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 on: September 17, 2019, 01:13:23 pm 
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Battlestar Galactica Reboot Is in the Works on NBC’s Streaming Service

A Battlestar Galactica Reboot Is in the Works on NBC’s Streaming Service
Big news today, coming right on the anniversary of the first episode of the original Battlestar Galactica back in 1978. According to Deadline, NBCUniversal will produce a Galactica reboot for its forthcoming streaming service called Peacock. The service will make its debut on April 2020 and it will feature a few series reboots from the NBCU library, with Battlestar Galactica among them. The project will involve Mr. Robot and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail, who has recently declared himself “a huge fan.” Esmail expressly asked to work on it in a recent deal he closed at NBCU’s Universal Content Productions earlier this year.

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The original Battlestar Galactica series aired for the first time on September 1978 and ran until April 1979. The show featured Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Lorne Greene as Commander Adama. Thanks to a write-in campaign, the series later made a comeback as the 10-episode spin-off Galactica 1980. In 2003, Sci-Fi Channel developed a three-hour Battlestar Galactica miniseries, which then became the pilot for the weekly television show which debuted in 2004 and ran for four seasons before concluding on March 20, 2009. The franchise has expanded since then thanks to spin-off shows, webisodes, and books.

There are few details about the Battlestar Galactica reboot available at the moment, but according to a source at the Hollywood Reporter, the project “will be inspired by Syfy’s 2004 series, developed by Ron Moore, and not based on the 1978 original from creator Glen A. Larson.” Keep following us for the latest news on this.

What do you think about the upcoming Battlestar Galactica reboot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


 on: September 17, 2019, 01:12:07 pm 
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix 4K Blu-ray Review
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
X-Men: Dark Phoenix 4K Blu-ray Review – Flipping a Bird
Had X-Men: Dark Phoenix — as it’s now called on Blu-ray release to alphabetize better with the rest — come out in 2001, we might have highly praised it. A serious take on superheroes! One grounded in a realistic world! With all the space opera stuff made simple and more plausible so nobody can mock the story for having capes and spandex! Too bad for writer-director Simon Kinberg that we live in the year 2019, and nobody wants the X-Men to look like The X-Files any more. Taken as an entity by itself, without regard to any external factors, Dark Phoenix is not a bad science fiction adventure. But both by accident and design, it faced more hurdles than any franchise movie could reasonably overcome.

First, the obvious lame duck factor: between the movie’s greenlight and release, Disney purchased Fox. Probably 99 per cent of the target audience realized the X-Men series as we knew it was over, pending a Marvel Studios reboot. Even savvier viewers likely knew that the contracts of all the bigger names, like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, needed renewing. The previous team film, Apocalypse, was unpopular. And for the first time in any X-Men movie including the Deadpools, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was neither seen nor mentioned. Plus the movie essentially remakes the widely derided X-Men: The Last Stand, without clearly bringing anything new to the table. Besides a complete lack of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

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If — and it’s a massive, Juggernaut-sized “if” — you can put that baggage aside, and ignore continuity issues that have the principal cast barely aging between the Cuban Missile Crisis and the early ’90s, Dark Phoenix works as a passable super-metaphor for overcoming childhood trauma. Sorry you’re not getting the comics’ Dark Phoenix saga, but you never really thought we would from Fox, did you?


X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Even judged on its own merits, the movie might have been better guided by a female director. Sophie Turner’s mood swings as a cosmically possessed Jean Grey are impressive and frightening. But they also play a bit like the perceptions of a husband who doesn’t quite know what has his wife so upset. He only knows he’s a little bit sympathetic, a whole lot scared as hell, and will probably get blamed regardless. So one might expect Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), as that point-of-view character, to be better fleshed out. He’s not. As usual, filmmakers seem to find him boring, so Magneto gets most of his character development instead.

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Given everything mentioned above, what’s good about this movie? Simply put, Dark Phoenix has three of the best “fully X-Men” action sequences committed to film, in which the team use their powers in combination with one another to complement each other. And not just like Avengers: Age of Ultron, where everyone is all in one room blasting drones with powers. This feels more like puzzle solving: Teleport the super-speed guy while the psychokinetic holds things together and the laser guy targets his blast at just the right moment. The mutants can collectively function as a perfect Rube Goldberg machine with the correct timing, and we see that successfully displayed three times. No small feat.


Also, Jessica Chastain. While her version of the alien Vuk bears little resemblance to Starhammer from the comics, her other-worldliness comes across as seriously chilling. And it’s nice to have a threat that isn’t just metaphorical racists again.

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On the audio commentary, Kinberg comes across as a man who thinks he’s very smart, but isn’t. The fact that he says he wanted the movie grounded and gritty rather than operatic like the previous films ought to be an instant disqualifier. One, because every X-Men movie so far has tried to be grounded and gritty. And two, if anything in X-Men canon deserves the operatic treatment, the Dark Phoenix story is it. Repeatedly referencing Logan doesn’t make it better. No comics fan in their right mind would suggest a Dark Phoenix movie and an Old Man Logan movie should have the same tone.

Alongside producer Hutch Parker, Kinberg reveals that a lot of practical effects created real vehicle crashes and explosions where possible. In perhaps the biggest surprise reveal, he notes that the exterior X-Mansion is actually a complete CG creation. It’s also a design mash-up of every different mansion used in X-movies thus far. There’s a lot of talk about Bryan Singer’s style, and a viewer could make a drinking game out of the number of times they say “grounded” or “gritty” aloud. Don’t expect any fan nitpicks to be addressed — they treat Days of Future Past like a get-out-of-jail-free card for continuity. Even though that movie still ended with Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Twenty-two years after the events of James McAvoy playing him here.

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Nor do we learn where the Jim Lee costumes from the final moments of Apocalypse went. A frustrating omission to say the least. A behind-the-scenes, feature-length five-part documentary does detail how they wanted a general lack of superhero costumes in order to feel more “organic” and “real” in tone. And yes, much of the doc will make fans crazy for the wrong reasons. It legitimately feels like these filmmakers thought they were doing something radical and epic. By having three-dimensional characters fighting aliens on Earth in a superhero movie. As if the last 20 years of comic-book films never happened. Seeing the practical-effect explosions is cool, though.


But kudos to the studio for having the commentary track available on the 4K version, and not just the accompanying Blu-ray. If the viewer tires of hearing Kinberg, one can perhaps zone out and count every single pore on Fassbender’s face. Or notice which of McAvoy’s whiskers did not get shaven skin-smooth. Yes, the 4K looks fantastic; the sharpest any X-Men film has ever looked. When Jean blows up her childhood home, the combination of real and CG wood particles is an eye-stunner. The opening space shuttle rescue was quite rightly used to sell the film. It’s as cosmic and space-operatic as these live-action mutants have ever gotten.

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A final extra compiles several Nicholas Hoult improvisations into a fake flight-instruction video starring Beast. It’s inessential, but amusing.

The word “grounded” can mean more than one thing, and Dark Phoenix epitomizes it. Simon Kinberg uses it to proclaim how realistic his film is. In fact, for a superhero movie that needs to soar, it does indeed stick too close to the ground. Completists and 4K fans who want to show off the best effects on their system will want to buy this. But for most, it’s strictly a rental.



 on: September 16, 2019, 01:47:07 pm 
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The Russo Bros. Think Sony Is Making a ‘Tragic Mistake’ with Spider-Man
The Russo Bros. Think Sony Is Making a ‘Tragic Mistake’ with Spider-Man
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo were among the crowd who insisted on bringing Spider-Man “home,” which they were able to pull off in Captain America: Civil War, kick starting a series of Marvel Studios produced Spider-Man films (which seemed impossible just five years ago). They’re also among the crowd expecting Peter Parker’s adventure in the MCU to be over soon.

In a recent interview with The Toronto Sun, the Russo brothers stressed once more their gratitude to Kevin Feige for pulling the deal off.

“It was so difficult to get him into Civil War,” Anthony said. “It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

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The Russo Bros. added that Sony is making a big mistake. It’s just not that easy to replicate Kevin Feige’s success with the Spider-Man franchise.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” Joe Russo added. “But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Do you think that Sony is making a terrible mistake with Spider-Man? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



 on: September 16, 2019, 01:46:29 pm 
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Rumor: Robert Downey Jr. to Appear in Marvel’s Black Widow Prequel?

Rumor: Robert Downey Jr. to appear in Marvel’s Black Widow prequel?
Buried in a recap of this year’s Saturn Awards, Deadline has given life to a new rumor, reporting that Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his Tony Stark role in Marvel’s Black Widow prequel. The possible casting reveal followed Avengers: Endgame winning six awards at the event this past weekend. There has not yet been any confirmation from Marvel if Downey will actually appear in the film, though Stark would obviously still be alive during the timeline the story takes place in. It’s also possible that the film will use previously shot material of RDJ in the MCU.

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Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)  as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason.

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The movie is being directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). Black Widow will debut in theaters on May 1, 2020.



 on: September 15, 2019, 07:43:57 pm 
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 on: September 14, 2019, 07:52:54 pm 
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 on: September 14, 2019, 07:52:32 pm 
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 on: September 14, 2019, 07:52:15 pm 
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'iPhone case' unearthed in 'Russian Atlantis'
Posted on Saturday, 14 September, 2019 |

The artifact genuinely does look like an iPhone case. Image Credit: Instagram / Pavel Leus
A belt buckle exhibiting a surprisingly familiar shape has been discovered at a dig site in southern Siberia.
Dating back 2,100 years, the intriguing rectangular artifact was found in the grave of a woman at one of two burial sites in the Siberian territory of Tuva near the Mongolian border.

The area is particularly notable due to the fact that it is submerged in water for several months a year.

The discovery later went viral after archaeologist Pavel Leus posted up photographs on Instagram demonstrating that the object, which is actually a belt buckle, looks rather a lot like an iPhone case.

Measuring 7 inches long by 4 inches across, the buckle is actually made of a type of gemstone known as jet and is inlaid with a number of small mother-of-pearl, carnelian and turquoise beads.

It has been nicknamed "Natasha's iPhone" after the name assigned to the woman in the grave.

"Burials at both sites include many decorations for belts and clothing, beads, pendants, earrings, Chinese wu zhu coins, and Western Han mirrors and their fragments," the study authors wrote.

 on: September 13, 2019, 01:12:32 pm 
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Marvel might make a monumental change when they bring the X-Men to the MCU
BGR News   
Chris Smith
,BGR News•September 13, 2019

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Ever since the Disney-Fox deal was finalized, and Marvel gained control over several popular superhero franchises, including the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, fans have been wondering how long it would take for these characters to make their way over to the MCU.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige has confirmed that the studio is already working on projects involving these characters, but he hasn’t gone as far as to commit to a release schedule. But a brand new report says that Marvel is considering a radical change for the X-Men that will populate the MCU going forward.

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An exciting rumor not too long ago said that Marvel has an exciting Avengers 4 sequel in mind involving the X-Men, an Avengers vs. X-Men crossover that would drop after the X-Men are introduced. Here’s a quote from the We Got Things Covered report from mid-August that explains how it might all go down:

From what we understand, the X-Men need to be introduced into the MCU first and the studio also wants to form the New Avengers team (Black Panther, Spider-Man, Blade, Shang-Chi, Jane Foster’s Thor, Scarlet Witch, etc.) before they arrive at a full-blown crossover movie like Avengers vs. X-Men. We’ve been told that there’ll be some minor crossovers ahead of the film though and that various post-credits scenes will plant the seeds for when the two teams finally meet.

That means this new Avengers sequel would not arrive anytime soon. The MCU Phase 4 projects have already been announced, and they include no X-Men or Avengers titles. The X-Men could be introduced in Phase 5 or 6, which means we won’t see them in new movies until 2022 at the earliest.

This brings us to Full Circle Cinema’s scoop that says Marvel is considering having people of color portraying both Magneto and Professor X in the MCU.

That would certainly be a great move from a studio that’s looking to expand its character diversity and inclusivity. Marvel could also employ this strategy to differentiate its X-Men productions from all the X-Men movies that Fox made before being purchased by Disney.

Not to mention that Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr do not have to be white men (or men) for that matter, in the MCU. Yes, it would be harder to adapt Magneto’s origin story than Xavier’s, as the former was born to a Jewish family in the 1920s. The events in his early life are what turned Erik into Magneto, and that can’t and shouldn’t change. But it won’t be impossible for Marvel to make adjustments.

The report also notes that by the time the X-Men are introduced in the MCU, Magneto would be a 100-year-old man, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see how Marvel deals with that problem as well.

The next Marvel movie to hit theaters is Black Widow, which premieres on May 1st, 2020.
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 on: September 13, 2019, 01:05:51 pm 
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