With The Lone Ranger now in the can and Lone Ranger fans (myself included) bracing for what looks like a Michael Bay-esque treatment of The Masked Man, Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer can return to pillaging the high seas and international box offices. Rob Marshall will not be returning as director for Pirates 5 (which is a bit disappointing because I liked it a damn sight better than 2 or 3). Deadline is reporting that they already have a short list of three (well a team of two, and two single directors): Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman). I can’t speak to any of them but Rupert Sanders, and I can’t speak to him because I try to keep the blog fairly family friendly. I think On Stranger Tides was a good step in the right direction and I hope whomever is chosen will bring us back to the Captain Jack of Pirates and not Crazy Multiple Jacks from At World’s End (worst sequel ever….quite possibly). Odds are, this is a 2015 release (as most things are) if they’re just at the selecting the director stage.
The video game industry is curious in that its business model, despite gaming growing in popularity and crossing demographic lines, is to hoard their best games for most of the year. Then come October through the second week of December, gamers are bombarded with AAA titles every week, causing many of us to work or speak to others to support our gaming habit. It’s a tragedy no one addresses. It’s our silent fiscal pain. You’d think something other than Madden (insert year here) could be released between March and October. It peeves us. We are greatly peeved.
This year, pleasantly, has produced some really nice games in the first quarter and two solid Game-of-the-Year caliber outings in Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite. Crystal Dynamics outdid themselves in making Lara Croft into a REALISTIC (take that how you will) icon deserving of her reputation with unbelievably responsive mechanics and addictive exploration. Bioshock Infinite is still the best entertainment experience of 2013 period. I’ve put more thought and more time in pondering the nuances of that game than I think any I’ve ever played. It looks grim across the release calendar desert until the fall, but I still need to go back and make myself finish Assassin’s Creed III, Borderlands II, Dishonored and The Witcher II. So I think I’ll be busy enough….plus I may have to play Bioshock again…
1. Bioshock Infinite
2. Tomb Raider
3. Gears of War: Judgment
4. Pinball FX – Star Wars Tables
5. Crysis 3
ABC announced that it is officially picked up Agents of SHIELD, which is no surprise as the Marvel tie-in series is one of the most anticipated series in recent memory. Joss Whedon will co-produce and serve as show runner and directed the pilot. ABC also released some intriguing green tinged footage making you wonder who is going to appear on this show and how much of a platform will it be used to introduce characters into the MCU?
Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was a surprise hit back in 2009, satisfying diehard fans as well as being accessible to newcomers. Four years on, the follow-up Star Trek into Darkness is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Thankfully, the sequel takes everything that was great about its predecessor and amplifies it, in doing so producing an entertaining thrill-ride of a movie that is one of 2013’s must-see blockbusters.
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Yesterday the poster; today the teaser. Gravity is coming! Official synopsis below.
In the sci-fi thriller, opening on October 4, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.