I hate that I have to start with this, considering what the title of this post is. However, for those of you who need a warning, here it is. This post may contain spoilers that will ruin your day. If you are choosing not to learn anything about the upcoming Star Wars film, I know there are a lot of you out there, STOP READING! Spoilers ahead.
The holiday season is here and the blockbusters are ready to hit us all in the face. The most anticipated movie of the year Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost here. The world is buzzing with rumors about what this episode will have in store for us. Will Rey join Kylo Ren? Is Luke playing both sides? So on and so forth. I personally don’t want to know. I want to have no preconceived notions of how this movie will play out. The one thing I did hope for was a cameo of one of my favorite Star Wars characters, Lando Calrissian. Well, the small hope that I held in my heart has been dashed.
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has confirmed that we will not see Lando in this movie. This is what he said about the subject while talking to EW:
“No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up,” writer-director Rian Johnson tells EW. “He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”
As disappointing as it is that Lando will not be in the movie, I am glad they didn’t compromise the movie just to get him in there. The Galaxy is a very large place and you know that he isn’t sitting still. The old gambler is always on the move. Maybe we will see him in Episode IX.
CBS pulled a fast one on us folks. They aired the first episode of their new series Star Trek: Discovery on the main CBS network. The problem is, to see the rest of the series, you have to subscribe to their streaming service CBS ALL ACCESS. Here is the question... is it worth the $6 a month. Let us go over the pros and cons in this situation.
After watching the first episode, I would have to say that it hooked me. The cast is great. The story is strong. It has enough ties to all of the Star Trek universe to keep fans happy and enough new storylines to keep newbies who enter this world interested. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the show.
The actors in the show are great. Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh are solid in their roles as Commander Michael Burnham and Captain Georgiou respectively. As classic Star Trek characters go, they fit right in with the best of them. The real stand out to me is Doug Jones' portrayal of Lieutenant Saru. Saru is the first of his kind, Kelpien, in Starfleet. As to not to spoil anything, his character has as deep and complex of a backstory as some of the best characters of the past. The story itself is well written and luckily has just enough humor in it to keep it from taking itself too seriously. Once again, trying to keep this spoiler free, so that is all you get.
Here is the big question I wanted to discuss... Is this show worth subscribing to CBS's streaming service? In my opinion, absolutely not! The show is great and I am super frustrated that I am choosing to wait for it to come out on Blu-ray. However, I just can't support another streaming service. They are purposely giving us this great gift of a new Star Trek show that is super good and then forcing us to pay for a subscription to a streaming service that we will not use after the season is over. They are only doing this to us to make money. Yes, that is usually the purpose of any company, however, with as solid of a show as this one is, they would make just as much money leaving the show on TV from advertisers.
So, I'm boycotting CBS ALL ACCESS because I just can't support the greed behind it. Hopefully, if enough of us don't join they will just bring Discovery to TV and this whole "streaming service" mess can be forgotten. So if you want to join me in my boycott, you can!
If you watched the pilot, feel free to agree or disagree with me. If you already purchased the streaming service, let me know if the rest of season 1 on Star Trek: Discovery as solid as the pilot!
When I hear the words remake or reboot, I think “not as good as the original”. In 99% of the cases, this is true. There are anomalies like The Departed that are far superior to the original, but like I said, it is a rare case. Now, in the case of James Gunn, the thought of a reboot is rather interesting.
Recently it was announced that Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) would be taking on the rebooting of the 1970’s buddy cop TV show Starsky and Hutch. The series will be on Amazon and Gunn himself will be directing the pilot.
James Gunn went to Facebook to announce not only his involvement in the project but to get us as pumped as he is as well. This is what he had to say:
You may have just read the news that I’m doing a version of Starsky & Hutch over at Amazon, producing alongside Neal Moritz with Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn writing. Well…
When I was a kid, Starsky & Hutch was the first “adult” show I ever saw, and I fell in love. It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer 70’s threads, and muscle cars. So when Neal – the producer of the Fast and Furious franchise – asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all new Starsky and Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued.
So I considered it. For me, as so many of you know, I can’t become involved with something unless I really love and am committed to the project. So I started writing down some outlandish ideas for how we would handle Starsky and Hutch today – ideas that would be exciting and different and not at all what people expect. This would NOT be a reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way. Like Guardians of the Galaxy did with the space opera, it would honor the genre while turning it inside-out. And it would definitely not be a spoof like the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie – it would be gritty and driven by both characters and high stakes. I came up with a lot of wild ideas – things I can’t go into quite yet – but stuff that got me excited about the prospect of creating a TV show.
So I sent my ideas off to Neall and the guys and, instead of balking at the twists of it all, they fully embraced my vision and were excited by it. So Neal and I got the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn (co-creator of our PG-Porn web series) and my cousin Mark Gunn. They took my nascent ideas and ran with them, creating a complex storyline we’re all crazy about.
Out of all the places that wanted to finance the pilot script, we chose Amazon. At Amazon I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time. I also have quite a few filmmaker friends who have been working with Amazon lately, and what sets them apart from most of the other friends I have working in TV is that they love them.
So, yes, I AM working on Starsky & Hutch for Amazon: I couldn’t be more excited, and I can’t wait for you guys to see what we come up with. Striped Tomato forever! Stay tuned!
– This is the first foray into television for my production company, Troll Court Entertainment.
– Sony Pictures TV is behind the show, and Brian, Mark, and I will executive produce alongside Neal Moritz, whose Original Films has an overall deal with Sony TV. The company’s head of TV, Pavun Shetty, is also executive producing.
– The original series was created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg, airing on ABC from 1975 to 1979. It starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky & Hutch as they protected the streets of the fictional and awesome Bay City.
I can’t wait to see what he is going to do with this series. I think that the best part about Gunn’s involvement in this series is that we all know that it will never take itself too seriously. I feel that the current wave of cop shows out there have turned into soap operas. I tried watching one recently and I counted FIVE dramatic pauses while the actor on screen looks off to the distance. LAME! I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS! I understand that it has worked in the past and really appeals to some people. It is about time someone came in and shook this genre up! I believe Gunn is the man to do this. What do you think?
There is no release date as of yet, but I will be looking forward to what this project will turn into.
Actress Cara Delevingne has recently signed on to star opposite Orlando Bloom in an upcoming Amazon series Carnival Row. This sentence in itself is a less than stellar announcement, so maybe the synopsis that Variety has provided will pump you up a little bit more for the 8 episode season:
Carnival Row is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The investigation of a string of unsolved murders begins to eat away at whatever peace still exists.
Delevingne will play Vignette Stonemoss, a faerish refugee who flees homeland to come to the Burgue, where she must contend not only with rampant human prejudice against her kind, but with the secrets that have followed her to this new place
Pumped yet? No? Yeah, I am not sure either. On the plus side, this series is being developed from a feature film script written by Travis Beacham, who is executive producer of the series, under the name of The Killing on Carnival Row. The original script was so good that it made it on the famous Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. The strength of the script and the fact that they got Paul McGuigan to direct the season seems like a good sign. For those of you who are not familiar with McGuigan’s work, he directed some of the best episodes of Sherlock. I am sure he has done other things, but those are the only stats that matter. With all of that going on, you would think that this would be a fairly solid show.
This is where I have a problem. The casting. Bloom is an okay actor I guess, however, I can never see him as anything else but Legolas. When I see Bloom in anything my first thought is, “Why did Legolas cut his hair?”. Since he is producing this series, dude gets an automatic pass to star in the show.
Then we come to Delevingne. Did you see Valerian? Whenever I think about it, all I can hear is her yelling "Valerian" over, and over, and over again. Fun fact; that was the first movie that I have ever fallen asleep in. Anyway, no matter how strong the script and the directing are, I don’t think that she has the skills to drive a series.
What do you think? Does this series have a shot? It will be streaming on Amazon in the fall of 2019.
With the Holiday season creeping up on us, we are going to be overwhelmed with a number of blockbuster movies that will be hitting the big screen in the months of November and December. So, let the promotion race BEGIN!
What we have here are two posters for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie. There really isn’t too much of a difference in them other than you get two different views of Cate Blanchett’s Hela. Neither one of these are new to us, we have seen her both ways in the trailer for the movie. In the one above you’ve got the long flowing hair, "I’m going to destroy your hammer Hela". In the other poster below, you have the "I am wearing massive antlers on my head, I am going to kill EVERYONE Hela". Which do you prefer?
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd in the US.
With Hugh Jackman’s 17 year run as Wolverine at an end, there is someone that can sympathize with the loss that he is going to feel when he is no longer the most popular of the X-Men. Voice actor Cal Dodd was the voice of Logan/Wolverine for the classic '90s X-Men animated series. He was the only voice we knew for the show's five year run. THR recently sat down with Dodd and talked to him about his time as Wolverine, the time he got to meet Jackman before the filming of the first X-Men movie, and what it was like to let the character go.
When talking about landing the part of the voice of Wolverine for the first time Dodd said:
"I went over to the studio and these guys from New York were there. They had been casting for months. This was the last person they were trying to cast, Wolverine.
"They gave me this script and a picture of Wolverine. I said, 'Yikes! Who is this person? What is this?' I had not an inkling of what I was about to get into. So they gave me this script to read. I said, "What do you hear him sounding like? They just said: 'Steve McQueen, because he's very introspective and very quiet and kind of a loner.' And Ward Bond, who is from the '30s and '40s and stuff, from Wagon Train, and they said Clint Eastwood. I said, 'Yeah, I get I can see that.'"
He went on to explain that he threw in a bit of Wolfman Jack in his voice and he recounted moment he read the script at the audition, saying:
"I read the script and one of the particular lines I will never forget: 'You like picking on people smaller than you. Well pick on me pal, I'm smaller than you!' I loved his attitude. I'm looking through the glass at these people and they all in unison stood up and started clapping and said, 'Bingo!' They were so exited. 'Jesus. We got him. Finally.'"
When talking about meeting Hugh Jackman for the first time he said:
"I love Hugh Jackman. I met him before he was going to shoot the first movie. They were in town at some function, and I was there because we were the animated cast and he just came up to me and he joked, 'I'm really tired of listening to your voice!' Because he had no other reference for a Wolverine but the animated series. So he had to listen to the voice to try to emulate that, or that sort of feel of him and the character. He said, 'It's a great voice. I don't know if I'll be able to nail it or not but, I'll give it whirl.' When I saw the very first movie, I thought 'This guy's huge!' Wolverine was 5'3 or something. I quickly got used to it and there were lines he would say, and I was itching in my seat. 'Exactly, that's what he would have said.' I loved Hugh. 17 years he's been doing it. Good lord. He'll never forget the role. You can't. that's a huge a part of his life."
Dobb then talked about his struggle to let the character go when he was done with the series:
"I hated the fact that it was gone. Then I heard they started a new production in L.A. [X-Men: Evolution] and I wondered, 'Why wouldn't I do that?' It was a younger version, younger X-Men. It was a huge gap in my life. I was doing it for five years and I became him. I created this guy, I created this voice. It was so a part of me that it was unbelievable. I just bought the whole five year series and I'm started to watch it bit by bit. It's so good. It was like losing my right arm. I loved the guy. Because it was like me. He was like a brother."
He went on to say that he still thinks of his time as Wolverine all the time and when asked what comes to mind when he thinks about the legacy of the series, he shared this touching story:
"[Executive story editor] Eric [Lewald] has this great story in his book he just got finished about the making of X-Men. A fan of the show, who was now maybe in his 30s, sent in this letter explaining his life and what the show meant at the time. He was overweight and was being picked on and he was considering suicide, but he was so in love with the X-Men Saturday morning cartoon and Wolverine. They were mutants and they were picked on and not liked by the general public. He identified totally with that. He was about to jump off this roof, but then he said, "I can't do this, I'm going to miss the Saturday morning X-Men episode." That's the kind of impact it had on kids."
Cal Dodd was awesome in the role of Wolverine! He did a fantastic job bringing the character to life in his animated form.
It was recently announced that New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to a horror script that was written by up and coming writer Mike Van Waes. The setting for the film will take place in Oz from The Wizard of Oz.
THR got the exclusive scoop on this project and this is what they had to say:
The project, which is in the early development stages, will have ties to the universe created in the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum that was adapted into the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland.
Baum's story — about a young girl and her dog who are swept away to a magical world where she teams up with the Lion, the Tinman and the Scarecrow to face off against the Wicked Witch of the West — has been adapted numerous times over the years and also used as inspiration for various film, TV and stage stories. Along with the 1939 film, there most recently was the 2013 Disney live-action film Oz the Great and Powerful starring James Franco, and the characters have appeared on the ABC series Once Upon a Time. On stage, there was the 1975 musical The Wiz, and another hit show with Wicked, which began in 2003.
There is absolutely no other information on what this project is. We don’t know if it is a terrifying new take on the original story or if it is what Oz is like now. I would love to know. Anyone who knows me knows that the original Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies. I am always interested in a new take or expansion of the Oz universe. For instance, if you haven’t read the Dorothy Must Die book series, do it. Totally fun to read and gives you a new perspective of life after Dorothy has killed the Wicked Witch.
Anyway, I have nothing to base an opinion on yet, but I hope that a horror flick set in Oz is as amazing as it sounds. We will keep you up to date on any further info that we can get on this.
With us all still reeling from the loss of Carrie Fisher, this news is truly bittersweet. Variety announced that Fisher had completed voice recordings for two upcoming episodes of Fox’s animated comedy series Family Guy.
Fisher first guest starred on the animated comedy as Angela, supervisor to Seth MacFarlane’s Peter Griffin at the brewery where he works, in 2005. She voiced the character in 20 episodes that have aired, most recently in an episode that premiered Dec. 4.
MacFarlane, who, in addition to voicing Peter Griffin is the creator and executive producer of Family Guy, wrote Tuesday on Twitter, “Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.”
The date of the episodes is to be determined. This is not the last place that we will see Fisher, she had completed her work in Star Wars: Episode VIII and she had just completed filming for her recurring role in the series Catastrophe.
Like many of you out there, I am a huge fan of the television series Mr. Robot. Without a doubt its success is due to the unwavering vision and immaculate storytelling capability of the show's creator, Sam Esmail. Right now, Esmail can do no wrong in Hollywood.
THR announced that Esmail is working on turning the 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis into a mini-series. This is the best news that I have heard in a while. Metropolis is one of my all-time favorite films, and it has a ton of relevance to our world’s situation today. The marriage of Esmail and Metropolis is a match made in heaven. Here is what THR had to say on the situation:
Sources say the showrunner's exact role in Metropolis is still being negotiated as the project is in the very early stage of development. Insiders add that the studio isn't aiming to launch the miniseries for another two to three years. Should Mr. Robot stick to its tentative four- to five-season plan, that timing would potentially allow for Esmail's schedule to free up to where he could be more involved in the project. (He's been famously hands-on with Mr. Robot, even going so far as to direct every episode last season.)
Like the original film, the small-screen adaptation of Metropolis will take place in a future society where wealthy industrialists rule the vast city from high-rise tower complexes, while a lower class of underground-dwelling workers toil constantly to operate the machines that provide its power. Risking everything they know, two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the divide must find a way to bring down the whole system.
As sad as it makes me to think that the end of Mr. Robot is on the horizon, knowing that Esmail will be transitioning right into Metropolis makes life a little bit better.
Apparently, the show will be shopped around, so we don’t know where it will be airing yet. What we do know is that Universal is spending an estimated $10 million on each episode. We all know that spending big money in Hollywood doesn’t guarantee a great product, but I think that Esmail will know what to do with it.
BTW, if you haven’t seen the original Metropolis, GO WATCH IT. If you are a movie fan, you won’t regret it.