What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Tuesday, I hope you had a great weekend. I have so many things to share with you so let’s jump right into it.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Casting

Jeff Bridges revealed that he has been cast in the sequel to Kingsman – Kingsman: The Golden Circle. We don’t yet know who Bridges will be playing but as this film takes us to a similar spy agency in the US it is very possible that Bridges could be taking up the role of the head of this spy agency.

Sam Mendes Will Not Direct The Next James Bond

The director of the last two James Bond films will not be making another one. Sam Mendes re-vamped the James Bond franchise and made it something worth watching for people who weren’t initially fans of the movies. News that he will not return comes after Daniel Craig announced that he would not be reprising the role of 007. So, who is our next James Bond and who will direct him? We don’t yet know but Mendes says:

“I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect.”

Alice: Through The Looking Glass Flops At Box Office

If you went to the cinema this weekend you probably saw X-Men: Apocalypse or maybe Warcraft. Or maybe you were one of the few people who went out and saw Alice: Through The Looking Glass. The Disney sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland flopped at the box office making only $28.1 million compared to original projections of $70 million.

The Rock Joins The Superhero Club

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced that he has signed on to play Doc Savage, a superhero that is cited as the inspiration for Superman. Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black, is also involved with the project and will be directing. The Rock, Shane Black: this has to be good, right?

That’s everything for today but come back on Thursday for even more news. Until then:

What do you think about Jeff Bridges in Kingsman 2? Are you planning on seeing Alice: Through The Looking Glass? Is The Rock taking on a superhero role everything that you’ve ever wished for? Let me know in the comments.

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Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

Happy Sunday everybody, I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend – if you live in a country that currently has a long weekend… If not, I hope you’re enjoying your regular, old two-day weekend. So what happened this week?

Best Piece Of News

This week Disney showed us the first teaser for Beauty and the Beast and invited us to be their guest. If you’re anything like me then you instantly jumped on this invitation. The teaser was absolutely stunning and although we only caught a glimpse of Emma Watson it was just enough to entirely pull you in. Disney’s first two live-action remakes (Maleficent and Cinderella) were decent but after the success of this year’s The Jungle Book Disney have set a higher standard for themselves and it looks like Beauty and the Beast is going to meet that. If you want to watch the teaser again, you can do that below:

Worst Piece Of News

Michael Bay is making yet another Transformers movie: I would say that nobody wanted to watch them but they’re clearly making enough money to justify a fifth film in the franchise. They began filming in Cuba this week and whilst not much is yet known about the plot Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel will be returning to reprise their previous roles.

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

Lionsgate demonstrated that they have a great deal more faith in their upcoming Power Rangers movie than the general public when their CEO, Jon Feltheimer, announced that they could make as many as seven films. Based on what I’ve seen so far I can’t even imagine the first one having significant box office success but we can be optimistic. The CEO of the company knows a lot more about the direction and production of the film so maybe it will be a sneaky hit – God knows Lionsgate need a win after this year’s Gods of Egypt and The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

And Everything Else…

  • X-Men Deleted Scene
  • Independence Day Trailer
  • Finding Dory Trailer
  • #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend
  • Netflix Gets Disney
  • New Mr. Robot Video
  • The Little Prince Release Date

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

Did you love the Beauty and the Beast teaser? Are you a fan of the Transformers films? Are you looking forward to the Power Rangers movie? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Good morning: it’s the beginning of the weekend and as though that wasn’t good enough, I have some awesome things to share with you so let’s just dive right into it.

New Mr. Robot Video

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Mr. Robot but for once I’m not going to implore you all to go out and watch the first season (I’m just assuming that you’ve done that now – if not just to shut me up). This week, The Hollywood Reporter released an exclusive video that served as part-trailer, part-BTS of the second season. The first season was so brilliantly unique because it went in strange directions that other shows would be afraid to and it looks like they’re going to push that envelope even further with this new season. You can watch the full video here.

Transformers: The Last Knight Begins Filming  In Cuba

It’s the film franchise that won’t die – no matter how much you may want it to: the fifth movie in Michael Bay’s Transformers series began filming in Cuba this week. We don’t know much about the film in regards to plot (not that there is usually much of a plot) but Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel will be returning to reprise their previous roles.

6 Power Rangers Sequels

Lionsgate demonstrated that they have a great deal more faith in their upcoming Power Rangers movie than the general public when their CEO, Jon Feltheimer, announced that they could make as many as seven films. Based on what I’ve seen so far I can’t even imagine the first one having significant box office success but we can be optimistic. The CEO of the company knows a lot more about the direction and production of the film so maybe it will be a sneaky hit – God knows Lionsgate need a win after this year’s Gods of Egypt and The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

The Little Prince Gets Trailer & Release Date

A few months ago we wrote about Netflix picking up the rights to the animated feature, The Little Prince, after Paramount dropped it. Earlier this week Netflix released their own trailer for the movie and revealed that it would be available to stream from August 5th of this year. It looks incredibly sweet and I am entirely in love with the art style. You can watch the full trailer below:

That’s everything for this week but if you missed anything at all then come back tomorrow for a round-up of the week’s news. Also, check out why exactly we think Black Panther could be Marvel’s best movie yet. Anyway, until next time:

Are you sick of me gushing over Mr. Robot yet? How hopeful are you in regards to the Power Rangers film? Are you still following the Transformers series? Let me know in the comments.

Black Panther Could Be Marvel’s Best Film.

Diversity in media is an ongoing debate. Particularly after this year’s Academy Awards it is clear that a disparity exists between the range of ethnicities and cultures that we see portrayed on screen and those that we see in our every day lives. This is an issue, but why?

So many people are ready to dismiss lack of diversity as a non-issue:

“If you’re so focused on race then maybe you’re the issue.”

“The best actors are chosen for the roles available.”

“The story comes first: film-makers can’t do their jobs if they have to approach every project with a check-list to appease every minority.”

In some respects, I agree: diversity can’t be approached as a check-list. I’ve seen far too many gay best friends, Asian nerds and sassy black women on screen who have no story of their own but are there for the sole reason of making a film seem inclusive. If a film is set in 17th century London, then I’m not expecting to see a cultural melting-pot but in the US in 2016? Come on.

Art reflects the situation in which it was created and to ignore whole groups of people makes it inauthentic. It’s not enough to have background characters and extras from different races when every person with a speaking role is white.

Marvel Studios have done an amazing job of creating their own cinematic universe, making them the highest-grossing film franchise in history (beating out the Harry Potter series by more than $2 billion). Amongst their thirteen feature films, not one of them has a protagonist that isn’t a straight white man. Still, this isn’t exactly a radical discovery when compared to other large studios. In fact, as a company that make films based on characters from comics that have existed for over 70 years – they do quite well in terms of casting actors that look like the original artist depictions.

Except Doctor Strange.

If you missed it, Marvel came under significant fire over white-washing claims in their latest film, Doctor Strange, which will be released later this year. I could talk about it forever but for once we’re focusing on the positive and that is Black Panther.

Over the last month we’ve heard more about the casting of the movie but it wasn’t until The Hollywood Reporter posted this photo with one of their stories that my heart really began to sing.

Black Panther demonstrates a real commitment (unlike Marvel’s ‘commitment’ to a Black Widow movie) to a superhero film with a black cast. It’s important to note that Black Panther became the first mainstream black superhero in American comics when he made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966. His story means a lot to people and fans want to see that honoured.

At this point in time Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o have officially been cast in the film. The world fell in love with Boseman’s Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and whilst the roles that Jordan and Nyong’o will adopt are still just speculation, they’re amazing actors that are all but guaranteed to be fantastic. The director, Ryan Coogler, and the cast are huge names and accomplished actors which puts to rest the ridiculous idea that there aren’t big-name black people in Hollywood.

The film will be set in the fictional African country of Wakanda which is miles ahead of the rest of the world in regards to technology. Obviously the film hasn’t yet been released but so far it looks like they’re going to stay true to the country (as true as you can remain to a fake country). That is to say, they aren’t Americanising it – the characters from the country speak with non-US accents, they have their own language and they are depicting an African country as more than what you see on Save the Children adverts.

People speak about Africa like it’s one country in which everybody lives in shacks when the reality is that it is a continent with more than 50 different countries contained within it.

Representation of black people is scarce in media but if you do see films about black people it’s either about the impoverished or slavery. Black Panther is setting a precedent – a massive studio is producing a film that doesn’t simply have a black protagonist but a black cast and it’s set in Africa. Movies like this are never targeted at a large demographic but this one will be.

You hear the word ‘representation’ all the time to the point at which it may begin to lose all meaning but it is important. When you look back on your childhood, the characters that you saw on screen became your heroes: you wanted to dress like them, talk like them, be them. When you look at your TV and all of your heroes are a different race to you, it is disheartening. Clearly, people like you aren’t heroes and that idea is beyond damaging for young kids.

We’re not going to see Black Panther until early 2018 but as of now, I’m excited about it.

Do you believe that representation in media is an issue at the moment? What do you think about the direction that Marvel is taking Black Panther? Do you like the casting of the film so far? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Thursday everybody, today we’re keeping it a bit shorter but everything we’re talking about it is awesome (it pretty much all involves Disney so…).

New Finding Dory Trailer

Compared to a lot of other films that have been and will be released this year, Finding Dory, didn’t rank that highly for me – until this new trailer. The music at the beginning smacked me right in the nostalgic feels and reminded me of how much I loved Finding Nemo but then the rest of the trailer proved that this movie tells a story in its own right. The characters have grown and developed but it has the same spirit as we’ve grown accustomed to from Pixar. You can watch the trailer below.

#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

If you were on Twitter earlier this week you may have noticed that the hashtag, #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend was trending. Fans of Cap have united to ask the Marvel overlords to let Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes be together. If you watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier or more recently, Captain America: Civil War it was clear that Steve loves Bucky more than anything. Currently there are no openly LGBT characters in the MCU but [CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – SPOILER ALERT] after Steve’s awkwardly timed kiss with Sharon Carter in Civil War, the fans are calling bull. Peggy dies and Cap’s next romantic pursuit is her niece? Please Marvel, just let Steve and Bucky be together.

Netflix Gets Exclusive Rights To Disney

Netflix has made an exclusive deal with Disney which means that they will be the only streaming service with Disney properties. That means Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm will all only be available on Netflix. In the war of streaming services, Netlflix is definitely winning.

That’s everything for today but as usual there will be more news on Saturday. Also, it was Sir Ian McKellen’s birthday yesterday – check out 7 reasons we love the man but until next time:

Have Disney taken over the world and does that frighten you or are you embracing our new leaders? Should Cap get a boyfriend? Are you in love with the new Finding Dory trailer? Let me know in the comments.

7 Reasons To Celebrate Sir Ian McKellen At 77

Today is the 77th birthday of national treasure, Sir Ian McKellen, and there are hundreds of reasons to be happy that we exist on the same planet as him but today we’re just talking about seven.

1) Lord of the Rings.

ian mckellen tattoEven if you’re not a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, everybody knows at least three things: there’s a super-evil ring; Sam loves Frodo; and Ian McKellen is Gandalf. Along with Dumbledore (who people frequently mistake McKellen for), Gandalf is the most prominent wizard in modern pop culture. With a film franchise as big LOTR, the actors involved often try to distance themselves so they can be seen as “serious” artists but Sir Ian McKellen loves the films and the fans. If you weren’t convinced, then maybe you should take a look at his Elvish tattoo.

2) LGBT Activism.

Ian McKellen LGBT.pngIf you’re a real whiz at Maths then you’ll know that Sir Ian McKellen was born in 1939 – born into a world at war and an generation that was not ready to accept the openly gay. Still, he exhibited extraordinary bravery and came out to the general British public via a BBC radio program in 1988. Ever since, he has become a patron of numerous LGBT organisations: dedicating time and money to helping the LGBT community.

3) Beauty and the Beast.

The first teaser for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast dropped this week and as the world collectively lost its mind, they might have missed a certain somebody’s appearance in it. That’s right, one of those voices was none other than Sir Ian McKellen who will take up the role of Cogsworth. Amazingly, this is his first project with Disney but the man doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon so let’s hope it’s not his last.

4) X-Men.

Marvel properties that stand outside of Marvel Studios don’t have a great history: Fantastic Four, Spider-Man – the X-Men franchise is the exception to that rule. As much as I adore the man, I can’t put the success of a nine-film franchise down to a single person but he was there in the first one and let’s face it: a superhero story is nothing without a convincing villain. Maybe all X-Men: Apocalypse needed was a bit of McKellen.

5) He’s one gorgeous mo-fo.

Not to be superficial but… the man ages like fine wine. Just look at him!

6) Patrick Stewart.

And a greater friendship never did exist. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen may play frenemies within the X-Men franchise but there is no shortage of love between them in reality. In early 2013, McKellen even officiated the wedding of Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell. There are too many fantastic pictures of them to choose from but I’m particularly fond of this one of them in New York.

7) The man is simply an icon.

Icon, legend, national treasure: you can say it however you want but the point remains – Ian McKellen is brilliant and the world loves him. I’ll leave you with this video:

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Tuesday everybody, still reeling over Game of Thrones? Well, I might just have some things that will take your mind off of it.

Beauty and the Beast Teaser

Yesterday, Disney released their first teaser for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. It looks brilliant and magical and had me beyond disappointed when it said that the film wasn’t coming out until March of next year. If you haven’t seen it already, you can do so right here:

X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scene

The film hasn’t yet been released in the US but Fox have already shown us a deleted scene in one of their (many) TV spots. At the beginning of this particular spot we see Nightcrawler and some of the other young X-Men in the mall in a scene that does not appear in the film. As somebody who has watched the movie, I would have liked the see the full scene in it but it wouldn’t have rescued the movie.

Independence Day: Resurgence Drops Monster Trailer

At nearly five minutes long, Independence Day: Resurgence has dropped its longest trailer yet. It dedicates the majority of its beginning explaining why exactly aliens are trying to destroy the planet again and you find out a little bit more about the characters. I’m not going to rush out to the cinema to see this movie but it seems like a solid summer blockbuster.

That’s it today but as usual there will be even more news (and probably fewer trailers) on Thursday. Until then:

Are you excited for Beauty and the Beast? Have you seen X-Men: Apocalypse yet? Did you watch the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer? Let me know in the comments.