The New TICK Series Will Be “Darker and More Grounded”

As we’ve already learned, The Tick is going to make a big comeback as a live action series for Amazon. The big blue hero will be played by Peter Serafinowicz, and he will be joined by Griffin Newman (Vinyl) who will play Arthur Everest and Valorie Curry (House of Lies, The Following) who will play his sister, Dot Everest. 

I’ve really been looking forward to seeing how they tackle this new series, and thanks to creator Ben Edlund, we now know what the tone of the series will be. While talking to EW about it, he explains that it will be darker and more grounded:

“We’ve got this show about superheroes [where] we get to have fun with the idea of superheroes by starting with kind of a comedic parody of [an] event-oriented-like universe. It will be darker and more grounded. And it’s going to have a real story, a real hero’s myth. We’re the ones that get to have fun with it and that’s kind of the situation where right now that’s an open field in this area of entertainment.”

The Tick is such a hilarious and unique superhero. I’ve alway imagined that if he teamed up with Deadpool the world would implode. When Edlund talks about making the series darker and more grounded, you have to realize that that is the direction that superhero films are going in general, and The Tick is a superhero satire so it makes sense to take it in that direction. Don’t worry, The Tick will still retain his hysterical humor! The dark aspect of it will probably make it even funnier. Amazon exec Joe Lewis talked about The Tick and how unique he is compared to other superheroes:

“It feels like on one hand you can say the superhero landscape is crowded but I think over the last two decades of it there’s nothing else like The Tick. I feel like it has found this unique place where it’s long existed as a satire and I thought that we had the possibility here to do something really different — something that’s filled with satire but also true to action-comedies and superhero comedies.”

The series has everything it needs to be great, and I’m actually going to finally get myself an Amazon Prime account so I can watch it. Talking about the goal of the series, Edlund added:

“I think we are shooting for kind of a really interesting goal, which is the sort of superhero comedy that you keep wanting to come back to. So we are going to try and land an amazing airplane here. But I think so far we are just building this fantastic siege engine that’s going to attack your heart.”

Sounds good to me! I’m really pumped up about this, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. It sounds like they are are the right track, though! Transcendence director Wally Pfister is set to helm the pilot.

Review: AMC’s PREACHER Is a Must Watch Masterpiece

This was the best WonderCon that I have been to. There was such great content this year. I was not that impressed with the location, but the content was almost up to San Diego standards. It was the first time that I had to decide what panels I was going to attend and which ones I would have to skip due to time constraints. It was great.

One of the best panels that we went to was for AMC’s new show Preacher. In the vein of The Walking Dead, Preacher is an adaptation of the '90s graphic novel by the same name. It is the pretty raw and in your face type of story that AMC has been known to bring to its audiences. After watching the first episode of Preacher, I have a feeling that it will fit in perfectly with their current lineup.

The rest of this post could be considered spoilerish, so if you haven’t read the Preacher series and want to go into the show with a clean slate, (You need to watch this show!) then stop reading. However, if you are familiar with the story and are apprehensive about the show and whether it will do the story justice, you will be pleasantly surprised. Read on.

For those of you not familiar with Preacher, it is a graphic novel published by Vertigo. It follows the story of Jesse Custer, who is not your average preacher. He is possessed by an extraterrestrial that is the spawn of an angel and a demon. He has the power to persuade people to do what he says, good or evil.

The first episode is basically the origin story of Jesse and how he got his powers. The show literally starts off with a bang and ends with you wanting more. The show brings out Preacher’s wonderfully colorful cast of characters, including Tulip, the vampire Cassidy, and the one and only Eugene, aka Arseface.

Dominic Cooper is stellar as Jesse Custer, and he leads a near perfect cast into this story of the fight between good and evil. Complementing Cooper’s performance is Joseph Gilgun as the hysterical Cassidy. With a show that has as deep, dark undertones as this one does, there has to be strong comic relief, and Cassidy is just exactly what this show needs.

I want to go on and on about specific scenes and what to possibly expect, but I want you all to enjoy the first episode as much as I did. Just know that if you are a fan of the graphic novel, then you will not be disappointed with what they have done with the show. Get ready for another great show coming at us from AMC. 

3 Clips from THE JUNGLE BOOK Including the Intro of Bill Murray’s Baloo

I think you really get a good sense of a movie by watching the film clips that are released for it. Good trailers can hide a bad movie from audiences, but clips let you in on how scenes actually play out in the film. They show you true aspects of dialogue, action, character, and story.

Disney has released three film clips from Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. The trailers have already got me excited for the movie, but these clips offer of a taste of what we can truly expect and I like what I see!

The first clip is called “Baloo,” and it features Mowgli meeting the big lovable bear for the first time. The second clip is called “Hibernation,” and it features Mowgli helping Baloo get ready for hibernation. The third and final clip is called “Mowgli Leaves The Pack” and it shows us an emotional scene of the man cub leaving the pack of wolves that raised him. 

The story follows the epic adventure of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), “a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. 

The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15th, 2016.

This Life-Size Slimer Replica Was Created Using The Original GHOSTBUSTERS Character Molds

Have you ever wanted a three-foot-tall replica of a ghost that was loosely inspired by actor John Belushi to call your very own? You're in luck! NECA has a life-sized replica of Slimer from the original Ghostbusters that's going to be on sale in June, just in time for you to buy it and take it with you to the theater to see the brand new reboot in July.

The company used the original molds that the film's special effects team used, and this sucker is completely hand-painted — which helps to justify its steep price tag, which is anywhere from $600 to $700. Who ya gonna call? Your bank, so you can take out a loan to afford this thing.

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Watch: John Boyega’s Sheer Joy at Seeing The Millennium Falcon For The First Time Filming THE FORCE AWAKENS

Kevin Smith openly wept on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when he saw the Millennium Falcon for the first time, but now, thanks to a new clip from the film's bonus features (via WSJ), we know that star John Boyega basically had the polar opposite reaction: he was giddy and excited. I think many fans would probably have a combination of both emotions powering through them if they were able to experience seeing that beloved ship like that for the first time since Return of the Jedi, but it's cool to see the child-like elation Boyega has here.

This is one of many bonus features that will be included with The Force Awakens when it hits Digital HD this Friday and Blu-ray/DVD on April 5th.

Video Essay Explores The Downside of Cinematic Long Takes

Long continuous shots. Long takes. Oners. Call them whatever you want, but film fans love intricately choreographed shots that cause our minds to reel at the logistics of how directors and cinematographers worked to capture certain moments on film. I get a visceral thrill when I'm sitting in a movie and I realize that I've been watching the same shot go on without a cut for an extended period of time, and I sit there with a dumb grin on my face and wonder how it will stack up in the pantheon of long takes from movies like Goodfellas, The Player, Touch of Evil, and True Detective.

But this video essay from Now You See It shows some of the downsides of these kinds of shots, and offers suggestions about the power of more traditional editing that these shots, by their very nature, are unable to utilize. Basically it all boils down to: do the best thing for the story you're telling. But it's interesting to hear Alfred Hitchcock, who directed one of the most famous long-take movies ever with Rope, later denounce the process. Check it out:

Via: The Playlist

Bad Robot’s GOD PARTICLE Casts David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Bad Robot has been quietly developing a movie called God Particle for a while now, and though a vague plot synopsis has been revealed, many are wondering whether or not this film will actually serve as another entry in the "Clover-verse," the anthology of movies that began with Cloverfield and continued (in a spiritual sense) with 10 Cloverfield Lane. But while we likely won't know if that's true for some time, at least we know who will star in the new movie: Variety reports that David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in negotiations for the J.J. Abrams-produced project.

This is great news, because they're both fantastic actors. (Look no further than Selma and Beyond the Lights for examples.) Mbatha-Raw's casting isn't much of a surprise because she previously worked on the Abrams-produced NBC spy series Undercovers.

Here's what we know about the movie so far: it follows a crew of astronauts aboard an American space station who find that the Earth has vanished after an accident involving a particle accelerator. But they find traces of another space station nearby, and that's when things really get weird.

The film is being directed by Julius Onah, who's directed a bunch of short films and made his feature directorial debut last year with what appears to be a modern noir riff called The Girl is in Trouble. Watch that trailer below:

Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, while Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are obviously both black actors. This looks like a great example of Abrams putting his money where his mouth is; Bad Robot recently instituted a policy in which agencies must submit women and minorities for acting, writing, and directing jobs in proportion to their representation in the U.S. population. The new movie will hit theaters on February 24, 2017.

While we wait to see how God Particle turns out, make sure to read my review of 10 Cloverfield Lane and check out two interviews with director Dan Trachtenberg: a non-spoilery one, and one that goes a bit more in-depth.

Remember, Sandy Collora’s BATMAN: DEAD END Did Batman Right First

I’ve already gone on record saying that Ben Affleck’s version of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is my favorite version so far. I loved the darkness and intensity of the character, and I also loved that classic look of the Dark Knight being brought to life on the big screen. But that’s not the first time we’ve seen this version of Batman in a film.

In 2003, Sandy Collora shook the geek world when he unveiled his badass short film Batman: Dead End, and there are a lot of similarities between that version of Batman (played by Clark Bartram) and Affleck’s version of the character. The costume in Batman v Superman has more detail to it, but the concept of it and how the character was portrayed is exactly the same as what Collora and his team created all those years ago.

Other than the different actors playing Batman, Zack Snyder obviously had a lot more money to bring the Dark Knight to life the way he did. But Collora did it first, and I can’t help but think that Snyder had to have been inspired by the way Collora brought Batman to life when trying to develop his own version of the character.

I’ve been a fan of Bartram’s Batman since I first saw him play the Dark Knight in the fan film, and ever since then I’ve been waiting to see that vision of the hero come to life on the big screen. Well, I finally got it, and that’s one of the main reasons why I loved how Batman was portrayed in Batman v Superman.

Batman: Dead End has been out of the limelight for a long time, so I just wanted to remind everyone that this hardcore dark version of Batman already existed before Snyder came around. Snyder just had the opportunity to put him in a feature film. 

Of course, I understand that there were several other influences involved with Collora’s vision of the hero, but he was the first one to bring this badass Batman to life in a live-action project. After rewatching Batman: Dead End, there are still some aspects of that version that I like better. 

If you need a reminder the awesomeness of Batman: Dead End, check it out below!

Doug Liman To Climb Amazon’s THE WALL Before Filming GAMBIT Later This Year

20th Century Fox's solo film based on the card-throwing mutant Gambit has experienced its share of ups and downs on its way to the big screen. Though it's been removed from the studio's release schedule, the project is still in the works with Channing Tatum attached to star and Doug Liman lined up to direct. Now THR reports that Reid Carolin, Tatum's producing partner who wrote Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, is handling rewrites of the Gambit screenplay and the start of filming has been bumped to later this year.

Because of the delay, Liman (The Bourne Identity, Go, Edge of Tomorrow) is now in negotiations to direct a small-scale thriller called The Wall for Amazon Studios. The script hails from writer Dwain Worrell, and it marks the company's first spec script purchase. Here's the logline from when the project made The Black List in 2014:

A sniper and his spotter must kill and avoid being killed, separated from an enemy sniper by only a 16x6ft prayer wall.

Sounds like exactly the level of contained thriller that Liman could be able to feasibly knock out before he ramps back up on Gambit. Production on The Wall is slated to begin late this spring or early this summer. Meanwhile, Liman is in post-production on Mena, another thriller starring Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson that will come out in 2017.

Hear The First Ever Recording of Jerry Goldsmith’s STAR TREK Theme

You may prefer the original series or another incarnation story-wise, but there's no denying that the theme song of Star Trek: The Next Generation reigns supreme over all others! Here we have a recording of composer Jerry Goldsmith's first ever recording and performance of the immortal theme song. You can notice small differences between this one and the final product, but it's still very much the version you know and love.

Thanks to Cliffedward for sharing! The music starts playing around 1:30 if you're tired of listening to banter and rustling.