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Ravenswood is a new film about a group of young people who go on a tour of Australia’s scariest asylum.

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From Ravenswood Films, Ignite Pictures and Becker Entertainment comes a new Aussie supernatural horror thriller, “Ravenswood”

The cast and crew also had quite the experience shooting at Callan Park, an actual abandoned psychiatric hosptial, with leading lady Madeline Marie Dona talking about how “the first day at the locaRavenswood follows the experiences of 4 american tion stood out to me the most, I felt a real sense tourists, Sofia, Belle, Carl and Michael, when they come of eeriness!”. There was much debate amongst to Australia and go on a ghost tour at an abandoned everyone if it was actually haunted: psychiatric hospital. At first, everything seems fine, there’s a few scares, some cold patches called spiritual “It was a little spooky walking down the hallways shivers, but underlying everything is a palpable tension alone!” commented Ashley Fitzgerald, who played that tells you something is going to happen. Emma, “I got spooked every time (and) I would What they don’t know, nor do the guys running the ghost tour, Zach and Emma, is they have landed in the middle of a battle that has been fought over the past 60 years between The Doctor and a patient he murdered, Sara. Both their ghosts have roamed the hallways, the Doctor making sure Sara never escapes him. Triggered by Sofia, who was once a psychiatric patient herself, and having shared similar experiences to Sara, both ghosts possess the hapless tourists, and their war leaves the mystical plane and become a real fight for death. For the ghost hunters and their new friends, all that matters is survival.

often run back to the crew (and then act cool).” Jock Campbell, who played Zach (pictured on the left) said “that location was pretty damn freaky. Because the film’s set and night, we pretty much only shot when it was dark, (when) you’re wandering down these empty, dark, abandoned hospital hallways with nothing but a torch, Trying not to freak yourself out.” Was it really haunted... maybe when you watch the film you might notice the shadowy figure behind out leading lady during one of the most intense scenes.

The premiere is being held on the 7th January at 6pm at Hoyts Cinemas, Fox Studios Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney, everyone is very excited to see what the film has to offer. We’ve got some celebs coming along, and a big announcement to make on the night. Tickets are available to the public at: http://bit.ly/2fYn8y8

To be released worldwide in March 2017 through Uncork’d Enterntainment, Ignite Pictures and Marquis both in the US and then worldwide, Executive Producer Adam Horner, who also acted in the film, commented that “the wide appeal, and in particular, the American appeal of the film (meant he) knew it was a movie that could go places.” Producer Daniel Becker added “When Check out the trailer by clicking here. JD first came to me with the idea, i knew it was a film i wanted to help realise its vision, and we started to make it happen”. JD Cohen, director of Ravenswood tells of how hard the shoot was given the almost zero budget, and intense 12 day shooting cycle. “It was a challenge to shoot the film so fast, especially as we had stunts, a car crash, a 2 minute steadicam sequence with a dozen people in the shot, this was not a single room, two people talking type of film. It was ambitious and we had to commit to shots, not just shoot coverage and sort it out in post. But the cast and crew rose to the challenge, and we made a film we can all be proud of”.


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Aiden Cambrell takes a look at the new Ghost In The Shell trailer to see what this cyborg futuristic cop thriller has to offer.

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Like a lot of people, I love science fiction, whether it be films, books, or artwork. One very popular artwork which often lends itself heavily to sci-fi stories is anime, and since Hollywood loves to take the things we love and remake them, the anime Ghost in the Shell is getting a live-action film. Before you read this review however, I would like to make it known that even though I am an anime fan to a degree, I had not heard of Ghost in the Shell until the film was announced, and therefore have not seen it before. The trailer opens on a shot of what appears to be a geisha walking down a slightly futuristiclooking hallway, accompanied by an interesting, but no less clichéd, soundtrack. We first hear Scarlett Johansson’s voice during a wide shot of her character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, standing on the roof of a building overlooking a city. Her dialogue; “This is Major. I’m on site” helps to set the tone for the plot and overall tone and sub-genre of the film. We cut back to a dining room, where the geisha-like characters is serving some people food and drink. There is a short cut-to-black, before we see some people being dragged away from the table by the geisha’s who we now realise are robotic in nature, while the other diners are shot. Major then says “I’m going in” before stripping down to what can only be some type of form-fitting tactical gear, cocking her gun and falling from the top of the building. There is a small montage as we watch her fall, before cutting to her jumping through a window and engaging in a gun fight reminiscent of the lobby scene in the Matrix. We then get a shot of a building with the word “Hanka” on it, which I can only presume is the name of a company. Another character announces that “[Major is] the first of [her] kind” while we see that her body is also robotic. The character continues to speak to Major, saying that she is “not invulnerable” to which Major remarks that “next time you can design me better” We are then greeted by the title cards of Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks.

“Everyone around me, they feel connected to something” After the basic introduction that this film will be an sci-fi action thriller, we now get some insight into character growth and some plotline details. The quote goes on; “Connected to something I’m not”. We then see Major with another woman before a brief shot of the two female characters kissing. We then cut to what appears to be some kind of soldier, whose uniform also says “Hanka”. “You were dying. We saved you. And now you save others” is the dialogue that accompanies a montage of shots showing what I can only guess is how Major’s robotic body was created. We then see Major come from being invisible while running across some shallow water and give a guy an amazing uppercut, to a slowed version of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”. The release date is vaguely mentioned as being in March before another montage plays, showing an elderly character who is most likely an antagonist of some description. This is immediately followed by a montage of a secondary protagonist. “I know I have a past. I’ll find out who I was” reaffirms that the movie will follow a self-discovery storyline. The final montage is filled with high-octane action shots before an unrevealed character speaks; “Everything they told you was a lie. They did not save your live. They stole it”. P


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Thirty

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Have you ever stepped back and taken a look at your life thus far? You reminisce on your childhood, teenage years and maybe the young adult lifestyle being experienced right now and say to yourself that yes everything seems to have gone your way thus far; then you reach the 30s and the following things happen: your job sucks and your boss is a dick.


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Your husband/partner has morphed into a hairy behemoth with an inability to find the laundry basket, you’re single and wondering if you’ll ever find (or even want) someone to spend your life with, you’re not falling pregnant’ because it isn’t as easy as your high school teachers insinuated, you’ve realised you’ll never afford to buy a house. Like ever, and, suddenly, the stakes are higher’ If you’re looking for a helpful guide on how to cope with life in the 30s, then this program… might not be of use but it will definitely give you some insight, especially from the perspective of ‘four real, diverse women in Sydney’ who are about to enter that era of life. Welcome to the web series Thirty.

“The characters that Tricia has created are so hilariously real that you can’t help but be drawn to their struggles, their flaws and their friendships. As a first generation Australian of mixed race, it’s uplifting to see the momentum that’s gathering behind the push for more diversity to be reflected on Australian screens. This diversity needs to be reflected across age, ethnicity, sexuality and gender, so that we have a screen culture that reflects society and contributes the broader human experience.” – De Possesse

“In the past I have had writers approach me to direct great projects that I have passed up due to the Thirty is a miniseries that, as mentioned above, follows the story content - scripts containing misogynistic storylines, of four thirty-something women from various walks of life as they underdeveloped, or no, female roles etc. Saying no ‘navigate the peaks and pitfalls of love, work, family, sex and friend- to these opportunities has been a conscious decision ship’ of their (and our) current day and age. The four women in this to ensure that I’m driving stories that I believe ¡n. So particular story are: Dalia, an ‘ex-SAHM Warm with a surprisingly I am thrilled to be on board a show like THIRTY. The grubby sense of humour’ played by Tricia-Lyn Morosin (who also characters are feeling society’s pressure of having wrote the screenplay); Anna, a ‘bad ass journo & cynical, but has a a highly successful career and family. As someone soft heart’ played by Prudence Holloway; Charlie, a ‘lawyer. Typewho is pushing 40, who doesn’t have their career and A. Perfection in a power suit’ played by Alison McGirr; and Bianca, s!@# together and feels like they should be far more an ‘intelligent, goofy school teacher. Anal-retentive & chronically advanced in every area of life - these characters offer single’ played by Sarah de Possesse (who also is the co-producer). a refreshingly realistic representation of what it’s really Completing the line-up of the fabulous all-women team of creative like to be in your 30’s. Importantly, Tricia has created geniuses are those behind the scenes – proudly queer and pas- EPKa fantastic mixed group of characters with diverse THIRTY sionate director Leah Pellinkhof and equally enthusiastic producer cultural backgrounds and sexual persuasions. I’m Madeline Beukers. passionate about telling LGBTQI stories, and having strong, authentic lesbian characters is hugely imporFor these creative women, they aim to make the series a lens tant I think that THIRTY has a lot to contribute to the that gives a very real representation of the issues that all thirtyAustralian screen landscape.” – Pellinkhof something women (regardless of background) face both in the arts industry and in normal society – this aim driven by their own life “We’d been told by countless teachers throughout our experiences (making this series semi-autobiographical to some detime at school that there aren’t that many roles for gree) and their ideal for women to be better represented on-screen. women and if they do have roles they’re hot, “When I hit my dirty thirties, I realised what on interesting point in mindless sex objects. It really excited me to see Tricia life it ¡s. I was so frustrated and disappointed at the lack of opportu- writing about every day women and she has inspired nities for women over 30 in this industry and also the lack of diverme to help challenge the representation of women on sity. You just don’t see many size 16, half-Lebanese, 32-year-old screen.” – Beukers women on our screens” Morosin notes as she reflects back on her Furthermore to this unyielding drive, the creative 10 years of professional journalism and corporate communications forces behind Thirty also boast serious streaks of exwriting experience in addition to her recent training at the Sydney perience about them. In addition to Tricia’s well-versed Theatre School and her breakthrough comedy show’s performance skills in the writing industry, there is also Pellinkhoff’s at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “THIRTY will showcase women of different ethnicities and sexual orientation, so we can start to tip the NDA and AFTRS qualifications which has led her to direct such award-winning projects as Kenosis Kiss, scale on representation and give Australian women more relatable Count the Ways, Chook and Maureen and Queers characters to watch.” Land; De Possesse as an award-winning actor has starred in numerous productions such as Starting Pellinkhof, Beukers and De Possesse also echo the sentiment of creating a sense of realism when it comes to depicting women and Now, > their lives on screen:


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channelling the Echo, Pretend, The Women who were Never There, Rip and The Move, and as a film-maker has spearheaded the operations of Catch That Wave Productions; Prudence Holloway is an accomplished actor and musician who has experience on stage performing Carrie The Musical, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Those the River Keeps and Shakespeare’s As You Like It as well as being a part of the 2016 Mardi Gras Festival act The Girlie Show; and Alison McGirr, an alum of the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in Fine Arts Acting, brings to the table her Jennifer Blocksidge Award for Most Outstanding Actor and her small but noticeable roles in big hits such as Home and Away in 1998 and, more recently, in Penny Dreadful alongside Josh Hartnett. As it stands now, Thirty is almost finished with principal photography for the first season (which will consist of six 10-minute episodes) with filming due to start soon. However, funding to cover costs of post-production, distribution and marketing is needed and the campaign for this funding can be found at Pozible (another online crowdfunding venue) with a budgetary deadline set for 23rd December for a possible release in early 2017.P


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NOT SET IN STONE Plans for the future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe look bright.


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Starting off with the well-received Blade trilogy featuring Wesley Snipes, which is also coincidentally a Marvel film, back in 1998, geeks and nerds are currently revelling in the Golden Age of Superhero Movies, which has been going strong for the last eighteen years. Fast forward to today, and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is generally regarded as the most popular cinematic franchise in history, and with contenders like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, that’s quite the accomplishment. In this article, we will explore some of the plans for the future of the MCU going forward. Since appearing in their first films in 2008 and 2011 respectively, Iron Man and Captain America have become the leading faces of the MCU, with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark being the face of the entire franchise. However, having appeared in three solo films each, two Avengers films plus cameos, Chris Evans and RDJ will likely be coming to the end of their contracts soon, meaning that their character’s mantles need to be passed down. Anyone would logically assume that either Sam Wilson/Falcon or Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier will become Captain America, while James Rhodes/War Machine will become the MCU’s new Iron Man. That is assuming they don’t simply recast and bring in completely new characters, like Riri William’s Ironheart or simply filling the Avenger’s team role with existing characters such as Captain Marvel as the team leader after Captain America opts out, but this is unlikely. Further speculation has been given to what films will be in Phase Four of the MCU. One film with a strong demand from fans is a Black Widow film, with many wanting to know what happened in Budapest, referenced as banter between Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton in Avengers. Other films fans want to see is a Mark Ruffalo/Hulk solo film, however reports are that Universal still has some holding with the character in a solo film, hence the Planet Hulk storyline’s inclusion in Thor: Ragnarok. Another character that has been teased but not yet seen in the MCU, also due to Universal holding character rights, is Namor the Sub-Mariner. He was teased in Iron Man 2, during the debriefing scene where there is a map behind Tony Stark’s head.

One marker is placed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Aside from these possible films, Phase Four will introduce a new bid bad for the franchise and follow the characters introduced in Phase Three, including Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. Spider-Man also has a definite future in the MCU since Tom Holland has signed a six film contract, including three solo films. With Civil War, Homecoming and at least one Infinity War film taking up half his contract already, plus the other two solo films, speculation only really remains for what the final film we will see everyone’s favourite wall-crawler in. With Sony having some input into what storylines the Spider-Man films will take, you can bet the MCU will eventually see the Sinister Six, as Sony was gearing up for the supervillain team when Andrew Garfield played the character of Peter Parker. This may give more info to the overall big bad of the series going forward as being an incarnation of the Masters of Evil. Grain of salt advised. With the critical and commercial disaster that was 2015’s Fantastic Four, and with reports that Marvel and Fox have been in talks about some kind of deal, with FX television show Legion being one apparent product of said deal, there has been speculation that Doctor Doom or Reed Richards may appear in the Infinity War film. With the critical and commercial disaster that was 2015’s Fantastic Four, and with reports that Marvel and Fox have been in talks about some kind of deal, with FX television show Legion being one apparent product of said deal, there has been speculation that Doctor Doom or Reed Richards may appear in the Infinity War film. If this happens, not only will fans rejoice, but we will likely finally get a good Fantastic Four film. My personal opinion is that said MCU FF film will not have Doctor Doom as the main villain, opting instead to namedrop Latveria, or have Victor Von Doom’s character appear as Reed’s lab partner in college, just as in the comics. However, since nothing is confirmed, all we have is dreams for the moment. >

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The MCU is however, bigger than the silver screen blockbusters. Netflix original shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones add a new layer to the franchise. Since we are currently waiting for Iron Fist and the Defenders in 2017, and with filming in production for The Punisher, fans have a lot to look forward to. However there have been interviews and speculations thrown about for the future of Netflix’s side of MCU. One such rumour has come from Daredevil himself, actor Charlie Cox. The actor, in an interview, expressed a desire to see villain Bullseye make an appearance. Should this happen, Marvel fans will finally be able to forget Ben Affleck’s failed Daredevil film. Other speculations include what new shows will be coming to the online streaming service. With almost every entertainment news site reporting on their own list of ideas, it’s not too much of a stretch of the imagination that Moon Knight may be getting a series, with his name on just about every list out there. If Netflix Phase Two will take on a new tone from The Defenders, likely other shows accompanying Moon Knight and Punisher are Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze or, popularly speculated, Danny Ketch) and Blade, with many fans wanting Wesley Snipes to reprise a role which he may now be too old for. However, if the Defenders have a cameo in Infinity War, tying the entire franchise together definitively, Brother Voodoo, who is vaguely referenced in Doctor Strange, may also get a series, culminating in either a Midnight Sons or Marvel Knights team-up show. Another popular theory is that Hawkeye will get his own show. Not only would this point to an antihero/ reformed villain theme for Netflix Phase Two, but would also give Marvel an avenue with which to explore the Budapest story, without having to include it in Black Widow’s film. And I say reformed villain because under technicality, Hawkeye is now considered an enhanced individual wanted by the government (a villain). But for those who are unaware.

Hawkeye’s first appearance in comics was as a onetime villain of Iron Man’s, possibly explaining his siding with Cap in Civil War, before he reformed and joined the Avengers, along with fellow reformed villains Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, a comic book aspect briefly explored in Age of Ultron. And finally, some definitive fact to end the article; an Inhumans series is set to appear on the ABC. While only in early development stages as of yet, this news is extremely welcomed by fans who wondered if they would ever see the Royal Family of Attilan in the MCU. However, some have reported that the series will not be connected to the MCU, despite Inhumans having been introduced in Agent’s of SHIELD, and they film being removed Phase Three’s line up to make room for SpiderMan. It’s unlikely Marvel, who hasn’t made to much in the way of mistakes so far, will remove Black Bolt, Medusa and Triton from the MCU completely, considering the amount of preparation the studio has put into setting their appearances up. We will just have to wait until next year to find out the verdict of this debate.P


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From Game To Frame With the release of Assassins Creed movie next year, Popcorn takes a look at how other games have made the transition from the computer screen to the silver screen. For many, video games are a part of everyday life. There is such a variety, from First Person Shooters and Driving Simulators, to Role Play and Fighting games, that it isn’t uncommon to discover that most people around you play a video game of some kind. For others, video games are the inspiration for their favourite films, and this isn’t a new concept. As many should know, Disney’s 2010 film, Prince of Persia, was based on the 2003 Ubisoft Game, Prince of Persia; Sands of Time. And while this is possibly the earliest occurrence of video games becoming movies that non-gamers may be aware of, this is not the case. Everyone should remember Angelina Jolie’s unforgettable role as Lara Croft in the 2001 film Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider, and it’s sequel subtitled The Cradle of Life. However, if you were to simply Google Tomb Raider, you would find a Wikipedia link to the popular video game series before you found the movies. The same can be said for the Doom video game series, which in 2005 was turned into a Science Fiction Action film. All this in mind, it should come as no surprise that many video games have had film adaptations made about them. Among these are the Resident Evil and Final Fantasy films, Need for Speed, and more recently, Warcraft. Now, any avid moviegoer should know that this December, Fox will be releasing an Assassin’s Creed film.

On a personal note, I think that these games are amazing, and this puts a high expectation on the film. However, with Michael Fassbender taking on the role of the Assassin character created specifically for this film, and some incredible stunt work (they actually filmed a stunt man performing the iconic Leap of Faith that Assassin’s Creed players will know and love), I am confident it will exceed those expectations. Assassin’s Creed is slated to release on December 21, 2016. However, with some exceptions, video games have not always lived up to the standard of the popular games they are based on, which leaves their fans feeling cheated out of the spectacle they were expecting. Despite being able to take written word, like the Harry Potter books, and create and revitalise an entire fandom, most video gamers are more content to anticipate a video game sequel than a cinematic one. This isn’t to say that books aren’t always portrayed perfectly, but that’s another article for another time.P


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PewDiePie’s Last Laugh… for this year It’s often a big (and somewhat saddening) piece of news to hear that your favourite YouTube personality is going to depart the online video scene for quite some time so imagine the kind of shock that Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) sent to his millions of followers when he said that he was going to delete his channel when he reached the 50 million subscriber milestone. Now imagine the shock and surprise when the milestone came and went… and the unexpected (or expected, as some people surmised) happened: he DIDN’T delete his primary YouTube account but his secondary one, labelled ‘Jack septiceye2’. Indeed then, he has trolled all of us on the Internet; unfortunately this was done so well that online news outlets around the world have circulated the story around as the cold hard truth – which it wasn’t in some respects. It is true that in the days before he made the video in which he made the ridiculous threat, he was caught up in an argument with YouTube about the way in which his channel (and that of many other big YouTubers) was being treated with regards to the promotion of his videos and the regulation of his subscriber count: in the former case, the YouTuber feels like the YouTube video algorithm is unfairly favouring their ‘Recommended’ video listings (which contain videos that are ‘trending’) over the ‘Suggested’ video listings that allow subscribers to see more content that the creator has made; in the latter case, he has worryingly noticed how there has been a drop in subscribers from his channel and even noticed how the site has un-subbed him from some of his own favourite creator’s channels. This point he made so poignantly in the video: “I feel like YouTube is like a toddler playing with knives… This has been a problem for a very long time. Number one, YouTube unsubbing you from channels even though you didn’t unsub. Number two, videos not appearing for the person you subscribed to”.

Although this complaint is one that has also been expressed by other YouTube channels (e.g. Jacksepticeye himself), the manner in which he explained about this is what caught the attention of the media and viewers. As a big YouTuber, Kjellberg is not one to shy away from using exaggerative jokes and insult comedy in his work to draw attention but in the videos containing his joke threats, the buzzwords that have caught serious attention included the aforementioned “playing with knives”, “kill my channel”, “conspiracy”, “a kick in the face” and even going insofar as to suggest that YouTube is undermining him because “I’m white…can I make that comment? But I do think that’s a problem” and suggesting that “someone extremely cancerous” is about to take his top spot unfairly (with most news outlets suggesting that he may be referring to Lilly Singh who goes by the name of ‘Superwoman’). With language like this, it is no surprise that follow-up reports about the upcoming event by the media have taken on a tone of concern (except for LadBible.com who called Kjellberg an “annoying…deluded rich, white guy, who also vlogs”); and it is also no surprise that this tone of concern is the kind of reaction that PewDiePie is expecting and in fact wanting to incite. In the video in which the revelation was made clear, Kjellberg has stated that in making the joke, the media has managed to “blow up bigger than you ever imagine” which subtly goes to show that as a big YouTuber, he does hold a significant degree of influence over the media and what it reports. So now for all you folks out there who thought his threats were real, you can now just chill and have a good laugh about it for he has taught you a valuable life lesson in the most hilarious way possible.P


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LIFE IN THE MATRIX

Logan Byrnes’ new song Glitch is a mix of pop anthem and political messaging about the state of our being.


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Demonstrating the raw power of music, Logan Byrnes has released his new single titled “Glitch”, mixing a deep and meaningful message with catchy techno-pop beats. The song itself works, in a not so subtle way, as a running commentary on today’s society. Within the lyrics, examples of world problems exist. Some are deeper than others and require more thought to deduce, while others are far more public but are nonetheless awful. The first verse in fact starts with the lines “Hold us on the ground/In Delusion/In the hope we’ll never make a sound” accompanied by various shots, in his official lyric video, by various shots detailing police brutality. “We’re trying to stand tall with a broken anatomy”; one of the lines from the chorus, is a prime example of one of the deeper examples in this song. Near as I can tell (granted, this could just be my take on it) this line not only relates back to how violent the world has become, but also doubles, metaphorically, for how the human race has broken up our species through race, gender, sexuality, politics and religion among other things. In this way, our body is broken. The second verse shifts its focus from external problems to internal issues. “Breaking down the walls/Built with vanity/Strip the sound of your self-applause” These lines describe the issues of boastful pride, which is commonly considered the worst of the deadly sins. The problem herein is that people have become absorbed in their own lives and confined themselves in the self-imprisonment of their comfort zones. After the second verse, we return to the pre-chorus and chorus before enjoying a brief instrumental interlude, returning again to the chorus, which is sung twice before the song’s end. Overall, the genre and sound of the sound make for an extremely exciting musical experience, with the beat providing the necessary pace to tell a story such as the one it does, mixed with a synthesized melody that makes this an instant hit. You can find “Glitch” and Logan’s other songs, both original and covers, on his YouTube channel, Logan’s Laundry.P


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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Everything comes full circle, with the most unique and realistic Star Wars movie to date.


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For many years, there has been a running gag of there being a hole that was just big enough for a torpedo to fit and destroy the planet killer known as the Death Star. This gag has now reached it’s end as Rogue One: A Star Wars story finally explains the purpose of the hole and how the Rebel Alliance went about in stealing the plans to the Death Star for the Rebel Alliance in between episodes 3 and 4. Rogue One follows the journey of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) from the moment she is torn apart from her family up until she meets Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and joins the Rebellion in the most unconventional circumstances, where they fight to steal the plans to the Death Star. The story portrays many different themes and motifs, such as loss, abandonment and comradery, which is a refreshing, take on the Star Wars story. Unlike the Star Wars Saga, Rogue One mainly focuses on the Rebel alliance and features some familiar characters that were prominent during the time of the Rebel Alliance, which is refreshing as the previous films, focused mainly on the storyline of the Skywalkers, the Jedi and the Republic. The film does do the Star Wars Universe and is not just a filler movie as the choreography of the fight scenes, the visuals and soundtrack are constantly on point and hit every mark when it comes to enhancing a storyline which is amazing in itself and shows that Rogue One is one of the most unique adaptations that we have seen in a while. There is also a sense of nostalgia that comes across throughout the film as some of the characters who are present in the film both physically and those mentioned in passing, were also present in the earlier films such as Senator Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Grand Moff Tarkin which brings the films full circle and gives a feeling a completion. In addition to this, Rogue one ties in really well with a New Hope and as the film begins to come to an end, all the pieces of the enormous puzzle begin to fall in place and the way in which they go about in setting the final scene makes this film, one of the best Star War’s films ever but I won’t go into too much detail as it needs to be seen in order to understand it. Overall the film can be seen as one of the most realistic installments to the Star Wars Universe to date and can be enjoyed by anyone. P Rating 9/10

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in cinemas.


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Fashion, fashion, fashion – from Billabong to Armani, Levis to Diesel and everything in between; fashion is all around us, dictating the way we dress to impress and have fun anywhere and anytime. Now there’s a new fashion designer making waves on the market from the United States of America – her name is Mimi Nguyen and she is breaking through the barriers of fashion design and marketing like no-one has ever seen before. Recently, Popcorn Magazine has caught up with the newest underground fashion trendsetter to talk about her line of work. PM: For those who don’t know who are, please let them know who you are & what you do? MN: My name is MiMi Nguyen; I am the owner and head designer of House of Nguyen Designs. PM: How old were you when you created your first garment, & what was it? MN: I start designing 2 years ago, but technically I made my 1st dress ever it when I was 6 years old back in Vietnam. PM: Where does your does your inspiration come from? MN: I get my inspiration from the vibe I get around me, ideas and theme projects I grew up with. PM: Now that we know that, please describe your style. What is your signature that sets you apart from other designers? MN: House of Nguyen Designs specialize in creating new stand out, unique and elegant clothing dedicate to all sizes. The style is to runway ready to wear. PM: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your fashion company? MN: The biggest lesson I’ve learned since I been since I start my fashion line is that being creative is not enough, I also have to be on top of the actual business side of it. I have to learned how to make money doing what I love and be my own boss. PM: What advice do you have for aspiring designers reading this article? MN: My advice I have for upcoming aspire designers is be focus and patient. Don’t give up no matter what, follow your hearts and instants and don’t worry what others say about you or your designs as long you love it that’s all it matter. PM: Finally, where can we find your latest line for sale, ya know should any of us want to buy your beautiful work? MN: You can find my products and sale on social media outlets. To see her latest line of fantastic items of clothing to purchase, visit her Facebook and Instagram pages labelled ‘House of Nguyen Designs’.P


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MADE OF MISCHIEF

Harley Quinn solo film to be a Birds of Prey ensemble.


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She dominated in this year’s Suicide Squad, and despite the film getting a generally underwhelming reception, fans were so pleased with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, that DC almost immediately announced they would make a Harley Quinn spin off. Until recently, not much was known about what the film would entail past the fact that the plot would centre on the Clown Princess of Crime. What most people may not realise is that the character of Harley Quinn is only about fifteen years old, having originally debuted in Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor” back in September of 1992, and appearing in comics a year later. Since then, she has appeared in television shows such as 2002’s short-lived Birds of Prey series and as a small role in the CW show Arrow, predominantly in the episodes including the Suicide Squad. She has also played some significant roles in video games, most recently in the Batman: Arkham and the Injustice series. As far as the DCEU goes, however, the move to turn Harley’s solo outing into another superteam movie, paradoxically both makes complete sense and none at all. On one hand, a solo film would have to include Joker, as he is a large part of her comic mythos. As such, a solo film wouldn’t have much more character development to go into that Suicide Squad hasn’t already given us. On the other hand, Harley has just come from a film where she had to share screen time with Will Smith’s Deadshot, and fans of the character would be looking to see something where she is the clear lead. As far as characters we may see in the film go, there is a long list of largely unknown characters DC and Warner Bros. could use, among which are characters like Big Barda and Judomaster. However, considering the tone of the character in Suicide Squad, the film will likely merge the Birds of Prey with Gotham City Sirens, a trio of female supervillains who are also part of the Birds of Prey. This would mean DCEU’s introduction of Catwoman and Poison Ivy, while characters like Black Canary, Huntress and Hawkgirl could easily be worked in without much backstory given their appearances in the CW Arrow-verse shows. Fellow Bird of Prey member, Katana, was also introduced in Suicide Squad, leading her to potentially appear in the film. However all of this is purely speculation for the moment. In fact, the only thing that has been publicly confirmed is that the Harley Quinn film will be a Birds of Prey film. And while this may at a glance not seem like such massive news, it does help point the future of not only the DCEU, but of superhero films in general, in the direction of female led films, spearheaded by next year’s Wonder Woman.P


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Popcorn Magazine #2  

In This Issue Of Popcorn Magazine we Talk The New Aussie Webseries and Thirty and the new horror flick Ravenswood.

Popcorn Magazine #2  

In This Issue Of Popcorn Magazine we Talk The New Aussie Webseries and Thirty and the new horror flick Ravenswood.

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