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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY trailer 2 gets us acquainted with the rebellion

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Second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made waves yesterday as it previewed new footage and gave fans of the Star Wars universe a closer look at the rebels front and center in the film. Rogue One takes place sometime before/during the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and from what I know (which isn’t much, I’ll admit) the movie is about the rebels who stole the Death Star plans that would eventually lead to Luke blowing it up the first time. Is it safe to assume we’ll see all those Bothans that died getting the plans? Rogue One has already been tagged as the Saving Private Ryan of the Star Wars universe, and rumors are that reshoots took place to make the movie less heavy-handed and dark, so here’s hoping we’ll get a dirty, dramatic experience.

If you can’t get enough Rogue One news or just love Star Wars, watch the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after the jump.

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Warped Tour 2016 proves the punk music festival still has fans both young and old

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Vans Warped Tour 2016 Salt Lake City wrap-up review

I’ll be the first to admit, as a ’90s pop-punk/alternative music fan who grew up with Warped Tour being on par with Burning Man as a yearly celebration of rebellion and expression, I was a little skeptical going into 2016’s festival after not attending in a few years. The last time I checked out Warped Tour, the only band I knew on the lineup was The Ataris, and I remember walking around somewhat overwhelmed by the tween punk crowd let loose. Call me a little cynical, but I was expecting a lot of the same this year, and I felt like maybe it was me who was getting “too old” for the whole scene. It was a strange feeling.

Fortunately, the appeal of some returning past-headliners who helped bring Warped Tour to life back in the day had me excited, and I was looking forward to seeing bands like Sum 41, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Atreyu, New Found Glory, and a few others. Open to wandering around and seeing what “the kids” were listening to these days as well, I went into Vans Warped Tour 2016 more optimistic about the festival than I have been in a while. Turns out, the scene is still strong and the fans just as rabid. Check out a few photos and read more about my experience at Warped Tour after the jump.

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(Album Review) BLINK 182’s new album CALIFORNIA is no return to glory

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Review of Blink 182’s new album California

Remember that new album from Blink 182 that was hinted at earlier this summer? Well, California, the new 16-track album from Blink 182, dropped on July 1st, and it’s unfortunately far from revolutionary. The new lineup, which sees Tom Delonge replaced by Alakaline Trio’s Matt Skiba on lead guitar – Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker on bass and drums still – is really missing that almost-grating high pitch that Tom brought to the trio. What was hoped to be a return to their pop-punk pedestal is instead a rehash of teenage rowdiness, aging angst and nostalgia, and an I’m-too-old-for-this-shit over-polished repetition. There are a few bright spots that’ll stick their catchy choruses to you, but for the most part California is borderline forgettable. As a long-time Blink 182 fan, I wanted more from this album.

Read more about why I wasn’t won over by Blink 182’s new album California after the jump.

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Hacksaw Ridge trailer finally previews Mel Gibson’s true story World War II movie

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First Hacksaw Ridge trailer builds slowly then hits you in the heart

The first trailer for Hacksaw Ridge, the highly anticipated Mel Gibson-directed World War II drama, is finally here. Gibson, while seemingly always controversial, can do no wrong as a director in my mind, and this movie looks to be a heartfelt character study of one soldier’s struggle to save as many men as he can rather than kill them during the war. I don’t know what’s more inspiring, the return of a director who many thought would never make it back or the true story of Desmond Doss brought to the big screen. Both are worth getting excited over, and Hacksaw Ridge is already generating hushed whispers regarding Oscar potential.

Watch the trailer for Hacksaw Ridge, read a plot synopsis, read an even more inspiring/most likely spoiler-filled Medal of Honor citation for Desmond Doss, and check out the first poster for the movie after the jump.

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Let’s just call the JUSTICE LEAGUE footage from Comic-Con the movie’s first trailer

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Justice League Comic-Con trailer has Bruce Wayne assembling the team

“Footage” from DC’s upcoming Justice League movie debuted at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but we might as well call the video the trailer it is. The beats are there, with Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne assembling his team one-by-one, and we even get a nice ensemble shot of the entire Justice League together. So, it’s a trailer, and it’s worth watching if you’re a fan of what the folks over at DC are trying to do with their cinematic superhero universe. It’s hard not to be at least curious, and it looks like everyone involved is committed to making this (the MCU-sized mashup/solo movie franchise) happen. Here’s hoping Justice League comes together stronger and more promising than Batman v Superman did.

Watch the first extended footage/teaser trailer for Justice League after the jump.

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