The film, set to be released on June 13th, has already come under fire. In an era where Hollywood is moving towards more media representation for various groups, people are voicing their concerns of, what was not planned but will most certainly be, a LGBT character in Dreamworks upcoming animated film. A seemingly small ad-lib by voice actor and comedian of character Gobber the Belch, Craig Ferguson, will inadvertently out one of the series returning characters. In a nod towards why he "never got married," Ferguson also added, "that and one other reason." Dean Deblois, writer and director for the sequel film to the 2010 hit, confirmed that the character will indeed "come out." Although this will not be the first time, a character in 2013's ParaNorman, featured a character who confirmed his sexuality with a line about another character meeting his boyfriend, it's still a step in the right direction. Some parents reacted negatively while others defended the films decision to include a character and that it in no way creates an atmosphere or pushing an agenda, rather than following in tow with the films over all message, being different is ok. Will you be seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters this June or will this news deter you from heading to the theaters? We'll have to wait and see if Dreamworks decision negatively impacts the sequel that follows an already incredible predecessor.
I would dare to say, that they're very few actresses currently who could dawn the horned head piece, make up, sorceress eyes and prosthetic cheek bones the way Angelina Jolie has in Disney's Maleficent. While she's look nearly stunning in every scene she's featured in, she's also the only reason to go. The move is a retelling, of sorts, of the original Sleeping Beauty tale, only this time, Maleficent goes on a quest derived from personal heart ache and betrayal and finds redemption in loving the daughter of her betrayer, a young girl by the name of Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. While the movie it self does have it's interesting moments, mainly courtesy of CG animated fight scenes and the fairy creatures themselves, the portrayal of Maleficent by Jolie seemed, at times, felt too easy and that's a good thing. It was a role she was born to play and she adds a mix of dynamism and character to a villain we've really only known as the evil fairy witch. The story does a good job of dispelling some old Hollywood tropes, as well as some very noticeable differences, (the "you're not wanted" scene is portrayed through a different character entirely, making it much more damaging in context) and provides a fitting much more positive for younger viewers than the original tale. All in all, Jolie sails a film that is a little hit or miss, but a good family movie with a surprising ending that sheds new light on a long time Disney icon. Maleficent is in theaters now.
Update: Anchorman Director and rumored contender for Ant-Man has allegedly turned down the role offered by Marvel. This is, in a way, not that surprising due to the fact that Adam McKay's only real relation to the film is having worked with Paul Rudd before. Even though The Other Guys, which starred Will Ferrel and Mark Whalberg, had a definite action feel to it, its certainly a stretch from anything on-par with a Super hero film. It's still unfortunate that Edgar Wright has left, considering his film making style is so innovative. More to come as this story develops.
Marvel's next big feature film has most certainly hit a snag. After the untimely and very sudden departure of Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, due to whats still being told as "creative differences," although sources have also alleged it was due to rewrites on Wrights and Joe Cornish's script, Marvel has been scrambling to find the director to replace him. Among those considered, the biggest contenders at the moment seem to be, Rawson Thurber, director of We're The Millers, Ruben Felischer, who directed Zombieland, Johnathan Levine, who directed Warm bodies, even some rumored that Iron Man 1 and 2 director, Jon Faverau would be stepping in but the name that seems to be at the front of the Kevin Feige's list of directors is none other than Adam McKay, who most recently wrote and directed Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Based on the director that have been heavily circulated, it seems like we know one thing. Marvel is looking to make a comedic super hero film. All of these directors have a background in comedy with hits within the last few years. While McKay has been reportedly "in talks," with Marvel, there has been no formal announcement or confirmation at this time. With a production start date originally of June 2nd, they certainly will need to have a director chosen in the next few days or weeks. Ant-Man is still scheduled to be released July 17, 2015.
The team over at Gamespot have put together a video detailing scenes from Ubisofts latest release, Watchdogs. Theres been a lot of discussion over which version to buy and what will give you provide you with the best graphics. Take a look and check out the side by side comparison with the Ps4, Xbox One and PC versions.
Reports have surfaced that marvel may have found the actor to portray on of the most iconic villains for the 3rd Avengers film. Thanos, who's first theatrical appearance was teased in the end credit sequence will not only be the main villain of the 3rd Avengers film, but will apparently appear in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, set to be released August 1st, later this year. (Spoilers ahead) The mad titan is rumored to be voiced by none other than academy award nominated actor, Josh Brolin, of True Grit and No Country for Old Men fame. While the Thanos appearance is surprising, this does make sense chronologically. Gamora, the green assassin played by Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy, is Thanos's adopted daughter, along side Karen Gillan's Nebula, whom he also adopted. The end credit scene for Thor: The Dark World also showed Benecio Del Toro's character, known as the "collector," having had the evil "aether" handed over to him by Thor's comrades, Lady Sif and Volstagg. This marks the second infinity stone, of five, that we've seen so far. The first being the Tessaract that Loki used in the first Avengers film. Del Toro will be reprising this role, which will no doubt lead to Thanos's acquisition of the infinity gauntlet, most likely by the 3rd Avengers film. Thanos just might play a larger role in Guardians of the Galaxy than we originally were lead to believe, especially considering the fact that he wasn't mentioned or teased until now. More on this to come and look forward to Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Wii U has not had the best time since it's release and Nintendo is counting on its newest addition to one of it's most popular franchises to move some units with today's release of Mario Kart 8. The game, that boast stellar graphics, upside down tracks, and motorcycles, even has it own bundle in stores. The latest games reviews are all positive, gameinformer gave it a 9.25/10 and eurogamer gave it a 10/10, it currently has a metacritic score of 89/100. IGN has even posted a video of the best shortcuts for the racing title as well. With retailers offering the bundle for a cheap 330$, it's hard not to run out and get this bundle with a great game so if you've been waiting to pick up a Wii U, now's the time to do it! Mario Kart 8 is in stores now!
The old and the new flash will collide in the new CW series in the up coming Flash series debuting on CW. John Wesley Shipp, who previously played the role of Barry Allen in short lived Flash series that played on CBS from 1990 to 1991, will now be playing Herny Allen, father to the new Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin this time around. While it was hinted in the extended trailer, that was premiered after CW confirmed The Flash series, Henry Allen is certainly one of the more interesting characters who's false conviction serves as the catalyst for his son's pursuit of justice. You can watch the nostalgic trailer for the original series here.
After the end credit sequence in X Men: Days of Future Past, the internet was sent into a fury. In what was known as the confirmed sequel, few were expecting that we would get to see the face behind the first mutant man kind has ever seen, En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse. The depicts a young man channeling his powers to build the great pyramids while a group of worshipers chant his name. While actor Logan Lerman, star of Percy Jackson, was who was largely speculated to be shown at the end of the film, it was actually a young and relatively unknown actor from Montreal, picture next to Bryan Singer above. MTV broke the story of 18 year old Brendan Pedder and as of now, it is unclear if he will reprise the role of a young apocalypse or if he is going to be featured in just the end credit teaser scene for the 2016 sequel, X Men: Age of Apocalypse.
After months of teasing new hardware for the Wii U, Nintendo will be releasing a Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U around the time of the release of the Super Smash Bros Wii U. You may also notice the Super Smash Bros logo on the face of the controller. Personally speaking, I have always thought that the gamecube had one of the most comfortable controllers across all consoles. The news was introduced along with the Super Smash Bros invitational video on youtube backed with some cheesy 1970's disco music. Will you be picking up one of these adapters? More on the release date when it comes during E3.
Eva Greene's came under some fire today when her poster for the upcoming Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, was revealed and deemed too explicit by the MPAA. While there have certainly been worse and more explicit in nature, film posters, this one seemed to push the envelop just a little too far. For those who want to see the poster everyone is reacting to, click here.