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Marvel’s Mosaic puzzle is complete!

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The completed Mosaic puzzle

 

All week Marvel has been releasing daily teasers illustrated by Stuart Immonen relating to a mysterious Mosaic, without confirming whether Mosaic was a character, a event or even a story arc. Now the whole puzzle has been completed and to be honest I’m still not any wiser.

We now know that Mosaic is related to Uncanny Inhumans (written by Charles Soule- and also a series I love) and will be introduced/ begin on the #11 issue.

Based on the puzzle I think it is the safest bet to assume that Mosaic is a new a character, and Newsarama.com had a very interesting hypothesis that the Mosaic character could possibly piece together the different powers of different heroes and use them for herself, which would explain why Spider-Man and Iron Man can be seen on her face.

I think there could also be a case to suggest that this character may not actually be a new one. I think Mosaic could be Shuri. In Black Panther #1 it can be seen that T’Challa is trying to basically reanimate Shuri after the events of last year’s Time Runs Out heading into Secret Wars. T’Challa seems particularly desperate for her to come back and possibly he will subject her to the Terrigen Mists that are floating around the MU in order to get her back. As far as continuity is aware, Shuri is not an Inhuman but possibly the Inhuman genes within her just haven’t been exposed yet?

Moreover, the case for Shuri is also supported by the fact that the lady in the puzzle teaser has a similar face structure, as well as the lack of hair, much like Shuri. Furthermore, it is practically unheard of for Marvel to create this much hype for a brand new character- at least not a legacy hero- so it could be the case that Marvel is just breaking their own conventions, or are trying to swerve us again (I’m looking at you, Quasar!).

I, like many people, had assumed that the teasers were corresponding to a new Jessica Jones series (mainly based on the stylistic choice on the teaser) and was a bit surprised to find that it wasn’t the case. However, I am not disappointed. I like it when Marvel gives a brand new hero a chance, and we all know Jessica getting a new series is inevitable- especially considering she’s the star of a hit Netflix series and Brian Bendis basically confirmed it at Emerald City Comic-Con.

Anyway, I hope, and think Mosaic is a new character and I’m happy with this- especially that she’s black which warms my heart as Marvel could do with a bit more higher profile diversity. However, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve got something like this wrong, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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Marvel introduces the new Quasar

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The new Quasar, designed by Angel Unzeata

After advertising the new issue of Avengers: Standoff! Escape From Pleasant Hill Omega to herald the return of a ‘long awaited’ hero, Marvel introduced Avril Kincaid, a brand new Quasar.

Quasar is an already established character named Wendell Vaughn who gains power from wielding powerful Quantum Bands, which are now in possession of Avril. I won’t spoil how she got these bands as not everyone would have read the issue yet and I don’t wish to spoil it.

Usually I am a fan of pushing new characters but I cannot help but feel a little missold by this revelation. We were told that we would get the return of a character, with many people getting excited at the thought of a returning Richard Rider, Phyla-Vell or just simply the original Quasar, yet we were give a completely new character. Personally, I feel like Marvel knew that fans would get excited at the prospect of one of their favourites returning and intentionally duped us.

As tired as I’m getting of Marvel replacing some of it’s most iconic or well-loved character with new replacements, I’m still trying to keep an open mind. I still want Thor to be Odinson, and Banner to be Hulk, but I will certainly give Avril a chance; much like I’ve given Jane Foster as Thor and Amadeus Cho as Hulk a chance, unfortunately to no avail.

From the little that I’ve seen of Avril, she has potential to be a good character as long as Marvel is willing to continue this push and not suddenly halt it.

On the bright side, I am glad the general idea of the Quasar is back because I feel like there’s been plenty of storyline possibilities with these powers, and can even be used in a similar way to how DC uses the Green Lanterns. Perhaps Marvel could introduce a Quasar Corps book? I kid, I think…

Nick Spencer, the writer behind Avril Kincaid’s introduction has stated in an interview with Marvel.com that we can expect to see more of Avril in the two Captain America books he’s writing, as well as an upcoming storyline he cannot talk about yet.

It would also be a crime not to mention that the character design of Avril Kincaid as Quasar is brilliant. I love what Angel Unzeata has done with the costume; retaining classic features but still amazing it look cool and bad ass.

Avril Kincaid, welcome to the Marvel Universe.

My Thoughts On: Pearl Mackie as Bill

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The Doctor and Bill

 

So here we have it, after months of speculation, the new Doctor Who companion has been cast. The lucky actress replacing the marvellous Jenna Coleman is newcomer Pearl Mackie.

Now, I’m not going to pretend I know anything substantial about Pearl’s acting career because quite frankly she’s not been in anything I’ve seen. However, the BBC did release a wonderful 2 minute teaser video showing The Doctor and Pearl Mackie’s Bill in action, which tells me all I need to know.

The clip (Which can be seen here) features The Doctor and Bill being pursued by a horde of Daleks. The Doctor and Bill find a corner to hide behind where Bill humorously questions The Doctor about the Daleks. I absolutely loved this part because it felt like a real reaction, if you’ve just seen a Dalek following you, you’d have no idea what they are and what they want- or in Bill’s case, why they have a sucky thing instead of two guns (“Did they run out of guns?”). This makes me think that Bill will be a nice departure from Clara who sometimes appeared to be a bit too knowledgeable which seemed a tad unrealistic.

I’d also just like to say that the style of Bill is just so awesome as well. Bill looks cool. Bill looks like someone I’d want to hang around with, and I totally love that.

One thing that I’m going to need a bit of time warming to is the companion’s name- Bill. I know it’s probably not going to sound especially PC of me, but stereotypically Bill is a boys name, so I think I was just caught a bit off guard. However, this definitely won’t be an issue for long because even as I’m writing this I can feel myself warming to the name and I’m beginning to feel like it actually suits the character that Bill appears to be.

Anyway, I feel like, based off of that clip alone, Bill will be a welcome addition to the TARDIS and that the Doctor Who crew had a tough task finding someone to replace the departing Jenna Coleman, but they appear to have risen to the occasion with the casting of Pearl Mackie.

I’m incredibly excited for the new episodes to air now, with an all-new companion. 2017 cannot come fast enough.

How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32: Part 2

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Fatal Four Way for the Tag Team Championships:

The New Day (c) vs The Dudley Boys vs The Usos vs Golden Truth

This match should be a lot of fun, but ultimately is unlikely to be anything particularly special. It’ll be a good match but nothing that many fans will be too emotionally invested in. This is simply because the Tag Division isn’t particularly exciting right now. Sure, New Day are entertaining, but you can’t really have emotional or compelling storytelling when all they talk about is booty and trombones. Turning The Dudleys heel was a good step in the right direction, but they aren’t formidable enough on their own to have a match alone with New Day at Wrestlemania, so I added in two more teams to make it a bit more intriguing. The Usos have no personality but are very reliable in the ring, whilst the idea of Goldust and R-Truth finally teaming up is interesting. Their interactions in recent weeks have been highly entertaining but we are yet to see how the crowd will react to them.

I’ve heard many people suggest that WWE just call up Enzo and Big Cass but I don’t believe there is enough time left to debut them and put them into a great storyline with the New Day, so I think that their debut should be saved until the Raw after Wrestlemania.

I would be tempted to put the titles on Golden Truth just because I’m a big fan of both of them, but it would be much smarter to leave them on The New Day, so the payoff is sweeter when Enzo and Cass win the titles from them later in the year.

Winners: The New Day


No Holds Barred Match:

Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family)

This encounter is inevitable considering how Brock was eliminated by the Wyatt clan in the Royal Rumble, and their likely interference in the Number One Contenders match at Fastlane.

I’ve decided to make it a No Holds Barred Match for 3 reasons:

  1. It will make an otherwise dreary match quite exciting because of all the weapons that could be used.
  2. It makes sense from a storyline perspective that ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar would want to completely destroy Bray Wyatt, so the inclusion of a more violent stipulation is important for the narrative.
  3. It allows the Wyatt Family to legally interfere.

This match is quite tricky to book because both of these men need to be booked as strong contenders, meaning everyone needs to look good in this match. With that in mind, and an eye to the future, I would have Bray Wyatt walk away with the victory.

The members of the Wyatt Family will be heavily involved in this match. They would repeatedly beat Brock down in increasingly violent ways, but Brock would always get back up and would eventually annihilate them one by one, with F5 after F5. Then Bray Wyatt would show how dangerous he is by catching Brock with a Sister Abigail out of nowhere onto some steel steps that were brought into the ring, keeping Brock down for the count.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

If Bray loses this match, he will be 0-3 at Wrestlemania, and that is a very tough record to come back from. He would lose every shred of credibility he has if he doesn’t pull off the victory here. Brock can afford to lose and will still be considered a beast, Bray doesn’t have that luxury.


Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship:

Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks

This bout has the potential to be the greatest women’s match to ever happen at Wrestlemania. These are the three most technically gifted women that WWE has ever had in the title picture. Sure Trish vs Lita, or Trish vs Mickie James had better storylines in  them, but these three ladies could outwrestle any of the former Divas (with maybe the exception of Charlotte who occasionally looks limited)

Up until this moment Charlotte’s reign as Divas Champion has been underwhelming. However a match with 2 of her fellow Four Horsewomen will definitely add a spark to the reign. However, that reign will be ending here. I’m booking Sasha Banks to win. Charlotte just hasn’t shown the ability to get over, even with the help of her 2-time Hall Of Famer father Ric Flair at her side. Sasha and Becky, meanwhile have gotten themselves over, with Sasha in particular becoming a massive fan favourite.

Give these ladies and decent amount of time and they will knock it out of the park.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Having Sasha win opens plenty of exciting feuds against Naomi, Becky, Paige and perhaps even Bayley; all of whom Sasha has excellent in-ring chemistry with.


The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns 

Yes, ‘Taker vs Sting would’ve been my original first choice, but unfortunately Sting’s injury looks to have ruled that out. Therefore, I’ve decided to go somewhere to the left field. To fully explain this booking, I’ll take you to Fastlane and the Number One Contender match. I’m actually going to have Dean Ambrose shock and delight the WWE Universe and win, much to the distain of Roman Reigns. He is tired of being unable to stay at the top, he is tired of getting booed when all he does is try his best, he is tired of being upstaged. Roman turns heel and spears Dean after he wins and then proceeds to destroy him. This will give Roman some serious heel heat.

The following Monday, on Raw, Roman will explain himself and say that he is tired of being treated like crap and will prove himself as the future of the company by beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The challenge is issued, and of course The Undertaker accepts.

Then the usual, irregular Undertaker booking would begin. ‘Taker would appear sporadically on Raw; he and Roman will brawl and they will both look strong heading into WM.

They would have a hard-hitting match at ‘Mania with Roman Reigns eventually picking up the victory. The idea of Undertaker losing at Wrestlemania doesn’t feel particularly ‘wrong’ anymore now that the streak has ended, so this match would serve as a way to really get Reigns over.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Beating Undertaker would give Reigns an unholy amount of heat from the crowd, and he’d become one of the biggest heels WWE has had in years. Reigns is best as a heel because fans aren’t embracing him as a face because he’s too watered down and like Cena 2.0. Therefore make him a bad-ass heel, and beating Taker would give him fantastic momentum for him to be put back into the title picture, just this time as the heel.


WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:

Triple H (w/ Mr McMahon & Stephanie McMahon) (c) vs Dean Ambrose

I know this sounds like quite a weird Wrestlemania main event, but I think it is the best option in this situation. WWE clearly want to have HHH vs Roman Reigns, but I am certain that the Texas crowd will not want to see that match and would likely boo the crap out of Reigns if he won.

Dean Ambrose was the final competitor to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble, and I would book him to win the match at Fastlane. He is currently the biggest face in WWE and I think a large percentage of the WWE Universe would rather see him walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE WHC instead of Roman Reigns.

After winning at Fastlane and getting beaten down by his former brother, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose will be in pretty bad shape. But, being the Lunatic Fringe that he is, he will still show up on Raw to celebrate going to Wrestlemania. Triple H will then come out and tell him that winning at Fastlane will be the biggest mistake of his life, he’s going to make sure that Dean doesn’t even make it to ‘Mania. He puts Ambrose in a Gauntlet Match for Raw’s main event with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. He beats the entire League of Nations, then out comes Roman Reigns. He beats the heck out of Ambrose and then leaves. He doesn’t care about the title, he just wants to hurt Dean. Then Kevin Owens rushes out and hits Ambrose with the pop-up powerbomb and wins the title. This gives KO, Triple H and Roman Reigns heel heat all in one swoop, whilst also making the crowd love the underdog Dean Ambrose even more.

This makes the match at ‘Mania much more personal because Dean needs retribution. During the match Vince tries to get involved but Dean beats him up (because he’s a lunatic) to a big pop. Triple H pulls out all the heel moves in the book, including hitting Dean with his trademark sledgehammer while Stephanie distracts the referee. But, nothing keeps the Lunatic Fringe down. He refuses to stay down, after tonnes of near-falls.

Eventually, Dean Ambrose will overcome all the odds and get the victory, sending the crowd wild.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

This would be great because there is a great ready-made feud between him and Roman Reigns for the title that could go on for months.

It would also be a nice moment for fans of The Shield because then all 3 members would’ve been involved in a Wrestlemania main-event.


Anyway, that is how I would book Wrestlemania. I’m aware it isn’t the greatest ‘Mania card of all time but I think it’s pretty good considering the large mountains of injuries in the WWE.

Please feel free to leave a comment and share with me your thoughts on my card, or even tell me how you would book the event!

How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32: Part 1

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We are well and truly on the Road To Wrestlemania aka. my favourite time of the year, and I am very excited this year. I think this is largely down to the unpredictability of it. WWE is currently plagued by a pile of injures to its top stars. This has made Wrestlemania incredibly difficult to predict. But, i’m going to give it a go anyway!

Before I begin, I should mention that I like realism. Meaning that I’m going to book a Wrestlemania that I think may be within the realm of possibility. No CM Punk return, no Daniel Bryan return. This also means I’m ruling out all those who are currently injured, including: John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Sting, Cesaro, Nikki Bella, King Barrett etc. On a side note, I would just like to say these injuries wouldn’t be hitting WWE so hard if they had just focused harder on creating new stars, therefore the Wrestlemania you are about to see has quite a theme of ‘The Future’. As you can probably guess from that theme, this event is all about creating new stars, so WWE doesn’t royally screw itself over like it has this year.

My card has 10 matches on it. This is rather unlikely because WWE like to waste absolutely everyone’s time with pointless segments and musical performances that literally nobody wants to see.


 

Let’s begin with the Pre-Show:

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

This appears to have become an annual thing, so it was always a cert to be on the list. There’s a few options that came to my head when deciding this, but ultimately my choice is likely to be an unpopular one. Yep, I would have Braun Strowman win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Please, everyone- put down your pitchforks and hear me out!

I would begin the match by having the Wyatt Family (minus Bray) dominating, eliminating about ten participants, probably including the likes of Jack Swagger, The Ascension, Fandango, Zack Ryder, all of the Social Outcasts and the Big Show. Then I would have Texas homeboy Mark Henry go on a rampage, eliminating Harper and Rowan to a huge pop in front of a hometown crowd. Meanwhile, one of the more surprising entrants into this match would be Damien Sandow (trust me, the fans will love this) would be doing great, eliminating the Miz to another pop.

The final four would be Strowman, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, and Dolph Ziggler because why not? The fans seem to like him.

Strowman would have a rush of adrenaline and destroy Ziggler and Sandow, throwing them both over the top rope but only eliminating Ziggler. Sandow manages to hold on and stay in the match. While Sandow is recovering in the corner, Henry and Strowman stand off and start brawling. Henry would get the upper hand and hit Strowman with the World’s Strongest Slam, he would then try and hit him with another one but Strowman would counter and lock Henry into his sleeper hold, knocking Henry unconscious. This makes it easy for Strowman to throw Henry’s lifeless body over the top rope, creating loud boos.

Final two: Sandow and Strowman. Fans will be chanting heavily in favour of Sandow, riling him up. He would try repeatedly to knock Strowman down with a series of shoulder tackles but the big man won’t budge. Eventually, Sandow knocks Strowman off his feet and hits him with the Cubito Aequet. He then uses all of his strength to pick up the Black Sheep’s huge body, and he tries to throw Strowman over the top rope but can’t. Strowman is leaning against the ropes. Sandow hits the ropes and launch a powerful clothesline to try and force Strowman over the ropes, but it doesn’t work either. He then attempts to do it a second time, but Strowman uses Sandow’s momentum to flip him over his body and send him flying over the top rope to a chorus of boos.

Winner: Braun Strowman

This gives Strowman massive heel heat and gives the Wyatt Family momentum heading into the Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesnar match later in the evening. This outcome also puts Damien Sandow firmly back on fan’s radars and makes him seem like a great underdog babyface who the fans love.


Ms Wrestlemania Battle Royal:

This match may not be some fan’s cup of tea but I think could be a fun way to get more Divas onto the card, an especially important thing considering this year’s Divas Revolution. Not to mention, I think I’ve booked it in a way which even casual WWE fans may enjoy.

The competitors will be: Paige, Natalya, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Naomi, Tamina, Cameron and…Stephanie McMahon.

The Divas will assemble in the ring, none of them would’ve been given a proper entrance except maybe Paige and Brie because they’re the only ones who may get a reaction from the live crowd. Just as the referee is about to ring the bell for the match to begin- Steph’s music hits. Crowd pops. She stands on the stage, saying how important she is and how she’s in a good mood because her husband is WWE WHC and main-eventing Wrestlemania. She’s in such a good mood that she feels like she could beat anyone. She owns this company, so she’s going to prove that she is ‘Ms Wrestlemania’. Steph joins the match.

Most of the Divas are eliminated. Steph and Brie are the last two in the ring. The announcers big-up how important this is. Brie could finally get retribution for the Hell Stephanie put her and her husband Daniel Bryan through. The fans will be rooting for Brie, as she is currently riding a sympathetic wave of momentum following Daniel Bryan’s unfortunate retirement. After a bit of back and forth (including some YES! Kicks to Stephanie’s chest), Brie manages to throw Steph over the top rope and become ‘Ms Wrestlemania’.

Winner: Brie Bella

I think this would be a great moment, dedicated to Daniel Bryan. He had a Wrestlemania moment, and so did Brie. We’d be heading into the main show to a symphony of YES chants which would be great to warm up the crowd.


Now, for the main show.

Ladder Match for the United States Championship:

Kalisto (c) vs Sin Cara vs Neville vs Alberto Del Rio vs Sheamus vs Rusev

This bout largely functions to excite the crowd and kick off the show in style, much like the Intercontinental Championship ladder match from Wrestlemania 31. This match is also for the superstars who I couldn’t find a place for elsewhere on the card but deserve better than just being thrown in the Battle Royal.

Much of the match will feel a bit like a six-man tag ladder match with the League of Nations working as a group against the Lucha Dragons and Neville, however at the end it will become every man for himself.

Spots I Want To See: Red Arrow from the top of the ladder, Del Rio doing his double foot stomp onto someone tied up on the ladder, Kalisto to do a Salida Del Sol through two ladders (one-upping his work from TLC).

I would also like this match to serve as the implosion of the League of Nations. If they were booked strongly from the start they could’ve been great, but now they just look too weak and need to go their separate ways.

I would have Kalisto walk away as the victor and still United States Champion. He’s been doing a great job recently and WWE needs to keep his momentum going, especially if they want him to be their next big Latino star.

Winner: Kalisto


Stardust vs Stephen Amell

I’d say there’s a pretty big chance this’ll be on the card, it’s been teased too much for it to not happen. These two previously met at SummerSlam in a tag match with Neville and King Barrett and it was pretty interesting.

Amell is by far the best celebrity WWE have brought in for a match. He was willing and eager to get involved and fight, and actually looked decent in the ring. That being said, he is definitely not good enough to carry a particularly lengthy match. In order for this to be a success, the match has to be quite short.

I would have the match be pretty one sided in Amell’s favour, stunning Stardust with his wrestling ability. He would then pick up the victory, embarrassing Stardust on the grandest stage of them all.

Winner: Stephen Amell

Of course, the main reason why WWE/ I would be booking this match is for the mainstream media attention it will garner. Amell is a pretty well known guy and stars in a show with a very loyal fanbase, who will watch him in anything.

This embarrassment will send Stardust mad and he’ll have a breakdown and go crazy after the match. Amell will show he’s the hero by bringing Stardust to his feet and shaking his hand. He will then give Stardust a towel to wipe the face paint off. Cody Rhodes returns. Amell and Stardust walk back up the ramp together and it is a nice moment and the welcome return of Cody Rhodes.


Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship:

Kevin Owens (c) vs AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho

Kevin Owens walks into Wrestlemania as IC Champion for reasons that will be explained in Part 2. AJ Styles will have earned the right to challenge Kevin Owens for the title at Wrestlemania after beating Chris Jericho at Fastlane. The match is set, much to the dismay of Y2J. He is now full blown heel and pleads to the Authority to weasel his way into the match at WM, making it a Triple Threat Match. The Authority allow Jericho into the match as they are too distracted with the main event to pay much attention to Jericho. Basically they just say yes to shut Jericho up.

As expected, this could be a show-stealing match, with three of the best wrestlers in the world (in my opinion). I’d give this match a solid 20-25 minutes, allowing plenty of time for these talents to thrive. After, a brilliant, hard-fought match, I would have AJ Styles win the title.

Winner: AJ Styles

This makes AJ look like a massive star by beating two of the top talents at Wrestlemania. KO and Y2J would also come out looking strong, as it would be a terrific, close match, with The Phenomenal One only just coming out on top.

Y2J would then leave WWE again for a while to tour with his band, leaving AJ and Kevin Owens to have a fantastic feud for a few months.


This concludes Part 1 of How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32. Part 2 shall be up shortly.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

 

My Thoughts On: FOX’s Grease: Live

 

The cast of Grease: Live in the closing moments of the live-TV musical

Here’s a little known fact about me: I am a rather large fan of musicals. I think it’s hard to find a more well-rounded form of entertainment.

Recently, I’ve found that TV is getting rather stagnant, with unoriginal shows, and sheer lack of diversity in most broadcaster’s line-ups. Therefore, I was grateful when I heard that FOX was to broadcast a live production based off of the 1978 musical, Grease. Clearly I wasn’t the only one clamouring for a change in the content available, as FOX’s Grease: Live was watched by 12.2million viewers, beating NBC’s productions of The Wiz and Peter Pan.

With hope and anticipation I tuned into Grease: Live and I was immediately reeled in by a cute, but cheesy scene between Danny (played by Aaron Tveit) and Sandy (played by Julianne Hough) then leading into the first track performed by Jessie J as she was making her way around the set backstage, running into most of the cast members, including the Pink Ladies. This was a great and energetic way to kick-off the live broadcast and the pace didn’t slow down at all throughout the entire production.

I would love to give major props to Vanessa Hudgens, who performed as Rizzo less than 24 hours after hearing of her father’s death to cancer. She epitomised the saying ‘The show must go on’, and boy it did! Hudgens as Rizzo was a revelation. I must admit that when I first heard this piece of casting, I was unsure, but I could not have been any more wrong. Hudgens may have been born to play this role. Not only were her vocals in ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ exceptional, but everything she did; her voice, her facial expressions, her mannerisms all encapsulated Rizzo.

However, she isn’t the only member of the cast that deserves high praise. They all do. Grease: Live was one of those rare occasions where I don’t believe there was a single weak link in the cast. It seems to me that everyone understood their characters expertly and played their role to perfection. Julianne Hough’s Sandy was innocent and strong-willed. Aaron Tveit’s Danny Zuko was bad-ass bad-boy with a heart of gold. Keke Palmer’s Marty was wonderfully exuberant, sultry and dramatic. Carlos PenaVega’s Kenickie was naughty and loving with a great set of pipes. Everyone else was superb as well, but this would get very boring, very quickly if I named every member of the cast (which had over 600 people- thanks for that little fact Vince Fontaine- I mean, Mario Lopez). Basically, the casting here was spot-on.

Lets talk about the choreography. Wow. This was astonishingly good. All the dance moves were crisp and brilliantly structured. The dance contest in Rydell High hall, whilst ‘Born To Hand Jive’ was playing, was fantastic. There was dancing going on everywhere. I couldn’t decide who to focus on! This just shows the quality and time the cast and crew put into making this whole production come together- and it all totally pays off.

Another thing that I thoroughly enjoyed about this production was that there was a live studio audience. I’m not too sure why, but this adds to the excitement for me watching at home. I wish I could explore this point further, but I really don’t know how. All I know is that I really loved having a live audience there.

I have just one problem with Grease: Live and that was the song ‘All I Need Is An Angel’, which was performed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s Frenchie. This was a brand new song, created especially for this production. To be perfectly honest, I would’ve preferred this to be left out. The didn’t fit with the rest of the tracks; it didn’t have that 50’s vibe to it. It felt far too modern for a musical set in the 50’s. However, that isn’t my only problem with the song. I felt like the song was too powerful for Jepsen’s vocal range and she just ended up getting drowned out. Don’t get me wrong, she has a wonderful tone to her voice, but she just couldn’t hit some of the harder notes, which made parts of the song sound a tad flat.

My Favourite Performance: I honestly can’t decide. A tie between ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’.

My Least Favourite Performance: ‘All I Need Is An Angel’.

All in all, I would say that Grease: Live was a massive success. I hope and pray that FOX make this an annual thing and we can see more fantastic musicals brought live onto the silver screen!

 

 

 

DC Announces new Hanna-Barbera comics

Today DC Entertainment announced that they would have a revamp of Hanna-Barbera comics later this year. 4 new titles were announced, with surprisingly high profile creators attached.

Here is a run down of all the information you need to know, and my thoughts on the matter:


Scooby Apocalypse by Jim Lee, Howard Porter and Keith Griffen

scooby-apocalypse-color-3552fMy Thoughts: Despite being young, my parents brought me up on the classic Scooby Doo cartoons from the 60s, and even to this day I am still happy to sit down and watch them because they are such brilliant and fun stories. This story however, is going to be very different from those cartoons. Judging from the cover art, and the title, this is going to be an apocalyptic Mystery Inc (with a hipster Shaggy too!). DC was clearly influenced by the success of ‘Afterlife With Archie’ in flipping a well-known property on its head. I like the idea of this new direction for the gang. I’m not crazy about the character designs but I do love the creative team attached to it, so I’ll definitely be buying this comic book once it hits stores!


Future Quest by Doc Shaner and Jeff Parker

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My Thoughts: I don’t know who any of these characters are. I am unfamiliar with them. However a quick search on Google Images allows me to realise how wonderful Shaner’s art is and how it has a very retro and old-school look. I am also a fan of Parker’s writing from his time on DC’s Batman ’66 series. Therefore, I will check this one out when it comes out later this year, mainly on the strength of the creative team.


The Flintstones by Mark Russell

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My Thoughts: I have seen a few Flintstones cartoons in my life and they were quite fun, but I can’t say they hooked me like Scooby Doo did. I’m not familiar with Russell’s work but forum members on CBR seem to have positive things to say about him, which is nice. It has also only been said that Amanda Conner is doing the design for the characters (as seen above) but not that she is doing the interiors for the series. Unfortunately, I never commit to a series if I don’t know, or like the artist, so it is unlikely that I will buy this comic book. Although, if I hear positive reviews about this once it comes out, I will likely buy in in trade paperback.


Wacky Race Land by Mark Sexton and Ken Pontac

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My Thoughts: Mark Sexton was the designer on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ so he clearly knows how to choreograph a captivating race/driving scene, which obviously works perfectly for this title. Again, unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with this creative team. I also don’t have much of an interest in a racing title, so I will not be buying this book either.


I would be buying 2, possibly 3, out of 4 newly announced titles. I would rate that a massive success on DC’s behalf. I would’ve never brought titles like these before but DC came up with interesting ideas and fantastic creative teams, making it very hard for a fan like me to turn down.

10 Most Anticipated Movies 2016: #5-#1

First of all, I would like to say how sorry I am for the delay in posting this. My life has gotten pretty hectic lately with exams and uni interviews, and my work here has fallen to the wayside. I’m sorry for that.

Anyway, without further ado, here my Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016:


#5: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue oneAs I’ve mentioned before in my previous post about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I don’t know massive amounts about the franchise. I’ve seen all the films, but that is the full extent of my knowledge. However, seeing TFA back in December, I suddenly became a lot more connected to the Star Wars universe and am now gagging to see more. This is why I have put Rogue One so high on my list.

Much like The Force Awakens, most plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but we do know that the film will centre on a group tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star.

Obviously it’d be foolish to ignore the excellent cast that has been assembled too, including Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen. Even if I wasn’t a Star Wars fan at all, I would still be interested in watching a cast that good.

After the box office records that TFA has broken, Rogue One is sure to be a smash hit!


#4: Deadpool

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As you can see from the advertising material above, this film is going to be absolutely hilarious.

Deadpool (according to IMDB) is about “A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.” It stars Ryan Reynolds as the Merc With A Mouth, as well as Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, T.J Miller, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand.

I’m a big fan of the Deadpool comic books and an especially great thing about this film is that it is clear Ryan Reynolds is a massive fan too. He has been trying to get this movie going for years now and you can tell from the trailers that he’s in his element with this role.

This movie drops in a few weeks time and I am certain it’ll be worth the wait.


#3: Silence

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This is a film about two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor and propagate Christianity. To be perfectly honest with you, this wouldn’t normally be the type of film to entice me. But I can’t help but be drawn in by everything I’ve seen and heard about this film.

Silence is directed by living legend Martin Scorsese and stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Shin’ya Tsukamoto amongst others.

So far the only titbits of information we’ve been given are a few pictures, but hopefully we should be expecting a trailer sometime soon.

The combination of Martin Scorsese, one of my favourite directors, and Andrew Garfield, one of my favourite actors catapults Silence high on my ‘Most Anticipated List’


#2: Captain America: Civil War

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I don’t think there is anyone in the entire world who isn’t excited for this movie to hit cinemas in May.

The sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being referred to as ‘Avengers 2.5’ because the cast includes all members of the Avengers films, minus Thor and Hulk. It is also being directed by the Russo brothers, who will be taking charge of the next two Avengers movies.

The story follows a rift between Captain America and Iron Man, focusing largely on Cap’s best friend, Bucky. This rift causes the superhero folk in the Marvel Universe to pick a side; Steve or Tony?. This premise alone is pretty mouth-watering, but the addition of Ant-Man, as well as the first appearances of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, makes this film utterly impossible to miss.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Captain America: Civil War is going to be an incredible movie.


#1: Hail, Caesar!

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Hail, Caesar! is about a Hollywood ‘fixer’ who has to deal with the kidnaping of movie star Baird Whitlock in the middle of filming his latest film.

It is written and directed by the Coen Brothers, who are probably my favourite directors in Hollywood right now. Hail, Caesar! stars George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Johan Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Alden Ehrenreich and Frances McDormand. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the greatest cast I’ve ever seen assembled. It is honestly shocking to see this calibre of talent in just one movie.

The trailers that have been released are genuinely hilarious and superb. What I really adore about these trailers, however, is that they don’t give away the entire film, which is incredibly rare nowadays. The second trailer was basically just one brilliantly funny scene.

If you told me a year ago that anything would stop me from putting Captain America: Civil War at the top of my list, I would’ve thought you were crazy. Yet, here we are, with Hail, Caesar! topping the list and deservedly so.


These are not the only films I’m looking forward to in 2016; there’s many more. 2016 looks to be a great year for film, and I’m looking forward to hearing about some more of the indie releases coming out of Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.

If you’d like to share your most anticipated films of 2016, please feel free to comment!

10 Most Anticipated Movies 2016: #6: The BFG

The BFGI realise that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and definitely won’t be this high on many other lists, but there’s a soft spot in my heart for The BFG. I grew up reading many of Roald Dahl’s classics, but The BFG was always my favourite, so you could imagine my reaction when I heard Steven Spielberg was turning it into a movie.

The movie is about a young orphan named Sophie who encounters and befriends the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who is outcast by his fellow giants as he refuses to eat young children. They then go on a great, big adventure that even sees them crossing paths with the Queen!

Sophie is played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill, and she I joined by a fabulous cast including: Mark Rylance (reuniting with Spielberg after Bridge of Spies), Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader and Jermaine Clement.

The teaser trailer released a month or so ago was much better than I expected. Many have commented on how it looks like Spielberg is taking inspiration from Harry Potter, and I think that’s a great idea and will help the movie reach a larger audience.

I can’t wait to feel like a child again whilst watching this movie come July 22nd!

 

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