Sunday, July 31, 2016

'The Night Of' Episode 3 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Episode 3 of The Night Of brings the viewer inside the intense and intimidating prison that Naz is located. This installment does a fantastic job of really providing the audience with a look of how gritty and terrifying a jail could be. The concrete walls that act as a barrier to the outside world, barbed wire fences along with a brick fa├žade that suggests the neglect for the upkeep of the prison. Now that Naz is within the confines of jail, he will quickly discover that the culture is more dangerous than any other.

            Once inside the prison, you truly get the sense of how awful this place is with all the details down to a T. Whether it’s the heavy clanking of the gates opening and closing, the security which is emphasized as Naz’s mother is casually violated behind a privacy curtain, or even the angst that Naz feels every minute that he is in there by looking over his shoulder more often than not. But this episode also introduces us to an important new character named Freddy (played by Michael K. Williams).

             Freddy is a former boxer serving time and offers Naz a slab of veal that a guard has given him for protection on the outside. As one can tell by his appearance, demeanor and words, Freddy is a very important man. It’s unmistakable that Freddy is offering Naz help due to the fact that he is small, soft and vulnerable: an easy target for inmates who aren’t too happy about the fact that he raped and murdered a young woman. Unfortunately for Naz, he turns down the assistance and we see within minutes that it was a huge mistake.

            As for Naz’s lawyer, John Stone, he is having his inexperience be a tool against him. He has a reputation as a lawyer who goes about plea deals and is known mostly for his face being plastered on billboards and glossy business cards. This makes it easier for the district attorney, who planes on exploit this as a weakness on the trial lawyer and Naz’s case. Stone brings his own $75,000 flat fee down to $50,000, which he thinks they can afford and then even offers up an option B but it’s one that would ultimately be much worse for them. In comes Alison Crowe who is a big-time defense lawyer who sees defending the muslim suspect as a chance to be in the spotlight. She pitches to Naz’s parents that she’ll even work for free and her assistant, Chandra, who is “close enough” to their ethnic background that they can feel more comfortable and reassured that they’re in the right hands. Though his parents are totally backing Alison, Naz is devastated because Stone was his protector on the worst night of his life and he doesn’t know who else to trust. The future looks bleak for Naz.

            As we see illustrated perfectly in this episode, Naz and Stone are outsiders in their own respective worlds. They’re easily dismissed or operate a certain way that those in power like Alison and Freddy look down upon them. This is what makes up the unmistakable bond between the two so-called underdogs within the series.

            This week does another great job of providing the story of a young man who is in a place where he doesn’t belong, while his former eczematic lawyer loses another major client. The two men are just fighting for their place and to have themselves heard. The HBO miniseries continues to be one of the best things on TV this year.


8.9/10   

'Preacher' Episode 9, Season 1 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Preacher has been sort of lackluster recently, and the more television that I watch, the more I realize that this show is slugging along. The show started off in such a fast and furious type of way with violence, blood and humor but now, characters are changing in ways that as a viewer, I can’t buy into. As I said in my last review, last week’s episode was probably the worst of the season, but this one is worse in ways that can break down a program as a whole.

            We currently in the age of the best television ever. With shows like American Crime Story, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot and even recent newcomers like The Night Of and Stranger Things, they escalate the story in ways that up until this recent age of television, only film can. The reason I’m going on this mini rant is because Preacher seems like one of these series that I would’ve enjoyed much more about 5 years ago when there was less to watch but now, as it’s winding down and the quality is not the same as the beginning of the season, it has become a disappointment. Okay, rant over.

            Within this episode, we see one major problem which is Emily throwing Miles to Cassidy whilst in his current state where he needs blood as a vampire. Emily is a character that is quiet and can’t even leave the house without making sure her kids are okay, so I don’t think it’s very believable that she has the heart to do something of that cold-blooded nature just to help Cassidy.

            Also, as DeBlanc and Fiore try to work on their plan B strategy to get Genesis from Jesse, they head to the Distant Vistas travel agency to book their trip to Hell. As they get ready to head out, they discuss calling heaven before having a “bro” moment so to speak before thinking that Heaven would separate them as punishment and they wouldn’t be together. They then realize that Hell is definitely not worth it and are about to call to heaven except, they have lost their telephone to call heaven. Unfortunately, this means they’re off to Hell.

            Throughout the episode, we see more moments with the old-school murderer/cowboy including a scene in which he takes out an entire saloon full of people. We quickly discover, that the show has been showcasing this man because he is living in Hell. When DeBlanc and Fiore arrive, they notify the man that they have a job for him and he could get out of Hell forever: to kill a preacher.

            As I said earlier, this show is starting to fall apart in the second half and that’s not a good sign going into tonight season finale. I hope that the show can give themselves a nice send off and give fans a reason to tune in next season as it the show has been too much of a decrescendo in comparison to the first half of episodes.


6.8/10

Saturday, July 30, 2016

'Avengers: Infinity War' will no longer be a two-part adventure

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Marvel’s next Avengers film subtitled, Infinity War, will no longer be told in two parts as it was previously announced. According to The Wrap, it was a schedule change from Disney late on Friday that said that the second film in the planned two-parter would no longer be called Avengers: Infinity War Part II, instead it has been renamed as of now as Avengers Untitled.

            Avengers: Infinity War is planned to be released on May 4th, 2018 and has The Russo Brothers directing. The second film, now titled Avengers Untitled for the time being, also will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and will hit theaters as planned on May 3rd, 2019.


            The films were supposed to start shooting in November and are expected to shoot back to back. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War) are expected to write the script for the two films. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Legendary actress Meryl Streep joins 'Mary Poppins Returns' to reteam with Rob Marshall

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Mary Poppins Returns continues to bolster its cast. The upcoming sequel to the classic Disney musical will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago) and already stars Emily Blunt as Poppins and rising sensation and star of the Broadway darling Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. But today, they added a legendary actress to the film.

            According to Variety, 19-time Oscar nominated actress Meryl Streep has joined the movie playing the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy who was not in the original 1964 adaptation. The sequel will take place in Depresseion-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (played by Blunt) after a personal loss. Through her magical skills and help of her friend Jack (Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the wonder in their lives.


            Streep is expected to sing in the film along with Blunt and Miranda but so far, this cast is fantastic. I’m interested to see who else they add as the cast for Into the Woods was stacked. It’s an enticing property and I’m eager to see who else they bring in to join the sequel to an absolute classic. Streep will be seen next in Florence Foster Jenkins next month.

First trailer for Meg Ryan's directorial debut 'Ithaca' reunites her with Tom Hanks

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It has been 20 years since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan shared the screen in the rom-com classic, Sleepless in Seattle. Today, we bring you the trailer for their next team up Ithaca, an adaptation of the classic novel The Human Comedy.

            Ithaca tells the story of a young bicycle messenger named Homer Macauley who is taking care of his mother and younger brother due to his older brother, fighting in the war. This film marks Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, she also stars as the widowed mother that Homer takes care of.

            The trailer is put together very well and it looks to be a good little movie. The preview also gives a preview of the folksy score created by John Mellencamp. Ithaca stars Alex Neustaedter, Meg Ryan, Jack Quaid, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Hamish Linklater. It opens in theaters on September 9th. Check out the trailer below!

'Mr. Robot' Episode 4, Season 2 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Within the opening minute of this week’s installment, I was actually confused on why Darlene would be speaking with Elliot before realizing that it was a flashback to a place in time we haven’t seen on the show before; the moment when Elliot decided to explain his plan to take down Evil Corp to his sister. This happens even before Elliot enters therapy for his behavior, but once he shows Darlene his father’s jacket, it seems like a spiritual connection to Mr. Robot. Paired with the fsociety mask, Elliot explains his plan in detail in quite a creepy and harrowing sight that truly gives the viewer those first moment where the tide changes for our protagonist.

            We also see a major change for Angela’s character as she follows through on the tip left by Price about the men who were responsible for the death of her father. The men are then arrested and then Angela realizes that Price gave her this information so there could be leverage between the two. She then reveals the information with her lawyer before threating Price with a 20th floor office and Melissa’s job. Price does not oblige but says that he has no idea what she is talking about. The most important thing corporate wise within the episode though is Price’s interaction with the Dark Army’s Whiterose (played by BD Wong) who has previously met Elliot. We still don’t know exactly what these people are up to, but it definitely seems like the have a bigger, evil scheme planned going forward.

            We continue to see the show bring more attention to characters we haven’t seen in a little while like Darlene. She is pursued off the subway by a mysterious man in a suit before she is cut off by Cisco, her ex-boyfriend who works for the Dark Army. Cisco breaks down how severe of a situation Darlene is in since the hack, she now knows that the FBI has located the fsociety headquarters and Romero (who was found dead last episode) has some uncomfortably detailed records that the FBI could locate. Darlene looks foolish after Elliot had previously told her to abandon the plan entirely but as siblings do, she didn’t listen.

            The biggest turning point in this would definitely be from the newest characters in the series, Leon and Ray. The relationship is forming slowly, but surely between Elliot and Ray as Craig Robinson’s soft spoken but dangerous character continues to be helpful towards Elliot by correctly prescribing chess as something to deal with him hearing voices in his head. This leads to a fantastic scene between Rami Malek and Christian Slater in which the two face off in multiple games of chess before every end result is the men are stuck at a stalemate. The show then reminds us that Ray is not a man that can be trusted and we see him turn the page to his darker side as soon as Elliot agrees to help him with his computer problem. He establishes to Elliot that he is a private guy and doesn’t want him snooping around his computer other than the project at hand before bringing in some muscle to solidify his position of power in the relationship.

            Along with that, Leon has quite possibly his best moment of the entire season thus far which leads to an even better scene to follow. Leon asks Elliot if he really wants to exist. He means this in the literal sense by asking “Do you want to be here in the cosmic sense? Existence could be painful or it could be beautiful but that’s on you. You need to dream.” Strong words from a character who is known mostly for his meaningless diner dates with Elliot and Seinfeld references. But after this, followed an actual dream sequence for Elliot that included an all chime version of the Green Day song Basketcase that showcases moments like Elliot getting dinner with Angela, at a cookout with the SafeCorp staff and Darlene getting engaged to Cisco. Interestingly enough, we even get a glimpse at Tyrell, his wife and grown up son along with the previously mentioned characters, Ray, etc. at a giant family dinner a la the last supper in the streets of New York while buildings collapse around them.

            This episode acted as an eye opener for everyone whether it be Darlene, Angela and ultimately, the show’s main character, Elliot. The audience sees his ultimate goal in the dream sequence, what he needs to truly reach his dream that Leon was referring to. Another fantastic episode within quite possibly the best show on TV currently.


9/10

Thursday, July 28, 2016

First trailer for Mel Gibson's war drama, 'Hacksaw Ridge' showcases Andrew Garfield in an amazing true story

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s been a while since Mel Gibson has stepped behind the camera and captivated audiences. The man behind the films Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto has finally released the first trailer for his upcoming war drama, Hacksaw Ridge.

            The biographical movie follows the story of a WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Heavy stuff for a guy who is known by major audiences as the most recent attempt at Spider-Man before Marvel Studios got their hands back on the property.

            This won’t be the first film for Garfield though that could be a potential Oscar-type of role. He was fantastic in The Social Network as well as last year’s 99 Homes. Hacksaw Ridge is set to be released in theaters on November 6th. The film also stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn and Hugo Weaving and is directed by Academy Award winner, Mel Gibson.


            I absolutely loved how gritty this trailer was, check it out below!

Oprah Winfrey to join Ava DuVernay's live-action Disney film, 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Oprah Winfrey has proven time and time again that she can hold her own on the movie screen. This includes her small, but important role in Ava DuVernay’s debut film, Selma. Now, it seems that the legendary talk show host is joining a new project from the same director with, A Wrinkle in Time.

            According to Collider, Winfrey is set to play Mrs. Which in the live-action Disney film written by the writer/director behind Frozen. The original story is a classic children’s science fiction book that follows a group of children who travel through a wormhole to find their missing father who is a scientist for the government.


            This is an incredibly intriguing project and one that we should’ve seen coming with the current wave of Disney live-action remakes. With DuVernay behind the project though, it’s hard not to be excited. Selma was one of my favorite films in 2014 and DuVernay was a huge snub for a nomination for Best Director. Winfrey had a harrowing role within the film about Martin Luther King and his Civil Rights march in Selma, Alabama, but her best work was probably in the movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler in which she played the depressed wife of a White House servant, played by Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker. Winfrey will next be seen in Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Also, she’s recently been cast in the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Rose Byrne.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'The Secret Life of Pets' Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Disney seems to have the upper hand in everything lately, but they’ve always been known for their animated features. They still have a huge reputation for these films but Illumination Entertainment is slowly creeping up with properties like Despicable Me, Minions and now, The Secret Life of Pets.

            The Secret Life of Pets follows the lives of pets when their human owners, a simple premise for a film that is sweet, hilarious and extremely fun. While the diverse owners are out living their lives in the real world, their animals are throwing raging parties, plotting towards trouble and even getting into fights on the street.

            The main character, Max (voiced by Louis CK) is a rescue terrier living in New York City with his owner Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper) and believes he has a different relationship with his owner than others until one day, she brings home another dog, Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). The gigantic hairy dog is a threat to Max and his “perfect” life as an only child to Katie. Soon after this, antics ensue as Max tries to get Duke out of the house and long story, short, the two find themselves lost in the city with their collars stripped after a run in with some nasty cats.

            Soon after this, things get worse for the pair of dogs as they encounter an adorable little bunny Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart) turns out to be a hilarious but troublesome leader of an underground gang of animals that are hell bent on a revolution against humans for being neglected. Hart’s Snowball truly steals the movie and leads most of the hilarious moments throughout. But another standout is Gidget, an American Eskimo dog who watches soap operas and is in love with Max (voiced by Jenny Slate). We also learn that she has a bit of a tough side and will do anything to save the love of her life, Max.

            Gidget is the leader of the gang assembled to save Max joined by other lovable creatures voiced by veteran talents like Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey and SNL’s Bobby Moynihan. Along with this, unlikely friendships are formed and it feels just as exciting as an animated action movie. The film is filled with adventure, thrills, and laughs galore in this simple, but great movie for all pet owners. At times, the plot does seem a little too simple and when comparing to other animated juggernauts this year like Zootopia and Finding Dory. But my job isn’t to compare films, but to be a critic and tell you how I felt about this movie. That is why I’m giving The Secret Life of Pets…


8/10

'Ballers' Episode 2, Season 2 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Season 2 of the HBO sports comedy Ballers got off to a fast start last week, a great premiere episode that included Dwayne Johnson brawling with real-life NFL linebacker, Terrell Suggs. This week’s episode continues to engage and immerse the viewer within the football culture in American. The journalists, entourages, agents and of course, the players. Dwayne Johnson’s Spencer continues to deal with issues, but for the first time, we see the beginning of what could potentially be a downward spiral for the retired defensive standout turned money manager.

            It seems that after the physical altercation that happened with Suggs, Spencer has quickly run out of his Vicodin prescription, not only that, but he’s taking them at such a rapid pace that his doctor is concerned about writing a script to prescribe more pills. Not only physical pain, but it seems that Spencer has a real emotional issue with taking down the man who screwed him out of money some time ago, Andre. Andre also reps Suggs still and refuses to give up his client and even hitting Spencer with a hard-hitting line of dialogue like “he’s a football player, so he doesn’t know what he wants”.

            Also within the episode we get great scenes with Joe, one that includes him slapping Spencer across the face to psych him up before seeing Andre. Another, including Joe “adding up the numbers” to show how much he pays Reggie for his services to Vernon. Both make fantastic laugh out loud moments in the HBO comedy that gets better week by week.

            On the more serious side, Ricky and Charles are both looking to get new contracts after having their careers revitalized in the past NFL season. Miami claims they don’t have the money to bring back Ricky so Jason and a member of Ricky’s entourage begin to try to sell the star wide receiver on a new team to play for. Some of these teams include the always winning New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers and defending Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, where the weed is legal by the way. Too bad that Ricky doesn’t smoke. Charles on the other hand is out for a drink with one of the Dolphins coaches (cameo by director and creator of Ballers, Peter Berg), who wants the 12-year vet to switch from the left side of the O-Line to the right side. Though Charles is offended at first, it seems that the more he hears into the plan, he begins to buy in.

            Week by week, the show continues to impress not only with the acting and comedic chops by all involved, but also by really selling the audience on why the show is called Ballers. With lavish suits, big-tie parties and fantastic cars, it’s believable that these guys are essentially, on top of the sports world.


8.5/10

'Star Trek Beyond' Review

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By Diego Coya
            Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek series. Taking place three years after the events of Star Trek Into Darkness, Kirk and his crew get attacked by an unstoppable wave of aliens which leads to the Enterprise almost getting destroyed. As a result, they land into a dangerous new uncharted territory with no form of communication since the whole crew is separated from each other. The crew also has to go against Krall, who will stop at nothing to create havoc on the Federation. Along the journey, the audience meets new characters and we learn more about Kirk and his crew.

            I absolutely loved the previous two films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness; not only were they great summer blockbusters, they were great movies in general. With that being said, I was not very excited for this third installment. The main reason being that JJ Abrams was not coming back to direct this film, and the trailers were underwhelming to say the least. I have to say, I really enjoyed the film. Star Trek Beyond is a very good summer blockbuster that has tons of action, humor, and explosions. It’s an entertaining movie that certainly is fun.

            The chemistry between the characters is outstanding. Kirk and Spock once again show how well these characters work with each other, and every character was very likeable. Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the film, injects a lot of humor that really works and the audience in my theater was laughing from time to time. The dialogue is well realized and overall the screenplay was terrific. My favorite character in the film, is Jaylah, who is played by Sofia Boutella. She is an outstanding new addition and she stole the show. I am most certainly looking forward to seeing her in the next Star Trek film.

Justin Lin, who is the director, surprised me with how he filmed the action scenes. Although he has impressed me with the Fast and Furious films he directed, I was skeptical to see how the action scenes were going to turn out since JJ Abrams did such a fantastic job with them in the previous two films. Justin Lin does a great job with the actions scenes; they are well directed and entertaining to watch. The CGI is also very good, and even though there are tons of explosions, Star Trek Beyond is not mindless fun like the Transformers franchise. There are great characters and a solid story.

As far as flaws goes, I enjoyed the previous two films much more; I felt as if they were more emotional and impactful. Additionally, the villain Krull does not quite deliver despite Idris Elba’s great performance. I felt the same way about Apocalpyse from X-Men: Apocalypse, as I do about Krull. As the movie goes on, his motivations become more clear and they start to make more sense. Unfortunately, when compared to Eric Bana’s and Benedict Cumberbatch’s villains in the previous films, Krull does fall kind of short. The pacing in the beginning drags just a bit, but after a certain scene, the film picks up and it is a blast.

I would definitely recommend Star Trek Beyond if you are a Star Trek fan. After a streak of mediocre and awful films, it was refreshing to see a film that is quite good in the theaters. Despite some of the flaws the film has, the positive easily outweigh the negatives. This was a solid third installment and I am definitely to the next Star Trek film.


Rating: 8.5/10

Jessica Chastain in talks to join 'The Division' video game adaptation

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It wasn’t long ago that we reported that Jake Gyllenhaal had signed on to the movie adaptation of the popular video game, The Division. Today, according to Collider, we have news on another Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain as she enters talks to join the film.

            Jessica Chastain is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood and she’s not unknown to war films. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars just a few years ago for Zero Dark Thirty. The Division is set in New York City during the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic, and the player portrays an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division who is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in a near-deserted and crime-riddled Manhattan.


            Chastain will be seen next in the gun lobby drama Miss Sloane in December and also, stars in the bestseller adaptation The Zookeeper’s Wife in March. The most exciting potential project for Chastain though is the lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game alongside Idris Elba. We are still awaiting details on a writer and director for the Ubisoft video game adaptation, who would you want t helm this new video game movie?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

'Vice Principals' Season 1, Episode 1 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Danny McBride is one of those actors that you love or you hate, and though I enjoyed him in one of my favorite comedies, Tropic Thunder and I loved the HBO series Eastbound & Down that he starred in, I’m not the biggest fan. I view his comedy chops as very one note and repetitive, this is very obvious within his newest HBO show, Vice Principals.

            Vice Principals is a look inside the minds of two men who are vice principals at a high school who are vying for the job of principal which is left vacant as the long reigning principal (played by Bill Murray) retires to be by the aid of his dying wife. The two vice principal roles are played by McBride and also recent Tarantino mainstay, Walton Goggins. McBride’s Neal Gamby character is known as the stricter principal who is the enforcer within the school. Goggins’ Lee Russell is the more likable vice principal but also wants to take over the principal position. They both get a rude awakening when the superintendent decides to bring in Dr. Belinda Brown from Philadelphia as the new principal of the South Carolina high school.

            The series overall has no substance. The comedy doesn’t provide any real laughs and even sometimes, is extremely offensive and racist. Eastbound & Down was outlandish in nature but week by week provided laugh out loud moments, Vice Principals has no real humor as well as no interesting story. I will continue to give this show the 3-episode test (thanks Josh Macuga), but based on one episode, I wish I wasn’t.


1/10

Marvel releases second trailer for 'Doctor Strange' starring Benedict Cumberbatch at Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Marvel has already hit multiple home runs this year with the releases of Captain America: Civil War and season 2 of the Netflix series, Daredevil, but it’s time to step into the cosmic realm. We have already seen a teaser trailer for Doctor Strange but this second trailer released at Comic-Con fleshes out the story even more and gives you a better look at the film.

            Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the MCU.


            The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero but also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelson and Tilda Swinton. Doctor Strange opens in theaters later this year on November 4th. Check out the trailer released at Comic-Con below!


FX Marvel TV series 'Legion' gets first trailer at Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            FX has quickly become one of the greatest networks for television with limited series like American Horror Story and American Crime Story from producer Ryan Murphy, but also, Noah Hawley’s Fargo has been tremendous. Hawley’s next project at the network brings the superhero trend with the X-Men based series, Legion. FX unveiled the first footage at San Diego Comic-Con.

            Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Rachel Keller star in the series that revolves around David Haller, who is the son of Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. He suffers from schizophrenia, only to discover the voices he hears and visions might actually be real, leading to the believe that David might be a mutant.


            Legion will arrive on FX in early 2017 and I absolutely love this trailer. Check it out below!


Marvel officially announces Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Marvel didn’t make much of a presence at last year’s Comic-Con, well because, they weren’t there for the first time in years. This year though, Kevin Feige was able to bring tons of stuff for the people at Hall H including information on films like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok but, he was also finally able to reveal officially that Brie Larson will join the MCU as Captain Marvel.

            It was already expected for months that Larson would be taking on the role but this is exciting news nonetheless. It’s a huge star for Marvel to get, especially since Larson just won the Academy Award for indie movie, Room.


            Captain Marvel will be released on March 8th, 2019 but there are rumors that she’s expected to show up in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 as an introduction, similar to what Marvel did for Black Panther and Spider-Man in Civil War

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Surprise! Warner Bros. drops 'Justice League' trailer at Comic-Con!

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Here’s a pleasant surprise, we luckily have been given the first trailer for Justice League at Comic-Con today! The film has been long anticipated by DC Comics fans, especially since The Avengers release all the way back in 2012. The DC Cinematic Universe began to take shape just this year when we saw Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which included Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (and maybe some appearances by some other heroes). This trailer though gives us our very first in-depth look at all of the heroes which make up the superhero team called the Justice League.

            I have to be honest, I really wanted to like this trailer but after two viewings, I’m not sold. BvS was a mess and this didn’t clean much up for me personally. Affleck and Gadot look great as does Momoa as Aquaman but Miller’s take on Barry Allen looks too over the top nerdy for me. Fisher’s Cyborg seems way too CWish in terms of special effects (granted it’s early in the filming process), also, the humor doesn’t seem to hit like I would’ve liked it to. But again, that’s just my opinion.


            The superhero team-up film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Along with the main heroes, the film also stars JK Simmons, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. Justice League will hit theaters on November 17th, 2017. Check out the Comic-Con trailer below and comment your opinion on the preview!


New 'The Lego Batman Movie' trailer drops at Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since the release of the mega-successful and brilliant film, The Lego Movie, Lego films have been greenlit for the foreseeable future. With superhero movies being at the forefront at the movies nowadays, why wouldn’t they capitalize by making a movie based on Lego Batman played by Will Arnett in The Lego Movie.

            The Lego Batman Movie sees Batman fighting his biggest villain Joker (Zach Galifiankis) while also handling a very needy sidekick (and possibly his son?), Robin (voiced by Michael Cera). The trailer is tons of fun and I’m excited to see how the finished product will turn out.


            The Lego Batman Movie stars Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifiankis, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes. It will be released in theaters on February 10th, 2017. Check out the Comic-Con trailer below!

Comic-Con trailer for 'Kong: Skull Island' gives us our first look at the legendary ape in action

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Kong: Skull Island is one of my most anticipated movies of next year. The story of King Kong is a classic but Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ (The Kings of Summer) upcoming vision looks to be tremendous in scale and a great overall film, at least by the Comic-Con trailer released today.

            Though The Kings of Summer was a nice little film, this movie is a massive undertaking for Vogt-Roberts, especially since Kong: Skull Island will be within the same universe as Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla film that was released in 2014. The blockbuster is set to take place within the 1970s and for once, there is no beauty and the beast/damsel in distress story which is refreshing.

            The ensemble cast is tremendous and includes Tom Hiddleston, last year’s Best Actress at the Oscars, Brie Larson along with legendary veterans like Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. And of course, some standouts from Straight Outta Compton and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl with actors like Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins and Thomas Mann.


            Kong: Skull Island will be released on March 10th, 2017. Check out the Comic-Con trailer below!


First Look at Guy Ritchie's newest film, 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' from Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Guy Ritchie’s last film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. didn’t do too well at the box office even though it went over pretty well with critics, his next movie however, has a bigger plot and selling point to most audiences. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was originally supposed to be released this summer, but it was pushed to March 24th of 2017 and today, at Comic-Con, we got our first trailer.

            It shifts decently from the normal King Arthur story as we see the titular hero have a bit of a bad streak before ultimately becoming a good guy. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana. We recently saw some first look photos on our site for the movie.


            King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will be released on March 24th, 2017. Check out the Comic-Con trailer below.


New trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' reveals more about the film within the Harry Potter universe

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since the first trailer was released for J.K. Rowling’s next film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it has excited all Harry Potter fans everywhere. Luckily, today at Comic-Con, another trailer was released giving us a better idea of the story, characters and of course, new footage.

            The movie takes place in 1926 and stars Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist whose briefcase of fantastical creatures comes loose while in New York City, setting into motion a series of events that threaten the Wizarding World community. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut on the film, while David Yates, best known for directing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will return to the world to direct.


            Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on November 18th. Along with Redmayne, the film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. Check out the new trailer below!


Starz upcoming series 'American Gods' looks interesting to say the least

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal on NBC is one of those shows that universally was loved but didn’t get the ratings it needed to stay afloat. Fuller’s newest show though, American Gods, which is based on the book series by Neil Gaiman seems to be a potential hit for Starz.

            The show tells the story of a battle between gods and it looks tremendous. The cast includes acting veteran Ian McShane along with Ricky Whittle and Pablo Schreiber (Pornstache from Orange is the New Black). The full synopsis is as follows:

            The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes a bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.


            Check out the trailer for the upcoming Starz series American Gods debuting in 2017!


Incredible first 'Wonder Woman' trailer comes from Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The Amazonian warrior princess known as Wonder Woman is finally getting her own movie and today at Comic-Con, the first trailer was released. The film stars Gal Gadot who shined as the female heroine in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year.

            The trailer is filled with action, backstory and even a little bit of humor. The film precedes the events that will happen within the DC superhero team-up movie, Justice League. Along with Gadot, Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston. With the misfortune that was BvS, it’s exciting that Suicide Squad and this film are highly anticipated.


            Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and the film opens everywhere on June 2nd, 2017. Check out the trailer below!


Marvel Netflix series, 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist' get first trailers from Comic-Con

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With Daredevil and Jessica Jones getting their own shows, it means that there are only two heroes left to get their own shows on Netflix to form the long awaited The Defenders series. Now, thanks to Comic-Con, we have teaser trailers for those other two heroes, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

            Both trailers are very different style-wise as Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is supported by “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by the late, Wu-Tang Clan rapper, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Within the preview, we see bullets bouncing off the impenetrable man and watch him kick ass and take names. This isn’t our first time seeing Cage though, as he was in multiple episodes from Season 1 of Jessica Jones.

            Iron Fist has a more calming and mysterious tone to it, but we start to get a sense of what we can expect from the series that follows the martial artist/superhero. We learn that after a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is taken in by monks and trained to be a legendary fighter.


            Check out the respective trailers for the upcoming Marvel Netflix series’ below!



'The Walking Dead' Season 7 Comic-Con Trailer shows us more Negan

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead might’ve been one of the best seasons of the long running program since it has begun, but the cliffhanger to end the season had much of the audience up in arms and screaming at their TV’s. This week at Comic-Con, the new trailer for Season 7 was revealed and though it doesn’t give away too much, it’s still a damn good trailer.

            Not only do we get to see more of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the preview, we also get a glimpse of one of the newest characters, the almighty Ezekial played by Khary Payton. He is the leader of the new area known as The Kingdom. Along with that, he also has a pet tiger (wtf?!) named Shiva by his side.


            All in all, the trailer is fantastic with chilling scenes and gruesome zombie killings within the video. Check it out below!


'Preacher' Episode 8, Season 1 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            AMC’s Preacher has become one of the most unique TV shows that has been broadcast this year, the epic weirdness continued this past Sunday in episode 8 of the show’s premiere season.

            We finally got some backstory on Jackie Earle Haley’s Odin Quincannon, it turns out that Odin’s whole family, minus himself, died in a freak ski lift accident. This led to him going on a crazy bender that included dissecting all of his families’ corpses. He then called John Custer to tell him to denounce God and say that there is no soul within humans, only meat. This led to the bigger picture and confusing storyline in which Jesse told Odin to “serve God” because it turns out that his god is the God of Meat. He refers to it as the god of what is touchable and true, it’s a dark and straight up creepy way of looking at it since his whole family died.

            We also see Miles finally stepping up to Emily about why he’s helping Odin as the town is in deep financial trouble and with Quincannon being the prosperous man that he is, Miles is willing to band with him to save Annville. Even if that includes covering up multiple killings that he witnessed just a few episodes ago.

            Jesse also has his moments within this episode which are redeemable. He feels incredibly guilty after sending Eugene to Hell a few episodes ago, until he’s able to bring him back. Well, so we think…it turns out that it is just the ghost of Eugene who has some interesting wordplay back and forth between himself and the preacher. Jesse is essentially all alone while trying to defend his church from Quincannon’s men, though he does a formidable job even managing to blow Clive’s dick off (a huge laugh out loud moment).

            The big turning point within the episode though is when the angels return to remove Genesis from Jesse if it means they bring Eugene back from Hell. Jesse has tons of questions about Genesis but they can’t provide answers. They finally are able to lure Genesis back into its coffee can but when they reveal that they didn’t promise anything to Jesse about saving Eugene, Genesis shoots right back into Jesse. The angels then abandon Custer in his church all alone with Genesis still intact within the confines of his body for the time being.

            Though there is no visual of Cassidy within this episode, Tulip adopts a dog, hangs out with it and pets it gently, before feeding it to something in a room in her house, this seems to presumably be Cass.

            This episode gives us more insight to what is actually happening to the city of Annville and the people around it. We learn about Odin’s backstory, Miles’ attentions and how Genesis somehow fits hand in hand with the preacher for the time being.


8.3/10