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    I don't talk about my love of wrestling often on GeekTyrant, but when I do, it's because Wrestlemania is just around the corner. This Sunday fans will pack into Orlando to see all their favorite wrestlers clash in a five hour event that always manages to make the past year of dedication and occasionally bad story lines pay off. If you're someone who's stepped away from wrestling for awhile, I can't express enough that now is the time to get back in as the roster is as diverse and full of likable guys as ever.

    One of those guys is "The King Of Strong Style" NXT (basically WWE minor league) Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura was/is John Cena levels of famous in Japan, and his short time in WWE has shown he could do the same in the States. Most of this is due to his style of wrestling and the fact that he has an incredibly badass theme. That theme gets even more badass when someone does a metal cover of it! Check it out below and if you've never seen Shinsuke in action, you gotta see his entrance video from a year back because it's a thing of beauty. Anyone watching Wrestlemania this weekend? Do we even have wrestling fans on GeekTyrant?

    Get Hype For WRESTLEMANIA With This Awesome Metal Version Of Shinsuke Nakamura's ThemeGet Hype For WRESTLEMANIA With This Awesome Metal Version Of Shinsuke Nakamura's Theme

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    Australia just had a Sharknado. Gizmodo tells us the state of Queensland was recently hit by cyclone Debbie, and in the midst of all the cleanup and chaos, a shark (pictured above) was found in a puddle in the city of Ayr. The bull shark was about 5 feet long and found dead before anyone could attempt to help it. It is unknown if the shark killed anyone in an epic way as it swirled along in the cyclone. 

    Australia Just Had A SharknadoAustralia Just Had A Sharknado

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    During the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon we got to see some incredible new footage from director Christopher Nolan's upcoming World War II film Dunkirk. This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and I'm excited to share with you a video of Drew and I talking about what we saw! Check it out above! 

    The movie was inspired by Operation Dynamo, which was a 1940 mission that freed over 340,000 British and Allied troops who were trapped and surrounded by the Nazis in the French city of Dunkirk. It was one of the largest organized retreats in modern military history. That would have been one hell of a scary situation to be in.

    The film has an incredible cast that includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, James D'Arcy, and Harry Styles

    Dunkirk is set to open in theaters on July 21, 2017.

    Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017

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    It's safe to say that if you're reading GeekTyrant, there's an incredibly high probability that you know the Star Wars movies backwards and forwards. Many of you have studied them in depth, but how often have you stopped to consider the colors used in these films? This one minute video, entitled Star Wars in Color, dips into the palette that George Lucas and other filmmakers have used over the course of the franchise.

    Via: LaughingSquid

    Tour the Color Palette of the Entire STAR WARS Universe in One Minute VideoTour the Color Palette of the Entire STAR WARS Universe in One Minute Video

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    20th Century Fox has released the new trailer for director Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes! This movie is looking incredibly complex based on what we see in the trailer. Caesar and his fellow apes are doing all they can to protect themselves against Woody Harrelson's "Colonel" and his army of humans. Far from being black and white, it would appear that Caesar has taken in a human girl and a gorilla has joined up with the human militia, blurring the lines of ape versus man. I love the dark tone and direction that Reeves is going in. War is looking to be another amazing chapter in the new Planet of the Ape franchise. 

    Here's a brief synopsis:

    In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

    Let us know what you think of it. The film comes out on July 14th.

    Awesomely Thrilling New Trailer for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APESAwesomely Thrilling New Trailer for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

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    We've already seen a trailer for Charlize Theron's new action film Atomic Blonde, but we got to see some additional footage from it at CinemaCon, and you can watch us talk about that footage and what we think of the film in the reaction video above.

    Atomic Blonde offers a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
    The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

    The movie also stars John GoodmanTil Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond, The Mummy), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger).

    Atomic Blonde hits the big screen July 28th.

    ATOMIC BLONDE - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017ATOMIC BLONDE - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017

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    This 13 year old kid gets the shock of his life when he realizes he's selling candy to none other than Bart Simpson! In his defense, I would have no idea what Nancy Cartwright looks like in person so I probably would've been just as caught off guard when some middle aged woman struts up to me and starts saying "Aye Carumba"...who wouldn't? His reaction when it clicks though is amazing and really makes me smile as a fan of The Simpsons. Good to see younger kids still appreciate the classics!

    Watch: Bart Simpson Voice Actress Blows 13 Year Old Kid's MindWatch: Bart Simpson Voice Actress Blows 13 Year Old Kid's Mind

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    I was more than a little excited to see Ghost in the Shell. I absolutely loved the original 1995 Japanese animated film that was based on the Manga by the same name and saw a lot of potential in a live-action remake. There is some pretty incredible stuff being done with special effects these days, so I was stoked to see just what they were going to do with it. If you’ve seen the original, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m not usually a fan of live-action remakes, but my hopes were high for this one.

    Scarlett Johansson plays Major, the first ever cyborg implanted with a human brain. She works on a special task-force called Section 9, fighting terrorists and other really bad guys. When higher-ups from Hanka Robotics (the company responsible for Major’s existence) begin to die, Major tries desperately to find the hacker responsible for the murders.

    Pilou Asbæk is a perfect — and I mean perfect — live-action replica of Batou. He looks exactly like the animated character, and if you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll notice that there’s a slight difference in the way he looks in a couple different shots. Although this is explained in a plot point that is different from the original movie, it didn’t bother me at all.

    A lot of people complained about the casting of Johansson in this role, but I thought she did a fantastic job as Major. She looks so much like the animated character with big, expressive eyes that perfectly portray the conflict between humanity and technology. This is also one of the first times I’ve seen her in a movie where they didn’t oversexualize her character, something that would have been very easy to do, but irrelevant to the storyline.

    That brings me to my first negative point. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll notice a glaringly obvious fake nude bodysuit. With such impeccable special effects, Major’s body looks like a silicone onesie. They made very little effort to make it look like real human skin, which didn’t make sense at all. I understand how distracting a realistic nude suit would be, but it couldn’t be more distracting than being able to see where the suit ends at Johansson’s neck and fingertips.

    Ghost in the Shell is the most visually stunning film I’ve seen to date, and I don’t say that lightly. I’m a huge cinematography nerd, and for me, this film was as good as it gets. The action sequences were captivating, and they copied a lot of the visuals from the original film, which couldn’t have been easy, so major props to them.

    What didn’t make this film a perfect ten for me was how much they babied the audience. There’s an intro at the beginning that explains that it’s the future, and that human/cyborg hybrids exist. Because you couldn’t figure that out on your own, apparently. Then, within the first five minutes, they use the title of the movie, albeit broken up. But come on. This isn’t Zootopia. We’re all adults here, you don’t need to explain the title of the movie right off the bat. They use the words “ghost” and “shell” enough later on that I’m pretty sure anyone who had any questions about what the title means could figure it out by the end.


    But perhaps the biggest problem I had with this films was how much it deviated from the original storyline. So much so that they completely obliterated one of the main themes of the original. For me, one of the most incredible parts of the original Ghost in the Shell was how existential it was. Concepts like the definition of life and death, birth and family, and the evolution of humanity really made Ghost in the Shell a work of art. All those ideas are sort of touched on in this remake, but the main theme is changed to make it more relevant to a larger audience.

    And I totally get why. Obviously a huge action blockbuster isn’t going earn gobs of money asking people about the meaning of life. At leas,t not in the spiritual, existential way that the original did with drawn-out sequences and sparse dialogue. In order to make this film more marketable to the broader part of Western society, they had to tone things down quite a bit. 

    I actually liked how much they addressed the issues of technology, privacy, and individuality in the modern world. Although these ideas are pretty overused in sci-fi movies, I think they’re all the more relevant in this day and age.

    I get why they did it, and I honestly didn’t mind it, until the end. Which I’m not going to spoil for you.

    Die-hard fans of the original film and comics are probably going to appreciate the visuals of this film, but there are some serious changes to the plot that are going to be major hang-ups. If you don’t know a thing about the originals, you’re probably going to love this movie. I was really torn, because I absolutely loved the animated film and its message, but I really appreciated what they did with this remake.

    Review: GHOST IN THE SHELL Is a Visual MasterpieceReview: GHOST IN THE SHELL Is a Visual Masterpiece

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    Earlier this week, Warner Bros. screened the first trailer for the highly anticipated film The Dark Tower at CinemaCon, and it definitely got me even more pumped up for the movie. We posted a reaction video talking about what we saw, and there was something I thought I saw in the footage from the film, but it happened so fast I wasn't sure if I saw what I thought I saw. 

    Then I started talking to other people, who confirmed that what I saw was actually there, and it made me happy to learn that I wasn't just seeing things. There is a little Easter egg in the footage that connected The Dark Tower to Stephen King's The Shining.

    In the trailer for the film, we see the young character Jake talking to a psychiatrist. We see a few shots from the office as they are talking and one of those shots include a framed photo of The Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of The Shining. If you're a fan of King's work then this little thing is definitely a geek out moment. I'm sure you'll get to see it when the trailer is eventually released. I can't wait to see what other Stephen King universe Easter eggs that they throw into the movie.

    I know that The Dark Tower series contains nods to many of King's other stories, and it's pretty cool to see that they are going to include some of those nods in The Dark Tower movie. 

    The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

    The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and has a supporting cast that includes Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana; Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg; and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

    The Dark Tower hits theaters this summer on July 28. To catch up on all of our Dark Tower news, click here.

    THE DARK TOWER Footage Recently Screened Had a Connection to THE SHININGTHE DARK TOWER Footage Recently Screened Had a Connection to THE SHINING

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    By now, you're all aware of the controversy surrounding Paramount's Ghost in the Shell movie. It's a Hollywood adaptation of a beloved manga and anime, and the source material had a Japanese woman as its protagonist. But Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role for the adaptation, which has left a sour taste in a lot of people's mouths. It's the latest instance of Hollywood failing to provide representation for Asian actors in leading roles on screen, and this short film from Chewy May and Jes Tom (via /Film) nicely shows the kinds of mental effects decisions like this can have on people who are vastly underrepresented in our modern media landscape.

    Look, Paramount clearly ran the numbers on this and thought they'd get better box office returns with Johansson playing the Major instead of an Asian actress, but all it takes is one studio having the balls to actually put an Asian woman in the lead of a movie like this for one to succeed and be the example that Hollywood turns to in order to prove that it makes financial sense. Paramount wasn't willing to go out on a limb this time, but hopefully another studio will soon.

    GHOST IN THE SHELL Short Film Succinctly Explains Why Whitewashing Matters in Hollywood MoviesGHOST IN THE SHELL Short Film Succinctly Explains Why Whitewashing Matters in Hollywood Movies

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    Captain Cold and Scarecrow both get their on-screen debut in the latest trailer for Injustice 2, and they fit in pretty well! I'm super disappointed Wentworth Miller isn't voicing Captain more on GameTyrant


    Captain Cold and Scarecrow Look Badass in Latest INJUSTICE 2 TrailerCaptain Cold and Scarecrow Look Badass in Latest INJUSTICE 2 Trailer

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    I've been curious to see what director Kenneth Branagh is doing with his film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1935 novel Murder on the Orient Express. With a star-studded cast that includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh GadHamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., Willem Dafoe, and Branagh, you know you're going to get something great. Well, 20th Century Fox showed off a bit of footage from the film at CinemaCon yesterday and I liked what I saw! We talk about the footage we saw in the reaction video above.

    The story revolves around the murder of an American on board the famous train and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh), who is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.

    Fox will be releasing the remake on November 22, 2017.

    MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Footage Reaction Video - CinemaCon 2017

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    Art of the Film has released a nice little video montage featuring some of the best sound effects in Christopher Nolan's storied filmography. I'd like to think everyone appreciates little moments like these in context of the films as we're watching them, but sometimes it takes a video like this to really get people to home in on this particular aspect of someone's filmmaking and realize how important sound design is to the overall feel of a movie.

    Watch: Sound in Christopher Nolan FilmsWatch: Sound in Christopher Nolan Films

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    Channing Tatum will be voicing our nation's first President, George Washington, in an animated film featuring a revisionist history of America. Deadline tells us Netflix will be pushing its first animated motion picture titled, America: The Motion Picture. The film is being produced by Tatum as well as the duo behind Archer. Dave Callaham, who wrote the first two Expendables movies, wrote the script, and Matt Thompson will be directing. 

    I think I'm sold on what little info we know so far, how about you? Everything from the Archer team from Frisky Dingo to SeaLab 2021 has been gold, so I can't expect anything different from this. 

    Channing Tatum Will Voice George Washington in an R-Rated Animated Film About AmericaChanning Tatum Will Voice George Washington in an R-Rated Animated Film About America

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    Adult Swim has flipped the switch on two new animated shows that will both be premiering in 2017, and they sound pretty awesome. With veterans from Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken, the Cartoon Network programming block looks to continue their reign of ratings over late night millennials. Here's what they have on deck. 

    First up is Apollo Gauntlet which hails from Myles Langlois, an independent Canadian animator looking to bring 80s cartoons and new age comedy to a marriage. Apollo Gauntlet will be a 15 minute animation series in which an ordinary cop is transported to a futuristic medieval world. Obviously, this show gives off some He-Man vibes, which gets me excited enough as it is. 

    Next, we have Hot Streets which hails from a writer for Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken's Brian Wysol. The show features an FBI agent and his dog, niece, partner, and supernatural phenomena. This series has many of the Robot Chicken and Rick And Morty team on board as executive producers so I'm excited to see how it turns out. 

    We'll keep you updated when more information on both shows drop. Until then, keep it here!

    Adult Swim Greenlights Two New Animated Series From Teams Behind ROBOT CHICKEN And RICK AND MORTYAdult Swim Greenlights Two New Animated Series From Teams Behind ROBOT CHICKEN And RICK AND MORTY

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    I've got a fun piece of casting news regarding CBS's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series today. The Office's Rainn Wilson will be taking on the role of conman and intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd.

    If you're familiar with the Star Trek franchise then you know that Harry Mudd isn't a new character. The character's full name is Harcourt Fenton Mudd and he was originally played by Roger C. Carmel

    Mudd appeared in one episode of the 1960s series and also showed up in an episode of the 1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series. Rainn will fit this character perfectly. He's described as follows:

    Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd was a male Human civilian in the 23rd century. He was a notorious con artist encountered several times by the crew of the USS Enterprise. Essentially more of a lovable rogue than a true villain, he lived by his wits on the other side of the law.

    The new series also stars the previously announced cast that includes Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer; Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer; Michelle Yeoh as Starfleet Captain Georgiou; James Frain as Spock's father; and Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, who is the Captain of the Starship Discovery.

    Star Trek: Discovery is set on a new ship and will follow new characters who embark on new adventurous missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

    Star Trek: Discovery will take place before the original Star Trek series, and it's set to premiere in May on CBS before going to CBS All Access.

    STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts THE OFFICE's Rainn Wilson as Intergalactic Criminal Harry MuddSTAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts THE OFFICE's Rainn Wilson as Intergalactic Criminal Harry Mudd

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    Yahoo Movies UK has unveiled an alternate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story poster from artist Matt Ferguson. We've featured a ton of Matt's art here on the site over the years, and every time I see one of his pieces, I truly don't understand why studios don't hire him and his contemporaries to design the posters for every single major Hollywood film release. There just seems to be so much more thought put into a design like this than something like this.

    Alternate Poster for ROGUE ONE Designed by Artist Matt FergusonAlternate Poster for ROGUE ONE Designed by Artist Matt Ferguson

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    Queen Bey appears ready to unleash her inner lioness. Variety is reporting that Disney and Jon Favreau are both interested in casting the pop icon Beyonce as Nala for the upcoming live action adaptation of The Lion King. This would add her to the already impressive cast that adds Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. For the soundtrack's sake, having both Glover and Beyonce on board can only mean great things! I'm calling it right now, Bruno Mars is doing a song for this movie. 

    What are your thoughts on having Beyonce in the role? In terms of acting, it would be her first major film appearance since Epic

    Disney Interested in Beyonce as Nala for Live Action Version of THE LION KINGDisney Interested in Beyonce as Nala for Live Action Version of THE LION KING

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    If you keep telling yourself (like me) you need to pick up Titanfall 2, now is the weekend to jump in. RPS tells us the game is hosting a "trial Multiplayer weekend" in which more on GameTyrant


    TITANFALL 2 Hosts Free Weekend With New Content And Massive DiscountTITANFALL 2 Hosts Free Weekend With New Content And Massive Discount

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    Everyone knows the classic slap bass line from the '90s comedy Seinfeld, but what does that sound like mashed up with the haunting theme from another '90s series, Twin Peaks? It somehow works bizarrely well, thanks to the work of musician Maximilian Petrosky.

    I'm almost done watching Twin Peaks all the way through for the first time, and the music is certainly one of the most impactful elements of the entire series. It's so strange hearing these two themes mashed together, considering the shows from which they originated could not possibly be more different.

    Via: Indiewire

    This TWIN PEAKS/SEINFELD Theme Mash Up Works Surprisingly WellThis TWIN PEAKS/SEINFELD Theme Mash Up Works Surprisingly Well

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