The Incredibles 2 (Trailer)

In 2004, Disney & Pixar introduced to the world to the Parrs who would soon become America’s favorite superhero family: The Incredibles. Now, 14 years later, they are expanding their story by bringing us a sequel to the beloved animated film (watch the trailer above). The voice cast from the original movie will be returning including Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl, and even Samuel L. Jackson as the incomparable Frozone.

While the cast is returning, it seems as though the plot is as well. While we do not know the specifics of where the story will take us, we gather from the trailer that it will be an extremely similar concept. In the first movie, Mr. Incredible leaves his family to get back into the superhero game. In “The Incredibles 2”, from what we can gather from the trailer, it seems that Mrs. Incredible is leaving to fight crime while Mr. Incredible is stuck raising the kids.

And what took them so long to make this sequel? I was 8-years-old when the first movie came out. “The Incredibles” is a kids movie and I was able to enjoy it. This sequel looks to be a kids movie, but the kids who saw the first one are now in their 20s. I hope that I can enjoy “The Incredibles 2” and not worry about it being incredibly cheesy (which Pixar is really good about). Nonetheless, we are all excited to see these characters back in action.

“The Incredibles 2” will take place where the first one left off, the Underminer was reading havoc on the city. The trailer also introduces a new character voiced by Bob Odenkirk who is some sort of mogul. Is he the real villain of the movie? We’ll have to wait and see until the movie comes out on June 15.

  1. Disney•Pixar. (2018, February 14). Incredibles 2 – Olympics Sneak Peek [Video file]. Retrieved February 15, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpdL9hSac4
  2. Fretts, B. (2018, February 15). ‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer: The Supers Are Finally Back. Retrieved February 15, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/movies/incredibles-2-trailer-pixar.html

 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (Trailer)

I don’t know about you, but seeing the teaser for the upcoming Han Solo movie during Super Bowl LII was a huge surprise for me. The following day, they dropped the full theatrical trailer (you can check it out in the player above).

Honestly, I am pretty excited about this movie. If you have seen any clips from The Triple Scoop before, you would know that we, as a collective, are not big fans of Rogue One or even The Last Jedi. When it comes to Solo, the bar is set so low (no pun intended) that it would be pretty difficult for it to be a complete disappointment.

The character of Han Solo and the idea of exploring his life before A New Hope is an exciting one. Fans know about his famous kessel run and other tiny anecdotes, but this movie might actually show us how these things went down. Where does Han come from? How does he meet Chewbacca? How does he meet Lando? The potential of any of these questions being answered really excites me.

Another thing that gets me amped for this movie is its cast. Everyone is talking about Donald Glover taking on the role of Lando Calrissian. This definitely intrigues me as well, but a lot of folks are overlooking the other actors involved. The legendary Woody Harrelson will star in Solo as a new character named Beckett. As a huge fan of Woody Harrelson, seeing him in a Star Wars story could be a lot of fun. Emilia Clarke, best known for her role in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen (THE KHALEESI), will be playing a new character named Kira. Other key actors will star in this film such as Thandie Newton (Westworld), Clint Howard, and even Warwick Davis, but the person I am most excited to see is Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo himself.

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The main thing that worries me about this movie was the late firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lucasfilm canned the duo just a few weeks before principal photography for the film was set to be complete. Lord and Miller believed they were hired to make a comedy film, while Lucasfilm was looking for them to add “a comedic touch” to the space fantasy. Lucasfilm also felt that the directors were encouraging too much improvisation from the actors, which was believed to be “shifting the story off-course” from the script.

If you ask me, when you hire the directors of 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the LEGO Movie, what the heck do you expect? These guys make comedies. And why did it take so long to pull the plug on this?

Soon after, it was announced that two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard would take over directing duties, but with most of the film already shot, how big of an impact could he have made to the finished product?

We will just have to wait and see. I like to go into this with the mindset of “if the movie sucks, it in no way effects the other films.”

 

  1. PUNCH IT: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY TV SPOT DEBUTS. (2018, February 4). Retrieved February 6, 2018, from http://www.starwars.com/news/punch-it-solo-a-star-wars-story-tv-spot-debuts
  2. Breznican, A. (2017, June 22). How the Han Solo film broke apart — with Ron Howard picking up the pieces. Retrieved February 6, 2018, from http://ew.com/movies/2017/06/22/ron-howard-takes-over-directing-duties-on-han-solo-film/

“You Don’t Need Expensive Gear to Make Great Music”

In a recent interview with Motörhead’s legendary guitarist, Phil Campbell, he shared that “you don’t need expensive gear to make great music.” He further explained that “if you know what you’re doing, and you string it up right, you can make a great racket on a $30 guitar as long as you’ve got the insight and direction.”

As a musician myself, I completely agree with this statement. I always say that it is not about that equipment you use, it is about the person using it. Just as Campbell said, with the right intuition you can take a cheap piece of equipment and make it sound professional.

I think back to some of my favorite albums that have been recorded in crummy basements or with old 8-tracks that have went on to skyrocket artists’ careers. The first example that pops into mind is a record called “QUARTERBACKS” by QUARTERBACKS. QUARTERBACKS are a two-piece punk band from New Paltz, NY. Their guitarist uses an old, beat up Squier Telecaster with the top E string cut off. When I listen to the music, however, the recording quality does not even cross my mind. The message this band sends with their music and their ability to send that message with the equipment they have is truly mesmerizing.

Another record that comes to mind is “Songs From The Sunroom” by Field Medic. This one-piece from San Fransisco is fronted by guitarist Kevin Patrick who self-recorded these songs in his sunroom with an old acoustic guitar. The success of these songs has led him to a record deal with a label out of Boston called Run For Cover Records.

One final example would be any Mac DeMarco release. DeMarco is a musician who writes and records all of his own music in his Brooklyn apartment on an old tape machine (which is totally out of style. Nowadays, it is far easier to record digitally on your laptop). In his documentary, “Pepperoni Playboy”, DeMarco says good pop music is made out of “pure human feeling” and not all of the fancy, expensive equipment you use to make it with.

Each of these artists remind me that I have the power to make something magical as long as I try hard enough. I can list plenty of examples of musicians who had real expensive equipment and didn’t know how to properly use it, but The Triple Scoop is not about bashing people, it is about celebrating the things we cherish.

 

  1. Beckner, J. (2018, February 1). Motorhead’s Phil Campbell: You Don’t Need Expensive Gear to Make Great Music. Retrieved February 1, 2018, from https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/motorheads_phil_campbell_you_dont_need_expensive_gear_to_make_great_music.html
  2. P. (2014, May 12). Retrieved February 01, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JStLz_vkEm8

Halogens Recording New EP & Music Video

New Jersey-based rockers Halogens are currently in the studio recording their sophomore EP. This comes after a split release with Staten back in 2016. The EP will feature 6 tracks including their latest single, “Pretty Enough”.

Halogens have been eager to get in the studio and write new music for a while now, teasing new material at some of their shows over the past few months. They will be recording on weekends throughout the month of January. An intended release date is still TBA.

The band has also been working on a new music video with Sharp Angle Media. The video is for “Pretty Enough” and is currently in the editing phase. Halogens have posted photos from their time on set of the video. One picture features frontman Zach Henry covered in make-up and another with drummer George Saives standing in front of a white wall covered in purple post-it notes that say “I love you”. Although we are not sure what they mean, we can’t help but feel extremely excited to see the song come to life.

The REAL Reason Why Hugh Jackman is Stepping Down as Wolverine

As the newest Marvel film “Logan” hits theaters next weekend, we begin to look back at Hugh Jackman’s illustrious portrayal of Wolverine. After playing the character for 17-years, Jackman announced that “Logan” will be his final film as the renowned mutant.

However, news has surfaced as to who is really to blame for this decision: JERRY SEINFELD.

This past week, Jackman visited The Tonight Show and told host Jimmy Fallon that he asked his good friend, Jerry Seinfeld, how he knew when to wrap up his series “Seinfeld” after 9 seasons. Seinfeld told him, “Look, when you’re creating something, it’s very important not to run yourself dry. It’s not about finishing on top necessarily, but making sure that you, creatively, still have got something left which propels you into whatever’s next.” Those words stuck with Jackman and he went home and told his wife that this film would be his last as the Wolverine.

Come on, Jerry. We love you so much. Don’t you know how much of an influence you have on people? “Season 9” of Seinfeld wasn’t even that good! Now Marvel will probably just wait a few years and reboot the whole series and recast Wolverine.

Watch the full interview here:

Feel free to take out your frustrations on Jerry Seinfeld in the comments section.

You Can Start Watching Portlandia Again!

Portlandia is definitely a shared favorite amongst the Triple Scoop Team, but Season 6 had us holding our heads in shame. The lackluster season experimented by doing things differently, and in our opinions, it did not pay off.

Normally, the each episode is compiled of random skits featuring reoccurring characters. Season 6, however, had entire episodes dedicated to one set of characters. While this doesn’t seem so bad on paper (or online blog), it did not hold up through the television screen. The characters that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein create are extraordinarily funny, but are not dynamic enough to be focused on for a full 20 minute episode.

But there’s good news! There’s no need to get into any more of that because Season 7 is here and we are back to square one: random skits featuring our favorite reoccurring characters (as well as some great new ones)! Portlandia hasn’t missed a beat and this season’s episodes have been very strong.

Here is a taste of some of our favorite moments of Season 7 so far:

Season 7 of Portlandia will consist of a total of 10 episodes.

As of right now, it is rumored that Season 8 will be the show’s final season and will air in 2018.

What are your favorite moments of Season 7? Let us know in the comments!

New Sorority Noise Music Video Details

Connecticut emo band Sorority Noise has been filming a new music video with director Kyle Thrash all week. How do we know this? One of the guys on our Triple Scoop team was an extra in the video! Here is everything we know:

The music video is for their new song “No Halo” which is the first single off of their upcoming record, “You’re Not As ___ As You Think”, due to release March 17th. The video release date is uncertain, but it is rumored to also be on March 17th.

We don’t know too much about the concept, but our inside guy was an extra for the band’s performance scene. The scene was shot at The Thrifty Irishman, a thrift shop in Port Richmond. It was shot on the second floor which looked like a long and empty warehouse.

Extras were instructed to come wearing nude/neutral colored clothing. Art Directors draped every extra with a clear tarp. Extras surrounded the band and slowly swayed back and forth during their performance. While it all looked confusing and weird in real life, a crew member was coming around showing everyone how it looked in the monitor and it was stunning. Our guy was not aloud to have his phone on him, so we are unfortunately low on pictures. This single scene shot from 6pm to midnight (set up started before 4pm).

The band was very nice and excited to complete their first big-budget music video. The atmosphere they create is wonderful. They were constantly checking in and making sure the extras were comfortable and having a good time while cracking jokes amongst themselves. In between each take, a new friend of theirs would run up and give them a hug. The camera crew worked hard, but there was little to no yelling.

All in all, we’re in for a super cool new video.

Until its release, give “No Halo” a listen in the player below.