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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Britney Spears - 'Glory' (Album Review)

Britney is back in business...

What an album! Britney Spears has truly delivered with her latest album Glory.

It's the perfect mix of old school and modern day Britney this time around.

From the opening track, cleverly titled "Invitation" you know you are in for a true pop gem.

While it pretty much is a true Britney dance pop album throughout, there is a far more mature and sultry tone to be seen here with Britney breaking a little from manufactured sounds. She even serves fans some true old school Britney on tracks like "Do You Wanna Come Over?"

Ms. Spears delivers an emotionally charged and beautiful guitar stringed track titled "Just Like Me". Some Twitter fans even made a little joke that it's the delayed reaction to Justin's "Cry Me A River" music video...

Thank you Britney for fighting to stay in mainstream pop and serving exactly what pop lovers are all about - pure bubblegum pop with no shame. QUEEEN!

Fave Tracks: Do You Wanna Come Over?, Just Like Me, Make Me..., Slumber Party, Better, Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes), Liar, If I'm Dancing

Overall Rating: 8/10



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Mad About Movies? Here Are Some Apps You Must Have

There is a movie lover in all of us - even if we don't consider ourselves to be a cineast deep down. Some of us don't feel like they've done it right unless they've been to the cinema once a week or more. Others look at a trailer and think "Oh, that looks good. I'll wait for the DVD." One way or the other though, even if it's just Singin' In The Rain once a year at Christmas, we all love a good film.


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For the committed movie lover, however, it's more of a commitment than just having that film that they love. Or picking up a few DVDs when they have a weekend free. As well as going to the cinema, there's always news to keep up with. A new project for a favorite actor or director. A remake of a film they loved (which will either give it new life, or ruin it forever).

If you're really into movies, then there's more to keep up with than what's in theaters right now. And this is where technology is your friend. A few apps on your phone can be the perfect companion on your celluloid journey.

IMDB

If you're a film lover, you're probably familiar with IMDB, but if you're not using it fully you're missing out. It's the silver bullet for all those conversations during a film. You know the ones - someone appears on screen and you know you've seen them before. "Oh, it's her, from that thing ... Look, it's that guy from whatchamacallit".

Also, if you sign up, you can get notifications for new projects. A new movie featuring him from that miniseries? Done. A sequel for that film featuring the woman from the thing you liked? Bingo.

 ShowBox

If you go to the cinema often, you'll see a lot of new stuff, but it's easy to miss out a sleeper hit that didn't even get in every cinema. Or you might just want to dig out a classic and watch that. Shelves up and down the land creak with DVDs and tapes of great movies. But you can free up space and make things more simple with a streaming service like the ShowBox app. From your mobile device to your TV, all the films and series you could ask for.

Location Scout

You know when you're watching a film and it's maybe a bit dull, and you look at the background? Maybe it's not even that dull, but the scenery is just that beautiful? You want to know where it was shot, maybe even go there on holiday.

Equally, you may wonder what films have been shot near to where you live or are going soon. This app lets you find out more about shooting locations, so you can drink in the cinematic history of it all. If you've always wanted to recreate a scene from a movie, it's a useful friend to have.

To people who just like the occasional evening on the couch watching a movie, it may seem excessive to take such a deep interest. But for someone who would watch Jaws 4 because, terrible as it is, it does have Michael Caine? You can never have too many movie apps.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Arrival (2016) Trailer (WATCH)

From the director of Sicario, Prisoners and Enemy, as well as the upcoming Blade Runner Sequel Denis Villeneuve brings us one of his rare dabbles in science fiction – Arrival.

When unidentified spacecrafts arrive all across the globe, an elite team led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) are brought together to investigate their purpose. Global war is approaching and it’s up to Banks and her team to find the answers.

In the first full length trailer as well as the series of dozen posters released, a bizarrely shaped hovering object is shown in the sky, as seen against the familiar urban and natural landscapes it beckons a creeping sense of ominous foreshadowing.

Furthermore, in the trailer one of the aliens have been shown to be quite like the star fish we have so often seen in aquariums– except this one’s in a spaceship where gravity is apparently self-established.

There are many more questions we can ask about the Villeneuve helmed project, such as the ink-like method of communication these aliens seem to use, as well as the sudden departure that was depicted in the trailer. But of course, the biggest question is also its tag line  - 'Why are they here?

The grand mystery also stars Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (Platoon, The Last King of Scotland). All three headliners have had a very decent track record in the past few years and Villeneuve’s distinct style may just bring something different on top.

Check out the 'Arrival' Trailer below:


Arrival hits Australian cinemas November 10, 2016.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Are The Actors In Suicide Squad Up To The Challenge Of Bringing Some Of Our Favorite Icons To Life?

One of this year’s most anticipated films, Suicide Squad has had a lot of hype surrounding it. The question is, does the film adaption of the comics live up to the hype? It’s time to find out.

One of DC’s most popular stories, Suicide Squad tells the tale of DC’s favorite anti-hero team. Made up of a gang of villains who are fighting evil, the squad is a refreshing take on the normal expectations of superheroes.

The cast is made up of some impressive names. Including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney. With such a star-studded cast, it would be only right to expect some amazing things from this much-awaited movie. After all, as these articles show, movie stars earn millions for each movie they feature in. So they can at least offer quality acting.

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Let’s talk about Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. It’s been reported that Margot Robbie loved playing Harley Quinn, the psychotic ex-therapist. So much so, that she’d love to be her ‘forever’. We’re guessing this means she’d be up for doing a sequel! It has to be said that Margot Robbie’s skilled acting was the highlight of the film. With her manic energy, she brought to Harley Quinn offering an amazingly accurate portrayal of the comic book character. Margot Robbie’s acting skills the aside, it has to be said that the movie lacked a strong storyline. In some parts, it felt almost rushed.

Acclaimed actor Will Smith, who portrayed Deadshot, is all about the method acting. And it showed in his portrayal of his evil character. Smith, who has wowed in role after role, and has a net worth of over $200 million, once again performed impeccably. He recently shared how tough he found the transformation into a bad guy and said that he used Republican Donald Trump as his inspiration. This was because he needed to turn into someone who didn’t even realize that they were evil.

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A lot of DC fans were concerned that Jared Leto wouldn’t be able to bring the mixture of madness, insanity, and evil to The joker that we’re used to. However, Leto pulled off an incredible performance as The Joker. To ensure that he gave the best performance possible, he never broke character while filming. Recent reports have said that Leto stayed in character so deeply that he scared many of his castmates. His portray of The Joker was out of this world; it was perfectly mental and sadistic, just as The Joker has always been. His performance was beyond scary, it was truly terrifying. His look would keep you awake at night.

Of all of the actors in Suicide Squad, these three offer the best portrayal of their characters. They managed to perfect their acting to ensure that they brought the true characters of their evil alter-egos to life in a very realistic way. The film’s plot may have fallen somewhat short of what it was hoped to be, but the acting was far from a disappointment.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016) Film Review

Who really are the good guys?


After months and months of waiting, Suicide Squad is finally here!

DC’s baddest of the baddest unite to fight for the good in exchange for clemency. But does it really live up to the hype?

The answer in short is yes and no.

Suicide Squad is definitely a breath of fresh air with its challenging moral dilemmas and features a talented ensemble of super villains. Most notable is Margot Robbie as the cray Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot and Jai Courtney as Boomerang.

If you had concerns about Jared Leto as The Joker, you need not worry as he pulls off a superb rendition of the clown we love to hate. His take will although certainly receive mixed views. A major annoyance is that he has quite a small part which makes it difficult to truly judge his performance.

The other major problem with the film is that the unique angle should have allowed for a different comic-film. It still in turn ended up with a weak plot that ends up being the typical fight against random baddies.

What would have worked better is if we saw a greater interaction between the villains against our fave heroes (I mean where are they hiding while the Squad do all the work?). It would have allowed a greater exploration into the human psyche and the blurred lines of good and evil.

Verdict: A solid super-powered film that turns the table on good versus evil. It although struggles to make the most of the dynamic and falls into typical superhero flare. Still a fun ride all in all...

Overall Rating: 6.5/10


Roadshow Films.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Comic-Con 2016 Trailer Roundup: Wonder Woman, Justice League, Kong & More!

It's that time of the year again pop geeks!...

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So many trailers, so little time.

Your Facebook feed is probably choc-full of first looks and trailers of the very best in epic film and TV franchises.

To keep you in the loop we have compiled every major TV and film trailer for you from this year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC 2016).

Thank us later...

Check out all the trailers below and tell us your fave.


Movies

1. Justice League



2. Wonder Woman


3. Kong: Skull Island


4. Fantastic Beasts


5. Suicide Squad



6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword



7. Doctor Strange


7. Lego Batman Movie



8. Blair Witch - Sequel



TV Shows

1. Arrow - Season 5


2. The Flash - Season 3


3. The Walking Dead - Season 7


4. Legends of Tomorrow - Season 2


5. Gotham - Season 3



6. Once Upon A Time - Season 4



7. The Vampire Diaries - Farewell + Season 8 Peek





8. Lucifer - Season 2



9. Legion



10. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 


11. American Gods



12. The Originals - Season 4



13. Prison Break - Revival

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Watch: Hailee Steinfeld's Raunchy 'The Edge of Seventeen' Trailer

Hailee Steinfeld's raunchy new comedy trailer arrives...


Do you miss films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club? 

Well Hailee Steinfeld's (Pitch Perfect 2new comedy, The Edge of Seventeen is hailed to be on the same wavelength.

The movie centres around Steinfeld, who plays high school junior Nadine. She's your typical awkward gal, but things go topsy turvy when her older and more lucky brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

Woody Harrelson also stars as Nadine’s hilarious (when is he not?) history teacher and mentor.

Watch the trailer below:

Roadshow Films.

The Edge Of Seventeen is in cinemas on September 29, 2016.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Me Before You (2016) Film Review

A touching romantic drama..


Popular novel Me Before You by JoJo Moyes has received the film treatment. But is it worth the watch? Find out below.

The film touches on struggling young woman, Lou (Game of Throne's Emilia Clarke) who has recently lost her boring cafe job.

Being the breadwinner for her entire family this forces her to find another job. Lou's stars align as it leads her to a life-changing job in which she looks after a paraplegic patient named Will (Sam Claflin).

Sam's character tests her in ways like never before, igniting lost passions and self-discovery along with bringing a brand new light to his own life.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin also share an unremarkable chemistry which make this romantic film a standout from the usual rom-com fluff.

While at times a little corny, the movie makes for an entertaining and heartfelt drama that flows effortlessy without overstaying its welcome.

Verdict: A touching romantic drama that is full of laughs, tears, and drama. Perfect for a night-in!

Overall Rating: 8/10



Roadshow Films.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fifth Harmony - '7/27' Album Review

Fifth Harmony's sophomore album is full of bubblegum bangers...

Fifth Harmony are back with their follow-up to Reflection and totally deliver a steady and well-balanced album.

7/27 showcases the girls in a more mature and sexy light with the songs touching on more raunchy subject matters with sensual lyrics, along with emotional life lessons.

That's My Girl kickstarts the journey with high energy and jolts of sass with the always amazing saxophone! This is followed by the hit single (you have to be living under a rock to not have heard this one) Work From Home.

It also wouldn't be a pop album without other famous urban stars making an appearance, with the album featuring Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign and Missy Elliot!

While it's not all dance anthems and sexy tracks, fans are also treated to some mellow and lovely little tracks like Write on Me, Dope, No Way and Scared of Happy.

The only fault with 7/27 is that at times the tracks build up steadily but then stutters once the chorus/breakdown arrives by falling  into a generic array of beats, e.g. Squeeze and Gonna Get Better.

Overall Verdict: A fun and more mature sophomore album that comes with a few flaws.

Best Tracks: That's My Girl, I Lied, The Life, All In My Head (Flex), Scared Of Happy, Not That Kinda Girl, Dope, No Way.

Overall Rating: 7/10 


Syco Music/Epic.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ariana Grande - 'Dangerous Woman' Album Review (Track By Track)

Ariana shows maturity and poise in her brand new album 'Dangerous Woman'...


We break the album down track by track individually with their own respective scores:

1. Moonlight - A nice little mellow beginning to a bop-tastic album. 3/5

2. Dangerous Woman - The debut single shows no cracks even though it has been a few weeks since debut. Such a catchy and sexy track! "Something bout, something bout youuuu." 5/5

3. Be Alright - Dance the night away to this vogue-esque classy pop jam. 5/5

4. Into You - Where is my hair? This track is EVERYTHING! Literally blown away by how energetic and amazing this track is. Sounds like a perfect club banger too!! 5/5

5. Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj) - These two together can do no wrong. This is the third time they've collaborated ("Get On Your Knees", "Bang Bang") and have again pieced together another bop. I love the Jamaican vibes, plus the lyrics are so infectious! 5/5

6. Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne) - Hmm, not sure what to think of this song. It has its moments but it's not as amazing as the album's earlier tracks. Ariana sounds amazing though but I could have done without the Lil Wayne verse. 2.5/5

7. Greedy - We are back in business! Such a cute track that resonates well with Ariana's earlier material. A carefree sunshine kind of feel that strangely makes you bring out all your inner sass. 5/5

8. Leave Me Lonely (feat. Macy Gray) - Now this is quite the unexpected collaboration! It's unique, ambitious and quite experimental for Ariana. All in all it makes for a lovely musical experience. 5/5

9. Everyday (feat. Future) - I told you this album was full of bop-tastic material. Everything about this track works, Ariana slaying with the verses while Future brings the catchy hook. 4/5

10. Sometimes - "Cause we're collectin' moments".... A meaningful and powerful track that turns things down a little. It allows for Ariana to bring out her emotional side again and delve into her past and current relationship. 5/5

11. I Don't Care - A slower ballad that channels Ariana's theatrical love. It's good but nothing overtly exciting here... It's not bad though. 2.5/5

12. Bad Decisions - Probably the most naughtiest we have heard Ariana be. Is this her first time dropping the F bomb? Also YAS at the "bad bitch" line. Rihanna teas right here peeps! 3/5

13. Touch It - Love, love, love. Another track on par with "Into You" that will leave you speechless. Why is this a bonus track? This needs to be a single ASAP! 5/5

14. Knew Better/Forever Boy - Sexy, chilled and badass. Ariana tells off one of her exes and what they missed out on (ain't that the truth) before closing on a different tone for the final arrangmeent with a new love. 3.5/5

15. Thinking Bout You - A perfect closing track for the deluxe edition. It's not often an album closes out with a vulnerable and emotional jam.  5/5

Overall Thoughts: Ariana does not disappoint in the follow up to her hit album 'My Everything' by showcasing a more flirtatious, sexy and mature side.

Overall Rating: 9/10


'Dangerous Woman' is now available to stream and purchase at all major music outlets.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Accountant (2016) Trailer (WATCH)



Ben Affleck has been many things, a CIA agent, the brother of a genius, an actor who played Superman and most recently the Dark Knight himself. Now in the upcoming feature film The Accountant directed by Gavin O'Connor best known for his work The Warrior, Ben Affleck IS... well, the accountant.

Also starring Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man) and Jon Bernthal (Fury) as well as two time Oscar Nominee John Lithgow (Interstellar) and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), The Accountant tells the story of Christian Wolff, a socially-inept math savant who works at a small-town CPA office...which really isn't all that interesting. Yet, by night Wolff is also a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organisations. Prompted by the investigation of the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, headed by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), Wolff takes a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a multi-million dollar discrepancy. A determined man doing his job, Wolff 'uncooks' the books to solve the mystery. But the closer Christian comes to the truth, the more men are laid down in his path.

The film will be rated R, and the trailer, as accompanied by Radiohead's haunting song Everything in its Right Place seems like the tale of a slightly more self-aware, perhaps wildly more violent Rainman by the way Affleck held the sniper rifle and how he may have beat up bullies as a kid. Either way it's certainly thrilling to see a socially-awkward genius, quite the usual concept in Hollywood, be put in a crime-drama setting to kick some ass as Ben Affleck.

Check out 'The Accountant' Trailer below:



The Accountant hits Australian cinemas November 3, 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Filming Tips: How Filmmakers Bag Those Unbelievable Aerial Shots

We’ve all seen a blockbuster movie or two in our time. However, have you ever wondered how the filmmakers behind these big productions get hold of some of those incredible aerial shots? I know we have! So, naturally, we did a bit of research and have the answers for you. Check out the techniques that the film industry is using below!

Helicopters

Yes, that’s right. Helicopters are flown up into the air to grab some of the best aerial shots available. Companies such as Helivision are specialists at capturing these sorts of images. They’ve grabbed aerial shots for Homeland, Top Gear, and even The Hunger Games. So, if you’ve ever seen any of those productions, then you know exactly the sort of jaw-dropping shots we’re talking about! Cameras are attached to the outside of helicopters, a special stabilizer technologies are used to keep the shot steady. Aerial film production work isn’t cheaper, however, and it costs a fair whack to get these sort of shots as part of your movie or TV show. That said, it must be worth it! You can literally fly anywhere in a helicopter - imagine some of the images that you’d be able to capture!

Drones

Heard of drones? They’re fast dropping in price and becoming more accessible to semi-pro and even amateur filmmakers. However, these are often what the blockbuster movies are using to capture some of the awesome shots you see on TV. You can get hold of a good one for around $1,000, which isn’t too bad considering the quality of filmmaking that you can do with them. Some even come equipped with 4K cameras, which is the kind of pixel density that you’ll see on cinema screens worldwide. Drones are controlled by a remote controller that you need to be within a certain distance of the drone to operate. That said, that length is fairly substantial, so you can really fly your drone up high and far away from you to get some great shots. There are other cool modes that some drones have where they can track you. This is used in car chase scenes in the film industry. The driver of the car will have the remote controller sat in there with them. Then, the drone will automatically follow the route of the car, making for an awesome, automated shot. How effortless!

CGI

Sometimes, there is no equipment behind those unbelievable aerial shots other than simple CGI. The industry has been utilizing CGI technologies for decades now in their attempts to create some of the most amazing visuals on screen. Often actors will be in front of a green screen with a fan blowing away against them to make it look like they’re mid-air. This is typical of the sort of scenes where somebody is jumping out of a plane or flying through space. So, it’s cool to know how they’re shot, isn’t it!

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at how filmmakers bag some of their most unbelievable aerial shots. We certainly enjoyed uncovering the truth and the tricks behind it all. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Monday, May 2, 2016

15 Thoughts We Had While Watching Captain America: Civil War!

Captain America's latest outing, Civil War (aka Avengers 3?) has officially arrived!

Check out the 15 thoughts we had while watching the hotly anticipated flick below.

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Warning there may be minor spoilers below.

You've been warned...

1. This is it! The film that pits our favourite heroes against each other.


2. Okay it just started and it's already amazing!


3. Wow Robert Downey Jr. looks so strange as a teen...


4. Hmmm, is it just me or is this the most serious Marvel film yet?


5. This is one insane chase scene and the Black Panther is owning it.


6. I'm really feeling the political undertones now. It really does feel ever so resonant with today's times, particularly the costs of war. The balance of protecting the innocent whilst also risking the casualties.


7. #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan.. that is the question.


8. Time to call in reinforcements and build on the Avengers brand.


9. Tony Stark meet Peter Parker... *faints*


10. I love seeing all the heroes together and being cheeky whilst fighting. This is some much needed comic relief!


11. YES! So nice to see Emily VanCamp's character more incorporated this time around.


12. Wow, is this another plot and we are already at the two hour mark?


13. WHATTT! I did not see that plot twist coming.


14. I can't breath, this battle is so intense! OMG who will come out alive?


15. Waits around after the credits and YASS! there is an amazing easter egg.


Overall Film Rating: 7.5/10

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Final Trailer (WATCH)

Quicksilver explains how his father is Magneto, JLaw makes more speeches, Psylocke Munn has way too much fun and Huge Jackedman may be returning to the X universe sooner than we thought.



The hugely anticipated sequel to the X-men universe, which is scheduled to debut in cinemas shortly after Captain America: Civil War has recently dropped its final trailer.

Featuring a top-tier cast with Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender - Magneto, Rose Byrne - Moira MacTaggert, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Olivia Munn - Psylocke and Oscar Issac as Apocalypse, the newest addition to the Fox superhero universe will centre around the X-men's battle with the world's first mutant and his group of followers including Magneto, Psylocke, Angel and a new rebooted Storm.

After two full-length trailers as well as a Super Bowl commercial, there isn't much more that Bryan Singer could reveal. From the start we're told pretty much the same story as before, a brief description of Apocalypse as the first mutant and his objective/power to slay other gifted beings to enhance his abilities, followed with a criss cross montage introducing us to his four horsemen and new characters such as Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, a newly casted Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Lana Condor as Jubilee.

For those who are not familiar, Apocalypse - birth name En Sabah Nur is supposedly the world's very first mutant (disputed by fans over new characters in the multiverse), his powers include mass manipulation, immortality, telekinesis and in general, total control of the matters within his body which allows regeneration and alteration.

In the classic X-men storyline, Apocalypse was disturbed by the arrival of the time travelling mutant Cable, who actually returned to the past to prevent the awakening of the very thing he disconcerted. Finding that mutants have populated the Earth he recruits his four horsemen and comes in contact with the first generation of X-Factor.

As Cable is a rumoured character in the next Deadpool sequel and it seems unlikely that Fox will be doing a franchise cross-over in the immediate future, we don't actually know at this stage what exactly causes Apocalypse to get out of his very uncomfortable-looking bed.

Of course, one cannot dismiss the final moment of the trailer - the claws that clearly signify Wolverine's arrival in both sound and form. Hugh Jackman has mentioned that he will retire from the role of Logan after the third Wolverine film which may very likely follow the storyline of Old Man Logan, however he hasn't confirmed nor denied his appearance in Apocalypse.

' I will say, it's not simple,' so said director Singer to Empire, 'There's something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction.

"It's not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in. It's not the only shot you're gonna see, let's put it that way.'

There has been rumours floating around that X-23, the female clone daughter of Wolverine will replace him in future films, but hey, that arm is clearly a man's. On the other hand though, we have Daken - son of Logan and his Japanese wife Istu who was murdered by the Winter Soldier in order to draw Wolverine out. Daken was first raised in Japan but eventually was sent to a training camp in Canada. As he was born in 1946 in the comics and the events of Apocalypse is set some time in the 80s, it's somewhat viable that he could appear.

In any case, we only have less than four weeks before the release, rejoice!

Check out 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Final Trailer below:




X-Men Apocalypse hits Australian cinemas May 19, 2016.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DISCOVERED: Chris Tall - 'Roller Skater'

If you're currently loving "Lush Life" then you are going to love this track...


Chris Tall, an emerging Swedish artist has dropped his brand new (and banging') single "Roller Skater."

The song which has made its way into our discovered zone is produced by the clever mind of current  hit single "Lush Life" (by rocketing Swedish pop-star Zara Larsson) Linnea Södahl, who also lends their vocals to the track.

Chris Tall himself has mustered prime radio airtime in Europe following his debut track, "Duck face" and "Time of your life."

Tall told of his inspiration and ambition "is to bring back the down to earth 70s/80s disco and mix it with modernity. There is so much anxiety in the world today, and we have to find our way back to complete decadence and self-awareness.”

Watch the music video below:


Listen on Spotify.

"Roller Skater" is out now on all streaming/digital stores.

Connect with Chris Tall:
Facebook.com/ChrisTallOfficial
Instagram.com/ChrisTallOfficial

Flamboyant Recordings.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Top Five Highlights in the New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Teaser Trailer

Welcome back Muggles!



There are a lot of things to love about Warner Bros. new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the most obvious - Eddie Remayne as magizoologist (say that ten times fast) Newt Scamander and the Harry Potter world of 1926, New York. Let's hope that David Yates - director of four Potter adventures won't disappoint us.

The newest expansion of the HP universe won't come around until November, but before then let's round up what we have - starting off with the top five highlights of the newest teaser trailer and what we learnt from them.

5. New York, 1926

So far in J.K Rowling's world of magics, we've only seen modern England and bits and pieces of the world. With a setting in early 20th century America, there sure is a lot of stuff going on. 

An old/guarded Diagon alley?



What do shifting bricks, reclusive back ways and magic have in common? You guessed it! They're all elements of London's foremost wizarding shopping centre. Obviously we're in the U.S. so this might not be a shopping street after all, but perhaps a night-pub/club for partying wizards? Judging by the way the ladies are dressed and how there's a bouncer right behind the door, that'd be our best guess.

The U.S Ministry of Magic... crime in progress?



According to Pottermore, what we're seeing here is indeed the U.S equivalent of M.O.M. (Ministry of Magic, governing Great Britain), complete with a portrait of President Seraphina Picquery. A closer look of her on the left.

What was also worth observing is a number of hat-wearing, perhaps Aurors walking hurriedly through the ministry, is there magical exposure at risk? Or is it something more serious...





A new president... and an assassination of whom?



There's no presidential candidate in 1924 or '28 with the name of Shaw (yep, we checked), so either this is actually an election for the U.S Ministry of Magic, or something Rowling made up. In any case, it looks like Mr. Shaw is in for some trouble as this black-tie event was ravaged in seconds by magic - evident by the floating people.


An assassination? Who knows, but we sure do love mysteries.

Speaking of Assassinations... is this the new villain?



In what appears to be the American equivalent of The Daily Prophet, a man named Alberto Macellarus could be seen with a wanted poster of 3,500 dragots...wait a minute, what on earth is a dragot? We have Galleon, Sickles and Knuts. Suppose we have an American wizarding currency then. Alberto Macellarus - the new face of terror? Or just a random passerby?

4.Spells!


Hold on to your hats, literally because Newt clearly has some pretty darn awesome Apparating moves  as he leaps off a building and zaps himself out midair. A pure moment of thrill.



Well hello Collin Farrell or in this instant - Percival Graves the right-hand man of President Seraphina. We've no idea what he's casting, but by the look on his face it sure ain't Lumos. But by the colour, it probably isn't one of the unforgivables either.

3. Newt's briefcase

We've seen a lot of magical tools and crafts in our time with Harry Potter, but still the fascination continues in this new era.


Apparently, customs aren't a problem for wizards and witches carrying dangerous goods that may or may not blow up the city; or in this case - a fantastical creature. Just turn your lock to option 'muggle worthy' and you'll be fine.


Ta-da! Just a typical British traveler's attires and miscellaneous items - map, watch, magnifying glass, pyjamas and.. a hufflepuff scarf?








We've seen magically expanded space before, Hermione's bag for example, was enlarged internally using a spell called the Undetectable Extension Charm. There is a law in place stating that one cannot use such advanced spell for private use as it violates the International Statue of Wizarding Secrecy. But it's clearly not the case here, this briefcase is definitely Newt's; so either this is approved by officials,  or the law hasn't been established in 1926, or Newt just doesn't give a crap.

 2. Magical Creatures

You can't have a film called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them without actually putting in fantastic beasts. Let's have a look at the two we've got now.



Die hard fans should know who this little guy is. The niffler is a british beast known for their talents in finding shiny objects, they were first introduced to us in The Goblet of Fire, as Hagrid was teaching a lesson in Care of Magical Creatures, instructing young wizards and witches to find shiny coins using these little fellows. 


Known on Pottermore as the Swooping Evil, this butterfly-like creature emerges from a small object - possibly a cocoon and have not been in the series before. 


1. Newt's past

We don't know quite a lot about Newton Scamander aside from the fact that he wrote the bestseller/approved text book FBWTFT, you can dig in at Pottermore or Wikia to learn more extensive details, but from what we can tell in the trailer...


Newt was expelled from Hogwarts on the crime of endangering human lives with dangerous beasts, something that up 'til now, we thought was Hagrid's specialty. 

The expulsion was not unanimous however, as Dumbledore - a mere transfiguration professor at the time, who should be around 45 years of age in 1926 fought to counter the punishment. A funny coincidence is that in the same year that Newt arrived in America, Voldemort aka Tom Riddle was born. 

From what was described of Scamander on Wikia, the main story of the film is his adventure in New York to recover accidentally released beasts from his briefcase. At the time he was travelling around the world researching for his upcoming masterpiece that would grant him a reputable respect in the field of magizoology, and the supposed quick stop in America became a lengthy hassle after a muggle opened his brief case... not on the 'muggle worthy' setting.

Will Fantastic Beasts triumph to bring us another adventure in the wizarding world of Rowling's? It's looking pretty good but there's still 7 months to go. 

Check out the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Teaser Trailer below:


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits Australian cinemas November 17, 2016.

 
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