Wizard World Announces 2017 Convention Dates and Cities

So Wizard World released their list of confirmed 2017 dates. There are only sixteen shows on the list, and while it’s still possible they can add more, it’s certainly a much shorter list than, say, 2015’s list of 25 different events. The confirmed 2017 events are as follows:

New Orleans, January 6-8
Portland, February 17-19
Cleveland, March 17-19
St. Louis, April 7-9
Minneapolis, May 5-7
Des Moines, May 19-21
Philadelphia, June 1-4
Sacramento, June 16-18
Albuquerque, July 14-16
Columbus, August 4-6
Orlando, August 11-13
Chicago, August 24-27
Nashville, Sept. 8-10
Madison, September 22-24
Oklahoma City, October 27-29
Austin, Nov. 17-19

Most of these are pretty unsurprising, though we didn’t expect some shows (like Minneapolis) to make the cut for next year. The Madison, WI show has also been moved from the spring to the fall, which will alleviate a pretty crowded convention season in Wisconsin.

Donald Glover Will Play Lando Calrissian in the Young Han Solo Film

Donald Glover, who is arguably one of the most talented people working in show business today, has officially been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the (still untitled) Young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Glover will, of course, be taking over the role from the talented Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed the character in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Alden Ehrenreich, of course, will be playing Han Solo in the film, and it’s currently expected to have a 2018 release (between Episodes VIII and IX). Originally we weren’t too excited about this movie, as it’s a part of Han Solo’s life we, for the most part, don’t really care about. The casting of Donald Glover though has kind of turned us around on the project. He’s an amazing actor, and we’re hoping he features prominently in the project.

Y’know, because Donald Glover and everything.


Director Tim Miller Has Left Deadpool 2

Last February’s Deadpool became the the biggest rated R movie of all time in no small part because of the collaboration between director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds. And while Miller initially signed on to the forthcoming sequel, apparently he and Reynolds didn’t see eye to eye on the direction of the film… and apparently Tim Miller has now left the film.

While the departure on Friday was apparently amicable, it was over the creative direction of the film. Reynolds wants the sequel to maintain the comedic, fourth wall breaking tone established in the first film, while Miller wanted to create a more stylized film.

The straw that apparently broke the camels back was the casting of Kyle Chandler as Cable. Chandler was Miller’s choice, but Reynolds disagreed — and as Reynolds has casting approval on the film, the studio sided with the star.

Whatever happens with the film, it’s still expected to see a 2018 release.

Via io9

Video Game Voice Actors are Officially on Strike

Just over a year after SAG-AFTRA initially publicly considered going on strike for video game work, it appears that conditions have not significantly improved. After two years of failed negotiations, effective this past Friday, SAG-AFTRA members went on strike.

SAG-AFTRA is specifically striking against the following companies:

Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blindlight, LLC; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.; Formosa Interactive, LLC; Insomniac Games, Inc.; Interactive Associates, Inc.; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.; and WB Games, Inc.

The strike effects any game using SAG-AFTRA talent that went into production after February 17, 2015. Members will picket EA’s offices in Playa Vista, CA on Monday.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


The ‘Logan’ Trailer Brings Back What’s Been Missing From the X-Men Franchise

One of the big things that made Hugh Jackman’s performance as Wolverine the first X-Men movie back in 2000 was his paternal relationship with a young Rogue. Logan’s need to help mentor younger characters has always been one of the more human elements to his character in the comics, and definitely one of the reasons he appealed to me as a reader. Wolverine wasn’t just there to be “the best at what he does” — he was also a sad, tortured man who felt the need to take care of other people.

But as the film franchise went on, that part of the character seemed to drift away. By the time we got to The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’d barely notice that side of the character was there.

But Logan, the third solo Wolverine film (and Hugh Jackman’s last time in the role), seems to be finding its way back to the core of the character. The first trailer for the film (released yesterday) is probably the most emotionally intense pieces of marketing for any film set in Fox’s X-Men Movie Universe. Whether the film lives up to this, of course, remains to be seen — but it’s nice to see part of the Wolverine I’ve always loved show up again onscreen.

Logan comes to theaters March 3, 2017.

We Now Have The First Teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The first Guardians of the Galaxy was our pick for the best movie of 2014. Frankly, it was just an amazing science fiction film crammed into a superhero shared universe, and it had an amazing soundtrack. Frankly, it should come as no surprise that we’re pretty hyped up about the sequel coming out next year.

And Marvel wants you to be hyped up about it too.

Yesterday they released the first teaser footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it’s looking pretty damned good. What we see is the blend of action and humor we expect from the franchise… and not a lot else. I mean, it’s a teaser — if it gave away anything else, it would be doing its job wrong.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out May 5, 2017.

Oh Yeah, There’s Another “Assassin’s Creed” Trailer Out

Look, there have been a ton of franchise movies this year. Sequels, remakes, adaptations… they just don’t seem to ever end. So I ask that you excuse my lack of usual enthusiasm (or promptness) in presenting to you the second Assassin’s Creed trailer. Frankly, I kind of forgot the film was even coming out.

But here it is, and it nicely sets up the weird nature of the Assassin’s Creed franchise (which is largely absent from the game’s marketing), albeit with a few differences from the source material. I mean, it’s not a bad trailer, and the movie itself might even be good…

…but it’s a genre film getting released around the same time as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Good luck with that, Fox.

Assassin’s Creed comes out December 21, 2016.

‘Vixen’ Season 2 Has a Trailer

Vixen, which stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as the title character, expanded the Arrowverse realm to animation last year. Released via The CW’s “CW Seed” online network, the show (while imperfect) added some much needed diversity to the shared television multiverse.

Season 2 has now started with a five minute episode releasing once a week, and the CW Seed has put out a short trailer for it. Like last season, once all of the episodes are released they will put out a combined version of the season (which is how I prefer to view it honestly).

But if you can’t wait, episode one is sitting out there right now waiting for you.

Shin Godzilla Review

To say Hideaki Anno had a lot to accomplish with Shin Godzilla might be the biggest understatement of the year. Making the first Japanese Godzilla film in more than a decade is a pretty tall order on its own. But this one also had to mend Toho’s pride after getting Out-Godzilla-ed by Americans in 2014. I’m pleased to say that I think Anno successfully fulfilled this tall order,  but how he went about doing it is what I think is truly amazing.

Shin Godzilla is a great movie. Let me put that up front. The cast is very strong, the titular god-lizard is the stuff of nightmares, and, after processing the film for a couple days I feel safe in saying that this is Hideaki Anno’s best film. Continue reading Shin Godzilla Review

First Look at Mechad Brooks as Guardian from ‘Supergirl’

One of the more interesting pieces of news about Supergirl Season 2 is that Mechad Brooks’s James Olsen would be suiting up this season as ‘Guardian’. Along with confirmation of this news, we’ve gotten our first look at Brooks in Guardian’s costume, which looks pretty damned rad:


Now while there have been a couple of characters to use the name, the mantle of ‘Guardian’ isn’t usually associated with Superman’s Best Pal Jimmy Olsen. In fact, it’s much more closely connected to Jim Harper, who was played by Eddie McClintock in season one of Supergirl. That said, Guardian is a character often connected to this season’s main antagonist Project Cadmus. Frankly, it’s also nice to see Mechad Brooks being given a storyline that doesn’t have to do with whether he and Benoist’s Supergirl will be romantically involved or not.

Supergirl Season 2 is currently airing Monday nights on The CW.

Via Deadline