Black Panther Teaser Trailer Debuts and It Looks Thrilling

“HERO. LEGEND. KING.”

Watch Marvel Studio’s Black Panther teaser trailer now.

Plot Summary :

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

It’s directed by Ryan Coogler.

Black Panther hits theatres February 16, 2018!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Seamlessly Mixes Music with Movie Magic

If there’s one thing we can all admit is that Marvel’s mastered the art of making a movie with a large ensemble. They know how to distribute the on-screen time among major characters and this plays to the strength of the storytelling, evident, for instance, in The Avengers franchise.

Probably one of the coolest components added to the Marvel franchise has been James Gunn’s ability to bring music into the storytelling.

James Gunn returns to the fold as the director who layers this second “epic-er” space adventure around an “awesome mix” of tracks (complete track listing below) from decades past (‘60s and ‘70s) with an eclectic curation of artistes and groups like George Harrison (The Beatles), Cat Stevens, Parliament, and Fleetwood Mac (one of my favourite groups).

True to form, Gunn opens the movie with another musical introduction — and dancing. Let’s not forget that opening sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 that saw the then unknown Chris Pratt (as Star-Lord) dancing, twirling, jumping, kicking (around reptilian-looking aliens) and skipping to the 1973 hit by Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (video below), as he listened from his Walkman.

DC Comics could take some lessons from Marvel on how you masterfully weave incredible music into a movie’s scenes. Suicide Squad for instance, was a complete disaster.

There’s something about hearing the tracks throughout the movie that brings to the fore all kinds of emotions for the viewer. It adds to each scene, instead of taking away from it. Each track is well-timed and well-placed to take the movie to a whole other level.

Gunn skillfully lifts the audience into space with the scale of his story, complemented by the masterpiece that was “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 | Complete Soundtrack:

  1. “Mister Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra
  2. “Fox On The Run” – Sweet
  3. “Lake Shore Drive” – Aliiota Janes Jeremiah
  4. “The Chains” – Fleetwood Mac
  5. “Bring It On Home To Me” – Sam Cooke
  6. “Southern Nights” – Glen Campbell
  7. “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison
  8. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” – Looking Glass
  9. “Come A Little Bit Closer” – Jay and the Americans
  10. “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang” – Silver
  11. “Surrender” – Cheap Trick
  12. “Father and Son” – Cat Stevens
  13. “Flash Light” – Parliament
  14. “Guardians Inferno” (feat. David Hasselhoff) – The Sneepers

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is again led by the humble Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) with his band of misfits that includes Gamora (Xoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista ), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), who’s quite the scene-stealer.

Plot Summary:

“Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance.”

Additionally, we have Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who the join the adventures of the Guardians as they cross paths with Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), the golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels like you’re returning home now that we know all the main characters and Gunn’s directing and storytelling style.

It’s fresh, packed with laughter, action sequences abound, a bit of an emotional roller coaster, and entertaining from start to finish.

Volume (Vol.) 2 just kicked off the summer of blockbusters and Marvel has another winner on its hands already raking in $427 million over opening weekend, in addition to a 13-day international showing!

All things considered, this second installment could become Marvel Studio and Disney’s fifth billion dollar winner, joining the ranks of The Avengers ($1.51 billion), Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion), Iron Man 3 ($1.22 billion), and Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a solid 9.5 out of 10! Grab a friend and go see it now!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Releases the Second Official Trailer

Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures just released the second trailer (video below) to the highly-anticipated reboot of the Spider-Man franchise starring Tom Holland.

Led by the 20-year-old English actor, who made quite the impression on Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans after his scene-stealing performance in the massively successful Captain America: Civil War (2016)

This second trailer reveals a bit more about the movie’s storyline, like Peter’s persistence to join The Avengers. Here’s the premise of Spider-Man:Homecoming in a nutshell:

“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars (in addition to Holland), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture), Zendaya (Michelle), Donald GloverJacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Laura Harrier (Liz Allen), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), and Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man). Spider-Man: Homecoming was directed by Jon Watts.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, could end up out-performing the previous franchises over the course of the three Spider-Man solo movies that Holland’s set to star in as the Web Slinger. Also, the new franchise’s younger cast is guaranteed to appeal to a younger audience coupled with MCU’s existing fan base and you’ve got box office sales potentially exceeding $500 million per film.

The previous five Spider-Man movies (2002 – 2014) that starred actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield earned roughly $4 billion at the global box office.

Spider-Man “swings” into theatres this Summer (July 7th, 2017).

Justice League Trailer is Finally Here

After an onslaught of teaser trailers over the last few days, Warner Bros. finally debuts the trailer (video below) to their upcoming sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League. The next installment introduces most of the original members of the Justice League like Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman.

Just to bring you up to speed on what to anticipate, here’s the official film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Jason Mamoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Victor Stone/Cyborg), and Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) with Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), and J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon).

The film directed by Zack Snyder is scheduled to be released in theatres on November 17, 2017.

Grab Your First Look at Marvel Studios' Upcoming Movie 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Marvel Studios just gave us the first look at the upcoming colossal movie, Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

We hear from some of the actors, directors, writers, and production team. Filming starting on January 23, 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios and might stretch over a year as production takes them across the globe.

There’s been a lot of speculation of who will be appearing in the movie, but the concept art gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. The Avengers will definitely be meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy and face movie villain Thanos together. We know that’s going to be EPIC!

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Concept art depicting Tony Stark (Iron Man) preparing for impending danger

The mere scale of this movie is going to be something unprecedented in the world of comic book live-action movies.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what Marvel Studios does with this project. DC Comics is going to have to step their game up.

This year alone we’ll see the release of three new movies from the Marvel Studios — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok — in that order.

Enjoy the first look:

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First Look at 'The Fate of the Furious' Trailer

The first trailer is here for the latest sequel in The Fast and the Furious franchise and it left me saying, “Daaammn!”

Vin Diesel reprises his role as Dominic “Dom” Toretto in the upcoming eighth film, The Fate of the Furious. [aka “F8”] Notably absent from the film is the late Paul Walker (Brian O’Connor), whose last role was in the box office smash Furious 7 (2015) of the aforementioned franchise.

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A close-up shot of Diesel’s character Dominic “Dom” Toretto on location in Havana, Cuba

Here’s the premise of The Fate of the Furious:

“Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the crew has been exonerated. The globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Cipher) seduces Dom into the world of crime, he can’t seem to escape and betrays those closest to him. The crew will face trials that will test them as never before.”

This eighth adventure will take fans “from the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea…”, giving us an epic street race and more outlandish car chase sequences as the F8 team crisscross the globe.

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The official movie poster for F8 – “Family No More”

The Fate of the Furious stars (in addition to Diesel), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Tej Parker), Lucas Black (Sean Boswell), Scott Eastwood (a law enforcement agent), Kurt Russell (Frank Petty), Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw), and Charlize Theron (Cipher). The film’s directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton, and The Italian Job).

F8 “revs” into theatres next Spring (April 14th, 2017) and is produced by Original Film and One Race Films and is distributed by Universal Pictures.

Phresh Movie Fact: The previous seven Fast and the Furious films (2001-2015) have generated a whopping $3.948 billion at the worldwide box office.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Just Debuted Online

Get your fix of the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer here!

Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures just debuted the first trailer to the highly-anticipated second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise starring Tom Holland.

The 20-year-old English actor made quite the impression on Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans after stealing the show in the blockbuster hit Captain America: Civil War (2016). I mean, who could forget how he stuck that landing!

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A scene-stealing moment and a landing of 10.0

Here’s the premise of Spider-Man:Homecoming:

“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars (in addition to Holland), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture), Zendaya (Michelle), Donald GloverJacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Laura Harrier (Liz Allen), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), and Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man). Spider-Man: Homecoming was directed by Jon Watts.

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The talented young cast of actors along with the director at Comic-Con

Spider-Man “swings” into theatres next Summer (July 7th, 2017) and is distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Phresh Movie Fact: The previous five Spider-Man movies (2002-2014) that starred actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield earned $3.962 billion at the global box office.

Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer Is Out and It's Everything We Hoped

Walt Disney Studios invites you (again) to be their guest!

They didn’t have to ask me twice! I’m already crashing this live-action film (official trailer below)!

Beauty and the Beast is the re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, where a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince. [I’ve NEVER heard of this actor!]

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Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1991 released the American animated musical romantic fantasy to adoring audiences that earned the film $425 million at the box office. That would be around $751 million today. I mean, who can forget songs like, “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast“!

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Beauty and the Beast is the latest in a string of animated films to be turned into live-action, following the success of The Jungle Book and others.

Beauty and the Beast is led by an all-star cast (Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, and others), who lend their talents (voices included) to what looks like the makings of another win at the box office for Walt Disney Studios.

They’ll definitely be cashing in on the nostalgia with an audience (fan base) of 2-3 generations. We gotta have those “‘member berries” (South Park reference)!

The film (Beauty and the Beast) hits theatres March 17th, 2017 and is directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2).

Enjoy the trailer! #BeOurGuest

Watch a Hatchling Marine Iguana Elude Racer Snakes on The Galápagos Islands

Nature can’t be scripted, but if this was a live-action or even animated film, I’d watch it. 

If you haven’t seen this footage from the BBC Earth – Planet Earth II, you’ve been under a rock and in this video, as you’ll come to see that’s not where you’d want to be.

Watch as a marine iguana on The Galápagos Islands encounters one racer snake after the next in its quest to stay alive. [Insert The BeeGees track here!]

It feels a lot like losing your way and ending up in a really bad neighbourhood, where you nervously utter the words, “I don’t want any trouble guys….”, after encountering some hoodlums.

Enjoy the unmistakable narration of English broadcaster and naturalist, David Attenborough. He is to nature documentaries what Morgan Freeman is to film.

 

 

Young Justice IS Back As Season 3 Goes Into Production!!

Oh happy days are here again! Just came across the best news ever!

Warner Bros. Animation has just announced that production is about to begin on Season 3 of Young Justice. For those of you who aren’t aware of the beloved and abruptly halted cartoon series, the story-line followed the “sidekicks” of DC’s iconic Superheroes like Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Wonder WomanThe Flash, Aquaman, and so on.

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This was…is one of the best animated series to grace television with over 50 million viewers total for seasons 1 and 2. The storytelling and character development was perhaps one of the best I’d witnessed and at the end of season 2, fans like me waited with bated breath only to be greeted with disappointment that the show had been cancelled. Now finally three years later, the show has been resurrected.

In a nutshell, here’s all you really need to know about Young Justice. The show follows the lives of teenage heroes members of a covert operation team-called Young Justice. Every now and then you’ll see members of The Justice League. If you’ve never seen the show, I implore you to check it out.

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Below is the official press release from Warner Bros.:

BURBANK, Calif. (November 7, 2016) — The Team is back and it’s “business as usual.” Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on a third season of all-new episodes of the acclaimed hit, action-animated series “Young Justice,” based on the characters from DC Entertainment. Season three promises new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes. Further details about the new season — including premiere date and network partner — will be announced at a later time.

Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “9 Best Animated TV Series Drawn from Comics,” “Young Justice” has been equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling. The series reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network.

“The affection that fans have had for ‘Young Justice,’ and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.” 

Producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman: Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles) will be returning to the series.

In “Young Justice,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in a world of super powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. Used strategically as the secret covert weapon of the Justice League, Nightwing, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and a host of others strive to prove to their legendary mentors, as well as to themselves, that they have what it takes to be heroes.

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit YJS3.com.