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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:10 PM »
Agreed on the point that this was more about Theon.  That actually started when he referred to himself as Theon of House Greyjoy earlier in the episode when he was giving Sansa away at the wedding.  He's slowly starting to regain his sense of self.  But where things go from here is beyond me since things have diverged so much from the books. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 18, 2015, 11:40 AM »
The end of the episode was really upsetting.  The show has always been a little rough at times, but this got to me.  Especially since the past several episodes have been building up Sansa Stark as Littlefingers protégé, and she isn't a silly girl anymore.  But I don't think anyone was prepared for just how depraved Ramsey Bolton can truly be. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 16, 2015, 09:06 AM »
A very solid way to end season 2.  In fact up until last week I thought that Jaiying had somewhat benevolent intentions.  At least until she killed Gonzalez!  I got the sense that Rayna was able to redeem herself.  And personally?  I'm not completely certain that she's dead.  All in all I think this episode arc has done a lot to develop the Inhumans in the MCU in the leadup to their movie.  I'm just curious if Skye will end up crossing over into that project.

The fight for the control of the Illiad was some pretty good stuff.  Multiple Girl was pretty badass, but it was cool to see that there was a way to take out all of the copies by neutralizing the prime Multiple girl.  And the fight for the Kree artifact between Mac, Coulson, Fitz and Gordon?  That was pretty awesome.  But when Mac lopped off Coulson's arm?  That was definitely shocking, but it was also a great bookend.  After all, the season began with Lucy Lawless's character touching a Diviner and cutting off her own arm in an attempt to survive.  She didn't, but Mac's actions were so decisive that he wound up saving Coulson's life.

The Ward/Agent 33 arc came to a fitting end.  33 was clearly damaged and beyond any sort of salvation.  And Ward is just all sorts of messed up.  I was glad to see Bobbie beat the hell out of both of them... at least until Ward broke her leg.  The fact that Bobbie would also sacrifice herself rather than letting Hunter get shot really showed some real heart for her character.  I thought Bobbie was a little one dimensional at the beginning of the season, and Hunter was too.  But they really seem to have developed into good characters for the show.

The last few things in the episode left you wondering where things are going.  May seems to have turned a corner.  I think she's finally come to terms with what happened in Bahrain.  And I get the sense that she may be on the verge of rekindling her marriage.  Coulson?  I think he may wind up with a Deathlok type of arm.  Ward as the new leader of HYDRA?  Seriously?  I wonder where that may go.  But the biggest shock of all had to be Simmons being sucked into the Kree artifact.  That was an even bigger WHOA moment than what happened to Coulson.  It certainly left me wondering if Simmons will actually become Captain Marvel.


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Just who is Daniel Craig playing in THE FORCE AWAKENS?

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I got a shipping notification, too.  It just seems so strange that they would list Vader, Chewbacca and Dutch without any of the three Clones.  Those Clone Commanders don't even show up as Out Of Stock on HTS.

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Managed to score those from HTS early this morning.  The only downside was that I couldn't find a current coupon code that would bring the shipping costs down.  Still, $35 for three TBS 3.75" figures shipped isn't terrible.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 14, 2015, 08:28 AM »
Fox appears to be set to offer up another film set in the X-Men's corner of the Marvel Universe.  A New Mutants film is reportedly in the works with director Josh Boone at the helm.  Producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner are overseeing the project.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: May 14, 2015, 06:55 AM »
Actor Diego Luna is joining the cast of ROGUE ONE in a leading role according to Variety.

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Director Gareth Edwards has found another rebel fighter to battle the Empire in “Star Wars: Rogue One.” Sources tell Variety that Diego Luna is in talks for a lead role alongside  Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, with Ben Mendelsohn set to star as the film’s primary villain.

Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on the casting.

At a panel with Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the recent Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Edwards revealed that the plot of “Rogue One” revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters, with Jones starring as one of the rebel soldiers. Sources say Ahmed and Luna also play rebel fighters.

The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer chronologically to “A New Hope.” It’s set to bow December 16, 2016.

The cast is expected to be a large ensembler similar to “The Dirty Dozen” and “Saving Private Ryan,” but sources add Luna is one of the leads of the film with Jones, Ahmed and Mendelsohn.

Over the past couple of years, Luna moved from in front of the camera to behind it, directing a number of smaller art films set in his native Mexico. The multihyphenate was involved in several films in 2014, including the biopic “Cesar Chavez,” which he directed.

He most recently starred opposite Mel Gibson in “Blood Father” and is in post-production on “Mr. Pig,” which he wrote, directed and produced.

He is repped WME.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:22 AM »
I finally got to see the movie yesterday.  I thought it was very good, but had a significantly different tone than the first film.  The overall sense that got conveyed to me is that this is a far more dangerous world after the events of New York.  Collectively, it seems that the Avengers themselves realize their own mortality despite their super-human abilities.  And the introduction of the Scarlet Witch has brought their own personal wounds to the surface.

The divisions between Cap and Stark seemed pretty evident from the outset.  Rogers seems to have maintained his idealism and has  taken on that mantle of leadership in a very natural way.  While Tony recognizes that they've been lucky and that a fatality on the team seems more like a matter of "when" than "if".  And that did come to pass at the end of the film.  And that's why Stark developed the Iron Legion and it led to his plan to build Ultron.  As for the conflicting Artificial Intelligences?  I think that's an interesting way to introduce both Ultron and the Vision.

The fight between the Hulk and the Hulkbuster armor was AMAZING!  Banner and Stark both seem to have planned for the possibility of the Hulk going on a rampage like this in a meticulous way.  This is something that seems to have been in the back of Banners mind for some time.  He knows just how destructive the Hulk can be, and the fight between Iron Man and the Hulk really served to quantify why he is so fearful of a "Code Green" incident.  It also makes it abundantly clear why he chooses to disappear at the end of the film.

I definitely like how this film also managed to get characters like War Machine and Falcon involved.  They've been cool supporting characters in the other films, and seeing them come into their own in an Avengers film was pretty cool.  As for the new team?  It's going to be interesting to see where things go.  And based on the cast list for the next Cap movie, I get the feeling that the new team may work their way into that film first.


Also feel stupid now because I had no clue Klaw was in that movie. Did I blink and miss the guy in red suit with a cone hand? Or did this have something to do with the Wakanda/Vibranium conversation? We're not talking about that Aussie douche with the brand on his neck I hope?

That's exactly who that was.  He's going to be in Black Panther, most likely with the sonic hand considering Ultron whacked his arm off.

He's South African, but that's besides the point.  I thought his scenes were an interesting way to introduce Klaw, especially with him hoarding vibranium.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: May 13, 2015, 06:34 AM »
Yesterday I finally got a chance to get to the movies to see Avengers - Age of Ultron.  I had been hoping that the trailer for THE FORCE AWAKENS would be attached to this movie.  All told I sat through at least half a dozen trailers and then FINALLY the trailer for Episode 7 came!  I've probably watched it at least a couple of dozen times online so far.  But seeing it in the theater on a big screen?  There's just something so vastly different being in that theater setting that you can't get at home.  And even though I had seen it before numerous times, seeing the trailer in a theater was almost an emotional experience.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:44 AM »
Cool to see the Kree being worked into the series a little more.  And to finally hear the word "Inhumans" mentioned in the course of the show, too.  But with all of these Kree mentions over the course of the series as well as the MCU films, it would be nice to see Marvel working the Skrulls in as well.  But are the Skrulls tied up in the segment of the Marvel Universe associated with the Fantastic Four?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:38 AM »
I haven't had a chance to see the whole episode just yet.  But the end scene?  Just fantastic!  The Stone Men were realized incredibly well.  And the ruins of Valyria looked fantastic.  It also seems that the role played by Jon Connington in the books has been consolidated into Jorah Mormont.  And that really does leave you wondering about Aegon, too.

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So, like, is that morbidly obese Bossk up there?

"Bossk Hogg", per se?

I saw that Trandoshan and thought it was Gah Nackht with a pituitary gland problem. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 5, 2015, 06:10 PM »
Some casting news for Captain America - Civil War.  Marvel announced that Martin Freeman has been added to the cast in an undisclosed role.  And this TIME article lists other cast members who currently include:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumloe / Crossbones
Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Chadwick Boseman as T'challa / Black Panther

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2015, 05:19 PM »
Well, there was mention of the Stone Men and the ruins of Valyria this week.  I think that this is leading us SOMEWHERE.

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