenged T’Challa for control of Wakanda to ban technology and return it to its primitive ways.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? His history with the Wakandan leader and his challenge for control if the country would make a great storyline for exploring Black Panthers heritage and role as a king.

7. Death Tiger

Death Tiger
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II #3

Who Is He? 
No one knows who Death Tiger really is, but we do know he's a member of a Wakandan Death Cult and a skilled warrior. In fact, with his blades and clawed hands, he's equal to Black Panther in fighting skill.

At one point he was a warrior for Wakanda and we can only imagine the horrific acts he committed in the kingdom's name. Eventually, he left the African nation and became a mercenary.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? 
The fact that this psycho was once used by Wakanda would be a real challenge to T'Challa's view of the country. He'd have to come face-to-face with a dark time in the country's history while defeating an enemy as powerful as he is. 

6. Killjoy

Killjoy
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Deathlok #23 (1993)

Who Is He? Killjoy is a mercenary and assassin who worked for Moses Magnum (see below) and is one of Black Panther's most lethal foes. He's a powerhouse and is skilled at numerous weapons including a set of indestructible Adamantium blades he can connect to make a double-bladed sword. He was created by the noted African-American comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther?
The battles between Black Panther and Killjoy would be incredible. A sword fight between the Black Panther's claws and Killjoy's blades would be the greatest in Marvel movie history. It's doubtful Marvel would be able to use Adamantium since it's owned by Fox, but they could use Vibranium and it would be even better.

5. Montague Hale

First Appearance: Avengers #73 (1970)

Who Is He? Hale was the incendiary talk show host of the show “Black World" and pretended to advocate the cause of civil rights. In reality, he was working to rebuild the racist hate group Sons of the Serpent. Hale was really trying to start a race war.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? This character would be extremely controversial and timely considering the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Black Panther is an African leader and it would force him to face Africa's own troubled past with racial inequality during the Apartheid era. Jordan would really have to work hard to bring this character to life, but it would be amazing.

4. Salamander K’Ruel

Salamander K’Ruel
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Jungle Action #15 (1975)

Who Is He? K'Ruel's history is shrouded in mystery, but he first shows up as one of the mercenaries hired by Eric Killmonger (see below) to overthrow the kingdom of Wakanda.

After an encounter with the massive deposit of Vibranium known as "The Great Mound" his body is covered with sharp quills and bumps which ooze a toxic substance. He's also a master archer and shoots explosive arrows.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? Visually he would be the most disgusting Marvel villain ever created and it would be hard to cover the normally handsome actor in make-up. That said, he's a lethal foe and a battle between the two would be legendary.

3. Moses Magnum

Moses Magnum
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (1975)

Who Is He? 
Moses Magnum has a pretty complicated past but the short version is that he's a weapons dealer and criminal mastermind who gained the ability to generate concussive force. Where it gets complicated is his past is tied into a lot of characters Marvel doesn't own or have only appeared on TV.

While he has natural toughness from mutant abilities or some other means his vibration powers come from Apocalypse which is owned by Fox. Also, Punisher and Luke Cage Man play into his history pretty heavily since they foiled his plans to use chemical weapons.

So far Marvel hasn't said Netflix characters are going to show in the movies so we can probably forget about Luke Cage too.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? Besides amazing superpowers, he's also a leader of the rival African nation Canaan. So, he's a political leader like Black Panther and a masterful supervillain.


2. Achebe

Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-HajjSource: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Black Panther #3 ( 1999)

Who is He? Achebe is a criminally insane villain known as the Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-Hajj. Some have compared Black Panther to Batman and writer co-creator Christopher Priest said the character is "the Joker to Panther's Batman". He has a love of mayhem and wants nothing but death and destruction.

We don't know much about his past but it's said that he was an African farmer from the neighboring country of Ujanka. Achebe was supposedly left for dead by rebels and returned to kill everyone involved and stabbing them exactly 32 times.

He goes on get a bunch of degrees from American Universities and lead a political uprising in Wakanda with the help of members of the US government.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? His political ties, brilliant strategic planning and habit of talking to a hand puppet named Daki would make him one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe.

1. Erik Killmonger

Erik Killmonger
Source: Marvel Comics
First appearance: Jungle Action #6 (1973)

Who Is He? Erik Killmonger was born in Wakanda as N’Jadaka and was enslaved by the assassin of T'Challa's father Ulysses Klaw. He hates T’Chaka because he thinks the former king's kindness (which he saw as weakness) led to all his problems. He hid that hatred from T'Challa growing up in New York until he was repatriated to Wakanda and tried to overthrow Black Panther as ruler of the country.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? He's a match for Black Panther physically while his brilliant strategic mind makes him T'Challa's match mentally. Killmonger is the great choice for Michael B. Jordan to play and the greatest foe Black Panther has ever faced.

Black Panther (2018) stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the warrior king of the technologically advanced city of Wakanda. He's the first Black superhero in mainstream comics and the first African superhero as well. Black Panther is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017

Which of these villains should Michael B. Jordan play
? Is there someone I missed?

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5/13/2016



Chadwick Boseman as rapper T'Challa by Darian Robbins


  1. The Flash: Kevin Smith Teases ‘Insanely Strong’ Season 2 Finale (via Screen Rant)
    Kevin Smith couldn't get any cooler if he tried
  2. First Look: DC's SUPERWOMAN And DEATHSTROKE August Solicits (via Newsarama)
    I'm really excited for the Superwoman series from Phil Jimenez
  3. Independence Day 2 Director Discusses Will Smith’s Absence (via Screen Rant)
    He dropped out because he wanted to make an After Earth trilogy?!
  4. Black Panther Is The Best Selling Comic In April 2016 As Marvel Marches On Marketshare Ahead Of DC Rebirth (via Bleeding Cool)
    As it should be. It's awesome
  5. Budget cuts to crossovers: 5 things Supergirl's move to the CW could mean (via Blastr)
    The budget of Supergirl wasn't that great to begin with...
  6. Captain America: Civil War Nearing $800 Million (via Superhero Hype)
    Cream rises to the top
  7. Producer Simon Kinberg Still Threatening to Make a ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel (via /Film)
    Please...just stop
  8. Why Is CHLOE GRACE MORETZ Wearing CAPTAIN MARVEL’s Uniform on the Cover of GLAMOUR? (via Newsarama)
    I endorse this
  9. ABC Made a Mistake and Cancelled Marvel’s AGENT CARTER (via Geek Tyrant)
    Haley Atwell had already left to work on another show so...
  10. Lupita Nyong’o May Be Joining Black Panther as T’Challa’s Love Interest (via The Mary Sue)
    Couldn't be happier, but it'll be rough when he dumps her to marry Storm
  11. Chadwick Boseman as a Rapping Black Panther (via Twitter


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5/12/2016

Pacific Rim (2013) - Jaeger fighting Kaiju
The studio has announced that Pacific Rim 2 is moving forward with Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight directing and Jurassic Park 2 writer Derek Connolly working on the script.

For those who don’t know, Pacific Rim is a 2013 movie directed by Guillermo del Toro about a future world in the 2020s ravaged by giant interdimensional monsters from the ocean known as "Kaiju". To fight the creatures, an international team builds giant robots called "Jaegers" to fight them hand-to-hand. The movie follows a washed-up Jaeger pilot named Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a rookie pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who go on one last mission to defeat the beasts once and for all.



The movie didn’t do well in the U.S. but was huge worldwide - especially in China - pulling in more than $411 million. With that kind of money a sequel was expected and in 2014 they announced the movie was happening with the working title Maelstrom due for release in August 2017. The plot has never been confirmed but rumors ranged from a prequel, a "human\Kaiju hybrid" to a sequel where Jaegers are commonplace. Everything looked good. Then the wheels came off.

Rumors swirled that the huge $190 million budget of the original along with in-fighting between the studios Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Finally, Legendary announced the movie was being delayed indefinitely.



del Toro still insists the movie is happening though telling reporters that two of the main characters in Pacific Rim 2 are Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). “Charlie Day has a great part but so does Charlie Hunnam,” del Toro said according to Hollywood Reporter, “I think that everybody or most everybody that survived is back. The rest we killed. We killed half the cast.”

The script for Pacific Rim was written by Travis Beacham and del Toro. Several drafts for the untitled Pacific Rim sequel have been written by del Toro, Zak Penn, and Jon Spaihts. It’s unknown if Derek Connolly is rewriting the script or just adapting the current one.



While I’m sad that Guillermo del Toro’s directing. It’s a pretty good team.  Derek Connolly wrote Safety Not Guaranteed, co-wrote Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island. He also co-wrote Lupita N'yongo's sci-fi drama Intelligent Life for Dreamworks.



Plus, Guillermo del Toro isn't going anywhere. He's going to be riding in the producer's chair for the film. Today we are not canceling the apocalypse!



Via The Hollywood Reporter



Are you excited about Pacific Rim 2? Are you disappointed del Toro isn't directing?

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5/08/2016

How It Should Have Ended returns with their take on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The creators wrote: "With 3 years of hyping BvS we know this episode was a long time coming. We wanted to give you as many scenes as possible making it the most epic of all epic HISHEs in the land. We got to 8 minutes... so I hope that is enough."



How do you think BvS should have ended?

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4/19/2016

If you've seen The Force Awakens (and you should), you probably noticed Kylo Ren's lightsaber looks and sounds different than any other lightsabers we've seen before. You may be wondering why it sputters and has those two crossguard beams coming out of the sides. Here's the answer, thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

It goes back to the Knights of Ren, the group who (apparently) lured Kylo to the dark side. While they haven't been fully explained, the key to remember is that they are not members of the Sith. In the new universe, the Sith no longer exist. That's because when Darth Vader killed Emperor Palpatine, the only Sith in the universe died, and took their knowledge with them. The Knights of Ren have to find their own path.

That means there was no one left to teach Kylo Ren how to make his own lightsaber. He basically guessed at how to make one, and did a lousy job. But the biggest problem is the crystal. It's a tradition to teach new students of the Force (for Sith and Jedi) where to get the secret locations of Kyber crystals, which power lightsabers. Without a guide for pure crystals, Kylo had to make do with a cracked crystal. But the crystal produces so much leaking energy that he had to put vents on the side to keep the lightsaber from exploding in his hand. That's where his so-called "crossguard" beams come from.

That's also why Kylo was so desperate to get his hands on Luke's lightsaber. He wants a real lightsaber, since he knows he can't make one on his own.

What did you think of Kylo Ren's lightsaber?

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4/05/2016


Erik Bauersfeld, who performed the original voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, died on Sunday April 3, 2015. He was 93. According to Hollywood Reporter:
He also voiced Jabba the Hutt's staffer Bib Fortuna in the same film. He returned to voice Ackbar in last year's J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Bauersfeld's other roles include voice work in last year's Guillermo Del Toro film Crimson Peak and Steven Spielberg's 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence
"The voice work I did in movies was accidental," wrote Bauersfeld on the website for his non-profit, Bay Area Radio Drama. "I was working with Randy Thom on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound designer for Star Wars, came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie." 
He is also credited with voiceover work for the Ackbar character in Star Wars: X-Wing, a 1993 flight simulator video game. 
I have to say this is especially sad for me, because I have a special fondness for Admiral Ackbar. He's one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters. Yes, because of his iconic cry of "It's a trap," but also because he's such a unique character. He looks kind of silly with the head of a squid, but has such a gruff and commanding voice. When he did a cameo in Force Awakens, I almost cheered, knowing he was still alive in the new universe. Even if they replace his voice, it won't be the same.

Join me in remembering him with this selection of posts we've done on our favorite Mon Calamari:
Also check out this great interview with Bauersfeld about his role in the movie, and his thoughts on the character.

And, to me, the ultimate tribute came from Adult Swim's Robot Chicken with Admiral Ackbar Cereal...


Happy trails, Mister Bauersfeld. We couldn't repel greatness of your magnitude.

What did you think of Admiral Ackbar?

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