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Blindspot: Jaimie Alexander as TV Female Action Star

Jaimie Alexander in Blindspot

Looks like female actors as action stars are moving from big screen movies to the small screen -- television.  I'm referring to the prevalence of females starring in action-based television shows. 

One such television show may be Blindspot. However, it remains to be seen just how much action the female star will be afforded in this show.

Previoiusly, I was  interested in watching a similar type action-oriented television show,  Blacklist, which initially appeared  to have a strong leading female character, but seemed to evolve to be just the opposite.  James Spader as Raymond Reddington stood out in Blacklist more-so than the female actor Megan Boone who played Elizabeth Keen.  Another television show I was looking forward to due to what I thought would feature a strong female character was Marvel's Agent Carter.  However, I lost interest not because of the lack of action scenes, but for the storylines, which in my opinion, were not as exciting as I expected.

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Enter Blindspot.  I saw the preview of Blindspot on television and at first thought the commerical was for a movie due to the quality level of the action scenes shown.  I noticed that a female was performing lots of the physical actions in the commercial clip.  However, the question is when Blindspot airs, will the female action character stay true to form or will she ease back in the background and become only a backdrop for the stories in this television series.

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The storyline of Blindspot -- in my opinion is not unique.  The character Jane Doe is played by Jaimie Alexander who has amnesia and does not know who she is or much about her past.  She has tatoos which may or may not help the FBI solve mysterious crimes.   If Jaimie Alexander stays true to the action scenes shown in the trailer,  and the writers keeps giving her major action scenes, the Blindspot television show may be worth watching.  For now, I guess we will just have to wait and see.  

Blindspot debuts September 21, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time on NBC.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2015 00:45

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Star Wars Battlefront Pre-Order Bonuses Available

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You may have heard the saying, "Everything is coming up roses."  Well, in the case of movies and video games of late, everything seems to be coming up Star Wars.  In addition to May 4, 2015 being Star Wars Day, or "May the force (4th) be with you Day", there is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will feature several alumni actors from the Star Wars Return of the Jedi movie  --including Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens movie releases on December 18, 2015.  By the way, Vanity Fair just announced that Star Wars will grace its June 2015 magazine cover, so it appears that Star Wars is not lacking in its share of publicity -- online as well as in print.

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Star Wars' gamer fans are also included in the Star Wars publicity machine.  Specifically, the video game Star Wars Battlefront will release on November 17, 2015.  Star Wars Battlefront is the third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series where the action and adventure will involve battling as a Stormtroopers or as a Rebel Alliance soldier.  The multiplayer mode will accommodate up to 40 players.

Star Wars Battlefront If you want to get a head start on playing the DLC that will be available after the game releases, you can pre-order Star Wars Battlefront from Amazon.com as well as other video game places.  At Amazon.com, the pre-order bonus for Star Wars Battlefront is  you will receive the DLC a week earlier than other gamers.  The DLC consist of two maps set on the planet Jakku before the Star Wars: The Force Awakens saga begins.  The DLC will be released publicly on December 8, 2015; however if you preorder, you will receive the DLC a week earlier on December 1, 2015.

Star Wars Battlefront is published by Electronics Arts (EA) and developed by EA Digital Illusions CE.

Whether you plan to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie when it comes out, or if you plan to play the Star Wars video game -- Star Wars Battlefront -- or even enjoy both -- May the force be with you.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 06:44

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New Spiderman Announced Amidst Sony Marvel Partnership

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"With great power, comes great responsibility", a famous quote from Spiderman movies and comic books may be heard once again when the latest Spiderman movie is released.  Sony has partnered with Marvel Studios on the next Spiderman movie to bring it to theaters as a reboot.   To refresh you on Spiderman's "acquisition"  -- Marvel sold Spiderman to Sony at a cost of about $7 million back in 1999.  Spiderman will be going back to his roots, so to speak, when Marvel Studios (owned by Disney) and Sony join creative forces.

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Sony/Marvel's partnership goes beyond the new upcoming Spiderman movie.  The partnership will open avenues to weave and include Spiderman in Marvel's other popular renderings such as the Avengers and other Marvel based comic book superhero franchises.

Tom Holland to play Spiderman

 

One such inclusion is Spiderman's possible appearance  in the Captain America movie, before his own movie comes out in 2017.  Tom Holland, an English actor, will play as Spiderman, replacing Andrew Garfield who was Spiderman in the movie's two previous renditions.

Will the upcoming Spiderman movie be a blockbuster success?  It may be too early to tell.  However,  given the lukewarm reception of the new Spiderman movie, looks like Sony and Marvel may have to rely on the overwhelming popularity of the Spiderman character himself to help revitalize excitement in a movie featuring yet another actor playing the role of  the Amazing Spiderman. Hopefully Sony and Marvel are up to the challenge.  

The new Spiderman movie releases in theaters on July 28, 2017.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:01

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How to Dance to a Broadway Musical at Home

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Are you a fan of Broadway musicals?  If so, how would you like to dance to some of the most popular songs from several musicals, many of which are still playing live on Broadway?  You can do just that if you have either a Wii or a PlayStation 3 video game system as well as the video game Dance on Broadway.

Dance on Broadway has been out for a few years now so the game is readily available.  It was originally released for the Wii back in 2010 and later for the PlayStation 3 in 2011.  Dance on Broadway is a dancing game so you essentially move in concert with the avatars on the screen.  Based on how well you follow the steps and movements you will be met with varying forms of assessments such as "Great", "Excellent", etc.

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You may ask how does this dance video game differ from some of the others that are more current, such as Just Dance and Dance Central.  Well, there are similarities between Dance on Broadway and other dance type video games; however, the major difference is that Dance on Broadway is comprised entirely of songs and music from musicals -- no pop, rock, rap or soul -- simply musicals.  Some songs you may be familiar with which are on this video game are "All that Jazz" from the musical Chicago; "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" from Hair and "Cabaret" from the musical Cabaret.  In fact there are twenty different musicals you can dance to when you play Dance on Broadway.  Unfortunately, the songs are not directly from the musicals but are sung by other talented singers instead.  However, the tune and flavor of the actual songs from the musical are reflected in the twenty songs. The biggest plus is as you dance you will be exercising as well, while having fun!

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If this sounds like a video game you would like to play, it's easy for you to own.  Dance on Broadway is available on Amazon, GameStop and other retail estabishments where video games are sold. If you have a PS3, you will have to use the PS move controller to play Dance on Broadway.  

Get the Dance on Broadway video game and before long you will be dancing as if you are the star of a big time musical, without even leaving the comfort of your home.

Dance on Broadway was developed by Longtail Studios AiLive; published by UbiSoft and is rated E +10.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

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Video Games: Mass Effect Andromeda Announced at E3 2015

 

Mass Effect Andromeda

EA was mum regarding the Mass Effect video game during its E3 2015 press conference on June 15, 2015 choosing instead to concentrate on news for eSports type games as well as Tom Clancy's Division and others.  The next video game in the Mass Effect franchise was announced during E3 which was held June 16-18, 2015 at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.  Maybe this game was going to be the surprise hit for EA; however, looks like the reception so far has been luke warm at best.

Mass Effect Andromeda

 

You may recall the massive negative publicity EA as well as BioWare suffered with the ending of the previous Mass Effect video game.  The company went so far as to give refunds for the game because of the disappointment and total letdown gamers experienced after finishing this video game.   There had been talk from EA of another video game forthcoming in the Mass Effect series, with EA being emphatic, in my opinion, the name of the game would not be Mass Effect 4. Well, now we know the name of the video game will be Mass Effect Andromeda, set in a whole different galaxy and environment.

Based on the Mass Effect Andromeda trailer, the world will be set in part on a mountainous type terrain, with the characters transversing across it, which probably includes explorations as well.  As with most action adventure games, Mass Effect Andromeda will most likely have its share of battles, explosions and other cinematography likes effects, which have become customary with these types games. Of course, more information will become avalable as the video game gets closer to its release date.

 

Mass Effect Andromeda's World

It's early yet.  The developers have some time to differentiate Mass Effect Andromeda from its predecessors which will hopefully culminate in an enjoyable, exciting video game to play and not just more of the same.

For now, I guess we will have to just wait and see.  Mass Effect Andromeda video game is expected to be rated M for Mature and currently has a release date of Holiday, 2016.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 15:02

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