“Star Wars” parts ways with Dark Horse; Comics heading back home to Marvel

StarWars.com issued a press release today ending its decades long partnership with Dark Horse Comics.  With LucasArt’s ownership transferring to Disney, it is a wise corporate move to have Disney’s own Marvel publish the flagship franchise.  Marvel originally published the original “Star Wars” comics back in 1977 for 9 years until the rights were sold to Dark Horse Comics in 1991. The “Star Wars” comics hold a special place in my heart since they were the first comics I ever owned and read as a child, paving the way to “X-Men”, “Spider-Man” and “The Fantastic Four”.  With the 2015 release of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” this is going to become easy money for Marvel.  I would love to see Jonathon Hickman bring his talent to these comics....

First official image of MARVEL’s Guardians of the Galaxy released!

Just in time for the New Year, Marvel released the first image of Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Dave Bautista (WWE Superstar) as well as the CGI characters of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Marvel is taking a risk with this upcoming movie by introducing their audiences to the Marvel Cosmic Universe.  The Guardians of the Galaxy is one of their least established franchises, but with Thanos’ introduction at the end of the Avengers we can assume this group of heroes are going to become major players. I’m looking forward to seeing Chris Pratt being a household name as he moves from his fantastic role as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation into future roles such as this one and his rumored attachment on being the male lead in “Jurassic World.” Look forward to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy at your local theaters on August 1st, 2014....

UPDATED: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in talks with DC about something big?

UPDATED – 1/3/14 Rumor in the industry is that The Rock may be going for the role of John Stewart, one of the other Green Lanterns from Earth.  Although The Rock will definitely bring a fun factor to the DC Cinematic Universe, I don’t think that John Stewart will be the role for him. Original Story: We just had a big meeting w/ Warner Bros CEO re: @DCComics 2014 we will partner up and create the cool bad assery. #RockTalk @ActionTilson — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013 Although I may be biased due to my love of comics, it looks like the end of the year is offering quite a bit of comic related news.  The latest kernel of news came from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s year end chat with the fans. The speculation of course is going to run wild considering that Warner is attempting their version of a Cinematic Universe starring the DC characters that they own.  With the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman already in production, what other additional characters can we see The Rock bring to life?  Gal Gadot was just confirmed as Wonder Woman.  Can we possibly see The Rock as Martian Manhunter?  If Warner Brothers is attempting to finally create the long desired Justice League movie, he would definitely be the actor to add a sort of credibility to a role that isn’t as established as the others.  You can liken the same tactic to how RDJ was casted as Iron Man, which propelled that character to the frontline of Marvel’s most popular characters. 2014 is going to be an interesting year...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Movie Review

Ben Stiller has not been on the upswing in a while.  With his past several movies including “The Watch”, “Tower Heist”, and “Little Fockers”, it hasn’t been a stellar several years for Ben Stiller.  We are seeing his “The Watch” co-star Vince Vaughn fall into the same rut of cookie cutter roles that do not have the same comedic qualities of the main roles that made them a star.  Of course, not a single actor has a perfect resume of films under their name since it sometimes takes a project to lift them back up on their feet.  With “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” it seems Ben Stiller received his calling. “The Secret Life…” centers around the title character of Walter Mitty, a boring man leading a boring life.  The opening scene introduces us to Walter as he sits in his very average looking apartment as he balances his checkbook with the use of a calculator.  The opening act of the film offers us a glimpse into the mind of a daydreamer whose wild fantasies completely parallel the boring existence of the life that he lives.  His e-Harmony profile is blank.  His wardrobe is mundane. His 16 year career as a “negative assets manager” looks and sounds dull.  Yet, here we are witnessing the inner thoughts of Walter as a womanizer, a fighter, and a hero among many other dreams.  Walter only sits there imagining how events would play up if he took the risks or had the courage to fully live his life. As the film progresses, Mitty begins a journey to find the missing “25th cell”...