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Nelson Mandela, a Nobel laureate and former president of the Republic of South Africa, is considered one of the greatest men in the history of mankind. Why? Because he had what it takes to be a hero. He had strength to spend twenty eight years in prison in a hopeless and noble struggle against the oppression. He had charisma to lead his people to the most thrilling victory of human history. He had faith to defy the government, the law, the unfairness. He had strength to fall and he was strong enough to rise again. He had once walked the longest walk to freedom.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom trailer describes Mandela’s path in rebellion, his gradual gaining of power, fame and admiration of thousands of people. It tells the story of how he got put in prison for his dreams and aspirations. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom trailer tells a story of the largest triumph of a lifetime and of a history of a nation. It was completed in May 1994, when he became the first black president of South Africa. But this way was much longer than it might appear, and much harder than one could think. Countless amounts of people followed him and his ideas, the liberation campaign was organized, and the resistance failed. So the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie is not a biography or a historical drama. It is praise to person so great, that his greatness is matchless and his grace is indescribable. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom trailer illustrates, how this hero of democracy and gained worldwide eminence and became a symbol of the struggle against the racial discrimination and its apogee – the apartheid. Fame has made him a genuine legend with a halo of a martyr, who heroically spent dozens of years in the solitary confinement in prison on the Robben Island, where he worked on a limestone quarry and had a right to one visit and one letter for six months. In these inhuman conditions he never lost heart, never asked the minions of the law for mercy, not once. No, Nelson Mandela courageously and fearlessly stood on the protection of his dreams, on the protection of justice, on the protection of equality. He knew that human dignity and power of the human spirit are able to defeat all the conventionalities, any harassment and oppressions, and he has never been wrong.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom trailer tells a story of love and forgiveness, of freedom and faith. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie embodies this story so juicy and so pure, that you can start to feel yourself to be a part of it.

 Ben Affleck as Batman - Wait a Minute

So the Batman will back and the man who will be donning the cape and cowl is Ben Affleck.

As expected, when the news hit the internet exploded with mostly negative comments from the fan boys. Then again these are the same fan boys that made the same comments and negative buzz about Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight… and look at how that one turned out. I think this is a brilliant choice and for one simple reason: Ben Affleck is not the same Ben Affleck from mid-2000.

Hear me out here. Aflleck has grown  and matured as an actor and also happened to become one of the best directors around. Anyone who doesn’t believe me has not seen Argo or The Town, which were two of the best films I have seen in recent years. I believe he’s a guy who has learned from his mistakes. I thought he was the right choice years ago when they were going to go with a younger Batman and I still think he’s the right choice, now as the older grizzled veteran Batman. There’s no doubting his ability or look when it comes to Bruce Wayne. I think a lot of fan boys are concerned with his Batman, but again, I say to those people to go and watch The Town. He plays the anti-hero with a mixture of coolness and darkness that could easily translate in parts to the Dark Knight.

I am excited for this Batman and Superman (or Batman vs Superman) movie and to quote a friend; “Man of Steel was like B., It was good, but by no means perfect. Hopefully Batman/Superman will be what The Dark Knight was for the Nolan trilogy.” I think it will be. It can easily build the DC cinematic universe the way it should be and hopefully lead to a Justice League film. I’m intrigued to see where they go from here with casting as well. They are certainly thinking outside the box.  Let’s hope more announcements are forthcoming. Bring on 2015!

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Kris Greet | Leave a Comment (1)
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Superman 23.3, Batman Superman 3.1

It is no secret that I hate that DC Comics relaunched with the “New 52” with little regard to fans or the characters. I get wanting to do something new and big to attract a new audience, and it has been successful in that right. But there was a way they could have done it by taking their time and bringing out ongoing series to natural conclusions, instead of just ending everything abruptly with the “Flashpoint” crossover. Sure, some titles like Batman and Green Lantern kept going like nothing had changed, but character like Superman who were altered greatly did not have a satisfying end. And that is a shame. </rant>

That being said, DC Comics has actually been doing some interesting stuff, including this month’s “Forever Evil” and “Villains Month”, where every title has been taken over by a villain, showing us their place in the New 52, or like for Doomsday above, shedding new light on his 52 Origin. H’el is one of the few new Superman villains in recent years to catch my attention. A Krypton villain who is powerful and ruthless- like ow Zod used to be. I just might be intrigued enough to pick up these two titles. Maybe. We’ll see.

Superman #23.3
Official Description: After his last battle with Superman, H’el wakes up on Krypton years before it is destroyed! Can H’el manipulate the Science Counsel, soldiers and countless others including Jor-El, to save the planet? And what does it mean for the birth of Superman if he succeeds?

Batman/Superman #3.1
Official Description: Long before Superman fought the unstoppable monster known as Doomsday, the beast’s reputation for death and destruction haunted The Man of Steel’s home world of Krypton.

Superman #23.3 hit stores last week while Batman/Superman #3.1 comes out on Wednesday September 25th, 2013. Both from DC Comics. Superman is written by Scott Lobdell with art by  Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund. Batman/Superman is written by Greg Pak with art by Brett Booth.

Have you been following the New 52? What has stood out? What would you change?

Joe Pesci

There have been plenty of movies that show different aspects of the world of casinos, but perhaps none so vividly as the movie Casino, released in 1995 and starring Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. When you’ve watched this, you’ll probably be glad you can sit at home and play casino games rather than having to go to Vegas to do it!

Playing casino games online has become a daily occurrence for millions of people around the world – many of whom might never actually have gone to a land-based casino. It’s so easy to play online, you don’t need to get dressed up, you don’t need to leave the house and plan a journey. All you do is login to your favorite site and you can be playing almost instantly. You can play roulette online with 32Red here – all you need to do to get started is sign up and register a debit or credit card, and you’ll qualify for the no deposit bonus of $32 to play on any of the games on the site for a seven day period. It’s a great way to test out the site with real money games without any financial risk.

Casino is a movie that mixes the glamorous front of the casino lifestyle along with its very sleazy underside. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this epic runs for 178 minutes (many of them make you feel uncomfortable and like you’ll need a shower after you’ve watched this seedy tale). The story is based on the life story of Frank Rosenthal, who ran three casinos in Vegas for the Chicago Outfit through the 1970s and early 80s. Rosenthal’s character is Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein in the film (played by de Niro) and the other main characters are Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) and Ace’s girlfriend Ginger (played by Sharon Stone). Nicky Santoro character is modelled on the real-life mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro.

Ace is running the fictional Tangiers casino on behalf of the Chicago mobsters, and Santoro is sent to make sure that all the casino profits go back to the mob without anything being skimmed off first. It’s also his job to keep the Vegas mobsters in their place. Ginger is a former prostitute and drug-addict who Ace falls for and eventually marries.

It’s a class act by all three actors and director Scorsese with a heady mix of gritty realism and glamor. The film is so long that you begin to feel you’re actually there with all the main characters trapped in the same existence as them, and it’s with a sense of relief that you greet the credits at the end of the movie! Although it’s a long watch, there are plenty of lighter moments in the film, so don’t be put off by the length of the movie. This was Scorsese and De Niro’s eighth collaboration and proved yet again what a successful movie making team they make.

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment
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deadpool-17

Deadpool has reached the halfway mark with part three of the five part “The good, the bad and the ugly” arc as writer Brian Edmund Posehn sheds new light on the Merc with the Mouth’s origin. Joining the anti-hero are Avengers Captain America and Wolverine, both of whom are tired to Deadpool’s past. All are joined as weird siblings of sorts due to the Super Soldier/Weapon X/Weapon Plus programs. How do you think this will all come together?

Deadpool #17
Official Description: In the heart of the enemy’s clutches, Deadpool meets some uncanny friends…Captain America & Wolverine get sucked into the mystery of Deadpool’s past.

The issue hits stands on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 from Marvel Comics.


Check out these Deadpool related trades…

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Runner Runner

There is no doubt that everyone has a hidden passion. For some it may be rare coins, for the others – often visits to a local liquor store. There is poignant passion, enthralling passion, bizarre passion, dubious passion, and there is disparaging passion. Disparaging passions include addictions, manias and obsessions. But where is the line between a disparaging passion and mental illness?

Perchance everybody is keen for movies. Everyone loves different movies, there is a lot of people and there is, respectively, a lot of movies, so that there is no lack of choice. And it is reasonable to assume that movies embody the hidden passion of men, somehow exposing itself in the exciting plot, in the subtle details, or in the heated atmosphere. The Runner-Runner trailer is an undeniable passion. It is a touching, exciting, unusual, doubtful and destructive passion. It is a passion to passion, passion for excitement, a passion for speed, a passion for adventure, a passion for life.

A first impression about the Runner Runner trailer makes: touching and poignant. It is a mundane story of a gifted boy, who is terribly unfortunate and unappreciated. A boy of marvelous intentions and incomparable brilliance, whose name was Richie (Justin Timberlake), had a noble goal: he wanted to graduate from the most prestigious math school and become a man, who will become worth of his talents. But he has no money for education and he is desperate to find a respectful job. No wonder that a desperate lad found his way to the one of the most dishonorable fields of profit. He started online gambling and soon he realized, that he could be smarter than the system. Getting drawn deeper and deeper, Richie loses control and after his first big loss he is already too obsessed and too determined. Here are the obsessions in the Runner-Runner trailer, but the passions only begin.

In a desperate bid to achieve much more power than he deserves, Richie travels to Costa Rica, where he hopes to battle one of the giants of this dubious industry for his prestigious position. Nevertheless, the aforementioned businessman (Ben Affleck), sees the Richie’s gifts and talents and offers him a job of his dreams. This is where the Runner-Runner starts to gain some serious speed, and soon enough you are going to find yourself dizzy. Richie’s life is paradise, everything he dreams of basically instantly comes true. But the obsessions and passions inevitable lead man to failure. So the fiasco approaches, and that is the exact moment when the Runner-Runner trailer becomes so flashing, dazzling and glistering, that even Richie himself cannot stop running. Our job is now to try not to fall behind from Richie and wait anxiously for the Runner-Runner release. Because very soon our hidden passions will cease to be a secret.

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by MHD | Leave a Comment (1)
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When confronted with fantastic technology, the first impulse a person has is usually to figure out a way to waste hours of their time doing something nonproductive with it. The very first video game was the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device developed in 1947, though most people consider the 1972 game, Pong, to be the first traditional video game. The public has had a long and checkered past with video games, sometimes treating them as toys for children, and other times welcoming them as a hobby for adults. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the average age of a gamer is currently 34 years old, and the average gamer has spent 12 years gaming.

The 1970s: Motown, Bell Bottoms and the Atari
Video gaming emerged as a true industry in the 1970s. Although arcades were extremely popular throughout this decade, home video game consoles were also introduced. There were a multitude of different consoles, but only one would end up standing head and shoulders above the rest: Atari. The Atari Video Computer System retailed at $199 and according to Video Game Console Library, there were a total of 418 games released for the platform. At this time, video games were mostly the domain of children and teenagers.

The 1980s: Big Hair, Legwarmers and Mario
Arcades grew tremendously in popularity throughout the 1980s–often known as the Golden Age for Arcade Games. At the same time, IBM PC compatible computer games were being developed, and home computers were starting to become more accessible. The Nintendo Entertainment System was also released in 1983, and quickly became the most popular console on the market. According to Examiner, the popularity of the NES system skyrocketed due to a single Italian plumber named Mario.

The 1990s: Dot-com, Beanie Babies and Shareware
The decade of the 1990s was marked by a release of many portable gaming systems, as well as an increase in the overall home computer market for video games. Shareware played a huge part in this, because it enabled home computer users to download, play, and release video games into the community. Sega managed to break into the console industry with Sonic the Hedgehog, though Nintendo still captured a large amount of market share. Meanwhile, iD’s 1996 FPS Quake completely revolutionized the video game industry and ushered in a new model of Internet-based gaming.

The 2000s: High School Musical, Freedom Fries and Counter Strike
The 2000s saw console and online gaming becoming rapidly more popular among adults. As laptops for the classroom, office and even home use became more popular, a shift towards casual games that required less powerful systems also developed. A simple casual game called The Sims dominated market share and opened the door for more female gamers. CNN reported that The Sims was the best-selling PC game from 2000 to 2003, and has now sold more than 125 million copies. At the same time, the market stabilized to show a total of three major video game systems: the Sony PlayStation, the Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo Wii.

The 2010s: Zumba, Dog Shaming and the Next Generation
The next generation of video game consoles are being eagerly awaited, including the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Video games are pushing forward with motion-based and voice-based technology, which is leading to far more inventive methods of playing. Independent developers are also attempting to break into the game business, such as the Ouya, which is an Android-based video game console. The games on the Ouya are intended to be completely free, as noted on the Ouya website. The market has shifted towards more casual and accessible games, especially among the female demographic.

This guest post was written by Jessica Lyman, a freelance reporter who covers the gaming industry.
Posted on September 19th, 2013 by MHD | Leave a Comment (1)
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