Optimus Prime Fights a Three-Headed Dragon on Billboard for TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Here's a photo of a New York City billboard for Transformers: The Last Knight that's surfaced, thanks to the people at Seibertron. As you can see, it includes Optimus Prime facing off against a three-headed mechanized dragon of some sort. You can get a closer look in these images:

As io9 helpfully points out:

Megatron has transformed into a dragon mode in a few Transformers stories, beginning back in the Beast Wars cartoon, and he even had a two-headed dragon mode in Robots in Disguise. However, the only robot that’s ever also been a three-headed dragon is Scourge in the Transformers: Cybertron cartoon (he’s one of the Decepticons on Animatron, the Beast Planet).

Apparently there's also a dragon connection with the very first episode of the animated series, in which Optimus and the crew get sent back to the mythical time of King Arthur. That was just a normal dragon and not a mechanized/Transformer one, but I wonder if there is an Arthurian connection with The Last Knight subtitle? When we last saw Optimus, he was shooting himself into space at the end of Age of Extinction to...find out where he came from? Or something? I don't know, I only sat through that slogfest once in theaters, and I don't ever plan on watching it again. Michael Bay's going to have to pull a lot more out of his hat than "Optimus fights a three-headed dragon this time" to get me to go see The Last Knight when it comes out on June 23, 2017.

Beautifully Badass Trailer for the Fantasy Martial Arts Film LEAGUE OF GODS with Jet Li


You guys have got to watch this trailer for a new Chinese fantasy martial arts film called League of Gods. This thing is legit badass! The film is based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Feng Shen Yan Yi (The Investiture of the Gods), and the story tells of how King Zhou of Shang becomes a tyrant due to the wiles of Daji, a vixen spirit who is disguised as one of his concubines.

The film is also described as the "Chinese X-Men," and it looks batshit insane. The trailer is packed with all kinds of awesome elements mixed in with some really weird stuff like a CG baby with farting superpowers and a strange-looking plant. As you'll see in the trailer, though, there is a lot of cool and beautiful imagery. This thing looks like one crazy epic adventure that's going to be an absolute blast to watch. 

The film stars Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Tony Ka Fai Leung, and Jet Li. Asia Releasing will release the film in US theaters starting July 29th.

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BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Won’t Be Mark Hamill’s Last Time Playing The Joker

Mark Hamill’s version of The Joker will always be the definitive version of the character for me. He just owns it every time he voices the legendary DC villain. At one point he said he was going to retire from doing the character, but then he came back for the animated adaptation of Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke, and now it seems like he’s not going to stop playing the character anytime soon.

A fan recently asked Hamill on Twitter if The Killing Joke would be his last time voicing the character, and his answer was simply, “No.”

Every time he plays the character, fans like me wonder if it will be his last. The fact that he said no makes me wonder if maybe there’s another Batman animated film project in the works that hasn’t been revealed yet. If so, there’s a good chance that he’s already attached to it. 

Who knows, maybe something will be announced at Comic-Con during the Panel after the world premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke. I’m just happy to hear that we haven’t heard the last of Hamill as The Joker.

Danny McBride Says There’s No Comedy in ALIEN: COVENANT: “This Shit is Dark!”

When Danny McBride was cast in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant I figured he would provide some comic relief to the movie, but that doesn’t sound like the case at all. It was recently revealed that the actor will be playing a pilot of the Covenant ship, and he will not be providing any type of comic relief. During an interview with HitFix, McBride talked about his experience meeting with Scott for the part::

"When Ridley asked me to come in and read I didn't even know what movie it was for and he starts talking to me about it and then starts showing me these diagrams of spaceships and I'm just thinking 'Fuck, this is Alien, he's talking to me about Alien right now'. And my next thought was: Why would he be interested in me for this, am I going to just be the comic relief in this?" 

We’ve seen plenty of sci-fi and horror films that have some comic relief in them, but Alien: Covenant isn’t one of them. The actor says:

"I got the script and I’m like this shit is dark! There is no comic relief in this at all. This is a dark horror movie. And that was exciting. To be able to step into something like that and to participate in a way [that's] not relying on things I’d done before." 

That’s awesome to hear! That’s what I loved so much about the very first Alien film. It was a dark sci-fi horror film, so it’s encouraging to hear that Scott is looking to capture that nightmarish tone again. That’s something that Prometheus kind of lacked. 

The movie also stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, and Callie Hernandez. Alien: Covenant will open in theaters on August 4th, 2017. For more information on the film click here.

Netflix Renews BLOODLINE for Season 3

If you haven’t watched the first two seasons of Bloodline on Netflix yet, you need to remedy that right away. This is such a brilliantly crafted, intense, and twisted family drama that needs to be seen. With the way season two ended I hoped we would get to see a third season, and that next season is coming. 

THR reports that the renewed show will get another 10 episodes and that it will return in 2017. Apparently there was a chance that season three wouldn’t happen because Florida’s state tax incentives expired and the state legislature voted against replenishing the funds, which means it will cost Sony Pictures and Netflix even more money to develop the series, which is shot in the state. It’s awesome that Netflix believes in the show so much that they are willing to pay the extra cash to make it happen. 

The series was created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, and when they first started their journey to tell this story they had a five to six season plan. Hopefully it gets past the third season because I would love to see their full vision of this series realized. 

Bloodline has an amazing cast which includes Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, John Leguizamo, Norbert Leo Butz, and more. This is a top-notch drama with top-notch storytelling, and I couldn’t be happier that Netflix is bringing it back!

Concept Art from a Scrapped DEADPOOL Film Pitch from KICK-ASS 2 Director


If Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow would have ended up making a Deadpool movie, the character would have looked a lot different than the classic character design we got in in Tim Miller's film.

Wadlow was developing a pitch for his own take on the Merc With a Mouth, and he had concept artist Kelton Cram whip up some weird and crazy looking Deadpool designs. They're interesting and aspects of the designs are cool, but definitely not for Deadpool.

There's a third piece of concept art that features Stone Cold Steve Austin as a character named Random, who would have appeared as one of The Mauraders in the film. According to ComicBook.com, Wadlow wanted to show a progression/evolution of Wade Wilson's superhero costume. Cram told them in an interview:

"We wanted to try a completely new direction with the suit. More of an origin suit — a self-made, makeshift suit made from motorcycle gear. As with most origin stories, this suit would go through a transition, eventually becoming something closer to the one he wears in the comics (much like the suit Blur created for Ryan Reynolds)."

Apparently, Wadlow was looking to do a more gritty and realistic approach to Deadpool, that let's be honest... it's Deadpool and that wouldn't have worked at all. 


Check Out Ezra’s New Look, Lightsaber, and Fighting Skills in STAR WARS REBELS Season 3 Clip


The first clip from Star Wars Rebels season three has been released thanks to The Star Wars Show, and Ezra has gone through some pretty big changes. He’s got a band new haircut, an upgraded fighting skill level, and a new lightsaber to kick ass with. 

This is a good sized clip, and it centers on Ezra, Zeb, and Sabine breaking the character Hondo out of an Imperial facility. The breakout isn't without its challenges, and the team is being chased by a team of Stormtroopers that they have to fend off. Hondo notices that Ezra has done a enhanced his skills since the events that unfolded on Malachor as he takes down a few Stormtroopers with his new lightsaber. 

You can watch the clip at the 3:40 mark in the embed below, and it runs for over two minutes. I imagine we will see even more footage from Star Wars Rebels season three as Star Wars Celebration is coming up this next weekend!

Cool Star Wars Celebration Prints From NYC’s Bottleneck Gallery Feature BB-8, Rey, and Luke

In honor of Star Wars Celebration, the awesome people over at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery have teamed up with artists Chris Skinner and Mark Englert to release three brand new art prints featuring a couple of great moments from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Click on each of the images below to enlarge.)

First up is Skinner's take on BB-8's hilarious thumbs up to John Boyega's Finn:

"Finn's Buddy" 16 x 20 inch 7 color screen print Edition of 300 $40 each

"Finn's Buddy"

16 x 20 inch

7 color screen print

Edition of 300

$40 each

And here's Englert's envisioning of the film's final moments, when Daisy Ridley's Rey meets Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker for the first time. This is a timed release, meaning you won't have to worry about it selling out during its window of availability:

"Hope is not lost today. It is found." (Regular with Rey) 12 x 36 inches  7 color screen print Timed edition (starts 12pm Eastern and ends on Sunday, July 17th at 11:59pm Eastern) $50

"Hope is not lost today. It is found." (Regular with Rey)

12 x 36 inches 

7 color screen print

Timed edition (starts 12pm Eastern and ends on Sunday, July 17th at 11:59pm Eastern)


And finally, here's Englert's variant edition, which shows a vantage point we didn't see in the movie: a hooded Skywalker watching the Millennium Falcon make its approach.

"Hope is not lost today. It is found. " (Variant) 12 x 36 inches 7 color screen print Numbered edition of 250 $65

"Hope is not lost today. It is found. " (Variant)

12 x 36 inches

7 color screen print

Numbered edition of 250


All three of these prints will go on sale at bottleneckgallery.com starting at 12pm EST/9am PT today, July 14, 2016. Good luck grabbing them — may the Force be with you!