Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Star Wars News, X-Men Easter Eggs, Jurassic World Plot Leak, + Links

I don't typically partake in celebrity gossip so I stay away from websites like TMZ if I can help it, but I couldn't help stopping by to get a glimpse of the new 'Star Wars' film. Admittedly, I'm actually glad to see a "real" prop (see picture of giant mole above) instead of more CGI garbage. There is something to be said for non-computer generated special effects. I'm not a purist. I do enjoy appropriate doses of CGI, but "too much" CGI can actually be a bad thing. I wrote an article about this in 2012.

Yet more 'Star Wars' news this week. Lupita Nyongo and Gwendoline Christie have both been cast in the film. I'm curious as to what roles they will be playing. The Lupita/Star Wars rumor has been going around for a few months now.

Via hypable
More 'Jurassic World' plot details have been conveniently leaked. The new 'Jurassic Park' film takes place in a fully functional theme-park in Costa Rica with 20,000 visitors per day. It's a luxury resort with a hotel and spa and dinosaurs! What can go wrong?

Supposedly the 'Jurassic World' filmmakers were none too happy about this. Is nothing secret in Hollywood anymore? Geez, how in the world was Hollywood able to pull off 'Argo?' Thank goodness social media didn't exist back in 1979. I'm not sure if the 'Star Wars' set photos were purposefully leaked or if some crew member took it upon themselves to violate their non-disclosure agreement. If I were J.J. Abrams I wouldn't let anyone on the set with a cell phone.
Via Screenrant
If you haven't seen the Easter eggs (and some inconsistencies) from the latest 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' film then here you go. Don't watch this unless you've seen the film. I know a lot of people liked this movie, but I thought it was just ok. More Bryan Singer absurdity if you ask me. Singer has no respect for the source material (the comics) and has said as much. Yes, 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' was fun to watch at times. I did really enjoy the Quicksilver scenes, but overall it was "meh" for me. Yes, you're superheroes, we get it.



I needed that
After the trauma of this past week's 'Game of Thrones' episode, I needed to see something pleasant to look at. A picture of actors Pedro Paschal (Oberyn) and Hafpor Julius Bjornsson (the Mountain) palling around in real life will do.



What if Hal's voice in '2001: A Space Odyssey' was dubbed over by voice actor H. Jon Benjamin (best known for 'Archer')? If such a thing happened, you would have a semi-funny video to watch, as seen below.



Trailer
New 'Hercules' trailer with the Rock (Dwayne Johnson). The new trailer gives a little more detail and makes the Herc look like a reluctant hero.



Cosplay
Nathan Fillion is 'Captain Canada' in this awesome cosplay. Please Nathan, come back to scifi we need you.
Via twitter
This guy's 'Godzilla' cosplay is awesome. It almost looks like one of those Godzilla free standing figures for your garage or something. It's not, it's a guy in a suit, which is fitting because that's how 'Godzilla' originally started out--some poor sweaty guy in a suit.

Via Fashionably Geek
I want that
Cyberman coffee cup for those especially difficult mornings.


Shorts
Check out this great new short film set 300 years in the future. A forensic accountant reviews the video stream from a mercenary's drop-pod, which was damaged during a colonial invasion. I love short films. They are quick and fun to watch. Learn more about it here.


Art
Spoke Art of San Francisco debuted Rhys Cooper's show, 'Femme Fatale.' The show features some pretty incredible pop culture femmes from comics, fantasy, and literature. My favorite being 'Alice in Wonderland.' The 'Maleficent' one is equally awesome.
Via Spoke Art
Via Spoke Art
Links
Alex reviews 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and gives us Ninja news
Brittani and Sati recap the latest 'Game of Thrones' episode. It was a doozy!
Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights appreciates 'Swamp Thing'
Fisti discusses his favorite movie scenes
French Toast Sunday lists some "cinefessions"
Film Sketcher talks 'Godzilla' concept art
Mette wraps up May
The Flick Chicks review 'Zombieland'
Wendell reviews 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Alex reveals his list for the top 10 Unsung Female Roles in Soderbergh films
Jeremy Retro celebrates Monday
Katy goes over a June must-see list
Forgotten Films reviews 'The Ambushers'
Hitchcock's World writes about Spaghetti Western Master Sergio Leone

22 comments:

  1. Thank you for the link! Your comment about keeping Argo a secret made me laugh. The Rock as Hercules...mmmmmmmmmmmm

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    1. Thanks Brittani! Yes, I do wonder how anything stays secret in Hollywood these days!

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  2. A sweaty man in a suit. Godzilla loses a little of his charm when you think of it that way.
    Will Ferrell as the voice of Hal. Woody Harrelson as Hal. The possibilities for comedy voices are endless!
    I still hate FOX.
    And thanks for including my X-Men review, especially since you weren't crazy about the film.

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    1. Sure! I thought it was ok. It just wasn't my favorite film.

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  3. Compared to J.J.'s Star Trek, I feel like there is a lot of press/employees releasing pictures for Star Wars. I'm not a big fan of Star Wars but Lupita's casting has me very intrigued.
    I'd love to take Rock seriously as Hercules but it feels too much like a sequel to the Scorpion King.
    Such amazing fan art - great finds!
    Thanks for linking me, hon! :D

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, I agree the Star Wars fanatics seem to be in high gear! I'm personally more of a Trek fan, but even I admit that Lupita and Gwen's casting has me intrigued. I'm with you on the Rock as Hercules. It's his niche I guess.

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  4. I had to laugh out loud when I read your comment about the new Jurassic Park. "what could go wrong?"

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    1. Yes! Nothing at all could go wrong right! Thanks!

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  5. Haha, that video from 2001 A Space Odyssey is awesome. And the art as well, I wish I could draw/ paint like that!
    Thanks for sharing my link :)

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    1. Me too. I love fantasy or scifi art. It's one of my guilty pleasures. You're welcome!

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  6. I completely agree with your view on CGI. I think modern films, Hellboy was the right blend between CGI and puppetry/props. Heck, even the original 'Wizard Of Oz' looked awesome with minimal special effects!

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    1. Thanks! Exactly, I'm not anti-CGI. I'm anti- "too much CGI." I like traditional props. Jim Henson's creatures are a lost art.

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  7. Well you have me wanting a new Godzilla suit, and a cup of coffee from Handles the Cyberman.
    Nathan Fillion is too awesome for words. He is a Geek icon!

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    1. Hi there David! I can totally see you in a Godzilla suit!

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  8. Hey thanks for the link Ms. Mariah! A Captain Canada film obviously needs to happen and the plot of Jurassic World sounds terrifying. Hammond's dream came true! Way to go making such a great link page and you have yourself a rad day.

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    1. Thanks Maurice! I love Nathan Fillion. Now if only we can get him away from 'Castle' and bring him back to scifi!

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  9. Thank you for the link! With Gwendoline in the cast of new Star Wars flick I may actually need to see it now :/ I'm glad Bryce Dallas Howard is back in films, though I'm sure JP is gonna be just another cash grab.

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    1. Yes, I agree! Cash grab is the appropriate phrase. I can't remember how many of those books Crichton wrote. I will have to see Star Wars for Gwen and Lupita. It certainly won't be for that guy from "Girls!"

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    2. Oh that dude from Girls is repulsive :/

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    3. Yeah, he is. How in the heck did he get cast for Star Wars?

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  10. Thanks, not just for including me in the links, but the others as well. Because of this post, I've discovered and spent a lot of time at Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights. Both that blog and yours are cool places to be.

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    1. Oh thank you Wendell for your kind words! I've really enjoyed your reviews.

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