Goodbye Blockbuster


It’s the end of an era. The days of video store movie rentals is coming to a close as Blockbuster Video has announced that it will close the remainder of their stores by early 2014.

We all knew this was coming. Most of the stores have already closed. It’s a bit surprising really that it’s taken this long for the rest of them to finally close their doors. Still, it saddens me. I used to love going to Blockbuster as a kid and looking for video tapes to rent before the days of by-mail and streaming. If you wanted a new release and it was all checked out, there was nothing you could do except wait and hope it was there when you returned whatever it was you’d rented in its place. Now, you don’t even have to leave your home to rent new movies with services like Netflix and Vudu.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer!

Bryan Singer’s follow up to X-Men: First Class hits theaters next summer but here’s our first glimpse at the film. It looks more like a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand with a dark “present day” and Xavier attempting to fix a problem (mistake?) in the past. We also get a quick glimpse of Bishop but sadly no sentinels. I, personally, think it looks amazing. I can’t wait.

J. K. Rowling to Make a Screenwriting Debut

fb-coverIt was just announced by J. K. Rowling, herself, that she has been approached by Warner Brothers about turning a book that was in the Potter series, entitled ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. The movie is supposedly going to focus on the author of this book, Newt Scamander. Here is what Rowling had to say:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”


There is an actual version of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ available to read, written by J. K. Rowling. I don’t remember anything about this book, or the author, Newt, but I can’t deny I am intrigued and somewhat excited to see a branch of the Harry Potter universe come to life on the silver screen.

Have you any interest left in the wizarding world of Harry Potter? Let us know in your comments below!

RoboCop [2014] first trailer officially released!


The first trailer for the 2014 RoboCop reboot is officially up! There has been some criticism about protagonist, Alex Murphy’s, suit, many comparing it to Nolan’s Batman. Another concern for some fans is the PG-13 rating. Here’s the trailer:

I, personally, think it looks pretty promising. We have a well-rounded cast (Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson) and it just feels like they might’ve nailed it. Then again, I thought the Green Lantern trailer looked good too, and we all know how that turned out. I also hope the cause of his disfigurement is not the explosion that the trailer leads you to believe.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? RoboCop is due for release on Feb. 7, 2014.

Awesome Fan Made Trailer for Man of Steel 2

It’s amazing to me how quickly videos like these are made. The news of Ben Affleck’s casting was just a few days ago and already a video of this quality is circling the internet. Kudos to the video’s editor SolyentBrak1 for piecing this together from various movies and TV shows.

I’m still not 100% sold on Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor. The rumor is he’s accepted the role but until there’s an official statement from Warner Bros. I’ll consider it nothing more than fans’ hopefulness. Also, I really don’t see Jeremy Irons as Alfred, but I’ll give SolyentBrak1 credit for thinking outside the box.


Ben Affleck is the new Batman


That’s not a typo. Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. The first question on a lot of people’s minds: “Uh… did you not see Daredevil?”

Affleck played the titular hero in 2003’s Daredevil and it wasn’t super well-received. It has a 45% on Rotten Tomatoes and made $179 million worldwide. Affleck himself actually seemed disappointed in the film as well stating that he’d never again play a superhero.

Well, unless it’s Batman, of course.

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