Daily Archives: July 9, 2015

The Gallows Review

From Blumhouse Productions — the micro-budget movie company that brought you Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge — comes The Gallows, a found-footage horror flick written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, and starring newcomers Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford (all of whom go by their own first names in the movie). Opening in 1993, the film kicks off with a video recording of a high school play, “The Gallows,” which ends in tragedy when the male lead Charlie Grimille (Jesse Cross) is accidentally hung onstage in front of a packed house. 20 years later, the school decides to revive the failed production in a misguided attempt to honor Charlie.

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Star Trek/Green Lantern #1 Review

Star Trek/Green Lantern is hardly the first time the Star Trek franchise has crossed over with another pop culture universe. It’s not even the first time an Enterprise crew has crossed paths with a superhero team (here’s looking at you, Star Trek/X-Men). But given the emphasis on space and new frontiers and the hope of a better future in both the Star Trek and Green Lantern franchises, this match is particularly apt.

This first issue is about as straightforward a debut as you’ll ever see from a crossover project. Writer Mike Johnson spends the entirety of this first issue in setup mode, maneuvering the Enterprise crew into Hal Jordan’s path and building up the foundation of the crossover. That said, Johnson is immediately able to create high stakes for the crossover as he depicts Ganthet making a last, desperate stand against an unseen foe and crossing over into another universe entirely. Whatever this pairing lacks in surprises at this early stage it makes up for in drama.

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New Star Wars Book Descriptions Lead in to Episode 7

The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and there’s a lot that’s happened in between.

To help fill in some of the blanks, Lucasfilm is championing a series of 20+ books under the banner Journey to Start Wars: The Force Awakens.

Scheduled to start releasing in the coming months, some of the titles have been showcased on the official Star Wars website with descriptions and covers.

Not all of the titles are set after Return of the Jedi, and some don’t exist within the timeline.

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Star Wars: Lando #1 Review

Marvel’s run of character specific Star Wars tales has proved quite successful thus far, offering unique and inviting insight into a number of favorites from galaxies far, far away. The next such spotlight shines on everyone’s (second) favorite scoundrel, the wide-grinned, silver tongued gambler, Lando Calrissian. His first foray into solo stardom ultimately proves a welcome one, driven by the excellent character work and expansive design come courtesy of Charles Soule and Alex Maleev.

The best thing about this first issue is the sheer breadth of character allowed to our stylish smuggler. Writer Soule shows an immediate understanding of Lando’s various layers, running a full gamut of emotions and motivations over the course of the issue. Balancing the character’s rakish wit with his somewhat duplicitous and self serving nature is no easy feat, yet Soule manages to find the sweet spot more often than not. He gets to be a lover and a cad, a thief and a friend, a mastermind and a pilot—and this is just issue #1. Through it all the character exudes the same easy charm and understated confidence we’ve come to expect, Soule’s dialogue easily readable in the smooth voice of Billy Dee Williams. When paired with Maleev’s spot-on likeness of the character, the overall immersion is quite solid.

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Matt Bomer Was Briefly J.J. Abrams’ Superman

Magic Mike XXL actor Matthew Bomer almost played the Man of Steel in a Superman project that never got off the ground.

Speaking with Josh Horowitz on the podcast Happy, Sad, Confused, Bomer said he was called to screen-test for a Superman movie directed by Brett Ratner and written by J.J. Abrams ten years ago.

The movie was a “lighthearted” take on Clarke Kent at college, and Ratner wanted Bomer for the role.

“Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart”, said . It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there. It was a month of, ‘Okay, looks like this is going to happen’. And then it slowly fell apart. I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I’ve gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things. I haven’t been too locked in… I mean that’s a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone’s minds forever.

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Halle Berry Tells Fans to Speak Up if They Want a Storm Movie

Halle Berry says she’d love to do a Storm solo movie, but the fans need to speak up if they want it.

“In a heartbeat I would do a Storm movie”, Berry said in an interview with Deadline. “I love that character through and through. So if that ever became an opportunity for me if it’s before I’m 65-years old I would absolutely do that.”

“If the fans want that the fans need to speak up and I’m sure it would be a possibility. If Fox felt like they could make money off of a Storm movie I’m sure they would do it.”

While a Storm solo movie doesn’t gel particularly well with the current X-Men cinematic timeline, there’s certainly opportunities to jump back and forth into the past and present considering the foundations laid in the first two X-Men films (not the third. Never the third).

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Halo Channel App Now Available on iOS and Android

The Halo Channel app is now available on iOS and Android devices, 343 Industries announced today. A Windows Phone version is also in the works, and will be released alongside Windows 10 Mobile later this year.

Previously released on Xbox One and Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Halo Channel is a hub for Halo news and videos. Additionally, Halo Channel features original programming such as the live-action series Halo: Nightfall.

To commemorate Halo Channel’s arrival on iOS and Android, those who download the app will receive a Halo 5: Guardians REQ pack containing a unique emblem, according to a post on Halo Waypoint. If you’ve already downloaded the app on Xbox One or a Windows 8 device, you’ll also be granted the REQ pack.

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Mad Max #1 Review

The previous two issues of DC’s Mad Max: Fury Road tie-in filled in some of the movie’s plot gaps without ever really serving as compelling stories in their own right. Furiosa #1 had other problems as well, but that’s another story. As the tie-in shifts focus to Max himself, though, more of its potential is finally realized. Mad Max #1 is the first book to stand on its own as an enjoyable post-apocalyptic adventure.

Granted, this issue does get off to a fairly clunky start as writers Marc Sexton and Nico Lathouris launch into an extended retelling of the first three Mad Max movie. This sequence is helpful as far as solidifying where Fury Road falls in that timeline, but not much else. The pages are too terse to fully explain Max’s back-story to newcomers, but too long to do anything but bore readers who are familiar with the mythology.

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The Phantom Pain Producer on Graphics Downgrade Claims

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi has taken to Twitter to address accusations that the game’s current graphics have been ‘downgraded’ from earlier builds.

Fans took to Twitter to express their concerns that the latest footage had “missing shadows” and different sallow colours than in previous builds. Imaizumi explained that such a “downgrade” would not happen so late in the development process – check out his tweets below.

We don’t change grade system in last phase, it have to be done long long time ago. Should be just lighting tuning. https://t.co/fVW1UMncY9

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New Doctor Who Gameplay from LEGO Dimensions

Here’s a look at Doctor Who in action in Warner Bros.’ insane pop culture mash-up, LEGO Dimensions.

A new trailer shows the TARDIS in Gotham City, the Doctor and Homer Simpson battling alongside one another in Portal’s Aperture Science (!), a Scooby Doo encounter and more. Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez will voice the characters they play in the BBC show – the 12th Doctor, Clara Oswald and Missy respectively – in the game.

Doctor Who has his own level in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack, and those who want more Doctor Who content can purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes an additional level, a LEGO minifigure of the 12th Doctor, and LEGO models of the TARDIS and K-9.

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