Here is my list of most anticipated films for the year. I think I missed doing this list last year, but I wanted to make sure to put this list together for 2016. We now live in a world where there are new Star Wars films coming out regularly. I’m very excited about that, and have ranked Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as my most anticipated movie of the year. I have a feeling that’s going to be a running theme from now on. Anyway, here are my most anticipated movies of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s my annual list of favorite films for the year. This year had a few surprises for me. I’m really pleased with 2015, and really excited about the films that I managed to see throughout the year. Let’s get started.
Not completely new
Not on my radar / simply haven’t seen /
couldn’t be bothered
Aftermath, a Star Wars novel set after Return of the Jedi, was written by Chuck Wendig. It will be released on September 4th, 2015, just over three months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases to theaters.
If you’ve been curious about what happened after the Battle of Endor, especially since the Expanded Universe has been retconned, this is a book that you’ll want to read. And this is the new canon in the Star Wars universe.
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?
Journey to The Force Awakens.
The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.
Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.
And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting. . . .
I’ve been a big fan of Ghostbusters for as long as I can remember. Director Paul Feig is currently making a movie featuring four women as Ghostbusters, and they’re shooting for a PG-13 rating (which I’m kind of worried about). I had been upset with the direction that the new movie was taking. I’m not against the idea of women being Ghostbusters at all. I would rather not have an entire team composed of women exclusively. I’d have been fine with any combination of men and women on the team, as has happened in the comics and cartoons over the years. I have been hoping for a Ghostbusters 3 since the credits rolled on Ghostbusters 2 when I saw it on the big screen as a kid. I’m never really against getting a sequel to a great movie, because if it’s great there’s more to love. If it’s awful, it’s easily ignored. I also own more Ghostbusters collectibles than anyone probably should.
Now I have reason to hope once more. After Sony made their deal with Disney’s Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they were left with a load of release dates from cancelled Spider-Man related projects. Everything from The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to Venom to The Sinister Six, as well as a potential Black Cat movie (or another female lead Spider-Man spin-off) and a potential Aunt May film that sounded kind of like Agent Carter. It would have been interesting to see how this Spider-Man Cinematic Universe would have looked, but Marvel Studios didn’t want to over-crowd cinemas with their movies, for possibly because it could weaken the comic book movie brand considerably.
Sony took a good look at the properties they had in development, and decided that they’d finally attempt to create something they can legitimately call their own, without fear of losing it to another studio. That could have been something like Men in Black, and there are rumors about that as well.
For now, they’ve created a studio called Ghost Corps (pronounced Ghost Core), which features original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd and Ghostbusters 1 & 2 director Ivan Reitman. Their goal is to bring Ghostbusters to a larger scale, with a larger cinematic universe, television and merchandising. And it all starts with Paul Feig’s movie.
After that, there’s a possible male-lead Ghostbusters film that is rumored to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt (and I personally hope that Bill Hader and Emma Stone join that team). That film could be directed by the Russo’s (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War), and would probably be shot during the summer of 2016. The film currently lists Channing Tatum as a producer, with no actors attached, and the Tatum/Pratt team-up could be related to the leaked Sony e-mails from Tatum in which he wanted to make a Ghostbusters film in which he and Pratt would star.
The next film would be an Avengers style team up, to take on a larger supernatural threat. And I’ve also read that a fourth film would possibly be a prequel to all of these movies. This prequel likely would not include the surviving original Ghostbusters, because of the red tape due to the rights to the characters. However, seeing as Aykroyd and Reitman are involved, I wouldn’t count that possibility out entirely.
There is also the possibility of the return of the comics, hopefully with the return of the same creative team behind the IDW line that was so excellent. It also could mean another animated series, which is something else that I’m really excited about (and another reason why I question that the use of the characters from the original movie could be much of a rights issue). IDW is currently preparing their second mini-series since the cancellation of the on-going series. Hopefully they maintain the rights to the brand well into the future, as their work has been excellent.
Sony is serious enough about this that Reitman is moving his entire staff of his production banner The Montecito Picture Co. onto the studio lot to focus on this endeavor. Montecito and Ghost Corps will be separate entities, however.
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” Reitman said. “This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies. My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become. The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love.”
What do you think of the idea of the Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe?
tl;dr: Sony Pictures created a production company called Ghost Corps. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd are part of that company. They’re creating a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe starting with Paul Feig’s movie. A second movie could be directed by the Russo’s starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, with a third film being a team-up, and a fourth being a prequel. Ghost Corps is also creating other outlets for the brand including TV and merchandise.
Since the end of the on-going Ghostbusters comic book from IDW, they’ve been keeping things going a bit with mini-series. It started pretty much immediately with their four part team up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters. There had been nothing new since then, but now we have another mini-series coming that will bring the team together with The Real Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters Gets Real is expected to ship in June.
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Nintendo announced today that they’re teaming up with a company called DeNA to bring their characters to mobile platforms. It’s going to be huge for the company, as their characters are well loved and the primary reason that most people still buy Nintendo consoles. It’s the reason I do. I don’t have an Xbox One or a PS4, but I do own a Wii U. It’s pretty much all that I play because it’s got great games and its’ backwards compatible with my large collection of Wii titles.
Nintendo’s chief Satoru Iwata commented: “As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX.'”
Details about the new console will be revealed in 2016. Nintendo is very good at coming up with game-changing ways to play, and the addition of motion control gaming with the Wii was a significant change in the gaming world.
One interesting thing is that you could see where Nintendo was headed almost before they went there. I remember when I got the Wii, and they had motion control, I wondered what was next. I thought they would do something that would allow them to bring DS games to the virtual console. Then they showed the game pad for the Wii U console at an E3 show. But this time there are not precedent setting things, that they’re doing.
Here’s are a few thoughts:
VR/AR: Seems to be the hot direction right now in tech. They did try a while back with Virtual Boy, but that was their only real fail.
3D: Now that the New Nintendo 3DS has eye tracking, it could be included here.
New Wii U gamepad: It could be a new Gamepad to replace the one that currently comes with Wii U, that has all of the above included.
The chart above makes me feel that Nintendo is, in fact, going to create a new dedicated system which will act as a successor to Wii U.
They’ve revealed the costume that Supergirl will wear in the pilot for what could become a television series next fall. It’s actually a good and modest costume that is faithful to the source material. There have been many costumes for Supergirl, but this one seems to be a good blend of the iconic costumes she’s worn.
She also has the proper amount of innocence to her, and you can practically read her personality with only the look on her face. Supergirl is played by Melissa Benoist in for the TV series. I’ve never seen her in anything before, but recognize the names of some of the shows and movies that she’s a part of.
If the show is picked up to series, it will air on CBS starting this fall. DC is really firing on all cylinders these days, with a cinematic universe kicking off in earnest with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Since Smallville went off the air, they’ve successfully launched Arrow and The Flash, and made some attempts at bringing Wonder Woman back to the small screen, with one attempt a few years ago, followed by another called Amazon.
I read a run of Supergirl comics by Peter David back in the 90s that I enjoyed.
As a massive fan of Ghostbusters, it’s been exciting to see all of the new things being released over the past seven years or so. There have been tons of action figures, pop vinyl, video games, comic books, and more, all leading up to the eventual release of more movies. This year there was also a Kickstarter for Ghostbusters: The Board Game. The company behind that game is also creating a set of Ghostbusters Trading Cards.
The base set contains 63 cards with images from the original Ghostbusters motion picture. While it is unclear what else is going to be included, the listing on their website says that it will contain images from the fan favorite films, so that could mean Ghostbusters 2 as well, in some regard. It also mentions The Real Ghostbusters and the IDW comic book series.
There will also be randomly inserted autographed cards, hand-drawn sketch cards and authentic animation cel cards. Plus, they are also going to release a binder that includes an exclusive card that you’ll only find there.
Here are the details about the set:
Packs: 5 Cards per pack, 24 packs per box
Base Set: 63 card base set
Chase Sets: (TBD)
Parallel Sets: Printing Plates (insertion rate to be determined)
Inserts: Autograph cards (TBD); Hand-drawn Sketch cards (TBD); The Real Ghostbusters Animation Cel cards (TBD)
Binder: 1″ binder contains an exclusive card
Release: The 3rd Quarter of 2015