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Comic Book Review – Batman #25

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Ricky Church reviews Batman #25…

“The War of Jokes and Riddles” part one! Don’t miss this extra-sized anniversary issue! In his own words, Bruce Wayne narrates a harrowing, never-before-told story of the Dark Knight’s greatest failure…and the horrors it unleashed! In the spirit of Year One and The Long Halloween, prepare to see a side of Batman you’ve never seen before—get in on the ground floor of a classic Batman epic in the making!

It goes without saying The Joker and The Riddler are two of Batman’s most formidable foes. Joker often challenges Batman on a philosophical level while Riddler an intellectual one and while both share an obsession with Batman, the two couldn’t be more different in how they operate against the Dark Knight. Tom King sets out to examine what happens when happens when Joker and Riddler go to war in Batman »

- Ricky Church

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Preview of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #16

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Star Wars: Poe Dameron #16 hits comic book stores this Wednesday, and we have a preview of the issue for you here; check it out…

Who is Malarus and what does she want? Meanwhile, the Resistance is running dangerously low on supplies. Poe and Black Squadron are on the case!

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #16 is out on june 28th, priced $3.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Neve Campbell joins The Rock in action thriller Skyscraper

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Deadline is reporting that Neve Campbell has signed on to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming action thriller Skyscraper, which is being directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) for Universal Pictures.

The film sees The Rock as “a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, he must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building above the fire line.”

Scream star Campbell can currently be seen in the fifth season of House of Cards, which hit Netflix last month. »

- Gary Collinson

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Megalithic Update coming to Trove on consoles this Tuesday

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Fans of Trion Worlds’ epic open world block adventure Trove will be excited to hear that the Megalithic Update will be stomping and roaring its way onto Xbox One and Playstation 4 on the 27th June.  This huge new update adds hours of play with the new Dino Tamer class, Jurassic Jungle biome, minigames and custom maps.  A new trailer has been released showcasing the new content included in the update, and you can watch it below…

Players will be travelling back through time to the Jurassic Jungle to master the Dino Tamer Class.  This new class gives players the ability to use darts, snares and even summon dinosaurs that they can attack or ride.

The all new Jurassic Jungle Biome is a lush wilderness environment filled with dinosaurs and plenty of dungeons for player to explore.  As players explore the jungle they will be able to pick up all new »

- Andrew Newton

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The Fantasticast #237 – Fantastic Four #175 – When Giants Walk The Sky

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Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Bobblehead Galactus

Hello, and welcome to episode 237 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s an anniversary week at The Fantasticast, as we get to grips with the not-super-sized Fantastic Four #175. The High Evolutionary and Galactus are finally getting down to the battle for Counter-Earth, and the Fantastic Four can do little more than stand by and watch. A solution seems almost… impossible…

Roy Thomas and John Buscema (inking himself) present the first ever final ever Galactus story, concluding a »

- Gary Collinson

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Carrie Coon joins Steven McQueen’s Widows

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The Leftovers and Fargo star Carrie Coon has become the latest addition to the cast of Widows, the next film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave). Coon will start work on the film once she completes production on The Papers for director Steven Spielberg.

Widows is based upon the 1983 Lynda La Plante crime series has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. It follows a group of  women who team up to complete a heist when their husbands are killed on the job. Coon will play one of the widows who declines to join the heist.

Production on Widows is set to get underway this summer, with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Garret Dillahunt. »

- Gary Collinson

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Promo images for Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 5 – ‘Burning in Water, Drowning in Fire’

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We’ve already seen a promo and clip from Sunday’s fifth episode of Fear the Walking Dead season 3 [watch them here], and now AMC has released a batch of images for ‘Burning in Water, Drowning in Fire’ which you can check out here…

An oncoming threat disrupts peace; Madison and Troy search for answers; Alicia must reconcile with her past.

See Also: Follow all of our coverage of The Walking Dead here

Fear the Walking Dead season 3 airs on Sunday evenings on AMC. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Poster and trailer for Person to Person starring Michael Cera and Abbi Jacobson

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Ahead of its release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for writer-director Dustin Guy Defa’s upcoming comedy drama Person to Person which stars Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tavi Gevinson, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III, and Philip Baker Hall; take a look below…

During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives. An investigative reporter struggles with her first day on the job, despite help from her misguided boss; a rebellious teen attempts to balance her feminist ideals with other desires; and a young man seeks to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, even as her brother threatens revenge. Meanwhile, an avid music lover traverses the city in search of a rare record for his vinyl collection.

Person to Person is set for release on July 28th. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Preview of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

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Marvel releases All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 this coming Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue right here…

Secret Empire Tie-in! The Chitauri invasion has arrived, and Captain Marvel and Earth’s heroes are outnumbered. Now it’s up to the Guardians of the Galaxy to find reinforcements! There may be a weapon that could turn the tide of the battle, but in order to obtain it, the Guardians will have to rely on the help of the last alien Star-Lord ever wanted to see again…Yondu Udonta!

All New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 is out on June 28th, priced $4.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Promo and images for The Mist Season 1 Episode 2 – ‘The Mist’

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Spike has released a promo and images for next week’s second episode of the small screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist; check them out here…

See Also: The Mist Season 1 Episode 1 Review

As the mist settles in over their small Maine town Eve and Alex Copeland find themselves stranded at the mall. The mother and daughter gather with dozens of others around mall manager Gus Bradley as he tries to bottle up the rising panic. Meanwhile, Kevin Copeland, Adrian Garf, Mia Lambert and Bryan Hunt venture out into the mist in order to get to reach Kevin’s family at the mall.

The Mist airs on Thursday evenings on Spike. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Jared Leto plays coy on whether The Joker will appear in Gotham City Sirens, praises Wonder Woman

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Among the many projects on Warner Bros.’ DC slate is the Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens, which will reunite director David Ayer with Margot Robbie’s Harleen Quinzel.

Given the ending of Suicide Squad, it would make sense that Harley will be joined in the reunion by The Joker, although Jared Leto wasn’t giving anything away when asked by Entertainment Tonight if he’ll be back as the Clown Prince of Crime:

“I have no idea,” said Leto, “Y’know, I can’t confirm — maybe I know — but I can’t confirm or deny. There are a lot of moving parts for that stuff, and we’ll see what happens next.”

Leto also shared some praise for the most recent Dceu instalment Wonder Woman, stating that: “I thought it was incredible. They did such a good job. I watched Wonder Woman as a kid, I really enjoyed it. »

- Gary Collinson

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Gears of War 4 gets a Golden Weekend

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Gears of War 4 Versus fans can get their trigger fingers busy this weekend with the Golden Weekend Special Event.  There’s plenty on offer including the Golden Gun event, the Palace Guard packs and double Xp.  A short trailer promoting the event can be viewed below…

The Golden Gun is an all new special event that involves combat armed with one bullet in the chamber of a hip-fire only Golden Boltok that instantly kills anyone who takes a bullet.  Hitting the target will instantly return the bullet to the gun leaving you free to kill again and allowing the opportunity for rapid fire multi-kills.  However, miss your target and you’re in for a very long reload.

Recommendations for this game mode are to keep moving and stay out of cover as you will be hunted.

The Golden Gun event will reward with double Xp.

The Palace Guard pack will »

- Andrew Newton

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Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Dlc Pack 4 arrives on Tuesday

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Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced that the 4th Dlc pack for their hit title, Dragonball Xenoverse 2, will be available on 27th June on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.  This new Dlc will provide fans with 2 new powerful characters, a new Warrior of Hope storyline, a new playable stage, parallel quests, new costumes and much more.  Not one, not two but three trailers have been released showcasing the new characters movesets and new specials.  Watch these below…

The two new powerful characters that this latest Dlc pack will put at your disposal are Fused Zamasu and Ssgss Vegito.  These two characters will add plenty of specials for players to use.

As well as the new storyline, playable stage, parallel quests, new costumes etc there will also be free content available for all players in the Tp Medal Shop including new attacks, more costumes and 2 new raid quest bosses.

The »

- Andrew Newton

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Spoilers: Spider-Man: Homecoming cast list confirms Jennifer Connelly, mystery roles and surprise villains

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Sony has released the electronic press kit for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which includes a cast list that reveals several new cast additions and surprise villains. Spoilers follow…

First up is the news that Jennifer Connelly is returning to the Marvel universe following her role in Ang Lee’s Hulk, and is set to play Karen/Suit Lady (the voice of the A.I. in Spider-Man’s suit, perhaps?). We also get confirmation that Gwyneth Paltrow is returning as Pepper Potts, as well as Angourie Rice’s role as Betty Brant. Zendaya’s character Michelle doesn’t have a surname listed, so that recent rumour about her true identity remains unconfirmed.

Also confirmed is the fact that we’ll be seeing two versions of Shocker in Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine) and Jackson Brice (Logan Marshall-Green), while Michael Mando is listed as Mac Gargan, a.k.a. Scorpion.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man »

- Gary Collinson

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Preview of Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1

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This Wednesday sees the release of DC’s latest Looney Tunes crossover Batman/Elmer Fudd, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here…

After a chance meeting with billionaire Bruce Wayne, Elmer Fudd’s obsession quickly escalates into stalking Batman through the dark alleys and high-class social settings of Gotham City. Welcome to Bat Season! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Tom King and artwork by Byron Vaughns.

Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 is out on June 28th, priced $4.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Netflix releases trailer for The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd

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With a little over a month to go until The Incredible Jessica James arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a teaser trailer for writer-director Jim Strouse’s upcoming comedy which stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (FX’s “Atlanta”, Straight Outta Compton, Get Out) and Noël Wells (Netflix’s “Master of None”) co-star.  

The Incredible Jessica James arrives on Netflix on July 28th. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Dazzler to appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Dazzler is set to make her big screen debut in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with the site reporting that the mutant pop star will feature in a small role in the next instalment of the main X-Men franchise.

Dazzler was actually referenced in a deleted scene from X-Men: Apocalypse, with Jean (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) spotting one of her albums during their trip to the mall. Turner shared an image from the scene on social media, making reference to 1989, which led to speculation that Taylor Swift could be portraying the character, particularly as she’d previously paid a visit to the set of the film; however, EW is claiming that their are no plans at present to cast Swift in the role for Dazzler’s appearance in Dark Phoenix.

If you’re unfamiliar with the character of Dazzler, she is a mutant who is able to convert sound vibrations into light beams. She first met the X-Men during one of her shows, aiding them when they came under attack by the Hellfire Club.

See Also: X-Men: Dark Phoenix supporting character descriptions revealed, will reportedly take place in 1991

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will begin shooting in Montreal next month for a November 2nd, 2018 release date. Simon Kinberg is directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), alongside Jessica Chastain as Lilandra. »

- Gary Collinson

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Preview of WWE #6

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Boom! Studios releases WWE #6 this coming Wednesday, and we have a preview of the issue for you here; check it out…

Dean Ambrose is hounding Paul Heyman and purposely provoking the scariest man in the WWE—the Beast incarnate, Brock Lesnar.

WWE #6 is out on June 28th, priced $3.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Looking Back at James Cameron’s Aborted Spider-Man Movie

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Ahead of the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Henry Bevan looks back at what could have been with James Cameron’s Spider-Man

James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It’s a big What If..?, up there with Kubrick’s Napoleon and Jodorowsky’s Dune. It seems like the perfect match, pairing one of Hollywood’s best action directors with one of its most action-suited characters. Just imagine what Cameron would have done with all of Spider-Man’s acrobatic flips and kicks.

Well, as most know, it almost happened. Supposedly, Cameron was setting up an adaptation after the release of True Lies, but due to legal circumstances surrounding the screen rights, he bailed. The director had convinced Carolco, the independent studio who gave him $100 million for Terminator 2: Judgement Day based on a half-page memo, to buy the film rights. He was all set to go. Then, it turns out Sony was also involved and Carolco didn’t outright own the character. Cameron then went to Fox hoping to outmuscle Sony, but Fox turned the project down, eventually allowing Sony to make the Sam Raimi trilogy, the two Amazing Spider-Man films and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Cameron moved on, deciding to fund his deep-sea exploration obsession by making Titanic and raking in that dollar.

It’ll always be debated as to what Cameron would have done with Spider-Man. Fortunately, for us, and me considering I get to write about it, multiple scripts are on the internet. This article will be discussing the scriptment featuring Mary Jane Watson, Electro and Sandman, which is dated 1992. Whilst there is a full script featuring Doc Ock, concept art has been found online for the former. It seems that was the one that got further into production.

You can’t really gauge the success of a film or a directors vision by reading a scriptment. It is by definition vague, lacking dialogue, any detailed drama, and detailed characters. But, you can still see some of Cameron’s vision, and for better or worse, this would have been James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It would have been an adaptation, and some of the legendary directors ideas would have been controversial.

Here are five takeaways from the scriptment.

(1) Organic Web-Shooters

As Sam Raimi discovered, organic webshooters weren’t necessarily a popular thing. The Raimi trilogy doesn’t linger on how the impact the web-shooters would have on Peter, and its only in the second one the filmmakers make this mythology change part of the narrative. Cameron’s organic web-shooters are integrated into the story immediately. Peter develops two lumps on his wrists, and they are mark him out as being a “freak”. So, he hides them, wearing two bracelets so New Yorkers believe they’re mechanical. It’s clever writing, as Cameron reinterprets and acknowledges pre-existing mythology.

(2) Electro

Cameron makes major changes to Electro. Instead of being Max Dillon, Electro is Carlton Strand, a mob boss who uses his powers to control information and data. It’s an interesting deviation from the source material and very suitable for the early information age, before we all knew we could use electrical information to communicate and manage our money. It’s a smart move, and is more interesting than the version that appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

(3) Supporting characters

One of the major flaws of this scriptment is how Cameron under utilises Spider-Man’s supporting characters. Uncle Ben does his thing and dies, but Aunt May is barely in it and Mary Jane is reduced to an almost literal sex object, having an awkward bondage sex scene on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Seriously, this is one of the more dialogue heavy scenes and Peter talks about how spiders have sex whilst webbing Mj up. It’s made even weirder by the fact Cameron makes it clear Peter is a virgin up to this point, and that Mj doesn’t even know who she is having sex with. You know the scene in True Lies where Arnie makes Jamie Lee Curtis strip for him and she has no idea it is her husband or who she is actually stripping for? It’s as awkward and has as muddled sexual politics as that, but it’s worse because it’s Spider-Man.

(5) Peter Parker / Spider-Man

One of Cameron’s themes is puberty, and he explores the theme using Peter and his powers. It’s a well-known interpretation of the Spider-Man origin and whilst Cameron goes a bit far with the idea with one scene depicting Peter waking up with “white mass completely covering him, gluing him to his bedding”, it is actually his depiction of Peter that makes it all a bit too much. He turns Peter into a sex pest, has him spying on an undressing Mary Jane after he gets his powers. In some scenes, he makes the guys in Superbad look normal. Whilst it speaks to the themes of puberty and power, it turns the hero into a unlikeable creep. There’s nothing wrong with some raunch and unlikeable protagonists, but it just doesn’t come across as an authentic Spider-Man.

(5) Themes

Still, Cameron explores his themes well. Beyond the aforementioned puberty theme, he explores power and how easy it is to abuse it by taking his characters to the line only the villains can cross. Peter at one point becomes a Robin Hood type, stealing money from a drug gang and literally making it rain on a local neighbourhood. But, the story is strongest when discussing identity. Spider-Man’s secret identity has always been important to him, and Cameron amps this up. Spider-Man wears a mask to protect Peter and the people he loves. But, he’s not the only one wearing a mask. Mary Jane’s mask is that she is the popular girl and that is trying to be the popular. In reality, she is a goofy nerd like Peter, and watching her come to terms with this is incredibly gripping.

In the end, it’s hard to imagine what Cameron’s Spider-Man would have been like. The scriptment is the bare bones of the story and there is sparse concept art, and even if the film ended up being a bad Spider-Man movie, I have no doubt Cameron would have made it his own.

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- Henry Bevan

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Transformers: A reminder that Megan Fox auditioned for the movie by washing Michael Bay’s car while he filmed it

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With the release of Transformers: The Last Knight [read our scathing reviews here and here], it’s worth remembering that director Michael Bay has a somewhat shady past of how he cast Megan Fox in the first movie back in 2007.

While researching for my latest article – Michael Bay is a disgusting, deplorable director – I recalled nugget of information from Jason Soloman during the press tour for 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In it, he reveals that Megan Fox auditioned for the movie by washing Bay’s car while he filmed it.

“She told me she went to director Michael Bay’s house to audition and he made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her,” Soloman wrote. “She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed. ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.'”

Fox ended up leaving the franchise following the second movie, and was very vocal about not wanting to work with Bay ever again comparing him to Hitler in one interview. During the promotional tour for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, co-star Shia LeBeouf told The La Times, “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment stuff that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it. This is is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact.”

So, yeah, just remember that Michael Bay once auditioned an actor by asking them to wash his car while he filmed for a movie that is a commercial to sell toys to children.

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive; theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight reunites Michael Bay with franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, John Goodman and Peter Cullen, while new additions to the cast include Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School), Jerrod Carmichael (Bad Neighbours), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin), Liam Garrigan (Once Upon a Time), Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files) and Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World). The film hits theaters on June 21st, 2017. »

- Luke Owen

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