Black Panther’s Comicbook Origin Explored In Humorous Animated Video

Ready to see Black Panther this weekend, but are curious about some other adventures involving the hero? You've come to the right place. This Marvel TL;DR isn't just informative, it's actually a fair deal funnier than most of the ones I've seen in the past! Check it out below, and then let us know what your favorite Black Panther stories are in the comments if you're a fan of the hero already. 

3 TV Shows That Ended Too Soon (That Aren’t FIREFLY)

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We all know those TV shows that end after one or two seasons and you’re left wondering what was going to happen, or you feel unsatisfied with the ending. A lot of people feel that way about Joss Whedon’s Firefly and are wanting it to be brought back. While I love Firefly, I don’t want it to come back. I feel like Serenity did a decent job of providing closure. In fact, I don’t know that I necessarily want any of these shows to come back. After all, it would be weird to try to start them up again years later. As with all of my lists, these are in no particular order.

3 – The Cape

The Cape was a superhero show on NBC in 2011. It was given 13 episodes, but after poor ratings, it only got 10 episodes. This lead to the main story not finishing. The story revolves around a cop named Vince Faraday (played by David Lyons) who switches over to working for a private security firm. Faraday is then framed for being the evil mastermind Chess and is “killed”. Faraday must then clear his name and defeat the real Chess as the superhero The Cape! As The Cape, Faraday has a special cape that he gets from the ringleader (Keith David) of a traveling circus/bank robbery ring known as The Carnival of Crime.

I know this sounds pretty cheesy, and believe me it is, but once they get the story going it starts to pull you in. I think that’s the problem the show had with getting good ratings; the first several episodes weren’t really progressing the plot very far if at all. Towards the end, we start learning more about Orwell (played by Summer Glau) and that story gets extremely intriguing. Unfortunately, we don’t find out what happens with it. I can understand why it was cut, but I wish they could have had at least one more season to actually give us a satisfying ending. Maybe they could bring this one back as a graphic novel?

2 – Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted was a hilarious workplace comedy that was on ABC for 2 seasons. While I’m a fan of the idea of ending a show before it gets ruined, I feel like this show had about one or two good seasons left in it. It would have been nice to have the romance between Ted and Linda actually end up happening, or have a resolution at all. Maybe have them try it and find out they don’t work well together as more than just friends. If you haven’t seen the show (it was on Netflix for a while) the premise is that Ted (Jay Harrington) works as head of a Research and Development team for Veridian Dynamics which is an evil corporation (watch one of their “commercials” and you’ll understand). His boss is Veronica (Portia de Rossi) who very much embodies the company but you see that hard exterior crack every now and then to reveal that sometimes she can have a heart. Then you have Phil (Jonathan Slavin) and Lem (Malcolm Barrett) who are the socially inept scientists who are potentially the best characters in the show. Linda (Andrea Anders) is one of the workers under Ted and the obligatory romantic interest. The show was solid, but just kind of vanished. It didn’t have a real end to it which just felt like they left the book open and the fans are just waiting for the final page or two. This one they could maybe bring back, but I’d be worried that it would just ruin the show.

1 – Jericho

I wouldn’t be surprised if you had never heard of Jericho; it’s the oldest entry on this list, first airing in 2006. Here’s a synopsis before I go into it:

A nuclear mushroom cloud appears on the horizon — and for the residents of Jericho, a small Kansas town, it could mean they’re the only Americans left alive. Fear of the unknown propels Jericho into mayhem, causing the town to come apart at the seams. Secrets are revealed, personal agendas take over and even the most sensible people become paranoid. But even in a time of crisis, some folks will find an inner strength they never knew existed, causing them to emerge as the most unlikeliest of heroes. As the citizens slowly rebuild Jericho, however, they also find themselves in a bitter turf war with the residents of another town, New Bern.

This show is one of my three favorite shows of all time. The first season is a masterpiece. Unfortunately, they were only given 7 episodes from CBS for the second season. This lead to a rushed story that could’ve been fleshed out for a much better ending. The show was given was given a third season in book form, but I haven’t read it so I can’t confirm how well done it is. The cast for the show was fantastic, and it really makes you think. You can currently stream it on Netflix. I recommend you choose this as your next show. I’ll shut up now before I ruin anything about the series.

Michael Fassbender is Set To Star in KUNG FURY 2!

I'm sure most of you are already familiar with that crazy fun retrotastic short film Kung Fury. Well, the creator, David Sandberg, is developing a sequel to the short into an action-comedy feature film and he just cast Michael Fassbender in the movie! That's definitely a piece of casting that I totally wasn't expecting! 

He will star alongside David Sandberg, who will also be in the film. Then David Hasselhoff, who was in the original short, will also be in the sequel. If you haven't seen the original short yet, I included it below for you to watch.

The movie is a homage to the 1980s and the crazy martial arts films that came from the era. The new movie will be set in 1985 in Miami, "which is kept safe under the watchful eye of the police officer Kung Fury through his Thundercops police force. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon."

David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner, which most recently produced Stephen King's IT

There's no official word on who Fassbender will be playing, but I can't help but think he will be taking on the role of the "mysterious villain". This is such a very different kind of film and I'm kinda surprised that Fassbender is jumping on board. I'm not complaining, I think it's great and I can't wait to see what Fassbender will be bringing to this wild and fun movie. 

Source: Variety

Ethan Hawke is Set to Play Nikola Tesla in Upcoming Biopic

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There's a such a fascinating and tragic history behind the life of electricity pioneer and inventor Nikola Tesla. I've been fascinated with this guy since I first learned about him sometime during my teen years. It seems crazy that there hasn't been a proper film made about this man, but it seems like that's all going to change with the biopic Tesla

According to THR, Ethan Hawke is set to take on the role of Tesla and I think he's a solid choice. Tesla has previously been played by Nicholas Hoult (The Current War) and David Bowie (The Prestige).

The film will be written directed by Michael Almereyda, who previously worked with Hawke on the films Hamlet and Cymbeline. He also worked on the 2017 sci-fi film Marjorie Prime.

The film is sais to "chronicle the life and times of the famed Serbia-born inventor, including his creation of the AC motor and his fierce rivalry with Thomas Edison."

The rivalry between Tesla and Edison is the stuff of legend. In the end Edison pretty much ruined Tesla, but Tesla didn't go down without a fight. Edison was a complete asshole and he played crazy dirty. Here's a little background on Tesla for those of you not familiar:

Born in Serbia in 1856, Tesla immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1880s and began working for Thomas Edison. What began as a warm professional relationship would turn into a fierce, hostile rivalry when Tesla quit Edison after feeling he had been unfairly compensated for designing improvements to the company’s inefficient motor and generators designs. Their rivalry would form the basis for the so-called “War of Currents” of the 1880s and ’90s, as Edison was a proponent of direct current, while Tesla advocated for alternating current transmission of electricity.
Tesla conceived of numerous innovations that eventually would be realized by other inventors including wireless communications, remote-control devices and even X-ray imaging. He also famously attempted to build what he called a “directed energy weapon,” popularly referred to as a death ray, though he was never able to make such a device work. He died poor and in relative obscurity in 1944 and since has become a huge influence on subsequent scientists as well as the popular culture embodiment of the “mad scientist” archetype.

The Discovery Channel is actually developing a series that focuses on Tesla's Death Ray, which is sure to be fascinating. You can read more information on that here.

What do you think about Ethan Hawke playing Tesla?

Chris Columbus is Set to Write and Direct The FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S Movie

Chris Columbus, the director behind Home Alone, Harry Potter, and Mrs. Doubtfire, has officially signed on to write and direct the feature film adaptation of the hit horror video game Five Nights at Freddy's. This seems like a great film project for the director to take on. It's the kind of movie that fits his style. Don't forget, Columbus is also the guy who wrote The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes and Gremlins.

If you're not familiar with Five Nights at Freddy's, the story centers on a security guard who has to battle animatronic robots that come to life in a Chuck E. Cheese-like venue. And these things are supposed to be terrifying. My kids love this game franchise and they are constantly screaming when they play it. There are six games in the franchise and there's also a series of novels and retail merchandise lines.

This has the potential to be an incredibly fun family horror film and with Columbus at the helm we might actually get a great film adaptation. Gil Kenan (Poltergeist) was originally supposed to direct when the movie was set up at New Line Cinema. The movie is now being produced by Blumhouse Pictures.

Do you think the franchise is in good hands with Columbus?

Source: Deadline

Menacing Trailer For The Haunted House Horror Thriller MARROWBONE

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If you're a horror movie fan, I think you might enjoy this first trailer for the haunted house horror thriller Marrowbone. The trailer gives off a menacing eerie vibe and I like what I'm seeing. The movie comes from the screenwriter of The Orphanage and The ImpossibleSergio G.Sánchez, and this is the first film that he has directed. 

The movie also has a solid cast that includes George MacKay (Captain Fantastic, Peter Pan), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things, The New Mutants), Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, The Survivalist), and Matthew Stagg (War & Peace, London Spy). Here's the synopsis:

Escaping an abusive father and a troubled past in Britain, Rose (Nicola Harrison) and her four children travel to an inherited home in rural America. The voyage is taxing on Rose and she soon dies from an illness. In order to stay together, the children plan to hide their mother’s death until the 21st birthday of eldest son Jack (George MacKay). He and 19-year-old Jane (Mia Goth), 18-year-old Billy (Charlie Heaton) and five-year-old Sam (Matthew Stagg) live in impoverished conditions as they keep their secret from the world. When a nosy lawyer comes poking into their lives, the dreadful truth about what is hiding in the old Marrowbone house comes to light. The only respite from the ghost that haunts the place is a makeshift fort, where the siblings hide together from the terror that surrounds them, and the friendship of their ally, Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy), becomes their only hope.

You know, I've always wanted to find myself in a crazy haunted house situation. I've always wondered how I would really react if a bunch of terrifying shit started to go down! I'd probably just do the responsible thing and get the hell outta there!

Marrowbone will hit theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes on April 13th.

Details Revealed For Han Solo’s 3 New Outlaw Friends in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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We've got some new details to share with you regarding three new outlaw characters that Han Solo will be teaming up with in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Last week, we learned a bit more about Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and the femme fatale Star Wars character Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). Now today we have additional info on Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).

When talking about Tobias Beckett, Ron Howard explains that he is the guy who shapes Han Solo into who he will become more than anyone else:

"Well, he really shapes Han really more than anybody, as Han comes to realize that in a lawless time he needs to try to come to terms with some kind of moral code."

According to EW, screenwriters Lawrence and Jon Kasdan revealed that Han's relationship with Beckett was inspired by the mentor and apprentice relationship between the pirate Long John Silver and young Jim Hawkins in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It's explained that Silver was "a scoundrel who had been around nefarious circles for awhile, but without any great success to his name," which is similar to the story they handed Beckett in the movie. Lawrence Kasdan says:

"He is a very tough criminal, and, as you might think with Woody, who has enormous humanity, it’s not just that."
"Han sort of forces himself into Woody’s life. It starts a relationship that has enormous impact on what kind of person Han will be."

Howard also adds that Beckett is "a charismatic character" with a soft spot, who is looking to take Han under his wing.

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One character that we don't really know much about it Val. She's a mysterious character and although there aren't a lot of details, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says:

"She’s tied to Beckett, that’s how Han meets Val. They’ve been partners a long time."

Jon Kasdan says that Val is "part of the criminal family that Han gets involved in." She's also not a sure about Han.

"I will say at first glance, doesn’t necessarily have total faith in Han — as a lot of people he meets in his life tend to feel about him. She’s a little skeptical of this kid when she meets him. And her relationship with him goes in, I think, an … interesting direction.”

As we saw in the trailer, Val carries a big blaster and sports an intimidating scowl.

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Then finally we have Vos, who is pretty much The Godfather of crime in the film. He's described as being a "debonair and sophisticated hoodlum." It's explained that he has "found great success by breaking the rules — but isn’t the kind to get his hands dirty." Jon Kasdan goes on to explain:

"It’s a sort of combination of class and swagger and real danger which I think is a fun thing, and he absolutely inhabits it. He’s way deeper in the crime world than anyone else that we meet in the movie."

The writer goes on to explain that Vos and Beckett are in two different places in this world. Vos is the type of character "who’s a little more advanced." It's then explained that there is no hierarchy in the Star Wars underworld of crime. That it's a place where people don't concern themselves with titles.

"There are some that are in power, and there’s some that are scrambling to stay alive."

This character was originally supposed to be played by Michael K. Williams, but when Howard jumped on board to direct, he wanted to expand the character's role. When Williams was unable to come back for reshoots, they ended up replacing him with Paul Bettany. 

The more I learn about Solo: A Star Wars Story, the more excited I get to see it! What are you most excited about for this movie? 

Todd McFarlane Meeting With Actors To Find The Next SPAWN For Reboot

Todd McFarlane is on the hunt for the next actor to play Spawn in his reboot. The director took to Instagram to confirm the news that he was on the hunt, as he posted a picture with the original film's director Mark Dippe

WHAT..!? I was in Hollywood all day Friday talking casting roles to various actors about different character roles for the #Spawn movie. SOOO...of course when I am on my plane going back home the person who gets on last and sits next to me (literally) is the guy who directed the first Spawn movie (Mark Dippe)!?!? Had not seen him in years. Weird. TODD

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In all honesty, the announcement sounds way more exciting than it actually is. Those who have been following McFarlane's pitch for a Spawn reboot already know that he doesn't plan for Spawn to have a speaking role in this film, so I'm not sure why it's all that important who plays him! Instead the film will focus on private investigators Twitch and Sam, and other supernatural elements in addition to the appearance of Spawn. Did I mention it was going to be low-budget? Sounds like a blast, right?

I'm being a little too mean about this because, yeah, it is exciting, and I know few studios are looking to make a blockbuster franchise around Spawn, so I should be happy that McFarlane is doing it at all...but can't Spawn at least speak? How do you guys feel about this?

Dwayne Johnson Will Star in a New Action Comedy Called RED NOTICE and He’s Getting $20 Million For It

For the first time in his career, Dwayne Johnson is getting a $20 million dollar payday for a new movie that he's set to star in. The movie is called Red Notice, and it's an action comedy heist thriller that will be written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper).

There was apparently a big bidding war between Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures on this project and Universal ended up winning it. They will be handing it off to Legendary Pictures. 

There aren't any major details on the story but the title, Red Notice, refers to "a notice issued by Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization) listing persons who are wanted for extradition." So that should tell you a little something about what the story will entail.

Johnson tends to make extremely fun and entertaining films that audiences enjoy and they usually make a ton of money at the box office, so it's not surprising to hear that he's now hit the $20 million dollar mark. I'm more surprised that he wasn't already making this much!

Source: Variety