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Dr. Doom, is That You?

The first full image of Doom from the upcoming Fantastic Four movie has come out thanks to a new trailer t hat blends old and new footage. It’s definitely….umm… interesting, to say the least.

Victor Von Doom is a beloved character by many comic readers, and it seems like the new Fantastic Four film will once again miss the mark with the physical look of the character. In the old F4 movies, Doom physically looked closer to the comics version with a deformed face and metal mask. I think that the costume of the old Doom was pretty boring and could have been much cooler. However, when seeing the recently released photo of what the new movie’s Dr. Doom will look like, it has me worried.

 

I’ve actually been quite excited for the reboot of Fantastic Four; I’m a big fan of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.  Jamie Bell wouldn’t be my first choice for The Thing, but I can’t say anything super negative about his casting.

All of that was good, I liked what I was seeing from the trailers for this movie and actually felt good about it’s release and that someone might have finally gotten Fantastic Four right. Yet, this new Doom photo has me somewhat worried once more.

There have been multiple designs of Doom throughout the years, and it seems like 20th Century Fox has chosen to model their reboot version off of the Ultimate Universe version. That version of Doom, as you can see to the left, had a completely altered body like the picture above.

The new movie version would definitely not be my first choice because I think it just looks too modern. I would love to see the traditional version of Doom, but if this can logically fit for the new film, I won’t hate it.

I’m a fan of Toby Kebbell from Rock N’ Rolla and Black Mirror so I’m hoping this can be another successful role for him. If his performance is good enough, it will make it easier to get over the look if you aren’t a fan.

The new Fantastic Four movie is set to release on August 7th of this year. I don’t have high expectations for this movie, but I’m hoping it can at least manage to be above average. The cast is solid, Trank is a solid director that will hopefully be able to transition what he did with Chronicle to t his.

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The Suicide Squad Trailer Looks…Interesting

With Comic-Con over we await all of the leaked Hall H footage that we know was being recorded despite the clear instructions to not do so. While there was never going to be a trailer for Star-Wars, plenty of the superhero films were debuting trailers and footage, which was plenty to get excited for. At this point, it looks like the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer has found its way to the web along with the Suicide Squad trailer. After some attempted crowd control, WB has accepted that they cannot stop  the leak and, while they are clearly frustrated about it, they have done the smart thing and released the trailer in high quality.

The DC movies got off to a rough start with Man of Steel, which many people went to see but walked away feeling disappointed. Now DC is moving forward with their full universe and plans to follow up Man of Steel with Batman v. Superman in March of 2016 and then Suicide Squad that following August. So the trailer for both of these movies is out, and both look very interesting, but Suicide Squad will be the bigger risk.

Although the film features some of the most popular DC villains, some casting decisions seem like a gamble, but here are my thoughts on the trailer.

I’m going to love Viola Davis as Amanda Waller because she has the personality and intimidation that the character needs to have. As for the rest of the cast, I’m not a huge fan of the Harley Quinn look; not that I wanted it to completely match the comic or cartoon version, but as many of people on the internet have pointed out, she looks like a Juggalo. Fans were given quite the scare when David Ayer released the photo of the Joker a little while back featuring tons of goofy tattoos that didn’t feel like they fit the character. I have to say, I’m very excited for Leto’s performance because he is a terrific actor who should be able to make the Joker his own. The style of the Joker doesn’t seem like the worse, but I don’t think his metallic teeth would be missed.

Aside from that, I think the movie looks pretty interesting. I love the dark style of it all and that DC is continuing to roll with their own style of superhero films. The costumes and makeup all look much more realistic and grounded compared to Marvel. Ayer is a great director, but I’m worried about the supporting cast; Will Smith is a lovable guy, but not the best actor. I think he will do well enough in this role and I absolutely love the Deadshot costume. Cara Delevingne has been getting lots of recent notice for this and Paper Towns, so there’s a chance for her to be very good as well. I think that it’s great to see Joel Kinnaman get a major role like this so it will be interesting to see how he performs in a major motion picture.

Suicide Squad has a lot of good ideas in its trailer, but the true test will be seeing whether or not they can properly execute the story. With the release of this and the Batman V. Superman trailer, I think I have an idea of how DC is planning out their universe (I’ll write about that later). There have been plenty of risks in the casting decisions, like Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, that won’t necessarily be bad but more of a coin flip.

The DC comic stories are just as good as Marvel, and while their is a monetary race between the two companies, fans don’t have to choose one over the other. I hope that DC is able to execute their movie universe as well as Marvel, because it could be just as amazing and only give viewers double the amount of comic based stories.

…oh yeah… I can’t stand Jai Courtney. Maybe he will surprise me… but I’m expecting Captain Boomerang to be a complete let down in this movie.

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‘Twas the Night Before Comic-Con…

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‘Twas the Night Before Comic-Con, when all through the house

Blaise was not stirring, neither was the mouse,

His bags were packed and placed by the stairs,

In hopes that he would soon be up in the air;

Chris was nestled all snug in his bed,

While visions of Hall H panels danced in his head.

Chris in his Always Keep Fighting tee, and I in my Sinceriously tank; 

Had settled our brains for a week that would be dank. 

 

Year’s ago, when I first discovered my passion for movies, television and all things pop culture, I knew that I would have to go to San Diego Comic-Con at least once in my lifetime. While it always seemed like a pipe dream, tomorrow it will come true, as Chris and I head out bright and early to San Diego. Yes, we will be representing Awesome Mix Podcast as well as the other website we contribute to, TVOvermind.com, as press.

It still hasn’t fully kicked in that I’m headed to one of my dream destinations, and I’m sure that it won’t feel like reality until I step onto the plane tomorrow. SDCC  gets kicked off tomorrow night with the exclusive, “Preview Night,” that allows some of the guests to come experience the pilot episodes of the anticipated new Fall shows as well as the opportunity to check out the booths and everything they offer.

Throughout the week, Chris and I will be attending multiple TV related round tables for some of the most popular shows such as Archer, Outlander, iZombie, The 100, and more. All of the coverage will be audio translated into articles aside from The 100, which we will be conducting in-person video interviews with the cast and creators. We will also be attending plenty of panels as well as other popular events such as the Nerdist Podcast with guests Masie Williams, Tom Hiddleston and Guillermo Del Toro, Conan’s: “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo,” and a couple of NerdHQ events.

We plan on getting our content out as soon as possible when we return to the hotel room each night. This is something we’ve both been looking forward to for years and plan on making the most of it. I even plan on writing about my experience waiting for exclusives (if I get any). A lot of good stuff should come out of this week and we want to be timely and informative with it all.

This is really a dream come true for both of us, and we’re excited to document the entire journey.

Follow both of us on Twitter for live updates as we are experiencing everything, and even feel free to follow me on Snapchat where I will be adding tons to my story.

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It’s a Good Year for Boxing Flicks

Boxing movies are normally decent hits because they offer a sports film about fighters; in life and in the ring. We watch someone get repeatedly knocked down without quitting because they have something to fight for. In the past, boxing movies such as Raging BullRocky, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, and even Cinderella Man have drawn us in and captured our hearts. Boxing movies are just great.

This year three boxing movies are scheduled to come out that look very promising, which is nice. In a couple of weeks on July 24 things are kicked off with Southpaw, followed up by Creed (Nov. 25) and finished with Bleed for This, which doesn’t have a release date. Each of the films looks promising because they offer a different story that revolves around boxing with great casts attached.

Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and was written by Kurt  Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). It focuses on a title holding boxer who gets into an altercation which ends up with the death of his wife. This causes him to hit rock bottom in life and overcome personal loss to become great again. The movie looks very dark and like it will be another solid notch on Gyllenhaal’s resume. I’m curious to see how this writing performance is from Sutter, because his second half of Sons was sub-par.

Creed brings us back to the Rocky franchise with a new character, Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Johnson is a young fighter who never knew his dad and doesn’t want anything to do with him. He is out to prove himself as one of the greats and eventually tracks down his father’s old friend and competitor, Rocky Balboa, for training. This leads us into a new era where Rocky is on the sideline guiding and teaching a new fighters (we’ll just ignore Tommy Gunn). I hope that they get Creed right because the Rocky films were always so inspiring, but Ryan Coogler is a good director and knows how to bring the best out of Jordan.

Bleed for This definitely seems to be the least known of the three films, but it is the third boxing movie that stars Miles Teller and tells us the crazy comeback story of Vinny Pazienza. Teller is a fantastic actor and I think he could really nail this role. I don’t know anything about the director but will still see this movie for Teller. This film doesn’t have a release date yet, but it could be a possible Oscar contender.

Boxing films hook us because they are emotional. People take their anger out in fighting for something and it makes for a good movie. There is a chance that these three movies could continue the string of solid boxing movies from year’s past and end 2015 strongly. I have high hopes for these movies and it would be awesome if they were all successful.

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Sleeping With Other People Trailer: Could Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie Be the New Harry and Sally?

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When critics compare an upcoming film to When Harry Met Sally, arguably the best romantic comedy of all-time, you start to pay attention to what that movie is. Sleeping With Other People, which first premiered at Sundance back in January, is the second directorial effort from Leslye Headland (BacheloretteAbout Last Night) and stars Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses 2We’re the Millers) and Alison Brie (CommunityMad Men). And while the small sampling of reviews for the film haven’t been universally positive, those who love the movie are truly passionate about it, making the claims I stated above and calling it one of the freshest and best romantic comedies in years. All of that hype is why I was so excited when the trailer for the movie was finally released today, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The trailer for the film (which probably shouldn’t be watched around younger kids, if you have them) lays out the basic story of the movie. Jake (Sudeikis) and Lainey (Brie), both serial cheaters who can’t seem to get into a relationship without hurting the other person, haven’t seen each other since college, when they both lost their virginities to one another. However, after bumping into each other again after all these years, they rekindle their friendship, promising that they will be never anything more than that: just friends.

Obviously, as the trailer shows, situations like these are never simple, and feelings always end up complicating matters, even if both people swear they won’t. But what makes Sleeping With Other People look fresh and fun is that it appears to be both coarse and crude but still have a lot of heart, a tough balancing act that not many romantic comedies can perform. Plus, it’s great to see talented actors like Sudeikis and Brie headline a film like this, since they’re typically relegated to supporting roles in other movies.

In addition to Sudeikis and Brie, Sleeping With Other People‘s cast reportedly includes Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and, as seen in the trailer, Adam Brody (The O.C.).

Sleeping With Other People hits theaters on September 11. Check out the trailer below and comment to let us know what you think about it.

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5 July Movies That I’m Most Excited For

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The summer movie season is in full swing now, and it’s been great thus far. Coming into 2015, we all knew there was plenty to be excited for, but now that so many hits are delivering, this year is really turning out to be a phenomenal one. Of course there were the guaranteed winners like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2, but when it comes to blockbuster action or comedy flicks, it’s always a 50/50 chance for success.

In 2015, Furious 7 kicked things off in the Spring with huge box office numbers and a really fun installment to the franchise. More recently, movies like Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road have returned to famous franchises from the past and re-established why we loved them so much. Even something along the lines of Spy was a really nice comedic surprise when it could have been a horrific flop.

I don’t even need to talk about Pixar’s Inside Out.

Even when you dig deeper into the indie scene there have been great releases like Ex MachinaDope and Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.

It’s just a great year for movies, and we’re only at the halfway mark.

As we look forward to the upcoming months, there are still tons of great films that I’m itching to see, but right now we’re just going to stick to July alone.

These are the five movies I’m looking forward to the most in July.

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5. Trainwreck (July 17)

Trainwreck is my wildcard for July. The fifth movie has honestly been a Russian roulette for me; I would have filled this spot with Terminator Genisys but they decided to reveal most of the movie and a major plot twist in the previews which has me disappointed and bitter. I think Minions looks cute but not sure it is worthy of the spot, especially after seeing what Inside Out accomplished. I hadn’t heard of Self/Less until maybe two weeks ago and am somewhat intrigued by it, but can’t say it’s really drawing me in or that I’ll check it out in theaters.

So what does this leave us with? Trainwreck.

I’ll be honest, I have yet to be fully pulled in to the recent Amy Schumer craze, but I don’t dislike her. Luckily for everyone, I love Judd Apatow and Bill Hader. This movie has tons of potential, and I’m willing to take a chance on it. Usually, Apatow knows how to deliver a great story that has great comedy but knows how to be honest and real with its story and emotion. I’m hoping that he finds another winner with Trainwreck and it’s on my list because it has me curious enough to go check it out one night.

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4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (July 31)

It’s been a great summer for action movies. I honestly can’t think of one that has been a let down up to this point. When you prepare to watch an action movie, you just have to remind yourself that story and realness might not be an applicable thing to judge by. When I go to watch a Fast & Furious movie, I’m preparing to watch some ridiculous but fun action that involves cars and the characters I grew up with. Luckily though, Mission: Impossible nails action with a solid story.

While I will be honest, I need to refresh myself with the series (I plan on watching all of the movies before this one) they have never let down. Although Tom Cruise isn’t my favorite actor, I can always trust he will deliver when it comes to Mission: Impossible films.

The next chapter in the franchise; Rogue Nation focuses on Ethan Hunt and his team coming together for what might be their last mission as they attempt to take down the rogue spy group called The Syndicate. I’ve always felt like the MI films really wanted to be the American version of James Bond, but went too far with the action side of things; however, the movies have completely embraced what the people want and haven’t changed, which is why they find so much success. Considering how well Ghost Protocol did and is rated, I have no doubts that Rogue Nation will be awesome.

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3. Southpaw (July 31)

Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a hot head boxer named Billy “The Great” Hope, who is reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. One night his temper gets the best of him when he runs into an opponent that begins to crudely trash talk him and the situation ends with his wife being killed. When Hope seems to hit rock bottom, he finds a drive, determination and fire that he’s never had before.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors and when you look at his resume, he knows how to select a good role. Southpaw looks like a gritty and emotional story that will hit your emotions and give you something to route for. I imagine this will be another great performance from Gyllenhaal and am hoping to see something written by Kurt Sutter that feels more like the first couple seasons of Sons of Anarchy rather than the more recent ones that have just finished up.

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2. Ant-Man (July 17)

I bet a lot of people are amazed this wasn’t number one. It’s no secret, I’m a Marvel junkie, an I am beyond pumped for the next installment of their cinematic universe. While I enjoyed Age of Ultron a ton, I definitely left the theater feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I love everything that Marvel is building and think it’s awesome that they are incorporating so many heroes. Although Ant-Man is someone I’m slightly less familiar with (although I have read plenty of stories including the character), I think that this will be a Marvel movie comparable to my favorite comic, characters and movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians was the first natural feeling Marvel movie since Iron Man where the character and style perfectly meshed with what the movies are aiming to accomplish. Although The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier round out my top three Marvel films, I believe that Ant-Man has the ability to be something surprisingly satisfying. From the looks of the trailers it seems like Paul Rudd is another perfectly chosen actor for the role (which I always thought he would be) and that Marvel has nailed the tone that Ant-Man needs as a character.

While I’m easily more excited for next year’s Civil War story finally moving to the screen because it will incorporate most of the superheroes, I am more excited for the Ant-Man origin than I was for AoU.

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1. The End of the Tour (July 31 Limited)

I’ve been waiting to check out this movie ever since I heard about it. The End of the Tour is a movie about a five day interview between a Rolling Stone Reporter named David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and famous novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). The story takes place during 1996 just after the release of Wallace’s most known piece, Infinite Jest. The movie focuses on the relationship that forms between the two men and how their views on life impact one another.

I think I’m really hyped up for this because of Jason Segel. Segel is obviously known for his comedic roles, but it will be really nice to see him step into something that is this serious. From what I’ve read, people are really impressed with Segel’s performance down to the little body movements he makes. We know that Eisenberg is a solid actor and can pull off both serious and relaxed roles, but I have a good feeling that these two on screen will deliver a fantastic film.

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Marvel Not Attending SDCC

San Diego Comic Con is the place to announce and reveal anything relating to superheroes in any form, and in the past decade it has been the exclusive place to learn new info about all of the upcoming DC and Marvel films.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced today that the company wouldn’t be appearing at SDCC this year, which is a huge disappointment to fans. While it makes sense for Marvel to save all of their reveals for the D23 Disney expo later on in the year, Comic-Con has always been the place to go for all of the reveals.

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