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    According to Deadline, Will Smith is currently in talks with Disney to take on the role of the Genie in their live-action adaptation of Aladdin. This role was made famous by the late Robin Williams. Smith has some huge shoes to fill! The Genie is one of Williams' best movie roles. He owned it, and it isn't going to be an easy act to follow. Does Smith even have that kind of energy!? 

    I love Will Smith, but it's kinda hard to imagine him in this role. If he ends up taking the gig, it will be interesting to see what he does with it. I'm sure he'll do something great and bring something unique to the character. 

    Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) is directing the film and is in the process of developing it with screenwriter John August (Big Fish). I'm a fan of all the films that Ritchie has made, and I think he's going to do something great with Aladdin. If he thinks Smith is the guy that can help him realize his vision for the Genie and the story, so be it. 

    Disney is hot off their success of Beauty and the Beast and they are looking to roll forward with Aladdin so they can cash in. Smith was previously up for the lead role in Tim Burton's upcoming Dumbo movie. Maybe he took himself out of the running for that because he was more interested in Aladdin. 

    You all know the story of Aladdin, and I don't imagine the story for the new live-action film will be much different than the one we saw in the classic 1992 animated movie. What do you all think about the possibility of Will Smith playing the Genie in Aladdin?


    Will Smith is in Talks to Play The Genie in Disney's Live-Action ALADDIN FilmWill Smith is in Talks to Play The Genie in Disney's Live-Action ALADDIN Film

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    I still haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's Split, and even though I know there's some sort of crazy ending, I haven't been spoiled as to what it is. I wasn't able to see the film during its theatrical run, but it's at the top of my Netflix DVD queue (yep, I'm one of the few people who still uses that service) so I'm avoiding spoilers like crazy. That means I'm bookmarking my own article and will come back and watch this new Honest Trailer for the movie after I eventually see it.

    But we know you're just here to watch the video, so go ahead and check it out below:


    M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT Gets an Honest TrailerM. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT Gets an Honest Trailer

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    Judging from the little bit that we've seen and heard of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it's hard to tell what this older version of the character will be like. We know the character has changed over the years, and one thing is for sure, this isn't the same Luke Skywalker that we last saw in Return of the Jedi

    We really have no idea what he's gone through over the past 30 years, but it doesn't seem like it's been a good experience. He's not very optimistic about life and the future, especially when he says something like "it's time for the Jedi to end."

    In a recent interview with MTV, Daisy Ridley explains that Luke doesn't meet Rey's expectations, saying:

    "There were all these expectations on Luke right from the beginning — this is your calling, this is what you have to do, you have to train. And then clearly something's taken him away. In a way, they're both similar, but she's very much looking up to him to be this thing that she thinks he is, and a long time's passed."

    It sounds to me like maybe Luke has lost his faith and purpose and those things have to be reignited in him again. He clearly doesn't live up to the legends and stories that Rey heard about him when she was growing up. It's basically one of those experiences where a person meets their hero for the first time, and they turn out to be a major disappointment. 

    We have no idea what Luke's story arc will be in the film, but we know it's going to be big! I can't wait to see what director Rian Johnson has created for us!


    Daisy Ridley Explains that Luke Skywalker Doesn't Meet Rey's Expectations in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDIDaisy Ridley Explains that Luke Skywalker Doesn't Meet Rey's Expectations in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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    Have you ever wished you could live on a real Star Wars starship? Just chill out in the back playing chess with a Wookiee and then landing on some distant planet? Well, you can't. But, Disney has been conducting surveys recently asking people if they would be interested in an interactive experience similar to that, having a hotel with rooms designed like starships and interactive experiences throughout the hotel. 

    The concept is not in production but is something that Disney is possibly toying with. It would be tied in with the Star Wars-themed land that Disney is developing and in the hotel, there would be a cantina with possible droid bartenders, and swimming pools and other amenities including breakfast lunch and dinner buffets. You would also have an interactive experience building up a reputation in the hotel as well as throughout the park. Disney has already talked about doing something like this in the park but if the hotel also connected with the idea that would be cool. 

    I love the idea of an immersive storytelling sort of thing like this. It's fun to just escape sometimes. The price, however, is something else altogether. The proposed price would be around 800 to 1000 dollars. I love the idea of a starship just as much as anyone, but for that much, I almost think I could build one of my own. It will be interesting to see if Disney decides to continue with the idea or if it will end up turning into something else altogether. Only time will tell.

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    Disney Might Build a Interactive STAR WARS-Themed Starship HotelDisney Might Build a Interactive STAR WARS-Themed Starship Hotel

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    Marvel and Freeform has released the first trailer for their new teen drama series Cloak & Dagger and I really like what I'm seeing. I don't really watch any shows on Freeform so I wasn't really sure what to expect when the series when it was first announced, but this trailer sold me on it! It looks like the kind of show that I'd enjoy watching. 

    The series is a coming-of-age drama that focuses on the characters Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), "the eponymous Cloak and Dagger, as they learn to use their newly-acquired superpowers while also falling in love with each other. Cloak is capable of teleportation through the “dimension of darkness” but can also leave foes stranded in the other world as well. Dagger has the ability to create light daggers with her mind, which she can control as well. Her daggers are capable of both draining life from their targets, or healing them."

    Joe Pokaski (Underground, Heroes) is the showrunner and executive producer on the series, and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Marvel’s Iron Fist), Marvel’s Head of Television is also producing the series. Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) directed the first episode.

    The series also stars Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, Blue Bloods), Gloria Reuben (ER, Mr. Robot), Miles Mussenden (Bloodline, Queen Sugar), Carl Lundstedt (Grey’s Anatomy, Conviction), James Saito (Life of Pi, The Devil’s Advocate), and J.D. Evermore (True Detective, The Walking Dead).

    The first season of Cloak & Dagger will consist of 10 one-hour episodes and the are slated to debut early 2018.


    First Trailer Debuts For Marvel's CLOAK & DAGGER Series and It Looks Great!First Trailer Debuts For Marvel's CLOAK & DAGGER Series and It Looks Great!

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    This week on Why Am I Laughing, Ben and RJ pay homage to the late, great, comedy legend; Mr. Don Rickles. As sad as it is to see one of the greats go, it's important to remember all the laughs he left us with. So brush up on your ethnic slurs, head to Las Vegas, and try not to take anything too personally; this podcast isn't pulling its punches...Listen on PodTyrant

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    Without spoiling anything, my favorite scene in The Fate of the Furious includes a crazy action sequence involving Jason Statham on an airplane. If you've seen the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and that scene could have ended in an even crazier way!

    Writer Chris Morgan revealed an alternate ending to that scene in an interview with /Film and it would have been a fantastic conclusion! The following quote does contain some spoiler details but nothing too crazy or revealing. I just wanted to throw out a warning to avoid any death threats:

    Here's how the alternate ending would have played out:

    "Yes, so here was an early version we had, and ultimately we decided not to go with it, but to show you're on the right track. So Deckard Shaw arrives on the plane the exact same way, but he has a pack with him and we don't know what it is. And he gets the baby and fights his way out, and the end of that sequence is, he opens the duffel bag he's been carrying, and there's a baby seat in it. A car seat. And in the back of the plane is Dom's car that you see him load up into the plane earlier in the film. So he straps that kid in, gets in, and rolls it out the back, and they do the car going out like we did in Furious 7, but he's got the baby in it, and the baby is laughing the whole way. So that was something we considered. We had a version of that at one point."

    I love it, but I understand why they didn't use it. They didn't want to repeat the same kind of stunt that's already been done. Regardless, it still would have been fun to watch! What do you think of the alternate ending?

    You can check out a clip from Statham's baby rescue below:


    Jason Statham's Greatest Action Scene in FATE OF THE FURIOUS Almost Has a Different EndingJason Statham's Greatest Action Scene in FATE OF THE FURIOUS Almost Has a Different Ending

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    Denis Villeneuve's Arrival was my favorite film of 2016. It's a beautiful, intelligent, emotionally moving story that's wonderfully told, and it may have had the best script of any movie last year.

    The latest episode of Earthling Cinema explores the movie's "hidden meaning" after they humorously recap the plot. Warning: SPOILERS abound, and if you haven't seen the film yet, do not watch this video under any circumstances. It spoils the entire emotional crux of the story.


    The Hidden Meaning in Denis Villeneuve's Sci-Fi Film ARRIVALThe Hidden Meaning in Denis Villeneuve's Sci-Fi Film ARRIVAL

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    It's always great to see actors who play CGI characters perform their lines, and Bradley Cooper is no exception. I really take for granted how well he plays Rocket Raccoon to the point I forget he's the actor playing him! See Cooper throw down some lines and put on his best Raccoon impression for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the video below. 


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    I recently found some old art that I drew when I was a kid in my parent's basement and I thought I'd embarrass myself and show a few of the pieces in my latest episode of Growing Up Geek


    Growing Up Geek: Old Art I Found in My Parent's BasementGrowing Up Geek: Old Art I Found in My Parent's Basement

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    An adaptation of the Robert Jordan fantasy novel series Wheel of Time is finally moving forward with Sony Pictures Television. This project has been in and out of development since the year 2000, but now it's going to happen as a TV series. 

    There's an abundance of content to adapt as there are 14 novels in the series that began in 1990 with "The Eye of the World" and ended in 2007 with "A Memory of Light". The story follows the quest to find the Dragon Reborn, who it is said will help unite forces to combat The Dark One. Here's a brief description:

    Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is a story that takes place both in our past and our future. In his fantasy world, the Dark One, the embodiment of pure evil, is breaking free from his prison. The overall plot is about a man who learns that he is the reincarnation of the world's messiah and is once again destined to save the world from the Dark One -- but possibly destroy it in the process. This saga is not only his story, but the story of an entire world's struggle to deal with war and change, destruction and hope. 

    I haven't read all the books yet, but there's no doubt that this could be an incredible and epic series if it's done right with the right talent. According to Variety, Rafe Judkins is set to write and executive produce the series. If you're not familiar with his work, he's worked on shows such as Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. That's not a bad resume.

    The series has previously been described as being a "cutting edge" TV series by consulting producer Harriet McDougal, who is the widow of author Robert Jordan. There aren't really any other details on the series, but if you're a fan of the book series it's definitely time to get excited! I'm looking forward to seeing how this series comes together.


    The Fantasy Novel Series WHEEL OF TIME is Getting a TV Series Adaptation From SonyThe Fantasy Novel Series WHEEL OF TIME is Getting a TV Series Adaptation From Sony

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    When was the last time you sat down and watched The Silence of the Lambs from start to finish? For me, it's probably been about 15 years. Sure, I've seen a handful of its famous scenes pop up in video essays or highlight reels, but the actual nuts and bolts of the film have been lost in my memory.

    I know for damn sure it wasn't a romantic comedy, which is how Cinefix recut the movie in this fun fake trailer. Check it out, and then give the real movie another look:


    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Recut as a Romantic ComedyTHE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Recut as a Romantic Comedy

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    Hype for Bandai Namco's new game Code Vein has been through the roof, and we hardly knew anything about the game until now! The publisher has shared the official synopsis for the game as well as 18 images that should have you very excited to play this game...read more on GameTyrant

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    Before the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out, there were some people who were worried about casting a pro wrestler like Dave Bautista, and his ability to take on the role of Drax. Sure he's violent and strong, but aren't Marvel characters more than that? But Drax has been both a hilarious and wonderful addition to the MCU, and in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a lot of his heartbreak is revealed through the new character Mantis, who is able to read emotions.

    I think this is brilliant for multiple reasons. I love Dave Bautista as Drax, but I don't think he is one who is going to be winning an Oscar for his portrayal of sadness anytime soon. He has his strengths and showing emotional pain doesn't seem like it's one of them. But Drax really has some baggage that needs to be shown. With Mantis, who is the ultimate empath, she is able to connect with Drax and show the emotions that he can't. In a recent interview with CB, Bautista had this to say:

    "It's such an ingenious way to tell a story because Drax is so heartbroken over the loss of his family, which we touched upon in the first one, but it's so amazing that they can tell this story without Drax having to break down but through Mantis' character because her character is so beautiful and so emotional. So, I think it was such an ingenious way to tell the story but not only to tell that story of Drax's heartbreak but also to build that connection between Drax and Mantis. I mean it's a really brilliant way to tell the story."

    Bautista also has plenty of compliments to give to everyone he's worked with in the film, including Pom Klementieff who plays the part of Mantis saying:

    "I have to give credit to that scene to Pom who is just an amazing actress. Her range of emotions is absolutely amazing. She has a strength and that's delivering a funny line in a deadpan manner but she really has that strength, as well. Across the board, she's just really talented."

    He goes on to share an experience while working with James Gunn, saying:

    "Drax, I have to give credit to James Gunn for. He's so brilliant. It was a scene we were doing in the first film where I was laughing during the scene and he wanted me to laugh harder! The louder I got, the harder he laughed. I think just to amuse himself, he wanted me to laugh bigger and louder and the bigger I did I could just hear him laughing hysterically! I have a big voice. I'm an introverted person so I just don't really speak loudly. I do have a big voice, I'm capable, so when I decide I need to bring the sound, I just can!"

    I'm excited about this movie and to see all the characters more fleshed out in unique and different ways. I'm still so amazed how well the characters were established in the first film without necessarily having to create separate films for each of them. (cough cough avengers cough cough). James Gunn certainly knows what he's doing, and more than anything, he's just telling a story that he thinks is cool and interesting. I couldn't be happier with what I've seen of the sequel so far.


    Dave Bautista Discusses the Depth and Heartbreak Behind Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2Dave Bautista Discusses the Depth and Heartbreak Behind Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

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    I love comics. It's my thing. I read them, study them, look deep into them. I think that everyone that writes has something they really get, whether it's games, movies, tv or just news. I feel something that I have an intensive history with is comics. Which makes me so excited about this new History Channel two-part series special all about the hidden origin stories of comics biggest heroes.

    The cable network has planned to air the two-part special called Superheroes Decoded on April 30th and May 1st. 

    The first part will look at the creation of iconic heroes such as Batman, Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman and how they were influenced by history and how they changed through the years as we went through different wars and events.

    The second part will look at the idea of superheroes as outsiders or rebels and examine characters such as the X-Men, Luke Cage, Iron Man, Black Panther, and the Hulk and how they were inspired by real world issues and social injustices.

    If that doesn't excite you, maybe some of the names they've got will. Some of the people who have been interviewed include Stan Lee, Anthony and Joe Russo, Anthony Mackie, George R. R. Martin, Jon Favreau and Brad Meltzer.

    It's a great line-up, and I'm especially excited to see my favorite Marvel fanboy George R. R. on the list of people who will be interviewed. It's so amazing how much comics have influenced our society. If you're a fan of comics be sure to check this out!

    Source: THR


    The History of Comics Will Be Explored in History Channel's SUPERHEROES DECODED SpecialThe History of Comics Will Be Explored in History Channel's SUPERHEROES DECODED Special

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    We've known for awhile that the Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers will cross paths in Avengers: Infinity War, but now (thanks to Fandango) we have some solid details that should really get folks excited! First let's hear from big Dave Bautista who says it's an all or nothing deal with the Guardians and their scenes:

    "When we come onto set as the Guardians, we are the Guardians. Anybody stepping onto set with us has to deal with all of us. There are usually one or two Avengers. We are the Guardians, we come as that and carry a scene like that and we do business as usual, which is a lot of chemistry, a lot of interaction amongst ourselves. And the Russos were very encouraging of that. I think we’ve established ourselves and we deserve to be right up there with the Avengers. I think we’re just as strong, if not stronger, as a unit, ‘cause we’re a family."

    That's awesome to hear, as I think the Guardians don't work when you split them up. Chris Pratt says there was no intimidation from the team arriving on set to stand side by side with The Avengers. Pratt then retracts his statement and says he did have one person he was intimidated by:

    "[Okay] I was a little secretly intimidated. Chris Hemsworth, he’s so tall and handsome -- I had to go home and really look myself in the mirror and say, you know, there’s a possibility that you just might be one of those guys who mostly loves your wife but also kind of loves Chris Hemsworth a little bit too."

    Fair enough. Unfortunately, we still have over a year until Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters but only a week until Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2! Get hyped!


    New Details Revealed on The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Team Up In AVENGERS: INFINITY WARNew Details Revealed on The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Team Up In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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    Thanks to Empire Magazine, we have three new photos to share with you from Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. One of the most interesting images shows off a crazy scary-looking new alien creature called a Neomorph, which you can see above eating some poor soul that met their demise in a nightmarish way.

    According to Screenwriter John Logan, the Neomorph was inspired by Ridley Scott's love of nature documentaries on living nightmares, like goblin sharks. He explains:

    “Some of those nature videos are so stomach-churning that they don’t pay me enough to watch them. But Ridley will see something to do with insects swarming, for example, which eventually finds its way into a movie. Usually there’s some sort of grotesqueness we find interesting.”

    You'll find a couple other images below. The first of which features Michael Fassbender, taking on dual roles as two different androids. The final image may be considered a spoiler so proceed with caution.

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    I know this might not seem like a spoiler, but I know what goes down in this image. You can listen to Drew and I talk about this scene in the video below the photo, which features a mysterious figure on what might be the Engineer’s planet as he unleashes a bunch of pods.


    New ALIEN: COVENANT Photos Show Off a Terrifying Neomorph Alien Creature and MoreNew ALIEN: COVENANT Photos Show Off a Terrifying Neomorph Alien Creature and More

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    If you've been following the analysis of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's trailer, you know that there are some inconsistencies between Kylo Ren's scar in The Force Awakens versus the brief look we get of him in Episode VIII...here's a great picture from Game Rant that shows you the difference between the two...

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, director Rian Johnson stepped up with an explanation as to why Ren's scar has changed:

    Fair enough. While I'm sure some people will bitch about consistency, let's not forget that Vader had a different variation of his suit in every movie that he's been in. Granted, that's less radical than changing a cosmetic scar, but it is an aesthetic change nonetheless. I like the new scar better than the old one, what about you? 


    Rian Johnson Explains The Reason Behind Kylo Ren's Scar Change in THE LAST JEDIRian Johnson Explains The Reason Behind Kylo Ren's Scar Change in THE LAST JEDI

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    Bottleneck Gallery has an excellent piece for sale from artist Patrik Svensson that combines Clark Kent and Superman into one fun piece of artwork. This officially licensed print is 18 x 24 inches, and will set you back $40 if you'd like one. But act quickly: it's a limited edition of only 125, so they may already be sold out by the time you read this.

    Via: XombieDirge


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    If you're a PC gamer, you can download Saints Row 2 absolutely free! GOGis offering a DRM-free version of the game for you to download onto your system...read more on GameTyrant

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    SAINTS ROW 2 Is Now Free To Download On PCSAINTS ROW 2 Is Now Free To Download On PC

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