Monday, 19 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
I was completely blindsided when I found out about this today. A new X-men cartoon called 'Wolverine and the X-Men' has been confirmed by Avi Arad of Marvel. It will air on Nicktoons Network in the first quarter of 2009. So far, most of the characters shown in a promotional image are dressed in their Astonishing X-Men and Uncanny X-Men costumes with a few slight changes. Production on the series has already begun. The first three episodes, which will air as the pilot for the series, are being written by Greg Johnson, who has contributed to several other Marvel animated features.
The series was in the preproduction stage as of April 2007 and early news had speculated the show to air in fall 2008 - due to air Summer 2008 on BBC UK. However, the speculation came to a rest as according to Marvel Quartely reports, the show is scheduled to air in Spring 2009. It was also confirmed in an article by USA TODAY's website in which it specifically mentions the cartoon starting in early 2009 on Nicktoons Network.
After an attack on the mansion, Charles Xavier and Jean Grey are missing. The X-Men disband and Scott begins to suffer from depression. Emma Frost is able to locate Charles on Genosha, who then orders Logan and his newly reformed X-Men set out to save the world from The Sentinel Project.
The following characters have either appeared in promotional material or been confirmed by one of the show's creators.
* Charles Xavier/Professor X
* Scott Summers/Cyclops
* Hank McCoy/Beast
* Ororo Munroe/Storm
* Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat
* Bobby Drake/Iceman
* Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
* Warren Worthington III/Angel
* Piotr Rasputin/Colossus
* Emma Frost/White Queen
* Sammy Paré/Squidboy
* Jean Grey/Phoenix
* Tabitha Smith/Boom Boom
* St. John Allerdyce/Pyro
* Sooraya Qadir/Dust
* Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane
* Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man
Brotherhood of Mutants
* Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
* Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
* Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
* Anna Marie/Rogue
* Dominic Petros/Avalanche
* Fred Dukes/Blob
* Neena Thurman/Domino
* Mortimer Toynbee/Toad
* Cain Marko/Juggernaut
* Lorna Dane/Polaris
* Abraham Cornelius
* Senator Robert Kelly
* Col. John Wraith
* Bruce Banner/Hulk
* Gambit/Remy LeBeau
Friday, 9 May 2008
So last week I put up the new Mummy movie poster (seen above), this week I'm adding a bunch of screen shots to get the juices flowing again. Although I pray to God they don't make this movie too laughable or make the series lose any of it's charm, I do hope there's the same frantic action and fantastic sets (which it looks there is) that have made the first two outings such enjoyable films. My one downer (and it's a pretty big one) is that Rachel Weisz isn't reprising her role as Evie... Supposedly she backed out due to being told she'd be playing mother to the 21 year old Alex O'Connell this time round and thought it was far too early in her career to be playing a character that old. Let's hope that isn't true as it just makes her sound plain stupid. (Sorry Rachel, love you really!)
Anyway below is a bunch of pics showing various bits of the film with the movie synopsis underneath:
Top row - Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) action pose number one, Rick action pose number 2 (a jumping attack a'la Mummy Returns), The Emperor King himself 'Han' (Jet Li)
Second row - Rick and Alex (newcomer Luke Ford) taking aim, Alex in the midst of the terra cotta army
Third row - Rick and Han mid battle, the mysterious terra cotta army
Fourth row - Double-crossing sorceress Zijuan (Michelle Yeoh), Evelyn O'Connell (new to the role of Evie comes Maria Bello ~Coyote Ugly~)
"Explorer Rick O'Connell is set to combat the resurrected Han Emperor in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex, wife Evelyn and her brother, Jonathan. And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents. As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force... unless the O'Connells can stop him first".
This is probably the most realistic Falcon toy you'll be able to buy, with LED's, sounds, movable parts, and every single detail included.
The Falcon includes these sections:
• Light-up cockpit with room for four figures.
• Medical bay.
• Secret smuggling compartments.
• Auto-opening boarding ramp.
• Pivoting gunner station.
• Crew quarters with light-up Dejarik table.
• Rotating laser turret fires two missiles and makes weapons sounds.
• 3-missile launcher with blasting sounds.
• Cannon that launches a "laser" missile.
• Missile-firing mini-fighter inside an opening docking bay that makes electronic boarding and flight sounds.
• Pivoting training probe with lightsaber sounds.
• Light-up headlights and loads of electronic vehicle and weapon sounds—engine boost, cruise mode, fly-by, firing cannons, and much more.
• Opening, light-up cockpit can fit up to four figures.
• Remove outer panels to access the ship's interior.
• Authentic movie phrases from Han, Luke, Obi-Wan, C-3PO, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.
• Movie sound effects everywhere.
• Light-up engines.
• Includes Han Solo and Chewbacca and can hold up to 18 figures.
Miss Alba I salute you, hot Mama indeed!
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs is the second of the four straight-to-DVD films, the first being 'Benders Big Score'. The film will be released in the USA on June 24, 2008, followed by a UK release on June 30, 2008.
The film will follow directly after the cliffhanger events of Bender's Big Score and will include a "planet-sized alien from another universe" voiced by David Cross (pictured below).
In what Fox is calling the most tentacle-packed Futurama epic, space itself rips open, revealing a gateway to another universe. What lies beyond is a mix of horror and love as the Planet Express crew encounters a repulsive, planet-sized monster with romantic intentions.
The film will feature voice overs from: Brittany Murphy, David Cross as a tentacled alien named Yivo, Professor Stephen Hawking reprising as himself, and Dan Castellaneta will reprise his role as the Robot Devil.
I've been looking forward to these new DVD movies for a while and although Benders Big Score wasn't as good as I'd hoped (it lacked something compared to the series) it was still enjoyable and it's great that Futurama returns at all, in any way or form!.
Pre-order this DVD now for just £9.99 from www.Play.com
Thursday, 8 May 2008
First up are two releases from Enterbay: Bruce Lee 1/6th Scale Enter the Dragon Figures (Version A & B). These are photorealistic models of the martial arts master himself and come with numerous accessories, such as weapons, multiple hands and outfits so you can pose Bruce any way you want, representing various moments from his most famous movie.
I absolutely love these figures and they look far superior to the previously released Real Action Hero line. Being a huge Bruce Lee fan myself I can say that these are an amazing collectors item for fans so pre-order one now from www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk with 25% off for £149.99
Next up is the first in a new line of 1/4 scale action figures from Diamond Comics, the 'Star Trek - Ultimate 1/4 Scale Captain Kirk Action Figure'. I'm aware that there will be some Star Wars and Indiana Jones releases in this line but this is the first I've seen offered to the public from the range. This huge Kirk figure stands over 18" tall and sports an incredible 25 points of articulation. Each figure also includes electronic sound clips featuring the voice of Captain Kirk as well as Phaser and Communicator accessories and an additional hand and display stand for the Ultimate Star Trek display!
Not something I'd get myself (even though I am a huge Trek fan) but an amazing item for Trekkers nonetheless. Pre-order Kirk with 28% off for £42.99 from www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk
Some of the most sought after items of 2008 will be the Mezco Heroes Action Figures. On top of the usual waves we're being treated to numerous special figures such as the Flying Peter Petrelli, Damaged Claire and New York Hiro. The one that's being talked about most however is the FUTURE HIRO action figure. This has become a Forbidden Planet International European distribution exclusive so you can only get it there!
Hiro travels to the future using his powers and accidentally meets up with his future-self. It seems the future is a dark place which has forged Hiro into an emotionless warrior. Comes complete with Kensei Sword and Sheath. Pre-order this now at 20% off for £15.99 from www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk
Visit www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk and click on 'New Products' in the 'Product Categories' section on the left to see all the cool new stuff that are being added daily. More great items to come!
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Now hosted by the the stunning Kirsty Gallacher and popular ex footballer Ian Wright, this new series once again brings us determined contestants who go up against muscle-bound Gladiators in multiple events testing strength, endurance and skill for the ultimate prize of £50,000.
Ol 'Stripy shirt' referee John Anderson will return to mediate events with his token 'rrr-eady' phrases and loud Scottish bellow and although there will be more varied events than previously (water events now included for example) the general look and feel will be the same as before, bringing that old 90's nostalgia back to the fans who watched it as kids. Listen out for the new dramatic theme tune!
12 fresh new Gladiators from different physical-discipline backgrounds have been picked for this new series and each one has a silly nickname just as before. They are:
(1) Oblivion, (2) Battleaxe, (3) Atlas, (4) Enigma, (5) Panther, (6) Tempest, (7) Tornado, (8) Ice, (9) Predator, (10) Inferno, (11) Spartan, (12) Destroyer
I've already chosen my favourite of the bunch and that's 'Inferno'. I have no doubt that body of hers could deflect bullets it's so rock hard! Nothing on Jet of course but the best of the bunch for me ;)
Although I'm not going to say I'm looking forward to this new run of Gladiators just yet I have to say I loved the original series when names like Wolf, Cobra, Jet, Hunter, Shadow, Nightshade and Lightning (to name but a few) were all household names and kids used to talk about their favourite character in the playground and swap stickers with their mates. I know I had an obsession with Jet (Diane Youdale) back in the day, and I certainly wasn't the only one. I had posters, pictures, figures, badges and stickers all over my room of this lovely lady. When she left I no longer had much interest for the show and the newer Gladiators never hit the mark for me.
We'll see if the new series has anywhere near the impact of the 90's show (I won't hold my breath) but with new talent in both the presenting and Gladiator cast it may well get past it's first season without being shot down by retro fans and critics. On the plus side I've read that there will be 3 'legends specials' that will have classic UK Gladiators Hunter, Saracen, Lightning and Scorpio return to the arena as special Contenders facing the might of the brand new team. That in itself should be worth watching!
For more information visit http://gladiators.sky.com/gladiators
Oh and just for my own satisfaction here's another pic of Jet, in a skimpy bikini... Ah those were the days...
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
I finally got to see this movie last night after months and months of painful waiting (more painful when you've seen the toys, characters and movie footage before anyone else at Hasbro's head office way back in 2007 and been to the San Diego Comic Con unveiling!) but it was most definitely worth the wait. Having been a fan of Iron Man for many years, my fears of another silver screen injustice were laid to rest as I watched an enjoyable, shiny new superhero movie.
Tony Stark, a multi-millionaire weapons manufacturing industrialist and flamboyant playboy is taken prisoner in the Middle East and forced to create a weapon for the enemy of the United States. During his capture he takes shrapnel to his chest (from one of his own weapons used against him) and needs an electro magnet placed in his chest to keep shards of metal away from his heart. The man who saves Tony's life is Yinsen, another prisoner who ends up helping Tony build a giant suit of armour to escape their prison instead of the proposed weapon.
After escaping his captors with his rough and clunky Mark 1 armour Tony returns to the US a new man, a man with a mission to stop his weapons being used against his country and his fellow Americans. He decides that his company can no longer follow the course of manufacturing weapons and must go in a different direction, much to the shock of his colleagues and business partner. As a technical genius Stark begins to upgrade his armour designs, testing a Mark 2 silver version out (with some laugh out loud moments of hilarity which Robert Downey Jr pulls off perfectly) and eventually settles with a sleeker, more powerful red and gold version which runs smoothly from a new miniature Arc Generator placed in his chest (which replaces the old electro magnet installed in his prsion cave).
The film focuses on Tony's building and testing of his new superhero suit while his business partner Obidiah Stane is shown to be a back stabbing, money hungry turncoat, intent on Tony's downfall and death. Stane obtains the specs for the Mark 1 armour and builds and new prototype 'Iron Monger' armour which he intends to eventually make billions with on the weapons market. The only way he can make the armour work however is with Tony's Arc Generator and no-one else has the techno-savvy to remake it. Commence the battle for power...
Robert Downey Jr was born to play the role of Tony Stark, much as Patrick Stewart was a perfect Xavier in X-men or Christopher Reeves was for Superman. His one liners and dry humour in the movie hit the mark and his scenes sparkle with a natural ability to draw the audience in to believe this man could really do what he's doing.
Gwyneth Paltrow is simply stunning as Pepper Potts and shines as Stark's faithful assistant and genuine love interest. Their scenes together seem natural and you can almost believe a playboy like Tony would give it all up for her, which is what we all want to see isn't it?
Jeff Bridges plays the greedy bad guy well and looks almost monstrous with his bald head and beard. I still can't believe that's the same guy that was in Tron and Starman! His defection is played well and again the believability factor is there in spades.
Terence Howard in a very likable addition and comes across well as Tony's friend and confidant. The character of 'Rhodey' will be known to fans as the future 'War Machine', another suit of armour that Stark builds with a black and grey paint job and heavy artillery. Let's hope we see this brought to life in the sequel as I know it'll kick ass if it's included. It's even hinted at when Howard sees the Mark 2 armour and quips "next time" with a smile on his face.
All in all the movie couldn't have been executed much better than it was, sure there's a few incongruities and a few 'he wouldn't have survived that' moments but hell, it's a superhero movie and we forgive all that to see the shiny special effects and the pretty explosions. Hopefully we'll see a lot more screen time for the actual armour in action, there just wasn't enough of that here for me this time round. Need the eye candy dammit!
Luckily enough for us fanboys the Avengers is in the works for a July 2011 release date. Before that time though we have Iron Man 2 set for April 2010, Thor for June 2010 and Captain America (titled 'The First Avenger') scheduled for May 2011. Many more Marvel movies to come then! AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!
Friday, 2 May 2008
This item is the life-size version of the previous popular release in the animated Star Wars character line from GG featuring Leia and R2-D2 (pictured below).
You can grab this fantastic collectors piece for £499.99 from www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk, that's 38% off the recommended retail price of £799.99! (Girl on the right of the pic not included... unfortunately...)
Thursday, 1 May 2008
The coroner said that they didn't think his death was suspect but attributed it to suicide stemming from the recent "BANANA SPLIT".......
The first details to about Transformers 2 are now seeping out of the Hollywood grapevine. Jonah Hill (most famous for the recent hit 'Superbad') is the first part of negotiations to play the part of Sam's room mate and conspiracy theory nut in the sequel due out next summer. His character is described as "(a guy who) runs a conspiracy theory website. Funny in an irreverent, edgy way, he is shocked to see his conspiracy theories come to life." Good news for the fans who thought the humour in Transformers the movie made the film a huge sucess, bad news for those of you that have had enough of Jonah at this point in time! (Isn't he everywhere right now?!)
The second bit of news, and a far more exciting tid-bit, is that we could well be seeing the constructicons making an appearance in this new movie. If you know anything about Transformers then you should know that it means DEVASTATOR could be coming! Devastator is a ginat sized robot formed by the constructicons coming together into one giant bot. Rumour also has it that this could lead to Grimlock and the Dinobots being included too, although I find that pretty hard to believe at this stage. We'll have to wait and see.
Below is an image of Devastator (created by Rise Studios) to give you an idea what he could look like should plans come to fruition.
IMDB Synopsis: An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Stephen Sommers (director of Mummy, Mummy Returns, Scorpion King and Van Helsing) will direct from a script by Stuart Beattie. The story is set at Brussels-based G.I.JOE, an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a Scottish arms dealer.
I'm of two minds as to how cool this movie could turn out. I never collected the toys or watched the TV series, although I've seen the animated movie, so it's difficult for me to judge but I'm trying to be really positive! The actors are a plus, half the costumes are a plus, but Dennis Quaid's costume worries me as does the director Stephen Sommers. Nothing against the guy, I loved the Mummy franchise, but his CG heavy outings can get a little out of control (Van Helsing for example) and get a little tongue in cheek at times. Hopefully this'll be a great movie and re-vamp some 80's love into another action figure line franchise. Below is the cast list from IMDB and a few of the images so far released. Ray Park looks great as Snake Eyes and Sienna Miller looks stunning as The Baroness. If only all the other outfits looked as good I'd be happy. Mr Quaid doesn't deserve the uniform he's been given, please re-dress the man before filming dammit!
My Synopsis: BLOODY. AWFUL. FILM.
I'm sorry to those of you that may actually find some enjoyment from this drivel but I certainly did not. It's one and a quarter hours out of my life I'll never get back, that's for sure.
The problems are as follows:
Doomsday is a poor Englishman's Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome and Escape from New York hybrid. There are scenes that are almost exact duplicates from those two 'far superior' movies and that kind of re-hash really annoys me! The wall around Scotland idea, the battle between Rhona's character (Major Eden Sinclair) and the giant bad guy in an arena surrounded by resident nutters, the car chase etc etc. Same old, same old but so much worse...
Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins and Alexander Siddig are all woefully underused and I'm amazed they were cajoled into appearing in this film at all. You wouldn't consider them A-listers but c'mon they act like bad Punch and Judy characters with the poorly written scripts and badly directed scenes, so much so that I felt uncomfortable watching them.
Rhona Mitra hasn't done herself any favours taking the lead in this movie either, her wooden acting makes Pinocchio looks like a 'real boy' and elevates her 'action heroin' rival Mila Jojovich to almost Oscar standards in comparison. Don't get me wrong, I like Miss Mitra and she's definitely got the looks and body of a future action star but with the material she's given it's a surprise she didn't phone her scenes through...
The random scenes of over the top gore left me asking "why"? It seemed so unnecessary in places and lowered the film to a cheap hack slash/ shock horror film that it just didn't need to become.
The editing in places was amazingly bad, during one car scene for example the camera flitted around like a one winged budgie trying to take flight and I actually had to look away as it was doing my head in.
All in all I was thoroughly unimpressed by this movie (as you can obviously tell) and from a director and writer who brought us much more interesting movies like Dog Soldiers and the Decent I'm a little worried Neil Marshall has lost his way.