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Season Pass | AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Crosses the Bar

Entering into its Season 4, AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead will pull a stunt few fans had imagined would be possible as the two Dead series get closer!

Ready to rattle some cages AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead the proper spin-off series of the hit show The Walking Dead based on the post-apocalyptic tribulations of the survivors facing life and death against a growing population of hungry undead, is about to join its genre-contemporaries and capitalize on the popularity of the “crossover” event. When the new season premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 10/9C, the show will be preceded by the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead.

When it was introduced AMC’s FWD decisively pulled away from the formula of the original and was set on the alternatively left coast and give audiences a glimpse of the world before the outbreak took over. The series was also more tightly revolved around a particular family. Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) struggled to keep herself and two children, son Nick (Frank Dilane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), safe as the world collapsed around them. The family were joined by the shady businessman Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) who brought them south of the border.

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

Much of the family’s dynamic has shifted and at the conclusion of Season 3 found themselves pulled apart. This season AMC is adding a series of new characters into the mix raising the stakes and brining over one of The Walking Dead’s most popular personalities. Among the new faces joining the show this season will be Lennie James who plays survivor Morgan Jones, and was introduced in the first episode of The Walking Dead. Morgan rescues a dazed and delirious Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and inducts him into the realities of their new surroundings.

Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead has progressively darkened especially during their most recent confrontation with The Saviors. As the climax of that battle prepares to come to an end, the fate of the character may hang in the balance especially as Morgan becomes more and more unhinged. Though FWD has been positioned as a “prequel” of sorts to its sister series, it’s not entirely clear if Morgan’s joining the show is intended to fill in the gaps leading up to the time he was reintroduced on TWD or if it’ll take place after he leaves Rick and his family.

Regardless Fear The Walking Dead is emerging from out and under of the shadow of the companion show and blazing its own distinct path. Season 3 was among one of the best runs of the series so far, and bodes well for fans who have a greater expectation once we rejoin Madison and answer whether or not she is able to reunite with her kids after the fateful cliffhanger finale. The new season will also introduce Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt has series regulars, and a new character named “Althea”.

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iEditorial | Captain America CHRIS EVANS To Hang Up His Shield

With Captain America ready to lead the Avengers in battle against the greatest threat they’ve ever faced, will one of the mightiest fall in the final moments of the Infinity War?

<span class=“dropcap”>A</span>mong the many dangling participles fans can expect from the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War which is coming to theaters earlier than anticipated, is which one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may not survive the onslaught brought upon them by the arrival of the Titan known as Thanos (motion captured by John Brolin). A decade in the making the latest installment in the Marvel Studios franchise will be unprecedented in that it will unite on screen the core cast of all the Marvel films characters for the two-part epic.

10 years in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe took off with the introduction of Robert Downey, Jr. starring in Iron Man and continued with an unlikely cameo appearance in The Incredible Hulk (2008) which then starred Edward Norton in the titular role. The cinematic continuity continued with Thor but it wasn’t until the introduction of Chris Evans as the Star-Spangled Sentinel in Captain America: The First Avenger that everything started to take shape. Suddenly a “team movie” appeared very realistic and quickly came together.

Evans may be the first casualty of the Avengers: Infinity War.

The result was Marvel’s The Avengers which brought together all the established leading players (and recast Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk); a sequel followed-up and several more solo films, but can anyone imagine the franchise continuing without Chris Evans as Captain America? That’s what reports will have us speculate — the fates of several Avengers have already been hinted at hanging in the balance — but the actor who has portrayed not only the First Avenger, but previously entered into the Marvel Universe as a member of the Fantastic Four may be calling it quits.

The actor has reported that after the next Avengers film, that is the one after Infinity War he will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe for good. Evans has been quoted as suggesting he’d rather “get off the train,” rather than “before they push you off.” Evans won’t be the only star that has been hinted at not returning after the climatic arc ends. Robert Downey, Jr. apparently has also hinted that this may be his last turn as the Armored Avenger Iron Man. Downey, Jr. unlike Evans has previously talked about his exit, even teased after Captain America: Civil War he’d retire.

Though nothing has yet been set in stone, the stars that lead off the spin-offs features are becoming increasingly more expensive even for a blockbuster budget, and with the new kids on the block like Black Panther raising the stakes, perhaps the timing might be perfect to bring in some new blood and give the original roster of Avengers some time off to enjoy the riches of their reward, or enter into the afterlife as true heroes! Whatever fate befalls our favorite Avengers in Infinity War it will no doubt alter the fabric of the summer blockbuster season.

The countdown has begun! Avengers: Infinity War makes planetfall on April 27.

Poster Art Reveals an “Infinity” of AVENGERS

Fans anxiously await the arrival of AVENGERS: Infinity War and with these newest theatrical posters just released, the enormity of this blockbuster is beginning to assemble!

When the announcement was made that Avengers: Infinity War was getting moved up and its release date would be an internationally simultaneous event on April 27 to prevent the blog-world from delivering spoilers, fans sighed in relief, no longer concerned that anyone, anywhere would spoil the most anticipated blockbuster of the season. After a decade Infinity War is the culmination of nearly 20 Marvel Films, and will feature one of the largest casts ever!

Iron Man teams up with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

A cast so big in fact, it’s taken five distinct movie posters to get every Avenger, Guardian, web-slinger, panther and sorcerer supreme into the action! Every big screen Marvel character is represented and will be part of the story narrative of this two-part epic that promises to end this particular “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and take audiences into the next 10 years. It’s no small feat for sure, as the film will follow the arrival of Thanos in search of the Infinity Stones!

Many are already speculating just how much the cinematic universe will be changed; though some of the characters like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man are largely new initiates to the Marvel Films universe, and the Black Panther has only just been featured in his first solo film, Infinity War will begin right where Captain America: Civil War ended with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a state of disarray and Thor lost in space!

The countdown has begun! Avengers: Infinity War makes planetfall on April 27.

UnBoxing | Eaglemoss Collections STAR TREK Starships “Concept Ships” Are Here!

The farthest reaches of the Final Frontier continue to grow as Eaglemoss Collections introduces some very rare starship designs to the expanding line of models in the Official STAR TREK Starships Collection.

Eaglemoss Collections continues to prove a leading retailer of Star Trek collectibles and memorabilia, accelerating their lines of starship models to include vessels from the new series Star Trek: Discovery while ramping up their hero ships to the “XL Editions” which feature larger, more detailed releases of the popular vessels appearing throughout the Star Trek franchise. The initial product line of Official Starships Collection has passed the hundred mark, and has included several “special issue” variations including ships from the 1990 “reboot” feature films.

Recently the modelers have become far more ambition and have given fans the first-ever reproductions of starships that have been created outside of the cinematic canon of the series, including the USS Titan the ship captained by Will Riker in the popular line of novels, and the USS Aventine another starship that has itself become legendary inside of the publication of books. Far more enticing the recent additions of “concept ships” vessels that were imagined as part of the Star Trek timeline or introduced as potential designs have been introduced as models.

Among these new additions Andrew Probert’s initial design for the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C. The ship only made one appearance in the fan-favorite episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise” which chronicled its significant final moments, but Probert, who was also instrumental in the design of The Next Generation’s NCC-1701-D, had very ambitious ideas for the predecessor to the series’ star vessel. The Ambassador-class was always imagined as a hybrid between an Excelsior-class and the inevitable Galaxy-class, and even appeared on the wall in the conference room.

Andrew Probert’s original concept art for the Ambassador-class Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

Probert’s “Concept Design” now a beautifully detailed model that can be purchased as a “Special Edition” from Eaglemoss is much more elegant and fluid than the final model that was built to appear in the episode. The Enterprise-C that meets its fate on camera was much more practically constructed and didn’t divert attention from the show’s star — the Enterprise-D. Probert’s design for the very naturally sets in with the evolution of the Federation flagship and with its longer nacelles (reminiscent of the Excelsior) makes for a formidable starship.

The model itself is nearly 5” inches in length and excellently detailed and comes with a Special Edition magazine that provides some very unique CGI perspectives of what this Enterprise might have looked like on screen.

Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise-C “Concept” model.
Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise “Phase II” Concept model.

Phase Not “2” Be

Before Star Trek The Motion Picture debuted in theaters, the studios original intention was to bring Star Trek back to television. “Phase II” has it had been entitled would reunite Kirk and his crew with the exception of a particular Vulcan science officer, and would also feature a slightly modified and more-streamlined USS Enterprise. Matt Jeffries the mastermind behind The Original Series starship design was recruited once again to append and update the Constitution-class NCC-1701 for the more savvy television audiences of the late 1970s.

Although he wasn’t all-too keen on rejoining the family, Gene Roddenberry insisted the Jeffries be instrumental in updating the Enterprise giving the ship a few very familiar looking upgrades that would inspire the final look of the ship when it finally reemerged on the big screen. Now Eaglemoss has taken Matt Jeffries notes and given Star Trek fans their first fully realized mode of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 “Phase II” Concept as it might have appeared in a brand new television series.

Applying significant details to the surface guaranteed that the ship would look much more contemporary on television, especially given that audiences were already initiated into the looks of space ships that had appeared in Star Wars and would also appear on Battlestar Galactica. Jeffries didn’t feel it was important to reinvent the wheel so he focused on the obvious giving the nacelles a new shape and added some fins to give the starship the sensation of forward momentum. The engineering section was afforded a much more substantial shape as well.

When the decision was made that Star Trek would instead go straight to features, much of Jeffries new design had already been implemented to the shooting model. Rather than start from scratch, the visual effects team simply further updated surface details and made other adjustments modifying the “Phase II” ship to the much more familiar design of the “Refit” Enterprise that appeared in the final film. Eaglemoss Collections model brings the concept design to life and even helps to place it within the context of Star Trek canon.

The model comes with a magazine that details its evolution from concept to model to eventual redesign for the feature film. Each model is available exclusive through the Eaglemoss Collections website here: https://shop.eaglemoss.com/usa/. 

Trailer | Marvel’s AVENGERS: Infinity War

So exactly how many superheroes does it take to make a blockbuster in today’s overly saturated genre market? Well, it appears that it takes all of them at least every one that’s ever appeared in a Marvel movie in the last decade. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has been promised all along and it is the culmination of a well marketed, ambitious and well strategized campaign by Marvel Films who set out to create a cinematic universe that began with Iron Man (2008) and has come to this; every hero coming together to bring down a mad god, the Titan Thanos!

Infinity War is based on one of the most celebrated arcs in the Marvel Comics and has been teased since the very first Avengers film when Loki bargains with an alien army to wage an invasion of the planet that results in the mighty Avengers, the world’s greatest heroes coming together to repel the threat. Thanos has been on a quest to gather the Infinity Stones a series of precious gems older than the cosmos that grant whomever possesses them ultimate power. Now the mad Titan has come to Earth, and the Avengers are our first and last defense against his tyranny.

From the scope of the latest trailer, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will culminate in at least one sacrifice and when the film ends, audiences will have to hold their breaths. Infinity War is the first part in a two part feature film that will reshape the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.

Check out the trailer here: 

 

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters this April.

Trailer | FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Wizarding World is coming alive once again as the magic of Harry Potter’s world grows by leaps and bounds in the trailer for the upcoming follow-up to Fantastic Beasts.

It was obvious from the get go…author J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World was much more than even its creator could have ever imagined. After the successful sequence of Harry Potter films based on the beloved novels, such a mythic and epic construct would eventually give way to even bigger creatures. With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald the narrative adventures of magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) continue.

The trailer features the first glimpses of actor Jude Law who is stepping into the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore, the future headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Though many had speculated as to whether or not Warner Bros. would be able to perpetuate this franchise without the benefit of the more familiar Harry Potter at the center; with a startling complex and critically well received first installment Fantastic Beasts is on firm ground.

With Johnny Depp also taking a centrifugal role in this chapter, the stakes have certainly increased and the significance of Newt Scamander to the overall mythology is much more broadly explored.

Check out the trailer here: 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in theaters in the fall of 2018.