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Month: May 2014

So, I Guess We’re Getting A New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Game?

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Discovered by a poster over at the Xbox One subreddit, provided this is legit (I’m guessing the poster must work for a game store of some type), it looks like we’ll be hearing about a brand new installment of the Mortal Kombat franchise any day now.

Personally, I’d love to see a new MK, the 10th installment in the series. The last one, titled simply Mortal Kombat, was an absolutely fantastic game, which did a wonderful job of melding generations of the franchise in one great fighter.  Of particular note, was the great story mode, which was further improved in last year’s great Injustice DC Comics fighting game.

If I had to put money down, I’d say we’ll hear more about this at E3 next month – which runs June 10-12.

Director Colin Trevorrow Discusses ‘Jurassic World’

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Here at Blast-O-Rama, we’re not a big fan of discussing rumors unless they have some serious credibility – hence why you haven’t heard too much from us in relation to Jurassic World, the new movie in the Jurassic Park series currently filming.

There have been a significant number of leaks and rumors coming from the set, and to set the record straight, Slashfilm sat down and had an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed).

Trevorrow goes rather in-depth on the film, so massive spoiler alerts for those who intend to read the full article, but it proposes an interesting take on the Jurassic Park franchise.

Set once again at Isla Nubar, the Park itself has become rather ho-hum, and the movie tries to focus on how such a park would actually work – and how it would be received in the era of social media. Of course, things will go awry, and the movie will feature the dinosaur mayhem we know and love, but I really like the fresh, modern take on the Park and those who may go to it.

If you’re willing to learn a little more than expected about the film, I highly recommend the read.

Jurassic World is set to hit theaters on June 12, 2015.

 

‘All-New X-Men’ To Get A Surprise New Teammate

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Arguably one of the hottest book at Marvel Comics right now is All-New X-Men.

Written by superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man), the series has become a linchpin of his take over of the X-Men universe, and shockingly, he’s made the concept – a terrible on-paper idea of bringing the original X-Men to the present from the past – incredibly readable, and even enjoyable.  Simply put, it’s a great read every month.

Well, in the forthcoming issue #32, due out this September, Bendis is giving us quite the surprise.

The above cover was posted on his Tumblr just before the holiday weekend, with a brief note saying “this is real!”

For those unawares – the character in the center is Miles Morales. He’s currently Spider-Man in the “Ultimate” Marvel Universe, which serves as an alternate reality to the “proper” Marvel Universe, one with a different – and less bogged down – continuity.

Unless this is a swerve, this would mark the first time that Morales appears in the Marvel Universe proper.

By the way – got to love how they referenced a classic X-Men cover here…

Cult Classic ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ To Return With Netflix Prequel

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If you haven’t seen the 2001 cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer, you should go and fix that.

Here, I’ll wait.

Great, right?

Well, guess what? 12 years later, creators David Wain and Michael Showalter are said to be in talks with Netflix about bringing back the summer camp comedy with a 10 episode prequel series.

No word on an intended release date or the plot, but given the amazing cast that the film featured (including Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo and others), this could be an absolutely amazing show.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

#FastFoodArmsRace: 7-Eleven Now Courting The Hipster Market with New Cups and Straws

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I was wondering why there weren’t any movie based Slurpee cups this Summer.

Now I know why – 7-Eleven no longer wants movie fans, they instead want the hipster vote.

At least that’s what I assume by their new series of collectors cups and straws. The cup – a faux plastic mason jar. The straws – based on mustaches.

I feel like something just jumped a shark somewhere.

Here’s the full press release, direct from 7-Eleven. It’s kinda cringe-worthy.

7-Eleven® Rolls Out Mustache Straws, Mason Jar Mugs for Slurpee Summer of Fun

Dallas (May 12, 2014) – It was only a matter of time. They’re seemingly everywhere – on party supplies, clothing, jewelry, candy, decals, at ‘stache bashes, in party photo booths, even on cars and baby pacifiers.

Now, mustaches are on Slurpee® drink straws too, the perfect accompaniment to this summer’s new, novelty Slurpee cup – a 26-ounce refillable, plastic Mason jar mug. Both on-trend Slurpee accessories, sold separately, are made for summer fun and available exclusively at participating 7-Eleven® stores.

Retailing for 99 cents, the mustache straw comes in four styles and colors. The suggested retail price for the clear Mason jar mug with a colorful screw-top lid, reusable straw (sans mustache) and Slurpee logo is $2.99. The retro-like cup also comes in four colors – blue, green, orange or pink. The first Slurpee comes free with purchase of the Mason jar mug, and refills are discounted.

“Slurpee-lovers of all ages will have fun sporting their favorite ‘stache straw with a mason jar mug, and enjoying a Slurpee drink is all about fun and flavor,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of brand innovation and marketing. “While everyone loves Slurpee drinks year-round, summertime is definitely Slurpee season. I suspect we will see lots of Slurpee mustache photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@slurpee or @7eleven).

“People in our office have unofficially named the four mustache styles,” Gordon said. “The British, the handlebar, the Hogan after wrestler Hulk Hogan, and the Swanson, as in Ron Swanson, a character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” sit-com series played by Nick Offerman. I think it will be interesting to see which mustaches sell best. Of course, people can buy all four to match their Slurpee moods or if they want to slurp incognito.”

Colorful, tongue-in-cheek 7-Eleven billboards in select markets feature a costumed man and animals sporting Slurpee ‘staches. The mustache straws and Mason jar mugs will be available at participating 7-Eleven stores during the summer while supplies last.