Tom Cruise has been reliving the same situation over and over for a seemingly infinite amount of time, learning from his mistakes, but failing over and over regardless of what he does. The situation in question is his career.

It’s only fitting that Cruise’s role in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow reflects the path his career has taken in recent years. Since his quasi-comeback of sorts in 2008, he’s drifted from project to project whether it be Knight and Day, Jack Reacher or Oblivion, with hopes that it’ll be the next Mission: Impossible for him. And after each respective film underperforms, he reboots and starts again. But his incessant trial and error has finally paid off with Edge of Tomorrow, a well-made and fun sci-fi flick that transcends the cliches it’s compiled from.

Cruise stars as Major William Cage, who acts as a U.S. Army Spokesman more than an Officer, and against his will is thrust into the front lines of a war against an Alien race known as “Mimics.” Outfitted with only a battlesuit exoskeleton, the combat fearing Cage is launched with a bunch of other soldiers to the beaches of Northwestern France as part of a final offensive against the Mimics (Whether Liman planned the release of the film to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of D-Day is still up for debate). However, the Mimics surprise the humans by attacking first, and rather predictably Cage is one of the many casualties, getting killed along with a Mimic he was up against.

Then *SMASH CUT*. Cage wakes up in the same location and situation he was in the day before he went to battle. Everything plays out exactly the way he first experienced it, including the invasion and his eventual death, but in a different way than the first time. Then *SMASH CUT*. He’s back again. Cage eventually figures out from war hero Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) that he’s inherited the Mimics’ ability to revive themselves after death, and Rita would know: She had the same power once upon a time. With her help, Cage is transformed from an unwilling, disgraced soldier, to the best weapon the humans have against the Mimics, and possibly the only hope of victory for them.

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Tom Cruise has been reliving the same situation over and over for a seemingly infinite amount of time, learning from his mistakes, but failing over and over regardless of what he does. The situation in question is his career.

It’s only fitting that Cruise’s role in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow reflects the path his career has taken in recent years. Since his quasi-comeback of sorts in 2008, he’s drifted from project to project whether it be Knight and Day, Jack Reacher or Oblivion, with hopes that it’ll be the next Mission: Impossible for him. And after each respective film underperforms, he reboots and starts again. But his incessant trial and error has finally paid off with Edge of Tomorrow, a well-made and fun sci-fi flick that transcends the cliches it’s compiled from.

Cruise stars as Major William Cage, who acts as a U.S. Army Spokesman more than an Officer, and against his will is thrust into the front lines of a war against an Alien race known as “Mimics.” Outfitted with only a battlesuit exoskeleton, the combat fearing Cage is launched with a bunch of other soldiers to the beaches of Northwestern France as part of a final offensive against the Mimics (Whether Liman planned the release of the film to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of D-Day is still up for debate). However, the Mimics surprise the humans by attacking first, and rather predictably Cage is one of the many casualties, getting killed along with a Mimic he was up against.

Then *SMASH CUT*. Cage wakes up in the same location and situation he was in the day before he went to battle. Everything plays out exactly the way he first experienced it, including the invasion and his eventual death, but in a different way than the first time. Then *SMASH CUT*. He’s back again. Cage eventually figures out from war hero Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) that he’s inherited the Mimics’ ability to revive themselves after death, and Rita would know: She had the same power once upon a time. With her help, Cage is transformed from an unwilling, disgraced soldier, to the best weapon the humans have against the Mimics, and possibly the only hope of victory for them.

At this point, everyone has made the comparison between this and Groundhog Day or any other film where time loops play a major role in the plot. And yeah, one wouldn’t be far off if they nicknamed this movie “Groundhog Independence Day” or something. But I like to refer to it as something else: “Epic Groundhog Day.” Time loops are a concept that while not entirely original, filmmakers always come up with new ways to incorporate them into the story. Whereas the stakes are usually focused around one person (usually the one experiencing the loop), this time the fate of the entire planet is in Cage’s hands. It gives the film a grand feeling. In addition, we get a legitimate reason as to why Cage is looping, as well as having it factor into the story and character.

Cruise handles the burden of being the unwilling holder of this power with remarkable grace, delivering his most likable performance in a long time. He’s neither a glum, emotionless soldier or an over the top caricature, and his character is surprisingly relatable. He is helped a lot by the script though, which balances being clever and funny at the same time, delivering perfectly timed bits of dry humor into what could have been a very somber film. Blunt, no stranger to strong female characters in smart Sci-Fi films (Looper) also does great, with her taking on the role of the grizzled combat hardened veteran. The gender swapping of the usually experienced and unexperienced characters provides a refreshing change of pace from what movies of this kind generally consist of.

The only place the film loses some steam is the ending, which feels like a copout after everything we’ve seen. The final set piece moment could have been epic if everything wasn’t darker than the inside of a cave, and the resolution is kind of rushed and leaves a lot of unanswered questions, and not in the “open for interpretation” way. Thankfully, it doesn’t completely kill the film, and we’re still left with a movie that turned out a lot better than probably anyone thought it would. It proves that old concepts can still be given fresh twists, and that former “biggest stars on the planet” don’t go down without a fight. It’s good to have you back, Mr. Cruise. Hopefully, there won’t be another time where you have to reboot everything.

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017