Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:13:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=381 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G Oren Peli’s ‘Area 51′ Finally Coming This May! http://www.geekscape.net/oren-pelis-area-51-finally-coming-this-may http://www.geekscape.net/oren-pelis-area-51-finally-coming-this-may#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:13:08 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87428 Briefly: I was a huge fan of Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity. I saw it as an extremely original film in a sea of (at the time) terrible horror, and though it spawned a few less-than-stellar sequels (and a couple of great ones), it’s still a franchise that I’m very interested in.

Shortly after completing Paranormal Activity, Peli directed another found footage film titled Area 51. Production of the film officially began in 2009, there were reshoots in 2013, and we’ve heard almost nothing of the picture since.

Now, six years later, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity follow-up is just a few weeks away. The film will hit Alamo Drafthouse theatres from May 15-17, and finally be available for our viewing pleasure on May 15th.

You can check out the trailer for the film below, and be sure to let us know if you’re as excited for this one as I am!

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Daniel Bruhl Is Baron Zemo In ‘Captain America: Civil War’ http://www.geekscape.net/daniel-bruhl-is-baron-zemo-in-captain-america-civil-war http://www.geekscape.net/daniel-bruhl-is-baron-zemo-in-captain-america-civil-war#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:50:06 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87424 Briefly: We’ve known for months now that Rush star Daniel Bruhl would be featured in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, and Bruhl has finally confirmed just who he’ll be playing in the anticipated sequel.

Bruhl was asked about his role in a lengthy interview with The Independent. He revealed that he is indeed portraying Baron Zemo, stating that “I think I can tell you that without being thrown into Marvel prison. For the first few days I’ll walk around like a little boy, just amazed by the megalomania of it. It’s such a huge project. We could do 20 films with the budget.”

Along with Zemo, Frank Grillo’s Crossbones is set to return as a villain in the film, and after his fantastic role in The Winter Soldier, I really can’t wait to see Grillo back in action?

Are you looking forward to seeing Zemo in Civil War? Do you think that Bruhl is right for the role? Sound out below!

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Brian Tee Is Shredder In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’! http://www.geekscape.net/brian-tee-is-shredder-in-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2 http://www.geekscape.net/brian-tee-is-shredder-in-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:37:05 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87419 Briefly: Last month we learned that Stephen Amell would mask up as Casey Jones in next year’s fast-tracked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and today a new cast member was revealed for the project.

Variety has learned that The Wolverine‘s Brian Tee has joined the project as Shredder. The character was played by Tohoru Masamune in the 2014 reimagining. We had Brian on the show back in 2013, and we’re definitely excited to see what he can do for the beloved villain.

Details on the film are still few (it was first announced back in August), but both Megan Fox and Will Arnett are set to return, while Earth to Echo director Dave Green will take the reigns from Jonathan Liebesman.

I have to say that, while I was definitely not looking forward to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year, the film turned out to be a fun, yet forgettable time. It was almost, almost worth it for the cowabunga alone, don’t you agree?

Are you looking forward to the sequel? What did you think of the first film? Sound out below! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theatres on June 3rd, 2016!

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Geekscape Games Podcast: Level 27 – ‘Big Ole Splatfest!’ http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-podcast-level-27-big-ole-splatfest http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-podcast-level-27-big-ole-splatfest#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:08:46 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87362 Join Derek, Josh, Juan and Shane as they discuss the last week in video games!

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This Week

Josh answers last week question.

Chips Challenge 1 & 2.

Lazy Game Reviews.

Heroes of The Storm gets a release date.

Rock n Roll Racing is one of the best things ever.

Project X Zone 2.

Project Justice.

Disney Infinity 3.0 leaks.

Elder Scrolls Online hits consoles.

Splatoon Wii U bundle provides 4 on 4 splat fest!

Mario Kart 8 200cc DLC.

Mortal Kombat X.

Omega Quintet.

Shonen Jump Superstars.

Destiny.

Project M.

Boss Monster.

Fantasy Life.

Pokemon Shuffle.

MLP Mobile Game.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

Clicker Heroes.

Full Spectrum Warrior.

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What is your BIGGEST gaming regret?

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The New ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Trailer Sends Batman A Warning http://www.geekscape.net/the-new-batman-arkham-knight-trailer-sends-batman-a-warning http://www.geekscape.net/the-new-batman-arkham-knight-trailer-sends-batman-a-warning#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:40:17 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87414 Briefly: Now that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills has been cancelled, I don’t really want to be a gamer any more.

Sure, I’m slightly exaggerating, but if I wasn’t, I would at least wait for Batman: Arkham Knight to finally hit the PS4 and Xbox One before throwing my consoles up on eBay. Seriously, this game looks magical.

A new trailer for the game has just hit the web, reminding us (again) just how freaking gorgeous Arkham Knight looks, and also showing off the title’s “new “Dual Play” feature in action, which will allow players to seamlessly switch between The Dark Knight and his allies including Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman in FreeFlow Combat.”

We’ve been waiting for this one for what seems like forever now, and really, June 23rd can’t come soon enough. The M-rated Batman: Arkham Knight is set to launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the title!

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: Ex Machina http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-ex-machina http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-ex-machina#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:13:41 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87408 In all walks of life you have to earn your stripes. The same can be said for Hollywood and the millions of big dreamers that flock to Los Angeles for a chance at stardom. Alex Garland is an English author who penned the 1996 novel, The Beach, which you’ll probably remember as one of the many titles sitting comfortably in the middle of Leonardo DiCaprio’s impressive filmography. Soon after, director Danny Boyle then lured Garland into the world of screenwriting where the author churned out scripts for science fiction films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. And finally, after a decade-plus of collecting screenplay credits for many well-regarded features, Garland’s been given the opportunity to see his own vision through with the directorial debut of Ex Machina.

Domhnall Gleeson stars as Caleb, a promising young programmer who wins a competition at his work to travel to the remote estate of the CEO to assist with a groundbreaking new project. After Caleb arrives to the lavish home of Nathan (played by Oscar Isaac), he’s forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement and then introduced to Ava (Alicia Vikander), a human-like robot with remarkable A.I. capabilities. Caleb must spend one week’s time with Ava, monitoring her behavior to determine if she’s able to demonstrate consciousness indistinguishable from that of a human.

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Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a cerebral sci-fi thriller that wastes no time jumping into the story. The writer/director displays the type of subtle attention to detail that you’d certainly expect from a novelist, and it translates to the screen with unfettered ease. Ex Machina wraps a mysteriously sexy and provocative outer layer around a cleverly-constructed centerpiece. Manipulation and slight of hand keep the audience guessing throughout the trio of characters’ week-long journey together. The cat and mouse games between creator and robot take their toll on Caleb, and Domhnall Gleeson displays a naturally deteriorating psyche to perfection. The former rom-com star of 2013’s underrated work, About Time, proves he has the range to tackle any role handed to him. But equally impressive is the onscreen ability of the A.I. subject, Ava, played remarkably by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. She truly captures the mystifying essence of Ava and finds a faultless balance between man and machine.

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With excellent writing and exceptional acting on all fronts, you’d be hard pressed to find issues with Ex Machina. However, some do exist. The film’s mid-section suffers from pacing issues that create a sluggish feel up until it’s conclusion. But then, Garland nearly spoils a spine-chilling finale by refusing to end the movie at a climactic moment. Regrettably, the director pushes on for another five minutes or so in a less than gratifying result that allows the tension to dissipate. These aren’t by any stretch detrimental flaws, but rather minor blemishes to an otherwise very impressive debut feature.

Ex Machina is a thought-provoking and compelling sci-fi entry that relies solely on intelligent dialogue and soulful performances. The beauty of Garland’s work is its ability to transcend the stereotypical dependence on gaudy special effects and eye-popping visuals. Ex Machina is full of the substance and wisdom that turns blandness into art.

GRADE: 4/5

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 125: Donna Swafford from Now Hiring http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-125-donna-swafford-from-now-hiring http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-125-donna-swafford-from-now-hiring#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:48:01 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87405 The first of multiple TanoshiiCon episodes involves me interviewing Donna Swafford who produced the film Now Hiring. We talk about Clerks 2, Comic Books, Producing Indie Films and Texas’ Film Community.

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Guillermo Del Toro Confirms ‘Silent Hills’ Project CANCELLED! http://www.geekscape.net/guillermo-del-toro-confirms-silent-hills-project-cancelled http://www.geekscape.net/guillermo-del-toro-confirms-silent-hills-project-cancelled#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:36:04 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87401 2015 has been a fucking roller coaster of emotions when it comes to video game releases. We’ve gotten projects pushed back, projects getting nerfed and EA and Konami on par with customer service. It looks like our worst fears have been confirmed.

With Hideo Kojima’s recent removal on a few projects after his “departure” from Konami, the only thing on our minds was

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO PT AND SILENT HILLS?!?!

Last night we had confirmation that the PT demo was going to be removed from the PSN store, and now a Tweet circulating the web has confirmed out greatest fears.

 

This Tweet comes from Del Toro’s panel at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now this was all just speculation, but looks like Norman Reedus is parroting the same narrative.

Not much else to say, except…I’m fucking sad as hell. We need to put our own Derek Kraneveldt on suicide watch!

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First Official Look Of Jared Leto As The Joker! http://www.geekscape.net/first-official-look-of-jared-leto-as-the-joker http://www.geekscape.net/first-official-look-of-jared-leto-as-the-joker#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:07:29 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87389 To celebrate the Joker’s 75th birthday, Suicide Squad director David Ayer tweeted the first official image of Oscar winning actor Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as the character.

Leto has short bright green hair, silver on his teeth, a bunch of creepy tattoos and the character’s iconic use of purple is present in the form of a glove on his right hand.

The pose itself references a panel from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s one-shot graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. This is the second time Ayer has referenced the story when posting an image of Leto. I think this is more about Ayer wanting to use iconic Joker imagery than it is an insight into the type of character we’ll be seeing on the big screen.

I doubt the Joker will look like this throughout the entire film but the picture does prove that Ayer will be taking the character in a different direction than previous live-action appearances.

Suicide Squad will star Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez most likely as El Diablo, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Viola Davis will play Amanda Waller. The film is set to be released August 5, 2016.

What do you think of Jared Leto as the Joker? Let us know in the comments below!

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El Rey’s ‘MonstroCity’ Movie Marathon Starts Tomorrow! http://www.geekscape.net/el-reys-monstrocity-movie-marathon-starts-tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/el-reys-monstrocity-movie-marathon-starts-tomorrow#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:05:01 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87376 El Rey Network never fails to provide pop culture geeks exactly the kind of entertainment they crave. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 25), the house Robert Rodriguez programmed will deliver its “MonstroCity” movie marathon, featuring the monsters of your nightmares that terrorize the urban jungle.

Get ready to sit back tomorrow with Curandero, Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead and Zombie, and C.H.U.D.!

The full schedule is below:

A marathon dedicated to celebrating the monsters that are worthy of your nightmares, MonstroCity will take over your evening with cannibals, zombies, and demons as they overtake cities from above and below ground! You have been warned, this marathon is not for the faint of heart. There will be gore, there will be violence, and most importantly, people will be eaten!

SATURDAY, April 25th

 

CURANDERO (12PM EST & 8:15PM EST)

Director: Eduardo Rodriguez

A journey that takes one man into the bowels of black magic in Mexico City

 

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (2:15PM EST & 10:30PM EST)

Director: Lucio Fulci

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave.

 

ZOMBIE (4:15PM EST & 12:30AM EST)

Director: Lucio Fulci

Strangers looking for a woman’s father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

 

C.H.U.D. (6:15PM EST & 2:30AM EST)

Director: Douglas Cheek

A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.

For America, cities were and still are a symbol of opportunity and hope. At the turn of the 20th century and well into the roaring twenties, the young and old flocked to make something of themselves… while the monsters dwelled outside the city limits.

The remarkable similarity that the majority of American horror films share is that they physically take place in remote or suburban locations. They almost never happen in cities. To know why, we only look at our own history.

When European settlers began to colonize the Americas in the late 15th century, conflict with indigenous tribes were, well, brutal. And bloody. You kind of expect now that every Thanksgiving your college roommate will bring up how much the pilgrims like, totally screwed over the Native Americans in terrifying fashion, man.

Well, your roommate isn’t wrong. America lost its humanity in the outskirts of society, in the total lawless wilderness. From murdering and grave robbing Native Americans and forcing them onto the Trail of Tears, to the slavery on the cotton fields and farms that built our nation, America’s worst sins happened beyond the roads.

Our folklore contain figures and spirits that lived beyond the cities. Bloody Mary, the Headless Horseman, the Jersey Devil and more. Seriously, peruse these tales yourself. How many of these tragic figures are said to haunt the most remote areas of our land?

Tomorrow, El Rey will prove that some monsters lurk just around the city block. Tune in at 12 PM ET and for an encore at 8:15 PM ET, as the MonstroCity marathon kicks off with Robert Rodriguez-executive produced Curandero!

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Frank Miller Returns to DC For ‘Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race’ http://www.geekscape.net/frank-miller-returns-to-dc-for-dark-knight-returns-iii-the-master-race http://www.geekscape.net/frank-miller-returns-to-dc-for-dark-knight-returns-iii-the-master-race#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:13 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87367 Batman is rich. Even though he owns all the major consoles, he has a murdered-out PC because he is PC Master Race.

That’s what I’m assuming Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race will be about. I’d totally read a graphic novel about Batman playing Telltale Games’s Game of Thrones and trolling console subreddits.

The legendary Frank Miller will return to DC Comics to grit-up modern comics once again when he concludes his seminal work with its final installment, Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race. Get your quality, colorful Batgirl out of here! Comics are dark!

Details are scarce, but the news was announced, amongst other platforms, on Frank Miller’s previously inactive Twitter account. Because that’s what you announce the final installment to the landmark series that have influenced the maturation of the graphic novel medium: on a platform with a baby blue bird as its logo.

From Comic Book Resources:

The series will run for eight issues, with installments scheduled to be released twice a month starting in late fall 2015.

 

“For the past six months, I’ve been working with Frank Miller to bring the next chapter in the ‘Dark Knight’ to light,” he said. It’s been humbling. I’ve learned a lot, and I call him sensei. It’s a really, really big project.”

 

Miller confirmed the news himself via Twitter … releasing promotional art from the story and stating, “I hope that by now my silence is deafening.” In the official press release, DC Comics billed the story as “the epic conclusion of the celebrated ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ saga.”

 

“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said in a statement. “But we’ll do our best.”

I’m not going to bother filling you in on how much The Dark Knight Returns meant to comic book fans, but I can tell you that this can go really well or really, really terribly. Frank Miller is/was a phenomenal artist and storyteller, but there’s something about his attitudes that are distinctly late ’80s/early ’90s that hasn’t — ironic to say, matured — well.

While The Dark Knight Returns is frequently cited amongst the best comics have had to offer, The Dark Knight Strikes Again was universally reviled. This was roughly the same era of Frank Miller’s career where he became something of a self-parody of himself, where he penned the greatest and most awful lines written in the English language that spawned endless jokes and memes everywhere.

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Let’s not trash art before it’s even finished, but I simply can’t bring myself to be enthused about this. Frank Miller hasn’t demonstrated growth past his prime, relying on an aesthetic that hasn’t aged well. Although The Dark Knight Strikes Again was well almost fifteen years ago, it still seems Frank Miller hasn’t gotten past 1991.

But what about you? Are you excited? Let us know.

 

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‘Warcraft’, ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Get New Release Dates! http://www.geekscape.net/warcraft-pacific-rim-2-get-new-release-dates http://www.geekscape.net/warcraft-pacific-rim-2-get-new-release-dates#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:39:00 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87357 Briefly: Dang.

Two films that I was really looking forward to have just received delays. Sure, they’re small delays, but delays nonetheless.

Warcraft, which was initially slated for March 2016, has received a new date of June 10th 2016. This puts it into the busy Summer movie season (showing confidence for the film, right?), and also pushes it away from the sure-to-be-a-blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Pacific Rim 2 was originally set to release in April of 2017, and will also get a push to the Summer, hitting theatres on August 4th, 2017.

At least each push is only a few months, right? Are one are you most looking forward to? Sound out below!

Alliance

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Chris Pratt Runs From Dinos In A New ‘Jurassic World’ Clip! http://www.geekscape.net/chris-pratt-runs-from-dinos-in-a-new-clip-for-jurassic-world http://www.geekscape.net/chris-pratt-runs-from-dinos-in-a-new-clip-for-jurassic-world#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:26:11 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87354 Briefly: Following the final trailer from just a few days back, Universal has just debuted a new clip for June’s Jurassic World.

The clip shows our sexy hero (Chris Pratt of course) running from an extremely CG dinosaur. The clip is fairly cool, but really makes me miss the animatronic days of the first two films.

You can take a look at the clip below, and let us know what you’ve thought of the film’s marketing thus far! Jurassic World hits theatres on June 12th!

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The Hype Is Real In This ‘Mad Max’ Gameplay Trailer! http://www.geekscape.net/the-hype-is-real-in-this-mad-max-gameplay-trailer http://www.geekscape.net/the-hype-is-real-in-this-mad-max-gameplay-trailer#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:55:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87214 I’ll be honest. I haven’t been following the new Mad Max game OR movie. I know they exist, and the movie trailer looks badass but that is pretty much it. Heck, I have the issue of Gameinformer with Mad Max on the cover as my mousepad at work and it’s never been opened! (That may be more of an issue with Gameinformer magazine than Mad Max.)

So when I saw this Gameplay Overview trailer come across my digital desk, I wasn’t too interested. BOY WAS I WRONG!

The trailer provides a glimpse into the desperate struggle Max faces after losing it all – his family, his car, his sanity – and the steps he must take to survive in the harsh and desolate Wasteland. For the first time, players get an extended look at the deep car customization, metal grinding vehicular combat, brutal melee combat and a wide range of other activities they can engage in during their quest to build the ultimate survival vehicle, the Magnum Opus, and find solace in the Plains of Silence. All footage in the trailer is in-engine, comprised of actual game play and in-game cinematics.

This looks to be one of those rare few movie tie in games that turn out pretty good. Anyone remember that Wolverine game that was better than the movie? I sure a fuck do.

This trailer has changed my mind on the subject. The world looks gorgeous. The crafting system sounds badass, and I love a game where you start from nothing.

Mad Max hits North America on September 1st. You can pick it up on Xbox One, PS4, PC and…Linux? Yeah, Linux!

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Check Out The ‘Spider-Man’ Shortlist! http://www.geekscape.net/check-out-the-spider-man-shortlist http://www.geekscape.net/check-out-the-spider-man-shortlist#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:07:01 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87208 spider-man-shortlist

Sony has narrowed down their choices for the role of Peter Parker in the next live-action Spider-Man movie and is expected to make test offers in the coming weeks. The actors left to contend for the role include Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Timothee Chalamet (Homeland, Interstellar) and Liam James (The Way, Way Back), among others.

The new Spider-Man is expected to have a cameo in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War but the character won’t be needed on set until June.

Sony and Marvel had no comment regarding the shortlist.

I’m leaning towards wanting Holland or Chalamet. Who are you guys cheering for? Let us know in the comments below?

Source: The Wrap

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Want to Watch ‘Constantine’? NBC Will Stream It All Tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/want-to-watch-constantine-nbc-will-steam-it-all-tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/want-to-watch-constantine-nbc-will-steam-it-all-tomorrow#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:51:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87198 It’s difficult being a Constantine fan. Cancellation is like an impending death sentence, a swinging pendulum swinging too close to comfort. Not all hope is lost, but how much did we lose?

After the emotional rollercoaster from a short while ago, now it looks like there’s still a fighting chance. On NBC starting tomorrow, Friday (April 24), all thirteen episodes of the entire series first season will be available to stream for free — unless you count watching two minutes of State Farm ads and Undateable spots a form of existential payment — and for a limited time.

Meanwhile, as you watch the Hellblazer do his thing, the executive producers will be going up to bat to swing for the fences as they pitch* the second season to NBC bigwigs.

I’m not sure how much these streaming numbers actually count, but this gesture speak volumes. Now it’s time to take advantage. We want more Constantine gosh darn it, so stream it! You don’t even need to actually watch it, just open it up and hit play then go back to your Excel sheets at work like you should be doing. And forward it to your friends who haven’t seen the show yet. The more the merrier!

You heard the man.

*I didn’t mean to use so many contradictory baseball metaphors.

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‘Avengers’ Fans Angry at Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner “Slut” Jokes, For Good Reason http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-fans-angry-at-chris-evans-and-jeremy-renner-slut-jokes-for-good-reason http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-fans-angry-at-chris-evans-and-jeremy-renner-slut-jokes-for-good-reason#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:11:43 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87172 With Avengers: Age of Ultron set to premiere in the United States in just over a week, the press tour has gone into overdrive, and the headlining stories have been… unfortunate. They’re anything but the movie, for one thing.

Yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. suffered an extremely uncomfortable interview that prompted him to awkwardly walk out with tears in his eyes. It was a heartbreaking, sobering moment for a man we’ve seen as a titan in armor. Today, stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are facing backlash for some questionable comments.

By questionable, I mean totally random and kind of bad.

“She’s a slut,” Jeremy Renner refers to fictional character Black Widow, the lone woman of the blockbuster super team.

“She has a prosthetic leg anyway,” says Chris Evans. (We’ll get to this one in a little bit.)

Let’s get this on the table first: They were jokes. Coming off an exhaustive shoot for a multi-million dollar movie, going on endless press tours answering the same, numbing, corporate-approved questions over and over again while struggling just to stay awake thanks to jet lag and constant media attention, Renner and Evans probably were just looking to have some fun and kick back.

However, that doesn’t excuse it from being bad jokes.

First, they’re a bit out of context. Defenders of these comments will argue that we’re taking their remarks out of context, but I question whether they actually have the ability to follow a conversation.The subject that prompted the remarks was about shipping Black Widow with some of the other Avengers (which I’d normally also stamp as sexist, but it’s such a popular topic amongst fans, particularly the female fans, there isn’t much negative baggage associated with it), and it would have just been harmless, if pointless babble.

Then Jeremy Renner called Black Widow a slut.

I mean, it’s jarring. Yeah, it’s about a fictional character, and that’s just what I’d even point out: she’s a fictional character. What the fuck is the point even mentioning her sex life? This isn’t Nymphomaniac either where sex is a major theme. This is Avengers where the goal is to sell t-shirts and toys.

It’s unfortunate this had to happen the same week Marvel — often the exemplars of progressive, inclusive storytelling and representation — are still reflecting some dumb boy’s club attitudes. In one major example, they’ve come under fire for not selling Black Widow merchandise at the same volume of her male counterparts. Being sold and marketed to isn’t exactly the pinnacle of diversity in my eyes, but it’s certainly reflective of larger attitudes at work.

More toys means more kids can grow up enjoying this stuff. It ensures the things you loved will live on for generations long after you’re rotting in the ground. Besides, pretend you’re a kid again and think about it: You don’t want others to play toys with? I was pretty lonely playing Power Rangers toys by myself as a kid, I would have been happy if anyone else, whoever they were, wanted to join me.

Black Widow, however problematic her character may be (not sure if a cold-hearted killer is a great role model for anybody) has become something of a spirit animal for much of the female Marvel fans, who are literally half the movie-going audience. The slut-shaming comments by two of the film’s stars against the one female character has caused quite the dissonance and vitriol from fans — and defenders of comedy or some kind of bullshit alike.

(I only pulled these four tweets just to illustrate, you can find far more with a simple search on Twitter or any comment on every article about this story on every other online outlet. Go nuts.)

I can’t quite subscribe to the “she’s a fictional character” argument. Not only are we in this kinda fucked up era where weirdos in Japan try to marry anime characters and you can’t surf Tumblr without readiNG CAPS-LOCK LADEN POSTS ABOUT THE FEELS AND REALNESS OF fiction, but we also project pieces of ourselves onto the inanimate figures who live only on paper and binary codes. How we treat and view those characters can be telling, because in some weird way it’s kind of how we treat ourselves. Ever took up martial arts because of your favorite Power Ranger? There’s a whole sect of ’90s kids who did.

If I really wanted to push buttons I’d say there’s a whole population of people who worship fictional characters and that I attended school for eighteen years devoted to said fictional characters, but I’m not in that kind of mood right now.

All of this is just unfortunate. Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are humans and they deserve to fuck up, whether they think they were or not.

But they’ve also demonstrated themselves to be exemplary role models, and their fame in portraying superheroes have elevated them into a unique position where once only sports athletes occupied. They literally act out acts of heroism, and to an 8-year-old kid it doesn’t matter how much CGI and rendering it took because Captain America just saved people from falling wreckage! We can debate the merits and responsibilities of celebrities as a whole all day, but that won’t change the fact that people like Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner do have young eyes watching their every move and will imitate them in every way they can.

I’m happy “slut-shaming” and other types of body-shaming actually have names and that more and more people are speaking out against them. It’s insidious discrimination, to categorize people as lesser than you without actually assigning them a specific water fountain they can drink from. It’s blatant sexism, and I can’t defend that kind of casual hate speech — and make no mistake, casual, everyday, “we’re just joking” speech does as much damage as any major protest or discriminatory law can. I can speak from experience.

These are jokes, but they’re bad jokes and they shouldn’t just be “let go.” Let’s not crucify Renner and Evans and acknowledge that we’re all hella stoked for Avengers: Age of Ultron next week. But after this and Trevor Noah,* can we finally talk about what actually constitutes as comedy and what doesn’t? Can we finally accept that “harmless” sexism is anything but harmless?

Can we just not accept people being a bunch of fucking douchebags for once?

As far as the “she’s got a prosthetic leg” comment goes, allow me to dip a toe into the misogyny pool and introduce you to someone who I’d totally take in a manly fashion.

If there’s one thing sexier than a nice pair of legs, it’s strength.

*Not sure where this belongs, but it’s necessary that we not forget that unlike Trevor Noah neither Evans or Renner have earned a paycheck doing stand-up. Arguments about defending comedy go out the window in this situation.

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Sony Is Planning An Animated Spider-Man Movie! http://www.geekscape.net/sony-is-planning-an-animated-spider-man-movie http://www.geekscape.net/sony-is-planning-an-animated-spider-man-movie#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:59:04 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87170 Spider-Man will be spinning webs all over the big screen for the next few years!

Studio head Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon on Wednesday that Sony plans to release a Spider-Man animated feature film. It will be written and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). No director has been named yet.

The press release states that “the film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”

Currently live-action Spider-Man is set to appear in Captain America: Civil War in May 2016 and in a reboot film slated for July 28, 2017.

The animated film is set to release July 20, 2018 sandwiched between an untitled Fox Marvel film scheduled the week before and an untitled DC film scheduled the week after.

So far most of Spider-Man’s animated adventures have been great and with Lord and Miller involved there is no reason to believe that this won’t be awesome! … Is there? Let us know in the comments below.

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A ‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Show Is In The Works! http://www.geekscape.net/galaxy-quest-tv-show-in-the-works http://www.geekscape.net/galaxy-quest-tv-show-in-the-works#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:26:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87163 Paramount Television is currently putting together a TV series project based on Galaxy Quest, the 1999 cult sci-fi movie about the cast of long cancelled cult sci-fi TV show! Keeping up?

In Galaxy Quest, the cast of the show reluctantly become real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and become responsible for saving an alien nation. The film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell. The film’s writer (Robert Gordon), director (Dean Parisot) and producer (Mark Johnson) are all involved in the project as potential executive producers, with Gordon penning the script.

Is there room in your crowded TV schedules for a show like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: Deadline

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: The Age of Adaline http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-the-age-of-adaline http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-the-age-of-adaline#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:57:42 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87157 Back in my younger years, 2008 to be exact, I stubbornly brushed off an unusual tale of aging that went on to win a trio of Oscars. The movie was called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the film turned out to be one that I absolutely adored once I came to my senses and viewed it with an open mind. At first glance Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline transported me back to 2008, and I refused to allow myself to make the same mistake twice. So I eagerly ventured to the city for an advanced screening of this mystical love story.

Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) was born shortly after the turn of the century in 1908. Following a surprise meeting with a charming young man, she marries him less than three months later and gives birth to their daughter, Flemming. One fateful night while traveling home during a rare snow storm in California, an unexpected car accident delivers Adaline with the ability to never age. Unfortunately, this unwanted curse forces her into a remote life for many decades until she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman), a charming young man who may be worth the risk of divulging her closely kept secret.

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The young beauty, Blake Lively, takes center stage in this whimsical tale of an ageless woman who defies science and logic in every way imaginable. Yet, despite Lively’s finest efforts, a ludicrous and blindly absurd tall-tale stands firmly in her way of success. Everything from an unnecessary and irritating narrator, whose only purpose is to spew blasphemous scientific gibberish that somehow supports this completely fabricated medical condition, all the way to a typical over-acted role by Harrison Ford that we’ve come to expect in the twilight of his career.

The Age of Adaline is a mightily flawed film that suffers from lazy writing and over-embellished dramatics. As a bull-headed Adaline refuses to give into the advances of a persistent and intriguing young man, only a rare meeting with her daughter – who at this point appears even older than she does – can sway her opinion. But in an unconvincing fashion that’s essential to the progression of the plot, Ellyn Burstyn’s character bullies her neurotic mother into pursuing a relationship with a guy that neither of them know anything about. This is just one of the many examples of cheap and paper-thin writing that plagues The Age of Adaline.

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For as unappealing and careless as the film is, The Age of Adaline does offer some exceptional cinematography and costume design. The constant flashbacks to early in Adaline’s life do a superb job of transporting the audience to that time period. Furthermore, the onscreen efforts from Blake Lively and her love interest, Michiel Huisman, are anything but a hindrance to the feature. Instead, obvious twists and turns in the screenplay blend together terribly with an out-stretched running time to ultimately tear down an already flimsy foundation.

I’m a huge fan of well-executed and wonderfully told love stories. Films like Slumdog Millionaire and Silver Linings Playbook transcend the romance norm, but do so on the back of solid story-telling and carefully constructed characters. The Age of Adaline feels more like a gimmick, and one that isn’t nearly worth the investment.

GRADE: 2/5

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