Pretty much self explnatory... But a final blog post nevertheless for 2016!
2016 had its ups and downs, but it certainly had a LOT of events and adventures in my world of popculture, cosplay, and hobbydom! I got to meet a lot of new friends, see some AWESOME films, and experience some pretty great moments that truly make the difference when it comes to living life to the fullest. I know everyone has gone through some tough times and we've seen some of the worst this particular year has to offer, but let us look forward and pray for the best that 2017 can bring to all of us!
From debuting new Batman cosplays based on Batman v Superman and DC Rebirth to upgrading my Green Arrow/ Arrow cosplay to Season 5, and enjoying seeing my DC, Marvel, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and more fandoms evolve and grow, it's been a challenging yet fruitful year indeed. All the cons I've participated in from Nexcon to Toycon to APCC and beyond have proven that a a lot can evolve and change, and the best is indeed yet to come as we look forward to the future.
To everyone who follows my page, to my family and friends, and to everyone out there living and dreaming big, have a blessed HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be the best you can be and more blessings will come your way! :D
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
Set to be one of the big blockbuster films for the coming year and continuing the build up to a big and massive cinematic universe featuring the heroes of the DC Universe, Empire Magazine has released a new photo for Warner Bros.' next DC Films' installment in "Wonder Woman" - which sees Gal Gadot reprising her role as the Amazon Warrior Princess and telling the tale of her early adventures during the World War I period and before her epic team-up with Batman and Superman during this year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Empire also has an interview with director Patty Jenkins in their latest write-up that accompanies the picture, which you can read in the link.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2017.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Looking a lot more poetic and artistic with each new promotional material released for the film, Hugh Jackman has released via his Facebook page a brand new poster for his final Wolverine movie next year entitled "Logan" - which was also shared on the official FB page of the film and features the feral X-Man's eponymous walking away from the sunset... In a tale that takes inspiration from Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's epic "Old Man Logan" storyline that sees an old and broken Logan seeking to make his stand "One Last Time".
In addition to the poster, a new photo (vi Coming Soon) showing Jackman as Logan leaning on a car was released. A new trailer is also rumored to be coming this January, two months before the release of the film.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The world mourns the loss of one of sci-fi and pop culture fandom's most recognizable talents, as actress and writer Carrie Fisher - better known as Princess Leia Organa from the original Star Wars Trilogy - passed away at the age of 60 after complications from suffering a heart attack. A lot of news outlets, including The Guardian, have reported the news... And co-stars and fellow actors like Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill and the official Star Wars FB page, have expressed their sadness and tribute for the passing of a true royal icon of cinematic history.
In honor of the Princess, I made a personal tribute from a cosplay my friends and I did last year during a special The Force Awakens screening
R.I.P Carrie Fisher. You gave us hope and continue to be a guiding presence now that you are part of The Force now.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
After that cliffhanger of an ending the mid-season finale of the series presented just before the show went on holiday break, The CW (via Television Promos) has released a brand new extended promo for the 10th Episode of Season 5 of "Arrow", whose episode title is "Who Are You?" and shows the return of a character thought dead... Or is it?
SPOILERS after the jump if you're queasy about seeing who's who, so view at your own risk.
Monday, December 26, 2016
He was an English music legend who's career has spanned through the decades and has generated hits that have touched on a variety of emotions for man to channel and appreciate. Sadly, the news of former Wham! member and pop music singer George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) has passed away at the age of 53 - on Christmas Day of all times, quietly into the night and leaving his fans worldwide in mourning. His songs include the likes of "Last Christmas", "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Freedom", "Careless Whisper" with his Wham! co-founder Andrew Ridgeley, to striking out as a solo artist and generating the solo hits like "Faith", "Fastlove", and "Amazing".
The news broke via media news outlets like BBC, which you can read at the link. Here's a select number of his music videos from his discography below.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
With Christmas and the holidays in full swing, 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions are taking advantage of the Yuletide Season by releasing the long awaited teaser trailer to the newest installment of the long running Alien film franchise in "Alien: Covenant" - which is a direct sequel to the events of the 2012 film "Prometheus" and sees Michael Fassbender returning as a new android named Walter for the ship "Covenant" - which lands on a remote planet on the far end of the galaxy. The crew suddenly encounters dark and dangerous things in the mysterious world, as well as the missing android David from the doomed ship "Prometheus".
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
He isn't called "The Master of the Fist" or "The Demon" for nothing, and with the holiday season release of the "Season 2" update of Capcom's latest brawler "Street Fighter V" now in the pipeline for Playstation 4 and PC, a LOT of players have been dishing out some excellent combo videos online. Shoryuken.com has featured a couple of them on their website, including pro-fighter Poongko and Tokido playing the practitioner of the "Satsui no Hadou" in action.
Give Poongko's matches a watch below.
And here's Tokido in action too.
Akuma is now available as the first new fighter for the Season 2 new DLC Character roster for SFV.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Bringing back old faces from the famous survival horror video game franchise and putting them together in a brand new CGI film adventure slated for release next year, Capcom and Marza Animation Planet have released the first official full length trailer for "Resident Evil: Vendetta" - which reunites Chris Redfield with his S.T.A.R.S teammate and fellow BSAA member Dr. Rebecca Chambers as well as government agent Leon S. Kennedy in a new case involving viruses and bio-weapon monstrosities.
Resident Evil: Vendetta (known as BioHazard: Vendetta in Japan) will be released worldwide on Spring 2017.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Hitting theaters early next year and spinning right out of the events of 2014's "The Lego Movie", Will Arnett is about to embark in his own AWESOME SOLO ADVENTURE back as Batman in "The Lego Batman Movie", which concentrates on the blocky Caped Crusader and his world as he faces familiar villains like The Joker and has to deal with his extended family members like Robin The Boy Wonder.
Via the official Facebook page of the film, you can check out the different character posters which feature Bats, Joker, Robin, and more!
The Lego Batman movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
After getting quite the theatrical release and run on late October/ Early November worldwide, Marvel UK has confirmed in their Twitter Page (and via a report by Comic Book.com) that Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" is set for release on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 2017. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, is the 14th entry in the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduces the Sorcerer Supreme and his world to the big screen for the first time.
Doctor Strange hits Blu-Ray and DVD in the UK on March 6, 2017.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
With 11 months to go before it hits theaters worldwide and introduces the world's greatest heroes of the DC Universe together in the big screen, Entertainment Weekly has released a brand new photo for Zack Snyder's "Justice League", which features Ezra Miller's Flash, Ben Affleck's Batman, and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman standing tall and looking ready to face whatever it is that they are staring at. The film will be the fifth entry in Warner Bros.' growing DC Extended Universe that will see DC Comics' premiere superhero team come together for the first time in their own movie. One can only imagine what lies ahead for these heroes.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Finally showing a little teaser of one of the most anticipated sequels in sci-fi movie history, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment have released the very first teaser trailer for "Blade Runner 2049" - which takes place thirty years after the events of the original "Blade Runner" and sees Harrison Ford back Rick Deckard - who's missing and is being searched by new leading man K, played by Ryan Gosling.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Since 2016 ran its course and brought a lot of developments in the pop culture world, DC Entertainment has gone through several changes and events - including a widely successful "Rebirth" for DC Comics that brought back familiar characters and sets to change the status quo of the DC Universe back to something that taps into its rich and popular history.
DC All Access celebrates that and more by giving a "Top 10 DC Moments" video dedicated to that phase and more milestones throughout the year. Give it a watch!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Hitting theaters on March next year, Paramount Pictures has released a new international trailer for "Ghost in the Shell" - the Hollywood adaptation of the famous manga series by Masamune Shirow and starring Scarlett Johansson as the Major Motoko Kusaragi.
Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders, will be released in theaters on March 31, 2017.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Hitting television sets come the start of next year and bringing a live-action interpretation of the world famous Archie Comics to the small screen, The CW has released a new poster for "Riverdale" - promoting the diverse cast playing the roles of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and more posing inside and outside of a 24 hour cafe.
Riverdale premieres on the CW starting January 26.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Looks like the reports of Ben Affleck's Batman solo film are getting more and more intense as 2016 begins to close, as Variety reports (via Comic Book.com) that during an interview with the actor/ director while promoting his new film "Live By Night", development is "right on track" and production may begin as early as 2017. This follows up on reports that Justice League 2 has been delayed and "The Batman" has been fast tracked in its stead, and Warner Bros. creative chief Greg Silverman seemingly confirmed the film may come out sometime in 2018. Take that as a rumor, but Comic Book.com has a report on it too via a story by Deadline.
No release date has been given for "The Batman", but Wonder Woman and Justice League hit theaters next year in the months of June and November respectively.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Set to be one of the most epic war drama films to expect next year, Warner Bros. and "The Dark Knight Trilogy" and "Inception" director Christopher Nolan have released the first theatrical poster and brand new trailer to "Dunkirk" - the World War II era film that tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation and starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh.
Dunkirk will hit theaters on July 2017.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hand it to David Jones and fans of the Arrowverse to craft something so genuinely awesome and retro that even Arrow star Stephen Amell shared it in his Facebook page and so did Comic Book.com! Check out the "Batman '66" style opening to Oliver Queen's show which features The Flash, Supergirl, and more in "Arrow '66"!
Arrow and the rest of the DC on the CW shows return on 2017!
Monday, December 12, 2016
With the mid-season finale episode "Hearts Still Beating" now aired and done for this year, fans of AMC's The Walking Dead are looking down the road and have seen a new glimmer of hope for Rick Grimes, Alexandria, The Hilltop, and those being abused by Negan and his Saviours, as the group looks to finally fight back and go up against the tyrannical leader of The Sanctuary. To promote the next half of Season 7, AMC has released a new banner key art poster with the entire cast front and center, with the word "Rise Up" over them while Rick stands in the middle with his Colt Python returned to him and signifying that "The Sheriff is Back In Town".
The Walking Dead returns on February 12, 2017 on AMC.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Hand it to Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to generate one HUGE POP for this weekend, as the long awaited release of the very first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer came online after premiering in this Friday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"! That, along with an international trailer released was all the gold needed to get people excited, but the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube page also released what went down during the premiere of the trailer, with Kimmel, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, and a mob of people dressed as Spider-Men there to see it through!
What's more and hot on the heels of the trailer, Sony Pictures has updated their movie release schedule line-up (as reported by Superherohype) and the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is slated for July 2019 - way ahead for a follow-up film to be announced before the movie even premieres!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
After the HYPE that was the official "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer yesterday, other countries also released an international trailer for the film, which splices in the "Underoos!" introduction of Tom Holland's character in "Captain America: Civil War" and adds a few new nuggets of scenes not seen in the US trailer!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017!
Friday, December 9, 2016
Set to hit theaters mid-2017 and giving the webslinger his well-deserved "homecoming" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper after debuting in Captain America: Civil War last May, Marvel, Sony, Jimmy Kimmel, and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland are pleased to present the long awaited full first trailer for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" - which premiered in Jimmy Kimmel Live!
And here it is... The First Trailer!
In addition to the trailer is a shot above of the first official still from the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios that was released by USA Today, showing Tom Holland in full Spidey attire while unmasking in a very heroic pose with a train just in the background!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017!
Thursday, December 8, 2016
What would you get if you crossed one of the big superhero blockbuster films of 2016 with the epic action and craziness that the Star Wars universe has? Well director Zack Snyder has done just that by releasing a mash-up trailer of the first "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" teaser, mixed with stuff from Star Wars and coming out a week before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in cinemas.
Say hello to "Dark Side Knight v SuperJedi: Dawn of the Alliance".
Batman v Superman is now out in Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 15.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Set to premiere in the early part of next year and being the last show before the street level heroes unite for the show called "The Defenders", Marvel and Netflix have released four official photos for "Marvel's Iron Fist", which stars Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones in the leading role as Danny Rand/ Iron Fist - who returns to NYC after missing for years while rebuilding his life and fighting criminals as a kung-fu master with the ability to tap into the power of the mystical Iron Fist.
Via Superherohype, check out the four official photos as well as NYCC variant covers promoting the show.
Marvel's Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17, 2017.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Set to hit theaters in the middle of next year, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro, and director Michael Bay have released the very first trailer to their next installment in the live action Transformers films in "Transformers: The Last Knight" - which follows after the events of 2014's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and sees Optimus Prime and the Autobots defending humanity and the universe from the Decepticons and other evil threats while searching the truth about their origins as a robotic race of sentient beings. The film also sees the return of Mark Wahlberg as the Autobots' ally, Cade Yeager and Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce
Via YouTube site Movieclips Trailers, here's the very first trailer to the new sequel.
Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in theaters on June 23, 2017.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Promising to deliver a new teaser containing footage of one of the most anticipated sequel for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Gunn and Marvel Studios have released a brand new teaser trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", which features more Baby Groot scenes... And Drax the Destroyer being the hilarious muscle funny guy he is.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in May 5, 2017. Obviously.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
In case you haven't caught on the news, Sony is celebrating 22 years of Sony Playstation and is once again holding their annual "Playstation Experience" event, where everything and ANYTHING gaming in Playstation is showcased and revealed in a gathering made for the players! Some of the highlights can be seen at Sony's Playstation channel in YouTube (as well as the LiveStream), but you can feast your eyes at some of the reveals that came up with the PSX '16 Keynote!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
With this year's PlayStation Experience coming up in just mere hours, it's time to remember and celebrate the official release of the one and only original PlayStation in Japan! On this day on December 3, 1994, Sony unleashed the PSX to the gaming world - bringing a new kind of brand to the console generation and becoming the first of many other platforms to come under Sony Computer Entertainment!
To celebrate 22 years is no easy feat... And here's an old tribute video from YouTube to remember the classics!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
HOLY COMEBACKS BATMAN! In what will certainly make fans of the Batman movies as well as Lando Calrissian of Star Wars fame happy, actor Billy Dee Williams has revealed that he will be voicing the villainous "Two-Face" in next year's "The Lego Batman Movie", as confirmed by director Chris McKay on his Twitter. Those who remember Tim Burton's epic 1989 Batman movie will know that Williams portrayed District Attorney Harvey Dent - the charming and steadfast lawyer who fought on the side of the law to protect Gotham City's streets from crime. Sadly the actor was replaced by Tommy Lee Jones in "Batman Forever" when director Joel Schumacher took over for Burton and continued his film universe. Now it appears that justice has been done, and Williams will get the opportunity to play Harvey's "bad side" and half-scarred visage when The Lego Batman movie hits theaters!
The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017!