David Yates In Talks to Direct New Harry Potter Film?

In some exciting news for Harry Potter fans (yes, I’m fangirling over here), word has come from Variety that David Yates is in talks (and in some articles, he has “agreed”) with Warner Bros. about directing the newest movie set in the magical universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Fantastic Beasts takes place 70 years before the original series and follows Newt Scamander as he travels and learns about the mysterious and magical beasts of the world. It is based on a spinoff book written by Rowling that covers one of the text books used at Hogwarts.

Yates directed the last 4 movies in the Harry Potter series, and is somewhat of a fan favorite. His experience with the universe should easily allow him to transition the new trilogy with ease. Cinemablend is also reporting the same thing, with much more information on Yates’ past with Harry Potter and other films.

Aquaman Confirmed and Power Rangers Date Set

News from this morning are showing us that Jason Momoa (of Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones fame) has been confirmed (supposedly according to The Inquisitr) as Aquaman for the 2016 Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice release. There is also speculation that one of the “untitled” DC films could be an Aquaman standalone movie.

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While this morning has focused on Momoa and DC, yesterday’s news brought the release date of the Power Rangers reboot by Lionsgate. It is set to be released on July 22, 2016, a summer that is already loaded with big name movies. The movie is being written by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, with Haim Saban on as a producer. The movie will hopefully take the series’ previous kids appeal from both the series and 1995 movie and give it the gritty modern day look that other series (*cough* Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay *cough*) have been doing in the past few years.

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Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Releasing Earlier

News has broken via The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider that Warner Brothers has decided to move Dawn of Justice’s release date up 2 months. The film was originally slated to be opened against Marvel’s Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016, but is instead releasing on March 25, 2016.

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This news came with a long list of release dates for other titles, but there still are not any names attached to them. The list as as follows:

Untitled DC Film – Aug. 5, 2016
Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
Untitled DC Film – Nov. 17, 2017
Untitled DC Film – Mar. 23, 2018
Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018
Untitled WB Event Film – Nov. 16, 2018
Untitled DC Film – Apr. 5, 2019
Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
Untitled DC Film – Apr. 3, 2020
Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
Untitled WB Event Film – Nov. 20, 2020

For the original post from The Wrap: click here.

Workout Songs of the Week – August 4th

1. Red Like Roses Part II – Jeff Williams ft. Casey Williams & Sandy Casey

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While Red Like Roses Part I introduces a nice melody and fits the show RWBY well, Part II is a full throttle rock track. Jeff Williams has proven time and time again that he can deliver when it comes to soundtracks, as he’s done so throughout most of Red vs. Blue. The intro to this song is an almost A-Capella with some nice quick riffs in between lines, while the rest is a high-paced song about persevering and pushing past loss.

2. Absolute Zero – Stone Sour

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Absolute Zero by Stone Sour doesn’t need much of an explanation about how it’s a good pump up song. Like most of their music, it’s filled with Corey Taylor (of Slipknot fame) screaming about how he won’t be put down by society over the top of some hard riffs. There are so many good lines in this song about life, especially: I’m down to absolute zero, another zealot with the weight of the f***ing world.

3. Face to the Floor – Chevelle

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If there’s one song on this list that you listen to, make it this one. I challenge you to start the song and not instantly start tapping your foot or bobbing your head to that opening riff. Hats off to the Bull is one of Chevelle’s most recent albums (2011), but it was full of so many good songs. This song blasting in your ears while you’re pushing for that last rep or as you’re trying to run that last quarter of a mile is great.

4. Love Your Sin – I The Mighty

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I the Might is a relatively new band, with their first album coming out in 2008 and their most recent album, Satori, coming out in 2013. I saw this band live before I really heard any of their music and they absolutely blew me away. Fast forward to this past month and they released a new single, Love Your Sin, that is unbelievably good. With hints of a relationship gone wrong, this song can be sung as loud as possible and jammed out to over and over again. My favorite line: I was told your word was golden, but I don’t feel any richer.

5. A Shot in the Dark – A Day to Remember

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And last but not least for this week, A Day to Remember makes their first appearance. I get so pumped every time I hear this song, whether it’s from the growling verses, the power-filled chorus, or the sick breakdown in the middle of the song. If you like ADTR, you know that their songs are great and have a potential to get you stomping your feet. Add this to your gym playlist and get ready to want more than you’ve ever wanted.

Til next week, good listening.

Studio Ghibli Taking A Break

While there have been rumors floating around for the past few weeks about the fate of Studio Ghibli, there was a hard hit yesterday in the form of Tumblr post about a recent interview with Toshio Suzuki, the President of Studio Ghibli. The translation that was put out stated that animation would be ending and that copyright management would be the remainder of the company, as the rumors had stated. However, fans can breathe a small sigh of relief as new updates and translations are showing that that isn’t necessarily the case.

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New translations, as pointed out by both IGN and Kotaku lead to better translations that state that the films aren’t necessarily done…for now. Suzuki said that the studio will be taking a small break to figure out the future of the company, but he does admit that moving forward in the same way they were while Miyazaki was still there.

Studio Ghibli was formed in 1985 by Isao Takahata, Hiyo Miyazaki, and Toshio Suzuki. They have released numerous animated feature films that pushed anime into the American limelight. Among their most famous releases are Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Workout Songs of the Week – July 28th

So I decided I would start making posts that cover the workout songs that have really been getting me motivated once a week. This will also help me to listen to music so that the list doesn’t get stale. Without further ado, here are the 5 songs that have been getting me moving in the gym this week.

1. Moral of the Story – Watsky

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To start this one off, there are few hip-hop albums that can touch Watsky’s Cardboard Castles. To me, this album signifies real and honest hip-hop, with tracks bouncing all over the place, as well as some funny skits throughout. Moral of the Story is just one of those songs that makes me want to get going, take my dreams, and smash all obstacles in the way. Also, this song has a great music video to go along with it.

2. Follow My Voice – For All Those Sleeping

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I’m honestly not that familiar with the rest of For All Those Sleeping’s work, but this song is on my workout list and it never fails to get me going. The drums along with the mixing up of the vocals (and even the run-of-the-mill teen anthem style) just get pumped up. I plan on getting a copy of their album before long and giving it a listen.

3. Till I Collapse – Eminem

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This is a classic from back when The Eminem Show released in 2002. I grew up listening to Eminem, even though my parents forbid me from listening to “that corrupting mess.” This is one of those songs that is about pushing through, persevering, and making something of yourself. Even without the lyrics and the meaning, the beat is great to run to or lift weights to in a rhythm.

4. Lightbringer – Pentakill

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As an avid League of Legends (LoL) player, it was so awesome to see an actual Pentakill album release. Not only did it have that novelty of being based on a game that I play, but it turned out to be a perfectly done metal album. All of the staples of classic metal are there, and it has some beastly tracks to bounce around to. This song in particular is my favorite from the album and one that I get excited about ever time it comes on my list.

5. Lion – Hollywood Undead

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This is a song that from first look would seem out of place on my list, but unlike the rest of Hollywood Undead’s discography, this song is just amazing. It fits the style that you want to hear while working out: being a beast yourself, wanting to be free, and needing others to see what you can be, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or anything. Give this a listen and be amazed that you’re enjoying a Hollywood Undead song.

 

Stay tuned for next week when I release the next batch of songs that I’ve been getting motivated by. I’m going to try and not repeat songs, but sometimes there might be some that are just good enough to stick around.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer

So Warner Brothers just released the trailer for the final installment in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There’s not much I can say about it other than watch it, savor it, then watch it again…and again…and again. The music is ghostly and just beautiful, borrowing Pippin’s words from the RotK film (and a quote from JRR himself from Fellowship, I believe). Enjoy.