Taika Waititi Moving Forward with WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS TV Spin-Off Series

Last year we learned that Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement were developing a TV spin-off series inspired by Waititis hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. That series has taken a huge step forward as the broadcast funding agency NZ On Air has put up $1 million towards making six 30-minute episodes.

The series will be called Paranormal Event Response Unit, and the story will follow the two naive police officers, Karen and Mike, who originally appeared in the 2014 film. They will attempt to keep residents of the New Zealand capital safe from supernatural beings and all manner of mythical beasts.

During an interview with the New Zealand website Newshub, NZ On Air executive Jane Wrightson said:

"Comedy is serious business and notoriously hard to get right. We are delighted that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing their talents to smaller screens."

The series is set to air on the NZ local channel TVNZ 2, but hopefully we will get to see it in the US! I'm sure it will eventually pop up on one of the streaming services out there like Netflix. 

Waititi is currently deep in production of Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, and he's also developing a sequel to What We Do In The Shadows called We're Wolves that will center on the pacifist werewolves.

Via: THR

A Humorous Look Back at the Awful 1997 JUSTICE LEAGUE TV Movie

Some of you might not know or remember that in 1997 a TV movie pilot for Justice League of America aired on CBS. The whole thing was garbage and completely terrible in every way. It didn't even feature Batman or Superman! I completely forgot this thing even happened until Mr. Sunday Movies posted a video that takes a look back at the movie and breaks down how bad it really was. I also included the full movie for you to watch if you are interested in checking it out. You might regret wasting your time if you do. 


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First Look at The Justice Society of America On DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

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The CW has released an official photo DC's Legends of Tomorrow season two featuring The Justice Society of America. The team consists of Stargirl, Obsidian, Commander Steel, Vixen, and Hourman, and they are set to make their debut in episode two, which is appropriately titled "The Justice Society of America" and here's the synopsis:

TEAM WORK — The Legends travel to Nazi-occupied Paris, but find themselves surrounded by the Justice Society of America (AKA JSA.) The Legends discover a time aberration that threatens the JSA, but the JSA wants nothing to do with them or their help. Nevertheless, the Legends force their way into the JSA’s mission to intercept and seize a mysterious package. Nate (Nick Zano) is desperate to prove that he should be part of the team, but he has a secret that he shares with his grandfather Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull) that might make it difficult. Ray (Brandon Routh) is so focused on impressing the JSA, he puts himself and Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) in danger. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) has stepped in as the leader with Rip (Arthur Darvill) gone, but when decisions aren’t being made Sara (Caity Lotz) seems to be the one calling the shots. Dominic Purcell and Franz Drameh also star.

It pretty cool seeing these characters brought to life like this. The costumes are pretty fun. I just wish that Legends of Tomorrow was a better show. I haven't really liked what they've been doing with the series. 

DC's Legends of Tomorrow season two will premiere on October 13th. This particular episode is set to air on October 20th. 

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M. Night Shyamalan Developing an Animated Comedy Called ELEVEN LITTLE INDIANS

M. Night Shyamalan is doing something completely unexpected and is developing an animated TV comedy series for Fox called Eleven Little Indians. He's developing the project with Family Guy writer/producer Alex Carter.

According to Variety, “Eleven Little Indians examines three branches of a large Indian family — one has achieved the American dream; another has just arrived in the U.S. wide-eyed; and the third has gone off the rails."

Shyamalan is mostly known for his dark horror thrillers with twists, but seeing him break out of that and do something completely different like this is cool. I've done my fair share of bashing Shyamalan over the years for his long run of shitty movies, but he completely surprised me with The Visit, which I really enjoyed, and his upcoming thriller, Split, looks pretty great as well.

It looks like Shyamalan has found his groove. Hopefully he can keep it up with his upcoming projects like his Labor of Love film and the Tales From the Crypt series he's working on. 

This could end up being a fun series, and I'm curious to see how it turns out. 

See the Process of How Black Panther’s CGI Costume Was Created in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR FX Reel

Not long ago, we learned that Black Panther was 100% CGI in every single frame of Captain America: Civil War. That was a big surprise to learn about! Now you get to see the process of how that was done in a VFX reel that was released by Cinesite. You'll even see that some of the briefest clips that only included parts of his body got a CGI makeover as well. It's pretty damn incredible and fascinating stuff. Of course, the video also shows off some of the other effects work that was done for the film. When talking about the suit, director Joe Russo said:

“[They] really did a ton of work on that outfit. I mean, we had an outfit that we used on set. It’s impossible when you’re talking about an otherworldly outfit like the one that the Panther wears, which has a certain luminescence to it because it’s made of a woven metal. We could never afford to construct an outfit like that that an actor or a stunt player could move around in without sweating to death or that would capture the luminescence that we need. So what we ended up doing in post is ILM came in and painted over Chadwick and the stuntman. The outfit is completely CG.”

Now watch the FX team bring the suit to life in the video below!

Jared Harris to Star in AMC’s Awesome-Sounding New Series THE TERROR

AMC is in the process of developing a really cool new series called The Terror, and they've just cast Mad Men's Jared Harris in the lead role.

The series will be an adaptation of a novel by Dan Simmons, the story of which is set in 1847. It follows the real life story of a Naval expedition searching for the Northwest Passage and in the process disappears. The series will take a fictional spin on the events that took place as the crews are attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships.

Harris will play a character named Francis Crozier, "Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition. He is a brilliant sailor and captain, but an Irishman who has reached his glass ceiling in the British Royal Navy and has become disillusioned with its pomp and politics."

Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement:

“The story of man’s battle with nature and an unknown predator makes ‘The Terror’ a gripping and imaginative series, and calls for a special kind of actor. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Jared Harris and look forward to watching him transform into the complex and fascinating character of Captain Crozier. We are also delighted to work with this versatile and talented cast and share with audiences the despair and horror inside this journey of survival, hope and recognition.”

This series has the potential to be amazing! Harris will be joined by Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Rome) as Sir John Franklin, Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia) as Henry Goodsir, and Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle, Suffragette) as Cornelius Hickey. These characters will play integral members of the crew aboard the ships.

The first season of the series will consist of ten hour-long episodes, and it's being planned as an anthology, which tells us that the second season could be based on a completely different story. 

The Terror begins production this winter in Budapest, and it's set to premiere in 2017. I can't wait to see how this turns out! 

Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Is Dark, Beautiful, and Quirky

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the latest film from director Tim Burton, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Having never read the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but being a big fan of Burton, I was excited to move past the whole Alice in Wonderland fiasco. The fantastic cast was also a big draw: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judy Dench, Chris O’Dowd, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, and Allison Janney, just to name a few of the awesome actors in this film.

Jacob Portman (Butterfield) is the classic teenage nobody living in boring old Florida, working in a grocery store and generally being ignored by his more popular peers. He grew up listening to his grandfather (Stamp) tell stories about a home for special children where he lived during World War II; stories so fantastic that Jake was convinced they were fictitious until tragedy strikes and Jake ventures to Wales in search of this home and its mysterious caretaker, Miss Peregrine ( Green) to get answers. There, he meets children with unusual and—dare I say—peculiar abilities and discovers he too possesses special abilities inherited from his grandfather that he will need to use to help save these children.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is classic Burton: whimsical story with youthful fantasy and a dark, disturbing twist. The visual elements in this film are nothing short of stunning, as are the costumes, hair, and makeup. There’s even a macabre stop-motion sequence that will make even the most lukewarm Burton fan giddy with nostalgia. However, this film is far from perfect.

As is the case with any book-turned-movie, there is obviously a lot of depth to this story that the movie had to leave out due to time constraints. As a result, the plot is awkward and over-simplified, glossing over intricate nuances of the story with cliche dialogue. This is probably even more apparent to someone who has read the book. It feels a lot like a movie made for children, but at the same time, there was some pretty dark content probably not suitable for a young audience, hence the PG-13 rating. I’m still not sure who the target audience for this film is: very brave children or very childish adults?

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy this film, because I did. (Childish adult, right here.) Die-hard Burton fans will be able to overlook this film’s flaws and appreciate the dark, beautiful, and sometimes quirky style he brings to the table. My biggest problem with this film, however, is that our beloved Danny Elfman was glaringly absent from the musical score.

Stunning FORCE OF WILL Anime Anthology Film Trailer Focuses on the Cthulhu Mythos

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I've got an awesome trailer for an upcoming anime anthology film called Force of Will, which is based on a trading card game of the same name. 

The anthology will include six short films that are based on the game, and each film will be helmed by a different director. The particular trailer focuses on one of the shorts that was directed by Shuhei Morita, and it’s based on the Cthulhu mythos. 

I may not be familiar with the card game, but I definitely want to watch this movie. If you're not familiar with the game either, here's a description:

In ancient times, there was a land where Gods and Demons would wage war. A land that was graced by the five Elements, Valhalla. After a long period of time, the fighting never ceased, and would repeat itself time after time. Soon enough, the war itself would involve the people living in Valhalla.
The Gods and Demons would then develop techniques to summon and reincarnate strong, radiant souls, into battlers and soldiers to aid them in their cause.
A whisper was heard... "In exchange for your soul, I shall bestow upon you power unimaginable..." In order to pave a new path to a brighter future, people gathered, and made pacts (Judgement) that would grant them new powers.
Those who fight for their own beliefs, those who fight for the Gods, those who fight against the Gods, their spirit drives them into battle, and the battle has just begun.

I love what I'm seeing here. The animation is absolutely stunning, and I can't wait to see what else this film anthology has to offer. 

Via: Kotaku