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Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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AAqMrXi.imgToday the horror world lost yet another legend when legendary director Tobe Hooper passed away at the age of 74 on Saturday in his home in Sherman Oaks, California. Tobe Hooper was the man responsible for bringing us one of the original slashers in Leatherface for 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre before moving on to direct such classics as Salem’s Lot, The Funhouse, and 1982’s Poltergeist. Tobe changed the face of horror whether he knew it at the time in 1974, but he helped cement the building blocks for the Slasher horror genre. Tobe’s work didn’t stop in the 80’s as he provided us with some classics in the 90’s to 2000’s like The Mangler, Toolbox Murders, Mortuary, before he directed his final film in 2013 in Djinn. One film that I will be looking to see that is actually the last thing that Tobe helped produce is the Leatherface film that comes out this October which I am sure you will see me review for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. One thing is for certain with Tobe Hooper and that is he not only made me afraid of the state of Texas as a child, but also of Ghosts that can grab you and suck you into the television and other horrors faced in Poltergeist. Not to mention that I was afraid of going into Funhouses thanks to him, but I guess those can be scary regardless. One of my favorite films to this day from him is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 which he threw a more comedic approach to the film, but it was campy and fun as well as iconic. He will be missed, R.I.P. Tobe Hooper (January 25, 1943-August 26, 2017).

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Anton-Yelchin-Net-WorthYou hate to wake up and hear about tragedy striking once again especially the way 2016 has gone. We have lost so many great actors, musicians, etc. this year and now unfortunately we add another to the list. Russian born actor Anton Yelchin passed away today in a freak car accident at the age of 27. According to LAPD rep Jennifer Houser, “The victim was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his car. It appears that he momentarily left his car, leaving it in the driveway. He was behind the vehicle when it rolled backward and pinned him to the brick pillar causing the trauma that led to his death.” Anton Yelchin starred in films like my one of my favorites in Alpha Dog as well as Star Trek, Charlie Bartlett, Like Crazy, 5 To 7, Fright Night, The Smurfs, Terminator Salvation, and many more. The first time I saw Anton Yelchin was in the film Alpha Dog and I just remember being blown away by his performance. He  was definitely an actor to look out for and he proved it with every film whether it was an independent release or a major motion picture.

005ADG_Anton_Yelchin_021Some actors have already commented on his passign with Chris Evans saying, “Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Tyler Shields posted, “I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.” The only fortunate thing is that we do still have some movies that are going t come out that starred Anton like the latest Star Trek film as well as a film entitled Porto, We Don’t Belong Here, Rememory, and Thoroughbred according to IMDB.com.  Anton will be missed for sure. R.I.P. Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 to June 19, 2016).

the-conjuring-2-stillWhether you are a fan of these types of horror films or not, you have to be happy about the news regarding The Conjuring 2. The Conjuring 2 came in first place according to EW.com making $40.4 million from 3,343 screens. The Conjuring 2 was one of three high profile films that came out this past weekend (June 10-12) with Warcraft coming in second place with 24.4 million made while Now You See Me 2 coming in third making 23.3 million. The Conjuring 2 didn’t make as much money as the first film, but the difference in sales in first week is only 1.5 million which you can now bet that there’ll be a third film. The only question is who will direct it because James Wan who has proven his films are box office gold is supposed to be directing the Aquaman film soon for DC. The only true test for The Conjuring 2 is whether it can hold off Finding Dory and Central Intelligence which stars The Rock and Kevin Hart as both films are released later this week. So as I said before, this is a big victory for Horror films in general and if you havent seen the film then go do so now. Here is a review of the film that I did for my 365 movies in 365 days challenge blog by clicking here.

1930228_10207278460853390_9099499689539595186_nThis is not a joke, I repeat this is not a joke. You do not have to pinch yourself or tell yourself that it’s all a dream because the one and only Spider-Man is here. If you have not see the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War then you did not see the appearance of Spider-Man and what team he is on. We knew that Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man were team Captain America while Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Black Panther were team Iron Man, but what team was Spider-Man going to be on? Well by the looks of the picture above, I think it’s safe to say that he is Team Iron Man as well. Check out the trailer below:

Speaking of other trailers that were recently released, The Lonely Island, everyone’s favorite SNL group has a new film coming out called Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The film apparently follows Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) and his apparent career tailspin right on screen. The film looks hilarious and it has so many cool stars and it looks like it has a lot of awesome cameos as well. Check out the trailer below:

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In some Cheeseball Cinema related news, SYFY has announced that they will be coming out with Sharknado 4. The network also announced some of the new cast members which will include Gary Busey (he’ll play Tara Reid’s dad), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana), Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) and Masiela Lusha (George Lopez). David Hasselhoff will apparently return as Finn’s dad and Cheryl Tiegs will join the cast and play Finn’s mom. The film doesn’t officially have a title yet, but it will premiere in July on SYFY. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available to us.

vanitySome of you may not know the name Vanity, but for a kid like me who grew up in the 80’s, I certainly remember the beautiful singer, model, and actress. It was announced last night by a hospital spokeswoman that Vanity passed away at the age of 57 at Freemont, California. It was not announced how or when she exactly passed away. Denise Matthews or Vanity as she was known to her fans became huge in the 1980’s whether it was performing with her band Vanity 6, starring in films like Action Jackson, being Prince’s protege, but for me it was her role in Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon that caught my attention. It was then that I noticed her beauty as I was mesmerized by her. She always played sultry characters, but in the mid-1990’s she left all behind when she proclaimed her faith in Christianity and eventually became an evangelist. While she may have spoke of her time in the 80’s with disdain, I will always remember her beauty. 2016 has been a rough year as we have lost so many already. Another former Prince protege and devout christian Sheila E left some kind words for Vanity on Twitter saying, “SADDEN my FRIEND IN CHRIST gone 2day. Vanity, Denise Matthews. MISS YOU DEARLY. U ARE IN HIS ARMS NOW, NO Pain.” She will never be forgotten R.I.P. Denise Matthews a.k.a. Vanity (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016).

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Alan_Rickman_after_Seminar_(3)Today we lost another great in actor Alan Rickman, a legend of both the screen and stage. It was reported by his family that he died today (January 14TH) due to a long battle with cancer, he was 69 years old. Rickman was born in Acton, London, England on February 21, 1946 where he would shine with the British Repertory and as well as being a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He would go on to star in films like Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Rasputin: Dark Servant Of Destiny, Dogma, Galaxy Quest (a personal favorite of mine), Harry Potter films, Love Actually, CBGB, and the one I first watched that featured Rickman as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Alan has a couple of films left to be released this year in Eye In The Sky and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Alan Rickman will surely be missed by all who loved watching his films. R.I.P. Alan Rickman (February 21, 1946-January 14, 2015).