A new year means new movies at the box office, and 2017 holds a lot of promise for action-movie fans even though many of the most promising hits are in the vein of sequels, prequels, and adaptations. However, it's those prequels and sequels that are setting the bar high and drawing fans back to the theater for the promise of more of the same (in a good way).
6 Action Movies to Look Forward to in 2017:
1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Expect a great mix of comedy and action in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. The trailer shows glimpses of Star-Lord and his band of unconventional superheroes facing some sort of octopus monster, and Director James Gunn has said the movie, which is set a couple of months after the first movie, will focus a lot on Peter Quill's relationship with his father. Plus, there's a new mix tape, so fans will have that to look forward to as well.
Release date: May 5, 2017
2. "Star Wars: Episode VIII"
Details are scarce concerning "Star Wars: Episode VIII" thanks to Disney's policy of absolute secrecy, but filming resumed on the Irish Island of Skellig Michael (where the closing scene of "The Force Awakens" was shot), so it's safe to say that Episode VIII will pick up right where Episode VII left off (with Rey meeting Luke).
Expect the trailer in spring 2017 with the official release date set for December 15, 2017.
3. "Wonder Woman"
The Wonder Woman character debuted in the DC Comics' "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," but this movie takes place more than 100 years before when a World War I military pilot is washed ashore on the island of Themyscira, home of the Amazon princess Diana. Diana/Wonder Woman joins the war efforts to bring the war to an early end. The trailer promises a tough as nails super hero played by Gal Gadot.
Release date: June 2, 2017
4. "Kong: Skull Island "
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman star in this action-packed "King Kong" franchise reboot set in the 1970s. It's a new take on an old story, but the trailer feels nostalgic and foreboding with strange new monsters and the iconic Kong as well. The best line of trailer: "You don't go into someone's house unless you're picking a fight."
Release date: March 10, 2017
5. "World War Z 2"
No real details on this one yet, but Brad Pitt will be back, which is saying something since the only other sequels he's ever done are "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." Perhaps, it has to do with the fact that the first film was the highest grossing film of Pitt's career so far, or perhaps, humanity really needs Brad Pitt to save it (again).
Release date: June 9, 2017
6. "Spider-Man Homecoming"
If you've seen "Captain America: Civil War" then you've already caught a glimpse of Peter Parker/Spider-Man as played by Tom Holland. This film pick ups shortly thereafter as Peter Parker learns to use his new superpowers, fight crime in New York City, and deal with high school problems too, all while being mentored by Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.
Release date: July 7, 2017
Over the last couple of years, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have really emerged as one of those normal Hollywood couples. You know, people you might want to hang out with sometime.
Mainly, it seems like they do normal things and have some real perspective on this whole celebrity lifestyle, but also they do weird things like eat a ton of snacks on camera and live tweet an entire day of mundane events leading up to a big event.
Recently, Anna Faris live-tweeted an entire day of activities. Chris Pratt was prepping for the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere and Anna was just eating raisin toast and getting her hair done. It was amazing.
We picked out a few of our favorite tweets from the day and compiled them all into a video for easing scrolling.
Robert Irwin, son of "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is a chip off the ole block. Not only does he look like his father (check out the clip) but he has his father's enthusiasm of animals and educating people about them. Robert brought a variety of unusual animals (legless lizards?) to "The Tonight Show" and Jimmy's reactions were priceless.
I think that clip provided every reaction gif you will ever need.
1. "Hey, how r u?"
"beaut bonza" is the most Aussie phrase in the world
2. "How was ur date?"
3. Do not want
4. Afraid yet curious
5. Mild shock/ when you aren't really paying attention anymore
6. Standard cute
7. When something unwanted enters your life
8. "C'mon man."
9. Deeply concerned/nervous/unsure
10. An apt question for anyone who rides public transit
11. When you're getting unwanted attention
12. Hyping up your boy to go talk to the pretty girl at the bar
13. When you aren't paying attention and something serious happens
14. "Whatever, it's not that cool."
15. When they respond positively to that risky text
The Nashville Predators swept the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Dierks Bentley thinks it's because he wore an awful hat during the game.
The hat clearly didn't hurt and neither did Luke Bryan's performance of the National Anthem beforehand. It was even Carrie Underwood approved.
Check out who Luke shakes hands with as he leaves the ice-- Vince Gill! Only in Nashville.
During this episode of the podcast, our first, we take a deep dive into music-- particularly, songs we've always loved, the songs we first loved and songs that never grow old. And yes, things turn colorful when Drew and I discovered are common interest in Garth Brooks' No. 1 hit, "That Summer."
Country Air Podcast // Songs We've Always Loved
Politically, if you're reading this, you probably thought President George W. Bush was one of the worst Presidents ever. Or, you think he was the greatest thing to ever happen to this country. You're likely indifferent to his father President George H.W. Bush.
Politics aside, if you're a regular human, you probably took a real liking to both Georges after they left office. How could you not? H.W. is always rockin' those socks and W. started painting. They're the sweetest.
H.W. was recently hospitalized for the second time this year, but this photo of Bush 41 and Bush 43 has us feeling all the feelings.
Don't read either caption until you're completely ready.
We've always known that Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most beloved celebrities of all-time. Who doesn't love her? Currently, Nicki Minaj loves her so much, she's name-dropped in her in her most recent song and video, which is a shot at Remy Ma.
Ellen's name comes into the rap during the first verse.
I woulda helped you out that pit you fell in
I am the generous queen! Ask Ms. Ellen
Tried to drop "Another One", you was itchin' to scrap
You exposed your ghostwriter, now you wish it was scrapped
Of course, Ellen hears, "I am DeGeneres queen, ask Ellen."
We don't not hear it.
For her part in the feud, Ellen has asked the age-old question-- do I have to do anything?
Great question. We hope she finds out.
Cast iron skillets are an indispensable kitchen tool that many beginner chefs are intimidated by. They require special care and are often treated as family heirlooms. The risk of ruining my great grandmother's skillet is not worth cooking an omelette, right?
The truth is that cast Iron is tough and, unlike copper or teflon cookware, it gets better with age. All you need to know are a couple of basic principles. After that, you will be set for a lifetime of great cooking. This really is the only skillet you will ever need.
The Cast Iron Basics
1. Hand wash and dry thoroughly with a towel then over low heat on the stove top or oven to remove all lingering moisture
2. Cover with a thin layer of canola oil and wipe off all the excess after each use to protect the skillet
3. To season, put the oil-covered skillet upside down in your oven for one hour at 450-500 degrees. This will break down the oil and allow it to bond to the skillet protecting the iron from rust and gives the pan a non-stick surface.
4. Always preheat your skillet before cooking with it.
5. Clean with hot water, salt, and a non metal scouring pad.
The crowd roared as the pair performed "Craving You" under the stars.
Hear the studio version:
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