Star Wars Closing In On Avatar, Firestorm, Godzilla Exposed and Star Trek Memories

'The Force Awakens' Barreling Toward 'Avatar' Record

Having vanquished Titanic and Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set its sights on Avatar.

The space opera sequel is moving up the all-time domestic box office charts at a record clip and now is poised to overtake those pointy eared blue aliens as the top grossing film in history. Avatar earned $760.5 million during its stateside run and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has generated $740.4 million domestically after picking up $88.3 million over New Year’s weekend. It should take the crown from Avatar early next week.

Globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ranks as the sixth highest-grossing film in history, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide. It should pass Furious 7 and Marvel’s The Avengers to become the fourth biggest film in history in the coming days. The film will get a big shot in the arm next week when it premieres in China, the world’s second biggest market for film. Depending on how enthusiastically it is received in the People’s Republic, The Force Awakens could shoot past Avatar’s record $2.8 billion global haul.

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The Flash: Earth-2’s Firestorm Revealed

The highly anticipated return of The Flash season 2 will change the face of Central City and complicate the life of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) even further than we’ve already seen. The introduction of Earth-2 has brought a fierce new enemy with the arrival of Zoom, and a recent promo gives us a look at Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) Killer Frost and a glimpse at the returning Reverse-Flash.

Season 1 ended with Firestorm — Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) — saving the city, with Ronnie sacrificing himself in the process. Since then, we’ve met the new half of Firestorm in Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who had to dig deep to prove to himself that he had a hero inside him. Still, Robbie Amell has promised that we’d see him again.

Now we might have an idea of how we’ll be seeing Amell’s Ronnie Raymond as his superhero alter ego. Twitter user @canadagraphs (via CBM) shared an image of Robbie Amell in a notably different Firestorm costume.

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TOHO'S NEW "GODZILLA RESURGENCE" EXPOSED
Private Photos Taken at Toho Studios Leaked!
By AUGUST RAGONE

Earlier today, a number of low-res images began appearing on Twitter and Facebook featuring shots taken of the "monster suit" from Toho's upcoming production of GODZILLA RESURGENCE, directed by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan), bowing this coming July 29th in Japan.

This will probably be the most divisive Godzilla design since Patrick Tatapolous' deviation for the 1998 Roland Emmerich debacle. Anno's conceit recalls the initial concept for Godzilla by Ishiro Honda, as a literal victim of the H-Bomb — his scales resembling keloid scars — and may not be his only form.

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GENE RODDENBERRY'S WAGON TRAIN TO 'STAR TREK'

The phones began ringing in Aurora, Colorado, Friday morning at Star Trek: The Official Fan Club—250 calls in the first few hours. “We’ve had people breaking down on the phone crying,” says president Dan Madsen. “Their lives are so influenced by him that they can’t imagine the world without him. But Gene’s creation will live long and prosper long after he’s gone.” If you need to be told that “Gene” is Gene Roddenberry, who died last week at 70, if the words “Live long and prosper” don’t evoke the image of his pointy-eared brainchild Spock giving that splay-fingered Vulcan valediction—and if you’re confusing Mr. Spock with Dr. Spock—you’re clearly no Trekker. Gene Roddenberry would’ve had hope for you anyway.

When he launched Star Trek in 1966, its high concept (no one called it that) was “Wagon Train to the Stars”: a Western in space. Roddenberry’s model, though, was Gulliver’s Travels: social, political, even philosophical commentary disguised as adventure. Yet instead of Swift’s savage indignation, Roddenberry had an unsentimental optimism. His earthlings of the future were the same old unstable compounds of good and evil, but they hadn’t destroyed themselves, and darned if they’d let ornery aliens push them or anybody else around. Good to hear, especially with Vietnam and the arms race going on. The Original Series only lasted three seasons: It aired opposite Bewitched and My Three Sons, then moved to Friday night, opposite teenage fans’ dates and parties. But those 79 episodes are still syndicated to some 200 stations, and they’ve sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of books, videos and paraphernalia. The five Star Trek movies have grossed $400 million; a sixth is due in December. And the hit series Star Trek: The Next Generation, now in its fifth season, beams down into 12 million households.

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