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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Off Featurette

The ending Guardians of the Galaxy could have been very different. Still not as good as Breakin’…..

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Big Hero 6 Drops to Second

big hero 6In its second week at the box office, Big Hero 6 dropped to second place, being knocked out of the top spot by Dumb and Dumber To. The film earned a little over $36 million domestically this weekend to bring its total to over $111.6 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to bring in money earning over $300,00.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $330.5 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.5 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $191.2 million
20. Big Hero 6 – $111.7 million
21. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
22. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
24. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
36. Hercules – $72.7 million
45. Robocop – $58.6 million
104. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
124. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.4 billion
2. Guardians of the Galaxy– $770.1 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $707.8 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $474.4 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
22. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
25. Robocop – $242.7 million
26. Hercules – $242.1 million
38. Big Hero 6 – $148.4 million
56. Snowpiercer – $86.8 million
92. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $39.4 million
254. We Are the Best! – $181,000

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League coming in February

Lego_JL_vs_Bizarro_League_ONLINE_CTM_07In the follow-up to LEGO Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 10, 2015. The Blu-ray and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 10 via purchase from digital retailers.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:

  • LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
  • BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
  • BE-LEAGUERED BLOOPERS

Daniel Bruhl Joins Captain America: Civil War

Daniel BrühlMarvel has announced the addition of Daniel Bruhl to the cast of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The movie is set to come out May 6, 2016. It has not been announced what role he’ll have.

The 36 year old actor has appeared in The Fifth Estate, Rush, Inglorious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum and a whole lot more. He has three other films in post-production, and currently another being filmed.

Bruhl joins Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chadwick Boseman, with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct after this year’s hit Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Captain America: Civil War is one of the many films Marvel has announced that will come out between now and 2020, making up their Phase 3 of their movies. The film kicks off that third phase.

A New Trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Godkiller animated film trilogy starts production at Black Mask

godkiller 1 second printingPublishing and production company Black Mask Studios has announced its first major in-house production: three animated features based on the comic book Godkiller by Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo, Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk, and Ben Templesmith.

Black Mask acquired the film/TV/transmedia rights earlier this year from Pizzolo’s film company Halo-8, who produced an animated series of the property in 2010.

Black Mask will re-release the animated series Godkiller: Walk Among Us in 2015 as a fully re-mastered feature with new voice talent. This will be followed by two brand-new animated features Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes in 2016 and Godkiller: The Trouble You Took From Her Eyes in 2017.

The features will utilize different animation styles for the various dimensions the characters travel through. They will be produced by Black Mask Studios, co-founded last year by Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz, and Steve Niles.

Godkiller, about a teenage orphan and an escaped slavegirl journeying through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, debuted as a self-published underground comic and was launched in stores as a new ongoing comic book series from Black Mask on October 29. It was recently announced that Godkiller’s debut issue on Black Mask sold through its print run and would be the label’s first comic to receive a second printing based on outsized demand.

Black Mask is co-producing the Syfy series Fiver Ghosts with UCP and BenderSpink, based on the comic by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham. Evan Daugherty is writing the pilot. Black Mask is also developing a transmedia adaptation of the same comic in-house.

Demo-Graphics: Big Hero 6 vs Interstellar

It’s Monday, and I’m looking at more demographic data via Facebook. For this week I decided to look at this past weekend’s box-office results and see if Facebook good have predicted Big Hero 6‘s victory at the box-office over Interstellar.

When you look at the below stats, I think it becomes pretty clear why Big Hero 6 topped the box-office. Their stats show a much more diverse audience. The film clearly appealed to both men and women, as well as young and old.

big hero 6 vs interstellarIt’ll be interesting to see how each does over the next few weeks and months.

And that wraps up this week’s report.

Big Hero 6 Tops the Box Office

big hero 6Big Hero 6 topped the box office this weekend earning an estimated $56.2 million. It beat Interstellar which came in second with an estimated $50 million. Big Hero 6 is an animated Disney film, but it’s based on a Marvel comic. The film earned an “A” Cinemascore, so it should do well in the theater for quite a few weeks ahead.

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to perform, bringing in an additional $415,000 at the domestic box office. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned around $260,000 more too.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $330 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.4 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $190.9 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
21. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
23. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
33. Hercules – $72.7 million
43. Robocop – $58.6 million
44. Big Hero 6 – $56.2 million
102. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
122. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.4 billion
2. Guardians of the Galaxy– $7681 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $707.5 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
123. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $464.1 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
22. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
24. Robocop – $242.7 million
25. Hercules – $241 million
54. Snowpiercer – $86.8 million
58. Big Hero 6 – $79.2 million
92. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $39.5 million
251. We Are the Best! – $181,000

Review: DRAMAtical Murder

dramatical_murder_3146So if there’s one thing that’s of common knowledge it’s that adaptations of video games are either fantastic or phenomenal. If you didn’t know DRAMAtical Murder, a recent 2014 summer release anime from Nitro+chiral, is on the weird middle cusp, where it can be good on some aspects while near awful on the other side. So for the low down Dmmd is an otome Japanese game, essentially a yaoi/bl dating game, for adults, which was later adapted into an all ages anime. This is one of the reasons this show doesn’t essentially work, as it struggles to make it accessible for an inclusive audience. It’s obviously for an 18 and older audience but it downplays a lot of important plot points because of that. But anyway, enough of that for now, and onto the plot.

The main character Aoba lives on an Island, Midorijima, where there is an old district and a new district, named Platinum Jail. He meets with old friends and new friends, all who have their own special issues, and then evil befalls upon them! Well not really but an evil plot of mind control is I guess? The plot was never really that good as in the game you only really play for the other characters backstories, but I suppose I have to cover it despite all of that. So… Anyway. Aoba and friends must rush to Platinum Jail and stop a dastardly plot as well as come to terms with their troubled pasts that hold them back from living full lives. There’s also this whole thing with games like Rhyme or Rib, and the war between the players. Yeah. That’s the plot.

There’s also this whole thing about robot companions, often looking like real pets, called All-Mates who are the coolest thing ever. They will search the internet for you as well as check for viruses, and much more. We see ones that are birds, rabbits, lions, snakes, and dogs. I want an all mate and so should you.

So then. Characters.

Aoba Seragaki is our main dude, a blue mullet wearing twenty-three year old, who apparently has mind powers. Yup, he can literally turn your mind into a bowl of noodles, well only if he really wanted to. He’s pretty much a big ol’ blue nerd, has a robot dog, lives with his grandmother, and works at a junk shop. Also he wears a stupid puffy jacket. He is able to pretty much date any of the following options of characters.

Kojaku is our samurai ladies’ man, who is a hairdresser when he’s not the man in charge what is basically a gang, Benishigure, but not yakuza. Really he’s just a huge nerd too, but has a tragic backstory. He’s also Aoba’s childhood friend, which if you didn’t know is always a choice in otome games, who just wants to protect said person. Kojaku is tough guy who doesn’t let harm come to civilians, especially the ladies. He’s also got a bit of temper issue when it comes to certain things, including his tattoos.

Noiz is our younger brat type, who is the head guy of a Rhyme team, Ruff Rabbit, as well as an information broke.  He’s also got a tragic backstory concerning how he was raised and how it turned him into who he is. Not very tact he literally is always pestering someone to fight him or pissing someone off because he can. He sees the world as a give and take system, everyone wants something from him, which is the only reason anyone would be kind to him. There’s something that he cannot feel that Aoba helps him understand.

Clear is our tragic white haired anime boy, except… Well spoilers on that one, anyway… He came into the story because he heard Aoba’s voice call out to him. That’s why he’s there, for his Master’s voice. He’s happy go lucky, if not a bit dense about things.  He doesn’t show his face to people out of certain reasons and everyone seems to love him in the fandom. Unfortunately he also has a tragic backstory. All of them do.

Mink is our cinnamon flavored thug, leader of the group Scratch, and man is he controversial in the game. Quiet and reserved, he’s only really interacting with the other’s to meet his own ends. There’s a reason he’s in Midorijima, and it’s not a good one. Still he’s the one least willing to let Aoba into his life and for good reasons. Everyone either loves or hates him, and it’s ridiculous because he is fictional.

Ren is Aoba’s All-mate, but also something deeper than that, his partner. Without any spoilers I’ll let you know that Ren is there to help Aoba no matter what happens. He will fight in Rhyme if need be, which gives him an alternate mode from his dog all mate form, as a beefcake. He’s also faced with many tough choices, mostly concerning how he feels, and if he is even justified in having emotions. At the end of the day he just wants to be by Aoba’s side. He’s also got a voice deeper than an abyss.

There’s also these two guys who say they aren’t twins but they are totally twins. They’re pretty…. Pretty messed up.  But also pretty. They are yakuza trash and seem to be pretty proud of it as well as unapologetic. The role they play is actually pretty important but far better explained in the game. In the anime they’re really only there to be ambiguous.

So the animation was definitely a downgrade, but that’s a bit hard to really talk about, as the game was not actually a moving animation. But still just the art of the anime was a bit on the dull side, as well as god damn atrocious in Episode 3 where apparently the animators sent the rough draft rather than the final product. The version that aired was clunky and horrible anatomy wise. And they later re-released the episode, but only in Japan, mostly due to the uproar of poor animation. It dulled out characters and made them blockier and less them. When the game that wasn’t animated but had literal stills of scenes is better than your animation that you definitely had more money to make… Well that’s just sad. Also while I’m not complaining, all the money had to have gone to that last episode. Sweet Jesus they made the Ren beach scene beautiful, I may have cried because of it.

This series had the unfortunate problem of having to deal with a multi-ending game, where were they going to take it? Which route? Well they decided to do all five routes in one go, which wasn’t the best idea on their part. It made the story telling as clunky as the animation, because Aoba was forced to fix a friend’s situation in basically ten minutes. It resolves things in a way that isn’t believable and I had a hard time really caring about the problems these characters were faced with. Nothing was fixed that fast in the game and I just had a hard time connecting to the characters like I did in the game. I know it’s not fair to constantly be comparing, but as a source material it is important.

Now the music was all pretty much done by the Japanese band GOATBED, which actually in canon is Aoba’s favorite band, and was not my favorite part of the show. I could give or take the opening and ending, but honestly it didn’t ruin the show either. Also pretty much everyone from the game returned to their roles in the animation, minus Mink’s original voice actor, and it was nice to hear some new line and bits from them. Still there was the whole issue of things being way too fast for me and that was mostly a story telling issue.

All together it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve watched, far from it actually. While it was a bit of a let-down compared to the game, which I’ve played, and found far superior, despite its own faults. I still found it entertaining and if I were just coming into it without any prior knowledge I might have liked it even more. Still overall it wasn’t the worst possible thing. And we’re still waiting for the two OVAs to be released that may or may not be the bad endings from the game but toned down. Now let’s also remember that, if you’re going for the source material after reading this, the game is for adults and features adult themes.

Overall rating: 6.5/10

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