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‘Megaforce’ Review

15 December 2013 1:25 PM, PST

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Henry Silva | Written by Albert S. Ruddy | Directed by Hal Needham

Oh the 80s, how I love thee so… From the fashion and the music to the video games and the movies. And oh, what movies! From the decades big blockbusters to the direct-to-vhs dross that clogged video store shelves I loves me some 80s flicks. So when two of the decades most infamous flicks get re-released on DVD I just knew I had to check them out… First up, Megaforce!

I’ll admit, Megaforce passed me by back in the day, during the 80s I was all about the cheesy horror and anything Star Wars-esque. But, like any movie fan, the film’s reputation had not gone unnoticed by me… The film stars Barry Bostwick as Ace Hunter, leader of a mercenary army force who uphold peace, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Bounty Killer’ Review

15 December 2013 4:46 AM, PST

Stars: Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley, Eve, Gary Busey, Kristanna Loken,, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin McNally, Beverly D’Angelo | Written by Jason Dodson | Directed by Henry Saine

I hadn’t heard of Bounty Killer till a couple of YouTubers (Coolduder, Wetmovie1) mentioned the film in their usual DVD and Blu-ray round-ups. The title alone intrigued me, after all I had enjoyed the previous “bounty hunter” flicks I’d seen: Michael Dudikoff’s Bounty Hunters and Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball and the recent Trish Stratus (WWE Diva) starring Bounty Hunters. So I was bound to enjoy a film that not only featured bounty hunters, but was called Bounty Killer, right?

In a word. Yes! In fact two words: Hell Yes!

Based on a short film of the same name (and also the graphic novel adaptation) by Jason Dodson and Henry Saine, Bounty Killer is set 20 years after corporations took over the world s governments. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

14 December 2013 3:52 PM, PST

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson

A year ago, December 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theatres across the globe and the reaction was a mixed one. There were complaints about the CGI and regarding the decision to split the tale into three separate films, each being released a year apart. Now, I, as a fan of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, was happy to hear about three more movies in the world that Tolkien made famous, but some people weren’t, and still aren’t, and that can damage the reputation of a film quite easily. The pressure was on for this year’s follow up, though I personally loved the first part and found it to be a charming, beautiful »

- Chris Cummings

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First Look: Amazing X-Men #3

14 December 2013 2:54 PM, PST

This January, prepare for a Beast like you’ve never seen before in Amazing X-Men #3 from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness.

Split between heaven and hell the X-Men battle supernatural forces unlike any other – and they’re in way over their heads! Now, to shut down Azazel and his army of demons – Hank McCoy must unleash his animal side! Plus, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the X-Men come face-to-face with Nightcrawler!

Amazing X-men #3 (NOV130683)

Written by Jason Aaron

Art & Cover by Ed McGuinness

Foc 12/16/13, On-sale 01/15/14 »

- Phil Wheat

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Trailer Park Vol.7 – On the Edge of an Interstellar Calvary with Devil’s

14 December 2013 1:59 PM, PST

Welcome to the seventh installment of Trailer Park, our regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This “volume” is packed with trailers for a whole host of new movies including: Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrrow, Calvary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Devil’s Due, Pompeii 3D, 300: Rise of an Empire, and The Devil’s Bargain.

Interstellar

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Edge of Tomorrrow

The epic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously »

- Phil Wheat

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‘The Armstrong Lie’ Review

14 December 2013 1:41 PM, PST

Lance Armstrong’s story was one of the closest things we ever got to a real life superhero origin—a  man overcoming a death sentence to rule one of the most grueling sporting events in human history. His iconic status was so large that acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney was set to make a film that would cover his comeback to the Tour De France in 2009. Plans changed when Armstrong finally admitted to the long speculated rumors that he used sporting enhancement drugs during his championship run. Now a few years after that revelation Gibney is set to finish his documentary with a different spin; the film that was once designed to celebrate the return of a hero has transformed into a striking depiction of a tremendous fall from grace.

In many ways Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie  is a therapeutic study of all the different facets to this story. To »

- Dan Clark

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‘WWE TLC 2013′ Preview

14 December 2013 12:27 PM, PST

So, this coming Sunday is the annual TLC pay per view event, the night of the year where tables, ladders and chairs (oh, my) are promoted as not just weapons, but as stepladders (metaphorically and literally) to the top for WWE Superstars.

This event is being given a boost of legitimate pay per view importance this year, with the main event between the WWE Champion Randy Orton, and the World Champion John Cena, in a TLC match in which the winner will become the new, undisputed and unified champion of WWE. It’s been done before (just ask Chris Jericho) and I am surprised that they didn’t hold off on this until WrestleMania XXX, but we don’t know what is going to happen, so until the night is over, I will reserve judgement of the booking of this angle.

So, here are the matches that have been made, »

- Chris Cummings

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DC announces ‘The New 52: Futures End’ for 2014 release

13 December 2013 6:58 AM, PST

Set to hit the shelves on May 3rd 2014, DC Entertainment has announced that the first edition of their new series The New 52: Future’s End will be released to coincide with Free Comic Book Day. The weekly publication will start with a special #0 edition, to be followed by a regular #1 edition later in the month.

It’s been less than 3 years since DC rebooted its superhero universe as the New 52, but the publishers clearly think it’s time that the history and the future of the Universe are explored. According to DC Entertainment’s press release, Future’s End will be set five years into the future of the current universe but will span multiple time periods and also focus on the past and present. The title is packed with creative writing talent with Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Brian Azzarello all contributing, and in true DC »

- Phil Wheat

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First Look: Deadpool The Gauntlet #1

12 December 2013 1:45 PM, PST

Prepare for a Deadpool epic unlike any other (and that’s saying something) when Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 – the latest Infinite Comic from Marvel -  hits digital devices weekly starting in January for Free!

Available January 15th – Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 will be available at participating retailers – completely Free while supplies last! From Deadpool writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn along with red hot artist Reilly Brown comes an all-new 13-part adventure that takes Deadpool into unknown! Dracula has a very important package he needs delivered – and only the Merc With the Mouth can be trusted. Don’t miss the most exciting new Deadpool story that will send shockwaves through the main Deadpool series in 2014!

Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 (NOV130694)

Written by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn

Art and Cover by Reilly Brown

Foc – 12/16/13 On-Sale 01/15/14 »

- Phil Wheat

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Teaser trailer for Chad Michael Ward’s ‘Strange Blood’

12 December 2013 1:31 PM, PST

Strange Blood, the feature directorial debut of famed music video director Chad Michael Ward, has officially started production, with an official release expected at the end of 2014 through Teo Ward Productions and Compound B.

When a brilliant but obsessive scientist goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time running out, and with the aid of his med student assistant, he must find a way to stop the monster that is growing within and prevent the rest of the world from being “cured.”

The teaser trailer was released at Afm earlier this year and you can check it out below:

Ward notes that the movie “is the most disturbing work of my career”, this coming from the man who has shot internationally acclaimed  and controversial photo projects such as The »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Batman/Superman #1′ – Available Now!

12 December 2013 1:21 PM, PST

Hitting UK stores today from Titan Comics, Batman/Superman #1 is the brand-new bi-monthly UK comic featuring the best of both the Man of Steel And the Dark Knight. Inside the first issue are two new comic strips:

Injustice: Gods Among Us – Chapters 1-4

The digital-first smash of 2013 starts here! Welcome to a brave new world where crime has been completely eradicated by the dictatorial ruler of Earth: Superman! Batman/Superman – ‘Cross World’

The World’s Finest meet for the very first time! But who has possessed Catwoman? Who – or what – is killing Wayne Enterprises employees? And – most importantly – why are there Two Batmen?!

To subscribe to Batman/Superman and save 15% off the cover price visit http://titanmagazines.com/batsup »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch Now: QueensOfWinn’s McM Birmingham Cosplay video – Part 2!

12 December 2013 10:46 AM, PST

Last month (November 23rd & 24th to be precise) saw the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We were there on the Saturday, as were our friends QueensOfWinn – who have produced a second fantastic McM music video featuring an array of cosplayers who also attended the massive show. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the first video from the weekend.

Be sure to check out the QueensOfWinn’s YouTube page for more awesome videos. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Adventure Time: The Complete Season One’ Review

12 December 2013 2:17 AM, PST

Unless you’ve seen Adventure Time it’s hard to explain exactly what it is, because it’s not just a cartoon, it’s an experience.  It’s like your brain has taken a sugar overdose and gone on the craziest hyperactive journey it could think up.  When watching Adventure Time: The Complete Season One for review, I found after I’d made it through the discs I was ready to go straight back to the beginning and watch them all again… and that is the magic of Adventure Time.

The basic idea for Adventure Time is that it takes Finn the human boy and Jake the wise dog who are the best of friends and in each episode they go on an adventure.  This could be meeting characters such as Princess Bubblegum or Marceline but also battling others like Ice King whose obsession with kidnapping princesses.  Each episode »

- Paul Metcalf

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Christmas Movies: Mainstays and Madness!

11 December 2013 8:29 AM, PST

After blogging about my favourite Halloween movies this past October, I thought I’d impart my nerdy wisdom upon you for the holiday season and give you a rundown of just what movies I’ll be watching this Christmas. After all it wouldn’t be Christmas without the family sat round the TV watching a movie whilst the festive feast cooks in the oven (of course not everyone gets to watch the movie – someone has to cook)

For me Christmas movies are split into two categories: Christmas Mainstays and Christmas Madness. Mainstays are those films that you always watch during the festive season, those movies that are constantly shown on TV during the holiday. And then there’s what I call Christmas Madness – these are the movies that only the seasoned holiday movie veterans choose to watch at this time of year. Beware you have to be strong-willed (and strong-stomached »

- Phil Wheat

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New poster, trailer and stills for the ‘Godzilla’ redux

11 December 2013 6:51 AM, PST

Check out the brand new official trailer, teaser poster and a couple of stills for Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, which hits UK cinemas on May 16th 2014.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

This redux of Godzilla, which looks to be more in line with Toho’s original vision rather than the risible 90s Us iteration. stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins,David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

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- Phil Wheat

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First Look: Magento #1

10 December 2013 12:37 PM, PST

Erik Lehnsherr is judge, jury, and executioner this March when he makes his All-New Marvel Now! debut in Magneto #1, a new ongoing series from the creative team of Cullen Bunn (Wolverine, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe)  and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Astonishing X-Men).

He’s been called many things – hero, villain, teacher, revolutionary, redeemer, destroyer. Now he walks a different path. One of the hunter – seeking out and eliminating threats to the Mutant race with extreme prejudice. And the Master of Magnetism is more than ready to get his hands dirty in the service of his people. Witness the beginning of a new Master of Magnetism as he begins his one man mission for all-mutantkind when Magneto #1 hits this March!

Magneto #1

Written by Cullen Bunn

Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Cover by Paolo Rivera

On-sale This March! »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Adventure Time’ – Who’s Who in Ooo

10 December 2013 9:04 AM, PST

With Adventure Time: The Complete First Season hitting DVD this week, we thought we’d take a look at the cast of strange, but loveable, characters found in the hit show…

Finn the human

Abandoned in the woods as a child and raised by Jake the Dog’s parents, Finn may be the last human in Ooo. This silly fifteen year old doesn’t look very dangerous in his signature hat that covers up his long, flowing blonde hair, but he is actually a very brave hero (except for his fear of oceans). Alongside his best friend Jake, Finn bravely fights evil on their many adventures throughout the land of Ooo, he loves nothing more than saving the day using his skills in hand to hand combat.

Quote: “Mathematical!”

Jake the Dog

Jake the dog is Finn’s best friend and constant adventure companion. A very cultured and wise dog, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘WWE Raw’ Review & Results (9.12.13)

10 December 2013 6:56 AM, PST

Welcome to this week’s results and review write up of WWE Raw, the flagship show of the biggest sports entertainment company in the world.

So, tonight is a special “Slammy Awards” themed Raw, with awards being given out throughout the evening in a variety of categories, including “Superstar of the Year”, “Rookie of the Year”, “Diva of the Year” and “Match of the Year”. So let’s get going shall we?

The show begins, live from Washington, with local boy, and most-over guy in WWE, Daniel Bryan, making his way to the ring to a monster pop and thousands of “yes” chants from the fans in attendance. His opponent tonight is the dancing, silk shirt wearing, former Johnny Curtis, Fandango, who is accompanied by the lovely Summer Rae. The match isn’t a long one, but allows both men to get some offence in before the inevitable victory of Bryan. »

- Chris Cummings

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‘The Conjuring’ Blu-ray Review

10 December 2013 1:53 AM, PST

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Sterling Jerins | Written by Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes | Directed by James Wan

Can horror movies be scary anymore? This is an interesting question because for the most part horror fans don’t watch horror expecting to be scared because they’ve seen it all before. When a little bit of magic happens and that twinge of fear does spark then that tends to make us enjoy the film even more. This is a rarity, especially in “Hollywood horror” but The Conjuring actually manages to get a few good scares.

The Conjuring is based on the true story of the Perron family who moved into an old Rhode Island farm house. Not long after moving in strange things start to happen when soon escalating to attacks on the family leading to the »

- Paul Metcalf

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First trailer for the Wachowski’s ‘Jupiter Ascending’

10 December 2013 1:15 AM, PST

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in Jupiter Ascending, an original science fiction epic adventure written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, which is set for release on July 25th 2014,

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Jupiter Ascending also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith. »

- Phil Wheat

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