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    It looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a very dramatic performance in the Darren Aronofsky-produced thriller Aftermath. In the film, Schwarzenegger's wife and daughter are killed on an airplane after it collides with another plane. He's absolutely devastated and is hell-bent on getting an apology from the person who was held responsible. It actually looks like a powerful and intense movie worth watching. It looks like Schwarzenegger might give a great performance. 

    Two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, AFTERMATH tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter.

    The film was directed by Elliott Lester (Nightingale) from a script written by Javier Gullón (Enemy), and it also stars Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Zegers, Scoot McNairy, and Larry Sullivan. Aftermath will be released on April 7.


    Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Hell-Bent on Getting an Apology in Trailer for Darren Aronofsky's AFTERMATHArnold Schwarzenegger Is Hell-Bent on Getting an Apology in Trailer for Darren Aronofsky's AFTERMATH

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    An unknown, but talented, independent developer has created an awesomely accurate version of Portal on the Hololens! He showed off the mechanics of picking up the companion cube with the portal gun and dropping it back on the floor, shooting the portals into the walls...read more on GameTyrant

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    That's a pretty grizzly photo for The Flash, right?! That's literally the only reason I'm sharing this photo. Well, that, and it's a part of the clip from tonight's episode! It looks like "Untouchable" will revisit some of the events from the Flashpoint timeline, which is good because I really liked that timeline! I also really like that Barry is getting into having Wally as his sidekick. The new dynamic really adds a layer to the show that was needed after Barry returned to his timeline. Check out the clip and catch the new episode tonight on The CW!


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    Welcome to the month of LOVE! And who doesn't love a weird science-fiction movie starring a monkey and the ghost of Adam West? Tune in as the NJNM crew consider the impossible with Robinson Crusoe on Mars! Listen on PodTyrant

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    With its long takes, wide shots of intensely choreographed action sequences, and proliferation of headshots, 2014's John Wick was hailed as an action movie classic the moment it was released. It was going to take a considerable effort from director Chad Stahelski to top it with a follow-up, but thankfully, John Wick: Chapter 2 is the best sequel fans could have possibly hoped for. It builds on everything that happened in the first movie, expands the franchise's fascinating mythology, and, of course, ups the ante with visceral, jaw-dropping action scenes. This movie rules.

    Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first film, also wrote the screenplay here, and with the tragic backstory of John Wick (Keanu Reeves) already established, he's free to dive straight into the action this time. The film opens with Wick retrieving his sports car from the Russian mafia, enduring more damage before the opening credits than many action heroes do during an entire movie. After calling a truce with the mafia and putting an end to the cycle of violence that began in the first film, Wick returns home to his new dog and retires, burying his guns under the cement in his basement floor. But his retirement is short-lived, because he's quickly called on to honor a blood oath he made with an Italian gangster named Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio): Wick must murder Santino's sister so the gangster can take her seat at the table of a shadowy guild of international assassins. The rules of assassins are non-negotiable, so Wick accepts and jets off to Rome to do the job. But he finds himself on the receiving end of trouble from the sister's deadly bodyguard (Common) and Santino's mute head of security (Ruby Rose). Criss-crossing the globe, Wick has to figure out how to stay one step ahead of them and quench his thirst for revenge.

    Stahelski co-directed the original with David Leitch but flies solo behind the camera this time and employs the same techniques that made the original stand out from its action film contemporaries — only he amplifies the action. Whereas there were a few cool scenes in the first movie, this one feels like it's practically non-stop action the whole time. There are some absolutely brutal fights on display here, including one that will dethrone The Dark Knight to become your new reference point for pencil-related badassery. Stahelski's choices for camera placement make a huge difference, allowing us to stay in the moment by seeing Reeves, Common, and company performing many of the stunts themselves.

    I've always been impressed by Reeves' physicality as an actor, but I'll admit that his performance was one of my least favorite aspects about the first film. I remember thinking he seemed a little flat, and his delivery was...off, somehow. But watching him here, his character finally clicked with me. I realized that flat delivery is essentially his version of wearing a mask: it's the emotionless affectation of a legend, an assassin feared by even the most hardened criminals. It's also the voice of a man who has had his entire life ripped away from him. (In other words, I don't think he would have sounded nearly as flat when he was with his wife.) With this newfound interpretation of Reeves' acting decision, I was able to key into his character and appreciate his performance much more this time around.

    One of the best things about this franchise is its mythology and the rules associated with all of the various establishments in the assassin network. John Wick: Chapter 2 takes us back to New York City's version of The Continental, the assassin hotel run by Winston (Ian McShane) which only accepts gold coins and where no "business" can be conducted, and we also visit the hotel's Rome branch (managed by none other than the legendary Italian actor Franco Nero). But the sequel also includes a trip to a personalized tailor who makes Wick a bulletproof suit, a sommelier (Peter Serafinowicz) who offers our hero a "tasting" of various weapons in a secret room, and introduces us to an underground network of spies dressed as NYC's homeless population and led by The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne, making a fun Matrix reunion with Reeves). This is a far more vast world than we'd previously known, and when a contract goes out on Wick's life, it looks like half of New York City's residents are assassins waiting to collect.

    Wick himself is pushed to his limits here, especially against Common's bodyguard character, who is quickly revealed to be Wick's equal when it comes to fighting and gunplay. In an effective piece of screenplay structuring, Wick only seems to encounter Common when Common is at full strength and Wick has just been shot or beaten to a pulp. It's a wonderful way to make the audience feel as if the hero is in real peril, and the movie truly pops when those two are squaring off against each other. The gunplay can get a bit tiresome in certain scenes (eventually, even headshots can become wearying), but for the most part, the increased pace and the relentless action works extremely well for this story.

    The script is functional, first and foremost, but it also manages to work on a deeper level as well. The film is full of mythological references, with lip service being paid to Wick "descending into hell" before he enters a climactic set piece in a labyrinthine museum exhibit. Engulfed in a beautifully colorful house of mirrors, Wick is forced to confront reflections of himself at every turn; each time he sees himself in pursuit of his prey, he must make an active decision about what kind of man he wants to be. Earlier in the film, he bursts out on stage during an outdoor rave in Rome, shooting a faceless baddie in the head and earning a loud cheer from the crowd. It seems pretty clear to me that the crowd is supposed to represent us, the audience watching this film, and the fact that they cheer and keep dancing instead of ducking for cover or running for their lives may be a critique from Kolstad and Stahelski about sating our bloodlust.

    But that's the only moment that feels as if the filmmakers are even remotely conflicted about the movie they're making, because the rest of it is full of bullets and blood and exactly the kind of things John Wick fans were hoping to see in a sequel. The ending perfectly sets up a third film (which is already in the works) while still telling a largely complete story on its own. There are a few loose ends left dangling, but if John Wick: Chapter 3 is as enjoyable as this entry, we'll be having conversations in a few years about whether this franchise is one of the best action series ever made.


    Review: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is As Close to Perfect As a JOHN WICK Sequel Can BeReview: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is As Close to Perfect As a JOHN WICK Sequel Can Be

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    Richard Hatch, the actor who played Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica series in the late 1970s and Ronald Moore's SyFy remake in the 2000s, has passed away. 

    Hatch has been battling pancreatic cancer, which ended up being his cause of death. According to Variety, he died in Santa Clarita, California, with his son Paul by his side. In a statement, his manager Michael Kaliski said:

    "I will always remember him fondly for his inspiring sense of youthful wonder, his boundless passion for creative expression, and his huge, kind heart."

    Moore also offered his thoughts on Hatch:

    :Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family."

    I've had the privilege of meeting and talking to Hatch on various occasions over the years while attending conventions. The guy always seemed to make himself available to his fans, which was always cool. 

    Hatch’s acting career all started on the soap opera All My Children in 1971. Over the years he's appeared in several projects that include, Hawaii Five-O, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, T.J. Hooker, Baywatch, and MacGyver. He also wrote five Battlestar Galactica novels. 

    Hatch seemed like a great guy and will be missed. Our hearts and prayers will be with his family and friends. 


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    Who knew Jake Gyllenhaal could sing? I had no clue, but as evidenced by this video from the actor's Facebook page, he certainly can. Gyllenhaal is gearing up to make his Broadway musical debut in a production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and when he invited True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Joji Fukunaga to his rehearsal at Manhattan's Hudson Theater, they took the opportunity to collaborate on a single-take video in front of a live orchestra. Not bad! If you're going to be in NYC soon, you can snag tickets to see the show for yourself if they aren't sold out.


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    This is super inside baseball, but bear with me for a second. The Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, California is normally adorned with giant billboards promoting the various TV shows that film on the soundstages inside its gates. I was driving past the studio the other day and noticed that all of those billboards had been mysteriously covered with black tarps. I've been driving by there for years and have never seen all of them covered at once like that. I knew something was up, but I couldn't quite figure out what — until a press release from the studio spilled the beans. Billboards for shows like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Gotham, The Big Bang Theory, and more have all been replaced with new LEGO-fied versions as part of the studio's promo campaign for The LEGO Batman Movie. And these images aren't just limited to the walls of WB itself — they're going worldwide.

    “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.” To honor the arrival of the DC Super Hero’s epic animated feature film on February 10, Warner Bros. Television’s heroes, fanboys and fangirls have undergone their own LEGO transformation which can be seen everywhere — from the Studios’ iconic exterior billboards to specially created end-cards.

    Apparently, it took 10,000 LEGO bricks to create the billboards and the practical sets took more than 300 hours to build. Take a look at all of the images below, and we'll keep our fingers crossed that a couple of these characters might actually show up in the movie:

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    THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, GOTHAM, and More Get Bricked Out to Promote THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIETHE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, GOTHAM, and More Get Bricked Out to Promote THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

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    In some of the recent information about James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we've learned a little bit more about the story and some of the new characters. One of those characters is Mantis, who is played by Pom Klementieff.

    She is introduced in the story as a companion to Kurt Russell's Ego the Living Planet, and she meets the Guardians team through him. Up until this point she's spent her whole life with Ego, and it seems like things are about to change for her when she starts hanging out with this group of misfits. 

    During a recent interview with Mashable, she talked about her character further and even teased an awkward type romance between Mantis and Drax.

    "So, she's an alien. And she's always with — at the beginning, she's spent her life with Kurt Russell's character. She was pretty lonely and then she meets the Guardians and...that's it. She has empathetic powers, so it's connected with feelings and emotions."

    She explained:

    "There's an awkwardness and a curiosity and ... how do you say? She wants to discover new things...she was really lonely and by herself, so it's a completely new thing to meet these people and to discover new things and new emotions and a new way of sharing things...I think it's like a kid, you know? You discover things and you're curious about things and you make mistakes and you say, like, weird things or you're awkward. And I think in a way it's touching when you see someone do that. You're like, Oh! OK, you're not really adapted to this society." 

    When asked to expand more on her relationship with Ego and her ties to Peter Quill, her publicist was quick to interject and prevent her from making any big reveals. However, she did say that Mantis would find some common ground with Drax:

    "They get along. They just — there is a friendship going on and they just click, you know?" 

    She was then asked if there would be a romantic connection between the character and Klementieff teased:

    "You'll see, you'll see! There is a funny moment, but I can't really tell. She's trying to connect with [Rocket Raccoon] and it doesn't really work."

    From what I've seen of Mantis is seems like she and Drax would make a great couple. It would make sense to see some kind of romantic click between them, but we'll just have to wait to find out what director James Gunn has done with them. 

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.


    Pom Klementieff Teases an Awkward Romance Between Mantis and Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2Pom Klementieff Teases an Awkward Romance Between Mantis and Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

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    "Meta Man," a dialogue-free short film from a YouTube channel called Dust, has a terrific synth-heavy score and style for days. It's a classic "robosuit-wearing vigilante hero vs. faceless evil threatening the city" story that takes clear inspiration from Transformers, RoboCop, Street Fighter, and many more. Since the story is pretty flimsy, it's actually more amusing to try to count all of its influences than attempt to figure out anything deeper than the surface-level style. Let us know what you think below.

    Via: io9


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    For the most part, Marvel Animation has given us some great animated X-Men series in the past. Two of my favorites are the classic '90s series and X-Men: Evolution, which is where the character X-23 originated. Wolverine and the X-Men was an ok series as well. Now it seems like we have a new X-Men animated series coming later this year. 

    According to Bleeding Cool, the development of the new series started when Fox and Marvel started working together on the live-action X-Men series in development including Legion and the Matt Nix-created series that was recently announced. The site goes as far to say that we will get an official announcement later this year. 

    If there is any truth to this news, the announcement will most likely happen at WonderCon or Comic-Con. There are absolutely no details on what this series will entail, but it's exciting to learn that we might be getting a new animated X-Men series. 

    If there is a new series in development, I really hope that it turns out better than the current cheap crap that Marvel Animation is pumping out. 


    A New Animated X-MEN Series Is Reportedly Coming Later This YearA New Animated X-MEN Series Is Reportedly Coming Later This Year

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    A series of amusing videos are on the official Guardians of the Galaxy Twitter page featuring several members of the heroic team showing off their dance moves. These are moves that can easily pulled off on the dance floor.

    They include Gamora doing the Cybernetic Shake, Star-Lord's Galactic Shuffle, Yondu's Ravager Rustle, Gamora's The Green Machine, Groot's Groot Scootin', and Drax's Planetary Pectoral Pump.

    Check out the videos below and I dare you to just get up and do one of these dance moves in your office or wherever you are right now! 


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    Jennifer Connelly is the latest addition to producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez's feature film adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. Connelly will be playing a villain in the film, and she joins the previously cast Rosa Salazar in the title role, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earl Haley, and Ed Skrein

    The movie is currently shooting in Texas, and the studio is really hoping that they have another big sci-fi franchise on their hands. The film is based on the manga created by Yukito Kishiro. Cameron has been preparing this property to be developed into a film for years, and finally, it's happening. 

    Set in the 26th century, Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, "an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love."

    Connelly is a great actress who will make a great villain in the film. I just really hope that Rodriguez will deliver a film worthy of the Cameron brand.  

    Source: THR


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    Josh Brolin, the actor who plays Thanos in the MCU, recently did a live Instagram video in which he said that he will be working with Benicio Del Toro on Avengers: Infinity War along with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana this week. 

    That basically confirms that The Collector will be in Avengers: Infinity War. Yesterday, it was revealed that Thanos is the main character in Infinity War, which led me to speculate that the story will follow Thanos on his journey across the galaxy to collect all of the Infinity Stones to rule the galaxy. If that is indeed the case, it makes perfect sense for The Collector to be in the film because he's in possession of one of the stones.

    The character made his big screen debut in the post-credits scene for Thor: The Lost World, and the last time we saw him his museum was left in shambles at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. There's no word on how big of a role the character will have in the movie, but once Thanos gets what he came for, I'm sure that will be the end of it. 

    With the movie currently in production, I'm sure Marvel will, at least, give us an official synopsis so that we at least know the basic plot of the film. 

    Infinity War is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and it's set to open on May 4, 2018. I also included a photo of Del Toro below when he was recently spotted in the area where Infinity War is currently shooting. 

    When in the #ATL do as #beniciodeltoro does and go hang out at a #recordstore. Actually, do that when you're in any city. #belikebenicio #criminalrecordsatl

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    Via: Heroic Hollywood


    The Collector Confirmed to Appear in AVENGERS: INFINITY WARThe Collector Confirmed to Appear in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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    Not content with Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Fast & Furious franchise is extending its reach even further beyond theaters. THR reports that a live arena show based on the mega-successful movies is going to tour the world starting in January 2018. We don't know much about it at this point, other than that "there will be lots of cars, vehicular acrobatics and set designs to accompany the mayhem," but I'm guessing it might be something like this, from the opening ceremony of Supercharged:

    We'll keep you posted when we hear more information. Hopefully I'll be able to see the tour if it comes to L.A. in 2018 and write a review for you here. Stay tuned.


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    Jack Nicholson hasn't starred in a movie since 2010's How Do You Know. He hasn't done anything really memorable since The Departed in 2006! It's good to see that he hasn't retired yet and that he's still up for making movies.

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    Nicholson is set to star alongside Kristen Wiig in an Americanized remake of a German comedy called Toni Erdmann. Adam Mckay (The Big Short, Anchorman, Ant-Man) is set to produce the film with Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and Maren Ade, the writer and director of the original film, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards this year. 

    I've never seen the film, but the story follows "a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach."

    I assume that Nicholson will play the father and Wiig will be playing his daughter in the film. This is definitely a great team-up of actors, and it'll be fun to see them in a movie together. Especially with this film, because it seems like a perfect fit for both of them. 


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    The days are winding down which means we are getting much closer to the launch of the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild! Today, Nintendo Japan added a bunch of fresh footage on the game to their website...read more on GameTyrant

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    Yesterday we got a teaser trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and it looked surprisingly good. Today, Warner Bros. released a full trailer, and it features a ton of entertaining footage showing off some great humor. This looks like it will be a blast and a worthy addition to the studio's LEGO movie franchise. 

    In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. 

    The film features the voices of Jackie Chan as Master Wu; Justin Theroux as Garmadon; Dave Franco as Lloyd; and Olivia Munn as Lloyd’s mom, Koko. The supporting cast includes Fred Armisen as Cole; Abbi Jacobson as Nya; Kumail Nanjiani as Jay; Michael Peña as Kai; and Zach Woods as Zane.

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie is the first feature film from director Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) and is set to be released on September 22.


    Full Trailer for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Shows Off a Lot of Entertaining HumorFull Trailer for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Shows Off a Lot of Entertaining Humor

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    Who knew Jake Gyllenhaal could sing? I had no clue, but as evidenced by this video from the actor's Facebook page, he certainly can. Gyllenhaal is gearing up to make his Broadway musical debut in a production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and when he invited True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Joji Fukunaga to his rehearsal at Manhattan's Hudson Theater, they took the opportunity to collaborate on a single-take video in front of a live orchestra. Not bad! If you're going to be in NYC soon, you can snag tickets to see the show for yourself if they aren't sold out.


    Jake Gyllenhaal Shows Off His Pipes in Video Directed by Cary Joji FukunagaJake Gyllenhaal Shows Off His Pipes in Video Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

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    The latest Star Wars package to come out from Humble Bundle is absolutely insane no matter what tier you get! Pretty much every Star Wars game one would label iconic is on there...read more on GameTyrant

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    The STAR WARS Humble Bundle Is a Deal You Don't Want to MissThe STAR WARS Humble Bundle Is a Deal You Don't Want to Miss

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