Snoopy looks extra fuzzy in this new ‘Peanuts’ movie teaser

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Back in 2012, Peanuts fans let out a collective Ice Age sequel-induced groan when studio Blue Sky announced a CGI-animated feature-length film based on Charles Schultz’s legendary series. There was a general, understandable fear that bringing Charlie Brown and Snoopy into a computer animated world might hinder the charm and magic of our favorite blockhead’s familiar universe.

I say this with great optimism, but I believe those fears can now be put to rest.  Last night we were given our first glimpse into the new film with a promotional still and a short teaser-trailer. The teaser is exactly that, a teaser, offering no hint at the overall plot of the movie. In fact, the teaser doesn’t even really have any jokes or interesting dialogue- but that’s ok if you consider that this teaser was meant to give us our first look at the animation and character designs. Odd Charlie Brown curl close-ups aside, I think it looks great. The “3D” look is subtle and takes a backseat to Schultz’s familiar character designs, looking new without taking away from that old familiar Peanuts feel.

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Was this new still of the Green Goblin in ‘Amazing Spider-man 2’ really necessary?

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Today we were given a new official look at The Amazing Spider-man 2’s Green Gobliln, as depicted by the excellent Dane DeHaan (Chronicle). Naturally, the internet is abuzz with discussion of the new interpretation of this iconic comic book villain. The common question appearing on every comment thread this side of Ain’t It Cool News seems to be “why can’t we get a Green Goblin that actually looks like the Green Goblin?“.

Studios seem to shy away from allowing comic book movies to look anything but dark, gritty or futuristic but it’s already been proven that a comics-faithful Green Goblin design can be pulled off. In fact, check out the original design and screen test for Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin meant for the 2002 film.  This was of course before they turned him into a Power Rangers villain.

I’m also fairly disappointed at the over-saturation of plot detail given to us by official marketing materials. At this point we’ve seen at least six different trailers, showing us at least four different villains, several major plot points, a twist involving Oscorp and a tease of a possible major character death. Is there anything from this movie that we haven’t seen at this point?

Green Goblin could have been the one thing that the studio kept a tight lid on, something that director Marc Webb saved for the final act of the film to tease the third movie, since we now know there’s going to be at least six of them in totalIt might actually help to give the transformation a little context instead of leaving people wondering why it looks like MacCauley Culkin did a ton of meth and dressed up like a character from the movie Rollerball.

Gauntlet reboot announced, trailer revealed!

 

From the original arcade Gauntlet to Gauntlet Legends on the Nintendo 64, many of us have memories of shoveling oreos into our mouths and guzzling Moutain Dew while shoving friends off the couch, yelling at them for stealing the key or shooting the food. In a gaming industry where online gaming reigns supreme it’s nice to see the original 4-player couch co-op game making a grand return- though it is rather curious that the game is releasing on PC only, at least initially.  Of course this is only an announcement trailer showing off one specific dungeon, but after seeing what developer Arrowhead is capable of with their previous release Magicka, I’m excited to see where they take this.

Just…don’t shoot the food. It’s not cool.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pikachu is Japan’s official mascot for 2014 World Cup

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After the most adorable huddle ever (seriously, look at that), Nintendo has teamed up with Adidas to make Pikachu the official mascot for Japan at the 2014 World Cup.  Adidas is obviously no stranger to supporting the event though Nintendo’s inclusion might seem odd to those unfamiliar with Nintendo’s recent change in strategy after suffering some losses in 2013.

I would think the tie-in could also potentially bring in a larger child audience, specifically in the United States. It’s also hard not to imagine Nintendo scrambling to quickly put together a tie-in game. Come on…Pokemon Soccer? I’d play that.

It worked for Mega Man right?

…right!?

…maybe not.

Gandalf’s sword is in the iron throne on Game Of Thrones!

Reddit user NoMoreHodoring cleverly noticed something when re-watching HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ series with a friend.  Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring, is hidden within the iron throne.

For the uninitiated, the iron throne is crafted from swords of fallen enemies and welded together to create a seat by which the king of the Seven Kingdoms can dispense justice, provide an audience to his people or dickishly threaten court jesters.

This is a great easter egg and a fantastic merging of fictional universes, though I’m not sure that I like the idea of Gandalf the White falling to a Targaryen, or a Lannister for that matter.

Still, the props department was clearly having a lot of fun when they did this.  LightlyBuzzed noticed that Robin Hood’s sword is just to the right of Gandalf’s. You have to wonder what other swords are hidden in there.  Maybe Link’s Master Sword is poking Joffrey in the ass.

 

Season 4 premieres on HBO,  Sunday April 17th at 9pm.

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is now available on Blu-ray/DVD + Digital

Gurren Lagann art book gets a US release date!

 

I just wanted to make a quick public service announcement to inform people of something that they need to kn- who am I kidding? “Just who the hell do you think I am?”  I’m a Gurren Lagann fanboy and I’m really excited that the art book for this gorgeous series is finally getting a U.S. release date on June 10th!

 
Now if only it were socially acceptable to wear Kamina’s glasses in public…

            Click here to pre-order “Gurren Lagann: Art Works” on Amazon

Is this Ben Affleck as Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel?

According to ComicBookMovie.com, this image found on Instagram over the weekend may actually be our first look at Ben Affleck’s Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.  

A bit of early-morning Google Image searching tells me that this is definitely Ben Affleck’s lower jaw and chin. It also tells me that itis perfectly ok for my co-workers to see me zooming in on photos of Ben Affleck’s mouth for over an hour.  

Given that the image appears to be a black and white photo of another photo, it is very difficult to determine it’s authenticity.  Skepticism is a healthy thing but when you’re a comic book geek and see a Batman cowl that looks like it was ripped out of a Jim Lee storyline, it’s hard to not get a little bit gleeful.

I’d like to think that this would force the studio’s hand and inspire them to release an early promotional shot of the full Batman costume, but my Argo office calendar tells me that we still have at least another five-hundred and fourteen days before the studios will even begin to officially promote this thing.

The Last Of Us live-action movie is on the way

Cue the casting pains…

Rumors of a feature length film based on Naughty Dog’s megahit PS3 game The Last Of Us have been circling the web since Sony’s apparent trademark filings went viral last year. Earlier today, Deadline reported the rumors are indeed true.

The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2033 wherein most of the world has been left in ruins and humanity has all but fallen to a zombie-like rage virus. The 40-something battle-hardened Joel meets up with teen survivor Ellie, as they overcome seemingly impossible odds in this intense, heartfelt action game. Concerned fans may find some solace in the fact that the game’s creative director Neil Druckman will be handling script-writing duties while other aspects of the film will be overseen by other members of the Naughty Dog.  Better yet, the film will be produced by Evil Dead and Spider-man vet Sam Raimi under his Ghost House Pictures moniker.

Of course with the project in such an early stage, no casting decisions have been made- though expect the internet to explode with silly rumors over the coming months.

The Last of Us will be distributed by Sony’s Screen Gems with no release-date announced as of yet.

 
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Linkin Park’s new song “Guilty All The Same” may surprise you

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Ah yes, Linkin Park.

Rewind to 2000 and remember the angsty chugging chords and high-pitched synths of songs like “Crawling”, “Papercut” and “One Step Closer”. Picture the sea of fans at a concert dripping with sweat and hair product from their frosted-tip spike cuts.  Remember the patches on backpacks, anime fan videos and countless remixes…this is the image that Linkin Park has never quite been able to shake. Album after album, single after single, be it post-2000’s U2 sounding adult contempo radio singles like 2007’s “Shadow of the Day” or experimental post-industrial concept albums like 2010’s A Thousand Suns, they have made steps to move beyond the glory days of nu-metal.

Today, the band surprised fans by pulling the curtain back on a new single that sounds like nothing they’ve attempted before. Instead of an orgy of electronic sounds crafted from a Macbook, the band sheds their overproduced sound with gritty guitars and an opening melody that tells me they’ve been listening to a lot of power metal. By the time Rakim jumps in with a guest verse, I had completely forgotten about CGI whales and spiky-haired kids screaming at each other. It may not convert haters to fans but kudos to Shinoda & co. for trying something far beyond the safety net of their past.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blD0Yrh3tgY