TSM | Leffen Captures European Glory At Heir 5

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The third event of August’s “Summer of Smash,” Heir 5 was Europe’s biggest Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament of 2018, featuring top-level players such as William “Leffen” Hjelte, Weston “Westballz” Dennis, and Johnny “S2J” Kim alongside many of Europe’s finest local talent. Though Adam “Armada” Lindgren opted to sit out of competition at this year’s edition of the Heir series, citing a struggle with exhaustion, the event’s 752 entrants lent it quite a bit of prestige—and quite an impressive prize pool.

At the tournament’s conclusion, it was—somewhat predictably—William “Leffen” Hjelte who took home the gold. Though he was slow to warm up to the idea of competing at Heir, taking to Twitter to complain about his own issues with burnout, the Swedish star looked to be in good form by the end of Sunday, promising to use his Heir 5 winnings to fund a long-awaited vacation to Japan for himself and his girlfriend.

However, Leffen’s path to Heir 5 victory was no cakewalk. Though the Fox main had little trouble making it to winner’s finals, easily dispatching second seed S2J 3-0, he had to reach deep into his bag of tricks to overcome Westballz, who brought Leffen all the way to the last stock of game five in the first—and only—set of grand finals. Despite the fact that FalcoWestballz’s character of choice, is nerfed between the North American and European versions of Melee, the Californian player always seems to put a show at European events, and he will surely be satisfied with his second-place finish.

After Leffen, Heir’s next-highest-placing European was Mustafa “Ice” Akcakaya, Germany’s best player. This has been a relatively slow year for Ice, who announced a Red Bull sponsorship amid travel issues and a struggle with an injury. Though he was unable to overcome S2J in either of their meetings at Heir—losing to him 3-2 in winner’s quarterfinals and 3-1 in loser’s semifinals—Ice’s successes at Heir place him firmly in the third spot of the European Melee rankings.

In fifth place at the event, top Spanish Peach Álvaro García Moral was joined by Stockholm No. 2 Jacob “Daydee” Stenberg. Daydee benefited from Armada’s last-minute disqualification, but the Samus main is a top-100-level player who upset top UK player Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas to make it into Top 8 winner’s side, and will likely rise the ranks even further, possibly even to become the third Swede in Melee’s official Top 100. Professor Pro was able to make his way into loser’s side of Top 8, where he finished at 7th alongside German Fox main Nicki.

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Blumhouse Would Love to Take a Crack at Bringing Universal’s Dark Universe Back From the Dead

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I'm sure you all remember that time when Universal Pictures made big plans to build a big cinematic monster universe. They called it Dark Universe and they made plans for The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, The Creature from The Black Lagoon and more. Then they released Tom Cruise's The Mummy, and all of their exciting plans went to shit. 

They just started the whole thing off on the wrong foot and took it in the completely wrong direction. I still think this whole Dark Universe thing could be really cool. At this point, they just need to start from scratch with a completely different creative team. 

During a recent Q&A on Twitter, Blumhouse head Jason Blum excitedly expressed interest in playing with the Universal monsters along with a few other big horror movie properties.

As you can see, when asked about taking over the Dark Universe, he said "yes" with a lot of exclamation points. Honestly, I think Blumhouse could do some great things with those monsters if given the chance. They have a great track record for making great horror movies. Will they ever get a chance to do it? Probably not. I'm sure Universal will eventually take another crack at it, but not anytime soon.

Blum is then asked about getting the rights to other horror movie franchises and this is something that he's obviously already been trying to do. He even says that he's been trying to get the rights to Friday The 13th.

That's cool and all, but that Friday The 13th franchise just needs to die already. If they came up with an original horror slasher film concept, then they wouldn't need to worry about getting the rights.

He goes on to reveal that he's tried getting the rights to The Crow. Personally, I think with all the drama that film production has gone through, they dodged a bullet. 

As far as the possibility of seeing another Scream movie goes, Blum hasn't completely ruled it out. 

Blumhouse's next film is the new Halloween movie, which I'm pretty excited about. What do you all think about the production company possibly taking on Universal's Dark Universe or Friday The 13th

Director Tim Miller Wanted to Include The Fantastic Four in DEADPOOL 2 and Here’s Some Concept Art

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Had director Tim Miller stayed on as the director of Deadpool 2, it looks like we might have seen more Marvel characters show up other than the X-Men! Miller was planning on including the most recent film versions of the Fantastic Four. Concept artist Alexander Lozano recently shared some artwork that he did for the film featuring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Kate Mara in their respective roles. Of course, he planned on giving the costumes a much different look.

It would have been interesting to see how Miller would have incorporated these characters into the film, but I imagine it would have included some comedic jabs at how bad the 2015 Fantastic Four movie was. I can see how this would have been fun to include, unfortunately when Miller left the project, so did his idea of including the Fantastic Four.

Would you have liked to see the Fantastic Four show up in Deadpool 2?

THE FANTASTIC FOUR! (Mr Fantastic) ...character design for the tim miller version of deadpool 2 (5/5). #FantasticFour #Thing #MrFantastic #HumanTorch #InvisibleWoman #AlexanderLozano #Lozano #Marvel

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR! (Invisible Woman) ...character design for the tim miller version of deadpool 2 (5/5). #FantasticFour #Thing #MrFantastic #HumanTorch #InvisibleWoman #AlexanderLozano #Lozano #Marvel

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR! (Human Torch) ...character design for the tim miller version of deadpool 2 (5/5). i always loved the short period when johnny storm wore the red version of the team uniforms and liked the idea of honoring this in my designs. #FantasticFour #Thing #MrFantastic #HumanTorch #InvisibleWoman #AlexanderLozano #Lozano #Marvel

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR! (The Thing) ...character design for the tim miller version of deadpool 2 (5/5). tim Miller was very precise when it came to the description of "the thing". he wanted to make sure that I orient myself in the design as close as possible to the comic template to finally give us, the fans, what we always wanted to see on the big screen. it may sound surprising, but the supposedly simple task turned out to be a major challenge after several failed attempts than originally assumed - for the sake of my reputation I will spare you all those design errors. "it's clobberin' time!" #FantasticFour #Thing #MrFantastic #HumanTorch #InvisibleWoman #AlexanderLozano #Lozano #Marvel

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Chris Pine Will Reunite Scotland as Robert The Bruce in Epic Battle-Filled Trailer For OUTLAW KING

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming Scottish war film Outlaw King, which tells the untold story of Robert The Bruce and how he united Scotland. If you're a fan of Mel Gibson's Braveheart, you're probably gonna love what this movie has to offer. It looks awesome! 

The movie comes from Hell or High Water writer and director David Mackenzie and it stars Chris Pine as Scottish king, Robert The Bruce, who led his country to freedom from English rule in the early 14th century. The story is set during the brutal period between 1298 to 1306 when Scotland was at the knees of King Edward I of England. Here's the synopsis:

The untold, true story of Robert The Bruce who transformed from defeated nobleman, to reluctant King, to outlaw hero over the course of an extraordinary year. Forced into battle in order to save his family, his people and his country from the oppressive English occupation of medieval Scotland, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies a ragtag group of men to face off against the wrath of the world's strongest army lead by the ferocious King Edward 1 and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.

Outlaw King also stars Florence PughTony CurranStephen Dillane, and Billy Howle. It will premiere on Netflix and opens in select theaters on November 9, 2018. I can't wait to watch this movie! 

Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer Face Off on Cover of New Comic Series DR. HORRIBLE: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

We may not be getting a sequel to Joss Whedon's Doctor Horrible Sing-a-long Blog anytime soon, but we are going to be getting more comic books! There's a new one-shot adventure coming out later this year called Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever and above you'll find a piece of variant cover art from Francesco Francavilla.

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The comic was written by Whedon and the art comes from Jose Maria Beroy and Sara Soler. Here's the story description:

From the Joss Whedon-helmed webmovie Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog comes the origin story of the next greatest supervillain of all time . . . DR. HORRIBLE!

In Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever, the time temptress herself, HOURGLASS, is in dire trouble and turns to that team of famous best friends, Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer, who are best friends, yes they've always been best friends why are you giving me that look?
In this one-shot comic, Zack Whedon and artist Joelle Jones (Token) establish how a young, impressionable, but brilliant Dr. Horrible was drawn into a world of crime. Readers are reacquainted with the charming, brawny, crime-fighting superhero extraordinaire Captain Hammer when Dr. Horrible crosses paths with his greatest enemy in an all-out showdown of immeasurable proportions. Special guest appearances include Dr. Horrible's love interest, Penny; his sidekick, Moist; and a meter man. Fans of Joss Whedon and the smash-hit musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will not want to miss this!

I'm intrigued! Best friends!? This should be interesting. Whedon had this to say in a statement about jumping back into the Doctor Horrible universe:

"What a pleasure it is to be back in this world, putting words into these characters' mouths and saying, 'say these words, mouths' and then they do. Each member of the Hammerverse—sorry, Doc, that's what it's called, he registered it—is a delightful, bigger than life character, but more importantly, on a very human level, they’re idiots. You will thrill to their adventures and weep for their pain, or maybe not weep, maybe just, I don’t know, itchy nose. Based on Actual Events."

The Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever one-shot hits comic stores on November 14th. As fun as it is to see more stories for these characters, you can't hear any of them sing in comic books!

STRANGER THINGS Season 3 Was Influenced By an Unlikely 80’s Comedy… FLETCH

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We've already heard that Stranger Things Season 3 was inspired by the horror films of John Carpenter as well as the 1985 Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg film Back to the Future. Now we've learned of another movie from the 80s that served as a heavy influence for the movie and it's one that I would have never expected. The 1985 Chevy Chase comedy classic... Fletch!

The news came from David Harbour while talking to Variety about the cinematic influences behind the third season of Stranger Things. He said:

"The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies. And Fletch is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from Stranger Things and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season."

For those of you not familiar with Fletch, you need to watch those movies! There are two of them and they're hilarious! Chase plays an investigative reporter named Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a "veritable chameleon, investigative reporter who might drive his editor up the wall, but he always produces great pieces for the newspaper. When his next story is about the drug trade taking place on the beach, Fletch goes undercover as a homeless man."

In case you're wondering how Fletch might fit in with Stranger Things, the report says that it might be related to the casting of Jake Busey, who plays a character named Bruce. He is a Hawkins Post reporter who is said to have "questionable morals and a sick sense of humor." Maybe he'll find himself caught up in an investigation of the supernatural occurrences that are happening in Hawkins. 

What are your thoughts on Fletch being a major influence on Stranger Things Season 3? The series isn't set to return until summer of next year, so we've got a long way to go. 

This Attachment Lets You Play Original Cartridges On SNES Mini

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The SNES Mini has been an awesome device that allows players to re-live classic games in this modern era of 4K graphics and whatnot. However, the one thing that holds the console back from being perfect is its fixed library of games and the inability to use cartridges from the original SNES. Fortunately, this third party accessory brings a solution to this with an attachment that allows players to use original cartridges on the SNES Mini. 

The Classic2Magic attachment enables players to expand the library of retro games that they can enjoy on the SNES Classic Mini. The simple add-on attachment is set to release in September and will cost players $59.95. The attachment is pretty simple to use: just attach the Classic2Magic on your SNES Classic, insert your favorite original SNES cartridge and that’s it! The product’s description also revealed that there won’t be a region-lock as well. 

You can see how the device works with this how to set up video posted below:

What do you think of the Classic2 Magic attachment? Which SNES games are you looking forward to playing on the SNES Mini? Share your picks in the comments below. 

Source: Nintendo Life

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Trailer For a Documentary About Werewolves in the US Called THE BRAY ROAD BEAST

"Every lore or myth has some truth to it…"

For those of you who are into the supernatural and mythological creatures, I've got a trailer here for a new documentary on werewolves in the U.S. called The Bray Road Beast. Did you know that between 1989 and 2015 there have been over one thousand reported encounters with bigfoot-like creature in North America!? I didn't until I watched this trailer! The first of those sighting started in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The trailer has certainly piqued my curiosity and this is the synopsis:

In the early 1990's a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. As local reporter, Linda Godfrey, began her investigations into the "Beast of Bray Road", other reports from around the country, and soon, the world, began flooding in. For the subsequent three decades, the Beast of Bray Road has been the most infamous Wisconsin resident.

The Bray Road Beast will be released on October 5th. Are you familiar with Bray Road Beast? Have you ever seen a werewolf!? 

Watch a 1985 Rough Cut of Michael Jackson’s Disney Sci-Fi Film CAPTAIN EO

I'll admit, I miss going to Disneyland and watching Captain EO. Every time I went to Disneyland when I was growing up I couldn't miss that amazing sci-fi 3-D experience! Yeah, you can now watch it on the internet now, but it doesn't have the same effect as watching it in that theater at Disneyland.

If you're a fan of Captain EO, I've got something here you've gotta see! A rough cut of the Francis Ford Coppola-directed George Lucas-produced film has surfaced online. It's a very early version of the film that features some rough animation in place of the special effects, unfinished audio, and it even ends with ends with some footage from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which was animated by a division of George Lucas’s computer graphics company that would later become Pixar.

If you want a little more Captain EO goodness, I also included an episode of the web series Defunctland that is filled with some great fun facts and info on the development of this classic, which at the time was said to be the most expensive movie ever produced if you measure by the minute.

Via: WDW News Today

Bruce Campbell Discusses His Beef with Superheroes and How He Feels Sorry For The Actors Who Play Them

Bruce Campbell is one of those larger-than-life personalities that fans seem to love and that personality radiates both off and on the screen with the characters that he plays. I know a lot of fans would love to see Campbell join some kind of superhero franchise at some point, but that doesn't sound like something that he'd have any interest in. On top of that Campbell has already had a long great career of playing one of the greatest heroes ever... Ash Williams. 

While talking to CB about big blockbuster superhero films he explains why he feels sorry for the actors who play those superhero characters. When asked what drew him to the big blockbuster movies in the first place, he said:

"That's Sam Raimi all the way. Big blockbuster movies, whenever I see an actor get cast in one of those, I wince, because I go, 'Oh, that poor son of a bitch is going to be in that suit for 10 years.' If shooting schedule's seven months of shooting, you get your one month in the Bahamas, and then you're promoting for three months, then you go right back to the next sequel, back in that same fuckingsuit.'"

He goes on to talk about the process of shooting these big effects-heavy projects explaining that actors these days have to learn a different type of acting. With Evil Dead, Campbell was able to work with practical effects to help him convey the horror of what was going on around him. When it comes to these big budget superhero films, a lot of the time that actors nothing to work with.

"You're looking at tennis balls on sticks. So, that process is actually not for me, even though Ash vs. Evil Dead was all that. It was all marks on walls, tennis balls on sticks, the monster's going to be here, noise over here, you know, that sort of stuff, it's a different type of acting, and modern day actors are learning new technical skills that the old-timey actors didn't have to learn. Acting with nothing. That's what they're doing now. Castle's not even there. 'Oh, we're going to put a great castle behind you. It's not there now, but it's going to be amazing.'"

He then goes on to share his thoughts on how superheroes aren't as flawed or complex as he'd like them to be:

"My only beef with superheroes is that they're not flawed enough. Oh, Superman's got Kryptonite. Well, what the hell's Kryptonite? I don't know what that means. Give me Ash, the guy could be, he's a gas station attendant, you know? The guy's Mr. Nobody."

I totally get what Campbell is saying but I think superhero films these days, especially with Marvel does a good job of bringing flaws and complexities to their characters. What are you thoughts on what Campbell had to say about superhero movies?