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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 19: Why people hate the new Ghostbusters movie

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 Why is there so much hate surrounding the new Ghostbusters movie, despite the fact that only one trailer has been released? Jon discusses the dark psychology of the Internet, and Cody plays devil’s advocate when it comes to maintaining the integrity of storied franchises. It’s a back-and-forth discussion you won’t want to miss!

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Red Band Trailer Fun

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HBO has released their first full trailer for season 6. Jeannie, Rachel, and Nikkie discuss their thoughts over this PACKED Red Band trailer. Won’t you join them?


Daredevil Trailer Shows A Conflicted Hero

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Yesterday saw the debut of the Daredevil teaser trailer and today the official trailer arrived you can watch it below.  In the trailer, the lawyer turned superhero played by Charlie Cox, confesses to a priest about his conflicted feelings about choosing to become a vigilante. “I’ve been preoccupied of late with questions of morality, of right and wrong, good and evil,” Murdock says. “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do. I’m just trying to make my city a better place.”

As we can see from the teaser and this trailer, Daredevil’s going to go down some dark paths to keep his city safe.

In addition, the trailer gives us glimpses of Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Vincent D’Onofrio as the big baddie, Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. The series also stars Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich and Scott Glenn as Stick, as well as Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsey and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley.

All 13 one-hour episodes of Daredevil are set to air on Netflix on April 10th.


SDCC 2014: Arrow Season 3 First Look

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Continuing with the Arrow news comic out of SDCC 2014, we have a first look at Season 3 of Arrow. While you may be tempted to click off part way, we recommend continuing through the whole trailer as the Season 2 footage only lasts the first minute. Fans who were heartbroken to see Sarah leave at the end of Season 2 can rejoice as she does make an appearance in the trailer…

Oh, and there’s a little something in here for you Olicity lovers too.


Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Drops And James Gunn Breaks It Down

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After what seemed an eternity the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy arrived last night on  Jimmy Kimmel Live!  If you haven’t watched it yet (or want to watch it again cause let’s face it, it was awesome) here it is below:

Amazing right? Well let’s break it down.

The trailer  opens with Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) is investigating a temple-like structure which contained a mysterious orb (perhaps an infinity gem?) and then is confronted by Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and his men.

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There seems to be a bit of  the Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe in this opening scene. And in an interview with TotalFilm where he breaks the trailer downdirector James Gunn  commented how much of an influence Indiana Jones has been for him and Guardians.

“There is probably no film that influenced me more as a child – no film that excited me more or that I loved more – than Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” Gunn told TotalFilm. “It not only influences how I see Guardians, it influences how I live my life (which means the way for a woman to win my heart is to paint “love you” on her eyelids. Yes, I’m still single, why do you ask?).”

From that sequence we go the mugshots of each of the guardians. First up is Drax the Destroyer (Dave Batista).

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Next up is the deadly assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) whom Gunn calls one of the movie’s two “Clint Eastwoods”-the other being Nebula. He describes them both as “hardasses.” He also stated that Zoe “got it easy with the makeup – it only took about four hours to put on, whereas it took Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan six hours or more.”

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Up next is Rocket Raccoon. He doesn’t speak but he does growl and spit.  When asked if Bradley Cooper had finished recording his dialogue for the character, Gunn responded,

We’ve recorded most of Bradley’s dialogue already. I suppose you would expect me to tell you he’s fantastic and his characterization of Rocket will blow your mind – so don’t believe me and just wait to see (or hear) it for yourself. ”

“In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films – and to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk (and blow up and shoot tons of stuff) we need a well-rounded actor. ”

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Gunn also mentions that it took 15 people each to visualize the Groot and Rocket sequences.

Gunn goes on to discuss the “mugshots” so to speak of the protagnists, pointing out it took 15 people each (30 total!) to visualize the Groot and Rocket Raccoon sequences.

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Gunn says that with the exception of Groot (Vin Diesel), all of the heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy are “bastards” at the start of the movie. While Groot is Rocket Raccoon’s accomplice, Gunn describes him as “an innocent.”  And here he is:

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“[Groot is] a hundred percent deadly and a hundred percent sweet,” Gunn revealed. “He’s caught up in Rocket’s life, really.”

After the mugshots, the rest of the trailer moves along to the song “Hooked On a Feeling,” which was playing on Quill’s retro Sony Walkman which one of the guards had picked up and put on his head (and pisses off Quill). Gunn says that the Walkman — and Quill’s retro 80s mixtape — is a major part of Quill’s persona.

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“It’s one of the few things he has from Earth,” Gunn says, (Quill was taken from Earth at age 8). “I don’t think of it as a joke, because it’s very dear to him. It’s the umbilical cord that connects him to earth and the home and family he lost.”

We also see Quill’s spaceship the Milano. He didn’t comment much on the craft but he did reveal that Korath’s spaceships are called Necrocraft and he has a fleet of them.

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Those of you who attended Comic-Con last year will notice that several of the scenes in the trailer are from the rough-cut trailer that was shown at the con. However Gunn pointed out that there were several new scenes and finalized moments in the new trailer which included the first look of the character Nebula (Karan Gillan).

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And then were other shots:

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And there were things that were missing which Gunn is saving for a second trailer set to debut “in a couple of months”.  The debuts of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nova Prime (Glenn Close) have yet to arrive. Another thing about the trailer is the humor which is shown throughout. From Star Lord answering Korath and going “Who?”, to Star Lord giving his captors the finger to the “bunch of a-holes” line.  Gunn commented on the humor,

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“The “bunch of a-holes” line is still in the trailer, which I love. That was an ad-lib I threw to Peter Serafinowicz on the day we were shooting. He wasn’t sure he wanted to say it – it’s not something British people say – but it works perfectly in the trailer. The movie has a lot of edgy humour, unusual for a comic book movie. But we were encouraged by Marvel to take risks, so we did.  However, we never wanted the humour to get in the way of the fun or the emotional heart of the film – those things came first.”

Looks like this film will be a fun one to watch. Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in theaters August 1st.


Guardians of the Galaxy 15 Second Teaser

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While you still have to wait until tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to see the  first full Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer, Marvel has given us 15 seconds to geek out about. Check  it out below and let us know what your thoughts are.


Bachman’s Best – Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer

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The best thing I saw last week was the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer. This was a trailer I was really looking forward to after all the images from the film that have made it onto the internet pre-CGI effects. In all honesty I was really afraid of how Jamie Foxx was going to look as Electro when I saw the blue paint. Now after seeing Electro fully rendered with electricity travelling under his skin and the spectacular sequence where Electro is actually traveling as electricity I am excited to see what Jamie Foxx brings to the character and no longer scared of how his character is going to look.

Now knowing that Rhino and what appears to be Harry Osborn as Green Goblin 2 are in the film I have to admit I’m a little afraid on how both of those characters are going to look in the film. Being a long time Spider-Man fan I long for them to be able to do great versions of the classic looks of these characters but I know sometimes it just don’t work on film. And my concern of Electro was put to rest so here’s hoping when I’m sitting in the theater watching the flick that all of my concerns will be put to rest.

Lots of little things are in the trailer. We see a set of Dr. Octopus arms and Vulture wings in containers at Oscorp. On the computer screens there is mention of Venom and Dr. Morbius. After a little talk about secrets between Peter and Aunt May we see Peter finding a hidden subway car that his father was apparently using as a lab after he found out some scary information about Oscorp. So we see lots of villains in this film and possible lead ups to more. Does Sony actually have the balls to bring us a film in which Spidey faces off against an actual team of the Sinister Six? If so, I really don’t care how they get there as long as they actually give us a fight scene with Peter versus 6 villains.

And the super bonus, the suit looks much more classic and no longer has the basketball texture! See they do listen sometimes.

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SDCC 2013 – AMC The Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer

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If you’re a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’re going to want to check out the Season 4 Trailer which was released at SDCC 2013.

Have a watch below and get excited for Sunday, October 13 2013.