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Check Out The Newest Star Wars Episode 8 Photos

Entertainment Weekly has just released a series of brand-new Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos for all of us to feast our eyes upon. The photos don’t necessarily give away any of the plot and are mostly close-ups of people looking moody or shocked. We also get a first look at a few new characters, locations, and behind-the-scenes shots featuring director Rian Johnson at work.

Take a look:

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Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi will be released December 15, 2017

What Would You Rank The Transformer Movies?

With Transformers the Last Knight being released June 21, I thought it was a good time to go over my rankings for the Transformers movies as I see them. There’s no critical acclaim here for any of the movies, but the effects and action can be entertaining at times. Lets start with number 5.

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction

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It’s the fourth installment in the franchise, and Michael Bay subtle nuances, if he ever had any, were thrown out the window. Age of Extinction was a loud, effects orgy, while the story and Mark Wahlberg didn’t quite have anything important to say or do in the Transformers mythos it was still a huge success in the over seas market.

4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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It’s a long movie (there’s a pattern here), with very little drama, or maybe that’s not the case, by this point I didn’t care much for Shia LaBeouf’s character heading off to college, trying to work it out with the Megan Fox character, but being tempted by the new hot sorority girl, who turned out to be a Transformer. The emotional high and lows were just low. But not low enough to be on the Age of Extinction level.

3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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This movie was made for the 3D premiums we paid to go see it in. But like the last 2, the runtime is oppressively long, the action is loud and sometimes hard to follow. But I did enjoy Optimus going toe to toe with Leonard Nimoy’s Sentinel Prime. We did get more back story of Cybertron which I guess was cool, but it’s just a lot of exposition.

2. Transformers

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It was our first foray into Transformers being in real life. The effects were dazzling, although the character design put us off. Shai made a bigger name for himself screaming out ‘No! No! No!’ for 2 hours. It was a fun ride, and honestly the best iteration, even with its many flaws.

1. Transformers: The Movie

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This movie was the top of its class when it came out, the action was great, spoilers, Optimus dies and for real. Well until he’s resurrected in the show once again. But it was the new generation’s time to shine, with Hotrod trying to take charge but being unsure of living up to the Prime. It was dramatic, emotional, and the best Transformers movie to date, and it could be because of Touch by Stan Bush being an excellent choice for the theme song.

What do you guys think of this list? What would be your order? Do you feel the Last Knight is bottom last? Let us know in the comments below!

Han Solo Spinoff Directors Quit Over “Creative Differences”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have officially left the Han Solo spinoff. Kennedy says the grounds for the departure were over “creative differences”.

Here’s what she said in a statement:

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.”

This is troubling news for the film which began filming in January of 2017. What sort of “creative differences” could cause the duo of directors known for writing The Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street?

Here’s what Lord and Miller said in a statement:

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

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This is a very troubling development. Changing directors after a huge block of the movie has already been filmed can result in some very damaging shifts in tone, and well, direction. How substantial are the differences that would cause two very well respected directors to opt-out of filming what is set to be a huge step for the Star Wars franchise?

It’s possible that we will never know what the Lord-Miller film will have gone. So let’s hope Disney and Lucasfilm find a director that aligns with their vision while also being conducive to the creative mind, and vision of whichever director they decide to bring on.

Alien: Covenant – Prologue What Happened After Prometheus?

Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) from the first film Prometheus made the decision to head off into the unknown to continue the search for answers, specifically, what humanities purpose is and who created us. In Prometheus the search for the truth goes awry when the entire crew of the Prometheus is killed with the introduction to the Xenomorph race created by the Engineers. The sole survivors are her and the synthetic named David (Michael Fassbender).

In Alien: Covenant – Prologue: The Crossing, we see a few highly suspect scenes of what happened between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. David hates humans and yet we see in this short that he has grown to respect Elizabeth for her ability to adapted to challenging circumstances, like I don’t know a squid-like human Xenomorph hybrid that’s forcibly removed from her belly. Or just rolling the the right side as the Prometheus ship is downed after crashing into the escaping Engineers ship.

She puts David back together after lugging him around in a gym bag. They travel the stars until she needs to be put under into cryosleep since it’s a long journey to meet her makers.

It seems that things didn’t go so well with her post-Prometheus mission and David looks to be bombarding the settlement below with the Engineer ship with when the words are uttered in the trailer, “Look on my works ye mighty, and despair.” I’m going to assume he’s got a nest of Xenomorphs he unleashes unto the populous. Either the Engineers had the ship filled with the deadly creations or as we know by now David enjoys experimenting. We do see glimmers of emotions in David’s eyes before he sends down the torrent of destruction. Those Synths have always had emotional issues.

I’m thinking Elizabeth is probably kept none the wiser while this happens. So, when he wakes her up she’ll be devastated to find out the Engineers are no more due to their own creations destroying them. Only to then later find out David was behind the havoc. As to why David might do this? It might be a way of protecting Elizabeth since he does seem to draw some sort of connection to her. She has been the only one who has been kind to him even though he did kill her boyfriend in the first movie.

It’s difficult to say what leads David to his decision at this moment. What I will say however is that the short looks absolutely stunning and I am most definitely looking forward to seeing Alien: Covenant May 18. I wish we could get more of just Elizabeth and David traveling the universe, but I’ll just have to settle for this 2 minute wonder fest.

Alien: Covenant will have Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise. Alien: Covenant will center around a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. The crew of the Covenant will discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but in true Alien fashion they find a dark twisted world filled with threats beyond their imagining. They must escape before they end up like the Prometheus.

Would you watch a full length film of David and Elizabeth exploring new worlds and civilizations ala Star Trek? Does this Prologue give you any renewed hope for the continuation of the Alien franchise? Learn more about Jeff Goldblum’s role in Jurassic World 2. And get ready for a live-action Teen Titans movie coming in 2018.

 

Goldblum Is BACK For Jurassic World 2.

Dr. Ian Malcolm will return to the realm of dinosaurs in the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. Jeff Goldblum has signed onto the film, but it’s currently unclear how big his role will actually be. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning as our rapturous leads, and will most likely be subject to one of Malcom’s philosophical, spiritual rambles. It’s possible that the might even be treated to a Laura Dern hand waterfall, if they’re so lucky.

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Jurassic World 2 is set to be released June 22, 2018

Is Nothing Sacred? Will Smith As The Genie In Aladdin!

I really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast remake with Emma Watson. They did a very admirable job by bringing such an iconic story to life and used a great cast to boot, I didn’t even know Sir Ian McKellen played Cogsworth till the end of the film and was blown away.

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For Disney nothing is withheld with these remakes, such as Cinderella (which I believe benefited from the remake), Alice in Wonderland, to now Aladdin. With Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) set to direct, and Will Smith in talks to take the role of Genie I’m having second thoughts.

I’m wondering how they’ll do with the Genie from Aladdin since we don’t have the iconic Robin Williams to play him anymore.  Either the movie will be brilliant and do it well or it’ll turn into a pile of garbage set alight like Kazaam with Shaquille O’Neal playing the titular role. God that movie was something awful yet hilarious if you’re watching the Nostalgia Critic review.

Like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin will be a live-action musical, but Will Smith is a rapper and not the Broadway Hamilton kind either.

The classic tale of Aladdin hasn’t changed. We still have the story centered around a poor young man who falls in love with a princess. He finds a magical lamp and inadvertently unlocks the genie trapped inside. The genie grants the boy wishes which the boy uses to win over the young princess.

Currently, we don’t know whether Will Smith will actually take the role. Prior to this he was in talks over a Dumbo remake that Tim Burton was set to direct, but it fell through. Aladdin is expected to begin shooting by July in the U.K. which is only a few short months away. Hopefully we’ll get an update soon.

What do you guys think; do you want an Aladdin remake? Did you like any of the previous Disney live-action remakes? Let me know in the comments below.