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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Crosses $1-Billion Worldwide

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has closed out the last weekend of 2017 by officially crossing the $1-Billion mark at the worldwide box office. This makes the Rian Johnson film the highest grossing film of 2017, topping Disney's Beauty And The Beast for the top spot.

This has been a rather robust weekend at the box office, one that allowed Star Wars: The Last Jedi to bring in an additional $52.4-Million from 4,232 theaters for the three-day weekend and a projected $65.6-Million for the four-day holiday weekend, putting the film's North American total at roughly $530 million through Monday.

Heading overseas, the film brought in another $68-Million for an international total of $523.3-Million and a very healthy global total bank of $1.04-Billion.

This means that the film will soon bypass the total $1.06-Billion global haul made by Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from earlier this year. That film was the first Star Wars spinoff set outside of the main Skywalker saga, and followed a group of Rebel spies as they attempt to steal the plans to the Empire's Death Star battle station.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens in China on January 5th, sees Rey expanding her knowledge of The Force with the help of a rather cagey Luke Skywalker, while the Resistance attempts to survive their battle against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Laura Dern, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theatres now!

How many times have you seen it?

Source: THR Heat Vision

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A Letter To Our Fans

2017 is soon to draw to a close, thus we felt it only right to pen another yearly thank you letter to our numerous fans and followers across the globe. While this was a year we'd rather forget, 2017 offered many wonderful opportunities to our little Canadian crew here at Infinite Earths. Not only did we celebrate our five year launch anniversary and interview numerous talented individuals, but we worked alongside some truly wonderful organizations and watched our social media presence continue to grow and expand - all things that just wouldn't be possible without all of you!

For all the love and support you show, we once again say thank you!

Thank you to all of those out there who return to read and comment on our content each and every day! Thank you for sharing our little site with your friends and family. Thank you for all the encouraging emails and messages that get us through the hard times and push us to make Infinite Earths the very best that it can be. And thank you to all of those who've helped us get through the last year with our heads held high and our hearts filled with eager expectation for 2018.

We still don't know why you choose us over the larger, better equipped sites, but to have you as a fan and loyal reader warms our hearts with each passing day!

2017 also brought with it a fair share of challenges and difficulties, most notably the death of two very dear family members. This kept us away from the site longer than we would've liked and stalled our plans for Infinite Earths Phase II more than we would've liked. Oftentimes we were late in posting important content and our YouTube venture was put on hold after just a single video. This saw our growth also stall a bit more than we would've liked, but the amount of love and encouragement we've gotten this year from friends and followers has recharged our batteries, and we're looking forward to 2018 with eager expectation! We will continue to work on launching our brand into new and exciting fields and promise to do our best at bringing you the latest and best breaking news from the pop culture multiverse in the new year.

You've kept us going, and you deserve the best - something we'll work hard to bring you in 2018.

Before we conclude our little letter of thanks, we'd like to take a moment to personally thank all of you who have helped us get to where we are at this point in time.

First off, a very special thanks to those family members who've stood by our side and offered advice on how to help our brand grow. Thank you for keeping us up when we're feeling down and assuring us that everything will be alright! Your words and support have kept us going through some very dark and uncertain times - we wouldn't be here without you!

Secondly, thank you to those who've helped us throughout the year with the daily running and operations of Infinite Earths! Thank you to Corey Buckner of and the teams at Automaton Toys, B&K Collectables, Dorkside Toys and The Toy Trove! Thank you to Randy Falk and Summer Mullins of NECA, Mike of Mezco Toyz, Angelo and the team at Hiya Toys, Nick at Big Bad Toy Store, and the team at Jakks Pacific! And, of course, thank you to Gary Miereanu, Alyssa Some, and Tyler Robinson of Warner Bros. Studios and the team at Wurd Industries!

And finally, thank you to all the wonderful newcomers we've had the opportunity to work beside this past year and into the next! Thank you to all the fine people at MattelDark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Chapterhouse Publishing, DC Entertainment and Valiant Entertainment! Thank you to Joe Duquette of Ketchum, Sarah Brown of Boss Fight Studio, Zach Oat of Diamond Select Toys, Clark Bull of DC Entertainment, Janie Mackenzie of Dynamite Entertainment, Kopper Overton of Jakks Pacific, Claire Lim and Tony White of Chapterhouse Publishing, Vicki Goldman of CBS, Cara Benson of Eventbrite, and our fine friends at Starlight Attic, MoviTees, DexShirts, Creative Beast Studios, The Nacelle Company, Netflix, Northmen Collectibles and Canucktibles!

We look forward to working with you all come the new year!

And so, as the year draws to a close, we thank each of you once again for all your kindness and support over the last year! We're looking forward to 2018, and taking each of you along for an exciting and fun-filled ride!

Thank you to everyone! Infinite Earths is nothing without each and every one of you!

Here's to 2018 and beyond!

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Our Favorite Films Of 2017

There's little doubt that 2017 was an interesting year at the box office. While there were some really great releases like Logan and Wonder Woman, there were also some surprising disappointments like Alien: Covenant and Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Still, while the last year's box office was an overall disappointment, that doesn't mean there weren't some good flicks in theatres over the course of the last 365 days.

And so, with that in mind, we present to you our favorite films of 2017...

#10 - The Fate Of The Furious - Love it or hate it, it's clear that the Fast And Furious franchise is one heck of a money maker. And the latest entry, April's The Fate Of The Furious, showed us where all the money from those previous movies went - to crafting the most insane entry to date! Featuring everything from Dwayne Johnson throwing down with Jason Statham, to a high speed chase on a frozen fjord, the latest movie was downright bankers, and the perfect example of how to do an action movie right. We don't go to these flicks for the acting or story, we go to forget our problems and have a god time - two things The Fate Of The Furious delivered on in a big way!

#9 - The LEGO Ninjago Movie - Like Universal's Fast And Furious franchise, Warner Bros. seems as though they can do no wrong with their LEGO movies. Released in September, this latest entry of the fun franchise is chalked full of heart and is sure to make you laugh more than once! Sure, it seems to travel down a well trodden path, but we just can't get enough of the hilarious daddy issues between Lloyd and Lord Garmadon, and absolutely love Jackie Chan in the role of the wise Ninja master! Warner Bros. has released another fun-filled, family-friendly flick that proves everything is still awesome with their LEGO movie franchise.

Read our review of The LEGO Ninjago Movie here.

#8 - The LEGO Batman Movie - Yep, 2017 gave us TWO LEGO movies, and Chris McKay's The LEGO Batman Movie was easily our favorite of the two! Sure, it's not as magical as the first LEGO movie, but we just can't get enough of Will Arnett's brooding, self-absorbed Caped Crusader as he battles crime throughout Gotham City. It's all kinds of goofy, crammed full of DC Easter eggs fans are sure to love, and will surely have you laughing out loud more than once! Plus, the one-sided relationship between Batman and Joker is all kinds of crazy! Is it too early to request that WB give us a sequel? Something like The LEGO Batman Movie Returns?

Read our review of The LEGO Batman Movie here.

#7 - Kong: Skull Island - Take Jurassic Park, throw it into a blender with Apocalypse Now, and you've essentially got Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island. This second entry in Legendary's MonsterVerse features an all-star cast and is full of action right out of the box! Considerably shorter than the 2005 film from Peter Jackson, this new Kong is plenty entertaining, and contains one of our most favorite post-credit scenes in recent years! We can't wait to watch the inevitable showdown between Kong and Godzilla coming in 2020 - and Kong: Skull Island takes the next logical step in bringing these two iconic monsters closer together!

Read our review of Kong: Skull Island here.

#6 - Justice League - While this wasn't a great movie, it was still very good and a step in the right direction for the DC Expanded Universe. The chemistry between the cast members is top-notch, while Ezra Miller is downright hilarious as the big screen version of Barry Allen. Both Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are as comfortable as ever in their respective roles, while the newcomers prove that Warner Bros. certainly knows a thing or two about casting. Yes, Steppenwolf is a forgettable villain, but he's still plenty awesome to see on the big screen - and watching the World's Finest Heroes coming together to take him down as something we've waited years to see on the big screen! Yeah, Justice League isn't perfect, but there's still plenty to love, and we can't wait to see these heroes come together on the big screen once again in the near future.

#5 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rey broadens her knowledge of The Force with some help from a crusty Luke Skywalker, while the Resistance attempts to stay alive in their fight against Kylo Ren and the first order. This new entry is a little slow in spots, but it still contains some of the coolest scenes to be glimpsed in a Star Wars movie. Plus, it's more than a little emotionally stirring to see the lovely Carrie Fisher as the fearless Princess Leia one more time. Sure, it seems a little longer than it needed to be, but overall, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a wonderfully welcome chapter to this iconic movie franchise and its ever enduring legacy.

#4 - Spider-Man: Homecoming - It has been a long time since we last saw a Spider-Man movie that we actually liked, but this past July Marvel Studios and director Jon Watts finally broke the dry spell and gave us a great flick worthy of Stan Lee's iconic wall-crawler. Michael Keaton's Vulture was easily the best on-screen villain of 2017, while Tom Holland proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the right choice to take up Spidey's spandex following a rather disappointing run by Andrew Garfield. Thank you for finally bringing Spider-Man home, Marvel!

#3 - Logan - In 2016, Fox and Marvel went the R-Rated route with Tim Miller's Deadpool, which resulted in a commercial and critical success. This year, James Mangold took the same approach to Logan and sent Hugh Jackman's famed Marvel Mutant off in a very big way! And don't even get us started on the beauty that is the black and white director cut! Here's hoping that Disney will be able to give us X-Men movies as excellent as this - it's just a shame that it took so long to finally give Wolverine the solo movie he deserved.

#2 - Thor: Ragnarok - Well, it took three solo films, but Disney finally gave us a great Thor movie! This one was just plain awesome, filled with humor, heart and an awesome gladiatorial showdown between the God Of Thunder and his mean, green Friend From Work! Look, if anyone from Disney or Marvel Studios is reading this, do yourselves a favor and keep Taika Waititi on retainer - this guy knows how to craft a killer comic book movie! That's all we'll say about that!

#1 - Wonder Woman - A killer comic book movie and a beautiful period piece, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman thrust the Amazonian Princess into the public's eye as never before, and gave the DC Expanded Universe the critical win it so desperately needed! Gal Gadot is a flawless symbol of beauty, grace and courage, while Chris Pine is downright charming in the role of Captain Steven Trevor. It's filled with humor and heart, and stands as proof that Warner Bros. can do a superhero flick outside of The Dark Knight. Let's just hope that future expansions of the DC Films Universe follow in the footsteps of Patty Jenkins' cinematic masterpiece and move this exciting cinematic universe in the right direction!

Read our review of Wonder Woman here.

There you have it, Infinite Earths fans! What did you think of our list? Please keep in mind that this is our list of favorite films for the year, so we're certain there will be many of you out there who will call us out on more than one entry listed here. Still, we hope that the ten films seen here best represent the truly great films of 2017. There weren't many of them, but if you ask us, these are the ones that made 2017 a year worth going to the movies!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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MAFEX Star Wars Executioner Trooper Announced

Medicom have updated their official website with a new product page for their upcoming MAFEX Star Wars: The Last Jedi Executioner Trooper. Standing 6.3" tall, this new figure comes fully articulated and includes interchangeable hands, blasters and an axe.

Be sure to check out the official images of this impressive soldier posted below...

The MAFEX Star Wars: The Last Jedi Executioner Trooper arrives this coming August for a price of 7,800 Yen - or, about $69 USD. Will you be adding this shockingly cool figure to your Imperial army this coming summer? We suggest you do!

Source: Medicom

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Sideshow Teases New ThunderCats Statues

Sideshow Collectibles is developing a new line of statues based off the classic ThunderCats series. The first two characters to get a release will be the heroic Lion-O and the evil Mumm-Ra.

This news will no doubt excite fans of the franchise as this new statue series is one of the first major new lines since Mattel dropped the Thundercats Classics toy line.

Check out the teasers for Lion-O and Mumm-Ra posted below...

No further information is available at this time, but we're sure excited to learn more!

Look for additional details, and pricing and release info, to arrive soon!

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

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New Arrowverse Synopses Released

We're still a few weeks away from the return of or favorite DC TV shows, but The CW has been kind enough to release the synopses for the likes of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow respectively.

And there's a lot of neat stuff on the way - including the Legion Of Superheroes, the Flash on trial, and Oliver teaming up with an unlikely ally to take down Cayden James.

Read all the mid-season premiere synopses posted below...

Supergirl - 'Legion Of Superheroes'
Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign (Odette Annable), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El (Chris Wood) recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5 (guest star Jesse Rath), to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Derek Simon & Eric Carrasco.

The Flash - 'The Trial Of The Flash'
As Barry’s (Grant Gustin) trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe begins, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must decide how far they are willing to go to keep Barry out of prison. Philip Chipera directed the episode written by Lauren Certo & Kristen Kim.

Arrow - 'Divided'
Despite losing half his team, Oliver (Stephen Amell) remains confident that he, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) can stop Cayden James (guest star Michael Emerson) and Black Siren (Katie Cassidy). However, when he discovers one of Cayden’s secrets, he decides to team up with an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) spends time with Vince (guest star Johann Urb). James Bamford directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich.

Supergirl returns on Monday, January 15th, while The Flash hits on Tuesday, January 16th and Arrow takes aim on Thursday, January 18th. DC's Legends Of Tomorrow returns later in the year, while Black Lightning debuts following The Flash on January 16th.

Source: The CW Television Network

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John Williams Will Write Theme For Solo

Film composer John Williams, who composed the music for the eight main Star Wars movies, has revealed that he will be writing the theme for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Williams broke the news while speaking with Variety.

"The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly. His assignment is something I’m very happy about. What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy… John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear."

Williams has written the complete scores for all eight of the main Star Wars films, winning an Oscar for the 1977 original and nominations for three of the other seven. Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino took care of musical duties on 2016's Rogue One.

Back in July, Lucasfilm announced that How To Train Your Dragon and Jason Bourne composer John Powell would write the music for Solo: A Star Wars Story. And while that's all well and good, we can't wait to hear what Mr. Williams comes up with for the film's main theme. 

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Warwick Davis and Thandie Newton, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on May 25th, 2018.

Source: Variety

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Review: Dynamite - Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica #1

Get ready to take to the stars with the sic story you've been waiting for!

Dynamite Comics is kicking off 2018 with the very first issue of Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica, which brings together two different crews together for the very first time.

Hailing from the creative team of Peter David and Johnny Desjardins, the new book is split into two different chapters - each focusing on a separate crew of characters from within the Battlestar Galactica universe. Chapter One brings us onboard the Pegasus, where we join Captain Cain and his crew shortly after escaping a Cylon Basestar. Badly damaged and running low on fuel, the crew of the Pegasus hunkers down and begins attempting to figure out their next move. It is then that they are hailed with a distress signal from a nearby planet - a distress signal from a mysterious alien being requesting assistance off her planet so as to travel to Earth.

Once on the planet's surface, Cain and his crew confront the mysterious creature known as Kali. During their meeting, she reveals to not only be a member of the Cylon species, but someone who was indirectly connected with the creation of Earth's sworn enemy. As this shocking revelation comes to the fore, Cain is altered to an attack on the Pegasus - just as a mysterious individual knocks him unconscious and sets to work on his own agenda.

Moving on to Chapter Two, readers are dropped on the bridge of the Battlestar Galactica during an action-packed Cylon attack. As the crew scrambles into action, we jump onboard the Viper of Captain Apollo, who has put his life on the line once again. The action is fast and the battle intense and then, as quickly as it began, the Cylons turn tail and run!

The crew of the Galactica celebrate the victory, but it is then that they realize that sticking around to discover what was frightening enough to scar off a Basestar is probably not a good idea. It is then that Apollo orders his fellow pilots back to their ship - just as a massive wormhole opens and begins drawing in the entire crew of the Battlestar Galactica!

Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica #1 kicks off this exciting new series with a bang! The art is gorgeous, the story engaging and action-packed! Fans of this classic franchise will be pleased with the first steps taken within this issue - and we can't wait to see what's going to happen when the crews of these two classic ships come face-to-face for the very first time!

Rating: 5/5 - "Peter David and Johnny Desjardins have kicked off their new series with an exciting debut issue that refuses to skimp on the action and mystery! Battlestar Galactica fans are sure to eat this one up with the utmost eagerness!"  

Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica #1 arrives on newsstands January 10th.

You won't want to miss this exciting debut issue!

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