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Archive for March, 2016


Looking Glass

When Jon Favreau matched up Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” at the end of the first Iron Man film the all-encompassing coolness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe emerged and the classic 1970 rock tune came full circle.  So Tim Burton bringing the voice of Grace Slick with Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 classic “White Rabbit” into a trailer for Alice Through the Looking Glass is something that was simply meant to happen.

Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is of course based on Lewis Carroll’s 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass, with Tim Burton producing this time around and James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) in the director’s chair.  (We previewed the first trailer for this fantasy film here at borg.com back in November).

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The return of the original cast–and an all-star cast at that–points to another winner ahead for fantasy fans.  Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, and Helena Bonham Carter are back, with Rhys Ifans and Sacha Baron Cohen joining the cast.  Danny Elfman will again be producing the musical score.

Here’s the latest superb trailer for Alice Through the Looking Glass:

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Following on its success with last year’s Back to the Future Day celebration and the annual Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), 20th Century Fox has created a new day to bring fans back to the Alien franchise.  Although we believe they should have gone with Mother’s Day, April 26, 2016, is being targeted for the first Alien Day in honor of the doomed world, LV-426, where Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley first encountered the vile xenomorphs in 1979’s Alien.  This means bringing the movie back for a limited theatrical release and plenty of product tie-ins.  It’s all in anticipation of Fox’s release of Ridley Scott’s next Alien franchise film next year, Alien: Covenant, starring Michael Fassbender.

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For action figure fans, NECA is releasing Lieutenant Vasquez, Newt, and Kenner-style Ellen Ripley figures, and Funko is releasing a Kenner-style Queen, Power Loader and Ripley figure set and Super 7 will offer several figures.  Hot Toys will sell a 1:6 scale Ripley figure.  Look for Kotobukiya to release a 1:10 scale xenomorph.  Sideshow and Medicon Toy company will also release new Alien figures.

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Titan Books is releasing a new Tim Lebbon tie-in novel, Alien: Invasion.  (Check out our review and interview with Lebbon here at borg.com of Lebbon’s first awesome Alien novel Alien: Out of the Shadows).  And Alien: Out of the Shadows will get its own audiobook featuring the voice of Rutger Hauer.  Insight Editions will release a new book, The Weyland-Yutani Report.

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Jonah Hex Legends of Tomorrow

The best part of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is its potential to bring in nearly all of the DC Universe into a single TV series.  While the movies try to figure out how to make a good Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman on-screen, everyone else is fair game back home on the TV set.

You have two reasons to come back for more of the third current CW Network series to dabble in the DC realm.  First, in the latest trailer for the show (previewed below), Firefly’s Jewel Staite will make an appearance in one time stream or the other.  Second, viewers will get re-introduced to the popular anti-hero from DC’s Old West past, Jonah Hex, this season.  Johnathan Schaech will portray the legendary, disfigured tough guy on the series.

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And is that Felicity Smoak taking on the Oracle role in one of the team’s many trips to the past?  Check out this latest trailer, released at WonderCon this weekend:

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BBC America announced this weekend at WonderCon that Orphan Black will receive its own “after-show” this season.  After the Black, a 30-minute show like The Talking Dead, will air weekly.   Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman and Teddy Wilson, hosts of the Space Channel’s series InnerSpace, will serve as hosts interviewing cast and crew with behind the scenes segments and previews of coming episodes.

BBC America also revealed the winning poster created by a fan for the fourth season:

Orphan Black season 4 poster

New characters this season include:

M.K. (Tatiana Maslany).  The newly discovered clone that lives off the grid, is hiding from Neolution.  Having retreated from society, she sought out an online community among other hackers.  She rarely meets face-to-face and on the off chance she does, she prefers to hide behind a sheep mask.  But M.K. knows a lot more than her clone sisters and may hold pertinent information that could reveal answers to their burning questions.

Evie Cho (Jessalyn Wanlim).  Evie is Neolution’s new corporate face selling their vision to the public. A powerful, seductively articulate bioengineer that preaches empowerment to those oppressed by sexism and physical ailments, she believes in eugenics — bettering the human race through intervention.  Born with a genetic disorder, Evie despises the current bioethical laws that constrain her research.  As a result, Evie believes great discoveries require casualties — a belief she’s prepared to viciously defend.

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Dizzy (Joel Thomas Hynes).  Dizzy is a hacker that doesn’t conform to group mentality. Intrinsically skeptical, he never believes things are as they appear.  He lives half his life online — scouring forums for secretive data only disclosed anonymously — and skirts around the edges of underground movements, gleaning information from within.  Obsessed with uncovering current conspiracies, Dizzy is about to slam head first into the most confounding one of all.

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Troopers in the hall

Written and directed by Jon Spira and funded via Kickstarter, a new documentary about the making of the original Star Wars is coming your way, and it’s not anything you will find in the special features of your twelve editions of the original trilogy in your home video collection.  Elstree 1976 is a time travel trip to visit some of the more obscure actors who portrayed characters who, except for one, would not make either the poster credits or, for some, even the movie’s end credits.

Yet each of the characters they portrayed became famous because of the historic success of Star Wars, and the fact that so many have seen the film so many times that every frame of the film has taken on its own life in the annals of sci-fi/fantasy cinema history.  Remember the stormtrooper who uttered the line “these aren’t the droids we’re looking for… move along”?  What about Luke’s friends from the deleted Tatooine scenes?

Elstree 1976 poster

Spira selected ten actors to be featured in his film.  The documentary includes interviews with actors who filmed scenes at Elstree Studios in England in 1976.  The most well-known are David Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (The Empire Strikes Back’s Boba Fett), and Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter), whose scenes were cut by director George Lucas, only to be re-inserted into the Special Edition in the 1990s.

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Your Editor with Jeremy Bulloch and the character he made famous a long, long, time ago.

Other actors included are Paul Blake (Greedo), Anthony Forrest (Luke’s friend Fixer and the Jedi-tricked Sandtrooper), Laurie Goode (Stormtrooper and cantina patron Saurin), Derek Lyons (temple guard/medal bearer), Angus MacInnes (Gold Leader), Pam Rose (cantina patron Leesub Sirln) and John Chapman (X-Wing pilot Red 12).

Here’s the trailer for the documentary Elstree 1976:

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Mike Mayhew, illustrator on The Star Wars series for Dark Horse Comics and an incredible cover and interior artist on many major sci-fi and superhero titles, has created new cover artwork for the Star Wars prequels.  Much like the original trilogy received last year, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith will see their own hardcover editions of their comic book adaptations for your comic book library.

If you couldn’t imagine getting interested in the prequels again, just check out these three beautiful covers.  Mayhew nails both the look and feel of the Star Wars universe and he gets the characters, like Yoda and General Grievous, and the actors behind the characters, all spot-on.

Mayhew Episode 1     Mayhew Vader DownWe’ve also included some other recent cover art by Mayhew (above and below).  You can meet Mike Mayhew this weekend at WonderCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Ren and Falcon

For those of you that haven’t already watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens ten times in the theater, you may be glad to hear Disney is releasing the digital edition next week with the Blu-ray coming the following week.  But you’re not only getting the film you saw in the theater.  Never-before-seen footage is coming your way.

To tease the home versions of the movie, Disney released two trailers for the special features accompanying the film.  Yesterday that included some new looks at key characters, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, Luke Skywalker, and Kylo Ren.

Another trailer features a behind the scenes feature, which teases images of the actors and filmmakers creating the biggest blockbuster of the decade.

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Check out this trailer for the deleted scenes:

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It must be time again to analyze the importance of a good movie trailer.  A good movie trailer may not indicate a good movie is behind it, but if you can’t even create a good movie trailer from your movie footage then the movie behind it probably doesn’t stand a chance at being good.  Just take a look at all the horrible Batman v Superman movie trailers and this week’s unusually large barrage of over-exuberant advance reviews.

We now have a our first look at what could be a great disaster movie if it wasn’t about a real disaster that has nothing possibly entertaining to share–the failure of BP and the oil industry to properly see that its equipment did what it was supposed to instead of ruin the ocean, nature, and the planet.  But this trailer for Deepwater Horizon reveals–in the way only an exciting action genre movie trailer can–this movie is “inspired by the true story of real heroes”.  What?  Big explosions!  Cool!  Nail-biting tension!  Neato!  The cutesy family talking about daddy’s job feels a lot like an advertisement for… BP.  What is the story of the BP oil disaster?  Wouldn’t a movie about that story star Mark Ruffalo as a lawyer fighting to see that the BP execs get what they deserve?  A story of volunteers trying to save the fish and birds drowning in oil?  Instead we get a well-stocked action film cast with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and John Malkovich–a great cast–for another movie.

Without a doubt it is too early to judge a film by its trailer, but that’s not the point.  It’s up to the marketing folks at the studios to grab us and get us hooked.  This trailer misses the mark.  The solution?  Go back and try again.  Unless this is as good as it gets.

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Hunstman Winters War

You get the feeling that we’re in store for the year’s best fantasy movie with each new look at next month’s release The Huntsman – Winter’s War, the sequel to the 2012 fairy tale film Snow White and the Huntsman.  It would also be a rare, but welcome, sequel that could improve on the original.  With the expanded cast this one could be that next surprise hit.

Most of the cast of the original, a pretty fun romp that told a completely re-imagined version of Grimm’s Snow White story, is back in The Huntsman – Winter’s War.  Except for Snow White.  The next chapter provides a version of the Ice Queen tale with one of our favorite actresses, Edge of Tomorrow’s Emily Blunt, as the new antagonist.

Blunt plays the sister of evil queen Ravenna, played again by Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron. Also returning is Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, Nick Frost as Nion, and Sam Claflin as William.  New to the story is Crimson Peak’s Jessica Chastain as the warrior Sara.

The Huntsman Winter's War poster

Check out this action-packed trailer just released by Universal Pictures for The Huntsman – Winter’s War:

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If you happened to miss out on Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl hardcover graphic novel first released in 2012, now’s a good time to check it out.  Archaia is issuing a trade paperback edition this week of the story for the first time.  Bastian, who wrote the story and is the illustrator, offers up a fun adventure for fans of girls with swords and high seas adventures.

The Cursed Pirate Girl is on a quest in search of her father.  It’s a journey filled with adventure above and below the mythical waters of the Omerta Seas.  A nautical fairytale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger, and the most bizarre pirates you could hope for.

Bastian’s artwork is incredibly detailed and rich.  Readers could spend hours simply examining the backgrounds, the ship, the rooms, the maps, and the 18th century characters.  Stylized woodcut-inspired designs and hand-drawn fanciful fonts draw the reader into this story book with a classic feel.

After the break, check out a preview of Cursed Pirate Girl:

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