If you didn’t hear, Madonna’s MDNA album leaked to the internet just hours before the release of her latest music video for “Girl Gone Wild.” Hypable writer John Thrasher had a chance to listen to the new music, and, while it shows flashes of excitement, it does leave something to be desired.

MDNA has leaked all over Tumblr, YouTube and every other mainstream file sharing site on the internet that you can think of. Twenty-four hours later, we’ve had a chance to listen to and absorb the new album, which Billboard tagged as the most highly-anticipated album of 2012.

We should also mention that you should definitely go out and buy the album when it comes out on Tuesday. Support the music industry and the law! I know I definitely will.

This album, while it left me cringing in a few moments, is a pop record that every Madonna fan will instantly enjoy. The lead single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” which was released in January, sounds nothing like the rest of the album. But that’s a good thing!

Her second single, “Girl Gone Wild,” reminds me of her single, “Celebration” that was released along with her last greatest hits record with Warner Brothers; it’s a fun song that you’ll find yourself singing along to on the dance floor. If you haven’t seen the just-released music video for it, make sure you aren’t at work and do so. You won’t regret it.

Speaking of dance floors, the dark and ominous “Gang Bang” is the type of song that we haven’t heard from Madonna in quite a long time…if ever. It’s the type of song that many Madonna fans will be eager to dance to at a club. It’s filled with gun shots, bodies dropping, cars screeching, a dubstep breakdown and Madonna saying things like, “Drive b***h! And while you’re at it, die b***h!” It has Girl, Interrupted all over it! Needless to say, people have been abuzz about this song for awhile, and for good reason. It should be interesting to see how she performs this particular song on her next tour.

Another song that stands out is the whimsical-yet-danceable “Turn Up The Radio.” Completely diferent from “Gang Bang,” this song makes you want to put the top down, enjoy life and go driving down a highway in the middle of a summer’s day.

When the world starts to get you down \ and nothing seems to go your way \ and the noise of a maddening crowd makes you feel like you’re going to go insane \ there’s a glow of a distant light \ calling you to come outside \ to feel the wind on your face and your skin.

This was one of the only songs that I liked from the very first listen. Tons of synth and definitely radio friendly. I would be surprised if this isn’t her third single.

Other songs that I enjoyed were “Masterpiece,” which won Madonna a Golden Globe and “Falling Free,” a synth orchestra-driven ballad that really showcases the best of Madonna’s vocal styling.

While there are flashes of fun pop/dance records on MDNA, there are just as many parts of this album that had me cringing.

The song, “I Don’t Give A,” which reminds me of her “American Life” days, might be one of the most cringe-worthy songs I’ve heard since Ke$ha was a thing. Madonna attempts to pseudo-rap while vocal effects try to make the vapid lyrics seem interesting, but, trust me, they aren’t. In what might be the absolute most ridiculous lyrics I’ve ever heard in a song (remember, I just mentioned Ke$ha), Madonna pseudo-raps:

I know how to multi-task
Connecting to the Wi-Fi
Went from nerd to superb
Have you seen the new guy
I forgot the password
Gotta call the babysitter
Tweetin’ on the elevator
I could take a helicopter
I don’t even feel the pressure

Did she really just sing about connecting to a Wi-Fi network and forgetting the password? This sounds like a song one of the Real Housewives would be singing. Madonna! You’ve had six years to experience life, grow and mature, and this is what you come back with? If you think “Tweetin’ on the elevator” is bad enough, let me remind you that Madonna doesn’t even have a Twitter account! What? The only good thing that keeps this song afloat is a surprise verse from Nicki Minaj – and I’m not a huge Minaj fan.

Another song that had me reaching to pull the plug was “I F****d Up.” The slow, boring, diary-entry-turned-song would be better off as a poem. I could only see this song being used as background music in a slideshow someone made to apologize to his or her boyfriend or girlfriend.

If I had to give one more example of the hollow lyrics of this album, it would have to be in the song “Love Spent,” where Madonna sings about – are you ready for this – a bank account:

If we opened up a joint account \ will it put an end to all your doubts? Frankly if my name were Benjamin \ We wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.

While I usually despise comparing artists to other artists – particularly solo, female, pop acts – I can’t help but draw comparisons of this album to Britney Spears’ latest effort, Femme Fatale. It’s a familiar recipe: synth heavy, some dubstep, some bizarre lyrics here and there, a fluffy pop song as a potential single (“I Wanna Go”), and a couple of personal “from the soul” songs.

There’s no doubt that this album will be a must-have for anyone looking to add to their Madonna collection. It is definitely a light and airy pop record, but it’s a far cry from the classical, artistic brilliance of her 2005 release “Confessions On A Dance Floor.”

MDNA will be out on Monday, March 26th!

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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