Sunday 21 April 2024

For All Mankind spin-off Star City



For All Mankind, an alternate reality sci-fi series created by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), has been renewed for a fifth season and a spin-off series has been announced.

Star City.

“Our fascination with the Soviet space program has grown with every season of ‘For All Mankind,’” said executive producers Wolpert and Nedivi. “The more we learned about this secret city in the forests outside Moscow where the Soviet cosmonauts and engineers worked and lived, the more we wanted to tell this story of the other side of the space race. We could not be more excited to continue building out the alternate history universe of ‘For All Mankind’ with our partners at Apple and Sony.”

Read the description of Star City:

"A robust expansion of the “For All Mankind” universe, “Star City” is a propulsive, paranoid thriller that takes us back to the key moment in the alt-history retelling of the space race — when the Soviet Union became the first nation to put a man on the moon. But this time, we explore the story from behind the Iron Curtain, showing the lives of the cosmonauts, the engineers and the intelligence officers embedded among them in the Soviet space program, and the risks they all took to propel humanity forward."

The first four seasons of For All Mankind are now available to stream on Apple TV+.

Are you watching For All Mankind? Are you looking forward to Star City? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday 19 April 2024

Fallout renewed



Fallout is a spectacular success on Prime Video. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi series has been renewed for a second season.

Okey-dokey!

Fallout was originally announced in 2020 during the pandemic and has exceeded all expectations.

The live-action adaptation of Bethesda's video game franchise from the showrunners of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is prestige television on par with HBO's The Last of Us. Like The Last of Us, viewers do not have to have prior knowledge of the Fallout games, but fans (myself included) can have fun spotting all the Easter eggs. The amazing Ella Purnell (Lucy MacLean) looks like a live-action Battle Angel Alita!

However, unlike The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, all episodes of Fallout dropped on Prime Video on 11th April. I refuse to binge-watch and wish to savour the story weekly. This is an era of curated content and it's great that audiences can decide on how and when they consume.

In related news. Following the release of the Fallout live-action series, Fallout 4 is the best-selling video game in Europe. I haven’t played Fallout 4 since the heyday of the PlayStation 4 (PS4). Somehow Codsworth, a robot butler, was MIA in the wasteland and my character, named Sarah Jane Smith in homage to the fan-favourite Doctor Who companion, failed to find him in shades of losing Lydia in Skyrim. Fallout 4 is getting a next-gen update next week and I’ll begin a new playthrough on Xbox Game Pass.

Fallout is streaming exclusively on Prime Video (affiliate link).

Have you watched Fallout on Prime Video? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 18 April 2024

Transformers One is an origin story



This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Transformers. To celebrate, Paramount Pictures has released an official trailer for Transformers One.



Read the official synopsis:

"TRANSFORMERS ONE is the untold origin story of Optimus Prime and Megatron, better known as sworn enemies, but once were friends bonded like brothers who changed the fate of Cybertron forever."

In the first-ever fully CG-animated Transformers movie, Transformers One features a star-studded voice cast, including Chris Hemsworth (Orion Pax), Brian Tyree Henry (D-16), Scarlett Johansson (Elita-1), Keegan-Michael Key (B-127), Steve Buscemi with Laurence Fishburne and Jon Hamm.

In 1986, Transformers: The Movie traumatised a generation of fans (myself included) with the death of Optimus Prime. Will history repeat itself in Transformers One?

Transformers One is only in cinemas on 20th September.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to Transformers One? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Alien returns to cinemas on Alien Day



Alien: Romulus bursts onto the big screen this August and the groundbreaking original Alien, the first sci-fi movie to traumatise me as a child on home video, returns on Alien Day.



Read the official synopsis:

"One of the most influential sci-fi/horror films of all time, “Alien,” which was released in June 1979 and won an Oscar® for best visual effects, stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. It is the terrifying tale of a crew aboard a commercial spacecraft that lands on an alien planet to investigate a mysterious transmission of unknown origin and encounters the deadliest lifeform in the universe. “Alien” is directed by Ridley Scott, with a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon and a story by Ronald Shusett, and the producers are Gordon Carroll, David Giler, and Walter Hill."



Alien is back in cinemas to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sir Ridley Scott's masterpiece on 26th April.

Will you be seeing Alien on the big screen? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

LEGO Star Wars Day



LEGO Star Wars celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and there are exciting new sets for May the Fourth.

“May the 4th be with all LEGO Star Wars fans! We are excited to continue our 25th anniversary celebration with an exciting line-up of new sets, events, and experiences for fans to enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing how fans choose to celebrate all things LEGO Star Wars on this iconic day around the world,” said Mike Ilacqua, Head of Product, LEGO Star Wars products at the LEGO Group.

A new LEGO Star Wars UCS TIE Interceptor has been announced for fans (myself included) to recreate the Battle of Endor from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

“Finally making the UCS TIE Interceptor again after so many years was so exciting for me," said Henrik Andersen, design master at the LEGO Group. "Compared to the last time I designed [it], I was now able to create a close-to-perfect replica of the movie prop. It's always been one of my favourite Star Wars ships.”

Throughout 2024, the LEGO Star Wars team plans to celebrate with fans front and centre of it all.

LEGO Star Wars content is coming to LEGO Fortnite.

There's still time to submit an entry to the LEGO Star Wars 25-second film festival.

From May 1st to 5th, LEGO Star Wars fans will receive all three gift with purchases when purchasing the new LEGO Star Wars TIE Interceptor: including the Battle of Yavin collectable depicting Darth Vader’s cockpit view, the Trade Federation Troop Carrier set commemorating the 25th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and the AAT building set while stocks last.

Discover LEGO Star Wars on LEGO AU, CA, UK and US (affiliate links).

What are your favourite LEGO Star Wars sets from the past 25 years? How will you be celebrating Star Wars Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 14 April 2024

Dark Matter on Apple TV+



Apple TV+ is home to prestige sci-fi series and Dark Matter is the latest adaptation on the Cupertino-based tech titan's streamer.



Read the official synopsis:

"Hailed as one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, “Dark Matter” is a story about the road not taken. The series will follow Jason Dessen (played by Joel Edgerton), a physicist, professor and family man who — one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago — is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the mind-bending landscape of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself."

The sci-fi thriller stars Joel Edgerton (Star Wars) and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind). Like His Dark Materials, the multiverse theme profoundly resonates. What if I hadn't had a life-changing head injury in primary school, what if I hadn't survived?

Dark Matter is exclusively on Apple TV+ on 8th May.

Are you looking forward to Dark Matter on Apple TV+? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Star Wars Outlaws this August



Ubisoft has released an official story trailer for Star Wars Outlaws.



The upcoming single-player open-world Star Wars video game from Massive Entertainment, set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, will be released on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC on 30th August.

As much as I'm excited about Star Wars Outlaws, Ubisoft's strategy of paywalling content behind season passes means I won't be playing on day one. As with the excellent Assassin's Creed Odyssey, I'll wait for a post-launch sale.

Pre-order Star Wars Outlaws from Amazon (affiliate link).

Are you looking forward to Star Wars Outlaws? What are your thoughts on the story trailer? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday 6 April 2024

The world of Fallout



All episodes of Fallout, the live-action adaptation of Bethesda's video game franchise from the showrunners of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, drop next week on Amazon Prime.



Read the official synopsis:

"A nuclear war breaks out across Earth in the year 2077—an era of robots, hover cars, and a deep and abiding nostalgia for the America of the 1940s. After the incendiary mushroom clouds, the story flashes forward 219 years. How did humanity fair over those blighted two centuries? Lucy (played by Yellowjackets star Ella Purnell) has no clue. She has lived her entire life inside a subterranean vault, where every need and want has been satisfied while generations and generations await the day when it is safe to surface. When a crisis forces Lucy to venture above on a rescue mission, she finds that the planet above remains a hellscape crawling with giant insects, voracious mutant animal abominations, and a human population of sunbaked miscreants."

Fallout premieres exclusively on Prime Video (affiliate link) on 11th April.

Are you looking forward to Fallout on Prime Video? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire



Long live the Empire.

Lucasfilm has dropped an official trailer for Star Wars: Tales of the Empire, a companion piece to Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, on Disney+.



Read the official synopsis:

"Star Wars: Tales of the Empire is a six-episode journey into the fearsome Galactic Empire through the eyes of two warriors on divergent paths, set during different eras. After losing everything, young Morgan Elsbeth navigates the expanding Imperial world toward a path of vengeance, while former Jedi Barriss Offee does what she must to survive a rapidly changing galaxy. The choices they make will define their destinies."

The talented voice cast includes Diana Lee Inosanto (Morgan Elsbeth), Meredith Salenger (Barriss Offee), Rya Kihlstedt (Lyn aka Fourth Sister), Wing T. Chao (Wing), Lars Mikkelsen (Thrawn), Jason Isaacs (Grand Inquisitor) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous).

Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels) created the series and is the supervising director. He is also an executive producer along with Athena Yvette Portillo and Carrie Beck. Josh Rimes serves as co-executive producer and Alex Spotswood is the senior producer.

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire launches exclusively on Disney+ on Star Wars Day, 4th May, with all six episodes.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to Star Wars: Tales of the Empire on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 1 April 2024

Doctor Who trailer on Easter Sunday



A second trailer for Doctor Who season one dropped on Easter Sunday.



Season one episode titles were announced:

Space Babies
The Devil’s Chord
Boom
73 Yards
Dot and Bubble
Rogue
The Legend of Ruby Sunday
Empire of Death

Doctor Who season one premieres 11th May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and 10th May on Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to season one of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday 29 March 2024

Star Trek: Section 31 first look



Ahead of the final season of Star Trek: Discovery, Paramount+ has teased Section 31, following a Starfleet black ops organisation, in Variety.

Originally announced in 2019, the Star Trek spin-off series starring Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) has been adapted into a feature-length straight-to-streaming movie. Yeoh reprises the duplicitous Philippa Georgiou from the Mirror Universe.

Star Trek: Section 31 is expected to stream later this year exclusively on Paramount+.

Are you looking forward to Star Trek: Section 31? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 28 March 2024

Doctor Who showrunner discusses Disney+ deal



A new trailer for Doctor Who dropped amidst ongoing controversy surrounding season one's simultaneous global release on BBC iPlayer and Disney+.



Russell T Davies, returning series showrunner, has revealed why the Doctor Who/Disney+ deal was made.

“You’ve got to look in the long term at the end of the BBC, which is undoubtedly on its way in some shape or form. Is Doctor Who going to die then? No! You’ve got to prepare for that kind of stuff.

If Disney collapsed tomorrow and we had to go back to making Doctor Who on a normal BBC budget, you know what? We’d all rally round and make it and suddenly the stories would become claustrophobic ghost stories. A lot of people would like that very much, so I’m not saying you have to have this happen. But while it’s happening elsewhere, I think it’s unfair that it doesn’t happen to Doctor Who.”


It's worth noting the excellent adaptation of His Dark Materials was a BBC co-production with HBO and produced by Bad Wolf Studios.

Doctor Who season one premieres 11th May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and 10th May on Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland. That's so timey-wimey.

Are you looking forward to season one of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 25 March 2024

Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025



Lucasfilm has released stunning key art for Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025.

The official fan event, which began in 1999 to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, returns to the land of the rising sun for the first time since 2008.



Star Wars Celebration will come to Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan on 18th to 20th April, 2025. Tickets go on sale from 2nd May.

Will you be attending Star Wars Celebration Japan? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 21 March 2024

Alien: Romulus teases terror



On Wednesday, a teaser trailer dropped for Alien: Romulus.



Read the official synopsis:

"While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe."

The old-school trailer music gave me all the chills. The look and feel of Alien: Romulus evokes Ridley Scott's original Alien, a haunted house in space, and survival horror video game spin-off Alien: Isolation.

The upcoming Alien franchise movie, directed by Fede Álvarez (Evil Dead), is said to be set between Alien and Aliens. Ridley Scott (Alien) is the producer, and James Cameron (Aliens) is an unofficial consultant. The movie stars Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is producing the visual effects.

"I wanted to travel back not just to the style of the original movies, but to the genre of the original movies," Álvarez told Variety. "I really wanted to go back to the sheer horror of the first film, and to take those elements of thriller that Aliens has, and Alien 3 has as well. We went to crazy extents to keep it pure to the film-making techniques of the first movie."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Isabela Merced recalls being on set during reshoots and holding an iPad belonging to the director.

“Fede Álvarez gave me the iPad where he watches playback, and he had the movie pulled up,” Merced said. “So I told him I wanted to see parts of it, and he showed it to me. I was the one holding the iPad, and there were ten people around me watching it on the iPad. So there’s a scene that I’m in, and they all had to turn away. Not one person stayed looking at that iPad because it was so disgusting.”

Hopefully, Álvarez's standalone movie will revitalise the chest-bursting franchise as director Dan Trachtenberg's Prey did for studio stablemate Predator.

Originally intended to go straight-to-streaming on Hulu and Star on Disney+ like Predator prequel Prey, Alien: Romulus is only in cinemas on 16th August.

What did you think of the teaser trailer? Are you looking forward to Alien: Romulus? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Steven Moffat returns to the Whoniverse



Former series showrunner Steven Moffat returns to write an episode of Doctor Who with Julie-Anne Robinson (Bridgerton) directing.

Regarding his return to the Whoniverse, Moffat said: "Yes, okay, fair enough - apologies to everyone I’ve very slightly misled - I am in fact writing an episode of the series of Doctor Who. Exactly like I said I never would. What can I tell you? There was begging, there was pleading but finally Russell agreed to let me have another go - so long as I got out of his garden. Working with old friends and a brand new Doctor I couldn’t be happier. Sorry I was a bit reticent on the subject for so long. It was all part of an elaborate plan that would have delighted millions but at the last minute I forgot what it was."

Moffat wrote several fan-favourite episodes and created the iconic Weeping Angels during Russell T Davies' first tenure as showrunner.

On directing episodes for the new season of Doctor Who, Robinson remarked: "It was a tremendous honour to direct episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC and Disney+. This beloved franchise is 60 years old and still going strong. It is part of our collective memory as Brits. I’ve always admired Russell T Davies and Ncuti Gatwa is an unbelievably talented actor who has stepped into the role of the Fifteenth Doctor effortlessly, alongside the equally talented Millie Gibson. Steven Moffat gave me an intense challenge as a director. I asked him for a keyword to describe the overall tone of the episode he said: ‘Hitchcock’. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. I’m grateful to Bad Wolf, the BBC and Disney+. It was an incredible experience."

Doctor Who season one premieres 11th May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and 10th May on Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland. That's so timey-wimey.

Are you looking forward to seeing Steven Moffat's episode of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Dark times for the Jedi in The Acolyte



Lucasfilm has dropped an official trailer for The Acolyte set during Star Wars: The High Republic on Disney+.



Read the official synopsis:

"In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems..."

The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The Acolyte, the latest Star Wars live-action spin-off series, debuts exclusively on Disney+ on 4th June.

Are you looking forward to The Acolyte on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday 15 March 2024

Doctor Who returns for Eurovision



Doctor Who is set to make an explosive return in time for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on 11th May.



Russell T Davies, showrunner says: "At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together. Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries! And a terrifying secret that’s been spanning time and space for decades. Don’t miss a second!"

The TARDIS will make its global premiere around the Whoniverse and for those in the UK, for the first time ever, the Doctor will land with two episodes premiering on BBC iPlayer at 00:00 on Saturday, before arriving on BBC One later that day right before the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final.

Outside the UK, Doctor Who begins streaming on 10th May at 7pm ET on Disney+ where available, giving audiences a simultaneous global launch.

A midnight launch in the UK has stirred up controversy among UK-based fans. I'll be off social media until I've watched the first two episodes in 4K UHD on BBC iPlayer.

Doctor Who is produced by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for the BBC and Disney Branded Television.

Are you looking forward to the new season of Doctor Who on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Imperial March celebrates the Dark Side



Celebrate Imperial March and the march to May the 4th with Star Wars products inspired by the galaxy's most infamous villains!

Our friends at Hasbro have sent over the latest reveals for Star Wars: The Black Series and Star Wars: The Vintage Collection!

These reveals are part of Lucasfilm’s month-long product unveiling celebration kicking off today which will reveal new action figures, toys, collectables, apparel, accessories and more with a spotlight on the villains of the Star Wars galaxy.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER 3-PACK

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $74.99 / Available: Spring 2024)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6-inch STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER 3-pack, inspired by the characters’ appearances in the STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER video game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order tells the story of Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, one of the last Jedi, who must do whatever it takes to survive. The characters included in the pack include Cal Kestis (Inquisitor Vision), Second Sister Inquisitor and Purge Trooper. Fans and collectors can display these fully articulated figures featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation in their collection. Includes 3 figures and 3 entertainment-inspired accessories including the Second Sister Inquisitor’s Lightsaber, Cal Kestis’ double-bladed Lightsaber and the Purge Trooper’s electrohammer.

Available for pre-order 3/14 at 1pm ET exclusively at Amazon (affiliate link).

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CAPTAIN ENOCH & THRAWN’S NIGHT TROOPERS

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $54.99 / Available: Summer 2024)

Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CAPTAIN ENOCH & THRAWN’S NIGHT TROOPERS figure pack inspired by the characters’ appearances in STAR WARS: AHSOKA. These figures feature premium detail, entertainment-inspired collector grade deco (including unique helmet and suit deco on all 4 figures) and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line. Includes 4 figures and 4 entertainment-inspired accessories including blasters.

Available for pre-order 3/14 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon (affiliate link) and additional fan channel retailers. Also available at DisneyStore.com at a later date.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2024)

During the Galactic Civil War, Darth Vader set out to find the Rebel Alliance’s secret location and retrieve the schematics of the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER figure (VC #334) inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. This figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and 4 entertainment-inspired accessories including 2 alternate hands and his signature red-bladed Lightsaber.

Available for pre-order 3/14 at 1pm ET at Amazon (affiliate link), Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, and other major retailers.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION STORMTROOPER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2024)

Donning sleek white armor, stormtroopers are elite shock troopers fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION STORMTROOPER figure (VC #231) inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. This figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and entertainment-inspired blaster accessory.

Available for pre-order 3/14 at 1pm ET at Amazon (affiliate link), Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, and other major retailers.

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Jennifer Lopez lost in space in Atlas



Netflix has dropped an official teaser trailer for Atlas starring Jennifer Lopez (Out of Sight).



Read the official synopsis:

"Atlas Shepherd (Jennifer Lopez), a brilliant but misanthropic data analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence, joins a mission to capture a renegade robot with whom she shares a mysterious past. But when plans go awry, her only hope of saving the future of humanity from AI is to trust it."

Atlas, the closest we've got to a live-action adaptation of Titanfall, premieres exclusively on Netflix on 24th May.

Are you looking forward to Atlas on Netflix? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Gareth Edwards to helm new Jurassic World



The next instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise is expected to be filmed this summer at Sky Studios Elstree with Gareth Edwards (The Creator) at the helm.

Edwards is no stranger to blockbuster monster movies after directing Godzilla and Star Wars.

"Watching ‘Star Wars' as a child, I always assumed blockbuster filmmaking was just a distant dream for someone growing up in the UK. But then, as I watched the behind-the-scenes, I suddenly realized it was all filmed in a studio just outside of London. And that making ambitious commercial films is totally within the reach of British filmmakers," he said. "When I finally got to make my first film ‘Monsters,' it was made in the true independent style - with a small cast and crew, a tiny budget and shot in just a few weeks. I learnt so much, so fast, and would definitely describe it was one of the most creative experiences I've ever had. Without that opportunity, I would never have been given ‘Godzilla,' ‘Star Wars' and ‘The Creator'… And now as we organize shooting the new ‘Jurassic Park' film in ‘a studio just outside London,' I hope we inspire other new filmmakers to shoot small but always dream big."

The upcoming sequel is executive produced by director Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park).

Are you looking forward to Jurassic World 4? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 11 March 2024

X-Men '97 gets a release date on Disney+



Marvel Studios has dropped a new official trailer and revealed the titles and release dates for Marvel Animation's X-Men '97 on Disney+.



Read the official synopsis:

“X-Men’ 97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future."

The official episode titles and release dates for the first season of X-Men '97 are as follows:

To Me, My X-Men – 20th March
Mutant Liberation Begins – 20th March
Fire Made Flesh – 27th March
Motendo/Lifedeath, Pt. 1 – 3rd April
Remember It – 10th April
Lifedeath, Pt. 2 – 17th April
Bright Eyes – 24th April
Tolerance is Extinction, Pt. 1 – 1st May
Tolerance is Extinction, Pt. 2 – 8th May
Tolerance is Extinction, Pt. 3 – 15th May

"This is the first X-Men title produced by Marvel Studios," executive producer Brad Winderbaum, head of streaming, television and animation for Marvel Studios, said when announcing X-Men '97. "What an amazing first step to reintroduce audiences to the X-Men with a look at one of the most pinnacle eras of the X-Men comics, which was the '90s. That iconic style that has its roots in Chris Claremont, and is celebrated in Jim Lee, and then again in The Animated Series."

The voice cast includes Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, JP Karliak as Morph, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Matthew Waterson as Magneto and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler. Beau DeMayo serves as head writer; episodes are directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura. Featuring music by The Newton Brothers, the series is executive produced by Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and DeMayo.

The X-Men '97, an all-new series which features 10 episodes, begins streaming exclusively on Disney+ on 20th March.

Are you looking forward to X-Men '97 on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 7 March 2024

Fallout at SXSW



A live-action adaptation of Fallout from the showrunners of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is coming soon to Amazon Prime, and an official trailer dropped today ahead of South by Southwest (SXSW).



Read the official synopsis:

"A nuclear war breaks out across Earth in the year 2077—an era of robots, hover cars, and a deep and abiding nostalgia for the America of the 1940s. After the incendiary mushroom clouds, the story flashes forward 219 years. How did humanity fair over those blighted two centuries? Lucy (played by Yellowjackets star Ella Purnell) has no clue. She has lived her entire life inside a subterranean vault, where every need and want has been satisfied while generations and generations await the day when it is safe to surface. When a crisis forces Lucy to venture above on a rescue mission, she finds that the planet above remains a hellscape crawling with giant insects, voracious mutant animal abominations, and a human population of sunbaked miscreants."

Fallout premieres exclusively on Prime Video (affiliate link) on 11th April.

Are you looking forward to Fallout on Prime Video? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday 6 March 2024

LEGO Star Wars 25-second film festival



LEGO Star Wars celebrates 25 years and fans (myself included) can submit an entry into an exciting 25-second film festival.

Our friends at LEGO sent over the details:

"Hello there.

This year is the 25th anniversary of LEGO® Star Wars™ (yes, it’s really been 25 years) and we’re going to spend it celebrating the fan community’s incredible creativity. We put out the sets, but it’s your imagination that makes LEGO Star Wars.

How are we celebrating fan creativity?

Introducing ‘The 25-Second Film Festival’.

We want to invite fans across the galaxy, like you, to submit any film in any style – stop motion brick films, hand-drawn films, films made with CGI etc – as long as it’s 25-seconds long and represents LEGO Star Wars sets and Minifigures.

Film-making masters are welcome, and creative padawans too; anyone with an idea is invited to bring it to life and submit. You can recreate your favourite StarWars moments, or forge a new one with the LEGO Star Wars characters, places and ships you treasure – whatever shows off your love for the galaxy.

This is your blank canvas to tell your own LEGO Star Wars story, and The LEGO Group’s opportunity to celebrate the community’s creativity in the way it deserves to be celebrated.

Never tell me the odds details...

Submissions are open on LEGO.com/LSW-25 between March 1st and April 22nd. We encourage you to read the rules before making your film, so you stand the best chance of creating something that’ll be accepted. Films that don’t meet the guidelines won’t pass moderation and won’t be featured in the festival.

You’re invited to create something bespoke for the festival, or if you’ve got a previous creation that’d be a perfect fit, that’s welcome too.

The 25-Second Film Festival then launches on May 4th. Films that are featured will appear on the official LEGO YouTube channel or www.LEGO.com/LSW-25 between the May 4th and 25th.

Whilst this isn’t a competition and there won’t be any winners, you’ll get access to exclusive digital rewards through LEGO Insiders just for submitting!

So, what are we asking of you?

We’d hugely appreciate you spreading the word about The 25-Second Film Festival to your audience or community!

We’ve enclosed our launch film (warning: may cause popcorn cravings) to show how we’re kicking everything off and putting out the call for entries. Feel free to include it in your overage! On our anniversary page, you and fellow fans will find a series of 25-second films that we commissioned to get the ball rolling, made by a mix of studios, individual creators and AFOL filmmakers – all of whom are fans. They can be watched over at www.LEGO.com/LSW-25 (you’ll find some still from these enclosed too though).

And lastly, if you personally have an idea for a film, or something you made a while ago that’ll fit nicely into 25-seconds, we’d love for you to submit!

Thank you, and may the Force be with you..."


Will you be submitting an entry to the LEGO Star Wars 25-second film festival? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 4 March 2024

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster



Christmas 1995, my first Mac, a Performa 5200, introduced me to the rich video game tapestries weaved by LucasArts at the peak of its powers. Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire and Star Wars: Dark Forces were the first CD-ROM-based games I owned for Apple's personal computer platform.

Star Wars: Dark Forces, the first Star Wars first-person shooter (FPS) video game, follows the adventures of Kyle Katarn as he steals the Death Star plans decades before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Nightdive Studios and Lucasfilm Games are bringing Dark Forces to a new generation of gamers.



“Kyle Katarn really can do just about everything,” Nightdive Studios’ Max Waine tells StarWars.com, “and while he's doing everything, he manages to generally stay very cool and calm. Stealing the plans for the Death Star? Yep. Defeating Boba Fett? Yep. Punching out kell dragons? Yep. He can do that. And that's just in Dark Forces.”

The game's titular Dark Troopers have appeared in live-action in The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster is available now for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PC.

Are you playing Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 25 February 2024

Regal Robot's Wampa from Star Wars



Regal Robot announced a limited edition Wampa puppet prop replica from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and it's selling fast.

Read the press release from Regal Robot:

"Regal Robot’s WAMPA PROP REPLICA, the latest in their incredible Archive Collection will be available to order starting at Noon EST today! Learn more and order yours here: https://regalrobot.com/custom-star-wars-busts-statues/

During the making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ some shots of the Wampa were made with a costumed actor, however, the dramatic first close-ups of the creature when it attacks Luke on his Tauntaun were actually achieved with a puppet crafted by legendary creature maker, Phil Tippett!

Offered in two EXTREMELY LIMITED editions, the new resin and mixed media bust is a faithful recreation of that that puppet. Layered in details, Regal Robot’s amazing artists brought this to life using a highly detailed laser scan and extensive, hands-on research of the original prop artifact used in the film.

Don’t miss your chance to bring home a piece of the archive with this unique prop replica!"




What do you think of Regal Robot's Wampa puppet prop replica? Were you lucky enough to pre-order? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection



On Wednesday, Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games announced the Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection during a Nintendo Direct.



Featuring restored online play for up to 64 players, the classic bundle includes Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II, originally developed by LucasArts, and will be available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PC on 14th March.

Electronic Arts (EA) revived the Star Wars Battlefront franchise in 2015. However, it was marred by microtransaction controversy. Thanks to Aspyr, who recently released the excellent Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, gamers (myself included) can play these classic Star Wars video games unadulterated.

Will you be playing the Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Masters of the Air



Apple TV+ is increasingly likened to HBO and not without merit. The Cupertino-based tech titan's streaming service is home to prestige television from For All Mankind to Silo.

Masters of the Air is the latest series from executive producer Steven Spielberg (Jaws). It follows a group of World War II pilots. Unlike Spielberg's sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, these pilots aren't abducted by benevolent aliens and returned home decades later to a fanfare from legendary Hollywood composer John Williams (Star Wars).

Nick Smith, our US-based stellar scribe, is on a break from monster hunting and takes to the skies.

Guest post by Nick Smith

After reminding us that war is hell in Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have bankrolled a new nine-part World War II miniseries called Masters of the Air. This time the story is set in Norfolkshire, where bombers set off on daring raids to destroy Nazi targets.

With a reported average budget of $27 million per episode, you’d better believe this show looks grand and glossy, with fraught air combat sequences, painstaking attention to detail, and squadrons of proficient actors, including Austin Butler (who acted his blue suede shoes off in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis) and James Murray (Primeval). The greatest challenge, for the storytellers and the viewers, is to keep score of all the characters, with dozens sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

Part One is a slow burn with an ensemble of seemingly insipid non-entities. The ending is strangely low-key, a common issue in our era of binge TV (thanks to Netflix). Stick around for the second episode, though, and the show hits high gear. The characters become more engaging and their bravery is brought to light (they fly during the day instead of bombing at night, to make sure they only hit military sites). The insanity of war is highlighted, along with the skill required to operate gremlin-gummed analogue equipment, and the heart-breaking youth of the crewmen – one is called Babyface, to hammer the point home.

By Part Four, we’re in ‘Allo ‘Allo territory with airmen hiding in occupied territory, aided by the Resistance. This allows writer John Orloff to bring wilful female characters into the show, while back in England more lives are lost and the ethical weight of war hangs heavy on the survivors.

Based on a book by historian Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air caught the flak of development hell in 2013. Six years later, Apple took the series from the reluctant grasp of HBO, which released the first two minis. In 2021 filming finally began, only to be stalled by a different kind of threat – the COVID kind. All this turbulence shows in some loose narrative rivets, but the effects are better than most recent CGI-heavy air battles (shame on you, Red Tails) and the central characters rise from a herd of pretty boys to engage the audience.

Standouts include Lt. Harry Crosby, played by Irish actor Anthony Boyle; Lt. Curtis Biddick, portrayed by Barry Keoghan who is also from Ireland; and Lt. Roy Frank Claytor, played by Spielberg’s son Sawyer. The opening credits tease the appearance of Ncuti Gatwa (Doctor Who), who will undoubtedly bring a breath of fresh air to the show with his brash personality.

The dogfights are tense and the cockpit action is thrilling, reminiscent of the Star Wars space battles they inspired. The in-flight entertainment is filmed using virtual production, with LED screens standing in for the unfriendly skies.

Masters of the Air has a long way to go to match the grit and power of Band of Brothers. The new series looks too pristine, an issue with modern drama series. In the early episodes, the lack of strong female roles is a side effect of focusing on the B-17 boys. For another perspective on World War II heroism, I recommend Big Finish’s audio series ATA Girl. The 100th Group bombers were not the only aces in the war.

Are you watching Masters of the Air on Apple TV+? Let me know in the comments below.

Nick Smith's new audiobook, Undead on Arrival, is available from Amazon (affiliate link).

Friday 16 February 2024

X-Men '97 coming to Disney+



On Thursday, Marvel Studios dropped an official trailer for Marvel Animation's X-Men '97 on Disney+.



Read the official synopsis:

“X-Men’ 97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future."

X-Men ’97 picks up after the events of X-Men: The Animated Series’ finale, 1997’s “Graduation Day,” which saw an injured Charles Xavier leave his team of mutants behind to recover in outer space in the care of Lilandra among the Shi’ar Empire.

There’s a Colossus vintage action figure Easter egg at the start of the trailer. And now I want to collect the X-Men ‘97 action figures from Hasbro Pulse!

The voice cast includes Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, JP Karliak as Morph, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Matthew Waterson as Magneto and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler. Beau DeMayo serves as head writer; episodes are directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura. Featuring music by The Newton Brothers, the series is executive produced by Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and DeMayo.

In my teens, I sought solace in the mutant tragedy of the X-Men. They became a metaphor for disability, something I was struggling with in the wake of a life-changing childhood trauma in primary school, and I wanted to be Cyclops. How I envied actor James Marsden (Westworld) as Cyclops in director Bryan Singer's X-Men (2000) that foreshadowed a resurgence in superhero movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Following the X-Men '97 revival, I hope Marvel Animation (in conjunction with Sony) reboots Spider-Man: The Animated Series next!

The X-Men '97, an all-new series which features 10 episodes, begins streaming exclusively on Disney+ on 20th March.

Are you looking forward to X-Men '97 on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 15 February 2024

Disney x Epic Games



The Walt Disney Company is investing $1.5 billion in Epic Games.



“Our exciting new relationship with Epic Games will bring together Disney’s beloved brands and franchises with the hugely popular Fortnite in a transformational new games and entertainment universe,” said Robert A. Iger, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games and offers significant opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t wait for fans to experience the Disney stories and worlds they love in groundbreaking new ways.”

The House of Mouse has a storied history with the maker of Fortnite. Epic Games worked with Lucasfilm on real-time visual effects rendering for the Star Wars live-action spin-off series on Disney+.

“Disney was one of the first companies to believe in the potential of bringing their worlds together with ours in Fortnite, and they use Unreal Engine across their portfolio,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder, Epic Games. “Now we’re collaborating on something entirely new to build a persistent, open and interoperable ecosystem that will bring together the Disney and Fortnite communities.”

What do you think about Disney buying an equity stake in Epic Games and creating an entertainment universe for Fortnite? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Stranger things in Damsel



Netflix has released an official trailer for Damsel.



Read the official synopsis:

"A dutiful damsel agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to find the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon, she must rely on her wits and will to survive."

Starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) as the titular damsel, it evokes childhood memories of Disney's dark fantasy film Dragonslayer.

“She’s a damsel who doesn’t need to be saved,” Brown told Netflix. “She saves herself in many ways. It subverts what you expect: You’re expecting the prince to turn around and save her, and… no. Don’t wait for the prince.”

Speaking with Total Film, Oscar-nominated director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo said Brown was able to convey the emotion they needed for the movie, calling her “exceptional.” The filmmaker added, “She understood that this needed to be an extreme survival experience. And in order to make that believable, you have to convey suffering and pain.”

Damsel debuts exclusively on Netflix on 8th March.

Are you looking forward to Damsel on Netflix? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 12 February 2024

Deadpool & Wolverine teaser at Super Bowl



On Sunday, Marvel Studios dropped a teaser trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine during the Super Bowl.



Read the official synopsis:

"Everyone deserves a happy ending."

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) finally arrives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with knowing winks, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and teasing Avengers: Secret Wars this July.

Are you looking forward to Deadpool & Wolverine? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 11 February 2024

The Phantom Menace returns for Star Wars Day



Empire magazine exclusively announced Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is returning to cinemas for its 25th anniversary on 3rd May.

In 1999, anticipation for the first instalment in George Lucas' prequel trilogy was fever pitch and its coverage saturated mainstream media.

Before the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Hasbro interviewed me for a multimedia role and I saw some of the upcoming toys. I anxiously waited for QuickTime trailers to drop online - blocking my parents' landline - as I coded my first website and listened to John Williams' soundtrack on an import CD (remember CDNow?). As with the original Star Wars soundtrack, a major spoiler was contained in a track title: Qui-Gon's Noble End left little to the imagination.

Eventually, I saw Star Wars: The Phantom Menace six times at the Odeon Exeter. Podracing and the climactic duel between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) pulled me back for more. And there were Pepsi cups to collect.

Stay tuned for further coverage of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s 25th anniversary.

Are you looking forward to seeing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace on Star Wars Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday 9 February 2024

Future Predator movie Badlands



According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is following up his Emmy-nominated Predator prequel Prey, which both Nick Smith and I loved, with Badlands.

Little is known about the Predator movie, but Badlands will be set in the future and, like Prey, will feature a female protagonist.

Are you looking forward to Badlands? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 8 February 2024

Hasbro announces Ahsoka E-wing



Our friends at Hasbro have sent over details on the new Star Wars: The Vintage Collection New Republic E-wing and KE4-N4. A surprise drop following the Star Wars fanstream.



STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION NEW REPUBLIC E-WING & KE4-N4

(HASBRO | Ages 4 years & up | Approx. Retail Price: $99.99 | Available: Fall 2024)

The E-wing is a new advanced combat vessel introduced as part of the New Republic fleet in the years after the Empire’s fall. Astromech droid KE4-N4 served alongside New Republic E-wing pilot Lieutenant Callahan on Lothal. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION REPUBLIC E-WING & KE4-N4 inspired by the ship’s and characters’ appearances in STAR WARS: AHSOKA. This vehicle and figure set features premium detail and design, with folding landing gear, a sliding canopy, and cargo storage, and includes a highly articulated carded KE4-N4 figure. With packaging inspired by the original Kenner packaging and branding. Includes vehicle and figure.

Available for pre-order 2/7 at 1pm ET exclusively at Hasbro Pulse and available at Disney Stores & Parks this fall. Pre-orders at Hasbro Pulse close 3/5 at 11:59pm ET.

The E-wing looks fantastic and KE4-N4 is an homage to the vintage R2-D2 action figure (my first Star Wars toy). New Republic pilot Lieutenant Callahan will be released later.

Are you excited about the E-wing? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Hasbro celebrates Transformers 40th anniversary



On Tuesday, Hasbro announced its plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Transformers.

"For 40 years, the TRANSFORMERS franchise has continuously adapted and redefined itself, culminating in one legacy across generations through innovative products, captivating entertainment, inspiring licensed partnerships, and engaging publishing projects."

Highlights include 40th anniversary toys from Hasbro, the Generation 1 (G1) soundtrack on vinyl and digital with additional music, trading cards from Dynamite, new products from Funko, Robosen, Super7 and more.

"Beloved since its inception in 1984, TRANSFORMERS has evolved from an innovative toy line into a powerhouse franchise embraced by millions of fans around the world,” said Alyse D’Antuono, Vice President, Global Franchise Strategy & Management, Action Brands, Hasbro. “The past four decades continuously delivered a ... More Than Meets The Eye experience for fans by introducing new toys and games, as well as thrilling storytelling in animated shows, comics, blockbuster films and much more. As we build the next chapter in the TRANSFORMERS universe, we look forward to celebrating one legacy for another 40 years.”

Hasbro Pulse recently revealed the next Transformers HasLab of powerful proportions. Transformers: Legacy Robots in Disguise 2001 Omega Prime, which needs 10,000 backers by 15th March to go into production.

"When you have a franchise that goes 40 years in this business, it's pretty remarkable," said TRANSFORMERS voice-over talent and original voice of Megatron, Frank Welker, "to watch the franchise just build and build and build it is amazing to watch." Added fellow voice cast member and original voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, "I've always had the feeling this was going to go a long time."

As longtime readers know, I've been a fan of the Transformers since 1984. The war between the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons captured my childhood imagination in the pages of Marvel UK's comic. One of my favourite Transformers, Shockwave, was never officially released in the UK. However, I had Galactic Man, which was licensed by Tandy from ToyCo. So, I'm looking forward to pre-ordering Shockwave based on an iconic Marvel Comics cover.

How are you celebrating the 40th anniversary of Transformers? Are you backing the Transformers HasLab? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 4 February 2024

Carl Weathers, Predator and Star Wars actor, dies



Carl Weathers, whose credits include fan-favourite roles in Rocky, Predator, The Mandalorian and more, has passed away aged 76.

“Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life,” said his family in a statement. “Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”

Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) described Weathers as an integral part of his life. “Carl Weathers was such an integral part of my life, my success … I give him incredible credit,” he said. “When he walked into that room and I saw him for the first time, I saw greatness but I didn’t realise how great. I never could have accomplished what we did with Rocky without him. He was absolutely brilliant. Rest in power and keep punching.”

In a statement, Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator) wrote: “Carl Weathers will always be a legend. An extraordinary athlete, a fantastic actor, and a great person. We couldn’t have made Predator without him. And we certainly wouldn’t have had such a wonderful time making it. Every minute with him — on set and off — was pure joy. He was the type of friend who pushes you to be your best just to keep up with him. I’ll miss him, and my thoughts are with his family.”



Weathers leaves behind a lasting legacy on the big and small screen. This is the way.

Friday 2 February 2024

To boldly go with Apple Vision Pro



Apple Vision Pro is launched today in the US, and Star Trek fans (myself included) will soon be able to explore Gene Roddenberry's beloved sci-fi franchise with an exclusive spatial app.

In conjunction with OTOY Paramount Game Studios, the Roddenberry Archive spans the entire franchise.

"Through our multi-decade collaboration with OTOY, we have been working to push the frontiers of immersive technology to fulfill my father's legacy, creative intent, and ideas," Rod Roddenberry, President of Roddenberry Entertainment, said in a statement to Deadline, "in ways that can be experienced today and by generations yet to come."

"This release also fulfills one of my mother's greatest wishes," he said. "She recorded her phenoms in 2008 before her passing, to have her voice live on in posterity."

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry recorded the voice of the ship's computer in Star Trek, foreshadowing Alexa and Siri voice assistants.

"It is deeply moving for me to be able to have her voice now narrate portions of the archive," he continued.

Stay tuned for Nick Smith's hands-on with Apple Vision Pro, the Cupertino-based tech titan's spatial computing platform, at his local Apple Store.

Which Star Trek series or movie would you like to explore? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday 1 February 2024

25 years of LEGO Star Wars



This year marks the 25th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and LEGO Star Wars.

“The LEGO Star Wars collaboration has enjoyed a most impressive 25 years with products, video games, animated content, big builds, merchandise, and more! We want to celebrate all those years and milestones with everyone who helped us get here, but especially with the fan community as we would never be where we are today without their creativity and passion,” says Mike Ilacqua, Head of Product at the LEGO Group.

To start things off, LEGO announced five new sets at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. This includes R2-D2, Millennium Falcon, Invisible Hand, Tantive IV and Boarding the Tantive IV diorama released on 1st March.

“It’s been 25 years of true fun combining Lucasfilm’s expansive Star Wars galaxy with the ingenuity of the LEGO Group, offering fans exciting ways to recreate their favorite scenes, vehicles and characters from our stories,” said Paul Southern, Senior Vice President, Lucasfilm Franchise and Licensing, Disney Experiences. “With the enthusiasm of our fans to engage with the Star Wars galaxy and express creativity through building, we look forward to continuing the legacy of fun for decades to come.”

Throughout 2024, the LEGO Star Wars team plans to celebrate with fans (myself included) front and centre of it all.

Discover LEGO Star Wars on LEGO AU, CA, UK and US (affiliate links).

What are your favourite LEGO Star Wars sets from the past 25 years? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Rogue Trooper first look



Director Duncan Jones (Moon) has shared a teaser image from his upcoming animated adaptation of Rogue Trooper. The Unreal Engine 5 feature film stars Aneurin Barnard (Doctor Who) as the eponymous Rogue Trooper, Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Jack Lowden (Slow Horses).

Read the official synopsis:

"Rogue Trooper tells the story of 19, a ‘Genetic Infantryman', who finds himself the sole-survivor of an invasion force. Desperate to track down the traitor who sold him and his comrades out, the super soldier is accompanied by three killed-in-action squad mates, whose personalities have been stored in his gun, helmet and rucksack."

Jones said of the film and the acclaimed British comic: "2000 AD offers a very different flavour of comic action: Political and brutal at times, but always with a Pythonesque twinkle in the eye. Dredd (2012) was a taste of what 2000 AD has to offer and now we get to show the world another side of the beast. It is a genuine privilege to be given the opportunity to make Rogue Trooper."

As a child, along with Marvel UK titles Doctor Who Weekly and Star Wars Weekly, I avidly read 2000 AD: Rogue Trooper, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, was one of my favourite characters.

Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley CBE, will be a producer on Rogue Trooper alongside Jones, Stuart Fenegan and Chris Kingsley. He added: "We are thrilled to be working with Duncan Jones, who is a fellow British creative visionary and 2000 AD fan with global reach. Rogue Trooper highlights Rebellion's leading position within the entertainment industries. It has been filmed at our dedicated Oxfordshire film studios and combines beautiful storytelling from our iconic 2000 AD comic book universe with animation and production technology from the video game industry. We cannot wait for everyone to see these incredible stories bought to life on screen."

Rogue Trooper will be released in 2025.

Are you looking forward to Rogue Trooper? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 29 January 2024

Ahsoka Tano Day



On this day in 2008, the character Ahsoka Tano was introduced at the annual Toy Fair to promote the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie.

As a lifelong fan of Star Wars, I had no idea Ahsoka Tano Day was a thing until watching the latest edition of Geek Week hosted by Jacob's Toys and SuperSorrell. They're an awesome duo and well worth subscribing to.



Over the years, I've celebrated Star Wars Day and wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Ahsoka! The Togruta was Anakin Skywalker's powerful Padawan during the Clone Wars. She left the Jedi Order before Skywalker was seduced by the dark side and became Darth Vader.

The fan-favourite character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars is voiced by Ashley Eckstein and played by Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka live-action spin-off series on Disney+.

How are you celebrating Ahsoka Tano Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday 22 January 2024

Asajj Ventress returns in The Bad Batch



The surviving members of Clone Force 99 are back in action for an explosive final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+. Lucasfilm has dropped an official trailer for the Emmy-winning Star Wars spin-off series from Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels).



Read the official synopsis:

"In the epic final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, the Batch will have their limits tested in the fight to reunite with Omega as she faces challenges of her own inside a remote Imperial science lab. With the group fractured and facing threats from all directions, they will have to seek out unexpected allies, embark on dangerous missions and muster everything they have learned to free themselves from the Empire."

Star Wars: The Clone Wars fan-favourite Asajj Ventress makes her return as the Bad Batch attempt to rescue Omega from the Empire. “We love Asajj Ventress. She’s a character that we’ve been wanting to tell more stories about,” Brad Rau, supervising director and one of the executive producers of the series, tells StarWars.com. “We don't want to spoil anything, but want fans to know that any new storytelling with Ventress will align with the events of Star Wars: Dark Disciple.”

The third and final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch premieres with the first three episodes on 21st February exclusively on Disney+.

Season 3 Episode Schedule:

February 21: Episode 1 (“Confined”), 2 (“Paths Unknown”), 3 (“Shadows of Tantiss”)
February 28: Episode 4 ("A Different Approach")
March 6: Episode 5 (“The Return”)
March 13: Episode 6 (“Infiltration”), 7 (“Extraction”)
March 20: Episode 8 (“Bad Territory”)
March 27: Episode 9 (“The Harbinger”)
April 3: Episode 10 (“Identity Crisis”), 11 (“Point of No Return”)
April 10: Episode 12 (“Juggernaut”)
April 17: Episode 13 (“Into the Breach”)
April 24: Episode 14 (“Flash Strike”)
May 1: Episode 15 (“The Cavalry Has Arrived”)

Are you looking forward to the final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday 21 January 2024

Hasbro Pulse Star Wars Fanstream



Hasbro has announced its first fanstream of 2024 is this Tuesday, which also happens to be my birthday. This weekend I've been reminiscing when it snowed and primary school was closed for a birthday/snow day (circa 1978)! Played with new Doctor Who and Star Wars toys before sledging with my dad.

The Star Wars fanstream will be hosted by Jing, Emily, Chris, and Eric. As a Star Wars fan since the original trilogy, I'm excited to see all the Star Wars: The Black Series and Star Wars: The Vintage Collection reveals and pre-orders on Hasbro Pulse.

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Hasbro will be releasing a range of products to celebrate the Star Wars prequel's milestone.

What are you hoping will be revealed during the Star Wars fanstream? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday 19 January 2024

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle



On Thursday, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle was officially revealed during Xbox Developer Direct. The upcoming Xbox and PC first-person exclusive from MachineGames (Wolfenstein) was originally announced in 2021 as one of the first titles under the relaunched Lucasfilm Games brand.



Read the official synopsis:

"Uncover one of history’s greatest mysteries in Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, a first-person, single-player adventure set between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. The year is 1937, sinister forces are scouring the globe for the secret to an ancient power connected to the Great Circle, and only one person can stop them - Indiana Jones. You’ll become the legendary archaeologist in this cinematic action-adventure game from MachineGames, the award-winning studio behind the recent Wolfenstein series, and executive produced by Hall of Fame game designer Todd Howard."

The Indiana Jones franchise, from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, spawned classic LucasArts point-and-click adventures during the 16-bit era. Most notably, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, which I last played with my best friend, Professor Michael Williams, on his Amiga A500. Alas, Indy is still lost in a frozen tundra thirty years on. In the mid-eighties, I vividly remember playing Atari's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in the arcades. The adventures of the man in the hat would go on to inspire Tomb Raider and Uncharted action-adventure franchises.

Troy Baker (The Last of Us) channels Harrison Ford as the titular archaeologist later this year on Game Pass.

Are you looking forward to Indiana Jones and the Great Circle? Let me know in the comments below.