Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins the Writing Room for VERONICA MARS Revival

I know we already posted the news that Rob Thomas hired his writing team for the Veronica Mars revival, but had to point out that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is going to be working on the show as a writer because that surprised me!

This will not be Abdul-Jabbar’s first foray into the TV and film world with him first appearing on TV in an episode of Mannix in 1971. His latest role will be in iZombie as Zed. There’s no word on if Abdul-Jabaar will make an appearance in Veronica Mars, but I think he’ll be a help in the writer’s room.

He has previously penned stories for Titan Comics’ Mycroft Holmes in addition to his basketball and acting careers.

Kristen Bell will reprise her role as the title character and her next adventure will revolve around spring breakers who are being murdered in Neptune, “thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into a mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.”

Fan Theory Posits that Mutants Already Exist in MCU and How We’ll Get the X-Men and Fantastic Four Introduced

Marvel fans are busy at work trying to find ways for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to become incorporated into the MCU. One fan has now posited their theory on Reddit and it includes the idea that mutants already exist in some form in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s long, but interesting.

Theory for Phase 4: Mutants Already Exist in the MCU from r/marvelstudios

What do you think? Do you have a better way for mutants and the Fantastic Four to become part of the MCU?

Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa, and T.I. Harris Join MONSTER HUNTER

I have no idea how Paul W.S. Anderson is going to adapt Monster Hunter into a movie. In the games, you track and hunt monsters and use their carcasses to create cooler armor and weapons. Then again, maybe its lack of storytelling makes it perfect for adapting. Either way, it is happening and there are three names being added along that of Milla Jovovich. THR recently reported that T.I. Harris and Ron Perlman were joining the film with the following character descriptions:

Harris is playing Link, a sniper, while Perlman will play a man named Admiral, the leader of the Hunter’s Crew.

We then learned in another report that Tony Jaa is joining the film as well. All we know about his role is that he will be “the movie’s male lead, a man simply called The Hunter.” How mysterious!

This isn’t Anderson’s first video game adaptation though. He was behind the adaptations of Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat. Do you think this movie will work out or is it doomed?

SOLO Gets an Honest Trailer and It Doesn’t Hold Back

I have not been shy about how I didn’t care about Solo: A Star Wars Story. I think it’s fine if you enjoyed it, I just didn’t. Well, Solo just came out on DVD and Blu-ray which means its time for it to get the Honest Trailer treatment. They do not hold back on the criticisms of the movie. There are a few things they don’t mention though that I’m shocked about such as him signing up for the Imperial Navy.

Benedict Cumberbatch Sets the Record Straight About Stopping a Mugging in London

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A few months ago, we heard an account from Uber driver Manuel Dias about how Benedict Cumberbatch stopped a mugging in London. Now, Cumberbatch has shared his side of the story. He was on The Ellen Show recently and Ellen DeGeneres asked him about this story. Cumberbatch says that the story was dramatized, but he did help stop a mugging.

Basically what happened was... I saw a bicycle delivery guy getting surrounded by some guys on a very cold November night, and I just stopped the Uber that we were in and got out and tried to intervene, tried to calm the kids down, who were riled up. Tried to calm [the messenger] down, who looked like he was about to fight for his life.

You can hear the man himself tell the full story below:

DC’s BIRDS OF PREY Has Cast Huntress and Black Canary

We finally have the names of the actresses who will be joining Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey! Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) will be playing Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights) will portray Black Canary. Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn for the film. We’re still waiting to hear who will play Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya, but things are certainly shaping up for the film.

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Cathy Yan is directing Birds of Prey which has been described as an “R-rated girl gang film” with the following synopsis:

After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.

Black Mask has been said to be the main villain of the film as well. Birds of Prey is currently slated to release February 7, 2020.

What do you think of the casting choices for Huntress and Black Canary?

Source: Variety

Joaquin Phoenix’s JOKER is Looking for Extras in New Jersey

If you are wanting to be in a movie and live around New Jersey, this may be just what you need. Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc. is looking for extras when Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker films in Jersey City and Newark. You will have to email the following information to romeo@gwcnyc.com:

Full Name

Phone Number

Confirmation You Are At Least 18 Years Old

Height

Weight

Clothing Sizes

Shoe Size

List of Dates You Are Available

Current Photo of Yourself (Selfies Allowed)

In the subject line put “NJ Local Flyer” so they know what you’re writing to them about. If you are under the age of 18, sadly you cannot be an extra. If you are an adult though and get selected, you will be paid $143 for 10 hours. You will also need a valid ID so you can fill out a federal I9 form on set. According to NJ.com, the shoots in Jersey City will take place on September 30 and November 9 while the Newark shoots will happen on October 15 and 16. I wish you all the best of luck.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Returns To Netflix on Thanksgiving

Netflix renewed the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 last Thanksgiving, and it looks like fans will have something to be grateful for this Turkey Day. The A.V. Club is reporting that the 12th season of MST3K will air on the streaming service this Thanksgiving, November 22. Of course, this mirrors the original premiere date as creator, original host, and executive producer Joel Hodgson remembers:

Thirty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1988 is when we premiered Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the Minneapolis market. We were competing with 60 Minutes for the same time slot, and I think history has shown which is the better show.

MST3K is a series where the host watches some terrible films with his robot companions and makes a lot of jokes. If you’ve ever watched a movie with RiffTrax (and I highly recommend it) it’s the same thing. In fact, the guys from RiffTrax originally worked on MST3K. The latest host is Jonah Heston, portrayed by Jonah Ray, has been captured by Kinga Forrester, played by Felicia Day, and TV’s Son Of TV’s Frank, played by Patton Oswalt. Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount voice Jonah’s robot friends Tom Servo and Crow respectively.

You can check out some photos from the upcoming 12th season below.

Netflix is Releasing a New Docuseries About Music Called REMASTERED and We Have a Sneak Peak

Music is very important to many people and the story behind music is often incredible. Netflix is going to give us a taste of some of that in a new docuseries called ReMastered. It will start with eight episodes and each episode will look at a different artist such as Bob Marley or Johnny Cash. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist are spearheading the project and working with several directors including Sam Cullman, Kief Davidson, Sara Dosa, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Barbara Kopple, Brian Oakes, B.J. Perlmutt, and Stuart Sender. Creators Jeff and Michael Zimbalist talked about their excitement for ReMastered:

We’re thrilled to be releasing the first season of ReMastered with Netflix. In creating a slate of investigative stories about music’s impact on society, our hope is that audiences tune in not only because they know and love the artists, but also because they come to trust the journalism and promise for new, meaningful insight.

Here is when you can see each episode and what it will involve:

“Who Shot the Sheriff?” – Launches October 12

Directed by: Kief Davidson (Open Heart, The Ivory Games)

The violent political suppression of the roots reggae movement in Jamaica told through an investigation into Jamaican politics and the CIA’s involvement in the mysterious shooting of Bob Marley.

“Tricky Dick and the Man in Black” – Launches November 2018

Directed by: Barbara Kopple and Sara Dosa (American Dream, Harlan County USA)

Concerned by a rising rock-n-roll influence on a growing liberal fanbase, President Nixon invited Johnny Cash to the White House to solidify his base in the traditionally more conservative genre of country music. What Cash did instead was subversive and surprised everyone. Cash’s political values had begun to take a new shape after his famed prison concerts at Folsom and San Quentin and this night marked the climax of his political transformation.

“Who Killed Jam Master Jay?” – Launches in December 2018

Directed by: Brian Oakes (Jim: The James Foley story, Abstract)

Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay was shot and killed in a Jamaica, Queens recording studio in 2002. Despite six witnesses present at the murder, no one has ever been convicted. This track steps into the murky world of hip hop in Hollis, Queens to understand Jay’s loyalties to his roots and investigate this iconic whodunnit.

“Massacre at the Stadium” – Launches in January 2019

Directed by: B.J. Perlmutt (Havana Motor Club)

Known as Chile’s Bob Dylan, Victor Jara was a fearless political singer who led the historic Nueva Cancion folk movement in Chili during the CIA-backed Pinochet dictatorship. Pinochet’s regime eventually would torture and kill Jara – along with 3000 others – in the National Stadium, for writing a song about the covert killings. The Chilean army official who was convicted of pulling the trigger and ending Jara’s life is living in hiding in Florida. He is convinced he can prove his innocence…and that’s where this story begins.

“The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” – Launches in February 2019

Directed by: Kelly Duane de la Vega (Better This World)

Sam Cooke was one of the most influential black musicians of the Civil Rights Movement and made a huge impact on the rights of black musicians, frustrating the white establishment. An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding his murder uncovers a deeper question — did the record industry try to suppress the story of Cooke’s death? And to what extent did they suppress the politics of his life?

“The Miami Showband Massacre” – Launches in March 2019

Directed by: Stuart Sender (Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World)

In 1974, while on the way home from a gig, the apolitical rock group, The Miami Showband, fell into the crosshairs of a Protestant unionist paramilitary group that planted explosives on their bus when it was stopped at a fake checkpoint. The explosives detonated prematurely and the paramilitary group machine-gunned down the band. But bassist Peter Travers survived. This film tracks Travers’ efforts and recent discoveries to tie the bombing and subsequent attacks to direct orders given by the British government.

“Devil at the Crossroads” – Launches in April 2019

Directed by: Brian Oakes (Jim: The James Foley story, Abstract)

The short, mysterious life of the most enduring legend of blues music, Robert Johnson, is one of elaborate myth. Johnson was said to have made a deal with the Devil at a crossroads in rural Mississippi, and many believe that everything the impassioned blues icon touched was cursed. This film examines more worldly interpretations of these myths and how they might explain the depth and beauty of later blues musicians who were heavily influenced by Johnson.

“Lion’s Share” – Launches in May 2019

Directed by: Sam Cullman (If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front)

This film tracks South African journalist Rian Malan’s journey to find the original writers of the legendary song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which earned more than 15 million dollars in royalties for American groups like The Tokens, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, as well as Disney. Malan discovers the original writer, a black South African named Solomon Linda, whose family currently lives in poverty in the slums of Sweto, didn’t receive royalties. Driven by his own guilt that his uncle was one of the architects of apartheid, Malan goes after businessmen in the US music industry to force them to pay their fair share to Linda’s family.

This reminds me of HBO’s Sonic Highways, but instead of focusing on the places, they’re focusing on events and their impact on a single artist. I’m very excited to see this. The first episode will launch on October 12, 2018.

Source: Deadline