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Splash Page - Interview With Ray Chou, Writer For Skies Of Fire And Glow. 9 Panel Grid Podcast: Episode 17

27 May 2017 8:56 AM, PDT

We apologize for the long break! Life has taken both of us on ups and downs that have kept us away from our podcast, but we are finally back! In this Splash Page episode Jace takes some time to talk with comic book creator Ray Chou. He is the writer for Skies Of Fire and Glow from Mythopoeia. Issue #4 of Skies Of Fire is set to be released in June. Check out the interview and then head over to their Kickstarter to help out the project! Links to their site and Kickstarter are below for more information.

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- Emmanuel Gomez

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Pirates On Track To Hit $100 Million In Opening Weekend?

26 May 2017 6:45 PM, PDT

It gets increasingly difficult to peg where a film’s performance will fall in an opening weekend. A few years ago, things seemed a whole lot simpler, but in a world where there’s a $100 million-plus opening film hitting every other week, it gets harder to gauge the tolerance an audience has for similar films. 2011 saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and that film took in around $4.7 million in its opening Thursday. The movie went on to make around $90 million in its opening weekend, and over $1 billion worldwide in its theatrical run, securing its place in a rare category of ultra-successful films.

This past Thursday, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the franchise, took in $5.5 million in Thursday ticket sales. When compared to the On Stranger Tides it seems to hint at a potential $100 million opening. And why not? »

- Joseph Medina

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Co-Director Espen Sandberg On The A Pressure Of Hopping On This Franchise

26 May 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for the latest Pirates movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth entry in the long-running Pirates series, and the second one not to be directed by franchise-starter Gore Verbinski (the first being 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Given the big name surrounding this franchise, it was undoubtedly a hard gig to lock down for co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. We at Lrm had a chance to sit down with co-director Sandberg, and right off the bat, we asked that very question.

Lrm: How did you manage to get it?

Sandberg: Joachim and I chased the movie because we heard that they were going to make a Pirates, and we got hold of the script, and we absolutely loved it, then we started calling basically Disney and Jerry [Bruckheimer] to be allowed to pitch our take on it. »

- Nancy Tapia

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Some Men Upset Over Women Only Wonder Woman Screening, Alamo Drafthouse Embraces Hate

26 May 2017 5:15 PM, PDT

Recently, Alamo Drafthouse advertised a women-only screening of DC Films’ and Warner Bros.’ latest DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman.

The invitation read as follows:

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female."

Given the fact that this is the first female-led superhero film in the modern era of superhero movies, it makes a lot of sense that there’d be a screening like this. After all, it's not everyday that a female superhero film hits the big screen.

But this celebration hasn’t gone unnoticed by some online men. In the eyes of some, this move by Alamo Drafthouse is an affront to the gender equality they look to promote. »

- Joseph Medina

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Luke Cage: Mike Colter Hopes Season 2 Will Cover The Character’s Very Public Identity

26 May 2017 4:30 PM, PDT

Every one of the Defenders has had his or her own set of very real problems in the Marvel Netflix universe. However, in one aspect, Luke Cage stands alone. Daredevil uses a mask to hide his identity; Jessica Jones doesn’t exactly hide her powers, but she’s managed to make it work without being noticed; and despite being a millionaire and telling everyone under the sun that he’s the Iron Fist, Danny Rand doesn’t exactly have the public eye falling on him about being said Iron Fist

However, as a citizen of Harlem and a begrudging hero, Luke Cage has become something of a role model and icon of many folks. The climax of the last season of Luke Cage, we saw a very public street brawl between him and the big bad of the series, and even following the events of The Defenders, there’s no »

- Joseph Medina

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Baywatch 2 Is In The Works, Already Has A Story

26 May 2017 3:45 PM, PDT

The new film Baywatch opened this week, starring the hilarious duo of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Based on the series of the same name starring David Hasselhoff, the movie version has taken a very self-aware, tongue in cheek approach, not unlike the 21 Jump Street films. But is Baywatch a "one and done" film adaptation like Starsky and Hutch, or will it continue to follow the model set by the 21 Jump Street films? Do I even need to ask in Hollywood's current climate?

Variety is reporting that not only is a Baywatch sequel planned, but there is already a story in place. Producer Beau Flynn told Variety:

“We have an amazing story already. We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to »

- Nick Doll

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Kylo Ren's State Of Mind In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

26 May 2017 3:05 PM, PDT

Though he can be whiny like his grandfather and uncle, and has a galaxy-famous temper, Kylo Ren is perhaps the best Star Wars villain since the legendary Darth Vader, so far. Kylo Ren, formally Ben Solo, is an interesting case study in relation to to his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker. While Anakin wanted nothing more than to be a Jedi Knight, but was unable to avoid the temptations of the Dark Side, Ren seems to have the opposite problem; he wants to be a baddass like Vader, but he seems to be tempted by the Light. 

By the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren had murdered his father, Han Solo, and lost a Lightsaber duel to Rey, someone completely new to the Force (to be fair, Ren was very badly injured going into the fight). Scarred by Luke's old Lightsaber, Ren was whisked off the Starkiller base before its destruction, »

- Nick Doll

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Pirates Co-Director Joachim Rønning On Fighting For The Gig & Growing Up With His Collaborator

26 May 2017 2:45 PM, PDT

It's not everyday that you jump on board a nearly 15-year franchise -- especially one that's as prominent in the pop culture zeitgeist as Pirates of the Caribbean. Given the strong brand recognition of the franchise as a whole (not even including the movies), it's an intimidating prospect for anyone to jump in head first. That's exactly what collaborators Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg did when they hopped on board Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth and latest entry in the successful Disney film series.

Lrm recently had a chance to sit down with Rønning, and in it we discussed everything from how they locked down the gig to his long-lasting relationship with co-director Espen Sandberg.

Lrm: How did you manage to get the gig?

Rønning: I think that Pirates of the Caribbean reminds me of the kind of movies that I grew up with, »

- Nancy Tapia

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The Mummy Beats The Tar Out Of Tom Cruise In New Clip

26 May 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

That time Sofia Boutella threw Tom Cruise across a forest. Watch this exclusive #TheMummy clip. pic.twitter.com/VZX6vchpXq

— #TheMummy (@themummy) May 23, 2017

For well over a year, we’ve known that Universal has been working behind the scenes to bring a shared universe of monsters to the big screen. Earlier this week, the studio gave this universe a new branding identity in the form of Dark Universe, which will consist of such monsters as The Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster, and of course, The Mummy.

In a couple weeks, we’ll be getting our very first taste of this world with The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella (the latter of whom plays the titular Mummy). This film looks like it’ll be bringing plenty of action-heavy thrills, but we can certainly hope that it’ll bring some old-school chills with it as well. After all, »

- Joseph Medina

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Was Joss Whedon Working On Justice League Prior To Zack Snyder's Family Tragedy?

26 May 2017 1:35 PM, PDT

This week the news broke that director Zack Synder and producer Deborah Snyder were leaving Justice League after a truly tragic death in their family. While fans and fellow filmmakers expressed their sadness and support for the Snyder family, the show must go on, so it was announced that Joss Whedon was stepping in to complete the project, primarily dealing with reshoots and the overall final cut of the film.  So, how did Joss Whedon, of all people, get the gig? Was it his experience directing two Avengers films, Marvel's version of the Justice League? (This is an over simplification, I know.) Was it because he' working on Batgirl, and therefore already has a relationship with the studio? 

While both were certainly contributing factors that helped Whedon land the job, these are not the only reasons why he is finishing Justice League. Producer Charles Roven spoke to Variety at the La premiere of Wonder Woman, »

- Nick Doll

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Game Of Thrones Cast Discuss What A Stark Family Reunion Could Be Like

26 May 2017 12:50 PM, PDT

The Stark family has always been thought of as “the good guys” on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. In a cruel and unforgiving world like Westeros, morals and ethics can quickly be tossed aside in favor of personal gain and often times survival. The Starks have shown to be different, even in a morally ambiguous world, they at least attempt to do what is right.

With most of the family having been separated since the first season, and some of them having met untimely deaths, fans have long dreamed about what a Stark family reunion would be like. While Sansa Stark and her now cousin, Jon Snow have reunited, Bran and Arya are still yet to find their way home.  A video from Entertainment Weekly asked the actors that portray the Starks what they think a reunion would entail.  

Related: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Confirmed As 6 Episodes

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- Seth McDonald

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Watch Ben Affleck Attempt To Replicate Christian Bale's Infamous Batman Voice

26 May 2017 12:05 PM, PDT

The Dark Knight is widely considered the definitive Batman film -- I think Batman Begins gives it a run for its money -- though one point of criticism most Batman fans would agree upon is Christian Bale's over-the-top Batman voice. In an age when Tobey Maguire was using his normal voice as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man (how did Mary Jane not figure that out from the start?), the "Christian Bale voice defense" was that at least Bruce Wayne had the foresight to disguise his voice, even if he took it in an odd direction. 

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice featured a new Batman in Ben Affleck, and with him, a new take on Batman's voice.  While Christian Bale always sounded like he was going to lose his voice, by shouting all the time, or had lost it, when deeply whispering a lot, Affleck's take sounds »

- Nick Doll

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Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins Doesn’t Think She Could Have Made A Good Thor 2 Movie

26 May 2017 11:20 AM, PDT

Hollywood can be a brutal and unforgiving place. We’ve seen dreams get crushed in the moviemaking machine, and we’ve seen directors cycle in and out of big budget productions due to creative differences. While Marvel Studios is largely seen as one that has their s**t together, they too have seen the departure of directors from their films after they’d been announced. Perhaps the biggest one of note is Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, but he wasn’t the only one. The other high profile departure came in the from of Patty Jenkins, who was originally on board to helm Thor 2, a film that would eventually become Thor: The Dark World.

The man who ended up taking the helm of the project was none other than Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, and while the franchise as a whole was still riding high on The Avengers and Iron Man 3, »

- Joseph Medina

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Production Designer For Wonder Woman Shares Images Of Its Stunning Visual World

26 May 2017 10:34 AM, PDT

With the Premiere of Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman taking place last night and a fan screening the night before, the anticipation for the film is very high. So far reactions to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, some even deeming it the film that will save the Dcu. We have already seen her character in Batman V Superman where she stole the show in the end, and we have seen her in various trailers for not only for her first solo film, but the trailers for The Justice League which will be in theaters this fall.

Entertainment Weekly had the opportunity to talk with Aline Bonetto, who shared with them some amazing images of the films visual world. They are linked down below if you would like to check them out. As you scroll through them there are many notes about each scene which really shows the attention to each scene's attention to detail. »

- Emmanuel Gomez

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Bob Iger Gives Update On The Alleged Disney Hack

26 May 2017 10:20 AM, PDT

Roughly 10 days ago, it was reported that Disney had been hacked and that a movie had been stolen. The movie was widely thought to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men Tell No Tales, though there was no info to back this up. The hackers demanded Disney meet their demands for a ransom payment via Bitcoin. They also threatened to first release a five-minute clip of the movie, and if Disney refused to meet their demands they would then release the rest of the movie in 20-minute increments. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, chairman and CEO of Disney, Bob Iger said he doesn’t believe Disney was ever infiltrated.

“To our knowledge we were not hacked. We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required. »

- Seth McDonald

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review - A Fun Ride That Buckles Under The Pressure Of The Slightest Scrutiny

26 May 2017 9:28 AM, PDT

In some ways, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise can be compared to the Transformers franchise. They’re big, bombastic visual effects extravaganzas that surprised many in their first entry, but have since disappointed on many levels. Yet despite said disappointments, they both still manage to make huge bucks at the box office.

When it comes to the Pirates movies, I tend to find myself in the minority. I enjoyed the first one okay, but really fell in love with the second entry, Dead Man’s Chest, which I thought successfully amped up the fun and scope of the original without going too far into the deep end. The third entry, At World’s End lost me completely with its overly-convoluted narrative, and by the time On Stranger Tides came around, I’d already had enough of my fill of Pirates, so I didn’t even bother.

With that in mind, »

- Joseph Medina

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Confirmed As 6 Episodes

26 May 2017 8:27 AM, PDT

We’ve known for some time that the last two seasons of Game of Thrones would be much shorter than the standard 10-episode ones. The first six seasons had done a fantastic job of building this world, and setting all the chess pieces in place, and now what remained were the countless payoffs that audiences had been hungry for all these years.

Some time ago, the showrunners stated that the last two seasons would only consist of 13 episodes in total, and when it was confirmed that Season 7 would be seven episodes long, it took simple arithmetic to figure out that Season 8 would likely only last six episodes. However, nothing is ever fully set in the film industry. The creative process is ever malleable, and in the time between then and now, they could very well have found that they had either more or less story to tell, when all said and done. »

- Joseph Medina

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Pirates Star Kaya Scodelario On How She Landed Her Role, Working With Johnny Depp, & More!

26 May 2017 8:05 AM, PDT

Pirates of the Caribbean is a franchise that's existed for the better part of fifteen years. Taking its inspiration from the Disneyland ride of the same name, the film showed a whole new edgier side of Disney that we hadn't seen in a good while. Despite its family friendly image, it managed to tell the tale of a kickass pirate movie, with all the violence and fun that one would expect to see in such a film. Add into that the character of Jack Sparrow, and you had real gold.

The franchise has had four films as of this point, and the latest iteration, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sees the arrival of a mostly new cast of characters, including that of new leading female, Carina Smyth. Taking on that role is Kaya Scodelario, who is probably best known for Skins and The Maze Runner. We »

- Nancy Tapia

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Stranger Things: The ‘Forces Of Evil’ In Season 2 Make The Demogorgon Look ‘Quaint’

26 May 2017

Last year’s Netflix original series Stranger Things was one of the many surprise hits the streaming service has cranked out over the past several years. Ever since they launched House of Cards, Netflix has been on a role with all the quality content they’ve provided. However, Stranger Things stood out due to its strong characters and its great blend of ‘80s nostalgia and Stephen King-esque horror.

Indeed one staple of King has always been children in jeopardy, and the Demogorgon and the Upside Down certainly qualified as pretty dark and twisted. With that initial season behind them, the next one is faced with the gargantuan task of not just living up to that first one, but one-upping it. Luckily, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be resting on their laurels, and if that Super Bowl trailer from a few months back is any indication, they aren »

- Joseph Medina

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Comic Uno Is At Borough Con This Friday And Saturday

26 May 2017 5:21 AM, PDT

If you are in the St. Johns University area and attending Borough Con this weekend make sure to stop at one of Comic Uno's panels she will be taking a part of.  Below are the days and times when Kat's panels will be taking place.

Friday 3:45-4:45 - Indie Comic PublishingSaturday 2:15-3:15 - Comics in the Internet Age 

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, »

- Michael Connally

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