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The Nerd Repository http://nerdrepository.com Real Nerds, Real News. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:06:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Trailer: Something Happened to My Wife http://nerdrepository.com/santa-clarita-diet-trailer-happened-wife/ http://nerdrepository.com/santa-clarita-diet-trailer-happened-wife/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:06:37 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39694 As Netflix continues to expand its ever-growing slate of original programming, it was only a matter of time before the streaming network opted to tackle one of pop culture’s most iconic subjects: zombies. But if you think Santa Clarita Diet will be an attempt to capture the post-apocalyptic horror of The Walking Dead, think again. [...]

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As Netflix continues to expand its ever-growing slate of original programming, it was only a matter of time before the streaming network opted to tackle one of pop culture’s most iconic subjects: zombies. But if you think Santa Clarita Diet will be an attempt to capture the post-apocalyptic horror of The Walking Dead, think again.

The new series features Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as Sheila and Joel, a pair of California realtors who must cope with the fact that Sheila seems to have passed away and returned from the dead with a hunger for raw flesh.

Check out the trailer for Santa Clarita Diet below.

The blend of comedy and horror feels like new territory for Netflix, and after Olyphant’s lengthy run on Justified, it’s refreshing to see him trying something a little different. Whether or not Santa Clarita Diet becomes the next big health craze remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like it’ll have plenty to offer.

Santa Clarita Diet will debut February 3, exclusively on Netflix.

In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.

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DVD Giveaway: ‘Adventure Time: Islands’ Complete Mini-Series http://nerdrepository.com/dvd-giveaway-adventure-time-islands-miniseries/ http://nerdrepository.com/dvd-giveaway-adventure-time-islands-miniseries/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:36:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39687 Adventure Time is returning to Cartoon Network with an epic eight-part journey titled Adventure Time: Islands. The four night event starts Monday, Jan. 30 and concludes Thursday, Feb. 2 and will feature an adventure into the Finn the Human’s mysterious past. Fans of Adventure Time know that the series takes place many years after an [...]

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Adventure Time is returning to Cartoon Network with an epic eight-part journey titled Adventure Time: Islands. The four night event starts Monday, Jan. 30 and concludes Thursday, Feb. 2 and will feature an adventure into the Finn the Human’s mysterious past.

Fans of Adventure Time know that the series takes place many years after an apocalypse wiped out almost all of the humans in existence. The series has only provided small glimpses into the history of Ooo and even less into Finn’s past, but Adventure Time: Islands promises to answer one of the longest running questions on the show: What happened to the humans?

You can check out the trailer below:

To celebrate the return of Adventure Time to Cartoon Network, The Nerd Repository is giving away a copy of the entire Adventure Time: Islands mini-series releasing a week before the episodes even air on television.

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In Adventure Time: Islands, Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), Jake (John DiMaggio), BMO (Niki Yang) and Susan Strong (Jackie Buscarino) leave the Land of Ooo to embark on a quest of epic proportions across the ocean and into new lands—encountering new creatures, discovering new islands and using teamwork along the way.

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Movie Review: ‘Live By Night’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-live-night/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-live-night/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:28:25 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39676 After three critically acclaimed directorial efforts under his belt, including 2012’s Best Picture winner Argo, Ben Affleck goes behind the camera once again for the Prohibition-era gangster tale Live By Night, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Despite an incredibly talented supporting cast, lavish production design and gorgeous cinematography from Robert Richardson, the [...]

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After three critically acclaimed directorial efforts under his belt, including 2012’s Best Picture winner Argo, Ben Affleck goes behind the camera once again for the Prohibition-era gangster tale Live By Night, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Despite an incredibly talented supporting cast, lavish production design and gorgeous cinematography from Robert Richardson, the film ultimately falls well short of Affleck’s previous work.

In 1920s Boston, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) returns from the war to carve himself a niche as a talented stickup artist, much to the chagrin of his police captain father (Brendan Gleeson). As Joe’s reputation grows, he’s approached by Irish mobster Albert White (Robert Glenister), currently embroiled in a war with Italian leader Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone) for control of the city’s rackets. “I don’t truck with gangsters,” Joe says, but his ongoing affair with White’s mistress (Sienna Miller) says otherwise, and their ill-advised trysts ultimately lead to a series of events that land Joe behind bars.

Three years later, Joe leaves prison to discover the city is now completely under Pescatore’s control, and White has been exiled to Florida, where he’s attempting to muscle in on the rum trade. Pescatore recruits Joe and sends him to Tampa along with his former stickup partner Dion (Chris Messina) to oversee operations and ensure that White and his crew aren’t given the opportunity to establish a foothold in the region. Eager for revenge, but knowing the dish is best served cold, Joe sets up shop in Ybor City and begins meticulously dismantling the White organization, one piece at a time.

It’s no coincidence that Live By Night, as a film, begins to head south around the same time as its leading character. Once Joe arrives in Florida, new characters and subplots are introduced at a rapid pace that overcomplicates the narrative and robs the film of any momentum built during the first act. There’s Cuban immigrant Graciela (Zoe Saldana), with whom Joe immediately begins a relationship; local police chief Irving Figgis (Chris Cooper), whose daughter (Elle Fanning) dreams of becoming a Hollywood star but returns to the city with a new purpose; and R.D. Pruitt (Matthew Maher), a violent and maniacal Klansman who sees Joe’s criminal empire and interracial romance as the embodiment of sin, and who also happens to be the sheriff’s brother-in-law.

At 400 pages, Lehane’s novel might have been able to successfully juggle each of these threads – along with yet another storyline involving Joe’s aspirations to go legit as a major investor in a casino – but at just over two hours, Live By Night can’t possibly devote the necessary screen time to give each of these developments enough breathing room. On the one hand, Affleck’s faithfulness to the source material is admirable, but it’s maddeningly frustrating on the other, as the film’s second half careens haphazardly from scene to scene in a mad dash to tie up any loose ends. A narrative this complex would no doubt have been served better with a miniseries adaptation, or by excising some of the extraneous material in favor of a more focused and cohesive story.

From a performance standpoint, however, Live By Night is nearly flawless. Clad in tailored suits and a fedora, the square-jawed Affleck definitely looks the part of the early 20th-century gangster, and he brings a certain amount of swagger to the role that never feels like he’s showboating. Cooper, Gleeson and Saldana are uniformly excellent, although each could have used a bit more screen time, and Messina elevates himself to new heights in a charming, scene-stealing turn as Joe’s stalwart second-in-command. It’s Fanning who serves as the film’s weakest link, unable to sell her character’s transition from wide-eyed Hollywood hopeful to something else entirely, and a key scene between her and Joe fails to hit the emotional notes it strains for.

As a director, Affleck was bound to stumble eventually, and it’s disappointing that Live By Night doesn’t quite live up to its pedigree. But although this is easily Affleck’s worst film, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one – it’s well-acted, beautifully shot and offers plenty of action, and it’s still a cut above the very best efforts by some directors. Just don’t expect another masterpiece.

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‘Cars 3’ Trailer: Lightning Strikes Again http://nerdrepository.com/cars-3-trailer-lightning-strikes/ http://nerdrepository.com/cars-3-trailer-lightning-strikes/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:21:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39669 The Cars franchise has never enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim often heaped upon other Pixar offerings – in fact, Cars 2 was the studio’s first film to receive a certified “rotten” rating from film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Coupled with the sequel’s disappointing box office receipts, the series doesn’t seem like the most likely [...]

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The Cars franchise has never enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim often heaped upon other Pixar offerings – in fact, Cars 2 was the studio’s first film to receive a certified “rotten” rating from film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Coupled with the sequel’s disappointing box office receipts, the series doesn’t seem like the most likely candidate for a third installment – and yet here we are, with the first trailer for Cars 3.

This is essentially a slightly longer version of the teaser trailer from last year, which features Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) suffering a catastrophic setback that threatens to end his racing career. No longer the hotshot speedster he was in the early days of his career, Lightning is forced to consider walking away from the only life he’s ever known – after all, how can he compete with the likes of Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the young newcomer whose technological advancements have made him virtually unstoppable?

Of course, everyone loves a comeback story, and it sounds like our hero will take some advice from Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a lifelong fan who joins Lightning’s team as his new coach. Whether or not she can help Lightning elevate his game remains to be seen, but we’ll find out this summer.

Cars 3 speeds into theaters on June 16.

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2017 Golden Globe Award Winners http://nerdrepository.com/2017-golden-globe-award-winners/ http://nerdrepository.com/2017-golden-globe-award-winners/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:31:50 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39661 The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place earlier this evening, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the live telecast on NBC. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was the big winner, setting a record for most wins by a single film with 7 awards, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) [...]

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The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place earlier this evening, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the live telecast on NBC. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was the big winner, setting a record for most wins by a single film with 7 awards, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Musical or Comedy). See below for the full list of winners
Best Motion Picture – Drama

Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Director – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor – Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress – Drama

Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land 
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“City of Stars” – La La Land 
Music by Justin Hurwitz, lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
Music and lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback
“Faith” – Sing
Music and lyrics by Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder and Francis Farewell Starlite
“Gold” – Gold
Music and lyrics by Brian Burton, Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton and Iggy Pop
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Animated Feature Film

Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
Sing

Best Foreign Language

Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Donald Glover – Atlanta 
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Graves
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish 
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Claire Foy – The Crown
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The People v. O.J. Simpson
American Crime
The Dresser
Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Actor – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

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‘The Bye Bye Man’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/the-bye-bye-man-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-bye-bye-man-free-advance-screening/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:59:47 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39657 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Bye Bye Man, starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Bye Bye Man, starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they
discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ Will Open 2017 SXSW Film Festival http://nerdrepository.com/terrence-malicks-song-song-open-2017-sxsw-film-festival/ http://nerdrepository.com/terrence-malicks-song-song-open-2017-sxsw-film-festival/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:20:09 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39651 In just over two months, film fans will once again flock to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and news came today that visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick will open the event with the world premiere of his latest film, Song to Song. In addition, the highly anticipated Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American [...]

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In just over two months, film fans will once again flock to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and news came today that visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick will open the event with the world premiere of his latest film, Song to Song.

In addition, the highly anticipated Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will premiere at the festival, with stars Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane expected to be in attendance.

We’ll be on hand for opening weekend once again, so stay tuned for more information about SXSW soon. For now, you can check out the full press release below.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ANNOUNCES TERRENCE MALICK’S
SONG TO SONG TO OPEN SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Early Fest Highlights include American Gods, Small Town Crime and Signature Move

Austin, Texas, January 5, 2017 – South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) announced the World Premiere of celebrated director Terrence Malick’s Song To Song as its Opening Night Film to screen on Friday March 10th, 2017.

SXSW also divulged select titles to premiere at the 2017 event, showcasing the diverse range of styles that together embody the unique spirit of SXSW culture. Festival highlights announced today include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ hybrid action thriller with dark humor, Small Town Crime, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s lyrical portrait of a tiny hill town in Tuscany, Spettacolo, second feature after their award-winning Marwencol; first time filmmaker Jennifer Reeder’s coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move starring Fawzia Mirza, and Latin American phenomenon René Pérez Joglar’s chronicle of his global exploration of his genetic roots in Residente.

In our highly successful Episodic section we will be featuring the world premiere of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, directed by David Slade. The first of many projects in SXSW Film’s new VR/AR strand is Viacom NEXT’s The Melody of Dust, an invitation inside the tortured mind of an artist.

“Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the Austin music scene, Song to Song couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in traditional cinema, episodics and now VR.”

The complete film festival lineup will be announced Tuesday, January 31st, with the exception of Midnighter features, which will be revealed with the Short Film and VR Program on Tuesday, February 7th.

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

American Gods (World Premiere)
Director: David Slade, Screenwriters/Showrunners: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a magical world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.

The Melody of Dust (World Premiere)
Director: Viacom NEXT
A musical journey for the HTC Vive. Explore a mysterious world where every object contains a unique melody. Featuring original musical compositions by Hot Sugar, this experience brings you inside the tortured mind of a musician.

Residente (World Premiere)
Director: René Pérez Joglar
After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album.

Signature Move (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling.
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan

Small Town Crime (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.
Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr.

Song To Song (World Premiere)
Director: Terrence Malick
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman

Spettacolo (World Premiere)
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen
For the past 50 years, the villagers of a tiny hill town in Tuscany have turned their lives into a play that the entire town writes and performs. “Spettacolo” is a portrait of this tradition through the eyes of the last man trying to keep it alive.

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Live By Night, starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Cooper. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Extended Trailer: He’s Changing http://nerdrepository.com/fifty-shades-darker-extended-trailer-changing/ http://nerdrepository.com/fifty-shades-darker-extended-trailer-changing/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:51:09 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39645 Say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey – and trust me, I said plenty – the film was a colossal hit, opening to $85 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $571 million. Now the sequel is almost upon us, and Universal has released an extended trailer for the sex-laden follow-up. Despite the [...]

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Say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey – and trust me, I said plenty – the film was a colossal hit, opening to $85 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $571 million. Now the sequel is almost upon us, and Universal has released an extended trailer for the sex-laden follow-up.

Despite the way things ended in the previous film, it looks like Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) are attempting to mend the fences – at least, until a mysterious woman from Christian’s past (Bella Heathcote) begins stalking the couple. And there’s also Christian’s somewhat questionable connection to an older woman (Kim Basinger) that could pose a new threat to Ana’s newfound happiness.

Fifty Shades Darker definitely looks more intriguing than its predecessor, which was far more tedious than it was titillating. But whether or not audiences will once again flock to theaters remains to be seen. We’ll find out when the film opens on February 10.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer: Are You Sure About This, Captain? http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-captain/ http://nerdrepository.com/alien-covenant-trailer-captain/#respond Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:45:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39641 Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – a somewhat ambiguous prequel to the Alien franchise – was met with a fair amount of criticism for its failure to meet the expectations of fans who had long been hoping Scott would return to the series he created. But if the first look at Alien: Covenant is any indication, Scott is prepared [...]

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – a somewhat ambiguous prequel to the Alien franchise – was met with a fair amount of criticism for its failure to meet the expectations of fans who had long been hoping Scott would return to the series he created. But if the first look at Alien: Covenant is any indication, Scott is prepared to meet those criticism head-on with a film that promises a return to the terror which made the 1979 original such a classic.  

Check out the Alien: Covenant red-band trailer below.

Michael Fassbender reprises his Prometheus role as David, an android whose sense of morality is… complicated. He’ll be joined by Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Amy Seiemetz and a host of other newcomers for this new tale, set ten years after the events of the previous film.

Alien: Covenant will open on May 19, 2017.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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Movie Review: ‘Sing’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-sing/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-sing/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:50:22 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39631 Sing is the latest animated extravaganza from Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets, and is yet another disappointment for their films that don’t star Minions. It’s clear that Illumination has good ideas and can get a hell of a group of promo trailers together for their films, they just [...]

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Sing is the latest animated extravaganza from Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets, and is yet another disappointment for their films that don’t star Minions. It’s clear that Illumination has good ideas and can get a hell of a group of promo trailers together for their films, they just have trouble backing them up with a captivating story.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Buster Moon, a koala with a can-do attitude, whose love of the stage has him running his very own theater – which unfortunately is failing. Buster is then inspired to put on a singing competition in hopes that the attention will be just what he and his aging theater needs to keep his beloved business afloat.

The premise is solid enough and the film easily connects the story dots in order to fill out the cast with other animal contestant roles voiced by famous celebrity actors. Reese Witherspoon is an overwhelmed housewife pig looking for appreciation, Seth MacFarlane does what he does best as a smarmy, Sinatra-style mouse, Scarlett Johansson is a punk rock porcupine, and Taron Egerton is a cockney Gorilla with a crook for a father that wants him to focus on the family crime business.

It all sounds cute enough, but much like The Secret Life of Pets, the best moments in Sing are spoiled in the trailers, in this case within the ones that showcased the auditions. This film doesn’t go nearly as off the rails as The Secret Life of Pets, but up until the last act of the film, Sing just moseys along with few instances of dazzle or even a laugh out loud moment – it’s just “fine,” and never crosses the line into bad territory or anything all that fun.

Sing has a little bit of fun with its massive catalog of pop culture songs and how the animals choose to make the hits their own. These types of jokes and scenes will please the little ones, but they feel cheap/lazy and a few of the songs licensed don’t seem to have any purpose in the context of the story, and are merely there because the song is popular.

The cast isn’t to blame and many of them have quite impressive voices to go along with their acting talent. Reese Witherspoon was particularly cute and Scarlett Johansson has a surprisingly strong rock voice. McConaughey also plays against type as Buster and drop his trademark brooding drawl for an upbeat, bursting-with-optimism performance.

Unfortunately when it call comes down to it, Sing is passable entertainment but frustratingly lacking a real pop. If it weren’t for the last second save with the rousing third act, I would have been writing an even more scathing review for a film that I really wanted to love, but walked away from disappointed by Illumination Entertainment once again.

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Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-passengers/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-passengers/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:27:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39623 As a big-budget sci-fi drama featuring two of Hollywood’s hottest talents and an Oscar-nominated director, Passengers has all the ingredients of a surefire blockbuster. But while the marketing department at Sony Pictures would have audiences believe this is an intergalactic romance born of cosmic coincidence, there’s a much darker truth hiding just below the surface of [...]

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As a big-budget sci-fi drama featuring two of Hollywood’s hottest talents and an Oscar-nominated director, Passengers has all the ingredients of a surefire blockbuster. But while the marketing department at Sony Pictures would have audiences believe this is an intergalactic romance born of cosmic coincidence, there’s a much darker truth hiding just below the surface of the film’s sparkling veneer.

30 years into its journey to the colony world of Homestead II, the starship Avalon – laden with 238 crew members and 5000 passengers – encounters a colossal meteor storm that its shields cannot fully deflect. The ensuing damage knocks a few critical systems offline long enough for one passenger’s hibernation pod to malfunction, and Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) finds himself woken from his slumber, 90 years before the ship will arrive at its destination.

With a background in mechanical engineering, Jim’s immediate instinct is to locate any technical information about the pods and find a way to put himself back into hibernation. But his efforts prove fruitless, and the only possible help lies with the dormant crew members, sealed behind a door that Jim’s ID badge cannot open. The distress call he sends back to Earth will take 19 years to arrive, and a reply will take another 35 before it reaches the ship, leaving Jim to live out the remainder of his years in solitude aboard the Avalon, with a friendly robot bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen) as his only companion.

I generally tend to avoid spoiling major plot revelations, but in the case of Passengers my impressions are inextricably linked to an event that occurs somewhere around the 25-minute mark, so I feel compelled to make an exception. If you’d like to remain as spoiler-free as possible, then I recommend that you stop reading at this point.

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Finding solace in the bottom of a bottle and wandering around the ship in a haze of grief and depression, Jim encounters the sleeping body of Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), a journalist from New York. Using the ship’s computer to research her background, Jim convinces himself that he’s in love, lamenting to Arthur that he’s finally found “the perfect woman” and that she’s out of reach. When he begins to consider the possibility of damaging Aurora’s pod in order to wake her up – even though it means she’ll be doomed to the same fate of dying before the colony is reached – Arthur tells Jim exactly what the audience is thinking: “you can’t do that.”

Despite being fully aware of the ramifications, Jim ultimately elects to ignore the advice of his mechanical companion, and soon Aurora is wandering around the ship and shaking off the after-effects of hibernation. Her initial horror at finding herself awake some 89 years too early is mitigated by the presence of Jim, who positions himself as a friend and confidant, rather than the architect of her plight. Jim promises Arthur that he’ll reveal the true nature of Aurora’s awakening, but as companionship slowly blossoms into something deeper, he can’t bring himself to come clean.

That Jim’s deception will eventually come to light shouldn’t really be a surprise, but the way Passengers handles the aftermath is arguably even more egregious, as Jim spends his time brooding and issuing apologies over the ship’s PA system. Attempting to cast such an irredeemable character in a sympathetic light is troubling enough, but the film also goes to great lengths to paint Aurora as unreasonable when she doesn’t immediately fall back into his arms, sending a clear-cut message that it’s okay for a man to rob a woman of her agency – not to mention her life – as long as he’s a “nice guy” who says that he’s sorry.

Amid the nauseating central conflict, Passengers provides a solid dose of sci-fi action during its third act, particularly during a thrilling sequence where the ship’s artificial gravity fails, or when the reactor that powers the ship threatens to overheat. But these moments feel grossly manipulative, serving as transparent attempts to endear us further to Jim, and distract from the reprehensible behavior he’s engaged in, as he gallantly puts himself in harm’s way to ensure Aurora’s safety.

Had Passengers been constructed around the idea of both characters being woken by mistake, then it could easily have been crafted into an enjoyable sci-fi romance – indeed, the performances are solid and director Morten Tyldum provides a tremendous amount of eye-candy in the Avalon’s design and the vast world just beyond its windows. But saddling our “hero” with an inexcusable act, and then spending the next hour trying to convince us that his choices were acceptable because he’s a great guy, just feels like a pretty terrible foundation.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Teaser Trailer: I Had Your Job Once http://nerdrepository.com/blade-runner-2049-teaser-trailer-job/ http://nerdrepository.com/blade-runner-2049-teaser-trailer-job/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:39:14 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39620 Arrival marked director Denis Villenueve’s first foray into science fiction, and the positive reception to that film has done wonders to assuage the fears of Blade Runner fans as Villeneuve moves onto his next project, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi tale from 1982. And now we’re getting our first tantalizing look at that sequel [...]

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Arrival marked director Denis Villenueve’s first foray into science fiction, and the positive reception to that film has done wonders to assuage the fears of Blade Runner fans as Villeneuve moves onto his next project, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi tale from 1982. And now we’re getting our first tantalizing look at that sequel in a brand new teaser trailer.

Check out the Blade Runner 2049 teaser below.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, and the film will find him crossing paths with Ryan Gosling’s K, an LAPD officer who discovers a terrifying secret. Nothing else is known about the plot at this time, but with Villenueve’s talents and Ridley Scott on board as producer, this could truly be a worthy follow-up to one of the all time sci-fi classics.

Blade Runner 2049 will open on October 6, 2017.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Phoenix Critics Circle Announces 2016 Award Winners http://nerdrepository.com/phoenix-critics-circle-announces-2016-award-winners/ http://nerdrepository.com/phoenix-critics-circle-announces-2016-award-winners/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:48:42 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39600 On December 16th, 2016, the Phoenix Critics Circle gathered to announce their winners. Below you’ll find their list of winners for the best films and performances of 2016. Best Picture Winner: Moonlight Arrival Hell or High Water La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Best Comedy Film Winner: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Deadpool The [...]

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On December 16th, 2016, the Phoenix Critics Circle gathered to announce their winners. Below you’ll find their list of winners for the best films and performances of 2016.

Best Picture

Winner: Moonlight

  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Comedy Film

Winner: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • Deadpool
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Nice Guys

Best Science Fiction Film

Winner: Arrival

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Arrival
  • Midnight Special

Best Horror Film

Winner: The Witch

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Witch

 Best Mystery or Thriller Film

Winner: Hell or High Water

  • Green Room
  • Hell or High Water
  • Nocturnal Animals

Best Animated Film

Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: The Handmaiden

  • The Handmaiden
  • Neruda
  • Things to Come
  • The Wailing

Best Documentary

Winner: O.J.: Made in America

  • 13th
  • Gleason
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Tickled
  • Weiner

Best Actor

Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

Winner: Natalie Portman, Jackie

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
  • John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Viola Davis, Fences

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Tie: Damian Chazelle, La La Land and Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

  • Damian Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Screenplay

Winner: Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
  • Eric Heisserer, Arrival
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Score

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Johann Johannsson, Arrival
  • Mica Levi, Jackie

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

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TV Review: ‘Justice League Action’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-justice-league-action/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-justice-league-action/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:23:23 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39572 After a ten-year hiatus, the Justice League is finally returning to animated television with Cartoon Network’s Justice League Action. The series promises to be fast paced, lighthearted and boasts a catalog of over 152 characters from the DC Comics catalog. The show kicks off with a one hour premiere called Shazam Slam that delivers on [...]

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After a ten-year hiatus, the Justice League is finally returning to animated television with Cartoon Network’s Justice League Action. The series promises to be fast paced, lighthearted and boasts a catalog of over 152 characters from the DC Comics catalog. The show kicks off with a one hour premiere called Shazam Slam that delivers on the action and fun, but is also a bit light on emotional substance.

The premiere sees Batman (Kevin Conroy) drawn into a battle by the Wizard Shazam (Carl Reiner) to fight Black Adam on the Rock of Eternity. With the help of Billy Batson/Shazam (Sean Astin), Batman and the Wizard defeat Black Adam, but are unable to stop him from releasing a cadre of Djinn bent on turning the Earth back to its pre-human, volcanic state. When one of those Djinn target the villain Parasite to absorb his powers, Superman (Jason J. Lewis) and Wonder Woman (Rachel Kimsey) join the fight and the trio set out to stop the Djinn from destroying the world…with a little help from their League friends.

The story takes place in a world where the Justice League has been operating for a short amount of time – the Hall of Justice exists and the team is formed – so the show is not dealing with a full-blown origin story, but there’s a few elements by the end. The series will consists of 11 minute episodes with two airing in the shows weekly half-hour timeslot, but for the purposes of the premiere, Shazam Slam is the equivalent of four of those episodes. While this shortened episode format is also used for Teen Titans Go!, this JLA is definitely about the action over the comedy – so anyone that was worried, the two shows are quite different in tone.

The animation style and character designs are smooth and gorgeous, invoking the Bruce Timm style, but not doing a carbon copy of it. Justice League Action is all of the meat and none of fat moving with blazing quickness from action sequence to action sequence. The color textures and animation are extremely rich making the inventive fight sequences really pop on-screen.

The episodes also have a bit of Batman: Brave and the Bold style humor and aside from a few cornball jokes, I find myself chuckling quite a few more times than I expected. But if Shazam Slam is any indication, this show is much more Justice League Unlimited than Batman: Brave and the Bold or any of the other more recent, lighter DC animated series. I’m not sold that Action will ever have quite the emotional depth of Unlimited, but I have no problem with this show doing its own thing and having fun with it.

The voice cast is a big selling point and having Kevin Conroy reprise his role of Batman is enough to get any fanboy to at least give the show a shot. Seeing the Batman character design with Conroy’s voice definitely invokes pleasant memories of the previous Justice League series, but the rest of the Shazam Slam seems new and fresh. Jason J. Lewis is a natural as Superman bringing the confidence and warmth of Tim Daly and George Newbern’s previous work and Rachel Kimsey is a more fun, spunkier Wonder Woman, but still is a badass that needs to save the boys on occasion.

Shazam Slam takes advantage of the 152 character catalog from DC Comics and the Trinity get help from many Leaguers along the way including fan favorites Martian Manhunter (Crispin Freeman) and Booster Gold (Diedrich Bader). Manhunter seems to be the most altered personality from the source material with this skinnier, more cheery version who more than once reminded me of Abe Sapien from Hellboy. Bader, on the other hand, is spot-on as Booster and is a blast to watch as the big gold buffoon gets man-handled by Batman.

The episode has a few more surprise appearances from heroes and villains, but I don’t want to spoil every single one in the review. Part of the fun of Justice League Action is never knowing which character you’re going to see next, which creates a very rewarding experience for fans with deep DC knowledge and keeps things fresh in every episode.

Justice League Action is far removed from the dark world in the DC direct-to-video and is a family show that all ages can possibly enjoy. As a huge fan of the previous Justice League animated series, I had a great time with this new incarnation. Shazam Slam delivers what the title of the show promises with non-stop action and a vast array of DC Comics characters – and most importantly is an extreme blast to watch. The overall series, however, might need some time to evolve and mature if it wants to become something more than just empty calories.


Justice League Action premieres Friday, December 16, 2016 at 6pm ET on Cartoon Network.

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‘Dunkirk’ Trailer: There’s No Hiding From This http://nerdrepository.com/dunkirk-trailer-hiding/ http://nerdrepository.com/dunkirk-trailer-hiding/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:03:10 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39581 One of the most anticipated films of 2017 is Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk, which marks new territory for the director of The Dark Knight, Inception and The Prestige as he takes on a historical drama about one of the most grueling battles of the conflict, and the mass evacuation that saved the lives of more than [...]

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One of the most anticipated films of 2017 is Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk, which marks new territory for the director of The Dark Knight, Inception and The Prestige as he takes on a historical drama about one of the most grueling battles of the conflict, and the mass evacuation that saved the lives of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers. 

Check out the first full-length Dunkirk trailer below.

This looks every bit as enormous as a Christopher Nolan WWII film should look, and the director’s commitment to using period-accurate ships and planes instead of relying on CG should make for a more immersive experience.

Dunkirk features Nolan regulars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, along with Mary Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The film will hit theaters on July 21, 2017.

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

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‘Why Him?’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/why-him-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/why-him-free-advance-screening/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:49:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39577 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Why Him, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on Tuesday, December 20th. Simply click on [...]

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Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry—and Ned’s panic level—escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Giveaway: Exclusive ‘Rogue One’ Wood Inlay from Smoke Tree Workshop http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-exclusive-rogue-one-wood-inlay-smoke-tree-workshop/ http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-exclusive-rogue-one-wood-inlay-smoke-tree-workshop/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:11:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39563 The reviews are rolling in (read ours here) and it appears Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to be a huge hit with audiences and will be taking down box office records like womp rats back home. To commemorate the “Star Wars Story” anthology film, The Nerd Repository is teaming up with our [...]

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The reviews are rolling in (read ours here) and it appears Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to be a huge hit with audiences and will be taking down box office records like womp rats back home. To commemorate the “Star Wars Story” anthology film, The Nerd Repository is teaming up with our friends at Smoke Tree Workshop for another exclusive giveaway.

One lucky winner will receive the below gorgeous wood inlay from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featuring the ever awesome and intimidating Imperial AT-AT walker, straight from the talented folks over at Smoke Tree.

Not only do we have this incredibly cool giveaway, Smoke Tree Workshop has also created a special code for our readers to get $5 off any order!! Just use code: NERDREP at checkout! That’s a fantastic deal on these unique nerd themed gifts perfect for your favorite geek!

In the meantime, check out this beauty that can be yours if you win our contest:

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Movie Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-rogue-one-star-wars-story/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-rogue-one-star-wars-story/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:45:02 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39553 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is arguably the biggest gamble Disney has taken with the Star Wars franchise since acquiring it from Lucasfilm. The film is the first “spin-off” Star Wars movie, meaning it doesn’t get the “Episode” designation and will explore different happenings around the main narrative of the series.  So not only [...]

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is arguably the biggest gamble Disney has taken with the Star Wars franchise since acquiring it from Lucasfilm. The film is the first “spin-off” Star Wars movie, meaning it doesn’t get the “Episode” designation and will explore different happenings around the main narrative of the series. 

So not only is Rogue One breaking new ground in a galaxy far, far away – it’s also a gritty, Jedi-less sci-fi war film directed by Gareth Edwards – a director with only one major film under his belt – and centers around a team of rebels that audiences have never met before. That’s enough to make any movie executive begin to sweat a little bit in their Mickey Mouse ears. Thankfully the gamble pays off, because Rogue One is a huge success and is going to make Star Wars fans very, very happy.

The film revolves around Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of the engineer who helped design the first Death Star: Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelesen). The Erso family dynamic is not only extremely important to this film, but also the overall story line of the rebellion in Star Wars: A New Hope, and both Jones and Mikkelsen deliver dynamite performances.

The Ersos don’t get all the glory in the film, however, as the supporting cast is full of scene-stealers in roles sure to be instant fan favorites. In a film that is surprisingly funnier than expected, Alan Tudyk is superb as the reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO. Imagine C-3PO as a hulking, grumpy old man programmed to kick ass and you kind of have an idea about K-2SO. He brings levity to many potentially very dark scenes and adds a lot to the Rogue team dynamic.

While Rogue One doesn’t have any Jedi fighting the good fight, the closest equivalent is the blind Force disciple Chirrut Îmwe, portrayed by the great Donnie Yen (IP Man). If your idea of awesome is an incredible real-life martial artist getting to play inside the Star Wars universe and taking down Stormtroopers with his considerable skills, then you’ve come to the right movie. Yen is a joy to watch in this film and brings a whole new combat style to the Star Wars universe, along with his considerable charm.

There’s far too many characters to break down each one, but I also want to give credit on the villainous side to Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, the Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial Military and Galen Erso’s biggest supporter/enslaver. Krennic is a great villain and has some wonderfully evil lines early in the film, but oddly enough as the film progresses Mendelsohn’s performance, paired with the slow unveiling of Krennic’s place in the Imperial hierarchy, actually gathers a little sympathy for the man. But only just a little, he’s still awesomely evil.

Rogue One takes a little bit of time to get moving since there’s a huge cast that needs to be introduced, but even the slower moments are quite beautiful to watch. The film looks stunning in every frame, and whether something is getting blown up or two characters are having a conversation in the shadow of a mountain, this is the most visually impressive Star Wars film in the entire franchise in my opinion. A bold statement, I know, but this film is just drop dead gorgeous from head to toe.

As mentioned above, the film does struggle a bit with pacing and not all of the characters are allotted enough time to flesh out their motivations. Even some of Jyn’s character development from vagabond to rebel at times feels like a bit of a jump. There’s also just a bit too much fan service scattered about in the story, which as I fan I don’t mind, but it could feel a bit pandering to some.

But the main thing that the marketing and trailers for the movie have been selling to viewers is classic original trilogy Star Wars action and the film delivers this in spades. Since the film is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it gets to play around in that oh-so-sweet time period with all the vehicle and weapon designs that made the original trilogy so iconic.

Watching X-Wings and Y-Wings flying through caverns or AT-AT’s stomping through beachfront property is the stuff of an 80s kid’s dream, and Rogue One handles it all with reverence and innovation. The epic third act battle is a sequence that needs to be watched over and over again and I can’t wait to see it a second time – it’s so dense and overflowing with eye popping imagery. The alien designs in the film are also very diverse and imaginative and brought to life with a terrific mix of CG and practical effects that looks nearly flawless in action.

While that’s good news for fans, I’m sure the first question on everyone’s mind about the film prior to seeing it is, “How much is Vader in the film?” I’m specifically avoiding spoilers in my review, but I think it’s good to temper expectations where you can and Vader isn’t in the film a great deal. But boy, is he utilized to full advantage and there will be many a fanboy covered in goosebumps during a few scenes near the end of the film.

I’ve also avoided mentioning any of the other surprises in the film and there a few others in there – especially for Star Wars fans that know their stuff. While I’m sure these surprises will spark many discussions, I don’t feel like they affect the overall film enough to be addressed in my review and I’d rather audiences discover them on their own.

When Rogue One begins to wind down to its final moments, audiences will see just how well the bridge is constructed to A New Hope and how it even actually helps improve that film’s story. Rogue One isn’t perfect, but I have a sneaking suspicion that many Star Wars fans, especially ones that grew up with the original films, may end up liking Rogue One: A Star Wars Story better than The Force Awakens and that’s a feat so impressive, I’d be willing to double down on anything Disney does next with the Star Wars franchise.

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Phoenix Critics Circle Announces 2016 Award Nominations http://nerdrepository.com/phoenix-critics-circle-announces-2016-award-nominations/ http://nerdrepository.com/phoenix-critics-circle-announces-2016-award-nominations/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:15:01 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39585 The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2016 to the top nominees in each category. Arrival, La La Land, and Moonlight lead with 6 nominations each, followed by Hell or High Water with five and Manchester by the Sea with four. Voting is underway for [...]

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The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2016 to the top nominees in each category.

Arrival, La La Land, and Moonlight lead with 6 nominations each, followed by Hell or High Water with five and Manchester by the Sea with four.

Voting is underway for the winners and they will be announced on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Comedy Film

  • Deadpool
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Nice Guys

Best Science Fiction Film

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Arrival
  • Midnight Special

Best Horror Film

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Witch

 Best Mystery or Thriller Film

  • Green Room
  • Hell or High Water
  • Nocturnal Animals

Best Animated Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Handmaiden
  • Neruda
  • Things to Come
  • The Wailing

Best Documentary

  • 13th
  • Gleason
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Tickled
  • Weiner

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
  • John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

  • Damian Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Screenplay

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
  • Eric Heisserer, Arrival
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Score

  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Johann Johannsson, Arrival
  • Mica Levi, Jackie

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Trailer: Family No More http://nerdrepository.com/the-fate-furious-trailer-family/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-fate-furious-trailer-family/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:57:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39546 The Fast and Furious franchise could easily have wrapped things up with its seventh installment, which served as a very fitting tribute to the late Paul Walker, who passed away in a tragic accident during production. But the series has become one of the most viable moneymakers in Hollywood, so Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and [...]

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The Fast and Furious franchise could easily have wrapped things up with its seventh installment, which served as a very fitting tribute to the late Paul Walker, who passed away in a tragic accident during production. But the series has become one of the most viable moneymakers in Hollywood, so Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the crew are back next year for The Fate of the Furious.

Check out the first trailer for the eighth film in the franchise below.

Throughout production, I’ve been curious about the ways this film might shake things up, and this trailer doesn’t disappoint. The idea of Dom (Diesel) betraying the rest of his “family” and setting up a revenge tale is a lot of fun, especially since it also creates an excuse for Jason Statham to get back into the mix. And the addition of Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren (the latter of whom doesn’t appear in this footage) should hopefully bring plenty of opportunity for less male-driven action.

With a returning cast that also includes Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters on April 14, 2017.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

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‘Miss Sloane’ Director John Madden On the Film’s Timely Release http://nerdrepository.com/miss-sloane-director-john-madden-films-timely-release/ http://nerdrepository.com/miss-sloane-director-john-madden-films-timely-release/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:16:46 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39527 John Madden’s latest film, Miss Sloane, pulls back the curtain on the political machine, as a ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) goes to war against one of Washington’s most influential bodies: the gun manufacturing industry. It’s one of the best performances of Chastain’s career, and could easily land her among the top Best Actress contenders during [...]

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John Madden’s latest film, Miss Sloane, pulls back the curtain on the political machine, as a ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) goes to war against one of Washington’s most influential bodies: the gun manufacturing industry. It’s one of the best performances of Chastain’s career, and could easily land her among the top Best Actress contenders during awards season.

Madden always conceived of the film as a political thriller, but in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the Oscar-nominated director has recognized an extra layer of significance in the story of an ambitious woman taking on the traditionally male-dominated political landscape.

I recently had the chance to discuss the film’s timely release with the man himself during a recent stop in Phoenix, and although some of his candid comments about the film’s subject matter were off the record, it still made for a great conversation. Check out the “on the record” portions of our conversation below.


I thought Jessica Chastain was just astounding in this film. Was she always your first choice for the role?

John Madden: Totally, no other. And that’s not just publicity guff, either. She and I had been in contact since I made The Debt with her, looking at something we could do together again. It’s been a sort of ongoing aspiration between us, I suppose, and I was barely five pages into the script before I thought “this is an absolutely perfect role for her.” She was the only person in my mind, and I sent it to her as soon as I had finished the script.

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John Madden on the set of ‘Miss Sloane.’ (Photo by Kerry Hayes – © 2016 EuropaCorp – France 2 Cinema)

One of the things I found so interesting about this film is that it’s not so much that Jessica’s character has a particular opinion about the issues, but more about how this desire to always be in control is just an innate part of who she is as a person.

John Madden: Yes, it is. There are many ways you can describe it. It’s a film that sort of lifts the lid on the lobbying industry, or takes you behind the scenes of the political process, or an analysis of this intractable issue of gun regulation – it’s all of those things. But chiefly, it’s a character study of a completely extraordinary person. It’s entirely significant that she’s a woman, but she’s not defined by being a woman, even though that has an enormous impact on everything that happens.

And the interesting thing to me is what happens and how she evolves emotionally – this is, after all, a woman who has no emotions, or no observable emotional life whatsoever. Anything to do with emotions or intimacy is something she buys in a controlled situation that requires no disclosure of anything – but in the course of the film, she does disclose herself and she does become somebody, a recognizable human being.

In the beginning, you’re sort of witnessing and admiring, to a degree – but also probably in horror, at certain moments, reeling back from her – and at the same time, curiously, you root for her, because there’s something about her. And Jessica, too, it’s about the qualities she has as an actress. She can kick ass better than anybody, but there’s something human there that you can always access, a sort of fragility. I think it’s a very, very rich character and performance.

Was the onscreen character modeled after any real-life counterparts in politics or leadership?

John Madden: Well, the interesting thing is that if you do a mental gender switch, that’s quite a classic character from a certain kind of cinematic tradition. It’s the outlaw, really, it’s the one who ruthlessly pursues a goal at their own personal expense and doesn’t care about who gets damaged along the way. That’s who the character is, in essence, but that’s now a woman, and that’ a very original thing.

But no, it’s not modeled on anyone specific. Jessica did her own research with a bunch of female lobbyists working in DC, and drew inspiration from that in the performance, certainly, in terms of the look of the character and famously the color of her fingernails. But no, otherwise it’s active imagination.

The release date for this film feels very timely, considering the crazy few weeks we’ve had.

John Madden: And the crazy four years that will ensue, I should imagine.

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When you were in production, did you ever think this film could be coming out at a time when the election ended with such an unexpected result?

John Madden: Well, when you’re making a film, you have no idea about how quickly it’s going to take to come together. Sometimes the editing process can be long and arduous, and sometimes it can be extremely enjoyable and you’re already in good shape when you see the assembly. This one happened to be that, because we had thought the material through very carefully.

And so at that point, I thought I should try and accelerate the completion of the film, mainly because I didn’t want to get out of date on the politics. We thought the issue that was going to be very much at the forefront of everyone’s awareness was the issue of gun legislation. Though it’s not the subject of the film, it’s nevertheless a part of what the film is and I didn’t want to think that it suddenly felt like that was out of touch with what was going on – even though I never expected the legislative picture to change, because it never does.

We certainly had a discussion about whether we wanted to go out before the election, or after the election, or after the inauguration, and I think we sort of pitched where we did without really having any sense of what that would be. Of course, how could you? For a film that’s all about surprises, nothing could have matched the level or frequency of surprise mounting on surprise in this election. And paradoxically, the real subject of the film is the political process, and the sense of a fractured, broken and dysfunctional political process, which is evident in what’s going on in the world. Or to put it slightly less disparagingly, the massive realignment of a political process, because you can’t deny that it’s an exercise in democracy.

But however dismayed I might be at the prospect of what now may be the political climate in this country – though it’s not my own, I used to live here and my children were born here, so I have some stake in it – it’s put the movie in a different light, which I think it’s quite able to withstand, and reflect things back that now have a different resonance that I might have imagined about the political process. Chiefly, about women in politics and the way in which attitudes toward women have become, in ways that I would have been horrified to imagine some time ago, and which were smack at the forefront of the debates. So it’s turned out to be very timely.


Miss Sloane is currently playing in theaters everywhere.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: History Has Led to This Moment http://nerdrepository.com/war-planet-apes-trailer-history-led-moment/ http://nerdrepository.com/war-planet-apes-trailer-history-led-moment/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:42:05 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39542 It’s a great day for franchise trailers, and 20th Century Fox is getting into the mix with our first official look at War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the rebooted series. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is back to helm this episode, and it looks [...]

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It’s a great day for franchise trailers, and 20th Century Fox is getting into the mix with our first official look at War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the rebooted series. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is back to helm this episode, and it looks appropriately epic.

Check out the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below.

The latest chapter in the tale of Caesar (Andy Serkis) finds the ape leader embroiled in a battle with a group of human soldiers led by Woody Harrelson’s character, and the sheer scale on display her is mind-boggling. Whether or not Caesar’s journey ends here, it should make for a hell of a ride.

War for the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 14, 2017.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

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Movie Review: ‘Miss Sloane’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-miss-sloane/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-miss-sloane/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:52 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39529 Hot on the heels of a shocking presidential election which saw an experienced female candidate lose to a grossly unqualified male opponent, John Madden’s political thriller about a ferociously ambitious female lobbyist entrenched in a battle against the male-dominated gun manufacturing industry couldn’t possibly feel more timely. Jessica Chastain plays the titular Miss Sloane, to whom we’re first [...]

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Hot on the heels of a shocking presidential election which saw an experienced female candidate lose to a grossly unqualified male opponent, John Madden’s political thriller about a ferociously ambitious female lobbyist entrenched in a battle against the male-dominated gun manufacturing industry couldn’t possibly feel more timely. Jessica Chastain plays the titular Miss Sloane, to whom we’re first introduced as she prepares to testify before a Congressional committee investigating allegations of ethical misconduct.

Whether or not Sloane is guilty of the accusations levied against her is hardly something the audience need concern itself with, because the film isn’t really about the outcome of the hearing. Nor is it about the subject of gun legislation, although that most hotly debated of topics certainly plays a pivotal role in the narrative. No, Miss Sloane is about its title character, a fearsome and ruthless lobbyist whose career has been spent climbing the ladder of success by any means necessary.

“A conviction lobbyist need only believe in their ability to win,” she imparts to one of her many wide-eyed, scurrying proteges – a mantra that leads her into the lion’s den when she resigns from the upscale firm at which she built her career after being asked to help secure the defeat of a new gun control bill aimed at expanding background checks. Like a Russian scientist during the Cold War, Sloane opts to defect, joining forces with the charismatic head of a rival firm (Mark Strong) focused on ensuring the bill’s safe passage through the halls of Congress.

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The ensuing events are full of surprises – not unlike this election season – as Madden deftly blends multiple genres into a finished product that’s part political thriller and part courtroom drama, and unafraid to wear its influences on its sleeve. The dense, intricate dialogue by first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera feels like a less-polished version of something Aaron Sorkin would have written, and these characters – including Michael Stuhlbarg’s sneering rival lobbyist and Sam Waterston’s manipulative powerbroker – could stroll right out of frame and onto an episode of The West Wing or The Newsroom without missing a step.

Holding everything together is Chastain, in a tour de force performance that could result in some well-deserved Oscar buzz. It’s arguably the best work of her career, as she expertly crafts Elizabeth Sloane into the sort of character that we’re fascinated with and intimidated by, and who we can’t possibly help but cheer for.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: Peter Parker’s Chance to Prove Himself http://nerdrepository.com/spiderman-homecoming-trailer-peter-parkers-chance-prove/ http://nerdrepository.com/spiderman-homecoming-trailer-peter-parkers-chance-prove/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:02:36 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39523 Fans who attended Marvel’s annual Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic Con were treated to some exclusive footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the rest of the world has been patiently waiting for their first look at the wallcrawler’s latest adventure. But now that wait is over, as the film’s first trailer has just dropped. [...]

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Fans who attended Marvel’s annual Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic Con were treated to some exclusive footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the rest of the world has been patiently waiting for their first look at the wallcrawler’s latest adventure. But now that wait is over, as the film’s first trailer has just dropped.

Check out the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer below, featuring Tom Holland reprising his Captain America: Civil War role as your friendly neighborhood webslinger.

And just in case this first clip isn’t enough for you, there’s also an international trailer with some additional shots, so feel free to have a gander at that one, too.

Speaking with USA Today, Holland says Spider-Man: Homecoming may be a superhero film, but the blockbuster action won’t be the focus here.

“[It’s] more a character piece about this kid who’s struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city… This is really a movie where Spider-Man’s not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes.”

Holland also promises that audiences will have plenty to look forward to from Michael Keaton’s performance as Adrian Toomes, better known to comic readers as The Vulture. The young actor likes his first appearance to a horror film, and says Keaton is “really scary, very intense and shocking.”

Director Jon Watts echoed those sentiments, and spoke about taking an “average Joe” approach to creating the next Marvel baddie.

“It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

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‘Baywatch’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Hit the Beach http://nerdrepository.com/baywatch-trailer-dwayne-johnson-zac-efron-hit-beach/ http://nerdrepository.com/baywatch-trailer-dwayne-johnson-zac-efron-hit-beach/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:56:15 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39519 It took a few years, but Paramount Pictures finally managed to get a feature-film reboot of Baywatch off the ground, thanks to the seemingly unstoppable star power of Dwayne Johnson. And while the R-rated comedy won’t be hitting theaters until Memorial Day, you can get your first look now. Check out the Baywatch teaser trailer [...]

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It took a few years, but Paramount Pictures finally managed to get a feature-film reboot of Baywatch off the ground, thanks to the seemingly unstoppable star power of Dwayne Johnson. And while the R-rated comedy won’t be hitting theaters until Memorial Day, you can get your first look now.

Check out the Baywatch teaser trailer below.

Truth be told, I expected this first trailer to be significantly more funny than it actually turned out to be. Sure, there are a couple of decent jokes here, but the overall tone feels a bit bland, and it seems like we can expect an action comedy along the lines of something like 21 Jump Street.

I’m more than willing to give The Rock and Zac Efron the benefit of the doubt here, as they both have a pretty solid track record when it comes to comedic outings, and I’m curious to see what Johnson’s San Andreas costar Alexandra Daddario can bring to the table. But if this trailer turns out to be an accurate representation of the finished product, then it might be good to start lowering those expectations.

Written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs Jason) and directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), you can hit the beach with the cast of Baywatch on May 26, 2017.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – The Complete First Season’ http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-lego-star-wars-freemaker-adventures-complete-season/ http://nerdrepository.com/bluray-review-lego-star-wars-freemaker-adventures-complete-season/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:37:44 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39507 Set in the incredibly rich time frame between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is the surprisingly engaging family adventure about three sibling scavengers that get unknowingly thrust into the battle between The Empire and The Rebellion and become embroiled in a conflict that could forever [...]

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Set in the incredibly rich time frame between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is the surprisingly engaging family adventure about three sibling scavengers that get unknowingly thrust into the battle between The Empire and The Rebellion and become embroiled in a conflict that could forever change the Force itself.

The Freemaker siblings: young Rowan (Nicolas Cantu), sister Kordi (Vanessa Lengies), and the eldest, Zander (Eugene Byrd), make their living gathering scraps from the space battles currently waging all across the galaxy. They use these parts to either build new ships or sell the parts at the Freemakers family shop, but the 12-year-old Force-sensitive Rowan Freemaker finds his skills growing with age and shortly discovers an ancient relic known as the Kyber Saber.

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Mysteriously enough, at the same time a female Jedi named Naare, a survivor of Order 66, reappears from hiding and offers to train Rowan. Suddenly the siblings suddenly find themselves in more trouble than they could have imagined as they find themselves in the crosshairs of Darth Vader (Matt Sloann) and The Emperor (Trevor Devall) himself.

For those hardcore Star Wars fans that are reading this review, I want to be clear that this show is absolutely a light-hearted, goofy family comedy – it most definitely is not trying to be the more mature Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels. But aside from some early episodes that are way too heavy on childish humor, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is incredibly fun with a surprisingly deep well of Star Wars lore.

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Underneath some rather grating kid jokes from characters like the reprogrammed battle droid R0-GR (Matthew Wood), there is a classic coming-of-age Star Wars tale here with twists and cameos from beloved characters that exist in all mediums of the Star Wars canon. In the center, though, is always the warm family dynamic of The Freemakers that gives the 13 episode first season its strong morals and big warm heart.

The animation on the show is certainly the simplistic LEGO visuals, but there’s a surprising amount of cool designs, neat action sequences, and bright colors that pop in HD. The art style and the color palette alone should have young kids glued to set while adults get to revel in the sounds of TIE fighters screeching across the screen with the John Williams score in the background.

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While the Blu-ray set does contain all 13 episodes of the first season of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, there’s not much else included in the extra features department – unless you count the six exclusive (but poor quality) Freemaker magnets. One of the features included is The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family – a fun behind-the-scenes look at the infectiously excited voice cast with introductions and profiles for each character.

The only other feature included on the discs is Freemaker Salvage and Repair, which is a bonus clip of the Freemaker siblings taking viewers on a tour of their shop and showing how they run their business. The segment is cute, but not all that substantial,  especially considering its only one of two special features. Unfortunately there is also no DIgital HD version of the season included on Blu-ray set, leaving consumers with only the first season episode discs and the two bonus features.

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‘The Mummy’ Trailer: A New World of Gods and Monsters http://nerdrepository.com/the-mummy-trailer-world-gods-monsters/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-mummy-trailer-world-gods-monsters/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:40:34 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39503 Universal Pictures has spent the past few years plotting out a connected universe based on their classic monsters, and audiences will get their first glimpse into this world next summer with the arrival of The Mummy, starring Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) as the bandage-wrapped baddie and Tom Cruise as the explorer who finds her.  [...]

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Universal Pictures has spent the past few years plotting out a connected universe based on their classic monsters, and audiences will get their first glimpse into this world next summer with the arrival of The Mummy, starring Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) as the bandage-wrapped baddie and Tom Cruise as the explorer who finds her. 

The first trailer for The Mummy premieres last night, and you can check it out below.

In addition to offering some great-looking action and special effects, this trailer also contains the first look at Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, who will eventually appear in his own feature-length film that explores his relationship with his menacing alter ego, Mr. Hyde.

Written by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie, and directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy opens in theaters on June 9, 2017.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator). The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

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‘Passengers’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/passengers-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/passengers-free-advance-screening/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:04:55 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39498 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on Monday, December 19th. Simply click on the [...]

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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer: Don’t Push This Button http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-trailer-push-button/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-trailer-push-button/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:42:10 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39494 It’s only been a few weeks since we got our first official look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and while a full-length trailer was expected to premiere alongside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director James Gunn surprised attendees at the Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil by premiering a brand new [...]

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It’s only been a few weeks since we got our first official look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and while a full-length trailer was expected to premiere alongside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director James Gunn surprised attendees at the Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil by premiering a brand new look at the film.

Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer below.

Much like the previous teaser trailer, this clip reveals virtually nothing about the film’s plot, and once again focuses on reminding us why we fell in love with this band of misfits in the first place.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillen will reprise their roles from the original film, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Debicki.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open on May 5, 2017.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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‘Office Christmas Party – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/office-christmas-party-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/office-christmas-party-free-advance-screening/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:27:14 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39490 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Allied, starring Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller and Jason Bateman. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on Tuesday, December 6. Simply click [...]

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In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. The latest comedy from directors Will Speck & Josh Gordon (BLADES OF GLORY) co-stars Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung, Randall Park and Kate McKinnon in the funniest movie of the holiday season.

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‘Vikings’ Interview: Katheryn Winnick on Lagertha’s New Relationship, Her Legacy, and Ragnar http://nerdrepository.com/vikings-interview-katheryn-winnick-lagerthas-relationship-legacy-ragnar/ http://nerdrepository.com/vikings-interview-katheryn-winnick-lagerthas-relationship-legacy-ragnar/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:48:57 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39405 Katheryn Winnick is not only a stunning, talented actress, but she could probably kick your ass. She plays the strong-willed, powerful warrior Lagertha on History’s Vikings, but all that butt kicking isn’t just acting – Katheryn is an accomplished martial artist who holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in [...]

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Katheryn Winnick is not only a stunning, talented actress, but she could probably kick your ass. She plays the strong-willed, powerful warrior Lagertha on History’s Vikings, but all that butt kicking isn’t just acting – Katheryn is an accomplished martial artist who holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in Karate.

Winnick can next be seen on the big screen in the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, but first fans can watch her return to Kattegat as Lagertha in Vikings Season 4B on Wednesday, November 30 at 9pm ET.

Winnick took time on a recent conference call with us (and other journalists) to discuss a new love interest for Lagertha, a reunion with Ragnar after the shocking time jump, and the big battles to come. You can check out the highlights below, but beware of mild spoilers.


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On what is driving Lagertha at this point in her life:

Katheryn Winnick: Lagertha has always had a lot of different challenges. Throughout this season it’s been evident for her at this stage. Going into [4B], it’s really seeing how Kattegat is run and being extremely disappointed that it’s not ruled by the right ruler. With King Ragnar not necessarily being there and present as a king should be, and with Queen Aslaug running the show and not necessarily running it the proper way or the strongest way as a ruler to help the people.

And I think for her, her dream was obviously to expand two different territories and also make Kattegat one of the largest trading centers. It’s her dream and she saw the potential of it. So I think for her it’s a personal motivation, but her heart is in the right place in wanting to do good for her Viking people.

On filming the long anticipated reunion scene between Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Lagertha:

Katheryn Winnick: It was certainly a very intense scene just because I, as Katheryn, hadn’t worked with Travis in a long time before that, just because our story lines were very separate, so it’s great to get reunited again and be face to face and working together. And of course you really don’t fully know how it’s going to be until you shoot it, especially when you have such a gifted actor like Travis and you, yourself could be as prepared as you can be, but at the end of the day when you are there and in the moment, emotions arise and it is what it is.

On whether a recent flashback of Ragnar looking back on his family days with Lagertha was about regret:

Katheryn Winnick: What’s interesting about Ragnar’s character – and this is why Michael Hirst is such a great writer – is that easy as he is our hero of the show, in a sense he is the elite type in one hand, but in the other he is more of the antihero in the sense that he is not necessarily all put together and he has flaws. That fits in the matter of him taking mushrooms with his slave or not wanting to be king and him not necessarily being a good father or a good ruler. I think that’s what really makes it very interesting.

So that scene that we reshot, we remember going back and putting on the clothes from the previous seasons and we ended up having to recast my daughter, because since then, she became this gorgeous teenager, so we needed someone that was all same height and she was in the back, but that scene was really beautiful because even though he may not necessarily be able to be the man or go back in time to be that Ragnar, the husband that he wants to be in his mind, in his thoughts, in his dreams, he has a beautiful thinking that he cherishes that moment, and I know Lagertha does to, and Ragnar was her true love, and probably will always be.

On the coming clash between Lagertha and Aslaug:

Katheryn Winnick: Yes, there is definitely a big epic scene where Lagertha and Aslaug come face to face and I will say it’s pretty epic, it’s juicy and it’s memorable. I wish I could actually give away more, but it was a great scene to shoot. Lagertha felt that she needed to take Kattegat and really try to get control back. Kattegat is being run so badly and [there has]been a lot of problems with Kattegat, like people have been dying, things are not being run in a proper way as it should be, and she feels that she is doing the right thing by reclaiming it, because nobody would rule it better than she does, because she truly cares about her people. And so we had this great scene with Alyssa Sutherland who plays Aslaug and she is fantastic in it, and it was great to finally get face to face with her and Aslaug and Lagertha together.

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On The Seer’s recent freak out and what that has in store for Lagertha:

Katheryn Winnick: The Seer is the Seer. You never know necessarily what’s going to come out of his mouth, but he’s kind of the modern day psychic I guess. Everyone goes to him to see the future and also for therapy and it’s interesting to see him in a different light and in a different animated state and especially with Lagertha.

I feel that she does have a scene with him – a really strong scene – where she goes to him and he gives her some devastating news that literally changes her for not only the rest of the season but the rest of her life and it’s a really big scene. And it’s really a big moment for him answering a certain question and I think that what he actually answered I don’t think will be expected. In every choice that I make as an actress, it is in the back of my mind. I think it’s something the audience wouldn’t necessarily expect.

On Lagertha’s new female love interest Astrid (Josefin Asplund):

Katheryn Winnick: There is a big time jump in Season 4B, Lagertha is in a different place now and she developed this relationship with Astrid, who Josefin Asplund plays, and it’s a relationship that she — Lagertha has been betrayed by so many men throughout her life – obviously Ragnar by cheating on her and asking her to be a second wife and then her second husband was abusive, and then Kalf, who she groomed, tried to use her up, and she had to kill him on her wedding day. So her relationship with men, I’m not sure it will change, I’m not sure she will ever trust a man again.

So it did make sense that she would find comfort in another human being and that that human being happened to be a woman and I don’t feel that Lagertha necessarily is a lesbian. I wouldn’t necessarily see that and I never really played it that way, but she did find a love with her that other men have never been able to give her.

Also, their relationship has been for over six, seven years and considerably she is very different and brings a breath of fresh air to Lagertha’s life, and Josefin has a lot of humor and wit and that’s evident in her character and especially her sense of style and her sense of the way she deals with Lagertha is unique and that was really a lot of fun to play.

So I think you’re going to like that relationship and I think Lagertha definitely grooms her to be the warrior that she is and it was nice just to see that it’s not necessarily, ‘Oh here are two women that are in bed together’, but there is a strong bond that is not necessarily the sexual part of a relationship, but more of an emotional bond that is evident and really beautiful to see.

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On whether there is “grooming” or an endgame involved in Lagertha’s relationship with Astrid:

Katheryn Winnick: No, I don’t think there is any endgame. I think that she sees her as someone that is very comforting, but at this stage Lagertha truly feels alone, I feel, because of all the betrayal that she had. Even though she has Astrid, I’m not sure how emotionally close she is going to let anybody into her life and with Astrid there is no other motive other than caring for her. And she sees herself through her own journey and really trying to find her own path and own purpose in life at this stage and that’s why she ends up going back to Kattegat and approaches Aslaug.

On what fans have to look forward to with Lagertha and the action of upcoming battles:

Katheryn Winnick: Great question. You have to understand we are shooting right now, so we are so far beyond what you are about to see, I’m trying to refresh my memory. Yes, there is a very big battle coming up in [4B] and it’s one that’s going to be in the course of double episodes and it is in the history books and it is something that you wouldn’t expect and it is definitely epic. It’s powerful.

It’s a battle and you will see deaths, unexpected deaths. You will see challenges within the fight. You will see personal relationships getting tested, when they confront their enemies on the battlefield. And of course as an actor, for those scenes you try to be prepared as much as you can by knowing your fight choreography. Shooting in those elements of rain in Ireland, on a slop with mud, with horses, with axes, with blood, you kind of have to expect the unexpected and sometimes you find the real magic in those moments when you slip and fall and you pick up someone else’s axe because yours is gone, and everything is done a bit more sporadically.

When you see those battle sequences, it’s an opportunity to tell the story in a different way, and it’s also a way of sharing the story in the battles through the action element. And if it’s done well, which our crew is incredible in shooting those scenes and our stunt guys are incredibly talented and amazing to be able to fight against, they really give it their all and you can feel the heart going into it and understand how special this set really is, because it’s those moments that fill in the reality of us being Viking warriors.

And you can’t walk away from our set without getting banged up and you can’t walk away without being black and blue and full of cuts, it’s just part of the job and this job is not for everyone. This job is not for the divas or for the actresses that are going to be in the trailer, this is a really brutal guerilla shoot in a lot of ways, and you need a thick skin and you need to just go for it, and I think that’s what makes this job so special and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I think that’s what makes me love being a Viking. It’s because it’s raw and it’s real. And some of those cuts that you see on camera are actually real blood, I’ll tell you that for sure.


HISTORY’s Vikings returns Wednesday, November 30 at 9pm.

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Movie Review: ‘Bad Santa 2’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-bad-santa-2/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-bad-santa-2/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:27:52 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39467 Thirteen years have passed since holiday audiences were first caught off guard by the dark, raunchy, unapologetic button-pusher of a Yuletide comedy that was Bad Santa. While a sequel this long after the original is completely unnecessary, Bad Santa 2 is finally hitting theaters this holiday season and there’s enough of the first film’s dark [...]

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Thirteen years have passed since holiday audiences were first caught off guard by the dark, raunchy, unapologetic button-pusher of a Yuletide comedy that was Bad Santa. While a sequel this long after the original is completely unnecessary, Bad Santa 2 is finally hitting theaters this holiday season and there’s enough of the first film’s dark laughs to satisfy those that enjoyed the original.

Willie Sokes’ (Billy Bob Thornton) “happy ending” from the end of the first film was never going to last. As Willie points out, this type of thing is bullshit, and people don’t change and eventually being an alcoholic dickhead will make anyone sick of being around you – hence Sue (Lauren Graham) has left him and all these years later he’s back to being a broke, miserable loser.

The only person that still cares about Willie is the reliably sweet and naive Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) – now a 21-year-old man with the face of child. Unexpectedly, Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) reappears in Willie’s life with another opportunity for a big score in Chicago, which Willie reluctantly accepts. When they arrive Willie discovers he’s being pulled back into the fake Santa game once again, but this time at the behest of his own mother Sunny (Kathy Bates).

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Much like its predecessor, Bad Santa 2 is not going to be everybody’s cup of egg nog. The humor is crude and offensive and there’s not a lot of nuance to anything in this film, with the exception of Billy Bob Thorton’s performance – which is again, quite good. Thornton is the king of dry sarcasm and still somehow manages to dredge up empathy and emotion for this horrible person in a few key scenes. What worked in Bad Santa still mostly works in this film and will satisfy those in need of palate-cleansing laughs in a counter-programming alternative to the general sappiness of most holiday entertainment.

While Thornton’s performance is again surprisingly complex and impressive, young Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly reprising his role) steals the show in Bad Santa 2. The obese child was hilarious in the original and somehow manages not to lose any of the endearing charm and endlessly cheery attitude of the big, dim lug of a character. Thurman is absolutely essential as a character for both films to work, because he humanizes Willie and gives him fleeting moments of having a heart.

Tony Cox as the other one of the returning cast member Marcus was used mostly for “little people” jokes again and more crude humor, but Cox is just effortlessly funny no matter what horrible line Thornton throws at him or what goofy “little person” scenario he’s thrown – Cox makes them his own with his seething, venomous responses and hasn’t missed a step since the original.

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Kathy Bates, on the other hand, fits right in as the highest profile new cast member with great comedic timing and can pull off white trash with ease, but yet still look the part of Mrs. Claus. The character of Sunny doesn’t  have all the best one-liners in Bad Santa 2 and was more raunchy than actually funny, but Bates added an interesting new dynamic to the team and obviously was having fun doing it.

Unfortunately, other new cast members Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) play a dysfunctional married couple working for the Santa charity, but aren’t much more than plot-advancers with an occasional humorous, sexual scenario. Hendricks’ character becomes the object of Willie’s advances and she fills (ahem) the romantic focus left vacant by Lauren Graham’s departure, but has none of the character’s warm allure.

More of the humor in this film falls flat when compared to the writing and execution of Bad Santa and there’s plenty of jokes that are simply reliant on dropping the f-bomb or some other graphic word to elicit lowbrow laughs. I have no problem with that style humor if the situation and delivery are actually funny, but a bit too much of the film mirrors setups and themes that are direct copies of the original film, but with less inspired results.

But as stated early in this review, what’s broke doesn’t need that much fixin’ and the formula for Bad Santa produces a still mostly funny sequel, that while not perfect, could have been a whole lot worse. Bad Santa 2 provides exactly what’s advertised: most of the same dark, hilarious, shock humor that has hits more than misses and occasionally has a moment or two of goodwill and holiday cheer.

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‘Moana’ Character Animator Darrin Butters on Breaking New Ground http://nerdrepository.com/moana-character-animator-darrin-butters-breaking-ground/ http://nerdrepository.com/moana-character-animator-darrin-butters-breaking-ground/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:24:03 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39459 This weekend, families will be able to join Disney’s newest heroine for an exciting adventure across the South Pacific Sea when Moana hits theaters just in time for the holiday. The critically acclaimed animated adventure is another feather in the cap for Disney, whose recent string of hits includes Frozen, Big Hero 6 and this [...]

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This weekend, families will be able to join Disney’s newest heroine for an exciting adventure across the South Pacific Sea when Moana hits theaters just in time for the holiday. The critically acclaimed animated adventure is another feather in the cap for Disney, whose recent string of hits includes Frozen, Big Hero 6 and this year’s Zootopia.

One of the most interesting elements about Moana is the character of Maui, a demi-god from Polynesian folklore whose body is covered with intricate tattoos – some of which are animated. The animation team combined modern-day CG with traditional hand-drawn techniques to achieve this effect, and we recently spoke with character animator Darrin Butters about the challenges his team faced win bringing Maui and Moana to life.


One of the things I really loved about this film is that it feels like a very classic Disney film, but it still has these modern sensibilities. As someone who helped bring it to life, does it resonate with you in the same way?

Darrin Butters: It’s definitely a hero’s journey. We have somebody who’s not in a position they want to be in, and they’re pulled outside their environment. There’s something missing in their life, and I think those elements are there in a lot of our classic hero tales.

I have a seven-year-old daughter, and to have a female protagonist who kicks butt and is making things happen, instead of things happening to her… I love being a part of anything like that.

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My wife and I were at the D23 Expo last year when the first footage of Moana was unveiled, and even then the water looked fantastic. But now in the finished film, it’s just astounding.

Darrin Butters: Thank you! Our effects team really had their work cut out for them on this movie. Yes, it looks beautiful, and we wanted it to be believable – not necessarily realistic – and I think water might be the hardest thing to animate. But they also had a boat that was sailing and constantly splashing, and they had wind that affected sails and hair, and hair that was sometimes wet and sometimes dry. It was an effects smorgasbord for this movie, and I want to say I think that team knocked it out of the park.

You guys are working with a great voice cast here, but for me, the standout was Dwayne Johnson as Maui. I noticed that Maui had some of his trademark mannerisms, like the eyebrow. Do the animators study footage of the voice cast to look for these little things to add to their characters?

Darrin Butters: It really depends. When you’re recording your voice, you’re doing a different performance than acting on camera. Sometimes the talent will put all of their performance into their voice, and you don’t see any of it in their body. Other actors will give us so much in the booth that recording it really informs the character.

I love watching Alan Tudyk, because not only will he give a great performance with his face, but his alternate lines will go on for days. It’s just so great. And Dwayne Johnson, he’s just so charming – and he knows it – but he’s so humble and so endearing. He gave us so much in his performance that it couldn’t help but ooze in [to the character]. We watched a lot of Dwayne Johnson movies and looked for mannerisms that fit Maui, because if you take too many mannerisms from the actor that don’t fir the character, it’s not going to ring true. But the eyebrow was definitely something that fit Maui’s character.

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As a character animator, did you have an opportunity to work on Maui’s tattoos?

Darrin Butters: At Disney, we animate every character in every shot that we’re issued – we’re not going off the traditional model, where you animate one character throughout the entire film – so I got to animate most of the characters. The shots that I was issued were mostly Maui shots, and I got to animate some shots of him interacting with his tattoo, and that was such an interesting process, and so great to be working with this hand-drawn craftsman at Disney.

Those guys have such a legacy, and such a wealth of animation knowledge, and it just oozes out of them. They’re such giving animators, it’s such a great part of the process, and being able to have a character that had 2D elements was a new process. They would have a template for Maui’s tattoos, and they would do pencil-to-paper animation, and then we would scan those in and it would appear as a texture map in the correct place. Then we could show the directors, and they could give us notes, and it was just such a great back-and-forth to work alongside those guys.


Moana opens in theaters on November 23.

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Star Haley Lu Richardson on the “Plague” of High School http://nerdrepository.com/the-edge-seventeen-star-haley-lu-richardson-plague-high-school/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-edge-seventeen-star-haley-lu-richardson-plague-high-school/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:19:46 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39439 Haley Lu Richardson may be best known for her supporting role as Maggie in the raunchy gymnastics comedy The Bronze, but the Phoenix native is poised to make an impact with a pair of high-profile projects, the first of which is already in theaters. In The Edge of Seventeen, Richardson portrays Krista, whose friendship with Hailee Steinfeld’s [...]

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Haley Lu Richardson may be best known for her supporting role as Maggie in the raunchy gymnastics comedy The Bronze, but the Phoenix native is poised to make an impact with a pair of high-profile projects, the first of which is already in theaters. In The Edge of Seventeen, Richardson portrays Krista, whose friendship with Hailee Steinfeld’s Nadine is tested when she begins dating Nadine’s older brother.

Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for its authentic and hilarious portrayal of high school life, with our own Kyle Wilson called it “one of the best comedies of the year.” Last week, Richardsoon took some time out of her packed schedule to chat with us via phone about her role in the film.


You were working on this film at the same time that you were shooting Split for M. Night Shyamalan. How did you approach going back and forth between two projects with such different tones? 

Haley Lu Richardson: I honestly don’t know! I really don’t know how actors work on two things at the same time. It’s the first time I had done it, and I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again, because it was really hard. I’m someone that, if I’m going to do something, I go a hundred percent or I don’t do it at all. So giving one hundred percent to one movie, and then flying across the Canadian border to work on another movie… it was challenging. Both movies were super accommodating, and I’m really lucky they allowed me to work on both at the same time.

When you first read the script for The Edge of Seventeen, was there just as immediate feeling of “oh my god, I have to do this?”

Haley Lu Richardson: Oh, there were no cons. Sometimes you get a script or an audition and you have to think about what the great things are, and if there’s anything that’s not so great. But with this, Krista was one of the last roles to be cast, so by the time I was auditioning I knew all these people who were working on it. I knew that Kelly was directing it, I knew that James Brooks was producing it and kind of overseeing things, and there was literally no reason I could think of that I wouldn’t want to do this movie.

Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson in 'The Edge of Seventeen'

Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this film is that you and Hailee aren’t very far removed from the ages of your characters, which I feel adds to the authenticity. So with that being said, do you see any of yourself or your friends in this film?

Haley Lu Richardson: Oh yeah, I definitely think that’s why people are liking the movie, because it’s so real. A lot of the time in these coming-of-age comedies, I feel like where they go wrong is where they’re trying too hard to get laughs, or trying too hard to make something seem dramatic and intense.

I feel like this movie isn’t trying to be anything, it’s just showing what this girl went through – and this is what a bunch of teenagers go through in high school. Sometimes it’s messy and most of the time it sucks, and sometimes it’s really pitiful and funny. So it was really easy for me to read the script and figure out how I related to Krista and her whole journey and what she’s going through, and what Nadine is going through.

Another thing I think Edge of Seventeen captures well is the sort of immediacy of being young. When you’re a teenager, the smallest little incidents can feel like the end of the world. Do you remember any experiences from your teenage years where you thought “this is it, my life is over?”

Haley Lu Richardson: Oh yeah! I feel like every day, every second, every time I spoke to someone in high school, I had one of those moments. And I feel like that’s something everyone who’s been a teenager can relate to. That’s the thing that makes high school so hard.

A lot of times it’s not even the mean girl at school or the guy that won’t notice you or the mean group of kids that’s picking on you – it’s you that’s causing most of the problems for yourself, because you’re choosing to make all of those things affect you so deeply.

And even though I was a teenager a couple of years ago, now I look back at those things that were such a big deal and the end of the world to me in high school, and I laugh at them. When I was fifteen and thinking it was the end of the world, I wish I had that voice that was like “guess what, this isn’t the end of the world and you’re gonna laugh at this one day.”

If only we could all be as wise then as we are now.

Haley Lu Richardson: But honestly, I don’t feel like I’m that wise now! But I feel like in that one area… it literally is just when you’re in high school! There’s like some plague on high school campuses that make you feel like it’s the end of the world all the time.

Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner in 'The Edge of Seventeen'

Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’

I know we’re almost out of time, but I wanted to ask you about a movie you’re shooting in Columbus, Indiana.

Haley Lu Richardson: Yeah, I just finished that actually.

I grew up about 90 minutes north of there.

Haley Lu Richardson: That’s so awesome and so random! That’s such a small place that no one knows about, but it’s so unique with the architecture and the vibe. It’s not like anywhere I’ve ever been.

Is that a project you can talk about yet?

Haley Lu Richardson: Yeah, I can say a few things about it. It was filmed in Columbus because it takes place there, and it’s centered around the architecture, and this young woman who’s been stuck there her whole life with a single mom that’s had some drug problems. And [my character]meets this man who’s passing through from Korea, and our lives kind of intersect as we’re both dealing with family things. You just kind of see this connection form through the passage of time in these two people’s lives. I think it’s one of the best pieces of writing I’ve ever gotten to work on, so I’m really excited about it.

We don’t have a lot of movies that film in Indiana, or are set in Indiana, so I’m looking forward to checking that out.

Haley Lu Richardson: Everyone in Columbus was so nice! They were so friendly, and everyone seemed really excited about having a movie shot there.

That’s awesome. Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today, and good luck with The Edge of Seventeen, and with Split when it opens next year.

Haley Lu Richardson: And thank you for taking the time to talk to me!


The Edge of Seventeen is currently playing in the theaters everywhere.

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Movie Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-manchester-sea/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-manchester-sea/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:38:57 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39434 Casey Affleck is one of our finest actors, but he often gets overshadowed by his big brother, Ben Affleck. Even before Ben got his career back on track with movies like Argo and The Town, people seemed to forget about his little brother. Casey Affleck has slowly been growing in popularity over the past decade, [...]

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Casey Affleck is one of our finest actors, but he often gets overshadowed by his big brother, Ben Affleck. Even before Ben got his career back on track with movies like Argo and The Town, people seemed to forget about his little brother. Casey Affleck has slowly been growing in popularity over the past decade, however, earning an Oscar nomination for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and starring in his brother’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. In Manchester by the Sea, Casey delivers a raw, powerful performance that should mark a significant turning point for his career.

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Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a janitor for an apartment building. Lee lives a bitter, hopeless existence. He avoids meaningful relationships and human contact in general. At a bar, he’d rather pick a fight with a couple strangers than go home with a woman who’s clearly into him. Through flashbacks, though, we find this wasn’t always the case. Lee was once a fun-loving, charismatic guy with adoring children and a devoted wife, played by Michelle Williams in a Best Supporting Actress-caliber performance. These flashbacks are never too romanticized, as we see Lee’s marriage is far from perfect. Nevertheless, Lee is clearly happy and loves his family more than anything. Then when tragedy suddenly strikes, it’s a downhill spiral for our main character.

Back in present day, Lee learns that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died after years of battling an illness. To Lee’s surprise, he’s asked to become the legal guardian of Joe’s teenage son Patrick, played by Lucas Hedges in a strong supporting performance. After enduring so much tragedy, Lee doesn’t feel that he can be a father figure. Even if he did take custody of Patrick, Lee couldn’t live in North Shore with so many locals looking down on him. Lee attempts to do right by his nephew, though, and find a solution that works for everyone.

Manchester by the Sea is largely about the power of family and moving forward, but it avoids all the clichés you would expect from a movie like this. The filmmakers understand that grief isn’t something that a character can overcome within 137 minutes. Every person here deals with heartache in a different way. Lee copes with loss by cutting himself off from the rest of the world. Patrick is more open to confiding in others, although few people fully comprehend what he’s going through. Lee’s ex-wife has seemingly started anew, but there are still mental scars that’ll likely never go away.

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All of these characters are looking for answers, but keep coming up short around every corner. That’s basically grief in a nutshell. The fact of the matter is that terrible things happen for no reason sometimes. There isn’t always an easy solution and we all have to process these emotions in our own way. This is where the real strength of Manchester by the Sea comes from. It gives us a brutal, honest piece of reality without pulling any punches. While the ending does offer some closure, it also reminds us that the healing process never truly ends.

The film comes from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, who previously worked on You Can Count on Me, Analyze This, and Gangs of New York. Manchester by the Sea is perhaps his magnum opus, turning in one of the most authentic representations of grief in modern cinema. Of course it also helps that Lonergan has a superb leading man to work with.

In the hands of a lesser actor, Lee could have just been a brooding shell of a man. Affleck brings incredible depth to the character, however. Behind Lee’s cold exterior is an inconsolable human being calling out for help. Affleck motivates the audience to look closer at Lee and find the many layers underneath. It’s a performance that overflows with humanity, elevating Manchester by the Sea to another level of greatness.

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Six Things We Learned at the ‘Moana’ Press Conference http://nerdrepository.com/learned-moana-press-conference/ http://nerdrepository.com/learned-moana-press-conference/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:42:12 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39393 This week, Walt Disney Animation will introduce audiences to their newest heroine as Moana sails into theaters around the world for a thrilling new adventure inspired by Polynesian cultures. Featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, the film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and boasts [...]

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This week, Walt Disney Animation will introduce audiences to their newest heroine as Moana sails into theaters around the world for a thrilling new adventure inspired by Polynesian cultures. Featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, the film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and boasts an incredible soundtrack from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina.

Last weekend, we were fortunate enough to attend a press conference in Santa Monica with the cast and creative team of Moana, and we wanted to share some of the information we learned during the lively and hilarious discussion.


In order to get a sense of the culture and music of Polynesian people, the songwriters were flown to the Pasifika Music Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, where Lin-Manuel Miranda surprised everyone with his dance moves. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda: With my job offer came a plane ticket to New Zealand where everyone was already there, and you know the Pasifika Music Festival is islands and choirs from all the different islands in the Pacific, so we sort of immersed ourselves in this world. And then Opetaia, Mark and I jumped into a studio and just started banging on drums and started really trying to find the pulse of this thing in a way that honored the unique musical heritage and incredible rhythms that come out of this part of the world.

Opetaia Foa’i: But before that, we had this dance competition on the stage…

Lin-Manuel Miranda: There was a dance competition.

Opetai Foa’i: I’d never met him before. And you know, I had my suspicions about him, and he jumps onstage and dances [and] wins the competition.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Luckily Puerto Ricans can shake their hips, too.

Opetaia Foa'i performs at the 2015 D23 Expo.

Opetaia Foa’i performs at the 2015 D23 Expo.

As the leader of Oceanic music group Te Vaka, Opetaia Foa’i has garnered numerous award throughout his career. But in his younger days, he was discouraged by his family from pursuing a career in music.

Opetaia Foa’i: In my culture, music is like breathing air, and they can’t understand why somebody would make a career out of playing music. So I had to struggle throughout my whole career, my parents saying, “Get a job.” They wanted me to be a doctor, [or]a teacher. You know, I was born in a hut – a thatched-roof hut – so to find myself here in a big city with Disney like this, it’s just beyond my dreams. I’m just thrilled to be part of this amazing group of people. My mouth is still open. I’ll just sit here and look at these guys, I’m in awe.

In order to determine Dwayne Johnson’s vocal range while writing the song “You’re Welcome,” Lin-Manuel Miranda watched videos of The Rock’s wrestling days.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: I got a lot of questions from reporters this week being like, how did you get the Rock to sing? That’s not what happened here. When Dwayne accepted the role he said, “So what are you giving me to sing?” and he was really excited for this.

I went to YouTube where the answers always lie and you know, I’m a big fan of his wrestling days, and there was a time during [his]heel turn era where he would pull out a guitar and taunt whatever town he was in… And so I got a really good sense of his vocal range from that 10-minute super cut, and then the rest of it was just writing lyrics that embody the spirit of Maui, who is this amazing demi-god, trickster god. And once I had the title, You’re Welcome, which only Dwayne can pull off and still have you love him and root for him, we were off to the races.

Dwayne Johnson: It was an opportunity to challenge myself. As Lin was saying, he did his research and by the time I got the song, it was in my comfortable range as well, and then also parts of the song which pushed me a little bit, which I appreciate because that’s what I needed. Honestly, I had such a great time – one of the best times I’ve ever had in my career was actually working on this project and certainly working on that song because also, we all love challenges, and this was a challenge in that the bar is set so incredibly high in a Disney film to sing.

Ron Clements: We though of Dwayne as the new Angela Lansbury.

Dwayne Johnson: Yes I am. Proudly.

Auli'i Cravalhom at the world premiere of 'Moana.'

Auli’i Cravalhom at the world premiere of ‘Moana.’

Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho went through multiple auditions and beat hundreds of other competitors to be cast in the role of Moana. This is her first job as an actress.

Auli’i Cravalho: It’s just been an incredible journey for me. I’m 15 going on 16, I’m working with the best people in the entire world, making a film inspired by my culture, the culture that I have lived every day of my life, and that is something so incredibly special for the rest of the world to see. But as someone who is hoping to continue in show business… I was wondering, how would I continue in this and still be Polynesian and that might be an interesting concept, and it was an interesting concept for me to even think up. But as I continue in this and as I potentially might leave my home, what does that make me?

Does that still keep me Polynesian? Am I still grounded and rooted in the way that I want to be? And I can honestly say yes, because being surrounded by my family and by the Hawaiian culture every day, it seems as though I would never lose it. But to have a film like this that will inspire me and to have a character that will inspire others as well, to become rooted in who they truly are, that’s something that inspires me and that I hope will inspire others as well.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for creating the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton, but he’s actually been working on the music for Moana since before the show opened. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda: I’ve been working on this film for two years and seven and a half months, and I can tell you that with confidence because my son turned two last week and I got this job the same day I found out I was going to be a father. I’ve been working on this since before Hamilton opened, concurrently with Hamilton as we went through previews and then through Hamilton since we opened.

How do you do all these things?  I ask the same question when I see the Rock’s Instagrams at five o’clock in the morning. It actually became my oasis of calm. I prioritized writing this story. I would meet with our creative team every Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm my time and sometimes they’d see me in my 18th-century blouse because I had a curtain at seven.

But it forced me to say no to things, that I could say yes to Moana, and during previews it was a great break. If I was sick of the founders rapping I would go sail across the sea with Maui and Moana, so it actually was the opposing muscle group, it was the counterweight to the Hamilton phenomenon, and it was also sort of an island of peace when the Hamilton stuff started getting crazy in terms of crowds and in terms of attention. So I’m really grateful for Moana, because it kept me grounded and it kept me writing at a time when the world was really paying attention.

 

Dwayne Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the world premiere of ‘Moana.’

Due to his Polynesian heritage – expressed through the same sort of intricate tattoos that cover his animated counterpart – Dwayne Johnson was thrilled to be part of the film.

 

Dwayne Johnson: [Auli’i] mentioned a term, its called “Aloha Spirit,” and it’s something that is very special, it’s very meaningful to us and our Polynesian culture. Those of you who have had the opportunity to visit Hawaii or any of the Polynesian islands, it’s a very special thing, it’s an intangible, that when you get off the plane and you have your feet on the ground there, energetically it takes you to a different place. That’s Aloha Spirit. And the opportunity that we had, just as Polynesians to be part of a story and to bring to life a story of our Polynesian culture in this capacity with our great partners at Disney, musically with these masters, was just a really, really special opportunity for us. So I feel like the Polynesian people are going to be incredibly proud of the movie.

I think what’s going to touch upon all of us – regardless of where we’re at in the world, where we’re from, cultures, class, religion – is the voice. There’s so much noise that’s happening in our world, but the little voice that you’ve always got to listen to, your gut, your intuition:, you can do things, you can go beyond boundaries, and you have to trust that gut and instinct. So those are the things I feel like our people are going to take away, and the rest of the world will take away.


Moana opens in theaters everywhere on November 23.

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Disney’s “Moana’ – Free Advance Screening – Las Vegas, NV http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-moana-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-moana-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:48:22 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39430 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Moana, featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Jermaine Clement. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take [...]

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Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i,

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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Disney’s ‘Moana’ – Free Advance Screening – Phoenix, AZ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-moana-free-advance-screening-phoenix-az/ http://nerdrepository.com/disneys-moana-free-advance-screening-phoenix-az/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:45:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39427 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Moana, featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Jermaine Clement. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Disney’s Moana, featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Jermaine Clement. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i,

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer: We Get There Together, or We Don’t Get There at All http://nerdrepository.com/hidden-figures-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/hidden-figures-trailer/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:29:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39423 The arrival of awards season means we can count on at least one uplifting film based on a true story, and this year Hidden Figures is poised to fill that role with the story of three African-American women who worked in NASA’s space program during the 1960s. Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine [...]

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The arrival of awards season means we can count on at least one uplifting film based on a true story, and this year Hidden Figures is poised to fill that role with the story of three African-American women who worked in NASA’s space program during the 1960s.

Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine Johnson, a uniquely gifted mathematician who – along with colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe) – helped the United States achieve one of its biggest successes by launching astronaut John Glen into orbit, despite the frequent obstacles presented by their gender and race.

Check out the latest trailer for Hidden Figures below.

In addition to its three leading ladies, Hidden Figures also boasts an impressive collection of supporting players that includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell. This looks like precisely the sort of inspirational and optimistic film we need for the holiday season, and I can’t wait to check it out.

Hidden Figures will open in select theaters on December 25, with a wide release scheduled for January 6, 2017.

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Movie Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-nocturnal-animals/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-nocturnal-animals/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:45:43 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39415 The final few months of the year always bring with them a slew of films positioned to catch the eye of critics groups, guild members and voters, and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is no exception to that rule. But while the performances are incredible across the board, the film’s incredibly dense plot and dissatisfying resolution may [...]

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The final few months of the year always bring with them a slew of films positioned to catch the eye of critics groups, guild members and voters, and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is no exception to that rule. But while the performances are incredible across the board, the film’s incredibly dense plot and dissatisfying resolution may hinder its award season prospects.

Gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) returns from her latest opening to find a manuscript in her mailbox, an early preview of the latest novel from her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). It’s dedicated to her, and accompanied by a letter that thanks her for providing Edward with the strength to complete it – a curious claim, since they’ve not spoken in nearly two decades. As Susan’s current husband (Armie Hammer) is whisked away to the airport for a business excursion, she settles onto the couch and begins to read.

It’s here where Nocturnal Animals offers its most compelling material, as the events of Edward’s novel are dramatized for the audience, opening with Tony (Gyllenhaal) driving the desolate highways of west Texas with his wife (Isla Fisher) and daughter (Ellie Bamber). An encounter with a group of locals devolves into one of the most tension-filled, gut-wrenching cinematic sequences of the year, thanks in no small part to a terrifyingly sadistic performance by Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the trio’s redneck ringleader.

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Taken aback by the unexpectedly violent nature of Edward’s novel, Susan finds herself reflecting on their relationship, a storybook romance rooted in adolescence that finally blossomed during graduate school, but was always destined to fail. Ford attempts to balance three separate timelines, as modern-day Susan finds herself drawn deeper into the book, and thus deeper into her memories of a more idyllic time in her life, all while the gritty fictional tale continues to unfold. But only one of these narratives is truly engrossing, and it’s the one we spend the least amount of time with.

If Nocturnal Animals had been focused solely on the story from Edward’s novel, it could easily have surpassed Hell or High Water as one of this year’s best crime stories. But the frequent interruptions to showcase Susan pondering her past mistakes or to draw incredibly obvious parallels between the real-life Edward and his literary counterpart hamper the film’s pacing. It doesn’t take long to establish that Susan is a pretty terrible person that has done some pretty terrible things, but Ford chooses to browbeat the audience with this information until it becomes tiresome. As an audience, we find little reason to empathize with Susan, which makes it all the more difficult to become invested in her emotional journey.

Luckily, Nocturnal Animals boasts a collection of performances that are more than worth the price of admission. Gyllenhall deftly balances his dual role as the sweet, compassionate Edward and the tormented husband and father from the novel, while Taylor-Johnson is guaranteed to make your skin crawl as this year’s most demented and diabolical villain. And it would be a crime not to mention Michael Shannon, hijacking the film as a chain-smoking Texas lawman with a fleeting concern for things like regulation and due process. This guy is an absolute national treasure, and if he showed up in every movie I saw for the rest of the year, I would have zero complaints.

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Successfully balancing the film’s complicated three-pronged plot would be an arduous task even for a seasoned veteran, and Ford deserves a commendation for handling it as well as he does. It’s been seven years since his stellar debut with 2009’s A Single Man, and although his sophomore effort may fall short of the high bar set by that film, it’s certainly not for lack of trying.

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Hollywood is no stranger to films about the troubles of high school – it’s a battleground of loneliness, hormones and zit cream. In theory, The Edge of Seventeen sounds like just another spoke in the wheel but in reality is so much more than its genre and is overflowing with tremendous performances, unflinching humor and most importantly: a big stinkin’ heart.

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) stars as Nadine Byrd, a snarky, whip-smart teenager that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere except for with her lifelong best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). Her very comfortable, tiny world is shattered when her popular, athletic older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating Krista, making Nadine feel betrayed and more alone than ever.

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Nadine only finds solace in her lunch time rantings to one of her high school teachers Mr. Bruner, played deadpan and note-perfect by Woody Harrelson. To say he’s a scene-stealer in this film opposite Steinfeld’s performance is truly a huge compliment to his work in The Edge of Seventeen, because I can’t say enough good things about both actors.

Forget Amy Schumer, Hailee Steinfeld is now the funniest actress working in Hollywood with no qualms about getting a bit raunchy with her humor. She is an absolute riot in this film, delivering hilariously crafted one-liners and scathing insults with sincere conviction that feel every bit authentic. Steinfeld is a revelation in not only the humorous scenes, but is heartbreakingly real in the film’s numerous emotional moments – usually punctuated by some extremely awkward scenarios.

The Byrd family loses their father at an early age and the family dynamic of The Edge of Seventeen is one of the most touching and realistic aspects of the film. Kyra Sedgwick is Mona, Nadine’s mother, who is loving but also aloof and lost since the death of her husband. Sedgwick is spot-on with her frazzled, confused portrayal of a mother that leans too hard on one child for support and can’t seem to connect with the other one.

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The supporting cast all hold their own as well with a wonderfully awkward and sweet performance from Hayden Szeto as Erwin, Nadine’s classmate that is obviously infatuated with her but she doesn’t quite reciprocate. Blake Jenner as her Captain America-like older brother also manages to avoid being one-note with a pleasant surprise of a performance that shows that everyone struggles with who they are and their responsibilities.

Additionally, the bubbly, adorbs Haley Lu Richardson may not have as much to work with story-wise when compared with the rest of the cast, but her general charm and likability give Krista a level of empathy that might have been lost with a lesser performance in the role.

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This superb film has scenes that will make audience squirm, laugh out loud, cringe and cry yet still leave the theater with a huge smile on their faces. The Edge of Seventeen is an instant “high school dramedy” classic with an enormous heart and understanding of the time in everyone’s lives and is one of the best comedies and overall films of the year.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Trailer: He’s God on This Island http://nerdrepository.com/kong-skull-island-trailer-god-island/ http://nerdrepository.com/kong-skull-island-trailer-god-island/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:26:26 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39390 San Diego Comic-Con offered fans their first glimpse at Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming franchise reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm. While the first footage only presented fleeting glimpses of the titular ape, this new trailer is decidedly less shy. Check out the [...]

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San Diego Comic-Con offered fans their first glimpse at Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming franchise reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm. While the first footage only presented fleeting glimpses of the titular ape, this new trailer is decidedly less shy.

Check out the new trailer for Kong: Skull Island below.

Visually, this looks absolutely superb, but I’m surprised by the tone on display here. Our first look at the film felt very grim and dramatic, but this latest clip comes across with more of an action-adventure vibe, and a lot of the humor seems forced and out of place. It’s entirely possible that seeing everything in the context of the completed film will help John C. Reilly’s character feel a bit more natural, but right now this is something of a head-scratcher.

Kong: Skull Island also stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Toby Kebbell and Shea Wigham. The film will hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”).  The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann (“Beautiful Creatures”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Eugene Cordero (“The Kings of Summer”).oberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia’s Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will take place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, “Kong: Skull Island.”  The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-fantastic-beasts-find-them/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-fantastic-beasts-find-them/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:51:47 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39376 The wizarding world of Harry Potter is back and getting a lot bigger with the long-anticipated release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) takes over the lead actor reigns as Newt Scamander, author of the famous Hogwarts textbook, to kickoff a new series of films [...]

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter is back and getting a lot bigger with the long-anticipated release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) takes over the lead actor reigns as Newt Scamander, author of the famous Hogwarts textbook, to kickoff a new series of films with this entertaining tale that falls short of greatness, but is still highly imaginative and shows much promise for further installments.

When adventurer and lover of all magical creatures Newt Scamander arrives in New York City in 1926 with a personal mission and a suitcase full of fantastic creatures, he finds himself embroiled in an ongoing battle to keep the wizarding world from being exposed to the muggles – or “No-Majs” as they’re called in the United States – all while concurrently a mysterious dark wizard figure begins to rise.

As a film, Fantastic Beasts at its best when dealing with the lighter sides of wonder and beauty of the wizarding world. The movie has a pure heart and it is never better on display than in the scenes where Newt and his newly acquired No-Maj sidekick Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) are searching 1920s New York for a handful of instantly lovable creatures that have escaped his magical suitcase.

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The film mixes the old and new in impressive fashion with elements like the goosebump-inducing Warner Bros. logo opening with the John Williams theme cue that then cuts to the harbors of New York – a previously unseen location as the original films never journeyed to the US. As Newt introduces the viewers to the world, it is quite spectacular to focus on adult wizards and witches leading their regular lives. From casually apparating, to repairing buildings with a small gesture, the film displays just how interesting and powerful these individuals are when compared to the children that took main focus in the previous Harry Potter franchise.

Newt’s tangles with the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) and their employee and ex-Auror Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) is the lovely relationship at the center of it all, and wonderfully portrayed by Redmayne and Waterston in a understated way that doesn’t detract from the story. Tina’s sister Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) also brought a fun dynamic to our crew of heroes with her skills in Legilimency (mind reading) being both terrifying and humorous as displayed by her overall sweet nature.

But David Yates, director of the final Harry Potter films, returns to helm this one and brings his overly grim visuals that often overwhelm the lighter moments of the film. In the previous Harry Potter installments, they each earned the darkness that permeated the later films in the series, but in Fantastic Beasts it feel gritty and dark for the sake of being gritty and dark – which has been a common problem with Warner Bros. films as of late.

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One of the main plots of the film revolves around a family of “New Salem” followers that are trying to revive the Salem Witch Trials with hate and persecution of the closeted magic community. Future The Flash Ezra Miller plays adopted child Credence Barebone in this family and is physically and mentally abused by his mother in some very dark sequences. The film doesn’t get overly visual with the abuse, but the sequences are definitely disturbing for adults and especially children.

Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves, a high ranking Auror in the MACUSA, is using Creedence to track down a child within the family that he’s previously glimpsed in a vision and potentially is very powerful. Graves’ motivations are murky and confusing for the early parts of the film and Farrell seems a tad wasted in the role – especially when Graves’ mysterious past is finally revealed in the second half of the film.

Rowling’s stories have always had these types of themes of discrimination and abuse, and Fantastic Beasts is also her first screenplay, but the darkness felt heavy-handed and unnecessary throughout. Fantastic Beasts would have been better suited with more tilt toward an adventure film with a growing threat rather than feeling like a story in the midst of a full-blown war.

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Whether racing through (and destroying) the streets of 1920’s New York or introducing audiences to numerous incredibly cool new creatures inside Newt’s very TARDIS-like, bigger-on-the-inside suitcase, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of tremendous visuals and likable new characters in a new corner of the Harry Potter universe – unfortunately some of the family charm is dulled by an overall dour vibe and unnecessarily dark plot lines.

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‘Allied’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/allied-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/allied-free-advance-screening/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:53:53 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39373 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on Monday, November 21. Simply click on the [...]

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In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

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Movie Review: ‘Moana’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-moana/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-moana/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:49:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39354 It’s been a truly stellar year for animation, and even though Pixar’s long-awaited sequel Finding Dory and Walt Disney Animation’s brilliant, socially conscious Zootopia were tremendous contributions that should find themselves on plenty of Top 10 lists, Disney isn’t finished with 2016 just yet. Reaching back into their repertoire and dusting off a tried-and-true formula for [...]

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It’s been a truly stellar year for animation, and even though Pixar’s long-awaited sequel Finding Dory and Walt Disney Animation’s brilliant, socially conscious Zootopia were tremendous contributions that should find themselves on plenty of Top 10 lists, Disney isn’t finished with 2016 just yet. Reaching back into their repertoire and dusting off a tried-and-true formula for success, the studio has tapped Aladdin and The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker to bring the same sense of excitement and wonder to Moana, a thrilling tale of adventure and discovery set against the backdrop of the South Pacific seas.

Heavily influenced by Oceanic culture, the film opens with the story of Maui, a shape-shifting demigod who steals the shimmering green heart of Te Fiti, the mother island from whom all life springs. But before Maui can escape, he’s confronted by Te Kā, a demon of earth and fire who strikes him from the skies and sends him plummeting to the depths of the ocean along with his prize. The loss of Te Fiti’s heart unleashes a curse that begins spreading across the ocean, snuffing out life and engulfing the islands into darkness.

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At least that’s what Gramma Tala (Rachel House) believes, but her son, Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison), dismisses the story as nothing more than a legend meant to frighten children. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect on Moana (newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho), who dreams of being the one to fulfill the prophecy and end the curse by venturing beyond the barrier reef, locating Maui and delivering him across the sea to return the heart of Te Fiti. Her desire manifests in the film’s best song, “How Far I’ll Go,” a stirring and emotional ballad written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manual Miranda that has the potential to become another colossal hit on the same level as Frozen’s “Let It Go.”

There’s just one problem: sailing beyond the protection of the reef is strictly forbidden. But if a few pesky rules never managed to stop other headstrong Disney heroines, they certainly won’t be enough to deter Moana from pursuing her destiny, and soon she’s on her way across the ocean accompanied by Heihei, a bug-eyed chicken whose stupidity provides a near-constant source of laughter. Moana’s journey takes her to a desolate island where she does indeed find the missing Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But instead of the benevolent demigod who pulled islands from the sea with his fishhook or lassoed the sun to make the days longer, she discovers a self-obsessed braggart who revels in boasting about his accomplishments via another Miranda-penned tune, “You’re Welcome,” which Johnson gamely tackles with the same kind of zest and charisma that has rendered him a pop culture icon.

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There’s disappointment on both sides here, with Maui embarrassed that his rescue has come at the hands of a princess – “you’re wearing a dress and you have an animal sidekick,” he says pointedly – and Moana dismayed that the fearsome warrior of legend seems far more interested in adding to his own mythology than rescuing her people. But it wouldn’t be a Disney movie without a journey of self-discovery, and the events that follow have a few surprises in store for both of our heroes as they make their way across the ocean toward their destinies.

Moana marks the first foray into pure CG animation for Clements and Musker, although the film also employs a bit of classic hand-drawn artistry into Maui’s tattoos, which come to life as he relates tales of his adventures and include a “mini-Maui” silhouette that he frequently argues with. But even though the film is awash in the lush, vibrant images that have become a hallmark of the studio’s more recent productions, this still feels like classic Disney at its finest, and the sensibilities that turned the duo’s previous efforts into some of the most revered animated films of all time are alive and well here.

As with most of Disney’s classics, the music of Moana plays a significant role in the storytelling. The Tony-winning Miranda, who boarded the film before Hamilton became a worldwide phenomenon, joins forces with Disney alum Mark Mancina (Tarzan, Broadway’s The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa‘i, creator and lead singer of the band Te Vaka, for a soundtrack that honors the culture of its Polynesian influences. Audiences are almost sure to be humming the voyaging anthem “We Know the Way” as they exit the theater, but it’s just one of many equally strong selections.

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The biggest piece of the puzzle is Moana herself, and Cravalho – who earned the role after multiple auditions, beating out hundreds of competitors – imbues the character with a fiery determination, willing to break from convention and challenge authority for the sake of her people, and unafraid to take risks in pursuit of her dreams. Most refreshing of all, there’s not even a hint of a love story here: Moana isn’t defined by her connection to the men in her life, and her journey isn’t about finding romance, it’s about discovering who she truly is and where she belongs in the world.

Funny, exciting and poignant, Moana is another top-notch effort from the talented team at Walt Disney Animation, offering a refreshing spin on the princess formula inspired by a culture that is so rarely represented in Hollywood. Stunningly gorgeous visuals, vividly realized characters and beautiful, memorable songs combine to create one of this year’s most enjoyable animated films. Not only is Moana one of Disney’s best heroines in recent memory, she’s one of the best characters the studio has ever created, period.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Think of the One Thing You’ve Always Wanted http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-trailer-wanted/ http://nerdrepository.com/beauty-beast-trailer-wanted/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:34:16 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39362 Two weeks ago, we got our best look yet at Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast with a gallery of new photos, and we hoped that new footage would be on its way soon. This morning, we’re happy to announce that the wait is finally over, and Disney has released the first full-length trailer [...]

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Two weeks ago, we got our best look yet at Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast with a gallery of new photos, and we hoped that new footage would be on its way soon. This morning, we’re happy to announce that the wait is finally over, and Disney has released the first full-length trailer for the film.

Check out the Beauty and the Beast trailer below, courtesy of the film’s official Facebook page.

There aren’t really any surprises here, as this trailer is basically giving audiences a glimpse at some of the original film’s most iconic scenes in live-action form, but director Bill Condon looks to have done a remarkable job of translating the visual style of the animated classic. Every frame of this footage is absolutely gorgeous, with vibrant colors and intricate details, and now that we’re finally hearing from some of the cast we can tell just how perfect they are for their respective roles.

Speaking of the cast, let’s just remind ourselves how impressive the full roster is. Emma Watson will portray Belle, with Dan Steven as Beast and they’re joined by Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Lefou, and Kevin Kline as Maurice. And let’s not forget the enchanted items in Beast’s castle, with voice talent that includes Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza.

Disney has also released a handful of still images from the new trailer, which you can view in the gallery below.

Beauty and the Beast will open on March 17, 2017.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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Movie Review: ‘Arrival’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-arrival/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-arrival/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:38:36 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39341 Arrival is the latest from Sicario director Denis Villeneuve and tackles the often visited sci-fi subject of “first contact,” but the film itself is anything but common and provides a breathtaking, tense and emotional journey that uses sci-fi in the perfect way to tell a personal human story. I implore all of you reading this [...]

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Arrival is the latest from Sicario director Denis Villeneuve and tackles the often visited sci-fi subject of “first contact,” but the film itself is anything but common and provides a breathtaking, tense and emotional journey that uses sci-fi in the perfect way to tell a personal human story.

I implore all of you reading this review to go out this weekend and see this film – namely because it is terrific, but also Arrival is best viewed when knowing very little going into the theater. Once spoilers and images from the film start to hit the internet and television commercials try to squeeze the last dollar from the film, some of the artistry will lose its impact and the tension building that is masterfully choreographed won’t be as powerful.

So with that in mind, I will avoid any direct spoilers while giving you my take on the film, but know that major parts of the film that make it great will not be discussed here. Arrival centers around linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who is called upon, alongside mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), by US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to help establish communication with extraterrestrials after their mysterious oval-shaped crafts begin appearing all over the globe.

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The building tension leading up to the reveal of the life forms is excellently paced and absolutely gripping and made even more so by a frantic, haunting score from Jóhann Jóhannsson using vocals and experimental piano loops. Arrival is an intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi scale with global scope – but don’t expect anything remotely like Independence Day-style invasion action, because this film is all about the journey of both Adams’ character and the entire human race.

While Adams’ Louise has an enormous arc in the film with a twist that will no doubt have many people talking while exiting the theater, it’s Renner’s Ian that provides the warm heart of the film and the actor wonderfully balances the steadfast, stoic Louise. Whitaker also brings his likable gravitas to the otherwise generic military role that is used to advance plot points.

One of the highlights of the film is the fascinating and intelligent ideas and philosophies that are presented within the story. Concepts like our place in the universe, our bonds with one another, and even time itself are all explored from wholly unique perspectives. Arrival will mess with your head in all the right ways and will leave you not quite viewing your life and the world in the same exact way, possibly ever again – I also mean this in all the right ways.
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The film’s only obvious flaw is a running time of just under two hours that still feels too long. Arrival is based on the novella Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang and the film is clearly padding the source material out to reach a more standard run time for an Oscar film. If it had some more editing, the story would have had much better flow while keeping tension and emotions high.

But this film is still a fantastic achievement for director Denis Villeneuve, proving he is much more flexible of an artist than what was presented in violent films like Sicario. Arrival is a beautiful, moving piece of filmmaking that is a shining example of what science-fiction can be when approached with more intelligence and less lasers and explosions.

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‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Trailer: Dane Dehaan is Going to Space http://nerdrepository.com/valerian-city-thousand-planets-trailer-dane-dehaan-space/ http://nerdrepository.com/valerian-city-thousand-planets-trailer-dane-dehaan-space/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:29:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39336 One of the most buzzed-about presentations at San Diego Comic-Con this year was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the new sci-epic from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson. The footage screened for the crowd in Hall H was absolutely insane, and now audiences who couldn’t make the trek to San Diego can [...]

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One of the most buzzed-about presentations at San Diego Comic-Con this year was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the new sci-epic from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson. The footage screened for the crowd in Hall H was absolutely insane, and now audiences who couldn’t make the trek to San Diego can get their first look.

Check out the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets teaser trailer below.

This clip may be short on plot details, but it more than compensates with its commitment to an incredibly unique sci-fi look. Besson definitely knows his way around an action sequence, and this trailer should give fans plenty of reason to be excited about his return to the genre.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21st, 2017.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline– visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

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‘Young Justice’ Revived for Season 3 by Warner Bros. Animation http://nerdrepository.com/young-justice-revived-season-3-warner-bros-animation/ http://nerdrepository.com/young-justice-revived-season-3-warner-bros-animation/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:57:16 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39330 To paraphrase Robin, Young Justice fans were way beyond whelmed when the news dropped last night that the cult favorite animated series would return for Season 3. It has been over two years since the Warner Bros. Animation produced show left the air and left fans on A cliffhanger with no closure after two seasons [...]

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To paraphrase Robin, Young Justice fans were way beyond whelmed when the news dropped last night that the cult favorite animated series would return for Season 3. It has been over two years since the Warner Bros. Animation produced show left the air and left fans on A cliffhanger with no closure after two seasons of complex stories and deep character development. Now after years of fan outcry and a continued expanding fan base due to viewers discovering the show on Netflix etc., production has begun on the long demanded third season.  

thumbnail-young-justiceWhile the news is enough to make Young Justice fans ecstatic with anticipation, little else was released about the surprise return including premiere date and even what network/partner the new episodes would debut. The recent Twitter hashtag campaign from the shows creators seemed to hint that the show might move to Netflix, but nothing is known as of this post.

Speaking of the showrunners, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman: Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels) will be returning to the series. The voice cast unfortunately is unconfirmed at this point, but I would think if any of the principal actors couldn’t return, Vietti and Weisman wouldn’t have bothered to revive the beloved, but low-rated series.

Here’s everything we know about Young Justice Season 3 broken down into a neat little press release from Warner Bros Animation:

 STILL NOBODY’S SIDEKICK, WARNER BROS. ANIMATION BEGINS PRODUCTION ON

SEASON 3 OF “YOUNG JUSTICE,” BASED ON THE ICONIC DC SUPER HEROES

BURBANK, Calif. (November 7, 2016) — The Team is back and it’s “business as usual.” Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on a third season of all-new episodes of the acclaimed hit, action-animated series “Young Justice,” based on the characters from DC Entertainment. Season three promises new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes. Further details about the new season — including premiere date and network partner — will be announced at a later time.

Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “9 Best Animated TV Series Drawn from Comics,” “Young Justice” has been equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling. The series reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network.

“The affection that fans have had for ‘Young Justice,’ and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.  “We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”

Producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman: Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles) will be returning to the series.

In “Young Justice,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in a world of super powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. Used strategically as the secret covert weapon of the Justice League, Nightwing, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and a host of others strive to prove to their legendary mentors, as well as to themselves, that they have what it takes to be heroes.

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/fantastic-beasts-find-them-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/fantastic-beasts-find-them-free-advance-screening/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:16:20 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39326 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a new adventure from the wizarding world of Harry Potter starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a new adventure from the wizarding world of Harry Potter starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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Movie Review: ‘Moonlight’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-moonlight/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-moonlight/#respond Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:13:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39305 Many films have explored the difficulties that adolescence presents for young people struggling with their sexuality, but this story has seldom been told with such a powerful feeling of relevance and immediacy as in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced stage play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film is divided into [...]

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Many films have explored the difficulties that adolescence presents for young people struggling with their sexuality, but this story has seldom been told with such a powerful feeling of relevance and immediacy as in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced stage play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film is divided into three distinct segments of our African-American protagonist’s life, with each titled after the names other characters use to address him.

In “Little,” he’s portrayed by Alex Hibbert and introduced as a wide-eyed and terrified 10-year-old fleeing through vacant lots with his classmates in hot pursuit, threatening to “kick his gay ass.” Little manages to find refuge in an abandoned housing tenement, where’s he’s discovered by Juan (Mahershala Ali), a Cuban-born drug dealer responsible for the neighborhood dope trade. While his chosen profession might have cast him as the villain in most films, Moonlight treats Juan with a level of honesty that would almost never be attempted in more mainstream fare. His home quickly becomes a safe haven for Little, with Juan and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe) more than happy to serve the boy a meal or teach him to swim. These are good people, decent and compassionate, and the fact that Juan is simultaneously the most positive role model in the boy’s life and also responsible for Little’s mother Paula (Naomie Harris) spiraling into the throes of addiction is a tragically ironic and heartbreaking coincidence.

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Picking up 6 years later, “Chiron” finds our subject (Ashton Sanders) as a quiet, socially awkward teenager. Paula is nearing rock bottom and the bullying at the hands of his classmates is becoming increasingly violent, but his problems seem to melt away after a chance meeting with his childhood friend Kevin (Jharrel Jerome). Sharing a spliff on a moonlit beach and gazing soulfully at each other, the tension grows to a fever pitch, with each young man hesitant to initiate the contact both are longing for. Chiron’s first sexual experience is handled with a sense of grace and delicacy, which creates a harsh juxtaposition with the violent encounter in Chiron’s future – one that will change his life forever.

We fast-forward nearly a decade for “Black,” and our hero (Trevante Rhodes) has not only embraced the nickname Kevin gave him as a teen, but has also moved to Atlanta and reinvented himself from the ground up. Long gone is the scrawny kid that could barely make eye contact with his peers, and in his place is a muscle-bound Adonis with gold-plated fronts and diamond earrings. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Black has a devoted crew stationed on the neighborhood corners and kicking up a sizeable percentage of everything they sell, even while his mother is a resident at a local rehab center. But although his look and lifestyle might have given him an extra boost of confidence, Black’s old self comes rushing back after a surprise phone call from Kevin (Andre Holland), who bids him to return home for a visit.

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Each of these segments could have offered more than enough material for their own standalone film, but the fact that we only spend a fraction of our time with Chiron during each of these formative periods in his life actually results in a much clearer picture of the unique challenges that come with being gay as an African-American male. Barry Jenkins has created a deeply moving portrait of characters that mainstream cineme has neglected for too long, and Moonlight is a bold commentary on masculinity, diversity and intimacy that will no doubt resonates strongly with any viewer – black, white or otherwise – who has ever grappled with acceptance of their own identity.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Trailer #4: Batman is Cheating on The Joker http://nerdrepository.com/new-lego-batman-movie-trailer-batman-cheating-joker/ http://nerdrepository.com/new-lego-batman-movie-trailer-batman-cheating-joker/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:54:06 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39312 Before Wonder Woman makes her (hopefully) triumphant debut next year, another DC Comics character will get the spin-off treatment with The LEGO Batman Movie. The film will see Will Arnett reprise his role as Batman from The LEGO Movie along with Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Michael Cera as Dick Grayson/Robin, [...]

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Before Wonder Woman makes her (hopefully) triumphant debut next year, another DC Comics character will get the spin-off treatment with The LEGO Batman Movie. The film will see Will Arnett reprise his role as Batman from The LEGO Movie along with Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Michael Cera as Dick Grayson/Robin, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred.

Warner Bros Pictures has released another trailer for the highly anticipated family film that shows more of the wide array of Bat-Universe characters that appear in the movie and tones down the loud, annoying Robin from the previous trailer.

Watch Batman and family build this LEGO city on rock and roll via Warner Bros Pictures YouTube page below:

The LEGO® Batman Movie
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

The LEGO® Batman Movie” will be directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith and Erik Sommers & Chris McKenna, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Marvel Gear + Goods November 2016 Unboxing – ‘Mystics’ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-crate-marvel-gear-goods-nov-2016-unboxing-mystic/ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-crate-marvel-gear-goods-nov-2016-unboxing-mystic/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 01:03:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39242 There’s something strange afoot…Doctor Strange that is…to coincide with the good Doctor’s big screen debut, Loot Crate is debuting their all new bi-monthly Marvel Gear + Goods crate this November of 2016. The inaugural theme features exclusive Mystics gear and goods from the Marvel universe including the aforementioned Doctor Strange as well as the Scarlet Witch [...]

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There’s something strange afoot…Doctor Strange that is…to coincide with the good Doctor’s big screen debut, Loot Crate is debuting their all new bi-monthly Marvel Gear + Goods crate this November of 2016. The inaugural theme features exclusive Mystics gear and goods from the Marvel universe including the aforementioned Doctor Strange as well as the Scarlet Witch and more.

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! You must watch our video via our YouTube page below:

 

Head on over to the astral plane and click on the pic below to embiggen for a better look at the whole Marvel Gear + Goods shebang from Mystics:

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Remember, if you want to get in on the action with a $5 discount courtesy of The Nerd Repository, you can always head over to Loot Crate‘s website and join up to get your very own monthly crate, full of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.

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Movie Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-doctor-strange/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-doctor-strange/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:27:01 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39279 The Marvel Cinematic Universe is opening the mystical door to “magic” with the release of the Sorcerer Supreme’s debut film: Doctor Strange. While not quite A-list, Doctor Stephen Strange is definitely one of the more iconic heroes in the Marvel comics universe and his introduction is a wild, trippy ride that continues the MCU’s mark [...]

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is opening the mystical door to “magic” with the release of the Sorcerer Supreme’s debut film: Doctor Strange. While not quite A-list, Doctor Stephen Strange is definitely one of the more iconic heroes in the Marvel comics universe and his introduction is a wild, trippy ride that continues the MCU’s mark of excellence.

Fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) stars as the titular doctor, introduced as a neurosurgeon at the top of his game. Strange is a lot like Tony Stark – a rock star in his field of expertise with confidence to the point of arrogance – but Strange lacks the good-natured charisma of Stark and comes across rather brash and unapproachable.

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But when a brutal car accident leaves Strange’s hands shattered and incapable of the precision for his chosen medical field, he begins to spiral out of control, becoming desperate to recover his abilities and purpose. His quest exhausts the capabilities of the medical world and leads him on a last-ditch effort to find a rumored “spiritual” fix for his nerve-damaged hands. But what he finds in his journey is bigger and more life-changing than he could ever have imagined as the world of magic and sorcery is unveiled before his eyes.

Doctor Strange is in no way a perfect film, and suffers from many of the shortcomings of Marvel origin movies, having more in common with Marvel’s other previously lesser-known hero franchises like Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man. But Doctor Strange makes up for these stumbles in other ways, namely by presenting some of the most incredible and inventive action sequences put to film since The Matrix.

There’s no doubt you’ve seen the very Inception-like footage used in the marketing for this film, but director Scott Derrickson and his visual effects team bring an even more impressive display of them within the film. Battles run up and down skyscrapers with reality bending in all directions and portals swallowing combatants with crazy physics, making everything feel even more fantastic. I will even go against my normal position and highly recommend you see this film in 3D – Doctor Strange is one of the best 3D experiences I’ve ever had in a theater.

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But Doctor Strange does struggle, and it’s in one the most surprising areas – with Stephen Strange himself. Cumberbatch is phenomenal casting and he’ll be great in the role for years to come, but the character is written very inconsistently, especially earlier in the film when he is insufferable, making it quite hard to get a read on the character. The film takes a while to get Strange to an endearing point, while also not doing a great job of selling his journey from a magical noob to an advanced sorcerer.

The rest of the cast fares much better and includes Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) starring as the surprisingly empathetic villain Kaecilius. Mikkelsen really sells some bad expositional dialogue with a gleam in his eyes, elevating a mediocre-on-paper villain. Mikkelsen not only can pull off the intelligence aspect of the Kaecilius, but he can hold his own in the physical realm of the fight sequences.

Rachel McAdams essentially reprises the role of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple from Marvel’s Netflix shows with her character Christine Palmer, a mild love interest for Strange that is treated horribly by him in early in the film and is then used as a “medical crutch” later on when heroes get injured. Christine could have been another forgettable Marvel female supporting role like Natalie Portman’s Thor character Jane Foster, but McAdams is so darn likable that she can hold the screen with just her charm alone.

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Much was made about the casting of actress Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, due to her being both Caucasian and female, but Swinton is tremendous in the film and a clear highlight. The Ancient One is essentially Morpheus to Strange’s Neo, but Swinton imbues the role with a wonderful playfulness, and the character itself is complex and layered.

Last but certainly not least, parallel to Strange’s ascension to Sorcerer Supreme, the film also serves as an origin story for a villain: Doctor Strange comic nemesis Baron Mordo, played by the great Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Serenity) Mordo is instantly more likable than Strange and remains so throughout the film with his staunch morals and dry humor, thanks to both the writing and Ejiofor himself. His eventual fall/descent is one of the better-handled arcs in the film, making him very relatable to the audience.

Needless to say, due to the terrific chemistry and charisma of the cast and the absolutely astounding action sequences that occur fast and furious throughout Doctor Strange, Marvel Studios has another winner on their hands. It may follow some predictable origin arcs and clumsily handles a few plot lines and character moments, but the film introduces and explores a new corner of the MCU with explosively entertaining results.

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Giveaway: ‘Jason Bourne’ Blu-Ray Combo Pack http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-jason-bourne-blu-ray-combo-pack/ http://nerdrepository.com/giveaway-jason-bourne-blu-ray-combo-pack/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:50:54 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39247 Bourne is back and just in time for the holiday season as Matt Damon reprises his role as the tortured, ass-kicking operative in Jason Bourne – the action-packed fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise, coming to Digital HD November 15, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 6, 2016, from Universal [...]

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Bourne is back and just in time for the holiday season as Matt Damon reprises his role as the tortured, ass-kicking operative in Jason Bourne – the action-packed fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise, coming to Digital HD November 15, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Your friends at The Nerd Repository and The Drinks and Discourse Podcast are giving one lucky reader a chance to take home a free copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum returns for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows.  Damon is joined by Academy Award winner® Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Academy Award winner® Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, No Country for Old Men), while Julia Stiles (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) reprises her role in the series.

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  • Bringing Back Bourne – Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass discuss how they brought a beloved character back to the big screen.
  • Bourne to Fight – A behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences in Jason Bourne.
    • Bare-Knuckle Boxing – Matt Damon discusses his love for boxing and how he prepared for the bare-knuckle fight sequences.
    • Close Quarters – A behind-the-scenes look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault.
    • Underground Rumble – Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, and fight coordinator Roger Yuan discuss how they staged Bourne’s final showdown with The Asset.
  • The Athens Escape – Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discuss the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets.
  • Las Vegas Showdown – For the final act of Jason Bourne, filmmakers wanted something bigger and bolder than ever before.  Here’s an inside look at how they pulled it off.
    • Convention Chaos – Join the cast and crew on location in Las Vegas as they film the final act of Jason Bourne.
    • Shutting Down the Strip – A behind-the-scenes look at one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.

 

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‘La La Land’ Trailer: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Headline One of the Year’s Best Films http://nerdrepository.com/la-la-land-trailer-ryan-gosling-emma-stone-headline-years-films/ http://nerdrepository.com/la-la-land-trailer-ryan-gosling-emma-stone-headline-years-films/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:38:10 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39277 2016 has offered plenty of great films so far, and with awards season on the horizon there are sure to be several more waiting in the wings, but nothing this year has resonated with me quite as strongly as La La Land. Writer and director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash) has created a stunningly original musical that manages to [...]

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2016 has offered plenty of great films so far, and with awards season on the horizon there are sure to be several more waiting in the wings, but nothing this year has resonated with me quite as strongly as La La Land. Writer and director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash) has created a stunningly original musical that manages to feel incredibly modern while being steeped in Hollywood nostalgia, and the results – thanks in no small part to stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – are incredible.

We’re still more than a month away from La La Land‘s theatrical release, but a brand new trailer premiered today, offering the best look yet at one of this year’s best films. Check it out below.

Everything about this film, from the high-energy opening number to the expertly choreographed dance sequences to the undeniably catchy music, is absolutely phenomenal. Chazelle did some great work with his last film, but this one is a true masterpiece, and it deserves to be seen by everyone.

La La Land will open on December 9.

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer: Diana Prince is Here to Save the World http://nerdrepository.com/wonder-woman-trailer-diana-prince-save-world/ http://nerdrepository.com/wonder-woman-trailer-diana-prince-save-world/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:59:38 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39274 We got out first official look at Wonder Woman earlier this summer when the first trailer premiered at Comic-Con to a thunderous ovation. We’re still more than half a year away from seeing the story of Diana Prince come to life on the big screen, but there’s no harm in another peek, right? Check out [...]

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We got out first official look at Wonder Woman earlier this summer when the first trailer premiered at Comic-Con to a thunderous ovation. We’re still more than half a year away from seeing the story of Diana Prince come to life on the big screen, but there’s no harm in another peek, right?

Check out the new Wonder Woman trailer below.

The frequent use of slow-motion may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the way it highlights the incredibly stylized action. Gal Gadot still looks amazing in the title role, bringing a strength and poise to the legendary warrior princess that has seldom been seen in other superhero films.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, and with a support cast that includes Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Danny Huston, Wonder Woman will open in theaters on June 2, 2017.

“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.”

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‘T2: Trainspotting’ Trailer: Choose Life, Again http://nerdrepository.com/t2-trainspotting-trailer-choose-life/ http://nerdrepository.com/t2-trainspotting-trailer-choose-life/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:24:46 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39271 It’s been twenty years since the release of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, and the Oscar-winning director has reassembled the original cast for a brand new story. Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are back, and you can get your first look at T2: Trainspotting right here. The [...]

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It’s been twenty years since the release of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, and the Oscar-winning director has reassembled the original cast for a brand new story. Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are back, and you can get your first look at T2: Trainspotting right here.

The first T2: Trainspotting trailer surfaced early this morning, and you can check it out below.

The trailer doesn’t give much away in terms of plot – Renton comes home after 20 years and reunites with his old pals for another series of drug-induced misadventures – but the tone of this footage feels like exactly what I would want from a Trainspotting sequel. It should be interesting to see how Boyle and the cast address the idea of middle-aged men getting up to the same sort of trouble they did in their youth, and the consequences that could come from those decisions.

T2: Trainspotting is slated to open January 27, 2017 in the UK and Ireland, followed by a February 3, 2017 release in the U.S.

First there was an opportunity… then there was a betrayal.

Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

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New Photos from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remake http://nerdrepository.com/photos-disneys-beauty-beast-remake/ http://nerdrepository.com/photos-disneys-beauty-beast-remake/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:53:45 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39259 This year has seen a very slow trickle of information regarding Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starting with a teaser trailer, a poster, and a couple of early concept images. Today, we finally get our first official look at Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and other members of the cast. Entertainment Weekly has [...]

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This year has seen a very slow trickle of information regarding Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starting with a teaser trailer, a poster, and a couple of early concept images. Today, we finally get our first official look at Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and other members of the cast.

Entertainment Weekly has a massive Beauty and the Beast story in their upcoming issue, and the cover shot will look awfully familiar to anyone who loves the original animated film, as Belle (Watson) waltzes with The Beast (Dan Stevens).

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But that’s not all – the magazine also features new looks at Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and anthropomorphic household items Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumière (Ewan McGregor), and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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‘The Space Between Us’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/the-space-us-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-space-us-free-advance-screening/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:39:56 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39255 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Space Between Us, the upcoming sci-fi romance starring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson and Gary Oldman. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings There are [...]

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In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

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‘The Flash’ Loses Another Director http://nerdrepository.com/the-flash-loses-director/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-flash-loses-director/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:34:50 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39238 The DC Extended Universe is in trouble once again, as Warner Bros. has parted ways with another director over – you guessed it – “creative differences.” This time, it’s Rick Famuyiwa, who had stepped in earlier this year to continue development on The Flash after Seth Grahame-Smith left the project. The Hollywood Reporter broke the [...]

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The DC Extended Universe is in trouble once again, as Warner Bros. has parted ways with another director over – you guessed it – “creative differences.” This time, it’s Rick Famuyiwa, who had stepped in earlier this year to continue development on The Flash after Seth Grahame-Smith left the project.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story yesterday with an exclusive statement from Famuyiwa:

“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day.

I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor, and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view. I wish Warner Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”

While Grahame-Smith’s departure felt more like a studio decision related to his relative lack of directorial experience, Famuyiwa’s exit is a bit more disappointing because it sounds like he had a particular vision in mind, but Warner Bros. had other ideas for the direction they wanted to take the character.

It’s a shame too, because Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit Dope had a great sense of humor and plenty of emotional heft, and it would have been great to see him bring those same sensibilities to a comic book movie.

The Flash was expected to begin shooting early next year for a March 2018 release date, but losing a director this close to the start date could result in production being delayed – and with star Ezra Miller also attached to the Fantastic Beasts franchise, one has to assume he already has other scheduling commitments to think about, so the chances of The Flash hitting theaters on time are looking pretty slim.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, but in the meantime, you can look forward to seeing Ezra Miller as The Flash in next year’s Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/the-edge-seventeen-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/the-edge-seventeen-free-advance-screening/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:43:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39233 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of The Edge of Seventeen, the critically acclaimed comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings There are multiple dates [...]

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The Edge of Seventeen is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

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Movie Review: ‘Christine’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-christine/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-christine/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:44:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39228 Antonio Campos’ Christine, a dramatization of the events that led a young TV news anchor from Sarasota, Florida to commit suicide during a live broadcast in 1974, may turn out to be the bleakest film of the year. Despite the fact that Rebecca Hall gives one of the best performances of her career, or the [...]

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Antonio Campos’ Christine, a dramatization of the events that led a young TV news anchor from Sarasota, Florida to commit suicide during a live broadcast in 1974, may turn out to be the bleakest film of the year. Despite the fact that Rebecca Hall gives one of the best performances of her career, or the fact that Campos handles the subject of depression and mental illness with a level of rawness and compassion that we don’t often see in mainstream films, watching someone struggle to keep their life from falling apart while their sanity steadily unravels is neither easy, nor pleasant.

Christine Chubbuck (Hall) envisions herself to be the sort of hard-hitting journalist whose investigate skills can affect real change in the community, but news editor Michael (Tracy Letts) couldn’t be less interested in stories about local zoning laws. The station is getting creamed in the ratings, and the solution is simple: “if it bleeds, it leads,” a philosophy that should sound familiar to fans of 2014’s superb thriller Nightcrawler. This isn’t an approach that speaks to Chubbuck’s sensibilities, as it creates an almost direct clash with her sense of integrity, but with rumors circulating that the station owner may soon be pulling the plug and transferring a handful of talent to another market, she’s willing to play by the new rulebook.

Further complicating Chubbuck’s life is a rocky relationship with her mother (J. Smith-Cameron), whose frequent romantic trysts and thinly veiled criticisms plague her with an almost constant sense of inadequacy, and a crush on fellow news anchor George (Michael C. Hall), a well-groomed former athlete with a million-dollar smile and a fondness for Chubbuck borne from a surprisingly compassionate place. It’s clear to the audience that both characters care for our heroine, but Chubbuck either doesn’t notice the olive branches being extended in her direction, or perhaps isn’t capable of of recognizing them for what they truly are.

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Hall’s portrayal of the lonely young woman is heartbreaking and tragic, particularly when we stop to consider how little progress has been made in the way that our society thinks about mental illness. Chubbuck clearly understands that she needs help, but that would require admitting that something is wrong – and for an ambitious woman trying to claw her way up the ladder of a male-dominated industry, showing the slightest hint of weakness is a luxury she cannot afford. It’s this mentality that leads to her ultimate fate – the recreation of which feels a bit exploitative here – and the knowledge that it didn’t have to end this way makes it all the more agonizing.

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Stars Of Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ Share 6 Superhero Moments http://nerdrepository.com/stars-marvels-doctor-strange-share-6-superhero-moments/ http://nerdrepository.com/stars-marvels-doctor-strange-share-6-superhero-moments/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:23:47 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39221 During a recent press tour for Doctor Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong and Mads Mikkelsen sat down to chat about their work on the latest Marvel flick. The ensemble was ecstatic to be part of a huge motion picture and step into the shoes of the heroes and villains one of the [...]

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During a recent press tour for Doctor Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong and Mads Mikkelsen sat down to chat about their work on the latest Marvel flick. The ensemble was ecstatic to be part of a huge motion picture and step into the shoes of the heroes and villains one of the most interesting – and challenging – properties in comics. 

As Kaecilius, the film’s antagonist, actor Mads Mikkelsen threw himself into the role based on his desire to be part of an action-packed film like the ones he grew up with:

“Basically half of my life I was reading comic books, and the other half I was watching Bruce Lee. So when Scott was pitching this story for me, I think 10 minutes within the pitch he said, ‘And there’s a lot of kung-fu and flying stuff.’ I said, ‘Whoa, hold on, rewind. Look, the kung-fu, I’m in. Let’s go.’

It’s a childhood dream coming true. It’s just amazing that at the age of 108, I get the chance to fly around in orange clothes. it was a dream coming true. I mean, something as a kid you were looking at, it’s like obviously you would never dream about being up there, but you identified with the characters, right? And so yeah, it’s a big honor to be here.”

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Starring as Doctor Strange is Benedict Cumberbatch, who director Scott Derrickson and producer Kevin Feige chased for months, even changing the film’s schedule in order to attain their first choice for the role. The English actor felt very fortunate to don the cape Strange fans have been eager to see on the big screen. He shared his very own superhero moment:

“I was sort of giddy like a child at Halloween. It was the first moment, really, properly, and Alex spotted it – our brilliant designer who’s done a few of these films – and she went, ‘Oh, you’re having the superhero moment, aren’t you?’ I went, ‘Yeah, I think I am.’

It really was the penny drop moment for me. You know, this film had lots of alluring qualities, lots of things that made me really want to go to it and this character in particular, and in particular what Scott and Kevin were pitching to me is his trajectory, his origin story and where he was going to lie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the journey he goes on was sort of supremely important to me, and the qualities of drama but also great humor amongst that profundity and that oddness and unique weirdness and newness that we were going to bring visually. So I’d kind of put the hero thing on the backburner, so when I first had that moment, it really was quite giddy. I just did stand up just giggling.

And then the second time it really hit home was near the end of the main body of the shoot, when we were in New York we were on Fifth Avenue and there were as many paparazzi as there were crew, it was getting a little bit surreal – but we were on Fifth Avenue and running down and sort of jumping – or skipping really, but jumping to fly – and there was the Empire State Building in the same eye line, and it was just a moment of magic to think that the men and women that first crafted these comics on the floors of that building and other buildings in that town, and there I was playing one of those characters.”

His co-star Benedict Wong definitely felt like he was also living a childhood dream:

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of this. I mean, growing us a kid I was always collecting Marvel comics, and especially Spider-Man comics, and it’s just lovely to see my investment as a child has come to fruition in my adult life.”

Tilda Swinton described the on-set antics that made everyone feel like they were using magic powers, just like the characters they were portraying, and how she couldn’t imagine how spectacular the effects would look in the completed film:

“We had a proper master working with us for weeks, I would say, I mean, just as much as learning martial arts we were learning how to tutt with J-­Funk. And he taught us a series of extraordinary, very precise movements.

It’s such fun because you have these extraordinary visual effects and the director saying, ‘By the way, this is going to look like this.’ And they’ll show you one shot, and you’ll go, ‘It’s going to look like that?’ And they say, ‘Yeah, trust us, it will.’ And then you kind of forget that. And then if you’re lucky enough, as I have, to have seen the film and seen what they did with it, it’s beyond anything they warned us it was going to be, and that’s kind of why we look fairly relaxed about it because we had no idea. I think if we’d known it was going to be so awesome, we would have been like: ahhh!”

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Mikkelsen on the complexities of playing the film’s very determined foil to Doctor Strange:

“Well, I always play all characters as a hero. I mean, I think we have to look at it that way. The key to any good villain, which I think was very clear from the beginning in this script, is that they have a point. It’s not completely crazy what they’re saying. There is a point. Even in Doctor Strange’s eyes he does believe ‘I have a point’. Even though it’s for a fraction, if that.

And I think that’s the key for a good villain. You have to have something the audience identifies with, so he doesn’t just go ballistic and say “I’m going to take over the world because I can.” It’s fun. So I’m onto something and I think all good villains should be there, and then obviously it’s in the script and Scott was on that page, and so we tried to make him a man who believes in what he’s talking about, a little like, you know, a demagogue, Jonestown, whatever he’s called, right? Somebody who believes utterly in every word he says.”

Stephen Strange has been described as very similar to Cumberbatch’s other iconic character, Sherlock Holmes, but the actor refuted those claims by comparing the two to break down the differences. One did give him the chance to display more comic book heroic attributes:

“I’d say it’s slightly different. I mean, there’s a Venn diagram of similarities, there is the crossover of clever and arrogant I suppose, and workaholic, but you know, Strange is a materialist, he’s egocentric but he’s got charm and he’s witty, he’s liked by his colleagues, he’s had relationships with them. He’s not this sort of cut off outsider sociopathic asexual obsessive that Sherlock is. So yeah, there’s a world of difference and yeah, he lives in New York and eats bagels every now and again so that’s also different. You know, he’s a man of the world, as opposed to Sherlock, who isn’t.”


Marvel’s Doctor Strange opens on November 4.

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‘Ballers’ Interview: Donovan Carter on Transitioning from Football to Acting http://nerdrepository.com/ballers-interview-donovan-carter-transitioning-football-acting/ http://nerdrepository.com/ballers-interview-donovan-carter-transitioning-football-acting/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:42:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39213 With two seasons under its belt, HBO’s hit sports drama Ballers shows no signs of slowing down: a third season renewal has already been issued, and the series is the most-watched half-hour show in the network’s lineup, with an average of 7.1 million viewers per episode. Fans who might have missed some of the action [...]

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With two seasons under its belt, HBO’s hit sports drama Ballers shows no signs of slowing down: a third season renewal has already been issued, and the series is the most-watched half-hour show in the network’s lineup, with an average of 7.1 million viewers per episode.

Fans who might have missed some of the action – or who just want to relive their favorite moments – are in luck this week, as Ballers Season 2 has just been released on Digital HD platforms. Last week, we were fortunate enough to catch up with series star Donovan Carter to chat about his role as Dallas Cowboys defensive end Vernon Littlefield, and his transition from the gridiron to Hollywood.


Donovan Carter: How you doing, Brent?

I’m good. How are you?

Donovan Carter: Just happy to see another day, man.

Well, thanks for taking a few minutes to chat with us today. I appreciate it.

Donovan Carter: No problem.

So I didn’t know this until I started doing a little bit of research, but you actually played football at UCLA, correct?

Donovan Carter: Yes, sir! Go Bruins!

I’m based out of Phoenix, and my wife and I were at the ASU and UCLA game a couple of weeks ago.

Donovan Carter: Aww, man, don’t mention it. That one still hurts.

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That first half was a little tough to watch, but that second half was really exciting.

Donovan Carter: Yeah, we almost pulled away with that one, but our quarterback got hurt. It’s always tough to win if your starting quarterback goes out. But yeah, the second half was really entertaining. That first half, I was falling asleep on my couch.

Do you still follow college sports? Is UCLA still the team you root for every weekend?

Donovan Carter: Yeah, absolutely. UCLA is my alma mater, so I root for them and I watch all their games. I keep track of some other schools, like Clemson and Louisville and Michigan, but I try to go to as many UCLA games as I can.

So coming out of football and transitioning over to acting, Ballers is your first acting role, and you’re sharing the screen with some heavy hitters. Was acting something you had been interested in before?

Donovan Carter: I was interested as a kid, I used to watch a lot of television growing up. It was always one of those things where it was like “man, I wish I could do that.” But I didn’t really know how to go about it, and then I just fell into sports, and I got a scholarship to go to UCLA. So it was tough to do acting and go to school and go to practice, so I kinda let the dream go away, but it was always something where if the right opportunity came along through football, I might attempt it and see if I liked it.

Once I got done with football, I was just kinda weighing my options and seeing what I wanted to do for my next step. And the role just kinda fell in my lap – God blessed me with an opportunity, and I’m just glad I got picked for the part.

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With your background in football, you probably have a bit of insight into what the real life day-to-day lifestyle is like. Do you think Ballers gives a pretty accurate depiction of that lifestyle?

Donovan Carter: Yeah, I really do. We have amazing writers, and they do a great job, and I really do think it depicts these athletes and their lifestyles, and how something small can just be blown up so big. I mean, you look at Dez Bryant this week: he cut his finger making soup, and it made the national news.

People cut their finger every day, but we all don’t wind up on the news. So I think it gives people insight into these athletes and what they’re going through, and maybe shows them a little bit of compassion at the end of the day.

The thing I really enjoy about the show is that it’s not really about football, it’s about the players and their lives and the things they deal with. I think it really humanizes the players, and makes you relate to them, and it also gives fans of the game some insight into things we might not normally see.

Donovan Carter: I definitely agree. I like that it’s away from the locker room and away from the field. It’s their real life: they’re talking about their families and their financial issues and their contracts, just the day-to-say stuff like you said. People can’t see that, they just see them on the field, see them performing, and that’s it.

Are there any similarities between you and Vernon? Anything from your own experiences you were able to bring to the role?

Donovan Carter: Yeah, a little bit. I feel like we’re both big, humble guys, and he’s real family oriented, and I’m the same way. That was my goal, I wanted to go to the NFL and get my mom a house, you know? Take care of my parents, because they made so many sacrifices for me to get where I’m at, that I wanted to do something for them. So I can definitely relate to the some of the things about Vernon, we definitely have similarities.

Obviously, you’re not the only one on the show with a sports background – you’ve also got The Rock, who made a successful transition from sports to acting. Did he give you any advice to help you make that transition a little easier?

Donovan Carter: Yeah, when I first started I was a little intimidated, because it was my first role. But he just pulled me over to the side and told me “we got you for you. Everybody believes in you, everybody knows you can do it.” And that really helped me out a lot.

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Going back to something you mentioned earlier, about the way athletes are looked at differently in the media – obviously, one of the biggest ongoing controversies in the football world is Colin Kaepernick and his protest of the national anthem. As someone who comes from that world, do you think athletes should use their celebrity status to speak up about social issues? Or do you think that should be more of a private thing?

Donovan Carter: I think whatever way you can use your fame or your celebrity to spread something good, or spread awareness, I think you should. I just wish more people would do things collectively – don’t just do it by yourself, get the whole team to do it. I think that would’ve made a bigger statement. But I do respect Colin and all these other people who are using their platform to speak against it, because not a lot of people are willing to do that.

That brings up another thing I wanted to ask about: the team mentality. In football, there’s a brotherhood, there’s a camaraderie. Working on Ballers, you’re emulating that world, but you’re also working every day alongside the same people. Does that have a similar kind of team mentality, since you’re spending so much time with these people? 

Donovan Carter: Yeah, absolutely. That’s one thing I was so thankful for when I got the role, because I felt like I was back on the team. I think athletes can get depressed a little bit, because you’re used to being around these people, and then when the game is over you start moving on, and you’re alone.

So I was just grateful to be back with a good group of people, and my cast are just like my teammates: I can rely on them, and they can rely on me. I know when I go to work, they’re gonna do their job and they’re gonna do their absolute best, and they can depend on me to do the same thing.


Ballers Season 2 is currently available on Digital HD. 

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Movie Review: ‘Oasis: Supersonic’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-oasis-supersonic/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-oasis-supersonic/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:04:34 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39201 Brit-Rock super band Oasis was a global sensation, although some might say they were more of an acquired taste here in the US. Sure, everyone knows their iconic anthem hits Don’t Look Back in Anger, Champagne Supernova and the now infamously clichéd acoustic guitar progression of Wonderwall. But unless you’re a super fan like myself, most [...]

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Brit-Rock super band Oasis was a global sensation, although some might say they were more of an acquired taste here in the US. Sure, everyone knows their iconic anthem hits Don’t Look Back in Anger, Champagne Supernova and the now infamously clichéd acoustic guitar progression of Wonderwall. But unless you’re a super fan like myself, most Americans probably don’t know the cultural impact and the meteoric rise of possibly the last true rock band to take the stage before the digital age of music.

That’s where director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) and movie studio A24 come in with the excellent new documentary Oasis: Supersonic. The film chronicles the rise (and some of the fall) of the rowdy rock band led by the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel – whom also executive produced the film.

Fresh off his Oscar win for Amy, director Asif Kapadia executive produces the film that again tackles personalities from the music industry, but this time with more whimsy, due to the subject matter of Oasis: Supersonic being more playful than tragic, although there are some emotional moments. Longtime fans will get plenty of fascinating behind the scenes looks at the recording of the band’s landmark albums Definitely Maybe and What’s the Story, Morning Glory?, while casual or non-fans will get to see a true-blue rock’n’roll story, from their meager beginnings to record-shattering, hotel room smashing, globe-trotting shenanigans.

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Whitecross rather ingeniously ditches the “talking heads” style of many documentaries and never once shows either of the modern-day Liam or Noel talking about their past. Instead, Whitecross employs voiceover style narration, sometimes with subtitles due to the boys’ heavy accents, as well as incredibly fun animated sequences and montages of raw footage to pad out elements of their career.

Everything leads up to the epic concert experience from Knebworth in 1996, which saw 250,000-plus come out to take part in the pinnacle of the band’s popularity, and the lone moment where they could truly say they were the biggest band in the world. Whitecross can’t take credit for the shots at this particular performance, but thankfully the event was well documented by many filmmakers and it’s truly a sight to see.

The biggest drawback to Oasis: Supersonic is also its most impressive asset – the involvement of the Gallagher brothers. The brothers have long since split up and went their separate ways, but the documentary only focuses on the very early rise of their career, only portraying portions of the legendary sibling squabbles that eventually led to their ultimate demise as a band.

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The documentary also clocks in at just over two hours which seemed a bit excessive for the story Whitecross was telling, unless you’re a lifelong devoted fan like myself. Rather than take the more accurate, less storybook ending look at their career and the over-a-decades worth of albums that followed What’s the Story, Morning Glory, the documentary ends on a “raise your first” type feel-good moment, whether accurate or not, and it makes for one hell of a good rock’n’roll story.

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‘Doctor Strange’ – Free Advance Screening – Albuquerque, NM http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-albuquerque-nm/ http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-albuquerque-nm/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:09:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39197 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on [...]

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From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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‘Doctor Strange’ – Free Advance Screening – Las Vegas, NV http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/ http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-las-vegas-nv/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:08:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39195 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on [...]

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From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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‘Doctor Strange’ – Free Advance Screening – Tempe, AZ http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/ http://nerdrepository.com/doctor-strange-free-advance-screening-tempe-az/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:06:10 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39191 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening will take place on [...]

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From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/hacksaw-ridge-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/hacksaw-ridge-free-advance-screening/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:50:30 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39186 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Hacksaw Ridge, based on the inspirational true story of WWII veteran Desmond Doss, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Teresa Palmer. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get [...]

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The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Hacksaw Ridge, based on the inspirational true story of WWII veteran Desmond Doss, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Teresa Palmer. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters!

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HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Loses Director Tim Miller http://nerdrepository.com/deadpool-2-loses-director-tim-miller/ http://nerdrepository.com/deadpool-2-loses-director-tim-miller/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:33:40 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39183 After Deadpool opened to a colossal $132 million, a sequel was soon on the fast track to production. The entire creative team behind the original film was expected to return, but now it sounds like that won’t be the case: Deadline is reporting that director Tim Miller has made the decision to exit the project after “a [...]

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After Deadpool opened to a colossal $132 million, a sequel was soon on the fast track to production. The entire creative team behind the original film was expected to return, but now it sounds like that won’t be the case: Deadline is reporting that director Tim Miller has made the decision to exit the project after “a series of creative differences” with producer and star Ryan Reynolds. 

Prior to its theatrical release earlier this year, Deadpool had languished in various stages of development for years before 20th Century Fox finally gave a greenlight in 2014, after a brief concept video surfaced online and sent fans of the foul-mouthed mutant into a frenzy. The studio had been hesitant to pull the trigger on Deadpool after other R-rated comic book adaptations had underperformed at the box office, but there was no reason to worry: the film set a number of box office records and grossed more than $782 million worldwide to make it one of the most successful superhero films of all time.

News of Miller’s exit is surprising, as his passion and dedication was a major factor in getting the original film off the ground. In fact, many speculate that he was responsible for leaking the concept footage that eventually led to Fox greenlighting Deadpool in the first place, but Miller himself has stopped short of admitting his involvement. Also, it’s worth pointing out that Miller had never actually signed an official deal to return for Deadpool 2, but it was no secret that he was hard at work developing the story with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

At this point, we don’t have any details on what “creative differences” he couldn’t hash out, but back in August /Film reported on a rumored disagreement over who should be cast as the mutant mercenary Cable: Miller had his eye on Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler, but Fox reportedly wanted Liam Neeson in the role to bring a bit more star power.

Regardless it doesn’t sound like Miller and Fox are parting ways as enemies, as he’ll be jumping right into another major project for the studio: Influx, an adaptation of the sci-fi thriller novel by Daniel Suarez, with a script by War for the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback. So I suppose all’s well that ends well, but hopefully Miller’s Deadpool 2 replacement shares his passion and excitement for the character.

Deadpool 2 is expected to hit theaters in 2018.

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Movie Review: ‘Certain Women’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-certain-women/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-certain-women/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:16:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39177 After a sold-out premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival garnered a sizeable amount of positive acclaim, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women has been on my radar for most of the year. I sat down to view the film last weekend fully expecting an engrossing, emotional and well-acted portrait of the sort of female characters that are rarely front and [...]

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After a sold-out premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival garnered a sizeable amount of positive acclaim, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women has been on my radar for most of the year. I sat down to view the film last weekend fully expecting an engrossing, emotional and well-acted portrait of the sort of female characters that are rarely front and center in mainstream offerings, but while the performances are undeniably strong, that’s about the only positive thing I have to say.

Certain Women is a collection of three shorter narratives (although that word doesn’t feel remotely accurate in this situation), featuring three different small-town women whose lives intersect (barely) in the most mundane and insignificant ways you might be able to imagine. The first segment follows a lawyer (Laura Dern) whose hapless client (Jared Harris) is trying to negotiate a better payout from a personal injury suit, while the second features a humorless wife (Michelle Williams) bartering with an elderly farmer over the sale of a pile of rocks. Trust me, it’s every bit as exciting as it sounds.

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The third vignette is easily the film’s best, as a lonely rancher (newcomer Lily Gladstone) finds herself drawn to a recent law school graduate (Kristen Stewart) teaching a night class about education law. Every night, the two meet at a local diner for coffee and conversation – although Gladstone’s character partakes in precious little of either, preferring to stare nervously across the table at the object of her affection. It’s clear that she’s smitten, and even more clear that Stewart’s frazzled educator isn’t on the same wavelength, which we know can only lead to misery.

In fact, misery seems to be the recurring theme in Certain Women. No one in this film seems to be happy about anything, and the bleak Midwestern setting and muted color palette only add to its air of melancholy. Every character we meet is either angry or sad (or both), and Reichardt’s predilection for long takes with no dialogue leaves the audience with nothing to do but wallow in the despondency of her subjects. The film’s opening – a four-minute static shot of a train rolling slowly across the plains and into town – is one of the most exciting moments, and it’s pretty much all downhill from there.

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I’ve enjoyed some of Reichart’s other work – most notably 2013’s Night Moves – but found her latest effort to be excruciating and tedious. At times, it seems that she’s trying to comment on the way our patriarchal society often regards women as inferior beings – such as the scene where the aforementioned elderly farmer repeatedly ignores Williams’ attempts to broker a deal in favor of making unrelated small talk with her husband – but none of these themes are actually explored, which could have made for a far more interesting experience, and one that might not have felt like a chore to sit through. I’ve always found the best films to be the ones that evoke the strongest emotions, but Certain Women exists at the other end of the spectrum, unable to inspire anything beyond contempt, disdain and disinterest.

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Donald Glover Joins the ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Film as Lando Calrissian http://nerdrepository.com/donald-glover-joins-star-wars-han-solo-film-lando-calrissian/ http://nerdrepository.com/donald-glover-joins-star-wars-han-solo-film-lando-calrissian/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:21:56 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39171 We’ve known for several months that Hail, Caesar! breakout star Alden Ehrenreich would be portraying a younger Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars film, and now another key role has been confirmed: Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover has been cast as Lando Calrissian. The idea of Glover portraying the smooth-talking smuggler has long [...]

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We’ve known for several months that Hail, Caesar! breakout star Alden Ehrenreich would be portraying a younger Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars film, and now another key role has been confirmed: Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover has been cast as Lando Calrissian.

The idea of Glover portraying the smooth-talking smuggler has long been supported by Star Wars fans, especially after rumors surfaced over the summer that he was being eyes as the frontrunner for the role. Apparently Lucasfilm was listening to all of that positive feedback, and it’s hard to envision a better choice.

Here’s the official word from StarWars.com:

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Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han SoloStar Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the showCommunity, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.

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Loot Crate Oct 2016 Unboxing – ‘Horror’ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-crate-oct-2016-unboxing-horror/ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-crate-oct-2016-unboxing-horror/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:25:28 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39160 The scariest of holidays descends in just over a week and The Nerd Repository is getting in the spirit with October’s Loot Crate theme crate of Horror. Loot Crate‘s Oct 2016 crate features exclusive items including an exclusive The Walking Dead t-shirt and other highly collectible items from classic scary movie franchises like Nightmare on Elm [...]

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The scariest of holidays descends in just over a week and The Nerd Repository is getting in the spirit with October’s Loot Crate theme crate of Horror. Loot Crate‘s Oct 2016 crate features exclusive items including an exclusive The Walking Dead t-shirt and other highly collectible items from classic scary movie franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th!

Don’t move, don’t even blink – just watch our Horror-fying video via our YouTube page below:

Remember, if you want to get in on the action with a $5 discount courtesy of The Nerd Repository, you can always head over to Loot Crate‘s website and join up to get your very own monthly crate, full of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.

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What’s that stalking up behind you? It’s this month’s Loot Crate—filled with terrifyingly terrific and frighteningly fun collectibles and apparel from your favorite horror franchises! Stay together, don’t try to start your car, and for god’s sake, don’t trip over anything!

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Loot Pets Oct 2016 Unboxing – ‘Horror’ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-pets-oct-2016-unboxing-horror/ http://nerdrepository.com/loot-pets-oct-2016-unboxing-horror/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:01:18 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39155 As the fall leaves…well, fall – Halloween is just around the corner and October’s Loot Pets theme gets a bit spooky for our little monsters at home with Horror. Loot Pets’ Oct 2016 crate features exclusive items including The Walking Dead apparel for your pups, a toy featuring the greatest ghost de-bunker of all time, [...]

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As the fall leaves…well, fall – Halloween is just around the corner and October’s Loot Pets theme gets a bit spooky for our little monsters at home with Horror. Loot Pets’ Oct 2016 crate features exclusive items including The Walking Dead apparel for your pups, a toy featuring the greatest ghost de-bunker of all time, Scooby Doo, and even a Gremlins goodie for your four-legged trick r’ treaters.

Light those pumpkins and get your kibble treat bags ready by watching our video via our YouTube page below:

Remember, if you want to get in on the action with a $5 discount courtesy of The Nerd Repository, you can always head over to Loot Crate‘s website and join up to get your very own monthly crate, full of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.

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OCT’S THEME IS ‘HORROR’

What’s that stalking up behind you? It’s this month’s Loot Crate—filled with terrifyingly terrific and frighteningly fun collectibles and apparel from your favorite horror franchises! Stay together, don’t try to start your car, and for god’s sake, don’t trip over anything!

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TV Review: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-rocky-horror-picture-show-lets-time-warp/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-rocky-horror-picture-show-lets-time-warp/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:39:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39147 Where does one begin trying to talk about the original version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show? There’s really no easy way to describe the phenomenon to someone who hasn’t seen it. There’s really no middle ground – you either love it or you hate it – but there is one thing that stands true: seeing [...]

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Where does one begin trying to talk about the original version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show? There’s really no easy way to describe the phenomenon to someone who hasn’t seen it. There’s really no middle ground – you either love it or you hate it – but there is one thing that stands true: seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show during a midnight showing with the live cast and audience participation is an experience like none other.

The original Rocky Horror Picture Show is not the greatest musical by any means, but it gained its notoriety by watching cast members act out the scenes while the movie is being played, throwing popcorn when the actors in the movie do, and yelling back at the screen with hilarious quips and mostly perverted comments during certain points in the movie. That is what makes The Rocky Horror Picture Show so magical.

I remember watching it when I was a child and thinking to myself, “This movie is dumb.”  However, the first time I went with some friends to see it in the theaters, I fell in love. Every Saturday night for almost four years, I was in that theater, throwing toilet paper, and yelling at the movie screen. Anyone who has been to a live showing, will tell you this is the only way to truly enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again is an attempt to bring a new generation of fans into the twisted world of a sweet transvestite, from transsexual Transylvania. The remake has a decent amount of talent behind the project: Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) takes the lead role of Dr Frank-N-Furter, an iconic role originally portrayed by Tim Curry. Victoria Justice (Victorious), Ryan McCartan (Heathers: The Musical) and Adam Lambert all join Laverne in this almost scene-for-scene remake of the original.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again has to be looked at from two different perspectives, one being what it is: a musical made for a new generation, with catchy songs, a paper-thin plot line and a cast of virtual nobodies. The other way is for everyone who grew up on the original.

I am one of those who grew up on the original and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again feels like nothing more than a cheap Dollar Store knock-off. From the slaps on the side of a machine, to the way the background dancers dodge Eddie on his motorcycle, but only with a less talented cast, and butchered versions of the songs we’ve all grown to love.

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The most well-known song from the original is The Time Warp, and the remake version just didn’t seem to have as much energy and pizzazz as its predecessor. After listening to that version, I wish I could do the time warp again, and go back to when I started watching this travesty and stop myself by any means necessary.

The only redeeming qualities of this bargain-bin remake was that they set the movie up as if it was shown in a movie theater, and at times the camera would show the crowd interacting with the movie. Popcorn throwing, tossing rolls of toilet paper at the screen during Dr. Scott’s scenes, yelling back at the screen: essentially paying homage to what made the original film so popular, and seeing Tim Curry portray the narrator of the film was a wonderful touch. Outside of that, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again is an utter disaster.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again premieres Thursday, October 20th on Fox.

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TV Review: ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-dirk-gentlys-holistic-detective-agency/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-dirk-gentlys-holistic-detective-agency/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:47:31 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39130 BBC America, the network that brings you Doctor Who and Orphan Black, is once again trying to bring the fanboy magic with their potential new cult series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The series is written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle) and is very loosely based on the beloved book series of the [...]

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BBC America, the network that brings you Doctor Who and Orphan Black, is once again trying to bring the fanboy magic with their potential new cult series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The series is written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle) and is very loosely based on the beloved book series of the same name by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) stars as Todd, an aimless bellhop middling through life, who has everything flipped upside down when he’s dispatched to the penthouse at work that has just been the scene of the horrific murder of millionaire Patrick Spring. This brings eccentric Brit detective Dirk Gently sniffing around Todd’s life where he becomes certain Todd was meant to assist him in solving this murder mystery.

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This all might sound like a pretty straight forward plot premise, but I assure you, dear reader, that the previous description is boiled down to the absolute basic element of the show. BBC America was kind enough to provide us with the first three episodes of the series and they are big goofy, confusing, bizarre and instantly obsessable hours of television brimming with content for fans to dissect and theorize over.

Samuel Barnett co-stars with Wood as the title character of Dirk Gently with the same exuberance and eccentricity that made fans fall in love with Matt Smith as The Doctor. Gently believes that everything is connected and literally just follows the signs the universe gives him to attempt to solve mysteries. Barnett has the unbridled enthusiasm of a puppy and shouldn’t take long to endear himself to audiences.

Elijah Wood is in many ways just playing his character Ryan from Wilfred – the exasperated lonely guy that gets an injection of adventure from an unconventional new friend. Wood has that role down and brings his big screen credibility to the show – something much of the rest of the rather unknown cast lacks.

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But the show isn’t just about this duo – it actually has quite a wide and varied cast that thus far, after three episodes, still have yet to cross paths and only have minor connections revealed to the main investigation.

The most memorable of which is the show’s other duo: Ken (Mpho Koaho) the hacker who finds himself the target of crazed assassin Bartine “Bart” Curlish (Fiona Dourif) who mistakes him for Dirk Gently, while employing the “holistic” approach (i.e. letting fate guide her) to direct her murdering. The two are a dark reflection of the dynamic between Dirk and Todd and Dourif is particularly fascinating as the blood soaked killer with a gruff, silly New York-style accent.

The other threads of the show are too numerous to breakdown in just this review, but consist of Todd’s sister Amanda (Hannah Marks) who suffers from Pararibulitis (look it up, it’s a terrifying condition), a quartet of four psychic vampires hilariously called the Rowdy 3 (led by Wynnona Earp‘s awesome Michael Eklund), Farah Black (Jade Eshete), a security officer assigned to protect the murder victim’s daughter, and Gordon Rimmer (Battlestar Galactica‘s Aaron Douglas), a bumbling cult leader with a temper (and another silly accent/voice) that is searching for his missing corgi dog that is tied to the case.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency won’t be for everyone, for a large part due to the intentional slow burn of how everything fits together in the narrative. The series also walks a line of silliness and camp, mixed with some dark tones and moments of horror that create an odd dynamic that might turn off some. Most importantly, if the show doesn’t nail the dismount on the payoff of all these bizarre story threads, the ride to that point will be an even more frustrating one.

But cults, vampires, aliens (?), government experiments? I’ll just come out and say it – this show is just really, really, weird. But genre fans looking for the next LOST-style show to obsess and theorize over, mixed with a little Doctor Who-like eccentricity then Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency might just be the show fate has led to you.


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency premieres Saturday, October 22 on BBC America

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‘Logan’ Trailer: Wolverine Still Has Time… But Not Much http://nerdrepository.com/logan-trailer-wolverine-time/ http://nerdrepository.com/logan-trailer-wolverine-time/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:27:11 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39124 For the past 16 years, Hugh Jackman has been the only actor to portray the popular X-Men character Wolverine on the big screen. He’s appeared in every single X-Men film, as well as two standalone adventures, and next year he’ll be walking away from the role after his final performance in Logan. It was just two [...]

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For the past 16 years, Hugh Jackman has been the only actor to portray the popular X-Men character Wolverine on the big screen. He’s appeared in every single X-Men film, as well as two standalone adventures, and next year he’ll be walking away from the role after his final performance in Logan.

It was just two weeks ago that we learned the title of the third – and final – Wolverine solo film, and now 20th Century Fox has revealed the incredibly emotional first trailer for Logan. Check it out below.

Set long after the events of the previous X-Men films (except maybe Days of Future Past), Logan finds a world where mutants have nearly become extinct. Wolverine is growing older, his healing factor no longer functioning, and has taken to numbing the pain with alcohol. But when Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) discovers a young girl with abilities, he realizes that mutants still have a chance to survive, and urges his old friend to get involved.

With a post-apocalyptic Western atmosphere and obvious influences from the Old Man Logan comic book storyline, this looks like it could easily be Wolverine’s most exciting and emotional journey yet. I absolutely love the vibe of this trailer, and it promises to offer a very different adventure for Wolverine than we’ve previously seen. It also looks like Jackman intends to go out on a high note, with a powerful, heart-rending performance that will close the book on his legendary run as the character.

With a supporting cast that also includes Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Logan will hit theaters on March 3, 2017.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Teaser Trailer: Do You Need a Hug? http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-teaser-trailer-hug/ http://nerdrepository.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-teaser-trailer-hug/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:52:19 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39120 With Marvel’s Doctor Strange hitting theaters soon, fans have been eagerly awaiting their first look at the studio’s next project, the 2017 release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Speculation has run rampant that a trailer for the upcoming sequel would debut with the theatrical release of Doctor Strange, but who wants to wait until then? [...]

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With Marvel’s Doctor Strange hitting theaters soon, fans have been eagerly awaiting their first look at the studio’s next project, the 2017 release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Speculation has run rampant that a trailer for the upcoming sequel would debut with the theatrical release of Doctor Strange, but who wants to wait until then?

Marvel doesn’t, apparently. Check out the “sneak peek” at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in this teaser.

This is a solid teaser that gives us some great visuals, and a little bit of the personality that made the first film such a hit. As someone who was in the audience during Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation this year, I can tell you that there are plenty of big things to look forward to – but there’s no sense in spoiling those surprises yet.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillen will reprise their roles from the original film, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Debicki.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open on May 5, 2017.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Trailer: Michael Fassbender is Destined for Great Things http://nerdrepository.com/assassins-creed-trailer-michael-fassbender-destined-great/ http://nerdrepository.com/assassins-creed-trailer-michael-fassbender-destined-great/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:17:21 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39114 It’s been more than five months since we got our look at the first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the hugely popular videogame franchise from Ubisoft. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, descended from an ancient order of Assassins and able to relive the experiences of his 15th-century ancestor, Aguilar, using [...]

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It’s been more than five months since we got our look at the first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the hugely popular videogame franchise from Ubisoft. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, descended from an ancient order of Assassins and able to relive the experiences of his 15th-century ancestor, Aguilar, using “genetic memories” unlocked by a mysterious device called the Animus.

With the film’s December release date on the horizon, the studio has released a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed. You can check it out below.

Much like the first trailer, this footage seems to indicate that director Justin Kurzel – who previously worked with Fassbender on Macbeth – has managed to capture the acrobatic action that has long been a trademark of the gaming franchise. But I’m still not sold on the tone here- maybe it’s the choice of music, which also generated a negative response in the previous trailer.

At any rate, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Fassbender’s foray into the videogame world will bear fruit. With a support cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, and Brendan Gleeson, Assassin’s Creed will hit theaters on December 21.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

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‘National Theater Live: Frankenstein’ – Free Screening http://nerdrepository.com/national-theater-live-frankenstein-free-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/national-theater-live-frankenstein-free-screening/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:51:17 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39109 Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s smash-hit stage production of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, is returning to theaters for a special one-night-only encore presentation, and we’ve got your tickets to the event! We’re excited to be partnering with Fathom Events for this experience, and we’ll be giving 10 lucky readers an opportunity to [...]

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Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s smash-hit stage production of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, is returning to theaters for a special one-night-only encore presentation, and we’ve got your tickets to the event!

We’re excited to be partnering with Fathom Events for this experience, and we’ll be giving 10 lucky readers an opportunity to attend the screening at a participating theater of their choice. Of course, you can always purchase tickets directly at FathomEvents.com – but if you’d like to try your luck, then keep reading!

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Fathom Events, BY Experience and National Theatre Live invite you to the special encore of Frankenstein, captured from the National Theatre in 2011, in an extraordinary one-night cinema event on Tuesday, October 25.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) as Victor Frankenstein and his creation, respectively. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Simply fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of passes for this screening! Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and will be notified via email prior to the screening.

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Movie Review: ‘King Cobra’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-king-cobra/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-king-cobra/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:17:54 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39091 If the idea of James Franco and Christian Slater playing gay porn producers whose rivalry turns violent with the arrival of the hottest young star in the industry, then Justin Kelly’s King Cobra has your name written all over it, provided that you enjoy your true-crime thrillers with a healthy dose of camp. A dramatization [...]

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If the idea of James Franco and Christian Slater playing gay porn producers whose rivalry turns violent with the arrival of the hottest young star in the industry, then Justin Kelly’s King Cobra has your name written all over it, provided that you enjoy your true-crime thrillers with a healthy dose of camp. A dramatization of the real-life events that led to the murder of Cobra Video kingpin Bryan Kocis, the film plays a bit loose with the facts, but provides another opportunity for Franco to add another manic, over-the-top performance to his resume.

Convincing his mother (a barely used Alicia Silverstone) that he’s embarking on a paid film internship, Sean Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) steps off the bus into the middle of suburbia and is quickly whisked away to the nondescript residence owned by Stephen (Slater), where he’s soon sprawled on the basement couch in front of a video camera, smiling coyly as he slides a hand into his underwear. This is the birth of Sean’s alter ego, the overnight sensation Brent Corrigan, who would quickly rise to the top of the gay porn sales charts.

Across town, strapped-for-cash escorts Joe (Franco) and Harlow (Keegan Allen) are launching Viper Boyz, a porn site themed around ultra-macho stars who like hitting the gym and zooming around town in custom sports cars. Thanks to an absurdly lavish house and an escalating cocaine habit, Joe and Harlow are deep in debt, but they’ve hit upon a surefire way to solve their financial woes: shoot a film featuring Harlow and Brent together, which will instantly put the Viper Boyz on the map.

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Unfortunately, Brent is under contract with Stephen, who has recently taken it upon himself to trademark the name – so while Sean Lockhart is welcome to shoot films with other producers if he chooses, Brent Corrigan belongs to Cobra. This revelation all but destroys both the personal and business relationship between Stephen and his young star, and Brent retaliates by unleashing a bombshell that threatens to ruin Stephen’s career – not to mention outing him and his secret lifestyle to the nosy suburban neighbors. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and Joe and Harlow’s plan to resolve the contract dispute will have lasting effects for all parties involved.

Slater is the only actor here that seems committed to the part, and his multi-faceted portrayal of Stephen is one of King Cobra‘s highlights. Everyone else seems to be in caricature mode, as if they’re trying to convey the stereotypical idea of a gay porn star rather than create genuine characters that we can relate to and empathize with. Franco is practically on another planet, and although he never rockets into the stratosphere like his Spring Breakers role, it’s pretty damn close.

King Cobra often feels like it’s striving to be a combination of Boogie Nights, Spring Breakers and Party Monster, but never quite manages to blend those components successfully. There are moments of sweetness and sadness, such as Stephen allowing his personal feelings for Brent to take over as he begs to cross the line between business and pleasure, but we’re never given an opportunity to linger on these emotions for more than a few minutes at a time. And that’s too bad, because there’s a wealth of tragedy and poignancy in the real-life events which inspired the film, but Kelly seems far more concerned with exploring the campier nature of the subject matter instead of the darker side that would almost certainly have been more interesting.

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New Character Posters for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ http://nerdrepository.com/character-posters-rogue-star-wars-story/ http://nerdrepository.com/character-posters-rogue-star-wars-story/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:15:35 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39093 Last week brought us the latest – and most likely final – trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the marketing teams at Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t stopped there. Earlier today, a new batch of character posters for the highly anticipates spinoff film were released – and of course, we have them for [...]

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Last week brought us the latest – and most likely final – trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the marketing teams at Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t stopped there. Earlier today, a new batch of character posters for the highly anticipates spinoff film were released – and of course, we have them for you right here.

Check out the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character posters below.

Just in case you need a refresher course on who these faces belong to, the list of characters and their real-life counterparts is as follows:

  • Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
  • Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
  • Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
  • Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen)
  • K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)
  • Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)
  • Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)
  • Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will open on December 16.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Movie Review: ‘American Honey’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-american-honey/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-american-honey/#respond Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:55:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39084 I often wonder about the impact of experiencing a film at a festival with a crowd that respects the sanctity of the cinema, as opposed to frequenting the local mulitplex with its texting, popcorn-munching patrons and their noisy, ill-behaved children. Can our opinions about a film be drastically swayed by the environment in which that film is [...]

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I often wonder about the impact of experiencing a film at a festival with a crowd that respects the sanctity of the cinema, as opposed to frequenting the local mulitplex with its texting, popcorn-munching patrons and their noisy, ill-behaved children. Can our opinions about a film be drastically swayed by the environment in which that film is experienced? Does the “festival buzz” have the potential to elevate a mediocre offering into a critical darling?

I found myself struggling mightily with this question after seeing British director Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, a sprawling 162-minute road trip movie that seems to lack anything resembling a destination for its characters, or its audience. The film has been riding a wave of positive reviews since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and while there are some undeniably spectacular elements at work here – including the discovery of an incredible young actress and a career-best performance from one of Hollywood’s most maligned personalities – I found the overall film to be rife with shortcomings.

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When we first encounter Star (the amazingly gifted Sasha Lane), she’s rummaging through a dumpster in search of food for the two young siblings in her care. We get the sense that this routine is a fairly common occurrence in their lives, and Star accepts her role as guardian of these little ones with an admirable amount of grace and dignity. En route to the filth-laden dwelling they call home, the group encounters Jake (Shia LeBeouf), the de facto leader of a merry band of traveling “sales consultants” who peddle magazines door-to-door.

It sounds like a perfectly shit job, but there’s something about the idea of escape that appeals to our young heroine – especially if that escape affords her the opportunity to spend more time with the cute guy who she’s inexplicably drawn to. She drops the kids off at the local honky-tonk with an adult woman that we assume is a relative, piles into the van with the rest of the group, and sets out to experience the world for the first time. Her companions are a fascinating collection of characters that include the sleepwalking, Star Wars-obsessed Pagan (Arielle Holmes) or the California-born Corey (McCaul Lombardi), whose claim to fame appears to be the penis that he constantly feels compelled to display.

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Arnold’s decision to compile a cast of mostly unknown or inexperienced performers serves the film very well, as we rarely get the sense that anyone in the film is acting. Everyone feels like an authentic human being, with a real personality and identity, which makes it an incredible shame that we barely get to know any of these characters – they exists mostly as background noise, just another layer to give the viewer a sense of what Arnold imagines Middle America to look and sound like. It’s not that she’s incorrect in her assertions – in fact, many of Star’s companions remind me of people I knew back when I lived in the Midwest – but I would have liked to see a deeper exploration of some of the film’s other characters.

There’s a rowdy, raucous dynamic to this group, and a truer sense of family and togetherness than Star has even known. But there’s also a darker side, as evidenced by the ritual of “Loser’s Night,” where the lowest-performing reps are forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat while the rest of the group cheers from the sidelines. This nauseating custom is the brainchild of Krystal (Riley Keough), the spray-tanned, chain-smoking ringleader who rests at the top of the food chain, using the group’s daily proceeds to expand her personal wardrobe (which seems to consist almost entirely of bathing suits). Jake’s interest in Star immediately sparks her ire, and she puts the newcomer on notice: step out of line, and we’ll leave you on the side of the road.

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One might think this barely realized love triangle would be the central conflict of American Honey, but it’s presented as more of an ancillary thread, popping up occasionally to make sure the audience hasn’t forgotten about it and then fading into the background once more. Indeed, most of the true conflict here is the internal, as Star tries to balance her own sense of morality with the dishonest sales tactics favored by the rest of the group, and reconcile her attraction toward Jake with the harsh reality of their connection. There are some truly poignant moments as Star continues to discover more and more about the person she wants to become, but the film’s meandering approach to storytelling means that many of these moments are swallowed up by endlessly repetitious sequences featuring the group selling magazines, partying, and singing along to whatever song is currently playing in the van.

American Honey seems like it has a lot to say about capitalism, poverty, love, camaraderie and a host of other topics, but the excruciating running time and a lack of clear focus is a great disservice to whatever message it hopes to convey. Somewhere in this loosely assembled narrative is a compelling story about a young woman finding her place in the world, and the fact that it should be lost amid all the extraneous and unnecessary footage is tragically ironic.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer: Rebellions are Built on Hope http://nerdrepository.com/rogue-star-wars-story-trailer-rebellions-built-hope/ http://nerdrepository.com/rogue-star-wars-story-trailer-rebellions-built-hope/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:19:12 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39078 We’re just over two months away from the first Star Wars film that will not be part of the “Skywalker Saga,” but instead will explore other stories from around the galaxy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is headed to theaters in December, and this morning Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a brand new trailer. Enjoy [...]

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We’re just over two months away from the first Star Wars film that will not be part of the “Skywalker Saga,” but instead will explore other stories from around the galaxy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is headed to theaters in December, and this morning Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a brand new trailer.

Enjoy the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer below.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 16.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-accountant/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-accountant/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:52:39 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39071 Watching actors play against type is always an interesting exercise, and Ben Affleck is given an opportunity to do exactly that in The Accountant. The latest offering from director Gavin O’Connor finds the Oscar winner shedding his charming smile and often rugged appearance for impeccably tailored suits, spectacles, and a high-functioning form of autism that has rendered him [...]

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Watching actors play against type is always an interesting exercise, and Ben Affleck is given an opportunity to do exactly that in The Accountant. The latest offering from director Gavin O’Connor finds the Oscar winner shedding his charming smile and often rugged appearance for impeccably tailored suits, spectacles, and a high-functioning form of autism that has rendered him a bona fide mathematical genius.

Working out of a tiny office in a strip mall that also contains a laundromat and a Chinese eatery, Christian Wolff (Affleck) doesn’t have the sort of lifestyle that one would expect from an accountant who the US Treasury suspects of uncooking the books for some of the world’s most dangerous criminals. He flies under the radar, using numerous aliases and always being careful not to be photographed, but after decades of work Director Ray King (J.K. Simmons) is finally closing in on Wolff’s identity – thanks mostly to the legwork of a young trainee (Cynthia Addai-Robinson).

Meanwhile, the CEO (John Lithgow) of global bio-medical tech conglomerate Living Robotics has just hired Wolff to dig through 15 years of financial records after low-level financial analyst Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) stumbles upon a discrepancy. She takes an immediate interest in the handsome accountant, but Wolff is much more comfortable poring over mountains of ledgers than making small talk about pocket protectors and their shared profession. He works through the night, scribbling calculations on the windows of the conference room he’s been assigned to, and by the time Dana returns the next morning it looks more like Wolff may have cracked the code for time travel than unraveled a tangled knot of monetary malfeasance.

Throughout these proceedings, we’re also treated to frequent flashbacks that help us piece together precisely how Wolff developed into the sort of person who keeps an Airstream trailer stocked with cash, assault weapons and original Jackson Pollack paintings in a storage unit on the outskirts of town, or how he managed to cultivate the elite hand-to-hand combat skills he uses to dispatch the army of goons set upon him by a ruthless assassin named Brax (Jon Bernthal). Just like the jigsaw puzzle that a pre-teen Wolff completes during a visit to a facility for children with special needs, the big picture slowly comes into focus with each new revelation.

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Affleck’s incredibly engaging portrayal of Wolff is also a credit to O’Connor’s handling of the subject matter, and the choice to never treat the character as though his affliction is a handicap. Too many films have portrayed autism and other mental illness as an unfortunate curse, but The Accountant takes a more nuanced and even-handed approach, even finding humor in some of Wolff’s exchanges with other characters while never giving the impression that the jokes are coming at the protagonist’s expense.

Working from Bill Dubuque’s pulpy-as-hell script (which landed on the 2011 “Black List” of best unproduced screenplays), O’Connor deftly juggles the film’s numerous narrative threads while striking a balance between action and solemnity that will feel instantly familiar to fans of his well-received MMA drama Warrior. Admittedly, The Accountant occasionally drifts into territory that borders on farcical, but always manages to rein itself in at just the right moment before straining the limits of credulity to their breaking point. The result is a dramatic thriller that’s been tossed into a blender with a gleefully silly action flick and has come out far more compelling than either of those ideas would have been on their own, and also comes as a welcome reminder that even though the box office tends to be overrun with huge studio tentpoles and blockbuster franchises, Hollywood hasn’t quite run out of great ideas just yet.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Trailer: Just Give Him a Gun http://nerdrepository.com/john-wick-chapter-2-trailer-give-gun/ http://nerdrepository.com/john-wick-chapter-2-trailer-give-gun/#respond Sat, 08 Oct 2016 20:04:27 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39064 After starting the day off with the first trailer for their Power Rangers reboot, Lionsgate is continuing their New York Comic Con festivities with John Wick: Chapter 2, the hugely anticipated sequel to the acclaimed 2014 action flick that featured Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin trying to avenge the murder of his beloved puppy. Yes, [...]

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After starting the day off with the first trailer for their Power Rangers reboot, Lionsgate is continuing their New York Comic Con festivities with John Wick: Chapter 2, the hugely anticipated sequel to the acclaimed 2014 action flick that featured Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin trying to avenge the murder of his beloved puppy.

Yes, really.

The film grossed $86 million worldwide, which may not seem like much until you consider that its production budget was only $20 million. With profits like those, and near-universal praise from critics and audiences, it’s no surprise that a sequel was fast-tracked. And now, less than four months before its theatrical release, you can check out the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2.

Truth be told, I would’ve gladly walked into John Wick: Chapter 2 without seeing a single frame of footage, but it looks like director Chad Stahelski (working alone this time after helming the first film alongside David Leitch) hasn’t missed a step. This is only a taste of what we can expect in the sequel, and as great as these action sequences look now, I know we’re only scratching the surface.

Aside from Keanu, John Wick: Chapter 2 will feature a handful of returning actors from the previous installment, including Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, and Bridget Moynahan. And of course, we can’t forget all the new faces we’ll be seeing: Common, Ruby Rose, Franco Nero, Peter Stormare, and Morpeus himself, Laurence Fishburne.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on February 10, 2017.

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Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

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‘Power Rangers’ Trailer: Weirdos and Criminals Become Superheroes http://nerdrepository.com/power-rangers-trailer-weirdos-criminals-superheroes/ http://nerdrepository.com/power-rangers-trailer-weirdos-criminals-superheroes/#respond Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:22:56 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39060 After being conspicuously absent from San Diego Comic-Con, Lionsgate rolled into New York Comic Con this week hoping to make a big splash with the first look at footage from their upcoming reboot of the Power Rangers franchise. The first teaser trailer has made its way online, and we’ve got it for you here – but [...]

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After being conspicuously absent from San Diego Comic-Con, Lionsgate rolled into New York Comic Con this week hoping to make a big splash with the first look at footage from their upcoming reboot of the Power Rangers franchise. The first teaser trailer has made its way online, and we’ve got it for you here – but if you’re hoping to see the Rangers in action, you’d better temper your expectations.

Check out the first teaser trailer for Power Rangers below.

If the Saturday detention scene conjures up memories of a classic film about teen angst from the 1980s, then you’re certainly not alone. This almost feels like a glimpse at some alternate-universe rendition of The Breakfast Club, which I’ll admit was not at all what I expected from this reboot. It’s much more grounded than I would have anticipated, and the tone actual feels similar to director Dean Israelite’s previous feature, Project Almanac.

One would think that the first look at the new film would offer up a shot or two of the Rangers suiting up and kicking some ass, but Lionsgate is holding back on that reveal – which seems silly, given that production photos of the cast in full costume are readily available. With only a few months to go until Power Rangers hits theaters, is the studio worried that their action sequences aren’t up to snuff? I can’t help but wonder.

Starring Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G and Ludi Lin as the Rangers, along with Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa and Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, Power Rangers is slated to hit theaters on March 24, 2017.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 2 Trailer has Samurai, the Legion of Doom, and a T-Rex http://nerdrepository.com/dcs-legends-tomorrow-season-2-trailer-samurai-legion-doom-t-rex/ http://nerdrepository.com/dcs-legends-tomorrow-season-2-trailer-samurai-legion-doom-t-rex/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:06:33 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39053 The Flash and Arrow kicked off their respective seasons this week with promising debuts, but next week Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow take center stage with their own Season 2 premieres. The CW and Warner Bros Television have provided us with an extended highlight reel trailer for DC’s Legends  of Tomorrow‘s second season, and [...]

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The Flash and Arrow kicked off their respective seasons this week with promising debuts, but next week Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow take center stage with their own Season 2 premieres. The CW and Warner Bros Television have provided us with an extended highlight reel trailer for DC’s Legends  of Tomorrow‘s second season, and it’s every bit as insanely fun as you could have hoped.

Check out the Justice Society, the Legion of Doom, the return of Jonah Hex and more in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 highlight reel trailer via our YouTube page:

If you’re a DC fan and aren’t on board for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 after watching that footage, then you might need to get your head examined. There’s a lot to digest, but the imagery shown is all extremely cool with the show seeming to fully embrace the potential of time travel and going with the insanity that made parts of Season 1 great – not to mention they threw in some first looks at The CW 4-way crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends.

How could you not love the looks at The Justice Society of America? Or samurai Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh)? Or Damien Darkh (Neal McDonough) and Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) forming the Legion of Doom? Oh, and there’s also Jonah Hex (Johnathan Schaech) and an army of civil war zombies. Yeah, I need to watch all of this season right now – but in the meantime we should all go back and watch that kickass trailer over and over again until next week.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 premieres Thursday, October 13 at 8 pm on The CW.

 

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‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/keeping-joneses-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/keeping-joneses-free-advance-screening/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:40:04 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39047 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Keeping Up with the Joneses, starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified of Upcoming Screenings The screening [...]

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An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives. 

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Final ‘Wolverine’ Solo Film is Officially Called ‘Logan’ http://nerdrepository.com/final-wolverine-solo-film-officially-called-logan/ http://nerdrepository.com/final-wolverine-solo-film-officially-called-logan/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2016 03:02:29 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39043 In less than six months, after playing the character on the big screen for nearly 17 years, Hugh Jackman will make his final appearance as Wolverine in a third solo adventure. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard any news about the film, but this morning Jackman and director James Mangold revealed the first poster for [...]

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In less than six months, after playing the character on the big screen for nearly 17 years, Hugh Jackman will make his final appearance as Wolverine in a third solo adventure. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard any news about the film, but this morning Jackman and director James Mangold revealed the first poster for the film, along with the official title: Logan.

Here’s the striking new poster:

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Loosely based on the Old Man Logan arc from the comics, the film will follow an aging Wolverine whose healing factor has slowed down considerably – hence all the cuts and scrapes in that image above – and who spends most of his days self-medicating with booze. Director James Mangold – who also penned the screenplay – seems to be sticking to the promise that Logan will indeed be an R-rated affair, Tweeting out an image of the script’s second page, which contained the following:

Now might be a good time to talk about the “fights” described in the next 100 or so pages. Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.

In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.

As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain — hence booze as a painkiller.

So by all means, go ahead and worry about him.

It sounds like Mangold is bringing plenty of attitude to Wolverine’s final big-screen adventure, and Jackman won’t be alone – Patrick Stewart has been confirmed to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier, who is rumored to feature heavily in Logan‘s narrative. Also joining the cast will be Richard Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

As for that child-sized hand in the poster, there’s a solid chance that it belongs to a young mutant who will eventually grow up to become X-23, the female Wolverine clone from the comics. With Jackman bowing out of the franchise, Fox needs a new superhero, and Logan could be a great opportunity to pass the torch to someone else and let them carry the mantle.

Logan will open in theaters on March 3, 2017.

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Movie Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-girl-train/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-girl-train/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:48:05 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39031 As a dark psychological thriller featuring an unreliable female narrator, The Girl on the Train will no doubt draw comparisons to a similarly themed film from 2014 – and indeed, the bestselling book by Paula Hawkins has oft been compared to the Gillian Flynn novel which inspired the latter – but the parallels are only surface level, [...]

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As a dark psychological thriller featuring an unreliable female narrator, The Girl on the Train will no doubt draw comparisons to a similarly themed film from 2014 – and indeed, the bestselling book by Paula Hawkins has oft been compared to the Gillian Flynn novel which inspired the latter – but the parallels are only surface level, and director Tate Taylor (The Help) acquits himself admirably with this adaptation.

Riding the commuter train twice a day through the New York suburb of Ardsley-on-Hudson, Rachel (Emily Blunt) stares wistfully at a pair of homes along Beckett Lane. The first belongs to her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux), his new wife Anna (Rachel Ferguson), and their daughter, while the home next door is inhabited by a young couple who Rachel has never met, but with whom she feels a strange sort of kinship. Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) seem to have the perfect life – the sort of life Rachel lost when dependency on alcohol unraveled her marriage – but when Rachel passes by one morning and sees Megan on the balcony of her home, in the arms of another man, the blissful illusion is shattered.

Rachel disembarks and holes up in a local bar, muttering to herself about how this pretty young woman is ruining everything by betraying her husband. After about five cocktails too many, she decides to march over to the woman’s house and give this total stranger a piece of her mind, but we never find out how that goes – instead, we fast forward to the next morning, with Rachel regaining consciousness in her apartment, covered in blood and bruises and having no recollection of what transpired when she left the bar. Blackouts aren’t exactly a new occurrence in Rachel’s life – we revisit several of these, which also reveal Rachel’s propensity for violence – but when a pair of detectives arrive to inform her that Megan has gone missing and Rachel was spotted in the vicinity on the night of the incident, she begins to wonder if she’s finally gone too far.

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The film may be called The Girl on the Train, but the narrative is actually told from the perspectives of three different characters through a complex series of flashbacks and time jumps. Taylor handles most of these fairly well, but there are moments where it’s not entirely clear if the action is happening in the present day, or if we’re lost in a character’s memory. Certain sequences are even played out multiple times from different points of view, which is clearly meant to help the audience form a more complete picture of the different ways in which our protagonists lives are intertwined, but often ends up creating more confusion.

Blunt gives a dynamite performance as Rachel, staggering through the film in a near-constant state of inebriation, her typically glamorous appearance hidden beneath flushed cheeks, chapped lips and bloodshot eyes. It’s clear that Rachel is struggling with numerous illnesses – depression and alcoholism are only two of them – and Blunt paints a convincing portrait of someone struggling to combat her demons and put the pieces of her life back together. But it’s actually Bennett who turns in the film’s best work, imbuing the free-spirited Megan with a restlessness – and recklessness – that should be familiar to anyone who wakes up to discover their life is not what they hoped for.

Unfortunately, neither Blunt nor Bennett can rescue The Girl on the Train from its biggest flaw: the lack of a single likeable character. Whether it’s the violent alcoholic, the jealous husband of the missing girl, the mistress-turned-housewife or the jaded detective that can’t be bothered to do any actual police work, nearly everyone who appears onscreen for more than five minutes comes across like a terrible person. It’s difficult to empathize with any of these characters, because they all make terrible decisions and treat each other – and often themselves – like garbage.

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So with that in mind, the climax – which strains the limits of credulity in a film that’s already flirting with absurdity – doesn’t pack much of a punch. Yes, we discover what happens to Megan and how Rachel is connected to her disappearance, but it’s hardly an earth-shaking revelation – and after spending nearly two hours watching Rachel’s unbridled outbursts or witnessing Megan’s numerous infidelities, there comes a point where we just stop caring about what happens to these people.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ – Free Advance Screening http://nerdrepository.com/jack-reacher-back-free-advance-screening/ http://nerdrepository.com/jack-reacher-back-free-advance-screening/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:28:59 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39026 The Nerd Repository is giving away passes for a special advance screening of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders, and based on the novels by Lee Child. This is your opportunity to see the film before it officially opens in theaters! Click Here to Subscribe to Our Updates and Get Notified [...]

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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER:  NEVER GO BACK.  When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

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Marvel Announces Premiere Date for ‘Iron Fist’ http://nerdrepository.com/marvel-announces-premiere-date-iron-fist/ http://nerdrepository.com/marvel-announces-premiere-date-iron-fist/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:14:06 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39022 By now, it’s a pretty safe assumption that the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage has been devoured by fans who’ve been camping out in front of their television sets and binge-watching the latest offering from the comic book studio. So when do we get more from this darker corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? [...]

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By now, it’s a pretty safe assumption that the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage has been devoured by fans who’ve been camping out in front of their television sets and binge-watching the latest offering from the comic book studio. So when do we get more from this darker corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Not until next year, unfortunately.

This morning, Netflix and Marvel dropped a brief announcement video to confirm the arrival of Iron Fist. Check it out below.

That’s right: Marvel’s Iron Fist isn’t slated to arrive until March 17, 2017, so we’re in for a little bit of a wait. Luckily, that gives us plenty of time to revisit both seasons of Daredevil, as well as giving Jessica Jones another watch in anticipation of meeting the fourth member of The Defenders.

Along with the teaser, Marvel also released a new shot of Danny Rand (Finn Jones) in action.

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The cast of Iron Fist also includes Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, with Jessica Jones star Carrie-Anne Moss reprising her role as Jeri Hogarth, and Rosario Dawson expected to return as Claire Temple.

Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

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TV Review: ‘Timeless’ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-timeless/ http://nerdrepository.com/tv-review-timeless/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:43:41 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39013 NBC’s new time travel adventure series Timeless is probably one of the most heavily hyped and marketed shows of the Fall TV season. NBC has already debuted one surprisingly great show this year with the bonkers comedy The Good Place – can lightning strike twice for the peacock network in 2016? The answer is “not [...]

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NBC’s new time travel adventure series Timeless is probably one of the most heavily hyped and marketed shows of the Fall TV season. NBC has already debuted one surprisingly great show this year with the bonkers comedy The Good Place – can lightning strike twice for the peacock network in 2016? The answer is “not quite”, but it’s not all bad. Read on for the details!

Timeless hails from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and the producers of The Blacklist and centers around the theft of the world’s first fully operational time machine by a mysterious criminal named Flynn (Goran Višnjić). An unlikely team consisting of a soldier (Matt Lanter), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a teacher (Abigail Spencer) must take said time machine’s only prototype back to the past to stop Flynn from change our timeline to his design.

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Timeless is all kinds of goofy and having just watched the Westworld pilot, it isn’t anywhere near that level of brilliant television. But the Timeless Pilot does succeed in being a silly time-travel adventure with more successful moments of comedy than dramatic ones along with the normally twists and turns of time travel.

Much of the best laugh-out-loud moments come from the scientist of the team Rufus, since he happens to be African-American and the Pilot’s script has fun with the surprisingly unexplored (except for perhaps on Chappelle’s Show) idea of the difficulties a time traveling black man would face.Barrett has a lot of great lines as the character, but hopefully moving forward that’s not a crutch they writers lean on too much as the joke gets a bit stale by the end of the Pilot.

The best parts of Timeless that aren’t comedic moments rely on the time travel plot device itself. If you hate messy, twisty timey-whimey storytelling of alternate histories and butterfly effects this show isn’t for you. But if you’re a sucker for these kinds of sci-fi television like I am, there’s a lot of fun to be had with the different settings.The Pilot itself brings the characters to the Hindenburg disaster, which is an extremely interesting moment in history. and by the end of the episode the dangers of time travel are quite clear.

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Abigail Spencer is the show’s true lead as the team’s history teacher Lucy and Spencer has a ton of charisma and light-heartedness to personality that fits her nicely into the role of Lucy. Matt Lanter (the voice of Anakin on The clone Wars) has a pretty thankless job as soldier Wyatt in the Pilot, but he has solid chemistry with both Rufus and Lucy and gets a few good moments here and there.

Timeless ended up being far more fun than the trailers would lead you to believe and if the show sticks to the silly and absurd vibes, rather than taking itself so seriously, it could find its footing as a guilty pleasure genre show. The premise alone sets up extremely fun scenarios all throughout history and the last scene gives the show’s inner-mythology an interesting shot in the arm for those that have have already bought a ticket for the ride.


Timeless premieres tonight, Oct 3, and airs Monday nights at 10pm ET on NBC.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Teaser Trailer http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-teaser-trailer/ http://nerdrepository.com/pirates-caribbean-dead-men-tales-teaser-trailer/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 02:40:36 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=39008 It’s been five years since the last installment of Disney’s hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and after a lengthy development cycle, the next entry is finally on its way. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is slated for a summer 2017 release date, and earlier this evening the studio pulled [...]

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It’s been five years since the last installment of Disney’s hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and after a lengthy development cycle, the next entry is finally on its way. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is slated for a summer 2017 release date, and earlier this evening the studio pulled back to curtain to let audiences see what they’ve been working on.

Check out the first teaser trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales below.

The clip runs less than two minutes, and doesn’t include a single familiar face – instead, it introduces us to Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew, ghost pirates that have recently escaped from the Devil’s Triangle. There appears to be some history between Salazar and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), and he admonishes a young man (Brenton Thwaites) to carry a warning to his old nemesis.

Keeping Depp out of the trailer feels like a very wise decision by the marketing team at Disney, as his very public split with former wife Amber Heard has generated plenty of negative headlines, including allegations of physical abuse, drug addiction and alcohol dependency. Disney is no doubt hedging their bets on the franchise’s name recognition for now, and will likely try to minimize Depp’s involvement in promotional efforts until things settle down.

 

Directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) and also starring Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

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‘Superhero Fight Club 2.0’ Promo Brings Together ‘The Flash, ‘Arrow’, ‘Supergirl, and ‘Legends’ http://nerdrepository.com/superhero-fight-club-2-0-promo-brings-together-flash-arrow-supergirl-legends/ http://nerdrepository.com/superhero-fight-club-2-0-promo-brings-together-flash-arrow-supergirl-legends/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:29:27 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=38994 Superhero Fight Club 2.0 is getting fans pumped with just one week away from this season’s debut of the new CW shared DC universe when The Flash kicks things off next Tuesday, Oct 4. The CW also just released the new version of their app that will allow users to watch all of their shows [...]

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Superhero Fight Club 2.0 is getting fans pumped with just one week away from this season’s debut of the new CW shared DC universe when The Flash kicks things off next Tuesday, Oct 4. The CW also just released the new version of their app that will allow users to watch all of their shows after they premiere without having to pay or subscribe to any cable or TV service.

To get people to check out their new app, they released this scene from Superhero Fight Club 2.0 and posted the entire webisode promo over on the CW app. The promo features heroes from all four CW DC Comics shows The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow teaming up in a “Danger Room”-esque training facility.

Check it out the preview via The CW’s YouTube page below:

The sneak peek is a lot of fun and the full promo on the CW App is even better. Melissa Benoist is fitting right in with the rest of the CW heroes now that Supergirl has made the transition and quite of few supporting characters make appearances as well – including a big surprise villain cameo. Be sure to download the CW App on your mobile device or tablet here and get ready for the upcoming television season by watching Superhero Fight Club 2.0.

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Movie Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-queen-katwe/ http://nerdrepository.com/movie-review-queen-katwe/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:20:36 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=38985 The inspirational sports drama is a tried-and-true Hollywood formula that has taken numerous forms over the decades without ever really changing the basic template. But there’s a reason that we love these movies: they make us feel great, and Disney’s Queen of Katwe cleverly uses this time-honored blueprint to relate the true story of a poor [...]

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The inspirational sports drama is a tried-and-true Hollywood formula that has taken numerous forms over the decades without ever really changing the basic template. But there’s a reason that we love these movies: they make us feel great, and Disney’s Queen of Katwe cleverly uses this time-honored blueprint to relate the true story of a poor girl from the Ugandan slums who becomes a chess prodigy.

Phiona Mutesi (newcomer Madina Nalwanga) lives a simple life in a poverty-stricken shanty town in Katwe, leaving her family’s tiny hut every morning to sell maize and hoping to scrape together enough money for a meal. On most days, she’s lucky enough to get rid of her supply before the sun goes down, but her brother Brian (Martin Kabanza) always seems to be finished by mid-day. Curious to discover his technique – and to find out where he spends his afternoons – Phiona surreptitiously trails Brian to a local ministry where former football star Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) is teaching the children to play chess.

At first, Phiona struggles with the complicated mechanics and strategies of the game, but patience and practice begin to pay off in a big way as her skills quickly outpace those of her fellow students. Robert sees greatness in Phiona’s growing mastery of the board, and wants her and the others to test their mettle in a local tournament, but there are two major obstacles standing in the way: the first is money, as none of the children can afford the entry fees; the second is Phiona’s mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), a formidable woman who recognizes the joy that chess has brought to her children’s lives, but fears the emotional toll of an inevitable disappointment.

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In her first professional acting role, Madina Nalwanga gives a dynamite performance as the strong-willed young woman who refuses to stand down in the face of diversity. Whether it’s being ridiculed by other students for her poor upbringing or gaped at incredulously by privileged male opponents who can’t believe they’ve been bested by a female, Nalwanga’s portrayal is full of spirit and fierce determination. No matter how many setbacks litter the road to success, Phiona returns each time even more defiant than the last, and it’s impossible not to be inspired by her story.

Queen of Katwe may ultimately be Phiona’s story, but it’s anchored by equally strong work from Oyelowo as the kindly chess coach who loves each of the students as if they were his own children, and Nyong’o as the proud, passionate mother who endures a seemingly endless string of hardships in hopes that Phiona and her siblings can have a better life than she did. Much like her character in 12 Years a Slave, she steadfastly refuses to surrender her dignity, and it’s easy to see the elements that shaped her daughter’s fortitude.

Shooting in many of the real-life locations where Phiona’s story took place – including the ramshackle church where Katende coached his players – director Mira Nair paints a stunningly vivid portrait of African life that is rarely displayed with such vibrance and energy by a Hollywood production. It’s a fresh and interesting backdrop for this type of story, and even though the paint-by-numbers formula presented by Queen of Katwe may not offer much in the way of surprises, the stirring, emotional performances and Nair’s confident execution are more than enough to make it special.

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‘Operation Avalanche’ Interview: Matt Johnson Talks Conspiracy Theories and Guerrilla Filmmaking http://nerdrepository.com/operation-avalanche-interview-matt-johnson-talks-conspiracy-theories-guerrilla-filmmaking/ http://nerdrepository.com/operation-avalanche-interview-matt-johnson-talks-conspiracy-theories-guerrilla-filmmaking/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:03:57 +0000 http://nerdrepository.com/?p=38962 One of my favorite selections at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Operation Avalanche, Matt Johnson’s follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed indie The Dirties which follows a pair of CIA agents as they plot to fake the 1969 moon landing. Filmed with the same improvised style as Johnson’s debut, Operation Avalanche has become somewhat infamous for including [...]

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One of my favorite selections at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Operation Avalanche, Matt Johnson’s follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed indie The Dirties which follows a pair of CIA agents as they plot to fake the 1969 moon landing. Filmed with the same improvised style as Johnson’s debut, Operation Avalanche has become somewhat infamous for including footage shot on location at NASA, and interviews with real-life NASA employees – none of whom realized they were being featured in a narrative piece.

Much like the characters they portray in the film, Johnson and his team gained access to NASA under false pretenses – they posed as a documentary crew shooting a film about the Apollo missions. When you see their onscreen counterparts inside Mission Control, those aren’t sets – they’re the actual locations, and in most cases the crew had only a single take to get the scene just right. The result is an engrossing and entertaining film about one of the oldest conspiracy theories in America, and the ambitious CIA agents who managed to pull it off.

With Operation Avalanche opening in limited release last weekend – and expanding into more theaters tomorrow – I spoke with Johnson via telephone to get his thoughts on the film’s reception, his current relationship with NASA, and the new series he’s been working on for the past year. Enjoy the interview below.


Hey man, good to talk to you again!

Matt Johnson: Yeah, I’m actually at Fantastic Fest right now.

That’s awesome. The very first time we spoke was right after Fantastic Fest.

Matt Johnson: Yeah, that would have been 2013, when we were here with The Dirties. That’s a very fond memory of mine.

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We spoke at Sundance just after the premiere of Operation Avalanche, but you’ve been on the festival circuit for quite awhile now. Have you noticed any trends or similarities with the way audiences react?

Matt Johnson: Well, what’s occurred to me are two things. One – and this is more light-hearted – is the number of people who believe the moon landing is fake is way higher than I thought. Way higher! We’ve screened it at so many festivals around the United States – even recently on this press tour, screening it for the first time with people of all ages – and without a doubt, there are always three or four people at the end of each screening who want to talk with me.

Even after the Q&A, where we said “we don’t believe this is true and we’re doing it because we think this is fun, it was great juice to make a movie out of” – and they think that we’re lying. They think that we’re somehow communicating in code, and we did make this movie because we wanted to prove that this was faked, and we aren’t willing to admit it. I’ve seen that amongst multiple people who did not know one another, and that’s been crazy.

But in terms of seeing the movie over and over again, and seeing what it’s been like, I think it’s been really remarkable that people are finding it as accessible as they are. I think when we make movies like this, we think we’re making them just for ourselves and our friends, and people who kind of get this style of filmmaking – when in fact, I think maybe because it’s set in the 60s and maybe because the material is slightly more universal than The Dirties was, audiences are just being incredibly positive about it. In a way, I thought there were going to find it inaccessible, so that’s been wicked.

Well, in terms of being accessible, The Dirties was released on VOD and streaming platforms, and Operation Avalanche is coming out in theaters. So that’s gotta be a huge difference, just in terms of the number of eyes on your film.

Matt Johnson: Very much so. We’re releasing in like 30 cities in the United States. That’s the kind of release I dreamed I would have for maybe like my fifth feature. I can’t believe it – it’s a world of difference, and the fact that you can’t even get it on VOD until January is crazy. I feel like I’m back in the 90s.

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So you guys are at Fantastic Fest with Nirvana the Band, the TV project you shot for Vice, correct?

Matt Johnson: Yeah, we’re here right now. Our first screening is tomorrow.

You mentioned this very briefly at Sundance, but we didn’t get into details. What can you tell me about this series?

Matt Johnson: Well, it’s a show that we’ve made for Viceland, and our executive producer is Spike Jonze, and we’ve basically been given cart blanche to take all of the weird tricks and things we’ve learned making these features – in terms of fair use, shooting things illegally, shooting things in the real world – and apply them to television. And the combination of those things has been like dynamite. We’re all so proud of this, and we cannot believe it’s gonna be on TV.

When we first started making Avalanche, we were like “oh yeah, this is gonna be a challenge, legally as well as technically.” This goes way beyond that. I mean, when we were at Sundance with you, we were shooting an episode where we were filming scenes with movie stars, a hidden camera and me pretending like I was… it’s like everything that was happening was all for the show, that entire festival was all for the show, and we didn’t think that would be releasable. But it’s about to be shown in 24 hours.

I’m glad you mentioned shooting illegally, because one of the most interesting pieces of Operation Avalanche is that you guys went into NASA under false pretenses, and shot a bunch of footage that ended up in the film. At Sundance, they hadn’t really commented on that – but between then and now, have you heard from them? 

Matt Johnson: There’ve been two developments, and one of them just happened a few days ago, which is amazing. So no – we invited them to our Sundance screening and to our SXSW screening, which we thought might get some reaction because they’re so close, but [we got]no response. Then Wired ran a piece maybe two weeks ago about the film, and they got a comment out of NASA where they were just saying “yeah, we’re disappointed that they did that,” but they had no real comment on the movie because they haven’t seen it.

But what’s amazing is that in Austin when we did our press screening on Monday, there were a bunch of NASA staff there! And a bunch of NASA staff that knew the NASA staff who were in the movie! So during the Q&A we were talking with them, and they were going crazy – they loved this movie. These are guys who worked during Apollo doing technical jobs – one of them was the sound engineer who was responsible for getting and cleaning up the audio of recordings that came back from the missions. And he worked side-by-side with Mike Gentry who, I don’t know if you remember from the film, is the guy who tells us where on Earth we can photograph things that look like the moon.

So he called Mike after the film to say “hey, I just saw this” and he gave him my phone number. So I’m hoping the individuals at NASA get a chance to see it and have the same response that these guys did, because they went wild. It was awesome.

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The one thing I really like about Operation Avalanche that really kind of sets it apart from other indie flicks is that it feels like a lot of indie directors are trying to go for this darker, nihilistic or pessimistic tone, and there’s such an air of optimism in this film. Especially with your character – no matter what obstacle you put in his way, he’s going to get it accomplished, which – after speaking with you a few times – seems like just an extension of who you really are.

Matt Johnson: Well, I think that’s the only way you can get a lot of independent films made, is by having an attitude like that. I think cynicism is useful, and nihilism too, but if you’re trying to do something impossible like we were trying to do with this movie, or like we were trying to do with The Dirties, you have to be your own biggest champion. You have to be the guy that’s more excited about it than anybody else – because if you’re not, then you’re not gonna be able to convince the people working with you to do things that maybe don’t sound smart, like break into NASA and film there.

It’s very hard to convince people of that when you’re dreading the result. And in many ways, Operation Avalanche talks about where that can lead, and the really dark, awful places that can take people like me. Which it did – the story of that movie is very much the story of that movie getting made. But I think that real life is pretty optimistic and buoyant, and when movies come out that try to say it’s not, I try to reject that.

I know we don’t have a lot of time left, but I’m always interested in what you’re doing next. At Sundance, we talked about this time travel flick, and you were hoping to have it ready to go shortly after you finished shooting for Vice. Is that still on track?

Matt Johnson: Yes, it’s going to be our next project, but the development was that Vice bought many more episodes of Nirvana the Band, so our production schedule has been extended by like a year. So yes, that is the movie we’re gonna make next, but we’re gonna keep shooting this show just because we’re having so much fun. We love making this show, and I think when you see it, you’ll see what I mean. There’s something about it that’s just one of a kind. Not to say that movie’s not going to be amazing, because it will be, but we’re okay waiting another year to make more of this show.

So you’re premiering Nirvana the Band at Fantastic Fest, but when does it go out to masses? When can people who aren’t at the festival get a chance to see it? 

Matt Johnson: It’s gonna start airing nationwide at the end of January, so if you live anywhere in North America you can catch it on Viceland at the end of January, and then Season 2 will be coming shortly after that.

Awesome, man, I’m glad things are going so well. Operation Avalanche was one of my favorite films at Sundance, and I’m glad it’s getting a theatrical release. I’m excited for you, and hopefully we’ll get a chance to chat again soon.

Matt Johnson: I can’t wait, dude. I hope we get to see each other soon.

Take it easy Matt.


Operation Avalanche is currently playing in limited release through Lionsgate.

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