Chloe Grace Moretz is Sent to a Gay Conversion Camp in Trailer For THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

The first trailer for Chloe Grace Moretz's new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post has been released and it was one of the most buzzed about films at Sundance this year. When you watch the trailer, you'll see why. It has all of the elements that would make a great and successful Sundance film.

The movie is based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth. The story is set in 1993 and follows a young woman named Cameron (Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

The film comes from writer and director Desiree Akhavan and it looks like a solid film that tells an important story as its characters deal with the frustration and uncertainty of the situation they find themselves in and where it will lead them. 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post will open in selected theaters in New York on August 3 and Los Angeles on August 10, 2018.

Netflix Announces THE DRAGON PRINCE Animated Series From AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER Writer

Netflix has announced that they are producing a new animated fantasy series called The Dragon Prince. They also released a poster for the series which you can see in full below. This actually sounds like a promising show as it comes from the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aaron Ehasz, and the director of hit video game franchise Uncharted, Justin Richmond

We learned from the announcement that the story will center around "two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands."

Sounds pretty awesome and something that I'd enjoy watching. The original series will make an appearance at Comic-Con next week on July 21st. Ehasz, Richmond and executive producer Giancarlo Volpe (ATLA) will offer a sneak peek and an inside look into the epic fantasy tale.

The Dragon Prince is scheduled to premiere in September on Netflix. Does it sound like something you'd be interested in checking out?

Review: SMASH UP

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Smash Up is probably my favorite tabletop game. The gameplay is simple and every game is different. The idea is that you take two decks of geeky factions such as Kaiju, Pirates, Ninjas, Princesses, Kittens, and many based on TV shows and movies with different names than their copyrighted counterpart, you shuffle the two decks together, and you’re good to go.

Setup

As mentioned above, the first thing each player does is choose their factions. There are three ways to do this. First, you can let everyone choose both of their factions. Second, you can have everyone pick a random faction and then choose their second. Finally, there’s the completely random method. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses, but I find the second option is probably the most fair. Once everyone has their decks shuffled you pull out the bases. Place a number of bases equal to the number of players plus one face up on the table with enough room to allow people to play cards around each base. Now that the bases are out, each player draws their opening hand of 5 cards and then the game can begin.

Gameplay

In Smash Up, there are Minions, Actions, and Bases. You will draw Minions and Actions every turn and those are the cards that you will be constantly playing on your turn. You are allowed to play one Minion and one Action per turn unless abilities say otherwise. Each Minion will have a power number in one corner and many of them will also have abilities that help you do things such as play additional Minions or Actions, or maybe you can boost other Minions to give you an edge, etc. Actions typically don’t have power numbers (although newer expansions have started changing that) but they allow you to use several abilities similar to Minions.

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Examples of minions from the base set

Now we get to Bases. These are how you score points and ultimately win the game. Each base has a breakpoint and most of them have special abilities that influence the way you play the game. Minions and very few Actions add points to a Base and if that number of points surpasses the breakpoint, you score the base and people get points based on how well they did there. First person to 15 points wins.

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Examples of bases

So, how is every game different? The main way is that people will typically have different factions everytime you play. You may use Dinosaurs and Zombies today, but tomorrow, you could end up with Mystic Horses and Changerbots (Transformers). Another way is the Bases. Different Bases award different point values and feature different abilities that can be used to help or hinder you. These are two of the ways that help keep this game from getting stale and boring.

The factions are the best part of this game. Each one has a unique strategy and the art is amazing. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun to pair up Kittens with Ignobles (aka Game of Thrones) or Zombies working with Teddy Bears (an extremely deadly combination). The guys over at AEG usually pump out two expansions per year with each one having 4 new factions. They even have the fans vote for the factions in one of the yearly expansions. This is definitely a game where the factions make it and while the base game is fun, the game gets infinitely more fun the more expansions you have.

I will warn that not all combinations work equally which can lead to the game feeling unbalanced, but that’s why I recommend only doing a completely random draft with experienced players. I’ve played some games where someone’s deck didn’t mesh well and they got left in the dust by everyone else. This problem is easily remedied by allowing all players to pick at least one of their decks. If a random faction is picked, it should be the first so that there can be some strategy involved.

Verdict

Smash Up is a fantastic game that even some kids can pick up on a basic level. There is a tiny amount of luck (it is a card game after all), but it is mostly a strategic card game that lets you combine fandoms and geeky things. I highly recommend this game to all my friends that love tabletop games.

If you don't want to drop $20 on the tabletop version, there is an app for it on iOS and Android as well as a digital version for Steam. I have not tried the digital versions of this game, so I cannot rate them at this time.

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Jason Mamoa Will Play a Fearless Warrior in SEE, Apple’s New Series Set in the Future

Jason Momoa has got an interesting new project lined up. The series is called See, and Momoa is going to play a character named Baba Vass, who is described as a fearless warrior, leader and guardian. There's not much known about the plot but THR says that it's an "epic, world-building drama set in the future."

The Crow was supposed to be Momoa's next project, but he ended up dropping out when the director dropped out. As that movie lingers in limbo, Momoa is moving on with his career and it looks like See will be the next project that he works on. 

The script for the series comes from Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders) and Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching FireRed Sparrow) will direct it.

This should end up being a great project for Momoa to be a part of. It's seem like the kind of character that he'll fit right into. He likes playing fearless warriors, that's kinda his thing. I'm looking forward to learning more about it. 

Maybe James Mangold Isn’t Directing Lucasfilm’s BOBA FETT Movie After All

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I was pretty happy when I first heard that James Mangold would be directing the Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm. He's a talented director that would be able to deliver a great film. Unfortunately, it sounds like Mangold may not be directing the movie.

When a Star Wars fan trolled Mangold on Twitter saying that it would be the "worst idea ever" for him to direct the Boba Fett movie, Mangold responded and shot down the idea of him directing the movie, saying it was just a rumor.

While that's not a full-on denial, it does sound like he may not be directing it by calling the news surrounding his involvement "gossip". Maybe he hasn't fully committed to it yet. Maybe he was offered the opportunity but then turned it down. There are several variables here. One thing is for sure, Mangold isn't happy with the behavior of Star Wars trolls. He recently said that the fan backlash will lead to movie being directed by hacks and corporate boards. He also offered up some wise advice to them saying, "we must remember to try to handle our disappointments the way Yoda might, as opposed to Darth."

Regardless of whether Mangold is involved or not, the movie might be influenced by the Star Wars novel The Last One Standing, which you can read all about here

What do you think about all this? Were you excited about Mangold directing Boba Fett? If he's out, who do you think should come in?

The Official Comic-Con WB Collectors Bags and Pins Have Been Revealed

Warner Bros. has teamed up with Comic-Con again to provide the official collector's bags for SDCC. They've been doing this for the past nine years and this year there are 18 different bag designs featuring several fan-favorite DC series along with Castle Rock, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Young Justice: Outsiders, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, and many more. Each bag will come with a unique collector’s pin, with 12 DC character designs for 2018.

I just can't believe Comic-Con is next week! It really snuck up on me. I'm totally excited, but completely unprepared. 

You can check out photos of the bags and pins that have been revealed below:

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Fans donning their cool carriers at the convention center can also make their way to the Warner Bros. booth on the convention floor (#4545), which boasts interactive elements perfect for photo-ops, including the wings of the fallen angel Lucifer as a nod of appreciation to the show’s passionate fans (#LuciferSaved); the mouth of a Megalodon shark to stand inside; a life-sized rabbit inspired by San Diego’s historic Rabbitville district; and LEGO® gaming kiosks for everyone’s inner child.

The SDCC bags, produced for the studio by I.D. Me Promotions, will feature the following series and movies:

  • Warner Bros. Television series ArrowBlack LightningDC’s Legends of TomorrowThe FlashKryptonSupergirlSupernatural, and the highly anticipated upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix and Castle Rock for Hulu
  • Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Super Hero Girls and Young Justice: Outsiders, along with Warner Bros. Animation/Blue Ribbon Content’s Constantine: City of Demons
  • Upcoming feature films include AquamanFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Megand Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.
Additionally, DC Entertainment will be featured on two bags, with one bag celebrating 80 years of Superman in DC’s comic pages and another devoted to the upcoming DC UNIVERSE digital service.
The exclusive collector’s pins are manufactured by FanSets for the second year in a row, and they will feature both DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. This year’s pins from both film and television include Green Arrow, Aquaman, Batman, Black Lightning, Catwoman, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Joker, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Fans can get a larger-than life experience at the Warner Bros. booth (#4545), which provides a fun, immersive environment inspired by celebrated series, upcoming films and more. Warner Bros. autograph signings will also take place in the booth.
  • Lucifer fans will have a heavenly — and devilish — time with life-sized, photo-friendly wings flown in from the City of Angels as a divine treat for the devoted fans who helped keep Lucifer alive. #LuciferSaved
  • It’s game time, as parents and kids alike can enjoy LEGO gaming kiosks.
  • Brave fans can step inside the virtual mouth of the ferocious megalodon ahead of the premiere of The Meg, the upcoming action-horror film featuring the 75-foot-long prehistoric shark that’s been missing for 2.5 million years.
  • Fans having a good hare day can snap a picture with Warner Bros. Television’s “Hop, Hop, and Away!” rabbit statue, which is part of the Rabbitville public art installation which combines the history of San Diego’s Rabbitville district (now the Gaslamp Quarter) with some of the most recognizable heroes from the DC Universe.
  • Con-goers who hope to participate in autograph signings must visit Comic-Con.org/CCI to submit their interest via the Exclusive Signings Portal. WBTVG follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure.

Creepy Trailer For the Exorcism Horror Film ALONG CAME THE DEVIL

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It's probably in a person's best interest not play with the devil if they don't want any horrible terrifying things to happen to them. We've all seen what happens in horror movies that are based on true stories about people messing around with Satan!

We've got a trailer for a new horror film called Along Came the Devil and it deals with this very subject matter. The movie is based on the true story of a troubled teen named Ashley who is sent to live with her estranged Aunt Tanya. "While in her old hometown she has visions of her deceased mom, driving her to try to contact the spirit world putting her soul into grave danger."

Along Came the Devil stars Sydney Sweeney, Jessica BarthMatt DallasMadison LintzHeather DeVan, and Bruce Davison.

The trailer sells the film as being an "exorcism movie for a new generation", but we all know that it's not going to be as good as The Exorcist. I 'll still watch it, though, because I enjoy watching horror films. 

The movie will be released on August 10th.

Trailer For Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde’s LIFE ITSELF Which is a Multi Generational Love Story

"I love you, but I may not be equipped to be loved this much."

We've got another very moving trailer for the upcoming film Life Itself, which comes from writer and director Dan Fogelman, the creator of the hit NBC series This is Us. I'm not normally interested in films like this, but there's something about the trailers that I've seen for it that have connected with me.

The film also features a fantastic cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, with Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas. On top of the great cast, the film will tell an epic multi generational love story that centers around a couple "spanning both decades and continents, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside, and are all connected by a single event." 

Life Itself is set to be released on September 21st.