Not a day goes by that I don’t think,”Gee, I should blog about this thing I just read, watched or saw that I really dig.” For me the reason for this blog is two-fold. First, I want to let people know about cool things that they might also enjoy. The second is as a kind of pop culture digital back-up memory. With both goals in mind, I think I’ll take to this format of quick hits every week (maybe, we’ll see).
The first Need For Speed trailer featuring Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul hit last week and looks pretty interesting. The plot revolves around Paul’s ex-con character getting wrapped up in a cross country race for shady reasons. The film debuts March 14, 2014.
Marvel Studios is rolling out the PR juggernaut for the next film Thor: The Dark World. The movie opens on November 8th. This latest TV spot shines the spotlight on Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, her concern for Chris Hemsworth Thor and her contempt for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
So, technically this is a clip and not a trailer, but it seemed to fit with the theme pretty well. The very first clip from the first episode of Arrow‘s second season features Diggle and Felicity reuniting with Arthur on the island. The episode debuts on The CW, October 9th at 8:00 PM.
Fox scored a series called Gotham, focusing on a young James Gordon from Warner Bros. TV. The series will join DC’s other shows Arrow and the incredibly-likely spinoff Flash. [via Deadline]
Speaking of Batman, Hot Toys has three figures based on the long running franchise that are pretty amazing. In addition to Adam West and Burt Ward toys based on the 60s Batman TV show, they’ve also got the final look at The Dark Knight Rises version of the character. [via Facebook, Facebook & Facebook]
The CW ordered a sci-fi western pilot called Red from the guys who created and produced The Mentalist. [via Deadline]Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has officially signed on to direct the Ben-Hur remake at MGM. Now the big question is who can fill Charleton Heston’s mighty sandals? [via Deadline]
Have you ever wondered would it would be like to watch Dwayne Johnson at the end of the world? Wonder no more, just go and download the Rockapocalypse game for iOS and Android! [via Facebook]
First and foremost, if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or Angel and don’t already have all the seasons on DVD, Amazon’s Gold Box Deal today finds both complete sets on sale for $60 and $55 respectively.
The biggest action release of the week also happens to be a zombie flick. The Brad Pitt global undead thriller World War Z hits home video today in a variety of formats.
We here at Explosions Are Rad are big fans of The CW’s Arrow. If you missed out on the first season you can catch up now thanks to Arrow: The Complete First Season before the second season kicks off on October 9th.
Bruce Lee fans might want to check out Bruce Lee – A Warrior’s Journey/Pursuit Of The Dragon. Journey features previously lost footage from Lee’s last film The Game Of Death while Pursuit “follows the chronology” of The Big Boss, Fists Of Fury, The Way Of The Dragon and Enter The Dragon.
Another interesting martial arts double feature released today comes from Shout Factory and Timeless Media: Jackie Chan: Beginnings – Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin / Magnificent Bodyguards. This double feature collects two of the six films he made in 1978 alone!
The CW’s Arrow is an interesting animal. It not only captures the superhero audience, but also the one that appreciates muscle-y dudes like star Stephen Amell who appears shirtless in posters and ads for the show pretty regularly. TVLine scored this first look at the show’s number one bow lover who looks a lot worse for wear after the first season finale.
Meanwhile, TV Guide showed off the very first look at a character familiar to many comic fans, but not the world at large: Bronze Tiger. Portrayed by Michael Jai White (Spawn) in the show’s second season, Bronze Tiger will first appear in the second episode of the season to test himself against the Hood. “He’s basically the best of the best, so he has come to Starling City to see if the Hood can give him a challenge,” executive produce Marc Guggenheim said. “To that end, he has aligned himself with China White [Kelly Hu] and the Chinese Triad.” Looks to us like he’s taking a few cues from Wolverine, but we’re hopeful that White and Amell will give us the kinds of action scenes we’ve come to know and love from the show.
As the poster says, Arrow Season Two premieres on the CW October 9th and 8:00 PM.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the premise of the first film — children killing each other for the entertainment of a dystopian future society — and adds an all new element: old people! Check some of them out in this latest poster. [via Collider]
Mattel’s Max Steel property is back in development with a script by comic book and screenwriter Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn director Stewart Hendler. Before the property got a recent toy and cartoon reboot, Taylor Lautner was previously attached to star in a film starring the action character. [via Variety]
In other Max movie news, it turns out that the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road will head to Sydney for three more weeks of shooting. In the time it’s taken to make this film, old school Australian directors could have made 17 movies. [via IF]
We hope someone behind the scenes on Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian War is paying Dwayne Johnson for getting people to talk about this movie. As he has plenty of times in the past, the actor Tweeted out a picture of himself getting scarred-up for the film. [via @TheRock]
Finally, enjoy the above snippet from the Roger Corman-produced martial arts film Fist Of The Dragon. [via Asian Movie Pulse]