Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are coming in less than two months! Just when you thought the hype meter couldn’t go any higher – Avengers: Age of Ultron has released an epic final trailer ahead of its cinema debut next month. It kicks all of the ass!
Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Hulk and Black Widow face a new threat in the form of malevolent AI Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Ultron vows to extinguish humanity’s hope before wiping out the earth’s population. We get our first look at The Vision, albeit very briefly, as he appears in the shadows at the end of the trailer. There are some great character moments in the trailer, mostly with Captain America: “You just had to ask” and “I don’t have any plans tomorrow night”.
The new trailer came after a massive Twitter push yesterday which asked fans to tweet using the hashtag #AvengersAssemble to unlock the new trailer. Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in UK cinemas on April 24 and May 1 in the US.
Today would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday and in his honour we have collected together our favourite quotes, videos and images. It’s been 4 years since he passed away, but he remains a role model and an inspiration to many.
The “Father of the Digital revolution” and the “greatest marketer of all time” was indeed a visionary and pivotal to many industries. He has been credited with revolutionising not just the computer industry but the phone, tablet and music industries and even film through another company he co-founded, Pixar.
A world without Steve Jobs
It’s almost impossible to imagine what the world would be like without Steve Jobs. To start with, there would be no Apple. That’s a big void. Without Jobs’ constant pushing the company would never have got off the ground. If you follow that thought through to the end, no Apple means no Mactintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, iTunes. Whoa.
Without Apple the mouse-driven computer with it’s gorgeous graphical interface would never have entered the mainstream and personal computers would have been very different animals. They might even still be beige! yuk! Jobs was an obsessive perfectionist and the creation of icons and his attention to typography made the interface of the personal computer a completely different world. Jobs said “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. It is technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields the result that makes our hearts sing..”
The iTunes music store is certainly responsible for the music download revolution that has seen digital sales soaring way ahead of physical ones. When iTunes first appeared we suddenly didn’t need the CD anymore – we could listen to thousands of songs remotely.
In 2007 Steve Jobs was on stage in California and he removed the iPhone from his pocket and called it a “a phone, an iPod, and an internet communicator”. The iPhone was the first phone to do away with number buttons – it was all touchscreen. Jobs declared the keyboard dead and all the other phone companies laughed. They soon followed suit when consumers bought the iPhone in its millions.
The same revolution happened with the iPad in 2010. It might not have been a new product but it was certainly an innovation. It wasn’t greeted with the same reverence as the iPhone with many seeing it as pointless. But 258 million units later Jobs’ words ring truer than ever: “I don’t believe in market research. People don’t know what they want until we show it to them.”
You may well argue that other innovators and inventors would have eventually come round to being as creative as Jobs was. Would they though? All the app icons and smart gestures in use today come from the minimal design inspired by Jobs. The devices would probably be around but covered in buttons and looking like a PC.
Former Apple CEO John Sculley has written a book called Moonshot and he looks at the amazing effect created by Jobs. “Steve was not an engineer — he just saw different things that people were working on and connected the dots between them,” Sculley says in his book.
In an interview with Business Insider Sculley said, “Steve always had an extraordinary talent. He was always a genius. He always saw things ahead of the rest of the world. He had a brilliance that was every bit as apparent back in the era when I worked with him as when we saw him when he was incredibly successful 15 years later.”
Jobs left us with more than a technological and digital revolution. His quotes and speeches have inspired many. Here are our favourites.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
“Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”
“The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”
“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.”
“I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.”
“It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through.”
“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
“We’ve got to make the small things unforgettable.”
Steve Jobs brainstorms with the NeXT team (1985)
This fascinating documentary was filmed from December 1985 to March 1986 at NeXT’s team retreat in Pebble Beach. It offers a rare glimpse of Steve’s vision, aspirations and managerial approach.
A new, star-studded music video for Fast and Furious 7 has been released – Ride Out – a monster collaboration between Kid Ink, YG, Wale, Tyga and Rich Homie Quan. This release follows Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea’s Go Hard or Go Home. Both tracks are available free on iTunes for those who pre-order the album. The chorus does suggest that the track might play over the end credits with Ink singing “And we gon’ ride on forever / Ride out together.”
Atlantic Records has announced plans to release seven singles from the collection ahead of its March 17 release. “This franchise has a record for rolling out records, but instead of one new song we saw an opportunity to do five, six, seven new ones with real videos in front of the movie,” said Atlantic Records’ Kevin Weaver, “There’s a wealth of new music that plays a significant role in the film.”
TI and Young Thug’s Off Set and Sevyn Streeter’s How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah) will be released on February 24. Prince Royce will then release My Angel on March 3, along with Juicy J, Sage the Gemini, Future and Kevin Gates’s Payback. Wiz Khalifa will also release his second single See You Again with Charlie Puth on March 10.
The album’s track listing is as follows:
1. Ride Out – Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan
2. Off-Set – TI & Young Thug
3. How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah) – Sevyn Streeter
4. Get Low – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
5. Go Hard or Go Home – Wiz Khalifa & Iggy Azalea
6. My Angel – Prince Royce
7. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth)
8. Payback – Juicy J, Kevin Gates, Future, Sage the Gemini
9. Blast Off – David Guetta & Kaz James
10. Six Days (Remix) – DJ Shadow (feat. Mos Def)
11. Ay Vamos – J Balvin (feat. French Montana and Nicky Jam)
12. GDFR (Noodles Remix) – Flo Rida (feat. Sage the Gemini and Lookas)
13. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
14. Meneo – Fito Blanko
15. I Will Return – Skylar Grey
16. Whip – Famous to Most (Bonus Track)
Over the last couple of years Miley Cyrus has been inching closer to pornography with her skimpy outfits, scandalous dance moves and steamy music videos. Now it looks like she will actually be appearing in a pornography festival. According to a report today in the New York Post, the Wrecking Ball singer has submitted her short film, Tongue Tied, to the upcoming NYC Porn Film Festival that begins February 27.
Directed by Quentin Jones, the video is nowhere near as bad as Fifty Shades of Grey, there is no sex and Cyrus does not appear nude, she keeps her nipples and bottom covered. However, it is full of suggestive bondage imagery. Festival founder Simon Leahy said of the film: “It’s a pop take on S&M. She’s starting to become more of a contemporary artist.”
The NYC Porn Film Festival will feature amateur and professional work from international filmmakers. It won’t look like you might expect, a seedy, run down old theatre venue, instead it’s more a spacious-gallery-style where viewers can walk round and discuss the various ‘art’ on view.
Cyrus has recently contributed a cover of Melanie Safka’s Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma for Lina Esco’s forthcoming film Free the Nipple, which is about a group of women lobbying for reform of US censorship laws on female nudity.
With Fifty Shades Of Grey just days away from being released the hype is reaching crazy levels – but, fortunately, so are the parodies! 🙂 Check out these hilarious spoofs, before things get too serious this Friday when the film is released in the UK and US. From Barbie, to Lego to Disney’s Frozen – everyone is having a go.
This fan made trailer has brought two worlds together that we never thought would ever collide. Prince Hans is Christian Grey, while princess Anna transforms into Anastasia Steele. It’s quite scary how well it fits – we’ll never be able to look at Frozen in the same way again, that’s for sure!
Recreated entirely from Lego bricks – stop-motion animators Antonio and Andrea Toscano have converted every scene from the steamy trailer into Lego. The duo were also responsible for Lego versions of Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel. We’d honestly prefer to see this than the actual movie…
Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer is on a mission to re-create the famous elevator scene in this Audi advert and it’s completely delightful! In Bayer’s version Anastasia Steele is a little more proactive…with every new person that gets in the elevator she tries to seduce them with her BDSM gear. 50 Shades won’t be as funny as this…shame.
Ellen was asked to record the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for the audio book. Things didn’t go according to plan. One comment on YouTube said it all really – “Am so against 50 shades but oh my god this is HILARIOUS!!!”
Ellen, as usual, takes things to a whole new level in her role as Anastasia Steele. She wears a brunette wig and plain Jane clothes and completely nails the wide-eyed-sexually-excited look. “I know my way around a whip,” the daytime host quips. There is a lot less S&M and a lot more rambling about random stuff like midnight karaoke sessions and fruit.
“If Barbie starred in Fifty Shades of Grey, she would be the one in charge.” Barbie takes control over Ken as they switch roles in this detailed spoof. Ken experiences Barbies “singular” tastes. Quite scary really.
Nudity seems to be the flavour of the month. Jennifer Lawrence appears stark naked in Vanity Fair this month and so does Kim Kardashian in Love magazine. Lawrence’s images ooze style, sophistication and elegance, whereas the Kardashian images seem a little seedy. There’s provocative naked and then there’s butt naked. Check out the images below – although not whilst at work!
Pick up the March 2015 issue of Vanity Fair and you will be treated to seeing the Oscar-winning actress lying stark naked except for a giant Colombian red-tailed boa constrictor. Shot by famous French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the images were taken in a private Hollywood residence last year and pay homage to the 1981 Richard Avedon Vogue portrait of Nastassja Kinski.
Acccording to Vanity Fair it was only a long metal rod with a hook at the end that came between the serpent and the 24-year old star. Lawrence only became uncomfortable when the snake took an interest in her neck, which is when the shoot quickly ended and the boa was put back in its box!
Jessica Diehl, Vanity Fair’s fashion and style director said of Lawrence: “Jennifer has the perfect combination of strength, sexuality, humour and, above all, tomboy to pull this off.”
Kim Kardashian’s shoot for Love magazine can be seen in Issue 13 which hits the streets in a couple of days (February 9). The editor-in-chief, Katie Grand, styled the whole controversial photo shoot. Although she promised she’d never go nude again, back in 2010 (!) Kardashian admits that she likes showing off her assets: “I like nudity, Kanye always says, ‘Dress sexier’—he’s always most encouraging.” Despite the rumours Kardashian’s prominent bottom is all natural: “No I did not,” she says about whether or not she has butt implants. “I never did. And actually my butt is not that big.”
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“They’re heeeeere.” Poltergeist is back! Just like the original 1982 horror film, by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, television is a conduit from the spirit world, but in 2015 screens are bigger, and there are screens throughout the house, plus we have smartphones. “The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids,” says producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead). “It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.”
Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) vowed to get the contemporary reboot absolutely right, “Whenever someone approaches material that’s so beloved, there’s a reflexive reaction to be worried,” Kenan said. “It’s a responsibility we take very seriously. We’re working to make a Poltergeist film that lives up to the original’s legacy.”
Screenplay is by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist David Lindsay-Abaire with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt playing the unsuspecting parents of a family that have just settled into a haunted house when the pesky ghosts steal their daughter. They ask for help from a famous supernatural researcher and clairvoyant, played by Jared Harris (Mad Men). But can they rescue her before she disappears for ever?
“The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win their daughter back,” says Kenan. “The film is super-scary. And it’s scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world.”
The first full trailer for the much-anticipated Game of Thrones Season 5 made it’s debut last week at IMAX screenings for the final two episodes of Season 4. The trailer is perfect for the cinema and is action-packed – there are snakes, dragons, a haggard-looking Tyrion and plenty of plots for revenge. “Justice has a Price” is the tagline and main theme to the trailer which is soundtracked with David Bowie’s iconic ‘Heroes’. There’s both action and hope in this epic trailer.
Other main elements from the trailer include a dramatic statement from Littlefinger to Sansa “There’s no justice in this world – not unless we make it. Avenge them” and Daenerys intriguing “I’m not going to stop the wheel – I’m going to break the wheel.”
Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season on April 12 on HBO in the US, and a day later on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
Below we present some images from Season 5, courtesy of HBO. They are all very curious as everyone appears to be scattered across the great lands of Westeros but we imagine in the final two or three seasons everyone will start preparing for the battle of the throne—or the zombie apocalypse, whichever comes first.
Ahead of Sunday’s big showdown between New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks there are two more action-packed Super Bowl adverts that have just been aired and you can’t miss them – Terminator: Genisys and the Divergent sequel Insurgent.
Terminator: Genisys sees Arnold Schwarzenegger return to his role as the T-800 fighting to stop Judgement Day. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), this is the 5th instalment of the series that began with James Cameron’s 1984 classic The Terminator.
Terminator: Genisys will be released in the US on July 1 and in the UK on July 3.
Insurgent, the Divergent sequel, is a real explosive promo, quite mind-shattering to say the least. Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior faces off against Kate Winslet’s villainous Jeanine Matthews. Hunted down because she doesn’t fit neatly into just one world, being Divergent could now be Tris’ greatest asset.
Insurgent opens in cinemas on March 20, with Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, being released as two movies in March 2016 and March 2017.
The awesome foursome are here! The first trailer for Marvel’s Fantastic Four has arrived and it looks pretty amazing. The clip features a very serious monologue, presumably spoken by Dr. Franklin Storm (played by Reg E. Cathey) who talks about humankind’s immeasurable desire to discover, invent and build. As he is talking we get our first look at the superheroes – Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing) and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (Human Torch).
The producer Simon Kinberg told Collider in a recent interview that the first trailer would feature a “special Easter egg for fans”. We reckon this is the numbers “188.8.131.52” which can be seen for a short moment on the bottom left of the screen as Sue Storm looks intently at a bank of computer screens. If you put these numbers into a browser it’ll open a page about Latveria – the fictional country ruled by Dr. Doom.
We love the question and answer right at the end of the trailer – very thought provoking.