Josh Digs Into ‘Narcos’ Season 2 and the History of Pablo Escobar!


Narcos Season 2: The Fall of Don Pablo

by: Josh Outred

I recently finished season 2 of the hit Netflix Crime Drama, Narcos. The documentary-thriller which tells the story of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, Colombia’s most famous drug lord and leader of the once renowned Medellin Cartel.

Season 1 of Narcos, which debuted last September, catalogued the rise of Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) from small-time illegal contraband activities to Colombian drug lord and the world’s seventh richest man. His story through season 1 was one of incredible violence, ruthlessness and lust to sit on the throne of Colombia. We got to see how Escobar gained the name of El Padrino (The Godfather), through acts of terror this man who came from nothing would go on to be the most wanted man in Colombia’s history.


Now, it’s no secret as to how Pablo Escobar’s story ends, on December 2nd 1993 to be precise, the question was, who would fire that fatal shot? It is still unknown to the general public as to who actually killed Escobar; the Colombian police say they pulled the trigger; however his son Sebastian Marroquin as he’s now known claims his father committed suicide on that rooftop, firing the final shot through his ear.

By all accounts, Narcos has been fairly faithful to the real-life tale of Escobar’s rise and fall; the show clearly states however that certain character names and scenarios have been altered for dramatic purposes. Narcos season 2 perfectly executes its key scenes and adds a cinematic value that wasn’t there in the first season. For example, during the second episode Cambalache we see homage paid to the famous baptism scene from The Godfather, the montage scene in which Michael Corleone’s son is baptised is dramatically recreated as Escobar dances to the opera with his wife, Tata (Paulina Gaitan), we cut back and forth as Colombian police are executed throughout Medellin on Pablo’s orders.

Along with perfectly executed scenes like this comes a performance from Wagner Moura that’ll go down as one of his best, captivating and absolutely unmissable. There have been plenty of renditions of Escobar over the years and Moura’s is by far the standout of them all. In season 1 we saw him as a man who had what seemed to be unlimited resources and power coming from every angle, an unpredictable younger man who was not afraid to put himself in the limelight and do what was necessary to keep his cocaine empire intact. This season however, we see Wagner Moura as Escobar in a completely different shade. As the cracks begin to get wider and Pablo’s iron fist starts to melt, we see a man under pressure, as the Cali Cartel and former associates move against the man on the run, taking over his cocaine production laboratories and capitalising on Escobar’s now illusive figure.

Moura, who gained 40 pounds for the latter half of season 2, gives a Shakespearean-esque performance, a very sombre yet edgy look into the final months of this once untouchable Tsar of cocaine. The show’s creators Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato and Doug Miro have crafted this season’s Pablo Escobar as the villain you hate to love, and who, for 90% of this season you actually sympathise for more than DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal).

One scene in particular where Wagner Moura portrays Escobar in a way none of us saw coming appears in the final episode, Al Fin Cayo. In this scene Pablo sees and converses with an apparition of his late cousin and business partner, Gustavo (Juan Pablo Raba). During these few moments both actors give such an emotionally weighty performance without all the tears and blubbering so often sprinkled all over, Pablo admits to Gustavo that it all fell apart the day he left, and that he misses him every single day of his life, it’ll break you, trust me!

With all that said, let’s go to the death scene we were all waiting for, and boy was it done to perfection. As Pablo has one final conversation with his wife and children via radio (the only way they could communicate for months), Search Bloc (the force set up to hunt and find Escobar) are doing their rounds, listening to static and hoping for any lead. Finally, Colonel Martinez’ son has a breakthrough, he tracks Escobar’s final conversation (this is the one time he stays on the line too long), when they finally reach the location he sees Pablo, stood up in the window for all to see, possibly becoming a little sloppy in his final days. What ensues is some of the greatest climatic moments of the small screen that surpass even the best of Breaking Bad, that’s right, better than Walt’s final moments! The combination of Wagner Moura’s desperation and almost heroic gun slinging, Limon’s (Leynar Gomez) loyalty, and Search bloc’s final stand and Steve Murphy finally getting the man he’d been after for years amount to a truly epic shootout on a suburb rooftop in Medellin – the actual rooftop of Pablo Escobar’s death.


All in all I truly can’t say a bad word about the second season of Narcos; it had me gripped from the get-go. With cinematic references, and an award-worthy performance from Wagner Moura, Narcos season 2 hit all the right buttons. Suspenseful, nail-biting and gripping combined with the illuminating documentary style; Narcos truly is the best of its kind. I wonder how season 3 and 4 will work without its key player, the character who ultimately drove the show from start to finish. I guess we’ll find out in 2017.

For the love of Narcos, give Wagner Moura an Emmy!

OHHHH MAN This Promises to be Amazing! Amblin 35: An Art Tribute Featuring Drew Struzan!


by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

Growing up in the 80’s was a magical time made all the more magical thanks to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment production company. The films that were released under the Amblin’s banner would go on to inspire and shape an entire generation of filmmaker’s and fans alike. With titles like E.T., Gremlins, Goonies and Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit the legacy of Amblin reads like a road map to awe and wonder.

A huge piece of those Amblin films for me were the wonderful posters created by the master himself, Drew Struzan. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that Drew Struzan art has adorned my walls for at least three decades. I can vividly recall his Star Wars, Back to the Future and Goonies posters hanging in my bedroom as a kid. Those films and posters from that decade were instrumental in creating the film nerd (and poster collector) I became.

It makes me extremely happy to announce that producer Jack Morrissey and Taylor White are putting together an art show to celebrate Amblin’s thirty-fifth anniversary (wow, where has the time gone?). Not only that, but Struzan will be displaying never-before-seen pieces of art from his personal archive!

Check out the full details below and prepare to get excited:

Steven Spielberg’s iconic production company Amblin Entertainment is in its thirty-fifth year and over three decades has created many of the most beloved movies of all time, spanning every genre. From the Oscar-winning masterpieces Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan to adored pop culture classics that defined a generation – Back to the Future, The Goonies, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and so many more.

Founded in 1981 by Spielberg and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, the company has brought to life so many stories on the silver screen – from its very first production Continental Divide to this fall’s The Girl on the Train. On the small screen, the company has also created countless hit series, from ER to Amazing Stories and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

This December, Creature Features will pay tribute to Amblin with an unprecedented gallery exhibit featuring imagery from, and inspired by, the company’s extraordinary history. The show is headlined by Drew Struzan, the legendary artist who painted so much of Amblin’s most iconic movie poster art, including Hook, An American Tail, The Goonies, and the Back to the Future Trilogy. Drew will display a selection of original, never-before-seen art from his personal archive.

Alongside Drew, dozens of gifted artists will exhibit original paintings and sculptures that honor the Amblin films and television shows that have influenced them.

AMBLIN 35: AN ART TRIBUTE FEATURING DREW STRUZAN opens at Creature Features on the evening of Friday, December 2nd and will exhibit through Thursday, December 15th. The exhibit is curated by Taylor White and Jack Morrissey.

For information on submitting art, please email

Creature Features is a genre-themed art gallery and pop culture store with a twenty-year legacy of celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and animation. Owner Taylor White and his team have hosted gallery shows themed on such iconic titles as The Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, The Iron Giant, and Godzilla.

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For more of Drew Struzan’s work, visit Official Drew Struzan Page

Tim Miller Leaves Deadpool 2 Over Creative Differences


by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

Fox Studios’ Deadpool 2 has lost director Tim Miller over creative differences with the star of the first film, Ryan Reynolds. It’s been rumored that among the things the two butted heads on was the casting of Cable, with Miller pushing for Friday Night Light’s Star Kyle Chandler, as well as the tone of the next film.

Deadpool, which was released earlier this year and took in a massive $786 million worldwide was a huge hit for Fox, and gained trust from comic book film fans that maybe, just maybe, Fox may have finally nailed what they’d been trying to do for years, releasing a decent superhero flick.

Of course, the loss of the sequel’s director doesn’t spell the end for the Deadpool franchise, it’s definitely a kick in the teeth, however, there is many a capable visualist out there who could come aboard and put their own twist on the masked man.

With Ryan Reynolds still starring as the Marvel hero, in my opinion a role that reinvigorated his career, the sequel to Deadpool still has hope. With Tim Miller out, who do you think will take over to helm Deadpool 2? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think!

IR TV Review: Star Wars Rebels: The Last Battle


The Last Battle is proof that Star Wars Rebels can be great, and episodes relying on nostalgia can work, when timed right.

by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

I’ve not been the biggest supporter of Star Wars: Rebels since the long and drawn out season 2. The second season of Rebels felt like it never really went anywhere, I’d compare it to the intro of a song, where the replay button is being pressed every time it’s about to break. People have said season 2 really honed in on the individual crew members of the Ghost, it never really felt that way for me either, in fact, season 2 seemed to be mission after mission where the crew would be stealing yet another supply of cargo from the Empire, or breaking prisoners valuable to their cause out of imperial incarceration. To cut my negative thoughts on Rebels down to the minimum, season 2 was a massive waste of my time and my feelings for the lead character, Ezra Bridger, couldn’t be lesser. Season 3 however, has gotten off to a strong start, with every episode adding depth to the Ghost crew’s inner turmoils, history and general struggles with who they are and what they’re trying to achieve.

The Last Battle was an episode steeped in nostalgia, though unlike a lot of content nowadays, especially in the case of Rebels season 2, this was a love letter well earned, a step back in time for not only our favourite Clone Wars veteran, Captain Rex, but for us, the fans who have been longing for closure ever since The Clone Wars’ abrupt ending a couple of years ago.

The episode begins as the crew of the Ghost arrives on the battle scarred planet of Agamar, with Kanan, Ezra, Rex, Zeb and Chopper on a salvage mission to retrieve weapons left over on a downed Separatist war ship. Like any curious teenager, Ezra has questions regarding the Clone War, Rex briefs him on the dangers of the droid army, and when Ezra makes a crack at the look of an old Battle Droid head, Rex shuts him down, stating that they killed a lot of his friends and aren’t to be underestimated. This episode doubles as a history lesson for not only Ezra, but for the younger generation of Star Wars: Rebels fans who may not have had the chance to see the The Clone Wars yet.

Rex, Zeb, our two Jedi and Chopper advance into the hangar of the downed vessel, after scouting and finding no apparent danger, they advance, only to be caught in an old Separatist ray shield. With our heroes trapped, Battle Droids approach and capture them, taking them into custody. When the three awake, Rex becomes overcome with anxiety at the site of an old Tactical Separatist Droid, Kalani. Kalani is best known for his appearance in the Onderon arc of The Clone Wars. Rex shows signs of post traumatic stress, evident when faced with an old enemy, Kanan earlier telling Ezra that Rex’s scars run deep, some of which you cannot see helps the viewer understand Rex’s internal struggle with the ghosts of his past.

Kalani goes on to reveal his long awaited plan for this veteran of the Republic and his allies. Keeping Zeb as a hostage, he sets his game in motion, allowing Rex, Ezra and Kanan a chance at rescuing the Lasat, and ending the Clone Wars for good. In the midst of all the fun and games, Chopper has conveniently found an old shuttle, sending a distress signal for Hera aboard the Ghost, hoping for yet another rescue. Unfortunately for them, the signal was intercepted by Governor Price aboard her Star Destroyer, she immediately sends for an imperial force to be dispatched to Agamar in order to catch the fugitive Rebels.

With Kalani’s game in full swing, Rex and the Jedi begin slicing their way through the droid forces, like the good old days. Rex uses his experience to get through the battle, not without trouble though, as Ezra again proves to be an irritating nuisance, Rex shuts him down and gives him the talking to he so greatly needed, in his book, experience outranks everything!

After finally breaking back into the bridge, our heroes confront Kalani, stating that they’ve won, and it’s time to release their friend. It’s at this point that the story really all comes together, with these old enemies standing face to face once again and both Rex and Kalani still adamant that they were both on the right side, Ezra states that both the Republic and Separatist forces were victims, victims of the real victor, the Empire. When both sides of the coin get their realisation (the only moment I’ve ever enjoyed Ezra’s contribution) the Empire arrives, armed with walkers and ground troops. A mutual understanding is met by the former enemies, Rex and Kalani, who use their knowledge (programming) and experience to outwit the cumbersome forces of the Empire, escaping Agamar and in so, finally ending The Clone War, though I’d say The Clone War ended a long time ago, this unlikely team of Battle Droids, Clone and Jedi finally united against a common enemy, gains a clarity and inner peace. It settles the score, putting an end to the conflict that they had all been so masterfully puppeteered to participate in.

The Last Battle was a thoroughly enjoyable episode, full to the brim with great visuals such as B1 Battle Droids greeting imperial stormtroopers, and emotional storylines like Rex’s and even Kalani’s. This was an episode that served as the final confrontation between old foes, finally joining sides to fight the galaxy’s common enemy, and giving clarity to characters like Captain Rex who so desperately needed it. Coming a couple of years after The Clone Wars and not a minute too early, The Last Battle is proof that Star Wars: Rebels can be great, and episodes relying on nostalgia can work, when timed right.

Rating: 8.5/10

Halt and Catch Fire Actress Joins Narcos Season 3 Cast!

- Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

– Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Halt and Catch Fire actress, Kerry Bishe has joined the cast of hit Netflix Cartel series, Narcos.

Kerry Bishe, who plays Donna Clark in the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, joins Narcos as Christina, an American married to a Colombian who’s looking for help from the US Embassy to escape as her husband falls deeper into the Cali Cartels evil deeds, The Hollywood Reporter has said.

The shows co-creator, Eric Newman recently said in an interview with THR that season 3 of the show will delve deeper into the lives of those in and around the drug war, showing the full effect it has on people’s lives, much like season 2 did with friends Limon (Leynar Gomez) and Maritza (Martina Garcia).  

This excites me greatly, as the closer more personal season 2 worked a lot better than the scale of season 1. Really looking at the lives of people around the war, and Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) himself added an incredible depth to each character involved, it appears season 3 is going the same route.

Kerry Bishe joins newly added cast members, Michael Stahl-David and Matt Whelan who will both play DEA Agents. Pedro Pascal is reported to return as DEA Agent, Javier Pena. The show will follow the ruthless Cali Cartel, who rose to become the kings of cocaine after Pablo Escobar’s death.

Season 3 of Narcos is set to be released on Netflix in 2017.

The New Star Wars Rogue One Trailer is Everything you Hoped for and More!


by: Josh Outred – Staff Writer

This morning, Good Morning America dropped the final theatrical trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and boy is it great!

I couldn’t ask for much more, incredible establishing shots, meaty dialogue and super intense action. We get a much better grasp of the story, and see that this is most definitely Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) story.

This Rogue One trailer most importantly feels like Star Wars through and through, whilst adding a fresh touch that is most welcome. I can tell you now, seeing Vader stride with intense purpose out of the smoke gave me palpitations! With everything you love about Star Wars back, and plenty of newness along with it, Rogue One looks set to blow our minds, and take us to places we could have only previously dreamed of going in the Star Wars universe!

Check out the final trailer and gallery below. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released on the 16th December this year. Not long now folks!

IR Film Review: Josh Takes A Ride With ‘The Girl on the Train’

Girl on the Train

by: Josh Outred – Staff Writer

Emily Blunt shows us just how much love can hurt, a seemingly dangerous alcoholic set in a story of lies and deceit.

Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that’ll lead you off in different directions. Just when you think you know a character, or the answer to a character’s decision making, you’ll soon find yourself looking a different way, wondering whether you’ve missed something key to solving this mystery.

Emily Blunt (Looper, Sicario) plays damaged alcoholic and former suburban wife, Rachel Watson. Rachel has fallen off the tracks (pun intended) and cheap vodka has become her answer. When we meet Rachel she is travelling by train into central New York for work, this is a pattern that repeats itself over and over as she lives a life of routine, something most of us are all too familiar with. Armed with her Schweppes and a notebook containing gothic art, she passes the beautiful suburban area of Hudson Valley, a place where the dream of a suburban lifestyle, a family and Autumn leaves sprinkled on the grass becomes reality. Each day Rachel looks out the train window, seeing a young blonde woman standing on her porch, looking out of what appears to be her dream home. It’s here that you start to wonder, where you, like Rachel, become obsessed with knowing more about the life of this unknown lady.

The blonde woman is Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), she’s the one Rachel is infatuated with, making up stories and playing them out in her mind. It’s at this point we’re led to believe Rachel is just some sad loner, living a less than satisfactory life, looking in on the life she could – or in her head, should have had. We’ve all been there, looking out the window of a train, wondering what it’d be like to be that person in the beautiful house, Rachel is no different, we soon learn that Rachel had once almost had “that life”, living two doors down from the stranger who’s now so important to giving her life purpose. As the story progresses, we find out through flashbacks that Rachel was unable to have a baby, it was this that ultimately lead her to drink. Unable to fulfill her dream, she started down a path that brings her to the point where we meet her.

With the narration by Blunt, director Tate Taylor (The Help) sows the seeds from the beginning, without giving anything away, Taylor puts the audience in an ambiguous place where we are left to follow and determine what is really happening. As we’re thrust from Rachel’s life and into that of Megan’s, we begin to realise that this seemingly perfect suburban lifestyle may not be all it appears to be. We learn (again through narration, this time from Megan’s perspective) that she is troubled, unhappy and downright sad. Again, what it is that’s causing or has caused her to feel this way is left unanswered, for now. Megan’s therapy sessions help to unravel some of the mystery revolving her character.

Everything changes when Rachel sees Megan kissing a stranger on her balcony, she snaps, feeling a deep anger and resentment towards her, she vows to tell Megan that she is throwing it all away! That night Rachel gets intoxicated (as per usual), though this time on a level where you tend to do things you don’t remember, or end up regretting. After an outburst in a bar bathroom where Blunt gives a deeply passionate outcry, screaming at the mirror she’d just smothered with blood-red lipstick, a foresight for what’s to come. She stumbles off, making an unusual stop at Hudson Valley train station, she unknowingly scrambles into a situation that will change all of our character’s lives, forever. What ensues is a blurry, drunken scene, in which Rachel ends up blacking out (a common occurrence, with ramifications later). The next morning, Rachel wakes up, covered in blood, broken phone and vomit on the floor, after saying she was going to kill Megan, and the drunken visionaries, it doesn’t look good for our title character. Living in her friend’s spare bedroom, it is here that we find out Rachel doesn’t even have her once successful PR job, and that she travels the train everyday just to see Megan, that life she so desperately clings onto, sad, but not in the embarrassing sense, this is her life, it’s real to her and you’ll greatly feel for her from this point forward.

We now learn that troubled Megan is missing, with Rachel the one last seen in the area, and her motivations voiced after seeing her with the stranger on the porch. Tate Taylor and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) leave it in our hands to put the puzzle together, they make you work but not too hard, guided by flashbacks and strange-sexual counseling sessions with Megan and her shrink, Dr. Abdic (Edgar Ramirez), you really start to wonder, who really are these people, what do they want, why are they acting this way? A great script and strong direction can make a movie great, but the performances given by our cast is what immerses us, Blunt giving one of her best performances to date. She’s a mess, Danish cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt) adds a sense of the effect of alcoholism to Emily Blunt early on, her makeup and face almost morphing like a painting that hasn’t dried,  the look of an alcoholic, one who is literally falling apart.

When Megan’s disappearance becomes national news, all eyes are on Rachel, though it’s her strangely calm ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux), and controlling new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) who raise question marks, huge question marks! With flashbacks showing us a Rachel appearing to attempt the kidnap her ex’s new born, we think, “could she be more dangerous”? – another fantastic piece of misdirection that continues to lead you off course, it’s now I’d recommend more focus on the flashbacks to Tom’s office parties and the aftermath of that, along with his reaction to learning Megan has actually left her job as his and Anna’s babysitter, yes it’s confusing. A story that starts off with everyone living separate lives, moves forward to reveal that they are all connected, again, another brilliant reveal. Why does Tom seem subtly shocked by Megan leaving her job, probably because he’s sleeping with, I saw it coming!

As Rachel finds purpose in Megan’s husband, Scott Hipwell (Luke Evans), and the search for not only Megan but her own memory after the blackout, we start to see a new Rachel, one who may not be as crazy as we were originally lead to believe. After the realisation that Dr. Abdic was the stranger on the balcony earlier, Rachel and Scott set out to expose him, and in doing so put themselves in the frame leading to more accusations that one of them was actually responsible. These numerous back and forths never feel forced or unnecessary, in fact they are the complete opposite. You’re left in the midst of the psychological mess, where you’re just not sure who to trust, even as it becomes more apparent that this wasn’t the harmless drunk, Rachel, you still have your guard up, ready for the worst. It’s not until Rachel approaches Tom’s ex boss Martha (Lisa Kudrow), that the coffin finally gets nailed down. When Martha reveals to Rachel that she didn’t do the things Tom said she did, the betrayal and deceit hits home for us as much as Rachel. All of this finally unravels the truth, that the disappearance and eventual murder (another thing I didn’t see coming) of Megan, the truth about Rachel’s spiral into the alcoholic she’s become, and pretty much everything else terrible that has happened to our character’s comes down to Tom. A control freak of the worst kind, Justin Theroux gives a strong performance, to the point that you will cringe at his abusive actions,very convincing and traumatically real. Every character in this film has a story, our three female leads, Anna, Megan and Rachel are all victims of Tom, this man who came across as calm and understanding is finally revealed as the awful human he is, and meets his despicable yet justified end at the hands of his ex Rachel and current wife, Anna.

The Girl on the Train is being written about as if it were the poor love child of Gone Girl, when in truth, it’s not only a completely different film that isn’t about a psycho wife framing her husband. No, The Girl on the Train is a film that tells the realistic tale of three women, abused, controlled and broken by a man who ultimately has the biggest psychological problem out of all our character’s. This flick felt very real for me, and should for anyone who watches it. The tale of a pig headed man, who can’t keep it in his pants, living a “perfect life” whilst leaving a path of destruction behind him, the absolute realness of this film is what ultimately pays off.

With incredibly powerful performances, especially from Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett, twists and turns that’ll keep you engrossed and an incredible job done by Tate Taylor to immerse us in this tragedy yet leave us with hope for a better tomorrow. The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller through and through, and will leave you satisfied with the journey and outcome.
RATING: 8/10

Quick! Check Out the Leaked Trailer for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Before it’s Gone!

Dark Tower


The Dark Tower series follows The Gunslinger Roland Deschain as he crosses the landscape of his world searching for the cause of its destruction – Randall Flagg, the Man in Black. Flagg is actually a character that crosses over a number of King’s books and seemingly has his fingers in a lot of pies, tying many of the author’s books together as a universe.

The project, which is being helmed by director Nikolaj Arcel, is being touted as a hybrid television / movie experience that will see the epic story cross both mediums. It is currently still penciled in to hit theaters January 13, 2017.

IR Exclusive: Harrison Ford Will be Flashing Some Familiar Steel in Blade Runner 2049!


by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

Production on the Blade Runner sequel has been rocking and rolling in Budapest since July, but information around the production has been tight. Here’s what we currently know… Ryan Gosling is starring in the follow-up to the visionary 1982 classic being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners) and produced by original helmer Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford is returning, but in what capacity is anybody’s guess at this point. The original film featured Ford as the titular Blade Runner, a cop/investigator tasked with hunting down and retiring (i.e. killing) replicants (humanoid androids nearly indistinguishable from actual humans). If he is playing the Deckard fans know and love is currently unknown.

Today a new image was released with Ford, Gosling, Scott and Denis Villeneuve, along with a familiar firearm.

Not only is Harrison Ford returning, his PKD Detective Special, the unique firearm he used to dispatch his share of “skin jobs” in the original entry is also back. A few weeks back a source shared that three fully functioning “hero” versions of Deckard’s classic blaster have been built and sent to the set along with three rubber “stunt” versions of the blaster as well. These new hero blasters have been built to fire blanks, something that was only rumored of the original. It’s not at all shocking that the blaster would be making an appearance in the next chapter of Blade Runner since Harrison Ford’s Deckard is along for the ride.

One would have to assume the other weapon on the counter would be Gosling’s own weapon of choice in BR2. After all the next installment takes place in 2049, thirty years after the original film. We must assume that this future is still evolving quickly and that weapons have advanced far beyond Deckard’s ancient blaster.

The original Blade Runner blaster was built by property master Terry Lewis from two very different guns, a Charter Arms Bulldog pistol and a Steyr-Mannlicher .222 Remington Rifle. In 1982 the gun was purchased by Hollywood Marketing Specialist Jeff Walker and wasn’t publicly seen again until it popped up at WorldCon in 2006.  It sold at auction back in 2009 for a whopping $300k. It now resides in the amazing movie prop collection of Dan Lanigan. Take a look at the video below of Mythbuster and Prop Replica enthusiast Adam Savage fulfilling many a Blade Runner fans dream of inspecting and holding Deckard’s blaster (along with a lot of other treasures in Lanigan’s possession).


It’s a smart move for Warner Bros. to bring back as much from the first film as possible when you consider it from strictly a merchandising standpoint. The reason there has never been a ton of officially licensed Blade Runner merchandise is tangled mess that the rights are in. By plopping that stuff in this new film, they create a loophole that they can use to finally realize the potential of the property.

Deckard’s pistol ranks up there with Luke’s Lightsaber and the original Ghostbusters Proton Packs for me as the most iconic science-fiction props of all time. I’m thrilled that it will be there exactly how it was in the original film alongside Harrison Ford.

Everything is Backwards in the Brand New TV Spot for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange 2

by: Josh Outred

Marvel Studios’ next release comes in the form of Dr. Strange, as promotion for the film ramps up for its November release, we are starting to get the most unusual glimpses into a film we all knew would stop us in our tracks! Or should I say, change reality as we know it?

Doctor Strange tells the story of former world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, who after a horrendous car accident loses the use of his hands. When conventional medicinal methods fail, Strange finds hope in the form of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who offers him a way back. This way back comes at a price, the price of being the most powerful magician on earth, able to travel through time and change reality. Coming up against the evil Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), Strange is left with a choice, go back to his former life of fame and fortune or help save the world.

The latest TV spot will make even you question your reality, as the spot plays in reverse and turns the world (literally) on its head.

Doctor Strange will be released in cinemas on November 4th, so buckle up and prepare to have your mind blown by what is set to be the strangest Marvel experience yet.

Check out the mind boggling TV spot below:

Iron Fist Gets a Release Date and The Punisher Spin-off Series Begins Filming!


by: Josh Outred

Seems to be the week of Marvel/Netflix Television, with Luke Cage dropping this past Friday and now two new looks at Marvel’s future ventures in collaboration with Netflix, it’s time to get excited!

Yesterday Marvel Entertainment announced a release date for the upcoming Iron Fist series. Along with that announcement came a first look image and synopsis. Releasing next year on March 17th, Iron Fist follows the story of Daniel Rand (Finn Jones), a martial arts expert who returns to New York after an extended time missing. Armed with the mighty “Fist of Iron”, Daniel prepares to take on a rising evil in the big apple. Check out the premise and first look image of Rand kicking ass below:

“Marvels Iron Fist follows the journey of Daniel Rand as he returns to New York, after being missing for years, to fight against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible Kung-Fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist”.


Alongside this official announcement comes a barrage of new photo’s straight out of Brooklyn, New York. The on set images are confirmation that The Punisher spin-off series starring Jon Bernthal has begun filming.

The images come from the site Just Jared, and show off an unfamiliar Punisher, sporting a hoodie, boots and beard, these snapshots are ripe for speculation and raise question marks regarding the shows story.

The Punisher series has yet to be given an official release date, and very little is actually known about this hotly anticipated standalone series. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) has been confirmed as the showrunner, and is set to write the first two episodes. I for one can’t hold in my excitement for this, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher was without a doubt the standout character of Daredevil season 2, bringing an unforgettable performance that the anti-hero has deserved for a long while.

Marvels Iron Fist will be available on Netflix as of March 17th 2017. The Punisher is still without a release date. Stay tuned for more info as we get it!

Luke Cage – This is Why Villains Matter


by: Josh Outred

Lackluster villains damage Marvel’s standalone outing with the bulletproof black man, Luke Cage.

WARNING: The entire first season of Luke Cage is discussed below and there are spoilers contained. Proceed at your own risk!



He’s not a lawyer, nor is he a billionaire businessman and genius weapons engineer, no; Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is a man on the run, a man with unbreakable skin and super-human strength who is struggling to come to terms with his incredible abilities, unsure whether embracing them will do more harm than good.

Netflix and Marvel Television have managed to craft a thoughtful and extremely relevant series with Luke Cage, whose comic book debut came all the way back in 1972 with Luke Cage: Hero for Hire. Cage, formally known as Carl Lucas is a man on the run. Having escaped from his tormenting incarceration at Seagate (an island prison) after being wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit, Lucas changes his name to Luke Cage and begins a new life, trying to lay low and live a normal life. However, after the experimental rehabilitation he underwent turned him into a bulletproof machine, he struggles to live life on the sidelines, and is of two minds whether to use his unwanted abilities to help rid Harlem of organized crime or instead pretend that his super-human powers do not exist in order to live a “normal” life.

luke-cage-2As with most stories the future hero always has a mentor, Luke’s mentor comes in the form of barbershop owner, Pop (Frankie Faison). Pop is a wise man, a man of Harlem, who as well as cutting hair instills wisdom into the black youth of the area, trying to guide them in the right direction. A loveable character from the get-go, Pop is also Luke Cage’s boss and Uncle of deceased wife, Reva (Parisa Fitz-Henley). Pop is consistently telling Luke to get involved and use his powers to bring justice to Harlem. Eventually event’s bring our hero Luke to the forefront of the action, Pops’ death and last words propelling Cage to take action.

After Pops’ death we see Luke change as a person drastically. He goes from subdued to street-action-hero in the matter of an episode, immediately taking action against local nightclub owner and crime boss Cornel ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes, whose “ready to impress” goon carried out the killing. This “act of war” on Cottonmouth is what kick starts the story, bringing unwanted attention to the new hero of Harlem. After bringing Cornel’s business to it’s already weak knees, Cage is seen as a saviour, his speech at Pops’ funeral does nothing more than fuel that love. Though with the love comes hate, now that Cage is on Cottonmouth’s radar he, like Luke, wants revenge. After continuous back and forths, what seemed to be like a strong lead villain also meets his end, not at the hand of Luke, but to his own cousin, Black Mariah (Alfre Woodward).

This is where I feel the show falters greatly, we’re introduced to the scheming Mariah Dillard in the first episode along with Cottonmouth, she just never really seemed like a threat. To me it felt like both her and her cousin were consistently being set up for their next big move, something to which the creators never really resolved, with her eventual outburst on her cousin being the only act with a real evil motive. Aside from that, Councilwoman Dillard was just a political pushover, being the voice of the people and trying to take control of Harlem being her master plan that never got off the ground. Along with these two characters our attention is brought to another elusive figure, Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey), who after half a season is set up as the main bad guy, by this point I was tired of constant introductions to so called villainous characters who never really stood up to the high bar set by Wilson Fisk in Daredevil season 1.

The poor execution of our villain’s motives made for a story that really came down to one thing, Luke Cage’s internal struggle. Dealing with the loss of his wife and a checkered past whilst at the same time deciding whether to embrace super powers forced unwillingly upon him became the main focus of the show. Mike Colter gives such a subtly cool and powerful performance that really anchors the show. That, alongside the relevant themes of being black and living in America, hit you hard. The live music also adds a nuance that makes this show the most real superhero adaptation put to screen yet.


Luke Cage unfortunately fell victim to the 13 episode conundrum that Marvel and Netflix have going on. Having these show’s chopped down to 10, even 8 episodes would really help tighten the story and rid the series of so much unwanted filler. I mean, Cage’s backstory was covered in one episode thanks to the perfect use of flashbacks, it just wasn’t necessary to drag the season out to 13 by reiterating the non existent motives of the villains, and spending an unusual amount of time with Luke on the run. This is an issue that I feel all the Netflix/Marvel ventures have had, an issue I hope they address in order to keep the stories and character motives as tight as possible.

All in all Luke Cage rounded out as an average adventure for me. With relevant themes and a strong lead being the biggest victories. The show had scenes that you could pull straight from a comic book page, (Cottonmouth’s rocket launcher scene being a perfect example). However, the show ultimately failed to give us a strong villain to latch onto, and I felt the story regularly going backwards, as if it was almost afraid to take that next big step.

Rating: 6.5/10


Jon Favreau to Helm Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Live Action Adaptation!


by: Josh Outred – Staff Writer

Jon Favreau, the man who blew everyone’s collective mind by breathing new life into this year’s live action adaptation of The Jungle Book, has been confirmed as the director for the much expected The Lion King adaptation.

Favreau’s Lion King will follow in the footsteps of other recent takes on Disney classics such as, Cinderella and next year’s The Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson.

The Live-action/CGI remake will be the first rendition of the animated classic to hit the big screen since its initial release in 1994, in which the film bought in $968.8 million globally. The film is expected to keep the iconic songs such as “Hakuna Matata”, and is set to film in the African Savannah.

The Lion King centers around a young lion named Simba whose father; Mufasa is murdered by his evil uncle Scar. No release date has been set as of yet, but expect to be awed by Jon Favreau when he takes us all on a magical journey!

Disney has been really impressing audiences with their live action adaptations and if The Jungle Book is any indication, Favreau is going to bring us something really special with The Lion King.

Check Out The Action-Packed New Trailer for Netflix’s Luke Cage!


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by: Josh Outred

The unbreakable man, Luke Cage, takes bullet after bullet in the latest trailer for this brand new edition to the Marvel/Netflix TV universe.

Luke Cage is the upcoming TV adaptation of the comic series which centres on-you guessed it, Luke Cage. A seemingly normal man from Harlem, New York, and former convict who is coming to terms with his new found abilities.

Discovering that he has incredible strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage who was introduced in last year’s hit series, Jessica Jones as a “friend with benefits”, wages a war against organised crime in Harlem. Played by the actor Mike Colter, Luke Cage will use his indestructible, regenerative skin and superhuman strength as a means of restoring piece to crime-filled Harlem.

This new trailer offers a glimpse into the action, and an explosive look at the rivalry between him and villainous nightclub owner, “Cottonmouth” played by Mahershala Ali.

Check out the trailer below, and hit up Netflix on Friday 30th of September (this Friday) when the all episodes of the show begin streaming!

How Josh Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’


by: Josh Outred

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as most of you probably already know (although it’s becoming apparent that Disney would prefer more people knew at this stage), is the first in a series of standalone Star Wars films set away from the main Skywalker saga, it will tell the story of how a rag-tag band of Rebels stole the plans to the Empire’s first Death Star. The cast and crew of the film have referred to Rogue One as a gritty, on-the-ground war movie, something many Star Wars fans, myself included, have been waiting for.

However, it’s no secret that since the film was first announced, I haven’t exactly been its biggest supporter. As a huge Star Wars guy, this lack of enthusiasm surprised even me. How could I not be excited for this film? It’s Star Wars, naturally I expected to be ecstatic about the announcement of this film, and I just wasn’t.

Now, I’ve come to realize that initial disappointment came down to one main reason, at the time we were all anticipating the release of The Force Awakens (and personally I was hyper-focused on that film), I wanted to embrace the special time leading up to the seventh edition in the Star Wars saga, a film so many of us had waited years for. Rogue One was announced in the midst of all that excitement and anticipation and I just truly couldn’t focus on it, or be excited for it.


The Force Awakens was such a highly anticipated film, most Star Wars fans never thought we’d ever see a sequel to Return of the Jedi, so when its announcement finally came I think I speak for everyone when I say it was memorable. I couldn’t believe we were finally going to see Luke, Han and Leia on the silver screen again. What was the story? Were Han and Leia still a couple? So many questions, so few answers, with infinite possibilities. It made for an exciting time. The thought of seeing another story with those characters made me (and many other fans) incredibly emotional. Frankly it still does.

Rogue One bought about a dilemma for me, the story was said to focus on the stolen Death Star plans that lead directly into the original entry into the Star Wars universe, A New Hope. This was a story that as a child I played out with my action figures on my bedroom floor – yet I was not excited in the slightest. I decided that I needed more time to soak it all in. First of all, I needed to see The Force Awakens and take in all that it had to offer, maybe then I’d begin the feverish anticipation that others already felt about it?

January came around, after seeing Episode VII a number of times I began to turn my attention timidly to December, still not quite sure of what to expect. Was I really ready to leave Luke and Leia again after only just being reacquainted with my childhood heroes?

April arrived and so did the first teaser for Rogue One, at last we were getting a glimpse at this so called “war movie”. The teaser worked on a number of levels for me; however, I still wasn’t completely sold. I still wonder whether or not I was over my Force Awakens hangover at this point, we’d only just been introduced to brand new characters like Rey and Finn, so the thought of having to fall in love with a whole group of completely unfamiliar characters just a year later worried me. I really wanted to care about this film but something just wasn’t clicking into place.


As we got further away from The Force Awakens and closer to Rogue One I started to wonder whether or not that I was ever going to feel ready for this departure from the saga films. The change, even though we were still in a galaxy far, far away, made me nervous. It wasn’t until the home release of Episode VII that my feelings started to sway in a different direction. After countless viewings of The Force Awakens, and the release of the first full trailer for Rogue One, something switched in me, I was ready; the change no longer frightened me like it had for so long.

After being thrust back into Star Wars in such a tonally and visually familiar way with The Force Awakens we were all on a nostalgic high, it seemed that everything we originally loved was back, and it was beautiful, however, I started to crave the newness that the spin-off’s had to offer. I was ready to jump into a new story with new characters in a somewhat unfamiliar world. The Force Awakens was very much a reintroduction to Star Wars and now I was beginning to feel like fresh locations and stories set in this familiar home were necessary for not just me, but the longevity of Star Wars itself.

As different as Rogue One will evidently be to what has come before it, Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) has clearly tried to keep this film feeling like Star Wars. Introducing new ships like the Rebel’s U-Wing and the Imperial’s TIE Striker, along with the new Death Trooper (pictured above), the aesthetic of Rogue One doesn’t sway from what we all know and love. The visually familiar aspect is key to keeping this film a Star Wars film, Gareth Edwards was even quoted in a recent interview with Empire Magazine as saying; we found if you go slightly to the left, its not Star Wars, its just some other sci-fi movie. But go too far the other way and it just feels like youre doing a karaoke number of what George has already done. I really appreciate his terminology here, he’s coming at it from the perspective that George Lucas is no longer at the helm of these films, and although it’s still the world he created, it’s now being shepherded forward by a new generation of filmmakers, who most importantly, have their own methods of telling a story from the page to the screen.

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It’s incredibly important to me that the new era of Star Wars films remain faithful to George’s vision and the world building he so brilliantly crafted, however, for these films to have the longevity and shelf life that the other Star Wars movies have so rightfully had, thresholds have to be crossed. It’s not just about staying safe and trying to stay as visually close to what George created, it’s about telling a story, an original story that reflects the creativity of the director at the helm of the film, to respect what’s come before but progress Star Wars storytelling forward for new generations, for years to come.

It’s by this reasoning that my anticipation level for Rogue One went from zero to a hundred in quite a short space of time. Watching The Force Awakens over and over I just found myself wanting the unknown, the unfamiliar, to go forward in this vast canvas of potential storytelling and find new iconic characters and imagery to love and behold.

Although Rogue One is set in a an era very near and dear to us, the creatives behind it have clearly tried their utmost to push the boundaries and present to us a film that will give us the comfort of our favorite living room chair, whilst adding some new décor to the house. It’s a truly incredible time to be a Star Wars fan, I feel like now is the time to step into the unknown and embrace all that the future films have to offer.

Now that we’re are 9 months post The Force Awakens release and on the cusp of this first spin-off film, I think I can finally say with confidence- I’m ready!

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt Fall in Love in Outer Space in ‘Passengers’


Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

IR Newsfeed 9/12/16 – Benecio V Shane Black’s ‘Predator’, First Look at Ghost Rider in A.o.S., X-Men at the Mall, The Villain of Wolverine III Revealed, and More!


All Your News for Monday, 9/12/16:

Benecio del Toro in Talks to Join Shane Black’s Predator! Click here for the full story

Your First Look at Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Mutants Visit the Mall During the Apocalypse in aTerrific  X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scene

Bryan Singer, who is not the Director of  Wolverine III, Confirms Mr. Sinister as the Villain

Obviously Jurassic World will be a Trilogy

Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell to Riot in New Kathryn Bigelow Film. Read On!

Does Anyone Care That G.I. Joe 3 is Delayed? Blame Dwayne Johnson

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried Join Taxi Driver Scribe in his Latest Directorial Effort

IR Newsfeed 9/9/16 – Lexi Alexander Takes on Chris Benoit, Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ and More!


Your news for Friday, 9/9/16:

Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander is set to direct Crossface, based on tragic life story of professional wrestler Chris BenoitBenoit committed suicide after taking the lives of his wife and son in 2007. Read on.

Affleck tries to cap more people in the trailer for his latest directorial effort Live by Night than he did in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Zzzzzz. Check it out!

Brie Larson leads in all-star cast of Armie Hammer, Sharto Copley, Jack Reynor and Cillian Murphy in a what looks to be a great new shoot-em-up Free Fire. Give it a Look!


Ben Affleck is a Boston Outlaw in the First Trailer for ‘Live by Night’


Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.” Affleck also wrote the screenplay based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane, marking the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama “Gone Baby Gone.”

“Live by Night” is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.

“Live by Night” is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Out of the Furnace”) and Jennifer Davisson (“The Ides of March,” “Orphan”), under the Appian Way banner; and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe”) for Pearl Street Films. Chris Brigham, Chay Carter and Dennis Lehane are serving as executive producers.

Starring with Affleck are Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Chris Messina (“Argo,” “The Mindy Project”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper,” “Foxcatcher”), Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar”), and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “The Town”). The cast also includes Max Casella, (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Blue Jasmine”), J.D. Evermore (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Remo Girone (“Heaven”), Robert Glenister (“Persuasion”), Anthony Michael Hall (“Foxcatcher”), Matthew Maher (“Gone Baby Gone”), Miguel J. Pimentel, Chris Sullivan (“The Drop”) and Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Town”).

Behind the scenes, Affleck collaborated with three-time Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Richardson (“JFK,” “The Aviator,” “Hugo”) Oscar-nominated production designer Jess Gonchor (“True Grit,” “Foxcatcher”), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (“Argo”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Argo”). The score is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”).

Slated for release on January 13, 2017, “Live By Night” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Brie Larson and R-Rated Gunfire in the Red Band Trailer for ‘Free Fire’


Free Fire centers around an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.