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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Nov. 30th
It's Destiny News:
The Dark Below, the new expansion pack for the popular video game, Destiny, is set to be released on December 9th, for the kid-friendly price of only $20. Those who absolutely can not wait to play it, now have a special teaser trailer to hold them over.
The teaser will give a small insight into the delights that await, including the new player options, new missions, and new armor as well as new missions to help you fiddle away your afternoon.
Those of you with friends will also appreciate the expanded multiplayer options and missions that offer three fun maps to explore. Finally, the initial level cap has been raised to level 32.
Check out the trailer above.
This week, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that actor Oscar Isaac (also to star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will be taking on the part of the primary antagonist in the upcoming superhero film, X-Men: Apocalypse.
The film's director, Bryan Singer said of the plot: "Apocalypse deals with ancient mutants. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
The film, which takes place in the 1980s and features the younger versions of the X-Men mutants, is set to be released in the summer of 2016.
Wonder Woman News:
Wonder Woman News:
Although the Wonder Woman movie is still a couple years away, it has been officially announced that veteran television director, Michelle MacLaren, will helm the future superhero flick, per the New York Daily News.
Although MacLaren has yet to do much in the film department, there is a good chance that fans have seen her work in the past. MacLaren has an almost endless resume of experience directing television shows, including everything from past shows, The X-Files and Without a Trace, to more recent fare including episodes of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
With MacLauren’s position securely in place, she will officially be the first female director of a superhero film since 2008's Punisher: War Zone, which was directed by Levi Alexander.
Wonder Woman is just one of 12 films that Warner Bros. has announced in the last few months. Other proposed films include a forthcoming Punisher film, Aquaman, a Justice League movie and the upcoming Ben Affleck-starring Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which the character of Wonder Woman will have a part in.
Since the film is several years away, plot and character details still need to be ironed out. However, what is known is that actress Gal Gadot will play the part of Wonder Woman, the film currently has four writers and the plot will follow along with the mythos that involves a warrior-princess with incredible powers who helps those less fortunate.
This is not the first time that a Wonder Woman movie has been in development. Back in 2007, director Joss Whedon was attached to direct but left the project due to creative differences. Of course, Whedon came back in a big way when he brought The Avengers up to the slot of third highest grossing film ever.
The Wonder Woman film is due out in theaters in June of 2017.
Box Office Predictions*:
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - $50 Million+
- Penguins of Madagascar - $35 Million+
- Horrible Bosses 2 - $25 Million+
- Big Hero 6 - $12 Million+
- Interstellar - $9 Million+
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay should continue its reign at the box office this weekend, although the film will probably have at least a 50 percent drop from its debut weekend of $125 million.
The other two new wide releases include the family friendly Penguins of Madagascar as well as the R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses 2. Both should make a decent amount of money this weekend, although it is highly doubtful that they will pass Mockingjay for the number one spot.
Holdover's Big Hero Six and Interstellar should make up the rest of the top five, finally kicking out Gone Girl after almost two months on the list.
Star Wars Teaser News:
As almost everyone in the human race knows, a new 88-second teaser trailer for next year's, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released this week.
The trailer lacks any actual story elements or plot points but it does show many of the Star Wars culture that we all enjoy, like the Millennium Falcon, thee sided light sabers and plenty of storm troopers.
Watch the trailer above and form your own opinion.
Independence Day News:
After years of speculation, it was announced this week that Fox has officially given the green light to a sequel to the 1996 alien invasion hit, Independence Day.
A follow up to the popular film has been rumored for years as director Roland Emmerich has been working tirelessly to get the film into production. There have even been rumors that two sequels have already been written.
Although Emmerich is guaranteed to return as director, it is almost guaranteed that actor Will Smith (After Earth) has no plans to return. The film has a current release date of June 24, 2016 which will make it 20 years since the first film.
The large gap between films is easily explained. Per Roland Emmerich: "And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”