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Ant-Man reviewed

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Last week I went to the Ant-Man press screening which was attended my non-other than the star of the film Mr Paul Rudd (heart him).

Like, Guardians of the Galaxy I didn’t know anything about this Marvel hero, but knowing that he will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War and then of course the next Avengers film, I knew I would be looking forward to this one. Ok let’s face it, I always look forward to any comic book movie adaptation. With Paul Rudd as the lead as well this was going to be a highly entertaining film.

For those that don’t know what Ant-Man is about, it follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a burglar who leaves prison and is trying to stay on the straight and narrow for his daughter. But as he struggles to get a job and a place to live, he turns back to his life of crime. When he discovers a mystery suit, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) asks him to become the Ant-Man.

Mr Rudd didn’t disappoint, moving from a comedy star to an action hero…but still with the comedy. With writing credits he obviously brought his own humour to the role. Playing on the fact that this film is made when the Avengers are out saving the world, he points out the obvious point when asked to save the world and become Ant-Man “the first thing we need to do is call the Avengers”. Later when he stumbles across Avenger The Falcon, he is pleased with himself for ‘not dying’.

The film was presented to us in 3D, and whilst I usually moan about the 3D not being used to its full potential on the Marvel films (Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield could have been thrown at the screen more), Ant-Man was made for 3D. When he shrinks to ant size, the depth of the 3D really makes you believe he is the size of an ant.

This film has a thumbs up from me, and I recommend watching in 3D if you can.

Ant-Man is in cinemas this Friday (17 July).

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Comic Con 2015 – the trailers you need to watch

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Rather than bombarding you with a post for every trailer that was released at Comic Con (we’d be here all evening). I thought I’d share some trailers I think are worth checking out. Of course, I’ve already shared the new Batman v Superman and Fear the Walking Dead trailer with you, but others in this post include Star Wars: The Force AwakensOnce Upon a Time and The Walking Dead.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic Con reel

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow

The Walking Dead

Sadly, there is also a video for Heroes Reborn, but it currently isn’t available in the UK to watch :-(

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Samsung 360 Wireless Audio Speaker launch

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Bit of a delayed post from me, but a few weeks ago I was invited to the Samsun Wireless Audio 360 speakers launch event at London’s Victoria House with DJ sets from Gorgon City and Laura Whitmore.

It was a great event (although running for two hours the time past rather quickly). Starting with a presentation from Samsung spokespeople talking through the product, we were then encouraged to walk around and experience the speakers in different settings.

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The speakers were hanging from the presentation room, in a beautiful display with long pieces of white string and blue lighting. Then other rooms were set up for the speaker connected to the TV for entertainment or in a more chilled out room.

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Finally, we went to the DJ space where Laura Whitmore was DJing and the speakers had a light display around them playing along to the music coming out of the speakers.

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After Laura, duo Gorgon City (Ready For Your Love) played us a few of their songs, among others.

The sound quality from these speakers is truly amazing, coming out of all angles of the speaker. Samsung also brought this life via a cool video using music and light to show how it works – check it out below. But at £499 these speakers don’t come cheap. The Samsun Wireless 360 Audio Speaker is available now in select electrical retailers.

Batman v Superman Comic Con trailer

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The latest trailer out of Comic Con for Batman v Superman finally gives us more of a look at the film to come. Wonder Woman makes an appearance (no sign of Aquaman or The Flash yet though).

Now it appears that Bruce Wayne (Batman) is on a one man mission to stop Superman as he doesn’t trust him with the power he has.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in cinemas on 25 March 2016

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Fear the Walking Dead first-look full trailer

Cliff Curtis as Travis  and Kim Dickens as Madison - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/AMC

Cliff Curtis as Travis and Kim Dickens as Madison – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/AMC

We’ve had a few teaser trailers over the last few weeks, but AMC has finally launched a full trailer for Fear the Walking Dead, the spin off prequel to The Walking Dead. The trailer was released at Comic Con this weekend.

I really like how AMC has described the show in its releases, so I thought I’d share it with you: 

Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.

Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios. The series, set in Los Angeles, stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza, Ruben Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia and Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris.

AMC in the UK will be available exclusively to BT customers through a multi-year deal. Fear the Walking Dead will debut exclusively on BT TV, and the premiere date will be announced soon.

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From Brit to Brit, Sony Pictures and Marvel announces new Spider-Man

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Andrew Garfield has been replaced by another British actor, 19 year old Tom Holland to star as the next Spider-Man. Tom first popped up in Billy Elliot the Musical before heading to Hollywood to star in The Impossible. He most recently was seen it BBC’s Wolf Hall. If his acrobatic skills are anything to go by, he’s going to be a great Spider-Man. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. But before that, Tom’s Spider-Man will make an appearance in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which is due for release in 2016.

Source: Marvel

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What to Expect from Game of Thrones Series 6

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It’s over. I thought it would never end, sometimes I thought I wouldn’t make it, but somehow, through all the pain and the death and the sorrow and the death and the suffering and the death and also more death, I survived. I made it to the end of another series of Game of Thrones.

Now I don’t expect to be alright straight away (I’m still not right now). Take time to absorb what you’ve just seen, to come to terms with it, and maybe in some way, to heal. Right, are you done? Good, because we’ve probably only got another nine months before season six airs and we’ve got some theorising and wild guess work to do!

Season six looks like it’ll be the penultimate series of Game of Thrones, and a pivotal series for more reasons than one. Now I’m not going to pretend that I have any special sources or insight into how this series is going to turn out, but all these theories are 100% true.

Definite SPOILERS for season five ahead, and possible spoilers for season six (I suppose there’s a slim chance we might be wrong about some of it). Which brings us to our first theory:

Season six marks the beginning of the spoiler wars

The last five years have been a tough journey for all of us, but it’s been made worse by a single smug, supremely slappable face that belongs to a being who delights in pain. For once I’m not talking about Joffrey. I’m talking about your friend who’s read the books.

“Oh!” they would say. “Were you surprised by what happened to Ned Stark? I suppose you would be, not having read the books.”

“The Red Wedding? Well, yes, it was even more shocking in the books.”

“Books, books books. I think I’m going to marry the books because I love them so much. Almost as much that character you like loved that other character before… oh, hasn’t the TV series got that far yet?”

But as of now, the tables have turned. The season five finale used up the very last of the material in the published books (and even included a couple of bits that haven’t been seen on page yet). Season six doesn’t haven’t an air date, but it’s coming out next year and Winds of Winter is still sitting in a locked box in George RR Martin’s bedside table (he knocks most of the books out over a weekend and then spends six years chortling to himself over his agent’s frantic emails).

Now this puts your book loving friend in a bit of a bind, doesn’t it? Do they watch season six when it comes out, and spoil the books? Or do they spend a year or more sticking their fingers in their ears and hoping none of their suddenly smug-looking friends decide to spill the beans?

As poetic justice goes, it’s straight out of the books themselves.

We’re finally going to get the zombies-vs-dragons fight we’ve been waiting for

The clue is in the name. A Game of Thrones was the name of the first book, the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire. Doesn’t take much to guess the dragons are the fire, and the White Walkers are the ice. For five long years they’ve been slowly coming to a head. Like the protagonists of any good zombie movie, the characters have been more concerned with fighting for dominance among themselves than barricading all the doors and windows, but this year the episode “Hardhome” gave us some truly fantastic zombie combat (zombat?), and the next book’s title gives us reason to believe that after more lead up than Half-Life 3, Winter is finally going to Come.

The next season is the penultimate one, which puts it in the Empire Strikes Back point in the story. The “game of thrones” is going to be interrupted by a hoard of zombies coming in and busting up the joint, and the cast are going be either scattered even further or finally come together.

This is probably going to be when we finally get to see Dragons Vs Zombies. Before the zombies are quickly and unceremoniously killed. Which reminds us:

They’re going to kill Tyrion

I’m not the first to post my guesses about season six, and there’s one theory that keeps recurring. Everyone believes Jon Snow is coming back from the dead. To which I say (even though I hope it is true) “Awwwww!” Why do you think Jon’s safe? Is it because he’s one of the nice characters and people like him? Or is it because he seems like a major character who’s intrinsic to the plot? Or because he’s part of the Stark family and nothing bad ever happens to them!

No, let’s face it. Snow is gone.

This basically leaves us with only a handful of genuinely likeable characters left: Sam, Podrick, Brienne, Arya, and of course, Tyrion. Now don’t get me wrong, Pod is doomed, but he’s not really a big enough character to bring the shock and awe the way Game of Thrones likes to do. Brienne and Arya both have big plot stuff coming up. Sam seems primed for a heroic sacrifice, but why kill him when you could just kill the people he loves for added pain?

And while everyone still seems to love Tyrion, the fact is he did strangle a woman to death. Yeah, it’s easy to forget that now that he has a fancy yellow jacket and has a new purpose in life, but strangling a woman to death while crying is still strangling a woman to death. That’s going to have its karmic reward before too long. Then another six hundred fans will ragequit the series on Twitter.

A happy ending

No. Sorry. That was a cruel joke.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 finale reactions video

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As per yesterday’s post, I attended the HBO live screening of the Game of Thrones season five finale and our reactions were captured on film. Luckily I managed to avoid the camera by hiding at the back when watching the show, but (blink and you miss me) you can spot me walking in to the venue…so close!

Some of these reactions are amazing though, my particular favourite is the lady who is so shocked she has to grab her wine glass to console herself, and the guy next to her later is so shocked by the ending that his mouth literally drops to the floor and stays there!

How did you react to the Game of Thrones finale?

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Watch out London, there’s a White Walker about!

A Whitewalker stops traffic over London Bridge to celebrate the release of Game of Thrones Season 5 on Digital HD

A White Walker stops traffic over London Bridge to celebrate the release of Game of Thrones Season 5 on Digital HD

A Game of Thrones White Walker has literally been spotted walking around the streets of Central London. From talking the tube, to stopping traffic on Tower Bridge, its all to celebrate the release of the fifth season on Digital HD.

Did you watch the season finale episode? What did you think? Check out my review here.

Check out the gallery below of the White Walker in London.

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Playing it Cool review

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I missed hearing anything about this movie until I saw it on my Sky Movies list. With such a great cast including Chris Evans (Captain America), Michelle Monaghan (The Best of Me), Topher Grace (That 70s Show), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4), I thought this film would have been a massive hit.

It had potential, but for some reason that I can’t put my finger on, it just didn’t quite deliver. Chris Evans plays a guy (known only as me because we never hear anyone say his name), who has commitment issues until he meets a girl, played by Michelle Monaghan (we only know her as her). They seem to have the same outlook on life, but she is in a relationship and whilst he is struggling to write the script for a rom com movie because he has never been in love, he falls down the rabbit hole with her which helps him not just with his film script, but changes his life.

It just felt like some of the storyline of this film was missing, from him briefly touching on one of his parents walking out on him, from a letter in a cereal box, to him turning around the cereal box in a supermarket, but never really explaining why, to him saying his granddad pretty much raised him, all this briefly touched on his back story, which obviously had an impact on the way he is, but I don’t think this was explored enough for us to understand why he is the way he is.

I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Evans and Monaghan. When you are to believe that two people are falling in love, obviously you have to be good at acting that out, but if there isn’t a bit of natural chemistry between the two actors then it isn’t going to be as believable as you would like.

But what I did like about this film, was the unique way the story was being told, with him putting himself into the characters of other stories. It felt like you were part of the script writing process, a new twist on the rom com, but overall the story was lacking.

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