Interview With Wendee Lee

Justin interviews voice actress Wendee Lee. We discuss Wendee beginnings in acting, voice acting and Wendee even let us talk to some of her characters that she has played over the years.

Sailor Moon Press Conference With 1990's Cast Members

At Otakon 2014 we had the pleasure of attending the 1990's Sailor Moon press conference. In attendence was Sailor Moon herself Linda Ballantyne, Sailor Mars played by Katie Griffin and voice director John Stocker.

Film Review: At Devil's Door

Based from the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe “Yowamushi Pedal”, comes everyone's favorite anime-loving, hill-climbing cyclist getting his own Figma figure.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Sneak Peek

While we have to wait to see the big screen debut of Aquaman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, we get to see another great DC animated film based around the origins of Arthur Curry in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Many fans have been clamoring to see Atlantis get some love after all the Batman and Superman animated projects. We do get to see some Aquaman in Flashpoint Paradox, but he finally gets the chance to shine in his first full feature. This film picks up where Justice League: War left off so I encourage you to check that out first before watching this.

Tech Review: LifeProof Cases

LifeProof is a young vibrant company based in San Diego that designs, manufactures and markets LifeProof cases for all-environmental protection, functionality and interactivity to SmartPhones and Tablet PCs. There company mantra is “Freedom”- freedom to be connected anywhere with your mobile device.

Podcast: It's An Otaku Thing Episode 7 - Otakon 2014

Justin, Ashley and Liz talk about Otakon 2014 and answer listeners questions. Make sure to check out our new interview with voice actress Wendee Lee.

Hatsune Miku US Expo Coming to NY and LA

"Hatsune Miku Expo" is coming to this U.S. this fall. Part of a worldwide event inaugurated in Indonesia this spring, the expo will bring the cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku to Los Angeles and New York City this October.

Interview With Morris Jamlang (Founder of Equilibrium)

We stop by the Equilibrium booth at Otakon and chat it up with founder and creator Morris Jamlang. He talks how his company got started and shows us a tutorial of his product the amazing Equilibrium bag.

Aug 22, 2014

September 2014 Movie Preview






A Walk Among the Tombstones

Based on Lawrence Block’s acclaimed novel by the same name, this new Liam Neeson action film appears to be comparable to Taken. Director Scott Frank was able to convince Neeson to accept the role with a brilliantly crafted script. Neeson plays private detective Matthew Scudder. This weathered detective is hired to find out who kidnapped and murdered the wife of a high end drug dealer, played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. As he investigates he crosses hairs with the killers and they don’t appreciate it.
Release Date: 9/19 Rated: R







This is Where I Leave You

Shortly after Judd Altman, played by Jason Bateman, discovers his wife has been sleeping with his boss for about a year, he gets a call from his sister informing him their father has died. After the funeral in an attempt to bring the family their mother, played by the one and only Jane Fonda grounds her four children for a week. Bateman’s two brothers and sister are played by Adam Driver, Corey Stoll and Tina Fey. Based on the wildly successful novel by Jonathan Tropper, and an immensely talented cast of actors led by director Shawn Levy, Cheaper by the Dozen, it is a must see.
Release Date: 9/19 Rated: R




The Skeleton Twins

After premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2014 this heart felt film is hitting the big scream. The movie is the story of two estranged twins who after a brush with death reunite and eventually realize that what’s been missing in their life just might be eachother. The twins are played but Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. Directed by Craig Johnson this dark comedy is a nice change of pace from the sketch comedy motif we are accustom to.
Release Date: 9/12 Rated: R



The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner series is the first of this years film series based on a book series that spotlights a lead male character. Thomas, played by Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien, arrives at the Glade a place where a crew of misfit boys are imprisoned and forced to solve a maze where nasty extra-terrestrial like creatures called Grievers lurk waiting to pounce. Despite Fox’s desire for another Hunger Games first-time director Wes Ball has committed himself to a slightly tone reminiscent on the classic novel The Lord of the Flies.
Release Date: 9/19 Rated: PG-13




Below are other movies that have their wide release in September.

September 5 - The Identical September 10 - Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity (NY) - My Old Lady (NY) September 12 - At the Devil's Door (limited) - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (NY, LA; expands: Sept. 19) - Dolphin Tale 2 - No Good Deed - The Quitter (NY) - The Skeleton Twins (limited; wide: Sept. 19) September 16 - Worst Friends (limited) September 17 - 20,000 Days on Earth (NY) - The Guest (limited) September 19 - Fort Bliss (limited) - Hector and the Search for Happiness (limited; expands: Oct. 3) - Keep On Keepin' On (LA; NY release: October 3) - Pride - Tracks (limited) - Tusk - The Zero Theorem (limited) September 26 - The Boxtrolls - The Equalizer (2D theaters and IMAX) September TBA - Maps to the Stars

News: Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2

 
image credit Marvel

Hey Otakus and Geeks fans, Today Marvel sent out a preview of Edge of Spider Verse #2. It Features Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman once you check out this first look, you'll probably see what all the hype is about. This is from Marvel's official press release:

As spider-powered heroes from across all universes unite to battle back the threat of Morlun, meet a young girl from Midtown High who learned that with great power, comes great responsibility. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at September’s EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2, from critically acclaimed writer Jason Latour and rising-star artist Robbi Rodriguez! She’s smart, she’s tough, she’s charming and she can lift a car – she’s Gwen Stacy! Patrolling the New York City of her universe, she keeps the streets safe as the vigilante known as Spider-Woman! Just don’t tell her father, NYPD Police Chief George Stacy!

“This story sees Gwen at a real crossroads of her life,” says writer Jason Latour, in an interview with Marvel.com. “Spider-Woman is wanted for a crime she didn’t commit. So where as her life in costume before was a lot of adventuring and fun, she’s now being forced to decide what it means to her.”

As the growing threat of Spider-Verse looms on the not-so-distant-horizon, meet one of its breakout stars early as Gwen Stacy swings headlong into the biggest Spider-Man event of all time. Don’t miss one moment of the action as Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman makes her bombastic debut in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2!















Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:

·         Superior Spider-Man #32 & #33
·         Amazing Spider-Man #7 & #8
·         Spider-Man 2099 #5

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

Aug 21, 2014

Album Covers Re-Imagined for Geeks




Hey Otakus and Geeks fans, Here are some Album covers Re-Imagined for Geeks.  Images bought to you from RIPT Apparel. Checkout some of these iconic Album covers.














News: Meet Morrison's Multiversity Marvel World

      Image Credit: DC Comics



Meet the Marvel Universe, as seen in the DC Universe.

While the full Multiversity guide won't be out until the full appendix sees print, DC Comics is slowly rolling out individual worlds on DCComics.com. One of the first to get featured? Earth-8, which carries analogues of Marvel characters like the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and more. Check out the official description here:

For generations, life on Earth-8 passed like it does on our world. Largely uneventful, and when problems did arise, they were handled easily by the world’s large population of super heroes. Until a day finally arrived like no other, and Earth-8’s strongest heroes were forced to unite against a common threat. The Retaliators were born!Not quite what you were expecting? Perhaps that’s the best way to describe this world, populated with heroes such as the patriotic power soldier known as American Crusader, the lightning-charged warrior god Wundajin, the massively-morphing, quick to anger monster known as the Behemoth and the scientifically-minded, elementally-powered foursome known as the Future Family. Alongside such figures as Machinehead, Ladybug, Stuntmaster and the “neo-human” heroes of the G-Men, they keep their world safe from threats like the destructive Lord Havok and the Extremists.

VIZ Media Releases Gorgeous Art of Princess Mononoke Edition

VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library imprint celebrates the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected and released a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases for Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and The Wind Rises. THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN ·

Available August 26th This new hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production. “We are very proud to expand our Studio Ghibli imprint with THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE and invite devoted fans and serious collectors to savor the gorgeous artwork and updated translation it features,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “PRINCESS MONONOKE was a groundbreaking achievement for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and became the film that firmly established him on the international stage. THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE is a beautiful testament to this creative visionary and his unique film.”

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Sword Art Online’s Kirito “Figma Figure”


"No matter what happens, I'll make sure you can return to the real world…" From 'Sword Art Online' comes a re-release of figma figure Kirito!

Using the smooth yet posable joints of figma, you can act out a variety of different scenes. A flexible plastic is used for important areas, allowing proportions to be kept without compromising posability. He comes with three expressions including his standard expression, a shouting expression for combat and a lazy expression. His favorite sword, "Elucidator" as well as the sword made by Lisbeth, "Dark Repulser" are both included, each with effect parts. Both swords can also be stored away on his back for non-combat scenes. An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

Pre-order, now available from the following sites: CDJAPAN, HOBBYSEARCH, YESASIA, PLAY-ASIA, J-LIST, PLAMOYA, and GOODSMILES.

Scroll down to see the gallery. Click on them for bigger and better views.

MAX FACTORY Sword Art Online figma Kirito 
Release Date: December 2014 (2nd Production Run)


Aug 20, 2014

Let's Look At: Destiny


 I don't think it's a surprise we love destiny! With numerous hours clocked in across the Alpha and Beta I cant imagine my self playing anything else once September 9th rolls around, and I'm sure you know the hype behind this game is enormous. But un-like some other triple A releases I have full confidence that Destiny will come out and be the game we were actually promised not some not some half ass shell of what could have been. So if you don't plan on getting Destiny here are some reasons you might wanna change your mind. Check out the 7 minute long trailer below.


 Destiny is a multi-player game with Bungie's Comunity support behind it, and that is a big deal arguably Bungie is the best in the industry when it comes to supporting its online community. Great example is how they handled the Halo franchise a series that has carried a console, and lead to numerous machinima custom maps and a community thriving to this day based upon the foundation they built. With successful series like Red vs Blue that used halo to deliver their content shows how Bungie cares for its community, in most situations some thing like that would be shut down. Another thing to look at is the numbers behind the beta, to show so much off a game and have the hype only increase is a hard thing to accomplish. When releasing a beta or any public pre-access at that you run the risk of people deciding that they don't like it before playing the actual release, and the response has been extremely positive. Check out Beta numbers below.
Also Destiny Is a MMO with out all the tedious MMO things. Bungie has managed to streamline the experience  of questing and made it a really easy to digest for you average gamer. While your die hard MMO player would likely scoff at the idea you can still approach destiny like your classic MMO and repeat quest for better loot. Its lowering the barrier of entry to the genre with little compromise for the core fan base. Last but not least the leveling and class system is amazing with branching trees two characters of the same class could play entirely different. Check out the level 29 Titan gameplay below.



Destiny is set for release on September 9, 2014 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. We will be playing and hope you guys will be too.

Lenni Reviews: Manga Classics: Les Miserables and Pride and Prejudice


In life, there are books commonly assumed as Must Reads. If you don't encounter them in high school, you might in college and if you haven't read them by then, you are greeted with a horrified gasp from anyone who finds out you haven't. Heck, books like this are usually on people's bucket lists. The problem is how dense the books are and many people find them confusing or boring. This is where UDON Entertainment's graphic classics come in.

If you are familiar with either of these stories, then nothing will surprise you. Nothing in the narrative is changed. Speaking as someone who couldn't get through Pride and Prejudice and hasn't picked up Les Miserables (yet), these two books are a fantastic way to get the story across. What is most helpful is having faces to go with the names. Sometimes having so many names thrown at you makes you forget who is who and why we care who they are. If they vanish for part of the book and return, you have to go back to remind yourself. (nerd note: I had this problem with Dostoevsky; where some of the characters names would straight up change mid story... UDON, make some manga of those please!)

The art is crisp and lovely. Po Tse's dramatic and flowing style is perfect for a Victorian romance like Pride and Prejudice. Even the comical super-deformed moments are beautiful. SunNeko Lee's art is also great but at some points it was odd to be reading such a dark story with such adorable, classic manga art. But you get over it because you're too busy reading.

Both manga cut huge chunks of exposition out (of course) so don't go thinking you can read these instead of doing your homework. I wouldn't say these are nothing more than illustrated cliff notes; you get much more story than that. These manga give you the experience of the main story so you can hold a conversation about whether or not Mr. Darcy is a jerk* or what the heck is the deal with Inspector Javert's obsession with ONE guy who stole bread as opposed to a murderer, or the horrible people who took in Cosette only to neglect and abuse the little girl.

And not to badmouth the movie or the play but; no singing. You can avoid the singing by reading this.

I would love to see more classic works from UDON if for nothing but to get the stories available to a wider audience of people. The art is great, the story is clear, and I was never bored reading them.

*He did come off as a jerk.

Can't get enough of Lenni's writing? See more here.

The Delinquents #1 Available Today

Archer & Armstrong finally meet Quantum and Woody! For decades, the underground society of American hobos guarded one secret with their lives – the route to hobo paradise…aka Big Rock Candy Mountain, U.S.A. Only one map leading to its mythical location was ever made…and it was tattooed on the butt cheeks of one lone hobo guardian! In the years since, it has been flayed, dried, and split into two halves. Archer & Armstrong have the left cheek, Quantum and Woody hold the right. These two halves are about to set the competing duos off on a cross-country rat race where "O" marks the spot – and, now, Valiant has given five exclusive retailers on each coast the opportunity to join this crudest, lewdest, and most unsportsmanlike of competitions in the history of comics! Check out the previews below.



Where Are They Now?: Characters of the Heart, Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts 3 was one of those announcements that the fans have wanted since, frankly, after KH2. Fans, including myself, have been turned around with all of the prequels and sequels. Come to find out that these games are only one out of three arcs so there is so much to talk about and be confused about. I love Kingdom Hearts to the point that Justin and I talked about the story and which worlds we want to see. Now I want to talk about the characters themselves what I think how they will fit in the Kingdom Hearts story line. Warning Spoiler Alert. Repeat Spoiler Alert.

1. Birth By Sleep: Aqua, Ventus, Terra 
    With the exception of Terra, Aqua and Ventus, are the possible choices to join the Keybladers in the fight against Xehanort. We see Aqua in the other side of the Door To Light which means someone could help her get out from the other side. If Sora and Riku can do it, Aqua can. Ventus on the other hand I am confused about. I know that Aqua was the original creator of Castle Oblivion in order to keep Ventus's body safe. But when the organization and Sora arrive, we see no trace of him. Did he awaken and if so was it because Sora has a special connection with Ventus? There has to be a connection why Roxas and Ventus look identical, so did Roxas reach out to Ven? 
     Then we have the situation with Terra. Terra was taken over by the darkness in his heart and thus became the younger Xehanort that we see in Dream Drop Distance. Plus we see the many clones of Xehanort towards the climax of the game, explaining that Terra, along with the Organization, was basically a host for more of Xehanort's, past, present, and future clones. Yet we clearly see him with the rest of the group in the trailers. Heck we even see Ansem's Heartless and Nobody make an appearance. I am very curious to see where we see Terra in KH3. 

2. Axel's Awakening to wielding a Keyblade
     In Dream Drop Distance, we learned that Axel really didn't disappear and instead during our journey, we find out that he has showed up to The Tower looking like nothing happened. He wants to help out and with a new keyblade in toe, no less. You read correctly, he has a keyblade. Now I know that Axel "disappeared" before Kingdom Hearts was activated by Xemnas which allowed all of the Nobodies to have a heart. Since the organization was defeated, its not possible for them to obatin hearts right? Which makes them incapable of having a keyblade. My theory is that Axel always had a heart. You can see that every moment he had spent with Roxas. This is why he was frustrated when Sora couldn't figure out that Roxas was him. He even helped Kairi, which may seem like he had an evil motive but I think he just wanted Riku and Kairi to be in one place until Sora arrived.
      Axel is what I considered an outcast in the organization and even though he plays to have such an indifference with the events around him, deep down I know he cares. I hope that we can play as Axel or even see how his training is before the Keyblade War begins.

3. Sora
     I'll try not to be too long with this. After all, most of the series is centered around Sora and his journey through Disney and Final Fantasy worlds. Sora's story is downright complex, with half of the series taking twists and turns by adding sequels to sequels and prequels to sequels. So after Dream Drop, where will this take us? He went off back into the Dream World after failing the Keyblade Mastery Test (and surprisingly not at all jealous when Riku became KeyMaster). So he's not mad that he is not a Master nor is worried about taking the test over again. I have a feeling that Sora is one of those heroes that will not be a master (in this case) when it's all said and done. He is already powerful and if it was up to me Riku and Sora would have been masters already.
      I also speculate that Sora went back into the dream world to train like Goku in DBZ, trying to gather more strength for the coming onslaught or finding other players to join in the fight. However, he could be looking for someone in the dream world. Who's to say but I hope that we get the answers soon.

4. Kairi
     Kairi is another character I hope we get to play in the game. At the end of DD (Dream Drop for short) in a secret ending, Kairi was at Yen Sid's Tower right after Sora left for his mini journey. It's implied that she would help with the Keyblade War and we already know that she has a keyblade in KH2. I have a feeling that Riku will be the one to teach her the ways of being a Keyblade Master since he did become a master before Sora. I also hope that we get to play as Kairi. I think some girl power is long over due, don't you think? ;)

                                                                                     5. Riku
     So Riku is now a Keyblade Master. It makes sense since Riku was the first and original wielder of the Keyblade. You thought Sora was the original? Not really. It was said that Riku was the intended wielder before Sora. However, an argument can be made that you need to play Birth By Sleep in order  to see if either Sora who Ventus saw or Terra was first. Either way, I want to play as Riku too and see if he has a better control with his dark powers. I don't know how many years went by after Dream Drop (could be a year since Riku should be about 18 and Kairi and Sora 17, unless you count when Sora climbs Castle Oblivion), however I hope we see an even stronger keyblader than ever before.




That's it for my theories and wishes. It's a waiting game for KH3 to come out so all we can do is speculate. If there any questions and/or comments about my post, comment down below. Do you agree, somewhat agree, or disagree of what I said? Let me know.  Kingdom Hearts Rules!!!!!!!
     

The Seven Deadly Sins “TV Anime”


This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga is being adapted into a TV Anime.  During the combined 36th/37th issue of the same magazine the cast and staff for the upcoming anime was revealed.  The cast includes: Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan), Sora Amamiya (Tokyo Ghoul), and Misaki Kuno (Oreimo). The anime will be created by A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, MagiSword Art Online) and will be directed by Tensai Okamura (Darker than BlackBlue Exorcist), will be written by Shōtarō Suga (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), with Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist) providing character designs and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music.

The television anime will premiere on MBS and TBS on October 5, 2014.

Kodansha Comics, the publisher of the manga in North America, describes how the story begins:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!
Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?

The manga already has a crossover chapter with Fairy Tail, another Weekly Shōnen Magazine fantasy adventure manga that inspired an anime. Nakaba Suzuki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2012, and Kodansha Comics published the third English volume this month.  Crunchyroll is posting the new chapters as they appear in Japan.

Check out the Promotional Video for the TV Anime below.


Aug 19, 2014

Drakengard 3 Review



Drakengard 3 is the prequel to the Drakengard series. I picked
this up since it was a prequel and I thought it would pick me up to speed about the series.

I was wrong.

To me it was confusing. Then to find out that there are actually four different endings and DLC about the sisters to the game that links up to the first two games. I am just reviewing the prequel's main story so here is the review of Drakengard 3. Enjoy!


Story
  Intoners live and guard the land with songs and magic. One Intoner, however, was fed up with sharing the responsibility of watching over the humans. Zero wants to kill her sisters. Nothing is going to get in her way. Besides, with a dragon by her side, "Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn".

  The story is pretty straight forward. Your playing as Zero in search for your sisters and killing them form Five to One. There are Chapters and within each chapter there are verses. Each chapter ends with the last verse and on that last verse there is a boss that you use your dragon, Mikhal. The story flows even giving you a prologue to begin the gameplay of the story until the end of the game.

Gameplay
  The gameplay, for me, needs more work. It's an RPG game so there are various weapons that can be equipped and be synthesize to make weapons that deal out a lot of damage. You can even change your style of weapon based on the enemies that you come across. For instance, you have a choice of a spear as a weapon. Spears are used for soldiers that have shields to knock them away. However, I have two problems with the gameplay. One, the camera can get annoying at times and can mess up a combo especially when you lock on unto an enemy. Don't get me started on the Dragon ride camera. It needs a lot of work. Second, the game does get harder as you progress however all of the enemies appear at the same time which has you to use more than one weapon. Unfortunately Zero cannot wield two weapons at the same time so constantly changing weapons to address the enemies, is hard work

Let's just say I died constantly.

Characters
   I love the characters in the game but mostly I love the personalities of the five sisters. Each sister has a quirky attribute about them, however there is a part of them that has something to do with their sexual interests. For instance we learn that Four, let's just say, has not been tampered with yet and this seems to make Zero angry. But Four suppresses the urge of her sexual desires and Intoners usually get their power from having sex with their disciples. Weird, right? Even the disciples have sexual or violent tendencies which makes the dialogues funny, interesting, and disturbing.

Voice Acting
   The voice acting in this game is pretty good. Tara Platt plays Zero and she gave alot of character to her. Zero is complex and murderous and I think Tara played Zero very well. Yuri Lowenthal was in it as well as well as Todd Haberkorn, Liam O'Brian, to name a few. They brought out the personality of each character especially the disciples' personalities and quirks. The dialogue is hilarious and there is a lot of inside jokes and innuendos that raises a lot of eyebrows.

Visuals/Music
   For a PS3 title it was beautiful. The cutscenes are flowed nicely and the surroundings. The music in this game is so beautiful and it sets the mood for everything.

Overall Grade/Replay Value
    I give this game a C-/6.5. It has a lot of replay value if you want to know the other endings. Other than that, the controls are really clunky and the storyline confuses me with the other endings. The game, for me, was not as polished as I thought it was, however, the characters, visuals, and music make up for most of the problems. If you also want to play a game for a while, this game does not disappoint of lack of content. If your just looking for a fun, bloody, beat-em up game to let out the stress of life, this game is for you (Rated M for mature).

I hope you enjoyed the review. Videogames Rule!!!!! ^-^

The Jungle Book Gets Two Remakes *Updated 8/21



Not that Warner Brothers and Disney go head to head enough with their superhero movies (DC and Marvel) now they have both decided to produce their own adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.


Disney has set their release for 2015. This remake is being directed by Jon Favreau, previous director credits include Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens, and began filming just last week. The cast list includes A List celebrities like Scarlett Johansson as the mischievous snake Kaa, Idris Elba as the fierce Tiger Shere Kahn, Bill Murray as the lovable Baloo,  Christopher Walken as the demanding King Louie, Ben Kingsley as the sly Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as mama wolf Rakcha and Giancarlo Esposito as head of the wolf pack Akela. These characters are all listed as voice only so it is safe to say that they will be using some incredible CGI but will it simply be a technological upgrade from their 1967 animated film? Well they are certainly taking a risk by casting Neel Sethi, a green actor, as Mowgli who will be filming with animals he won’t be able to see until the final project.


A couple hours ago Warner Bros finally announced the first actor confirmed for their remake set to come out in 2016. No stranger to voice over work or playing the bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to voice Shere Kahn. Andy Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings franchise,  will be making his directorial debut with the working title “Jungle Book: Origins.”  No stranger for CG motion capture it is my hope that all the actors will be greatly involved in the final animals we see on screen as well as providing their voices. As always Serkis’ version is said to be a lot darker than its Disney counterpart.

Now all Jungle Book fans can do it sit and wait. May the best movie win!


*This morning casting additions were announced for the Warner Bros remake being directed by Andy Serkis. Serkis himself will be voicing Baloo, Cate Blanchett has signed on to voice Kaa, Jack Reynor will be Brother Wolf and Christian Bale will bring Bagheera to life.

Aug 17, 2014

Cosplay Boy of the Week (Cyberman) #98


Simply amazing in EVERY way ... check out BSD's Cyberman suit build
It's fully functional, too! Don't believe me? Then check out the Youtube video below.


Cosplay Girl of the Week (Pretty Princess Dalek) #112

"In-Sturminates!"
Seriously! How cute of a modified cosplay is this.
I'm not even a parent and THIS makes me super proud! It's probably because of our mutual love for Daleks, though haha
=^.^=

 

Aug 15, 2014

Let's Be Cops Review



Let's Be Cops is a new buddy cop comedy starring New Girl stars Damon Wayans J.R. and Jake Johnson. The film is written by Luke Greenfield  and Nicholas Thomas. The film is also directed by Luke Greenfield, is this the comedy of the summer? Or should we place these filmmakers under arrest?

Story- Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Let's Be Cops does what is suppose to do and that is entertain it's target audience. Damon Wayans J.R. plays Justin, a videogame developer who just can't get his game made due to his boss and being overlooked. Jake Johnson plays Ryan a former college football star who way pass his glory days. Both men are pushing early 30's and feel like they haven't really accomplish their goals in life. When they are invited to their college reunion party, they dress as cops and the rest of the movie plays from that concept. The story has an interesting concept it just doesn't pay off well. The story can leave the realm of believability at times. I find it hard to believe that the LAPD will not do background checks on cops they don't recognized. There are many scenes where police protocol or rules are thrown out the window for the sake of a punchline. I'm not saying the movie needs to be grounded in realism, but it needs have some realistic elements. Certain scenes become hit or miss because it has nothing to do with the overall plot. There is a scene of the two main leads at the amusement park riding a roller coaster. Why is this scene in there? Did they cut the line using the badges? Is this scene suppose to establish that cops can do whatever they want? There were a lot of scenes that didn't hit, but for every miss there was hit.

The hits of the film was Damon Wayans J.R. and Jake Johnson having great chemistry together throughout the film. I found their characters to be somewhat relatable. Both men hate where they are at career wise. Both feel like they haven't accomplish anything and that narrative is what kept me entertain. Beyond the jokes and silly slapstick puns this movie had heart character wise. Justin really just want his game made and Ryan is trying to find some self worth. Playing fake cops was a sense of relief from their troubles, that aspect of the story worked well for me.

Acting - As stated Damon Wayans J.R. and Jake Johnson worked very well together. You can really see Damon Wayans S.R. mannerism, signature traits in his son. Nina Dobrev plays Wayans love interest Josie. She does good in the role but unfortunately she's not giving much to sink her teeth into. Her backstory of trying to be a makeup effect artist is not explore enough for you to care. Other highlights are Rob Riggle who plays Segars, Riggle shines in each scene and even has one serious scene which I liked. Finally a cameo by Keegan-Michael Key is the show stealer. Key was hilarious as Pupa. Overall the acting was entertaining enough, some good, some needed more screentime.

Final Thoughts: Let's Be Cops is not going to be for everyone. It has it's moments where you will laugh out loud. The characters are intriguing when tries to take itself seriously. Unfortunatley the film doesn't really hit the mark with it's concept. Still it's something you might want to check out for a matinee or a night with the guys or girls.



Lenni Reviews: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

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More dark fantasy! And with a heroine that I didn't get annoyed with! YAY!

*achem* Sorry about that. I think publishers know my weakness now.

Thorn Jack  by Katherine Harbour is a sad YA fantasy romance starring Serafina Sullivan - adorably called 'Finn' - who has relocated to her father's hometown of Fair Hollow after her sister kills herself. Right from the start, the town is surreal, populated by people who love to dress in gothic clothing and have memorized more poetry than I've probably read in my whole life. Right away, Finn catches the eye of a boy from the town's most powerful family - The Fantas -  Jack; who is of course much more than he seems.

I enjoy this story because the mystical creatures are tricky and dangerous. I have not read the old Scottish tale called Tam Lin, upon which this novel is based and I still haven't to make sure my review is about the book itself; which I can say I did very much enjoy. The characters are sharply built, the story is deep for a YA novel (I don't normally read those, as you may recall from my other reviews), and I can see Harbour took care with the pacing and development of the story. I can see where her talent will continue to grow as this series goes on if it does because the ending does imply more story to be told. There are some strange sentences, sometimes the story meanders a little; but once it's back on track the narrative doesn't disappoint. 

I do have to take a moment to talk about Serafina. It is gratifying to see a loyal strong woman in a YA novel who knows when to fight, knows when to retreat, and stands by her friends even at her own peril. She's still reeling from her sister's suicide but she squares her shoulders, even if they're shaking in fear, and does what needs doing.

Despite the small growing pains Harbour's writing has yet to go through (and don't take this as a harsh criticism, every writer goes through this. Including myself) I enjoyed this book. If you're into dark fantasy with a sweet love story where you're hip deep in Scottish mythology, I say give this book a try. If anything, the ending was completely satisfying and worth every page getting there.

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Aug 14, 2014

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