Grand Theft Auto is one of the most enduringly popular video games in history. Part of that popularity is, of course, the over-the-top scenarios you find yourself in while playing it. Nothing like a little murder and mayhem in the virtual world. But Rockstar Games has always had a history of adding extras, surprises, secrets, and Easter eggs into their games as an added bonus for fans.
With “The Defenders” newly launched, and “The Punisher” coming down the pipe later this year, the Netflix and Marvel partnership is just gaining real steam. It is also, as announced by Disney a few weeks ago, a distribution agreement that is under discussion.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is a roller coaster ride, and Jon Snow is right at the center of the action, where he needs to be. The central message from the TV series and the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin seems to be something along the lines of, “There are no heroes — fend for yourself!” Still, if we’d name a hero among the moral quagmire that is Westeros, we’d have to say it is Jon Snow.
Batman murders? “Sure…” you’re thinking. In fact, it was the talk of many critics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Ben Affleck‘s older, more cynical, and brutally violent version of the Caped Crusader went through a number of bad guys on his way to offing the Man of Steel (or seeming to, anyway…). We’re expecting more of the same when Affleck reprises the role in Justice League, opening on November 17, 2017. We’ll add to that toll many more dead bad guys from the old Tim Burton movies, including a scene in Batman Returns where he kills a crook by shoving a bomb down his pants.
Fake news, chemtrails, aliens in Area 51 – at one time, they all seemed like such crazy ideas. But, in our post-Wikileaks, post-truth era, what can we really call a conspiracy theory these days?
NASA’s Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass for the International Space Station, aka ISS-CREAM, got underway August 14, 2017 by hitching a ride to the ISS with the SpaceX Dragon rocket in a successful launch. CREAM will be installed in Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility. The experiment is designed to probe the mysteries of cosmic rays, or cosmic rain.
Night vision pictures of animals can bring out a side of those furry, funny creatures that we may not like but which can never be unseen. Compared to many animals, human beings have poor night vision. Our eyes just don’t have receptors with enough spectral or intensity range to make out what’s going on in low-light conditions. For thousands of years, we had only our imaginations to rely on when it came to figuring out what was going on when the sun went down; before there were street lights, we had only the light of the moon to keep the darkness at bay. It’s only natural that human beings are, in general, afraid of the dark. It turns out we’ve been right to be afraid.
Marvel’s “The Defenders” comes to Netflix on August 18, representing one of the biggest TV superhero events in history. “#The Defenders” represents the culmination of Marvel and Netflix’ investment in superhero world building over the last two years.
What do we know so far about Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi? Since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, secrecy has been ramped up to epic proportions. Script security is beyond tight, and the actors involved are apparently well schooled in what not to say – which is pretty much everything.
Cosplay is a world where the only limits are imagination. On film, for example, Marvel’s sexy Black Cat is hard to cast in a family-oriented superhero story, and there are hard practical limits on how many movies you can make about so many different characters from the Marvel Comics archives. Cosplay characters, on the other hand, can range right from G-rated to NSFW. They can bring to life comic book faves that don’t get their fair share of screen time in the movies. And they can pose alternate versions of familiar characters that you’ve never even thought of.