Friday, February 23, 2018

Road to 100

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The 100th episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield airs on March 9th and it looks like, if the poster is a preview, Ghost Rider will be coming back.

Enjoyable!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Blown away

A new VFX reel was released today to showcase how some of the amazing visuals were done for Star Wars: The Last Jedi...



I know that some people find these kinds of reveals to take away some of the magic of a film, but I find them to be endlessly fascinating and awesome.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Still lost

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The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix reboot of Lost in Space was released today...



I really enjoyed the original series as well as the movie reboot several years back. So, I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out before making a judgement.

The series premieres on Netflix on April 13th.

Exciting!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Still mad

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A new trailer for the upcoming second season of Jessica Jones was released today...



It looks like we'll get to learn more about her family history and how she got her powers. Of course, none of it looks pleasant.

The new season premieres March 8th on Netflix.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wakanda Fever

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Black Panther opened over the weekend and did "okay" at the box office...

Black Panther is king with $387 million at the global box office! Marvel Studios‘ Black Panther is king at the global box office with an estimated $387 million through Monday’s Presidents’ Day holiday! 

The film opened to an estimated $192 million domestically for the three-day portion of the weekend from 4,020 theaters, an average of $47,767 per location, and is expected to gross $218.2 million through Monday. The $192 million figure is the highest debut ever for a February film (beating Deadpool‘s $132.4 million from 2016) and the fifth-highest opening weekend of all time. Black Panther received an A+ CinemaScore from audiences. 

Internationally, Black Panther has brought in $169 million since beginning its overseas rollout on Wednesday, February 13, bringing its worldwide total to $361 million through Sunday. Including Monday’s domestic estimate, that total climbs to $387 million.

I saw it last night and really enjoyed it. I think this is the first of many records this film is going to break.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pure Imagination

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A new trailer for Ready Player One was released today...



It's looking like a cool pop culture extravaganza. Almost too many recognizable characters to count.

Enjoyable.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this when it opens on March 29th.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Married to the mob

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It looks like Melissa McCarthy is going to make a dramatic turn in her next film...

Melissa McCarthy is finalizing a deal to star with Tiffany Haddish in The Kitchen, the drama on which Andrea Berloff will make her directorial debut. New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment are making the film, with a screenplay that Straight Outta Compton scribe Berloff wrote based on the 2014 comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle for DC’s Vertigo. 

The film is an uncommon one for a major studio: a gritty drama directed by a female filmmaker, with three strong female leads in the anti-hero roles. The Kitchen is an Irish mafia story set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York in the 1970s. An FBI sweep catches mob leaders, and while they are under arrest and their criminal enterprise is jeopardized, the mob wives take over. They end up running the illicit business in more vicious fashion than their husbands ever did.

Oh, I'd pay good money to see Melissa McCarthy playing a kickass mob wife. Few ladies can swear and fight as well as she has in past films.

Honestly, listening to her swear in any movie is something that makes me laugh more than most humans ever should.

And I'm okay with that.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flying Solo

EW revealed its upcoming cover featuring the new Han Solo, from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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I don't think he looks much like Harrison Ford, but the movie will probably still make a bazillion dollars anyway.

We'll find out when the film opens on May 25th.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snake eyes

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The first trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie, Venom, was released today...



I do like Tom Hardy and always look forward to new Marvel movies. However, I don't know much about this character or his story (I thought he was a villain, but this trailer makes it look like he's possibly a good guy).

I think his costume is supposed to look like this...

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So, kind of like a black Spider-Man costume with really pointy teeth and a long tongue.

Uhh....okay.

The film opens October 6th.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lazy writing

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A new and entertaining Deadpool 2 trailer was released today...



It's still not clear what the movie is actually about, but maybe that doesn't really matter. The humor in these trailers is almost enough to get folks into the theater.

The movie opens May 18th.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

John Mahoney

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Very sad news last night...

John Mahoney, who played Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s father on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, died on Sunday. He was 77. 

In 1987 he made his feature film debut in Barry Levinson’s Tin Men. He continued to add film credits to his resume with impressive roles in iconic films such as Say Anything…, Reality Bites, In the Line of Fire, The American President, Eight Men Out as well as the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy. He also appeared as Steve Carell’s father in Dan in Real Life. 

 But it was his role in Frasier as the titular character’s fussy, unfiltered father Martin Crane that earned him the most recognition. He appeared on the show from the start in 1993 until 2004. The role earned him two Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild Award win. In addition to Frasier, Mahoney also appeared on Cheers, Becker, ER, Burn Notice, In Treatment, and Hot in Cleveland.

He was great on Frasier and seemed like a really nice guy all-around.

He will be missed.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Trailer Madness

A lot of new TV and movie trailers were released during the Super Bowl yesterday. In case you missed any of them....enjoy.

First there is Solo: A Star Wars Story.



I'm not feeling the lead actor, but maybe he'll be better in the full movie. The effects look good, though.

Next, Avengers: Infinity War.



I'm really looking forward to this!

Next, Westworld: Season 2.



The first season was awesome, so can't wait until this one starts up.

Next, Mission Impossible: Fallout.



Gee...I hope Tom Cruise runs and jumps a lot in this one.  It'll still probably be good anyway.

Next, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom



Dinosaurs in your bedroom? Uhhh...no thanks. But, looks great!

Next, Skyscraper.



I wonder if Dwayne Johnson will save the day by the end of the movie?

Finally, The Cloverfield Paradox.



I really liked the last two Cloverfield movies and am surprised that, rather than release this one in theaters...they opted to take it directly to Netflix and made it available last night right after the Super Bowl. We'll see if there was a good reason for that...makes me nervous.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Little Effects

I love to see how digital effects are worked into TV and film and am always intrigued by the simplest scenes that you just would never imagine contain effects that end up make things look even more natural, yet not noticeable to most people.

Here's a good example from the team behind HBO's Big Little Lies...
It would never have crossed my mind that the big beachside restaurant was not a location. From every angle is just looks real.

Fascinating.