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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Cinema Blend has an interview with Hobbit star Evangeline Lily.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Evangeline-Lily-Introduces-World-Tauriel-Set-Hobbit-39902.html

Thor: The Dark World

Here’s a clip of the Warriors Three fighting dark elves and Thor, who knows how to make an entrance.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

(h/t io9) http://io9.com/how-many-beloved-characters-will-die-of-the-walking-dea-1447482786

Here’s a picture of our time travelling canine and his human companion… which sounds familiar, did the Doctor ever own a puppy?

mrpeabody

I grew up with this stuff second hand (my old man liked the Bullwinkle cartoons so much when he was younger that he watched them whenever they were on while I was growing up) and this looks like it might not be entirely awful.

Frozen

And here is the trailer for Disney’s movie Frozen, their retelling of The Snow Queen.

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Thor: The Dark World

io9 has a description of 30 minutes of footage from Thor: The Dark World.

Just watched a 30-minute clip. It is composed of many smaller clips, so the plot is not consistent.

It begins with Loki wearing handcuffs in Asgard. Guards escort Loki to Odin’s throne where Frigga tells Loki not to repeat his past mistakes. Loki retorts what is “repeat?” To punish Loki, Odin informs him that he will be permanently locked away in a dungeon, and tells him that his brother Thor will be the king.

Then the scene cuts to Thor and the Warriors Three fighting in a village. Thor and Sif have a banter. Sif is seen shielding herself from an arrow. The scene concludes with Thor smashing a stone-like creature (Kronan).

Next up, a brief dialogue scene between Thor and Heimdall, as they look at the stars from the end of the Bifrost (Rainbow Bridge).

It goes on from there.

Star Wars

Here’s a look at one of the new villains we’ll be seeing on the animated Star Wars: Rebels show coming to Disney XD: The Imperial Inquisitor.

With each successive villain wielding even less practical weapons, I predict the next Star Wars villain will use a Krull-saber.  If you've never seen Krull, you won't get this joke... but seriously, it's not worth watching Krull to get it. Trust me.

With each successive villain wielding even less practical weapons, I predict the next Star Wars villain will use a Krull-saber.
If you’ve never seen Krull, you won’t get this joke… but seriously, it’s not worth watching Krull to get it. Trust me.

The inquisitors were a group of dark Force users serving under Darth Vader. Some were turned Jedi, others were trained from their youth. They were used to hunt down the surviving Jedi, which means that it’s likely that there will be at least one Jedi protagonist in the series as well who will cause this particular inquisitor a great deal of grief every week.

Anyway, if it all sounds goofy, it sort of is.

Doesn’t mean I won’t watch it.

Because I am a dork.

Sigh…

General

If you’re a user of the Chrome browser, you might want to regularly clear your cache.

Feinman: Chrome has several databases and files that store information on users’ computers. One of those databases is encrypted and designed specifically to store passwords securely. However, other unencrypted databases and files store strings of text regardless of their sensitivity.

These files are where Identity Finder was able to find unprotected credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information. This means a lost or stolen computer or one infected with malware could lead to identity theft even without access to the underlying Windows account.

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Star Wars

There is a rumor flying around that Benedict Cumberbatch (winner three years in a row of the coveted “Most British Name” award) has signed on to the cast for Episode VII.

So with that in mind, let the rumors begin of a shared Paramount and Disney sci-fi universe that will culminate with Joss Whedon directing a Star Trek/Star Wars/Firefly team up movie in 2021.

Until the eldritch horror that now resides within the frozen head of Walt utters in its gibbering, slavering dialect the dark command to its shambling be-suited minions to proclaim forth the casting decisions, none of this should be taken seriously.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Confirming the rumor I mentioned the other day, yes, Bradley Cooper is a talking space raccoon with a gun. There is nothing that is not completely absurd about that statement and yet, I really want to see this movie.

Thor: The Dark World

Here’s a good look at former Dr. Who (or if you’re feeling particularly vindictive, former Destro) Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.

Thor

In case you were wondering who Malekith the Accursed is, I’ll quote the Wikipedia article:

Malekith struck an alliance with Loki on behalf of the fire demon Surtur.[1] He took control of a number of Earth humans using special food of the faerie provided by Hela. Malekith then killed Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, after learning its location.[2] As Master of the Hounds, Malekith hunted down Roger Willis, Eric’s son and new guardian of the Casket. Malekith battled Thor, and kidnapped Lorelei.[3] Using Lorelei as bait, Malekith forced Thor to battle Algrim the Strong, one of his Dark Elf followers, then attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pool of magma. He then captured the Casket of Ancient Winters from Roger Willis.[4] Malekith was ultimately defeated by Thor, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, releasing magical frigid force all over the Earth.[5] Malekith was then brought as a captive by Thor to Asgard

Of course… it all makes sense now.

I don’t have a real world analogue for the leader of a band of evil elves who fights a thunder god, but with only 694 words in his wiki, I have to say that comic book fans just aren’t trying that hard these days. I expected at least 5,000 words on a minor character in a B-list superhero comic.

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Jurassic Park 4

Yes… 4. Seriously. 4. Because there were so many unanswered questions remaining after the first three movies:

Jurassic Park: Capitalists are kind of jerks who exploit nature for profit and it will all blow up in our faces one day. Also, T-Rexs are awesome and I want one to ride on for my daily commute.

Jurassic Park 2: Environmentalists are kind of dicks. Seriously, go rewatch it and try to tell me that that’s not the moral. Every bad thing that happens is the result of one of the ‘heroes’ trying to stick it to the ‘villains’.

Also T-Rexs are still awesome and it would be even better than I could have dreamed of to ride one to work every morning.

Jurassic Park 3: Uh… I don’t know… Dinosaurs… something something Sam Neill needs a paycheck… Raptors…. They used to be kind of cool, right? Yeah, we think this is lame too.

So now 4 has apparently come along to remind us all that these movies existed at one time. The director would like us to know that:

“It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too…”

Yes, but we don’t want you to. We’re perfectly okay going through life without JP4. Thanks. Kindly go make another indie movie. Maybe about a quirky girl. I know there have been a thousand of those made already. That’s the point. It’d still be fresher than any Jurassic Park sequel that the studio can crap out.

Thor: The Dark World

Woobie lovers everywhere, Thor director Alan Taylor has heard your prayers and has decided to go back and do some reshoots to cram more Loki into the sequel.

We’re doing full scenes, scenes that were not in the movie before. We’re adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time… We realized how well Loki was working in the movie, and we wanted to do more with him. So it was that kind of thing. It was like, ‘Oh, we could do this, we could jam this in here because he’s such a wonderful guy to watch do his stuff.’

TMNT

Hey, everyone looking forward to the new TMNT Michael Bay produced reboot! Yes, you sir. I’m talking directly to you all the way in the back there. I’m glad you’re here, otherwise, I’d be talking to no one.

Anyway, showing confidence in the movie, the studio has quietly moved it from an early June opening to an August opening.

But I’m sure the movie will show all of the care and devotion to craft and source material that Michael Bay is famous for…. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA….

Movies for nerds opening this week:

I haven’t seen any of these, so I’m mostly guessing at the plot synopsis.

  • Kick-Ass 2: The touching story of a boy from Uzbekistan and his violin during the last days of the Soviet Union. You’ll be amazed at the intricate native costumes and how cheap life was in a brutal Soviet Union where profanity and violence were the normal interaction.
  • Jobs: A documentary about the 2007 recession and the plight of the long term unemployed narrated by Kelso from That 70’s Show.
  • Paranoia: Thor and Commissioner Gordon team up to take down Han Solo with computers. Computers are still nerdy, right?
  • Austenland: Twilight author Stephanie Meyer makes her first foray into film producing with this romantic comedy about a 30-something woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen lead her to an eccentric theme park based on the author’s writings, and into the company of a handsome young suitor.

Uh, that last one wasn’t a joke either. That’s the actual opening paragraph of the plot synopsis.

Alternatively, you can also go see a movie about the White House Butler.

Television

Occasionally, I like to migrate over the TV side of things and see what’s happening out there in America.

Huh… what’s this?

Coming off of a record-breaking season, A&E’s Ducky Dynasty has nabbed another huge ratings feat with its August return. The unscripted comedy drew a record 11.8 million viewers during Wednesday’s one-hour premiere. That’s almost 2 million north of its previous record, making it cable’s biggest nonfiction series to date.

All right then…

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Thor: The Dark World

Here’s the trailer, folks

Having watched it, I’m trying to focus on the fact that I really liked the last Thor movie instead of the fact that the last time I watched a movie that involved Natalie Portman jetting around the galaxy with space wizards and aliens, I came away feeling like my childhood had been bludgeoned to death with a Gungan.

Ender’s Game

And the trailer for this one:

Batman vs. Superman

For some reason, I’m less excited about this movie and more increasingly filled with a deep abiding hatred for it. Maybe that’s my nerd brain’s self-defense mechanism kicking in making sure that my expectations for this film are nil so I’ll be pleasantly surprised by it when it doesn’t completely suck.

Or maybe I’m just pissy about it because I can’t stand arbitrary conflict for the sake of conflict.

Or maybe it’s because the whole shebang seems less like it was the end result of a serious planning meeting and more like something someone in Marketing pulled out of their ass so the WB wouldn’t seem like total wankers at ComicCon as Marvel was hyping their movie about the Ent and the talking raccoon and how it fit into their plans for an overall movie universe.

Regardless, I suppose if we’re going for an ‘older’ Batman, you could do a lot worse than Jeffery Dean Morgan.

Spiderman Tu-tu

In addition to the 25 or so confirmed villains in the movie, there may be another hero helping out Peter Parker.

But will it have a dance number?

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Lots and lots of stuff to catch up on.

Doctor Who

The Doctor is dead. Long live the Doctor.

According to Dr. Who fans on the Internet, this is simultaneously the worst and best choice ever made.

Batman vs. Superman

There is a ton of rumors out there surrounding who the new Dark Knight will be in the Man of Steel sequel.

None of it particularly excites me right now, because Zach Snyder is reportedly meeting with Frank Miller to discuss the story of the movie, and seriously, if this movie turns into a two hour grim and gritty comic book fest I think I’d much rather just pop in my Superman II and Batman DVDs and call it a day.

This is going to be a movie with two guys in tights who beat up criminals. Can we possibly have a little fun in it?

Ender’s Game

Here’s a trailer for the trailer of Ender’s Game

I… man… seriously… a trailer for a trailer… Take it away, Jean Luc.

facepalm

Thor: The Dark World

The Norse god of thunder and son of Odin, however, refuses to be outdone by you, Ender’s Game. Nay. Behold, mortals… a picture advertising a trailer for the sequel.

thorcountdown

double_facepalm

Star Wars

ABC and Lucasfilm both having been assimilated by the Disney Collective (motto: Resistance is futile.) are now in talks to bring some Star Wars to your TV.

So, one more point in favor of Star Wars there, Trekkers. Our evil corporate overlords trust that we’re devoted enough to our fandom that we’ll watch a TV show and still go out and pay $15 to see a movie set in the same universe.

Some of you may point out that the last live action Star Wars TV outings were the eldritch horrors known as the Ewok adventure movies, to which I would counter: Enterprise.

Though, seriously, Paramount… make a damn Star Trek show.

Star Trek

Speaking of which, in the event that JJ Abrams has gone to the Dark Side for good and can no longer churn out sequels to his alternate timeline franchise, Paramount reportedly wants to go with Jon M. Chu recently of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Speculate now on which character The Rock should play in the Star Trek mythos. I’m going with Sybok.

The Crow

This remake inexplicably continues to be made. And Crow creator James O’Barr lets us all know that this particular film adaptation will be much closer to his original comics than the one with ill-fated star Brandon Lee.

“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters.”

Would it be irony, justice, or just really hilarious if Brandon Lee came back in full Crow make-up and stormed into the studio meetings where unnecessary remakes were green-lit and forced the executives to watch the remakes of Miracle of 34th Street, Mr. Deeds, and Halloween?

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Family Guy/The Simpsons

If you’re a fan of animated shows about fat guys who have wives that rightfully should have smothered them with a pillow in their sleep years ago, then good news: there is an apparent crossover show between the two long time animated hits that will air in 2014.

In “The Simpsons Guy” episode of FAMILY GUY, Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voice Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner) and Lois (Alex Borstein) ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.

Batman

AICN reports on a memo that says there will be a Batman movie in 2015. While Batman-on-Film reports that there is chatter that the movie would be a Batman Beyond adaptation about a crotchety   old Bruce Wayne finding a new protégé to take his place on the streets of Gotham.

Also, for what it’s worth, Harry’s doc also continues the ludicrous charade that Warner Bros. will get it act together long enough to make a Justice League movie by 2015.

X-men

Here is Bishop, the Time Travelling Mutant from the dystopian future:

He's the one on the left.

He’s the one on the left.

And here is the head of one of the Giant Nazi Death Robots:

I should have known better than to sell my body to the head of Richard Nixon!

I should have known better than to sell my body to the head of Richard Nixon!

Thor: The Dark World

Reportedly, Benicio Del Toro will make an appearance in the Thor sequel, possibly in a post-credits scene to lead us into Guardians of the Galaxy, where he’ll reportedly be the principle bad guy of that movie, the Collector. Which, admittedly sounds less like a supervillain and more like an annoying fanboy at a comic con that wouldn’t leave the comic book writer alone, so the annoyed writer made him into supervillain in his comic books, so he could cathartically have his heroes punch the little bastard in the face on a regular basis.

Sherlock

More TV news from ComicCon, there was a Sherlock panel that was introduced with this video from stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch:

You can read more about the panel here.

 

 

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Star Trek into Darkness

Here’s a clip that’s been making its way around the intertoobs.

No spoilers really, and if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably already heard about this clip.

But it is a nice clip of Bones being Bones, Spock being Spock, and Scotty being Scotty.

Thor 2

Here’s the new trailer:

I was sort of ‘meh’ on it until the last part. I laughed at Thor’s line to Loki, ‘When you betray me…” instead of “If…” It shows that he’s not a complete idiot and also as desperate as Loki says he is.

Also, too, if you’re single, I think I know what Natalie Portman’s type is: overly dramatic blondes who wear ridiculous armor, wield a mythological weapon and scream, “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” over her death.

So if you want a shot, you might want to dye your hair, locate Excalibur, and take a drama class.

Futurama

Good news, everyone, by which I mean terrible news… Comedy Central having previously resurrected Futurama from Fox’s axing, has now axed the show.

Iron Man 3

Disney is currently flexing its corporate muscles and is having a bit of a tussle with AMC and Regal theaters over (what else?) money. Disney purportedly wants a bigger take of the box office for Iron Man 3 (and possibly subsequent movies) and now the theater chains have stopped selling pre-release tickets to Iron Man 3 and everyone is wondering if the film will open on time in the US, and seriously, with the amount of money we’re talking about, this isn’t even a story. The two sides will reach a compromise and everyone will have enough money to fund their cocaine, blackjack, and hooker addictions for another few months.