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Is this a TMNT?

Though it’s still not clear whether these turtles are mutants, aliens or robots in disguise one thing is for sure, they look pretty different from the animated versions fans know and love.

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Top 10 Things at E3

Now that E3 is over I thought I’d go through some of my favourite things that were shown at this year’s expo.  Starting tomorrow I’ll be going through some of the cool new releases individually, so be sure to check back for that.

10. The Wonderbook

If you were starting to get worried that kids may actually have to start reading then you’ll be happy to hear that Sony has come up with a new and exciting way to keep kids illiterate.

The Wonderbook is pretty much a blank book that, using augmented reality, turns into a variety of cool stories when looked at through the PlayStation Move camera.  The story they showed was Harry Potter, but it wasn’t any of the existing stories it was full of new more child oriented stories of how individual spells were made.  Players can then use the Move controlled to perform the spells and complete a variety of tasks.  Despite my earlier joke, this probably isn’t going to do any damage to child literacy and it looks to be a really fun, inventive game.  That I want.

9. ZombiU

If you ever thought you’d survive a zombie outbreak, I have the perfect game to prove you wrong.

A lot of people have been disappointed by the stream of action packed zombie games that have been coming out lately.  The move away from survival horror and towards action has divided zombie fans, particularly Resident Evil fans, but now Ubisoft are taking a massive step back towards survival horror and filling the demand for the return of that type of game.

ZombiU will be playable only on the Wii U and is one of the games that will be available upon release.  It makes great use of the Wii U’s handheld screen and effectively simulates a zombie outburst.  One of the things that the game does, which helps create a level of realism, is that you only have a singular life.  When your character dies they become a zombie and you have to start the scenario again as a new person, but all the zombies that were killed by your previous character are still dead and all the items that were picked up by that character are gone, plus your old skin is now trying to eat your new skin.  Don’t worry about running out of survivors; there is an endless stream of them.

8. The Wii U

I once called it the Wii’s sexier cousin, a phrase that puts me on top of the Google search, and I’m going to stick with that.

The Wii U looks like it’s going to be a fun, like its predecessor, but it seems to be focusing more on games that will appeal to hard core gamers.  That’s not to say that it won’t include the family friendly favourites that made the Wii so popular, it will, but there is more there for the mainstream gaming community than there ever was on the Wii.

7. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

A game demo so good it made me ashamed to not be a Splinter Cell fan.

Having only ever given Splinter Cell a shot once, I wasn’t particularly interested in the announcement of a sequel, but once the demo started I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed that I hadn’t gotten into the series earlier.  This new game, the sixth in the series, is apparently more action oriented than previous titles.   Hopefully this won’t drive away old fans while attempting to bring in new ones, like me.

6. Watch Dogs

Is Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell had a game baby.

This is the third Ubisoft game on the list, the first two being ZombiU and Splinter Cell, which shows just how impressive Ubisoft was this year, well at least in my eyes.  Watch Dogs is a modern day assassin game were you get to attend fancy parties, hack into phones and kill people.  Like Assassins Creed, it is an open world game, but instead of being set somewhere in the past the events of the game take place in modern day Chicago.  It’ll be refreshing to have an open world game set in a real life modern day city that doesn’t take place in New York.  Another element coming from Assassins Creed is the ability to climb everything, which will apparently be part of the game.

5. Tomb Raider

Every dream of being stranded on an island with no hope of rescue and having to survive attacks from wild animals and gun wielding enemies?  No, must just be me.

This new Tomb Raider game was already on my radar before E3.  The series looks to be getting an extremely impressive reboot and it’s clear that the people behind the game want to give Lara Croft an origin story that will make fans of the series proud.

I think with games that have spanned as long as Tomb Raider, which currently has nine games, are often hard to market to new players.  They have such a rich history that those who play games for the story may avoid the series unless they are able to pick up the previous titles.  However, fans may have been surprised by the reboot as there has never really been a large amount of time without a Tomb Raider game.  The longest gap will be this time, as it will be five years since the last Tomb Raider game was released in 2013 when the reboot comes out.  Before this the longest break was three years, which isn’t really that long when it comes to making a next gen title.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man

A tie in game that serves as more of a sequel, count me in.  That is if The Amazing Spider-Man movie doesn’t suck, which I doubt it will.

Spider-Man movie tie in games are always fun.  They have new enemies, new storylines and you get to swing around New York City like you own the place, which you don’t Obama does.  While all the film tie ins have differed from their movie counterparts, this Spider-Man game takes it one step further and actually takes place after the events of the film.  The plot of the game will actually set up the story for the films sequel, which is a strange thought considering no one even knows if the films any good yet.

3. The Last of Us

Will you survive the… wait there’s a lot of survival on this list.

This game is less about the zombies and more about the story of two people, in a father daughter kind of relationship, that have to constantly struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, which is a refreshing look at a plot that is clearly being used a lot in games today.

The most impressive things about this game, which I didn’t even know existed before the expo, is the gameplay.  It’s smooth and realistic, it suggests that every kill is going to be a struggle, nothing will be simple and it’s not the kind of game were you can just run around taking down large amounts of enemies with ease.  Feeling very cinematic, even during gameplay, the focus on story shows at every turn, which won’t appeal to all gamers.  Making the experience even more realistic is the AI which seems to be miles ahead of what we’ve seen in past titles like Resident Evil 5.  At one point Ellie, the fourteen year old female sidekick actually picks up a brick to aid the player, who was under attack.  Though the AI seems impressive, you may choose to play with a friend instead, which you can as the game is co-op.

2. DmC: Devil May Cry

Weren’t we supposed to get some news?

Now that the game was given a release date, Ninja Theory said they would be giving more information about the game.  Naturally it seemed E3 would be the perfect platform to distribute this knowledge, yet the only new thing shown was a weapon.  They did show off a demo, which really did remind be a lot of Bayonetta, and mentioned that the running time would be about twelve hours, which isn’t as long as I’d like.  Still, as a Devil May Cry fan I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the reboot, though next time Ninja Theory promises news they better provide some.

1. Resident Evil

Action, survival horror and being chased by a giant monster, Resident Evil 6 has it all.

At this point there isn’t much more information Capcom could give us without ruining the game.  The story is split into three campaigns, which can be played in any order.  Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper will have a more survival horror experience, though there will be action packed moments, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans experience a military style action adventure and Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin’s story will be reminiscent of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis which had the main characters being constantly pursued by Nemesis.

What do you think?  Which are you most excited about?  Would you put anything different on the list?  Will you be rushing out to buy any of these?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


PlayStation 4 will have disc drive, or pancake holder

Over the years the gaming industry has evolved a lot, it’s undeniable.  With each new generation of consoles comes advancements that, for the most part, improve the gaming experience, but what’s next?

Even though the PlayStation 4 still hasn’t been officially announced by Sony, there have been rumours about it for months and the latest comes from the Wall Street Journal.  In their article they claim that the upcoming console was almost created without a disc drive.  This would mean that games would have to be downloaded rather than bought physically in shops.  Though the article says that  ‘Sony Corp. considered but ultimately rejected a download-only scheme for its next videogame console, people familiar with the matter said, opting to include optical disk drives rather than break with a decades-old model in the industry’.

Breaking away from the model that people have come to know is one thing, but imagine the effect this move would have had on game shops.  Removing the ability to buy discs would completely destroy those, already struggling, shops.  Plus, there are some people that don’t have access to credit cards and therefore can’t download games, won’t somebody please think of the children.  Let us not forget about those, myself included, that like having the physical copy of the game, which can never been taken away by virus’s (though they can be stud on and lost).  Another incentive to maintain the use of a disc drive is the collectors additions, which often come with posters or other physical extras on top of the added bonuses in the game.

Though the report says that disc drives will be included in the next PlayStation, it almost wasn’t which means that companies like Sony believe that the disc is on its way out and with movie and television series all available to be downloaded online it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from.  Still, it appears that the digital take over isn’t going to be happening in the near future as the PS4 will come with its very own disc drive, which you can store pancakes in if you’d rather download all your games.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a move away from discs?  Do you prefer to download games or buy them in a shop?  What other things could you store in a disc drive, besides discs and pancakes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.


Men in Black 3 Review

For a while it didn’t really look like there was going to be a third Men in Black film, but after a ten year absence Agents J and K have returned to the big screen.

Regardless of how you felt about the second film, if you enjoyed the first, you should give this sequel a shot.  The story picks up years after the events of the second film with an old foe of K’s escaping from an alien prison.  When word spreads J, seeing K is hiding something, begins to tire of the seemingly emotionless relationship the two have.  Then, with a simple alteration to the timeline, Agent K disappears from the present having now been killed in 1969.  J, being the only one who remembers the original timeline, must travel back in time to prevent the change.

Originally the plot seemed like a way to deprive MIB fans of Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the role of K brilliantly, but it quickly became clear that although Jones is physically absence from a large part of the film he is there in spirit, as Josh Brolin has clearly done his research and emulates Jones perfectly.  Brolin’s version of K is more open than his older counterpart, which is because an event that causes him to become emotionally distant hasn’t happened yet.  His enables J, played by Will Smith, to get to know his partner a little better.  Also, despite Brolin in reality being 44, a year older than Will Smith, his character is 29 making him the younger agent.  This adds a new interesting twist to their relationship, similar to K discovering the changes that had happened during his absence when he returned in number two.

The plot was interesting and funny, which was somewhat of a surprise as I had prepared myself for 106 minutes of boredom.  Though it’s never really clear about why Agent J can remember K in the present, it does give a vague reason, but I’ll let it go because the rest of the plot was interesting and really enjoyable.  Seeing MIB in 1969 was like watching an old sci-fi movie, even the aliens were made to look like the ones that would appear in those kinds of films.  Time travel is always a really interesting plot device, but it’s also so easy to do wrong.  If it’s too complex then you lost most of the audience and you risk making mistakes, if it’s too simplistic then it just won’t feel real.  MIB 3 probably would have been close to the too simple side were it not for Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg.  Griffin is similar to Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, except he’s funny and generally a nice guy.

The biggest let down of the film is that Frank, the talking Pug, isn’t in it.  Frank appeared in both previous MIB movies, receiving a larger role in the second instalment because of how much audience’s loved his character in the first film.  It seems like a strange choice not to give him a part, considering he’s a fan favourite.  I guess in a world were Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t even get to appear in the full film, no one is safe.  All things considered, Men in Black 3 is a fun, clever and interesting movie that deserves to be given a chance.

Did you like the film?  How do you think it compares to the previous two instalments?  Which MIB film is your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


Dumb and Dumber 2

The Farrelly brothers have announced that a sequel to the 1994 comedy film Dumb and Dumber will start filming in September and will feature the original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.  This news comes just in time to knock Anchorman 2 off its pedestal, if it’s true that is.

While it is entirely possible that a sequel is indeed in the works, I am concerned about what date the announcement was made on.  Peter Farrelly told ComingSoon.net, about the sequel, yesterday, April Fool’s Day, at a press event for his film The Three Stooges.  Still, it does seem as though the information is indeed real, which means we can expect to see Harry and Lloyd back doing stupid things very soon.

However, it has been eighteen years since the last film, not counting the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd, which didn’t involve the Farrelly brothers or the original cast.  Once again I’m left wondering whether or not a sequel would ruin the original, but for some reason, with this one, I don’t really think it matters.  Let’s face it, the film isn’t exactly remembered for its riveting story and complex sub-plots, it’s slapstick.  Plus, considering how surprising the announcement is, I don’t think expectations are going to be unreasonably high, so bring it on.

What do you think?  Are you happy about this announcement?  What do you think the plot will be?  Do you think it’s just an April Fool’s Day joke?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and like the like button.


Superman: Man of Steel promo pic

If you’re a Superman fan, then you’re probably having a hard enough time waiting for the reboot, which doesn’t come out until summer 2013, but, to make the wait even more torturous, a new promotional image has been released on the movies official Facebook page.

It may not be much different from older versions of the insignia, but there are some noticeable changes.  It’s darker and there are some extra details, which is small enough change that it won’t upset hard core fans while still adding something new.  The darker colour goes well pictures of the suit, which is also darker, that have previously been released.  You can check out those and many more pictures on the official Facebook page here.  Don’t get too excited though, because the film doesn’t come out until the 14th of June 2013.

What do you think?  Do you like the darker colour and extra details?  Are you excited about the movie?  Is it too early to get hyped up?  Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to click the like button and follow, if you like the post and the site or even if you hate both (I don’t mind).


Anchorman 2 announced

It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy hit cinemas and now, just as the near constant quoting was getting old, a sequel is announced.

Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance on the Conan O’Brien show, as Ron Burgundy, where he announced that the long awaited sequel was finally on its way.  Over the years, Ferrell has expressed interest in making a sequel to the hit comedy, but he didn’t own the rights and was unable to get the studio to agree, until now.

However, this may not be a good thing.  Fans have been waiting for this ever since the credits rolled on number one, so expectations are going to be pretty high.  Some of the best films around are great because they were allowed to stand alone, a sequel would have ruined them.  That’s not to say all sequels are bad, and this one could be great, but knowing when to stop is a trait that far few people in Hollywood seem to have.

As someone that enjoyed the first movie and has been listening to quotes from it for years, I do hope, particularly for the people who really love this film, that the sequel lives up to their, undoubtedly high, expectation.

What do you think?  Are you happy they are finally making the sequel?  Do you think that it will live up to the original?  Do you annoy your friends by quoting the movie at least once an hour?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you like the blog and this post.


Bayonetta in Anarchy Reigns

Ever since Bayonetta was released in 2010, fans have been eager for a sequel, but now, in 2012, there is still no word of one being in production.  However, a Japanese trailer has revealed that Bayonetta will be a playable character in the upcoming game Anarchy Reigns.

Anarchy Reigns is an online multiplayer fighting game that will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on the 3rd of July in America and on the 6th of July in Europe.  The game features many characters from Platinum Games first title MadWorld, as well as some new characters and of course Bayonetta.

Bayonetta is the story of a mysterious and slutty witch who essentially removes all her clothes to defeat tougher bad guys.  Despite the, probably accurate, claims that it was sexist and demeaning to woman, the game did pretty well and received positive reviews from critics, myself included.  The gameplay is amazing, it’s visually stunning and the story is interesting and just complicated enough to make it stick in your head.  In essence it’s a more over the top Devil May Cry game, which isn’t surprising since they share the same creator.

There is massive demand for a sequel to Bayonetta.  Whether or not one will ever materialise is still unknown, but at least fans can get another chance to play as the witch in Anarchy Reigns and the gameplay, moves and character design look identical to the ones from the game, though they may be a little tamer with the nudity.  However, the character will be available only as a preorder bonus, which means that you have to preorder the game to choose her as a playable character.  So keep that in mind before you buy the game.

What do you think?  Are you happy she will be in the game?  Do you like the character?  Would you prefer a Bayonetta sequel?  Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comment section below.  Also, don’t forget to vote and, if you liked this post, please follow the blog and click the like button.


Skyfall first picture

The first official picture for the latest Bond film, Skyfall, has been put up on the films website, 007.com.  Along with the picture is a countdown clock ticking down until the very day, minute, second that bond is back on our screens.  The movie once again stars Daniel Craig as bond and is set to shake and stir cinemas on the 26th of October, in the UK and Ireland, and the 9th of November, in North America.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the film?  Do you like the picture?  Who was your favourite bond?  Let me know by voting and leavinga comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you like this post, click on the like button.  You can also follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.


Resident Evil 6 Trailer

After a mysterious viral campaign, Capcom have revealed that Resident Evil 6 is happening.

Recently, a site called nohopeleft.com went up showing pictures of the words ‘no hope left’ spray painted in various locations, with the ‘o’ from ‘no’ being replaced with the sign for biohazard.  Also a video of a woman crying and ranting desperately was put on the site.  Resident Evil fans soon connected this with the franchise, most notably from the biohazard sign; the Japanese name for the Resident Evil games is Biohazard.  Under the graffiti ‘no hope left’ in the pictures was a time and date and on that time and date the first trailer for Resident Evil 6 was released.  Unfortunately, shortly before this a poster was leaked by a worker in a game shop, thus revealing the existence of the game.  Still Capcom refused to comment until after the trailer was released.

The trailer is amazing and shows the two returning protagonists, Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield, fighting to stop two different virus outbreaks.  Leon is in America with the president, who is turned into a zombie after he had planned to come clean and reveal to the world what Umbrella had done in Raccoon City, and Chris is in China fighting a bioterrorist attack there.  Both characters will be playable and have their own separate campaign, with a partner for co-op play.  A third campaign follows a new character and Ashley Graham, yeah that’s right she’s back.  This time Ashley seems less annoying, but only time will tell.  The new character seems to have some sort of special blood that will help the world, probably containing a natural antidote to the virus or something.  It seems as though Ashley has hired him, maybe to save her father, the president.  That is if Leon hasn’t shot him.  All three campaigns will be completed separately, but most likely will overlap at some stages (which will be cool).

IGN have claimed that there will be a fourth campaign, one that will become playable only after the other three have been completed.  They say that this one follows Ada Wong.  If it’s true then this is going to be one hell of a long game or at least I hope it will be.  Though it was a good game, Resident Evil 5 was pretty short and not very scary, like not scary at all.  Part of this could be due to the comfort of having a second player, but I think it’s lazy to say that it’s impossible to make a game that can scare two people at once.  Horror movies do it to whole cinemas full of people, so way couldn’t a game?  The bright setting also contributed to the lack of scare factor and let’s face it it was pretty action orientated.  This time around we get the action parts with Chris and the scary parts with Leon, plus whatever Ashley and the new guy bring to the table (probably whiney noises and a few vials of blood).

This is the first Resident Evil game that’s ever featured both Chris and Leon as playable characters and that’s a big deal.  It looks like it’s going to be the most impressive game in the series.  I could be wrong, but from what I’ve seen I genuinely think this game is going to be epic.  Whether you like to play solo or with friends it seems like 2012 is going to be the year of Resident Evil, hey there’s even the movie to look forward to, and I for one can’t wait.

What do you think?  Are you excited about this game?  Did you like the trailer?  Who’s your favourite Resident Evil character?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my account is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


The Golden Globe Winners 2012

Last night the 69th annual Golden Globe awards took place in Beverly Hilton Hotel, California.  Ricky Gervais hosted for the third consecutive year, but this time, instead of causing controversy, people complained that he was too tame.  Now, before you go off to proclaim to your friends that you knew who would win, take a look at the winners.

First up are the movie categories:

Best Drama

The Descendants

Best Comedy/Musical

The Artist

Best Animated Film

The Adventures of TinTin

Best Actor in a Drama

George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress in a Drama

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Screenplay

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Best Score – Motion Picture

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Masterpiece” – Madonna

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation, Iran

Cecil B. Demille Award

Morgan Freeman

And now on to the television categories:

Best TV Comedy or Musical

Modern Family

Best Television Series – Drama

Homeland

Best Mini-Series

Downton Abbey

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Best Actor in a TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress in a TV Movie

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

What do you think?  Did you guess right?  Are you happy with the winners?  Who do you think should have won?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, only if you liked the post.  I have a Twitter account too, it’s https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, just saying.


Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.


How to Overcome a TV Addiction

Getting hooked on a TV show can be a traumatic experience, but don’t worry there are a number of solutions to this, very real, problem.

Poke your eyes out

Sometimes the direct approach is the best and by poking out your eyes you also get the added bonus of not having to pay for contact lenses or glasses, if you need them, and you get to bring your dog into places, like restaurants, were dogs wouldn’t normally be allowed.  Another advantage is that no longer will you have to worry about some stranger coming up and poking your eyes out, it’s already done and you’ve saved them the time.

Break the TV

No TV = no problem, right?  If, on a lazy Saturday night, you decide to put your fist through the screen, in an attempt to encourage Ted to hurry up and get to the point, then the temptation is cut off at the source, but seriously come on Ted this information is irrelevant to how you actually met their mother don’t toy with me.

Leave the remote somewhere far away

Next time you leave the country, why not take the remote with you and don’t worry about bringing it back.  Most people won’t sit through another flight just to change the channel and don’t worry about the buttons on the TV you won’t think of that, you never do (until you’ve torn the how apart looking).

Burn the entire cast

Well sure there are reruns, but is it ever really the same?

Promise yourself a gift in return for stopping

The best incentive to do anything is getting a reward.  So, in exchange for cutting back on your addiction, why not buy yourself the box set?  It’s so not the same thing as watching it on TV, this time you are in control and that means it can’t be bad.

Remember getting addicted to a TV program is a natural thing and is not your fault.  If you need further support then I suggest giving up.  Though I don’t advice you to try any of the methods listed, I do want to know have you ever, or do you now, have a show that you just have to see?  What is/was it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also please feel free to subscribe/follow and, if you like this post, click the like button.


New Dark Knight Rises Pictures

The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have some new images to keep us interested.

The pictures show a new, upgraded, Batman suit and a small glance at were its stored, the Batcave.  They also give a really good look at bane who is fighting with Batman in one of the pictures.  In another picture Gordon is seen backed against a wall holding a gun, possibly about to experience whatever it is that sends him to the hospital.

The pictures look pretty impressive, but it’ll mean nothing if we can’t understand Bane.  Personally, I never saw a big problem with him, but a lot of people did and numerous comments have been released, from people involved in with film, saying not to worry.  Despite rumours to the contrary, Writer, Jonathan Nolan, has said that they will not have to do voiceovers and that when fans see more they will have no problem understanding him.

What do you think?  Have these pictures got your mind on the plot?  Do you like the new Batman suit?  Are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out in July?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, but only if you like it don’t lie to me.


Star Wars: Underworld

A live action Star Wars TV series could be on screens in the next few years, that is if enough money can be raised.

Though there are no official plans to film the show, no one has been cast and no sets have been made, it has been announced that fifty scripts have been written for the show that would take place between the third and fourth films and feature none of the main characters from the movies.  So what’s the problem, why must we wait?  Well Lucasfilm say that the huge budget necessary to create the project is the only thing holding them back and that when they find a way to make it on a budget of 5 million per episode they will go into production.

The money is needed for the large amount of visual effects they’d need to create all the animated characters and backgrounds.  Here’s a thought, try practical effects like back in the good old days.  Though if that’s not the look they want, it is their show and they should be happy with it, but I think that too much reliance on digital effects makes film makers lazy.  If they were to pump money into the project and go all out, there is no way they’d make a profit or even break even and they know it.  Especially if Lucasfilm’s fear, that the show would be cancelled by a network before it found an audience, comes true.  This would result in the money, which they are willing to invest themselves, being lost.

They said that they will revisit the idea in a year or two and see if it’s financially sound to move ahead with the project.  For those fans who are cringing at the idea of another, potentially bad, addition to the Star Wars saga, don’t be as this one focus’s the rise of the Empire and is much darker than the prequel series.  Though no characters have been officially confirmed, fans have been speculating and have come up with some characters they’d like to see; including Boba Fett and Sam Witwer as Starkiller, though I’d consider the second one impossible as it would mess up the time line.  The story will follow the criminal, Godfather like, underworld that developed after the collapse of the Republic.

The working title for the show is Star Wars: Underworld.

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show be made?  Who do you think should be in it?  Will you watch it if it gets made?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.


Resident Evil: Operations Racoon City; New trailers, new characters and new modes

Capcom have released a new trailer for their upcoming game Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City.  The game takes place at the same time as the second and third games in the Resident Evil series, and the two Outbreak games, a time when zombies were zombies and players were scared.  This time around players control Umbrella’s security team as they try to cover up the outbreak.  The main point of the trailer was to show off the triple treat combat between Umbrella, US Spec Ops, the zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s).

The trailer looks amazing and is filled with action as well as some much requested zombie scares.  It looks like there are going to be times when you are seriously outnumbered and have to fight your way out through hordes of real, fully fledged, zombies.  The US Spec Ops look pretty cool too, unfortunately their names don’t match their cool image; Tweed, Dee-Ay, Harley, Willow, Shona and Party Girl.  They sound more like a group of outcast teenagers than a highly trained task force on a mission to uncover the source of a zombie outbreak.

Along with the Spec Ops team, two other new characters were shown.  Another pair of playable characters have been added to the list.  We’ve already met Beltway (the explosives expert), Vector (the recon expert), Spectre (the marksman) and Bertha (the medic), but now Four-Eyes (a scientist) and Lupo (the team leader) have been added to the mix.  This provides more female roles and gives the girls a chance to do more than just heal; they can now do science and boss people around.

Though previous announcements have revealed characters from the first two Resident Evil games would appear in the game, most notably Leon S. Kennedy who shows up as a killable enemy, now players will get to play as these classic characters in a new online feature called Heroes Mode.  This mode is multiplayer and splits people into two teams; the first is team has Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy and Carlos Oliveira.  The second team consists of Ada Wong, HUNK, Nicholai Ginovaef and, Umbrella helicopter pilot, LONE WOLF.  As well as fighting each other players will also have to fight zombies and B.O.W.s.  Though the main game can be played with both on and offline multiplayer, it is unclear whether or not the same is true for Heroes Mode.

The trailer looks amazing and has really got me excited about the game.  Check it out below and tell me what you think my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, like this post and then, if you have any time left, head over to Twitter and follow me there.

Operation Racoon City trailer

Heroes Mode trailer


South Park RPG Screenshots

Screenshots from the upcoming South Park RPG have been released and show a remarkable resemblance to the TV series.

Though not the first South Park game that’s been made, this one is by far the most noteworthy, including another that isn’t even out yet.  Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, approached, game developing company, Obsidian Entertainment, who have previously made games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III, to create the RPG.  Stone and Parker, having been criticised for making previous game characters 3D, specified that they wanted to maintain the look of the show and they’ve succeeded.

Stone and Parker are writing the script as well as doing the voices and overseeing the project, which hopefully means that it will not only look like an episode of South Park but will feel like it too.  The main characters from the show, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, will all appear in the game, as will a large amount of the townspeople.  However, the player will not control any of the pre-existing characters, but will instead play as a new, silent, character that will be fully customisable.

Players must meet and befriend South Park citizens as well as go on a, no doubt crazy, quest with the main characters.  To check how you are progressing with the people of South Park your character can go to a Facebook like site on their phone.  The site will show them which characters they have made friends with.

Like other RPGs, the game will use a class system, which contains five different classes Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric and, a class that Cartman makes up for you, Jew.  The Jew class is like a Paladin or Monk who will be able to do more powerful attacks the less health he has.  The player will travel as part of a group and the game uses a turn based combat system for battles.

The game will be released on the PS3, the Xbox360 and the PC and is set to hit shelves in the second half of 2012.  With Stone and Parker being so heavily involved in the game, having complete control of the story, it’s hard not to get excited by these screenshots, maybe this means that, after a string of games you’ve probably never even heard of, we will finally be getting a South Park game that’s good.

What do you think?  Do you like South Park?  Have you ever heard of the previous South Park games?  Are you excited for this one?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and then head over to Twitter and follow me there.


Production on Akira Remake Stopped

Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?

Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers.  However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely.  Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.

At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt.  It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood.  It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.

Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008.  Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins.  However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film.  Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt.  The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.

Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?

What do you think?  Are you an Akira fan?  Would you like production to be cancelled permanently?  Who do you think should play Tetsuo; Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.


Bridesmaids 2 announced

Universal Studios have announced plans to make a sequel to the hit, 2011, comedy film Bridesmaids, but will it be without star and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

When approached to write the follow up film, Wiig said that she, and her writing partner Annie Mumolo, were not working on that, at least not at the moment, they ‘aren’t planning a sequel’ and ‘are writing something else’.  Wiig maintained this firm stance even after a lunch meeting with the studio.  Unfortunately, not taking no for an answer, Universal may be planning on going ahead with the film without their leading lady/writer.

A proposed idea for the sequel, would follow Melissa McCarthy’s character, Megan, who many, myself included, thought stole the show in the first one.  However, it was Wiig and Mumolo that made that character, and the other characters, funny, so will different writers be able to replicate that or are they just wasting their time?  It’s not that Wiig and Mumolo are the best writers in the world, but they did put together a great comedy film that focuses on, occasional, strong female characters, which is something you don’t see every day.  Normally they either follow male characters or they’re your typical rom com, which aren’t usually funny.

Both before and after its release, Bridesmaids, was compared to the Hangover, often being called the female version.  Now that there have been two successful Hangover films, with a third one on the way, it is no surprise that Universal want to compete with their hit, especially considering the relatively small budget needed to make the film.  However, is the risk of destroying the original with a bad sequel, that’s really a spinoff, too great or will the desire to make money win out?  Of course the money will win in the end, it generally does in these situations, but hopefully Wiig signs up or, at very least, the writing duo are replaced by someone equally as good.

What do you think?  Did you like the first Bridesmaids film?  Do you think they should carry on with the original writers?  Is there even any need for a sequel?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.  Twitter, yeah that’s right I have a Twitter account, just saying.


The Munsters Remake

One of the weirdest families ever on TV, second only to the Addams family, are set to make a comeback.  It’s The Munsters, which I literally just realised was a play on the word monsters (more evidence that my observation skills are not akin to those of Sherlock Holmes).

We live in an age were nothing is ever truly over.  Bands and TV shows make dramatic comebacks after years of being thought fondly about, only to destroy their reputation with a, usually short, return.  Maybe this time will be different, but probably not.

The original show was made in the 60s and followed a family of monsters that try to live normal lives and could never understand why people were afraid of them.  The family was made up of Herman (the father), Lily (the mother), Eddie (the son), Marilyn (the niece) and grandpa (really you need an explanation).  Each of them is a type of monster; Lily and grandpa are vampires, Eddie is a werewolf, Herman is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn, perhaps most frightening of all, is a human.

This new version of the show will start filming in February 2012.  No cast have been announced yet, but some information about the plot has been leaked.  The pilot will show ten year old Eddie, who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, transform while on a camping trip with his school.  This then forces the family to move and Eddie discovers that his family isn’t normal after all (I’m not the only one who isn’t observant).  Also, Marilyn has an eating disorder; she only eats suicide victims, which sounds a really dark.  This time around the show will be an hour long drama rather than a 30 minute sitcom.  Oh and did I mention Bryan Singer is directing the pilot, which means it’s got to be good.

Putting scepticism aside for a second, I have to say this does sound like an interesting viewing experience, one that I will be watching at least once; to pull it apart piece by piece if it’s bad, but hopefully it will be good.  Though there are a lot of examples that would suggest otherwise.

What do you think?  Do you remember the original?  Will you watch the pilot?  Are my observation skills really not up to the Sherlock Holmes standard?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Snow White Double Feature

Once upon a time, there was a girl, named Snow White, who cooked and cleaned for seven men until she was killed by a piece of fruit.  Don’t worry, she was brought back by a little harmless necrophilia, aka kiss from a Prince.  In 2012, this charming tale will be retold, twice.  One starring Kristen Stewart and one starring Lily Collins.

You’ll be glad to know that in the original story there was no necrophilia; Snow White was very much alive when the prince kissed her.  She woke back up when the glass coffin was dropped and a piece of the poison apple was dislodged from her throat, then and only then, when it was completely legal, did the prince kiss her, though he had just bought her to put on display (not kidding the seven dwarfs sold the corpse).  Next year two Snow White live action adaptions are coming out, one’s a comedy and then the others your typical Hollywood dark remake.

The first to hit cinemas is Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins, which comes out in March 2012.  It’s a light hearted, almost parody, of the fairy tale.  In it, Snow White is banished into the forest were she meets the seven dwarfs.  She then leads them in a fight against the men sent by the evil queen.  One of these men is the prince, who Snow White had fallen in love with, but he’s under a spell.

It seems to be the same basic story as the fairy tale with a bit of comedy thrown in.  This version is the lighter of the two and is aimed more towards children and teen girls.  It looks extremely over the top and stylised, yet somehow cheap at the same time.  Most of it the scenery just looks like a movie set, which obviously it is.  Julia Roberts’ character seems to make jokes that are more for the older audience, but it really just comes off as a bad Shrek rip-off.

The second film will be released in June 2012 and is titled Snow White and the Huntsman.  This one is significantly darker than the other and is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which may be because it has the same producers.  In this story Snow White teams up with the Huntsman to defeat the queen.  It’s a unique twist on the tail, but maybe they’ve twisted it too much.  I’m all for dark remakes, but they have to make sense.  What exactly does this have to do with Snow White?

Lack of faith to the source material aside, this is the version that is more likely to get me into the cinema as it’s definitely aimed at an older, probably male, audience, though Twilight fans will no doubt also go see it.  In my opinion, this is by far the better of the two and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t prove more popular than the former.

What do you think?  Which one would you prefer to see?  Do you think the story needed updating?  Would you ever put a dead person on display?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


The Dark Knight Rises set in 2016

The Dark Knight Rises will be released in July 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight which came out in July 2008, but the events of the film are set eight years after those of The Dark Knight.

As fans impatiently wait to see how Christopher Nolan’s Batman series comes to an end, they can count themselves lucky that they don’t actually have to wait the extra four years.  The story follows Bruce Wayne as he faces his biggest enemy yet, in physical size at least.  The enemy I’m referring to is of course the loss of Rachel and his parents, oh and then there’s Bane and Cat Woman who will also be making appearances.  Seriously though, the Batman persona has always been about avenging the loss of his parents, seems like therapy would have been easier.  If he finally faces these issues, will he hang up his cape?  It is the finally movie in the franchise after all.

Also recently, an outdoor fight scene between Bane and Batman was shot in New York, set in a blizzard.  Tom Hardy, the actor playing Bane, said the fight was so overwhelming to shoot, as there were a thousand extras and it was hard to tell which where the stuntmen he was supposed to attack.  Another possible ending would be the ‘man that broke the bat’ storyline, were Bane puts Batman in a wheelchair by snapping his back.  I’ve said it before but I really think this is a possibility, it doesn’t have to be depressing he could go on to defeat Bane using cleverly placed banana peels near the edge of cliffs.  Okay, so there may be a few holes in that theory. 

Either way the series is coming to an end and it’s sure to go out with a bang, but I have to ask; why eight years?  Why not four?  Four makes more sense, so there has to be a reason that it’s eight.  What do you think?  Should Batman go to therapy?  Will Bane put him in a wheelchair?  How do you think the series should end?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Footloose Remake

In a town were dancing is against the law, the teenagers fight for their right to boogie.

The 1984 hit film Footloose is being remade and brought to the next generation. The film is set in the fictional town of Bomont and will star Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon in the original, and Julianne Hough as Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.

Bomont is an uptight old-fashioned town were, after five teens die in a car accident coming home from a dance, a law was passed to stop minors dancing in public (seems like they probably should have just banned driving, but that would be ridiculous). Then a city kid called Ren, moves to town and rebels against the law. Ironically the town were dancing is illegal is also the home of some really skilled dancers, like no way they got that good without practice.

The trailer was good, but will modern audiences be able to take the plot serious? There’s one part were, in court, Ren says ‘there was once a time for that law, but not anymore’, the law forbidding public dancing was only passed three years before Ren moved to Bomont, that’s not a lot of time for the law to go from necessary to unnecessary. Then again, the law was completely crazy to begin with, or was it? The whole idea of a town that banned dancing wasn’t made up. The inspiration came from a Elmore City, a place in America were dancing was banned until 1980. However, in reality the ban was put in place in the late 1800s, which is a little more believable than 2008.

As far as dance movies go, it seems pretty good and, though the cast look too old to be effected by the no minors dancing in public law, the characters seem believable. It should also be noted that, despite it now being a classic, the original Footloose got really bad reviews, makes me wonder if this one will do any better. Maybe the modern setting and music will help the story. Speaking of music, the trailer plays a number of songs; some are reminiscent of the Step Up movies, while others are more country. The trailer itself gives the same impression; Step Up with a country edge.

We won’t really now if it’s good or not until the movie comes out on the 14th of October, but what do you think? Did you like the original? Are you looking forward to seeing a modern version? Do you hate dance movies? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


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