Marvel Studios presented fans at Saturday’s D23 Expo with an exclusive preview of their first Phase Three movie, Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios boss kevin Feige was joined onstage by cast members Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie to promote the superhero epic.
The footage opens with Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon dealing with Crossbones as the villain attempts to blow up a truck. During the fight, Crossbones tosses a magnetic explosive at Cap’s shield, and the hero throws it into the air so that the explosion avoids the crowd.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
That’s how the 88-second Star Wars teaser trailer starts, and it continues with other wild images: an orange beachball-shaped droid rolling through a scrapyeard, all-new Stormtroopers, Daisey Ridley on an all-new kind of speeder bike, Oscar Isaac in an X-Wing, a cloaked figure with a cross-shaped lightsaber, and … ladies and gentlemen, the all-new Millennium Falcon, fighting off TIE fighters.
You can download it here, on Apple’s trailer website — or simply check out the YouTube video above.
The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara.
The first trailer for Ridley Scott’s new movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings is out. Following in the footsteps of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, it’s a biblical story which promises to be a visual spectacle. In the movie, Christian Bale plays Moses, leading the Israelites from Egypt. A lot of focus seems to be placed on the friendship of Moses and the ruler of Egypt, pharaoh Rhamses, played by Joel Edgerton.
Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Sir Ben Kingsley also star in the movie, and the script is signed by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian, who won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Schindler’s List. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters December 12, 2014.
Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th Century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment’s colours or flags were used as a rallying point. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers’ ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours. Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. It is held in London annually on a Saturday in June on Horse Guards Parade by St. James’s Park and coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. Among the audience are the Royal Family, invited guests, ticketholders and the general public. The colourful ceremony, also known as “The Queen’s Birthday Parade”, is broadcast live by the BBC.
The Queen travels down The Mall from Buckingham Palace in a royal procession with a sovereign’s escort of Household Cavalry (mounted troops or horse guards). After receiving a royal salute, she inspects her troops of the Household Division, both foot guards and horse guards, and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. Each year, one of the foot-guards regiments is selected to troop its colour through the ranks of guards. Then the entire Household Division assembly conducts a march past the Queen, who receives a salute from the saluting base. Parading with its guns, the King’s Troop takes precedence as the mounted troops perform a walk-march and trot-past.
The music is provided by the massed bands of the foot guards and the mounted bands of the Household Cavalry, together with a Corps of Drums, and occasionally pipers, totalling approximately 400 musicians. Returning to Buckingham Palace, the Queen watches a further march-past from outside the gates. Following a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop in Green Park, she leads the Royal Family on to the palace balcony for a Royal Air Force flypast.
Below I have attached two videos which I think show the best of the Trooping. The first is from the British Pathé of a Trooping the Colour parade from 1964, the second is from 1934 and the third from 1986.
Google has announced their version of the mobile OS specifically designed for wearable devices such as watches. Its called Android Wear and will first be available via Motorola’s newly announced Smartwatch the Moto 360.
Fitness is a key component for the OS, in which you’ll be able to get “real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.” Google Maps will be built in, to make getting directions easy. Google Now will be implemented so reminders will be sent to users, and Android smartphones will be able to connect with the OS in order to get all the notifications from any apps you have installed.
“OK Google” will initiate voice searches, and lastly it appears OS will have a multi-screen functionality meaning you’ll be able to command your Chromecast to start a video, or to get a song played on your phone. Motorola announced it would release its newest Smartwatch designed to work with Android Wear, the Moto 360.
When Samsung revealed there Smartwatch I was very disappointed, it didn’t look all that and really didn’t seem worth the money. This on the other hand along with the Google OS system looks brilliant, and although I do not use an Android phone this is definitely something I would consider buying.. But what will the price be?
Motorola is selling it as a premium, fashion-first wearable gadget that looks as stylish as it operates. The watch will be available in a number of styles and will launch this Summer, starting in the U.S.
Some exciting new Star Wars news to hit the circuit this morning! Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will set around 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, and will star “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.” This follows the announcement made some weeks ago that J.J. Abrams and his team will begin shooting principal photography for the film in May at London’s historic Pinewood Studios!
Whether those faces are Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, “Girls” actor Adam Driver, or whether actors John Boyega, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, Jesse Plemons, and Ed Speleers are indeed officially vetted for “Star Wars” roles by director J.J. Abrams is anyone’s guess. “No further details on casting or plot are available at this time, Lucasfilm have said.
Familiar faces to appear in the new “Star Wars” film may include original trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill, though they are keeping an air of mystery around the project and their rumored roles. In January on an AMA Reddit interview, Hamill stated, “The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.”
Now firstly BE WARNED, the above 2 minutes and 41 seconds will probably scare the sh*t out of you. Having said that you’re probably thinking “Well I don’t wanna miss this!” and so will give it a watch.
Lights Out is a short horror film that follows a woman readying herself for bed, only to find that something may be lurking in the shadows. At just under three minutes, this short video has made even more afraid of the dark that I already was..