The Cost of Building an AT-AT (Infographic)

We’ve brought you a lot of infographics pricing out the real world cost of some iconic pieces of movie worlds. Since this blog began, we’ve looked at the costs of the Millennium FalconDarth Vader’s suit, Yoda’s hut and Jabba’s Palace. Those are just a handful of countless great real world cost infographics that we’ve done. Today, we add to that with the real-world cost of building an AT-AT. Keep this in mind when prepping for Rogue One in three months.

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Entertainment Link-Off: Guns Blazin’

ana de armasThe ELO is a bit late this weekend once again but the unpredictable schedule continues over here in the Aussie HQ. Anyway, the weekly links are here, so let’s get started with Ana de Armas. You can catch her in the flick War Dogs, which is out this weekend. 

After the jump find out what it’s like to work with Martin Scorsese, Avengers 4 will have a new title, there is a small hiccup for MI:6, the Chinese don’t like Rogue One, and take a time warp back to the 2000s with the honest trailer for Gladiator! Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Slice and Dice

karen fukuhara suicide squad premiereWelcome to another edition of the ELO. It has been crazy busy over here, so expect some delays with the usual ELO posts for the next little while. Anyway, Suicide Squad opens this weekend and it is set to make some box office records in August. I managed to catch the film earlier. It’s not a great film and the editing is very choppy but at least the final product is an enjoyable ride. Oh and you can catch new breakout star Karen Fukuhara in the film. 

After the jump, a tiny bit more Suicide Squad news, no Fresh Prince reboots in the works, leave Terminator alone, whitewashing the Great Wall and let’s have a look at Zack Snyder’s other polarizing superhero movie. Continue reading

How Much Would Darth Vader’s Suit Cost? (Infographic)

We all know that to build the Death Star would cost in the quadrillions of dollars. I don’t know what it would cost to convert a planet into a superweapon but I can’t imagine that Starkiller Base would be any cheaper to construct. One thing that few talk about is how much it would cost to build and maintain Darth Vader’s suit. Surprisingly, it’s fairly cheap compared to most Imperial construction projects.

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The WWE Draft Shows the Root Problems Won’t Be Fixed Overnight

wwe-draft-2016-bannerLast Tuesday’s inaugural edition of SmackDown Live featured the second WWE brand extension draft. Unlike 2002, which had the WWF stars and writers that carried it through the Attitude Era and a multitude of WCW and ECW alumni, the current incarnation of WWE is headed up by a select few wrestlers who are allowed to be stars and writers that have led WWE to viewership declining to record lows.

As part of the TV deal that WWE has with the USA Network / NBC Universal, the USA Network requested that changes be made to SmackDown to shore up its ratings. The call was made to go live on Tuesday nights (when WWE tapes the show) and break up the WWE roster into two separate crews in order to give people a reason to watch SmackDown in addition to Raw.

The problem is that the draft didn’t really do anything to make SmackDown important and worthy of appointment viewing.

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Entertainment Link-Off: To the Unknown

sofia boutellaIt’s Comic-Con weekend, so there would be plenty of new reveals taking place, even after the ELO gets posted. However, if you’re not lucky enough to attend, perhaps you can venture to the cinemas to catch the latest Star Trek Beyond. Reviews have been kind so far and you can catch Sofia Boutella in the flick! Not that you would recognize her under all that make up in the movie though…

After the jump, Brad Bird does not like video games, a Pokemon movie could be on its way, Divergent series is headed to your TV screens instead, a few new Marvel/Netflix teasers to check out, and the latest Honest Trailer tackles Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off

maika monroeWow, those five weeks have passed by rather quickly. Well I’m officially back with your weekly set of entertainment links. I’m sure Steve is extremely relieved that he doesn’t have to cover for me now. Anyway, there’s a lot of summer flicks out there right now but it appears that most of them aren’t leaving a lasting impression.The new release this weekend is the Ghostbusters reboot. While it’s not a terrible movie and it might not be deserving of all the thumbs down on Youtube, let’s just say it doesn’t quite hit the high notes as it anticipates to.

Gonna kick off the link off with Maika Monroe. She’s keeping a busy schedule ahead but you can catch her in Independence Day: Resurgence. 

After the jump, comparing reboots to the original franchises, Suicide Squad is looking to roll in the cash, Mortal Kombat movie ain’t dead yet, breaking down the new Rogue One clip and listen to Samuel L Jackson recap Game of Thrones. Continue reading