The Lion King (live action)

Continuing Disney’s trend of taking their animated properties and turning them into live- action films, the studio today released the first teaser for their upcoming live action version of their “original” work of The Lion King.

This version is directed to incredible talent Jon Favreau and stars among many big names, James Earl Jones, reprising his role as the ever powerful yet doomed Mufasa.

On first view, one has to admit that visually the footage looks pretty incredible.  Whether that will be enough to drag people out of their homes to see a story they have already seen before remains to be seen.  Still, for my money, the original Lion King was the finest film that Disney has ever made.  View the trailer of the new version below:

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Stan Lee

  I’ve always been obsessed with superheroes, there is no denying that. In fact, two of the six books that I am currently working on deal with people unexpectedly getting superpowers.  This probably stems from the fact that as long as I can remember I have been watching superhero shows. In my childhood there were cartoons such as Superfriends, Spider-Man and Friends, and of course later Batman: The Animated Series. These were shows that started my imagination running wild with thoughts of incredibly powerful beings that were out there to protect us.  Of course there were also the cheesy tv shows like Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Shazam, Spider-Man and of course the first incarnation of The Flash to hold me over until our current boom of Superhero television and films.

Yet it was somewhere during high school that I really started to read the comic books themselves.  I began to understand the origin stories, and art styles of the medium. I began to research who wrote which characters and who drew in what styles.  My friends and I began to frequent comic book stores (surely you remember those). Through this my love affair with the comic world was fully realized.

In my adult life, once the comic book movies started to boom, and I started to fully appreciate the effect that comics had on my life and the lives of so many others.  I began to appreciate those who had created so many of the characters that I loved: Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, Shuster and Siegal, who created Superman, and of course the great Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who created too numerous Marvel characters to name.

The more I learned about Stan Lee and the wealth of characters he created, the more I became enamored with the man.  Not only was he creating characters that I loved, but he was also creating relatable characters as well. Take Peter Parker (Yes, Stan Lee loved alliteration i.e. Reed Richards, Bucky Barnes, Sue Storm, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, J. Jonah Jameson, Matt Murdock, and Pepper Potts to name a few) not only was he a superhero, dealing with all the hardships that come with that lifestyle, but also he starts out as a high school student, and not a popular one.  This was something that I understood, being an outcast. Bruce Banner struggled with controlling his anger, something that many of us have dealt with at one time or another.

Even more inspiring was that during the 60’s Stan Lee created Black Panther, a dash a color again the white background that were the faces of all the other superheroes.  He did this at a time when blacks were fighting for equality in America. A brave move that could have been disastrous

We knew that Stan would not live forever.  Unfortunately, he did not possess some of the powers that so many of his characters he created did.  So his passing, although expected, still comes as a shock. Perhaps, deep down inside I was hoping that he did have a little of the magic that he imbued his characters with.  

My hat is off and my head hangs low for the man who was one of the architects of my childhood.  Stan, thank you for all the places you took us. Now, I hope you can rest. Excelsior!



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Toy Story 4

The long long awaited teaser for Toy Story 4 has finally been released, and it seems as if the gang is all back, including an misguided art project by the name of Forky who swears that he doesn’t belong with the toys, because frankly, he isn’t one.  Unfortunately for him, he is dragged along on another adventure that the toys embark on.  The film comes out on June 21st, 2019, so we will have to wait until then to see what adventure awaits them.  View the trailer for yourself below:

Update:  Yet another teaser for Toy Story 4 was released today.

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Pokemon: Dectective Pikachu

Well, it’s been a minute since my last update.  But here goes:

For those of us who have desperately waiting for a live action Pokemon film, wait no longer, it’s here.  Instead of going the normal route of a Pokemon trainer attempting to be “the very best, like no one ever was” we instead a treated to a version of the Dectective Pikachu story line.  The aforementioned Pikachu, who is voiced by Ryan Reynolds, teams up with a young man to find his lost father.

It’s an interesting take on a world that has affected so many youths (and some adults), and love the idea or hate it, people will flock to see it when it comes out on May 11th. See what you think when you view the trailer for yourself below.

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Solo: A Star Wars Movie (the trailer)

After a new director, months of reshoots and a wealth of speculation, the good people at Disney have finally released the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  It looks like the story was put in good hands.  Visually, it is simply stunning.  Yes, I realize that having a Han Solo that looks and sounds different is a gamble, but Alden Ehrenreich seemed to have nailed Solo’s cocksure attitude and trademark smirk.  The supporting cast looks to be strong as well, especially Donald Glover looking like the smoothest brother in the galaxy as a young Lando (even though he has no spoken lines in the trailer).  All in all the movie doesn’t look to be any bit the disaster that some had predicted.  See for yourself below:

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Avengers: Infinity War (the trailer)

After nearly ten years of a Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been building to a massive showdown, it has arrived.  The first trailer for The Avengers: Infinity War has been released and let me say it is as massive in scope as any of us could have wished for.

The trailer features all of the major characters that we have come to know and love over the last decade: from Dr. Strange to Hulk, with of course a very special appearance made by our favorite group of misfits at the end.

We finally get to see a version of the Iron Spider suit, Black Widow with blond hair, and Thanos taking the infinity stones by force.  It was enough to give this reviewer goosebumps for the first time in awhile.   

The bittersweet realization here is that not all of the heroes that we have come to care about will make it out of this war alive.  As to who will live and who will die… I have my suspicions, but I will address those later.  For now, enjoy the brilliance of trailer below.

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Stranger Things: Season 2 final trailer

The final trailer for Stranger Things season 2 has been released and this one seems to be the one that we have been waiting for.  We get our first views of Eleven, and the monster that has been lurking in the background for the previous trailers.  The entire season premieres on Netflix on October 27th.  Enjoy!

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