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Friday, 30 May 2014

Stargate to be Rebooted

     Warner Bros. and MGM have just issued an official press release announcing a new series of Stargate films that will effectively reboot the franchise. Roland Emmerich will direct the first of three planned films with Dean Devlin set to produce. Read on... 
 
 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, together with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, are partnering to launch a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate. The announcement was made today by Gary Barber, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct and Devlin will produce.

Barber said, “We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the originalStargate, to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.” He added, “Stargate is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.”

“The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home,” said Emmerich and Devlin.

MGM will be running production on Stargate, with Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group overseeing the project on behalf of MGM and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures, with select international territories to be handled by MGM.

Glickman said, “For us at MGM, there was no version of us further developing the Stargate franchise without Roland and Dean at the creative helm. This is their baby, and we cannot wait to bring their reenergized universe to the legions of fans around the world.”

Silverman said, “Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades.” He added, “Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise.”

The sci-fi film Stargate launched a worldwide phenomenon. At the time of its release, the film set the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in October and went on to gross nearly $200 million worldwide at the box office.

Emmerich is currently shooting Stonewall, a drama about a young man’s political awakening amid the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which sparked a fight for equality and paved the way for the modern gay rights movement. He is also in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, back-to-back sequels to his hit film, Independence Day.

Devlin is currently in pre-production on Geostorm, his feature directorial debut, which he co-wrote with Paul Guyot and is producing for Warner Bros. with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.

Source: Slash Film

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NECA Reveals SDCC DC & Marvel Scalers

     Love Scalers? Than NECA has a San Diego Comic Con exclusive that will be perfect for you!  Each Scalers 2-pack will be available at SDCC for a price of $10 each, with Limited Quantities offered afterwards both within, and outside, the United States!

     Are you a DC Comics fan? Than check out the first of two exclusive Scalers 2-packs, featuring Batman and his ultimate nemesis - the Joker.

From NECA: The DC Comics SDCC Scalers 2-Pack includes black and white versions of Batman and the Joker. These collectible, 2″ mini figures grip headphone cords, cables and more, and feature an amazing level of detail!


      Or, perhaps Marvel is more your thing. Not to worry, the team at NECA have something just for you! The second SDCC exclusive Scalers 2-pack will feature both Spider-Man and the Silver Centurion version of Iron Man!

From NECA: The Marvel SDCC Scalers 2-Pack includes Silver Centurion Iron Man and “Marvels” Spider-Man. Premiered in issue #200 of Iron Man, the Silver Centurion armor marked Tony Stark’s big comeback as Iron Man (a position which Rhodey had been filling while Tony was mainly drunk). Spider-Man’s black and red suit appeared in the 1994 Marvels mini-series written by Kurt Busiek with illustrations by Alex Ross.


 

Source: NECA

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S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 42 & Iron Patriot Revealed

     Bandai has another one for us today, actually another two. Marvel fans will be happy to learn both Iron Man and Iron Patriot will soon be joining the Figuarts line in the form of two brand new figures, based off their appearances in Iron Man 3!

     Iron Man will stand about 6.1" tall, with Iron Patriot coming in at about 6.3" respectively. Each will feature the same attention to detail and high level of articulation you would expect from the S.H. Figuarts line, and each will also feature an array of interchangeable hands and effects pieces.

     Iron Man will even include a sofa to portray the seated armor pose as seen in Iron Man 3. 

     These are due for release in Asia for 5,800 Yen this coming September, but expect word of a North American release through Bluefin Distribution to drop soon!

     Until then, enjoy the images posted below!

Source: Toyark

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A Closer Look: NECA 24" Godzilla

     First came the 12" Godzilla figure! To say that it was amazing, and worthy of the name Godzilla, is an understatement of massive proportions! Featuring beautiful details, and plenty of articulation, NECA's first attempt at a Gareth Edwards Godzilla figure was a monstrous success, rivaling even the likes of the MonsterArts line from Bandai! 

     Well, now another 2014 Godzilla is set to arise, this one an astonishing 12" tall and 24" from head to tail! We saw prototype shots of the figure earlier this year, but now NECA has gone and given fans a closer look at this new Godzilla, which will also feature authentic movie sounds and 25 points of articulation!

     Check it out below, and look for this reborn Kaiju to hit this July!

Source: NECA

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S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 Fully Revealed

     We've seen some teaser images here and there, and now, Bandai have fully revealed their amazing MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 figure, who will be available for purchase this coming September!

     Like other figures from the line, this new Godzilla, based on this summer's blockbuster directed by Gareth Edwards, will stand about 6" tall and feature multiple points of articulation, including a poseable tail and articulated jaw!

     Again, this bad boy will be available in Asia this coming September for 6,800 Yen, but expect news on a North American release from Bluefin Distribution to drop in the near future!

     For now, check these out...

Source: ToyArk

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NECA Reveals SDCC Ahab Predator

     Finally, the moment we have been waiting for! Today, NECA has revealed their Predator exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2014 - and IT. IS. AWESOME!

     Meet Ahab, a brand new Predator from the pages of the upcoming Dark Horse Comics title Fire and Stone! Limited to 5,000 pieces worldwide, Ahab will be available at San Diego Comic Con at the NECA booth (#3145) for $30! For those who will be unable to attend this year, NECA will be offering LIMITED QUANTITIES online, both inside and outside the US. Specifics will be announced shortly before the convention begins.





     As seen in the Dark Horse Comics series Fire and Stone, beginning October 2014! In his prime, Ahab took deadly trophies from countless worlds, his scars a proud record of glorious battle. Now an elder of his tribe, he leaves small game to the next generation as he looks to his final hunt. Following a lifelong obsession, Ahab searches for a creature more formidable than any Predator has ever faced before.

     The 7″ scale figure features over 25 points of articulation and comes with removable backpack, removable mask, and spear staff accessory.




     Another beautiful addition to any Predator collection, fans can expect the same loving attention to detail and overall awesomeness that NECA has put into each of its immensely popular Predator figures! Be sure to get your hands on one, Ahab is sure to be a HOT item at this year's San Diego Comic Con!

Source: NECA

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Charlie Cox Cast as Daredevil

     This past weekend, we reported a rumor that stated Boardwalk Empire star Charlie Cox was the frontrunner to take up the role of Matt Murdock in the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series coming in 2015. Well, it looks as though those rumors were indeed true as Marvel has announced Charlie will indeed be taking up the role of the title superhero in the 2015 series...



From Marvel:

     Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined "Marvel's Daredevil," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in "Boardwalk Empire" and "Stardust," Cox will play Matt Murdock, the lead role in this all-new Marvel Television series. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

     Marvel's first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus," "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Angel") and Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods," "Lost," "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," in addition to writing the first two episodes of "Marvel's Daredevil), along with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Smallville," "Heroes").

"Marvel's Daredevil" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.

For more information on "Marvel's Daredevil," and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.




Sounds good to us, what do you guys think?

Source: Marvel

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Review: Godzilla




 

It has been 60-years since Godzilla first rose from the Pacific to terrorize the populace of Tokyo. During the six decades that have passed since his debut in 1954's King of the Monsters, he has been re-invented and re-imagined countless times over. Some versions, like the one seen in Kazuki Omori's 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante, have been great! Others, like Roland Emmerich's attempted 1998 Tri-Star reboot, not so much. Still, the Big G lives on, becoming a pop culture icon, not only overseas in his home country of Japan, but the world over.

Now, Gareth Edwards, who rose to fame with his 2010 Indie flick Monsters, is the latest director to take the King of the Monsters back to the big screen in this summer's Godzilla. With visions of Roland Emmerich's film oh so freshly implanted in our heads even 16 years after release, we couldn't help but wonder – does Edwards give Godzilla his due, or is this film something only Matthew Broderick could love? Is the Big G still fresh and relevant to modern-day film goers, or starting to show his age after six decades of terrorizing Tokyo?

Let's take a Look...



The year is 1999. The Place: Janjira, Japan. Seismic activity is reaching unstable levels, resulting in nuclear plant supervisor Joe Brody (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) being called in to monitor the effects of the tremors on the Janjira Nuclear Plant. An explosion rips through the core, killing Sandra and destroying the plant. 

Fifteen years elapse and Joe is convinced it wasn’t a natural disaster that killed his wife, but something else entirely. Determined to uncover the truth, Joe sneaks back within the confines of their old neighbourhood, since abandoned and quarantined, in an effort to obtain research material from his former home. Brody is promptly arrested for setting foot within the quarantined area, along with his son, Ford Brody (Kick-Ass’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and soon discovers the truth behind this Quarantine Zone – a giant, parasitic beast, later referred to in the film as a M.U.T.O., or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism.

Without giving too much more away to those who have yet to see this film, the creature escapes and begins a tirade that results in Godzilla once again rising from the depths to set matters right. While it may seem like a predictable plot for a film such as this, director Gareth Edwards, who’s take on the classic Kaiju is his debut Hollywood film, does so much right by Godzilla that it is almost possible to forget the Tri-Star travesty of 1998 – almost.




Akin to other great monster/action movies of the past, such as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Ridley Scott’s Alien, Edwards masterfully draws out the suspense of the film with only occasional glimpses and hints of the creatures within. However, like those classic films mentioned above, it is all worthwhile when Godzilla and his foes are finally revealed in all their full, digital glory!

This tactic may seem somewhat dated, but allows Godzilla to maintain a fair amount of momentum without overly stimulating the audience, like last year’s Pacific Rim. Don’t get us wrong, that too was a great film, but unlike Godzilla, it over-indulged the audience a bit too much, leaving little room for any real surprises come the film’s finale. Some have, admittedly, called Godzilla long-winded and drawn out when it comes to the overall flow of the story, however, we have to admit, it was done in an entertaining manner that made the finale of the film that much more exciting and, again, worth the wait.



The acting on the part of the cast was not half bad either. Granted, no one really goes to films like Godzilla because they want to see some Oscar-worthy acting, we just want to see stuff get smashed and monsters kick the crap out of one another. Still, the cast does put on a believable performance. Edwards has, no doubt, followed in the footsteps of the 1954 original, and focused quite a bit on the characters within the film. During the 2-hr. 3-min. runtime, there is plenty of human interest throughout. You actually find yourself concerned, or routing for those caught within the path of the massive monsters, regardless of the fact that they are the sole reason you’ll stand in line and buy a ticket to see this one. 

Bryan Cranston, whose role as Joe Brody, is his first since Breaking Bad finished up, and Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins) give the most memorable human-based performances in the film, bringing the same intensity and realism that movie-goers have seen from this pair over the years. The rest of the cast does an admirable job in their respective roles as well, but it’s Cranston and Watanabe that truly stand above the rest and make you believe the fictitious tale of radioactive monsters running amuck could actually be happening somewhere across the planet right now.    


To sum things up, after what happened in 1998, it is a wonder Toho agreed to let Hollywood take another stab at their classic Kaiju. But, they were right in doing so. By combining a masterfully suspenseful film with solid acting, a believable plot and plenty of human interest, Gareth Edwards has proven that a creature like Godzilla is still relevant in our age of modern cinema – even sixty years later! In fact, the film has done so well that, two days after its release, Thomas Tull of Legendary informed the world that a Godzilla sequel was moving forward. Not long after that, it was reported that the studio is actually planning a trilogy of films around the King of the Monsters, so, if that isn’t cause enough to see this film, we don’t know what is.

Yes, while Godzilla 1998 was a testament to what happens when an iconic brand lands in the hands of the wrong director, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla proves it doesn’t all have to be that bad! 16 years later and North America has proven we love our Kaiju too! Check this one out, you won’t be sorry! And chances are you just might forget that Roland Emmerich film once and for all!

Maybe...

60 Years Later and Gareth Edwards has shown us Godzilla is still the King of the Monsters!

 

Colin Trevorrow Confirms Jurassic World Spoilers

  
     It was during the Victoria Day long weekend that a source informed JoBlo.com of several plot points surrounding Colin Trevorrow's upcoming Jurassic World. Revolving around everything from a functioning park, to a new, hybrid dinosaur, and everything in between, some of these rumors had the fandom somewhat concerned, even though these plot points were only being considered mere rumors - until now!

     That's right. Director Colin Trevorrow recently sat down with Slash Film to discuss these rumored plot points once and for all. So, Hold on to Your Butts...

From Slash Film:

    
Will there be crossbred dinosaurs or new species created for the movie?

We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.

I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence.

What are the relationships between the main characters and the dinosaurs? Are there “good guy” and “bad guy” dinosaurs in the movie?

There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species. We hunt them, we cage them in zoos, we admire them from afar and we try to assert control over them. Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance.

     So, there you have it, Infinite Earths fans, the rumors are true and can finally be put to rest. Granted, we know there are many fans out there who aren't too crazy about the direction this new film is taking, but remember what the saying has been within the online Jurassic Park communities over the past year - In Trevorrow We Trust! Don't know about the rest of you, but being the huge Jurassic Park fans we are, we will be giving Jurassic World a chance because, in all honesty, this sounds awesome! It has been 13 years since the last Jurassic Park film hit the big screen, 14 by the time Jurassic World hits next June, so we're just grateful to be getting a new movie after all these years! 
 
    And who knows? It could end up being totally awesome in the end!
 
     In Trevorrow We Trust!
 
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sponsor News - The Toy Trove

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Hey, Infinite Earths fans! Take a Look at what our friends at The Toy Trove can help you add to your collection today!!
 
Godzilla 2014 12" Figure - From NECA comes this awesome 6" Godzilla figure based on the mega blockbuster film from Gareth Edwards! Features beautiful sculpting, attention to detail and loads of articulation! A Must Own for any Goji fan! Pre-Order Now! ETA is May 2014.
 
  
Godzilla 2014 24" Figure - Now you can bring home the King of the Monsters in all his glory thanks to NECA and this amazing 24" long figure! Sure to be the centerpiece in any Godzilla display, this is a Must Own for fans of Gareth Edwards' summer blockbuster! Pre-Order Now! ETA is May 2014.


Power Rangers Legacy Dragonzord - Sporting tonnes of detail, including diecast parts, this amazing figure can be combined with the Mighty Morphin Legendary Nippon Edition Dragonzord! The perfect way to celebrate 20 Years of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Pre-Order Today! ETA is June 2014.
 
 
Power Rangers Legacy Dragon Dagger Prop - An Amazing die-cast metal prop replica of the Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger. Features lights and sounds from the original series and is the perfect way to celebrate 20 Years of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Pre-Order Today! ETA is June 2014.
 
 
Greg Capullo Designer Series Batman - Based off his look in Court of the Owls, this 7" Batman figure is based off the artwork of Greg Capullo, features plenty of updated articulation and three additional batarang accessories! Comes encased in beautiful window-box style packaging! Pre-Order Now! ETA is June 2014.
 
 
 Greg Capullo Designer Series Riddler- Based off his look Batman: Zero Year this new Batman villain stands 7" tall, features plenty of articulation, his trademark cane and is based off the artwork of Greg Capullo! Pre-Order Now! ETA is June 2014.


Greg Capullo Designer Series Red Hood - Based off his appearance in Batman: Zero Year, this 7" Batman villain features plenty of articulation, an interchangeable head and character specific accessories! Based off the artwork of Greg Capullo! Pre-Order Now! ETA is October 2014.


Greg Capullo Designer Series Catwoman - Based off the artwork of Greg Capullo, this figure stands 7" tall, features plenty of detail and articulation and her trademark whip! The perfect addition to any Rogues Gallery display! Pre-Order Now! ETA is October 2014.


Greg Capullo Designer Series Mr. Freeze - One cool Rogue! Based off the artwork of Greg Capullo, this figure comes complete with his freeze cannon and stands 7" tall! Sure to be the coolest addition to any Batman collection! Pre-Order Now! ETA is October 2014.


Greg Capullo Designer Series Thrasher Armor Batman - Based off Batman: Zero Year, this figure depicts a young Bruce Wayne within his Thrasher Armor! No Rogue will stand in your way now! Features plenty of detail and articulation! Pre-Order Now! ETA is October 2014.

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