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THE NEW MUTANTS: First Trailer For Gloomy ‘X-Men’ Spin-off Revealed!

THE NEW MUTANTS: First Trailer For Gloomy ‘X-Men’ Spin-off Revealed!

There’s Something New to Fear. Kick off Friday the 13th with the official trailer for THE NEW MUTANTS. The film is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) and stars a cast featuring Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik, Game Of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, and Blu Hunt as Mirage.

THE NEW MUTANTS will hit theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!

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‘DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection’ To Be Unleashed On Blu-ray In November

‘DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection’ To Be Unleashed On Blu-ray In November

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray™. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017.

Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”) to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).

The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions ofWonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The 32-disc box set will also include all five “DC Showcase” animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.

The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) will include:

  1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
  2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
  3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
  4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
  5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
  6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
  7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
  8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
  9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
  10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
  11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
  12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
  14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
  15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
  16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
  17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
  18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
  19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
  20. SON OF BATMAN
  21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
  22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
  23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
  24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
  25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
  26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
  27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
  28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
  29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
  30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

 About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

DC characters and all related elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s17)

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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‘Suicide Squad’ Delivers Explosive Action and Razor-Sharp Wit With Heart

‘Suicide Squad’ Delivers Explosive Action and Razor-Sharp Wit With Heart

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Suicide Squad hits theaters today and unless you’ve been buried deep inside of a hole in the bowels of Belle Reve, you might have heard the film has found itself amidst a bit of controversy. Between the lashing it has received from the critics and the heated debates among die-hard keyboard warriors, ‘Suicide Squad’ is primed to slip right in behind ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ as the most talked about DC/Warner Bros. venture since Ryan Reynolds slapped on a CGI mask. But I’m not here to talk about who is right or wrong. I’m simply here to report back on my experience. And yes, one could argue that I slip in under the role of dutiful DC fanboy here to suck on the perky tit of anything brandishing Zack Snyder’s name in the credits. So take this review with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of “move it along” if you are looking for a fight.

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One of 2016 most outstanding films.

‘Suicide Squad’ is everything the trailers promised it would be (a fun, action packed roller coaster ride) and then some (flick’s got some heart, folks)! The film opens with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) looking to assemble a task force of the most hardened criminals and meta-humans to act as a deterrent for when the day comes that one of these god-like villains decide to wipe out the human race. One could argue she is Lex Luthor, if Lex spent his years working his way up the Government step ladder to the highest of need to know clearances. The first chunk of the film is a nice “Getting to know the Squad” for the uninitiated. Director David Ayer treats us to many flashbacks to how the members of Task Force X wound up in their current position. The introductions are also nice because the audience is made fully aware of just how bad these bad guys have it. Also…Holy Super Hero cameos, Batman!

The film sits at a modest 2 hours and 3 minutes, but flies by with a nice brisk pace. Before you know it the introductions have been made and shit is hitting the fan quite nicely. Once Task Force X is assembled and paired up with their Good Guy counterparts, Ayer slams the pedal to the floorboard and doesn’t look back. But before we leave Belle Reve, I want to take a second to point out sleazy guard Griggs played by Ike Barinholtz. Ike brings something special to the screen every time he graces it. We all know Ike from the Seth Rogen led ‘Neighbors’ flicks and Hulu’s The Mindy Project, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ike is able to effortlessly deliver a charming asshole performance that one could argue steals the spotlight away from the top billed stars n the few scenes he shares with them.

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As for the rest of the cast, Jesus Christ, from top to bottom this cast is loaded with A+ performances. I’m actually surprised to read click bait headlines claiming that Robbie and Smith are the only actors worth a damn in this film. Of course, Margot Robbie deserves all the praise she is receiving. Robbie’s Harley Quinn should prove as a coming out party of sorts. I’ve yet to see her in anything I did not enjoy, but Margot is on another level here, folks. Will Smith is snarky and fun as Deadshot and deserves the praise he has been given as well. Viola Davis is wonderful as mega-bitch Amanda Waller. Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress is superb and she has every right to defend herself and this film. Jai Courtney, admittedly the one cast member I was still unsure of going into the film, was fantastic as Captain Boomerang. Adewale Aknnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc was nothing short of captivating. The list goes on and on. I could sit here and select fun descriptive adjectives for the rest of the month.

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‘Suicide Squad’ is now playing nationwide.

Let’s move on to Jared Leto’s Joker, the real wildcard since the infamous “Cholo Joker” still was released early in production. Many feel Heath Ledger could never be replaced. Many felt Nicholson was going to be a hard act to follow. Let’s be honest here, folks, nobody will ever be Mark Hamill good, so the argument is null. But seriously, Leto impressed the proverbial heck out of me. I found myself grinning every time the man came on screen, which (SPOILER ALERT) happens few and far between in the film. You know what? It was never his movie, so it’s okay that he’s not the focal point. The movie is called ‘Suicide Squad,’ and David Ayer is not Tim Burton. After this performance, I am so ready to see a Batman film where he is the heavy. I want to see him ripping Gotham apart in a fit of psychotic rage while Batman attempts to stop him. I’m talking laughing fish and bombs strapped to orphans here, Warner Bros. Make it happen. Geoff Johns, if you’re reading this, and I truly feel that is doubtful, make it happen…also, congrats on your success.

When it is all said and done, ‘Suicide Squad’ is every bit as entertaining as I’d hoped it would be. I can’t say that it was above my expectations, but that is only because I already had such high expectations for the film. I knew it would be a fun, crazy ride and it delivered. There is so much more to talk about, but I don’t want to be the asshole that spoils a film for a reader in the hopes that it will have a couple more hits from a click-bait headline. We’re not that hard up for hits here at Icon Vs. icon. But next weeks episode of Acid Pop Cult, Icon Vs. Icon’s very own podcast will be full of spoiler fun, so you have something to look forward to during your work week.

The Verdict: A film made for a packed house and a tub of popcorn…see it as soon as you can! Also, the soundtrack is fantastic and I urge you to pick it up, too!

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @almostgothim
IG: @almostgothim

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Ultimate Edition Dazzles!

Blu-ray Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Ultimate Edition Dazzles!

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“BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE” ULTIMATE EDITION PROVES ONCE AND FOR ALL WE CAN’T ALL BE ZACK SNYDER”

The most talked about film of 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” hits store shelves July 19 (the film has been on digital platforms since June 28), and our resident Zack Snyder fanboy Jeremy L. Morrison is here to tell you about all the goodies packed on the disc. But first, the plot…

Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known.

Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Lauren Cohen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. The Extended Cut also features Jena Malone, forever our #WCW.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is finally coming out on home video this week and I’d be lying if I said this was an easy wait since the films March 25 theatrical release date. Upon the film’s release, the internet lost its collective mind, quickly becoming the most heated online debate since the advent of the interwebs: “Does BvS suck as bad as angry commenters and quippy journalist say?!”

It is no secret to anyone who follows my exploits on social media, or subscribes to Acid Pop Cult, Icon Vs. Icon’s weekly podcast, that I loved the theatrical cut of the movie. I’m putting that on front street. But if you felt the film had copious problems that ruined your childhood, fear not gentle reader. I, Zack Snyder apologist, I mean, Jeremy Morrison, am here to ease your pain and suffering.

The “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” features a 182-minute cut of the film that has a large portion of the film’s critics and fans apologizing to Mr. Snyder. The restored 30 minutes of footage, lost upon theatrical release to tighten the film, are being hailed as the most crucial 30 minutes to ever grace the big screen in the history of cinema. Though I don’t agree, I do agree the Ultimate Cut is the superior film because who doesn’t want more Batman and Superman in their life.

The Ultimate Cut features a plethora of added moments and scene extensions that will leave you asking yourself why couldn’t a three hour cut exist from the start. I understand it all comes down to dollars and cents, and perhaps the added 30 minutes would leave a lot of casual cinema-goers skeptical on making the trek to check out the film, but the Ultimate Cut has a fast pace to go along with a jaw-dropping spectacle. If you had a dirty taste in your mouth after leaving the cinema, grab some Scope and wash out your kisser.

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Everything the average hater felt was wrong with the film is properly spoon fed in this cut. Did you feel like Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane didn’t have enough going on? Fixed. Featured in the 30 minutes are a well fleshed-out plot showcasing Kent and Lane walking the beat, reporting on social injustices, and figuring out what Luthor is up to. Were you spellbound by Batman’s ability to punch crime in the face like a comic book or video game come to life? Me too! In the extended cut you get added moments of Batman taking out villains like a 20-year veteran. And to add a little something, Snyder and his post department went in and gave us added blood effects, which is pretty sweet. When I envision Batman firing his grappling gun into a shipping crate and launching it into some dummy thug, you’re damn right I want a bloody smear across the wall as said thug falls limp to the ground.

Another fix to the film is Lex Luthor’s already crystal clear plot to take down Superman and Batman by pitting them against each other in battle while he attempts to secure his place as the world’s leader in security. Found within these minutes you’ll see a few more ways he has set out to accomplish this, which is cool because it really beefs up Callan Mulvey’s screen time. In case it wasn’t clear from the theatrical cut, Mulvey plays Anatoli Knyazev, Luthor’s top enforcer and flamethrower aficionado. Knyazev has extended scenes here, most notably in the opening of the film as he and his dummy thugs stage the desert to look like Superman went all Heat Vision happy on innocent terrorists. You’ll also see some CGI bloodflowers. A bloodflower, for the uninitiated, is that crimson spray you see after someone gets hit with a bullet.

And then we come to Jena Malone. Nothing had me happier than seeing Ms. Malone grace the screen for a few short scenes and she was not only NOT Barbara Gordon, she wasn’t Carrie Kelley Robin either. I may sound like a dick here, but for over a year every gossip rag and mouthbreather has weighed in on Malone’s role because they want clicks and shares as they are the first to spoil plot points. You were all wrong and I loved it. Jena actually plays Jenet Klyburn and is more of a DC Comics Easter Egg you won’t get until you see her name in the credits. Jenet comes along at the right time to help Lois figure out what Lex has up his sleeve as she explains some exposition to the audience.

I don’t want to continue to drone on (too late!) about the differences between the two cuts. That has been done a bunch by every other geek site once the film hit digital platforms. Let’s get into the meat and potatoes here, folks. Why you should pick up the three disc set is pretty simple: Bonus content, baby! Here is what you can find on the Ultimate Edition, along with some thoughts to go along with them.

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THE BONUS FEATURE BREAKDOWN:

UNITING THE WORLD’S FINEST – Glimpse the future of DC’s bold new cinematic superheroes. — Hands down the coolest feature on the disc, Uniting the World’s Finest is packed with BTS footage from not only BvS, but new BTS and footage from “Suicide Squad” (Aug. 5) and “Wonder Woman” (2017).

GODS AND MEN: A MEETING OF GIANTS – Become a witness to history as you discover how everything in Batman and Superman’s pasts led up to this ultimate, epic showdown. — Here cast members, DC CCO Geoff Johns, Producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, Director Zack Snyder, and a handful of others breakdown more than 75 years of Batman and Superman’s past and what led the creative team to finally bring these titans of comics to the big screen, including some wonderful BTS footage of the two filming their first scene together.

THE WARRIOR, THE MYTH, THE WONDER – Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman. — Patty Jenkins (director, “Wonder Woman”) and others talk about Wonder Woman’s social impact over the course of 75 years as well as a fascinating look into the creators of the iconic character.

ACCELERATING DESIGN: THE NEW BATMOBILE – Batman’s newest ride is sleek, tough, loud and fast as hell. Host Sal Masekela goes under the hood of the celebrated vehicle, then puts rubber to the road. — I’m no gearhead, but who doesn’t want a Batmobile?! Sal Masekela joins Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos, Specialty Vehicles/Batmobile Designer Dennis McCarthy, and their crew as they showcase what went into the creation of one of, if not the greatest, cinematic Batmobile to date. If that’s not cool enough, Stuntman Mike Justus coaches Sal as he takes the iconic vehicle out for a spin.

SUPERMAN: COMPLEXITY & TRUTH – Experience the transformation as Henry Cavill goes from earnest journalist in glasses and tweeds to a powerful godlike being in a streamlined caped costume. — Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder and others talk about the challenges of bringing Clark Kent/Superman to the big screen for the second time, as well as his look for BvS and how, through movie magic, the right stuntman can make you look like a god.

BATMAN: AUSTERITY & RAGE – From cape to cowl and from rugged body armor to carefully-tailored suits, Batman’s outer gear perfectly camouflages and expresses the fury that simmers within. — Zack and Deborah Snyder, Ben Affleck, and Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson break down Bruce Wayne/Batman’s look. Then Property Master Doug Harlocker shows us the new gadgets Batman has to play with and Stuntman Richard Cetrone breaks down his fighting styles. Oh, and abs, ladies. ABS!

WONDER WOMAN: GRACE & POWER – From her gladiator-influenced costume to her shield and sword, she is the mortal incarnation of a warrior goddess. — Gal Gadot, Deborah Snyder and DP Larry Fong bring us up to speed with what it felt like filming this iconic character. Then Cast Trainer Mark Twight and Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator Damon Caro talk about getting Gal into peak Amazonian shape and what goes into her fighting style. Also worth a look is how much detail went into her costume and weapons.

BATCAVE: LEGACY OF THE LAIR – Nature and technology exist side by side in Batman’s breathtaking and modernistic subterranean digs. — The ultimate hideout, I’ve always wanted one of my own. Here Patrick Tatopoulos takes us from the sculpture to set, then walks us through showing off gadgets galore.

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THE MIGHT AND THE POWER OF A PUNCH – A dynamic and illustrative look at the power, physics and fascinating details making the battle between Batman and Superman formidable. — An interesting look at the science behind the movie, breaking down just how plausible the third act fight is. Y’know, if they were real people.

THE EMPIRE OF LUTHOR – Dive deeper into the inception of an entirely new interpretation of Lex Luthor, including an examination of his storied history in the comics and what makes him tick. — Here, Jesse Eisenberg, Zack Snyder and others discuss what went into creating a new Lex Luthor for today’s audience. For once it isn’t about real estate. Be happy, trolls.

SAVE THE BATS – Learn how the cast and crew gave back to the environment and brought awareness to a very real ecological problem. — A wonderful organization. For more info go here: savebats.org

SUBTITLES – English (for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), French, Spanish, Portuguese.

AUDIO – English, English Descriptive Audio, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
An impressive bonus selection for sure. Although, I was a little bummed we didn’t get a feature on Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s score. And I would have loved a Maximum Movie Mode, but it’s understandable Zack Snyder and Co. are a little busy filming “Justice League” at the moment.

THE VERDICT: When it’s all said and done, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultimate Edition is rich with content in a day and age where discs are shipped out bare bones, save for a few companies that pick up a cult flick, interview the cast or director and throw out a new edition of the same tired release packaged with a new poster to make you sink in those preorder dollars as soon as it’s announced.

At the end of the day if you loved the theatrical cut, you’ll adore the ultimate cut. If you hated the theatrical cut, you’ll probably think the new cut is a good flick. I, however, urge you to take the chance. If anything all the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Cut,” like the “Unrated Cut of Dawn of the Dead,” the “Extended Cut of Sucker Punch,” “The Director’s Cut of Watchmen” has proven: Zack Snyder is a helluva filmmaker, and … We Can’t All Be Zack Snyder.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition hits Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD on July 19 and is available on Digital HD now!

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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We Watched ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Super-heroic Hit!

We Watched ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Super-heroic Hit!

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., continue their winning streak this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on Zack Snyder’s, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ which stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and more. Give this dynamic duo a follow and marvel at their online antics on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She Said: I Googled it so I would get this right. Hank and I recently bore witness to the Ultimate Edition of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” I hadn’t seen the original film and, of course, Hank saw it already along with scores of others geeked out for the war between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. So, he was steamed up to get an extra 30 minutes of … I’m not sure what … sweet, hot action?
I’ve been described as out of touch so I sometimes feel an urge to view popular blockbusters that have folks passionately arguing one way or the other. Sometimes. Usually I’m disappointed with these popular flicks but at least I attempt to reach through my personal space bubble into society and touch something relevant.
Reach out and touch … Henry Cavill. Yes, it didn’t hurt Hank’s chances of watching this film with a friend (me!) when he mentioned this beautiful creature would be adorning the screen and, later, my dreams and possibly nightmares. I’ll take what I can get.

So, the movie. The plot was for people with a stake in this Batman, Superman, superhero universe. I got the gist but it’s not worth a detailed rehash. Quickly, Superman ain’t so popular anymore because he battled bowl cut Zod and made the city look like a ruin. “Eat My Wake Metropolis.”

A lot of crap happened. Superman stinks. He floods apartments while trying to make sweet, sweet love to a Plain Jane Lois Lane and blows shit and people up. Homey don’t play that.

Jesse Eisenberg is the worst. Lucky for him the character he’s playing, Lex Luthor, is the worst. Way to play yourself.

It took me a bit to forget dopey Ben Affleck and believe in rich, dark, troubled Bruce Wayne but I did. Gal Gadot and her accent made a fetching Wonder Woman, definitely trumping Amy Adams. Blah blah blah I checked out at 1:11:42.
Too much was going on that I didn’t care about. If you are a fan of Batman or Superman I am sure you will enjoy this movie. The end.

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He Said: My time is precious, so I implemented a rule when it comes to movies – I’ll only watch a movie more than once if I really loved it, and usually no more than twice. A third viewing is high praise from me, and an honor I’ve bestowed upon “Batman v. Superman – Dawn of Justice.” Of course, I’m counting the theatrical release and the recently released “Ultimate Edition” as the same movie.

Batman v Superman_Dawn of Justice 3D Box ArtIf you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen the movie (it made damn near a billion dollars, after all), but to briefly rehash the story, Bruce Wayne/Batman is pissed at Superman for destroying Metropolis and killing scores of innocents during his fight with Zod and the other Kryptonians at the end of “Man of Steel,” and is also fearful of an alien he doesn’t understand. He’s not alone – plenty of other people are pissed off at Superman, including Congress, who want Superman to answer for what he’s done. Of course, many other people see Superman as a god (as his biological father predicted). This doesn’t sit well with crazy Lex Luthor, who’s pissed and stirring panic and experimenting on the Kryptonian technology recovered by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, Clark Kent/Superman is understandably pissed so many people hate him. And Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is pissed because Luthor has information on her proving she’s a metahuman. Basically, everyone’s pissed, which builds to Superman and Batman throwing down in an epic clash. Ultimately, Batman realizes he was wrong about Superman and the two team up with Wonder Woman to take on Doomsday, a Kryptonian Frankenstein’s monster made from Zod’s corpse and Luthor’s blood.

The Ultimate Edition adds about 30 minutes of extra footage. Most of the scenes give Clark and Lois more to do in their day jobs, which is fine. There’s a scene at the end of Steppenwolf, who’s rumored to be the main villain in next year’s “Justice League.” There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering, though it is the definitive way to watch the movie. It reminds me of the director’s cut of “Aliens” in that way.

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A battle for the ages.

I was initially skeptical of the decision to make BvS the sequel to “Man of Steel.” After Marvel spent five films building to “The Avengers,” it seemed like DC was rushing to get to “Justice League.” But the story makes sense given the events of its predecessor, and its conclusion sets up “Justice League” perfectly. Plus, characters like the Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Green Lantern aren’t as well-known to the general public as many of Marvel’s characters, so it makes sense to tether them to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman before sending them out on their own. So far, the casting of the main characters has been perfect (I especially loved Affleck as Batman and Bruce Wayne, which is not an easy feat to pull off). If the new characters are cast just as well, they’ll generate more of a draw for their standalone movies. Ezra Miller is already getting strong buzz for his performance as the Flash and Jason Momoa looks like a legit Aquaman (sorry Vinnie Chase).

While I can’t say the movie is perfect, I was baffled by the criticism it received. I can’t think of another movie of this magnitude that was so unfairly criticized. I’m not one to spout conspiracy theories about critics and their agendas, but I can’t help but wonder what movie some of these people were watching. Oh well, there’ll be more popcorn and beer for me when I watch it again.

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We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., are back in the mix this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on the hottest date movie in America, ‘Deadpool.’ If are picking up what they are putting down or can smell what there are stepping in, follow the online ramblings of the dynamic duo on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She said: We watched “Deadpool” recently. Before firing up the 108-minute film, I knew people had their panties in a twist over the Marvel superhero. Hank explained some background information and I kind of remember what he said – Deadpool was in a movie or something but his character wasn’t portrayed well. He’s different from other superheroes because he’s a dirty birdy and not quite a good guy. So, I refilled my wine glass and we dove in for my first viewing and Hank’s second.

Ryan Reynolds is not the Green Lantern, he is Deadpool, a gross-faced, darker Van Wilder. Like if Van Wilder got his shit together and joined the military after college then became a mercenary but stayed snarky and raunchy. His face looks like a burnt Ferengi without the Elephant Man features. He has accelerated healing powers but can’t heal his crispy KFC skin.

'Dead pool' is for lovers.

‘Deadpool’ is for lovers.

The movie is over-the-top and ridiculous, but it seems like that’s the point. Before becoming Deadpool, Wade Wilson has a hot-to-trot but tough-as-nails girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin. It’s all lovey dovey and jacking stalkers until he finds out he has terminal cancer – he collapses after proposing to his lady love. Wade is approached by a mystery man from a mystery corporation who says he can cure his cancer. He leaves his lady and lets them go to town on his body – I guess if you have nothing to lose then why not? Cue Ajax and Angel Dust – not names of meth heads or characters in “Twisted Metal” but actually artificially-mutated bad guys.

So, long story short Wade mutates and has super powers but looks like a pasty-white girl who fell asleep on the beach all afternoon drunk off Malibu. Ajax says he has the cure (I always thought Robert Smith did), Wade believes him because why not? Ajax injures him and leaves but Wade just ain’t gonna go out like no punk.
He won’t face his woman because his face looks like a pizza. I told Hank if he ever gets disfigured, I will always love him. Please just come to me with your fugly, face of nightmares.

So, Wade’s gonna find himself some Ajax. With help from his friend Weasel (T. J. Miller), who is a bartender to mercenaries, Wade becomes Deadpool, wears an intricate, masked wet suit and starts tearing shit up looking for the dish soap man. He also lives with a horny old blind woman named Blind Al. Then a whole bunch of other stuff happens – if you’re still with me and haven’t watched the movie then watch it and find out for yourself. This ain’t Wikipedia.

Deadpool is the ridiculous, anti-hero X-Man, the one who embarasses Colossus (a big, shiny, weirder, sterling silver goodie two-shoes T-1000) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (whatever the hell that means because she’s definitely an emo Sinead O’Connor), who want him to join their little team. Deadpool is a nice change of pace for the other superheroes I’ve seen in films or heard Hank talk about with his cohorts.

If you are really into comic books and/or all this superhero stuff, I understand why you’re excited. I’m not really into anything other than alcohol and being left alone so I don’t get it but that’s fine. For those who aren’t way deep into crusaders or maybe have promised their life to someone who is, it’s an entertaining film. It’s ridiculous, hilarious and a great escape.

We live in a society where grown men are obsessed with superheroes. Fake characters draped in spandex and mystery. Deadpool makes fun of that. I was a few glasses of wine deep at the end of the film and typically by then my blood alcohol levels causes me to turn on the characters but I still liked Mr. Pool, mocker of Superheroes.

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He said: I don’t know what Mama Price is talking about. I thought we were watching “The Dead Pool.” Jim Carrey singing “Welcome to the Jungle.” Clint Eastwood shooting Qui Gon Jinn with a spear gun. Make my day.
Anyhow, I recently watched that other similarly-titled movie, “Deadpool,” for the second time. This movie is a redemption for the character, having been horribly portrayed in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009. Thanks to the rebooted timeline in the X-Men universe with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the slate was wiped clean, allowing Ryan Reynolds to do justice to the Merc With a Mouth. Not only did Reynolds and 21st Century Fox redeem themselves, Deadpool may be Reynolds’ signature role.

'Deadpool' is available everywhere now.

‘Dead pool’ is available everywhere now.

Mama Price summed up the plot pretty well. Mercenary with a heart of gold meets badass hot chick, falls in love, gets cancer, undergoes experimental treatment that’s really designed to create super slaves, is hideously deformed, super powered and left for dead, then goes on a hilariously bloody rampage to find the man responsible and cure his deformity. Of all the current-gen Marvel films, Deadpool is one of the best because it perfectly captures the essence of the character, which is no small feat given the copious violence and fourth-wall breaking for which Deadpool is known. The filmmakers wisely rely on Reynolds’ comedic and physical skills, tailor-made for the character, and don’t try to shoehorn too much into the story. With the exception of Loki, most of Marvel’s films have notoriously under-developed villains, and Deadpool is no exception. However, it works to the movie’s benefit here, allowing Deadpool and his gags to take center stage for the bulk of the film.

Like all Marvel films, Deadpool has a teaser at the very end of the credits which sets up the sequel (and promises a Marvel fan favorite character), but it’s done in a genius way that will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is Fox’s attempt at creating a larger “X-Men” universe similar to what Disney is doing with the “Avengers” crew, I am really curious to see how it plays out. It’s hard to see Deadpool mixing with the current crop of X-Men films, but I said the same thing about Disney’s characters before I saw “The Avengers.” Fox upped the violence factor since Deadpool, with some brutal scenes in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the upcoming “Wolverine” installment rumoured to be R-rated, so we may be seeing an R-rated “X-Force” with Deadpool, Cable, Wolverine, and friends before too long. If Reynolds can be the RDJ of the Fox Marvel universe, comic book movie fans like me have a lot to be excited about.

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Kill Some Time Waiting For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ With 8-Bit X-Men Video Games!

Kill Some Time Waiting For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ With 8-Bit X-Men Video Games!

20th Century Fox has created an awesome a throwback to 1980’s arcade classics with their Retro X: Arcade! The games are ‘Mutant All-Stars Track & Field,’ ‘Mutant Conquest’ and ‘Revenge of Hero X.’ Check out the box covers for each of the games below and be sure to head to SpacePortArcade.com to check out the games and see X-Men: Apocalypse, in theaters May 27th!

Mutant All-Stars Track & Field

Mutant Conquest

Revenge of Hero X

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE – Check Out The Final Action-Packed Trailer For The Film!

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE – Check Out The Final Action-Packed Trailer For The Film!

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20th Century Fox has released a brand NEW trailer for X-MEN: APOCALYPSEAs the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and the Four Horseman. Check out the trailer below and get ready for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in theaters May 27, 2016!

Tune in for your chance to chat LIVE with the cast of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Follow along on Twitter at @XMenMovies today! #AskXMen

SYNOPSIS: Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Official Channels

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE – Check Out The Explosive New Trailer For The Upcoming Film!

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE – Check Out The Explosive New Trailer For The Upcoming Film!

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20th Century Fox has released a brand NEW trailer for X-MEN: APOCALYPSECheck out the trailer below, and get another look at Director Bryan Singer’s new X-Men film starring, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE arrives in theaters May 27, 2016!

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DEADPOOL Brings Christmas Joy With A New Red and Green Band Trailer!

DEADPOOL Brings Christmas Joy With A New Red and Green Band Trailer!

deadpool-christmas-2015Are you in need of holiday cheer? Rejoice! For #Deadpool’s all new trailer is here!

It’s Christmas Day, when Deadpool decorates
with trailers Red & Green.
One that’s “nice” and one that’s “naughty”
(the way it’s meant to be seen).

DEADPOOL hits theaters everywhere on February 12, 2016!

Synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

DEADPOOL Official Channels
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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/deadpoolmovie
INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/DeadpoolMovie/
PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/DeadpoolMovie/
OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #Deadpool

Directed by Tim Miller, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

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