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R.E.M. Call it a Day

After 31 years of making music American rock band R.E.M. have announced that they are calling it a day.

The news was announced today on the bands official website.  In the statement they thank fans and assure that this is a decision they came to together and was not the result of any falling out. 

‘To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.’

They go on to explain that they came to the decision when they finished putting together their greatest hits album and sat down and said ‘what’s next’.  This announcement will no doubt come as a shock to fans, but the band hopes that everyone understands that it was time for it to come to an end.  ‘I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way’.

The full statement can be found at the official site HERE.

What do you think?  Are you a fan?  Where you shocked they’re stopping?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and like the like button.

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New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Quest to Join Pottermore

Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.

Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before.  It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books.  This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks.  To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October.  However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site.  The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’.  If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.

Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore.  The clue had not been posted yet.  I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in.  As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue.  I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing.  Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago.  As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm.  I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.

‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared.  Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand.  However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend.  Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work.  My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL.  She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked.  I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill.  Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.

We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process.  Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens.  If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck.  Just keep on refreshing.  In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.

What do you think?  Will Amy be popular among her new class?  Is DCU lucky to have her?  Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


E3 2011

Are you currently pacing the floors of Google in a desperate attempt to find out more information about a game that’s being developed?  Well you may be in luck as E3 is just around the corner.  E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  It’s an annual event were game developers show off their latest projects and make announcements.  It’s not a buy a ticket at the door kind of event; it’s for people in the gaming industry and press.  I know what you’re thinking ‘Adam you are so lucky to be going’, well unfortunately my invite must have gotten lost in the mail because I didn’t get it.

Though I won’t be there, I will still be stalking people who where and finding out all of the great revelations that are made at the show.  Personally I’m most interested in seeing if Capcom release new details on the upcoming punch in the face to Devil May Cry fans.  I say that knowing full well that I will most likely buy whatever the end product of their treachery is, plus I’ve kind of embraced the changes (at least for now).

The expo is held in the Los Angeles Convention Center each year around the end of May or the start of June.  This year it will be from the 7th to the 9th of June.  From what I can tell, there are going to be thousands (and I mean thousands) of companies exhibiting at the show.  A full list of all these companies is available on the E3 website, so go check and see if the game you’re stalking has a chance of being featured.

What do you think?  What game are you obsessed with at the moment?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


That Two and a Half Men Show

How can you replace a tiger blood filled 45 year old comedian?  You just call someone younger and more stable, which this time means Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher first gained a following playing Kelso in the sitcom That 70s Show, but has since gone on to star in movies.  Landing a role in Two and a Half Men will mark his return to the wonderful world of sitcoms, but will he be a welcomed addition to the show?  Let’s face it no matter how you feel about Charlie Sheen his character is the better of the leads.  Its art imitating life, but when you take out drunken Uncle Charlie and add in someone much younger the whole dynamic of the show is changed.

Two and a Half Men has a huge fan base.  The younger fans will probably give Kutcher a chance, but he may find it hard to appeal to the older male audience, which is definitely a large percent of the shows fan base.  As I said before, the dynamic of the show will have to change significantly, so they’re probably going to try to obtain a younger audience in the process.  Maybe Charlie won’t be the only character that leaves the show.

I have to say I was surprised by the casting choice, it’s a bold move.  I guess they figured that trying to literally replace Charlie with an identical character wouldn’t go down well.  Also, from a financial point of view, Ashton works out better as he is cheaper than Sheen.  Kutcher is reportedly going to receive 1 million per episode, opposed to the 1.2 million that Charlie Sheen got.

What do you think?  Do you think Ashton Kutcher was a smart choice?  Will you give the show a chance?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Insidious

After a 12 year break, Phantom Menace star, Darth Maul makes an appearance in James Wan’s Insidious.

Okay so it may not be Darth Maul, but it’s pretty damn close.  Anyway, Insidious was made by, both, the creators of Saw and the creators of Paranormal Activity, which are two very different types of horror films.  Saw is all about the visuals, the traps, gore, etc, but Paranormal Activity focuses more on suspense, as a result, Insidious, falls somewhere in the middle.

The story follows a couple, Renai and Josh, and their three children as they move into a new house.  One of their sons, Dalton, is scared of his new room.  One night he hears a noise in the attic, which he explores, but a step on the ladder breaks causing him to fall.  He seems fine, besides being terrified by something in the corner of the room, but the next day they find he has slipped into a coma.  The strangeness in the house increases so much that the family, who are taking care of Dalton at home, decide to move.  However, the move proves fruitless and they are forced to face the truth; it’s not the house that’s haunted it is their son.

The film has received fairly positive reviews, but a common complaint, among fans and critics, is that the end of the movie cannot possibly live up to the high standard that is set by the rest of the film.  The plot sounds like a rollercoaster ride and, if the reviews are true, you’ll be watching it with your eyes closed.  If you live in America, you may already have seen it, but for us Irish folk, and people in the UK, we’ll have to wait until the 29th of April, which is only two days away, but still.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as Josh and Renai, respectively, and it was directed by James Wan.  If you’re a horror movie fan then this is probably a must see, it’s already the most profitable film of 2011 and it’s not even out everywhere yet.  Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


JJ Returns to Criminal Minds

A few months ago, Criminal Minds fans were devastated by the sudden departure of AJ Cook who played JJ, Jenifer Jareau, one of the primary female characters on the show.  Cook was let go in an attempt to prevent the show from becoming stale.  However, reactions were extremely negative, as JJ is a fan favourite.  After hearing that over 60,000 people had signed an online petition to bring her back, the studio rehired Cook, who said she was hurt after being let go but found the fan reaction very comforting.

Cook wasn’t the only cast member to be pushed off the show, Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, was also removed from the show.  However, she was given the option to stay on as a recurring character rather than a series regular.  Her final episode was ‘Lauren’ which still hasn’t aired in some countries, including mine, so I won’t spoil it.

JJ will be returning as a series regular at the start of next season, but she says that both her and her character have changed due to the experience of leaving.  Being kicked off the show was a ‘wakeup call’ to just how harsh the entertainment industry can be.  The ‘new JJ’ will be more serious and mature but don’t worry ‘she still has heart’.

Brewster has also been offered the chance to return, whether it’s as a series regular or not isn’t clear.  After leaving the show, she did a pilot for a different show.  If the show doesn’t get picked up she may return, but if it does chances are Prentiss has left the building.

Are you happy that JJ is returning?  Do you want Prentiss to come back?  Is this the end for Rachel Nichols character, Ashley Seaver?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes Trailer Review

Could curing Alzheimer’s bring upon the fall of humanity?  Find out this August when Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes to a cinema near you.

The movie, which was originally called Rise of the Apes, shows that curing a serious disease may actually bring on an ape revolution that could destroy the human race (think twice before you donate to cancer research next time).  The concept differs greatly from the original series, but maybe that’s not a bad thing.  It is, the originals are perfect.

Unlike every other Planet of the Apes film, the apes in this one have been created digitally with CGI technology.  There are pros and cons with this decision.  Since the film is showing the apes when they were still like, well, apes, costumes probably wouldn’t have been a good way to go.  However, I do think that at parts in the trailer it looks like a King Kong movie.  The ultimate question about the CGI is whether or not it will really look convincing while interacting with the environment and actors.  At the moment, it’s not perfect, it’s far from it, but judgement should be reserved until more footage is released.

The story is not related to the original franchise, thank god.  Fans should be glad to hear this as it doesn’t even come close to fitting in with the canon of the original movies.  The plot is similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, in which an ape named Caesar starts a revolution against the humans who have enslaved apes.  In the new film, an ape, also named Caesar, starts a revolution against humans who have used apes as test animals.  The main difference between the stories is how the apes became more evolved.

At first the trailer was disappointing, but I forced myself to watch it a few more times and it was still disappointing.  Then I found out that they weren’t messing with the continuity, so now I don’t have many problems with it.  The film’s director, Rupert Wyatt, hopes that this film is ‘not a continuation of the other films’ and he hopes it will bring fans of the old movies as well as some new ones.  If this goes well they intend to make sequels, not just a sequel sequels.

Planet of the Apes is such a great series that is really underappreciated these days.  I was, and still am a bit, hesitant about this film, but I’m starting to get excited as well.  Just as long as it doesn’t mess with the originals I’m going to give it a chance and recommend that you do to.  Also just a note, pay no attention to the joke at the start, cancer research is a worthy cause, as is finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, though that may be dangerous.

What do you think?  Do you like the trailer?  Is curing Alzheimer’s really going to be humanities downfall?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Gantz Live Action Adaptation

I thought as a sort of tribute I’d focus on a Japanese movie tonight.  I’m a big fan of Japanese movies; I could talk about them for days, there’s just something about them that I love.  The movie I’ve chosen to talk about is the live action adaptation of Gantz.

Two friends, Kei and Kato, both die in a train accident.  They are then transported to a room full of other people who have recently died and a big black sphere known as Gantz.  They must then defeat aliens, to gain points in order to free themselves and return to their lives.  They need to survive long enough to get a hundred points, but when a friend dies Kei must decide whether to use his hundred points to resurrect them, or save himself?

The trailer looks great.  The graphics are respectable, they may not be as good as Hollywood’s, but they do hold their own.  Two movies of the Gantz franchise, which has already spanned a manga and anime series, are being made.  The first came out in Japan on the 29th of January 2011 and the second is set to be released of the 23rd of April 2011.  Fans of the series had a few problems with the first movie.  Though it did keep relatively close to the source material, due to time restraints parts of the story obviously had to be cut.  These cuts, apparently, seriously reduce character development.  Some aspects of character’s personalities were also changed, most likely because it would make development impossible in such a short space of time.  It’s important to remember that if a character grew and changed over the course of two movies, as much as they did in the entire run of a manga series, it wouldn’t feel believable.

An official worldwide DVD release date has not yet been announced, but there are many companies interested in buying the distribution rights so it shouldn’t be too long.  The first movie had a limited, dubbed, run in North America, so maybe the second one Gantz: Perfect Answer, will do the same.  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the screenings, don’t miss your chance to see it.

Do you live Japanese movies?  Are you a Gantz fan?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

The trailer has subtitles.