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On the day that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the Blu-ray rip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has appeared on torrent sites.
The official Blu-ray arrives on April 5, and four days ahead of that The Force Awakens through digital download. In the first 12 hours, TorrentFreak estimates that Star Wars: The Force Awakens had amassed 250,000 downloads - but I'm sure it's into the millions by now.
Disney can't do much to get it off the Internet, apart from the usual DRM and takedown notices. If Disney wants to get ahead of this, they're going to have to bite their tongue - or release it early. I think Disney will be biting down quite hard on its tongue right about now.
The hype surrounding the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been nothing but out of this world, with early reviews really slamming Warner Bros.' new superhero movie.
Some of the reviews, such as Uproxx's review, state: "I am gobsmacked by just how dull this movie turned out to be". Screencrush's Matt Singer said: "In Snyder's formulation, protecting the world from evil isn't a gift or a calling; it's a burden. And that feeling is reflected in the movie itself, a burdensome 150-minute slog about two men fighting over who is in the right when both are very clearly in the wrong".
Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter says that the writers gave up when it came to pushing Wonder Woman into the movie, explaining: "With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat".
Netflix is spending more money, securing the rights to Bright in a bidding match with Warner Bros./MGM and PalmStar.
Bright is pitched as an R-rated thriller with fantasy elements, costing Netflix a reported $90 million. The streaming giant just secured the rights to War Machine with Brad Pitt recently, to the tune of $60 million, so Netflix is spending big in order to have the names Brad Pitt and Will Smith on its content.
Smith will reportedly play a cop partnered with an orc, who will be played by Aussie actor John Edgerton. $45 million of the total cost will be used to shoot it, with $45 million being spent on talent, and the back end residual fees Netflix won't get because of its anticipated limited cinema release.
The latest trailer to X-Men: Apocalypse is here, with Bryan Singer continuing his directing run after the stellar X-Men: Days of Future Past. Check it out, below:
The trailer highlights the movie's main villain - Apocalypse - reintroducing the concept of his Four Horsemen. In the comics, the Four Horsemen are mutants who bodies and minds are changed by Apocalypse, becoming his slaves. During the war, these mutants are his closest allies, and when he needs to attack someone or something, these mutants carry it out.
The trailer expands on our look of the new Jean Grey and Scott Summers (Phoenix and Cyclops), but the larger battle is still at play. X-Men: Apocalypse kicks off after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with a younger group of mutants taking helm.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters on May 27.
Marvel has been having a great run with its shows on Netflix, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Luke Cage is right around the corner - with a debut date of September 30.
After the events of Jessica Jones, Cage moves to Harlem where he will have enemies in Black Mariah and Cottonmouth. After what I saw of Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, I think that we'll see yet another huge hit within the show for both Netflix and Marvel.
Marvel has dropped the latest official trailer for Captain America: Civil War, which is filled with so much goodness, that any Marvel or comic book geek is going to require a change of pants.
The new trailer gives us a better look at the conflict between The Avengers, with Iron Man and Captain America getting up in each other's faces. We have a much better, but not-so-long look at Black Panther, and we get a better glimpse of Ant-Man. But the best bit is in the last few seconds, where we see Spider-Man join in on the fun... saying "hey everyone".
Spider-Man sports an all-new suit, with moving eyes - just like Deadpool (something Deadpool took from Spider-Man in the comics). Spider-Man can now show emotions through his suit, which is a great evolution over the previous Spider-Man movies (both of the Spider-Man franchises from Sony, the original Spider-Man movies, and The Amazing Spider-Man reboot).
Captain America: Civil War reaches theaters on May 6.
Keanu Reeves is currently training for John Wick: Chapter Two, where a new video has emerged of him "shedding" - or training with guns - with Taran Tactical.
Taran Tactical Innovations took to Facebook, explaining: "Well ladies and gents, everyone loves a little shredding. Make sure you guys check out 'John Wick II' when it hits theaters. The firearms action alone will be unlike anything you've ever seen. So much of it is revolutionary stuff that we gun owners have known of for years but never made it to the big screen".
It looks like Neo didn't die in The Matrix Revolutions, he just turned into Keanu Reeves and starting making movies as Reeves. Check out John Wick: Chapter Two when it's released next year.
There's a new TV spot for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and man does it kick some serious ass. We've seen most of the footage from this trailer except for a few new seconds - which really counts. Check it out below, then you'll hear my fanboy reaction below.
In the trailer, Superman punches Batman through the air and flies with him - and they crash through countless levels of the building in the abandoned city (which I'm sure is in the outskirts of Gotham, where Batman lures Superman with the Batsignal). Superman then throws Batman down like he's discarded trash, with Batman crashing into and destroying the Batsignal, sliding across the top of the building and nearly falling over it.
Snyder's cinematography comes into play here, with the camera coming up the building and seeing Batman's face - the glowing eyes from his suit, with rain pelting down around Batman, and the camera. Superman floats down, and tells Batman "stay down, if I wanted it, you'd be dead already". Batman pulls the pin from a grenade, and throws it onto the ground - covering the area in smoke, with Superman flying through it - and stunned. Batman is gone, but as he turns around and sees him - Batman fires a gun with Superman catching the bullet.
John Wick was one of the biggest surprises of 2015, with Keanu Reeves really getting fired up over his dog, but the universe portrayed in John Wick was enthralling - leaving cinemagoers, myself included - wanting oh-so-much more.
According to Exhibitor Relations, the sequel will be called John Wick: Chapter Two, which is nice and simple. John Wick: Chapter Two will drop on 2/10/17 - so we only have around 12 months until Keanu Reeves starts kicking ass again. John Wick: Chapter Two will see Keanu Reeves in the titular role, joined by Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane from the first movie, and newbies Common, Ruby Rose, Peter Stormare, and Laurence Fishburne.
Laurence Fishburne is an interesting addition, as Reeves and Fishburne were in The Matrix Trilogy together as Neo and Morpheus, respectively.
Something technologically spectacular is going to happen with The Simpsons this year. At the end of an episode in May the creators are going to have a live, interactive, animated segment where Homer will comment on the daily events and answer fan questions.
The segment won't last that long, only three minutes, but it'll make use of some novel motion-capture technology, impressive compute power and the magic of improvisation by the voice of Homer, Dan Castellaneta. The events that'll be discussed in those three minutes will be from that particular day, but the questions will be chosen from a list of tweets received between May 1st and May 4th.
The undisclosed motion-capture device will be used to track Castellenata's facial expressions and generate a simulacrum in the guise of Homer in real-time. "As far as I know, this is the first time that's been done by any animated show," Al Jean, the show runner told The Holywood Reporter. And indeed it is.