Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday, Sunday (61 + 62)

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After Netflix released a date announcement and clip for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage, we've all been excitedly waiting for an official trailer. May 7 finally saw the release of said trailer, allowing us to bathe in Luke Cage glory.

Assumingly set before the destruction of Infinity War, we are introduced to villain John McIver aka Bushmaster (Mustafa Sharkir). Bushmaster attacks Cage seemingly unprovoked and demonstrates that he too can take a bullet - and more - like Cage, but can also dish out physical pain that actually causes Cage to spit blood; something that totally shouldn't happen to a near-indestructible human being.

I'm not down on the history of the characters in the comics, so it would be worth reading Abraham Riesman's summary of the trailer where he briefly explains where Bushmaster comes from, and who he is to Cage. Riesman states that Bushmaster's 'comics persona isn't all that compelling … he's just a scheming gangster lowlife who goes mad over his avarice and thirst for revenge', something that will undoubtedly be explored in season 2.

In regards to the trailer as a whole, the editing is on point as always, Cage is seemingly now a Harlem superstar and series favourites Misty Knight, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) are featured heavily - as they should be.

We will all be able to binge season two of Luke Cage on June 22 on Netflix.

Elias Leight of Rolling Stone explores the strange, current trend where mainstream artists are releasing more singles than ever before. Including interviews with American songwriter and producer Savan Kotecha and SVP of Global Marketing for Hollywood Records Robby Snow, Leight explores the good and bad aspects of multiple singles, and the effect they have on the release of LPs overall.

Artists have to consistently be in their fans - and the media's - main peripheral, meaning that a constant stream of singles is seemingly a successful strategy. I have to say though, sometimes it all seems a little pointless releasing two main singles and four other tracks as Camila Cabello did on the run up to her amazing debut; why not release the whole thing a little earlier?

I assume that the filming of Destination Wedding was scheduled around Keanu Reeves filming John Wick 2 since he literally looks like Wick is taking a vacation after being invited to a wedding he does not want to go to … probably not, but that would've been hilarious.

Directed and written by Victor Levin, Destination Wedding is a pessimistic take on romantic comedies in the vein of Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby. Reeves and Winona Ryder are the power couple I didn't know I needed to see on screen, and their chemistry is depressingly beautiful and relatable. 

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IGN were given access to a 45-minute demo of Red Dead Redemption 2 (jealousss), and also spoke with the co-studio head of Rockstar North Rob Nelson about how Rockstar are striving to make open worlds even better. 

IGN explore how, highlighting improvements in realism, interactivity, consistency, graphics, visuals and a collective, fundamental rethink as to how Rockstar reapproached this game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar's first game in five years, which is easy to forget with the constant updates of GTA V online and its unfaltering, continued success. 

October 26 couldn't come fast enough.

Ever wondered why Pikachu suddenly sounds like his anime counterpart? ProtoMario's got your back. In a recent video, he explores recent interviews with Pokemon creators on the origin of Pikachu - including the reveal of a second evolution that never came to be (Gorochu) - and why Pikachu is the only Pokemon in the game that has changed drastically since '96.

It's easy to forget the extensive history of the Pokemon Company when you're so engrossed in the games and anime; this is a must watch.

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It's actually happening, guys. Bill and Ted are back for a third movie, and it's got a name — Bill and Ted Face the Music. And you guessed it, the film is going to catch up with Bill and Ted thirty years after the second film, in the grips of middle-age with all the burdens of being a grown up. Someone hold me.

Announced on May 10 with further plot details revealed on May 11 via co-writer Ed Solomon. The official synopsis of the Bill and Ted Face the Music is simply: "Burdened by family responsibilities and still having failed to write the greatest song ever, until a visitor from the future arrives and tells them that the fate of the word depends on them writing that song," … still. 

My passion for the '90s is unprecedented, and so is my love of cartoons and sitcoms. Danielle Jackson of Bustle revisits this nostalgia-fuelled time, exploring some of the most popular shows of the decade — including Daria, Boy Meets World, and Sister, Sister — pointing out that they were more progressive than you remember. 

You definitely need to rewatch these shows, I definitely do. Especially after recently watching the entirety of Full House and the revival. 
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The failure of Disneyland Paris seems to be a popular topic lately. I mentioned Historyland's look back at the failure two weeks ago, and this week Defunctland produced a two-part exploration where he takes a different perspective on the history, focusing on the history of Space Mountain in Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in Anaheim and Disneyland in Tokyo. 

You can watch part one below, and part two here

The interest surrounding Childish Gambino's 'This is America' has been profound. For both the song and the video, Gambino traverses the intelligent social commentary unfolding in the current state of American society. There's way too much to unpack in the video, and DAZED's Natty Kasambala has our backs.

I don't think that the discovery of references in this song and video are going to stop anytime soon, it's utterly overflowing with obvious and minimal observations that are hard to cover in one viewing of the video. 

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As you may have heard, Brooklyn Nine Nine was canceled by FX and picked up by NBC in the span of 31 hours. Thanks to fans losing their collective minds, NBC took the show and its fans under their wing and is letting the series continue its course. What's also interesting is how television networks are able to acquire shows this quickly, and Josef Adalian of Vulture explains it perfectly.

I for one am so so glad that Brooklyn Nine Nine is able to carry on. It's been a blast watching the show since its conception, and I'm glad we can continue to watch it in the foreseeable future. Especially after the episode where they come across Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles — I can relate to that on a spiritual level. 

Ahoo boy, I could write a love letter on the Die Hard movies. I won't, instead, I'll link you to a fantastic look back into the 'strange history' of the Die Hard movies by Den of Geek's Ryan Lambie coinciding with the release of Die Hard on 4K.

As big of a Die Hard fan that I am, there are some facts that I had no idea about, including  Die Hard 2 being based on the novel 58 Minutes by Walter Wager and that script for Die Hard 3 was first picked up by Warner as a possible Lethal Weapon script. 

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I can't believe how quickly June is coming around, which means me seeing Pearl Jam is getting closer and closer. What isn't getting closer is their eleventh studio album, according to bassist Jeff Ament in an interview with Kyle Meredith. Even though the band released the single 'Can't Deny Me' in March, which is off said record, Pearl Jam are too busy with touring and have had to postpone recording sessions until later this year.

It's no bother for me since I'm seeing them next month. Have I mentioned I'm seeing them next month? I'M SEEING THEM NEXT MONTH. 

The content Shane Dawson has been producing lately is absolutely brilliant and heartwarming. The finale of his series with Grav3yardgirl, the squad roam a haunted store whilst boosting Bunny's confidence and, as Dawson points out in tears at the end of the video, boosting her subscriber loss to monumental heights which was the point of the series in the first place. God, I love them. 

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I have a confession to make. I love Jurassic Park and I love Universal Studios, but the ride terrifies me. On paper, an 80-foot drop sounds awesome. In reality, you feel like your life is flashing before your eyes … well, at least for me anyway. God, I'm such a coward.

Anyway, as much as the Jurassic Park ride terrifies me, I still go on it. Why am I talking about it, though? Because Universal Hollywood is revamping the ride to fit the latest installment in the series. As long as they treat it right and keep the essence of the original ride there, hell, I'm all for it. Especially if this means they're going to be updating the dated animatronics.

Jurassic Park: The Ride will be closing its doors on September 3, with a 'Countdown to Extinction' event in place on the run-up to its closure and eventual refurbishment. The Jurassic Word Ride is set to open in 2019. 

Speaking of theme parks, Disney are looking into implementing augmented reality windows on their new fleet of monorail trains. For example, the technology may be able to change a building such as Epcot into the Death Star and have X-wing's flying around it. This all comes from Disney historian and industry insider Jim Hill, who also mentioned that said technology may be able to recognize weather patterns and augment itself to fit the atmosphere.

Is there anything Disney can't do?

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Of course, I saw Deadpool 2 on Tuesday (May 15), and I absolutely loved it. I don't think I've laughed so much in my life. So much so that I totally embarrassed myself on multiple occasions by cackling way too loudly.

I was planning on reviewing the film, but I don't feel I know enough about the backstory of the characters — Cable, Domino, the X Force, etc. — but what I will say is that I now have a huge crush on Josh Brolin and Cable is one now one of my favourite Marvel characters. If you've seen it and like myself aren't too familiar with the deeper X-Men universe, NowThis Nerd have fantastic video essays on the evolution of Deadpool's costume and who the X-Force are

I will get around to reviewing it eventually, though. Promise. 

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The first glimpse at Rami Malek portraying Freddie Mercury has finally arrived in the form of a teaser trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody. In the short collection of scenes where we actually see him speaking, it's bloody uncanny.

I'm a huge fan of Mercury and Queen, and watching this trailer has rekindled that fierce love vehemently. Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release on October 24 in the UK, November 1 in Australia and 2 November in the U.S.

We're getting close to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 24), and the incomparable Todd VanDerWerff has our backs. Exploring the depth of the latest Star Wars installment for Vox, VanDerWerff brings insight into the film's production history, its cinematography and a cameo that you "will almost certainly not expect." 

I still don't fully understand what/who Max Headroom was, but I've become inherently intrigued by the character thanks to my parent's memories of the character on Channel 4. So of course, I keep falling deeper and deeper down the rabbit-hole surrounding the Max Headroom incident that occurred in 1987.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, someone hijacked a television signal in Chicago and broadcast a creepy intrusion of an unknown person in a Max Headroom mask with sunglasses accompanied by a warping background and a muffled rant. Whang! dives deep into this incident, and also looks into the theories surrounding who masterminded the hijacking since the case still remains unsolved to this day. 


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