J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is one of the oldest and most influential modern works of high fantasy. It’s influence on literature, pop culture, and fiction in general would be hard to quantify. However, it is definitely huge.Since the first publication of The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the 1950s, the series has only grown in popularity. Various adaptations were made for film and radio.Then The Lord of the Rings became a true pop culture phenomenon with the release of Peter Jackson’s bib budget live action movie adaptation of the trilogy from 2001 to 2003.For fans who had already read the books, it was a spectacular visualization many had only dreamed of. For brand new viewers, it was an introduction to a stunningly realized world and characters. And one thing star struck fans make a lot of is fan art.The sheer volume of fan art for Lord of the Rings is astounding. Fans were drawing fan art for Lord of the Rings long before Peter Jackson’s movies.Fans continue to put their own visual spin on the story and characters even after Peter Jackson’s two trilogies. They even use fan art to bring life to pairs of characters who aren’t officially couples in the story.What would Aragorn and Legolas look like as a couple? Or Gimli and Legolas or Tauriel and Legolas?If you’ve ever wanted to know what these couples would look like, here are 20 Crazy Fan Art Designs Of Unexpected Lord Of The Rings Couples! 20 ARAGORN AND LEGOLASAragorn and Legolas had been good friends even before the Counsel of Elrond. They were both eager to pledge their service to Frodo as part of the Fellowship of the Ring.Through the course of the quest, Aragorn and Legolas fought together on numerous occasions. They also spoke to each other in elvish and were not above teasing each other to lighten the mood.The ruggedly handsome ranger and the sleek fair elf make quite the couple too. Deviant Artist draws Aragorn and Legolas back to back on a bench presumably somewhere in Rivendell. Their clothing is much more relaxed and even modern than what we see them in for most of the movies.They also look very content as they prepare to snack on their apples.19 LEGOLAS AND GIMLIDwarves and Elves don’t have the friendliest history in Middle-earth. Legolas and Gimli didn’t start out on the best terms when they joined the Fellowship of the Ring.Their camaraderie grew over the course of their adventures as did their friendly competition. During the battles of Helms Deep and Minas Tirtih, Legolas and Gimli both kept track of the number of orcs they slew.A few times in the movies, we see Legolas physically lifting Gimli for his own good.The sketch from on DeviantArt flips that dynamic around. Here Gimli is hurrying along, bravely carrying his elf friend to safety. Perhaps Gimli had gotten tired of all the dwarf tossing and wanted to show Legolas what he’d been missing.18 GANDALF AND GALADRIELGandalf the Gray led the Fellowship of the Ring in the beginning of their quest. When he returned as Gandalf the White, he continued to lead the free peoples of Middle-earth in the campaign against Sauron.Galadriel also provided crucial aid to the Fellowship. Her gifts for each member at Lothlorien were invaluable, including the Phial of Galadriel.We didn’t see much of Galadriel and Gandalf’s relationship before The Hobbit movies. While they were obvious allies, we saw much more affection between them. Gandalf was very candid and vulnerable in front of her.Here in this illustration by , we see them reaching for each other in a moment from the battle against Sauron.17 FRODO AND SAMSamwise Gamgee was with Frodo Baggins from the very beginning of his journey out of the Shire. He also became the last member of the Fellowship to stick with Frodo until the very end of their quest.Their companionship is unshakable. Not even Gollum’s treachery or the Ring itself could keep them apart.It’s easy to see how their relationship could easily develop into a couple. Fans barely have to paint their interactions or scenes in a different light to make them romantic.The scene where Frodo and Sam say goodbye at the Gray Havens is so emotional for both of them. They’ve been through so much together.’s style captures the sad and endearing aspects of Frodo and Sam’s relationship.16 MANWË AND VARDAThe Valar are the divine beings that helped shape Middle-earth in the beginning. Although we don’t see them specifically in the movies, they are meant to serve as guides to the physically bound, free peoples, like elves and men and dwarves.Manwë is their king and Varda is their queen.Manwë is king of not only the Valar but he holds domain over all the world through the sky and air. Varda is the queen of light, said to be beautiful beyond description.Creating any fan art of the Valar is quite open ended for Tolkien fans. However, of DeviantArt seems to have done it.This illustration of Manwë and Varda captures both their impressive divinity and their radiant beauty.15 ELROND AND THRANDUILElrond is the half elven Lord of Rivendell. He was a crucial figure through the various campaigns against Sauron in the Second and Third Ages.Thranduil was king of the elves of Mirkwood during the quest of Thorin Oakenshield’s company. Elrond was always welcoming and generous. He hosted Thorin’s company and held the Council of Elrond where the Fellowship of the Ring was formed.Thranduil has been definitely less hospitable. During the third agem he kept Mirkwood isolationist and imprisoned Thorin’s company when they came upon his territory. It’s difficult to imagine Elrond and Thranduil being so relaxed with each other. Perhaps this helps to make ’s fan art so endearing. It's a tender moment from an unexpected couple.14 BILBO AND THORINThere’s a moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie that is ripe for Bilbo and Thorin shippers.After Thorin, Gandalf, and the dwarves escape from the goblins in the Misty Mountains, Bilbo seems to have vanished. Bilbo reappears, but Thorin is angry with him. He shouts that he said from the beginning how unfit Bilbo would be to join in their quest.Then, suddenly, Thorin embraces Bilbo and confesses how he had never been more wrong about any one all his life.It’s a tender surprise to Bilbo and a pivotal moment for his and Thorin’s friendship-- maybe even a bit more than friendship.In version of this scene, Bilbo is blushing and Thorin’s eyes are welling with tears.13 TAURIEL AND LEGOLASFor some reason, we get to see much more elf with non-elf couples in the Lord of the Rings movies than elf with elf couples.It seemed as though there may have been some attraction between Legolas and Tauriel in The Hobbit movies. However, Thranduil wasn’t interested in his son being pledged to a lowly silvan elf. of Deviant Art obviously had different ideas. Here we see not only Legolas and Tauriel as a couple, but with a son. He isn’t named in the piece, but he’s got his mother’s wild hair and his father’s penchant for archery.The level of detail is fantastic with the elven family popping right out of the wooded setting in the frame.12 BARD AND THRANDUILKing Thranduil seemed to have a modicum of respect for Bard in The Battle of the Five Armies movies. They were at least convenient allies after Smaug destroyed Laketown.Each of them expected to share in the wealth reclaimed from Erebor. However, we don’t get to see them enjoying anything close to a personal conversation.Fans seem to love portraying reserved, stoic characters in tender moments.In this fan art by , Bard has his arms wrapped around Thranduil’s waist while Thranduil gently holds Bard’s head in his hands.The two men are gently laying their foreheads together. Both characters are rendered in beautiful detail, especially in their facial expressions. You can feel the affection between them in this piece.11 FRODO AND SAMThere’s no limit of scenes to draw from when it comes to a Frodo and Sam relationship. Even from the beginning of their journey, Sam’s devotion to Frodo is absolute.At the end of the Fellowship of the Ring, Sam even risks drowning rather than let Frodo continue to Mordor alone. Frodo in turn realizes that he could never leave Sam behind.Frodo and Sam barely get to share a quiet, happy moment in their quest to destroy the Ring.However, in ’s DeviantArt piece here, the hobbits look quite happy. Frodo and Sam have their arms around each other with big smiles on their faces.It’s interesting that Sam seems to be a little bit taller than Frodo in the piece. It could reflect Sam’s role of looking after Frodo while on their journey.10 ARWEN AND EOWYNArwen and Eowyn are two of the small handful of female characters with major roles in The Lord of the Rings movies.Arwen is the daughter of Elrond and the Evanstar of the Elves of Rivendell. She rendezvous with Aragorn to hurry Frodo away from the pursuing Ringwraiths.Eowyn is the niece of King Theoden of Rohan. She defies the king’s wishes and secretly rides with the Rohirim at the battle of Minas Tirith.Both women broke with the traditions of their people to stay true to what they believed.In this black and white piece by , Eowyn keeps up her willingness to fight for the lovely Arwen, arms around each other-- nevermind Aragorn son of Arathorn.9 MELKOR AND SAURON (MAIRON)Melkor was the first Dark Lord Middle-earth ever knew. His pride and his greed led him to corrupt and twist other beings towards evil. He was the first to create balrogs and dragons and orcs.Sauron was his top lieutenant during the First Age of Middle-earth. Sauron was originally known as Mairon when he was a upstanding magical craftsman aligned with good.It is unclear who may have sought out whom between Melkor and Mairon. Some accounts describe Mairon turning to evil and allying himself with Melkor for greater personal power.However, this captivating piece by paints an arguably darker scene. Melkor has the fair Mairon under his sway. Mairon becomes totally allured by Melkor’s fearsome power.8 MERRY AND PIPPINMerry and Pippin were the other pair of hobbits in the Fellowship of the Ring. They were almost as inseparable as Frodo and Sam, even if they didn’t always take things as seriously.After getting captured by the Uruk-hai, Merry and Pippin escaped into Fangorn Forest. With some effort, they convinced the Ents to march against Isengard and end Saruman’s schemes.Merry and Pippin each joined in the final battle for Middle-earth in the armies of Rohan and Gondor respectively.Merry and Pippin are thick as thieves throughout the movies. Their separation in Return of the King shows just how much they depend on each other.It’s easy to imagine a scene like ’s when they are back together and having fun back in the Shire.7 ARAGORN AND EOWYNWhen Aragorn comes to the kingdom of Rohan in The Two Towers, he meets Eowyn. Eowyn is the niece of king Theoden, a shield maiden of Rohan who is almost immediately enamored with Aragorn.He is brave and strong and one of the only men she’s met who seems to think she can become more than just a shield maiden.It’s a pity for Eowyn that Aragon was already in love with Arwen. Not to mention his focus on fighting Sauron and the possibility of dying in that fight. =However, many fans still think Eowyn and Aragorn could have loved each other under different circumstances.Even in this oil on canvas piece by , Aragorn and Eowyn don’t seem to be at ease.6 CELEBORN AND THRANDUILCeleborn is the Elven lord of Lothlórien, husband to the Lady Galadriel. Celeborn was born early in the First Age of Middle-earth and ruled over several realms before he and Galadriel ended up in Lothlórien.Thranduil is younger than Celeborn but also became the Lord of another wooded Eelven domain in the Woodland Realm.Both of these elven lords show great poise, although Celeborn seems more even tempered based on what we see in the movies.In this piece by , Celeborn and Thranduil are leaning against each other back to back. Even in the outlining sketch, thousands of years of experience and responsibility can be seen in both of their eyes. It’s a burden only they could understand about each other.5 DEAGOL AND SMEAGOLAfter Isildur loses the Ring of Power, the next beings to find the Ring are Deagol and Smeagol.Deagol takes it out of the bottom of a river and becomes enraptured with it immediately. The Ring’s evil urges Smeagol and Deagol to fight each other until Smeagol strangles Deagol.Smeagol then takes the Ring and morphs into the creature called Gollum over many years.How different things might have been if Deagol had never found the Ring. Deviant Artist has some ideas on that front.Here, in this pleasant illustration, the two characters are cuddling peacefully in the grass. They seem just as close and content as any of the other pairs of hobbits or near hobbits we see in the movies or in fan art.4 TAURIEL AND THRANDUILTauriel and Thranduil are at odds with each other many times in The Hobbit movies. Thranduil doesn’t give her much thought other than to make clear he doesn’t want Tauriel and Legolas pairing up.When Tauriel falls in love with Kili, she confronts him about his dismissal of the mortal races. She even holds him at knife point.Maybe there was something else behind Thranduil’s warning to Tauriel not to give Legolas false hope. Maybe he had some attraction himself to the lowly silvan elf captain of the guard.In this piece by , Thranduil seems to comforting a distraught Tauriel. He holds her close to him by the arms while something out of frame draws their eyes.3 ORI AND FILIOri and Fili were two of the youngest members of the company of Thorin Oakenshield. Fili and his broher Kili were Thorin’s nephews, while Ori was more distantly related.Ori set himself apart right away as one of the more considerate dwarves. After all, he was the only one who showed some house guest manners upon arriving at Bag End.Fili proved himself faithful and true through the dwarves’ quest to reclaim Erebor. He stuck with his ailing brother Kili even as the Lonely Mountain drew within reach. Some fans just can’t seem to resist drawing these two young well-meaning dwarves together. on Tumblr has an adorable piece with Ori and Fili facing each other, hand in hand.2 FARAMIR AND EOWYNWhile they are an official couple in the Lord of the Rings books and movies, fans still love to imagine more between Faramir and Eowyn.Faramir had grimly accepted his father’s command to march on the occupied Osgiliath and barely survived. Eowyn was grievously injured in her fight against the Witch King.While in the houses of healing, the two of them grew to love each other. The Captain of Gondor and the Shield maiden of Rohan both finding love after being resigned to the grave.In this cartoon portrait by , Faramir and Eowyn are hugging softly.The affection between them is plain as day, with Faramir’s hand in Eowyn’s hair and her hands at his back and shoulder.1 KILI AND TAURIELFili and Tauriel are another cannon couple that some fans can’t get enough of, especially since the romance was cut violently short when Kili's life was taken during the Battle of the Five Armies.Who knows what sort of life Kili and Tauriel might have had together if they had both survived the battle. They could have had plenty more heroics and teasing quips, but always with earnest love.In this piece by , we see Kili and Tauriel swearing eternal love for each other in marriage. Both are dressed in woodland green with floral crowns.Thanks to a perfectly sized tree stump, Kili and Tauriel are able to stand nose to nose, hands wrapped together.---Would you have liked to see some of these couples in the Lord of the Rings movies? Are there any other unexpected couples that should've been paired together? Sound off in the comments!
July 18, 2018
The Equalizer 2 is an equally stylish sequel to Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington's action drama, but with fewer thrills and surprises.In 2014, director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington reteamed for the first time in over a decade for the action thriller , having previously worked on 2001's Training Day. In The Equalizer, Washington starred as Robert McCall, a retired CIA Black Ops agent who used his skills to help a girl escape from the Russian mafia. Between Fuqua's stylistic directorial efforts and Washington's dynamic performance, and inspired plenty of fans who hoped to see Robert return for a sequel. Now, after working together again on 2016's The Magnificent Seven, Fuqua and Washington re-team for . The Equalizer 2 is an equally stylish sequel to Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington's action drama, but with fewer thrills and surprises.After the events of The Equalizer, the sequel finds Robert McCall in his new normal. While he hasn't confronted the events in his past that caused him to fake his own death and lead a quieter life in Boston, Robert now works as a Lyft driver, taking odd jobs on the side for folks who need help from a man with his particular set of skills. Instead of being completely removed from his past, Robert now walks a more delicate line between his life in Boston and putting his old skills to work for new people. However, that changes when his old friend from the CIA, Susan Palmer (Melissa Leo), is murdered, and the men who orchestrated the attack come after both Susan's husband Brian (Bill Pullman) as well as Robert himself.As Robert tries to unravel the mystery of who murdered Susan with the help of an old friend, Dave York (Pedro Pascal), he's also working to mentor a young man in his building, Miles (Ashton Sanders), who wants to become an artist. When the building they live in is vandalized, and the garden of fellow resident Fatima (Sakina Jaffrey) is destroyed, Robert and Miles try to undo the damage. Unfortunately, the case Robert is working and the men responsible for Susan's murder eventually catch up to him, forcing Robert to confront his past and the events that led him to seek out a new life in Boston. But, even with all his skills at his disposal, it remains to be seen if Robert will be able the thwart his would-be killers, avenge Susan, and protect the people he cares about.As a returning actor-director duo, Fuqua and Washington manage to nail a lot of what worked so well about The Equalizer in its sequel. There's plenty of the brutal action that fans enjoyed about the first film and, since The Equalizer 2 picks up with Robert having reverted back to his violent ways, the sequel is able to hit the ground running - though it slows down in the middle. Fuqua carries over the stylistic flourishes of The Equalizer, utilizing the same method of showcasing Robert's meticulous nature in a fight, but it isn't expanded upon. Other style flourishes are attempted, but they can be jarring, like a few uses of over-the-shoulder camera shots that don't offer much to the action and bring an odd video game feel to the film.Further, beyond setting the fight sequences in some conceptually interesting locations, like a coastal town during a hurricane, the action can become repetitive. Essentially, each fight scene is Robert taking down his opponents one by one, especially in the climactic battle. However, after two movies, this line-'em-up, knock-'em-down way of structuring an action sequence becomes formulaic and loses the thrill factor. Fuqua and returning screenwriter Richard Wenk attempt to give more weight to the action in The Equalizer 2 by rooting it in Robert's emotional arc, which dives into his past, but it never quite strikes the right chord.Instead, The Equalizer 2 unsuccessfully tries to capitalize on the thin back story of Robert by diving deeper into his character, but attempts to walk the same line of holding back just enough to keep it interesting. Additionally, the mystery of Susan's murder sets the sequel up for a twist reveal that will surprise very few viewers. Relying on that shock, rather than building up the ultimate villain of The Equalizer 2 means the sequel sacrifices a necessary foil to Robert in order to actually ground his actions in any kind of real emotional stakes. Unfortunately, the result is what comes off as a poorly planned story meant to facilitate the action that makes little sense if you think about it too much. Altogether, the action and story aren't enough to elevate The Equalizer 2 beyond a solid sequel that stays consistent with the style of its predecessor.Where The Equalizer 2 doesn't skimp is on showcasing Robert's humanity, and Washington deftly slips back into the role of a killer with a conscience. Robert's connections to those around him, even if they're superficial, help to bring a lot of heart to The Equalizer 2. Robert's relationship with Miles, which serves as a secondary plot to the film that may be more interesting than the main mystery, provides a compelling emotional through line for the sequel. Certainly, this storyline echoes the first film, as Robert tries to mentor Miles and prevent the young man from becoming involved in a local gang so that he may pursue his dream in the arts. Undoubtedly, it proves that Washington's performance as Robert works best when the character showcases his humanity by committing violent acts as a savior, rather than as revenge - or as part of a half-baked attempt at capitalizing on a backstory that was never very compelling or well-developed anyway.Ultimately, The Equalizer 2 is a decent enough sequel to The Equalizer that may please fans of the original. Amid the PG-13 action spectacles that are typical of the summer movie season, the sequel stands apart and could offer moviegoers an entertaining R-rated thriller. However, with the story taking a big step down from the first film - which is largely the result of the sequel's villain simply not being nearly as compelling or as well developed - and the action only at times as good, The Equalizer 2 is by no means a must-see.TrailerThe Equalizer 2 starts playing in U.S. theaters Thursday evening July 19th. It runs 121 minutes and is rated R for brutal violence throughout, language and some drug content.Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!
July 18, 2018
For fans of the biggest and most heart-wrenching battle in the MCU to date, Mondo is releasing a new poster for at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. After nearly a decade of buildup, Marvel delivered on its promise of an ultimate showdown between the MCU’s mightiest heroes and the Mad Titan, Thanos. The new poster by artist Matt Taylor features every hero who fought against Thanos, in a style both dark and stunning, much like the film itself.Infinity War broke box office records and the hearts of viewers earlier this year. The film dominated theaters, setting an and becoming the worldwide. Infinity War continued pulling fans to the theaters, even with competitors and fast on its heels.Related: itself revealed Taylor's specialized Mondo poster to the world earlier today. The illustration manages to capture every Avenger featured in Infinity War, which is no small feat, considering the size of the cast. The only Avenger not visible is Bruce Banner, who instead appears to be within the Hulkbuster armor. Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor - complete with his new weapon Stormbreaker - take center stage. The rest of the Avengers are cleverly placed, their positions nearly reflecting the team ups on Titan and Wakanda. Behind them all looms the foreboding presence of Thanos.The 24-inch by 36-inch Infinity War poster pictured first above will be available at Mondo’s SDCC booth on Sunday, July 22, priced at $80. A limited time print sporting an alternate orange and blue color scheme will also go on sale on the same day on Mondo’s website for $60. The poster isn’t the only Avengers merchandise the company will display at Comic-Con. Mondo is also releasing a series of commemorative pins for $10 each. The pins will feature characters from as well as Infinity War.Following the devastating ending of Infinity War, the ultimate fate of the Avengers hangs in the balance, with no one quite sure of . Since Thanos has met multiple ends in the comics, there are many directions the Russo brothers could take to , or they could go in a new direction entirely. Considering how many characters who disappeared in the snap still have contracts to fulfill, fans can expect some of their favorite heroes to return, but at what cost? Audiences will have to wait until 2019 to find out.More: Source: (via )
July 18, 2018
Space exploration game finally offers players a look at the full multiplayer gameplay they've been promised since launch. When the game first appeared two years ago, hopes were running high. Hello Games' ambitious design offered a rich, procedurally-generated universe with millions of planets for players to explore. Even better, they'd be able to play together and leave a small mark on the game. Early demos wowed and drew plenty of attention, even as .Then the game came out and . The worlds weren't as detailed as early demos promised. Gameplay quickly became tedious and repetitive. Worst of all, multiplayer was essentially nonexistent. The outcry grew loud enough that a UK watchdog agency . Fast forward two years, and now Hello Games is putting the finishing touches on a new expansion for the game called "NEXT."Related: An advance look at the NEXT expansion shows off that long-awaited multiplayer gameplay. The trailer follows a pilot through a number of environments. Right away it becomes clear that Hello has refined the visual experience. Planets and creatures sport more detail on these newly shiny worlds. Other pilots run through the background collecting materials or jumping into spacecraft. Once in orbit, they watch as a fleet of larger ships warps into view.Part of NEXT's contribution to full multiplayer includes the chance for players to run their own fleet. They will be able to collect and command a number of freighters to participate in dogfights or deep-space exploration. They'll even be able to customize and build their own freighters and crew them with friends. While was criticized for being isolating, this expansion clearly places the priority on team play. Hello Games has stayed consistently active on the development front. The Foundation update added base-building a few months later, while the Pathfinder update included land rovers. The Atlas Rising expansion in 2017 . These updates offered some reward to players who had stuck out the experience, but the game still had a ways to go. NEXT looks to address the biggest issues fans have brought up over the last two years.NEXT launches next week alongside the game's debut on Xbox One. That version includes every update and expansion made for the game so far. With new features and a new console to draw players from, they hope to reclaim some of the excitement they enjoyed early. Before it hit the shelves, promised gamers a universe of worlds they could explore together. Now it looks like it's finally ready to deliver.MORE: Source: Hello Games
July 18, 2018
Though the future of the franchise is currently in a state of pre-production limbo, may begin filming as soon as January 2019. The sequel will directly follow 2016's , though plot details are currently under wraps.Created by Gene Roddenberry as a television series in 1966, follows a crew of space explorers who embark on dangerous missions in their pursuit to "boldly go where no man has gone before." Over the years, the franchise has continued through various mediums - including television, film, comic books, novels, and video games - and was theatrically rebooted in 2009 by J.J. Abrams, with a cast that included Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and the late Anton Yelchin (existing in a parallel universe of Roddenberry's original series referred to as the "Kelvin Timeline," on account of George Kirk's doomed starship - the USS Kelvin). Now, the current film series is trekking toward its third sequel.Related: Despite some confusion regarding which screenplay the fourth Star Trek will follow, reports that Star Trek 4 will begin production at the start of the new year. They also say that the movie may film in either the UK or Atlanta, Georgia. That said, it has yet to be confirmed who the official screenwriters will be for the upcoming sequel, as there has been a lack of clarity behind the scenes in terms of who will pen the movie. Though Patrick McKay and John D. Payne are listed on IMDb as screenwriters, there are currently in development; one from McKay and Payne (who were both uncredited writers on Star Trek: Beyond), one from Simon Pegg and Doug Jung (who co-wrote Star Trek: Beyond), and one from Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino - whose sequel will reportedly Script confusion aside, there are some aspects of Star Trek 4 that show signs of momentum. For one, the upcoming sequel is (she's directed episodes of , s, and ). And secondly, it's lined up with Danai Gurira (who is also rumored to star in the upcoming sequel/crossover Godzilla vs. Kong).Though behind-the-scenes drama often paves the way for concern among fans, this sequelis in good hands. With Abrams as producer, Clarkson potentially becoming the franchise's first-ever female director, and the likes of Tarantino interested in offering his own unique spin, there's no denying that Star Trek 4 is (to paraphrase its own credo) boldly going where no franchise has gone before.More: Source:
July 18, 2018
July 17 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s July 17 Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Dwayne Johnson goes ape in this adaptation of the classic video game, featuring the star as a primatologist who must prevent global catastrophe when animals across the country suddenly become super-huge rage monsters. The Broken Lizard crew is back in the surprise hit sequel 17-years in the making which finds the goofy state troopers up to their old SHENANIGANS. The Blu-ray comes with a Making Of doc, a Kevin Heffernen featurette and extended/deleted scenes. Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion animated feature is like a charming B-side for the director, a slight sci-fi journey of sentient dogs in an alternative reality Japan with some not-so-alternative-reality politics at play. The Blu-ray comes with animator and cast interviews, as well as several featurettes on the dogs, city setting and weather. Amy Schumer stars as a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy who awakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone-or something-begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare. The Blu-ray includes the unrated director’s cut. Paula Patton and Omar Epps star in this action packed thriller about a weekend getaway at a mountain estate that turns deadly for a young couple. The Blu-ray includes a Making Of feature as well as a production design featurette. Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) directs this hard boiled adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ book about a traumatized vet (Joaquin Phoenix) who searches for missing little girls. Reissues Originally titled “American Nightmares,” Buddy Giovinazzo’s no-budget grindhouse flick from 1984 follows a disturbed Vietnam vet who returns home to a New York hellscape just as disturbing as the war zone he just came from. This new 4K scan of the film comes packaged in a signed box edition run of 2000 with tons of interviews and special features, including a second disc with the soundtrack as well as a booklet featuring storyboards and journals chronicling production. James Cameron’s sci-fi action masterpiece in 4K comes packaged with a unique Endo Arm that every fan of the film will want to double dip for Billy Wilder’s 1963 farce reunites the director’s The Apartment pair of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in a story about a French policeman who falls in love with a prostitute. The disc features two separate film historian audio commentaries, one by Joseph McBride and the other by Kat Ellinger. New on Digital HD Keanu Reeves stars as a businessman trying to move some diamonds among shady Russian oligarchs, who falls for a strong-willed woman along the way. Charlize Theron stars in Jason Reitman’s brilliant dramedy about a woman saved from the brink of mental collapse by a helpful night nanny, played by Mackenzie Davis. Occupation (exclusive clip)Available in theaters, on VOD and Digital HD July 20, the film focuses on a town suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appear. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries, now they have arrived to seize control of our planet. As alien storm troopers cut a deadly swath through the countryside, a ragtag group of townspeople realize they must band together for a chance to strike back at the invaders in this explosive sci-fi film that grips from start to thrilling finish. (exclusive clip)A socially awkward young man (Nat Wolff) kidnaps an aspiring actress with the hope that they will fall in love. A psychosexual noir that explores power dynamics between men and women. TV on Blu-ray and DVD In this videogame inspired world, K.O. works at Gar’s Bodega in Lakewood Plaza, a one-stop shop for all your hero needs. Whether he’s mopping the floor with Lord Boxman’s evil robots or literally mopping the floor, K.O. tackles everything with his cheery, endless enthusiasm. Every person is a hero to look up to, every challenge is a chance to grow stronger and every success or failure is just another stepping stone to becoming the ultimate hero. As the war between Earth and Mars ignites across the solar system, the terrifying next phase in the evolution of the protomolecule threatens the very existence of humanity. Amazon’s series starring Giovanni Ribisi arrives on DVD, focusing on a con man on the run from a vicious gangster who reunites with the family of the man whose identity he assumes. Acorn brings this 8-episode series to Blu-ray, which follows a woman living on the Welsh coast who becomes the prime suspect when her husband suddenly disappears. The post appeared first on .
July 18, 2018
New character breakdowns for season 6 of give fans their first clues about what to expect from the upcoming season, which . Season 5 of Agents of SHIELD ended with a bang. , though a way exists for him to easily return. The finale also provided a proper sendoff for Agent Coulson, whose death had been teased since the end of season 4.Unlike past seasons, season 5 wrapped up most of its loose ends, since it was unclear for a while if the series was going to be renewed for season 6. Fortunately for fans, Agents of SHIELD will indeed be back for another season of saving the world, and possibly more.Related: That Hashtag Show has revealed new casting breakdowns that shed some light on the characters that will be introduced in season 6 of the ABC series. Check them out below.The first is a character referred to as JACO. A male in his 30s, with an open ethnicity, and a height of 6’4″ or taller, JACO is described as a silent mercenary who has both brains and brawn, who sounds hyper-intelligent when he speaks. Sounds like a combination of Ward and Fitz if you ask us.Next up is PAX, a younger male in his 20s, who is a dangerous mercenary like JACO but has a humorous streak to him. Think everyone’s favorite Lance Hunter. Since his departure, his brand of humor has been sorely missing from the team dynamic. PAX could be his replacement.BUTTERFLY is the third addition, a female in her 20s, described as unpredictable, aloof, spacey, but nonetheless lethal. Like JACO and PAX, BUTTERFLY is slated to be a recurring guest star throughout the season. The unpredictability trait reminds us of last season’s Ruby (Dove Cameron); calculating, erratic, and distant.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never had a shortage of flawed geniuses, be it heroes like Leopold Fitz or baddies like Calvin Zabo, Season 6 will have its own flawed genius with PROFESSOR L, a brilliant teacher in his 60s who has a positive outlook on humanity but at the same time is disgruntled, bitter, and a mess of a person outside. PROFESSOR L will be a recurring guest star as well.Lastly, we have an AGENT DAMON, a new SHIELD soldier who is described as being handsome, likable, cool, and funny, but unlike the rest of the characters in this breakdown, and like most SHIELD agents that appear on the show, AGENT DAMON is only slated to appear for one episode.Considering that only one of the characters in the casting breakdowns is a guest star, one can assume that the rest are either recurring or series regulars, which suggests that most of them will factor heavily into the season's main storyline. It's unclear what the team will be up against, but this information seems to indicate that a group of mercenaries will somehow be involved.As Agents of SHIELD is a part of the MCU, the series generally includes a mix of original and comic book-inspired characters. Based on this information, it's hard to say if any of these characters are directly linked to anyone in Marvel Comics, though the character "Jaco" bears at least some resemblance to the superhero known as Paladin, a former Hero for Hire, Thunderbolt, and member of Silver Sable's Wild Pack. The identities of Jaco and the others are of course open to speculation. Since no Agents of SHIELD panel has been announced for San Diego Comic-Con 2018, it may be a while before we learn more about them. Aside from the new characters, fans are also awaiting details on the status of Agent Coulson, since his . Even if Coulson does come back, . Coulson's absence from the main cast would surely provide a major shakeup for the series going forward.More: Season 6 of Agents of SHIELD premieres in summer 2019 on ABC.Source:
July 17, 2018