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Google Simulates What The Solar Eclipse Will Look Like Where You Live

For the first time since 1918, North America will see a total solar eclipse from coast to coast. On August 21 people across the U.S. will see the stars shine bright in the middle of the day.

Thanks to Google and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a simulator that allows you to watch what will happen to the sun where you live on the day.

The simulator was created to help promote the Eclipse Megamovie Project, which is an effort to crowd source data on the sun from across the country, generated from user submitted photos and videos.

In the simulator found here, you are presented with an animated timeline that allows you to input your location and then play a simulation of the eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will move across the country over the course of the day. It will encompass a band that is about 72 miles wide. The states covered by the eclipse are Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that will witness the event in person, this simulator will hold you over until August 21st. For those of you that aren’t able to make it in person, you can at least simulate it!

For more info on the Eclipse Megamovie project and the simulator, you can visit: https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator

Batman v Superman: First Look

If you missed it last night, like I did, the CW premiered some new Batman v Superman footage. In the new footage we have some new shots of Superman in a hallway, a better first look at Wonder Woman, and we see what happens when Doomsday’s heat vision hits Diana’s shield. One of the more important things about the trailer is we seem to finally get conformation that Lex Luther is, and will be, the main villain in this movie. On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for Batman v Superman? I’m at about an eleven, so without further adieu, here is the new trailer, featuring the fatman on Batman, Kevin Smith.

(Ben Affleck, I apologize for hating you, as I now 100% support you as Batman. There’s no excuse for my neckbeardy behavior and I swear I will try harder to be a better nerd, and all around better person from now on. Also, I actually loved Gigli.)

 

AND! Because I like bringing you even more excitement, here is the new Suicide Squad trailer. Bohemian Rhapsody fits perfectly with this trailer, well done.

Remembering Wes Craven

The first Wes Craven movie I ever saw was Swamp Thing. I know. Some of you right now are like, “There was a Swamp Thing MOVIE?” Yep, and it’s fantastic! Well, “fantastic” in the sense that it’s brilliantly campy, and I personally LOVE campy films. I was probably 10-ish, staying up late on a Friday or Saturday night watching whatever I could find that wasn’t infomercials or news, and I happened upon Swamp Thing on USA, or TNT, or some other network that played whatever they could afford the rights to show, and being a comic nerd, I was captivated.  It was just so exciting that there was another comic book movie out there that wasn’t Batman or Superman. (Honestly, I can’t remember, but they probably even played Howard the Duck right before or right after, and at 10, I probably loved that too.)

“Come with me if you want to live.” “In a swamp?” “Uh… well… yeah.”

BUT! Swamp Thing isn’t really a “Wes Craven film”. Not in the truest sense of the term. The first “Wes Craven film” I saw is the one that I would hope most people would say was their first… A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy f***ing Krueger. With three Halloween movies and also three Friday the 13th movies (the 4th one came out the same year) already out, Elm Street hit theaters and introduced a slasher movie villain with character and wit. He didn’t silently stalk and prey on his victims, he mocked and taunted them, and it was kind of hilarious. I’ll even go so far as to say that the first Elm Street is probably the best first film of any horror franchise. It’s certainly the best of all the subsequent Elm Street movies. (A point which Craven himself hilariously made in his next groundbreaking horror film… Scream.)

We also have Elm Street to thank for introducing the world to the magnificent Johnny Depp.

Ah… Scream. Equally as career defining, nowhere near as appreciated for how brilliant it is. Don’t get me wrong, I know that it’s well regarded. It’s just that most people only focus on the violence and aesthetics, but completely miss the point. At its heart and core, it’s a satire of horror movies. (Real talk: I’m actually watching it right now as I write this.) The scene in the video store where Jamie Kennedy’s and Matthew Lillard’s characters are talking about the defining traits of horror films and how this situation is different, is a perfect example of the satirical quality. The scene where Jamie Kennedy’s character is explaining the horror movie rules is another. One of the best deaths in the whole thing has got to be when Rose McGowan’s character gets killed by trying to squeeze through the doggie door in the garage door and gets squished when Ghost Face raises it with her in it. It’s amazingly outlandish and unbelievable, and it’s another example of why the movie is a brilliant satire. But, the ending, which I won’t *spoil* for you (seriously though, if you haven’t seen Scream yet…), solidifies it’s satirical perfection. Hell, there are even a few references to Elm Street that exist to help you understand the goal of (almost) lampooning slasher flicks.

To truly understand the genius that was Wes Craven though, in my opinion, you have to go back to the beginning…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

By a long shot, it is one of the most brutal and disturbing movies I have ever seen. And there’s nothing supernatural about it at all. In a world where horror movies are often defined by how many times the killer gets up and keeps trying to murder people, or by how terrifying a demonic possession can be, Last House on the Left is just about how insanely cruel and perverse humanity can be. It’s not creatures, or ghosts or spirits. It’s not a unseen force committing the savage violence. It’s just… people. And that’s infinitely more terrifying than a poltergeist or a malevolent witch.

Oh but the revenge is so morbidly satisfying…

Wes Craven saw things in a way no one else did. He saw ways to incorporate spirit into the mundane, and how to inject reality into the unreal. He took risks. Lots of them didn’t pay off, but the ones that did left pop-cultural impacts the size of craters. In a genre of fear, he worked and created fearlessly. The world has lost a horror film legend, but thankfully he left a legacy of incredible movies for us to share with future generations.

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“The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”

Han Solo Anthology Film Announced

It’s official, the second Star Wars anthology film will feature everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler — Han Solo.  The film, which will be directed by The LEGO Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord, will take place before the events of A New Hope and will chronicle Solo’s early days as a smuggler.

The film will be written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan.  If the name Lawrence Kasdan sounds familiar, it’s probably because he wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, meaning he is pretty familiar with the source material.

Lord and Miller put out a hilarious joint statement saying, “This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us.  This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”

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The Kasdan brothers also put out a statement praising the directors, calling them “two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”

No word as of yet as to who they have in mind to play the titular role, but so far they seem to be heading in the right direction.  Who do you think should play Han “Who’s Scruffy Looking” Solo?

Star Wars: Battlefront Multiplayer Gameplay

As most people know, the Comic Con for video games, E3, is taking place this week in Los Angeles. We have scene AMAZING things in the less than 24 hours since the convention started. From Fallout 4 and the next Doom game to Star Wars Battlefront 3. Anyone who played the previous Battlefront games has been waiting years for the next installment. And today, we are one day closer to owning Star Wars Battlefront 3, which releases November 17th of this year. Below, you will find gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront 3 taken from Playstation 4.

Mad Max: Fury Road Sequel, and Video Game News

If you saw Mad Max: Fury Road, it probably left you wanting more, and, if you are a Mad Max fan in general, you have been waiting close to 30 years for more adventures in the post apocalyptic world. Well, good news fans! We have two major Mad Max updates for you, and you are going to be excited to hear what’s coming up!

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“In the Wasteland it’s every man for himself. Playing as reluctant warrior, Mad Max, you must embark on a treacherous journey to build the ultimate war vehicle, and leave the madness behind.”

The game is being developed by the team behind the Just Cause series and will be an open world survival game focusing on staying alive in the wasteland. The objective of the game is to build the best “magnum opus,” also known as your car. After being left for dead in the dessert, you must decide how you will survive and what you will do to help save, or doom the remaining humans in the wasteland.

Check out the gameplay trailer from Playstation, and it features footage that is in-engine, comprised of actual gameplay and in-game cinematics. The game will be for current generation systems, PlayStation 4, X-Box One, and PC.

Pre-order the game today and get the exclusive Ripper Magnum Opus vehicle!
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Mad Max: The Wasteland

Director and series creator George Miller has announced that he has a title for next chapter in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: The Wasteland. Miller stated that with the release delays for Fury Road this gave him time to work on a script and novella for the next film, Wasteland. The title is actually interesting since the universe that Mad Max takes place in is called The Wasteland, so this title doesn’t explain much, but it gives a hint that we may see more of the vast realm that is the Wasteland. With as crazy and insane as Fury Road was, this can only mean we will see more madness and insanity in the universe this franchise takes place in.

 

Sources:
Video Game: MadMaxGame.com 
Movie: ComicBook.com

Supergirl, The Show, First Look!

Coming this fall, to CBS, Supergirl staring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, better known as Supergirl, and Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olson. The show is being produced by Warner Brothers and also Berlanti Productions who have worked on such series as Arrow and Flash, and on the upcoming blockbuster Pan, set for release this October.

Supergirl will be airing Monday nights this fall, facing off with Fox’s hit series, Gotham. Check out the six minute trailer, and let us know what you think about the First Look in the comments below.

Beaking News: CM Punk to write Marvel series, Drax

Announced at C2E2 earlier this weekend, former wrestler, and soon to be UFC Fighter, CM Punk will be writing an on going series for Marvel. With the critical success of the film Guardians of The Galaxy, we have seen great stories since the release of the movie such as Bendis’s run on the main title, Skottie Young knocking it out of the park with Rocket Raccoon, and Sam Humphries continues his work on Legendary Star-Lord. CM Punk has worked on one previous Marvel book, Thor Annual #1, and it was great!

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With CM Punk being my all time favorite wrestler, I am really excited for this comic to his the shelves. I’ll be sure to be jamming Cult Of Personality as I read every issue. Will Drax be waging war on drugs and alcohol? We’ll have to stay tuned on more updates, check back for more breaking news regarding CM and Drax.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Breaking News: DC Announces “DC Super Hero Girls:” Toys, Comics, Merchandise Marketed To Young Girls

We have seen a lot of internet outrage lately about Marvel leaving out female characters in their line of toys and other merchandise. In Marvel’s defense, my fellow 4LNer Stephen Andrew pointed out the fact that the companies have little involvement when it comes to what products the toy and apparel companies create when they purchase the licensing rights, and that Marvel didn’t have total control over the fact that Black Widow and Scarlet Witch got left out of a lot of the Avengers: AoU film merchandise.

Anyway, it looks like DC Comics saw the concern & demand and they are picking up the slack, and running with it. Announced yesterday, DC Comics, Warner Brothers and Warner Brothers Entertainment will be publishing a new line of stories catering to a new audience, girls between the ages of 6-12.

The characters being introduced in DC Superhero Girls will be Wonder Woman, Supergirl (one of my favorite superheroes), Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more characters. Each character will have a story line about teen life AND being a superhero. The series will launch in fall of 2015 and from their press release “original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the story lines, and engage in customizable play. TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.”

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How excited are you to see this news from DC? I am personally really excited for this, and I can’t wait for the amount of young girls who will be introduced to female characters, and fall in love with characters that I have known and loved for years. It’ll be cool walking down a toy asile in the near future and seeing tons of girl related superhero products.

 

Source(s): ComicBookResources
The Mary Sue

You can read the entire press release below:

WARNER BROS. AND DC ENTERTAINMENT

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MATTEL LAUNCH DC SUPER HERO GIRLS,

A NEW SUPER HERO UNIVERSE DESIGNED JUST FOR GIRLS, SLATED FOR FALL 2015

Mattel to Launch Company’s First Action Figures for Girls

Unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos,

Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products

Random House Children’s Books to be Master Publishing Partner

The LEGO Group to be Exclusive Construction Partner

Burbank, Calif. – April 22, 2015 – Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.

Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

“DC Entertainment is home to the most iconic and well-known Super Heroes including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters. I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”

The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play. TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.

“Developing a Super Hero franchise exclusively for girls that includes all of the key components of a comprehensive entertainment experience—from content to consumer products—is something we are excited to be doing in conjunction with our great partners,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “It’s really an honor to be part of this cultural moment and to be delivering a concept so rooted in a relatable and empowered theme that the characters of DC Comics are uniquely able to present.”

As master toy licensee, Mattel is collaborating with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on DC Super Hero Girls’ narrative creation, interactive digital activations and ultimately a toy line launching in 2016. Mattel category-leading firsts include a line of characters for the action figure category, an area of the industry that has been primarily developed with boys in mind, and fashion dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses.

“Partnering with the best and being the best partner is of paramount importance,” said Richard Dickson, President, Chief Operating Officer, Mattel. “Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will further expand our already powerful girls portfolio. We know Super Hero is a culturally relevant theme and the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will engage and inspire girls, providing cues to explore heroic acts through play and into real life.”

The Random House Books for Young Readers imprint of Random House Children’s Books has been appointed the master publishing partner for the franchise and will be creating a portfolio of books that will bring the DC Super Hero Girls world to life, beginning in Spring 2016. Random House’s publishing program will be complemented by a series of original graphic novels from DC Entertainment. The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGO® building sets designed to inspire girls’ imaginations. Additionally, consumer products partners around the world will be engaged in creating a merchandise line dedicated to DC Super Hero Girls across all key categories

Valiant Announces Bloodshot and Harbinger Films

Last month Valiant announced that they had inked a 9-figure movie deal with with the Beijing based DMG Entertainment, which led to our Fancasting Valiant article.  Now Valiant has announced that they are moving forward with a five movie deal with Sony Pictures to bring two of their properties, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big-screen.

Valiant is looking to release Bloodshot in 2017.  As of right now it’s set to be directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who worked on the action-packed John Wick.  Kick-Ass 2 screenwriter Jeff Wadlow will be teaming up with Eric Heisserer (who will be writing the Harbinger script as well) for the script.  Overall that sounds like a veritable dream team.  Wadlow has shown that he can adapt comics to film, while Leitch and Stahelski have proven they have a solid grasp on wanton violence.  Both will come in handy in bringing the nanite-powered, killing machine known as Bloodshot to life.

Not a lot is known about the Harbinger film as of right now, but the plan is to have each property get two solo films which will eventually lead to the crossover event Harbinger Wars.  Both of these titles are pretty dark and gritty, so be prepared for a few jaw-dropping moments scattered throughout the films.

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Having read through both series and the crossover, Bloodshot and Harbinger seem like a good pair to lay the groundwork for the rest of the Valiant Universe.  Bloodshot could be described as a cross between Wolverine (healing factor via nanites in the blood) and the Punisher (penchant for gratuitous violence).  It will be really interesting to see how they show his transition from government controlled (via brainwashing) killer to a more just, redemptive character trying to find out who he really is.

Harbinger focuses on a group of psiots led by Peter Stanchek (psiots have different psychic powers ranging from shielding and mind-reading, to more destructive powers like pyro-kinesis and tele-kinesis) as they try to first escape from then confront one of the ultimate villains of the Valiant Universe, Toyo Harada, one of the most powerful psiots ever.

As a fan, I couldn’t be more excited.  There are so many good properties to choose from that I had no idea who would be the first to the big-screen.  Bloodshot, Harbinger, and the Harbinger Wars crossover were a lot of fun to read, so it will be really great to see how that translates into film.