In Theaters This Week (Halloween 2014): ‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ & ‘Saw’ Re-release

Halloween is here and there are several movies releasing that should feed your need to be scared. On top of the new releases there are still numerous other movies in theaters that are fitting for Halloween weekend. Let’s first take a look at the three major releases which includes a re-release of a horror classic:

Nightcrawler Directed by Dan Gilroy, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.

This is not really a horror film but it is definitely a thriller and you can’t tell me Gyllenhaal doesn’t look creepy as hell.  This movie may even get some Oscar attention for best picture and best actor. I’m hearing the movie and Gyllenhaal’s performance are that good!!

 

Before I Go to Sleep Directed by Rowan Joffe, Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

I don’t know much about this movie but I am a huge Nicole Kidman fan and the rest of the cast is amazing as well.  This will be more of a horror-thriller for adults and should be a fun trip to the theaters for those of that demographic.

Saw 10th Anniversary Re-release 

There’s not much to say here.  A lot of people my age (twenties) have seen it but it will be cool for younger audiences to check out for the first time if they were too young when it came out.

Other creepy/scary movies to see this Halloween:

Dracula Untold, Ouija, Gone Girl, The Book of Life, Annabelle and re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (limited).

Well there you have it! There are an abundance of choices for this Halloween weekend so no excuse if you can’t find anything to do; just see a movie! You can’t go wrong with most of these choices.

What will you guys be seeing this Halloween weekend if anything? Also, what is your go to Halloween movie if you’re just staying in? Express your thoughts in the comment section.

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Let’s talk Marvel Phase 3

 

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Anyone catch the footage of Marvel Media Day? Seeing Kevin Feige (Producer & President of Marvel) walk on the stage reminded me of when Steve Jobs took the stage at an Apple event.. Anyways, here’s the current slate for Marvel Phase 3 films.

Captain America: Civil War – May 6 2016

Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017

Black Panther – November 3, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 - May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018

Inhumans – November 2, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 - May 3, 2019

So anyone who’s been following recent Marvel rumors may somewhat have expected half these titles to be announced. Now we have a much more clear idea of the direction in which the studio is taking the Cinematic Universe.

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New characters Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel are getting introductions leading up to the Infinity War films where the heroes unite against Thanos. Out of those three new characters only Black Panther’s character revealed the actor playing him, Chadwick Boseman (called it!).

After for the returning characters who will be getting follow ups to their sequels, things won’t be getting better for Captain America and Thor.

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Starting off with Captain America, the subtitle Civil War tells me that he will ultimately clash with Tony Stark regarding who superheros will work under (confirmed by Feige). Now reports are suggesting that the Black Panther will play an important role during Civil War, similar to how Spider-Man did in the comics.This will all tie into the events of Age of Ultron, which reports suggest that by the end of the film the Avengers will be split.

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As for Thor, the subtitle Ragnarok means the end of all things. The story could pick up with where The Dark World left off (SPOILERS), Loki didn’t die and was sitting on Odin’s throne while Thor left for Earth. I haven’t read the comics, but Comic Book fans who would know more than me suggest it could be the destruction of Asgard.

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No word on what exactly Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be about, but does it matter? You and I both loved the first film, and can’t wait to see where the team goes next. Maybe more Thanos, you know since it deals heavily with the cosmic side, and that the Mad Titan only has so many films before Infinity War.

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Doctor Strange film was finally announced, but no word on who will play the main character. Feige wouldn’t confirm if Benedict Cumberbatch signed on, and why would he if he hasn’t yet (This ain’t Sony). I’m sure negotiations are still going on, and we’ll get an announcement soon. Either that or Feige just didn’t want to announce everything just yet.

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Then there’s the Inhumans, which introduces not one, but a dozen or more character. I actually wrote a blog post awhile back on these guys and Vin Diesel possibly starring in the lead role. (Inhumans)

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Last but not least Captain Marvel. Marvel’s first female superhero film is coming in 2018. With Sony and DC teasing/announcing female lead films Marvel choose to answer with one of their own. Not much is known except the character is in fact Carol Danvers.

This is HUGE for Marvel fans everywhere, too big enough for one post. Look for further details on these films including casting announcements and directors! As for Marvel’s announcements, which one are you most excited about?

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‘The Flash’- Season 1 Ep. 3 “Things You Can’t Outrun” Review

The best thing for a TV show to do is keep getting better and better as it progresses. I know we are only three episodes into ‘The Flash’ but this has been the best episode yet and I have a feeling this upward movement of the show getting better will continue.

Last week the third episode of the first season premiered titled “Things You Can’t Outrun” and here are some of the positives and negatives of the episode in my opinion.

Positives: 

  • The villain- While last week I was not impressed with the villain, this week is a totally different story.  Although I was skeptical at first, he ended up being a really cool villain named Kyle Nimbus but called the ” Mist”.  His super power is to transform into a toxic gas that he can maneuver as.  Before you assume that this is cheesy (Iike I did) the way they explain his powers was surprisingly cool to me.  (Spoilers ahead) The same thing that gave Barry Allen his speedster powers, the particle accelerator exploding with a thunderstorm, which happened exactly the same time the “Mist”, who was a locked up felon on death row, was being executed with a toxic gas at Iron Heights Prison.  The particle accelerator and the storm turned many humans into “meta-humans” and the “Mist” was one of them.
  • Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm- This character is played by Robbie Amell, who is Stephen Amell’s (Arrow) cousin.  But regardless of that he made his first appearance on the show and I really enjoyed it. He plays Dr. Snow’s ex-fiance who supposedly “passed away” but I’m sure we’ll see him again.

Negatives:

  • Every now and then, with a show I like, there will be episodes that I really enjoy and find a minimal amount of flaws in.  That is how I felt about this episode.  There were a few tiny negatives such as the Iris West character which I’ve found pointless and annoying so far, but anything else would just be nitpicking and I would rather just celebrate the great episode.

Thanks for reading our review on the 3rd episode of season 1 of ‘The Flash’. We will continue the to cover the series all season long.  Let us know what you guys thought of the 3rd episode in the comment section!

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MCU to expand in early 2015- “Marvel’s Agent Carter” to Debut on ABC in January

Ever since ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) has been a fan favorite in the MCU but since that movie took place decades ago, they haven’t had a way to bring her back other than a brief cameo as her elder self in ‘The Winter Soldier’. Well it seems like Marvel has found a way to both bring back Agent Carter and tell the story of how shield was first built. We’ve known for a while that the show titled ‘Agent Carter’ would be coming but Marvel has recently released an official synopsis.

Check out the synopsis below courtesy of Marvel via comingsoon.net:

Years before Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts.

But no one should ever underestimate Peggy.

It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field; putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.

When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy – the only person he can trust – to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for releasing these weapons of mass destruction. But Jarvis, who is a creature of habit and sticks to a rigid daily routine, is going to have to make some major life changes if he’s going to be able to keep up with Peggy.

If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse. And as she delves deeper into her investigation, she may find that those she works for are not who they seem, and she might even begin to question whether Stark is as innocent as he claims.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “A Cinderella Story”) as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham (American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street) as Chief Roger Dooley.

Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb are executive producers. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television

This series sounds really fascinating to me because I really enjoyed the ‘Agent Carter’ character in the first Cap, and I think this will be a chance for Marvel to get a TV show right since ‘Agents of Shield’ isn’t doing so great critically or viewer wise.

Here’s one of the Marvel One Shot short clips they have been releasing online featuring ‘Agent Carter’.

Regardless of what medium it is in, I am still excited about anything that comes from Marvel and they will have my eye’s glued when ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ premiers.  Does this show get you guys or excited? Express your thoughts in the comment section!

Sources: Marvel, comingsoon.net

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Marvel Boss teases a different team by the end of Avengers 2

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Long has Marvel fans been speculating that someone in Avengers: Age of Ultron will be killed off. For one, Director Joss Whedon is known to shake things up as evident from his previous work. In the comics, the Avengers roster constantly changed, so it’s bound to happen sooner or later in the films right? Here’s what Kevin Feige (Producer and President of Marvel Studios) had to say on the matter.

“The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins… It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.” (Buzzfeed)

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Kevin Feige can be such a tease when it comes to the future of Marvel characters and story lines. So in my mind either someone is gonna die or get exiled. At first many thought it would be Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), but that door closed when he was reportedly getting a bigger role in Captain America 3.

It’s widely speculated that the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will lose control and be sent of to space (Planet Hulk story line). The brief footage shown in the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser suggest that its a likely possibility, but I don’t think Marvel would do that an essential character that quickly. Others have also suggested that Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) will die based off the shot we see of Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) dropping to her knees and screaming in terror.

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My bold prediction is that Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) will get killed off, sending Tony Stark (Robert you-know-who) into a downward spiral mentality knowing that his creation killed his love. This could set up the  Captain America 3 rumored stand off between Stark and Rogers, as Stark’s ideals about the responsibility of superheros could drastically change (Civil War).

I want to know what those of you who been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe are thinking! Who you placing your bets on Movie Talkers?

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015

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Marvel Studios is “very close” to signing Benedict Cumberbatch for Dr. Strange role

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The search for the right actor to play Marvel’s Doctor Strange character hit a speed bump when recently actor Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations. Since that time the list of actors rumored to play the neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme includes Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal. Now it seems there is a clear cut front runner for the role in Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch’s name has been in the discussion since the beginning when Director Scott Derrickson confirmed (Twitter) that he will direct Doctor Strange. Since then Cumberbatch’s name got overshadowed when Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix entered the picture. Deadline and Variety who both reported this news seem confident that the role is Cumberbatch’s. According to reports, the actor is also Marvel’s favorite for the role.

Keep in mind though that Joaquin Phoenix was reportedly in final negotiations for the role, but that ultimately fell through. I’m personally pulling for Cumberbatch to get the role as I’m sure a majority of Marvel fans are as well.

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Though it may seem like Marvel is running low on time to make their casting announcements for what is expected to be a 2016 release date for the film… this is still Marvel Studios. For all we know, Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to play Doctor Strange two weeks ago! I guess we’ll know soon enough from Marvel Studios themselves.

How do you feel about Cumberbatch joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you prefer someone else who was rumored to play the superhero?

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Fast and Furious 7 trailer arriving soon!

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Looks like we are 7 days away from the debut trailer for Fast and Furious 7. This is awesome news as I’m sure fans around the world have badly been wanting to see footage. The announcement comes from the film’s Facebook page.

The story for Fast and Furious 7 has been described as a revenge thriller, with Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) out to kill those who killed his brother (Luke Evans). The big story however has been about the Brian O’Connor character (the late Paul Walker) and just how the filmmakers intend on retiring the character. Furthermore, fans have speculated that this could be the final installment for the franchise which is currently at the highest point its ever been.

I’m excited to finally see this trailer. Through the tragic passing of Paul Walker, the heartfelt photos and videos shared through the cast and crew’s social media, and just being a fan of the franchise, this film has been getting bigger and bigger.

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Fast and Furious 7 arrives on April 3, 2015

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