This afternoon media sites across the web received a press release with the official announcement of the formation of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe writer’s room. Headed by Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), the group includes an incredibly talented collection of individuals whose credits range from film to television to comic books.
The Hasbro Cinematic Universe is getting real, people!
There’s only one small detail about this new shared universe— most of these properties have very little relation to each other. Even worse, aside from G.I. Joe, most of these have been absent from toy shelves and popular culture since at least 1990. Outside of some die-hard fan circles, the general public is generally now completely unfamiliar with most of these brands, as evidenced by this installment of Nerdist News hosted by Jessica Chobot:
British artist Sam Smith has unveiled the theme song to the next James Bond film Spectre. The track is titled “Writing’s on the Wall.”
Yes, I realize that this has no direct connection to the world of G.I. Joe. However, one of the privileges of owning your own website is that you get to talk about the topics that you find interesting and I’m a HUGE James Bond fan!
On this morning’s episode of NPR’s Morning Edition, Smith previewed “Writing’s on the Wall” and discussed his inspiration for the theme to the 24th installment in the world’s longest running franchise.
“I tried to put myself in the shoes of Bond,” Smith explains. “My music is a diary and it’s a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty. In the lyrics — “How do I live, how do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating” — I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit.”
The theme song came together in a whirlwhind demo session that lasted under thirty minutes. In fact, the vocals in the final song were recorded during that initial session! The song itself harkens back to some of the older ballads that have been a hallmark of the series with a powerful brassy intro and a soulful performance
You can preview the track using the embed below:
Spectre opens on October 26, 2015 in the United Kingdom and will debut in theaters worldwide on November 6. For more information visit 007.com!
This costume is SPOT ON! Seriously– this is jsut what I had hoped for but didn’t dare dream was possible! Full-on fanboy nerd meltdown right now! Plus, in typical Deadpool fashion it was revealed in as irreverent a fashion as possible!
It’s far too long until the movie comes out but be sure to follow @DeadpoolMovie on Twitter to stay abreast of the latest Deadpool movie news!
Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s the leaked test footage that was responsible for the movie FINALLY receiving a green light!
The ‘Poolman crashes into theaters on February 16, 2016! What do YOU think of this costume reveal?
Remember this scene from G.I. Joe Retaliation? You know– where Roadblock and Duke have a post-operation shooting contest to determine whether Roadblock takes his next promotion or if Duke babysits Marvin’s daughters?
Marvel Entertainment released the third and final trailer for the upcoming film Avengers Age of Ultron and it’s a doozy! However, don’t just take my word for it:
Yes, I realize that this went live yesterday but a hard-hitting case of the flu knocked a certain site admin off of his game for the past 24 hours.
Wow… there’s a lot to digest in this short two minute eighteen second burst of Marvel goodness. There’s plenty of creepy James Spader-voiced Ultron, some snippets of the two “Miracles” (because Fox has the rights to the term “mutants”) Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, some hits at a deepening relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner, and Tony Stark admitting that he created Ultron as a “suit of armor for the world.”
We’ve known for some time that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to play by its own rules in terms of continuity and events. Changes such as Nick Fury having never served in World War 2 or the absence of Dr. Donald Blake were par for the course when it came to condensing decades of comic book history into two hour cinematic blocks. However, it would seem that a major change is in store for Ant Man as Hank Pym is no longer the creator of Ultron. In addition, this could be the VERY reason that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers come to blows in Captain America 3: Civil War. (My money’s always on Cap, BTW.)
Regardless, May 1, 2015 cannot come soon enough for this Marvel fan!
Up until recently the Blind Master was one of the hardest figures to find at retail, being part of the Wave 4 assortment. Based on the likeness of actor/musician RZA, the Blind Master proved to be a key figure in the film’s Arashikage story line. Thankfully, the flood gates have opened and fans are able to find this figure at stores such at Toys R Us and Ross.
Was he worth the wait? Or is he just another kitbashed movie figure used to pad out the line? Will I be making a bunch of “Daredevil and Blind Master” gags in the review?
The backlog of G.I. Joe Retaliation figures gets a bit smaller with the Ultimate Flint review!
In the film, Flint was portrayed as a brash, cocky, and headstrong member of the team who found himself tested when Cobra Commander’s brutal plan was put into action. Some fans felt this didn’t jive with his portrayals in various media over the past 30 years while others found it to be spot-on with his early appearances in Larry Hama’s Marvel Comics run. Regardless, wave 3.5 of the Retaliation line brought fans “Ultimate Flint”– a figure sporting a more movie-accurate deco and enough accessories to outfit a platoon. Is this figure worth a purchase considering there was a Flint figure released just one wave earlier?
Yesterday was a great day for the Joe Community– the release of the G.I. Joe Retaliation on Blu-Ray and DVD. True, the film had been available digitally for two weeks but this was the first chance for fans to be able to run out and purchase a tangible copy of the film for their home library. As with most major home media releases, there were a bevy of different retailer exclusives from steelbook cases to bonus feature discs of interviews. (Most of these are broken down excellently by Justin over at YoJoe.com in his DVD/Blu-Ray Buyer’s Guide.)
However, only one version really caught my attention– the Extended Action Cut offered by Best Buy which promised more action and about 15 minutes of footage that wasn’t shown in theatres. So, in the midst of the rain I ran out over my lunch hour and snagged a copy and, after what seemed like an eternity at the office, sat down to watch it last night.