Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer…is back)

At San Diego Comic Con 2013, a select few fans were treated to a very immersive event hosted by Legendary pictures to promote their new Godzilla. Many were skeptical because the last time us gaijin took a crack at the King of the Monsters it became a running joke. We enter a Tokyo inspired street filled with classic ‘Zilla memorabilia when klaxons start blaring and we are ushered to safety by a group of officials. We are led through an office building to be evacuated by helicopter. Too late, we have to exit out into an architectural office and sit very still. Outside, the rain is pouring down and inside the power has gone out. Lightning strikes and amidst the thunder comes a different rumble as this new Godzilla lumbers into view and walks past the office window. He’s beautiful and there is a collective clapping as he disappears. Suddenly, his newly tapered snout rises to glare at us directly in the office and his roar shakes the office. The woman next to me covers he ears and I shit…just a little. Jump ahead to the following year and I sit in the theater watching Godzilla blow radioactive fire down the gullet of the second MUTO and it’s head pops off. More applause…a little more poop. WOW. Legendary stepped up and killed it. It was an outing to see how we would react because shortly after it was announced that the next film would feature several more mythic monsters. Jump ahead to 2017. Kong: Skull Island is released and we knew. Come on! We knew why Kong was suddenly 200-300 feet tall. So he could square the hell up with Godzilla at some point. More poop…and then the post credit scene…Unknown

Extinction event level poop!!!!! (I loved those jeans too…I digress) Jump ahead one last time…

In the legendary Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2018, Legendary pictures came with the cast and a legendary trailer (I’m a big Kung Fu Panda fan…sue me) for 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Let’s get us pesky humans outta the way shall we? Replacing Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston will be the stunningly talented Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles but who cares because…well at least 4 iconic monsters are going to be taking the lead!!! So much poop!!

Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidora, and the real king, Godzilla take center stage in a battle that could potentially destroy the world. As far as I’m concerned…what a way to go!! Check out all the monster-y goodness in the first trailer below and be prepared…for poop.

 

 

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Will The Saga Continue For Leia?

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

As “The Last Jedi” faded to black, there have been multiple questions that have lingering and most of those questions will continue to be debated for years to come, but one question did stand out above most and that is how would Leia’s story end? That question was answered with the announcement of “Episode IX” production starting August 1st and the cast being revealed with Carrie Fisher being listed in the talented cast.

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” J.J. Abrams said in the announcement on StarWars.com. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX  by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

This announcement added to an every growing roster of returning name from the current incarnation of this immortal saga; Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joona Suotamo, and Billie Lourd are set to return. Also, Naomi Ackie from “Doctor Who”, Richard E. Grant from “LOGAN”, and Keri Russell from “The Americans” will be joining the cast, but their characters still are unknown at this time.

During this series of films, the legacy has been held in high importance and some familiar faces have returned to continue the link from the past to the present. This will not be different with “Episode IX”, as Mark Hamill will be return (unsurprisingly) as Luke Skywalker. In “The Last Jedi” we were left wondering what could be next in Rey’s training and the answer could be coming in the form of a “Force Spirit”. Also, Anthony Daniels will be returning as C-3PO and Billy Dee Williams will return to the galaxy far…far away as Lando Calrissian.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” has not received a title, but with this stream of news and production starting soon, the people that miss their general and still mourn for their princess can feel the proper closure to the Skywalker saga.

Episode IX will be in theaters December 20, 2019.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Universal dropped the first trailer to the highly anticipated sequel to the highly received sequel to the crappy sequel to the not-so-bad-compared-to-the-third sequel to the highly praised adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and let me tell you…it was hotter than Ian Malcolm with his shirt open!

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Set several years after the events in Jurassic World, here’s what we know so far. Owen and Claire still have crazy sexual tension. Owen still makes uncomfortable sexual jokes, now about the list of guys that Claire may or may not have nailed. Claire has helped form a dinosaur protection group called the Prevention of Extinction of Dinosaurs Organization or P.E.D.O. for short (actually it’s called the Dinosaur Protection Group so Claire is really involved with DP…seriously). The hamster balls still work!! Blue thinks Owen smells…funny. Ian “Chaos Theory” Malcolm is a goddamned stallion with salt and pepper hair. The Carnotaur (I was a dino-nerd so yeah…I knew what it was) gets a hickey from good ol’ T-Rex. Isla Nublar has filed to legally change it’s name to Dante’s Peak or whatever the volcano was named in that stupid Tommy Lee Jones movie. Claire and (fellow DP enthusiast *snicker*) Justice Smith pull a Thelma and Louise and the Ankylosaur is the unofficial cannonball champion of the world! That pretty much sums up the freaking awesome first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom due in theaters June 22nd, 2018. On my ONLY serious note, this trailer does make the departure from most modern trailers and does not oversell. I am truly looking forward to this. Check out the trailer below.

Let’s Paint Happy Homicide

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

With the holidays fast approaching, the recent release of Thor: Ragnarok, the upcoming release of Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Deadpool arrived and gave us a release…straight into our pants! Everyone’s favorite Merc’ With A Mouth dropped a teaser trailer a-la-Bob Ross to remind us that none of that other shit matters because Deadpool is coming…to theaters…not…oh never mind.

Twentieth Century Fox posted their official synopsis for the highly anticipated sequel and they describe Deadpool 2 as this:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

No seriously…that IS the official synopsis on Deadpool 2’s IMDB page…

We know this much from the trailer…Deadpool is back, he has a sexy slow motion run through the rain, Negasonic Teenage…Whatever The Fuck The Rest Of Her Name Is is back and still giving the bird, Dopinder doesn’t swallow, Chunk from The Goonies is pulling a Drew Barrymore in Firestarter, some irresponsible prick has given a blind woman a gun, Deadpool does a spot on Jesus impression and rises from the grave, and at very end, Michael Jackson has a new shiny glove…or maybe I need to adjust my Cable. Well, I’m gonna go do some blow, you scroll down to watch the trailer and take the “Don’t Nut in Your Pants Challenge.”

 

Dalton is listed as Security in the credits…these guys are killing me.

What’s hot on Cable? A teddy…

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Much like the hype for Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is at it again for Deadpool 2. On the heels of our first look at Zazie Beetz as the infamous Domino, Mr. Reynolds dropped this gem on us early this morning via Twitter.

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Immediately on the heels of that Tweet, we got a full body shot of Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers and it did not disappoint. I’m not sure here, but I believe the teddy bear ties the whole ensemble together nicely. You be the judge:

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Cable is gen-u-wine mutant badass and I believe that Mr. Brolin has captured said badassery nicely. The only thing left for us to find out is how many bad jokes the “Merc with a Mouth” will get out before Cable blows a hole in him. At any rate, Deadpool 2 is sizing up to be the hottest movie ticket of 2018 and as the news and pics drop we will bring them to you. Okay, just for shits and giggles, here they are side by side. Ladies and gentlemen…Domino and Cable.Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 11.07.48 AM

The Force Is Strong In The Last Jedi Trailer..

(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 This week has brought great excitement to the force and the epicenter has been the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, located this year in Orlando. During this event, there has been panels and other happenings, but the moment the universe has been waiting for has happened and we have our first look at “The Last Jedi”

There you have the first trailer for Episode VIII and Christmas can’t get here soon enough. In this two minute clip, the viewers can quickly tell that we are not got to get any type of flash forward and we are witness to the beginning of Rey’s training. It is a given that it is Jedi training, but where will we see the reality of this episode’s title come into play. The rumors are out there and I can dive deep into them, but that type of discussion will be saved for the podcast (You can find the Nowhere California Podcast on your favorite podcast search engines) or on the comment section of this site. The reality and identity of the LAST Jedi will come into view in December, but that is just a microcosm of this trailer.

 The trailer, as a whole, can be dissected and screams for repeat viewing, so the viewer can hope to catch the slightest hint towards the plot of this film. You can look at the vast landscapes and wonder if you are looking at a rock pile or a surprise character. You can listen to every wave of audio and pin point the source of the whispers. It is a tough mission, but it is a mission the internet is more than happy to accept.

 As the current slate of movie releases have shown, it is an awesome time to be a movie fan and the trailers we have received continue to show that fact to be true. Also, DC and MARVEL can have their dick measuring contests when they release trailers, but the current series of Star Wars has shown their still a force to be reckoned with in the box office. December can’t get here quick enough.

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Now for a P.S. to my thoughts on the trailer. This poster is obscene in its awesomeness!

Send In The Creepy F*cking Clowns For The New “IT” Trailer..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The track record for clowns in modern society has been a mixed bag of emotions, there is the fun loving and cholesterol jacked Ronald McDonald from everyone’s food coma dreams. Also, in recent years, we have a small group of half-wits across the country that try to freak out little kids. Now, the clown that would make the half-wits run in fear and make them need a change of pants has returned. The trailer for the upcoming big screen remake of “Stephen King’s IT” has arrived.

Stephen King’s adaptations have a pretty strong history, love or hate them the movies have been memorable and “IT” looks like it will be in the same boat with the original TV movie. The Losers’ Club seem to have been collected with the right amount of sympathy and care, this will be a group that you will want to follow.

Pennywise is a whole different story and I mean that in the most positive way, as with any remake, there is a fear of losing a vital part of the original’s heart. In the original 1990 TV movie, Tim Curry brought this literary clown to life and gave Pennywise a level of creepiness that the talented Curry can only reach. In this new vision of a classic, Bill Skarsgård avoids the traps of copying the performance and seems to crank the creepy knob past 11.

IT Floats Into Theaters September 8th

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Tripping On Eden In Long Beach..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 Flashbacks can have their ups and downs. The memories of a lost and drunken weekend in Las Vegas can bring on a negative aftermath, but a flashback from a past convention has a better chance of a more positive outcome and will be less dangerous.

 At the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo, the Nowhere California team crossed paths with a flashback from conventions past and talked with Jason Beckwith. Jason is the creative mind behind multiple independent comic books, such as “Taking Eden” and “The Tool”. Also, Jason is a fixture in the convention circuit and can be usually found in “Artist’s Alley” portion of the convention floor, this is where the guys from Nowhere first crossed paths with Jason at the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo.

 One year later, we had the pleasure to talk with Jason about the current state of his comics and the world of the convention floor..

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Another Conversation With Jason Beckwith

As you can tell, it was great to catch up with this creative mind. You can keep track of Jason’s many creations by going to his official website BY CLICKING HERE

Inside The Artist’s Mind..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 In the past our convention coverage, our focus would stay on the art of the comic book pages and the creative minds that put pen to page. In this installment of our adventures at the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo, we are leaving the pages and moving to the wall, so we can talk with artist Michael Matsumoto.

 Michael is an illustrator and a conceptual artist that delves deep into pop culture for inspiration. During his continuing elevation in the art world, Michael has developed a following and has picked up freelance work in the form of commissioned pieces. Also, during this time, he has found a place in the convention circuit and this is where we crossed paths.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Michael Matsumoto

It was a pleasure to talk with Michael at this event and it was great to put a face to the creator of one of my favorite “Back To The Future” artistic pieces. If you want to check out the work of Michael Matsumoto CLICK HERE for his official website.

The Mind Of Heart-Shaped Skull Crosses Into Nowhere..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 Prepare for The Doom Song to echo in your ears and other supernatural oddities to invade your senses, as Nowhere California continues our coverage from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo and venture deeper into the world of Artist Alley.

In this installment, the guys from Nowhere talk with Aaron Alexovich. Aaron has built an impressive career through his work in multiple animation and comic book projects, such as AVATAR:The Last Airbender and Invader Zim. Another project that is close to Aaron is the comic book “Serenity Rose”, this book was the brainchild of Aaron’s and is currently in its third volume.

 Now, with credentials like that, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk with this talented mind and you can click the link below to listen to this conversation.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Aaron Alexovich

This was a great conversation and we would like to thank Aaron for taking the time out to talk with us. If you want to check out more of his work, you can CLICK HERE For Aaron Alexovich’s Official Website