When Supergirl joined The CW's DC Universe, plans were put in place to see her crossover with The Flash again, Arrow, and more. Thanks to Stephen Amell, we now have our first look at Arrow and Supergirl together in a teaser photo for Arrow's 100th episode, which is part of The CW's planned four-night crossover event.
I'm not really a big fan of Arrow, as I lost interest in the direction it was going after season three. I am still following it, but I just watch a new episode every now and them. I'm definitely not caught up, so I'll have to make sure to do that before Supergirl comes to Starling City.
It will be fun to see these two characters team up to help save the world.
2018 will be a sad year for fans of Cartoon Network's animated series Adventure Time because that is the year that it will come to an end. We all knew it couldn't last forever, and it will be sad to see it go. In the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy the new episodes over the next two years. Deadline points out that by the time the series comes to a close, it will have had eight years and 71 hours of programming since it began.
The series was created by Pendleton Ward and centers on the post-apocalyptic adventures of Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio). They are best friends who find themselves embarking on crazy and surreal adventures in the magical Land of Ooo.
This has been such an entertaining show to watch! I've enjoyed the strange visual style of it and the unique tone. The show was so good that it's won six Emmys and two BAFTAs over the years and has featured the voice talent of Andy Samberg, Matthew Broderick, Laura Silverman, George Takei, Rainn Wilson, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network, had this to say in a statement:
“Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world. Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”
“Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”
Adventure Time will end in its ninth season so it had a pretty good run, and over the years has gained a loyal fanbase.
As excited as I am for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one of the things I'm most looking forward to seeing is Kurt Russell as Peter Quill's dad, Ego the Living Planet. We got our first look at him in the footage screened at Comic-Con, and it looks like he was a fun character for Gunn to play with. That footage has yet to be released, but here's a description of it that I previously posted.
He showed up near the end of the trailer as he emerged from an oval shaped ship and introduced to himself to Star-Lord as Ego, his father. Ego says, “After all these years, I’ve found you," to which Star-Lord responds, “Who the hell are you?” Ego hit him back with, “I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name’s Ego and I’m your dad, Peter.”
Ego went on to explain to Peter that he's not human and that he created a human body for himself. “I created what I imagined biological life would be like, down to the most minute detail,” he said. He came to Earth to experience what it was like to be human.
Drax hilariously asked him, "Did you make a penis?" Peter and his team of Guardians react with annoyance, and Star-Lord says that he doesn’t need to hear about how he was conceived. But of course Drax pushes for the answer, and Ego happily obliges with, “Yes, Drax, I’ve got a penis.” Then Drax thanks him.
Russell recently did an interview with comingsoon for his upcoming film Deepwater Horizon, and during that interview, he was asked about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and if there was anything he could say about it, and he talked about his experience working on the film:
"Yes, it's gonna be good! James Gunn is really on top of it. Chris Pratt's cool, the whole crew, the whole cast... they were all real nice. And I was really excited when I read this character, it was the opportunity to play someone that I think is... Ego the Living Planet. It might be the best name of a character that I ever got a shot at. But yeah, that Marvel and Disney bunch, they know what they're doing and James Gunn is leading the way. So, I think it's gonna be terrific. I hope it is. I've seen some of it at Comic-Con it was, it really kind of jumped off the screen. There's some great stuff in it, and I hold high hopes for it, and it was fun!"
I think it's safe to say every fan of the first film has high hopes for it. Personally, my expectations are high, and I believe Gunn has the ability to give us something so incredible that it will blow us away. As far as Russell goes, it looks to me like he is the perfect choice for the role, and I can't wait to see how his character it utilized in the story.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
I don't know if you've seen Turbo Kid or not, but it's one of the most wickedly fun movies! It's like a hardcore, post-apocalyptic Mad Max style film but with BMX bikes. If you enjoyed the movie, you've gotta check out this short film/music video that is set in the same universe. It's called "No Tomorrow," and it's a prequel story that focuses on the character Apple and leads up to the point before she meets Turbo Kid.
The short offers us a sweet and slightly demented story in which Apple's new friend dies and she still decides to drag him along in the desolate wasteland to keep her company.
The music was composed by Le Matos (Jean-Nicolas Leupiand Jean-Philippe Bernier), and the lyrics and vocals come from Pawws (Lucy Taylor).
Brad Anderson (Session 9) has a new film project lined up called Fate, which he will direct from a script by Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
According to Deadline, the story follows a character named Virgil who is described as "a man on the edge, all too familiar with the back alleys of Hong Kong." They go on to reveal that, "His life, or what’s left of it, is turned upside down when he is approached by a mysterious woman seeking his help. "
That's all we have to share about the film so far, and the story could go in any direction from there. I'm a fan of Anderson. He really impressed me with his psychological horror thriller Session 9, and since then he's made films such as The Machinist, Transsiberian, The Call, andStonehearst Asylum.
I really hope that this next film of his is good. Whitta has been hit and miss with some of the film projects that he's worked on such as TheBook of Eli and, unfortunately, After Earth, which was a giant turd of a film.
I've got a fascinating video here for you to watch that offers us a side-by-side comparison of movie scenes that are shot exactly the same. It's pretty awesome to see how today's directors were heavily influenced by the filmmakers that inspired them.
The video was edited together by Candice Drouet, and he says that it "juxtaposes famous movie scenes with similar visual composition." The films that are compared in the video include Pulp Fiction and Moonrise Kingdom; Full Metal Jacket and Moonrise Kingdom; Requiem for a Dream and All That Jazz; Perfect Blue and Dark City; and more.
Marvel has added a new villain to the mix in director Ryan Coogler's upcoming film Black Panther. Person of Interest actor Winston Duke will be taking on the role of Man-Ape. That means there are three villains in the film so far. The other two are Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. Duke also joins Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o.
In the comics, Man-Ape, a.k.a. M’Baku, was one of Wakanda’s most powerful warriors and one of T’Challa’s biggest rivals.
M'Baku is a worshipper of the sacred White Gorilla who was exiled from Wakanda because of his actions in leading the cult and betraying The Black Panther. A sacred ritual gives him apelike strength, agility and stamina, earning him the name Man-Ape.
This will definitely be an interesting character to see brought to life on the big screen! I'm sure it will be a mix of live-action and CGI as the character is enormous with a height of seven feet and weighing in at 355 pounds.
Duke seems to be just getting his start as an established actor and has mostly done TV work. This will be his most high-profile gig yet.
Black Panther is set for release on February 16th, 2018.
Justin Lin, the man who rescued the Fast & Furious franchise from the brink of death and turned it into one of the biggest movie series in the world, is getting in the driver's seat for a different car-themed film.
THR reports that Lin, who most recently directed Star Trek Beyond, has signed a deal to develop, produce, and direct Hot Wheels for Legendary Entertainment, a movie based on the beloved toy line. This film has been in the works since 2003, with directors like Simon Crane and McG pulling in and then peeling out in recent years. Lin seems like an obvious natural fit to direct the four-wheeled action here, though the storyline remains to be seen; a new writer will be hired soon to take a crack at a script.
One quick thing from THR's report that I thought was worth mentioning: a statistic they quote about the prevalence of Hot Wheels toys in the world:
Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it is the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion toy cars produced since 1968. Mattel creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.
Ten every second! That's unfathomable! Wow. Anyway, we'll see if that kind of global brand recognition alone will be enough to get butts in seats for this movie, or if they'll actually take the novel approach of attempting to infuse it with a strong story and give it compelling characters.
The Warp Zone is back with another acapella rendition of a classic TV show theme song, and this time they've painted themselves yellow in honor of The Simpsons. The show has been on for 28 seasons and aired nearly 600 episodes since its premiere in 1989. Even if its quality has dipped for long stretches, that's still an impressive run, and it's become an American institution in the animation category.
Fun fact that I'm sure most of you already knew: Danny Elfman composed the music for this theme song.