Random News: SDCC Movie News

Hello Lovely Readers,

Continuing on from my posts already thus week, I wanted to share more news from SDCC. As I am a big fan of movies and comics the news that I am sharing today was really interesting to me, and hopefully you guys agree!

First up is all the news trickling out about The Avengers Age of Ultron. Apparently there was a trailer show, but that has not be released out to the general public (although there are descriptions for those who are inclined). What they have released are mini-posters for each of the characters, and when combined it forms a large image. That is the picture above. It shows the team, and some new members, fighting robots and being overwhelmed. It looks epic, and it gives some nice glimpses of The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, as well as all the previous ones. You can click here to see more details.

Related to that is that there will be a Captain America and Iron Man animated movie coming out before The Avengers Age of Ultron. The movie will be 71 minutes and is called Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United. There is a great trailer for it that you can watch here. I love the interactions between these two heroes and I will be checking out the movie!

Another big reveal by posters is the look of Wonder Woman for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. You can see more info here. I really like the costume, it looks pretty good. However, until the trailers come out, I am still not that interested in the movie. I am still not sold on the Batman costume, and I still don’t like Superman.

Lastly, is there is news about the next Godzilla movie. They have revealed the foes that Godzilla will be fighting with in the next movie, and they are some big ones. You can read about it here, but the big three are Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. I am super excited for Mothra and Ghidorah, as I remember them from the old movies. Hopefully with the second movie the director will stay away from trying to add drama ans just stick to the monsters!

What do you guys think of these teasers that we have gotten?

Until next time,

 

Random News: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Teasers

Hello Lovely Readers,

To continue my post from yesterday with the news from SDCC, today we are going to be looking at what has been released for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. First thing that was released were some posters. You can check out one here, or check it out below!

And then yesterday the first teaser trailer for the movie was released!! Check it out below. Honestly, it is set up to break my heart, there is just so much that I want to see and not see in the final part of The Hobbit. The armor and the armies looks great, and the use of Pippin’s song was wonderfully done!

Lastly, Peter Jackson has announced that there will be a bit fan contest coming up, with registration starting in August. The prize is to win a flight to New Zealand to watch the premier of the movie with Peter Jackson! I know I will be entering! Check out the information in the video below.

So how excited are you guys, because I know I am super pumped for this movie (even though I know it will bring nothing but tears!)

Until next time,

 

Random News: Comic Con Trailers

Hello Lovely Readers,

As I am sure some of you know, but San Diego Comic Con is happening right now. What this means is that there is a lot of hype and news about a bunch of upcoming projects of all things geeky. It is a rather tense time for all of us that cannot attend as we have to wait for all the information and teasers to trickle out of the con, but thankfully they have already started. I thought I would share some of my favorite news from SDCC over the next couple of days. Starting with a couple TV trailers and an online game trailer (the big movie trailers haven’t been released yet, and those are what I am really looking forward to!).

First up is another trailer for Gotham. I haven’t [aid much attention to the news coming out about this, but the trailer brought my attention back. Check out the trailer above.

Second, is another trailer for Constantine. I am split on this. I like the trailer, and the show looks good. However, there has been a lot of controversy behind the scenes that the producers are refusing to honor the sexuality of the character. In the comic books Constantine is canonically bisexual, however the producers have said that any mention would distract viewers. While I am happy with main characters not having any love interests, this is not the only time that bisexuals have been removed from stories. However, I may be too close to the issue, but all that aside, check out the trailer above.

Lastly, is something I hadn’t heard about, but am actually excited about. There is going to be a Firefly online gaming, where you can be the captain. It looks interesting, and as a Brown Coat fan, this is exciting! Especially with the guest at the end of the trailer.

What do you guys think about all these trailers? What are you most excited about from SDCC?

Until next time,

Random News: Marvel is Marvelous

Hello Lovely Readers,

Very exciting comic news has happened over the past week thanks to Marvel. The most exciting, for me at least, is the release of the first official pictures from the next Avengers movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can click through to see the pictures here. Looks like most of the main characters have had slight changes to their costumes (most notably Captain America and Hawkeye). I have been trying to avoid plot spoilers/summaries, but the pictures look great. I just hope it can live up to how much I enjoyed the previous movie!

Second, and this was super surprising, marvel has announced that in the comics Thor will now be a woman. Instead of having a gender reassignment, the current male Thor will become unworthy and loose the ability to wield Mjolnir (his hammer), and instead one of the woman around him will be deemed worthy and when she picks it up will become the new Thor. I have mixed feelings about this, but mostly happy. I am excited that Marvel is making this happen, even if there is already presidents of others  wielding Mjolnir and gaining the powers (including several women such as Black Widow and Storm). It would be great to see a female superhero. However, I have some concerns on the writer and why we don’t get a new hero. So for now I am cautiously optimistic, and trying to decide how the male Thor becomes unworthy (I am hoping it happens in Original Sin which he is in, and I am reading because of Loki!). To read more on Thor you can click here.

Last news came right on the heels of the Thor announcement, and that is that in the comics we will be getting a black Captain America. The announcement that Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Solider) was released on the Colbert Report which you can read about here. I am excited to hear this, as Sam Wilson is an awesome character. There have been several times in the comics where other characters have taken up the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers, most notably Bucky Barnes. I think it shows some real catching up with the times that Marvel will now have a female and a black lead in some of their most popular series, I just wonder how long it will take DC to catch up (even if I do love DC for Batman and Batwoman!).

So are you guys excited about all this comic based news? I know I am, but also still a bit worried that it will fall short of my expectations!

Until next time,

Random News: Upcoming Trailers, Movies, and TV Shows

Hello Lovely Readers,

Just a quick one today from me. First is that apparently there will be a trailer for 50 Shades of Grey premiering this Thursday. The news was broken by Beyonce on her Instagram via a teaser trailer, you can watch here. I know some people are excited about this, I will be skipping the trailer and the movie!

In even better news, Disney is working on a new Jungle Book movie, and they are already casting a more racially diverse movie than we are used to from Hollywood. You can read about it here. Really exciting is that the lead role of Mowgli has been filled by Neel Sethi. Also in the cast are Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa) and Lupita Nyong’o. Apparently, only Sethi will be in the movie and the rest will be animated! I am excited for this, and may re-watch some of the other movie versions of the Jungle Book to celebrate!

Lastly, there is a new trailer out for the upcoming TV series, Outlander. You can read more about the series and watch the trailer here. The series is based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon. I have never read the books (or heard of them) before seeing the trailer. The plot involves time-traveling (or falling into another time if you want to get technical), romance and some action. While the trailer looks good, it isn’t really my thing, so I will be giving this a pass.

Until next time,

Random News: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailers

Hello everyone, The first and second teaser trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 have been released. The trailers are beautifully in keeping with the Mockingjay book where President Snow airs broadcasts with Peeta by his side, and District 13 hack the network and show their own videos with Katniss as the Mockingjay. I wasn’t sure whether I liked the trailers at first, but they do give the viewer an idea of what is to come in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and the style of the trailers make the movies seem so much more real. Lynne has already posted the first teaser trailer elsewhere in the blog, but I’ve included both teaser trailers below so that you can watch them back-to-back easily.  According to hypable.com, there is a third trailer will be released shortly. Fingers crossed the third trailer will include Katniss interrupting the Capitol’s broadcast! Watch this space because we will be adding the third teaser trailer (and 4th??) when they are released! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer #1   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer #2   Additionally, it seems that the movie producers are really making an effort to make the movies feel real. The Capitol’s Twitter account was “hacked” yesterday by Beetee one of the rebels in District 13 and the following Tweet was made:

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  The Capitol’s official website, TheCapitol.PN, was also “hacked” by Beetee with “The Mockingjay Lives” and “You silence our voices, but we are still heard” appearing in the source code:

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This has happened twice already, but the message isn’t always there. An inspection of the source of this morning (17/07/14) revealed no such hidden message. Click here to go to Capitol.PN so you can check out the source code for yourself (instructions here). What do you think of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie trailers? Have you spotted any other Rebel “hacks”?

Happy Reading,

 

Random News: Disney Villains

Hello Lovely Readers,

As I have mentioned several times on the blog, I often have a soft spot in my heart for villains. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with them or even like them, but I think they are interesting! So I was very excited to stumble across several Buzzfeed articles about the Disney Villains, and thought I would share them with you! The first is a wonderfully comprehensive list of 54 Frightening Facts You Didn’t Know About Disney Villains. It covers many of the classics and some of the modern Disney movies. Some of it is about the ideas behind the villains, the voice actors, who the characters could have been, and so much more.
The next fine was a list of the 12 Greatest Villain Songs. I really loved this list as I do not watch many musicals anymore, but I still love the old Disney ones. Also they included my favorite, one of the songs that I listen to still now, Hellfire by the Count Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although I knew pretty much all the songs on the list (and all the words!).

The third find was a wonderful art collection that looks at Good vs. Evil in the Disney films. The artwork is really amazing and such a unique way to combine the heroines and the villains!

Artwork by J. Scott Campbell can be found http://j-scott-campbell.deviantart.com/

Lastly, there is a fun quiz to find out who your inner Disney Villain is! I was happy to find out apparently I am really Maleficent! While I think the quiz could have been a little bit more veiled about which response went with which villain, it was still a fun 5 min!

So how do you guys feel about villains, especially Disney villains? Who is your favorite?

Until next time,

Random News: What would Disney’s Princesses look like if they were real women?

Hello everyone,

I came across two really neat news articles this week.

The first news article was on stylist.co.uk, and showcased the work of an artist named Väätäinen (click here to go to his blog and see all the images) who has used photo-manipulation and digital paintings to show what the Disney Princesses might look like in real life. Overall, the art is beautiful! You can see the comparisons between my top 3 favourite images and the original Disney illustrations below:

1. Cinderella from Cinderella
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2. Jasmine from Aladdin
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3. Sleeping Beauty from Sleeping Beauty

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My all time favourite Disney Princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I expected that Belle would be my number 1 favourite on the artist’s website, but I’m just not keen on her expression. She looks rather afraid or confused which seems out of character.
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I do think that a few of the Disney Princesses look too similar – Wendy from Peter Pan, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and Rapunzel from Tangled. I think this is more of a reflection on the similarity between the Disney princesses rather than anything the artist has done.
Right = Wendy from Peter Pan, Middle = Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and Left = Rapunzel from Tangled.
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What do you think of the “real life” re-imaining of the Disney Princesses? Do you have a favourite?

The second news article was on visualnews.com, and showcased the work of an illustrator named Claire Hummel (click here to go to her blog and see all the images) who has draw illustrations of the Disney princesses’ costumes based on historical fashion. It seems as though the costumes Disney drew for the Princesses were spot on for the most part with the key difference being that Disney’s costumes are simpler than the historically accurate dresses. You can see the comparisons between my top3 favourite illustrations and the original Disney costumes below:

1. Cinderella from Cinderella 

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2. Snow White from Snow White

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3. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
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What do you think of the illustrations of the historically accurate Disney Princesses costumes? Do you have a favourite?

Happy Reading,

Random News: Gundams and Dance Battle

Hello Lovely Readers,

So today I have two really random things to share, but both made me smile. The first is a funny youtube video of a dance battle between Harry Potter and Twilight, and if you watch long enough there is a little interference from The Lord of the Rings! You can watch it below (and if it helps, neither one wins, so all fandoms can be happy!).

The other news, which makes me really excited is that Japan has plans to build a moving Gundam mobile suit! For those unfamiliar Gundams are originally from the series “Mobile Suit Gundam” which was first released in 1979, and since then there are so many series, reboots, remakes, and offshoots that I couldn’t possibly list them all. However, Gundams are very important to me as “Gundam Wing” was the first series to really get me into manga and anime, and is still one of my favorite series. One of my dream vacations is to Japan where I would have to see the existing Gundam statue that was erected in 2009 for the 30th anniversary! You can read more about the plans for the robot here. However, as exited as I am for the robot, I just hope the war and destruction that comes with them doesn’t follow, as Gundams are traditionally a mix of the Iron Man suit and a tank, piloted by young adults (or teenagers) in midst of horrible wars that ravish the Earth. If you have never read or watched anything with a Gundam in it, I highly recommend you do (my favorites were “Gundam Wing” or “8th MS Team”).
So did the video make you guys laugh? Who do you think won, and who did you want to win? And is anyone else as excited about the Gundam as I am?

Until next time,

Book Review: The Splendor Falls

Book Title: The Splendor Falls
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore

“She was the only creature in the world who would really care if something happened to me, even if it was only because I was the bringer of kibble.”
Sylvie in The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Final Verdict: A paranormal romance lacking enough “paranormal” and a “romance” to make a great book.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

See the end of the review for HIDDEN CONTENT about the ending of The Splendor Falls.