Luke Skywalker’s Body Double From THE MANDALORIAN Made a Cameo in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT

For those of you who didn’t know, the guy who served as the body double for Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian Season 2 made a little cameo in the fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett, “The Return of the Mandalorian.” Luke’s body double is Max Lloyd-Jones, and no, he did not make a cameo as Luke Skywalker.

He plays Lieutenant Reed in the episode, who is one of the two New Republic officers who pull Mondo over while he’s on his test flight in the old-school Naboo ship that he helped rebuild, which he is loving! That ship will be a fine replacement for the Razor Crest.

Anyway, Mando gets pulled over by the New Republic officers for speeding too closely to a commercial spacecraft. After a few questions, the other New Republic officer, Captain Carson Teva, who’s played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, lets him go to continue his epic joy ride.

While it’s not a big part, I imagine that Lloyd-Jones was stoked for the opportunity to be a part of the live-action Star Wars series. I mean, who wouldn’t be!

The First Ten Minutes of THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS Has Been Released Online

For those of you who haven’t been able to watch The Matrix Resurrections yet, Warner Bros. has done you a solid and released a video that shows the first ten minutes of the film. This was a highly anticipated sequel for fans of the original, and while it didn’t do as well as fans had hoped, it was one of those things that you just had to watch because you’d waited for it for so long.

The film stars returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, and new cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

The Matrix Resurrections is a continuation of the story established in the first MATRIX film. It reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo and Trinity in an expansion of their story that ventures back into the Matrix and even deeper down the rabbit hole. A mind-bending new adventure with action and epic scale, it’s set in a familiar yet even more provocative world where reality is more subjective than ever and all that’s required to see the truth is to free your mind.

The Matrix Resurrections is available to rent for $24.99 for 48 hours or purchase digitally for $29.99, and will be available on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 8, 2022. Check out the first ten minutes of the film below, and let us know what you think.

Sundance Review: Rebecca Hall’s RESURRECTION – What in the Hell Just Happened!?

Rebecca Hall stars in this new psychological thriller titled Resurrection, which made its big debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hall plays a woman named Margaret whose nightmarish past has come back to haunt her in the form of a man played by Tim Roth. The story pretty much kicks into gear when she first recognizes the man at a conference she is attending, and it instantly throws her into a panic attack. 

Margaret is also an overprotective mother, and when this man pops back into her life, that protective aspect of her is amplified. As you might imagine, her daughter thinks her mom is completely bonkers, and it doesn’t help that her mom doesn’t explain anything to her about what is going on or what she’s going through. 

This is another slow-burn thriller where the mysteries of the story slowly unfold over the course of the film. I usually like these kinds of movies, and I also like Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth as actors, so I was looking forward to watching this. Unfortunately, I thought the movie was pretty dull, and it took some effort to stick through it to the end. It didn’t really do anything interesting enough to grab my attention, then the end of the movie came.

Things got super freakin’ weird and bonkers at the end, and I was not expecting things to play out the way they did. That doesn’t mean the movie is good, though! The end of the movie should be locked up in the looney bin. The whole movie pretty much builds up to this insane ending that is meant to shock you, but it just came off as laughable and silly and I couldn’t take any of it seriously. I’ll just say it: I don’t know what the hell that was all about! I literally said out loud in a room by myself, “What in the hell just happened!?”

I didn’t care for the film. I didn’t like the way it ended. It just didn’t work for me. I don’t know, maybe some of you might like it. The movie might just be worth checking out to see what I’m talking about. That ending… what the what!?

Here’s how the film is described by Sundance:

Margaret (Rebecca Hall) leads a successful and orderly life, perfectly balancing the demands of her busy career and single parenthood to her fiercely independent daughter Abbie. But that careful balance is upended when she glimpses a man she instantly recognizes, an unwelcome shadow from her past. A short time later, she encounters him again. Before long, Margaret starts seeing David (Tim Roth) everywhere — and their meetings appear to be far from an unlucky coincidence. Battling her rising fear, Margaret must confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades who has come to conclude their unfinished business. 

Writer-director Andrew Semans has crafted a surreal and deeply disturbing film, blending drama and horror to deftly unearth a nightmare that feels all too real. Hall masterfully embodies Margaret’s trepidation as her firmly controlled world begins to unravel, while Roth’s David diabolically begins to pull the rug out from underneath her. Resurrection promises a gripping excavation of an inescapable past.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Announces He’s Playing Zeus in a New Project; Here’s a Poster

Arnold Schwarzenegger has released a poster for a new project that he’s a part of in which he is playing the Greek God Zeus. There are no details to share other than what the actor has shared, and that’s a poster with a caption that reads, “Coming February 2022.” I don’t know if this is a film, a TV show, or something completely different.

As you know, Schwarzenegger played Zeus’s son Hercules in 1970, so it’s kinda cool to see that after all these years, he’ll no be playing Zeus. Maybe this is for a Super Bowl ad? Regardless of what the project is, he sure looks like a badass Zeus. Check out the full poster below.

New COWBOY BEBOP Comic Available Now

The amount of anticipation for Netflix’s live action Cowboy Bebop was crazy. Sadly, they didn’t seem able to hold onto that level of enthusiasm and have canceled their adaptation. But if you were really enjoying it, then Titan Comics’ new comic based on the live action adaptation of the original anime is for you.

It’s starting to feel a little bit like we’re starting to get a little far from the original source material, but if that’s your jam then I think this comic looks good. Written by Dan Watters, illustrated by Lamar Mathurin and covers by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Claudia Ianniciello, Afu Chan, Yishan Li, and Yoshi Yoshitani, the visuals are really vibrant. You can pick up your copy of issue 1 for an MSRP of $3.99 now. 

“An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.”

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Check Out Dion’s Lair in RAISING DION Season 2 Promo Video – “A Hero’s Room”

Netflix has released a promo video from the second season of Raising Dion titled “A Hero’s Room.” In the clip, we get invited into Dion’s room, and he shows us his superhero lair, equipped with drawings, a crab sidekick, a best friend, models of nemeses, and some top secret stuff.

Here is the official synopsis for Raising Dion season 2:

Raising Dion follows the story of Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) and her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Two years after defeating the Crooked Man (Jason Ritter), Season Two follows Dion as he continues honing his powers with the support of his mom and Tevin (Rome Flynn), his Biona trainer who catches Nicole’s eye. After befriending new student Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner) – a fellow powered kid – a series of alarming events unfold, and Dion learns that danger is still looming. Navigating twists, turns, and surprise visitors, Dion and Nicole must prevail again — not just to save themselves, but the entire city of Atlanta.

The series stars Alisha Wainwright (Nicole Warren), Ja’Siah Young (Dion Warren), Jason Ritter (Pat Rollins), Jazmyn Simon (Kat Neese), Sammi Haney (Esperanza Jimenez), Griffin Robert Faulkner (Brayden Mills), Ali Ahn (Suzanne Wu), Gavin Munn (Jonathan King), Rome Flynn (Tevin Wakefield), Aubriana Davis (Janelle Carr), Tracey Bonner (Simone Carr), and Josh Ventura (David Marsh).

My kids loved the first season of this series and have watched it a few times since it came out in 2019. They are super stoked for Season 2. Check out the clip below, and watch Raising Dion season 2 on Netflix on February 1st.

Great News For Fans Of BIG CITY GREENS; It’s Getting a Fourth Season and Movie Musical

Big City Greens, the animated Disney show about a small town family moving to the big city, has been renewed for a season 4 and has a movie musical in the works. No word yet on the story for the movie, but with the wildly talented team of Michael Coughlin (The Muppets) as producer, Stephen Sandoval (The Owl House) as co-executive producer and Joachim Horsley (Spirit Riding Free) as composer, I would expect a fun movie for fans of the show. 

Season 3 of Big City Greens will premiere February 12 at 9:00 a.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel. 

The story arc brings a big change for the optimistic mischief-maker Cricket Green, who moved from the country to the big city with his wildly out of place family: hard-working father Bill, sweet-and-sour Gramma Alice and quirky older sister Tilly, who later in season three will participate in a rite of passage event, one that’s uniquely Green style. 

You can catch up on the first two seasons on Disney+ now. This show is really fun to watch with the family and some episodes, such as when the kids play Mazes and Monsters, are really funny. 

THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT Episode 5 – The Best Episode Yet Didn’t Even Include Boba Fett

The fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett was, in my opinion, the best episode yet, and the crazy thing is, it didn’t even feature Boba Fett! The title of Episode 5 is “Return of the Mandalorian,” and it got us caught up on what The Mandalorian has been up to since the events of The Mandalorian Season 2!

The episode, which was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, feels like it belongs in The Mandalorian Season 3, but it’s obviously setting up some exciting things to come. I have a feeling that The Book of Boba Fett will have a lot of story threads that will carry on into the third season of The Mandalorian.

It was pretty cool seeing Mando fight with the Dark Saber, and it’s a weapon that he’s still trying to get used to. When he reunites with his clan, where he shows the Armorer his new weapon, there’s a point where they spar and she is giving him some insight on the weapon.

Armorer recounts the Darksaber’s origin saying that it was constructed by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order, over a thousand years ago. After his death, the Darksaber became a symbol of conflict and ultimately leadership among the clans of Mandalore, but as you know, it must be won through battle. She goes on to share, “If, however, it is not won in combat and falls into the hands of the undeserving, it will be a curse unto the nation. Mandalore will be laid to waste and its people scattered to the four winds.”

Then there’s the return of Paz Vizsla, whose ancestor forged the Darksaber, so in an effort to get it back in the family, he challenges Mando to a duel, which he accepts. Of course, Mando wins, but after the duel, he is asked by the armorer if he’s ever removed his helmet. When reluctantly says that he has, he is told he has to leave the clan.

From here he travels to Tatooine before he embarks on his journey to find Grogu and give him a gift that was forged by the Armorer from the Mandalorian’s beskar spear.

When he returns to Tatoonie, he meets back up with mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris), who he and Grogu befriended in the first season. It’s here he learns that the replacement ship she found for him was an awesome Naboo N-1 Starfighter, which was introduced in The Phantom Menace. He isn’t happy with it at first, but after they fix it up, he takes it out for a test flight, which turns out to be the ride of his life!

Mando even flys this thing through Beggar’s Canyon, which is the same place where young Anakin Skywalker’s big podrace took place in The Phantom Menace was, which was pretty cool. He then blasted off into space where he has a close encounter with New Republic Capt. Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), who tracked the Razor Crest after saving Mando and Grogu.

Mando ends up falling in love with his new ship. I’m not sure where he’s going to put his bounties, unless he just plans on collecting the heads of his victims.

The episode ends with Boba Fett’s partner Fennec Shand tracking Mando down so that she can recruit him to help Boba in his efforts to keep his seat at the head of the table. She throws him a bag of credits, but he tells her that it’s one they house. He then says, “But first, I gotta pay a visit to a little friend.”

So… the big question is, will we actually see Grogu in The Book of Boba Fett!? Will the next episode continue Mando’s journey? Probably not. It would be cool if it did, but I think the story that this episode told will pick back up in the season premiere on The Mandalorian Season 3.

What did you think about this recent episode of The Book of Boba Fett?

Lucasfilm and Hasbro Partner Up for a Line of INDIANA JONES Action Figures

Hasbro and Lucasfilm have struck a deal where they will develop a line of Indiana Jones action figures and toys! They’ve also renewed their Star Wars licensing agreement. The deal comes as Indiana Jones 5 is in production, and I’m sure the line of figures will be inspired by all of the films in the Indiana Jones franchise.

According to the press release, Hasbro plans to continue creating toys and games that appeal to fans across demographics. Hasbro’s Indiana Jones line will debut in the United States in 2023, alongside the next Indiana Jones movie’s theatrical debut. I hope they end up doing a line of Indiana Jones figures like the Star Wars Black Series figures.

Hasbro previously made Indiana Jones toys back in 2008, coinciding with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull‘s release. The company Kenner, which Hasbro now owns, produced Indiana Jones toys for the adventurer’s first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, from 1982-1983.

Eric Nyman, Chief Consumer Officer, Hasbro said in a statement, “We’re proud to deepen our close working relationship and collaborate with the Disney team to bring innovative and engaging play experiences to kids, fans, and families inspired by some of the world’s most iconic entertainment brands. In addition to a slate of new collectibles, figures, role play gear, and games for Star Wars and Marvel, it’s an honor to bring Indiana Jones back to Hasbro and help introduce the beloved franchise to a new generation of fans.”

Stephanie Young, President of Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing added, “Disney has long valued its relationship with Hasbro in developing fresh, imaginative products and toys that delight our fans of all ages. We’re thrilled to continue collaborating with this iconic company—one that will help lift our consumer experiences across the Marvel, Star Wars and now Indiana Jones franchises to new heights for years to come.”

It’ll be cool to see what Hasbro ends up coming up with!

STAR TREK: PICARD Will End After Season 3

I thought the first season of Star Trek: Picard was awesome, and I’m excited about the upcoming second season. I wasn’t sure how long this series would run for, but it’s just been confirmed that the series will come to an end after Season 3.

The news comes from producer Akiva Goldsman in a recent interview with SFX Magazine, and after Season 3 Sir Patrick Stewart will retire the character for good.

Goldsman and Stewart said that the Picard series was never meant to run indefinitely. The plan from the very beginning was for the series to end after three seasons. Hey, if they have a complete story to tell in three seasons that will bid farewell to Picard forever, great!

However, it’s still kind of sad to think that we’ll never see the character again after this. I guess I never expected him to come back after Star Trek: Nemesis, but then this came along! So at least we got one final story. That makes me happy.