Yesterday, developer Rockstar Games released a new set of screenshots for the highly-anticipated title, Red Dead Redemption 2. The images showcased the game’s vast and highly-diverse worlds as players are shown several in-game locations.
The screenshots came from the game’s recently-updated website, which reveals many locations such as bayous, snowy mountains, several towns, and many more. Check out all the images below:
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26. The game’s PC version will be released at a later date.
I think Bleach will be a little divisive but overall respected as a live-action adaptation. It finally came to Netflix so that people outside of Japan could watch it and see if it’s a decent adaptation. It wasn’t a perfect adaptation and it definitely made some changes that were interesting, but overall, I enjoyed watching it. Some of these changes will be shared throughout.
One such change that is not huge, but a little confusing is that for some reason, they could only afford hair dye for Sota Fukushi since he was the only one with non-black hair. Orihime? Nope. Masaki? Negative. Young Ichigo? Who needs continuity? Yuzu’s brown hair? Not going to happen. Urahara’s blonde hair? Not an option. This was a pretty insignificant change in terms of story (except maybe Masaki and young Ichigo), but it would’ve been nice if they had gone the small extra mile.
What did I dislike? I am a huge fan of Chad and so while I did like his portrayal by Yu Koyanagi, I was sad that he didn’t have “El Brazo Derecho De Gigante” by the end. There are hints though that we may see it in a sequel. I also was not a fan of the new dynamic of Rukia, Renji, and Byakuya. In this adaptation Renji was also adopted by the Kuchiki clan which effectively makes him and Rukia siblings which is just awkward when the canon says that they end up together. It also changes his helping Byakuya from trying to impress to simply being a loyal brother.
Speaking of Renji and Byakuya, I didn’t like how early they were brought in. In the anime, they are present for 2 episodes and it’s just long enough for them to beat the crap out of Ishida and Ichigo before taking Rukia back to Soul Society to await her execution. It helps establish that Ichigo is way out of his league and is a weak Soul Reaper. In this film, they show up much earlier and serve as more of a looming presence to constantly drive the plot. It just wasn’t as cool in my opinion.
One more thing that felt off was Urahara. In the manga and anime, Urahara is a kooky character who can be serious. In this adaptation is always solemn and not the kooky guy I fell in love with when I first watched the show. I understand them reducing the kookiness to keep pacing, but I don’t remember a single goofy moment with him.
Many of the things done in Bleach were brilliant. If it’s not listed in this review, it probably either didn’t bother me at all, or I liked it. For starters, I loved the casting. Everyone except Urahara was well portrayed and looked great. That’s not to say that Seiichi Tanabe did poorly, but that Urahara wasn’t written well in my opinion. Even Keigo was fantastically done, so why was such a big character not up to snuff?
I also loved how they showed Rukia training Ichigo. This helped show the creation of the strong relationship between the characters and it helps us understand that Ichigo didn’t magically master sword fighting. This especially pays off in the final fight between Ichigo and Renji which was amazing! The choreography felt like it came from an anime without being too over the top. It was perfect.
Another good part of the film was the song “MILK” from Alexandros that says, “All you gotta do is drink all your milk.” The song sounds freaking boss and then it drops that lyric and I lost it. Is it silly? Kinda, but I did enjoy it.
Bleach did a decent job utilizing Grand Fisher, too. Grand Fisher is promoted from Hollow of the week to an overarching enemy. This makes it more rewarding when Ichigo figures out that Grand Fisher murdered Masaki. The main downside in my opinion is that because Grand Fisher was made bigger, he replaced the Menos Grande which meant that he was defeated via a team effort. For me, this took away from the catharsis that was felt in the anime when Ichigo defeated him alone. It also meant that Grand Fisher was killed which means we won’t get to see Isshin make his Soul Reaper debut exacting revenge on the Hollow that murdered his wife. So, it’s more of a double-edged sword (or should I say zanpakuto).
The biggest departure from the anime was probably how Rukia would regain her powers. In the anime, she simply uses a gigai to help her recover her powers over time. Or, that’s how it would’ve been if Urahara hadn’t used the Hogyouku to prevent her from recovering her powers. In the movie, Ichigo has to transfer the power back to her the same way she gave the powers to him. The problem is that Ichigo is too weak and the transfer would kill him. This is a really big change since it affects the whole dynamic between Ichigo and the other Soul Reapers we meet. It’s not the worst idea in the world, but when she takes the powers back at the end of the film, it does make you question what they’re going to do if given a sequel. The film was wrapped up pretty well for a standalone, but I’m not sure how they’re going to adapt the Soul Society arc without Rukia being in the same kind of danger as her anime counterpart.
I know it may look like I didn’t like the film, but Bleach was a fun adaptation. It doesn’t get things 100% right and definitely takes its own liberties. However, these changes don’t take the film out of the Bleach universe we know and love. Most of these changes actually help the story be told in less than two hours. If you’re a purist, look for a different adaptation. If you don’t mind some changes, this one is worth a shot.
I’m getting really excited for the release of Rooster Teeth’s second anime-styled series, gen:LOCK. We know that it will feature the amazing talents of Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, and David Tennant among many others. Now, we have news that Maisie Williams is joining the cast as well! That’s right, the Game of Thrones star will play Cammie MacCloud who is a Scottish hacker and the youngest recruit to the gen:LOCK program.
In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost.
This announcement was made at RTX London over the weekend and then seconded on Twitter:
In addition to the casting announcement, a third teaser has dropped for the show. In the teaser, Tennant’s character, Doc, is going over the backgrounds of Cammie and Kazu Iida (played by Koichi Yamadera) trying to get their transfers to his program approved. If you’ve watched RWBY, the interaction may feel familiar as it does remind me of an interaction that may have happened between Ozpin and Glinda.
Saturday Night Live kicks off Season 44 Saturday, September 29th, the show has announced Adam Driver will return to the show and host the season premiere! I shouldn’t have to tell you why you should be excited for that, but in case your out of the loop and have no idea what the above picture is referencing, this means we might get a sequel installment of Undercover Boss!
Personally, I’d love to see the return of Matt The Radar Technician post The Last Jedi, and think whatever the crew comes up with will be entertaining. In other news, Kanye West is slated as the musical guest and is seemingly teasing he’ll drop a new album on that day as well. That’s quite a way for SNL to kick off its new season! Will you be tuning in?
As you all know, HBO’s Game of Thrones is coming to an end after eight seasons. The final season is upon us, but according to creator George R.R. Martin the series could have kept going to up to 13 seasons! While talking to Variety, he said:
“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”
I imagine that producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss just didn’t want to be developing this series for the rest of their careers. Eight season seems like a reasonable amount of time to stick with a series and see it through to the end. However, it would have been nice to get more seasons! It’s interesting to hear that that’s what Martin was hoping and fighting for.
At least we have that spinoff series coming! That show is set thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones. The series is described as chronicling "the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know."
Martin talked about the other spinoff series in development saying, that there are “five other shows, five prequels in development that are based on other periods and the history of Westeros — some of them just 100 years before ‘Game of Thrones,’ some of them 5000 years before ‘Game of Thrones.'”
As far as we know, HBO isn’t moving forward with any of those other shows. Just the one spinoff that Martin would like to call The Long Night.
I’m ok with Game of Thrones ending after eight seasons, especially with the spinoff that’s currently in development. That will ease the pain a little bit.
Game of Thrones took home the Best Drama award last night at the Emmys and it was definitely deserved! It was also great to see Peter Dinklage win again!
I’ve got some exciting news for all you Avatar: The Last Airbender fans! The classic Nickelodeon animated series is being adapted into a live-action series over at Netflix! You’ll also be happy to here that the original creators of the series Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be serving as executive producers and showrunners on the series!
This is fantastic news! I know a lot of fans hated the live-action movie that M. Night Shyamalan made back in 2010, but this series is not going to be that! There’s no way that DiMatino and Konietzko are going to allow that to happen again. They had this to say in a joint statement:
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.”
Netflix’s Melissa Cobb, VP Kids and Family Content added:
“We are committed to honoring Bryan and Mike’s vision for this retelling and are thrilled to support them on creating a live-action event series, bringing Aang’s epic world of elemental magic to life for global audiences on Netflix.”
The new series will be made in partnership with Nickelodeon and production is scheduled to start next year. I’m excited about this live action series of The Last Airbender and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together and turns out!
What do you think about Netflix developing a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series?
Earlier this morning Marvel Studios unleashed the first trailer for Captain Marvel and fans seemed to love it! It was an extremely exciting tease for what this movie is going to deliver and it's looking just as awesome as I would have hoped.
We've now got a poster for the film to share with you and I also included a bunch of screenshots from the trailer for you to scroll through to see if you notice any cool little Easter eggs.
One of the main parts of the trailer that fans are talking about is the moment where Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) punches that old lady in the face on the bus! The only think I can think of is that is one of the Skrulls who shape shifted and took on the appearance of the old woman. Carol saw that it was a Skrull and attacked her. It's still funny to see Captain Marvel punch an old lady in the face like that, though!
There's a lot of other great stuff in the trailer. It's so cool to see young versions of Nick Fury and Agent Coulson in action. The VFX team did an awesome job de-aging Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg for their roles!
I love the costume designs of the film as well, especially those outfits for the Kree warriors! I love their masks and they even included Captain Marvel’s mohawk! It was also a blast to see Captain Marvel go Super Saiyan at the end of the trailer! Now, I just can't wait to see her battle Thanos in Avengers 4!
Check out the poster for the film and the screenshots below and let us know what your favorite parts of the trailer were!
Solo: A Star Wars Story was a great film! The majority of fans who saw it seemed to love it. The movie made over $400 million worldwide, but that might not be enough money to warrant a sequel. Solo had a great setup for a sequel and fans of the film would love to see it happen! But, according to co-writer Jon Kasdan, that sequel isn’t going to happen anytime soon. He recently shared the following comments on Twitter:
"Will there ever be a sequel 'cause it really seems like you guys were setting one up? To be honest, I think the challenge has more to do with the foreign box office than the U.S. Personally, I think there are great Star Wars movies to be made that don't need to cost quite so much. Hopefully that will be the trend in years to come, and maybe, just maybe, that trend will allow us, one way or another, to tell more stories with Alden [Ehrenreich], Joonas [Suotamo], Emilia [Clarke], and Donald [Glover]."
"With those actors and [Ron Howard], I would jump at the opportunity. Given the way Hollywood, and the culture at large, seem to run from anything labeled a disappointment, the odds seem like they're against it happening anytime soon. But, I suppose, Han wouldn't have it any other way."
It would be a shame if we never see a sequel to Solo, especially with the surprising return Maul! That alone is one of the main reasons fans want a sequel so bad! I would love to see his character explored more, especially his relationship with Qi’ra. There are so many different directions that they could take the story and I want to see the adventure continue for these Han, Lando, Chewy, and the others!
Hopefully, Lucasfilm and Ron Howard team back up for a sequel for Solo sooner rather than later. But, unfortunately, there’s a chance a sequel will never happen. Do you think Lucasfilm will ever get to make a Solo sequel?
I’ve got a ridiculous trailer here for you to watch today for a new vigilante action-thriller called Death Kiss. As you’ll see, it a Charles Bronson-style film and it comes complete with a Charles Bronson look-a-like! That actors name is Robert ‘Bronzi’ Kovacs, and he doesn’t do much talking in the trailer. It’s clear he’s just there to look like Bronson and kick some ass and I found it quite amusing.
The film follows a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. When talking about the film, producer Jeff Miller says:
“Rene’s movie is very cool and stylish. It feels like a throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s. After an enthusiastic response at Texas Frightmare Weekend in May, we’re excited to show the film to the general public.”
The movie also stars Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s Vampires), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Eva Hamilton (Ruin Me), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn and Sam Story.
Death Kiss was written and directed is Rene Perez (Playing With Dolls: Havoc) and it will be released on October 2nd!
Hey look! It’s another poster for Venom! This one features Venom looming over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco and also features Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
The posters for this film actually have been pretty decent. But, Sony Pictures still has yet to show us something that actually gets me excited to see the movie. I’m going in with super low expectations, so maybe the movie will surpass them.
The movie was inspired by the 1993 six-issue Venom: Lethal Protector comic miniseries. The story followed Venom moving to San Francisco after he and Spider-Man made a truce. Once in San Francisco, Venom is hunted down by the Life Foundation, who wants to study the Venom symbiote so they can use it for their own evil purposes. From it, they create five new symbiote spawn including Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
The film also stars Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Woody Harrelson (True Detective). Venom is set to be released on October 5, 2018.