Here's an awesome fight between Superman and The Hulk, animated by Mike Habjan. This is the first of three parts:
That fan film actually looked really impressive! Kinda reminds me of an official animated short by Marvel Entertainment that also had The Hulk in it. The fan film by Mike Habjan looks just as good if not better! You decide:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I read an article back in 2013 that said some of Michael Jai White's upcoming roles in 2014 could turn him into an action star. My question is why isn't he already considered an action star? The movie mentioned in the article, Skin Trade, is in post-production and slated for a 2015 release, so will he become an action star then? If you ask me, he's one of the most underrated action stars that is often overlooked in his mainstream roles but really seems to shine in direct-to-DVD movies. Most people are only familiar with MJW from his starring role in the live-action adaptation of Spawn from 1997.
The movie was considered a failure by fans of the comics but not because of White's performance. Since then, he's had a small appearance in The Dark Knight as a mob boss who's killed by the Joker and also played Jax in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. He also had a fight scene with David Carradine in Kill Bill Vol. 2 that never made it to the theatrical cut but you can find it in the deleted scenes on DVD. What people don't know is that he's been killing it in direct-to-DVD martial arts movies! White has been studying martial arts since the age of 8, earning his first black belt in his teens. He currently holds seven black belts in various disciplines such as Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, and Kyokushin. As an accomplished martial artist, White really got a chance to show his chops (and kicks!) when he starred opposite of another underrated action star Scott Adkins in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.
I realize that he's done other things like Universal Soldier: The Return and Exit Wounds but Undisputed II was the first time I saw him in a direct-to-DVD sequel that was superior to a movie he wasn't even originally involved in. The first Undisputed featured Ving Rhames as an undefeated boxing champ who gets locked up starring opposite of Wesley Snipes, the undefeated prison boxing champion. The movie ends with Ving Rhames losing a match to Wesley Snipes on the inside but remains undefeated to the world outside. Michael Jai White takes over Ving Rhames' role while the movie switches focus from boxing to Mixed Martial Arts. My favorite Michael Jai White film, without a doubt, has to be Black Dynamite, a homage to blaxploitation films of the 70's and one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Check out the trailer and tell me you don't wanna see that movie!
Personally, I'm a huge fan of Michael Jai White's work. He's starred in a couple other direct-to-DVD releases such as Blood and Bone and Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown that really showcases how underrated his martial arts skills and on-screen presence are. I love that he's able to make extremely entertaining sequels to movies that were terrible to begin with. Never Back Down was cheesy teen flick about Mixed Martial Arts that felt like it was produced by MTV. Michael Jai White directs and stars in the sequel that's way more entertaining (and cheesy, but in a good way). I really like what White brings to the table, his martial arts background makes the fight choreography look fantastic and he's got enough range to be hilarious in comedies as seen in Black Dynamite. Do yourself a favor and rent a few of his movies, so you can have yourself a Michael Jai White movie night!
1. Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
2. Black Dynamite
3. Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown
4. Blood and Bone
6. Tactical Force
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Jeff Jarrett officially announced back in April that he was launching a new wrestling promotion. Tryouts are currently being held and Jarrett seems excited about the talent pool he'll be drawing from. Global Force Wrestling is slated to compete directly with the WWE, I think GFW will be a great alternative brand to the WWE because they're already partnering up with other wrestling promotions around the world.
GFW recently announced a partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the "top promotion in the Eastern Hemisphere."
In addition to the existing partnership GFW already has with top Mexican promotion, AAA
Partnerships with NJPW and AAA means we'll be seeing a lot of international talent, as well as some great talent from the indie scene. This is extremely important when building a brand that is supposed to rival a corporate giant like the WWE.
WWE lacks a good variety of international talent. People want to see something fresh when they tune in, something they've never seen before. There were rumors that the WWE was in the process of signing 3 top international talents in Kenta Kobayashi (NOAH), Prince Devitt (NJPW), and Kevin Steen (ROH).
|Prince Devitt in Carnage body paint|
Jarrett reportedly attempted to purchase TNA Wrestling, a promotion that he also founded, with Toby Keith back in December 2013. Talks dwindled before rumors of Jarrett starting his own promotion began circulating. Although TNA seems to love hiring ex-WWE talent, they're also guilty of releasing great talent that they don't know what to do with. After the most interesting title run that we've seen in recent history, TNA decided not to re-sign AJ Styles. Also, neither Christopher Daniels nor Kazarian had their contracts renewed with TNA and even appeared together at the recent Ring of Honor PPV, Best in the World.
Despite being the top promotion, the WWE has been facing financial problems and recently released a handful of their talent. Among them were JTG, Evan Bourne, Drew McIntyre, Yoshi Tatsu, and Brodus Clay. While this doesn't exactly spell trouble for the WWE, Global Force Wrestling does seem to have a deepening pool of talent to select from.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
In honor of its 30th Anniversary, Ghostbusters is receiving a theatrical run in more than 700 theaters on Aug 29. In addition, a new website has launched where fans can get updates, video content, and buy merchandise such as the Blu-ray release of both films that will be available on Sept 16. Here are some details:
- Both films remastered in 4K
- All-new special features along with original legacy content
- Ghostbusters 1 & 2 available as single BDs, as well as special 2-movie Digibook set
- Limited collector’s edition gift set with exclusive Slimer figurine also available
GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-ray Special Features:
- NEW! Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective - Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 1)
- NEW! Poster Art Gallery – Gallery 1988 artwork
- NEW! “Ghostbusters” Music Video – Ray Parker, Jr.
- Legacy Content:
- Slimer Mode – Picture in Picture and Trivia Track
- Commentary w/ Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck
- 10 Deleted Scenes
- 1984 Featurette
- Cast and Crew Featurette
- SFX Team Featurette
- Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
- Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Gallery Storyboard Comparisons
GHOSTBUSTERS II Blu-ray Special Features:
- NEW! Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond - Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 2)
- NEW! Deleted Scenes
- NEW! “On Our Own” Music Video – Bobby Brown
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Director Zack Snyder posted sneak peeks of the new Batmobile on his Twitter. Yesterday we got a teaser of the back of the new Batmobile, which seems inspired by the Tumbler from The Dark Knight series.
Today, we got our first look at the Batmobile and Ben Affleck in full Batman costume. I know there's a lot of backlash concerning Bat-Fleck but I'm just excited to see the Batman vs. Superman movie!
What do you think of the new Batmobile and his costume? Are you excited for the movie or has the casting of Ben Affleck just ruined it for you? Comment below!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Ring of Honor recently announced two super shows that they will be co-promoting with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2014. Here's the promo for the shows coming up this year:
NJPW has previously worked with promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling (TNA), Full Impact Pro (FIP), WAR, and even the WWE. New Japan also happens to be the home of "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada, who made this ridiculously AWESOME entrance recently at "The New Beginning" event on Feb. 11, 2014:
In other news, AJ Styles did not appear at Preston City Wrestling's "Festive Fury" on Dec. 6 to face Lionheart (More information on their war of words here). Instead, Styles returned to TNA where he dropped his belt to the interim champion, Magnus, unifying the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After negotiations over his contract with TNA broke down, Styles returned to ROH defeating Roderick Strong in his return followed by Jay Lethal. Styles is still slated for an appearance at PCW soon but more importantly, might make an appearance at the super shows with NJPW.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Looks like the match has been set for Dec. 6 between AJ Styles and Lionheart at Preston City Wrestling, an indy promotion based in the UK. I think it'll be interesting to see AJ Styles defend his title against another Champion. Not to take anything away from the wrestlers that he's faced already, but he should've been facing top guys if he's going to jump from one promotion to the next. I think it would be really interesting if he was collecting title belts from different promotions too. He could come out looking like Ultimo Dragon did back in the day.
|Like a total bad ass|
In other news, it seems Vader will be at the event as well. Looks like he'll be wrestling in addition to signing autographs. The last time I saw Vader on TV, he was way out of shape and I assumed he had retired. I would like to see this event!