Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

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Wait, What Happened? || Geek News

It’s finally the weekend which means two things:

(a) If you haven’t done so already, you should be racing out to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
(b) I’m back with all the movie news from the last few days.

Disney’s Moana Has A Title Change In Italy

Image result for moanaIt’s not unusual for studios to rename their movies for different international markets: just earlier this year Disney’s Zootopia was sold as Zootroplis in the UK. However, their reasoning behind re-titling the upcoming Moana as Oceania for its Italian release is a little bit more fun. Italy already has a famous Moana – Moana Pozzi, an adult film actress that died in 1994. Clearly she was very good at what she did because when Italian focus groups were asked about the name Moana there was only one girl that came to mind and she wasn’t animated.

Emilia Clarke Joins Han Solo Movie

Image result for emilia clarkeEmilia Clarke has been cast in the upcoming Han Solo movie. So far Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the space pirate himself, Donald Glover will take on the role of Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke is now the unnamed female lead. I know next to nothing about Star Wars but the quality of the casts that they’re employing has me fairly certain that I will be sucked in within the next year.

Deadpool 2 Finds New Director

Image result for david leitchJust under a month after Tim Miller left the production of the sequel to Deadpool, the movie has found a new director in David Leitch, the co-director of John Wick. He has more experience as a stunt double than a director – boasting only two directorial credits – but I’m trying to be optimistic. I’m trying really hard.

Who do you think of when you hear the name Moana? Are you a long-time Star Wars fan or are you just getting into it? Let me know in the comments.

Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

It’s Sunday so first of all: congratulations for making it through another week. Also it’s the day that we review all of the things that happened over the week so let’s get into it:

Best Piece Of News

Alden Ehrenreich has officially been cast in the role of the young Han Solo in the upcoming spin-off movie. His casting has been the source of controversy because everybody had their opinion on who should have been given the role. Over the last few months, practically every young actor in Hollywood was rumoured as being in the running for the role so I’m just happy that it’s over. Will Alden be a good fit? We’ll find out in a couple of years.

Worst Piece Of News

As the Power Rangers movie that nobody asked for moves along in its production process, we are getting more information about it. This week saw the release of images of the new Power Ranger suits. Generally, I’m not crazy about them but the production designer has said that it’s not a suit but something alien that actually grows on them. Maybe that explains the breast plates – maybe – but why the wedges on the female rangers?

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

The sequel to Space Jam is definitely a thing now and they even have a director. Justin Lin, director of three of the Fast & Furious franchise is now signed onto to direct Space Jam 2 which will star LeBron James.

And Everything Else…

  • New Now You See Me 2 Trailer
  • Angel Takes On Nightcrawler
  • Infinity War Re-Titled
  • More Mystery Roles On Wolverine 3
  • New Mutants Characters
  • Intro To Apocalypse
  • Star Trek In Toronto

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:

How do you feel about our new Han Solo? Do you even care about the Power Rangers armour? Space Jam 2: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Saturday everyone, there’s just so much to catch you up on so let’s dive right into it:

New Now You See Me 2 Trailer

I loved the first one and I can’t wait for the sequel. This is probably the one film where I don’t want to watch every advanced clip that I can find because the best part of the first one was being shocked by what was happening. Nonetheless, they dropped a new trailer and it’s just as great as the others.

Power Rangers Armour Revealed

We saw Rita Repulsa’s new look for the upcoming Power Rangers film and now we get a look at the Rangers themselves. Even with all of my nostalgia and good feeling towards the original show, I have to admit that the costumes were awful so of course these are a step up but are they good? Well the men’s armour is okay but the women’s has breast plates and wedges – incredibly comfortable and helpful in a fight, right??? Still, production designer, Andrew Menzies, said:

“Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Alden Ehrenreich Cast As Young Han Solo

The search is finally over: after every young, dark-haired actor in Hollywood was reportedly in the running for the position it has gone to Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Hail, Ceaser!). The spin-off in which he will star is expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story and will deal with events in Han Solo’s life prior to the chronology of the Star Wars films.

New X-Men: Apocaplypse Clip

X-Men: Apocalypse comes out in just under two weeks and they’ve released a new clip to keep us excited for the film. Two of my personal favourite mutants (Angel and Nightcrawler) go head-to-head:

That’s it today but tomorrow we’ll have a news round-up to catch you up on anything that you may have missed. Until then:

Are you excited to see Now You See Me 2 next month? Do you like the Power Rangers costumes? What are your thoughts on Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

What’s New? || Geek News

It’s finally the weekend and I have the news from the last few days to make sure that you start it off well.

Rogue One Trailer

Everybody heard that the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped this week. Speaking as somebody who has never even watched a Star Wars movie (don’t kill me) this trailer looks amazing and I feel like I’m going to have marathon all of the movies before I go see it. You can watch it again below but if you want to talk more about it, check out the Video of the Week in the top right corner.

Charlize Theron Cast in Fast 8

From the Fury Road to the Fast & Furious franchise: Charlize Theron has been cast as the villain in the upcoming Fast & Furious film, Fast 8. Obviously I’m happy – any chance to see Charlize Theron is brilliant in my opinion but more seriously, she truly is amazing and I can only see her making this film even better.

New Marvel Series Greenlit At Freeform

Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, Daredevil… there are a lot of Marvel properties on TV at the moment and we’re going to get a new one. Cloak and Dagger – the Marvel duo are getting their own romance/superhero show over on Freeform. There’s no release date yet but I’m wary: in case you were unsure, Freeform (ABC Family) brought us treats such as Pretty Little Liars and Shadowhunters so this will probably have a very different tone to any other Marvel property.

Pedro Pascal Cast in Kingsman 2

The last time a lot of us saw him, his head was being crushed by the Mountain in Game of Thrones but he’s back – head intact. Pedro Pascal will appear in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and play a character named, wait for it, Jack Daniels. I really want to watch this film.

Death Note Goes To Netflix

The live-action adaptation of the popular manga, Death Note, was previously to be produced by Warner Bros. but is now Netflix’s. The film will star Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley.

That’s it today but if you’ve missed anything this week come back tomorrow for a weekly round-up.

What did you think of the Rogue One trailer? Will Freeform create the first Marvel flop? Are you ready to see the Viper in Kingsman? Let me know in the comments.

 

What’s New? || Geek News

Merry Tuesday everybody, I’m trying to not constantly talk about Deadpool this month but they’re making it so hard. That said, I just want to slip in that Deadpool is now the highest grossing X-Men film of all time. And now everything else from the last few days:

Wonder Woman Set Photos

Wonder Woman Set PhotosI have to say that seeing Wonder Woman in action is what I’m most looking forward to in Batman v Superman. Production is still going on for her solo outing (to be released in Summer 2017) and whilst we still have to wait over a year for the actual movie, we have some pretty cool set photos to keep us going. To see all 29, check out the gallery I posted yesterday.

 

New Jungle Book TV Spot

As much as Marvel and DC are coming out with amazing films this year, the movie I’m most excited about in 2016 is The Jungle Book. Maybe it’s nostalgia but from what I’ve seen so far in trailers, I just love it so much and this new TV spot is no different. There’s a bit of Bagheera/Baloo interaction in this one, check it out:

First Look At Star Wars Experience

On Sunday, Disney offered the first look at their Star Wars experience that will open at Walt Disney Resort (Orlando) and Disneyland (Anaheim). It looks beyond amazing and amongst the many things that they’re promising of this park, you’ll be able to sit behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon. I mean, that’s pretty cool.

Justice League To Begin Filming

Zack Snyder has confirmed that Justice League – Part 1 will begin shooting on April 11. Unfortunately, the rumours were not true and the film is still going ahead. Maybe that’s not fair and the film will be great but every instinct is telling me that this is just a huge money-grab as opposed to a good film. Personally, I don’t think DC has done anything great, in terms of movies, since the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Vanessa Hudgens To Star In DC Pilot

Whilst the DC cinematic universe isn’t exactly winning me over, their shows are some of my favourites currently on television. They are adding a new show to their collection called Powerless, all about an insurance firm within the DC world whose job is only made more difficult by all the superheroes flying around, breaking things. It has now been confirmed the Vanessa Hudgens will star as Emily Locke, an insurance adjuster.

That’s all today, come back for more Geek News on Thursday but until then:

Any thoughts on Wonder Woman? How are you feeling about the Jungle Book marketing? Are you hopeful for Justice League? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Merry Tuesday everybody, I feel like we’ve had so many trailer releases in the last couple of days so be prepared for a lot of that today:

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Trailer Released

We finally have a proper trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. I say proper, it’s still technically just a teaser but we get to see characters’ faces which is definitely a step up. In the trailer we’re reminded of the characters that have died (a lot of Starks) and it feels as though Jon is included in that despite the terrible job they’ve done of hiding the fact that Kit Harington is in the new season.

Deadpool Sets Record For R-Rated Movie Opening

Over the weekend in the US, Deadpool set the record for the highest opening off all time for an R-rated movie. In it’s first week it made $260 million which you could argue is because it had a low budget to begin with but I think that it’s more in spite of its low budget. The sequel is guaranteed but I just hope they get a larger budget this time around.

Daredevil Season 2 Trailer Released

Part 1 of the Daredevil Season 2 trailer was released yesterday. Why is it in two parts? The trailer is actually pretty awesome and I understand why they’re teasing it. The Punisher, Elektra, another hallway fight sequence: from what we’ve seen so far, this is setting up to be a great season.

Star Wars VII Begins Production

I’m not really into Star Wars (don’t hate me) but for those of you who are, you’ll be excited
to know that they have begun production on the next installment of the franchise. I’m still a little sour that you pinched J. J. Abrams from my beloved Star Trek but I’ll get over it. The main cast are returning for the new film and it is shooting at Pinewood Studios in London.

The Final Allegiant Trailer Has Been Released

Maybe I haven’t been paying attention but I don’t think that Allegiant has had as much press as a film of its type would normally have. This final trailer isn’t exactly stunning: there are a lot of visual effects, choreographed fighting and grand heroic statements but I’m not into it this time around. I was hoping that this final trailer would do the same thing as Batman v Superman’s but I’m not excited about this film.

That’s it for today and I will, of course, be back on Thursday with more lovely geeky news but as usual:

What did you think of the barrage of trailers? Are you sick of me talking about Deadpool yet? Stars Wars or Star Trek? Let me know in the comments.