Complete Achievement/Trophy List for LEGO Dimensions (2015 – XBOX, Playstation)

Earlier this week, I showed the latest version of Disney Infinity, and explained how its diabolical copying of Skylanders will most likely bankrupt you.  It gets worse/better.  LEGO is getting into the same business.  Same deal.  You buy figures and playsets and they magically appear in the game when you set them on the game pad.  The appeal here is that LEGO has an unholy number of licenses from which to draw.  So you could have Gandalf flying a DeLorean while avoiding death in a Portal world.  I madlibbed that one from their stock of licenses off the top of my head so you can see the possibilities.  Diabolical.  LEGO Dimensions is set to release on September 27, 2015.  Achievement list below courtesy of xboxachievements.com, where you can find any and all of your cheevo questions answered. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for LEGO Dimensions (2015 – XBOX, Playstation)

Trailer Time: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Trailer #2 *The Maze Was Just the Beginning*

One of the most pleasant surprises for me last year at the theater was how awesome The Maze Runner turned out to be.  It’s the rare series where I haven’t read the books, and I’ve kept myself from reading the rest of James Dashner’s series so I can go into The Scorch Trials not knowing any more than what I do from the first two trailers, which look fantastic.  Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), Lili Taylor, Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) join the cast as the trials continue on September 18, 2015.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu Ray/DVD Special Features and Release Date

Marvel Studios has officially revealed details on the home video release of this year’s blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film will debut on 3D Digital and Digital HD on September 8 and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and VOD on October 2! In addition, the bonus materials for the release were announced and include:

From The Inside Out – Making Of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
The Infinite Six
Global Adventure
Deleted & Extended Scenes [With Audio Commentary By Joss Whedon]
Gag Reel
Audio Commentary With Director Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has grossed over $1.37 billion at the global box office.

Jurassic World Sequel Set for 2018

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I thought Jurassic World was ok (click here for review); not great, but certainly better than the other attempts to follow up Jurassic Park.  I’ve been absolutely floored by how well it has done at the box office, though.  Clearly there was a convergence of nostalgia from people like me who loved Jurassic Park and wanted to re-experience it and a new generation who just generally wanted to see dinos snacking on tourists.  The end result has been a phenomenal gross for Universal Studios.  Jurassic World today passed The Avengers and is now the #3 film all-time in global box office.  I fully expect it to pass Titanic for #2, though Avatar’s not budging off that throne (perhaps Episode VII will put a Star Wars film back atop the leaderboard).  With all of its success, it is the least shocking announcement in sequel history that a follow-up film (Jurassic Park 5 or Jurassic World 2….who knows?) has been greenlit for 2018 with both Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt expected to return.

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The end of Jurassic World left the door wide open for future installments.  They’ve got Isla Nublar in ruins, overrun by dinosaurs…..again (I am curious to know how they regained control after the first film).  Then the world’s dodgiest geneticist, good old Dr. Henry Wu, and his freakazoid dino hybrid project have been whisked away by INGen (The World’s Dumbest Corporation Since 1993) to a secret location.  Making the Indominus Rex a hybrid was fine.  Unlike the T-Rex from the first film, you never like the I-Rex.  She’s an abomination.  However, if you’re just going to start cranking out hybrid dinos, you stray from the actual dinos, which as Chris Pratt put in the film, “Are ‘wow’ enough”.  So we’ll see what direction they take.  Director Colin Treverrow had said before the film came out that he didn’t plan to do another one (which seemed like a presumptuous statement at the time), but we’ll see if that holds in the wake of Jurassic World’s box office success.
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Trailer Time: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 2 Trailer #2 (2015) *The Districts Unite*

I’ve been pretty vocal about how underwhelming I’ve found the adaptation of The Hunger Games to be.  The last installment, the entire decision to split Mockingjay into two movies, was such a clear money grab and I found its first half to be dull, angsty filler.  That being said, this trailer is pretty fantastic.  Suzanne Collins wrote a genuinely awesome trilogy of books, and if you haven’t read them, do, because they’re so much better than the toothless adaptation they’ve gotten.  This trailer gives me a little hope that we’re going to at least go out on a high note. I hope they stay true to her ending, which, is not expected and is not the fairy tale swan song fans who have just come on-board for the films might be anticipating.  I still remain very skeptical about the decision to finish Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s scenes with CGI after his death.  That’s been tried before, and never successfully.  We’ll find out everything on November 25, 2015.

I’d echo the trailer and say this is the conclusion, but I know Lionsgate is desperately trying to find a way to extend this even further.  I doubt they’ll get Jennifer Lawrence, though.  She’s done with the X-Men after next year and this finishes her contract on Hunger Games.  I have a feeling she’s turning to the next stage in her career and feels like she’s done with franchises. Maybe I’m wrong, but if they do want her back, she’s probably the most popular actress in the world now so they’ll be paying exponentially more than they did for this quadrilogy.
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