Netflix is Developing a Series That Explores What Would Happen if Christ Showed Up in the Modern Day World

Netflix is developing a new series called Messiah, which tells a story of Jesus Christ and what it would be like if he showed up in the modern day world. It's certainly an interesting concept. It will explore how society would react to a person who mysteriously appears in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah and savior of the world.

The 10-episode series is described as a “suspenseful drama exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics", and this is the synopsis that was released:

Messiah will chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? In ten hour-long episodes, the story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others.

The series was created by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn TreaderThe Book Thief) and some of the episodes will be directed by James McTeigue (Sense8V for Vendetta). 

Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix had this to say in a statement:

Messiah promises to be a fascinating series for viewers of every faith, and a thrilling drama filled with multi-layered characters set on a global stage.

Petroni added:

Messiah will have every viewer asking the question ‘is he or isn’t he?’ How you answer that question may reveal more about you than it does about the show. Messiah challenges us to examine what we believe and why."

The producers of the series Roma Downey and Mark Burnett say that the series "could change everything."

"Messiah is a series that will have the audience asking big questions. What if someone showed up in 2018 amid strange occurrences and was thought to be the Messiah? What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could governments collapse? It’s a series that could change everything."

There's no doubt this will be fascinating series to watch. I'm curious to see where they actually go with it. We'll find out in 2019 when it's released. 

Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE Was an Enjoyable Film and It Made Me Love Superman Again

The wait is finally over. Justice League is in theaters now and there no doubt that fans are going to flock to see it regardless of the mediocre reviews and terrible Rotten Tomatoes score. There's been a lot of talk about this film. Lots of fans expecting it to be another crap DC film and a lot of fans coming to its defense. 

Well, I attended a late screening of the movie last night and you know what? I actually enjoyed the film! Sure, it wasn't without its problems, but for the most part, it was a fun action-packed movie with heart. I would say it's better than Batman v Superman but not as good as Wonder Woman. In the end, it was a step in the right direction, and I think fans are going to like it.

The two biggest problems that I had with the film were the villain Steppenwolf and the VFX work that was done. Steppenwolf's character was not established very well and I didn't really find him to be that menacing. He came off as being a very one-dimensional character that would be an easy villain for the Justice League team to take out. And you know what? It seemed like an easy fight for them.

Then, I don't know what was going on with the film's special effects, but it was pretty cheap looking. Not sure why they skimped out on the VFX work, especially with the changing landscape during the climax of the film. One of the most glaring issues for me was Henry Cavill's CG upper lip. As you know, he had to reshoot several parts of the film with a mustache that would later be digitally removed. Well, that digital removal stuck out like a sore thumb! 

The story the movie told was ok. Batman and Wonder Woman set out on a mission to recruit Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to help defeat Steppenwolf, who is collecting the Mother Boxes to destroy the world. There were a few holes in the plot along with some silly overlooked things that happen. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't really get into specifics. But, there is one scene that leaves the team in a dire situation, then it cuts to them being out of it, and the audience is left wondering how they got out of the predicament. Then there's another scene in which they basically end up giving one of the Mother Boxes to Steppenwolf. 

Ok, now that my issues with the film are out of the way, I loved how the characters were handled in the movie! Aquaman, The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, they were all were wonderfully entertaining to watch. Jason Momoa was badass as Aquaman, Ezra Miller was amusingly loveable as The Flash, Ben Affleck lightened up a bit as Batman, Gal Gadot was as charming as ever as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill gave us the Superman I've been waiting for!

Justice League made me love Superman again! I wasn't a big fan of how dark and moody he was in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. But here, he was full of light hope and smiles. Regardless of the bad CG on the upper-lip, I loved Superman in this movie! He made me happy as a fan and it got me excited to see what Man of Steel 2 could end up being. 

As for Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon both having a hand in the film's direction, everything seemed to come together nicely. I didn't really see two different styles of filmmaking when watchng the film. However, you definitely notice both of their strengths in the film with Snyder's visuals and Whedon's character development. 

If you enjoy watching big spectacle comic book movies, you're going to enjoy this for what it is. If you go into it looking for all of the bad aspects of the film, you'll definitely find them. But, if you go just looking for an enjoyable good time at the movies, you'll find it with Justice League

George Clooney Set to Star in and Direct The WWII Series CATCH-22

George Clooney has jumped on board to star in and direct a new World War II project called Catch-22, which will be an adaptation of 1961 Joseph Heller novel. It will be a six-episode limited series and it's sure to make for a great and fascinating series. For those of you not familiar with the what the story deals with, here's a description:

Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II. It focuses on Capt. John Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as  Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

This is such an interesting story, which is why I'm excited about the series. I think this is the perfect project for Clooney to take on. According to Variety, Clooney will take on the role of Colonel Cathcart. Here's a little background on the character:

He is a group commander at a U.S. Army Air Corps base in Pianosa and is obsessed with becoming a general. As such, he does whatever it takes to please his superiors—in particular, by repeatedly raising the number of missions the men have to fly to complete a tour of duty, beyond that normally ordered by other outfits. This becomes the bane of Yossarian's life, as every time he comes close to obtaining the target number of missions for being sent home, Colonel Cathcart raises the required number again. Ironically, Cathcart himself has only flown in two missions, one of which was accidental.

Catch-22 was previously adapted into a film in 1970 with Alan Arkin in the role of Yossarian and Martin Balsam in the role of Cathcart. The series will reportedly start shooting in 2018 and Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov will also direct a portion of the series.

Catch-22 will be the first regular TV role that Clooney has had since he starred in the 1990s series E.R.

Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, and Luke Evans Team Up For a Netflix Superhero Project Called SUPER-NORMAL

Josh Gad has a new superhero project that he's been shopping around Hollywood called Super-Normal and it just landed at Netflix. He will star in the project alongside Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans. He previously worked with both actors on Murder on the Orient Express and Beauty and the Beast. They make for a pretty radical cast!

The movie is being written by brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who previously worked on Disney's Moana. There are no plot details, but THR says, "Super-Normal is intended to be a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much."

With Gad being the brains behind the series, there's no doubt this will end up being a fun comedic twist on the superhero genre. 

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Confirmed to Be The Longest STAR WARS Film Yet!


A couple months ago it was rumored that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be the longest Star Wars film ever released. That rumor has now been confirmed by director Rian Johnson who says the full runtime is 2 hours 30 minutes long! That's a long movie, my friends. That's getting into Lord of the Rings territory, and it certainly gets me excited! The reveal came from a press conference in France where the director was promoting the film and the info was tweeted out:

The original three films in the trilogy are the shortest in the saga, with Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi being the shortest with the runtimes of 121 minutes, 124 minutes and 132 minutes. 

I'm ok with a long Star Wars movie! As long as the story is engaging and we are enjoying the experience it doesn't matter. I'm sure once the movie ends some of the hardcore fans, like myself, will be wishing it was even longer!

What do you all think about The Last Jedi clocking in at 2 hours and 30 minutes?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. To catch up on all of our Star Wars: The Last Jedi news, and to watch the most recent promo spot for the film, click here.

Toho is Developing Two Anime Sequels to GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS

Toho's Godzilla: Monster Planet anime is set to stream on Netflix today November 17th. It looks really good, and I'm excited to check it out. Turns out, this is only the first film in a trilogy of Godzilla anime films that Toho plans on making! According to Variety, they are developing two sequels.

The first sequel is called Godzilla: Battle Mobile Breeding City, and it takes place in "a dark future in which surviving humans battle a Godzilla who has ruled the Earth for the past 20,000 years."  Oh yeah, it will also feature Machagodzilla! A Godzilla robot doppelganger who first appeared in the 1974 Ishiro Honda film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. That's going to be awesome! 

There's also some teaser art that you can see below that feature a group of humans standing in front of a massive mecha-like structure. That movie is set to open in May of next year. There are no details on the third film that they are developing yet. 

As a long-time fan of Godzilla, this is exciting and I can't wait to see how this trilogy of Godzilla anime films end up playing out.

Awesome New TV Spot For STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI! – “Kylo Failed You… I Won’t”

Lucasfilm has released a brand new promo spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it's got some more new footage that you have to see! The first couple trailers for the film made us believe that Rey might be joining the dark side and fighting against Luke Skywalker with its clever editing. But, this new spot features Rey talking to Luke Skywalker saying, "Kylo failed you... I won't."

This is obviously Rey's attempt to convince Luke to train her in the ways of The Force and she wants him to know that she won't betray him like Kylo did. But! Who knows what will happen with her as the story plays out! What if she actually does end up betraying Luke in the end!? Holy shit! That would seriously suck for Luke after opening himself up to her. It would be his worst nightmare come true... again! 

Will Luke be making a big mistake training Rey? I guess we'll just have to wait and see, and I can't wait! We only have less than a month to go! The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th!

Bill Murray’s Classic Comedy STRIPES is Being Developed as a TV Series


Another classic film from the 80s is getting a series adaptation! This time, CBS is developing a show based on Bill Murray and Harold Ramis' comedy Stripes. I love that movie! I just recently watched it again last month and it's one of those movies that still makes me laugh! Variety offers the following details:

Like the film, the series will follow a perennial rebellious outsider who finally finds his purpose in life when he joins the US military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics. The original 1981 film starred Bill Murray in the lead role with Harold Ramis playing his best friend and Ivan Reitman directing. It grossed over $85 million during its theatrical run.

You won't see any of the original cast come back for the series, but the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, will helm and produce it, so that's pretty cool! The series will be written and executive produced by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, and Zach Cregger. They are best known for their work as the sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know.

With that team of talent developing the series, there's a good chance that this series might actually turn out good! But, there is no way in hell they will cast anyone who will be as funny as Billy Murray!

This Fantastically Charming Sci-Fi Short Film ORBIT EVER AFTER Has a Very Terry Gilliam-Style Vibe

Orbit Ever After is wonderfully told sci-fi short film about taking crazy risks for love... in space. The short follows a young man named Nigel, who is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones and the Maze Runner), who ends up falling in love. But, as the story description says, "when you live in orbit, aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk-averse family imaginable, it isn't easy to follow your heart - especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way!"

The film comes from writer and director Jamie Magnus Stone and I absolutely loved how the story played out. It a fantastically imaginative short and I really dug the visual style! I liked how everything was so grungy and makeshift. It has a very Terry Gilliam-style vibe to it and added on to the uniqueness of the story that the film told. I really hope you take the time to watch this, you'll really enjoy it!

Warner Bros. Is Worried About Marvel’s B-Character Thor Outperforming Their JUSTICE LEAGUE A-Characters

While we wait to see how Justice League performs at the box office this weekend, Warner Bros. is worried that the DC film won't perform as well as Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. According to an insider, they feel it will be an embarrassment if their A-list DC characters can't outperform a Marvel B-list character like Thor. The insider told THR:

"If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment. It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs."

I can totally see where they are coming from, but they have to remember that they knocked it out of the park with Wonder Woman, so they still have that going for them! Justice League was already deep in development by the time Wonder Woman was released, and they obviously tried to make the film better before releasing it. 

One thing that these executives at any studio need to understand is that it's not about A-list or B-list characters. It's about the story that's built around those characters and if they give us a great film that tells a great story no matter what characters are involved, the fans will come and support them! They will make the big money! I think Wonder Woman was a big eye-opener for them in this respect. The report goes on to say:

On the Warners/DC side, the mood is about as jovial as a party thrown by the Joker. While Ragnarok is just the latest in a string of film hits for the Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. is desperately hoping to continue the momentum from its first big success, this summer’s Wonder Woman ($821 million worldwide).

Justice League obviously didn't turn out as well as they would have hoped, otherwise, they would have a much better attitude toward it, and as you can see, they aren't very confident in it. According to inside sources, the studio has higher hopes in James Wan's Aquaman, which comes out next year. 

There's been a long rivalry between DC and Marvel, especially with the fans. The thing is, no matter what happens with Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC are going to be fine. Yeah, the movie may not do as well as they hoped, but in the long run, things will be ok. They got it right with Wonder Woman, and with their new plan in place for future DC films, there's a good chance that everything that's released after Justice League will be better. 

We know that they can make great DC films, Justice League just got caught in the middle of a transition they were trying to make in how they wanted to approach their films. 

Do you think Warner Bros. should be embarrassed if Justice League doesn't perform as well as Thor: Ragnarok