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WWE 2K17 Cover Star Revealed

Following the reveal of Goldberg in WWE 2K17, eagle eyed viewers noticed that the former WCW Champion was being escorted to Suplex City, today we can reveal that “The Conqueror” Brock Lesnar is this years cover star!


You can watch the trailer below. WWE 2K17 is slated for release in October. You can pre-order it now on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Review: Independence Day – Resurgence (explosions is love; explosions is life)

No one watches 1996’s Independence Day and comes away saying “that was a brilliant piece of cinematic art…the characters, the acting, the plot, the cinematography…it was all so beautiful.” Approximately no one has said those words.

But who cares, because the movie is loud, dumb, farcical and highly highly enjoyable. It’s buoyed by great starring performances by Will Smith (his first big blockbuster), Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. There’s also a host of “oh it’s that guy” actors who pop in and out, adding to the fun. It’s great, it’s fun, it’s freaking Independence Day; it’s a Fourth of July staple. In fact it was previously labeled the number one “Fourth of July Viewing Experience” movie of last year. That’s a high honor! If you’re too lazy to click the link, here’s what is said about it:

Obviously, right? What I love about this movie is how the cast is essentially a bunch of then-unproven headliners and even more type-casted co-stars. For most of the movie they are all seperated on their own little plot lines, but they all are so well written, the story is so stupidly fun, and each plot line is so independently interesting, that when the climax of the film arrives and they all come together, you really feel like this is a superhero team up ready to save the world from the alien invasion.

The movie is basically Marvel’s Phase One in miniature.

It also happens to have some horribly dated CGI effects that I remember being wowed by in the theaters as a kid. It’s great to laugh at now, in a “I can’t believe people used to think that was cool” sort of way.

Director Roland Emmerich is back to helm the sequel. It’s been twenty years and Hollywood has been in love lately with resurrecting old movies to turn into franchises, and while most of these sequel/reboot films have been cheap knock-offs that only make you pine for the originals (I can’t wait to hate-watch Ghostbusters in a couple weeks), along comes this movie, which everyone insta-hated the moment it was announced. When Will Smith passed on the project fans were even more eager to dump on it. It’s not like Will Smith has had a critical and commercial blockbuster hit in a while (you have to go back to 2008’s Hancock to find his last mega-hit at the box office). If he didn’t want to do this, it must have been a terrible script/idea, right?

Actually, no. Not at all.


Emmerich also co-wrote the movie, as he did the original. It’s obvious too, because the movie’s structure follows the same basic template as the first film. Like with the 1996 movie, the opening act introduces us to the characters as they are all separated and off in their own little lives. Act two features the aliens attack and the bleakness of the outlook for humanity and then Act Three brings everyone together to carry out the crazy idea/last desperate hope that miraculously pays off.

It’s the same movie but since this is a sequel everything is bigger and louder and dumber. It’s not quite as fun as the first, but that’s only because Liam Hemsworth’s star just isn’t as bright as Will Smith’s. That’s actually a problem across the board: Most everyone of the old stars from 1996 are back, but they are shifted to the background to let the kids take the lead. The problem is, the kids just don’t quite have the stage presence that the original stars had in 1996. The movie succeeds in recreating the original’s structure (it felt like an Independence Day movie), while upping the stakes across the board (the aliens switched it up from trying to blow up buildings to trying to blow up the whole planet) but it misses in that one critical area: The stars at the center just aren’t magnetic enough to keep your attention.


That’s it though. That’s the only flaw worth pointing out. Is it loud and dumb? It is, just as much as the original. Are there plot points that make you say “wait, why…?” Yes, just like in the original. Are there moments where the heroes swoop in to save the day and the music swells and someone says a cheesy one-liner and you groan but you catch yourself smiling anyway? Oh yes, just like the original.

It’s a notch below the original, which did everything this movie tries to do a little bit better, but it could have been so much worse. The fact that it’s consistently good and occasionally a barrel of fun automatically makes it better than 90% of the sequels/prequels/reboots that Hollywood has been churning out lately.


The aliens invaded last time on July 2nd, attacked on July 3rd and were defeated on (merica) July 4th. That’s fine. Then they came back…on the same day? And were defeated, again on July 4th. That’s a pretty big coincidence.

When I say the “kids” take the lead, that’s often a very literal statement: It’s almost hilarious how many times in the opening act you’ll say “oh so that’s _____’s kid?” Everyone’s related to someone you know in this movie, and in one instance a new character is introduced only to have it be revealed that

WWE SmackDown Results: June 23, 2016


Shots Fired.

Four nights after WWE Money-in-the-Bank, the 879th edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown came to you from the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. For the first time since defeating Roman Reigns at WWE Money-in-the-Bank to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship only to lose the title mere moments later to Dean Ambrose, who cashed in his Money-in-the-Bank contract and ultimately became the new champion, Seth Rollins would be in action on SmackDown. Who will the former champion face and will Seth Rollins comment on his upcoming Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against former Shield teammates Roman Reigns and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose at Battleground?

Match Results

  • Cesaro def. Alberto Del Rio by pin with the Neutralizer.
  • Sheamus def. Apollo Crews by count-out after a Brogue Kick that sends Apollo Crews into the steel steps on the outside.
  • AJ Styles def. Jimmy Uso (with Jey Uso) by pin following the Phenomenal Forearm after a distraction from Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.
  • Non-Title: Big E & Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods) def. The Vaudevillains by Kofi Kingston pinning Simon Gotch following the Midnight Hour.
  • Dana Brooke (with Charlotte) def. Becky Lynch by roll-up after a distraction from Charlotte.
  • Seth Rollins def. Sami Zayn by pin following the Pedigree.

See page 2 for detailed results.

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WWE SmackDown Results: June 23, 2016

WWE: Brand-exclusive pay-per-views returning after SummerSlam


An image of WWE’s 2016 pay-per-view schedule has surfaced online and the schedule reveals that in addition to RAW and SmackDown getting their own, exclusive rosters of Superstars starting with the WWE Draft edition of SmackDown on July 19, both brands will be getting their own, exclusive pay-per-views. This means that RAW will get their own pay-per-views that will feature only RAW Superstars while SmackDown will get their own pay-per-views that will feature only SmackDown Superstars. However, both brands will still be on the same show for WWE’s “Big Four” pay-per-views; Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, & Survivor Series. The following is the current WWE pay-per-view schedule for the remainder of 2016:

  • Battleground (RAW & SmackDown)- July 24 from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
  • SummerSlam (RAW & SmackDown)- August 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
  • Backlash (SmackDown exclusive)- September 11 from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA (WWE Network Exclusive)
  • Clash of Champions (RAW exclusive)- September 25 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
  • No Mercy (SmackDown exclusive)- October 9 from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
  • WWE Hell in a Cell (RAW exclusive)- October 30 from the TD Garden in Boston, MA
  • Survivor Series (RAW & SmackDown)- November 20 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs (SmackDown exclusive)- December 4 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
  • Roadblock (RAW exclusive)- December 18 from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

The 2016 WWE Draft will take place when SmackDown moves to Tuesday nights, live, on July 19 at 8/7c on the USA Network. On that special, ten Superstars will be drafted to RAW and ten Superstars will be drafted to SmackDown with the rest of the roster presumably being drafted on WWE.com and/or the WWE Network following the show.

What do you think of brand-exclusive pay-per-views? Post your comments in the box below.


WWE: Brand-exclusive pay-per-views returning after SummerSlam

Penny Dreadful S03E08-9 Review: Perpetual Night; The Blessed Dark

Now here we are, the finale of Penny Dreadful season 3, which in a surprise twist turned out to be the series finale. It’s been a very good but frustrating season, since so much of it kept the characters apart, particularly Vanessa and Ethan. And now it’s all over. But before we get to that, let’s check in on what happened before The End.

Ethan, Sir Malcolm, and Kaetenay make it back to London just in time to see what looks like the end of days. An apparently permanent fog has fallen and the city is crawling with enough night creatures–rats in the street, frogs popping up from drains–to make one think the plagues are here. And as Catriona, in Sir Malcolm’s mansion but without Vanessa, tells them, there is a plague. Thousands have died in London just that week from whatever is in the fog.

Meanwhile, Dr. Seward walks in on Renfield in her office listening to her recordings of her Vanessa sessions. He’s gone full Renfield now, babbling on to her about his master, Dracula, who has Vanessa with him now. Somewhere in there he eats a frog, because of course he does. He’s unafraid of Dr. Seward, partly because he’s lost his religion and partly because he assumes she’s no killer. “You should have listened to more of the recordings,” she tells him, before she dispatches him with the help of Victorian office supplies. Then she heads off to Sir Malcolm’s mansion, where vampires are attacking and we’re just cauterizing the bite wounds, because we don’t have time to be turned.


Down in the bowels of Bedlam, Lily fails in her attempts to manipulate the two men in her life. Dorian, on his way to kick out the girls in his house and snap Justine’s neck, leaves without kissing her and Victor is unmoved by her plea for water. In the end, what does move him is her genuine self. In the last episode, she was seen visiting the grave of Sarah Croft, an infant who was presumably hers. Sarah froze to death in their home because Brona was beaten by a john and left for dead in the street. She asks Victor not to take her memories of her daughter and that’s what makes him relent. Billie Piper does astounding work in this scene. Eva Green is (rightfully) singled out often when it comes to the acting on this show, but Piper must be recognized for her work as well. She’s electric when it comes to delivering monologues like this one and the one she gave at Dorian’s last week.


This conversation takes place between just the two of them because Dr. Jekyll has left them alone to wander off and do whatever, which pretty much sums up his character this season. Just a lot of whatever. He never takes his own medicine. His father has died, though, and so he inherits his title, making him both Dr. Jekyll and Lord Hyde. Good and evil braided be.

Elsewhere and not getting a happy ending is John Clare, unfortunately. His son dies, and while his wife wants to take Jack to Dr. Frankenstein to be reanimated, Clare can’t do that. He spares his son the same fate he’s suffered and buries him at sea. Having been rejected by his wife, poor John Clare leaves her to walk alone.

And that leaves us with the fate of Vanessa. To say it all seems to happen so fast is an understatement. We went from Vanessa going to kill Dracula to becoming a bride of Dracula to resigning herself to a doomed fate in a week. And when I say doomed fate, I mean Ethan’s gun. After a season apart, they are finally reunited in a tunnel underneath this city of fog and pestilence only so Ethan can kill her. Because she can run, but the creatures of the night will never stop hunting her and because she made all this happen, “brought this terrible darkness into the world.” Only her death will bring peace on earth [CITATION NEEDED]. And so Ethan puts a bullet in her, then carries her out.



Penny Dreadful was an ensemble show, but it would not have been the same without our Miss Ives and more importantly, Eva Green portraying her. She was magnificent: beautiful as the moon and with an unnerving power like the tides. Once again, it’s a shame that the Emmys rarely reward genre, because her work on this show was flawless.

Preacher S01E04: Monster Swamp – Everyone slows to a crawl on an uninspired Preacher.

Preacher is not a boring show, but by the lord God (or whatever your name is) it came pretty damn close this week. This is a problem that so many shows have, especially with shows that start off as huge and crazy as Preacher has. Last week we saw what happened after the dust settled in Annville, and this week we’re given more of the same.

The problem here is that after these two episodes the plot has only slightly moved forward. Jessie’s confrontation with Fiore and Deblanc has still to happen, Tulip’s plan for revenge has stopped dead without Jessie, and Cassidy spends most of the episode in some version of debauchery. There are good character beats here, but little else.

So let’s look at some of the episodes good qualities. It starts off well as we are introduced to some of Annville’s night-time pursuits. The red light from the hotel bathing everything in a sinful light, a spectral school bus- which in this show has some rough connotations, almost prowling the nightscape. We see a girl in her underwear being pursued by Quincannon’s men. It’s an eye-rolling trope segment until the mundane resolution comes. It’s actually an organised paintball fight, the girl, and others like her, are consensual participants in the meat workers game. That is until they girl being chased falls through a sink-hole to her death. The conventions of edgy dramas are getting the piss took out of them, that is until there is a human cost to all this horse paly. It is later revealed that the sink-hole may have been caused by the effect that Quincannon’s meat6 factory has on the town’s environment. His words of lazy “support” to his men: “No more horsing around”, and the women “be more careful”, give us our clearest view yet on how above it all Quincannon feels. It’s a strong episode for Jackie Earl-Haley, a great character actor, who’s clearly having fun playing the laconic, and superior meat mogul, a man who can piss in the mayor’s briefcase without fear of reprisal. His company keeps the lights on in Annville, which means he’s the perfect target for Jessie to attract more parishioners through this supposed pillar of the community. The scenes that Haley and Dominic Cooper share are easily the best of the episode. Two powerful men, holding back on each other, while also trying to gain the upper hand. In the end Jessie bribes Quincannon with the promise of his father’s land, the only useful land that Quincannon doesn’t own, if he comes to church on Sunday.


Jessie, who after last week’s pulling back from his darker nature, is feeling very proactive. He’s determined to get more people to church each week, bribing them with the chance to win a flat screen TV, and after using his Word on Quincannon, giving the people an example to get behind. If Jessie can save a man who is as irredeemable as Quincannon, the thinking is that he can save anyone. It’s good PR, I’ll give him that. Despite this noble quest Jessie keeps flashing back to his childhood working in the church with his father. Each time he gets closer to his goal he flashes back to a small act of rebellion when he was a child: smoking with young Tulip, which his dad whips him for, and stealing an ashtray when his father visits Quincannon, a man who his father says can’t be saved. Jessie is still fighting with himself: who he is, was, and wants to be. He thinks that with his new power he can not only redeem ~Annville, but himself as well.


Then there is the rest of the episode, in which all the characters who make the show interesting aren’t making much headway. Cassidy is quite literally brushed off by Jessie when he informs him of last week’s heavenly encounter. To Jessie everything about angels, coffee cans, and chainsaws sounds like white noise with an Irish accent. He doesn’t take Cassidy seriously, and who could blame him, Cassidy is a bullshitter of the highest order. Something we see with his latest encounter with Fiore and Deblanc, who all but confirm their angelic origins. They seem to be Jessie’s main threat, yet they spend the episode getting scammed by Cassidy (which was cool), hiding out from their superiors, and sampling Annville’s fine cuisine, basically tied to their hotel room. As for Cassidy: he takes his ill-gotten money to the nearest drug dealer, and prostitute and has a merry old time… until Tulip throws him out a window.


This is a great way for Tulip and Cassidy to finally meet, and Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun bounce off each other admirably. It’s just a shame the episode served Tulip so poorly in order to get her to this meeting. Thinking that she’s the only one who wants justice for the girl’s death, she takes it upon herself to get a small taste of revenge on Quincannon’s men. Except it’s Cassidy she brutally maims instead. The show treats her as if she’s a fool with a dangerous temper which is insulting and lazy, and the payoff doesn’t make up for the shoddy treatment.

Preacher really needs to get its foot back on the accelerator soon, because if the show stays as middling as it’s been in the last two weeks people might start switching off.

6/10 Even the good parts couldn’t hide the fact that this episode barely moves forward. That road trip Cassidy was talking about is starting to sound like a great idea.

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Preacher S01E04: Monster Swamp – Everyone slows to a crawl on an uninspired Preacher.

WWE Spoilers: Final card for WWE Money-in-the-Bank 2016


The seventh annual WWE Money-in-the-Bank will come to you, live on the WWE Network, this Sunday night, June 19, at 8/7c from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to the annual Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, the WWE World Heavyweight, WWE Tag Team, and United States Titles will be on the line as well as the first ever match between John Cena and AJ Styles and a women’s tag match. Here is the final card for WWE Money-in-the-Bank 2016:

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles
  • Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • WWE Tag Team Championship: Fatal 4-Way Tag Match: The New Day (c) vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillains vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
  • United States Championship: Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Titus O’Neil
  • Natalya & Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
  • Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
  • Kickoff Exclusive: The Golden Truth vs. Breezango
  • Kickoff Exclusive: The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz

The WWE Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff will air exclusively on the WWE Network an hour before the main pay-per-view at 7/6c and, in addition to analysis from the Kickoff Panel, the Kickoff will also feature The Golden Truth vs. Breezango and The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz.

In the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, the six Superstars will compete for the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase hanging high above the ring. Ladders will surround the ring and, to win, a Superstar must climb the ladder and successfully unhook the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase. There will be no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications, and no count-outs. The winner of the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase will earn themselves a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at any time they want it for the next year.

In the Fatal 4-Way Tag Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles, two of the eight Superstars, regardless of their team, will be legally able to compete in the match at a time. Either Superstar can tag out to anyone on the ring apron, no matter if they are their teammate or not. The match can only end by pinfall or submission in the ring with no disqualifications and no count-outs.

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WWE Spoilers: Final card for WWE Money-in-the-Bank 2016

WWE SmackDown Results: June 16, 2016


Lunatic-in the-Bank?

Three nights before WWE Money-in-the-Bank, the 878th edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown came to you from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS. With the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match coming up this Sunday at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, the six Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match participants would be in action on SmackDown as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would team up with Cesaro and Sami Zayn to face the team of Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, & Kevin Owens in a 6-Man Tag match. With the every-man-for-himself ladder match just three nights away and, given the animosity between the six Superstars, can order be maintained or will the 6-Man Tag descend into chaos?

Match Results

  • Fatal 4-Way Match: Kofi Kingston (with Big E & Xavier Woods) def. Big Cass (with Enzo Amore), Aiden English (with Simon Gotch), & Luke Gallows (with Karl Anderson) by pinning Aiden English following Trouble In Paradise.
  • Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder by pin following the End of Days.
  • AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods by submission to the Calf Crusher.
  • Non-Title: Charlotte (with Dana Brooke) def. Natalya (with Becky Lynch) by submission to the Figure-Eight after Charlotte uses the Women’s Title belt to distract Natalya and the referee.
  • 6-Man Tag: Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, & Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, & Kevin Owens by Dean Ambrose pinning Kevin Owens following Dirty Deeds after Kevin Owens takes out both of his own tag partners.

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WWE SmackDown Results: June 16, 2016

WWE Spoilers: Three new matches announced for WWE Money-in-the-Bank


The seventh annual WWE Money-in-the-Bank will come to you, live on the WWE Network, this Sunday night, June 19, at 8/7c from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. As announced on last night’s RAW, there will be a women’s tag match at the event, as well as two Kickoff matches. Here is the updated card:

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles
  • Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • WWE Tag Team Championship: Fatal 4-Way Tag Match: The New Day (c) vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillains vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
  • United States Championship: Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Titus O’Neil
  • Natalya & Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
  • Kickoff Exclusive: Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
  • Kickoff Exclusive: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

The WWE Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff show will air exclusively on the WWE Network starting an hour before the pay-per-view at 7/6c. In addition to input from the Kickoff Panel, the Kickoff show will also feature the match between Apollo Crews and Sheamus as well as the match between Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin.

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Preacher S01E03: The Possibilities – It’s the inevitable morning after on a solid Preacher

When viewing Preachers third episode it’s easy to look at what was missing. There was no insane set pieces, the cowboy tease continues to be just that, and the plot doesn’t seem to have moved on all that much. This show exploded onto the screen like the religious leaders the entity discard (PIP Tom Cruise), with two episodes full of coffin black humour, and high octane action, with a chainsaw. Yet while episode three lacks these traits it’s a necessary episode: one that shows the aftermath of all these crazy goings on in a tiny hick town. This episode shouldn’t be called The Possibilities, which is some trademark Cassidy Brightside thinking, it should be called The Consequences.


We left off last week with Jessie, fresh from accidently wiping a child molesters mind with his Word, testing it out on a comatose girl that he felt deserved help. He3 asked her to open her eyes, she did, and like any sane person (perhaps the only one in town) he ran. Jessie himself doesn’t turn up in this episode until before the first ad break. In his absence we see Annville the morning after: evidence of his darker nature literally meeting each other on the street. Donny, the “wife beater” from the first episode aptly described by his boss as a “Right hand man, with no right hand” putting his son on the school bus driven by the amnesiac pervert. They look at each other’s injuries, perpetrated by the same man, each weaker and looking for recompense. Lastly we have Ted Ryerson, who memorably cut his own heart out at Jessie’s suggestion, whose body has been delivered to the church for cremation and a funeral.