It is unfortunate that 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was so bad. After Brian Singer’s X-MEN and X-2 reintroduced superhero movies into the mainstream, X-Men: The Last Stand ended up in Brett Ratner’s hands and was ultimately a disappointment. Origins was the chance to focus on the most popular character in the franchise, Wolverine, and also redeem itself. But what we ended up with was an even worse movie. Bad special effects; bad writing; and BAD Deadpool. Thankfully X-Men: First Class saved the day in 2011, and was all around incredible.
Fast forward to 2013, and The Wolverine is aiming to pick up the slack where Origins left off. So far everything we have seen in the trailers and still looks pretty great. Here are new stills that were just released from the film:
At first glance you might think that R.I.P.D., which stands for the “Rest in Peace Department,” looks like a Men in Black knockoff. It is easy to see how you would jump to the conclusion after watching the trailer for the Dark Horse Comic Book adaptation. Sure, the main characters are a team comprised of a young hot shot and an experienced elder. And they are dealing with extraordinary criminals. But these bad guys aren’t aliens – they are dead.
Synopsis: A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley
Director: Shane Black
This week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw was not as exciting as last week’s, but it did deliver a few key segments.
The first segment that really stood out to me was the Brock Lesnar segment. First of all, I was surprised to see him back on Raw so soon, but it is much needed. But, I will get to that in a moment. Having Lesnar come out and just dismantle 3MB was awesome. It’s what I’ve been waiting for. They need to turn Lesnar into an animal. He can be a machine of destruction, so it’s strange to me that the WWE continues to have him lose main event matches. I know he probably doesn’t care, but still, I feel they are wasting a top character. Even though I cannot stand Heath Slater, I felt sorry for him having to take those F5’s from Lesnar. In the ring is one thing, but off the barricade! Wow, that had to hurt quite a bit. Paul Heyman laid the challenge down to Triple H for one more match. This time we will get a steel cage bout at Extreme Rules in St. Louis. I know a third match between these two is not super-exciting, however, I’m hoping Lesnar just destroys Triple H. Let there be blood!
The second segment I want to address is the Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger. Ziggler is the modern day Shawn Michaels. He is fantastic on the mic and in the ring. He’s the total package. That’s usually good, except, he is making Del Rio and Swagger look bad. I’m sure we will get a fine triple threat match for the title at Extreme Rules, but Del Rio and Swagger both suffer on the mic. I just cannot feel any hatred toward them, nor do I really like either of them. They are both just kind of bland characters. I’ll be happy when Ziggler dispatches both of them and can move on to a new feud.
Limp Bizkit’s 2013 Tour Makes a Stop at Pops in St. Louis on Saturday, June 1.
Way back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Limp Bizkit was one of the biggest bands on the planet. Front man Fred Durst was spitting rhymes with Ice Cube, Method Man, and Eminem, among others. Sold out arena after sold out arena, it looked like Limp Bizkit would never go away.
A couple years later, and a pop-rock explosion later, Limp Bizkit seemed to be dead. Members made headlines for arguing with one another, or Durst firing off on some celebrity, the music, or the “Nookie” was gone. Most of the angry teenagers, who grew up listening to Durst and his band, actually grew up. They traded in their red Yankees hat for a day job and a family. It appeared that Limp Bizkits time in the limelight had passed. Durst had this to say about the group’s demise in a 2012 interview with E News Online:
“But here’s the deal: say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band,” Durst said, delivering the final death blow. “Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.”