28 November 2014

"Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens" Teaser … Launches This #BlackFriday!

Brace yourselves, folks, for the impending cyber-explosion that which is the 88-second long STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKEN Teaser Trailer that will make it's debut this Friday online and in selected theaters in North America! Posted above is a fan-made trailer, so chill-out :)

With a tweet, a new title name was christened for Star Wars Episode 7: "The Force Awakens"!

And while I remain ambivalous to the title itself, perhaps I will reserve judgment for when we see moving visuals (the "proof" is in the visuals and movie, not the title … "The Phantom Menace" wasn't so much of a menace" was it? LOL) … but I do expect "excellence", as all teaser images from director JJ Abrams, image and concept art leaks across the www - had led it be to expected occurance, IMHO.

In honor of the christening of #‎TheForceAwakens - #‎TOYSREVIL shall henceforth use the term #‎MayTheForceAwakenYou with news related to #‎StarWars on the blog! Heh.

26 November 2014

Character Posters for the "Live Action" ATTACK ON TITAN Movie

Above: Haruma Miura as Eren / Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa
Below: Kanata Hongo as Armin / Satomi Ishihara as Hans/Hanji

Character Posters for the "Live Action" adaptation of anime & manga sensation Attack On Titan has been revealed, with a whopping 11 characters casted, including story principals "Eren" and "Mikasa".
"The cast includes seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. Sanspo reports that Hasegawa's character Shikishima holds the key to the film's story as "humanity's strongest man."

On the cast selection, producer Yoshihiro Sato said he did not pay as much attention to whether or not the cast members looked like the original characters. Instead, he had many discussions with Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama and went with actors who could act out the "characters' spirits.""
-reported Anime News Network

Above: Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha / Takahiro Miura as Jean
Below: Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima / Ayame Misaki as Hiana

I had wondered how the adaptation would, in terms of the humanoid characters mores than the Titans (Check out the Subaru TVC poted at bottom of this post!), and the "dreary grittiness" seen on their uniforms here put a smile on my face haha!

ATTACK ON TITAN will be presented in 2 films, directed by Shinji Higuchi, with supervision by Hajime Isayama - it is mentioned that "the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies."

Above: Pierre Taki as Souda / Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Middle: Shu Watanabe as Fukushi / Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Below: Rina Takeda as Lil


FUNKO PRESS: "Spend your Thanksgiving with The Penguins of Madagascar! Your favorite penguins are starring in their own feature film! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are waddling into theaters tomorrow! Join the Penguins as they work undercover to stop the evil Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world! Coming in February! (Short Fuse is making his way in April!)"

"Being A Director" by James Gunn

"I get tons of people who want to be directors, actors, or writers asking me for advice here. Here's some short form advice:

Remember that it takes ten years or so to become a doctor. Entertainment is a far more competitive field than medicine - and, if you're really focused on mastering your craft, it can be just as complex. So expect it to take at least ten years of hard work at the expense of a regular life to simply be competent and perhaps begin to make a living at it. And, even then, sadly, only an extremely small percentage of people are able to do so.

If you find that too daunting, consider working in another field. If you don't find it daunting at all, consider therapy. Considering your sense of reality, you've got bigger problems than your career goals.

However, if you find that daunting, but still have the need or desire to continue, well, that's at least one place to start. I wish you not only luck, but strength, perseverance, heart, and talent.

And, before you start, there are of course lots of exceptions to the ten year rule (or, as Malcom Gladwell talks about in his book Outliers, the 10,000-hours-of-work rule). But that also takes a great amount of luck, something we don't have much control over other than putting ourselves out there as much as possible.
- Facebooked James Gunn (Director for MARVEL's "Guardians of the Galaxy").
Admittedly, there was a period in my past working life, that I had such a desire to be a "director" - moreso to be able to helm and make a collection of moving visuals the way I want to experience, rather than the "perceived" glamor that comes with it hahaha … a couple of opportunities passed my way, even a script at one time too!

And I had then been disillusioned to think that my near-decades' worth of experience in the television and film industry (predominantly in the "Art Department" no less), would've prepared me to be a "Director" instead … foolish, I know … LOL

It is "easy" to be a "film director", if one believes in "opportunity", but it is a whole other thing to be a "Good Director", IMHO.

Official Teaser Trailer for PAN

MOVIE DESCRIPTION: "From Warner Bros. Pictures comes, “Pan,” a live-action Peter Pan feature directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”). Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, “Pan,” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX® on July 17, 2015."
(Excerpt via)

My take-away from this was that they've gone and made the character "Hook" young and hot! Oh man, you've GOT to love it when "prequels" expand the stories ~ "I don't believe in bedtime stories…" ~ LOL

Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller star in PAN, in theaters Summer 2015.


Official Trailer for JURASSIC WORLD

Well, they've gone and genetically made a NEW species/type of dinosaur, and now folks are panicking, running about in droves, desperate to stay alive, because some people decided cooking up new carnivorous creatures was a "good idea"? LOL

At least folks'll get their "Star-Lord"-fix until GOTG2, with Chris Pratt looking all hunky and serious here (Sorry, but I HAD to make the reference, because he seems to be the only recognizable face here in this trailer … not offense to Bryce Dallas Howard :p).

One thing is for sure perhaps, that there'll be tons of toys to be released for this movie, innit? Dinosaurs, vehicles, play-sets and action figures … I think I'll stick to the movie myself :p

WHAT: "Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015." (Via)

The Park Is Open June 12

25 November 2014

Police Spinner Pull-Back Car from "Blade Runner" by Medicom Toy

As one of my all-time favorite sci-fi films, there really isn't much by way of "toy collectibles" for Ridley Scott's classic "Blade Runner" movie. There've been the bootlegged 1/6th-scale "Deckard" (I have two versions), Tomenosuke's Handgun / Blasters (Want All, Have None :p), and one of my "grails": A Police Spinner vehicle, that came along with a DVD-set …. Medicom Toy now adds ONE MORE collectible to that list: Presnting the POLICE SPINNER PULL-BACK CAR!

Manufactured by Medicom Toy, featuring a sculpt by Yoshihisa, this incarnation of the POLICE SPINNER features a more "super-deformed" aesthetic, and possess a "pull-back" function where the model vehicle has "independent motion"!

Sized 70mm long, and limited to 3,000pcs, the POLICE SPINNER PULL-BACK CAR is part of the BLADE RUNNER (THE FINAL CUT / WORKPRINT) Blu-ray Edition, with a December 17th, 2014 release. Distribution price is ¥5,980 (tax).

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Official US Trailer)

DESCRIPTION: "Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators." (GKIDS Films)

19 November 2014

Pop! Movies: Jupiter Ascending from Funko

FUNKO PRESS: "From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes Jupiter Ascending! We love a good sci-fi fantasy adventure and couldn't resist making a few Pop!'s for the film's release! Available in January!"

I have such high hopes to be entertained by this film. Having watched the trailer on the big screen the other day did not exactly impress me beyond what I have seen online tho … and that worries me … :p

Official Trailer for PEANUTS

"For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D. Visit the official site at: http://www.peanutsmovie.com/" (Via)
Not THIS Christmas folks, NEXT Christmas :)

(Images via USAToday)
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