Lu Over the Wall: An Anime Little Mermaid

Lu Over the Wall is easily one of the most bizarre and trippy movies I have watched in a long time. This anime film from the makers of Devilman Crybaby follows an over-the-top storyline surrounding the young mermaid Lu and her bond with a boy named Kai. While that initial premise may sound a lot like a certain Disney animated classic, the similarities completely end there.

Lu Over the Wall tries to accomplish so much in just under two hours that it lacks any sort of focus whatsoever. What at first looks like a simple tale of the friendship between a human and a mermaid quickly diverges into so many subplots that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. For example, the very beginning of the movie plays up Kai contributing his DJ skills to a band that two of his classmates have put together. While it’s basically the only storyline to get adequate enough time dedicated to it, I still felt like it could have been a completely different movie on its own.

Continue reading…

Nintendo, Sony Update Their Warranty Policies Following FTC Warning

Nintendo and Sony have both updated their warranty policies after receiving FTC warnings.

The FTC reached out to Sony and Nintendo last month, along with four other companies that reportedly included Microsoft, Hyundai, HTC, and ASUS, according to The companies were warned that their warranty policies were “deceptive under the FTC Act” and were given 30 days to comply, with the threat of legal action if they failed to do so.

Continue reading…

Deadpool Apologizes For A Joke In The First Movie

Deadpool is known for cracking wise at pop culture figures, but in a new marketing spot for Deadpool 2, the character expresses some overdue regret for a cheap shot at a sports celebrity. In the first film, Deadpool made fun of soccer star David Beckham. Poor Wade has apparently seen the error of his ways and wants to make it up to him.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted the skit, saying “Little known fact: Canadians are born with a black belt in apology.” True to form, it has a meta pay-off by turning the mockery back onto Reynolds himself. Deadpool in both his comic and film incarnations tends to break the fourth wall.

The promo spots for Deadpool 2 have taken aim at Marvel’s cinematic universe with some pointed jokes at The Avengers and DC film franchises. Despite the irreverent tone, though, some jokes are still off-limits. Reynolds recently explained that Fox made him remove a joke at Disney’s expense, possibly to avoid rocking the boat while the House of Mouse worked to acquire 20th Century Fox. That deal appears to be in jeopardy now, so we may still get to hear what Deadpool thinks of Mickey and Donald in the DVD extras.

Bad Boys 3 Is Happening Again, Release Date Confirmed

Fans of the Bad Boys movie series can once again start looking forward to another instalment. Following the news last year that Sony had removed the third movie in the hit action franchise from its schedule, the film has now been given a new release date.

As reported by Variety, Bad Boys For Life will now hit theaters on January 17, 2020. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return as the rule-breaking cops, and the movie will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The filmmaking duo are also attached to a reboot of Beverly Hills Cop, but there has been no further news about that since last year.

Bad Boys For Life has experienced a series of delays and date changes over the past few years. Both Bad Boys For Life and Bad Boys 4 were announced in August 2015. At the time, the former was given a February 2017 release, which subsequently moved back to early 2018, and then to November this year. By August last year, neither movie appeared on Sony’s schedule.

Following the departure of original director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team), Lawrence himself cast doubt on whether Bad Boys For Life would ever happen. “I don’t think we’re going to get one,” he said. “Not the way everything’s turning out. Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

It was Smith himself who first revealed that a third movie was in the works. In 2016 he spoke about meeting co-star Martin Lawrence for the first time in several years. “We just looked at each other,” he said. “We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another Bad Boys. We’re definitely doing another one.”

The first Bad Boys was released in 1995, with the sequel following in 2003. Both movies were directed by Transformers‘ Michael Bay, and are somehow actually quite enjoyable despite that fact.

In related news, it was recently reported that the sequel to Smith’s Netflix hit Bright has a new writer. Beauty and the Beast‘s Evan Spiliotopoulos will pen the follow-up to the sci-fi thriller, which was released on the streaming service last December.

Crash Bandicoot Remaster Releasing On Switch, Xbox One, And PC Early

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be releasing sooner than expected for Xbox One, PC, and Switch, publisher Activision has revealed. The game was originally set to launch on July 10, but has been given a new release date of June 29. “Crash Bandicoot has been working hard to look good for his debut on new platforms,” the Activision blog states. “The fan reaction to the news that he’s coming to Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam was the extra push needed and now he’s ready nearly two weeks early.”

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was released for PS4 in 2017, and the remaster package features updated versions of Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped.

The N. Sane Trilogy was very successful on PS4. In December 2017, Activision announced that it was the top-selling remaster collection the history of PlayStation 4. In GameSpot’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy PS4 review, Peter Brown said the games felt dated, despite looking much better.

“Vicarious Visions, for its part, succeeded in revitalizing Crash from an artistic perspective while preserving the charm that made him appealing when he first showed up, but years have passed since the original PlayStation was relevant, and we are well past the formative years of 3D gaming,” he explained.

“It’s easy to imagine how a dyed-in-the-wool Crash fan will fall in love all over again via the N. Sane Trilogy, but if you’re experiencing Crash for the first time–or the first time in a while–it might pain you to realize that Crash’s original adventures aren’t as inventive or surprising as they were 20 years ago.”

Bad Boys for Life Gets New Release Date

Bad Boys for Life is back on the Sony Pictures release slate.

EW reports the third movie in the franchise — which stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith — is set to arrive January 17, 2020. That date is roughly 17 years after the sequel landed in theaters and Nelly’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” wormed its way into our ears.

The new release date is also a bit surprising since Lawrence thought Bad Boys for Life wasn’t likely to happen back in August. The movie also lost director Joe Carnahan last year.

Continue reading…

SNK Neo Geo Mini Officially Announced

SNK has officially announced the Neo Geo Mini.

As detailed on SNK’s recent Facebook post, this smaller version of the original 1990s arcade cabinet comes pre-loaded with 40 games, which will be revealed at a later date.

The console features a 3.5-inch LCD screen so you can play the titles on the go and comes in two versions: one for the Asian market and one for North America, Europe, and other regions. The Japanese version sports a black, white, and red design while the overseas region will feature a black, white, and blue design.

It also has an HDMI port if you want to play it on a bigger screen, two external controller ports, and headphone jacks. Pricing and a release date haven’t been revealed yet. The console was first revealed by an anonymous source earlier this month.

Continue reading…

The Predator Trailer: Check Out The First Kick-Ass Look At The Movie

The first trailer for the much-anticipated The Predator is here. The movie is the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi action franchise that started with the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Predator in 1987, and it hits theaters in September.

The trailer opens with a kid playing with some alien tech he finds in a box, which seems to be controlling a Predator ship, causing it to crash on the Earth. We then see an army specialist played by Boyd Holbrook being interrogated about what he saw on a jungle mission, followed by warnings from Olivia Munn’s scientist character about the danger posed by the “upgraded” Predators. There’s also plenty of action and a few glimpses of the Predator itself, killing some unfortunate victims. Check it out above.

The Predator is directed by Shane Black, who previously helmed Iron Man 3 and the crime comedy The Nice Guys, as well as writing the original Lethal Weapon. It also stars Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu, Key & Peele), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. OJ Simpson), Thomas Jane (The Expanse), and Jacob Tremblay (Room). It releases on September 14.

Black himself acted in the original Predator, and in a recent interview with Pure Grain Audio, spoke about his approach to tackling a movie in such an established franchise. “The key to Predator has always been the group that goes up against the Predator,” he said. “The trick is to get yourself inside the mindset of a group of men and women, mostly guys in those movies, sometimes with a female protagonist as well. Mostly in the [Alien vs. Predator movies] as well, and Predators.

“You wanna find a balance. It’s not so much addressing the emotions of the characters or finding the fear in the horror film as much as finding what interests me about a horror film. Figuring out why I am the audience member I am for them.”

Avengers: Infinity War — How Tom Holland Improvised A Major Moment

One of the most memorable points of Avengers: Infinity War may have been much different, if not for some solid improvisational skills from actor Tom Holland. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, opened up about how Holland added to a pivotal point for Spider-Man and helped capture the spirit of the moment. Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow.

In the climactic moment of Avengers: Infinity War, the villain Thanos snaps his fingers to wipe out half the population of the universe, and we subsequently see several characters both minor and major fading into dust. The camera lingers the longest on Spider-Man, who has an emotional moment with his mentor Tony Stark. The Russos told Uproxx that a lot of that was from Holland.

“I think what was scripted was, ‘I don’t feel so good,’ and, ‘I’m sorry,’ and everything in-between is Tom,” said Joe Russo. Throughout the rest of the scene, Parker is pleading and scared, saying he doesn’t want to go. Joe said that was an emotional level they had pushed him to pursue, summarized as “you’re a child and you don’t understand.”

On top of that, Holland also benefited from working with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, who has been a mentor to Holland as an actor as well. “Ever since we introduced the new Spider-Man in Civil War, Robert has been a very active mentor to him. And not just outside, but in the moment and in the scene while acting,” said Anthony Russo. “Robert is one of the most remarkable performers on the planet and he makes everyone around him better and he brings everybody up. So, when Robert is tuned in to what you’re doing and, on a performance level, he wants to help feed you and pull you. He can do remarkable things. And he will dance with Tom on a performance level that is amazing and that was one example of it. He’s a very giving performer and he really helped us find that moment with Tom.”

The result is one of the film’s haunting emotional centerpieces, which Joe Russo says they knew they had to make a “gut-punch.” Anthony Russo added, “Once we commit to a story idea, we commit to the fullest version of that. The potency of that moment is a function of us following that creative choice.” Asked if they were concerned it would make kids cry, the two compared it to the adventure franchise film that made them cry as kids: The Empire Strikes Back.

“I stayed and I watched that movie from 11 AM until 11 PM the day that movie came out,” Joe Russo said. “I just kept going back and back and back. And I think there’s something about catharsis and we all create catharsis in storytelling. There are things you can deal with in fantasy that you can’t deal with directly in the real world. I would argue that this movie is a reflection of its time. And that there is a level of catharsis the audience is going through collectively and globally as we march into whatever future awaits us.”

Spider-Man certainly wasn’t the only prominent and emotional death in the film, though. Black Panther has a brief emotional moment with his bodyguard Okoye, and Groot has a scene that hits even harder once you hear what his final “I am Groot” meant. Avengers 4 will continue the story and presumably resolve the Thanos arc when it releases next year, and Disney is already eyeing the next ten years of Marvel movies with a new franchise.

EA Teases Battlefield Reveal on May 23

EA is teasing a Battlefield reveal coming later this month, which tells players that “on May 23, Battlefield will never be the same.”

The teaser website isn’t much beyond a blue background with “May 23, 2018” emblazoned across it, accompanied by the hashtag “Battlefield”. The URL includes the slogan “never be the same.”

The website was discovered thanks to a Battlefield 1 Easter egg was shared on ResetEra. Forum members are speculating on whether the announcement will be a trailer for Battlefield V, or whether EA will be introducing a battle royale mode to series.

Continue reading…