Kanye West announces new album title, artwork & single “All Day”

Posted in Audio,Image cache,Music,News by Scott Meisner on March 2nd, 2015

This week Kanye West made a few major announcements regarding his upcoming seventh studio album: it’s got a title, new single, and fresh album artwork. Ye’s next collection of music is collectively called So Help Me God and it will ship with previously released tracks “Only One” (Featuring Paul McCartney) and “Wolves” (Featuring Sia and Vic Mensa). Sources say the Rihanna-led “Four Five Seconds” is exclusively bound for the Barbadian singer’s next record.

As for Ye’s third single off So Help Me God, it’s called “All Day” and he debuted it live at the BRIT Awards last week. Today, he released a studio version on iTunes; preview it above. If you’ve been missing Ye going hard, “All Day” is the answer to your prayers. The rapper spits lyrics on top of an infectious beat, and he’s assisted by Trinidadian-born alt-hip-hop artist Theophilus London, Canadian rising rapper Allan Kingdom, and yes, Sir Paul McCartney rounds the track out with some whistling. Rolling Stone reports McCartney’s contribution, and they astutely speculate that the whistling was actually plucked from a song the Beatle shared in 1969.

Lastly, scroll up to eyeball the stylistic album artwork for So Help Me God. Four lower-case m’s connect to form a diamond shape. Redditors say it’s representative of a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary, but I don’t buy it until Kanye says otherwise.

When can we expect the album to drop in full? West recently sat down with Power 105.1 and he claimed that it’s 80% complete. And even when it is ready, a hard release date will not be announced. Following in the footsteps of Queen Bey and Drake, Ye plans on surprising his fans by dropping his next studio album without any notice.

If you consider yourself to be a major Kanye fan, or if you’re simply interesting in exploring the controversial rapper’s mind, I highly recommend you listen to the aforementioned interview in full, here. In it, he discusses everything from his award show interruptions to his design aspirations. When asked to describe his upcoming album, he said this: “My last album [Yeezus] was a protest of music…This album is about embracing the music and embracing joy and being of joy and being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it.”

[Stream via 2DopeBoyz]

‘Orphan Black’ season 3 trailer arrives (spoiler: so. many. clones.)

Posted in Television,Video by Scott Meisner on March 2nd, 2015

Orphan Black is back this spring, so now is as good a time as ever to screen the official season 3 trailer. Sarah Manning and her Leda clones clash with Castor’s male doppelgängers and things are about to get hairy for all involved. And of course Mrs. S’ true motives remain a mystery; the clip reveals she will aid in Helena’s latest kidnapping. Oh and it looks like Rachel Duncan managed to survive that grisly pencil puncture to the eye.

Orphan Black returns April 18 on BBC America.

TV reminder: 12 premieres to look out for in March

Posted in Image cache,News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 1st, 2015

There are so many super awesome cool amazing premieres falling on the schedule this month! Jump after the break to preview 12 you shouldn’t miss. (Click here for more…)

Lady Gaga joins ‘American Horror Story’ in season 5 lead role

Posted in News,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on February 25th, 2015

American Horror Story has found its star for season five and it’s Mother Monster.

Lady Gaga, hot off her Sound of Music tribute performance at the Oscars, is confirmed to be the lead in the next installment of FX’s American Horror Story. Like every season before it, the plot, as well as Gaga’s role in it, are being kept tightly under wraps. In a surprising move, however, in addition to revealing this exciting cast addition, series creator Ryan Murphy also deemed it time to announce the installment’s name: American Horror Story: Hotel. Murphy dropped numerous clues in last season’s Freak Show pertaining to Hotel; did you catch any? By my count, there were myriad references to space, but Murphy quickly shut that theory down since the show is tied down to taking place solely on American soil.

This marks Gaga’s first major acting gig. Following a small uncredited role in The Sopranos in 2001, she most recently made cameos on the big screen in Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Even still, we all know the artist can hypnotize with sexy, captivating performances via music videos.

With Gaga locked in as lead, you must be thinking: what does this mean for franchise star Jessica Lange? Prior to Freak Show‘s debut, Lange announced that it would be her final run with the show. Since then, however, she has made whispers about a potential comeback. So then, her commitment remains up in the air until further notice. My guess: she’ll at least make her mark with a memorable cameo.

Watch Lady Gaga’s AHS: Hotel announcement video embedded above; and don’t worry, Ryan Murphy retweeted it to confirm its authenticity.

‘DuckTales’ cartoon returns with all-new episodes in 2017

Posted in News,Television by Scott Meisner on February 25th, 2015

Who wants to go back to Duckberg? I know I do!

DuckTales, which produced 100 episodes during a 1987-1990 run on “The Disney Afternoon” syndicated cartoon block, is making a comeback with all-new episodes set to air in 2017 on Disney XD. Per a press release, here’s what we know:

The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews—Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and the optimistic-yet-temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation,” said Disney XD exec Marc Buhaj.

I grew up on this adventurous ‘toon, and I remember enjoying it so much that I also had to engross myself in the popular DuckTales video game it inspired. Missed out on the NES title? Capcom recently released a remastered version of the game for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U, so you can play catchup on one of those platforms.

As you eagerly await for the DuckTales animated series reboot, take a trip down memory lane by watching the oh-so-catchy original theme song and pray that the new version doesn’t stray too far from it.

‘Sesame Street’ parodies ‘House of Cards’ in surprisingly hilarious fashion

Posted in Hilarity,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Categorize this one under: what the!? … okay that was amazing.

Sesame Street has pulled off one of the best House of Cards parodies to date with House of Bricks, a four-minute adaptation of the classic children’s story about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. The protagonist here is the wolf who goes by Frank Underwolf (points!) and he goes around blowing down the poorly constructed houses owned by the little pigs. Even if you’re slightly familiar with Kevin Spacey’s iconic character from the Netflix series, you’ll find this parody plenty funny. It recreates the opening credits sequence, Underwolf has a penchant to speak directly into the camera, and it’s as if the writers from the show had a hand in his Southern drawl dialogue. The best bit might be at the very end–did Sesame Street just predict the calamitous conclusion for Frank?

House of Cards returns for a third season this Friday, Feb. 27, to Netflix.

‘POWER/RANGERS’ fan-fic short film shines a dark light on the nostalgic franchise [Update: It’s back]

Posted in Entertainment,Short film,Video by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Did you grow up watching The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers? Well, if you did, like me, it’s pretty much a sure thing that you will thoroughly enjoy this 14-minute short film produced by Adi Shankar and directed by Joseph Kahn. Shankar enlisted Katie Sackoff (Battlestar Galactica) and James Van Der Beek (Dawnson’s Creek) to play Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart and the second Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos, respectively, in POWER/RANGERS.

The dark-and-gritty short takes place in a dystopian future ruled by the Machine Empire, which, if you remember, consists of robotic villains hellbent on world domination. Rocky, who has since abandoned the Power Rangers to join the winning side, is on a war path to find Tommy (the Green Ranger) and questions Kimberly for answers. The intense interrogation allows for breaks to catch up with the other members of the MMPR–the present is bleak for the lot of them.

Don’t want to give away too much here. So go on and enjoy this R-rated take on the Power Rangers for yourself. And just so you know, this short has no affiliation with the upcoming 2016 reboot film from Saban and Lionsgate. Shankar produced it merely as fan fiction; as a kid he imagined the teenaged Power Rangers as “child soldiers” tasked to ward off evil forces in an intergalactic war “they had nothing to do with.” Yeah, it’s twisted, but it makes total sense. You can hear about Shankar’s inspiration here.

Since there’s no official affiliation and it’s not a pitch, after watching you should go on and support these filmmakers and hopefully after gaining viral traction they will go on to make even cooler projects! Check out Shankar’s YouTube channel where you’ll find previous work like this incredible Punisher short. As for the director Joseph Kahn, he’s mostly dabbled in music video fare (most recently Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”); here’s to hoping Shankar’s wishes for Kahn to become the next big box office hit maker are granted. This short is concrete proof he’s got the chops to make explosive sh*t happen. He expands on the making of POWER/RANGERS at HitFix.

Update (2/26): Hope you caught it while it was up, because it’s been pulled. After raking up over 13 million views in two days, YouTube removed the short from its site because Power Rangers owner Saban Brands is claiming copyright infringement. Adi Shankar isn’t going down without a fight, however; the producer’s legal team is prepared to bring a case to court to get the video back to streaming. Let’s hope this gets settled sooner rather than later; POWER/RANGERS, at the end of the day, is an impressive work of art meant to be shared with MMPR fans now and until the end of time. Yeah, it’s that radical.

Update 2 (2/27): POWER/RANGERS lives thanks to Facebook, the one destination Shankar uploaded his short to that isn’t taking it down at the moment. “Thank you Mark Zuckerberg for hosting Power/Rangers and taking a stand,” he said in a statement to the Facebook founder. Now, don’t waste any time; if you haven’t seen it yet, do so now before it’s too late (again)!

Update 3 (3/1): The legal battle is over and Saban played it cool by letting Shankar re-release the short across YouTube, Vimeo, and anywhere else, really, so long as it specifies a disclaimer, which it does now. Said disclaimer basically states that his production is in no way associated with Saban and their original take on the Power Rangers; plus there’s a viewer discretion warning due to violence and nudity. Which brings me to my next bit of good news: Shankar’s unfiltered, NSFW version of POWER/RANGERS, which was originally banned from YouTube, is now available for your viewing pleasure right here, above. So sit back, relax, and rejoice for today marks a big win for creators everywhere! Director Kahn released the following statement to Deadline: “They put these disclaimers on so kids so don’t confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it.”

It’s happening! Paul Reubens & Judd Apatow join forces to make new Pee-wee Herman movie

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Nearly five years after posting about this exciting news, it is finally coming to fruition! Today Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow made it official that a new Pee-wee Herman movie is on the way with a distribution model ready to go. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Reubens’ iconic fun-loving character and Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) executive producing, begins production next month and will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

That’s all there is to know about the shrouded plot so far. Reubens penned the script with Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) and John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) is making his feature film directorial debut.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black,” said Pee-wee Herman in a press release.

“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true,” added Apatow.

“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

I, for one, cannot wait to see what Reubens and Apatow cook up for longtime fans of Pee-wee HermanPee-wee’s Big Adventure from a young Tim Burton in 1985 hit all the right notes and now, 30 years later, Reubens is ready to do it again. I’m happy to report that the man-child’s still got it; I saw Reubens reprise his character in 2010 on Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show and he brought back his bizarre, captivating, and imaginative wonder without missing a step. This movie for Netflix will surely satiate nostalgic fans, as well as attract an entirely new generation of kids, teens, and adults. Pee-wee, after all, is for everyone to enjoy!

‘Birdman’ & ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ win big at the Oscars

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Prior to the 87th Academy Awards, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel garnered the most nominations and what do you know–the two films ended up walking away with the most statues at four apiece. Birdman took home the most coveted award of the evening as it was crowned Best Motion Picture of the Year. Helmer Alejandro G. Iñárritu was crowned Best Director and the film’s original screenplay and cinematography were also awarded. Grand Budapest Hotel was recognized for its achievements in production design, music, costume design, and makeup and hairstyling. Following close behind with two wins was Whiplash scoring Oscars for film editing, sound mixing, and supporting actor J.K. Simmons. Frontrunner Boyhood walked away with a single win for supporting actress Patricia Arquette. The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne won for his leading role in the Stephen Hawking-inspired film, surpassing frontrunner Michael Keaton (Birdman). Julianne Moore nabbed an Oscar for her dramatic turn in Still Alice. Elsewhere, The Imitation Game won Best Adapted Screenplay and Disney’s Big Hero 6 was named Best Animated Movie.

Click here to view the full list of winners.

Marvel teases the return of The Avengers in ‘Age of Ultron’ poster

Posted in Image cache,Movies by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Marvel’s pushed out the official theatrical poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joss Whedon’s super hero sequel features the usual suspects including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury. The film’s main antagonist, Ultron, is nowhere to be seen; unless, of course, he’s one of the many ominous flying pieces of metal in the sky. You’ll also notice three new players entering the arena: on the far right there’s Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, respectively. And up top, soaring above Hulk’s angry mug, is The Vision. He’ll be played by Paul Bettany, who interestingly also voiced Tony Stark’s AI, J.A.R.V.I.S. Note that this isn’t the first time Marvel’s teased the mysterious figure from comic book lore; jump after the break to see him hiding in plain sight in the San Diego Comic Con-exclusive poster that dropped over the summer. Sadly, Spidey is nowhere to be found…yet.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres May 1. See the trailers here and here. (Click here for more…)

Zack Snyder unveils his Aquaman for ‘Dawn of Justice’

Posted in Image cache,Movies by Scott Meisner on February 24th, 2015

Zack Snyder, slowly but surely, is rolling out to fans the line-up of superheroes from his upcoming DC Comics-based pic Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. So far, we’ve seen Henry Cavill as SupermanBen Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Next up, and pictured above, is Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman. He’s arguably the most underrated superhero–his super power is talking to fish. But Snyder is putting his signature twist on trident-wielding King of the Seven Seas; Momoa embodies a powerful, dark, and foreboding force here with tattoos galore.

Snyder shared the image with the world via Twitter. It says “unite the seven” and his tweet reads, “There is only one true King.” Speculate what you will, but there’s no denying that Snyder aims to elevate the DC universe to Marvel’s highly set cinematic bar when Dawn of Justice releases May 6, 2016.

@ Super Creative: ‘Facebook aims to take virtual reality to new heights with Oculus VR, here’s how’

Posted in Super Creative,Technology by Scott Meisner on February 19th, 2015

Editor’s note: On Monday I announced my partnership with Super Creative. Going forward, whenever I contribute a post to SC’s site, I’ll be sure to hang a link here at [experience-it-all] so you don’t miss out.

Today, Super Creative discusses Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, an innovative company at the forefront of the virtual reality revolution, and the ways in which VR can be used beyond gaming.

Click here for more.

‘Billy on the Street’ returns with special guests Michelle Obama, Big Bird & Elena (!)

Posted in Entertainment,Hilarity,Video by Scott Meisner on February 17th, 2015

Billy Eichner returns after a brutal hiatus with a brand new installment of his hysterical Funny or Die series Billy on the Street. The new 12 1/2 minute clip features three very special guests: First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street‘s Big Bird, and BOTS fan favorite Elena. Obama and Big Bird are there to support FLOTUS’ push for healthy living, and Elena is, well, Elena. After playing a few games in a grocery store, Billy takes to the streets of NYC where he drags Big Bird along for a Lightning Round. As always, hilarity ensues. Enjoy!

In related news, and in case you were wondering, Billy on the Street is returning for a fourth season later this year; it’s relocating from Fuse to TruTV and reruns will air on TBS.

A note from the editor: Meet Super Creative

Posted in [experience-it-all] by Scott Meisner on February 16th, 2015

Hi readership! I have some exciting news to share with you today. I’m teaming up with LA-based production company Super Creative to assist in the development of their editorial offerings. Super Creative hails from Kevin Pereira, former host of G4’s Attack of the Show, and Yaniv Fituci, who also comes from the recently disbanded tech network’s crop of talent. Together they’ve created a unique digital content platform supporting podcasts and various web series; see Kevin’s Pointless podcast and check out their music-meets-tech web series Enter the Playlist.

Today, Super Creative is primed to spread its reach by adding live Twitch broadcasts and new editorial content to its arsenal. Kevin and SC producer Alex Corea are hosting The Attack Morning Show which debuts today at 10am PST. In addition to video game shenanigans, you can expect much hilarity to ensue as the two discuss the latest in tech and beyond. Also launching today is my very first SC blog post and it’s all about Google Glass; I discuss the future of the wearable and dream up a wish list of apps for it.

Kev & Yaniv’s site is still in an experimental state; with the exciting launch of The Attack and editorial segments, Super Creative is bound to grow exponentially as it’s proven to be a breeding ground for high-quality digital content. Explore the site, tune into today’s live-stream, and peruse the new Glass post. This is the birth of a bold collaboration, and I hope you will join me for the ride! -sm

Kanye West collaborates with Adidas on new fashion line, outs Yeezy Boost & new music

Posted in Fashion,Image cache,Music,News,Video by Scott Meisner on February 15th, 2015

After years of struggle, Kanye West is finally realizing his vision to create a fashion clothing line. It’s true; the rapper’s released sneakers and other footwear in the past. Way before his deal with Nike to produce the Air Yeezys, West teased a conceptual clothing line dubbed Pastelle but nothing ever really came of it. All we got was this cryptic website that still exists today, idle. Now his dream of creating and promoting and selling high-end apparel comes to fruition thanks to a new partnership with Adidas.

The Adidas line is called Yeezy Season 1 and the first tangible product to come out of the project is a new sneaker, the Yeezy Boost. Picture above, the new-generation Yeezy released this past Saturday in a grey-toned color way. The shoe is constructed with high quality full suede with a dynamic strap that wraps across a perforated vamp. West is rolling out his latest creation slowly–only 3,000 were made available over the weekend and in a forward-thinking move, he worked with Adidas to develop a reservation app. Instead of having sneakerheads lineup and fight over the footwear in the cold streets of NYC, a simple app allowed interested parties to reserve the shoe in their desired size. Missed out on that? The Yeezy Boost will see a second major retailer push on Feb. 28 at Adidas flagship stores, among other select, undisclosed locations. If waiting in line isn’t your style, your only other option at this point is eBay; the sneaker, which normally sells for $350, is offered on the auction site for upwards of $3,000. And if that doesn’t stimulate your senses, don’t fret–West has publicly stated that everyone who wants a Yeezy Boost will have the opportunity to buy one…eventually.

Get a closer look at the Yeezy Boost at Adidas’ dedicated portal. Want to sneak a peek at Yeezy Season 1? Jump after the break to watch models work the runway wearing Kanye’s concepts. It’s certainly an eclectic swing. West describes YS1 as “as the world’s first solutions-based clothing line that cherishes universality and timelessness.” Skip to 8:28 to hear a brand new track that debuted at the New York Fashion Week event; it’s called “Wolves” and it features an auto-tuned West, Chi-town up-and-comer Vic Mensa, and Sia. (Click here for more…)

Drake drops surprise mixtape ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

Posted in Music,News by Scott Meisner on February 15th, 2015

In total Queen Bey fashion, rapper Drake dropped a collection of new music last Friday pretty much out of nowhere. Fans and the industry alike had little to no knowledge about Drake’s surprise release, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Drake has clearly labeled the 17-track banger a mixtape; in other words, it is not his fourth studio album following 2013’s Nothing Was the Same but instead a pit stop on the way to it. He refers to it as a “tape” in his thank you notes on his blog. There you’ll also eye the massive tracklist and the tape’s producers who include PartyNextDoor, Boi-1da, and Noah “40” Shebib. …It’s Too Late releases days after Drake outed a nearly 15-minute short film titled Jungle; it includes snippets of a couple songs from the mixtape.

Download If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late at iTunes today. Though Drake technically regards it as a mixtape, he’s selling it for $12.99. How come, you ask? In a nutshell, Lil Wayne is clashing with his label Cash Money. He’s suing them to get out of his contract, and some speculate that Drake is taking calmer route to remove himself from the equation by releasing a “commercial mixtape” to serve as his fourth “studio album” which may release him from his 4-album contract with the label. For more on the internal drama about the Cash Money artists, head to Vulture. In the meantime, snag a copy of Drake’s latest now–he goes hard and it’s damn good. The surprise tape should hold you over until his next major studio release, supposedly titled Views from the 6, drops in the future.

First look at next Bond film ‘SPECTRE’ (video inside)

Posted in Image cache,Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on February 15th, 2015

That’s Daniel Craig back in his spy gear for the next film in the 007 franchise. That snowy mountaintop is the Austrian Alps, one of many locations the film will travel to this time around. In addition to shooting here and at Pinewood Studios in London, Bond 24 aka SPECTRE will visit Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, and Erfoud.

Want to see more? Jump after the break to watch a behind-the-scenes clip featuring Craig, co-stars Léa Seydoux and Dave Bautista, and returning director Sam Mendes as well as other members of the production. The video teases “one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak.”

“The thing Sam and I talked about was how we are going to top Skyfall”, says production designer Dennis Gassner. “We are going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world.”

SPECTRE releases November 6. Click here to learn more about the movie. (Click here for more…)

Guillermo del Toro’s latest ‘Crimson Peak’ will haunt you

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on February 15th, 2015

Gothic horror pic Crimson Peak hails from Guillermo del Toro whose previous works include Hell BoyPan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. It’s an R-rated haunted house film that’s been a passion project for del Toro for years now. At last, it has an appropriate Halloween release date thanks to Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures. A brief synopsis follows:

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers.

GDT co-wrote the script with Matthew Robbins. The haunting film stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim).

Crimson Peak hits theatres October 16. Dig the debut trailer above; a great cast is dropped inside an eerie, captivating dreamscape you won’t be able to resist.

Spider-Man, welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on February 9th, 2015

Fanboys and fangirls, it’s happening: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios are making nice and, at long last, Spider-Man is entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe fray. Sony scooped up the rights to the web slinger years before Marvel got into the movie-making business, and ever since then Spidey was forced to play in his own sandbox separate from Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of The Avengers. Going forward, all that changes.

Late Monday, Marvel pushed out a press release announcing its new partnership. The Spidey rights still belong to Sony; that studio “will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films,” reads the release. But under this new deal, Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego “[takes] his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.” According to the release, Spider-Man has total freedom in terms of where he can appear; you will see him pop up in future Marvel movies and it works the other way around, too. Marvel and Sony are “exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.”

Now here’s what the release shares in terms of specifics. “The new Spider-Man” will make his debut in a Marvel-produced film. Many are already speculating that he’ll officially enter the MCU in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie which opens May 6, 2016. Cap and Iron Man go head-to-head, and in the comics Spider-Man plays a crucial role in this popular storyline, so this particular rumor makes sense. And then, on July 28, 2017, Spidey in star in a Sony-produced solo film in the already rebooted twice franchise. Marvel head Kevin Feige will co-produce with Sony’s Amy Pascal; the latter recently stepped down from her post as head of the studio following the hack attacks. This is her first power move after becoming a producer under Sony and man is it a big one.

We don’t know yet if current Peter Parker portrayer Andrew Garfield will suit up as the “new” Spider-Man. All we know is that the studios “will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.” Does a fresh creative slate equal a new actor to fill the spandex suit? Perhaps. This quote from Sony exec Doug Belgrad at least hints that we’re finally through with Spidey origin stories. “This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future.”

This is a long time coming for Marvel fans around the world. Spider-Man has always been an integral member of The Avengers, and now that Marvel and Sony are holding hands in harmony, moving forward moviegoers can experience the comic books truly come to life. Now all we need is 20th Century Fox to make a deal like this to bring X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the fold and we’re golden! But I’ll take what I can get.

Click here to view the full press release from Marvel, including reactions from Feige, Pascal, Belgrad, and Disney’s Bob Iger.

Update: In order to make room for Spider-Man, Marvel is pushing the release dates of four upcoming superhero flicks. As mentioned above, July 28, 2017 is the day Spidey’s new solo mission hits theatres. Previously, Marvel had carved out that date for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Now, the third Thor movie will drop November 3, 2017. Moving out of that space is Black Panther, and its new release date is July 6, 2018. That pushes Captain Marvel to November 2, 2018 and Inhumans to July 12, 2019. Release dates for Captain America: Civil WarDoctor StrangeGuardians of the Galaxy 2, and Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 & 2 remain unchanged. I’ll just say what you’re thinking: MCU Phase 3 is gonna rock.

The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model is…

Posted in Hot Stuff,Image cache by Scott Meisner on February 9th, 2015

24-year-old Hannah Davis, an American born in Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is this year’s SI swimsuit cover girl. You may recognize her: She’s a professional model, appearing in campaigns for Ralph Lauren and other top fashion brands. If you’re a sports freak, you may know her as Derek Jeter’s on-again off-again girlfriend. And if you’re counting, this is Davis’ third time appearing in a SI Swimsuit Issue, so she’s no rookie.

After you’re done ogling the racy cover (so much torso this year!), there’s more where that came from. Here is Hannah Davis’ page that’s packed with stills from her photoshoot as well as video. Photographer Ben Watts snapped the collection at Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm. Jimmy Fallon had the honor of unveiling the coveted cover on The Tonight Show; watch it happen here.

The latest Swimsuit Issue is on newsstands today, and an online portal featuring the rest of the zine’s models is live.