James Marsden is Set to Star in The Upcoming SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Movie

James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men) is set to star in Paramount Picture's live-action/animation hybrid movie Sonic The Hedgehog. Yep, this movie based on the classic video game franchise is still happening. 

The studio hired Jeff Fowler to direct the film and this is his first feature film directing gig. The only other thing he directed was a short film called Gopher Broke. However, Deadpool director Tim Miller is attached as an executive producer along with Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal H. Moritz.

There are no plot details on the film, but I imagine it will include a lot of elements from the game, which features a hedgehog named Sonic on a quest to defeat Doctor Robotnik, a scientist who has imprisoned animals in robots and stolen magical Chaos Emeralds.

The movie is set to be released on November 15th, 2019. What do you think about James Marsden starring in Sonic the Hedgehog?

Source: Variety

Director Drew Goddard Discusses The Future of His X-FORCE Film After DEADPOOL 2

If you haven't seen Deadpool 2 yet, you might want to skip this article because it deals with how the X-Force team was handled in the movie. If you did see the film, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

In a completely surprising twist, almost the entire X-Force team that Deadpool gathered together to fight Cable was killed off as fast as they were introduced in the most hilarious ways. It was amazingly funny. Those characters included Shatterstar, Bedlam, Zeitgeist, and The Vanisher.

I was actually wondering what this meant for director Drew Goddard's X-Force film and what he thought about the characters being killed off like that. Turns out he was completely on board with it and thought it was great! During a recent interview with EW Goddard explained:

"To be honest, I think that’s why it excited me so much. I remember reading that scene and just cackling with delight, specifically because it was the very last thing you’d expect to happen in one of these movies. These movies are so careful to set up the next thing and the next thing, and it made me so happy."

Goddard says that he wanted Ryan Reynolds and his team to make the movie that they wanted to make and that he'd figure out what to do with the X-Force after the fact:

"One thing I said to Ryan was, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll come up with new ideas; you guys go make your movie, and do your thing. We’ll figure it out.' That tends to be the way I like to work. It’s much more important to focus on making the movie that you’re making than focusing on the next thing. It’s much more important to just make one good movie and take your time, then let that dictate what the movies are after."

While there's no doubt that more X-Force team members will be introduced in the upcoming movie, Goddard says that Deadpool, Domino and Cable are the core members.

"It really all stems from a place of love; I love those comics, I love Ryan, I love Josh, and I love Zazie Beetz. When I think of the comics, I think of Cable and Domino and Deadpool, and it’s really just knowing, ‘Oh, right, there’s a world in the X-Universe for the blunt instruments of mutantdom.’ It’s much more about the characters and my love for them than it is about any plot or story line. It’s more about loving them and wanting to see them bounce off each other."

There are a lot of other mutant characters for Goddard to choose from, but chances are Shatterstar, Bedlam, Zeitgeist, and The Vanisher won't be among them. What other characters would you like to see join the X-Force team in the movie?

Jeff Goldblum Has A Jazz Record On The Way

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Jeff Goldblum is currently working on his first Jazz album, and we're all in for a big treat. Variety reports Goldblum's album will be released by Decca Records, who first noticed the actor's skills as a pianist during a performance of Gregory Porter on The Graham Norton Show:

No other details regarding Goldblum's upcoming album have been revealed, but I can assure you I will be picking it up! What about you? 

Blue and The Indoraptor Fight in TV Spot For JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM and There’s a New Poster!

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Universal Pictures has released a great new poster and TV spot for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Both of them tease that the park is gone and the promo offers some cool new footage of Chris Pratt's Raptor, Blue, fighting the new genetically engineered dinosaur, called the Indoraptor, in a bedroom of a little girl. Could you imagine seeing two dinosaurs fighting in your bedroom when you were a kid!? That would be one of the greatest things ever!

Here's the synopsis:

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the film and it looks like he did some awesome stuff with it! The movie stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, Justice Smith and Toby Jones. And of course Jeff Goldblum's return to the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be released on June 22, 2018.

OMENSIGHT Review: Armageddon With A Side Of Murder Mystery

The end of the world is coming. You know it, for you are the Harbinger; a being whose sole purpose and meaning of existence is to stop this very situation. To complicate matters, a murderer is running free and is probably the party responsible for bringing about the end of the world. Oh, and then there is the war going on. Taking place in an anthropomorphic world of magic, Urallia is fraught with conflict and steeped in war.

Story

Part Groundhog Day, part ZeldaOmensight is an interesting game with a decent story. One that isn’t going to shock you, but has enough twists and turns to be mistaken as a soap opera mini-series.

As the Harbinger, you exist outside of time and are tasked with reliving the final day of existence. The hope is that you can stop the dark serpent Voden from invading and devouring our existence while simultaneously finding the killer of the Godless-Priestess; the one woman who held the balance. Most puzzling of all is why her soul hasn’t returned to the World Tree to pass on her responsibility and powers to the next woman.

With this overarching story, there is also the war that is being fought. The imperials (all the animals, under a banner of the birds, save for one) versus the rebellious holdouts, the rats. A conflict that on the final day of existence is reaching its climax, but how that pans out exactly is up to you and your choices.

Overall the story was pretty good. The pacing, while good, may have been a tad too fast. It could have easily been drawn out a little without annoying most players. The characters are consistent in their actions and motivations for the most part. There were a few moments that "came out of left field," that I can appreciate, but not everyone will.

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GamePlay

Omensight gameplay is your standard Action RPG fair. You have your jump, light attack, heavy attack, dodge, and a few special attacks. One of the special attacks is based directly on whichever character you happen to be following at the time.

Typical gameplay begins at the beginning of the “final day of existence,” where you choose which character you are going to follow for the day. Initially, there are only two choices: A rat bard leading her people in a rebellion or a gruff bear mourning the loss of a dear friend. As you progress you will open up the possibility of following two other characters. It needs to be noted because it is such a helpful feature; when you go to choose a character, if following them will reveal nothing new for you, you will get a message letting you know as much and asking if you want to continue.

At various times throughout the game, you will be offered a chance to use your Omensight, the ability to telepathically share events (either past, present or future), which can drastically affect the way that events pan out.

Once the day has ended, all events have panned out for the day and reality has been torn asunder. Then you are transported to the tree of life and are able to upgrade your abilities, stats, and unlock new abilities. You then choose another character to follow and the day starts over.

As you are progressing you are also piecing together the mystery of the murder of the Godless-Priestess, learning tidbits about all the players of the drama, and finding their drives and motivations.

The combat in the game isn't going to really win any awards for originality, but was intuitive and remains true to what players would expect from the genre. The gameplay itself isn't anymore repetitive than any other action-RPG, but feels like it is due to the constant replaying of the same levels. The games core gimmick, playing sleuth while fighting bad guys, is sound novel and I like it.

Graphics and Sound

Omensight is done in a not quite cell-shaded art style, but fairly close. The art looks good, the characters are well animated, and the world is vibrant.

The sound is captivating and complements the game well. The music is catchy and there were parts that I enjoyed hearing and hearing again; a good thing for obvious reasons. The voice actors seemed well chosen and fit the characters well. My only qualms are with the voice acting/speech mannerisms of Ratika.

Replayability

To be honest, I can't see this game having a whole lot of replay value. For starters, the mechanics require it to be redundant anyway, possibly making the process of playing the game all over again slightly gut-wrenching. That aside, I’m not entirely certain if changing the order that events pan out affects any of the outcomes, although I can see it possibly giving some new dialog and further elaborating on the colorful cast.

What Needs Work

My only major issue with the game is that it is short, really short. I beat it in around 10 hours. I enjoyed every minute of playing it, but I have to call it like I see it.

Smaller side issue: A more elaborate or in-depth skill system could have added a bit more of depth to the game and allowed for players to better control their gameplay experience when it came to combat. I feel it also would have made the game all-around more interesting. The linear progression of skills was a little bit of a letdown.

Verdict

Sure it’s short, but it was a fun experience most of the time, the exception being a few moments of frustration caused mostly in-part by a misunderstanding on my part or hand fatigue after several hours of playing. If you have a penchant for action-RPGs, or RPGs in general, and want something with an interesting twist, then Omensight is a great choice for you. I'm begrudgingly giving it this score because I wish there was more. That is to say, I probably would have given it a higher score if there was more game to play. 

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The Penguin Will Reportedly Be The Main Villain in Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN

An interesting new report has surfaced from entertainment news reporter Justin Kroll that The Penguin will be the main villain in director Matt Reeves' The Batman. Fans have been waiting for some kind of information regarding this movie and I hope that this current rumor turns out to be true. Here's what Kroll says:

This is just a rumor for now, but it would certainly be interesting to see a new version of The Penguin brought to the big screen. The last time we saw The Penguin on the big screen was when Danny DeVito played him for Tim Burton in Batman Returns

The studio is obviously looking to eventually use the character again, so if he doesn't show up in The Batman, maybe he'll show up in Birds of Prey. However, the way that the villain would be portrayed in each film is sure to be very different from each other. 

I'm definitely more interested in what Reeves would do with the character in his film. As we've previously reported, he's looking to do a dark noir-style film that will focus on the detective side of the Dark Knight, which I'm excited about seeing! If all goes well, Reeves has an idea for a story arc that would span over the course of a trilogy of films.

I've said before that I'd like to see Batman involved with some hardcore Se7en-style detective story. Are there any great comic book stories that you can think of that you would like to see that involve The Penguin?

What are you all hoping to see from Matt Reeves' The Batman? Would you want to see The Penguin as the main villain?

Sylvester Stallone is Set to Make a Film about Boxer Jack Johnson Who Was recently Pardoned By President Trump

Sylvester Stallone is producing a new film project with MGM that will tell the story of boxer Jack Johnson, who was recently posthumously pardoned by President Trump. This will be the first film project to be developed under Stallone's new production company, Balboa Productions. 

Johnson was the first African-American heavyweight champion (1908–1915) and apparently, Stallone was instrumental in obtaining a presidential pardon for Johnson, who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1910 for transporting a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes."

Here's a brief rundown of Johnson's life thanks to Wiki:

John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American boxer who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). Among the period's most dominant champions, Johnson remains a boxing legend, with his 1910 fight against James J. Jeffries dubbed the "fight of the century." According to filmmaker Ken Burns, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth".
In 1912, Johnson opened a successful and luxurious "black and tan" (desegregated) restaurant and nightclub, which in part was run by his wife, a white woman. Major newspapers of the time soon openly claimed that, it was not until he became famous as a black man married to a white woman, and was linked to other white women was Johnson gone after by the government. Johnson was arrested on charges of violating the Mann Act—forbidding one to transport a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes"—a racially motivated charge that embroiled him in controversy for his relationships, including marriages, with white women. Sentenced to a year in prison, Johnson fled the country and fought boxing matches abroad for 7 years until 1920 when he served his sentence at the federal penitentiary at Levenworth. 
Johnson continued taking paying fights for many years, and operated several other businesses, including lucrative endorsement deals. Johnson died in a car crash on June 10, 1946, at the age of 68. He is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

This is sure to be a great project for Stallone to develop. There's no word on who will write, direct, or star in the series, but Johnson's story is sure to make a great film.

Source: Variety

Watch The Parr Family Battle The Underminer in New Clip From INCREDIBLES 2!

A new clip has been released for Pixar's Incredibles 2 and it highlights the opening fight scene in the movie. The story for the film picks up right where the first Incredibles film ends, with The Underminer plowing his way up into the city from underground. At this point, the Parr family and Frozone race into action! This clip gives us a look at how some of that battle with The Underminer plays out. 

I saw this full opening sequence at CinemaCon last month, and it was a blast! It's a great set up for the film. There's no doubt that fans are going to enjoy this movie. 

In Incredibles 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

The voice cast also includes Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.

The Brad Bird-directed film is set to smash into theaters on June 15, 2018.

Thrilling Trailer For a Gritty Shoot ‘Em Up “Neo-Western” Film LET THE CORPSES TAN

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I've got an awesome trailer for you to watch for a very cool looking new film coming out called Let The Corpses Tan. This is a gritty shoot 'em up French "neo-western" thriller that is an homage to 1970s Italian crime films. This is the synopsis that was released: 

After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood.

The movie is based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and also features music by Ennio Morricone. The film is described as a "deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream that will slamfire your senses like buckshot to the brain."

I'm really excited about this movie! I'm a big fan of Italian films from the 60s and 70s and this perfectly captures that fun tone! The movie comes from directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (AmerThe Strange Color of Your Body's Tears) and it will be released on August 31st. Enjoy the trailer! 

Via: Firstshowing

Another POKEMON Core Game Is Heading To The Switch on 2019

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The Pokemon Company just announced a release window for the next installment in the core franchise of the Pokemon series, which will be heading to the Nintendo Switch in late 2019. Players should know that this game is different from the recently announced Switch titles, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which releases this November. 

The upcoming game was previously teased during last year’s E3 when the company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara announced the project in a video. After the initial reveal, not much has been said about the upcoming title. However, Pokemon’s longtime director Junichi Masuda said in the announcement that:

“Now today I can only tell you of it’s existence, but it’s another game we’re pouring all of our creativity into. I hope you look forward to it while also enjoying Pokémon Quest and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee.”

Lastly, Masuda commented that the new games will also “follow in the tradition of Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Sun and Moon.” However, he did not disclose any more information regarding the upcoming core game, which is slated for a late 2019 release on the Nintendo Switch. 

For now, you can check out the details on the recently released Pokémon Quest on the Nintendo Switch, and the upcoming Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which will be released this November on the same platform. 

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