It wasn’t that long ago that DC had a lock on the comic book movie world. That all changed when Michael Keaton left the Batman franchise, which then dissolved into a world of pratfalls and spit takes. Marvel swept in and conquered the film world with its X-Men and Spiderman films. Though DC eventually bounced back with a new Batman series, Marvel jumped ahead with Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers and other films. Warner Bros. recently announced that it would release a number of DC films that would compete with the upcoming Marvel releases.

Though DC has nothing in the works for 2015, it does have the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice set for release in 2016. That film will introduce a new Batman and Wonder Woman to audiences. Wonder Woman will star in her own movie in 2017, and Warner plans to follow that up with its Justice League film. In addition to Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, the film will likely feature Flash and Aquaman on the timeline, among others.

While Marvel told origin stories before bringing characters into larger films, Warner wants to do things the opposite way. While Superman received his own film and Wonder Woman will receive one before Justice League, both Aquaman and Flash will receive their own standalone films later. Set for release in 2018, those films likely follow the events of the Justice League film and lead up to the story told in its sequel. Warner has plans for several other films in the DC Universe that will land in theaters from now through the end of 2020, making it clear that it wants to compete with Marvel.

Earlier this year, Marvel Studios announced they would move forward with a Doctor Strange movie. The studio quickly chose a director, Scott Derrickson (Sinister), and a writer, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

Marvel has even penciled in a release date of July 2016 for the movie. The studio’s 2016 summer movie season will be opened by Captain America 3 in May, with Doctor Strange the mid-summer film in the staggered release template they’ve perfected.

What the movie doesn’t have yet is Stephen Strange. Marvel has yet to find an actor for the leading role.

Over the summer, Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was nearly chosen, but the negotiations eventually fell apart. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has previously stated the film doesn’t require a bona fide movie star, but the list of candidates carries significant box office punch. Names rumored to be on the shortlist include: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Igor Cornelsen.

The name gaining the most traction recently is Ewan McGregor. Reports indicate McGregor is being considered by the studio and the actor is researching the character. The Scot is no stranger to the genre, having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels.

The job will require a multi-film commitment, as the mystical superhero is a major character in the comic book universe and will likely be part of the foundation for future Marvel movie phases. Production on Doctor Strange is scheduled to begin in May 2015.

It’s Halloween time, and if you’re like me, that means watching some horrible horror movies to ring in the season. Great horror movies are fun, and I do like to be scared. But you just can’t beat the look and feel of a truly awful 80’s era horror flick.

With the help of Jared Haftel we’ve crafted a list that are all absolutely must watch films. Here are a few of the best awful horror movies that I definitely recommend watching for this holiday season:

  1. Troll 2

This is probably the worst of the three. First, this is not a sequel, this is a stand alone movie. There also aren’t any trolls in this movie. This is actually a film about goblins that stalk humans and turn them into plants that they can consume. Yup…so bad it’s good.

  1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch

The only Halloween movie not to feature Michael Myers, and was supposed to kick off a new theme for the series. When Halloween III was made, the idea was for the franchise to be about the holiday, with different things happening that revolve around Halloween. But, that resulted in this festering pile of film crap, so that plan was quickly scrapped and Myers was brought back for 4.

  1. Sharknado 1 & 2

These absolutely have to be seen. Although in fairness to the other two movies on the list, Sharknado was never meant to be good. This was always meant to be a series of films that are so awful, they’re awesome.

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As details become more known, the legend will continue to grow. Winning a championship on any continent is noteworthy in and of itself. To emerge the victor despite being battered to a pulp is another thing all together. Fans from his native country and around the world were witness to the physical toll that our hero went through. The opposition threw everything they had at him but in the end it was not enough. What was the collateral damage that an international rugby star went through on the road to an NRL grand final victory?

Known as one of the most intense sports in the world, rugby combines high paced action with bone crushing contact. This is exactly what befell Sam Burgess in the initial moments of the final. The opening tackle contained such brute force that some medical professionals stated that he risked blindness going forward. This is exactly what he did as not only did he finish the game but he terminated the 43 year title drought for the Rabbitohs. Winner’s medal adorning his chest, he was soon off to the hospital after the title win.

Fortunately for him, he did seek medical attention. As the rush wore off, the pain flared in. Tweeting from his bed, he stated that he would have a plate put in his face. This quick hitting message could make the staunchest of us squeamish. Not one but two orbital fractures of the eye socket were present. A full recovery is expected. Facing months of rehab time, our hero indicated that he would do the same thing all over again.

 

Marriott International recently got itself into some high-tech trouble for preventing its guests from using their Wi-Fi units. As a result, the famed hotel chain has agreed to pay a fine and promised not to repeat its actions.

The trouble arose at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is located in Nashville, Tenn., and is managed by Marriott. Accomplished with jamming equipment, the interference with Wi-Fi service was imposed on organizers and exhibitors of a conference that was taking place in a ballroom, but not on regular guests.
This action forced those who had not purchased rooms to pay between $250 and $1,000 to use the hotel’s Internet connection. Hotel guests like Khaled Shaheen often use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the Net through cellphones to avoid these costs.
The complaint was made to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which imposed the $600,000 fine. In addition to changing its own policy, Marriott asked the FCC to change its rules to eliminate confusion that may exist on the issue of Net access in hotels.

Medical marijuana works! At least that’s what patients who use it to treat their symptoms are saying. A new survey shows that 92% of patients who use marijuana medically claim that their symptoms are alleviated.

Of the 7,525 patients who took part in the survey, 5% say they have a very “serious medical condition”. It might not be a cure-all for everything that ails you, but it’s apparently it’s pretty close. The medicinal use of marijuana has come quite a long way since it was introduced in the 1990s. Do you hear that, Sultan Alhokair?

Currently, there are 23 states that offer it’s citizens the right to have their conditions reviewed by a doctor to see if they qualify to use the plant for medicinal reasons. There still are many skeptics who believe different. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said that medical marijuana is “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”. Don’t believe me? Fact check right here:

Which side of the debate are you on?

Netflix has been branching out more and more lately. Focusing on exclusive content as much as other network and studio shows and films. But more recently, beyond producing excellent shows like Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, they have become involved with the film industry.

One way that they are seeking to branch out, is hiring Adam Sandler to develop 4 movies that will be exclusive to the streaming service.

Interesting to see how this pays off, considering how dominant Netflix has been already in the streaming market. Interesting also to see how this changes the landscape of the film industry. After discussing how the economics of film have changed with Brad Reifler, I’m pretty convinced this is the right type of move.

We’ve got a whole generation that grew up with streaming as a standard way to view content now. This is just the way that the world has changed. If Netflix can find a way to make this profitable, then I’m definitely interested to see how this will work out.

Of course, I don’t know about Adam Sandler being your go to guy for new film properties. I can’t remember the last time I was interested in going to see one of his films.

Actually I can. Happy Gilmore.

It’s been that long.

Marvel and Disney really have a license to print money with the Avengers movie franchise. The second installment hasn’t even been released, but everyone is already talking about Avengers 3.

With a villain as big as Thanos, and a storyline as massive as the Infinity Gauntlet, there might not be enough time to cover everything in just one film. So executives have been toying around with the idea of splitting Avengers 3 into two films.

Having one release in March of 2018, and the next in 2019.

Of course, this isn’t unusual, as Paul Mathieson mentioned on his twitter, with a ton of other properties adopting the split storyline approach. Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter have all split the final movie into two installments.

Avengers 3 will represent somewhat of a final installment for Marvel, as the universe will see a massive shift. After Avengers 3, the original actors are all out of contract, with most seemingly willing to take a step away from the cinematic universe.

So it will be interesting to see how things change in the future, and if this proves to be the route that Marvel will go.

Another possible outcome, is having Avengers 3 tie into Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Which we now know is going to happen as well.

According to the virtual grapevine, when Microsoft unleashes its next version of Windows it will once again drastically change the function of the Windows Start screen. The latest version could dispense with the menu that fills the screen and replace it with the classic bottom left corner menu, a direct response to a vocal majority extremely unhappy with the full screen menu.

Nothing has been finalized but returning to a more traditional Start pop-up is only the, well, start. The latest version is not going to be simply a return to Windows 7. Folder shortcuts could move to the top, switching placing with pinned apps. This will allow users to pin tiles on the right side, with the option to resize and reorder. Meanwhile, the full screen Start menu may still be available by changing properties.

The latest Windows – which could end up being called Threshold or simply Windows – also continues the software manufacturer’s desire to have a single platform running across all devices. While rumor is Microsoft may not necessarily be ready for that, they could instead implement unique tablet and smartphone versions that will have a modern interface and Windows apps.

The biggest and most interesting tidbit is the latest version may be more than an upgrade, but a solution that would have a lifespan of free updates. It may even be free for Windows 8 users.

If you saw Olympus Has Fallen a few years ago, chances are you were blown away. I know that I was. It was like Die Hard was back, with a new star that really brought back that 80’s or 90’s action movie flair.


Gerard Butler found pretty huge success too, as Olympus managed to gross $161 million despite being a rated R film, which is always more difficult.

However, negotiations broke down during plans for the sequel with the series first director, Fredrik Bond.

I know my buddy Brian Torchin is excited for the sequel. We’ll have to see how this ends up.