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Casting News for X-Men: Apocalypse

3:30 PM, Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

A new, fresher, younger cast is coming into form with the new casting news for X-Men: Apocalyspe announced by Bryan Singer and Fox today. Joining the ranks of the mutant race are Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp! They will be playing the roles of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm, respectively.

I recorded a video announcing the news on Comic Frontline, which you can watch here:

Sophie Turner is probably the most well-known of these three young actors, having played Sansa Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones since the show's inception. She takes on the role of Jean Grey, one of the most powerful telepaths in the world. That role was formerly played by Famke Janssen in the previous X-Men films. I've only seen Sophie in GoT, but aside from looking the part, she definitely has the acting chops to pull this off.

Tye Sheridan I'm not at all familar with. He had a run on sitcom Last Man Standing, and has many projects in production for 2015 and 2016, including something called Scouts vs. Zombies. He played Will Cutter in The Forger and Ellis in Mud. Hollywood has obviously taken notice of the young talent, so we'll see what he can do with the role of the battle leader of the X-Men. The role of Cyclops was previously played by James Marsden.

And finally, I am familiar with Alexandra Shipp from House of Anubis, where she played a lead character named KT. She is also a singer/songwriter currently recording her first album. She played Valentina in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel as well. She is a fine actress and is a welcome breath of fresh air to the role of storm, which was previously played by Halle Berry.

Overall, this is good news for the X-Men franchise going forward. If Fox is holding on to them, at least they are going in a different route and taking the cast in a new direction. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the film is cast, and how they handle the all-powerful Apocalypse.

What do you think of this casting news? Leave a comment below!

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to release in theaters on May 17, 2016. Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Evan Peters and Nicholas Hoult are expected to reprise their roles, and Channing Tatum will be joining as Gambit.

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New Trailer, Another Day: The Walking Dead: Season 5

5:00 PM, Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

The new trailer for the second half of AMC's The Walking Dead, Season 5 has hit the internet today, and it looks like things are about to get dark. Check out the trailer below:

While the trailer portends dark times for the group, it also speaks of hope and a fresh start. So it seems, from this short teaser anyway, that we're going to see some struggle before they come into a new, brighter (for the moment) day.

What do you think this season will lead to? We already know Negan will be showing up on the show at some point in the future. Are we getting Mountain Top or will the show carve its own path? Leave a comment below and let us know your theories, and what you think of this new trailer.

AMC's The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 8th.

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More Clues Offered in second trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

7:00 AM, Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

"I'm going to tear you apart ... from the inside."

The new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted yesterday that didn't show us much, but at the same time did.

On the surface, the second trailer featured much of the same footage the previous trailer did, but upon further inspection we discover that there actually is more here than we realize.

Watch the trailer below to see what we mean:

There are a few things of note. One, that Ultron starts off as a global police force put in place by Stark, but keeps improving itself as it becomes sentient. And while we see no sign of the Vision in this trailer either, we know that it is a similar process that creates the sentient humanoid AI Avenger.

Second, there is a lady standing by a pond inside of a cave that we see ever so briefly from behind. We have no idea who this woman is, or what her role in this film is. There is speculation she is in Wakanda, a place where the precious metal Vibranium is mined, which also happens to be the homeland of the Black Panther who has a film in 2017. There's also the theory that she's Inhuman, a species that was quietly introduced in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, and there's also an Inhumans movie upcoming. With Andy Serkis' character being featured here again, however (wearing a claw pendant around his neck, no less), it points more toward Wakanda and him being Black Panther rival Ulysses Klaw.

We see more of Iron Man in the Hulkbuster armor fighting Hulk, and likewise, we see other conflicts within the team, harkening back to that quote I started this post off with, which is a line by Ultron in the trailer. Somehow he influences the Avengers and turns them against one another. We know that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver at least start off aiding Ultron, which kind of makes sense given Wanda's history with the Vision in the comics, and both of their (Pietro and Wanda) criminal past. Is Wanda's chaos magic the culprit here?

We also see various team members in what appears to be a temple of some sort, and there's a glimpse of a woman within, who may very well just be an extra. Some are speculating that this may be a call-out to another upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange, but I'd have to see more to make that leap.

In conclusion, the trailer offers plenty of areas for speculation, and just adds to the excitement for the upcoming Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron in just a few short months.

We'd love to hear what you think about the new trailer. Leave us a comment below!

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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The Walking Dead Season 5b Teaser Released

5:00 PM, Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

AMC has released a new teaser for Season 5b of hit television series The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's comic of the same name.

The teaser is titled 'Surviving Together' as we see the group each ferociously attacking unseen assailants in the woods before walking toward the camera together.

As we know, the first part of Season 5 saw some shake-ups that could have either torn the group apart or brought them together stronger, and the latter seems to be the case. How will they recover from the losses they incurred and move on? We have to wait until February to find out sadly. But for now, check out the new teaser!

AMC's The Walking Dead returns for the second half of Season 5 on February 8, 2015. Will you be watching?

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New Clip from TMNT Season 3, Episode 7, Eyes of the Chimera

3:00 PM, Thursday, January 8th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

This Sunday, January 11th, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns in its new time slot (11am ET) with an all-new episode to kick off season three and 2015.

The new episode, titled "Eyes of the Chimera," sees Raph, Mikey and Donnie captured by a flying mutant who has some strange, distant connection to April. Elsewhere, Leo and April have to overcome their disabilities to save the others.

Looking ahead to season three, we are in the aftermath of a Kraang invasion that separated the fearsome four and their surrogate father, Splinter. The Turtles are regathering their strength at April's family summer home in North Hampton, Massachusetts. There they also train to get back to the point where they can return home to Manhattan.

If you want to widen your experience of the show, you can log on to Nick.com to find full episodes as well as quizzes, and games like "Shadow Heroes" or "Mikey's Day Off." In this newly released game, crime has taken the night off, but that doesn't stop Mikey from sneaking around the lair throwing paper balls at his brothers to aleviate his boredom.

If you haven't yet checked out Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you really should. There are so many versions of these characters from the original comics, to the Archie version, to the current IDW version, and the movies and cartoons. This one does keep the spirit of each of the brothers and Splinter alive, though, and is a lot of fun.

Give season three a try this Sunday at 11am and leave us a comment letting us know what you think of the new episode!

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed

8:00 AM, Friday, December 12th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Just when you thought fans settled down about the teaser trailer, now the official names of the new characters for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens have been revealed!

Entertainment Weekly reported on the news, as JJ Abrams used classic Topps style cards to display the new characters as seen in the teaser trailer.

We get such names as Rey, Finn, BB-8, and more. You can see the cards below, courtesy of EW:

(Poe Dameron - Played by Oscar Isaac)

(Rey - Played by Daisy Ridley)

(BB-8, aka NOT-R2D2)

(Finn - Played by John Boyega)

(Kylo Ren - Played by Unknown (narration voiced by Andy Serkis))

Abrams also said the numbers on each card are significant. "I'm only sorry we couldn't give everyone a stick of gum," Abrams says.

What do you think of the character names? Leave us a comment below!

Here are some other card images they released as well:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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George Lucas and Anakin Skywalker React to Star Wars VII Teaser on Funny or Die

12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

All the fanboys are chiming in with their ridiculous breakdowns of the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer (notice the emphasis on "teaser," folks), so why not let Anakin Skywalker and George Lucas take a stab too? Funny or Die does just that, and you can watch it below!

What do you think, Funny or Die? Let us know what you voted in the comments below!

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Teaser Re-Done in LEGO!

8:00 PM, Saturday, November 29th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

If you're like me, you've watched the Star Wars VII Teaser Trailer over and over again by now, but I think you need to see it one more time... in LEGO!

And you're in luck! Snooperking has created a LEGO version of the teaser trailer down to the rolling droid and crossguard light saber! Check it out below and gush about how cool this is to all your friends!

See? Awesome, right? "Awesome it is, yes, yes." Yoda approves!

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Released

10:30 AM, Friday, November 28th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

At long last, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Star Wars VII) has been released! This is our first look at the latest film in the epic saga that is Star Wars! This is the first film under the Disney banner, directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Alias).

Without further ado, check out the teaser trailer below!

An R2 spinning like a ball? New versions of speeder bikes? A light saber with a full light hilt? Who can't wait until next December to this film on the big screen?

Leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of the teaser!

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi(1983).

Directed by J.J. Abrams, and starring Andy Serkis, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendolin Christie, Mark Hamill, Warwick Davis and more.

The film is set to release in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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Batman Be-Leagured

10:00 PM, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Be sure to pick your cape up from the dry cleaner's this weekend: on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. ET/PT, the first-ever LEGO Batman special is swooping down on Cartoon Network. LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and promises a hilarious, light-hearted new tale for the DC Universe.

The adventure kicks off when one-man crime-stopping band and proud loner Batman is pestered by Superman to join this new super hero team The Justice League. When Batman makes it quite clear he's not into it, the Man of Steel flies off — only to be disappeared by a strange energy.

With Earth's mightiest super-being missing, it's time for the World's Greatest Detective to spring into action. With no time to lose, Batman enlists the help of the fastest man alive, The Flash. Their high-speed search leads them to the villainous Captain Cold, who is stealing an ancient artifact in Egypt. After the Flash likewise vanishes after this battle, Batman teams up with Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg to fight famous super-villains before vanishing one-by-one at the hand of the mysterious enemy. It is now up to Batman to free the newly formed Justice League from this powerful foe ... but can he learn the value of teamwork in time?

I have never actually seen one of the Lego/Whatever films so I am looking forward to the oppurtunity to seeing something original for free to see if I can be swayed to go back and see the earlier installments.

Source: Animation Magazine
John Wilson reporting for Comic Related.com

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